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Natural Mascara

Natural Mascara

My natural mascara post is here! Having been in natural beauty for over 10 years now, I’ve tried my fair share of mascaras.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to a stellar formula too.  It has to meet some strict requirements.  I mean a girl doesn’t want just volume, but length, separation, and maybe even a bit of drama.  Who’s with me?!  I've written a post like this before but have since updated it and now I'm doing a new refresh all together to give you the complete guide to finding your favorite natural mascara!  If I can do it, you can do it!

Have you ever wondered what was in that long tube of black goo we call mascara? 

According to Women’s Health, 65% of women wear mascara every day, making it the most popular eye makeup used. 

Yet, I would venture to say most women don’t know a thing about what’s in their favorite black tube.  Well, I was like most women just enjoying the creative powers of my mascara as it made my eyelashes go from spindly average to va va voom, until one day I did a little research of my own.  This research left me flabbergasted…yes I said it, flabbergasted!  I mean how much could a little tube really carry …right?  WRONG! 

Here’s the oh so scary news:  Most mascaras contain mercury, coal tar, formaldehyde releasers, petroleum distillates, vinyl, parabens, phthalates, and triethanolamine…can you say scary… three times!  And not only does it contain all these big word ingredients but over half of us our putting them near our eyes every single day! 

Yes, gasp if you’d like, I sure did.  So why don’t we want these big long words in our black tubes?  Well, for starters they’re harmful to our health and can accumulate in the body and lead to an array of nastiness in our bodies, such as cancer, liver problems, hormonal disruptions, miscarriages, and birth defects…just to name a few.  Now you might be thinking, great I’m going to have to give up my magic tube of goo…But alas, have no fear we live in the 21st century, where choices are abundant and there are many natural options. 

 

Natural Mascara

Giving you the lowdown on all these natural mascaras!

 

I had some standards as I tested out mascara.  There have been some mascaras I’ve noticed some people pegging as “clean” but they had questionable ingredients.  My top recommendations are completely clean.  However, there are a few ingredients here and there in some of the other mascaras that rate a higher score on EWG.  In comparison to conventional mascaras, I think they’re pretty good.  But that’s a decision you have to make for yourself.

I wanted to dive into mascara and share why it's important to make the switch ASAP!  I've heard so many people say that mascara isn't a big deal to use conventional.  I beg to differ.  I get the one time waterproof mascara you want to use for a wedding or that special event but for the day in and day out grind- get yourself a natural mascara you love!  

*I'm also going to share some natural mascaras that I didn't love as well.  Hopefully this well help weed out the options so you can find your best natural mascara!

So what's lurking in the conventional mascara tubes?  Nothing pretty.

 

*Your eyes actually have tiny pores around the eyes and can absorb the chemicals your applying to them.

 

  • PARABENS- from Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.  These are known endocrine disruptors(hormone disruptors) and can cause allergic reactions as well as contact dermatitis.  
  • PROPYLENE GLYCOL- This includes -4, -6, -8…etc) Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant. 
  • POLYBUTENE– Derived from petroleum and is a plasticizer, used to make adhesives and in this case mascara too- yikes!
  • PEG'S– Simliar to propylene glycol, has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant.
  • SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE- Drying of the skin, skin irritant and has been linked to eczema.  Endocrine disruptor and has been found to have 1, 4 dioxane, again cancer causing. 
  • PARAFFIN- Also known as petroleum.  The manufacturing process of petroleum causes it to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane.  This ingredient has been shown to be a known carcinogen and cancer causing.  Not too mention, petroleum is a skin irritant, causing rashes and and allergic reactions. 
  • ETHANOLAMINE- These can come in other forms such as triethanolamine, or be listed as DEA, TEA, MEA. Immune and respiratory toxin.  Also, known to cause allergic reactions. Cancer causing as well because they contain nitrosamines. 
  • BHT- Derived from petroleum and used as a preservative.  Not only can it affect your hormones but it also is carcinogenic.  
  • TALC- Most talc is contaminated with asbestos unless they are third party testing it.  The only company doing that is Beautycounter.  It's associated with respiratory problems, lung cancer, asthma, and even cancer.
  • FRAGRANCE- Can cause photo-toxic reactions and can be photo-allergic.  Skin irritants, and has been known as a neurotoxin.
  • RETINYL ACETATE-  can cause liver damage, brittle nails, & hair loss just to name a few. It's also been shown in high doses to cause problems with skeletal birth defects in developing fetuses. 
  • DIAZOLIDINYL UREA- Releases formaldehyde in products. Can be found in facial moisturizers, facial cleansers, eye creams, foundations, shampoos, acne treatments, after shave, lip balms, mascara, sunless tanning products, antiperspirants/deodorants, cuticle treatments, and nail polishes.
  • ALUMINUM POWDER- This is a neurotoxin and nothing you want close to your eye.

*I can't tell you how many people after switching to a natural mascara, stopped getting styes in their eyes!  I don't think it's a coincidence.  These harmful ingredients make their way into the eye and can cause a variety of infections.  

Waterproof Mascara

I get a lot of questions on waterproof mascara options and formulas in clean beauty.  So I thought I would share how waterproof mascara is made.  To make a mascara waterproof often companies use an ingredient called dimethicone copolyol.  

*However, I wanted to hear from one of my favorite natural beauty makeup brands, Crunchi, to hear their insight into what makes a waterproof mascara formula.  

Here's what their research and development team had to say:

There are actually many different ingredient combinations that can work to make a mascara formula “waterproof”, and it is much more complex than simply adding “dimethicone copolyol” to formulate a mascara with this feature.  

Bottom line: waterproof mascara can be filled with many unknown chemicals and it's not always clear what exactly is lurking in the tube.

The more I looked into dimethicone copolyol I learned that it's a derivative of silica and it repels water.  Silicones are really important when it comes to making a waterproof mascara work.  Since we know oil and water don't mix, and silicones are made of fat(oil) this helps the mascara to stay on the lashes instead of run down your face.  You will notice in many waterproof formulas there's not water or very little and more oil. That's because oil repels the water.  That's also why it's so hard to remove waterproof mascara because it's made from oils and just water isn't going to remove it but you'll need an oil based eye makeup remover.  The problem I learned is that since waterproof mascaras are harder to remove, many people just don't.  Unfortunately, this causes bacteria to build up on the eye and can cause styes and infection.

There aren't waterproof formulations in natural mascara formulas. There are some “water resistant” formulations- but not a true waterproof formula.  Using a waterproof mascara over and over again not only causes eyelid dermatitis but can lead to drying out your eye.  Since waterproof mascara takes a while to get off, often people have to use harsher eye makeup removers to remove the mascara.  Another reason to ditch the waterproof mascara on a daily basis.

*Below I'll highlight some water resistant mascara options if waterproof mascara is your thing.

The thing is it's super easy to find a stellar formula these days. Back when I was transitioning to clean beauty(10 years ago) there was one formula…yes I repeat one formula that worked.  And even then it wasn't perfect but it was all that was out there.  These days not only can you have your cake but you can eat it too when it comes to natural mascara!  In 10 years the clean beauty industry has gone from making one ok formula to SO many.  With my help you can find your new natural mascara bestie.

Let's dive into ALL the natural mascara options- cuz' there's a lot!  I am breaking them down by formula, smudge factor, flaking, brush and price.  I have several budget friendly options that I think you'll love.  

*Oh and side note- if you're looking for a natural eye makeup remover, check out Beautycounter's!  It's the best.  Any former Mary Kay eye makeup remover lovers out there?  Yeah, I was one of them.  I loved that stuff.  Beautycounter's Instant Eye Makeup Remover reminds me of Mary Kays- so good!  Get it here.

 

After trying so many natural mascaras I must say I have 3 that really stand out for me, remember I love bigger/ fuller lashes, you might like something different:

 

Natural Mascara Picks

 

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Honest Beauty Mascara(FAVE- after trying so many I still go back to this one, it checks all the boxes for me)

Formula- Ok, so I did try this mascara when it first came out years ago and I didn’t like it.  It stung my eyes pretty bad and there wasn’t anything amazing about it.  However, they re-did the formula a couple years ago and I have to say it is completely different and I LOVE it!  This is hands down my favorite natural mascara in clean beauty currently.  I know, that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara.

Smudge factor/Flaking- Doesn’t flake or smudge!

Brush- The brush is longer and thinner, with a slight curve.

