Live Botanical Review

Live Botanical Review

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

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

There is a wide variety of products from facial products, to body products.  I tried a handful of them.  I’ve shared a review before about the Skin Repair Balm and Aer Hyaluronic Serum, and I’m adding them on to my review here.  I have some new products to share- specifically their Best of Live Botanical Kit. Keep reading to hear my full review! Oh and Carolyn the founder has been so kind to offer 20%!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN!

Skin Repair Balm-

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

Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil- 

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

Mint + Ginger Toning Mist- 

This toning mist is everything!  It feels so refreshing and dewy on the skin.  I love anything mint, as most of you know and this toning mist is no exception. Plus, the kick of ginger sends this mist over the top.  It calms my skin while at the same time reinvigorating it.  I love spraying this after cleansing and right before my serums/moisturizers.  Not too mention it really feels so good in the morning!  It perks up my skin and gets me going.  I love how Carolyn uses a combination of herbs that are both warming and cooling.  This helps to increase circulation and improve cell turnover.  With the first ingredient being aloe, you literally feel like your skin is hydrated from the inside out!  I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough!  Get your Mint + Ginger Toning Mist here! Don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Luna Rose and Honey Mask- 

I love this mask!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30?  Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Aer Hyaluronic Serum-

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

Best of Live Botanical Kit-

This Kit is the perfect solution for someone who is looking to sample a good amount of product, but not break the bank or a skincare set for travel.  The kit includes Coconut and Bergamot Body Cream, Blood Orange and Neroli Toner, Clary Sage and Chamomile Calming Serum, Luna Moisturizing Cleanser.  It’s a $130 value but you can get it for only $84-HELLO!  Such a steal!  And I didn’t even mention the cute bag it comes in by Frankie & Coco– locally handcrafted in Portland, OR.  If you’re wanting to transition to clean skincare but have been fighting the price tag- this may be the perfect line for you!  Snag your Best of Live Botanical Here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Coconut & Bergamot Body Cream-

I can’t get enough of this body cream!  It’s so good.  The smell of this is enough to transport you to an island oasis.  It comes in the cutest tin too.  I applied it right after showering and it melted into my skin.  My skin felt hydrated and moisturized but not greasy at all.  I need tubs of this-no joke!  Seriously one of the best body creams I’ve used!  Get your Body Cream here!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Blood Orange & Neroli Toner-

This toner gives the perfect amount of hydration.  I love spritzing this on after cleansing and right before a serum.  It smells just like the name suggests- blood orange and neroli.  It’s very soothing.  The ingredients in this are on point too.  You can even just spritz it throughout the day to lift your mood.  The blood orange is perfect for balancing skin and tightening pores.  While neroli is great for calming redness, and soothing the skin.  A stellar combo for a hydrosol.  Grab your toner here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Clary Sage & Chamomile Calming Serum-

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

Luna Moisturizing Cleanser-

This cleanser is one of prettiest cleansers I’ve ever used!  It looks so pretty in the bottle.  It’s a milky cleanser and very hydrating.  I would get my face damp and then apply the cleanser in circular motions to remove my makeup.  Then I would take a warm washcloth and wipe it off.  It would leave my skin feeling moist and not dry at all.  I would recommend this for anyone with dry or sensitive skin.  It’s not going to dry your skin out at all like some cleansers might.  My sister who has more oily skin thought it was a bit too hydrating for her skin type.  I have more dry/combination skin and it worked great for me.  Get your cleanser here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

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

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Best Green Beauty Face Masks

Best Green Beauty Face Masks

I’ve got the Best Green Beauty Facial Masks rounded out for you!  Everything from a quick glow mask to a detoxifying mask and everything in between.  There are so many great green beauty masks- it’s hard to just have one.  They all really serve a different purpose too.  What’s great about these masks is they aren’t filled with any of the nasties!  A mask serves your skin in so many ways.

