Archive | March 2013

Juice Beauty Organic Skin Care & Cosmetic Products Review

Juice Beauty Organic Skin Care & Cosmetics

I was extremely curious and excited to try Juice Beauty Products! I had read about this company months before as a top organic beauty brand. Not sure why it took me to long so finally get my hands on these products. Actress Alicia Silverstone helped create this beauty line and also is behind several animal-rights and eco-friendly efforts.

Perfecting Foundation: Organic Sand & Organic Ivory

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“This Perfecting Foundation is packed with organic ingredients that will leave your complexion looking refreshed and perfected. The combination of organic aloe juice, fruit extracts and minerals provides a cream to powder finish that will wear all day, while giving you a perfect airbrushed look and feel.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I cannot say enough good things about this foundation! I absolutely love and recommend this foundation. I am so excited to talk about this product-as I haven’t ever been a foundation wearer before. Because of the unevenness of my skin (due to sun spots, blemishes, etc.) I had recently become open to the idea of foundation to even out my skin tone. While shopping on Juice Beauty’s site, I became increasingly impressed with their make up products and their ingredients. That, along with my recent interest in increased coverage makeup drove me to purchase this foundation.

After buying the “Organic Sand” shade, I figured that my skin’s closest match would be a mixture of “Organic Sand” and the next shade lighter, “Organic Ivory.” So, when I apply it, I mix them together to match my facial skin tone.

It is such a clean, natural looking foundation. I am wearing this foundation in the picture below. I am pleased with how it looks on me.

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PomSmooth Conditioner

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“Achieve more silky, hydrated hair with this smoothing blend of organic pomegranate and aloe juices, nourishing organic essential fatty acids and repairing organic olive and jojoba.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This is truly the best conditioner I’ve ever used. That’s the most succinct way to say it. It detangles just as well as it moisturizes. It has a pleasant, light, fruity smell and leaves hair manageable and easy to comb/brush. The clean ingredient list mixed with the effectiveness of this conditioner make it the best I’ve ever tried.

Green Apple Peel Sensitive

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“This patented organic fruit acid complex with raw cane sugar exfoliates to reduce breakouts, discolorations and fine lines. Heals while hydrating with rejuvenating algae, vitamins and antioxidants for a smooth, glowing complexion.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I enjoyed using this peel; I applied it onto skin like I would a mask. It found that the fruit acids in this peel help revive the skin (a similar effect to what exfoliating has). I was a nice morning pick me up. My skin felt fresh, clean, and detoxified after using this green apple peel.

Blemish Clearing TRIO Sample:

1. Blemish Clearing Cleanser

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“Prevent blemishes, deeply cleanse and remove impurities with this clarifying cleanser of certified organic lemon, cherry and aloe juices. Deeply cleanses, heals while hydrating.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I could tell that there was lemon in this cleanser right away. Lemon has this incredible power of detoxifying skin and acting as an astringent. It gave my skin a thorough, clean, refreshed feeling.

2. Blemish Clearing Serum

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“Reduce breakouts, unclog pores, and even skin tone with this powerful serum packed with organic fruit acids and salicylic acid from willow bark; while organic aloe, CoQ10 and fat-soluble Vitamin C renew the skin for a healthy, clear complexion. Heals while hydrates.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This serum is an effective and solid barrier that protects and heals my skin when used in combination with the moisturizer. I could also recognize the fruit acids in this serum immediately because of how it felt it detoxified my skin. Serums are new to me, as I’ve never used them in my skin care routine before. However, this serum seemed to really add an extra layer of “skin food” to my face.

3. Blemish Clearing Moisturizer

-Juice Beauty’s Description:

“Hydrate, quench and restore your skin’s natural moisture balance with this lightweight oil-free moisturizer that contains a blend of certified organic grape and pomegranate, soothing aloe vera, vitamin antioxidants and nutrient-rich sea algae to restore the skin’s natural balance.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

The texture and moisturizing abilities of this moisturizer are ideal. It is light enough that it does not leave skin goopy and greasy, yet it is substantial enough to effectively moisturize my skin. All three of these blemish clearing products smell pleasant as well.

Goodebox Organic Sample Box Review

One of the things I have enjoyed most about trying new organic beauty products is having a subscription to a company like Goodebox.