Price- $16.99 on Amazon.

Get the Mascara here!

 

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Ilia Beauty Limitless Lash Mascara(sensitive eyes)

Formula-  This is a newer natural  mascara find and I've been loving it.  They created a patented brush.  One side is for curling and the other side is for lengthening. It really does give my lashes a curl boost and makes adding length to them even easier.  The formula is a little on the wet side, but not too wet that it smudges all over.  I'm really able to build length with this mascara too.  They also have a smaller travel size too!  I love this option.  You can easily try it out without breaking the bank.

Smudge factor/Flaking- I don't have flaking with this mascara or smudging, it really stays in place.

Brush- I really like the brush for it's unique patented sides.  Having one side for length and the other side for curling.  It really works!  It's not so fat either, so makes it easy to get in the smaller corners.

Price- $28

Get your Ilia mascara here!

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Fitglow Good Lash + Mascara

Formula-  It gives my lashes volume, separation and some drama.  It definitely lifts them up and creates a lash that you can’t help but notice!  I love how you can build the formula on top of your lashes.  The formula is overall thicker but easy to apply to the lashes.  I felt the formula looked a little too worn in by the end of the day.  It didn't hold up as well as others.  It gives your lashes a dose of vitamins and antioxidants with their nourishing formula.

Smudge factor/Flaking- I did have some flaking and smudging.

Brush- The brush on it is different than any other I’ve used.  It starts out wide and then gets narrower.  Great for getting the bitty lashes in the corner of the eye.

Price- $42

Get your FitGlow mascara here!

 

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Beautycounter Volume Mascara

Formula-  The formula is drier overall and thicker.  It takes a couple coats to get the product on but one you do it really builds and you can get a thicker lash.  It doesn't give my huge vixen lashes but some good volume and pigment.

Smudge factor/Flaking- I didn't notice a lot of flaking until the tube got to the very end.  The formula seemed extra dry and it would flake easier on me. 

Brush- The brush is a larger fat brush that goes in slightly in the middle.  

Price- $29

Get the Beautycounter Volume Mascara here!

 

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Inika Long Lash Mascara(vegan)

Formula- The formula is pretty wet.  It gets better the more air gets to it.  Once I apply the first couple coats I move to the next eye and then come back to the first eye.  Then it's easier to build it up more.  It really gives great length and separation, not as much volume.

Smudge factor/Flaking- It did smudge a little if I wasn’t careful letting it dry since the formula is on the wet side.  But no flaking.

Brush- It comes with a long brush.

Price- $33

Get your mascara here!

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Crunchi Shattered Mascara(vegan)

Formula- This is Crunchi's new natural Mascara formula and it basically kicked everything up a notch!  It gives more volume, length and overall drama to the lashes.  It does this all without needing to apply several coats of mascara too.  I find one or two coats gives me instant lift and separation.  It's a very goopy formula overall- lots of product on the brush.  If you want to look like you have mascara on and have those big lashes- this is your mascara.

Smudge factor/Flaking- It does tend to flake on me by the end of the day.  Especially if I workout.  However, I've learned some tricks in getting it to stay put- check out my free download to learn my tips!

Brush- Love the brush!  It's bigger but not too big and a little smaller at the tip.  

Price- $28

Get your Crunchi Mascara here!

 

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Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara(gluten free)

Formula- The formula is drier.  It takes a few strokes to get the product on your lashes.  But once on you do you can really build it up on the ends to lengthen.  It gives my lashes separation, volume, and length.  Plus, some thickness.

Smudge factor/Flaking- Overall the smudging is minimal to none.  I don’t notice smudging as much as flakes sometimes as I’m nearing the end of the tube.  I think it's more because the formula is drying out.  It’s a good reminder to switch it out.

Brush- It comes with a thick, fat spoodle brush. Love the brush!

Price- $24

Get your Hynt Beauty Mascara here!

 

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Hush And Dotti Mascara(sensitive eyes/water resistant)

Formula- The formula is a great mix of dry and wet.  It goes on so easy and doesn’t require a ton of applications.  Gives my lashes thickness, length and separation.  A good building natural mascara. I was surprised how much I loved this one. It reminds me of Maybelline's original Great Lash Mascara. FAVE!!!

Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smear on my eyelids or flake at all.

Brush- It’s a smaller standard mascara brush.  It gets smaller towards the end of the brush. 

Price- $24

Get your Hush and Dottie Mascara here!

 

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100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara(sensitive eyes/water resistant)

Formula- This natural mascara is especially great for lengthening.  It also does an amazing job of separation.  It builds up quite well too after you let it dry for 30 seconds and go back and add some more.  It’s a wetter formula overall. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof but water resistant, which is pretty awesome for a mascara in natural beauty.

Smudge factor/Flaking- It can smear a bit if you don’t let it dry first.  Once you let it dry though it doesn’t flake.

Brush- The brush is curved a bit, thinner and longer.

Price- $25

Get your 100% Pure Mascara here!

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W3ll People Exressionist Pro Mascara(gluten free)

Formula- At first I didn’t really like this mascara but after giving it two solid weeks I really liked it.  Initially, it was hard to get the product off the brush.  In my opinion, it gets better the more air is exposed to it.  It gets a little more goopy and helps the product to be able to build on your lashes.  It didn’t give me quite as much length as I would like but definitely gave my lashes a bit of drama and thickness.  It’s not a lightweight mascara, you can see there is product on your lashes.  Overall, definitely a great product.  There is a couple ingredients in it that scored a 5 or higher on EWG.  However, they don’t seem significant enough, especially with some data gaps.  They also have a mini version of this which is great for travel and nice if you want to try it out without breaking the bank.

Smudge factor/Flaking- It didn’t flake on me until the end of the tube.  Then I noticed some flakes around my eyes.

Brush- The brush wasn’t my fave- it’s the new high tech rubber brush.  I’m more into the old spoodle brushes.

Price- $21.99

Get your W3ll People Mascara here!

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Lily Lolo Mascara(vegan)

Formula- This mascara definitely gets some good product on your lashes. It gives your lashes some drama and lift. It's more of a wetter formula.  A little harder to build the product on the lashes unless I wait a minute or two for the first coat to dry, since the formula is more wet.  The only thing I noticed was some irritation when my eyes would water-which was randomly when I had my second baby-hormones are real people!  I feel the formula got thicker and better the more I used it and air got to it.  It will make your lashes stand out for sure.  

Smudge factor/Flaking- It does smudge a little the first week or so because the formula is wetter.  However, once you use it more the formula thickens and I didn’t have a problem with smudging.

Brush- The brush is a big fat brush- just the kind I like!

Price- $19.50

Get your Lily Lolo mascara here!

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ZuZu Luxe Mascara(gluten free)

Formula- This a great everyday mascara, for someone who doesn’t want anything too dramatic.  However, it does add great color definition and builds well too.  It comes off easy at the end of the day.  It’s a great pick for those who have sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.  It isn’t going to give you the drama or vixen lashes but a great option for those wanting something a little subdued and have sensitive eyes.  I also love how easy it is to find.  They sell it at most Whole Foods and natural grocery/health food stores.

Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smudge or flake on me.

Brush- The brush is a standard mascara wand.  Not big and gets smaller at the tip of the brush.

Price- $17.60

Get your ZuZu Luze mascara here!

 

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W3ll People Expressionist Volumizing Mascara(gluten free)

Formula- I wasn't super impressed with this at first.  However, it got better as time went on, just like the original formula.  It adds a good amount of product on the lashes.  It isn't as wet as the original formula, more of a dry formula overall.  It can really build.  It gives a good amount of volume on the lashes and can build the length the more you apply on the tips of lashes.  They also have a mini version of this one, so a great idea to try out before purchasing a large one. 

Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smudge or flake on me.

Brush- The brush is a large fat brush all the way around

Price- $19.99

Get your W3ll People Expressionist Volumizing Mascara here!

 

 

Natural Mascara Fails-

 

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Zao Organic Volume Mascara-

I wasn’t impressed with it.  The formula was so wet and it left my lashes more limp than vixen.  It smudged and came off easily too.  At $33.20 a pop, I was disappointed in the overall performance of this mascara.

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RMS Beauty Volumizing Mascara-

This was probably the biggest flop.  If you’ve been around natural beauty long enough you know RMS Beauty.  Their products are so good.  However, it unfortunately didn’t translate into their mascara.  The product is almost invincible on my lashes.  I had to coat them but even then you could hardly see the product or a difference.  It flaked too.  Not worth it at $28.

