A Summer Glow with One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum

You diligently slather your face with highly concentrated face oils and serums to promote a more youthful glow, great! So, why would you treat your body anything differently? You can find a wide range of antioxidant-rich body oils on the market, that work to hydrate, protect, and deliver more youthful and radiant skin. If you haven’t already incorporated a body oil into your daily routine, its time. A stand-out for certain, in the world of high performance body serums, is the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum. This potent anti-aging serum, loaded with active naturals, hydrates exceptionally and provides an undeniable glow.

One-Love-Organics-Gardenia-Tea-Body-SerumThe Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum is perfect for these hot summer months. This lightweight serum, which feels like a dry oil, spreads easily onto damp skin and absorbs quickly. Skin is left intensely hydrated, not greasy, as a youthful glow emerges. It is mentioned that the serum may be used alone or under your moisturizer, however I find this blend of oils incredibly effective at hydrating even my dry skin. The soft floral fragrance of the gardenia flower is perfectly executed and encapsulates the essence of summer, as it lingers throughout the day. An ingenious spray top bottle provides easy application, as a locking mechanism feature allows for mess-free travel.

Brimming with antioxidants, including the clinically proven Antileukine 6® antioxidant, the serum is ideal to layer under your sunblock for extra protection against the sun and environmental stresses. This exemplary combination of organic oils, vitamins and minerals provide skin-firming and anti-aging benefits to reveal your best skin. In the world of body oils and serums, the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Body Serum is not one to miss!

capric/caprylic triglyceride, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil*, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*, fragrance/parfum*, laminaria ochroleuca (kelp) extract, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed extract* (and) rosmarinus ocinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, calendula ocinalis flower extract*, aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) extract*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil

ONE LOVE ORGANICS Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39


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A “Green Beauty” Giveaway with Vickerey Plus a Special Promo

I’ve teamed up with the eco-chic online retailer Vickerey, to bring you one sweet beauty giveaway. Vickerey caters to the eco-friendly lifestyle, with a curation of stylish selections for your home, wardrobe, beauty cabinet and yoga and fitness needs. It’s a one stop shop for the earthy-luxe, featuring all cruelly-free items that are mostly made in the USA. Vickerey carries a finely selected list of bath and beauty products, with brands including including Herbivore Botanicals, One Love Organics, 100%Pure, MUN, Prtty Peaushun, Farmaesthetics, and much more!

Vickerey has kindly offered up three of their “top-selling” beauty products for one very lucky MLD reader to win. This giveaway features products from the wonderful “green beauty” brands, Herbivore Botanicals, Lotus Love Beauty, and Farmaesthetics and is valued at $120. In addition, all reader’s can get 15% off all orders over $50 on the Vickerey website with code “dream15″.


Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Face Oil ($72) 

“The Lapis Facial Oil by Herbivore Botanicals is named after a favorite stone of ancient Egypt, known for its magnificent deep blue color. A key ingredient is Azulene, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that aids in reducing redness and clarifying the complexion. Perfect for oily and blemish-prone skin or any skin type that needs relief from inflammation.”

Lotus Love Beauty Satya Body Lotion ($21)

“Lotus Love Beauty’s Body Lotion is a vitamin-rich blend of certified organic herbal infusions and pure oils to protect and moisturize while leaving skin smelling fresh and soft to the touch. Their unique, exotic, botanical ingredients and transcendental fragrances are steeped in ayurvedic, yogic, and aromatherapeutic philosophies. Beautifully packaged, superbly hand-crafted, and made with a lively altruistic spirit, sets this San Diego based brand a notch above the others. “

Farmaesthetics Cool Allow Mist ($21)

“Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist is a multi-purpose product that helps heal inflamed skin. A perfect remedy for burns, over-exposure to the sun, or radiation, this cool mist offers instant relief (and on a hot day, a spritz feels wonderful). Voted “Best Post-Workout Skin Freshener” by Fitness Magazine, it cools and comforts all over.”

Use code ‘dream15′ to get 15% off your order over $50


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5 things this week…


Shine Bright Like a Diamond – Aila + BeauTeaBar collaborated to create the perfectly named polish, #likeaboss. This glittery-gold shade shines brilliantly in the sun. While not to longest lasting polish, it is a statement maker for sure.

