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!

Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals

Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals

Beauty Heroes October Discovery- Linne Botanicals is here!   I was excited to see this brand in there!  I’ve only had one contact with Linne Botanicals before and loved the product.  Linne Botanicals products are made from botanical compounds.  The goal of the skincare company is to bring out your best skin.  They use ingredients across the world that are hand selected for their quality and performance.  And guess what?!  There’s not just one heroic product this month but two!  Beauty Heroes couldn’t decide which to make the signature heroic product because they were both so good, that they chose both!  If you aren’t familiar with Beauty Heroes keep reading to get the full scoop on this luxurious green beauty box.

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 the review!

So before I delve into the Linne Botanical’s heroic products this month, I first must give you a background on the creator of the brand itself.  Jenna Levine’s, passion for plants spilled into all areas of her life, as a farmer, designer, cook, and florist.  She was always fascinated by herbal medicine and botany, however it wasn’t until she received her certification in native plant botany and herbal medicine that her passions collided.  Her whole skincare line really came out of a love for her family.  She had a sister who suffered from acne, a mother using toxic skincare products, a father who had his own skincare issues and her own battle with psoriasis.  Determined to find a solution to her family’s skincare needs, she started creating.  Eventually more people wanted the same luxe skincare products and Linne Botanicals was born.

The ingredient quality is so important to Linne Botanicals.  From the soil it starts in to the seed- it all holds so much value.  Not only are the plants used organic but also wildly harvested and cared for in a way that they are most active and strong.  Jenna the founder, also includes minerals in her formulas, as the skin needs minerals to really shine.  I love the transparency of the brand as well.  They list all the ingredients clearly on the labels, even making sure their packaging is clear as to see the contents inside.  No stone is left unturned by this luxe skincare brand.

This month as I’ve mentioned there were two heroic products, Purify Face Wash and Activate Body Wash.

Purify Face Wash-

I actually had the pleasure of sampling this face wash about 6 months ago.  The product instantly captured my senses!  It’s unlike any face wash I’ve used.  First the smell is amazing!  It has notes of fresh lime and tea tree that awaken your senses instantly.  It foames up a little, but not overly.  My skin feels so clean and balanced after using.  It removed all my makeup effortlessly too.  My skin feels brighter and awake after using.  The product has french green clay and bentonite clay that not only help detoxify the skin but also deposit important minerals in it.  It is such a different cleanser compared to others I’ve used, because while it is detoxifying, the texture feels similar to a cream cleanser.  It’s really the best of both worlds.  You get the benefits of a detoxifying cleanser, but the end result doesn’t feel like your skin has been stripped because of the creamy texture.  Your skin feels clean, rid of makeup and restored.  This really is a heroic product in my opinion and one I keep reaching for on the daily.

Activate Body Wash-

This is the second heroic product for this month.  The Activate Body Wash is truly something special as well.  It awakens your senses as you use it in the shower.  Yes, the product looks black from the volcanic ash in it.  But it doesn’t leave your skin black! The volcanic ash in the body wash is  detoxifying as well as the forestry oak.  The combination of the two leave your skin feeling so clean.  But your skin still feels moisturized and rejuvenated with the added benefit of wild sea kelp, avocado, eucalyptus, ground vetivier and palo santo.  I literally look forward to using the body wash every time- such a luxe treat for the skin.  From the smell of the product that invigorates you, to the detoxifying properties and the soft touch of your skin after, it checks all the boxes.

That sums up the October Beauty Heroes Box this month with Linne Botanicals.  If you haven’t tried these products yet you need too- such a steal too!  This month the value is $106!!  When you sign up for Beauty Heroes your paying $38.33 a month!  Not only do you get quality products that have been vetted beforehand but you also get them for a fraction of the cost.  Sign up here for Beauty Heroes and don’t miss out on another stellar box!

