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Have/Love/Want 5.29.13

Posted by:  Jordan

Here’s another quick roundup of things I’m using and wanting right now!

Have:  Jane Iredale Mystikol Eyeliner/Highlighter

Jane Iredale Mystikol eyeliner malachite

I think this is a brilliant idea–a gorgeous jewel-toned powder eyeliner on one end, and a flattering champagne-colored highlighter on the other end.  I chose the dark emerald green color, Malachite.  However, the idea seems to be better than the execution, in this case.  I found it difficult to build intensity with the eyeliner.  It was pretty much always a VERY light wash of color.  I even tried wetting the sponge tip a bit before dipping it into the powder-filled cap, and still it just wasn’t working quite right.  I must have been trying to push too hard around the edges because the plastic cap split on the eyeliner end and now it won’t even stay attached to the pencil, leaving it free-floating around my makeup bag.  I think this could be a great product with just a little more help from the product development team.  As it stands now, not worth my $20.

 

Love:  John Masters Organics’ Face Serums

John Masters Vitamin C serum I picked up a couple samples of these serums from my local natural foods store and I immediately fell in love with both the Vitamin C Anti-Aging serum, as well as the Green Tea & Rose Hydrating Serum.  Please don’t make me choose which one I like better!  They’re both incredible and I wish I had full-sized versions of these to report any long-term benefits I’ve noticed; unfortunately, I only got about a week’s worth of usage from each sample package, so I can only attest to the immediate benefits.  Both were surprisingly hydrating for how light-weight they are and smelled incredible.  I think I’d probably end up purchasing the Vitamin C serum to help reduce the appearance of premature aging due to the inevitable sun damage I end up getting despite all best efforts.  Having a toddler and being at the playground every day will do that!

 

Want: Affordable, All-Natural Foundation

This request comes from a reader who recently asked that we do a SmackDown style review of a few affordable natural foundations (Vapour, we love you, but sadly you don’t very well fit in the affordable category at $40+) which would be pigmented enough to cover mild rosacea but gentle enough for her super sensitive skin.  My first thought was the foundation from 100% Pure, which I haven’t tried but am guessing it’s a more pigmented version of the tinted moisturizer, which I love.  However, at $32 it’s not a ton cheaper.  Anyone have any other suggestions of foundations which might fit the bill?  Let us know and I’m going to see if I can round up a few samples to go head-to-head!

 

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Have/Love/Want 6.13.12

Posted by:  Jordan

Have: Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Organic Cotton Rounds

After reading the positive review about these cotton rounds on the Glamorganic Goddess, I figured I should really be concerned about not only what products I put on my skin, but also what I put them on with–namely cotton rounds that have been chemically bleached.  I was won over by The Goddess’s arguments about how destructive conventional cotton farming is on the environment, so I’m trying to make a conscious effort to buy more organic cotton.  However, I can’t say I’m won over by these cotton rounds.  I always end up with cotton shreds on my face and fingers, and then waste several seconds trying to remove the stubborn hairy bits stuck to hands.  Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be buying these again.  Does anyone else know of organic cotton rounds that are a bit more sturdy?

Love: All-Natural Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

First, I need to point out the confusion that Emily and I ran into when she asked me for a recommendation for effective diaper rash relief.  We’ve unfortunately had to deal with irritating diaper rash a few times, so I’ve tried a few techniques.  I recommended Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but I didn’t realize there was a natural version and a non-natural, petroleum-based version.  Emily saw the original formula (non-natural) at her local store and figured, “well, maybe this is something Jordan feels it’s ok to make a concession on since it really cures diaper rash”, even though she was hesitant about the ingredients.  Later that week she mentioned that it had really worked at clearing up her daughter’s diaper rash and I realized that I should write a review of it on the blog.  At that point she said, “but it’s petroleum-based…”  After much discussion on the scent and the color of packaging, we deduced that we had different versions; there must be a natural and a non-natural version.  Thanks to a quick Google search, we discovered that there are, in fact, different versions.   So, if you’re in need of some Butt Paste, we urge you to get the natural version for your sweet baby’s skin.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peruvian Balsam Oil

Since the tube is rather large, and you only use a small amount on baby’s skin–Bless Google–I did a search for other uses for Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and found a multitude of things for which people had used this cream.  Basically, it’s a cure-all for skin ailments– bug bites, acne, psoriasis, dandruff…the list goes on; someone even said it cured their ingrown toenail (??).  I haven’t tried this cream for anything other than a small breakout I had, which it did seem to relieve the redness and made the pimple smaller overnight.  If you’ll remember, I tried Weleda’s Diaper Cream as a blemish remedy once, as well.  The zinc is really effective in drying any breakouts up, and Boudreaux’s has 16% zinc–a bit more than Weleda’s 12%.  I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has found this cream to be a cure-all for anything!

