Surya Brasil unleashes exotic animals with their stunning nail polishes

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SURYA BRASIL shocked the pants off me with their nail polishes and not because of the exotic animals that could be scary. Rather it’s due to the amazing quality of these nail polishes. I was previously aware of Surya Brasil’s haircare and skincare but I was surprised when I was offered some of the polishes to review. Now though I’m going to be a repeat customer.

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal Polish collection

There are 16 nail polishes in this collection along with 3 nail treatments, each $12. Plus right now there’s a special going for you to get a free pair of earrings with purchase. But you want to buy the polishes for another reason – you’ll totally fall in love with them.

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal polishes in Gold-Faced Lion Tamarin and Peacock

Surya Brasil Exotic Animal polishes in Gold-faced Lion Tamarin and Peacock

“The Exotic Animals Nail Polish collection is inspired by nature’s wonderful colors to leave your nails beautiful and healthy. There are many vibrant and bright colors, each one dedicated to a specific exotic animal from all over the world.”

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

The two polishes I was sent are gorgeous in totally different ways. Peacock is so aptly named because it has the glorious blues that you fist notice when a peacock spreads its wings. I am a huge fan of metallic polish and this is metallic at its best. There were absolutely no brush marks when applied.

The polish lasted a full week and could have gone on and on. Sometimes the teal was more prominent and other times the blue shined through. It was a pleasure wearing this for a week.

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

Surya Brasil Peacock from the Exotic Animals collection

The other polish I have is one that I’m gaga over. It’s so different than anything in my collection. Gold-faced Lion Tamarin is stunning. It’s listed as a bright golden brown but I also see tones of green and bronze at times.

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

The animal it was created to honor is just on the verge of extinction. Gold-faced Lion Tamarins are very family-oriented animals: they live in groups and both parents share different tasks to care of the yearly twins.

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

Surya Brasil Gold-faced Lion Tamarin

There are so many reasons to want these in your collection including all the ingredients that they DON’T contain (camphor, DBP, formaldehyde, parabens, toulene). In keeping with its exotic animal theme they are cruelty free with no animal testing or use of any animal product.

Surya Brasil Red and Green Macaw

Surya Brasil Red and Green Macaw

What’s especially fun about the collection is that the animal that inspired them is pictured on the bottle. You can have your own zoo without harming an animal!

golden grass earrings (free with purchase at this time)

golden grass earrings (free with purchase at this time)

Now that you are aware of these vegan polishes I definitely think it’s time to turn on the wild animal in you.  —  Marcia

*sent for review

 

Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shower Gel and Body Moisturizer

The beautiful Brazilian company Surya Brasil has a new line focused on women called ‘Sapien Women‘. I have been testing several items they sent to the BIZ and two that have really impressed me are the Shave Gel ($17) and the Body Moisturizer ($23.50).

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Surya Brasil Sapien Women Shave Gel

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slippery smooth and super effective

I am big on using my husband’s products for things like shaving, but this is a shave gel I want all for myself. It is a slippery gel that makes shaving (not something I typically enjoy) a pleasure. I am weird…I can’t stand stubble so I shave my legs every day. That means I need help keeping my legs from getting irritated and this totally does the trick. Ingredients like Cupuaçu butter, Pracaxi oil, Macadamia oil, and Vitamin E keep my legs soft, smooth, and happy. What is NOT included is notable as well:  no sulfates, parabens, BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol, or silicon.

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Surya Brasil Sapien Women Body Moisturizer

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thick and creamy goodness

While the Shave Gel leaves my legs moist and smooth, the Body Moisturizer is like icing on the cake. This is a thick, creamy moisturizer in a humongous tube. It smells pleasantly fruity and sweet, and the scent doesn’t linger. It has tons of skin friendly ingredients like Cupuaçu and Murumuru butters, Pracaxi and Açaí oils, Amaranth protein, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera juice. The moisturizer soaks in quickly and boy does it soften skin, plus it keeps skin hydrated all day long. It is a wonderful vegan option to soothe dry winter skin. Like the Shower Gel, it is missing a lot of stuff you don’t want in your skin care – no sulfates, parabens, BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol, or silicon.

Surya Brasil is truly a company you can feel good about purchasing from – just check out their certifications:

Ecocert the consumer’s guarantee that the product purchased is truly organic.

Certified Vegan, and are guaranteed not to be tested on animals or to contain ingredients of animal origin.

PETA cruelty-free certified given by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization dedicated to defending animal rights.

FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council) ensuring that paper production is made of the wood derived from reforested areas and other controlled sources, and assuring respect for the environment and for workers.  – more –

Cosmebio the French Professional Ecological and Organic Cosmetic Association guarantees that a cosmetic product follows the specifications for natural or organic products.

Fair Trade Certified which requires rigorous protection of local ecosystems and ensures that farmers receive a harvest price, which will allow them to practice sustainable agriculture and eventually transform into an organic agriculture for a better environment.

Surya Brasil is a member of the Brazilian Trade Association for Natural Products and Well-Being brings together companies that market natural products with environmental responsibility. The company is also a member of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics and Organic Trade Association.

