Product Reviews

MELIORA CLEANING PRODUCTS ARE MADE SAFE

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Have you been looking for affordable, safe, laundry detergent and cleaning products?  Then look no further, Meliora Cleaning products are MADE SAFE with no known harmful ingredients and they work.

Meliora (meh-lee-OR-ah) is Latin for “better”  

Thank you Meliora for sending me the Master Bundle to try all your amazing MADE SAFE products.   Kate and Mike, the founders of Meliora, are engineers that realized there were toxic chemicals in their laundry detergent like 1,4 dioxane and wanted a safer alternative.  Kate began formulating her own laundry detergent and cleaning products with simpler ingredients and founded Meliora K, LLC in 2013.  They pride themselves in sharing all their ingredients, full disclosure people, no secrets here.  They changed their name to Meliora Cleaning Products in 2016.  Not only is it Meliora’s mission to provide us with safe ingredients in eco-friendly packaging, they are a Certified B corporation and MADE SAFE certified.

Certified B corporation means:

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

MADE SAFE Certified

I’m so happy MADE SAFE asked me if I would be willing to try MADE SAFE products every couple of months.  Meloria is the second MADE SAFE product I’ve reviewed, Rejuva Minerals was my first and you can see my post here.  Also if you want to learn more about MADE SAFE check out their website at madesafe.org and my post here.  Just look for the MADE SAFE seal like the one below:

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

The MADE SAFE seal holds a lot of meaning, it lets us know that products are made without known carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, neuron toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds and more.   This means Meliora’s products are made with safe ingredients, their product ingredients have been examined by scientists to ensure they are NOT harmful and don’t build up in the environment or our bodies.

MADE SAFE literally means a product has been made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animals, or ecosystems.

MADE SAFE helps us to:

  • Figure out what’s safe and healthy to use for our families
  • Gives companies the first-ever road map for making products with safe ingredients
  • Makes it easy for retailers to stock the safe products we want

Everything Meliora and MADE SAFE does makes me this momma so happy.  Now let’s get into the clean goods.

The Master Bundle $30.99

GPB Meliora Master Bundle 2

This Bundle Includes everything pictured above and is such a great value:  64-Load Laundry Powder, Travel Size Laundry Powder, One Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick, One All-Purpose Home Cleaner refillable glass bottle, and one 2-Refill tube of All-Purpose Home Cleaner

Laundry Powder (separatly $15.99)

GPB Meliora laundry and MADE SAFE

I’ve been using the lavender-lemon clove Laundry Powder on our clothes for a couple of months now.  It’s made from simple ingredients and easy to use, just 1/2 scoop for my HE washer.  This laundry powder works wonders on getting our clothes clean and has a very light scent.  It comes in multiple scents, including unscented, lavender, lemon and lavender-lemon clove.  All the scents are made from Organic essential oils, no fragrances.  This recyclable canister lasts a long time.   Plus the laundry powder comes in all different sizes, including the full size, travel size and refills.

GPB Meliora Laundry back of package

Made with simple ingredients and free of fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and brighteners.

Laundry Powder Travel Tube ($2.99)

GPB Meliora travel laundry

This travel tube came with the Master Bundle and can be purchased separately, if you just wanted to try out Meliora Laundry Powder or want one when traveling.  Love travel sizes, this is going with me on my next family vacation (Disney World and yes I do laundry at the happiest place on earth).

There’s enough for 2 standard loads or 4 HE:

GPB Meliora Travel tube

Soap Stick For Laundry Stain Removal ($2.99)

GPB Meliora stain stick and back of package

This Soap Stick or “Stain Eraser” like I call it, works magic to get stains off.  Like they say Pictures are worth a thousand words…

GPB Meliora cherry stain

GPB Meliora Soap Stick Cherry 3
GPB Meliora Soap Stick Cherry Clean 4

Can you believe it?  This was one of my daughter’s favorite napkins that she got her cherries on.  After she was done eating I immediately used the Soap Stick.  All I had to do was wet the fabric, rub the stick on the area and then into the wash.  I couldn’t believe how great it worked and how easy it was to use.

Made with simple ingredients:  Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water]

I also tried the Soap Stick on an older stain thanks to my IG friend Melissa @guidetowellness asking if it would work on old stains.  I remembered my favorite shirt, Clean Beauty Revolution, which I feared was ruined with a lipstick stain right in the front of the shirt.  This lipstick stain was there for a couple of months and I couldn’t fix it, until I used the Meliora Soap Stick.  Now the stain is gone!  Love this stick, a must have for me (especially when I wear white and I have a 5 year old).  Good Bye Stains!!!

