March 13, 2014

It's the most valuable possession of yours - so take good care of it

I have a confession to make: I'm not the most conscientious when it comes to taking care 
of the biggest organ of my body. My skin - it has gone through "some" neglect over these past years, 
like sunbathing without proper sun blocks all the time, frostbites, not washing my make up every night, eating whatever I crave for and then trying to squeeze those pimples  ..The usual sins. So you can imagine my delight when I was contacted by one really lovely lady, Anna Woodrum. She has her own store on etsy.com called Anna Ruth's Simple Salves, selling variety of body balms, salves, creams, lip balms - all from natural components and hand made by herself. I'm a fan already! I was so happy when Anna wanted to send me some of her products for testing. Actually, I thought she might pick one or two treats for my evermore dry lips and wintry desert looking hands. So you can probably believe how amazed I was when I got to open my package: it was full of all kinds of treats, incl. five jars, a lip balm and heart shaped lotion bar. I'm feeling like a birthday girl, yay! (Which I actually will be next week, March 13. so this was a wonderful gift :) 

My personal budget has also been one of the main reasons I haven't tried any natural beauty products before, and been stuck with some market creams instead - and using even those very randomly as you can figure. But this is not the deal with Anna Ruth's Simple Salves at all, they are really affordable and the prices range between 1,50 and 8 euros! So enough with the excuses: I can afford to take care of my body and with the way it deserves - naturally. There's a lot of variety in her store, and I think you'll find your favorites and the most suitable ones for your own skin along with all the gorgeous scents to pick out from.


Anna is also very gracious to give my readers 10% discount off all orders over $10! 
Just use a special code NATURALSALV10
It's valid until April 15th, so make sure you visit her store right now xx

At first, let's make a little comparison. Choose between these two:
 A) Some big and well-known brands, asking tens or even hundreds of dollars for their chemically created beauty products. Well here's some info for you: "Many commercial lotions are made with oil and water mixtures, which are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To stop the bacteria from forming, an anti-bacterial preservative, Methyl-paraben, is added to these mixtures. Parabens are absorbed through the skin and are known to disrupt hormone function, increase reproductive toxicity, and are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Parabens are antibacterial which cause skin irritation and are somewhat toxic to cells." 
Do you want to poison yourself, little by little?

B) Anna Ruth's highly impressive natural beauty gifts, using only ingredients that even I can identify by name and feel like are safe to use also internally. (I haven't tasted though ;)

As far as it goes for me, natural beauty care wins 10 - 0 ! 
On top of that, what would be greater feeling than the opportunity of using the same ingredients 
for your skin as you use to cook your lunch or bake with? We should all consider bringing these basics of our kitchen cabinets to skincare routine. Just think of all the money you'll save, unnecessary chemicals you'll avoid consuming and pumping into your system, and the variety of good results you'll immediately feel and see in the mirror. So here's my review little of the first four products I received the other day. :)


Lavender Tea Tree Whipped Body Butter
with Mango & Shea Butter, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil
shop here for 3,70€ (1.7 oz)

I really love the mild scent of this body butter, along with the nutritious ingredients. My elbows and other dry areas don't feel as stretchy as they usually do after shower or freezing outside. Since yesterday was National Women's Day so I gave this as a gift to my mum today. :) Her skin and sense of smell are very sensitive, so I thought this would suit her perfectly. (And I also gave her a rose pocket mirror by Deborah Ballinger)
Here's some info about this product from the shop: Natural Shea Whipped Body Butter is made with Lavender and Tea Tree Essential oils. Tea Tree oil has antiseptic properties that can be used to treat acne. Other ingredients are Jojoba oil Sweet Almond oil Shea butter and beeswax. Rub this thick rich butter on dry areas like elbows knees hands and feet to moisturize and soften skin. 



Lime Ginger Whipped Body Butter
with Jojoba, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Olive Oil and Vitamin E
shop here for 3,70€ (1.7 oz)

The first thing that popped into my head about this product is that I absolutely love the scent! I even applied this on my boyfriend's hip where he has one weird dry spot, and we can already see a nice improvement. I feel this is the perfect multi-purpose cream for me (us) since it absorbs very fast and leaves an amazing, uplifting, fresh scent of ginger on the skin without being too overpowering. (Only "downside" might be that my craving for sushi might increase even more .. :p Luckily it's available in my home town, finally!)



