So I seem to be waaaaay overdue for a post! Many apologies for the radio silence but what with finishing an internship and a two-year course plus starting a new job, my blog was relegated to I’ll-take-care-of-you-later status! I hope to be back to my monthly posts but otherwise you’ll find me quite active on Instagram (hint hint).
But enough about me and more about Julie from Let’s Talk About Green. This sweet, generous, beautiful Canadian green beauty bloggerpreneur recently opened up her online green beauty store and before many of you think, do we really need another one, I say why not? Will we ever have enough online green beauty stores? I think not, since they all try to stand out in their own way and being part of the green beauty community also means supporting each other’s dreams. Plus we musn’t forget the fact that many countries still don’t have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to buying green beauty items so the more the merrier! I think I’m not the only one who winces every time I see the shipping cost when ordering from abroad! So for any Canadians reading this, jump for joy! Seeing an absence in the market for an online store curating green beauty products in Canada, Julie set about remedying this and opened The Green Jungle Beauty Shop, on May 22nd to be exact. Julie very generously sent me some items to try out and also gave me the opportunity to select what I wanted instead of putting something together herself, even though I am positive that I would have loved whatever she would have picked out. Before we get to the products, we must talk about her choice of logo; it’s absolutely gorgeous and appealed to me instantly. Julie really couldn’t have made a better decision. There is something very simple yet so aesthetically pleasing about the palm leaves and the colours…and to me it accurately conveys her fun personality. Instant jackpot with this one, I’d say! Her website is easy to navigate with beautiful product photos and apart from a few minor technical problems when placing my order (bound to happen at the beginning and Julie was super quick to fix the hiccups!), everything went smoothly. Shipping to Sweden took no time at all it seems like and my little goodies arrived safely in a box filled with recycled paper from her university books!! Don’t you just love the humor in that! That’s Julie’s fun personality coming through again 🙂
And now to the lovely products I ordered and the samples I received! I had loooong had my eye on The Little Alchemist so that was my first port of call when checking out the website (you might notice an Australian theme in Julie’s choice of brands, there are a few hailing from Down Under). I had heard great things about the Pineapple & Zeolite Micro Polish but wanting something that I could use everyday without fear of upsetting my sensitive skin, I opted for the more gentle sounding sister Papaya, Geranium and Lime Cleansing Milk…. I still haven’t used it as I am finishing off Josh Rosebrook’s Moisturizing Cleanser (lovely product and great for sensitive-skinned gals) however I obviously couldn’t resist taking an olfactory sample of it; smells delightful and not at all overpowering. I look forward to cleansing my face with this.
Another brand I had heard so much about but hadn’t tried anything from was Living Libations. Here I went for the Languid Love Butter. And yes, it’s as lovely as it sounds! I’ll leave you to guess of the myriad ways this butter can be used 😉 Let’s just say it’s not just for dry patches on your elbows hehe.
Cedar + Stone is a brand I’ve been following on IG for a while and I received a sample of one of their face oils when they first launched. I was very curious about their bath salts and seeing them stocked at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop made me a very happy bunny indeed. I chose the bath salts in Rose, Orange + Gardenia and they take my bath time routine to an even higher level of zen and calm. If that’s possible. Himalayan Salt helps to relieve muscle cramp and tension while Dead Sea Salt balances skin moisture and decreases skin aging. Win-win if you ask me!
My fourth item was a nail polish from a brand I had never heard of before, Willow Byron Bay, but when I found the shade Torakina I knew I had to have it! It’s described as a raspberry red shimmer and is exactly the kind of red that I adore. It’s very true to colour in the photo, if not more beautiful in reality plus Julie has now even uploaded a swatch of it on the website which is of yours truly! Or of my nails anyway 🙂 They’re famous, haha! They last up to a week (probably longer but both times I’ve used it I’ve removed them within a week) provided you apply top coat. The colour pay off is amazing as those who have seen my IG pics can attest to and I will definitely be purchasing more Willow Byron Bay nail polishes in the future. I have a penchant for shimmer and so Seeker and Bonsoir are calling out for me! Swooooon. The polishes are made in Byron Bay, Australia and are 5-free meaning they are free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP (dibutyl pthalate), synthetic camphor and formaldehyde resin. Their beautiful caps are made from locally milled, sustainable timber and I love the extra touch it gives each bottle. I believe we will be seeing more and more of these beauties on people’s IG. And on people’s nails. Obviously.
Seriously, do ya guys seeeee why I’m obsessed with this colour???? I tell ya, they distract me at work haha!
So those were my choices from Julie’s beautiful store and I also received two dinky samples. One was the Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream which has got so many raves and my little pot is already finished. I must add though that since using this and another natural sunscreen my right eye area broke out into what looks an awful lot like perioral dermatitis (second run of it, had the same thing happen same time last year). I have since stopped using sunscreen altogether (bad I know but my eye area was looking mighty angry) and as a result, is now healing. Reading up on Sarah Villafranco’s article (founder of Osmia Organics for those not in the know) about PD she does mention that sunscreens aggravate her condition as well. Since the reaction occurred recently and not using anything new apart from the sunscreens I’m guessing this is what caused it. Which is a shame as I really enjoyed using JR’s Nutrient Day Cream! I’m actually going to start using sunscreen again being careful not to go to close to the eye area to see what happens. #humanguineapig
The other sample I received was Mahalo’s balm in a very cute container. I haven’t used this yet as the scent is just a bit too strong for me and there is one note in particular that my nose is having problems with…I can’t say which note it is but it is quite overpowering.
So that concludes my shopping for this time at The Green Jungle Beauty Shop but it certainly won’t be the last. New brands seems to be popping up continuously and have faith that Julie will only curate the best of the best in the green beauty world. Currently you will find brands such as The Little Alchemist, White & Elm, Axiology (lippies to die for! Noble is a firm favourite and a colour I wear everyday), Cocovit, Josh Rosebrook, Moss.Modern.Organic.Sacred.Skincare and many others! BIG thank you to you Julie for giving me the delightful and very generous opportunity to try some products from your shop and you know I will be around again soon. Especially now that you also have the oh so pretty looking make up bags made by hand from recycled Italian fabric by women in prison. This cause is an educational project that is positive for the environment and by purchasing one of these bags you are helping to spread the message of hope, solidarity, freedom and respect. The entire world could definitely need more of all those things.
Oh and if you’re not already following Julie and The Green Jungle Beauty Shop on social media, you should be! To make it easier for you to remedy that here are the links! We’ll just pretend we never knew you weren’t already following her 😉
Julie on IG
TGJBS on IG
Julie on Twitter
TGJBS on Twitter
Julie on Facebook
TGJBS on Facebook
UPDATE! Since publishing this post Julie has very kindly offered my readers a 10% discount using code NIC10 at checkout! And you know what the best part of it is? It never expires! So, you may now go shopping to your heart’s content! 🙂 Shop away, green beauty bunnies, shop away! Thank you for this generous gesture, Julie. Grand bisous xx
Disclaimer: products were sent to me as a gift from Julie however all opinions, as usual, are my own and this post was in no way sponsored. Meaning, there was no obligation to promote Julie and her shop but seeing as she’s become a very dear friend how could I not want to blog about this new exciting venture of hers? Plus, we can all benefit from more options when it comes to our green beauty shopping!