Review: OSEA – ocean inspired, non-toxic skincare

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Today’s review covers a skincare line that I have been testing out for about two weeks, and have subsequently fallen in love with: OSEA.

OSEA is a family affair, inspired by four generations of women’s long love and respect of the ocean and its healing properties.

The ingredients in this skincare line are as clean as I’ve ever seen, and interestingly enough, OSEA was the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products which launched the Skin Deep Report.

“I want to leave this planet a cleaner place than when I arrived. (Like being a good house guest) I also want women to be able to use the safest cosmetics possible. Remember 70% of what you put on your body can be absorbed into your bloodstream. I want to raise the consciousness of women so they use safe cosmetics, it’s not just about beauty – it’s about their health.”
– OSEA Founder Jenefer Palmer

What you will always receive from OSEA are the highest quality, naturally-sourced skincare that is vegan, gluten-free and biodegradable. What you will NOT receive are products laden with synthetic fragrances, genetically modified ingredients, petrochemicals, parabens, or sulfates.

Sounds good to me!

Again, I spent two weeks faithfully using OSEA’s skincare morning and night. The following are the products I used:

1. Ocean Cleanser

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An OSEA classic, Ocean Cleanser is rich in minerals, algae, dermal proteins, vitamins, and mineral salts with a delightful natural fragrance. This multi-tasking hydrating formula effectively removes dirt and impurities, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and energized. Ocean Cleanser is free of chemical surfactants and great for easy makeup removal. pH balanced.

I love that OSEA doesn’t use fragrance; this cleanser was soothing and milky against my skin, which is combination oily/dry skin of confusion. Seriously, my skin is SO sensitive and finicky. It is very difficult to find products that won’t irritate it and cause it to break out.

I use makeup remover wipes first, as most of the jobs that I perform require makeup, and the ocean cleanser did a good job of removing the excess that inevitably is left behind even after a thorough makeup remover wiping.

 

2. Sea Vitamin Boost

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This refreshing spray delivers immediate hydration to dry, sun-damaged skin. A potent blend of Pomegranate and Red Wine Extracts gives this moisturizing mist its beautiful rosy color and accounts for its powerful anti-aging effects on skin. Organic Patagonian Gigartina algae stimulates cell renewal while hydrating, soothing, and protecting your skin.

I used this spray as a toner, obviously, and I already need more. I tend to go spray-happy on toner when it is in spray form, but I like it to settle on my skin and don’t like wiping it away.

Some toner dries me out (and I get ugly flashbacks to the time I thought it was a good idea to just use witchhazel as toner), but not this one! Because of the anti-aging ingredients and vitamins, I feel like it just rejuvenated my skin that much more.

I also used this to set my makeup and it worked quite well in that respect, too!

3. Atmosphere Protection Cream

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A lightweight moisturizer that protects skin from dehydration and damage from environmental aggressors. The super emollient algae base ensures instantaneous absorption while the advanced blend of dermal proteins increases elasticity and leaves a matte, silky finish. An amazing, invisible base for makeup application.

My kingdom for a moisturizer that doesn’t leave me as shiny as a diamond. Oh wait. This moisturizer actually hydrates my skin and does not leave a sheen of failure in its wake! Hurrah!

Seriously though, I love this moisturizer. Algae really agrees with my skin and my tummy, though, so I am certain that has something to do with how well my face has taken to this vial of joy. A+++ moisturizer.

4. White Algae Mask

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This multi-tasking anti-aging mask corrects uneven skin tone and soothes redness while visibly firming and lifting. Formulated for an immediate, brighter, more luminous complexion.

Last but not least, the white algae mask! I used this once each week, and each time I rinsed off the mask, I saw a huge improvement in my overall complexion.

Again, I really do agree with OSEA’s decision in using ingredients from the sea; algae is such a healing component and works wonders for my skin, at least. (Everyone’s chemistry is different!)

I used the mask again just before writing this review: here are the during and after pics!

 

And no, there are no filters on either photo.

So what are you waiting for? Try out this amazing, family owned, non-toxic, ocean obsessed skincare line.

Let me know what you think! Does it work for you?

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PS: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on them and buy OSEA products, I get a small commission. I only promote products I personally use and believe in. 🙂

Review: Vegan Cuts tea box!

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Tea! Tea for all.

I love tea. I drink at least a cup a day, and I carry little tea bags with me in my purse just in case.

