Review: July Petit Vour Box

Friday, July 29, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
As promised, here's my review of the July Petit Vour box. If you haven't seen my unboxing video yet, check it out here. I decided to review this box as soon as possible, being July is ending soon. I didn't want to publish this in a month late (like last month, ahem), so I decided to review these products as quick (but efficiently) as possible. I think part of the problem is that this box is always shipped near the later part of the month and at that point I'm preoccupied with other things. Not an excuse, just an explanation. Regardless, enjoy!

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The Basics


About the company:
Petit Vour curates an array of vegan and cruelty-free products for you to choose from, as well as a monthly box. Their subscription box is the perfect option for the eco-conscious woman on a budget. Costing only $15 a month in the U.S.A, ($23 if you live in Canada), this beauty box is a great deal for any woman looking to sample 4-5 generously sized products a month. It's a great way to decide which product is a hit or a miss without buying and wasting money on a full-sized item. Every brand they use is all-natural and carefully regulated, ensuring you only get the best of the best! Petit Vour never allows unsafe ingredients to be featured in their boxes. Here are the ingredients Petit Vour promised you'll never see in their boxes: BHA + BHT, Peg compounds, Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, Sulfates, and Triclosan. Relieved yet? Each box has some sort of theme (this July one was summertime minimalism themed and offered products that would help keep your routine as short and simple as possible). You can choose from a bunch of subscription options too: The monthly plan (U.S.A. $15/ Canada $23), 3-month-plan (U.S.A. $45/Canada $69), 6-month-plan (U.S.A. $90 / Canada $138),  and 12-month-plan (U.S.A. $180/ Canada $276). The monthly plan is a pay as you go, cancel any time subscription, apposed to the others which are prepaid subscriptions. I personally have the monthly subscription right now, but I can change it at any time. If you ask me, that's a pretty good deal!

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Kalahari Watermelon Eye Serum
Lilfox Botanicals




Why you want it: If you're like me, you're always up for trying a new eye serum (especially when its made with natural ingredients and comes in a cute bottle!).

Its value: $68 

My review: As most of you already know, I've tried products from 100% Pure that were designed to make the area under the eyes brighter. It was semi-successful, but I'm always up to trying something new. This made-in-the-USA sample is 100% cruelty free and vegan, created with only natural, plant-based ingredients. For this reason, I really admire Petit Vour's standards. They've never failed to impress in terms of ingredients and ethics. As far as this eye serum goes, the application is fairly simple. I just have to use the dropper to dot 1-2 drops under my eyes. I pat it in and massage it into my skin gently. It gets a little greasy and makes me look like I just cried or something at first, but I have noticed a little bit of a difference after a few uses. My under eyes do look a little bit lighter and brighter. While the dark circles haven't altogether disappeared, they're a little more subtle now. I think with continued use I could get more out of this serum and possibly see even better results. From what I've observed, the problem with most eye serums is that they don't work right away, which can be frustrating when you want immediate results. Most skincare products need at least one week to truly show what they're capable of. I gave this serum a little less than a week, so I don't want to judge it too harshly. Overall, I'm going to keep using it and see what happens.

Ingredients
A.spinosa (Argan) Oil*, C.lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, C.sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, P.granatum linn (Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, R.mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, P.incarnata (Passionfruit) Seed Oil, L. alba (Meadowfoam) Seed oil, F.indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Tocopherols (Vit.E/non-gmo), S.austrocalcedinicum (Sandalwood) Oil, R.damascena (Rose) Absolute *Organic

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Organic Ignite Illuminator



Why you want it: This natural illuminator will give your skin a subtle, but dewy shine that you can use to highlight anywhere you need a little more pop.

Its value: $24

My review: I've never tried an illuminator before, so I was really excited to get a hold of one. As many of you know, I don't use foundation (just some primer and concealer), because it clogs my pores too much and makes my skin feel cakey. However, I'm not opposed to using something like this because I don't have to put it everywhere in order for it to work, which I'm a fan of. I'm a firm believer in letting my skin breath and only applying makeup to the areas I feel truly need it. With that in mind, I applied this shimmery, rosy highlighter onto my cheekbones, cupid's bow, eye corners, and below my brows. I loved its creamy, silky texture because it just glided right on. At first I used my brush to try and apply it, but I found I got a lot better coverage and more control with my fingers. It felt so smooth and it really did give me a little bit more of a dewy, glowing look. I especially noticed it in my cupid's bow and eye corner area. I even tried it underneath my eyes (just to see what would happen) and it helped make me look a little more awake. I don't think it's necessarily a go-to when it comes to helping dark under eyes go away, but in combination with eye serums and possibly eye concealers, it could add an extra something. I was really impressed with this product and out of all of the products I received, I liked this the best. The only downside to this product was that when I applied it to my cupid's bow, it kind of made me breakout over there (not cool when I've been on a breakout-free streak). I might not buy this exact illuminator again, but at the very least now I know I like (and can pull off) highlighters/brighteners.

Ingredients
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Vitamin E Oil (Non-GMO), *Rosemary Antioxidant (Extract), CI 77019 Mica, Iron Oxides, CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Silica. *Certified Organic

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The Hero Oil



Why you want it: Aside from the cool looking bottle dropper, this product is good for reducing redness and combating irritants in the skin.

