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Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

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

 

Up And Coming Natural Beauty Brands

 

 

Alpyn Beauty Review

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

 

Alpyn Beauty 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alpyn Beauty Review

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

 

Interview With Founder Kendra:

 

1. What made you decide to start Alpyn Beauty?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does your skincare routine currently look like?

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

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

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

8. Best piece of advice you have ever received?

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

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

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

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

 

Wellnesse Review

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

 

Wellnesse

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shop all of Wellnesse here!

 

Wellnesse Product Review

Wellnesse Cleansing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner.

 

Interview With Founder- Katie Wells From Wellnessmama.com

 

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

 

Beuti Skincare Review

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

 

Beuti Skincare

 

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

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

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

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

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

Shop all of Beuti Skincare here!

 

Beuti Skincare Review

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

 

 

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Top Natural Deodorant Picks

Top Natural Deodorant Picks

Ok, it’s finally here, my Top Natural Deodorant Picks.  I’ve been working on this thing for too long, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys!  Besides sharing my favorite natural alternatives to mainstream deodorants, I really wanted to share the toxic burden mainstream deodorants carry.  This is one area of going green that I want to shout from the rooftops!  Why?  Because everyday people use deodorant, or at least most of us should.  Maybe you can get away with every other day, but you get my point.  Multiply that by 365 days and you’re rubbing toxins on yourself daily!

So what is this toxic load I speak of?  Well, let’s first talk about the biggest offender when it comes to mainstream deodorant, anti-perspirant.  What’s in anti-perspirant- aluminum.  This toxic ingredient is put in deodorant for the sole purpose of blocking your pores from sweating.  In essence so you don’t get wet.  There’s a problem though, we were made to sweat, and our body uses sweat as a way to rid ourselves of toxins.

So where does the aluminum go?  Into our blood stream, fatty tissue, and can settle into breast tissue.  Unlike toxic food that can be broken down once digested, chemicals we put on our body cannot.  Instead they find a home in our fat and can wreak havoc.  Specifically in breast tissue.  A quote from the Journal of Inorganic Bio-chemistry states, “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region.”  Although, that doesn’t equate to aluminum causing breast cancer, it certainly lays a case for it.  Plus, it’s not just the application of the antiperspirant but the application onto underarms that have just been shaven.  The broken skin makes it even more permeable for the aluminum to get into the body.  Why take the risk if you don’t have too?!

And the crazy part about it all?  Aluminum isn’t the only toxic ingredient in your mainstream anti-perspirant.  Even if you’re using a mainstream deodorant without the aluminum you’re still putting harmful toxins in your body.  I can’t forget triclosan, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and fragrance.  These all do a number in your body too, and I’m not talking a happy number!  Your best bet is to make the switch over to a non-toxic deodorant that’s free from all the toxic offenders.

Now, I know this can be a tricky thing to do-trust me.  I sweat and I sweat a lot!  However, I have picked up some tips to make the transition easier.

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO A NONTOXIC DEODORANT:

 

 

  • DRINK WATER– Sounds like a no brainer but not drinking enough water can leave your body stagnat-nothings moving and that’s not good.  Make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body weight and having consistent bowel movements.

 

  • CONSIDER YOUR FOOD- Often times what we eat has a direct effect on our smell.  If you’re putting junk into your body, i.e. refined sugar, white flour, processed foods etc. then chances are you’re going to smell it too.  Eating more leafy greens and fruits causes your body to have a sweeter smell.  Also, some foods even if they are healthy can cause you to smell just because of their makeup. Be mindful of when you eat odor causing foods that may take your stench to a whole new level. Avoid these foods for a bit to see if your odor improves.  

 

  • EXFOLIATE UNDERARMS- It’s time to slough off all that bacteria and make sure your underarms are clean.  Getting rid of the bacteria and creating a clean canvas will help ensure you’re not creating further stench.

