December 19, 2014

iHerb Haul #1

I've decided to start incorporating hauls into my blog, and it seems fitting that I start with a haul from one of my most frequently used websites: They have a massive selection of natural products at discounted prices, and best of all, a $20 threshold for free shipping in the U.S. Here's what I picked up in my latest haul.

December 17, 2014


I've been trying out several new deodorant products lately, and I've found one that is a definite standout. It's called FreshBod($7.99 for 2 oz), and it's a unique, unscented deodorant spray. The simple formula contains five ingredients: colloidal silver, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, magnesium sulfate and purified water. These components work together to kill odor-causing bacteria and keep your pits stink-free.

December 13, 2014

True Nature Botanicals Noble Citrus Solid Perfume

True Nature Botanicals is a new company that's making an impact with a gorgeous line of solid perfumes. These products are far from your typical natural fragrance; the line was formulated by highly experienced perfumers at one of the oldest and most respected fragrance houses in France. The scents are completely natural and composed of “noble materials” — the most pure and precious ingredients that can be found. I received samples of the three scents they offer in the mail, and pretty much instantly fell for the Noble Citrus Solid Perfume* ($95). It's unlike any natural fragrance I've smelled before.

December 12, 2014

Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo

When I heard that Odylique was now available in the U.S., the first thing I knew I needed to try was the Gentle Herb Shampoo* ($20 for 6.8 oz). This shampoo has been on my radar for quite a while, as my fellow blogger Sugarpuffish has repeatedly listed this as one of her go-to hair care products. I had even considered ordering this shampoo from across the pond at one point. 

December 10, 2014

Aubrey Organics deodorants: an overview

If you shop frequently on vitamin sites or pass through the beauty aisles of natural grocery stores, these products will likely look familiar to you. Aubrey Organics is fairly easy to find, and their starkly simple packaging is pretty unique. I've been wanting to delve in and try more from this brand, and their deodorants were very appealing to me. I tested all three products out from this line: the Calendula Blossom Natural Deodorant Spray, the E Plus High C Roll-On Deodorant and the Men's Stock Natural Dry Herbal Pine Deodorant. For me, these have always been products I was curious about, but just hadn't gotten on to trying yet.

December 9, 2014

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo + Conditioner

Though I have a couple tried and true favorites (Alaffia + Acure), I'm always looking to discover new haircare gems. Aubrey Organics is affordable and ubiquitous in natural stores and online sites, so I decided to try out their Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo ($8.91 for 11 oz) and Conditioner ($9.29 for 11 oz).

December 8, 2014

Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is an important part of my haircare routine, and I searching around Vitacost for a new one when I found Giovanni Powder Power Dry Shampoo ($6.99 for 1.7 oz). Most of this brand's products do not have ingredients that are clean enough for my standards, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found this product had a pretty natural ingredients list.

December 6, 2014

Earth Mama Angel Baby

I always get excited to share natural brands that are easy to find, so I was happy to have the chance to review products from Earth Mama Angel BabyThis brand can be found all over the country at Target stores and Walgreens, so it's pretty accessible. Designed specifically for mothers and their babies, this line is a great idea because there are many essential oils and natural ingredients that are not safe for pregnant women and babies. I don't fit into either of the target demographics for this line, but always love trying safe, natural products with great ingredients. I picked out three products from the mama side of the brand to test out, and here are my thoughts on each product:

December 1, 2014

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

I was so excited last month when an email landed in my inbox announcing that Odylique was coming to the U.S. This brand, formerly known as Essential Care, has been on my radar for ages, thanks to many U.K. green beauty bloggers (Sugarpuffish in particular). Now that they're over here, I can finally try out their products for myself. I have a couple products to review, but today I'm starting out with the Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie* ($25 for 2 oz). This moisturizing treat came just as the temperature was dropping, and my hands were starting to get traces of dryness.

November 30, 2014

Brittanie's Thyme Bar Soaps

I have an ongoing love affair with bar soaps, so of course I jumped to try out a couple from Brittanie's Thyme. This brand makes several naturally-scented varieties, and I picked out the Forest Tonic and Montana Prairie Bar Soaps* ($4.25 each for 4 oz) because I liked the sound of the fresh herbal scents. These affordable soaps can be found at many health food stores, especially in the midwest region.

