Mane Club One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray–Non-Greasy Hair Treatment that doesn’t Skimp on Benefits

It has now been a full year since I last had my hair trimmed, and it is loooong. Since my hair is both long and quite thick with split ends, it isn’t looking so healthy these days. I try to keep my hair healthy by not washing it too often and not using any hot tools, but it’s still far from looking its best. A couple of months ago, I wrote a product review on Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer which is a leave-in spray. I’ve probably had that product in my collection for about a year. I still enjoy it, but I’ve found that it can leave my hair looking greasy if I spray it on too close to the roots or use too much. It makes sense that it has that effect on my hair since that spray contains both argan oil and sunflower seed oil. Those ingredients are also responsible for most, if not all, of the products ten benefits. Mane Club One Hit Wonder

I recently learned about Mane Club One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray. I was intrigued by it because it claims to provide benefits very similar to Eva NYC’s primer spray, but it doesn’t contain any oils except for hemp seed oil, which is a non-greasy oil. I was fortunate enough to have Mane Club reach out to me and they sent this product, as well as a few others to me to try (thank you, Mane Club!). I’ve been using the Mane Club One Hit Wonder spray a few times a week for the past month or so and I’m happy to now be reviewing it for you!

Product claims directly from ManeClubNYC.com

A multi-benefit miracle leave-in spray that does it all. Laced with cannabis sativa seed oil, this non-greasy leave-in treatment aims high to deliver 10 essential benefits:

  • Conditions
  • Detangles
  • Heat protection up to 445F/230C
  • Prevents breakage
  • Hydrates
  • Smooths
  • Softens
  • Controls frizz
  • Boosts shine
  • Strengthens

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Other product details

  • Price: $8.00
  • Net weight: 5.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, gluten, and drying alcohols
  • Can be used on damp or dry hair
  • Where to buy: ManeClubNYC.com
    • Mane Club ships internationally
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Benefits: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Packaging/ease of application

Mane Club One Hit Wonder is packaged in a standard spray bottle. The packaging is very cute, with a tie-dye pattern on the label. You can tell they’re really playing off of the hemp seed oil with the name of the product and the phrase “The perfect dose of high-dration.”

The sprayer/mister is not one of the best I’ve ever used, as the product comes out a bit aggressively. However, I have to wonder if that might be more due to the texture of the product. It is a lightweight gel rather than a liquid formula like most leave-in sprays. If this product is sprayed directly onto the hair, a lot of product shoots out at one small spot, rather than distributing evenly over a large area. That’s not a huge deal as long as it’s combed through thoroughly, but I think it’s easier to spray the product into my hand, rub my palms together, and then run my hands through my hair to distribute the product more evenly.

I’ve found that Mane Club’s claim that this leave-in spray is non-greasy, is correct! I don’t have to be nearly as careful with this product as I am with Eva NYC’s leave-in spray, which makes it a lot easier to use! I can go crazy with this stuff and put a lot in on days that my hair looks its worst, and it never looks greasy.

Benefits

Mane Club states that the One Hit Wonder spray delivers ten essential benefits to the hair. I’m going to break down my thoughts on each of them. Honestly, I think that some of them are redundant, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an effective product!

  1. Conditions: This is one that I see as redundant, since to me, I think of “conditioning” the hair to mean detangling and softening it. Both of those are covered below.
  2. Detangles: Yes! This spray definitely does a good job of detangling and makes it so much easier to comb or brush through my thick hair after washing.
  3. Heat protection up to 445F/230C: I’m sure it is effective for heat protection, but since I don’t use hot tools, I can’t comment on this benefit. See ingredients below for one that should definitely help to protect hair from high temperatures.
  4. Prevents breakage: I’m really not sure on this one, because I do sometimes experience breakage, but I think that’s normal even when using a product like this one. A couple of the ingredients may help prevent hair breakage, so I believe it’s certainly possible that this spray reduces the amount of breakage.
  5. Hydrates: My hair always looks more hydrated and healthy when I use this spray, so this is a big thumbs up from me!
  6. Smooths: I often experience frizz or just a general fuzziness with my hair since it is thick with some waves, and this spray immediately smooths it.
  7. Softens: Another affirmative, my hair feels very soft when I use the One Hit Wonder spray.
  8. Controls frizz: See “Smooths” above 😉
  9. Boosts shine: I think my hair looks more shiny immediately after I comb this product through my hair, but it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. I think this is because as I stated previously, hemp seed oil is non-greasy and this formula lacks the oils that are traditionally found in leave-in sprays. I don’t see this as a problem at all because it still makes my hair look more healthy overall. Since my hair gets greasy somewhat quickly anyway, I like that this spray won’t make it look greasy more quickly than it would on its own.
  10. Strengthens: See “Prevents breakage.” I’m sure this product does strengthen the hair with regular use, but I don’t have any proof of that.

In the before and after photos below, you can see that my hair looked more hydrated and smoothed after I used the Mane Club One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray.

Ingredients

I usually really enjoy researching ingredients, but it was quite the challenge for this product! Sources for information on haircare ingredients are much harder to find compared to those that focus on skincare. I did my best to compile descriptions for each of these ingredients and determine which ones provide benefits to the hair.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, Cetrimonium chloride, Cocamidopropyl betaine, Propylene glycol, Silicone quaternium-22, Dipropylene glycol, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 caprate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Citric acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene

Of these 17 ingredients, there are four that really stand out to me as the ones that contribute to the ten benefits that Mane Club touts for this product:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
    • Humectant
  • Hemp seed oil
    • Conditions and strengthens hair
  • Silicone quaternium-22
    • Thermal protectant (works by bonding to hair)
    • Reduces risk of breakage
    • Unfortunately, may create buildup over time
  • Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride
    • Antistatic
    • Makes hair soft and shiny
    • Bonus: may reduce fading of hair color

I believe that of these four ingredients, the silicone ingredient is the only one that may be a problem since it could build up on the hair over time. Since that ingredient is halfway down the list, I’m not too concerned about that risk. Plus, I have not noticed any buildup on my hair in the month or so that I’ve been using this product.

As for the other 13 ingredients, most of them are “neutral” things like solvents, thickeners, and emulsifiers. There are only a few ingredients that I see as potentially problematic and I bet you can guess what they are! The last three ingredients are fragrance, which always presents some level of risk for irritation. Fortunately, this is a haircare product instead of skincare. Since this spray isn’t applied directly to skin, the risk of it irritating the skin is quite low. If you know you have sensitive skin, be careful not to get this product on your skin. It’s very easy if you apply it with your hands like I do, rather than spraying it directly on the hair.

Fragrance

Despite my statements about the fragrance ingredients in this product, I do enjoy fragrance in my haircare products. This product contains fragrance, but I think I might like it better if it didn’t. I can’t quite put my finger on the scent that Mane Club is trying to achieve for this product. I wouldn’t say that I completely dislike the way this spray smells, but I also wouldn’t say that I like it either. It smells pretty strong when I comb it through my hair, but that does fade throughout the day so the fragrance isn’t a big “con” for me.

I only took a few points from this category because I read a lot of reviews for this product and every person that commented on the scent likes it. It seems that I’m in the minority when it comes to this product’s scent, but that’s OK! I’m glad that others enjoy it.

Price

It’s hard to believe that Mane Club One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray is only $8.00! That’s $4.00 less than Eva NYC’s product, which performs mostly the same functions. I think this product is an especially good value because it will last a very long time. I feel like I use a lot of it, but in reality I’ve barely put a dent in it. I’m guessing that it will last me at least six months, but probably even longer than that!


