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Carefree Organics Review + Coupon Code

This is my Carefree Organics Review + Coupon Code. Use code JES15 for 15% off sitewide! I’ve reviewed some of their other products in the past, you can read that review here.

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Carefree Organics Review + Coupon Code

About:

“Carefree Organics is a family-owned + operated business that launched in 2013. We began with 3 goals in mind: the cleanest of ingredients, affordability, and effectiveness. Through word of mouth, our following grew, allowing us to grow. We are proud to be ever-improving and hold ourselves to high standards for YOU.

Rebecca & Raymond, CEO + Co-creators
Kai, River, & Huntington; Future Owners

Rebecca holds a Masters Degree and has experience as a skincare consultant at celebrity cult spa, Mario Badescu of NYC. She now prides herself in running Carefree Organics and being CEO of her household with her 3 little boys. She most recently is undertaking a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program and studying astrology, while continuing to blog about inner + outer wellness. Her hope is to merge her passions to inspire whole wellness and peace in women’s lives.

Raymond holds a PhD and enjoys teaching at UNCW as well as the great outdoors; he’s an avid surfer, grappler, and artist. He is the boys’ hero and Mama’s right hand man in running the business.”

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Carefree Organics Review + Coupon Code: Products I Tried

Ageless: The Everything Serum

About:

“Be Ageless. Soften. Plump. Prime. This everything serum is suitable for use as a one-stop-shop for total hydration for every skin type. The perfect ratio of a water-restorative hyaluronic acid base boosted with powerfully anti-aging marine collagen, ferulic acid, + vitamin e rounded out with a hint of healing nourishing vitamin c-packed marula oil awaits your skin… It’ll drink it in!

To use:

Apply to skin following your cleansing/toning. perfect for daytime use, suitable for overnight.

Ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid (distilled water, sodium hyaluronate powder), organic sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e) powder, ferulic acid powder, hydrolyzed collagen (marine collagen peptide) powder, optiphen (a non paraben/non-formaldehyde gentle preservative), sorbic acid .”

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Stress Spray

About:

“Seeking complete freedom in skincare? Want the purest of ingredients that green beauty has to offer? Looking to calm + correct inflamed skin? Want to uplift stressed senses + spaces? Utilizing dewy rosewater, beautifully balancing essential oils, and the real powerhouse: full spectrum CBD oil, you’ll be left clear, soft, + glowing with ease.

To use:

Shake well + mist as desired on stressed skin, body, sheets, + space. suitable for use as a toner after cleansing and before hydrating.

Ingredients:

Rosa damascena (rose) water, lavandula officinalis (lavender) flower oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, copaifera officinalis (copaiba balsam) resin oil, vetivera zizanoides (vetiver) root oil, cannabis sativa (full spectrum CBD) seed oil

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Starry Skin Primer

About:

“Its name says it all! The perfect lightweight rose primer to delicately hydrate while leave that perfect GLOW to the skin before applying your fav makeup (or go makeup-free!).

This unique vitamin-rich essential formula smooths, hydrates, and revitalizes while preparing skin for long-lasting makeup wear. Energized with our vitamin complex, this silky serum naturally hydrates and controls oil, giving the skin a dewy, pearlescent finish to incorporate in a daily regimen.

A rich combination of Vitamins B, E, and C nourish the skin to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven tones, and fine lines. This water-based, rose-scented formula replenishes moisture levels with Hyaluronic Acid and creates the perfect canvas for makeup application and a radiant glow.

To use:

Apply 1-2 pumps of this iridescent primer to cleansed hydrated skin before applying makeup or go au naturale!

Ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Carrageenan, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Maltodextrin, Pyridoxine HCl (Vitamin B6), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Mica, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Polyacrylate, Cellulose Gum, Silica, Titanium Dioxide.”
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Brow + Lash Serum

About:

“Thinning brows due to age, medical conditions, postpartum, or over-plucking in the 90’s? Sparse lashes you just WISH you could enhance without a lengthy pricey risky temporary service? Thought about serums, but questioned the ingredients and thought they were overpriced? LOOK NO MORE!

This silky serum helps provide moisture to the lash and brow area and supports the look of fuller, thicker lashes and brows. The vitamin E and vegetable-derived squalane helps condition the lash and brow area to visibly enhance thickness.

This serum also contains CoQ10, also known as Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant, is used to support the look of healthy lashes and brows. Combined with an Amino Acid Complex, daily application helps to visibly support the look of fuller lashes and brows.

