November 18, 2018

L'uvalla's 100% Natural & Holistic Skin Care – "Sustainable from Seed to Shelf"


Hi Friends!

I'm excited to introduce to you a skin care brand that is holistic from the ground up – L'uvalla!

Pronounced loo–VA– la, a name that includes the phrase "love luv all," L'uvalla takes seriously their contribution and role of responsible entrepreneurship on a global scale –

INGREDIENTS WITH INTEGRITY – products formulated with 100% natural, pure, and wholesome ingredients & their transparency and integrity in labeling

ECONOMY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – conscious of the impact of the brand's economic choices by practicing fair trade in developing countries and providing fair wages for their workers

ENVIRONMENTALISM – making decisions that protect and benefit mother nature and her creatures, great and small – through organic farming, using recyclable materials, being vegan and cruelty free, and toxin–free.

CERTIFIED NATURAL/ORGANIC – certified by CosmeBIO, 99% of the plant ingredients of L'uvalla's products are derived from organic agriculture, and 12–13% of the total product organic "with water and mineral or mineral-based ingredients considered as non-organic because they are not derived from a life form"[CosmoBIO].

Not only is L'uvalla making changes for the better, globally, they offer a skin care routine that encourages holistic health and well–being for the individual. I've had the pleasure of trying out two products from their collection – the Balancing Day/Night Cream & the Milk Cleanser. Let's take a look!

"...we are dedicated to ensuring that every step of the process has a big impact on the improvement of social and economic status and a minimal impact on our environment. Small decisions we make, such as using soy-based ink, water-soluble corn-based peanuts, recycled paper and printing only when necessary, may seem insignificant, but it is the sum of the whole that truly matters. When we all do our part, the good of the collective is magnified. This is the only planet we have and it’s up to us to lead by example, make responsible choices and pass along the values to the next generation."  L'uvalla


BALANCING DAY/NIGHT CREAM 



The Balancing Day/Night Cream is a lightweight face lotion intended to be suitable for all skin types – normal, combination, and oily. It's a simple and fuss-free way to moisturize the face. Once rubbed in, this emulsion leaves my face feeling moist and moisturized, yet still a bit matte – a perfect primer for sunscreen and makeup in the morning and to apply before facial oil in the evenings.

Several other brands I've tried either are clean [non–toxic] but not green [100% natural], or the all–natural emulsions seem a bit too thick for daily/everyday use. This one – thinking of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – is "just right" – rich enough to nourish but lightweight and absorbs quickly for everyday use.

ACNE – I have pretty hardy and happy skin. And I don't usually deal with many breakouts. But in the rare occasion that I do have a pesky pimple or two, I immediately switch over to using L'uvalla's Balancing Cream. Why? Because I'm finding that I can rely on this lotion to help re–balance my skin quickly – providing the right amount of oils to nourish my naturally dry skin, without overbearing it with too much heaviness or oiliness – and to naturally heal and disinfect those breakout abrasions with the antiseptic ingredients in its formula.

ANTI–AGING – Also, if you are around my age or older and are looking for products that will help prevent or reduce signs of aging, the carrier oils in this emulsion [hazel seed oil, palm oil, and argan oil] are packed with fatty acids and vitamin E, and are excellent at retaining moisture on your skin – important components in effective anti–aging treatments.


AROMATHERAPY – The natural fragrance and its therapeutic effects alone will set this cream apart from many face lotions you'll find in the marketplace. It smells herbal–y and woodsy, with notes of something citrus–y, and thyme, rosemary and lavender. Using this cream as a means of aromatherapy – "the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants" [Mayo Clinic] – might even be beneficial for physical and mental health. Personally, for me, the distinctive woodsy aroma of the Balancing Cream helps me feel mentally grounded yet a slightly camphorous element revives me physically and makes me feel refreshed and awakened – like a morning walk though a forest of pine trees. [Here's a quick and informative article on aromatherapy if you're interested]


Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (plant fatty natural) Lavender Flower Water*, Hazel Seed Oil*, Palm Kernel Oil*, Argan Kernel Oil*, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Thyme Flower/Leaf Oil*, Lotus Flower Extract, Lavender Herb Oil*, Lavender Oil*, Lemon Peel Oil*, Rosemary Leaf Oil*, Sweet Marjoram Flower Oil*, Clove Bud Oil*, Cypress Oil*, Bitter Orange Leaf/Twig Oil*, Cinnamon Bark Oil*, Olibanum Resin Extract, Palmarosa Oil*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.

MILK CLEANSER


DO MILK CLEANSERS ACTUALLY WORK? – In the very beginning of my journey to clean beauty I had two consecutive bad experiences with milk cleansers. Instead of leaving my face clean and prepped for moisturizing, those two [ahem] left my face feeling oilier than I had started with. In the end, I had to wash the milk cleanser off with a foaming one and was convinced that milk cleaners would never be a good fit for me.

Until … I met L’uvalla’s Milk Cleanser!

GENTLE & EFFECTIVE – This cleanser completely removes makeup and impurities gently and effectively in one shot without leaving an oily residue – leaving my face clean, soft, prepped after each wash. No need for harsh make–up remover wipes, synthetic cold creams, or even all–natural cleansing oils – this product is a hassle free, one–stop–shop for all of your cleansing needs.


MY ADVICE TO YOU – If I could leave you with a tip on how to get the most out of this cleanser, I'd say, this one requires a little bit of massaging. The circular rubbing action of this creamy, lotion–like cleanser on a dry face will help dislodge dirt and makeup from your pores while the further massaging while rinsing it off with water will also help wash the cleanser off completely.

If you'd like to learn how to use a milk cleanser and how a milk cleanser compares to a cleansing oil as a part of the double cleansing method, check out my Idiot's Guide to Cleansers – HERE!

LET'S TALK INGREDIENTS – When a product works this well, and especially if it's all–natural, the first thought that usually comes to my mind is – "what is in this thing?!" Well, it turns out that not only does this product work to remove the bad stuff [like dirt and excess sebum] from your skin , it also infuses and benefits your skin with nourishing ingredients – all at the same time! It's got a couple oils [sunflower, coconut, palm kernel] to help dislodge the impurities, some plant based emulsifiers and thickening agents [Cetearyl Alcohol Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum] for texture, and finally a blend of powerful botanical extracts and oils [lotus flower extract, orange peel oil, lavandin oil, ginseng root extract, etc].

Ingredients: Water, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (plant fatty natural), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil & Palm Kernel Oil), Hazel Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Lotus Flower Extract, Orange Peel Oil, Lavandin Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Matricaria Flower Extract, Meadowsweet Flower Extract, Passionflower Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract.


FINAL THOUGHTS

As we close, I'll briefly mention the cost for both these products. The Balancing Cream retails for $49 for a 1.4 oz. tube and the Milk Cleanser for $28 for a 3.4 oz. tube. I'm guessing your reaction might be something like "ouch," thinking of the dent this purchase will leave in your wallet. But take it from me, if you're looking for an entirely natural face cream or cleanser that actually works, these are at a reasonable price point in the current marketplace, and they might just be my favorite all–natural moisturizer and milk cleansers that I've yet had a chance to try.

So, if you are a Keep–It–Simple kind of person and only use a cleanser and moisturizer as your skin care regimen, this all–natural duo might be worth looking into.


Happy Thanksgiving and have a BEAUTY-FULL Day!


xoxo
Grace

*The Balancing Cream and Milk Cleanser were gifted by L'uvalla for an honest review.





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