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Best Of Clean Beauty For June

Best Of Clean Beauty For June

Sharing the best clean beauty for June!  Another month gone by- can you believe it?!  It seems like this year has flown by in ways and then other ways it seems like it’s been the longest year ever.  Who’s with me?  This month I have some stellar new clean beauty finds to share with you.  As always, I try and pair it down to the best of the best.  

Since summer is here, I’m sharing some of my favorite picks for the warmer weather.  I have to stop sometimes and remember how far clean beauty has come- it’s truly amazing!  So many new clean beauty brands and products.  It’s changed so much in the last 10 years and so many people are now swapping out their products- it’s a beautiful thing!

In this installment of the best of clean beauty for June I’m sharing:

  • True Botanical’s Resurfacing Moisture Mask
  • Detox Mode Deodorant
  • Sky Organic’s Jojoba Oil
  • Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
  • Evolvh Hair Super Finish Polishing Balm
  • Suntegrity Tinted SPF 30 Moisturizer 

 

These have all taken up residence in my natural beauty routine lately.  Some of them are new and some of them are just old favorites that have resurfaced due to the season change.  Hope you love reading my best of clean beauty for June!

 

True Botanicals

The True Botanical’s Resurfacing Mask doesn’t mess around!

 

True Botanical’s Resurfacing Moisture Mask

I just wrote about this mask last week and I couldn’t wait to share it again in my clean beauty roundup for June!  I had already tried True Botanical’s Overnight Mask and loved it but had never tried their Resurfacing Moisture Mask.  Little did I know I was in for a treat!  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. I also love doing this first thing in the morning before the day.  I’ll brush my teeth as I wait for the mask to do it’s thing.  It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application.  The lactic acid in the mask helps to slough off the dead skin cells, while at the same time stimulating the production of ceramides and hyaluronic acid.  These both help to keep moisture locked in to the skin.  

The mask doesn’t stop there.  Then it helps to add additional softness to the skin with avocado butter.  Plus, this mask includes Astaxanthin.  This essential fatty acid does so much!  From helping diminish dark circles, hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines and stimulate collagen production.  This is basically you’re new favorite mask!  I love how smooth my skin feels after using it and bright.  It’s like an instant facial for your skin.  If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first.  You only need to leave it on for 5 minutes.  Any longer and you might start to feel a burning or tingling sensation. You won’t be disappointed!  Get yours here!

 

clean beauty brands

These new natural deodorants are just in time for summer!

 

Detox Mode Deodorant

When it comes to clean beauty- natural deodorant can be hard to come by. These deodorants are the newest launch from Detox Mode and they’re so good!  They have a baking soda free version and a regular version.  They both go on really smooth and don’t irritate my underarms at all.  I was skeptical that the baking soda free version would actually work- but it does!  The Feeling Free Deodorant is the baking soda free version.  It has a combination of charcoal and lavender for the scent as well as eucalyptus.  It does a great job of keeping me smelling fresh all day!  

The Feeling Altogether is the regular deodorant with baking soda and it has a combination of neroli and cardamom.  I love both the scents.  If you have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate baking soda well, I would recommend the baking soda free version.  Excited to have another natural deodorant in my rotation!  Check them out here!

 

Clean beauty brands

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

 

Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant

My clean beauty skincare routine just got a whole lot better with this product!  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 used this in the morning first thing on damp skin.  I rubbed in circular motions.  Then brushed my teeth. Once I was done I rinsed it off.  My skin felt so smooth and radiant!  I used 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!

 

Clean Beauty Brands

This jojoba oil has one ingredient that moisturizes so well! Use it for my whole family.

 

Sky Organics Jojoba Oil

I love pure simple oils and this is exactly that.  I’ve been using this as my clean beauty body oil and on my kids as a body oil too.  It really hydrates the skin so well and leaves it feeling silky smooth.  It doesn’t leave a greasy film like some oils.  I love jojoba too because it resembles so closely our own body oil.  Sky Organics jojoba oil is cold pressed, so all the nutrients are left intact.  Plus, I love that it’s houses in a dark glass amber bottle.  Protecting the oil from heat and light.  Lotions and creams can contain so many ingredients, but with this oil you are literally just using one oil on your body- so pure!  I apply this on slightly damp skin after I shower, and my kid’s baths.  This really helps to seal in the moisture.  Plus, it’s such a budget friendly pick and you can get it on Amazon- win/win!  Check it out here.

Clean Beauty Brands

This not only acts as your sunscreen but also your foundation!

 

Suntegrity 2-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen

I’ve been wearing this as the weather has warmed up and I want something that feels lightweight and easy.  This tinted face sunscreen is it. It’s similar to a BB cream.  Tinted moisturizers tend to be too thin for me because they don’t offer enough coverage.  This offers just the right amount of coverage.  It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen.  From superb coverage, hydration and good tint.  Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30.  It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  I wear the color light. Grab yours here!

 

Clean beauty brands

This hair balm keeps the flyaways at bay and your hair silky smooth.

