Top 10 splurge-worthy luxury products, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Vintner’s Daughter, Charlotte Tilbury, and more

Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary review

On this blog, I feature a ton of beauty products all the time. A lot of them are luxury products, some of them are worth buying, others not so much. I wanted to do a quick roundup of some of the luxury products truly worth picking up, and also give you guys a quick guide as to what to invest your money in to get the best bang for your buck.

  1. La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer and Foundation* (C$295 for 30mL) – Starting this list with a bang is my all-time favourite luxury foundation. I’ve talked about this a ton on the blog, and you can see my original in-depth review here. This is what I use when I need a guaranteed good skin day and night. It lasts all day and into the evening, and wears beautifully on the skin. It is expensive, and the price has actually gone up since the last time I reviewed it. Your foundation covers your face for usually 12+ hours a day, you really want something that will not just cover up your skin, but also treat it at the same time. If $300 is just way too much for you, I also love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation. It doesn’t have quite the level of skincare benefits in it, but it also gives me a flawless complexion that I can count on.
  2. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls* (C$76) – I love these and I’ve talked about them extensively on the blog as well (one review here). They are the perfect finishing powder to give you a blurred, glow from within look. They are truly the real life Instagram filter. I love them so much that I own four jars of the Pearls from the different releases, as well as two variations of the pressed version (the first few I purchased myself so I’m not just saying that because I received some as PR samples!). If you have the extra budget, the Meteorites Voyage Compact is the ultimate luxury version, but will set you back C$200.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (C$80) – My favourite bronzing, sculpting, and highlighting compact, reviewed here. Actually, my favourite highlighter of all time. Mine actually cracked recently and the highlight is now missing a big corner of it, so I can’t travel with it. I’m so devastated that I might actually go pick up a brand new one just so I can take it around with me.
  4. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* (C$240 for 30mL) – The ultimate in face oils, this is the best of the best. I originally reviewed it here, so you can hear my backstory about how I started using this. I love this for when I have tired, stressed, dry, or angry skin that just won’t cooperate. It has amazing active ingredients in it, and is so nourishing. It feels amazing on the skin, both during application and afterwards, and then the morning after. It also smells incredible. I use this whenever I need that extra oomph!Guerlain Spring 2017 Meteorites 30th anniversary reviewLa Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation review
  5. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL) – Another favourite face oil / balm is this blue cult favourite. I’ve talked about May’s products repeatedly on the blog, and I can’t rave about it enough with my friends. I love using this when my skin is feeling congested, as it has amazing healing and soothing properties. Compared to Vintner’s Daughter ABS, it’s lighter and more soothing, less nourishing. Both are moisturizing, but I like them for different purposes. I love using this to de-stress, and the scent alone calms me. Yes you need both, yes both are simply amazing.
  6. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil* (C$430 for 30mL) – The last oil on this list, this relies on high tech and science, rather than natural botanicals. Different than the other two, I love this one for its versatility. It is a very lightweight oil that dries down almost immediately, with no residue or leftover greasy feeling. It’s fantastic for mixing in with your foundation or moisturizer, or used on its own. It also smells really fresh, and I love that for my mornings when I want something lighter. I mostly use this in the morning, compared to the other two that I use exclusively at night.
  7. Diptyque Room Spray (C$89 for 150mL) – I used to love burning candles, until I got my princess Noodles the Siamese cat, and then I got really paranoid about candles because she might hurt herself (or burn our home down if she accidentally knocks one over). I fell in love with Diptyque Room Spray on my trip to New York. The one I picked up was Baies (berries, which is scented with rose and blackcurrant), and it smells so good. One spritz is all you need for a medium sized room and it lasts a really long time. The bottle is pricey but we’ve used it every night since we’ve been back from New York and we’ve barely made a dent. I plan on picking up Figuier next; that was boyfriend’s preferred scent when we went to try it out, but I really loved Baies and have been wanting a Baies candle for a long time, so I had to get it. Well now I have an excuse to pick up Figuier too!
  8. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser* (C$104 for 125mL) – The only cleanser on this list because I don’t generally believe in splurging in cleansers, but this one is SO GOOD. It’s a physical scrub and enzyme-based cleanser in one, and it’s pretty much the only physical scrub I use. I actually have the 50mL one because I couldn’t bear to spend over $100 on a cleanser, and I’ve been using it sparingly. I really love it, and you can also layer it with the Resurfacing Mask for a deeper cleanse.
  9. T3 Featherweight Blow Dryer (C$320) – I’ve never talked about this on my blog, but I have a T3 Dryer that I purchased from Sephora in 2012, and it’s still my favourite hair tool. I’ve used other blow dryers after that but I always still go back to this one. It’s lightweight, relatively quiet, hot, and dries my hair in record time. I have the older, original model, the current one is the Featherweight 2i, so I don’t know how this one performs, but I really love the original. With a good hair dryer, you save yourself a lot of time every time you wash your hair.
  10. Laura Mercier Body Souffle (C$72 for 355mL) – It’s a pain for me to say this because for a body cream, it is SO exorbitantly expensive. It is so good though, which is why I have to put it on this list. I purchased a set of six minis during the holidays, which came with six different “flavours” of the famous LM Body Souffle. I really wish I didn’t, but I fell in love so quickly that I had to buy the full size. Thankfully I did have the $20 VIB gift voucher from Sephora so I paid “only” $52 for this. I love this stuff because it’s so moisturizing, but it absorbs really quickly without feeling sticky. I have perpetually dry skin and this body moisturizer lasts until I wash it off, leaving my skin feel silky and hydrated, and also prevents itching. I compared it with the Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream that a lot of people are obsessing over, but I actually prefer this one. The Bum Bum cream leaves weird residue on my skin that never fully absorbs, whereas this one will absorb fully. Both smell AMAZING, but the Bum Bum cream scent will pretty much never dissipate, whereas this dissipates after an hour or so (which is my preference).

