Saint Jane Beauty is a gorgeous luxury clean skincare line started by a beauty industry veteran who helped create iconic brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty. Saint Jane Beauty products are formulated to soothe and calm skin by harnessing the properties of full flower hemp extract. Saint Jane Beauty just launched their new sunscreen, the Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30. This mineral sunscreen acts as a primer, moisturizer and sunscreen in one. Read on for my honest thoughts on the new Saint Jane Beauty sunscreen and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Saint Jane Beauty.
Bite Toothpaste Bits is a zero waste brand based out of Marina del Rey, California creating plastic-free, clean toothpaste, mouthwash and body care products. The small company hit it big when they appeared on Shark Tank and count celebs like Kristen Bell as a fan. Today, their innovative eco-friendly toothpastes bits are fluoride free, vegan, made with nano hydroxyapatite and plant-derived, high quality ingredients and sent off in sustainable packaging. I tried Bite Toothpaste Bits (fluoride free), Mouthwash Bits and Solid Body Balms and and am sharing my thoughts in this Bite review.
The founder of GoThink, a healthy personal care brand much loved for their Thinksport sunscreens, launched a new plastic-free brand called BRIXY. BRIXY wants to set themselves apart as a plastic-free brand by offering shampoo bars (and conditioner and body wash) that last longer. They’re vegan and, of course, made without palm oil, phthalates, and parabens and loaded with nourishing oils and butters. Read on for my Brixy bars review and use BRIXY discount code OBL to save 20% at gobrixy.com.
Looking for natural and organic lip glosses that come in pretty colors, use clean ingredients and moisturize lips? Clean lip glosses come in many forms – some are highly pigmented, some are slick, some are creamy and others shimmer. But who doesn’t love a juicy, plumper looking lips? I’ve personally always been a lip gloss addict! When you don’t feel like going all out with lipstick but you want something with more oomph than a tinted lip balm, natural lip glosses are the best. Toss away your Lancome Juicy Tube and read on for the best clean, natural and organic lip glosses that will moisturize the heck outta those lips.
Taos Aer is a waterless, responsibly made personal care brand known for their high performance deodorant – and now sunscreen. Their products are truly clean and support your skin, your well-being, and the planet. The Taos AER Mineral Sunscreen is vegan and formulated without parabens, gluten, petroleum, or synthetic fragrances. There’s much to love about the new Taos Aer mineral sunscreen and today I’m sharing my thoughts below in this Taos Aer review.
LetsGetChecked is an affordable at-home health test company offering over 30 health and wellness tests that can all be done without ever leaving your home. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making a doctor’s appointment, trekking to the doctor’s and waiting forever for results, LetsGetChecked is a convenient solution. You can check everything from Covid to testosterone, your vitamin deficiencies to STD’s and fertility and hormone levels to certain cancers. They’ve helped 2.5 million people get tested and take charge of their health, with nearly 100,000 abnormal results detected to empower people to live longer, healthier lives. You never have to awkwardly wait in the Planned Parenthood lobby to check for an STD again. As someone who always tried to avoid going to the doctor (I know it’s terrible!), I was looking into at home health testing to check my hormones and fertility when LetsGetChecked reached out. They’re also offering my readers 30% off with discount code OBL30 at LetsGetChecked.com.
LetsGetChecked offers many benefits thanks to the fact that they:
- Use robotics, barcoding and automation to process your sample in an anonymous way with results available within two to five business days.
- Manufacture all sample collection kits at their accredited facility
- Use the world’s best accredited labs
- Have a team of physicians review your orders and results
- Have a team of nurses, available 24/7 to help with treatment options
- Apple Health partner
- Available to US, Canada and most European countries
LetsGetChecked offers 34 tests within several categories. You can choose the level of comprehensiveness of the tests depending on how many biomarkers you want to test for. The more comprehensive the test the higher the cost.
- Micronutrient test: checks for vitamin B12, D, E, Magnesium, Copper, Selenium & Zinc
- Coronavirus tests
- Male hormone tests: various tests that check for testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), free androgen index (FAI), cortisol
- Female hormone tests: checks for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone, prolactin, oestradiol, progesterone, ovarian reserve
- Colon cancer screening test: fecal immunochemical test (FIT)
- Thyroid tests; checks thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4), and free triiodothyronine (FT3), TSH, FT4, and FT3, and also checks thyroglobulin antibodies, thyroid peroxidase antibodies
- Diabetes and heart test: checks for total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), HDL percent of total cholesterol, triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c
- Sexual health tests: checks for STI’s chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HIV, syphilis, Gardnerella, mycoplasma, ureaplasma
- Cortisol test
How to Take a Health Test at Home with LetsGetChecked
Registering Your Test
- First, order a test from the LetsGetChecked Health and Wellness Tests
- LetsGetChecked tests are anonymous and come in unmarked boxes. Each test contains a unique bar code that’s tracked by the company.
