One Love Organics Rose Aromatic Body Serum Review

 

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Product Description:   According to One Love Organics,  the Rose Aromatic Body Serum provides a mist of precious oils that intensely moisturize the skin, leaving it refreshed, beautifully scented, and soft to the touch. Unlike most water-based lotions it has 100% active formulas for a more potent, longer lasting moisture solution.

Ingredients:   capric/caprylic triglyceride, sambucus nigra fruit extract (elderberry) extract, supercritical hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil*, proprietary natural & organic fragrance compounds, calendula officinalis (calendula flower) extract*, hypericum perforatum (st. john’s wort) extract*, aspalathus linearis (red rooibos tea) extract*

*indicates organic ingredient

Usage:  After showing, while my skin is still damp, I generously apply this serum.  I apply it all over as I would with a traditional lotion.

My Thoughts:  I was given this product by a friend and thought that I would share my experiences with my readers. This product is light and has the perfect weight for use during summer months when you don’t want to be slathered in thick creams.  It also uses plant-derived ingredients that are safe for the body.  Most notably, this serum has a lovely formulation that isn’t greasy and easily glides over the skin for a softening effect.

What about moisture? This serum does have some beneficial moisturizing properties but unfortunately it isn’t quite moisturizing enough for me.  I have drier skin, even in our humid southern summers, so I need more moisture than this product offers. It serves as a good base but I have to follow-up with another moisturizer to give my skin the feeling of comfort that I desire.

I was also overwhelmed by the rose aroma.  I appreciate that it offered a natural rose fragrance but I realize that I am not really fond of  the scent of roses.  If I purchased this product I would probably opt for one of their other fragrance profiles (lavender, neroli or chamomile).

Who is this product for?   This product is probably best suited for the warm months or on those occasions when you don’t want to use heavy creams and lotions.  It would be great for someone who wants moisture and doesn’t suffer from extremely dry skin. For all of my  rose-scented product lovers, you will be in aromatic bliss!  Even if roses don’t appeal to you this product may still be a “go”, since other aromas are available as well.

Price:  $39.00

Size:  3 fl. oz.

Need more info?  For more information about this product and others from One Love Organics you may visit Amazon  or the company website. 

 

*Disclosure:  This post contains an Amazon affiliate link.  As always, all comments represent my honest opinion.

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Summer Salad Series: Spinach, Strawberry & Cucumber

summersalad3I’m not sure where you are in the world but it’s hot and humid where I am.  So, salads are the ticket to a light meal that’s also easy to prepare.  Today, I’m sharing the second salad in my Summer Salad Series: Spinach, Strawberry & Cucumber.  If you missed my first salad you can check it out here.

There really isn’t any magic to this one but it’s very good.  I just had some adjustments on my braces so you will notice that I’m slicing everything really thin.  Unfortunately, that’s the only way I can manage. I simply layered organic spinach, thinly sliced organic cucumbers and strawberries, followed by a sprinkle of sliced almonds on top.  Then, I finished it by drizzling on a simple vinaigrette.  The recipe is as follows:

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon tupelo honey (or any honey that you have)

1/2 teaspoon olive oil

This is a simple salad that’s great alone or as an accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken breasts.  If you have a favorite summer salad please share your recipe below in the comments.

Stay cool!

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Day 7: Experiment, Evaluate & Inspire

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After six days of our safe cosmetics journey we have come to Day 7. Day 7 is all about experimentation, evaluation and inspiration!  Today, I’m sharing the last few tips of this series but make no mistake, our journey is not over.  I will continue to share safe cosmetics/skin care tips, product reviews and company profiles.  I even have some DIY posts that I think you all will appreciate.  So, we are just getting started.

If you’ve been here through this process, we have covered six days in our collective journey.  For those of you that missed them they were:

Day 1: “The Story of Cosmetics”

Day  2: Cosmetic Products and Exposure Potential

Day 3:  Caution! What’s Lurking in Your Skin Care/Beauty Items?

Day 4:  Green Beauty Product Research Databases

Day 5:  Green Beauty Books…Learning in Progress

Day 6:  Questions to Ask When Prioritizing Your Safe Cosmetics Journey

Now, on to the topic of experimentation.  The great thing about a health and lifestyle journey is that you are continually learning.  In truth, there isn’t a destination just constant growth.  After setting your priorities, you will begin to try new products that align with your personal needs, lifestyle and budget.  Some of them you will like, others won’t meet your standards, which is just fine.  They can’t all be winners.  However, once you find a product that replaces one of your toxic favorites, add it as a staple.  Then, move on to the next item on your priorities list.  Over time (and it does take time) you will begin to slowly find new staples to replace the items currently in your beauty stash and cosmetics closet.

Once you have found all of these replacements you will be finished with your journey.  WRONG!  This is where evaluation(and reevaluation) comes into play.  Your skin, body, life, etc., will continue to change which means that some of your staples may no longer address your needs.  For example, until the age of 30 I had completely normal skin, no issues with acne or any other real concerns.  Now that I’m in my mid-30’s I have combination skin and occasionally hormonal acne and fine lines.  Similarly, your body chemistry may change.  A deodorant that works wonders today may not do the job in five years.  So, continue to evaluate your concerns and the effectiveness of even safe cosmetics/skin care items that you have on hand. Then, make changes as the need arises.