While this product is not perfect, it has a lot going for it. It provides all the benefits that I look for in a leave-in spray, and at an affordable price which I always appreciate. I buy a lot of self-care products, and anytime I can save money with affordable options, that makes me very happy!

I think that Mane Club One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray is ideal for people like me that have hair that gets greasy quickly, but you still want the benefits of a leave in spray. It might not be the best option for people that have very dry hair that needs a lot of hydration. Don’t get me wrong, this one is hydrating, but I’m not sure if it provides enough hydration for everyone.

Since Mane Club just launched in 2019, it is not yet very well-known. I’m curious how many of my readers are familiar with the brand. If you’ve ever tried Mane Club products, please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder–Gentle Organic Refresh for No-Wash Hair Days

Dry shampoo is a great product to have on hand for absorbing excess oil and refreshing hair on no-wash days or absorbing sweat after a workout. My primary go-to product for dry shampoo for the last year or two has been IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. That dry shampoo is very effective, but I’m not thrilled about a few of its ingredients: denatured alcohol, fragrance (proprietary blend that is likely artificial), and alpha-isomethyl ionone (another fragrance ingredient with high allergen potential). That IGK dry shampoo, and most traditional aerosol dry shampoos, also contain butane and propane which are propellants that can be dangerous if inhaled. I don’t mind those ingredients when only used rarely, and I will continue to use traditional aerosol dry shampoos as needed, but I decided to search for a more natural alternative that Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powderwouldn’t have any of those potentially harmful ingredients.

I looked to one of my favorite natural brands. I ordered Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder because I know I can trust the ingredients used in their products. Instead of an aerosol spray, this dry shampoo comes in the form of a powder. I had seen other dry shampoo powders before, but I liked that this one comes with a nozzle for targeted application.

This type of dry shampoo certainly has its pros and cons. I’ll take you through all of them in my review below!

Product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com

It’s time to rethink how you clean your hair. Swap out your regular routine for an organic dry shampoo to get the long, luscious, healthy locks you’ve been craving. It’s the gentle way to deal with drab, drained, or dirty ‘dos.

This light and airy powder is so quick to blend in and has a clean floral scent that will leave your hair smelling like you just hopped out of the shower! Immediately after you brush the dry shampoo in you will notice your gorgeous locks refreshed and voluminous! 

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Other product details

  • Price: $16.99 (full size) or $12.99 (mini)
  • Net weight: 2.5 oz. or 1.5 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • USDA certified organic
  • No artificial dyes or perfumes
  • Formulated for all hair types
  • Two shade options:
    • Dark–You’d expect this shade to be light brown or darker, but no, it is white! (this is the shade that I use)
    • Light–This shade is yellow and would only work for blonde hair.
  • Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com
    • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of use: 8/10
    • Oil absorption: 7/10
    • Ingredients: 9/10
    • Ease of removal: 10/10
    • Price: 8/10

Packaging/ease of use

This dry shampoo is packaged in a plastic bottle with a narrow nozzle at the top. Other dry shampoo powders I’ve seen have a cap similar to what you’d see on baby powder, with several small holes. I appreciate that this packaging allows for more targeted application.

Instructions on bottle: Shake well. Twist open the cap. Holding the bottle upright about 6 inches away from hair, part hair into sections and squeeze the middle of the bottle until powder reaches your hair. Start with a very light, fast squeeze and increase pressure until desired amount of powder comes out of the bottle. Using your fingertips or a makeup brush, massage into scalp and brush hair as usual. If extra body is desired, do not use a brush or comb, simply use fingertips to massage into hair line.  

I wanted to include those full instructions here because there are a couple of things I disagree with. If you hold the bottle 6 inches from your hair, you will likely end up with a mess. I make a bit of a mess every time anyway, but keeping the bottle closer to your hair will certainly minimize the mess. I only hold the bottle about an inch from my hair. I also wouldn’t recommend squeezing the bottle because sometimes too much product comes out and then it’s difficult to get it blended into the hair. I think it’s better to shake the bottle because that doesn’t dispense the dry shampoo as quickly, giving you more control. To massage into the scalp, I think fingers work best. If you want to use a makeup brush, it would need to be fairly dense to work it in effectively.

Dry shampoo powders obviously aren’t as quick and easy to apply as typical aerosol dry shampoos, and this one is no exception. However, I do think this type of nozzle/applicator makes it a little bit easier to use compared to other dry shampoo powders. 

Oil absorption

This dry shampoo definitely absorbs excess oil and makes hair look refreshed. However, it doesn’t make my hair look as clean as it does when I use my IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. My hair gets oily pretty quickly, so I usually go for the most absorbent dry shampoos and that one has the highest cleansing level of IGK’s three dry shampoos. Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder oil absorption is probably comparable to that of a lower cleansing level traditional dry shampoo.

This is a difficult category for me to rank because I think my expectations might be too high due to the fact that I’ve almost always used dry shampoos that are meant to absorb a lot of oil. While I’m not completely satisfied with the level of oil absorption this dry shampoo provides, I do feel as though it makes my hair look clean enough that I’m comfortable going out and I don’t believe anyone else would say my hair looks unclean when I use it.

I apologize for the poor quality of these before and after photos, but I think you can see that there is a big difference in how my hair looks after I’ve used this dry shampoo. In these photos, my hair was washed the night before last, so while it was starting to look oily, it didn’t start out overly oily. I think this is the ideal way to use this dry shampoo; it works well for minimal excess oil, but once you hit a certain point it won’t be enough to make your hair look clean.

Ingredients

Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder only contains six ingredients! That is much less than what you’d find in any typical aerosol dry shampoo. For example, my IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo contains 24 ingredients!

Organic Zea Mays (Corn Starch), Organic Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Powder, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Organic Theobroma (Cocoa) Powder, Organic Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil

*These are the ingredients for the dark shade. The light shade contains Yellow (Kaolin & Illite) Clay instead of regular Kaolin Clay and Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Powder instead of Theobroma (Cocoa) Powder. All other ingredients are the same.

I usually focus on the beneficial ingredients in products because more often than not, the list is very long. In this case I’ll provide information on each of the six individual ingredients:

  • Zea Mays (Corn Starch)
    • Absorbs oil and sweat
  • Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) root powder
    • Absorbs oil
  • Kaolin Clay
    • Lightweight clay that absorbs oil and sweat
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
    • Absorbs oil, sweat, and odors
  • Theobroma (Cocoa) Powder
    • I couldn’t find any information on the purpose of using cocoa powder in a dry shampoo, but I suspect it is only used as a colorant so the powder doesn’t look stark white
  • Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender) Oil
    • Fragrance that could sensitize skin (EWG gives this ingredient a score of “1,” however)

These ingredients are refreshingly simple! I appreciate that the formula is focused on absorbent ingredients that will help to control excess oil.

I only have a couple of negative comments regarding these ingredients. I think they should use a higher concentration of cocoa powder to give the “dark” option more color. To me it just looks white, which makes no sense. That is very minor though, as it does blend into the hair once it’s massaged in completely.

Lastly, the lavender oil…I think Beauty by Earth should offer an unscented option for this dry shampoo since lavender oil is sensitizing for some people. I’m happy to report that I have not had any problems with it, but I don’t have sensitive skin. If you have problems with lavender oil or other essential oils, it might be best to pass on this product.

Ease of removal

Most dry shampoos build up residue on the hair and can be difficult to remove completely (I have to use extra shampoo or my Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo to completely remove most dry shampoos). Fortunately, this dry shampoo powder is different! Since it is a lightweight powder, it feels very light in the hair too. It leaves very minimal residue behind and is easy to wash out with regular shampoo. 

I’m especially glad this dry shampoo is so easy to remove, because I often wonder if I get my hair completely clean when I’m washing out my heavy-duty IGK shampoo. Product buildup isn’t good for your hair or scalp, so I like feeling confident that I’ve got my hair and scalp completely cleansed of product after washing out this dry shampoo.

