2017 Whole Foods Limited Edition Beauty Bag Favorites

FullSizeRenderAt the end of March, Whole Foods Market announced that their yearly limited edition clean beauty bags were available in stores in limited quantity. They sell for $18 dollars and feature 11 different samples/full size beauty items. I booked it to my local Whole Foods as soon as I heard about it and shockingly, I snagged the very last bag they had!

FYI: Whole Foods quality standards prohibit 75+ ingredients that are commonly found in conventional body care including phthalates, formaldehyde, microbeads, triclosan, oxybenzone, BHT, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate and many more.

I have reviewed my five favorites from the 2017 beauty bag below:

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk:

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I was already familiar with this brand and have used and love one of their shampoos. First, this cleanser smells amazing! That was the first bonus as soon as I put it on my skin, like fresh apricots. It is super moisturizing and doesn’t strip the skin at all. If you like the really foamy cleansers, this one is not for you. More of a cleansing lotion, it reminds me of the feeling of Cetaphil if you are familiar, which I used before I realized how bad the ingredients were. Did you know Cetaphil Skin Cleanser scores a 10, the worst possible score for toxicity on the Think Dirty App? It’s full of nasty parabens, and of course is so misleading being advertised as a “gentle” skin cleanser that is dermatologist recommended. This cleansing milk by Andalou is a great natural alternative!

Evan Healthy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm:

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Every time I’ve seen a product for the face in stick form, like sunscreen, blush, bronzer etc. I have steered in the opposite direction. I’ve just never seen or understood the appeal, until this eye balm came into my life! I love love love this stuff! When it comes to under eyes especially, I would have never imagined, but a balm like this is perfect, it glides and hydrates without pulling on the sensitive under eye area. I use this balm on other random dry spots too, like my lips and nose. I had never heard of one of the main ingredients, wild carrot seed oil, but I now know that my skin drinks it up and responds very well to it, nourishing, moisturizing and brightening the area it’s applied to. Other key ingredients are organic sunflower oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, rosehip and coconut oil. My ride or die under eye care is the coffee bean caffeine eye cream from 100% Pure, but this comes in right at the top with it and I will definitely be purchasing again. I can’t wait to try more products from this brand!

Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara in Jet:

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I’ve tried a lot of the natural mascaras out there and honestly have had a lot of big fails and flops. This one I have mixed feelings about and here’s why…I love the full bristle brush, it’s awesome and great for creating volume and length. I feel like truly the brush is everything when it comes to mascara. Am I right? This mascara didn’t clump or smudge on me once applied which I also loved and finally it didn’t irritate my eyes which are normally very sensitive… even to more natural products. What I didn’t love? It seemed like after just a couple weeks of using it, the consistency changed a bit and it started to dry out and get a little clumpy on the brush. I know mascara’s shelf life is short in general and I really loved this mascara at first so I may have to give it another shot.

Pacifica Devocean Deeply Devoted Natural Lipstick in Tenderness:

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While I always want some kind of color on my lips, I rarely wear lipstick and am more of a lip gloss or tinted balm type of gal. That being said, I really loved the way this lipstick felt on my lips and its beautiful, long lasting color. This color is a perfect rosey nude that is great for anytime wear. Formulated without: Animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing, FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, porpylene glycol, SLS, gluten, peanut oil and other ingredients you don’t want on your skin. I am wearing Tenderness in the photo below so you can get an idea of the subtle, but pretty color.

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Piece & Co. Beauty Bag:

This bag is gorgeous and unique, so much so that I almost don’t want to use it in fear that something might spill inside and ruin its perfection. I love that the fabrics they use are socially and environmentally responsible. (See picture at top of post) Here’s a bit more about Piece & Co… Piece & Co. is a different kind of textile company. As a social enterprise, Piece & Co. is reimagining the global supply chain while creating high-quality socially and environmentally sustainable fabrics. Piece & Co. enables a network of more than 5,000 artisans in 16 countries to develop their businesses and compete in the global marketplace, impacting over 16,000 dependents worldwide.

