Product Reviews

Fitglow Beauty -Vita-Set Kit

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GPB VF Set

https://fitglowbeauty.com/products/vita-active-set

I’ve been using Fitglow Beauty for a few years now and I can confidently say they are one of my favorite green beauty brands.  So first, let’s start by talking about the amazing woman behind the Canadian cruelty-free line- Anna.  Just follow her on Fitglow’s Instagram and you will see this gorgeous woman giving us a glimpse of her world, concocting effective clean beautiful products and making sure women know it is not about perfection, it’s about feeling confident in their skin.

The Vita Active Foundation is my must have foundation.  I’m pretty fair to light with some red undertones (I also wear the Redness Rescue Cream – more on that another day) so VF2 works for me.  VF2 is Light/Warm, it gives me medium coverage, blends right into the skin.  Vita-Active Foundation comes in many shades-VF1-VF7 so the right shade can be found for many skin tones.

I still remember when I first used the foundation, every time I looked in the mirror I couldn’t believe my skin was silky smooth and looked natural too (should I say-flawless).  When Fitglow came out with the VITA-SET KIT  which includes the Vita-Active Foundation, Vita-Active Set Powder & Limited Edition Handmade cosmetic bag (I’m a collector of everything Fitglow Beauty and the bags, you might call me the Fitglow bag lady?!?!), I knew I would have to get it.   The Vita-Set Kit is $129.   To me the cost is well worth the products inside, they are not just make-up, they are an extension of my skin care.  You can also buy the products separately- Vita-Active Foundation and Vita-Set Powder).

 Vita-Active Foundation

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This is a creamy foundation that I like to apply with my fingers.  I use one to two pumps to cover my entire face.  You can also use a foundation brush, natural sponge, which I have, but my favorite is using my fingers with this formula because it feels like a moisturizer and blends in so smoothly.  This foundation works in the Texas humidity, cold, and crazy weather.  It feels light weight but gives coverage and stays on all day.

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Back of Vita-Active Foundation

This plant- based foundation contains clean ingredients and scores a Zero with Think Dirty, meaning it has no nasty ingredients in it.  Plus, Vita-Active feels like skin care make-up because it contains a blend of some proven super foods and essential vitamins like Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners, and Beta-Carotene.  Who doesn’t want their make-up to be effective, but also benefit their skin?

For a full list of ingredients see here.

Vita-Set Powder

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GPB FItglow VIta Set

https://fitglowbeauty.com/products/vita-active-set

I didn’t think my skin could look any better, but it does with the Vita-Set Powder.  It adds a finished look, shrinks pores, smooths the skin and blends with foundation for long lasting wear.  I apply the powder after my Vita-Active Foundation.  It can be used to set foundation, balance oils and protects from environmental stressors.  It is made with clean ingredients like Canadian Glacial Marine Clay- rich in minerals that soothe skin and protect from the environment, Zinc Oxide (Non-nano), and Niacinamide (B3).

For a full list of ingredients see here.

Handmade Beauty Bag

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The handmade bags come with the Limited Edition sets, can be purchased separately or in the Fitglow Try Me Bag.  They are unique and beautiful (I’ve tried to get them all).  They are great to travel with and leave in my purse to hold all my Fitglow goodies.

The combination of Vita-Active Foundation and Vita-Set Powder is the best clean beauty foundation and powder I’ve found for my skin.   If you follow me on IG you know my love for Fitglow Beauty runs deep, they have so many of my favorite products- both make-up and skin care (I’m working on more posts now).  Have you tried Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active products?  What did you think?  Any questions please let me know in the comments.  Thank you.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer: Green Passion Beauty purchased these products, all opinions are my own.  Results vary-that’s the beauty-we are all unique]

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No More Harmful Ingredients with Made Safe Certification

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Photo courtesy of www.madesafe.org

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just buy products off the shelf and not have to worry about them containing any harmful ingredients?   This should be the norm, unfortunately it is not.  Until all products on the market are made without potentially harmful ingredients we have to be diligent about what is in our products.  This is where MADE SAFE  comes in.  Have you heard of MADE SAFE certification?

MADE SAFE (Made with Safe Ingredients) is the first non-profit organization that provides certification that non-toxic products such as baby to personal care to household products and beyond are safe.  Amy Ziff, the founder of MADE SAFE, wanted to change the way products are made in the country- without harmful ingredients and believes together we can shift the market with our choices and demand for safer products.  In our world of so many products that are believed to be clean or made without harmful ingredients, this certification allows us to see the seal and know that we are really getting clean products.

I would love it if all of our products were just safe period.  No question that we could go into any store anywhere and know that the ingredients and products were safe, tested and clean.  For now we can read labels, and look for MADE SAFE seals to ensure products are clean, without toxic ingredients.

