What is Retinol? Review: RoC RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream and RoC MULTI CORREXION 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream

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In a daily hectic we sometimes forget that our routines mirror on our face skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are common signs of aging, however, constant stress, lack of sleep, pollution, and many other factors can accelerate this process. Actually, high levels of stress hormone cortisol lead to premature aging.

Low levels of cortisol are beneficial, allowing the skin to regenerate and protect itself. However, upon high stress and lack of sleep, the levels of this hormone rise up, contributing to the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissues. Collagen is the key protein that promotes young and fresh look of the skin. So when collagen prematurely stiffens we observe unexpected fine lines and wrinkles.

What can we do to keep the younger look? First of all, make sure you have a good night’s sleep, which is at least 8 hours a night. While we sleep, the cortisol levels naturally decrease, letting our skin to rest and regenerate. During this restorative process new, fresh cells are produced and yesterday’s damage is fixed.

Secondly, protect your skin with retinol containing products, like RoC RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer and RoC RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream. (Read below more info on retinol)

And finally, invest in a good anti-aging night cream, so the skin can absorb it while repairing itself during your ‘beauty’ sleep. Try RoC MULTI CORREXION 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream.

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If you are still not convinced, check this video out about fighting skin-aging.

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What is retinol?

Retinol is one of the animal forms of vitamin A. It can do different jobs for our skin. First of all, it stimulates healthy collagen production to reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles. Secondly, retinol evens out discolorations and smooths the skin. Also, it helps to unclog pores and to reduce the appearance of pore size. So it’s not a surprise that retinol is the #1 dermatologist recommended nonprescription cosmetic anti-aging ingredient. Watch the video below to learn how exactly retinol works:

As mentioned in the video above, Retinol containing products should be packaged correctly. RoC RETINOL products are packaged in a special aluminum tubes that protect retinol from exposure to light and air to keep it stable.

DSC_0007-001I tested RoC RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream and I saw the results in just three days! I had small crow’s feet and wrinkles under the eyes. After using the cream the corners of the eyes smoothed out, leaving my eyes rejuvenated. The skin became smooth, elastic, and toned! There were fewer visible fine lines. With longer use (about a week or so) I started to notice that my eyes became less puffy in the morning when I applied the cream the evening before.

The cream itself has a very pleasant smooth texture. It is more liquid than I expected, however, I see only benefits with this. It distributes easily, absorbs very quickly, doesn’t leave greasy feeling, and moisturizes the skin effectively. It is gentle enough for the delicate skin around eyes. The cream is unscented, which I really like. For one time use you need really small amount so the package can last literally forever! The only information I didn’t find on a package is the recommendation on how long can the cream be stored since opened, neither the expiration date.

Application: apply in small dots around the eye area and gently pat until absorbed completely. I usually apply it in the evening before bed, however, if you would like you can apply it additionally in the morning alone or under makeup.

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I really eager to see the results in the long run, as the benefits of RoC RETINOL don’t plateau, which means that retinol actually becomes more effective when used continuously.

Suitable for all skin types. Hypoallergenic.

Tube volume 0.5 fl oz/15 mL

MSRP $22.99 (which I think is a pretty reasonable price)

Made in France

DSC_0019-001Another product from RoC brand that I had a chance to try is the RoC MULTI CORREXION 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream. This anti-aging cream utilizes Multi-action HEXINOL Technology. The ingredient Hexylresorcinol plays the role of local anesthetic and antiseptic. In other words, it helps to protect collagen and elastin (protein that keeps skin flexible) by slowing skin’s inflammatory response. Other key ingredients are glycerin, dimethicone, and shea butter, which function as moisturizers.

I really liked this product. The cream is white, has pudding consistency and powdery-floral scent. It perfectly moisturizes the skin and when applied in the evening I could feel the effect next morning. When I woke up the skin felt velvety soft and smooth. The cream is very gentle for the face and neck skin and suitable for every day use.

Application: apply to face and neck area and gently smooth until thoroughly absorbed.

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Again, I couldn’t find information on how long can I store the opened cream.

Net weight 1.7 oz/48 g

MSRP $28.99

Overall opinion. I really enjoyed both creams. The moisturizing RoC MULTI CORREXION 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream showed great hydrating abilities, however, I think it should be used consistently to see improvement they claim. Over the period of one week the usual redness and dullness of my face didn’t disappear.

