Original Source & Biały Jeleń Shower Gels

 
Three soaps and three shower gels, guess my cousins from Poland must think I'm pretty dirt or what? The last of what I got from my cousins where shower gels from Original Source and Biały Jeleń (White Deer). Not completely something I would recommend ingredient wise, but one did pull me over.
(Read pt 1 here)
 

Original Source

"And try not to lick your lips because it smells so good, you’ll want to eat yourself!"
 
Brits are probably more familiar with this brand, but this is the first time I've ever heard of it. My mom got a coconut scented one, but I really do like the vanilla raspberry better. If only internet would let me send you a smellogram, because this gel smells edible. I've caught my tongue reaching for the syrup-like fluid a few times, and if you could smell this thing you wouldn't be judging. I know it says raspberry, but think more like strawberry ice cream. Exactly like strawberry ice cream. It seems to be their thing, "packed with natural fragrance" it says. Although it's not a totally green product (contains SLS) it kind of wins me over with that amazing smell. I don't eat processed sweets but I don't mind smelling like one. 
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, C11-15 Pareth-40, C11-15 Pareth-7, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, CI 14700, CI 42090  
 

Biały Jeleń

Their products are made for people with sensitivities and allergies and says to be dermatology tested. A bit weird that both then contains perfume? When a product says it's been dermatology tested I'm not the one to be wined over that easily. The black one is for men and has a common manly scent to it and B5 added to it, while the green is more neutral. I'm seriously not that fond of the INCI and are considering stocking them up for emergencies only when we're out on shower gels. I don't have so much more to say about these, it's not like I want to eat them...
Ingredients GREEN: Aqua, SLS, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Parfume.
Ingredients BLACK: Aqua, SLS, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, Parfume, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Panthenol Betula Alba Juice, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
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Alterra Naturkosmetik

 
My cousins from Poland was on a visit to Stockholm this summer and they brought me some natural skincare brands that’s not found in Sweden, like the German brand Alterra Naturkosmetik. Phenomé is also a huge brand there but considering that it’s available in Sweden I opted to test brands I’ve never heard of.
I was very interested in trying some Alva Naturkosmetik, especially form their make up line, and also Eostre and Speick that had okay ingredients. But being that my cousins comes from a small town, those brands were hard to find.
Either way I’m pretty happy with the selection, some things I personally would not have picked up, but I will be using them anyway.
From what I know Alterra is a budget brand (think Yes To or Nonique) and sells everything from skincare to even make up.
 
 
Shower Peeling with Papaya & Organic Coconut
 
Somehow I missed the word in big font “Dusch-Peeling" and thought that the Papaya & Coconut was a body lotion. I squeezed some and out came to my surprise a transparent fluid with coconut flakes. Very cool product indeed.
It has a spearmint-y smell to it and there’s tiny little beads, from papaya I guess. I would say it’s a very mild scrub that works great around the décolletage, but for legs I would prefer something more coarse like a sugar scrub. 
INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Alcohol*, Plant Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera Fruit*, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Oleate, Silica, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Parfume**, Limonene**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Alcohol, Citric Acid
* Certified Organic, ** From Natural Essential Oils
 
 
Facial Oil with Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil
 
I also received some Raspberry Seed Oil, but that one I’m saving for its own special post. Pomegranate Seed Oil is also high in antioxidants and said to protect the skin from UV lighting. I’ve read it’s a favorite among acne sufferers, and helps with hormone-related acne and also helpful in repairing wounds without leaving scars behind. Pomegranate seed oil somewhat balanced with a slight higher level of linoleic acid, but not much. It feels much heavier than my other oils, but haven’t broken me out or anything yet. And it seems to do a great job in calming down any redness and keeping the skin plump. This has made me become very interested in buying pure pomegranate seed oil and testing it out. Alterra’s is blended with almond oil and sunflower oil both high in oleic acid. It also contains fragrance which is always suspect and I could’ve lived without.
I wished the packaging felt a bit more luxurious something that tells a story of the potent ingredients that’s inside. Other than that I think it seems like a great product for winter and price worthy. I’ll be definitely checking out some pure pomegranate oil too! 
INGREDIENTS: Glycine Soja Oil *, Punica granatum Seed Oil *, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil *, dodekanerna, tokoferol, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Parfum **, Linalool **, Limonene **, Geraniol **, Citral **, Citronellol **, Farnesol **
* Certified organic, ** from naturral essential oils 
 