To use:

Apply on lash line + brows each evening.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Xanthan Gum, Wheat Amino Acids, Soy Amino Acids, Arginine HCl, Serine, Threonine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Squalane, Ubiquinone, Polysorbate 80, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA.” carefree organics skincare review coupon code

My Experience:

To start off, I want to share that I’ve had a beautiful experience with this brand from day one. I love and respect the hard work that Rebecca and Raymond have put into their brand. Carefree Organics not only boasts an inspiring + awesome name, but they have a thoughtful, unique line of products that truly seem one of a kind.

Also, they’re been generous, helpful and communicative in terms of my interaction with them as a blogger. That shows me that I’m sure they treat their customers with the utmost care, timeliness and consideration. Not every brand is like that, so they stands out to me.

Carefree Organics Review – Stress Spray

Jumping right into the products, I’m absolutely obsessed with the Stress Spray. The combination of the rose water, ylang ylang, bergamot and lavender are such a wonderfully medley for the nasal cavity. It’s truly like a relaxing, deep belly breath of fresh air.

As they suggest, I use this sort of all over! On my face, neck, shoulders as well as our pillows. We’re big on sleep in our house, so anything we can implement to naturally increase the enjoyment/restfulness of our sleep is a great thing to me.

Carefree Organics Review – Ageless: The Everything Serum

I actually noticed right away after using the Ageless: The Everything Serum how my skin was glowing. Sure, it was clearly because of the Marula oil, which provided a shine. But, there was something else. It felt like my skin somehow got caught up on the 128 glasses of water I didn’t drink last year. Haha!

I love the mindfulness that was clearly brought to this product, as they incorporate hyaluronic acid, marula oil and marine collagen in this serum. It’s a recipe for skin hydration, for sure. I’m thinking that with regular use, you can notice some big skin health gains.

Carefree Organics Review – Brow + Lash Serum

I’d never used a serum for hair growth on the brows and lashes before, and I was curious about trying this one. My main apprehension is that I wasn’t sure if applying something to my lash line would make my eyes sting. It actually wasn’t one bit uncomfortable and forgot I had it on (I’ve been applying it about 2 hours before bed).

The ingredients on the Brow + Lash Serum are cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, talc-free, and eco-friendly. That said, I typically look for ingredients that are straightforward, recognizable and/or botanical plant compounds that are familiar to me.

I did a little research on the ingredients in this formula that I was not familiar with, and I can report that they have a rating of 5 or lower on the EWG Skin Deep rating scale.  On their scale, 0-2 indicates a low hazard, and 3-6 indicates a moderate hazard. This is on a scale of 10, with the 7-10 range being high hazard.

I do want to point out that I recognize we all fall at different points on the spectrum in terms of the ingredients we look for. If you are simply looking for cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, silicone-free, talc-free, and eco-friendly, then this product could be a good fit for you.

I’ve only been testing this serum for about 2 weeks; my lashes and brows do seem healthy. It’s hard to say at this point if I’ve noticed growth. However, similar to hair on your hair, it’s not going to grow a ton overnight. With regular & consistent use, I’d imagine you’d see some results.

Carefree Organics Review – Starry Skin Primer

This is a great idea for a product; a primer that lays down an illuminating layer that will sit under your foundation or finishing oil/serum (if you’re not wearing makeup). My preference is to use it as a layer under makeup. It definitely lights up your complexion and gives you a noticeable glow.

Similar to the Brow + Lash Serum, the Starry Skin formulation included a few ingredients that were unfamiliar to me. They sit 4 or lower on the EWG Skin Deep rating scale, similar to the Brow + Lash Serum Ingredients.

I did gain some insight on the Brow + Lash Serum and Starry Skin ingredients, in case you are curious like I was. There two products are part of Carefree’s lab-co created line which varies from their small batch, in house products. The lab they collaborated with uses some ingredients in their formulations that Carefree does not in their other products. These ingredients are slightly more main-stream in the green beauty world.

Would I Recommend?

So, would I recommend these products? I would highly recommend the Stress Spray and Ageless: The Everything Serum. These two products are clean, they boast anti-aging benefits and they leave you feeling calm + hydrated.

The Brow + Lash Serum + Starry Skin are in a different category, in my opinion. I would recommend them as a step in a cleaner direction if you currently use a generic hair growth serum and face primer that contain a long list of toxic ingredients. It all depends on what your barometer is for cleanliness of ingredients.

Also, EWG is not the only source of ingredient information, so I encourage you to do your own research on ingredients that you’re interested in!

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Annmarie Gianni Wild Alchemy Collection Review

This is my Annmarie Gianni Wild Alchemy Collection Review. I’ve tried and reviewed several other products by this incredible brand in the past, check one of them out here.