RoC RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream worked perfectly on my eyes area! I didn’t feel any burning sensations, any redness or unusual dryness. I saw improvement in 3 days and I’m really satisfied with the results I achieved in one week. The skin around eyes became firmer, smoother, fine lines became less visible. I hope for further improvement with longer use.

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If you would like to try these products, I would recommend first to prepare your face before applying the creams. Take some time in the evening (preferable before going to bed) and wash the face with mild scrub in order to exfoliate dead cells from the skin. Then use toner to minimize the appearance of the pore size and to tone the skin. Afterwards, apply RoC RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream around the eye area and gently pat until absorbed. Finish the evening ritual by applying RoC MULTI CORREXION 5-in-1 Restoring Night Cream on the face and neck area, smooth with massaging movements until absorbed.

I received free products for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

How to Effectively Fight Cellulite

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Cellulite is one of the concerns most women face at some point in their lives. I noticed the first signs when I was 25. I cried. All day. There are plenty of reasons why we are getting it: unhealthy diet, low quality water (drinking and showering), body dehydration, sedentary way of life with little of physical activity, ecology, etc. But still nobody can tell 100% what is the main reason of cellulite appearance. One thing I can tell for sure: once you get it – you will always fight it from now on.

There are different creams, methods, sports, etc. against cellulite. In this post I would like to summarize all that I’ve learned about the most effective ways to fight Cellulite.

  1. Maintain (or reduce) your weight. Because cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin, gaining more weight can add to your cellulite by increasing the amount of fat cells. Losing weight can reduce the look of cellulite, but won’t eliminate it. However, if you are already at a healthy weight, dropping a few pounds can lead to skin be more loose, which in turn makes cellulite even more noticeable.
  2. Eat fish at least twice a week. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and other fatty fish, can help in repairing and strengthening of skin tissues and fibers. Fish is also rich in Vitamin B6, which restores and fortifies connective tissue. All these result in reducing cellulite appearance.
  3. Choose green tea over coffee. Green tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which speeds up metabolism and increases fat burn. This in turn slows down the expansion of fat cells causing cellulite. Small amounts of caffeine, found in tea, are also beneficial as they minimize the amount of fat cells near the skin surface. However, too much of caffeine can dehydrate the whole body, which is one of the leading causes of cellulite buildup. Which leads to the next point.
  4. Stay hydrated. Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.
  5. Massage problem areas. To make the massage more effective, apply the massage oil containing Rosemary essential oil, which improves blood circulation.
  6. Lead active lifestyle. It’s not a secret that exercises help to burn fat. However, you can enhance your workout with the cellulite-busting yoga poses (see the pictures below). Aim for doing this 20-minute bundle 3 days a week, plus include 30 minutes of vigorous cardio 4 times a week — and you will see the results in just six weeks.

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  7. Use Cellulite Creams. There are two well-researched ingredients that can effectively reduce cellulite: Caffeine and Retinol. Caffeine has the ability to break down fat cells, make skin smoother and less lumpy, while Retinol boosts the amount of collagen in the skin, giving it thickness and elasticity, and making cellulite less visible. (Read more about Retinol in my article here). Still you should remember that the Cellulite creams should be used regularly and for a long period of time to make the affect visible.

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Insta Natural Cellulite Cream is one of the examples of Retinol- and Caffeine-containing creams. The key feature of this cream is REGU®-SLIM – blend of Guarana Seed Extract and Caffeine, which is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of cellulite.

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The cream itself has very smooth texture. Despite the fact that it’s on a thick side, the cream absorbs instantly. Actually, it absorbs so quickly that I can’t massage my problem areas with it. So definitely use oil for massage purposes and use this cream to target your problem zones. Moreover, the cream makes skin very gentle and soft and moisturizes enough for a day, so you can save on your regular moisturizer. The product is economical as well as you don’t need too much of cream for a single application. While absorbing the cream doesn’t leave any sticky feeling on the skin. I also like the floral scent, which is not strong and very pleasant.

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I hope to see the results on the long run, so stay tuned and follow me on my 6-week Cellulite Challenge, where I would be creating my cellulite fighting routine.

Links

  1. Can You Beat Cellulite?
  2. 10 Powerhouse Foods That Fight Cellulite
  3. Secret Weapons to Fight Cellulite
  4. Fight Cellulite Fast With Yoga
  5. Insta Natural Cellulite Cream

I received a free Insta Natural Cellulite Cream for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Best 3 authentic Belgian foods to enjoy

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Several years ago I had a wonderful chance to visit Brussels, Belgium. Usually, when I travel, local cuisine is a must. So this trip was no exception.

