Best Organic CBD Skincare of 2022

If you’re looking for the best organic CBD skincare products, look no further. It happens to be National CBD Day (August 8, 2022) and these days you’ll find CBD and Hemp oil used in everything —serums, creams, masks, and body and face oils. I’ve rounded up the best CBD beauty brands that utilize the buzzy, powerful antioxidant in their clean, organic CBD skincare. Known for its ability to reduce inflammation (the root cause of all skin havoc) and neutralize free radical damage, CBD skincare has numerous studies pointing to its health, wellness and skin benefits. So pop a CBD gummy or drink and read on for the best organic CBD skincare and beauty products of 2022.

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50 Clean Beauty Brands at ULTA: The Ultimate List 2022

Looking for the ultimate list of clean beauty brands at ULTA? ULTA carries a large number of clean beauty brands and has their own criteria for clean, cruelty free, vegan, and sustainably-packaged brands and products. Their Conscious Beauty category highlights brands that positively impact communities and planet and is determined by an appointed Conscious Beauty Advisory Board of experts. But which clean beauty brands at ULTA are actually clean? With Ariana Grande being first to show up when you click Clean Fragrances (Ariana’s perfumes are not clean, sorry), it seems that ULTA’s definition of clean beauty, conscious beauty or whatever you want to call it, is a bit sketch. I’ve rounded the ultimate list of clean beauty brands at Ulta Beauty stores and on-line, so you know which brands you can trust.

acure organics brightening facial scrub

ACURE

  • Acure is a trustworthy OG clean beauty brand
  • HUGE selection of products for just about everything you need

Au Naturale Anywhere Creme MultiStick

Au Naturale

Babo botanicals sunscreen

Babo Botanicals

Beekman 1802 serum

Beekman 1802

Briogeo shampoo for men

Briogeo

Cocokind sunscreen

COCOKIND

  • AAPI-founded Cocokind offers clean and conscious skincare for all
  • Committed to their core values and always truly clean

Clean warm cotton perfume

CLEAN

Coola face sunscreen

COOLA

Derma e Sulfur spot treatment

Derma E

Eleven Venus Williams sunscreen

Eleven by Venus Williams

Ella mila nail Polish

ella+mila

Ellis Brooklyn perfume

Ellis Brooklyn

Ere perez blush

Ere Perez

Everyday humans Sunscreen

Everyday Humans

Exa foundation

Exa

Brightening SerumFollain Brightening Serum

Follain

Four Sigmatic Serum

Four Sigmatic

Han all natural stick
HAN Skincare cosmetics

Hero mighty patch

Hero Cosmetics

Honest beauty mascara

Honest Beauty

Hynt beauty concealer

Hynt Beauty

Indie lee facial cleanser

INDIE LEE

Innersense Organic Beauty shampoo

Innersense Organic Beauty

Jane Iredale glow time pro bb cream

jane iredale

Josh rosebrook

Josh Rosebrook

Juice Beauty Signal Peptides Firming Serum

Juice Beauty

Kaia naturals deodorant
Kaia Naturals

Kinship Supermelt Vegan Jelly Lip Mask
Kinship

Lashfood
Lashfood

Lavanila deodorant

Lavanila

Live tinted makeup

Live Tinted

Mad hippie vitamin c serum

Mad Hippie

Milk honey deodorant
Milk+Honey

Mychelle sunscreen spray

Mychelle

Olio e Osso tinted balm

Olio e Osso

One love Organics youth preservation
One Love Organics

Osea Atmosphere protection Cream

OSEA

Pipette mineral sunscreen

Pipette

Pyt beauty eyeshadow

PYT Beauty

Qhemet Biologics

Qhemet Biologics

Rituel de fille eye soot

rituel de Fille

Seed phytonutrients

Seed Phytonutrients

SheaMoisture 100% Jamaican Castor Oil

SheaMoisture

Smartypits deodorant
Smartypits

Ursa Major shampoo

Ursa Major

Well people lip gloss

Well People

WLDKAT skincare

WLDKAT

Zitsticka
Zitsticka

Zoya nail Polish

Zoya

 

By Rosie Jane Perfume Review 2022

By Rosie Jane fragrance

Clean, crisp and minimalistic comes to mind with Californian perfume brand By Rosie Jane.  By Rosie Jane is a beauty and fragrance brand founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup artist, rosie jane johnston. While Rosie Jane was pregnant, every fragrance made her nauseous, so she decided to create her own — and By Rosie Jane was born! By Rosie Jane’s No. 1 bestseller is the fresh and fruity scent Leila Lou (which happens to me one of my top favorites). By Rosie Jane is vegan and clean, but they are not a 100% natural perfume brand. Synthetics are included, and By Rosie Jane discloses each and every synthetic they use in detail in the name of transparency. By Rosie Jane is sold at Sephora, their website and Amazon. Check out my thoughts on By Rosie Jane fragrances hits and misses and check out my full Non-Toxic Organic Perfume Guide here.

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25 Best Natural Organic Toners for Every Skin Type

Face toners made with natural and organic ingredients for every skin type and concern exists nowadays! From Hydrating toners for dry skin that needs moisture to exfoliating acid toners for oily and acneic skin, there’s a wide variety to suit your needs and desires. While many might think toners are a scam, dermatologists and skin experts know that they play an important role in skin health. Not only do they balance your skin’s pH after you use tap water and cleanser, toners also properly prep the skin to receive the products you apply next. Toss aside your Pixi and Glossier and read on for the best natural and organic toners and mists for all skin types.

Best Organic Toners for Dry Skin

Best Organic Toners for Sensitive Skin

Best Organic Toners for Oily Skin

Best Natural Toners for Aging Skin

Best Budget Natural Toners

Best Organic Toners for a Spa Feeling

Youth to the people mandelic Acid superfood unity exfoliant

Youth to the People Mandelic Acid Superfood Unity Exfoliant

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • combination of BHA, AHA and PHA that works to decongest pores, smooths texture, evens skin tone, and supports the skin barrier
  • 3% mandelic acid to gently shift dull surface skin cells, 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores, and 1% gluconolactone (a poly hydroxy acid) boosts cell turnover and hydration
  • Euclayptust scent

Cocokind Rosewater toner

Cocokind Rosewater Toner

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Simple USDA certified organic Rose Hydrosol (different from rosewater)
  • soothing, hydrating, and balancing, pH balancing
  • Rose Hydrosol is obtained by steaming rose petals (Rosewater is water mixed with drops of rose essential oil)
  • Budget friendly
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Indie lee toner

Indie Lee COQ10 Toner

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Large and hefty oversized glass bottle
  • Orange blossom scent
  • Contains Chamomile, Cucumber, Aloe, Papaya and Sage smooth and clarify, bitter orange flower extract, CoQ-10 for powerful antioxidant benefits, Hyaluronic Acid
  • no alcohol or essential oils
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Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner

Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner

  • Perfect for dry skin
  • Bouncy, viscous toner Essence thicker than traditional toners
  • 97% organic ingredients including certified organically grown aloe Vera extract, oat kernel, artemisia extract and more
  • Uses high-quality organic, plant-based ingredients from flowers, fruits, and seeds using the traditional fermentation method (works to break down the molecular structure of ingredients, making the nutrients more concentrated and easily absorbed by our bodies.)
  • Floral scent
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OSEA Sea Minerals Mist

OSEA Sea Minerals Mist

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Seaweed toning mist with mineral peptides to plump and invigorate skin
  • Soothes, balanced and hydrates skin
  • OSEA is clean, vegan, cruelty-free, Climate Neutral Certified, and California-made
  • SAVE: Code OBL saves 10%

REN Ready Steady Glow Toner

REN Ready Steady Glow Toner

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • Great value for money
  • Skin-resurfacing AHA facial toner that exfoliates, brightens, tightens and hydrates
  • Formulated with Lactic Acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA)

Ursa Major tonic

Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Multi-functional: removes oil and grime, exfoliates gently, hydrates and clarifies with a AHA/BHA complex
  • Contains green tea, aloe, birch sap, willow bark, sodium Hyaluronate and more
  • Great value for money (8 fl oz bottle)
  • Fresh earthy scent
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Josh rosebrook daily acid toner

Josh Rosebrook’s The Daily Acid Toner

  • Perfect for all types
  • Resurfacing, toning and hydrating treatment in one
  • Contains potent acids of pyruvic, malic, citric, and glycolic in an organic aloe base
  • Also contains mineral rich clay, sea kelp and sodium hyaluronate
  • Helps smooth and firm skin over time

Mun ANAROSE toner

MUN ANAROSE Toner

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Luxury toner treatment that hydrates, refreshes and ever so gently exfoliates
  • Contains organic Rose water, aloe, Goji Berry Extract, Prickly Pear Stem Extract, Willow Bark, Hyaluronic Acid and Rose, Jasmine and Daisy Extracts
  • MUN partners with women’s co-operatives in Morocco, made up of primarily Berber women
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WLDKAT Ginger and Kombucha Skin Tonic

WLDKAT Ginger and Kombucha Skin Tonic

  • Perfect for dry skin
  • Thicker bouncier toner
  • Contains Kombucha and Ginger Root Extract, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Meadowsweet Flower Extract
  • Star ingredient is Ginger Root Extract: contains 40 antioxidant properties, fades scars, evens skin tone, improves elasticity, fight bacteria and keeps acne at bay
  • Does contain Phenoxyethanol
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Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Budget option
  • Wide variety of interesting ingredients like Ginkgo Biloba, White Pine Bark, Reservatrol, Hesperedin, Pomegranate Seed Extract, Milk Thistle and Vitamin C
  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Glycerin, Sodium PCA, White Tea (Camellia Sinensis Extract), Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate), Ferulic Acid, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract), Hesperidin, Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera), Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Pomegranate Seed (Punica Granatum Seed Extract), Resveratrol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Steam Distilled Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia Extract), Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Beta-Glucan, N-Acetyl D Glucosamine, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, White Pine (Pinus Stobus Bark Extract), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora Japonica Fruit Extract), Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract), Alpha Lipoic Acid

Agent Nateur HoliWater

Agent Nateur HoliWater

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Contains organic plant extracts, precious minerals, and natural acid to improve the skin’s elasticity, tighten pores
  • Star ingredients are Pitaya, Pearl Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate and Cucumber Water
  • Ingredients: rosa damascena distillate (rose water), lavandula angustifolia distillate (lavender water), sodium hyaluronate, hylocereus undatus (pitaya) fruit extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, wildcrafted rosa damascena oil, jasmine sambac, pearl powder, organic honey, wildcrafted santalum album (sandalwood) oil, glycerin (vegetable), *benzyl alcohol, *benzoic acid.

Evanhealy mist
Evanhealy Hydrosoul

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • 100% fresh plant hydrosol (variety of hydrosouls available)
  • Plumps, hydrates, balances pH and soothes
  • Evanhealy uses a slow, labor-intensive artisan process of distilling in alembic copper at low temperatures over a period of three to four hours

Odacite treatment mist

Odacite Aloe Immortelle HydraRepair Treatment Mist

  • Perfect for mature, dry and sensitive skin
  • Different mists available to suit different skin types and needs
  • Contains Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Oat, Rice Seed and Algae Extracts in an organic aloe and Rosewater base
  • Immortelle is packed with Antioxidants and Polyphenols to stimulate skin
  • Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis [Aloe Vera*] Leaf Juice, Rosa Damascena [Rose*] Flower Water, Glycerin*, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Salix Nigra [Willow] Bark Extract, Populus Tremuloides [Aspen] Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract*, Avena Sativa [Oat*] Kernal Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oryza Sativa [Rice*] Seed Extract, Spirulina Platensis [Algae*] Extract, Helichrysum Italicum [Helichrysum*] Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea [Clary Sage*] Flower/leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii V.Motia [Palmarosa*] Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis [Roman Chamomile] Flower Oil, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside | *Organic Origin
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Vertly Soothing floral CBD mist

Vertly Florals Mist

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Luxury toner made with Northern California-grown Calendula flower, extracted for three weeks for potency and Rose hydrosol made from fresh, locally sourced rose petals.
  • Star ingredient is Full Spectrum Hemp Extract:  Naturally filled with vitamins A, D and E, and rich in essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6), enhances skin health

Blissoma Sacred Waters Tonic

Blissoma Sacred Waters Tonique

  • Perfect for all skin types, especially dry and mature
  • Base of artisan grown and distilled Organic Holy Basil Hydrosol
  • Organic herbs freshly extracted at potent, healing concentrations
  • Organic Gentian Root, Organic Gotu Kola,  Organic Hops, Organic Rice extract, sulfur-based nutrient MSM and more

Max & Me The Intuitive

Max & Me The Intuitive

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Luxury facial treatment mist and high vibrational healing mist in one
  • Base of Yarrow Flower, Palo Santo, Neroli and Myrtle Waters
  • Also contains wild agonis, Green Mandarin Flower Extract, Siam Benzoin, blue tansy, calendula, rose and more
  • Ingredients sourced from the highly vibrant and pristine pockets of the world directly from local suppliers

Luzern The Essence

Luzern The Essence

  • Perfect for mature and dry skin
  • Hyper luxury hydrating mist with Alpine Organics extracted in Swiss mountain water, Ceramides, Luzern’s proprietary MFC™ Technology (Multi-Fermentation Complex), which is a a powerful, fast-penetrating broth of oxygen, peptides, co-enzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, and vitamins
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Bluh alchemy toning elixir
Bluh Alchemy Toning Elixir

  • Perfect for mature and dry skin
  • Contains cell nourishing bioactives and protective antioxidants. MSM, Niacinamide (B3), Snowflower, Hibiscus, Hyaluronic Acid and Finger Lime Caviar
  • Helps deeply hydrate, tighten pores and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation

