Product Reviews

Get your glow with MAYA CHIA ILLUMINATING SERUM

GPB Maya Golden

By now you’ve probably heard about the gorgeous Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum and how much glow these beauties can give.  If not, then I will try to do these Illuminating Serums justice.  Seriously, there will be some glow when you wear these.  Let me start by saying I adore everything about Maya Chia, their products and the founder, Susanne Norwitz.  I’ve talked to Susanne on the phone a couple of times when I had questions (I was so surprised she answered the phone when I called, but she told me she wanted to be part of all of Maya Chia-just try her products and you will see), she is knowledgeable (formulating genius), gives back to the Maya people, so generous, and I can go on and on.  Should I say super fan?

The minute I saw the launch of Maya Chia’s Highlight of the Day in ‘happy hour” and “golden hour” my only issue was which one should I choose?  Thankfully, when I finally made a decision on which one, thoughtful Susanne sent me the other so I didn’t have to make a choice (thank you, thank you).  Now onto the details.

The Highlight of The Day $42

The Highlight of the Day is described as a pearlized mineral sheen suspended in an ultra lightweight, easily absorbed infusion of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals.  It is make-up with skin care ingredients that are clean, luxurious and perform.  The two shades are equally gorgeous.  Happy hour is a pink lightweight serum-let there be pink!  My first thought when I opened the bottle was “How did all the color get in there?”  It adds a shimmery pink glow to skin, not too much, not too little, just right!!!  Golden hour is a sparkling champagne color.  A light golden hue.

GPB Maya Chia swatch highlighter

Top-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

Illuminating serum is lightweight, absorbs quickly and can be applied anywhere (you heard me).  These highlighters are amazing gems, that can add a glow, life and youthful look, accentuate parts of your face, can make you look more awake-yes please. Do I prefer one over the other?  No.  It’s fun to decide which one I will wear for the day-pink or champagne?

There are many ways to use The Highlight of the Day.  First, it must be shaken up to get all those stunning colors and nutrients together.  I usually add 2- 3 drops to my foundation for an all over glow.  Then add a little more to the inner eyes, cheeks and nose if I want some serious brightening power.  I really do love adding a small amount to my inner eyes to help make me appear more awake (even before caffiene) Sometimes, when I just need to get out the door I apply The Highlight of the Day after my SPF for a youthful glow.

If you don’t wear foundation, you can wear it alone or mix it with your moisturizer or serum.  You might have to play with it a bit to find out exactly how much of a glow you want.

With the warmer weather, I also like to place the extra on my collar bones, chest, and arms.  Adds a sparkle to anywhere you place it on your body.   You really can’t mess this up (unless you poured the entire bottle on your face-maybe).  Plus the smell is a lovely subtle sweet citrus.  It is like a dose of sunshine all around.

Since I wrote my original post (but didn’t publish it) Maya Chia has come out with a new Illuminating Serum in After Hours, so even though I’m still experimenting with this beauty I will share some swatches and my first impressions.  I’m sure you already guessed how I’m feeling about it (insert bronze heart here).

After Hours

Serious golden bronze glow with @mayachiabeauty The Highlight of the Day Illuminating Serum in their newest creation "After Hours"✨I have a feeling this is going to be my go to summer make-up that's made with skin-care ingredients like their Supercritical Chia Seed Oil. It gives my fair skin a sun kissed glow☀️-summer shimmer in a bottle (without the sun). . I've been wearing their illuminating serum in golden hour (champagne) and happy hour (pink toned) for months now and I can tell you they are my favorite/must have highlighters (obsessed). They make getting ready in the morning so easy to add a gorgeous healthy glow and help me look awake! I like to mix a few drops with my foundation or wear it on it's own and apply all over my face. Sometimes I like to add a little to cheeks, eyes, lips, chest, arms, wherever I want a little extra sparkle. When I first saw the bronze color of After Hours I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, but I'm so glad I tried it because it is such a beautiful natural bronze shade. Enchanting! Can't wait to play more with this new edition! . I'm also super excited for Maya Chia's other new product The Highlight of the Day Body Illuminating Serum - Limited Edition. I've been hoping for an all over body highlighting serum. It adds a beautiful rose gold glow with an intoxicating scent of neroli & sweet orange✨ Thank you for this SusanneI can't say enough about this incredible line and founder that is so lovely! Everything Susanne makes is pure luxury! . Have you tried Maya Chia? Do you have any faves? . . Hope you're having a wonderful start to your week! . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #mayachiabeauty #mayachia #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #organicbeautyproducts #saferproductsadvocate #saferbeauty #cleanliving #ecoluxury #ecoluxurybeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #bblogger #thehighlightoftheday #beautyblogger #cleanbeauty #ecobeauty #highperformance #supercriticalchia

Now their newest release is After Hours, a gorgeous bronze color.  I must admit when I saw the pigmentation and heard some reviews that worked wonders with olive skin, I was a little nervous to order because of my fair skin.  I should have known better with the versatility of Maya Chia because it actually can work for all skin tones, including mine.  It adds  a bronze/glow where ever you want it.   I like to apply a few drops all over my face after foundation, then add a little more on cheeks and eyes.  Gives me a beach look without the sun (bronze goddess in the making).  Love it and can say a summer must have.