Antioxidant Lip Balm

Key Ingredients: Cocoa Extract, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Buriti Fruit Oil, Cocoa Butter

Moisturizes. Fortifies. Rejuvenates. This creamy, all-natural balm moisturizes and fortifies both pucker and pout. Organic cocoa butter softens lips while antioxidant-rich, omega-heavy fruit oils of buriti and sea buckthorn fight free radicals. Rich cocoa extract leaves kisses luminous and luscious—with a hint of chocolate.

My Experience:

What sets this lip balm apart from others is that it does more than just take care of chapped, dry, cracked lips. This balm nourishes, restores and heals the skin of your lips. For you, this means healthier skin on your lips (just as important as the rest of the face!) and more luster.

I especially love the sea buckthorn ingredient; as this is one of my favorite skin care oils to bring skin back into balance. The Antioxidant Lip Balm smells like cocoa butter with a subtle hint of fruitiness. It’s a naturally light and pleasant scent that’s left on your lips.

If you apply makeup over this lip balm, know that it makes the perfect primer for lip stick/lip gloss. It also helps it to stay on your lips longer and minimizes the look of creases/wrinkles on your lips. It’s the little boosts of youthfulness this little lip balm provides that makes all the difference.

Fruit Ceramide Eye Serum

Key Ingredients: Artemisia, Sake Peptides, Pineapple Ceramides, Lingonberry Plant Stem Cells

Hydrates. Revitalizes. Illuminates. This transformative treatment is formulated to enhance the resilience and radiance of the delicate skin around the eyes. Pineapple ceramides and sake peptides are blended with 12 sub formulas to target the appearance of deep lines, while lingonberry stem cells and helichrysum firm and soften. Hand selected extracts of artemisia and sambucus soothe sensitivities, creating a luxe complex that protects against oxidative stress and illuminates skin.

My Experience:

I’ll start off by saying I’m not big of buying an eye-specific products because I like to keep it simple. I just use my facial serums/moisturizers on my eye area and find that works well for me. So, the funny part is that instead of just using this on my eye area, I’ve been using it on my whole face. Why not! I use it pretty sparingly since it’s like liquid gold.

Most people want to know if “it works.” In a word, I would say GLOW. This serum helps you glow. It’s similar to how you notice your skin morph when you start eating more raw fruits and vegetables.

It’s illuminating for the skin and helps you emit that dewy look from you face. Of course, the best part is that it’s not just about the look of your skin; this product is improving the health of it as well. It’s a win all around.

Charcoal Cacao Mask

Key Ingredients: Activated Charcoal, Cacao, Turmeric Essential Oil

Calms. Clarifies. Revives. This activated treatment mask infuses your skin with potent antioxidants, gentle clays and cooling botanicals to reveal a smooth and clear complexion. Hydrating aloe vera works to lock in moisture, while coconut charcoal draws out deep impurities. Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities. Cacao delivers complex nutrients for healthy skin, visibly improving texture, tone and radiance.

My Experience:

A gentle, but effective detox for skin that’s been overloaded. This mask helps lift impurities from my skin without being stripping. I really love the synergistic formulation here. Most charcoal masks are just charcoal by themselves; which can help detox. However, how Annmarie adds in the other nourishing ingredients makes for a mask that brings moisture restoration and a calming affect to the skin.

Because this mask really gets the grime out of skin, I do like to follow up with the Wild Fruit Serum and Radiate Facial Moisturizing Oil to optimize the treatment.

Tip: I recommend using a microfiber towel (or a natural hemp cloth–something similar to that) to remove this mask. Or, if you are rinsing it off in the shower, that’s even more ideal. This mask can be pretty messy to take off (even though I think it just seems more messy, since you can see the black flecks washing off of your face), so I’ve had the best luck removing it one of those two ways.

Wild Fruit Serum

Key Ingredients: Apple Extract, Knotweed Extract, Madonna Lily Plant Cells, Kakadu Plum Extract.

Brightens. Hydrates. Rejuvenates. The ultimate skin elixir — this serum brightens, hydrates, and helps tone aging skin. Brightens the appearance of skin tone with a concentrated dose of fruit, herb and plant-cell extracts. A dynamic blend of Kakadu plum and apple helps revive dull skin. Resveratrol-rich knotweed, plant-cell extracts and copper combine to help keep skin moist, plump and supple for an overall even-toned, luminous glow.

My Experience:

In a different way than what was originally intended, I like to mix this serum with the eye serum on my fingertips, rub together and apply to my entire face. I like the idea of getting the entire range of ingredients in both products onto my face. Major wow-factor when you take a look at the plant-powered goodness on these ingredient lists.

Like I mentioned in regards to the Fruit Ceramide Eye Serum, this Wild Fruit Serum really brings the glow. Also, the consistency is perfect for wearing under a face oil. I like to apply it to freshly cleansed skin, let it dry, then finish with one of my favorite Annmarie facial oils.

