Love Craft Soap Co.

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Cruelty-Free, Vegan Bath and Body Care

Being a writer for the cruelty-free beauty blog, My Beauty Bunny, I come across a lot of brands while doing research for my articles.  A lot of time is spent on Instagram going through hashtags discovering new brands and their unique products.  It was there that I came across the California based company, Love Craft Soap Co., a small business that specializes in handcrafted cruelty-free, vegan bath and body products.

The founder Shaunna created Love Craft Soap Co. in 2012 after finding a personal need to use gentle but effective bath care products for her son and his delicate skin.  Many commercial soaps either proved to be too harsh, filled with chemicals or simply had a vanity “eco” labeling that did nothing for her son. It was time for her to take matters into her own hands and create products that would nourish and cleanse the skin while giving her peace of mind.

Shaunna was nice enough to send me out a handful of samples to try, and was most pleased that she sent me something for acneic skin.  She had noticed on my instagram that I was trying several different products to help heal my skin and suggested that her Charcoal Facial Bar would be just the thing to try!  Along with that, she sent me some hand/body bars:  Love Spell (type), Perk Up, Beach Blanket Bimbo, and a sample of her soon to be released Citrus French Clay mask.

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The Rejuvenating Rose Charcoal Facial Bar was the first item I tried.  I was a bit hesitant as it was a bar soap and I haven’t used a bar soap on my face in ages, but I am very interested in charcoal based skincare products and their detoxification properties. First, I should note that this is definitely a soap you can display next to your sink.  It has bits of rose petals that make it so pretty and don’t interfere with using the soap!  It is also made with a 5 clay mixture and essential oils (like tea tree oil) that tone the skin and help draw out impurities that cause those pesky pimples. The bar was a good size to roll between my hands and produce a good lather.  I used this soap with my Soniclear for a good deep down cleansing. After rinsing clean I found that my skin felt SUPER soft and very clean. I followed with a simple moisturizer to balance my skin out. There was no irritation, no dryness, just soft, clean skin. This soap is PERFECT for my husband who has oily skin and I immediately suggested he try it out since he is always hoping I can suggest something to keep his pores tight and clean. Because my skin is combination, I found that using this just a few times a week served me well, and someone with oilier skin could use more often.

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The Perk Up Soap is one of their top sellers. The blend of lemongrass and tea tea oil smells amazing and mixed into a olive oil based soap to moisturize, cleanse and awaken the skin.  Teesy apricot kernels pepper the soap to gently exfoliate too! Out of all three body bars, this scent was my favorite. A perfect addition to your guest bathroom or morning shower!

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Next up, Beach Blanket Bimbo. haha! Such a cute name, which would make me think it’s for women, but it’s actually a unisex scent that can be left in the shower for anyone in the family to use! Finely ground pumice make this a great gentle exfoliator for rough spots while pink himalayan salt has detoxification properties and contains trace minerals that nourish the skin. The soap has a clean scent to it, that makes me think of sun-bleached driftwood, and sea air. It’s beautiful.

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Lastly, Love Spell (type) soap is the most feminine out of the bunch. The blend of jasmine, cherry blossom, peach and orange balance each other out for a beautiful scent that blooms when lathered. The base of this soap also is made with olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil to moisturize and nourish the skin.

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Each of the Love Craft Soap Co. products I tried lathered wonderfully and did not dry out my skin.  Shaunna did a wonderful job fragrancing each product that makes you keep sniffing the bars and wanting more. All of her products are cruelty-free, vegan and handmade with love. And she doesn’t stop at soaps!  She also hand crafts lip balms, body oils and (soon to be released) facial clay masks. I haven’t tried the facial clay mask yet and will most likely share about that on my instagram exclusively so make sure to follow me on instagram on details of this mask made for combo/oily skin.

To find out more about Love Craft Soap Co., you can visit their website, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on shows they attend and newly released products.

A Skin Enhancing Drink : All Beauty Water Review

 

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I came across All Beauty Water while doing some research for work and had to to try them out.  As someone who believes that we truly “are what we eat”, I think it’s important to take a look at what we eat and drink and how it affects the appearance of our skin.  I am a big tea drinker, and as I get older I am more aware of what I eat and what the consequences are.  I’ve also stopped smoking which was a big thing to pull off, but worth it in so many ways.