GPB Maya HIghlight

Top-after hours, middle-happy hour, bottom-golden hour

GPB Maya all 3

Ingredients:

The Highlight of the Day uses the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from conscious growers from around the world which include:

Supercritical Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Capriylic/ Capric Triglyceride, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide,  *2% Essential Oils

*Organic Ingredients or Wildcrafted (when available)

Their highlighting serum does not have nasty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, and SLSs.

VERDICT

I could not recommend a product (actually any of their products) more than Maya Chia.  These highlighters are like make-up and skin care in a bottle, like something I’ve never tried before and would not want to be without.   Not only are the glass bottles eco-friendly, the ingredients are organic, wildcrafted, natural, and they perform.  Serious luxury for only $42.   A must-have for me to get my glow on- let there be highlight all day long.  Have you tried these highlighters?  What’s your favorite way to use them?  Which one is your favorite (not an easy question, I know)?

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Live

Love

Shimmer

Sparkle

Glow

[Disclaimer:  GPB paid for happy hour and After hours, golden hours was graciously given to GPB.   All opinions, reviews are my own.  Results may vary]

 

 

Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS- THE APRIL BOX

GPB BTB April 2017

Back to Basics

Eco-home/lifestyle and green beauty monthly subscription box-YES PLEASE.   This is one of the best eco-friendly home, clean beauty boxes out there right now that delivers full size, quality, healthy products right to your door every month.  So good!

Plus, Ashleigh Frager, the founder and curator of The Back to Basics Box is a homeopath & wellness expert that researches and tests all the products before they are part of the box.  Every product also comes with an information card with details about the product featured, why the product is safer vs. the other stuff (conventional products).  Each card also includes education about product ingredients and why it is important to stay away from toxic or nasty ingredients.   There are a few boxes to choose from, below is a list of boxes that are available:

Box Type

What You’ll Get

Household Combo $45.95 Total of 6 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products
Eco Chic Chica $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 home/cleaning products
Go Green Gent $29.99 Total of 4 products: 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products

To learn more about their boxes please see my blog post here and check out their site at The Back to Basics Box.  I’m subscribed to the Eco Chic Chica.  Now let’s look at all the eco-friendly, safer goodies that were in the April box:

Thinksport Insulates Sports Bottle 17 ounce (500 ml)  $19.99 and Thinksport Coffee Top $5.99

GPB BTB April @017 ThinkSport

I received the Insulated Sports Bottle in Mint Green (how did you know Mint Green is one of my fave colors?).  Colors varied for subscribers-they have so many shades.  The Sports Bottle is made with no BPA, BPS, lead or other biologically harmful ingredients.   This is one of my favorite items in the box, I’m using it all the time.  It can hold hot and cold drinks.  It has a removable mesh filter that keeps ice from rushing to the opening.  Such a great idea-especially for my little one so she doesn’t get all the ice when she drinks.  The Sports Bottle has gone everywhere with me-on walks, workouts, hikes and just easy to stick in my bag because it is so lightweight. The design makes it easy to hold and it keeps my water nice and cold in the Texas heat.

GPB BTB Thinksport hike

The Optimistic Bright Side Window Cleaner $6

GPB BTB Optimist bright

I’m always happy to see the Optimist’s products in a subscription box because I’ve heard so many great reviews about them in the eco-clean world and I’ve been getting a chance to try many of their products lately.  The Optimist company is committed to:

Using ingredients that are kind to the planet, our home, and our bodies

They believe

Small changes can create a significant impact

Made with simple ingredients that one can actually pronounce:  distilled water, white vinegar, essential oil blend of tea and eucalyptus.  I like how it works on glass/windows and mirrors without causing streaks and leaves a aroma of eucalyptus (not the overpowering smell that many conventional cleaning products can leave).

GPB BTB April Optimist back

Such a lovely affordable product and the glass bottle can be re-used, recycled, biodegradable and is effective.

Organic Fiji Sugar Scrub– Fragrance Free $30

GPB BTB April Fiji

GPB BTB Fiji back

This is huge jar, it has 20 ounces of scrub goodness.  Made with USDA certified organic extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil mixed with organic sugar cane for a full body exfoliation.  It can be used all over, as a scrub on face & body.  When I first went to use the scrub it was in a solid form, which is typical of cold pressed coconut.  All I had to do was place the jar under warm water and like magic the consistency changed to a soft scrub.   See pictures below:

 

GPB BTB Fiji 2

GPB BTB Fiji 3

It gives a gentle exfoliation to help smooth and hydrate skin.  Seriously makes skin feel so nourished, like a treatment for my skin.  Plus, Organic Fiji is made with fair trade ethics, organic clean ingredients, non GMO, cruelty- free , gives back to Mother Earth through Surfrider and so much more.

VERDICT

I truly enjoy using everything in this eco-home/lifestyle green beauty box.  You can tell all the heart Ashleigh puts into curating Back to Basics Boxes every month with quality brands, clean ingredients, and the value always exceeds the cost.   Are you subscribed?  See any favorite products?