Amala Beauty Rehydrating Toning Essence

Amala Beauty Rehydrating Toning Essence

  • Perfect for mature and dry skin
  • Thicker essence toner
  • Contains Antioxidant-rich Mulberry Bark extract, Super Beet Amino Acids to brighten and even out tone, Tonka Bean pre+probiotic infusion and Vitamin C
  • Also contains Amala’s signature Living Beauty BioActive Complex, an ultra-concentrated blend of bio-active nutrients: Peony, skin-renewing 23K Rose Gold, Vitamin C-rich Amla, and antioxidant Spirulina
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Native Atlas Zahara Rewind

Native Atlas Zahara Rewind Tonic Liquid Exfoliant

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • Very strong exfoliating toner
  • Contains BLACK WILLOW BARK to clear pores, stimulate shedding and new cell formation.
  • Also contains VITIS VINIFERA to strengthen skin texture and increase crucial enzymes SOD and Catalase, BOTANICAL AHA’s pineapple, grape and lemon to dissolve dead skin and regulate oil production
  • Bottle with cap and no spray nozzle (meant to be used with a cotton round)

Nini Organics rain hydrating essence

Nini Organics Rain Hydrating Essence

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Packed with organic flowers, herbs and green biotech ingredients.
  • Contains Butterfly pea flower (powerful antioxidant to protect skin from environmental pollution),  Inulin powder (helps protect your skins microbiome), Cucumber Water and Vegan Hyaluronic acid
  • *Described as an essence but I found it to be a fine mist and not as thick as an essence

Earthwise beauty cistus and moonlight mist

Earthwise Beauty Cistus and Moonlight Face Mist

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Made with artisanal wild cistus (rock rose), whole-leaf aloe, and gem and flower essences of Alaskan monkshood flower and Pacific Northwest pink phlox flower
  • Unique earthy resinous quality of rock rose
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Yina essential mist

YINA The Mist

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine-rooted skincare mist with a ginseng scent
  • White Tea and Rosewater base with a reparative blend of Prebiotics and East Asian Medicinal plants of Ophiopogon Tuber, American Ginseng and Tremella, Cordyceps, Schisandra Berries, Lotus Leaf Extract, Skullcap Root and Angelica Root

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

  • Perfect for all skin types
  • Luxury face, body and hair mist
  • Contains Colloidal silver, witch hazel and essential oils of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang

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White Lotus Home Organic Bedding Review + Discount Code

White Lotus Home makes handcrafted organic bedding and mattresses out of New Jersey. They’re a member of Green America, the Organic Trade Association, and are now a GOTS certified Organic Company – a major accomplishment! Founded in 1981 White Lotus Home has been making bedrooms healthier for over three decades and are now sold in retailers across 13 states. Majority of the raw materials White Lotus Home uses are sourced from the USA. Thanks to their extensive operation White Lotus Home is able to make house visits plus you can order fabric samples to test out the various options before committing. Read on for my White Lotus Home review and save 20% with discount code OBL at White Lotus Home.

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Indie Lee Review + Discount Code

Indie Lee is a natural and organic skincare line, and an OG clean beauty brand that I first discovered almost a decade ago. After the founder Indie Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six months to live in 2009, she made it her mission to educate and empower others to make healthier life choices and create safe, effective products. Her eponymous line has built a cult following over the years, who have peace of mind that if an ingredient is questionable, Indie Lee opts out. Indie Lee is now COSMOS certified and does not use any ingredients that are proven or suspected of causing harm. Read on for my Indie Lee skincare review and save 15% with discount code OBL at Indie Lee. (SAVE 25% this weekend with code HAPPYFOURTH until July 4, 2022)

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Honest Beauty Review: Best and Worst of Honest Beauty 2022

Famously founded by Jessica Alba, Honest Beauty is a clean skincare and makeup brand that’s widely available at ULTA and Target stores everywhere. Most known for their baby and personal care products, The Honest Company has expanded to include a wide range of affordable beauty products. They have a drama filled past of lawsuits and toxic ingredient scandals, that you can find more info about online. But for people looking for safer products that are budget friendly, Honest Beauty is highly convenient. I first tried Honest a couple years ago and am sharing my Honest Beauty hits and misses in this Honest review.

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OBL Summer Saga Giveaway

Affiliate discount code OBL saves at Saint Jane Beauty, Bio-First, LaDuora, Higher Dose & Somavedic.

About The Giveaway

Andrea here! I’m so excited to bring you this multi-brand and multi-winner giveaway – it’s been more than 2 years! I asked around some of the buzziest brands and many of them were excited to offer you guys some pretty special prizes. Rather than give one person an insane amount of products, I decided each high value prize would have its own winner, along with a larger number of smaller prizes as runner-ups (this also saves me from doing individual giveaways with them so less work on my end!)

You can find in-depth posts about each of these participating brands on my site, but here are some tidbits about each prize below.

The Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket (value $599) is a portable, at-home sauna experience that you can do whenever, wherever. It’s a high-end and high-quality sauna blanket with built-in layers of crystals, charcoal and more.

The Somavedic Sky (value $750) is an EMF Effect Mitigation Device that combats the harmful effects of 3G/4G/5G and more. Based on vibrational therapy, the Somavedic device creates a protective field throughout your home and can help you on your wellness journey.

Bloomeffects is a clean tulip-powered skincare line from Amsterdam and is the first skincare brand to harness the antioxidant benefits of tulips. We’re offering a full 8 product skincare routine:

  1. Cleansing Jelly
  2. Cream cleanser
  3. Dew Mist
  4. Dew Drops serum
  5. Retinoid serum
  6. Eye Treatment
  7. Dew Cream
  8. Tulip Dew Sunscreen SPF 50

Saint Jane Beauty is a luxury CBD skincare line using florals and clean ingredients. We’re offering a skincare routine:

  1. Luxury Beauty Serum
  2. The C-Drops
  3. Hydrating Petal Cream
  4. Bright Repair Eye Cream
  5. Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30 Sunscreen (l
  6. Luxury Lip Shine Collection (all 8 shades – $224)

Laduora DUO 4-in-1 Pod Based Scalp & Hair Care Device (value $299) is the world’s first pod-based hair care device that provides a hair and scalp treatment from the comfort of home. It features the latest dermal technologies – Sonic vibration (gentle scalp massage), Therapeutic warmth, Red Light Therapy, and Electrical stimulation (e-stim) to stimulate the scalp & deliver the purest ingredients to your hair.

Laduora Velve Pro 5-in-1 Facial Wand is a dual-use (red and blue light therapy) skincare wand combining five clinically proven technologies – Red Light Therapy, Blue Light Therapy,  Microcurrent, Therapeutic Warmth, and Facial Massage.

Bio-First makes high-quality first aid skin remedy products using naturally medicinal ingredients. These products have won multiple awards and will help heal cuts, scrapes, burns, bites and more. 10 winners will each receive a bundle of their Manuka Skin Saver and First Aid Salve.

Versine is a pregnancy safe OB-GYN formulated skincare line with a multi-functional serum that helps clear the worst hormonal breakouts & impart a healthy glow. 5 winners will each receive a Gentle Actives Clarity Creme-Serum.

Glow Recipe is a fruit-forward K-beauty skincare line with a cult following. One winner will receive $450 worth of Glow Recipe skincare products.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

Ellis Brooklyn Perfume Review 2022

Ellis Brooklyn perfume super Amber

Ellis Brooklyn clean perfumes are made with synthetics and sustainably sourced ingredients to offer fine fragrances without all the harmful health risks. A Sephora aisle staple,   Ellis Brooklyn perfumes are priced on the luxury end of clean perfumes at $105 and come in beautiful bottles you’d enjoy looking at on your perfume tray. Founded in 2015 in Brooklyn, Ellis Brooklyn is named after the founder’s daughter and the city the brand was born in. Each scent is inspired by literature, non-fiction, articles, songwriting, poetry and verse. Toss aside your toxic Chanel perfume and read on for my Ellis Brooklyn review.

Ellis Brooklyn perfume super Amber

Thanks to Credo Beauty, I’ve had the Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber for about a year now, and it’s definitely a fall scent, but it works very well layered with other, brighter perfumes.

Super Amber is a simple and linear scent without top or base notes and is perfect for Amber and vanilla lovers. Super Amber feels like a cozy sweater hug and is warm and sultry. It’s not a strong perfume at all, which is why it works so well layered with other louder perfumes. I’m even enjoying layering it with my punchy Floral and Citrus scents to give them more of a seductive yummy quality. The notes are Amber, Vanilla Orchid, Virginia Cedarwood, Musk.

For summer, I’ve been enjoying Ellis Brooklyn Salt. This is a quintessential tropical summer scent that isn’t overly juvenile or coconuty.

Overall I find Ellis Brooklyn to be a very wearable clean perfume line with scents that are easy on the nose. They’re also not particularly complex or have amazing depth, but they’re easy and wearable. I can see Ellis Brooklyn appealing to millennials and even Gen Z’ers looking for something more grown and sophisticated than Skylar or Pacifica.

Ellis Brooklyn perfume salt

Longevity

One of the first things anyone wants to know about a clean perfume is if it’s long lasting. Ellis Brooklyn includes synthetics which gives it some longevity and projection, but it still lays close to the skin in my opinion and seems to perform very similarly to popular clean perfume brand By Rosie Jane. With an ample amount of spritzes, your Ellis Brooklyn perfume can last up to 5 hours as it gradually fades.

Ellis Brooklyn salt

Ellis Brooklyn Salt

I highly recommend trying out Ellis Brooklyn Salt if you’re looking for a clean summer perfume that is creamy, sensual and tropical. There’s a subtle hint of salty aquatic notes, but it’s the Tahitian Tiare and florals that shine while the underlying musk and sandalwood make Salt subtly seductive.

Top:
Ylang Ylang, Violet Leaves Absolute
Mid:
Tahitian Tiare, Magnolia Dianica
Dry:
Musk, Ambergris (Vegan, sourced through NaturePrint™), Sandalwood

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25 Best Natural Perfumes that are Clean, Organic & Non-Toxic of 2022

Best organic perfumes

Welcome to the ULTIMATE guide to clean, natural and organic perfumes and fragrance! From 100% natural perfumes to clean perfumes that include synthetics and top notes to dry downs, it’s easy to get confused in the rapidly growing world of natural non-toxic perfumes. The natural fragrance industry has grown significantly in recent years with socially conscious, niche perfume brands opting for cleaner and vegan formulations. Top clean fragrance brands like Sana Jardin and Maison Louis Marie are revered names and The 7 Virtues and Heretic Parfum can be found in the aisles of Sephora stores. Even Michelle Pfeiffer, who swore off wearing conventional fragrance a decade ago, launched her own clean fragrance brand, Henry Rose. But which are the healthiest perfumes? Which clean perfumes are long lasting? This 2022 organic perfume guide will help you navigate the best natural perfumes, discover which clean fragrance scents might be right for you, and provide a more in-depth understanding of non toxic perfumes. So toss aside your toxic Chanel perfume and read on.

Best non toxic perfumes

Olfactory senses are the only place in the human body where the central nervous system comes into direct contact with the environment…. In other words, before we know we are in contact with a smell, we have already received and reacted to it.

– From the book Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by natural perfumer Mandy Aftel

Out of all five senses, it’s our sense of the smell that has the strongest connection to memory. A scent can instantly transport you to a specific time and place. The smell of vanilla wafers instantly takes me back to being dropped off at the babysitter’s as a 5 year old. Now that I’m an adult, scent is another form of self-expression, but mostly a form of self-care and healing. It has been a long journey (nearly a decade) into the world of clean fragrance, and it’s with great pleasure that I write this guide.

A lot of natural perfume articles on the web don’t differentiate between top clean fragrance scents that are 100% natural & organic and ones that use synthetics, choosing instead to lump them all under the umbrella term of “non-toxic clean perfumes.” For those that actually need the most natural perfumes due to health reasons (or simply get a headache from synthetics), using the word “non-toxic” for non-100% natural perfumes is misleading.

Best organic perfumes

In this clean fragrance guide I’ll be covering the following eight topics:

  • What is a Natural perfume vs. Clean perfume?
  • What are safe synthetics?
  • Why aren’t clean perfumes long lasting?
  • What’s the difference between a perfume oil & perfume spray?
  • Basic perfume terms
  • Best 100% natural and organic perfume brands
  • Best clean perfume brands (with synthetics)
  • OBL personal favorite fragrances

I’ve also enlisted the help of Providence Perfume Co. owner and award-winning botanical perfumer Charna Ethier for an industry expert’s insight and advice.

If you’d like to skip to the list of best natural and clean perfume brands, scroll down towards the bottom of the post. I’m continuously trying more natural perfumes, so be sure to check back here regularly for updates. Fragrance is such a personal thing, so while this guide is meant to point you in the right direction, the best way to know if a perfume is right for you is to actually try it. Most clean fragrance companies offer sample vials for purchase or discovery sets that include a variety of their top non toxic fragrances.

 

Best organic perfumes

What is a Natural Perfume VS Clean Perfume?

There are two main categories of natural perfumes in clean beauty. On one hand, you have 100% natural and organic perfumes without any synthetics included. And on the other hand, you have clean perfumes that combine both natural and synthetic ingredients. Each one caters to different types of consumers and needs.

Clean perfumes that include synthetics will have more similarities to conventional fragrance. So if you’re a diehard conventional fragrance lover, but still want to try to choose cleaner options, then clean perfumes with synthetics will be the easiest transition for you.

100% natural and organic perfume brands are staunchly against putting any type of synthetic, whether it’s deemed a “safe synthetic” or not, in their products. The potential health risks of these synthetics are too great for organic perfume houses to ever use. Organic perfume brands do not formulate using synthetics, petrochemicals, fragrance oils, dyes, parabens, pthathlates or chemical fragrances.

You have two very different company philosophies within the same industry.

Best clean fragrance

I chatted with Providence Perfume Co owner & master botanical perfumer Charna Ethier, who shared a few tips for discerning if a fragrance is truly natural or botanical (made from plants and flowers, not aroma chemicals):

1. Is the perfume colored or is it clear? It’s almost impossible to make a true natural perfume that’s clear as most natural essences are brightly colored when distilled. For example real jasmine absolute is a dark orange brown color.