November 15, 2014

Acure Argan Oil Castile Soaps

Always simple, pure and effective, Castile soaps are a staple in my beauty cabinet. So, of course I was excited to try Acure's new line of Argan Oil Castile Soaps* ($9.99 for 16 oz), which come in peppermint, tropical citrus, and unscented varieties. If you're thinking that you've seen Castile soaps before and this is nothing new, think again. Acure's are made with organic coconut, sunflower, castor and argan oils instead of the usual olive oil. That's translates to a formula that is noticeably gentler than other Castile soaps.

November 11, 2014

Badger Argan Cleansing Oil and Face Oil + a huge giveaway!

If you've visited Badger's website lately, you might have noticed some major additions to their product line. Building off of the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm and Face Oil, Badger has expanded its facial care collection to include Argan, Seabuckthorn and Unscented Beauty Balms and Face Oils. There are also four new cleansing oils to match each scent.

Each product has the amazing USDA Organic ingredients you've come to expect from Badger, and also boasts a non-comedogenic formula that will work for a range of skin types. Badger has also created a guide for selecting the one that's the best for you. I tried out the Argan Cleansing Oil* ($19.99) and Face Oil* ($16.99), which were selected for me by the Badger experts because my face is not particularly oily or dry.

October 23, 2014

St. Francis Organics

I was recently offered the chance to try St. Francis Organics as they were launching their Indiegogo campaign. Several of the products in this line are USDA Certified Organic, and all of them contain a high percentage of organic ingredients. I tested out the Soap Berry Shampoo*, Liquid Body Wash* and Natural Body Lotion*.

October 1, 2014

Shea Terra Senegalese Hibiscus Oil + Madagascar Tamanu Oil

Hey guys! I know it's been forever since you've seen a post from me. I've had a crazy summer working, studying and completing applications, and unfortunately my blog had to fall by the wayside while I focused on my studies. The good news is that things are starting to calm down, and I am ready to refocus on my blog!

For my first post back, I figured I would talk about some of the basics: pure, unadulterated natural oils. Of any brand, Shea Terra has one of the widest selections of exotic African oils, and I've been intrigued by so many of the unique varieties. I had the chance to test out two from the line: the Senegalese Hibiscus Oil* ($24 for 2 oz) and the Madagascar Tamanu Oil* ($24 for 2 oz).

June 15, 2014

Schmidt's Deodorant review + giveaway!!!

If you follow the green beauty blogosphere at all, you have heard about Schmidt's Deodorant* ($9 for 2 oz). I was super excited to try out this brand, because they are all about creating safe, effective products that come in amazing scents and have a luxurious feel. They're also based in my hometown of Portland, OR, where many amazing natural products are made, so I had a hunch this would offer something special.

June 9, 2014

Deep Steep Glossy Smoothing Shampoo + Conditioner

Deep Steep makes some of my absolute favorite body products, so I knew I would eventually check out their line of haircare when it came out last year. The line includes shampoos and conditioners that come in four different varieties: Nourishing Volume, Weightless Moisture, Daily Repairing and Glossy Smoothing. I opted for Glossy Smoothing Shampoo and Conditoner ($8.29 each for 2 oz) because, well, that was what was in stock at the time on Vitacost.

June 2, 2014

Marie Veronique Organics Treatment Oil: a holy grail acne remedy

I have been sitting on a post about Marie Veronique Treatment Oil ($80 for 1 oz) for several months. This product is so good, it's hard to know where to start. It's a facial oil meant for acne-prone skin, and in short, it has changed my skin.

June 1, 2014

May Favorites

Now that I've shared the massive stash of products were used up in the past couple of months, it's time to share the products I've been reaching for frequently in May. This month's favorites are mostly makeup, with a lip balm, a multipurpose soap, and a hair product thrown in for good measure.

May 31, 2014

April + May Empties

As you might have noticed, I missed April's empties post. Things just got busy. And of course since I missed my monthly post, the empties piled up, and this month has turned into a mega-post, chocked to the brim with products I've used up.

