1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil: Eco-Luxe for Less.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Andalou Naturals brand, but many people seem to be in agreement that the 1000 Roses line is luurrrvely. I noticed the 1000 Roses face mask in Whole Foods and was very tempted, but I already have three face masks I’m using up. I’m trying to buy less, people! However, my dry skin has been crying out for oil lately, and whilst I use argan, jojoba and pricky pear seed oil in rotation, none of these smell particularly nice or feel particularly luxurious. I’ve heard awesome things about face oils from brands like Kypris, Gressa, La Bella Figura and In Fiore, but they are all pretty pricey. I wanted something that felt eco-luxe without the hefty price tag.

I think this oil truly delivers. Here’s a pic of it, in all its 16 dollars glory (actually on sale at Vitacost right now for 13.57!!)



First of all, the packaging (to me) feels very luxe. As you can see, the product comes in a pink glass bottle. Glass is always preferable to plastic, both in terms of being environmentally friendly, and in feeling more luxurious and looking prettier on the bathroom shelf. Second of all, I love pink, so brownie points for that!

Now for the ingredients. The ingredients list is truly stellar, for the price. Take a look:

Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba), rosa canina (rosehip), punica granatum (pomegranate), vaccinum macrocarpon (cranberry), camelina sativa, argania spinosa (argan) and hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oils*, PhytoCellTec (Alpine rose, malus domestica, solar vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex:[hyaluronic acid, magnolia officinalis bark, Phoenix dactylifera (date) leaf cell and boswellia serrata (boswellin) extracts], sorbitol, caprylic/capric triglycerides, tocopherol (vitamin E), aloe barbadensis extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) and aspalathus linearis (rooibos)*†, citrus tangerina (tangerine) and pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oils*, rosa centifolia (rose) oil.
*Certified Organic. †Fair Trade.

OK guys, this is a product under 20 bucks, and we’re talking rosehip oil as the third main ingredient! Not only that but we’ve got fruit stem cell extracts, geranium AND rose oil, argan oil, sea buckthorn oil…this is crazy!! It’s like a who’s who of green beauty blogger best ingredients list.

Here are the claims, and they’re hefty:

Rose and Fruit Stem Cells

  • Alpine Rose/Malus Domestica/Solar Vitis
  • Boost Cell Vitality
  • Improve Resilience
  • Counteract Aging

Bioactive 8 Berry Complex

Certified Organic Portfolio of Superfruit Antioxidants; Acai, Aronia, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji, Rosehips, and Sea Buckthorn.

Certified Organic Aloe Vera

Soothes inflammation, oxygenates and hydrates, advances dermal absorption of active ingredients.

So, the question is, does this product deliver on the claims?

WAIT!! Did I mention the smell?! This product smells DI-VINE. I am not kidding. If you don’t enjoy a rose scent, then…well, we can’t be friends. (Joking. Sort of). But if you love the scent of rose and/or geranium, you won’t be disappointed…

Anyway, onto the claims…I’ve been using this product now for about two weeks, and I definitely notice a difference. On application, it’s very soft and silky, rather than heavy or greasy like my bog-standard oils are. So I can put it on before make-up, for instance. I feel like it makes my skin look dewier after make-up application. My skin does look smoother and more hydrated. It doesn’t deliver intense hydration the way that a balm does (my One Love Organics balm delivers more of an instant hydration wallop) but it’s definitely a skin softener and smoother.

Overall, I’m incredibly happy with this purchase. For the price, it can’t be beat. If you’re considering buying an eco-luxe face oil, you might want to check this out first!



#Giving Tuesday: Support Safe Cosmetics!

Hi Friends,

This Giving Tuesday I received the following email from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – I wanted to share it with you guys! I donated – will you? 🙂

December 2, 2014Dear Olivia,
December 2nd is #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate our nation’s great tradition of generosity and have fun boosting our favorite causes. #GivingTuesday demonstrates that we can do more with our wallets than just shop Black Friday sales, and that we don’t have to be multimillionaires to give back to causes and communities we believe in.

Be a part of the #GivingTuesday movement by supporting our work to make cosmetics safe for all your loved ones.

Did you know it’s legal to use cancer-causing chemicals in cosmetics like shampoo, lotion, mascara, and eye shadows? Outrageous, right? It’s completely unacceptable to us that cosmetics and personal care product makers think it’s ok to expose women, men, and children to cancer chemicals as part of our daily cleaning and beauty routines.W We believe we can change the cosmetics industry for the better and make the use of cancer chemicals a thing of the past.

This year, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics launched the Cosmetics Without Cancer campaign to pressure cosmetics companies to stop using chemicals linked to cancer in their products. We can win this effort, but we need your financial and political support.

On #GivingTuesday, make a gift that makes a difference. Together we can make Cosmetics Without Cancer the new industry standard! 

Thank you. Your support means the world to us.

Warm regards,

Janet Nudelman
Director, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Heard about Pinkwashing? What it is & How to Avoid It…

I learned something new yesterday…the term ‘pinkwashing.’ This is the term for when cosmetics/skincare items display the breast cancer pink ribbon logo to show their support for the issue – normally donating a portion of their sales to breast cancer research – but the ingredients in their products ACTUALLY CONTAIN CARCINOGENS. Cue shock-horror.