 

Evolvh Hair Super Finish Polishing Balm

I’ve been using this balm for over a month and I’m addicted!  It hydrates the hair but doesn’t weigh it down.  It helps to seal in the moisture, but not make your hair greasy.  I just apply a small pump into my hands and rub them together.  Then I add run it through the ends of my hair. It helps to control frizz, smooth flyways, and give an overall polished look to the hair.  Especially great if you have dry ends, or curly hair.  I love applying it right after I blog dry to smooth my ends and then right after I curl my hair to smooth the curl.  You can also use it on damp hair and let it air dry to prevent flyaways.  Check it out here!

That sums up my best of clean beauty for June!  See anything you want to try?  What have you been loving?

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True Botanicals Mask Review

True Botanicals Mask Review

Excited to share my True Botanicals Mask Review!  If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you know I’ve been a fan of True Botanicals for some time.  I have a full review here of all their formulations.  This brand delivers skincare results!  I even have a video I did on True Botanicals- sharing how I use their products.  Check it out here!

If you aren’t familiar with the brand, allow me to introduce you to this clean beauty skincare icon!  

This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.”

*I wanted to mention that True Botanicals is having their biggest skincare sale’s event soon! It will be site wide and run for a limited time. A great time to stock up on all your favorites! Enter your name and email address below to get early access to the sale!  

 
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Sharing my full review on all 3 masks by True Botanicals!

 

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  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.  I tried out the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

TB is also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified.  A new certification done by third party testing that ensures toxins stay out of products.  

Another exciting thing from TB headquarters is their Clear Collection passed clinical trials against Proactiv+. Making it the go to skincare line for acne.  Most lines dry out your skin in hopes of combatting acne.  But with TB’s Clear Collection it actually kills bacteria that could be causing flare ups and breakouts.  The products create balance in your skin, unlike most acne treatment lines.  Say hello to your new favorite acne skincare line that delivers.  Check out the full clinical trial results here!  As they say the proof is in the pudding!

TB 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.  

If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here.  They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best.  Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated.  If it’s one thing I’ve learned from using TB products it’s that skincare needs two things to be great, clean and effective.  TB offers both.

*True Botanicals did send me this mask collection, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

Let’s dive into the True Botanicals Mask Review!

 

True Botanicals

The True Botanical’s Resurfacing Mask doesn’t mess around!

 

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. I also love doing this first thing in the morning before the day.  I’ll brush my teeth as I wait for the mask to do it’s thing.  It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application.  The lactic acid in the mask helps to slough off the dead skin cells, while at the same time stimulating the production of ceramides and hyaluronic acid.  These both help to keep moisture locked in to the skin.  The mask doesn’t stop there.  Then it helps to add additional softness to the skin with avocado butter.  Plus, this mask includes Astaxanthin.  This essential fatty acid does so much!  From helping diminish dark circles, hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines and stimulate collagen production.  This is basically you’re new favorite mask!  You won’t be disappointed!  Get yours here!

Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

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 or even in the summer months when your skin takes a beating from the sun and gets dried out.  The mask includes all star ingredients like mango butter, squalene- both known for their healing properties.  Mango butter has a blend of vitamin a and vitamin c, plus essential fatty acids,  While squalene-derived from olive oil, helps to firm the skin.  Another key ingredient in this mask is hyaluronic acid.  Able to hold 1,000 times it’s weight in water, this ingredient really draws all the moisture to your skin.  Keeping it well hydrated.  I also can’t not mention a key ingredient called AC collagen Pre-peptide, this ingredient is known comes from seaweed and is known to increase collagen synthesis by 400% after 48 hours!  I know- kind of amazing.  It’s small molecular size, makes it easy for the product to get deep into the skin and do the work.  I also love that it doesn’t contain a lot of the typical pore clogging ingredients like many facial creams.  It literally nourishes the skin so well.  I notices minimized redness too.   Get your Moisture Lock Mask here! Get it here!

 

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The True Botanicals Pacifica Glacial Clay Detoxifying Mask is the best for purging the skin.

 

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!

 
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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.

 

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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Organic Beauty Box Roundup For June

Organic Beauty Box Roundup For June

Sharing the organic beauty box roundup for June on the blog!  This month is packed full of new brands and products that are hitting it out of the park when it comes to performance.  I was so excited to reveal the boxes this month.  If you’re new here every month I break down the best natural beauty boxes in clean beauty.  They’re all a little different so if you’ve been on the hunt for a beauty box you’re bound to find one in the roundup.  

*As always the boxes roll out at different times during the month so be sure to check back to get all the details on the organic beauty box roundup for June. 

 

Beauty Heroes June Discovery 

 

 

Organic Beauty Boxes

This duo doesn’t mess around when it comes to creating brighter/glowing skin!