Price

The full size (2.5 oz.) bottle of this dry shampoo is $16.99. If this was a traditional dry shampoo, I would think that’s way too expensive! Fortunately, this is not a traditional dry shampoo. 🙂 There are a couple of things that must be taken into consideration. Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder is an organic product, and organic products are almost always a little more expensive than non-organic comparable products. Also, I feel that this powder is going to last me much longer than a can of traditional dry shampoo would. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and have barely put a dent in it! I’d say that all things considered, this product is a good value at $16.99.


This product review has been a lot more mixed than most of my other product reviews. What is my final verdict? I think Beauty by Earth Dry Shampoo & Volume Powder is a high quality product that definitely has a place in my collection. However, it does have its downfalls and it’s not a product that I would use when I’m in a hurry. 

If you’re looking for a natural alternative to traditional aerosol dry shampoos and don’t mind putting in a little extra effort, then I think this product is a great choice.

Have you ever used a dry shampoo powder? If so, do you have any tips or tricks to make it easier to use? Please comment below!

Lauren

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2020 Cruelty-Free Holiday Gift Guide Part 1–Small Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

Black Friday is only a few short days away and Christmas is right around the corner. I never feel ready for it, but it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas. My favorite types of things to buy as gifts are self-care items, because I think proper self-care is often overlooked, especially during busy times in our lives. 

I recognize that self-care doesn’t look the same for every person, but beauty-related self-care is what always comes to mind for me since that is what I’m passionate about. For weeks, I’ve been contemplating the idea of putting together a cruelty-free gift guide, and I’m going for it! I hope this guide will be helpful to you, whether you’re interested in any of the specific products, or if I simply provide you with some inspiration.

I’m going to begin with small gifts and stocking stuffers. I think these are some of the most fun products to give and receive. They’re usually easy on the wallet too, which many of us can appreciate during this tough year.

You will see some repeats in this gift guide from previous posts. These will be products that I’ve tested and enjoy so much, I want to recommend them again. Other items will be products that I have not personally tried, but that are from cruelty-free brands I trust. I will also make sure all products that I haven’t personally used, have very high ratings. I want to make sure I only recommend the best!

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. Additionally, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrub

Nothing says self-care like lip scrub, especially during cold winter months! Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrubs provide luxurious exfoliation and hydration. These come in three flavors: berry, mint, and vanilla. For the holidays, I don’t think you can beat mint! Plus, it’s very refreshing.

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($11.99) or Amazon.com ($14.99)

You can also purchase these lips scrubs in a gift set. The set includes three lip scrubs, one in each of the three flavors. This set would be a nice gift for someone that you know LOVES lip scrub, or you could split them up and use as individual stocking stuffers for three people. 😉

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($25.99) or Amazon.com ($29.99)

Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Balm

If you know someone that would enjoy the Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Scrub, they may also like the Beauty by Earth Organic Peppermint Lip Balm. These two products make a great pair to keep your lips looking healthy through the dry, windy winter months. This lip balm is full of nourishing ingredients that lips will love! It comes in five options: 

  • 4-pack unflavored
  • 4-pack honey/vanilla bean (2 of each flavor)
  • 4-pack superfruits (one each of acai berry, asian pear, grapefruit pomegranate, green tea)
  • 4-pack peppermint
  • 12-pack variety (4 peppermint, 1 acai berry, 1 asian pear, 1 grapefruit pomegranate, 1 green tea, 2 vanilla bean, 2 honey)

The Organic Peppermint Lip Balm would be the perfect companion gift for the Organic Mint Lip Scrub!

Where to buy Organic Peppermint Lip Balm (4-pack): BeautybyEarth.com ($10.99) or Amazon.com ($10.99)

If you’re shopping for a lot of people that enjoy lip balm, it might be more cost-effective to go for the big 12-pack gift set. 

Where to buy Organic Lip Balm Gift Set (12-pack): BeautybyEarth.com ($24.99) or Amazon.com ($26.99)

I haven’t tried the Beauty by Earth Organic Lip Balms, but I do have their SPF 15 Lip Balm in the piña colada flavor. The SPF 15 Lip Balms come in 2-packs in two flavors: piña colada and key lime. These are a great option for anyone looking to include sun protection in their lip care. These lip balms are high quality and would certainly make great stocking stuffers just like the Organic Lip Balms, but they are a little bit more expensive per tube.

Where to buy: BeautybyEarth.com ($10.99) or Amazon.com ($10.99)

Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper

I couldn’t include a lip scrub and lip balm without also including a third lip product to add a little holiday sparkle, now could I? Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper is a high-shine hydrating lip gloss. Perfect for the holidays! There are 15 shades available and ten of those have shimmer. I think shimmer is so pretty in lip gloss, especially for festive holiday makeup looks. This lip gloss would make an excellent stocking stuffer!

Where to buy: MilaniCosmetics.com ($8.99) or Amazon.com ($5.98-$13.97) (Please note that there are only 12 shades currently available on Amazon.)

E.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadows & Face Duos

For the makeup lover in your life, e.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadow palettes might be the perfect stocking stuffer. They’re small but mighty, filled with beautiful eyeshadow shades that perform impressively well. There are eight unique palettes, ranging from standard neutral to bold and bright, so there’s an option for every style!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($3.00)

Soon after the Bite Size eyeshadow palettes were released, e.l.f. put out the Bite Size Face Duos, which include a blush and highlight. These would be another great stocking stuffer because they’re the same small size as the Bite Size Eyeshadows. Not only are they adorable, but these little face duos are highly pigmented. I haven’t reviewed these yet, but I do own two shades: Spiced Apple and Cantaloupe. These are awesome little palettes and they can’t be beaten on price!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($3.00)

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer is the perfect companion gift for e.l.f. Bite Size Eyeshadows, or any eyeshadow! I always use Milani Eyeshadow Primer if I’m going to wear eyeshadow. Eyeshadow wears beautifully over this primer all day long without fading or creasing. For the purpose of this post, I’ll also point out that it’s very small! Only a small amount of this product is needed, so it comes in a small tube with only 0.30 ounces of product.

Where to buy: Ulta.com ($6.99)

E.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette

The e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette is a handy little tool to keep on hand for mixing cream or liquid products. Most people use the back of their hand, but this is a cleaner, more convenient option. It’s easy to use because there is an adjustable strap attached to the back, which is used to secure the palette in place over the hand or wrist. I’ve been using this product for a couple of years and I love it! I pump out the amount of product I’ll need onto the palette and then pick it up with a brush or sponge from there.

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($2.00)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

I generally prefer a brush over a sponge for applying my foundation, but I know many people are the opposite and may also use a sponge to apply powder and other face products. The best sponge I’ve tried is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I always use this sponge damp. Once it’s fully saturated and the excess water is squeezed out, it’s the perfect size and texture. It does absorb a good amount of product, but I find that to be the case with all makeup sponges. This sponge can be purchased with a travel case, and I find that case to be so helpful. It has openings in the side so if the sponge is still damp when it goes into the case, air can still get to the sponge.

Where to buy Miracle Complexion Sponge + Case: Amazon.com ($6.98)

There is also a limited edition version of this sponge that comes packaged in a holiday ornament. It’s very cute and would make the perfect small gift or stocking stuffer!

Where to buy Limited Edition Miracle Complexion Sponge: Amazon.com ($4.89)

Pacifica Beauty 7 Free Nail Polish

What is prettier for the holidays than red nail polish? Pacifica makes a clean nail polish formula called 7 Free Nail Polish. I rarely wear nail polish myself and have never owned any from Pacifica, but I trust Pacifica and their nail polishes come in the most beautiful shades. The product description for their nail polishes states that the formula is long lasting and does not include many of the chemicals found in traditional nail polish. The shade “Cinnamon Girl” is a true red and absolutely perfect for the holidays!

Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com ($9.00)

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream

If you’re gifting nail polish to someone, you might as well make sure their hands and cuticles are well cared for too! That’s easier said than done with all the hand washing we’ve been doing this year, but Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Hand & Cuticle Cream can help. I’ve been using this hand cream for a long time and I can tell you that it’s not nearly as greasy as most hand creams I’ve tried, but it’s still very nourishing. It’s great to keep on hand for reapplication after hand washings.

Where to buy: Amazon.com ($5.99)

Pacifica Sheet Masks

I never buy sheet masks for myself, but I think they’re a lot of fun to receive as gifts. My mom usually puts one in my stocking and it’s always a fun and special treat! Pacifica offers several types of sheet masks. I haven’t tried these specific products, but I have used a lot of Pacifica skincare over the years and I think it’s all very good quality. No matter who you’re buying for, one of these sheet masks will probably be appropriate for his or her skin’s needs. All of these can be purchased for $4.00 each:

Mane Club Hair Masks

Along the same vein as sheet masks, I think hair mask packets also make great stocking stuffers! They’re compact and inexpensive, but provide enough product for a few uses. Mane Club makes six unique hair masks for a variety of hair concerns. They also have fun names and cute packaging, which are great for gifts! These hair masks can be purchased directly from Mane Club or Ulta.com, but they are more expensive from Ulta. I have not personally used these hair masks yet, but they all received high ratings. All of these can be purchased for $3.00 each:

E.l.f. Cruelty-Free Pins

If you have someone in your life that is passionate about “going cruelty-free,” they might enjoy one of e.l.f.’s cruelty-free pins! These pins are so cute and would be perfect on a backpack or jacket. There are five options and each one features a different animal. The options are:

  • Bunny
  • Cat
  • Hedgehog
  • Sloth
  • Dog

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($5.00)

E.l.f. Retro Paradise Makeup Case

If you like these gift ideas, but you don’t want to use them as stocking stuffers, a good alternative is to gift them in a makeup bag! You can find makeup bags everywhere, but I think this one from e.l.f. is especially cute. It’s big enough to hold several small items without being too bulky. This would also be perfect for small school supplies if you’re shopping for a student!

Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com ($12.00)

Shipping from all online stores mentioned

All of these stores ship within the USA, but some do not ship internationally.

  • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00.
  • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Ulta.com ships to the USA and U.S. territories, but does not ship internationally.
  • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • ManeClubNYC.com ships internationally.

I hope this list has been helpful! I tried to provide a lot of good affordable options for stocking stuffers or small gifts.

There is so much more out there than what I was able to discuss in this post! If there is anything you’re interested in buying as a gift, but you aren’t certain that it’s cruelty-free, please reach out to me and I’d be happy to help. 🙂

Looking for gift sets or luxury cruelty-free gifts? Stay tuned because that will be “Part 2″ coming on Wednesday!

Lauren

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Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer–Multitasking Spray for Beautiful Healthy Hair

I’ve worn my hair long almost my entire life. A lot of people enjoy visiting the salon to get their hair cut, styled, etc., but that’s not me. I’m very low maintenance with my hair and only get it cut every six months at most. Due to the pandemic, I’m waiting even longer to get my hair cut than I normally would. I think it’s now been about ten months since I had a trim, and my hair has been looking a bit damaged because of it. 

To prevent unnecessary damage to my hair (and because I don’t enjoy styling my hair), I almost never use hot tools. I put my hair up in a Turbie Twist when I get out of the shower, comb out the tangles, and then let it air dry. I know a lot of people aren’t able to do that depending on hair type, so I’m grateful that mine is so easy to manage! Another thing I do to keep my hair looking as healthy as possible, is to use Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer. It’s a leave-in spray that has ten benefits and can be combed through wet or dry hair.

Product claims directly from Eva-NYC.com

Infused with Argan Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil to give your hair its daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, this multitasking formula does it all: detangles, reduces frizz, strengthens, softens, cuts drying time, adds shine, nourishes, smooths, and protects against thermal and UV damage. With 10 benefits in one spray you’ll save precious drying time AND vanity space.

Other product details

  • Price: $12.00 ($6.00 for travel size)
  • Net weight: 6 oz. (travel size is 1 oz.)
  • Made in USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Safe for color, keratin, and Brazilian treated hair
  • Free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, mineral oil, and gluten
  • Where to buy: Eva-NYC.com or Ulta.com
    • Eva-NYC.com ships to the contiguous 48 U.S. states
    • Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Ease of application: 10/10
    • Benefits: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Fragrance: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Ease of application

This primer spray comes packaged in a very nice spray bottle. There is no cap, but there is a “lock” to easily open or close the sprayer. The sprayer or “mister” delivers a fine spray that makes it easy to apply just the right amount of product to your hair. I focus it mostly on the ends of my hair since my hair gets oily very quickly and this product would make that worse if I sprayed it too close to the top of my head.

Some other leave-in sprays are heavy and leave hair feeling like it has residue on it. Thankfully, this one is very lightweight which makes it easy to distribute through the hair. I usually use it on dry hair that’s already detangled, so I can use a brush or comb. If using on damp or wet hair (which is what Eva NYC advises) right out of the shower, it would definitely be best to use a wide-toothed comb to avoid breakage while detangling.

Benefits

Eva NYC makes a bold claim with this product, stating that it provides ten benefits to the hair. I absolutely see benefits from this product, but not all ten apply to me. 

For example, I don’t need heat protection since I don’t use hot tools to style my hair. On that same note, I can’t speak to the “cuts drying time” claim since I air dry my hair and don’t pay attention to how long it takes (there is only supposed to be a 16% reduction in drying time anyway, which might be too small of a difference to notice).

I’d like to discuss the benefits that I can actually see and feel. I am not denying any of Eva NYC’s claims, but I can only address some of them specifically:

  • Reduces frizz: My hair is wavy and does get frizzy often. This spray eliminates frizz immediately! (It’s a very obvious difference since I usually use this product on dry hair instead of wet hair)
  • Detangles: During the rare times that I use this spray on wet hair, I do notice that it makes detangling my hair much easier. I really should use it on wet hair more often because it is not easy to detangle my thick hair!
  • Softens: My hair is a bit coarse, so it isn’t very soft on its own. When I spray this stuff on my hair, it instantly feels softer!
  • Adds shine: I can confirm this claim, too! My hair always looks shiny and healthy when I use this spray.
  • Smooths: My hair has a mind of its own and likes to stick out in random places sometimes. This product does such a good job of smoothing it down. No hairspray needed!

I had my husband take photos of my hair before and after I applied this primer spray one morning this week. It’s a subtle difference, but you can see that my hair is frizz-free, smooth, and shiny in the “after” photo. 🙂

Ingredients

This product has a simple ingredient list. It only contains eleven ingredients!

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Coumarin

I’ll get the bad out of the way first this time. This product contains seven fragrance ingredients (the last seven listed). That is shocking to me, especially considering there are only eleven total ingredients. Fortunately, this is a product that is applied to hair, not skin. That means that most people shouldn’t experience any irritation from this product as long as it’s not being sprayed onto the skin. People that know they’re sensitive to fragrance ingredients should probably avoid this product.

The third and fourth ingredients on the list are the two standout ingredients that provide many benefits to the hair:

  • Argan oil
    • Nourishes
    • Smooths frizz
    • Adds shine
    • UV protection
    • Antioxidant
  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Stops hair breakage
    • Retains moisture
    • Smooths split ends
    • Makes hair feel softer

It’s great to see both argan oil and sunflower seed oil in this product since they provide so many wonderful benefits to the hair!