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Jane Iredale Purelash Lengthening Mascara-

This is similar to RMS mascara in my opinion.  It was hard to see the product on my lashes or even notice I had on mascara, it was so subtle.  If you like your mascara to look as natural as possible then this would be your mascara.  But for me I want some drama in my lashes!  $24

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Juice Beauty Photo-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara-

This did absolutely nothing for my eyelashes- like nothing!  It’s such a wet formula and doesn’t build, add volume or anything.  Wouldn’t recommend this at all. $24

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Ere Perez Natural Almond Mascara-

This didn't do anything for my eyelashes.  It hardly gives much pigment on the lashes.  I really had to coat them several times to get anything on them.  I like to look like I'm wearing something so it didn't work for me. It claims to be waterproof too but it smudged on me.  If you like something that looks really natural and is for sensitive eyes you may like it.  Just not my cup of tea. $27.30

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Lola Lash Too Antonym Mascara

Didn't love the formula. Too wet and couldn't get any build from it.  It didn't add length or volume.  Just added some wet pigment.  It smudged too since it was so wet.  I didn't love the brush either.  $26

That sums up my mascara post!  I hope it helped you have a better idea of what mascara you should go for.  Let me know what mascara you’re loving! 

If you liked this post, check out past posts below:

 

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Sharing my favorite natural beauty mascara picks on the blog!

 

 
Natural Beauty for 2020!

Natural Beauty for 2020!

Sharing all the best for natural beauty for 2020 on the blog!  It's finally here.  Another year gone by and so many products to share.  Each year I share a glimpse into the previous year's product roundup by sharing the best of the best.  I vet each product and really scour to find what really stood out and made me stop in my tracks.  This year was no different.  I'm sharing the cream of the crop when it comes to natural beauty for 2020.  These products had me doing happy dances when I tried them!  

If reading my picks wasn't enough I'm sharing my friend and fellow clean beauty blogger Lisa from This Organic Girl's picks too!  She has the same high standards.  It's always fun to see what she picks!  You might even find that there are a couple similar products we love.  Check out her post here.

We both will be sharing our top 10 products for natural beauty for 2020, plus we even have some bonus faves that we couldn't not add to the list…I mean once a beauty junkie, always a beauty junkie.  These are faves that haven't changed over the last year or so.  

But it gets even better!  We are each giving away our top 10 to one lucky winner!  That's two winners!  Enter to win my top 10 faves below and don't forget to head to Lisa's blog post to enter to win her faves there too.

Without further adieu- let's check out the best of the best for 2020.

 

Maya Chia Review

Maya Chia makes natural skincare products that give results- The Straight A Serum is no different!

 

Maya Chia Straight A Serum

So the Straight A Serum launched in 2020 and basically took the natural beauty realm by storm!  It was the first product that came to mind for the best of natural beauty for 2020.  This isn't just another serum.  It's a serum that means business and gets results…quickly.  I have been using this for a while and definitely can speak to the overall experience of it.  My skin looks brighter, more even and overall alive and not dull.  I use it at night. It contains the plant retinol bakuchiol which I’ve used before in other skincare products and it also contains moth bean extract- another plant derived retinol.  But it doesn't stop there.  The formula also has an advanced retinol using an encapsulated Retinol.  This is a derivative of Vitamin A without BHT.  BHT has been shown to cause live damage in rats- even in small amounts.  Conventional retinol typically contains BHT.   Plus, the supply chain with BHT is very unstable.  

Besides the powerful retinols it also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  These brighten the skin and help fade hyperpigmentation.  You’re also going to get some serious hydration from this serum as well with Buriti oil, and chia seed oil.   I can't tell you how many people have used this and have become sold overnight- literally.   A skin changing serum for sure!  Don't forget to check out my full Maya Chia review here. Check out The Straight A Serum here.

 

Natural Beauty Brands

This Body Prophet is what body moisturizer dreams are made of!

 

Free + True Body Prophet

I discovered this stand out body lotion in a Beauty Heroes box.  If you are a natural beauty lover then you'll want to check out this box.  They deliver the best of the best in natural beauty to your doorstep each month for a fraction of the cost.  Subscribe here.  Anyways, I instantly fell for this luxe body lotion after one application.

They actually call it a body serum.  In my mind it's a cross between a body oil and a lotion- it's like a creamy lotion/oil.  Whatever, you want to call it, it's so good.  I literally finished the whole bottle and was scraping the insides for more.  For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal!  I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application.  I also love how it smells- with hints of ylang ylang, rosemary and pomegranate.  Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming.  Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin like olive leaf extract which is 2.5 times higher in antioxidants that Vitamin C or E.  It also has pumpkin seed oil, aloe vera juice and sea buckthorn berry.   The overall feel is so lightweight.  It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.  I want another bottle stat!  If you’re looking for a new body lotion- this is it.  Get it here!

 

I've been wearing these Ilia Chromatic Liquid Eyeshadows everyday!

 

Ilia Liquid Chromatic Eye Serums

These came out in the fall of 2020 and let's just say we quickly became besties.  It was love at first swipe!  If you've been in natural beauty for a minute then you know it's hard to find a liquid eye shadow that lasts and doesn't fade.  I hadn't found one until these showed up.  They come in a tube that looks like lip gloss but there's no gloss inside, instead there's a creamy consistency that swipes on the eye effortlessly.  I apply the product right on my eye and then use my finger to blend in.  They blend in so easy!  The best part?  They stay put the WHOLE day.  Yes, not like typical liquid shadow these stand the test of time.  I love applying them underneath powdered shadows too.  It really helps the color to pop even more and gives the powdered shadow something to adhere too.  They are a great eyeshadow primer!  

I have four colors, Glean, Mythic, Sheen and Fresco- all gorgeous and layer so well on top of each other.  I've even used the lightest shade Glean as a highlighter!  Works so well.  I highlight the typical areas of my face- cupid's bow, middle of forehead, upper cheekbone, bridge of nose and middle of chin.  I love how they can be used for multiple things.  Can't recommend them enough!  Check out more Ilia products I love here.  Get them here.

 

This mask has been in heavy rotation in my skincare routine!

 

Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel

 This is another favorite that launched this past fall from Alpyn Beauty.  Read my review here of some of their other stellar products– you could say I'm obsessed with the line!  Had to include it in the natural beauty for 2020 post.  I remember opening the lid and instantly falling in love with the scent- SO good.  It smells like berry pie!  I want to eat it- trust me one whiff and you'll understand what I mean.

It leaves your skin smooth, hydrated and soft- all within 5 minutes.  It's a mask, a peel and a polish all in one.  If you've been wanting one product that does it all look no further.  The blend of antioxidant rich wild huckleberry and white willow bark instantly give your skin glow worthy results.  It also boasts a proprietary AHA/BHA blend of Citric, Malic, Tartaric, Glycolic, Azelaic, Ferulic & Lactic Acids.  It’s a mini facial in a jar.  Perfect before putting on makeup for the day to get the smoothest makeup application or at night to unwind and set your skin up for success at night.  If you're a skincare minimalist this could be your new jam since it does so many things.  Smooth radiant skin has never been easier.  I love applying this at night and waking up to smooth, glowing skin.  But I also love using it first thing in the morning to really get my skin moving and radiant.  Get it here! 

 

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This cleanser does it all!

 

Beuti Skincare Pomegranate Glow Enzyme Cleanser 

So I have to give a huge shout out to one of my favorite clean beauty stores Aillea.  They sent me this cleanser and let's just say I was so impressed after the first use.  This is what I expect from my cleanser.  I want it to remove all my makeup and not leave any residue- this includes mascara.  I want to be able to just rinse it off with water and not have to use a washcloth.  Now most oil cleansers you need a washcloth and I'm not saying I don't love oil cleansers but overall I prefer a cleanser that doesn't require an extra step like using a washcloth in this season of my life(hello 1 year old, a 4 year old and a 6 year old).  So you can imagine my delight when I used this cleanser for the first time and it removed all my makeup- yes even the stubborn mascara rinsed off with water.  Plus, my skin still felt hydrated and had a subtle glow to it.  