From Bolivia to Zambia, Piece & Co. sources material from primarily female-led artisan groups whose traditional textiles are of exceptional quality and beauty. By connecting these artisans with major companies, Piece & Co. strives to create consistent employment for thousands of women and positively impact their children and their communities. Piece & Co. ensures success by investing in the artisan groups through business training, technique development, and raw material sourcing, allowing both the artisans and their production to flourish.

I love clean sample bags like this because I discover new natural brands and products that I may not have come across otherwise. Hope you enjoyed reading about my favorites!

 

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

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38 Weeks Pregnant

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Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 38 weeks

Size of baby: A Winter Melon (approx. 19.6 inches and 6.61 pounds) – according to The Bump app- I love this app by the way! It has some great articles that relate to what you may be experiencing each week. I also love the Ovia app.

About baby: Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already! Did you know that all babies’ eye color are blue, gray or brown at birth? The color will likely change a bit and settle by 1 year of age.

If you have been following along, you may know that baby boy Lane has been breech. Despite acupuncture, chiropractic care, prenatal yoga and all of my funnier efforts including handstands in the pool and lying upside down on an ironing board etc. he did not want to change positions on his own. We even had the version procedure (ECV) at 37 weeks in the hospital and he barely budged with that either!

Read more on the ECV Procedure here… & let’s just say, it wasn’t the most fun experience, but I am glad I gave it a shot.

Because this is my first baby, and there are complications that could come from attempting to birth a first-time breech baby vaginally, my doctor strongly recommended that I have him via C-section, so that’s what we are going to do! Although this is pretty much the farthest thing from my original birth plan of having Lane at a birth center, naturally without any interventions or medications, we have accepted this new path and plan that has been placed before us. It has been a humbling experience realizing that I don’t have quite the control of his birth that I thought I did. I know it will still be beautiful and empowering and we are just so excited to meet him, no matter how he wants to comes into this world!

Maternity clothes: My husband’s t-shirts! 😉

Stretch marks: No stretch marks, that I can see that is 😉 I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss. Trying to bank as many hours as possible right now and squeeze in naps when I can. This is easy considering I don’t have any energy whatsoever.

Best moment of this week: Celebrating Easter 🙂

Miss anything: Can’t think of anything this week…I guess I did miss having a mimosa at Easter brunch!

Movement: Still moving quite a bit… He is quite the strong boy now with some powerful kicks and punches and we can’t forget the forceful head movements up into my ribs!

Food cravings: Chocolate and coffee

Anything making you queasy or sick: Contractions and cramping

Gender: BOY

Wedding rings on or off: Wedding band is still on and stays on, but I gave up on my engagement ring.

Mood: Positive and excited! This past week was one of the toughest, (hormones and emotions running wild) but now as I am writing this, I am definitely in a more peaceful, positive place. I have faith that things will happen as they are meant to and am letting go of my fears. It really hit home this week that our lives are about to change completely and that is a lot to take in, but we are so excited for it all. The big day is almost here!

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: Some gifts from family came in the mail this week that I am excited to try out from Natursutten. These natural glass bottles and their highly rated natural rubber newborn pacifier. I have heard great things about this brand. Natursutten® is owned by a mother of three and offers natural products for babies and toddlers. Natursutten wants to make a difference by making parents aware of toxin-free baby products, which ensure a more chemical-free future for our children and for our environment.

Looking forward to: Meeting Baby Lane!!! We love you so much already 🙂

This will be my last update and I wanted to thank you for reading these and for sending your love and support through all of your kind words thus far. It has been so nice to have such a supportive community through Instagram and this blog during my first pregnancy.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

36 Weeks Pregnant

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Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 36 weeks and 4 days

Size of baby: A Papaya (approx. 18.7 inches and 5.73 pounds)

How many weeks to go: 3 weeks and 3 days

About baby: Baby’s liver and kidneys are in working order. Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go! Baby is still in the breech position despite all of my unique efforts to get him to turn. I have been receiving acupuncture once a week and doing moxa daily (check out my recent Instagram post for a little more info on moxibustion). I have been going to a chiropractor that specializes in the Webster technique twice a week. Other than that, lots of inversions, handstands underwater in the pool and prenatal yoga. Come on baby, let’s do a flip!