Its value: $50

My review: According to Petit Vour, this product is supposed to be great for calming and soothing irritated skin. I must admit, it did do exactly that. Somewhat. The effects weren't instantaneous (I didn't rub it onto my skin and see redness dissolve right before my eyes or anything), but I did notice a decrease in irritation after a good night's sleep. I applied this oil every morning and night to any areas on my face I saw redness (no matter how minimal). I used only a drop or less on each selective area and rubbed it in gently with my fingers. Unfortunately, my face tends to get oily in the summer (heat = sweat. Sweat = excess oil), so this hero oil didn't exactly help with that. In fact, it made my face feel pretty gross. I had to be careful not to touch my face too, even after I massaged the oil in, because it didn't completely soak into my skin. With that said, I don't think that makes it a bad product. However, on top of the eye serum (also an oil), and this, I looked like a sweaty mess after my night and morning routine, which I did not favor. The effectiveness of the oil on a scale from 1-10 would have to be somewhere between a 4 and a 5. Maybe if I gave my skin more time to test it out, the results would be different. While I did notice some reduction in redness, it wasn't enough to wow me too much. Perhaps I'll continue using it on the side (along with the eye serum) just to be fair and give it more of a chance. However, I don't think I'll be buying more of this anytime soon (especially since this was such a generous sample which will last me a while). I also really love how the ingredients list is so short, but I do wish they included what blend of 'therapeutic-grade essential oils' they used...

Ingredients
Squalane oil, Apricot Kernel oil, Calendula Herb oil, Monoi de Tahiti oil, Grape seed oil and a proprietary blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils. *Certified Organic
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Cleansing Milk


Why you want it: If you're looking for a new cleanser, this might be for you (but it wasn't for me - read below to see why).

Its value: $22

My review: Like last month's box, Petit Vour included another Juice Beauty sample. As you may have read, I wasn't too found of last month's sample only because it was a little too heavy for my skin, but I was excited to try this one. I've heard such rave reviews about this brand and have been wanting to try their line for a while now. I love how this isn't only vegan and cruelty free, but made with top quality, organic ingredients. Their ingredients list is kind of long (sadly), but most of it consists of pronounceable plant-based ingredients (at least the names in the parenthesis). Unfortunately, this product didn't perform as well as I was hoping it would. In fact, I liked this one less than the SPF moisturizer I got from last month's box. This cleanser was too harsh on my skin and didn't do a good job at getting off my makeup at all. Petit Vour advises users to massage the cleanser onto damp skin, which I did. The milky cleanser felt light and almost watery as I rubbed it onto my face, which I didn't have much of a problem with. However, as soon as I tried to rub my eye makeup off with it, it started to sting. I had to wash it off and dry my face immediately. When I did, and I could open my eyes (they were kind of burning), I still had makeup on them, only now it was smeared (and I looked like a raccoon). Just to get the remaining makeup off, I had to use a Burts Bees white tea cleansing towelette and was surprised to see some of my concealer was still on my face too. How do I know that? When I went to clean off my eye makeup I also swiped over the rest of my face, just to be thorough - sure enough I saw peach-colored concealer streaks on it as well. For a cleanser that promises to be 'deeply' cleansing, I felt all it did was move around the makeup on my face. Mind you, I tried it multiple times after that first time, and still the same thing happened at night. In regards to the morning, application and cleansing were a little different. I didn't have any makeup to remove, and it didn't sting as much (maybe because I avoided my eye area in the morning - no eye makeup to remove, ya know?). Plus, I've started breaking out a little bit again. I was doing amazing for a while - I had been on my longest streak for no new breakouts ever. Then as soon as I used this stuff? Boom - here comes a pimple. The very next day. I can't fully blame this cleanser for that, but I'm sure it didn't help. I don't like giving products negative reviews, but I think I'll stick with my carrot butter cleanser for now.

Ingredients
Organic juices of vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, rubus idaeus (organic red raspberry juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, vegetable glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, organic plant oils of carthamus tinctorius (organic safflower seed oil)*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond oil), vitis vinifera (grape seed oil), cetearyl alcohol, gluconolactone, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan stearate, sodium benzoate, botanical extracts of calendula officinalis (marigold flower extract), chamomilla recutita (chamomile extract), tilia cordata (linden flower extract), boswellia carterii (frankincense extract), tocopherol (Vitamin E), ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C), panthenol (Vitamin B5), xanthan gum, tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, allantoin, sodium hydroxide, citrus aurantium dulcis (organic sweet orange & sweet neroli)* , chamomilla recutita (chamomile) and boswellia carterii (organic frankincense) pure essential oils * = Certified organic ingredient

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The (quick) rundown

The pros: Surprisingly, not too many pros.
1) I really admired Petit Vour's ethics as a company.
2) I got a kick out of the summertime minimalism theme this month.
3) I really adored the Organic Ignite Illuminator in this box, even though it made me breakout on my cupid's bow...
4) The box was so affordable (only $15!) with generous sized samples.

The cons: Sadly, the cons outweigh the pros.
1) The Juice Beauty Cleaning Milk made my eyes burn and my face break out (or at least helped it along).
2) I wish this box shipped a little earlier in the month so I didn't have to rush my review of it as much.
3) I didn't like how there were two oils in this box (made my skin feel heavier and obviously more greasy).
4) I wasn't really too impressed with the products in this box overall.
5) I kind of wanted more makeup samples than skincare samples.
6) Most of the items at full-size are kind of pricey.
7) Both the Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk and the Organic Ignite Illuminator made me breakout (which sucks even more because I was on my longest acne-free streak ever!).