Lucky for me, then, that Vegan Cuts had a limited edition Tea Box that featured five different flavors of organic, vegan, fair trade tea that I had never tried before! (Plus a delicious Nii bar and a rad recycled mug).

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Some of the brands were familiar to me, but I had never tried the flavors that arrived. I enlisted help from my lovely friend Rita, a woman with opinions, and we taste tested these flavors with vigor!

1. Numi Turmeric Tea – Three Roots

Blending three organic roots (earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice), Three Roots Turmeric Tea transports your senses to an exotic spice market. As the complexity of the roots unfolds, the flavors of organic rose bring mental clarity, grounding and centering the spirit.

Bring fresh water to a boil and pour over a bag of Three Roots. Steep 8-10 minutes while breathing deeply and pondering positive thoughts. Healthful turmeric revitalizes the mind and balances the body.

We decided to start out with some anti-inflammatory goodness. I have had Numi tea before; they are one of my favorite brands, so I expected good things.

I wasn’t disappointed. We let the tea steep for 8 minutes and found it to be much more mild than we were expecting.

It was smooth; we tasted hints of sweetness and found it to be a rather earthy experience. I didn’t taste any ginger at all. A win for me – a ‘meh’ for Rita.

2. Miracle Tree – Moringa Organic Tea (Strawberry)

This subtly aromatic strawberry infusion blends an energetic fruity flavor with Moringa dried leaves for a tasty and refreshing drink. Our tea is unique – it’s made of organic Moringa! We source our artisan tea from our own Moringa plantations in Sri Lanka. Moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients – including 47 Antioxidants, 25 Vitamins & Minerals, and All 8 essential Amino Acids. Our Moringa is 100% vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO, ethically sourced, and completely caffeine-free!

“Holy shit that’s strawberry” was my comment when we gave this tea a sniff.

We expected the flavor to be overwhelming on account of the smell, but it wasn’t. The flavor wasn’t artificial tasting at all, but much more subtle than the smell.

Overall an earthy strawberry flavor that both Rita and I enjoyed. I would say out of all of them, however, this was my least favorite if I had to pick one, simply because I’m not the hugest fan of fruity tea.

3. Choice Organic Teas – Mango Black

 Set your course for paradise with this tempting black tea paired with a touch of tropical fruit. Smooth Ceylon and bold Indian black teas mingle with notes of mango evoking the aroma and flavor of fresh cut fruit. A hint of Sumatran vanilla imparts a subtle sweetness to this luscious tea that also satisfies when served over ice.

Rita loved this one; she’s a black tea drinker. I didn’t mind it either, as the mango flavor wasn’t too pronounced or sweet. The black tea tempers the fruity flavor, I find.

The smell was fragrant and pleasant, and the tea itself was strong but not overpowering like some black teas can be.

4. Pukka – Licorice & Cinnamon

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Pic via: Pukka

Mmm. This lovely tea smelled nostalgic, like a gingerbread dessert.

It didn’t taste like it smelled however. The licorice flavor thankfully wasn’t strong, and the cinnamon was prominent and went down very smooth.

This is a savory, cold weather sort of tea. Curl up when it’s raining and cold with a cup of this and you will be very happy. Steep for 8-10 minutes.

5. Yogi tea – Chai Rooibos 

Evoke the beauty of South Africa with our delicious all organic Chai Rooibos—a creative twist on traditional chai. Bask in the spicy warmth of Indian chai with caffeine-free Organic Rooibos, the red tea of South Africa. Enjoyed for centuries by the people of the Western Cape of South Africa, Rooibos supplies antioxidants which can help neutralize free radicals. A traditional Ayurvedic combination of Cardamom, Cinnamon and Clove combine to add warmth and intriguing flavor. Enjoy Chai Rooibos any time of day for an enchanting and delicious cup of tea.

To get the most out of every cup, bring water to boiling and steep 5 to 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, use 2 tea bags. Add your favorite sweetener and milk or milk substitute.

I love a chai tea. This one was no exception.

The chai spice smell was prominent (in a good way), the tea was savory, and not sweet.

Both Rita and I loved this one, too. We steeped it for about 6 minutes.

 

Honorable mentions to the lovely Nii bar and Aladdin recycled mug that came in the tea box as well! I have taken my tea to work in the Aladdin mug several times and it has worked quite well.

The Nii bar was scarfed when it arrived here. 🙂

Yum! Snag a Vegan Cuts tea box today – they are going quick!

Guest post – Hannah Rollings talks Ethiopia and vegan cuisine!