In terms of products I generally don’t prefer to spend too much money on, those are usually products that get washed off, such as cleansers or body washes. I review some luxury cleansers but only a select few will get the thumbs up from me, and usually because it does more than just cleanse. I generally use pretty inexpensive body products; I will buy LUSH shower gel but that’s pretty much it.

Facial mists are the other thing that I don’t spend too much money on, there are a select few that I think are worth the price (such May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden), but I won’t necessarily go out of my way to purchase it. You can get pretty inexpensive facial mists that do the same thing, and I’d rather spend my money on something more potent like serums or moisturizers. I was recently gifted a tube of Marvis toothpaste. They are $12 for a small-ish size tube here. While it’s a nice splurge once in a while, I don’t think it’s a total necessity, and in my personal opinion, I’d rather buy cheap toothpaste, then pool the savings together over a year and buy myself a nice serum, you know?

What are some luxury splurges you love?

Products that were provided by PR are denoted with *, others were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.


The ultimate face balm showdown… May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon // Mahalo The Rare Indigo // Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm

Review of May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, Mahalo The Rare Indigo and Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm

Face balms are my newest skin addiction. I might love them even more than facial oils because I love the feeling of it melting under the heat of my fingers. Today I have three of the natural skincare world’s most popular face balms to share with you, some of them have reached absolute cult favourite status.

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (US$180 for 50mL, or $3.60 per mL) is one of the internet’s most popular skin balms. When May Lindstrom increased her product prices, this was the one that caused the most outrage. I was first introduced to The Blue Cocoon when I made my first May Lindstrom order where I received a very handsomely sized sample of this beautiful blue balm. It contains blue tansy, a prized blue oil that is fantastic at calming sensitivity, irritation, and redness. The Blue Cocoon is known to treat everything from dehydration to acne to congestion and everything in between.

The Blue Cocoon is my number 1 to go skin treatment for when I have any kind of skin irregularity, for example if my skin is feeling extra flakey, or once a few weeks ago when I was trying out a new moisturizer and my skin became completely congested and dry at the same time (how does that work, right?). Just two nights of this magical balm and my skin had returned 90% back to normal. In addition, this product smells AMAZING. It smells like a dream, as in full of beautiful light botanicals that come together to create the most incredible experience ever. I can’t stress how much I love this smell, and one whiff of this smells just calms me down and releases all of my worries and stresses. The scent lasts for at least a few minutes, lingering up for a few hours on the skin, so if you’re not a fan of it, you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Since the first time trying this, I’ve gone through one sample jar, and also purchased a full size. I keep a sample jar with me on all of my travels because it is so good at calming airplane air.

Mahalo The Rare Indigo (US$110 for 30mL, or 3.67 per mL) is another internet cult favourite. It’s the one that is a purple-ish in colour. I received a generous sample of this from a friend of mine who is also obsessed with artisanal natural skincare brands like May Lindstrom. She was curious to see my thoughts of The Rare Indigo when compared to The Blue Cocoon, as she prefers The Rare Indigo. It uses a base of hemp seed oil, which is rich in protein and omega acids, and of course it also contains indigo extract, which is where the product derives its name and its beautiful purple-blue hue. In addition to the beautiful essential oils, it also contains coenzyme Q10 (which is also present in May Lindstrom’s Youth Dew but not The Blue Cocoon), and vitamin C.

