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Review: Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser

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There is no shame in my skincare game thanks to Odacité! I use a variety of the brand's coveted Serum Concentrates on a daily basis and my skin has never looked better! The newest addition to Odacité's lineup of innovative products is a Black Mint Cleanser and, not surprisingly, it's amazing!

When it comes to cleansers, I search for nourishing products that don’t leave my skin feeling stripped of its natural oils (check out my post about sebum). I also don't like to feel like there is any sort of residue left behind. I swear by the Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub from Acure Organics and the Black Clay Facial Soap from Osmia Organics, but the Black Mint Cleanser has slipped seamlessly into my routine and is now my morning go-to.

Review of Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser


This gel cleanser transforms into a purifying foam with the addition of water. I'm not usually a fan of gels, but of course, Odacité's formulation is just right. The Black Mint Cleanser is packed full of amazing ingredients that purify the skin, help prevent breakouts, and promote hydration. As I mentioned in my last post, activated charcoal is a magical thing! Not only will the charcoal in this cleanser help suck the buildup out of your pores, but the addition of Rhassoul clay will help soothe and nourish the skin. The peppermint oil in this product provides for an intense mintiness and astringency. Aiding in its pore shrinking power is tea tree oil. The cleanser is then balanced out with apple amino acid that lifts away dirt and oil without disrupting the skin’s balance. 

New Black Mint Cleanser from Odacité Skincare


Water [Aqua], Algal Betaine [Capric/Lauric/Myristic/Oleic Amidopropyl Betaine], Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl/ Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Xanthan Gum, Activated Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay [Moroccan Lava Clay], Tea Tree Leaf Oil [Melaleuca Altemifolia], Peppermint Oil [Mentha Piperita], Rosemary Leaf Extract [Rosmarinus Officinalis*], Sunflower Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus*], Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Tetra­sodium Glutamate Diacetate 

*Organic Origin 


First, I dampen my skin with a bit of warm water. I then give the bottle a good shake before dispensing 1-2 pumps of gel into my hand. I then massage the gel over my face in upward, circular motions to create some lather. I finish up with a thorough rinse and follow with one of Odacité's Serum Concentrates (I'm currently loving Grapeseed+Grapefruit) and some moisturizer.

Odacité's Black Mint Cleanser


This luxurious gel cleanser is a great addition to my skincare routine! The invigorating mint scent really wakes me up in the morning, but more importantly, this product leaves my skin with a fresh, beautiful glow. I also like the fact that it doesn't leave a residue behind, just silky, beautiful skin. While I would repurchase it in the future, this product is a little pricey ($39 for 3.38 oz / 100 ml). However, the quality of this cleanser is exceptional and its combination of nourishing ingredients provides for a deep cleanse that doesn't dry out the skin. It works wonderfully on my dehydrated skin, but it will leave people of all skin types with clear, smooth complexions!

Are you as addicted to Odacité as I am?

**The Odacité product featured in this post were sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**

Review: the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

**This post is an advertorial in collaboration with Kaia Naturals**

There are more and more natural deodorants flooding the market these days, but finding the right formulation isn't always easy. Just because a deodorant is packed with amazing ingredients doesn't mean that it's going to agree with you or that it will fulfill your needs and expectations. In particular, there is a great debate regarding the inclusion of baking soda in natural deodorants. Many people rave about the benefits of baking soda for odor control, while others find that it irritates the skin.

Review of takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

Since pit protection is personal, my favorite deodorants may not work for you. I previously recommended the Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose h o l i (R o s e) N4 Deodorant and it's still one of my go-tos. Another amazing option is the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals. I adore the juicy bamboo gentle facial cleansing cloths from Kaia Naturals, so it's no surprise that their deodorant has made its way into my daily routine. 

