I’m rounding out the best fall organic beauty must haves! I’ve got some skincare, and makeup. Some tried and true products and some products that I just discovered. Green beauty just keeps getting better and better! Keep reading to find out what I can’t stop using.
E3Live Tamera E3 Light Creme-
Best Organic and Natural Eczema/Irritated Cream For Angry Skin
This cream saved my neck a couple weeks ago- no joke! So my neck had been feeling irritated for a while- almost sensitive. Anyways, I applied a mask and my neck literally broke out into the biggest rash. It covered my neck and looked like eczema almost. It was dry, and patchy. So I used the E3Live cream on my neck and it literally changed my skin! I put it on at night and the next day my neck was actually healing and not irritated. It continued healing each day and now is gone. I had tried several different oils and creams and everything made it worst. But the E3Live actually felt soothing and healing! The ingredients are great. I think the ingredient that did the trick was the algae extract. My naturopath had actually told me about the cream originally. He said it is one product he has seen help his clients more than anything when it comes to skin conditions- especially eczema. I’m a believer!
I love this Morning Moisture Elixir! It leaves my skin feeling so dewy and hydrated. I put it on in the morning before my makeup. It helps to fill in all the cracks and smooth out my whole complexion. I find it has been perfect for the transition to cooler temps. Plus it smells amazing!
Get your Aloha Ambrosia here!
Ok, if you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m seriously obsessed with this product! I’ve gone through several jars since discovering it last year. It is the perfect cleanser/mask for in the mornings. I put it on in the morning and then leave it on while I brush my teeth. It gently exfoliates and gives my skin a serious glow. My skin feels overall awake. I can’t recommend it enough! People always tell me that they love it once they’ve used it. I even have a 20% off coupon code too! Use the code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
Get your mask here!
Best Natural and Organic Facial Serum and Brightening Mask
You know a serum is good when your blogger bestie Lisa from This Organic Girl shows up with the same Face Serum! We both attended Natural Expo East last week and we both brought Laurel’s Sun Damaged Repair Serum. When two green beauty bloggers show up with the same serum- there’s something special about it. This serum is perfect all year round but I especially love it after the summer months. It helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure. Minimizing dark spots and brightening skin. I seriously can’t recommend it enough! It smells divine, is the cleanest of the clean when it comes to sourcing and really works- what more could you want? You can thank me later!
Get Laurel’s Sun Damaged Repair Serum here!
Yes, another Laurel product because I can’t keep quiet about this brand. The brighten mask is another fave that I’ve been having on rotation for the last several weeks. It’s also perfect post summer months. It’s full of vitamin c and raw fruit acids that help to brighten discoloration. It has 12 plant active ingredients! I’m not joking when I say you will see a difference after one use- trust me! It’s just one powerful mask. I love that the mask comes in a powder form too, so it’s not activated until you add water. You’re getting the most potent mask the minute you use it!
Get Laurel’s Brighten Mask here!
This is a new find for me and I can’t get enough! This fabulous collaboration is between Organic Bath Co. and Aillea- sounds like a match made in green beauty heaven. The scent of citrus and lemongrass literally wakes me up and feels so refreshing. I apply it after I shower and my skin feels so hydrated. It is a whipped body butter and turns into a nice oil when applied to the skin. I love that it comes in a glass jar. Plus, there are only 5 ingredients and they’re all organic!
Get the Body Butter here!
This toner is my absolute favorite! There have been many hydrating mists that I’ve tried in my years as a beauty blogger but this one takes the cake. Why? Well, for starters the formula is divine. It completely hydrates the skin and feels so refreshing with antioxidants and amino acids. Your skin will feel plump and perfectly hydrated. But the kicker of the whole experience? The actual bottle and pump applicator- it’s amazing! I know sounds funny to even say but after having so many bad experiences with mists I know a great one when I use it. The Optimist is just that- GREAT! It doesn’t squirt out unevenly or in a harsh stream but a nice even mist that seriously feels so good. It’s stolen my heart!
Snag Maya Chia’s Optimist here!
