Best Cruelty Free Dandruff Shampoo

Okay so I know I haven’t been updating my blog, but it’s mostly because I haven’t come across anything that I truly truly love. Since I went cruelty the two products that were the most difficult to switch over to were deodorant and dandruff shampoo. I was using the Redkin dandruff shampoo for awhile, because my scalp gets super itchy and flaky. Like for real, my scalp would look like snow. I used Acure shampoo, and The WonderSeed shampoo for dry itchy scalp. Neither of these products worked for my scalp, as I still felt itchy. Now Maple Holistics sent me their product Tee Tree Shampoo. I was really curious about the product because I struggle with dandruff and an itchy scalp. To my surprise, this product is actually helping my scalp.

 

Behind the Brand: Maple Holistics

Maple Holistics is located in New Jersey, USA and established in 2001. Their products are cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, GMO-free, gluten-free, all natural, and safe for color treated hair. From their website I believe they specialize in shampoo and conditioner, but they also have oils and creams.

 

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Where do I start? Well, I’ve been using this product for over a week, and I can tell you the tee tree oil scent is super subtle compared to other tee tree shampoos. The Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo promotes hair growth, and helps scalp health. I will say I noticed like four flakes in my hair, but overall I don’t feel itchy and I noticed significant less dandruff. I was using the Acure shampoo before, and I definitely had an itchy and red scalp. The one thing I do really like about this shampoo is that it has that clean/fresh scent. My hair also feels silky and soft.

 

Maple Holistics Tee Tree Shampoo

According to the website these are the benefits:

Promotes healthy hair growth.

Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair.

Helps prevent flaking and dandruff.

Capable of soothing an irritated scalp.

Potential to naturally eradicates lice.

Leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh.

Maple Holistics: Sample program

If you aren’t sure this product is for you, but you are looking for a cleaner shampoo or conditioner product, then I would suggest you try out their sample program. You can try out one free product sample in order to find out if you like it. I always recommend trying samples of green beauty products because it is important to find out if you like it. Also I would definitely check out their Amazon website because they have over 1000 reviews, and they have an average 4.3 stars out of 5.

Maple Holistics Tee Tree Shampoo

scalp after dandruff shampoo

I would definitely recommend this product if you have dandruff, and you are looking for a cleaner alternative. If anything you can try a sample, and see if it is the right product for you. Please leave a comment if you try this product. Also make sure to follow me on Instagram.

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Green beauty product favorites for skincare and makeup

Green beauty makeup

Hi loves!! I haven’t uploaded a blog post in awhile, because I’ve been uber busy with my freelance writing business. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have more updates on beauty products. Also my favorites places to shop are The Detox Market, Whole Foods, Petit Vour, Credo, Target, and 100% Pure. These are my current makeup favorites at the moment.

Makeup favorites

Suntegrity- Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30

Jane Iredale- Glow Time Mineral BB Cream Foundation

Alima Pure Bronzer in Mauna Loa

W3ll People Mascara

Physician Formula-2-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

RMS Un cover-up concealer and foundation in #11

Luxie brush

RMS finishing powder

Tata harper very illuminating highlighter sample from The Detox Market

Antonym eyeliner in brown

 

 

green beauty skincare

Skin care favorites

These are just the creams I’m using right now, which doesn’t include my cleanser or mask.

The kypris antioxidant dew is what I use at night as a serum.

I use the 100% pure aqua boost hydrating mask when my skin is feeling dry.

The Acure eye cream is really helping my under eyes from getting dry.

 

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Green Beauty-Hynt Beauty Mascara and Duet Perfecting Concealer Review

Hello beauties! In this blog post I want to review two products from Hynt Beauty. The beauty brand is organic, and these are the first products I’ve ever purchased from this company. I really wanted to like Hynt Beauty, since I’ve heard great reviews. I didn’t care for either one of their products though. For comparisons, I have combination skin. One of the products I purchased was the Duet Perfecting concealer in light, and the mascara from Hynt Beauty. Both products were $24. I think the mission behind the brand is great, and I love the packaging. A little background on how I found out about this brand,  is  that I saw a video on YouTube from The Green Bunny. I used her discount code to make the purchase, and thank god I did. Please make sure to keep reading to find out what I thought about the products.