- To register your test kit, go to LetsGetChecked.con/activate or scan the QR code that’s on the card in your kit.
- Follow the steps on your screen to complete registration.
Taking Your Sample
- Sample is taken either as swab, stool, blood, or urine depending on the test.
- IMPORTANT! To ensure the results are accurate you need to follow the sample instructions carefully for each individual test. For example, the female hormone test should be taken on Day 3 of your menstrual cycle.
Returning the Sample
- You place the sample in the provided biohazard bag and back in the box it came in, so it’s protected during transit.
- You place the box (which now contains your sample) in the prepaid shipping envelope provided and mail it back the same day. You can either drop it off at the post or schedule UPS to come pick it up.
- Once LetsGetChecked receives it, they’ll notify you and process the sample. The medical team will review the results, and you’ll be notified of the results within 2 to 5 business days.
The entire LetsGetChecked at home health test process is super fast. As soon as I ordered, it shipped out almost immediately and came expedited in discreet packaging.
The LetsGetChecked instructions are laid out clearly on paper with the kit (and you can always check online too). Activating the LetsGetChecked kit is also straightforward and fast thanks to the QR code I was able to conveniently scan using my phone.
The least enjoyable part in all this was actually collecting the blood sample, but even that turned out to be simple and fast, There were 4 lancets in my kit just in case, and all you have to do is simply press down to use the lancet. For my hormone test I had to wait until the third day of my menstrual cycle. If you’re going to be doing this you might as well take the extra measures to ensure the test results are as accurate as possible.
Once that’s done you drop the sample in the biohazard bag, then place the biohazard back in the little box, then place the box in the prepaid mailer that has the self addressed UPS label. You can then schedule for UPS to come pick it up, but I needed to go to the post office.
I was able to check my results online after 5 days. Didn’t have to come into contact with anyone or deal with the hassle of physically going to the doctor’s. And I now have peace of mind!
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Summer fragrances remind us of la vita dolce – of fresh citrus fruits, ocean breezes and lush gardens. It’s a carefree, blissful time of the year when the bees are abuzz and the flowers are abloom. We want our summer perfumes to feel like vacation in a bottle, preferably the glamorous Italian kind or the simple yet perfect beach day. They conjure memories of: sun, sea, sand and salty skin, lazy contentment, euphoric summer romance and some of our best moments lived. I’ve rounded up my favorite clean fragrances that encapsulate summer vibes in a bottle. So pour yourself a glass of rosé and read on for the very best clean and natural perfumes for summer 2022.
Men might be able to use foot cream on their faces and still have better skin, but they also want to take good care of themselves and age well! Skin is skin and men aren’t immune to breakouts, acne, wrinkles, eye bags and bad skin days. I’ve rounded up the best natural skincare brands for men (and grooming, hair loss, acne treatments & more) that dudes will love. Some men don’t care if the marketing behind a brand is geared toward the female market as long as it actually works, and some men will only ever consider using a product that fits their masculine taste. While I believe men can use whatever skincare they like regardless of how it’s marketed, this natural skincare guide for men will feature brands marketed towards men or that are distinctly unisex. Read on for the best natural and organic men’s skincare, hair styling, hair loss, pimple products, sunscreens, colognes and more!
An OG clean beauty brand, Olio E Osso is a natural makeup and skincare brand famous for their multi-use Tinted Balms. Even with celebrity fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and most recently Hailey Bieber, Olio E Osso is relatively affordable, approachable and made with just 4 natural ingredients. Founded by a makeup artist, Olio e Osso makes their sensitive skin-friendly makeup by hand in small batches in Portland, Oregon. Check out my thoughts on Olio e Osso Tinted Balms and Olio e Osso balm swatches in this Olio e Osso review.
Olio e Osso has one of the simplest formulas ever in a cheek and lip balm. It’s made in a base of:
- Shea Butter
- Olive Oil
- Grapefruit peel oil
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In natural indoor light
Olio e Osso Balms are multi-use balms that can be used for both cheeks and lips. They’re smooth and buttery, but dense enough to not feel greasy when applied.
The balms glide easily across cheeks, plus I like the unique oval shape. With one swipe, I get a subtle barely there flush and a bolder cheek with multiple swipes. I find these tinted balms moisturizing enough to be used as a lip balm, which isn’t usually the case with lip & cheek tints.
Even with the simplicity of the formula, somehow the consistency of these balms are so ideal for both cheeks and lips.
Olio e Osso Tinted Balms come in 15 shades including a clear shade. Each shade is numbered in numerical order. No. 1 is the original formula without any pigment and is an all-purpose balm versus a true makeup product. It can be used as an everywhere moisturizing balm for lips, face, cuticles, brows, and more.
At $28, Olio e Osso isn’t the most affordable natural cheek and lip tint available but still remains relatively accessible at under $30.
