Okoko Cosmétiques

Being an active member in the clean beauty world here in Vancouver has opened up so many opportunities for me to meet incredibly driven, like minded women who are doing HUGE things! Oyeta is one of those beautiful ladies. 

My friend Natalia brought Oyeta to my very first natural beauty workshop and I quickly found out about her beautiful skin care line Okoko Cosmetiques. 

Okoko is: Canadian made (hell yes!) Cruelty Free, Vegan Friendly, and extremely luxurious. 

I have tried many skincare lines, and some products are very simple and super effective. Okoko is seriously next level skincare (in my opinion). It is filled with antioxidant rich, anti inflammatory, seriously nourishing ingredients (and a lot of them!) 

Here is what I have tried:

Tomato Lycopene Multi-Purpose SUBLIME balm

- the formula is bright orange and thick, until you rub it in your hands - then it turns into a silky oil. 

- my skin feels extremely soft...I don't think my skin has actually ever felt like this after the age of 10. 

- hella moisturized, bright and even 

Clay Face Mask - La D'TOX NOIRE

- I started using this mask right after the holidays during a post alcohol and sugar binge (breakouts and dry patches all over the place)

- I noticed instant results after the first use, however it was not until 3 uses that I REALLY saw the results. I haven't worn any face makeup since because my skin is super clear and even. 

Gentle Facial Treatment LA BOUE DE BEAUTÉ

- I have only used this mask once so far, but it was extremely gentle and a think texture when mixed with water. 

- to remove both of these masks, I have used water and treated the masks as an exfoliant to gently remove any dead skin at the very end. 

Results:

I sent a text to Oyeta today, because I am so damn impressed by her products. I have been a huge "Mahalo Skin Care" junkie for over a year now, and I am happy to say I have found my Canadian alternative. 

The biggest differences I have noticed in my skin are:

- Soft, smooth skin

- Brighter

- More hydrated / Comfortable 

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How to find the right natural cleanser for your skin

I hate to say it, but facial cleansers are extremely neglected by the majority of my clients. 

I find it interesting, as I have women coming to see me to purchase makeup and when I ask them about their skin care regime, most admit that they do not use a cleanser (or use bar soap!). Yikes! Let me go over a few reasons why this is problematic. 

1) Makeup, regardless if it is natural are not should be removed before bed. It is absolutely integral for the health of our skin to remove makeup residue from the day. This especially includes around the eyes as mascara, eyeliner and minerals from eyeshadow can sneak in and damage the eye. 

2) Ok, so you don't wear makeup? Unfortunately this does not mean you are going to bed with nothing on your skin. Throughout your day you are picking up external toxins, fumes, oil, dirt and sweat from the environment. If you are not cleansing your skin before bed, you end up rolling your face around your pillow, providing a dirty gift for your next nights sleep, and allowing these elements dive deeper into your skin. 

3) Using bar soap can be damaging for the skin. Cleansers in fact should not contain soap, stripping sulphates or detergents. When you get that squeaky clean feeling it means the natural oils from your skin are no longer present. This can contribute to over drying, sensitive and dull skin.  Natural soaps are made from plant based oils to help keep skin moist and supple. 


My Suggestions:

 

For Dry/ Maturing Skin

What:  Ceremonie Milk Cleanser 

Benefits: A cream based cleanser is crucial for dry skin types. It is especially important to avoid anything over drying or stripping in a cleanser when your skin is on the dry side, or beginning to age. This cleanser contains fruit oil, aloe juice, flower water, vitamin E and a cocktail of essential oils to keep the skin smooth, hydrated and balanced 

How: Massage into damp skin. Remove with a warm, wet cloth. 

For Oily Skin

What: Fable Naturals Oil Cleansing Balm

Benefits: Oil Cleansing Balm is beneficial for any skin type to remove oil, dirt and makeup by acting like a magnet. However, specifically  beneficial for oily skin to help balance the skins natural oil production. 