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MADE SAFE Certified products are made without known harmful chemicals.  That means MADE SAFE Certified products are made without behavioral toxins, carcinogens, Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs), developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, high risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, heavy metals and harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

MADE SAFE Certification Process

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Photo courtesy of www.madesafe.org

 

MADE SAFE  believes that we should all have access to every ingredient in the products we use.  Me too!  What about you?  Brands under certification must disclose all their ingredients for the MADE SAFE seal.  Also, by December 31, 2017 MADE SAFE will require full public disclosure of fragrance ingredients.  Let’s think about why a company wouldn’t want us to have information about their ingredients.  Are they really afraid someone will make the same exact product available (maybe) or do they have something to hide (maybe)?  Are there unsafe ingredients lurking in their products?  Bottom line, be transparent about ingredients and then we can make a knowledgeable decision whether to use the products.

MADE SAFE does look forward to the day that their seals are no longer necessary:

When all products are made from safe ingredients; when enough is known about how chemicals react in mixture that we may trust that products are being formulated safely. Until then, our seals are well defined in order to end the confusion over what you are buying and how it has been made and vetted.

Just look for the MADE SAFE seal, like on the back of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care products because they are certified MADE SAFE.

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Brands that already have the certification.

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COST

There is a fee to get the MADE SAFE seal/certification.  Companies can request pricing based on a sliding scale depending on if the company wants certification or other services like ingredient diligence.

True Botanicals was one of the first to receive the MADE SAFE certification.  They indicated:

As makers (and of course consumers) of skin care products with higher standards, we’re grateful for the level of confidence MADE SAFE Certified now gives us all. Their work creates a definitive line in the sand for our claim-loving industry. From now on, either a product is or is not MADE SAFE.

What do you think?  Do you like the idea of a MADE SAFE seal?  Please remember there are amazing products out there that already use a high standard for clean ingredients, but they do not have the certification.   Continue to look at labels and buy these wonderful safer products, as well as products with the MADE SAFE seal.

How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world

~Vicki Robin

What products do you want to see with the MADE SAFE Seal?

I actually sent an email to Disney to see if they would be interested in making their products for children, like make-up, lipstick, lip balm with clean ingredients (by the way my family loves Disney/Disneyworld).  As a mom and concerned consumer I think it would be wonderful if Disney, who essentially markets to us through our children (and the child in all of us) would take the lead and make it a priority to make sure all their products are not made with potentially harmful ingredients (like talc and parabens) and be one of the first with the MADE SAFE certification (full post coming soon, but at this point I’ve only received an email back from customer service indicating they are sending it to someone that can answer my questions).

Please leave comments below about brands/products you would love to see with the MADE SAFE seal and you can also go here to MADE SAFE and suggest brands.  How incredible would it be if all our products were MADE SAFE?  Remember, until every product on the market is made without toxic ingredients you can read labels, avoid the ones with nasty ingredients, and look for the MADE SAFE seal.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Resources:

www.madesafe.org

Kosmatology MADE SAFE Certification

Subscription Boxes

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Organic Bunny Box

The Organic Bunny Box is the love passion/brain child of The Organic Bunny, Amanda Jo.  Most people have heard of this amazing green beauty advocate and follow her on Instagram  (that’s how I found her) and been to her blog The Organic Bunny for great tips on organic, green beauty, safer products and reviews, if not go find her now.  Thank goodness she ventured into the subscription box world.  Seriously one of the best out there if you’re looking for safe glamorous and everyday beauty (and believe me I’ve tried so many subscription boxes-my husband would say too many).

What’s in the box???  According to Organic Bunny:

Once a month The Organic Bunny Box delivers Non-Toxic, Natural and Organic beauty products conveniently to your door. Each box contains 6-8 products in medium to full sizes, some smaller samples may be included as extra goodies. We are not fans of small samples so rest assured, the items in this box will be big enough to provide you with the full product experience!

All products are Cruelty-Free, over 98% Natural, always Non-Toxic and made with Organic ingredients as frequently as possible. I will always try to provide an amazing mix of items, including but not limited to: Natural makeup, perfume, skin and body care, with occasional healthy treats and eco-friendly products.

I’ve been subscribed to Organic Bunny Box since December 2015 and have been incredibly impressed.  Not only are there products that I’ve wanted to try but products/brands I didn’t know existed and are so good.  Also, love the glamourous eco-chic boxes they come in and the bag for September month.   I use these boxes to store my make-up, journals/cards, products and also to give as gifts with clean goodies inside.  I decided to write about all the Organic Bunny Boxes I’ve received with mini reviews (you might see a more detailed monthly review soon or for future boxes).  I know when I’m trying to decide if I want to subscribe to a box I look at previous months, so I wanted to make it easy for you to see everything offered in the Organic Bunny Box each month in one spot.  I’ve only missed the first 2 months (insert sad face here).

The pricing varies depending on what subscription you pick- for monthly subscription it is $59 and you save some money if you opt for the 3 month subscription for $167 or 6 month subscription for $330.  Click here for more details.

