Monday, December 7, 2015

Green Beauty Skin, Body & Hair Care Gift Guide on a Budget

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As the new year approaches, and many of you pledge to green-up your beauty routines, I thought that it would be fruitful to share a few of my favorite affordable skin, body and hair care finds. Most can be found at drugstores and markets like Whole Foods, and they contain far fewer chemical compounds than your average drugstore and department store brands.

SHOWER & BATH:
Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Foot Soak with Cooling Peppermint ($3.99-$5.29 for 2 lbs. from Drugstore.com, Walgreens, Amazon, Target, Ulta and Harmon):

Given all of the standing and running around that one has to do during the holidays, I thought that it would be perfect to start with a wonderful and revitalizing foot soak from Dr Teal's. This is the perfect antidote to tired, aching feet. The Peppermint Oil cools and refreshes while the Epsom Salts soothe tired   and aching feet. Furthermore, the Baking Soda is an effective odor eliminator.

Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt Foot Soak with Magnesium Sulfate is known to help revitalize tired, achy feet and refresh skin's appearance. Peppermint essential oil and baking soda provide a cooling sensation while helping to eliminate foot odor.
  • Epsom Salt Helps Soothe Tired, Aching Feet
  • Baking Soda Helps Eliminate Foot Odor
  • Made with Pure Epsom Salt
Directions: Hot or warm soaks should not be used by individuals with diabetes, except on advice of physician.

Ingredients: Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Mentha Piperita Oil (Peppermint), Fragrance, Sodium Bicarbonate.
Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath Soothe & Sleep with Lavender ($5.49-$5.99 for 34 oz. from Drugstore.com, Walgreens, Amazon, Target, Ulta and Harmon):

If you love the smell of Lavender, you need this lovely foaming bath treatment. Not only is the scent utterly divine, but the aromatherapeutic properties leave you relaxed with a pronounced sense of wellbeing. It leaves your skin luxuriously soft and moisturized, your mind calmed, and your body utterly relaxed. It is the perfect before bedtime treat that will facilitate a very restful slumber. This is ultra luxe on a budget!

Dr. Teal's Lavender Foaming Bath transforms an ordinary bath into a relaxing spa with luxurious essential oils to soothe the senses, relax tense muscles and provide relief from stress. Lavender essence has soothing properties that are known to encourage a better night's sleep.
  • Soothe & Sleep; Soothes Your Body for a Deeper Sleep.
  • Eases Aches and Muscle Pains.
  • Made in the U.S.A. with Pure Epsom Salt.
  • This Finished Product is Not Tested on Animals
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Magnesium, Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Fragrance, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Lauramide DEA, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin.
Everyone Bubble Bath Sinner ($ 20.3 oz for $8.99- $12.99 from EO ProductsAmazon, CVS and herb):

I have become quite obsessed with this bubble bath because the scent is an intoxicating juxtaposition of citrus with spicy woodsy notes, and it soothes and relaxes the mind and body while the oils leave the skin delectably soft, smooth and moisturized. This is a must-have if you love memorable bubble baths.

Recover with juniper, lemon, frankincense, grapefruit, black pepper and cedarwood essential oils. Everyone Bubble Baths are formulated with coconut-derived cleansers for incredible bubbles that are gentle on skin and the planet.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, EO Essential Oil Blend [Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Boswellia Carteri Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil, Juniperus Virginiana Oil], Panthenol, EO Organic Herbal Blend [Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Extract], Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Phytate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol.
Key West Aloe Aloethera Body Wash ($16.00 for 8 oz. from Key West Aloe, Blue Fly and Birchbox):

This is currently my go-to shower gel because it smells fresh and clean, has a nice lather, and it leaves my skin luxuriously soft, smooth and hydrated. I love using it with a loofa to exfoliate and stimulate my skin, and the result is always velvety soft skin. It is very gentle on the skin, and is free of synthetic dyes.

Made with 30% Aloe Vera and no artificial dyes, Aloethera Body Wash will refresh, soften, and moisturize even the most sensitive skin.