GPB Meliora Stain Stick CBR 1

GPB Meliora SS CBR GPB Meliora 3

All-Purpose Home Cleaner ($7.99)

GPB Meliora All Purpose MADE SAFE

This is a refillable glass spray bottle pre-filled with All-Purpose Home Cleaner.  I just added warm water and then shaked the bottle for a little while for the flakes to dissolve.  This is unscented and can be used on hard surfaces.  They do recommend testing any stained/finished surface in an inconspicuous spot – just in case.  I like to use it on my countertops, sinks, and the bathroom.

GPB Meliora All Purpose Mixed with H20

Mixed with water

It is made with simple ingredients:  Vegetable Soap [Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Water]

The glass bottle is refillable and the Master Bundle came with a re-fill which is great for the environment and our home.

All-Purpose Soap Flakes refill ($2.99)

GPB Meliora Soap Flakes refill GPB Meliora Flakes refill

Bottom Line

Meliora Cleaning Products are so good, affordable, and they really work.  If you haven’t noticed I really love seeing the MADE SAFE seal, it makes me feel better knowing products are made without harmful ingredients.  So if you’re looking for safer home products that work, try Meliora Cleaning Products, continue reading  labels, and look for the MADE SAFE seal.

Have you tried Meliora products or any MADE SAFE products?  What did you think?

When we know better we do better

~Maya Angelou 

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

 

Subscription Boxes

FACE MASK ALCHEMY – FIRST BOX EVER

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Face Mask Alchemy

Are you a skin mask addict?  I’m obsessed with skin care and dry face masks.  If you’re a skin care connoisseur or if you’re new to face masks or green beauty then this new monthly subscription box is for you.  It’s made with the clean ingredients, affordable, and you can tell all the heart and soul that goes into everything from the creator and alchemist herself Marie.

Marie is the beauty and brains behind Face Mask Alchemy.  She is so knowledgeable and funny and did I mention smart (she’s a nurse so when she talks chemistry listen, she knows her stuff)?  What I love is she gives us all the tools to be successful with our self care ritual/discovery.  Included with every monthly subscription is a tip sheet, a list of all the ingredients, how and what products to mix with the mask, and how to apply it.  Plus Marie makes a you tube video going through the ingredients, the “why “behind the ingredients and how they work on our skin, how to use the mask, alchemy tricks/tips and you can see what the mask looks like on.  I’ve been masking for a long time now, but feel like I’m learning new information from all her wisdom (my face mask painting is getting better too).

If you’re not already following Marie, go find her now at Instagram:  @andthecolorgreen & @facemaskalchemy and her You Tube:  And the Color Green.

Face Mask Alchemy Monthly subscription $10.88

The June and July box were $12.00, however going forward, the August box will now be $10.88 for 22 grams of dry face mask.  Marie indicated on Face Mask Alchemy Instagram that she always wanted to get the subscritpion box to ten dollars and I can’t believe she has done it.  Such a steal, clean ingredients that work.

This monthly subscription box is different than other subscriptions out there (believe me I’ve been subscribed to so many, my husband would say too many) because they provide enough product to mask 3-5 times in a month so the product is gone by the time the next month’s dry face mask arrives at your door.  Love it!

Not only will all the masks be made with clean ingredients, organic when available, their packaging is eco-friendly.  Their containers are recycled post consumer resin plastic.  Plus their mailers (see pic below) and labels are made from 100% recycled materials.  A win win for us and our environment!

GPB FMA eco bag

 

Now on to the First Face Mask Alchemy Box- June

June:  Surfer Girl

GPB FMA mixed with RPB

The Surfer Girl was the first dry face mask for Face Mask Alchemy.  So fitting for the ultimate surfer girl herself (I’m talking about Marie).  It was handmade in Maui with clean ingredients like:

  • sea clay
  • organic coconut milk powder
  • acacia fiber
  • 2.5% organic tapioca maltodetrin
  • organic hibiscus powder
  • organic aloe gel powder
  • organic none fruit powder

GPB FMA 2

The subscription box includes the information card and tips and recipes see pics below.

GPB FMA info card

Face Mask Alchemy (FMA) Information Card

GPB FMA Recipes SG

FMA Recipes

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FMA Tips

FMA recommends to always do a patch test first to make sure you’re not sensitive to the ingredients. The information and tip/recipe sheets give detailed directions.

