December Natural Beauty Box Roundup

December Natural Beauty Box Roundup

Another month brings December’s Natural Beauty Box Roundup!  I’ve got the lowdown on all the latest in green beauty.  As the boxes roll out, I’ll be sharing my reviews and all the juicy deets.  First up this month is Beauty Heroes!

Beauty Heroes-

If you haven’t heard of Beauty Heroes and want to learn more about this “IT” green beauty box, check it out here.  This month we are seeing the coveted green beauty brand Max and Me in the box.

If you aren’t familiar with Max and Me- let me introduce you.  This exquisite line is from the beautiful country of Austria.  This line represents a love story between the two founders.  Max and Tanja.  Max and Tanja are a husband and wife team, Max and Tanja Gruber.  The name, Max and Me, really is a representation of their love for each other.  Their hope is that you feel the product in your whole being and feel the vibrations of it as you use it.  It truly is an experience!  You feel their sweet and tender love story coming through the product, and you can’t help but be grateful for your own loves that surround you.

Their passion is so evident in their products and ingredients as well.  With organic and wildcrafted ingredients that perform to the highest standards.  In the end, they even go beyond organic!

Beauty Heroes review Natural

Max and Me Sweet Serenity Mask and Wash is this month’s Beauty Heroes Heroic Product!

Sweet Serenity Mask and Wash-

This mask and wash is by far one of my very favorite masks!  It is just delectable.  The smell literally transforms me to a calming and soothing place with cacao, honey and mangosteen.  I can’t get enough.  As I write this my jar is completely gone…I know sad.  I literally used every last drop.  The beauty of this product is it can be used in many ways.  One way is as a cleanser.  I use it to rub away all the day’s grime and wipe off with a warm washcloth.  My skin feels renewed and refreshed.  I also love using it as a mask.  First, I cleanse my skin to remove all the dirt from the day and then follow with the Sweet Serenity Mask.  I would then go about my nighttime routine and then at the end wash it off with a warm washcloth.  My skin loved every drop.  This little ritual of cleaning and masking has given my skin some serious restoration and glow.  I would also use this as an exfoliant in the morning  and leave it on after rubbing on my face while I brushed my teeth.  It worked perfectly as a mask/cleanser/exfoliant combo.  After the mask my skin is hydrated, balanced and glows.  I can’t say enough about this product!

Have you seen Beauty Heroes latest Lifestyle Discovery? Don’t miss out- check it out here! 

The Intuitive Botanical Facial Mist-

This is Max and Me’s newest product and it’s another decadent one!  Smells so lovely with woodsy and floral notes.  I love spraying this on my skin before my serums and oils.  It not only helps to heal the skin with Helichrysum, but also ground and center the mind with hyssop.  It may be the sidekick but this beauty stands on it’s own two feet!

Get this month’s Beauty Heroes Box here!  Also, don’t forget to shop Beauty Heroes store here.  If you’re a Beauty Heroes subscriber you save 15% every day when shopping.  One more reason to subscribe!  Also, need a gift idea for the holidays- this would be perfect!  Also, check out more of my Beauty Heroes reviews here!

Boxwalla-

Boxwalla is a bi-monthly box, meaning you only get it every other month.  I really like this concept because then you get to savor the products.  It’s nice to be able to really use them before getting another box.  Boxwalla also does a great job of giving you products that are really indie and artisan.  I love this!  I discover new brands and products all the time through Boxwalla.  To learn more about Boxwalla check them out here!

This month is a new brand I haven’t seen before.  The brand is Earth Wise Beauty. I was excited to learn that they are actually made in Spokane, Washington- not too far from me!  The basis of Earth Wise Beauty products is to heal the skin.  They’re an organic skincare line that go to great lengths to produce a product that is both holistic in every way and effective.  I was impressed with their whole process.  No detail goes unnoticed.  They even share a love for sustainability. Basically they check all the boxes!  I was SO excited to dive into their skincare treats.

This month we are seeing their Yasuni Face Balm and their Resiliency Face Serum.  They both are such unique products.  I couldn’t wait to use them and see what all the fuss was about!

Boxwalla natural beauty box

Boxwalla’s December box featuring Earth Wise Beauty’s Yasuni Face Balm and Resiliency Face Serum.

Resiliency Face Serum-

I am used to face serums coming in a liquid form but this serum comes as more in a jelly form and in a jar.  It smells absolutely heavenly!  Notes of rose embody the whole serum.  It’s based in aloe and firms up the skin nicely and refreshes it.  It plumps up my skin, while at the same time minimizing puffiness- yes I’m looking at you under eye bags.  It’s just quite lovely and so different then anything I’ve used.  I find it perks up my skin while at the same time nourishing it.  Plus, I love that it’s anti-acne and really helps to heal the skin.

Yasuni Face Balm-

This face balm is another unique product that I found myself going back to again and again.  It’s a face balm for sensitive skin.  Feels light on the skin but also still very hydrating.  I was also drawn to it because it doesn’t contain any essential oils or absolutes.  Something very rare to find in clean beauty.  Making this perfect for sensitive skin and those who might not do well with any scent.  The golden hue of the balm instantly leaves your skin with a glow as well.  I applied this after using the face serum.  Such a lovely combo!  I now want to try more of Earth Wise Beauty!