After a few nights of using this, honestly I still prefer The Blue Cocoon. I could tell my skin had an immediate glow effect after using The Blue Cocoon, which was slightly lacking in The Rare Indigo. I also felt that it wasn’t as healing or moisturizing as The Blue Cocoon. In terms of scent, it is a lot less floral compared to The Blue Cocoon, with a light minty hemp smell. If you’re not a fan of florals (like in The Blue Cocoon), you may want to look into this one. It does still have a light aromatherapy effect on me.

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm review

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm (US$160 for 50mL or $3.20 per mL) is one of my newest discoveries. I first learned of this brand through Instagram, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the products are also mixed in small batches with love. The 24 Karat Gold Restorative Balm is one of their most popular products, containing Argan, which is rich in Vitamin E and essential lipids that nourish skin and encourages more resilient skin while healing sun damage; marula, which is high in Vitamin C to help repair skin, brighten age spots, and firm; colloidal gold, which promotes firmness and elasticity whiles improving circulation and carrying nutrients down into the dermal layers of skin for deeper absorption; pomegranate – Improves skin’s elasticity and provides a powerful dose of antioxidants; seabuckthorn, which is high in vitamins and phyto-nutrients for rapid cellular renewal and faster healing of acne, scaring, and hyper-pigmentation; arnica, a potent anti-inflammatory that helps soothe the skin and increases healing; and rose, which soothes troubled skin and stabilizes emotions. The balm is a pretty gold colour, which looks rich and luxurious.

My first impression is that I really do not like the way it smells. I reached out to Marissa, founder of Precious Skin Elixirs to inquire about the scent, and she says it comes from rose essential oil, seakbuckthorn berry and cranberry seed oil. That sounds pretty good but for some reason it translates to smelling like Chinese medicine under my nose, like a very herbal medicinal scent. What I do love about this balm though is that is quickly transforms into a beautiful oil upon my touch, which just melts into the skin. I use half a pea size for my face and neck, and it’s fluid enough to cover that entire area. It absorbs very quickly, and I do feel like my skin is hydrated, calmed, and less sensitive after a few nights of using this. Will it ever replace my beloved The Blue Cocoon though? Unlikely.

Finally, in the order of preference, my loves are definitely May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, and the Precious Skin Elixirs 24Karat Luxe Restorative Balm. I don’t really understand the hype behind the Mahalo Rare Indigo, but I will keep trying it out to see  if I get an epiphany. Price-wise, the Precious Skin Elixirs is the most affordable – it was actually the same price of The May Lindstrom before she had a big price increase. Mahalo looks like it’s the most affordable, but you get 2/5 less product compared to the others. If I had to recommend just one balm, you need to pick up The Blue Cocoon.


May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ingredients: *Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, ***Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter, ***Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, ***Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil, Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, *Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, **Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia Co2 Total Essential Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera Co2 Fruit Extract, *Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Oil.

* Certified Organic

** Wild Harvested

*** Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined

Mahalo The Rare Indigo ingredients: cannabis sativa (hemp seed) oil*, astrocaryum murmuru butter*, orbignya oleifera (babassu) butter*, sclerocarya birrea (virgin marula) oil*, vitis vinifera (grape seed) oil*, camellia japonica (thea seed) oil*, aleurites moloccans (kukui) oil*, euterpe oleracea (acai) oil*, in-house biodynamic proprietary infusion (astragalus, chamomile, comfrey, gromwell, hibiscus, indigo)*, polygonum tinctorium (indigo) extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) oil*, matricaria chamomile (chamomile) oil*, helichrysum italicum (immortelle) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot fcf) oil*^, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, boswellia frereana (frankincense) oil*, rosa damascena (rose) oil*, ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), daucus carota (carrot seed) CO2 extract*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), non-gmo mixed tocopherols, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) oil, rosmarinus officials (rosemary antioxidant) CO2 extract, iris pallida (orris butter) oil
*clean ingredients: organic + local and/or wild harvested (when available)
^Bergamot fcf is free from bergapten, it has no photosensitizing effects

Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm ingredients: *Vitellaria nilotica (shea butter), **Argania spinosa (argan) oil, **Sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil, *Borago officinalis (borage) oil, *Punica granatum (pomegranate seed) oil, *Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry seed) oil, *Hippophae rhamnoides (seabuckthorn berry), *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Colloidal gold, *Calendula officinalis (calendula), *Arnica montana (arnica), *Rosa damascena (rose). *certified organic / **wildcrafted

Review of May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, Mahalo The Rare Indigo and Precious Skin Elixirs 24 Kara Gold Restorative Balm

I received the Precious Skin Elixirs 24K Restorative Balm for review consideration, May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon was a sample I received with a previous purchase, and the Mahalo Indigo Balm was a sample my friend gave me; all opinions are my own.

