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Scentsational Soap Skin Care Review

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Scentsational Soaps Skin Care

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Scentsational Soap Skin Care:

“FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: 

My son Chad has a disability chromosome DUP15q and is global development delayed. *Making homemade glycerin soap started as a home schooling, hands on project. Two fold, I was also hoping to relieve his eczema, since commercial soaps, have sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS), parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum, which was irritating his skin.

We were delighted to see the clarifying, calming results and  enthusiastically shared them with family and friends, then sold them at local craft shows, and shops, and our self- created website, so more people could experience the benefits of natural soaps.**
I continued to research, to improve, to find what naturally soothes, calms, nourishes, and moisturizes our skin. For thousands of years, people have taken advantage of the healing and nourishing properties of honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis.

Our Honey Bee Natural line was born, and the response has been overwhelming! From humble beginnings, to touching the lives of people globally. Please read our testimonials. Thank you to all of you who have shared your experiences and excitement! Your  thankfulness and thoughtfulness, warms our hearts.

We truly do care.

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to continue to help you love your beautiful skin naturally by providing the highest level of ingredients in our head to toe body care products, each of which are made with love in Florida. Our moisture rich honey bee naturals include the ultimate benefits of locally bought honey. *** Let your skin feel difference.

As a family company, we care for your skin as we do our own family and are committed to help you cleanse, nourish, treat, & restore your tender skin with care, with natural, proven effective, yet gentle, products.
Join our loyal customers, and Let Your Skin Feel the Difference. Experience the difference of a company that cares.

* For every one BELIEVE soap bar sold, $1 goes to Dup15q Alliance for research-www.idic15.org.”

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Propolis & Hemp Cool Mint Shampoo

About:

“Propolis Cool Mint Omega-3 & Hemp Shampoo is SLS-Free, DEA and Paraben-Free, and does not contain artificial colors or other hazardous chemicals. This is a pure, all natural shampoo. Mild on all hair types. With a wonderful minty scent.

Our shampoo has Hemp Oil to add emollience and shine to hair. The Omega-3 & 6 properties offer needed strength for the scalp and hairshaft. Extracts of Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula, Red Clover, Willow Bark and Elder Flower are used to replenish, highlight and control your hair. Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) acts as a 2 in 1 for thin and medium hair types, without any waxy build up or flaky residue for daily shampooing. Propolis and Essential Oils for scalp infections, dandruff, falling or greying hair, skin ailments as its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects on scalp. Refresh your senses with this cool mint shampoo.”

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Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner

About:

“This is a Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free natural hair conditioner, made without harmful detergents or wetting agents. Safe for permanent and color treated hair. Protect and restore damage do to chlorinated pools, salt water, hair dryers, flat irons and curling irons.

Our Propolis Cool Mint Botanical Conditioner is meant to provide deep conditioning to the hair with pure ingredients derived from nature. Using Olive, Coconut, Castor and Meadowfarm Seed Oils to add natural emollience back into the hair shaft, without additional oiliness. Panthanol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Chamomile give hair body and shine. Propolis and Essential Oils for antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti inflammatory effect on scalp. A refreshing cool mint scent.

Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hands, and massage its nourishing ingredients through your hair. Just feel your hair drink in the emollients.

Our Botanical Conditioners can be used in the following ways for natural twists, braids, locs, & curls:

*Styling
*Leave In
*Moisturizer
*Deep Conditioner.”

My Thoughts About the Shampoo & Conditioner:

This shampoo and conditioner duo was one that I enjoyed using and my hair really reacted well to it. The shampoo suds up very well and was able to tackle my greasy, post-run scalp without stripping my ends of all their moisture. As the name suggests, both the shampoo and conditioner have a minty aroma to them–which is one of my favorite scents to have in the shower. I’m also a believer in the power of the hemp plant and I love that the shampoo contains hemp oil.

Besides ingredients, my main concern with a conditioner is that it is able to detangle my long strands. This conditioner worked very well and left my hair soft, moisturized and manageable.

