Natural cosmetics review – Vrindavan Perfume Oil

When I look at new perfumes I often wonder – ‘Do we have a safe scent for those that care for their health or yet another toxic cocktail?’ I one find almost all mainstream perfumes and synthetic scents quite nauseating. I feel sick almost straight away and the feeling doesn’t leave until I get away from the smell.

This review was born when I noticed a “natural’ perfume on the market by Vrindavan Organic and I wondered if I could tolerate it. I figure that I am the perfect person to try it on because I can tolerate most pure essential oils but not the cheaper ‘fragrance oils’.

I chose Himalayan Sunset – roll on perfume oil for this trial.

Packaging

Vrindavan Organic perfume oil comes in slim glass 10ml bottles just a bit longer than a standard lipstick case. They have a black plastic lid and underneath a little roll on applicator just like a mini roll-on deodorant bottle.

The art work is unsophisticated but the shape and size of the bottle makes it quite convenient to put in your handbag, make up bag or glove box.  Actually it was the packaging that made me buy the product because my first thought was “Why would I buy that when I could just carry a bottle of essential oil around?” Then I realised that firstly, – some essential oil bottles leak when not upright and secondly this provided the opportunity to wear a blend without having to mess around finding and trialling small bottles. I carried the Himalayan Sunset oil dutifully around in my handbag for a week and happily, it didn’t leak.

Wearability

Well I can’t compare this to standard perfumes because I can’t wear them but the scent lasted easily most of the day. I found it too strong a smell for me when placed around the nape of the neck or behind the ears but when I applied it arm pit level or lower I found the smell quite pleasant.

I chose the ‘Himalayan’ option as I prefer smells that are not too flowery however they had several other blend options in the display to suit different moods and tastes and currently have several blends on sale on their website (see below for link).

It is suitable for both everyday use and performance use. Using this will have you still smelling nice after your show even if you are sweating and your deodorant has let you down.

Safety

I couldn’t check the ingredients list against the EWG data base this time because it is undergoing a facelift and not available at present. I had to go old school and consult those dusty rectangular shapes on my bookcaseJ. Luckily I have 4 books on aromatherapy from my days of studying natural medicine.

Ingredients: Camellia, Ylang Ylang, Nutmeg, Palmarosa and Patchouli essential oils

Modern felucca, sadly without the beautiful scented sails. The Nile, Egypt 2012 photo by Jodie Storrm

According to “Practical Aromatherapy by Penny Rich” Ylang-ylang is useful for calming tension, lifting negative moods and increasing sensuality! Probably not a bad one to include before a performance! Both ylang- ylang and patchouli oil are considered safe for home use she says. As far as the other oils are concerned they are not among the  most commonly used oils so information was scarce -I could only find nutmeg listed as common in centuries old recipes but as we use it as a spice in cooking too and have done so for millennia I am confident of its safety.

I also found out that Cleopatra not only wore essential oils but had the sails of her ship soaked in them to add fragrance to her travels. How divine!! 1 Choosing a perfume blend that is made of essential oil may be adding a whole new level of authenticity to your dance!

An actual allergy to the plant used in the oil would probably be the only danger but that is the case with any product.

Here’s what Vrindavan says of this product on its website:-

Certified organic Himalayan Sunset perfume oil is made with certified organic camellia oil and a Vrindavan Natural Body Care special blend of certified organic essential oils.

Not tested on animals

My summary: 5/5

Product: Vrindavan Perfume Oil

Effectiveness: 5

Packaging: 4.5

Safety: 4.5

Size: 0.15 oz

Suitable for day wear: yes,

Suitable for stage: yes

Price: $14.95 online or a different scent on special for $9.95AUD

Where can I buy it: I purchased this at the Bellingen Amcal chemist but it is easily available to anyone online

As with all my natural make-up posts to date – I have no affiliation with Vrindavan.

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  1. Aromatherapy by Judith Jackson

Nude by Nature eyeshadow review

Make up Monday and more eye shadow to examine.

Nude by Nature again, this time their trio of brown eyeshadow. My comments still stand as to their misleading selling tactics but that aside this is what I think of the eyeshadow range. In this case I was offered a eye makeup special and got 3 sets of 3 eye shadows for $18, which is a great bargain but leaves me with a lot of product. Months later I have barely made an impact on the original set.