Hynt Beauty Mascara Review

Pros:

  • Creates gentle lashes
  • Lengthens lashes

Green beauty mascara

 

Cons:

  • Takes too many applications to actually see the product.
  • This product isn’t buildable. If you apply to much mascara it can get clumpy.
  • After two applications my lashes looked thin and long, but not enough volume.
  • I noticed some fall out throughout the day

Hynt Beauty Concealer Review

The Hynt Beauty concealer is similar to RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer/Foundation. After using the Hynt Beauty concealer, I came to the conclusion that I absolutely love RMS. Hands down it’s the best green beauty product! Anyway, to find out what I think about Hynt Beauty Perfecting concealer keep reading.

Pros

  • The color is true and it doesn’t turn orange at all.
  • Comes in a cute little recycled jar, same as the RMS.

Cons

  • It creases throughout the day
  • Throughout the day the concealer feels heavier under the eyes

 

Like I said I have combination skin, so maybe that’s why the concealer didn’t work for my skin. I tend to have oily skin on my t-zone. RMS un cover concealer/foundation is comparable to the Hynt concealer, and I love RMS. I prefer the W3LL People mascara or Lily Lolo mascara to the Hynt Beauty. Please let me know in the comments if you have tried the Hynt Beauty concealer or mascara. What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

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Recipe For Natural Deodorant-Perfect For The Summer

I’ve been utterly obsessed with CocoLavish’s deodorants. I found her through Instagram, and then I purchased her products on Etsy. But, I had a strong itch to make my own deodorant. For a long time now, I’ve noticed a lot of green beauty bloggers experimenting with DIY beauty products. Truth be told, I more of a shopper than actually making something, but I thought I would try something new. It is summer, which means time for prosecco, rosé, and of course lots of deodorant. I have used the DIY natural deodorant twice now, and I’m obsessed. Now before you ask, I did wear it to the gym, and it is super hot here in California. Need I say more?

100% Pure and Trust Fund Nail Polish

DIY Natural Deodorant

I reused a small jar that had honey in it.

1/4 cup of arrowroot powder

2 big tablespoons of organic coconut oil

1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil

20 dashes of lavender essential oil

Find out the recipe

It’s no “Secret” natural deodorant is better for your body

I don’t want to get too much into the technical stuff, but read this article about the chemicals that are in drugstore deodorants. I have been using natural deodorant for over seven months, and I’m so glad I made the switch. I’ve tried so many brands of natural deodorant that I like to stick to the Meow Meow baking soda free, and CocoLavish deodorant. I would recommend you testing products to see if your skin is sensitive like mine.

Why I used Arrowroot powder

Last year I started my cruelty free journey, and it was one of the most difficult times. The deodorants that I used gave me rashes, and then I just started using drugstore Dove deodorant again, because I didn’t want to smell and I didn’t want a rash. I found out about green beauty towards November/December 2016. After some research I read an article that said that a lot of natural deodorants/cruelty free deodorants have baking soda which gives people rashes. I first used Meow Meow Deodorant (Baking Soda Free) and I loved it. Then I got into using the CocoLavish deodorant with arrowroot powder. It was life changing. I started searching for recipes with arrowroot powder, and that’s how the idea came about to make my own deodorant.

 

I encourage you to make your own deodorant. If you also have sensitive skin, use arrowroot powder instead of baking soda. Also to find out more information about green beauty follow me on Facebook, and Instagram. Besos!

 

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Organic Lipstick-100% Pure Matte Lipstick Review

Who doesn’t love a good organic lipstick? I am excited to share that I found an excellent green beauty lipstick. Now I don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in it. 100% Pure had a promotion sale more than a month ago. So basically if you had the link and shared it on your Facebook page, then it allowed you to get a free matte lipstick and only pay the shipping ($5.99). I was super excited, since the organic lipsticks are usually $29. 100% Pure lipsticks are as pricey as sushi.

Review on 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick

The packaging describes it as “An ultra-matte, lightweight lipstick that glides on seamlessly for a soft finish while providing vibrant color from all-natural fruit pigments.

The description is 100 % accurate.

I was so surprised, and shocked that the lipstick was matte, but it didn’t feel like it stuck to my lips.

It glides really well on the lips, and of course I made sure to have clean dry lips before applying. I did notice that after about an hour the lipstick wiped away, so I would not describe this as long lasting. The smell is amazing though. I loved the fruit smell, because all the ingredients are natural. Some of the ingredients are cherry, cabernet grape, apricot, organic cocoa, shea butter, pomegrante, lavender, rosemary, and peach.

The color sandstone gres is a brown lipstick with hints of orange. It is a nude lipstick for sure. It is wearable for light or light to medium skin tones. I don’t think this would be a good color for medium or dark skin tones.

I can’t wait to try out more of 100% Pure’s lipstick collection, since I’ve heard nothing but great things.