Scentational is clearly a brand is that ingredient conscious. I’m happy to see that they omit SLS and parabens in their hair products. I would obviously love to see them take their hair products to the next level by using organic ingredients. That said, these two hair products are heads and shoulders above the products you would commonly find in your local drug store.

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Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub

About:

“Regular exfoliation is necessary to keep the entire body smooth in texture and to eliminate surface toxins, impurities, and dead skin cells.  Our Lavender Honey Sea Salt Scrub is enriched with Organic Oils, Essential Oils, Pure Local Florida Honey and Florida Sea Salt for the ultimate in moisturizing and nourishing, as well as anti-free radical damage benefits to the skin.

Excellent for luxurious manicures and pedicures.

Perfect for using before tanning. (Airbrush tans, Spray Booth tans, Lotion tans and UV tans)

Leaves skin petal soft, purified and toned. Bursting with a sweet floral herbaceous scent.”

My Thoughts:

I have lately become a huge fan of scrubs (even making my own–using coffee grounds). Maybe it’s all of my long marathon training runs that are making my skin feel the need for exfoliation. Whatever it is, I truly don’t mind it because I have great products like this one to get the job done.

The grittiness of this scrub is ideal for me–its enough to thoroughly exfoliate my skin without being too harsh. I use it on my knees and elbow, primarily.

The lavender and honey scents under warm shower water truly make each shower like a flowery and sweet spa experience! Love the use of organic essential oils in this product.

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Cool Mint Propolis Soap

About:

“The Best Soap! Our best seller. Check out our happy list of local wholesalers as well.

Propolis contains a wealth of minerals and a significant amount of Vitamin C. Everyone may use it, as a means of protection against micro-organisms. It has antiseptic qualities and good for the skin and scalp because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. Propolis Bees make Propolis by collecting nectar from flowers of different types of trees and plants and mixing this with pollen to form a waxy substance. Propolis is ideal for arthritis, cancer, asthma, eczema, acne, herpes, burns, wounds, body odor,dry skin, itchy skin, scars, psoriasis…to name a few.

Propolis Cool Mint Soap is suitable for the most sensitive skin, made with vitamin and mineral rich Propolis, a natural antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory. It’s enriched with blends of pure essential oils to enhance your bathing experience with a cool mint freshness.

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Propolis, Natural Stoneground Cornmeal, Proprietary Essential Oil Blend, Vitamin E, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

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Chocolate Decadence Honey Soap

About:

“Chocolate lovers, rejoice- here is a calorie free treat that indulges your cravings for something sinful!

Chocolate and Pure Florida Honey have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-aging properties which cleanse, nourish, and moisturize your skin. Cocoa Butter and Chocolate softens and rejuvenates skin while protecting skins elastin and collagen from free radical damage, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. Ideal for all skin types, acne, lines and wrinkles, to name a few…

This is a 4 oz. soap bar, comes shrink wrapped and banded in a cigar band type label with the description and ingredients. This soap bar is perfect for Wholesalers to sell in there Honey Shop or Place of Business.

Ingredients: Saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Canola Oil, Cocoa Absolute, Pure Florida Honey, Unrefined Cocoa Butter, and Grapefruit Seed Extract.”

My Thoughts about the bar Soaps:

These are my two favorite Scentsational products in consideration to the ingredient lists alone. Nothing makes me “ooh” and “ahh” over a product more that reading one organic ingredient after the next.

In addition to the high-quality ingredients, both are these soaps are incredible to the scenses! Mint is my very favorite scent in a bar of soap because it not only smells fresh and cool, but it feels that way on the skin as well. It truly feels like it rejuvenates your skin.

The chocolate decadence bar is earthy, rich and just as wonderful as it sounds. The chocolate smell is noticeable, but not completely overpowering. This is unique treat for my to have experienced–as it’s one of the few bars of chocolate I’ve had in the shower! 🙂

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Strawberry Honey Lip Balm

About:

“Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, strawberry tea infused pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

Naturally Bee Kissed with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm made with sweet, tea infused soothing pure Florida honey, this natural lip balm is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft. Deliciously smooth and soothe your lips with a strawberry flavor.

