Satori Perfume Oil by Lina Hanson*

Since I first caught wind that Lina Hanson was in the process of formulating her first fragrance, I have been anxiously awaiting its debut. As a die-hard fan of Lina’s Global Serum line, I had tremendous expectations. This said fragrance, was to carry similar notes to her famous Global Body Serum. When we were united alas, I realized that this fragrance was far more incredible than I had anticipated. It was love at first whiff.

Meet Satori, a fragrance inspired by Lina Hanson’s travels to the far east.

“My goal was to create a perfume that evokes the beauty of the landscape and culture of the Far East. An elegant, sexy and unique scent that transports you to the most exotic and remote areas of Thailand, Japan, and China.”




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Satori is a blend of warm vanilla, grounding sandalwood, and notes of crisp and refreshing yuzu and ginger. The result, a soft citrus fragrance that is both sweet and spicy.  Vanilla, in combination with the citrus notes of yuzu, reminds me of a sweet creamsicle. Ginger lends this sweet combination some spice, while sandalwood creates a woodsy addition. Satori has an uplifting aroma, that adds a smile to my face every time I wear it. It’s sexy, exotic, and undoubtedly intoxicating. With similar notes of yuzu and vanilla, Satori is the perfect complement to the Global Body Serum

With this new fragrance release, its easy to notice the ingenious capabilities of Lina’s olfactory senses. I must add a recognition for the art of subtlety expressed in Satori. This fragrance does indeed speak, but doesn’t scream, as fragrances should. I am over the moon for Satori.

 Satori Perfume Oil $105

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Imbibe ‘Desert-Born’ Skincare Perfect 9 Balancing Oil Blend* & Pearl Essence Cleansing Minerals*

When Imbibe Skincare took the chemical properties of desert plant-life, and incorporated their skin saving properties into vital, regenerative skincare formulation, Imbibe was ‘Desert-Born’.

“Imbibe Skincare products feature extracts of wildcrafted desert botanicals such as Larrea, Desert Sage and Juniper Berries. These plants grow in the wild where they are nurtured by sunlight and rain and are neither crossbred, chemically fertilized or even irrigated. They remain free of the harsh chemicals so prevalent in plant life today. “

Imbibe Skincare is 20 years in the making. This wildcrafted brand carefully selects only the freshest natural and organic ingredients that nature has to offer, while harvesting only what they need, nothing goes to waste. I’ve been incredibly lucky to sample some products from their line, and here are some stand-outs for sure!


Perfect 9 Balancing Oil Blend* $35

In the Perfect 9 Balancing Oil Blend, nine exquisite oils (of natural and organic origin) are blended to create an ultra-nourishing cleansing oil that washes away impurities, balances skin’s ph, and hydrates. Together, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, kukui nut oil, rose hip oil, carrot seed oil, rosewood oil, rosemary oil, rose oil, and geranium oil effortlessly glides across the skin, removing all traces of makeup. The combination of essential oils, create an uplifting and sensual aroma that smells predominately of roses. Cleansing oils are a must-have addition to your skin care routine, and the Perfect 9 is indeed one very ‘perfect’ cleanser. For additional hydration, add this oil to your favorite moisturizer for an extra boost. The Perfect 9 can be followed up with the Pearl Essence, for a very effective double cleanse.


Pearl Essence Cleansing Minerals* $28

Pearl Essence is a powdered mineral treatment that is unlike any other product I have come across. This versatile product, with its unique texture and instant benefits, have quickly won me over. The Cleansing Minerals can be used as a cleanser, mask, and scalp treatment. It contains potato, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid (vitamin c), 50+ trace mineral sea salts, organic sugar cane, organic milk, and powdered pearls, along with the essential oils ,juniper berry, pine needle, cedarwood, lime, lily of the valley, vetiver and rose geranium. Yes, I said powdered pearls. It’s actually been used for thousands of years in both skin care and medicine, and not until recently have I seen it popping up in skin care and supplements. They contain anti-oxidants, promote skin firmness and collagen production, and are said to “enhance the water holding capacity of the skin.” So, if someone asks, you may indeed say “I wash my skin with pearls.”

When combined with water, the minerals pop and bubble on contact. To cleanse the skin, quickly spread the mixture across your face, adding water as you go along. You will immediately notice just how different this cleanser is. The Pearl Essence offers a slight tingle, and coats the skin in textural dream. It’s a step above creamy, more like a slippery, soft, liquid silk. While it cleanses, it nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. It’s perfect for all skin types and I highly recommend it for drier types. The essence may also be used as an overnight acne spot treatment. 

For a moisturizing mask, add the essence to your favorite moisturizer. Or, as Imbibe Skincare is created to work synergistically with one another, it is recommended to use with their Uplifted Regenerating Cream. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, et voila, smooth, soft skin. I also like to mix the powdered pearls with honey for a nourishing and clarifying facial. You may as well, combine the Pearl Essence with your favorite shampoo for a deep scalp treatment.