Get this month’s Boxwalla box here!  This month’s value is over $170 but you can get it for $50!  Another great thing about Boxwalla is that you don’t have to subscribe for a long membership but can just buy the box monthly!  Check it out here!

13 Days of Giveaways

13 Days of Giveaways

Are you ready for 13 Days of Giveaways?! Fasten your seat belt because this is going to be so good! I’ve teamed up with my girl Lisa from This Organic Girl to bring you our favorite green beauty products. And guess what?! We are giving away not 1 set but 2! That’s right, 2 winners each day! It doesn’t get much better.

It’s all happening on Instagram. Be sure to follow Lisa @thisorganicgirl and Suzi @gurlgonegreen on there to be able to enter to win each day. Below I’m sharing what is up for grabs and why I love the products so much!

Aillea- $400 Value!

We are giving away not 1 $200 gift card but 2!

I love shopping at Aillea. They have all the “IT” green beauty brands, from Rahua, Innersense, Kosas, Lily Lolo and more. You’ll be in green beauty heaven! Besides their online stores they also have 5 brick and mortar stores. They make it so easy to get all my favorite products all in one spot. Shop Aillea here!

Josh- $478 Value!

I’ll be giving away Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hair spray, Cacao Antioxidant Mask, and Vital Balm Cream. A Some serious loot!

If you’ve been in green beauty for a hot minute then you know Josh Rosebrook! His products speak for themselves and are fan worthy for sure. A I remember trying his hair spray for the first time after trying so many bad ones and being so excited I found one that works so well! A His Active Enzyme Exfoliator is one of the best for smoothing out skin and getting your glow on. A Shop all of Josh Rosebrook here!

Maya Chia- $456 Value!

I’ll be giving away The Optimist, The Super Couple Serum, Highlight of the day(you can choose color), Supercritical Waterless Balm. Talk about a stellar giveaway!

It’s been almost 2 years since I tried my first Maya Chia product and let’s just say it’s been a good two years! They perform so well. The first product I tried was The Super Couple Serum- one of my holy grail oil serums! I was hooked on the products after that. The all star ingredient in Maya Chia is the supercritical chia oil. Not only is chia oil heralded for it’s fast absorbing ability, but also for it’s antioxidants, minerals, and omega 3’s skin’s dream team! You can say bye to fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has clinically been proven to increase hydration. Shop all of Maya Chia here!

Laurel- $516 Value!

I’ll be giving away Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, Sun Damage Repair Serum, Brightening Mask, bowl + brush.

Love Laurel products and all she stands for, a cut above!  She prides herself on sourcing and plant actives in each formula.  Her products perform so well.  I remember using the Sun Damage Repair Serum for the first time and literally seeing a transformation in my skin after a few weeks.  They are rich in color because of the potency too!  Shop Laurel here!

Fitglow- $310 Value!

I’ll be giving away 3 lip serums(winner gets to choose color) and their lipstick trio in a bag.

Fitglow products are the perfect marriage between products that perform and nourish the skin.  The founder includes vitamins and antioxidants in her formulas that really create change in the skin.  Even her lip serums are loaded with active ingredients.  If you haven’t tried the lip serums, then you’re in for a serious treat!  Best lip gloss! Shop all Fitglow here!

Osmia- $253 Value!

I’ll be giving away her Night Oil, Whipped Body Mousse and bar of soap.  

Osmia was started by Sarah, an ER doctor.  She had no intention of starting a skincare company but after taking a soap making class she knew she was in love.  After two years of relentless soap making, product testing, perfume making she jumped full force into Osmia, leaving the medical field.  With top notch natural ingredients, Osmia will inspire you towards a healthier lifestyle.  Big on educating the consumer, I love how Osmia lists products they use on their website and products they don’t use and why.  They even discuss their packaging and why it’s so important to care.  I love their philosophy and commitment to excellence.  Shop Osmia here!

Vapour- $410 Value!

I’ll be giving away their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, AER Deodorant, Multi-Use Sticks, Organic Lip Conditioner, and Clarity Organic Makeup Remover.

Vapour has been a household green beauty name for a while. They were one of the first brands I tried 7 years ago! Not only are the ingredients clean, but the products work and last.  One thing that all Vapour products have in common is their dewiness they give to your overall look. Making your skin glow!  This mama is all about that glow.  The Multi-Use sticks are one of the most universal products.  You can use them on your cheeks, lips and eyes!  Shop all of Vapour here!

True Botanicals- $540 Value!

I’ll be giving away an Antioxidant Booster, Renew Pure Radiance Oil, and Cellular Repair Serum.  Hello!

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  The Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum are staples in my skincare routine always.  Shop True Botanicals here!

Inika- $222

I’ll be giving away a Baked Mineral Bronzer, Eye shadow duo and their mascara.

I was introduced to this organic makeup line this last year and I’ve found so many treasures within it!  From their bronzers to their eye shadows and mascara.  They all perform so well!  They give your skin a natural look, without looking overdone.  Lisa touts this mascara as her favorite in green beauty!  Check out all of Inika products here!

Live Botanical- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser, Lavender Cocoa Polish, AER Hyaluronic Acid Serum, AER Fresh Complexion Toning Elixir- YES!

I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.  It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly. Shop all of Live Botanical here!

Beauty Heroes- $256 Value!

I’ll be giving away 1 3 month subscription to Beauty Heroes!

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  Sign up for a subscription here!

