Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself. I also earn points on what I buy and can pick out free gifts. This months order was a nice mixture of both purchased and gifted.

 

Essential Oils:

Grapefruit – This is for my mom. She loves Grapefruit EO as a perfume! Young Living’s meets her specific tastes.

DiGize – I always have this oil on hand! It soothes any tummy upset.

Thieves Roll-On – I decided to give this a go. We have gone through many bottles of Thieves EO so I thought it would be great to have a pre-diluted option on hand. I plan to use it on my neck at any sign of a sore throat or sniffles.

Deep Relief – Muscle rubs are a staple. This one smells sweet and soothing. It is pre-diluted, so it won’t be so irritating on your skin.

 

Personal Care:

Acne Treatment – This stuff seems to be helping! It reduces redness and inflammation overnight and I don’t wake up with any weird discoloration or flakiness from the cream.

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste – This is a great, clean toothpaste!

Thieves Mouthwash – I’ve been using this mouthwash for quite a while. I love the ingredients and it leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.

 

Home Ware:

Thieves Dish Soap – This was $12 and it does not suds up very well…enough said.

Blender Bottel – I lost the little spring blender thing for my old one so I decided to grab this one for $6.

 

Other than the dish soap, this order has been a hit! Everything is getting used, and being loved.

What are your Young living staples? Tell me about your favorites in the comments!

 

-Lizzie 

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Lemongrass Spa’s “Pomegranate Body Polish” | Review

Winter is upon us. Often along with the beautiful, snowy scenes, and cozy clothes, we get dry skin. Exfoliating and moisturizing are two things that I forget to do very easily. But thank goodness there are products out there that can do both at the same time. I’ve just tried Lemongrass Spa’s Pomegranate Body Polish and was blown away by how well it can multi-task.

For starters, it smells incredible. It’s very fruity and can bring a bit of the tropics to your shower routine on a brisk day. Many sugar and salt scrubs are quite harsh and too abrasive for my skin and I can find them to be kind of painful. That is not the case with this polish. It scrubs and exfoliates with just the right coarseness. I think one reason why its so comfortable to use is because it is packed with so many nourishing oils like Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Coconut oil. It is able to moisturize at the same time that the sugar crystals are exfoliating. I used this first thing in the shower and a good amount of the oils stayed on me for the duration of my shower. When I was out our the shower and dried off, I could have easily gotten by without putting on my moisturizer. I could still smell the pomegranate for a long time on my skin over my Dragon Time moisturizer from Young Living.

This is a scrub I would purchase again and try in all the different scents they have available. In the comments below tell me what your favorite Lemongrass Spa products are. What do I need to try next?

~ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques “Deep Sea Masque” | Review

Finding affordable, organic skin care and makeup products is a rare thing. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a rare gem in regards to price and quality.

Clay face masks are one of my favorites because you can really see where the oil and gunk are being pulled out. The Deep Sea Masque from Lauren Brooke comes as a powder to be mixed with any liquids of your choosing and is created with so many nourishing ingredients, it’s impossible to not be intrigued by it. With several kinds of clay and seaweed, as well as a few herbal extracts and peppermint oil, your skin is left clean, smooth, and refreshed.

I find this mask quite enjoyable and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mud mask. Tell me about your favorite masks in the comments below.

~ Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Moom “Organic Hair Removal Kit With Cucumber For Bikini And Brazilian” | Review

Moom “Organic Hair Removal Kit With Cucumber For Bikini And Brazilian” | Review

Waxing is a great way to keep your body hair free for a longer period of time than just shaving, but without committing to permanent hair removal. Of course, as many of you know, it’s always wise to choose products that are made without toxic ingredients that could harm us. Moom creates beautiful hair removal products that are made out of only a couple of organic ingredients. A relatively recent addition to their store is this hair removal kit made with cucumber, for the sensitive bikini region.

Because the bikini area is so delicate, the cucumber was added to the formula to calm the skin. Agar-agar, green tea, and lemon juice also offer nourishment to your sensitive skin.

My favorite thing about Moom “waxes” is they are water soluble. If you mess up during application, you can just rinse the goop off and start over.

Included in this kit are reusable organic cotton strips and wooden applicators, and a 3oz pot of hair remover

What is your favorite hair removal method? I’d love for you to share in the comments!

