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Someone recently asked me about safe play make up for kids and I started looking around on the Internet for some safe brands. Then it dawned on me that if you yourself are using safer make up, then it’s going to be safer for your daughters too. I’ve been trying to really make an effort to make my make up bag as non-toxic and chemical free as possible and part of that meant finding new options for foundation and for lip colors. I’ve been a big fan of mineral make up for a while but lately I’ve been wondering about those little particles getting in my lungs and felt I needed to find a liquid foundation that isn’t full of gunk.
Erin of Ely Organics was so gracious to send me some samples of the cosmetics offered by Miessence Organics. It never occurred to me to check with Miessence for make up but lo, they do carry a nice line of cosmetics. I checked out the Miessence Translucent Foundation and was really impressed. It goes on super smooth and does have a translucent look o it so you don’t look or feel overly made up or caked. It blended in easily and is virtually odorless. Ever notice how some foundations are a little, well stinky? Not so with Miessence Translucent Foundation. It works perfectly by itself or with a powder (if that’s your preference). If mineral foundations are your thing, they carry that too, along with concealers and bronzer.
I also had the chance to try out their Shimmer Creme. This might be one of my newest favorite products Ive tried recently. It’s essentially a lip gloss in pot rather than a tube since its more solid but onc eyou put your finger or lip brush in it you quickly realize it’s versatility. I chose a Shimmer Creme in Berry which is a warm berry tinted gloss that goes on sheer. You can play with the concentration too… want to go light? You dab a small amount on your lips for a sheer tint of color with some sheen to it. Need more of a night look? Add a larger amount and the color gets deeper with a glossier look.
What I also love is that it feels nice on your lips. Not sticky or thick and has a very faint scent (vanilla?). Either way, this made it as a permanent resident in my purse and will be making an appearance on my lips at a Holiday Party tomorrow night. What’s great is you can also use this as a blush… its sheer enough and light enough to give you an extra little glow. It’s hard to believe a lip gloss that works this well has only 4 ingredients: certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic unrefined cera alba (beeswax), mica, certified organic vanilla planifolia fruit extract. That’s it.
Miessence uses all natural ingredients, no chemicals and mostly organic ingredients too. I’m beginning a kind of love affair with Miessence products!
Get Them: You can find these and other great Miessence products on ElyOrganics.com!
I had no idea people would love to know what products I have as much as they did, so here’s what’s on my bathroom counter top and a few things from inside “The Drawer”:
Deodorant: I use a couple deodorants. I have found that switching my deodorant from day to day lends to the effectiveness of natural deodorants. But they don’t all work for me so I rely on three to do the job. The first is Bubble & Bee Geranium Lime Pit Putty. Love this one and when it runs out I’m going to get their Geranium Lime Pit Putty with Baking Soda. I also use Soapwalla’s Cream Deodorant which I like to use on days when I take a more decadent shower… I don’t know why exactly but just go with it. I also use Weleda’s Rose Deodorant Spray. I use the Weleda mainly when I take a shower at night. The alcohol seems like it should be a bacteria fighter so in my weird brain I think “ok this will keep the stinky away all night and then I can put on regular deodorant in the morning”. I have no idea if that is even true or remotely accurate but it makes sense in my brain. I’ve also been making friends with Miessence products (Ely Organics) and one I do like is the Miessence Deodorant. If you prefer roll on deodorants this might be the one for you. If you are new to natural deodorants here’s a primer to get you started.
Face: Depending on the time of day I am using two face creams. This is one area I struggle because as I mentioned, I have very sensitive skin, plus rosacea, plus aging, plus occasional breakouts. So finding something gentle and effective is really hard for me. For night I am trying out Yes to Cucumbers Facial Hydrating Lotion and it seems to do ok. I also have a pack of Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes which I thought would be good for quick sweat wipes or lazy nights to remove make up. But they kind of burn a little so I think they’ll get tossed. For daytime, its Burts Bees Radiance Day Lotion with SPF 15. It contains phenoxyethanol though so I’m on the lookout for something better. When I last visited the dermotogolist they told me to use Aveeno and I did for a while until I saw what was in it. I’m constantly trying to find a good replacement. Have yet to find something I really love. I’m open to your suggestions ladies.