So Fresh – The charcoal-based cream deodorant from Piperwai has been remarkably effective at keeping my underarms fresh all day. Considering that I am a “clinical strength” kind of lady, I am considerably impressed by this natural deo’s performance.

Bottled Bliss – The exquisite Satori Fragrance Oil from Lina Hanson, is an absolute favorite of all time. Every time I catch a whiff of this soft citrus fragrance, I am met with feelings of joy, I can’t help but smile. With notes of vanilla, yuzu, sandalwood, and ginger in a subtle composition, this fragrance is warm, sexy, and so very intoxicating. Read my review here.

“The Body” – The perfect bodysuit from The Reformation features super-luxe ribbed fabric, that perfectly conceals your bits. It’s super comfy and easy for an effortless summer look.


One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Body Oil

My body oil obsession stands strong. I finally caved and picked up the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Body Oil, which I don’t regret one bit. The Gardenia fragrance is so very lovely and perfect for summer! I also very much appreciate the spray top bottle which features a locking mechanism for safe travels. Also featured is the Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo from OLO, a travel essential.

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Meet the Lipsticks that Took the Green Beauty World by Storm – Nūdus 27 Kisses

Nūdus lipsticks have been making their mark in the in the green beauty world and beyond, to no surprise. The first time I got my hands on Nūdus, in the shade Naked, it was love at first swipe. These certified organic lipsticks provide rich pigment, exceptional long-wear and comfortable, hydrating color, while they drench your pout in an exquisite combination of skin-healthy ingredients. With a selection of ten exquisite shades (with word of more on the way) Nūdus has a lipstick for you.


Do you live with the notion that “natural” or “organic” alternatives do not live up to their chemically ridden counterpart? I did at one time, but its brands like Nūdus that put that mind-set to rest. These “euphoric” formulations stand up against your favorite “high-end” department store lipstick and it does so with great extent. It’s products like these that create a new form of thought as to why chemicals and fillers are used in the first place.


Nūdus 27 Kisses is a universally flattering rose shade, and the brands top-seller. One swipe builds full coverage, as they’re superfluously creamy and wear for hours. If you’re looking to delve into the exquisite world of Nūdus Lip Euphoria, this is the perfect shade to start.

Nūdus 27 Kisses $32

available at beauteabar.com and integritybotanicals.com

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A Luminous Summer Look

A luminous makeup look starts with the skin. Exfoliate, cleanse, hydrate and protect your skin to reveal your most radiant complexion. I always emphasize that it is “skin first, makeup second.” Once your skin is prepped, opt for creamy products with luminous finishes and natural ingredients to protect and nurture the skin as they further work to optimize your natural radiance.


Even Things Out: I am a big fan of self-tanning. If you are stuck in the old way of thinking that self-tanners just don’t look natural, think again! There are so many amazing formulas out there that deliver a natural looking tan, sans the damage. Having a bit of a tan will help to even skin tone, allowing you to use less product. Follow up with a lightly tinted, luminous moisturizer with SPF, like Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation or Suntegrity 5-in1 Tinted Sunscreen.  I must mention I do not supplement any CC creams or tinted moisturizer for a moisturizer.

Cover: To conceal the under-eye area and other areas of the face that may need more coverage, the RMS Un-Coverup is an indigenous product. With the use of a damp Beauty Blender, strategically place extra coverage wherever you desire. The RMS Un-Coverup provides fuller coverage while brilliantly creating a dewy and luminous, skin-like finish.

Bronze & Blush: To create subtle definition and to promote a healthy summer glow, use liquid and cream bronzers for the most natural effect. Gressa’s Minimalist Contouring Serum is in a league of its own. Just one drop of this brilliant bronzing serum, rich in skin-healthy ingredients, creates the most natural tan. Use this beauty to add some subtle contour. Gressa’s Air Focus Foundation Brush is a must for seamless application. For some additional luminosity apply some RMS’ Buruti Bronzer to the high points of your face. Create a subtle flush to the apples of the cheeks with W3LL People’s Universalist Multi-Use Stick in #9 Nude Flush.