November 2016

November Organic Bunny Box by @organicbunny is fabulous (always)! See any favorites? . Featured in this glamorous green box: @angelfacebotanicals Antioxidant Facial Toner @osmiaorganics Rosemary Body Mousse @hanskincarecosmetics Eye Shadow in Mystery @oylnatural Exfoliating Manuka Mask @dr_brite Organic Clean Facial Cleanser @biossance The Nourisher Precious Rose Face Oil @jjscocomels Coconut Milk Caramels- Organic, non-GMO, gluten free, made without dairy . ✨No wonder #organicbunnybox is one of my top green beauty boxes✨ . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #subscriptionbox #naturalbeauty #naturalmakeup #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalproducts #naturalbeautybox #cleanliving #ecoluxury #naturalsubscriptionbox #beautybox #organicbeauty #organicskincare #organicmakeup #saferbeauty

  • Osmia Organics Rosemary Body Mousse, sample ($7):smells lovely + the texture is like whip cream mousse (I want more)
  • Han Skincare Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Mystery, full size ($13):beautiful brown and long lasting
  • Angel Face Botanicals Antioxidant Facial Toner, travel size ($10):refreshing mist
  • Dr Brite Organic Clean Facial Cleanser 1 oz. ($12)- new product, creamy liquid cleanser, light aroma
  • Biossance The Nourisher Precious Rose Facial Oil, 30 ml full size ($72):subtle rose aroma, hydrating, lovely
  • OY-L Natural Exfoliating Manuka Mask (3.5 oz  $60/~?oz $30):leaves skin soft, the color and texture is so beautiful-red with brown
  • JJ’s Sweets Cocomels Caramels samples (~$3):delicious, dairy free, organic coconut milk (disappeared quickly)

October 2016

 

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  • Au Naturalife Cosmetics Organic Lipgloss in Passion Fruit, full size ($15):pretty in pink, love their glosses.  One of my favorite and first green beauty brands that I still love and use-please see the article I contributed to Teri Miyahira Beauty Guide to Au Natural Cosmetics here for more info about their fabulous products)
  • The Wonderseed Facial Cleanser, full size ($14.95): creamy cleanser, scent a little strong for me
  • Wabi-Sabi Botanicals SAMANA Wanderer Sunstone Shimmer Elixir, Mini ($28):subtle glow+scent=must have (ran out of this way too fast, will order more when I can)
  • Eco Lips Lip Scrub Mint, full size ($9.99):soft sugar scrub, light mint, leaving soft lips
  • Torie and Howard Organic Hard Candy Meyer lemon & raspberry, full size ($3.99):yummy hard candy
  • Corawoman Organic Cotton Tampons, 1 box (~$12-15):finally found one that worked for me (not an easy task)
  • Elemental Superfood Dark Chocolate + Peanutbutter Seedbar, 1 bar (~$2.40):tasty bar

 

September 2016

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  • Goodjujula Apothecary  Soothing Candle Ointment for Stress & Headache, full size ($13.99):comes in glass and cute wooden spoon
  • Primbotanicals Flor Oscura The Note Proper Collection Perfume Oil 5ml ($42):seductive scent, gorgeous
  • Hyntbeauty Lumiere Radiance Boosting Powder 2g (~$20-30):light weight, flattering
  • Primarillypure Deodorant Lemongrass Mini ($8):Nice scent, creamy, didn’t work for me, but everyone is different and it may work for you
  • Dr. Brite Mineral Toothpaste & Mouthwash Fresh Strawberry, samples (~1$-2):Nice
  • Mable Toothbrush, full size ($10):biodegradable, self standing, sustainable, nice feeling medium bristles
  • Vapourbeauty Organic Beauty Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfection travel size (~$21):does what it claims
  • Eco lips POGO Organic Lip Balm in Iced Iced Berry, full size ($3.99):moisturizing and cute package

August 2016

 

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  • Malaya Moisturizing Body Oil Citrus & Bloom mini, 30 ml ($22.50):smells divine, leaving skin so soft
  • Elate Cosmetics Lipstick in “Wild”, full size ($19):Pink/purple vibrant shade, creamy formula/moisturizing
  • Acure Organics Resurfacing Mask, full size ($23):vegan & cruelty free, great quick mask, refreshing
  • Cocos Organics Coco Orange Coffee Scrub (~$15):if you like coffee scrubs, this is a great one.  Hello soft skin and can I have another coffee please?!?!I’m more of a tropical/flower kind of girl for scrubs but this was a nice change
  • Thao Cherimoya Rose Green Tea, full size ($12):organic, rose tea, gorgeous fragrance and taste
  • TSpheres Lavender Aromotherapy Infused Massage Balls ($25):use on my neck, works to help decrease the knots and stress
  • Laguna Herbals Tangerine Lip Balm with SPF 15, full size ($3.75):sheer and moisturizing

July 2016

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  • Matcha Ninja Matcha Iced Latte samples (~$10):convienent packets & yummy green tea
  • Laguna Herbals SPF 50 Face & Body Sunscreen, full size ($12.99):great size to keep in bag and can be used on the entire family-so good.
  • Innersense Beauty Quiet Calm Curl Control, travel size ($5-7):creamy, works for my daughter’s curly hair
  • Fitglow Beauty Mineral Blush in JOY, full size ($35):beautiful, long lasting pink with coral-love (if you follow me on IG you know I LOVE Fitglow.  Clean, gorgeous make-up and skin care with an amazing lady boss-review of all the products coming soon)
  • 100 Percent Pure Lip Carmel in Rum Nougat, full size, ($25):pink/coral highly pigmented, sweet smell & nourishing
  • Being Release Milk Bath Mini ($12): So lovely, beautiful rose/flower aroma, relaxing and left my skin soft
  • Jordan Seban Hair L’Huile oil, travel size 1oz. (~$15):fast absorbing oil, subtle nut scent