Kosas Natural Lipstick In Electra- The Perfect Candy Apple Red
I mean does Kosas lipstick even need an introduction? I talk about them all the time and I can’t stop! The formula and colors are just divine. I keep trying new colors and I have yet to find one I don’t like. Is that even possible? I just can’t get enough. I’ve tried 3 new colors recently- Fringe, a nice brick red for fall, Electra, your classic candy apple red and Violet Fury, a limited edition magenta that looks good on both warm and cool tones. Trust me, you’ll love them!
Get your Kosas Lipstick here!
Aila Natural Nail Polish in Room 212
Aila nail polish isn’t new to me, but one I can’t get enough of. Once the weather starts to turn cooler I love grabbing the color Room 212. A rich plum color that reminds me of warm drinks, the changing colors of leaves and chunky sweaters. Any of their colors are great though! Just love their formula in general. Don’t forget their Better than Gel topcoat– seriously the best topcoat in green beauty!
Get your Aila Nail Polish here!
I have been using the new Kosas Tinted Face Oil for a month now and I can’t stop! I thought I wouldn’t like it originally but after using it I realized how wrong I was. The formula is a lot thinner than I expected. It reminds me of Gressa’s foundation consistency. I always say Gressa’s foundation reminds me of paint thinner. Haha, I know a crazy example. The Kosas Tinted Face Oil offers such good coverage, a lot better than I thought. It gives my face an overall polished and pulled together look. Plus, it looks so dewy and fresh. My skin literally looks like it’s glowing!
Snag your Kosas Tinted Face Oil here!
See any faves? What are you loving right now?
Beauty Heroes November Discovery: Ayuna is in the house and it’s so good! I was excited to see this luxe brand in this month’s box. I had sampled it at IBE in Dallas and couldn’t wait to dive into it deeper. This brand is in a league of it’s own with their quality products and their less is more approach to skincare. Before I dive into this luxe skincare line, let me first introduce you to Beauty Heroes.
Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot. A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people. Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands. Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box. The products typically range from skincare to haircare products. However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members. I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy. By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them. Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards. What’s not to love about this whole concept? As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.
Ok, on to Ayuna.
I really was intrigued by the whole concept of Ayuna. As I mentioned above, it really is giving your skin quality ingredients but less products overall. I love the simplistic approach. It reminds me of a capsule wardrobe oddly. You may have less pieces but they’re great quality so they fit you better and look better than if you had more. That’s how I feel about Ayuna. The products are few but they are so luxurious and active that you don’t need more.
The name Ayuna means to literally fast. This concept is really what the skincare line is based off of. Giving the skin only what it needs and starving it of toxins. This is something the founders of Ayuna know a thing or two about. Having over 40 years of experience between them both, Begona- an esthetician and Isabel- a cosmetic chemist really know skincare. After having seen it all, they realized what was missing was a simplified and affective approach to skincare. They created 5 products for their line. Although, there may be only 5, they are effective and active. When products work, you don’t need a ton of extras.
I was privileged to try 3 of their products in this month’s Beauty Heroes Box. The heroic product this month is the Essence. It’s a cream and peel in one. There are 3 phases. The first phase it is a proteic exfoliant, based in Alpha-amino acids. This phase really renews your skin. The next phase a gommage(which is a European term for exfoliation) that polishes the skin and gives it a rejuvenated appearance. The last phase leaves your skin with an olive oil residue that nourishes the skin and leaves it bright and hydrated. This product doesn’t play.
My experience with Essence-
I would put this on dry skin and then wait 5 minutes. Then I would roll it off with my fingers. It’s very different than anything I’ve used before. I would then wipe any excess off with a wash cloth. My skin felt renewed, brighter and more even. Plus, it was so soft. I was amazed at what took place in so little time and with no effort on my part. Such an amazing product! Many exfoliants can leave my skin feeling dry but not the Essence.
The side kick products this month were the Soap and Cream II. The Soap is unlike any soap I’ve used. Traditional soaps typically dry out my skin and leave it almost feeling cracked. But the Soap by Ayuna is entirely different. It suds up into a foam and cleans all my makeup and dirt from the day effortlessly, while at the same time leaving my skin hydrated. It’s made from a combination of borage, olive oil and coconut oil. The formula also includes a botanical Activated Carbon that helps to eliminate toxins. I could use it around my eyes to remove my eye makeup but I just couldn’t open them, otherwise it would sting.
