A Gentle and All Natural Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover

InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil

InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil

InstaNatural Deep Cleaning Facial Oil rocks! I was initially skeptical about how an oil-based product could serve as a cleanser, especially on my already-oily skin. I was happy to discover this cleanser works, even for someone like me with an oily complexion. So, without further ado, here are 20 reasons why I love this product:

1. The product claims are true. This cleansing oil really removes dirt, cosmetics and impurities. (I could show you my used cotton balls to prove it, but that would be a little gross. But…it was nice to have evidence of effectiveness.)
2. The oil smells good! To me, the scent is like an herbal-citrus mix. Very pleasant.
3. The texture is almost like a dry oil, so you don’t feel greasy on application. You still have to rinse this cleanser off, but you won’t feel like a hazardous oil slick before you do.
4. You can spell all of the ingredients, because they are all natural.
5. When you rinse the oil off, it rinses clean very quickly and with little effort. No lingering residue (including no residue on the sink).
6. My pores did not clog up, and my face was not any oilier than before. My skin felt soft and hydrated, but clean.
7. No stripping–some cleansers make my face feel tight and squeaky, like all the natural oils have been stripped off–not this cleanser! No dryness, no irritation, no tightness, no discomfort.
8. You get a lot for the money. This bottle will last a long time and provide many weeks of daily use.
9. No crazy artificial colors to stain your clothes or sink.
10. The product contains a bunch of proven ingredients I really trust, like olive oil and sea buckthorn oil.
11. This baby is packed with antioxidants to combat skin damage from the sun.
12. I know I am not supposed to care about this part, but the packaging is modern and stylish, so I don’t mind the bottle sitting out where people can see it. (This is far better packaging than some of InstaNatural’s older labels.)
13. Like the company says, this product feels gentle.
14. Although the company says this formula is “energizing,” to me it was more relaxing (maybe because of the lavender). Therefore it was nice to use this oil before bedtime.
15. No allergic reactions! I am allergic to a ton of stuff (citrus included), but I did not react to this product, even though it had a wide variety of ingredients–herbal, floral, citrus, etc. Now if you are an allergic person, I urge you to do your own spot test and/or ask your allergist for advice first before using this cleansing oil, especially if any ingredients in this product are on your personal “no-no” list. But maybe you will have great luck like I did and will be able to use the product without any fuss.
16. Although the cleansing oil is all natural (no manmade preservatives added), the brown tinted bottle will keep it fresher longer.
17. No animal testing!
18. Convenient spray application means no spills when you accidentally knock the bottle into the sink (as I did several times).
19. Comes in a glass bottle you can recycle.
20. Made in the USA, so you can trust the quality and the ingredients list.

InstaNatural has a winner with this lovely cleanser.

Where I got my cleanser: Amazon

Where you can get your cleanser: Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Moisturizing Day Cream with Dead Sea Minerals Hydrates without Clogging Pores

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream

Adovia Moisturizing Day Cream

I’ve been systematically working my way through the full Adovia line of skin care and hair care products in recent months, and I can honestly say there is not a single disappointing product in the bunch–they are all superior, in part because they all contain much-lauded Dead Sea minerals. This high-quality Adovia moisturizing day cream is no exception; it is soothing, gentle and absorbs quickly for a cream. (Gel formulas absorb even faster, but this moisturizer is intentionally thicker and denser than a gel).

My skin tends to be oily, but I recently switched my daily sunscreen to an anti-acne version that created uneven patches of dryness on my face (not an Adovia product; the sunscreen was from somewhere else entirely). The Adovia cream helped to soothe and alleviate these dry patches without irritation or redness, and it also did not lead to any pimples or blemishes. I appreciate this because other creams by other brands tend to clog my pores.

The product has a light, powdery scent I associate with elegant, high-end cosmetics. I liked the scent but wanted to note in my review that it exists because some individuals prefer unscented formulas. I happen to prefer creams like this one which have a clean, pleasant, non-chemical scent.

In my area, summer is now turning to autumn, so I can shift from gel-based formulas to creams like this one to cope with the changes in humidity levels. A little bit goes a long way, so while the jar of day cream might look petite, it actually lasts quite awhile.