Apply a small amount to a wet sponge or loofa. Work into a lather, enjoy, and rinse. follow up with your favorite Key West Aloe Moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, PEG-80 Sodium Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Fragrance, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Benzopheone-4, Methylisothiazolinone.
Everyone Body Oil Body, Massage and Bath in Good Love ($8.39-$11.99 for 8 oz. from EO Products, Amazon, Target, CVS and herb):

If you are anything like me, and you are obsessed with great body oils, then this is one for you. Not only is this affordable and nourishing, but it is a fantastic multipurpose oil that can be used for massage,used as a moisturizer, and is lightweight enough to used as a luxurious bath oil. The scent is a delicious spicy citrus that is neither overpowering, nor pungent. It sits close to the skin, and it fades away after a couple of hours. It is lightweight and fast absorbing, and skin is left ultra soft and moisturize.d

The nourishing oils of Safflower, Olive and Tahitian Monoi are combined with Vitamin E and a beautiful, exotic blend of essential oils to help you give your skin some good love every day. Used in the bath or as a massage oil, this nutrient-rich body oil will restore radiance and softness to skin. 

ESSENTIAL OILS: An exotic blend of Rose Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Orange and Frankincense Essential Oils lend this oil its lovely scent.

NUTRIENT RICH: Tahitian “Monoi” Oil is an indulgent Coconut Oil infused with Gardenia flowers. Apricot Kernel Oil is an emollient that adds extra softness to skin. Everyone loves good love!

ONLY GOOD STUFF: Cruelty-free, paraben-free, polysorbate-free, disodium EDTA-free, gluten-free and non-GMO.

Ingredients: Carthamnus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil and Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, EO Essential Oil Blend [Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Thymus Mastichina Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Boswellia Carteri Oil], Tococpherol (Vitamin E).
HAIRCARE:

This shampoo is Manna from Heaven for curly dry hair, and was specifically formulated to nourish this type of hair that tends to be very dry and in need of extra hydration. It works miraculously well on my curly hair, leaving it soft and nourished, but without any buildup. If you have dry hair, or dry and curly hair, then this is a must-have.

This enriching formula of handcrafted, Certified Fair Trade shea butter and virgin coconut oil hydrates hair and scalp to improve softness and elasticity of your hair. Formulated with rooibos tea to encourage new hair growth.

Ingredients: Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos)* Aqueous Extract, Saponified Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter* and Elaeis guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil*, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Citrus dulcis (Orange) Oil, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Panthenol, Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil. *Certified Fair Trade by IMO.

If you seek a moisturizing conditioner that nourishes and hydrates without weighing down your hair, then this is a great choice. It has a light fresh scent that is uplifting and pleasant, but it does fade away. I thought that it might not provide enough moisture for my dry hair, but was pleasantly surprised that it left my hair soft, manageable, frizz-free and perfectly hydrated.

Nature's Gate, a trusted alternative for healthy hair.  Your cleansing routine just got more responsible.  Our Aloe Vera + Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Conditioner nourishes hair with a mindful blend of conditioning botanicals.
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Paraben Free
  • Soy Free
  • Cruelty Free
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Stearyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Cetyl Alcohol (Vegetable Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Vegetable Derived), Benzyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride (Vegetable Derived), Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Viola Tricolor (Pansy) Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose (Plant Derived), Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Phthalate Free).

No sodium lauryl/laureth/coco sulfates, phthalates, butylene glycol, artificial colors.
Key West Aloe Aloethera Moisturizing Shampoo ($6.00-$21.00 for 2oz.-16 oz. from Key West Aloe and Blue Fly): 

If you seek a shampoo that is gentle enough for everyday use, then Aloethera Moisturizing Shampoo is a great choice. The formula is gentle, non-stripping, and offers enough moisture without weighing hair down.

Restore your hair’s natural vitality with Aloethera Moisturizing Shampoo that uses 10% Aloe Vera to add beautiful body and healthy shine to your locks.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Extract, Polyquaternium­4, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Caprylyl,Glycol, Methylisothiazolinone, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Yellow No. 5.
Key West Aloe Aloethera Keratin Conditioner ($6.00-$22.00 for 2oz.-16 oz. from Key West Aloe and Blue Fly):

If you need a conditioner that combats frizz, detangles, and moisturizes without weighing down your hair, then Key West Aloe Aloethera Keratin Conditioner is a definite must-try. It leaves my hair soft, silky and ultra manageable.

Control frizz without adding weight with Aloethera Keratin Conditioner made with 10% Aloe Vera designed to hydrate, strengthen, protect, and smooth all hair types.
  • Strengthen and Protect Hair
  • Lightweight Detangler
  • Will Not Weigh Down Hair
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Panthenol, Apple (Pyrus Malus) Extract, Papaya (Carica Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Fruit Extract, Chamomile (Chamomilla Recrutita) Flower Extract, Glycerin, Fragrance, Carpylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Blue No. 1.
BODY CARE:
Nature's Gate Vegan Lotion Açai ($10.99 for 18 oz. from Walgreens and Drugstore.com):

What a wonderful daily moisturizer this is! This medium weight lotion is fast absorbing, deeply moisturizing, and it has a soft fruity scent. It leaves my skin soft, supple and luminous, and for this reason it gets used every single day.