Maternity clothes: Dresses are my go-to and most comfortable attire right now. Most shoes are starting to get pretty tight so I just bought some comfy padded flip flops.

Stretch marks: No stretch marks, that I can see that is 😉 I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is terrible to be honest. Baby is just getting so big that there’s not a lot of room in there and my belly is so hard! It feels like I’m sleeping with a bunch of bricks in there and every time I toss and turn it can be pretty painful. It would definitely help if his hard little head was down instead of pushing against my ribs too!

Best moment of this week: This past week we enjoyed a mini Desert Springs vacation and celebrated my husband’s birthday. It was so nice to get away even just for a few days, have some yummy food and enjoy the resort’s salt water pool and beautiful views.

This is going to sound weird, but another great moment of this past week was going to the Fire Department and getting our car seat installed. I think it’s so nice of them to offer this free service and it’s definitely reassuring now that it’s installed the right way and I know it’s ready to go.

Miss anything: Comfortable sleep and being able to walk without waddling 😉

Movement: Baby boy has still been moving quite a bit. His adjustments are a lot smaller, but I definitely feel him kicking and punching in there. It’s always reassuring and welcome when he checks in to say hello. He loves to kick the chiropractor when I get adjusted. Haha!

Food cravings: Pizza, lime and lemon things…which doesn’t help the heartburn situation.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Gender: BOY

Wedding rings on or off: Wedding band is still on and stays on, but I gave up on my engagement ring.

Mood: A little stressed and discouraged, but hopeful…this week has been the toughest yet. I always try to see the light at the end of the tunnel and look at the positive, that we are so blessed and so close to meeting our little Lane, but knowing he is still breech and the complications that come with that has been on my mind constantly and a bit overwhelming. Everything else checks out great though, he is measuring spot on and has a strong heart rate, so if he is healthy, we are happy and very grateful.

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: These bamboo changing pad covers I found on Amazon & these Organic Evening Primrose Oil Capsules which can help the cervix soften and efface as well as help with postpartum recovery. Note: The effects of taking evening primrose oil during pregnancy have not been proven.

Looking forward to: Our one year wedding anniversary next week! We are also going to be wrapping up the nursery this weekend. All furniture is put together, but we are working on some DYI, rustic looking floating shelves and we’ll be hanging pictures and décor.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Money Saving Tips for Going Non-Toxic

Making the switch to natural, non-toxic products when it comes to beauty, skincare and household items can get expensive and overwhelming. Especially when starting out, there are a lot of different options out there and it’s hard to know where to begin and whether or not you are going to like a certain product before you try them out. Here are just a few tips on how to try new products and make the switch without spending a fortune.

Take Advantage of Free Samples

Free samples are my favorite! They are a great way to try new products before spending the money for full sizes. Instagram is a great way to discover companies that give out free samples. Some require you to pay shipping, others send free samples with an order, or some just send samples for free. Here are just a few that I have taken advantage of:

The Honest Co. Personal Care & Home Cleaning Essentials Trial includes shampoo + body wash, face + body lotion, hand soap, healing balm and multi surface cleaner. Just pay $5.95 for shipping. Note: You will get automatically enrolled in their subscription service which I actually used a few times to stock up on products, but it’s very easy to cancel if you wish to do so. You can push out the subscription as far as you want too, so you don’t have to place an order every month. I also blogged about the Honest Beauty Skincare Trial here.

Farmstead Apothocary Free Sample Pack of their Body Butter, Body Lotion and Face Cream (limit one per household) & no shipping costs!

Citrine Natural Beauty Bar They always include complimentary samples with your purchase which is fun, but just recently they started a Sample Program where you can choose samples of your choice.

