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Hi All!

I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend!

Thanks so much to all of you who signed up for the O.N.E. Skincare Giveaway – I really appreciate all of the liking, following and tweeting everyone did so thank you so much!!

Congratulations to our winner who was randomly selected, Sharon David!

Please email me ASAP with your mailing information so I can get your prize out to you!

If you didn’t win, fret not, I have more giveaways in the works soon so stay tuned! 😉

Have a Great Day!

Happy Saturday!

I hope you’re all having a nice weekend!

Last Summer, I had the lovely opportunity to try out this amazing all-in-one beauty product by O.N.E. Skincare and really enjoyed it quite a lot.

If this is news to you, O.N.E. Skincare was created by one woman in her kitchen with a mission to create the ultimate all-in-one beauty product. The formula is lovely and natural and includes nourishing ingredients such as sunflower, olive oil, vitamin E, and lavender. If you want to learn more about my experiences with this product, check out my original review for O.N.E. Skincare – here.

I did a giveaway back with that original review and I’m so happy that O.N.E. Skincare has offered to sponsor a giveaway again so that more readers have a chance to discover their lovely product!

This giveaway starts today and will end this Friday, March 8th, 2013, so Hurry & Sign Up While You Can!

Good Luck 🙂 

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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Marie's Original Poison Ivy Oak SoapI trialed this a few months ago, but I just hadn’t had time to post on it until now.

Personally, when I was first sent this soap a few months ago, I thought, What do I need this for? as I obviously don’t have poison oak or poison ivy and felt I had no need for it, nor could I properly test it, but after using it for over a month, I’ve decided I really do like this soap as it actually helps calm skin irritations as well.

I’ve written a bit about my own skin issues and I occasionally get really itchy, dry skin, especially in the winter months due to the climate change and more extreme weather and I’ve found that this soap really does help calm the irritation. It’s formula includes oatmeal which has been known to aid in calming skin irritations such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis and you can even see the little pieces of oatmeal as you use it. What I like about that is that it offers some very mild exfoliation while calming and healing the skin with sassafras, white willow, noni, olive oil, and green clay. This soap is meant to treat poison ivy/oak as well as minor skin rashes and irritations and I truly think it works. Not only is it effective, but it’s also super affordable – you can get 1 bar of this awesome soap for only $7.99!

You can find out more about how this soap is made and how it helps to treat poison ivy and other skin irritations – here.

You can purchase the soap itself – here.

MINI GIVEAWAY TIME!

I have TWO (count them) of these bars to give away to some lucky readers so comment below answering the following question(s) to enter to win!

{ US READERS ONLY – Sorry International Lovelies! }

Questions to Answer: Do you deal with skin irritations? If so, what do you use to treat them?

Have you ever had poison ivy / oak / sumac?

Get Your Milk ‘Stache On With Fresh & Natural Dairyface Nourishing Facial Refreshers!

I have to admit that I’ve been meaning to post on these for awhile now, but I needed to test them all out first and experiment a bit to give the best feedback so that’s my excuse for not doing this until now and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, these were sent for review by Dairyface and they’ve been very generous to send me samples of all of what they’re calling Nourishing Facial Refreshers, but they are seriously much more than that.

First off, they are as fresh as skincare can get in my opinion. They are composed of milk (of course) which includes loads of vitamins (A, B12, C, D & E), proteins, peptides, lactic acid, and probiotics and prebiotics to heal, calm, nourish and hydrate skin. Each NFR includes different herbs – Lavender Lovely (Lavender), Peppermint Creme (Peppermint), etc. These really just smell and look like yogurt for the most part, though there is a subtle scent of herbs underneath that as well. Since all of these are pretty much yogurt, they must be kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them and they last about 1-2 months. They’re sent to you quickly in an insulated package so they stay cool and fresh. Also, although they say single use on the little containers (you receive 2 per pack), they last a lot more uses than that. I’ve seriously piled this stuff onto my face just to see how much of it I could use up and there was still a lot left in the container even after that. I would say these could last from 4 uses to 8, depending on how much of it you use at any one time.

This is me with the Peppermint Creme NFR on and I’ve seriously piled it on as much as I could, including on my neck. Below is the container after I’ve used it twice and you can see I still have a lot left. 