Conclusion: Ultimately, I wasn't too pleased with this box and can't see myself re-purchasing any of these products (aside from the Illuminator, possibly). Most of the items in the box irritated my skin and made me break out (even the one I liked the most). However, that's not to say it was a bad box or that I necessarily blame Petit Vour. I still respect Petit Vour and approve of their standards and ethics. This particular box just didn't work for me. After all, everyone's skin is unique. If you have different skin than me (not combination/acne prone), these products may work differently for you. If you decide to get one of these products, let me know in the comments section below. I'd love to hear your feedback on it!

Review: July Goddess Provisions Box - Solar Plexus Chakra

Monday, July 25, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
As promised on my YouTube channel, here's my in-depth review of this month's Goddess Provisions box! If you haven't seen my unboxing video yet, check it out here. I really love how the theme for this box was improving and balancing the solar plexus chakra, which is all about confidence and self-esteem (could always use more of that!). I truly enjoyed this box and can't wait for you to read about it!




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Love Rope Bracelet 
Love Rope




Why you want it: If you love colorful bracelets, vegan leather, and customizable stamps, this is for you.

Its value: $27.95 (or $22.95 if you share your creation to facebook!)

My review: I'm in love with bracelets, as you have probably seen in my videos (I wear a lot of them), so this was a win. It's so cool how this bracelet is made out of vegan leather and comes with a hand stamped "goddess" charm. The charm and rope were separate when I got them and the charm was on a piece of cardboard with a message on it. The message said "life is a journey thanks for taking me with you" which I thought was really cute. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at tying things, so I had to have some help from my mom. For those who don't have mothers around who tie things better than you, love rope also provided a link to a video that shows you how to tie your love rope. It's pretty helpful too, and I gave it a go on my own (didn't do too horrible a job if I do say so myself). The cool and best part about this company is that you can go on their site and customize your own bracelet to make it unique to you. They have six colors to choose from (red, blue, black, yellow, pink, and sea foam green) and you can also write any message you want on the charm. You can get a feel for how your bracelet would look thanks to this awesome virtual feature they have on their site that lets you choose what you want on your bracelet. As soon as you click a color and type a message, it appears on the virtual bracelet. There are 3 lines available for you to write your message on (each one you can write only 7 letters max on). My bracelet's message was only one line that said "Goddess", but you can feel free to write whatever you like. I totally recommend creating your own bracelet (or getting the July Goddess Provisions box if you want the rest of these items) because of how easy and fun it looks. Plus it's a totally ethical company that's into sending good vibes to their customers without harming animals (hence the vegan leather). So get creating!


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Solar Plexus Chakra Blend
Soulful Body



Why you want it: The whiff of this lemony aromatherapy blend is quite helpful on the days you lack motivation (or feel like a potato).

Its value: $15

My review: Sometimes we lack motivation, and that's fine. For those moments, I recommend using this oil blend. While it certainly can't make you finish writing a blog post (ahem), it can definitely help give you a little jolt in the right direction. One whiff of it makes me feel like I'm on a lemon farm, surrounded by nothing but sunshine, hills, and trees. Crafted in New York city with all-natural, certified organic ingredients, this blend is guaranteed to satisfy your inner eco-chick (or eco-guy). The coolest part? It's been infused with golden quartz crystal. Have you ever seen one of these? Not only is golden quartz stunning, but crystal infusions have become a big wellness trend. Infusing crystals into liquids is an entirely safe process, so no worries - if you want to give it a try on your own, all you need is a crystal, a bowl, a jar, and a crystal of your choice. Make sure to cleanse your crystal before you do this (can be done by washing it off and envisioning all the negative energy leaving it), then place it in a jar. Fill up the bowl with water (or a blend of essential oils), and place the jar with the crystal in it. Leave it outside in the sun (or full moon) for a whole day, then clear any debris that may have fell into the water (or oil blend). This simple method is (more than likely) how Soulful Body infused their blend with golden quartz crystal. I think that's pretty darn cool, and I've heard this crystal is good for bringing more joy and liveliness into ones life (which goes hand in hand with this uplifting oil blend). I definitely recommend giving it a go!

Ingredients
Essential oils of *peppermint, *rosemary, and *lemongrass in *jojoba oil infused with golden quartz crystal. *certified organic


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Meyer Lemon
Stash Tea





Why you want it: Not only is it delicious when brewed hot, but it's also super refreshing when chilled! 

Its value: $5.99 (comes with 20 tea bags in one pack)

My review: So, I'm pretty tea obsessed you guys. I drink bubble tea practically every day with my boyfriend (no joke), and it's delicious. That said, I love a good old fashioned brew every once and a while. This tea can be brewed and drank hot, or brewed and chilled. I've tried it both ways and it's hard to say which I liked better. I'd probably have to go with the chilled version, simply because of how hot its been and how refreshing it was. After all, cold lemon beverages are a summer staple. To make a large pitcher of chilled lemon tea, bring water to a boil. Add the water to a pitcher you adore, then add 2-3 teabags. Stir and let steep for as long as desired (I just kept mine in over night) and add as much honey as you want to make it a little sweeter (I opted for only 3 tablespoons, but that's just me). Be sure to stir it well, then add in some ice cubes (this is optional, but it does speed up the cooling process a little). I left the pitcher of tea in the fridge over night (it wasn't cool enough even an hour later), but you can ultimately decide how cold is cold enough. My whole family drank this over the course of a stifling hot week and adored it (so it went over pretty well, I'd say!). I'll definitely keep this flavor in mind in the future, considering I've tried and adored Stash teas in the past.