Leahlani Skincare- $208 Value!

I’ll be giving away a Mermaid Mask, Honey Love Exfoliator, Mahina Serum, and Bohemian Ruby Toner. 

Every time I open a jar, or bottle of Leahlani skincare I feel like I’m getting a hand signed love note written just to me.  It may have to do with the fact that each, and every creation is made by hand.  Can you just imagine all the love, and care that goes into each bottle?  It’s no wonder my skin sings when anything Leahlani is applied!  I haven’t even mentioned ingredients, but they’re dreamy.  Organic cold pressed oils, mineral rich clays, Hawaiian honey nectars, pure essential oils, and potent botanicals are just a few ingredients that make up Leahlani skincare.  Pure goodness delivered straight to your skin-what more could you want?  Shop all of Leahlani here!

Kosas- $252 Value!

We are giving away a full set of their lipstick collection away!  

These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater.  There isn’t a bad color- seriously.  They also have other makeup products that I love.  One of them is their new tinted face oil- so good. Snag some Kosas here!

See any faves?  Be sure to check out my girl Lisa’s blog post here to read up on her favorites! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to get the latest on all the giveaways!  Follow Lisa here and myself here!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Gifts

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Gifts

I’ve got the lowdown on all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday natural holiday gifts!  You want sales- I’ve got them!  From green beauty, and natural living- I’ve got you covered.  This is the time to invest in some serious natural loot.  

I’ve listed out the best sales happening as well as some of my favorite picks from each of the sites.

 
Natural and Organic Black Friday Sales

All the best deals in Natural and Organic Beauty for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Natural Beauty-

Beautycounter- 15% off sitewide through the 26th + free shipping over $50!

Shop Beautcounter here!

True Botanicals- 20% off + $10 for every $50 you spend! Use code: ONCEAYEAR. Starts Friday Nov. 23- Monday Nov. 26. I mean this only happens once a year people- stock up! I can’t live without the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.

  • Antioxidant Booster- Got fine lines, sun spots?  This is for you.  It helps to give your skin all the nutrients it needs to repair itself!
  • Cellular Repair Serum- This serum is my go too! It’s full of antioxidants. I mix it with the Antioxidant Booster- your skin will thank you.
  • Aromatherapy Collection- This just dropped a month or so ago and it’s amazing!  They have 3 different scents all made with essential oils.

Shop True Botanicals here!

The Detox Market- $10 off $100, $30 off $200+ get a free Maya Chia Gift, $80 off $400+get a free Maya Chia Gift and The Detox Market Gift

Shop The Detox Market Here!

Aillea- 20% off sitewide from Nov. 22-26.  Use code: cheersaillea

  • Kosas Lipsticks- If you follow me, you know I can’t get enough of the Kosas Lipsticks! I haven’t found a color I didn’t love.
  • Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation- This foundation is pretty amazing.  It covers but also still looks like your skin. I wear SF3.
  • Maya Chia Highlight of the Day- These liquid highlighters are the best.  I love applying them and then adding a powdered highlighter on top.

Shop Aillea here!

Pharmaca- Not sure but word on the street it will be at least 20%!  They also have free shipping over $40!

  • Vapour Beauty- Love their Multi- Use sticks for lips and cheeks
  • RMS- Love their Un- CoverUp. I wear shade #22.
  • Inika Beauty- Love their liquid foundation, bronzer, eyeshadows.

Shop Pharmaca here!

Natural Gift Guide

Find all the best in natural beauty and organic living.

Live Botanical- 25% off now until Cyber Monday!  Use PLANTS25.

Shop Live Botanical here!

Leahlani- They hardly ever have sales- so stock up!  ALOHAFRIDAY- 20% off individual items in the shop. Sales starts Black Friday and ends on Sunday.  Haven’t heard about Cyber Monday?

Shop Leahlani here!

Osmia- 20% off sitewide on Cyber Monday!  They hardly ever have sales- so get on this.

  • Body Soaps- These soaps are the best! I talk about them a lot, for good reason.  I love their coffee mint!
  • Night Body Oil- Want a seriously luxurious body oil?  Then snag this.
  • Black Clay Facial Soap- This soap I’m pretty sure has won awards- everyone loves it.

Shop Osmia here!

Kosmatology- My fave hand soaps!  30% off using coupon code: CLEANFRIDAY. Cyber Monday is 20% off, plus free shipping on orders over $25. Use code: CYBER.

Shop Kosmatology here!

Root- Love this brand!  Buy one, get one 50% off.  Starts Thursday- Saturday. Not valid on sample sizes, kits, diffusers, Dr. Brite, gift sets or eyeshadow palettes.

  • Pearl Powder- I talk about this powder a lot- My fave powder foundation.  I wear G35.
  • Pretty Balms- These pretty balms give just a hint of color.  Great stocking stuffer!
  • Pretty Booster- Great liquid foundation!

Shop Root here!

Laurel- 20% off!  They never have sales- so stock up!  Use coupon code: THANKFUL.  Orders over $100 receive free shipping.  Starts Black Friday- Cyber Monday.

Shop Laurel here!

Natural Beauty Boxes-

Boxwalla- An amazing green beauty box! Free shipping on any product worldwide with purchase of Angela Roi Vegan Handbag.  Use code: launchship. Once you make your purchase you will get a 20% off coupon for any future order. Excludes, 2 cycle, 3 cycle and 6 cycle boxes.

