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True Botanicals- A Comprehensive Guide(2021)

True Botanicals- A Comprehensive Guide(2021)

It's here, True Botanicals: A comprehensive guide(2021 review).  How I found True Botanicals was really out of a need to find clean skincare that was not only effective but also had clean ingredients. This is one of the first clean beauty brands that literally changed the skincare scene for me 6 years ago.  I wanted to share an updated True Botanicals review on this powerhouse line and what makes it different.  A lot has changed for this luxe line, since I last reviewed it.  From product changes, name changes and new products-a lot's been going on for True Botanicals!  I couldn't be more excited for all the newness!

Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product.

In this post I'll be sharing answers to some of the most common questions I get!  “Does True Botanicals really work?”  “Who owns True Botanicals?”  “Is True Botanicals sold in stores”? And so much more.

True Botanicals keeps delivering stellar products like their new Chebula Active Immunity Serum and their CBD 500 Anti-Inflammaging Treatment Oil.

 

Plus, I'll be diving in deep in my True Botanicals review to share product reviews on everything from:

 

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What Are The Key Ingredients in True Botanical Products?

When I think of True Botanicals what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, True Botanicals spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  From their creams, to their oils, they are filled with the best vitamin rich ingredients that contain key extracts to help care for and target wrinkles.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  True Botanicals takes their sourcing very seriously.  Sourcing certified organic and wild-harvested ingredients, they make sure from start to finish that the ingredient is both sustainable for the planet and for the community.  They use plant-derived peptides, antioxidant rich oils, soothing ceramides, plant based oils and other natural extracts. The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.

 

What Makes True Botanicals Different?

True Botanicals goal is to create beauty products you can feel good about, but are also effective for your skin and safe for the environment.  They are constantly reading the latest research, seeking out the botanicals to ensure their formulas are the best they can be for the skin.  They let science do the talking and follow suite. The founder Hillary Perterson's mission when starting True Botanicals still rings true today.  After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she was on a mission to discover products that would be pure and potent.  She did just that.  This is what makes True Botanicals such so different and what makes them a clean beauty company.  They believe that we can get the skincare results we crave, without the unecessary toxins.

This Vitamin C Booster is one of True Botanicals coveted products!

 

 

Is True Botanicals Cruelty Free?

True Botanicals was also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified.  A new certification done by third party testing that ensures 6,500 toxins stay out of their products. They are also Leaping Bunny Certified, meaning they are cruelty free and do not contain genetically modified organisms.

I was also excited when I saw Olivia Wilde joined True Botanicals as a spokesperson back in 2017.  You often see celebrities endorse conventional beauty brands but I was ecstatic to see Olivia Wilde choose to support True Botanicals.  I love this quote by her,

“These are leaders of a movement that I have been passionate about for a long time, and they’re actually doing it, and I really wanted to be a part of it.”(1) -Olivia Wilde

 

Does True Botanicals Really Work?

This is a common question I get asked- does it actually work?  Yes, and yes.  But you don't have to take my word for it.  Look at the research.  True Botanicals prides themselves in backing up their claims with research. They work with leading research from Carnegie Mellon and Cornell, to ensure they are creating products that are full of actives that change the skin.  From antioxidants to vitamins and essential fatty acids.  They want to address the common skincare concerns like wrinkles, redness and breakouts. They let the research speak for itself with third party testing done on products to make sure they are perform optimally.

Check out some of their third party test results below:

True Botanicals was started by Hillary Peterson.  She was a long time lover of luxury skincare.  However, she realized the price she was paying for luxury skincare also cost her toxic ingredients.  Having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she knew a change needed to be made.  After 8 years of research with chemists, studying botanicals and talking with sustainability experts, she created True Botanicals. Her goal was to make skincare products that were not only effective but clean.  Well she did it and since then has won some awards…

True Botanicals’ rule-breaking approach to luxury skin care and ability to bring together superior results and safety has earned it ELLE magazine’s coveted Genius award and placement at several of the world’s top spas.  

Unilever does own a minority stake in True Botanicals, however, True Botanicals is still privately owned.

They have 4 different lines depending on your skin type.  RENEW is for Normal skin to dry skin, CLEAR is for acne-prone, CALM is for rosacea- prone skin and Pregnancy is for well you guessed it- when you're pregnant.  They also have a pregnancy collection.  So you don't need to think twice about what skincare line to use when pregnant. I mean what more could you want?  A clean and effective skincare line when you're pregnant?  Sign me up!

True Botanicals didn't stop with facial products, they also have body products as well!

 

My Personal Skincare Preferences

My skin type is dry overall, so as I share about which products I use specifically from True Botanicals keep that in mind.  I love anything that will hydrate my skin and nourish it. What I love about True Botanicals line is the variations in it.

 

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What are The Top 10 True Botanical Products?

Before I dive into my specific review of True Botanicals I wanted to share the top 10 True Botanical products with you.  These are a combination of my faves over the years, readers favorites, clients favorites and of course best sellers from True Botanicals.

  1. Vitamin C Booster
  2. Pure Radiance Oil
  3. Nutrient Mist
  4. Body Oil
  5. Decompress CBD 500 Anti-Inflammaging Treatment Oil
  6. Repair Serum
  7. Chebula Active Immunity Serum
  8. Nourishing Cleanser
  9. Resurfacing Moisture Mask
  10. Antioxidant Booster

 

This skincare combo is all about results!

 

 

My True Botanicals Review

Sharing with you my thoughts on the products, my favorites and what to expect from them.

 

RENEW Nourishing Cleanser-

This cleanser is milky in consistency.  I apply it to damp skin and rub it all over in circular motions, even over my eye makeup.  I double cleanse with this cleanser or use a balm before it and then use the Hydrating Cleanser second.  It leaves your skin so smooth and not dry at all.  Your skin feels balanced all over.  So many cleansers blast your face and your skin is literally crying out for moisture-not the case with this cleanser.  I love the mild earthy smell of jasmine and grapefruit.  If you've been searching for a cleanser that balances your skin and removes all the junk this is your gem!  Grab your bottle here!