2. Is it expensive? Most natural perfumes are costly as the materials are very expensive in comparison to synthetic aroma chemicals. If the fragrance is a bargain I highly doubt it’s natural.

3. Does it smell familiar or like other perfumes you’ve worn for years? If so, it’s likely got synthetic ingredients in it. Natural perfumes smell a little different from mainstream perfumes which are about 98% synthetic. Real sandalwood smells nothing like synthetic sandalwood, same for rose and jasmine. The real flower smells different from the chemical version!

Another thing to note about natural perfumes vs chemical perfumes is that the more synthetic a perfume the more it will smell the same, no matter what, on any person. Natural perfumes, on the other hand, tend to be more affected by an individual’s unique body chemistry and can smell different from person to person.

A fragrance is also affected by the temperature and the level of moisture in your skin. Perfume experts advise that moisturizing your skin before applying perfume can help it last longer. Fragrances also travel better in the heat during warmer months.

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What are “Safe Synthetics” in Clean Perfumes?

More and more clean perfume brands are using safe synthetics in order to smell and perform more similarly to a fine fragrance. But how do we really know if these synthetics are actually safe for human health? The answer is we can’t know for certain — all we can do as consumers is trust (or not trust) product manufacturers.

According to organic perfume brand One Seed,

…The problem with this definition [safe synthetics] is that 75% of chemicals used in fragrance and cosmetics have never been, nor will ever be, tested for human or environmental safety. So we are relying on lack of data to call an ingredient safe – basically, innocent until proven guilty.

It is, in fact, quite rare for a chemical to be extensively tested for its potential health effects, and even more rare for one to be banned for commercial use. Even after proving harmful effects, it can take up to twenty-five years for a chemical to be removed from use.

More often, if there are concerns around safety, there may be industry or government recommendations for limiteduse, but no actual legislation or regulation to prevent its use.

In the fragrance industry, testing tends to be only in relation to potential allergic reactions, looking at a small cohort of people over a very short time period (usually a few hours or days), with no concern as to how these chemicals might be interfering with hormones, organs, or body systems.

The cost of extensively testing a single chemical is around $1million, which is a strong deterrent that prevents many manufacturers from investigating these molecules. Unfortunately, testing is not a a prerequisite for use, so a chemical can be released for commercial use with very little, if any, governance.

The onus is on product manufacturers to select ingredients that have a history of long-term safe use with no red flags around potential links to health or environmental issues, and ideally those that have undergone extensive testing. The reality is that rarely happens.

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What’s the Difference Between Perfume Oils & Sprays

If you’re wondering whether to purchase a clean perfume oil or perfume spray, Charna breaks down the pros and cons of each.

Oil based perfumes should last longer on the skin because oil evaporates off the skin at a slower rate than alcohol. That being said, oil based perfumes have very little sillage or scent projection. Oil perfumes are very close to the skin and are a good choice for someone who likes a subtle scent. Someone would have to lean in very close to smell a natural oil based perfume on your skin.

Alcohol based fragrances have much more “scent throw” than oil based fragrances. It’s very hard for natural perfumes to rival the potency of perfumes made with petrochemicals and aroma chemicals. Natural essences are softer and dissipate faster than chemicals. That being said, one of my claims to fame as a botanical perfumer is creating long lasting more potent fragrances. I achieve this through creating most of my fragrances at an eau de parfum potency.

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Why Aren’t Natural Perfumes Long Lasting?

One of the biggest complaints I see over and over again is that clean perfumes disappear too quickly. “Very poor sillage” and “zero longevity” are other phrases I hear often — it seems that regular consumers aren’t exactly aware of how different natural perfumes are from conventional ones. Natural perfumes simply don’t have the same performance as their toxic counterparts, because they don’t contain lab-engineered ingredients that artificially extend their wear. Conventional fragrance contain a ton of chemical additives that increase the longevity of a fragrance, most commonly hormone-disrupting phthalates. Their potential health risks are what spurred the likes of Hollywood A-lister Michelle Pfeiffer to forgo fine fragrances entirely and create Henry Rose.

Charna adds,

Natural essences are super expensive, so I think some of the issue with longevity or potency with naperfumes occurs when perfumers don’t formulate their fragrances with enough essence. Mainstream perfumes cost about $3.00 to make and that includes the bottle and the box! Whereas every drop of real rose oil costs $1! My profit margin is dramatically lower as it costs me much more to create my fragrances.

If you’re choosing a clean perfume for your health, then performance is something you’ll need to be willing to compromise. Just like there isn’t a natural hairspray that can give the extreme hold of a toxin-filled supermarket hairspray, natural perfumes will not have the same performance of a toxic fragrance.

In my experience with clean fragrances, most will last a few hours and some will even last up to 5-7 hours as they gradually subside. Even among clean perfumes that contain synthetics, there are some brands that last longer than others. For example, By Rosie Jane and Ellis Brooklyn have somewhat less longevity than other synthetic clean perfumes. Clean perfumes that have more synthetics in their formula will have better performance.

Natural perfumes are meant to be re-applied, which is why perfume oils are a great option if you want your fragrance to last all day and into the night. I recommend spritzing at least 4-5 times for clean perfumes to last at least 3-4 hours.

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Basic Perfume Terms

I’m covering just a handful of the most basic perfume terms in this guide:

  • Projection: How far away from the wearer someone else would be able to smell the fragrance.
  • Sillage: How much of a trail of scent is left behind the wearer.
  • Performance: How long lasting a perfume is
  • Top notes: First notes that one smells after applying a fragrance.
  • Middle notes: Also known has heart notes, these are primary notes that define the way a scent is described and categorized.
  • Base notes: The heaviest, longest-lasting notes in a fragrance, that reveal themselves after the heart notes have evaporated. Base notes are present during the middle phase of a perfume, providing depth to the perfume, but once the heart notes have disappeared, the base notes take on a character of their own.
  • Dry down: The final scent of a fragrance after the note and middle notes have evaporated.
  • Gourmand: A scent that evokes food, usually a dessert. Has notes of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, caramel, and more.
  • Skin scent: A scent with minimal projection (i.e., one that can only be detected when extremely close to the wearer
  • Eau de Cologne: least concentrated style of fragrance, with a perfume oil to alcohol ratio of only 2-5%
  • Eau de Parfum: fragrance with a 10-15% concentration of perfume oil to alcohol
  • Eau de Toilette: fragrance with a 5-10% concentration of perfume oil to alcohol

BEST CLEAN VANILLA PERFUMES

I’m recommending my top picks for a couple popular scent categories that I think anyone could enjoy! My top four recommendations for someone looking for a clean vanilla perfume are:

  • Lake By Rosie Jane: So easy & lovely to wear by anybody
  • The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods: Also a crowd pleaser that you can’t go wrong with
  • Lavanila: They make only vanilla-forward perfumes so you might find one you like
  • Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid

BEST CLEAN ROSE PERFUMES

My top two picks I would recommend someone looking for a clean rose perfume are:

BEST CLEAN SUMMER PERFUMES

My top four recommendations that I’m obsessed with this summer if you’re looking for a clean summer fragrance:

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BEST ORGANIC FLORAL PERFUMES

This category is way too large with so many popular subcategories and subcategories within those subcategories. Are you interested in a classic old-fashioned floral, woodsy floral, fruity floral, tropical floral, vanilla floral, woodsy fruity floral – you get the idea!

But, I’ll share a couple Organic Floral Perfumes that I personally love that I haven’t already mentioned in the other scent categories above:

Non Toxic Perfumes at Sephora (Full List)

Sephora carries a wide range of clean perfume brands, though most of these brands do mix in synthetics.

  • Clean Reserve
  • Skylar
  • The 7 Virtues
  • Dedcool
  • Phlur
  • Maison Louis Marie
  • By Rosie Jane
  • Ellis Brooklyn
  • Abbott
  • Floral Street
  • Heretic Parfum

Where to Buy Natural Perfume

  • Credo Beauty
  • Sephora
  • Amazon
  • Directly at brands’ websites

 

 

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Best Clean Perfume Brands (With Synthetics)

By Rosie Jane perfumes

By Rosie Jane

Californian perfume brand By Rosie Jane has the most easy to wear feminine scents I’ve  experienced in an entire line. By Rosie Jane is a beauty and fragrance brand founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup artist, rosie jane johnston. While Rosie Jane was pregnant, every fragrance made her nauseous, so she decided to create her own — and By Rosie Jane was born! By Rosie Jane’s No. 1 bestseller is the fresh and fruity scent Leila Lou. By Rosie Jane is vegan and clean, but they are not a 100% natural perfume brand. Synthetics are included, and By Rosie Jane discloses each synthetic they use in detail in the name of transparency. By Rosie Jane is sold at Sephora, their website and their Amazon store.

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Sana Jardin Paris

Sana Jardin is a socially conscious, luxury fragrance house. Their vision is to use clean and sustainable perfume as a vehicle for social impact and the economic empowerment of women. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy – their alternative business model enables the women in their supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by up-cycling the waste products from perfume production. The complexity of Sana Jardin perfumes are akin to fine fragrances. Sana Jardin is ideal for floral fragrance lovers.

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Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn perfumes are PETA Certified vegan and cruelty free. They combine synthetics when necessary with a high % of natural ingredients. Ellis Brooklyn’s colorful contemporary yet chic bottles with biodegradable caps instantly stood out and their fragrances are approachable and easy to wear. They also seem to smell a tad less synthetic than other clean fragrance brands to my sensitive nose.

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Phlur

New owner Chriselle Lim is now at the helm of ethically conscious and clean fragrance brand Phlur. Created in 2015, Phlur creates modern fine fragrances that are mindfully formulated, responsibly sourced and crafted by world-class perfumers. Phlur performs closer to a conventional fragrance and has strong projection and longevity.

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Abbott NYC

Founded by Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass and now in Sephora stores, Abbott is clean, PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free and eco-driven. Abbott sets itself from other clean fragrance brands by celebrating the vast wonders of the American outdoors through their perfumes. Their mission is to create healthy and conscious fragrances using the cleanest and most sustainable ingredients. Abbott scents are designed by two senior perfumers who have made scents for Burberry, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs among others. This is a unisex fragrance line that would be most liked by men, but can also be enjoyed by women.

Save 15% with discount code OBL at Abbott.

Henry Rose perfume

Henry Rose

Henry Rose’s famous founder Michelle Pfeiffer gave up fragrance after becoming a mom, because she couldn’t imagine exposing her kids to anything potentially toxic on her skin. But her desire to wear fragrance, led her to create her own fragrance brand that measured up to her standards. Henry Rose is EWG verified and was developed by luxury fragrance house perfumers from a list of just 300 allowed ingredients from 3000. Henry Rose believes in 100% transparency and discloses each of their ingredients, including synthetics.

Maison Louis Marie

Maison Louis Marie

Created by Belgian native Marie along with her LA native husband, Maison Louis Marie is an eco-conscious clean fragrance line balancing both synthetic and natural ingredients. Maison Louis Marie only uses synthetic ingredients in order to protect the planet from the over-harvesting of endangered plants, to avoid animal products, and to protect against known natural allergens.

 

Moodeux

Moodeaux

Founded by former Refinery29 editor-turned-marketing expert Brianna Arps, Moodeaux creates skin nourishing clean fragrances that accessorize your mood. Worthy Supercharged Skin Scent is made at a high 30% concentration. They’re also the first Black owned fragrance brand to be carried at Credo Beauty. Moodeux uses absolutes, botanical derivatives and safe synthetics. Eco-friendly Refills launching soon.

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Lavanila The Healthy Fragrance

Known for their deodorants, Lavanila also has a line of vanilla-centric healthy fragrances. They contain skin-nourishing ingredients along with pure essential oils, nature identical oils, and botanically derived aromas. Ideal for vanilla lovers.

 

Skylar Salt Air

Skylar

Girly and feminine, Skylar’s clean fragrances are made using natural + synthetic ingredients. Founder Cat Chen created Skylar after her daughter began experiencing allergic reactions to her everyday perfume. Skylar perfume scents are inspired the landscapes of the founder’s home state California and appeal most to a younger consumer.

Dedcool

Dedcool

Dedcool is a line of genderless and vegan fragrances founded & created in Los Angeles in 2016. At 21, founder, Carina Chaz created her company as an extension of her passion for cologne, masculine scents. White Musk, bergamot and amber are three recurring notes present in the entire Dedcool collection, which also includes safe synthetics.

 

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Clean Beauty Collective

Founded in 2013, Clean Beauty Collective has been making clean perfumes with natural and safe synthetics for over a decade with their Clean Reserve and Clean Classic fragrance lines. Clean Beauty Collective works with partners that use green manufacturing practices and chooses responsibly sourced, sustainable ingredients that give back. Clean Beauty Collective fragrances are simple and uncomplicated with strong performance.

 

The 7 Virtues Perfume

 

The 7 Virtues

The 7 Virtues creates clean perfumes with vegan, sustainably sourced ingredients and lab-made synthetic. Founded by author and activist, Barb Stegemann in 2010, The 7 Virtues is a socially driven perfume brand focused on helping nations rebuild after war or strife. All of The 7 Virtues natural, organic and fair trade essential oils are ethically sourced.

Inkling scents

Inkling Scents

Inkling Scents offers vegan perfumes made of 100% pure essential and fragrance oils. Their collection of Earth Notes perfumes are  infused by suspending dried, raw materials in the formula. Inkling Scents are handmade in small batches on the founder’s small farm utilizing organic ingredients from their on-site garden. My favorite Inkling Scent is Pulse, a warm earthy vanilla scent that has hints of fruitiness with notes of mandarin, nutmeg, blueberry, rose, pink peony, patchouli and finally musk, vanilla bourbon and sandalwood. Inkling Scents lasts 4+ hours.

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Floral Street

Inspired by urban British women, Floral Street is a modern fragrance brand with sustainability at its core. Floral Street uses synthetics to perform like a fine fragrance and are vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced. The entire line of Floral Street perfumes are floral-focused and feminine. Ideal for floral scent lovers. Try Arizona Bloom or for a fruity summer scent Sunflower Pop. Floral Street has strong projection and longevity.