The first time I used Surfer Girl I mixed 2 teaspoons of the dry mask in my shell masking bowl (of course) with 2-3 teaspoons of water.  I used my brush to easily apply the mask.  I left it on for about 20 minutes while misting with a facial mist to keep the mask from getting dry.  As you can see from the pictures below, the mask has a red color from the hibiscus and a tropical vibe.  It left my skin feeling so clean, soft and smooth.   So good!

GPB FMA me

The next week I followed Face Alchemy Recipe for parched or sensitive skin (hmm…mature):  I mixed 2 teaspoons of Surfer Girl with 2 teaspoons of water and then 3-4 drops of Honua Skincare Beauty Oil.  This mask can be mixed with any favorite face oil.  After washing off the mask with warm water, my skin felt lightly exfoliated.  It left my skin soft, smooth and with a pretty glow.

GPB FMA me 2

Can you tell every time I use Face Mask Alchemy I’m feeling the tropical vibe?  Which flower will I wear next time?  What will I mix it with next?  Alchemy is so much fun and wearing flowers.

Face Mask Alchemy Masking Kit $18.00 sold separately (right now it is out of stock-maybe FMA will make more?)

Aloha @facemaskalchemy Masking Kit I can't wait to use these with the new monthly subscription box Face Mask Alchemy by the lovely and knowledgeable Marie @andthecolorgreen . The shell masking bowl just feels so right for all the masking treats coming soon (I just don't know if I can use these with masks by other brands right now- would that be considered face mask cheating?!?) . The kit includes: The handmade white shell masking bowl -so pretty Black bamboo spoon- always great to use a spoon to scoop & mix products Masking brush- love using brushes to apply face masks more evenly (always using my mask painting skills) Fine Mist Spritzer 0.35 ml . . Happy Monday and Happy Masking . . . #greenbeauty #greenliving #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #maskaddict #maskitmonday #naturalblog #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautybox #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #naturalmask #cleanliving #cleanbeauty #facemaskalchemy #diyfacemasks #subscriptionbox #bbloggers #skincareritual #skincarekit

The minute I saw this beautiful tropical inspired masking kit, I knew I had to have it for my masking ritual, especially when using Face Mask Alchemy masks.  There is just something about the shell bowl and brush that brings masking to a whole new level for me.

The set includes:

  • a beautiful white shell masking bowl-loving it
  • black bamboo spoon- for scooping and mixing products
  • masking brush- helps apply masks more evenly and feels like a spa treatment
  • 0.35 ml fine mist spritz bottle- to prevent mask from drying

Bottom Line

I know that this was the first month, but I am so impressed.  I love FMA’s concept-a new mask every month.  Plus all the tips and tricks Marie provides us with in the subscription, on the Face Mask Alchemy site, and her You Tube videos.  She’s real (not offering miracle masks, but masks that work) and tells us what the mask can do for us by breaking down the ingredients so we can understand how it works and the reasoning behind every ingredient she uses in her masks.  Plus the eco-freindly packaging, labeling.  Most of all the mask works and is affordable luxury.  I would definitely recommend this subscription box!   I can’t wait for next month, and the next month, and can’t wait to see all the future boxes from Face Mask Alchemy.

Are you subscribed?  If not you can subscribe here.  Until next month, Happy Masking and Face Mask Alchemy!!!

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

 

“Self-care ritual meets subscription box”

~Face Mask Alchemy

[Disclaimer:  GPB was given this mask for review purposes (and pure enjoyment), GPB purchased the Face Mask Alchemy Masking Kit, all opinions are my own]

Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Product Reviews, Subscription Boxes

BACK TO BASICS BOX-MAY

Another great variety of green beauty and eco- home/lifestyle products in the May @backtobasicsbox . Are you subscribed? See any favorites? . This month the Eco Chic Chica box included: @theoptimistco Room & Air Spray in Lavender can always use room sprays especially made with safe ingredients- distilled water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic castile soap & pure lavender essential oils. @herbivorebotanicals Pink Clay Soap & Soap tray- this soap can be used on both face & body @gandgorganics Organic Dry Shampoo & Organic Dry Shampoo Powder Brush Travel Size in Lavender & Bergamot- I've tried the dry shampoo before and works great but can't wait to use with the brush @essentialoxygen Essential Oxygen Hydrogen Peroxide - multi- use disinfectant . This monthly box is such a great way to green up your life and home for $29.99 + shipping! . Happy Monday!!! . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenbeautymovement #greenpassionbeauty #organicbeauty #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #naturalbeautybox #subscriptionbox #backtobasicsbox #peaceouttoxins #ecohome #greenbeautybox #ecoliving #ecobeauty #cleanliving #cleanbeautybox #greenliving #ecochicbox #ecochic

