Tag Archives: bamboo

Conscious Box: Plant-Based Sample Box Review

Conscious Box: Plant Based

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Conscious Box:

“Conscious Box helps you discover healthier choices. Our personalized subscription service lets you sample the best natural, non-GMO products, every month. Find something you like? Pick up full-size favorites at deep discounts. It’s that simple. Conscious Box makes living healthy easier than ever.”

______________________________

My Thoughts:

I discovered Conscious Box when I was still a college student, finishing up my bachelor’s degree in North Texas. At the time, Consciouc Box provides an excellent means for me to become acquainted with a big range of natural and organic beauty, skin and nutrition products. I have always been happy with & impressed by the variety in their boxes. In one box, you may get a deodorant sample and a seaweed bar. Heck, you could really go crazy and apply your deodorant while eating the seaweed bar! 🙂 The only thing I’ve noticed that I’d improve is that not all products inclosed are organic. They seem to be varying in quality as far as ingredients used.

Conscious Box sent me this plant-based version of their box for me to take a look at and try. My favorites in the bundle are the Chickpeas made by Saffron Road, Green Superfood Bar made by Amazing Grass &  the Bamboo Towels made by NaturezWay. I loved the idea of the Tiny Tea, but couldnt dive deeper ingredient-wise on their website because the info was hard to locate (that’s a instant turn-off for me! I dig transparency). The Back to Nature juice would be more appealing if it was not from concentrate, unpasteurized (requiring refridgetation) and contained organic ingredients. I really wanted to love the Vaska detergent–I checked out their website and saw this:

“Made from plant based surfactants and essential oils. NO nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), NO chlorine, NO phosphates, NO optical brighteners, NO animal products, NO EPA priority pollutants, NO dyes, and NO chemical thickeners.

Water/Aqua, Alcohols C9-11 Ethoxylated, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Surfactant Copolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Cocoate, Fragrance/Parfum, Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.”

While I appreciate that they do not use several harsh chemicals, I am apprehensive about the hard-to0-pronounce ingredients. Since I make my own very simple deterent at home with three ingredients, reading that ingredient list was not appealing to me. the lavender provided my clothes a pleasant aroma, though!

As I predicted, I was impressed with the variety in this Conscious Box, but would just ask for better in regards to quality of the products. I strive for the best of the best!

 

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Tapioca Beads Review

20140407-181723.jpg

Kaia Naturals

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

I’ve reviewed Kaia Naturals’ facial cleansing wipes before and was a fan of them, which made me eager to try these unique exfoliating beads.

About Kaia Naturals’ Bamboo Tapioca Beads:

Cleanser + Exfoliator + Mask

Cleansing with an exfoliate daily ensures glowing skin everyday.

Using this gentle cleansing/exfoliating powder thoroughly removes excess oil and particles trapped within the skin’s epidermis.  The bamboo beads are suspended in 100% natural powder and can be activated with 10 different liquid options

  • Bamboo Tapioca Beads gently exfoliates using micronized bamboo high in natural silica. Bamboo is considered by cosmetic formulators to be one of the most effective exfoliants for skin. An added bonus is it is sourced from a natural/biodegradable source.
  • Suspended in unique natural powders to dissolve excess oil. Tapioca and chickpea powders work to absorb oil and exfoliate skin.
  • White Clay offers extra purging properties with the ability to draw out debris clogging pores.
  • Coconut Amino Acids work as a gentle cleanser.
  • A bouquet of botanical oils keep the skin fresh and glowing.

100% natural, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan friendly and certified cruelty free.

Directions: Activate powder with water to form a milky paste, massage in gentle circular movements all over face and neck, wait for a minute and rinse off.

Bamboo Tapioca Beads can also be used as a mask

Directions: Activate powder with water to form a milky paste, apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off.”

Ingredients:

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.40.04 AM

_______________________________________

My Thoughts:

I like the idea of a cleanser containing an exfoliant. My skin seems to fair best with exfoliation every few days, versus doing it daily. It’s a great way to get rid of the “build up”, dead skin cells and just the dirt that sits atop skin.

As you can see above, Kaia Naturals states all of their ingredients–and they are all recognizable. In regards to ingredient quality, I learned this:

“The Bamboo Tapioca Beads Daily Cleansing Powder includes one organic ingredient and the rest are all natural. It is 100% gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan.”

I do appreciate that Kaia Naturals products are paraben free, but I aim to seek more organic ingredients if I plan to purchase more.

The product itself is mostly powder with small tapioca beads. It’s a little inconvenient to have to to mix it together in the palm of my hand (in the shower) to achieve the desired consistency for facial cleansing. As an exfoliator, it is very gentle–making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. I tend to prefer a bit more thorough exfoliation, so this one was a little bit weak for my liking. The job it does actually cleaning skin is satisfactory.

