Best of Green Beauty 2017

Best of Green Beauty 2017

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

We had three criteria when choosing products:

1. We had to love it.

2. Had to be clean(duh).

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

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

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

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

(Random Order)

1. OSMIA Hand Soaps-

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

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

Snag an Osmia soap here!

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

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

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

Grab your body oil here!

3. Aila Beauty Better Than Gel Nail Polish-

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

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

Snag your Better than Gel here!

4. Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray

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

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

Get your hair spray here!

5. Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask-

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

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

Get your mask on here!

6. Hush + Dotti Mascara-

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

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

Grab your mascara here!

7. Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant-

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

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

Snag your deodorant here!

8. LIVE Botanical Honey Rose Cleansing Mask-

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

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

Grab your Luna mask here!

9. Maya Chia Highlight of the Day-

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

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

Snag your Highlight of the Day here!

10. Kjaer Weis KW Red Lipstick-

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

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

Get your Kjaer Weis Lipstick here!

11. True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner-

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

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

Grab your shampoo and conditioner here!

12. Khus Khus Sans Age Face Serum-

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

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

Grab your face serum here!

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

Best Green Beauty Oils/Serums

Best Green Beauty Oils/Serums

This post has been a long time coming, but I’m finally dishing on the best green beauty oils/serums.  I seriously have had an oils/serums post in the works forever.  I have notes I jotted down about each one I tried.  This is one product that you can’t just try in 2 weeks- it takes some time to really get to know the formula and see results.  I’ve done my homework though and rounded out my favorite green beauty facial oils/serums.  I often get asked which ones I like best in green beauty- so I knew I needed to eventually write a dedicated post.

Now you might be wondering why use an oil/serum on your face?  Good question.  First, I must explain what the difference is between an oil and a serum.

A serum is meant to target specific concerns of the skin and is usually a mixture of water, and ingredients like antioxidants, vitamins, etc.  The molecule structure is smaller, so it’s able to penetrate the skin and do the work, repairing, replenishing and so on. I like to think of a serum as the real game changer when it comes to your skincare routine.  It isn’t filled with a lot of extras, instead it’s loaded with all the potent, skin changing ingredients.  Usually a serum is the most expensive product of a skincare line because it’s the most activated.

“My mantra as an esthetician has been, put your money into oils/serums and skimp on cleansers.  Cleansers you wash off, an oil/serum stays on your skin doing the work.”

A facial oil is different.  It’s going to give your skin moisture and nourishment, and obviously doesn’t include water.  You want an oil to have a blend of essential fatty acids(EFA’s) or omegas.  Our bodies don’t produce EFA’s on their own so we need to supplement them internally and externally.  I like taking a fish oil daily for some good omega 3’s.  Oils also can contain a mix of essential oils that help to balance the skin and provide therapeutic properties.  Oil’s work perfectly with our skin’s cutaneous and get to the center of the epidermis.  Many people with oily skin think they should avoid oils- when really the opposite is true.  Using oils helps bring balance to the skin and don’t clog pores like other moisturizers that contain emulsifiers, waxes, etc.

Ok, now that you know the difference between an oil and a serum, let’s talk about when and how to use them.

This is how to apply an oil/serum:

  • Cleanse skin
  • Tone/Mist
  • Add a few drops of serum to your hands and press into your face(allow to seep in before applying oil, also don’t overdue it with a serum. They can contain powerful ingredients and often people apply too much which leads to sensitivity if not careful)
  • Add a few drops of oil to your hands and press- in rub in with upwards streaks
  • Apply eye serum(use your ring finger and apply in tapping motions. Your ring finger has the least muscles out of all your fingers)
  • Finish with a cream if you need additional moisture and to protect skin(a cream doesn’t seep into the skin like an oil or serum will, it’s meant to protect the skin from environment and elements)

An oil/serum have the power to change your skin.  Think words like resurface, hyper pigmentation, fade, even out skin tone, and so on. All words that perk people’s ears up when it comes to skincare.  Often people give up on an oil or serum too early.  I’ve seen it time and time again.  They use a product for two weeks and say it doesn’t work or my skin is freaking out.  You need to give oils and serums time to see change.  Especially when it comes to clean skincare.  If you’ve switched over from conventional it may take a period of time for your skin to adjust to your new products.  Give it time and watch your skin take on a whole new look.  Many of the products I list below are really powerful oils.  I have a few dedicated serums as well.

Things I’ve noticed since using oils and serums:

  • Hyper pigmentation fade
  • Overall brighter/radiant complexion
  • A more balanced complexion(doesn’t feel dry in certain areas)
  • Less red and more even toned

Ready to see my favorites??  I’ve got options for low and high budgets and all kinds of skincare needs.  These are products that I’ve personally tried over the years and can say they they work.  So grab your note pad- it’s time to take notes!  I’m not going to go into great detail about ingredients, or brands.  I’ve done reviews on most of these already and will link the review so you can check out more details if you wish!

Maya Chia-

The Super Couple- (all skin types, even sensitive) Love this oil.  The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils.  It just feels so luxe the moment you apply.  It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel.  It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone.  It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously.  I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get.  This oil is a game changer. Check out my full review here and grab one for yourself here!

Supercritical Pure Chia Oil- (dry skin, sensitive) This oil is from Maya Chia as well but it is different than The Super Couple.  It smells more citrusy in my opinion but still light. This oil is made for even the driest skin types.  Literally hydrating the most parched skin.  It also has ingredients that plump up the skin and minimize fine lines.  This is an all around super hydrator.  I use it in the morning before my makeup or after a serum at night when I need some extra moisture.  Your skin will feel like silk!  Read more on the Supercritical Pure Chia Oil here and get one for yourself here!