How: mix a dime size amount in hands with water to emulsify. Rub over skin for 1-2 minutes, massaging to improve skins circulation. Remove with a hot, damp cloth. 

For Acne Prone Skin/ Sensitive Skin

What: Viva Bio Foaming Cleanser

Benefits: This cleanser contains probiotics and apple cider vinegar to help gently cleanse and balance acne prone and sensitive skin types. Keeping the skin's moisture and pH perfectly balanced. Combined with Viva's Amaze Exfoliating Gel, the two make a powerful, acne fighting team by sloughing away dead dry skin. 

How: 1/2 a pump is all you need. This cleanser dispenses as a foam and a little bit goes a long way. Massage onto damp skin for 1 minute and rinse away with warm water. 

What about normal skin types?

Lucky you. You have "normal skin". This essentially means you have little to no skin issues. You may struggle with the occasional breakout or dry patch from time to time, but for the most part you skin is clear and moist. Although, don't take this as a free pass, you too still must cleanse. 

I personally have normal skin and I use all 3 of these cleansing options depending on the season and how my skin is acting. 

Customize your routine

These are merely suggestions based on skin types. Some may have preferences about their skin routines. If you like that deep clean feeling I also suggest the Viva Gel Cleanser to get the traditional foaming action. 

Got a cleanser question? Don't be afraid to ask

xoxo Jacqueline 

Mahalo Skin Care

I have made a new commitment for myself and my readers regarding product reviews...

Receiving natural beauty products in the mail to trial and review is nice, I admit that. But to be completely honest and transparent...I tend to try some products once or twice and write about it because I feel obligated. I have made a commitment to only review products that I have tried for at least 2 weeks, consistently. 

Mahalo skin care is a perfect example of a skin care line that I have taken the time to test out and fall in love with. I have been testing this product now for about 6 months, and not only am I a huge fan, but this is also a product I would re purchase as a customer. 

The Mahalo skin care website has a wealth of product knowledge, organic ingredients lists and intention, so I will use this time to describe my personal experience with the product

Overall Favourite Products:

MAHALO VITALITY ELIXIR facial oil

I have been dreaming about this product since I first received it 6 months ago. I still have product left in the bottle, and I use it every single day. It is The Mahalo Vitality Elixir

I use this Elixir in 2 ways: 

1. At night after my water based cream, to soften my skin and lock in moisture

2. Mixed into my foundation 

My results: My skin is so happy with this product. I love me some dewy skin, which is why I mix it in with my foundation. I use this technique on my makeup clients that have especially dry skin and it ensures the makeup does not sit on top of the skin and in the dry patches. 

My skin has always been decent, but I did see quite the shift in texture and quality of my skin. My skin has a beautiful glowing quality every single day because of this product. The texture of this elixir melds right into the skin. This is a very luxurious and high quality product. 

 

Most Unique Product:

The Petal Mask Mahalo

The Mahalo Petal Mask is one of the most unique products I have used to date. The only way I can describe the texture of this mask, is by describing melted marshmallow. It is gooey, sticky and luxurious. The mask carries a rich rose scent which is very relaxing and calming. 

How is use this product: I have been mixing some of my Pele Mask with my Petal Mask because I adore the texture.

My results: After removing the mask my skin feels hydrated, refreshed and glowing. This is my "special occasion" mask, I find myself using it the night before and important date. 

 

 

 

Best Scent:

MAHALO Skin Care Vacation Glow body oil

The Mahalo Vacation Glow is by far my personal favourite scent of the entire Mahalo collection. This is not a product for one who does not enjoy rich aromatics, as this serum will take your senses for a ride. The three scent profile's are as followed:

Jasminum Sambac (Pikake or Hawaiian Jasmine) – brings a lightness and happy feeling. Helps to dispel fear, guilt, and emotional blocks. “With Jasmine, we are helped to understand that there is no division between physical and divine love.