It’ such blatant hypocrisy and it makes we wonder, with weary cynicism, how companies can get away with it. But, of course, they do. It’s just one of many reasons I got into green beauty.

The way to avoid being ‘pinkwashed’ is simply to check the ingredients of a product brandishing the pink ribbon logo. Does it contain any of the following?




If the answer is yes, then it’s best avoided.

Here’s a short video from YouTube made by “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” that discusses the issue and argues that if a company wants to advocate for women’s health they’d do well not to put known toxic chemicals in their products to begin with…

ready to launch? the beginner’s guide to safe, healthy beauty products!

So you’ve heard that beauty products contain parabens, pthlates, and other nasties. You really do want to make some changes, but where to start? Here’s my quick guide to dipping your toe into the world of natural beauty!

1. Oil-Up!

One of the easiest and most effective switches you can make (and cheapest!) is to swap out your body lotion or night cream for an oil. Buy organic, coldpressed if possible. For body try coconut oil (available at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and most supermarkets). For face I like jojoba oil, which mimicks the skin’s natural sebum and cleanses pores. This is a good option if your skin is oily. Others swear by sweet almond, and my mom, who has amazing skin, uses olive – good for mature, dry skin. Experiment to find one that’s right for you.


  • Try mixing sugar or salt with an oil to make a lip or body scrub.
  • Make your own relaxing body scrub even more relaxing by adding a few drops of lavender essential oil!
  • Speaking of essential oils, a few drops in the shower will turn your morning routine into a spa-like experience! Choose lavender to calm, clary sage to balance, a citrus oil (like sweet orange) to refresh, eucalyptus to energize and for colds, and rose to relax and renew.

2. Nerd-Up!

There are some great resources out there to help you make the switch. Blogs and websites are awesome, cheap, and keep you current. Here are a list of my favorites, in no particular order (not including mine, of course!) which spotlight eco-friendly and/or cruelty free buys:

Finding One’s Inner Eco Diva: www.ecodivablog.wordpress.com

Dame De Rose: www.damederose.wordpress.com

One Lost Mama: www.onelostmama.wordpress.com

Vegan Beauty Review: www.veganbeautyreview.com

Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” database: www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Wellness Mama: www.wellnessmama.com

The Makeup Dummy: www.diytherapy.wordpress.com

The Organic Life Blog: www.theorganiclifeblog.com

Short, Small & Sweet: http://shortsmallsweet.net/

Rainbow Feet: http://www.rainbowfeet.co.uk/

I bet there are tons more I haven’t yet discovered! If you know of some, please put them in the comments…

Books: A couple of great ‘starter’ books on the subject of natural beauty available from Amazon are “The Green Beauty Guide,” by Julie Gabriel (alongside “Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out”) and the breezy, slightly more ‘fun,’ “No More Dirty Looks,” by Siobhan O Connor and Alexandra Spunt. If you’re ready for a more interrogative book about the beauty industry as a whole, check out, “Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry,” by Stacy Malkin.

You might also like to try the magazine “Natural Health.” I sampled an issue last week, and found it pretty informative.

3. Fill-Up! (the shopping cart!) Save money and effort by starting with simple substitutions for skincare and lipbalm.

The way I’ve started is by slowly swapping out my skincare items, and not worrying too much about make-up. This makes sense, because your skin is a large surface and thus is the primary recipient of toxins when slathering on lotions, facecreams etc. Lipbalms, which we apply every day all day, are another obvious ‘switch-a-roo’ item. But where to find the products? May I suggest a trip to Target? Target has a great natural beauty section where you can find awesome and not-too-expensive brands such as Burt’s Bees, Yes To, and Pacifica. I love the Yes To Carrots moisturizers and CC cream. And while you’re there pick up a Burt’s Bees lip balm! I also love the Mi-Me brand lipbalm (see my review on this site!). If you’re lucky enough to live near a Sprouts or a Whole Foods these have great brands too.

Are you ready to launch?

4. Sign-Up! Explore new brands by signing up for a subscription box.

I’m loving my subscription boxes. Through them, I’m learning about new eco-friendly brands, and their websites are a portal for buying them which is really convenient. I’ve tried both Vegan Cuts ($19.99 a month for a box of full-size and sample sizes; about 5 products) and Petit Vour ($15.00 a month for a box of, usually, sample sizes; about 4-5 products, but higher-end). Another ‘portal’ shop is www.birchbox.com where you have the ability to refine your search to show ‘ingredient-conscious picks’ only. Through them you can buy (and read product reviews of) brands like W3LL People, and explore lesser known brands like Wild Honey Apothecary. I also love http://www.thedetoxmarket.com/

Last, but not least, don’t be overly-perfectionist to start with. We want to do it ‘right,’ and the temptation is to dump all our old stuff and start anew, but be kind to yourself and let the process take time. Even just switching out one or two products is an awesome start, and if money’s tight, find some DIY recipes and make your own products! They’ll be just as awesome, I promise.

I’m still learning, so I know how it feels to be figuring this stuff out. Thus, this guide, which I hope helps. Let me know what you think, and if you’re an eco-beauty fiend, do leave tips and websites in the comments below.