Vivaness Highlights

I went to the natural and organic beauty trade fair Vivaness in February, and finally I can share some of my personal highlights.

Aromata Mirabilia – Lithuania

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Aromata Mirabilia was one of my favourites! They have aromatherapy balms and candles, oils and oilblends, hydrosols, mazerates, soaps and so much more to discover. The prices are pretty low in comparison to other known brands. I like the simple style and layout of the containers and am in love with their strawberry lip scrub.

Florascent – Germany

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Florascent provide a very wide range of all kind of perfume and aromatherapy sprays. I was overwhelmed with the variety of the products and have by now bought two aromatherapy sprays. You can spray them on your hands and inhale the scent – perfect for headache moments at work!

Martina Gebhardt – Germany

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Martina Gebhardt‘s new Summer Time Line is made especially to provide moisture to the skin, to prevent and help heal sun damages. The cream is my absolute go-to-product, and despite it is a very heavy cream, it sinks into my skin and makes it as hydrated as possible. For me and my oily-dry-skin the best cream ever.

Mysalifree – Austria

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Mysalifree addresses to people that are allergic against salicylic acid and have irritated skin. The products are composed to calm the skin and do not contain gluten, essential oils or perfume, dyes and other nasties. The eye balm is a gel-like lotion and sinks in pretty quickly:
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Unique – Denmark

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Unique work with organic whey which is a waste product in dairy production. The smell of the products is divine, and in future they will lance a new hair oil that is incredibly lightweight for an oil blend. I put about 5 drops of oil in the lengths of my hair and it was all soaked up and left my hair shiny and my natural waves a little defined but not greasy at all. Hopefully it will be in the shops this summer!

Zuii Organic – Australia

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Zuii is my absolutely most-loved make-up brand. Instead of talc they use milled flowers as base of their powder products, and the organic amount in their formulations is pretty high! I am soon going to show a super easy eye make-up with only black and white eye shadow!

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The packaging is sophisticated black, also the containers themselves, and you can see one of the eye shadows in my blog header 🙂 .

Friends

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What would life be without the best co-bloggers? I got some really nice and special green beauty products:

  • Frau Wuselig gave me a Living Nature foundation that I use at least two times a week.
  • Nixenhaar had the darkest shade of Hauschka’s new foundation left over and it was way too dark for her – good for me, as the shade is nearly exactly my summer complexion.
  • Anita gave me a Ponyhütchen deodorant cream as present which I am curios to try.
  • Ahnungslose Wissende brought a Kivvi Body Marmalade with her to thank me for fetching her from the station the day she went to the fair.

I can recommend all four brands for further exploration!

 

What are your recent beauty highlights?

Mineral Eye Shadow: Eye of the Day

Don’t be afraid to experiment with bright coloured mineral eye shadow! Sunnivah, one of my favourite beauty bloggers, did a tutorial about eye make-up with four colours for total beginners, and I instantly wanted to create an eye make-up for me.

Given fact: my eyelids are no longer tight and firm, the skin is dropping and hides the lid. Therefore I had to adapt the tutorial for my hooded eye. Also I do have a lot of very bright and colourful mineral eye shadows in my stash that I don’t use very often. But when blended, the colours get very, very soft! So here it is, my four-coloured eye of the day:
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As a quick overview I took three flash photos for you, the first one shows the applied colours, the second one the blended colours with eye liner, and the third one the finished eye make-up with winged liner and mascara.

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This is what I was going to do:

  • I applied lilac shimmer eye shadow on the lower lid with a wet brush.
  • With the same lilac colour I highlighted below the brow.
  • With a rose-and-golden shimmer eye shadow on a wet brush I covered the upper lid right up to the crease and slightly above. You can see two lines at the top of my eye: the upper line indicates how far up I have to apply eye shadow so it can be seen when I open my eyes. The dotted line just below the upper line indicates how much of the colour will be seen when I open my eyes. So quite a lot of the rose-and-golden eye shadow is nowhere to be seen because of my hooded eye.
  • I applied a burgundy-brown blue-shimmer eye shadow with a wet brush at the outer triangle of the lower eye lid.
  • I blended all colours to a smooth and soft eye make-up.
  • I applied dark grey eye liner.
  • I applied two coats of black mascara.

