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Live Botanical Review

Live Botanical Review

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

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

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

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

First I’m going to share some new products that I’m officially obsessed with!

 

 

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Sharing some of my new favorites from Live Botanical.

 

 

First Light Brightening Oil

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

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

 

Antioxidant Mask

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

 

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This First Light Brightening Oil is a skin changer!

 

 

Seasonal Radiance Elixir 

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

 

 

Skin Repair Balm

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

 

Balancing Whipped Oil

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

 

 

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

 

 

Glowing Honey Mask 

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

 

Hyaluronic Serum

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

 

Coconut & Bergamot Body Oil

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

 

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

 

Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil

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

 

Nourishing Cleansing Oil

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

 

Travel Size Kits

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

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

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Huut Organic Egyptian Cotton Sheets Review

Huut Organic Egyptian Cotton Sheets Review

I’m so excited to share my Huut organic Egyptian cotton sheets review with you!  I’ve tried many organic sheets in my day but never Egyptian cotton sheets that were organic.  Sheets are one thing that needs to be detoxed quickly if possible.  The toxic load really adds up over time.  Keep reading to hear of the toxic burden conventional sheets pose.

Since we spend about a 1/3 of our life in bed it’s important to know what were sleeping on.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!

What to look for when buying organic sheets?

  • Look for sheets that are certified organic by the GOTS- Global Organic Textile Standard.  For more info. on GOTS click here. This standard ensures the product is made without any toxic chemicals and that at least 90% of fibers are organic.  Also, no child or slave labor.  It’s peace of mind when buying the sheets if you see this label.  It means the sheets were made using pure and clean standards.
  • Avoid sheets or blankets that say “Wrinkle Resistant”, “Easy Care”, or “Permanent Press.”  These words indicate that formaldehyde resin was used in the process and it will NOT rinse out.
  • BE AWARE- just because a sheet set says “organic cotton” does not mean they’re certified organic.  It may indicate the cotton was grown organically but after that the fabric was processed with toxic chemicals.
  • Look for Oeko- Tex Certified Sheets.  These sheets may not be grown organically but they are tested for unhealthy chemicals in the final product.  These often tend to be a little less expensive and easier to find. For more on Oeko- Tex Certification click here.
Huut Organic Egyptian Cotton natural bedding review

Huut Organic Egyptian cotton natural sheet and review.

About Huut-

When I first learned about Huut I was excited to learn that not only are they organic but also OEKO-TEX certified and Cotton Egypt & Egyptian Cotton Association Certified.  Now if you’re like me you might be wondering what the last certification means- because I definitely did.  I looked them up and was excited to learn all about their strict standards and procedures.  You can read all about the certification here.

What makes Egyptian cotton different then regular cotton?  Well, it’s hand picked!  So you can be sure that your getting the most pure product.  The sheets also have 80s long staple fibers which give you the softest and most sturdy cotton in the world.  These are the best of the best!

Huut really wanted to create products that not only were great for people but also the earth.  While at the same time providing a superior product that creates a luxurious sleeping experience.  Something I can get behind!  I also love their mission in giving back.  This is a quote from their website.

For every sale made on a Huüt sheet or duvet, we donate to Feed My Starving Children.We know you give a Huüt to, so thank you for joining us!

Another reason I love supporting this company!  Also, they have a 30 day money back guarantee too. So if you don’t like your sheets for whatever reason you can return them.  They also offer free shipping! I mean does it get any better?

My Review-

I was so impressed with these sheets the minute I opened the box!  They are so soft and I couldn’t wait to wash them and put them on my bed.  Well, let’s just say they did not disappoint.  The softness and overall feel is amazing!  I’ve never had Egyptian cotton sheets before but now I know what all the fuss is about.  You can really feel the quality with the 300 thread count in the sheets.  Plus, I love the smoothness I get from the sateen finish.  Am I turning into a sheet snob?  I don’t know but my husband and I are both addicted!  I also love knowing my skin isn’t soaking up any pesticides or weird chemicals since they’re organic.  I can have my cake and eat it too!

If you’ve been looking for sheets that are not only organic but also seriously SO soft then I would snag these!  These would make a great Christmas gift too.  Huut hooked you up with a great coupon code!  Use: GGG25 for 25% off- now that’s a deal!  Shop Huut Organic Egyptian Sheets here!