I’ve only been using these products for a few months, but I have a feeling that with prolonged, regular use, I would really get to experience the anti-aging benefits of the incredible ingredients. I like to think of this serum as a smoothie for your face; so many good phytonutrients + plant compounds. Similar to a nutrient-dense diet, if you expose your body to it repeatedly, so will gain more and more health + vitality as time passes.

Palo Santo Hair & Body Mist

Key Ingredients: Palo Santo, Cardamom, Peru Balsam

Awakens. Uplifts. Energizes. Infused with crystals, the Palo Santo Hair & Body Mist is a non-toxic perfume that promotes healthy tresses and warms the senses. It’s formulated with a sustainably-sourced blend of essential oils like palo santo, cardamom and peru balsam for an earthy, grounding experience.

My Experience:

What a dream to use this product, seriously. Such an immediate vibe change. I love to close my eyes and spray this evenly over my face and neck. I also use it as a perfume, as I do not use traditional perfumes anymore (due to their heavy toxic load and chemically-laden ingredients).

To me, it feels like it clears any stagnant energy while also grounding me at the same time. It’s a part of my self care ritual in the bathroom. Spraying it before practicing yoga or doing a Melissa Wood Health workout at home is also something I use this product for.

I would recommend it for all of these uses, especially as a way to lift your vibe and transition over to a completely natural perfume. for those not familiar with Palo Santo, it is a wood that has a deep, almost sweet woody, forresty smell and it’s a total experience. It has energy cleansing benefits and leaves you smelling incredible.

Another thing worth mentioning; I was trying to figure out what the “secret sauce” is here. Then, I realized that this has balsam in it! Balsam is one of my very favorite essential oils. I really adds an incredible depth to the scent.

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Blissoma Organic Skincare Review + Coupon Code

This is my Blissoma Organic Skincare Review + Coupon Code. Use code GOODERBODYDUO for buy one bodycare item, get the second 50% off!

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About:

ROOTED IN PLANT SCIENCE.

Our products restore skin to balance through the sacred relationship between plants and people. The first touch envelops you in blossom, berry, bark, and root. Freshly made extracts offer a higher, more complete level of phytonutrients. We combine cutting edge chemistry with traditional herbal knowledge for the best of both worlds.

GROW TO LOVE YOUR SKIN.

We specialize in targeted care for demanding skin types. If you suffer from extremely sensitive skin, allergies, or other skin problems we can help. We have successfully helped thousands of people develop a happy relationship with their skin. It all begins with deep care that feeds you down to cells and spirit. You deserve to feel good about your skin.

BEAUTY IS AS BEAUTY DOES.

Blissoma is independently owned, independently managed, and vertically integrated. Step by step we have guided our own growth. No one else owns our integrity. We are passionate about creating products that are beneficial in every way. Every product in our collection is Cruelty-Free, Certified Vegan, made in-house, and represented with honesty and transparency

PROCESS IS IMPORTANT.

We do things a differently than most of the cosmetic industry. That makes a big difference for your skin. We purchase from local farms and extract our own herbs at customized potencies without heavy processing. Many skincare brands never mix a batch of their own product. Our processes yield more medicinal compounds from each plant and preserve them for you.

GENTLE IS GIANT TO US.

We don’t believe that beauty has to hurt. We know that the best results come from being so supportive to the body that it can’t help but thrive. Our products are made to be profoundly kind and compassionate to skin. Instead of scrubbing, poking, peeling we create space for your skin to find balance. When skin is balanced it looks its best.

SENSITIVE TO YOUR NEEDS.

Our recipes are made with special skin in mind, and we guide clients to their perfect products. Your skin will love that we never use petroleum ingredients, synthetic fragrance, nuts, or gluten in our products. We even know botanical allergens to better help our plant sensitive crew.

CONSCIOUS QUALITIES.

Blissoma products are made with nutritious, raw, whole plant extracts that offer concentrated nutrition to skin. Our botanicals are sourced from organic farms around the world and our formulas are biodegradable. We use sustainable, toxin-free preservation methods to protect your health and avoid skin irritation. Authenticity and honesty guide us daily in an industry of false faces.