Olio e Osso Balm Swatches
Above is Apricot and No 9 swatched. While Apricot is the most hyped shade, I love pinks. Check out which blush shades are right for your skin tone here.
The Olio e Osso Salva Nourishing Face Oil comes in a beautiful little frosted glass bottle and contains Marula, Evening Primrose, Avocado, Borage, Olive, Geranium Oil, and Tea Tree oils. Olio e Osso stays true to their makeup roots, by designing this to be a booster skincare product to be added to your foundation or face makeup.
The droppers that Olio e Osso’s skincare products have are jumbo sized, which is pretty fun to use.
Leahlani Skincare is an all natural Hawaiian skincare line that uses organic, wild-crafted and local Hawaiian ingredients. While the line has grown over the course of more than a decade, Leahlani products are still made in small weekly batches right at their Kaua’i studio and shipped out within a few weeks max to ensure freshness. Even though there are both hits and misses in the Leahlani line, I don’t think I’ve ever met an organic Hawaiian skincare brand I didn’t like (Mahalo, Honua, Leahlani). Leahlani offers subdued luxury, Hawaiian essence and tropical scents that transport. You’re about to get your aloha glow ok, because I’m sharing my favorite Leahlani products in this Leahlani review, plus you can save 10% with code OBL.
I know this is an unpopular opinion, as Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask is a cult favorite product from the line, but I wasn’t a big fan. I simply didn’t fall in love with it, which is what I was expecting after hearing so many rave reviews.
The Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm is a buttery, dusty rose-colored face balm that nourishes, softens and smoothes skin. Bless Beauty Balm is a soft and easy balm to use with a beautiful floral scent of blue tansy and orange blossom. I love that it’s not overly heavy and find Bless Balm light enough to use during the day if I want, and a great nighttime balm to slug.
Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm is made of:
- Cocoa butter and Shea butter base
- Argan, Marula, Moringa, and Camellia seed oils
- Passionfruit seed oil
- Rosehip flower
- Orchid extracr
- Blue tansy flower oil
I love a thoughtfully formulated and fragrant cleansing oil that turns my otherwise tedious nightly sunscreen and makeup removal routine into a luxurious ritual. The Leahlani Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil is a blend of tropical oils, enzymes of pineapple + papaya, sweet vanilla bean and fragrant floral essences. During the summer, I’m very drawn to the tropical scent and formula of this cleanser. It has guava fruit, banana extract, and pineapple fruit along with plumeria and hibiscus flower extracts in a luscious blend of macadamia, sunflower seed and pink grapefruit peel oil.
Lightweight and silky, Pamplemousse dissolves the day’s makeup and sunscreen easily while moisturizing skin. With water it every so slightly emulsified and rinses off. Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil is fruity, tropical Hawaii in a bottle for me.
Anyone who’s been to and loves Hawaii will know how magical the island is. Scent memory is a powerful thing, and Leahlani bottles up Hawaii’s essence in their organic fragrances. They also have a wide variety of body oils I’m eager to try.
While Leahlani offers several organic perfume products, I’ve tried Pua Lei Perfume Oil and Bless Aromatherapy Essence. Organic perfume has been my 2022 obsession, and I’ve been testing dozens upon dozens of clean and natural perfumes all year. Leahlani Pua Lei is one of my favorites!
Leahlani serums are not my top favorites from the line, but I can see why Leahlani fans enjoy these. Leahlani Siren Serum and Happy Hour Balancing Serum are actually oil serums not water based serums. They were intentionally formulated to replace your moisturizer and are both lightweight and silky.
Happy Hour Soothing Serum addresses redness, scarring, dry patches, irritation, acne breakouts with an organic blend green tea, white tea and rooibos tea. It smells of lavender and reduces inflammation with a blend of lavender, chamomile and rose geranium.
Leahlani Siren Serum is a brightening face oil brimming with Vitamin C and A. It has a concentrated blend of 15 regenerating essential oils that helpeven skin tone and fade acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. Siren Serum also contains micro algae to boost cellular energy and smells lightly of sweet citrus.
Pua Lei Perfume Oil is 100% natural and is made of creamy tropical florals, sweet tuberose, and exotic puakenikeni flowers. Wearing Pua Lei feels like I’m wearing a freshly picked Hawaiian Lei. The Leahlani Perfume Oil lasts a solid 5-6 hours. Because it’s an oil, this perfume lays close to the skin, so it’s a fragrance just for your enjoyment. Pua Lei is very much a floral fragrance.
One of Leahlani’s personal favorites, Bless Aromatherapy Essence is an intoxicating tropical scent that’s reminiscent of a warm summer evening of rain falling on citrus groves. It’s a roll-on perfumatic aromatherapy blend made in a base of organic fractionated coconut oil without any alcohols and a proprietary blend of essential oils that has the same scent profile of Bless Beauty Balm. I get notes of strong notes of citrus and more subtle notes of tansy and florals.
