Beauty Heroes has easily become one of my favorite subscription boxes. It’s an amazing way to try out green beauty brands at a fraction of the cost. They curate boxes with one full size item and sidekick every month. There are several brands I would have never tried if not for Beauty Heroes. The April beauty discovery is by one of my favorite green beauty brands de Mamiel. de Mamiel is created by Annee who is a licensed acupuncturist, aromatherapist & holistic facialist so the brand has a very holistic and aromatherapy feel. Details per Beauty Heroes:
The first of its kind to undo the ravages of internal and external stress, this feather-light, free radical fighting emulsion is the ultimate renewal serum for pollution-proof skin. A complex elixir concentrated with both 1st and 2nd generation antioxidants, Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir holistically feeds, protects and repairs the skin from environmental and emotional stress.
This month’s Sidekick, Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar, is a next-level tinted moisturizer featuring a botanical complex that blends lightweight ingredients, high-performance antioxidants and mineral UV A & B protection to give skin a repaired, hydrated, and glowing look, with a soft-focus finish.
This month has a value of $147 all for only $39 if you subscribe. Sadly this month is sold out but make sure you sign up for next month I promise you’ll love Beauty Heroes. Sign up HERE.
The Hero this month is the de Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir. Details per de Mamiel:
This is the ultimate skin repair, renewal and protection treatment. Only the most potent natural antioxidants and active phytonutrients are concentrated in this luscious and perfectly crafted serum, enabling your skin to breathe and fight-off free radicals. Delivering the highest performance in urban skincare to energise, lift and illuminate your skin. This exceptional serum calms inflammation, restores suppleness and elasticity. Quercetin stimulates regeneration and repairs, protecting against oxidative stress. Your skin is left supple, firm and boosted to its full potential.
These revolutionary ingredients prevent cell damage and keep the skin tight, pure and youthful. Malachite, derived from the greek word for “soft”, was used by ancient civilisations to extract impurities and pollutants from your skin and body. Today, we are rediscovering this stone’s incredible antioxidant and detoxifying properties. Superoxide Dismutase is a natural enzyme that boosts your skin’s oxygen intake which is key to the cell renewal process. A bespoke blend of essential oils, including Rose, Myrrh and Vetiver, works to neutralise free radicals while suffusing the spirit with feelings of pure serenity.
This intensive hydrator optimises water circulation throughout all layers of the skin and reduces moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid and ceramides boost the cells Natural Moisturising Factor increasing moisture retention and reducing moisture loss. Your skin is plumped, repaired, replenished and nourished leaving an even, dewy complexion. Marine Samphire energises and illuminates by increasing cell renewal and skin oxygen levels. Collagen is stimulated, resulting in a lifted, smooth, even skin tone.
This is a dreamy antioxidant serum. I actually had a full size bottle I purchased a few months ago just waiting for an open slot to be able to use it. This box gave me a reason to pull it out and just go for it. It has a creamy serum texture thats hydrating and smells heavenly. It’s most definitely got a green herbal essential oil scent. It’s slight and nothing bothersome for me. This has an amazing inci list that includes prickly pear oil (one of my favs), sodium hyaluronate, ceramide 3, pullulan, superoxide dismutase, vitamin E, malachite, ferulic acid & quercetin. I love the black glass bottle. It does have a dropper dispenser that I wish was a pump. If you like green skincare this is truly the epitome of antioxidant serums.
Beauty Heroes does an interesting talk about 1st and 2nd Generation Antioxidants on their blog HERE. I copied the details for you:
1st Generation Antioxidants – The Defenders
A 1st generation antioxidant protects our cells from metabolic activation, which means that they prevent toxins and oxidants from reacting with our cells, binding to our DNA and becoming mutagenic or carcinogenic. This is, no doubt an important function. You can think of these antioxidants as the defenders who are constantly working to keep stress from changing the optimal functioning of our cells. These antioxidants are often referred to as enzymatic antioxidants. If we look at this month’s Hero product, Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir you will find first generation antioxidants that guard against pollution – ferulic acid (derived from rice bran) and superoxide dismutase, produced from bio fermentation.
2nd Generation Antioxidants – The Detoxifiers
2nd generation antioxidants trigger our antioxidant response helps our cells detoxify and rid our cells of environmental toxins, so they don’t build up and cause further damage to our cells. They function as scavengers and detoxifiers, identifying and expelling the molecules that may be harmful to our cells. In Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir, malachite (copper) extract and quercetin derived from sophora japonica flowers were chosen specifically as second-generation antioxidants. Other common second-generation antioxidants are vitamin C, E, alpha lipoic acid, carotenoids and flavonoids.
Per the de Mamiel site:
Malachite: a potent detoxifying semi-precious stone, it boosts and strengthens the skin’s natural defence against free radicals and toxic compounds.
Superoxide Dismutase: an enzyme naturally present in the body which stimulates the cell renewal process for a healthy and youthful skin.
Ferulic Acid: with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to chelate heavy metals. Found in Rice Bran Oil, it delivers outstanding protection against pollution, irritation and premature ageing.