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These are the colours when applied wet. They are very bright and can be placed really precisely.
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My eye is only half open to give you an imagination of how much of the colour will be lost even though I applied a generous amount.
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When blended, a lot of coverage is broken down to shimmery dust that blends with the other colours. What is left is a hint of lilac, a hint of rose, and a hint of burgundy. The rest stays in the blending brush. So don’t blend to much so all of the colour is lost!
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Here you see the grey eye liner …
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… I added a wing …
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… and applied two coats of mascara.
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How do you like the schematic draft of my eye make-up?
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Green Laundry

When I was in New Zealand earlier this year I was away from home for almost six weeks. My wardrobe was cleverly planned, so I did not have to take too many clothes with me. But with less clothes you have to do a lot of washing. That is where my imaginary trip about green laundry started. At home I thought that I would just buy washing powder on the way and wash my clothes where a washing machine was available. New Zealanders do laundry as well, so no problem. More than 36thousand kilometres in a plane and 6thousand in a car later I have a different personal view than when I left home.

Usually I buy green products, I have laundry detergent for normal washing, wool & silk, sportswear, plus a stain remover and some fabric perfume (like fabric softener without the softening effect and mostly nice smell).

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In NZ the washing machines are top loader machines *click for wikipedia picture* that do laundry in a totally different way than the casual German front loaders. Therefore the laundry powder is different to the ones I was used to. Given that in hostels mostly cold water washing and shortened washing cycles are provided, my laundry did not get clean more than one time.

Why do they use machines with less efficient mechanical washing power? Why do they shorten the programs to 30 minutes for a full washing cycle, spinning included? Why don’t they allow you to use temperatures above utterly cold? Yes, I know, the answer is absolutely simple: the hostels want to save money, and as you are on a road trip you are not likely to come back either way. Back home I was really happy to use my convenient green products in my own front loader again!

Here are some thoughts about washing green and environmentally friendly that I want to share with you.
Usually you can adjust six parameters:

  • load
  • mechanical power / program
  • temperature
  • time
  • detergent
  • preparation

In New Zealand, the load was not a problem, as there were often large machines with lots of space for the clothes to loosely fit into. The programs were gentle, the temperature low, the time short, the detergent not very suitable for low temperature and short washing cycles. The only thing that was left for me to do was preparation! I did a lot of pre-wash by hand during those six weeks.

Load
The fuller you load the washing machine, the less clean the clothes will come out. In a washing cycle, the wet clothes will soak in water with washing detergent and will move around in the machine. Each time something falls onto another, they clean each other as the weight of the clothes presses the liquid through the fabric. If the machine is too full, the clothes cannot move separately in the machine, instead they will mostly stay in the same position to the other clothes and the cleaning drum.

Program
Every program has its own procedure of washing movements and spinning. A wool program is much more gentle than the program for delicate laundry, and even that is way more gentle than the program for coloured washes. The gentler the program, the more the fabric is treated with care. But also are spots, they can remain if the program is too gentle.

Temperature
Higher temperature can solve fat and dirt better than lower temperature. Delicate laundry is not suited for higher temperatures, just as little as silk or wool.

Time
The longer a washing cycle takes, the longer have mechanical power and detergent time to clean the clothes.

Detergent
If you use too much detergent, it cannot dissolve in the water correctly. It may stay in the fabric and be noticable as white streakes or as a musty smell. If you use too little detergent, the washing power is too small to remove dirt and grease. Also, if you don’t adapt to the hardness of water and if needed use a water softener, the washing power again is too small and you can get problems with smell and residue.

Preparation
The easiest way to get clean clothes is to avoid spills, remove spots before washing and to prepare stains with a pre-wash.

 

How can this information help you to get clean, good smelling clothes while protecting the environment? You have to know the respective limitations to maximize the washing effect through the other parameters. The most effective thing you can do is a good preparation: remove spots when they occur, and prepare stains before you put something in the washing machine!