Ingredients
Rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, hibiscus, citric acid, meyer lemon oil, safflower.


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Chakra RX - Solar Plexus
Scentual Goddess



Why you want it: This stuff is strong - you only need one spritz of it (trust me) to enjoy its lemon-ginger scent and inhale its empowering essence (warning: Might cause slight irritation for those with sensitive noses - like myself). 

Its value: $12.95

My review: Aromatherapy is pretty cool - and this spray is especially designed to balance out your solar plexus chakra. It gives you a unique, but simple visualization on the back of it to help you too: All you have to do is imagine a yellow ball of light about 2" above your belly button, face the sun, and once you feel the sun's rays empower you, spritz the spray and say "I am confident. I am strong.  I take back my power! I can be, do and have anything that I desire." You don't have to perform this visualization for the spray to do its work - you can simply spritz it once and say "I can!" or spray it and say nothing. The scent alone will be sure to invigorate you. According to the back of the bottle, it contains purified water, fragrance, and natural crystals that help attune your chakras. I wish it gave a full ingredients list, being it's important to know which fragrances they used. Unfortunately they didn't, so if you're the sort (like me) who needs to know everything that's in your products, this might not be the most comforting. While I like the spray and like the idea of it, I don't think I'd buy this on my own. The scent was too strong for me (it irritated my nose and made me feel like I was about to sneeze a lot), plus I don't exactly know what's causing the scent. The good news is this was handcrafted, made in small batches, and charged with intention. That counts for something - on top of the fact the scent is empowering, despite being strong. I guess that was the point (I can't really picture a solar plexus chakra spray being light and airy anyway), so I understand. But for people with sensitive noses (like me), I'd avoid purchasing this one.


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Crystal Grid
Cave and Canyon



Why you want it: If you love crystals and want a crystal grid but have limited space/are new to grid work, this is a great starter!

Its value: $25 (You can shop via their instagram account - Cave and Canyon is still working on getting their website shop up!)

My review: Oh gosh, I've been wanting a crystal grid for the longest time now! I was ecstatic when I found out I'd be getting one in this box - now I didn't have to waste time searching for a grid on my own! Plus, most of the grids out there are expensive (as you can see - this one was worth $25, close to the whole box's worth - $33!). While there are many crystal grids out there, what I loved about this one was the simplicity of it. I don't have too much space in my room, so I adored the small, thin, compact size of this grid, and that it came in a cute, sheer pouch I could transport it in. Made of wood and designed with care, this crystal grid's pattern resembles that of a never ending circle. Its length and width are a little more than a rubix cube's (so not very big), but it offers plenty of room to place crystals (preferably small to medium) on it. If you're not sure how a crystal grid works, or how to use it, it's really not too hard. First off, it's important to know any object is only as powerful as what you put into it - you're the one who makes it special. If you set your intentions right, the grid can work with and for you. Crystal grids are used as a surface, a platform if you will, for crystals. You have complete control over where your crystals go on the grid. The pattern has to come from within and feel intuitively right with you. Depending on what you would want to attract, you would also choose different crystals. For example, I wanted to give myself a boost of confidence, so I used crystals that corresponded to the 3rd and 2nd chakras - the solar plexus and the sacral. A quick google search could tell you which crystals are good for what (ex: love, friendship, luck, etc.). I used the tiger eye I got in this box as well as other crystals I bought on my own such as clear quartz, citrine, and tangerine quartz. Its a good idea to create your crystal grid in a sacred space - since I don't have one strictly dedicated to stuff like this, I just did it on my bed and made sure I wouldn't be disturbed. I let my intuition guide me as to where I should place each crystal and once I thought it looked right, I meditated on it, simply allowing myself to feel their energy. You can also write your intentions down on a piece of paper and tuck it underneath your crystal grid, or keep it with you, depending on your style. There are other ways to create a crystal grid, and Cave and Canyon provide a nifty link that instructs Goddess Provisions users on how to use their grid (which is super helpful and explains it more in-depth than I do). All in all I can't wait to make my next grid and try some of Cave and Canyon's suggestions!


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Citrine
Lexy Olivia




Why you want it: Beautiful citrine artwork doubles as a little card complete with a mini envelope (super cute!) that you can give away or keep.

Its value: $4

My review: I love to draw and paint, so I definitely appreciated this piece of artwork. Citrine is a crystal linked with the solar plexus chakra, similar to tiger's eye (which I received in this box). Citrine is associated with success, abundance, joy, personal power, and clearing negative energy. It is an uplifting stone, much like most of the items in this box, that gives you a boost of joy with its sunny disposition. The artwork really captures the qualities of citrine and I love how it came with a little envelope. You can write on the back of the card, seal it in the envelope, and give it away, or keep it stashed somewhere special to you. You can write goals you have for yourself on it and come back to it a few months later to see if you accomplished them. Or you can use it like I did - I wrote affirmations on it to boost my self esteem and encourage self-love. Sometimes, it's easy to forget how important and special you are - writing it down reaffirms it and lets you claim your own power. I actually used this card when I was creating my crystal grid. I meditated on what I wrote on it and placed it under my crystal grid to enhance the overall experience. If you like handcrafted artwork that encourages you to take hold of your own power, I definitely suggest getting your hands on one of these!