Healthy skin is happy skin. Our Acai Lotion moisturizes skin with a gentle blend of Acai, Camu Camu and Cupuacu. At Nature's Gate, we believe it's not only essential what you put in your body but what you put on it as well.

Vegan.  Gluten free.  Paraben free.  Non-GMO.  Soy free.  Mineral oil free.  Petrolatum free.  Butylene glycol free.  Cruelty free.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Gluconolactone, Stearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance.
ALAFFIA Coffee & Shea Cafe au Lait Body Lotion in Orange Vanilla ($8.95 for 8 oz. from ALAFFIA and Amazon):

I have been using ALAFFIA products for years, and always have lots of their fantastic products in rotation. Their lotions are rich and very moisturizing, and are perfect for the cold months of the year. The Orange Vanilla scent of this particular lotion is so delicious that I constantly catch myself smelling my hands. It leaves skin soft and supple, and the hydration lasts all day long. It is also works wonders on dry hands and cuticles.

This moisturizing body lotion is formulated with Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter and invigorating coffee. Aloe and lemongrass soothe and nourish skin, while orange essential oil and vanilla extract provide a refreshing, natural scent.

Ingredients: Coffea Robusta (Coffee) Aqueous Extract, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Leaf Aqueous Extract, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Aqueous Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Stearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Vanilla Extract, Citrus Dulcis (Orange) Essential Oil, Ascorbic Acid, D-Limonene. *Certified Fair Trade by IMO.
Key West Aloe Aloethera Intensive Hand Lotion ($22.00 for 6 oz. from Key West Aloe, Bluefly and Birchbox):

If you seek a very thick and rich hand cream, this is definitely a viable option. It is has the thickness of a cream, rather than a thinner lotion, and it has a slightly waxy texture that coats and protects badly chapped hands and cuticles. It also does a phenomenal job moisturizing and healing dry, chapped and calloused feet. I like to massage it into my feet at night and then wear fluffy cotton socks, and in the morning my feet are so soft and moisturized.

A nasty sunburn isn’t the only reason to reach for the aloe; this wonder plant is an ace at keeping skin healthy and youthful. Which is why this hand lotion comes packed with 52% lab-certified aloe vera. Natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work to stimulate skin repair, calm irritation, and reverse UV damage—all while deeply moisturizing skin for soft, silky hands. There’s no reason not to slather it on daily.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 2.0%.­ Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua),Isopropyl Myristate Synthetic Wax, PEG­45/Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Quaternium­15.

Earth's Care Shea Butter ($9.99 for 6 oz. from Earth's Care and Amazon):

Pure Shea Butter is an absolute essential in my household. It is easy to find, it's affordable, and it is so healthy and nourishing for the skin. It soothes and nourishes dry skin, and it can be used as a really effective lip balm. Earth's Care She Butter, like the rest of their products that I have tried, is high quality, wonderful to use, and affordable.

Extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree (Butyrospermum Parkii), shea butter is prized for its moisturizing and revitalizing properties. It penetrates deeply, and its hydrating qualities soothe and refresh dry, chapped or sun-exposed skin. Indications: earth's care shea butter absorbs quickly, is suitable for all skin types, and does not clog pores. Use it daily to keep skin soft, clear and smooth. It is also an excellent scalp and hair moisturizer. Because shea butter is a natural product, it can become hard and can change in appearance. This is normal. To restore to a pliable consistency, microwave for a few seconds in a microwave-safe container or place jar in a pan of hot water for 15-30 minutes.

Ingredients: 100% Pure and natural Shea Butter. Hexane free.
Earth's Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm ($8.93 for 2.5 oz. from Earth's Care and Amazon):

Earth's Care Dry & Cracked Skin Balm is an ultra-rich, seriously emollient balm that heals badly chapped and cracked skin. It leaves skin soft, supple and deeply moisturized. If you run around barefoot, or work in the garden this is a great choice for rough, chapped and cracked skin.