So, each of these NFR’s has a different purpose, though they all seem generally the same in texture, feel and overall scent (yogurt). The Lavender Lovely does have an edge of subtle lavender scent and really helped to calm breakouts. If I was experiencing redness, I’ve gone and massaged it into my face for a minute before smoothing it over my face as a mask and leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Due to the lactic acid, there is some mild redness after, but it goes away within a few minutes and there’s no irritation. Just be sure to really rinse this off otherwise you will have peeling dried milk on your skin and it’s kind of annoying so yeah, rinse well. 

Although each of these is really cooling and relaxing because they are kept in the fridge, the Peppermint Creme one is especially relieving and relaxing to use and has a nice minty edge to it under the usual yogurt smell which I really like. I also find this one is great for breakouts and irritation as well. I’ve also found I love any of these in hot weather because they’re like instant relief from the heat…and now I’m wishing I had one on now. They’re that relaxing. Eye Caramba is specially formulate for underneath the eyes, but I’ve used it all over my face as well with great results. This one is specifically made to tighten, lighten and smooth fine lines around your eyes, though, and I think it does have some nice effects when used for this.

The Glad Allover is an interesting one. All of these can be used on both the face and body, but this one is specifically designed as a scrub for both face and body. I did try it once and it certainly does soften the skin, hydrate and gently exfoliate. I even used it as a hair mask to really great effects, but I recommend a few things to avoid some nasty smells later. First, if you use it on only your face and body, be sure to use an alternative body wash or soap after using this. Second, if you use this as a hair mask, you will need to shampoo your hair twice and condition once really well to make sure it’s all out of your hair. This is because if you leave any residue and there’s any amount of heat or humidity (I did this test on a super hot night), you will smell like rotting milk. It was not a pleasant smell to wake up to; in fact, I immediately showered because it was so gross. I don’t want to deter you from trying this out as a hair mask or body scrub because the effects are awesome, but you really can’t go without rinsing this off a few times with another soap given the nature of the ingredients. So that’s all I’m saying.

Lastly, I tried the Green Tea Magic. Very calming, a little herbal, and just as cooling as the others, this one is also great for irritation, calm skin and the caffeine in it will plump cells and reduce puffiness.

Overall, I really love these Nourishing Facial Refreshers from Dairyface!

They are truly a nice treat for the skin! Although they cost $26.99 for 2 “single use” packs, they actually go about 4-8 uses, depending on how much you use each time. I will definitely be using and purchasing these lovelies as long as they’re available. They make my skin feel super soft, hydrated, and they really do help with breakouts, especially the ones that feel really sore. They seem to bring the swelling down on those ones. Living in a hot climate, I also love that these are kept in the fridge because they feel so relaxing and “refreshing” to use as they are really cool going on. Also, they sent me a nice insulated bag to keep these lovelies in so that they’re always super cold. These are definitely worth a look if you’re into more natural face mask and treatment options.

Check out the full lines of Nourishing Facial Refreshers – Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Dairyface for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of how I obtain products.

Gentle Face Cleanser + Exfoliant + Moisturizer + Face Mask : Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Facial Cleansing Balm & Muslin Cloth

If you’ve been following along for a bit, you may have seen my original post on Suti Skincare, but if not, you may have seen the reviews I did for their Peppermint Face Toner and Purity Balm Moisturizer, which I also featured as one of my June Beauty Favorites. If not, do check them out! I’ve become such a huge fan of Suti since first trying samples of their stuff a few months back. They are truly one of those organic beauty brands that offer quality products that are also very effective and that is something to be applauded. They’re already one a few awards for their efforts including Best Beauty Newcomer by Sublime Magazine for 2011 and it’s all very well deserved.

