Monday, November 13, 2017

Makeup Wars! Best Luxury Green Skincare Splurges from African Botanics #AfricanBotanics #MakeupWars

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The Makeup Wars! Team wants to share our favorite holiday beauty buys, and I knew that I wanted to share three of my favorite recent green beauty releases from African Botanics. Three of my choices are daily favorites that I can't be without, and the other two are their brand new Departures Essentials Set and their African Botanics Bois De Santal Hand Wash & Lotion Set that I absolutely have to get! 

That African Botanics is my very favorite skincare brand should, at this point, be quite apparent. This exceptional wellness brand makes the finest ultra-luxe eco-friendly green skincare products that I have found to date. If you are looking to gift luxury green skincare, to yourself or someone you love this holiday season, then you simply can't go wrong with this selection.
I have already waxed poetic about African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil (Reviewed HERE. $250.00 for 1 oz. from African Botanics, Credo BeautyNet-A-Porter, Violet Grey and Revolve) because it is the most extraordinary luxury beauty oil if ever there was one. It is a highly concentrated luxury oil that is lightweight in texture and fast absorbing. The texture, is itself, ultra-silky and it leaves skin feeling like the softest cashmere conceived. It has an utterly intoxicating aroma that is a delectable fusion of the Jasmine Grandiflorum, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Marula Seed Oil. It is a warm and earthy floral that delights the senses, calms the mind and nourishes the skin. This is an oil to be savored, and the tactile and sensory experience is so exquisite that one immediately slows down to really relish the experiential component of this highly effective ultra-luxe beauty oil. 

From its very inception, African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil was envisioned  and conceived as a new type of antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory anti-aging oil– the likes of which did not yet exist. Unlike many luxury oils that add water to break down water-soluble actives, African Botanics opted not to dilute the oils, but instead utilized highly potent oil soluble actives. Furthermore, they source rare ingredients of the highest quality from remote locations, and the end result is a staggeringly unique beauty oil that easily rivals the most potent and effective anti-aging serums in the marketplace today.

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil utilizes a visionary delivery system that allows the ingredients to penetrate the skin deeply in order to effectively nourish the skin, to stimulate skin cell renewal, to restore and regenerate skin and to protect and heal. Furthermore, this unique formula softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while fading hyperpigmentation, and it reduces inflammation and redness.

My skin is notably different in that the overall texture is more even in tone and the small areas of light hyperpigmentation have noticeably faded. My fine lines are softened and my skin appears more taut and lifted. Furthermore, it effectively encourages skin cell-turnover to eliminate dull and dry dead skin cells in order to reveal luminous fresh skin.

This oil balances skin, and has regulated my active T-zone while simultaneously fighting redness and inflammation during my monthly hormonal cycle. I also found it remarkable that it healed a hormonal breakout overnight because of its ability to regulate hormonal skin and radically reduce inflammation.

While I do not have particularly enlarged pores, I have noted that mine are now far less noticeable. Additionally, the pores that have always been prone to clogging on my nose and chin no longer appear congested.

African Botanics claims that African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil will leave skin, "luminous, more youthful with increased firmness, elasticity and clarity" and I can attest to the veracity of this statement. This lovely oil leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and luminous unlike anything else that I have tried.

For all skin types, including skin exposed to urban stress, pollution, harsh, dry climates, sun damage and is recommended for hormonal, inflamed, mature, unbalanced and sensitive skin.

Concerns Addressed by African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil:
• First signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness
• Dullness, dry, aging skin with uneven skin tone and pigmentation
• Hormonal and sensitive skin. Inflammation, redness and irritation from breakouts, sun damage and environmental exposure
• Excess oil, acne-prone, seborrheic and unbalanced skin
• Enlarged pores and clogged pores

Ingredients: Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)* Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Adansonia Digitata*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Rosa Moschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglyseride, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis (Microalgae) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helichrysum Angustifolium (Immortelle) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Myrothamnus Flabellifolius (Resurrection) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)* Extract, Bulbinella Nutens (Bulbinella) Extract, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo)* Oil, Cyclopia (Honeybush) Extract, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Retinol (Vitamin A),  Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract. *Wild-Harvested. Not tested on animals.
African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream (Review forthcoming. $350.00 for 2 oz. from African Botanics, Net-A-Porter, Revolve, Credo Beauty and Cult Beauty): This brand new luxury cream from African Botanics, which is the ultimate companion to African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, is the most luxurious nourishing cream in my collection. Its rich, yet the lightweight balmy ultra-luxe texture sinks into the skin effortlessly. It can be used alone, paired with Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil, or you can mix a few drops of the oil directly into the cream. It is a potent anti-aging antioxidant rich cream that soothes irritated skin, softens the appearance of fine lines and deeply moisturizes the skin.