All Beauty Water contains 8 different skin vitamins, 7 skin nutrients and is the equivalent of two glasses of water in each bottle (16 oz) Formulated to nourish and hydrate the skin all at the same time, while adding some flavor to your day. It is vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free (sweetened with stevia, an all natural sugar substitute), and free of GMO’s.

8 SkinVitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B3, Biotin

7 SkinNutrients: Selenium, Green Tea extract, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc

What I loved about All Beauty Water was that it came in tasty, flavorful versions unlike some beauty teas I’ve tried in the past. You know the ones…..they just taste so ‘earthy” and like dirt, but you drink it anyways because you know it’s good for you? These zero-calorie drinks come in three flavors: Strawberry Acai, Pomegranate Rose, and Cucumber Aloe and they all taste great, but I did have my favorites.

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Strawberry Acai topped the list. I had this with dinner one night and it has the perfect flavor or strawberry and sweetness to it that I could have easily drank a second bottle in one sitting. I don’t know what acai tastes like on it’s own, but whatever the combination is in this drink, it’s a winner!

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Pomegranate Rose was my second favorite. Pomegranate has some tarteness to it, but you get the taste of rose at the end of each sip which was really soothing. I’ve tried rose water ice cream before and loved the beautiful scent and delicate taste of the flower and it brought me back to that memory.

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Cucumber Aloe was the last flavor I tried and while it was tasty, I thought the scent of cucumber in the drink was little strong for me. It’s not artificially flavored in any way, but somehow I think of cucumber being the most delicate, light scent/flavor and it was the strongest out of the three.

I really hope these water’s will become available in places I usually shop at (hint, hint: Ralphs in Orange County, CA) because I would buy a pack of these when I hit the market for our shopping.  Currently, these skincare drinks are available via amazon, or in stores located in New York where the brand originates. At around $3 per bottle, I say this is on par with most individual drinks you’d pick up at a convenient store (aside from cheaper, sugary sodas) but has so many vitamins in it that it makes it the true winner out of them all!

Keep an eye out for this brand because it’s starting to gain momentum and I can see this easily coming to California at one point.

If you’d like to find out more about the brand you should follow All Beauty Water on Facebook and Twitter to get updates. I see they also post coupon codes so you can save on your orders and I love that!  You can also check out their reviews on amazon and see what other people are saying about the brand…I think you’ll see I’m not the only one loving this skincare drink brand!

 

 

Teadora Nourishing Body Polish

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iliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewWhen I got a chance to review a body scrub I didn’t waste anytime signing up.  With winter here I can already feel my skin getting drier and needing a little bit more help to look healthy and moisturized.  Teadora Beauty is a natural and organic body care line that uses nourishing ingredients sourced from the Amazon rainforest.  The entire line is vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, silicones, phthalates or sulfates.

Teadora is also a community conscience company that makes sure to use ingredients that are fair-trade sourced, and also gives back by giving some of its profits to Tiny Purple Fishes, a   non-profit organization that betters living communities in Brazil and the U.S through a partnership.

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The product I was given to try was Teadora Nourishing Body Polish which can be used on wet or dry skin.  I opted to use it only in the shower when my skin was wet and ready to be polished.  During the winter I tend to get more ingrowns on my calves no matter how much lotion I slather on so extra exfoliation is definitely needed.  I found that the polish is fine-grained and not too rough.  It’s definitely worthwhile to take a few minutes per leg and really work it into the skin with small circular motions.  I also used this on my chest that needed some polishing and found no irritation occurred.

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The consistency of the scrub is like a clay mask. When I looked at the ingredients I discovered that it has Brazilian white clay in it which is known to draw out impurities and is non-abrasive as it polishes the skin.  I think the little grit you do feel is the ground Acai seeds which makes you feel like you are getting some scrubbing in.

I’m a pretty aggressive scrubber for most parts of my body except my face, neck and chest,  and like a good sized grain to feel the scrub, but I did feel like this did the trick.  It is labeled as a polish instead of a scrub which makes sense that it has a more refined feel to it.

You can find Teadora online at their website, ShopHQ.com, and BeautyKind.com and you can also follow them on their social media.

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