Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Where: The Detox Market
Deals with codes: $10 off $100, code: THANKS10
$30 off $200, code: THANKS30
$60 off $300 + gift w/ purchase, code: THANKS60
When: Now until Friday, November 28, 11:59pm PST
My picks: Some old favorites include Lina Hanson Global Body Serum ($63) for its vanilla-citrusy scent that made my limbs super soft; Hurraw! lip balm ($4.99) for its fun oval-y shape, dependable texture (no funky melting), and solid performance; Ilia Beauty’s lipgloss in The Butterfly and I ($24), which I think has a beautiful non-sticky, oily, moisturizing texture in a my-lips-but-better shade; Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation ($25) because I always notice an improvement in my skin’s texture when I use this buildable mineral foundation; and Kjaer Weis cream blush in Sun Touched ($54) which gives me a healthy flush and makes my acne-scarred cheeks look even better.

Some newer favorites include Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliator ($60) which I love using as a 45-min mask and leaves my skin feeling uber soft afterwards; Odacité’s Pa+G Pure Elements serum ($37) which lightens my post-acne marks record-time fast; One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo ($12) which smells so lovely (geranium) and gives my oily, second-day hair a texturized and non-greasy finish; Kjaer Weis highlighter in Radiance ($56) which is absolutely gorgeous if you’re looking for a more obvious highlighter; and LURK’s PRJV1 perfume ($55) because I am a sucker for a spicy jasmine scent.
Where: Integrity Botanicals
Deals with codes: 20% off orders over $100, code: BLACK20
15% off orders under $100, code: BLACK15
When: Now until Monday, December 1, 11:59pm PST
My picks: The absolutely luxurious and gorgeous Fair Verona by Strange Invisible Perfumes, a sultry jasmine plus mimosas; Schmidt’s Deodorant whose texture I’m not so fond of (can be a bit dry and flaky sometimes), but it performs reliably and makes my sweaty clothing smell good; Konjac Sponge Co’s French Pink Clay sponge because sometimes it is just nice to gentle scrub off cleanser with this little guy (also very low maintenance to take care of it); ED4OLO Cleansing Oil–I have repurchased it probably over 5 times and I’m still not tired of it–it smells like pineapples, takes off all of my makeup, and washes off with water; and Kahina Giving Beauty’s Night Cream which is fantastically moisturizing yet light–and I don’t mean moisturizing lightly–since I got back into cream moisturizers after falling in love with oils, I found many creams left my skin feeling tight but this one not so much.
Where: BeauTeaBar
Deal: 15% off orders over $50 + free shipping + custom-made Rose and Cardamom candle (some brands excluded)
When: Friday, November 28, 9am-11:59pm EST
Code: PINKFRIDAY
My picks: I confess that I have not shopped many of the brands carried at BeauTeaBar before, so this is half products I’ve tried and loved before, half a wishlist. I have heard beautiful things about Kypris, and at #ANFGB Marissa sung praises for the Moonlight Catalyst ($70), an overnight exfoliating serum with pumpkin (yum!). While Ilia Beauty has been the reigning queen of green lippies, Nudus seems to be the new cool kid on the block–I’ve got a soft spot for Precious ($32), which seems to be a bright pink. I really enjoyed the sample I ordered of Province Apothecary’s exfoliator ($38), which is super, super gentle and effective, with lavender and green tea. I really want to gift my mother the Cake Anti-Aging Hair Serum by Reverie ($72) –kind of dying over the ingredients list (rose, rosemary, bourbon vanilla, apple stem cells!!!).

Where: Meow Meow Tweet
Deal: 15% OFF SITE-WIDE
When: Now – Sunday, November 30 at 11:59pm EST
Code: TURTLEDOVES
My picks: The Deodorant Cream ($13) which is a particular favorite of mine because it has a soft texture throughout any season and keeps a typically very smelly me very smelly-free. This one includes baking soda, so if you are sensitive, be wary (and check out the new baking-soda version which sadly does not work for me), otherwise, no worries.

