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A Few Reasons Why You Need to Try Our Cacao Face Mask

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Cacao in Skincare

Cacao derives from the Theobroma cacao tree, and is a super star skin care ingredient but most people are not aware of this groundbreaking discovery. If more people knew about how incredibly amazing chocolate is for achieving a radiant and healthy complexion, I am sure we would hear more about it in mainstream beauty. But this is another way that “clean beauty” is making great waves with researched backed ingredients and leading results. Let’s look at some of cacao’s exceptional skin loving qualities.

First of all, we must mention that cacao is potent with vitamin C, which is one of the best known antioxidants to aid in dark spot fading, boosting collagen and neutralizing damaging free radicals. Cacao also boasts ingredients like  magnesium, flavonoids, zinc and omega-6 fatty acids to help calm redness, inflammation and hydrate for plump dewy skin. The cacao powder we use for our Urban Detox  is 100% vegan, raw and non roasted, to preserve all of its amazing qualities and for the benefit of your complexion.

In this post I highlighted the amazing cacao powder as a superb ingredient, but along with cacao powder our Urban Detox features powdered Vitamin C, rose petal powder and willow bark. Rose petal powder has great hydrating properties, while willow bark has be proven to be effective at reducing acne and excess oil, and refine pores.

What makes it special

 As you can probably tell, ingredients matter quite a lot to us and I can go on forever about their amazing factors. But let’s talk about how great this mask smells! It, dangerously, smells like chocolate but in no way do we recommend you to eat it! Just enjoy the scent and allow yourself to relax and unwind. The Theobroma chocolate scent is said to be an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac. We also love a multipurpose product and with our two recent product launches you can see that. This masque is not only a masque but it is also a facial polish. After leaving it on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes you can rehydrate and gently massage the grains onto your skin. Another way to use it is by hydrating the grains with your favorite cleanser and exfoliate for a quick self care routine. 

Two things I love about this mask is one, it creates a nice foamy consistency for a smooth application and second, it washes off super easy.

Skin Type

This masque can be used on all skin types.

Tip: For those with drier skin we’d recommend to make a thinner consistency to benefit from the antioxidants and moisturizing properties without stripping the skin. For oiler skin types a thicker consistency can be used to get deeper detoxing action.

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A Few Reasons Why You Need to Try this Body Serum

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A Facial Serum, but for your body

If you consider yourself a skincare fan you probably already know what serums are and probably have a whole collection of them. These types of products are known to carry an abundance of high performance or active ingredients for efficacy and results. Body serums are these same products but formulated for your body! Isn’t it odd how we focus the majority of our time and coins just on our face alone? It’s about time we take self care a little bit further and treat our bodies with dignity.

What makes it special

This product is not your typical body oil, it goes beyond the average body oil when it comes to efficacy, scent and purpose. The base of the formulation is grounded in grapeseed, kukui nut oil and macerated olive oil. Macerated oil means that it has been infused with dried botanicals or herbs in order to extract the therapeutic properties of the plants.  In this case, 100% pure cold pressed olive oil was infused in organic rooibos tea and dried rose petals to extract their amazing like antiaging and anti-inflammatory properties.

This serum is also packed with vitamin E, a superb antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals that may have been brought by  environmental damage like air pollution and over sun exposure. Antioxidants and environmental protection is our bread and butter so this is something that is always intentional in all of our products. Vitamin E is said to help with skin elasticity, fading scars and healing the skin which are amazing qualities to have and to treat the body with.

Aside from our Total Body serum being infused with luxurious botanicals, and being packed with antioxidants, one of its more distinguishing qualities is that it is scented with chocolate and rose absolute. This transforms what might have been seen as a regular body oil into a fragrance or perfume oil! The scent is wonderfully warm, full and seductive and it lasts for hours on your already glowing and moisturized skin.

How to use it

And when you thought it couldn’t get any better…it does! Our Total Body Serum is not a one trick product but it was created with a multipurpose destiny. Not only is it an amazing moisturizer after a nice shower leaving you skin glowy and seductively scented but it can be used as a bath oil as well. Another way you can incorporate this serum into your self care routine is by using it to give your hair ends some extra shine and needed protection. 

Skin Types

Our Total Body Serum can be used by all skin types.

