InTruBeauty: {Spotlight} on Natural Based Products

Sunday, April 14, 2013

{Spotlight} on Natural Based Products


Today I will bring to you some of my favorite natural and plant based products that I've been using a lot of lately. When I can find a product that works well and is cruelty free, vegan or vegetarian, doesn't contain harsh chemicals, organic and/or uses environmentally sustainable practices, I would much prefer to use that product than its chemically laden counterpart. There have been more and more options out on the market lately and many more options that are affordable too for the quality of ingredients that you get! As with the majority of my posts like this I will feature a picture as well as a company description of the product with my review following.

**This month is earth month! Be sure to do something kind for your earth!** 
4/22 is Earth Day!

Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp,

Klorane is a line which has a variety of plant based hair products. I also have their makeup remover and really love it. Detoxifying and clarifying action, Anti-free radical protects hair and scalp from external aggressors, Neutralized the dulling effect of calcium in hard water, Removes build-up from heavy styling products. Made with pulp from the Citron fruit which contains amino acids, vitamins and carbohydrates essential for naturally healthy hair. 

Klorane Leave in Spray with Citrus Pulp,

About: Detoxifying and clarifying action, Anti-free radical protects hair and scalp, Neutralized the dulling effect of calcium in hard water. 

My thoughts on the citrus line:
I love products that have a citrus scent to them. This line is not overpowering at all and has a really fresh clean scent to it. It isn't a fruity citrus scent. I love using the spray before bed and going to sleep smelling this. It leaves a nice scent on my pillow to fall asleep to. I'm a big fan of Klorane products and this new line is no exception, I love the scent and the way these make my hair feel. The detangling spray/leave in spray I was using before was better than the Klorane spray for detangling (Not your  Mother's Knotty to Nice), so if I'm looking for a strictly detangling spray, I will still use that. As this goes for a leave in spray however, I really like it. It seems to leave my hair really soft and manageable and works well in conjunction with the Shampoo. I really hope they come out with a conditioner and other products which include the citrus pulp since it really is lovely. 

Other picks:
Josh Rosebrook,
100% Pure Yuzu & Pomelo Glossing Shampoo,

Desert Essence Sweet Almond Body Wash,
Gently cleanses skin without stripping skin of its natural moisture, Provides deep nourishment for dry skin, Helps skin repair damage. Natural Sugar and Coconut Cleansers gently and effectively cleanse. Rich in fatty acids, Organic Sweet Almond Fruit Extract soothes and helps skin retain moisture. Certified to NSF Organic Standard. 8 fl oz / 237 ml, $8.99. Leaping Bunny certified-no animal testing. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Desert Essence Tropical Coconut Hand and Body Lotion,
Deeply nourishes skin, Leaves skin well hydrated, smooth, and silky, Delights the senses. Coconut Oil and Organic Shea Butter infuse skin with much needed moisture, leaving it well hydrated and nourished. Organic Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E smooth skin, while Coconut and Honeysuckle Extract delight the senses. This luscious lotion transports you to an island paradise. Certified to the NSF Organic Standard. 8 fl oz / 237 ml, $8.99. Leaping Bunny certified-no animal testing. Vegan and Gluten Free.

My thoughts on Dessert Essence:
This line provides a lot of great choices in every category at an affordable price if you're looking for organic, vegan, gluten free, chemical free products. I love both of the scents. The sweet almond smells just like that, sweet almonds. I find it has a decent amount of lather for an organic product. I like using this as a bubble bath and then applying some additional oils into the tub. The combination of the two leaves my skin unbelievably soft and smooth. The tropical coconut is a nice surprise with the mixture of a fruity and a coconut scent. This is a very creamy lotion and it is really moisturizing  My skin feels super soft right now after using both of these products. One thing I love is that they both have great scents but they aren't overpowering at all. If you're sensitive to scents but still love girly bath products, this may definitely be a line for you to check out!

Lavanila Healthy Deodorant,

Take freshness on-the-go with these mini versions of our best-selling deodorants. Express yourself with one of our signature scents and take it to go!  This All-Natural, freshly scented deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful anti-oxidants and beta glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment. Clinically Tested. Dermatologist Recommended. No Aluminum. No Paraben. No Propylene Glycol. No Harsh Chemicals. No animal testing. Vegan. Retails $10.

