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Best Natural Beauty Concealers

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Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

The best natural shampoo and conditioner’s post is here! I have all the details on all my favorite natural shampoos and conditioners in clean beauty.  I’ve tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my day since going green and I’m here to share the best of the best!

If you’re new here I want to emphasize a couple points.  There is a reason I advocate for clean products for SO many reasons but one of them is the total body burden.  Many product and ingredients have an accumulative affect on the body.  Basically, the more you use them, the more they add up in your body.  My goal is to arm you with healthier options that you can feel good about using daily so you’re not taxing your body.  After all, it’s the thing you do daily that adds up over time, not the product you use once in a while.  

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One of the newest natural shampoos and conditioners I’ve discovered and love!

Since we know shampoo is one of those daily products, I think it’s imperative that we have a look at what shampoo we’re using.  Do the ingredients create a healthy environment for our bodies?  What does the research say about the ingredients?  We know from studies that as we reduce certain ingredients in our products, then you see them less and less in our bodies(source).  

The scalp is 4 times more absorbent than other parts of our body, it’s important what we use when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.  A study even showed how massaging a certain oil with a medicine into the scalp was absorbed almost the same as an oral dose(Source)!  Definitely showing the power of the scalp to absorb ingredients. 

Before we dive into the best natural shampoo and conditioners, let’s take a look at the ingredients you don’t want to be lurking in your shampoo bottle.

What’s In Your Shampoo?

Have you ever thought about what’s in your conventional shampoo and conditioner?  Let’s just say there are some heavy hitters when it comes to ingredients you’re going to want to avoid putting near your scalp!  Allow me to explain.

Some Ingredients To Avoid In Your Shampoo and Conditioner: If you see a few of these you can know that there are probably other ingredients in it you shouldn’t be using too.

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone- This is used as a preservative. It can have a harmful affect of the lungs(Source), cause allergies(Source) and is a possible neurotoxin(Source)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLS)- This is a surfactant and helps to create the suds that we come to love in shampoos. The main concern with it is that it’s been shown to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which has been classified as a carcinogen(Source).  1,4 dioxane is left behind because of the process of ethoxylation. Some companies have started to strip the sodium laureth sulfate from the shampoos but it’s hard to tell which have.  You could definitely call them and ask, but make sure you have some documentation to back up their claims.  The more people are asking for transparency the more change will happen. SLS can also be a skin irritant to many people as well.  Especially if you suffer from eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin in general.  Instead of SLS, companies will use decyl glucoside.  This is a type of sugar and doesn’t contain any 1,4 dioxane. It’s also a lot less harsh, so great for sensitive skin types.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Similar to sodium laureth sulfate in that it is also a surfactant.  It also can contain 1,4 dioxane and be irritating to the skin.  ALS can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source). This can also occur when SLS is present too.
  • Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritants, reproductive damage and has been known as a neurotoxin(Source).
  • Methylisothiazolinone- Used as a preservative.  An allergen, causing skin burns, allergic reactions(Source).
  • Behentrimonium Chloride- Used as an emulsifier, conditioning agent, defrizzer, and preservative. Skin and eye irritant, can cause nerve damage, cancer risk and highly flammable(Source).  
  • Polysorbate 20- By itself polysorbate 20 is not harmful, however when it’s used in cosmetics it’s treated with ethylene oxide which then ethoxylates it and can contaminate it with 1,4 dioxane- a known carcinogen(Source). There have also been studies on polysorbate 20 showing reproductive issues and developmental issues(Source).
  • DMDM Hydantoin- It is used as an anti-microbial agent in products. It releases formaldehyde a known carcinogen(Source). Since most people know to avoid formaldehyde companies list their ingredients with dmdm hydantoin instead.  It can cause skin reactions, from burning to skin rashes, overall sensitivity. Also cancer. It can also cause irritation to the nose, eyes and throat. 
  • Propylene Glycol-PEG’s of any kind- Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant. They have a penetrating affect to the formula.  This creates even more of a problem as other harmful ingredients are able to penetrate further into the skin(Source).
  • Cocamide Mea- A fatty acid made from coconut oil mixed with diethanalomine.  It creates a creamy formula and foaming agent.  It can cause allergic reactions in some and be a skin irritant. It can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source).
  • Parabens(not as prevalent as they used to be. This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl)- Used as a preservative. Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty(Source)
  • Quaternium-15- Used in products to avoid yeast, mold and bacteria. Skin and eye irritant, can cause respiratory issues, digestive tract and nervous system(Source). It also releases formaldehyde. 
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Give Your Hair Some Time To Adjust To Natural Shampoos

I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them.  Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through.  Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better when transitioning to a natural shampoo and conditioner.  Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them.  Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out.  It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again.  Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.  This means stop shampooing your hair everyday-yes this is not necessary and actually could cause more damage to your hair.  Shampoo every other day at the most and in between days if you get oily, just use a dry shampoo. This is my favorite natural dry shampoo.  You may notice your hair greasier than usual, but that is because your hair’s ph balance was out of balance from all the harsh chemicals you were putting on it everyday.  Give it some time…it will get better!

