Green Lipstick/gloss Roundup!

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If you have been following my Instagram, you have seen me mention lip products a couple of times. I am loving trying new things from lip scrubs to lip balms to lipsticks. There is just something about putting a pop of color on your lips in the spring or wearing a darker warm color in the fall. This post is all about my current lipstick and lip gloss favorites!

Fitglow Beauty Lipstick

First up is a lipstick collaboration from my favorite subscription box “Glowing Beets” and “Fitglow Beauty”. The color is called “Beet”. As far as I know Fitglow isn’t selling lipsticks at this time, but I’m hoping they do soon. I first tried Fitglow lipstick in 2015 and absolutely loved the formulation. This new color is perfect for spring and is a nice pink. This lipstick is creamy and moisturizing. It is not a glossy looking lipstick but also isn’t matte, it is the perfect middle ground. Of course on of the biggest things for me is what the lipstick is made with. Fitglow only uses organic and natural ingredients.

100% Pure Matte Lipstick

The first matte lipstick I ever tried was the 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Matte lipstick in “Aubergine”. You guys…I am in love! The color is perfect for winter (I got to wear it longer this year because winter went for so long here in Seattle). It is a dark red-purple color. I loved pairing it with a neutral toned eye. Love love love the matte texture. I thought it helped it stick in place and wear longer. 100% Pure is 100% natural, vegan, gluten free, and Cruelty free. Their lipsticks do not contain any dyes and are colored using fruit pigments. You can smell the fruitiness of the lipstick. So cool!

Teri Miyahira Lip Gloss

Perfect lip gloss for everyday and running errands! I tried the Luminosity Lip Gloss in “Innovation”. It is a sheer, pink-mauve color, with high gloss. Because it isn’t like “BAM!” in your face pigmented, it is perfect to throw on to give a makeup look a subtle finishing touch. I also love the vanilla scent that the gloss has. Teri’s products are natural, vegan, and cruelty free. They are also free of dyes, talc, alcohol, and synthetic preservatives. Amazing high end make up line!

Au Naturale su/Stain Matte Stain

This lip stain is making me more in love with matte lip products. I tried the matte lip stain in “On Pointe”. It is a great pink-nude color for a neutral lip. I do think it has more of a liquid lipstick texture. The stain has a strawberry like scent to it. I look forward to trying more colors of this product in the future! Au Naturale Lip Stains are 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. I think this is a very clean make up brand to check out.

HAN Natural Lip Gloss

WOW! This lip gloss is super pigmented! I tried the 100% natural lip gloss in “Raspberry Chardonnay”. It is a pink color with a slight shimmer and high gloss. The gloss has a strong vanilla scent (which I looooove because I am a vanilla-aholic). If you want a quick application for a bold lip, this is your gloss. HAN uses natural ingredients like acai oil, argan oil, shea butter, and lots more in this gloss. HAN is a cute and affordable make up line that I really like.

Happy Little Camper Review

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Have you ever looked at what is in your baby’s wipes? It is shocking what some companies want you to use on your child. Up until now I have made my own baby wipes from paper towels, pure castile soap, coconut oil, and water. Recently I started looking at better options than conventional baby wipes and found “Happy Little Camper”.

Happy Little Camper is a 100% non-gmo cotton baby wipe. They are hypoallergenic and biodegradable. These baby wipes contain organic Aloe Vera which leaves the skin nourished and refreshed. They have a great thickness to them and are very soft. It’s important that the wipes aren’t super wet and also not too dry. These are the perfect balance. They are durable and stand up to any mess (pee, poop, and after meal clean up). I am really happy with how these wipes perform!

These wipes are free of fragrance (known to be a huge toxin), silicone, parabens, polyethylene glycols (polymers of ethylene oxide), and polyethylene terephthalate (synthetic plastic polymers). It is also free of chlorine and ethyl alcohol! I liked that these wipes are free of some of the big nasty chemicals!

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Most families are on a budget, mine included. We aren’t made of money and the diapers and wipes cost adds up quick. These baby wipes are the same price as conventional wipes, but without some of the nasty chemicals. A 72 count pack is $3.99. They also have to-go wipe packs (3, 20 count packs) for $5.99.

If you are looking for a better baby wipe option, definitely check out Happy Little Camper!

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Sun’s out, Bugs out!

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Since Seattle has gotten a little bit of warm weather, the bugs are starting to come out. Insect repellents are full of crazy toxic chemicals. Last year I started hunting for better alternatives that still perform!