Goodebox, in their words, is

“a members only service providing expertly curated, trial sized healthy, eco-sensitive & effective beauty and personal care products, along with occasional samples of natural & organic health and wellness products.”

The element of surprise is neat to me-as I never know exactly what I am recieving each month.

In the subscription questionnaire, Goodebox got information from me about my skin type, products I typically use and prefer, and which specs are important to me (i.e. vegan, not animal tested, organic, etc.) all of which help them determine which samples go into my box.

In this post I’ll share my thoughts on my favorite products in February and March.

The theme of February’s Goodebox was “Love is in the Air” in reference to Valentines’s Day. March’s box is centered around the change of seasons, spring cleansing and detoxification.

From February’s box:

-Vapour Beauty Trick Stick Highlighter:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“For a well loved, lit-from-within glow, use to add subtle light to cheekbones, brow bones, bow of the lip and inner corner of the eyes. Soft, fool proof shades for all ages and skin tones. Easy application imparts a luxurious, youthful glow that brightens and defines the face. Made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% natural pigments and vitamins (Contains beeswax).”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This is definitely an item that I am not used to incorporating into my makeup routine. I was pleasantly surprised with how this highlighter looks on top of my loose powder. I applied it to the same places on the face that one would normally wear bronzer (where the sun naturally hits the face-similar to what Goodebox suggests above). Instead of giving the skin a sun kissed look like bronzer does, this trick stick gave my face a subtle light glow.

-Erbaviva Relax Spray:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Relaxation is essential to pleasure. Use this refreshing, therapeutic mist to spray on hair or clothing. Also delightful sprayed into a room or onto bedding for a relaxation effect while infusing a fresh, natural smell. Not for use on the face (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This spray is my organic “Febreze.” The best thing about this product is the clean ingredient list, whereas your common air fresheners available in the grocery store are chock full of harmful chemicals. I spray this around the apartment before vacuuming and it leaves a flowery, relaxing scent in the air.

-John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla Bodywash:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Created with the mildest botanically-based surfactants from corn and coconut, the all-over body wash foams into a creamy, rich, sulfate-free lather that gently removes dirt and oil - leaving skin soft and smooth. Follow with our blood orange and vanilla body milk for a beautiful, sensual combination of clean and soft skin.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I cannot say enough good things about this body wash! This is the most invigorating, intoxicating, incredibly yummy smelling body wash I have ever used. I looked forward to showering just so I could use this product. I can’t wait to order a full size bottle of this body wash. I am also enthused that I learned about the John Masters Organics brand via Goodebox. This brand also makes a Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk that I am excited to try in addition to the body wash.

-Metropolis Soap Company Lavender Whipped Shea Butter:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Thick and luxurious, this whipped shea has only 4 ingredients. Shea butter, coconut oil, corn starch and lavender absolute. Use it for serious moisturizing and super soft, touchable skin. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I enjoyed using this sample size body butter. I appreciate the simple, pure list of ingredients and strive to find more organic products with this quality. The lavender scent was relaxing and soothing, yet a slight bit too flowery-smelling for my preference.

-Persephenie Neroli Infusion Organic Body Oil:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Antioxidant and oleic acid rich, hand pressed Marula oil, coconut and organic sunflower oil, infused with orange flower Neroli will replenish your entire body. Massage into your (or someone else’s) skin for a sensual sensory experience. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This sample was in a small vial, but even with the small amount I tried, I could tell I loved the scent and feel of this body oil. I could tell when I applied this oil to my skin that the ingredients are high quality and extremely nourishing. I find body oils get absorbed and work best when applied right after a warm shower. The skin absorbs it just enough so that the skin is left nourished but not greasy.

From March’s Box:

-Astara Skin Care Daily Refining Scrub:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Gentle enough to use every day, this organic aloe-based exfoliant combines diatomaceous earth with soothing, nutrient-rich plant extracts for profound cleansing, buffing, and removing of dead cells to improve overall skin health absorption of nutrients. Refines fine lines when used consistently. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I am a fan of exfoliating in general, so this product peaked my interest. I tend to use a loofa or exfoliating gloves in the shower, but they are not needed when using this scrub. This scrub does not suds up nor lather very well, which I would prefer to be the case. I imagine this scrub would work best for me used on my feet, where I am looking for more exfoliation than sudsing.