I always think a good clarifying treatment is in order every now and then too.  Sometimes when using natural shampoos the hair gets weighed down, no matter how great they are!  This gives it a nice boost, getting rid of any residue that’s been hanging on to your strands.  I do this whenever my hair is feeling drab.  The recipe is easy just 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water (I usually use 1/2 cup of each but you may need more if you have thick or long hair). Mix it together and pour over head concentrating on using your other hand to rub it in your hair.  Let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes.  Then rinse off and apply conditioner as usual.  I’ve also added it to a squirt bottle and then just squirted it all over my head too. 

*Also I wanted to share that I’m a former hair stylist and so this best natural shampoo and conditioners list is legit!  I really took my time- over a year to create this post.  I wanted it to be a comprehensive list that anyone can find something.  

I wanted to offer a shampoo and conditioner for all of these categories:

  • Budget Friendly 
  • Fragrance Free(even essential oils)
  • Curly Hair 
  • Fine/Thin Hair 
  • Color Treated Hair 
  • Purple Shampoo
  • Black Hair

I hope you can find this best natural shampoo and conditioner’s post helpful in finding your new favorite shampoo and conditioner!

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioner’s 

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Natural shampoo and conditioner have come a long way in the last 10 years!

 

Natural Black Hair Routine

As I was trying out natural shampoos and conditioners I realized I had a blind spot when it came to black hair.  I’ve had people ask me before what I would recommend as natural shampoos for black hair and I couldn’t.  I didn’t even know what natural hair products in general to recommend for black hair.  I wanted to enlist an expert.  Monique from Brown Skin Green Beauty was so gracious to share her expertise with my audience on her top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners for black hair.  I learned so much from getting her expert tips on how to care for black hair.

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Bio

Hi there! My name’s Monique, aka Brown Skin Green Beauty- Instagram @brownskingreenbeauty. I’m an advocate of clean beauty and wellness. My journey into the clean space began 13 years ago when I had a horrible reaction to conventional hair care products marketed to Black women. It was then; I learned most Black hair care products were laden with chemicals that were not ready for the natural hair movement and unsafe for my health. Super excited to learn more, I dove right into understanding how ingredients worked and made the necessary changes to take better control of my health and improve the health of my hair and skin. I created Brown Skin Green Beauty to share my experiences with safe alternative beauty products to inspire other women, especially Black women, to go beyond the bells and whistles and learn more about clean and nontoxic options for beauty.
 

Hair Routine

Since losing my hair two years ago, not only has my wash day been simplified, but the products I use are lightweight, oil-based, and more plant-based instead of the heavy cream products that once served my hair needs. 

The first step to my wash day is a pre-poo of coconut oil and aloe vera juice. I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and work the coconut oil in my locks from base to end. This process helps to create a moisture barrier to keep my hair from drying out when shampooing. Next, I wash my hair with Nikki’s Naturals Black Soap Clarifying Shampoo. This liquid black soap gently clarifies without stripping my hair’s natural oil. My hair is left feeling very clean, soft, and moisturized.

To keep hair from overdrying, I wrap my wet hair in a cotton t-shirt to absorb most of the water. Once my locks feel damp, I oil my scalp with an oil mixture of Paparozier Castor Oil of Haiti, sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint, and rosemary. When styling, I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and retwist with coconut oil to clean up my boxes and lock in moisture. At night, I wear a silky scarf to keep my hair lint-free. Every three days, I give my hair a light spritz of Al Wadi Rose Water and massage a light layer of avocado oil or coconut oil in my locs to keep them hydrated and well moisturized. On occasion, I’ll use Oyin Handmade Greg Juice for a moisture boost.

*Keep reading to see all the best natural shampoo and conditioners!

 

I tested out all of these as well as my sisters.  I wanted to get an idea with different hair types.  We tested the shampoos and conditioners together.  Here are my top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners.

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Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- I’ve been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula.  My hair feels so bouncy and clean.  And the clean feeling lasts for days!  I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams too!

Hair Type- Any hair type.  I’ve used it and I have fine, thin hair.  My sister has used it and she has thick, fine hair.  I have a friend who loves it and she has coarse thick curly hair. 

Scent- Smells citrusy.  I really smell grapefruit to be exact. 