Last, but not least, we have to think look beyond ourselves and serve as an inspiration others.  I love learning but what I love more than learning is sharing with others.  I am a teacher by nature.  Every career path or volunteer opportunity that I have taken has involved counseling, advocating or instructing others on one topic or another.  I bring that same passion and desire to help others into this blog.  My heart’s desire for everything I write is that my family and yours become more whole and well.  So, as I learn and grow in my healthy skin care/cosmetics journey I want to share it with all of you, those in both my physical and virtual circle of influence.

I challenge all of you to share your journey with others as well.   Help your families and friends make safer choices by leading by example.  I’m not saying preach to them or stand in judgment of their skin care/cosmetics decisions.  If you model healthy behavior your actions will speak for themselves.  Then, when prompted be enthusiastic about sharing that nontoxic lipstick color or yummy-smelling organic body butter brand.  In my experience, people will ask questions about your choices and open the door for you to inspire them to think about their skin from a whole new perceptive.

There you have it friends, Day 7.  Thanks to all of you that have liked, commented or shared information from this series. If you enjoyed this series there is much more to come.  Until then, stay safe and be well!

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Tea of the Month: June 2014

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I hope that you all have enjoyed your July 4th weekend!  I had the pleasure of attending my parent’s annual 4th of July barbecue yesterday.  There was a lot of family, food and laughs.  If you love or are curious about N.C. barbecue (pulled pork) with all the “fixens” you missed out on some good times.

This morning, I realized that it was already July 6th and I hadn’t discussed my favorite tea from June.  A few months ago I began looking for an Irish Breakfast tea that I had a long time ago.  I didn’t even remember where I had it, I just knew that I would know it when I saw it.  So, on a trip to World Market (for a completely unrelated reason), I browsed the food section and found my tea,  Barry’s Irish Breakfast.  Yes!  I have literally had this tea almost every morning for over a month.  I gave a little away but most of the emptiness in the box is of my making.

Why was I looking for this tea?  Well, from what I remembered it was the perfect breakfast tea.  It has a bold, full-flavored and smooth.  It also irishbgives quite a quick and may be good for you if you are trying to switch from coffee to tea or just need a mid-afternoon boost. It is a perfect complement to my morning banana and oatmeal.  I drink it with honey and organic cream and I have absolutely no complaints.

 

If you have tried this tea or have a favorite for breakfast please share below in the comments!

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Highlights From Our Foodie Weekend

So, this post is all about our foodie weekend.  We decided to “have a ball” and eat whatever we wanted. We absolutely love good food, especially food made with fresh ingredients.  We have no regrets and wanted to show the highlights…enjoy!

From Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro:

 

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Mussels and Frites (white wine, butter, tomato)

 

From the Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar:

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House-Made Lamb Sausage Pizza with roasted peppers, goat cheese & roasted eggplant

 

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Roasted Turkey with herbed ricotta, roasted peppers, spinach & garlic aoli

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Peach & blackberry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream

From Bricktop’s:

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Deviled Eggs and Sugar Bacon (topped with a little habanero hot sauce)

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Baby Back Ribs

 

From Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen:

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Grilled Salmon with Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Collard Greens

 

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Grilled Chicken with Macaroni & Cheese and Collard Greens

Yummy, huh?

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Summer Reading Bucket List – Top Picks!

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Do you all have a summer reading bucket list?  I actually keep a reading bucket list cataloged on Goodreads but in the summer months I wish I had the time to tackle it. I have fond memories of visiting the library with my mom when I was a kid.  I would browse the kid’s room and leave with a load of books.  These trips were especially important to me in the summers.  I would go through book after book and get lost in the pages.

I’m a long way from that time and for the most part my summers now are filled with the same career obligations as the rest of my year.  Still, my inner-child dreams about summer vacation, loads of books, and a seemingly endless amount of time.  Below you will see the top picks on my summer reading bucket list.  I’m challenging myself to read as many as possible (hopefully, all of them).

 

1.The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller:  Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.  Achilles, ‘best of all the Greeks’, is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess — and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.

2.The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter: In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the upper crust African American society of the Eastern seaboard—families who summer at Martha’s Vineyard—and the inner circle of an Ivy League law school.

3.Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:  Americanah is a  story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world.

4.The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender: A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

5.The House Girl: A Novel (P.S.) by Tara Conklin:  Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

 

What books are on your summer reading bucket list?

 

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Natural Product Sale at Abe’s Market – 20% Off Coupon Code!

I’ve talked about going organic and natural products at lot on this blog but I haven’t shared too much about where I actually shop. One of my favorite online vendors is Abe’s Market and they are having an amazing sale. If you are new to Abe’s they are an online marketplace for great natural products.  They have a large variety of products to choose from and if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I get a lot of my skin care items, teas, spices and baking mixes from them.

Enjoy free shipping through June 3oth. For one day only, through June 25th, you can benefit from FREE SHIPPING and 20% OFF! of your order!  All you have to do is use the coupon code: HOORAY and the saving are yours.   This is a great opportunity for you to try some new products and/or  stock up on some faves.  We will be taking advantage of this opportunity.  You can view some of our recent purchases below.

Happy Shopping!

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