XO

Cynthia 

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  This box was paid for by GPB, all opinions and reviews are my own.  Results can vary]

 

Subscription Boxes

GLOWING BEETS- year in review

 

February 2016

Glowing Beets

Are you ready to get your natural glow on with Glowing Beets monthly treats delivered right to your door?  Seriously, one of my favorites at such a great price point too.  Glowing Beets is a monthly subscription box service made to discover natural beauty products for healthy living.  I’ve been subscribed to Glowing Beets for over a year and they always have such a great variety of clean green beauty products for only $29.95 a month plus shipping.   They also have a shop where you can buy clean beauty products that were featured in their boxes.

Glowing Beets describes their subscription to include:

3-4 deluxe-sized samples or full size beauty products made with clean, non-toxic ingredients. These samples are designed for you to try (do you like the scent, the texture, performance and/or are you allergic to any of the ingredients) before committing to full size products.

Glowing Beets believes:

You don’t have to sacrifice your health in the name of beauty. We do the research to bring you clean, non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty products comprised of the finest ingredients, so you can indulge in luxurious skincare and cosmetic products without the worries of toxic chemicals.

I’ve been so impressed with Glowing Beets because they have always included full size quality green beauty brands with some deluxe samples.  Every box comes with an information card with details about the products, some special collaborations, and lots of discount offers too.  So good!

Below you will see a year in review with approximate value of all the Glowing Beets boxes I’ve received with some mini reviews.  I think subscription boxes are such a great way to try green beauty products whether you’re a green beauty devotee or newbie and trying to detox your skincare and cosmetics.  As a green beauty box collector, I like to look at as many months as I can of that box to see if the box is right for me before I subscribe.  I look for the quality/variety of products, whether they are full size or samples, cost, do I use the products, the overall value.  Remember subscription boxes can be amazing one month and the next month might not be as great.  We are all different and it is a risk one takes with mystery subscription boxes, but I think Glowing Beets is well worth it.  Now let’s get on to the goods.

May 2017

GPB GB May 17

Summer Fun Box

Gypsy Soul Organics Aroma Therapy Energize Spray- Nephew River-Full Size $19: smells like lemon, grapefruit and basil.  So refreshing!  Just spray and enjoy!

Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 (EWG 1 Rating)- Full Size $20:  Love easy to use sunscreen sticks for my daughter, can’t wait to use this for the summer

Pleni Naturals Apple + Broccoli Hair and Body Wash– Full Size $16.99:  So happy to see this wash in this month’s box.  It’s made with organic ingredients and is MADE SAFE, which means their products are created without ingredients known to harm human health or the environment (for more info, you can go to MADE SAFE.org and check out my post here)

Jersey Shore Cosmetics All Natural Tinted Simmer Balm SPF– Full Size $10:  I received the Sheer Pink, but subscribers also received Sheer Red.  These are made with natural and organic ingredients.  This hydrating sheer balm has sunscreen for the lips, so important because we often forget about protecting our lips in the sun (I know I have).

Boho Chic Macarons Lip & Cheek Tint Collection– Set of 5 colors $7.50:  The macaron collection is inspired by the city lights of Paris and macaroons the founder made as a pastry chef.  Such bright beautiful colors.

April 2017

GPB GB April 2017

Marine Bee Company Detox Masque– Full Size $48:  This detox mask contains California Wildflower honey (1/3) and clay, pumpkin & oatmeal.  10 minute mask, makes skin feel smooth with gentle exfoliation.

Marine Bee Company Lip Repair– Full Size $26:  Clear lip gloss to provide hydration to lips, not sticky.  Made with calendula, beeswax & pomegranate.

Root + Willow Lava Body Scrub- Rosewood + Honey Full Size $18:   Gentle exfoliating body scrub made with organic coconut, sweet almond and sustainable palm oils.  Left my skin feeling so soft.

Fred and Far Enamel Pin $12: part of the #selflove movement reminding us “The future is bright and so are you!”.  Their pins are so much fun and great reminders for self love!

March 2017

GPB GB March 2017

Fitglow Beauty Lipstick Full Size $24:  This is a special collaboration in the color BEET- a beautiful pink/purple.  My absolute favorite clean beauty hydrating lipstick.  Such a lovely color that can be worn by all skin tones.  I just met Anna the beauty behind the brand Fitglow Beauty at Dallas IBE and she is so knowledgeable and sweet (huge fan!!!).

Gaffer & Child Facial Cleanser Full Size $26:  A little goes a long way with this refreshing cleanser.  Smells of lavender and lemon to me.  Made with natural and organic ingredients.  Plus every purchase will assist in PETA’s groundbreaking work to stop animal abuse and suffering.

Gaffer & Child Hydrating Serum Full Size $34:  Vitamin rich moisturizing serum.

Fred and Far Enamel Pin$8- MORE LOVE (pins varied among subscribers)-this pin/greeting card celebrates love, self love, and love for others

February 2017

GPB GB Feb 2017

Rachel’s Plan Bee Body Butter Original Full Size $22:  My daughter and I love, love, love Rachel’s Body Butter.  Orange and vanilla aroma and creamy whipped goodness.  My daughter calls it “Bee Magic” because it melts on skin and smells so yummy.  Plus adore the amazing woman behind the brand.