Price- $26

Review- This is the shampoo I’ve been recommending for really any hair type.  It just gets the job done!  Especially great for someone who is used to mainstream shampoos and conditioners and wants one that is going to really get their hair clean. I can go multiple days between shampooing my hair with this shampoo. It was a no brainer for the best natural shampoo and conditioner’s post! Get it here!

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Nurture My Body Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner 

Formula- It creates a gentle lather and helps to stimulate the scalp. It’s gluten free, nut free, and cruelty free.

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type.  You might have to use a little more product if you have lots of thick hair to really get it in there but my sister with thicker hair than me loved it too.  

Scent- Fragrance free!  It doesn’t smell like much at all. Great for even the most sensitive scalps. 

Price- $25

Review- I was really excited about this shampoo because it really hits all the marks for someone who may have a sensitive scalp and needs something that’s gentle.  Although it is fragrance free, nut free and gluten free, it still cleans the hair so well!  My hair always feels clean and it definitely adds some volume like the name suggests.  This was a no brainer to add into the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.  Highly recommend!  Get it here.

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Innersense Organic Beauty Color Awakening Hairbath

Formula- It’s a very creamy formula overall.  Best suited for those with dry, damaged or color treated hair that needs extra moisture. 

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type that is colored or is curly.  As I stated above it is very hydrating/  Great for those with curly or drier hair types.  

Scent- Smells good, but not overwhelming.  A fruity mango scent.

Price- $28

Review- This shampoo isn’t for any hair type.  I will use it after I get my hair done for a couple days but after that if I continue to use it, my hair will become greasy and weighed down.  I’ve had a lot of curly haired gals love it who have drier hair.  Get it here!

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Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It feels very refreshing on the scalp and hair.  

Hair Type- This would be great for any hair type, even men’s hair.  One of my sister’s has course thick hair and she didn’t like it, but it’s been hard to find anything for her hair!  It’s not going to be as cleansing as the Evolvh but a nice in between.  

Scent- The scent is reminiscent of the outdoors.  More pine and fresh smelling. I love how it smells!

Price- $26

Review- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel  clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  Get it here!

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Goop G. Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Formula- Comes in a jar!  So different than any other formula I’ve used.  It looks like a salt scrub you would use for the body but instead it’s actually for your hair.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It really gives a great lather and works so well at giving my hair that clean feeling.

Scent- It has a fresh smell of mint, rosemary and orange.

Price- $42- pricey but you don’t need a lot!

Review- This is the one I was most surprised how much I loved.  I knew it was going to be in the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.I remember seeing this shampoo and thinking there is no way that would work.  Well, I was wrong!  After reading so many 5 star reviews I finally got my hands on some and wow was I so impressed!  It really cleans the hair so well.  I love how it produces a lather too.  It feels very invigorating on the scalp too. Highly recommend! Check it out here!

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Christina Moss Natural’s Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way.  Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I used it and my fine, thin hair loved it and so did my sister with thick hair.  

Scent- It doesn’t have a scent!  It is made for the most sensitive scalps.  

Price- $19.99- one of the more budget friendly picks.

Review- Love this shampoo and conditioner, knew it was going to go into the best natural shampoo and conditioner post!  It gets my hair clean and doesn’t weigh it down.  My sister loved it as well.  Super impressed with the ingredients, no scent and lower price point compared to others too.  Especially great if you don’t do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!

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Graydon Matcha Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a pump bottle which I love.  It’s a creamy formula, but does suds up.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It adds a little moisture but doesn’t feel heavy.

Scent- Love the scent!  I’m a huge mint fan and this one hits the mint note hard.  Leaves your hair smelling fresh and your scalp feeling invigorated.

Price- $25

Review- This shampoo smells amazing! I love anything mint, so this is right up my alley. It really cleans my scalp and keeps it from feeling oily. My hair doesn’t feel weighed down either. It also comes in a pump which I love! Get it here!

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Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It gives you a slight suds but you have to use a good amount of product to get it sudsy. 

Hair Type- This is great for fine to thin hair types.  I’ve had people with thick coarse hair try it and they weren’t a fan unless they had shorter hair.

Scent- It doesn’t have much of a smell.  Just smells clean overall.

Price- $34

Review- This was the first natural shampoo I used that I actually liked and worked. It performs considerably well, and it’s filled with ingredients that will make you swoon! Things like Ungurahua oil, green tea, jojoba and lavender just to name a few. This is also safe for color treated hair.  You do have to use a considerable amount of product sometimes to get a decent lather- that would be the one drawback and the price is a little steep.  Get it here!

