InTruBeauty: Tuesday Ten: My Favorite Natural, Organic, and Vegan Products

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Ten: My Favorite Natural, Organic, and Vegan Products

Hello ladies!  Today I'm going to tell you about some of my favorite natural products.  All things green have kind of been on the forefront of the beauty industry lately.  We have totally jumped on this bandwagon!  Although I have some products that are not organic, natural, or vegan, I do find myself taking a special interest in products that promise to be really good to my skin lately.  So tonight, I bring to you all some amazing tried and true products.  Some of them we've mentioned before, and there are a couple new ones.  But they're all great, and they're all natural.

Oh!  But first, because I can't be the only one that doesn't know the difference, let me tell you that there is a huge difference in definition between natural, organic, and vegan products.  I looked it up for you so you can be informed.  The products I am telling you about are from all ranges of the spectrum- some natural, some organic, some vegan.  But any of them are better than some of the chemical and paraben laden products out there.



Organic- Consists of at least 95% organic ingredients.  They use no petrochemicals, sulfates, hydrogenation, or artificial preservatives.  All cleansing agents, pigments, and moisturizers are made with materials that have been grown or produced using organic methods.  Look for the USDA certified organic seal.  Cosmetics and skincare that have been certified by the USDA undergo the same stringent inspections as organic foods.

Natural- These cosmetics incorporate ingredients like plant-based dyes, essential oils, herbs, and mineral powders.  Truly natural cosmetics use at least 95% biological ingredients and are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic preservatives, and artificial chemicals that pose potential risk to the body.    There is no federal regulation of natural skin care and cosmetics, so some companies that label their products as all-natural may use many of the same petroleum-based mineral oils, binders, and emulsifiers found in traditional cosmetics, along with the natural botanicals and plant extracts.

Vegan- These cosmetics are all-natural and can be organic.  The main difference is the complete absence of animal ingredients in the products themselves and at all points in the manufacturing process.  They have a commitment to cruelty free products that are never tested on animals.

*All of this information was gathered from www.organicmakeupllc.com

Ok- so now that we're clear on that-  on to the goodies!


1.  Dr. Bronners Magic All-One
This product is one of the reasons I had to formulate this list.  I have been using this religiously for over 5 years and I just realized I've never written a post on it.  For shame!  I actually discovered this product while I was taking a shower at a guy's house.  I reached for the body wash, and literally cringed, just assuming that I was about to use something horrific and manly on my soft skin.  Quite the opposite.  The website describes these soaps as "a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba, and hemp oils, creating a unique soap which cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety lather that leaves the skin silky smooth and refreshed."

photo credit: www.drbronner.com

When I use this in the shower, it's tingly, invigorating, and wakes me right up.  When I am sick, this stuff gets right in my nostrils and clears my sinuses right out.  It has a rather thin consistency, so it's best used with a washcloth or loofa, but in a pinch you could squirt it in your hand to distribute.  I've never felt cleaner after a shower using anything else.  One time, when using this soap, I got some in my eyes.  I immediately screamed in reflex, but it actually didn't even hurt my eyes in the least.  It felt as though I was washing my eyeballs and cleaning them out, in a gentle way.  It was extremely weird, but as I said it didn't burn or tingle at all.  You may have different results getting it in your eyes though, so be careful!


photo credit: www.drbronner.com

The only kind of liquid soap I have tried is the peppermint but it comes in the other liquid fragrances: eucalyptus, almond, rose, baby mild, citrus, lavender, and tea tree.  It is USDA certified organic and fair trade certified.  It also has 18 purposes according to the label, but many, many more have been discovered since the company's owner passed away in 1997.  Some of them include:  body wash, shampoo, shaving, heavy duty grease cutting jobs, laundry, bathing pets, toothbrushing, deodorant, denture cleaner, car wash, dishwashing liquid, toilet cleaner, baby oil, massage oil, etc.  The packaging is extremely detailed in terms of what the product's uses are.  Check www.drbronner.com for information on diluting the product and what ratios to use for its different purposes.  It actually seems the label to the product may have been written by a lunatic on acid.  You'd have to read it to know what I mean.

photo credit:  www.drbronner.com

In short, I use the peppermint, and buy a 16 oz. bottle for around $11 at Target and it lasts me at least a year.  I use it for body wash, and for shaving, and in a pinch for face wash.  LOVE this stuff.


2.  Indie Lee Lavender Oil 
I just picked up my package from the post office yesterday and can't wait to use these products more.  I bought her Squalane Oil, Facial Oil, Lavender Oil, and Vanilla Citrus Oil.  So far, I've only used the squalane and the lavender but wow were they ever heavenly!  I have the hardest time keeping a moisture balance in my skin- I am always dry in some places, and normal in others.  Makes me crazy!  I couldn't wait to wash my face yesterday when I got these, and I applied first the squalane, then the lavender.  I'm not sure if you are supposed to layer them, but I tried it and wasn't disappointed.

The beautiful thing about Indie's products are that they are all natural, so I don't have to worry about whether they are going to hurt my skin.  I loved the soothing scent of the lavender in her oil- it was light but very relaxing.  With my husband on a business trip for 2 weeks, and a sick puppy at home, I have been very anxious and overwhelmed and this was just what my body and skin wanted.  I should add that I woke up this morning couldn't stop touching my smooth skin!  I can tell this will be a staple item in my skincare routine.  I can't wait to try the rest of my Indie Lee products, and I look forward to doing a more thorough review when I try everything.  And she has the best customer service- unparalleled.  Love!