Cajeput Oil, renowned for its beneficial properties, is distilled from the leaves of the Cajeput tree which grows wild in the forests of Southeast Asia and Australia. The Arnica flower, native to Europe, has been used medicinally for centuries and has proven its value for a variety of skin conditions. Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidant prized for its restorative qualities while Shea Butter is a rich extract from the nut of the African Shea tree. Earth's Care Dry and Cracked Skin Balm is a 100% natural formula that quickly soothes damaged skin and makes it feel visibly softer and smoother. Ideal for rough or cracked skin on hands, elbows and feet, this replenishing blend features nature's most therapeutic oils and extracts from around the world. This balm is suitable for everyday use on damage-prone areas to keep skin healthy, moisturized, and supple. Directions Apply Earth's Care Dry and Cracked Skin Balm as needed to chapped, dry or damaged skin on the hands, elbows, heels, body, face and legs.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vegetable Oil (Glycerides), Gaultheria Procumbens L. (Wintergreen) Oil, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru), Arnica Montana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Melaleuca Cajeputi (Cajeput) Oil, Heterotheca Inuloides Flower Extract, Allantoin (Natural).
DEODORANT:

Via Nature Lavender Eucalyptus Triple Action Natural Enzyme Deodorant ($6.99 for 2.25 oz. from Via Nature, CVS and other retailers):

I have long been a proponent of more natural deodorants, but not all natural deodorants are created equally, and it defeats the purpose of using a deodorant if you end up smelling. I recently discovered Via Nature Triple Action Natural Enzyme Deodorants, and I am very impressed by them. Not only to they offer me long-lasting protection, but I have peace -of-mind knowing that they don't contain harmful chemicals. Lavender Eucalyptus is a lovely fusion of these two potent oils, and it smells divine.  My underarms are rather sensitive, but I have had no adverse reaction to this deodorant. If you are thinking about using healthier deodorants, I definitely recommend considering Via Nature. If you are neither a fan of Lavender, nor Eucalyptus, then their Rosemary Sandalwood Triple Action Natural Enzyme Deodorant will likely appeal to your aromatic sensibility.

Via Nature Stick Deodorants glide on clear and leave no powdery residue. Our high quality Italian engineered packaging is HDPE, eco-cert and BPA Free. Via Nature Sticks will not stain your clothing and provide the protection and confidence you desire throughout the day. Via Nature’s R&D team responded to consumer input regarding deodorants currently on the market and formulated deodorants that easily shower off leaving you fresh for reapplication.

Benefits of Triple Action in Deodorant Sticks:
  • Magnolia Bark and Licorice Root Extracts work together as nature’s odor-deterrents, providing safe, long-lasting protection without harsh chemical additives.
  • Enzymes help to neutralize and fight odor-causing compounds.
  • Powered by 100% natural essential oils and cleansing properties.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside, Lavandula angustifolia(Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Zinc Ricinoleate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sucrose Cocoate, Triethyl Citrate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
Via Nature Rosemary Sandalwood Triple Action Natural Enzyme Deodorant ($6.99 for 2.25 oz. from Via Nature, CVS and other retailers):

This is a deliciously scented deodorant, and it is has much more mellow disposition than their  Lavender Eucalyptus Triple Action Natural Enzyme Deodorant. The edges of the Rosemary are rounded off and mellowed by the Sandalwood, but it offers the same long-lasting odor protection. This is one of my all-time favorite deodorants!

Via Nature Stick Deodorants glide on clear and leave no powdery residue. Our high quality Italian engineered packaging is HDPE, eco-cert and BPA Free. Via Nature Sticks will not stain your clothing and provide the protection and confidence you desire throughout the day. Via Nature’s R&D team responded to consumer input regarding deodorants currently on the market and formulated deodorants that easily shower off leaving you fresh for reapplication.

Benefits of Triple Action in Deodorant Sticks:
  • Magnolia Bark and Licorice Root Extracts work together as nature’s odor-deterrents, providing safe, long-lasting protection without harsh chemical additives.
  • Enzymes help to neutralize and fight odor-causing compounds.
  • Powered by 100% natural essential oils and cleansing properties.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Water (Aqua), Sodium Stearate, Saccharomyces Ferment, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside, Citrus sinensis (Orange) Oil, Citrus paradise (Grapefruit) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Boswellia carterii (Olibanum) Oil, Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Zinc Ricinoleate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sucrose Cocoate, Triethyl Citrate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.
SKINCARE: OILS, SERUMS & EYE CARE
SeabuckWonders Organic Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil ($15.97 for 1.76 oz. from Seabuck Wonders and Amazon):

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is a dark Omega-rich oil is a potent anti-aging oil, among other things, that helps to mitigate the effects of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known to accelerate healing, and as a potent anti-inflammatory oil it works wonders on irritated skin. I do not take it as an oral supplement, and therefore cannot comment on its capacity in that regard, but i will say that it is a great oil to have on hand.