Shop Boxwalla here!

Beauty Heroes- 15% off sitewide from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday in their Beauty Store.  Use Code: LIKEAMEMBER.  

Shop Beauty Heroes here!

Art of Organics- Deals run from Black Friday-

  • Wed. 11/28. Spend up to $75 get 15% off- THANKS15, Spend $75 + get 20% off- THANKS20, Spend $250 + get 25% off- THANKS25.
  • 15% off all subscriptions- AOFAMILY (This applies to the 1st payment for the 1st billing cycle. All subsequent auto-renewing charges will process at the regular non-discounted price).

Shop Art of Organics here!

Home-

Berkey Water Filter– This is the water filter I’ve had for over 6 years- filters it all out!  They’re having sales on their bundles!  Check out their website to see all the details!

Shop Berkey here!

Almond Cow- This is my favorite way to make nut milk! It makes it so easy! Does it all for you. This sale is for Cyber Monday.  $50 off the regular price.  Shop Almond Cow here!

Xtrema Cookware- This is my favorite way to cook!  All ceramic- makes it so easy. Love knowing that I’m using non-toxic options.  

  • 11/22/2018 – 11/22/2018 Enjoy! 20% Off Or MORE EVERYTHING SITEWIDE! Special Web-Buster Deals! Free Shipping Over $100!
  • 11/24/2018 – 11/24/2018 Small Business Saturday! 20% Off Or MORE EVERYTHING SITEWIDE! Use Code THANKS10 For An Extra 10% Off! Free Shipping Over $100!
  • 11/25/2018 – 11/25/2018 Cyber Monday Comes on Sunday! 25% Off Or MORE EVERYTHING SITEWIDE! Special Web-Buster Deals! Free Shipping Over $100!
  • 11/26/2018 – 11/26/2018 Cyber Monday! 25% Off Or MORE EVERYTHING SITEWIDE! Special Web-Buster Deals! Free Shipping Over $100!
  • 11/27/2018 – 11/27/2018 Giving Tuesday! 25% Off Or MORE EVERYTHING SITEWIDE! 10% Off Sales Donated To Cure International!
  • 11/28/2018 – 11/30/2018 Cyber Week Sale! 20% OFF EVERYTHING! Plus Bonus Deals!

Shop Xtrema here!

Sol Organix Organic Sheets- Friday18 for 30% off orders. Thanksgiving day- Cyber Monday. 

  • Love their percale sheets and sateen sheets!  

Shop SOL Organix here!

Huut Organic Bedding- These Egyptian organic sheets are amazing!  Use code Friday18 for 30% off Thanksgiving- Cyber Monday.

  • We have the king Egyptian sheet set and love it!

Shop Huut Sheets here! 

White Lotus Home Organic Pillows and Organic Mattresses- Use coupon code: VIP to get 35% off the entire white lotus home collection.  From mattresses, toppers, pillows, duvets and sheets. $100 minimum order, excludes furniture, Coyuchi and fibers.

  • We have their twin size organic mattress for my 4 year old!
  • We all have their pillows and love them!

Shop White Lotus Home Here!

See anything you love? What are you getting this year?  Also, don’t forget to download my Natural Christmas Guides!  I have so many more options from green beauty, natural skincare, natural men, organic baby/child, clean living and more.  Check them out below!

Natural Gift Guide

Find all the best in natural beauty and organic living.

 

Why I Decided To Join Beautycounter

Why I Decided To Join Beautycounter

I’m so excited to share why I decided to join Beautycounter!  This post has been a long time coming.  If you would have told me 6 months ago that I was going to be joining Beautycounter I would have laughed.  For those of you who have followed me for a long time this may come as a big surprise to you.  That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to share why I decided to join Beautycounter.  To not only share why I changed my mind but also share more about Beautycounter and their mission- because they mission is great and something I had no idea about.  I didn’t care to listen, read, or watch.If you don’t care about reading about why I joined and just want me to share my experience with the product- then scroll to the end! 🙂 I’ve got pics of me wearing the products!  And my thoughts.  Plus, don’t forget to shop right now!  Beautycounter’s Black Friday Sale started today!  They rarely have sales- like hardly ever, so this is pretty big.  Shop 15% off sitewide plus, free shipping on orders of $50 or more!  Shop here!

I want to share first why I used to be against Beautycounter:

  • I didn’t like the MLM or direct sales model- whatever you want to call it.  I’ve been pitched to about Beautycounter more than I can count.  Some have been nice and thought out but others to be honest seemed really salsey and impersonal.  It turned me off.
  • They had ingredients in their products that I thought were bad.  Specifically talc and phenoxyethanol.  I’ve since done a deep dive into both and I’m no longer fearful of either.  I’ll share more about it this below.
  • All other green beauty bloggers around me were against it and so of course so was I.  I guess you could say I followed the pack!  Everyone has their standards and I can only make this decision for myself.  It just feels good to make MY own educated decision though and have researched it. I think it’s easy to get swept up in things, and listen to what bloggers say as Bible.  People think what I say is absolute all the time.  I constantly want to encourage others to do their own research- us bloggers don’t know everything- far from it.  We are all on a journey!

Overall, I didn’t give Beautycounter a chance.  I didn’t read up on them, or even entertain conversations about them.  I simply looked at some of their products on their site and that was it.