First and foremost to try is the Belgian waffles! You can find them in any corner of the capital of Belgium. And what is the most exciting: there are thousands different toppings – from sweet to ones that make a whole meal out of it.

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When you get tired after the long day of walking in the city, sit at the cozy patio and order Mussels in white wine sauce and les frites (french fries). By the way, Belgium is the birthplace of french fries, not France no matter what the name says.

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When you think about what to bring home, Belgian chocolate is the choice number one! Indeed, Belgian chocolates are one of the best quality in the world. If you don’t think you will go to Belgium any time soon, don’t worry: you can find a piece of Europe here in USA. Bouchard premium chocolate which originates in Ghent, Belgium, can be found at your local Costco (currently only in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas, and San Diego)!

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This dark chocolate is made from high quality ingredients. The individually wrapped Napolitains have rich and bold flavor, and what is most important this chocolate doesn’t leave bitter aftertaste, which some low quality dark chocolates do. Bouchard dark chocolate has good balance of bitterness and sweetness and it’s not too much sweet, which I personally love in chocolate products. The Napolitains are not very soft and are a little bit on the crunchy side. The chocolate pieces do not melt in hands, which is a sign of a high quality. Overall, it’s a high quality brand that transfers you in the heart of Belgium.

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I received a free product for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Remedy for the dry skin: DERMA E Hydrating collection.

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DERMA E is a time-proved brand that dates back to 1984. Originated in California, this skin care manufacturer honors eco-ethical standards and committed not only to the health and well-being of its customers, but also to the environment. Moreover, all the purchases support global communities and nature.

The brand carries full variety of collections: Hydrating, Anti-Wrinkle, Firming, Sun Care, Sensitive Skin, and other. However, all DERMA E products have something in common: they are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Their formulas don’t contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs.

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Starting September 2016 DERMA E re-launches their packaging design without changing the formulation of their products. Innovative new packaging reflects brand’s eco-ethical values and environmental sustainability. The lotus flower on the package symbolizes Beauty and Efficacy.

I had a chance to give a try to their best-selling Hydrating products: DERMA E Hydrating Day Creme and DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream. First thing that I noticed is the consistency of the creams. Unlike competitor moisturizers, DERMA E Hydrating creams are very thick, not lightweight, as I get used to. This makes the application process a bit challenging as the cream is hard to distribute evenly throughout the skin and it gives the feeling as you apply sour cream to your face. On the good side is that both creams absorbs within minutes, giving softness to the skin. It seems that they diffuse into the skin no matter how thick is the layer applied. These creams leave neither sticky feeling, nor the film on the face; and the skin is super-gentle to the touch. I felt that my face and neck areas were effectively hydrated with moisture locked inside the tissues.

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new vs. old packaging

I applied DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream just right before going to bed. In the morning I was quite disappointed as my face was very oily. It seemed that I just put on fish oil all over my face. I have combination oily/dry skin, so I feel that the cream isn’t suitable for this type of skin. Probably it would suit better for the people with very dry skin type. The night cream have neutral scent that almost invisible, which I really liked. Overall impression is not very positive. I guess it’s just not for my skin type.

DERMA E Hydrating Day Cream hydrates the skin perfectly and doesn’t need to be reapplied during the day. In the evening I still felt that my skin was moisturized enough (but a bit oily forehead). Another pro is that this cream has nice bubblegum scent. So not looking at the thick consistency of the day cream and complicated application, overall it left good impression. The DERMA E Hydrating Day Cream really gives hydration to the skin for at least 12 hours.

ha-groupSo if you are having a dry skin, the Hydrating product line from DERMA E is the right choice for you. The whole collection consists of nine high-quality products that will help your skin to look moisturized and rejuvenated.

You can find DERMA E products at the variety of retail stores, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Ulta Beauty, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and others.

I received a free product for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Recipe: Affogato – Ice Cream with Cold-Brewed Coffee. Review: Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

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No kidding, but my favorite brand of Ice Cream is Häagen-Dazs. The more I was excited when I was chosen for the tasting campaign at Crowdtap. I love this brand as it really reminds me gelato from Germany. I miss that in USA. So rarely I can find ice cream that is not too much sweet, doesn’t have too much fat, but still creamy. I love Häagen-Dazs for their velvety texture and moderate sweetness. Indulgence in every spoon.