June 2016

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  • Acure Pore Minimizing Red Clay Mask, full size ($14.99):can be used 1-2 times a week (I still need to try this- I only have one face-more on that subject later)
  • Tastyface Organics Healing Serum Tamanu & Grapefruit, full size ($39):golden liquid, nourishing
  • Dr. Brite Revitalizing Mouth Rinse, travel size ($6):great for travel, minty fresh feeling (I already use the full size)
  • We Love Eyes Foaming Cleanser, full size ($20):white foam, easily takes off eye makeup (I wear eyeshadow/mascara)
  • Kvoss Bronzing Potion, full size ($42):sparkly lotion to give a light glow
  • Zuii Organic Satin Lip Color in Fresh, full size ($31.50):creamy coral/pink lip
  • Kiss Me Honey Strawberry Sweetness Lip Balm, full size ($4.99):soothing, lightly scented, no color, so the husband and daughter can use too

May 2016

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  • AnnMarie Skincare Neroli Toning Mist, travel size 1oz. (~$5):refreshing, light mist, orange blossom neroli scent
  • Au Naturale Cosmetics Shadow in Ballet, full size ($15):such a pretty soft mauve, lavender great for all skin tones (love their products and their mission #cleanbeautyrevolution you can read about it here.)
  • Puracy Natural Bug Spray, full size ($9.99):DEET free, light scent and used it on entire family in Florida with no bug bites
  • Java Skin Care Coffee Infused Hair and Body Serum, discovery size ($12):orange blossom scent, light weight oil that is great for hair and body
  • Metta Skincare Body Butter, mini (~12-$15):creamy/buttery almost mousse-like texture that melts into skin, leaving it soft and nourished with a light aroma
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Tapered Blending Brush 229, ($12):pretty pink brush, soft vegan, cruelty-free brush
  • Erin’s Faces Tinted Lip Balm in Blush, full size ($6.50):soft pink with shimmer, nourishing and subtle mint

April 2016

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  • Raw Elements USA Tinted SPF 30, full size ($17.99):convenient plastic free container, lightly tinted & moisturizing SPF
  • Osmia Organics Spot Treatment-Natural Acne Treatment with Essential Oils, full size ($22) + Black Soap sample ($5) :a little bit goes a long way, this really works on spots for me after a few days of use
  • Fitglow Beauty Vita Active Skin Care Serum sample and Vita-Active- Cleanser sample (~$10-15):I have the full-size of these and the plant based serum and cleanser work great for my skin.  The cleanser is a lovely clear soft liquid and leaves skin clean.  The Serum is bright orange and works to nourish and restore skin.
  • Flourish Natural Body Care-Rosewood Infusion + Angelica Luxurious Hand + Body Wash, full size ($19):lovely light rosewood scent, I used in the shower as a body wash.  So good and left skin soft and clean
  • Eccobellabeauty Good For You Gloss in Power, mini ($6.95):like me some pretty plum, plus mini is a great way to try before buy full size.  However, the full size has a mirror on the side for easy application-so glam!
  • Tsi-La Fleur Sauvage Organic Perfume, Mini ($48):sexy scent with neroli and jasmine, beautiful and the bottle too
  • Mundane Natural Breath Mist, full size ($8.50):yummy minty spritz.  So great to have in my bag for some fresh breath

March 2016

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  • Au Naturale Cosmetics Lipstick in IBIZA, glass jar and brush (~$35-40-did not see this particular glass jar on their site):gorgeous bright pink lipstick, highly pigmented, in glass jar and vegan lip brush (happy lips)
  • Lilofox Kalahari Eye Serum, travel size (~20-30):love the eye roller ball, great for dark circles and easy application
  • Innersense Harmonic Healing Oil, 1oz ($22):rich blend of oil, very nourishing and can be used on dry skin/scalp
  • Nuvulash now Plume Lash Enhancing Serum, full size ($95):wow, my brows and eyes saw some growth/thickening
  • David’s Toothpaste, full size ($7.95):reminds me of conventional toothpaste without all the nasty ingredients, minty fresh and leaves teeth clean
  • Beauty By Earth Bath Bomb, full size ($6.99):very relaxing and soothing, was my first bath bomb experience and kind of fun to watch the bath bomb fizz

