Beauty | Tips for Exfoliating + Cruelty-Free, Paraben-Free, Phenoxyethanol-free Skincare Line

November 14, 2016

*Thanks to Mirada de Provence for sponsoring today's post; all opinions and reviews are my own.
I am so excited about today's beauty post! I'm sharing a line that I am very proud of and have enjoyed learning about. Mirada de Provence features skincare products made from the rich farmland of Provence in France! I love that these products are inflused with botanical traces of the plants harvested there  - literally, it doesn't get more natural than that! They are also completely paraben-free and most importantly phenoxyethanol-free!

I also firmly believe that no one really teaches you about skincare unless you actively seek the information. My family wasn't super explicit about teaching me about skincare or skin products, so this is something I've been sure to think about when G gets a bit older. I want her to know what she's doing so she can take care of the largest organ on her body!
What is Phenoxyethanol and What Are Parebens? 
Both of these words are buzz words that you'll start to hear more often. Phenoxyethanol and Parabens are both preservatives that help extend a product's shelf-life. You see, most people hear that and think, "Yes, so my make-up and skin care products last longer... what's the big deal?" 

The big deal is that these synthetic preservatives have been found to cause tumors, are known carcinogens, and hormone-disrupters. In products like nipple cream, phenoxyethanol can cause vomiting, diarrhea and a slew of other side effects for infants. It's honestly a scary product and likely the next target for people who are looking to lead a more chemical-free lifestyle.

In this article, a researcher states "Phenoxyethanol is restricted for use in cosmetics in Japan, which is alwasy ahead of the curve when it comes to cosmetic safety." Honestly, you guys - it can be disheartening as literally EVERY beauty brand (except a select few) uses these synthetic preservatives to keep costs down. They could use natural preservatives like herbs, etc, but it would cost way too much.

I urge you to research the products you're using - especially if you are pregnant of breastfeeding! Apps like Think Dirty are amazing for starting to clear out the chemical-ridden products from your medicine cabinet! Also, you can start with finding brands you trust to not use these chemicals, like Mirada de Provence!

Not only are Mirada de Provence's products pure in form, they are also cruelty-free. This means they do not test their products on animals! I love when companies commit to this important issue because several big brands in the beauty industry are huge culprits for animal testing. You should definitely check out this comprehensive list of cruelty-free beauty lines here! It helped me so much.
This Aromatic Herbs Nourishing hand cream I am using smells divine! I loved that I didn't need to worry about synthetic fragrances while using it, and could just enjoy the scent of freshly harvested flowers!
My good friend (who is a licensed esthetician) and I were just discussing exfoliaton and she shared some amazing, professional insight, so I thought I'd share that with you! It was super eye-opening to me. 
Tips for Exfoliating

Only exfoliate once or twice a week MAXIMUM.
Exfoliating too much can be very bad for your skin - it needs to to recuperate and rebuild!

Do NOT use any type of sugar scrub when exfoliating.
This one really surprised me. Apparently sugar breaks down skin tissue and can cause tearing on your skin! The face tearing has me all sorts of scared, so I won't be using any sort of sugar on any part of my body ever again, haha.

Using a brush like Clarisonic is okay... in moderation.
It's marketed to be an every day use product, but brushes like Clarisonic are not the best thing for your skin's integrity and can cause tearing as well.

Use something natural.
I adore this Fig Lemon body scrub pictured in the photo below! It seriously made my legs sooo soft and smooth! Definitley use something without chemicals - just not sugar!
Be sure to look up the products that you use on your hair, skin, and even nails! These things are used on our bodies daily and we have a right to use safe ones in order to ensure optimal health and longevity, am I right? 

Also if you decide to place an order with Mirada de Provence soon, be sure to do it while shipping is free! Thank you so much for reading!

 xo. L


  1. I love how conscious you are! Great products with a guilt free mission. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Totally on a path of getting rid of products I don't need because of these risks. Thank you for sharing these products!

  3. I'm going to have to try this. I'm always looking for new products that are filled with junk and other crap! xx Annette

  4. I didn't know that part about a sugar scrub! Thanks for sharing!

  5. What amazing products!!! I want to try it all!!!

  6. We are trying to get rid of all the parabens in our house! I need to check these guys out!

  7. Wow! I never knew that about sugar scrubs! This is such great information!!

    By Lauren M

  8. Such good tips and info! Have to try this!

    xo, kate

  9. This post is so interesting! And this is a new-to-me brand that I definitely want to try.

    xx Nina

  10. I'm going to have look into these products! I'm trying to be more conscious about the types of products I'm putting on my body!

  11. I've never heard of these so thank you for sharing! I'm all about products that aren't filled with words I can't even pronounce!

  12. I never knew that about the sugar scrub!! Thanks for sharing. Love all of these tips.


  13. I love that these products are cruelty free! Such a wonderful incentive to buy an awesome product!


  14. These products look great, thanks for sharing babe!

  15. Such great tips babe!!! Im gonna have to try some of this stuff.

  16. Such awesome tips! I love exfoliaters

  17. These products sounds great I'll have to give them a try!

  18. These products sound awesome! I love exfoliating and it has really helped my skin.
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

  19. that looks so great, I must look into it! I love good skincare!


  20. I needed these tips so bad! My skin gets so dry in the winter in Denver. Thank you for sharing!

    xo Lacey

  21. Such great informatioN! Now I need to try a sugar scrub

    Dede Raad //

  22. You are SO right, no one teaches you about proper skin care! I'm in my twenties, and just now figuring things out!

  23. These tips are amazing! I need to try them out!


  24. I have dry skin so I am always down to try a new lotion.

  25. I need to try these... they sound amazing!!!

    Xo Makayla
    Fashionably Kay

  26. This sounds like an amazing line and as always, you look beautiful!

    xo, Sara

  27. I love cruelty free products! These sound amazing!

    Here’s The Skinny


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