Hi I'm Andrea and you may know me as organicbeautylover where I blog about organic and natural beauty and travel. I'm originally from the LA area, and after graduating from USC's Marshall School of Business, I moved abroad and now work for a company in Geneva. I love to travel and studied abroad as a high school foreign exchange student in South America, in college at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and have interned in Mumbai, India for the Four Seasons. I'm happiest on a beach with a cocktail in hand.
I am now addicted to gel nail strips! Where have these been all my life?
If you’re unable to visit the nail salon or are looking to save money on expensive gel manicures I’ve found the perfect non-toxic solution! ManiMe is a gel stick on nail brand and the first to offer custom-fit sizes using a proprietary 3-D technology. Thank goodness for technology making all our lives more convenient! Read on to find out all about ManiMe, my experience and tips on how to apply gel stick on nails.
If you’re looking to get your gift shopping for family and friends done during Black Friday, because you’re financially savvy and an anti-procrastinator, I’ve rounded up some fantastic gifts at unbeatable prices for you below. These are the best sales of the year so you might as well gift yourself something as well while you’re at it!
I don’t think anyone who uses their hands to clean is actually doing a proper job at it every night. It’s 2020 and we have machines to do this for us and they’re way better at it. ZOE uses a patented T-sonic technology aka transdermal technology of 7500 pulsations per minute to get rid of 99.5% of the gunk on your face while gently exfoliating. The back side is for product penetration and the bottom is a zinc base that you can use to depuff eyes. Completely waterproof so you can use it in the bath or shower for a face and scalp massage and each charge is good for up to 500 uses. It’s $99 for Black Friday and affiliate code OBL saves an extra $10!
These are self heating eye masks for interstellar relaxation. They start heating up immediately and have a subtle therapeutic jasmine scent that is uber relaxing and helps you get a better night of sleep. They work for 15 minutes and after you take them off and drift away into dreamland! These are a unique, inexpensive gift that comes in a pretty box.
High vibrational organic skincare Max and Me is an otherworldly skincare line that brings skin and soul healing in a bottle. Every detail about this brand and their products are luxurious and are carefully chosen based on their vibrational quality and ability to bring energy healing.
This is the perfect romantic getaway with your partner or family trip with kids in a tiny cabin nestled in nature. You can choose between 1 or 2 beds and more than a dozen cities around the US with outposts not more than a few hours from a major city.
Vegamour offers natural and non-toxic hair growth products using clinically researched Natural ingredients. Their original GRO hair growth serum is already a cult favorite in the beauty community and they’ve expanded their line to include hair growth focused hair care and styling products all designed to work at strengthening and growing hair.
The best part: Free and super fast global shipping!
For someone who loves self care and crystals, Chasin Unicorns offers their previous boxes as one time purchases so no need for a subscription. You get an already curated box for a great discount and my code OBL saves further. Chasin Unicorns is a vegan and organic beauty brand with a focus on crystals!
Evolve is an organic skincare line from the United Kingdom that has grown into a wide range of skin, body and hair care products — all at a pretty affordable price. They have a variety of stocking stuffer and small holiday gift set options if you’re looking for a beautifully packaged and presented gift!
Shipping: FREE USA/EU/UK delivery with orders over 25!
Use code CYBERMONDAY30 to get 30% off their no heat, no water, no plastic essential oil diffusers! These are made entirely of glass and handcarved wood and don’t require any use of heat or water to dilute the oils.
Clove and Hallow is a clean makeup line that has one of the best affordable concealers available! While not all natural, they offer a variety of stunning vibrant shades with their super popular lip products. Now they have a large offering of skincare and holiday launches.
As the name suggests, Edible Beauty is a natural skincare brand that’s so pure you could eat it! Hailing from Australia, these luxurious products are made of 100% mineral, vitamin and botanical derived ingredients and are vegan, cruelty-free and packaged in completely sustainable materials. Edible Beauty carries a wide range of products from natural skincare to teas and sunscreen to multi-purpose balms. In this Edible Beauty review, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on their tonic serums and their Sephora bestseller No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum. Plus an Edible Beauty discount code for 20% off!