Shea butter contains natural UV sun protection.

Our Lip Balms are Homemade and All Natural and made with moisturizing mango butter, cocoa butter, nourishing shea butter, skin loving sweet almond oil, beeswax, pure Florida honey and vitamin-e as a preservative, flavor oil.

**For better results it is best to exfoliate lips every night with our Strawberry Honey Lip Exfoliator/Plumper/Edible and follow with our Strawberry Honey Lip Balm.  Exfoliating is to get rid of dry, cracked, peeling lips and lip balm helps lock in moisture and keep your lips soft and smooth.  (ladies, doing so will make your lipstick stay on longer.)”

My Thoughts:

I first thought of my 5-year-old girl when I read about this product. She can’t get enough strawberries!

Often times, strawberry skin products smell and taste like an artificial strawberry flavoring. However, with this lip balm you get the feeling that it’s the real deal. It’s so sweet and fresh! Truly smells good enough to eat. It does an incredible job of moisturizing chapped lips (I even dab some on my nose on colder days to prevent having a dry nose).

I love the simplicity and richness of the ingredients. Again, would love to see this ingredient list like the Scentsational bar soap ingredient lists. I see myself stocking up on this for my little girl when they pack it full of organic goodness.

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Strawberry Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

About:

“Naturally Bee Kissed (Lip Exfoliator & Plumper) is an effective exfoliator and plumping lip treatment. Rich in organic fruits and herbs and proudly free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petroleum.

The first sugar-based, lip exfoliator/plumper that is perfectly edible and smells delicious.  This natural pure Florida tea-infused strawberry honey lip exfoliator and plumper is packed with moisturizing and nourishing butters and oils to keep your lips soft and smooth.  For extra protection we added essential oils for antiseptic and disinfectant properties.  This lip scrub has uv protection. Use often as needed to keep lips healthy feeling.

Use any of our Honeybee Lip Balms after treatment for soothing and moisturizing lips.”

My Thoughts:

Having a lip scrub in the shower has been a special treat. This scrub is a bit more gentle than the sea salt scrub with finer granules. It leaves me lips soft, smooth and smelling like strawberries! Like the lip balm, this scrub smells good enough to eat. It’s interesting to read that this scrub acts as a natural lip plumped–cant hurt right? 🙂 Love the use of organic ingredients!

If all of these Scentsational products were packed full of organic ingredients, I’d give this brand my highest rating. They aren’t far away from that, though. They are a way-above-average skin care line and I’ve had a pleasant exchange working with them!

Veronica Malibu Skin Care Review

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Veronica Malibu Skin Care

(this is a must read for acne sufferers)

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Veronica Malibu:

“Veronica Barton-Schwartz is one of the leading experts in skin care in Los Angeles. She incorporates the newest advanced technologies and treatments with a holistic approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle at her Skin and Body Care Center in Malibu, California. At her exclusive seaside retreat, she offers everything from luxurious facials, and body treatments to lasers and injectibles to yoga and private sessions with a Tai Chi Master. Veronica believes that everyone can have healthy, glowing skin if they treat the mind, body and spirit.”

Here is a bit more information about the ingredients that Veronica uses in regard to the word “organic”:

“I do use some organic ingredients, but not all.  I come from a acne background and organic products don’t work on all types of acne.”
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Fresh Mint Wash

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“The Veronica Malibu Mint Wash is a mild pH-balanced facial cleanser recommended for normal to oily and combination skin types. It instantly softens the tap water and dissolves oily and contaminated sebum from the skin’s surface.

  • Beneficial to the skin because of its selective blend of natural botanical extracts
  • Helps control oily skin without over drying
  • Unclogs pores
  • A favorite in Malibu for over 28 years!”