Subscribe to Green Beauty Boxes

Green Beauty Boxes are a great way to discover newer non-toxic and natural skincare and makeup products. I have tried a few of these below and the rest I have heard great reviews about. Before I subscribe to a box, I always check their banned ingredients list or their product qualification criteria to make sure it aligns with what I’m looking for. This way I have the utmost confidence that the products are properly vetted and do not contain harmful ingredients that I normally try to avoid.

Good Being Box Instagram: @joingoodbeing

Boxwalla Instagram: @theboxwalla

Organic Bunny Box Instagram: @organicbunny

Bare Element Box Instagram: @bare.element

Glowing Beets Instagram: @glowingbeets

Whole Foods recently released their limited edition clean beauty bag. They release them every year around this time in stores in limited quantity. This year’s contained $90 worth of clean beauty products for $18 dollars. They also ran a special at the same time for their third annual beauty week where all in store cosmetics and facial care were 25% off.

Enter Giveaways on Instagram

Green bloggers and brands do giveaways on Instagram all the time and it’s usually as easy as following the brand and tagging a friend or two in the comments. I haven’t been super successful with these, but hey it’s always worth a shot right?

Look Out For Promotions & Sign Up For Mailing Lists

Some great green beauty brands like 100% Pure for example run some amazing promotions. They recently had one where if you spent $55, you could get your hands on a 6 piece gift set for free plus free shipping. This is a great way to try new products and a crazy good deal! They usually do these type of promotions a few times a year and I’m always on the lookout because they have limited quantity and you have to act fast.

Join mailing lists for the brands you are interested in trying or already love so you can stay on top of their special discounts and promotions.

You can also just scroll through #greenbeauty on Instagram and look for new brands and sales 😉 There are some great Spring Sales happening right now!

Roam The Aisles of Marshalls & TJ Maxx

I have been very successful at discovering some great non-toxic products at Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I always bring my phone along and pull up the ThinkDirty app to check on the toxicity level of new products I haven’t heard of before.

My local stores often have Honest Co. products including shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, handsoap and toothpaste. I have found Schmidts and other natural deodorant brands. These stores are also great when you are looking for serums and oils. I always go here for Vitamin C serum and Rosehip Oil and can usually fine ones that are cold-pressed and organic.

I always check the household aisle and have found some great all natural dishwashing soap and laundry detergent from brands like Molly’s Suds.

These stores are also great for other green, non-toxic items like toys, organic sheets and bedding, organic baby clothes, cleaning supplies etc. You just have to put in a little work and browse all the aisles to find these hidden gems.

Hope this gave you some good ideas!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

33 Weeks Pregnant

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I’m a little behind posting this!

Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 33 weeks

Size of baby: A Stalk of Celery (17.2 inches and 4.19 pounds)

How many weeks to go: 7 weeks!

About baby: Baby boy is keeping eyes open while awake. The bones are hardening and baby is going through major brain development. Baby may grow up to a full inch this week. At this point, he has developed his own immune system, which means he will be better prepped to fend off germs on the outside.

Maternity clothes: Dresses are my go-to and most comfortable attire right now. Thank goodness for the beautiful AZ weather lately.

Stretch marks: No stretch marks! I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is still a big challenge for me. Tossing back and forth from side to side. I have been using the Organic Snoogle Pregnancy Pillow with other pillows which has definitely helped me stay comfortable in one place. I also sleep a lot better after a prenatal yoga class.

Best moment of this week: My Baby Shower! It was wonderful. I felt so much love and support and my girlfriends did a great job of throwing a nautical themed shower that was better than I could have ever envisioned. We got the sweetest little gifts for Baby Lane and feel so blessed and grateful.

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I also found a new chiropractor that specializes in the Webster technique that is specifically for pregnant mamas. She is great and super knowledgeable. It was so comforting to find her. Baby is still right side up so I’m hoping consistently visiting this chiropractor will help get him to turn.

Miss anything: Champagne!

Movement: Lots of visible movement now. I can tell he is running out of room in there though. The belly is getting a lot harder and tighter.