Want:  Eminence Organics SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizer

I am still madly  in love with all Eminence products.  They’re my Creme de la Mer of organic beauty products–on the expensive side (not as much as Creme de la Mer, thankfully), but so effective and luxurious.  Everything I have tried from them has been an instant favorite.  So it’s not a surprise that Emily and I are both itching to try this (figuratively…if it were in the literal sense, I’d recommend rubbing some Boudreaux’s Butt Paste on that itch).  Tinted moisturizers are my favorite daily beauty product.  I like that it gives me some sun protection (if I’m outside at the park or beach, I’ll apply something more heavy-duty), and evens out my skin tone.  But it feels lightweight like a moisturizer, rather than a foundation on top of a moisturizer, which is heavier than I like–especially during the summer.

As an addendum to my Eminence wish list, my friend, Amy, told me about the amazing Eminence facials she gets at Pretty Please Beauty Studio in the Flatiron District of NYC. I’m trying to find a way to get myself some free time to indulge in a relaxing, organic facial!

 

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Have/Love/Want 5.19.12

Posted by: Emily

Have:

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One thing about using all organic or natural products is that I find there are a lot less chances for impulse buys. When you’re at the conventional grocery store or drug store, you generally aren’t going to find Vapour Organics’ new solid perfume or Revolution Organics Lip Gloss and be tempted to snap it up. I usually find this a good [money-saving] thing, but occasionally I feel frustrated that I can’t just buy something fun on a whim.

So when I saw EOS Lip Balm at my local Duane Reade, NY’s huge chain drugstore, I had to try it. The only flavor they had was the pink one, Strawberry Sorbet, which was fine by me, since I generally like strawberry flavored things. I didn’t know much about the company, but the packaging said that it was 95% organic and 100% natural, so I went for it. And… I like it. It is here in the “have” section of this wrap-up, as opposed to the “love” section, because it’s perfectly good, and I like the fun, round orb packaging, and the smell is fine, if a little synthetic-seeming, but I still prefer Weleda’s Everon Lip Balm or Vapour’s Lux Organic Lip Conditioner.

EOS is perfectly good, and I’m curious to check out some other products from the brand, but it doesn’t blow me away. I know they say it’s natural, but it somehow doesn’t feel (or smell!) that natural. I don’t know why, and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. I think it’s neither, and perhaps it’s just because I bought it at Duane Reade!

Love:

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We all know I really like John Masters Organics products. I recently decided to add some scent back into my life, and this Rosemary Peppermint Detangler was my first stop. Jordan and I were discussing how peppermint can help with stress and fatigue, so when JMO had their 25% off Earth Day special, I bought this online. (Okay, I guess I should take back what I said, above, about not having enough chances for impulse buys! But it’s just not the same online as it is in person…)

This product is fantastic because all day after using it, I get these perfect, subtle whiffs of the delicious scent and it makes me instantly happy and refreshed. I was worried I’d smell  like I got toothpaste in my hair, but the peppermint is not at all toothpaste-y, and the rosemary compliments it well. The detangler also does it’s job well, though I should add that I still use the more intense Honey and Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor on the ends of my hair for extra conditioning, because the Detangler is thin (as it’s supposed to be). And it makes a great leave-in for summer, too!

Want:

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You all probably know how rare it is to find natural, non-chemical nail polish. Recently, my friend Anna reviewed Vapour’s new Nail Polish, Vernissage 3-Free Nail Lacquer, on her fabulous blog, Glitter, She Wrote. I am eager to try it! Lots of companies are doing 3-free polishes now, and I think it’s great, but it’s hard to know who to trust, besides our wonderful Vapour. I know I can use their nail polish with confidence. I can’t wait to try this. I especially like this shade, Chill, a neutral that I think would look great on fingers. For my toes, I want to try Captive. The important thing is I know I can feel safe wearing these polishes for my own health, and also around my daughter, who is teething and likes to chew on my fingers (ouch!). Not that I want her to eat any nail polish at all, but this one is better than conventional brands!

Vapour also makes a Top Coat and a cuticle oil I want to try! Basically, I want ALL their products!

Tell us in the comments what new products you are loving and what you want to try! We love to hear from you.  I am looking for a fun, new lipgloss to try. Any ideas?  Post below!