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True Botanical’s Shampoo(I don’t like the conditioner FYI, they reformulated and it’s not good)

Formula- Love this shampoo!  It really suds up, gets your hair feeling so clean and bouncy- say goodbye to grease.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I love it for my fine/thin hair, my friend who has thick hair loves it- it’s a crowd pleaser.

Scent- The scent is subtle and good.  It has a mix of ylang ylang, orange and lemon.

Price- $34

Review- This is one of my faves when it comes to natural shampoos!  It works so well at giving hair that deep clean and giving it body and lift. I wish they hadn’t changed the conditioner.  The formula was so good, but now it doesn’t hydrate the hair and feels like it’s a lotion you can’t get out. Just buy the shampoo and grab a different conditioner!  Get it here!

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Acure Curiously Clarifying Shampoo

Formula- This comes in a tube and does give a suds, but I do feel like you have to use a decent amount of product to get it sudsy.

Hair Type- I would only recommend this for fine, thin hair, or hair that is a little dry.  It does tend to weigh it down after several washes.  I wouldn’t use any of the other Acure shampoos because they really don’t give my hair the clean feeling.  My sister didn’t like it at all and she has thick, fine hair.  

Scent- Smells good, has a lemongrass scent.

Price- $9.99- the cheapest natural shampoo.  

Review- I wanted to include a more budget friendly option, especially if you have kids that use shampoo and they’re not as picky.  This is a decent option that gets the job done.  You might want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse every couple weeks just to get rid of any build up.  Get it here! 

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Everscents Organic Berry Blonde Purple Shampoo

Formula- This really suds up and performs well at getting your feeling very clean- almost too clean?  Kind of.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair- specifically highlights and wants to keep them bright and not brassy.  It brightened my highlighted ends and offered them a refresh overall. 

Scent- Smells very sweet- like grape candy.

Price- $15.90- that’s for the smallest size which is 3.3 oz. Not very much.  Then you have to pay at least $20 for shipping to the U.S. since it’s only available in Australia.  So it definitely can get pricey.

Review- I love the ingredients for the Berry Blonde Shampoo but I wish it was available in the U.S.  You could stock up when you purchase it to make it a little more feasible.  It does tend to get the hair really clean as I mentioned above, which I love but it can almost feel stripping if you used it all the time.  I think it works though because you usually don’t want to be using a purple shampoo every shampoo- more like every two weeks to a month. Get it here.

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Rahua Colorfull Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- This is a creamy texture overall.  It does suds up a bit.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair.  It helps to protect color treated hair while also nourishing it.

Scent- It has more of a gardenia flower scent to it.

Price- $38- this is definitely a pricey shampoo.

Review- This natural shampoo feels like a rich velvet lather on your head.  It does clean the hair well, but doesn’t feel stripping at all.  I like to use this post getting my hair colored to really give it some extra nourishment.  It will help to keep your hair balanced if you’re a consistent hair color gal.  Get it here!

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Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner

Formula- This is a great leave in conditioner and the only one I use!  You spray it all over, super convenient!

Hair Type- I would recommend for anyone wanting a little extra hydration, for those who get tangles easily in their hair, or for those who prefer a leave in conditioner opposed to a wash out conditioner.

Scent- It has a light scent of jasmine, and rosemary.  Not too heavy.

Price- $26

Review- I always have a bottle of this on hand.  Great for my girl’s hair when it gets tangles in it.  Easy to brush out, doesn’t feel too heavy for a leave in conditioner but lightweight.  Also great for spritzing on hair before going into chlorine water to help protect your hair.  Get it here!

That sums up the best natural shampoo and conditioners!  Did you find one you want to try?  What do you love?

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Best Of Clean Beauty September

Best Of Clean Beauty September

Another month down brings the best of clean beauty September!  Does anyone else feel like the months are flying by?!  I am a fall lover so this season is giving me all the feels.  This month there were so many products!  I feel like a broken record because I say this every month, but truly there was so much.  I usually get this out on the blog by the end of the month but September was crazy, so here we are in October.  Needless to say, this best of clean beauty September is going to be a good one.

I’m dishing on a low EMF hair dryer, organic shampoo and conditioner, a serum that has significantly lightened my hyperpigmentation and lipsticks I can’t stop wearing.  

Keep reading to check out all the goodness!

Best Of Clean Beauty September

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A clean beauty shampoo that delivers? Yes!

Ursa Major Shampoo and Conditioner

This shampoo and conditioner just works and that’s saying a lot for a clean beauty shampoo and conditioner.  This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  It smells of citrus mixed with fir- it reminds me of a pine forest smell.  I really love the fresh scent!  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  I have fine/thin hair and it really gives it the clean feeling.  If you’ve been around clean beauty for any length of time then you know it can be hard to find a shampoo and conditioner that gets the job done.   Get it here!