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Every year I get sooooo many bug bites! I do not know what it is about me, but mosquitos love me. Last spring/summer I made my own bug spray that I used. It is an essential oil mixture that performed AMAZING! I did not get any bites on the places I sprayed. I don’t use this on Echo, because I don’t know the exact dilution of my mixture and it hasn’t been tested. It is super easy to make and works great. Here’s the recipe:

-4 oz. blue glass spray bottle

-Fill 3/4 of the way with water

-Add 2 Tablespoons Witch Hazel

-Add 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil & 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I use Young Living)

-Shake before each use & spray on

Puracy Natural Bug Spray

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For Echo, I really like using the Puracy Bug Spray! One of the big things that I like about it is that it is 100% DEET free. It’s also free of other nasty substances like Formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and more. It is made up of essential oils and botanical extracts which smell great! The peppermint, citronella, geranium, lemongrass, and Vanilla all blend well together. It isn’t greasy when you spray it on your body and then rub it in. It is recommended that you consult with your child’s physician if you intend to use it on a baby younger than 6 months. I used this on Echo last summer when he was 17-21 months old. He had no reactions or anything to the spray itself. He didn’t get any bug bites, so it performed great! It is also pretty budget friendly at $12 for a 4 oz. spray bottle. We only used one bottle last spring/summer. Puracy was definitely a better option than conventional bug sprays for my family!

Hope you are all enjoying this Spring sunshine! Have you tried natural & non toxic bug sprays? Comment below 🙂 share with friends.

Thrive Market

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Due to my health struggles and how difficult it has been to live a normal life, I was on a hunt to find a place to buy natural/organic foods for my family online. I kept seeing other green living bloggers post about this online market called “Thrive Market” and decided to check it out! I think I have been a member for about 6 months now and love shopping through them.

To shop you create a profile and start a 30 day trial, then at the end of the trial period you start a membership which costs about $60 a year. One of the really cool things about Thrive Market is that when you pay for your membership, you are also sponsoring a low-income family so they have access to healthy foods! I have looked at other healthy/organic stores for the products i like to buy through Thrive, and you really are getting a good deal.

A feature that I really like about Thrive is that you can shop according to diet restrictions. Each product has multiple “values” which could include gluten-free, vegan, made in the USA, supports charity, and many many more. It makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

Some of the things I buy from Thrive Market:

One Degree Organic Foods- Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Cocoa Crisps

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We eat this cereal as a dessert most of the time. It is very sweet and chocolatey, so it makes the perfect sweet treat here and there. These cocoa crisps are organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, and vegan. Our whole family can eat them. The only negative is that for my house full of guys, the 10 oz. box doesn’t last long haha. But that isn’t that big of a problem.

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil

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We used to use a lot of olive oil, but I was reading about smoke points (I’ll write about this in a different blog post) and wanted something with a higher smoke point. We tried out this avocado oil and love it! It is 100% avocado oil, and comes in a dark glass bottle.

Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels 

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One thing that I struggle with is finding things that fit with the restricted diet that I stick to. These chocolate morsels were a great find for me because they are gluten, dairy, soy, and nut free (and free of a few more common allergens). We are a house full of cookie monsters, so this makes it possible for us all to eat chocolate chip cookies!

Primal Kitchens Chipotle Lime Mayo w/ Avocado Oil

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This is one of our absolute favorite products to order! It is seriously so yummy! It has a good kick and great flavor. We use it on sandwiches, sweet potato hash, and also use it as a dipping sauce for meats. This product is also another great find that fits with my restricted diet. It is gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar free. It is also organic and uses cage free eggs. This mayo is added to my cart with every order haha.

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

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This is the number one cracker in my book! Simple Mills has three flavors that are dairy free: Sundried Tomato & Basil, Sea Salt, and Rosemary & Sea Salt. They also have a Farmhouse Cheddar flavor which is rBST free. They are all gluten and soy free as well as organic and non-gmo. These crackers are also toddler approved! Echo’s favorite is the Farmhouse Cheddar flavor, but he likes them all.

I also want to add that their customer service has been very helpful. Recently one of my sauces broke during transit, and I contacted them on how to replace it. Because they are an environmentally conscious company, they won’t just send out replacement products (which I thought was really cool). As a customer, it would be easy to freak out and say no I want my product. But as someone who is environmentally conscious I admire that they stick to their guns and just give you store credit so that you can purchase it with your next box of products.

No matter what your diet, definitely check out Thrive Market! What was your Thrive Market experience? Comment below 🙂 like this post and follow the blog.

LILFOX Review

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Pretty early on in my changing to green/organic living I discovered a company called LILFOX. The ingredients they use for each product are natural, organic, and wildcrafted. I am going to share my 100% honest thoughts about a couple products that I have tried from them.