Ingredient Deep Dive- Phenoxyethanol and Talc

Phenoxyethanol- This is used as a preservative in products.  If a product contains water or aloe, it needs a preservative otherwise mold, yeast and bacteria can grow.  There is a lot of false statements about phenoxyethanol out there on the internet.  Trust me- I’ve read them!  Beautycounter uses a pure form of phenoxyethanol, which has been tested twice by Tufts University.  They have also had 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide tested on their raw form and it came back negative.  Phenoxyethanol is not bioaccumulative so it’s not something that builds up in your body like many chemicals can. Beautycounter only allows products to contain less than 1% of phenoxyethanol in all their products.  They work with formulators to only use what’s absolutely necessary.  I don’t know about you but I’ve had multiple green beauty products have mold in them!  Preservatives have been made to be the villain.  We need them in formulations.  Obviously, there are good ones and bad.  Would I recommend you use any brand that has a product that contains phenoxyethanol-no.  It’s important to know the sourcing.  I trust Beautycounter’s work and efforts to make sure they have a clean source and our third party testing to ensure it stays clean.

It’s also important to understand the studies done and the percentages used.  Many people are citing studies that have used 100% phenoxyethanol!  I don’t care what chemical you use, you’re going to have some negative impacts when used at that high of a dosage.  Some reports also state irritation when using phenoxyethanol.  I would say to check if the source is clean but to also see how much they’re using in a product.

Made Safe and EWG the two most credible third party non-toxic certifications enable phenoxyethanol to be used at less than 1%.

The thing I love and respect about Beautycounter is that they are constantly wanting to improve and find better solutions.  They don’t claim to know it all!  They are working with industry leaders to always find a newer list of preservatives to use.  They have worked to create a Safer Preservative Challenge and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.  I would also be cautious of new preservatives that have come out on the market that claim to be clean when no research has been done on them.  Let’s always keep asking questions!

Talc- I had thought talc was a big no, no since I went green 8 years ago.  But I’ve quickly learned I was wrong.  Talc isn’t bad, it’s the by product of talc- asbestos and other heavy metals that can be the problem.  Beautycounter works only with a certified company that is asbestos free and they don’t stop there, they then third party test all their talc to ensure there’s no contamination. Once again, Beautycounter always takes their efforts to the next level!

My biggest piece of advice as I preach all the time as a green blogger is to do your own research and be your own advocate!  Don’t just believe everything you read, hear or see.

Fast Forward several months and now I want to share why I decided to join Beautycounter and why I changed my mind.  I thought about this and it really boiled down to 5 main things.

Third Party Testing-

For those who might not be aware of what third party testing is, let me explain. Third party testing is an independent organization that tests the product to ensure it is what it’s supposed to be.  They make sure it’s safe and has the ingredients it’s supposed to have in it.  For ex. Beautycounter had to recall some of their face cream back in 2017 because of a failed preservative and microbial growth.  I don’t know any green/natural beauty brands that are third party testing their products!  The FDA is so loose on regulations for beauty products.  A company could manufacture a product and list the ingredients on the label but the ingredients could be different then what’s actually in the label- and no one would know.

Beautycounter’s mission is to create laws that would force companies to be accountable. To be honest, I really didn’t fully understand this or think it was a big deal when it came to beauty until my own health journey with hashimotos.  I learned that heavy metals could be a trigger for my thyroid condition!  I also had a doctor share her own journey with heavy metal toxicity and an autoimmune condition.  I’m not sharing this to bring fear but to be aware.  I’ve been in this space for a long time and I wouldn’t have thought about heavy metals in products before.  Beautycounter tests their makeup line three times for 10 heavy metals before they put it out for the consumer.  Since natural makeup contains many minerals from the earth, even though they’re natural, they still can carry a load of heavy metals.  If you’re using these consistently that can produce a heavy metal load.  The fact that Beautycounter third party tests all their products is huge.  I literally know what’s in each product!

They aren’t just third party testing for heavy metals but for common toxic ingredients like phthalates, formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, etc.

Counteract Coalition-

This coalition is pretty amazing!  Beautycounter created this alliance of companies that supports the Personal Care Products Safety Act.  If you’re not familiar with the bill it would require manufacturers to post complete label information about products online and force beauty companies to provide the Food and Drug Administration with information about the ingredients used in their products. The last time a bill was passed to regulate personal care products it was 1938!  I think it’s time to start linking arms and make our voices heard.

Companies in the coalition are well known green beauty brands.

  • Vapour Organics, Annamarie Skincare, Follain, OSEA, Rahua, Silk Therapeutics, S.W. Basics, Vinter’s Daughter, and TenOverTen to name a few.  Beauty Counter unified everyone and created something so much more impactful than if everyone was on their own. There are power in numbers!  I love that Beauty Counter isn’t trying to bring other companies down but create positive change together. I love the quote from founder Gregg Refrew-

I set out to get safer products in the hands of everyone, not to get Beautycounter products into the hands on everyone.

Beautycounter is creating change and that’s something I want to be a part of!

Beautycounter Review

Wearing Beautycounter’s BC Red Color Intense Lipstick, Satin Powder Blush in Guava and The Classic Eyeshadow Palette in Ivory, Sahara and Copper.