Where I got my day cream: Amazon

Where you can get your day cream: Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Versatile, Refreshing Tea Tree Oil for a Wonderful Foot Soak

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has an intense scent that I happen to enjoy; the minute I opened this box from Apothecary Extracts, I could smell the oil despite many layers of plastic wrap and packaging, so I knew it was potent. The manufacturer provides various forms of documentation to prove it is 100% tea tree oil.

The packaging noted that the strong scent of the oil is in part so powerful because tea tree oil is a cleanser with anti-bacterial properties. I had not thought of that angle before. I guess some individuals find the scent of tea tree oil to be off-putting, but to me it is bracing, refreshing and altogether pleasant.

I mainly used this tea tree oil as a refreshing foot soak after many hot, sweaty summer days traipsing around in open toed shoes and sandals. (You combine the oil with water in a large dish so you can soak your feet in the warm or cool solution for about ten minutes.)

The foot soak leaves my feet feeling clean, refreshed and reinvigorated after hours of abuse in the hot summer sun.

I also use a tea tree oil and water solution as a general bathroom and kitchen cleanser. It helps to deodorize surfaces while also combating germs.

Occasionally, if I have a lingering pimple, I will also dab a small amount of diluted tea tree oil on there to dry out the zit. The healing is not as fast as with some over the counter medicines, but I generally lose the pimple in 2-3 days, which is fine for an all natural solution.

I know packaging does not really matter, but I have to add I love the vintage apothecary style of the bottle and its labeling–it looks so cute on my bathroom shelf.

The uses I have described are just a few of the many ways you can use tea tree oil. The manufacturer provides a full list with dozens of usage suggestions, so you can incorporate tea tree oil into many different aspects of your daily life.

Where I got my tea tree oil: Amazon

Where you can get your tea tree oil: Amazon

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Foamy Butter in My Coffee? Whaaat?

bulletproof coffee

bulletproof coffee

My friend Jonah knows I am a coffee and cappuccino aficionado, so this weekend he introduced me to the concept of bulletproof coffee, which contains butter!

I know that might sound crazy to you–butter in the coffee?!

I won’t get into the scientific explanation as to why this seemingly crazy idea actually works–I will link to Jonah’s health and fitness blog so you can ask him about the science part over there–but I will say that frothy butter really tastes delicious in coffee, and it makes the coffee smooth and creamy without tasting like straight up butter.

In a nutshell, the three key elements of bulletproof coffee are fresh roasted beans, frothy bubbly butter and MCT oil, which is made of palm nut oil and other good natural stuff. There are many benefits to bulletproof coffee, including a longer lasting caffeine buzz without ill effects like indigestion.

I had my coffee about 9 hours ago, and here I am busily humming along after midnight writing this piece. In contrast, yesterday when I had no coffee at all, I was dying for a nap by 6 p.m., which is pretty sad. So, bulletproof coffee seems to have fulfilled its promise of keeping me perky yet clearheaded for many hours.

Next, the fresh roasted beans made this coffee taste pretty intense, in a good way. It tasted less like an American coffee and more like an Italian or Swiss espresso. I like the strong stuff, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Typically after a strong espresso, I tend to have some digestive distress, like some pains in my midsection. I suffer this pain gladly because, after all, it’s espresso, the elixir of life! One of the benefits of bulletproof coffee, however, is it is not supposed to cause any digestive discomfort at all.

Sure enough, I guzzled this strong beverage in just a few gulps, but I did not experience any acid reflux or stomach pain at all. Yes! Caffeine buzz achieved without suffering!

Even if you don’t care about the benefits of bulletproof coffee, you should try it if you enjoy espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. Bulletproof coffee is a lot like those drinks, but to me the texture is even smoother and thicker, which sounds extra delicious to me, especially for the colder weeks of fall and winter that lie ahead.

Thanks for the tip, Jonah!

Where I got my coffee: Jonah and Lisa and Milo’s house

Where you can get your coffee: Check out this website for all the details: Bulletproof Exec