5 Beauty Benefits of Orange

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I love the smell and taste of oranges. They’re so good for your body, and as it turns out, they’ve got a lot of beauty benefits too. Here are just a few:

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1. Treat dark spots. The vitamin C in oranges helps reduce dark spots, even skin tone, and get rid of blemishes. Did you know that orange peels actually contain more vitamin C than the fruit itself? That’s why I use orange peel powder in my Orange Sugar Scrub.

2. Dry out & heal acne. Citric acid blasts away pore-blocking dirt and bacteria to deep clean and kill any existing acne.

3. Detoxify. You can thank dietary fiber for giving orange peels super detoxifying powers. By ridding the skin and body of harmful toxins, fiber helps prevent acne breakouts.

4. Skin-firming. Not only does vitamin C improve your skin’s texture and color, it also restores collagen to firm and prevent premature aging of your skin.

5. Rejuvenate dull skin. The combination of vitamin C, citric acid, and dietary fiber in oranges work together to exfoliate and revitalize lackluster skin.

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Orange you glad I shared these tips with you? Grab an Orange Sugar Scrub for yourself or someone else who could use a little relaxing & pampering right here.

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5 Beauty Benefits of Lavender

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Five years ago, I was just starting to read ingredient labels and ask questions about all of those unpronounceable things in my cosmetics. Today, I’m making products with only natural (and pronounceable!) ingredients in them in hopes of ridding bathroom shelves around the world of nasty chemicals. I thought I’d share some of the amazing natural ingredients I use in my products, and a few reasons why I use them. Let’s start with lavender, the most gentle and useful essential oil.

5 beauty benefits of lavender via @poorandpretty

1. Beauty sleep. Lavender is best known for its ability to relieve stress and induce sleep and relaxation. If you’re suffering from insomnia or find yourself restless, place a lavender sachet into or near your pillow, or take a bath before bed with my Lavender Bathing Salts.

2. Fights acne. Because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, lavender essential oil fights bacteria that causes acne infections and reduces swelling and redness. It also works great as an astringent because it helps normalize oil production. For spot treatment, you can apply lavender essential oil can be directly to acne blemishes with a cotton swab.

3. Renews skin. As an antioxidant, lavender essential oil aids in the skin cell renewal process, making it a champion at firming skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also protects against and relieves sun damage. Another great reason to use my Lavender Sugar Scrub — which can also be used as a facial scrub.

4. Heals burns, wounds, scars, and chapped lips. Aside from fighting acne, Lavender’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory attributes make it beneficial for relieving pain and healing burns, wounds, scars, and chapped lips.

5. Promotes a healthy scalp. Lavender improves blood circulation, treats dandruff, and reduces hair loss, making it a great addition to a hair rinse or conditioner. And, it kills lice! It’s especially effective when paired with tea tree oil.

Need more lavender in your life? I use lavender essential oil and flower powder in my Lavender Bathing Salts and Lavender Sugar Scrubs. Check out my Etsy shop for even more handmade, 100% natural goodness.

Warning: Do not use lavender essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing.

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Introducing Poor & Pretty Apothecary: 100% Natural Bath & Body

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Say hello to my new lineup! Poor & Pretty Apothecary is a line of vegan, 100% natural sugar and salt scrubs, bathing salts, and whipped body butters. At this point, I have added almost everything to my Etsy shop. Here’s what you’ll find:

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Lemon Sugar Scrub (available in 4 oz and 8 oz jars) and Lemon Bathing Salts (12 oz). Aside from Vanilla (which actually has no pure essential oil), lemon is my favorite essential oil. It combines so well with the fair trade certified & organic cane sugar, coconut oil, and jojoba oil in my sugar scrubs and Dead Sea and Epsom Salts in my bathing salts. Lemon is a mood-booster, detoxifier, and energizer. Perfect for blasting away the impending winter gloom.

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Of course, I already gave you a sneak peek at my exfoliating Lavender Sugar Scrubs — also in 8 oz and 4 oz.

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I couldn’t resist making Lavender Bathing Salts, too. Organic lavender essential oil teams up with lavender and chamomile floral powders to relax your body and mind while Dead Sea and Epsom Salts soothe sore, achy muscles and re-mineralizing your skin.

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Rose essential oil and pink Himalayan Salts were a natural pair in my Rose Salt Scrub and Rose Himalayan Bathing Salts.

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Himalayan Salt is the most sought-after bathing salt because it restores the natural chemical balance of the skin, helps heal psoriasis and eczema, eases muscular aches and pains, and reduces stiffness.