-Moom Organic Hair Removal Kit:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“A revolutionary sugaring product that provides the benefits of long term depilation with less pain and discomfort than waxing or other hair removal methods. Exclusive formula and precision adhesion gently removes hair from the root without damaging skin, leaving you hair-free for up to 8 weeks. Regrowth is sparser and finer. For stubborn hair and sensitive areas alike. Can be used anywhere on the face and body. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

With such excellent organic shaving creams, I don’t often choose to wax simply because it is less convenient. This small, travel sized kit is great for waxing your legs or bikini line at the beginning of the summer. It is always nice to learn about organic alternatives to common drug store products. Hair removal is a great category to see organic products surfacing.

-Morrocco Method Zen Detox Hair and Scalp Therapy:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“A unique formula enhanced with special clays to support growth by detoxing the hair follicles, roots, oil glands and scalp. Dynamically assists in reversing chemical damage caused by synthetic hair products and treatments by removing contaminants from the scalp for healthier hair. Muti-tasks as a facial mask and even helps stinky toes and itchy feet. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I have heard great things about the ability of clays to detox the body in various ways. I was intrigued to try this product. I used this mask about 3 times in the shower and it became a thick paste when mixed with water. Its effect was refreshing and soothing on my scalp. It was a bit tough to move through hair, as you might imagine-it was very thick and paste-like. Seems like a unique and effective product. If I would have had more product to work with, I would have tried it on my face and feet as suggested.

-Yogi Detox & Skin Detox Tea:

-Goodebox’s Description: 

“Help your body rid itself of everyday impurities. Time-honored purifying herbs Burdock & Organic Dandelion support the liver, Juniper Berry supports kidney function and Ginger, Black Pepper and Long Pepper, a traditional Ayurvedic blend, supports blood flow for gentle cleansing support. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

I am a big coffee drinker and have recently been trying teas a lot more because my fiancé tends to prefer tea over coffee. Both of these teas were pleasant with flavors that were not too intense. I enjoyed the green tea over the dandelion, as I could have guessed prior to trying either of them. I tend to lean more towards a peppermint or fruity flavor in tea, so in the future I picture myself branching out to different tea flavors that Yogi makes.

-Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream:

-Goodebox’s Description:

“Antioxidant-rich, fragrance free formula featuring organic pomegranate seed oil protects the delicate eye area and helps repair cell damage. Organic macadamia nut oil, organic sunflower petal & ruscus root extracts provide anti-inflammatory benefits and Vitamin A to reduce puffiness, firm and smooth skin around the eyes. Tests show a 23% wrinkle reduction after 28 days of use. (Vegan)”

-My Description & Thoughts:

At age 25, I’m not familiar with products that are firming, wrinkle reducing, or anti aging in nature. I was interested, though, in the moisturizing abilities of this eye cream. I’ve applied this cream several nights before bed for some added moisture to the delicate skin around my eyes. I like how light it feels, how good the ingredient list looks, and how moisturing it is. I was happy to try a Weleda product for the first time.

Green Grab Bag Organic (by White Apricot) Beauty Samples

Green Grab Bag Organic Beauty Samples

Green Grab Bag describes their sample subscription like this:

“We are not fans of the chemically laden skin care, hair care, cosmetics and nail polishes that dominate the market. That’s why, six years ago, we set out to uncover all natural, vegan, and/or eco friendly alternatives to those products and introduce them to you. A lot has changed in six years. We used to have to do some pretty deep digging to find products that worked as well as their chemically dependent counterparts. Today, there are hundreds of products from which to choose. The problem is knowing WHICH ONE to choose. That’s where Green Grab Bag comes in!”

This post will focus on my favorite items I received in January and February’s Green Grab Bag deliveries.

-Dead Sea Warehouse Face and Body Bar:

-Dead Sea Warehouse Description:  

“Naturally soothing and non-drying, leaving skin itch free. Supports Blemish Free Skin Conditioning. Temporarily soothes rashes (including diaper rash) and eczema, too. Great for all skin types, face & full body use. No animal testing. Vegan. Ingredients:  Saponified Oils of Olives, Palm and Coconut, Dead Sea Minerals.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This soap is straight to the point. Simple, gentle, unscented, mildly gritty/sandy and soothing. This is just a great soap if you want a gentle yet effective cleanse without a noticeable scent, all while nourishing your skin with great ingredients. This is a great, simple soap.

