Clean & Green Brands Found at Ulta

Clean & Green Brands Found at Ulta

When I think of Ulta, I picture brands like Maybelline, CoverGirl, Urban Decay, and Lorac. Each are cult favorites loved by many but are by no means natural or non-toxic. I was very happy to learn that Ulta does, in fact, have a decent selection of natural and healthy brands to choose from. I found some of my old favorites and a hand full of new ones that I’d love to try. I’ve compiled this list of brands found at Ulta (mostly online) that I consider to be safer options. Please let me know if I have missed any of your favorite natural, organic, or non-toxic brands! I hope you find this helpful.

Abba hair care products are formulated to be 100% vegan, gluten-free, and animal cruelty-free. They choose not to use parabens, DEA, phthalates, synthetic color additives, sulfates, or sodium chlorides in any products.

Alba Botanica makes wonderful skin care products. You can find their natural sunscreens at Ulta. Alba’s products are 100% vegetarian, Leaping Bunny certified and they comply with reef safety standards. The formulas are biodegradable and the packages are recyclable. Alba also does work to empower young women to succeed through care.org.

Andalou caters to many skin concerns using beautiful ingredients that are Non-GMO Project verified, cruelty-free, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free verified, certified organic, natural, fair-trade, sustainably sourced, and eco-friendly. They are also part of several movements – She Can – supporting women’s education, and Vital Voices – empowering female leaders wold wide.

Babo is a family-focused brand. Their hair and body products are created without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, icky chemicals, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, gluten, dairy, soy, peanut oil, almond oil, walnut oil, mineral oil, PEGs, or animal testing. Babo’s products are tear-free, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, color safe, reef safe, breastfeeding safe, all natural, certified organic, and made from pure flowers and plant extracts. Babo supports and educates at the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Gardens in Bronx, NY, and continues its work with the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Buddy Scrub, a skin care line focused around exfoliation is made from all natural, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly ingredients.

Burts’s Bees products are made without all of those harmful ingredients you don’t want. Most of their fragrances are created from natural resources. They are composed of proprietary essential oil blends and natural extracts. Their lips colors are made from botanical oils, waxes, butter, extracts, and essential oils.

Eco Tools makes makeup brushes that are cruelty-free and tree-free. The brushes are made from recycled materials such as recycled bamboo.

Honest Beauty, created my Jessica Alba, makes skin care, hair care, and makeup products. They are made using pure, raw ingredients and without harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates, and chemical sunscreens. They are also cruelty-free.

Honeybee Gardens cosmetics and body care products are made of natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Their packages are made from recycled materials as often as possible. They are a PETA certified company, as well as Feingold certified. All of their products have also been reviewed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and all have a score of 2 or lower.

Human & Kind skin and hair care is kind to humans, animals (no animal testing), and the environment. The products are created to be gentle, effective, multi-tasking skin miracles without any harmful petrochemicals.

John Masters Organics partners with local farmers who have a proven history of respect towards their environment in how they harvest their ingredients. With wild-harvested ingredients and cold-pressed and steam distilled extracts, they provide unparalleled care for your hair and skin. All of the organic ingredients they use are certified organic by EcoCert, Quality Assurance International, California Certified Organic Farmers, or Organic Crop Improvement Association. All are recognized by the National Organic Program for the USDA. All of their ingredients meet their strict guidelines: All products must be made with 70-100% organic content. Their products contain no sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs, No GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) no artificial colors, fragrances or fillers. No animal testing. All plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible. All essential oils used must be steam-distilled and not extracted with propylene glycol – which kills the effect of the oils, All plant oils must be cold pressed, not heat distilled – which kills the therapeutic properties of plant oils. All ingredients must be proven to be beneficial to the hair or skin. All ingredients must be harvested in an environmentally-friendly manner (wild-crafted). All ingredients must be bio-degradable as possible. John Masters Organics is endorsed by PETA. The only animal products used are honey and beeswax. You will never see artificial colors or fragrances in the ingredients. All of their packaging uses the minimal amount of ink possible and is printed on 100% recycled and unbleached paper.

Juice Beauty products, created by Gwyneth Paltrow, are formulated with certified organic ingredients, which dramatically reduces residue from pesticides, unnecessary synthetic chemicals, and synthetic fertilizer residue in their ingredients. They have an unimaginably long list of ingredients they will not use. Each product is manufactured using solar power. Sustainable and/or recycled paper and soy ink are used for the packaging.