There are two other ingredients in this product that I have labeled as “neutral,” meaning that they don’t directly benefit the hair and they also shouldn’t have any harmful effects. These are both silicones that make the formula more effective:

  • Cyclopentasiloxane
    • Helps the product dry more quickly (I’m not sure if this helps with reducing the hair’s drying time or not)
    • Allows the product to spread more easily
  • Trimethylsiloxysilicate
    • Creates a permeable film which provides humidity-resistance

Overall, I like the ingredients Eva NYC used for this product. I don’t mind the silicones, but I do wish they hadn’t used quite so many fragrance ingredients. On the other hand, I really like the way this product smells so I can’t complain about those ingredients too much!

Fragrance

I don’t like fragrance in my skincare or makeup products, but I enjoy fragrance in my hair products. This primer spray is heavily fragranced. I think it’s a little bit too strong actually (that’s why I deducted one point from this category), but it has a very pleasant scent! It lingers on my hair all day and I like that. I can’t really describe how it smells, but Eva NYC was kind enough to provide information on the fragrance notes:

  • Top: Freesia, Plum
  • Heart: White Flowers (Jasmine, Magnolia, Gardenia)
  • Dry Down: Woody Warm Amber, Bourbon Vanilla, White Musk

If I saw those fragrance notes without actually smelling this product, I wouldn’t be interested. I don’t usually like floral scents. This product really does smell amazing, though!

Price

I think Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer is very fairly priced at $12.00. This price is consistent with other Eva NYC products, and it’s lower than prices of many similar products on the market. I think the full-size bottle is a really good value because it’s lasted me several months. Granted, I don’t use it every day, but I still think it’s lasted longer than similar products I’ve used.


I’ve really been enjoying Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer! It’s my favorite part of my hair care routine. I appreciate that it helps me keep my hair looking healthy even though it’s been far too long since my last trim.

I think this product would be beneficial for all hair types. The only people that probably should avoid it, are those with sensitive skin. I feel like I say that in a lot of my posts. I apologize to all my readers with sensitive skin! I’m sure it can be difficult finding gentle products that are still effective.

Do you use a primer spray or any other type of leave-in conditioner in your hair care routine? I think it’s such an easy step that makes a big difference in the health and appearance of hair. 🙂

Lauren

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IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo–Quick Easy Refresh Between Washes

Hair washing and styling is very time-consuming. Who has time for it every day? I very rarely ever style my hair, but I used to wash it daily because my hair gets greasy after just one day. I later learned that daily hair washing really isn’t healthy because it strips natural oils that protect and moisturize the scalp. The consequence of too-frequent washing and stripping those oils is that the scalp produces even more oil to attempt to replace the oil that was washed away. Washing less frequently will help to regulate oil production so the scalp won’t over-produce oil.

To keep my hair and scalp as healthy as possible, I now only wash my hair every two to three days. Since I work from home and don’t need to leave the house most days, I don’t mind if my hair looks a bit oily between washes. I refuse to go out in public on days that my hair looks dirty, though. For a quick easy refresh between washes, I use dry shampoo.

I’ve been using dry shampoo for years now and there are some benefits other than stretching time between washes. It volumizes limp hair to make it look more bouncy and healthy. It also adds texture which is nice for styling. Dry shampoo is also very convenient and travel-friendly because no matter where you go, or if you have access to running water, you can still have clean hair!

I’m now on my third can of IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is great for those of us with particularly oily hair. I like that IGK has two other dry shampoos that are made for lighter cleansing: IGK Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo and IGK Direct Flight Multi-tasking Dry Shampoo.

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Product claims directly from IGKHair.com

This heavy-duty charcoal dry shampoo allows you to go even longer between washes, even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal powder lifts dirt and build up while absorbing oil and sweat. Cooling, calming white tea powder calms scalp and strengthens hair follicles.

Other product details

  • Price: $27.00
  • Net weight: 6.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Provides UV protection
  • No artificial colors, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, or sulfates
  • Perfect for oily scalps and fine, medium to thick, and coarse texture hair
  • Safe for color-treated hair
  • Where to buy: IGKHair.com or Amazon.com
  • Ships from IGK website only to the contiguous United States (For international requests, please call IGK office during business hours Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm EST at 1-855-IGK-3322 to see if an order can be processed to your requested country)
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Ease of use: 10/10
    • Oil absorption: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Ease of removal: 8/10
    • Price: 5/10

Ease of use

This dry shampoo is in the typical format of a dry shampoo packaged in an aerosol can. This type of packaging and delivery system make it very easy and convenient to accurately spray the product exactly where it’s needed. 

First, you section hair and spray the dry shampoo from 6-12 inches away on dirty areas, making sure to use as little product as possible. It’s important to give the product at least 30 seconds for the cleansing powders to absorb oil. Then you can remove/distribute excess product by massaging it into the hair with your fingers and/or a brush. I always start with my fingers and then use a brush if there’s still some product visible. If you want to add volume to your hair, definitely use your fingers instead of a brush. I feel like using a brush takes the volume right back out of my hair. 

A common problem that I’ve had with dry shampoos in the past is that they leave a white or dull cast on the hair no matter how little product I use or how hard I try to work it into my hair. This IGK dry shampoo does go on white, but I find that it’s very easy to work it into my hair and once that’s done, I no longer see any residue on my hair. This is a big part of why I’ve purchased three cans of this dry shampoo! 🙂

Oil absorption

This dry shampoo does an insanely good job of absorbing excess oils. You really only need a minimal amount and it soaks up all that extra oil to take your hair from greasy to fresh in seconds. It makes sense that this dry shampoo is so effective at absorbing excess oil since this dry shampoo has the highest cleansing level of IGK’s three dry shampoo formulas.

To illustrate the effectiveness of this dry shampoo’s oil-absorbing ability, I took before and after photos. This is day three hair, so it was extremely greasy. I normally only skip one day between washings, so I needed even more oil-absorption than usual. It didn’t let me down! My hair looked fresh and clean after I worked the product in with my fingers. I think my hair looks slightly greasy in the “after” photo but it looked better in person. Tilting my head down like that made the hair section out, showing some oil that I missed with the dry shampoo.

Ingredients

I normally rate a product’s ingredients based on whether they are beneficial/”good,” neutral, or bad for the skin or hair. I had to look at this product’s ingredient list a bit differently because dry shampoo is not designed to directly benefit the hair; it’s simply made to extend the time between washings. I looked at these ingredients in terms of their contribution to the product’s effectiveness.

Butane, Propane, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Zeolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Hydrated Silica, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cellulose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-59, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

There are 24 ingredients in this dry shampoo and seven of those are oil- or sweat-absorbing agents. These ingredients are what make this product so effective at absorbing excess oil and sweat:

  • Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch
  • Zeolite
    • Also traps odors
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Charcoal Powder
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Magnesium Carbonate

A bonus ingredient included in this formula is Green Tea Leaf Extract which provides antioxidants and UV protection. It is also anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.

Most of the ingredients in this formula are what I call “neutral” because while they don’t provide a direct benefit, they are necessary for the product to be functional. For example, the butane and propane are propellants that are necessary since this dry shampoo is an aerosol spray. It is important not to inhale those gases so I try to spray dry shampoo on quickly in the bathroom and then walk out to let it disperse. Those ingredients are otherwise safe. Other neutral ingredients are thickening agents, pH adjusters, anti-static, solvents, etc.