Making better shopping decisions when it comes to my clothes and closet is one thing I’m working on since I advocate for conscious beauty shopping. Our options for fashionable, sustainable, and cruelty-free Clothes and accessories are getting better each year as more companies turn up to meet our changing demands.
If you’re looking for a natural way to get rid of orange, brassy hair then you’ve come to the right blog! Kavella’s clean and vegan Blue Shampoo is the only natural blue shampoo available on the market! Made with natural and organic ingredients, superbly effective, good enough for professional hairstylists and gives back to animal welfare organizations – it doesn’t get any better. Read on to learn all about Kavella’s Blue Shampoo, a discount code and completely unedited Before and After pics.
Cocokind’s most anticipated launch of the century has dropped and it’s sunscreen! It’s taken years for Cocokind to launch a sunscreen product, so I’m excited to share my thoughts in this Cocokind sunscreen review with you all. I have a cocokind discount code OBL to help you save at checkout too!
(Updated July 19, 2020 to compare Getaway House 1 bed vs 2 bed). My Getaway House Discount Code OBL saves $$.
CYBER MONDAY DEAL: Take 25% off with code OFFLINE25
As we all postpone and cancel our epic travel plans to go to faraway places no thanks to Coronavirus, I was searching for interesting staycations in the Los Angeles area when I discovered Getaway House. As exciting as the city is, sometimes you just need to get away, but not too far because, money. I was specifically looking for places to get back in touch with nature, because the healing power of nature is very very real. Hello forest bathing!
What do bloggers actually do all day? For anyone curious about what I actually do all day as a green beauty blogger and my full time blogger schedule, this is for you.
Managing a blog requires a lot of different skills including writing, editing, photography, social media management, and learning how to run a successful business. While it doesn’t look like a respectable or demanding profession from the outside, I actually find myself working longer hours than I did at my corporate job. The flipside is that I get to make my own schedule, work from anywhere and take days off if I choose to.
The QYKSonic ZOE is my go-to facial cleansing device and I could not imagine my skincare routine without this gamechanging “skinnovation” that does so much more than cleanse. I have both the QYKSonic ZOE Bliss and ZOE Plus and will cover how to use QYKSonic ZOE and compare both devices in this review. The Orange County, California based company first reached out to me in 2018, so I’ve been using this device for almost 2 years now. As always, my affiliated QYKSonic ZOE discount code OBL saves.
Silk Therapeutics is a clean, clinical-grade skincare line powered by their own Activated Liquid Silk and formulated with 12 ingredients or less. I first introduced my skin to Silk Therapeutics summer 2019 and am sharing my Silk skincare review for those of you who attracted to simple and effective natural skincare.
I created the ultimate Organic Beauty buying guide to help anyone looking to price compare and shop the best organic and natural skincare products. In this clean beauty shopping guide you’ll find skincare products that range from affordable at less than $10 to hyper-luxe at $300 in nearly 20 different skincare categories. Whether you’re looking for a cheap face scrub or the best organic anti-aging skincare routine, you‘re sure to find some natural beauty inspiration in this ultimate organic skincare shopping resource.
Looking for effective organic hair care? After using Evolvh products for years I’m finally getting around to documenting my thoughts on the world wide web. A luxury natural haircare brand based out of the Bay area, Evolvh has certainly evolved a lot over the years with many new additions to their expanding line.
They also switched to an all-natural grapefruit essential oil fragrance!
What I appreciate about Evolvh Hair products is that instead of using ingredients that simply coat the hair to make it “look” healthy, they use ingredients that are backed by science to meet the molecular needs of strands at their very core. They are also a “no nasties” committed brand that is:
I’ve been using the Bellasonic electric nail file for the past few months and wanted to share a quick Bellasonic review for anyone interested in this new nail tool. The Bellasonic nail grooming system features patented oscillating back-and-forth movement using 4 interchangeable round discs. Each disc serves to either shape, smooth, buff or shine nails.