It's a 3-in-1 cleanser.  I guess you could say I was into the multi-use products this last year! Not only does it act as a cleanser but also gently exfoliates with enzymes as well.  It can also be used as a facial mask if you leave it on for 5-10 minutes.  The best of all the worlds!   So if you're needing a good cleanser, gentle exfoliant, mask- look no further!  I'm also a huge fan of the Beuti Sleep Elixir as well.  Kate Middleton is obsessed too- just sayin'. Get the Beuti Glow Enzyme Cleanser here!

This is a skin game changer!

 

Beautycounter All Bright C Serum

Natural beauty for 2020 wouldn't be complete without the Beautycounter All Bright C Serum.  Beautycounter came out with this in the spring and it sold out right away.  This Vitamin C Serum is packed with all the things!  You apply this serum first thing in the morning before you apply your makeup.  It helps to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and environmental damage.  It’s filled with a 10% stable blend of Vitamin C that helps to brighten your complexion, while also reducing dark spots.  It also has camu camu and tumeric, heavy hitting antioxidants that help protect your skin from new hyperpigmentation.  My skin is brighter and younger looking.  If you’ve tried it then you know!  Perfect for anyone wanting to take their skincare to the next level.  Get it here!

I've gotten so many people hooked!  Their response is, “My skin looks so bright and even.”  I couldn't agree more.  My skin loves it.  I love the fresh smell too.  When it comes to Vitamin C serums this is one you're going to want to have in your skincare arsenal.  I apply mine after cleansing and toning in the morning before my moisturizer.  Get it here!

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure's Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!

 

Primally Pure Deodorants

This has been a long time fave when it comes to natural deodorant.  If you've been around the natural beauty scene for any length of time then you know finding a deodorant that works can be hard.  Primally Pure solves the problem!  They take the natural deodorant cake in all areas.  From affordable price, squeaky clean ingredients, and smell good scents that don't irritate the skin.  Overall, the formula works so well!  They have a couple blog posts that really help understand natural deodorant.  Check out what you need to know about using natural deodorant and also their blog post on the science of natural deodorant and why their formula works so well. 

My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant.  I love their Blue Tansy.  Although I tried the Charcoal and I have to say I would use that any day too!  It's crazy because the more I tell people about their deodorants, the more feedback I hear on how amazing they are.  It seems to work for the majority of people.

If you haven't been able to get your husband to make the switch I recommend grabbing him a Primally Pure Deodorant.  The Formula goes on so smooth and doesn't cause any irritation.  I smell fresh all day long.  The Blue Tansy smell is just so good!  I also love how the charcoal smells minty fresh- I'm here for all the mint!  Check out all their deodorant scents here.

 

Natural Beauty Brands

This is your new favorite foundation! It feels like your skin but offers great coverage…Skin Twin has my heart!

 

Beautycounter Skin Twin Foundation

Since this just came out from Beautycounter and I can't stop using it!  It's such an amazing formula.  They've been working on it for quite some time and they did not disappoint.  Filled with skin loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid that literally give your skin a surge of hydration and draw moisture to your skin.  It offers buildable coverage. So you can opt for a more lightweight feel or you can apply more product and get more of a full coverage look.  It doesn't feel like you're wearing anything!  It truly lives up to it's name- Skin Twin.  Your skin but enhanced.  It gives you an overall polished look without look cakey or heavy.  I apply the foundation after I've applied my oils or moisturizers.  It glides on so smoothly.  I wear the color 340 with self tanner and 310 if I'm not wearing self tanner.  Check it out here!

 

Clean beauty brands

This exfoliant does it all and leaves your skin smooth and glowing!

 

Mukti Organics 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant

My clean beauty skincare routine just got a whole lot better with this product this past year!  I was introduced to it back in April’s Beauty Heroes box and I haven’t been able to stop using it- obsessed!  The exfoliant had me basically after the first application but sold me the more I used it.  This has a combination of fruit acids that help loosen and rid the intracellular bonds, while encouraging collagen production.  Then once the fruit acids do their thing, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles remove the dead skin.  I use this in the morning first thing on damp skin.  I rub in circular motions.  Then brush my teeth. Once I'm done I rinse it off.  My skin feels so smooth and radiant!  I use it twice a week.  If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first and then see how your skin does.  It smells amazing too!  Like fresh lime juice and it’s this beautiful emerald green.  This has been on repeat in my skincare routine!  You will be addicted.  Check it out here!

 

The Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner was a product that had me coming back for more!

 

Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner

I posted my full organic shampoo post this last year.  The Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner was one shampoo and conditioner I could't shake- it was so good!  What I loved about it was the fact that I could use it on my fine/thin hair and love it and my sister could use it on her thick hair and it work just as well. This is great for any hair type.  Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way.  Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean.  It doesn't have a scent!  It is made for the most sensitive scalps.  I love that it doesn't have a scent. I've found a lot of people are sensitive to scent near their head especially.   It's also pretty budget friendly for a clean shampoo- $19.99!  Super impressed with the ingredients.  They really hit it out of the park with this one.  Especially great if you don't do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!

 

These natural beauty products have been standouts for years!

 

I couldn't let the natural beauty of 2020 post be complete without sharing some bonus faves that continue to rock my world year after year!

  • Josh Rosebrook Hair- The best natural hairspray I’ve found peeps-let it be known! I love the smell!  It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender.  I love knowing exactly what I’m breathing in, no hidden fragrance!  Second, it doesn’t goop up when you spray.  It actually has a mist feel.  Yeah, pretty cool.  Lastly, it just works.  With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn’t get crunchy…you know what I’m talking about.  It’s just good stuff.  I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray.  You need it, trust me!  Grab it here!
  • Honest Beauty Mascara- This is hands down my favorite natural mascara in clean beauty currently.  I know, that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara.  It doesn't smudge by the end of the day either- it's a win/win overall.  Get it here!
  • Innersense Whipped Creme Texturizer- I use this product everyday on my girl’s hair, on my hair and my hub’s uses it, I'm even using it on my little guy now!  You could say it’s well loved.  It helps to define curls, eliminate frizz and smooth hair, as well as add a bit of texture.  I love using it on my hair after I curl it to leave it with some texture, and give it a tousled look.  Can’t recommend it enough!  We can't be without it in our house. Get it here.
  • Live Botanical Glowing Honey Mask- This mask began my love affair with Live Botanical.  I love it!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  I apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week. Use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off at Live Botanical.  Shop here!
  • Beautycounter Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick- I love how these feel on my lips.  They're hydrating, give a slight sheen and give the perfect subtle pop of color.  They are the everyday lip product you won't want to stop wearing.  I have Rose, Lilac Petal and Rosewood. Check them out here!

 

Don't forget to enter to win my top 10 faves of 2020 below!

 

If you liked this post, check out past posts below:

 

Best Nontoxic Cookware

Best Natural Beauty Concealers

Natural Mascara

 

 

Sharing the best of natural beauty for 2020 on the blog!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Sales

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Sales

I've got the lowdown on all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday natural holiday sales for 2020!  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.  This is it when it comes to Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Sales!

*I listed them in order of category.  So Natural Beauty, Natural Home, etc.

 

All the Black Friday and Cyber Monday natural beauty and natural living sales.

 

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Natural Holiday Sales

 

 

*NATURAL BEAUTY

 

Beautycounter- Sale starts November 16th- November 29th.

*15% off sitewide + free shipping over $50.

  • Holiday Sets- No one knows what they're bringing back after holiday, so it's a good time to snag anything you think you might want! I'm obsessed with the Golden Hour All In One Palette, The Countertime Deluxe Mini Set(not on sale but had to mention it because they only brought it back for the holidays), Ultimate Renewal Bath Set, The Jellies, Beyond Gloss Trio and Holiday Hand Cream Trio. 
  • Eyeshadow Palettes- I've been around the block in green beauty for a good while- 10 years and these are the best eyeshadows I've used!  They stay on so well and are highly pigmented.  Trust me- you'll get it when you try them. I have all the palettes and love them!  There are 3 palettes- Classic, Statement, and Romantic.
  • Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipsticks- I love how these feel on my lips.  They're hydrating, give a slight sheen and give the perfect subtle pop of color.  I have Rose, Lilac and Petal.
  • Countertime Line- I feel like a broken record but this natural anti-aging line with plant-derived retinols is literally the best!  I love all the products from the line.  The Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Essence, Supreme Cream and Tripeptide Radiance Serum.

Shop Beautcounter here!