Review: May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden review

Yup I am back with another May Lindstrom review. I would also like to say here that 99% of the products reviewed on my blog were gifted by PR for review consideration, and I do get a lot of PR samples for review. So when I review products that I purchased with my own money, it must be good enough for me to want to talk about it (just because there aren’t enough hours in the week to review everything I receive). My May Lindstrom products were all purchased by me, with a few select products being gift with purchases, but still purchases I made with my own money. That’s just how good these products are!

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden was one of those products that I looked at and was skeptical about. For a facial essence spray, it’s on the end side of the price range at US$60 / C$74 for 100mL. At first glance, the ingredients seemed meh for the price. And then of course I got suckered into a Cult Beauty promotion which offered a full size The Jasmine Garden with any £100 purchase, so I used this opportunity to purchase a backup of The Honey Mud and a bottle of The Jasmine Garden, and was also gifted the extra The Jasmine Garden (I wanted the Blue Cocoon but I still have my travel-sized sample that was gifted from my first May Lindstrom order… I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and barely scratched the surface!).

So… I love this. I’m also trying to finish up a few other essence sprays which I told myself I would finish first before moving full force onto The Jasmine Garden, but I just can’t stop myself from dousing myself in this every morning. It feels super balancing on the skin, replenishing lost moisture and keeping my skin feeling fresh. It’s not the most hydrating facial spray on the market (for a green beauty brand, that title goes to Tata Harper), but it’s definitely one that everyone can use because it is so balancing – it’d be great even for oily or problematic skin types.

I also do a few spritzes of this before applying my The Youth Dew or The Blue Cocoon, as the moisture from The Jasmine Garden helps both products to absorb faster, delivering moisture deep within my skin. I’ve heard that you can use this to set your makeup as well, but I normally don’t use a setting spray so I can’t say how well that works. For what I use my essence sprays for – keeping my skin hydrated and balanced – this works incredibly.

One of the biggest reasons why this stands out is the scent. May’s products all have a very distinct scent that is a result of the blend of essential oils and natural extracts. I’ve heard The Jasmine Garden being described as a jasmine-cocoa scent. I personally get more of the ylang ylang and cocoa, with just a hint of jasmine, which is very soothing and calming. Even though it mostly dissipates after a few minutes, once in a while I get a very comforting whiff of it in my nose. To me, this is like an ongoing relaxation treatment.

My biggest dislike is that the spray just isn’t that great – I get concentrated spurts of product and not that misting effect I love. My favourite spray of all time is the one from Odylique, it just dispenses such a powerful full-on mist that provides even product distribution, and I really hope other brands might use a similar spray too.

It is expensive, but like I keep saying with these types of products, it is more than just skincare – it’s the ultimate skincare ritual combined with spa-like experience. Do I recommend? Yes, if you are looking for something to help ease your daily stresses at night, and to help prepare you for a hectic day of work. If you’re just looking for something that works for the best value, then no, there are other more affordable options out there. Skincare to me is something I use to wind down the day; I work a very hectic job so spending time on my skin is like my therapy. If you’re in the same boat as me, then look towards May Lindstrom products.

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden review

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden ingredients: Pure Water (Aqua), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Silver), Jasmine (Jasmine) Grandiorum Absolute, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jasminum Ocinale (Jasmine) Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oil.

*Certified Organic

Oils, oils, oils! A roundup of some face and body oil options from Rodial, May Lindstrom, ILA Spa, Korres, Purxury, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Nuxe, and Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

I am obsessed with facial and body oils at the moment, specifically focusing on oils with natural ingredients, but open to trying all oils. Through my trial and error, I’ve found up a few of the recent face and body oils that I’ve been using, including products from Rodial, May Lindstrom, Korres, ILA Spa, Purxury, and more. My apologies in advance as I don’t have photos for all of these, some of them I started using before I took photos so the bottle started looking not-so-great, others I just forgot to take photos of.


Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil review

The Rodial Stemcell Facial Oil contains a powerful cocktail of super-food actives, omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B5, C and E, as well as Rose stem cell to help the skin protect against external aggressors, signs of aging, and dehydration. This is one of the most lightweight facial oils that I’ve tried; it dries down immediately, leaving behind a satin feeling that’s very comfortable. It’s a great “beginner’s oil” because it is so lightweight. I remember being scared off by facial oils a few years ago due to using some that were way too heavy, but with the new technology, brands can create products like this that is even great for those with combination to oily skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Almond Oil PEG-8 Esters, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Babassu Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peach Kernel Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Isomalt, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Geraniol, Tocopherol.

