Organic skin care & cosmetics from Miessence – review & giveaway

Note: Giveaway is now closed to new entries.

When I was first introduced to the Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Database, I was reluctant to do a search for the products I was currently using. I had a feeling the results would be bad news and, while I’m not usually one to turn a blind eye, I just didn’t want to think about it right then. Eventually, however, I came around, especially when my daughter Ava wanted to start playing with my makeup too. If I wasn’t going to be concerned about the safety of my cosmetics for my own health, I was going to be for the sake of my daughter.

As I looked up my products, I was disappointed, though not surprised to see several fell into the “moderate hazard” category, and a couple (like my mascara) fell into the “high hazard” category. Although I wasn’t letting Ava experiment with mascara, it still made me feel icky to think of the toxins I was applying to my eyelashes on a regular basis.

When Erin Ely from Ely Organics, distributor for Miessence Certified Organic products, asked if I wanted to try out some samples, I was more than excited.

Jaffa lip balmFirst of all, I love that Miessence products are certified organic and are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Many of the ingredients sound like things you could eat. Like the Jaffa Lip Balm (which goes on soooo smooth and you’ll have a chance to win below), contains things like sunflower and avocado oils, fruit butter and rosemary leaf extract. With ingredients like these, it makes you feel like it’s more than OK to lick your lips!

I also tried the Mascara and was no longer using a product that scored in the “high hazard” category, but in the “low hazard” category. That made me feel a lot better about applying mascara. In fact, all of the Miessence products score in the low hazard category on Skin Deep!

Some of my personal favorites were the Moisturizer and the Balancing Skin Care Set (which you will have a chance to win below). And although I didn’t get a chance to try them, I also like that they have a full line of Baby Care products.

Overall I am very pleased with Miessence products. They are skin care products and cosmetics you can feel safe and good about using, even when your 3- or 4-year-old wants to try them out! :)


shampooSkin careYou can win a “Miessence Sample Kit” from Ely Organics which will include:

Retail Value is: $65

All you need to do to for a chance to win is leave a comment below letting me know which Miessence product you would like to try. You aren’t required to post about it or Twitter it, but if you do either, I’d be most appreciative. :) (Be sure you to let me know in the comments if you do either post or Tweet it so I can be sure and send you a pony, or at least a virtual hug.) The deadline to enter is midnight Sunday, Oct. 19. The winner will be selected using and contacted via email on Oct. 20. Please make sure you include a valid e-mail address. Thanks and good luck!

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71 thoughts on “Organic skin care & cosmetics from Miessence – review & giveaway”

  1. Ooo, I’m curious about the toothpaste and lip balm. I’m always on the look out for natural products.

  2. Wow, what an eye opener! I’m actually in the market for some new skin care goodies so I’d love to try the balancing skin care set!

  3. Your timing is good. I used to use (but not sell) Arbonne, but with the economy in the dumps, I am now looking at Costco skin care.

    So that’s what I’m interested in: the skin care.

    Off to twitter, and earn me a virtual hug.

    (I still have soft skin.)

  4. Hey Amy!I’m interested in the toothpaste (always loking for a good one), but I’m even more intriqued with the breath spray. I know some people at work who could benefit from it. ;)

  5. I’m definitely interested in the moisturizer/skin care set. The supposedly natural moisturizer I bought at Whole Foods didn’t score well on the Skin Deep site, so I’d love an alternative.

  6. Hey Amy!

    I’m always looking for organic mascaras and powder bases. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Great blog design, btw.

  7. I’d love to try the skin care set. I could really use a good product for my Colorado skin…..


  8. May Canadians enter? I would most like to try the shampoo (either kind; I have normal hair), because I’ve been having trouble finding a natural shampoo that works well for me.

  9. I’m expecting my first child (soon!), so the baby “barrier balm” looks like it would be very nice and useful!

    Thanks for the chance to try this company out!

  10. Great Giveaway! Since I have super, super, dry skin, I am always looking for a good moisturizer.

    I have finally found an organic one I LOVE, and am using their entire line now. But after awhile, (a few months) it seems like my skin gets “used” to it, and products start not to work as well.

    So I would love to try the Rejuvenating Moisturizer.

    I have Twittered this twice today too. :-)

  11. Given the amount of skin care products I have attempted in my life due to acne prone skin, the skin care line would be at the top of my list.
    Thanks for the introduction to this line. Very interesting!

  12. I haven’t tried Miessence and it sounds nice, I would just be aware that the Skin Deep Database gives a worst case scenario of what could possibly, long shot be in things. I don’t think it is a realistic assessment of toxicity risk…but that’s just me :)

  13. I would love the Tropicana Body milk to try, with cold winter weather coming and skin dryness a common effect, this moisturizer would go a long way in making my skin feel silky and smooth. I also love the fact that it is organic and natural, who wants to rub chemicals on themselves?

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  14. I’d like to try the lip balm. I tried a beeswax based lip balm that I had a reaction to and made my lips scaley and chapped. I’d like to try an alternative to the petrolum based lip balm I have to use now. :(

  15. I’d probably love to try the skin cleansers, gel tx and moisturizers. The mascara catches my eye, too…oh, is that a pun? :)

    With very sensitive skin, I have to look for purity. Thanks for the review.

  16. I’m interested in the skin balancing face care. My current products are on the list of moderate hazards, but like you, I’ve been reluctant to face the music and change. Part of it comes to finding better products in my price range, and part of it comes from being scared I’ll break out or have bad results.

  17. I think the skin care or the lip balm would be neat. I know my husband would use the lip balm down to the nub if it is not too feminine. He always several chapsticks on the go during winter.

  18. The Lip balm sounds fantastic. Good lip balm is a staple for anyone’s beauty routine. Thanks for this post. Make-up is an area that I really need to green-up in my life. And it is so hard to find out what is actually in them.

  19. me too! i’m really trying to convert to using environment-friendly products only.

    I’d love to try the skincare set!

  20. being 20 weeks pregnant, I would love to try the belly balm on my super itchy and stretchy belly! Awesome giveaway, sounds like a great company and awesome products.


  21. I think maybe I’ll get around to getting the mineral foundation and some of that mascara one of these days. I’ve been going pretty much makeup-free since my son was born TWO YEARS AGO. I’d like to blend in and look a little nicer now that I’ve woken from my post-baby coma, but at the same time, paralyzed with fear of all the crazy chemicals.

    Thanks for the review! Saves me a couple of steps of research.

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