Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs Review

What Is It?

Apoterra Skincare Previously known as Caru Skincare Co, is a skincare company based in NYC which launched in 2013 and has been featured in numerous publications from Allure,Vouge and Lucky. Apoterra Skincare is known to create quality products by providing all natural, effective,eco conscious products and never test on animals. Elle magazine listed one of their serums as one of the top 33 most effective natural products on the planet in 2015. Apoterra Skincare is a company that truly knows good skincare, the founder Dominique Caron is a certified aromatherapist, herbalist, and daughter of a family physician. Overall Apoterra Skincare is a company that knows wellness and quality ingredients go hand in hand.

The Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs is used to calm and nourish the skin and soul, read below as I share my experience using the product and how effective I find it to be thus far.

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Product Claims

“This steam contains beautiful flowers and deeply purifying aromatic herbs to cleanse and nourish the skin while calming and soothing the soul. It opens pores, facilitates the release of impurities, and deeply cleanses while simultaneously nourishing and hydrating the skin. For best results, follow immediately with a clay mask.Directions: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Place 1-2 TBSP of the herbal blend in a large bowl. Pour steaming water over the herbs. Position face over the bowl and cover with a towel to seal in the herbal steam. Remain over herbal steam for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy this moment of serenity! Reuse the herbal water by mixing it with a clay mask or adding to bath water.”

Pros

Relaxing
Pleasant fragrance
Effective
Hydrating
Affordable
Aroma therapy
Gentle
Calming
All skin types
Organic
Vegan* (this specific product)
Cruelty Free

 

Cons

none

Overall Rating 5/5

The Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs  has become an essential product for my relaxing “home spa” once a week and any time I feel in need of a little pick me up. I received the product in the mail 2 days before an event that had me feeling uneasy and stressed (perfect timing) so I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to give the herbal steam a try.

As I am typing this review I find it a bit difficult to put into words my overall experience with this product as it is one of those you have to try it for yourself to understand the pleasant outcome of using this herbal steam bath, In my best attempt to describe the Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs it is like a sauna for your face with organic herbs that help relax your mind,opening clogged pores and also great during the winter season when you need help with decongestion. Though it was quite easy to rate this product a 5 out of 5 My two main reasons were quite simple: it is effective and has a multi- purpose use, it can be used as a facial steam, used in a relaxing bath soak and even mixed with a clay mask.

As I briefly mentioned I had an event coming up that made me stressed and anxious and decided to try the herbal steam bath. This was my first time using the product and I truly felt relaxed as a weight was lifted off my shoulders, my skin felt soft and had a healthy glow and after using the product I was able to feel more at ease and concentrate which I found to be difficult prior to use.

Last week I had a migraine which had me in bed and wouldn’t subside, Rather than taking a generic aspirin I wanted to take a natural approach and decided to use the herbal steam and see if it worked, and it surly did help I was able to continue my day by running errands that I was putting off due to the strong migraine that made me feel like I couldn’t function. Now I’m not saying this Herbal detoxifying steam has “magical powers” because the proof is in the ingredients!

Heres a brief breakdown of some of the ingredients along with its benefits:

Matricaria chamomilla (chamomile) flowers*-Reduces the redness in the skin,great for sensitive skin,Reduces the appearance of broken capillaries,helps to calm inflamed conditions such as acne, rashes, and burns,has Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties

Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) buds*-Helps sooth anxiety and stress, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, helps with insomnia and restlessness

Calendula officinalis (calendula) flowers*- antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve irritated skin and acne

Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf*-Helps with fevers,psoriasis,acne, wrinkles, skin pigmentation, black heads and dry skin.

Plantago major (plantain) leaf*-Natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,great for healing wounds, rashes and for itching or pain associated with skin problems.

Apoterra Herbal Detoxifying Steam with Flowers + Cleansing Herbs provide numerous health benefits as well as great aroma therapy.This product along with the Tulsi Luminous Scrub with Lavender + Pink Sea Salt [my next blog review] has me feeling good, mind body and soul. The Apoterra brand was truly created with the concern and overall wellness of the consumer and I appreciate and support a brand that can deliver products that made me feel rejuvenated from the inside out.

I highly recommend the product and over all product line. I also want to mention with the holidays approaching these will make great gift ideas for those who enjoy relaxation,effective skin care and all natural products. The product line has a great range for all skin types + concerns.

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo+ Conditioner Review

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Yarok haircare line uses certified organic ingredients and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients such as parabens, sulfates and alcohol and never test on animals making the Yarok brand natural and vegan while still delivering quality hair care. The Yarok Feed Your Volume line caters to fine/limp hair that lacks fullness by providing effective cleanliness and incorporating ingredients like coco protein for added shine and strength, slippery elm and sea buckthorn which provide streghthing proteins that work together to repair the hair shaft along with oatstraw and grapefruit seed extract which helps with thinning and hair loss.

Product Claims

Raise your hairs’ volume and lower your carbon footprint with this luxurious, naturally foaming shampoo. Treat your senses, your hair and your scalp to this herbal aromatic blend of organic and all natural herbs, flowers, vitamins, minerals and essential oils that visibly plump normal to fine hair.”

