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July 2017

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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

GPB FMA Tips 1

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!!!