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.  October’s Love More Promotion is Basic Instinct.  Turn a beauty basic into an aromatic ritual with de Mamiel’s Restorative Cleansing Balm. Receive a deluxe travel size with your purchase of $125+($25 value).  Your Love More gift will automatically accompany your Beauty Store purchase of $125+. No code required.

Start shopping!  Have you tried Linne Botanicals?

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Green Beauty Round Up

Green Beauty Round Up

I do these posts from time to time.  Often I get an accumulation of products that are standouts and instead of doing a ton of smaller posts, I just do one big post.  People seem to really like them-I’m guessing because everything is in one place.  It’s also really beneficial for the companies because they get more exposure then if I was to do them individually.  A win/win!

I’ve come across some serious green loot recently and had to share some recent faves!

Malaya Organics-

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I’ve sampled Malaya before but was excited when the owner Katya Slepak reached out and sent me some of their goodies.  They have a whole new look and I was excited to see it.  The products are beautiful themselves and the new look is so chic.  I’m a big fan of their face serum, it melts right into your skin leaving a dewy finish.  It isn’t overly scented either- perfect subtle scent.  I’m also digging their Calming Botanical Bath, talk about relaxation at it’s finest!  I love a good bath and these are the perfect thing to help de-stress.  A mini spa right in your own home.  The facial steam is also a great de-stressor for not only the skin but the mind as well.  It helps to pull out toxins and gives the skin a glow.  The body oils are also luxurious.  I’m a big fan of the Woods scent.  It’s smells just like the name suggests-woodsy with a hint of citrus.  I love how the body oils feel on the skin, a truly decadent oil!  Last but not least their hair oil is perfect for giving parched hair a good drink of water.  I lightly apply it to my hair and style as usual.  For a more intense treatment I add it all over my hair and leave it on overnight.  My hair is silky and smooth the next day.  Did I mention their products are organic, biodynamic, wild crafted and ethically sourced-hello!  The products are housed in luxe glass bottles.  The whole line screams spa-a truly decadent line.  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 15% off and snag some Malaya Organics here.

Teri Miyahira-

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I was so excited when I received my first box from Teri!  Teri has her own green beauty YouTube channel and now has created a monthly subscription beauty box.  The box has become so popular that now there is a waitlist for the November box because it’s sold out!  All the makeup is vegan, and cruelty-free.  I have been loving the boxes!  The Harmony Compact Color for face and eyes has been a fave of mine.  This product is so versatile.  You can use them as eyeshadows, but also as a blush, bronzer, contour or highlight.  Such a great multi-tasker.  I’ve also been digging the pressed eyeshadow color in Strength. Goes on so smooth and stays put.  The crushed colors offer the perfect shimmer for going out, and this mama needs all the help she can get!  Oh and can we talk about her brushes- so luxe!  They are so soft and beautiful, love the rose gold.  She also has skincare products.  I loved sampling the gel cleanser and toner/mist.  I couldn’t believe how much came in each box.  This is one beauty box that is here to stay!  Grab your’s here.

Loving Naturals-

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If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I’m crazy for Loving Natural’s Sunscreen for babies.  It has only a handful of stellar ingredients.  Plus, it works and keeps my babies skin protected from the sun.  It doesn’t leave that ghostly hue on the skin either like most natural sunscreens.  They recently sent me their Anti-aging cream too.  I was amazed at how moisturizing it was and how good my skin felt in the morning.  I have dry skin and even used this during the day and it wasn’t too greasy.  I love that it’s budget friendly compared to other natural anti-aging creams.  If you haven’t tried their sunscreens you’re missing out!  Check out all their products here.

Square Organics-

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I love me a protein bar!  Especially since becoming a mom,  it’s often easy to skip meals because of time-can I get a witness?  I end up making a smoothie or grabbing a bar.  These ones have been perfect.  Not only are they satisfying but full of organic ingredients.  They honestly taste like a candy bar!  All of them are chocolate coated with a different flavor on the inside.  My personal favorites are the coconut and mint.  I’ve even been grabbing them mid-day for a quick snack since I’ve been nursing my 8 week old like crazy.  They have hit the spot for those sudden hunger urges.  If it’s been hard for you to find a protein bar that tastes good and has decent ingredients, then check out Square Organics- you won’t be disappointed.  Also, use coupon code: gurlgonegreen for 20% off a box! Shop here.