Back to Basics

I look forward to receiving my Back to Basics Box every month.  It is one of my favorite eco subscription boxes.  With all the amazing green beauty boxes out there, this one is different because it has both green beauty and eco-home.  So good.  I’ve been subscribed to this box for a few months now.  The cost is $29.99 for the Eco Chic Chica plus shipping and there are other subscriptions for Household Combo and Go Green Gent read more about them here, plus see my reviews of the March and April boxes.

Not only are the products great, Ashleigh, the founder tests all the products out and gives information cards with each product about why the conventional products can contain potential harmful ingredients called “The Other Junk”.  She compares the alternative safer product to “The Other Junk”.  Super helpful for everyone, whether new to cleaner living or just trying to find some new safer effective products.

Now lets get into the details [Hint…the May box was fabulous as usual]

The OPTIMIST Room & Air Spray $6.50

GPB BTB Optimist May

 

Smells so good, light floral aroma and works to fight odor (hello- I have a 5 year old and two little doggies).  I used this everywhere in my house.  Rooms, bathroom, laundry room, even on couches.  As always, The OPTIMIST uses simple, clean ingredients:  distilled water; organic apple cider vinegar; organic castile soap; and pure lavender essential oil.

I’ve had the opportunity to try a few products from The OPTIMIST now thanks to Back to Basics Box (please keep them coming) and I’m so impressed with everything- so affordable and works.  They stay true to ingredients we can recognize, plus no parabens, no phthalates, and no synthetic fragrances.  Makes this momma happy I don’t have to worry about my daughter being in the same room when cleaning.

Green & Gorgeous Organic Dry Shampoo Travel Size $7.99 & Organic Dry Shampoo Powder Brush-Travel Size $4.99

GPB BTB Organic Dry 1

Lavender & Bergamont Organic Dry Shampoo- this travel size dry shampoo is so great for dirty hair.  A little goes a long way to make the grease disappear.  I like applying with the cruelty-free bamboo handled brush.  The brush makes it easier to blend in and less mess.  The dry shampoo has a light scent and blends in with my blonde hair.  It is vegan, organic, sulfate and fragrance free.  I really like travel sizes when it comes to dry shampoos and this one comes in this scent plus they have Grapefruit + Sweet Orange and one for Dark Brown + Oily Hair, to learn more check out their shop.

 

GPB BTB Organic Dry 2

 

Essential Oxygen Hydrogen Peroxide $6.39

 

GPB BTB Hydrogen P

This is a multi-use disinfectant.  It is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.  It can be used for so many things like: first aid; household services; laundry whitener; plants, pets; baby gear; and food wash.  I like to use mine to get my bathroom sinks and shower an extra clean.  Plus there is no strong odor, it really doesn’t leave any odor.

Herbivore Pink Clay Soap $12 & Soap Tray ~$5-10

GPB Back to Basics Herbivore Pink

This is a very gentle pink clay soap that can be used everywhere.  I use it to wash my face, body, hands.  The soap makes a great lather and feels so soft and clean without a stripping feeling.  I adore bars of soap, especially when they are luxurious like this one.  Plus it is pink, made from clean ingredients and makes me feel pampered.  Such a pretty combination with the wood soap tray.

Bottom Line

The May Back to Basics Box was a win for me.  I enjoyed using everything in the box (as always), but my fave finds were The OPTIMIST Room & Air Spray and The Herbivore Pink Clay soap.  If you’re looking for a great box with eco home/lifestyle and green beauty this is the one I would suggest.  Affordable, quality products with Ashleigh’s research and explanations of why these products are safer than “The Other Junk”!  Back to Basics help us switch out toxic products one box at a time.

Are you subscribed?  What was your favorite product in the May box?

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

#PEACEOUTTOXINS

~Asleigh Frager

 

Even the most beautiful things can be toxic

~Jodi Picoult

 

[Disclaimer:  GPB paid for this box, all opinions are my own.]

