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April 2018

Product Reviews, Subscription Box Review, Subscription Boxes

PETIT VOUR MARCH 2018

Petit Vour

The March Petit Vour box does it again.  Full of Spring goodies for $18 a month or as low as $15 a month with a yearly membership.  Every box is expertly curated and free from animal testing, animal ingredients and harmful toxins.

Petit Vour “peh-tee-vohr”

“Is a Frenglish word derived from French confectionary “petit four.”  A petit vour is a small, cruelty-free luxury-non-toxic, vegan, and ethically made.  Petit Vour boxes contain a selection of such things and are curated for the modern, ethical woman.”

How it works:

  • Each box contains 4-5 cruelty free beauty products every month.  May contain travel, deluxe or full- size products
  • Typical value $45-$60 monthly
  • Each box includes a variety of products, from hair care, make-up, body and skin care
  • Curated to match personalized profile
  • Cruelty free, non-toxic products, plant based products
  • Boxes ship in batches, between the 10th-20th of the month
  • Get 400 PV pont or $4 when you rate the items from that month’s box
  • Once you try/test the products they can be purchased in the Petit Vour on-line shop
  • Every box includes an information card with details about the products featured, a beautiful picture/inspiring words, and may include discounts or free products with purchase.

Petit Vour kindly sent me this box to review.  See all my other reviews here.  So let’s get to it.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil $10/Full Size $82

This organic argan oil is so lightweight and nourishing to skin.  I love to apply it to my body and face for a nice glow and soft skin.  It absorbs quickly and not greasy. I also use a little on my hair to help tame my frizz (thank you Texas weather).

Konjac Sponge Co 100% Pure Konjac Angel Cloth $19

Have you tried a Konjac sponge yet?  If you haven’t, these are so great to use at home or for travel to clean skin with gentle exfoliation.  They last from 1 to 3 months too.

This is made from Konjac (Konnyaku) plant.  It is shaped like an angel when dry and then a soft square cloth when wet.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In-Conditioner $14/Full Size $27

This spray on leave on conditioner works great as a detangler, conditioner.  I really like to use this on my daughter’s curls in the morning to detangle her ringlets.  I just spray it on her ends and her hair is so much easier to comb and fix. I also use this to detangle my hair as well as a leave in conditioner.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyes Eyeshadow Fresh, Glowing $6

This goes on smooth.  A pretty cream colored mineral eye shadow with a little sparkle.  Adds a lovely glow to corners of eyes too.  Can be used as a base shadow or on its own.

Bottom Line

Petit Vour delivers a cruelty free box of cruelty free beauty every month.  I really don’t know how they give such high quality products for under $20 a month.  Plus, points for reviewing their products to spend in their on-line boutique.   Love it.  What did you think of the March box?

If you want to subscribe please use this link here.

“You the wild flower, 

Unfurling graceful beauty,

like sunlit  petals.”

~Nathan Oldfield

[Disclaimer:  GPB received this box for review, all opinions are my own]

Product Reviews, Subscription Box Review, Subscription Boxes

GOODBEING MARCH 2018

 

Goodbeing

The March Goodbeing box is full of some great spring essentials.  Love getting this subscription box every month packed full of natural beauty and lifestyle products.  If you’re looking for a monthly subscription box where you can pick 1-2 of your own products, then let me tell you about Goodbeing.

Just choose a box type and plan, the Beauty or Lifestyle box.  The Beauty box contains all beauty, featuring body & hair care, skincare, nail color, beauty elixirs/serums, even beauty accessories and more.  The Lifestyle box includes a combination of beauty, lifestyle, wellness, supplements, superfoods and non-toxic lifestyle goods.  They have a monthly plan or pre-paid plan that saves money.