May 30, 2014

Sierra Bees Lip Balms

You know you order from iHerb too much when you own every single lip balm from Sierra Bees. Sierra Bees is one of iHerb's in-house brands, and for a long time, you could always get one of their lip balms for free with your order.  Now days a lip balm costs $0.50 for your first one of each variety, and if you want more than one with your order, they are a very affordable $0.85. I managed to accumulate all of them overtime with my various orders.

May 28, 2014

Zuzu Luxe Mosaic Illuminator

When a natural makeup company comes out with a new release that looks more like a mainstream product, us green beauty enthusiasts get excited. When I saw Zuzu Luxe's new Mosaic Illuminator* ($28.50), I was so enthused to see such a pretty pressed face powder from one of my favorite makeup companies. It kind of reminds me of Guerlain's metorite bronzers, but with much better ingredients.

May 25, 2014

Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum

Though I am well into the second decade of my life, I still love baby products. If it's good enough for a baby's delicate skin, then it's great for mine! So when Lina Hanson, creator of the dreamy Global Body Serum, came out with a baby product, I had to see what was up. The Global Baby Serum($35 for 2 oz) is an intensely nourishing oil blend formulated with the most sensitive skin in mind. Think baby moisturizer taken to the next level.

May 13, 2014

Pampering products from Moor Spa

Clay masks are a staple of my skincare routine, and I've yet to find a variety I don't like. So I was excited when I had the opportunity to try a couple products from Moor Spa, a brand built entirely around Moor clay. Moor is a unique type of nutrient-dense peat, filled with minerals and plants that have decomposed over thousands of years in anaerobic (read: oxygen-free) conditions. I tried the ingredient in two forms: the Facial Mask* and 4-in-1 Bar*.

May 10, 2014

Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Soap

After a long absence, my Current Suds series is back. In these posts, I share the simple joy of bar soaps with simple reviews. Nubian Heritage pops up frequently in these posts because I love the soft, non-drying texture of their products, and the strong, unique scents. How does the Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver Bar ($3.47 for 5 oz) stack up?

April 27, 2014

The Favorite Natural Makeup Tag

I was recently tagged by Ru of Short Small Sweet to do the Favorite Natural Makeup tag, which was created by Amber from Natural Beauty. It's about time a makeup-centric tag popped up, and of course I will happily answer all of these questions!

April 10, 2014

Cleansing with Blissoma

Blissoma is one of my favorite skincare brands, and if you've ever tried any of their formulas, you know that they're special. I really enjoy the herbaly-yet-modern feel, and their products are so darn pure. They are also the most natural brand that I've come across that doesn't rely on simpler, water-free formulations. The textures and scents of the products are really beautiful and unique, and the price point is not inflated at all, despite the high quality ingredients.

April 1, 2014

March favorites

Happy April Fool's Day! I have no tricks for you here, just a couple truly great products that I've been particularly enjoying in the past month. Before for I go any further, I wanted to mention that this month I was featured on a couple blogs. Check out my holy grail picks on Sugarpuffish, my first-ever interview over on Bailey Blush, and a #FollowFriday feature on Ana Goes Green. Thanks so much to these lovely bloggers for picking me to take part in their series! In terms of favorites, I've remained very loyal to many of the makeup and skincare products in my January and February posts, so this month I only have a few more tweaks to my routine to talk about.

March 31, 2014

March empties

I know people always say this, but this month by went by so fast! I mainly finished products that I was almost done with in February. When I looked over the list of things I used up, I noticed I really liked all of them, which seems to not happen often. Almost everything here was either a repurchase, something that I have repurchased, or that I plan on repurchasing at some point.

March 29, 2014

A few good mists

Facial mists are, hands down, my favorite skincare products. They are often pleasantly-scented and include soothing botanicals, and always provide a blast of moisture. I use facial mists to relieve the parched-skin feeling cold climates and indoor heaters create, and of course I love a chilled mist as a summer refresher. Essentially, whatever climate you live in, they are awesome. I have accumulated quite a few different sprays, and I thought it would be fun to do a rundown of all of them.

March 21, 2014

Leaf Seed Berry: an Etsy gem

Exfoliating toners have been quite popular lately, and in my search for a natural version, I happened upon Leaf Seed Berry, a recently launched Etsy store that's based in Seattle. The owner, Jessica, noticed that her toner was on my wish list during No Buy January, and kindly offered to send me a couple of her items to test out. When my package arrived, I immediately noticed that everything is packaged in gorgeous frosted glass bottles with sleek patterned labels, which give the items a very luxe feel. As for the products themselves?