A child brand of Juice Beauty, Juice Organics creates beautiful hair care products which are Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free certified, PETA Cruelty-Free certified, formulated without sulfates or petroleum derived ingredients, and are California Organic Products Act (COPA) compliant. 

Lanolin lips and hand moisturizers are created without artificial fragrances, parabens, petroleum jelly, peg’s, mineral oil, sulfates, or animal testing.

Lashfood’s eyelash and eyebrow products are made using nature’s most potent ingredients. They are sustainably harvested and evaluated for their environmental impact toward biodegradability and ecotoxicity. The products are drug-free, sulfate free, phthalate free, and synthetic fragrance-free and never tested on animals. The packaging is made with Ecocert compliant, recyclable materials. Marketing materials are printed with vegetable based & soy based inks and recyclable water base coating on paper which is sourced from sustainably managed forests who participate in a 100% recycling program.

Moom hair removal “wax” is made from USDA Certified Organic and food grade ingredients. There are absolutely no chemicals, perfumes or artificial substances in Moom. No animal testing. Each container or jar is recyclable.

My Mane Care are natural, vegan, cruelty-free hair care products.

Nkd Skn self-tanners are 50% certified organic ingredients and a completely non-toxic formulation, as well as cruelty-free.

Nubian Heritage uses natural and organic ingredients without any harmful chemicals.

Nyakio is formulated without sulfates, phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, formaldehyde or butylene glycol.

O.R.G. Skincare is formulated with gentle, yet highly effective ingredients. They bottle up the best of what nature and the latest innovations in Asian skincare have to offer to bring you products created just for your skin needs.

Origins is a cruelty-free brand that does not conduct animal testing on their products or ingredients. They have harnessed the power of plants to create high-performance skincare products.

All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. They are formulated without animal testing, animal ingredients, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin. All of their scents are developed using the highest quality ingredients including essential and natural oils. Their 7 Free Nail Polish is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animal products. All of Pacifica candles contain lead-free wicks.

Parissa uses natural food-grade ingredients in all of their products. They use no toxic chemicals, no parabens or preservatives, GMO’s, fragrances with phthalates, and no animal testing. They are USDA certified organic, leaping bunny certified, Canadian Woman-Owned company and their packages are made from recyclable and/or sustainably sourced materials.

Physicians Formula has an organic line that is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, dermatologist approved, gluten-free, paraben-free. They are 100% free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, GMO’s, synthetic colors, and are 100% cruelty-free.

Pogo lip balms are a fun shape, similar to Eos lip balms. They are created with ZERO chemicals. Each package is a 100% post-consumer recycled body. They are USDA Organic certified and Non-GMO Project Verified Certified. 1% of sales are donated to Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 that has built over 360 schools and provided access to education to more than 33,000 students throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Pogo is also a certified B Corporation.

Pura D’or is 100% cruelty-free and contains only the purest natural ingredients. They are free of harsh chemicals, SLS (all forms of sulfates), parabens, glutens, artificial fragrances, and chemical dyes.

S.W. Basics skin care is made from simple, whole ingredients. The Majority of the line is USDA-certified organic. They are also PETA certified. Everything except the beeswax lip balms is vegan.

Shea Moisture covers all of the bases in the beauty world using no parabens, no phthalates, no paraffin, no mineral oil, no DEA, no petroleum, no formaldehyde, and no propylene. They are a certified B company, certified cruelty-free, sustainably produced, family owned and operated, and certified organic, natural, and fair trade.

SkinYoga is a 100% natural skincare brand owned by three sisters. Their products are inspired by natural and ayurvedic formulations.

100% of St. Tropica ingredients are certified USDA Organic, certified cruelty free, and certified vegan. St. Tropica products do not contain any chemicals, sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, additives, stabilizers, preservatives, or fragrances.

Tarte products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, or gluten. They are also cruelty-free and follow several governmental guidelines for safe ingredients.

Vita Liberata self-tanning lotions are made of 80% certified organic ingredients and a completely non-toxic formulation. The main active tanning ingredient dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA) is derived from organic sugar beets. The DHA is combined with pure natural and organic ingredients that condition and nourish the skin while tanning it. All of Vita Liberata products are vegan-friendly with the exception of Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask which includes beeswax.