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Kari Gran Lip Whip in Tinted & Radiant for your softest lips

Kari Gran Lip Whips maintain a cult following and its easy to see why. These all natural and organic balms are infused with castor seed oil, sunflower oil camellia seed oil, olive oil and beeswax. They come in six shades and are available in either cinnamon or peppermint. The unique whipped texture effortlessly glides across lips, instilling optimal moisture, and leaving behind a glossy sheen.


The Lip Whips provide a significant textural appeal with an incredibly soft, and balmy feel. They’re not sticky in any sense, thus perfect for a multi-use moisturizer. Use the Naked and Radiant shades as a cuticle moisturizer, flyaway tamer, or add them to your cheekbones for a luminous sheen. All shades can be worn alone, or on top of your favorite lipstick for some extra moisture and a glossy finish.


Kari Gran Lip Whip in Tinted* creates a uber subtle nude sheen. It lightens my natural lip color just a touch. Radiant* is a beautiful pink shade that delivers a surprising amount of pigment, yet subtle still. Radiant is a perfect pop of pink for a healthy dose of natural color.


Kari Gran Lip Whip in Tinted $15 and Radiant $20 

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Kumari Luxury Magnolia & Sandalwood Nourishing Bath Soak and Nourishing Body Oil*

Kumari Luxury invites you to take a moment for yourself. To set aside a time to slip away and experience the moment, by engaging in a ritualistic beauty tradition to love and nurture your body, erase your mind, and stimulate your senses. Kumari truly has me captivated with their salubrious blends of pure, natural, and organic ingredients, with exquisite fragrance combinations that refresh the mind and revitalize the body.


Nourishing Bath Soak (Magnolia & Sandalwood)*

The Nourishing Bath Soak consists of a two-part bath series that allows for one very indulgent bathing experience. The first part is a bath oil brimming with intensely nourishing oils, herbs, and spices. Get ready for your softest skin yet, as high-performance hydrators coat the skin with anti-aging antioxidants, and vitamin E. After a soak, any further moisturization is superfluous. Consider me amazed, as the oils left my skin soft, subtle, and hydrated all day long. The combination of Magnolia and Sandalwood creates a warm and exotic fragrance, that has me anxious for my next bath. The second part is epsom salt soak, to detoxify and relax sore, tired muscles, in combination with calendula to soothe and calm the skin. This magical duo has me making the best of my ‘me’ time, as I come out completely renewed.

Bath Oil Ingrediens:: Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron).
Bath Salt Ingredients: Naturally Processed Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Dried Calendula Officinalis*, Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera*. *Certfied Organic


Kumari Luxury Nourishing Body Oil Magnolia & Sandalwood*

In the Nourishing Body Oil, many of my absolute favorite oils are united to create one deliciously effective moisturizer. This golden elixir applies with ease to damp skin. A little goes a long way, as you get your bang for your buck with a generous 4 oz. dropper bottle. Skin is left with a healthy radiance as it’s intensely nourished. The same magnolia and sandalwood fragrance (as in the bath soak) coats the skin in the most amazing fragrance. These two notes, when combined, create a warming, calming, and grounding sensory experience this is utterly intoxicating and sexy. I will reapply this oil throughout the day, onto my pulse points, to refresh the fragrance. The Nourishing Body Oil, aside for its skin benefits, has become a fragrance favorite.

Nourishing Body Oil Ingredients: Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Nut Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnolia Acuminata Extract, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Eclipta Alba*, Rubia Cordifolia*, Sida Cordifolia*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)*, Glycrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Hemidesmus Indicus Root*, Withania Somnifera* and Messua Ferra (Saffron). *Certified Organic

 Kumari Luxury Nourishing Bath Soak Magnolia & Sandalwood $48 Nourishing Body Oil Magnolia & Sandalwood $38

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*samples – all words expressed are my own and true to my own personal experience
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Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil*

Kahina is a brand that consistently amazes me with each and every product release. I refer to Kahina as a well trusted brand, that produces high quality, eco conscious ingredients, that well… work! I’ve recently discovered their Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and this gem is no exception.


Prickly pear seed oil (also referred to as barbary fig seed oil and prickly cactus oil) contains high concentrations of tocopherols, betalaines (powerful antioxidants), amino acids, Vitamin K, and is brimming with essential fatty acids (approximately 83%). The oil has been shown to soften skin, restore elasticity, neutralize free radicals and brighten under eye circles. This resilient desert cactus has been used for years in the beauty rituals of local desert dwellers to ward of the effects of dry conditions.