Their Organic Cleanse Balm is certainly no different than any of their products in terms of quality. Although you get a modest sized jar, I can fully attest to the fact that a little really actually does go a long way. This will last you several months. It’s a very compact balm in the jar and a dime sized amount easily melts in your hand and onto your face. This is a different kind of cleanser entirely to the typical foam and rinse types; it requires a bit more work, but the payoff is better. You really have to massage this kind of cleanser into your face really well to get the results you want, otherwise this is just oil sitting on your face being useless, albeit really high quality oils. In order to get the full effect, you must massage this into your skin for at least a minute and you can leave it on for 5-20 minutes if you want to get added mask effects. It really deep cleans the pores without being drying to the skin and, when used with the muslin cloth (free when you purchase the Cleanse Balm, BTW!), it exfoliates your skin in an extremely gentle way that doesn’t irritate, just brightens and tones. I really like their muslin cloth as well; it’s unbleached and natural and it’s really quite soft. This one is certainly higher quality than the one from Liz Earle, though both get the job done at any rate.

Aside from being an incredible cleanser, it also really hydrates the skin really well. Amid the scorching heat we’ve been enduring lately, I’ve been using this alone. I did test it with the Purity Balm on cooler days and it worked really well combined with that too, though a bit too moisturizing for the hot, miserably humid days we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 weeks (Ugh.)

The things I truly love about this cleanser are that it is very gentle and includes a lot of healing ingredients. On days when my skin just feels downright abused (like when I feel oily, dirty, but still dry – WTF?), this is an absolutely skin saver. It just feels so nourishing and the nourishing oils sink right into the skin, leaving my skin feeling super soft and supple. I have truly loved this on hot days (believe it or not) because it’s allowed me to combine cleansing with moisturizing and it leaves my skin feeling balanced because I can buff this off my face with warm water and the muslin cloth after massaging it into the skin.

This is definitely a more expensive cleansing balm, but as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best one I’ve ever tried and truly worth the price in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on skincare, but it’s something I think is truly worth investing in because your face is the only one you’ve got and it deserves the best.

Check out the Organic CLEANSE Balm – here!

Check out all Suti Skincare products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Suti Skincare for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

Keep Cool In This Heat with Suti’s Peppermint Water Facial Toner

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll know how much I’ve come to love Suti Skincare. Ever since they sent me mini samples a few months ago, I’ve been a serious convert of their products. After all, they’re made with all natural and organic ingredients, quality packaging and their products are above all, effective.

So, when they agreed to send me more products for review, of course I said yes!

This is one of the awesome products they’ve sent me that has seriously been a godsend. I was actually complaining about the unbearable heat in an email to one of their lovely reps when she agreed to send this to me!

I cannot thank her enough! Seriously, this toner is so cooling given the peppermint in it, plus it comes in a very convenient spray bottle that I keep in my purse for every hour on the hour that I’m guaranteed to be sweating. Did I mention my office has no AC? We have a very large glorified fan that manages to cool down the hallway and little else, but this toner has been doing all the work to keep me from dying of heat overload. Not only that, but it helps to calm redness and irritation so I’ve been using it at night to help get rid of 2 spots that popped up when the weather took a turn for the worse (105 degrees F here today!). It’s meant for combination to oily skin types, but I actually think anyone with any skin type could use this one. It is gentle, calming and doesn’t have any added fragrance so the scent of peppermint is just barely discernible. The effects, on the other hand, are subtle yet immediately cooling and calming.

All in all, a seriously awesome product made with only the best ingredients – pure organic peppermint leaf water.

It’s pretty pricey at £18.00 (approx. $36 USD), but you do get a fair amount of product (100mL) and it really does last you.

Check it out – here!

See Suti Skincare’s full line of products – here!

You can also learn more about their ingredients – here.

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Suti Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

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http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/07/08/suti-skincares-purity-balm-review/

Special 2 for $20 For Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders!

Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !

Hurry While This Offer Lasts!

Purchase 2 Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders for $20 – Here!

New Gift Sets At Max Green Alchemy!

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Max Green Alchemy, especially their lovely Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner (Click Here for that Review!) which are incredibly effective, gentle and made with all plant-derived ingredients. That being said, I’m very close to running out of both of these and I discovered some brand New kits being offered over on MaxGreenAlchemy.Com at great prices, allowing you to try the shampoo and conditioner as well as your choice of Skin Rescue Shower Gelee or Scalp Rescue Styling Gel. One kit features these in trial type travel sizes and the other in all full sizes at really great prices.

Check them out! 