 

 

Product Reviews

RACHEL’S PLAN BEE- YOU HAD ME AT COCONUT

You had me at coconut @rachelsplanbee Coconut Beach Body Oil & Mini with shimmer✨! . I adore body oils and Rachel's body oils are so good- they are moisturizing, not greasy, absorb quickly, made with safe ingredients & smell incredible. This Coconut Beach Body Oil is new for summer with such a beautiful scent of coconut plus a little floral. These have me dreaming of a tropical vacation. . Plus my family is always reaching for her lip balms. They are made with organic shea butter, organic apricot kernel oil and organic coconut oil- so soothing! . Have you tried any of these? What's your favorite? . Thanks for the reminder Rachel- "Slow down. Nurture your body. Celebrate the little things." . . . #greenbeauty #greenbeautyblogger #greenbeautybloggers #greenpassionbeauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyblogger #naturalbeautybloggers #bblogger #organicbeautyblogger #organicbeautybloggers #saferbeautyproducts #saferbodyproducts #saferproductsadvocate #cleanliving #rachelsplanbee #coconut #coconutbodyoil

Rachel’s Plan Bee

If you know me, you know that I adore Rachel’s Plan Bee and their founder Rachel.  So give me coconut and Rachel’s Plan Bee and I am truly happy.  I haven’t met Rachel in person (yet) but there is something so thoughtful about her and the beautiful safe products she makes.   Plus this amazing woman started creating skincare products in her kitchen in 2001 for her son with special needs.  You can really tell all the heart she puts into everything.

Rachel’s Plan Bee has so many effective, luscious, incredible scented, affordable products for the entire family.  I think I’ve almost tried everything and have so many favorites, like their Body Butter which my daughter and I can’t be without when they make it (seasonal only-more on those in another post).  Check out her shop here for more details on all the natural products she carries.

Every package she sends comes like a present, pretty flowers everywhere and recyclable packaging, samples, plus little reminders from Rachel like this one:

Slow down.

Nurture your body.

Celebrate the little things.

Now onto the coconut goodness.

Coconut Beach Body Oil $32

GPB RPB Coconut beach body oil

Hello coconut beach body oil.  I went through my beautiful glass bottle way too quick.  If you like coconut this body oil is a must-have. It has a beautiful coconut and floral scent.  A few pumps of body oil after getting out of the shower helps hydrate skin.  This makes my skin look super soft, silky and smooth.  Great all year round (at least for this coconut mama), especially for summer vibes.  The body oil is lightweight, without a greasy feel.  Seriously helps nourish the skin.  I also like to add a few drops to my bath when I need some extra sexy skin.

Coconut Beach Body Oil Ingredients:

GPB RPB ingredients oil

GPB RPB 2

 

Coconut Shimmering Mini Body Oil $10

GPB RPB shimmer

The mini also smells of tropical goodness and gives skin a silky smooth feel with a subtle shimmer.  I like to apply it right after getting out of the shower or bath to damp skin or in the morning when I want an extra glow.  It leaves skin silky smooth,  radiant, and adds a healthy glow.  So lovely for summer.  The bottle must be shaken up to get all the shimmer in the oil.  This is a definite summer must for me.  Reminds me of a tropical beach.  This mini shimmering body oil comes in a few delicious scents like:

  • Original-citrus and vanilla
  • Jasmine -a citrus, vanilla, moroccan rose beautiful scent that was a collaboration with beauty blogger kimberlyloc.com (I’ve tried the Jasmine oil before and it is divine, just haven’t tried the shimmer yet)

These can also be used on ends of hair.  Must be used within 6 months.  I hope to see you next year Rachel’s Shimmer Goddesses!

Ingredients:

Coconut Beach Shimmering Body Oil: apricot kernel oil*, sunflower seed oil*, meadowfoam seed oil, grapeseed oil, tocopherol (mixed)**, cranberry seed oil*, cocos nucifera fruit extract, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, vanilla planifolia, anthemis nobilis (chamomile Roman) flower oil*, mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide *certified organic **non-gmo

GPB RPB SHimmer shell

Bottom Line

If you know me, you know I love me some COCONUT everything.  Rachel’s Plan Bee is no exception, her Coconut Body Oil and Shimmer transport me to summer with the smell of coconut and fruit plus the shimmer.  Not only are her products amazing, they are made with clean ingredients, and there is something about Rachel.  I just got my full size Coconut Shimmer and mini Original Shimmer.  Hope they all come back next summer too.  Have you tried any of Rachel’s Plan Bee body oils, shimmers?   Get your shimmer on here.

~XO

Cynthia

Green Passion Beauty

Sometimes we need a little SHIMMER!!!

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

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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.

GPB GFN ingredients

GPB Goods from Nature Oil 2

GPB Bottom Line

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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