by Rosy Day Blog
Luxury, Handmade, SimplicityTaken straight from the Révérence Nature website: "Founded in New York City in 2017, Révérence Nature's mission is to offer products and services that help people to connect with nature again. By using 100% certified organic ingredients in our handmade luxurious massage bars we offer you a deep and intense wellness experience.
Révérence Nature stands for profound respect for nature.
We believe in cherishing the four elements of nature (Air, Earth, Fire and Water) as a way of cherishing yourself."
Disclosure:I received these products from Révérence Nature in exchange for my honest review. I was not given any money to do this review. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful. I have a special discount link at the bottom of this post, but I am not a Révérence Nature employee.
Table of Contents- Product Description & How-To
- Benefits of Messaging
- Packaging, Scent & Texture
- Final Thoughts & Shop This Post
Relax & Melt The Tension Away
Product Description & How-To:If you're unfamiliar, these massage bars are basically moisturizing butters in solid form. They are designed to melt onto your skin using your own body heat. They are perfect for helping to relieve stress and sore muscles.
Révérence Nature massage bars are cruelty-free.
How to Use:You use this almost like you would a bar of soap, except don't use it in the shower unless you want it to completely melt away. Just rub it on dry skin (ideally after you've taken a shower or after a workout). Use the curved side to massage it onto your skin similar to a jade roller or other massage tool. One massage bar is probably enough for your entire body, but if you want this to last longer, you can just use this on your face and neck/chest area (one bar will last several uses this way). If using on your face, I suggest taking a tissue or paper towel and lightly blotting the excess on your face (just so it won't feel so pore clogging or suffocating if you have combo/oily skin).
Getting Hands On
Skincare Benefits:The main benefit of a massage bar compared to a normal lotion is that it pampers your skin in a much deeper way due to its concentration of oils, butters, essential oils and beeswax. Massaging definitely requires some time and patience on your end. However, if it is something that you are able to add onto your selfcare routine once in awhile, it does bring a whole set of benefits as outlined below.
Massage As Skincare TherapyLet’s take a look at the ingredients that the Reverence Nature massage bars contain to see how it might soften and give you smooth, glowing skin. The ingredients below are all enriched in fine 100% certified organic essential oils.
Packaging, Scent & Texture
Packaging:Luxury Wellness in a Box. The massage bars come in a nice black box, perfect for gifting or just displaying on your vanity. It also conveniently comes with a travel-sized box so you can bring a massage bar of your choice with you to the gym or on a trip.
Scent & Texture:There are 4 massage bars, all 100% organic ingredients and each with their own “theme” and set of scents.
Earth: Made up of cedarwood atlas, clary sage, and cinnamon, this one might smell a tad bit “earthy” but to me I mostly smell cinnamon...Not a cinnamon roll-type of scent, but just a spicy cinnamon
Air: Made up of lavender essential oil of provence, rosemary, and lavender flower of provence, this one probably smells the most calming/soothing due to the lavender (which is what I mostly smell). If you enjoy the scent of lavender, you will love this one. It kind of smells like I’m in a huge field of lavenders…
Water: Made up of lemongrass, orange, and nutmeg, I mostly smell nutmeg with a hint of orange. Despite this one being the “water” theme, this smells more earthy to me than the earth-themed one…
Fire: Made up of ylang ylang, peppermint, and ginger, this one kind of gives off a similar “spicy” scent like the earth-themed one, except this one has a more gingerly scent as opposed to the cinnamon in the earth one.
Earth, Air, Water, And Fire
Performance:If you’ve never used a massage bar before, it really does seem like you’re rubbing non-lathering (but beautifully scented) soap on your body. In fact, as small as these massage bars are, I really do appreciate their curved shape on one side (it makes it easier for rubbing and massaging against your skin).
This really is a body butter in solid form. Just a couple of swipes is more than enough (though if you’re using it on your face you might not want to do more than 1, 2 swipes at the most in any area). Since these body bars are pretty small and not exactly cheap either, I really do recommend using these on your face or around your neck and chest area. If you used these bars on your body, you can probably use up an entire bar on just one massage session on your body. I did not use any of these massage bars on my body.
How I use up one massage bar is I just move it up and away similar to if I had used a jade roller or gua sha massage tool on my face/neck area. After just 1-2 swipes all over, I rub in the excess. The body butter is heavy so I do take a tissue and lightly blot. I mainly do this because my technique is that right after a session with the massage bar, I like to lightly go over those areas with my Self Kaire beauty roller. Ever heard of double masking? Think of this as double massaging. After everything is done, my face is still so hydrated, I don’t feel the need to use a moisturizer after. I guess you still could if you really wanted to, but I have combination skin and I’d probably breakout from adding anymore moisture to my skin. If you feel the need to kind of “seal off” and/or refresh your skin after your little massage session, I would suggest maybe using a facial mist after.
Smooth Like Butter
Final Impressions:Honestly speaking I've never even heard of massage bars until I was approached by Révérence Nature. You might be familiar with massage bars from the brand Lush, though I've never tried anything from Lush before nor is there one that close to me that I would be able to regularly buy their products. I try to keep an open mind when I try new products because not only might you pleasantly enjoy something, but you might even discover something that you've never thought about trying before. Especially with some seems like a recent surge in massage (especially facial massage), I can see something like massage bars becoming more popular in addition to facial massage tools. As of this post it might be too late to be shopping for Christmas gifts, but regardless of the holiday or occassion, this massage bar set would make a great gift set. I definitely recommend this for the person in your life who is really into selfcare, may be one who would be into spa-like type of things.
