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Be safe, choose clean beauty @Kosmatology #nontoxic #sponsored

As you all know I am obsessed with checking all my beauty products via EWG and I also just discovered the Think Dirty app as well. The Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. You plug in the name or you can even scan it in and Think Dirty will provide information on the product and the ingredients so you know what you are getting. It’s all about choosing cleaner options for you and your family. Local gals you may just see me at CVS checking out the products on the app with my nose in my phone. Check out the organic skin care isle the next time you are at CVS.

Lip balm is something my kids use every day and foaming hand soap seems to be a big offender as well in terms of chemical ingredients. That is why I was so happy that Kosmatology sent me a few items to test out.

Kosmatology is a line of organic and natural skin care products. All of the company’s products are vegan and free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. The organic, preservative-free skin care line is safe for the whole family. The line has everything from body wash to bug repellent (in a convenient travel size stick) In fact a few of their items come in travel size so you can test them out before committing but I am sure if you like fresh scents and clean beauty products you will love the line. Here are my thoughts on some of the products:

The body wash – Containing eight ingredients or less, the washes come in Free & Clear (Unscented) for those with super sensitive skin, the Goody-Goody Grapefruit for itchy eczema-like skin and Herbal Fresh (Spearmint-Rosemary). I tested out the spearmint rosemary and loved it. It is the perfect wash to use in the morning for a great pick me up! Made with organic Shea butter, organic olive oil and organic castor oil for the base and organic essential oils to scent, the wash is very nice! I will have to try the grapefruit one next.

The foaming hand soap – of course I stay away from the anti-bacterial hand soap and I would buy whatever was sls free and paraben free but noticed that many hand soaps have a ton of ingredients and many did not rank well on EWG or Think Dirty. The Kosmatology hand soaps are made with organic oils such as coconut, olive and safflower with organic essential oils. The lavender eucalyptus smells so good. A must have in the bathroom and it rates a 0 on Think Dirty.

The Hand Sanitizer – The goody-goody grapefruit hand sanitizer smells so good and is free of the harmful chemical triclosan. It contains ethyl alcohol to kill germs and organic glycerin to rehydrate skin. I love that is comes in a spray as it is easier for the little kids to use (how many times have your kids squeezed the hand sanitizer bottle only to get a large glob out and throw it everywhere????)

The lip balm – ladies we apply lip balm how many times a day?? You don’t want yucky chemicals in them do you? Preservative-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, beeswax-free, free of artificial dyes and colors, and vegan this lip balm is thicker than most I’ve tested and the grapefruit is not overpowering at all and at $3.99 you can buy a bunch! Plus it ranks a 0 on Think Dirty!

WOD aid – This is a hand therapy treatment and it comes in a lip balm sized stick so the hubby can have it with him at all times. It prevents the formation of calluses and cuticle cracks and the scent is not too much. I like this as I put in on my cuticles before bed and it works!

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Disclosure:  Kosmatology sent me the above items to test out. As always all opinions in this blog post are my own.

Organic and natural skin care products from @Kosmatology

Organic and natural skin care products from @Kosmatology




body wash, shampoo

@SheaMoisture beauty products A review: #amillionwaystoshea

I like safe and effective beauty products and test out a lot of products. I love the Shea Moisture line and the company history is interesting, the products smell great and they work. Plus they are a natural, organic and a sustainably-produced line. Not all products can say that!  AND 10 % Of the Shea Moisture community commerce sales go to women-led business to support local communities where the ingredients come from.

Their web site says they strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and are tested on people not animals. The products in the Shea Moisture line use some pretty unique ingredients gathered from around the world and the background of this beauty line is interesting. Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. This legacy continues today. Here are a few of the items I tested out.

The SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Collection smells so good! The shampoo and conditioner is enriched with Fruit Infused Coconut Water, Imbe Oil and Certified organic Shea Butter (that is ethically sourced from seven women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana) A nice weightless formulation that gives a bit of boost to my hair!

The 10-in-1 Renewal System is great for older hair (lol…ok moms in their 30’s and 40’s!) The antioxidant-rich collection helps to perfect and renew vibrancy to dull, lackluster hair. I use this as a special treat for my hair. It is sulfate-free has anti-aging benefits (no more frizz), color protection and your hair is super soft!

I love the bars of soap and body lotion too. The superfruit organic complex bar soap has Shea and Mango Butter and the superfruit complex of Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai and Guava extracts to nourish skin. I do notice when I use this that my skin is much smoother and it also lathers very well. Check out all their products as they have something for everyone. In fact they have a new web app #amillionwaystoshea in which you can upload a photo and answer some questions on which product is best for you!

Disclosure: Shea Moisture sent me the items above to test out and review. All opinions in this blog post are my own.

Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

safe, healthy beauty products from Shea Moisture

body wash, Products, self tanner

Summer Hair & Skin from @NaturesGate

My tween and teen love testing out shampoo, conditioner and body washes and they certainly voice their opinions on them all. That is why the products have to smell nice and work well. We got a chance to test out @NaturesGate Pomegranate & Sunflower hair defense shampoo and conditioner as well as the pomegranate body wash. They loved the smell and liked how they all coordinated. Seriously, how many times do you find something for both the hair and body that smells good and is the same scent? No one wants to smell like a hundred different fragrances. This is the perfect combo for summertime hair and skin care (and great for moms for color treated hair). With a blend of pomegranate and sunflower petals it smells fresh and clean.

Nature’s Gate also makes this great product – The Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion in Medium – not as dark as a self- tanner (but if you have very light skin it will be a bit tan, but still a nice color). You can also use the lotion daily to build a deeper tan.  My teen wanted to try one of my self-tanner lotions so I had her test this glow lotion out as I felt better about the ingredients in this lotion -or should I say the ingredients not included:   it’s Vegan, NON GMO, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Mineral Oil Free, Petrolatum Free, PEG Free, Butylene Glycol Free, Cruelty Free! How many self-tanners can say that? Plus it has vitamin E in it so it is very moisturizing.

I have to say I did not instruct her how to work a self-tan cream and she slathered it on and I thought, oh boy this is going to come out bad however it was even, there were no streaks and the next day it was a nice light tan shade.  She and I were pleased at the result!

Disclosure:  Natures’s Gate sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own in this blog post.

Great smelling hair care from @Nature's Gate

Great smelling hair care from @Nature’s Gate


baby products, body wash, skin care

New moms: check out @100percentpure

I received some great products to test out and they are perfect for the new mom or any woman who is investigating more nature beauty products. 100% pure is one of the healthiest, purest skincare lines I have seen! The line offers make-up, facial skin care and body washes. These products below are perfect for the new mom as well as the whole family really. Both my kids and I use the extra gentle baby lotion and the diaper cream is great for any summer rash. The coffee bean caffeine eye cream works wonders on dark circles and puffiness (so perfect for those new moms who are not getting a lot of sleep!) The sun stick and the moisture stick are small enough for the diaper bag. I cannot wait to try their make-up products too. The line is free of synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives. Check out their web site!  They even have weekly specials and candles too!

Disclosure: The company sent me the items to test out and review. All opinions are my own.

@100percentpure: great products, price and quality

@100percentpure: great products, price and quality


body wash, Health

Love the skin and body care @NourishUSDA

I am always testing out beauty products and I really am focused on using more natural products on my skin and trying to get my tweens to use more natural products too.  I love this new line of 100% USDA organic skincare and bodycare called Nourish Organic.  The products smell really nice, they have a variety of products and according to their web site it is clinically proven to moisturize skin. According to me it does and works great! The company is based in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and their products are completely natural and organic,as well as cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan. I tested out the ultra-moisturizing hand wash. This is the wash you want on hand when the kids go back to school and for winter time as it’s truly moisturizing. It doesn’t dry out your hands like most hand soap does.  I also love the body wash. It is a moisturizing body wash and is great for sensitive skin. The almond vanilla is great but it comes in lemon, berry and others as well.  The fresh and dry deodorant is the first USDA-certified deodorant on the market and I have been testing out many “natural” deodorants and this one works and comes in many fragrances as well a an unscented version. Check out all their products online. Disclosure: The company sent me the products above to review. All opinions are my own.

@NourishUSDA products

@NourishUSDA products

baby products, body wash, shampoo

Tweens and shampoo/body washes @babobotanicals

Both my girls love products that smell good – shampoo, body wash etc. Sometimes the products they would like to use are made with chemicals and parabens.  That is why I love Babo Botanicals shampoos and body washes. Their new Berry Primrose Smoothing Shampoo and Wash and smoothing conditioner are perfect for tweens. They smell amazing (according to my two tweens) and I love how the shampoo acts as a wash as well so in the instance you have swimmers like my two you only have to pack one bottle!

Speaking of swimmers, babo has their Swim & Sport line and the girls love the Swim & Sport Conditioner as it detangles and helps to strengthen hair.

I love the Oatmilk Calendula shampoo and body wash and the moisturizing baby lotion as it is great for sensitive skin. What I have found is many times with organic products they don’t necessarily smell that great. But all their products smell amazing and are very soothing.   All are also made in the U.S.A without any parabens or phthalates.  Check them out!

My favorite products @babobotanicals

My favorite products @babobotanicals










Disclosure: babo sent me the products to test out. All opinions are my own.



body wash, Products

Finally! natural line/nicely scented beauty products @yestocarrots #yestomovement

I really believe not all beauty products are created equal. In my quest to find products that 1. work  2. smell good and 3. are more natural, well that has been hard.

