My faves from Osmia Organics

As many beautiful ideas often are, Osmia Organics was born out of a challenging time for its founder, Sarah Villafranco. She explains on her website that after her mother passed away she felt the need to scale back her hours as an Emergency Department physician to explore other areas of her life (like soap making) and to spend more time with her family. Encouragement from a friend who was also starting a company, provided additional inspiration to help Sarah take the leap and establish Osmia as her career. Sarah views her new path as an evolution of her medical career as she states, “I am practicing broader medicine now – helping people choose natural and organic skin care products, encouraging them to nourish themselves physically and spiritually, and detoxifying their medicine cabinets all the while.”

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All Natural Soaps and Bath Bombs by Body HI

It was a sad day leaving Maui after such a gloriously sun soaked vacation there this past December, but on our way to the airport  I made a dash into a little gourmet market as we made one last pit stop. There, I found these beautiful handmade soaps on display, and decided to bring their aloha home with me. Rosemary and Sweet Orange Castile Soap with French Gray Salt, and Soothing Lavender with Buttermilk caught my eye and I am so glad I bought them. They are some of the best soaps I have ever used. But before I start in on how wonderful they smell and what a lovely lather they create, I would like to say that they are just so cute! Each bar comes in its own pouch and a card that provides a list of ingredients. (Everything is 100% natural!)

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics: The Travel Set Review

Laurel Travel Set

Everything about the Laurel Whole Plant Organics line exudes love for nature and total commitment to the nurturing of our skin and selves through the power of flowers and herbs. Laurel WPO’s namesake and owner fully believes in the extraordinary efficacy of whole plants in skincare and is devoted to using only organic and farm sourced ingredients. Laurel goes even further to ensure the ingredients are as unprocessed as possible in order at reap the benefits the raw plants have to offer. The Laurel WPO website goes into great detail regarding the purity of their products, and I highly encourage you to read their “about our ingredients” page to really get a sense of the integrity of this line.

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Melvita Cleansing Foam


Evanhealy skincare has become the mainstay of my daily regimen, but I do like to change things up sometimes, especially with my cleansers. A few times a week I use Laventine’s Cleansing Facial Oil either on its own or before I use the evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk. Other days I crave a foam cleanser, but hadn’t found one with all of the qualities I require: all natural ingredients, lovely scent, soothing lather and of course, efficacy.

I have Nathan Branch to thank for passing my name onto the folks at Melvita, as their Cleansing Foam matches my criteria. Well, almost. The Cleansing Foam is not 100% natural, but pretty darn close at 99.54% with 33.80% percent of the ingredients from organic farming. Those are numbers I can live with to experience a fabulously foamy cleanser.  Additionally, Melvita’s products do not contain parabens, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, PEGs or phthalates.

After my Melvita Cleansing Foam arrived, it found its home in my shower, ready to go on those mornings when I’m in a hurry. And let’s face it, that’s most mornings. It’s incredibly fast and easy to use as the pump dispenses the product with little effort and a few pumps is plenty to create a luxurious lather. Aloe vera is the second ingredient which lends its soothing properties while blackcurrant fights off free radicals. I don’t see orange blossom on the ingredient list, but this cleanser has a very delicate citrusy floral scent that is noticeable but neither overwhelms nor lingers. I love it.

For more reviews on Melvita, check out Product Junkies Rehab for a review of Melvita’s Young Skin line, and their Frequent Wash Shampoo.

Melvita Cleansing Foam ia available at and skinbotanica. $19 for 1.7oz pump.

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Disclosure: A sample was sent to me for consideration by Melvita. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Organic Wear 100% Natural Eye Makeup Remover

I took a detour into the makeup section of my local mega-store the other day, looking for the Physician’s Formula Organic Wear display. I wasn’t on the hunt for anything in particular, just wanted to see if there was anything that would pique my interest. The bright orange coupons touting $3 off any Organic Wear purchase certainly caught my eye, and I proceeded to look in earnest.

I have already tried the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara and Eyeliner, and wasn’t wowed by either, so I knew I’d pass those up. The blushes and bronzers looked OK, but I wasn’t feeling ready to commit. A quick scan of the lowest shelf yielded the score I was after, all natural eye makeup remover. And $3 off the already reasonable price of $6.95 made the deal more than done.

So how did my  bargain pan out? Terrifically! Mind you, I don’t have outrageous expectations of an eye makeup remover, only two simple requirements. It must take off makeup easily, and not sting my eyes. Organic Wear’s Eye Makeup Remover was a success on both counts. It also felt good on my skin thanks to cucumber extract and has a nice, mild lavender scent.

Upshot: Highly recommend and I’ll buy it again. Added bonus: Recyclable container.


Organic Wear 100% Natural Eye Makeup Remover is available at drug stores nationwide. $6.95 for 4 oz.

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Malie Organics. Beauty from Kauai.

I was on a mission to get the Cinnamon Knuckles at the Kalaheo Bakery while we were in Kauai. I researched food as much as I did beaches before our trip, and read about these famous Cinnamon Knuckles (a cross between a croissant and a cinnamon roll) enough times to know we had to eat one, or two, and maybe even go back the next day for more. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Malie Kauai is Kalaheo Bakery’s neighbor.