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Andalou Naturals “Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk” | Review

Andalou Naturals “Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk” | Review

Gentle cleansers such as milk and oils are all the rage right now. They remove makeup with ease, your skin is left very soft and hydrated, and it can help balance out overly oily and acne prone skin, as well as moisten dry skin. Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk ticks off all of those points.

First off, it smells great. You can smell the apricot as well as hints of the other fruity ingredients.

The texture is really nice. It feels gentle and nourishing, but not oily. The makeup removal component is pretty good, however, removing water resistant/proof mascara takes a bit more effort than it would with an oil.

Andalou’s Cleansing Milk is made without GMO’s, gluten, or synthetic chemicals. Resveratrol, CoQ10, and their “PhytoCellTec” are used to keep skin hydrated, youthful, and healthy.

I was really keen on this because of the probiotics. I hoped it might help a bit with my acne. I’m not really sure if it made much of a difference there because I have so much internal healing to do before my acne clears up. I also have a bad habit of picking at my acne, which causes it to spread and get worse. It wasn’t designed for acne prone skin so I won’t hold it accountable.Other than that I’m really happy with this cleanser and would recommend it and purchase it again.

Other than that, I’m really happy with this cleanser and would recommend it and purchase it again.

Smells great ✓

Feels great ✓

Doesn’t dry out the skin ✓

Made with safe, ethical ingredients ✓

And it’s in a purple bottle ✓

A good one all the way around.

In the comments, tell us about your recent favorite cleanser.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Lemongrass Spa Healing Elements Balm | Review

Lemongrass Spa Healing Elements Balm | Review

My mom and I recently made our first ever order from Lemongrass Spa. They are an affordable organic/natural/non-toxic skin care, hair care, and makeup brand. One thing we had to add to our cart was the Healing Elements Balm. I’ve heard many good things about it both online and from my chiropractor.

It is such a multi purpose product. You can use it anywhere on your body and it improves the health of your skin pretty quickly. With ingredients like coconut oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, chamomile and lavender essential oils, as well as vanilla for a yummy scent, it’s no wonder that it works so well and is so loved.

Our Success Stories:

A couple of weeks ago I had a pretty deep, raw rug burn on my pinky knuckle. My nerves burned from the tip of my pinky to my elbow. I stupidly tried straight, undiluted lavender oil on my boo-boo. That was too harsh and made the burning worse. I added a touch of The Honest Co. Healing Balm and did not find any relief. Next, I gave Healing Elements a try. I dabbed a tiny scoop (it came with a little spatula for easy, less messy application) on my raw knuckle, topped it off with a band-aid and found instant relief from the pain. I carried on with that combo a couple of times a day for about a week until my knuckle scabbed over.

Mom has been using it as a night time moisturizer and we both agree that her eyes look less puffy and overall, her skin looks smoother. We have been trying to find a Vaseline replacement for her lips. This didn’t quite match up. She said it absorbed too quickly. She likes the barrier that the Vaseline provides. Do you know of any alternatives for her? Let us know in the comments.

We have been loving this and plan to keep our cupboards stocked with it at all times. It’s such a great multi purpose product that everyone should have on hand!

What are your favorites from Lemongrass Spa? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

~Liz

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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The Honest Co. Bubble Bath | Review

The Honest Co. Bubble Bath | Review

Some times all you need to relax is toasty soak in the tub. I always enjoy some essential oil scented salts in my bath, and adding bubbles makes it even better. A lot of organic bath products are quite pricey. I love getting my bath and body supplies from The Honest Co. because they are inexpensive yet I know they will be made from safe ingredients and they will smell divine.

Honest’s Bubble Bath comes in four scents: Sweet orange Vanilla, Dreamy Lavender, Apricot Kiss, and Fragrance-Free. I have tried each of these scents in many of their body care products and I can report that they are all lovely.

For the purpose of a relaxing bath, I selected Dreamy Lavender for my bubbles. It’s awesome. It smells wonderful, It feels wonderful, and the bubbles last for a decent amount of time. If I had a complaint, it would be that the bottle isn’t big enough. If Honest had an option to buy a larger size, I would probably order that one next time.