 

I was so excited to start using these two products from LILFOX!  They are both new products from the brand and a perfect combo.  LILFOX is no stranger to Beauty Heroes, they’ve been in the box several times.  If you aren’t familiar with LILFOX, allow me to introduce you. LILFOX was created by founder, Alexis Rose.  A native southern Floridian, she is a certified aromatherapist, and essential oil educator.  Each product has a blend of organic wildcrafted essential oils and isn’t watered down.  The products are aimed to deliver a glow, and to help you find your own unique skincare ritual.  I love that each product is crafted in their studio and not outsourced.  I also swooned over their luxe packaging when I saw it.  Their products are packaged in amethyst glass to help preserve the contents, and protect the biodiversity of the formula.  Who doesn’t love that?  This month the hero product is their Haute C Serum.  The sidekick is the Dewy Bean Dream Mask.  These two offer a one-two punch for getting smooth, glowing skin. 

Haute C Serum- This serum is all over brightening serum, featuring 15% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.  This is a derivative of Vitamin C, which has been shown to penetrate the epidermis and dermis in clinical trials.  Plus, it has been shown to increase collagen production and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.  Sound like a genie in a bottle?!  It basically is.  I can’t get over how many stellar ingredients are in this one product.  I mean Vitamin C alone is an active enough, but it doesn’t stop there.  It also has niacinamide, a Vitamin B3, which if you’ve followed me for a while you know I love.  It helps to reduce redness, very soothing, even out hyperpigmentation, helps with acne and is brightening.  But it continues, with ingredients like bamboo extract, sodium hyaluronate, Vitamin E and ferulic acid. It’s basically a skin’s dream team!  I’ve been using it day and night.  For both day and night I wait for it to dry on my skin completely before applying any other product.  I noticed an overall brightness to my skin and glow.  The biggest change is just an even look.  Not so ruddy.  It’s like someone took an eraser and blurred out imperfections- needless to say I’m loving it!  Vitamin C is a game changer for skincare and this product performs so well.  

Dewy Bean Dream- This mask such a unique mask.  It is a gel consistency that you wear overnight.  It’s full of dew bean which is a Vitamin A rich legume that gives you retinol results without the negative side effects.  Plus, this mask also contains lactic acid, niacinamide, and glycolic acid transforming your skin.  Brightening dark spots, helping with cellular renewal, and boosting the overall moisture content of the skin.  This mask basically does the job of resurfacing your skin at night to reveal a bright, radiant complexion.  I applied it at night after cleansing and toning my skin and after applying Haute C Serum.  I would wait 10 minutes for it to dry and then apply the Dewy Bean Dream mask.  I noticed an overall brightness the next morning.  The combo of the Haute C Serum, plus the Dewy Bean Dream is a match made for skincare results!  

I would hop on this discovery before they sell out!  Word on the street they will.  The value is $235 but you can get it for $58.95!  Get it here!

 

Boxwalla

 

Organic Beauty Box review

This box was so fun! Love seeing all the brands in one box.

 

This box is actually out of stock but keep checking back- it might change.  I was excited to see several different brands in the box!  Often it’s just one brand.  I have used products from African Botanics and Pai but I hadn’t tried anything from Nini Organics.  I also loved getting a hand lotion- something I wouldn’t normally get in a box. 

African Botanics- This brand is swoon worthy all around.  From the formulas to the change they bring the skin, they bring luxury skincare to your beauty routine.  I loved this Botanical Hand Cream!  It hydrated my skin but didn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily.  I also love that it comes in a tube- so easy to throw in my purse!

Pai Sea Aster & Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum- Although I’ve tried so many of Pai’s products I haven’t tried this one!  This product especially spoke to me because I deal with redness in my skin.  I used this in the morning before I applied my make and it was the perfect serum weight.  It sunk right into my skin.  It helped to plump up my skin too. Loved the hydration it added overall. 

Nini Organics Detox Foam- Ok, truth be told I was most excited to try this product!  It is unique because it comes in powdered form. You add a little water and it activates the product and turns it into a foam cleanser.  It’s meant to be used as a daily cleanser, especially for those with acne prone skin or oily skin.  It is full of antioxidants and detoxifying dried vegetables.  Not only does it get rid of daily grime but it also helps to boost collagen and get your skin smooth and supple.  It’s a cleanser but also a mask.  I would add the powder to my hand, add a few drops of water and then mix it together in my hand and apply to my face.  It was foamy and felt so good on my skin.  Then I would leave it on for a couple minutes to really help detox like a mask.  My skin felt revived and purified after using.  It was a big purge for my skin!  I love using this 3-4 times a week as a deep clean or in the morning for a boost of overall radiance and to get the blood flowing.

Check out the box here and see if it’s in stock!  

 

The Clean Beauty Box: Sublime Glow

 

Natural beauty box roundup-June

Loved being introduced to this new clean beauty brand!

 

Sharing another box for the organic beauty box roundup for June! I was so excited to see OKOKO Cosmetiques in this month’s June Clean Beauty Box!  I had never tried anything from them and was excited to dive into their products.  This is a Canadian skin care line that creates products to that bring all the elements of skin together, from moisture, nutrition, protection, renewal and radiance.  They are environmentally conscious to their core and take great efforts from sourcing, to how they produce their products.  As much as they stand on eco products, their formulas speak for themselves when it comes to giving skincare results!  I love how they keep up with new skin ideas and innovations.  These high-end products are both good for the environment and your skin!