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Providence Perfume Co

Providence Perfume Co is an award-winning 100% natural perfume company using the finest botanical ingredients from around the world. They have their own perfume bar in Rhode Island where perfumery classes are also taught. Providence Perfume Co fragrances are Fifi award nominated, which is the highest honor in the industry. Made to the highest standards, Providence perfumes do not contain: synthetics, petrochemicals, fragrance oils, dyes, parabens, pthathlates or chemical fragrances. Providence Perfume Co has the widest range of the most natural perfumes that feel like fine fragrances. Longevity is around 3 hours with 4-5 spritzes.

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Strange Invisible

Created by botanical perfumer Alexandra Bahaloutis, Strange Invisible creates 100% natural, botanical, and hydrodistilled fragrances from biodynamic, wild-crafted, and certified organic plants. Strange Invisible never uses synthetic aromas, perfume flavorings, or isolates and all raw materials are sourced or made by their master distiller. If you’re in Southern California, you can experience the perfumes in person at their store in Venice Beach, CA.

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One Seed Perfumes

One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural perfumes are at least 80% organic and made with pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients. Their award-winning line of fragrances have complex scent profiles that change in depth and character with each person they come into contact with. Most are unisex with a couple masculine-dominant and a couple feminine-dominant, but all are incredibly unique with fantastic depth. Try Dreamer for a sophisticated citrus tangerine scent, Solitude for a grounding vanilla or Bohemia for an exotic floral gourmand. Longevity is around 3 hours with 4-5 spritzes.

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Heretic Parfum

Heretic Parfum makes handcrafted fragrance made from 100% naturally derived botanical ingredients blended in organic sugarcane alcohol. Their fragrances are Unisex, vegan, and cruelty-free and handcrafted in small batches at their Los Angeles studio.

Aftelier Perfumes

Aftelier Perfumes

California based niche natural perfume house Aftelier Perfumes creates all natural fragrances using the finest natural essences found around the world. Perfumer Mandy Aftel uses organic or wild-crafted oils whenever possible and is also the author of several books on natural perfume including Essence and Alchemy. She is also the teacher of the founder of Heretic Parfum.

 

La Fleur by Livvy

La Fleur by Livvy 

Founded by self taught perfumer Olivia Larson in 2013 in Colorado, La Fleur By Livvy is an all natural perfume brand with florals at the heart of the line. Their fragrances are themed around Journeys and Travel. La Fleur By Livvy offers both 100% botanical perfumes and “mixed” perfumes that include aroma chemicals, natural isolates and synthetic musks for better longevity and sillage.

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Bohemian Reves

Plant-based, hand-crafted beauty line Bohemian Reves creates a handful of 100% botanical perfumes that they hand blend in their Florida studio and finish in their heavy weight geometric glass vessels. Desert Fleur is a sultry and simple mix of patchouli and vanilla, that’s both romantic and grounding. Longevity is about 4-5 hours.

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Highborn NYC

Highborn NYC was created to bring you the healing benefits of premium botanicals and sacred aromatics. They formulate without parabens, preservatives, synthetics, and animal testing. Each and every essential oil and extract is chosen organic farmers they trust. Highborn’s new Defumé scent is a Palo Santo lover’s dream. Highborn NYC perfumes are light and lay close to the skin. Longevity is around 2-3 hours with 5 spritzes.

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Leahlani

Leahlani is a Hawaiian organic skincare brand that also makes a handful of natural perfumes inspired by the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Each Leahlani perfume is made to evoke grounding feelings of comfort, harmony, positivity, and aloha. If you enjoy fragrant feminine florals, check out Leahlani.

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Red Flower NYC

Organic body care brand Red Flower makes 100% natural perfumes from essential oils and certified organic plants. Their perfumes are composed of the intense purity of flower distillations, dark-tree resins, bright, fresh herbs and ripe fruit extractions. Red Flower has three perfumes to choose from.

 

OBL Personal Favorites

Here are my absolute favorite scents that I’m personally obsessed with. Keep in mind this is just my own personal taste. You might even notice some commonalities among my favorites!

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Dirty Hinoki by Heretic Parfum

With Dirty Hinoki by Heretic Parfum, I get both worlds of masculine and feminine in one bottle. The opening of Dirty Hinoki is a juicy burst of fruit which fades to reveal woodsy notes with a caramel sweetness. Depending on the day and the weather, I sometimes get a stronger woodsy scent and sometimes a stronger sweet scent. Beautifully complex, the dry down seems to reveal a completely different perfume, one that’s highly feminine and sweet.

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Rose 802 by Providence Perfume Co (Oil)

I immediately fell in love with this bright, punchy and sweet rose. Providence Perfume Co also has a Rose Bohème perfume spray, but I found it to be more of an earthy, subdued rose that didn’t shine as much as Rose 802 did for me.

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Incense Water by Sana Jardin Paris

Incense Water by Sana Jardin is the scent that I loved the most out the clean perfumes that include synthetics. This Sana Jardin Paris perfume is a sweet, floral with some patchouli. In my clean fragrance journey, Incense Water comes closest to my former favorite fragrance by Paco Rabanne.

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Lake by Rosie Jane

I’m a sucker for vanilla and so far, out of all the vanilla-y clean fragrances I’ve tried, I preferred Lake By Rosie Jane. Sultry, romantic and so easy to wear, I can see myself using Lake everyday. The other clean vanilla perfumes I like are Moodeux Worthy and the organic One Seed Solitude, which has strong earthy top notes but dries down to a beautiful earthy vanilla.

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Sweet Jasmine Brown by Providence Perfume Co (Oil)

Another natural fragrance that stood out to me right away was Sweet Jasmine Brown. Jasmine is the dominant scent of this perfume oil but you also get gourmand notes of vanilla, tonka and cocoa nib along with Musk ambrette, pink pepper and ylang ylang to add depth. It’s like a cup of jasmine tea with the sweetness and allure of burnt sugar.

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Arizona Bloom by Floral Street

Floral Street, as you can guess by its name, is all about florals. Some of their perfumes smelled too synthetic to me, especially Chypre Sublime, but I was taken by Arizona Bloom.

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Solitude by One Seed (Unisex)

One Seed is a line of mostly unisex fragrances that’s very different from the usual floral and feminine fragrance brands I’ve tried. But I can and do enjoy woodsy scents. Solitude is my favorite One Seed scent with its notes of black pepper, dry woods, tarragon, pale vanilla, ambrette seed, tonka bean, and orris root. It has the unisex woodsiness but it also leans gourmand and is warm and alluring. My other favorite One Seed perfume is Bohemia, but it doesn’t officially make my personal favorites list as I can’t see myself wearing it everyday.

Solitude is great if you usually like

Givenchy Pi, Chanel Egoiste, Replica Jazz Club, Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka

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Pua Lei by Leahlani (Oil)

Leahlani Pua Lei I has a strong scent memory that transports me to Hawaii and all the amazing memories I made there. While Leahlani has other Hawaii-inspired perfumes, Pua Lei transports in a way that their other perfumes don’t.

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Love In A Mist by Providence Perfume Co

For an intoxicatingly sweet and feminine floral scent, Love-in-a-mist is an incredible perfume made of a rare distillation of nigella damascene, a flower called Love In A Mist. It also has notes of mimosa, sandalwood and sweet clover.

 

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Earth Harbor Review: Best & Worst of Earth Harbor 2022

Earth HarborWelcome to the ultimate guide to the best and worst Earth Harbor skincare products. Earth Harbor is a natural skincare line using clean, vegan ingredients inspired by the sea and earth. The Earth Harbor vibe is best described as beachy minimalism and their products are a blend of nutrient-rich plant oils, salts, herbs, seaweeds, and earth made in micro-batches for quality and freshness. Unlike many clean beauty brands today, Earth Harbor does not contain any fillers or synthetics, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, emulsifying wax, mineral oils, or petroleum. I love Earth Harbor’s subdued mer-babe vibe, budget friendliness and unusually wide array of products for a small family-run business. The best Earth Harbor products are their Ampoules, Mermaid Milk Moisturizer, Eclipse Mineral Sunscreen and Cacao Cove Face Mask. I’m sharing Earth Harbor hits and misses in my Earth Harbor review.

Earth Harbor review
About Earth Harbor

Earth Harbor was started by certified health scientist and herbalist, Ali Perry-Hatch, out of her treehouse kitchen. Earth Harbor is rooted in holistic phyto-technology with customizable formulas led by leading-edge biomimicry and clinically proven botanicals.

Each Earth Harbor product focuses on organic, high-performing, food-grade and upcycled ingredients. The brand shuns synthetics, filler ingredients AND superfluous ingredients, opting for concentrated and trim formulas.

Earth Harbor’s certifications include:

  • PETA, Leaping Bunny, Climate Neutral, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Think Dirty certified
  • Members of 1% For The Planet, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Truth in Labeling, and Independent Beauty Association

Where is Earth Harbor located?

Earth Harbor is family owned and operated out of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. They also have a studio in the Utah mountains where they infuse, bottle and ship out their products.

Where to Buy Earth Harbor?

You can buy Earth Harbor at their website and their Amazon Store.

Earth harbor review

The Earth Harbor line offers 30 products, majority of which are skincare along with a couple hair and body care products.

Earth Harbor skincare review

Apart from Siren Silk Moisturizer and Luna Phyto Resurfacing Serum, there are no products that cost above $50 with majority of Earth Harbor products ranging between $20-$40. Plus there’s a couple of discount offers I’m sharing at the end of this Earth Harbor review. I purchased majority of the products on my own, because I was very curious to experience as much of the line as possible.

Earth Harbor nymph nectar

Earth Harbor Nymph Nectar Superfruit Radiance Balm

Nymph Nectar is an affordable face balm at $38 and is made with a blend of super fruits, butters, oils and seaweed. This balm has a soft consistency that feels like a buttery paste. Nymph Nectar contains Kokum Butter, Mango Butter, Cranberry seed oil, Raspberry seed oil, Olive Fruit, Moringa, Sunflower, Poppy Oil and more.

This is one of Earth Harbor’s more strongly scented products with Papaya fruit isolate and blueberry fruit isolate added for an extremely sweet fruity scent. This smells like candy, which is not exactly ideal for me as a before bedtime skincare product. I prefer more herbal, earthy or even floral scents before bedtime.

Earth Harbor MARINA Biome Brightening Ampoule

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampoule

I tried a variety of Earth Harbor Ampoules, which are essentially face oils, and found them to thoughtfully formulated with mostly certified organic ingredients.

Earth Harbor Marina

Earth Harbor Ampoules have subtle scents that lean floral, sweet and feminine.

For $38 Earth Harbor Marina is a fantastic dupe to the much more expensive $72 Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil. One of their best value products, Marina is wildly affordable for all it has to offer:

  • Spirulina superfood to protect skin from environmental toxins, and breakous
  • Blue Tansy contains Azulene, a naturally occurring deep blue constituent that helps even skin tone, balance and soothe skin, and alleviate redness.
  • Blueberry, Watermelon and Rosehip Seed Oil, Squalane
  • Japanese Green Tea Oil to help with hyperpigmentation and signs of aging

Many of the Earth Harbor Ampoules I’ve tried are lightweight oils that can just as easily be used during the day as the night. Marina has a sweet floral blue tansy scent that is soft and subtle.

 

Earth harbor samphire sea retinol digital serum

Samphire Sea Retinol Digital Serum

Earth Harbor isn’t particularly known for their serums, so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this product. I bought this as part of Earth Harbor’s Smooth Sailing Kit, and was surprised by how much I liked it. I think this is a very *interesting* serum as in it has a very unique formula. Instead of the usual bakuchiol, or even rambutan, this green hued face serum contains Samphire. This is a botanical that acts like retinol (1% retinol product) but is naturally non-irritating, non-photosensitizing, and has high phyto-Vitamin C content. Sea Retinol Digital Serum contains:

  • A base of Certified Organic Banana Fruit Juice, Ocean MSM and Coconut Water
  • Red Algae
  • Persian Lilac Extract to nourish and protect skin from blue light damage
  • Vegan Hyaluronic Acid
  • Fermented Beet Sodium Lactate
  • Vegetable Glycerin

There is a subtle warm honeysuckle scent that is barely detectable. The consistency is quite onctuous and I’d categorize it as a medium to heavy weight serum. My skin tingles ever so slightly when I apply Samphire. This formula is well thought through and unique.

Earth harbor Mermaid Milk Moisturizer

Mermaid Milk Moisturizer

The Mermaid Milk Moisturizer is one of Earth Harbor’s standout products in my opinion. It’s much easier to formulate crowd-pleasing face oils than it is to formulate crowd-pleasing moisturizers and sunscreen, both of which Earth Harbor has tackled.

Earth Harbor mermaid milk Moisturizer

Mermaid Milk feels very hydrating and moisturizing all at once and begins in a certified aloe leaf juice base. Earth Harbor’s popular face cream contains Spirulina, Matcha and Seaweed Extracts, Vegan Peptides, Eggplant, Ivy Gourd, and Tulsi, Blue Tansy, Turmeric and Vegan Hyaluronic Acid. I would describe it as having a light to medium consistency with a silky mousse like texture. I don’t think oily skin types would like this but I can see most people with dry, oily and combo skin enjoying Mermaid Milk.

Earth harbor Eclipse Mineral Sunscreen

Eclipse Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

The Earth Harbor Mineral Sunscreen is made with 100% mineral-based with Zinc Oxide, Macroalgae, and Green Tea Extract to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays, blue light, and pollution damage.

Eclipse contains 18.9% zinc oxide which is high for a sunscreen labeled just SPF 30. I see a lot of sunscreens with less zinc oxide percentage also marked as SPF 30 (I’m looking at you Le Prunier Plumscreen). Earth Harbor Eclipse contains a Sheer Mineral Matrix, which the brand described as a breakthrough plant-based mixture that creates a suspended coating around the zinc oxide particles to make this sunscreen lightweight without leaving a white cast.

