Royal Essence

COVID-19 Restrictions may be easing, but you’ll still want your house to smell nice… Or, you’ve been working your butt off and will want to relax with a nice bath bomb… Whatever your style, Royal Essence has you sorted.

Screen Shot 2020-05-20 at 10.20.38 pmI know I’ve started off cheesy; but, seriously, it’s because Royal Essence are amazing!

Royal Essence products are Australian-made, vegan, cruelty-free, hand-made, and uses only safe ingredients. And, best of all? Their products* come with a shiny surprise inside them!! (They call it “a Kinder Surprise for adults”).

*Well, most of them do. Some don’t.

Royal Essence range beautiful candles, diffusers, bath bombs, bath crumbles, body scrubs and whipped soap. The candles are made of the highest quality material, containing soy-wax as well as a natural cotton wick.

Some of these products include rings, earrings, or necklaces valued up to a few thousand $ (if you’re lucky!) Most of mine have been worth between $40-$120, which is a win when I’ve spent less than that on the product itself. The surprise rings are guaranteed sterling silver (despite my ring pictured above, which is from their old batch.)

There is also a Buy, Swap, Sell group on Facebook for the jewellery.

My last piece of advice? Try not to get addicted 😛

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Natural Instinct

Natural Instinct are an Australian skincare and haircare range. They use all natural ingredients, are vegan, and do not do any animal testing.

As a long time acne-sufferer (PCOS), I was excited to try Natural Instinct’s 6 week challenge, which would become the gateway for me to discovering other products from the brand. I will begin by discussing my thoughts on the 6 week challenge and then exploring the brand and some of their other products in greater detail.

(TL;DR? I give an overview at the end of the post if you find the break down of the individual products too wordy).

The 6 Week Challenge

Cleanse, nourish and brighten your skin with this natural day and night skincare regime.

Bursting with natural ingredients rich in vitamins and antioxidants – it will leave skin glowing, soft and smooth.

The 6 week Challenge was a 3-step morning and night process, in which I was required to use:

1. The Skin Refining Cleansing Oil

With 6 nourishing oils for Oily, Dry & Combination skin, this anti-oxidant natural facial cleansing oil gently cleanses without stripping the skin of its essential oils.

A beautiful lightweight blend of six botanical oil extracts to gently dissolves away dirt, makeup and excess sebum leaving a non-pore-clogging ultra-nourishing glowy sheen.

  • Delivers 20%* skin tone improvement.
  • 100%* of women saw an improvement in evenness of skin tone revealing smooth, refined and youthful skin.

*Tested under dermatological skin specialist control – 30 women after 6 weeks of application of the product. Laboratory measured Skin tone, Miravex Antera testing 2016, Centrum Kosmetykow, Dr Koziej.

2. The Plump & Renew Serum

The secret to youth and beauty – skin looks refreshed, supple and glowing.

This highly effective, multi-action natural serum visibly improves wrinkles, hydration and corrects skin tone for youthful brightness when used daily.

  • 87%* achieved a reduction in skin fatigue and stress.
  • 57% *achieved a visible reduction of wrinkles.
  • 73%*of women agreed it plumped skin and tightened pores.
  • 63%* of women achieved significant improvement with deep moisturising and soothing skin better than a moisturiser alone.

3. The Skin Radiance Facial Moisturiser in the morning; or,

Ultra-nourishing, this naturally derived facial moisturiser will fight the visible signs of ageing and improve skin elasticity and firmness.

With natural ingredients such as Goji Berry and Kakadu Plum, which are rich in minerals, amino acids and Vitamin C, this moisturiser will improve your skin quality over time with daily use and has been proven to:

  • increase skin elasticity by up to 25%† in just 3 days
  • deliver up to 50%† improvement in hydration in 4 days

4. The Vitamin C + Camellia Oil at night

A high powered, lightweight anti-ageing facial oil that helps support collagen production and reduce the visible signs of damaging free radicals

Struggling to fall asleep, combat that wired and tired feeling with Geranium Oil and Rosemary Extract to promote – emotional wellness, calm the mind and relax, brighten the skin, improve skin clarity and rejuvenation, and release tension.

