Mystical House Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter Review

Mystical House Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter Review

With the transition into spring weather, my skin needs a little extra TLC. My lips feel constantly chapped and it’s time to get my hands and feet in tip top shape for spring. I have tried a few body butters from Mystical House before and have always loved the scents. When they offered to send me the new Mint Chocolate lip and body butter, I was so intrigued! It sounded delicious!

Claims: “The traditional use of shea butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn… Cocoa butter is a natural source of vitamin E as well as a beneficial treatment for chapped hands, feet, lips, pregnant skin and other skin irritations… Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-Fungal properties…”

Ingredients: Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, plant based oil blend, natural flavor oils

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. All natural and organic ingredients. Smells amazing and delicious! Travel sized container. Seals easily. Re-usable and recyclable packaging.

Cons: None.

The Verdict: This stuff smells so freaking delicious! Growing up, Junior Mints were one of my favorite candies. I loved the blend of chocolate and mint. Sadly, they aren’t vegan and I now miss them. The Mint Chocolate Lip and Body Butter from Mystical House smells exactly like they taste. I just want to constantly apply it because it smells so good! It’s super moisturizing as well. The formula is really smooth and creamy. Plus, the mint gives it a slight fresh and tingly feeling on your lips.

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Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein

Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein

Fruity smoothies are one of my favorite things in the morning. It feels like a reward to have one in the middle of the morning! After doing the Tone It Up plan for a while, I decided that I wanted to try Perfect Fit protein. It was created by the girls who founded Tone It Up. It comes in two flavors, is organic, and it’s also vegan!

Perfect Fit comes in two forms – a 50 serving bag or a package of 20 individual packets. I recently purchased the box of 20 packages because I wanted to give the protein a try. Perfect Fit is brown rice protein. I’ve tried it in smoothies and to make protein pancakes and was really happy with it. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet.

What you will need to make Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein:

  • 1 packet vanilla Perfect Fit
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • Optional toppings – unsweetened shredded coconut, raw cocao nibs, dried goji berries

How to make Mango & Pineapple Smoothie with Perfect Fit Protein:

  1. Add the Perfect Fit and frozen fruit into a blender, then pour the coconut milk over.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Top with unsweetened shredded coconut, raw cocao nibs, and dried goji berries if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

I love this smoothie because it gives the perfect tropical kick to any morning. This is especially nice during the foggy Bay Area mornings.

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LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

 

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Finding fun and fresh polish colors can be a challenge. LVX is a cruelty free and vegan nail polish line that strives to bring the latest trends in fashion into the beauty world. They strive to bring seasonal colors to life in a way that also makes them timeless. I picked up a bottle of the color Deco – a cute coral shade from their summer 2013 collection.

Claims: “Long lasting, chip resistant, smooth finish-high shine, chemical free & non toxic.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan. Formaldehyde free. Formaldehyde resin free. DBP free. Toluene free. Camphor free. Made in the USA. Color is very true to that in the bottle. Does not chip easily, even without a top coat.

Cons: Limited color shades in each collection.

LVX Nail Lacquer in Deco Review & Swatches

The Verdict: This is one of my favorite polish shades! I also love the LVX formula. It holds up well, with or without a top coat. You also only need a couple of coats to get color that matches what’s seen in the bottle.

After trying LVX, I am interested in trying more of their shades. While the collections released each season are small, they are carefully curated. Each one contains great colors that are perfectly on trend, but also still hold up in later seasons.

You can stay up to date with LVX on Facebook and Twitter.

Tarte Cosmetics Bought by Kose – How Does It Impact Their Animal Testing Stance?

Tarte Cosmetics Bought by Kose - How Does It Impact Their Animal Testing Stance?

Today an announcement about Tarte Cosmetics shocked the cruelty free beauty world. Long known as a cruelty free brand with lots of vegan options (and a favorite here at Logical Harmony), Tarte has now been bought by Kose Corp. WWD announced yesterday that Japan’s Kose company has purchased a 93.5% stake in Tarte Cosmetics. Kose is a Japanese cosmetics brand that also tests on animals.

Tarte made the announcement today via Facebook -

To all of our tartelettes: As you may have heard, tarte has recently been acquired by Japanese company KOSÉ. It’s truly been an amazing ride, from the little venture Maureen Kelly started in her bedroom 15 years ago to the global powerhouse we’re privileged to join. Our vision has always been to create beauty products that are ‘healthy treats for your skin,’ foster the highest level of customer service and give back to the community and the environment. By joining the KOSÉ family and adding to that rich portfolio, we can build on what we’ve already accomplished with powerful products and explore expanding the tarte brand in new and exciting countries. And rest assured, we are committed to remaining a cruelty-free brand and will not test on animals. Maureen will stay on as the CEO and looks forward to continuing a lasting relationship with our tartelettes.

xo, the tarte team!