P.S. FYI: Juice Beauty is doing Free Shipping and 25% off through May 21. See details below.  Promo code is FF2012.  I really want to try Alicia Silverstone’s new collection!

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Have/Love/Want Volume 5

Posted by: Emily

Have:

I wish this product could be in the “Love” category, but the thing that is really keeping it squarely in the “Have” is its scent. The product in question is Revolution Organics’ All-Over Skin Cream. There are certainly a lot of things I do absolutely love about it– its organic ingredients, the fact that it works really well, it has a great texture, that I got a good deal on it (this bargain is still going on!), etc.

The thing holding me back is a smell I just can’t quite describe. It’s not terrible, and in fact, I bet a lot of you out there won’t even mind it. It’s not bad. I just don’t love it. I don’t know how to begin to describe it, so I will just have to encourage you to try this cream out if you’re at all curious. (And I must also give the disclaimer here that I am normally sensitive to scents– see my post about the importance of lip gloss smells!– and that pregnancy has made me about 100 times more sensitive, so it’s entirely possible this smell is an issue only for me, and only for now.)

It’s a little lighter  in texture than Weleda’s Skin Food, but thicker and much more moisturizing than a lot of other disappointing creams I’ve tried. This is a nice frequent-use texture. I keep it near my bathroom sink to moisturize my hands after washing, which I do about a million times a day.

Love:

I have NO idea what took me so long to try Weleda Everon Lip Balm. Seriously– I have been looking for a good lip balm forever, and so why did I only just now try this one out? I guess I thought it would be expensive or something, but IT’S ONLY $5.50!!! Which is amazing for an all-natural, top-quality lip balm.

Speaking of scents, this one has a really interesting scent I really like– it has notes of Vanilla and Rose, a combo I would never have thought I’d like, but I really do!

And with Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter, and Beeswax, this balm really works. I just totally love it. Another win for Weleda. How do they do it? I love everything they make!

Want:

Usually, when writing this column, the “Want” portion is the easiest, because there are always things I want to try. Or, in a way, it’s the hardest because there are so many “Want” things to choose from. Tonight I was having trouble thinking of something I’m really desiring, which is nice, in a way– I’m  pretty content lady at the moment!

But one thing kept popping into my mind, and it’s something I’ve tried before– usually the “Want” is something totally new I’ve never used– but this time I keep thinking back to a review/giveaway we did almost a year ago. The company is Living Tree Botanicals, and everything they sent us to try was incredible, but I just cannot stop thinking about their Shea Rosehip Body Butter, even a year later. It was just amazing. So unique.

I wanted to take this opportunity to give a shout-out to this wonderful, artisanal company from upstate NY. Read our review here, and check out their new Etsy store. They’re only selling 2 products at the moment there… hope that’s not a bad sign– I love this company. I even went so far as to call them “the next Weleda” in our review last year; incredibly high praise! I really want to start using this body butter again. It’s really wonderful. I hope you’ll try it, too– I know you’ll love it!

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Have / Love / Want #4

Time for another edition of  “Have/Love/Want”!

Have: Weleda Wound-Care

Remember in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding how the main character’s father used Windex on absolutely everything? Well, that used to be me with Neosporin.  Bug bite? Put Neosporin on it. Pimple? Why, Neposporin heals, right? Dry skin in the winter? Neosporin!

But now I’ve given up Petroleum products, so no more Neosporin for me! So when I saw Weleda Wound-Care a few weeks ago, I got excited– I thought, well, here’s a replacement for my Neosporin addiction! And it’s fine– it’s not bad at all. But it’s not Neosporin. I  hate to say it, but I miss that suffocating-moisture-goodness feeling I got from putting Petroleum on my skin. But I don’t miss that harming-the-environment-and-putting-toxins-in-my-body feeling, so I guess it’s a huge improvement!

And I do think it’s a really good product, with wonderful, healing Calendula Flower Extract.  And you know how we adore Weleda!

Love: Brown Butterfly Aromatherapy Refresh Hand & Body Lotion

This lotion is divine. It’s creamy but absorbent, and it smells amazing! The smell actually reminds me a little of Jordan’s Mint Lemonade Sugar Scrub, which is, hands-down, my favorite product, ever. She made it for all the guests at her wedding (almost a year ago, exactly– Happy Anniversary!) and after using it was the first time I didn’t use moisturizer after a shower! True story. Maybe if enough of you write in and ask nicely, Jordan will blog about it and post the recipe!…

But getting back to the wonderful BBA Refresh Lotion. I was lucky enough to receive some from my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew for my birthday, along with some other fun products I’ll write about soon, and they arrived in gorgeous packaging all the way from Washington state. You might remember that I discovered Brown Butterfly back in February when I visited said sister and family in Seattle. At a farmer’s market, I sampled Brown Butterfly Aromatherapy products, fell madly in love, and brought home my still-favorite Rose Lip Service. At the time, I couldn’t bring home any more products, thanks to the TSA’s fun 3-1-1 rule, so I am so happy to have gotten some sent to me for my birthday!