Quercetin: deeply antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it improves the skin’s repair mechanisms by accelerating Keratinocyte and fibroblasts migration which are responsible for regeneration and repair.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Diheptyl Succinate***, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut), Capryloy Glycerin/ Sebacic Acid Copolymer***, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil*, Xylitylglucoside, Olive Glycerides, Anhydroxylitol (Olive), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oryzanol (Rice Germ), Malachite Extract, Benzyl Alcohol***, Xylitol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline***, Lysolecithin (Rapeseed)***, Sclerotium Gum***, Ceramide 3, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Pullulan***, Xanthan Gum, Salicylic Acid***, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Crithmum Maritimum (Marine Samphire) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glucose, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil**, Pelargonium Roseum (Geranium) Leaf Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide***, Sorbic Acid***, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot – Bf) Peel Oil*, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil**, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Root Oil**, Rosa Centifolia (Wild Rose) Flower Oil**, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/ Stem Oil*, Sophora Japonica (Japanese Pagoda) Flower Extract, Citronellol ̊, Farnesol ̊, Geraniol ̊, Isoeugenol ̊, Limonene ̊, Linalool ̊, Menyanthes Trifoliate (Bogbean), Aconitum Napellus (Monkshood), Parnassia Palustris (Grass Of Parnassus), Grand Quintile, Pinus Sylvestris (Grandmother Pine), Trientalis Europaea (Chickweed Wintergreen), Helleborus Foetidus (English Bearsfoot), Linum Bienne (Pale Flax).*** Ecocert Certified/Approved , Certified Organic, *Natural Essential Oil Constituents , **Wild Harvested , Flower And Environmental Essences
The sidekick is the Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. I already own a full size of this one. Details per Beauty Heroes:
A base of light fractionated coconut oil blended with all organic black currant seed oil, jasmine, camellia, squalene and rosehip seed oil provide a silky, breathable and blendable texture. An herbal infusion of marshmallow, gotu kola, yarrow, arnica, alstralgus, elder and licorice deliver a powerful dose of phytonutrients and minerals to boost skin immunity and protection throughout the day. Sheer enough for most skin types, the subtle sheen blurs imperfections and evens skin tone.
This product could be a sunscreen and lotion combo for some. It has a thicker lotion texture and is tinted so no white cast from this physical sunscreen combo. Zinc tends to dry me out a touch in physical sunscreens. That’s really helpful in the summer for me as it also helps control oil throughout the day. I used this a ton last summer for that reason. It’s perfect on those really humid days in Texas. I found this wasn’t hydrating enough for me to be a lotion and sunscreen in one nor is it tinted enough to be a tinted moisturizer. It makes a great sunscreen & makeup base for foundation. That’s it’s best function. This also blurs imperfections to a degree. It has a ton of really nice ingredients, though it does contain essential oils like all de Mamiel products (she is an aromatherapist so it’s to be expected). I don’t find the oils bothersome at all they’re not overpowering in anyway. It has a strange earthy herbal scent, not like anything I’ve encountered before. It will either be OK for you or not. The product itself is amazing and I quite like it as a tinted natural sunscreen/makeup primer. You’ll see me in it all summer long.
Aqua/water/eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut), Zinc Oxide Silica***, Octyldodecanol***, Glycerin, Rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil*, Squalane (olive), Camellia oleifera (camellia) seed oil*, Rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil*, Cetearyl Olivate***, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitan Olivate***, Cetearyl Alcohol***, Benzyl Alcohol***, Ribes nigrum (black currant) seed oil*, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Polyhydroxystearic Acid***, Maltodextrin***, Mica***, Persea gratissima (avocado) fruit extract***, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil*, Salicylic acid***, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Corundum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isostearic Acid*** , Pelargonium roseum (rose geranium) leaf oil*, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower oil, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic acid, Citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil*, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil*, Rosa centifolia (wild rose) flower oil**, Vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil*, Achillea millefolium (yarrow) flower extract*, Althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract*, Arnica montana (arnica) flower extract*, Astragalus membranaceus (astragalus) root extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, Centella asiatica (gotu kola) root extract*, Daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract*, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract*, Sambucus nigra (elder) flower extract*, Scutellaria baicalensis (baikal skullcap) extract*, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract*, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract*, Trifolium pratense (red clover) extract*, Equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract*, Jojoba Esters***, Trihydroxysteain*** , Cardiospermum halicacabum (balloon vine) flower/leaf/vine extract*, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda) flower extract, CI 77491 (iron oxide)***, CI 77492 (iron oxide)***, CI77499 (iron oxide)***, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), Citronellol ̊, Eugenol ̊, Farnesol ̊, Geraniol ̊, Isoeugenol ̊, Limonene ̊, Linalool ̊, Menyanthes trifoliate (bogbean), Aconitum napellus (monkshood), Parnassia palustris (grass of parnassus), Grand Quintile, Pinus sylvestris (grandmother pine), Trientalis europaea (chickweed wintergreen), Helleborus foetidus (english bearsfoot), Linum bienne (pale flax). *** ECOCERT Certified/Approved , Certified organic, *Natural essential oil constituents , **Wild harvested , Flower and Environmental essences