The Simply Co.-

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I love testing out new natural laundry detergents!  I’m always curious if they’ll actually work.  I’m sure I’m not alone.  Well, I have good news, The Simply Co. is some legit stuff.  With only 4 ingredients: Baking soda, washing soda, and Organic Vegan castile soap (+ Organic essential oils), this laundry powder packs a big punch. It comes in this sleek glass container-so chic looking.  You simply add one to two tablespoons to your laundry, depending on the how big the load is.  You can use it in standard machines and HE machines.  The proof is in the pudding they say and I can say that this powder successfully made my clothes smell good and clean.  Did I mention the ingredients?!  They’re also vegan, organic and cruelty-free.  I’m in awe of the power of them.  The laundry powder comes in lavender and unscented.  If you’ve been looking for a natural laundry detergent with little ingredients that gets the job done-this may be just your ticket!  The whole concept of The Simply Co. is pretty awesome too.  Founded by a blogger who wanted the most natural cleaning products.  They aim to protect the environment by creating sustainable products.  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 10% off your purchase.  Shop here.

See any products you want to try?  Be sure to use the coupon codes and grab some loot!  XO

Glowing Beet’s August Box Review

Glowing Beet’s August Box Review

As always I was so excited to get my Glowing Beet’s Box in the mail. This month was another one for the books!  Ashley from Green Bunny, a youtube blogger, collaborated with Hynt Beauty on a stellar blush color.  Plus, a few new brands I haven’t tried yet.  As always if you haven’t heard of Glowing Beets keep on reading to learn why this beauty subscription box always delivers.

Why Glowing Beets?  Well, for starters they include high quality indie brands and they make it so simple.  Their website alone is so easy to navigate and browse.  They have one box, it’s $29.95-a steal for high end green beauty products.  The boxes are all the same, but may vary slightly.  For ex. some boxes may get a different lipstick color, but they’re all from the same brand.  All boxes are shipped at the end of the month once you’re a subscriber, and if you order during the month it will be shipped out within a few days, up until the 15th of the month.  You can sign up for one box, otherwise you will be billed monthly.

I love the concept of Glowing Beets for those who are new to the green beauty scene.  They give you a good selection of products, so you’re able to test them out without making a big commitment at first.  They also offer special discounts to those brands if you do like them-how cool is that?!  Glowing Beets does the research for the best product so you don’t have too.  They include a card in each box that lists what the products are.  I have received two boxes from them and I’ve loved each of them!

So what was in the box this month?  A ton of goodies!

Hynt Beauty Collaboration with Ashley from the Green Bunny- Matte Powder Blush in Notoriously Nude-

Hynt is a brand I’m familiar with and love.  Their products speak for themselves and always deliver.  This blush is no exception.  The color is perfect for an everyday understated look.  Just like the name suggests, it’s a nude color.  I can wear it with anything!  Ashley nailed the color.  Plus, the staying power is exceptional.  I can put it on in the morning and it will be there until the evening.  If you haven’t checked out Hynt Beauty I suggest getting on it-their ingredients are some of the best.  $28

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Sudsatorium Midas Body Lotion and Tint-

This body lotion and tint is the perfect accessory to have around for summer.  The smell is subtle yet amazing!  I smell neroli when I wear it and I love it.  It gives your skin a nice glow but nothing sparkly.  The perfect compliment to sun kissed skin.  Plus, it doubles as your body moisturizer-two birds with one stone.  If you’ve been looking for a lotion with some hints of shimmer this is it.  Especially great for those special night outs when you really want to turn it up!  I love that the ingredients are organic and ethically sourced too-a win all around.  $10.98