Lavender lip balm
with vitamin E, Beeswax, Essential Oils, Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter
shop here for 1,48€

This is a very smoothing and soothing lip balm tube which it easy to carry with you and re-applying throughout the day. I have used some lip balms that you need to put on with your finger, and those are fine but a bit tricky at work for example. So this tube has become a real friend of mine, rescuing my cracking lips whenever I need a savior the most. Lavender is also one of my favorite scents so I feel happy all the time - that's the power of smells right there! ^^



Grapefruit Zing Lotion bar
with Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Ginger Essential Oil
shop here for 5,92€ (

Wouldn't this heart-shaped lotion bar just make the most adorable gift for someone special? You should stock up these cuties for next Valentine's and for everyone's birthdays - it's really that delightful little treat. ♥ I suggest you have a plate of jar to place this after every use, since it's lotion and might leave greasy marks on your table - and you don't want any of this to go to waste either since it's simply too good for that :) I can't stop touching my hands after just reapplying this, they feel so smooth and smell so heavenly delicious. I'm also writing on my laptop right now and not making any mess so this is a fast absorbing item too. I did some spying on the site and here's some great extra info about this bar: 
"To smooth and moisturize dry, itchy skin. Rub bar on dry skin to moisturize and revitalize. Grapefruit and Ginger essential oils add a warm citrus scent and awaken the senses. Water not needed. Ginger is used typically for muscle aches, nausea, arthritis, and to treat poor circulation while grapefruit is used in herbal medicine to reduce wrinkles and acne, and also as an anti-depressant. Lotion bar comes in a wax bag to preserve the bar in an Eco-friendly way. Easy to store at home in a soap dish, Tupperware, butter dish, or to use it on the go put it in a plastic baggy and carry it in your purse!"


Here's all of the items I got from Anna:




I borrowed Anna's "about me" -page so she can tell you with her own words
 a little bit more about herself, and the online store full amazing of treats - for both your body and soul.

" I have always been interested in holistic and herbal medicine, so in reading on the subject I stumbled upon some salve making books. The process of making salves and then using essential oils in my salves to heal and remedy ailments seemed so fun and cool! Several books and one week later I started making my own salves. Now I'm a salve maker by day and I work nights at the hospital as a respiratory therapist! I love helping people holistically as well as with western medicine:) Working in a hospital always made me think about the ways we are lacking in our patient care and treatment. Now I feel I am finally helping people on different levels than ever before. I also very much enjoy making products that have a smell that makes me go 'mmmm' and a feel that makes me feel like a pampered princess. I personally use all of my products and I love to use them for everyday, to treat myself, to moisturize, and for healing:))) 


A little about my my non-working life: I have a small mutt rescue doggie named Loly and a cat I call kitty but his real name is Tiger. I have a loving Boyfriend and soul-mate Adam all crammed into a tiny apartment in Oak Park IL just outside of Chicago. Hope you enjoy my Body Products:)


Happy Etsy-ing and I'm looking forward to seeing you in my Shop! "


Anna Ruth Woodrum

46 comments :

  1. Mmm, sounds like some good products! I know, I haven't always invested in the best quality things, but it's definitely worthwhile!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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    1. These are the best I know! :) Thank you for the comment, Linda.

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  2. These are beautiful and they sound very lovely too :)) Gorgeous images. Taking care of the skin is very important, I slip on it sometimes, but I try to be good ;) Have a lovely week doll xx

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    1. Thank you so much Kitty! :) I'm trying hard too, especially since it costs a lot more to restore beauty of skin than to trying maintain it now.

      xx

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  3. Fabulous post, great products! I'm trying to take care of my skin as good as I can, but I think once in a while we're all a sinner ;-) Thanks for stopping by, xoxo
    www.hollylovespaul.com

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    1. Thank you so much Laura! Skin is the one thing many girls forgot to think about, and just focus on make up and covering faults etc.

      xx

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  4. Dear,
    What a coincidence
    Soon I'll do the same that this madam. I make natural cosmetics, and for this reason I'm changing my blog. I want include a new seccion for you learn to make natural cosmetics and If you want, also you buy it.
    I keep you informeed.
    Kisses xx

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    1. Sounds really nice! I will keep an eye on those posts / your shop then :)

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  5. Oh awesome, I'm definitely checking her stuff out! I've been moving towards more "natural" skin products like the ones from Lush, but I hadn't realised that you could buy things like that off small businesses on Etsy.