 

RENEW Nutrient Mist-

This mist…I literally love the smell!  It never gets old.  Fresh smelling, not overly powerful.  With jasmine, tuberose, and neroli, the whole combination just works!  TB is serious about delivering even when it comes to it's mists.  This mist is packed with active ingredients like kombucha that detoxifies skin and balances ph.  Plus, algae extract with it's high omega 3's and 6's that protect skin from moisture loss, fix cellular damage and fill with fluid.  Oh and did I mention the base isn't made up of water but of Green Tea and White Tea?  Yeah, they're pretty much all stars when it comes to skin.  Not only are they skin soothing, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, they're also anti-aging ingredients-hello!  Yeah, you could say this mist is jam packed with some serious goodness.  Get your mist here!

 

RENEW Repair Serum-

This serum-another good one.  I mean am I sounding like a broken record yet?  This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It's highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB's.  Another thing I love about this serum is it's ability to calm redness and ease congestion.  My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned.  I apply it after toning/misting my skin.  Since it's a serum my skin doesn't feel moisturized but slightly dewy.  This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday.  An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one.  Invest in your skin and grab your's here!

 

This newest member of the True Botanicals lineup is gold!

 

 

CBD 500 Anti-Inflammaging Treatment Oil-

I was so intrigued by this oil!  CBD seems to be all the rage in skincare lately and I was curious how True Botanicals was going to incorporate it into their products.  CBD is naturally anti-inflammatory and very calming to the skin.  It helps to soothe and calm inflammation from stressed skin, irritation, redness and more. Besides CBD it also has other nourishing oils like jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil, squalene, rosehip seed oil and hemp seed oil.  I use this along with the pure radiance oil.  I'll apply several drops right on top of my Pure Radiance Oil.  This combination really feels so good on the skin!  Having dry skin myself and dealing with redness, I have been loving having this treatment oil.  Not only has it hydrated my skin but also helped calm redness overall.  My new favorite product from the line!  Get it here!

 

Chebula Active Immunity Serum-

This is another newer product called the True Botanicals Chebula Active Immunity Serum and one I couldn't wait to try as well!  Chebula is an ayurvedic fruit to have huge antioxidant benefits.  Specifically helping with skin and aging.  It helps to counteract it by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin tone, smoothing out the skin overall, as well as brightening the skin and bringing a firmness to it.  It's basically like your skins newest bestie when it comes to an anti-aging serum!  Plus, it has even more antioxidants in it from elderberry, ginger, and echinacea. I apply this morning and night after the nutrient mist.  It helps to prep the skin before any oils.  It really helps to blurb fine lines and fill in cracks.  My skin feels supple and hydrated.  This plus the new CBD 500 are a match made for skin!  Check out Chebula Active Immunity Serum here.

 

Another new product from True Botanicals that delivers.

 

 

Antioxidant Booster-

I talk a lot about this beauty on my Instagram- if you don't follow, what are you waiting for?  To say I'm obsessed would be an understatement.  This booster is all around the star when it comes to keeping my skin looking youthful- no joke.  Allow me to share some wisdom on why this works so well.

Free radicals are constantly at work in our skin causing damage.  They are caused by the foods we eat, stress, the sun, air we breathe and so on.  They can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea and of course aging.  The thing that we need to give our skin to fight free radicals are antioxidants.  Antioxidants counteract free radical damage and help to repair and restore the skin. Our skin produces antioxidants on their own, but as we age we lose antioxidants.  That's why it's important to keep feeding our skin antioxidants as we age.

The Antioxidant Booster does just that!  It gives your skin the most potent form of antioxidants the minute it touches your skin because you don't activate it until right before you use it.  Since it's in powder form, it hasn't lost it's potency because it's not been mixed with liquid. The minute you mix it with a liquid you activate the formula.  Imagine all those serums you've been buying that have promised to be filled with antioxidants but they've basically been deactivated since they've been sitting in liquid. This gives you the freshest antioxidants delivered right to your skin!

Plus, the Antioxidant Booster is made using whole apple peel which has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C- hello!  It's basically like your skin's best friend if you ask me.  I mix this with the Repair Serum(you could use the Clear Serum from True Botanical's, The Calm- whatever line that matches up to your skincare needs).  Then I apply it my skin.  I apply this before my oils.  I find this helps my skin to absorb the oil better. Then I apply my oils.  I can't recommend this product enough!  I like the Vitamin C Booster too, but this one has done amazing things for my skin.

I've seen hyperpigmentation fade, sun spots and an overall brightness and evenness to my skin.  People ask me all the time how I apply it.  I don't follow True Botanicals recommendation of applying my oils first and then applying my Antioxidant booster and cellular repair serum.  They recommend you start with their oil, then mix the Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster with one of their serums and apply to the skin.  This isn't how I was traditionally taught in esthetic school.  However, True Botanical's Oils are different then most oils.  Here is an explanation they sent me:

We use oils that are specifically formulated to have smaller particle size and therefore be more easily absorbed into the skin, the oil doesn't sit on top of the skin and create a barrier that the serum would be unable to penetrate

So if you want to apply your oil first and then Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster and serum do it.  If you want to do it the other way- you can do it that too.  They did inform me that the Vitamin C Booster is only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), so if you apply it first and then add the oil, it can sometimes create a bit of a pilling effect if the Vitamin C/Serum mixture hasn't fully absorbed yet. The Antioxidant Booster is both water and oil soluble, so it's easier to switch around the order of the products when you're using that one!  Bottom line- It's my skincare must have!  Get it here!

 

Vitamin C Booster-

This vitamin c treatment is preserved in it's freshest form.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, brighten and fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen, plus firm and repair skin.  I mean every face needs this stuff.  You might be wondering why it comes in a powder form.  When vitamin c is mixed with a liquid it slowly loses potency.  By keeping it in powder form you can be assured it's in it's freshest form.  Combine 1 to 2 shakes of the Vitamin C Booster with one of TB's serums and mix until dissolved.  Then apply to skin and let seep in.    Grab your Vitamin C Booster here!

 

This sugar scrub smells insanely good and gives you the softest skin!

