Uma Pure Energy Wellness Oil* and Giveaway

Today, we’re talking aromatherapy. How I have personally incorporated them into my life, their benefits, and why they work. I’m also shining a light onto one incredible farm-to-bottle brand that creates exceptionally potent formulas.

The olfactory sense is 10,000 times more sensitive than any other senses. Our response to smell is immediate, as it directly extends to the brain and to our central nervous system. Scents can have a powerful impact on our well-being. It can arouse strong emotions, that can be both positive and/or negative. This is where aromatherapy comes in.

My introduction to aromatherapy began in my early teens. I suffered from anxiety, panic and sleep disturbances since a young age. A dear friend, whose father practiced a holistic lifestyle, gifted me a bottle of lavender oil. It was then, that I learned just how powerful plant-derived essences can be. I began a journey into the world of aromatherapy, researching different essences and creating my own blends. I also learned that not all oils are alike, and that is important to find a brand that carefully bottles up essences in their purest forms.

I present to you Uma Oil difference.

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Uma is a line of luxury skincare and wellness oils of 100% natural and organic origin. What makes Uma Oils different? Uma’s blend of essential oils are grown, extracted, formulated and bottled entirely on the family estate of founder, Shrankhla Holecek. Every process from seed to bottle is overseen by Uma’s team of experts. Great care is placed upon seed selection, while each plant is only harvested twice before replanting, thus yielding the highest quality essential oils. The essential oils are blended with the minimal amount of carrier oil for the most potent, high impact blend of essential oils. They also win for most aesthetically pleasing packaging. 

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After speaking with the company, we decided that the Pure Energy Wellness Oil* would be the perfect match for me. As someone who now suffers with Chronic Fatigue, along with Fibromyalgia, this energizing blend of oils seemed like just the boost I needed.

The Pure Energy Wellness oil* contains rosemary, ylang ylang, frankincense, patchouli, peppermint, ginger, basil, clary sage, and jasmine essential oils, in a jojoba and evening primrose base. This blend was created to naturally fight fatigue, boost energy, stimulate mental alertness, and to be used as a natural alternative to caffeine.

My day starts by applying Pure Energy to the bottoms of my feet, and pulse points (as suggested). I then take a moment to inhale deeply and gather myself. A little goes a long way, as this formula is indeed potent. I imagine that the 1 oz. bottle will last me quite a while. Pure Energy undoubtedly provides me with a well needed energy boost. It works in ways caffeine can’t, without the side effects, and the results are instantaneous. This blend helps to wash away my mental fog, leaving me more focused, and more productive at work (for that I’m eternally grateful). It a great option for an afternoon pick-me-up, pre and post-workout boost, for use during a cleanse, and any other time you just need a healthy boost. It’s no doubt that Uma Oils are of exceptional quality and that their blends are thoughtfully created.

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Uma Pure Energy Wellness Oil $85

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Uma has graciously offered up one Pure Energy Wellness Oil to giveaway to one lucky reader! I am thrilled to be able to share this opportunity to you.

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Imbibe Skincare Giveaway

I’ve teamed up with Imbibe Skincare to bring my lucite dreams readers a very special giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a ‘Everyday Essentials Kit’, featuring 6 core products from the Imbibe Skincare line. This set is the perfect introduction into the beautiful world of Imbibe.

This wildcrafted, organic skincare line incorporates the incredible chemical properties of desert plant-life into vital, regenerative skincare formulas. See me rave here.

Imbibe-Skincare-GiveawayThe Daily Essentials kit includes:

  • UPLIFTED regenerating face cream (1oz)
  • BRIGHT EYES hydrating eye cream (.25oz)
  • PERFECT 9 balancing oil blend (.5oz)
  • HOLY BODY CREAM I deep hydration (1oz)
  • BODY POLISH desert sand therapy (1oz)
  • PEARL ESSENCE cleansing mineral treatment (1oz)

“We have put together 6 of our core products in the Daily Essentials Set. Discover the beautiful aromas and textures that make Imbibe Skincare so wonderful. You will fall madly in love. Each set comes in a beautiful box, tied with a bow so it’s perfect as a gift. Even if it’s just a gift to yourself.” – Imbibe Skincare

