Constantly destroying and then reinventing this same space. Thankful for the help and support of the friends and family who help me make my crazy dreams come true. Can’t wait to show you what’s going to be on the other side of this room soon! 😎 #makeup #what
Love at first cleanse? Super suds, super volume and my hair wasn’t in knots. I just picked this up today but I think this may be a hair win for me! Finally I’ve got some shampoo options 💁
#hair #shampoo #organicbeauty
It’s obsessive hand cream season, @weleda_usa’s Sea Buckthorn is my current fave. #brrrritscold! #skincare #greenbeauty
Thrilled to try some new-to-me products from the always awesome @acureorganics! Thanks guys! 💚💚💚
#skincare #haircare #organic #greenbeauty #acure
Hi, I have recently decided to go green in the bathroom. However, I'm on a very tight budget. Do you have any recommendations for affordable products to outfit a recent natural beauty convert (skincare & makeup alike)? Thanks! - Jenna
Hi Jenna, Thanks for your question! One of the best things about going natural is that you’ve got lots of affordable DIY options to start with! You can cleanse with honey, moisturize with grapeseed oil, and remove makeup with coconut oil. For your hair you can shampoo with baking soda, and condition with apple cider vinegar.
However, if you are looking to purchase some more complex and effective products, I always recommend Acure Organics. Their products are incredibly effective and pretty darn affordable too. I’ve also recently fallen in love with Osmia Organics, whose facial soaps last forever which brings them into the realm of budget friendly! (and honestly, no one’s products smell better!)
For makeup, Honeybee Gardens is a good and very affordable makeup brand that you can probably find in a local health food store. One of my favorite brands, Alima Pure makes some great and very reasonably priced products too!
Good luck, I hope this helps! :)
Ugh. It’s true. Cold, dry conditions are heading my way, and if google analytics is accurate (it is), they’re heading your way too. (Except for all you lucky ducks in California, you can just … enjoy your smart decision to live in a warm climate!)
I bought the Acure Organics Night Cream a couple of months ago when I found myself using serums that were wonderful, but weren’t quite hydrating enough for singular nighttime use. So I bought this to use on top, and it turned out to be a smart purchase. It has been a perfect companion and I suspect I’ll be purchasing another soon for winter. But don’t be dissuaded, it’s perfectly powerful enough on its own, and I’ve used it that way quite a bit.
It seems like forever since I’ve used a cream, so this was a nice reminder of what the world of creams has to offer: quite a lot! It absorbs immediately, and leaves my skin feeling instantly hydrated and firm. This is definitely a skin-win for the approaching winter season.
Acure Organics is a leader when it comes to cutting edge plant based ingredients, and this one is packed with luscious oils, antioxidants, argan stem cells, and chlorella growth factor. Again, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a scientist, but I have noticed a real improvement in my skin’s elasticity when I use this. Whatever Acure is doing, it’s working!
The only issue I have with this product is that I’m only 3/4 of the way through, and it’s getting difficult to get the product out of the (by the way, adorable) glass bottle. However, when looking for a link and ingredients list, I noticed that they have repackaged this cream in a tube, along with some other changes to products from their line. I’m not a big fan of plastic in general, so I was a teensy bit sad, but I can certainly see how it would solve the problem I just told you I was having. But take heart, while the tube isn’t reusable, it is still recyclable.
All in all, I haven’t met an Acure Organics product I haven’t liked. They offer great products at a great price point. (Hello, this is a whole lot of awesome for just $19.99!) I always recommend Acure to friends and family members who are looking to try out natural products for the first time. So far, so good!
UPDATE: Acure Organics saw my post and sent a very helpful response about some of their recent packaging changes, this one included. I was very happy to hear how committed they are to responsible packaging so I asked to include their response here. Here’s what they had to say:
I also wanted to address a concern that you expressed about our switch from glass bottles to plastic tubes. Weather you prefer the glass over the plastic tubes for aesthetic reasons or other wise, I wanted to give you a bit of insight into our decision. Our reasoning in every decision we make as a company is really based on one of our main missions; Acure for the planet. Our entire mission for creating the ACURE product line is making sure that our choices are based on how we can best serve the customer and the environment, as healthfully as possible.
Our plastic tubes are comprised of 70% post-consumer waste, whereas our glass bottles are from 30% post-consumer waste. Both are completely recyclable. Our movement to #4 plastic tubes was not a decision we took lightly. However, they allow allows for a more functional and thorough dispense of product. The difficulty of acquiring the last bit of product from the bottom of the glass bottle that we once used was feedback that we kept hearing from our customers. We do try to listen to customers needs and adjust to their interests whenever possible.
What’s your winter skincare plan? Do you have a favorite night time hydrator? Please share with us in the comments!
I’m so in love with OCC’S 5-free polishes but I find the brush a bit unwieldy. Am I alone in this? Is it just me being terrible at nail painting? I absolutely love their colors and the finish. Now that coconut milk has totally and utterly CURED my peeling nails, I’m determined to master this. Tips? #nails #5free #occ
I’ve been hearing about Osmia Organics from other bloggers for months and months. Maybe even longer. So what took me so long to finally make my first purchase? I have no idea, but I’m kicking myself now.
Last month I threw out a quick green blogger survey on twitter for everyone’s Osmia favorites, and the answers were all over the map. Everyone had a die hard favorite, and almost everyone’s was different! Sarah Villafranco, Physician turned maker of awesome smelling goods, isn’t known for just one great product, she’s known for having LOTS of them.
Ultimately, I chose just a couple of products to start, but the one I’m talking about today is one that I most desperately needed: a spot treatment.
I’ve come to learn this about the internet: it doesn’t like when you spew absolutes into it. A couple of months ago I participated in a green beauty skin care tag, where I answered the question: What is your favorite spot treatment? Like a jerk, I answered that I have never needed them so I hadn’t ever tried any.
So, of course, within a week or two I was getting enormous zits all over my face. Enter Osmia’s spot treatment.
How to use it:
Apply to emerging or existing blemishes 3-5 times throughout the day.
Does it work?
Yup. I noticed that redness and inflammation is visibly reduced during the first day, and even more so by day two. By day three and four things are usually on their way off of my face.
The ingredients are an impressive list powerful essential oils that are known to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation and redness. However, unlike other spot treatments, this one doesn’t dry your skin leaving a crusty, flaky spot for you to cover. If you need to wear this under makeup, you can easily do so.
A spot treatment that smells great, is all natural, makes your blemishes disappear sooner and makes them easier to cover? Yeah, you can buy it right HERE.
It seems too simple doesn’t it? This is one of those rare things that isn’t too good to be true, it really works! In fact, it works so well that Matt has started snagging it from me every once in a while. We’re both very glad it’s around. Everyone should have this in their arsenal. It just works.
You can read more about the stunning Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics here, but trust me, this won’t be the last you’ll be hearing about her and her beautiful line on this blog. I’m a new card carrying member of her growing fan club!
Oh, and if you like funny people, you should follow her on twitter, because she also happens to be pretty hilarious.
Sunday night skincare with D! Osmia’s black clay soap, a Pumpkin Cocoa Honey Mud mask from Wild Honey Apothecary and @Kahina1’s beautiful Serum. Also, this @swbasicsofbk lip balm has become a skincare routine essential. Absolutely love it!