Earth harbor mineral sunscreen

Earth Harbor Mineral Sunscreen has no oil content making this a thin lotion that leans matte. I love how easy this sunscreen is to apply. Because this is a “drier” lotion it may feel like it sits on your skin initially, but that quickly subsides. There’s no scent. The major con of Earth Harbor’s sunscreen is that it’s not the most affordable sunscreen and one of the brand’s not so budget friendly products with a cost of $25 for merely 1 fl oz.

EARTH HARBOR OBSCURA Detoxifying Reset Ampoule

 

OBSCURA Detoxifying Reset Ampoule

Possibly one of the most interesting face oils I’ve tried in 2022, the Earth Harbor OBSCURA Detoxifying Reset Ampoule is the deepest shade of black thanks to Bamboo Charcoal and Black Cumin Seed. It reminds me of other black-as-the-night clean beauty products like Odacite Black Mint Cleanser and Pai Carbon Oil.

As the name suggests, Obscura is a detoxifying product that acts as a overnight recovery detox and complexion refiner. It helps clear pores and buildup as you sleep, which then helps prevent and clear breakouts.

There’s plenty of Star ingredients in this face oil: Black Seaweed, Bakuchiol, Black Cumin Seed, Bamboo Charcoal, Linoleic Acid, Tamanu Oil, Squalane, Kiwi Seed Oil and more.

Earth harbor Obscura detoxifying ampoule

While Obscura is ideal for oily and acneic skin, I feel that any skin type could benefit from detoxifying benefits. Skincare at its core is about removing the bad and adding the good, in the most simplest terms. There is a very subtle sweet grounding scent and the consistency is almost liquid like. Obscura Ampoule gives skin a tinge of grey because of the Black Charcoal shade, and is meant for nighttime use.

 

Earth Harbor Helios Anti Pollution Ampoule

Helios Anti Pollution Youth Ampoule

Earth Harbor Helios Anti Pollution Ampoule I feel is a thoughtful product especially suited to those who live in heavily congested and polluted areas. It’s got an amazing ingredient I love to see in skincare – Astaxanthin! Earth Harbor Helios begins in a base of Grapeseed, Cranberry, Marula, Pomegranate, and Baobab Seed oil and has a silky light consistency though not ultra thin.

The Earth Harbor Helios looks like sunset in a bottle thanks to its two-toned glass packaging. The actual oil isn’t tinged red at the bottom and is a golden hue throughout. I’m a sucker for anything with a neroli scent and this oil smells divine to me.

Earth Harbor Sunshine Dew Cleansing Oil

Earth Harbor Sunshine Dew Cleansing Oil

Earth Harbor Sunshine Dew is a lightweight rinse-off cleansing oil. It has a subtle sweet citrus scent with some warmness from vanilla extract. If you like a non-heavy cleansing oil that doesn’t lean greasy or are new to cleansing oils, Earth Harbor’s cleansing oil is a great option to look into. Sunshine Dew takes makeup and sunscreen off easily and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It doesn’t emulsify but it seems to rinse off easily.

The one thing I have an issue with is the dropper application method. I much prefer a pump bottle versus using a dropper when it comes to cleansing oils. Sunshine Dew is, in my opinion, another feel good Earth Harbor product that doesn’t exactly impress me as a cleansing oil but would be enjoyable for many.

 

Citrine Sea Exfoliating Potion

Citrine Sea Exfoliating Potion

I purchased the Merbabe Mask Kit to try out more of Earth Harbor’s mask collection and while I didn’t find them to be powerhouse masks, I think these are overall great quality, gentle options at very low prices. I personally would skip the Citrine Sea Exfoliating Potion because I find it too abrasive for my skin, but I enjoyed the other masks. My favorites were Cacao Cove Detoxifying Vitamin C Mask and Blue Crush Marine Perfecting Mask.

Earth Harbor mask

Earth Harbor Citrine Sea, in the most basic terms, is a physical exfoliator made of a blend of salt and oils. In Earth Harbor fashion, the brand chose Atlantic Sea Salt Crystals and added a few interesting ingredients to make this an exfoliator a little more special. You’ll find liquified Turmeric, micronized Citrine Gemstone, Mustard Seed Powder and Neem Seed Oil. Citrine Sea smoothes skin and moisturized with coconut oil and shea butter.

I consider Citrine Sea a feel good product that would make your routine more fun, but I don’t think it stands out as an Exfoliator. This product doesn’t fit my personal taste, literally, as I didn’t enjoy the salt particles that would accidentally enter my mouth, At just $20 Citrine Sea is one of the most affordable products in the Earth Harbor line.

Earth Harbor Blue Crush Mask

Blue Crush Marine Perfecting Mask

This is a gentle clay mask that helps draw out impurities and give skin a little pick me up. With a little water it turns into a blue paste and contains Kaolin Clay and Bentonite Clay to clear pores and Coconut Fruit Powder and Blue Green Algae along with Vegan Ocean MSM and Indigo Root Powder.

Just like Citrine Sea I think Blue Crush would be fun for young people or clean beauty beginners and newcomers, but not something I would recommend for those looking for a heavy-duty mask. I see myself using this product as a 3rd step in my cleansing routine for when I want a deep clean at night.

Blue Crush mask really only needs a few drops of water as anything more will turn this mask into liquid. I adore the coconut scent that’s activated once mixed with water from the coconut fruit powder and it has a nice tightening effect as it dries.

Cacao Cove Mask

This feels like a chocolate mud mask through and through. It’s gentle, creamy and hydrating and is made mostly of organic cacao with the addition of a clay to draw out impurities, Coconut milk and blue green algae. It does have some Vitamin C but don’t expect this to be a brightening mask. It helps detox skin and give it some antioxidant nourishment. I notice a clearer, toned complexion after removing Cacao Cove.

Fair Trade Raw Cacao (Theobroma cacao) Powder°, Italian Green Clay (Montmorillonite)°°°, Coconut (Cocos nucifera) Fruit Powder°, Activated Coconut Charcoal°°, Allantoin (plant-derived humectant)°°, Zinc Oxide (non-nano, uncoated, micronized)°°, Vitamin C Ester (Ascorbyl palmitate)°°, Blue-Green Algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae)°, Vegan DMAE Bitartrate (fruit acid antioxidant)°°, Vegan Ocean MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone)°, Proprietary Blend of Therapeutic-Grade Citrus Essential Oils°°, Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) CO2°°

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Earth Harbor Discount Code

Earth Harbor has two promotional offers you can choose from:

  • Smaller orders of $30: $10 off $30+ order when you opt into their texts
  • Larger orders over $60: Use Earth Harbor discount code MERMAID15 to save 15%

Shop Earth Harbor here

Earth Harbor offers several different kinds of trial kits so you can try out a handful of products in smaller sizes for less.

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Saint Jane Beauty Review + Discount Code

Saint Jane Beauty is CBD skincare brand that’s impossibly luxurious and feminine. Started by a beauty industry veteran who helped create iconic brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty, Saint Jane Beauty has given CBD beauty a total makeover. Besides using CBD from hemp, their star ingredients are the special blend of floral actives they include in every Saint Jane Beauty product. Saint Jane Beauty products are formulated to soothe and calm skin by harnessing the properties of full flower hemp extract. What started with just their Luxury Beauty Serum, Saint Jane Beauty has expanded to offer potent corrective products like a Vitamin C serum, retinol cream and eye cream with 10% Vitamin C. Read on for my Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Beauty Serum review and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Saint Jane Beauty.

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Best Affordable Natural Hydrating Serums of 2022

If you’re looking for the best budget-friendly natural hydrating serums with clean ingredients, I’ve rounded up 5 top affordable options that quench parched skin. These organic hydrating face serums for dry skin are perfect year round for an extra surge of moisture. The best part is they’re ideal for all skin types – even if you’re oily or acne-prone you need hydration! Read on for the best affordable hydrating serums in clean beauty!

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Providence Perfume Review 2022: Natural & Organic Fragrances

Providence Perfume Co is a truly natural and organic perfume brand based out of Providence, Rhode Island. They offer fine fragrance-esque botanical perfumes along with perfume classes taught by award-winning perfumer and founder Charna Ethier. Truly natural, organic perfumes are few and far between, as many clean perfume brands opt to mix synthetics with natural ingredients. With cheaper costs and better longevity, it’s the easiest route to take, and one that Providence Perfume Co avoids. If you’re looking for beautiful feminine fragrances that are non-toxic and clean, Providence Perfume offers the widest range of 100% natural botanical fragrances for women. I have so many favorite scents from this line, each so unique and stunning in their own right. So toss aside your Chanel No 5 and read on for my Providence Perfume Co review.

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These are fine fragrances that use the highest quality botanical essences. If you’ve already dabbled in clean perfumes, you’ll be able to tell the quality and lack of synthetics or fragrance oils immediately. Out of all the organic perfume brands I’ve tried so far, Providence Perfume Co is one of the few natural brands that are most similar to a fine fragrance house AND also has a wide variety of scents that aren’t all unisex. If you’ve tried clean (but mixed with synthetics) perfume brands with a floral focus like Floral Street or Phlur, the experience is completely different with organic perfumes – there’s just no comparison, they are two totally different worlds.

Each fragrance is created by hand, in small batches using real plants, flowers, fruits and woods.  Charna combines the ancient art of natural perfumery and the exquisite aroma of natural essential oils and absolutes. Providence Perfume Co perfumes are 100% natural, blended in a pure alcohol spirit base.

I tried 14 Providence Perfume scents and my top favorites are:

  • Sweet Jasmine Brown
  • Rose 802
  • Love In A Mist
  • Violet Beauregard
  • Ivy Tower
  • Summer Yuzu
  • Jadeite

Overall, I found that most of the perfume oil fragrances tended to lean very feminine, while many of the Perfume sprays tended to lean somewhat masculine.

If I could pick just two scents, I would place Sweet Jasmine Brown and Rose 802 as my absolute favorites. All my top seven favorites are so beautiful though.

Providence Perfume Oils cost $45 while their perfume sprays cost around $175. There’s also perfume sampler sets for you to try a variety of scents.

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Organic Floral Perfumes:

You’re probably going to enjoy plenty of Providence Perfume Co scents if you enjoy florals. They have an incredible variety of floral scents that smell so real, you might as well be smelling the actual flower(s).

  • Sweet Jasmine Brown
  • Rose 802
  • Love-in-A-Mist
  • Irisque
  • Violet Beauregarde
  • Ivy Tower

I didn’t enjoy these floral perfumes as much as the above, but if you enjoy an earthy floral check out:

  • Hindu Honeysuckle (leans masculine)
  • Rose Boheme

Sweet Jasmine Brown

  • Notes: jasmine, vanilla, pink pepper, tonka, cocoa nib, ylang ylang, musk ambrette
  • This is a delicious jasmine scent that’s yummy and seductive. It feels like a cup of fragrant jasmine tea with a hint of burnt sugar.
  • This is one of my top choices to buy a full size bottle

Rose 802

  • Notes: rose, black currant, cedar wood, fir, vanilla, bergamot, myrtle
  • I can always get down with a Rose scent, but I don’t enjoy boring Rose perfumes. I want it to be an interesting Rose, but not so interesting it’s not wearable.
  • Rose 802 is a very bright, uplifting Rose scent with a side of sweetness
  • Utterly feminine and beautiful

Love-In-A-Mist

  • Love-in-A-Mist is a more “perfumey” floral out of Providence Perfume’s floral scents
  • Rare distillation of nigella damascene (the flower romantically called “love in a mist”) with it’s honeyed floral aroma
  • Notes: love-in-a-mist flower, mimosa, pink peppercorn, sandalwood, sweet clover
  • This is a true floral fragrance but the sweet clover gives it an extra layer of oomph that makes it rich, while mimosa makes it bright and the sandalwood adds a woodsy factor

Violet Beauregarde

  • Notes: ylang ylang, violet leaf, alpha ionone, vanilla, sandalwood, mimosa, jasmine
  • If you’re a violet fragrance lover, you should try Violet Beauregarde as it’s a violet scent through and through
  • This scent is highly floral, feminine, bright and punchy

Irisque (Great for Men)

  • Notes: Orris root, Germanica and Pallida iris, oud, deep carrot seed and botanical musk
  • A rich iris scent that’s musky and powdery
  • A more grown up floral with an oud quality
  • Smells like you dug up the iris with your own hands along with the soil
  • The rooty dark character of Irisque makes it lean masculine and would smell amazing on a man

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Organic Fruity Perfumes

If you’re looking for a fruity or citrus perfume for summer, I recommend trying out Summer Yuzu.

Summer Yuzu

  • Notes: sunflower, cedrat, aglaia blossom, yuzu, tomato leaf, pink grapefruit, frankincense
  • Summer Yuzu is a totally easy and wearable soft citrus and floral scent

While I didn’t enjoy these fruity scents as much, you could also check out:

Orange Blossom Honey

I thought this would be another fruity scent I’d enjoy, but Orange Blossom Honey leaned a little too masculine for me. The notes are honey, vanilla, neroli, balsam, tonka, orange blossom, ginger, sweet orange. There’s so many notes in here that I usually love like vanilla, Neroli, and tonka, orange blossom, but the addition of the other notes created a scent that wasn’t my cup of tea.

Basil & Bartlett

This is a scent that I enjoyed but neither particularly loved nor hated. It’s a very summer appropriate scent so worth sampling if you’d like a warm weather scent that isn’t JUST floral or JUST fruity. This is an interesting and complex herbaceous yet also quite fruity and floral scent.

Basil & Bartlett is a sweet fruity herbal scent, and one you might enjoy if you like pear and lily scents with a hint of herbs. It’s also an eau de cologne, formulated to be refreshing mist perfume rather than an eau de parfum.