Clarifying + Firming Serum With Dragon’s Blood Extract- This oil-free formula is truly a unique product.  It quickly absorbs into the skin and supercharges it with antioxidants, niacinamide- one of my faves and it’s at 10%- which is huge!  It also has willow bark extract, which is great at repairing the skin’s barrier function, also brightening and evening out skin texture.  It hydrates, but not like an oil because it’s oil-free.  It feels like a big drink of water for the skin.  I love that it not only protects the skin, but also is nourishing it at the same time with tons of antioxidants.  It also helps to minimize redness with the high percentage of niacinamide.  My skin feels plump and revitalized after using.  I’ve been using it after toning and before my moisturizer or oils.  You’ll be hooked!

Sublime Balm- This balm does so much!  It feels light for a balm but heavy enough to hydrate my skin.  It not only can act as a cleanser, but also as a night balm or if you just need a little moisture as an all over hydrator.  It also helps to minimize redness, and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.  It absorbs so well for a balm.  Often balms I’ve found sit more on the top of my skin.  Not this one.  It really seeps into my skin- which I love.  It’s also filled with so many actives from lycopene that’s from tomato oil, pomegranate sterols, astaxanthin, beta carotene, mango butter and white clay.  A serious treat for the skin.  I apply very small amount, think less than a pea on my face.  I’ve found warming it between my hands creates a great texture to easily apply it.  I apply it at night as the last step in my skincare routine.  It feels like it’s sealing everything in!

Hop on this month’s Clean Beauty Box and get it here!  The value is $131- but you can get it for $41.95!  Get it here!

 

Detox Box

 

Natural Beauty Box

This box will keep you looking bright eyed all day long!

 

I was so excited to see 100% Pure in the Detox Box this month, I couldn’t wait to share about it in my organic beauty box roundup for June!  This natural beauty brand has been around since the beginning and has a wide array of clean beauty.  It’s all about looking bright and awake for the day!

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream- If you’ve been around clean beauty long enough then you’ve seen this cult fave floating around.  This eye cream doesn’t mess around when it comes to brightening and de-puffing!  If you’e needing a little refresh for the under eye area this is your new bestie.  I dab it on first thing in the morning to kick bags to the curb and perk up my under eye area. 

Bright Eyes Mask- These are my absolute faves!!  Using these in the morning first thing will ensure you look wide eyed and bushy tailed for the day.  They are packed with hydrating ingredients like aloe and cooling cucumber that help to smooth out the eye area.  You might not be getting a full night’s sleep but you can certainly fake it!  This is a great combo with the coffee bean caffeine eye cream.

Vitamin C Serum- Keep your complexion in tip top shape with this Vitamin C serum.  Help combat free radical damage by applying a couple pumps after you cleanse your skin in the morning.  Not only will it protect your skin from free radical damage but also give you an overall brightness.  

Long Last Liquid Eye Liner- Another way to perk up your eyes?  Liquid liner!  Give yourself an instant eye lift with the perfect winged eye liner.  You won’t have to worry about your eyes looking tired with this liquid liner.  The best part is the longevity!  No liquid liner running down your face midday.  

Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara- One of my favorite natural mascara picks!  I just wrote about it here in my Natural Mascara post- check it out.  This mascara gives you length, separation and lift.  Plus, it really lasts!

The Detox Box is valued at $144, but you can get it for $55!  Such an amazing clean beauty box for a steal of a price!  Get it here!

 

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Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

So excited for this post featuring up and coming natural beauty brands!  As a seasoned natural beauty blogger, I can spot a new natural beauty brand fairly quickly.  It’s been 10 years since I swapped my conventional beauty products for new ones.  Since then I’ve really been able to see what makes a product unique and special.  Recently, I’ve found 3 new natural beauty brands that have really caught my attention.  They’re all a little different and their products speak for themselves.  I wanted to showcase these new brands and hear a little behind the scenes from their founders of what made them decide to delve into the world of natural beauty and more.  Plus, share my reviews of their products of course.  I think you’re going to love getting to know these up and coming natural beauty brands and their products they have to offer!

 

Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

 

 

Alpyn Beauty Review

These beauties have taken up permanent residence in my skincare routine!

 

Alpyn Beauty 

 

I have loved getting to know this brand from the products to the maker.  I first tried their Survival Serum and thought wow, I need to try more.  It left my skin glowing with an overall brightness.  So then I tried their PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer and yet again was so impressed by how it performed.  My skin was left hydrated and not greasy feeling.  It it heavy enough to moisturize but light enough to wear during the day time or over your favorite facial oil.  Your skin feels silky.  I also have since fallen hard for their Line- Filling Eye Balm.  This eye balm is so unique.  It looks similar to a cream but it’s not.  It is lighter in texture and soaks seamlessly into the skin.  I pat it on with my ring finger- the finger with the least amount of muscles, so less chance of pulling the delicate eye area.  It brightens, hydrates and de-puffs.  Not too mention, the long term benefits of faded fine lines- yes I’ll take it!  I use this morning and night and have no plans of stopping- addicted.  

I love how this brand truly takes wildcraft to the next level. If you are unfamiliar with the term wildcrafting, I am sharing an exert from Alpyn Beauty’s Site on what true wildcrafting means.