February 2016

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  • Leahlaniskincare Kokleka Detox Mask, mini (~$15 these aren’t available on her site-hopefully one day we can buy some travel tropical goodies):powder chocolate goodness that can be mixed with water or honey or so many of Leahlaniskincare products.  So lovely.  It forms into a chocolate mousse and makes skin super soft and glow (I already own full size bottle)
  • Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave in Condition, travel (~$10):subtle earthy smell, works amazing on my curly/frizz and on my 5 year old daughter’s ringlet curls
  • Luxie Large Angled Brush 504, full size ($16):soft vegan cruelty free brushes and the pink and rose gold are so glam
  • Cate McNabb Lipgloss Poppin’ Bottles, mini sample (~$6):nourishing lip gloss (not sticky) and pretty gold brown/pink shimmer.  I like to add a little to lipstick for some sparkle
  • Green & Gorgeous Hair Dry Shampoo Grapefruit & Sweet Organic, travel size ($7.99):powder, very light scent.  A little goes a long way for me.  I put in roots of hair, especially front and no white mess to help dirty hair.
  • Cute Extras:  Organic Sucker & Valentine’s Card- so adorable-nice touch

January 2016

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  • Dr. Brite Teeth Whitening Pen Peroxide Free Green Apple, full size ($20):so good, worked for me, see results here
  • Zoe Organics Cream, full size ($18):thick, creamy, mostiurizing for the entire family
  • Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, full size ($9.99):only need a little, exfoliates, affordable, effective and lasts
  • Vapour Organic Beauty Eyeliner in Viper, full size ($20):pretty, plum with great pigment
  • Go Macro Macrobar Sunflower butter and Chocolate, full size ($2.89):yummy & organic
  • Kaianaturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Clotthes, sample of 3 (~$1.95):cloth is soft and takes of light makeup, great for traveling.  I purchased a few of these and always keep one in my bag/backpack.
  • Buckaroo Organics Soapberry Suds Laundry Detergent, travel pack of 3 (~$3-5):cleaned clothes fabulously, subtle scent and can always use travel packs (these came in handy at Disneyworld! Just because vacationing doesn’t mean I will use the conventional stuff they sale there).  I have this in full size too-works great!

December 2015

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  • Au Naturale Cosmetics Organic Cream Highlighter & Bronzer Duo Deluxe samples(~$10-20?):great pigment, long lasting and would be great for all skin tones
  • Fitglow Beauty Organic Lipstick in LOVE, full size ($26):fabulous red, moisturizing and vibrant.  I’m not usually a red lipstick person, but this changed my mind
  • Bare Bones Body Deodorant- vegan and organic Full Size ($8.99):worked great, light scent and creamy.  I like creamy deodorants
  • Malaya Organics Bath Salts Lavender & Vanilla 4 oz. (~9.50):beautiful aroma and so relaxing
  • Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Organic, Fair Trade, + 20% of proceeds goes to rescue furry friends 2.5 oz. sample, delicious coffee (I like seeing organic coffee that helps people or furry friends in sub boxes)
  • Wonderseed Nurturing Hemp Hand Cream Water Lotus, Full Size ($12.95):creamy texture
  • Tasty Face Organics Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer,Full Size 2 oz. ($33):helps make winter skin soft, minty and balm like

Can you see why The Organic Bunny Box is one of my favorite clean beauty subscription boxes and one of Thoughtfully Magazine’s Top 6?  Such a great variety of clean beauty/clean living products and fabulous value.  Some of the products I couldn’t determine the exact value, but you can see the approximate value of each product and each box was well over the $59 per month cost.  As a subscription box collector, I know that some months are going to be better than others and that is what you should except with any subscription box.  But overall, I’m always happy with this glamorous box, plus I can use everything in them.  The Organic Bunny Box would make a great Holiday/Birthday/Self care gift for someone new to clean beauty or the green beauty enthusiast.   Do you subscribe?  What was your favorite Organic Bunny Box month?  Do you want to see monthly (more detailed) reviews?  Please leave comments below.  Thank you.

XO 

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[The Organic Bunny Boxes were paid for by Green Passion Beauty, all opinions are my own]

 

 

 

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TO PINK OR NOT TO PINK?

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Photo courtesy of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

 

October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  I think it is wonderful to raise awareness/prevention education and to donate to a cause like breast cancer.  However, when brands/products contain the harmful ingredients that are actually linked to breast cancer then there is a problem.  This is why Breast Cancer Action invented the term pink washing as part of their Think Before You Pink Campaign.

Pinkwasher (noun)

A company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces with, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.

This seems crazy, that companies trying to raise money for breast cancer actually contain chemicals/ingredients that may cause cancer or been linked to cancer.  What?!?!?  If you do by the products please be aware of what harmful, possibly cancer causing ingredients might be in those products.  Breast Cancer Fund wants consumers to ask questions like:

Does this purchase put you or someone you love at risk for exposure to toxins linked to breast cancer?  What is the company doing to ensure that its products are not contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

In considering a pink ribbon purchase, does the product contain toxins or otherwise increase our risk of breast cancer?

These are great questions to ask prior to buying the product with the pink ribbon.  Just another reason why it is so important to know what ingredients are harmful and how to avoid them or make the decision that they are acceptable for you and your family.   So what can we do?  Demand safer products.  Plus, continue to check ingredients and also see resources like the October Shopping Guide by The Breast Cancer Fund that included brands/products that are safe and transparent about what is in their products (Beauty Counter, Dr. Brite, Tata Harper and more).

