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.
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.
We are all hoping and praying that summer 2020 is not lost, so I am throwing out more good vibes into the internet universe with this mineral sunscreen review. I deemed March to be Sunscreen Madness month on social media (really just to hype myself up) and tested a dozen of the latest and greatest reef-safe sunscreens throughout the month. I love sunscreen, can never have enough of them, and probably own at least a dozen at any given time.
John Masters Organics has a fantastic range of natural and organic hair care products widely available and priced mid-range that includes clean shampoos, conditioners, masks and styling products. Celebrating their 25th year this year, John Masters Organics is practically a household name for holistic and natural lifestyle enthusiasts. Their hair care is famous worldwide with 70+ stores across the globe. Even the itty bitty hair salon on my street when I was living in Lugano used John Masters Organics products. And of course, every single product in this range is made of at least 70% organic ingredients.
I am so excited to share with you all the Indie Beauty Expo Best in Show 2019 Collection! I attended the Indie Beauty Expo 2020 show (thank goodness it happened in January before the pandemic-onium began) and even wrote up a blog post sharing some of my cool indie beauty finds. More than 650 different indie beauty brands exhibited across the expo’s North America and Europe shows and there were over a thousand products to evaluate.
I stopped using commercial antibacterial hand sanitizers years ago. Not only did they have banned chemicals like triclosan, but they seemed like overkill. Over-frequent hand washing can render soap less effective and bacteria stronger, so I believed the same to be true for hand sanitizer. The FDA banned manufacturers from using triclosan, a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers in 2016 due to its ability to cause hormone disruption and a rise in resistent strains of bacteria. There you have it! Too much hand sanitizer can cause bacteria to rise up and against you in revolt.
As part of the New Hope Network Influencer Co-op I’m sent a blogger box every quarter to experience and share with you all. It’s filled with the latest and best natural products in the market right now and this quarter’s box included a few brands I already know and love and many that I was excited to discover. I first discovered New Hope Network after attending Natural Product Expo, the biggest natural product trade show in the world, and this has been a fun way to continue to discover what’s hot in the natural products industry.
Hi My name is Aveeno 100% Mineral Daily Moisturizer and I’m made with 40 ingredients but I like to advertise my very last one – nourishing oat! I come recommended by some dermatologist somewhere! I’m also almost entirely made up of water, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, silicones & Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer.
MAHALO is an organic skincare brand from Kauai that is the epitome of eco-luxury. The Hawaiian brand was started several years ago by Maryna Kracht and became famous in the green beauty community for their skincare potions like The Vitality Elixir and The Petal. These bottled up rituals that contain Hawaiian essence, precious super-oils, supercritical extracts, and antioxidant-rich plant butters are made in small batches of 30, packaged in bamboo and glass jars, and then sent across the world so that we may all be blessed with good skin.
Finding a job in Switzerland isn’t easy, and if you’re not a Swiss or EU citizen or exceptionally skilled in finance, trading, IT or international relations, it’s even tougher. I wanted to share a very real and in-depth account of my journey on how I landed my first job and started my career in Switzerland as a fresh graduate from America with no work experience (aside from internships). I also wanted to share the various interview processes I went through, which varies from company to company and ranges from casual to highly formal. Most recently, I interviewed with UBS Zurich. Please remember my experience is unique to me and my personal circumstances and everyone’s experience is different. If you’re looking to work in Switzerland, I hope you’ll find useful tips and information to help you find a job in a country with some of the highest-paying salaries.
If you’re looking for the best tinted sunscreens for face that offer broad spectrum SPF protection and are made of natural and organic ingredients -but without that annoying ghostly white cast – I’ve rounded up the best natural tinted face sunscreens! All brands below are committed to high quality, safe ingredients and bringing you sunscreens that both fully protect and deeply moisturize the skin.
Indie Beauty Expo was one of those cool LA beauty events that I could only ever dream of attending, so despite being tired out from my recent travels to Punta Cana, I had to make my way over. Also knowns as IBE, this expo is the largest exposition of independent beauty brands from all over the world, founded to support the growth and success of indie brands and the entrepreneurs behind them. IBE also has an online magazine called Beauty Independent, a go-to source for beauty entrepeneurs (I’m also featured as a blogger!)
Earthwise Beauty launched a few new products this year, an interesting serum in the form of a face mist and the line’s only single oil facial oil. I’ve reviewed the brand and most of its products in a previous blog post (including the founder’s work diary provided by Ava herself), but since then, Earthwise Beauty has had a re-branding and a whole new look. My affiliate code OBL saves sitewide, as always.