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It seems that the hunt for the perfect natural eye cream for anti aging is a never ending quest. Add to that the debate over whether eye creams are a scam or not, and you have very confused buyers unsure of if and what to buy. An organic eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles that works is sought out by so many because eye concerns plague us all, young or old, man or woman. The skin around the eyes is the first to give away our age as it’s so much thinner than the rest of our faces — plus it loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of our skin. From our teenage years we develop dark circles and puffiness from late nights studying, and as we age, we develop wrinkles, dryness and saggy bags. My personal favorite, the hollowing of the under eyes that’s genetic and can only be fixed with cosmetic procedures. I’ve rounded up my favorite natural and organic eye creams, serums and oils that are made with clean ingredients that help with wrinkles, crows feet, dark circles, and more. Grab your eye gel patches, pour a glass of rosé and read on for some of the best clean eye creams.
My personal opinion is that majority of eye creams are just glorified moisturizers packaged in smaller jars. I do think that using your nicest face cream or oil is going to do the same, if not better, than your standard eye cream. But still, there are some great eye products on the market formulated with special actives that the delicate eye area might need.
My personal preference is to use eye serums as serums are formulated to penetrate and deliver actives, or to go the other extreme of using highly occlusive eye oils or balms. But since everyone wants an eye cream, I’ve also included my top picks of the eye creams I’ve experienced. Check out my picks for the best organic eye creams and serums in 2022.
African Botanics Eye Contour Gel Serum
- Hyper luxe eye serum
- Ceramides, Coffee, Copper, Lupine Oligosaccharides, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Arnica and fucoidan-rich Seaweed extract
- Thick gel that’s unscented and deeply hydrating
- Helps with fine lines and puffiness
- Price $170 (or $49.99 with Boxwalla’s August Discovery Box + includes full sized Silver Rescue Cream)
- Highly concentrated eye oil
- Targets puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles
- Cold-pressed virgin-extracted (to ensure the highest nutrient content) Baobab Oil from Senegal
- Sarsaparilla Essential Oil sourced in India
- Powered by Vitamins A, E and F
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- Weightless, thin serum
- Helps hydrate and revitalize skin
- Great for easy daytime use and under makeup
- Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Horse Chestnut, Mountain Ash Bud and Witch Hazel combined with Chamomile, Arnica and Cornflower, Spirulina, Blackcurrant Leaf
- No essential oils
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- Silky lightweight serum
- Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce the look of dark circles and puffines
- Powered by retinol delivered in a clean, synergistic base
- Antioxidant passion fruit, oat kernel extract, horse chestnut seed extract, beta-glucan
- Targeted peptide specifically for the eye area
- Silky oil-cream
- Helps with dark circles, puffiness, dryness
- Contains hyaluronic acid, lavender, blue-green algae, calendula, rooibos & pomegranate extracts and evening primrose
- Coffee extract, cacao powder and caffeine powder
- Smells like a shot of espresso
- Remember to shake well before use as product doesn’t contain synthetic binders
- Silky lightweight cream
- Helps with signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness
- Caffeine rich yerba mate helps to brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.
- Made in a base of organic Yerba mate water as first ingredient
- Sweet earthy scent from Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sage, Lavender
- Continuously sold out on their site
- Lightweight, silky smooth
- Focus on antioxidants from a plethora of superfruits (Acai, Goji, Plum, Elderberry, Acerola)
- Helps with elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles
- Made in a base of organic pomegranate water and infused with avocado butter and coffee oil
- Sweet earthy scent from vetiver, Cedarwood, Sage, bergamot
Cocokind Revitalizing Eye Cream (Budget)
- For a tight budget or young skin
- True cream consistency
- Hydrating, soothes, reduces the appearance of bags and dark circles
- Contains Persian Silk Tree for puffiness and fine lines, oat extract to lock in hydration, and hibiscus flower acids (natural source of AHAs) to gentle exfoliate
- Cooling metal rollerball tip for application
- No scent
- Thoughtfully formulated and pleasant to use for under $20
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- Smooth creamy essence-lotion
- 95% organic and made in base of organic aloe juice
- Contains Ecocert organic adenosine and gluconolactone to improve skin texture and dullness
- Uses fermentation filtrates of organic flowers, hence the name, like chrysanthemum, lotus, dandelion. with Lacto-fermentation (Whamisa’s signature ‘Natural Fermentation Technology’)
- Contains Murumuru Seed Butter, Candelilla Wax, Green Tea Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract
- Floral scent
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- Rich oil
- Helps with wrinkles, dryness, puffiness, undereye circles
- Eco-luxe green beauty brand with some of the highest sourcing standards
- Features a base of organic Amaranth oil and green coffee oil, along with andiroba oil, Brazil nut oil, whole-fruit rosehip oil, passionfruit oil, seabuckthorn berry CO2 extract, murumuru butter
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Nazan Schnapp Sublime Hydration Eye Serum (Hyper-Luxe)
- Light silky serum
- Helps hydrate and revitalize
- Made with organic Rose de Mai, organic Hibiscus Extract, organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Pomegranate Enzyme, Beet Root Extract and Rose Quartz
- Features a special species of desert plant, known as the “resurrection plant
- Divine Rose scent
- Hyper-luxe with clientele that includes Emma Watson
- Emollient balm (not a cream like name suggests)
- Natural K-beauty brand that focuses on retinal (better than retinol)
- Gentle 0.02% retinal helps with fine lines and wrinkles
- Niacinamide helps brighten dull skin
- Should be used at night only
- No scent
Natural & Organic Eye Masks
For a quick pick-me-up, check out some of the best natural and organic eye masks.