 

  • SWEAT- Many people don’t like to hear it but sweating is actually one of the best ways to detox naturally.  It pushes the toxins out of your body.  I’ve noticed myself I always smell better when I’m consistently getting a good sweat on through some form of exercise.  Also, epsom salt baths are great for helping to sweat, as well as saunas.  If your glands have been blocked for so many years chances are they have some mucous and bacteria buildup.  Remember sweating is a good thing!  Your body may even go through a period where you sweat a little more during the transition-totally normal.  Your body will adjust.

 

  •  CLOTHING- For the first several weeks consider the clothes you wear.  Opt for material such as merino wool, bamboo, hemp and cotton-all natural fibers.  Avoid synthetic fibers which can trap sweat and help breed bacteria.  Choose loose fitting, breathable clothing.

 

  • SWITCH PRODUCTS UP- Change your deodorant after a while.  If you notice after several months your deodorant isn’t working anymore-switch it up.  Sometimes your body can get accustomed to one and it’s good to switch it up.  I’ve had this happen to myself and others have shared the same thing with me.

 

  • WATCH YOUR SHAVE- To avoid irritation, don’t apply your deodorant right after you shave.  Since your pores will be open and fresh, it’s best to avoid putting the deodorant on right away.  It may cause irritation and redness.  Give it some time.  If you can, shower the night before and apply in the morning or wait an hour to apply after you shower in the morning.  An hour gives your pores a chance to close up.

 

  • DON’T GIVE UP– Just because one natural deodorant doesn’t work or you’re still feeling like you smell, don’t give up!  It takes time for your body to acclimate and this may not be a quick fix.  Ask around, be diligent de-toxing, and eventually you’ll reap the rewards.

 

Ok, enough of the nitty gritty.  Let’s get to my review of the deodorants.  I have some all-stars, and my hub’s favorites.  Also, something for every budget!  One thing to keep in mind is every person is so different. Deodorant is such a personal choice.  What works for one, may not work for another.  It could be body chemistry, irritation, or just scent.

FAVORITE NONTOXIC DEODORANTS-

 

 

Best Natural beauty 2019

This spray deodorant hits all the marks when it comes to a natural spray deodorant that works!

Ursa Major Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant

 

Where has this deodorant been all my life?!  But really.  I first tried this in the fall of 2019 and let’s just say I was hooked after I used it for the first time.  I remember looking at it when I got it in the mail and thinking there is no way this is going to work.  I don’t know about you but spray deodorants have never worked for me- not even conventional ones.  That is until I tried Ursa Majors!  Wow this deodorant really delivers.  When I looked into it more I learned that sage actually helps dry up underarm sweat.  It smells fresh but not too potent.  I smell good all day.  The kicker and what makes it extra special is the fact it doesn’t get all over your clothes!  Most deodorants easily leave a residue all over your clothes and deodorant stains.  Not this one.  And guess what?  My hubs absolutely loves it!  He said it’s his favorite deodorant to date and asked if I could stock him up.  And that’s saying a lot because he’s pretty picky!  He loves that it doesn’t stain his clothes.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Scent- Sage, geranium, sandalwood and lemon myrtle.

Longevity- Awesome!  I smell good all day long.

Ease of Use- SO easy!  I love that it is just a spray.  Makes it so convenient and quick.

Packaging Comes in a spray bottle.

Staining- It doesn’t stain!  Let me repeat myself- it doesn’t stain!

Irritation- None, if anything it’s better for sensitive underarms because there is no rubbing or chafing.

Baking Soda- None

Price- $18.00

Shop Ursa Major’s Sublime Sage Deodorant here!

 

 

best natural deodorant

Keeps you feeling fresh all day long!

Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant

This is one of my husband’s favorite deodorants-he loves it!  It worked well for me too!

Scents- Hoppin’ Fresh, blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon.

Longevity- Good, for me it lasted a solid day and my husband thought it lasted him the whole day easily.