Laurel Whole Plant Organics- (All skin types, sun damaged skin)

Sun Damaged Repair Facial Serum- This is a serum and oil in one that helps to repair sun damaged skin.  The formula contains 27 whole organic plants!  It helps to reverse the signs of aging that the sun brings.  It also helps to brighten and fade age spots.  The oil feels richer on the skin but it also seeps right in.  When I used it I noticed a decrease in overall redness, faded sun spots and clearer skin tone.  I just love how this oil feels on the skin too.  Laurel really uses the power of plants to restore the skin.  Read my full review here and get your Sun Damaged Repair Facial Serum here!

Live Botanical- (normal/sensitive skin types/acne, budget friendly)

Clary Sage Chamomile Calming Serum- This serum is also an oil.  It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin.  Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up.  I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming.  It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture.  I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone.  I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning.  Like it had a big gulp of water.  My sisters used this as well when we were on vacation and they loved it too!  This is a budget friendly oil.  Read my full review here and snag your’s here!

Agent Nateur- (All skin types, male and female)

Holi(oil) Youth Serum- This frosted bottle contains a rich oil that smells like roses.  Not only does it help smooth skin and wrinkles but it also is extremely hydrating.  It doesn’t feel greasy at all and seeps into your skin, giving your face a radiance.  My skin looked restored.  I used this after several sleepless nights and it literally brought the life back into my skin.  It’s true to it’s name- giving you your youthful skin back!  There isn’t a long list of ingredients but the ones that are in there are effective.  I also love using this before makeup.  My foundation glides on.  Bonus- my husband can use it too!  Grab your bottle here!

True Botanicals- 

Pure Radiance Oil- (all skin types) This rich oil does what it’s name suggests- gives you a radiance.  It smells so fresh too.  This oil is packed full of powerful antioxidants that do some serious work on the skin.  It’s  True Botanical’s best selling product and for good reason- it performs.  It not only hydrates the skin to the core, but also provides antioxidants to help fight free radical damage.  My skin looks renewed and dewy when using this oil.  I often feel like a broken record, but True Botanical’s products perform.  Even though I try many serums/oils I find myself reaching for this one often when I need an extra surge of hydration and a pick me up.  Read my full review here and snag your bottle here!

Basics Collection Hydrating Oil- (budget friendly, ok for pregnancy) This oil is from True Botanical’s Basic Collection.  It’s a more budget friendly line from True Botanicals and I love it.  This oil doesn’t feel quite as heavy as True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil.  It has the signature TB scent but much lighter.  This oil is completely safe for pregnancy too.  It really just delivers all around.  From hydration to soothing the skin and it has antioxidants that help fight signs of aging too.  This is such a good deal for what you get!  Read my full review here and get your bottle here!

Basics Collection Hydrating Serum- (budget friendly, ok for pregnancy) Another budget friendly option from TB’s Basic’s Collection. This is a traditional serum that isn’t going to hydrate on it’s own but assist in hydrating your skin with hyaluronic acid.  It penetrates deep into the skin, leaving lasting hydration and helping fight free radical damage.  I really loved how this made my skin feel.  It would feel completely plump and moist.  I felt my skin looked more youthful because all my wrinkles weren’t defined from being dried out but were filled with water.  Huge fan!  Read my full review here and get yourself a bottle here!

Leahlani- (dry, combination, sensitive skin)

Mahina- This elixir oil quickly became a fave.  It not only hydrates your skin, but nourishes it with nutrients while you sleep.  You wake up with smooth, even skin.  One particular oil that Leah put in that I love is prickly pear seed oil.  It has been known to help brighten skin, fight signs of aging and moisturize like crazy.  A definite home run oil.  The biggest thing I noticed right away with Mahina is how much it calmed my redness.  Especially around my nose.  My skin felt replenished and soothed.  The smell is of course wonderful too, as are all of Leahlani’s products.  Read my full review on Leahlani here and grab your Mahina here!

Marie Veronique- (acne, sensitive, rosacea)

Soothing B3 Serum-This is a powerful serum!  It’s main ingredient B3 helps calm inflammation and help ceramide rejuvenate production.  It acts like a gel when it goes on your skin, leaving a serious glow all day long.  I feel like everyone needs this!  Got hormonal breakouts, acne or redness?? This serum helps to reduce inflammation, which causes all acne.  My redness was reduced and my skin looked more even and clear.  I love that it is fragrance free and essential oil free, great for those with the most sensitive skin types.  Great for night time or day time, this is a must in anyone’s skincare routine!  Get your Soothing B3 Serum here!

Kahina- (all skin types)

Brightening Serum- I’ve been using this serum for 5 years and it still remains one of my faves!  It helps to minimize dark spots and hyper pigmentation and bring an overall brightness to my complexion. It also helps to fight free radical damage and protect your skin from the environment.  It’s such a great thing to have in your bag to apply everyday.  Not only does it protect but also deliver nutrients to help treat your skin as well.  Grab your bottle here!

Acure- (budget Friendly, all skin types)

Seriously Glowing Facial Serum- This is another great serum that really works and doesn’t break the bank.  Full of all organic ingredients like pumpkin seed oil, borage oil and argan oil, this little bottle packs a punch.  It’s heavier then some serums, definitely more of a rich oil.  It smells so good too-the scents that stick out to me are lavender and orange.  This felt like a drink of water for my skin.  I would wake up in the morning and my skin would just feel so plump…in a good way.  Grab your ACURE Seriously Glowing Facial Serum!

Well, that’s a wrap!  See any faves?  What are some of your must have oils/serums??

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