Rachel’s Plan Bee Original Mini Body Oil $8:  Rachel’s oils are hydrating, smell delicious and leave skin super soft without greasiness.  Luxury in a bottle.

HAN Skin Care Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Rasberry Chardonnay Full Size $14 :smells like candy, goes on smooth, hydrating and not sticky.

Free Range Skincare Eye Serum Full Size $18.95:  gel that gives under eye cooling sensation

Boho Chic Cosmetics Cosmetic Bag Full Size $10:  exclusive handmade organic cotton fabric bags for glowing beets.  So pretty.  They have some beautiful designs in their shop too.  Just call me a bag lady, bring on the bags, especially organic!

January 2017

GPB GB January 2017

David’s Premium Natural Toothpaste Full Size $7.95:  minty natural toothpaste, like conventional but without all the nasty ingredients.  The metal key helps get all the toothpaste out (I feel so fancy)

Modicum Skincare Tavel Kit $65:  Great way to try new products and take on a trip.  Includes Essential Serum, Cleanser and Exfoliant in 10 mL

Scandic Botanica Rosehip Highlighter $22:  gives a dewy look and lasts a long time

Free Range Skin Care Hand Lotion- this was a bonus due to an issue with another product.  Nice and creamy without being greasy.

December 2016

GPB GB Dec 16

 

Sakari Botanicals Rosehip Tea with Calendua Flowers and Peppermint $8: made and produced by American Indians.

Fitglow Beauty Super C Cream travel size ~$30 (subscribers also received Redness Rescue Cream)- This is a light weight cream, hydrating Vitamin rich C, B & Organic Tea.  I’ve also placed one in the fridge for refreshing cool cream during hot months.  Plus received a code for discount products with Fitglow

Mean and the Girls Mentha Reviving Lip Moisturizer Full Size ~$8-10: minty and soothing

Dr. Brite Peroxide Free Teeth Whitening Pen Mint Flavored Full Size $20- this pen is amazing and worked wonders for brightening my teeth naturally without all the nasty ingredients (see my results here)

November 2016

GPB GB Dec 2017

Wabisabibotanicals AMIDA Illuminating Floral Essence Full Size $67:  This is different than other toners I’ve tried, nice and thick, almost like a serum.  So gentle and the extra step I needed to feel clean, smooth skin.  I like to apply it to my Marley Monster’s organic bamboo round.   I couldn’t believe the difference it made as a toner and hydration.  Such a beautiful treat for my skin.

Moody Sisters Whipped Lotion in Cocoa Bean Full Size $16: Decadent chocolate smell, creamy lotion leaving skin soft

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask 2 packets ~$10:  100% Certified USDA Organic

October 2016

GPB GB Oct 2016 anniver

Glowing Beets 1 year Anniversary Box- WOW- what an amazing year.

Lilofox Miami Youthful Vixen Face Nectar Maraca + Rose 10 ml/$45:  I can’t say enough good things about this brand.  Clean ingredients and soulful essences that work.  So moisturizing and soothing.

Lilofox Miami Mystec Awakening Rosemary Toning Mist Amethyst Infusion 30 ml/~$15:  Loved spritzing this beautiful earthy aroma all over.  Cooling and hydrating, so good

Prim Botanicals Mademoiselle Swell Perfume Oil Full Size $42:  gorgeous scent with citrus and floral notes, easy application roller ball.  Tropical goodness is a glass bottle that travels everywhere with me.

Jacqs Organics Hibiscus & Aloe Bath Bomb $5:  handmade with organic and natural ingredients.  Very relaxing.

Shop Knotty Special Collaboration with Glowing Beets Anniversary Bracelet ~$30: dainty rose gold with Glowing Beets’ Logo.   So pretty and feminine.

September 2016

GPB GB Oct 2016

ZAO Organic Makeup Liquid Organic Eyeliner Black Full Size $29.50

QC Naturals Karen’s Cleanser Full Size $16.50

QC Naturals Timmy’s Toner Full Size $16.50

Pur SOL Beauty Konjac Facial Sponge Full Size ~$8-10

Antonin B Paris Ceramides Enriched Desert Serum Deluxe Sample ~$20

***This box was given to one lucky winner on Instagram

August 2016

GPB GB Aug 16

 

Hyntbeauty Notoriously Nude Matte Powder Blush Full Size $28:  This is a collaboration with Green Bunny Video.  Pretty, on lasting, clean ingredients, and great for all skin tones

Apoterraskincare Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud with Rose Hip + Acai Full Size $24:  This is a scrub, mask and cleanser in one

SudSatorium Body Lotion & Tint MIDAS Full Size ~$10 (unable to locate price):   Love a little shimmer with lotion

Shop Knotty Pink Pony Bracelet $12:  beautiful bracelet/pony tail.  This is great because I seem to put my hair up at some point in the day-from bracelet to point tail- convenient.