Top Notes: basil, green mandarin

Heart Notes: lily accord, Bulgarian rose, pear accord, chrysanthemum

Base Notes: sandalwood, copaiba balsam

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Organic Green Perfumes

The scents that I found to be green or grassy perfumes were:

  • Sweet Sedonagrass
  • Ivy Tower (favorite out of this category)
  • Jadeite

It’s harder for green-leaning scents to win me over, but I thought that Ivy Tower and Jadeite were very beautiful scents that I could see myself wearing often.

Jadeite smells like a literal glass of green tea with fresh mint. It smells fresh and airy, perfect for summer. Note that this is an eau de cologne and not an eau de parfum, which doesn’t mean it’s a cologne for men, but that it’s the lightest category of scent with 3-5% aromatics. This also makes it priced lower than the rest of the line.

Top Notes: bergamot, water mint

Heart Notes: green tea, linden blossom accord

Base Notes: frankincense, musk ambrette

Ivy Tower transports me to an ivy garden. It’s probably one of the more beautiful green floral scents that I’ve come across. It contains geranium and ivy accord blended with a crystalline white floral and rare essences of narcissus, mimosa and jasmine on a bed of sandalwood. Definitely worth sampling even if green scents aren’t usually your thing. You get a lot of green in this scent, but it’s also sweet and floral like a lush garden and not a grassy field.

Notes: narcissus, mimosa, blue tansy, lily, sandalwood, geranium, jonquil, jasmine

Sweet Sedonagrass I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. It was a bit of a confusing scent as the opening of the perfume wasn’t pleasant at all for me, and even a few minutes later I still didn’t like it, but the final dry down left a sweet grassy scent that made me feel nostalgic for countryside memories. It’s a true sweet summer grass scent.

That opening really throws me off though. It transports me back to summer open air concerts out in the middle of nowhere fields – and you’re walking by the port-a-potties and cotton candy stands.

Notes: Piñon pine, sweet grass, sage, vetiver, sweetgrass, incense, grass and dry wood.

Vientaine

Sadly I didn’t enjoy Vientaine though it’s probably someone else’s cup of tea. This one felt the most “masculine-leaning” out of all the scents and is a very sandalwood forward scent. Apparently too much for my liking. Something about it, perhaps the powdery-ness, seemed to make it lean into granny territory for me.

soft sandalwood scent built upon a creamy jasmine rice accord, three types of rare and costly sandalwood, Chinese silk vine, vanilla and rice paddy herb. A rich, powdery, real sandalwood forward scent.

Longevity

With 5-6 sprays, these last me at least 3-4 hours while a couple sprays will last me about 1-2 hours.

Packaging

I’m not a huge fan of the packaging as the cap doesn’t stay on securely and the paper label isn’t the best quality. I tend to pick up perfume bottles from the top, but doing so with these perfumes causes the bottle to fall off. You just need to be careful to not grab the perfume by the cap.

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Le Prunier Plumscreen Review: Is It Worth $78?

Le Prunier Plumscreen

You might have heard beauty editors raving about Le Prunier’s new sunscreen, Plumscreen SPF 31, or seen it on social media, and I’m finally sharing my thoughts on this highly anticipated and buzzy launch. Is Le Prunier Plumscreen worth $78? It’s got to be the most expensive sunscreen I have ever come across. Le Prunier is an eco-luxe skincare brand that uses upcycled pits and kernels of their plums from their multi-generational family farm. The company grows, harvests and presses everything on their farm, meaning they’re able to control and oversee every part of the ingredient’s life cycle. They later shot to fame with sky high praises from Chrissy Tiegen over their Plum Beauty Oil. Read on for my honest Plumscreen review along with pros and cons of Le Prunier Plumscreen.

Le Prunier Plumscreen

First off, Plumscreen’s price point is wildly inaccessible, so right off the bat most people are not going to be able to afford it, and I’m not trying to push anyone who can’t afford it to buy. This is a hyper luxury product for people who don’t mind spending almost a hundred on a product that gets used up very quickly.

Le Prunier plumscreen

Here is the basic rundown of Le Prunier Plumscreen:

  • 4.7% non-nano Zinc oxide
  • Protects against UV, blue light and pollution
  • Vegan & reef-safe
  • Contains Plum oil, seaweed and proprietary Plum Complex
  • Not water-resistent
  • Light beige / off white shade (sheer) to offset white cast

Le Prunier Plumscreen

I think Plumscreen is a very cosmetically elegant sunscreen product (aside from low zinc oxide). It has a relatively simplified formula yet still gracefully avoids just about everything people hate about mineral sunscreens — too heavy, ghostly white cast, pulling, the feeling of “sitting on your skin.” It’s the sunscreen for mineral sunscreen haters in my opinion, as long as they can afford it. It’s so easy to enjoy this sunscreen, you could almost forgive its only downside.

Plumscreen’s con is the low 4.7% zinc oxide percentage. If this is something you don’t care about, then I’m not here to change your mind. I personally just wouldn’t use this if I’m going outdoors without a stronger sunscreen underneath that’s at least SPF 50.

Side note, if you love Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream SPF, you will most likely enjoy this formula as well. True to being a sustainable and upcycled beauty brand, Le Prunier opted for recyclable aluminum tube packaging. If you’re in the market for an eco-luxe sunscreen, Plumscreen is a top choice, but if $78, $68 or even $48 for a sunscreen you wear everyday is impractical for you, then there are plenty of other great mineral sunscreens on the market that are more affordable like Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Sun Ritual SPF 30.

Le Prunier plumscreen

Plumscreen Consistency

Very light and hydrating lotion in a water base. It’s very silky, delicate and goes on invisible.

What’s the finish like?

On my dry skin I get a very natural finish that’s neither dewy or matte. It’s just right down the middle.

What does Plumscreen smell like?

It has a very very subtle scent that’s almost non distinguishable unless you held it right up to your nose. It’s reminiscent of marzipan. I even want to say it sometimes reminds me of mochi or sweet rice.

Why is the zinc oxide % so low?

One thing that raised a red flag immediately was Plumscreen’s very low zinc oxide content. While all dermatologists will advise that your sunscreen should have at least 10% zinc oxide, Le Prunier Plumscreen has less than half of the doctor’s recommended amount at 4.7%.

Le Prunier does address this on their website, and according to them, their proprietary Plum Superfruit Complex provides extra UV protection:

Plumscreen™ is the first and only SPF 30+ to utilize the all-natural Power Of Plum® by way of our patent-pending Plum Superfruit Complex™ to provide clinically demonstrated skin benefits along with broad-spectrum sunscreen and blue light protection. 


Take from that what you will, but I personally would rather not mess with my skin, and use this as a second sunscreen layer or indoor sunscreen. Basically, I would not rely on Plumscreen alone on sunny or outdoor activity-filled says.

Le Prunier Plumscreen

Plumscreen Pros

Plumscreen is an ideal sunscreen for someone who hates all sunscreens (you know who you are).

  • Moisturizer + SPF
  • Perfectly easy to apply
  • Feels weightless without any sensation of product sitting on your skin
  • Feels hydrating
  • No white cast
  • 2 oz of product which is more than the usual 1.7 oz

Plumscreen Cons

  • Zinc oxide content is too low for me

Plumscreen Ingredients

Full Ingredient List:
Active Ingredient: 4.7% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Extract, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol. Ceterayl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Propanediol, Zonaria Tournefortii Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glyceryl Ether

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Is Plumscreen worth it?

If the $78 price tag doesn’t make you flinch, then yes, Plumscreen is worth it and then some. If this doesn’t make sense for your budget, then check out these more affordable SPF moisturizers that are similar:

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Best Natural Face Moisturizers on a Budget 2022

Best natural face moisturizers

The best natural face moisturizers are made with clean and organic ingredients, hydrate skin,  and protect and strengthen your skin barrier. There’s no shortage of seriously amazing organic moisturizers on the luxury side of clean beauty, which can easily cost $100-$400. But if a $50 organic face cream is out of your budget, you’re in luck, because I’ve rounded up the best budget natural face moisturizers for all skin types. These affordable natural face moisturizers won’t break the bank but don’t compromise on quality and performance. (All of these best natural face moisturizers are also on Amazon.) Check out the best natural face moisturizers on a budget.

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Plenty of natural face moisturizers that are budget-friendly didn’t make the cut for this post. I’m really only sharing what I felt was the best out of everything I have tried over the years. As clean beauty evolves and grows, there’s a lot of competition among brands to deliver the best, which means more goodness for us.

Remember that this is a budget-friendly focused post and doesn’t include all the luxury face moisturizers that are the best in clean beauty. I may cover these in a separate post for the luxury lovers out there (edit: check out these best luxury face moisturizers here) but you should be investing the most in a quality face serum over any other product in your skincare routine.

Why Your Moisturizer Isn’t Working

If you find that nothing is working for your skin despite trying all the moisturizers you can, remember that moisturizers are occlusive, meaning they trap moisture that’s already there and prevent it from escaping. If there’s no moisture to trap in the first place, your skin will remain dry. This is why adding hydration and serums are so important. Serums contain ingredients of a smaller molecular size that’s designed to be able to penetrate the dermal layers of the skin. Moisturizers sit on top of your skin!

All the natural face creams included in the Best Of list are under $50 with some even costing under $30. Plus, almost all brands offer some kind of opt-in promotional offer for you to save even more.

I am also including close up texture shots of as many moisturizers as I can so you can get a better “feel.”

Kinship Supermello hydrating gel cream

Kinship Supermello Moisturizer $26

Great for: Normal skin, Combination skin, oily skin

Kinship’s Supermello hydrating gel cream is a clean face moisturizer but uses Phenoxyethanol as the chemical preservative Having said that, the Kinship Supermello contains:

  • Base of organic aloe leaf juice
  • Marshmallow root
  • hyaluronic acid
  • plant-based probiotics
  • coconut water

If you love sweet scents like vanilla, marshmallow, buttercream then Kinship Supermello is for you. Supermello hydrating gel cream is an ultra ultra lightweight and smooth gel that feels weightless on skin. It is the thinnest consistency of all the moisturizers in this post and feels like liquid on the skin once you apply

Kinship Supermello Gel Cream

Earth Harbor Mermaid Milk

Earth Harbor Mermaid Milk Nutrient Glow Moisturizer  $42

Great for: Dry and dehydrated skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin

The perfect lightweight daytime moisturizer, Earth Harbor mermaid milk nutrient glow moisturizer hydrates and balances skin with Superfoods Spirulina & Matcha, phytonutrients, antioxidants and even vegan Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a breathable creamy formula that applies like a dream and instantly hydrates skin, while leaving a demi-matte finish. Mermaid Milk begins an an organic aloe base and has tons of spirulina plus seaweed extract, Neem, turmeric and blue tansy oil.

Earth Harbor is offering $10 off $20 orders, so the Mermaid Milk Moisturizer would cost $32.

Earth Harbor mermaid milk Moisturizer

 

Acure Ultra Hydration and Plant Ceramide Face Lotion $19.99

Great for: Normal skin, Combination skin, Oily skin

For a no frills, simple lotion the Acure Ultra Hydration Plant Ceramide Face Lotion costs $18 on Amazon ($19.99 at Acure) and is a lightweight gel moisturizer. The gel consistency feels hydrating and there is no scent. Acure’s face lotion begins in a water base and contains Plant ceramides, niacinamide & rice bran oil along with soothing extracts of chamomile and calendula.

Acure Ultra Hydration plant Ceramide daily facial lotion

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream $48

Great for: Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin (Blemish Balm for acne-prone/oily skin)

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream is a medium weight cream that’s neither ultra lightweight nor rich and heavy. It has a perfectly silky smooth cream texture and feels hydrating as well as moisturizing. Atmosphere Protection Cream is loaded with organic algae and helps fight environmental skin stressors such as the sun, pollution, and dry climates

Save 10% with OSEA discount code OBL.

Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream

 

Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream $49

Great for: Dry skin, dull skin, normal skin, combination skin

Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream is a bouncy, almost jelly-like medium weight cream with over 50% organic aloe juice, 3 forms of vitamin-C and the polyphenol power of wild chokecherry. The scent is sharply citrus and the shade is a fun shade of bright pink.

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Upcircle Beauty Face Moisturizer

Upcircle Beauty Night Cream $24

Great for: Dry skin, Normal skin, combination skin (Upcircle Face Moisturizer for oily skin)

One of the most affordable all-natural face moisturizers is made by sustainable skincare brand Upcircle Beauty. They focus on upcycled food waste ingredients like collecting discarded coffee beans from 100 artisan coffee shops and using them in their 100% natural skincare formulas. The Upcircle Beauty Night Cream (which features repurposed blueberries not coffee) has a luscious whipped, silky texture that’s deeply nourishing yet still breathable. If you love sweet vanilla and buttercream scents this cream will smell like a dessert to you. The Upcircle Night Cream smells exactly like the cream filling of an eclair!

Upcircle night cream

Three Ships Beauty Radiance grape stem cell Squalane Day cream

Three Ships Beauty Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream $35

Great for: Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin

For a light silky cream, check out 100% natural skincare brand Three Ships Beauty’s grape stem cell Squalane day cream. It comes in a sanitary airtight pump jar and smell faintly of grape. Lightweight, smooth and silky, the Three Ships Radiance Day Cream contains Grape Stem Cells, Bark extracts, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, and  natural Squalane derived from sugar cane.

Affiliate discount code OBL saves 20% at Three Ships Beauty

Three Ships Beauty Radiance grapes stem cell squalane cream

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream $39

Great for: Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin

Sephora aisle staple Glow Recipe makes a very hydrating Hyaluronic Cream that’s a gel cream moisturizer. Glow Recipe is a clean beauty brand but uses Phenoxyethanol as the chemical preservative. Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream is a bouncy, whipped gel cream hybrid that smells faintly of plum and is one of the few Glow Recipe products that doesn’t have added synthetic fragrance. The Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream feels hydrating and contains three antioxidant-rich plums, Kakadu, Illawarra, and Burdekin, along with hyaluronic acid, poly glutamic acid (hydrating peptide) and ice willow herb.