The promise was that in 6 weeks using only natural ingredients would cause “amazing” results. But, was Natural Instinct able to deliver on this promise?

My observations after trying the 6- week challenge are as follows:

  1. No change in break outs.
  2. Improved scarring
  3. Smaller pores

I was initially worried that the oils would trigger an acne break out for me, as I thought my acne was caused by an oily face. However, I didn’t notice any change in break outs, despite the oils being noticeably… oily.

While I’m slightly disappointed that my break outs didn’t improve, I still think the 6-week challenge worked*!

Why?

  • I have tried many different cleansers and most leave my face feeling dry and uncomfortable, with some causing peeling. In contrast, this routine left me feeling refreshed and clean.
  • No cleaning routine has ever improved my scarring. This means that while I did not notice a change in my acne on the Natural Instinct routine, I am over the moon that at least my scarring has improved, especially since new scars can often be indistinguishable from active pimples. Therefore, improved scarring still means less spots!

One promise that came with my 6-week challenge was an invite to their Facebook group. This group was meant to be a community of supportive women (and men, I’m sure), who are all in this together. Unfortunately, when I looked the group up, it appeared to be inactive, and they never accepted my join request.

I would rate the 6-week challenge, 3/5.

-1 for not reducing my acne and -1 for the inactive group.

My favourite product from the 6-week challenge is the Plump & Renew Serum. I also really love the Cleanser and the Vitamin C + Camellia Oil. I found the moisturiser to be average.

*I would say it took longer than 6 weeks for the challenge to noticeably improve my face, but improve my face, it did!

Pink Clay Cleanser

Cleanse, detox and brighten skin with this gentle Pink Clay Cleanser.

Formulated with French Pink Clay and rich in silica, minerals and antioxidants, it draws out oil, dirt and impurities, visibly reduces the size of pores and leaves skin clean, fresh and bright.

I’ve never used a pink clay cleanser, so I bought this one to try out of curiosity. You know how you usually feel cleaner after washing your face? The Pink Clay Cleanser just doesn’t give me this feeling… It doesn’t feel as though the cleanser soaks into my pores; and I’d describe it as feeling as thought I am just washing my face with water.

1/5.

 

Radiance Mist

A unique hydrating facial mist that detoxifies, re-mineralises and brightens, leaving skin radiant and refreshed.

Formulated with Earth Marine Water and Rose Water (Magnesium + Potassium rich) this mist will visibly reduce the size of pores by up to 10%.

Love, love, love this!

This product is exactly as they describe, and it works so well that I sometimes use it in the place of moisturiser.

5/5.

+1 Bonus point because it smells like musk sticks. 6/5.

Dark Circle + Wrinkle Correction Eye Cream

A natural eye cream that intensively hydrates, reduces puffiness and smooths fine lines.

Designed to hydrate and plump the delicate layers of the eye skin, smooth fine lines, promote skin renewal and eye radiance through intense hydrating, firming and anti-inflammatory active ingredients.

25%† WRINKLE REDUCTION
93%* achieved a rapid wrinkle and dark circle reduction

I liked this product, and did notice an improvement.

(In saying this, Proactive’s Eye Brightening Serum works better for me. But, the Proactive also comes at about triple the price, which isn’t worthwhile for me for the minor difference.)

4/5.

Gentle + Soothing Facial Wipes

Beautifully soft, natural cleansing wipes that will nourish, fight skin fatigue and hydrate skin with Rosehip and Argan Oil.

Cucumber and Aloe Vera help to gently and easily remove impurities of dirt, oil and make-up. Naturally rich in Antioxidants, Green Tea extract to help protect skin from free radicals and boost skin cell regeneration and feel soft, refreshed and hydrated. Dermatologically tested for sensitive skin.

I also love these facial wipes! They definitely are gentle and soothing, as Natural Instinct claim. The only con is they aren’t the best wipes at removing make-up.