There are a few bad ingredients that I wish had been omitted or replaced with alternative ingredients:

  • SD Alcohol 40-B (denatured alcohol)
    • Used as a solvent
    • Drying to the skin
    • May damage skin-barrier
  • Fragrance
    • Mystery proprietary blend of scented ingredients
    • May or may not be unsafe
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
    • Fragrance ingredient
    • Allergen potential (one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that must be labelled individually)

I am not very concerned about the effects of the alcohol on skin since dry shampoo is meant to be applied to the hair, not directly on the scalp. However, I do have to wonder if it has the same drying effect on hair. My hair has never looked dry where I’ve applied dry shampoo, but this could be a problem for people with already dry or brittle hair.

As for the fragrance ingredients, those have potential to be irritating for some people but I’m not overly concerned about them since they are the last two ingredients on the list (therefore the lowest concentration). This is also not a heavily scented product, which makes me think the amount of fragrance ingredients used is very low and therefore less likely to cause irritation.

Ease of removal

The down side of dry shampoos, including this one, is that they build up on the hair. The amount of buildup of course gets worse if dry shampoo is used more than once between washings. I usually only use it one time between washings to minimize buildup. The more buildup, the harder it is to wash your hair completely clean. 

On days that I’ve used a little more of this dry shampoo than I normally would, I do have difficulty removing it with my traditional shampoo. When I know I’ve got some extra buildup to remove, I use my trusty Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo which does an excellent job of removing any amount of product buildup.

Price

I’ve discussed the good qualities of this dry shampoo. Unfortunately, now I’ve got to tell you its biggest downfall. This dry shampoo is $27.00, which means it’s $4.29/ounce! This product is very effective, but I have a very hard time paying $27.00 for it. In fact, the last time I purchased it I got it 50% off. At that price, it is reasonable, but honestly I don’t know if any dry shampoo is truly worth $27.00. I’m more frugal than most people though, so many may disagree with my opinion on this. 


Dry shampoo is an amazing product to keep on hand to save time by extending washes. It also saves on water, shampoo, and conditioner! I appreciate all of those things because with my long thick hair, it takes some time just to wash which means a lot of water, shampoo, and conditioner as well. 

IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is an excellent product for anyone that has very oily hair like I do. If you don’t mind the price, then I think you’d be very pleased with the performance of this product.

If you’re just starting to use dry shampoo and want to skip some washes, you’ll need to have a good shower cap to keep your hair dry in the shower. Kitsch makes some adorable ones like this one in floral print.

Have you tried this IGK dry shampoo, or any of their other products? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Organic Natural Skincare ft. Beauty by Earth

Clean beauty is not a new concept, but it has grown and evolved in recent years. The clean beauty movement came about because of consumers’ fear of toxic chemicals being used in traditional skincare products. There is much fear of toxins entering the bloodstream and causing allergic reactions, interfering with hormones, or even causing cancer. 

What is clean beauty? 

What it boils down to, is that a product is “clean” if you can use it without risking your health. All ingredients must be safe and non-toxic.

“Clean” is interpreted in different ways by different people. For many, the best way to ensure that a product is clean, is to verify that all ingredients are natural (not synthetic) and organic.

There is definitely comfort in reading an ingredients list and recognizing every ingredient as something found in nature! Organic natural skincare has grown in popularity, because if all ingredients are grown organically, there is no risk of chemical residues getting into the individual products. 

What’s the catch?

There are cons associated with some “clean” or natural skincare products. They have a reputation for being less effective than traditional skincare. This is true in some cases. However, it comes down to which ingredients are used. Like all skincare ingredients, some natural ones will perform better than others. 

Natural skincare also is not always “safe.” For example, many essential oils can be irritating to the skin. Just like with the efficacy argument, consumers must pay attention to which ingredients are being used. If you know your skin is sensitive, avoid products with ingredients that will irritate your skin. 

Where I stand on natural ingredients

Personally, I think there are both good and bad natural ingredients, just like there are good and bad synthetic ones. I have a combination of traditional and natural products in my collection. As previously stated, I look for what works without causing any adverse effects. I think most of the skincare products I own would be considered “clean” in the most basic terms, but they are not all natural.

I am interested in trying more natural beauty, especially skincare. A brand dedicated to creating quality natural products that I’ve been introduced to somewhat recently, is Beauty by Earth.

natural ingredients

Beauty by Earth’s history

Beauty by Earth opened in 2014 in Dallas, TX with a single product launched on Amazon: organic argan oil. In 2015, Beauty by Earth had a team of only four people, but they worked hard to create more innovative, natural, and organic products. In September of that year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) awarded Beauty by Earth products their top rating. Beauty by Earth expanded to sell its products in Canada in 2016. In 2017 the company’s catalogue expanded to include 40 products! Beauty by Earth won TWO awards in 2018: Official Best Skincare in Texas and Indie Beauty Awards (Best in show Eye Treatment). 2019 was another huge year for Beauty by Earth! The team expanded to 16 people, their collection expanded to include 70 products, and the company was ranked among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. 5000.

What makes Beauty by Earth so special?

Beauty by Earth makes its products with 100% natural organic ingredients. All products are USDA certified organic! To get that certification, a company must use at least 95% organic ingredients in its products. Most of their products are vegan, too! The only products that aren’t vegan (like their lip balm) contain beeswax that is harvested responsibly. 

They are also cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified. 🙂 Products are gluten-free, and only non-GMO ingredients are used. All formulations are manufactured in the USA in a FDA certified facility.

Most products labeled as “clean,” “natural,” or “organic” are very expensive! Beauty by Earth is committed to keeping prices low so their products will be accessible to all. Their goal is to encourage more people to join the clean beauty movement by making it more approachable and affordable.

You might be waiting for an explanation about the EWG rating I mentioned in the last section. The EWG rates products based on the level of health hazard from ingredients. “1” is a very low health hazard while “10” is a very high health hazard. I looked through the Beauty by Earth products on the EWG website and there are eight products with a rating of “3,” 23 products with a rating of “2,” and the other 46 have the coveted rating of “1!” This doesn’t sound all that impressive until you look at some other brands. You will be astounded by the difference! You can search for any product’s rating here.

Beauty by Earth collections

Beauty by Earth has really come a long way since 2014 and now has over 70 products available on BeautybyEarth.com. They started out only selling argan oil, but now they have a variety of products in the following categories:

  • Skincare
  • Body care
  • Hair care
  • Lip care
  • Sun care
  • Tools for face and body

Boss Beauties Elite rewards program

Beauty by Earth has a rewards program very similar to those of other beauty brands I’ve discussed here. Points (or “Beauty Bucks”) are easily earned in several ways:

  • Sign up for the program
  • Birthdays
  • Follow on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook
  • Place orders on BeautybyEarth.com
  • Refer a friend
  • Leave a review

There are three statuses in this program. This seems familiar…noticing a trend? 😉

  • Everyone starts out at the “Admirer” status in this program
    • 1 Beauty Buck earned per dollar spent
    • Birthday reward 100 Beauty Bucks
  • Once you reach $250 spent, you’ll upgrade to “BFF” status
    • 1.5 Beauty Bucks earned per dollar spent
    • Birthday reward 150 Beauty Bucks
    • Two free shipping vouchers
    • Early access to new products
    • Exclusive promotions
    • Welcome gift (valued at $10)
  • “Soulmate” status once you’ve spent $500
    • 2 Beauty Bucks earned per dollar spent
    • Birthday reward 200 Beauty Bucks
    • Early access to new products
    • Exclusive promotions
    • Free shipping on ALL orders
    • Welcome gift (valued at $25)

Every 100 Beauty Bucks can be redeemed for $10 off! You can let them accumulate for a larger discount, or use them right away.

This rewards program is extremely similar to others I’ve seen lately, but I still think it’s worth mentioning. It’s great getting some extra perks when you shop!


