Beauty Smackdown: Dry Shampoo

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Hello, lovelies! It’s that time again. Are you ready for another “Beauty Smackdown?” Up this week is one of my favorite products: dry shampoo. I try to limit shampoos to a couple of times a week because it seems to help cut down on frizz and fly-aways, but that doesn’t mean that I want to go out with oily roots. If you have very dry, fine hair like me, you probably already know that this product is a lifesaver. So which one reigns supreme?

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1. Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

Price: ~$6.29 for 4.9oz

Fragrance: This dry shampoo has a unique scent. It’s part floral, part herbal, and very fresh. It makes me think of something minty and green.

Effectiveness: This shampoo is great. It is different than most dry shampoos because it goes on a bit damp and then dries to an invisible powder finish. The spray bottle makes it easy to use, and it doesn’t leave any white residue that is common with other dry shampoos.

Other Factors: 0% Paraben, 0% Colorant

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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2. Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo

Price: $9.95 for 2oz

Fragrance: This clay-based dry shampoo brings to mind a box of Crayola crayons. It isn’t upleasant…just very, very strange.

Effectiveness: I’d describe the effectiveness of this product as “average.” It is perfectly fine for second-day hair, but it might not be strong enough if you plan to go longer without a real shampoo. One benefit is that the squirt top bottle makes application extremely easy. The bottle is also perfectly sized for travel, and the fact that it isn’t a liquid makes it airplane friendly.

Other Factors: Non-toxic, Does not contain palm oil, sulfates, parabens, triclosan, phthalates, or propylene glycol

Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

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3. Lulu Organics Hair Powder

Price: $30.00 for 4oz

Fragrance: I love, love, love the herbal scent of this powder. For the purposes of this post I tried the lavendar and clary sage fragrance, but Lulu Organics has additional fragrances.

Effectiveness: This hair powder works pretty well. Again, I’d limit this one to second-day hair. It is a little difficult to apply, but the white residue is minimal. The fact that it is a powder also means that this container lasts FOREVER.

Other Factors: Not tested on animals, organic

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

So there you have it. 3 options to keep you smelling and looking fresh when you’re too lazy to wash your hair. I’d love to hear any of your recommendations. Leave me a comment with your favorite products.

 

 

Product Review: Carefree Acti-fresh Pantiliners

I have a hypothesis. It’s that EVERYONE enjoys getting surprises in the mail.  And I was recently fortunate enough to open my mailbox to find this:

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Yep, yep, yep.  I’ve been given the opportunity to sample free swag, and I’m sharing what I’ve learned with YOU, dear readers.  I’ll be honest, I’m not generally someone that uses pantiliners, so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the Carefree acti-fresh pantiliners.  I committed to trying them out for two weeks in the name of research.

One of the first things that I noticed was that despite being labled as “unscented,” these pantiliners do have a faint fragrance.  It isn’t strong, and it definitely isn’t upleasant (picture a nice, soft, powdery, rose scent), but it’s there.  I personally prefer the faint the scent.  And really, it is so light that it might as well be unscented.

The packaging claims that the pantiliners are so thin that “you’ll forget you’re wearing a liner.”  I’m pretty aware of all things comfort related (the “Princess and the Pea” could totally have been written about me), and I found this claim to be true. The liners are paper-thin with no prickly edges.  It’s pretty much like you’re just wearing underwear.  (If you don’t wear underwear, then this product probably isn’t for you, but no judgement here).

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Perhaps most important, I did actually find that these made me feel a bit…..*ahem*…….fresher.  These really did seem to help keep everything dry and lady-like.  I sort of know what these feminine hygiene brands mean now when they talk about “added confidence.”  I don’t know yet if I’d wear one every day, but there are several scenarios where I might just have to bring some of these along with me:

*Workouts

*Extra-long work days

*Long flights (think about it, it could be like having new underwear on a 20 hour flight, but much less awkward in those tiny bathrooms)

*Extra-hot summer days

Really, my ONLY complaint about these liners is that wearing them every day doesn’t seem very environmentally friendly. Hey Carefree…..can you fix that for me?  I’ll be first in line for the compostible version!

 

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Green Beauty

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I have a confession to make.  I have always been a bit of a hippie.  Back in junior high, I used to slather myself in patchouli oil and spend my free time picking up garbage from the neighborhood for fun.  To this day, I completely geek out over folks that raise alpacas or live in tiny homes.  I would totally vacation at a one of those communes where folks spend their days working the land, composting, and living in a yurt or whatever.

Having said that, I still live in the real world where being presentable matters.  Also…I said that I’d vacation on a commune, not live there permanently.  I enjoy my life of luxury, thankyouverymuch.

At this point, you might be asking yourself if there’s a point to all of this.  Actually, yes. The point is that back in the day, “green beauty” typically meant a very small selection of products that were difficult to find outside of organic markets and weren’t always effective.  But more and more beauty brands are wising up to the fact that many women want to limit their exposure to toxins and support companies with strong values.  This has led to a massive increase in the number of products that offer greener products without sacrificing efficacy or luxury.

Today I’m going to share some of my favorite “green” beauty products.  I won’t pretend to be a purist.  I use plenty of non-green products, but I prefer healthier options if they work as well as the less safe alternatives.  I truly believe that each product mentioned here is up to the job.