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyiosbutane, Shea Butter, Dimethicone Copolyol, Thyme Extract, Horsetail Extract, Sage Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, , Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Menthol, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sassafras Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carmine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.”

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Azulene Cream

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Azulene Cream is a lightweight moisturizer to soothe sensitive skin. This cream is ideal for both adults and teenagers. Azulene and other herbal extracts leave a very thin protective layer on the skin which fights bacteria and prevents the formation of inflammation and pimples. A great primer for make-up and a favorite with men because of its lightness and refreshing feeling after shaving. Helps relieve dryness and increases skin’s natural moisture.

It is recommended for combination, and sensitive skin, as part of a highly effective skin care program.

  • Light feel and texture
  • Great for every age
  • A favorite with men and teenagers because of its lightness and refreshing feeling
  • Recommended for combination and sensitive skin
  • Great primer for make-up

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera Gel, Safflower Oil,Steric Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Alginate, Hops Extract, Rosemary Leaves Extract, Sage Leaves Extract, Hazelnut Oil, Wheat Gern Lil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Triethanolamine, Avocado Oil, Azulene, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Ascorbyl Palmitate, d-Panthenol, Ginseng Extract, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.”

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Micro-Dermabrasion Treatment

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“The Veronica Malibu Micro-Dermabrasion Treatment is a resurfacing cream that gently exfoliates the skin to help minimize fine lines, pores and wrinkles. Natural fruit enzymes, vitamins, herbal extracts and marine salts enhance the process by stimulating the production of new and healthy skin cells. The marine salts assist in the reduction of sun damage and scarring. Revives dull skin and smoothes skin’s texture after one treatment.

  • leaves a healthy glow
  • polishes dead skin cells
  • leaves your complexion noticeably brighter and smoother

Ingredients:

Aloe Vera, Hyrogenated Polyisobutane, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Alginate, Glycerin, Refined Aluminum Oxide, Chamomile, Thyme Leaves Extract, Methylcellose, Safflower Oil, Dimethicone, Micronized Sodium Chloride (Salt), Bromalain Enzymes, Papain Enzymes, Lecithin, Calendula Extract, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Pheonoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.”

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Clarifying Toner

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Helps purify and refine the skin with the soothing blend of eleven herbs that tones the skin without drying it out.

Cleans and calms the skin with the soothing properties of Hyaluronic Acid. This Toner provides blemish control by tightening pores and reducing oil production. Balances natural pH level (pH 5).

Formulated for those with oily to normal skin.

  • Removes makeup and impurites
  • Sulfate and Paraben-free
  • Soothes skin
  • Balances natural pH levels
  • Free of petrochemicals, paragons, sodium laurel sulfates, and perfumes

Witch Hazel – An excellent natural astringent, reduces inflammation, sanitizes the skin and at the same time, helps with hydration of the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid – Pocesses the ability to rata in water, which contributes significantly to maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance and texture.

Ingredients:

Purified Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Achillea Millefollum Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Gycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Arctium Majus Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.”

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Blemish Drying Lotion

Veronica Malibu’s Description:

“Blemish Drying Lotion is an effective spot treatment for blemished skin. It helps dry up blemishes, reduces tissue redness, irritation and helps to prevent growth of the blemish. While other acne spot treatments are harsh and can irritate a dry or sensitive skin, this product is safe an effective for all skin types. The combination of ingredients, including Propolis and Tea Tree Oil make this one of Veronica’s top sellers for clear skin. It’s great for acne on the back and chest. The Veronica Blemish Lotion also takes the redness and itch out of mosquito bites!

  • Sulphur clears comedones & inhibits new ones from forming
  • Salicylic Acid encourages the sloughing of dead skin cells
  • Propolis works as a anti-inflammatory
  • Tea Tree Oil fights off bacteria and is a anti-fungal

Ingredients:

Deionized Water, SD Alcohol 40, Horsetail Extract, Sulpfur, Pyroligneous Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Borate, Propolis Extract, Retinol. Yeast Extract, Tea Tree Oil and Camphor.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have really looked forward to writing this post because these products have triggered me to have some pretty profound thoughts (profound for my mind).