 

True Botanicals- They'll be giving 20% off site-wide Friday (11/20) through Monday (11/30).

Check out my full True Botanical's Review here.

  • 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- These smell so good and are easy to have in your purse.  They have 3 different scents all made with essential oils.
  • Pure Radiance Oil- This is a rich oil that is full of antioxidants to combat fine lines but also hydrates the skin so well.
  • Mask Collection- I have all three of their masks and have to say they are standouts.  I have a whole mask review here.

Shop True Botanicals here!

 

Credo Beauty- Friday Nov. 27th- Monday Nov. 30th

*Spend $125 or more and get a free gift!

Shop Credo here!

 

The Detox Market- Black Friday Sale begins Nov. 24th- ends Nov. 29th at 11:50 pm PST. 

Spend $100 get $15 off
Spend $200 Get $30 off + OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm GWP value ($48 USD)
Spend $400 Get $80 off + OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm ($48 USD) & Detox Mode Body Scrub ($35 USD) GWPs

*Cyber Monday Sale runs Nov. 30 at 00:01 am PST to 11:50 pm PST. 
Spend $100 get $15 off
Spend $200 Get $30 off + OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm GWP value ($48 USD)
Spend $400 Get $80 off + OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm ($48 USD) & Detox Mode Body Scrub ($35 USD) GWPs

Shop The Detox Market Here!

 

Aillea-  Sale starts November 24th- November 30th.

20% online and in stores. Online code: HOLIDAY. 
 
Certain brands excluded (Josh Rosebrook, Kypris, May Lindstrom, Vintner’s Daughter). All sales final. Gift cards excluded. Cannot be applied to previous purchases or other offers. 
  • 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 Chromatic Liquid Shadows- Obsessed with these! They are the newest launch from Ilia and so good.  They stay put the whole day and don't smudge.
  • 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- Now through November 30th.

25% OFF Entire Orders with Code; GETREADY! Plus Free Shipping over $45!  The sale I anticipate will get better as it gets closer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • 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!

 

Ursa Major- Black Friday- Cyber Monday

20% off!  Use Code: Fresh20

  • Golden Hour Recovery Cream- This cream feels amazing on the skin!  So hydrating and great for winter skin types.  Soaks right in and budget friendly.
  • Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask- Perfect mask when you want to brighten up the skin in 3 minutes- does the job so well!
  • Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant- My hubs and I are obsessed with this deodorant.  Doesn't stain our clothes either.

Shop all of Ursa Major here!

 

The Choosy Chick- Nov. 25th-Nov. 30th.

*15% off (no min. order) storewide with code: THANKFUL.  They will be also offering mystery door buster prizes with orders $20+ Wednesday-Friday.
 
  • Quick Flick- This is a genius product!  It’s a stamp on one end and then the other end is similar to a sharpie marker tip- so easy to use compared to the paint brush applicators out there.  You just stamp it on your eye to create that winged look and then you can fill it in with the other side- so amazing!  It stays on great too! 
  • Eco Tan- I love this self tanner for body and for face.  It looks so natural and doesn’t smell funky.  Can’t recommend it enough!  Who doesn’t want to look bronzed in the winter?! 
  • Kosmatology Hand Soaps- I love these hand soaps!  They are literally the best in clean beauty.  They smell good and are squeaky clean.  I also love that they’re foaming soaps.  My hands never get dried out.  

Shop all The Choosy Chick here!

 

Live Botanical- Nov. 26th-Nov.30th

*25% off site wide- use code: WINTERMAGIC

  • Luna Glowing Rose and Honey Mask- This mask is amazing! I talk about it all the time- my skin seriously glows!
  • Sanctuary Barrier Balm- This balm is so good.  It helps to protect your skin from the elements and seal in hydration.  Perfect for sensitive skin.
  • First Light Brightening Oil- This is so luxurious and gives your skin an overall brightness.  So hydrating, it seeps in so well into the skin.

Shop Live Botanical here!

 

Leahlani- November 27th, through Monday November 30th.  

*Save 20% off everything!

Spend $100 receive a baby Bless Balm ( $33 value ) Spend $200 receive a baby Bless Balm, and a full-size Meli Glow ( $87 value )

Shop Leahlani here!

 

Follain- Black Friday- Cyber Monday

20% off + FREE Shipping on all order! (No code required)

  • Follain Everything Soap- Love this soap!  I buy the large refills and then refill their glass jars- they look so chic.
  • All the “It” brands!  OSEA, Osmia, Ilia, Ursa Major!

Shop Follain here!

 

Primally Pure- Nov. 26th-Nov. 30th

*Spend $75 get $10 off

*Spend $100 get $20 off

*Spend $150 get $35 off

Plus FREE SHIPPING on all purchases!

They have the best deodorants! My hubs loves the charcoal one and I love the blue tansy scent.  They really work so well!  I also love their simplified skincare products and dry shampoo.

Shop all of Primally Pure here!

 

Osmia-  TBD

  • 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-  

*Black Friday- November 24th- November 28th: Shoppers can use code THINKCLEAN19 to save 30% off their total Kosmatology product purchase, including gift boxes.

*Cyber Monday- November 29th-30th: Shoppers can save 20% off their total product purchase with code CYBER20 and save even bigger with FREE shipping on orders over $50 with code SHIPFREE20!

Shop Kosmatology here!

 

Laurel- Friday Nov. 27th- Monday Nov. 30th. SHE ONLY HAS ONE SALE A YEAR!  

*20% off using code: THANKFUL.

She also has some free gifts with purchase. Free full-size Eye Serum ($72 value) with $300 purchase. Free full-size Honey Rose Spice Mask ($72 value) with $400 purchase.

Check out my full Laurel review here!

Shop Laurel here!

 

Vert Beauty- Nov. 26th- Dec. 1st

*Vert is offering 20% off + Deluxe Samples 
Sale excludes  Josh Rosebrook, One Love Organics and Vintner's Daughter. Samples available while supplies last. 

They have it all when it comes to clean beauty brands- a one stop shop!

  • Leahlani- Mermaid Mask, Honey Love and Cleansing Oil
  • Kosas- Lipsticks, Tinted Facial Oil, Revealer Concealer.
  • Bluh Alchemy- Multi-C Serum, Eye Oil Serum and Botanic Retinol.

Shop all of Vert Beauty here!

 

Integrity Botanicals Nov. 24th- Nov. 30th

*10% off any order use code: BLACK10

*15% off any order over $100 use code: BLACK15

*20% off any order over $200 use code: BLACK20

  • Fitglow Beauty- Love their lip serums, concealer and night lip serum.
  • Chocolate Sun- Love this self tanner! Use it for my face and body.  Doesn't smell funky and looks natural.
  • Discount does not include the following brands: Josh Rosebrook, La Bella Figura, Kypris, May Lindstrom & Vintner’s Daughter.  Does not apply to gift card purchases.

Shop Integrity Botanicals here!

 

Evolvh- Black Friday-Cyber Monday

*Spend Up to $100- Get 10% off

*Spend Up to $101-$199- Get 15% off

*Spend $200+ – Get 20% off

Also, Black Friday Only get all Healthy Hair Trios for $65!

  • UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner- This is one of the best clean shampoos and conditioners on the market!  It works.
  • Wonderbalm for Curls- This works great for curly hair, helps to defrizz.
  • Superfinishing polishing balm- Great for helping to define curls, smooth straight styles.

Shop all of Evolvh here!

 

Aleavia- Nov. 27th-Nov. 29th

*30% off use code: BF2020

  • Love their Enzymatic Body Cleanse and Face Wash! They also help balance the ph of the skin, all while conditioning it.  They feed the good bacteria on the skin, instead of stripping the skin like most body washes.

Shop all of Aleavia here!

 

OSEA- Nov. 25th-Nov. 30th

*Free full size hyaluronic sea serum with purchase of $135 or more

  • Atmosphere Protection Cream- This protection cream is one of the best.  It feels so hydrating for everyday wear and not greasy at all.
  • Ocean Cleanser- This Ocean Cleanser is one of my favorites! It emulsifies just enough to get all the makeup and grime from the day off but doesn't feel stripping. 

Shop OSEA here!

 

Mahalo- Nov. 27th-29th

15% off!  

  • Unveil Cleanser- This creamy balm cleanser feels so luxurious on the skin!  It slightly emulsifies to leave the skin feeling hydrated and smooth.  Unlike any cleanser I've used.
  • The Bean Antioxidant Mask- This is one of my fave masks!  It helps to lighten sun spots and hyperpigmentation and give the skin an overall glow.