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Ingredient Highlight: Carrot Oil & Beta Carotene

carrots in skincare

Growing up most of us were consistently told to eat our carrots because it helps restore and protect our vision. Is it true? I am not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised because it also does wonders for your skin! Beta carotene, is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables.

Carrots are rich in carotene, tocopherols, antioxidants, minerals and vitamin K. Due to its high content of Beta Carotene, it is a precursor to Vitamin A which is responsible for cell regeneration! Cell turn over is essential to turn up the glow in your skin, so adding a little carrot action is a great move to gently increase cell turn over and reveal new and brighter skin.

Carrot oil also has the ability to bring down inflammation which contributes to barrier and tissue damage which then lead to fine lines and wrinkles. We use a mix of Carrot oil, beta Carotene and vitamin C in our Manketti Oil Serum. This mix because of its tocopherol content also protects from the creation of free radicals that cause imbalance and dullness of your complexion.

It’s an all-around great moisturizer and a light serum to add to your skincare routine. And like most vegetables and fruits, if we actually consume them we reap even more benefits from them.  So, I say go for a nice glass of carrot juice as well!

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Ingredient Highlight: Ginseng Root

ginseng in skincare

I’m going to be honest, the ginseng root totally creeps me out! Have you seen it? The roots oddly resemble—some type of living creatures.  They may be odd, but I am convinced that its one of the best ingredients out there for anti-aging, whether it’s used topically in food or tea.  Ginseng originated in China and has been used for centuries in medicinal practices. To this day, ginseng remains a valued herb for its ability to increase energy levels, boost immune system and reduce inflammation.


Ginseng is a very well known adaptogen in herbal medicine. An adaptogen is  a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.  Instead of pushing the body in one direction it adapts to what the body needs at the time. And just like ginseng is an adaptogen internally it also helps the skin adapt externally!

I am astonished at the ability Ginseng has to help the body relax or enhance micro-circulation.  Micro circulation, is circulation in the smallest blood vessels which really makes an impact in the health of your skin. Blood circulation plays an important role in transportation of gasses, nutrients, waste and hormones; this process detoxifies the skin. If this is not happening at a healthy rate, it results in dull and inflamed skin. It also causes dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles!

Though this herb has been around for centuries, the studies are still in their early stages when it comes to topical use. But it has been proven to combat free radicals caused by sun and aging, which are the ultimate culprits behind damaged skin. Some research also shows that it may help with dark spots as well! Now that is a botanical active to have in your skincare regimen.

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As you can see this is an amazing plant to consume as food or use topically. You can try it in our Urbana Facial Essence to fight off pollution and start the journey of aging gracefully.

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Ingredient Highlight: Rooibos Tea

treating irritation with rooibos tea

Rooibos, meaning redbush has been used for centuries in Southern Africa. The leaves of this bush are used to make an herbal tea. It has gained popularity all over the world for it is amazing taste and health benefits.

But what we will focus on in this post is its topical skin benefits. The beauty of natural skincare is the fact that many of the things that we can eat we can also use to beautify our complexion. I don’t know about you but that gives me a good feeling.

Rooibos tea loaded with antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, and zinc!

Antioxidants or polyphenols are known for neutralizing free radicals and keep them from getting out of control and harming your body tissue. Free radicals are not usually harmful, but they do become a problem when there are too many, which happens for various reasons. It could be because of over exposure to the sun, the type of food you are ingesting or pollution. But the great thing is that we can keep them at bay with ingredients like rooibos tea.

I couldn’t have guess that this herb has alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids are great for increasing cell turn over through the loosing of dead skin cells, called corneocytes. This should tell you that its great from brighter and fresher looking skin. AHA’s also contribute to smoother and improved skin tone!

It also contains the wonderful mineral zinc. Zinc is known for healing and protecting the skin from UV rays. This does not mean that rooibos tea can be used as a sunscreen but simply that its able to protect from small amount of damage. Zinc also contributes to minimizing inflammation and preventing blemishes.

Overall rooibos tea is a great antioxidant blemish fighting anti-inflammatory force. And not only can you reap its benefits when using our Mongongo Face oil serum but also drinking the beverage itself. After all beauty does start from the inside out.