 

RENEW Pure Radiance Oil-

Where do I start with this oil?  Gahh…I really love it.  It's their number 1 product and for good reason.  It seeps right into your skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and makes your skin feel hydrated throughout the day and night.  Besides being highly hydrating it also helps smooth wrinkles, shrink large pores and fight free radical damage.  I love the scent as well.  Not heavy at all, but with notes of frankincense, neroli, rose and jasmine.  Many people wonder what makes this oil so special, here's a blurb from TB on their website that explains it so well-

When therapeutic oils are applied to the skin without the interference of waxes, they can be absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve lipid barrier function. By replenishing the oils you’ve lost due to natural attrition and exposure, you enable your skin to properly do its job: hold moisture in and keep the elements, like sun and wind, out.

So many people are afraid of oils who suffer from acne.  Oils are actually necessary and help create balance in the skin.  This oil, as with all of TB's products is also available in the CLEAR Line and CALM Line.  Grab your bottle here and thank me later!

 

Resurfacing Moisture Mask-

This mask does exactly what it says- it moisturizes and exfoliates.  It's a gel consistency.  It gets rid of all the dead skin and reveals that inner glow(aka new skin). I leave mine on for 5 minutes.  It's especially great right before a big event or night out when you want your skin to be glowing.  It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application.  You won't be disappointed with this mask-Get yours here!

 

Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

This is the newest product from True Btoanicals.  This mask really offers some serious hydration.  You cleanse your skin and apply your products as you would normally and then you apply the mask.  Instead of rinsing it off you sleep in it!  When you wake up your skin is silky smooth and moisturized.  Like a big gulp of water for your skin.  I put down a hand towel on my pillow so the product didn't get on my pillow case.  But it really does soak in to the skin so well you hardly notice anything.  I can't think of a better product for your skin in the dry winter months!  It literally nourishes the skin so well.  I notices minimized redness too.  Get your Moisture Lock Mask here! Get it here!

 

Pacifica Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask- 

This mask contains some 5 star ingredients to help purify your skin.  The first is Glacial Oceanic Clay- this is a silt that is made up of over 60 minerals and earth elements.  I love how True Botanical's describes this mask at work on their website:

when applied to skin, impurities are positively charged, while the particles in the clay are negatively charged. in turn, the negative ions of the clay attract the impurities in skin and are removed when washed away.

It detoxifies your skin, yet still leaves the moisture intact- something that is so hard to find in a detox mask!  It does this because the glacial oceanic clay uses osmotic strength and moves moisture up from deep inside the skin to the surface. This mask also has the beloved olive oil derived squalene that not only helps to regulate oil production but soften the skin overall and tone it.  It helps to protect your skin by locking in moisture.  Activated bamboo charcoal is another active ingredient in the mask, helping to remove skin impurities, toxins, heavy metals and dirt.  Your skin feels so smooth!  I love using this mask at night when my skin needs some tlc after a day in the elements.  I apply it to clean dry skin.  Then I let it sit on my skin for 15 minutes. I love using this mask a couple times a week to really help purify it.  It's like a good skin purge!  Get it here!

 

Deep Repair Eye Serum-

I've been using this eye serum since they first introduced it last spring and I've been hooked.  It is so concentrated and rich.  A little goes a long way.  It literally lasts forever since you need such little product.  I just dab a drop around my eye area with my ring finger(least amount of muscles).  My eye area is hydrated and puffiness is minimized.  My eyes look rested and brightened.  Again, TB takes it to the next level with their eye serum.  Unlike most eye serums that sit on the surface, TB's actually goes deep into the skin to repair skin at the cellular level.  You can say goodbye to crows feet!  Get your Eye Serum here!

 

Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner-

If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  I love the shampoo!  I'm not as crazy about the conditioner.  Since they've reformulated it hasn't been quite the same.  It now leaves a film on my hair.  I would buy the shampoo and skip the conditioner.  They both come in recyclable metal bottle pumps.  Get your shampoo and conditioner here!

 

Nourishing 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!  Grab it here!

Take your skin to the next level with True Botanical's Resurfacing Body Mask and Pure Body Oil.

 

Pure Radiance Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub is what skincare dreams are made of!  I love the earthy scent.  It isn't overwhelming, yet smells pleasant.  It has smaller sugar granules so it actually feels quite soft on the skin.  Plus , with nourishing oils like sandalwood, rich camellia, jojoba oils, your skin will feel extra luxurious.  I apply this after my body wash and rub in circular motions. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells. My skin is left smooth and hydrated.  A perfect little treat for your body when it needs a little tlc.  Get it here!

 

Nourishing Body Mask- 

This was a different product I hadn't tried all together but couldn't wait to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. This is literally a skin's dream product!  It uses lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and remove the rough and dry patches. You are left with skin that is smooth, soft and overall lovely!  I apply this to dry skin all over my body and then wait for 15 minutes before I rinse off in the shower.  I'm literally left with skin that is silky!  Plus, it's a good excuse to grab that book you've been wanting to read while you wait for this mask to do it's magic.  Get it here!

 

Aromatherapy Oils-

These came out not too long ago and I love applying them for instant stress relief, mood boost and muscle tension relief.  They come in 3 different types.

  • Stress Relief- This rollerball includes oils of tarragon, frankincense, and sandalwood. It is calming and helps to ease anxiety.  You roll it on your temples, wrists and chests.  You can even just cup your hands and breathe in the aroma.  This is nice to have at your desk, purse, bathroom- really anywhere!
  • Muscle Relief- Got sore muscles?  Then grab this rollerball.  It takes your fatigued muscles and soothes them instantly.  I rub it on wherever I have sore muscles and it instantly takes the tension away. It has essential oils of roman chamomile, clary sage, and orange peel.  You could even apply before a shower or bath for added benefits.
  • Immune Support- This is perfect for the winter months when you want to boost your immunity.  It has essential oils ofavintsara, bay laurel, and balsam fir. These oils are antibacterial, and antiviral.  Apply this on your chest, lymph, and throat.  The aromatherapy really helps to support the immune system naturally.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out past posts:

Have you used any of their products?  What are your faves?  Don't forget to use coupon code: SUZITRUE20 for 20% off your purchase of $40 or more!

