This brand has been mentioned by many readers of NMDL, and I finally gave it a try.
I love the simple and elegant packaging. Of course violet glass always makes me happy. The packaging and scents are gender neutral, which I think is very cool.
Yuli is on the pricey side, but they do sell samples of many of their products so you can be sure what you want. Two of the three products I tried I repurchased. Not bad for the first try of a brand.
Metamorphic Elixir: I usually prefer a plain hydrosol, but this complex blend of hydrosols and actives really does a great job of moisturizing, and I feel like it helps with blemishes too (maybe that’s the colloidal silver). The scent is a bit hard to describe. I think the helichrysum stands out the most, with detectable frankincense and myrrh. This is quite perfect to pair with May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon, for a richly indulgent and pleasantly scented moisturizing experience. (trial size $15, $48/50 ml, $80/100 ml)
Halcyon Cleanser: At first, I was unimpressed with the performance of this cleanser. It didn’t come close to removing my sunscreen, mineral makeup, or mascara. But it does smell addictively delicious, and I dropped a lot of money on it, so I kept on until I loved it. This has turned into an occasional use product for me. I want to keep it around, but I don’t need it every day. I use it in the morning when I’m running short on time and can’t do my full honey (or Honey Mud) cleanse. It’s also a great second step, after an oil cleanse, if you are into a two-step cleanse. ($52/100 ml)
Cell Perfecto PM: The ingredient list for this impressed me, but ultimately I was using it for brightening, and I think my DIY performs better in that area. It’s grainy, like my DIY, and has some of the same ingredients. I believe that given enough time, it would help in the brightening department. So if you need brightening and aren’t up for DIY, I think this would be good to try. ($98/30 ml)
Are you ready to try this brand? Yuli lovers out there, what’s your favorite product?
There’s a new brand out there, creating products that work in the deep cold of winter, and yet are light enough to keep me happy and moisturized through spring.
Ellovi Butter: I first heard of this from a post by the lovely Lilly at genuineglow.com. I was immediately attracted to the idea of this butter. A simple formula*, no scent, buttery texture…sounds perfect. I have learned to enjoy EOs, but I still crave a brilliant, unscented product. This immediately melts into the skin and is exquisitely moisturizing. In extra cold weather, it makes a wonderful top layer, especially at night. It’s the perfect thing to protect your skin during cold weather outdoor adventures. Only a tiny bit is needed, and it works well for face and body. It smells sweet like dairy butter to me, which honestly freaked me out at first, but it grew on me. It’s quite reasonably priced, too, in a sleek, elegant package. ($26/3.5 oz)
Ellovi Lip Butter: Another simple formula** with no added scent, this definitely makes my list of favorite lip balms. The moisture it offers is fantastic, but it’s not overly shiny. It doesn’t have the staying power of some thicker balms, so I do reapply fairly often. The really great thing about the texture is that if I get dry while I’m out during the day, I can use it as a face balm too. ($5/tube)
I can’t wait to see what else this brand comes up with! Have you tried them?
* macadamia, coconut, hemp, and marula oils, plus shea butter and non-GMO cornstarch
** coconut, sunflower, hemp, macadamia, marula, shea
For the winter, I’ve made the switch from my holy grail cleanser to oil cleansing. By far, my favorite oil for that purpose is coconut. I know some of you don’t use coconut oil on your face due to breakouts, but my face loves the stuff. There’s an immediate “Ahhhhhhhh” when I put it on. And it does a smashing job of cleansing.
This year, I decided to add some healing EOs to my coconut oil cleanse experience. I discovered a new product from an old favorite brand, plus had a major DIY success.
Evan Healy Coconut Cream Cleanser: This is a very high quality oil, super smooth and with a cream-like texture. With the sweet orange, vetiver, and neroli essential oils, the scent is just dreamy. I have to admit I find it a little pricey for what it is (more than $30 for just under 2 oz). I know Evan Healy uses the highest quality ingredients, but it’s a pretty simple mix. I’ll probably buy it again at some point, but it definitely inspired me to try a DIY.
DIY Coconut Cream Cleanser: For this, I used my favorite coconut oil that I get from Whole Foods, International Harvest’s Lanka Sun Organic Coconut Oil. This stuff is super creamy. I melted it down in pyrex measuring cup in a pan of heated water on the stove, very slowly heating and stirring with a bamboo spatula. Once the oil was thoroughly melted (but not overheated), I stirred in Hope Gillerman’s Neroli Oil (about 1/3 bottle to nearly 3 oz coconut oil). So I guess since I’m using Hope’s blend, this is only semi-DIY. I love the HG Neroli, but I hadn’t used it in a while, and was thrilled to find a new way to incorporate it into my routine. I poured the mix into some glass jars and set them in the freezer until they solidified. This step is really important – if it cools too slowly it can get grainy. It will still perform, but I just prefer the luxurious feel of a super smooth product. And it smells like heaven. You can do this with any EOs you like, or even add some different carrier oils (that will change the texture, so be willing to experiment). Even if you prefer plain coconut oil, I still recommend doing the melting and freezing if you want a creamy texture.