 Packaging

If you look closely you can see that the lid on the left tub is not on properly – damn those fiddly lids!

They come in a neutral toned, simple but attractive box with the words “100% Natural Eye Cover, contour and define your eyes in 3 easy steps”. To their credit they come with instructions on the side of the box as to how to apply the 3 tones of eyeshadow. This is very helpful for those new to make up and full props to them for that – BUT the colour coding on the edge of the box and the instructions printed directly under them are the opposite of what they should be. I.e. the colour for ‘Define’ has the ‘base’ instructions under it and vice versa. Big opps there! Thankfully the actually containers are correctly labelled so after one disastrous application the newbie should work it out.

Inside the box are 2 cute but stubby applicator brushes. One labelled round and the other angled. The round one is more rectangular in shape but pictures are included so you know which is which. These are far superior to the crappy sponge applicators one usually finds included in eyeshadow palettes.

Inside the box you find 3 colours of powder in pleasant circular 2 gram containers with a brown screw top lids and plastic inserts inside to help avoid spillage and over loading your brush. The lid only says ‘nude by nature’ on it however and all the colours are in exactly the same size container. This means you have to pick them up multiple times to see what you are holding or have a strict order as to how you set them out and pick them up. It is extremely annoying when you are in a hurry. The screw top lid prevents spillage in transport but adds to fiddliness on an everyday application level.

 Wearability

The three neutral colours were numbered 1. Base 2. Contour and 3. define which has a  chocolate hue. Number two is a mid brown tone and number one, the base, is a beige type colour. I advocate that my students all buy 3 or 4 tones of brown eyeshadow as they suit a wide range of skin tones and are good for blending and toning down of other colours when you get more adventurous. So I think the colour selection is great (4 would have been better though), however their intensity isn’t as much as the actual colour of the powder has you expect.

I have been forcing myself to use the products for just every day wear to try and reduce my exposure to chemicals and while the colours do a serviceable job, they aren’t favourites of mine. The loose powder means that fall out on the face is inevitable. If you put less on your brush it takes a long time to apply and still you get some powder falling on your cheeks. I like to apply a little brown eyeshadow to my brows to even out the colour but unfortunately the Define shade isn’t the right shade for me. The box claims that you will have a ‘perfect, dreamy effect… that lasts all day long’. Hmmm, well it lasts well for maybe 6hours or so before you get creasing and a mottled effect. You would really have to reapply after work if you were wanting to go out.

As for stage, well it doesn’t seem to like sweat much, the colours are matt and not very strong. I would use it for a bit of light blending … maybe…??? Honestly, I am still reaching for my Revlon colour stay 12 hour eyeshadow for performance if I need browns because it is quicker to apply, stronger colours, and more sheen.

 Safety

I went through each listed ingredient and ran it through the EWG safety in cosmetics website. It scored well with 0-3 ratings putting it predominantly in a low danger category although the copper powder was a 3 – just into the moderate category. The above mentioned Revlon got 5’s and 6’s though, so this trio is indeed a safer choice for every day make up than what is more commonly available.

 My summary :3/5

Product: Nude by Nature Natural Eye Palette Trio

Effectiveness: 3

Packaging: 2 (but instructions and brushes were great)

Safety: 4

Price: $24.95 AUD for the trio online (I paid $18 for 3 sets of 3 which is a bargain)

Size: 2g

Suitable for day wear: yes

Suitable for stage: not really

Where can I buy it: http://www.nudebynature.com.au/products/category/eyes_lips

With online shopping most products can be purchased from anywhere in the world but if you are after American reviews of make up then I would like to recommend the excellent “glamorganic goddess” blog.

Have you used these products? What did you think? Comment below.

Natural stage make up – Zuii Eyeshadow

NATURAL MAKE-UP REVIEW – Zuii Organic ‘Vanilla Frost’ and ‘Jade’ Eyeshadow

 It’s Make up Monday again – so here is another natural make up review for you!

Zuii is another of those natural make up brands I looked at many times when I was in the Health food store … should I , shouldn’t I… nah too expensive. Natural Eyeshadow reviewWhat if I pick a product I don’t like? It’s just too much money to lose. I really liked the sound of the products though so I wrote to the manufacturer and asked if there was any where I could get a makeover with their products so I could find out which ones worked for me. They sent me a friendly response with a list of their stockists which didn’t really help at all (I already knew where they were stocked) so I forgot about Zuii.