The Breast Cancer Fund campaign is also working to shift the focus from awareness to prevention and to stop the disease before it starts.

According to The Breast Cancer Fund, in just a generation we’ve witnessed a 40-percent increase in breast cancer, and we know that environmental factors like toxic chemical exposures have played a major role. The Breast Cancer Fund is working to eliminate our exposure to toxic chemicals linked to the disease so that fewer of us, our daughters and increasingly our sons will ever have to hear the words, “You have breast cancer.”

It would be a wonderful world if we could trust that every product on the market was safe with no toxic, cancer causing ingredients.  Especially, products with pink ribbons on them should be clean.  Until then, we need to continue to look into the ingredients and decide if the product is one that we are comfortable using for ourselves and our families.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

Resources and for more information on Breast Cancer awareness and prevention please see The Breast Cancer Fund, Campaign for Safe CosmeticsBreast Cancer Action

 

Legislation/Take Action

What can you do and how to Take Action

What can you do to ensure your products are safe to use for you and your family?

  • Education-first, educate yourself on what ingredients you should stay away from in beauty and personal care products.  Even if the product or someone says it is natural, organic, green please check the ingredient list.  I have purchased products that I thought were natural or didn’t contain toxic materials because of the claims they made and later found out their products had harmful ingredients in them.
  • Share information with your family and friends.  Just realize some people may not want to hear what you have to say.  I’ve talked to a few people that I was shocked by their responses (I won’t name any names).  I’ve heard things like “well everything can hurt you/causes cancer” or “it’s such a small amount of the ingredient it really doesn’t matter” or “I’m too old it doesn’t matter any more.”  My response?  I try to explain as much as I can but let them know it is their decision, but this is what I’m doing for me and my family.
  • Don’t buy toxic products.  There are so many safer, affordable options out there now.
    • How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world~ Vicki Robin
  • Discuss your concerns about certain products with the company/manufacturer.  Email them, ask them questions on Instagram or social media.  Hopefully, the company/manufacturer will answer your question and be transparent about what ingredients are in their products.
  • Write to your senator, legislator about your concerns.

RESOURCES & HOW TO ACT FOR CHANGE

Here are some amazing resources and companies that are spearheading the way to make our products safer.  Please click on links to find out more information:

Breast Cancer Fund:  The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.  The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics– The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics coalition, a project of the Breast Cancer Fund, works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.

Clean Beauty Revolution Au Naturale Cosmetics started the movement for the #cleanbeautyrevolution asking for stricter legislation.  Specifically, they are asking law makers to make cosmetics safe by creating the Clean Beauty Standard that will protect consumers against harsh chemicals, beginning with required ingredient transparency. This means clear and accountable labelling of all cosmetic products.  You can also read my post about it here.

EWG The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization.   The EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choice and civic action.

Made Safe is a non-profit organization that provides America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products across store aisles, from baby to personal care to household and beyond. Their goal is to change the way products are made in this country to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether.

Think Dirty is a mobile application “Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!”

These are just some of the references I use when researching ingredients/products and I will add more as the green beauty community movement continues.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

References:  Information from resources/companies from their websites, please see links above for details.

 

 

 

 

Product Reviews

KISS ME I’M NONTOXIC MAIYET & TATA HARPER

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KISS ME I’M NONTOXIC T SHIRT- MAIYET & TATA HARPER COLLOBARATION

What’s not to love about this 100% organic, T-shirt colloboration to support the Breast Cancer Fund and their project, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  This is an exclusive, limited edition Tee made in the US.

With every purchase of the limited edition T-shirt Tata Harper will donate $30 to the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, raising awareness about harmful ingredients in personal care products and advocating for legislation that protects our health.

This T-shirt is ultra soft and so adorable on.   It has a scoop neck and back making it a chic T-shirt.  I love wearing my Kiss Me I’m Non-toxic shirt with jeans, shorts or a skirt.  Who knew a T-shirt could be so sexy and with a mission to spread the word about safe products.

Below is the card that came with the T-shirt.  The front is the beautiful founder Tata Harper wearing the T-shirt and the back has information about how to get involved.

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When the limited edition shirt first came out, Tata Harper also donated an additional $1 for every post on social media featuring the shirt or Tata Harper products using #kissmeimnontoxic, up to $10,ooo.  Love it and believe me I used that hashtag as much as I could without being too annoying!

I love this shirt, the mission behind it and Tata Harper.  This luxury limited edition T-shirt is still available at Tata Harper for $85.   Hopefully, one day all of our products will be safe and not cause/contribute to cancer.  Until then I can’t wait to see more amazing collaborations to continue to spread the word about harmful ingredients and where proceeds go to advocates that are trying to protect our health, like the Breast Cancer Fund and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Xo

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty purchased this product, all opinions are my own]

Disclaimer/Disclosure, Product Reviews

JORD WOOD WATCH

JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

Hello gorgeous JORD wood watch.  Seriously, I can’t believe how beautiful this watch is.  JORD sent this watch to me to try and I’m loving it.   I forgot how much I adore wearing a watch.  JORD watches are made out of wood from around the world and from recycled furniture remnants.  My green beauty path has made me more aware of everything, from what I wear, eat, clean with, and ultimately buy.   Like this watch, it was important to me that the wood JORD used was eco-conscious and they aren’t cutting down trees to make these beauties.  Plus this is more than a watch, it is a statement piece, jewelry and a timepiece all in one.

