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Top 10 Green Beauty Products of 2016

Top 10 Green Beauty Products of 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 may be a wrap but our favorite products from this past year still reign on in our beauty routines.

As green beauty gains speed in popularity and attention, it is thrilling to see the range, scope, performance and selection of goods grow and expand. This is exciting but then again, with so many products to choose from it can make buying overwhelming. So me and my girl Lisa,  This Organic Girl wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect of this past year and highlight our most favorite green beauty products from 2016. A top 10 roundup if you will.

These products deliver in performance, ingredient quality and tick the self care box. If you haven’t tried these, Pin this page and bust it out the next time you go to restock your vanity. You won’t be disappointed!

Kari Gran Lip Whips


GurlGoneGreen: This lip balm is always in my vanity, I mean always.  I put it on morning and night.  I’ve always had dry lips and when I found Kari Gran Lip Whip I knew a love affair was about to happen!  My lips stay hydrated throughout the day-finally.  Plus, I love the subtle sheen it gives my lips.  I fancy the light pink peppermint flavor-but then again when do I not reach for the mint in anything?! Get it-you’ll love it!

This Organic Girl: What’s not to love!? One look at the ingredients (all organic oils + beeswax + non GMO Tocopherol with Mica and Titanium Dioxide to tint) and it was love at first sight but then I used it and fell in love even more! Moisturizing, perfect shine, a touch of peppermint all in a petite screw top pot makes this my top pick for lip treatments!

GurlGoneGreen: I don’t go anywhere without this exfoliant-no seriously!  I tried this last year and knew it was going to be a staple.  I mean what of Josh Rosebrook’s isn’t?!  It not only removes all my dead skin cells and gives me a polished look but can I talk to you about the glow my skin gets after using this?  Because it’s real!  Hand’s down my favorite exfoliant.

This Organic Girl: A twofer that everyone needs in their lineup! This exfoliator is a cut above the rest because it works in two ways. Finley ground walnut shells mechanically slough away dead skin cells while herbal enzymes work to reveal new skin. All organic ingredients (except the walnut shells) and unparalleled performance make this formula a top pick.

Buy it Here!

True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner


GurlGoneGreen: This shampoo and conditioner is among the top faves among green beauty bloggers and for good reason.  It works and works well!  Your hair is clean, hydrated(not greasy) and smells amazing.  Oh and don’t get me started on the packaging-chic and eco!  Two thumbs up. If you’ve been searching for a shampoo and conditioner, this is it.

This Organic Girl: This combo saved my life. I was ready to go back to conventional shampoos until I found these beauties. Not only does this shampoo clean hair but it stays clean for days! And this conditioner gets out the tangles and leaves hair soft and shiny. A beautiful fragrance, clean ingredients and responsible packaging make this duo a must have!

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Leahlani Mermaid Mask


GurlGoneGreen:  This mask, I love it.  It smells amazing, the ingredients you could literally eat and it works.  My skin is happy, radiant and decongested after using this baby.  I really believe everyone should own this mask.  It works for every skin type.  Plus, it is such a steal for the quality of product! Did I mention the founder, Leah is a saint?  She is-no joke.

This Organic Girl: Straight from the islands of Hawaii, this honey based mask is made with powerhouse superfoods: organic chlorella and spirulina. Gentle enough to use daily, it cleans, moisturizes and leaves skin looking radiant and glowing. You don’t know masking unless you’ve Mermaid Masked!

You Gotta Try This Mask! 

Kahina Eye Serum


GurlGoneGreen:  I’ve tried a lot of eye serums in my day but always go back to this one.  It works so well.  Say goodbye to darkness and puffiness and hello to brighter eyes.  I love that I can wear it under my makeup and at night.  Plus, putting it in the fridge overnight works so well to add an extra kick for the morning.

This Organic Girl: Love this product for its performance. This serum delivers moisture, reduces puffiness and brings life to my eyes. I also appreciate that it assimilates immediately leaving behind no greasiness and makeup can be applied almost instantly. My top fave eye treatment to date!

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Hynt Brow Creme


GurlGoneGreen: Love the Eye Brow Creme.  It gives my eye brows a natural look and stays put.  No harsh looking eye brows here.  Plus, it’s so easy to use.  I love the ingredients too and the fact that it lasts forever!

This Organic Girl: This creme to power finish formula defines brows with a natural finish. I was hooked on Ecobrow for over a year but once I tried this formula, I never looked back. A better color match, a softer look, easy to use and simple straight-up ingredients make this formula a superstar.

GurlGoneGreen: This mascara is the bees knees.  It really checks all the boxes, length, volume, separation-it does it all!  Plus the brush is big and fatty-my fave.  You won’t have to worry about smudging with this mascara because it doesn’t happen.  Everyone I’ve recommended it too loves it-need I say more?

This Organic Girl: It’s true! Suzi recommended it to me and I love it!  A nontoxic mascara without performance compromise is what you will find in Gia! A majority of this formula’s ingredients are organic and all of them are nontoxic. What you get is full, defined, thick, lengthened, black, bangin’ lashes that don’t flake or smudge. I love trying new mascaras but I always go back to Gia. Staple!


Grab One Here!

MAHALO Cleanser


GurlGoneGreen: I’ve been using this product for almost two months and I can’t get enough.  It’s unlike any cleanser I’ve ever used.  It looks like a balm but then when you apply it and mix it with water it slightly foams up and liquifies.  It takes all my makeup off effortlessly and doesn’t dry out my skin one bit.  I’m addicted!  And the smell…so good!

This Organic Girl: What she said!