They make skin feel moisturized, revived…oh and let’s not forget the glow!  Plus, masking is like having your own mini spa session, while in the comfort of your own home (a big deal when you’re a mama).  As an esthetician, I’ve realized the mark of a good mask is bringing  real nourishment to the skin.  In conventional masks, you find nothing but junk…serious toxic junk.  I looked up one of the most popular conventional masks out on the market and you know what’s in it? A ton of chemicals!  What’s crazy is masks sit on your face for a good 15-30 minutes.  A long time for chemicals to be soaking into your skin…um scary!

So now that you’ve tossed your conventional masks, let’s chat about what to replace them with.

Leahlani Skincare-

Mermaid Mask-  This mask is seriously so good.  The founder Leah is a saint, no joke.  I’ve gotten to know her on social media and she truly is the sweetest.  She creates all of her products by hand in Kaui, Hawaii.  Her mask is a little piece of heaven.  With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence.  A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye.  Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing!  It smells so insanely good too.  You’ll be tempted to eat it.  This mask is great for everyone.  Acne skin, pre-mature, congestion, dryness and redness.  Oh and P.S. when you buy it you must know that there is this thing called Mermaid Mask Monday on social media- where all the mermaids come out and wear their mask!  Get your Mermaid Mask here!

Kokoleka Mask- Kokoleka, how I love you!  This mask is something special.  I love how Leah describes it on the bottle, a “Ritual Dessert Facial Mask”…can you say yum?!  First let’s talk scent.  It’s very similar to the Cleansing Powder, smells like sweet coconut, but with a chocolate twist because of the cacao-I so dig it!  This mask is different than the Meli Glow.  Kokoleka is meant to detoxify and purify your skin.  It comes in a powder form, and is activated when you add water.  I use a small ceramic bowl and brush, and apply it liberally all over my face.  Don’t add too much water, you want it to be a thick creamy texture.  I applied too much water the first time, and it was more soupy.  It does harden but not like a typical clay mask that drys your skin out.  This one isn’t drying at all! Your skin feels smooth and radiant.  I visibly notice a difference in my skin every time I use it.  I’m convinced everyone needs this! Get your Kokoleka here!

Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask-

I love this mask!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30?  Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

Max and Me Sweet Serenity Mask-

This mask and wash is by far one of my very favorite masks!  It is just delectable.  The smell literally transforms me to a calming and soothing place with cacao, honey and mangosteen.  I can’t get enough.  As I write this my jar is completely gone…I know sad.  I literally used every last drop.  The beauty of this product is it can be used in many ways.  One way is as a cleanser.  I use it to rub away all the day’s grime and wipe off with a warm washcloth.  My skin feels renewed and refreshed.  I also love using it as a mask.  First, I would use the Purity and Grace oil cleanser first to remove all the dirt from the day and then follow with the Sweet Serenity Mask.  I would then go about my nighttime routine and then at the end wash it off with a warm washcloth.  My skin loved every drop.  This little ritual of cleaning and masking has given my skin some serious restoration and glow.  I would also use this as an exfoliant in the morning  and leave it on after rubbing on my face while I brushed my teeth.  It worked perfectly as a mask/cleanser/exfoliant combo.  After the mask my skin is hydrated, balanced and glows.  I can’t say enough about this product!  Get your Sweet Serenity Mask & Wash here!

Laurel Brighten Mask-

This mask is unlike any mask I’ve tried and it performs unlike any mask I’ve used for brightening.  The mask is for sun damaged, mature skin and is packed full of potent vitamin c.  I also has a blend of active ingredients.  It literally is a blend of plants and essential oils- no crazy preservatives.  It’s in powder form too, so the ingredients are very potent because there is no water dubbing them down.  When you add water, it activates the mask right then and you’re getting the best stuff!  Since it’s in a powder form and contains plants, it does have bits and pieces here and there.  But I love that about it!  You are literally using the earth to nourish and treat your skin- how cool!  Get your Laurel Brighten Mask here!

Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask-

I’ve had the pleasure of sampling this mask in the past and it was gone too quick!  It smells amazing, like your favorite berry jam.  It does wonders to awaken the skin and gently exfoliate.  Say goodbye to dull looking skin with this baby.  The ingredients again are so good.  Raw honey, and raw royal jelly, are just a few that make this mask truly decadent.  Not only does my skin look brighter, and more even after using, but I love knowing that it’s fighting signs of anti-aging with it’s super antioxidant vitamin b found in royal jelly.  This is a cult favorite from Laurel’s line and for good reason! Get your Laurel Berry Enzyme Mask here!