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Review on Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream

Hello lovelies! I know I haven’t been around much to blog about green beauty. I’m been super busy with my freelance writing business and my full time job.

But I wanted to review this treasure by Jane Iredale. I’m sure you have heard of the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream.

Jane Iredale BB Cream foundation review.

Review on Jane Iredale BB Cream Foundation

My first impression is that this is definitely a full coverage mineral BB cream that gets the job done. It is super easy to blend. I’m using #5, and  it matches my skin tone perfectly. The consistency is thick for a BB cream, because based off my memory the last few BB creams I tried were watery.

This foundation has SPF 25, which is a huge plus for me now that it is summer. I really, really, really, really don’t like putting on sunblock because of the smell. Okay, to be honest I do put on sunblock when I plan on working out outside, but I don’t like wearing it when I’m going to meet someone.

 

The one thing I noticed about this foundation is that a lot goes a long way. I wouldn’t cake this foundation on necessarily, but I made sure to use it sparingly.

For my base I used Vapour Soft Focus primer, and RMS un-cover up #11 for my concealer. To blend the foundation, I used a beauty blender from Target. I would use a powder for this foundation for hot summer days. I noticed that it did slip off after a few minutes when it was hot.

Overall, this is a great full foundation for the green beauty community. I also found this at Planet Beauty, which is great, because I didn’t have to go online to find my color. I think one of the most stressful things about looking for a foundation is finding the right color.

 

 

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Green Beauty Mascara-Review Lily Lolo Mascara and W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

Hi my beauty tribe! If you follow me on Instagram then you know I recently bought the W3ll People Expressionist Mascara. I wanted to compare the Lily Lolo Mascara and the W3ll Expressionist Mascara, because they are comparable. Recently I reviewed the Lily Lolo mascara, since I bought it several weeks ago. I think there is definitely more room for the green beauty world to create a better mascara, but I do have a favorite for now. Please keep reading if you want to learn which green beauty mascara is best for you.

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara- $21.99

Pros

  • This mascara does not clump.
  • It states that it “coats even the shortest of lashes, delivering a flawless and even finish.” This mascara hands down, gets the job done by defining every eyelash.
  • It has natural jojoba oil which nourishes lashes.
  • It’s suitable for sensitive eyes.

Cons

  • I had a little bit of fall out under my eyes.
Review on W3ll People expressionist from Dermstore

Lily Lolo Mascara- $20

Pros

  • It definitely provides length and volume. At first I really liked this mascara, because of how much volume it gave my lashes.
  • When I first used the product, my lashes didn’t clump.
  • It lasts all day, and stays put.

Cons

  • It irritated my eyes throughout the day, but mostly towards the end.
  • My lashes started to clump after about a month of using this mascara. In this photo, I just pulled out the brush from the tube and you can see how clumpy the brush is.

At first I really liked the Lily Lolo mascara, mostly because it was the first green beauty mascara that gave my lashes length and volume. I didn’t like that it irritated my eyes. Overall I think I have a love/hate relationship with the Lily Lolo mascara. It’s like when you eat cake, and you tell yourself you are only going to take one bite. Then of course you take two more bites, and then before you know it you finished the cake.

The W3ll People Expressionist Mascara is good for right now. I really like that it doesn’t clump, and it grabs all of my lashes. It doesn’t irritate my eyes which is a plus.

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iHerb Haul- What Supplements Am I Taking?

Okay so I want to be honest here, because I think it is important. I recently took a blood test and an ultrasound, and I found out that I have a fatty liver. I took a blood test last year as well, and the results showed that my vitamin D was below average. I am trying to focus on losing weight to get my organs in better shape. I bought a few vitamin supplements last week online from iHerb. Surprisingly I received my order in three days. The vitamins I’m taking are suppose to help my fatty liver, and I also have to decrease my platelet count. Basically a platelet is involved in blood clotting, and I really need to decrease mine.

Vitamins I’m Taking

  • Milk Thristle
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Fish Oil
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Garlic

I know a fatty liver is very common. I don’t want to go in too much detail, but my advice is to pay attention to your body. I knew that something was up with my body, because I didn’t feel the same and that’s why I decided to take a blood test. In addition, I want to address the fact that I was eating a vegan diet for about two months, and I actually gained weight. My doctor ordered me to include meat again into my diet. I started eating a vegan diet in January and I got the blood test in March. For now, I am trying to focus on losing weight in order to repair the damage to my organs. If any of you any advice please let me know.

