Arbonne: RE9 Advanced Review

The Skinny:

RE9 Advanced is Arbonne’s number one anti-aging skin care line.   The Company boasts that its star ingredient vitamin C combined with sustainable orange stem cells will minimize the look of wrinkles and enhance elasticity, firmness, and texture.

The Products and Routine:

The RE9 collection consists of six products and has a five step regimen each morning and evening.

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Morning:

  1. RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser – apply a chick pea sized amount to wet skin.  Gently massage into your face to create suds, then rinse.  The cleanser is meant to cleanse (obviously), smooth, and renew skin and includes a plant-derived moisturizer.  It will also remove mild to heavy makeup, which is a plus.  Key ingredients: mondo grass root extract, red clover extract, and watercress extract.
  2. RE9 Regenerating Toner – spritz two to three pumps on a cotton pad and wipe over entire face or spritz directly onto face and spread using your fingertips.  The toner improves skin tone and firmness, minimizing the appearance of pore size.  Key ingredients: Mexican giant hyssop extract, vitamin B3, witch hazel.
  3. RE9 Intensive Renewal Serum – apply one pump to your fingertips and gently massage your face and neck in circular motions.  The serum firms and lifts skin, while diminishing fine lines.  Key ingredients: vitamin B3, beech tree extract, and marine lavender extract.
  4. RE9 Corrective Eye Cream – apply a pin-sized amount per eye, dotting around the eye area.  This cream reduces puffiness and dark circles.  Key ingredients: caffeine, vitamin B3, and olive squalane.
  5. RE9 Restorative Cream – apply one to two pumps and gently massage face and neck in circular motions until absorbed.  This is meant to restore the skin’s youthful appearance.  Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, and mondo grass root extract.

Evening:  Repeat steps one through four and replace step five with the RE9 Night Repair Cream by applying a dime-sized amount and gently massaging face and neck until absorbed.  The night repair supports collagen growth and a youthful appearance.  Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, and beech tree bud extract.

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  • Hello!  It’s VEGAN!!  There are no animal products or by-products
  • Again…Hello!  It’s CRUELTY FREE!!  No testing on animals over here.
  • Made from natural ingredients that are safe, non-toxic, and eco friendly.  The Company is very transparent about the ingredient list and have an extensive list on their site as to what each ingredient contains.

Cons:

  • Arbonne products cannot be found in stores, you must order through a consultant.  For some this is not a problem, but I do prefer to just drop in a store when I need to since, when it comes to taking care of myself, by brain thinks a day behind.
  • There are a lot of steps in this collection.  Most people probably don’t mind, but I am a simple kind of gal, normally washing my face, putting on sunscreen, then heading out the door.  Committing to the routine would definitely be an adjustment for me.
  • The products are a bit pricey.  I believe all the products in the RE9 collection are all meant to work together, rather than independently, so if you want real results, you really have to invest.   That being said, you get what you pay for.  Many people have found real, long lasting results from the collection.  The set as a whole costs $364, although you do get discounted pricing if you sign up as a Preferred Client.

Overall Conclusion:

While I cannot comment on the long lasting effects of using the collection, as I received a sample size meant for a short trial, I did enjoy the products.  There were no overwhelming perfumy scents…really no scent at all, which I really liked.  The products were creamy and did not leave my skin too oily or too dry, nor did they leave any residue.  I would definitely try the collection again.

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Samples were provided by Arbonne Independent Consultant, Cindy Saurette (Consultant ID: 117520386), however all opinions are my own, based on personal experience, and have not been influenced in any way.  If you are interested in learning more about any Arbonne products, you can contact Cindy via email at CindySaurette.Arbonne@gmail.com, on her website www.CindySaurette.Arbonne.com or on her Facebook page here.

 

 

DIY Cellulite Battling Coffee Body Scrub

 

Although there are plenty of products that promise to get rid of cellulite, I simply don’t believe it is possible to get rid of it all.  A healthy diet and exercise are the number one ways to battle the unsightly dimply annoyance, however that doesn’t always work.  The fact it…a person is either genetically prone to having cellulite, or they’re not.  I happen to be one that is.  Awesome.

Cellulite consists of fibrous bands that go from the top of your skin to the fat layer, pulling it down.  These bands need to be severed to make cellulite go away.  Unfortunately for those who seek to make cellulite disappear, coffee grounds can’t achieve this indefinitely.  Going into trying to ‘treat’ cellulite with this mindset, I do believe there are things that we can do to help reduce the appearance without going through any drastic procedures.