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Tiger Eye Tumble Stone
Goddess Provisions


Why you want it: This brown and gold stone is great for grounding, cleansing, and empowering your solar plexus chakra (plus it's stunning!).


My review: Said to promote healing with those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and fears, this stone is quite balancing. If you're in need of emotional harmony of any sort, this could be the gem for you. It is connected to the solar plexus chakra and can also give you a much needed boost in self-worth. It is also known for attracting wealth, and improving concentration in meditation. I fell in love with this stone's iridescent quality, and the way it shines and glimmers with each movement. It's very calming, and the particular stone I received is its tumbled form. I used it as the center stone in my crystal grid (the one I made using Cave and Canyon's grid, also found in this box). I still have to cleanse and program it (a process that's not too hard to do, just time consuming), but it still worked very well in my crystal grid. I have used tiger's eye in the past - my mom has one that I've borrowed because of how gorgeous I thought it was. It's not my favorite crystal, but it's certainly one I respect and admire. I wouldn't be surprised if I got more of it to add to my collection in the future. Since Goddess Provisions did not include the gem's source (where they bought it from), I did my own research and provided a link to a site that offers tiger eye, if you're interested in owning this gem.


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Solar Plexus Chakra Guide
The Moon Sisterhood


Why you want it: The only digital goodie in this box, this guide includes yoga poses, crystals, and essential oils that balance your solar plexus chakra.

Its value: $19.97 (however, the only thing similar to this is the chakra 101 class they offer online which is on sale for $155, when it's usually $185).

My review: I'll be honest - I don't know much about the solar plexus chakra, other than it's associated with the color yellow and the stomach area. This guide was a huge help in understanding the solar plexus chakra. It was available for download on my phone or computer and I really like how simple it is. Just 13 pages of highly valuable material (without feeling like a textbook), this guide can be breezed through.They included many things, such as the location of all the chakras, and what makes the solar plexus important. They explain what an imbalanced one looks like (can include eating disorders, lack of safety, laziness, etc) and what a balanced chakra looks like (confident, well nourished, flexible physically and emotionally). I love how they simplify things by providing lists and graphics. If you feel your solar plexus may be out of wack, try wearing more yellow, smelling some lemon and/or frankincense essential oils, doing plank pose in yoga, or adding some tiger's eye, citrine, and amber stones to your crystal collection. These are all associated with the 3rd chakra and designed to stabilize it so you can be your most powerful, confident self.

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New 100% Pure Products You Need to Try

Saturday, July 16, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
Have you been checking out 100% Pure lately? They've been creating a lot of new goodies for us, and I just had to share the ones I'm loving the sound of most. If you've already seen these, please share this with someone who hasn't so we can spread the 100% Pure love!

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Born in Napa


Why you want it: I've actually tried both these products, and I reviewed the Red Wine Resveratrol Nourishing Cream before, on this blog. Both work really well - the Lavender Honey Cleanser gets the job done and smells exactly like lavender. It doesn't leave your face oily or grimy, just clean and refreshed - plus it's really fun to push the pump and see a bunch of foam come out. The foam pretty much dissolves on your face and of course washes away when paired with water. Unless you have extremely sensitive skin (like my mom), I recommend giving this cleanser a try.

It's value: $74.00 (currently on sale for $59.00!)

Ingredients 
Red Wine Resveratrol Nourishing Cream: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe)* Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia (Organic Rose Hydrosol)* Flower Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Resveratrol, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Extracts of Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Wine (Red Wine), Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf*, Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Hyaluronic Acid
* Certified Organic

Lavender Honey Cleanser: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Organic Lavandula Angustifolia Flower Water (Lavender Hydrosol)*, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Coconut)Oil, Mel (Lavender Honey)*, Extracts of Vins Vinifera Seed (Grapseed), Organic Rubus Idaeus Frut (Raspberry)3, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry), Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry), Vaccinium Augustifolium Fruit (Blueberry), Citrus Medica Limonum Peel (Lemon), Cinnamonum Zeylanicum Bark (Cinnamon), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary), Hydrasstis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Origanum Vulgare Leaf (Oregano) and Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme),Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Essential) Oil, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ribes Nigrum Fruit (Blackcurrant) Citric Acid, Extract of Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea)*, Lavandula Angustifolia Flower/Leaf/Stem (Lavender), Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula), Organic Jasmine Jasminum Officinale Flower/Leaf (Jasmine)*, Lonicera Caprifoloum (Japanese Honeysuckle), Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool** *Certified Organic *Component of natural essential oil

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Adopt A Rosy Outlook

Why you want it: 'Cause roses are awesome, and the queen of flowers. Why else? Oh - because you get one product absolutely free! The Rose and Calendula Water Serum is $65.00, but the Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist that comes with it is completely free (usually a $15.00 value)! The Rose and Calendula Water Serum is great for skin in need of hydration and firmness and can be used all over your face, neck, and eye area for increased elasticity. It's also great for soothing irritated, red, and inflamed skin. The Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist can be used the same way and has all the same benefits in the form of a facial mist. Putting both of these products on your skin will only enhance their effect (and make you feel like you're a flower). Sounds good to me!