Let me just say this. Obviously, I advocate organic skin care products and believe that they are, more often than not, the best route to take when trying to improve the health of skin. The tiny loophole I encountered throughout this entire process is that organic skin care products have not “cured” my acne. Even the priciest, most simple, organic products have not been the “cure-all.”

I believe that is because acne is not only effected by the outside of our body. Acne is a result of what is going on inside of our bodies. Diet, hormone imbalance and digestive issues seem to be common contributing factors to the presence of acne.

I digress a bit, but I wanted to share those thoughts (briefly) because Veronica Malibu products have triggered me to go down a path of truth finding when it comes to acne.

Ingredients aside, I found that using these products together on a daily basis (besides the microdermabrasion, which I used once a week) tackled the inflammation and redness that I was experiencing with my current blemishes. My skin appeared and felt smoother after doing this routine for about 2 weeks. I did find the blemish drying lotion to be unpleasantly fragrant, likely because of its sulfur content. My routine consisted of washing with the mint wash, dabbed the toner onto my entire face (focusing on the “T” zone), applying the Azulene cream all of my face, then applying the blemish drying lotion to problem areas. Each product had a nice consistency and did it’s job well.

But, not all of the ingredients are “perfect” and organic…. That really threw me for a loop. I truly felt torn. I thought, “here are products that are a result of Veronica’s many years in skin care—they are working in minimizing my acne—but they don’t have the cleanest ingredient list.” She does use several organic ingredients, but like I included earlier in this post, Veronica says,

“I do use some organic ingredients, but not all.  I come from a acne background and organic products don’t work on all types of acne.”

This made me scratch my head and really challenged me to have an open mind. 9 times out of 10 I would vehemently refuse to use pharmaceutical products, or products with “active” ingredients. I generally choose to seek the natural route to skin health.
Since I believe part of my acne problem has been a result of years on birth control, I’ve deemed my acne to be primarily caused by a hormonal imbalance. It’s almost like: because a drug could have caused or exasperated my acne, it might take something “stronger” to help break the cycle that my skin is in.
I have felt the need to recognize that pharmaceuticals just might have a place in skin care. I do not think that they truly cure the problem, but they seem that they can be a short term fix. I don’t see them as a great long term fix since they don’t tackle the underlying issue inside of your body.
Essentially, I couldn’t deny that the products were reducing the inflammation on my face, but I concluded that I, myself, would not be likely to establish a long term routine with these products.
If you are searching for a line of products that simply get the job done and are effective in minimizing the appearance of acne, then I would recommend these products. If you scrutinize ingredients lists and are weary about using anything less than completely pure, then I would say find another line of products that suites your requirements.
I had my eye on Veronica Malibu product for a few years and genuinely felt excited to try them. I REALLY wanted to love them in a whole way (effectiveness & ingredients). I do find them effective, and have opened my mind to understand that sometimes acne can be effectively treated by active ingredients that are not necessarily organic.
I hope that this post will help shed a bit more light on acne. I believe that Veronica is top-notch, was a joy to work and communicate with, was incredibly generous, and is extremely passionate about skin care.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Be Natural Organics Skin Care Review

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B Natural Organics

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About B Natural Organics:

“What We Choose to Use, Avoid, and Why

As the dangers caused from toxins in personal care products become more evident, it is important that we educate ourselves on the toxicity levels in every product we use. This will enable us to make informed decisions about what we apply to our skin, and introduce into our bodies.

At Be Natural Organics, we want our customers to be armed with the necessary information to ensure that you make the right choices for your skin.  That is why we have each of our products rated for toxicity levels by an independent environmental organization.

