NOVEMBER PRODUCT REVIEW: Emtage Hair & Beauty

For November, the lovely folks at Emtage sent me a selection of really intriguing products to review. They are a natural beauty brand with products that feature botanical oils.

So first a little about this company:

“Emtage Beauty is born out of genuine passion and commitment for providing pure, premium, natural, multi-use products that are healthy for the body and the planet. We are committed to a lifestyle that focuses on the holistic approach of beauty, from the inside out. Our mission is to use only the purest, highest-quality ingredients that are fairly traded, sustainable and ethnically sourced that are effective and benefit the health of the skin, hair and scalp. We support fair trade women co-ops throughout the world, support human rights and are against the use of child labor and animal testing.”

Emtage has an extensive list of all the natural ingredients they use including things like Certified Argan Oil, Certified Sea Buckthorn oil and Mango Butter.

This seems like a super health conscious line and I’m interested to see how the products work.

Moisturizer
Emtage Island Beauty Balm, 2 oz
(2 Oz Retail: $18.40)
Description: “An exotic blend of organic oils, fruit extracts and butters to nourish, inspired from the Tropics where women are known for their beautiful skin. This multi-use cream moisturizes, nourishes, hydrates and protect face and body. Apply to face, lips, hands, feet, stretch marks, anywhere care is needed. Use a small amount on face as your daily moisturizer, makeup remover and night cream.”
Verdict: Like
This is thicker balm so it’s not something I would use on my face during the day. It is rich and hydrating so I think it’s great for those rough areas on the body that need extra hydration (like elbows, heels,and hands). I also could see using this on your face as a night treatment during the winter months when your skin might be feeling raw. This product didn’t have much of a scent and definitely had a natural feel.

Scalp
Emtage SILKtage Scalp Repair, Pre-Wash Healing Oil Treatment

(2 Oz Retail: $17.00)
Description: “An infusion of nature’s most healing organic botanical oils from around the world. This multi-purpose oil treatment nourishes the scalp, soothe itchness, dryness, eczema, psoriasis, relieve dandruff, strengthen roots and follicles and stimulate.”
Verdict: Like
I get a super dry scalp (especially in winter) which often results in that oh so fun problem of itchy scalp and oily roots. This is a treatment that you apply to your scalp and then leave on for a few hours (or overnight) and then wash off. I felt like this moisturized my scalp but it also made my hair super greasy while I waited for it to do its thing. So if you try this out just make sure you have some time to let it work before having to look presentable.


Styling Serum
Emtage Silktáge™ Rejuvenating Styling Serum
(1 oz Retail:$15.20)
Description: An infusion of nature’s most exotic organic botanical oils from around the world. This multi-purpose hair oil serum is nourishing to every hair type and especially beneficial to dry, stressed, frizzy hair—strengthening hair from the root and restoring moisture lost from styling heat, chemicals, and the environment..”
Verdict: Miss for Wavy Hair, Hit for Straight Hair
So hair oils are super trendy and I’m always up for trying a new one. I have thicker, wavy hair that is prone to frizziness. I tried a bit of this and let it air dry and while it made my hair shiny and helped the frizz, it sort of weighed down the waves and made them odd. It is much better suited for applying to wet hair, then blow drying.  I’m going to set this one aside for my blowout or flat iron days.

Cleansing Oil
Emtage Clear Glow™ – Camellia Cleansing Oil

(4 Oz Retail:$26.00)
Description: ”An infusion of nature’s most luxurious organic botanical oils from around the world. This all-natural cleansing solution combines the ancient beauty secret of Camellia with Olive and Red Palm to calm redness, diminish pores and blackheads, rejuvenate your skin and restore your natural glow. This multi-purpose cleansing oil treatment removes makeup, dirt and impurities and leaves your skin soft and clear while treating your skin and delicate eye area with age-defying antioxidants.
Verdict: Like
Oil cleansers are my absolute favorite type. I gave this one a “like” rating because I found it to easily break down make up and to go on smoothly. This is a natural product and has a nutty (almost cooking oil) type scent which just isn’t my favorite. It’s not overly obtrusive but I prefer a fresher scent in my cleansers, which is the only reason I didn’t give this one a “love”.

