Green Beauty Fails Part 1

One of my pet peeves about a lot of blogs are the lack of unfavourable reviews. I get it. You want to write about things you like as opposed to what you don’t. You return or give them away, buy something else and they disappear from your memory. But I like to hear both sides of the coin. Here’s hoping you do too.


Dr. Hauscka’s Liquid Eyeliner

My friend Anne Marie told me she liked this and I always trust her opinion but we agree to disagree on this one. The liner may be a worthy one but the brush it comes with made me so frustrated I couldn’t bother. The hairs all stick out in crazy directions and don’t lie flat making it impossible to have a precise line. I’ve read a few reviews saying the same thing. The ingredients are lovely and non irritating so it’s a shame this did not work out. Maybe they will make a new one in the future?

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bentonite, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Xanthan Gum, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Silica, Lysolecithin, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)


Yarok’s Feed Your Hold Hairspray

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I do not like this hairspray. I love Yarok and was expecting to love this too. It claims to be non sticky and that it will not weigh your hair down but I can tell you that it does both these things. I use hairspray to keep my bangs in place and this holds them down but also makes my hair stick together…not a good look. I purchased Rahua’s hairspray yesterday which feels much lighter but have yet to try it out.

Ingredients: structured vitamin aqua (water) concentrate, non-GMO corn extract, vegetable glycerol, plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; natural plant sourced vitamins A, C & E; essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & litsea cubeba (may chang)


Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser & Make Up Remover

This is not a failure of a product by any means however it is not something you want to use to remove makeup unless you wear very little and are using a muslin cloth or Clarisonic every time you cleanse. I didn’t realize how much I disliked this until I started using One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil which literally melts makeup off your face with little to no effort (which is what I was looking for). If you have very sensitive and dry skin you may love this.

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petit grain. *Certified organic ingredient. Our Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic)

That’s all for this time. Please let me know of any green beauty products I should stay away from and why 😉

xo Yumi Rae

Green Beauty Fails Part 1

Travel Essentials

I went on a short trip to NYC with my sister in October and thought it would be fun to post my beauty must haves. We did check our bags so I didn’t have to measure my products out which I never have the patience for.


From left to right

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner: I’ve repurchased this again and again. It is a heat protectant and nourishes dry ends. It never makes hair look oily and smells divine.

Ingredients: vitamin aqua (water), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil, Oenothera biennis (primrose) oil, plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & Litsea cubeba (may chang)

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser and Make Up Remover: This is an oil based cleanser and feels lovely. It doesn’t get my makeup off as well as I would like. Since finishing this I’ve switched to another cleanser which so far I like better and will write about in the future 🙂 I would repurchase but I’m not running out to get it anytime soon.

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petit grain. *Certified organic ingredient. Our Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic)

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil: a dose of vitamin A and essential fatty acids for your face, this is God-sent for those with sensitive and dry skin like myself. I prefer to use it at night but it wears beautifully under makeup as well.

Ingredients: Rosehip fruit and seed oil blend – Andean Rosehip oil is renowned for its skin healing properties. High concentrations of Pro-Vitamin A, Carotenoids and Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 work together to restore the appearance of damaged skin. Concentrated Gamma Linolenic Acid restores softness and suppleness.

rosa canina (rosehip CO2) seed extract*, rosa canina (rosehip CO2) fruit extract*, mixed tocopherols (natural vitamin e)

*Certified Organic by the Soil Association (Organically produced 99.8% of product).

Dr. Bronners Rose Castile Soap: Ah this magic soap. It can be used for an assortment of things including washing your floors, brushing your teeth, shampoo, shaving and bodywash. I carry the mini version with me in my purse always. This way I never have to use that awful neon pink soap that seems to be in every restaurant bathroom. I have a large bottle of this at home for washing my delicates and makeup brushes. Thinking about going green? This would be the perfect product to start off with!

Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Natural Rose Fragrance, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

Lotus Wei Infinite Love perfume: “Honey citrus floral” Exquisite Rose, Red Mandarin, & Honey. Not only does this perfume make you smell wonderful it makes you feel wonderful too. I’m on my fourth bottle of the year making it the most expensive perfume I’ve ever bought but it is worth every penny. I truly feel different using this. It’s not just a perfume it’s literally an experience.

EXPERIENCE: Unconditional love for yourself & others; attract love + affection, enhanced magnetism, attractiveness + charisma. Magnifies gentleness, compassion, softness + receptivity.

DISSOLVES: Irritation, being hard on yourself, hard heart, feeling attacked, resentment, anger, jealousy, codependency, giving away all your energy to others and forgetting your own needs, past trauma, breaking through old patterns

Lotus Wei is based on flower alchemy:

For every mood and feeling there is a flower. Choose a flower and change your life.

I think back to all the toxic perfume I used to wear and hang my head in shame. Spraying myself with chemicals, triggering migraines and who knows what else.

Ingredients: Certified Organic *Vitus Vinifera (Grape Alcohol), essential oils of *Citrus deliciosa (Red Mandarin), *Pelargonium roseum (Rose Geranium), Monarda fistulosa (Monarda), Cymbopogon citrates (Lemongrass), Rosa damascena (Rose absolute), Rosa damascena (Rose Wax), and Apies millifera (Beeswax Absolute), and hand-collected flower essences of Bauhinia blakeana (Hong Kong Orchid), Epilobium augustifolium (Fireweed), Magnolia liliflora (Pink Magnolia), Hieracium aurantiacum (Hawkweed), Nelumbo nucifera (Lotus) and gem essence of Pink Tourmaline. *Certified Organic.

Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream: While my man goes through a deodorant stick every few weeks I am still on my first tub of this I bought about 12 months ago. I do alternate between this and Weleda’s Rose Deodorant spray but Soapwalla is more travel friendly (and lasts much longer).

Ingredients: (*: certified organic, +: food-grade)
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*; Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*; Rosehip Seed Oil*; Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter; Corn Starch*+; Sodium Bicarbonate+; Kaolin Clay; Vegan Kosher Glycerin*+; a custom blend of essential oils, including: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*; Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)*; Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange); Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*; Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot)*; Non-GMO Soy lecithin*+; Non-GMO Vitamin E*+.

Living Libations Seabuckthorn Shampoo (Not pictured): This is thus far, my absolute favourite natural shampoo (Yarok is a close 2nd or 3rd). It’s gentle on the scalp and makes my hair feel clean and voluminous. This seems to be a triumph in the world of natural shampoo, at least in my experience.

Ingredients: Organic and/or wild crafted ingredients with pure spring water: herbal infusions of calendula, red clover, oats, coltsfoot, horsetail, comfrey, nettles, chamomile, and bladderwrack seaweed in golden jojoba oil; yucca and coco-protein to saponify; orange wax; supercritical extracts of seabuckthorn berry, sage, and rosemary; and essential oils of grapefruit, peppermint, vetiver, and lime.

My makeup bag was not as low maintenance and will be featured in another post.

What are your travel essentials? Have you used any of these products too?

xo Yumi Rae

Travel Essentials