The Goodbeing Standard for the Lifestyle and Beauty box is $24.95 USD/Box or Prepaid 6 Month Plan $21.99 USD/Box ($131.95 every renewal):

  • Average value of $40-$50, varies each month and for member to member
  • Receive 4-5 items per month, full size, deluxe and samples
  • PICK your products:  you get to choose 1-2 items in your box with this subscription or you can opt to have the entire box be a surprise.
    • Love this!  This way you know you will always get at least 2 products you really wanted.

Mini Goodbeing $9.95 USD/Box or Annual Plan $8.95 USD/Box ($107.40 every renewal):

  • Average value $15-$20
  • Receive 2 items every month, either 2 travel size or a full size and deluxe size

Then fill out a detailed member profile.  This is how you get a personalized box, as well as picking your own products with the Goodbeing Standard membership.

Then use all your goodies.  Such a great way to find out what products you like.  Remember we are all different, what works for me may not work for you.  This is why subscription boxes are one of my favorite ways to test quality natural products without having to buy the full size only to find out the product isn’t for me.

Every Goodbeing box also comes with information cards with details about the products, cost and value of the products.  Plus a beautiful quote and Member Only Discounts on the other side.

This box was graciously sent to me for review as a Goodbeing Ambassador.  My March Box included:

ArtNaturals Face & Neck Cream Full Size $13:

This is a deeply hydrating, super creamy skin tightening face and neck cream.  It is formulated to tone sagging skin on face, neck, chest and décolletage (yes please).  I use about a dime-size amount on my neck and chest every day.  My skin feels so smooth since I’ve been using it.  Plus, the cream has a cucumber scent (love cucumbers).

This cream contains active, natural, and botanical ingredients that helps plump, smooth and stimulate skin like:

  • Glycolic Lactic, and Hyaluronic acids to help exfoliate as it energizes, enhanicing cell turnover to reveal healthy new skin that is visibly tighter and feels more supple
  • Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera to help return skin to its natural elasticity
  • Green Tea Extract and Licorice Oil to tone, firm and target fine lines and wrinkles + Evening Primrose and Rosehip Oils to help refine skin texture and minimize redness

This was one of my picks for this month and I’m so happy with it (I ignored my neck and chest for way to long).  It is soothing and affordable (hello- full size only $13).

Shea Radiance Black Soap Antioxidant Body Wash $5/Full Size $18:

A detoxyfying and moisturizing cleanser that leaves skin clear, smooth and supple.  Helps brighten complexion and leaves it toned.  Such a lovely gentle body wash.  Made my skin feel super soft and smooth.

With its purifying and moisturizing benefits of traditional African Black  soap and antioxidant benefits of colloidal oatmeal to create a creamy all natural body wash.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Compact Mineral Foundation $28.88/Full Size $65:

This formula is non-comedogenic, talc-free, and paraben free.  Comes in 10 different shades available.

A 5-in-1 multi-tasker (I think we all like products that can be used in so many ways, am I right?).  Can be used as:

  1. Concealer
  2. Foundation
  3. SPF (SPF 15)
  4. Setting powder
  5. Finishing powder

I like to use as a setting powder, extra SPF and buildable foundation.   I really like that it doesn’t cake and feels light on.

Shamanuti Sun Butter sample $1.50/Full Size $36:

This is a light weight, sheer UV blocking moisturizer with Vitamin B.  It absorbs into skin quickly, like a lotion, but with UV protection.  I use this on my arms, chest and face (plus a hat) to help protect my skin.

Bedrock Porefector Sample $14/Full Size $21.00

This is a concentrated spot treatment to improve tone and texture.  The texture is super creamy to help minimize pores, as well as act as a spot treatment for blemishes.  Thankfully, my skin hasn’t had any break outs, but will try this when some pop up (I probably jinxed myself!?!).  I like to use this on my nose to help decrease pores and give it an even texture under my makeup. A little goes a long way with this white cream.

Contains rosehip oil, arrowroot tapioca, tea tree oil and clary sage to reduce redness and minimize imperfections without stripping or drying skin.

Bottom Line

Every month the Goodbeing box delivers a great variety of natural products.  Plus, picking out 2 products makes me so happy.  Are you subscribed?  What did you get this month?