The second side kick is the Cream II. It is an extremely moisturizing face cream that leaves your skin completely hydrated to the core. I found it fascinating that it contained phyto-peptides. Peptides are a type of amino acid that help to build collagen in the body, which in turn makes the skin look healthy and young. The Cream II is richer and more hydrating than their Cream I. I would apply this at night and wake up with skin that felt baby soft and calm. I felt it helped even out my redness. It really is an amazing cream. Many creams don’t do much other than hydrate, but this one far exceeds that.
This month’s Beauty Heroes value is $203! I know crazy. I would snag this as soon as you can! What a great Christmas present idea too. You can get November’s Ayuna box here.
Also, this month be sure to check out the Beauty Heroes Beauty Store. Full of past heroic products and a ton of other green beauty must have items. If you’re already a member of Beauty Heroes you always get 15% off in the Beauty Store. Every month Beauty Heroes offers a Love More Promotion. This offer is for non-members and members. November’s Love More Promotion is all about Kahina. In celebration of its 10th year, KAHINA Giving Beauty created a special gift featuring its Hero products. Receive a three-piece KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY PACK with your purchase of $125+ ($30 value). Your Love More gift will automatically accompany your Beauty Store purchase of $125+. No code required.
Have you heard of Ayuna?
My updated True Botanicals Review is here. A lot has changed for this luxe line, since I last reviewed it. From product changes, name changes and new products-a lot’s been going on for TB! I couldn’t be more excited for all the newness!
When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line. Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products. They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe. A truly unique company in the green beauty industry. The scents of their products are some of the best. Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real. I also love how they do clinical tests on their products. Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry. Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want? Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious? Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products. I tried out the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!
TB is also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified. A new certification done by third party testing that ensures toxins stay out of products. Another exciting piece of news from TB headquarters is their Clear Collection just passed clinical trials against Proactiv+. Making it the go to skincare line for acne. Most lines dry out your skin in hopes of combatting acne. But with TB’s Clear Collection it actually kills bacteria that could be causing flare ups and breakouts. The products create balance in your skin, unlike most acne treatment lines. Say hello to your new favorite acne skincare line that delivers. Check out the full clinical trial results here! As they say the proof is in the pudding!
TB was started by Hillary Peterson. She was a long time lover of luxury skincare. However, she realized the price she was paying for luxury skincare also cost her toxic ingredients. Having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she knew a change needed to be made. After 8 years of research with chemists, studying botanicals and talking with sustainability experts, she created True Botanicals. Her goal was to make skincare products that were not only effective but clean. Well she did it and since then has won some awards…
True Botanicals’ rule-breaking approach to luxury skin care and ability to bring together superior results and safety has earned it ELLE magazine’s coveted Genius award and placement at several of the world’s top spas.
If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here. They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best. Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. If it’s one thing I’ve learned from using TB products it’s that skincare needs two things to be great, clean and effective. TB offers both.
Ok, so want to know what I thought about TB’s new products and line in general? Well then sit back and take notes-it’s about to get good!
*A little disclaimer- my skin type is normal to dry so I use the RENEW line by TB. They have 3 different lines depending on your skin type. RENEW is for Normal skin. CLEAR is for acne-prone and CALM is for rosacea -prone skin. As I said earlier, take the quiz to see what products would best suit your skin.
This cleanser is milky in consistency. I apply it to damp skin and rub it all over in circular motions, even over my eye makeup. I double cleanse with this cleanser or use a balm before it and then use the Hydrating Cleanser second. It leaves your skin so smooth and not dry at all. Your skin feels balanced all over. So many cleansers blast your face and your skin is literally crying out for moisture-not the case with this cleanser. I love the mild earthy smell of jasmine and grapefruit. If you’ve been searching for a cleanser that balances your skin and removes all the junk this is your gem! Grab your bottle here!
This is such a different exfoliant and I love it! Unlike many exfoliants that contain beads or harsh exfoliating agents, the Polishing Grains is the opposite. It uses adsuki beans, kaolin clay, and rosehip powder to gently exfoliate your skin. To use I mix 2 shakes in with the Hydrating Cleanser and rub in circular motions all over my face. My skin feels polished and smooth when I’m done. Not stripped or dry. This is a totally customizable exfoliation too. If you want more exfoliation, add a little more product, if you want less, add less. If it’s been hard to find an exfoliant that’s just right, then this may be your answer. Snag your bottle here!