Whamisa is made with naturally fermented organic flowers, fruits, and seeds. The ingredients are natural, organic, and raw.

Yes To contains up to 95% natural ingredients. They say NO  to parabens, chemical sunscreens, and other potentially harmful ingredients, as well as animal cruelty and testing.

Zoya evolved from a small nail salon into a spa focusing on natural nails, skin care and alternative European herbal treatments. There are no toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate) from its formulations. Art of Beauty (Zoya’s parent brand) stays focused on the health and well being of employees and consumers in salons and spas.

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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The Honest Co. Shampoo + Body Wash & Conditioner | Review

The Honest Co. Shampoo + Body Wash & Conditioner | Review

The Honest Company is one of my favorite affordable go-to brands for personal care and home care products. I’ve gone through a few bottles of the Honest Shampoo + Body Wash and the Honest Conditioner. They both come in three beautiful scents: Sweet Orange Vanilla, Dreamy Lavender, and Apricot Kiss (Unscented has JUST been released as well). For under ten bucks a bottle, and great ingredients you really can’t go wrong.

 EWG gives a rating of 1 (1 being nontoxic and 10 being toxic) to the shampoo and a rating of 2 to the conditioner.

 The shampoo lathers and suds wonderfully. The conditioner is creamy and moisturizing without being heavy of leaving a residue. (It also works great for shaving!) Both working together leaves my hair clean and soft for the day. A lot of the time I struggled to get two days of clean hair from this duo. If you prefer to wash daily anyways, then that’s ok.

 I love the design of the packaging. Not only are the graphics cute, but I love the pump on the bottle as well. It makes it easier to get a controlled, consistent amount out.

Do you have a favorite non-toxic hair care products? What should I try next?

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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10 Natural Ways to Combat Stress and Anxiety

10 Natural Ways to Combat Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety is something I have been struggling with on and off for most of my life. Over the past 5 or 6 years since my digestive issues have worsened, my anxiety worsened right along with it. After reading many articles, listening to many doctors, and learning how to listen to my body, I realized that my gut problems and my anxiety had weaved themselves into and endless cycle – One causing the other. With the help of several natural practitioners, virtual support from stories found online, and my family and friends’ support, I am starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Keep reading to learn what has helped me maintain some control over my anxiety. (I am not a medical professional. These are what I have found works for me. They may or may not work for you – Everyone is different.)

1. Apps

A good percentage of us have smartphones. Take a snoop around the app store on your mobile device and you will find a plethora of relaxation apps. A few of my favorites are:

Relax Lite: Simply guided breathing with soothing music in the background. When I get panicky I forget to breathe. This guide gives me something to focus on, other than my nerves.

CalmThis app is very popular. It has a lot of great guided meditations for balancing emotions and relaxation. There is also a work book bassed on the Calm app, with a similar concept.

AudibleSometimes, when my mind is racing at night, I put on a story that comes free with an Amazon Prime subscription.

Relax Melodies: If you enjoy noises, tones, or sounds for relaxation, this app would be great for you.

2. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing,  4 counts in and  4 counts out. Focusing on the counting and feeling the breath deep in the bottom of my lungs helps to calm me.

3. Essential Oils

I LOVE essential oils. I use them for everything. Some great single oils to use for anxiety are Lavender, Chamomile, Orange, and Ylang Ylang.

There are also a few blends that are amazing: Relax, Peace and Calming I and/or II, and Stress Away. Each of these is unique, with beautiful, calming scents. All of these oils work well applied to the skin – for stress, I like to rub them over my chest – and diffused in an essential oil diffuser (the one I’m currently using – great for smaller to medium sized spaces, not so great for larger, open spaces).

4. Yoga and Meditation

When I include a few minutes of yoga and meditation in my day I feel a whole lot better overall, both physically and mentally.

A few apps I like to use are Daily Yoga, Asana Rebel, Butterfly Yoga, and Yoga Academy.

5. Get Outside/Grounding

Getting out into nature, into the fresh air has so many benefits both emotionally and physically. Grounding or Earthing – getting skin to earth contact – in ways I don’t understand supports our overall health in so many ways: reducing stress, reducing pain and inflammation, speeding up healing, and supporting adrenal health. (wellnessmama.com has a really great article about grounding.)