Beautycounter Spreads The Clean Beauty Message-

Isn’t that what it’s all about?  Getting the clean beauty message out!  Beautycounter is pioneering this.  For so long I was against one of the companies making the biggest impacts in the natural beauty industry.  Instead of linking arms to join in the support to raise awareness I was fighting it.  They have the resources and have set it up where people are getting educated and empowered to make better choices for themselves and their families.  I want to be part of a movement that is supporting the clean beauty movement and women in business.

The amount of work they are doing to clean up the industry is amazing.  You can literally get email updates on their advocacy work by signing up here!

We can do more TOGETHER!

Builds Community- 

This is one of my favorite aspects of Beautycounter.  The people you meet.  Women seriously passionate about making a difference and sharing it with their friends and family.  Beautycounter first and foremost wants to educate the consumer and the amount of materials and resources they share is amazing!

Learning from one another- that’s what it’s all about.  Not, I know more than you, here’s what to think, but an open dialogue where we are always growing.  People aren’t just detoxing their beauty but their lives.  It opens up the conversation. When you have a community of women who are sharing together- good things happen.  You can lean on one another.

Beautycounter Supports Women Building Businesses-

Ok, this point is one that I strongly believe in and I’m so passionate about.  I love that women can create a business that fits their lifestyle.  A business that can support their family.  If you would have told me I would be in direct sales 6 months ago, I would have thought you were joking.  But now I get it.  When your passion lines up with it, it’s impossible to say no.

Gregg, the founder, set it up as direct sales because she wanted it to be personal and relational.  She wanted to educate the consumer.  She could have set it up to be a retail but she didn’t.  She wanted consumers to know ingredients and to ask questions.  That’s why she chose direct sales.  The stories I’ve heard from women being able to support their families are definitely moving to say the least.

From being able to buy healthier food now for their family because of earning extra income through Beautycounter.  To being able to take their family on a vacation or affording a mom to stay at home with her kids.  Beautycounter has literally changed these women’s lives.

I recently watched a video where Gregg the founder shared why women need stop apologizing for being in direct sales.  Why are we apologizing?  Because we now can afford to live the lifestyle we want?  To pay for those ballet lessons for our child or educate others about nontoxic products?  It’s silly!  We need to own it and realize the change we’re making!

Those are my 5 reasons why I joined Beautycounter.  These are my why’s.

Beautycounter Review

Beautycounter’s Classic Eyeshadow Palette, Guava Satin Powder Blush and Color Intense Lipstick in BC Red.

I also wanted to share with you some of the product I’ve tried and their bestsellers-

As I mentioned above, don’t forget to grab some product now!  Beautycounter rarely has sales of any kind and their Black Friday sale starts today 12/20!  It’s 15% off sitewide and free shipping over $50!  

The products I’ve tried are their Classic Eyeshadow Palette, Satin Powder Blush in Guava and their Color Intense Lipstick in BC Red(this was a limited edition, but they have one super close to the color called Girl’s Night, it’s your classic red).  I’ve been super impressed with the products!  The performance is amazing.  The eyeshadows are the best I’ve used in green beauty.  They’re highly pigmented, and stay on the whole day!  The blush is also highly pigmented and long lasting.  Guava is the perfect pop of pink to warm up the cheeks.  The lipstick color is 100!  Literally, if you’ve followed me for a while you know I love me a good red lipstick and the BC red does not disappoint.  It also lasts crazy long.  It has a rich feel to it.

I’m going to be sharing my experience with other products too- follow me on Instagram to get the most up to date looks!  Also, don’t forget to shop the Holiday Collection!  From what I’ve been told, it’s a limited edition, and they only bring back a few select items. Shop Holiday here! 

Here are some Best Sellers from Beautycounter:

Ok, that’s all my thoughts on why I joined Beautycounter for now!  Thanks for reading.  Don’t forget to head to Beautycounter’s website to shop some product and stock up for the holidays!  I hope you feel informed, and educated.  If you have any questions or want to become a consultant, feel free to email me at suzi@gurlgonegreen.com.  I would love to have you on my team!

 

 

34 Natural Products That Changed My Life

34 Natural Products That Changed My Life

In honor of my birthday I thought I would share with you 34 natural products that changed my life.  I really thought long and hard about these and wanted to give you products that truly made the cut for me.  I’ve been on the this real food journey for 10+years, this natural beauty journey for 8 years and creating a nontoxic home for 2 years.  It’s totally a journey but one that is doable!  Remember it’s not a sprint but a marathon.  Keep your sanity and slowly detox your life.

34 Natural Products That Changed My Life-

  1. Berkey Water Filter- I got a Berkley water filter for my home 7 years ago and I haven’t looked back.  After learning what’s in our drinking water I knew I needed to get a water filter.  The average drinking water can contain pharmaceutical drugs, fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals- just to name a few.  Berkey is not only filters out all the nasties but also is pretty affordable.  You can choose what size you need depending on your family.  Get one here!

  2. Doterra On Guard Essential Oil- This essential oil was introduced to me by my friend Steph Duford.  I’m beyond grateful for it now!  I use it as a cleaner in my house to kill bacteria and parasites.  Many natural cleaners don’t kill parasites.  But On Guard does!  I make my own DIY cleaner with it and my house is so clean.  I fill a squirt bottle- (the size of a normal apple cider vinegar bottle).  Get On Guard here!