Geranium – helps to relax the body and relieve tension, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and/or fear. Prized for its benefits in skincare.

Frankincense – prized for millennia, it isvalued for for prevention of wrinkles and dry, damaged skin, for support of the immune system, and for nervous depression. The oil has pain-relieving and decongestant properties and the aroma is renowned for its ability to instill deep tranquility of the mind.

This is a rich scent to die for. In the hair, I personally will only use it on the very ends and not throughout. I prefer using this as a serum on my arms and chest when I dress up to give beautiful glow to the skin. 

 

Problematic Skin go-to:

MAHALO PELE MASK

The Mahalo Pele Mask is a classic, and my "go-to" when my skin is problematic, red or inflamed with acne. The two results I have experienced from using this mask is:

1. Soft, baby bum soft, skin. When removing this mask, I use it as an exfoliant, and scrub it off my skin. My face feels super soft and clear after removing this mask.

2. Reduced redness and even looking skin. Mahalo is not lying when they say the Pele mask will combat and fade blemishes. I do see this result every time I this mask.  

Skin Detox: Masks & Exfoliants

January...

a time traditionally know for clearing, cleansing, renewing and detoxing. However, January is not the only time for these rituals, it is something that should be kept up all year long.

For years, I believed in taking the most potent and harsh scrubs, tonics and masks to my skin to clear the surface, cleanse my pores and essentially dry out my skin as much as possible to remove grease, dirt that had manifested into bumps and acne. 

I now know this is NOT the way to maintain a healthy complexion, in fact, by using those techniques you are simply stripping away your natural oils, scratching the skin and causing more damage internally that you cannot see (as we know that toxic chemicals penetrate our skin and enter our blood stream) 

So lets talk skin detoxing...

I trust in a good juice or two to cleanse the internal system and nourish the body. However, I would not replace a meal with juice as a long term diet option. 

Just as I would not juice everyday instead of eating a meal, I would not use a scrub or mask daily to replace my skin cleanser. Remember, A little goes a long way. 

Detoxing your skin is a beautiful and effective way to remove excess dirt, oil and impurities, balance the skin tone, remove excess dead skin, increase moisture and brighten your complexion, but should not be used in your daily skin regime.

Detoxing includes: exfoliation and masks.  Detox your skin weekly for the best results. 

AVOID THE TOXIC DETOX

You wouldn't drink gasoline to lose weight, so why apply propylene glycol to your skin? For the healthiest skin, stay away from detoxing products like: 

St. Ives Apricot scrub, Clean & Clear scrub with micro beads (yuck!), Clinique pore refining solution, Dr. Brandt pore perfecting exfoliator etc. 

Avoid "detoxifying ingredients" such as:

Salicylic Acid, Alcohol Denatured, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl, PEG-100 Stearate and Synthetic beads to name a few

GIVE YOUR SKIN THE GOODS

A facial detox can be so beneficial to your skin, especially when you are using clean products that are crafted with beneficial detoxifying ingredients. 

Here are some detoxifying products my skin is loving right now that have overlapping detoxifying ingredients such as: Rhassoul clay, White Willow Bark, Bamboo 

MyChelle: Tropical Skin Smoother

This dual action treatment is a manual and chemical exfoliant. This means you can scrub to exfoliate, or leave it on the skin for 2-3 minutes while the fruit enzymes slough away dead skin.

The scent of this product is to DIE for if you are a fan of pineapple and coconut. 

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Glycerin, Bromelain, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Lactic Acid (L), Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Pectin (Fruit Enzymes), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Aqua (Water), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract 

Zorah: Nyxe Creme Masque

Nyxe creme masque is loaded with Pure Argan Oil to moisturize and renew skin cells and Moroccan Clay to exfoliate and regulate skins sebum production. 

The creamy texture can be applied in a thick layer for extreme moisture, or in a thin layer for overnight use. 