“Playing” in the dirt can provide lots of beneficial probiotics. Having a healthy microbiome is the basis for a healthy body and mind.

So get out there in the sun and dirt! Breath in the fresh air, soak up the vitamin D and play in the probiotics.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Reach out to a friend or family member you can trust. Explain what you are feeling. Don’t be afraid to tell them exactly how to help you when you do have a panic attack.

Seeing a Therapisteapist can do a world of good. I really enjoyed the time I spent with mine. She provided me with many great tools to understand what was going on with my brain and how to manage it and correct it. Panic attacks don’t just come out of the blue. There is a cause. Maybe we can’t identify the reason right off the bat – and that’s okay – but with time a professional can help you understand the underlying causes of your anxiety and find a way to retrain your brain to overcome what triggers your anxiety.

7. Staying Busy

Staying occupied helps me to keep my mind off of whatever might be stressing me.

For example, I get quite anxious when we have company (I’ve made a lot of improvement on that recently) so staying busy in the kitchen or cleaning around the house in preparation for guests really helps keep my freak out to a minimum.

8. Reducing Toxicity

Detoxing can do a world of good for the body. You can start by making sure the products you use on yourself and your home are chemical free. (Sign up for my email newsletter or follow me on Bloglovin’ to get even more tips on living chemical free.)

With your Doctor’s approval remove synthetic medications. Search for natural options. A Naturopath, Functional Medicine Practitioner or Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner may be able to help with that search.

9. Check hormone and vitamin levels

I really recommend finding a Functional Medicine Practitioner in your area. I absolutely love mine. She is the best Doctor I’ve had so far (and I’ve seen a LOT of Doctors). She is dedicated, open-minded and thorough. Functional Docs have access to both sides of medicine – pharmaceutical and natural. They can also request testing from both sides of medicine. Functional Docs have access to more unique, detailed and possibly weird tests. Ask to get your hormone and vitamin levels checked. My results have been very revealing and helpful for future treatment and healing.

10. Supplements

There are many supplements that can help with stress reduction and mood balancing. (Always speak to your doctor before introducing a new treatment.)

Taking a high quality probiotic to keep your gut flora balanced will, in turn, help the rest of your body. Anxiety can be a side effect of vitamin b deficiency. I recommend finding methylated b’s in case there is an MTHFR gene mutation.

A few supplements such as Holy Basil, Gaba, and L-Theanine are very helpful with mood balancing.

So there you have it. Those are my tips and tricks for keeping a lid on my anxiety and panic attacks. I hope you find something here that could help you but remember, everyone is different. (You should always speak with your doctor before making any changes with your health.)

Do you have any tips that I didn’t include? If so, please share them in the comments!

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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W3ll People Expressionist Mascara | Review

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara | Review

W3ll People is an all natural brand. They focus on providing products safe for both our planet and us, to create “no-makeup” makeup looks. One of my top beauty must haves is mascara. I am rather picky about the durability of my mascara. It needs to be super rugged and long lasting. If it is anything less, it ends up on my under eyes, causing me to look like a raccoon that was in a fist fight. I generally go for waterproof mascara, but I have found it nearly impossible to find a waterproof mascara with clean ingredients.

The Expressionist Mascara has a great formula, not too wet, not too dry. It’s easy to build up length and volume. And the staying power is pretty good. There is minimal transfer to my under eyes – I do recommend setting your under-eye area with a powder. At the end of the day, it’s not a struggle to remove. When shopping around, I was under the impression that this mascara was waterproof or water resistant – I can’t remember which – but I can’t find that info anywhere now. It does a decent job holding up to “water resistant” standards! As far a clean mascaras go, this one is a winner (and EWG verified)!

Ingredients

“Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*,C10-18 Tryglycerides, Stearic Acid, Copernica Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Canuba) Wax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthum Gum, Cellulose, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil [+/-Cl 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77491 and Cl 77499 Iron Oxides, Cl 77007 Ultramarines, Cl 74570 Carmine] *Ingredient from Organic Farming” – w3llpeople.com

What are your favorite clean mascaras?

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Moom Organic Hair Removal | Review

Moom Organic Hair Removal | Review

I can’t be the only one getting excited about summer. I have already bought a few new swimsuits, and I have been dreaming about my paddleboard for a couple of weeks.