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First up is the “Youthful Vixen Eye Butter“. I am absolutely in love with this stuff! I use it every night, and sometimes I use it in the morning too. I have “smile lines” under my eyes. I don’t know if that’s an actual thing, but it’s little wrinkles under my eyes from when I smile. It is super important to me though to keep that area moisturized to prevent more wrinkles from forming. That’s why I use this product every single night.

This eye butter contains cold pressed organic and wildcrafted black cumin seed and cucumber oils, as well as other hydrating oils. The combination of these oils give the butter a spicey smell (it does not smell floral) which I really enjoy. To put it on I just rub my finger on the product, you don’t need a ton. It’s not a product to scoop out of the jar. It should feel like an oil on your finger. Then i dab it onto my under eyes. If there is excess I wipe it off, but usually just let it soak into my skin. Super easy and takes literally 2 seconds before bed!

If I’m putting on make up in the morning, I do not put this on underneath. It makes the under eye too moist, and your mascara and make up can run off on it. On days that I don’t do make up, which is most days, I put it on in the morning.

One of these pots of gold is $58.00. However, with each use you only use a small amount so the jar lasts a while.

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The next LILFOX product that I have tried is the “Maracuja+Rose Youthful Vixen Face Nectar“. This comes in a glass dropper bottle and is an oil type product. When applied to the face it does not leave you feeling oily. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling nourished. Only 1-3 drops are needed to massage into your skin. I use this once a day along with the Youthful Vixen Eye Butter.

The face nectar contains so many plant oils, and also contains rich moisturizing oils. The smell of this one is almost musky and floral at the same time. I like it because it isn’t overwhelmingly floral. When I use it with the eye butter, the smells don’t conflict with each other. This face nectar is in my top five favorite face oils.

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Lastly, I have tried the “Mystic Awakening Rosemary Toning Mist“. With the first spray of this toning mist on my face, I was like “woah this is potent”! For me though, the smell is so strong and overpowering. The smell alone woke me up immediately. If you love the smell of Rosemary, this is your toning mist! It is hydrating and nourishing on the skin. Just not my favorite mist.

If you are looking for a product line full of high quality ingredients and chic packaging, definitely go check out LILFOX!

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GIA Minerals- “Color Me Summer” Collection

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I won a giveaway on Instagram from GIA Minerals and Life with Libby, and it was the “Color Me Summer” collection. I am seriously in love! The collection has purples, a dark green, and a beige color. It also came with the clear lip plumper gloss. It’s still winter, but I’m dreaming of warmer Spring and Summer days using these products!

Loose Powder Eye Shadows 

I was excited to win this collection because I wanted to be adventurous and play with colors that I don’t normally wear. I stick to my natural brown tones whenever I do my makeup. I am not a makeup pro, so I play it safe with the basics. With this collection though I wanted to try something new. Now I love using the purple tones in the collection, and my hubby thinks it looks great too! The combo of the Dejavou in the crease, Mystique on the lid, and Lolita on the brow bone is a new favorite! “Dejavou” is a rich, shimmery, dark purple. “Mystique” is a pastel shimmery shade. “Lolita” is a great highlight of soft white powder and purple sparkles. Each one is made of a handful of natural and organic ingredients. GIA Minerals has become a favorite of mine!

Lip Plumper 

I am also loving the lip plumper gloss. I actually think that the scent makes it more of a fall product. It has a spicy warm scent and feel to it, and I’m enjoying using it this fall for church or family outings. Love the combo of this plumper with the bold purples. It is a nice, subtle, clear gloss.

If you haven’t checked out GIA Minerals yet, definitely head over to their website. They have so many highly pigmented loose powder eyeshadows that are gorgeous and a ton of other products! The company only uses natural and organic ingredients in their makeup. If you are in the market for a high end natural makeup line, check them out!

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JORD Wood Watch Review

 

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So excited to share with you all about the JORD wood watches! I received the Cora Series Zebrawood and Turquoise wood watch, and am in love! It looks and feels amazing!

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The first thing that I was happy with was that JORD uses furniture remnants and trees that have come down due to natural causes for their watches! By using furniture remnants, they are keeping more waste out of landfills. I also love that they do not just tear down trees, the trees come down due to weather. They only need a small amount of wood to make a watch, so tearing down trees is not needed. So important that fashion is sustainable and good for the environment!

When i was looking at watches, I was worried that they would be super heavy and bulky. When my watch arrived and I tried it on, i was surprised at how light it was! This is a watch that I could definitely wear everyday and it would not get in the way of my mom duties. The watch is able to be worn for washing a dish really quick, but if I were doing a sink full of dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher)  and dealing with large amounts of water I would take it off.  I do the same thing for my wedding ring, so that is not a big deal to me.