Ingredients: Water, Moroccan Lava Clay (rhassoul clay), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Glycerine, Cetearyl Olivate / Sorbitan Olivate, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyrosperum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Palmitate – Sorbitan palmitate, Rhizobian Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Argania Spinosa leaf extract, Dehydroacetic Acid (Synthetic preservative), Benzyl Alcohol: (Synthetic preservative authorised by Ecocert – Less than 0,3%.), Citrus aurantium dulcis (Orange) oil,Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) oil, Lavandula hybrida oil, Xanthan Gum

*Ingredients I don't love are in bold. Please use your own personal standards when choosing the right product for you

Mahalo: Pele Mask

Mahalo mask in loaded with an impressive array of ingredients such as Hibiscus, anti-inflammatory Turmeric, collagen-boosting vitamin C, anti-aging Neem leaf, oxygenating Cayenne, sebum-balancing Witch Hazel, wrinkle-fading Guava, acne-fighting Holy Basil, toxin-magnet Volcanic Ash Clay and bacteria-absorbing Activated Bamboo Charcoal.

When mixed with water, this mask bubbles up, warms and tingles the skin when it is applied. For a cooler experience, mix with yogurt or honey.   

Ingredients: volcanic ash clay, alaea (hawaiian red) clay*, rhassoul clay, theobroma cacao (raw cacao) powder*, black lava hawaiian salt, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) charcoal powder, carica papaya (papaya) leaf*, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus) flower*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf*, curcuma longa (turmeric) root*, zingiber officinalis (ginger) root*, sodium bicarbonate, calendula officinalis (marigold) flower*, morinda citrofolia (noni) powder*, ocimum sanctum (holy basil tulsi) leaf*, centella asiatica (pennywort) leaf*, azadirachta indica (neem) powder*, antalum spicatum (sandalwood), salix alba L. (white willow bark)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) powder*, capsicum annuum (cayenne)*, musa spp (banana) fruit extract*, psidium guajava (guava) fruit extract*, antalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil*

Helena Lane: Lavender & White Willow Mask

I appreciate the simplicity of this product. 4 simple, clean, organic ingredients. Just mix with water and apply. This mask is gentle and effective. 

I use this product as a manual exfoliator or a mask based on if I am hanging out in the bathtub, or having a quick shower. Regardless of the way I use it, my skin always feel refreshed. 

Ingredients: Rhassoul (Moroccan) clay, Lavender flower powder,White willow powder, Orange peel powder


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5 + natural products that will clear up your acne

Ensuring you are using proper skin care products is crucial to achieving clear, glowing skin. After years of neglecting my skin with apricot scrub and clean&clear, I decided it was time to become more conscious of the products I was choosing. Why do I say I was neglecting my skin? Well…I have always gone through life with the confidence that everything I was consuming and using was safe for me because everyone else was using the same products, and they were safe…right? In fact, It never crossed my mind that the apricot scrub I was purchasing was just a marketing scam - a bottle of chemicals and irritating fruit pit pieces that would damage my skin, not heal my acne. I say neglect because I was not treating my body as a shrine, or like a child that I would do anything for, to nourish and take care of properly.

Your body is the most important body in the world, and in this world it is your responsibility to take care of yourself because none else is looking out for you, especially large corporations.

Here are 3 key products that helped heal my skin, and guess what, they are very safe and are made of natural ingredients:

Viva Health Products:

Viva health is a very unique product line. I was convinced these products were amazing after meeting the creator of Viva, who was an adorable 30 year old woman, or so I thought. After speaking with her I learned that she was actually 50 years old and about to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary. I was absolutely blown away. Of course I begged her to tell me all of her skin care secrets. A skin diet of Chinese medicine practices and simple, sensible skin care products - Viva. My skin was presented with the 4 step acne program - A cleanser, toner, spot treatment and moisturizer.

