Aroma Crystal Review

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A while back I wrote a review on the amazing Aroma Crystal Gardener’s Dream Cream which absolutely saved my dry, itchy and burning skin. After this review, I received a delightful package from Aroma Crystal with some more products to try out!
Aroma Crystal is a Canadian company and uses only 100%  non-toxic, environmentally friendly ingredients in all their products. They never test on animals! (YAY)

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I really cannot say enough about the entire line, I truly enjoyed each product and found them effective and lovely.

Crystal Clear Face and Body wash

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This sulfate free face and body cleanser was incredibly refreshing. Lemongrass, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Rosemary are some of the awesome antibacterial, antifungal and oil fighting ingredients in the cleanser. The Aroma Crystal Crystal Clear face + body wash is definitely better suited for an oily/ acne prone skin, especially if used on the face. The ingredients are designed to purify and even out the complexion, naturally. I really noticed the cool refreshing tingle it left on my skin after use, and was the perfect cleanser for me during the hot summer months.

Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized water), Decyl glucoside*, Cocomide MIPA**,  Glycerin*, Polysorbate 20**, Cyamopsis tetragonolobus gum (Guar gum), Xantham gum ( Corn sugar gum), Citrus limonum (Lemon), Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass),  Mentha x piperita (Peppermint), Origanum vulgare (Wild Marjoram), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal root), Cedarus virginian (Cedarwood), Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree),  Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Glacial clay.

Morning Dew Facial Moisturizer

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The Morning Dew facial moisturizer is an amazing lightweight lotion for combination/oily and acne prone skin. Since my skin is ever changing its mind on which type it would like to be, the Morning Dew moisturizer was perfect for my oily or acne days! I love the way it feels on the skin, it is so lightweight but you still feel comforted by the hydration it offers. I used it both morning and night, but found it perfect for day, underneath my makeup!

With pure ingredients such as Sweet Orange, Lavender, Carrot Seed and Geranium, I definitely noticed a softened look and feel to my complexion. It left me matte to the touch, and helped to reduce the redness and inflammation of my blemishes.

Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized water), Glyceryl stearate SE*, Butrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Cera alba (Beeswax), Isostearic acid**, Behenoyl stearic acid*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed), Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower), Arnica montana (Arnica), Kojic acid***, Malic acid*, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Citrus aurantium dulcis (Sweet orange), Geranium maculatum (Geranium), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa), Citrus grandis (Grapefruit seed), Chamomilla recutita (German chamomile), Papaver somniferum (Poppyseed), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Origanum vulgare (Wild marjoram), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Daucus carota (Carrot seed), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon leaf), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal root), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary).
*plant derived
**coconut derived
***rice derived

Gardeners Dream Cream

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As I stated in my previous review, I adore this cream. It soothed, moisturized and healed my burning, itchy and dry winter skin. I absolutely love the cooling relief it offers my thirsty skin, and I will never go without this cream in my home. Designed for the skin on the body, the Aroma Crystal Gardener’s Dream Cream, is literally, a dream. It has so many uses beyond treating dry skin; Infused with ingredients such as Arnica, Rosemary and Peppermint, this cream can help with a wide range of skin rashes, aches and pains and just for relaxation. One of my favorite ways to use this product is on my feet after a long day! It is so cooling and soothing and helps my feet to relax a de-swell. It’s like a little masseuse in a tube!

Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized water), Butrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Cetearyl alcohol**, Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride**, Cera alba (Beeswax), Arnica montana (Arnica) extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Isostearic acid**, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) seed extract, Papaver somniferum (Poppy) seed oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) leaf oil, Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Michelia champaca flower (Chamaca) oil, Origanum vulgare (Wild margoram) extract, Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) extract, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Golden seal) root extract.
**coconut derived

The Aroma Crystal Gardener’s Dream Lotion

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The Gardener’s Dream Lotion is a lightweight version of the cream. Also in love with this product, and is one of my daily moisturizing body lotions. It is perfect for someone who does not have extremely dry skin and is looking for a lightweight, fast absorbing daily lotion. It has the same cooling and soothing sensations because of Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary!

Ingredients: Aqua (Purified Water), Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape seed) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Oil), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus Oil), Potassium Sorbate, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon)

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The Aroma Crystal Ohm cream is a decadently rich anti aging cream. It is amazing at nourishing dry, dehydrated skin and perfect for those concerned with combating the signs of aging! Rich in Carrot seed oil, Shea Butter, Lavender and Geranium it is the perfect blend for those with dry, sensitive and maturing skin. I used the Ohm in the evening because it is quite rich, but it is water soluble, so you can opt for a lighter application by applying to a damp skin! I loved the way my skin looked when I woke up, hydrated, smooth and glowing!

 Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized water), Cera alba (Beeswax), Glycerin*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Vitis vinifera (Grape seed), Behenoyl stearic acid*, Salvia officinalis (Sage), Chamomilla recutita (German chamomile), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), Malic acid*, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Geranium maculatum (Geranium), Papaver somniferum (Poppyseed), Cymbopogon martini (Palmarosa), Chamomilla recutita (German chamomile), Daucus carota (Carrot seed), Juniperus communis (Juniper), Origanum vulgare (Wild marjoram), Thymus vulgaris (Thyme), Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon), Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal root), Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Rosmarinus officinalis.
*plant derived

Please visit http://www.aromacrystal.com for more information on the products and where you can buy them and love them!