Are you a coconut oil fan? Would you rather buy a product like this, or DIY?
I caught the flu this year, which really surprised me. I haven’t been sick like that in years, plus I had the shot back in the fall. I mean, I know people can get the flu in spite of a shot, but I was in complete denial, thinking I’d kick it in no time, as I have typically conquered illnesses in my recent, health conscious years. But I think several straight days in a cold dry hockey rink put me over the edge, and I succumbed. I used several of my favorite remedies, which nourished and comforted me, while soothing my sore throat to tolerable levels. The cough on the other hand, possibly the worst I’ve ever had, took me days to subdue. But I found the magic treatment for that, too.
1. Ginger Gargle: It is worth making ginger juice on a regular basis, as it usually kills any throat problems before they really get going, if I can get to it quickly enough. And it soothes a sore throat longer than any other remedy or medicine I’ve ever tried. Plus it’s great in smoothies, soups, dips and so on. You can put ginger through a juicer if you have one, but I hate to clean my juicer so I just chop up fresh ginger, put it in my high powered blender and cover with an inch or so of filtered water. I blend thoroughly, and squeeze the mix through a nut milk bag to remove the big fibers (you can use a standard strainer, it will just take a little longer). I make a big batch and refrigerate it for several days in a glass container. Just gargle with the ginger juice, even better if you mix it with some hot water, and swallow it if you want.
2. Super Cozy Ginger Lemon Soother: I ripped this off from Cafe Gratitude in Berkeley, guessing at the recipe. Choose a mug and fill it about one third full with equal amounts of ginger juice and fresh squeezed lemon. Add as much honey as you like, as much cayenne as you can handle, and fill the rest of your mug with hot water. I drink this even when I feel perfectly fine. It’s delicious, and pretty with a slice or two of fresh lemon.
3. Honey Cayenne Spoon: No time for the soother? Scoop up a spoon of honey (I prefer buckwheat or manuka) and sprinkle with as much cayenne as you can take. Lick the spoon, and try to get it right to the back of your tongue so it can sit in your throat and not just burn the rest of your mouth.
4. Turmeric: This is a great anti-inflammatory, and really helped my swollen glands calm down. Of course you can eat it in the usual ways, but I also took a few capsules each day when I felt I needed it.
5. Acupressure For Coughs: The other remedies made me feel better in many ways, but nothing could stop me coughing all night. And one needs sleep to heal. I remembered my old friend acupressure, and used the points I found here. I gently massaged the points, then held for a few moments, then released slowly. Maybe it was just the progression of my illness, but the first night I did this was the first night I slept reasonably well.
I hope you are all staying healthy and don’t need any of this. What are your favorite cold and flu remedies?
Oh, how I love face oils. I use them year round, switching between my favorites based on the texture I need or a scent I crave. I’ve recently added two to my favorites list, each from a brand I adore.
Osmia Organics Facial Restoration Serum: Okay, it says it’s a serum, but it performs like an oil for me. I have to admit, I was a little reluctant to try this one, for two reasons. It’s got quite a mix of EOs, and I was afraid it would be too powerful for my skin, and my nose. Also, as I now must admit, I’m an oil snob. The first ingredient is safflower oil? Well, that doesn’t sound very fancy. May the goddess of green skincare forgive me. Now that I’m most of the way through what will be my first of many bottles, I could not be more impressed with the rich texture, wonderful scent, and spectacular performance. I bow to Sarah Villafranco, the creator of the brand, and if we should ever meet, I wouldn’t blame her a bit if she gave me a smack for my insolence. I’ve tried using the serum both night and morning, and I think morning is my favorite. It is so amazingly soothing, and really calms skin that’s been treated roughly by other products, weather, whatever. The website says it is the perfect product to use after procedures like peels or laser treatments. I’m a believer. The scents that stand out most to me are helichrysum and the spicy-ish carrot seed oil. ($60/.5 oz)
Stark Neroli Midnight Oil: I’m always going to get excited for a hot-off-the-presses Stark product. This oil is definitely worthy of that excitement. I am a big fan of neroli, and in my DIY adventures have learned to appreciate how difficult it is to get neroli products to come out right. This one hits it spot on. Just the right amount of sweet, combined with the spiciness of black cumin seed oil, results in an oil that I’m not only happy to put on my face, but I would wear it as perfume. It’s also got some of my other favorite ingredients, like camellia oil and mango butter. As the name implies, it’s meant as a night oil, and that’s the way I prefer to use it. If you are a dry type, you could use it during the day too. Love, love, love. ($68/1 oz)
Have you tried these? What other oils are rocking your world right now?