Eyes: I haven’t used an eye cream much since I had to stop using my beloved Clinique eye cream which was my favorite thing on the planet. I have a small bottle of John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel but I often forget to use it.
Body: This also depends on the shower. Showers where I have time for a scrub allow me to skip lotions and potions. I towel off and get dressed. Quick showers tend to leave me wanting a little extra moisture so I opt for body oils. While I do like the occasional rub down with a lotion or body butter, oils don’t require any processing or chemical emulsifyers. And if you find a great body oil it can double as perfume. Right now I use Soapwalla’s Luxurious Body Oil. It’s light enough for day use and smells lovely. I also have Burt’s Bees Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil which has a great citrus scent but it’s pretty heavy and greasy so I haven’t used it in a while. Also making appearances on my counter is The Body Deli Coconut Body Souffle, Weleda Seabuckthorn Body Lotion, and Badger Balm Vanilla Coconut Body Balm (I use this primarily at night).
Hair: This is definitely one area where I need improvement. It’s sad really. I do own several natural hair products but I shamefully admit that I use one or two NOT natural hair products. I have one or two natural ones I do like. One is John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray. I use this for curly hair days to give my curls that “fresh off the beach” wind look. It works great. The other is Giovanni Frizz Be Gone which is great for straight hair days. It seals and protects my hair before being tortured by a flat iron. My shame lies in my use of John Freida’s Fresh Curlz. I also use Aveda’s Curl Cream which is like the best hair stuff ever for curly hair. See? Not perfect but trying.
Part 3: You get a peek into my make up bag!
One of the things that seems to plague all of us is skin problems in one form or another. Teen acne, adult acne, occasional breakouts, dry skin, aging skin, rosacea, etc. Our skin seems to have a mind of its own no matter what type you have. Once I decided to green up my skin care I went on a hunt for products that wouldn’t irritate my mild rosacea but would hopefully help me control my hormonal breakouts.
I had the opportunity to try out a skin care line called Miessence Certified Organics. I’d seen his around for years but never tried it, but I’m glad I did. The Miessence soothing skin care line held up to my standards for safer skin care. It didn’t aggravate my rosacea and the products really do what they say they’ll do. There is a system for every skin type and the system works well with the 3 base products. The Miessence cleanser, skin conditioner, which is like a gentle toner and a moisturizer.
The Soothing line has a nicer vanilla style scent and is free of nasty petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, parabens and features certified organics ingredients like organic aloe and bergamont. Miessence Organics has a skin care line for every skin type including Balancing for normal/combo skin, Rejuvenating for mature/dry skin, Soothing for sensitive skin (like mine), and Purifying for oily/problem skin types who are prone to breaking out. These are a great alternative to mainstream skin care lines full of icky petrochemicals.
Get Some: You can order Miessence Organic Skin Care online at Miorganic.ca
We’re giving away a travel set of the Miessence Balancing Skin Care Line which includes a generous travel size of the Balancing Cleanser, the Balancing Skin Conditioner, and the Balancing Moisturizer – good for normal or combination skin types.
To enter: Send an email to lovelysafemama (at) gmail.com with the subject “Miessence Giveaway” along with your name and mailing address (we will never share this information, only use it to notify you if you win and to send you your gift), and answer this question: “What skin care are you currently using?“
We’ll accept entries until Midnight on November 13, 2008. One winner will be chosen at random. Contest closed. Congratulations to Tara D from Rochester NY for picking up a travel set of Miessence Organic Skin Care! Thank you to everyone who entered and keep coming back for more fabulous giveaways.