Saison Beauty Review: what season is your skin in?

Greetings beauties!

We all experience different “seasons” in our lives, right? Well, so does our skin! Is your skin oily? Than you’re in Summer. As for me, I have the driest skin, so I’m in between autumn and winter. Here are my thoughts on a beautiful seasonal skincare brand, aptly named Saison Beauty. Saison is French for “season”. Find out about your season!

The Concept of  Saison Beauty

Saison Beauty’s foundation is inspired by the changing seasons of the year. The products are designed to nourish and restore skin throughout the seasons.  Founder Julie Kim’s approaches to skincare is akin to the one we have with food. The products are beautifully handcrafted in small batches with the purest, freshest ingredients and plants produced during that time of the year for each season. So the fruit, plants, or nuts you would normally eat in any given season, are the ones you’ll find in the products for that particular season. Also, like food, the products are perishable (because they are natural, therefore free from preservatives), so they have to be used within a reasonable timeline.

Season Versus Skin Type

Saison Beauty’s recommendation is to choose based on the season of the moment.  Julie states that the notion of “skin type” is very fluid because it changes in the course of the year.  I’m inclined to agree with that; I usually have dry skin, but it changes from time to time.  In the summer, I have normal or combination skin (normal skin with an oilier T-zone).

Some of you may consistently maintain the same skin type during the year or your skin may not be affected by the weather.  If that is your case, Saison Beauty has a designated season for your skin type.

Therefore, if you have;

  • Normal skin, use the Spring range;
  • Oily skin, use the Summer range;
  • Dry skin, use the  Autumn range;
  • Mature skin, use the Winter range.

Every range has 3 products to be used daily; the Cleansing Oil, the Botanical Lotion Spray and the Moisturizer, and 1 product to be used weekly; the Cleansing Grains.

The 3-step regimen skincare: Autumn/Dry skin

Although the fall season is over, if you have dry skin, the Autumn range is ideal for you.  I tested the line weeks into fall, just as my skin was starting to get dryer and itchy. Let me say, the products are great individually, but as a whole, the results are much more significant when you use the 4 products all together.

Autumn Range: suited for Dry Skin types

Autumn Range: suited for Dry Skin types

The Autumn range offers nourishing and replenishing products filled with antioxidant rich ingredients such as organic grape, pumpkin, rosemary, rice, safflower and sweet almond.

Autumn Cleansing Oil

Cleansing Oil Saison Beauty Pic Monkey

Keeps your skin soft and hydrated

If you haven’t tried a cleansing oil thus far, this would be a great way to start. Cleansing oils are beneficial to all skin types.  The Autumn Cleansing Oil* , a non-foaming cleanser, gently removes dirt, grime and even makeup. It doesn’t strip your natural oils and leaves your skin moisturized and fresh. I really love it, it’s in my travel bag and it has become a go-to, especially in my night routine.  I make sure I massage it on my skin to let all the goodness and moisture sink in. Then I wipe with a lukewarm cloth.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Organic Safflower) Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Organic Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Organic Grapeseed) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil,  Fragrance (made from pure essential oils)

Price: 47$ USD

Autumn Cleansing Grains

I use the Autumn Cleansing Grains* once or twice a week, depending on how my skin feels.

Gently exfoliates with fruit acids and enzymes.

Fruit enzymes and acids gently exfoliate. Comes with a plastic spoon.

The simplest way is to use with water, but I prefer aloe vera or rose water.  It makes a great foundation for a gentle exfoliation mask in which you can use the ingredient of your choice (i.e. greek yogurt, raw honey, avocado, banana, etc). These cleansing grains leave skin soft and rejuvenated. As you know, exfoliation helps all other skincare products perform better.  The grains are enhanced with organic rice and milk, natural clay, and honey powders.  Also, the fruit enzymes will naturally exfoliate dry and damaged skin, so that clear, healthy skin will show. That’s right, glow on, ladies…and gents!

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Kaolin Clay, Honey, Ananas Cornosus (Organic Pineapple), Organic Milk Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Organic Grape), Oryza Sativa (Organic Rice), Fragrance (made from pure essential oils) .

Price: 36$ USD

 

Autumn Botanical Lotion Spray

This toner is addicting! The Autumn Botanical Lotion Spray* does a great job as pre-moisturizer step.

Great hydration and smells so fresh!

Great toner with a lovely scent.

It is made with Aloe vera water and floral waters, so it’s very soothing for the skin, refreshing and very hydrating.  It brings my skin back to life while it calms the itchiness. I layer it with the Autumn moisturizer before and after. The scent is invigorating and clean, which I love. I always make sure I breathe in when I spray it on, it’s like standing in a field of lavender. The fragrance comes solely from pure essentials oils (herbal notes and lavender). This product is a great way to freshen up your skin during the day. I must say: it’s one of the few toners I can use after my makeup application, thanks to the fine, light mist evenly distributed by the mister. It is perfection! Some misters will splash all over your face, and I hate to ruin a perfect cat-eye! Kudos for the practical packaging!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Water, Matricaria Recutita (Organic Chamomile) Water, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Water, Organic Vegetable Glycerine, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Fragrance (made from pure essential oils)

Price: 39$ USD

 

Autumn Moisturizer

Use the Botanical Lotion Spray with the Moisturizer for better results.

