MoroccanOil’s Body Soufflé: Better than their actual moroccan oil

Years back, a hairstylist used MoroccanOil brand moroccan oil on my hair. It seemed to make my hair all sorts of awesome. I’m not quite certain whether it was the flat iron, other products, or the oil, but they sure seemed certain that the oil should accept credit for my luxurious locks. Of course, the scheme here was to get me to buy the oil, which was insanely over-priced, and there was maybe a 5% change I could re-create the look at home.

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I did not purchase the MoroccanOil at that time, though I did at a later date. And yes, you can bet I was disappointed. It was over-priced, and didn’t do anything much for my hair. I much prefer coconut oil or olive oil, if I’m doing a treatment. If you’ve bought this and it has worked for you –  hi-fives all around. But don’t fall into the hype.

Onto a MoroccanOil product I do enjoy! This light and fluffy body soufflé (as they call it) has a very light and  warm scent, with a hint of jasmine. It isn’t the smell I really enjoy about this, but more the texture. It surprised me, because it goes on so light, yet moisturizes so well. The packaging is simply gorgeous, and looks great on a bathroom or bedroom vanity.  It moisturizes impressively well, and absorbs quickly. Unfortunately, I am unable to find the ingredients on Makeup Alley, or the MoroccanOil Website (aside from them mentioning it contains shea butter and moroccan oil).

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Try it for yourself!

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My Ode To Coconut Oil

I have been traveling, but I haven’t forgotten about you all!

It is high time for another crazy rant about my favourite skin care product of all time (and no, it is not something that is available at Sephora): coconut oil. Not only is this a very affordable product, new benefits to consuming this oil are being discovered all the time. I just wanted to share with you some of my favourite ways of using it, and exactly how I work with this tasty (and nutritious) treat.

My Favourite Uses for Coconut Oil

  • Makeup remover: lightly dip a cotton pad in coconut oil, and wipe away that mascara and eye makeup!
  • Face & body moisturizer: slather on some coconut oil from top to bottom after a shower, and before bed. I’ve been doing this for over a year, and my skin is so soft!
  • Winter moisturizer: use prior to applying your regular moisturizer in the winter, for extra hydration!
  • In food: use coconut oil instead of another cooking oil, or add to smoothies for extra energy!
  • Hair: saturate your scalp & hair in coconut oil, cover with a hot towel, then wash out with shampoo after 10-20 minutes.

For more information on this amazing oil, visit The Coconut Research Center!

Sibu’s daytime moisturizer!

Continuing my Sibu Beauty reviews, I’d like to write about Sibu’s Daytime Facial Cream, which is another product I had fun trying out.

This product also carries a scent similar to the other Sibu products I have reviewed. It is designed to: promote tissue recovery and healing, help sun-damaged skin, protect against environmental stress, maintain a healthy skin tone and texture, and on top of that boost collagen production.

It is designed for all skin types, and I have been applying it first thing in the morning. I usually apply my Origins VitaZing on top of it, because I like the VitaZing’s finish, and it also has SPF 15, which Sibu’s cream does not.

This moisturizer is a very light cream that sinks in very quickly upon application. You only need to use a small amount for your entire face. It is great for summer, but in the winter I would definitely require a thicker cream.

Here are the ingredients: Water, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Steroyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Orange Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Phytate

What I really like about this cream is its light consistency, the scent, and how soft it makes my skin feel. It hasn’t made me break out, and my redness has not been made better or worse by this product. It would be better if it had SPF, which I think is its one major downfall for a daytime moisturizer. It runs for $20.95 on the company’s website, and I find this reasonable if it is a product that really works for your skin.

If your skin is extremely dry, I would not recommend this product.

For further reviews, check out its product page on Sibu’s site!

Origins VitaZing!

originsGuess what I picked up!? After watching a great review of this product by Tiffany D on YouTube (check out her channel, and the review of this product here), I decided it was my mission to find out where I could purchase this (hopefully locally).

I discovered that an Origins counter exists at The Bay, here in Ottawa, but only at their Bayshore location. After my reiki appointment today, which was on that end of the city, I walked into the Bay (having no clue where their Origins counter would be), and there it was!

The saleswoman was extremely helpful. Unfortunately, I already knew what I wanted, and she wasn’t surprised. 🙂 The Canadian price is $44, which is pretty pricey, but it sounds like a product that will save me money in foundation, and other moisturizer products, so I thought I would try it out. I also got 2 samples of their Starting Over, and A Perfect World moisturizers. I should also mention that they had these package deals, where you could purchase a moisturizer at its full price + 3-4 dollars, and you would get three extra products on top of that (a cleanser, eye cream, and something else that I’m sure is equally awesome). I didn’t want to go overboard, and they didn’t have a package deal that included the VitaZing (eventually, I hope!?)

As described on the box,  “this energizing, multi-tasking moisturizer gives skin an instant zing of visible vitality and vibrance. Sheer tint-release formula magically transforms and perfects to create even, flawless looking skin. SPF 15. Oil-free”.

Also on the box, it claims to be formulated without: parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA, synthetic fragrance, and animal ingredients. Below this, Origins states that it only tests its products on volunteer panels. Here is a link to their website for more information!

Since I’ve only bought this product today, I cannot give it an adequate review. I will say, however, that when I applied it after I cleansed msmilesy face this afternoon, the redness that resides around my nose had completely disappeared. My skin looked more even, and I actually really like the smell. I have also been using rose water and rosehip seed oil for dryness and redness, and this has been helping, but I did notice a difference after my first application of VitaZing.

Success! My face, sans makeup, after using my Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask, rose water, and moisturizing with Aubrey Organics rosehip seed oil and the Origins VitaZing! Reviews on many new products, including the above mentioned, will be coming soon!

Thanks for reading!