Along with knowledge on the overall toxicity levels in skin care products, we think it is important to understand the various types of toxins.  For this reason, we have included a list below of the two main types of toxins and their effects on our bodies:

Synthetic toxins – Most tend to accumulate in our bodies and attribute to our “Chemical Body Burden”. Numerous studies have shown that synthetic toxins accumulate in our organs and fatty tissues and eventually lower the body’s resistance to fight disease. Two of the main synthetic toxins used in skin care products are parabens and sulfates.  Parabens, found in over 90% of skin care products, collect in the fatty tissues in breasts and have been connected with breast tumors.  Sulfates accumulate in the brain, heart, liver and lungs and have shown similar detrimental effects. At Be Natural Organics, we ensure our products are free of all harmful synthetic toxins.  For more information, please see our “Articles” link.

Natural toxins – These are very different than their synthetic counterparts. Fruit and vegetable enzymes, some essential oils and other botanical actives may have a toxicity rating.  However, these natural enzymes dissipate into the skin, fulfill their purpose (for example, to exfoliate or stimulate collagen), and become neutralized by the body.  They do not carry with them any long-term negative effects. Be Natural Organics will use various natural enzymes to achieve specific results.

Why Be Natural Organics Oils are Superior:

Be Natural Organics ingredients are produced from premium-grade botanicals using a proprietary cold press manufacturing technology. This special process gently extracts oils from natural bio-masses (botanicals) using nominal pressure, resulting in cooler processing temperatures than extrusion processes and without any distillation, harsh chemicals or synthetic ‘stripping.’ In fact, this process is certified organic.

Be Natural Organics botanical oils are exceptionally pure, potent and nutritionally rich.

Other manufacturing processes use solvents or high-heat expeller presses. Worse, some claim to have a “cold” process but sill generate damaging temperatures. The nutritional content of oils vary greatly based upon the manufacturing process.

Be Natural Organics oils are processed under very low temperatures in an inert atmosphere during extraction and bottling to ensure that our all-natural and certified organic products retain their full spectrum of concentrated antioxidants and other valuable phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant constituents) for optimal nutritional benefits.

The result is botanical ingredients exhibiting unprecedented nutritional concentrations, purity and functionality.

At Be Natural Organics we are committed to providing a luxurious product line that surpasses the competition by omitting dangerous synthetic toxins and maintaining high-performing results. We are extremely proud to have achieved our goal and continue to develop new, clean products.

We are also committed to educating consumers on the importance of healthy skin care, and to be a driving force in the removal of all dangerous toxins used in skin care products today.  Towards that end, we have developed a toxin reference card for you to take with you when you go shopping.   Please print this card and put it in your wallet as our gift to you.”

Here is a bit more info about Be Natural Organics that touches on these products in regards to the word “organic”:

“Most of our ingredients are certified organic. We have just now started marking our certified organic ingredients with an askerisk. We have our products rated on skindeep.com and are now in the process of becoming NOP certified.”

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Elderberry Balancing Mist

B Natural Organics’ Description:

“Our Elderberry Balancing Mist is created to heal, nourish, and bring oily and acne-prone skin into ph balance. This prepares the skin for optimal absorption of serums and moisturizers. Peppermint and tea tree hydrosol work to control oil production in the skin. Elderberry, pomegranate, and comfrey soothe and heal acne-prone skin. Niacin provides tremendous anti-acne benefits.

Ingredients:

Peppermint and tea hydrosol, populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, hyaluronic acid, elderberry, pomegranate and comfrey extracts, niacin, apple pectin, mangosteen, rose hip and bamboo extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

As suggested, I spray this mist onto my face before applying a serum. You can instantly feel a bit of a tingle, or light zing. It feels like it helps the serum to target acne and blemishes while moisturizing. It works well after application in keeping facial oil at bay.

I’ve also been using this more like a toner, one that I use in the middle of the day to control the oil on my face. It works well for that use also. I like how the ingredients are a long list of plants, most of which are organic (as I discussed above in the intro).

For skin like mine, I like having a product like this around for days when my skin is problematic. It makes me feel like I have something to combat those problems with. I’d recommend this to individuals who are searching for a good product to help balance their oily and problematic skin. You can use this in combination with your current moisturizer to target and heal acne.

