October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has personal significance for me and my family because my father died from breast cancer. He was one of the rare 2% of men who had breast cancer. It was especially difficult for him, a very masculine guy, to have what he considered to be woman’s disease. Be that as it may, I am pleased that great strides have been made in treating and curing the disease in the 25 years since his passing.
In fact, I know a lot of people don’t think we need a Breast Cancer Awareness Month because everyone is indeed “aware” of breast cancer, and I agree that awareness is not the issue. Action is. Action in terms of research for cures and treatments, and action in terms of early detection.
I am pleased to be associated with companies that contribute to organizations that help seek cures and help those fighting the disease. Today, I want to talk to you about Laurmé Skincare. Michele, the founder of Laurmé Skincare, has a dear sister who is fighting breast cancer. Because her skin was so sensitive during and after radiation and chemotherapy treatment, Michele developed a collection of skincare products that would be gentle on her stressed skin. Importantly, they would also help her feel better about herself as she used them to heal her skin and get some much needed pampering.
In addition to introducing a gentle and effective line of skincare products, Laurmé contributes to the City of Hope Cancer Treatment Center in Los Angeles throughout the year. During the month of October, Laurmé contributes 5% of proceeds to the organization specifically for breast cancer.
In order to call attention to breast cancer and to encourage you to help when and where you can, Laurmé Skincare has asked me to introduce you to their skincare collection. In return, Laurmé is giving away the entire Sensitive Skin Collection of 5 skincare products to one lucky reader of Never Say Die Beauty!
Laurmé Skincare Collection
Although Laurmé Skincare was originally developed for people undergoing cancer treatment, it is used by anyone seeking a gentle, hydrating, effective formula. The anti-aging Sensitive Skin Collection is appropriate even for pregnant women who want to avoid harsh and harmful ingredients. In fact, Michele mentioned that many obstetricians recommend that expectant moms avoid retinol, so she suggests that they pass during pregnancy on Laurmé’s Resurfacing Night Cream with retinol that is not part of the Sensitive Skin Collection.
Since the Sensitive Skin products are free of added and artificial fragrances, they are also good for those who can’t tolerate strong or artificial scents. In fact, my dry eyes often burn or tear in response to some strong chemicals or scents. My eyes have really been bothering me lately. I’ve been so happy to have Laurmé Skincare products so that my eyes aren’t irritated further by strong chemicals near them.
The products are gluten-free, have no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or added fragrance. And they are fabulous for those with dry skin, dehydrated or stressed skin.
Laurmé Skincare products are cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified. They are made in the U.S.
Let’s look at the collection, shall we?
2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk
2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk is formulated with:
- sweet almond oil to cleanse
- organic sunflower oil for softening and smoothing
- organic Bulgarian rose water to soothe stressed skin
- glycerin to hydrate and nourish.
It’s called 2-in-1 because you can even use it to remove eye makeup as well as clean your skin without stripping it of natural oils. It truly feels so gentle and like a creamy milk on the skin. I love using it with my Foreo to gently clean and massage my skin. It rinses away with water and leaves my skin feeling hydrated.
Though it has no added fragrance, it does have a bit of a natural scent of the oils. Nevertheless, I have been so happy to have this mild cleanser to clean my skin lately, with my eyes giving me such a hard time.
2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk comes in a plastic bottle and contains 4 fl. oz. $32.
Ingredients: Water, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betainamide MEA Chloride, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Sarcosine, Potassium Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, P-Anisic Acid (ingredients listed in bold indicated organic)
Rose Hydrating Toner Mist
I’m a big fan of Bulgarian Rose mist, so I was thrilled to receive this lovely toner. In addition to the organic Bulgarian rosewater and essential oil that soothe stressed skin, the toner mist contains organic sunflower seed oil for softening and smoothing and glycerin for hydration and nourishment. Because of the three key ingredients, it has a very delicate rose scent rather than a strong rose scent. Even those who avoid scents would be able to use this essentially unscented mist. It can be used to tone and help serums work better, to relax skin and mind, to add more hydration, or to revive makeup as the day goes on. It’s one of my favorite Laurmé products!