I recently discovered the Hey Dewy portable humidifier and was curious to see for myself why celebrity esthetician Shani Darden uses it. I saw it was already sold at Revolve and Urban Outfitters, but couldn’t find any real reviews. I don’t typically review devices, but I thought a Hey Dewy review might help anyone considering whether to purchase or not.
Even with the thousands of CBD brands that have popped up in the last few years alone, my favorite clean CBD skincare brand remains Code Of Harmony. I first met Code Of Harmony at Indie Beauty Expo Los Angeles a few years ago and have been hooked ever since! Based out of Long Beach, California with their very own spa called The Skin Lab nestled downtown, Code Of Harmony crafts clean, small-batch CBD skincare with bespoke formulas developed by founder Janet Schriever.
If you have brassy blonde, brunette, highlighted or gray hair, this natural and organic purple shampoo review is for you. I’ve found the best natural purple shampoo for blondes (and best blue shampoo for brunettes) you can buy. And I have the before and after photos to prove it! Brighter blonde, ashy brunette and silver gray hair days are ahead.
An organic purple shampoo (and blue shampoo for orange hair) has been missing in clean beauty for a long time. When Rahua purple shampoo launched, its pale shade didn’t have me convinced, and other “organic” purple shampoos contained toxins I wanted to avoid. I needed the best purple toner product that would effectively fix brassiness without a ton of toxic ingredients.
Thanks to Los Angeles-based clean hair care brand Kavella, there isn’t just a natural purple shampoo that actually works, they’ve also made blue, red and copper ones for brunettes and redheads. Plus this purple hued color toning shampoo is vegan, cruelty-free, comes in an eco friendly bottle made from sugarcane and uses organic ingredients.
In this natural purple shampoo review I’ll explain:
Why you need purple shampoo
Why you should choose a clean purple shampoo
How to choose between blue shampoo vs purple shampoo
How to use purple shampoo
My personal experience with Kavella products with before and after
You’ll also find a Kavella Discount Code to save you money at the end. (So far I’ve gotten great feedback from everyone who’s given these a try based on my recommendation.)
After meeting Inika Organics a few years ago, I’m excited to share my thoughts in this Inika makeup review. Inika is among the best natural makeup brands, and their standout products are the Inika BB cream, Inika foundation and Inika Long Lash Mascara. When it comes to certifications, ingredients and lifestyle friendliness, Australian brand Inika sets the bar so high, you wonder how they achieved it all.
100% of the ingredients used by Inika Organic are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals. If that isn’t impressive enough, Inika is also certified organic and natural by multiple organizations, so you can be certain that 70%+ of the ingredients in each product is organic.
Inika has some of the highest standards when it comes to organic and vegan makeup. A true green beauty brand, Inika’s pots and tubes are made of recycled materials and all packaging is recyclable. I have not tried the newly launched Inika skincare, but I’m very intrigued given the performance and formulation of their makeup.
Ursa Major is a premium natural skin care line I’ve used and loved for several years now. I have tried every Ursa Major product there is and am ready to share a full Ursa Major review on the ”Patagonia of Natural Skincare.” This gender-neutral line from Vermont offers skincare that appeals to both men and women, is accessibly priced and comes in generous sizes that you rarely find in clean beauty.
I created the ultimate BUDGET organic beauty brands list full of affordable natural and organic skincare brands. This is the broke girl’s guide to the best affordable natural and clean beauty brands. Even at full size these are the really, really affordable organic skincare products that are all under $30, mostly under $20 and often under $10 – at full size NOT sample or travel size.
Looking for affordable organic skincare? Organic no longer has to break the bank thanks to brands like Beauty By Earth. Their mission is to create the most effective skincare products possible using the cleanest ingredients available. This isn’t an easy feat, but Beauty By Earth makes it look effortless. Beauty By Earth was birthed from outrage – outrage at the skincare industry’s disregard for our health, outrage at hidden toxins and outrage at the sky high prices for natural high-quality skincare.