July 2016

GPB GB July 16

Glowing Beets and Girl Gone Green Collaboration

Leahlaniskincare KOKOLEKA Ritual Desert Mask Deluxe Size ~$10:  This chocolate mask is lovely, I already own a full size so this travel/deluxe size is great for trips.  Divine treat for the skin and great to mix with serums/mists.

Joshrosebrook Firm Hold Hairspray Travel Size $15:  natural hairspray that works.  Smells great and holds.  Always happy to see Josh Rosebrook.

Marleys Monsters Organic Bamboo Rounds ~$5:  these are great to take off make-up and for toners.  Machine washable, organic and environmentally friendly.  I have an entire set and a cute little bag I wash them in I bought from Marleys Monsters

Gia Minerals Eye Shadow Full Size Sole Luna $20:  A sparkling bronze multi-tasker.  So pretty and fun to use on eyes, as eye liner and as a bronzer.

June 2016

GPB GB June 16

Previseskincare Nutrify Hyaluronic Tonic Full Size $48:  hydrating tonic in glass bottle with dropper

Previseskincare Defend Serum Full Size $48:  A pre-sun solution to help defend against sun damage

Captainblankenship Gold Waves Travel Size $14:  This is one of my favorite sea salt hair products with golden shimmer.  Hello Mermaid hair!

May 2016

GPB GB May 16

Flourish Honey Blossom Shampoo Full Size $19:  this shampoo smells amazing with honey, vanilla and floral tones.   Made my hair feel clean and soft.

Flourish Honey Blossom Conditioner Full Size $19:  clean ingredients that actually work to keep hair soft, smooth and healthy.  Plus the scent of honey, vanilla and floral is so lovely.  Can’t wait to try more for this clean beauty brand.

Biodara Traveler Set $32:  The travel set includes Luminous Cleansing Oil, Immortal Mist & Reusable Muslin Cloth

Verdict

As you can see from my year in review, Glowing Beets has an incredible curation every month with mainly full size green beauty products and the value is way over the cost of a monthly box.  This is one of the boxes that I don’t want to be without.

Do you subscribe to Glowing Beets?  I hope this helps if you were thinking about subscribing or getting Glowing Beets as a gift for someone (lucky).  Plus, use code GP10 for 10% off your first box here.

XO

Cynthia 

Green Passion Beauty

Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world.  Just look at yourself.

~Maya Angelou

[Green Passion Beauty paid for Glowing Beets Boxes, opinion and reviews are my own]

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews

MORE THAN A TOWEL-MARMARA IMPORTS

GPB M Towel 2

Are you looking for a 100% organic towel that can be used in so many different ways?  Then look no further because Marmara Imports towels can be used for hair, sport/workout, garden, kitchen, bath, beach, and even as a shawl.

Marmara Imports

Marmara Imports was so kind to send me this beautiful 100% organic cotton hand towel woven in Turkey.  This is a lot more than a towel, it is natural, eco-friendly, fairly traded towel that supports local artisans and preserves ancient traditions.  Marmara Imports was founded by two life long traveling friends, Carol and Susan, from Boston, MA that fell in love with Turkey and textiles.  The founders wanted to share the beauty of Turkey and textiles with everyone and founded Marmara Imports.  They are also partnered with Lalay their Turkish Business partner and shares founder of Lalay, Figen Subasi’s dream of opening a school to teach younger generations the art of hand looming textiles.  Their mission:

 To offer exceptional, eco-friendly, fair-trade textiles to the U.S. market and beyond. We support global artisans in their endeavor to sustain not only themselves and their families but also the ancient ways of weaving.

Marmara Imports also offers many products in their shop like: organic beach/picnic towels; table cloths; blankets; kitchen towels; napkins; pillow covers and more.   I hope to replace all my conventional products with their environmentally friendly products one day.  So let’s get to the vibrant wonderful towel they sent me.

South Beach Hand/Hair Towel $16

I received the South Beach Hand/Hair Towel in Turquoise which measures 19 X 39 inches.  This is actually really big.  Look at it spread out on my table and on my 5 year old daughter:

GPB M Towel on Table

GPB M Towel 5 with Mad

INSTRUCTIONS

GPB M Towel care

When the company gives you instructions with their product my advice to you is to read & follow them.  I’m not always the best at reading instructions before I use something, but this is a unique Turkish towel that needs a little extra before the first use to increase absorbency.  It’s pretty simple, I just soaked my towel in a big bowl of cold water for about 6 hours, followed by drip dry, then washed (with safe laundry detergent of course).

GPB M Towel 1

This towel is not only gorgeous, but a game changer for my hair.  It doesn’t pull at hair like conventional heavy towels do.  I wrap this around my hair right after getting out of the shower.  So I can wear it for a while because it truly is lightweight.  Plus, it absorbs all the water making my curly hair more manageable and healthy.  This towel is so soft, compact and light weight, it’s going on my next trip so I don’t have to be without it.

Plus, it’s so important to me that it is made with safe organic cotton, not like conventional cotton that can be taxing on the environment and involves toxin heavy insecticides spraying.