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1. The Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash – This is hands-down my new favorite product. I actually really love everything from The Honest Company, but this is my favorite. The sweet orange vanilla fragrance smells delish and this shampoo strikes the right balance when it comes to cleansing.  I find that many shampoos either strip my hair of moisture or leave me feeling greasy.  After using this one, my hair felt full and soft with less frizz than normal.  Also, I’m lazy so if I can combine shampoo and body wash in one product, I’m sold.

Free of: SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA, & most common allergens

Other notes: For each purchase the company donates to families in need, No animal testing

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2. Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant – Ok.  So natural deodorant is a bit of a touchy subject because as much as I indulge my inner hippie, I definitely don’t want to be the stinky hippie.  This deodorant does the trick.  It lacks the aluminum that makes so many traditional anti-perspirants controversial, and still keeps me stink-free.  I like that it smells like lavender and doesn’t stain my clothes.

Free of: aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, animal ingredients, artifical fragrance

Other notes: cruelty-free, no animal testing, Note: This is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant, so I approve it for everyday use…I do NOT recommend using this when you run that marathon in August.

 
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3. Dr. Bronner’s All-One Bar Soap – This is a great bar soap that as far as I can tell is about as green as you can get.  The ingredients list is super short and mostly contains various plant-based oils.  This is nice for that “squeaky clean” feeling and comes in a number of fragrances.

Free of: I don’t have a list of what’s not in this soap, but as I said…it’s mostly just a bunch of natural oils that make up the ingredients.

Other notes: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Certified, No Animal Testing, 100% Vegan, Packaging is Printed on 100% post consumer waste paper to “relieve stress on our working forests.”

 

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4. Lulu Organics Hair Powder – This hair powder is perfect for second (or third or fourth) day hair.  It isn’t a spray like most which makes it a little easier to avoid having a huge spot of white powder in one spot.  It does a decent job of soaking up excess oil and the lavender clary sage scent is nice and subtle.

Free of: Again, I don’t have a list of what it doesn’t contain, but the ingredients are pretty straightforward.  It is made of corn starch, baking soda and other natural powders and essential oils.  I’d say you’re pretty safe with this one.

Other notes: USDA and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, No Animal Testing

 
So there are 4 great products to keep you smelling fresh while saving the world.  I have a follow-up post planned that will focus on some of my favorite green makeup and perfume products as well.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear some of your recommendations.

 

 

 

Beauty Smackdown – Lip Balm Edition

Happy Easter, Everyone. Today I decided that it was a good time for another “Beauty Smackdown.” I love me some lip balm. It’s easy, mistake-proof, and you can never have too many. So without further ado!

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1. LUSH Lip Balm in Honey Trap

Texture: This balm moisturizes like a dream, but can get clumpy if you use too much. This tendency to get chunky is probably the biggest drawback of this lip balm.

Fragrance/Flavor: I LOVE the flavor of this balm. The vanilla-honey flavor reminds me of angelfood cake. Plus the fact that Lush uses natural ingredients makes me feel better about putting this yummy concoction on my lips.

Price: $7.25 for .3oz

Other Factors: Vegetarian, No Animal Testing, As a company LUSH attempts to limit unnecessary packaging and give back to the community through various charities

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 (mostly because of the chunkiness factor)

2. TokyoMilk Dark Lip Elixer in Cherry Bourbon

Texture: Nice and smooth. This one reminds me a bit of a silky petroleum jelly. Not too shiny, not too matte.

Fragrance/Flavor: These lip elixers are supposed to have more “grown-up” flavors (other options include flavors such as absinthe and clove cigarette). At first I felt like this one tasted like cherry cough syrup, but after a minute it does settle into a nice, subtle flavor. I’d definitely give the other flavors a try.

Price: $7.00 for a whopping .7oz

Other Factors: The slightly goth packaging is perfect for a girly badass.

Overall Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

3. Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Texture: Like the LUSH selection, this honey lip balm is super moisturizing, but is pretty thick. A little goes a long way. It is slighty gritty with a very natural (i.e. not shiny) finish.

Fragrance/Flavor: This one is vaguely citrus-y. Not at all what I’d expect from a honey lip balm. It’s not my favorite, but it isn’t unpleasant at all.

Price: ~$19.00 for .52oz

Other Factors: None.

Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

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4. Perfumaria Gal Lip Balm in Violet

Texture: This balm isn’t as moisturizing, but is silky with a balanced level of shine.

Fragrance/Flavor: The violet fragrance is a nice change. It’s fairly strong without being overpowering. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a feminine option that isn’t too sweet.

Price: $6.50 for .53oz

Other Factors: Perfumaria Gal lip balms have some of the most beautiful packaging around. I’m also partial to these because I always used them in high school.

Overall Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

5. By Terry Baume de Rose

Texture: I adore this balm. A little goes a long way, and it has a nice sheen. It feels cushion-y and soft.

Fragrance/Flavor: The light rose fragrance is probably the most subtle of all the balms reviewed today.

Price: ~$60.00 for .35oz

Other Factors: Given the price tag, I’ll say it again—a dab really does go a LONG way with this balm.

Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0