Food cravings: Sweets…shakes and ice cream

Anything making you queasy or sick: When he starts to move a lot I start to feel a little queasy. I haven’t really been into eating meat lately so I have to consciously make sure I am getting enough plant based protein.

Gender: BOY

Wedding rings on or off: On, but getting tight.

Mood: Happy and excited to meet our little guy!

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: I received some awesome samples I am loving of the Beauty Counter Baby Line from @beautycounterbymeganhorton  Thanks Megan!

I also ordered this natural, fragrance-free baby powder from Amazon that got great reviews, Nature’s Baby Organics Silky Dusting Powder.

Looking forward to: My Breastfeeding 101 class this week at Modern Milk. If you are an expecting or current mama in AZ, Modern Milk has great educational and fitness classes if you want to check them out 🙂

Also looking forward to wrapping up the nursery. Furniture and last minute items have been arriving this week and I’m so excited to have everything together and ready soon.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

Rustic Maka Detox Underarm Care System Review

I started trying different natural, aluminum-free deodorants last May. You can check out one of my first posts on choosing natural deodorant over conventional brands here.  I wouldn’t say the transition was the easiest or most pleasant for me. For the first few months, I definitely noticed that I was starting to smell mid-day and I somewhat shrugged it off and just figured… maybe this is just how natural deodorant is, maybe I picked the wrong kind, maybe it just doesn’t last as long and since it’s not an antiperspirant, maybe I’m just going to sweat a lot and sweat smells… While some of that is true, looking back, what I didn’t take into account during the process was the fact that my underarms were detoxing. Detoxing from over 15 years of using aluminum deodorants and antiperspirants. Detoxing the chemicals, dead skin cells, clogged pores and hair shafts that had built up over the years in my underarm area.

Enter Rustic Maka’s DETOX – Underarm Care System™ which is designed to accelerate the detox process during the initial transition from conventional antiperspirants, or reoccurring detox effects after a lifestyle-changing event. Boy, I wish I would have had this back then!

All DETOX kit ingredients are specifically selected for their highest nutrient content and purifying properties for maximum skin benefit and rejuvenation. The 3-step system is formulated to work in synergy to leave your delicate underarm skin feeling cleansed, balanced and nourished, and to get you on your way to enjoy the benefits of natural deodorants. YES!

When I did learn about this detox kit/system, although it was months and months after my initial transition, I knew I still wanted to and had to try it out! My underarms have always been particularly delicate and sensitive… prone to ingrowns, skin build up and irritation, sometimes to the point where I have to avoid tank tops. Maybe this was the answer to finally making an underarm change for the better.

So what does the detox system entail? 3 super easy and simple steps! Cleanse, Exfoliate and Balance. The steps and my experience are outlined below.

Step 1: Cleanse

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Activated Charcoal Soap is a non-drying natural soap fortified with powerful magnet-like properties of Activated Charcoal and mineral-rich Kaolin clay. Designed to effectively remove impurities this potent combination leaves your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. The nourishing blend of olive, coconut and sustainable palm oils is suitable for the most sensitive underarm area, while Grapefruit and Spearmint essential oils energize the senses with a refreshing zing.

Unique, mineral-rich fibers of Konnyaku plant infused with activated charcoal make the Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge an ideal companion to gently cleanse and remove build-up without stripping the delicate underarm skin.

Working in unison, Activated Charcoal Soap + Activated Charcoal Konjac Sponge provide a gentle clean with powerful results.

Use: Twice a day (Morning & Evening)

This step is my favorite. I have fallen in love with this charcoal soap and confession: I use it all over my body, not just on my underarms! The soap is just so hydrating and makes your skin feel so good. It doesn’t hurt that it smells great too. The Konjac Sponge really makes a little go a long way and it lathers up nicely.

Step 2: Exfoliate

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Purifying Clays is a powerful, water-activated exfoliant that utilizes purifying effects of Kaolin and Bentonite clays to remove dead skin build-up and promote natural skin renewal process. Mined in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, mineral-rich Rhassoul clay makes an ideal companion to fortify and stimulate the skin with high magnesium, potassium and calcium content. Vast absorbent powers of Bamboo Charcoal detoxify, while a blend of nutrient-rich botanical extracts combined with soothing Rice flour bring forth skin’s impurities and nourish the underarm area. These carefully selected, high-performing ingredients help accelerate the detox process and leave the skin softened and cleansed.