May Lindstrom-

Problem Solver- The Problem Solver does just that, solves your skin’s problems.  It a little miracle in a bottle.  I use this on my skin after late nights, when I have a blemish or when my skin is just congested.  Unlike the others I’ve mentioned, this mask is a powder and doesn’t activate until you mix it with water.  I love May’s philosophy in doing it this way.  You are getting the full potency every time you use it, since it activates with water.  With ingredients like bamboo charcoal, raw cacao and soil nutrients, your skin will be in it’s own little wonderland.  My skin is renewed and revived after this mask.  Oh and did I mention it will literally last you forever??  The jar is huge!  Trust me, you need this in your life. Get your Problem Solver here!

Honey Mud- This mask literally looks like chocolate pudding.  Not only does it look like chocolate pudding but it smells like it too!  The mask is a thick texture.  It’s really just all things wonderful.  Ok, I know you want more details on what it does to the skin.  Well, allow me to explain.  It does so much, from bringing balance to stressed skin, to using enzymes to lightly polish skin and reveal a brighter more even complexion.  Your skin feels so nourished and hydrated.  I even wear this in the shower if my skin is feeling extra dry to protect my skin from the heat and to keep all the moisture intact. A definite skin treat again and again! Get your Honey Mud here!

Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask-

First, it comes in this chic glass jar.  You open it and instantly get a whiff of rich cacao-just like the name suggests.  I’m in love!  It looks like dark rich frosting but not the kind you eat. This decadence is the kind you apply to your face.  Before application I mist Josh’s Hydrating Accelerator over my face.  Leaving my skin dewy and ready for masking.  I just use a spoon to apply some of the mask on the back of my hand and then use my fingers to apply to my face.  I’ve found the formula is too thick for a brush. Once applied, I wait 45 minutes to let the mask do it’s magic.  You can do less time but I like to get the full effect.  Then I just wipe off with a washcloth.  After, my skin feels revived, refreshed and awake.  I love applying my oils after and then waking up to skin that is seriously happy and radiant.  The mask detoxifies while at the same time nourishing and giving back so many nutrients into the skin.  A serious skin treat!  So what’s in this mask that makes it so magical?!  The ingredients in the mask are amazing and really make this “glow” happen.  Cacao is a known antioxidant that helps to slow the aging process and beef up collagen to give skin it’s health back.  Plus, it helps to bring circulation to the skin, causing it to absorb nutrients better.  If that wasn’t enough there are a chockfull of plant oils that help moisturize, repair and calm the skin.  Best of all?  This mask is perfect for any skin type! Dry, sensitive, oily-anyone can benefit-I’ve seen it for myself.  I have dry skin and my sister has oily and it does wonders for us both.  Get your Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask here!

Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask-

The Bean Antioxidant Mask does not disappoint.  It’s filled with pure ingredients that literally are nourishing the skin as it sits on top of your face.  It like a thick mud but not drying like you might assume.  It goes on easy and then dries.  However, my skin doesn’t feel dry after using it.  Instead, it feels like it just received a surge of adrenaline to the skin- in the best possible way!  I know, weird way to describe it but my skin was more awake and the blood flow to the skin was so apparent.  It was as if my skin had a good workout and was shining from the inside out.  It smells divine.  A sweet smell with notes of cacao and vanilla, ylang ylang and sandalwood.  My skin also feels much smoother, and clear.  It’s evident the mask actually gets in and detoxifies the skin. Get your Bean Antioxidant Mask here!