Blissoma Organic Skincare Review + Coupon Code: The Products I’ve Tried

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Juniper Natural Deodorant Aromatic Spray

About:

-For Skin Type: All
-Totally revamped recipe as of September 2019
-Safe and effective natural deodorant with all day odor protection
-Juniper spray with herbs, zinc, and silver citrate
-Non aluminum, no antiperspirant ingredients, no baking soda
-Approximately 400 sprays per bottle

-2.5 oz portable aluminum bottle for purse, gym bag or travel

My Experience:

Huge fan of this deodorant. When thinking about why I love it so much, here’s what I came up with:
-It performs (and I’m a sweaty, lots of working out human)
-It’s super easy to apply (I use 2 sprays pet pit)
-It’s the ideal size for traveling
-It lasts way longer than you think as far as the bottle running out
-The juniper scent has a nice, floral, grounding, unique smell to it
I’ve also tried their citrus scent and really enjoyed that natural fragrance as well. If I had to pick, the citrus is my favorite because it packs an invigorating punch, which I like.
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Scentless Stick Solid Strong Natural Deodorant

About:

-For Skin Type: All
-Extra strong deodorant in stick format
-Unscented deodorant recipe with mango butter, organic oils, clay, zinc and baking soda
-No antiperspirant ingredients
-Approximately 2 months of daily use per stick

-2 oz dial up stick for no mess, no fingers application

My Experience:

 

When I’m looking at this product compared to the spray, I prefer the spray. However, I do think it largely depends on application preference. Both formulas work very well and of course, the ingredients are incredibly clean.

Since generic deodorants typically contain aluminum and other ingredients that you do not want to absorb thru your pits, both of these are an excellent choice for a non-toxic, pit nourishing deodorant that actually keeps the stink away.

Also worth mentioning; I am a heavy sweater, a frequent exerciser and a stinky human due to the constant workouts. This makes me the ideal person to really put these deodorants to the test! I would recommend both the sprays and the sticks.
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Photonic Broad Spectrum Facial Sunscreen

About:
-For Skin Type: All skin types and ages
-SPF 25 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB natural mineral sunscreen
-Transparent, non nano Zinc Oxide recipe
-Made with a base of organic herb infusions and vitamin rich seed oils

-Features antioxidant-rich Astaxanthin red algae extract

My Experience:

I’m not always good about wearing sunscreen (thought I do often wear non-toxic makeup),  but this is the perfect way to add sunscreen into your routine; here’s why. This suncreen forms a thin, tinted layer on the skin. This makes it ideal as a primer for underneath makeup (acts as a tinted moisturizer if you want to wear it by itself).

Other sunscreens, in my opinion, tend to form a goopy layer on the skin that’s not suitable to apply makeup afterwards. This product allows me to get a bit more sun protection in addition to any shielding I’m getting by wearing foundation/powder.

As far as coverage goes, I love that it’s tinted and I would say the coverage is light. To me, that makes this product very versatile; good for makeup wearers to layer their foundation on top of (to build up to their desired coverage) and then good for those who don’t want much coverage but still want sun protection.
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Pomegranate Supreme Facial Cleansing Bar

About:

-For Skin Type: Dry, Sensitive, Mature
-7 naturally saponified, rich oils
-100% natural, botanical recipe with antioxidant rich rooibos and rhodiola
-3.75 oz bar
-Anti-aging pomegranate oil with Omega 5 fatty acids
-Can be used for shaving or washing the whole body
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Oatmilk Mellow Facial Cleansing Bar

About:

-For Skin Type: All, Sensitive, Children
-6 naturally saponified, rich oils
-For normal, sensitive, and all skin type and ages
-100% natural, botanical recipe with calming oatmilk and lavender
-3.75 oz bar
-Superfatted recipe provides lipids to nourish skin

-Can be used for shaving or washing the whole body

My Experience with the Facial Bars:

I’m so glad to have started using more bar soaps in my life since becoming a clean beauty product user (since around 2012). Not only do these bars last so much longer than typical liquid cleansers, but they are so effective.

The difference in these two bars for me is subtle; I love both of them. If you are trying to decide which one is for you, I would say it seems like the Pomegranate is more geared towards anti-aging and addressing mature skin. I’m in my early 30’s and beginning to think about that, so it appeals to me.

The Oatmilk bar seems to be best suited for someone with easily (or currently) irritated, reactive skin. It’s gentle, yet effective. If you’re new to a bar soap like those that Blissoma makes, you’ve got to get rid of the idea that bar soaps are stripping. Yes, many of the generic bar soaps you find in stores have ingredients that strip skin and are worrisome as far as toxic load.

However, these bar soaps are completely different. Since the ingredients are mindfully curated, the formulations insure that your skin is left quenched, nourished, restored (all the things that you want for your skin).