After many questions from readers who expressed serious concern over them being bought by a non-cruelty free company, Tarte also issued an update via Facebook -

Hey tartelettes – It’s Maureen

I’ve been reading your comments and concerns over the past hour and wanted to let you know I hear them all loud and clear. I promise, I’m not going anywhere. I started tarte out of my one bedroom apartment and I’m still just as passionate about making innovative, eco-friendly products that deliver real results. I’ll still be in the office every day working with my team to develop new products I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Remember, tarte will NOT be testing on animals, or EVER test on animals. We are a cruelty-free company and will remain one. KOSÉ is completely on board with our position as an eco-friendly, cruelty-free company and has given tarte such a great opportunity to grow and expand around the world. It’s really an exciting time and we can’t wait to reach more tartelettes worldwide. Please look at the checklist below and be assured tarte is in great hands.

xo, Maureen

· We will remain a cruelty-free beauty brand focused on high-performance naturals™
· We will continue to manufacture our high-quality products to our exacting standards, which means our formulas will continue to be formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten
· We will continue to formulate with good-for-you ingredients like Amazonian clay, maracuja, minerals, colored clay, superfruits and vitamins
· With my team, we will continue to innovate and create products we believe tartelettes will love
· We will continue to expand internationally where are our high standards are met—we can’t wait to reach more tartelettes worldwide!

Tarte is currently certified as cruelty free by PETA. Leaping Bunny has informed me that they are not Leaping Bunny certified because they inquired into, but didn’t finish, the application. They will stay on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony, but it will now be noted that their parent company does test on animals. I am very disappointed by this news.

Here at Logical Harmony, I like to let readers decide what is best for themselves. I strive to provide you with the best education out there so that you can be an empowered consumer. Each individual should do what works for them and I think it’s important for consumers to be aware of their options and choose wisely. I think it’s better for a consumer to understand that Tarte is cruelty free and their parent company is not than to think animal testing is a thing of the past and purchase directly from Revlon or L’Oreal.

While Logical Harmony will no longer be featuring Tarte cosmetics due to the changes with their parent company, I do hope that they continue to remain certified as cruelty free by Leaping Bunny. I will also continue to check in on the brand for future updates.

Oh My DeVita Baby Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm Review

 Oh My DeVita Baby Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm Review

A skincare brand that I love, DeVita, just launched a brand new line of baby products called On My DeVita baby! I received a couple products from this line for review and asked my neighbors to test them out on their little one.

Claims: “For times when diapers cause rubbing and chapping in those super sensitive areas, “oh so soothing” Butter Cheeks Baby Balm calms, revives and helps rescue the stressed skin. Providing an army of ‘good guys’ seeming to fight against wetness and all the bad nasties, while helping to protect and balance baby’s delicate skin.”

Ingredients: Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed oil, Euphorbia anisyphilitica (candelilla) wax, Lavandula spp.* (lavender40/42) essential oil, L. Plantarum (vegan probiotic), Tocopherol (vitamin E – derived from sunflowers), Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) seed oil, Limmnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) butter, Simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis* (Roman chamomile) essential oil, Chamomilla recutita* (German chamomile) essential oil, Aloe barbadensis* (aloe vera), Calendula officinalis* (calendula) extract in Olea europaea* (olive) oil.
* asterisk denotes certified organic ingredient

Pros: Cruelty free and vegan formula. Fragrance free. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free. Very moisturizing. Helped calm irritated skin and prevent future irritation.

Cons: The packaging and formula don’t work well together. The product didn’t last long.

The Verdict: I was told that DeVita’s Butter Cheeks Baby Diaper Balm was an overall great product. It worked really well and lived up to it’s claims. Not only did it calm irritated skin, but it worked exceptionally well in doing so and in moisturizing. The downside was the packaging. The stick would be handy for on the go, but isn’t functional for normal use. The formula of the balm doesn’t lend well to a stick form as it warms up during use. They used the product at every diaper change and it lasted less than one week. While they loved the product, they didn’t feel that this size and packaging made it cost effective. They would love to buy the product if it came in a larger tub packaging instead of the smaller tube.

You can stay up to date with DeVita Natural Skin Care on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.