Wildcrafting (sometimes known as foraging) is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or “wild” habitat, primarily for food or medicinal purposes.  -Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn Beauty uses wildcraft ingredients from Jackson Hole Wyoming where the formulas are created.  These plants withstand so much to survive the harsh climate changes.  From sub zero temperatures, to the scorching heat, these plants have learned how to protect and thrive.  Alpyn Beauty then takes these precious plants and uses their superpowers in their formulas to create skincare magic.  Just as the plants protected themselves from the elements, so they do on the skin.  These plant actives are what Alpyn Beauty likes to call their PlantGenius.  Ingredients that have stood the test of time and are consistent at being resilient in the face of the wild.  The ingredient complex of PlantGenius include, wild arnica, wild chamomile, borage, calendula, and sage.  These ingredients are next level when it comes to delivering skincare results.  

Alpyn Beauty also hand-cultivates their PlantGenious ingredient complex.  They describe hand-cultivating so well on their site.

Hand-cultivating is the act of caring for or raising plants individually by hand, rather than machine.

As you can see Alpyn Beauty takes natural beauty to new heights with their attention to every detail of the formulation process.  This in turn creates products that are truly special.  I can’t help but geek out a little when I use their products knowing the amount of attention and thought that went into every step.  And you thought you were just using a moisturizer… 

Alpyn Beauty has been so kind to offer my readers 20% off!  Use code: GONEGREEN.  Expires May 31 at 11:59 pm. Shop here!

 

Alpyn Beauty Review

Alpyn Beauty faves- Calming Midnight Mask with Melatonin & Wild Dandelion and Melt Moisturizer.

 

Interview With Founder Kendra:

 

1. What made you decide to start Alpyn Beauty?  

It was actually not planned at all! I had spent 20 years working at prestige skincare brands in New York. In 2015, we moved our family from Manhattan to Jackson Hole to get away from the stress & toxins of the city.  I quickly realized there was nowhere to buy prestige skincare in Jackson Hole, so I opened my own beauty stores.
I quickly noticed my clients were dissatisfied and not seeing results with everything that I was offering in the store. The climate in the mountains is so severe, nothing was bringing their skin the relief it needed. One day, I was sitting in my backyard looking at the wild, hydrated, juicy plants in the mountains and started wondering, how has the natural flora evolved to survive (and thrive) in a place that was wreaking havoc on the skin, what is in this self-adopting juice? When I discovered that skincare ingredients were growing naturally all around me, I began studying wildcrafting and the rest all just happened from there.
 
2. What can people expect from your products?  Is there a theme,
special ingredient, ritual?  

We are the wildcrafted brand. Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or wild, habitat. When done sustainably and with
respect, only the fruit, flowers or branches are carefully removed, and the living plant is left healthy and intact. As a brand we believe in PlantGenius –
which are the Fresh Mountain Actives that we sustainably harvest from the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They are in every product. We then combine our potent wild actives with the industry’s latest, and most trusted, breakthrough ingredients—from Bakuchiol to Melatonin—to effectively, and gently, address skin concerns and the signs of aging. We use real botanicals to deliver real results.
 
3. What is your favorite product from the line?

I love all the babies the same, however, the survival serum has a special place in my heart. It really works- plus it’s pink and sparkly! I can see it on the skin of my clients when I’m in a yoga class and in the grocery store. I know exactly who’s wearing it- their skin has this ethereal illumination/glow.  I can spot it on them from across the room. I got the idea when I was looking at the glistening sunlit crystals on the surface of the snow. It made everything look so smooth and even- I wanted to bottle that brightening & resurfacing phenomenon and I think we got pretty close.

4. I was excited to see Bakuchiol in some of your formulas, what
made you want to include it in your formulations? 

I’m so glad to see that bakuchiol is finally having its moment in the sun!  I stumbled upon it when I was pregnant and breastfeeding and was told I couldn’t use retinol. I spent many years working with skincare brands that produced clinical products containing retinol. While retinol has so many amazing benefits, the bottom line is that it’s not for everyone. Bakuchiol on the other hand is a plant-derived ingredient that has been clinically proven to have similar results- but it comes directly from the Earth! A win/win. When I started using the ingredient, I was shocked that my skin looked as good (if not better!) as it did when I was using retinol, but I wasn’t
experiencing any of the negative side effects.

5. Speaking of skincare ingredients, what is your favorite ingredient to
use in products and why?

Anything that grows naturally from the Earth (which is how we wildcraft, without the help of a farmer) is my favorite ingredient! We are always on the hunt for new actives that are growing deep in the forests and valleys of Jackson Hole, and are excited to see what changes they can bring to the skin. 

6. What does your skincare routine currently look like?

How long do you have? Seriously though, I think I have over 200 products in my bathroom right now. I try everything. I am always online reading
reviews and researching what people are talking about. I think over the years my husband has become accustomed to that fact that one drawer in
the bathroom is his, and the other dozen or so are always mine. But he doesn’t mind, because I think I’ve turned him into a product junkie too by
now. It’s just seeped in via osmosis, and I’m happy to share! Brands I am intro right now are Westman Atelier, Tower 28, Innersense and my Ellis
Brooklyn fragrance. 