GPB M Towel 3

 

Bottom Line

As you can tell I’m so impressed with this beautiful and stylish 100% Turkish organic cotton towel.  This is a must have for my hair.  Plus with the safe organic cotton, supporting artisans and the environment it is a win win!  I can’t wait to add more of their lovely eco-friendly line to our home.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this towel from Marmara Imports, opinion and review is my own]

Product Reviews

GOODS FROM NATURE- Nourishing Body Oil

GPB GFN Body Oil

Goods From Nature

Goods From Nature was founded when Abby, the founder, was in college she started buying more natural products and thought she would try to make her own.  After making her own products and getting amazing reviews from her friends and family she took the leap and Goods From Nature was born.  Abby’s goal is to help others choose natural products instead of commercially produced products with synthetic chemicals.  Good From Nature has a variety of products in their shop, such as Hand & Body Balm, Gift Sets, Skin Healing Salve, Hydrating Botanical Mist, Sunscreen, Bug Spray, Face Oil and Organic Linen & Pillow Case Shams.  Also, you can try samples sizes of all of her natural products.  Goods From Nature wants to:

Nourish your skin and reduce your chemical load, one product at a time.

When Abby reached out to me to try her products, I told her I would be honored to try her body oil.  I adore body oils!  So let’s start looking at the Goods From Nature Body Oil.

GPB Goods from Nature

Nourishing Body Oil $30

If you know me, you know I’m always using body oils.  Definitely what my dry body needs all year round.  This body oil is so lovely with a spicy, nutty smell.  I like to use on wet skin after getting out of the shower or bath.  The oil soaks in, leaving skin smooth and hydrated without a greasy feeling.  Goods From Nature uses safer ingredients including:

  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Organic Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Unrefined Shea Butter
  • Organic Tamanu Oil
  • Organic Borage Oil
  • Organic Amaranth Oil
  • Palmarosa EO
  • Ginger Grass EO
  • Nutmeg EO
  • Clove EO
    • After researching all the ingredients I reached out to Abby about Skin Deep’s Rating of 5 for clove essential oil, she informed me that she uses a very small amount in her body oil and is safe to use as long as someone doesn’t have an allergy to it.

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This is a lovely body oil, that leaves skin feeling soft and silky, not greasy.  I can’t wait to try more products.  Have you tried any of Goods From Nature products?  I love to support indie beauty brands.  I will leave you with something Abby said about the Green Beauty Movement and I feel the same way about being a part of it:

The green indie beauty industry is growing and evolving and I am so excited to be a part of this awesome movement. And I’m deeply grateful to be able to join a community of women encouraging and supporting each other as we all make better choices for our health and our natural beauty.

Hugs & Kisses

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  GPB received This Nourishing Body Oil from Goods From Nature, all opinions are my own.  Results may vary]

Product Reviews

MADE SAFE AND REJUVA MINERALS

So excited to try @rejuvaminerals foundation, powder & concealers that are @madesafehq certified and EWG verified. Thank you for sending me these beautiful natural cosmetics. Have you tried @rejuvaminerals ? . So great these are @madesafehq certified-which means products with the seal are made with safe ingredients not known to harm human health or the environment (you can read more about the certification on my blog). Plus, they are also EWG Verified-they meet EWG's criteria for transparency, health & more. Review coming soon. . . Green beauty movement! . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #makeup #safermakeup #madesafe #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #rejuvaminerals #crueltyfree #raisethebar #betterbeauty #ewgverified #greenbeautymovement

Have you heard about Rejuva Minerals  and that they have some of their cosmetics MADE SAFE certified?  So excited to share with you what MADE SAFE certification means and Rejuva Minerals MADE SAFE products.  MADE SAFE is America’s first nontoxic seal for products we use everyday, from baby to personal care to household and beyond.  This means that Rejuva Minerals products with MADE SAFE certification has had every ingredient screened for safety, by also checking the supply chain to rule out potential contamination.  The MADE SAFE seal plays an important role in a world where so many products on the market are made with potentially toxic ingredients, even when they claim to be natural or organic (crazy, right??).  Thankfully, we can educate ourselves, read labels and now look for the MADE SAFE seal to make sure the products we’re using do not contain all those toxic ingredients in them.

MADE SAFE stands for “Made with Safe Ingredients”.  When products acquire the MADE SAFE seal you know those products are made with ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm or ecosystem harm as determined by scientifically recognized lists from around the world.  To find out more about the MADE SAFE process check out their site and also see my blog post about MADE SAFE here.

I was thrilled when I first heard of MADE SAFE because they want to change the way products are made in this country and make them healthier (me too!!!).  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could walk in a store, buy something off the shelf and know that it is safe to use?   Now we may not be able to do that yet (wishful thinking), but we can look for the MADE SAFE seal and know that product is made with safe ingredients.

MADE SAFE seal:

You might see different variations of the MADE SAFE seal on products depending on package size-see pictures below.

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http://madesafe.org/standards/science/

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When MADE SAFE asked me if I would like to try some MADE SAFE products every few months and share my thoughts on Green Passion Beauty, you better believe I jumped at the chance to help spread the word about safe products and MADE SAFE.  I’ve already tried a few other MADE SAFE products like Kosmatology and Natracare (future posts on these coming soon) and can’t wait to try more.  Now let’s get on to the beautiful, natural brand called Rejuva Minerals and the gorgeous MADE SAFE products they sent me that I’ve been using.

