Good for Both You and the Planet: Axiology Lipstick in The Goodness

Axiology believes that “kissable lips and sustainability are both sexy in equal measure—and that nobody needs to sacrifice kindness for a night on the town.” This sustainably chic line of all-natural and organic lipsticks brings a fresh selection of unique and bold shades to the world of green beauty. With a wide selection of shades available, from moody blues and blackened teals, to bright magentas, reds and soft pinks, there is a shade for everyone.

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“Our products are as good for the body as they are for the planet because we’ve completely nixed chemicals and synthetics from our formula. Instead, we carefully craft from a harmonious blend of natural and organic ingredients. The result? Earth-based tones that dazzle on every skin type and complexion, with a burst of vibrancy that lasts all day.” -Axiology

Purposefully created from sustainable resources, Axiology is as kind to your body as it is to the planet. An organic blend of avocado, castor, grape seed, coconut and vitamin E oils deeply nourish lips for long-lasting hydration, while sweet orange oil lends the lipstick a citrus scent. It takes a few swipes to warm the formula to easily glides across the lips. Ultimately you are met with long-lasting color, that keeps lips hydrated long after applied.

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The Goodness is a matte peachy-pink shade with silver shimmer. It is a unique and flattering shade that blends together a warm base with a cool-toned radiance.

The Goodness Ingredients: Organic Candelilla Wax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Organic Mango Butter, Organic Avocado Butter, Organic Grape Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Sweet Orange Oil; May Contain: Iron Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet.

Axiology The Goodness $26

 available at integritybotanicals.com

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Summer Fragrances for the Finicky

Does the very idea of just sitting next to someone doused in department store fragrances cause you immediate feelings of revulsion? Do you rip fragrance ads out of a magazine before you flip though them?

In the past, fragrances and I were not a great mix. While I could, at times, appreciate a fragrance on others, once I doused myself with the same blend I was met with feelings of nausea and anxiety. Sampling fragrances was never an enjoyable experience for me. Just a light spritz of a mainstream perfume, that had for a moment caught my curiosity, had me hightailing it to the nearest sink to vehemently scrub away every last remaining odor. I had desperately wanted to find my signature scent, but years of perusing the aisles of Sephora led me nowhere. It wasn’t until I discovered cleaner fragrances (free of parabens, alcohol, sulfates and phthalates) that I realized that not only could I tolerate fragrances, but I could experience feelings of joy and peace when wearing them. I also found that I could enjoy a whole plethora of different notes and blends.

If you’re like me and find yourself finicky with fragrances, I have a few recommendations that will have you finally falling in love with perfume.

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Kai Fragrance Oil was the first fragrance that I have ever truly fallen for, although not a “natural” option. This cult-favorite blends gardenia flowers with white exotics, to create a tropical floral fragrance. In staying on the tropical spectrum, Candlenut from Juara is a bright and joyful blend of lush greens, freesia, jasmine, bergamot, rose, and coconut. Honoré des Prés’ Love Coconut fragrance is a mature blend of coconut and vanilla in a woodsy white cedar base. It’s a warm and sultry fragrance that works year-round. Tuberose and puakenikeni blend together in Leahlani Skincare’s Pua Lei* to create a sweet, clean and soft floral fragrance. Rounding out my favorites with a deviation from the tropical variety, is the ever exquisite sweet and spicy citrus fragrance, Satori* from Lina Hanson.

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The Art of Oil Cleansing with Captain Blankenship Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-Based Cleanser & Makeup Remover*

Indie beauty brand favorite, Captain Blankenship sets sail in the lush lands of the Hudson River Valley, creating highly effective beauty products from all natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. My love affair for Captain Blankenship’s products began in 2014 and, with great momentum, continues to grow along with the brand’s collection. This past Spring the Captain debuted some new products, including two new masks (rave reviews forthcoming) and the Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-Based Cleanser & Makeup Remover*.

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Using an oil-based cleanser is one of the most effective ways to deeply cleanse the skin, while leaving it clearer, more balanced and generously hydrated. It’s a necessary step towards achieving a radiant complexion. Captain Blankenship’s Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil Cleanser is one impressive option for all skin types, and can serve double-duty as a face and eye oil. It contains a powerful combination of oils that cleanse deeply and effectively, with additional Essential Oils to calm and soothe the skin.

Massage the oil onto dry skin, using circular motions, and remove with a warm washcloth. I take the time at the end of the day to incorporate a little facial massage while using this cleanser, as I bask in its delightfully uplifting citrus aroma. While remaining gentle, it works hard at removing all traces of the day’s makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara. After use, my skin is left feeling well-cleansed and highly nourished, with a healthy rosy glow. 

Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil infused with Organic Cornflower, Organic Camellia Seed Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Non-GMO Vitamin E, Wildharvested Blue Chamomile Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Lavender Essential Oil & Organic Rosemary Antioxidant

Captain Blankenship Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil-Based Cleanser & Makeup Remover $40

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*sample generously provided for consideration
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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!

Ingredients:
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”.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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