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Seaweed Bath Company Review

This is a review of the Seaweed Bath Company’s body cream, shampoo and conditioner.

Seaweed Bath Company

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being.

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Balancing Argan Shampoo

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Balancing Argan Conditioner

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Body Cream

About:

“Our Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of seaweed with a variety of natural ingredients, including Shea Butter, Kukui Oil and Argan Oil, to soften and moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane),  Stearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate-80, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol,  Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been able to review and experience the Seaweed Bath Company before, and it’s neat for my journey through the world of natural products to circle back around to this brand again. They’re a company that is pretty conscientious about their ingredients (above average) and their products perform very well.

In my dreams, my very own product line would be chock full of peppermint–in every single product. So needless to say, I love the refreshing effect of this shampoo + conditioner combo. The shampoo is perfectly clarifying while still leaving a nice shine throughout my hair. Performance-wise, the conditioner is pretty darn perfect. It’s creamy and rich & a little goes a long way, even in my tangly, often sweaty hair.

This body cream consists of the same eucalyptus + peppermint scents that the hair products do, and I just love it. It wakes up your senses to rub this cream all over your body. It absorbs into the skin well, provides a good amount of moisture and leaves skin smelling clean and minty.

If I could improve anything with these products, I would clean up the ingredient list just a bit. The ingredients are pretty good, but they are not all organic and some of them are clearly added for texture, consistency & shelf stability. My experience with hair products is that it is VERY hard to find the perfect marriage of performance and top-notch ingredients. The Seaweed Bath company does a good job of creating some above average products whose ingredients are plant derived and cleaner than most hair products you’ll find.

This brand is very accessible; I’ve seen them at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and other smaller health food retailers. You can also find them online on numerous healthy product meccas like Iherb.com, Vitacost.com and even Amazon.com.

Use my iHerb code SDG314 to get a discount on your order!

 

 

Balanced Guru Farm-A-Ceuticals Review

This is a review of the Balanced Guru organic skincare Farm-A-Ceuticals line.

Balanced Guru Organic Body Care Farm-A-Ceuticals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

It feels really good when I get the opportunity to meet the faces behind the beautiful products I try. At Expo West this year, I met two of the beautiful people behind Balanced Guru and let me tell you, the kindness and genuine enthusiasm that I perceived from working with them before (via e-mail & social media) was ever-present when I met them in person. You can tell that they are adamant and passionate about putting the very best ingredients into their products.

I’ve tried one of their products and reviewed it in the past, their scalp detox treatment; you can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Their body care line is so sublime, it really only requires a few words to accurately capture the gist of their brand. Here are the important things I’d like to point out about Balanced Guru:

  • Their ingredient lists are organic, top to bottom. No kidding. No messing around.
  • The products perform incredibly well because of that fact. Nature is healing.
  • You won’t find many other lines that are THIS clean & THIS pure.

Balanced Guru is one of the few body care brands that gets carte blanche from me. They could hand me any product, and as long as I know they’ve created it, I trust it. That’s because they have garnered such a great reputation with me for only using the best ingredients. They provided me with a handful of goodies at Expo to try (scrub, energy mists, hair oil) and I was amped. I’m excited to try anything that they make beautifully with their ingredient-conscious minds.

The energy mists I see as an uplifting, energizing alternative to junky perfumes (most perfumes don’t even list the ingredients on them–how scary is that?). I love closing my eyes and spraying it over my face and upper body before a workout. They lift my mood and help me stay fresh-smelling amidst the sweaty grind.

With all the grime that builds up on my skin after a week’s worth of challenging workouts, I really enjoy my time exfoliating because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and rejuvenated. I try to limit my exfoliating to once a week because I do believe you can do it too much–there’s something to be said about leaving your skin alone sometimes. That said, when I do exfoliate, it’s so nice to be able to reach for a gritty scrub like this one that’s chock full of organic goodness like sugar, coffee and spearmint.

I have a semi-oily scalp but the ends of my hair tend to dry out with frequent shampoos. That’s where a pure hair oil comes in. All it takes is a tiny amount rubbed in between my hands and then through the ends of your tresses to give your hair a quenched look.

I urge you to check out their range of products–they make SO many excellent organic products and their purity is really impressive. Balanced Guru’s line also makes for great gifts!

Annmarie Gianni Earth Mineral Makeup Review

Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care: Mineral Makeup

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Anne Marie Gianni Mineral Makeup:

“Introducing: Earth Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation by Annmarie Skin Care and it’s made from mineral powders that provide beautiful, flawless coverage, and don’t harm your skin or health. It’s easily customizable to a variety skin tones, made with just four natural ingredients, and totally free of hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, or carcinogens.”

I have been lucky enough to try some Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care product samples in the past and absolutely loved them! I was amazed at the purity of the products & how much my skin loved them. You can check out that review here.

My Thoughts:

This little set-up that they sent me is SO neat. Not only do you feel like you’re creating your own makeup, but the oil provided is pure, moisturizing and soothing to skin.