Rejuva Minerals

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Rejuva Minerals was founded by Brenda Hyre in 2006, as a health and wellness advocate with sensitive skin she knew that safer high quality products made without all the potential harmful ingredients was missing from the market place.  So she created Rejuva Minerals Inc. with the help of a team of chemists, make-up artists and her partner/co-founder Troy Hyre.

Not only are their products safe, effective, they carry a wide variety of Rejuva Minerals products, from skin care to cosmetics, some are MADE SAFE certified, EWG Verified, earth friendly and they’re affordable.  What more can one ask for?

Ultra Sheer Multi Task Powder 15.8 gm. Sifter Jar~$29.95

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This natural powder is definitely a multi-tasking beauty.  Seriously, this is one of my favorites.  I adore safe products that can be used for so many things, from a primer, to finish, and also as dry shampoo (yes- a dry shampoo).  The powder has a light yummy chocolate scent thanks to the cocoa.  It has a beige/pink color, but goes on sheer, giving a semi-matte finish and feels lightweight.  This goes on after my serums and moisturizer.  When I wear as a primer or finish I apply the powder all over with Rejuva Mineral’s soft High Def Buki Brush.  The brush is so silky soft and makes application of the powder effortless.  Plus, it makes my skin look and feel smooth and natural.  I also like to use as a finish, after applying my serum/moisturizer then foundation or after a work out to get that shine free look.

The Multi-task powder works as a dry shampoo too.  I add a little bit of the powder to my roots with the Rejuva Minerals Flat Top Buki Brush and it blends in great (I have shoulder length blonde/light brown hair).

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Love the natural look with the safe ingredients like Cocoa, Lauroyl Lysine (amino acid), Boron Nitride (derived from natural mineral), Certified Organic Casaba, Kaolin, Certified Organic Blueberry, Certified Organic Grape, and Certified Organic Raspberry

This can last a long time, however, there are no preservatives so Rejuva Minerals recommends replacement after one year.  Rejuva Minerals also has a trial size 1 gm Multi Task Powder for $5.99, which is great to test to make sure the product works for you or if you want a travel size on the go.  I’m taking this multi-purpose powder with me on my next trip-make-up plus dry shampoo, yes please!

Mineral Concealer Loose Powder $34.99

GPB Rejuva Minerals Concealer Loose Powder

I’ve been using the Mineral Concealer Loose Powder in Natural.  This works well with neutral, light-medium skin tones.   I use it under my eyes to cover my dark circles (probably due to lack of sleep) and for little red spots or blemishes.  I like to use the Rejuva Minerals Petit Face Brush to apply to the areas I need a little extra help.  It blends in, covers without bringing attention to the area.  Makes it look natural and skin is still breathable.  This is designed to help conceal minor blemishes, rosacea and other skin conditions.

GPB Rejuva Made Safe Concealer

Ingredients include:  Baron Nitride (derived from natural mineral), Kaolin (clay), Certified Organic Carnauba Powder, Certified Organic Blueberry and Grape, Iron Oxides

This also comes in a trial/travel size 1 gm. Natural Concealer for $5.99 and for warm, light-medium skin tones in Golden Sand.

Natural Look Pressed Foundation Trial Size $10.99

GPB Rejuva Pressed Foundation

 

I received the shades Nude, Sand and Glow to figure out what color works best for my light skin.  These are eco-friendly, biodegradable compacts that fit easily in my bag.  Love the silky smooth, natural finish it provides.  I do have to make sure that I have my serum and moisturizer on before applying this to my dry skin.  The pressed foundation is buildable.  For a light coverage I use the Buki Brush to apply the pressed foundation all over.  When I want more coverage I use the Rejuva Minerals Puff that comes with it.

I really like the way these make my skin look when I want more coverage.  If you know me and as I said before, love me some trial sizes to travel with or to test out what shade works best.  Rejuva Minerals also has Trial Pressed Powder where you buy two and get one free.

Make-up brushes

GPB Rejuva brushes

Top -High Def Buki, Middle-Flat Top Buki, Bottom-Petit Face

I’m not a make-up expert, but know that the right tools really make a difference with make-up application.   I’ve been using the High Def BukiFlat Top BukiPetit Face brushes I received and they are fabulous.  They are vegan friendly with synthetic hair, soft bristles, manufactured exclusively for Rejuva Minerals by an environmentally sensitive USA manufacturer who supports the fight against animal testing.  Not only, are these cruelty free, the handles are made from sustainable wood.

Impression

If you can’t tell, I’m so impressed with Rejuva Minerals high quality, effective, beautiful, eco-friendly (even their boxes are made from 50% recycled material) and MADE SAFE certified products.  Not only does Rejuva Minerals take extra steps to ensure safe ingredients are in their products, they are affordable too.

Have you tried anything from Rejuva Minerals?  What should I try next?  I want to try everything now.

If you want to try Rejuva Minerals look for their travel/trial sizes and starter kits, which are helpful when you’re new to natural beauty or trying to figure out the right shade and product for your skin.