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream

 

Trilogy vital moisturizing cream

 

Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream $44

Great for: Normal skin, Dry skin

If you’re looking for a thick and rich cream for dry skin, check out Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream. Popular natural New Zealand skincare brand Trilogy is widely available at Ulta and online. This is a non-scented rich cream with Rosapene™ (Trilogy’s unique rosehip and super antioxidant complex), marula, orange flower and evening primrose oils plus tomato, cranberry seed and acai oils. It’s the heaviest one out of all the moisturizers featured in this post.

Trilogy Vital Moisturizing Cream

 

 

Whamisa Organic Flowers Lotion Double Rich

Whamisa Organic Flowers Lotion Double Rich $41

Great for: Dry skin, normal skin, combination skin

For those of you interested in an organic Korean face moisturizer (that is 95% organic), check out the Whamisa organic flowers lotion double rich. Extremely hydrating, Whamisa’s face lotion is made in a base of certified organic aloe leaf extract (not aloe juice like most) and features Whamisa’s signature fermentation technique using fermentation filtrates from three different flowers: chrysanthemum, lotus, and dandelion with Lacto-fermentation. The moisturizing factor comes from a blend of oils owns butters, including rare Pure Damask rose essential oil.

Discount code ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER  saves 20% bringing the price down to $32.

Honest Beauty Hydrogel cream

Honorable Mention: Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream $19.99

While not a personal top favorite, the Honest Beauty cream is a decent and affordable product that’s more of a cross between a gel and a cream. I would characterize it as a heavy gel-cream hybrid. With a silky smooth texture and no detectable scent, the Honest Beauty cream is satisfyingly moisturizing, but there is something about the consistency that feels a bit tacky to me.

Jessica Alba describes Hydrogel Cream as “bouncy” but I’ve experienced bouncy creams (if you press your finger down on the cream in the jar, they bounce back), and Honest Beauty’s doesn’t do that. Honest Hydrogel Cream contains 2 sizes of Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, and Jojoba Esters. While Honest Beauty says it works for all skin types, I find that this would work best for combination skin. It might not be moisturizing enough for truly dry skin and too heavy for oily skin.

Honest beauty hydrogel cream Honest beauty hydrogel cream

Budget Face Moisturizer for Men

While I haven’t tried many male skincare brands (and many of the options above are unisex), I wanted to shout out to Jaxon Lane, an affordable clean skincare line specifically for men. And they happen to be K-beauty inspired.

Jaxon Lane Relax Repair Face Moisturizer
Jaxon Lane Relax and Repair $36

The GQ Award winning Relax and Repair moisturizer is made with Centella Asiatica, Niacinamide, Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Squalane. and has no scent. It leans medium in consistency for me and leaves a matte finish, since men hate to look or feel the slightest bit greasy.

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Best Natural face moisturizers

 

 

 

10 Best Luxury Natural Face Moisturizers for Aging Skin

Best anti-aging organic face cream

The organic skincare world is a luxury lover’s dream and there’s no shortage of the most decadent all natural face moisturizers and organic anti-aging creams. These luxury face creams combine innovations in green science with artisanal plant formulas. Anti-aging organic face moisturizers will beat your La Mer any day, period. The best face moisturizers for aging skin will contain powerful natural ingredients and actives like advanced peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid and more. I’m also sharing the best luxury natural face moisturizers with SPF. If you’re looking for the upper echelon of organic anti-aging face creams for mature, dry or troubled skin – or you allow nothing but the very best to touch your skin – read on.

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Saint Jane Beauty Sunscreen Review + Discount Code

Saint Jane beauty luxury sun ritual spf 30

Saint Jane Beauty is a gorgeous luxury clean skincare line started by a beauty industry veteran who helped create iconic brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty. Saint Jane Beauty products are formulated to soothe and calm skin by harnessing the properties of full flower hemp extract. Saint Jane Beauty just launched their new sunscreen, the Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30. This mineral sunscreen acts as a primer, moisturizer and sunscreen in one. Read on for my honest thoughts on the new Saint Jane Beauty sunscreen and use discount code OBL to save 15% at Saint Jane Beauty.

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Taos Aer Sunscreen Review 2022

Taos Aer is a waterless, responsibly made personal care brand known for their high performance deodorant – and now sunscreen. Their products are truly clean and support your skin, your well-being, and the planet. The Taos AER Mineral Sunscreen is vegan and formulated without parabens, gluten, petroleum, or synthetic fragrances. There’s much to love about the new Taos Aer mineral sunscreen and today I’m sharing my thoughts below in this Taos Aer review.

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17 Very Best Clean & Organic Perfumes for Summer 2022

Summer fragrances remind us of la vita dolce – of fresh citrus fruits, ocean breezes and lush gardens. It’s a carefree, blissful time of the year when the bees are abuzz and the flowers are abloom. We want our summer perfumes to feel like vacation in a bottle, preferably the glamorous Italian kind or the simple yet perfect beach day. They conjure memories of: sun, sea, sand and salty skin, lazy contentment, euphoric summer romance and some of our best moments lived. I’ve rounded up my favorite clean fragrances that encapsulate summer vibes in a bottle. So pour yourself a glass of rosé and read on for the very best clean and natural perfumes for summer 2022.

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50 Best Natural Skincare & Grooming Brands for Men 2022

Men might be able to use foot cream on their faces and still have better skin, but they also want to take good care of themselves and age well! Skin is skin and men aren’t immune to breakouts, acne, wrinkles, eye bags and bad skin days. I’ve rounded up the best natural skincare brands for men (and grooming, hair loss, acne treatments & more) that dudes will love. Some men don’t care if the marketing behind a brand is geared toward the female market as long as it actually works, and some men will only ever consider using a product that fits their masculine taste. While I believe men can use whatever skincare they like regardless of how it’s marketed, this natural skincare guide for men will feature brands marketed towards men or that are distinctly unisex. Read on for the best natural and organic men’s skincare, hair styling, hair loss, pimple products, sunscreens, colognes and more!
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Leahlani Skincare Review: 4 Best Leahlani Products 2022

Leahlani Skincare is an all natural Hawaiian skincare line that uses organic, wild-crafted and local Hawaiian ingredients. While the line has grown over the course of more than a decade, Leahlani products are still made in small weekly batches right at their Kaua’i studio and shipped out within a few weeks max to ensure freshness. Even though there are both hits and misses in the Leahlani line, I don’t think I’ve ever met an organic Hawaiian skincare brand I didn’t like (Mahalo, Honua, Leahlani). Leahlani offers subdued luxury, Hawaiian essence and tropical scents that transport. You’re about to get your aloha glow ok, because I’m sharing my favorite Leahlani products in this Leahlani review, plus you can save 10% with code OBL.

Leahlani Skincare

I know this is an unpopular opinion, as Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask is a cult favorite product from the line, but I wasn’t a big fan. I simply didn’t fall in love with it, which is what I was expecting after hearing so many rave reviews.

Leahlani bless beauty balm
Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm

The Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm is a buttery, dusty rose-colored face balm that nourishes, softens and smoothes skin. Bless Beauty Balm is a soft and easy balm to use with a beautiful floral scent of blue tansy and orange blossom. I love that it’s not overly heavy and find Bless Balm light enough to use during the day if I want, and a great nighttime balm to slug.
Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm is made of:

  • Cocoa butter and Shea butter base
  • Argan, Marula, Moringa, and Camellia seed oils
  • Passionfruit seed oil
  • Rosehip flower
  • Orchid extracr
  • Blue tansy flower oil

Leahlani Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil

Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil

I love a thoughtfully formulated and fragrant cleansing oil that turns my otherwise tedious nightly sunscreen and makeup removal routine into a luxurious ritual. The Leahlani Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil is a blend of tropical oils, enzymes of pineapple + papaya, sweet vanilla bean and fragrant floral essences. During the summer, I’m very drawn to the tropical scent and formula of this cleanser. It has guava fruit, banana extract, and pineapple fruit along with plumeria and hibiscus flower extracts in a luscious blend of macadamia, sunflower seed and pink grapefruit peel oil.

Lightweight and silky, Pamplemousse dissolves the day’s makeup and sunscreen easily while moisturizing skin. With water it every so slightly emulsified and rinses off. Pamplemousse Cleansing Oil is fruity, tropical Hawaii in a bottle for me.

Anyone who’s been to and loves Hawaii will know how magical the island is. Scent memory is a powerful thing, and Leahlani bottles up Hawaii’s essence in their organic fragrances. They also have a wide variety of body oils I’m eager to try.

While Leahlani offers several organic perfume products, I’ve tried Pua Lei Perfume Oil and Bless Aromatherapy Essence. Organic perfume has been my 2022 obsession, and I’ve been testing dozens upon dozens of clean and natural perfumes all year. Leahlani Pua Lei is one of my favorites!

Leahlani siren serum

Leahlani Serums

Leahlani serums are not my top favorites from the line, but I can see why Leahlani fans enjoy these. Leahlani Siren Serum and Happy Hour Balancing Serum are actually oil serums not water based serums. They  were intentionally formulated to replace your moisturizer and are both lightweight and silky.

Happy Hour Soothing Serum addresses redness, scarring, dry patches, irritation, acne breakouts with an organic blend green tea, white tea and rooibos tea. It smells of lavender and reduces inflammation with a blend of lavender, chamomile and rose geranium.

Leahlani Siren Serum is a brightening face oil brimming with Vitamin C and A. It has a concentrated blend of 15 regenerating essential oils that helpeven skin tone and fade acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. Siren Serum also contains micro algae to boost cellular energy and smells lightly of sweet citrus.

Leahlani perfume oil

Leahlani Perfume Oil

Pua Lei Perfume Oil is 100% natural and is made of creamy tropical florals, sweet tuberose, and exotic puakenikeni flowers. Wearing Pua Lei feels like I’m wearing a freshly picked Hawaiian Lei. The Leahlani Perfume Oil lasts a solid 5-6 hours. Because it’s an oil, this perfume lays close to the skin, so it’s a fragrance just for your enjoyment. Pua Lei is very much a floral fragrance.

Leahlani bless Aromatherapy Essence

Leahlani Bless Aromatherapy Essence

One of Leahlani’s personal favorites, Bless Aromatherapy Essence is an intoxicating tropical scent that’s reminiscent of a warm summer evening of rain falling on citrus groves. It’s a roll-on perfumatic aromatherapy blend made in a base of organic fractionated coconut oil without any alcohols and a proprietary blend of essential oils that has the same scent profile of Bless Beauty Balm. I get notes of strong notes of citrus and more subtle notes of tansy and florals.

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Kinship Skincare Review

Kinship is an affordable clean, cruelty free and plant-based skincare line that launched in 2019 by scientists and industry experts. Kinship already have a cult following thanks to their Self Reflect Rose Sunscreen and are at Ulta stores everywhere. Placing skin barrier health above all, Kinship is probiotic-focused with each product featuring their Kinbiome, a proprietary microbiome technology that supports a healthy skin barrier. Read on for my Kinship skincare review!

Kinship sunscreen

Kinship has whimsical yet somehow still sophisticated packaging, though far from luxury. Bright and holographic yet also minimalistic, there’s something about Kinship’s design that draws you in. Budget clean beauty has a refreshing new look thanks to brands like Kinship!

Kinship is a brand that loves super sweet scents – The new Kinship sunscreen smells like vanilla, moisturizer like marshmallow and cleansers like jolly ranchers. So if that’s not your thing, you might want to skip Kinship.

Note that Kinship uses Phenoxyethanol as the preservative in their products.
Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60

Kinship Sunscreen Review

Kinship’s 100% mineral zinc oxide sunscreen is a moisturizing sunscreen that has a balmy consistency. While this is great for dry skin types, I’m not sure how or if oily skin would like Kinship sunscreen.

Kinship self reflect sunscreen

For me personally, because I prefer a sunscreen more on the matte side, the Kinship sunscreen is a little too emollient and leaves my skin shiny. It IS thin, light and silky even though it leans oily.

If I’m adding makeup on top the oily nature of Kinship sunscreen is less of an issue, but the reapplication ability still remains an issue. I do love that Self Reflect has high zinc oxide content and offer SPF 60.

Kinship sunscreen

Kinship is an affordable dupe to Luzern La Defense Sunscreen which is also emollient. The consistency is similar though not identical. La Défense is more dense than Kinship. At just $24-$28 Kinship is a budget friendly sunscreen that’s skincare centric. It contains three types of plant-based lipids that strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, postbiotic acerola cherry ferment and plant based emollients.

Kinship Supermello hydrating gel cream

 

Kinship Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream

For those of you who don’t like cream moisturizers or find them too heavy during warmer months, Kinship Supermello is an extremely light gel cream that feels weightless. A great alternative for people who hate creams, Kinship is an oily skin or acneic skin’s dream come true.

Kinship Supermello Gel Cream

Supermello also has a yummy marshmallow scent that can be strong at first, but fades after you apply it. Like I mentioned earlier, Kinship likes to amp up the scents in their products, so if sweet scents are not your thing, you might not enjoy the line.

For a budget product, Kinship Supermello impressively begins with a base of certified organic aloe leaf juice. It also features coconut water, marshmallow root, hyaluronic acid, squalane, watermelon fruit extract, lentil extract and Kinship’s Kinbiome.

While Supermello isn’t moisturizing, it provides a surge of hydration for skin. Once applied it feels like liquid on the skin,

 

Kinship Naked Apple gel cleanser

Kinship Naked Apple Gel Cleanser

The Kinship Naked Apple Oil Free Blemish Control Gel Cleanser is a heavy duty gel cleanser that’s thick and viscous with a loud scent. This is an effective gel cleanser whose only downfall is that the green apple scent is too strong for me. I’m not talking about a subtle apple scent — I’m talking about a super sweet almost sickly sweet one that’s reminiscent of a Green Apple jolly rancher.