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On a personal note, Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil has given me jaw dropping results. That was my reaction after just a few weeks of use. If you search the archives on MLD, you won’t hear mention of any eye cream. This is because, while I have tried many and liked some, none have been effective at lightening my pesky dark under-eye circles. So, for a my lucite dreams first, I’m full-heartedly recommending Kahina’s Prickly Pear Seed Oil as a miracle under-eye treatment. My under eye area has significantly lightened, allowing my to lighten up my concealer. Mind. Blown.

As an overall face moisturizer, this ‘one ingredient wonder’ is an effective hydrator. The texture is a bit heavier than their Argan Oil, though not greasy in any sense. It absorbs quickly and significantly softens skins texture. Overall, my complexion seems brighter and more even-toned.

Kahina Prickly Pear Seed Oil $38 for 10ML, $150 for 20ML 

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Valentine’s Day Beauty

What is sexy? Confidence is sexy. No matter what is that makes you feel your most beautiful, stick to that, and don’t alter it for anyone. Whether it be smoky eyes, pink lips, blue lips, black lace or velour onesies, go with it. Need some suggestions? Her are a few suggestions solely on my own accord.

Flying Solo for Valentine’s Day? I want you to consider these suggestions as well. There is no love like self-love. Nurture and care for yourself habitually, just for you, because that is a good enough reason.


Elevate the mood with Moon Juice Sex DustThis holistic blend of libido-enhancing ingredients, including Maca and Cacao, promises to warm you up and “send waves of blood to all the right places.”

Create touchable texture with Oribe Dry Texturizing SprayThis ‘cult classic’ creates a perfectly undone look, while adding volume to your roots, and leaving behind an incredible fragrance. For soft, tousled waves, curl hair with a wide barrel curling iron, at least 1 1/2 inches. Flip head upside down and mist hair from roots to ends.

Achieve your softest skin with the Captain Blankenship Rosemary & Lemongrass Body ScrubA personal favorite, this chocolate scented scrub effortlessly sloughs off dead skin, while leaving behind a veil of dewy moisture.

Get kissable lips with the Bite Beauty Champagne Agave Lip MaskTreat your dry, chapped pout by drenching your lips in moisture. Champagne contains a subtle rose-gold hue and has a deliciously fruity taste, that is sure to keep you lip-locked.

Keep the red off your lips and put it on your tips, with a red statement nail, like RGB Nail Polish in Too RedAccording to science, this rosy hue gains popularity within the male sex. So ladies, lets keep it ‘on’ ourselves by adding a pop to our digits.

A natural glowing complexion can be achieved, courtesy of RMS Living LuminizerEnhance your look by applying this brilliant highlighter to the brow bones, cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose. For little extra lighting, add it to your collarbone.

Create ambience by candlelight, with a fresh and floral fragrance, like the ‘limited edition’ Rosafolia candle by Diptyque. Fresh Ivy and Turkish rose combined with galbanum and  geranium, unite to create a fresh green fragrance with soft floral notes.

Spritz yourself with a sexy scent, like Honres des Pres Love CoconutThough not your typical tropical coconut fragrance, this one combines fresh coconut milk in a base of tonka bean and vanilla bourbon with a base of white cedar and organic coconut essence. The invoking combination creates a warm and sultry bouquet.

Look better naked as you achieve flawless skin with PRTTY PeaushunThe ‘pretty potion’ contains a subtle amount of shimmer to conceal minor imperfections and create a slimmer silhouette. A combination of natural botanical extracts work to lift, firm, and tighten. It’s brilliant!

Get beautifully bronzed with the Tarte Brazilliance Self TannerThis self-tanner from Tarte applies like a breeze with an included application mitt. The best part? It smells of vanilla.

 I want to know, what makes you feel sexy?

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5 things this week…


Just in: The first issue of Thoughtfully Magazine, a lifestyle publication with a conscious approach to living. This issue features some of my favorite green beauty brands. Featuring RGB Nail Polish in Too Red, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Cleansing Oil, and Honores des Pres Love Coconut Perfume.


Currently Sampling: The Kumari Luxury line of all-natural and organic beauty products. This luxury brand has a basis in Ayurvedic principles and expresses an emphasis on the joy and pleasures (both for mind and body) of a ritualistic beauty tradition.


The Gold StandardFeatured in my recent post on contouring, the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the new ‘Bold Metals’ Collection is brilliantly plush and soft.


Loving: My current favorite pink/nude lip combo, featuring Au Naturale Lipstick in Innocence and MAC Lipliner in Boldly Bare. Get 25% off Au Naturale Cosmetics with code LDAN15, now through March 1st.


Pamper: This Sunday pamper session featured some favorite products to detox, calm, and intensly hydrate the skin. The May Lindstrom Problem Solver Mask brought my complexion back to life, as several bouts of the flu left my skin lackluster. It’s that magical! I’m am also back to dry-brushing, a practice that detoxifies and invigorates, read up on it’s benefits here.

Wishing you a beautiful week.

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