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew review

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew was something I purchased in my first ever May Lindstrom order (I’ve since made two more… so you know how obsessed I am with the brand). This is the most completely organic  skin oil made from entirely natural plant extracts and oils that I’ve ever seen. It is a blend of 20 different oils and essential oils, together with CoEnzyme Q10, to help fight signs of aging. For easier absorption, May recommends using it on dampened skin, so I usually like to spray my face with 1-2 spritzes of May’s The Jasmine Garden, or another essence spray, and then patting 1-1.5 pumps of this oil into my face and neck. I’m left with crazy soft, very hydrated, and extremely bouncy skin. It’s not too heavy for me at all either, especially when used over damp skin which helps absorption. I only use this at night though, because I do feel like facial oils don’t layer best under makeup, but I have used a tiny drop of this mixed with my daytime moisturizer and it still works well.

Despite all the great stuff, it is one of the most expensive oils on this list, priced at US$120 for just 20mL (1/3 less than most other facial oils)… It is luxurious, but comes with a hefty price tag.

Ingredients: *Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Spp (Plum Kernel) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, *Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Borago Ocinalis (Borage Seed) Oil, Aleurites Moluccans (Kukui Nut) Oil, *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, *Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, ***Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10).

*Certified Organic
***Wild Harvested

ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance

I have a deluxe travel size of this oil and this is what I take with me when I travel. The rich argan, rosehip, and rose otto formula is incredibly hydrating and soothing, especially when you’re staying in an air conditioned room which tends to really dry out my skin. The rich formula helps to protect and nourish my skin. It absorbs completely in under a minute, and also layers wonderfully over other products. I can add a pump of it to my mud masks in order to add extra nourishment when my skin needs it. It has a soft rose scent, which is truly wonderful and helps to put me to sleep.

I only wear this at night though, as I find it is too heavy for the daytime. Alternatively if my skin is feeling extra dry, I mix a tiny bit into my daytime moisturizer to add that boost. This is also great for when you are flying as the dry cabin air can really wreck havoc on skin. Overall, I love this, and you can purchase it from my favourite organic e-tailer, Petal and Post.

Ingredients: Wild-Grown Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernal), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Sandalwood (Santalam Spicatum), Rose Otto Oil (Rose Damascena Flower Oil), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol Extract), Naturally Occurring Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

The Korres Wild Rose Brightening Oil is such a beauty as it contains real rose petals suspended in the oil. This is a brightening oil infused with real rose petals, wild rose oil, and boosted with Super C to increase skin’s absorpotion of vitamin C by 1000%. This oil is 94.5 percent natural, and does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. Korres is also cruelty free.

If you love roses like me, then you will LOVE this because it smells faintly like roses. I also found this oil to take longer than the others to absorb, and a tiny bit will go a very long way. I don’t particularly like this one compared to the others for this reason. Also despite it being marketed as a natural oil, it contains a lot of fillers, which I’m not too fond of at the moment.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, , Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Alcohol Denat., Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Aqua/water/eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Bisabolol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Parfum/fragrance, Physalis Angulata Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zingiber Officinale (ginger) Root Extract.

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil review

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil is my newest addition, something I discovered in my journey to incorporate more natural and organic skincare products in my routine. It contains a blend of all natural oils and extracts that is ultra hydrating. The base of apricot kernel oil, avocado fruit oil, and argan oil makes this slightly heavier than the other oils I’ve tried here, but it is also the most moisturizing. I can use this on its own without a hydrating serum, and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and glowy upon waking up in the morning.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Olive, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehl’s released their daytime version of their popular Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’m not a big fan of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate because I found it is too heavy for me, but the Daily Reviving Concentrate is a great day-time, more lightweight version. This product contains energizing oils such as ginger root oil, grapefruit peel oil, orange peel oil, and coriander seed oil to  correct the signs of daily skin fatigue, and improve the look of dullness, lines, and rough texture.