Shop Mahalo here!

 

Erin's Faces- Nov. 28th-Nov.30th

20% off using code: WARMFUZZIES + EVERYTHING OVER $49 SHIPS FREE!

  • Matcha Mascara- absolutely love their mascara!  Gives you beautiful lashes.

Shop all of Erin's Faces here!

 

The Boxwalla box delivers some serious clean beauty each month!

 

*NATURAL BEAUTY BOXES

 

Beauty Heroes-  Nov. 24th- Nov. 30th

Black Friday/Cyber Monday-

OFFER:  20% OFF EVERYTHING*, plus receive full-size gifts with purchase!
 
Spend $125+: Get a LILFOX Gelsomino Lip Butter
Spend $300+: Also get a Free+True Body Prophet
Spend $500+: Also get a Leahlani Honey Love 
 
*Discount will be automatically applied at checkout, no code necessary.
As always, Josh Rosebrook and Vintner's Daughter are excluded. 
Gifts are available while supplies last.

Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

Boxwalla- They are such a special curated natural beauty box!  

*They have curated a range of holiday sets starting at $29.95 to $64.95 for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. 

Shop Boxwalla here!

 

The Clean Beauty Box- Sale starts 11/24- 11/30. 

*20% off entire store with code: GRATITUDE20.  Plus, a 6 piece GWP worth $115 included with all orders $200+. 

Get the Clean Beauty Box here! They offer a bi-monthly box featuring some of the best natural beauty products. Plus they offer tons of “IT” clean beauty brands.

The Clean Beauty Box here!

This 360 cookware is made of USA made pure stainless steel.

 

*NATURAL HOME

 

Berkey Water Filter- 

This is the water filter I've had for over 7 years- it filters it all out, even fluoride.

*Save up to 30% on Berkey filter bundles! Sign up here to get access to all their deals!

*Sale only happens once a year!  

Shop Berkey here!

 

Purity CoffeeStarts Black Friday

20% off + Free shipping(automatically applied at checkout)

*Also, you can use my coupon code: gurlgonegreen on top of the 20% to save even more! 

This is hands down my favorite organic coffee!  It's not only organic, but also mold and mycotoxin free as well. And it tastes amazing!  Read me full Purity Coffee and what makes them different here.

Shop Purity Coffee here!

 

360 Cookware- Starts Nov.22- Nov. 30th

This nontoxic stainless steel cookware really performs so well! I discovered this last year and haven't been able to put it down.  

*I have a full review here on what makes it different.

*Use code: GURLGONEGREEN25 FOR 25% off!

Shop all of 360 Cookware here!

 

Caraway Cookware- 

This is a ceramic cookware that I discovered this year as well.  It really performs more like a conventional pot or pan would. 

Check out my full review here.

*PROMO:
10% off orders of $225-$449
15% off orders of $450-$524
20% off orders of $525+ 

Shop Caraway here!

 

Solo Stove Black Friday-Cyber Monday

*Get 30% off fire pits! 

My hubs also got this for his birthday from my parents and loves it.  He’s had this for about 5 months.  He has the Yukon fire pit- which is their largest fire pit.  What makes Solo Stove Fire Pits unique is their ability to burn almost smokeless.  Their unique venting system and design allows it to do this.  Plus, it looks sleek and easy to keep clean and looking tidy- something important for me!  We’ve had some great memories around the fire pit.  A great gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  

Shop Solo Stove here! 

 

ChiliSleep- 

I got this as a gift for my husband's birthday and he is officially obsessed!  Best gift ever he told me. He always would get hot, so this is the perfect gift. 

*Take 20% OFF any sleep system with code: holidoze. 

Now you might be wondering what a Chilipad is, or an Ooler Sleep System.  Allow me to explain.  It is a topper that goes underneath your sheets, and on top of your mattress to deliver cooling temperatures to your body.  It is a thermal delivery system that uses a water-based hydronic pad that keeps you cool at night so you can have better sleep.  They have the original Chilipad and the Ooler Sleep System.  The Ooler Sleep System includes all that the Chilipad offers but some added functions.  You fill a tank with water and it runs it through the pad delivering cooling temperatures with it.  Before I get into the Ooler Chilipad review I wanted to share a few more things with you about the sleep systems.  Read my full review here.

Shop ChiliSleep here!

 

Almond Cow-Black Friday- Cyber Monday

*Get $35 off your Almond Cow purchase!

This is my favorite way to make nut milk! It makes it so easy! Does it all for you. They have one sale a year on Cyber Monday.

Check out Almond Cow here!

 

Sol Organix Organic Sheets- 

Love their sheets for all seasons.  Check out my full review here.

30% OFF using code: BF2020 for Black Friday.

  • Love their percale sheets and sateen sheets!  

Shop SOL Organix here!

 

White Lotus Home Organic Pillows and Organic Mattresses- 

25% off using code: BETTERSLEEP

Read my review here of their pillows.

  • We have their twin size organic mattress for my 6 year old!
  • We all have their pillows and love them!  My hubs and I love their shredded latex pillows and my girls love their kapok pillows.

Shop White Lotus Home Here!

 

My Green Mattress- Nov. 13th- Nov. 30th. 

A great budget friendly organic mattress!

Their biggest savings of the year!  Offering up to $250 off their certified organic mattresses and 20% off on all accessories with code: HOLIDAY.

Shop all of My Green Mattress here!

 

Branch Basics- Nov. 27th- Nov. 30th

*20% off all kits use code: GURLGONEGREEN. 

Can’t recommend Branch Basics enough if you’re looking for an all in one cleaning kit to purchase to swap all your toxic cleaning products over to natural ones.  They make it so easy!  You buy this kit here and then you have one cleaning solution you use to make each bottle of cleaner.  You add water and the solution to make each cleaning solution.  From window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even foaming hand soap.  Plus they also have a product called an Oxygen Boost.  

Shop Branch Basics here!

 

Smoothie Box- TBD

I love that their smoothies are organic, low in sugar and have a healthy balance of protein and fat. 

Shop Smoothie Box here!

 

Minted- 

I'm obsessed with Minted! I've gotten my holiday cards through them the last 3 years, just got my full collage of photos in the mail to hang on the wall and love their stationary.  Plus, they have a brand new membership program that is amazing!

  • I love these photo gifts. They literally do all the work for you.  All you have to do is hang them up!  Saves this mama so much time.
  • Minted Holiday Cards- They look so chic and have so many designs to choose from.  Plus, I get mine printed on recycled paper- win/win!
  • Minted More- is the membership program that boasts 30% off holiday cards, 20% off other Minted products year round, free shipping and a limited edition selection of handpicked design delights from our community of independent artists (valued at $160). The cost for Minted More membership is just $38 annually. 

Shop all of Minted here!

 

Dr. Wholeness Supplements-  

This is my go to brand for so many supplements.  

They're offering a triple threat bundle: ImmuneV2, NAC, and Vitamin D3+K2 for $75 plus free shipping with code: TRIPLETHREAT

Shop Dr. Wholeness here!

 

Seeking Health-  TBD

Love these supplements!  Formulated by Dr. Ben Lynch, they are third party verified and legit!

Shop all of Seeking Health here!

 

That sums up my Black Friday/Cyber Monday natural holiday sales!  See anything you love? What are you getting this year? Also, don't forget to check out my gift guides!  I have 3 already and several more coming. Check them out below!

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Sharing the best natural living and beauty holiday sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Best Natural Body Oil

Best Natural Body Oil

Sharing the best natural body oil products in this post!  I've been testing and testing for quite some time and I've rounded out the best of the best when it comes to natural body oil products.  I have luxe options as well as some budget friendly options that won't break the bank.  Before we dive into my top recommendations I wanted to share the importance of choosing a natural body oil.  

Often people assume a body oil contains just a few random natural oils and there isn't much to be concerned about.  It's true that a body oil contains much simpler ingredients than a body lotion. A body oil doesn't typically require a preservative because it doesn't contain water. However, some companies might include a preservative in the oil when it's diluted with water.  This is a red flag in my opinion when you see water in a body oil as it's not a true oil moisturizer and usually is a cheaper body oil that's trying to cut corners.  When you add water to formulas it poses the risk of bacteria growing that is why you see preservatives always in a body lotion, more than a body oil since body lotions contain water.  Unless you're actively reading the labels of all your products, body oil can actually contain a list of harmful ingredients you don't want to be slathering on your body everyday.  