I have only used two products from Beauty by Earth so far, but I’m very impressed by both and look forward to trying more very soon! 

My mom is the one that really got me interested in Beauty by Earth and I’m so glad she did! The last time I was at her house, I saw her Beauty by Earth moisturizer and checked the ingredients label (I’m always curious about ingredients). I was blown away! I recognized nearly every ingredient and they are good ingredients.

I look forward to bringing you some Beauty by Earth product reviews soon! 🙂 In the meantime, if you’d like to check out Beauty by Earth, please use my referral link to get $10 off a $50+ purchase! I will also receive $10 in Beauty Bucks if you use my link.

Have you ever tried natural beauty products? What did you think of them? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo–Get a Healthier Scalp Instantly

I’ve always thought it’s so annoying that my hair gets oily within a day, but otherwise I wouldn’t give my scalp any thought. As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve noticed my scalp getting flaky. Regular shampoo wasn’t doing anything to help, so I realized I needed to find something to exfoliate that dead skin away.

I was also using dry shampoo every other day to keep my excess oils at bay. Since I was using so much dry shampoo, it was building up on my hair and my shampoo wouldn’t get my hair completely clean. To get a healthier scalp and hair, I had to find the right product.

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I knew I needed to find a product that would be both exfoliating and detoxifying to get both my scalp and hair completely clean. I’d never seen a product like that and felt pretty discouraged for a while. Then YouTube came to the rescue and introduced me to Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo.

I was so excited to try a Briogeo product because I knew they used quality, mostly natural ingredients. In fact, all of their products are made with 90-100% natural ingredients! This shampoo is 98% natural. 🙂

Product claims directly from BriogeoHair.com

This unique shampoo infuses Binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle to provide the foundation for optimal scalp health. Vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product build-up from the scalp to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp. A cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils reduces scalp itchiness and tea tree oil has antiseptic and healing properties that reduce scalp irritation and inflammation. Coconut Oil provides superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness. Super-vitamin, panthenol, provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.

Other product details

  • Price: $42.00
  • Net weight: 8 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner 2018
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • “6-free” hair care
    • NO sulfates
    • NO silicones
    • NO phthalates
    • NO parabens
    • NO DEA
    • NO artificial dyes
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com or BiogeoHair.com
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Cleansing: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Fragrance: 8/10
    • Packaging: 6/10
    • Price: 8/10

Cleansing

This shampoo provides the perfect combination of gentle exfoliation and detoxification to remove all excess oil, dead skin, and product buildup. I’m always impressed by the exfoliation because the texture of this product is very smooth and creamy. There isn’t any chunkiness that I would usually associate with a physical exfoliator. This product relies on microcrystalline cellulose, which is a plant-derived powder, for the exfoliating property.

My scalp and hair always feel squeaky-clean after I’ve used this shampoo!

I would advise not using this shampoo more than twice a week as it could be drying if used too often. Recently I’ve only been using this product if I’ve gone an extra day without washing my hair or if I use dry shampoo (I don’t use it nearly as often now that I’m spending more time at home) and need to remove the buildup. I use it once a week at most, but have used it twice a week in the past and didn’t have any problems with it.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate*, Glycerin*, Microcrystalline Cellulose*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Panthenol, Xylitylglucoside*, Charcoal Powder*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil*, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Anhydroxylitol*, Bisabolol, Menthyl Lactate*, Xylitol*, Polyquaternium-7, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid*, Sodium Hydroxide 

* Coconut, vegetable, or plant derived

I had very high expectations for this shampoo’s ingredients since Briogeo has a reputation for using only the best ingredients in their hair care products. I found that, while most of the ingredients are naturally-derived, they aren’t all good. There is a mix of good and bad ingredients. I’ll start with the good!

  • Coconut oil
    • Moisturizes and seals in moisture
    • Penetrates hair very well
  • coconut oilMicrocrystalline Cellulose
    • Gentle exfoliating powder
  • Panthenol (provitamin B5)
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Charcoal powder
    • Absorbs excess oil
  • Tea tree oil
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Bisabolol
    • Skin-soother

Almost half of the ingredients are pretty standard shampoo ingredients like cleansing agents, texture-enhancers, and preservatives. There is nothing wrong with these and they definitely help this product to get its job done.

Unfortunately, I found that there are five “bad” ingredients. These are all added to give the product a pleasant fragrance:

  • peppermint leavesPeppermint oil (Briogeo claims that peppermint oil is soothing to the scalp, but it is actually a known skin-irritant)
  • Ginger root oil
  • Spearmint leaf oil
  • Menthyl Lactate
  • Fragrance (Parfum)

Fragrance

This shampoo smells minty and wonderfully invigorating. It’s especially nice in the morning when you need something to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day.

However, that minty goodness comes from five ingredients that could be very irritating or sensitizing for some people. I do like that all of the added fragrance comes from natural sources except for “parfum” which is very far down the ingredients list.

I don’t think most people will have an issue with the added fragrance in this product, especially since shampoo does not stay in contact with the skin for very long. However, people with sensitive skin should avoid this product to prevent possible irritation.

Packaging

This shampoo is packaged in a plastic jar. The shampoo itself is a very thick creamy, almost whipped texture, so I assume that is why they packaged it in a jar instead of a bottle. The jar is fine, but I do think they should make it easier to open with wet hands by adding ridges to the lid. The lid is smooth plastic so it is difficult to grip when your hands are wet. 

One of the first times I used this shampoo, I was struggling to get the lid off and ended up dropping the jar and losing a lot of product. I was not happy! To avoid that problem now, I keep the lid screwed on loosely so it’s always easy to open.

Price

This product is quite pricey at $42.00 for only 8 ounces ($5.25/ounce). Also, if you have thick hair and want to use this shampoo often, it probably won’t last very long. I have to use a lot of product to wash all of my hair, which is long and thick. To stretch a jar of this shampoo further, I usually only use it on the top of my head and use my regular shampoo for the rest of my hair. 

While I don’t enjoy paying $42.00 for this shampoo, I do think it’s worth the price. It’s a unique product that is very effective!


I’m currently on my second jar of Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. It cleans my hair like nothing else I’ve found. No matter how much oil or dry shampoo I have built up on my scalp, this shampoo washes it completely clean!

I’d recommend this shampoo to anyone (without sensitive skin) struggling to find a shampoo that cleans and purifies sufficiently. You will not regret giving it a try! 🙂

Have you tried this exfoliating shampoo or found anything similar? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Lauren

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Mindful Beauty ft. Pacifica Beauty

Recyclable packaging. Free recycling program. Cruelty-free. Vegan. Clean ingredients. 

Pacifica logo

All of these things and more can be found in one affordable,accessible, and often overlooked brand–Pacifica Beauty. Pacifica is all about mindful beauty and offers a wide variety of products. Pacifica has been one of my favorite independently-owned cruelty-free brands for years. I love what they stand for and have enjoyed using many of their products. Not only are Pacifica products high quality, but they also come in cute packaging that looks great sitting on your bathroom counter or vanity! 

Pacifica products

Pacifica is a very impressive beauty brand. Not only do they maintain high ethical standards, but they have created a line for almost every beauty product you could imagine. You can find all of the following types of products on PacificaBeauty.com:

  • Skincare
  • Suncare
  • Makeup
  • Lip care
  • Nail care
  • Hair
  • Bath & body
  • Perfume
  • Wellness

I have not tried Pacifica products from all of these categories, but I can tell you that I have enjoyed the products that I have tried so far. I mainly gravitate toward their skincare, bath, and body products.