I saved my favorite items for last:

 Argan Oil
Emtage Argan Oil Rollerball
(.36 fl oz Retail:$12.99)
Description: “Rich, nourishing Argan oil provides instant hydration and age-defying benefits to nourish skin, soften cuticles and treat split ends. This precious, time proven oil in a rollerball form allows you to target and rejuvenate problem areas with powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids for a healthy and radiant glow that’s always with you.”


Argan Rosehip
Emtage Argan Oil Rosehip Rollerball

(.36 fl oz Retail:$14.99)
Description: “Rich, nourishing, luxurious blend of Argan oil and Rose hip oil infused with Geranium essential oil provides instant hydration and age defying benefits to dehydrated, dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration. These precious, time proven oils in a rollerball form allow you to target and rejuvenate problem areas with powerful antioxidants, vitamin E, C and essential fatty acids to restore skin’s radiance and youthful glow.”

Verdict: Love!
Oils are great but applying them can be an arduous process. Pure Argan Oil can also be quite pricey. These adorable rollerballs have taken all the annoyance and expense out of using Argan oil. They have a metal rollerball that makes them fabulous for using on the undereye area. It gives a nice cooling effect that feels fabulous when your eyes are tired. These are also safe to use on your lips. I’ve been using the rosehip under my eyes and on my giant forehead wrinkle and I do feel like it’s made a bit of difference. The argan oil roller is perfect on my lips. These go on smoothly and are not sticky at all. Out of all the products I received, these are the rockstars.

OVERALL
Full Collection
Hit!

All these products were of good quality and felt super natural. A lot of the items had multiple applications which helps you get more bang for your buck. I really loved the Argan oil rollerballs so that put this collection firmly in the “hit” category for me.  The packaging on them is wonderful and it’s a inexpensive way to incorporate Argan oil into your beauty regimen.

Do you currently use Argan Oil? If so, do you notice a difference in your beauty routine?

 

Coupon Code: If you want to give these products a shot you can use my code at iherb.com: CVF809 for a discount on your first order. They are a fabulous place to buy everything from groceries to essential oils and they frequently offer freebies at checkout.

September Product Review: bee naturals

My product review for September features a variety of skincare and beauty products generously sent to me by bee naturals.

“bee naturals is committed to formulating and producing skin and body care products that have a specific therapeutic purpose and are made with the highest quality all natural ingredients that promote healthy skin and body for overall well being.  At bee naturals….We combine the best that nature and science have to offer to create luxurious, naturally derived products for the body and home. bee naturals’ goal is to provide luxurious, premium quality products using the purest natural ingredients, formulated utilizing small batch techniques to create a product designed to help heal, normalize and maintain healthy beautiful skin.”

I love the idea that these beauty products have a therapeutic focus along with natural ingredients. I also think there is something extra special about beauty products made in small batches.

OilCuticle and Nail Oil
(0.5 Oz Retail: $7.44)
Description: “Smooth cuticles and strong, healthy nails are just a brush away. Lemon and lavender make nail care smell heavenly, and tea tree oil helps prevent fungal infections from acrylic nail overlays..”
Verdict: Love!
I’m going to make a confession. My nail polish tends to peel off in really big chunks. So once I have a big chunk missing, I can’t help myself and I just keep peeling the rest off. This means my nails can get into pretty bad shape. This nail and cuticle oil is perfect when my nails start peeling and the brush applicator makes it easy to apply.

PowderQueen Bee Facial Polish
(2 Oz Retail: $7.28)
Description: “Treat yourself like royalty with Bee Naturals Queen Bee Facial Polish. Our delicate mixture of oatmeal, lavender, and gentle exfoliating clays will brighten your complexion each day.”
Verdict: Hit!
This is a powder that you add to your favorite cleanser to turn into an exfoliator. I thought this was a great product since you can customize it to work with things you already love. Their descriptor of it being delicate is accurate. This is a more gentle scrub that I believe would work well for the folks with delicate skin.

Eye Balm
Queen Bee, Peeper Keeper Eye Balm
(.8 oz Retail:$7.28)
Description: Treat yourself like royalty with Queen Bee Peeper Keeper Eye Balm. Keep dry skin and wrinkles at bay with our all natural ingredients..”
Verdict: Like
This was a really interesting product. It’s a very hard moisturizing balm that you just run your fingers over and then use as an eye moisturizer. It reminded me of the moisturizing part of Benefit’s “Fake up” stick. And if this item had a stick like applicator I would have given it a love.  In it’s current formulation, it’s a little difficult to apply, but I found it great to use beneath my morning makeup to keep my under eye area from getting dry. For night I’d probably use something a bit richer.  My eyes tend to be a sensitive area for me and this product produced no irritation.

