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I don't think we have one of these yet... But, if I'm wrong, please do correct me.


I've been wanting to make this thread for a while now, but as it usually is... Life got and gets in the way. But, better late than never, huh?


I've been enjoying many natural skincare products for the last 15 years or so, on and off ( mainly facial oils and balms, but masks, treatments, and body oils and balms, as well. ) I even used to make my own for years ( years ago ) as good natural skincare products were not a very easy thing to obtain. You'd have to try and hunt down quality ingredients and make stuff yourself most of the time. And, that was quite a task! It makes me happy to see that there is so many wonderful products widely and easily available lately. It makes things so much easier! Smiley Happy


Natural skincare performs better for me personally. I love and enjoy using it. My skin adores it. I love the idea of it and behind it. So, I wanted to make a place for us natural skincare lovers to talk about anything natural skincare as I see there are many others out there that are interested, or already in love with it, as well. So why not have our own little place on here? Smiley Happy So we can share our experiences ( good and/or bad ), loves, favorite products, favorite brands and their news/new launches, discus things, share our daily routines, talk DIYs if anyone is into that, why not? Anything really.


By "natural" skincare here I'm talking about skincare made mostly or completely of ingredients available in nature, like plant-derived ingredients, minerals... You know, the whole nine. Smiley Wink


Anyway - feel free to join in! You don't have to be a natural skincare lover exclusively. Everybody's welcomed!


A word of caution... For those who are new to natural skincare, proceed with caution. Inform and educate yourself really well on everything you are interested in trying and putting on your skin. Natural does not mean it won't hurt you! And, it certainly doesn't mean it's safe. Some natural ingredients can be irritating for some people. Go with what's good for you, don't force anything on your skin just because someone said it is good. Do patch tests. Be smart. People prone to allergies should pay careful attention to what they use on their skin.


 P.S. I am not completely and 100% natural, nor I imagine I ever will be as I do love me some other stuff, as well. But mostly, yes.





@lyravega  What a pretty picture! 

I agree with you; I have found that the more natural skincare products treat my skin better than the rest.  There are so many good products, but before I list them, I have to say that one of the ingredients that I have been the most pleasantly surprised by is frankincense.  It clears my skin and makes it a glowy pink, the way it's supposed to be.

My favorite products:


1. Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Cream- This is a UK company.  I like this mostly as a night cream.


2. Biossance the Nourisher- My new love.  I see an instant improvement using this in the a.m.  My skin is more glowy, clear, and smooth.


3. Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel- A lactic acid and fruit enzyme exfoliating peel.  I only leave this on for one minute and I'm good for the week.


4. Omorovicza- Just about every product. Smiley Happy  Their cleansers are superb, and I recently became a huge fan of their Gold Rescue Cream.  It's the intense, nourishing night cream I've been looking for to use when my skin is extra dry or looking rough.  One use overnight and my skin is evenly colored and plumped the next a.m.


@Ispend2much6 right? Such a nice, calming and relaxing photo. It's not my, though. I wish I knew who to give credits to for it, but I don't know. Found it randomly online.


Nice list! I am glad you've found so many new loves and products that work so nicely for you.


I haven't gone completely natural yet, but I'm definitely on my way, especially with skincare. My favorite natural brands at the moment are Alima Pure and 100% Pure (most of my skincare products are from the latter). I also got introduced to Tarte recently, and I'm really liking the Make Believe in Yourself palette. Smiley Happy I'm also a fan of DIY bath and body with essential oils. It's fun trying out different recipes!


As for the news... Mahalo ( one of my fav brands ) is coming to this hidden gem shop-spa in NYC this month. ( Or, at least that's what I've been told. ) So much yay! Smiley Happy


Oh that's so exciting @lyravega!  I've been dying to try them but hesitant to buy blindly online.  Can you share the location when it's confirmed or is it hush-hush? 

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@michelleshops , I don't think it's hush hush. Mahalo even already has it listed on their site as a NYC location. I didn't mention it because you know how it often goes with new launches and boutiques/stores getting new brands/stuff... Even though they often say they will get it then and then, dates change. Bleep happens. Basically... I don't wanna jinx it! Smiley Very Happy ( But, Marina herself told me it should happen this month, soooooo.... Fingers crossed! Smiley Happy )


The best thing - they make samples for you! So, you can go in and sample stuff you wanna try. I am just not sure if a purchase is necessary.


It's CAP Beauty in West Village. I will PM you the link of their site, with the location and other details. Sounds good?




Love, love, love Mahalo!  Waiting patiently for The Bean and their fabulous face mask brush to arrive today in my August Beauty Heroes box! ❤️❤️❤️


@lyravega I've found my home! Great thread! 


I make my own cleansing oil and face oils. I mix argan and almond together and that's what I tap on my face at night. I sometimes throw in some Blue Tansy oil for my allergies and it'a supposed to be great for skin. Just look at all the companies popping out blue skincare creams and serums. 