7. What are you currently reading(book), listening to (podcast/book)and watching (show/documentary)?

I wish I had more time for books and TV. I am watching the Michael Jordan series with my husband called The Last Dance and I found it incredibly motivational. I hike each morning and wouldn’t get through the steep climb without my Fat Mascara or Goop podcasts.

8. Best piece of advice you have ever received?

You have to be an advocate for what you believe in. I spent so many years in my early career being nice, polite and agreeable, but that is changing as I get older.
Whether you are a mother advocating for you child or a brand founder looking out for your brand – don’t leave the outcome up to somebody else.  Speak up and fight for what you need, in a respectful way of course! 

9. You currently have 5(standout) products, can we expect more from
your line in the future?  

Yes, stay tuned!!! We have a big one coming out in October 2020. I just approved the formula and I scrape the bottom of the jar every night when I apply it. I can’t give it all away, but I will give a two-word clue and that is “Wild Huckleberries.”  🙂
 
10. If you could tell my readers one thing when it comes to clean
beauty, what would it be? 

Clean doesn’t mean “wimpy.” Just because a formula is natural and eco-friendly, doesn’t mean that it can’t deliver hard hitting clinical, visible results.  I was shocked at the benefits I saw when I switched my regimen from clinical to natural, even though I was hesitant to make the switch at first.

 

Wellnesse Review

New favorite natural toothpaste alert! This whitening toothpaste from Wellnesse is so good.

 

Wellnesse

 

If you’ve been in the natural scene or world for any length of time then you’ve heard of Wellness Mama. Katie from Wellness Mama started her blog over a decade ago and has since become a respected source for all things natural living.  I remember when I first started transitioning my life over to a natural lifestyle and reading Katie’s blog posts.  I still do!  It was an easy choice to add Wellnesse into the up and coming natural beauty brands list.  Now she has an amazing podcast.  If you haven’t checked it out be sure too here- I learn so much listening!  The information she shares and passion in which she shares it is contagious.  It is one of my very favorites and one I listen to weekly.  She has a way of sharing information that might seem overwhelming or complicated and breaking it down into practical tips.  

When I first learned Katie had launched a new natural beauty line I was so excited!  If you’ve perused her website at all then you’ve come across her many DIY recipes for natural beauty.  She’s taken years of testing out different formulations and turned them into a company called Wellnesse that you can now buy and not have to make!  I love the simplistic approach Wellnesse takes with their natural beauty products.  They are real products, with real ingredients.  They really stand on 3 core principles when it comes to their products:

  • The Highest Ratings Possible- Each formulation is curated in such a way to make sure they rate as clean as they can on the EWG.

  • Only What’s Best For Your Body- Each formula is made to exclude all the toxins you would find in conventional brands.

  • Better Practices Every Step Of The Way- They are committed to building a brand that is both sustainable and supports minority-owned businesses. 

I love how important ingredients are to Wellnesse as well.  On their website they list out their ingredients, what they do, a description, their rating on the EWG and what product it can be found in.  I absolutely love this transparency!  Often I look up a product’s ingredients and can hardly find them, if at all on a website.  This ingredient information really is so beneficial for a consumer looking to understand why ingredients are used.

I also wanted to applaud Wellnesse for creating products that are both effective but also budget friendly.  Often the two don’t mix when natural and budget come together.  However, Wellnesse has found a way to bridge the gap and create products that are both.  You can get a shampoo and conditioner for $30!  Or a bundle, where you get a shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste for $40.  In a world where natural shampoos typically range from $25- $35 this is a welcome change of pace.  Makes switching to natural products less of a stretch and more affordable for everyone.  

*Another bonus is they offer free returns and exchanges if you’re not completely satisfied with your product within 30 days.  A huge plus as buying products online can seem challenging at times.  This really ensures you love your products.  

So far I’ve tried their Whitening toothpaste, Cleansing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner.  Their toothpaste is a newfound favorite of mine!  I love that it is glycerin free.  Glycerin has been known to coat teeth and prevent teeth from absorbing important minerals.  It keeps my mouth feeling minty fresh.  I also have been using their cleansing shampoo and nourishing conditioner.  The shampoo gets my hair feeling so clean and has a great lather to it.  The nourishing conditioner is light for my fine thin hair and doesn’t weigh it down at all.  The conditioner is very light and doesn’t give it a ton of hydration.  It works for my hair since it’s fine, thin and currently most of it isn’t colored.  If you have thicker hair, or color treated hair that needs more moisture I would recommend the enriching conditioner as it would be more hydrating.  

Shop all of Wellnesse here!

 

Wellnesse Product Review

Wellnesse Cleansing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner.

 

Interview With Founder- Katie Wells From Wellnessmama.com

 

1. What made you decide to start Wellnesse?
 
I realized that even some of my most naturally minded friends were still using a few conventional personal care products because they were more effective. I’d been making homemade alternatives for years and knew that we could create products that avoided all the problematic ingredients and that were more effective than their chemical-laden counterparts. 
 