Best Anti-Aging Eye Mask: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask
- Two-step process allowing the STEM CELLULAR™ Activator Fluid and nutrient rich freeze-dried biomatrix algae masks to perform at the highest level of potency
- Eye pads are made of freeze dried algae
- Made with certified organic ingredients
- Reduces the appearance of puffiness around eyes with organic cucumber, white tea, and arnica extracts.
- Hydrates with hyaluronic acid
- The most instant hydration and brightening effect I’ve experienced with an eye mask
- $10 for 1 mask
Best Hydrating Eye Mask: 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask
- Hydrogel masks made with mostly organic aloe juice
- Contains Vitamin C, Green Tea, Yerba Mate and Hyaluronic Acid for a refreshing pick-me-up
- $30 for 6 masks
Best Budget Eye Mask: Derma E Hydro Gel Patches
- Thin, jelly-like hydrogel patches for quick hydration
- Made in a base of water and contains Allantoin, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cabbage Lead Extract, Coconut Fruit Extract, Tomato Fruit Extract
- 60 patches for $25
Best Anti-Aging Device for Eyes: LaDuora Velve
Red Light Therapy is one of the best anti-aging technologies for skin and LaDuora Velve Red Light Wand is practical for the eye area. It also combines sonic vibration, heat therapy and low level microcurrent technology as it provides red light therapy. If you can’t afford an LED light therapy mask, which can cost several hundred dollars, LaDuora is an affordable alternative that can tackle smaller areas in a gentler manner.
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One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural and vegan perfumes are made without any synthetics and are at least 80% organic. Using pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients, One Seed’s award-winning line of unisex fragrances have unique scent profiles fit for the epicurious. Each One Seed Perfume changes in depth and character with each person they come into contact with. These are some the highest quality organic perfumes available that are still accessible and approachable. Read on for my review on all the One Seed Perfumes.
Rahua creates luxury organic hair care using plant ingredients from the Amazon. One of the OG organic haircare brands, Rahua makes some of the best organic haircare products around. Many of Rahua’s hair products are supremely effective and high quality on a level you can’t find in any other line. But like every brand, Rahua has its hits and misses. Rahua products can also be super expensive, so they just aren’t accessible to a lot of people! Rahua harnesses the power of Amazonian Rahua, an oil used by Amazonian women for their hair for centuries. I’ve used the: Rahua Shampoo and Conditioners, Rahua Hair Mask, Rahua oil, detangler and Leave In Treatment. I’m sharing my honest thoughts on the best and worst of Rahua in this Rahua hair care review.
Whamisa is an certified organic Korean skincare brand I’ve loved for almost ten years! While there are more natural K-beauty options today than before, Whamisa skincare remains my top choice for anyone looking to try an organic Korean skincare line. It was the iconic Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner Essence that got me hooked. Whamisa Organic Skincare has grown into a large line of skincare, bodycare, haircare and even baby products. Whamisa is made in South Korea but is now easily accessible to global customers with a dedicated US website that offers free shipping. Deeply committed to certified organic and vegan ingredients, skincare innovation and corporate responsibility, Whamisa is the best organic Kbeauty brand in my book. Read on for my Whamisa review and use Whamisa discount code ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER to save 20%. (30% Off Summer Sale no discount code needed)
Sustainable natural skincare brand Upcircle Beauty is breathing new life into ingredients that are typically thrown away. Born in London, Upcircle is vegan, zero waste, Leaping Bunny Certified, certified Plastic Negative and uses natural and organic ingredients. The best part? They’re so affordable! Backed by crowdfunding and three Shark Tank investors, the brand is now available at major US retailers like Whole Foods, Credo Beauty, Thrive Market and Urban Outfitters. Upcircle Beauty regularly collects coffee grounds from 100 artisan coffee shops to create their upcycled skincare products and have expanded to using many more salvaged ingredients. I tried the Upcircle Beauty moisturizer, eye cream and serum featuring upcycled coffee and am sharing my thoughts in this Upcircle review.