My thoughts:
I've used one other natural deodorant before and I didn't like it. I liked the scent to start out with, but it didn't   help with odor at all. I haven't had an issue with this deodarnt either. I have the natural vanilla scent and really love the light scent and it works just as well as my typical deoderant which is Secret. So why not switch to one that's healthier?

Why does it matter? 
  •  Traditional Deodorants and Antiperspirants can contain ingredients including aluminum, Propylene Glycol and Parabens that could potentially absorb into the delicate underarm area. 
  • The Healthy Deodorant is a 100% Healthy solution. Completely free of harsh chemicals, it’s a safe, effective and luxurious way to fight odor. Our health-promoting formula is packed with anti-oxidants and a proprietary beta glucan technology to not only fight odor, but nourish, strengthen, and soothe the skin. (from
Other picks:
gud Groovy Ruby,
Lavanila Body Lotion,
TOCCA Creama da Mano Luxe hand cream,

Tocca Candelina in Cleopatra

As much as we love the sweet-smelling scent of freshly cut flowers, the blossoms aromatic effect doesn’t last long enough. Keep mom’s home feeling fragrant with a TOCCA Candelina. The beautifully housed, travel sized candles are the perfect small indulgence that go a long way! Retails for $20 each at Barneys, Blue Mercury, Candle Delirium and online at Cleopatra is a classic TOCCA scent inspired by Cleopatra's beauty rituals and includes watery cucumber and sweet grapefruit for a crisp, clean scent. 

My thoughts:
TOCCA always knows how to do it just right when it comes to packaging and design that is timeless, romantic and luxurious. Its love at first sight with all of their products. These travel sized candles are housed in a custom made cut glass. I would definitely suggest checking out their line for mother's day as well. This candle is just lovely and smells wonderful. This does have a stronger scent to it so if you are sensitive to fragrance this may irritate you. I find with their products that a little goes a long way. This candle also burns for 30 hours which seems like a really long time for a smaller candle. This also comes in 14 different fragrances so you are sure to find the perfect one for yourself or as a gift. Another fragrance I recommend is Bianca which has notes of green tea, lemon and sugar.

Other picks:
TOCCA perfume,
L'Occitane Jamin & Bergamote perfume,

WEI Beauty Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads
Just one application of 10-15 minutes will miraculously reawaken and refresh eyes, de-puffing and eliminating puffiness and dark circles. WEI Beauty’s Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads retail for $60 (10 sets of 2 pads per box) at SpaceNK stores nationwide and online at Allergy and dermatologist tested.

My thoughts: 
These feel amazing on! I actually did the WEI Beauty Purifying Mud mask on my face and had these treatment pads on my eyes. I felt so relaxed and at peace I nearly fell asleep I felt so great. These are thin pads you just lay over your eyes. These are pre-moistened and contain Tibetan Chrysanthemum to diminish the appearance of puffiness around the eyes by awaking the skin with energy flow, Mulberry Leaf to provide nourishing energy to diminish the appearance of dark circles around the eye area. I've only tried this one time so I will have to update you with my thoughts, but the experience alone was worth it. I also did feel that there was a difference in the appearance and the area looked brighter and less tired.
Update: I've used this product three times now and definitely notice a difference in puffiness and the  
     overall appearance of my eyes!

Mario Badescu Almond & Honey Face Scrub,

About: a non-abrasive face scrub to gently exfoliate and refine flaky skin and dulling build-up. It is made with finely ground Almonds and Cornmeal, natural buffing ingredients that gently remove dead skin cells. Added Honey Extract ensures that the skin is left soft and hydrated. Contains Almond oil, honey, corn meal and algae extract.

My thoughts:
This has a thick consistency like a face mask would. It actually has chunks in it which is the almonds and corn meal. This is really gentle and not abrasive at all. It smells like sweet cherry almond. It is a little odd to wash your face with such a thick product with larger particles in it, but I've actually really grown to love it. My skin gets clean after and there isn't any irritation at all. My skin right now looks healthy and feels really smooth. It also comes in a good sized tub and is only $15 for 4 oz.

Other picks:
100% Pure Caffeine Bean Eye Cream,
Indie Lee Eye Balm,

**This month is earth month! Be sure to do something kind for your earth!**

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1 comment:

  1. I love tocca and diptyque candles! tocca has a better price. hahaha i've tried that face scrub by mario badescu and it is THICK! hahaha it's really nice though.



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