I think I have tasted almost all varieties in my supermarket, so I was happy to see new flavors coming up. I chose Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle for the tasting. It’s a white chocolate ice cream with raspberry jam and pieces of chocolaty fudge truffles. I’ve chosen this flavor as it is so interesting combination and I love the ice cream with chocolate pieces. Usually, I don’t like chocolate varieties, however, I was in love with this white chocolate ice cream!!!

The Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream has light, airy, but still creamy texture. And what is the most important, it doesn’t give the feeling that you are consuming a lot of fat. It is not too sweet as well (as the majority of ice cream on the shelves of my supermarket), which I really like. The little notes of sourness from raspberry compliment rich chocolate taste of the ice cream. The crunchy chocolate bites has pleasant taste and seem to be of good quality chocolate. And believe me, there are plenty of chunks there.

The ice cream itself has very light and pleasant fruity aroma. And creamy delightful aftertaste creates incredible indulgent experience.
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Affogato is a coffee-based dessert. Usually it’s in the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. In my recipe I suggest to make a twist on this well-known dessert: I used Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream and topped it with cold-brewed chocolate flavored coffee, then sprinkled with pistachios and cinnamon – and the perfect dessert was ready. Аффогато – это дессерт на основе кофе. В классическом варианте он готовится из ванильного мороженого, которое заливается порцией горячего эспрессо. В приведённом рецепте вместо ванильного мороженого я взяла мороженое из белого шоколада с малиной и кусочками шоколадных трюфелей, а эспрессо заменила холодным кофе со вкусом шоколада. Фисташки и корица дополняют этот изысканный дессерт.

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Ingredients Ингредиенты
Serves 4
Cook time 5 min plus overnight
На 4 порции
Время приготовления 5 минут плюс ночь
You will need: Вам понадобятся:
  • 14 oz Häagen-Dazs White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle ice cream
  • dash cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp chocolate flavored ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 400 г мороженого (из белого шоколада с малиной и кусочками шоколадных трюфелей)
  • корица
  • 4 ст. л. молотый кофе со вкусом шоколада
  • 25 г измельчённых обжаренных фисташек

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Directions Инструкции
1. Prepare cold-brewed coffee as follows: place 4 Tbsp of ground coffee in a Steel Coffee Filter (see picture above), put it in a cup. Pour cold water over, cover and let the coffee steep overnight.
1. Приготовить кофе следующим образом. Засыпать 4 ст. л. молотого кофе в металлический фильтр (см. фото выше). Поместить фильтр в чашку и залить холодной водой. Накрыть и оставить завариваться на ночь.
2. Make Affogato by scooping the ice cream into 4 glasses, sprinkling with cinnamon, and pouring 2 Tbsp. of cold-brewed coffee over each portion. Top with pistachios, dividing evenly, and serve. 2. Разделить мороженое на 4 порции и поместить в стаканы. Посыпать корицей и залить каждую порцию двумя столовыми ложками холодного кофе. Посыпать фисташками и подавать.

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I received a free product for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Recipe: Alcoholic Cocktail ‘Painkiller’ with Rum. Review: SHIKSHOOK Cocktail Shaker Premium Set / Рецепт: Коктейль “Пэйнкиллер” с ромом

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dsc_0035What is the best way to mix cocktails? Of course, to use a shaker! And I would love to tell you about SHIKSHOOK Cocktail Shaker Premium Set, which can turn any kitchen into premium cocktail bar. This set consists of:

  • Cocktail shaker 25 oz with a built-in strainer
  • Double jigger 1/2 oz and 1 oz
  • 2 high quality pourers
  • Luxurious velvet bag
  • E-book with 100 cocktail drinks recipes

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You can purchase the set here.

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It is my first time to make a cocktail with a shaker. This set is easy to use even for nonprofessional as I am. It can be used intuitively, and doesn’t require any special skills. And it is so much fun!

I felt that the set is really of high quality. The design is terrific and makes me feel a professional bartender. The set and the shaker itself are very lightweight. They are made from stainless steel, which ensures there will be no rust.The shaker is easy to put together and when you shake two parts stay put without leaking. The best feature of the shaker is a built-in strainer, which allows to strain the cocktail directly into the glass after shaking it. This is great when you want the ice to stay inside the shaker or mix the liquids without the ice. The double jigger is very convenient for measuring the liquids, and I like that it is free-standing and combines the most popular measures for the recipes: 1 oz and 1/2 oz. Also I should mention pourers that you put on the open bottle for convenient pouring of the liquid – very handy and no spills guaranteed!