Sadly, despite this being a lighter version of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it’s a daytime oil which doesn’t really work for my skincare schedule. I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning to let my moisturizing sink in, so I usually use a lighter, gel-based moisturizer. This Daily Reviving Concentrate, while really does help to brighten and hydrate my skin, just takes too long to absorb. I do use this on the weekend, but I think it’s a bit of a waste to use just a day or two a week, so I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have lots of time in the morning to perform your skincare ritual.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Canola Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables/Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil/Orange Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Seed Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil/Ginger Root Oil, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Malpighia Punicifolia/Acerola Fruit Extract. Fmla 685687 7 F.I.L. Code D169070/2


L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

The Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil  is an ultra lightweight body oil; I’ve used a few L’Occitane en Provence body oils in the past and this is the most lightweight. I have very dry skin on my legs, and I find that this isn’t moisturizing enough for me, I usually have to apply a LOT in order to get the level of sustained moisture. That being said, if you are someone who has normal skin, and is looking for an indulgence, this is it because it smells SO GOOD. Neroli & Orchidee is one of my favourite L’Occitane scents and this perfumed body oil is the same scent as the fragrance, which makes it great for layering with the fragrance and then you can get better longevity.

The scent, when used alone and at night, dissipates pretty quickly so you don’t have to worry about going to sleep in a cloud of perfume. During the day though, it does leave a faint cloud of fragrance, but it’s not very strong so it should be fine for wearing to the office. It comes in a spray bottle, so you can easily keep this at the office or in your purse for when you want a quick moisture touchup.

L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse review

The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a classic body oil and something EVERYONE should try at least once in their life. It contains Vitamin E to protects and conditions, and essential oil extracts of borage, St. John’s wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia to give skin a healthy looking glow. There’s a reason why it is a cult favourite, and that it is  super hydrating, very lightweight, and a little bit goes a long way. The scent is also just incredibly delicious and decadent, I feel like dousing myself with this every time I use it. The great thing about this oil is that it is also multi-functional, and you can use this on your hair, nails, and anywhere you see fit. In addition, it also comes in a golden bronze variation that will help keep your skin looking like it just got a healthy dose of sun.

Ingredients: Sopropyl Isostearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet Almond) Oil, Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Parfum/fragrance, Tocopherol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool [n1005/e].

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil

Leaving the best for last – this is the body oil that got me completely obsessed with body oils in the first place. The Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil smells SO GOOD, sweet and floral at the same time but not overpowering. The oil is medium weight, not super runny, and spreads into the skin very nicely. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling so nice and soft. The price is really great too, at just $15.50 for 125mL. Don’t let the size fool you, because I’ve had mine for over a year, I use this every time my skin is feeling dry, and I still have more than 1/3 of the bottle left. I also love mixing this in with another light weight body lotion to help boost up its efficacy.

Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Camelia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Natural Jasmine Gardenia Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Natural Vanilla Oil, Natural Berry Oil . *Organic 94%


My picks: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Body Oil
Best for dry/normal skin: May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, Purxury Rescue Facial Oil, Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
Best for combination/oily skin: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

Review: May Lindstrom the Pendulum Potion Cleansing Oil + multitasker

May Lindstrom the Pendulum Potion review

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how my first May Lindstrom Skin order got me completely addicted to this brand. May’s line only has seven products in it currently, and because May herself uses her own products, she doesn’t like to add any unnecessary steps in her skincare regime. This fall, May is releasing a new product – the Pendulum Potion – and I received a sneak preview of this multi-tasking oil when I ordered a few of her other classic products. The Pendulum Potion is touted to be a cleansing oil, and can also be used as a hydrating oil for the face and body.

The Pendulum Potion is not on the May Lindstrom website yet, but I reached out to Elli, Director of Care at May Lindstrom Skin and she sent me some instructions for using the oil, as well as the ingredients of this beautiful oil.

Instructions for use (per May Lindstrom team): To experience The Pendulum Potion, make a small pool in your palms, pressing together and inhaling deeply. Massage gently into your dry skin, focusing on areas on congestion, heavier makeup and environmental debris. Wet hands and continue massage and then place a warm, steamy face towel over face and neck, hold, rinse and repeat until skin is soft and cleansed, gently sweeping upwards and complete with a final rinse.

You may also indulge in this beauty as a last step, allowing the goodness to drink right into your wet face, neck and décolleté immediately after cleansing for beautifully balancing and nourishing hydration.

Bonus – I love The Pendulum Potion head to toe on wet skin after bathing to drench myself in a gorgeous aromatic experience. Our new treasure is a truly a multi-tasking must for your ritual.

I have been treasuring my May Lindstrom products so I’ve been using the Pendulum Potion mostly as a hydrating oil serum. Like the Youth Dew, it is entirely made of natural ingredients and oils which help to nourish and balance the skin. I generally spritz my face a few times with a hydration essence lotion in order to get it damp, and then I press one to one and a half pumps of the Pendulum Potion, pressing it into my face and neck. I find the Pendulum Potion not as hydrating as the Youth Dew, so I will follow it with a lightly hydrating gel moisturizer to seal in the goodness.

