The United Nations of Green Beauty Products : Latvia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stayed mum about this set of hydrosols as I was kept busy testing them for a few months, but I’m very excited to introduce this brand named DABBA all the way from Latvia! Several months ago, I was looking online for Eastern green beauty products when I came accross DABBA’s website (here) and I found myself transported in a ethereal and enchanted world. Very intrigued, I contacted them for more infos, and they were kind enough to offer me a sample to try. Little did I know they would send me 6 products from their range, one full-size (100ml) and five travel sizes (50ml). All ingredients are from natural origin, and 99% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. Certified by Ecocert Greenlife. If you’re looking for a unique experience with genuine plants from Latvian forests, look no further. It’s so exciting to experience green products from all over the world, and Latvia certainly has a lot to offer in the green beauty department.

Launched in 2012, DABBA currently showcases 8 different floral waters, as its main focus is to retain the properties of the plants to offer high-quality floral waters. DABBA strives through his products to showcase the fascinating part of Nothern plants and recreate the “scent of authenticity” with the utmost quality plants and purest water. All of Dabba’s hydrosols are made of two ingredients: the plant in question (from organic farming) and Leuconostoc/Radish root ferment filtrate.

“DABBA uses only the purest spring water and the most fresh organically grown or harvested plants to create its floral waters that are always made to meet the highest standards, treating them as the superior product to essential oil, that permits DABBA to use plants that contain no essential oil or its volume is considered to be insignificant.”

 

Hydrosols have a variety of virtues – anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hydrating, refining, soothing or healing- depending on the ingredients your choose, and I’ve been a big fan of spritzing flowers on my face for a long time 😉 especially when they’re packed with antixoxidants. Now let’s have a look at them, shall we?
All have in common extraordinary soothing properties. Some have calmed and balanced my skin quicker than others, but all are beautifully hydrating.

For tired skin
Peppermint water: One of my favorites! Invigorating and supremely refreshing, mint is a natural astringent, and peppermint leaves have nutrients that contribute in toning the skin, minimizing pores and reducing inflammations, thus preventing the formation of pimples. This one has been my most used this Summer; it revives the skin after a few spritzes and it definitely helped balance my oily skin in this hot and humid weather.For normal skin
Meadowsweet floral water : Meadowseet contains various bioactives including the compounds of salicylic acid, and tannins and is used for its natural astringent and soothing skin benefits.

Heather floral water :Heather works well as both an antiseptic and detoxifier. DABBA’a heather hydrosol is made from heather blossoms collected from Latvian pine forests.
Both of these floral waters have a slightly sweeter scent compared to the others. They also work great as eyecompresses too for tired and puffy eyes. As I have oily skin, both of these provided a great source of hydration, but compared to the others of the bunch, I couldn’t really tell a big difference on my skin with these.

For combination/oily skin
Apple water: Apples are a great source of antioxidant. Regarding the skin benefits, apple is used to brighten and soothe, and is a great source of collagen, contributing in retaining the skin’s youthful appearance. Using this hydrosol feels like spritzing apple juice –minus the stickiness-  and it’s refreshing as can be. I could tell this one was the most hydrating for me.

Birch leaf water Possibly the least pleasant olfactory-wise, but the leafy-herbal scent is so light that it quickly dissipates, so no worries. Birch in general is astrignent, and is commonly employed for helping deal with eczema. Sorry for being repetitive, but this one was also soothing, but not as as great as peppermint, apple and wild raspberry leaf for me.
Wild raspberry leaf: Scent-wise, its similar to Birch leaf, but it’s one of my favorites nonetheless.

You may know the benefits of wild raspberry leaf tincture or tea for PMS syndromes, but it also works wonders for the skin. Wild raspberry leaf is used to soothe skin rashes and sunburns, and also has a high antioxidant content. I have now picked up the habit to spritz some on my face before heading outside in the sun as an added protection (with SPF) and I can tell that it maintains the skin’s moisture and balance. The two other floral waters available on DABBA are chamomille and Yarrow. DABBA is a small manufacturer, however they are open to suggestions and special requests, so you can even contact them if you are looking for a customized floral water. DABBA also stands out for his cool artsy packaging. I really enjoy the the funky mix of patterns on the dark glass bottles. DABBA is mixing nature with art: creatively commited, DABBA collaborates on art projects with various Lativan artists (find out more here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DABBA prides itself to provide floral waters that have “the scent of authenticity” and I can certainly confirm this. It’s nature in a bottle so to say, and I’ll definitely purchase the chamomille floral water next once I use up my stock 😉
For more informations, feel free to contact them online (here). There’s also  a German stockist but only for German, Austrian, and Swiss customers (here). Regarding the price, it’s somewhere around 10-15 Euros for a full-size bottle, or 15-20Euros for a set of three 50ml size bottles – which I consider is quite reasonable, considering the great quality and the unique blends of these hydrosols.