March 18, 2014

Bronze smokey eyes with Ecco Bella

I have been known to obsess over cool taupe eyeshadows with strong grey undertones, but this year I am changing it up more with shadows with golden, bronzy and neutral tones. And instead of the typical light color on the lid and dark color in the crease, I've been consistently creating smokey eyes with mid tone colors. Today I wanted to share a super simple eye look that uses just two products. It's a versatile combination that is wearable enough for day, but bold enough for the evening.

March 9, 2014

Badger Argan Hair Oil

About a month ago, I was pondering the state of my haircare routine. I was missing a hair oil to use on my ends during the day, and as a weekly deep conditioning treatment. I wanted something that has a balanced blend of nourishing oils, and a pretty scent wouldn't hurt either. While wondering what I should try next, I remembered that Badger Balm makes three hair oils that I remember being quite drawn to. That night, I wrote down on my wish list page "Badger Hair Oil." Now, imagine my surprise when the next day, I recieved an email from Badger's product educator, asking if I would be interested in trying their Argan Hair Oil* ($18.99 for 2 oz)! The universe was speaking to me, and it wanted me to try Badger's Hair Oil. The universe is very concerned with matters of my hair, of course.

March 3, 2014

Classic smokey eyes: just add shadow

I was thinking the other day, between musings on more practical matters, what exactly makes a smokey eye? It's a term that's thrown around all of the time, yet everyone seems to have a slightly different definition of what it actually is. To me, a regular eyeshadow look consists of light and mid toned colors on the lid, with a dark shadow in the crease. In contrast to that, my definition of a smokey eye flips that order and puts mid to deep colors all over the lid and is diffuse out. Also, anything that utilizes a black base or a hefty amount of black eyeshadow is usually smokey. I picked out a couple products that I consider essential, and with these, all you have to add is your favorite mid or deep toned shadows to get your dark, smokey look.

March 1, 2014

February Favorites

February has been a great month for product discoveries! I've been using a mix of new favorites and old standbys, and I am really excited about all of them!

February 28, 2014

February Empties

Compared to last month's massive stash of empties, this month was relatively tame. But I still did use up seven full sized products, which is pretty good! Most of these items are things that I have had around for a long time, and have finally finished off. I'm surprised I don't have more empty moisturizers, at the rate I've been needing them, but here's what I did go through:

February 22, 2014

On the go essentials

I think every beauty junkie enjoys spending a good chunk of time getting ready, so long as things aren't too hectic. Of course, sometimes there is no time at all, and you have to take everything with you on the go. You might be on a plane, a train, a car, a bus, maybe even a helicopter, a tram, a cable car or a gondola. It could happen! Here are my picks for portable products that can be whipped out at the drop of a hat, wherever you are going.

February 19, 2014

Spill it: come as you are beauty tag

I was recently tagged by Tina of Our Wonderlust to do the "Come As You Are" beauty tag.
Started by The Green Product Junkie, here is the premise:

February 18, 2014

The Going Green Tag

I was recently tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Sugarpuffish, to do the "Going Green Tag." This tag was started by Rachel of All Natural Aspirations, and these questions cover how I got started, the best and worst parts of going green, and what tips I have to pass along. So if you want to know more about my path, read on!

February 17, 2014

Shea Terra sampling

Shea Terra has one of the largest and most intriguing product lines of any natural company that I have seen! They use many hard-to-find indigenous African ingredients in a diverse array of products that includes everything from mud-based shampoo to rare facial oils to effervescent bath soaks. And that's probably less than 1% of their products! With so many interesting items filled with traditional, nourishing ingredients, it's hard to know where to start. So I'll just talk about a couple that I'm enjoying.

February 15, 2014

Brija Cosmetics

Last year, one of the members of the green beauty community, Brianna of iluvjesse444, created her own line of makeup. She started off with loose mineral shadows, but quickly grew to include cream-based products including lip and eye colors. Her line, Brija Cosmetics, has fun themed collections based on T.V. shows and movies like The Grinch, Sherlock Holmes and The Powerpuff Girls. I took advantage of the Black Friday sale a couple months back, and picked up a motley crew of products from several of the collections.