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Apoterra Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud-

I’ve never tried anything from Apoterra and was excited to see it in this month’s box.  Their ingredients are awesome!  Not only is this an exfoliation but also a mask too.  You can wet your face and then rub in circular motions and use it as an exfoliant.  It makes your skin feel so smooth, but not dry!  It isn’t a harsh exfoliant which I love.  Use it as a mask and leave it on for 10-15 minutes for the ultimate decadent treat for the skin.  I love the scent of the hibiscus too-so fresh.  This is definitely a new fave!  Their packaging in glass is also a huge plus in my book-so eco friendly.  $24

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Shop Knotty Classic Pony/Bracelet in  Rose Gold Plated Brass-

This is such a new item for me.  So clever it being not only a bracele,t but also a pony tail holder in one.  I loved the added gold plated brass.  It makes putting your pony tail holder on your wrist that much more chic!  They have so many fun pony tail holders on their website and colors.  Such a fun addition to your pony collection.  Check out their full collection!  $12

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That sums up my review for Glowing Beet’s August Box.  If you haven’t subscribed, get on it!  Use coupon code: GGG10 for 10% off  your first box!  Shop Glowing Beets here.

Goodebox Review

Goodebox Review

I recently received a beauty box from Goodbeing (formerly Goodebox).  I was so excited!  A green beauty box created just for me-I couldn’t wait to unbox all the goodies!  Now you may be asking what is Goodbeing?  Well, allow me to explain.  Goodbeing is a premium discovery & trial service providing expertly curated, healthy beauty products, non-toxic cosmetics, natural wellness & sustainable, toxin-free living goods.  Sounds amazing huh?!  Well, it is.

Here’s how it works-

-You sign up and choose what plan works for you.  One time, Monthly, multi-months or every other month.  A one time purchase starts at $21 and after that it gets cheaper if you bundle more months together.  For example, if you sign up for 3 months, you’ll pay $60-so $20 per box instead of $21.

-Once you decide what plan you want, then you fill out your member profile.  Each box is customized according to your profile.  This is the part I love.  So if you don’t like lavender, there won’t be lavender in your box!  Pretty cool!

-Then once you’ve done all that, you’ll receive your box within the first 14 days of the month with 4-5 trial sized products.  When you receive your box, you’ll get a card talking about each product and how to use it.

-Once you’ve received your box you will get special offers and discounts for all the products found in the box.  So if you really like the lip gloss in your box, you can get 20% off of it.

Why I love it??

It’s not a super expensive box.  Most people can spend $21 a month on a beauty box.  Goodbeing gives you a great opportunity to test out clean products you might not normally.  For example, there were brands I hadn’t even heard of in my recent box.  I love that!  Not only that but I receive discounts to purchase the full size products or other products they offer.  I also like the fact that each box is customized.  You don’t end up with product you wouldn’t use or fragrance you might not like, etc.  Another cool feature of Goodbeing is that they focus on not just clean beauty, but also wellness products and sustainable living products.

Ok, so now that you know all about Goodbeing, let’s talk about the loot I received in my October box.

My Konjac Sponge-

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I was a little skeptical when I saw that I had received a konjac sponge.  I had tried others in the past and didn’t like them.  But I was hoping for a different experience with this one and that’s exactly what I got.  This isn’t your average konjac sponge-it’s so much better!  When I looked into it further I noticed My Konjac Sponge had several different varieties of konjac sponges and the one I got was French Red Clay-which is great for dry/mature and sensitive skin types.   I used it in conjunction with my cleanser and it helped to clean and exfoliate at the same time.  Other konjac sponges were too harsh in the past, but the My Konjac French Red Sponge brings the perfect amount of exfoliation.  When you get a konjac sponge it’s hard, but then you get it wet and it softens completely into a sponge like loofah.  Konjac is actually made of a porous root vegetable, and are touted for being great at removing dirt, oil and blackheads.  The fibers of the sponge help to dislodge the dirt.  I loved the My Konjac Sponge because it wasn’t too harsh of an exfoliation.  I felt I could use it everyday because it was more mild.  It gave a great smoothness to my skin too.  If you are like me and favor a more gentle exfoliation, then the French Red Clay Konjac Sponge would be perfect for you.  They also offer other Konjac sponges for varying skin types or if you prefer a deeper exfoliation.  $10