If you want to subscribe use my affiliate link here for a BONUS item.

“You are a unique collection of cells and energy that will never again be recreated on this planet earth.  In that way alone, you are worthy.”

~ Jacob Geers

[Disclaimer: GPB received as a Goodbeing Ambassador, all opinions are my own]

MADE SAFE, Product Reviews

RANAVAT BOTANICS AND MADE SAFE CERTIFIED

Ranavat Botanics

Let me introduce you to a daily luxury ritual with Ranavat Botanics.  They create luxurious, hand-crafted, high performance botanical skin care inspired by India’s lavish royals and they have MADE SAFE products.  With product names like Mighty Majesty, Kiss of Royal Tea, Flawless Veil, Eternal Reign, one can’t help but feel regal.

I was so excited when MADE SAFE reached out to me to try Ranavat Botanics.  As a MADE SAFE ambassador using safer products is a priority for me and my family.

Ranavat Botanics was established in 2017 by Michelle Ranavat, a mom with a background in quality as an engineer.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle at The Indie Beauty Expo at Neiman Marcus in Dallas.  I was able to talk to her about her botanical treasures.  So exciting to see Indie Beauty at mainstream stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.


Michelle’s desire:

“To make you feel special is what drives me around the world in search of a botanical that is worthy of your skin”

Ranavat Botanics is inspired by beauty rituals exclusive to Indian royalty.  The products are infused with ancient laws of Ayurveda, these rich formulas have been passed down through generations of mothers and daughters and from Michelle to us.

“By taking a modern interpretation of the ancient science of Ayurveda, and using certified organic ingredients, we unveil age-old beauty secrets from India’s rich history to bring you:  Your Royal Ritual”

These are all hand crafted in Michelle’s Los Angeles studio.  She uses only the finest active botanicals harvested across the foothills of Himalayas to the New Zealand countryside.

Not only are they cruelty-free and part of the Leaping Bunny Program, every product is made with high standards for ingredient quality, each product is certified by either MADE SAFE or USDA.  This is so important to ensure that their products are made with safe clean ingredients.

MADE SAFE Certified

I’m honored to be a MADE SAFE ambassador, where I try MADE SAFE products and share my thoughts about these products.  When I’m researching new products I always try to find MADE SAFE products first because I know if they have the MADE SAFE seal on them they are made without all those potentially harmful ingredients.  Just look for the MADE SAFE seal like the one below:

Photo credit ww.madesafe.org

Photo credit www.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 Ranavat Botanics products with the MADE SAFE seal 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 means a product has been made with safe ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human, animals, or ecosystems.

MADE SAFE is an easy way to helps us:

  • 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

What MADE SAFE is doing is revolutionary.   They are providing rules for making products from a base of Made Safe Ingredients.  They have already certified hundreds of products and many more to come.  For a list of MADE SAFE products click here.  Why can’t all of our products be made safe (hopefully one day)?

To see my other MADE SAFE reviews please click here.  Plus, if you want to learn more about MADE SAFE, how a product gets the MADE SAFE seal, and up to date research then check out their website at madesafe.org and my post.

Now on to these royal products.

Masques

All three of these MADE SAFE certified travel ready single use Masques come in the Royal Masque Collective $32 or in the Travel Royal Ritual $55/ Full Size $65

  1. Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque
  2. Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque
  3. Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque

Ranavat Botanics wants us to discover our own royal ritual.  I’ve tried all three masks.  They are all so beautiful and unique and any one of these would make a lovely addition to any routine.

(1)  Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque travel size:

This organic powder is made to detoxify the skin.  Made with vitamin rich superfoods:

  • Manuka Honey Powder
  • French Green Clay
  • Betonite Clay
  • Neem Powder
  • Gotu Kola Powder
  • Moringa Leaf Powder
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Vitamin C
  • Arrow Root Powder

I mixed about 2 teaspoons of powder with water to get a silky paste.  I left it on for about 10 minutes, can be on for 10-15 minutes.  I also like to spray their Jasmine Hydrating Tonique while wearing the mask.  This mask felt creamy on and left my skin feeling clean, soft, and so smooth.