For me that's where the real harm comes in.  The consistency in which you use a product.  When you're using a body oil everyday, the toxic load can build up.  This can have a big impact on your overall health if you're not careful.  Since body oil and body lotion is applied on a large portion of our bodies, the exposure can be that much greater due to the surface area.  Add that in with how a body oil is applied everyday and you've got a recipe for harmful chemicals to build up.

According to the CDC:

Dermal absorption is the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body. Studies show that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker, and in some cases, may represent the most significant exposure pathway. -CDC

I think we often think about exposure in terms of food or even cleaning chemicals, but not the everyday products we put on our skin- like body oil.  This can present a problem as these are the products we are literally touching with are hands and applying to our bodies everyday.  As you can see, the importance of reading labels becomes even more important when it comes to our beauty products.

You may have heard the quote: 

Your skin absorbs 60% of whatever we put on it. 

Some say it's not exactly 60% others say more.  Whatever exact number it is, we know one thing is for sure, our body does absorb some of what we put on it.  There have even been studies done on the umbilical cords of newborn babies that have found over 200 harmful pollutants and chemicals in the umbilical cord according to the Environmental Working Group.

In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage. -EWG

Are bells going off in your head?  Did you see where they found consumer product ingredients in the umbilical cord?  Pretty crazy.  That means not only did the products the mother applied to your body, cross her skin, but all the way into the umbilical cord.  There are many chemicals made today that are specifically put in a product because it helps other ingredients penetrate even further into your skin.  Let's deep dive into some of the ingredients you don't want to see in your body oil or body lotion.

Ingredients to avoid in body oil-

  • Parabens-(This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl-) Pretty common in most skincare products.  Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty. They are added to body lotions to help preserve the product.
  • Petroleum/Mineral Oil- Reports they are cancer-causing. Can be found in body oil products and lotions. Can cause skin irritation from rashes and has been linked to cancer.
  • Fragrance- Can cause photo-toxic reactions and can be photo-allergic.  Skin irritant, and has been known as a neurotoxin. Can really be found in anything if you don’t read the label but especially common in body oil and lotion.  This word alone can contain up to 700 chemicals.  The FDA doesn't regulate it, all they ask is that companies list fragrance.  With fragrance also comes phthalates
  • Propylene Glycol & PEG’s-(This includes -4, -6, -8…etc) Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant. This ingredient actually helps other ingredients penetrate your skin more.  So not only are you getting exposed to this harmful chemical but you're also helping other harmful chemicals dive deeper into your skin!
  • BHA & BHT– Are known hormone disruptors, carcinogen, and have been linked to liver damage.  They are in body oil products or lotion to preserve the product.
  • Canola Oil- Now this might not be toxic to your body topically but most canola oil produced is genetically modified(GMO) and is inflammatory when ingested.  I've seen this on so called natural brands.  If you see this on a label be weary of a company.  This is cheap way to produce a body oil.  Who wants to be rubbing GMO's all over their skin?  Not me!
  • Stearalkonium Chloride– Reproductive toxicity, potential negative effects on the nervous system and cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
  • FD&C Dyes(artificial dyes)- This is a little bit of a grey area.  I wanted to address it because I've actually seen artificial dyes in body products and it concerns me.  I do use some products with artificial dyes, however it's only with makeup- a body lotion does not need color!  But again it’s important to know the sourcing and to consider the amount.  Many makeup colors cannot be made without the use of synthetic colors.  The amount in most formulations is literally less than 1%- if you think of how big a tube of lipstick is that means the formulation contains less than 1% of synthetic color.  I’m ok with a little synthetic color.  I know some people aren’t.  You have to make that decision for yourself.  I wanted to bring it up because I don’t want to be rubbing synthetic dyes over my whole body- there's no need.  The reason it’s in makeup is because it serves a purpose. 

 

Body Oil Vs. Body Lotion + Application-

Now you might wonder why you should use a body oil over a body lotion, or what the difference is?  Allow me to explain.  A body oil is similar to what are own skin naturally produces to hydrate our skin. It basically mimics our own skin oils, so as we apply body oils to our skin.  An oil is best after you shower and your skin is still slightly damp.  It will help lock in moisture and really seal it in. If water isn't on your skin when you apply an oil it will likely sit on top of the skin and feel greasy.  That's why it's important to add an oil to slightly damp skin.  Also, be sure you're not using too much!  Often people complain of greasy skin after applying a body oil but it's because they've applied too much.  A little goes a long way when using a body oil.  

A lotion is going to penetrate the skin deeper because of the water content in them.  As they go deeper into the skin they are able to bring other nutrients with them.  It really comes down to personal preference on whether you prefer a body oil or body lotion.  I like using a combination of both.

Also, different oils are meant to do different things for the skin.  Some absorb more easily, others can take a little more time.  Bottom line is not every oil is created equal.  Body oils can also be very relaxing and calming too.  Many of them contain essential oils that help to calm and soothe the skin.  A body oil can also repair the skin too.  Many oils are known for helping to fade hyperpigmentation, stretch marks and redness.  Body oils can also be used as a natural perfume.  Many of them contain essential oils and as the essential oils are diffused in the oil it really prolongs their scent, compared to if the essential oils were by themselves.  This is one of my favorite ways to add a little scent to myself without spritzing on a traditional perfume.  It is lighter overall.

Best Body Oils For Skin-

What are the best body oils for your skin?  I get this question a lot.  There are definitely some oils that are made specifically for the skin. 

  • Jojoba Oil- This oil is so similar to our bodies own oils that it's a perfect skincare oil.  A very hydrating oil, plus it contains Vitamin E too.  This oil is also non-comedogenic so it's not going to clog your pores.
  • Rosehip Oil- This oil is naturally very soothing. It contains both Vitamins C and A.  It helps reduce redness, help fight sun damage, and brightens skin.
  • Argan Oil- Known for evening oil skin tone, hydrating, help improve overall elasticity.  Good for stretch marks and scars.
  • Sesame Oil- It's anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, also an oil filled with antioxidants.  Vitamin E is rich in sesame oil which can help with free radical damage from environmental factors.
  • Avocado Oil- Rich in chlorophyll which naturally brightens the skin.  Very hydrating and helps relieve inflammation.  Also, can speed up wound healing.
  • Olive Oil- Great for sensitive skin.  It is rich in fatty acids, it is a natural humectant that draws moisture to your skin. Contains antioxidants Vitamin E and K. 
  • Sunflower Seed Oil- Contains stearic acids which are great for toning and tightening the skin. Great for sensitive skin and very hydrating.
  • Almond Oil- Has Vitamins, A, E and B which help to help to seal moisture into the skin.  Very hydrating and nourishing oil.  It also is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce puffiness around the eye area.  Also, great for skin tone. 
  • Macademia Nut Oil- A great rich oil that doesn't feel greasy, melts right into the skin.  Also, anti-inflammatory.  It has linoleic acid in it which helps to restore skin's barrier function.

I've rounded out my favorite natural body oil products for you!  After years of testing out so many formulas I've put together my favorite body oils, so you can be sure to find one you love.  I have many different formulas, with different oils in them.  Check out the list below to find your new fave!

 

Natural Body Oil Products

 

 

Osmia Naked Body Oil-

 

Body Oil

This is definitely one of my very favorites.  I've gone through several bottles and I'm always sad when it's gone.  If you're into luxe products then you need to snag some Osmia Night Body Oil.  A blend of lavender, chamomile and cedar wood overtake your senses.  It's meant to be applied after you shower on damp skin and at night.  The combination of the essential oils help you drift off into a blissful sleep.  With a combination of almond oil, jojoba, rosehip seed oil and hemp- to name a few, this oil will take your skin to a new level of hydration and tone in a couple weeks.  I can't get enough!  I also love how they have small bottle- perfect for travel.  If you prefer to have an essential oil free body oil, check out their Naked version.  Equally delectable but free of any scent but the oils.  Get them here.

 

Maya Chia The Revitalizer-

Body Oil

This body oil smells heavenly.  I apply it right after the shower and it soaks right into my skin.  The moisture lasts too!  My skin feels hydrated throughout the day.  Did I mention the packaging?  Dark glass pump bottle-swoon worthy. I do love that it comes in a dark glass bottle as it protects the oils from light.  I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough. I love how I smell afterwards, a mixture of rose and neroli, but not strong at all.  This oil really contains ALL the things!  From essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins- it helps to protect, hydrate and tone your skin all at once.  Get it here.