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JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders.   They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. They value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living.   The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

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I have the Dark Sandalwood & Mint- Frankie 35 Series, which is so pretty, lightweight, easy to take on/off, and goes with everything.   The pop of mint color on the face with gold hardware gives it a feminine look against the dark wood.  Not only is the watch beautiful, it arrived in the etched wooden box and the watch was wrapped around a burlap pillow.  I really like all the details.  Everything about the watch to the packaging is luxurious.

I haven’t worn a watch for years and forgot how much I missed the feel against my wrist and seeing the movement of the hands.  I really love the quality, design, and that JORD watches are eco-friendly.

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 I like to wear my JORD wood watch loose-worn alone or with some bracelets.

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JORD FRANKIE 35 DARK SANDALWOOD AND MINT WATCH

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CONTEST

I’m so excited that I’ve teamed up with JORD for a fabulous CONTEST- The Contest winner gets a $75 e-gift code to their shop where you can pick out your own stunning watch style.  The winner will be automatically selected and emailed.  Plus everyone wins, just for entering you will receive a $20 e-gift code automatically.   This is so great because they have fabulous men’s and women’s watches that would be great gifts for that special someone or a gift for you.  Just click here to enter the contest.  The contest ends November 13, 2016.  Good luck and check out their beautiful unique eco-conscious wood watches.

XO

Green Passion Beauty

**THIS POST WAS SPONSORED BY JORD WOOD WATCHES, I received this watch from JORD WOOD WATCHES, all opinions are my own

Product Reviews

BUTTER BABES ORGANIC BODY BUTTER

BUTTER BABES ORGANIC BODY BUTTER

Hello gorgeous body butter.  I’m definitely a fan of body butters and when I saw this beauty with all the clean ingredients and eco packaging, I knew I had to get my hands on it.  This body butter is exquisite and sexy, yet is safe for the entire family.  I think of it as a creamy whipped treat for the body.

Butter Babes is raw, organic, vegan, and not tested on animals.  Their product was created with the belief that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body.   That’s why body butter is made with clean ingredients to hydrate, protect, and heal the skin. 

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Butter Babes Body Butter melts on contact, hence the name BODY BUTTER.   It soothes and hydrates my dry (Texas) skin.  A little goes a long way.  During the day I use a small amount (about the size of a dime) and rub it on my legs and arms for an extra glow.   At night I indulge in a little more for a body mask and wake up to silky soft skin. I like to scoop out the creamy thick butter with a clean spoon (usually bamboo to match the packaging – of course).  The smell is intoxicating, chocolate, sexy cocoa, not too overpowering, and yes it smells good enough to eat.  But don’t do it!  There is even a disclaimer on their website not to eat the yummy butter and enjoy responsibly!

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This is a multi-tasking body butter that Butter Babes suggest using as:

  • Daily Moisturizer
  • Before bed for a deep moisturizing body mask treatment
  • After sun bathing to heal and sooth skin
  • Tanning aid

Clean ingredients are so important.  Some products can have so many ingredients and they are difficult to decipher or pronounce.  Thankfully Butter Babes Body Butter is made with safe ingredients and there are only eight (see the list of benefits at ButterBabes):

  • Organic Cacao Butter
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Organic Mango Butter
  • Organic Golden Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Almond Butter
  • Avocado Butter
  • Aloe Butter

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I will purchase Butter Babes Body Butter again.  It’s $48 dollars and well worth it.  Right now code GREENPASSION saves you 20% -so if you want to try this dreamy clean body butter now is the time just click here.  Have you tried or want to try please tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Xo

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer- Green Passion Beauty purchased this product with a discount code by Butter Babes, all opinions are my own]

Product Reviews

Mahalo Skin Care Red My Lips Lip Tint

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Mahalo Skin Care Red My Lips is a gorgeous lip tint with plumping infusion and is for a great cause, The Red My Lips organization.  The moment I saw this beauty I knew I had to have it.  First, Mahalo Skin Care is one of my must have skin care lines and so anything made by them I must get.  Secondly, this was their first make up treat and hello beautiful red, packaging and ingredients.  Third, and most important 20% of proceeds from these luxury clean lip tint goes to the Red My Lips organization.  Seriously, everything about this is exquisite.

“Mahalo Skin Care created The Red My Lips Tint from their passion for social causes, clean beauty, and desire to give back.”

RED MY LIPS CAMPAIGN

I didn’t know about this campaign until Maryna of Mahalo Skin Care shared the Red My Lips Campaign.  Red My Lips.org is a non-profit organization who runs a global campaign in the month of April.  This is a Red Lip-wearing campaign in April where supporters join together to speak out against rape myths and victim blaming, demonstrate solidarity and support for all survivors, and raise awareness and funds.  So in April if you want to raise awareness wear Red Lipstick or this gorgeous Red Lip tint by Mahalo Skin Care, whether your a man or woman, please do.