Lillian Eve Cuticle Oil Pen-

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When I saw that I got this Lillian Eve Cuticle Pen I was pretty stoked!  I hate when my cuticles are dry looking, and this is the perfect solution for that.  Best of all I can take it anywhere and not have to risk it spilling because it comes in a convenient pen.  Just brush it on your cuticles and rub in.  It only has four simple ingredients too!  I love putting this on before doing my nails.  After I put it on, it’s so much easier to push my cuticles back because my cuticles are soft.  I noticed I wasn’t getting hang nails as much either because my cuticles were so hydrated.  You all need this!  Plus, what a great stocking stuffer for Christmas.  Lillian Eve also carries a ton of non-toxic nail polishes, hand creams and nail polish removers-you’re one stop shop for nails!  $12

EO Coconut Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray-

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Who doesn’t need hand sanitizer??  Since we know the mainstream stuff is filled with junk, grabbing something more natural is a no brainer.  I love that this comes in spray form.  So easy to just spray on my hands, but also on other things I’m wanting to disinfect.  I noticed myself spraying it on shopping carts at the store or cleaning my steering wheel with it.  Oh and bonus, it smells good!  Coconut and lemon are definitely a winning combination.  I also took this with me on a recent trip, and the little size was perfect for travel.  I especially loved it for my daughter.  Since she’s only 16 months it’s hard sometimes to get her hands to put hand sanitizer on them but with the spray it makes it so much more convenient.  Another great stocking stuffer!  EO also carries a ton of other products.  Anything from body oils to deodorant.  $2.99

Bonnie Ultra Shine Lip Gloss-

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I had never heard of Bonnie products before getting the box.  But I’m so glad it was in there!  This is definitely one of my favorite lip gloss formulas.  It isn’t sticky or goopy at all, but goes on so smooth.  The name says it all-it is an “Ultra Shine” gloss.  I really loved the color Garnet I received too.  More of a brick red, perfect for fall.  The ingredients are amazing as well- no synthetics, just the pure stuff.  It also has a peppermint smell, which I love.  The gloss layered perfect over my lip liners and lipsticks too for more of a pop.  They have it in two other colors.  You can’t beat the price either!  $8, is a steal.  Bonnie also carries body products, candles and fragrance.

Hamadi Shea Spray-

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Hamadi was another brand I had never heard of before but was so excited to try out.  In this box I received the Shea Spray which is similar to a shine spray.  It isn’t like traditional shine sprays that can actually end up damaging the hair.  It’s nourishing and hydrating for the hair with ingredients like aloe, avocado and shea butter. I was concerned it would be too much for my fine hair but I was mistaken!  It actually didn’t weigh down my hair at all.  I sprayed a few sprays on before blowdrying to help hydrate hair, and after I was done I sprayed some more on to calm fly aways.  It gave my hair a great shine and really brought out the highlights, and color of my hair.  I also love how it doesn’t leave my hair crispy at all like some shine products have in the past.  It really does it’s job quite well!  This would be especially great for those with curly, frizzy or coarse hair.  Hamadi also carries a ton of other hair products that I definitely want to check out!  $16

That sums up my review of the Goodbeing box.  I highly recommend you guys check them out!  A great clean and affordable beauty/wellness box.  Have any of you guys heard of it or subscribed?  I’ve teamed up with the Goodbeing to offer one lucky reader a free October box-(what I just reviewed for you)!  Check out my Instagram @gurlgonegreen for all the details.

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