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Laurel Whole Plant Organics Facial Serum Sun Damage Repair


GurlGoneGreen:  This serum is amazing and works so well.  Say goodbye to hyper pigmentation, dark spots, uneven skin and hello to radiant, even, happy skin.  I used this serum to the very end and coming from a green beauty blogger that’s saying something.  Everyone needs this!

This Organic Girl: A 100% organic moisturizer that works to repair sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, discoloration and promote skin regeneration PLUS it has natural SPF botanicals like Red Raspberry Seed, Carrot Seed, Cranberry Seed and Jojoba to protect from new damage!?!!? Yeah, if you are a (sun damaged) child of the 70s/80s like I am, this one is a must have and definitely in our top 10.

One For Me And One For You!

FitGlow Beauty Lipstick in Love


GurlGoneGreen: Discovered this red last Fall and haven’t looked back!  It’s the perfect shade.  It gives my whole face an instant lift when I wear it.  It’s super moisturizing too!  A fave all around.  I’ve been known to just apply this to my lips with some mascara and a little foundation and blush and BAM I instantly feel put together.

This Organic Girl: Can I get a WHAT WHAT for this red that seems to work for everyone!? Seriously if you think you can’t wear red (like I did for 35 years of my life) give this color a try and step out like BOOM! I own this city! Moisturizing, long lasting and full coverage, this burnt red formula has no hints of pink or magentas. It compliments all skin tones and looks fantastic with every hair color. And the icing on the cake? It’s organic. Thank you.

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That’s a wrap on our top 10-What would you add?

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E3Live Tamera E3 Light Creme-

Best Organic and Natural Skin Cream for sensitive and dry skin

Best Organic and Natural Eczema/Irritated Cream For Angry Skin

This cream saved my neck a couple weeks ago- no joke!  So my neck had been feeling irritated for a while- almost sensitive.  Anyways, I applied a mask and my neck literally broke out into the biggest rash.  It covered my neck and looked like eczema almost.  It was dry, and patchy.  So I used the E3Live cream on my neck and it literally changed my skin!  I put it on at night and the next day my neck was actually healing and not irritated.  It continued healing each day and now is gone.  I had tried several different oils and creams and everything made it worst.  But the E3Live actually felt soothing and healing!  The ingredients are great.  I think the ingredient that did the trick was the algae extract.  My naturopath had actually told me about the cream originally.  He said it is one product he has seen help his clients more than anything when it comes to skin conditions- especially eczema. I’m a believer!

Get your E3Live Click Here!

Leahlani Aloha Ambrosia-

I love this Morning Moisture Elixir!  It leaves my skin feeling so dewy and hydrated.  I put it on in the morning before my makeup.  It helps to fill in all the cracks and smooth out my whole complexion.  I find it has been perfect for the transition to cooler temps.  Plus it smells amazing!

Get your Aloha Ambrosia here!

Live Botanical Luna Rose & Honey Mask-

Ok, if you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m seriously obsessed with this product!  I’ve gone through several jars since discovering it last year.  It is the perfect cleanser/mask for in the mornings.  I put it on in the morning and then leave it on while I brush my teeth.  It gently exfoliates and gives my skin a serious glow.  My skin feels overall awake.  I can’t recommend it enough!  People always tell me that they love it once they’ve used it.  I even have a 20% off coupon code too!  Use the code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Get your mask here!

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Laurel Sun Damaged Repair Serum-

You know a serum is good when your blogger bestie Lisa from This Organic Girl shows up with the same Face Serum!  We both attended Natural Expo East last week and we both brought Laurel’s Sun Damaged Repair Serum.  When two green beauty bloggers show up with the same serum- there’s something special about it.  This serum is perfect all year round but I especially love it after the summer months.  It helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.  Minimizing dark spots and brightening skin.  I seriously can’t recommend it enough! It smells divine, is the cleanest of the clean when it comes to sourcing and really works- what more could you want?  You can thank me later!

Get Laurel’s Sun Damaged Repair Serum here!

Laurel’s Brighten Mask-

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Get Laurel’s Brighten Mask here!

Aillea + Organic Bath Co. Organic Citrus Lemongrass-

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Get the Body Butter here!

Maya Chia Optimist-

This toner is my absolute favorite!  There have been many hydrating mists that I’ve tried in my years as a beauty blogger but this one takes the cake.  Why?  Well, for starters the formula is divine.  It completely hydrates the skin and feels so refreshing with antioxidants and amino acids.  Your skin will feel plump and perfectly hydrated.  But the kicker of the whole experience?  The actual bottle and pump applicator- it’s amazing!  I know sounds funny to even say but after having so many bad experiences with mists I know a great one when I use it.  The Optimist is just that- GREAT!  It doesn’t squirt out unevenly or in a harsh stream but a nice even mist that seriously feels so good.  It’s stolen my heart!

Snag Maya Chia’s Optimist here!

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Kosas Natural Lipstick In Electra- The Perfect Candy Apple Red

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I mean does Kosas lipstick even need an introduction?  I talk about them all the time and I can’t stop!  The formula and colors are just divine.  I keep trying new colors and I have yet to find one I don’t like.  Is that even possible?  I just can’t get enough.  I’ve tried 3 new colors recently- Fringe, a nice brick red for fall, Electra, your classic candy apple red and Violet Fury, a limited edition magenta that looks good on both warm and cool tones. Trust me, you’ll love them!

Get your Kosas Lipstick here!

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Get your Aila Nail Polish here!

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

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Snag your Kosas Tinted Face Oil here!

See any faves?  What are you loving right now?


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