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It’s also ideal for exfoliating scrubs because it improves circulation, and re-mineralizes and detoxifies skin. Add to that the cell regeneration, mood-elevating, and aphrodisiac qualities of rose essential oil, and you’ve got a beautiful thing. So skip the beauty nap and take a beauty bath!

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Now, I’ve never been a big fan of mint. I’ll occasionally have it in tea and it’ll sneak its way into chocolate or something, but I usually try to avoid it. There are a lot of mint lovers out there (including Stan), so I made Mint + Rosemary Bathing Salts, and I’m really glad I did! Mint and rosemary essential oils are fantastic at clearing up sinuses and stimulating the mind, and both have antiseptic and astringent properties. Ever wonder why mint is always in foot creams? That’s because it cools and deodorizes. So if you’re looking to take a soothing bath after a rough workout, this will be your new best friend.

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I saved the best for last: my 100% organic Whipped Body Butter. When I whipped this together the very first time a few months ago, I thought I had somehow gained magical powers. This stuff is phenomenal. Made with certified organic cocoa and shea butters, and coconut and jojoba oils, this soft and creamy body butter is ultra-moisturizing.

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You only need a little bit, so this baby will last you a while, although it smells like chocolate so it is pretty addicting. (I actually had to pause typing so I could use some.) And it absorbs pretty quickly and doesn’t make your skin greasy. This is great for anyone because it’s so amazing, but especially for those with sensitive or dry skin. It comes in a 4 oz or 8 oz jar, but I sold out of my 4 oz jars at the Hartford HodgePodge, so I only have 8 oz listed on Etsy. Hopefully I’ll have time to whip some more up this weekend!

… And hopefully you’ll grab some of my new products and have yourself a spa night (or month). ;)

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100% Pure Review + Mascara Giveaway!

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I’m always on the lookout for natural cosmetics so when I stumbled across 100% Pure, I knew I had to give them a try. Unlike many “green-washing” companies out there, 100% Pure really means it when they say their products are entirely natural. They contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colors or fragrances, harsh detergents, or other toxins. Nor do they test on animals or use any animal by-products, so they’re vegan as well. Their makeup is colored with fruit and vegetable pigments in lieu of minerals or synthetic dyes. Pretty awesome.

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So let me introduce you to a few of my favorite 100% Pure products, then you can enter to win their black mascara!

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We’ll start with their Brightening Scrub + Mask. You know I’m a big fan of making my own facial scrubs and masks, but it’s good to have one on hand for those lazy days, or for traveling. 100% Pure’s Brightening Scrub + Mask is full of antioxidants and vitamins like pomegranate seed oil, strawberry, pineapple, papaya, and cranberry extracts, pink grapefruit essential oil… the list goes on and on. It gently exfoliates with tiny jojoba beads (those little colorful wax spheres I used to put on my cupcake soaps as sprinkles). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, exfoliated, and moisturized.

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After I wash my face and dab on my homemade astringent, I follow up with 100% Pure’s Jasmine Green Tea Moisturizer. It absorbs quickly so I sometimes feel like I need to use a little more than is probably necessary, but I like that it doesn’t leave my skin oily. If I plan to wear anything more than tinted moisturizer, I’ll also dab on a tiny bit of their Luminous Primer. I don’t have much experience with primers, but this one seems to work pretty well. I’ll probably start wearing it more often because I really love how the light-reflective pigments in it give my skin a healthy glow.

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My first 100% Pure purchase was their sheer Fruit Pigmented Water Foundation in White Peach. While I love both their water foundation and tinted moisturizer, I wish they offered trial samples to help find the right color. It’s so hard buying foundation from the Internet unless you already know your shade. The foundation and tinted moisturizers are so smooth and hydrating, but the White Peach color is just a tad too orange for me. They do have a 30 day return policy though, so I’m sure if you run into the same issue, they’ll swap out the product for you. I think White Peach would look fine on me if I had a bit of a tan, but it’s definitely not my Fall/Winter color!

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At first, I thought the Luminescent Powder was just a fancy kind of blush, but it actually gives very sheer color and a whole lot of, well, luminescence! It really brightens up your skin, so I use it in conjunction with blush. The Creamy Long Last Eyeliner is true to its name and really does last all day! It’s normally such a pain to put on eyeliner — especially if you’re like me and don’t have a steady hand — so I appreciate the ease of putting this on.