I’ve also used this a couple of times as a cleansing oil to remove light makeup, incorporating some facial massage in order to get the most of this oil. I use four to five pumps in my palms, and then massage it in my skin for at least three minutes. Unlike other cleansing oils, this does not emulsify, so I remove it using a warm, wet muslin cloth. I am left with the most incredibly soft, supple, and very cleansed skin – all traces of makeup is gone. My skin is also lightly moisturized. I then follow this with the Clean Dirt to exfoliate, or the Honey Mud for a quick 5-10 minute rescue mask if my skin is feeling in extra need of TLC. I seriously can’t get over how lovely my skin feels afterwards.

Because this product isn’t released yet, I don’t have a price point. The bottle I have is 20mL, which is the same size as the Youth Dew, and since I’ve been using it mostly like a hydrating oil, the bottle is lasting me a long time. This is great for going on travels as well, since you can just bring one bottle of product and use it for different things.

I do have to note that my boyfriend commented on the scent of the Pendulum Potion, and he wasn’t a fan of it. I also personally noticed that the scent lingers for a lot longer on the face than the Youth Dew or the Blue Cocoon. I know that May Lindstrom doesn’t put perfumes or fragrances in her products, so it’s just due to the blend of different oils. If you are extra scent-sensitive though, you might want to try out a sample of this first. It reminds me of a stronger, heartier the Good Stuff.

As with all May Lindstrom Skin products, the Pendulum Potion is truly a spa experience. The products are pricey, but I definitely believe that you are getting a lovely pampering session that embodies physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s not a must-have, per se, because you can purchase cheaper and similarly effective cleansing oils, but I do recommend it if you want that full spa experience to go with your cleansing ritual every night. May Lindstrom products are for the true skincare enthusiast.

Ingredients: blend of tamanu oil, camellia oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, olive oil, plum kernel oil, cocoa absolute, peru balsam , sweet orange, myrrh, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, lemon, and frankincense

Review – the mask to end all masks – May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

I am obsessed with May Lindstrom Skin right now; everything I’ve used from the line just makes me want more of it. I recently purchased the Honey Mud and the Youth Dew, and May was very kind and generous to provide me with deluxe travel size samples of all of the products in the line. I’ve been trying everything out in the line for the last few weeks, and I have to say that the two products I feel the most attached to are the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver, particularly when used together.

The Honey Mud (C$98 for 100mL) is described to be a cleansing silk. May claims that “this silken, pudding-like treat gently frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.” In addition to using this as a cleanser, you can also double this as a mask, applying a liberal amount on the face and leaving it on for 20 minutes.

I’ve used the Honey Mud mostly as a mask because I though it was too wasteful to use as a cleanser. Due to the high honey content (it’s the first ingredient on the list), it’s very thick and a bit sticky, but feels ultra silky on the skin. I’ve left this on my skin for up to an hour, and it never dries out. I wash this off to reveal incredibly smooth, supple, and very hydrated skin that also feels calmed and soothed.

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

The Problem Solver (C$112 for 250g) is a mud-based correcting mask. May’s description says this is “a jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self.” It claims to purify & tighten pores, calm inflammations, fight & heal blemishes, improve skin circulation & detoxify the skin. It comes in a powder form, and activates upon contact with water to create a mousse texture that is thick and soothing on the skin. A few minutes into the treatment, the mask will warm up due to all of the spices in the ingredients list, which is what helps to open and clear the pores, as well as detoxify the skin.

Used alone, it has an incredible deep cleansing effect – I will use this if I used heavy makeup, or if I’m travelling in a city with lots of pollution, and I can feel my skin detoxing all of those external pollutants out of my pores. The Problem Solver, on its own, feels almost a bit too abrasive on my skin. I like the skin warming effect, but my cheeks are quite sensitive, and even though May has stated that this is great even for sensitive skin, I’m still a bit wary about using this too much. The instructions say to use equal parts water and powder, but I use just a few drops of water, adding a bit more if necessary to create a thicker, moussier mask. If you use equal parts water, it will be too watery and you’ll find that it drips a bit and can get messy.

My favourite way to use the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver is mixed together; it becomes a detoxifying, deep-cleansing mask that is soothing, gentle and ultra hydrating. I use about equal parts Honey Mud and Problem Solver, add a few drops of water to activate the Problem Solver, and mix together with a synthetic brush so that the ingredients are well blended together. I then spread it on my face with the brush, and leave it on for about an hour. I feel like it doesn’t get as warm as when I use the Problem Solver alone, and it never fully dries because of the Honey Mud. That being said, I washed this off to the most incredible skin – my pores are tightened, my skin feels SO SOFT, and everything feels clean but still hydrated.