Natural Care Travel Gift Bag; $15.49 – $15.99 USD

Natural Care Gift Box; $46.99 – $48.99 USD

Definitely pick up one of these sets to try out their products if you haven’t already, otherwise the full sized gift box is a great way to get them at awesome prices! I’m certainly going to purchase one by the end of today as I really need to stock up!

To Shop All Max Green Alchemy products, Click Here!

Have you tried any Max Green Alchemy products?

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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I post sales, specials and other promotions as a way to pass on the beauty goodness to readers, nothing else. My opinion and posts are always 100% honest and my own.

Go Green with EkoMiko Luxury Intimate Massage Candles!


I was contacted by the very gracious Bradley from EkoMiko Candles about doing a review on these and, at first, I was a little hesitant. After all, it’s an intimate massage candle so I didn’t know how up my alley that would be, but I am very glad I decided to give it a go and was able to receive this lovely candle with an impressive message!

First off, it’s seriously so much more than just a luxury candle.

It’s made of 100% natural coconut butter wax and other natural, organic and eco certified ingredients to nourish and feed your skin for massage or as a hand / body balm.

Check here to read more about the ingredients.

The candle wax is a lot softer than your typical candle. Actually, it feels more like a body balm than a candle. I used a bit to moisturize my hands and it worked really well, whether the candle was lit or not. The candle I received, EkoHeroine, has a very feminine floral scent that is really nice and uplifting. They also have EkoHero, a scent that seems to be aimed more toward men and/or as a night time scent, that I received a small sample of and which is much more musky and masculine (obviously) than the EkoHeroine scent. I actually prefer the EkoHero scent, to be honest, but they are both really well-scented nonetheless.

The box packaging itself is seeded, meaning it can be planted directly into the ground and wild flowers will grow from it!

How cool is that?!

As if that wasn’t enough, the jar is made of recycled wine bottles, with a thin wood wick, and something I’ve never heard of before; the leaflets that come with this candle are made not from paper, but stone! It’s pretty shocking when you actually get to feel the little fold out leaflets because they are really glossy and very soft. Nothing about it says stone at all. Technology has come a LONG way if this is what they can make with stone!

That’s right; ^ this paper is made from stone!

Crazy, right? I thought so too!

I really love the overall message of this product. It really seems to promote a healthier, greener, more earth-friendly lifestyle and I love that. I only used this once for massage, much to my boyfriend’s displeasure, and only for his hands, but I felt the effect was really nice. I feel like this is literally a body balm in candle form. The fact that it’s meant for couples’ type massage is really awesome, but I love that the massage itself helps your skin soak up the impressive ingredients and the scent allows for a totally relaxing experience.

Although I think that $59 USD is extremely steep for any kind of candle, I do feel that this candle certainly offers more than your typical candle in every aspect. It’s truly an all-inclusive earth friendly product that I really love with a scent I will continue to enjoy during bath time and relaxing evenings at home without worry of inhaling unfriendly chemicals, damaging the ozone, endangering plants or chopping down many trees.

The price truly is the only drawback to this candle…other than their really awkward demo video which I can’t wrap my head around; it just seems bizarre, creepy (especially the staring bit), and a bit ludicrous that a woman would be like that in any situation, ever, and I really hope it’s supposed to be funny. Otherwise, if you are marketing to women, I just don’t really get it. (sorry! Lol. It made me giggle, but then maybe I’m just immature like that.)

I feel like a demo video would be better served if you highlighted the incredible nature that is encompassed in this product as opposed to random chick moisturizing in a suggestive way because, in my opinion, that only works for adult and lingerie type retail sites. I get that it’s an intimate massage candle, but it just seemed a bit off point to me.

Okay, rant over and out!

 Anyway, that aside, I do love the candle and the incredible feat they have achieved with their completely green, packaging and paper included, luxury massage candles that are definitely worth checking out.

Learn more about their message of No Guilt with these luxury eco candles- here! 

Check out the EkoMiko Candles blog – here!

To purchase one of these incredible candles – click here! 

Have you ever experienced these candles from EkoMiko?

How do you feel about eco friendly green luxury products?

What did you think of the video?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from EkoMiko Candles for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.