All posts tagged: green beauty

Dr. Alkaitis | Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask

A gentle and effective anti-aging treatment that brightens and resurfaces skin cells, while supplying essential phyto-nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals to the skin. Made with an Enzyme Exfoliating Complex including Bromelain (pineapple), Papain (papaya), and Cellulase among other enzymes. When I started scraping the bottom of my  Yuli Pure Treatment Mask I began to search for a new one that was comparable. I wanted it to contain wholesome ingredients, treat, exfoliate, and come in powder form. With so many brands and masks to choose from I narrowed it down to Dr. Alkaitis and, in the end, chose the Enzyme Exfoliating Mask. $60 for 1.25 oz When I received my order from Spirit’s Beauty Lounge, I was initially amazed with 1) the size and 2) the light weight. For 1.25 ounces of powder you receive a generous amount. I suppose the reason is largely due to the texture and density. The powder is finely milled, soft, and airy like flour or talc powder. So it might not feel like you’re getting a lot of product but you are. There is enough in the jar to last you at …

Tata Harper | Replenishing Nutrient Complex

Lightweight facial oil serum to improve skin’s glow, texture, and hydration. Tata Harper has built quite the reputation in the Green Beauty market as one of the leading luxury skincare brands. Rightfully so, as they have completely won me over with some of their products that I’ve had the pleasure of trying here and here. As I was nearing the end of my last serum, I found a (relatively) low priced TH serum that seemed perfect for the day time. $45 for 10ml The pocket-sized roll-on is what caught my attention the most. I really love the small size for the simple fact that it’s extremely portable. You’ll have no issues passing through TSA with this wee bitty thing! The roller ball is also a great feature because it helps to control how much oil you use when applying directly on your face. I’m not really a germaphobe but I prefer to apply a few rows on my hand to press it onto my face. It has an undeniable rose scent because of the first ingredient, rosehip …

Lina Hanson | Global Body Serum

I believe using pure and natural ingredients derived from the earth will help your skin get the nutrients it needs to look its best. Thus, I made it my goal to source the most pure, anti‐aging essential oils in the world. Years ago I was one those half-witted people who thought that the answer to clear skin was to stay away from oils. I couldn’t have been more wrong. For over a year now I’ve been using oils on my face and have been completely loving it. Oils like this one have actually helped clear my face of existing acne scars. So now it was time to give the same attention to the rest of my body. $64 for 100 ml The violet MIRON glass bottle is truly great for those traveling abroad because it’s a very sturdy container. Lina also chose the perfect size as it meets the TSA liquid restrictions of 3.4 fluid ounces. The oil has a light yellow tint, feels non-greasy, and sinks easily into the skin. The vanilla scent is complimented with …

What’s In My Bag? | Yosemite National Park, California 2014

Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.  – Ansel Adams, photographer While I’ve been a little neglectful of this blog its naught for good reason. The Mister just returned from Afghanistan and we took a trip to a little (ha!) place in the mountains of California. As outgoing as I am, this was actually my first real camping trip… and now I want to go camping every month! We truly roughed it with a campsite just a mile away from the South Yosemite entrance. It came equipped with, well, nothing save for a small camp grill at the site and community vault toilets. So what was I to bring to a vacation where I couldn’t shower every night? The bare minimum. Face Konjac Sponge Co. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge Yoshimomo Botanique Marine Mineral Facial Toner Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30 Body Honestly pHresh Deodorant in Sugar Mint Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 NatraCare Intimate Wipes These products and …

Sumbody | Wipe Anew Face Pads

On my last trip to the Bay Area I was walking past a store window with handmade soaps and body butters on display. Being the curious little product junkie that I am, I walked inside and started perusing. To my delight they had a large array of skincare, body care, and makeup products all locally made with all natural ingredients. When I came across the face pads from their Early Prevention line flashbacks to Noxzema pads immediately came to mind. A toner in a pad form? I had to learn more from the store clerk. I asked her, “Are these like Noxzema pads and pick up any left over dirt from cleansing?”. She replied, “No…think of them more like putting back all the good stuff your cleanser took off.” Hhmm…interesting, right? The packaging is your standard plastic with a screw-on lid. When initially opened it is sealed for freshness with a covering you must remove before using. The pads are pretty standard too. I want to say they’re 100% cotton but I cannot confirm nor deny that. …

Odacité | Beautiful Day Moisturizer

When I was finished with my beloved Tata Harper moisturizer I didn’t know what to choose next. I went on the internet search for a moisturizer that looked like it had a light consistency. However, I was seeing many clean brands with balms or creams that were too heavy for my taste. I don’t recall how I stumbled upon Embody Beauty but that’s where I was introduced to Odacité, a Southern California brand. With a moisturizer suitably called Beautiful Day, I knew I had to try that next. $75 ( 2 oz / 60 mL ) When I received the moisturizer I was immediately in love with the packaging. My love for sleek black packaging is only rivaled by my love for clean white packaging. The white inner tube compartment is encased in clear plastic. Very clean and sophisticated looking. The pump dispenses just enough to cover the whole face. I’ve really loved having it this summer as my skin tends to lean towards combo/dry. It gives me just enough moisture without clogging pores. The lotion has …

Quarterly Co. | #NDL10 featuring Marie Veronique Organics

Holá, green beauties! I’ll be honest – I’ve been back home for some time now but was fully distracted with the FIFA World Cup. Sorry! Now that we are officially through the second quarter of the year, next month the third Quarterly box will be shipping out. I’ve had 3 months now to test out box #10 and for the first time since joining I actually finished all the products! When I opened the box my eyes lit up because it contained items from clinically-proven brand Marie Veronique Organics. I’ve heard and read so many great reviews and was eager to give these products a try. We picked a trio of truly special products from Marie Veronique Organics’ Pacific line. They have clinical trials to back up their anti-aginng claims- which is great because those claims are awesome. MVO Pacific Mist | retail price $40.00 Nicolle from No More Dirty Looks was an early adopter on this one. She pointed out a few months ago that green tea is the first and third ingredient in …

Sukin | Protein Hair Treatment

As I was walking around a random pharmacy store in Port Douglas, Australia, I came across an aisle full of natural skincare products. I got really excited when I saw Sukin products on the shelves because this was one of many brands that I was looking for! I didn’t need to buy anything in particular because I had all my skincare covered. So in the end, I walked away with a hair product. In an effort to restore my damaged ends, I’ve been using it as a weekly hair mask. After showering, I gently pat my hair dry. I scoop out a dollop of the deep conditioner and start applying it to the bottom half of my hair. I clip my hair up and allow it to deeply moisturize my hair for 15-20 minutes. The yummy smells of tangerine peel oil, mandarin orange peel oil, lavender oil, and vanilla extract are soft and quite soothing. It’s thick consistency is easy to work with as it glides throughout my hair. As I start washing it out, …