Have you heard of, or tried DABBA before? Do you know any Latvian green brands?

Take care,

Liz
*Products kindly and generously sent to me, all opinions my own!

Sources :
mountainroseherbs.com //lifeline.de//wala.de//naturopathica.com/ingredientsingredient_glossary?q=f//herbal-supplement-resource.com//anniesremedy.com/

 

Liz

Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.

25 Comments
  1. Liz you find the coolest brands! Love the packaging. Apple water & Peppermint sound like they would be perfect for me. WHY YA GOTTA TEMPT A GIRL ON A SPENDING BAN? 😉 xx

    1. Hahaha, I swear I don't mean to tempt you 😉 Thank you Amber! I can say the same about you, when I read your blog my shopping list keeps increasing! xx

  2. VERY beautiful packaging! and very interesting product! wow! thanks Liz for sharing Xx already i have cheated .. but i will try to continu de challenge in the right way.. don't tempted me again hahahha

    1. My pleasure Julie! Haha, I remember PJ instagram pic, at least you were honest about it 😉 No worries for your English, it's still clear and I have the same problem #lesfrancophones 😉 xx

  3. Nice one Liz!! Had never heard of this brand until this post and I love how you're opening up the green doors of beauty to me with this series =) I can't say I'm an avid user of hydrosols, probably because I've yet to find one that really makes a difference to my skin, but your post has me rethinking! The apple and wild raspberry leaf ones sound yummy! I'm soon done with the SW Basics toner I got from Tammy…so I will be in the market for a new toner, woohoo! Once I've used up 5 products that is. xx

    1. You're most welcome Nic! I'll always keep the green doors open for ya 😉 I understand your take on toners, it's tough to find the one that will transform your skin. A great toner for me is something that will do some damage control, especially since I haven't found a great cleanser yet. I use two toners after cleansing, a more astringent one and then I follow with a soothing hydrosol. Those are also really nice to use throughout the day for extra hydration. xx

    1. Thanks Hephzibah! Yes, packaging is really cool, and so is their website. I like that they prefer to focus on fewer products, instead of launching a myriad of products that might not be all that great. xx

    1. Love how everyone agrees on the packaging, it's kinda nice to see such a creative label on a natural product 🙂 Apple water is a great choice! xx

    1. You're most welcome Ru! Uhm *activates braincells* lately Peppermint and wild raspberry leaf are my favorite for the Summer, but apple was pretty good too 😉 xx

    1. Oh thank you so much Gem <3 it means a lot. I'm so happy you liked it! Agreed, the wild raspberry leaf is definitely a great product to add to any beauty cabinet. xx

  4. I'm in a magical world just reading about these! And their website is just enchanting. Thank you so much for this find, I cannot wait to try some of these! The Wild Raspberry Leaf and Peppermint ones sound the most intriguing to me. Eep LOVE finding out about new and exciting brands <3

    1. My absolute pleasure, so happy you enjoyed it. if you do try them, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Yes there's something about finding new brands that makes me so giddy, it's such a great feeling, the more the merrier 😉 xx

    1. I vaguely heard about Madara, yet never tried anything from them yet. Thank you for letting me know they are Latvian, I'll definitely have a closer look at them now 🙂 xx

  5. Love the sound of these! It's so great to see a brand go beyond standard floral waters like rose and lavender, and the labels are gorgeous too! Thanks for introducing this line…wild raspberry leaf is calling my name 🙂

    1. You're so right about the standard scents, hence why I was so intrigued by their selection. Everything about Dabba is really neat, and wild raspberry leaf is a great choice to start wit 🙂 xx

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