Lovely Day Botanicals
Whenever I burn my skin, I break off a leaf of one of my Aloë plants and apply the aloë gel to my skin. It's effective and has an immediate calming effect. Plants and botanical essences have proven their virtues in past centuries and continue to do so today. But ever so often, natural ingredients are replaced by chemical substances with the most complicated (or vague) names. So when looking for natural skincare products, Igor introduced me to Lovely Day Botanicals, a small Berlin-based brand with a very affordable product range of 100% natural products. Their products are produced in small batches from premium botanical oils and essences and fruit acids. They also have the most delicious names, like Mellow Mallow, Mermaid or Coco gloss. Yummmm!
On their website (in German, an English verison is coming soon, just like their first showroom that opens in Berlin in the spring!), Lovely Day writes about their mission to bring a better alternative to conventional products on the market. Did you know that the human body absorbs more than 2kg of cosmetic products in 1 year? Then better make it as healthy as possible!
In their own words:
"Above all, we want to show that words such as "natural", "vegan" or "sustainable" have nothing to do with renunciation at all. We've been working to formulate the textures just as smooth, luxurious and effective as conventional products, and the stylish packaging and high-quality glass bottles are more noble than some high end beauty brands."
As someone who buys products first of all because of the way they look, I couldn't be more pleased with the way the Lovely Day products look in my bathroom. No need to hide them in the drawer! They blend in perfectly well with their minimal white and pink look:
My leafy enamel pins from Handmade Sammade and We are Out of Office. The smallest ones reads: Plant Lady is the new Cat Lady... hihi I'm both ;)
So about the products themselves. Do I like them? Yes! All the products that I tested are extremely soft and mild on the skin. Which is important when you have a sensitve skin like mine: I'm always hesitant to apply something new because I like to avoid an itchy red skin. However, it took me a few days to get used to the unexpected smells of the products. They're not unpleasant, but just different. After a short while the smells disappears and I ended up with was a very soft skin. Especially after using the soft and creamy hyaluron + BLOOM pink clay mask.
My favorite product is the COCO GLOSS hair serum, made of coconut oil, camelia oil and essential oils. I love the smell, it's fresh a citrus-y and the serum makes the tips of my hair very soft. A few drops are enough to get silky soft hair. Just lovely!
Also, all Lovely Day products are vegan, with perfume or agressive essential oils and were never tested on animals. The glass bottles and jars can easily be recycled. Or you can use them to grow some cuttings *wink wink*.
If you like to try any of these products: they come in convenient 3€ testers that you can order via their webshop (with international delivery). I'm pretty sure you will like them as much as I do. They are just lovely!
Blogpost created in collaboration with Lovely Day. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Merci Lovely Day!
Volta mobiles from Paris
Remember I stumbled upon those cool mobiles on Etsy a while ago? They are designed and created Otxo and Mario Conti from VOLTA Paris. And because Paris is just around the corner, I hopped over to visit their fresh new showroom, where they display their collection of mobiles and stabiles.
Alexander Calder (August 22 1898 - November 11 1976) is the name of an American sculptor who is known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents. Calder's monumental stationary sculptures are called stabiles.
All mobiles and stabiles by VOLTA Paris are made from repurposed metal and entirely painted and assembled by hand in France. They are already mounted and the only thing that you have to do when you receive it, is stick the ceiling fixture to the ceiling, wait for 24h to make sure it sticks well and attach the mobile. It's as easy as that! I like how mobiles or stabiles, like the one below, are a nice alternative for artwork. They also have a quality that 2D artwork, or even classic sculptures don't have: they are always in movement! Mesmerizing, fascinating or hypnotizing!
VOLTA Paris's goal is to bring mobiles back into contemporary interiors and make them part of any decor. Last year they worked with heju on two limited editions, more about that here, and they sold out very fast.
I have a pink Emotif mobile in our cinema room and the other day I removed it because I was rearranging some stuff and I really missed it. It adds a playful touch to the room!