Biossance creates clean, sustainable skincare focused around Squalane. Founded in 2016, Biossance’z award-winning line of sugarcane derived squalane-based products are Sephora aisle staples. In 2020 Biossance launched their Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, and since it’s never too late to try new-ish sunscreens, I had to put it to the test. Read on for my honest thoughts on the Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 in this Biossance review.
Everist is the latest innovation in sustainable and zero waste beauty with their waterless shampoo concentrates. Founded by two beauty industry veterans, Jayme Jenkins and Jessica Stevenson, Everist creates plant-based shampoo, conditioner and body wash concentrates packaged in aluminum tubes. This Eco-friendly innovation eliminates the wasteful practice of buying and shipping water, which makes up 70-95% of most shampoos. I tried the Everist Waterless Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash and am sharing my honest thoughts in this Everist review.
Bohemian Reves is a small plant-based, hand-crafted beauty line based out of St Petersburg, Florida. They offer high-vibrational, eco-friendly products for skin, home, pets and more out of their Florida studio and online to customers around the world. Bohemian Reves also makes 100% natural, botanical perfumes, and as part of my clean perfume journey, I had to give their bestseller Desert Fleur a try.
Au Naturale is a clean makeup brand that’s all natural and organic. They go above and beyond with making sure each ingredient is safe and effective, and have been a leader in the clean beauty movement for a long time. Au Naturale offers a very wide range of makeup shades and excels at creating color cosmetics (I’m sharing tons of Au Naturale swatches in this post). I was able to meet the Au Naturale team in person at the last Indie Beauty Expo and got to swatch more of their makeup. Read on for my Au Naturale makeup review and save 25% during July 1-3, 2022 with code HBDUSA at Au Naturale Cosmetics.
The Narwal Robot Mop and Vacuum is an award-winning brand new invention that started out as an uber successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Narwal reached out to me to send over their Narwal T10 and they had me at self cleaning. Narwal is the world’s first, I repeat first, self-cleaning robot mop and vacuum. Meaning, the mop cleans itself so you don’t have to lift a finger. This technology is so impressive that it won CES 2020 INNOVATION AWARD PRODUCT for its unique mop self-washing and deep cleaning technology! Read on for my Narwal review – and save 22% at Narwal’s Amazon Store on Amazon Prime Day July 13, 2022!
Luzern is an advanced cosmeceuticals, clean skincare line that cold mixes the latest advanced cosmeceuticals and organic Swiss Alpine extracts for highly potent and effective products that have earned them a cult following. Luzern launched their Force de Vie Crème back in 1999 in a small Madison Avenue spa, and it’s now THE world’s most iconic clean beauty crème that counts the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Emma Watson as fans. Impossibly luxurious and undeniably effective, Luzern is a cult favorite among those who need results but value clean formulations. I’ve used Luzern for the last couple of years and am sharing my thoughts on all ten products I’ve tried. Read on for my Luzern Skincare review and use Luzern discount code OBL to save 15%.
Honua Hawaiian Skincare is a luxury organic skincare brand that combines healing Hawaiian botanicals with modern skincare technology. Honua was founded by Kapua, who is a licensed esthetician with a background in herbalism and traditional Hawaiian healing, in 2015 and is a family run operation. Honua means “Earth, Land, Foundation” in Hawaiian and gives tribute to the true founder of their skincare line, Mother Earth. Honua uses aloha-filled and phyonutrient-rich ingredients like Olena, Noni, Alo Alo, Kukui, Kamani, Kalo, Wai Niu, ‘Awa and Laukahi. They also source ingredients from as many local Hawaii farms as possible to harness the unique properties of the island’s rich soil. For eco-luxe Hawaiian skincare, read on for my Honua Hawaiian Skincare review of their Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30.
Alpyn Beauty is a sustainably sourced skin care line formulated with a proprietary blend of wildcrafted alpine botanicals and actives grown in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The feminine brand has a clean, minimalistic look and seems to continuously strive to create innovative and interesting formulas. My personal favorites from the Alpyn Beauty line arethe Wild Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel, Bearberry Vitamin C Serum and new Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream. Read on for my Alpyn Beauty review.
Suntegrity launched their newest sunscreen product called Milky Mineral Sun Serum Spray and I’m here to share my thoughts. This is a non-aerosol spray sunscreen with mineral SPF 50 that comes out as a spritz not a mist. Right off the bat, I can say that oily skin types will probably not enjoy this sunscreen. This is a blend of mostly oils, and though it’s ultra thin in consistency, it still fees predominantly like applying an oil. If you’re still interested, read on for my Suntegrity Serum Spray sunscreen review.