Surya Brasil also follows ISO 14000 standards related to environmental management that exists to help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes etc.) negatively affect the environment (An integral part of the European Union’s Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Take a look at the Sapien Women line for some excellent products that are also good for the planet!  – Lisa

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Shave Gel Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Decyl Polyglucoside, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, **Sucrose Cocoate, Dehydroaceitc Acid Benzyl, Alcohol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Citric Acid, *Penthaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Tocopherol, *Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, *Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter.
*INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING **MADE USING ORGANIC INGREDIENTS. 98,80% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 13,62% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Body Moisturizer Ingredients: Water, *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Olivate Sorbitan Olivate, Glycerin Stearate, Dehydroacetic Acid Benzyl Alcohol, *Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, *Penthaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil, Fragrance, *Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Saccharomyces Silicon Ferment, Sacchromyces Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Sacchromyces Cooper Ferment, Saccharomyces Iron Ferment, Sodium PCA, *Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Xanthan Gum, Tocophreol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carrageenan.
*INGREDIENTS FROM ORGANIC FARMING 98,88% of the total ingredients are from natural origin. 18,88% of the total ingredients are from organic farming.

Giveaway alert! Surya Brasil organic goodness for hair and body

At Beauty Info Zone, we truly appreciate companies with a strong philosophy who are committed to giving back to the world.  So it was a happy day when Surya Brasil sent us some products to test…and the day became even happier when they also offered to sponsor a giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers!

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Surya Brasil was founded by Clélia Angelon in 1995 with the launch of Surya Henna Powder.  Two years later, she released Surya Henna Cream, the very first hair coloring made with organic ingredients.  Since then, the company has grown like crazy and now boasts a large array of natural hair products, skin care products, and body products.

Surya Brasil is very serious about their mission to create amazing products that “promote well-being and are developed with constant innovation, sustainability and social responsibility.”  Their products are all vegan, cruelty-free, and environmentally conscious.  In fact, the Amazonia Preciosa line that I am reviewing today is “enriched with ingredients from the Amazon forest biodiversity, and received Ecocert certification – a French certificate with international credibility.”

Here’s what I thought of the products they sent us to test – and keep reading, because after the reviews is a fantastic giveaway.

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Amazonia Preciosa Cupuacu Shampoo

The Amazonia Preciosa product line uses Amazonian plants in gentle formulations for all different hair types. The types available include:

CUPUAÇÚ: Normal and fine hair
BRAZIL NUT: Dry and damaged hair
BURITI: Dyed and damaged hair
MURUMURU: Oily hair
UCUUBA: Curly and fragile hair

I tried the Cupaucu Shampoo ($19.99), which is for normal hair. The shampoo is oddly watery at first, but then it becomes thicker as you pump it out of the bottle. It has a beautiful, mysterious scent that comes from essential oil from Preciosa tree bark. Surya Brasil says that it’s “an exotic natural fragrance that is incapable of being reproduced even in the most sophisticated laboratories.” Pretty cool.

This shampoo does a wonderful job of cleaning my color-treated hair and leaving it soft and strong.

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Cupaucu

I think it’s worth noting all of the things this shampoo DOESN’T have:

NO sodium lauryl sulfate
NO sodium laureth sulfate
NO parabens
NO artificial coloring
NO artificial fragrance
NO solvents
NO mineral oil
NO GMO’s
I can use this shampoo every time I wash my hair and my color stays vibrant. It’s definitely good stuff.
Brazil Nut Hair Mask

Brazil Nut Hair Mask

I also tested the Amazonia Preciosa Brazil Nut Hair Mask ($15.99), which is for dry hair. This is a thick, intense conditioning treatment that strengthens hair with Vitamins E, B1, B3, B6, Omega-3, copper and zinc. Like the shampoo, it’s worth noting what is DOESN’T have:
NO sodium lauryl sulfate
NO sodium laureth sulfate
NO parabens
NO artificial coloring
NO artificial fragrance
NO solvents
NO mineral oil
NO GMO’s

This is a treatment to use twice a week for very deep conditioning. My roots tend to be a little oily and my ends are really dry, so I put this on my ends only after shampooing. Then I put my hair in a shower cap and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, my hair is unbelievably soft and completely frizz-free.

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This is a serious conditioner!

The Amazonian Preciosa line also includes body products. I tested the Hand and Body Lotion ($27.99).

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Surya Brasil Hand and Body Lotion

This is a beautiful body moisturizer that really leaves skin silky smooth. It sinks in quickly so you aren’t left with wet skin, just baby soft skin.

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awesome packaging

I adore the packaging for this – the top twists up so it keeps the integrity of the lotion and keeps out bacteria.

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thick, creamy, just yummy

The Hand and Body Lotion is a beautiful combination of exotic plant oils from the Amazon plus nut and seed butters. There’s no artificial fragrance or coloring so this will work great for even the most sensitive skins.

I didn’t get a chance to test out the Amazonia Preciosa Liquid Hand Soap ($28.99), but here’s the info from Surya Brasil since it’s part of the giveaway:

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A gentle cleansing formula with rich emmolients to replenish skin’s natural moisture. Contains exotic plant oils and butters from the Amazon.  NO Artificial Coloring, NO Artificial Fragrance, NO Parabens, NO Solvents, NO Mineral Oil, NO GMO’s.

Surya Brasil has it all – wonderful organic products made from sustainable Amazonian plants all inside biodegradable packaging. Now do your hair and body some good and enter our fabulous giveaway!  – Lisa

Giveaway Information:  This is a US/Canada giveaway. It’s easy to enter by using the Rafflecopter. One lucky reader will win a Brazil Nut Shampoo and a Brazil Nut Hair Mask.  Another lucky reader will win a Hand and Body Lotion and a Liquid Hand Soap.  You’ll have until April 2, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST to enter. Remember you must be a subscriber. You can tweet every day to increase your chances and with two winners your chances are doubled!! Good luck everyone. – Lisa

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*Hair products and body lotion provided by Surya Brasil for consideration for review; all giveaway products generously provided by Surya Brasil.