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Best of Green Beauty 2017

Best of Green Beauty 2017

Back by popular demand we are so excited for our second annual Best of Green Beauty 2017!  This was such a hit last year, that my girl Lisa from This Organic Girl and I had to do it again, giving you only the best of the best.

We had three criteria when choosing products:

1. We had to love it.

2. Had to be clean(duh).

3. And of course above all it had to work- no compromises.

It’s easy to get lost in the sea of products these days- even green beauty products. We wanted to bring you products that are tried and true and live up to the hype!  We both have tried a ton of products in our day as bloggers and these are straight up standouts.  Products we go back to again and again because they’re that good!

After all you shouldn’t have to compromise when transitioning to green beauty.  The game has changed friends and green beauty has got it going on!  We don’t feel like we’re sacrificing at all with these products.  If anything they perform better than their conventional ones.

Get ready to hang with the stars because the Best of Green Beauty 2017 is here!  And don’t forget to head to Instagram for a chance to win all this loot!

(Random Order)

1. OSMIA Hand Soaps-

Suzi – These hands soaps scream luxe! They are so beautiful you hardly want to use them, but then you smell them and you can’t help yourself. Bar soaps in the past could seem boring and old school but Osmia has taken a simple bar soap and turned it into a must have luxury product! The perfect gift anytime of year. My fave scent is the coffee mint!

Lisa – If you have an appreciation for artisan formulators who not only perfect their craft but take it to the next level with thoughtful packaging and presentation then look no further than OSMIA. Not only are these soaps handmade, they are formulated with organic, wildcrafted, conflict-free, top shelf ingredients. It’s not uncommon for a batch of OSMIA soap to adorn $1,000 worth or organic essential oils. AND these soaps are cured two weeks longer than industry standard making them dense and long lasting. Let’s just say my heart skips a beat every time I open a new bar. Suzi says her fave is coffee mint which is next on my list. So far my fave is Milky Rose.

Snag an Osmia soap here!

2. Max and Me Oils Circle of Protection Body Oil-

Suzi – Let’s just say the moment I used this oil I knew I was going to be hooked! This body oil is the best of the best. It comes in a dark bottle that helps preserve the oil. The smell is amazing, with notes of jasmine, rose and magnolia. My skin feels so hydrated but without the greasiness, just supple and smooth. I can’t get enough- already used up two bottles!

Lisa – Three words: Max and Me knows oils. I’ve tried several of their face and body oils and they are all out of this world. We chose Circle of Protection as our #1 pick but really, any of their body oils take skin nourishment to the next level. Smooth, fast absorbing, rich in color with a whisper of fragrance, this oil is frankly a stroke of brilliance. The base of Circle of Protection is a blend of certified organic Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (oil expressed from the kernels of this African tree), wildcrafted Marula Oil and certified organic Musk Rose Seed Oil – scented with a blend of essential oils. Light, nutty and fruity, this oil will bring you to your knees.

Grab your body oil here!

3. Aila Beauty Better Than Gel Nail Polish-

Suzi – This nail polish takes the cake when it comes to longevity. You put it on as a top coat after applying nail polish. You’ll be amazed how your manicure lasts! The kicker? It rates a 1 on EWG!

Lisa – I picked this up on a whim when I needed a new top coat and with no expectations I brought it to the salon for a mani/pedi. No joke, my pedi lasted a week longer than any pedi I’ve ever gotten. #truth And it’s cleaner than most nontoxic nail polishes!

Snag your Better than Gel here!

4. Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray

Suzi – This is a staple and must have at all times in my beauty routine. It’s the best natural hair spray I’ve come across in green beauty- it works and works well! My hair is fine and thin and this doesn’t weigh my hair down but gives it a lift. I can even brush out my hair after using it the day before and my hair is even better! Did I mention this comes in a travel size bottle as well?! I stock up on both the full size and travel size. My hubs is even hooked too! Say hello to your new favorite!

Lisa – Let’s be honest. I don’t have to buy too many beauty products these days. But this gem!? I literally buy it for myself like 4x a year. I have curly hair so every time I wash + diffuse, I finish with Josh Rosebrook’s hairspray. No ifs, ands or buts about it. You can use it lightly to maintain volume and control fly-aways or layer it for a strong hold. This is hands down the best hairspray green beauty has to offer. And just when you thought the world couldn’t get any better, try and pick your chin up off the floor when you look at the ingredients and wonder how Josh can lock your waves into place using brown rice, yuca starch and glycerin (all certified organic of course).

Get your hair spray here!

5. Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask-

Suzi – This mask smells amazing and truly gives you a glow after using. It helps to even out skin tone more than any others I’ve used! It hydrates and detoxes but doesn’t dry your skin out. This mask instantly transports you to the island of Hawaii where it’s made by hand. The amount of dedication that goes into each batch is truly amazing! You won’t be disappointed!