(2)  Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque:

Roses anyone?  I love rose everything, especially in my skincare products.  This beautiful mask is made with vitamin-rich ingredients like Rose Clay, Rose Petal Powder, New Zealand Munuka Honey Powder, Indian Ginseng Powder, Hibiscus Petal Powder and other ingredients to help nourish skin.

I just mixed a few teaspoons of Kiss of Royal Tea dry mask with water, (using a bamboo spoon to mix) and then applied with a mask brush.  This makes a rose colored mask (see pics below and of course I had to make a “kiss face”).  My skin felt super soft, hydrated and gave a nice glow after.  So pretty.  I think this might be my favorite (if I had to pick one)?!?!

So hydrating especially at the end of the crazy winter weather.  Can’t wait to use again.

(3)  Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque:

The Flawless Veil is made to uncover fresh skin and decrease hyper-pigmentation.  Made with Solum Fullonum (Fuller’s Earth Clay), Bentonite Clay, Manuka Honey Powder, Organic Wild Tumeric, Organic Sandalwood and Bakuchi, Saffron and other certified organic ingredients.

This mask has an earthy scent.  It makes a velvety mask, just like the other Ranavat Botanics Masques.  Gives a nice cooling sensation when on.  I left this on for about 10-15 minutes, misting my Organic Jasmine Tonique every few minutes, and then I used a warm towel to remove the mask.  My skin was left super soft and radiant after.

I really love how easy these are to use, simply add water.  Plus for an extra treatment, Ranavat Botanics suggests placing a warm towel over the masque to loosen and gently remove the dried masque (like I did above).

Organic Jasmine Tonique $40:


Say hello to hydrating Jasmine, I couldn’t stop misting myself (seriously).  The scent is so intoxicating.  Made from certified organic and steam-distilled Indian Jasmine flower, no wonder this smells so sweet.  Plus leaves skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.  Such a lovely aroma and gentle mist.

I like to spray directly on my face with the gentle mist throughout the day.  Anytime I need an extra lift or hydration.  At night I use an organic cotton pad, just a few sprays on the pad to tone and help take off the day.

The only ingredients in this beauty are USDA Certified organic steam- distilled jasmine flowers.

The Tonique is a multi-tasker too.  It can be used as a toner, masque activator or a hydrator for skin.  Love this refreshing mist.  It also comes in Organic Lavender Tonique, sounds so lovely (can’t wait to try).

Mighty Majesty Hair and Body Serum Huile Extraordinare travel size/Full Size $55:

This is a mighty majestic hair and body serum.  It smells like a jasmine garden.  Made with Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jasmine Oil and Organic Amla Extract.  I apply a few drops to the palm of my hands and smooth through my dry hair.  I helps decrease my frizz and soften my waves (thank goodness).  Adding a pretty shine.  I like to rub in the extra serum on my hands to soften my dry skin.

This is another multi-tasking product:

  • Hair:  It can be used on dry or wet hair and on the scalp by leaving on overnight
  • Body:  all over to smooth and hydrate, especially on damp skin
  • Bath:  add a few drops to soften skin and give the bath a sweet jasmine scent

Bottom Line

Ranavat Botanics is truly an exquisite line.  From their royalty inspired names, gorgeous packaging, scents, textures, and their MADE SAFE and USDA products with Indian influence.  Plus, I really like they are made with safe ingredients, how easy these are to use, yet so luxurious and affordable.

Have you tried Ranavat Botanics?  Please let me know your thoughts in comments below.

“The most magnificent thing you can wear is beautiful skin”

~Michelle Ranavat, founder Ranavat Botanics

 

[Disclaimer:  GPB received Ranavat Botanics products for review as MADE SAFE ambassador, opinions are my own]