2. What can people expect from your products? Is there a theme, special ingredient, intention?
 
 All Wellnesse products use only EWG safe ingredients so you can feel safe using them on the whole family. We also go beyond just non-toxic and safe to create products that are packed with beneficial ingredients to nourish the body from the outside in.   
 
3. What is your favorite product from the line?
I am really proud of all of our products, but our Whitening Toothpaste is my favorite. I spent years perfecting this recipe to support the oral microbiome, provide the minerals our teeth need to be healthy and white, and to be free of all harmful ingredients. Ever read a regular toothpaste label? It warns that it should be kept out of reach of children and to call the poison control center if ingested. I wasn’t comfortable letting my kids use a product like that twice a day, and knew we could do better! 
 
4. I was excited to see you started with hair products and toothpaste, what made you decide to start there? 
 
Those were the biggest offenders in most bathrooms, and most people use those products daily. I realized that if we could get people to switch to natural products in those areas, we’d reduce their exposure to many chemicals by as much as 80%! 
 
5. Having been an avid blog reader of yours for years I know how important transparency is for you. How did this translate over into Wellnesse when creating the formulas and listing the ingredients?
 
I wanted to be just as radically transparent with Wellnesse. In an industry where ingredients are often green-washed or hidden, it was important to us to go out of our way to list every ingredient and explain it’s purpose and benefit. We use only EWG safe ingredients and go beyond just safe to include ingredients that are beneficial to the body in various ways. 
 
6. Can you share about your packaging when it comes to your formulas? 
 
We’re continually working to innovate our packaging. Unfortunately, there aren’t any perfect options yet (though I’m hopeful that we will see many more packing choices within the next couple of years). For now, we use sustainable sugarcane packaging that is compostable in commercial compost facilities, and we’re testing several other sustainable options. 
 
7. What are you currently reading(book), listening to(podcast/book) and watching(show/documentary)?
 
Reading: Algorithms to Live By, Indistractable, and The Conscious Parent
Listening: Caffeine by Michael Pollan (audiobook), 
Watching: Recently watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (series) and Fantastic Fungi (Documentary). 
 
8. Best piece of advice you have ever received?
 
Two things come to mind… the first from a favorite teacher in high school who always told us to “question everything constantly, including and especially me.” This advice has served me well in life and business, and I often say this same thing to my kids.  Another great piece of advice is the idea found in stoic works about focusing only on what we can control and not stressing about things that we can’t.
 
A few of my favorite quotes related to this:
“All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.”
— Marcus Aurelius
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself with are externals, not under my control, and which have to do with the choice I control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own.” — Epictetus
“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.” – Viktor Frankl 
 
9. You currently have 6 products, can we expect more from your line in the future? 
 
Yes! We will be releasing a volumizing dry shampoo soon and have locked in formulas for our next few products that I am so excited to get to share within the next year! 
 
10. If you could tell my readers one thing when it comes to clean beauty, what would it be?
 
Simple is almost always better! We’ve been told for years that we need all kinds of fancy and expensive products to keep our skin and hair healthy, when often a few simple products and ingredients will work just as well. Often the essential things for beauty aren’t even product related at all: hydration, sleep, time in nature, and meaningful relationships. And I always love to come back to the Audrey Hepburn quote: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
 

 

Beuti Skincare Review

Can’t stop using these two products by at Beuti Skincare- The Sleep Elixir and The Pomegranate Glow Enzyme Cleanser.

 

Beuti Skincare

 

I was introduced to Beauti Skincare a couple months back and didn’t think much until I started to use their Beauty Sleep Elixir Oil product and was wowed.  Then I did a deep dive into the brand to discover more and had to share an official Beuti Skincare review with you.  I then learned that Princess Kate loves the Beauty Sleep Elixir too- not surprised!  I then tried there Pomegranate 3-in-1 Enzyme Cleanser and was once again sold on another one of their products. I am still using both products daily!  I use the Enzyme Cleanser in the morning.  I love how it really wakes up my skin and doesn’t feel stripping.  Yet, it doesn’t feel super oily right before I apply my makeup.

 I also use their Beauty Sleep Elixir product and it’s almost halfway gone.  Definitely says something as a clean beauty blogger.  The Sleep Elixir feels rich on the skin but not overly oily.  It sinks right into my complexion and leaves it feeling dewy and with a glow.  I’ve never read so many rave reviews about an oil- for real!  It has over 305 on Credo Beauty’s website.  It’s definitely a fan favorite.  I apply it at night after cleansing and toning and in the morning after cleansing and toning.  It’s made especially for sensitive skin too.  You will love it!  Check it out here.

Beuti Skincare is based in the U.K. and is founded by an aesthetician who wanted to create a skincare line that was pure and free from fillers, and irritants.  She wanted a line that would be great for sensitive skin and also wouldn’t break the bank.  I love the list of superpower ingredients on their website.  Listing out why they use them in their concoctions. It’s no wonder the Sleep Elixir is so powerful.  I also learned what inflammaging is from Beuti Skincare.  

