Archive | February 2013

Live Native Skin Care Review

Live Native Skin Care

Overall Rating: 

About Live Native:

“Live Native is the most nutritious, nature-intact, handmade, organic skincare available today. Our truly unique and beautifully fragrant range uses only the finest and purest living ingredients to moisturize and nourish all skin types.”

Fresh Feet Moisturizing Balm

Live Native’s Description:

“Massage, moisturise and revive your hard working busy feet. Fresh Feet is a uniquely raw-blended premium quality balm that absorbs readily and cleanly to deeply nourish and aroma-therapeutically revitalise sore over walked feet. It also contains naturally effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.


Massage firmly but lovingly all over your feet. With regular use, Fresh Feet will leave your feet feeling fresh and healthy.

INGREDIENTS   ( 97% organic)

Virgin cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, Aloe barbadensis miller (cold pressed aloe vera)*, Butyrospermum parkii (raw shea butter)**, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) floral water*, d-alpha tocopherol (natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols in GMO free soy oil), Glyceryl caprilate (from palm and coconut oil), Azadiracta indica (neem seed oil)*, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil*, Sodium levulinate, Sodium anisate, Rosemary officinalis essential oil*, Origanum marjorana (marjoram) essential oil*, Cympopogon citratus (lemongrass) essential oil*, Cupressus sempervirens (cypress) essential oil*, Citrus sinensis (orange) essential oil*, Aqua, Glycerin, Ascorbic acid, Xanthan gum. Contains the following components of essential oils: citral, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, limonene and linalool.

* organic   |   ** wild harvested.”

My Description & Thoughts:

As a runner who is constantly removing sweaty, stinky shoes from my feet, I’m always excited about products that pamper my hooves. I also regularly have callouses  on various spots on my feet. Keeping my keep well conditioned and pumiced seems to minimize those. Now, thanks to this product, I have another product to help with this. This Fresh Feet balm is rich (a little goes a long way) and smells herbaceous and citrusy. I’d deem the smell to be great for both men and women. I like to apply it so my feet right after showering. I put socks on right after I massage it into my feet, as the balm leaves a moisturizing residue on your feet until all of it is absorbed by your skin. It’s the perfect, refreshing, merely entirely organic treat for my runner’s feet!

Lemongrass Exfoliating Cleanser

Live Native’s Description:

“Essential Earth Exfoliating Lemongrass Cleanser combines nature’s purest and most effective organic skin cleansing ingredients. Absorptive Moroccan Rhassoul Clay extricates dirt and oil by actively assimilating with, and removing trapped particles deep within the pores. Silica rich oats provide for superior exfoliating. Lemongrass regulates oil production whilst Bog Myrtle kills common bacteria found in acne prone skin. Nutrient active Hebridean Kelp replenishes essential minerals and sulphur-rich anti-inflammatory MSM helps build vital collagen. Argan, Calendula and Coconut oils clear the pores providing the skin with essential fatty acids to moisturize, self-balance and give protection from bacterial infection. An aromatic blend of soothing Chamomile, Calendula and Liquorice soothes inflamed skin


Apply morning and evening for best results. Regular use will remove deeply embedded oils and cleanse clogged pores.


Hold a warm, wet face cloth to your face to relax the pores. Repeat 3 times. Mix a little in the palm of your hand with an equal amount of warm water until it forms a sticky paste. Roll the cleanser onto your face using both hands. Keep rolling, but don’t scrub! The clay in the cleanser will attract and absorb all the day’s dirt. After about one minute, rinse off with warm water. Lastly, rinse with cold water to close the pores and remove the last of the dirt.

INGREDIENTS   ( 90% organic )

Oat (Avena Sativa) Kernel Meal*, Rhassoul Clay (Montmorillonite)*/***, Chamomile Macerate in Sunflower oil*, Argan (Argania Spinosa) Kernal Oil*/***, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone) from Pine Trees, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria) Flower*, Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Root Powder*, Kelp (Ascophyllum Nodosum)**, Marigold (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Oil*, Vitamin E (natural d-alpha tocopherol), Glyceryl Caprilate, Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis) Seed Extract in vegetable glycerin, Acerola cherry (Malpighia Glabra) Fruit Extract*, Lemongrass (Cympopogon citratus) essential oil*, Bog Myrtle (Myrica Gale) essential oil*, citral*, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool*.

* organic   |   ** wild harvested   |   *** Fairtrade.”