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask-

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

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask- 

I love this mask!  If you want to see a noticeable difference the minute you take off your mask, then this is it.  I had heard people rave about it in the green beauty community for quite sometime and let’s just say It did not disappoint.  Tata Harper has created some amazing skincare products, that are not only natural but perform.  So often a product can be clean, but it does’t do anything.  Tata’s products are the opposite.  Having tried several other products, I’m always impressed with the quality and difference I see in my skin.  The resurfacing mask is a gel like substance that looks clear when applied.   You leave it on for 30 minutes and bam, your left with that lit from within glow.  I love doing this in the morning before I put on my makeup.  It literally exfoliates and removes the dead skin cells, all while minimizing pores and redness.  You are left with revitalized skin.  It’s really more of a peel than a mask.  I use it once a week.  It is suitable for all skin types, but if you do have sensitive skin I would patch test before trying.  Another great perk about Tata products?  They can be found in mainstream stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Sephora. Get your Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask here!

Ursa Major 3- Minute Flash Mask-

This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a mask?  This may be the one for you.  Using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does in 3 minutes what some some masks take 15 or 20 to do.  It looks like a gel and feels lights and refreshing on the skin.  If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day.  Get your Ursa Major Flash Mask here!

 

Best Natural Self Tanner

Best Natural Self Tanner

I’m so excited to share with you the Best Natural Self Tanner!  I’ve tried several since going green and I’m here to share my favorite.

This post is sponsored by The Choosy Chick– your one stop shop for your whole family when it comes to green and clean products.  Margot the founder, personally tries the products and researches what she brings in to her online shop.  So you know you’re only getting the best of the best!

Who is Eco Tan?

Ok, let’s talk about the best natural self tanner.  I had been using a self tanner for a while but was looking for a new one.  I had heard about Eco Tan years ago but never tried the product.  Margot had contacted me from The Choosy Chick about trying out Eco Tan and I knew I had too hop on it!  Eco Tan is made in Australia by a mom named Sonya who wanted a tan without the harmful UV rays.  Her sister had been diagnosed with melanoma and had to get a growth cut off of her arm.  They started to get spray tans but then were concerned about the ingredients.  Sonya started to experiment with ingredients in their kitchen and not long after they became the first tanning manufacturer to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government- pretty cool!

Why Choose a Natural Self Tanner:

I really admire Eco Tan’s commitment to safe ingredients!  I used to use a conventional self tanner back in the day that was anything but natural.  I’m always shocked at the ingredients.  When I’ve looked at today’s self tanners, things haven’t changed.  Conventional self tanners contain an array of ingredients I wouldn’t want near my skin.  Things like, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, PEG’s, propylene glycol and parabens just to name a few.  As most of you know, skin is the largest organ and absorbs what we put on it.

According to studies, our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on.  

Why I love Eco Tan?

After testing out Eco Tan there are so many reasons why I love it!  Even compared to other natural self tanners I’ve used.  For starters it doesn’t smell like self tanner.  You know what I mean, the stinky smell that’s almost inevitable with self tanners.  Well, not with Eco Tan!  I tried two of their products, the Face Tan Water and their Invisible Tan.  The Face Tan Water smells like citrus and the Invisible Tan smells like a mix of chamomile and geranium.

Face Tan Water- I love that this product isn’t a lotion or cream but just like a toner for the skin.  Sometimes creams can be greasy and just too much for the face.  The Face Tan water gives you no greasiness and feels so light on the skin.  I applied this twice a week for an all over tan glow.  I would make sure to cleanse and exfoliate my skin beforehand and then apply the self tanner to dry skin.  I used my fingers and just made sure to rinse them well afterwards to ensure I didn’t have any leftover residue.  I applied to my face and decolletage It also says on the directions you can use a cotton pad to apply if you want but I just used my hands. Get the Face Tan Water here!

Invisible Tan- This comes in a tube and is a cream/lotion.  It can be used for face or body.  I just used it for my body.  I made sure to exfoliate before application.  I really like Acure’s Brightening Exfoliator.  I would apply to dry skin.  I noticed it took about 6 hours or so for me to see a difference in color.  The color looks so realistic and natural.  Nothing fake looking.  It really blends so well too.  I noticed a difference after one application but after two I really looked like I had a good tan. Get the Invisible Tan here!

Before and After Photos-

I wanted to share with you some before and after photos so you could get a good idea of what the product looks like on the skin.  Plus, see the difference 1 application versus 2 can make.  Hope it helps!

*This picture is of me with nothing on and not wearing any Eco Tan.