It's value: $80.00 (currently on sale for $65.00)

Ingredients 
Rose and Calendula Water Serum: 100% Organic Rose Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice2, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Hyaluronic Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract

Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist: 100% Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Organic Rose Hydrosol)* * Certified Organic


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Retinol Restorative Neck Cream
Why you want it: Apparently, this neck cream is really great for creating a youthful, more firm neck. While I can't say I'm in dire need of this product, I'm sure there are people who are. The ingredients in this product, such as retinol and olive squalane, are proven to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin. If you have friends or relatives who could use this, or love products like this, be sure to share the news!

It's value: $50.00

Ingredients 
Glacial Water infused with Organic herbal blend of Rosa Canina (Rosehip) extract, Matricaria Chamomilla Leaf (Chamomile) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula) Extract, and Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract*, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate (Essential Fatty acid from Plant Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Oil, Olive Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Retinol (Vitamin A), Beta Glucan, Ceramide, Niacinamide, Natural Flavor, Glucose (Sugar), Glucose Oxidase (Sugar Enzyme) & Lactoperoxidase (Milk Enzyme)
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Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint: Rose Apple


Why you want it: I don't know about you, but I love me a good blush (especially if its got the word 'rose' in it)! Plus, this lip and cheek tint is a limited edition item - so I recommend getting it while it lasts! I've used one of 100% Pure's lip and cheek tints before (in the color peach) and it was fantastic. Not only did the pigment impress me, but it lasted and glided on my cheeks! I didn't use it too much for a lip tint, but when I did I only needed a little to create a noticeable amount of color. For my cheeks, I just rubbed it on with my fingers and it perfectly blended in with my skin tone. I can tell this Apple Rose color is going to be just as amazing as the peach one - after all, you know I love anything with the word rose in it. If you're going for a subtle look on your cheeks, apply less and blend more. Bold? Layer it on and blend less. It's that simple.

It's value: $25.00

Ingredients 
Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Pigments of Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, Vitis Vinifera (Cabernet Grape) Fruit, Prunus Domestica (Plum) Fruit, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Prunus Serotina (Cherry) Fruit, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit, Prunusm Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean), Daucus Carota Sativa Root (Carrot) and Solanum Lycopersicum Fruit/Leaf/Stem (Tomato), Strawberry Flavor
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Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Hibiscus
Why you want it: Every woman needs at least one lipstick she really loves - maybe this will be yours. Even though there's no actual hibiscus flower listed in the ingredients, its made with a bunch of all-natural ingredients that give it its wonderful warm red-orange glow. I'm not one for super bright lipsticks, but this looks like a fun color I'd like to try in the future. I've also heard several people rave about 100% Pure lipsticks being extremely moisturizing- just another reason to give 'em a shot!

It's value: $29.00

Ingredients 
Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter)*, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Extracts of Prunus Cerasus (Organic Cherry) Fruit*, Prunus Domestica (Organic Plum) Fruit*, Vitis Vinifera (Cabernet Grape) Fruit*, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Fruit*, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Organic Blueberry) Fruit*, Rubus Fruticosus (Organic Blackberry) Fruit*, Prunus Persica (Organic Peach) Fruit*, Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Fruit*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Organic Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem*, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate)*, Cacao (Organic Chocolate)*, Rosa Centifolia (Organic Rose Petals) Flower*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract * Certified Organic
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Fruit Pigmented Caribbean Satin Eye Shadow
Why you want it: My favorite sort of makeup would definitely have to be eye shadow, and I adore anything that has a warm, sandy, gold glow to it. Eye shadows like this one really light up your eyes and make them look bigger. They're also fantastic for making you look more awake. Since this is a cream eye shadow, it's guaranteed to glide right on, creating a smoother application process. I've used 100% Pure's cream eye sticks before and have no complaints with them - I only suggest putting some primer on beforehand to prevent them from dissolving (especially in intense heat!).

It's value: $25.00
Ingredients 
Oryza Sativa (Rice Starch), May Contain Pigments of Daucus Carota Sativa Root (Carrot), Cucurbita Pepo (Squash), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Carica Papaya (Papaya), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa), Punca Granatum (Pomegranate), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry), Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Blueberry), Coffea Arabica (Coffee), Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla), Lavandula Angustifoli (Lavender), and Solanum Lycopersicum Fruit/Leaf/Stem (Tomato), a-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado ) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Red Wine Resveratrol (Wine), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), may contain Mica (natural shimmery mineral)

Review: June Petit Vour Box

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

By: Ariana Palmieri
I've been reviewing a lot of beauty products lately (there's more to come too!), so this box kind of got pushed back a little (sorry you guys!). If you haven't seen my unboxing video yet, check it out here. I'm well aware it's not June anymore, but I couldn't just let this box go by without a proper review (after all, I did make a promise to you guys). So, without further ado, here's my review of the June Petit Vour box! 

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The Basics


About the company:
Petit Vour curates an array of vegan and cruelty-free products for you to choose from, as well as a monthly box. Their subscription box is the perfect option for the eco-conscious woman on a budget. Costing only $15 a month in the U.S.A, ($23 if you live in Canada), this beauty box is a great deal for any woman looking to sample 4-5 generously sized products a month. It's a great way to decide which product is a hit or a miss without buying and wasting money on a full-sized item. Every brand they use is all-natural and carefully regulated, ensuring you only get the best of the best! Petit Vour never allows unsafe ingredients to be featured in their boxes. Here are the ingredients Petit Vour promised you'll never see in their boxes: BHA + BHT, Peg compounds, Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, Sulfates, and Triclosan. Relieved yet? Each box has some sort of theme (this June one was mermaid/summer themed and offered products that would help you connect with your inner sea-siren). You can choose from a bunch of subscription options too: The monthly plan (U.S.A. $15/ Canada $23), 3-month-plan (U.S.A. $45/Canada $69), 6-month-plan (U.S.A. $90 / Canada $138),  and 12-month-plan (U.S.A. $180/ Canada $276). The monthly plan is a pay as you go, cancel any time subscription, apposed to the others which are prepaid subscriptions. I personally have the monthly subscription right now, but I can change it at any time. If you ask me, that's a pretty good deal!