Lisa – From start to finish the entire Bean experience is next level skincare. First, be still my heart with their hand carved glass-in-wood packaging. Next, raw + organic ingredients sourced from co-ops, biodynamic farms (as well as homegrown) are thoughtfully handcrafted in Kauai, Hawaii. This chocolate creamy mask will transform your skin. And I don’t say that lightly. I was converted the day it evened and brightened my sunburned cheeks and forehead. Best mask of the year right here!

Get your mask on here!

6. Hush + Dotti Mascara-

Suzi – This mascara is an all around winner. It gives my lashes separation, length and doesn’t come off during the day. Plus, no irritation at all! It gets better the more you use it too! The formula gets better after some air has gotten to it. Give it two weeks and you’ll have vixen lashes for days!

Lisa – I think every girl would agree with me. It’s a “lashes or bust” world and we are just living in it. Lashes tie a whole look together and Hush + Dotti does not disappoint. This formula lengthens like the best of ’em and with a couple of coats your will have va va voom volume that will stop anyone in their tracks.

Grab your mascara here!

7. Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant-

Suzi – This deodorant takes the cake for best natural deodorant. It goes on so smooth, no scraping your underarms anymore, it smells amazing and best of all- it works! I can put it on and get two days wear out of it- smelling fresh! I’ve had no irritation either!

Lisa – This deo does it all. Eliminates odor, goes on smooth and keeps me dry. Yeah I said it. This formula keeps me dryer than any other natural formula out there and not only does it eliminate odor, it actually makes me smell like roses. Oh and I used a whole stick without experiencing any irritation.

Snag your deodorant here!

8. LIVE Botanical Honey Rose Cleansing Mask-

Suzi – This mask is everything! I use it everyday in the morning to wake my skin up. I put it on when I’m brushing my teeth and then rinse it off after. It’s my cleanser and mask in one. It gives my skin a pick me up and glow for the rest of the day! The exfoliant in the mask isn’t harsh at all- which I love. Gentle enough to use everyday. Your skin will thank you! Did I mention it’s only $28?! Carolyn the founder really knows her stuff and takes great lengths to make sure the products are made with the best of the best.

Lisa – Suzi and I met LIVE Botanical formulator Carolyn at iBE Dallas and we were both so impressed with this up and coming brand. Her sourcing is crazy clean and her passion for formulating is palpable. But better than any of that is her Honey Rose Cleansing Mask. This mask exfoliates and cleans in two ways – with herbal grains (manual) and fruit enzymes (chemical). And it’s super versatile. You can use it as a mask and let it sit or you can use it immediately as a cleanser/exfoliator. Either way, get ready to GLOW girl!

Grab your Luna mask here!

9. Maya Chia Highlight of the Day-

Suzi – This illuminating serum is a staple in my makeup routine. It instantly gives my skin a glow and lights up my whole complexion. I love the color After Hours, it wakes up tired skin and yet looks natural. I mix mine with foundation or just apply it on top.

Lisa – Anytime my makeup doubles as skincare, I’m in. But when it surpasses pro-lines in both performance and health….there’s nothing left to do but shout it from the rooftops! The Highlight of the Day comes in three “colors” and I love them all. Each brings a certain je ne sais quoi to my look. I love it for my cheek bones, Cupid’s Bow, bridge of my nose and if I want to get jiggy with it, a little mixed into my moisturizer for my décolletage too.

Snag your Highlight of the Day here!

10. Kjaer Weis KW Red Lipstick-

Suzi – This red lipstick is the quintessential red color for everyone. It’s a classic hands down. I love that with one swipe I can transform my look from ho hum to next level. The formula is so good too. It has a weighty feel for a lipstick formula and stays put on the lips all day. You’ll feel like a goddess carrying around this lipstick! The packaging is so chic too!

Lisa – This red looks good on both warm or cool skin tones and takes your look from subtle to bold in just a few strokes. If you’ve never found a red that works for you..look no further than KW Red. My favorite thing about this lipstick (okay I have two fave things) is it’s matte so it wont move. It literally stays put all day and I love that I don’t have to worry about getting it on my teeth or it smudging onto my skin. I also love the packaging here. The lipstick tube sits heavy in my hand and is like a piece of jewelry for my bag. It’s also refillable so when you run out, you can stock up next time (or change shades) for almost half the price.

Get your Kjaer Weis Lipstick here!

11. True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner-

Suzi – Want a natural shampoo and conditioner that makes your hair feel clean all the time? This is it! These are game changers when it comes to giving your hair the cleanest feeling possible. No more greasy hair from natural shampoos that don’t work! I have fine/thin hair and this works amazing for my hair. Lisa has thick curly hair and she loves it as well! Bottom line- it works all around! My hair has never felt cleaner using a natural shampoo- they nailed the formula.