I’d recommend this product to someone with sensitive skin looking for an above-average exfoliant, cleanser and/or mask. Though it is not entirely organic, it is a step above most products you’ll find at your local drug store.

 

Kaia Naturals: Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths Review

20130827-135714.jpg

Kaia Naturals: Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Cloths

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Finding organic makeup removal cloths is a rare thing, as most that you’ll find are absolutely chemical ridden. Kaia Naturals is a company I’m glad I came across. Amy at Kaia Naturals was a joy to communicate with and she was gracious enough to provide me with samples in order to try these cleansing cloths for the first time.

Kaia Naturals’ Description:

“The natural cleanser, toner, eye makeup remover that doesn’t fry your skin.  we promise! oh and…it naturally removes waterproof mascara without the torture!”

jb-colelciton-slider

My Description & Thoughts:

These little, individually wrapped towelettes couldn’t be any more portable and practical for daily use. I traveled with these recently and they fit easily in my makeup bag and took up virtually no room.

They truly remove all makeup–thoroughly, while somehow still feeling gentle on skin (the good ingredients that the cloths are soaked in are to thank). They even do a great job tackling thick and stubborn eye makeup like eyeliner and mascara. In regards to effectiveness, these could not improve–they are ideal.

It is a real treat for skin to come into contact with organic honey–it is wonderfully and naturally nourishing and also helps maintain an adequate level of moisture on skin. Because of this, these cloths won’t dry out your skin. I would love to see the rest of the ingredients in organic form as well, though I realize organic essential oils are significantly more expensive than non-organic, which would make these cloths pricier, I’d imagine. It would be worth it to me, though, in order to have the peace of mind in knowing I am using the very best on my skin.

It is always nice to see a product that has a list of harmful components that they do not use. This tells me that they are ingredient conscious and see the harm in using those items.

Not having entirely organic ingredients is the only reason that I would not give these Kaia Naturals cleansing cloths “5 stars.” It is worth mentioning, though, that the quality of these cloths is light years better than makeup-removing cloths you’d find in your neighborhood market or drug store. Because of this, and because of the presence of organic honey and gentle bamboo material, I’d definitely recommend these to family and friends who are looking for a natural way to take off makeup.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Dew Puff Plant Fiber Exfoliating Sponge for Acne Prone Skin

20130402-201936.jpg

Dew Puff

Ever since my early teens, I have combatted facial acne and blemishes.

I’ve fervently searched for routines, products, regimens and methods for having clear skin.

I have successfully found several organic face soaps, serums and moisturizers that nourish and feed my skin so that my breakouts are minimized.

Part of my face cleaning routine has consisted of utilizing a facial exfoliating round, one that you can find at your local grocery store or pharmacy. These rounds basically got the job done from a standpoint of creating a nice lather and exfoliating the skin; though they did, at times, leave my skin red and slightly irritated after showering if I scrubbed the slightest bit too hard.

It occurred to me that what these little rounds are made of should not be ignored. I don’t have any knowledge as to what they are made of. Plastic maybe? That’s my best guess.

The reoccurring thought I had was “I am putting so much time and effort into learning about, purchasing and implementing these organic face cleansers, yet I am neglecting the vehicle with which I am applying and scrubbing them into and onto my skin.” I didn’t have any products in mind to replace these plastic rounds yet, though.

It was on a regular trip to a health food store called Natural Grocers that I came across this awesome exfoliating facial sponge. I found this product amongst the organic beauty products, pumice stones and hair brushes. I was eager to try it!

This Dew Puff is effective yet gentle and is made of plant fiber, a more trustworthy and recognizable material.

This is how Dew Puff describes this product:

“Dew Puff facial sponges are made from the root of konjac, a plant native to Asia. Konjac has long been regarded for its health and medicinal properties. With its natural ability to break down dirt and promote circulation, Dew Puff is the perfect puff for dew-beautiful skin, everyday! Dew Puff with Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and minerals to help prevent breakouts, plus antioxidants to fight acne-causing bacteria. Soothing for blemished skin. Super soft and for gentle everyday skin care. Cleans, exfoliates and refreshes. Skin stays naturally hydrated 100% chemical free Just add water to use.”

After using this Dew Puff sponge for several weeks on my face, I am not only a fan of this product but I am surely converted to plant based facial exfoliators.

This sponge provides gentle, yet thorough and effective exfoliation. It is supposed to be used wet, so I put it under the shower nossle to douse it before use.

If you have a skin care regimen that already includes exfoliation, consider trying this Dew Puff. I’m glad I switched.