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Green Apple Brightening SPF 15 Moisturizer
Why you want it: Not only does it truly smell like a green apple, but it's got a creamy, luxurious application that won't dry out your skin.

Its value: $38

My review: I've been dying to try something from Juice Beauty for a while now, so I was super pumped to get this in my Petit Vour box! Juice Beauty is known for their innovative skincare formulas that are created with certified organic ingredients. Most of their products have received many awards and acknowledgments in the beauty industry, so I was over joyed to receive a sample from their line. It's a good sized sample too, and the sample alone is already worth more than the complete box (the sample was $18 apposed to the whole box which was $15). The goal of this product is to protect your skin from damaging UV rays without zapping away moisture. According to Juice Beauty, it's also great for reducing dark spots, discoloration, and uneven skin tones. However, if you have extremely sensitive skin prone to rosacea, then this might not be for you due to the alpha/beta hydroxy fruit acids present. With that warning aside, this product is cruelty free and, according to Juice Beauty, formulated without any harmful chemicals, such as parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. That sounds good in my book! All you have to do to apply the creamy white SPF is squeeze some into your hand and massage it into your skin before putting on your makeup. That's it. I must admit though, when I applied it, it was a little heavy for my skin. It made my skin feel a little oilier than usual, which I wasn't too fond of, but that was pretty much the only negative thing about this stuff. It does a great job protecting my face (I haven't gotten any sunburn on my face since I started using it), and it has a subtle but pleasing apple aroma (it's made with organic apples, after all). I'd probably have to keep using it in order to see if it evens out my skintone, reduces dark spots, and discoloration (thankfully I don't have too much of any of that), but I recommend giving this a go. After all, it's a safe alternative to most toxin-filled sunscreens that aren't necessarily designed for your face (and could make you break out - among other things). I'm not so sure I'd personally purchase this again (just because it's a little too heavy for my skin), but I'll definitely give other products from Juice Beauty a shot!

Ingredients
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 14%
Inactive Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbitan stearate, Ricinus communis (castor seed oil), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), rosa canina (organic rosehip fruit oil)*, camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract), organic plant oils of butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed oil)*, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil)*, laminaria ochroleuca (kelp extract), ubiquinone (CoQ10), thiotic acid (alpha lipoic acid), dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, litsea cubeba (may chang) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) essential oils
* = Certified organic ingredient

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SmartVolume Leave-In Conditioner

Why you want it: It really does give your hair volume (without making it puff up like a balloon) - and makes it super smooth.

Its value: $11 (Or purchase a bigger size that'll last longer - $27

My review: I already have an EVOLVh product sample (which is close to being finished, mind you), so I was excited to get another! The other sample I have, SuperFinish Polishing Balm, works so well that I just knew this one would too. EVOLVh thus far has not let me down - they're an amazing brand dedicated to making healthy products for your hair that actually work. They never use any harsh chemicals and are strictly all-natural (which you can see from the ingredients I list below). This particular product is designed to give you volume as well as thicken your hair. It helps prevent breakage and strengthens weak strands (an essential for my thin, almost-always breaking hair). I cannot tell you (unless you have thin hair too) how hard it is to give my hair volume. I've always longed for hair that had such vigor, thickness, and body, but never could attain it no matter how much product I put in my hair. While I won't suggest this product can work miracles, I will say it might surprise you (because it certainly surprised me). All I had to do was spray some of the water-based solution into the ends of my hair after getting out the shower, then work it in. I could've spritz some at the roots of my hair too, but I prefer to avoid adding products to my roots because my hair is very susceptible to retaining oil (which equals grease, ick). Automatically my wet hair became super soft (and it smelt great too - as though I had just gotten my hair washed at a fancy - but natural - salon). After brushing my hair and blow drying it, I instantly noticed a difference. My hair was thicker and had so much more volume - after only one use! Granted, it didn't last into the next day, but every time I add the product after I shower it produces consistent results that last throughout the entire day. The best part is I can (and do) pair it with the other sample I have from EVOLVh (not received in the Petit Vour box) for increased volume and frizz protection. So, do I recommend this leave-in conditioner? Should you get it if you need or love voluminous hair? Will you adore it? Um, yes, yes, and more yes!

Ingredients
Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Flax, Rice Bran Extract, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Red Grape Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Citrus Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cinnamomum Oil, Geranium Flower Oil, Thyme Leaf Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol Vitamin E, Grape Seed extract.

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Lip C.P.R. SPF 30

Why you want it: You don't need to apply much for amazing color, plus it really does protect your lips from the sun (nothing worse than a lip-burn!).