As summer approaches, getting beach ready is something that many of us start to think about. Fitness routines are added or improved, and skin is looked after a bit more. Smooth legs are a must for me during the summer. Many ladies prefer to wax for the longer lasting results and less maintenance.

Many waxes contain nasty chemicals and synthetics which are toxic to many parts of our bodies, as well as the planet. Parabens are endocrine disruptors and have negative effects on our hormones and reproductive systems. They can also affect one’s allergies. Many conventional waxes contain synthetic fragrances as well. They are just as costly to our organs and Earth.

Moom “Wax” is made from just a couple of organic plant based ingredients, and that’s it. No mile long list of dangerous things that you can’t pronounce, and you will be glad to know that their products are just as effective as the chemicals!

Most of Moom’s hair removers have the same main ingredient, organic cane sugar. Other plant extracts or essential oils are added for specific skin types or areas being treated. Chamomile, lavender, and cucumber have been added to some waxes for their calming effects.

MOOM Organic Hair Removal kit with Tea Tree (Classic)

This classic wax is suitable for all skin types and can be used on the whole body. It comes with wooden applicators and many fabric removal strips in different sizes. All are washable and reusable.

Ingredients:

Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chamomile Tea, Organic Lemon Juice, And Organic Tea Tree Oil

MOOM Organic Hair Removal Face/Travel Kit

This travel kit is quite a bit smaller than the Classic, above, but it is very similar and works just as well. There is a slight alteration in the ingredients for delicate facial skin but also works wonderfully on the rest of the body. It comes with a good number of reusable removal strips and wooden applicators.

Ingredients:

Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chamomile Tea, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Tea Tree Oil, and Organic Aloe Vera

For me, waxing isn’t my first choice of hair removal. I find it very itchy and uncomfortable to let my hair grow to the required waxing length. But on the odd occasion when I do feel like having a spa day and breaking out a wax kit, I’m glad I have Moom’s “wax”. I think My favorite thing about their hair removers is that they are washable. If you mess up when applying the remover you can just wash it away!

What are your favorite, most effective hair removal methods? Do you prefer to do it yourself or do you treat yourself to a spa trip?

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Graydon Discovery Kit | Review + Giveaway

Graydon Discovery Kit | Review + Giveaway

Graydon, a plant powered skincare line, has many wonderful, and effective products made from natural and organic ingredients. Like many of the kits they have offered, this discovery kit is an awesome way to be introduced to the brand.

 

Face Food Mineral Mist

I love facial mists. They leave the skin feeling cool, and fresh, with an extra boost of moisture. Graydon’s facial mist did not disappoint. The many minerals help to calm skin allergies, kill bacteria, produce collagen and reduce inflammation. It compliments any moisturizing routine and can help to reduce an over-powdered appearance after applying makeup.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: aqua (purified water), magnesium chloride, copper chloride, silver angstrom, zinc chloride

 

Detox + Renew Serum

This serum has an interesting smell. Something like wild weeds, grass, and turmeric. The texture is really nice. It hydrates and sinks into the skin well without leaving behind an oily residue. With a lot of nourishing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, this is a really nice serum to use.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: meadowfoam (limnanthes alba) seed oil, oat (avena sativa kernel) oil, camelia (camellia sinensis) seed oil, blueberry (vaccinum myrtillus) seed oil, cranberry (vaccinum macrocarpon) seed oil, raspberry (rubus idaeus) seed oil, saffron stem cell (crocus sativus flower extract & cell culture extract), turmeric (curcuma longa) oil, neroli (citrus aurantium amara), vitamin e (mixed tocopherols) oil, and nothing else!
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Superfood Mask + Scrub

I feeling like I now understand why Ostriches stick their heads in the sand. They must love the exfoliation! ? This mask feels a bit like I’m rubbing a beach all over my face…but in a good way. At first, I was a little surprised at how abrasive it can be, but it’s worth it.