I just found this lil gem full of Manuka Honey. A friend that suffers from rosascea swears by it. I had a weird reaction around my neck a couple weeks ago and she gave me some to try. It healed the skin so well. It was super itchy, dry and burned. So I bought some and now I've been using it all over my face and neck. Even under my eyes. No breakouts so YAY! Manuka Honey is amazing. 




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I need to add this to my shopping list @pixiedust2 Smiley Very Happy


@veronika23 this is the one I mentioned to you in passing. Now that I've had over a week to test it, I'm really liking it. It has some beeswax in it and it actually makes it fairly matte. So it's definitely not greasy!


It has a slightly sour scent, which smells like the combo of the honey and the Shea butter combined. It disappears quickly but wanted to mention it because some of the reviews bring it up. It's faint and doesn't bother me and I don't smell it on my face. I'm very sensitive to fragrance on my face so I want to assure everyone that it's not a deal breaker. 


Thanks @pixiedust2 Smiley Happy


Welcome, welcome! Yaaay, glad you like it, my spooky friend! Smiley Wink


Sounds good! Will have to check it out, @pixiedust2 !




Awesome thread @lyravega Smiley Happy  This is definitely my jam Smiley Very Happy


What is your favorite cleanser? I'd like to hear all about what you enjoy using. Smiley Happy


I think everybody and their aunt know I am in love with NUDE Jelly. But, that baby is gone. I do have a couple of backups still... But... They are going fast. And then what?! I've been trying a lot of stuff for months and months now, but nothing has come even remotely close to Jelly in satisfying my wants and needs. I do have some runner-ups in mind, though. Will see.


I also really like NUDE Nourishing Cleansing Oil, and NUDE Clarifying Cleansing Oil, even though that one is a bit drying on me. ( So many oil cleansers are so. friggin. drying! I have dry skin and finding a nice, non drying cleanser is a pain. Maybe some would work - if there were no wash cloth included! ( Looking at you  ( most ) balms! ) My skin would denounce me and run away screaming, or just fell of, if I tried to use a wash cloth even couple of times a week, little less every day! *shudders* )


Mahalo The Unveil Cleanser is very, very nice. Very! It's so good to my skin! And, even though I am of those people who think it is ridiculous to pay such money for something that will just end up going down the drain... I am seriously considering it at this point.




My favourites are:


  • Tata Harper - the entire range (all 4)
  • Oskia Renaissance Gel Cleanser - I consider this the better version of NUDE Omega Jelly
  • Emma Hardie Cleansing balm


I use these constantly and have a back-up of each one of them.


@greenchilli which one of Tata Harper ones would you say is the most dry skin friendly? The nourishing one? I haven't tried those yet as my lizard ( fellow dry skin ) friend keeps telling me how they all were drying on her. So, that kept me back so far. But, I eventually will have to try for myself.


I think I've tried Oskia... But I am not sure anymore. If that's the one I think it is, it made my skin angry the way REN Evercalm Cleansing Milk made my skin angry. Or was it that it needed to be removed with a wash cloth, which I can't do... Ay, I don't remember anymore! There's been so many! I'll have to try it again. But, I usually do remember the ones I like.


Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm I don't care for.




Perhaps my favourite products are definitely your least favourite.  I also love the Ren Evercalm.  We belong in the bizzarro world :-)


The TH cleansers are all for all skin types, although the Purifying cleanser is especially good for oily skin types.  I have oily skin, and I don't find them drying.  You might have to test it out if willing.


I use a wash cloth for ALL cleansers.  Oskia is similar to NUDE, but I prefer it.  If you used water to wash off NUDE, you could do the same.  It is a gel that turns oily when massaged in.




Haha, well, considering you have oily skin, and I have it dry... Yeah, I'd say we definitely belong in the bizarro world. Smiley Wink


I guess you have a really good skin, @greenchilli . My skin does not tolerate such "abuse" as "wash cloth-ing". It goes all different kind of berserk if I even try.


I will probably try that one again eventually, because I don't really remember what was the deal with that one...


@lyravega I tried a 1 oz sample (from a Sephora Favs kid) of Sunday Riley Blue Moon and purchased the full size just over halfway through!


My face feels VERY soft and moisturized after this. Not drying at all. There are what feels to be exfoliating granules in the balm (the misconception is those are sugar granules) but they are actually wax beads... as I keep massaging into my skin, I can feel them slowly soften and disintegrate. Not gritty.


I always follow up with a second cleanser but I'd say if the ingredients agree with your skin (no reactions), could be a good single step cleanse for dry skin!


@k617 Isn't that amazing when you find something that works so beautifully for you?! I am always so excited when I finally find something that works for my crazy skin. Smiley Very Happy


That one says it's for normal-oily skin, so I've never even considered it. So many oils and balms are so very drying ( for dry skin ), you wouldn't believe it, so if they say something like that, I stay away. I have problem with quite a lot of products being so very drying on me. Plus... It needs to be removed with a wash cloth? That's a big no no for me. My skin goes all different kind of bleeped off if I do that.


Yeah, I definitely don't do or care for double cleanse. No need for it ( speaking just about me ). Unless I have some heavy makeup caked on... Which I rarely do.

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