References:

  1. Allure Magazine. Olivia Wilde Talks About Her New Role With True Botanicals. Retrieved from: https://www.allure.com/story/olivia-wilde-true-botanicals-interview
  2. Renew Pure Radiance Oil Outperforms Creme de La Mer. True Botanicals. Retrieved from: https://truebotanicals.com/pages/clinical-trials-renew
  3. Moisture Lock Overnight Mask.  True Botanicals.  Retrieved from: https://truebotanicals.com/pages/clinical-trial-results-moisture-lock-overnight-mask
  4. Renew Pure Radiance Oil + Renew Repair Serum Really Performs and Outperforms Creme de La Mer. True Botanicals. Retrieved from: https://truebotanicals.com/pages/clinical-trials-moisture-duet

 

What I buy on Amazon

What I buy on Amazon

I'm sharing today What I buy on Amazon.  Honestly, it's one of my favorite things to view on people's blogs!  Call me noisy but I love seeing what other people are buying up.  My wallet doesn't thank me but it sure is fun!

Suzi(Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

So I thought I would show you what I buy on Amazon- I can't believe it's taken me this long.  I've rounded out some of my top purchases, things I buy on the regular and some items I've bought that we use all the time but were just a one time purchase.  You can shop my whole Amazon Store here.  It has all my Amazon favorites in one place.

I'm also going to talk about some of my favorite purchases more in detail below.

Check out my Natural/Healthy Amazon Finds Video Below!

 

Keep checking back too!  I'll be adding to my Amazon Store as I find cool products and great deals.  I mean who doesn't have Amazon Prime?!

I want to share with you my go too's when it comes to saving money and time.  Amazon makes it so easy to buy organic, natural products.  I get them quick with Prime and I don't have to shop at 5 different online retailers. Plus, as a mom it doesn't get much easier than having things delivered right to my door!

Nuts/Seeds-

I love buying my nuts and seeds from Amazon.  You can find all the raw organic nuts and seeds you could want.  These come in handy especially for my veggie bread making and my DIY trail mix for my hubs.  They are some of the most budget friendly options on Amazon too.

Grain Free Flours-

I buy most of my grain free flours on Amazon too.  They have so much variety and the prices you can't beat.  Especially on AIP I've bought most of my flours from them since most of them are specialty flours and can't be found at even some health stores.

Home Products-

I buy a lot of home products from Amazon on the regular too.  From baby products to natural cleaning products.  Amazon makes it easy and convenient to stay on top of my ordering too with subscribe and save.

Those are items I buy on the regular from Amazon!  Check out my full Amazon store here.

Here are some notable mentions that I have to share with you!  These items are one time larger purchases but totally worth every penny in my book.  We use them every week or everyday if not multiple times per day.  I love with some of the items you buy from Amazon you can actually buy them refurbished or used. I know it may sound a little sketchy but it's not!  The items usually haven't even been used but just opened by someone and sent back.  You get basically a new product for a fraction of the price!

Blendtec Total Blender Classic– 

I'm obsessed with my blender.  It does it all.  From smoothies, sauces, raw veggie breads, nut butters- I have yet to discover something it doesn't do!  Why I love the Blendtec specifically is the Blendtec Twister Jar.  So you have to buy this separate from the Blender but it's worth it!  It is a smaller jar and it literally makes any nut butter in a minute or less- no joke!  No more using your food processor for 20 minutes.  It also makes amazing sauces, like pesto in a cinch, smaller smoothies, etc.  I use this everyday!  I can't recommend the Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar enough. Now for Amazon Prime Day be sure to snag these deals on the Blendtec!

  • 7/16 – 5:20pm-11:20pm B07N97HMXG Blendtec Designer 725 and Go Cup Bundle
  • 7/16 – 6:25am-12:25pm B01FHQVZJ6 Blendtec Classic 575 Blender – WildSide+ Jar (90 oz) and Spoonula Spatula BUNDLE White
  • 7/16 – 6:20am-12:20pm B008TVERZ6 // Blendtec Designer Series Blender Black

 

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Another item we use everyday.  I love that it's stainless steel where it counts, like where heat comes in contact with the product with the steamer and espresso shots.  It makes the freshest espresso shots too because it grinds the beans right before you pull the shots through.  The steamer works amazingly too.  We've had this espresso machine for almost 8 years and absolutely LOVE it!  It was well worth the investment.  Plus, it looks so sleek on the counter!

Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator

I've had my dehydrator for almost a year now and I can't say enough good things about it.  It has been so fun trying out different recipes in it.  We use it nearly everyday too.  It makes the best kale chips- trust me, the oven has nothing on kale chips from the dehydrator!  We also use it for raw veggie bread all the time.  You can snag the raw veggie bread course here that I took from Deanna from Real Food Lab.  She's the expert when it comes to raw veggie bread.  It has literally changed my life!  I've never eaten so many veggies and loved it.  The best part is, the dehydrator keeps the food in it's raw state so all the enzymes are preserved.  It's genius!  Trust me, check out her course and get the dehydrator! It's amazing!

SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit

My hubs and I love our sparkling water- a lot!  This soda stream has been a game changer.  Instead of having to buy glass sparkling water(we wouldn't buy plastic), we just reuse glass bottles and carbonate our own water.  Not only does it save us money, but also helps the environment.  This Soda Stream offers glass bottles and not plastic!

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt

I've had an Instant Pot for a year now and love it so.  This saves me on so many busy days!  It's a mom's best friend and I mean that in the best way.  It can turn chicken into shredded chicken in 30 minutes, make a mean roast in 65 minutes and soups in 20.  It makes you look like Martha Stewart but in half the time.  If you haven't gotten one, what are you waiting for?

That rounds out some of my top Amazon picks.  What do you love getting from Amazon? Check out my full product list here.  Leave me a comment!

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Ursa Major Skincare

Ursa Major Skincare

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

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

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A unisex line that delivers with performance and ingredients.