Kinfield is a clean beauty brand that wants you to live your best outdoors life with safe and functional products. From their DEET free bug repellant spray to beauty editor favorite sunscreens, Kinfield formulates their vegan line with science-backed ingredients and without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. Also sold at Credo Beauty and on their website, Kinfield products are safe, simple and effective with reasonable prices. I’m sharing my honest review of the Kinfield Daily Dew Sunscreen in this Kinfield review.
Looking for the ultimate list of clean beauty brands at Target in 2021? Clean beauty has exploded in the last few years and major retailers like Target, Sephora and ULTA have taken notice. In this Target Clean Beauty list I break down 50 brands that are best of clean beauty, cleaner beauty and downright not clean beauty. Finding the best natural beauty products at Target, from natural shampoo to clean skincare, has never been easier. I’m also discussing the new Target CLEAN initiative and why you shouldn’t place all your trust in Target’s label. I hope this guide to the best clean skincare and makeup at Target helps you on your next run!
I was just beginning to discover the original Phlur when the perfume company did a whole re-brand with fashion influencer Chriselle Lim as the new owner. Phlur caught my attention because it was a clean perfume brand that was carried at Credo. With the new rebrand, they still maintain the same ingredients standards but do not label themselves as a clean perfume brand anymore. I tried the newest scent by Phlur Apricot Privée and am sharing my thoughts in this Phlur review.
The best natural and organic exfoliating masks slough dead skin cells away and reveal brighter, glowing skin using clean ingredients. Whether it’s through potent resurfacing ingredients like AHA alpha hydroxy acids or physical exfoliants, the top clean beauty exfoliating masks will function as deep natural detox masks AND a mini at-home peel treatment. Besides the obvious exfoliation benefits, organic resurfacing masks also improve texture, decongest pores, skin prevent breakouts, fade pigmentation, and reduce fine lines. A total must if you’re not able to get regular monthly or weekly facials!
Nontoxic exfoliating masks are powerful workers with concentrated formulas and actives like glycolic acid, mandelic acid and fruit enzymes to deliver results in a short twenty minutes. Check out my top clean exfoliating masks and natural resurfacing masks that actually work!
A European dupe to infamous The Ordinary, Geek & Gorgeous believes in transparency of ingredients and maximum affordability. Geek & Gorgeous are able to keep their prices so low because they avoid getting into big retailers who take huge profit margins which means brands need higher retail prices. Geek & Gorgeous also have something most small beauty brands don’t — their own development & manufacturing which allows them full control over their formulations and product creation. While they do not market themselves as clean beauty, Geek & Gorgeous does not add any fragrance, artificial dyes and common allergens. So they lean clean but are not trying to be all natural. Check out what I think are hits and misses from the Geek & Gorgeous line.
I’ve been a Kuli Kuli fan for five years now and wanted to share my experience with their moringa superfood snacks, smoothies and drinks. I love what this company is creating and doing behind the scenes to make an impact beyond selling a product. Kuli Kuli also happens to be the largest US importer of moringa. Moringa leaves are one of the most nutrient-dense greens on the planet, packed with protein, essential amino acids, 27 vitamins and 46 antioxidants. Kuli Kuli’s mission is to turn climate-smart, community-grown superfoods into staple foods to allow them to generate stable income for thousands of farmers while also fighting climate change.
(Updated June 21, 2022) If you’re looking for the best tinted sunscreens for face that offer broad spectrum SPF protection and are made of natural and organic ingredients -but without that annoying ghostly white cast – I’ve rounded up the best natural tinted face sunscreens! All brands below are committed to high quality, safe ingredients and bringing you sunscreens that both fully protect and deeply moisturize the skin.
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As we all postpone and cancel our epic travel plans to go to faraway places, I was searching for interesting staycations in the Los Angeles area when I discovered Getaway House. As exciting as the city is, sometimes you just need to get away, but not too far because, money. I was specifically looking for places to get back in touch with nature, because the healing power of nature is very very real. Hello forest bathing!
For luxury lovers who only want the best of what the luxury organic skincare world has to offer, I’ve rounded up the best all natural hydrating serums. Some even count Hollywood’s A-listers like Emma Watson and Kourtney Kardashian as their fans. These eco-luxe serums are great for all skin types including dry, aging, dull, acne-prone and environmentally damaged skin. With hyper luxe natural and organic hydrating serums, you get the uber chic, expensive looking packaging along with the highest quality, rare ingredients you won’t find in regular serums. While I can’t say the same for the conventional beauty industry (looking at you La Mer), in organic beauty you tend to get what you pay for. Cosmetic elegance, lush textures, cutting-edge green chemistry, and high-tech natural botanicals come together in sophisticated harmony like little skincare works of art. Read on for next level hydration and deep replenishment, hyper luxe organic edition.