The mask needs to be mixed with a liquid. Graydon suggests a creme cleanser or anything from your kitchen. I decided to take a little creative liberty and use a facial oil. One capsule and about 10 drops of oil mixed, scrubbed into the skin, let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes, then scrub away with a wet washcloth. Wow! I felt like I had a new face. My skin was so soft. For a couple of days after I felt like my skin looked more radiant and healthy. This is something I could easily use a couple times a week.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Zeolite (clinootilolite zeolite), White Willow Bark (salix babylonica), Matcha Green Tea (camellia sinensis), Chia Seed (salvia hispanica L), Probiotic blend, Shiitake Mushroom (lentinula edodes), Cinnamon (cinnamomum cassia presl.), Vitamin C (magnesium ascorbate), Green Coffee Bean (coffea arabica), Zinc (citrate), Aloe Vera (aloe barbadensis leaf), Licorice Root (glycyrrhiza glabra), Papaya (carica papayal.), Coconut Water (cocos nucifera l.), Activated Charcoal, Astaxanthin (from red algae), Micro Fermented Hyaluronic Acid (sodium hyaluronate), Vitamin D2, Xylitol, and nothing else!

 

Green Cream

It’s not really green. Maybe the smallest hint of a sage color. But the ingredients are green. With tons of green vegetables and herbs in this moisturizer, your skin gets all of the superfood benefits imaginable: detoxification, nourishment, inflammation reduction, and antioxidants.

Ingredients List

Ingredients: aqua (purified water), glyceryl stearate*, coco-caprylate/caprate*, dicaprylyl ether*, sodium olivoyl glutamate*, cetearyl alcohol*, cetyl alcohol*, stearyl alcohol*, caprylic/capric triglyceride*, aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, citric acid, **glyceryl caprylate, **glyceryl undecylenate, xanthan gum, chlorophyllin (chlorophyll), persea americana (avocado) oil, olea europea (olive) oil, carum petroselinum (parsley) oil, salvia sclarea (sage) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil. *vegetable wax, **natural vegetable preservative

 

Germs Away AromaBlend

I love germ-killing essential oil blends. My favorite is Young Living’s Thieves. Graydon’s Germs Away blend appears to be a mixture of Young Living’s Thieves and Purification and then some. For me, the lemongrass was the most powerful scent.

Ingredient List

Ingredients: cinnamomum cassia (cinnamon) leaf oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, pelargonium graveolens flower (geranium) oil, juniperus communis fruit (juniper) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass) oil, myristica fragrans (nutmeg) kernel oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.
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I enjoyed each and every one of these products. The skincare products really made a positive impact on my skin (as long as I didn’t pick at my acne). I think my favorite item from this kit was the Mask/Scrub. Do any of these products appeal to you? If you’d like to try them, fill out the raffle form below to be entered to win this kit!

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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The Honest Co. Conditioning Detangler | Review

The Honest Co. Conditioning Detangler | Review

The Honest Company has many great products for home and personal care. The brand only uses ingredients that are safe for ourselves and our planet. For me, most of their products have been great hits. Very few have disappointed. This conditioning detangler lands kind of in the middle.

To start, the sweet orange vanilla scent is amazing! I love both citrus and vanilla scents, so putting them together is brilliant. The detangling power is okay. It’s not as effective as my blonde rat’s nest needs, but I do notice a difference if I don’t use it. After showering, giving my hair a few spritz with the detangler. I let it sit in my hair while I apply my body lotion and get dressed. After letting the detangler sit for a couple minutes, running my tangle teezer through my hair gets the job done. It’s not as smooth to brush through as I’d like, but it’s not nearly as knotty and painful as it would be without the detangler. I’ve found the key is to let the detangler soak in. Brushing right after spritzing the detangler is just like brushing without it.

Would I buy this again? Probably. Compared to a lot of other natural hair care products it’s pretty good value for money.

What are some safe hair products that you reach for daily?

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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100% Pure Let it Glow Kit | Review

100% Pure Let it Glow Kit | Review

100% Pure is a brand that I have admired for a long time. They manage to create products that are beautiful, high quality, and trendy while keeping their ingredients safe and friendly for both the body and the planet.

This kit from the holiday season came with 3 full-size products that will work well for the rest of the year to come.

Each and every one of 100% Pure’s palettes is to die for. With highly pigmented, buttery, feminine eyeshadows, blushes, and highlighters, you can create many stunning looks. This trio gift set came with the Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette II. The rosy mauve blush blends into the skin creating a pink glow. Adding the pink-gold highlighter to all of the high points of your face gives a wonderful iridescent shimmer. The three eyeshadows, light neutral bronze, dark taupe, and a brown plumb work together to create a soft smoky eye. Or you can use one or both of the lighter shades to create a neutral look. The plumb shadow would make a unique eyeliner shade as well!