The Ambitieux, the ambitious, inspired by Eucalyptus leaves. I love the feather-y movement of the petals:
In the String shelves: this standing mobile in black, blue, yellow, red and white:
And apart from the VOLTA Paris collection, you can get in touch with them for a custom order! There are many many colors to choose from, these are just a few RAL colors they work with, or go for an all white stabile:
VOLTA Paris /// 39 rue Breguet /// 75011 Paris /// by appointment only
Shop the mobiles and stabiles via the VOLTA Paris website or in their Etsy shop!
The Botanic Garden in Berlin
It just started snowing here at home in France, while I was looking forward to a weekend of sunshine. Well that's the mysterious ways of nature ;) Anyway, I wanted to show you one of the sunny places I visited in September last year: the botanical garden in Berlin. At the time there was a garden festival going on with lots of vendors from around Europe setting up their stands with garden plants. It was fun to see how specialized some of them were: there was an entire booth of carnivorous plants and one guy only sold plantain lillies (hostas). But the most beautiful part of the Botanical Garden was inside their sixteen greenhouses: tropical plants, cacti, succulents, epiphytes... And something I found particularly touching: memorial messages all across the garden, like this one to Plant friend and loving mama Evelin Elstermann:
The Bromeliad greenhouse:
My favorite area where the cacti and succulents grow, including this fantastic Cryptocereus anthonyanus, also known as Selenicereus anthonyanus, a zig zag Cactus. In the mean time I found a little cutting so I'm growing my own right now. I'm obsessed with its shape!
Preparing to bloom:
More blooms coming up:
End of the day in the Botanical Gardens:
Unfortunately it was closed, but one of the greenhouses looked like a castle! A good incentive to go back soon and visit the castle from the inside!
The botanic garden in Berlin is one of the biggest in the world, it counts 16 greenhouses open to the public and the entire garden spreads over 50 hectares of land on the south west of the city. There's a metro station close to the garden, so it's very easy to go there and escape the buzzing city for a nice and peaceful break. It felt like such a big contrast with the city life: we even had the chance of attending a live concert of Alphorn musicians in the garden!
Botanic Garden Berlin /// Unter den Eichen 5-10 /// 12203 Berlin
If you love botanical gardens as much as I do, you may enjoy checking out my posts of botanical gardens in: Valencia /// Monaco /// Amsterdam /// Paris /// Helsinki /// South of France /// Munich /// Madrid
A bloomifique plantshelfie
As much as I like flowers, I love houseplants so much better. In a previous Urban Jungle Bloggers topic we had a plants & flowers challenge and I remember is was really nice to figure out how to use both flowers and plants in one setting. With flowers you get to play with a wider range of colors and that's exactly what I get to do again today! Dutch plant grower Anthura sent me two of their new Stellenbosch orchids with a unique deep purple color to use in our home. So I decided to use them in a plantshelfie, together with some of my plant friends.
Despite their exotic look, Phalaenopsis are very easy to keep alive, as long as you keep them warm (between 20° and 25°C ideally), in a light spot (without direct light) and drain it in water every 7 to 10 days. Watch this little video on the Bloomifique website to learn how to keep your Phalaenopsis happy and healthy.
Below is also an orchid: a Ludisia jewel orchid, one of the only orchids knows for its leaves, instead of the flowers.
The deep pink purple-ish color of the Anthura Stellenbosch is so bright, that I decided to collect all my plants with purple or red hues. The orchid pots are by Pottery Direct International, one top left is a pastel pink Turin pot with retro finishing, the salie green one is a Calais pot with antique finishing. Look how the speckles match my MAEVO and vintage pots on the top shelf:
Check out the deep purple-pink-ish color:
When taking photos, my Oxalis triangularis fell asleep, it folded the leaves back into night mode. Also love the new Skagerak Edge vase:
The shelf system that I used is the FENCY by Tolhuijs, a socially responsably created grid structure with shelves that you can easily reposition. They are part of a social responsable project and made out of festival fences. Pure waste upgrading and it looks pretty nice too! I also picked some pink berries here in the neighborhood:
How do you like Phalaenopsis? Do you have any at home? Oh and a tip if you have an orchid that lost its flowers: yes it looks weird, but the plant is not dead. Keep taking care of it (although a little less watering) and your plant may flower again in the next season!
Blogpost created in collaboration with Bloomifique and Anthura. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Merci Anthura!
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