What are your bath and/or relaxation must haves? Please share with everyone in the comments below.

~Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Mother Dirt Probiotic Skin and Hair Care | Review

Mother Dirt Probiotic Skin and Hair Care | Review

Probiotics are becoming more and more popular in diet and health practices. Recently brands have been adding probiotics to their beauty products. Mother Dirt was created with the intent of keeping your external microbiome happy and healthy. There are four products available for skin and hair care: a probiotic mist, a shampoo, a foam cleanser, and an oil moisturizer. They come in bottles that are TSA approved so you can easily pack it in a carry on case for a flight. Even though the packages are small, a surprising amount of product is jammed in there. Each bottle lasted a lot longer than I anticipated.

All of the products are unscented, are hypoallergenic, and score very well by the Environmental Working Group.

The shampoo is very gentle… almost too gentle. It felt great when using it but my hair became greasy quickly throughout the day. I could not skip a day of washing my hair. I missed having a (naturally) scented shampoo. Mother Dirt doesn’t sell a conditioner to go along with their shampoo. On their website, it says a lot of people didn’t need one. My rat’s nest was still in desperate needed one so I chose The Honest Co. Conditioner.

The foam cleanser can be used for the face and body. It is so gentle, yet very effective. My skin didn’t feel stripped after cleansing, but it still removed my makeup. It even did a decent job taking off waterproof mascara! But again, I missed a pretty scent.

The moisturizer had a strange texture. It didn’t feel oily or greasy. It had more of a slippery texture, almost silicone like. The packaging for this one needs some work. It leaked a lot and often the oil would splatter or squirt when I would pump it out of the bottle.

AO+ Mist is a live probiotic spray. You can mist it anywhere on your body to replenish good bacteria. This mist is perfect… not so heavy that it leaves large droplets, but not so fine that you have to spray it a thousand times before you feel anything.

All in all, I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be. Even though the mist is slightly pricier than I’d prefer, I really liked the texture so I would repurchase it. I also liked the gentle cleanser and might pick that one up again. The oil cleanser and shampoo didn’t wow me. However, I am glad I tried Mother Dirt. My eyes were opened to this trend. I look forward to seeing what the natural beauty community comes up with next using pro and prebiotics.

What are your favorite good bug supporting products? Please share with everyone in the comments!

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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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.

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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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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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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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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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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Andalou Clarifying Kit | Review

Andalou Clarifying Kit | Review

 

Andalou Naturals is a great brand to finds a wide range of natural skin, body and hair care products for the whole family and all skin types. I have reviewed a couple full sized products for this kit recently. They can be found here and here.

This particular range is created for oily, problematic skin. There are also many ingredients for anti-aging and firming. Kombucha is added as well, though it is not clear which strains of probiotics are in the kombucha, or how long the probiotics are active for. To try out the five main products from the clear skin line, Andalou has put together this travel size tester kit.

The cleansing gel bubbles up nicely, and washes away excess oils, but does so without leaving the skin ridiculously tight and bone dry.

The pore minimizing toner has a cooling effect. It smells of mint but the herbs take down the punch that peppermint can have.

A couple of times a week using the exfoliating mask helps to gently exfoliate the skin without using any abrasive ingredients.

The oil-free moisturizer hydrates and stays matte at the same time. I prefer to use it in the morning. Because it has a matte finish it works well under makeup.

The recovery cream is best to be used in at the end of your evening routine. It is slightly thicker and leaves somewhat of a dewy effect. It is very moisturizing without being heavy.

Except for the toner, all of these products have an herby-citrus scent. I’ve really liked all five of these products but my favorites are the oil-free moisturizer and the toner.

For me, these products haven’t completely eliminated my acne, but my spots heal quickly. I have the best results when I quit fussing with and picking at my acne. Just leaving my skin alone and letting these gentle products do their work has helped my skin stay a little clearer.

Do you have any favorite Andalou products? Which acne remedies have worked well for you? Share in the comments!

 

I have a skin and hair care giveaway going on for about another week here. If you haven’t yet, please enter!

 

-Liz

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Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living Essential Rewards – May 2019

Young Living has been one of my go-to essential oil brands for a number of years. Each month I get a box of products at a wholesale price that I have hand-picked for myself…

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…

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