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April 2017

Product Reviews


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.


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

What the MADE SAFE Seal Means image


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

GPB Rejuva Minerals 1


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

GPB Rejuva Multi


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).

GPB Rejuva Made Safe multi

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.

Bottom Line

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.




Green Passion Beauty


Lifestyle/Eco Fashion, Subscription Boxes


GPB Back to Basics Box 1

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!!!


The Box compartment with 4 products

GPB BTB info cards

Information cards

Herbivore Blue Tansy $48

GPB BTB Blue Tansy all

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

GPB BTB TruceGPB BTB Truce ingredients

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

GPB BTB Dusting Cloths

GPB BTB Dust full

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

GPB BTB Brushing Rinse peppermint

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.

Bottom Line

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.



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]