Use: Twice a week (Evening)

I think this step was so key for my underarms since they are prone to skin build up and ingrowns. We often remember to exfoliate our face, but we forget that our underarm skin needs gentle exfoliation too, especially with course hair growing there! I felt like this has helped the condition of my underarms so much. They are less red and irritated after shaving and just feel smoother and look healthier overall.

Step 3: Balance

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Balance it all with a vitamin-rich BALANCE – Antioxidant Serum. Carefully formulated with potent, plant-based ingredients with one goal in mind – balance over-stimulated skin.

A nourishing blend of Moringa and Rose Hip oils specifically selected to soothe, harmonize and rejuvenate even the most delicate skin. Deeply hydrating and restorative powers of Black Cumin and Camellia oils drench and infuse the skin with highly concentrated Vitamin A, C and E. A silky application makes this serum an ideal companion for over exerted skin.

Use: Daily (Evening)

Another confession, this serum is great for underarms, true, but I use it on my face, neck and arms too! I was already a big fan of rose hip oil, but this combines rose hip with some other amazing vitamin and antioxidant rich ingredients. It has been super soothing for my underarms overnight. Little did I know that I was making a big mistake by putting my deodorant on at night after my nighttime shower. This is when you underarms need to breathe and rejuvenate and this serum helps them do just that!

Overall Thoughts:

This detox system is everything! A big winner in my book…my underarms have never been in such great condition… It really does work and I have only been using it for a little over a month now! The kit also comes with their Pachy deodorant which in combination with the detox system, has been working really well for me. No mid-day smells and I stay pretty dry throughout the day. Their deodorant scents are so refreshing. I have tried the lavender and the lemonade and it’s hard to pick a favorite between the two.

A huge bonus of this kit is that you can use the products for other places on the body, not just the underarms! I love multi-use products! Like I said earlier in the post, looking back, I would have loved having this when I first made the transition to natural deodorants. If you are looking to make that transition or if you have any underarm issues like I did, you have to check out this amazing detox system!

Let me know if you have any questions about my experience.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

Eminence Organics Skin Care Product Review

For Christmas I received some amazing products from Eminence Organic Skin Care that I have been using since and wanted to review for you! I first discovered Eminence years ago at a day spa long before I started using all natural and organic skincare products. I received a seasonal Pumpkin Eminence Facial and it was the best facial I’ve ever had! My skin was glowing and hydrated for weeks and ever since I was sold on their amazing products and ingredients.

Eminence Believes in:

  • Organic
  • Natural
  • Biodynamic®
  • Sustainable
  • Cruelty Free

Eminence Says No To:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Animal Testing

Here’s a little bit more about their Biodynamic, Organic and Natural ingredients straight from their website:

Originating from a balanced, holistic view of the universe, Biodynamic® farming practices regard the farm, the plants and the animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes. It renders fruits and herbs that are unusually high in nutrients and active compounds then harnesses these potent ingredients into a collection of products that are the ultimate in pureness and results-driven skin care.

Seeds are planted and crops are harvested following the lunar cycle so that when the tides are high, roots receive the most moisture and goodness.

As an alternative to harsh pesticides, the farm uses herbal teas and plant friendly honey traps from local bees as natural insect repellents ensuring that all Biodynamic® ingredients are farmed as naturally as possible.

Biodynamic® ingredients are void of all chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Only natural medicinal herbs and mineral composts are used to enhance the soil and ignite powerful growth forces in the plants from roots to tips.

Healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body, inside and out. That’s why we source premium ingredients from organic farms worldwide to ensure our products are the purest and most potent.