I’m not a huge make-up wearer, but I do value having an organic foundation that I can apply to my skin to even out my sunspots and redness on the days I work out of the house. The best part about makeup with no crappy ingredients is that I can fall asleep in this makeup and I don’t have a breakout the next day. I do, however, always make a habit of cleaning my face before bed (With a pure, organic oil) so that I’m fresh faced and my skin can breathe overnight.

The tone that these minerals provide (when mixed with the oil) is perfect for my skin. They have just the right amount of a natural glowy look that they do not make your skin look completely matte.

I will say this, my facial skin tends to get very dark during the warm summer months when I am in the sun. For those months, I use the Olive & Honey minerals more, whereas in the winter, the Pearl & Sand minerals are a better fit. I recommend keeping a “batch” of the darker and the lighter foundation mix on hand so that on any given day, you can match your complexion. Generally speaking, if the foundation matches your neck color, it will blend the best and look the most natural (or at least that’s the case with me).

I have had NO issues with skin irritation. I can’t think of a bad thing to about this mineral makeup. Annmarie has a truly beautiful line of skin care products and now clean cosmetics! If you’ve been looking to clean up your skincare and beauty routine, start here.

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Bella Organics Iced Lemonage Deodorant Creme Review

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Bella Organics 

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Bella Organics Iced Lemonade Deodorant Creme:

Product Description

Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant that really works!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic lemon, peppermint and tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

IMPORTANT: During the SUMMER months or in HOTTER climates, please choose Summer Shipping to your order so that this ITEM DOES NOT MELT DURING TRANSIT. If you do not choose this option the product may melt, to fix it simply place in the refrigerator until solid again and whip with a hand mixer.

Directions for use: Scoop a pea-sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Rub onto each underarm until deodorant is applied.

Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Lime Essential Oil, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.”

Size: 2 oz

Shelf Life: 12 Months.”

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My Thoughts:

Holy cow–I am so happy to have recieved this little teensy bundle of anti-smelly goodness from Bella Organics. From my experience, one of the hardest “green” body care items to find is an all-organic deodorant that actually performs and keeps away the overhwhelming smell of body odor that accumulates after a long, grueling workout. If a natural deodorant can last thru my hardest workouts, then I am a very happy camper. I traveled to several out-of-town volleyball tournaments with this small container and found it to be ideal for that, size-wise.

This deodorant makes me a VERY happy camper. Performance AND an entirely clean, organic ingredient list. It also happens to smell like a clean, fresh dose lemon juice has been doused into your armpits. (Sorry–that’s the best way to say it).

I will be a customer of the deodorant in the future when I run out of my homemade concoction! The consistency of theirs is ideal and even better than my own. Looks like I have some tweaking to do 🙂

If you’re looking for a deodorant with the cleanest ingredients that does it’s job, this is  THE ONE! They also make several other scents (Lavender Vanilla, Lemongrass Bergamot, Vanilla Mint, Orange Spice, The Woods–for men, Ocean–for men).

The Gnarly Whale Beach Waves Hair Spray

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The Gnarly Whale

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About:

“Get gorgeous wavy hair without even setting your foot in the ocean. Easily add extra volume and subtle waves to your hair with just a few sprays. Our Beach Waves spray is completely vegan and made from scratch.

USE: Best used on wet hair, but can be used on dry hair as well. Spray on, dry as usual (or even let air dry!) and rock those waves. Great way to get an extra boost to hair that hasn’t been washed for a day or two, also!
SCENT: Peppermint
FRAGRANCE TYPE: Essential Oil
INGREDIENTS: Our beach waves products include water, mediterranean sea salt, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract, and essential oils and/or fragrance.

We don’t consider any of our products or scents to be orga​nic, but some of our scents are natural – any of the ones with essential oils. (This includes Cedarwood, Citrus Sensation, Doublemint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Spearmint, Tangerine, and Tea Tree.)

All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Final product testing was done on humans.

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My Thoughts:

If you’ve read any of my prior skin care, hair care & nutrition reviews, then you’re familiar with the fact that I strive for 100% organic (the name of my blog even suggests it!) 🙂

That said, there is a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum lies the junky, chemical-pumped, hazardous products that are so loaded with harmful ingredients that it’s amazing they are allowed to be sold. On the other end of the spectrum is purity: no bull honkey, completely organic wonderment. The Gnarly Whale peppermint beach waves spray falls somewhere in that spectrum, closer to the pure end.

I do like seeing a simple ingredient list in which I can read and recognize all of the ingredients. That’s the case with this spray. However, none of them are organic. The whole reason that organic ingredients are important is because they lessen the toxic burden on the body. So, some people might view this ingredient list and see nothing wrong with it. I see it with a more honed in vision and am wishing for more quality here. I know what non-organic can mean and I don’t want that. I want to use the best products on my hair and skin.

All of that said, this beach spray performs well (which I’m sure is all that some people care about). It provides the hair a bit of volume and texture. The way I see it, it helps you do something with somewhat dirty hair. Peppermint is one of my favorite essential oil scents, and I really enjoy this smell in my hair. I see this product as a pretty good starter for someone looking to start making beauty swaps: throwing out their old junky products and beginning to use products that are closer to nature.