5 New Favorites

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Weleda Salt Toothpaste

I LOVE this toothpaste! I have never been big on any kind of mint, so to find a toothpaste that I don’t mind using has always been a challenge. When I first heard of this salt toothpaste I thought it was a little crazy but I happened to find it on a really good sale one day and thought I would at least give it a shot and it turned out to be so much better than I thought! Obviously if you don’t like anything salty this is probably not a good choice for you but if you aren’t a fan of mint this is an alternative you need to check out!

S.W. Basics Blemishes Shemishes Toner

I saw great reviews on this toner online and was so happy to get it as a christmas gift! At first the smell is kind of gross but the fact that it only has 5 ingredients is pretty awesome. Since using this daily morning and night I can definitely see an improvement in my skin. I feel like it has cleared up the breakouts I did have and has prevented any others from popping up.

OCD Hand Sanitizer in Candy Cane Fluff

I received this in my December Eco Emi box and cannot wait to order more from Fortune Cookie Soap! I’m big on hand sanitzier and love that I have found such an awesome brand to use going forward. This is also a moisturizing sanitizer so it’s not drying like a lot of others. This one does also contain a shimmer but its pretty subtle which I also liked. The best part I would have to say is the scent ! Love it! Im assuming it is a seasonal scent since it references candy canes but from the reviews I’ve read they have other great scents as well! Oh and has anyone tried their super cute fortune cookie shaped soaps?

Revolution Organics Lip Gloss in Innocent

I think I may have mentioned this before but I am totally a subscription box junkie! I received this gloss in January’s Goodebox just last week and have to say its safely my new go-to lip gloss. I love that this includes aloe vera, olive oil and jojoba oil;great natural ingredients and super moisturizing ! I had been on the market for a lip gloss with a little bit of color and Goodebox seems to have read my mind this month! Success!

Tulip’s Apothecary Pucker Pot in Pumpkin Pout

This was included in another sub box (can’t remember which one or when!) and first I wasn’t really feeling it. I have a ton of lip balms and typically hate the whole lip gloss in a pot thing. BUT after sitting in my bathroom for a few weeks I decided one night to give it a shot and its pretty awesome! Great pumpkin scent which I am totally a sucker for and its a great moisturizing balm. I put it on before bed and wake up with great soft lips!

 

 

In Love with Body Care Review

 

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So its been a while since I have had a chance to blog, but I am super excited to tell you all about some GREAT new products I have found from In love with skincare! I first discovered their lip balms and was intrigued to learn more about their other products and they very graciously provided me with some samples that I have been trying out!

First up is their Shave Gel in Citrus Zephyr. I wasn’t all that excited about this and actually didn’t even really pay attention to the fact that it was a gel until I jumped in the shower and opened it up. Turns out I really liked the idea of the gel over a traditional shaving foam or cream/gel that I have typically used. This went on very light  and seemed to be a lot more moisturizing than anything I have used before. The scent is also very light and just enough in my opinion. My favorite thing about this product is that it’s so light and only a small amount is needed to do the job. I hate how the typical shave creams come out in such large globs and basically go to waste and on top of that Im not even really sure what ingredients they really contain and if they are even necessary (Im going to guess not!). Truthfully I never really thought much about this type product and whether or not what i was using was full of chemicals so I am so glad that I got to try this out!
Next I tried the Tremella Body Lotion in Coconut Lime and I am soooo in love!!!! I am kind of a snob when it comes to lotions and I am always on the hunt for a new favorite. Honestly I tend to find one I like and then find some reason to not purchase it again; but I  can honestly say that this is one I will for sure be purchasing after my sample is gone! The texture of this lotion is perfect, it is just thick enough and has just the right amount of moisture. On top of that I really loved the scent as well, like the rest of their products the scent is subtle and light.
I also got to try out their Mojito Lip Balm which is another great hit in my opinion. I had seen this flavor in my local store but was leery at first, as I like mojitos but don’t necessary know how I feel about a mojito lip balm. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this lip balm. I really shouldn’t have been surprised by the perfect amount of scent that this balm has because this company has pretty much nailed the perfect scent on all of their products I have previously mentioned – They are just spot on!
Last but not least, my new favorite product is the Greece Deodorant with Orange Blossom. When I made the decision to change to all natural products, the one that seemed to be the most difficult to transition was my deodorant or anti-perspirant (which most of us call deodorant but really don’t realize the difference!). I have seen tons of all natural deodorants on the market and heard lots of bad reviews on ones that don’t work, so needless to say, I was overwhelmed. I opted to just stick with the one I had been using, granted it wasn’t all natural but yet it wasn’t that bad so I figured it was better than what it could be! When In love with body care asked me what I would like to try of their product line, I immediately said their deodorant. I had been hoping I would eventually get an all natural deodorant sample in one of my subscription boxes I receive because then I wouldn’t have to do the searching and I would be forced to give it a go but no luck. Anyway, upon receiving my goodies in the mail, I decided it was time to give it a go. I love that I can put this on and know that it is all natural and safe and I don’t have to worry about possible chemicals AND it actually works! It took a bit for me to get used to the fact that at points you will sweat and that this product doesn’t stop the sweating because its actually good for you to sweat. Other than that, I have had no issues whatsoever with smell! I put it on once in the morning and I am set for the whole day. I haven’t yet tried hot yoga or anything with it, but I am assuming that in a situation like that I may need to reapply after which I am completely fine with as I usually need to shower afterwards anyway! Overall, this product really surprised me by how easy it was to transition to! I didn’t think that I would find an all natural deodorant that I actually preferred to use and didn’t mind.  If you are thinking of trying out anything from In Love with Body Care I HIGHLY recommend that you try one of their deodorants!!! Honestly all of their products are really great so you cannot go wrong with any of them !
** Samples graciously provided by In Love with Body Care, Opinions are all my own***