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I love the turquoise color of my watch! My wardrobe pretty much only consists of black, grey, and white. This watch allows me to add a pop of color in a fun and stylish way! I feel like every wood watch is unique, and they are such an eye catching accessory. So excited to style my fall outfits and incorporate this watch.

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If you haven’t checked out JORD wood watches, definitely take a peek at their website!

Women’s Shop

They have a watch for every woman’s style, and they also have men’s styles too!

 

You now have a chance to win a shop credit toward a JORD wood watch of your own! Click the link below and enter the contest for a chance to win a $75 credit! This is such a great prize, and you will love all the styles you have to choose from. Giveaway ends October 2nd. Good Luck!

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Glowing Beets Box- December

 

 

 

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I’ve taken a few months to post about the products in the Glowing Beets subscription box that I receive every month. I wanted to make sure I test and use each product, so that I am only blogging about/promoting products that I would personally use. I am not affiliated with or compensated by anyone, so I will keep it 100% real with you all! So far I have loved absolutely every box! I encourage anyone who wants to test out some green beauty/green living products to check out this subscription box! Glowingbeets.com

The December box was my first box. This box included a “Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Healing Hand Butter in Lavender Vanilla”, “Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions, Pumpkin Facial Mask”, “Sally B’s Skin Yummies, B Glossy Lip Gloss in Soft Kiss”, “Grateful Naturals, Pure Botanical Lip Balm in Vanilla Honesuckle”, “Mullen & Sparrow, Immortelle & Myrrh”, “Little Barn Apothecary, Body Oil in Honeysuckle+Grapefruit”, and lastly “Zabana Essentials, Facial Steamer in Herbaceous”.

Healing Hand Butter

 

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This hand butter by Sally B’s Skin Yummies smells AMAZING! I love the lavender and vanilla scent that came in this box! The hand butter does such a great job at moisturizing my hands. Since I use the restroom so often and I’m a mom, I am constantly washing my hands. My hands get super dried out, but this really helps keep my skin smooth and hydrated. According to Skin Deep by EWG, this product is rated a 3 (on a 1-10 scale, 1 being the best for you) and contains a couple of ingredients that may be irritating or toxic. I personally really like this hand butter and will continue to use it!

Pumpkin Facial Mask 

 

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I had never tried a face mask prior to this one, but I loved it! This face mask from “Sweet Emotions Soaptions & Potions” is seasonal I believe and smells like pumpkin pie. Love love love the smell! This left my skin so soft and moisturized. I never knew that pumpkin was so good for your skin, but it has alpha hydroxy acids (smoothes & helps cell turnover) and a bunch of vitamins that can help with anti-aging. This mask is not on the Skin Deep by EWG website so there is no rating currently. There are only 7 ingredients and they are organic.

B Glossy Lip Gloss

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Love love love this lip gloss! Such a soft, shimmery color which is what I like. I received this product because another had been sold out before I signed up for my Glowing Beets subscription. So glad I got to try it! Once again, I have to mention the smell of this product. It is so pepperminty (is that a word?)! I love the smell of peppermint so definitely a plus for me. When you apply it, it also tingles your lips a little bit from the mint. This lip gloss is rated a 2 by Skin Deep by EWG. It is also “EWG Verified” which means they have gone through extra steps to show their product meets strict health standards. This lip gloss gets two thumbs up from me!

Grateful Naturals Lip Balm

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This tiny little tube of lip balm packs a punch. Love that the lip balm makes my lips feel moisturized and soft. I also am a Vanilla addict, so I LOVE the smell of this product! This is just a really good lip balm to carry around with you or keep in your purse! It is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG, but it has 6 ingredients and they are all natural.

Immortelle & Myrrh

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This serum is full of nourishing oils for your skin! Seriously, this little bottle of goodness increases cell regeneration, smoothes, moisturizes, and has anti-aging benefits. It is not super oily, and I actually found that I like mixing it with moisturizer so it spreads on the skin better. The only thing I did not like so much with this product was the smell. I personally like a more fresh or fruity scent. This product has a combination of musk and floral to me, so it’s not my favorite. This product is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG.

Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil

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I love love love this body oil! This oil has anti-aging benefits, and it smoothes and moisturizes! It does not leave me feeling super greasy and absorbs right into my skin. I put this on my whole body, including my face (not sure if you are “supposed” to do that, but I do). The scent is the perfect balance of floral and fruity, and kinda gives me summer vibes. I love things that remind me of summer! So far this has been my favorite body oil that I have tried! This is not rated on Skin Deep by EWG.

