Lavender

Night Stand – Beauty Essentials

P1010122My nightly bedtime routine isn’t as elaborate as one would expect. In saying so, I almost never miss these steps. I absolutely despise the feeling of dry hands, feet and lips. These are my “absolute essentials” before crashing:

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm – this product has featured on this blog multiple times. Nothing protects my lips like this balm. Nothing!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Hand & Nail Cream – Non sticky, instantly absorbing, pleasantly scented not overpowering, hydration for lizard hands. Its said that skin on your hands is a true indicator of your age, therefore I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to use a good hand cream and spf to protect your hard working hands.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme – Dare I say this product is an overnight miracle for awful cuticles. It’s a complete life saver for dry, peeling cuticles. A lemon scented balm texture to be rubbed in thoroughly and next morning the skin around cuticles appears moisturized and healthy!

L’occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream – Love this product, the concentration of shea butter helps repair dry or cracked heels. Massage this cream, wear socks and your feet next morning are much better. Not an overnight miracle but with consistent application, it does work.

Bath & Body Works Sleep Pillow Mist (Lavender & Chamomile) – I guess this is more of a psychological thing, I use primarily to freshen my pillow and sheets. Lavender and Chamomile are known for their calming and soothing properties.

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Face Oils Edition – Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate

P1000749I’ve read endless blog posts on this product raving how darn fabulous it is etc. Now for what I’m about to say many would disagree as I’m on other side of fence with this one, the other side being the not so positive review. Having said that, it’s not negative either. Please allow me to elaborate….

When I’m perplexed why a product din’t work for me as other reviewers experienced, frequently it’s because of an expectation gap. So I take a step back and review what the brand claims and take it from there. Kiehl’s claim to regenerate, repair and replenish skin. They have also marketed this product as night time facial. Love the concept period.

Were my results that of a night time facial? Ermmm depends what kind of facial. If it’s simply hydrating and maintenance then yes. But if the facial that claims dramatic results on my skin, I’d say no.

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I picked up 2 samples (2ml) from Kiehl’s store and each of them lasted me more than week (overall test period 3 weeks). It’s not like I’m tossing oil and balsamic dressing on my face, I need just a few drops. Thank you Kiehl’s for generous samples.

I HATE the fact that the website does not present full list of ingredients of the product. All I could see on the website was Evening Primrose Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and signature Kiehl’s ingredient called Squalene. Sure they all sound great, but what else do you have in there?

Overall to conclude my rant, it’s nice but not ‘WOW where da hell have you been?’ I guess The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil makes me feel that way. Would I purchase it? Depends on many factors such as: is the TBS Vitamin E oil out of stock and I need oil, perhaps. If its discontinued then yes.

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HHW.com

My Thoughts: Dr. Scheller Organic Lavender Night Moisturizer

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When my husband was travelling for work to Germany, he picked this goodie up for me. Initially I was tad skeptical of his choice because he doesn’t know the ingredients that actually irritate my skin resulting in breakouts. However I must publically declare he did me proud! Dr. Scheller claims:

A rich formula to calm sensitive skin or a wonderful night care for normal skin. Lavender has been known for centuries for it’s calming and relaxing effects in aromatherapy. Combined with licorice root to calm irritations and redness and strengthen the skin overnight. Other precious oils include olive oil, inca inchi oil (high in Omega 3,6,9), herbal squalane (skin tightening & firming property) , sunflower oil & coconut oil. 

NATRUE certified organic cosmetics, their highest certification level with at least 95% of natural ingredients sourced from controlled organic agriculture or controlled wild collection 

  • Free of Silicones, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colorants Big tick of approval from me
  • Gluten Free 
  • Free of Parabens & GMO ingredients GMO (don’t need additional hormones to mess me up) part Big tick of approval from me
  • Dermatologist tested for skin tolerance & efficiency Big tick of approval from me
  • Vegan 
  • Highest Quality Made in Germany 

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It is certainly is a rich formula which feels rather luxurious. In saying so, it is light and absorbs quickly into skin. For you to love this moisturizer you’ve gotta love the scent of lavender. If you do, you’ve hit jackpot as it smells heavenly and in some way it’s calming and soothing for me. No breaking out situation at all. The pot has lasted me a while, as little goes a long way. Dr Scheller claims its perfect for sensitive to normal skin. Personally I’m combination, dehydrated and odd breakout prone skin but the cream din’t cause any issues at all. Usually I wear it on top of The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil (review coming soon) and next morning skin looks plump, well rested and overall healthy & glowing.

Direct Website – Dr. Scheller Organic Lavender Night Care ($50)

Amazon – Dr. Scheller Organic Lavender Night Care ($39)