Use the Botanical Lotion Spray with the Moisturizer for best results.

When the colder seasons set in, my main concerns for my skin are moisture and nourishment.  Saison Beauty tackles both issues with this moisturizer. The wonder oils included in this gem are so beneficial for the skin.  Pumpkin oil is an amazing moisturizer; the essential fatty acids provide moisture without greasiness and regulate skin oils, which makes it great for dry and oily skins (especially if you’re acne prone). Another star included in this product is the Rice oil.  Also a great moisturizer and hydrating agent, it is potent in antioxidants which protect skin against free-radical damaging UV rays.  There’s also Rosehip oil and Wheat germ oil, not to mention the best of floral and plant waters. The consistency of this cream is ideal for those who want moisture without the heaviness.

Make sure you use the Botanical Lotion Spray before you apply this moisturizer, you’ll  get optimal results.  Because my skin is so so dry, this moisturizer alone is not enough at night or during the colder days of winter.  I find myself going back and forth between this one and the Winter Moisturizer* (suited for Mature skin, it keeps my skin highly protected, nourished and moisturized). I am currently testing the Winter range, so stay tuned!

 

Ingredients:  Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Water, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Water, Matricaria Recutita (Organic Chamomile) Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Water, (Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Water, Organic Vegetable Glycerine, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Emulsifying Wax (Vegetable), Stearic Acid (Vegetable), Prunus Dulcis (Organic Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Cucurbita Pepo L (Organic Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Organic Rice Bran) Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Organic Rosehip) Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Fragrance (made from pure essential oils), Potassium Sorbate  

Price: 54$ USD

Final thought…

I believe Saison Beauty focuses on the most important thing: nourishing ingredients.  Let’s not forget that skin is a living organ, so it needs to be fed in order to be healthy. I love that the products are packaged in pumps, so you get ALL of the goodness to the last drop, no waste! I also love their streamlined regimen.  It’s simple, practical and yields true results.  I promise, your skin will love it!

So, what season is your skin in lately? Would you pick based upon your skin type or upon the season of the year? Let me know what you think !

Note: all products are sold at http://www.saisonbeauty.com/

Warmly,

Alex xo

*Gifted sample

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Treat yourself to a bath ritual !

Greetings beauties!

I’m back! So happy to be back blogging and to be out and about doing what I love, sharing my passion of green beauty. I have so much to talk about in the coming weeks (e.g. overdue reviews), but I respectfully ask for your patience. Please, bear with me. Thank you!

Now, let’s get started!

Because I’m still in convalescence and in need of much TLC, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to delve into bath rituals. With all the superb bath concoctions the green beauty industry has to offer, my bath time has now become a ritual.  I’m usually drawn to showers, simply due to the fact that they are less time-consuming. Nevertheless, the benefits of baths rituals go far beyond hygiene; taking a bath is a simple way to unwind, to detox our skin and to restore it.  I’ve been incorporating them as part as my sleep routine, and they have improved my sleep. Here’s a look at 2 bath rituals I indulge in…

 

Detoxify and Restore…

Brand: Malaya Organics

Product: Organic Decadent Bath Salts in Lavender and Vanilla Absolute

Fun fact: In Sanskrit, Malaya means a “garland of flowers”. How beautiful!

Armed with an impressive background on herbalism, natural perfumery, product formulation, aromatherapy and research, natural beauty and founder of Malaya Organics, Katya Slepak created a facial and body line of products with the purest ingredients to nourish and to restore the skin.

Salts open pic monkey

I really can’t get enough of  Organic Bath Salts in Lavender and Vanilla Absolute*. WARNING: it’s addictive! For me, everything has now become an excuse to take a bath using Malaya Organics‘ Bath Salts.  Truth be told, I was originally afraid of bath salts because I thought they would dry out my crocodile skin.  Not the case with these natural goodies!! Bath salts are usually beneficial to detox and aid in the remineralization of the body.  This was the first time I’d use bath salts… (I know, I know…I’ve been missing out!). As I pour the salts into the running water, I’m captivated by the blend of floral and sweet notes of lavender and vanilla. Party for my senses!! Within minutes soaking, I’m relaxed and I can feel my body releasing tension and giving into comfort and ease.  All of a sudden, time stops and nothing else matters.