If you are using these to remove a face of makeup, I’d recommend cleansing twice. I like doing this in general to make sure the skin is completely clean with no residual makeup left on the skin. The first cleanse does the majority of the deep cleaning, while the second cleanse allows the restorative ingredients in the bar to interact directly with the skin. It’s just the most optimal way (I’ve found) to use these bars when taking off makeup.
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Smooth A+ Correcting Serum

About:

-For Skin Type: Oily and blemish prone skin suffering from
clogged pores, inflammation, redness, and irritation
-20 active ingredients
-100% natural, botanical recipe with 4% niacinamide, herbs, and vitamin A
-1.3 oz (38 g) quantity provides enough to use product once daily for approx 6 weeks

-Organic herbs freshly extracted at potent concentrations

My Experience:

This serum came highly recommended, as the owner of Blissoma mentioned it’s one of the their best selling products. So, I wanted to give this one a good, honest try to see if the product helped my skin. In the last few years, I’ve noticed wrinkles on my face for the first time (I know that they didn’t just pop up over night), and that my skin is aging. I’m not trying to be dramatic; just mentioning that I’ve noticed a change.

Thus, this serum appealed to me because I know Vitamin A can help with aging, pore size, and maturing skin. Also, the niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) ingredient works to combat hyperpigmentation issues. At this point, I’ve been using it for almost 2 months and I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin.

The first thing I noticed is that my complexion started appearing more even–both in terms of pigmentation & as far as pores. In other words, my sunspot and pores were both less visible. The redness on my cheeks has gone down, and my face overall just looks more refreshed. I would definitely recommend this Smooth A+ product to someone in my position who is noticing some signs of aging on their face and are looking for a natural (obviously not invasive) solution.

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Blissoma Organic Skincare Review + Coupon Code: Concluding Thoughts

Since this company is based in St. Louis, it’s neat to be sharing about a brand out of the Midwest–as we live in Kansas City, MO. I’ve always admired the thoughtfulness and quality of the ingredients, as well as the passion that goes into making them.

As a believer in clean/nontoxic beauty products, I think it’s important to support a brand like Blissoma that has integrity as a foundational part of their ethos. It’s better for your health to use organic skincare, and I’ve found that they perform better, too! Synthetic, chemically-laden ingredients often times irritate the skin the cause more skin issues/imbalance down the road. Clean beauty is for sure the way to go!

Check out their site to check out their full product line which ranges from skin care, body care, hair care, oral care and even clean makeup.

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Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review

This is my Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review. I’ve reviewed some other Annmarie Gianni products in the past; you can check out one of those reviews here.

About Annmarie Gianni Skincare:

Curate. We carefully curate organic and wildcrafted ingredients—from herbs to high-vibration plant extracts—that meet the highest standards of quality and effectiveness for your skin and body. We forge relationships with farmers and tirelessly audit our sources to maintain our standards of purity and sustainability.

Infuse. We infuse hand-selected herbs into organic aloe vera and skin-nutritive oils at low heat (never over 95°). These botanical infusions are left to steep for up to 30 days and energized by crystals before serving as a potent base for all our formulas.

Create. We then add high-performance seed oils, antioxidant-rich botanicals, and synergistic plant stem cells that deliver skin-supporting nutrients and luxurious aromatherapy. The result? Active, supernaturally-effective skin care—and our commitment to Clean Beauty Since Day 1. Finally, we house all of our products in Miron violet glass, which energizes the organic molecules of the product by filtering in a small percentage of light while protecting it from the harmful rays of the light spectrum. These are then packaged with intention using sustainable materials that are recyclable or made up of post-consumer-waste, and produced at a wind-powered facility.

Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review

Our Renew & Radiate Bundle includes two all-natural products for effortless radiance: the Renew Facial Cream Cleanser and Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil. Blending a wildly simple scent profile with proven plant-based ingredients, this duo forms the perfect introduction to Annmarie Skin Care for all ages and skin types.

Renew Facial Cream Cleanser

Benefits: hydrates. purifies. pH balanced

Suitable For: All Skin Types, Including Oily and Sensitive

Price: $22.00

Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil

Benefits: nourishes. softens. beautifies

Suitable For: All Skin Types, Including Oily and Sensitive

Price: $32.00

My Experience + Thoughts:

These are a couple of many products I’ve tried by Annmarie Gianni skincare over the years and let me just say–they never dissappoint. The Essentials Collection smells of citrus-woody aromas and brings restoration and the deepest nourishment to skin.

If you’re new to clean beauty, it’s tough to differentiate one brand from the next. I’ll help you out in offering up that Annmarie is heads and shoulders above 99% of the other brands out there. Yes, some brands are “sans” toxic ingredients. But, the quality of the ingredients they do use are not always mindfully selected.

All of this matters because it effects the synergy of the products and how they perform! Wildcrafted, pure ingredients don’t strip or irritate skin and they don’t expose you to unwanted toxins (as are common in so many personal care items nowadays).