According to African Botanics,

From a distant world of truly wild and remote locations far from all civilization and light pollution in the most southern hemisphere of Africa, there is eternal beauty that endures all time. Where exotic night blooms, indigenous African Desert and Bush Plants™ have adapted to survive the challenges of their environment - harnessed and captured with a potent concentration of highly advanced marine biotechnology that is packed with anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties.

Enhanced with a unique Blue Marine Micro Algae and a high concentration of plant peptides, this light, multi-correcting face cream stimulates cell renewal, plumps, protects and envelops the skin. Restores skin’s density and bounce while improving texture and luminosity. Deeply hydrates, infuses skin with moisture. Helps fade and fight the signs of aging skin: fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, inflammation, dryness and sagging skin. Strengthens skin’s barrier and offers superior protection from free radical damage. Promotes firming and toning of the skin with ultra-light and silky texture. Soothes, calms and reduces redness, speeding the recovery of the damaged cells.

Skin Type: acne-prone, unbalanced, sensitive, dry, mature and oily.

Directions: Suitable for all skin types. USE AM and PM to increase hydration, replenish moisture, soothe and de-stress the skin while firming and promoting rapid repair. Apply to face, neck and décolleté. Glide in gentle strokes along jawline up towards the ears from the center of your face towards temples and from the base of your neck upward to boost circulation. For skin in need of intense hydration, apply a few drops of Intensive Recovery Oil before applying the cream.

Ingredients: Jasmine Flower Water, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, Trichilia Emetica (Cape Mahogany) Butter*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Millet, Hydrolyzed Pea, Verbena officinalis (Vervain) Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Tocopherol, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis (Microalgae) Extract, Resveratrol, Green Coffee Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Oxido Reductases, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection) Plant, Panthenol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)*, Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari Melon)* Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Mongongo) Kernel Oil, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Bulbinella Nutens Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Schinziophyton Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Copper Gluconate, Niacinamide, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Oil, Caffein, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Saccharide Isomerate, Pearl Powder, Arnica Cordifolia Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Calendula, Diamond microspheres, Citrus Bergamia Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Wild-Harvested. Not tested on animals. Formulated without silicones, mineral oils, parabens, allergens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs and SLSs.
NEW African Botanics Résurrection Eye Crème (Review forthcoming. $180.00 for 1 oz. from African Botanics, Cult Beauty and Credo Beauty): I never thought that I would find an eye cream that I loved more than the original African Botanics Résurrection Eye Crème, but their new version is even better! The consistency of Résurrection Eye Crème is lightweight and fast absorbing, and this silky smooth cream absolutely melts into the skin in the most luxurious way imaginable. The texture is ultra refined without any of the granular particles typically found in many Shea Butter- based products. This beautiful eye cream is healing, hydrating and restorative– leaving the delicate eye area looking refreshed, hydrated, lifted and youthful. It is remarkably concentrated– therefore only the smallest amount delivers noteworthy results.

My fine lines were plumped, the skin was lifted, and it boasted an unprecedented clarity and luminosity. This elegant and understated eye cream can (and should) be used day and night because the results are astounding. However, it is the combination of its extraordinary efficacy, healthy potent ingredients, and its superior texture that make this eye cream such a joy to use.

According to African Botanics,

Résurrection Eye Créme is an intensive highly concentrated formula that provides complete age defying care for the delicate eye area. This luxurious and velvety cream is supercharged with a carefully selected combination of the most advanced wrinkle-minimizing biotechnology, uniquely extracted rare African plants, antioxidant active molecules and resilient Laminaria Algae to renew skin cells, boost collagen and elastin production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while restoring youthful density to the orbital area.

African Resurrection Plant extract – powerful antioxidant stimulates skin’s healthy collagen, elasticity and radiance. Maximises firmness with a lifting effect from Kigelia Africana, Resveratrol, Caffeine and Hibiscus extract. Evens skin tone and brightens with Vitamin C, Licorice Root, Niacinamide and CoQ10 while illuminating the eye area with Diamond Powder. Plumps and targets the appearance of wrinkles with peptides, restructuring oligosaccharides from “Blue Agave”, Hyaluronic Acid and botanical collagen booster from "Bulbine Frutescens."