4 oz. for $28


Biggest jar of oil I've ever seen.  
photo credit- www.indielee.com


3.  Indie Lee Body Scrub
I made the sad mistake of placing my Indie Lee order before my Beauty Army box got here with my Body Scrub sample.  No lie, this stuff is amazing.  I had reviewed the La Rocca body scrub the other day, and liked it, but Indie Lee's product blows it right out of the water.  What I love is that this is exfoliating but not harsh- it has the gritty stuff, and really sloughs off the dead, dry, skin without being irritating, but the essential oils leave the most smooth, wonderful, hydrated skin behind.  The scent is incredible- it is coconut and citrus. YUM!  I can't wait to go back on her site and place another order for this stuff (and then some). Jessica has the full size and says it's enormous!

$38 for 12 oz.

photo credit:  www.indielee.com




4.  Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
I should start my love story of this mascara by explaining that I am the mascara queen and there is no way I would endorse a mascara EVER unless it was absolutely phenomenal in every single way.  I am extremely picky about what graces my long lashes, and the product must do everything possible on earth to make my lashes gorgeous or it's getting trashed.  That said, this mascara follows to a T the 4 claims it makes- Tarte says this 4-in-1 mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, and conditions.  I would absolutely agree.  Never has a mascara fanned out my lashes like this one, curled my lashes without the use of a scary metal contraption, or made my lashes appear 3 times as long.  Also, forget that "crispy" lashes feeling you sometimes get with mascaras.  You know what I mean, when the product hardens on your lashes as it clumps them together.  This stuff is truly the real deal, and you can't beat the packaging.  LOVE!  Better yet, it's formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, and phthalates.

Full size- $19

photo credit:  www.beautylish.com


5.  Physician's Formula Organic Wear Powder
Jessica and I have both mentioned this powder- it is fabulous.  I love that it is light and leaves a beautiful matte finish on the skin.  I apply this with a large fluffy brush.  I love layering it over another product I'll mention in a second!

.03 oz for $11

photo credit:  www.shopping.com



6.  MAD Skincare On Guard Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
This product applies beautifully to the skin.  I love the finish- it is smooth and light.  When I think about sunscreen, I think waxy, and I think it's going to take a long time to sink in.  This stuff absorbs immediately to a beautiful finish!  This would actually be perfect for skin in the summer that is a little bit tan, and needs less coverage.  I normally wear this on a great skin day, and top with my Physician's Formula Organic Wear Powder.  A huge plus for me is the SPF 30.  Sunscreen and tinted moisturizer in one?  HUGE plus!  If you haven't tried their products, make sure to request a sample through their website.  www.mad-skincare.com.

4 oz for $36

photo credit:  www.mad-skincare.com


7.  Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil
This is a product I very recently started using.  It's part of the company's line for moms, but anyone could use it that had stretch marks.  This oil is extra emollient and sinks right into my skin.  I love putting it on my belly, and on my sides, all the way down to my hips.  I am 5'11" and have some minor stretch marks going upwards from a huge growth spurt when I was younger.  They are not really noticeable, but I will be curious to see with prolonged use what happens to those stretch marks. I love the way this product feels on my skin!  I'm not the only one who feels this way, because this product has won a ton of awards!

PS:  Stay tuned to the blog for more products by Mama Mio- we will have a review coming in a few weeks!

4.1 oz. for $35


photo credit: www.cultbeauty.co.uk

8.  Boots Lip Balm
I discovered Boots lip balm in college, and I absolutely love it.  On top of being organic, it's inexpensive and widely available at Target.  I love many boots products, but this stuff is really one of my favorites.  This balm is smoothing, and a great product to use to keep your pucker soft after exfoliating.  Even my husband uses this!

0.33 oz, $5


photo credit:  google.com/products

9.  Rosewater
A truly organic rosewater will consist real pressed rose petals.  It usually comes in a mist bottle, or a bottle with a cap that you can squeeze the product into a cotton ball.  It's a great thing for your face if you are feeling sensitive or delicate. I like to apply some to my face as a refreshing treat.  It soaks in and feels moisturizing and soothing.  I got mine in the organic aisle of the grocery store.  Rose water products have been popular lately, and many mainstream companies sell this, so make sure to check that it has natural ingredients and no dyes before you buy it.  Mine is pink in color but it is natural, not from dyes.  The fragrance doesn't smell like roses to me, but that indicates to me that they didn't add a fragrance to it, which can be irritating to the skin.  

$5-7, most organic stores.  

photo credit: www.splendora.com
10.  Water
I know this is kind of an offbeat thing to write about, but it's paramount to any beauty routine, and it's the most natural, organic, and vegan thing around.  Water is so important- without it our skin won't be hydrated no matter how many products we use.  It helps aid in weight loss, hydration, and beautiful skin.  If you want to improve your skin, drink more water.  My hair, nails, and skin all look better when I am well hydrated.  So drink up!  It's the one beauty product you can't have too much of.

FREE!  Well, whatever your water bill is I guess....


Yours in Beauty,
Justina


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