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Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel

B Natural Organics’ Description:

“Botanical Enzymes have been called the most important skin care agents of the decade. The active enzyme used in our Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel loosens dead cells from the skin’s surface by dissolving stubborn glue-like substances that refuse to release dead skin cells through normal cleansing. These cells create a barrier for proper absorption of moisturizers and serums, so getting rid of these dead cells means that fresher cells are exposed resulting in optimal absorption of products.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice *, lactic acid (plant-based), populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This is one of the few peels I have ever tried in my journey with organic products–so I was extra intrigued about this one!

On the bottle, they recommend that this peel is applied using a cotton ball. Even though that method might be less messy, I prefer to use clean fingertips. That way, you don’t waste any product on the cotton ball. As I applied it bit by bit to my face, I noticed a bit of a tingly, very tolerable stinging sensation. It was a good, clarifying feeling. The packaging even suggests that if, for some reason, you don’t find that tolerable, wash off soon after. Whereas if you’re like me, and find it to be a rejuvenating feeling, you can keep it on for several times.

It feels and looks like this product works well. It helps revive the top layer of skin and leaves it looking fresh and glowing. I find it unique enough of a product that I would consider buying it again to have a product on hand that can tackle my top layer of dead skin. I’d recommend this enzyme peel to anyone who has skin that requires bi-daily washes to keep skin clean and fresh feeling.

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AHA Facial Wash

B Natural Organics’ Description:

“This highly effective foaming cleanser contains 10% glycolic acid to help destroy acne-causing bacteria. Removes skin’s outer layer, allowing easier release of clogged pores, excess sebum and debris. Helps reduce skin discoloration from previous acne and encourages pore refinement for a flawless complexion. Your skin will be left clean with a more renewed and even skin tone.

Ingredients:

Aqua (distilled water), olea europaea (olive oil) castile, glycolic acid, vegetable glycerin, rosa rubiginosa (rose hip) seed oil, ascophyllum nodosum (seaweed) extract, fortunella swingle (kumquat) oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I found this cleanser to be gentle and thorough at the same time. The consistency of the mixture is a liquidy-gelly mixture and lathers up a little bit, but not a ton, like you’d imagine a liquid soap to do. I think, though, that it is gentle because it does not suds up a lot. To get a better clean, I use this product with a plant-fiber facial exfoliating buff or round (I use a Dew Puff).

I think this is a facial wash that would be suitable for a wide range of skin types, as it gentle enough for sensitive skin and can be thorough enough to clean well on an oily face as well. I’d recommend it!

BHAS-2T

BHA Serum

B Natural Organics’ Description:

“This serum contains the active ingredient beta-hydroxy acid, providing powerful anti-bacterial properties and anti-oxidants to stimulate new cell production while protecting your face in an oil-free base. Deeply penetrates skin to lift debris from clogged pores. Dissolves facial oil all day long as it rejuvenates your skin. Keeps a professional matte finish for oily skin.”

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice, purified water (and) camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, ethanol (natural grain alcohol), salicylic acid, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), populous tremoloides (aspen bark) extract, xanthan gum, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) extract, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) extract, vitamin C-ester.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’m used to serums that are pure and comprised or organic, hydrating oils. “Oil free” is something I DO NOT look for in a facial product. The myth that oily skin shouldn’t be treated with oil is one that I’d like to squash. Just like our bodies, which need fats to thrive, our skin needs organic, pure oils in moderation as well. High quality, plant based oils are some of the best healers for skin.

All of that said, I DO like this product a lot. I would classify it as more of a skin elixir instead of a serum (simply because in my mind, serum often means a rich combo of oils). I think this product is good at healing skin, but not adding a ton of moisture and hydration to it. That said, I have used it in combination with an organic oil serum and found that it heals and adds moisture well.

I’d recommend this product to be used in combination with an organic oil serum. Together, I think they would help skin and keep it moist.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.