Pacifica’s FREE recycling program

I always knew Pacifica was a great company, but they are doing more than I realized! I recently learned about an amazing program they offer to make their products easier to recycle. Not only is their packaging recyclable, but Pacifica also offers a free recycling program that comes with perks! I am so excited to try this program for the first time soon.

This is how Pacifica’s recycling program works:

  1. Gather empty Pacifica containers
  2. Go to https://www.pacificabeauty.com/pages/recycle and enter up to eight products that you want to recycle
  3. Fill out your name, email, and address to get a prepaid shipping label
  4. Return your containers to Pacifica using the prepaid shipping label
  5. Receive 100 loyalty points once package is received (you must be logged in to your account to receive loyalty points)
  6. Plastic containers will be recycled and given new life as Preserve brand razors and toothbrushes

I was particularly excited to see that Pacifica’s containers are being recycled to make Preserve razors and toothbrushes, because I made the switch from my old Gillette razor to a Preserve razor a couple of months ago! (Fantastic product, by the way.)

If you wish to take advantage of Pacifica’s recycling program, please ship your empty containers within 30 days of receiving the prepaid shipping label. Otherwise, it will be voided. 

Girl Code Rewards Program

It seems like every company has a rewards program these days and Pacifica is no exception! Pacifica’s is called the Girl Code Rewards Program. It is a fairly straightforward program with many ways to earn points:

  • Create account
  • Make purchases on PacificaBeauty.com
  • Refer a friend
  • Birthdays
  • Follow Pacifica on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Participate in the recycling program
  • Write a product review

Points can be redeemed once you reach 100 points or you can let them accumulate for a larger discount later. Points are redeemed for vouchers that are worth increments of $3 (that is the smallest voucher that you would receive with 100 points).

Pacifica has three different levels within the Girl Code Rewards Program:

  • Friend status – no minimum amount spent
    • 1 point per $1 spent
  • Girl crush – spend at least $200pinky promise
    • 2 points per $1 spent
    • Early access to new products
    • Free gift ($10 value)
    • Two vouchers for free shipping
  • Bestie forever – spend at least $500
    • 3 points per $1 spent
    • Free shipping on all orders
    • Early access to new products
    • Access to exclusive events and private sales
    • Free gift on birthday

While the name of this program and the names of the three levels within the program are quite silly, the rewards are actually pretty generous!

Keep in mind that you will only be able to earn points for the Girl Code Rewards Program if you purchase Pacifica products directly from PacificaBeauty.com.

Where to find Pacifica products

Pacifica Beauty was formed in 1997 and has gained a reputation as an innovative and sustainable company. As they have grown, their reach has also expanded. Pacifica Beauty products can be found in Ulta Beauty (of course!), Target, Whole Foods, and Sprouts stores in the United States. Pacifica has a store locator on their website if you want to find your nearest Pacifica retailer. You can also purchase some Pacifica products from Amazon! To shop the full range of Pacifica products, you’ll need to visit PacificaBeauty.com.

Unfortunately, Pacifica’s products are currently only available in-store in the United States, and online orders from PacificaBeauty.com can only be shipped within the United States and Canada. My apologies to international readers!


I appreciate the wonderful things Pacifica Beauty is doing, and also the fact that their products won’t break the bank! Every time I go to Ulta or look at the “new” section of Pacifica’s website, I find more products I want to try. I look forward to supporting their efforts by recycling my empties and purchasing more products in the future.

Please comment below if you’ve tried any Pacifica products!

Lauren

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Building a Cruelty-Free Collection ft. Ulta Beauty

The process of going cruelty-free has to start somewhere. For some that haven’t been interested in beauty products in the past, it might mean starting a brand new collection of products. For most, however, it means finding cruelty-free alternatives to products they’ve already been using. This should be a gradual transition as products that are not cruelty-free are used up. Your money was already spent on those products, so you should definitely enjoy every last drop!

If you’ve never shopped for cruelty-free products specifically before, you might be concerned about being limited to fewer brands. Luckily, there are plenty of wonderful cruelty-free brands available that provide every type of beauty product you could want or need.

First stop when shopping cruelty-free

Whether you’re new to the beauty world or simply making the switch to cruelty-free products, there is only one store I can recommend to get the ball rolling…Ulta Beauty!!! Ulta logoUlta has an impressive variety of cruelty-free brands, products at many price-points, a great rewards program, and more! There are over 1,200 locations in the United States, so it is likely that there is a store near you. You can use the Ulta store locator feature on Ulta.com or the Ulta Beauty app to find the stores closest to you.

Ulta Beauty is THE place for variety

One of my favorite things about Ulta is the variety. Ulta has its own extensive line of cruelty-free products, plus hundreds of other brands (many of which are cruelty-free). They are frequently adding new brands to their inventory and many of them are cruelty-free! Only so much can fit inside their stores, so if you have trouble finding anything in-store, make sure you check Ulta.com for an even larger selection of cruelty-free products.

The variety of the types of products Ulta carries is outstanding! In this one store, you can shop for skincare, makeup, body care, hair care, hair styling tools, nail products, and fragrances. It’s a really fun experience going through the aisles and finding new products to try, even things you might not have been looking for.

Unlike the drugstore which carries only affordable brands, or Sephora which only sells high-end, Ulta offers products from brands at both price-points and everywhere in between. I think that was a brilliant choice for Ulta’s stores because they are inclusive to consumers that are on a budget and also consumers that are looking to invest in luxury products.

What else does Ulta Beauty have to offer?

In addition to providing a comprehensive shopping experience for all things beauty, Ulta also touts a great rewards program, online beauty quizzes and buying guides, and even salon services!

Ulta’s rewards program is called Ultamate Rewards. I feel that this rewards program is superior to those of most other retailers. When you are signed up for Ultamate Rewards, you will earn points for every dollar you spend in-store or online. These points can be redeemed toward future purchases. As you accumulate more points, they increase in value. For example, 100 points earned will get you only $3.00 off, but 500 points will get you $17.50 off. I like to let my points accumulate for a long time because it’s so much more exciting getting $30.00 off than $3.00 off! More details on the Ultamate Rewards program can be found here.

The beauty quizzes on Ulta.com can assist in finding the perfect foundation, skincare appropriate for your unique skin type, and there is also one for hair care to help you find the right products to achieve the hair of your dreams. The buying guides for makeup, hair care, and fragrances provide even more information to help you make buying decisions. I wish I had known about these tools a couple of years ago so I would’ve had a better idea of which types of products are right for my needs.

Ulta offers the following in their salons: haircuts, hair color and hair texture services, hair extensions, hair styling, hair treatments, express facials, full service facials, lash applications and extensions, makeup lessons and applications, and brow waxing. Some of these services are temporarily unavailable due to the pandemic. Ulta has done a wonderful job of addressing safety concerns related to COVID-19 for anyone wishing to purchase salon services at this time. Please note that salon services are currently available by appointment only.


You may have already guessed this, but Ulta Beauty is my absolute favorite place to shop. I’ve found so many products there that I never would’ve discovered otherwise. I have tested my sweet husband’s patience many times when I’ve gone into Ulta looking for only one or two items, and have ended up spending a couple hours perusing the shelves. There is just so much to see! One tip I would like to share for shopping in-store at Ulta, is to utilize the Ulta Beauty app for reviews. You can scan the barcode on any product to see product description, directions, ingredients, and reviews. Reading product reviews has helped me many times; sometimes making me very excited to try a new product, and alternatively, other times making me want to say good riddance to a product and put it right back on the shelf.

There are many excellent retailers that carry a lot of cruelty-free products, but I sincerely think Ulta Beauty is the best place to start. You won’t regret paying your local Ulta store a visit to see what all the fuss is about. 🙂

Thank you for reading, and happy shopping!

Lauren

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