-Savvy Boheme Coconut and Shea Body Mousse:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“It’s like a tug of war for the senses when the warmth of the coconut meets the cool of the peppermint, drenching your skin in moisture.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

-Man, oh man. This stuff creates an intense aroma. A great one, though. I apply it right after stepping out of the shower. The peppermint on warm skin is so soothing and the coconut just adds to the goodness. This company, Savvy Boheme, also makes an outstanding Peppermint & Rosemary deodorant that I highly recommend. Something about the peppermint in these products is intoxicating.

-Golden Path Alchemy Cleansing Oil:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Dissolve even the most stubborn makeup and cleanse your skin all in one step.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This sample was a nice surprise: A make-up remover that cleanses the skin by way of essential oils, primarily. It is very effective and leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh, sans make-up remnants. I don’t wear make-up often, but this is a great product, nonetheless. I rub it onto the skin around my eyes to remove mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow and wipe clean with a cotton ball.

-Virga Botanicals Pumpkin and Carrot Mask:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Luxurious skin can be yours with this vitamin rich mask.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This stuff is surprising and awesome! The texture is basically a powder. When water is added it evolves into an oatmeal texture, which makes it perfect for applying to skin as a mask. It does great things for skin-it nourishes, lightly cleanses, and leaves skin feeling moisturized, not dry and tight.

-Brittanie’s Thyme Organic Restorative Facial Serum:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Intense moisture with no pore-clogging residue? Yes please!”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This serum is chock full of goodness. I have been aware for a while about the benefits of Thyme essential oil on skin, which made this sample a perfect product for me to try. It does everything and is everything that you’d want a serum to be. It is made of organic ingredients, replenishes skin and leaves skin moisturized without leaving it oily or suffocated.

-EVOLVh Luxury Organic Haircare Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Our beauty editor swears by this shampoo, and even buys it in bulk. You’ll understand why, when you lather up!”

-My Description & Thoughts:

-I normally use a clarifying shampoo made by Aubrey Organics, but this hydrating shampoo was a nice change. I used it when my scalp was just moderately oily/dirty and it cleansed gently and left my hair soft, shiny, and managable. It was not desperate for conditioner after shampooing, as the shampoo was nourishing in itself. The smell is very pleasant and fresh-perfect to leave in the shower for your significant other to use as well.

-Mineral Hygienics Eye Shadow:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“These shadows last all day, and well into the night. Wear alone or blend for a customized look.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This color is a light & pretty pink called “pink desert.” It is a little different color-wise than what I would normally wear, but it is subtle enough to be a nice addition to my other organic eye shadow options. I wear it in a thin layer evenly over my eyelid with just a bit of mascara for a day-time look.

-Kimberly Sayer of London Restore Anti-Aging Cream:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Who says you have to look your age? This deep penetrating cream keeps your face looking as young as you feel.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

At age 25, my focus hasn’t yet been on any “anti-aging” products. However, I do believe it’s never too early to take preventative measures. This sample came in a little packet that had about enough for one use in it. It was creamy, nourishing, rich, soothing, and left the skin around my eyes moisturized and awake.

-Sumbody Salt Scrub Bonbon:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“These may look and smell good enough to eat, but we don’t recommend it. Instead, use them in the shower or bath for glowing skin.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This little round, gritty scrub has a yummy cinnamon scent to it-quite different from any other soaps/scrubs I use. Cinnamon is a nice change of pace as a scent to have in the shower. In approximately the shape and size of a golf ball, this little bon bon is coarse and acted as a body exfolliant for me. Was pleasant to use!

-Mixology Mineral Eye Shadow:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“The eyes have it, when you apply this richly pigmented eye shadow without harmful ingredients.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

This shadow is exactly the color I would buy to use as a shadow right under my eyebrows for highlighting. The color of this shadow is “gold mirage.” It is so pretty when worn with brown eye shadows, especially. The clean ingredient list makes me give this shadow a big stamp of approval.

-Favor Care Mineral Eye Dust:

-Green Grab Bag’s Description:

“Sheer, shimmery color for highlighting or wearing alone.”

-My Description & Thoughts:

When I wear eye shadow, I typically stick to a brown & nude palette of color. This shadow is a lavender-purplish color that somehow looks subtle and pretty when applied. I wear a light layer of it over my lids for a little pop of color during the day. It feels light and isn’t too thick or globby.