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

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

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

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

Also, in case you were wondering…

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

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

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

Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant

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

Scent- Sage, geranium, sandalwood and lemon myrtle.

Longevity- Awesome!  I smell good all day long.

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

Packaging– Comes in a spray bottle.

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

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

Baking Soda- None

Get it here!

Hoppin' Fresh Deodorant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Get it here!

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Time to glow up with this mask!

Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask

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

Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum

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

Golden Hour Recovery Cream

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

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A power duo for your skincare regimen!

Face Wash

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

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

 

Essential Face Wipes

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

 

Face Balm

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

Shampoo and Conditioner

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

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

Morning Mojo Bar Soap

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

Citrus Riot Body Wash

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

Stellar Shave Cream

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

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

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Live Botanical Review

Live Botanical Review

Excited to finally share my Live Botanical Review with you guys!  I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn's passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It's always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.

Live Botanical  has become a gold mine as I've tried more products.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I did a full review on the line. It's not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly.  People are constantly asking what options I would recommend that are less expensive and it can be hard.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice performance, however, not with Live Botanical.  I think that's why I initially got so jazzed about it.  I saw that not only was the line organic, non-GMO, ethically wild-harvested, local, sustainable and fair trade but budget friendly.  She really goes the extra mile.  She also uses glass packaging too-something I swoon over.  I mean it's kind of rare to check all the boxes but also be affordable!

*This is an updated review of her products.  She redid her packaging and also came out with some products this past fall and I'm excited to update you on all of it!  So excited to share my full Live Botanical review with you!

Oh and Carolyn the founder has been so kind to offer 20%!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN!

First I'm going to share some new products that I'm officially obsessed with in my new video review of Live Botanical!

 

CHECK OUT MY FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL BELOW:

 

 

 

 

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Sharing some of my new favorites from Live Botanical.

 

 

First Light Brightening Oil

This oil had me at first swipe!  I remember looking at my skin two weeks into using this and wondering why my skin looked so good?  I hadn't changed anything except added in this oil.  I'm telling you it's GOOD!  My skin looked brighter, more even and less red.  What's in this little magic bottle?  So much goodness.  Date extract is one ingredient that has been known to increase brightness, hydration, while also decreases hyperpigmentation, and redness.  It also has a stable form of Vitamin C (10%) which has been known to be great for even the most sensitive skin types.  Carrot Root which has been shown to also add brightness.  I can't forget to mention cranberry seed oil which has been known to be one of the most abundant sources of polyphenols, which helps with firmness and elasticity.  I also love that it has squalene, a non-comedogenic oil that has been known to not only protect the skin but also help minimize fine lines and absorb into the skin quickly.  It feels so velvety on your skin and sinks in, no greasy residue but a smooth finish is left behind.  

When I wake up my skin feels amazing- super supple but also looks brighter.  It really lives up to it's name!  I can't recommend this enough if you've been looking for an oil that is not only active but also hydrating.  Did I mention it's super budget friendly too?!  $68!  And with my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN you get 20% off!  Snag it here!  

 

Antioxidant Mask

This is another new product that deserves some serious applause.  It's a beautiful green hue of skin nourishing ingredients.  Filled with all the things like oatmeal and snow mushroom that give your skin humectants to draw moisture into the deep layers of your skin.  Then there's pumpkin seed powder, full of antioxidants, amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.  Plus, minerals like zinc for inflammation and Vitamin K for discoloration.  It's the mask you've been waiting for!  It smells so good too.  A mixture of chamomile, bergamot, and citrus.  This is the perfect mask for dry, combination and sensitive skin types.  It takes your skin from feeling dehydrated and dull to moisturized and supple in no time.  It looks like a whipped butter when you open the jar, apply a little product to your hand and add a little water.  This turns the mask into a creamy consistency.  I leave mine on for 30 minutes.  My skin feels so refreshed and rejuvenated!!  A serious treat for the skin.  Get the mask here! and don't forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN to save 20% off!

 

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This First Light Brightening Oil is a skin changer!

 

 

Seasonal Radiance Elixir 

This Radiance Elixir is just giving me all the feels!  It's so nutrient dense and hydrating.  This elixir is rich in niacinamide which helps to lessen redness overall.  The blend is in a base of mushroom complex- snow mushroom, reishi, and Oregon Grown Shiitake.   This blends helps draw moisture into the skin. My skin feels so revived.  It feels a little heavier than most hydrating elixirs which I love!  My skin feels prepped and ready for oils and serums.  Get your Seasonal Radiance Elixir here!

 

 

Skin Repair Balm

First, the Skin Repair Balm is such an amazing multi-use product.  I’ve used it as a cleansing balm, hydrator and to help heal and relive pain from a burn.  One of the ingredients I love in the balm is yarrow-a powerful anti-inflammatory.  As a cleansing balm it removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple.  I wake up with perfectly moisturized skin.  I put it on a hot water burn and it instantly took away the throbbing pain.  I’m wondering what this little jar can’t do?!  Snag yours here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Balancing Whipped Oil

I was so excited to try out the new Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil!  If you've followed me long enough you know I'm a big fan of blue tansy- this oil does so much.  First, the smell is so wonderful!  It has a sweetness to the smell but still smells herbal too.  Besides, smelling good, it also relaxes the nervous system.  It also helps to balance the hormones in our body- can you say YES!  It calms inflammation and redness in the skin.  Babassu is also in this whipped oil, which I love too.  It's similar to coconut oil but not pore clogging like coconut oil can be.  These two combined are perfect for combination, dry or skin prone to breakouts. If you do have dry skin you may still want to use an oil first then the whipped oil.  I loved applying it after cleansing and toning.  I found I didn't need extra hydration right now.  My skin felt so good in the morning!  It quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated but with a matte look, not oily.  Overall, I can't recommend this product enough! If you have skin that is breaking out or just skin that needs a little tlc- this is perfect.  Grab your Blue Tansy + Babassu here!  Don't forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

 

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The Antioxidant Mask is a new favorite in the Live Botanical line.