Also known as bamboo charcoal, takesumi is a form of activated charcoal used in traditional Japanese medicine to detox the body and control odor. How is charcoal activated and why is the activation process important? Well, activated charcoal is a form of carbon that has been processed at a very high temperature to increase its porosity. More pores equates to more surface area; in turn, more surface area means that there is more space for absorption and other chemical reactions to occur. Once activated, charcoal is basically like a magnet that magically draws out toxins and bacteria. It really is an incredibly versatile and potent ingredient with countless applications.

takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals

By drawing out odor-causing bacteria, the activated charcoal and fermented ingredients in the takesumi detox deodorant will eventually keep your body feeling and smelling fresh. Why did I say "eventually" you ask? With many natural deodorants, there is a detox process that has to occur, especially if you're making the switch from a mainstream antiperspirant for the first time. Antiperspirants typically contain aluminium salts and work by plugging sweat glands to prevent you from sweating. With natural deodorant, your underarms are free to breathe, so you may sweat more and experience some initial breakthrough odor. Check out the four stages of detox at Kaia Naturals's website for more information about what to expect. I've been using natural deodorant for a while now, so my body didn't go through a detox process when I tried the takesumi deodorant. However, when I first made the switch to a natural deodorant a few years ago, I recall emanating a funky essence for a while before acquiring the freshness that I was after. Exfoliating your underarms (dry brushing is great!) and using a little bit of apple cider vinegar can help expedite the detox process. Kaia Naturals also sells a deodorant booster bar that is meant to enhance the power of the takesumi deodorant. Also of note, while this charcoal-based deodorant looks gray, it goes on clear and doesn't leave any marks on clothing.

Lime mint takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals


If you're looking for a high quality, natural deodorant, the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals is definitely worth a try! It's vegan, cruelty-free, 99% natural, and baking soda free! Not to mention, it's available in three scents: cold-pressed rose, juicy bamboo (citrus blend), and lime mint. Personally, I tried the lime mint version and think it is a great unisex scent! It is heavy on the mint with just a hint of citrus, so I find the aroma very bright and refreshing. The full-sized deodorants contain 65 g / 2.29 oz of product and retails for $22 USD. Kaia Naturals also sells travel-sized versions of the takesumi deodorants which are not only convenient if you're on-the-go, but also if you're interested in testing out multiple scents. These smaller offerings contain 14 g / 0.49 oz of product and retail for $10 USD.

Have you tried the takesumi detox deodorant from Kaia Naturals?

**The Kaia Naturals product featured in this post were sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**

Review: Nourish Beauty Box

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April's Nourish Beauty Box is filled with spring-inspired beauty products that are packed with natural, organic, and wild-crafted goodness! As always, the line-up consists of four, full-sized products from small, super innovative brands! 

The April Box is still available and retails for $45 USD. Each product within the box can also be purchased individually from NBB's online shop. Not to mention, a month-to-month subscription goes for $34.95 USD, with even greater discounts if you prepay for a 3 or 6-month subscription. There's free worldwide shipping too! Score!

The April Box has totally won my heart! It features products from Alma Botanicals, Seraphine Botanicals, Peony Cosmetics, and Nourish Beauty's very own collection!

April's Nourish Beauty Box featuring Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil; Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream; Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette;  Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss

Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil ($35 USD)

Alma Botanicals prides themselves on being the skin solution for all modern minimalists. I'm always on the lookout for multi-tasking products that will help simplify my routine and this oil is a workhorse! It's lightweight, fast-absorbing, and leaves my skin looking radiant and renewed. This oil can also be applied all over the body, in your hair, and in the bath. Made with the finest cold-pressed or steam distilled oils, this moisturizing oil is sure to make your skin luxuriously smooth for the upcoming summer months.

Alma Botanicals Hydrating Oil

Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream ($36 USD)

This product is so intriguing! Designed to be used before your regular cleanser, this pumpkin-based pre-cleanse formula not only functions as an effective makeup remover, but also helps nourish lashes and hydrate the delicate eye area at the same time. It's also infused with pineapple extract and ginger root, yum! I should warn you, however, that the aroma is quite potent and may irritate you if you are sensitive to strong scents.