Ease of Use- Awesome, goes on so easy!  My hubs kept telling me, this is exactly how a deodorant is supposed to go on. It reminded him of his mainstream deodorant.

Packaging- It comes in a stick form, that’s chubby and round.

Staining- I didn’t notice any on my shirts, my hubs noticed a little on a few shirts but he said it was more on his workout shirts- he’s a sweater!  🙂

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $18

My hub’s gives this 5 stars easily.  A great unisex deodorant. Shop Ursa Major deodorant here!

 

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure’s Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!

Primally Pure-

 

This deodorant is another fave.  It gives me the protection and the fresh smell I crave.  If you can’t tolerate baking soda well they also have a sensitive version with less baking soda.

Scents- Charcoal, Blue Tansy, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lavender, Tea Tree, Unscented.  (Charcoal and Blue Tansy are my faves, my hubs loves the charcoal scent).

Longevity- Great!  I can go about two days with this one as well if not exercising.

Ease of Use- Goes on so smooth and easy, no harsh rubbing to get it on.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form that’s BPA free.

Staining- My hubs noticed staining but I didn’t.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $18

This is such a great natural deodorant that not only works but is friendlier on the budget as well.  Use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off your purchase.  Shop here for Primally Pure deodorant!

 

 

best natural deodorant

Goes on so smooth and keeps you smelling like roses all day long!

Agent Nateur Holi Rose

This deodorant keeps me smelling fresh all day long.  I love how creamy it is.  I don’t care for the other scents- except for the men’s deodorant- holiMan(my hubs loves it).  But this holi(Rose) is so good!

Scents- holi(Rose) smells like roses but in an old grandma kind of way.  holi(man)- vetiver, rose, sandalwood, leathery cistus and warm cedarwood.

Longevity- Awesome- smell fresh all day long.  Both my hubs and I.

Ease of Use- Great!  It goes on so smooth, very creamy.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form.

Staining- It does stain if I’m sweating profusely.  I noticed in the summer months more and my hubs noticed some as well.

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $26

Definitely a great all around natural deodorant that works!  Shop here for men’s deodorant!  Shop here for women’s deodorant!

 

 

best natural deodorant

A great budget friendly natural deodorant option!

Green Tidings-(Vegan & Gluten Free)

 

This deodorant is a rock star in my book for many reasons. I’ve been using it for over 5 years.  It keeps me smelling fresh for more than one day.  I usually squeeze two days out of it if I’m not exercising.

Scents- Lavender or Unscented (like them both)

Longevity- Amazing, best I’ve found.

Ease of Use- Good, sometimes it will get a little hard on top but for the most part good.

Packaging- Comes in a stick form.  BPA-free recyclable container.

Staining- My hubs noticed staining on his shirts and I noticed some on a few shirts.

Irritation- None, not ever!

Baking Soda- Yes

Price- $7.99 for 1oz. 2.7oz. for $14

Shop here!

 

Have you guys tried any of these?  Any that you really like I didn’t mention?  I would love to hear what you’ve been using!  Leave me a comment below.

 

 

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Natural Beauty Box Roundup For March

Natural Beauty Box Roundup For March

I’ve got all the details on the natural beauty box roundup for March!  Sharing all the best boxes with you in clean beauty.  If you’re new here I give you all the details on the best and lates natural beauty boxes.  Each month I share a review on what’s in the boxes and the incredible value you can get with them.  You can save so much money when subscribing to a beauty box!  Instead of paying full price for luxury natural products you get them for a steal.  Plus, you get to try all the latest in natural beauty products.  It’s a win/win!

Some of the boxes are monthly and some of them are bi-monthly.  This month we are seeing two natural beauty boxes.  The first one drops right at the beginning of the month- Beauty Heroes and the second- Detox Market drops a few days later.  I’ll be updating the post as The Detox Box gets released. 

 

Check out Past Detox Boxes here!