This is an amazing organization and cause, which doesn’t get nearly enough people talking about it.  The thing is we need to join together to start the conversation because likely we all know someone or are close to someone that has been affected by sexual violence.

The RED MY LIPS Tint MAHALO Skin Care

The RED MY LIPS is a statement red, that looks so pretty on all skin types.  This is inspired by the rich velvety petals of a red rose.  You can tell all the love that goes into these beauties crafted by hand in Hawaii with moisturizing oils, natural waxes, and collagen amino acids infusion to promote a flattering red pucker.  For a full list of ingredients click here.  Not only does this tint have staying power, it is smooth and hydrating on lips and smells divine with hints of vanilla, rose and Hawaiian jasmine.  I have fair to light skin and think it looks brilliant with the balance of red and notes of orange and pink.  I feel feminine and confident in this beauty and proud to wear my Red lip tint.  Definitely sexy.

Just look at  the signature bamboo case and vegan brush.   Love the details and that it is eco-chic, refillable.  The bamboo case even has a mirror.  Pure luxury.  I must tell you that even the red box it comes in is sexy and thought provoking.   The inside of the box reminds us:

YOUR [beauty][sexuality][power] IS YOURS!

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I found that a little goes a long way and for a stronger/deeper red I just need to add more.  Mahalo Skin Care does say there might be gentle tingling from the plumping infusion of collagen amino acids-not sure if I feel this.   I’m not too keen on selfies but for a cause like this, I will proudly post and share my Red My Lips.  What about you?

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Remember to share your beautiful red lip by posting your photos and tag @mahalo.care and @redmylipsorg with #RedMyLips and #ok2share

What’s so exciting is that The Red My Lips lip tint will permanently be available in the Mahalo Skin Care shop and a percentage of sales will continue to go to RedMyLips.org.    I would highly recommend this gorgeous clean beauty.   Such a great cause and product.  I can’t wait to see your Red My Lips.  Get your Mahalo Skin Care Red My Lips Tint here.

Xo

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty purchased this product.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was received]

Legislation/Take Action

#CleanBeautyRevolution Au Naturale Cosmetics

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The #CleanBeautyRevolution is here and it’s about time.  For over 70 years the cosmetic industry has basically had limited restrictions on what ingredients, including harmful chemicals they put into our personal care products.  Au Naturale Cosmetics has been on a mission to make our products safe and we all can be part of it by signing the #CleanBeautyLobby.  Au Naturale is asking law makers to make cosmetics safe by creating a CLEAN BEAUTY STANDARD.  This Standard will protect us, the consumers, by demanding stricter legislation to monitor the cosmetic industry and clear, transparent labeling of beauty products in the United States.

Why is this so important?  Think about all the products you see on the market labeled “natural”, “organic” and “green”  that aren’t really what they say they are.  Why?  Great question- because there is not a legal definition for these terms when it comes to the cosmetic industry.  I must admit I’ve been fooled by these product labels, thinking I was buying natural safe products only to find out they had all the harmful ingredients that could be linked to health concerns.

Many people believe that if the product is out on the market, the product is safe and if labeled natural, organic or green that it truly is.  However, this is not true.  First, most would think we shouldn’t even have to worry about this, our products should just be safe period.   Second, most consumers would believe if there are certain labels on our products like organic, natural or green then they would have to meet those standards.  But, our products aren’t all safe, labels are ambiguous and the cosmetic industry is in a world all their own.

In the United States, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act(FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA), does not have authority to require companies to test their products for safety.  Also, with the exception of color additives there are only a few prohibited substances that cosmetics companies can’t use.  There are about 10 ingredients banned in the United States, where the European Union (EU) has banned more than 1,000 ingredients.

So why is the US so different from the EU in the cosmetic industry?  More to that story later, the point now is, we as consumers have the right to safe products and clear labeling.  So what can we do?

If you want safer, stricter regulations for the cosmetic industry please join the #CleanBeautyRevolution by signing Au Naturale cosmetics CLEAN BEAUTY LOBBY petition on change.org.  We can all take action by spreading the word to our family, friends, co-workers and anyone that will listen.  Also, Au Naturale Cosmetics is inviting everyone to join the Clean Beauty Revolution by spreading the word via social media using hashtags #CleanBeautyRevolution and #CleanBeautyLobby to support the movement.  Au Naturale is planning on sitting down with Congress soon, Spring 2016, so let’s all stand together and demand safer products and stricter legislation to monitor the cosmetic industry.

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So what are you waiting for?  Go sign the petition at change.org now if you haven’t already.  When I reached out to the Au Naturale Team they let me know their goal is at least 10k signatures by mid April.  Help support the #CleanBeautyRevolution and sign the #CleanBeautyLobby and share on social media.  For more details please also go to aunaturalife.com.

Let’s make a difference together.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

Xo

Green Passion Beauty

Resources

aunaturalecosmetics.com “CleanBeautyRevolution

“Myths on cosmetics safety” EWG

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Green Washing

EWG“Why this matters- Cosmetics and your health”