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Dreamy Picks: March

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  • Lina Hanson recently debuted her Satori Perfume Oil, as I reviewed here. This blend of warm vanilla, sandalwood, yuzu and ginger is utterly intoxicating, and an easy stand-out amid my favorites for the month.
  • Au Naturale’s Lipstick in Innocence has been my daily go-to since I first got my hands on it. It’s the perfect soft pink and has a balmy texture. I’m nearly close to finishing it, which is something I’ve only done once before. If your curious as to what that lipstick was, it was MAC Bubbles. I was 16 and had a white, shimmery pout and I loved it.
  • Jane Iredale’s Lip Definers are deliciously creamy, a favorite formula for sure. The shade Spice is the perfect pinky-nude, that is just a touch deeper than my natural lip color. It pairs brilliantly with Au Naturale Innocence.
  • Kari Gran Lip Whips are a divine treat for your pout. The shade Radiance is a beautiful glossy pink, that is perfect on it own, or layered over any lip shade. (review)
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil is having moment. I am unequivocally a devout fan of this precious wonder oil (review). I apply Kahina’s Pricky Pear Seed Oil to my eye area, both day and night. The results have been nothing short of a miracle. My under eye area has significantly lightened, so much so, that I have been able to switch up my under-eye concealer to one that offers less coverage. Which leads me to…
  • Though not nearly short on coverage, the RMS “Un” Cover Up is a brilliant under-eye concealer. It’s no secret, as this product is highly coveted by the industry elites. It covers, yet offers an undetectable finish ‘goals’. I do like to set the ‘Un” Cover Up with the RMS “Un” Powder, as the formula is quite creamy. (review)
  • Speaking of “undetectable finishes”, I introduce you to the ‘mother’. The Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation is one ingenious formula. Forget that it’s completely natural, forget that it is actually good for your skin. This formula trumps all serum foundations on the market today, be it ‘clean’ or not. Two to three drops is all that is needed. It glides across your face with no effort at all, leaving behind the most natural coverage. I am currently wearing a mix of shades 3 and 4.
  • Kumari Luxury Sandalwood and Magnolia Body Oil makes me feel as though I’m spoiling myself on the regular. I am smitten with the fragrance of this oil, and of course I adore how it nourishes my skin. (review)
  • I have recently posted about the Imbibe Pearl Essence Cleansing Mineral Treatment. This  powdered cleanser effectively washes away impurities in the most gentlest way. I’ve been adding this versatile treatment powder into my shampoo, as recommended, with excellent results. It has been helping to normalize my finicky scalp.
  • The Jurlique Wrinkle Sofening Cream is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. I’m not certain why I haven’t shared this product yet, though I feel a review is certainly in order. This is my second tube and a go-to for when I’m in need of extra moisture. In considering the recent weather conditions here in New York, I’ve been reaching for this one regularly.
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Au Naturale African Colors Collection*

Au Naturale celebrates spring with the release of three trendy lip shades, in their African Color Collection. A statement lip is all the trend this season, and Au Naturale has covered the bases. Think plum, red, magenta, and rich pigments.

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The African Colors Collection features two glosses and one lipstick, all intensely pigmented. Just check out the swatches…

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First up is African Affair, a matte lipstick that is both unique and bold. I would describe it as a brick-red shade with a purple pearlecence. The wear is excellent, however, the formula seems drier than I am familiar with from Au Naturale. Both Ravish and Deep Coral Lip Glosses are generously pigmented, soft and ultra nourishing, with a fruity scent. For me, the formula is a love. They layer well for a more intense finish. Ravish is a beautiful bright pink, that brightens the face. Deep Coral is a warm dark coral shade with a golden shimmer. A gorgeous color for when the temperatures heat up.

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 Wearing African Affair Lipstick with Ravish Lip Gloss and Organic Creme Bronzer on both cheeks and lips.

 Au Naturale Lip Gloss* $15 Lipstick* $22

Available at aunaturaleglow.com

Use code ‘SPRING’ for 30% off at the Au Naturale website

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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

available at linahanson.com and thedetoxmarket.com

Use code SPRING10 for 10% off your of $100 or more at The Detox Market

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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!

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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.

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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.

 Available at imbibeskincare.com

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

available at integritybotanicals.com

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