 

Pure Radiance Body Oil

Body oil

I’m obsessed with this body oil!  It literally is so luxurious.  It smells like sandalwood, cedarwood and orange.  I love how it comes in a pump form- easy application.  It is filled with so many antioxidants and fatty acids that make this a power packed oil, while at the same time a very nourishing and hydrating oil.  But get this- it doesn’t feel greasy, not at all!  It glides on your skin effortlessly but doesn’t leave that slimy feeling.  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!  A great natural perfume too. Grab it here!

 

 

Khus Thus Body Wax-

Body Oil

Can I be honest, I really thought I had tried all the body oils/lotions out there…then I tried this body wax by Khus+Khus and I was quickly mistaken.  This isn't like a typical liquid oil, but comes in a wax form that melts into an oil when applied to the skin.  I love the texture!  First off it smells amazing.  I’m not into super fragrant products and this product is the perfect balance(I tried the Bleu Body Wax).  With ingredients of blue tansy, and blue yarrow this wax is perfect for helping with inflamed skin, as both are anti-inflammatory.  The Blue Tansy is especially great for bringing relief to tired sore muscles, strains, etc. If you have eczema or irritated skin, this is a great way to soothe your skin. A little goes a long way.  It instantly absorbs into your skin, no greasy feeling and leaves you hydrated the whole day.  I have to say the wax is really more of an experience from start to finish.  It awakens me in the morning and soothes me at night.  I can’t get enough!  Plus, can we talk about the luxe packaging?  It’s housed in a dark glass jar.  Get it here.

 

Khus Khus Body Serum-

Body Oil

This is another product from Khus Khus and smells amazing!  I love Blue Tansy if you can't tell.  An amazing oil that really helps to calm and soothe the skin.  This soaks right into the skin and leave my skin feeling hydrated for days!  It makes me feel overall calmer when I use it too.  Blue Tansy just has that affect on me.  I can't get enough of it.  It feels very rich, especially great if you have very dry skin and it's sensitive or prone to redness.  This will help to calm and soothe it.  Get it here.

 

Max & Me Circle Of Protection Body Oil-

Body oil

It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  I've done through two bottles.  It's so good!  A serious skin luxury. Get it here.  

 

Leven Rose Rosehip Seed Oil-

Body oil

This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to natural beauty over 10 years ago.  It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well.  With one singular oil, it isn't complicated, but a simple oil that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and not greasy.  Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces.  What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact.  Better yet you can get it from Amazon!  Get it here.

 

African Botanics Marula Firming Botanical Oil-

 

body oil

I started using this after my third baby and let's just say I noticed a difference after using it!  Any other mamas want a little firming action post baby?  Yeah, me too.  Marula oil is known for it's tightening and firming abilities.  This marula oil is wild harvested and then cold-pressed, keeping the oil intact.  The combination of the marula oil, plus the pinotage grapeseed oil gives your skin a serious dose of skin firming help by addressing skin dryness, aging, slackness and elasticity.  It's a one-two punch for your skin!  I applied this after showering while my skin was still damp and massaged in circular motions.  It really helped to plump up my skin, but didn't feel greasy.  This would be a great gift for any new mom!  Get it here. 

 

Free + True Body Prophet

body oil

It wouldn’t be right not to include this product in the best body oil, even though it's technically not a body oil!  Obsessed with it!  They actually call it a body serum.  In my mind it's a cross between a body oil and a lotion- it's like a creamy lotion/oil.  Whatever, you want to call it, it's so good.  I was introduced to the brand in a Beauty Heroes box this year and fell in love with the product.  For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal!  I literally am currently scraping the bottom of the bottle- it’s that good.  I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application.  I also love how it smells.  Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming.  Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin.  The overall feel is so lightweight.  It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue.  I want another bottle stat!  If you’re looking for a new body lotion- this is it.  Get it here!

 

OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil

Body Oil

This body oil is full of antioxidants!  It has Undaria seaweed which is then mixed with a ton of skin loving oils like açaí, babassu and passion fruit.  This combination helps to smooth and firm skin from stretch marks, as well as tone your skin.  It doesn't feel too heavy or greasy.  It absorbs nicely into the skin.  The Algae alone is soaked in barrels for 6 months in order to extract all the rich vitamins and minerals from it.  It's basically a living oil that transforms and treats your skin!  It feels very energizing too with an overall citrus scent.  Great for in the morning after your shower and you want a little zesty pick me up!  Get it here.

 

OSEA Anti-Aging Body Balm

This is another favorite body product of OSEA!  It is the perfect mix of a serum and a lotion.  So while it technically may not be a “body oil” it's technically not a body lotion either.  Plus, it's too good to not share! You get the hydrating benefits of a lotion but also the anti-aging benefits of a serum.  The best of both worlds- who doesn't want that?  Coconut oil and Gigartina Seaweed help give the skin it's elasticity, while Alaria Seaweed gives the skin a tighter feeling all over.  Plus, you get a full range of antioxidants in the lotion, Omega-fatty acids and sea minerals.  It takes your skin to the next level.  I love knowing I'm being proactive about my skin and helping it age gracefully.  I apply it on my skin while it's still slightly damp after showering.  It has an almost tart sweet smell to it, which I love!  The essential oils in it are passionfruit, jasmine, lavender, and rosemary.  Get it here!

 

Agent Nateur holi(Body) Ageless Body Serum-

Body Oil

This body serum is unlike any body serum I've used in the past.  It is filled with superpower ingredients from argan, jojoba, rosehip, rose, sandalwood and so many more.  It doesn’t feel greasy when applied!  I repeat doesn’t feel greasy when applied.  Not only does it help to restore moisture balance but it also helps to tone and firm the skin with caffeine and theobromine.  I love that the scent isn’t too powerful. You get notes of rose mainly with hints of sandalwood mixed in.  Your skin will feel all kinds of soft when using this after you shower!  Get it here.

 

Detox Mode All Together Oil-

body oil

This oil is a newer find for me.  It comes in plastic, which I'm not crazy about but I do like the oil and the price isn't as steep as the others.  A nice option, especially on a budget or if you're traveling and don't want to take glass.  It also comes in a spray form which I love.  It feels light on the skin and absorbs quickly.  I like the scent, a mixture of citrus, twig and cardamom, it is a great scent for wearing as a natural perfume.  It really lingers and makes me feel fresh all day.  It has blend of macadamia, jojoba and grapeseed oils.  Taking your skin's hydration to the next level!  A great morning oil after you shower to wake you up and get you smelling fresh!  Get it here.

 

I hoped this help you find a natural body oil that you love!  

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Natural Summer Makeup, Hair and Skincare Essentials

Natural Summer Makeup, Hair and Skincare Essentials

Sharing my natural summer makeup, hair and skincare essentials in my newest video!  When summer rolls around I'm all about less makeup, optimizing my skincare routine and having beachy hair all day.  Anyone else with me?  It's all about effortless beauty in my opinion.  Less work and easy looks that take you from day to night.  The products I'm sharing are products that really can help you achieve just that, plus protect your skin and make your life a little easier.  After all, you don't want to sacrifice beauty when it comes summer style.  I'm sharing my favorite natural makeup products, my top natural skincare picks, from sunscreen, to body oils and of course my favorite hair products for those tousled beachy waves.  Natural summer makeup, hair and skincare essentials are products you'll be reaching for all summer because they'll make you're life a little easier!

Sharing my faves on:

  • Sunscreen for face and body- These sunscreens will protect you from the sun's harmful rays.
  • Self Tanner- Fake a tan before you go to the beach with this self tanner.
  • Deodorant- Staying smelling fresh can be hard in the summer months, get a natural deodorant that works!
  • Salt Spray for hair- I love textured tousled hair for the beach, this salt spray gives you just the right amount of texture.
  • Body oil- This body oil gives you a hint of glow and doesn't feel oily at all.
  • Multi-Use lip products- Such a great product to have in your beach bag!  You can use it for your lips, and cheeks.
  • Vitamin C Serum- Protects your skin from the sun's rays.

 

Check it out here!

 

 

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Sharing the best natural beauty products for summer in my newest video!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

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