Example wool:
Limitations are load, program, temperature and detergent – you only want to put one or two woolen things in the washing machine, have one wool program available, chose low temperature and a wool detergent. So the only parameters you can take into consideration to get your (really dirty) woolen clothes clean are preparation and time. As I said before, remove any visible dirt and prepare stains with a suitable pre-wash. If possible, program a pre-wash to your wool program and/or choose the full length of the wool program (do not shorten the washing time).

Example sports clothes:
Limitations are temperature and detergent. Do not overload the machine and chose the program with the highest mechanical power that is suitable for your clothes (maybe delicate laundry or even coloured wash). Use a pre-wash as this will help to remove sweat (and smell) from the fabric.

Example: light coloured cotton clothes as t-shirts and sweaters:
Fill the machine but do not overload it. You can chose either a gentle but long program or a short colour wash. As the colours are not bright, you could add a detergency enhancer or chose a warmer temperature (40°C instead of 30°C) and instead reduce the washing time or consider a gentler program.

So choose wisely:

  • How much can you put into your washing machine without overloading it?
  • Which program is the gentlest suitable according to the fabric?
  • Is hot temperature needed or would a lower temperature be okay?
  • Can you shorten the standard program and skip some rinsing or spinning?
  • Is your detergent effective enough to remove dirt, but gentle enough for fabric and skin?
  • Can you prepare your laundry and remove spots or soak stains?

 
What is your tip regarding green laundry?

Vivaness 2015 #1

I’ve been busy the last four days taking part in Biofach and Vivaness, world’s leading trade fair for organic food and the international trade fair for natural personal care. I spent almost all time at Vivaness and have met several other bloggers, networking was really great. In some time when I have gone through all material I will tell you about my personal highlights of Vivaness.

With Knowledge comes Responsibility

When you use natural cosmetics and regularly read ingredients lists, your knowledge about the ingredients will rise as you might look up things that you don’t know.

With knowledge comes responsibility!

Let’s take gluten. When you know that you don’t tolerate gluten, you won’t eat it, right? Because you know the bad consequences. But what about palm oil? When you know about the consequences when you use products that contain (non-sustainable or ‘green’) palm oil, you should not re-buy those products. And in fact, if you do not know if there are palm oil derivatives in your products, you should look up the ingredients list and get knowledge about that fact.

On the other hand you should support companies that use ‘green’ palm oil (and its derivatives), because that makes the point. There is no world without palm oil, so let’s keep track that the palm oil we use does not harm the environment or those who work with it in agriculture.

There are more things than palm oil, maybe your gluten is harsh detergents or colourings or perfume. When you educated yourself in something, make a point, and spend your money for better alternatives.

Facial and body oils from Maienfelser

For body and facial care I like to use oils. My favourite oils are argan and sacha inchi oil, but also oilblends are in high rank for me. I always check the fatty acids of my oils and oilblends because oils high in linolenic and linoleic acids work best for me.

Maienfelser is a small company that provides lots of oils, hydrolates and essential oils as well as other natural cosmetics. Recently I placed an order for some oils:

  • tree body oil
  • youngster fine face oil
  • youngster super face oil
  • midlife face oil
  • redpower oil
  • meadowfoam oil

Maienfelser Oils

The face oils are blends, and I like that the ingredients show themselves in the colour of the oils, so you really now that there is a difference! For the ingredients, please check my German blogpost via google translate *here*.

Maienfelser Oils

The face oil I like the most by now is the Youngster Super, and that is a blend of macadamia nut oil, sacha inchi oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, camellia oil (?), meadowfoam oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, castor oil, rosehip oil, essential essences of lime blossom, ylang-ylang, rosewood and tangerine. It sinks into my skin almost immediately and leaves my skin prepared for my moisturiser. I did never ever think that this could happen, as in the past there was no oil for me that worked with my skin. I started over with sacha inchi (recommendation of a beauty blog) which is great, but this face oil also smells really good.

The price is pretty affordable, for the 10 ml travel size you pay three to four €uro and for 50 ml about 15 to 20 €, and we are talking facial oil blends here. Maienfelser ship worldwide and have resellers in some countries.