Many months later I noticed that Zuii stock were marked half price in the local Go Vita Toormina and shortly after were discontinued in Kombu Bellingen too. I asked the shop owners about it and they said that Zuii just didn’t sell well. I reluctantly bought a couple of reduced items out of curiosity – I didn’t have high hopes. I mean, if no one was buying them then they must suck, right??

 Zuii Organic ‘Vanilla Frost’ and ‘Jade’ Eyeshadow 

What a pleasant surprise I got. These products rock! (or raq, he he)

They are a compressed powder eyeshade in a 1.5gram black circular, screw top container. The screw top bit is both great and terrible. It means it doesn’t spill when travelling but is a bit fiddly for everyday.

The truly great thing about these eye shadows is that they have excellent pigmentation with a bit of a shimmer. Yep, you can use them for stage and actually see them!! Hurrah! Natural and effective – it can be done apparently.

The vanilla is not quite white. I chose it because it was in the reduced basket and I had recently been experimenting with stronger highlights under the brow, inner eye and water line. I got the idea of colouring the water line from a Misschevious video on youtube and while I doubt the long term safety of continually putting products on the water line (i.e. above lower lashes), if you have had a really poor night’s sleep and have red rimmed eyes but need to perform then it works a treat to make you look less haggard. The white I had tried out previously (out of a cheap and nasty palette of colours) seemed to irritate my eye a little but this doesn’t seem to make the eye feel as gritty.

Jade is a jade green colour that is very vibrant and again very suitable for performances, night wear and general showiness. It is probably a bit over the top for everyday unless applied lightly and played down with more neutral or blending tones.

I applied both shades using artists’ brushes (my favourite tools of the trade and all I could get that were decent where I lived before I became such an online shopper). Both applied well with minimum fallout. They travel well – i.e. they didn’t crumble to pieces when knocked around in my bag and are basically the best natural eyeshadows I have tried yet.

Safety

“Zuii Certified Organics has embraced the essence of nature with a unique blend of Certified Organic Flora powders and ingredients to nurture protect and improve the health of your skin and the earth. Zuii’s timeless and evolving color palette is created with the benefits of certified organic floral ingredients, essential oils, vitamins and minerals to allow you to create any look you desire without the use of chemicals. Not tested on animals, No petrochemicals, No parabens, No talc, No GM ingredients is the Zuii commitment to Love of Nature and Organics.” –zuii websitevanilla frost natural eye make up packaging

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? It was tedious but as Zuii products have not been independantly reviewed by the EWG, I went through each listed ingredient and ran it through the EWG safety in cosmetics website. It scored very well indeed with most ingredients getting a 0 (the best rating) with the highest score of 2-3 for zinc oxides. It is the safest ratings I have so far found for a cosmetic product so I am impressed again.

I have to get really pedantic to find a problem here and the only fly in the ointment is the organic certification. Apparently last year there was a bit of an online uproar about Zuii advertising itself as USDA Certified Organic. There was some finger pointing by the USDA at the Australian certifying body involved and they concluded that The Organic Food Chain (TOFC) had made errors in its certification and that Zuii products did not meet their standards (see here for more info).

The products remain Australian Certified Organic however but it is a shame that Zuii picked TOFC as their certifier, from my investigations they are one of the least respected certifying bodies in Australia and have certified many businesses that were de-certified by other certifying bodies. Oh well, it is unlikely Zuii knew this and the eye shadow is still the best natural product I have tried.

I liked them so much I have rushed out and bought 3 other shades and several other Zuii products from the half price sales and will review them here for you soon.

 My summary

(5 stars being the best)

Product: Zuii Organic ‘Vanilla Frost’ and “Jade’Eyeshadow

Effectiveness: 5

Packaging: 4.5

Safety: 5

Price: $21.75 AUD ea (I paid $10.50ea)

Size: 1.5g or .052oz

Suitable for day wear: yes (if lightly applied)

Suitable for stage: Oh yeah!!!

Where can I buy it?: https://www.zuiiorganic.com

 Overall Star rating: 5 !!!

With online shopping most products can be purchased from anywhere in the world but if you are after American natural make up reviews then I would like to recommend the excellent “glamorganic goddess” blog.

Have you used these products? What did you think? I love comments please comment below.

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