Lisa – I looked far and wide, high and low and almost gave up on ever having that clean hair feeling again (sans toxins) until I met True Botanicals. Seriously. Not only does this formula clean my hair (like it truly CLEANS) but it also leaves my scalp moisturized and nourished. No itchiness or dryness from the winter season. This duo is my dessert island “must take with me” pick. True Botanicals also has a subscription option where you can select the frequency at which your items get delivered and you save 10%! Every 8 weeks is perfect for me and I adjust as I go because I don’t use conditioner as fast as I use shampoo.

Grab your shampoo and conditioner here!

12. Khus Khus Sans Age Face Serum-

Suzi – This face oil is so soothing. I put it on my skin and it instantly absorbs, giving it a supple feel. No greasy residue left behind, plus I wake up with perfectly hydrated skin. A newfound fave! I love how calming this serum is too with the blue tansy helping to soothe skin. Say goodbye to redness and ruddy skin and hello to bright and even skin!

Lisa – I love KHUS + KHUS face serums. I’ve tried their Sans Age and Blossom and both are magnificent. Sans Age has the slightest blue tint to it and smells like Blue Tansy. Made with all organic + sustainably wild crafted oils and CO2 extracts, KHUS + KHUS doesn’t play when it comes to using only the best ingredients. I love how this oil makes my face feel: supple, plump and well fed.

Grab your face serum here!

Ok, I want to hear from you!  Have you used any of the Best of Green Beauty 2017?  What did you think?

Clean Beauty Box Roundup August

Clean Beauty Box Roundup August

Sharing the clean beauty box roundup for August on the blog!  So many boxes this month.  I was introduced to some new products as well.  If you’re new here, every month I share the best of the best when it comes to clean beauty boxes.  I give a review of the products in the boxes and share my experience using them.  Clean beauty boxes are a great way to save some serious money when it comes to switching over your beauty products.  

*This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

This month we are starting with Beauty Heroes, and Boxwalla.  Then we will see The Clean Beauty Box and The Detox Box– it’s a full month for the clean beauty box roundup for August.  

*Keep checking back as the boxes roll out to get the latest on each of the beauty boxes!

Beauty Heroes

bottles set up against a box

Seeing some old and new products from Josh Rosebrook in the August Discovery!

This is definitely a noteworthy box from Beauty Heroes! I was so excited to see Josh Rosebrook in the box this month.  He doesn’t disappoint.  His newest product was in the box- the Daily Acid Toner.  It’s making it’s big debut through Beauty Heroes.  Plus, we are seeing his beloved Hydrating Accelerator and Nutrient Day Cream.  You could say this is a box that’s got it going on!

I mean it’s no secret I love anything Josh makes. I’ve tried so many of his products previously and can say they all knock it out of the park.  I’ve met and talked with the founder many times and I have to say it’s easy to see how his products flow out of him.  He is all around magnetic and his creations are just an extension of who he is!

Hydrating Accelerator- This is another Josh product that I’m quite familiar with and love.  This mist really does it all-from hydrating, toning and moisturizing.  The basis of the mist is aloe vera, which helps the skin absorb nutrients more efficiently and plumps up the overall texture of the skin.  Herbs also help to calm the skin and reduce redness.  I love spraying this on after cleansing before serums/oils and also before and after a mask.  A serious skincare must in my opinion!  Plus, this little tonic smells like vanilla, can you say mmm!  I’m addicted to the smell alone.  I even spray this throughout the day for a quick pick me up of hydration.

Nutrient Day Cream Tinted- The cream literally glides onto your skin leaving behind hydrated and plump skin.  The perfect base before makeup application.  It offers some great sun protection with the mineral zinc oxide.  This is similar to his regular Nutrient Day Cream, except it’s tinted.  The tint is so flattering for all skin as it reflects the light perfectly.  The ingredients are just so amazing.  Aloe is the first one and then there’s a combo of hydrating oils, butters and soothing properties like calendula and chamomile.  A true skincare treat.  When you pump the product out it feels like a lotion, not a cream.  I tend to have dry skin and my skin loves it.  It doesn’t feel overly hydrating, where you might end up with a greasy face.  Instead, my skin feels moisturized from within.  I’m sold!  It’s also made with organic, non-gmo and wild crafted ingredients.  This is the perfect facial sunscreen for daily wear or if you’re heading on vacation-either way you’re set!  