Lip Care with Organic Chamomile
 
I didn’t actually look look at the ingredients until now and realize it has castor oil as base. Usually I try to avoid natural lip products with castor oil, which is hard, because it kind of creates an addiction to use more chap stick. But from the two weeks I’ve been using this one I have to say it’s the very first lip balm with a castor oil base that has not affected my lips negatively! It’s got some chamomile and carrot root extract in it, which sounds cool and calming. It does not have a scent so great for sensitive types. 
INGREDIENTS: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Cocos nucifera Oil, Cera Alba, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera, palmitinsyra, stearinsyra, Butyrospermum Parkii, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil *, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus annuus Seed Oil, Chamomilla recutita Oil *, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Beta-karoten, tokoferol
* Certified Organic
 
 
Soaps
 
These are as fragrant as a soap can be. I’m really into the orange scented one and it also got some orange peel oil and extract in it. I have not used the bar soaps other than for some aromatherapy-smelling, the pump on the other hand I’ve got some experience with. With extracts from Lavender and Mallow, and fragrance from natural essential oils, this soap gently cleanses your hands without drying them out. It just happens to be so that my Dr Bronner’s Shikakai soap just came to an end so I’m happy with the abundance of soaps to use in the near future. 
PUMP SOAP: Aqua, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose* Sodium Chloride, Malva Sylvestris Leaf Extract*, Citric Acid, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin Oleate, Sodium Sulfate. P-Anisic Acid, Sodium Hydoxide, Alcohol, Parfume**, Linalool**, Limonene**
* Certified Organic, ** From Natural Essential Oils
SOAP ORANGE: Natrium palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Citrus aurantium Dulcis Peel Olja, Citrus aurantium Dulcis fruktextrakt, natriumklorid, Tetrasodium Glutamate diacetat, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, CI77491, CI77482, CI77891
SOAP LAVENDER: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Lavendula Hybrida Grasso Herb Oil, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Linalool, Limonnene, CI77007, CI77891

There’s a few more things but I thought I’d divide the post into two parts leaving the Raspberry Seed Oil alone for something else.
So stay tuned!
 
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Lily Lolo Clementine Swatch


From the top: Clementine, Alima Pure Leigh

 
I’m in Stockholm for the time being helping out my mom who’s undergone surgery on her foot. Meaning, she won’t be able to properly walk for a month and could need a personal assistant to do the groceries, cook and clean. Personal assistant sounds way cooler than what I really am for the next month: a slave.
So while in Stockholm I thought I’d visit the one pharmacy that carries the brand Lily Lolo here in Sweden, Apoteksgruppen.
Internet is great and all, but sometimes it’s lovely to get a proper look on all the colors and consistency. Lucky me, they were either preparing to get the new look of Lily Lolo, or they were discontinuing it. Either way, I was happy to see 50% off everything they had left.
I went straight to whatever blushes and bronzers they had and went home with Clementine.
I thought about South Beach bronzer for a long time, but felt Alima Pure’s Mauna Loa was more worth my money.

Clementine, as described, is a Matte Peachy Pink. And I would say that the color is more towards Ooh La La on picture than what is presented (and OLL is more towards Candy Girl if anyone wonders).
I couldn’t try it directly on my cheek so I went with whatever matched my hand the best.
After realizing I’ve been using the wrong shade of blush all this time I’m a bit on a discovery of what actually works. I’ve ruled out pinks, reds and corals, so I thought something peachy would turn out great, but to be honest with you… It doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t look great either. It just looks like I'm wearing blush. Uh.
Maybe it’s because it’s got a hint of pink in it, or that I just naturally don’t blush. Like. Ever.
Oh well, I will continue wearing it, but my quest for the perfect blush continues...
Too bad they didn’t have Beach Babe, I’m almost convinced it would've changed my cheeks for the better. So next time I will try something more bronzer-like or just forget about blushes all together.

