Winter Problem Solver: Amala Rejunvenating Collagen Mask


It is winter in NYC. And it sucks. So much so that my toddler’s school program emailed us to say that since it was going to be 36 degrees tomorrow, they were celebrating with a dress down day for the upper classes. We are getting excited about 36 degrees? It is going to be a long winter…Anway, one product that I have been relying on a lot these days–these nights to be more accurate—is Amala’s Rejuvenating Collagen Mask ($72, 1.7 oz.). When my face starts feeling drier and tighter as the day progresses, I know it’s an Amala night.

I have had this mask for some time and not really given it the attention it deserved. It was one of my early green purchases, but I hardly used it. I think when I had time for a mask at all, I would go for exfoliation. And to be fair this stuff is made for winter. This is its time to shine!

You can apply this mask for ten minutes or sleep in it. I do the latter and it makes a BIG difference compared to just slathering on moisturizer. It’s loaded with beautiful oils, moisture attracting glycerin, and shea butter. (Full list of ingredients below.) Because it has the consistency of a thick lotion, you can really work it into the skin without it disappearing too quickly. I find a generous pea-sized amount is enough for my face, neck, and upper chest. Now, don’t get me wrong it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, but you can feel its presence moisturizing and relieving that tight, dry feeling. The best part is the next morning, your skin is glowing, soft, and you just feel more comfortable. It is a great winter problem-solver.

Here is their description of the actives:

Cocoa Bean: helps stimulate microcirculation while restoring elasticity and providing antioxidant protection from free radical age damage.

Green Algae: helps promote collagen production, while moisturizing and smoothing fine dry lines.

Buriti: increases elasticity and protects skin with antioxidants.

Amala products are gorgeous from the ingredients, to the packaging, to the effects. The company is also socially responsible, which is great. And the scent. Oh. My. Their products have a light cocoa floral scent that is completely lovely and unique. These products are an experience in a tube/jar. I find they last a while because a little goes a long way. It’s just something to consider given the investment.

Here is the whole ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Stearic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract*, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil*, Hydrolyzed Lola Implexa Extract, Tocopherol, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil*, Carapa Guaianensis Seed Oil*, Fragrance (Parfum)+, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Silver Sulfate, Alcohol*, Citral+, Coumarin+, Geraniol+, Limonene+, Linalool+ *Ingredient produced by organic farming

A Year of Green Beauty Blogging: 2014 Favorites

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Hello Friends! So it’s been a year since I started this blog as a New Year’s resolution. I am really glad that I did and impressed that I managed to do nearly a post a week. There are a lot of things I don’t do—videos, perfect photos, FOTDs, OOTDs…but what I have managed to do works for me, and my schedule. Maybe I will incorporate some of the other stuff in 2015—we shall see. I suppose I can at least get on Instagram. Anyway, I am glad to still be at it and more importantly that I still enjoy it!

It has been a fun year of exploring green beauty. Truly, I have thoroughly enjoyed it—especially on the skincare front. I thought I would sum up some of my best product hits of the year for you. (Most, but not all, are pictured above.) Enjoy!

Most Repurchased Items:
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Yuli Halcyon Cleanser, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads,and Pratima Rose Neem Facial Sunscreen. These seriously rock. That is all. Reviewed here, here, here, and here.

Most Luxurious Item:
May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud. This isn’t the most expensive item I’ve tried (especially since I got it through a great sale), but it’s the most show-stopping. The packaging; the scent—oh my goodness, the scent; the look feel and texture of the mud…it’s a heavenly experience in a jar. It’s actually two experiences in a jar since you can use it as a cleanser or mask. Look for a review soon.

Most Surprising (in a very good way) Item:
Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. Early in my green journey, I gave up on finding a green liquid/cream foundation. Gressa changed my mind. Reviewed here. Honorable mention to Alima. I may prefer liquid, but this powder is very good.

Samples that Convinced Me to Buy:
I have tried LOTS of samples. Only two convinced me to take the plunge and get the product. The first was Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask. Exfoliates without irritating at all. Reviewed here. The second was One Love Organics Morning Glory Oil. Plumping and moisturizing; sinks in fast, plays well with sunscreen and makeup. Review coming soon!

The Cosmetic Brand I Have the Most Items From:
This is a two parter. One: My lip color wardrobe in now totally clean in large part to Ilia. I now have seven colors and have my eye on two more. My fave is Shell Shock. I wore that all spring and summer and some days in fall and winter. Whether you want to go green or not, this is a great lippie brand. Honorable mention: RMS Lip Shines. You need at least one of those too. Two: Kjaer Weis eye shadows. I have Divine, Cloud Nine, Magnetic and Wisdom. Beautiful colors and great performance. I say: skip the luxe packaging and buy the pans. You can put them in a Z-palette and use the savings to buy additional colors. I have my eye on charmed. I really need to do a post on these. And I will!

Best Cheap Thrill:
Waxlene and The EcoTools Tapered Blush Brush are tied for this one. These are too cheap not to try. Reviewed here and here.

The Hero:
Youngblood’s Eye Illuminating Duo Pencil. Wakes my peepers up on the daily! Reviewed here.

Ahhh….Favorite Spray Toner:
I’ll end on this one because it feels so good…I fell for spray toners hard this year. And I didn’t come across a single green option that I didn’t enjoy. This is one step in my routine that I don’t leave out. Not just because it tones or preps skin for max moisture. It’s because it feels so darn nice! Yuli’s Panacea Elixir does occupy the top spot BUT One Love Organics, Suki, and Zen Society have lovely toners as well.