 

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This serum is one for the books!

Free + True Ramblin Rose Soothing Hydrating Serum

This formula is so good!  I was introduced to it by Beauty Heroes and have since not been able to put it down.  I used it consistently for months and I kept looking at my skin thinking, wow it’s never looked better!  Trust me, that’s saying a lot considering I’m always analyzing my skin in some way or another.  My skin looked bright and even and my hyperpigmentation on one side of my face was virtually gone.  I couldn’t believe it!  I’ve always struggled with hyperpigmentation on one side of my face.  So seeing it so even was amazing!  This is a serum so it has a smaller molecular size than other products so it’s able to seep deeper into the skin and really deliver nutrients.  It’s filled with all star ingredients like pomegranate juice, hibiscus extract, rose and neroli flower waters, Vitamin B5, and white tea extract.  The hibiscus extract is especially great because it contains Vitamin C which has a brightening effect on the skin, as well as giving it an overall brightness.  I would put this on at night right before my oil or moisturizers.  It also works so well right before make-up too. Can’t recommend it enough!  Get it here.

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Ursa Major’s Golden Hour Recovery Cream Consistently Delivers and is a fraction of the cost of typical face creams.

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

As the seasons change, so does my skincare routine.  This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration.  I was so impressed with how well it worked and how my skin felt so hydrated but not overly.  Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants.  It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy.  My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people!  He can be pickier than me at times.  What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48!  I can’t get over the price tag.  I’ve tried so many facial creams and the price is typically $100 or more for a good one.  A steal for a clean beauty cream that works and is full of skincare actives.  Check it out here!

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These lipsticks are my fave!

Kosas Lipsticks

As fall has arrived I’ve been busting out all the lipsticks!  I feel like the season change to cooler temperatures and fall leaves always calls for richer pigments. A lipstick does just that.  One of my faves is Kosas Lipsticks.  I may have every color!  If you follow me then you know I love a good Kosas lipstick.  These lipsticks are highly pigmented, last and plump the lips all at the same time.  They come in so many great colors too.  Honestly, I haven’t found a color I didn’t love.  Some lipsticks feel too heavy, or not hydrating enough- Kosas really nailed the formula on this one.  Everything you want in a lipstick- but clean!  Often I don’t have time for a full makeup look but I have time for a swipe of lipstick- pulling my whole look together.  Check out all the colors here.  

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This hair dryer is making all my hair dreams come true!

Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Low EMF Hair Dryer

I’ve been wanting this for quite some time.  My hair dryer finally gave out and I knew it was time to upgrade to the Elchim.  As a former hairstylist I have had my fair share of hair dryers in my day.  Having learned more about EMF’s I also knew I wanted one that wasn’t going to give off high EMFs.  I had researched about hair dryers and came across the Elchim.  Not only is it a high quality hair dryer- it’s made in Italy which is always a good sign, but it gives off low EMFs as well.  As I’ve learned more and more about EMFs it was really important to me to get a low EMF hair dryer. Since I blow dry my hair fairly often I knew I wanted to decrease my overall exposure as much as I could.  I found with many low EMF dryers you were either getting low EMF and horrible hair dryer quality or higher EMF and great hair dryer quality.  I of course wanted the best of both and I think I found it!  Elchim not only produces some of the lowest EMFs for a hair dryer but it actually performs by being fast drying, quiet, lighter weight and powerful.  It has 2 air speed options and 3 temperature settings.  It has a ceramic and ionic system that helps to dry hair quickly and close the cuticle.  My hair is shiny and bouncy!  The drying time is 30% less than the average hair dryer.  I’m basically obsessed with it!  If you’re in the market for a new hair dryer- look no further!  Get it here.

That sums up my best of clean beauty for September!  Did you see anything you’re wanting to snag?  What are you loving lately?

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Clean Beauty Box Roundup: October

Clean Beauty Box Roundup: October

Sharing the clean beauty box roundup October on the blog!  This month we are seeing some new products.  I have tried a lot of clean beauty products, yet it’s amazing how many brands I still haven’t tried.  If you’re new here, each month I review the best clean beauty boxes in natural beauty.  Giving you a run down of all the boxes and what’s inside them.  There are 4 boxes that I always share about, Beauty Heroes, The Detox Market Box, Boxwalla and The Clean Beauty Box.  Beauty Heroes and The Detox Market box are monthly boxes, Boxwalla and The Clean Beauty Box are bi-monthly boxes.  

Up first is Beauty Heroes and Boxwalla.  

*Don’t forget to check back for full reviews on The Detox Box and The Clean Beauty Box.

 

Clean Beauty Box Roundup October:

 

Beauty Heroes

One Love Organics is debuting in the Beauty Heroes Box this month with a new product!