Facial NectarQueen Bee Facial Nectar
(2 Oz Retail:$9.28)
Description: Treat yourself like royalty with Bee Naturals Queen Bee Face Creme. Enjoy soft, nourished skin all year round with our all-natural ingredients.”
Verdict: Like
This is a really light moisturizer that’s a bit on the liquid side. It goes on smoothly and I found the product to be very gentle. This isn’t super rich or heavy so I think it would work well with a variety of skin types. The scent was unobtrusive and I liked the pump style applicator.

Also included were 3 lipsticks in some really fun shades.
bee naturals Luxury Lipsticks
Lipstick Packaging

Description:
   “
Bee Naturals Luxury Lipsticks are fragrance-Free, enriched with Vitamins A & E, moisturizing and Individually Hand-Crafted. Pampers your lips with moisturizing lipids and nourishing vitamins while providing beautiful, luminous, ‘buildable’ color. The best color & treatment in one product. Each unique artisan Bee Naturals Luxury Lipstick is carefully crafted and finished by hand. Tiny swirls and markings are proof of that craftsmanship, unlike mass manufacturer lipsticks.”

Swatches

Cherry
Cherry No. 3
(Retail:$21.60)
Description: “Cherry #3 is a clear, semi-sheer, low-luster red with moderate gloss. This bright, buildable shade looks best on either fair complexions with blonde hair or on brunettes with deep skin tone. Creamy texture. Neutral.”
Verdict: Hit!
What about redheads? We look pretty damn good with a classic red lip (if I do say so myself). This shade a vintage red sort of vibe that I thought went well with my pale complexion. I paired it with minimal eyeshadow and a winged liner for a retro vibe. The description on this lipstick is on pointe. This is a semi sheer so you can build it to the level of color you prefer. It also had excellent staying power. The only downside was that I found this shade to be a bit drying. The color was lovely, but I’d wear a clear balm beneath it for a bit of extra moisture.

Fig
Fig No. 3
(Retail:$21.60)
Description: “Fig #2 is a tawny, rosy umber shade with moderate-high luster and low-moderate gloss that is beautiful on a wide range of complexions ranging from warm to cool. Buildable color ranges from sheer to medium opacity. Creamy texture. Neutral.”
Verdict: Like
This was a great every day sort of shade and went on creamier and less sheer than the other shades. It also felt more moisturizing on the lip than the cherry color. It had good staying power and I thought this shade would complement many skin tones.

ChasteChaste No. 5
(Retail:$21.60)
Description:Chaste (berry) #5 is technically a nude, but oh so much more lovely; the color of newborn baby lips.  This color is beautiful on everyone and is perfect when you need just a hint of color.  A very sheer nude-pink without luster and low-moderate gloss. Softly buildable, low opacity and creamy texture.  Neutral.”
Verdict: Like
This shade was similar to the Fig in it’s creamy texture and level of moisture, but I found it to be much more sheer. This is a super natural color that you can build up and is the perfect option for the girl who doesn’t like to wear much makeup or wants to keep things looking natural. I think this color would work best for ladies with fair complexions.

OVERALL
All Products

I really enjoyed trying out this natural line.   From the more straight forward products like the Cuticle and Nail oil to the more unique like the Eye balm, I found all the items to be of excellent quality. The skincare in particular is a great value and for what you’d pay at a drugstore for mass-marketed products you can grab some all natural items. If you’re looking for one product to start with, the facial polish is a great option since you can easily incorporate it into your regular skincare routine.

My personal favorites were the lipsticks and found all the shades to be flattering for me. I also love that I now have a couple handcrafted lipsticks in my beauty collection!

What’s your take on handcrafted lipsticks? Intriguing or unnecessary?

Coupon Code:
If you want to give these products a shot you can use my code at iherb.com: CVF809 for a discount on your first order. They are a fabulous place to buy everything from groceries to essential oils and they frequently offer freebies at checkout.