Where: Olie Biologique
Deal: 30% off Site-Wide
When: Now – Monday December 1 at 11:59pm EST
Code: THANKS30
My picks: “Considering the price, I am incredibly happy with the whisker oil. Not only did it convince me the usefulness of a pre-shave oil, it worked fantastically as a post shave oil leaving my skin feel hydrated without feeling oily. On top of that, the smell is exactly what I am looking for: piney without being overwhelming and with a slight hint of whiskey.” – the man on the Whisker Oil ($48) (Ed. note: It does smell fantastic. I want to steal it.)

Where: W3ll People
Deal: 20% off Site-Wide
When: Monday, December 1, 12am-11pm CST (Friday, November 28 10am-6pm if you can make it in person to their studio in Austin!)
Code: (none needed)
My picks: Since I’m a sweaty, blemish-y gal, my skin and I love my Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation ($31.50) + the ultra-soft Kabuki Brush ($41), which can also used with their Bio Bronzer, which I also have a soft spot for (see the full look here). With the minerals, I can achieve a glowy, dewy finish with no blemish marks peeking through. Also notable are the Nudist Colorbalm Sticks ($19.50) which are like chic, minty tinted lip balms–I love 2 (the Violet) and 8 (the Poppy).

Where: Organic Bath Co.
Deal:  20% off entire purchase
When: Now until Monday, December 1, 12:00am EST
Code: THANKFUL14
My picks: I am partial to their body scrubs, Java Jolt in particular, which now come in travel size for $10 vs. $27 for full size. It’s made with certified organic fair trade sugar and coffee as well as lovely moisturizing oils that altogether give my limbs a good scrub and leave me feeling very soft and moisturized after a shower.

Where: Cap Beauty
Deal: 10% off any order
When: Now until Monday, December 1, 11:59pm EST
Code: #GIFTCAP
My picks: This is another half wishlist, half products I’ve already loved collection. I have loved-loved-loved the de Mamiel cleansing balm (full review here, $86) and I have a new one waiting for me once I finish my current makeup removers. It’s a floral cleansing balm that is just luscious, beautiful, delicious, luxurious, and packed full of probiotics and manuka honey. I’ve also loved Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask–I always request this as my sample-with-order from Spirit Beauty Lounge and I finished an entire pot of the Wild Plum limited edition version. It’s a lovely exfoliating mask that keeps my face clear and happy of blemishes caused by dead skin buildup. Now on the wishlist side–I have been lusting after In Fiore for a couple months now. The cleansing routine sounds absolutely luxe (maybe a bit over the top), but I love the sound of the Lustra Exfoliating Floral Compound ($76), which is meant to be an exfoliating treatment balm packed full of flowers. I’m usually a sucker for complex blends, but Tara from Shop Follain highly recommended the Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil ($32) as a great no-frill oil with a host of benefits, so I’m curious. And lastly, I’m so curious about Four Sigma Foods’ Instant Reishi–I love Chinese tea, so I know I can take the bitter, and I’m always looking to de-stress. Lola from Hermes Hippie said this instantly calmed her down, so I’m listening.

Where: Pratima Skincare
Deal: Free UPS Ground shipping on all orders over $50
When: Friday, November 28 12:01am – Saturday, November 29 11:59pm EST
Code: FREESHIP14
My picks: The fantastically light yet protective Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30, of course, recently reviewed here.