Lip Balm Update

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I recently found a place in Denver that carries Hurraw! lip balms  and opted to try out the tinted balm in Black Cherry. I have been wanting to try out a tinted lip balm and heard great things about Hurraw!. The tint, it turns out, is very light and subtle which I really liked – It is a great everyday option. I am also loving the smell of this one, which is spot on! However I still prefer the texture of the ‘I love body Care’ lip balms (if only they made tinted ones!). Overall I think this is a great option to switch things up and would love to try out their other flavors to see if they are just as great.       Has anyone else tried Hurraw! ?

~Lip Balm Love~

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 I have never been much of a lip balm lover but recently I have fell in love with not one but THREE different brands!  

Up first  is Mongo Kiss by Eco Lips. I first tried this one in the Vanilla Honey which I had received in one of my eco emi boxes and was amazed! Its very moisturizing and has the most amazing scent ! I was so surprised to find a lip balm that felt great on my lips AND smelled so great! When I later found that my local Whole Foods sold these I opted to try another flavor to see how it compared. I choose the Pomegrante but was somewhat disappointed. This one just  didn’t impress me very much, compared to the vanilla honey this was a watered down version. It doesn’t have much of a scent and to me is just somewhat bland. 

Secondly, like one of my previous posts mentioned I recently unpacked a bunch of samples from monthly box subscriptions that I had never tried and found a bunch of goodies. One of these goodies was  a small pot of Mox Botanicals Lip Butter in Pomegranate & Fig. Although I am not much of a fan of products in pots that I have to apply with my finger I am hooked on this one! Again this product not only has a great texture but an amazing scent to it! Its a great fresh and fruity scent , unlike the Pomegranate Mongo Kiss this one truly delivers a great fruity lip balm. 

Lastly my latest and greatest discovery is from In Love with Body Care. I found this brand while shopping at my local Natural Grocers and first purchased the Chai. This is honestly THE best moisturizing balm I have tried, I LOVE the texture and feel like my lips are silky smooth when wearing this. The scent is subtle which I actually like, its not overpowering and yet its not too bland. I actually went back a day later to try another one since I was so impressed!! Second time around I chose the Key Lime Pie and have to say it is another winner. They have so many flavors I can’t wait to try as well as a lip exfoliator that looks pretty awesome too!

Have you tried any of these? Is there another brand that you are loving that I am missing out on?

Aster + Bay Review

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First of all, I have to say how much I love that this company allows you to purchase small sample sizes of their products to try out! I purchased the  macadamia + mandarin cleansing oil and the hydrating facial serum and have to say I loved them both and  plan on purchasing the full size products!