Beauty Heroes March Discovery Box- Free True-

 

Beauty Heroes March Discovery

So fun to discover a new brand in clean beauty in this month’s Beauty Heroe’s Box!

 

This month we are seeing a new brand in the Beauty Heroes box.  Free + True is known for simplifying skincare routines.  If you’re wanting to clean up your routine and make things a little less complicated Free + True is the perfect skincare line for you!  It really streamlines the whole process and makes things so much easy.  With their botanical formulations and real food ingredients, Free + True makes creating a natural skincare routine easy.

Body Prophet- This is the heroic product in this month’s box and let’s just say it lives up to the hype.  Not only does it have free radical fighting ingredients, but also is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants to help support the skin.  It’s more of a creamy gel than a rich body cream.  I love how it pumps how and melts into the skin.  It doesn’t feel oily or greasy but quickly absorbs into your body.  The perfect everyday body moisturizer.  I use it right after the shower for the ultimate skin treat.

Mama Pacha- This is the perfect sidekick to the Body Prophet.  This is a facial moisturizer.  It is great for everyday wear.  Loaded with skin nutrients like peptides, adaptogenic herbs, plant lipids, and hyaluronic acid.  It’s a one- two punch for your skin!  Say hello to increased collagen and hydration.  I apply this after my toner in the morning and it seeps right in.  A great moisturizer before you apply your makeup.  It doesn’t feel greasy or overly oily.

This box is valued at $106, but you can get it for $58.95!  The Beauty Heroes Box is always such an incredible value.  Get the box here!

Detox Box: Innersense Organic Beauty

 

Detox Market March Box

Always so excited to see what’s in the Detox Box each month!

 

The natural beauty box roundup wouldn’t be complete without the The Detox Box!  I’m always so impressed with the quality of products that The Detox delivers in their boxes each month.  Innersense Organic Beauty is no stranger in the clean beauty scene.  They know hair and they do it so well.  We are seeing 5 of their standout products in this month’s Detox Box! Their Pure Harmony Hairbath, Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner, their Refresh Dry Shampoo, Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner and I Create Waves Salt Spray. Companies like Innersense are setting the standard for the green beauty industry.  Innersense Beauty hair products are salon worthy. The founders of Innersense, Greg and Joanne Starkman, were in the beauty and wellness industry for years when they realized their beliefs weren’t matching up with their professional lives.  This birthed Innersense, a company that prides itself on integrity.  Their whole philosophy is so commendable and just down right amazing!  From actually listing every ingredient and why it’s in there, to environment sustainability, kindness to animals, and giving back…the list could go on.  I mean the ingredient glossary alone is so cool. You know when hair products are created by stylists that they’re going to be good!

Pure Harmony Hairbath Shampoo Pure Inspiration Conditioner- Among Innersense Beauty hair products is a shampoo called Pure Harmony that’s suited for even cleansing, and purifying the scalp.  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.

I Create Waves Texture Spray-  I love adding this to my hair after I’ve curled it.  It adds so much texture and a little hold.  It really gives me that beachy look I crave.  I use this product so often!

Refresh Dry Shampoo- Such a different way to use dry shampoo!  It comes out in a foam application but then dries into a matte powder and soaks up all the excess oil. It helps to give hair some texture and that second day hair look we all crave!

Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner- They also included the Sweet Spirit Leave in Conditioner.  I’m a huge fan of this product, especially in the summer time when my hair gets easily parched.  I love spritzing it all over my hair before I go out in the sun to protect my color, and so it doesn’t soak up the chlorine in the pool water, it helps create a barrier.

This box is valued at $134 but you can get it for $55!  Such a steal for this box.  Get the March Detox Box here!

 

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Best Of Natural Beauty For February 2020

Best Of Natural Beauty For February 2020

It’s that time of month again where I share the best of natural beauty for February 2020!  I love sharing this post with you and giving you the latest scoop on all the clean beauty goodness that is happening.  Each month I share what I’m loving in natural beauty.  Sometimes the products are all new and sometimes they might be old but I rediscovered them and I can’t help share with you!