Where: Osmia Organics
Deal: 15% off orders + free US shipping (OO Necklaces not included)
When: Monday, December 1 only
Code: OOHOLIDAYS
My picks: Osmia Organics’ body oils changed how I apply body oils for forever–now I only lightly towel off so I can use the remaining moisture to mix with my body oil as sort of a custom lotion. My two favorite scents are Flower and Sunset (both reviewed here): basically the perfect floral and then a sultrier vanilla. I’ve ordered repeat mini perfume samples of Bria, which I don’t exactly remember the smell of, but again, repeat samples. The Spot Treatment  (reviewed here) was never an overnight miracle for me, but the two bottles I went through helped my spots heal faster than if they were alone. The Active Gel Toner is a new favorite–I’ve noticed that my skin feels much more hydrated during the day even though it’s the winter–and this was something I struggled with nearly all winter. Osmia’s soaps are basically works of art and I loved my Zucca Spice down to the very last bit–it cleansed me without leaving any stereotypically dry feelings. And as for the Black Clay Facial Soap–“The black clay soap lasts forever, has a neutral smell, looks badass, and does not leave my face dry” – from the man.

Where: One Love Organics
Deal: 25% entire purchase
When: Sunday, November 30 8pm EST – Monday, December 1 midnight EST
Code: MERRY25
My picks: Of course, as mentioned above, the ED4OLO Cleansing Oil, but this new Tropical Getaway Gift Set ($129) seems like a good ‘un to snatch up for the holidays as a gift for someone else (or yourself). Love the body oil (reviewed here) and I loved my little sample of the Vitamin C Body Polish I picked up at #ANFGB and then sadly left on the other side of the country (one more month until I’ll be back to pick it up!) #LoveSmellsLikePineapples

Where: EcoDivaBeauty
Deals: Spend $200 and receive a $20 gift card
Spend $300 and receive a surprise limited edition gift (over $50 value)
Spend $500 and receive a $75 gift card
When: Now through Sunday, November 30, 11:59pm PST
My picks: Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel is another product I always request as a sample from Spirit Beauty Lounge–this is what I go to whenever I make a mess of a blemish or am particularly afraid of ingrown hairs. It helps a broken blemish heal a bit faster and I never have ingrown hairs after using this. I loved sitting around 45 minutes in my May Lindstrom Problem Solver while this thick, jet-black mask sucked out nasties. Yarok shampoo is definitely pricier than my go-to Acure shampoo, but it is chocked full of really gorgeous ingredients and leaves my hair soft and wonderful.

Where: YÜLI Skincare
Deal: 8% off entire order over $75 (orders over 200 will receive a code for 10% off on the next order).
Also, Halcyon Cleanser will be available in a travel sized variant.
When: Now until Monday, December 1 EST
Code: GRATITUDE8
My picks: Now is a better time than ever to pick up Halcyon Cleanser in a travel size ($24)–my favorite gel cleanser that is gentle yet effective enough to massage out surface whiteheads (full review here). Another super favorite is the Cocoon Elixir ($68), which I have repurchased at least twice for how well it soothes any redness (full review here). Another two-time repurchase is Cell Perfecto PM ($98), whose review should be up before the end of the year because it seriously changed and healed my skin. A newer favorite is Liquid Courage ($125), which I’ve come to love even more than M.E. Skin Fuel for how clear it kept my skin before the weather turned cold. And lastly of course, the Pure mask ($65) which is a clay mask with matcha green tea, fruit enzymes, and rice powder, all in all forming a mask that detoxifies, heals, and doesn’t dry me out after a use.

Anything catch your eye? You shopping this weekend?

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are included. Images have come from their respective sites either in their original form or have been edited by me. I will update this post as more deals are revealed. All thoughts and opinions are my own (and the man’s).

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Four Deodorants: Soapwalla, Meow Meow Tweet, Schmidt’s, Osmia Organics

 

I’ve rambled about deodorants before (one of my first posts here, Going Green Tag here), but here’s the lowdown: I’m a sweaty person. No matter the season, my pits will sweat. They always find a way. Even when I tried antiperspirants in my pre-green days. As for my hands, summer is the worst season because my piano-playing accuracy goes down and my slipping-off-notes rate goes way up. I’m a sweater.