Eyes & Lips: Keep it simple on the eyes and lips and leave the focus on your skin. Create subtle definition on the eyes by using natural bronze and nude tones with the Pacifica Power of Love Eye Shadow Palette. Open the eyes, and make them pop with volumizing mascara, L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Waterproof is a good one. For a natural glossy pink pout I simply adore Gressa’s Lip Boost in Bare.


Glow on girls.

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5 things this week…


On the Desk – Some new releases from Captain Blankenship have landed at MLD headquarters. I can already say that I am over the moon for the Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask and the Mermaid Detox Face Mask, which is incredibly powerful! One treatment of the Mermaid Mask left my skin significantly smoother, soft and dewy.

Covering the Bases – I recently picked up the Pacifica Ultra CC Cream on whim at my local Whole Foods. This has been my go-to for the past few weeks. It’s a hydrating, light base with a luminous finish and an SPF 17 that I have been thoroughly enjoying. The coverage and finish are comparable to Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer at a fraction of the cost.

Protect – After sampling a trial size of EVOLh Smartstart Leave-in Conditioner with great results, I went ahead a purchased a full-size at Beauteabar. This leave-in conditioner serves brilliantly as a heat-protectant and is a beach bag essential to protect the hair.

Currently Reading – My love for Ayurveda led me to purchase my current beach read, Absolute Beauty by Pratima Raichur.


Subscription Addiction – When I heard that Mahalo Skin Care would be making an appearance in Spa Heroes latest subscription box, I instantly subscribed. Mahalo is a brand that I have been wanting to try our for some time. Spa Heroes is an excellent service that delivers an expert selection of natural skin care to your door for $39 a month. Each box features one full-sized product and a mini. This months selection featured the Pele Mask (valued at $64) and a new product release from Mahalo, a hair and body oil with a golden shimmer called Vacation Glow. The fragrance is delightful!

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Manuka Honey for the Skin and Some Love for Our Honeybees #beeaware

When friends, family and readers inquire about a product suggestion for the treatment of acne, my constant recommendation is honey! Actually, you don’t need to ask, I’ll point my finger to your spot and tell you to “just rub a little honey on it”. I must strongly emphasize that I am not referring to just any honey, but specifically raw, organic manuka honey with an activity level of 12-16. You can rub any run-of-the-mill honey into your skin until you are red in the face and not receive the benefits specific to this certain variety.


Manuka Honey hails from New Zealand and is collected from honeybees that pollinate the native Manuka bush and it is powerful! No prescription strength cream or OTC spot treatment works in the wondrous ways as this “medical honey.” With naturally occurring antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (due to a naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide component) it works in numerous ways to treat, heal and prevent pesky break-outs. Manuka Honey is also a natural humectant and helps to draw moisture into the skin.

Manuka Honey has been achieving a ton of buzz as it has been revealed a skin care staple for some well-known celebrities including Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss and Petra Nemcova, and its no surprise. This special variety is a skin care superhero of sorts for treating a multitude of skin concerns, while leaving your skin soft, smooth and glowing. You can incorporate honey into your skin care in a multitude of ways. Use it as a cleanser, mask (alone or mixed with other powdered masks or spices) and as a spot treatment. Since Manuka Honey works wonders on the prevention of breakouts, its rare that I need to use it as a spot treatment, as long as I am using it regularly. A few of my favorite spices to add to a Manuka Honey mask is cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg or raw cacao. For a super hydrating and exfoliating mask, I mix in avocado and plain yogurt. I whole-heartedly recommend ingesting this magical nectar as well.


When it comes to choosing a honey, Wedderspoon sets the standards for providing RAW, NATURAL and UNPASTEURIZED honey and they are the first and only Non-GMO verified Manuka Honey nationwide. As a eco-conscious brand, Wedderspoon has teamed up with the Rodale Institute (a non-profit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach) to celebrate honeybees. This campaign was created to raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations due to the effects of toxic agricultural chemicals (CCD). As I have discovered the benefits of Manuka Honey, I have gained a great amount of love and respect for our honeybees. They are an integral part of our food system as pollinators. So join me in helping to support our honeybees by following the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #beeaware.

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