Final Rating = 3.5/5
Any questions and/or comments about this product review? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please let me know in the comments below!
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by Rosy Day Blog
Amavara: Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Reef Safe SunscreensUnlike many of you, I am somewhat picky about my sunscreen. Many either smell weird, don't provide enough protection, or just plain don't have good formulations. I haven't really found a body sunscreen that I liked enough to consider repurchasing, nor were there any particular ones that stood out to me. While I was looking more into vegan skincare, I happened to come across Amavara which as you may have guessed, have vegan sunscreen among other things.
I received these samples from Amavara as their new brand ambassador. I was not given any money in exchange for these mini-reviews. I would not currently be an ambassador for Amavara if I really did not like the products and/or believed in the brand and their vision. I enjoy doing product reviews to share my own experiences with the product and hope someone finds it useful.
As of July 2018, due to unforseen circumstances, Amavara decided to discontinue their ambassador program. I am no longer an Amavara ambassador, however, they still have good sunscreen and they're probably the only ones with reef safe sunscreen at the moment. I will leave these mini-reviews up indefinitely, should anyone stumble across this while looking for vegan/cruelty-free/reef safe sunscreen (or just the Amarvara brand in general).
Table of Contents- About Company & Products
- Technology & Ingredients
- Sunscreen Mini-Reviews
- Importance of Sun Protection & Shop This Post
Meet Amavara: High-Quality, Harm-Free, Mineral SkincareAbout Amavara Skincare:
Amavara Skincare is a reef safe, cruelty-free, and vegan brand created by locals here in sunny San Diego, California. According to their Instagram, they believe that skincare that starts with both environmental and sun protection - a true statement and one that I completely agree with.
Amavara sunscreen is formulated for everyday wear (you should wear at least some form of sunscreen everyday anyway). They claim to bring you protection at it's finest, purest, and safest. Their zinc oxide mineral sunscreen rubs in clear, and provides broad spectrum protection (UVA1, UVA2, and UVB). There are zero harmful chemicals, parabens, or artificial colors!
EarthWell® Zinc Oxide, Mineral SunscreenAbout EarthWell® Zinc Oxide:
Amavara sunscreens use patented EarthWell® Zinc Oxide as the only active sunscreen ingredient. It is a naturally sourced non-nano Zinc Oxide that rubs in clear, unlike most other physical sunscreens that can leave a white cast. All Amavara sunscreens are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Chemical vs. Mineral:
According to Amavara's website, "(chemical)...sunscreens use harmful chemical ingredients to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays. Mineral sunscreens, like Amavara, use mineral ingredients to form a physical barrier on the skin that scatters and reflects UVA and UVB rays." Nano titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, and octinoxate are also harmful ingredients that can be used in both chemical and mineral sunscreens. Not only do these ingredients cause skin sensitivity, they are proven to harm coral-reef and marine life (our poor oceans)! Amavara doesn't use any of these harmful ingredients and they are completely cruelty-free. Their mineral sunscreens are also hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and paraben-free.
Are The Amavara Sunscreens Really Overly Protective®?SPF 50 Facestick:
While the sample that I got resembled chapstick, the full sized version of the product kind of looks like deodorant. True to its name, this is a solid stick version of sunscreen that makes it super convenient to travel with, as well as apply over your face (if you don't like the typical feeling of sunscreen on your face). I like this a lot. It doesn't feel greasy at all, and while it does kind of feel & look like you're applying gluestick on your face, it does not leave a white cast after fully rubbing in (it rubs in quick and very easily by the way).
This also played nicely underneath my makeup and didn't really disrupt my application or wear. Finally, it is SPF 50. Maybe it is just me, but at least for the majority of sunscreens typically found here in the U.S., most of them seem to go no higher than SPF 30. However I do feel like this goes on best with skin that is not overly dry and doesn't have any textural issues. I tried this on my boyfriend's somewhat "rougher" skin and it didn't blend in as smooth. If he had exfoliated prior to using, it wouldn't have been an issue.
SPF 30 Lotion:
This can be used for either your face or body. Although SPF 30 is on the lower end for body sunscreen, it should be suitable for normal everyday wear. If I'm going to be spending a day at the beach for example, then I better get myself some SPF 50. If the Facestick isn't your thing, this is like a more traditional sunscreen, but just like the Facestick, it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a white cast. I've also used this on my face and it does play well under my makeup. On a normal day, this did not cause my face to oil up any more than usual.
SPF 50 Lotion:
This sunscreen is actually tinted, which might be a deal breaker for some if you were looking for a non-tinted SPF 50. On me, the tint is like a subtle, almost pearlescent sheen/glow. It makes my skin look slightly more even, and maybe even slightly brighter as well (I am ~NC 25-30). You can also use this sunscreen on your body if you want a slight all over glow (or just even out your complexion). I would say that as long as your skin isn't dry, it should spread on your body just fine. I like this and while I mostly used the sample on my face, I would definitely consider getting the full size for my body (especially with the summer coming up).
Visible Anti-Aging Or Visible Premature Aging?Why Wearing Sunscreen Is Important:
Would you prefer visible anti-aging or visible premature aging? This should be a no brainer. While it is true that sunscreen helps premature aging, but did you know that Amavara's mineral sunscreen helps prevent environmental pollutants from penetrating your skin by providing a transparent physical barrier?
With that said, even if you've never really worn/paid attention to sunscreen before, it's not too late to start. You still have a chance to reverse some of that damage as well as prevent any further damage. Remember, skincare doesn't just stop after your moisturzer. Use sunscreen.
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