Herbaceous Facial Steamer

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This facial steamer felt like I stepped into a spa with it’s herb scent! This product allows you a few minutes to just sit and relax, while it steams and clears out all the pores in your face. You and your face will feel refreshed after this for sure. Love this facial steamer!

For details on each product you can click the names, and it will take you to the product page. Also, below are some resources I used along with the product pages.

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Other Resources:

Benefits of Pumpkin

Skin Deep by EWG

Honest Company Review

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Since having my baby boy, we have tried a lot of different soaps, lotions, and ointments. Our favorite so far has been the “Honest Company” products! It is a company that I felt more comfortable with as far as ingredients, and it is super easy to pick up because it is available at stores like Target.

When the whole Johnson & Johnson lawsuit thing happened, I set out to research each ingredient in the products that I put on my son from The Honest Company. All the research and data I based my opinions on were from “Skin Deep by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)”. I looked up each ingredient individually and also have included in this post the overall rating that EWG gave each product, www.ewg.org/skindeep. I am not a chemist or doctor, so this is completely my own opinion based on personal research.

Honest Shampoo & Body Wash 

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This wash has helped my son’s skin so much! Other soaps were drying out his skin so bad. Pretty much immediately my husband and I saw a difference in the way his skin looked. We use the “Perfectly Gentle” scent that is sweet orange and vanilla. I am a vanilla addict, so I absolutely love the scent! The one not so great thing is that I used it on my hair, and it ended up making my hair really dry. For my son and as a body wash it works great though!

When looking up the ingredients, there were a couple that came up as “possible toxins”(not enough data to prove or disprove). Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice may be a developmental toxin. Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride may be a toxin to organs.

This wash is rated 1 by Skin Deep by EWG.

Honest Face & Body Lotion 

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This unscented lotion, “Perfectly Simple”, has worked so well on my son and even on me. It does not contain apple which is an allergy I have, so I love that I can use it too! The lotion is not greasy when you apply it, it absorbs really well.

“Possible Toxins”: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice may be a developmental toxin, and Glyceryl Stearate has low concern of being an environmental toxin.

This lotion is rated 1 by Skin Deep by EWG.

Honest Healing Balm 

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This balm has been AMAZING! At 10 months old my son all of the sudden had what we thought was eczema patches all over his body. With me wanting to switch all of our products to green options, I did not want to use Hydrocortisone cream on the eczema so I started applying this balm. It helped keep his skin moisturized so well and clears up the patches pretty quick. We are now thinking that the dry skin patches may be related to a gluten reaction, but that’s a different topic. We love this balm though!

“Possible Toxins”: Tocopherol at high doses may be linked to tumor formation.

This balm is rated 1 by Skin Deep by EWG.

These are the items that I use on my son, but soon will dish on other Honest products that I have tried around the house! To check out the company and the ingredients in each product visit www.honest.com. Thanks so much for reading this post 🙂 don’t forget to sign up for email updates when I release new blog posts!

Organic Hand Sanitizer

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Hand sanitizers are full of chemicals that are meant to kill bacteria and make you cleaner. Unfortunately, they actually harm your body. So I set out to find a good, quality, effective organic hand sanitizer. A friend of mine actually reviewed “Kosmatology” on her green living blog so I decided to try out this company. I ordered 2 different scents to see which I liked best and here is what I thought!

Ok, so my personal rule is that I will not promote something that I personally won’t use. I have been using these hand sanitizers for a little over a month, and I LOVE the “Goody-Goody Grapefruit” scent.

Kosmatology offers 3 scents of hand sanitizer: “Goody-Goody Grapefruit (Grapefruit & Clove), Botanical Bliss (Lavender & Eucalyptus), and Herbal Fresh (Rosemary & Spearmint)”. The sanitizers are sold in 2 ounce spray bottles for about $4. I did not test the “Herbal Fresh” scent but I will try that scent when I re-order!

I bought the “Botanical Bliss” and “Goody-Goody Grapefruit” scents. My favorite scent was the Grapefruit! The fruitiness of the grapefruit plus the spiciness of the clove is AMAZING! I will definitely be re-ordering this scent from Kosmatology!

I love the smell of the Lavender and Eucalyptus sanitizer, but unfortunately it left a slight stickiness on my hands. So personally I will stick with the grapefruit sanitizer that did not leave that feeling on my hands.

Overall, I loved trying the Kostmatology hand sanitizers! I will definitely be re-ordering! You can purchase the hand sanitizer at kosmatology.com.

Thank you so much for reading! HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! 🙂