That said, I have yet to find a green deodorant that can’t keep up with these pits. None of these are antiperspirants, so I still have to dress strategically (no gray, no tight-fitting clothing up top, layers) and I am okay with that–I am at peace with sweating out my toxins. I don’t stink, in fact with some of these, even my sweaty clothes smell pretty good. All of these are creams, and I’ve come to enjoy massaging them into my pits (lymph nodes need some loving too). The price range is from $9 – $14, which I don’t think is bad at all–a tub can last 3-6 months. My pits sometimes get sensitive if I’ve shaved them the night before and then use deo the next day–I’ve found that including them in my body moisturizing routine reduces the chance of next-day-angry-pits.

Ingredients-wise, all of these share a similar base of ingredients: a moisturizing plant oil, shea butter, baking soda, kaolin clay, starch or arrowroot powder, and essential oils. Plant oils and shea butter keep pits moisturized and calm irritated skin. Baking soda, kaolin clay, and starch/arrowroot powder absorb moisture and stench. Essential oils play two roles: a hot scent and bacteria-killer at the same time–nice.

As pictured from left to right,

Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Creamthe classic green deo
Greenies and non-greenies alike love this cream–it’s the one that started it all. And the nearly-empty tub pictured above is at least my third repurchase. This can get a little gritty when it dries, but nothing that quick stir through the tub with a finger can’t fix. It’s classic for a reason: it works. It’s simple. My clothes don’t always smell the best after this, but it keeps me from being smelly (that said, 15-hour airplane rides–reapply in the middle to be safe).

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*; Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*; Rosehip Seed Oil*; Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter; Corn Starch*+; Sodium Bicarbonate+; Kaolin Clay; Vegan Kosher Glycerin*+; a custom blend of essential oils, including: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender)*; Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)*; Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange); Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*; Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergaptene-free Bergamot)*; Non-GMO Soy lecithin*+; Non-GMO Vitamin E*+.
 (*: certified organic, +: food-grade)

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Creamthe texture of this is like a cake
The texture of this. I am obsessed. It’s literally as soft as cake batter. And it’s always as soft as cake batter, even in the dry winter of Baltimore or California. And the scent. I have it in tea tree, and seriously, tea tree has never smelled so good. My clothes smell deliciously of tea tree if and after I sweat into them.

Ingredients: *virgin coconut oil, *jojoba oil, *shea butter, *arrowroot powder, baking soda (naturally mined), kaolin clay, tea tree essential oil

*organic ingredient

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant even the clothes you sweat in will smell good
The texture of this is the exact opposite of Meow Meow Tweet’s: it’s hard. It comes with a little spatula to scoop out the cream, and you need it. Putting aside the trouble of having to scrape out the cream and being careful to warm the cream in a way that the flakes don’t fall on the ground everywhere–this smells so good. I have it in Cedarwood + Juniper (also have a Ylang Ylang + Calendula waiting for me), and like Katie from The Green Product Junkie has said–this should be made into a perfume. One day I was running late for an 8:30am class (*die) and I realized I forgot my lunch after I was halfway to school–I was wearing this and a button-up, I booked it home and back to class, and even though I was panting for the first couple of minutes of class, I smelled awesome.

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Juniperus (juniper) essential oil, Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Osmia Organics Deodorant Creamperfect size to bring along if you forgot to apply deo at home
I was “meh” about this at first–I’m not the biggest fan of lavender (blasphemy, right?), which is the biggest scent I catch from this, the first couple times I tried this I still stunk, and the price/size is a little more compared to the other three deo creams. However, I took a break from this for a couple weeks, came back, and it worked. Still predominantly lavender, but no stink at the end of the day. Also, as small as it is, this little tin is the best size to throw in your handbag in case you forget to apply deo.

