29 June 2014

Spring / Early Summer Favorites

I haven't done very many favorites posts over the years, but that's something I want to change.  I'm not sure about committing to monthly favorites, but I'm thinking every couple months, or at least seasonally.  Let's kick it off with five products I've been loving over the last few months...



Vice1960 Face Oil*
I reviewed this oil in May, and it's remained a staple in my routine ever since.  My skin isn't overly acne-prone to begin with, but even so, I've noticed it's clearer and generally happier since I've been using this product.  I usually mix one pump of the V60 oil with a couple drops of jojoba oil and the combination has a lovely, light texture that's perfect for summer and sinks into my skin quickly.  

Nourish Organics Coconut & Argan Body Wash (with Hibiscus)
You guys know how much I love Nourish's body washes, and the Coconut & Argan is my newest favorite.  From the name, I was expecting a coconut scent, but it's actually just coconut oil in here, not fragrance, so that's not the predominant smell that comes through.  Instead, it's a lovely, light, tropical floral that I don't even know how to describe.  I'm assuming what I'm smelling is the hibiscus, with just a hint of coconut.  I feel like this is what a midnight walk on a beach in Hawaii would smell like.

The All Natural Face Tequila Sunrise Blush
As much as I like cream products, my cheeks respond a lot better to powders, so a while back I decided to pick up the powder version of my favorite All Natural Face cream blush, Tequila Sunrise.  The powder is just as pretty as the cream and my skin likes it much better.  I've been wearing this blush almost every day since re-discovering it in my collection a couple weeks ago.
(P.S. I've swatched the cream version here and here.  The powder is a slightly lighter version of the same color.)

Ora's Amazing Herbal All Purpose Salve*
I liked Ora's Salve from the get-go, but this month it's really had a chance to shine.  We have cedar trees in our backyard, which means we are fully stocked on mosquitoes as well.  Usually I get good results from lavender oil on any bites, but when that wasn't working to relieve a couple fresh bites one night, I reached for this guy.  The salve, which is packed with soothing and anti-inflammatory herbs like calendula, comfrey, plantain, and chickweed, not only stopped the itching, it also took down the swelling and within 5 minutes, the bites were 90% gone!  

Stila 24A Blush and Powder Brush
I'm not sure if this brush is still being sold, but I received it in a swap this month and I couldn't be happier with it.  The bristles are soft and it's a great size for blush - small enough that you have a lot of control over where you're applying product, but big enough that it doesn't take you ten minutes to get your blush on.  I'm not usually one to spend a lot on brushes, but I'd be curious to check out more of Stila's brush line in the future.

How do you feel about favorites posts?  What have you been loving this spring?




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12 comments:

  1. The Nourish Organic product always sound so good :)

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    1. Nourish is lovely :) I don't think they've let me down yet!

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  2. The coconut argan wash sounds lovely - the scent alone makes me want to purchase it! x

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    1. It really is! It smells SO good :)

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  3. Lovely favorites!
    thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome :) Thanks for reading!

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  4. Great post! I want everything here but especially the Ora's Amazing Herbal All Purpose Salve

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    1. Thanks Amber! Ora's salve is really something special :)

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  5. I know them only from the blogs... They're probably not available in my part of the world. ;-(

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    1. Which are you thinking of? I don't have access to most of these where I am either, but I believe most, - if not all - ship internationally :)

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  6. I want the Nourish and Ora... but I would probably opt for the Ora salve version for sensitive skin. have you tried it? Is there another place to get the Nourish in Canada? $99 is a pretty high minimum for free shipping (and $20 for shipping is a bit out of my budget to try them out).

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    1. You can find some Nourish in some health food stores here, though I don't think this specific scent has made it to Canada yet. Same goes for Vitacost and iherb - they do stock the brand and have more affordable shipping, just are not very quick about getting newer products/scents. What I've done is stock up during Black Friday sales. Nourish does 50% off (or at least they have the last couple years) and with that big of a discount, I figure I can justify the $20 shipping. I know that doesn't really help in the moment though, sorry!

      I haven't tried the sensitive skin salve, but I believe it's the same, just minus the essential oils. I probably would have chosen that one initially too, but now that I've used the regular, I wouldn't want to mess with it at all! Unfortunately Ora's shipping to Canada is quite pricey too if I recall correctly :(

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