Can’t wait to see what Rejuva Minerals and MADE SAFE do in the future to make our products safe.  If ingredient safety is important to you, check out Rejuva Minerals, please continue to read labels and look for the MADE SAFE seal.

 

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

 

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Subscription Boxes

GET BACK TO BASICS- ONE BOX AT A TIME

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If you know me, you know I adore a good green beauty subscription box, however, there aren’t very many home or lifestyle boxes out there.  So when I saw Back to Basics I knew I had to try it.  Finding effective home alternatives to conventional products has been a long process and I’m still working on it.  I’m on a constant search for the right eco-home products.  Enter some help with the Back to Basics, which includes clean products for home/lifestyle plus green beauty, yes please!!!.

Back to Basics was founded by Ashleigh a homeopath and wellness expert with the intention:

To make the world aware of how the toxins that are in most consumer products can affect you…and your sister…and your babysitter…and your boss…and your dog…and well, everyone!

Ashleigh wondered why everyone was so sick from their environment and set out to bring awareness to improve health and eliminate all the toxic products that are destroying everyones wellbeing.  She’s hoping to get us back to the basics with cleaner, greener products one Back to Basics box at a time.

Back to Basics has a few monthly subscription boxes to choose from, the Eco Chic Chica, which includes carefully curated, researched and tested products by Ashleigh.  This box is $29.99 plus shipping and includes 4 products: 2 women’s beauty/body/skincare products + 2 home/cleaning products.  The second box is the Go Green Gent- a box for men with 2 men’s body/self-care products + 2 home/cleaning products for $29.99 plus shipping.   Lastly, the Household Combo with a total of 6 products: 2 women’s + 2 men’s + 2 home/cleaning products for $45.99 plus shipping.  I purchased the Eco Chic Chica box, but I might have to try out the Household Combo to get some clean products for the hubs.  Find out more about the monthly subscription boxes here.  Plus every product comes with an information card comparing the safer alternative to conventional products, pro tips, information about the ingredients and or product.  Did I mention they also have a shop to buy the products they feature in their monthly box?

Now onto my first Back to Basics box-it comes with different compartments for the products and the information cards inside.  So organized!!!

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The Box compartment with 4 products

GPB BTB info cards

Information cards

Herbivore Blue Tansy $48

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GPB RTB Blue Tansy

Look at this beautiful Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask.  This is soothing and anti-inflammatory made from blue tansy oil, fruit enzymes, and white willow bark.  This is my second jar of Blue Tansy, but it felt like the first time I tried this because it was so long ago and this time I made sure to follow Herbivore’s directions and tip card (how about that?  Following directions works!!!).   This product alone was more than the price of the box, making everything else a bonus, you know what I mean?  I used it for 3-4 days in a row (per directions), applied a thin layer with the spatula included, and kept on for about 15-20 minutes each time.   It felt cooling and a little tingle when I first applied, but then the sensation went away.  I noticed smoother skin after the initial masking and now I just use it once a week with great results.  Have you tried this mask? I can’t get over the color-so lovely and the light sweet/herbal aroma.

Truce Clean – Wood Cleaner $7.55

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This citrusy smelling wood cleaner can be used daily as a dusting spray on all types of surfaces or for a deeper clean on wood surfaces.  It’s working on all my wood furniture and it’s made with safe ingredients like Olive Oil, Essential Oils (citrus & lemon), Distilled White Vinegar, and Guar Gum.  I just had to add water to the bottle and then the spray cleaner was ready to go-simple!   It does need to be mixed up prior to using and every few minutes when using.  Overall, I really like the wood cleaner and refills are available or the bottle can be recycled when it’s gone.

 Full Circle Pulp Friction Dusting Cloths $4.99

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These are made from 100% natural plant based pulp & non-toxic dyes.  They are thick, soft, and work great to dust surfaces, including wood and electronics.  Plus they are machine washable.  These are such a great find and affordable!

Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse $4.60

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GPB BTB Rinse back of bottle

The Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse is described as part toothpaste and part mouthwash.  It is a clear liquid with a light peppermint taste.   It’s made with clean and organic ingredients to whiten teeth, for fresher breath and much more.   I like to use it as a mouthwash.  It makes my teeth feel clean and keeps them white.

So impressed with my first Back to Basics box.  It was full of clean home products I haven’t used before that are affordable and effective, plus green beauty.   If you’re looking for a combo box with green beauty and eco-home/lifestyle products Back to Basics is one of the few out there.  I can’t wait to see everything in the April box.  What did you think?  Are you subscribed?  Any products you hope to see in a future box?  Please share in comments-thank you.

XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

[Disclaimer:  Green Passion Beauty paid for shipping on this box, BTB was having a special.  All opinions are always my own.  Remember results may vary- we are all unique]

Product Reviews

Fitglow Beauty -Vita-Set Kit

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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]

Information

No More Harmful Ingredients with Made Safe Certification

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

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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Photo courtesy of www.madesafe.org

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

Photo courtesy of www.madesafe.org

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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Photo courtesy of Made Safe Facebook

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

Organic Bunny Box-hello glamorous girl with a green heart

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]