The Maracuja Mascara in the color Black Tea is a great mascara. It gives your lashes a long, voluminous look. The only drawback for me is that it’s not waterproof or water resistant. However, none of the ingredients are synthetic. Most are organic. It is colored with dark plants such as tea, dark berries and even coffee and cocoa beans! You can tell by its fruity, nutty smell. There are also many conditioning ingredients such as the maracuja oil, vitamin B5, aloe, and seaweed.

Before adding any powders, the Luminating Créme in the shade Starlight leaves a delicate champagne glow to the high points of the face. It is beautiful on its own, but it’s also complemented very well by the highlighter in the Naked II palette.

Any one of these three products is a great buy. They work well separately and together. All are made with earth-derived ingredients that are kind to our bodies and are kind when we wash them away at the end of the day.

What are you must haves from 100% Pure? What do I need to try next?

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Graydon Face + Body Travel Essentials | Review + Giveaway!

Graydon Face + Body Travel Essentials | Review + Giveaway!

Graydon Skin Care is a Canadian brand great for label readers like me. The ingredients are natural, nontoxic, cruelty-free, chemical and synthetic free, and organic whenever possible. Each product is made with luxury and pampering in mind. Both the packaging and the product inside are beautiful to use as well as display on your shelves or countertops. These face and body travel essential samples are nothing short of lovely.
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Aloe Milk Cleanser

Most of the time I prefer soapless facial cleansers like oils, creams or balms. This Aloe Milk Cleanser is a cream cleanser and makeup remover all in one. It leaves the skin feeling smooth, clean and hydrated.

Elements

This sunscreen is made from zinc rather than chemicals. Not only is your skin protected from the sun’s hot rays, Seabuckthorn oil and aloe juice help to nourish your skin as well. The formula is a slightly thick one. It works well on the body, but it’s not something I would want to wear on my face in the hot weather.

All Over Face + Body Lotion

This lotion smells of lavender and rosemary. Yum! It is very moisturizing, yet light weight. It works well as both a body lotion and a face lotion. I’ve noticed as a face lotion it has a slightly dewy finish. If I were to wear makeup over time I might use a couple extra mattifying products to keep foundation/concealer in place.

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All Over Soap + Shampoo

I decided to try this out as a shampoo. It doesn’t suds up quite as much as I’d like and it leaves almost a waxy feeling when rinsing it out, but when my hair dries it feels really clean, healthy and a bit thicker. I haven’t tried it as a body or face soap yet, but I think it is gentle enough so your skin won’t feel stripped and tight.

Hair Smoothie

This conditioner can be used as a mask, regular conditioner as well as a leave-in conditioner for dry ends. I’ve only tried it as a regular in shower conditioner. It doesn’t feel as creamy as I’d prefer but it detangles really well. After I’ve rinsed it out, my hair feels really soft and manageable.

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Each of these 5 products is wonderfully made and very effective. These are ones that I would go for in full size. I would love to share how awesome this brand it with you. If you are interested, feel free to fill out the form below to enter for an opportunity to win this little sample kit of these Graydon products.

-Liz

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

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Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica Skin Care | Review

Bottega Organica is a natural, chemical free skin care brand. The ingredients go straight from their farms in Italy and Upstate New York into the bottle. They offer this wonderful little sample pack for just the cost of shipping. Included in it are an eye serum, cleansing oil, facial oil, facial moisturizer, and a hand cream.

Eye Contour Serum

The texture of this serum is very interesting as far as eye products go. It is very liquidy. I would describe it as watery rather than oily. It has a bit of a learning curve if you are used to creams. It has a faint honey-like scent and is a light brown color.

 

Cleansing Face Oil

This reminds me a lot of Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Acne Cleansing Oil. It has the same lemon-thyme scent and moisturizing texture. It feels and smells wonderful on my face!

 

Morning Face Oil

Just a couple of drops of this ginger-scented oil goes a long way. It is incredibly moisturizing and smells wonderful. I wouldn’t, however, use it under makeup. It’s a very oily oil. I enjoy using it on relaxing, no-makeup days.