Pros

Deep cleansing

Good lather

Effective

Great for sensitive scalps

Nice scent (mandarin/earthy scent)

Cons

Not for DEMI-permanent colored hair

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Product Claims 

Condition your hair and help improve the condition of the planet using many of the same sustainable, nourishing, plumping ingredients as Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo. This conditioner will seal in moisture and promote volume and manageability, with the three superior moisturizers: Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, and Aloe Vera.”

Pros

Hydrating

Smooths hair

Softens hair

Nourishing

Vegan

All natural ingredients

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

I love this shampoo+conditioner line, but with some trial and error I have found the first time I used the shampoo it was a bit tricky to use, I didnt find it to be as sudsy as most shampoos but it turns out I wasn’t using enough product. (Easy fix right?!) I did notice it washed out my Demi-Permanent hair color but this might not happen to those who use permanent hair dye[I use a specific brand of Demi permanent dye due to a severe hair color allergy] BUT I must admit, I like my natural hair color coming through, using this brand has made me embrace my natural hair color and I notice a big difference in the texture and manageability of my hair. Blow drying my hair seems more effortless and adds just enough volume without the over use of applying other products which can weigh down my hair so being able to cut out the usage of other products is great.

Before incorporating Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo I had a lot of breakage from previous bi-weekly hair dying but I’ve noticed less damage, my hair is thin however it gets very tangled which feels aggressive to brush out but being that I use the Feed Your Volume Conditioner it makes combing through the tangles less abrasive. I have to use the conditioner after the shampoo otherwise my hair feels dry and unmanageable to comb, I find it to be an essential step which I don’t mind. I have medium length hair and don’t wash my hair every day so I find the bottles have lasted me a month thus far and it’s a little less than half way done so I’m predicting it will last me a month and a ½ or 2 months maximum. I continue to use the Yarok haircare products because I honestly see a difference in the overall look of my hair, I feel confident using Yarok because I know there isn’t any harsh chemicals so I’m really treating my hair with quality ingredients and finally my hair is getting the much tender love and care it was previously lacking.

The Yarok Feed Your Volume line has made me feel like I’m finally taking proper care of my hair. If you’re looking for a shampoo or conditioner that also doubles as a hair care system or other hair care products I really recommend Yarok.

Roasted Eggplant “Bruschetta”

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I’m really excited to share with you this recipe I found online, it is so easy and delish! You can find the original recipe by clicking Smitten Kitchen

Since becoming Vegetarian I look for recipes that obviously don’t contain meat but are also quick, easy meals. A tip for next time would be to cut the eggplant slices thicker. (I cut them too thin)

I figured this is a great appetizer (not sure if you caught on yet but I love small meals) but great for lunch. The next day I had the left over tomato/cheese mix, added a fresh avocado and ate it as a simple salad. It was effortless, filling and healthy.

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Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Lately I’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast or lunch because it is a easy way for me to consume my needed vitamins and also helps subdue my sugar cravings.

Ingredients:

A Blender
1-2 Bananas
6 oz Blackberries
3/4 Cup Califia Farms “Vanilla Almond Milk”
1 Ice Cube
Glass Cup
Chia Seeds
Straw (optional)

Directions:

I think the basic directions go without saying,

I usually just guesstimate the ratio of fruit to milk, I don’t add any sweeteners as I rely on the almond milk for its sweetness.

Aloe Smoothie Recipe

Aloe Vera has numerous benefits from easing sunburned skin and eczema to boosting your immune system,lowering high blood pressure and soothing achy muscles

This recipe can be modified, but this is how I make my own Aloe Vera Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Banana
1/2 cup of Aloe Vera pulp
1 cup of Coconut Milk
Maple Syrup to taste
1 tbs of Chia Seeds

You can include other additives such as water or protein powder, coconut oil, honey or stevia instead of maple syrup and flax seeds instead of chia seeds.

If you try it please feel free to leave your feedback!

Aloe Baby


Before I talk about the benefits of Aloe Vera I just wanted to give you a short back story on my little baby Aloe Vera plant which I purchased at IKEA in June and gratefully it’s been holding up pretty well considering majority of my succulent plants have had a short life span. Every time I glimpse at my Aloe Vera plant I wonder “what beauty benefits does Aloe Vera have?” I mean instantly I knew it is used to ease sunburned skin and to heal wounds but other than that I didn’t know much about this plant that I look at and care for pretty much everyday. So I decided to do alittle research and browsed YouTube and here is what I found:

-It Mosturizes the skin with antioxidants like vitamin C & E helps keep skin hydrated and firmness
-Treats acne by stimulating new cell growth, help reduce scarring and it’s anti-inflammatory benefit helps with those occasional large painful pimples.
-Can heal serious skin conditions like Psoriasis and Eczema.
-It can reduce the appearance of recent stretch marks.

Below I posted two YouTube videos showing some informative usage of Aloe Vera:

http://youtu.be/6HFCnSAiUJs

http://youtu.be/t6HMOHNWQ0o