In future, I think you will read lots of Maienfelser talk here, because I like them so much. I own several hydrolates, and I layer them under the facial oil, and that all together with a moisturiser makes my skin feel soft and hydrated.

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What is your favourite facial oil?

Give-away #6: Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the sixth and last draw:

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It includes the Lily Lolo Eyeshadow Palette Laid Bare. If you want to have a look, I posted more photos here.

How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the palette and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog. Readers of my German blog are welcome!

Goody: Everyone who took part in a past drawing receives one extra lot for this one when taking part.

The comments are open for 48 hours (until Friday, October 31st, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 
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Congratulations, Gloria Viktoria!

Give-away #4: Leonhardy Brushes

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the fourth draw:

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It includes 7 brushes, made by Leonhardy. The brushes are both make-up and art brushes, and have vegan or natural bristles. I bought them in industrial selling and am happy to have them as give-aways.

How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the things and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog.

Goody: Everyone who in the past has commented on one of my blogs gets an extra lot for the drawing.

Goody 2: Everyone who takes part in a drawing receives one extra lot for the future drawing of the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette.

The comments are open for 72 hours (until Monday, October 27th, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 

Congratulations, Cloudlyy!
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Give-away #2: Alterra Make-Up

On the occasion of my blogging anniversary I have some give-aways, this is the second draw:

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It includes these products:

  • Alterra Lipliner in Classic Red
  • Alterra Lipliner in Rosewood
  • Alterry Exebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
  • Alterra Khol Kajal in Blue Glitter
  • Alterra Kajal Eyeliner in Jade Green
  • Alterra Eyeshadow Duo Smokey Grey
  • Alterra Long & Defined Lashes Mascara
  • Alterra Bronzing Powder Sun Kissed
  • Alterra Smokey Eyes Brush
  • Ebelin Blending Brush

All the make-up is vegan (Vegan Society) and certified through BDIH or Natrue, and the brushes are vegan, too.

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How can you take part?
Be a regular reader and comment, why you’d like to get the things and/or if you have similar things in use. Write how you follow my blog.

Goody: Everyone who in the past has commented on one of my blogs gets an extra lot for the drawing.

Goody 2: Everyone who takes part in a drawing receives one extra lot for the future drawing of the Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palette.

The comments are open for 72 hours (until Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:59). When you comment you have to fill in the field for email, otherwise I cannot contact you and your comment can’t be included. I will contact the winner after the drawing, but I will not send the things until all drawings are finished (this will be at the end of the month). Every regular reader (old and new ones!) at the age of 18 or more can participate, the winner will be picked randomly, there is no right of appeal. Comments of not-regular readers are excluded.

 

Congratulations, Alex!

1 Year Blogging Anniversary

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A year ago I posted my first blogpost on Kosmetik natürlich. I was very nervous: would anyone read my blog? Was anyone interested in what I have to say? Today I know that the answer is yes. Sometimes my articles are mainstream, but I have also specials like my oily-dry-skin blogposts that are read by lots of people that do not follow my blog.

My writing style changed, the way I take photos changed – bless god! – and I change, too: I take loads of photos now, I write in English, and I learn a lot about the internet and life. In the beginning no one commented on my blog. Maybe the readers did not know what to think of my blog or they did not want to sign in an account to be able to comment. But after a while I had commenting readers: Thank you!

Then the server which hosted my blog crashed. Everything but the plain text was gone and I was scared: would I ever get my photos and layout back into my articles? That’s when I first thought about getting my own domain and web space. So here I am, like Phönix from the ashes, with my two domains (GreenConscience.de and GreenConscience.org) that together are my blog!

By now I have written about 100 blogposts and have about 70 followers on both my English and German blog. A blog is nothing without it’s readers, so again Thank you! In the last time I bought give-aways for you, and now at my anniversary, I want to share with you some beauty and wellness products:

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The give-aways are posted in separate blog posts both on my German blog and here, so If you have a German shipping address you can take part there, too. Three of the six parcels ship international, though, and will be posted here.