That is why I love the Yes line.  Yes to carrots is a natural line of fine beauty products for hair, body and face that really works.  There are five, fun product lines:  cucumber, grapefruit, blueberries, tomatoes and carrots.

I tested out (along with my girls) the following:

Yes to cucumbers eye make-up remover pads and facial towelettes – Yes, we all want to jump on the bandwagon of these easy to use pre-moistened towelettes but have you noticed that some really sting and don’t do the job? That is why I love the yes to cucumbers as they are soothing, smell great and the girls love them too.  (a little too much as they used all 30 wipes in about three days!) These make a nice addition to the middle school locker for a quick refresher during the day.  The eye make-up remover pads are very effective at removing tough make-up and as my 7th grader says – “they work so good” – especially for theater make-up removal. I also like how you do not have to rinse!

Yes to blueberries hydrating body wash – I do like how the lines are free of petroleum, SLS and paraben free!  The blueberry ultra hydrating body wash is great for dry skin, has a blueberry, lavender scent and did you know blueberries are a natural anti-oxidant? This also has shea butter in it – so yummy for your body. One of the nicest body washes I have used in a while.

Yes to grapefruit daily facial scrub – My 12 year old wanted a facial scrub/cleaner  with little beads in it, but all that we saw in the store had yucky ingredients and some of the more natural lines she turned her nose up at them- “they all smell bad” she said! I handed her the yes to grapefruit daily facial scrub (did not tell her it was paraben-free and 99% natural) and she said, “this smells awesome and it has the little beads in it that I wanted”  This is rich in vitamin C and it has lemon balm in it to calm and repair damaged skin.

Check out the complete line here.

Disclosure: The company sent me the above products to test out and review. All opinions are my own.

Say Yes line

Say Yes line


body wash, makeup, perfume

Earth Day! Eco-friendly Beauty Products

What are you doing to take care of mother earth? There are so many things we can do such as recycle, support eco-friendly companies and buy earth friendly products. I had a chance to test out a few eco-friendly items. Each of the companies sent me the products to test out.  I love all of them. Here are my thoughts on Pacifica’s new natural mineral make-up and skin care collection, blow pro hair products and Desert Essence products (which is offering free shipping on their web site for all orders today for Earth Day!)

Desert Essence – from their bath and body line is the wonderful smelling coconut body wash and moisturizer. For only $8.99 the body wash is so soothing and the hand and body lotion is just as decadent.  Ingredients include Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter and Organic Jojoba Oil. Of course the products are formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth, Sulfates, Phthalates and Artificial Colors and no Animal Testing. We *heart* this company!

Blow Pro – Blow Pro products are a dream come true. Back in 2005, blow® opened the world’s very first blow dry bar in Manhattan. They then created & launched blowpro® products in 2008 to give better blow dry results at home. The products are free of harsh sulfates, parabens & sodium chloride. We loved the conditioner and the straight to the point styling cream. It made morning blow outs much easier.  I have been looking for a dry shampoo that had less chemicals in it and found it in the faux dry shampoo. Ladies, you really should not be washing your hair every day and this product will hold you over until you wash your hair! The blow out spray is light and refreshing.

Pacifica’s new natural mineral make-up and skin care – The good karma skin care set is the one to get if you like to test out products and don’t want the commitment. But believe me you will want to order all of these essentials in full size!  The kit comes with face wash, day and night cream, a BB cream(hard to find in a natural, chemical free version) and their color quench lip tint (smells so good in guava berry) I loved this company from day one. I was looking for a more natural perfume for my two tween girls and bought the Island Vanilla in the roller ball. Then I went on to buy for myself the body wash, lotion, spray perfume, soap and I especially love the solid perfume for travel. I just noticed they have the reed diffuser for the home and candles which are USA made. Oh my, a must get for me!  Another one of my favorites is the Indian Coconut Nectar as it is a perfect scent for the summer! The value collection set is great and you can layer the products. All the skin care and color is formulated without phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil and triclosan!

Disclosure: The above companies sent me each of the products to test out. All opinions are my own.

Blow Pro Products

Desert Essence Products

Pacifica Products

body wash, perfume

A better body wash and body butter @IlovePacifica

I love to use body wash and moisturizer in the same brand and have tried just about a gazillion body wash products out there. I was also looking for a more natural perfume (that actually smells good) and I found my scent in Pacifica’s Island Vanilla. I LOVE everything about this line (and no….no one is paying me to say that! lol!) I was so upset when @Sephora stopped carrying the line so I went directly to their web site and they offer free shipping on U.S. orders over $50 and you get to choose a few samples with your order and that is how I discovered the solid perfume which is perfect for travel.

You can read about this line here

Pacifica skin care is made without Animal testing, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, peanut oil, and triclosan (and other ingredients you do not want!)

I feel comfortable sharing with my tween girls and I hope they make a shampoo and conditioner soon! Here are the products I purchased for myself as a belated Christmas gift.

My @IlovePacifica products

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