Ingredients: Aqua (Deionized Water), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)** Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Glycerin (Vegetable), Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (Di- and tripeptides), Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula)*, Cetyl Alcohol, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa), Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Bulbine Frutescens*, Hyaluronic Acid, Butylene Glycol (Sugarcane derived), Hydrolyzed F- Fucoidan (Algae) Extract, Isoamyl Laurate, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), D-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Niacinamide (Vitmamin B3), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Myrothamus Flabellifolius (Resurrection)** Plant, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Vitis Vinifera (Grape)* Seed Oil, Rosa-Senensis (Hibiscus) Extract, Resveratrol Ferment extract, Green Coffee, Caffein, Jasmine Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)** Seed Oil, Citrillus Lanatus (Kalahari melon)** Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera (Moringa)** Seed Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos)*, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract*, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Arnica Cordifolia (Arnica) Extract, Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Diamond dust, Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. *Organic, **Wild-Harvested Ingredients.
African Botanics Departures Essentials Set ($225.00 from African Botanics and Credo Beauty): I travel quite a lot, and this is my ultimate dream-come-true travel set, and I can't wait to add it to my travel bag!

According to African Botanics,

Maintain glowing and healthy skin while traveling and exploring the world. Contains 7 luxury, travel-sized essentials to keep your skin supple, replenished, plump and well hydrated. Pure Marula Cleansing Oil, Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser, Buchu Botanical Enzyme polish, Rose Treatment Essence and Mineral Cleansing Mask all work together to reinvigorate tired skin and improve the overall appearance of your complexion. Rich in antioxidants, Neroli infused Marula Oil and Intense Skin Repair Balm help regenerate cells, reduce redness leaving your complexion glowing.

This magnificent handwoven travel purse is crafted from authentic West African mud cloth (bògòlanfini) that reflects the centuries-old art of mud dyeing cotton and embellishing it with distinctive tribal patterns.

Set Includes:
Pure Marula Cleansing Oil (Reviewed HERE)
Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser (Reviewed HERE)
Buchu Botanical Enzyme Polish (Reviewed HERE)
Rose Treatment Essence (Reviewed HERE)
Mineral Cleansing Mask (Reviewed HERE)
Neroli Infused Marula Oil (Reviewed HERE)
Intense Skin Repair Balm (Reviewed HERE)
African Botanics Bois De Santal Hand Wash & Lotion Set ($180.00 16.9 oz. from African Botanics and Violet Grey): I cannot wait to try this gorgeous set! This is the ultimate gift set for anyone who loves ultra-luxe bath and body products!

According to African Botanics,

Channels the vivid and wild beauty of the untamed African continent, with this skin care duo featuring Sandalwood, pure essence of Neroli, and the euphoric floral aroma of Cape Rose Geranium. 

Set includes:

BOIS DE SANTAL Hand Wash, a luxury cleanser envelopes you with a feeling of well-being that helps to keep you focused throughout your day. Formulated with cooling Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract, antioxidant-rich Green Rooibos Tea, Vitamin E, and omega rich African Oils to cleanse without dehydrating skin and restoring moisture.

BOIS DE SANTAL Hand & Body Lotion, a deeply nourishing moisturizer for a luminous and healthy glow. Includes Shea Butter and omega-rich African Oils to restore suppleness, and Vitamin E to soothe and protect skin.

Overall Assessment: Whether you are looking for luxurious green beauty products for yourself, or for someone on your holiday gift-giving list, these are exceptionally great choices. You simply cannot go wrong with African Botanics, and their extraordinary products are clean, green and good for your skin.

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16 comments:

  1. I wish SpaceNK and Barneys would carry the first three items. Or if I just had to choose one, the eye cream.

    I am not shy at dropping the bucks, but that hand wash is seriously overpriced, even for me.

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    1. Me too, and I certainly hope that Space NK stocks all of their amazing new products!

      That set is definitely a luxury splurge, but I would totally purchase it for my bathroom, but not the guest bathroom! Lol!

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  2. This is how to splurge on products. I know your love runs deep for African Botanics and it's easy to see why.

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    1. I agree! Yes, indeed my love runs VERY deep for African Botanics! Their products are truly exceptional!

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  3. I've heard this brand is amazing, such a fun splurge

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    1. It's a truly extraordinary brand, Christine!

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  4. It looks like you had some wonderful splurges!

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    1. These are among the very finest products that I have ever tried!

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  5. Your splurges are justified by your positive experience!

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  6. Some day, I hope to get to try this wonderful skincare line. I know that you truly love it, and you have so much experience with luxury and green skincare products that I can trust your opinion xo

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    1. I really think that you be blown away by their products– they are truly extraordinary game-changers!

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  7. I have never tried the brand but the ingredients look awesome

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    1. The ingredients are first rate, and healthy and the efficacy is unsurpassed. Add to that delectable textures and aromas, and this brand is clearly a forerunner in luxury green skincare! You must try something from this line at some point. I think that you will fall in love!

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  8. I have never tried this brand but now I want to! :) Great post!!!

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    1. African Botanics is an absolutely magical brand, and I highly recommend trying ANYTHING from them!

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