I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried the Rebirth Body Butter by Beauty in the Raw. I have to be honest- the butter did NOT look appealing at all when I first opened it. Maybe it melted in transit, maybe that's just how it looks but my first impression was, well...not good. However, my mama always taught me not to "judge a book by it's cover" so I took one inhalation of the inviting aroma and decided to give it a go!
I am so glad that I did. What this butter lacked in esthetics it makes up for in efficacy. I scooped out a nickel sized amount and that covered my entire body. This golden body butter is thick and 'whipped' so it has an interesting, almost bubbly texture (at least mine did!). You apply it on freshly damp skin to seal in water hydration and to make sure that it penetrates. Follow the directions and apply directly on straight-out-of-the-shower wet skin and it goes on like a dream. It soaks in just enough to feel deeply hydrating but not so much that it leaves the skin surface feeling devoid of a layer of protection. I do recommend waiting a few minutes after application to ensure that it does fully absorb before getting dressed to avoid any oil transfer onto your clothing or bedding.
As for the ingredients, check them out below! This small batch formula is cruelty-free, vegan, non-GMO, contains no artificial fragrance, preservatives, fillers, or water, and is raw. Chock full of skin loving, certified organic butters/oils like mango seed, shea, hokum, avocado, and pumpkin. The unrefined nature of this product helps to ensure that the plants' antioxidants and phytochemical remain active until you use it. The aroma was light and fresh yet dissipated quickly. It smelled like lavender to me!
This is a great product for the prevention and healing of dry skin. It made a HUGE difference in my parched legs and was especially beneficial after shaving- leaving my skin smooth with a subtle sheen. I need all the help I can get during the summer!
FYI- the Rebirth Body Butter is currently on sale as of the writing of this post AND Beauty In The Raw is offering an additional 15% OFF the sale price with Code LiveLoveSkincare15off . Pick one up before it ends!
Full Ingredients: Mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter*, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) seed butter*, Garcinia indica (Kokum) seed butter‡, Persea gratissima (Avocado) oil*, Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil*, Maranta arundinacea root*, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) fruit oil*, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil [bergapten-free]*, Pelargonium graveolens roseum (Geranium) oil*, Vanilla planifolia (Vanilla) fruit oil*, Cymbopogon martini(Palmarosa) oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E from non-GMO sunflowers), geraniol~, limonene~, linalool~, citronellol~, citral~, farnesol~ *certified organic ‡wild crafted ~component of essential oil
Have you tried the Beauty In the raw Body butter? What did you think? Please Share!
Update: It's officially been over a year of using the Lumion Oxygen Mist and I am STILL in love with it (and the accompanying Lumion Oxygen Serum). I have been using it every.single.day here this summer in the hot, humid coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica and my skin has been sailing through. No greasiness, no congestion, no breakouts. I mist it on at least 3X per day to keep my skin calm and clean-feeling. Definitely a travel must-have for the summer! ORANGEBLOSSOM15 will still get you 15% OFF your entire Lumion Skin order HERE!
The LUMIONskin Mist from Lumion is a unique skin mist that I discovered this year at IBE Dallas 2017 (Indie Beauty Expo Dallas).
This mist is essentially a unique solution of Hypochlorous Acid and sea salts designed to cleanse/disinfect the skin (awesome for breakouts). Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is created when a strong electrical current passes through salt water. It is created in nature when lightening hits the ocean but can be created in a lab as well.
HOCL was originally used in WWI to help wounded soldiers heal more quickly. The problem? The solutions they created were only stable for an hour or so. Fast forward to modern day...
*This stuff is so good that I just had to update the review. The discount code is still good so use ORANGEBLOSSOM15 for 15% OFF your order at Lumion Skin !
Update: I have now been using this serum (and the accompanying Lumion Mist) for over a year now. They are always my go-to products whenever I begin to break out, skin feels congested, or oil production increases (HELLO summertime!). They drastically reduce the time it takes for current breakouts to heal, reduces the number of blemishes, and balances my oil production without overdrying. I keep these in my gym bag, beach bag, and I even have packed full sizes on my summer trip this year to Costa Rica. If you have reactive (or blemish-prone) skin during the summer then these are absolute must haves!
Lumion Skin is another line that I discovered at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas this year. Their premise is simple- 2 products that are designed to heal the skin, reduce blemishes, redness, the signs of aging, and to soothe irritated skin. Healthy aging of the skin without the use of parabens, fragrance, phthalates, sulfates, gluten, dairy, or alcohols.
I tried both products out (you can read my in depth review on Lumion Mist here) and after a summer of using the Oxygen Serum I can tell you what I've found!
If you're reading this blog then I think it's safe to say that you LOVE discovering new beauty brands- especially non-toxic + clean brands! Meet HelloBeni.com - a new website that mixes social media + indie beauty recommendations that are hand-selected especially for you based on a personalized skin care quiz you take online.
How it works:
1. You take your skincare quiz
2. The site's innovative algorithm takes your answers and pairs product/brand suggestions for you based on your answers.
3. Ask the "Community" for recommendations and receive suggestions from both indie brands and other customers
4. You can then shop straight from the HelloBeni.com online store!
So easy and a great way to discover new beauty must-haves from 'under the radar' beauty brands.
The current brand list is small but quickly growing (see the current partnering brands HERE) and places an emphasis on non-toxic indie (independent) brands.
This is a fantastic way for emerging brands (or even more established veterans) to:
#1 Be introduced directly to potential consumers through a skincare/bodycare questionnaire (brand/product recommendations are made based on your answers) and
#2 interact directly with their customers through a 'community' forum where the customer can ask for specific recommendations.
The "Community" aspect is great since brands can directly answer any product questions and fellow HelloBeni users can chime in if they have suggestions as well. Basically this ingenious little site makes it possible for the consumer to receive personalized product recommendations from multiple brands at once and then immediately purchase the recommended products in one easy online shop.
For example: You could post: "I am looking for a synthetic fragrance-free body wash" or "I need a vegan-friendly face oil for blemish-prone skin" and you might get several brands responding with their own variation on :" We have ____ that is fantastic for <insert consumer request here>. Here's a little bit about the product...".
HelloBeni.com also provides information on where you can experience each brand in person (i.e. a local store, spa, or boutique). Incredibly helpful!
I think this site is a great way to learn about new up-and-coming brands and I really love that the ingredient decks are listed as well. Note: Make sure to check each ingredient deck as everyone has their own idea of what clean/non-toxic beauty is.
Did it work?
It did! I discovered a new-to-me brand while perusing the site. Have you heard of Saison ? This San Francisco-born indie beauty company creates skin + body care that is based on the natural variations in our North American seasons. Their collections: Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, and some all season products are plant-based, vegan, and use organic ingredients whenever possible. I tried out the Summer Body Wash and I LOVE it!
I think the website has enormous potential. I loved the ability to receive feedback from multiple sources (multiple brands + other users) in an easy-to-use site and I am eager to see more brands added for more variety as well. This is one start-up that I'll keep my eye on for sure!
Have you tried HelloBeni.com? What did you think? What did you discover?
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!