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil provides a rich supply of Omega-7 (30-35%) as well as vitamin E, making Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil invaluable for your health and beauty routine. Omega-7 may support, replenish, moisten mucus membranes that line the digestive urogenital tracts. Another benefit of the internal use of this oil is that it supports hair and nails. By supporting cell health, sea buckthorn berry oil is also wonderful for topical skin treatments.
Seabuck Wonders Organic Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil ($34.97 for 1 oz. from SeabuckWonders, CVS, Amazon and other retailers):

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is a potent antioxidant-rich oil that is loaded with vitamins. It is a regenerative and restorative oil that heals skin, combats fine lines and wrinkles, and is said to work wonders on eczema-prone skin. It has a multitude of uses topically, and some even take it orally– though I am not among them. This potent elixir leaves skin remarkably soft, supple and moisturized.

Vitamins A and E are powerful antioxidants in sea buckthorn seed oil. They can support immunity and provide support for inflammatory conditions. Antioxidants are known to support healthy white blood cell levels. Omega-3 is known to support heart health. Recent studies have shown that plant based Omegas may be just as effective as fish based Omegas in supporting heart health. Omega-3 is also known to support brain health and liver health. Sea buckthorn seed oil also works wonders as a topical treatment for skin support.
evanhealy Argan Intensive Facial Serum with Frankincense ($29.95- for .50 oz. from evanhealy, Amazon, Whole Foods Market and Pharmaca):

evanhealy makes absolutely phenomenal clean and healthy skincare products, and her beauty oils rank among my favorite. evanhealy Argan Intensive Facial Serum with Frankincense is a deeply nourishing luxury beauty oil that leaves skin luminous, hydrated, soft and supple. Furthermore, it plumps fine lines and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. It is lightweight and fast absorbing, and the scent is utterly divine.

Our Argan Intensive Facial Serum’s exceptional regenerative action comes from handcrafted argan oil exclusively produced by the small, self-governed Berber Women’s Co-Operatives of Morocco. Indigenous Berber women produce traditional argan oil from the seeds of this wild-growing thorny evergreen – a tree that can be traced back twenty million years. Twenty-two cooperatives employ more than one thousand women.
  • Featuring precious and exotic essential oils of ancient Sandalwood, dawn-blooming Jasmine & Sacred Frankincense.
  • Deeply nourishes and replenishes due to high percentage of tocopherols
  • Hand-pressed, certified organic argan oil exclusively produced by the small, self-governed Berber Women’s Co-Operatives of Morocco.
  • Rich in tocopherols, squalene and saponins, Argan Intensive Facial Serum works to soften the skin and to minimize the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
Ingredients: Argan (Argania spinosa) Kernel Oil*, Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) Oil*, Jasmine (Jasminum  grandiflorum) Flower Extract*, Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) Wood Oil*, Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Oil*. * ORGANIC
EO Transformative Night Serum with Tsubaki and Rose ($39.99 for 1 oz. from EO Products, Amazon and Target):

If you seek an ultra potent oil-based nighttime serum that boasts exceptional efficacy, and is a joy to use– then EO Transformative Night Serum with Tsubaki and Rose needs to go on your must-have list. It is a lightweight and fast absorbing oil with the delightful scent of Rosa Canina Fruit Oil. It gives skin an ethereal glow upon application, but the real effects are notices the following morning. Skin is left soft, supple, lifted, more even in tone, deeply moisturized, and fine lines are noticeably softened.

This remarkable night serum is packed with natural and organic anti-aging botanical ingredients. Using this serum nightly reduces the visible signs of aging while you sleep. This elixir of antioxidant-rich Argan, Meadowfoam, Pumpkin, Rose, Tsubaki, Avocado, Macadamia, Hemp, Sunflower and Carrot Seed Oils repairs and protects the skin’s essential moisture barrier. 1 fl oz, packaged in a glass bottle with dropper included.

Key Ingredients and their Attributes:

SYNERGISTIC ELIXIR FOR DRY, DAMAGED & AGING SKIN: Pumpkin, Abyssinian, Meadowfoam, Evening Primrose, Avocado, Moringa, Macadamia, Sunflower and Argan Oils are rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Together these oils create a powerful synergistic remedy for dry, damaged and aging skin.

SOFTER, YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN: Tsubaki Oil is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restore skin texture, improve hydration and even skin tone.

POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS: Powerful plant-based antioxidants help defend your skin from the effects of time, the sun and the environment.

BOTANICAL OILS REPLENISH SKIN: Argan, Meadowfoam, Pumpkin, Abysinnian, Evening Primrose, Avocado, Moringa, Macadamia and Carrot Seed Oils replenish your skin and leave it visibly smoother. Tsubaki reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

RARE OMEGA FATTY ACIDS: This serum contains rare omega fatty acids, key to healthier younger looking skin.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Our incredible Essential Oil blend of Rose, Geranium, Frankincense and Helichrysum restores balance and lends this serum its gentle scent.

Ingredients: Organic Argan (Argania Spinosa) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiable, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Tocopherol, EO Essential Oil Blend [Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveleons Flower Oil, Boswellia Carteri Oil, Helichrysum Italicum Oil], Caprilic Capric Triglyceride, Commiphora Mukul Resin ExtractM.

Directions: Gently massage into face and neck paying special attention to any fine lines or wrinkles. Use nightly to restore smoothness, erase visible lines and feed your skin while you sleep.
Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Exfoliating Serum ($34.99 for 1.02 oz. from Mad Hippie, Drugstore.com and Walgreens):

This nighttime exfoliating treatment serum utilizes powerful Glycolic and Lactic Aids to accelerate the removal of dead skin cells while you sleep, and rather than drying out the skin as many exoliants do, this antioxidant rich serum is loaded with Hyaluronic Acid to bolster moisture levels, and vitamin to deeply nourish the skin. It is gentle, yet effective, and skin is left luminous and hydrated–while fine lines are plumped.

Mother Nature & modern science unite to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration & wrinkles in our alpha hydroxy acid based serum. Shed Dull, Damaged Skin & Discoloration to Reveal Brighter, Smoother Skin.

Ingredient Highlights:

Glycolic Acid: Derived from sugar cane and regarded as the most effective of the alpha hydroxy acid family due to its smaller molecular size, glycolic acid is amazing at exfoliating, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration & age spots.

Lactic Acid: Derived from fermented beet sugar & another member of the alpha hydroxy acid family, lactic acid exfoliates, reducing the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration while hydrating & moisturizing.

Apple Stem Cells (PhytoCellTec®): Works to reduce the appearance of age related deterioration of the skin.

Gigawhite: A blend of 6 organically grown alpine plants that inhibit the production of melanin.  Melanin accumulation under the skin is responsible for discoloration resulting from UV damage.

Matrixyl Synthe ‘6:  The newest member to the Matrixyl family of peptides, Matrixyl Synthe ‘6 stimulates the synthesis of 6 major constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction (collagen I, III, IV, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid and laminin 5).

Sodium Hyaluronate: The salt of hyaluronic acid (HA), sodium hyaluronate has much better skin penetrability than HA alone.  Sodium hyaluronate works to plump up the skin, giving you back that youthful, full look.

White Tea: Strong antioxidant with natural anti-carcinogenic qualities that helps neutralize aging free radicals and inhibit photoaging.

Goji Berry: Super-antioxidant berry rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins C, E, B1, B2 & B6.  An amazing source of beta carotene (vitamin A), with anti-inflammatory & anti-aging benefits.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that is vital for the production of collagen.  Vitamin C works to brighten the appearance of the skin while helping curb the aging effects of the sun.

Ceramide: Provides a thin, lipid layer of protection over the skin that aids in moisture retention.

Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Lactic Acid, Matrixyl Synthe' 6 (*), (Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Potassium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, White Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis), Goji Berry Extract (Lycium Barbarum), Polysorbate 20, PhytocellTec (*), (Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Water), Gigawhite (*), (Water, Water, Malva Sylvestris Extract (Mallow), Mentha Piperita Leaf Extract (Peppermint), Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract), Methyl Cellulose, Glycerin, Melatonin, Caffeine, Biotin, Tocopheryl, Ceramide 3, Squalane, Behentrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Potassium Citrate
Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Eye Cream with Peptides, Ceramides, Pomegranate & White Tea ($24.99 for from Mad Hippie, Drugstore.com and Walgreens):

Mad Hippie Eye Cream is formulated to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine line, to treat discoloration, and to reduce swelling. The first test that every eye cream must pass, for me to continue using it, is the Milia test. If an eye cream even hints at giving me Milia then I stop using it. I am pleased to report that Mad Hippie Eye Cream did not cause any Milia, and therefore I was able to continue using it without reservation.