Welcome to The Plantbased Jetsetter’s first guest post, courtesy of Hannah Rollings (www.drifterhannah.com).

The subject matter is a country whose cuisine is very dear to my heart – Ethiopia!

Las Vegas, my home for now, has some amazing Ethiopian restaurants that I patronize; their ‘vegetarian platters’ just so happen to be vegan, so I consume a good amount of Ethiopian food on the regular.

Thanks so much to Hannah for her insight on Ethiopia and their amazing food!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – beyenetu: a fasting mixed plate

Ethiopia is a dream for vegans. Not something commonly known. But why?

A large proportion of the population is Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, an ancient form of Christianity, and quite a strict one at that. An enormous 250 days/year are spent fasting. This mostly comprises of the days leading up to big religious celebrations, like Easter. But these devout people also fast every Wednesday and Friday.

OK, so this isn’t fasting in the absolute sense of the word. When Orthodox Christians say they’re fasting, what they really mean is that they’re not eating or drinking any animal products – meat and dairy. So they’re essentially vegans for over two thirds of the year.

When you have to forego these products for so long, of course you’re going to come up with some super tasty alternatives. In the place of meat and dairy, Ethiopians eat rich chickpea and lentil stews, mopped up by their staple and somewhat sour (gluten-free) ‘pancake’, made of the endemic grain called teff.

I’m sure many of you have tried Ethiopian food. In fact, it’s become quite hipster recently. Beware if you’re gluten-intolerant and trying this outside of Ethiopia because most establishments mix teff with wheat.

The Ethiopian government limits the export of teff in order to regulate the price. The locals eat this three times a day. It’s their staple and lifeblood. It would be a tragedy if the increased popularity of Ethiopian food increased the demand and export of teff, in turn increasing the price on the market and effectively pricing out the locals. Farmers would then prefer to sell for export, rather than the lower price on the local market. This has happened with quinoa and so the Ethiopian government is adamant that this will not happen with teff, and rightly so!

So if you’re vegan and/or lactose/gluten intolerant, and you find yourself in an Ethiopian restaurant, make sure that you order yourself a fasting shiro (chickpea based stew without butter) and a meser wot (lentil based stew), maybe also a tomato salad to accompany. It’ll come atop of injera and it will be delicious. Enjoy!

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Photo via Hannah Rollings – fasting shiro (one of my personal favorites!)

Style snapshot – cantiq LA x Wrenn

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Happy Tuesday!

Here’s some cruelty free, locally made, and stunning style choices for you plant based travelers and fashionistas.

I can’t get enough of these luscious red tones from both cantiq LA and Wrenn.

You all may remember cantiq LA being mentioned in my Valentine’s Day postcantiq LA is a local Los Angeles lingerie brand; the brainchild of designer Chelsea Hughes. Her lingerie is unique, handmade, and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors. I’m obsessed with it!

 

Chelsea is also releasing a new line of swimwear just in time for those summer pool parties and overseas jaunts that are likely in some of your summer plans. Stay tuned for wet by cantiqLA, coming soon!

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The other half of this little collab, Wrenn, is a lovely vegan, cruelty free nail polish brand by Alissa Wrenn Smith. Her “5-free” nail polishes are inspired by the colorful stones featured in the druzy jewelry she makes.

I’m wearing the “Uncorked” color in the photos above.

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What is 5-free nail polish?

5-free means that our polishes are NOT made with 5 of the most common and dangerous ingredients found in nail polishes that have been linked to cause cancer: Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

While this does not make 5-free nail polishes “Toxic-Free”, they are a much better alternative to any 3-free or regular nail polishes out there.

For my next pedicure, I’m going to try the “Better off Red” color!

I’m always looking to feature beautiful, unique, vegan/cruelty free brands, and I’m delighted that I can point you all towards small business owners like Chelsea and Alissa who are killing the style game.

Do you have such a brand you’d like to share? Comment below and let me know what I should feature next!

Morning breakfast smoothie of champions 


I occasionally work trade shows as a crowd gatherer and booth hostess. The days are long and you are on your feet for 10+ hours sometimes.

Therefore, day two of HIMSS16 (an IT medical conference) deserves a hearty breakfast smoothie!

~ 1 scoop Vega Protein & Greens – Vanilla

~ 2 tsp Navitas Chia Seeds

~ 2 tsp Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

~ 1 tsp Vega chlorella powder

~ 1 cup water

Yum yum! Superfoods to fuel the day.