This mist…I literally love the smell! It never gets old. Fresh smelling, not overly powerful. With jasmine, tuberose, and neroli, the whole combination just works! TB is serious about delivering even when it comes to it’s mists. This mist is packed with active ingredients like kombucha that detoxifies skin and balances ph. Plus, algae extract with it’s high omega 3’s and 6’s that protect skin from moisture loss, fix cellular damage and fill with fluid. Oh and did I mention the base isn’t made up of water but of Green Tea and White Tea? Yeah, they’re pretty much all stars when it comes to skin. Not only are they skin soothing, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, they’re also anti-aging ingredients-hello! Yeah, you could say this mist is jam packed with some serious goodness. Get your mist here!
This serum-another good one. I mean am I sounding like a broken record yet? This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging. Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?! Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin. It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level. Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB’s. Another thing I love about this serum is it’s ability to calm redness and ease congestion. My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned. I apply it after toning/misting my skin. Since it’s a serum my skin doesn’t feel moisturized but slightly dewy. This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday. An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one. Invest in your skin and grab your’s here!
Where do I start with this oil? Gahh…I really love it. It’s their number 1 product and for good reason. It seeps right into your skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and makes your skin feel hydrated throughout the day and night. Besides being highly hydrating it also helps smooth wrinkles, shrink large pores and fight free radical damage. I love the scent as well. Not heavy at all, but with notes of frankincense, neroli, rose and jasmine. Many people wonder what makes this oil so special, here’s a blurb from TB on their website that explains it so well-
When therapeutic oils are applied to the skin without the interference of waxes, they can be absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve lipid barrier function. By replenishing the oils you’ve lost due to natural attrition and exposure, you enable your skin to properly do its job: hold moisture in and keep the elements, like sun and wind, out.
So many people are afraid of oils who suffer from acne. Oils are actually necessary and help create balance in the skin. This oil, as with all of TB’s products is also available in the CLEAR Line and CALM Line. Grab your bottle here and thank me later!
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!
Who doesn’t love a good 2 for 1 product?! Well TB’s Smoothing Eye and Lip Jar fits the bill perfectly. Not only can you use this to hydrate your lips, but also under your eyes. It smoothes, hydrates and plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. With power house ingredients like carrot seed oil, grapeseed oil and evening primrose oil, this little jar is filled with some serious goodness. You can also layer this over TB’s Eye Serum for increased results. Get your jar here!
This vitamin c treatment is preserved in it’s freshest form. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, brighten and fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen, plus firm and repair skin. I mean every face needs this stuff. You might be wondering why it comes in a powder form. When vitamin c is mixed with a liquid it slowly loses potency. By keeping it in powder form you can be assured it’s in it’s freshest form. Combine 1 to 2 shakes of the Vitamin C Booster with one of TB’s serums and mix until dissolved. Then apply to skin and let seep in. Watch as your skin takes on a whole new look-for real. This stuff is potent and works. My skin looks brighter and more even, just after a month of application. Grab your Vitamin C Booster here!
I’ve been using this eye serum since they first introduced it last spring and I’ve been hooked. It is so concentrated and rich. A little goes a long way. It literally lasts forever since you need such little product. I just dab a drop around my eye area with my ring finger(least amount of muscles). My eye area is hydrated and puffiness is minimized. My eyes look rested and brightened. Again, TB takes it to the next level with their eye serum. Unlike most eye serums that sit on the surface, TB’s actually goes deep into the skin to repair skin at the cellular level. You can say goodbye to crows feet! Get your Eye Serum here!
If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again. The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals. The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…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. 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!
Guys, even body products TB nails! The body wash lathers up perfectly. Giving you that fresh clean feeling. The scent is perfect too, smells clean but not overwhelming. The lotion is the same. Scent is spot on and makes my skin feel hydrated without any added greasiness. Did I mention they just came out with a travel size kit? It includes the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion-it’s sort of amazing! Grab your travel kit, body wash and lotion here!
Phew, ok bottom line from the review-this line is here to stay and seriously performs. If you want clean skincare, that produces results, then True Botanicals is your ticket!
Have you used any of their products? What are your faves?