100 Percent Pure lip stain and creme comparison via @poorandpretty

You might remember 100% Pure’s Lip Creme Stick and Lip & Cheek Stain from my roundup of natural lip sticks, balms, and glosses last month. I have the Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink, which — also true to its name — gives my lips just a little color. The Lip Stain gives me much more color and I only have to use a tiny bit. It really does stain your lips, so it lasts throughout the day. It doesn’t have any shine to it, so I add my Coco Balm on top for a glossy finish. The above image gives you an idea of how my lips look when using my Coco Balm (top), the lip stain (left), and the creme stick (right).

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I used almost exclusively 100% Pure products at Jordan’s wedding, and it turned out beautiful and lasted all day, even in the sticky heat and rain.

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Wanna win 100% Pure’s Mascara in Black Tea? Just leave a comment below about your favorite place to go for makeup inspiration or tell me some other natural cosmetics you love. The contest will be open until Friday, September 26th, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Open to US residents only. Good luck! This contest is now closed. Congrats to Joy-Marie!

Disclosure: I was given some of these 100% Pure products for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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Pucker Up (Naturally)!: 10 All-Natural Lipsticks, Balms & Glosses

10 Natural Lipsticks balms and glosses via @poorandpretty

I don’t wear very much makeup but I always have at least 3 lip products on hand at all times. I’ve usually got two different lip balms and a lipstick or gloss for a little extra color. And you know, it’s not easy finding natural lipsticks and non-petroleum lip glosses. Luckily, I’ve done the research and found a few I really love.

1. Handmade Coco Balm by Poor & Pretty: My 100% natural, vegan-approved lip balm is made with certified organic Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Candelilla Wax, sweetened with all-natural Stevia extract. (Yes, my Etsy shop is back open! Just Coco Balms & Coco Body Balms for now, but I’ve got some ideas for the holidays, so stay tuned!)

2. Handmade Wild Pollen Lip Balm: You might remember this from my latest Maker Takes post. I’m all about DIY beauty, so I was very happy to find lip balm ingredients in June’s For the Makers box. Want to make your own? Get the tutorial and supplies here.

3. Ora’s Amazing Herbal Lip Balms: I bought this sampler gift box from Ora’s Amazing Herbal on Abe’s Market and I love my Vanilla and Earl Grey lip balms! The box also came with a Minty Cocoa flavor, but I’m not a big fan of the mint + chocolate combination, so I gave it to Stan. Check out all of their flavors and other all-natural products here.

4. Yes to Carrots Lip Butter: This is a great store-bought alternative to Burt’s Bees (which I find dries out my lips even more). They seem to have discontinued the original Carrot lip butter, but you can buy it in Berry, Mint, or Pomegranate from most drugstores or online here.

5. Fairness Gloss by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: I love the name of this company, and their commitment to fostering global peace. For example: the proceeds from this lip gloss support equal wage advocacy. The gloss is a lovely neutral color and made with organic castor oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, and vitamin E — 75% organic ingredients! It doesn’t get goopy and sticky like petroleum glosses do.

6. Paint Me Loving Natural Lipstick by PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics: This looked much more pink online, but in person it is a very pale pink/neutral. It gives just a hint of color, which is nice because I like a more natural look.

7. Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Smoothing Lip Color in Sheer Melochia Bloom: This is my go-to lipstick when I want something with a bit more color. It’s a true pink, but it goes in sheer and tastes like mint and cinnamon! This color is no longer available, but the closest thing to it would probably be Fossil or Wild Plum.

8. Magnolia Lip Gloss by Au Naturale: A very pretty and shimmery pink lip gloss, made with olive, castor, broccoli seed, apricot and more lovely natural oils. This is great on its own or over lipstick.

9. 100% Pure Lip Creme Stick in Perfect Naked Pink: This is slightly darker and peachier than the Aveda lipstick and has more of an opaque matte finish. I love that it’s colored using fruit and vegetable pigments rather than minerals or synthetic dyes.

10. 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Stain in Cherry: I’ve never used a lip stain before, so this was interesting! You have to apply it very quickly or it will be darker on some parts of your lips more than others. It’s a very deep red, so I usually only apply one layer and the color lasts much longer than your average lipstick or gloss.

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It really is like staining your lips! On the left, I’m wearing only lip balm, and on the right, I’m using just one layer of 100% Pure’s Lip & Cheek Stain. I finish with lip balm or gloss to give it a little shine. I haven’t tried it on my cheeks yet — I’m afraid I’ll look like a clown! Oh, and it does not taste like cherry, so don’t lick your lips!

What are some of your favorite natural lipsticks, glosses, and balms? Did I miss any that I should absolutely try? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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