My Description & Thoughts:

With an almost entirely organic ingredient list, I quickly became a fan of this product. Since I perspire so much during exercise, I enjoy a thorough clean every few days to get all of the “funk” off of my facial skin. This is just the product for that. This cleanser provides the perfect amount of friction to skin-it’s rough enough to leave skin feeling rejuvenated, yet gentle enough that it does not irritate skin. I’ve also enjoyed that it leaves a fresh, lemony, zesty scent upon my skin!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Osmia Organics Review: Body Soaps, Facial Soap, Lip Balm, Deodorant, Facial Calibration Serum, Body Oil

Osmia Organics

Overall Rating: 


Vetiver Grey

Osmia Organics’ Description:

“A masculine combination of vetiver and virginia cedar wood, with a hint of lime. Dead sea mud and black clay give a gentle grey color and a deep clean. For: All skin types.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I had no idea what to expect with this soap. I knew the soap would do incredible things for my skin (as ALL Osmia products do) but I was not familiar with the smell of Vetiver. The first things that came to mind upon smelling this soap were: earthy, musky, clay, clean, and fresh. This scent I found very nice, mild and enjoyable. To me, it is indeed masculine smelling-making it a perfect bar of soap to have in the shower to share with your significant other.🙂

Lavender Pine

Osmia Organics’ Description:

Lavender and pine in a beautiful purple bar. The scent is wonderful - the lavender and pine essential oils combine perfectly.  Mildly exfoliating due to the sandalwood powder, this soap also has a great feel on the skin. For: All skin types.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I currently am using this bar of soap as hand soap next to the sink in my bathroom. The scent of this soap is wonderfully earthy with the subtle flowery lavender aroma. I have used this soap in the shower too-the smell takes over the shower and it turns into a lavender & pine aromatherapy session. Just like every other Osmia soap I’ve used, the soap leaves my skin so incredibly nourished, soft, and healthy feeling.

Rose Clay Facial Soap

Osmia Organics’ Description:

Australian pink clay and white kaolin clay hydrate and heal the skin, and essential oils of geranium and palma rosa give a rose-like scent. For: Dry, mature, or sensitive skin. How: Use one to two times daily.  Rinse skin well and gently pat dry.

My Description & Thoughts:

I purchased this soap after using the other clay facial bar (black clay) that Osmia makes. I love that soap, so I was eager to try the rose clay soap as my facial cleanser. This soap is just as wonderful, yet It is slightly more gentle on the skin. The black clay did its best job when my skin was very oily (at the end of the day or after a workout). This rose clay seems to do its best job when my skin needs a mild cleanse/rinse. Both of these bar soaps are incredibly cleansing, yet nourishing, never drying-things that I would not expect from a bar. Osmia has shattered any previous aversions I had to bar soap. Great product-I will certainly keep these clay facial soaps as staples in my routine.

Lip Balm

Osmia Organics’ Description:

“For: chapped lips. Why: luxurious oils and lanolin heal and protect lips. How: apply as needed.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This lip balm is absolute perfection. Even though it has various essential oils in it, subtle peppermint is the scent & flavor that stands out the most to me. I apply it right after getting out of the shower so that my lips stay moisturized. I find that applying it right after a shower never gives them a chance to get chapped (in combination with reapplying it throughout the day).


Osmia Organics’ Description:

Osmia doesn’t yet distribute this item through their website, so I feel like I got a little sample of something great!

My Description & Thoughts:

This deodorant is earthy, pleasant, and effective. It is a great go-to organic deodorant for me. I’ve found that many organic deodorants do not absorb all of the body odor, whereas this deodorant masks odor wholly. The scent is an excellent choice for deodorant (earthy and clay-like) as it makes it a versatile, unisex deodorant.

Facial Calibration Serum

Osmia Organics’ Description:

A select combination of oils, chosen for their balancing qualities, helps skin become more even and smooth, and assists in regulating sebum production.  Absorbs quickly, and does not leave the skin oily.  In fact, used regularly, this serum can help oily skin behave itself, and combination skin become less confused. For: Normal, combination, oily skin. How: One pump over the face and neck after cleansing, while skin is still quite damp.

My Description & Thoughts:

I have just recently started using a moisturizer/serum on my face after washing it. For the longest time, I would just use a cleanser and pat my face dry-even though I would be left with some dry spots on my face. Since I have oily skin, it never occured to me that using a moisturizer or serum after washing would be the best choice for my skin to keep it balanced. This calibration serum is just what I have needed. Not only is it packed full of powerful, high quality essential oils, but it moisturizes perfectly without leaving my skin dirty and oily.

Forest Body Oil

Osmia Organics’ Description:

“Precious ambrette seed oil and invigorating evergreen oils provide a clean, green scent - excellent for use when you are completely run down and need a little boost.  Excellent when used with Lavender Pine Soap. For: All skin types. How: Apply to clean, wet skin.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This body oil is like taking a trip to the mountains. The aroma is so intoxicating, earthy, woodsy, and pleasant. I apply it (as Sarah of Osmia Organics suggests to) after getting out of the shower to damp skin. This application is ideal because the oil spreads on skin much easier when in combination with water droplets left on the skin after showering. Another wonderful thing about this oil is that my skin absorbs it, is left nourishes & moisturized, and is not sticky or oily. That is what these wonderful essential oils and organic carrier oils do for the skin. Well done, Osmia.🙂

What is your focus while running?

Lately, I’ve been focusing on certain things while running:

-Deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth)
-Relaxing into my natural gait
-Keeping a pace that doesn’t cause me to sacrifice form yet stays moderately challenging

These things, especially maintaining good posture, help me to run for longer with less exhaustion and less pain.

I’ve been exploring various, different and new routes and am loving the new adventures!

What is your focus while running?