This month is another stellar lineup- I mean what’s new?!  Green beauty just keeps getting better and better every year.  

 

Natural Facial Highlighter

This natural highlighter is everything! Doesn’t give you a glittery highlighter look but a natural look.

 

Venics Organic Diamond Melted Glow Highlighter

If you’re wanting a lit from within glow, look no further Then Venics Organic Beauty.  This organic highlighter takes any sallow complexion and instantly adds a lit from within glow in seconds.  I love how the formula is not greasy or glittery.  Often it’s hard to find a highlighter in organic makeup that doesn’t seem like a strobe light hit your face.  Especially as I’ve gotten older I just want a healthy glow, nothing overdone.  This achieves such a pretty natural glow.  It’s made from a blend of 15 botanicals that are infused with antioxidants that actually nourish your skin at the same time.  It’s the best of both worlds!  A highlighter that looks natural but also is filled with good for your skin ingredients.  All the ingredients are vegan, and cruelty-free.

 

Venics Organic Beauty

This highlighter doesn’t mess around! On the left I have nothing on my face and then on my right I have on the K Color Highlighter.

 

It comes in 4 different shades.  I’ve been loving their new K Color Highlighter shade, a pretty pale gold that looks so soft and subtle on the skin.  I apply it with my fingers- making it super easy to achieve a glow in a pinch.  Once I apply the product I just blend in with my fingers to create a smooth and subtle look.  You want to apply the highlighter anywhere the sun would naturally hit you to create a glow.  I apply it in the middle of my forehead right above my eyebrows, upper cheek bones, bridge of my nose, upper cupid’s bow, and middle of my chin. Really wherever you want a little glow!  This highlighter is so multi-purpose.  I also love the packaging!  It comes housed in a frosted glass jar with a bamboo cap- super chic.  Check out all the colors here!

 

 

Natural Prebiotic Body Wash

This is my favorite natural body wash!

 

Aleavia Body Cleanse

So this product isn’t new to any long time readers here but I couldn’t not share my current favorite scent I’ve been using from them.  Their Orchid Body Cleanse smells so lovely!  It basically transports you to Hawaii the minute you open up the bottle- and I’m all about that.  Aleavia is all my family uses for a body wash.

They are a completely natural prebiotic skincare line, that specializes in putting the friendly bacteria back on your skin. Here is a quote from their website-

“Aleavia products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. Our skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.”

They also help balance the ph of the skin, all while conditioning it.  Now, you may be thinking they must put a ton of ingredients in their products…but that’s not the case!  They use just a handful of ingredients and all completely natural. I’m obsessed and I think you will be too!  Check out their whole line here.  

 

Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara

This mascara adds separation, length and tons of volume!

 

Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara

This mascara is SO good!  I can’t believe it took me over a year to finally try it.  I had heard that it was ok but nothing special and so I didn’t think to try it.  I finally bought it because I had so many of you ask me what I thought about it and I wanted to actually see for myself.  Was I wrong!  This mascara not only separates but adds length and so much volume.  I also love that it doesn’t smudge on me or flake.  It has a big brush that really helps to get those drama lashes.  I’ve gotten so many compliments and people who have asked me what mascara I’m wearing.  You know it’s good when you’re not talking about mascara and people keep asking what mascara you’re wearing.  Check it out here!

 

Beautycounter Countertime Cleansing Oil

When you purchase a cleanser yourself for the second time as a beauty blogger, you know that it’s good!