February 12, 2014

Natural spot treatments, two ways

I've been quite focused on preventing acne in the past couple months, and I've been fairly successful. I do raw honey treatments, avoid dairy, limit sugar, take a probiotic, try not to stress out, do masque treatments, and use great skincare. But sometimes, even when I do everything right, a little eruption pops up on my face, and just doing something makes me feel better. There are two very different spot treatments that I reach for in these situations.

February 11, 2014

Quick tip: wash your brushes with bar soap

Thanks to my previously-oversized brush collection, I am quite experienced at washing brushes. Admittedly, I tend to just use whatever natural, low-fragranced soap I have around, but I do have a strong preference for bars over liquid.

February 10, 2014

Caldrea Body Oils

Last year Caldrea, the company that makes scent-centric household cleaning products, launched a body care line that includes a gorgeous selection of Body Oils*. It's always exciting to see widely available brands embracing such a natural beauty staple, especially when it's a thoughtful blend of nutrient-rich oils. I imagine this as a sort of perfect gateway product for someone reluctant to dip their toe into the world of body oils. They offer complex, but approachable fragrances, moisturizing yet absorbent texture, and are available in stores one is already familiar with. And of course the understated glass bottles will appeal to anyone with an eye for sleek design.

February 8, 2014

EO Organic Deodorants

I couple months ago, I wrote about a deodorant combination that has been working perfectly for me: Nourish's stick deodorant layered with Weleda's sprays. Weleda deodorants cost somewhere in the $9 range online, and are made of alcohol and essential oils. Since these alcohol-based sprays have been working well for me, I was curious to try EO's line of spray deodorants* ($4.19 for 4 oz) that are made with pretty much the same ingredients.

February 6, 2014

Unii Palette review + what's inside!

Meet my new favorite accessory: the Unii Palette* ($29). This cute freedom-style compact is the perfect way to store a complete face of daily makeup, and take it anywhere with you.

February 5, 2014

A new name

As you will probably notice right away, my blog has a new design and a new name. To explain why I've decided to make this change, I thought I would tell you how my blog name came to be in the first place.

February 4, 2014

Alaffia Africa's Secret Skin Cream

One of my goals this year is to use more products that contain fair trade ingredients, and one of the first products I have to talk about is Alaffia's Africa's Secret* ($13.99 for 2 oz or $24.99 for 4 oz). I have always loved this line for its affordable price point and its wide availability in health food stores. But beyond that, this company utilizes sustainable indigenous ingredients to increase gender equality and empower communities in Africa. You can learn more about what they do in this video. It's a company that is doing a lot of cool things, and there's many reasons to feel good about buying this brand!

February 2, 2014

#NoBuyJanuary wrap up, reflections, and what's next

No Buy January is officially over! My goal was to eliminate all unnecessary purchases, not just beauty products. So how did I do?

February 1, 2014

January favorites

As I mentioned in my recent green/beauty goals post, I am going to be starting a new feature on my blog: monthly favorites. This is no revolutionary concept by any means, but it gives me a new format to talk about all the things I'm loving in my current routine. Last year I spent a lot of time obsessing over skincare, but this month I have been fixated on makeup, and base products in particular.

January 31, 2014

December + January Empties

You might have noticed that December slipped by without a peek at what I had used up during the month. I was still at home over the New Year, and like a reasonably sane person, I did not pack any empty bottles for the trip. It was also an incredibly slow month for empties; I think I only used up three products. On a side note, do you notice that in months you buy things, you don't use up much, and in months you are frugal, you seem to use up everything? Since I skipped last month, this month I have an oversized load of things to let go of. Here's what I've used up in December and January:

January 28, 2014

Organic Wear Bronzers mega-review

From top, clockwise Peachy Glow, Healthy Glow and Natural Glow
The Organic Wear Bronzers ($13.99) have been on my wish list forever. I'm talking like, since I started my blog. I found these on super sale, had a little coupon mom moment, and ended up getting every single color — six in all. Yes, I am a bit impractical when I get caught up in the moment. The influx of bronzers was actually my main motivation for joining #NoBuyJanuary. Someone who purchases so many bronzers surely needs to sit a month off from buying makeup. I digress...
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