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Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

strawberrydermafoliantEverything I review on my site I enjoy very much, but some things that I try, I cannot live without! The Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant by Eminence Organic Skincare is one of those cannot live without products! It is a rice based powder for all skin types that gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a smooth, radiantly clear complexion.

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It is a dry powder that must be activated with water. You can mix it with your cleanser, mask or just with water alone! I personally use mine in all the above ways, and find them equally as effective! The Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant literally leaves my skin so soft and refined that my skin feels completely reborn after using it. It is so gentle that you can use it 7 days a week, although I do not recommend such frequent exfoliation (read my exfoliation article)!

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I live a busy life (as we all do) and sometimes find it hard to fit in all my skincare steps. So I often will mix my mask with the Dermafoliant and get a 2 in 1! Just add equal parts mask and Dermafoliant on damp hands and massage on damp face and leave on for 15-20 minutes! Rinse and notice visibly softer, refined skin.

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The Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is loaded full of amazing skin nourishing ingredients! Read Below, I could not describe them better myself!

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When you mix the powder just with water, you can really smell the Strawberry Rhubarb and it is like rubbing pie powder on your face! YUM! I absolutely love it. You use such a small amount of the powder (about a quarter size) per use, so it lasts such along time!!! This Dermafoliant is a must!!! There is nothing like it.

*Please note

DO NOT KEEP IT IN THE SHOWER, THE POWDER MUST REMAIN DRY!

AVOID EYE AREA, THE FINE RICE POWDER WILL IRRITATE THE EYES IF IT GETS INSIDE!

I am in love with… Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

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I go through makeup fazes where I love to wear certain things. Sometimes I love bold eyes, and Ill wear every crazy color, other times a simple coat of mascara does me good. Same thing with my lips, I will sometimes go for all the bright bold colors, and other times, I will want close to nothing on them. I have been going through a more long term naked lippy faze, and have preferred lip balm, gloss or lipstick with more muted color. One day I picked up one of the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms and the next day… I owned them all.

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They are the perfect hint of color to complete any look, and they are so creamy and moisturizing and smell delicious! With lip loving nourishing oils and natural waxes such as coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and jasmine wax; your lips will love you long time for using these amazing balms!

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The swatch picture below does not do these balms ANY justice, as they are on pasty white skin in terrible lighting. But to give you an idea on how sheer and beautiful they are, I attempted…

From the bottom up- Honeysuckle (Peachy Coral), Caramel Daisy (Nude), Petunia (Soft Pink), Red Dahlia (Brown Red), Hibiscus (Peachy Red), Pink Blossom (Pink) , Sweet Violet (Plum Pink), Rose (Red), Blush (Light Nude Pink), Tiger Lily (Nude Peach Coral).

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I strongly recommend going out and trying one of these lovely Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms, I doubt that you will be disappointed!

Ingredients:

cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aroma (flavor)*, lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza). May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides). *natural flavor

Simple and effective DIY mask collaboration with Habiba Da Silva

It’s nice to read reviews about products you can purchase, but it is also great to have DIY recipes that are fast, cost effective and deliver results. My fellow blogger Habiba from lifelongpercussion.blogspot.com and I decided to do a fun post and switch DIY recipes for face masks. We each picked one for the other and tested them out!

I asked Habiba to try my Milk, Honey and Rose Face Mask. This mask is designed for smoothing and soothing the complexion. Great for all skin types, but especially sensitive, dry, dehydrated and lack luster complexions.

Recipe:

1 TBSP of milk (Preferably whole milk)

2 TBSP of honey

1 TBSP Rosewater

(For the ingredients above, organic is the best!)

Milk- Contains Lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin and reveal a smooth, radiant complexion. Also has incredible soothing qualities.

Honey- A natural humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for soothing and gently purifying the complexion.

Rose- Powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Aids in redness reduction and helps to increase skin circulation leading to a more even toned complexion.

Directions:

Saturate a cotton round in the mask and rub liquid on the skin, wait 10-15 minutes, or until dry, rinse and reveal beautiful skin!

Habiba’s Thoughts:

I really loved how cleansed, radiant and moisturised my skin looked and felt after this mask, the surface of my skin felt much more smoother. I loved it! I will definitely be using this again! I love the toning properties  and scent of rose water too :)

For more info on Habiba’s experience please visit her blog at lifelongpercussion.blogspot.com

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Habiba sent me her amazing  Oats, Yogurt and Honey mask. This mask is designed to hydrate, refine and exfoliate your complexion. Great for all skin types but especially dull, dehydrated, oily or inflamed complexions.

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Recipe:

2 TBSP of Oats

1 TBSP of Honey

1 TBSP of Yogurt

(For the ingredients above, organic is the best!)

Oats- Act as a manual exfoliation

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Honey- A natural humectant, it helps skin retain moisture. Honey has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for soothing and gently purifying the complexion.

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Yogurt- Antibacterial, Anti fungal and great for reducing blemishes. Contains Lactic acid for gentle exfoliation, for very soft skin!

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Directions:

Add all ingredients together to form a paste, spread over skin and leave for 15 minutes. Before rinsing the mask, gently moisten skin and rub softly for a manual exfoliation with the oats! Rinse completely

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this mask! Not only did it smell and taste (yes I tasted it) amazing, It left my skin really, really soft. The oats were so gentle on my skin and left me very smooth. The combination of the Yogurt and honey worked wonders to increase my hydration. I will for sure be re-doing this home made delicious concoction! Thank you Habiba, xo