Renew Facial Cream Cleanser

The Renew Facial Cream Cleanser provides a nourishing clean, leaving your skin refreshed but not stripped. This is important because aggravating the moisture barrier in your skin can causes irritation and redness. If you’re wearing makeup before cleansing, I’d recommend using a microfiber washcloth or gentle wash rag. Look for gentle fabrics like hemp to accompany the cleanser in getting makeup off. The smell is an uplifting, yet grounding citrusy-woodsy aroma. I am a huge fan; it’s so beautiful.

Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil

The Radiate Moisturizing Facial Oil is jam packed with some of my favorite oils for having an even, healthy complexion. Tamanu, jojoba, argan oils form the base. In addition, sea buckthorn berry extract takes it up another notch. I’ve bought them all individually in the past, but it’s nice to have ultra-clean versions of all of them in one blend. This one soaks into skin easily and leaves an incredible floral + foresty scent left on the skin.

Using Annmarie products always feels like going to a luxurious, wildcrafted, organic, natural spa. Any irritation I may have on the skin gets some relief and the aromatherapy experience with these formulations is second to none.

Thank you for stopping by my Annmarie Gianni Essentials Collection Review!

100 Percent Pure Makeup Review

This post is my 100 Percent Pure Makeup Review. I purchased all of these products on my own. Follow this link to get free shipping!

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100 Percent Pure Makeup Review

About 100 Percent Pure:

All 100% PURE™ formulations adhere to strict purity standards and will never contain harsh or toxic ingredients.

We source our pigments from fruit, vegetables, tea, and cocoa to avoid commonly used FD&C colorants and heavy metal dyes.

Our commitment to animal welfare means that we will never, EVER test on animals – and that our products will always be certified cruelty-free.

We go through a painstaking process to make sure each ingredient sourced is never animal sourced.

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All of the makeup I am wearing here is 100 Percent Pure! Love the natural look their products provide.

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100 Percent Pure Makeup Review: Complexion

Mattifying Primer

About:

Silicone-free primer infused with skin-plumping seaweed collagen for flawless, long lasting cosmetic application. Fills fine lines while minimizing shine.

My Thoughts:

As an oily human/a big time sweater, I’m always looking for ways to mitigate the oil slick that often forms on my face after a day of workouts, dog parking, powering thru the workday. This Primer is the ideal layer underneath the foundation.

It really does do a good job of taking away the shine while also adding nutrients to the skin thru the nourishing ingredients in this Mattifying Primer. Also, my makeup stays in place for longer when I apply this. About 1.5 pumps of product covers my whole face.

Fruit Pigmented Healthy Foundation – Sand & Golden Peach

About:

Full coverage fruit pigmented® liquid foundation with soothing aloe, antioxidant-rich superfruit oils, oil-absorbing rice powder, and a flawless matte finish.

My Thoughts:

This is the ideal formulation for my skin. Especially with oily skin, I prefer a foundation that doesn’t add a ton of extra dewyness to the skin. The Fruit Pigmented Healthy Foundation has just enough of a natural illuminating look without making you look too shiny.

Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer – Cocoa Glow

About:

Warm your complexion using vitamin-rich fruit and cocoa pigments, laced with luminescent gems and minerals for subtle shimmer and a sun-kissed glow.

My Thoughts:

I’m so glad I discovered this bronzer! This Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer in the shade Cocoa Glow looks very dark in comparison to my skin, but the trick is that you don’t need to apply much. Bronzer doubles as a sort of contouring shade for me as well, as I apply it from under the cheekbones to my ears for a more “chiseled” look on the face.

Not needing a ton of product to achieve a bronzed look makes this product last a long time. Another added perk is that this bronzer is what I use as an eye shadow on most days. Using it on your lids helps bring all of the hues on your face together for a more cohesive look.

100 Percent Pure Makeup Review: Lips

Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss – Mauvely

About:

Ultra shiny lip gloss made with restorative vitamin E and real fruit pigments. Softens and moisturizes lips while delivering silky smooth, semi-sheer coverage.

My Thoughts:

By itself, this shade is lighter than I typically go for, but I use it on top of the Matte Lipstick and it’s the perfect subtle pop of pink. It provides a good moisture layer on top of the lipstick, as well.

100 Percent Pure makes a few shades darker than this one (pictured in the very top photo, above), so you could also opt for those if you wanted to wear this gloss by itself and get the desired color.

As far as performance and feel goes, the formula is just awesome. It’s the ideal lip gloss. Adds the right amount of color and shine, and of course–the ingredients are the cleanest.

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Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick – Mojave

About:

Matte lipsticks formulated with vibrant, long-lasting color from real fruit, and a nourishing blend of cocoa and shea butters to moisturize and soften lips.

My Thoughts:

A more matte lip is what I typically like on my own face, with just a hint of a shine. This is why I do the matte lipstick + lip gloss combo.