  3. Kiddobloom- Love these stainless steel eating trays and utensils for kids.  They aren’t plastic and don’t leach chemicals! The silverware is rounded at the edges, so really great for kids.  They even have the cutest mugs. Shop Kiddobloom here!

  4. Kosas Lipstick- These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater. Snag a lipstick here!

  5. Josh Rosebrook Hairspray- If you’ve been transitioning to natural beauty for a hot minute then you know finding a natural hair spray can often feel like a daunting task.  Well, I’ve literally tried them all and the only one that meets my standards is Josh Rosebrook.  Get it here and thank me later!

  6. Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser- Basically my holy grail when it comes to morning routine.  I apply this to my face, while I brush my teeth and 5 minutes later I’m left with skin that glows.  It’s magic in a jar!  Plus, so budget friendly.  Use my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20%!  Snag one here!

  7. Pharmaca- Oh Pharmaca how I love you!  So as many of you know I’m an esthetician.  Well, I worked as an esthetician at Pharmaca years ago.  I loved it!  For those who don’t know what Pharmaca is, allow me to explain.  It’s your one stop shop when it comes to living a natural lifestyle.  They have natural supplements, natural beauty products and natural baby products.  There’s really not much you can’t find at Pharmaca.  I love how I can find everything in one spot, but I also love how Pharmaca is constantly having sales!  It’s kind of amazing.  They are usually offering 20% off all the time, which means more money in my wallet!  Shop all of Pharmaca here!

  8. Elite Fuel Iron- This iron literally changed my life.  My iron depletion was severely low in the summer.  So much so that after workouts I would feel dizzy.  I knew something was up.  After having my blood drawn I saw that my levels were crazy low.  My naturopath recommended this specific iron supplement.  It had been shown to increase iron absorption much faster.  Usually if you take an iron supplement it takes a while to build up storage again.  I noticed a difference after a couple weeks!  Can’t recommend it enough!

  9. Naturpedic Organic Mattress- Sleeping on an organic mattress is pretty life changing.  The amount of toxins in conventional mattresses is pretty disheartening.  Since we sleep a 1/3 of our lives.  It’s important to know what your sleeping on and what your body is absorbing.  My husband and I have LOVED our naturpedic mattress!  It’s seriously so comfortable.  This is the naturpedic mattress we have!

  10. White Lotus Home Pillows- Finding organic pillows that my husband, myself and kids love has been no small task.  But thanks to White Lotus Home- it’s been so easy!  My husband literally won’t stop talking about his shredded latex pillow- he loves it.  My kids and I love our Kapok Pillows.  They offer such great customer service, can help you figure out which pillow is best and offer so many varieties depending on your pillow needs.  Check out all their pillow options here!

  11. SOL Organic Sheets– These sheets are a game changer! They’re soft, and not filled with toxins.  I love that they offer several options depending on what you like.  They’re luxury sheets but at affordable prices.  Check out the sheets here!

  12. Fitglow Beauty Lip Serums- Say hello to your new favorite lip serum- but for real!  These are my favorite lip glosses in green beauty. I hadn’t found a favorite until I used these.  Now I can’t go back!  They aren’t sticky, or goopy like you might think.  They are so smooth, hydrating and nourishing.  The founder actually made them to act like a lip serum for the lips that is filled with antioxidants and vitamins.  Check out all the lip colors here!

  13. Crunchi Foundation Brush- This foundation brush is EVERYTHING!  It’s so soft, love that it has a flat top and is vegan.  I know it sounds funny but when it comes to foundation brushes this brush takes the cake!  Get yours here!

  14. Blendtec Blender- Yep, a quality high speed blender changes lives.  I’ve had my Blendtec Blender now for over 4 years and I can’t recommend it enough.  I love that it gets my smoothies so smooth, and can make nut butters.  It gets used at least once a day if not twice. Check it out here!

  15. Cuisinart Food Processor- I didn’t get a food processor until this last year and I’m kind of kicking myself that I waited this long.  It’s seriously SO amazing!  I use it for my raw veggie bread, kale chip recipes, protein balls, granola bars- the list is endless!  This is the one I have!

  16. Vitacost- where do I even start with Vitacost?!  I love this online health food store.  It has all my favorite natural products for food and living but at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, they’re always offering coupon codes!  I can’t recommend them enough! Shop Vitacost here!

  17. If you care parchment paper- I know how has a parchment paper changed my life- well it has, allow me to explain.  Parchment paper can actually be really toxic.  It’s bleached and can contain many toxic chemicals.  Things that you don’t want in your food and eventually in your body.  In comes If You Care Parchment Paper- it’s unbleached, and nontoxic.  So basically you can have your cake and eat it too!  I love using parchment paper everyday for cooking. It makes cleaning after cooking so easy!  Get your parchment paper here!

  18. Body Love Book- This book really opened my eyes to how our bodies process sugar, carbs, protein, fats, etc.  If  you’re wondering why you’re feeling low on energy, can’t lose the weight, or other health issues- check this book out.  She breaks it down so simply!  Get your book here!

  19. Honest Beauty Mascara- This mascara is my FAVE in natural beauty!  It works like no other mascara and stays put.  Plus, you can get it from Amazon for $14.99!  Grab one for yourself and a friend here!