Rose Hydrating Toner Mist comes in a plastic spray bottle that contains 4 fl. oz. and is priced at $30.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Leuconostoc (Radish) Root Ferment Filtrate, Phospholipids, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Panthenol, Phosphorus, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Pantothenate, Magnesium Salicylate, Zinc Gluconate, Moringa Pterygosperma (Moringa) Seed Extract, Dextrin, Rhodiola Rosea (Roseroot) Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Polysorbate 20
Intense Rejuvenating Serum
After toning, I always apply serum, and I was happy to discover that it is possible to have a gentle serum without harsh ingredients. Intense Rejuvenating Serum is formulated to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as to hydrate. The serum accomplishes those goals with antioxidants (vitamins A,C and E), sodium hyaluronate (an active form of hyaluronic acid), and organic sunflower and other oils, aloe and shea butter.
In spite of all those hydrating ingredients, the serum is remarkably lightweight. In the summer or if you have oily skin, you can use the serum without following up with moisturizer because it’s that hydrating. It takes just a minute or two to sink in to my thirsty skin.
Also, the serum has no scent that I can smell.
Intense Rejuvenating Serum comes in a thick brown glass pump bottle. One pump covers my face, and I do another pump for my neck and décoletté. The bottle contains 1 fl. oz., but I use so little at a time, I think it will be quite long-lasting. $36
Ingredients: Water, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Wheat Amino Acids, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Extract, Panthenol, Hydroxyproline, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Beta Glucan, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Superoxide Dismutase, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Bud/Petals Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Xanthan Gum, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Capryloyl Glycine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citric Acid
Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream
I looooooove this rich but lightweight moisturizing cream. It feels sooooooo good going on. It dries quickly to a smooth finish, and it sits very nicely under foundation.
Its benefits include firming, brightening, smoothing, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I’ve learned that Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream contains ingredients DMAE sometimes referred to as “a facelift in a jar” because it firms and tones skin by triggering acetylcholine that stimulates face muscles to lift skin – that’s just what I need especially around the jawline! It also contains MSM that heals damaged skin cells including burns; it sounds perfect for those who have injured skin from radiation or chemo treatments and also those with scars from acne.
Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream also rehydrates dry skin with gentle organic aloe, coconut, jojoba, and neem seed oils as well as glycerin that provides moisture and nourishment. I wasn’t familiar with organic White Willow Bark, but I’ve learned that it helps smooth out rough, dull and tired skin.
Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream comes in a plastic pump bottle, and it contains 1.7 oz. It’s priced at $35. It’s vegan.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Xanthan Gum, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA
Here are swatches of three of the Sensitive Skin Collection products:
Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask
Back in May or June, I reviewed Laurmé’s scrumptious Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask (here’s the full review). I love the natural scent of Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask: it has a bakery smell, like a lemon tart, of course! But it’s not the least bit overpowering, it’s a mild scent.
Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask is one of my top 5 favorite masks. Because of the yummy scent and the soufflé-like consistency, it’s a pleasure to use. In fact, it’s downright luxurious! It’s gentle, but it leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized, plus it looks brighter, too. The Lemon Tart Mask can easily be used a couple of times a week.
The mask contains:
- Antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E to brighten, evens skin tone and texture
- Aloe, Squalane, Organic Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed oil to nourish dehydrated and sensitive skin
- Cypress essential oil, with antiseptic and astringent properties, revs up dull complexions and tones the skin
- Jojoba beads (biodegradable) gently exfoliate the skin.
Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask comes in a plastic tub and contains 4 fl. oz. $42.
Ingredients: Aqua, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Wax Beads, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Nut Butter, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Squalane, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower/Leaf Extract, Galactoarabinan, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol
So this is the Laurmé Sensitive Skin Collection. This month, 2-in-1 Gentle Cleanser and Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask are part of Organic Authority’s Fall Goodie Box! You can check out the October box here.
They are all wonderful skincare products. Since you may not be able to go out and buy the entire collection at once, the ones I love the most are the Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask, the Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturizer, and the Rose Hydrating Toner Mist. Laurmé Skincare is sold on their website.
Laurmé Sensitive Skin Collection Giveaway!
Laurmé SkinCare is giving away the entire Sensitive Skin Collection of 5 full size skincare products: 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk, Rose Hydrating Toner Mist, Intense Rejuvenation Serum, Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream, and Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask, a $175 value, to one lucky Never Say Die Beauty reader. The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, age 18+, where permitted by law. The giveaway will run for two weeks till Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:00AM EDT. So the last full day is Monday, October 16.
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