4/5.

Overall

I love this brand and will continue using it! My skin truly feels healthier, smoother, and my acne scarring has improved massively.

My 3 favourite products from their range are the Plump & Renew Serum, the Vitamin C + Camellia Oil, and the Radiance Mist.

Overall, I rate Natural Instinct 8.2/10.

+1 because the brand are vegan and do not do any animal testing.

 

Disclaimer: I am in no way endorsed by Natural Instinct and have not received any commission for this post. This is an honest review.

 

 

MTA (Mermaid Treasures Australia)

COVID-19 has highlighted, more than ever, the importance of supporting local businesses. I made it my mission to discover some of Australia’s finest, as seen in my last review, Erstwilder.

MTA

MTA (Mermaid Treasures Australia) is an Adelaide-based family business, which sells beautiful crystals, jewellery, tarot cards, books, etc. Let’s just say that once you discover MTA, you can kiss your hard-saved cash goodbye (Eek!).

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The owner, Carly, sources only the best quality crystals from all over. A couple of her latest shipments have been from Madagascar and Brazil!

Now, as amazing as the online shop is, the best thing about MTA is actually the ‘secret’ Facebook group, ‘Mermaid Treasures Crystal Addicts’. Group members have first pick of new crystals through both live sales and uploads throughout the day, as well as exclusive community discounts. The group is also a great atmosphere to be in; with a very positive and encouraging community.

Occasionally, the MTA Facebook page (not to be confused with the group) will also post super enticing things. For example, tarot card readings (as shown below)!

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Reveal ❤ As written by the Thread of Fate

Card 1 – The Pillar
The pillar signifies a need to rise to the occasion. It indicates a time where we may need to be all things: the backbone, the nurturer, the provider, the lover. The Pillar asks you to step into these roles as best as you can, knowing that you are being pushed outside of your comfort zone. You will learn just how capable you are. It is a time where we take our gifts to new heights and learn that our perceived flaws are just that, perceived. If you have been resisting a new opportunity or role that has presented itself it is time to step into it and trust that you will learn as you go. This is also a time where our container grows. We learn just how much space we can hold for ourselves and for others. Continue to listen to yourself, fill up your own cupso that you can be there for others, but do not forget to push yoursefl!Balanced Pillar energy is being able to wear many hats, to hold space for family and community, but doing these things with empowered boundaries. It is placing your personal well-being and needs first, knowing that your service will be better because of it.

Card 2 – Sacred Sexuality
Our sexual self and sexual energy is such a layered and potent part of who we are – it can show us our wounds, it can provide healing, it can help us manifest, it can teach us boundaries and an fuel and empower us. Sacred sexuality does not mean that your sexual presence or expression needs to look a certain way – it simply means that your sexuality is sacred as it is. It is a core part of your humanity as well as your spiritual and universal self.

Card 3 – Love
This card is an invitation to examine love in all facets of your life. This is a love of self, love of others, your healthy or not so healthy boundaries, your presence with others, your relationship with intimacy, if you feel seen and heard, passion, joy and total responsibility. This card could signal a need to build a better relationship internally, or maybe with a partner, in your business or work life or even towards a goal or hobby. It could also be a reminder that love is a choice.

My Order

We call it ‘mermail’ when you receive your MTA order… My two mermails were long-awaited thanks to COVID-19 causing an influx in postage (shout out to Auspost for their hard work though!)

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The above photo shows my two deliveries together. The Dreamtime oracle card and the bag of small crystals came as a lovely surprise with my larger order. (I love that I received a ‘Storyteller’ card…)

Below are the shop’s professional photo’s of the crystals I bought:

Thoughts

  • My crystals are just as lovely in person as advertised.
  • The community is awesome – I look forward to seeing new posts every day.
  • Only con is this will ruin my purse.

5/5.

I definitely recommend MTA to any new or old crystal lovers!

 

(Disclaimer: Photo-frame and photo not included.)