Peony Botanicals A New Beginning - Pumpkin Pre-Cleanse Cream

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette ($52 USD)

This palette is stunning!! The elegant, gold packaging is slim and compact. Combining both matte and shimmery hues, the formula of these shadows is infused with kaolin clay for long-lasting blendability, as well as Camellia and Chia seed oils to give you soft, smooth, pigmented payoff. Is there a more beautiful neutral palette? I don't think so! 

Seraphine Botanicals Chia + Camellia Eyeshadow Palette

Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss ($12.50 USD)

This water-based nail polish in the shade Follow your Bliss is a pale, pistachio hue that's perfect for spring! It's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, eco-friendly and formulated with natural ingredients.

Nourish Nails - Follow your Bliss

April's Nourish Beauty Box contained some amazing products from brands that I was super excited to test out. This box incorporated $135.50 USD worth of products, so there's no question that you get your money's worth by subscribing! The Nourish Beauty Box is such a great way to experiment with quality products that you can feel great about using.

For more information or to subscribe to the Nourish Beauty Box, check their website at

**The Nourish Beauty Box featured in this post was sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**

Makeup of the Day - Featuring Brija Cosmetics

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Here is a quick makeup look featuring these amazing products from my first Brija Cosmetics haul! 

From Left to Right: Produce Guy Eye Shadow; Glen Coco Blush/Bronzer; Carnelian Glitter; Chai Cupcake Bronzer; Jungle Madness Blush; Hoola Hoop Bronzer; and Foiled Hearts Organic Lipstick

I am so impressed with the quality and affordability of these goodies! I love supporting small brands that constantly strive to improve and innovate!

What's also nice about Brija is that you can choose from different sizes. If you are unsure about a certain color or if it's a super vibrant hue that you know you won't use very often, I highly recommend picking up a mini jar to test it out!

Hoola Hoop Bronzer

This bronzer is gorgeous! The temperature of its hue is balanced beautifully, so it will look natural on a variety of skin tones! I use a fluffy brush to blend this weightless powder onto my temples, around my hairline, and lightly across the bridge of my nose for a healthy glow!

Left to Right: Chai Cupcake Bronzer, Jungle Madness Blush, and Hoola Hoop Bronzer

Jungle Madness Blush

This blush is insanely pigmented and blends with such ease! It is a glamorous, cool-toned pink that really gives life to the face. I apply this blush to the apples of my cheeks using the same powder brush that I use for bronzer. Because it has a satin finish, it also gives the cheeks dimension and provides for a refreshed look.

Moonrock Highlight

This neutral highlight will be your go-to! It has just the right amount of gold and copper to reflect the light naturally without looking like a glittery mess! 


Eye Shadows

Produce Guy

This matte turquoise is everything! One swipe and this gorgeous pigment glides on smoothly without any streaks. Adding a little water makes it easy to use these shadows as vibrant liners too!

Chai Cupcake Bronzer

Thank goodness there are no rules with makeup because this bronzer is a beautiful transition shade. The hue is a bit deeper than, Hoola Hoop, so it doesn't suit my fair complexion as a bronzer, but it's a great warm-toned neutral color that makes my blue eyes pop!

Carnelian Glitter

I love wearing copper shadows and this glitter is so saturated and fierce! It also stays in place surprisingly well! I used a damp shadow brush without any sort of adhesive and the fallout was super manageable.

Foiled Hearts Organic Lipstick

This luxuriously silky lipstick has the most stunning, cool-toned mauve hue! There are also silver and blue reflects that add a bit of dimension and interest to the lips. The formulation is unique and quite hydrating, but I find that the wear time is average. It can also look patchy if you don't blend it well, so I like to apply it straight from the tube and then pat it in with my finger before I run out the door!

I also received the Glen Coco Blush/Bronzer. It's a little too warm-toned for my face, but it blends effortlessly and I think that it will become a staple eye shadow for me this summer!

What are you favorites from Brija?

**The Brija products featured in this post were sent to me for review. As always, however, I have presented my 100% honest opinion. I cannot, nor will I ever, accept compensation in exchange for a positive review.**