One Love Organics has been around since clean beauty started.  They were one of the first brands I tried.  I was excited to see them in the Beauty Heroes Box this month.  Suzanne the founder of One Love Organics started her company in 2010 with the idea that consumers shouldn’t have to look far to find products that were good for them.  She really took it to a new standard and created her own lab in Georgia that meets the ECOCERT COSMOS Organic Standard.  She wanted to make sure the products were being created how she intended.  Let’s dive into the review of the products in the box this month!

Gardenia + Tea Body Serum- I have long been a fan of their body serum- allow me to explain. The smell is insanely addicting!  It smells like the tropics…I literally get taken away to Hawaii every time I use it.  Hey, I’m not complaining!  It isn’t a super heavy body oil, but a nice light oil that does the job of moisturizing.  It also comes in a glass bottle…oh yeah, I’m three for three.  And wait for it…it sprays as well.  I know pretty amazing.  I just love the spray feature, it makes it so easy to just spray all over and rub in.  As a mama of there I’m all about quick and easy in my life.  And when you travel it has this really nifty lock/unlock on the spray nozzle, so no leaking.  Um, can you say hallelujah?!  Trust me you need this in your life. 

Botanical D Moisture Mist- This product was actually an accident but a very good accident!  They had a hydrating moisturizer that wasn’t thick enough to be a moisturizer so they bottled it up and made it into the best moisture mist!  Pretty brilliant.  This makes the skin feel so dewy and hydrated.  Preps the skin perfectly for serums or oils.  It’s been especially great as the weather transitions.  My skin needs all the moisture!

Love + Eyebright Serum Rollerball- This is the newest product from One Love Organics.  It has been so fun to use! I love a rollerball as an eye product.  I really feel like it’s doing so much.  Not only does it impart product but it also helps to de-puff the under eye area with it’s cooling rollerball.  It’s a two for one! It brightens with powerful botanicals like astaxanthin, green tea and moringa. It’s also scentless.  I use it morning and night. I love how it feels hydrating but not too heavy. 

That sums up the Beauty Heroes October box!  Subscribe here to get it before they sell out.  

Boxwalla

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This box was so fun! Loved discovering new brands!

Boxwalla consistently delivers new brands I haven’t tried and I love that!  It’s so fun to really discover new products, especially since I usually end up loving them!  This month we are seeing the brand Naturallogic and Fine.  I hadn’t tried either and couldn’t wait to test them out.  Naturallogic’s them is all about Nature in their products.  They believe that holism, nutrition, and herbalism play a role and then modern science comes in to refine the process. They are serious about their ingredients serving a specific purpose.  Fine Cosmetics is a German based skincare line.  Creating products not only safe for the skin but also for the planet.

Naturallogic Unmask Detox Hydration Mask- This mask was such a treat to use!  It really lived up to the hype.  It feels detoxifying but not drying like so many masks feel.  When I removed it my skin felt plump, cleaned out and glowing.  But not stripped in the slightest.  Often when you see charcoal on a label you might think the formula is going to be drying but not so with this mask.  It also has aloe and niacinamide, both hydrating and soothing ingredients. It really does it all!  Great for oily skin types or dry.  I would leave it on for 20-30 minutes.

Naturallogic Elemental Advanced Hydration Red Wine Essence- This essence feels so luxurious.  It’s made of red wine which is high in polyphenols and resveratol. This helps to fight free radical damage.  It also contains polysaccharide rich red algae, Vitamin B3, aloe vera juice, licorice root extract- to name a few.  These help to strengthen the barrier of the skin as well as moisturize it.  It feels calming and soothing on the skin. Perfect before your serums and oils.

Fine Cosmetics Daytime Radiance Eye Serum- This eye serum is definitely a new fave!  It feels hydrating but not overly.  The product seeps into the skin so well and doesn’t feel greasy or leave a residue.  It has an ingredient called Persian Silk Tree Extract that has been known to help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, dark circles, and swelling.  It also contains niacinamide, beet root extract and ashwaganda.  It basically hits all the marks for a superb eye product.  I use it morning and night.  It settles nicely into the eye area before concealer.  

This is another stellar box from Boxwalla!  Snag it before it sells out.  Get it here

Check back as I share more clean beauty box roundup October on the blog!

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Ursa Major Skincare

Ursa Major Skincare

Sharing my full review of Ursa Major Skincare line. Who doesn’t love a unisex line?!  I’ve been on the hunt for a line that not only would wow me, but also my husband.  Well, I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been searching for!