Any tips for a medium/yellow tinted babe who rarely gets flushed?
 
PS I accidently dropped my sample of Alima Pure Desert Rose all over the sink and the toilette. Therefore it's not swatched for comparison. I did cry and then I actually flushed. (Hehe Bad joke, I know.)
Check out my Alima Pure Sample Review!
 
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Acne Progress Update

Hey lovelies, I thought I’d give you a follow up on my acne progression!
(Read the last one if you've missed it)
As you might know, summer is a fearful season when it comes to my skin; I usually will get hundred little bumps all over my face that keeps on getting worse and won’t go away until spring and then the whole cycle repeats itself. Last year the summer treated me horribly and I felt like I I’ve tried literally e v e r y t h i n g.

Well, this year I didn’t change much neither in diet or protection, except for going 100% sunscreen-free and focusing more on cooling myself with either a hat or being inside or under the water. It was one of the hottest summers since 2010 so naturally I could only expect disaster. But do you know what? My skin kept on healing!

I did get some small eruptions, which shows, but compared to the usual pimple that will hurt and bug me for over a month until it suddenly erupts without giving me the slightest warning, these came and went quite quickly although leaving a spot behind. Oh lucky me huh?
 
 
Should You Go Without Sunscreen?
I’m not an authority, so going sunscreen-less isn’t anything I promote or condemn when suffering from acne, it’s really about personal matter. I just realized that no matter if it’s chemical or natural zinc oxide, when it comes to summer, I can’t have anything heavy on my face or it will talk back in a nasty way.
NOTE: I did use my special day potion with Carrot Seed Oil and Lily Lolo’s concealer (which contains Zinc Oxide) under my eye and solely on deep red spots (like those eruptions). But when trying to use mineral foundation my skin was giving me the evil pimple eye… if you know what I mean.

So, without further ado, this is the change in my skin since just before the summer until today.
 
 
If I look glossy it's because I've oiled myself up so to speak. I usually try doing these pictures in the mornings on "good days". I know I know, but some decency feels good on the blog.
 
I also want to mention that since the last two weeks, when it's been cloudy, I’ve gone back to using the Snail Serum at night to get rid of any remaining “summer bumps”, which it gladly takes care of.
I'm also writing this update because I'm adding something new to the regime! Exciting what?!
 
 
Acne Scar Solution?
A new natural serum popped in the mail yesterday, which is probably the most expensive skincare I’ve bought counting the price/ml! But hey, I’m an oil junkie and would happily pay like 55€ for 5ml of Essential Oil if I believed it was potent and of great quality. La Mer has nothing when it comes to natures essential oils!
It’s my first Living Libations product and it’s their little Dew Dab that’s a go-to spot treatment, or from the reviews I’ve read it seems miraculously good for everything! One even claimed it to heal deep scars that she was considering doing laser treatment for! I’ve been contemplating laser treatment for whatever remaining scars that will be left when my skin has completely healed. But I’m hoping to find something natural and powerful to not have to go through any expensive procedures.
I never did get my hands on their Everybody Loves The Sunshine-moisturizer before the summer ended, and even though the ingredients in there seemed just what my scars needed to fade, after learning about fatty acids I felt like a spot treatment/serum would do much better together with my new daily oils.
So enter solution: the Dew Dab. It’s got a powerful scent and a bluish hue to it like Blue Apatite. Blue has been my guide for a few months now so I’m definitely feeling that I'm on the right track, if you believe in signs and all of that.
I’ll be back with a 12 week-review! You'll probaly forget about it until then, lucky I'll be reminding you!
 
In the meantime, why don't you share your #1 natural product for acne scars or similar effect?
Leave your tip in the comments below :)
 
 
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