Looking for natural and organic tinted lip balms that come in pretty colors, use clean ingredients and hydrate lips? Clean tinted lip balms come in many forms – some are highly pigmented, some give UV ray protection, some are high sheen and others shimmer. But who doesn’t love a barely-there balm with a hint of color and sheen. When you don’t feel like wearing lipstick and you’re not in the mood for a lip gloss, tinted lip balms are simply the best. We’ve come a long way from our Lip Smacker Days, you and I, and our lips simply deserve the best. From chic to granola crunchy, organic tinted lip balms all have one thing in common – to moisturize the heck outta those lips.
Looking for the best 100% natural makeup brands that are non toxic? Natural makeup has come a long way since the days when “natural makeup” conjured up images of DIY lip balms and black charcoal mascara. You now get performance that’s on par with the biggest Sephora makeup brands and safer, clean ingredients. If it’s going on your face, why wouldn’t you want nothing but the best skin-beneficial ingredients? Organic makeup combines the latest innovations in natural chemistry with plants and botanicals that nourish skin and enhance beauty. But with the explosion of clean beauty in an unregulated industry, you now have a myriad of makeup brands calling themselves clean and then you have a handful who are actually 100% natural, nontoxic and clean. While I enjoy using both clean makeup and organic makeup, I wanted to round up the handful of natural makeup brands that are dedicated to being truly all natural without synthetics, dimethicone, petrochemical derivatives and artificial dyes that you commonly find in clean makeup. Read on for the best nontoxic organic makeup brands on the market.
Looking for the best natural and organic face washes that are also luxurious face treatments? The Organic skincare world has no shortage of the most decadent face cleansers, face washes and cleansing oils that not only cleanse the skin but turn your cleansing routine into a luxury ritual. There are luxe natural cleansers for all skin types that soothe sensitive skin, balance oily skin and heal troubled skin. Cleansing is the most important step in your skincare routine — dermatologists recommend double and even triple cleansing in the evenings. Any remainder pollution and bacteria in your pores has been proven to wreak havoc and cause premature aging. Luscious textures, scents that transport and botanicals that cleanse, nourish and heal skin galore can be found in the best natural and organic cleansers. The world of luxury cleansing: organic edition awaits.
Born in Paris, Typology is an affordable clean and vegan skincare line with a focus on actives, simplified formulas and transparency. Often referred to as the French The Ordinary, Typology is like The Ordinary’s sophisticated Parisian cousin, and she’s a little more expensive. The B Corp certified brand uses natural and vegan formulas are trimmed down to only what’s essential (yes they are free from Phenoxyethanol too). The entire line is French made with partner laboratories in Bergerac, Aix en Provence and Compiègne. For a relatively new brand, Typology already has a line of a bajillion products, and I’ve only tried about a dozen. Typology has a wide variety of skincare, natural sunscreens, makeup, hair care, scalp care, and body care. I mean they even have self tanner, tinted lip oils and lip plumping serums. I’m sharing what I felt was the best and worst out of the products I’ve been able to try. Read on for my thoughts on Typology Paris!
Created by an ocean lifeguard of 20 years, Raw Elements is an OG organic sunscreen brand made completely of natural ingredients and numerous certifications to back them up. Raw Elements was founded back in 2012 and was one of the first organic sunscreens I switched to. Raw Elements fits a particular type of customer, namely surfers, water sports enthusiasts, and people who enjoy earthy hemp scents and emollient rich consistencies. If you don’t tick any of the above boxes, then I’m not sure you’d enjoy their regular sunscreens. Raw Elements does also offer sunscreen serums for face with a lighter consistency and SPF 30 lip balms (I have repurchased their Pink Shimmer one numerous times over to protect my lips from aging!). Read on for Raw Elements sunscreen review.
Ursa Major is a premium natural skin care line I’ve used and loved for several years now. I have tried every Ursa Major product there is and am ready to share a full Ursa Major review on the ”Patagonia of Natural Skincare.” This gender-neutral line from Vermont offers skincare that appeals to both men and women, is accessibly priced and comes in generous sizes that you rarely find in clean beauty. Ursa Major is also B Corp certified, which means they are committed to redefining success beyond financial goals and using their business to make a positive impact on people and planet. Read on for my thoughts on all Ursa Major products, including my favorites, in this ultimate Ursa Major review and save 15% with discount code OBL15.
Natural and organic Sunscreens have come a long way in recent years and brands have found clever ways to offset the dreaded white cast effect. The fact of the matter is Mineral Sunscreens with zinc oxide as the UV filter will always always always have some kind of a white cast effect. Don’t blame me, blame science. To avoid this, clean sunscreen brands are using hybrid formulas of both chemical and mineral UV filters or adding a small amount of tint to counteract the zinc oxide whiteness. Many mineral sunscreens did not make this list, because this isn’t a “Minimal White Cast Sunscreen” post. I’m not sure how Native sunscreen made it into The Cut’s list of no white cast sunscreens. There’s absolutely some white cast! From OG safe sunscreen brands to skincare brands launching their first sunscreen, no white cast sunscreens made of natural and organic ingredients are finally here.