 

Beautycounter Countertime Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil

This cleanser is the best.  I’ve shared so much about it on my Instagram stories, but I couldn’t let another best of natural beauty pass without spotlighting it. What makes it so special?  Allow me to explain. The cleanser is a spin off of Asian skincare.  You apply it to dry skin as an oil but as you add water it emulsifies into a milky consistency.  It removes all my makeup effortlessly, no stinging and my skin doesn’t feel stripped after using but it also doesn’t feel oily.  What I really love is how easy it is.  You don’t need to get a washcloth damp and wipe it off.  You just rinse the product off with your hands.  It’s the best. I’m hooked!  I literally use this every night- it’s that good.  Oh and it also has the plant-derived retinol in it- so you’re also giving your skin a ton of the good stuff.  Trust me I have a variety of other products I could use but I keep reaching for this one over and over.  Did I mention the smell?  AH-MAZING!  I have so many cleansers at my disposal but I bought another bottle of this!  Yes, I personally bought another bottle of this because it’s that good.  My friend and fellow clean beauty blogger Sarah from Whoorl saw me talk about the cleanser on my stories and bought herself a bottle and now sings it’s praises too!  Get the Lipid Defense Cleansing Oil here!  

 

Clove and Hallow Brushes

Want to simplify your brush routine? Then look no further than Clove and Hallow’s brush set!

 

Clove and Hallow Brushes

Clove and Hallow just released their new brush sets not long ago and let’s just say I’ve been using them on repeat.  I’ve found that people can get overwhelmed when it comes to brushes, especially if they’re not in the world of beauty like I am all day.  These brushes are the answer to simplifying your makeup routine.  They include all that you need.  A Perfecting Buffer for applying powder, liquid and cream foundations effortlessly.  The Precision Buffer is a brush that blends powder, liquid or cream concealers and the Shade + Blend Duo Eye Brush is perfect for applying eyeshadow.  All the brushes are made with vegan synthetic fibers.  I haven’t had any shedding issues with them either.  My friend literally asked me the other day if I had any recommendations for brushes that wouldn’t break the bank but performed well.  Yes, I thought!  These brushes not only perform well but simplify the beauty brush game so easily.    These would especially be great if you travel a lot and want to simplify your brush routine.  You can also buy them as a set or individually.  Check them out here!

 

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Innerpeace by Innersense adds definition and texture to my hair- nothing else like it!

 

Whipped Cream Texturizer

Ok, so I thought I had another jar of this hair goodness tucked away in my bathroom closet…but I didn’t.  Super disappointed.  This products is definitely my holy grail when it comes to natural hair products.  It not only works for my hair but my husbands and my girls too. I use this product everyday on my girl’s hair, plus I use it and my hub’s uses it.  You could say it’s well loved.  It helps to define curls, eliminate frizz and smooth hair, as well as add a bit of texture.  I love using it on my hair after I curl it to leave it with some texture, hold and give it a tousled look.  Can’t recommend it enough!  I just ordered two more jars!  Lesson learned- always have a backup.  Get the Whipped Cream Texturizer here!

 

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Best Clean Beauty Boxes

Best Clean Beauty Boxes

In my newest video, I’m sharing the best clean beauty boxes!  I get four boxes a month and they’re all a little different.  I’m breaking down their differences in my new video.  From the most budget friendly box, the skincare fave box, an artisan box and more.  I get asked often which box would be best, so I thought showcasing each box and sharing their differences would help paint a better picture of what makes them different and what box would be best depending on your needs.  I’ve been getting all four of these boxes for several years, so I’ve had lots of experience using them.  I’m even breaking down what boxes are just skincare boxes mainly and which boxes are skincare, hair products and makeup.  You’re not going to want to miss this video!

Natural beauty boxes are also a great way to save a ton of money when you’re just switching over your skincare products.  You’re able to get a ton of products for half the price, if not more!  This month is especially great for natural beauty boxes- all of them hit it out of the park with their selections.  I’m sharing full reviews of each box here

 

Check out the best clean beauty boxes video here!

 

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Have you subscribed to a natural beauty box?  

Check out my fave natural beauty boxes below:

The Clean Beauty Box 

Beauty Heroes Box 

Boxwalla Box

The Detox Box

 

 

 

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