*This is me after applying the Eco Tan Face Water and letting it sit for 8 hours. Only 1 application.

*This is a picture of my legs.  I have the Invisible Tan on the right leg and nothing on the left.  

This is just one coat of the Invisible Tan.

*This is with two coats of the Invisible Tan on my legs.  Two coats on the right and none on the left.

Hope this helped you get a better idea of what Eco Tan looks like.  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off!  Get your Eco Tan here!  Have you used Eco Tan?

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Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners

Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners

The Best Green Beauty Shampoos and Conditioners is here! I have all the details on all my favorite shampoos and conditioners in green beauty.  I’ve tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my day since going green and I’m here to share the best of the best!

Now just like my Best Green Beauty Hair Styling Products I had my sisters test out these shampoos too.  They all have different types of hair as I’ve mentioned and have helped me bring something for everyone to the table.

I want to explain something really quick before I go on about this wonderful shampoo.  I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them.  Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through.  Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better, when transitioning to non-toxic shampoo and conditioner.  Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them.  Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out.  It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again.  Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.  This means stop shampooing your hair everyday-yes this is not necessary and actually could cause more damage to your hair.  Shampoo every other day at the most and in between days if you get oily, just use a dry shampoo.  You may notice your hair greasier than usual, but that is because your hair’s ph balance was so wacked from all the harsh chemicals you were putting on it everyday.  Give it some time…it will get better!

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

I always think a good clarifying treatment is in order every now and then.  Sometimes when using natural shampoos the hair gets weighed down, no matter how great they are!  This gives it a nice boost, getting rid of any residue that’s been hanging on to your strands.  I do this every couple weeks.  The recipe is easy just 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water (I usually use 1/2 cup of each but you may need more if you have thick or long hair). Mix it together and pour over head concentrating on using your other hand to rub it in your hair.  Let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes.  Then rinse off and apply conditioner as usual.

True Botanical’s Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- 

If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  This shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue either…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does but not too much and completely natural- not synthetic fragrance.  It works on everyone’s hair too!  Ok, I’ve had one person tell me they didn’t like it but that’s it.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.  Get your shampoo and conditioner here!

Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is the first natural shampoo I used and fell in love with!  It performs so well, and it’s filled with ingredients that will make you swoon!  Things like Ungurahua oil, green tea, jojoba and lavender just to name a few.  It doesn’t weigh down your hair at all.  But thoroughly cleans it perfectly.  Again, this is also safe for color treated hair.  It smells like a clean shampoo should…clean and amazing!  If you feel that all natural shampoos weigh down your hair and you haven’t found the “one” …this is it.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.  Snag your Rahua shampoo and conditioner here!

Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner-

This shampoo collection really reminds me of a salon quality shampoo and conditioner.  The smell is nice and pleasant-with hints of cranberry seed oil, and citrus oils.  I just wet my hair and lather from roots to ends.  If you have thicker hair like my sister you may need to shampoo twice but for me once was perfect.  My hair felt clean and fresh!  It also is perfect for color treated hair.  The formula includes sunflower extracts-which are high in anti-oxidants that help protect color from fading.  A definite must for anyone looking for a natural shampoo, that is not only completely toxin free, and color safe, but works.  Among Innersense Beauty hair products is also a shampoo called Pure Harmony that’s suited for even cleansing, and purifying the scalp more than the Color Awakening.  The Pure Harmony is the one I recommend for fine/thin haired gals like myself.  It isn’t as heavy on my hair.  This is especially great after getting your hair colored for an extra boost of hydration.  They even have an intense hydrating shampoo line called Hydrating Cream Hairbath which is even more moisturizing for those with extra dry hair.  Snag your Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner here!

100% Pure Shampoos and Conditioners-

This is a new find and I’ve been loving them!  They get my hair clean and don’t weight it down.  They have different formulas for different hair types.  I really like the Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner for my fine/thin hair.  Really helps to get all the grime out and give me weightless volume.  The smell isn’t strong either!  Bonus- this shampoo and conditioner is a budget friendly pick!  At Pharmaca it’s usually on sale for $17 but then you can usually get an additional 20% off of that!  Bringing it down to $13 something- pretty good deal.  Check out the 100% Pure Shampoos and Conditioners here!

