Beecology – natural and simple skin care

I love honey, and I love natural products, so sharing my love for Beecology seemed like a no brainer! The family behind Beecology started with a single hive to care for. Their love for bees and their own natural bee by-products is how the company started. They pride themselves on creating natural, renewable and functional products without forgoing quality. The products are made in the US, and each sale has a portion that goes to the charity of your choice.
What I love (besides the actual products) is the fact that they are natural, affordable, and really high quality formulas. Here’s what I tested and loved:

All natural peppermint foaming soap  – this was my kids favorite and has become a staple at our kitchen sink. Our family goes through unbelievable amounts of hand soap. I love how long this big pump (16oz) has lasted! It’s a non drying formula with coconut, olive and hemp oils.

Natural Body Wash – this honey and peppermint scented SLS free wash is rich in coconut, olive and virgin hemp oils, honey, aloe and peppermint. This is a perfect scent for the morning, with an invigorating scent and non drying formula.

Honey & Oat Refreshing Peppermint Soap – this is a 100% natural product, very mild on even sensitive skin and a great natural source of  essential fatty acids. Made with olive and coconut oils, shea and babassu.

Hand and Body Cream – this rich cream contains cupucu, shea, olive oil, honey, beeswax and propolis to lock in moisture. The Cupuacu provides anti oxidant protection. This is a fabulous cream and a staple for my dry hands!

Lip Balm – I have a slight lip balm obsession, I admit it. The Beecology lip balms have quickly become staples in my desk, purse, and night stand. My favorites are the Orange Ginger and Honey Balms. They boast fabulous ingredients like coconut oil, shea, cupuacu butter, and propolis extract.

Beecology also sells shampoo and conditioner, and comes in additional scents. I’m a big fan of the honey and peppermint, but they also come in grapefruit and lemongrass or lavender and bergamot.

You can also find Beecology on Facebook and Pinterest.

Have you tried anything from Beecology yet?

*products provided for honest review*

Crete Beauty Haul

I wasn’t lucky enough to go to Crete, but my Dad was there for business last week. I was THRILLED when he stopped in New Hampshire on his way back to Alaska over the weekend. He is a huge supporter of my blog, and means the world to me! You guys…he brought me all kinds of beauty goodies from his trip and asked if they’d be on the blog!! How sweet is he?! So, here’s what is included in my Crete beauty haul!

First up are some amazing fresh pure essential oils. I haven’t done anything with these yet, but I have all kinds of things in mind! These are pure essential oils, they need to be combined with a carrier oil (like my avocado oil)  before they are applied directly to the skin. I have oils of Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli and Myrtle.

essential oils from Crete

Lappa Avocado

Lappa Avocado Oil

The Lappa-Avocado brand is the only Greek beauty line that’s raw material (the avocado oil) is state certified organic. Avocado oil is loaded with vitamins and anti oxidants to help fight free radicals. In other words, the oil is a natural anti-aging treatment! Avocado oil also contains Omega 3 fatty acids, which are great for dry skin (or any skin type really!) I’ve also read about avocado oil being great for stimulating collagen production, useful in speeding up wound healing, and making a great scalp massage oil.

I have only sampled the products so far, so I can’t give a full review. I can tell you I am enjoying the scents, texture and moisture from my Lappa Avocado beauty products! Have you heard of this brand before? What about essential oils, have you used them? I used to use them often, when I did DIY Beauty.

I’d love to hear your hard to find beauty favorites, or anything else you’d like to share in the comments below!


Limerance skin care body oil review

*product sent for review*


Limerance is an indie skin care company focused on fresh, natural and mineral packed products. Their body oil is my new favorite moisturizer! It smells absolutely amazing, moisturizes my dry skin so well, and it leaves me glowing! Though it’s an oil, it’s not oily in the least bit. It’s immediately absorbed into my skin.

Limerance Body Oil ingredients:
Cold pressed peach kernel oil, plum oil, purified water, food grade sulfur (MSM: methylsulfonylmethane), food grade vegetable glycerin, essential oils of lemon/lime/grapefruit/ylang ylang/sweet orange, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate

Limerance also makes face cream that is packed with high quality and beneficial ingredients. The lip balm is a great product as well. That contains sweet almond oil, beeswax, vitamin e, tea tree oil and natural essential oils. It’s very moisturzing and smells great!

Limerance face cream is $30 for 1oz, Body Oil is $18 for 4oz, and the lip balm is $2.50. Please visit Limerance for more information and to order.
Thanks for reading!
xo Amber

Marj’s Naturals – beauty, naturally!

*products sent for review*

Marj’s Naturals is committed to making skin care products that are natural, free of chemicals, never tested on animals, and beneficial to your skin. You will find a variety of good for your skin ingredients in Marjorie’s products, like shea butter, argan oil, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.

I recently had the pleasure to test some of Marj’s Naturals most popular products. My favorite items were the Chunky Pina soap, Very Berry soap, Argan Oil hair serum with vitamin E and the mint chocolate lip balm.

Chunky Pina Soap ingredients:
Deionized Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Honey, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Soybean Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopherol Acetate, Lemon Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Canary & Lime Labcolor Colorant, May contain Titanium Dioxide as soap whitener.

antioxidant rich
anti inflammatory
alpha hydroxy acids keep skin exfoliated

Very Berry Soap ingredients:
Deionized Water, Glycerin, Grapeseed Butter, Honey, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Soybean Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopherol Acetate, Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, Colorant, May contain Titanium Dioxide as soap whitener.

highly moisturizing
high in anti oxidants
promotes collagen strength

The soaps are lovely, leaving my skin soft and smooth and not feeling stripped of moisture. The hair serum is great, perfect for my dry, color treated hair! The mint chocolate lip balm is to die for! The scent and taste are amazing, not to mention how great it makes my lips feel!

Marj’s Naturals also makes a variety of other body care items, like sulfate free shampoo, sugar scrubs, shea & coconut hand and nail treatment and whipped shea cream. It’s the perfect place to order a unique, custom and good for your body gift for your loved ones!

Please visit Marj’s Naturals on Etsy. Have you tried anything from Marj’s Naturals?

xo Amber