Again…the most recommended approaches are mentioned above…proper diet and consistent exercise.  Then we turn to beauty products.  This DIY scrub is so easy to make, requiring only five ingredients.  I use it a few times a week on my problem areas.  Caffeine from the coffee stimulates dilation while the scrubbing motion increases circulation, plumping up the skin and making cellulite look less obvious.  Additionally, coffee grounds contain antioxidants, so they can increase collagen production.  Brown sugar assists with exfoliation of dead skin.  Coconut oil and jojoba oil are both natural skin conditioners that work to hydrate and leave the skin smooth.  Vitamin E is absolutely amazing for your skin.  It is a natural anti-aging agent that works to heal scars and gets rid of dull dry skin, along with many other benefits.

I’ve been making my own skin care products for awhile now.   Like so many others, for years I would blindly buy products promising to give dramatic results and didn’t give any thought about what was in it or how it was tested if there was a chance that there was a miracle cure for whatever real or made-up flaw I had.  After I became vegan, I began doing some research on beauty products for the sole purpose of separating the vegan and cruelty free companies from the others.  This was a great start, but then led me to further research the ingredients. (This post isn’t about animal cruelty, although I do implore you to do a google search on animal testing in beauty products)

Vegan product or not, there are some disgusting things in beauty products, many that you probably don’t know are there. Other than vowing to never buy products that have been tested on animals again, I also decided that I wanted to stay away from unnecessary chemicals and preservatives.  After all, your skin is your largest organ and it really does matter what you expose it to.  Just another reason to make your own concoctions…aside from how easy it is and how much cheaper to make.

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Coffee Body Scrub

  • 1 and 1/2 cups coffee grounds
  •  3 tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
  • 20 drops of vitamin E oil

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined using either a fork or your hands.  Store in an air-tight glass jar at room temperature.

2. To use, wet skin with warm water.  Scrub and massage area well and rinse with warm water.

 

Did you try this?  Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Easy Four Ingredient DIY Sugar Cookie Facial and Body Scrub

I’ve been making my own skin care products for well over a year now.   Like so many others, for years I would blindly buy products promising to give dramatic results and didn’t give any thought about what was in it or how it was tested as long as my skin was radiant and as smooth as baby’s bottom.  After I became vegan, I began doing some research on beauty products for the sole purpose of separating the vegan and cruelty free companies from the others.  This was a great start, but then led me to further research the ingredients. (This post isn’t about animal cruelty, although I do implore you to do a google search on animal testing in beauty products)

Vegan product or not, there are some disgusting things in beauty products, many you probably don’t know are there.  Just to name a few:

  • Formaldehyde – a tissue fixative and embalming agent.  Low levels of formaldehyde have been found to cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.  The National Toxicology Program’s June report classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen under conditions with high or prolonged exposure and in 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as known to be a human carcinogen.
  • Triethanolamine – used primarily as an emulsifier.  It is a reactionary byproduct of two toxic substances: ethylene oxide and ammonia and proved hazardous short term and long term effects ranging from skin and eye irritation, to damaging the respiratory and immune systems and inciting cancer
  • Hydroquinone – used as a skin lightener.  Studies have shown that hydroquinone has some carcinogenic effects when applied to skin. It is considered cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and mutagenic.

Other than vowing to never buy products that have been tested on animals again, I also decided that I wanted to stay away from unnecessary chemicals and preservatives.  After all, your skin is your largest organ and it really does matter what you expose it to.

There are so many ways to make your own face washes, toners, scrubs, lotions, etc.  My recipes vary with the seasons and my mood.  Of everything I make, this scrub is one of my favorites.  I use it on my face a few times a week and on my body about once a week.  It is so easy to make, requiring only four ingredients, and leaves your skin smooth and hydrated, not to mention smelling yummy.  There is something calming knowing that I am exposing my skin to pure, natural ingredients…not to mention saving money making it myself rather than buying something from the store.

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Sugar Cookie Facial and Body Scrub

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined using either a fork or your hands.  Store in a glass jar at room temperature.

2. To use, wet skin with warm water.  Scrub and massage area well and rinse with warm water.

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Did you try this?  Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Bare Bones Body: Cross Bone Special

I stumbled across Bare Bones Body Care on Instagram and immediately felt the brand calling my name.  The company was started by owner, Monica, after years of allergic reactions to mainstream body care products.  She was tired of all the chemicals and decided to make her own products.  Most of the products have less than 8 ingredients and they are all natural, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free!  Raise your hand if you’re sold, yet…

Well, my skin is pretty sensitive.  In fact, I recently recovered from a pretty severe allergic reaction to a facial cleanser.  I used said cleanser and woke up in the middle of the night super itchy and eyes swollen nearly shut, so yeah, that was fun.  I had to go to the dermatologist and spend weeks applying hydrocortisone and using every ounce of willpower not to scratch my face off.  Even after the swelling went down, I would have flare ups of itchy red spots on my eyelids and forehead (cute, right?), so it’s been a struggle to find something gentle enough that works.

