Beauty Finds: Tarte Maneater Mascara Review

Welcome to Beauty Finds! This edition features Tarte Maneater Mascara.

Every now and then I get fed up of my go to mascara Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer and see what’s out there, if there’s a better natural clean ingredient mascara new on the market. It is hard to find a mascara that isn’t full of crap. I’ve learnt Sephora is the best place to look for good cruelty free mascaras. I’ve tried drugstore mascaras but they just don’t seem to have the same effect slightly more expensive mascaras. I also know that Tarte does not use petroleum or mineral oil in any of their mascaras. It’s surprising how many mascaras use paraffin wax. From my Beauty Finds requirements below, petroleum from which paraffin wax is derived from is a big no for me. Many mascaras also contain parabens and pvc or vinyl. Pvc is also petroleum derived in plastic form. Skip a paragraph or read on for my Beauty Finds requirements. 

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Beauty Finds: Najel Aleppo Soap. Jasmine Aleppo Soap and Black Cumin Oil Aleppo Soap Review

Welcome to another Beauty Finds. This edition is Najel olive and bay laurel oils Aleppo Soap in both Jasmine and Black Cumin Oil respectively.

Najel Jasmine Aleppo Soap. Apologies if the writing is upside down

I knew about Marseille soap as I’ve been for about 6 months using it as my all purpose cleaning soap including the dishes! I didn’t know about Aleppo Soap so was super curious in Druni when I first saw Nazel products as a few soaps were a similar shape and colour as Marseille Soap. The Marseille soap I was using was marketed as an all purpose cleaner when these soaps were in a beauty shop. What was the difference?

Aleppo soap is traditionally made in Aleppo, Syria and is the ancestor to Marseille soap. Traditional Aleppo soap is 100% natural and contains no chemicals or animal fats, protected by Syrian law and must be made inside Aleppo or just outside of Aleppo. Just like how Spanish champagne can only be called cava as for champagne to be champagne it can only be manufactured in the Champagne region of France. Being ancestor to Marseille soap, it’s very similar to Marseille soap in that it also uses olive oil. Aleppo soap in addition contains bay laurel oil. Both giving the soap it’s rich green colour. There are several companies still in operation after the Syrian civil war, Najel being on of them. The headquarters are based in Lyon, France however all Aleppo soap sold via Najel is made in Syria since 1895 by the Al Najjar family. 20 years ago the soap was brought to Europe by marriage of the founding Najel owners. Catherine, a law student met Manar, a Syrian doctor and the rest is history via a father in law. Catherine’s father was amazing by Manar’s family soap making business and convinced Manar to export it to Europe. While the brand has expanded out of soap with many products now made in France, the Aleppo soap is still traditionally made in Syria. More information about Najel here

Skip a paragraph for the review or read on for my beauty requirement! 

I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….

I came across Najel Aleppo Soap last year in Druni. Druni has a great range of lesser known bio and organic European skin care brands. I’m always on the lookout for solid body soap to try that’s plastic free. As mentioned early I use Marseille soap for washing the dishes, hand washing, general cleaning and while it can be used for body and hair too, the idea of using the same soap for everything, kinda grosses me out a little. I’m sure it’ll clean well and be fine! I have noticed however it does dry my hands out if I’m not using washing up gloves so the I’m probably good not using as a body and shampoo soap. 

I was curious as to what Aleppo Soap was. Is the war in Syria still on going? Who buy purchasing would I be contributing to? Would I be contributing to those who’ve lost everything and are trying to rebuild their lives? By purchasing I’d be helping the country get back on its feet. Those were the initial thoughts before purchasing. I believe in democracy that’s all I’m saying. 

All Aleppo Soap must be made with non food olive oil, bay laurel oil, caustic for saponification of oils and water, made in the traditional way of a hot process in a cauldron and made within or just outside of Aleppo. The soap’s made from November to March then left to dry for at least 9 months!

I initially tried the organic Jasmine soap first. Druni here. This is because I prefer to buy solid soap that isn’t wrapped in plastic. A peak into the box revealed it’s paper wrapped. The rest of the Najel soaps available were wrapped in plastic. Sadly however under the paper it is wrapped in plastic. 

Beautifully wrapped and a little plastic. A paper sticker would be more environmentally friendly
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