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I love that all the parts are dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean. There is also a fancy velvet bag, in which you can bring the shaker and attributes to any party!

The E-book with 100 cocktail drinks recipes is really amazing! Along with well-known recipes like Martini and Mojito, there are some interesting creations like Volcano. Great opportunity to learn some new recipes and impress friends with delicious cocktails.

My overall opinion – it’s a great product! I also think it would be a great gift for cocktail-loving people, or to anybody who is looking for something new.)

Here is the recipe for the Alcoholic Cocktail ‘Painkiller’ with Rum, which I made with the help of SHIKSHOOK Cocktail Shaker Premium Set.
Ниже приведён рецепт коктейля “Пэйнкиллер”.

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Ingredients Ингредиенты
Serves 1
Make time 2 min
На 1 порцию
Время приготовления 2 минуты
You will need: Вам понадобятся:
  • 1 ½ oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 oz. Cream of Coconut
  • 3 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • Ice
  • Orange Wheel
  • 50 мл темного рома
  • 30 мл кокосовых сливок (получают при отстаивании кокосового молока)
  • 90 мл ананасового сока
  • 30 мл апельсинового сока
  • лёд
  • кружок апельсина

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Directions Инструкции
Add rum, cream of coconut and juices into a shaker, top-up with cubed ice. Shake hard for 10 sec. Strain mixture into glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange wheel and serve. Смешать со льдом темный ром, кокосовые сливки, ананасовый и апельсиновый соки в шейкере. Хорошенько потрясти шейкер секунд 10. Сцедить содержимое в бокал, наполненный льдом. Украсить кружком апельсина. Коктейль готов!

Watch the video below to see this set in work and step-by-step instructions how to make this cocktail.

The recipe is adapted from the provided e-Book ‘100 Cocktail Recipes’.

I received a free product for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Sleep better with Lavender Essential Oil. Review: NYB Lavender Essential Oil 100% Pure and Natural

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Lavender is one of the most useful and versatile herbs in the world. This herb can be used in cooking as a seasoning and for baking. It is a natural deterrent for mosquitoes and other garden pests. Lavender flowers can be placed in sachets for scenting clothes. Also, lavender can be used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue.

When it comes to the natural oils that are distilled from the plant, the therapeutic uses for pure lavender essential oil are seemingly endless. When diffused into the air, lavender essential oil produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects. It brings peace and harmony. Calms and uplifts.

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When choosing an essential oil, pay attention that it is 100% pure and natural. One of the best oils is New York Biology (NYB) Lavender Essential Oil. This authentic Lavender Essential Oil is extracted exclusively from the fresh flowers of the lavender plant by steam distillation. These plants were cultivated in the Kashmir region at the foothold of the Himalayan Mountains, making this oil finest and purest Lavender Oil in the world. The oil is potent as having 31% Linalool and 34% linalyl acetate, and doesn’t contain any fillers or additives. This essential oil is certified therapeutic grade Triple Extra Quality.

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Be careful, as lavender oil is toxic if taken orally, also avoid contact with eyes or mucous membranes, such as the lips and nostrils. The best application methods are aromatherapy and therapeutic uses. I love that the NYB brand oils comes with pipette making application so much easy.

Inhalation: place 2 – 4 drops in 2 cups of boiling water and inhale vapors for headache, depression, or insomnia.

Topical external application: carefully dilute 1 – 2 drops of lavender oil with 1 Tbsp. of carrier oil (such as almond or olive oil). Use on eczema and dermatitis, or as a dry skin moisturizer.

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Ingredients: 100% pure Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

Country of origin: India

Steam distilled.

External use only!

Scent: calming and refreshing; floral, and clean. Very pleasant.

Appearance: colorless liquid.

You can order the oil on Amazon here.

Watch my video below for more information.

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Uses of lavender to relief sleeplessness.

  1. Before bed, diffuse lavender essential oil or add directly to bath. Or apply to bottoms of feet diluted (2 drops lavender essential oil per 1 Tbsp. of base oil).
  2. Make a lavender sleep sachet. You will need lavender flowers that have been dried. Strip or remove the flower buds from the stems with your fingers. Fill a small bag (sachet) with flower buds. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to boost the fragrance of the filling. Tie the bag shut tightly and place under the pillow, inside the pillowcase, or on a bedside table.
  3. Before bed take a shower with lavender scented shower gel.

I received a free product for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.