May’s products are all hand blended in small batches. You will see the batch date at the bottom of your bottle or jar so that you know you are getting the freshest products.

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

Yes, the products are expensive, but a little goes a long way, and May’s full size the Problem Solver mask, if my calculations are correct, will last me anywhere between 40-50 treatments because it is so big. I just finished up my little deluxe sample bottle and already purchased the full size. I will also be purchasing a second jar of the Honey Mud as soon as I run low because I like to use this stuff whenever my skin feels like it needs a bit of a pick me up. Also if you think about it, buying skincare is like therapy – you relax and escape from the daily frustrations and stresses of life, and bonus, you look amazing coming out of it. It’s so worth it, and you need this!

The Honey Mud ingredients: *** Raw Honey with Bee Pollen and Propolis, White Halloysite Clay, * Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), * Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, * Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, * Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, * Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, * Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, ** Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, ** Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Argentum Metallicum (Silver).

* Certified Organic
** Wild Harvested
*** Collected from Unsprayed and Unfertilized Fields of Wildowers

The Problem Solver ingredients: Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, ***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper.

*Certified Organic
**Fair Trade Certified
***Wild Harvested

Also lastly I wanted to give a shoutout to Elli, the Director of Care at May Lindstrom Skin. She is so sweet and has provided me with one of the best shopping online shopping experiences of my life. I buy most of my stuff online and she has really made me want to be a repeat customer again and again. Thank you, Elli!May Lindstrom Skin the Problem Solver review

Why I am in LOVE with May Lindstrom Skin

May Lindstrom Skin review

I am an absolute skincare junkie. I am always on the lookout for new skincare, and in recent years I have been very fortunate because I rarely have to buy skincare for myself. However that just means when I do buy skincare, it’s something I am completely in love with. May Lindstrom Skin is a brand that I have been stalking for months but I never purchased anything from until recently. They are most known for their popular Blue Cocoon treatment which is good for repairing and healing all skin, especially sensitive and eczema-prone skin types.

For the last two weeks of June, the entire May Lindstrom team took some time off, so they took the opportunity to also promote the launch of their new product, the Pendulum Potion by offering a deluxe travel sized bottle of it with every $200 purchase. I jumped on this opportunity to try some of their popular products. May Lindstrom Skin currently only has seven products in her entire skincare line. May’s philosophy is that she doesn’t want to add too many unnecessary steps in your skincare routine, and only wants to include products that she would use herself in her own routine.

I want to emphaszie that purchasing from May Lindstrom directly is not a shopping trip but an actual experience. I felt really taken care of the entire time, from start to finish. If you are wondering how this is possible via an online order, May’s team contacted me within an hour of my order being placed, letting me know that they’ve received my order, and that they were very excited for me to start my May Lindstrom Skin journey. Keep in mind, I placed my order on June 28 when the team was supposed to be on vacation. I also received two additional follow up e-mails, giving me a status update regarding my order shipment, and then finally letting me know that my order had been shipped. While the team was on vacation and I had received an advanced note that my products won’t ship out until after July 1, I received an email saying my order had shipped on July 29, the day after I placed my order and more than two days earlier than I had expected.

I picked up the Honey Mud and the Youth Dew. The Honey Mud (US$80 for 100mL) is a honey and mud (duh!) based cleanser that can also double as a mask. The Youth Dew (US$120 for 20mL) is a 100% plant-based oil that can be used as a serum (for extra dry/mature skin) or moisturizer (for everyone else). My order also came with the deluxe sample of the Pendulum Potion, which is an oil-based cleanser which can also be doubled as a moisturizer (what? yeah I know).

In addition, I heard that May Lindstrom was extra generous with providing samples to try out the rest of her line, so I asked for a few samples, and they gave me travel-sized deluxe samples of all seven products in the line, including the products that I had purchased so that I can actually use these when I travel! In addition to the products I purchased and the new Pendulum Potion, I was most excited to try the Problem Solver mask, which is supposed to be an energizing, detoxing, soothing and deep-cleansing all-in-one mask that also improves blood circulation and calms sensitivity.

I’ll be slowly trying these out over the next few months. I’ve played with the products for a bit and so far I really like them, but for the price I definitely want to test them out over a longer period of time before I make any conclusions about them. So far, I am super impressed with my May Lindstrom experience, and I’m really excited to continue my skin journal with the brand!

May Lindstrom Skin review