Evolvh Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is a new shampoo and conditioner for me.  I’ve been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula.  My hair feels so bouncy and clean.  And the clean feeling lasts for days!  I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams a ton too!  I wasn’t sure if the scent was artificial or not at first when I smelled it.  So I contacted Evolvh and here is what they said.

Our scents contain isolated aroma molecules that are derived from a natural source. The molecules allow us to have a more concentrated and longer lasting scent. To isolate the molecules requires synthesis. Some would say this makes these components synthetic but they are not artificial as they are taken directly from the natural source, be it a plant, fruit, or flower. 

I’m not chemically sensitive however, I am very aware of scents and don’t use anything synthetic.  I could smell my hair a lot more than usual, it dissipated the more the day went on.  For someone who is sensitive to scent this may be too much. Check out the Evolvh shampoo and conditioner here!

Flourish Shampoo and Conditioner- 

This shampoo is awesome!  Plain and simple.  Can I be honest?  Whenever I get sent a natural shampoo and conditioner my hopes aren’t very high.  It’s hard to come by a good natural shampoo that performs.  Well, this shampoo did not disappoint!  Why is it so great?  Well, it actually cleans my hair for starters.  Not only does it feel clean, but it suds up when I use it, another huge perk.  With my hair being so fine and thin, if I don’t blow dry it and let it hair dry, I usually end up with greasy hair.  I have to blow dry it so it doesn’t feel greasy, and to give it volume.  However, with this shampoo I could let it air dry, and brush it out and no oily residue!  They have a variety of shampoos and conditioners for specific hair types.  I love the Patchouli and Tangerine for my find/thin hair.  The smell is just like the name suggests-patchouli and tangerine.  It’s a steal compared to a lot of the shampoos on the market today.  For $19, it’s hard to beat the price. Snag your Flourish shampoo and conditioner here!

Honest Beauty Truly Restored Shampoo and Conditioner-

This is a new favorite!  It smells nice and is great at cleaning my hair but also budget friendly!  My hair feels clean but not stripped.  It suds too!  They have another shampoo that is great for hydrating hair even more.  I haven’t tried it but I know my fine-thin hair probably wouldn’t be able to handle that much moisture without looking flat and greasy.  You can also bundle this shampoo and conditioner in the Honest Beauty bundle.  When you bundle at Honest, you get 3 products for $50- a definite steal!  Snag your Honest Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner here!

That sums up the best in green beauty for shampoo and conditioner!  See any faves?

 

 

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Products I actually bought as a Beauty Blogger

Products I actually bought as a Beauty Blogger

So want to know the products I actually bought as a beauty blogger?! Well, I’m about to divulge.  It’s no secret I get sent a lot of product.  As a beauty blogger it’s both one of the perks and a necessity to stay in the know of what’s working and what’s not.  However, there are products that I buy myself because they’re just so good and because I’m not above buying product myself.

I wanted to share my current picks with you in hopes you might find something you like as well.  These are tried and true faves that never get old.  But are necessary staples in my green beauty arsenal!  I’ve got a little of everything, something for skin, hair and makeup.   Keep reading to find out what I can’t get enough of!

Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask-

If you’ve been around green beauty for even a hot minute you’ve heard of Leahlani Skincare.  Where would green beauty be without Leahlani Skincare?!  But really, it’s true.  I just can’t get enough of their Mermaid Mask and I know I’m not alone.  This mask is all around lovely.  Upon opening the frosted glass jar you’re greeted with the smell of the Hawaiian Islands where this decent skincare line is created.  I can just feel all the love that goes into each jar.  The formula is still handmade by Leah, the founder.  This beauty mask is filled with raw honey, spirulina, chlorella, green microalgae, kaolin sea clay and a plethora of wonderful flower oils.  It was the first green beauty mask I tried and saw a noticeable difference in my skin instantly.  My skin was glowing!  Not only that but my skin felt hydrated and decongested.  My skin is less red, and more even after using.  If you’ve been on the fence about purchasing a facial mask- just do it and snag this one!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  A serious skin treat!  It’s also a great gift too!  Get your Leahlani Mermaid Mask here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Leahlani Skincare- read my full review here!