Ingredients: butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, tapioca starch*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, sodium bicarbonate, fuller’s earth clay, callophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil*, vegetable glycerin*, and a proprietary blend of certified organic and wild-harvested essential oils

* certified organic ingredient
91.9% certified organic ingredients
100% ingredients from nature

If you’re not into deodorant creams, I’ve recently been hearing great things about Green Body Deo, which, shockingly, comes in a stick. If you’re up for getting personal with your pits, all of these four have worked for sweaty me.

tl;dr Classic: Soapwalla. Best texture: Meow Meow Tweet. Best smell: Schmidt’s. Best size: Osmia. Massaging these in my pits (one at a time, of course) keeps me from being smelly, and often makes me smell even better.

Have you tried any of these deodorants? What’s your favorite? If not, what are you using?

Disclaimer: I purchased all of these myself for use and review: Soapwalla from Eco Diva Beauty (though I’ve purchased it from Spirit Beauty Lounge before), Meow Meow Tweet from Meow Meow Tweet, Schmidt’s from Schmidt’s, and Osmia from Osmia. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Best of 2013: Skincare and Bodycare

Happy end of 2013! It’s been a really fun year of green beauty: of discovery, of healing, of truly, fun. I’ve had a fun time interacting with other greenies and falling in love with new products. Keep reading for my skincare and bodycare favorites of the past year…

Soapwalla may have taken the green and non-green world by storm, but I’ve been loving how the Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream with Tea Tree takes away my stink. Even when I sweat (which is much and often), I smell, can I say, deliciously of tea tree and void of any smelliness? Also delicious is the consistency of the cream, which is soft and smooth as butter, though it has been a bit harder thanks to chilly, dry California.
I’ve gone from using tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, to even nothing as spot treatments. Accompanied with a good diet and yoga, I’ve lately been enjoying Osmia Organic’s Spot Treatment as an extra punch against blemishes. There aren’t necessarily any instant results, especially with larger, more evil blemishes, but not only does it smell lovely, I’ve found it to help along the healing process of my blemishes without leaving flakes behind. The mini rollerball also makes application very easy.
YÜLI pretty much took over my skincare this year. The Panacea Elixir was my initial gateway drug, then the Cocoon Elixir soothed my skin over the summer, and with that I was done for. Pure was the only mask I brought home because it’s my favorite two-for-one: clarifying yet simultaneously soothing in one formula. It heals blemishes I’ve naughtily popped the night before and brings out other blemishes to the surface while leaving my complexion smooth and soft (and matcha green tea is one of its ingredients!). Cell Perfecto PM is definitely one of my holy grail products for how much it healed my acne scars this year. Not only did it enable no-makeup days, but also dabbling into blush and bronzer, something I had given up while my cheeks were too rosy from scarring. I will show picture evidence soon. Halycon has become my favorite second-step cleanser (or only step, if it’s a no-makeup day) for how gentle, light, lovely, and effective it is.


I upgraded from removing makeup with jojoba oil and a flannel to Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organic’s Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover and haven’t looked back. The first time I tried the oil, the tropical papaya scent hit me, and I was like, “Omg.” Then I began massaging it in my face, watched the makeup melt away, and was like, “Omg.” Then I rinsed it off and then I was really like, “Omg” because the oil washed off with water and left my face so soft that I wasn’t sure I had rinsed it all off. Then I had my sister tried it and she had basically the same reaction. Love.

The rest of my bodycare favorites might as well just be dubbed as body oil favorites. I had been pretty nonchalant about body moisturizing before, and was content with just DIYing it with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Until I tried Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum, which not only smells deliciously of citrus and vanilla, but also leaves my body so moisturized and soft. Osmia’s Body Oils overturned my post-shower routine–I now wait just a little longer before toweling off so I can slather one of these deliciously smelling blends over my whole, damp body. The idea is that lotions are basically a mixture of water and oils–so why not use the moisture left over from the shower with the body oil to make your own effective lotion? Brilliant, Osmia. I’ve been loving sultry Sunset and pretty flowery Flower.