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    1. So nice to hear, Jane! :) These are really affordable I think, and I bet you'll find plenty favorites among all the products :)

      I'm trying to slowly start supporting small businesses on etsy etc. :) The variety is so much better after all, than on any local shops! And the fact that you're making it possible for small business owner to success is a bonus :)

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  6. I remember those times when I didn't take off my makeup before going to sleep (during university after parties, haha) and it sounds pretty bad. so it doesn't matter how tired I am I always must wash off the makeup. but yes, food and all the products are important too. I'm not going to quit eating everything I want but when I can then I of course try some natural products. though right now I'm quite happy with my Oriflame goodies :) anyway, all those scents you described here sound delicious! and the packages and everything are adorable as well :)

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. hehe, I'm still that bad when I'm too tired or have been out partying (not very often) so I guess it's not such a big harm. But I definitely should take a lot better care of my skin - turning 30 in 3 years after all :P
      I should also pay more attention to what I eat, since there's many things that improve the skin. And wont get pimples etc. ;)

      xx

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  7. Thanks for sharing these amazing products with us, I'd love to try one day too! And I agree, we should all be more conscientious of taking care of our skin with a good skincare routine/sun screen.

    StylizedLuxe
    Instagram

    xo Jess

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I hope you go ahead and purchase yourself a jar, or ten ;) These are the best creams salves balms I know :) x Thank you for the comment.

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  8. This brand sounds so great. I am so worried about developing wrinkles. I wish I had better knowledge of how to take care of it.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    1. Tracy, I truly recommend you try out Anna's balms! They're totally worth it. And very affordable too. Go ahead and remember to use the coupon code xxx

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  9. Lovely post and pic, seem like such a great products.
    xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com/

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    1. Thank you dear! These sure are. :) I'm in love. x

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  10. Oh wow what an amazingly informative post. This sounds like such a lovely brand, and the packaging on the products is really cute too. I love salves like these, they're so good for so many uses and I love how affordable they are too xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit and really nice comment! ) Anna's products are the best, and I love the fact that she's a small business owner and not a huge company selling stuff with tens of euros/dollars ^^ I'm definitely recommending these products for you to try out! x

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  11. sounds like a good product... I like the packaging!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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    1. Thank you for the comment Caitie! These sure are, I love everything I got to try out :) And true, the packaging is very adorable as well. :) x

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  12. These sound like great products, I love natural skin care products! I guess skin care should be one thing that we spend a little bit more money on but we all have some kind of budget to keep haha :) I love the pictures and how the products look! :) Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment Niina! :) Kiitos paljon <3
      And I do agree, skincare should be the foundation and start to everything else. Maintaining a beautiful, healthy canvas for all the make up we test ;) x

      Thank you for the compliment, I tried to make a little extra effort since I'm so grateful for all the goodies I got and happy that my skin routine problems are solved for some time now :)

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  13. These look awesome! I might have to purchase a few!

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    1. Thanks dear ! I hope you do, these are so great and with such a great price too :) x

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  14. Love these natural alternatives ! I think I'd be most interested to try the grapefruit moisturizing bar, bet it smells amazing!

    Emma
    www.emmacristy.com

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    1. Thank you Emma-Cristy! I'm definitely recommending these to you, especially with the children around the house.. :) I think these are so safe it's fine if girls accidentally ate your heart moisturizing bar heh:))

      xx

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  15. I wish you a very, very, very happy birthday!!

    All the best,
    -Kati

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  16. I just realised I stopped by the blog coincidentally on your birthday. Happy Birthday!!
    Man, these products sound like they smell amazing! Lime Ginger + Grapefruit Zing--I need to take a whiff of those! +Doesn't hurt that they're good for your skin and body too! ;)

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa! Yayy :)

      These are truly amazing, scents and quality and all! Especially the ones you mentioned. :) I hope you purchase a few to try out - and sniff ;) xx

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  17. These sound like great products, I would love to try out some more natural products as I have such sensitive skin I am always on the hunt for something that won't irritate it. Happy Birthday :) xx

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    1. Thank you for the comment Sadie! :) I'm definitely recommending these to you then. All the scents are natural and other ingredients too, and wont irritate the skin. Unless you're allergic to something specific. But there's complete lists of each product on the store :) x

      Aww thank you so much <3

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  18. looks so pretty and enticing!

    delicatelyfierce.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks April! They sure are (although now I have to look up that word..:P) heh

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  19. Lovely.
    ~Sophia
    http://plaidismyfavouritecolour.blogspot.com/

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  20. I hope you had an amazing birthday! :)
    I'm here for the first time, but your blog is lovely, so I will visit it often :D
    http://imsolostinparadise.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! :) My birthday was really lovely actually, and I think I'll post images too..
      And thanks for the compliment, I hope to see you visiting again soon ^^ Stopping by at your blog now :)

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  21. Beautiful packaging :D

    WWW.PUTRIVALENTINALIM.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  22. Hi dear :)
    Thank you sooooo much for your lovely comment!! <3
    xoxo from Munich

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