I had the pleasure of talking with Ursa Major at Indie Beauty Expo. and was so impressed with the amount of care and thought that went into each product.  This Vermont based company didn’t want to create another natural skincare line but a truly great skincare line.  I love that all their scents are fresh and not overpowering.  Great for any woman or man.  Their products are gluten free and cruelty free.  I love how they go into great depth about the ingredients they use on their website-so easy for a consumer to know right off the bat what their about.

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A unisex line that delivers with performance and ingredients.

I love that they keep things simple in the Ursa Major Skincare line.  They are obsessed with natural skincare and creating formulas that truly work.  They spend much of their time focused wholeheartedly on what products they are actually creating.  They don’t want another product sitting on the shelf but something that they love.  They want products that perform and only have the essentials, not a long laundry list of ingredients.  Simple is best.  Lastly, they’re line is focused on all gender types- so it works for everyone!

Free from petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.

They don’t just stop there.  Ursa Major Skincare line is also obsessed with making a greater impact in this world.  That is why they are B Corp certified- meeting the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. B Corps are more than just a company creating products, they are the gold standard when it comes to corporate and social responsibility.  They take into account the whole business, from employees, environment, community, and suppliers.  Ursa Major Skincare believes it’s more than just creating products, but creating last change for the greater good of our world.  Something I’m so excited to get behind! Check out more about their B Corp endeavors here.

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Obsessed with this and Bright & Easy 3 minute flash mask!

Also, in case you were wondering…

  • Ursa Major means “The Great Bear” in latin.
  • The line was started by two individuals who were finding their true north while leaving the city life behind and settling into Vermont. Embracing the outdoors.
  • You will never see petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs in Ursa Major Skincare.
  • The products are great for male or female.

Ok, time to share with you all the deets on the products I tried!

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If you haven’t tried this Sublime Sage Deodorant- you need too!

Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant

Where has this deodorant been all my life?!  But really.  I first tried this in the fall of 2019 and let’s just say I was hooked after I used it for the first time.  I remember looking at it when I got it in the mail and thinking there is no way this is going to work.  I don’t know about you but spray deodorants have never worked for me- not even conventional ones.  That is until I tried Ursa Majors!  Wow this deodorant really delivers.  When I looked into it more I learned that sage actually helps dry up underarm sweat.  It smells fresh but not too potent.  I smell good all day.  The kicker and what makes it extra special is the fact it doesn’t get all over your clothes!  Most deodorants easily leave a residue all over your clothes and deodorant stains.  Not this one.  And guess what?  My hubs absolutely loves it.  He said it’s his favorite deodorant to date and asked if I could stock him up.  And that’s saying a lot because he’s pretty picky!  He loves that it doesn’t stain his clothes.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Scent- Sage, geranium, sandalwood and lemon myrtle.

Longevity- Awesome!  I smell good all day long.

Ease of Use- SO easy!  I love that it is just a spray.  Makes it so convenient and quick.

Packaging– Comes in a spray bottle.

Staining- It doesn’t stain!  Let me repeat myself- it doesn’t stain!

Irritation- None, if anything it’s better for sensitive underarms because there is no rubbing or chafing.

Baking Soda- None

Get it here!

Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant

This is another fave natural deodorant of my husband and I!  This used to be my hub’s top deodorant pick and then Ursa Major made their spray deodorant.  This one is still on his fave list though- it smells divine.

Scents- Hoppin’ Fresh, blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon.

Longevity- Good, for me it lasted a solid day and my husband thought it lasted him the whole day easily.

Ease of Use- Awesome, goes on so easy!  My hubs kept telling me, this is exactly how a deodorant is supposed to go on. It reminded him of his mainstream deodorant.

Packaging- It comes in a stick form, that’s chubby and round.

Staining- I didn’t notice any on my shirts, my hubs noticed a little on a few shirts but he said it was more on his workout shirts- he sweats a lot!  🙂

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Get it here!

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Time to glow up with this mask!

Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask

This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a harsh exfoliant?  This may be the one for you.  Using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does it all in 3 minutes!  It looks like a gel and feels light and refreshing on the skin.  If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you too- I mean who doesn’t have 3 minutes?!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day.  Get it here!

Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum

This Ursa Major Skincare serum really goes deep into the skin to not only treat hydration but also help to brighten the skin overall.  It also helps to improve skin’s tone and appearance.  Unlike many forms of Vitamin C that are unstable, Ursa Major contains a stable form of Vitamin C.  But they didn’t stop their with stellar ingredients.  It also contains edelweiss- a stem cell complex that helps to fight the signs of aging with it’s high antioxidant properties.  Plus, one of my favorite skincare ingredients, rosehip oil is in the formula.  Rosehip is naturally high in Vitamin C and can really help to minimize fine lines and scarring.  Your skin feels overall hydrated and more supple after using.  This is also a great layer product.  So you can layer an oil over it, or a moisturizer for added hydration. Shop it here!