The cleanser is gentle, but powerful. Unfortunately my bottle of toner spilled in my bag when I was only half way through it, I cried…for 5 minutes. The sport treatment works like a charm and is not overly drying and the moisturizer is magic…mattifying but not tightening or drying, leaving my skin silky and smooth, overall I was not one bit disappointed with this line. My father, who is currently struggling with patches of acne is constantly stealing my moisturizer and telling me everyday that I should buy him a tub, I can’t say that I have ever had my father ask for such a thing. Bravo Viva.

  • Water (Aqua)
  • Coriander -To sooth, calm and care acne. It is also an inflammatory, detoxifier, has healing properties and relief itchiness and redness.
  • Sugar cane- its enzymes gently dissolve dull surface cell and crystallizes acne to help the healing process
  • Beta Carotene- an antioxidant and anti aging micronutrient. It is converted to Vitamin A for the maintance of healthy skin and re-new the cells.
  • Water Chestnut- An aquatic vegetable that grow in marshes. Contains fiber and vitamin B6. It also can detoxify your skin
  • Aloe Vera- A healing herb that improves circulation, speeds up the skin repair process, moisturizes and softens.
  • Citric Acid- A cleaning agent and it also acts as an anti-oxidant and lubricant. It is a natural preservative and binding agent.
  • Germall Plus- Preservative. Derived from vegetables
  • Essential oil of Mandarin- Essential oil from mandarin peel. It is gentle, astringent and can benefit complexion that are prone to greasiness and/or acne
  • Geranium- Treats acne, balances the P.H. of oily skin and dull looking skin.

Essential Oils

My journey to natural skin care started with a tiny bottle of tea tree oil. Unfortunately the smell too me back to the days of sitting in the bathtub with a head full of lice and a very brave mother. I had read that tea tree oil was great for healing acne prone skin and gentle enough to use directly on the skin. I found the tea tree oil worked best in a carrier facial oil such as sweet almond oil or almond kernel oil. I felt that using tea tree oil as a spot treatment was safer and gentler on my skin than clean and clear salicylic acid treatment, and it worked!


Facial Oil

I was so sad for my poor dry, sensitive and raw skin when I returned from muggy NYC. I could barely wash my face without it stinging and peeling, and any makeup I applied would ball up and crumble away, which made my acne a whole lot more obvious.

Like any woman, I was browsing the “Winners” skin care aisle one afternoon and found a bottle of organic face oil. Now, I know what your thinking…”Why would you put oil on your acne prone skin?” Let me tell you a bit about facial oil:

Quality facial oil has numerous benefits such as:

  • Hydrating and Nourishing
  • Repairs fine lines and wrinkles
  • Antioxidants
  • Barrier against external toxins
  • If used on top of your moisturizer, it will trap in moisture. 

Cheap facial oils may be harmful and pore clogging. Make sure to avoid MINERAL OIL. 

Facial Oils will penetrate your skin much deeper and quicker than a cream or lotion. This means the oil will not sit on top of your skin and create a greasy look.

Facial oil will benefit an oily skin type by mocking the natural oils your skin creates. Eventually your skin will stop creating excessive amounts of oil. This will especially benefit those with acne. 
 

I made it a routine to apply my facial oil before my moisturizer every night. I noticed a difference within 2 weeks and by a month my skin felt like butter. I did not experience breakouts from the oil or any sensitivity from the product. I even learned to create my own facial oil using oils from a local soap making shop. The best oils to use on your face should be light:

  • Argan oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Jojoba oil (great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin)
  • Apricot kernel oil (great for any skin type, but especially good for normal, dry, and aging skin)
  • Sweet almond oil (just an all-around great facial oil, but it takes a bit longer to “sink in” than the first two)
  • Grapeseed oil (great for normal, oily, or acne-prone skin)
  • Avocado oil (great for dry and aging skin)
  • Hemp seed oil (great for any skin type, also very light)

To create an acne fighting facial oil combine 1 ounce of your selected light carrier oil (above) with 4-7 drops of tea tree essential oil.


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