  20. Reusable Water Bottle- I don’t think I need to explain why this is such a life changer but I’ll give you a brief overview.  Plastic bottles aren’t going away and the more we stop using them, the more change we can create.  Plastic contains a host of problems in our bodies too.  Have you ever drank out of a plastic water bottle? You can literally taste the plastic!  Grab a reusable water bottle and change your life and the environment!

  21. Raw veggie Bread Ebook- I love raw veggie bread.  Sounds weird but it literally has changed the way I eat and consume veggies.  I dabbled in raw veggie bread here and there but didn’t start consistently making it until 2018.  Wow, what a difference that made!  My hubs is addicted and so am I.  Imagine consuming a ton of veggies in a piece of bread that is made with healthy fats like nuts or seeds, olive oil and flaxseed…you would become addicted too.  I use mine for veggie wraps, dip in hummus, egg wraps, and to just eat by itself.  Check out the e-course I took here!

  22. Excalibur Dehydrator- Have you ever made kale chips in the dehydrator?  Yeah, it’s life changing as well.  Once you make them in the dehydrator, you’ll never go back to the oven.  Plus, in the dehydrator all the nutrients are kept intact, since it’s not cooked past 115.  I use my dehydrator for making raw veggie bread too, fruit leather, dried fruit, sprouted nuts- again the list is endless!  Check out my Excalibur Dehydrator here!

  23. OSEA Ocean Cleanser- I found this cleanser this past year and I haven’t looked back.  I’m already on my second bottle and these are large bottles!  I love that it I can use it on my eyes to remove all my eye makeup and it doesn’t sting.  I also love that it foams up ever so slightly and that it washes off with water- no washcloth needed.  Another product that everyone loves!  Plus, it smells amazing!  Get yours here!
  24. True Botanicals Antioxidant Boost and Cellular Repair Serum- I’ve been using these two for a serious dose of antioxidants and vitamins for the skin for several years.  They seriously work!  I always tell people if you’re looking for products that deliver in natural beauty, then look no further, these are it!  These products are what are going to help with those fine lines and help to age gracefully.  Get them here!

  25. Activ Whey Protein Powder-  If you follow me, you know I love Activ Whey!  It’s a goat whey protein that comes in vanilla and chocolate. Tastes amazing- you will become addicted.  It also   is so light, not heavy at all.  It’s completely different than cow’s whey.  It’s hypo-allergenic versus allergenic, is immune boosting and promotes healthy digestion.  Check it out here!

  26. Waseda Farms- I just discovered Waseda Farms a couple months ago and I’ve been hooked!  I get nothing from recommending them, other than hopefully more business sent their way.  They are the best organic, pastured meat delivery farm I’ve found.  Most meats deliveries are organic but not pastured- Waseda is both!  Their selection is amazing too!  From pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey.  The taste is amazing too- you won’t be disappointed.  Plus, they deliver it right to your front door!  That’s my favorite part.  For so long I had to go to all these farms to get it but now I just go to Waseda!  I have my good friend Steph Duford to thank!  Check out all their offerings here!

  27. Stasher Bags- These silicone bags have changed my food storage game for the better!  I don’t use plastic bags anymore.  But use these instead.  They aren’t leaching any toxic chemicals, and I save money because I’m not constantly buying plastic bags.  Plus, you’re saving the environment!  Get yours here!

  28. E3 Live- This is an organic algae that has given me energy and helped my hashimotos.  I started taking it over a year ago and I have felt so much better taking it!  It gives my body all the nutrients!  Algae supports digestion and the immune system, helps with mental clarity, and brain health.  Trust me, this stuff is SO good!  Get your E3Live here!

  29. Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation- I talk about this foundation all the time and sometimes I feel like a broken record but it’s because I just love it!  It doesn’t look heavy on the skin, covers redness, and creates and overall polished glow.  You’ll be loving how your skin looks.  I’ve tried all the natural foundations and this one always calls to me!  It performs just like it’s name- True Skin Serum Foundation.  I wear the color SF3. Snag it here!

  30. Almond Cow- I never knew I needed this clever gadget until I started to use it- now I don’t know how I got along without it.  It makes making nut milks a breeze- I mean seriously so easy!  You’ll love it!  Get your Almond Cow here!

  31. Xtrema Cookware- I started using this nontoxic cookware several months ago and wow it’s a whole new world in the kitchen!  Things don’t stick like they used too, it’s so easy to clean and it continues to look good.  I’m going to be giving these as gifts!

  32. Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant- I probably had tried 50 natural deodorants until Agent Nateur Holi Rose.  Once I tried it though, there was no going back.  This deodorant doesn’t mess around.  It has never irritated my skin, and keeps me smelling fresh all day long.  I’m not the only one that thinks this.  This is a holy grail among green beauty bloggers!  Snag one here!

  33. Kosmatology Hand Soap-  There’s hand soaps and then there’s Cosmetology hand soaps.  These hands soaps are squeaky clean, don’t dry out your hands(hello) and come in a ton of fun scents.  Get one for you and for a friend here!

  34. Aila Nail Polish and Nail Polish Wipes- I’ve tried a lot of natural nail polish and Aila has stolen my heart.  It goes on so smooth, isn’t goopy at all.  Love all the colors!  They have a top coat called better than gel that literally acts like a natural top coat on top of your nails.  I also love their nail polish remover wipes.  I can easily take them anywhere because they come in a wipe form.  Get your Aila nail polish and wipes here!

See anything you love too?  What are some natural products that have changed your life?

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