Golden Hour Recovery Cream

I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration.  I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected.  Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants.  It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy.  My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people!  He can be pickier than me at times.  What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48!  A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of skincare actives! Check it out here!

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A power duo for your skincare regimen!

Face Wash

This face wash is such a great transition from mainstream to natural.  It just gets the job done.  It foams up a little, and gives your skin the clean feeling that you crave.  My hubs loves it too!  It gets rid of my makeup and grime but doesn’t strip my skin.  With aloe being the first ingredient, it’s no wonder this foaming face wash keeps my skin feeling balanced.  Did I mention the crazy fresh smell?!  With notes of cedar, spearmint and lime, this face wash smells divine.  If you have been searching for a basic face wash that gets your skin clean and is no fuss, this is it.  Perfect for the man in your life or the woman! Get it here!

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Ursa Major’s Essential Wipes are just that- essential to always have with you!

 

Essential Face Wipes

These wipes from Ursa Major Skincare had me the first time I used them!  They come individually wrapped, and are perfect for your purse.  They’re made out of bamboo and are infused with their 4-in-1 Face Tonic Formula-genius. I carry them with me always, and use them anytime I need a little freshening up.  They get rid of dirt, sweat, and give your skin a quick clean.  I used these on vacation nonstop!  Goodbye sweat- hello fresh face.  So great for after working out, long walks, time spent at the pool…you get the picture.  Let’s just say I’m hooked!  Do you have kids?  These will be your best friend too.  I love using these to help clean my kiddos face in a pinch.  Anyone and everyone needs these.  Check out them out here!

 

Face Balm

This is unlike any moisturizer I’ve used.  It’s not heavy at all but actually quite light.  Although, it’s light it still feels so hydrating on the skin.  Great before applying makeup or even if I’m not wearing makeup that day as just a good overall moisturizer.  My hubs digs it too because it doesn’t feel greasy to him.  He never likes products that make his skin feel greasy- his biggest complaint when trying to find a moisturizer.  He also loves how this smells.  It has an herbal elixir in it of spearmint, lavender, lime and rosemary.  I love this before makeup too because it doesn’t feel like I have anything on yet my skin feels hydrated.  Another winning product!  Check it out here!

Shampoo and Conditioner

This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  It smells of citrus mixed with a little sandalwood.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  I have fine hair and it really gives it the clean feeling.  If you’ve been around clean beauty for any length of time then you know it can be hard to find a shampoo and conditioner that get the job done.  My sister tried it and she has thick coarse hair and she didn’t love it.  I know everyone has a different hair type so wanted to throw that out there.  Get it here!

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This morning mojo bar soap will give you back your mojo in minutes!

Morning Mojo Bar Soap

My hubs and I love this bar soap!  If you haven’t noticed by now I love anything fresh and clean smelling.  This bar soap is just that.  It will wake you up and help you get your mojo going for the day and get you clean at the same time.  I also love a bar soap for travel, so much more convenient at times.  It’s also nice to just take one bar of soap with us instead of several body washes.  You will be addicted to the fresh scent- be warned! Check it out here!

Citrus Riot Body Wash

Love, love this Ursa Major Skincare body wash!  Did I mention I love it?  First, it comes in a pump, which makes it so easy to use in the shower, and it smells SO good!  With cedar, frankincense, ginger and lime- it literally wakes me up in the morning.  It gives a great foam, yet doesn’t feel drying to my skin at all.  I’m addicted!  I just can’t get over the fresh smell-neither can my hubs.  I love how gender neutral the scent is too.  It doesn’t smell too strong where my husband wouldn’t use it.  This is something I appreciate about Ursa Major Skincare line in general.  They really nail the scents so well.  Get it here!

Stellar Shave Cream

I was so excited to have my dad review this product.  My hubs uses an electric razor, so he couldn’t test this out on the face.  But my dad still uses a razor and was the perfect candidate.  What did he think?  A fan for sure!  He said it’s different than what he’s used to using.  He loved that it was so moisturizing compared to his usual shave cream.  Also, really liked the smell.  For me, it was great for the legs!  It moisturized and made my legs feel all tingly fresh.  Beyond thrilled to finally find a shave cream my dad can use that isn’t full of all the nasties and one that I can use too!  I mean traveling just got a whole lot easier when you’re only having to pack one shave cream and it works for everyone.  Check it out here!

Well that sums up my review of Ursa Major Skincare.  If you have been searching for a great all around line that just delivers quality products without the frills, this is it!  A great line for both men and women.  Shop all their goodies here.  

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