Organic skin care is rooted in a holistic approach to farming and production. Unfortunately, modern agriculture robs the land of nutrients and often results in genetically modified ingredients. Choosing organic ingredients ensures that there are no harsh chemicals added. Our products do not contain harmful chemicals like added Parabens, Petrolatum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Our products are made with fresh fruit pulps, plants and exotic spices. This makes them incredibly rich in nutrients, so they are not only the healthiest choice for you, but also the most effective, results-oriented collection around. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. The precious ingredients are hand-picked and hand-mixed in small batches and combined with thermal hot spring water to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties.

My Product Reviews

Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum

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A blogger I have followed for years raved about this product for helping with her “mustache,” meaning her hyperpigmentation/melasma conveniently located above her upper lip. I too suffer from this problem as well as some discoloration on my forehead. This product along with the rest I reviewed is an Eminence Best Seller.

Key Ingredients

  • Licorice: brightens skin appearance
  • Natural Hydroquinone Alternative Complex: brightening with African potato and tara tree; antioxidant rich
  • Lactic Acid: sloughs off dead skin cells to rejuvenate the appearance of skin
  • Gigawhite™: brightens the look of skin
  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Lemongrass: tones and cleanses skin
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

My Experience: I’m definitely not a fan of licorice taste or smell in general, but I’ll take one for the team if the product works! I’ve been using this for 2 months pretty regularly and I have noticed a small amount of overall lightening so far. I think we all expect results to be dramatic, but I think it will take time and continued use. I can say that this serum really helps exfoliate gently. The serum glides on easily. You can just put it on your trouble spots, but I actually have been putting the serum on my entire face under moisturizer. I do notice that it tones and improves the overall appearance of the skin, probably in combination with the other amazing products reviewed below.

Stone Crop Gel Wash Cleanser

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Key Ingredients

  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Soap Base (free of sodium lauryl sulphate): cleanses and softens
  • Shea Butter: calming and restorative agent

 

My Experience: I was excited to try this gel cleanser because of the ingredients that are ideal for uneven skin tones. That’s definitely my skin! A little goes a long way with this gel and a little water. It lathers nicely and is soothing and gentle. It rinses off pretty easily making the skin feel clean and soft. I’ve struggled with other cleansers feeling like it takes forever to rinse off, but this one only takes a few seconds and splashes of water. I have also noticed it’s excellent at removing makeup as well. My skin feels clean, refreshed, hydrated and soft afterwards.

Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer

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Key Ingredients

 

  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Lemon: high amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidant
  • Corn Germ Oil: softens and enriches the skin
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

My Experience: This moisturizer is pretty thick and heavy going on, also green which was just surprising to me for a moisturizer ;)…but it actually absorbs into the skin pretty quickly and doesn’t feel sticky, greasy or heavy afterwards in any way. It moisturizes just enough to balance the skin and I love all the powerful ingredients especially the high amounts of vitamin C which my skin always seems to respond well to.

Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum

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  • Neroli Oil: regenerating, refreshing and hydrating; fragrant skin softener
  • Coconut Milk: moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin
  • Natural Retinol Alternative Complex: contains chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree; smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells: rejuvenating plant stem cell concentrate; promotes the look of skin’s elasticity and delays the appearance of visible signs of aging
  • Carrot Extract: antioxidant; nutrient; source of vitamin A; nourishes and regenerates the skin with carotene oils

My Experience: This eye serum actually surprised me a bit. I’m used to using a thicker eye cream so the texture was interesting and different. Definitely a serum, but a creamy serum that glided on nicely under my eyes. My skin drank this stuff up! It’s super hydrating and noticeably smooths the appearance of fine lines even after just one use. I will purchase this again and again and would rank this as one of the top 3 eye serums/creams I have ever tried!

A great way to try out the Eminence Organic Line is to buy one of their Must Have Starter Kits. I can’t recommend this organic line of skincare enough. Although a little pricier, a little goes a long way with all of their products that I have tried. Eminence is only available in spas and salons so you cannot purchase off their website, however I have purchased items through Amazon or you can do a spa search on their website to find a spa near you that carries the line.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Photo Credit: eminenceorganics.com/us