You can imagine how excited I was to find Bare Bones.  Monica’s story sounded a lot like mine and any product that is vegan and cruelty-free gets two thumbs up from this ginger. The icing on the cake is the simplicity of the formulas.  Anyone that knows me knows that added chemicals are my nemesis.  Keep it simple, keep it pure… Bare Bones delivers.  I absolutely love the adorable skull and cross bones logo and all of the products, except the lip balm, come in reusable glass bottles.

There are a variety of products, all super affordable, which I’ll list at the end of the article.  Today I am reviewing the Cross Bones Special Gift Pack, which includes the cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and two lip balms.  The package is $35, $5 less than purchasing the items separately.

Cleanser

What’s in it:  Vegetable glycerin, organic rose water, organic tea tree oil

How to use:  Apply to dry face in circular motion, rinse with warm water

Thoughts:  First of all, the cleanser smells fantastic, which I assume must be the rose water.  It also tastes pretty darn good…not that I recommend drinking the stuff, but if some were to accidentally get on your lips and you were to lick them, it wouldn’t be terrible…  Now this cleanser feels different than most main-stream cleansers…it does not foam and it is very thin, almost the consistency of water.  It instantly makes your face feel smooth. Because of the thin consistency with no foam or lather, it is easy to think that it may not be working, but there is a really easy way to test that…use the toner.  Is there dirt or makeup on the cotton pad?

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Toner

What’s in it:  Organic lemon juice, witch hazel

How to use:  Apply after cleanser with a cotton pad in upward motions on your face and neck

Thoughts:  I just love that this is made with only two ingredients.  After applying with a cotton pad, your skin feels fresh, clean, cool, and a bit tingly.  Did the cleanser pass the test?  Yep!  Not a single speck of makeup on that puppy.

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Moisturizer

What’s in it:  Organic shea butter, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil

How to use:  After face wash and toner, apply to face and any other thirsty skin

Thoughts:  I love this moisturizer.  It leaves your face super smooth with no traces of dryness.  Normally, I use coconut oil as a face and body moisturizer so I am used to an oil based one.  If you normally use a cream based lotion, this will definitely feel different to you.  First thing to know is that you need to use a lot less than you think.  If it doesn’t absorb into your skin, you’ve used too much.  After a week of using this, my face was noticeably softer.  My two year old sat on my lap, stroked my face, and said, “Nice.  Nice.”  Adorable.

 

Lip Balm

Peppermint Balm – What’s in it: Organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, organic peppermint essential oil

Spiced Balm – What’s in it: Organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candelilla wax, organic cinnamon leaf essential oil, organic tangerine essential oil

Thoughts: These balms melt right on your lips and make them soft as can be.  There is a little tingle that happens with the peppermint balm which is nice.

 

Products:

Deodorant – 2 oz stick for $8.  Made with organic coconut oil, shea butter, candelilla wax, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and different essential oils depending on what scent you order.  This is not an antiperspirant, however is Bare Bones’ top seller.  It moisturizes and keeps you smelling fresh.

Cleanser – 4 oz bottle for $10.

Toner – 4 oz bottle for $10.

Face Oil – 2 oz bottle for $25.  Made with organic hemp seed oil, organic grape seed oil, organic jojoba oil, organic palmarosa essential oil, and organic grapefruit essential oil. Man I wish this was included in the package.

Moisturizer – 4 oz for $14.

Lip Balm – $3-$4 per tube.  Bare Balm, Peppermint Balm, Spiced Balm, Coffee Balm, and Citrus IPA.  Made with organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, candellila wax, and various organic essential oils.

Tattoo Balm – 2 oz for $10.  Made with organic shea butter, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, and candelilla wax.  I cannot wait to try this.  I am finishing up my sleeve in the next few months!

Black Magic Mask – 2 oz for $18.  Made with organic matcha green tea powder, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal.  This looks awesome, although I might scare my kids if they see me with it on!

Cross Bones Special Gift Pack – $35 for the set.

 

Overall, I just love Bare Bones.  It gives you the warm fuzzies to support a small business while buying products that were neither tested on animals, nor use animal products.  Knowing exactly what is going on my skin, without having to research an extensive label, is such a relief.  I haven’t had any more bouts of itchiness yet.  And most importantly, I don’t have to worry about what kind of residue is rubbing off of my skin onto my adorable baby boys.

Have you tried Bare Bones?  What did you think?  Leave a comment below!