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Why Switching To Organic Beauty Isn’t As Hard As You Think

The main motto of this blog post is “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” If you follow a lot of bloggers, then you might find that you feel pressured to buy that new face lotion, or organic foundation. My advice is not to rush into buying organic beauty products without doing a little bit of research. Also if you’ve accumulated a bunch of beauty products throughout the years, don’t just throw it all away, unless of course it is expired. I think some people put a lot of emphasis on switching their entire makeup drawer to only cruelty free or only organic makeup. Please don’t stress yourself out about this. I think it should be a gradual process. Please keep reading if you want to know why it isn’t hard to switch to organic beauty.

Is Organic Makeup Expensive?

One misconception about organic beauty is that it is expensive. I’m like, “Girl you can spend $100 on makeup at Sephora, and all the ingredients are filled with toxins that will go into your body. But you can’t spend $100 on organic makeup that is good for your skin and your body?” Don’t get me wrong I love Sephora, and I especially love that they have some great organic beauty brands like RMS. I also believe that people think organic food is expensive and well organic makeup must be expensive too, and it only matters what I eat so I’ll just spend more money on food. Did you know you skin absorbs everything you put on it, so if you put toxic makeup on your skin it goes into your blood stream. Also the United States doesn’t ban nearly as many chemicals that are in cosmetics compared to Europe. Do some research about the toxins in your makeup. I promise that you will soon come to find out organic makeup is essential to a healthy body. One beauty blogger that has a lot of information about organic makeup is Organically Becca.

When Should I Switch To Organic Makeup?

A tip that I have is replace as you go. For instance, if you run out of concealer, do some research and then go out and buy yourself an organic concealer. Don’t go out and switch all of your organic beauty products at once, because your wallet will take a beating. Another thing is switch your face products first, lip, and eye makeup in that order. I would definitely recommend switching your concealer, foundation, or powder first. One reason is because if you look at the chemicals in your non organic foundation, you will be shocked at the ingredients in them. Also your skin is your biggest organ, so definitely reevaluate what products and ingredients you want to put on your face. Like I said “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so don’t feel pressured to switch all of your organic makeup at once. I still have two eye shadow palettes that are cruelty free, but aren’t organic. The reason is because I don’t use eye shadow often. I only use it for when I go to special occasions or when I am going out at night.

Switching to organic makeup isn’t that difficult. If you follow some of the tips I talked about you should be good to go. Remember replace as you go. If you run out of a certain beauty product, you can replace it with an organic beauty product. Also, organic makeup isn’t expensive. Right now there are so many indie beauty brands. You can even check out Etsy for homemade organic beauty products. If you can drop $100 at Sephora, you can definitely afford to buy organic makeup.



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Cruelty Free Skin Care Routine

Hello my little beauty tribe! I wanted to quickly write a review about a couple cruelty free skin care products that I’ve been using. The products are travel size, because I like to try it before buying the larger products. FYI my skin is combination. In the winter my skin does tend to be dry. Please leave a comment and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.

Nourish Organic-Lightweight Moisturizing Face Lotion Argan+Rosewater

I bought this face lotion at Target for $3.99. It has lasted a long time surprisingly. The rosewater scent is my favorite. The product says it hydrates and replenishes, evens skin tone, and moisturizes and conditions. Now, I can’t really tell if my skin tone is more even after using this product. This face lotion does feel super hydrating, and moisturizing. The scent is subtle. It makes me feel like I should be wearing a silk nightgown to bed, instead of a college sweater and plaid pajama pants. This lotion is vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free. I will be purchasing the larger lotion soon.

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I got this eye cream off the Petit Vour website for $8. I got this product in December, and I still have more than 80% of it left. Most of the time I only use a little bit for my under eyes. You should definitely try this product out because for the money it does last a long time. Also it’s coffee bean scented, I mean if you love coffee like me you will want to eat this. The product helps dark circles, and puffiness. I just started using eye cream actually because I noticed they were starting to get dry. This product helps dry under eyes a lot. I also recommend the Acure Eye Cream that comes in a purple container.

Acure Moroccan Argan Oil

This serum was about $12 I think, and I purchased it at Whole Foods. I started using a serum because my skin gets dry in the winter. The product has vitamin E, essential fatty acids, which is suppose to restore the texture and tone the skin. Acure’s oil is lightweight, and it feels great on the skin. I would recommend an oil serum to anyone, because oil is beneficial for the skin. I literally later this up on my neck and elbows too, because they tend to be dry as well. This oil is like gold, and you can use it anywhere that feels dry.

 

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