Malie Kauai is a body and skincare line that uses indigenous Hawaiian botanicals and a high percentage of organics in many of their products. As with all beauty lines though, you need to read ingredient labels if you are looking for 100% natural ingredients. It appears that about half of Malie’s line is all natural which includes their Organic Mango Butter Bun, Organic Facial Tonic, Organic Body Polish, and Organic Beauty Oil. Their soaps and body cream contain phenoxyethanol a questionable preservative as well as PEGs which are derived from petroleum. On their website, they state there is “no petroleum” in their products. This is technically accurate, but petroleum is a part of the process in making PEGs. While I wish Malie’s verbiage were more straightforward, I’m not trying to berate them here. I just want to be clear that not everyone is going to consider the line entirely clean.

I was given samples of their new Anti-Aging Firming Elasticity Cream during my visit to the boutique and I began using the cream before I read the ingredients closely. Ignorance is bliss sometimes isn’t it? So now I am in a bit of a quandary, as I really, really like this cream.

It features Hawaiian coffee fruit extract, a cranberry looking fruit that has potent anti-oxidant acids like chlorogenic acid (anti-inflammatory properties), caffeic acid (anti-inflammatory properties), ferulic acid (reacts against free radicals and repairs cell damage), quinic acid (anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties), and trigonelline (anti-bacertial properties to cleanse, minimize blemishes and even skin tone). Organic aloe vera (the first listed ingredient instead of water), organic jojoba oil and organic shea butter add nourishment and hydration to the coffee fruit actions, creating a potent night cream.

This is not a creamy cream. Its thick like a cream, but sinks into the skin immediately leaving no trace of dewiness. Yet, when I wake up, my skin feels very hydrated and my skin tone has become more even after using it for a couple weeks. There are no PEGs in this cream, but phenoxyethanol and chlorophenesin leave me uncertain, even though they are the last ingredients listed.

I have fallen for another Malie product which is 100% natural and organic, the Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil. This is one gorgeous body oil. It’s made from organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, organic apricot kernel oil, and organic grapeseed oil so it’s a wonderful moisturizer, especially after a shower when your skin is still damp. The scent is from organic jasmine oil and organic rose oil which sounds simple enough, but the blend of these essences could not have been better proportioned in my opinion. When the Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil first touches the skin, a mildly indolic but very fresh jasmine scent is apparent. Soft petals of rose become more pronounced making this scent more rose than jasmine. Jasmine’s fullness remains present, but I would consider this one of the prettiest rose fragrances I have ever smelled. No deliberating on this one, I love it and will buy it again.

Anti-Aging Firming Elasticity Cream is $54 for 1 oz and the Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil is $45 for 4 oz. Both at

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Disclosure: Samples of the Anti-Aging Cream were given to me with my purchase of the Beauty Oil. The opinons in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.


Weleda Almond Facial Care Kit

You see that cute little kit up there? I had a stand-off with it at my local health food store not too long ago. I’d been wanting to try Weleda’s Almond Skincare for sometime, but I’m set on my current regimen and really didn’t need to buy it. But it’s cute and sweet, that little package of four generously sized skincare samples, and pink too. I began to back away from temptation, but not fast enough as the pink boxes in that simple brown box got the better of me. Next thing I knew it was sitting in my cart alongside organic yogurt tubes for my boys.

I decided to use the cleanser and moisturizers every day, forsaking my Dr. Hauschka and Kahina favorites, to give the Weleda Almond routine a fair shake. I have used the Cleansing Lotion at night and most mornings, the Moisture Cream for day, and the Intensive Facial Cream with the Facial Oil over that for night.

The big winner in the kit is the Almond Cleansing Lotion. In fact, I have already bought a full-sized tube to replace the now empty 10ml one from the set. There’s no scent to the cleanser, or any of the Almond products, and it performs very well in removing make-up and the day’s impurities while also soothing the skin. Its consistency is creamy, not milky, but is not so thick as to leave a residue. My skin always feels nourished, cleansed, and never tight after using the Weleda Cleansing Lotion.

The other product that I will probably replace with a full-size is the Almond Moisture Cream. It’s light but hydrates efficaciously and wears well under powder or liquid foundations. The Almond line is made for those of us who have sensitive skin, but would be appropriate for all skin types save for those with exceptionally dry skin. (You all might want something that provides a little more moisture). The Almond Intensive Facial Cream is not “intense” like the name suggests. I would have thought it to be thicker and less like a lotion. It’s similar in texture to Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream Light, and neither one gives me the hydration I need, especially in the winter months. I apply a tiny amount of the Almond Facial Oil to boost the hydration which definitely helps. My skin has never looked parched in the morning after using the Intensive Facial Cream and Oil combo, but I do prefer Dr.Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream (the original non-light formula) and Kahina’s organic argan oil as my nightly moisturizers.

Overall, I am duly impressed with this line, and have found a cleanser and day moisturizer to place on my already too packed bathroom counter. But I’m fine with that. Weleda uses only natural ingredients, including organic almond oil, in their products. This, combined with unscented, effective formulas make Weleda Almond Skincare a fabulous new find. Did I mention how freaking cute the pink packaging is?

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The Weleda Almond Facial Care Kit is $14.99 at