This is a lightweight and fast absorbing eye cream that leaves skin soft, supple, hydrated and lifted. It softens fine line, and has actually helped reduce the appearance of dark circles when I have them. Furthermore, I have noted that my skin appears more luminous and even in tone. There is no discernible scent that might irritate sensitive eyes, or displease people who prefer fragrance free skincare products.

According to Mad Hippie,

It is often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul…unfortunately, they are also the first area to really show our age.  From the dreaded crows feet to those tiring bags under the eyes, uniting the power of peptides & antioxidants, this product packs a punch. Liberate Your Skin from Wrinkles, Swelling & Discoloration.

Genuine flower power natural antioxidants and active essentials work hand in hand to enhance your body's ability to heal and protect.  By leaving out harmful chemicals, parabens, synthetic color & fragrance, Mad Hippie helps your skin achieve true harmony.

Features:
  • 16 Actives with Peptides, Ceramides, Pomegranate & White Tea
  • More Active & More Results
  • No Animal Testing
  • BPA-Free, Recycled & Fully Recyclable Bottles
  • Made in the USA
If you are trying to add more healthy skincare products into your beauty routine, then I encourage you to take a closer look at Mad Hippie.

Ingredient Highlights:

Eyeliss: Triple peptide formula that reduces the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.   Works to increase firmness and elasticity of the skin, giving the skin a refreshed, more youthful look.

Regu-age: Peptide complex that reduces dark circles and puffiness around the eyes by aiding in microcirculation.

Matrixyl 3000: Naturally aids in the production of collagen & elastin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving skin a “lifting” effect.  Matrixyl 3000 has been shown in clinical studies to reduce deep wrinkle surface area by 45%, wrinkle density by 37% & skin roughness by 14%.

Haloxyl: Dual peptide that reinforces firmness and tone while aiding in the reduction of inflammation and dark circles under the eyes.

Chamomile Extract: Provides thin protective shield, while naturally soothing and calming the skin.

Pomegranate: Potent antioxidant that is a high source of ellagic acid, a polyphenol that has been shown in studies to inhibit the growth of skin cancer.  Believed to also mediate the effects of ultraviolet rays & skin discoloration.

Vitamin C: Antioxidant powerhouse that aids in the synthesis of collagen, while it works to protect skin against the sun.  Helps reduce the appearance of discoloration while brightening the appearance of the skin.

Wheat Protein: Works to tighten the skin and aid in hydration.

Vitamin B3: Energizes cells while aiding in metabolism of glucose & synthesis of lipids.  Has strong antioxidant & anti carcinogenic qualities and has been shown to help inhibit the harmful effects of ultra violet rays.  Helps even skin tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Argan Oil: Natural healing agent from Northern Africa.  High source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids & phytosterols.  Works to moisturize & soothe the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Buckwheat: A native plant in central Asia that tones skin while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.

White Tea: Strong antioxidant with natural anti-carcinogenic qualities that works to neutralize free radicals and help prevent UV damage.

Ceramide: Supports the renewal of the skin’s natural protective layer by forming a thin lipid barrier that holds in moisture, while protecting & healing the skin.

Vitamin E: Contains powerful anti aging & anti carcinogenic properties.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles while it helps protects skin from UV & free radical damage.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Niacinamide, Regu-Age (Triple Peptide Complex), Eyeliss (Triple Peptide Formula), Matrixyl 3000, Glycerin, Vitamin K (Phytonadione), Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Squalene, Cholecalciferol, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Argan Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Vitamin E Acetate, Ceramide 3, Buckwheat Wax, White Tea (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Sorbic Acid, Steam Distilled Lime Extract (Citrus Aurantifolia).
Asbury Apothecary Vitamin C Antioxidant Eye Cream ($50.00 for 1 oz. from Asbury Apothecary and their Amazon Store):

This lightweight gel textured eye cream sinks into the skin immediately, and it has a wonderful cooling effect. It plumps fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation over time, decreases puffiness and dark circles, and deeply hydrates the skin. The delicate skin beneath the eyes is left luminous, soft, supple and more even in tone. Furthermore, this gentle formula did not give me any milia, and it is a joy to use.

The Vitamin C Antioxidant Eye Cream is a lightweight gel textured eye cream that hydrates, renews and revitalizes the under eye area. A 5% concentration of easily absorbable Vitamin C stimulates collagen production.  Aloe, Jojoba Oil, and Evening Primrose Oil hydrate and nourish the skin.