I have always been leery about trying a cleansing oil but since I was able to purchase a sample size for $4 I thought I would give it a go! Turns out I am actually loving this cleansing oil! I love that it makes my face feel so soft after using it and I really feel like it gets my face clean too. The directions state to massage onto your skin , hold a hot washcloth to your face  and then wipe off. I find this to be a really soothing way to end my day… the hot washcloth on my face gives me a spa-like moment to actually enjoy washing my face! This cleansing oil is made of 100 percent  plant & essential oils… I have listed the ingredients from their website below.

+ Organic Macadamia Nut Oil: High in palmitoleic acid, this oil has wonderful anti-aging properties. It’s light, non-greasy texture makes it an ideal cleansing oil for all skin types.

+ Hazelnut Oil: Considered to be an astringent oil, hazelnut oil is great for detoxifying the skin and pores. Eliminates blackheads and imparts a healthy glow.

+ Organic Sesame Oil: The Ayurvedic secret to radiant skin, sesame oil is packed with vitamin E. It has the ability to pull out dirt and toxins that have accumulated in the pores, while healing many skin problems such as acne and eczema.

+ Organic Castor Oil: A beauty and health oil that has been used for thousands of years by many cultures. Castor oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It soothes and heals the skin from many conditions, leaving soft, moisturized skin behind.

+ Essential Oil Blend: Three toning and purifying citrus essential oils help the detoxifying action of the cleanser, while imparting an uplifting and invigorating scent.

Next, I tried the hydrate facial serum. Again I was leery with putting an oil on my face as my skin can sometimes be on the oily side and prone to breakouts, but I found this to cause me no issues. The serum has a silky texture and does a really nice job at hydrating, the sample of this one was only $3 but came in a small tube which leaked during shipping so I was pretty bummed about that. I did see on their website that the full size bottles come with a dropper in a glass bottle which I like . Here is the full ingredient list for this serum.

Ingredients: Oils of: Camellia*, Rosehip Seed*, Avocado*, Evening Primrose*, Sea Buckthorn*, Buriti Fruit; Essential oils of: Rose*, Rosemary*, Helichrysum, Cistus, Sandalwood*; Extracts of: Jasmine*, Rosehip Seed*; Vitamin E (non-gmo). *organic

Overall, I loved both products and they even sent a notecard with a handwritten note which was a nice personal touch!  I love that this is a small husband and wife business – They really have a great message, so be sure to check out their story on their website. I am eager to purchase more of their products , they even have a grooming oil for men!  Check them out at http://www.asterandbay.com/

What I’m currently loving!

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DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer– This is one of the first products I bought when I decided  I was going to be more conscious of my health and beauty choices and it is amazing! I love love love this stuff! Before buying this I never really wore a daily sunscreen but I can happily say this is already half gone and I will definitely be buying again! I love that this is not only fragrance free but also moisturizing as well.

Zum Rub in Frankincense & Myrrh- I purchased this after reading online about how great not only the smell is but also how it can be used as an acne treatment product. Seriously this has so many great uses all rolled into one little tin! I use this as a lip balm and well as a moisturizer for areas of dry skin. By far though my favorite use is on my face;. If I have a  bump forming all I have to do it rub this on before bed and it helps bring it up to the surface by morning! Truly amazing!

Juice Beauty CC Cream – I happened to find this sample when I was unpacking some things this weekend and was sooo excited! I have been wanting to try this product for so long now since everyone online has raved about it and let me tell you all those raves are right!!! This is a great cc cream and I love how it smooths away all imperfections! A must try for all!!!

Desert Essence Coconut Hand & Body Lotion– OMG! The moment I opened this up I was in love! The smell is amazing! Not only that but it also it thick , creamy and super moisturizing! I must purchase this in  full size !

One Love Organics Lavender Aromatic body serum- Okay so another product I was beyond thrilled to see I had a sample of as well! In case you are wondering… I have had numerous beauty box subscriptions and am only now getting around to trying their products out! Anyways I am loving  this product so much that I will need to purchase it before I run out so I don’t have to go without it!   This smells light and refreshing and makes my skin so soft when I apply it out of the shower. Looks for more One Love Organics product reviews in the future!