The lotions and potions were safely shipped and travel very well, but the pump on my Refresh Lotion was randomly busted, so when I emailed the company, not only did they send me a replacement pump, they also sent me an entire replacement bottle! I feel like the luckiest girl, ever! And in the meantime, while the new pump was en route, Fran, the owner of Brown Butterfly, told me to seal the top of the bottle with plastic wrap and a rubber band and store it in the fridge. Worked like a charm! Great customer service to match great products.

The amazing scent of the Refresh Lotion is comprised of Lemongrass, Rosewood, and Mint.

Want:

REN products

I was looking back through all my notes to try and decide what to include on this post’s “have” and “love” sections, when I stumbled upon an old “want” list. Know what was on it? “Big, glossy lip gloss” and “a good concealer.” Well, solved and found! I now have both those things from Vapour Beauty (yes, I’m still totally obsessed!) and I will soon be posting about the concealer. Jordan already wrote about the Elixir Gloss, and I am also really enjoying it.

So, since those two things can be crossed off my list, what do I really want? Well, I’ve been drooling over REN products lately. I have heard they’re absolutely pure, and look at what they DON’T include: (copied from their website)
REN products do not contain potential irritants including: glycols and diglycols (such as propylene glycol), PEG’s, PPGs, urea, D.E.A, T.E.A, PABA and other synthetic sunscreens, aliphatic alcohols/hydrocarbons, phthalates, fumarates, amines, alkanolamines, synthetic AHAs/BHAs, polyacrylamide, metacrylate, elastomer, poloxamer, styrene, vinyl, polyquaternium, synthetic chelating agents, nylon, nitriles, nitrates, nitrosamine releasers, bromates, fluor, aluminum and alumina etc.
Awesome, right? I want to try it all! I think I’ll start with Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day Cream. I love the name. Sounds like it was made for me; the two things my skin really needs are hydration and something to calm down all the pimples, red spots, and problem areas!

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Have / Love / Want volume 3

Posted by: Emily

Have:

Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

Like everything I feature in the “have” column, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this cleanser. Well, maybe that’s not true– I feel like it leaves a film on my face after I’ve washed it– like it is depositing oils or moisturizers, which may be a positive for some people, but I want to feel all squeaky-clean after washing my face. I think I’m in the minority here, and I’ve even read that it’s not good for your skin to feel all squeaky-clean, but years of harsh cleansers have made me think that’s the correct feeling. The smell isn’t my favorite– there’s something a little chalky about it– but the scent is the very thing my husband loves about this clenaser, so go figure.
You might love it, too. And the price is right; $8.00 is a dollar or two more than what one would pay for any [chemical-laden] drugstore cleanser, and this one is 97% natural with no chemicals.

Love:

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Gentle Baby Oil

I bought this oil at my favorite local natural foods store, Gary Null’s Uptown Whole Foods, with the intention of mixing it with some sugar to make a scrub. I haven’t done so yet because I am so enjoying using it as a moisturizer! The scent, Baby Blossom, is lovely! I can’t quite place it– I know it reminds me of something, and I think it’s something from my teenage years, but nonetheless I really enjoy it. I do intend to make it into a scrub soon, as well. I think it would make my shower experience divine. My only complaint in using it as a moisturizer is that it’s a little TOO thick and moisturizing, and coming from me, you know that should be impossible. So take that as a compliment, Mrs. Meyers!
*One extra note: Upon falling in love with this scent, I thought “oh, I’ll buy the shampoo and soap and lotion and other things in this line with the same scent” only to find that this is one of the few products in this line that doesn’t have sulfates or PEGs in it. So disappointing, right? Just a reminder to us, that, save a few brands like our darling Weleda, you cannot assume a brand or line is all chemical free! You have to check every product if it’s important to you to be completely chem-free. Maybe someday, this won’t be the case. But for now, my friends, you cannot be too thorough.

Want:

John Masters Organics Sweet Orange & Silk Protein Styling Gel

Summer is coming and I love being able to let my hair air-dry. But I have very frizzy, big hair, so I cannot just wash and go. I need product! This one looks extremely promising. I just ordered it from Amazon.com! Can’t wait to try it out! I’ll let you know…

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