Osmia Organics Soap-

Again, another brand staple in green beauty.  Just the name sounds sexy doesn’t it?!  The founder Sarah is an ER doctor and really knows her stuff.  If you’ve seen her describe her soaps then you’ve probably bought one!  She makes them sound irresistible and then you buy one and realize she was absolutely right!  I was never a bar soap girl until the first day I laid eyes on an Osmia bar soap and I was sold.  First, the packaging is so luxe.  Wrapped in a partially-recycled, watercolor paper and hemp twine that is all biodegradable and compostable.  You’ll love the soap before you even use it.  Then once you unwrap it, you see this beautiful bar of soap with these waves at the top.  It’s just a thing of beauty.  All the soaps are made with organic and natural plant butters, organic and wildcrafted herbs, high quality organic oils and organic or wildcrafted essential oils.  Great lengths go to making this so much more than just a bar of soap and that’s why I just can’t stray from them.  There’s nothing artificial in these soaps!  They have seasonal scents that come out throughout the year and their staples too.  One of their staples I always have to have on hand is their coffee mint soap.  SO good.  Use it in the morning and you just may not need your morning cup of coffee!  I also love to sample the seasonal scents.  I just picked up a bar from their Spring Collection, and it’s all around lovely!  Get your Osmia bar soap here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Osmia Organics- read my full review here!

Aila Beauty Nail Polish-

My nails can’t stop sporting Aila nail polish for good reason- it’s the best!  The color and pigment in the polish is so vibrant.  It’s easy to apply and is long lasting.  Plus, I love the color selection.  My favorite is Bodega, but I also love I’m Naked, I’m Naked and Namaste.  Some nail polish can feel goopy and hard to work with but not Aila- it glides on the nails.  I bring this with me when I have my nails done and they love the formula!  The founder, Dr. Cary Gannon knows her stuff as a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon.  She wanted to create a nail polish line that not only worked but also was free of the common harmful toxins lurking in conventional nail polish.  Well she did it and I can’t get enough.  Besides her nail polish colors, I’m also addicted to her better than gel topcoat.  It keeps my nails chip free for 5 days!  And it rates a 1 on EWG!  Get your Aila Nail Polishes here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Aila Beauty and why you want to avoid certain ingredients in nail polish- read my full review here!

Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream-

This styling cream is a favorite for my hubs and I.  He loves how it gives hold to his hair and definition without the “wet” look.  I love using it after I’ve curled my hair to add separation and texture.  It offers the hold but doesn’t get crunch or leave my hair feeling too greasy or weighed down- which I love! The ingredients are so pure too and even help stimulate and feed your scalp for optimal hair growth.  Plus, it smells so good, with essential oils of cardamom, peach and fennel.  My hubs can’t not have this and I feel the same!  Grab your Styling Cream here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Josh Rosebrook- Read my full review here! 

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation-

This foundation is different than any other foundation I’ve used.  It’s actually a facial serum and foundation in one.  It comes in a bottle with a dropper.  Not only are you putting on a great foundation everyday, but nutrient vitamins your skin will drink up.  The serum doesn’t feel oily like you might think.  But it feels similar to a really watered down, thin paint.  I applied a few drops onto my fingers, and applied it on my face-quite like I would a facial serum.  Once it came in contact with my skin it dries, and creates this flawless finish.  It’s a matte finish but not dry looking.  The foundation covered redness, and gave my skin an overall pulled together look.  However, it looked like I wasn’t wearing anything-which I loved!  It gives you a polished look, but looks very natural at the same time.  Doesn’t every woman want that?  My skin can breathe and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing a mask.  I also, love how it doens’t feel dry at all, and it looks just as good after a full day.  A little goes a long way too!  I love having this on hand to mix with other foundations too.  If you’re looking for a foundation that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, then this is it.  I’m wearing the color 3.5.  Get your Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation here!

Also, check out all my favorites from Gressa- Read my full review here!

See any favorites here?  Anything you want to try?

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