Daily Acid Toner- This toner is just as Josh has described, a workout for your skin.  It is an AHA liquid that helps to exfoliate, brighten and smooth the skin.  It has a blend of glycolic fruit and flower acids.  It also has soothing minerals and plant actives.  Often you might think of an acid toner as harsh or irritating but not the Daily Acid Toner.  It slowly helps to resurface and exfoliate your skin subtly.  Your skin gradually gets rebuilt with collagen and luminosity.  I loved how my skin felt so smooth, yet hydrated after using it.  Such a different toner than I’ve experienced before and I’m digging it!

This box is valued at $106 but you can get it for $58.95- such a good deal!  Get it here before they’re sold out.

Boxwalla

skincare products in the box

This box had me at the first time I tried the product!

I was so excited to dig into the Boxwalla box this month!  I discovered Votary this year through Boxwalla and was hooked on their products from the last box.  You can read my review on a previous Boxwalla box with them in it here.  So when I saw Votary in this month’s box I knew it was going to be good!

I was familiar with Votary but I wasn’t familiar with Lovinah.  However once I started using this product I fell hard for it!  Lovinah was also in the limited edition discovery this month by Boxwalla.  Check out my full review on the discovery here.

Lovinah Dragon’s Blood Vitamin C Cleansing Oil- Ok, this cleanser smells SO good!  It smells like guava and it makes you want to drink it- I mean don’t but you get the idea.  I apply it to dry skin and rub all over to release the dirt and makeup.  Then I get hands damp and apply the wetness to my skin and the formula emulsifies.  It’s so good!  My skin feels clean, but so smooth and hydrated.  It’s full of milk thistle, guava seed, lingonberry- some serious antioxidant powerhouses.  Plus, we can’t forget about the Vitamin C in it that helps to counteract free radical damage.  It really does it all.  I haven’t been able to stop using it!  

Votary Super Seed Serum- This serum feels so rich and plump on the skin.  It is full of antioxidants like broccoli seed, camellia seed, chia seed, cloudberry seed, raspberry seed & pomegranate seed oils.  It is an emulsion of a water based peptide with a hydrating lotion.  I’ve never had a serum feel so hydrating on it’s own.  It helps to firm and smooth the skin.  I’ve been using this every night as well.  Even in the morning this might be all you need after cleansing and toning since it’s so hydrating on it’s own! 

Votary Intense Night Oil- This oil is so full bodied and rich.  It really just gives your skin some serous moisture. It has a combination of plant seeds, plant extracts and retinoid to deliver all the nutrients to your skin. From addressing fine lines, plumping collagen and minimizing redness- this powerful night oil does it all!  My skin feels so good after using it- plain and simple.  I wish I had it in a bigger bottle!  

The box is valued at $240 but you can get it for $49.95!!  Such a steal.  Get the box here!  

The Clean Beauty Box

Box of clean beauty products

This box features Free + True. This brand has been popping up all over and I couldn’t be more excited!

This month we are seeing Free + True in The Clean Beauty Box.  I had first heard about this brand at the beginning of this year and fell hard for their Body Prophet.  In fact I used every last bit up!  It’s so good.  When I saw them in The Clean Beauty Box this month I knew I was in for another one of their skincare treats.  

If you’re wanting to clean up your routine and make things a little less complicated Free + True is the perfect skincare line for you!  It really streamlines the whole process and makes things so much easy.  With their botanical formulations and real food ingredients, Free + True makes creating a natural skincare routine easy.

Ramblin Rose Hydrating Serum- This serum is true to it’s name.  It’s so hydrating!  Feels like a big surge of water on the skin.  This serum is pH balancing and botanically based.  It has a full list of powerhouse ingredients like pomegranate juice, rose water, hyaluronic acid, and white tea.  It leaves your skin feeling plump, smooth and completely hydrated.  Great before makeup.  I’ve been applying mine right before my oils in the morning for an all over glow and hydrated skin.

Antioxidant Face Oil- This face oil is filled with skin loving ingredients like sun-ripened super fruits, skin botanicals and CoQ10.  The ingredient deck is amazing.  From raspberry oil, seabuckthorn oil, cranberry oil, and nettle. It delivers hydration, antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals.  Giving your skin all that it needs to recover after a day in the elements.  I love how rich it feels on my skin.  I apply this after my serum to help lock in moisture.  It absorbs so easily and doesn’t feel overly greasy.

Bright Side Vitamin C Serum- This deluxe sample is an exclusive prelaunch from Free + True Skincare.  It helps to treat dark spots with 13% Vitamin C and B3.  The Vitamin C helps to stimulate collagen.  It also has niacinamide- one of my favorite skincare ingredients! It helps to soothe the skin, calm redness and help with acne. It also is brightening for the skin.  Filled with Amla, mulberry leaf, uva ursi, and licorice root support.  I love how it smells and how it feels on the skin- super luxe!

The box is valued at $151, but you can get it for $41.95!  Shop The August/September Clean Beauty Box here!

The Detox Box