After the bath…

Citrus and Bloom 2

This bath ritual is not complete without the delectable Citrus & Bloom Organic Moisturizing Body Oil* .  I’m dreading the day where I’ll be out of this oil! I use it after a bath or shower, but also in lieu of perfume: it moisturizes my skin and leaves a fresh fragrance. The scent of this body oil is subtle but still very alluring; the sweet citrus notes enliven my spirits as notes of Jasmine and of Neroli bring a soft feminine floral touch.  My skin is left moisturized, revitalized and soft.  I’m feeling peaceful and centered, and I smell sooo good!  Aaahh! Ready to hit the sheets! 

Ingredients (Organic Decadent Bath Salts in Lavender and Vanilla Absolute):

Himalayan Pink Salt^°, Pacific Sea Salt^, Mediterranean Sea salt^, Epsom Salt, Coconut Oil*, Lavender Oil*, Vanilla Absolute*, Vitamin E Tocopherols (GMO Free).

*Certified Organic
^Sun Dried
°Hand Mined

Price: 38$/ 16oz | available at  http://malayaorganics.com/

Ingredients (Citrus & Bloom Organic Moisturizing Body Oil):

Jojoba Oil*, Sweet Almond Oil*, Sunflower Oil*, Safflower Oil*, Argan Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Rosehips Oil*, Herbal extracts – [Arnica Flower*, Plantain Leaf*, Calendula Flower*, Chamomile Flower*, Yarrow Leaf and Flower*, Lavender Flower*, Elder Flower*], Proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes *^ including – Bulgarian Rose Absolute*, Neroli Oil*, Jasmine Absolute*, Grapefruit Oil*, Vitamin E Tocopherols (GMO Free).

*Organic
^Wildcrafted

Price: 68$/4oz | available at http://malayaorganics.com/

Indulge in a milk bath…

Brand: BEING

Product: Release Milk Bath

I consider this product my special treat after a grueling hospital treatment.  When I get home, I’m so exhausted, I’m in pain, I’m anxious and a little down, but this is the perfect antidote! BEING is a minimalistic 100% natural, socially responsible brand whose creator, Cynthia Cortina, believes in “BEING”  in the moment by creating self-care rituals that give us a sense of purpose and depth in life.

Bath ritual: As part of my ritual, I do dry brushing before taking a bath to help shed impurities; then, I quickly rinse in a shower before heading in the bath.

When using Release Milk Bath*, I create my own sanctuary, a sacred moment that brings healing to my skin and peace to my BEING Release prise 2 2015-07-29, 3 35 38 PM
soul.  Once comfortable in the water, I take time to reflect on my day, I pray, or whatever else comes naturally to me, in that moment. It’s not about taking a bath for the sake of hygiene, it’s about taking time for yourself, a true self-care moment that comes from within and that will impact your life in a positive way…

Remember the television ad: “Milk, it does a body good!” Turns out, it wasn’t so far fetch, except, it had nothing to do with our bones! Historically, milk baths have been used by the most notorious queens, such as Cleopatra (who used fermented sour milk, yikes!) and Elizabeth I of England. Milk baths can improve skin’s appearance. The lactic acid in the milk removes dead skin cells and encourages skin cell renewal.  The cocoa butter and coconut milk in Release Milk Bath will soften and moisturize your skin. This aromatic bath product also helps me release any tension thanks to the Sandalwood essential oil.  I probably use more than I should, but I really can’t resist the “creaminess” of the water and how it glides on my skin. The subtle scent of coconut takes me back to my teenage years when my grandmother used to make us creamy coconut pudding. My favorite part is seeing the rosebuds here and there laying in the water. There’s a certain sensual and sexual appeal to a milk bath with rose petals caressing your skin! Roses have a way of making a woman feel like a woman! It works for me! After a couple of minutes drenched in this milky concoction, I’m feeling like myself again!

I could soak all night long… Alas, when I do manage to get out of the bath, I generously mist Hold On Floral Tonic*.  Technically, Hold on tonic prise 2it’s a face mist, but I mist all over, whenever!  The main ingredient is rose water, so it makes for a great companion to the Release Milk Bath.  I finish with a body oil or body butter.

Ingredients (Release Milk Bath): 

coconut milk, cocoa butter*, sodium bicarbonate, rose petals*, rose absolute and West Indian sandalwood essential oil

*certified organic

Price: 34$ USD or 44$ CAD

Ingredients (Hold on Floral Tonic):

rose water*, calendula extract*, aloe vera*, vegetable glycerin, essential oils of rose geranium and neroli*

*certified organic

Price: 30$ USD or approx. 39$ CAD

both products available at http://livebybeing.co

 

Final Thought…

Bath rituals are now treasured moments of self-care where time stops.  We live in such a fast-paced society; I don’t to wake up one day wondering where the heck has time gone by. YOLO, people, YOLO (e.g. You Only Live Once!)!!  Don’t wait for New Year’s to make that resolution, start today! We owe it to ourselves to pamper and nurture our skin, body and mind. Give yourself permission, go on…  Treat yourself!

Arabesque xo

*PR Sample