The hydration prevents signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles while decreasing puffiness and discoloration. The Vitamin C Antioxidant Eye Cream compliments the Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum, Moisturizer and Facial Cleanser.
  • Gentle yet effective treatment for the delicate area around the eyes.
  • Highly concentrated bio-available Vitamin C hydrates with Aloe, Jojoba and Evening Primrose Oil.
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, puffiness and dark spots.
  • Provides a layer of nourishing and protecting hydration.
  • Encourages collagen production to boost elasticity.
  • Free from synthetic perfumes and dyes.
  • 98.5% Naturally derived ingredients / 70% Organic ingredients.
  • Free from synthetic perfumes, dyes, and parabens. For a full ingredient list, see below.  All skin types.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Mahonia Aquifolium (Oregon Grape), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.

Overall Assessment: Whether you have already gone green or are rotating a few healthier products into your beauty routine, you simply can't go wrong with any of these affordable treasures. Furthermore, these wonderful products make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for the beauty lovers in your life.

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24 comments:

  1. Helen, this is a fantastic post. I need to bookmark it for future reference. So many products that look wonderful: those oils (sea buckthorn is a fave of mine), the Mad Hippie Eye Cream, and I have always studied the Dr. Teal's foot soak and lavender foaming bath but never taken the plunge - now I know I should!

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    1. Thank you, Allison! That means a lot to me coming from you! The Mad Hippie Eye Cream is fantastic, as are the Seabuck Wonders Oils. I definitely recommend trying some of the Dr. Teals products, and these two picks are FANTASTIC! The Lavender Foaming Bath is perfect for a cold winter night! <3

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  2. These are all such fabulous picks!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! I really love all of these products!

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  3. What a fab post! I see so many products that I would love to get my hands on. I have been curious about Mad Hippy for a while. I have a few of their items on my Amazon wishlist. Must get them, soon.

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    1. Thank you so much, Erika! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it so much! These are definitely wonderful products well worth trying. Mad Hippie makes absolutely fantastic products, and I REALLY recommend trying the line. Their face oil is amazing, and it is so affordable. The eye cream is phenomenal, and this exfoliating serum is a must-have! I can't wait for you to try the line!

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  4. You are amazingly informative. This comprehensive post is a "bookmark". So many great products. I've been using some Mad Hippie more lately, great line.

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    1. Thank you, Marcia! That means a great deal to me coming from you! I am flattered that you are bookmarking it, and I am sure that you will really love the products that you try. I agree with you about Mad Hippie, it really is a wonderful line!

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  5. So many great picks - but Dr. Teals Epsome is a favorite in our household... my son plays a lot of sports - football and basketball so he gets bruised a lot. He soaks in a nice warm bath and the bruises are decreased tremendously.

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    1. Thank, Honey! Dr Teal's makes such fantastic products– the Epsom Salts are definitely a must-have for sports bumps and bruises! Such a perfect remedy for your son post football!

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  6. I'll be looking for these next time go to Target....which is this weekend :-)

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    1. Then you definitely should pick some of these babies up, twinsy!

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  7. I'm going to need to take notes, there is just too much great stuff here! I know I'll most definitely be adding the Mad hippie Exfoliating Serums to my routine though. I have been loving their Antioxidant Oil.

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    1. I am very happy to hear that this is a helpful and useful post for you, Bailey! You will absolutely LOVE the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum, Bailey– it is truly amazing, and the price is so affordable! I loge their Antioxidant Oil as well! It's really such a phenomenal line!

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  8. I'll have one of everything - especially the Mad Hippie Eye Cream and the foot soak. The eye cream's ingredient list says it all.

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    1. These are definitely all big-hits in my book, and the Mad Hippie Eye Cream is absolutely amazing! I agree with you about the ingredients!

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  9. Yay for Seabuckthorn! I love that stuff!

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    1. I completely agree, Destany! It is amazing stuff!

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  10. I absolutely adore Dr. Teal's! I love their body oils and all. :)

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    1. They really do make amazing, and affordable, products!

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  11. I am a bath fanatic and I love using epsom salt in them. EO Products is one of my favorite natural skin care brands too!

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    1. I am too, and I thoroughly agree with you! EO is a fantastic natural line, and one that more people should definitely know about.

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  12. I can't wait to do a relaxing bubble bath but I have been doing weekly foot soaks to unwind and relax! Great collection of skincare products for the holidays!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. Hi Ursula! I could use a good relaxing bubble bath about now as well! Weekly foot soaks are such a great idea! Thanks, I am glad that you liked this post! :-)

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