 

 

Glowing Honey Mask 

To leave this product out of my Live Botanical review would be doing you a huge diservice- I'm obsessed!  This mask began my love affair with Live Botanical.  I love it!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It 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.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30? Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Hyaluronic Serum

I also tried the Aer Hyaluronic Serum and was so excited after the first use!  It’s unlike any product I’ve used.  I apply it after toning and press it on my face.  It leaves your skin feeling a bit wet but then it absorbs and fills in lines and evens out your whole complexion.  I apply my moisturizer/oil after and then my makeup and love the end result.  My skin is dewy and moist the whole day and doesn’t look haggard.  Am I making sense?  The first ingredient is aloe, which I’m all about-it replenishes the skin and plumps it up.  You guys need this-it’s fantastic and a staple in my makeup routine!   Get yours here!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Coconut & Bergamot Body Oil

I can't get enough of this body oil!  It's so good.  The smell of this is enough to transport you to an island oasis.  It comes in a glass bottle, making it easy to apply.  I applied it right after showering and it melted into my skin.  My skin felt hydrated and moisturized but not greasy at all.  I need this on repeat-no joke!  Seriously one of the best body oils!  Get your Body oil!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

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That glow you get after using the Glowing Honey Mask from Live Botanical.

 

Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil

This oil is so soothing.  I even had my sisters try it and they loved it as well.  It smells so light and calming. My skin soaked it up and there was no oily residue left behind.  It felt so calming on my skin.  In the morning I would wake up with skin that looked so fresh and revitalized.  I especially notice when products are soothing and calm redness since it's something I deal with.  This really helped give my skin an overall even look.  I also loved applying it before my makeup.  It was the perfect moisturizer, not too heavy but just enough.  I can't recommend it enough for anyone, but especially those with sensitive skin types and those prone to redness!  Plus, when you see the ingredient list you might drool a little- so good! Get your Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Nourishing Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil leaves your skin hydrated and supple.  It's a rich cleanser made for dry and sensitive skin types.  It's not going to dry your skin out at all like some cleansers might.  I have more dry/combination skin and it worked great for me.  A luxurious cleanser filled with lemon balm, rose, chamomile, and lavender. Get your cleanser here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Travel Size Kits

Don't forget to check out the Live Botanical kits.  These kits are great for getting 7-10 days to sample products.  Also great for travel when you don't want to bring along all your full size products.  She offers 4 kits depending on your skin type.  Check out all the kits here!  

That concludes my Live Botanical review.  I absolutely believe in this line and can't wait to try more products!  The quality that goes into each product is really amazing, not too mention the price tag is awesome!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!  Shop all of Live Botanical here!

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The Best Nontoxic Cookware

The Best Nontoxic Cookware

I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware!  I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post.  It's crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!

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So What's In The Average Pot or Pan?

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional non-stick cookware, allow me to share some facts with you.  It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it's an important one!

Non-stick cookware or even many stainless steel cookware may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it's easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. It has been trademarked as Teflon and contains the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It's a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it's non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant.  It basically is a cooks dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it's releasing every time you cook with it!

A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and it's claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances was debunked by research stating that in fact, Teflon did know that it releases harmful fumes for a very long time and can cause illness. Read the full article here.

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA), in the 1950's, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8 to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body.  It is present in the air, and water.  Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (McGarvey)

According to research from National Center For Biotechnology, (2003), Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid, 11.1.9. 

It has been suggested that there is a significant dose response relationship between PFOA levels and ADHD. 

This substance is not something you want to be cooking with!  Research shows that it takes only 5 minutes for a pan to heat up to 750 degrees.  Once heated it then releases toxic gases.  Not only that but as soon as the pan is scratched it also releases toxins into your food.  Even birds are affected by the chemicals at the lowest temperatures, completely dying. (EWG)

As you probably know, most people aren't cooking with low temperatures but exceedingly high temperatures!  Creating a recipe for toxic chemicals to be released into the air.

The thing is Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) isn't just found in cookware but in SO many other products.  So the accumulative affect is great.  From irons, microwave popcorn bags, floss, baking cookware, curling irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas, waffle makers, rice cookers- just to name a few. There are so many safe alternatives to these products that will help keep you and your family safe from this ingredient.  One of them is making the switch to safe cookware!

 

 

So What Is Safe?

There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it.  These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won't carry the toxic burden.

 

Cast Iron-

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that's one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you've worked with it you figure it out.  I really love the Lodge cast iron pans.  They're easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They're also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  Also, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you're unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it's basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that's been made on the cast iron.  Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it's actually not.  You don't want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.

While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much.  The one thing I don't like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can't use soap on it.  I don't always feel it gets as clean. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I've been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

Nontoxic Cookware

The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I've used!

Stainless Steel-

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here. Now, I’ve always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food.  I wasn’t so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I’m convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it’s surgical grade stainless steel!  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it’s also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they’re sourcing the product and how it’s being made.  360 doesn’t spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you’ve looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth.  More layers isn’t better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you’re cooking your food in! Can't recommend 360 Cookware enough!  Use coupon code: gurlgonegreen20 for 20% off!  Check out my full review of 360 Cookware here.

Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

Caraway Cookware

I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here.  Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek but they perform so well too.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food.  They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings.  They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food.  The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon.  As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.

People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that.  It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time.  As I like to say- you get what you pay for!

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware.  It’s also very easy to clean.  All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.  Check out my full review here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This is an all ceramic cookware line.

Xtrema

While I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall after years of working with it.  There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it.  It is different than both stainless steel and cast iron.  From the glaze on the cookware to the core it's made with 100% ceramic.  Ceramic is awesome because it's completely inert- meaning it won't leach any harmful toxins.  All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  It heats very evenly.  You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it's very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It's easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it's so great at heat conduction you don't need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It's best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it's heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don't add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it's heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It's nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with.   Xtrema

Nontoxic Cookware

Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.

Porcelain Enamel-

There has been a lot of confusion I've noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it's differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won't leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it's seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that's stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too.  It's great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I'm a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

Nontoxic Cookware

Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.