 

Extra-Nourishing Face Formula

This oil based face cream is incredibly hydrating. It’s not something I would use under makeup. But applying this in combination with the Morning Face Oil smells wonderful. The ginger and vanilla scents go together very well!

 

Comfort Hand Balm

During the dry, colder months powerful hand moisturizers are always great to have on hand (ha). This hand balm is just that. It’s oil based but absorbs into the skin quickly and effectively. According to Bottega Organica’s website, this balm is supposed to be orange scented. To me, it only has a gentle olive oil scent, but it doesn’t linger.

 

All of these products are a liquidy formula. The eye serum is a watery consistency and the rest are oil based. I wouldn’t use any of these under makeup. For someone with oily skin, I think these will work but I’d be careful with the amount I apply. For dry skin, these oils will be loved by your skin! I have combination skin and my dry, flaky patches drink the oils right up.

 

Have you tried any products from Bottega Organica? What are your favorites?

 

-Liz

 

Note: Thank you to Lin at Bottega Organica for allowing me to try your wonderful products!

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lips | Review

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Lips | Review

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques offers many wonderful, natural, and organic beauty products. These two lip options are nothing short of just that.

(Read my reviews on their foundationeye makeup, and cleanser.)

For me, neutral pink lip colors are my go to lip colors. They are easy to wear, aren’t too bold and have sweet, famine tint to them. This lipstick in the shade Peluche is just that. It is neutral with a slight red-pink shade. On my light skin, it works especially well as a Fall/Winter nude.

Its demi-matte finish is comfortable and moisturizing. It has an average wear time. It does wear away when eating or drinking but I think comfort can be taken in the fact that Lauren Brook makes all of their products from harmless, natural and organic ingredients. Unlike many other lipsticks, you don’t have to worry about ingesting a whole array of illegible synthetic ingredients. EWG scores it a beautiful 1 out of 10.

I don’t often reach for lip glosses, but on occasion, when I’d like a pretty, subtle color and something with a touch of hydration on the lips, a gloss is good to have on hand. And better yet a gloss that has been rated a 2 by EWG.

This purple shade, Candied Plum, isn’t as loud as it looks. It provides a very pretty magenta wash with a hint of micro-shimmer.

One feature across the whole brand that really stands out to me is the ability to order any product in a sample size (like the lipgloss I have pictured above). It can be a little scary ordering makeup online. The sample sizes are a wonderful idea to get a feel for the color and formulation of each product!

These products are comfortable, quality and also healthier options.

Do you have any favorites from Lauren Brooke? Where are your favorite lippies found? Let me know in the comments!

 

-Liz

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Note: Thank you so much to Chris at Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques for allowing me to test out your lovely products!

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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Juice Beauty Refining Organic Finishing Powder | Review

Juice Beauty Refining Organic Finishing Powder | Review

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Cakey skin is not fun. Almost every powder I’ve tried has caused my face to look like that. Juice Beauty’s Refining Finishing Powder does not look cakey or scaly at all.

After applying foundation and/or concealer I like to use a big fluffy brush like Real Techniques Blush Brush to dust the finishing powder over my skin. It helps set my makeup and keep it in place for the day. Because this is a finishing powder, there is not any coverage to speak of. Since it is also mattifying, it could be worn on bare skin to reduce any shiny spots.

Most of the ingredients are certified organic. They are plant-derived with many benefits such as antiaging and antibacterial. EWG Skin Deep Database rates it at a 2 out of 10 (10 being toxic).

I really like this powder and would repurchase it. It works really well for my wacky, spotty, oily yet dry and flaky at the same time skin.

Do you have any must-have products from Juice beauty? I would love to try more of their products. Please share your favorites in the comments!

 

-Liz

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YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

YL Essential Rewards Unboxing | April 2018

Essential oils are used in my home nearly every day in one fashion or another. We use them in our skincare routines, treating unhappy tummies or aching muscles, making the air smell lovely, and even when cleaning…

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

Young Living Essential Rewards, January ’18 | Unboxing

You’ve probably seen Young Living promoted by a few of your Facebook friends. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Young Living is a very successful essential oil company whose products are made from organic plants and processed on high-quality machines in the safest ways possible to maximize each bottle’s medicinal value.

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