Its value: $28 each for Sunburst Pink and Sable Shade

My review: I received two teeny tiny samples of Suntegrity's new lipsticks in two different colors - Sunburst Pink and Sable Shade. Funny story - I didn't see the Sable Shade for a while. It was buried in the box and I only noticed it after I posted my unboxing video to YouTube! I'm so glad I found it though, because these little guys are amazing. It came with an application brush and to be honest, these samples didn't look like much - each one is about the size of a dime - but don't let that fool you. The samples are packed with rich, pigmented color that really impressed me. Sunburst Pink is a cheerful but sultry shade of pink that's low key enough for every day use but bold enough to make a statement. Sable Shade is a light cocoa brown color that appears to be darker than it really is but instead adds a gentle, earthy sheen to your lips. I was surprised at how much I loved Sable Shade - I don't usually go for brown lipsticks - at all - But this convinced me I could pull it off! As far as application goes, I found Sunburst Pink to go on a little smoother and creamer than Sable Shade. Both had a different texture and feel to them - Sunburst Pink was a little looser, more moisturizing, while Sable Shade clung to my lips a little bit more and had more shine. For both, I simply used the application brush to add as much color as I wanted. I liked the fact I had so much control over how much pigment I wanted, considering I don't usually use lip brushes for lipstick application. Both lipsticks lasted pretty long without feathering or bleeding, which was great, considering it's summer and I'm used to makeup sweating off (*insert eye roll here*). They were also pretty moisturizing, especially the Sunburst Pink one, and they didn't dry out my lips. I also didn't get any lip-burns, which is one of the best parts about these lipsticks: They do double duty and protect you from the sun, relying solely on zinc oxide to do the job (and not harmful toxins). Completely gluten free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and non-GMO, this is a lipstick worth talking about, no matter which color you like best. Suntegrity also has other lip C.P.R. colors available, so make sure to check those out too if you don't think Sunburst Pink or Sable Shade would be a good fit for your skin. Otherwise, I definitely recommend investing in one of these lipsticks (your smackers will thank you).

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide- 18%
Other Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-3 Diiostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Powder. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Barium Sulfate (CI 77120)

Sable Shade
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide- 18%
Other Ingredients: Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-3 Diiostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trihydroxystearin, Silica, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Powder. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499).


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Sea Pearl Exfoliating Clay

Why you want it: With such a unique earthy scent, this clay makes your skin feel great (and ultra soft) after each use.

Its value: $70

My review: It's super important to exfoliate and cleanse your face, right? Well this little gem does both. Made with only 11 all-natural ingredients, this Sea Pearl Exfoliating clay is an excellent way to buff away the day's hardships. It's great for getting rid of any leftover dirt and debris you might have missed on your face, but it's best for revitalizing your skin. I'm in love with the fact I only have to use a little bit of it for it to work. To activate it, I just sprinkle some (about the size of a quarter) into my palm, wet my finger, and rub it into the clay. This automatically transforms the dry, pale green clay into a wet, dull, dark green mixture. I apply it to my face with my fingers, rubbing it everywhere while avoiding my eye area. The coolest thing about this stuff is that I can also use it as a mask - I'd just have to apply it all over my face, leave it on until it dries, then rinse. If I just want to use it as a scrub, I use it after cleansing my face with my favorite cleanser. While I could use this clay to cleanse my face (and trust me, it does get grime off ), it's not ideal for sensitive areas, like around the eyes. I mainly use eye makeup, so I need to use a more gentle cleanser for them. This clay scrub is mainly an exfoliate, after all, and shouldn't be used on a daily basis (apposed to a cleanser) because it could irritate your skin. Regardless, it does an amazing job - after I massaged it into my face thoroughly and washed it off, I was amazed at how soft my skin felt. My hands literally glided over every nook and cranny of my face twice to make sure I wasn't imagining things. I did have a little bit of a glow afterwards too, which was nice because it made my skin feel more vibrant.  So, if you're looking for a new exfoliating cleanser that can double as a mask, consider splurging on this one. After all, who doesn't love a three-in-one product?

Ingredients
French green clay, Sea clay, *Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) *Matricaria recutita (chamomile), *Calendula officinalis (calendula), *Rosa canina (rosehip seed), Bambusa vulgaris (bamboo), Ascorbic acid (vitamin c), *Althaea officinalis (marshmallow root), Sodium bicarbonate, *Lavandula angustifolia (lavender). *certified organic / **wildcrafted

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The (quick) rundown

The pros: The pros heavily outweigh the cons.
1) I really admired Petit Vour's ethics as a company.
2) I got a kick out of the mermaid/summer theme this month and can't wait to see the next one.
3) All the products were from top quality brands and had no ingredients that left me disappointed.
4) The box was so affordable (only $15!) with generous sized samples.
5) Not one item in this box is going to waste - I truly adore them all.
6) Every product did exactly what it said it would.
7) I really really loved Sunburst Pink and Sable Shade - they were my favorite samples out of all of them!

The cons: Not many cons at all, honestly.
1) The Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening SPF 15 Moisturizer was a little heavy for my skin and caused it to look more oily than usual.
2) I didn't notice the Suntegrity Sable Shade lipstick sample right away - but that's more my fault than Petit Vour's!  
3) Most of the items at full-size are kind of pricey.

Conclusion: I really recommend giving this green beauty box a shot - you never know what awesome samples you'll get and you may be surprised at what you like! If you'd rather just purchase one of the items from this box, feel free to do that as well. Either way you can't go wrong with any of these selections, but I would advise saving up before indulging on some of the pricey full-size items. Out of all of the samples, my favorites had to be the lipsticks - I can definitely see myself purchasing them in the future!
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