Glass Cookware-

This is a great nontoxic cookware budget friendly option that's available almost anywhere cookware is sold.  One of the most common glass cookware is called Anchor Hockings.  It is inert, meaning it doesn't add or take away from the food.  I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them.  I use them for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that's great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I really love Anchor Hockings because it's made in the U.S.!Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn't contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.

Bakeware-

When it comes to nontoxic cookware and baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too.  For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you're still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn't leach any toxic chemicals.  I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes.  You can also get stainless steel muffin trays.  Another option I haven't talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven't used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can't use soap or get them wet.  They're also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free.  I really love these stainless steel cake pans.  They feel sturdy and don't have the nonstick coating. I also get asked about nontoxic donut pans a lot.  This is the one I have and love*When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.  I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners. 

I really like this nontoxic griddle.  It has worked great for us when cooking pancakes, tortillas and crepes.  I also love this Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker that is free from PFOA and PTFE.

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn't enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I'm going to stick with using silicone when food isn't heated or cooked.  

I've personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most!  I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things.  I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left.  With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.

I do think it's important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!

What nontoxic cookware option do you love?

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Sharing my full review on all the nontoxic cookware options.

 

Crunchi Makeup

Crunchi Makeup

Sharing an updated Crunchi Makeup Review with you today!  I last reviewed the line several years ago when it first came out, but wanted to update it since Crunchi has come out with SO many new products!  Crunchi was originally a makeup line, but since my last review they now offer skincare products too!  I'm so excited to finally share all the details about this amazing line of clean makeup and skincare.  It really is something special. Crunchi is a makeup and skincare line that was started by two friends Melanie Petschke, a nurse practitioner, and Kelly Weston, a Business and Sales Professional, who had a passion for clean living and wanted makeup that not only performed but also was completely toxin free.  After speaking to Melanie several times, I'm not only impressed with her kindness and willing to answer all my questions but also her knowledge on ingredients-the girl knows her stuff!

I also have a video tutorial using all of their products!  Watch it below:


I really love the Crunchi mission-

 We use ingredients that won’t put your health at risk, because we believe that should never even be an option. We are setting a new standard for cosmetic safety, and ultimately, redefining what it means to be beautiful. We don’t sacrifice for performance. Our line of cosmetics perform at the highest level, without the need for toxic ingredients. We are giving beauty a new meaning. We are Crunchi.

 

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Love me some Crunchi Makeup!

 

Crunchi makeup takes ingredient quality to the next level.  Their products can have many badges.  From gluten free, certified organic, vegetarian, vegan, non-gmo, cruelty free, toxin free and made in the USA.  You could say they go the extra mile.  While the ingredients chosen are mostly organic or Eco-Cert, Crunchi does have a handful of synthetics in their products that they've carefully chosen.  And they're not trying to hide the fact that they have them in their formulations either-something I love about the brand.  Let's face it-sometimes you need a synthetic in makeup for performance.  Of course the synthetics are completely benign and not toxic or harmful in any way.

Want to geek out more over ingredients?  Then head to Crunchi's website where they have an ingredient glossary dedicated to sharing the ingredients and what products they can be found in.  They also have a list of blacklisted ingredients.  And if that isn't enough they have a very informative FAQ section.  In other words, they've done their research and know their product.  I really love their whole philosophy and dedication to quality.

*I'm going to share a review on the Crunch makeup and then I'll dive into the Crunchi skincare collection after- keep scrolling to read it all!

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Crunchi Primer-

Crunchi primer is a serious fave!  It goes on like a really lightweight lotion.  Isn't greasy and creates a perfect canvas for my foundation.  It wakes up my face with the aloe in it and leaves it feeling so hydrated and smooth.  It dries quickly too.  I still use a moisturizer before applying the primer, but that could change as the weather starts to warm up.  I also have drier skin too, those with oily skin may find this is perfect.  Trust me, this product is so good and a must have.  I'm obsessed!  Snag Crunchi's primer here!

 

In my opinion Crunchi Makeup has a cornerstone product- their foundation.  Since my last review Crunchi has come out with a new updated foundation formula.  The Crunchi foundation is even better than the last one!  There are a couple things that make it different than the original.  First, you need less product overall to achieve the desired results.  So instead of 1 pump, you only need 1/2 pump.  I also strikes the perfect balance between a satin and a semi-matte finish.  It also now comes in 10 shades!  I'm so proud of Crunchi for offering more shades.  Crunchi's Beautifully Flawless Foundation and their primer together are a match made in makeup heaven.  The foundation is so dewy and creamy.  It literally glides on your face.  I'm wearing the color 2.5.  The coverage is great, very buildable, yet your skin doesn’t feel heavy at all.  It also looks really natural.  It covers my redness and creates an all around polished look.  The wear time on the foundation is great too- the new one is better!  I can put it on in the morning and by the end of the day it still looks so good.  A lot of people in the green beauty community have reservations about using dimethicone.  However, after speaking to Melanie about this ingredient, and why it’s in the foundation, I’m confident using it.  There is such a tiny amount and it helps give a nice slip to the foundation.  They have not found dimethicone to actually penetrate the skin, because it is too large.  There are many dimethicone sources that can contain toxic additives, however, Crunchi uses the purest singular form.  Check out Crunchi’s website here for more information on dimethicone.  I apply mine with their foundation brush-another must have item!  I didn’t know a foundation brush could make such a difference, but it does!  I just squirt the foundation right on the brush and apply it right onto my face.  It’s a magical brush-trust me!  Get the foundation and brush here!

 

Crunchi just updated their concealer and let's just say it's SO good!!  Not only is it the Crunchi makeup concealer simple and effective.  It gets rid of dark circles-hello mom eyes!  Goes on smooth and doesn’t look cakey, you guys know what I mean.  I applied this under my eyes and around my nose where I tend to get a little red.  It isn’t heavy at all but a great lightweight concealer.  If you want more coverage, you can just apply more concealer-so easy.  It pairs great with the liquid foundation.  Grab your My Alibi Concealer here!

 

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Love this translucent powder and concealer!