As far as this lipstick goes, I’m obsessed with this color. Mojave looks a bit orangey in the website photos, but it doesn’t look like that on. It elevates the natural color of the lip while still maintaining a natural look. I’m so glad I picked this color. Hooked.

100 Percent Pure Makeup Review: Eyes

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Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara – Black Tea

About:

Lengthens and separates lashes without clumping, smudging, or flaking. Coats each lash with conditioners and natural pigment from black tea, berries, and cocoa.

My Thoughts:

The Fruit Pigmented Ultra-Lengthening Mascara does what it claims, it lengthens while also nourishing the eyelashes. I like the brush alot, too. The bristles are relatively short, which I find is helpful for separating the eyelash hairs at the root).

I apply two coats of this and it’s perfect! It’s a natural but full lash look. The only time it has ever flaked off is after an extra intense sweaty workout during the summer (actual droplets of sweat flying off the face). During normal circumstances like going out to dinner or social outings, this mascara always stays in place.

A helpful tip I discovered to make natural mascaras hold up during summer workouts is to get an empty mascara tube (I got mine on amazon for cheap, see above photo) and fill it with a non-toxic hairspray. If you apply a coat to your lashes after applying your mascara, it just helps add another barrier so that sweat doesn’t penetrate. The color in mine looks brownish just from the product mixing into the hairspray over time.

For anyone new to clean beauty–I don’t think it’s a bad thing that a mascara could come off during extreme circumstances. I say this because that means it doesn’t contain the harsh ingredients + chemicals that generic formulas do to keep the mascara in place. I don’t want that toxic stuff near by eyes. So, doing things this way is no problem for me. Hopefully that makes sense 🙂

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Pretty Naked Palette

About:

Fruit pigmented® makeup palette celebrates neutral tones and soft shimmer to enhance and beautify your complexion. Includes eyeshadows, blush, and highlighter.

My Thoughts:

Never thought I would be a palette girl because I didn’t think I needed all of that product to achieve my desired makeup look. However,  this palette is perfect for me.

This is one of many palettes that 100 Percent Pure makes, and I feel happy I started with this one because it’s very versatile. You can achieve a very natural look with it, or ramp it up with a bit more product. The Pretty Naked Palette includes a highlighter, blush and 3 different eye shadow shades.

I don’t use the eyeshadows as often as the blush and highlighter, but I like the shades for when I want to wear them. I actually mix all 3 together by dipping my brush into one after the next, then applying. It works for me!

100 Percent Pure Makeup Review: Skincare

Multi-Vitamin PM Serum

About:

Potent, stabilized vitamins in this PM serum work synergistically to reduce lines and wrinkles, increase firmness and elasticity, brighten and even skin tone.

My Thoughts:

After about 3 months of using this daily, I have noticed that a lot of the hyperpigmentation on my face has gone away. My complexion overall looks more even. Before purchasing this product, I did some research on Vitamin C for skin and reduction of hyperpigmenation is one of the listed benefits. Happy with this serum!

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

About:

De-puffs, boosts circulation, and brightens dark circles with caffeine from coffee and green tea. Anti-aging vitamins and rosehip promote a youthful eye area.

My Thoughts:

I only tried a sample size of this one but it was enough for me to be interested in buying the full size. It smells incredible (and not from artificial fragrance), and it left my skin feeling so soft and boosted.

I will say that I’m not a huge proponent of eye creams, as I think using your moisturizer/serums on your under eye area works great. I ended up using this on my whole face and loved the feel. I’d be interested in using it consistently to “wake up” the skin in the mornings.

100 Percent Pure Makeup Review: Hair Care

Kelp + Mint Volumizing Shampoo

About:

Hydrating and invigorating shampoo gently purifies while adding bounce, body, and luster. Kelp thickens and strengthens while seaweed collagen adds shine.

Kelp + Mint Volumizing Conditioner

About:

Invigorating conditioner refreshes the scalp with peppermint while hydrating, smoothing, and strengthening strands with sea kelp for enhanced shine and volume.

Burdock + Neem Healthy Scalp Shampoo

About:

Purifying formula unclogs pores, stimulates circulation, and alleviates dryness, itching, and flaking. With added hydration for healthier scalp and hair.

Burdock + Neem Healthy Scalp Conditioner

About:

Purifies to unclog pores and stimulate circulation in the scalp. Intense hydration helps to alleviate dryness, itching and flaking for healthy, nourished hair.

Thoughts on the Haircare products I tried:

I only had sample sizes of each hair product, but I absolutely loved all of them. Both of the shampoos I found to be clarifying without stripping the scalp, and the conditioners provided lots of slip + detangling power.

They felt so easy to use and the formulas smelt amazing. I look forward to using the full-sized versions of these haircare products.

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