Inflammaging is a process that is caused by chronic inflammation and this is not just the redness and irritation we see on the surface of
the skin but the underlying damage we do not see. It is this very underlying inflammation that causes collagen and elastin degredation
and a breakdown of the skin’s barrier function.  -Beauti Skincare

We can repair inflammaging by using antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories on our skin that will help to restore the skin.  One more reason to snag their Sleep Elixir and let it get to work on your skin!  

Shop all of Beuti Skincare here!

 

Beuti Skincare Review

Beuti skincare products have won not only my heart but Princess Kate’s as well!

 

 

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Natural Beauty Box Roundup For May

Natural Beauty Box Roundup For May

It’s that time!  The natural beauty box roundup for May is here!  Every month I get a little giddy peaking into the boxes as I get them in the mail wondering what could be inside.  This month is no different!  Another month brings new brands in clean beauty that I haven’t tried.  I love when the seasons start to change too because then you start to see different products for the seasons.  The sun is starting to shine everywhere and it’s feeling like summer is getting close!

*This month we are seeing boxes from Beauty Heroes and The Detox Market.  I also share about Boxwalla and The Clean Beauty Box but they are bi-monthly boxes, so I only receive them every other month.  

If you want to check out past reviews on those boxes, check them out below:

On to the reviews!  

Up first this month is Beauty Heroes, next will be The Detox Box which you can subscribe to here.

 

Beauty Heroes: Bathing Culture

 

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Never was there a more perfect time for us to consider the importance of bathing!

 

This is my first time seeing and experiencing Bathing Culture as a brand.  It was founded by two city dwellers who loved going outdoors to explore and get adrenaline highs.  Tim Hollinger and Spencer Arnold wanted to create a business that would both be clean and environmentally friendly.  They did just that!  As they delved into the beauty industry- specifically body wash, they were struck with how toxic it actually was.  They realized they had their work cut out for them and created a gender neutral, regional organic, Rainforest Alliance, personal care products that truly performed.  Oh and did I mention the formulas are housed in biodegradable and reusable bottles?  They really go to the extra milel to create clean products that are both sustainable and truly clean.  They have gone so far as even opening up 50 refill locations and planted a tree for every 5 gallons sold- talk about next level! 

Mind and Body Wash- This month’s heroic product is not just any body wash.  It has organic ingredients that not only cleanse your skin but add hydration with shea butter.  The scent is a blend of balsam, vetiver, ylang ylang, ho wood, and frankincense.  It comes housed in a glass bottle and pump.  (I did want to note on the pump due to the COVID pandemic, the founders have had manufacturing issues supplying the pump.  They have worked tirelessly to try and source more, however, it has been hard to find replacements.  Boxes will be delayed as a result, unless you don’t mind not having a pump and just having a screw top).

Outer Being Face & Body Oil- Inspired by their outdoor adventures, the founders created this face and body oil.  A perfect oil to use all over your body.  Filled with raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn, and marula seed oil to name a few, this oil truly hydrates the skin.  This helps to continue your bathing ritual after you use the Mind and Body Wash.  It helps to lock in the moisture and keep your skin feeling soft and supple.  A skin treat for sure!

Golden Hour Hydrosol- This hydrosol is filled with Bulgarian Rose Oil, Moroccan Rose Oil, Turkish Rose Oil and hand harvested Moroccan Neroli Flower Oil.  It will take you back to the scent of flowers and the memories they hold.  This is perfect for post sun skin, in the morning to awaken your senses, and as an all over body mist.  It has such an uplifting scent that isn’t over powering.

This box is valued at $127 but you can get it for $58.95!  Get it here! 

 

Detox Box: One Love Organics

 

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This month’s Detox Box is showing up with One Love Organics!

 

The Detox box for May is all about One Love Organics.  We are seeing their popular Enzyme Cleansing Oil, Vitamin C Facial Serum, and their Botanical A Facial Cleanser.  This brand has been around since the beginning of clean beauty!  They know skincare.

Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil- This cleanser is full of vitamin B complex.  I love how it’s an oil but then when you add water it slightly emulsifies and the formula turns into a milky consistency.  It not only removes my makeup, but everything else too.  My skin is left feeling smooth and hydrated, not stripped at all.  It smells like a tropical paradise with hints of coconut.

Vitamin C Facial Serum- This facial serum it packed with vitamin C and also includes rosehip, baobab, and jojoba oil that transforms dull/lackluster skin into radiant/glowing skin.  I apply it to clean skin that’s still slightly damp.  You can use it in the morning or at night.  I love how rich the oil feels on my skin.  It really feels so nourishing.

Botanical A Facial Cleanser- This facial cleanser contains AHAs, BHAs and wintergreen extract.  It lathers up and helps to cleanse your skin even more.  I start with the Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and then I follow with this.  It really is the perfect cleanser to really achieve that deep clean feeling.  My skin feels so clean!

You can get all of this- $156 value for $55!  Such a good deal.  I would hop on it now before it sells out!  Get the box here.

 

Natural Beauty Box Roundup May

Sharing my full review on all the natural beauty boxes for the month of May on the blog.