 

 

 

Crunchi Highliner-

The Crunchi makeup eyeliner is one of my absolute favorite products they've made!  It has been so hard to find a legit pencil liner in clean beauty.  This one takes the cake!  I consistently use it when reaching for a pencil liner.  A couple reasons why I like it.  One, it's highly pigmented.  There's a lot of pigment that comes out of the pencil onto the eye.  It isn't hard to apply like some pencil liners either.  It really comes out nicely and easily.  Second, it actually stays put for the most part.  Now there is no pencil liner I've found in clean beauty that is completely perfect, but this is the closest I've found.  I apply it in the morning and it does fade a little by the end of the day but it's still there.  I actually like the look overall.  It's more of a worn in look!  A couple things I do to get my liner to stay longer is to apply the Crunchi translucent powder to my lids before and after applying.  This really helps the liner stay put and soaks up the excess oil.  It comes in black and brown.  I'm a sucker for the brown!  If you've been looking for a pencil liner- check out the Crunchi Highliner here!

 

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LOVE these Crunchi eyeshadows!

 

Crunchi Eyeshadow-

Crunchi makeup nailed their eyeshadows!  It’s hard to find true mattes in green beauty but Crunchi has a ton and they work so well.  The lasting power of the shadow is amazing!  I prep my lid as I’ve mentioned with their translucent powder, a cream eye primer and then apply the shadow.  The shadow pops and stays the whole day.  Their colors can be applied light or heavy depending on how much pigment you want.  They also all work together so well. It’s easy to blend with them-love that.  I created a lot of different looks wearing them.  From subdued and natural for day time wear, to vamped up for at night.  I even used some of the dark shadows for lining my upper and lower lash line-worked great!  Get your Crunchi makeup eyeshadows here!

 

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Crunchi Shattered Mascara gives you the bold, big lashes you crave!

 

Crunchi Shattered Mascara-

Crunchi makeup just revamped their mascara and came out with a new formula called Shattered Mascara.  Often the true test of a line-their mascara.  Boy was I excited when I tried the new Crunchi makeup mascara formula!  Big, separated, pigmented lashes.  This is a new mascara favorite for sure!  I wrote all about it in my favorite natural mascara post here.  I had so many people comment on my lashes when wearing it.  Some mascaras will sting my eyes when they get wet but not the Crunchi Makeup Mascara.  It checks all my mascara boxes!  If you haven’t found a mascara yet in clean beauty I recommend you sang this one up-it’s the real deal! Grab the Crunchi makeup Shattered mascara here!

 

Crunchi Clear Brow Gel-

This clear brow gel gives your brows the definition they need without the stiffness.  It helps keep them in place all day long. I definitely have some crazy brows and these help keep them together and looking so clean all day.  It really makes such a difference in defining your face overall.  Get the Crunchi makeup Clear Brow Gel here.

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Crunchi brow pomade is one of my favorite products they have!

 

Crunchi Nutrient Brow Pomade-

This is one of my favorite Crunchi makeup products!  It really performs so well.  I get such natural looking brow from using it.  I use a an eyebrow brush and lightly dip it into the pomade and then apply in upward strokes to my brows.  I'm left with defined and natural looking brows. It's so easy to use too!  A lot of people have a hard time with brows, but this product makes it so easy.  It really is so forgiving.  I wear the color dark brown.  It comes in a variety of colors!  Get the Crunchi makeup nutrient brow pomade here! 

A great non-sticky lip gloss. This smooth formula glides on and moisturizes your lips, without any gunk. It feels light on your lips and not heavy like some glosses. Perfect for layering over a lipstick. I tried the color Namaste, a perfect mauve gloss. So many colors to choose from, grab your Crunchi Lush Lip gloss here!

Crunchi Light Reflecting Pressed Highlighter

This Crunchi makeup highlighter is very pigmented and delivers an amazing glow!  It's so easy to use and lasts all day.  I apply it after I apply my foundation and it stays the whole day.  It creates such a pretty ethereal glow.  Just the right amount when the light hits the skin.  It comes in Lit- a pretty luminous pearl and Afterglow- sunset light color with warm golden undertones.  Check out the Crunchi Light Reflecting Pressed Highlighter here!

Crunchi Luxury Vegan Brushes-

I LOVE the Crunch makeup vegan brushes!  People always ask me what brushes I recommend for clean beauty and these are the ones I consistently recommend.  They're so good!  They feel so luxe and soft.  They work so well and I don't have hairs that shed from them.  I have their whole brush collection.  The Crunchi vegan makeup brushes are made from taklon.  A great material for those who suffer from animal allergies.  Check out Crunch makeup luxury vegan brushes here!

 

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This Daylight skincare product moisturizes and primes the skin before makeup.

 

Crunchi Skincare

Crunchi now has skincare products!  They have four products and I've tried 2 of them and I have to say I was totally impressed.

Daylight-

Daylight is your day time moisturizer.  This isn't any daytime moisturizer though!  This is filled with sea kelp extract, which helps to plump and firm the skin.  It also includes stellar ingredients like jojoba, sunflower, avocado, and sesame oils.  Plus, it has a ton of antioxidants from açaí, goji berry, thyme and rosemary.  These help to combat environmental stressors.  It feels really lightweight on the skin, but my skin feels incredibly hydrated.  I love how it helps to prep my skin before I apply the Crunchi Beautifully Flawless Foundation.  Check out Daylight here!

Nightlight-

Nightlight is a night cream.  This is the final step in your skincare routine.  This night cream has hibiscus flower acid in it which helps to rejuvenate your skin over night.  It also is rich with antioxidants, rose petals, ginkgo-bilboa, and sage.  This combination helps to give the skin a brightness and reduce dull skin.  It feels richer and more hydrating on the skin than the Daylight moisturizer- the perfect hydration amount for at night when skin needs a little more tlc.  Check out the Crunch Nightlight cream here

That's a wrap on my Crunchi  review! This line is so good and delivers on every product. They're clean, and effective-what more could you want?! I tried their whole product line and I can honestly say I'm impressed with the quality, ingredients, and longevity. Crunchi is on to something…and it's so good!

Have you tried any Crunchi makeup or skincare products?

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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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