Kinship Green Apple Gel Cleanser contains:

  • Niacinamide
  • Lactic Acid
  • Kinbiome
  • Sustainably harvested green apple extract
  • Additional fruit extracts of: Pear, Banana, Raspberry and Eggplant

Naked Apple does not have strong foaming action, but there is some suds action and I feel like I get a good cleanse. It doesn’t make my skin feel stripped, but…I’ve said that about way gentler gel cleansers before and always have one person saying their skin felt dry after, so I have no idea how it’ll work for your skin.

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Kinship skincare

 

Best Natural Organic Eye Creams & Serums of 2022

It seems that the hunt for the perfect natural eye cream for anti aging is a never ending quest. Add to that the debate over whether eye creams are a scam or not, and you have very confused buyers unsure of if and what to buy. An organic eye cream for wrinkles or dark circles that works is sought out by so many because eye concerns plague us all, young or old, man or woman. The skin around the eyes is the first to give away our age as it’s so much thinner than the rest of our faces — plus it loses moisture 50% faster than the rest of our skin. From our teenage years we develop dark circles and puffiness from late nights studying, and as we age, we develop wrinkles, dryness and saggy bags. My personal favorite, the hollowing of the under eyes that’s genetic and can only be fixed with cosmetic procedures. I’ve rounded up my favorite natural and organic eye creams, serums and oils that are made with clean ingredients that help with wrinkles, crows feet, dark circles, and more. Grab your eye gel patches, pour a glass of rosé and read on for some of the best clean eye creams.

My personal opinion is that majority of eye creams are just glorified moisturizers packaged in smaller jars. I do think that using your nicest face cream or oil is going to do the same, if not better, than your standard eye cream. But still, there are some great eye products on the market formulated with special actives that the delicate eye area might need.

My personal preference is to use eye serums as serums are formulated to penetrate and deliver actives, or to go the other extreme of using highly occlusive eye oils or balms. But since everyone wants an eye cream, I’ve also included my top picks of the eye creams I’ve experienced. Check out my picks for the best organic eye creams and serums in 2022.

Odacite eye contour serum concentrate

 

Odacite Eye Contour Serum Concentrate (Oil)

  • Highly concentrated eye oil
  • Targets puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles
  • Cold-pressed virgin-extracted (to ensure the highest nutrient content) Baobab Oil from Senegal
  • Sarsaparilla Essential Oil sourced in India
  • Powered by Vitamins A, E and F
  • SAVE: Discount code OBL saves 15% at Odacite

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum

  • Weightless, thin serum
  • Helps hydrate and revitalize skin
  • Great for easy daytime use and under makeup
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid, Horse Chestnut, Mountain Ash Bud and Witch Hazel combined with Chamomile, Arnica and Cornflower, Spirulina, Blackcurrant Leaf
  • No essential oils
  • SAVE: Discount code OBL saves 15% at Indie LeeNaturopathica Passionfruit Retinol Ageless Eye Serum

Naturopathica Passionfruit Retinol Ageless Eye Serum

  • Silky lightweight serum
  • Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduce the look of dark circles and puffines
  • Powered by retinol delivered in a clean, synergistic base
  • Antioxidant passion fruit, oat kernel extract, horse chestnut seed extract, beta-glucan
  • Targeted peptide specifically for the eye area
  • SAVE: 25% on Naturopathica with code OBL here

Kaelen Harwell Dark Circle Reducing Eye Cream

Kaelen Harwell Dark Circle Reducing Cacao Espresso Eye Cream

  • Silky oil-cream
  • Helps with dark circles, puffiness, dryness
  • Contains hyaluronic acid, lavender, blue-green algae, calendula, rooibos & pomegranate extracts and evening primrose
  • Coffee extract, cacao powder and caffeine powder
  • Smells like a shot of espresso
  • Remember to shake well before use as product doesn’t contain synthetic binders

African Botanics Eye Contour Gel Serum
African Botanics Eye Contour Gel Serum

  • Hyper luxe eye serum
  • Ceramides, Coffee, Copper, Lupine Oligosaccharides, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Arnica and fucoidan-rich Seaweed extract
  • Thick gel that’s unscented and deeply hydrating
  • Helps with fine lines and puffiness
  • Price $170 (or $49.99 with Boxwalla’s August Discovery Box + includes full sized Silver Rescue Cream)

Puristry Yerba Mate Eye Cream

Puristry Yerba Mate Eye Cream

  • Silky lightweight cream
  • Helps with signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness
  • Caffeine rich yerba mate helps to brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness.
  • Made in a base of organic Yerba mate water as first ingredient
  • Sweet earthy scent from Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sage, Lavender
  • Continuously sold out on their site

100% Pure Super Fruit Oil Nourishing Eye Cream

100% Pure Super Fruit Oil Nourishing Eye Cream

  • Lightweight, silky smooth
  • Focus on antioxidants from a plethora of superfruits (Acai, Goji, Plum, Elderberry, Acerola)
  • Helps with elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Made in a base of organic pomegranate water and infused with avocado butter and coffee oil
  • Sweet earthy scent from vetiver, Cedarwood, Sage, bergamot

 

Cocokind eye cream

 

Cocokind Revitalizing Eye Cream (Budget)

  • For a tight budget or young skin
  • True cream consistency
  • Hydrating, soothes, reduces the appearance of bags and dark circles
  • Contains Persian Silk Tree for puffiness and fine lines, oat extract to lock in hydration, and hibiscus flower acids (natural source of AHAs) to gentle exfoliate
  • Cooling metal rollerball tip for application
  • No scent
  • Thoughtfully formulated and pleasant to use for under $20
  • Discount code OBL saves

Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence

Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence

  • Smooth creamy essence-lotion
  • 95% organic and made in base of organic aloe juice
  • Contains Ecocert organic adenosine and gluconolactone to improve skin texture and dullness
  • Uses fermentation filtrates of organic flowers, hence the name, like chrysanthemum, lotus, dandelion. with Lacto-fermentation (Whamisa’s signature ‘Natural Fermentation Technology’)
  • Contains Murumuru Seed Butter, Candelilla Wax, Green Tea Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract
  • Floral scent
  • SAVE: Discount code ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER saves 20% at Whamisa

Earthwise Beauty Passion Eye Serum

 

Earthwise Beauty Passion Eye Serum (Oil)

  • Rich oil
  • Helps with wrinkles, dryness, puffiness, undereye circles
  • Eco-luxe green beauty brand with some of the highest sourcing standards
  • Features a base of organic Amaranth oil and green coffee oil, along with andiroba oil, Brazil nut oil, whole-fruit rosehip oil, passionfruit oil, seabuckthorn berry CO2 extract, murumuru butter
  • Discount code OBL saves 10%

Nazan Schnapp Sublime Hydration Eye Serum

Nazan Schnapp Sublime Hydration Eye Serum (Hyper-Luxe)

  • Light silky serum
  • Helps hydrate and revitalize
  • Made with organic Rose de Mai, organic Hibiscus Extract, organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Pomegranate Enzyme, Beet Root Extract and Rose Quartz
  • Features a special species of desert plant, known as the “resurrection plant
  • Divine Rose scent
  • Hyper-luxe with clientele that includes Emma Watson

Dr Different Retinol Eye & Neck Cream

Dr Different Retinol Eye & Neck Cream (Balm)

  • Emollient balm (not a cream like name suggests)
  • Natural K-beauty brand that focuses on retinal (better than retinol)
  • Gentle 0.02% retinal helps with fine lines and wrinkles
  • Niacinamide helps brighten dull skin
  • Should be used at night only
  • No scent

Natural & Organic Eye Masks

For a quick pick-me-up, check out some of the best natural and organic eye masks.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask

Best Anti-Aging Eye Mask: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Algae Mask

  • Two-step process allowing the STEM CELLULAR™ Activator Fluid and nutrient rich freeze-dried biomatrix algae masks to perform at the highest level of potency
  • Eye pads are made of freeze dried algae
  • Made with certified organic ingredients
  • Reduces the appearance of puffiness around eyes with organic cucumber, white tea, and arnica extracts.
  • Hydrates with hyaluronic acid
  • The most instant hydration and brightening effect I’ve experienced with an eye mask
  • $10 for 1 mask

100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask

Best Hydrating Eye Mask: 100% Pure Bright Eyes Mask

  • Hydrogel masks made with mostly organic aloe juice
  • Contains Vitamin C, Green Tea, Yerba Mate and Hyaluronic Acid for a refreshing pick-me-up
  • $30 for 6 masks

 

Derma E Hydro Gel Patches

Best Budget Eye Mask: Derma E Hydro Gel Patches

  • Thin, jelly-like hydrogel patches for quick hydration
  • Made in a base of water and contains Allantoin, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cabbage Lead Extract, Coconut Fruit Extract, Tomato Fruit Extract
  • 60 patches for $25

Laduora velve

Best Anti-Aging Device for Eyes: LaDuora Velve

Red Light Therapy is one of the best anti-aging technologies for skin and LaDuora Velve Red Light Wand is practical for the eye area. It also combines sonic vibration, heat therapy and low level microcurrent technology as it provides red light therapy. If you can’t afford an LED light therapy mask, which can cost several hundred dollars, LaDuora is an affordable alternative that can tackle smaller areas in a gentler manner.

SAVE: Code OBL saves 15% at LaDuora

One Seed Organic Perfumes Review 2022

Best organic perfumes

One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural and vegan perfumes are made without any synthetics and are at least 80% organic. Using pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients, One Seed’s award-winning line of unisex fragrances have unique scent profiles fit for the epicurious. Each One Seed Perfume changes in depth and character with each person they come into contact with. These are some the highest quality organic perfumes available that are still accessible and approachable. Read on for my review on all the One Seed Perfumes.

Check out my full Non-Toxic Organic Perfume Guide here.

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Whamisa Review: Best Organic Korean Skincare

Whamisa review

Whamisa is an certified organic Korean skincare brand I’ve loved for almost ten years! While there are more natural K-beauty options today than before, Whamisa skincare remains my top choice for anyone looking to try an organic Korean skincare line. It was the iconic Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner Essence that got me hooked. Whamisa Organic Skincare has grown into a large line of skincare, bodycare, haircare and even baby products. Whamisa is made in South Korea but is now easily accessible to global customers with a dedicated US website that offers free shipping. Deeply committed to certified organic and vegan ingredients, skincare innovation and corporate responsibility, Whamisa is the best organic Kbeauty brand in my book. Read on for my Whamisa review and use Whamisa discount code ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER to save 20%. (30% Off Summer Sale no discount code needed)

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Upcircle Beauty Review 2022

Upcircle Beauty

Sustainable natural skincare brand Upcircle Beauty is breathing new life into ingredients that are typically thrown away. Born in London, Upcircle is vegan, zero waste, Leaping Bunny Certified, certified Plastic Negative and uses natural and organic ingredients. The best part? They’re so affordable! Backed by crowdfunding and three Shark Tank investors, the brand is now available at major US retailers like Whole Foods, Credo Beauty, Thrive Market and Urban Outfitters. Upcircle Beauty regularly collects coffee grounds from 100 artisan coffee shops to create their upcycled skincare products and have expanded to using many more salvaged ingredients. I tried the Upcircle Beauty moisturizer, eye cream and serum featuring upcycled coffee and am sharing my thoughts in this Upcircle review.

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Biossance Sunscreen Review (Pros + Cons)

Biossance creates clean, sustainable skincare focused around Squalane. Founded in 2016, Biossance’z award-winning line of sugarcane derived squalane-based products are Sephora aisle staples. In 2020 Biossance launched their Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, and since it’s never too late to try new-ish sunscreens, I had to put it to the test. Read on for my honest thoughts on the Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 in this Biossance review.

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Luzern Laboratories Skincare Review 2022

Luzern is an advanced cosmeceuticals, clean skincare line that cold mixes the latest advanced cosmeceuticals and organic Swiss Alpine extracts for highly potent and effective products that have earned them a cult following. Luzern launched their Force de Vie Crème back in 1999 in a small Madison Avenue spa, and it’s now THE world’s most iconic clean beauty crème that counts the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Emma Watson as fans. Impossibly luxurious and undeniably effective, Luzern is a cult favorite among those who need results but value clean formulations. I’ve used Luzern for the last couple of years and am sharing my thoughts on all ten products I’ve tried. Read on for my Luzern Skincare review and use Luzern discount code OBL to save 15%.

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Honua Hawaiian Skincare Malu SPF 30 Review

Honua Hawaiian skincare Malu SPF 30

Honua Hawaiian Skincare is a luxury organic skincare brand that combines healing Hawaiian botanicals with modern skincare technology. Honua was founded by Kapua, who is a licensed esthetician with a background in herbalism and traditional Hawaiian healing, in 2015 and is a family run operation. Honua means “Earth, Land, Foundation” in Hawaiian and gives tribute to the true founder of their skincare line, Mother Earth. Honua uses aloha-filled and phyonutrient-rich ingredients like Olena, Noni, Alo Alo, Kukui, Kamani, Kalo, Wai Niu, ‘Awa and Laukahi. They also source ingredients from as many local Hawaii farms as possible to harness the unique properties of the island’s rich soil. For eco-luxe Hawaiian skincare, read on for my Honua Hawaiian Skincare review of their Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30.

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Alpyn Beauty Review 2022: Best & Worst of Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn Beauty

Alpyn Beauty is a sustainably sourced skin care line formulated with a proprietary blend of wildcrafted alpine botanicals and actives grown in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The feminine brand has a clean, minimalistic look and seems to continuously strive to create innovative and interesting formulas. My personal favorites from the Alpyn Beauty line arethe Wild Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel, Bearberry Vitamin C Serum and new Alpyn Beauty Triple C Bounce Cream. Read on for my Alpyn Beauty review.

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Suntegrity Sun Serum Spray SPF 50 Review

Suntegrity launched their newest sunscreen product called Milky Mineral Sun Serum Spray and I’m here to share my thoughts. This is a non-aerosol spray sunscreen with mineral SPF 50 that comes out as a spritz not a mist. Right off the bat, I can say that oily skin types will probably not enjoy this sunscreen. This is a blend of mostly oils, and though it’s ultra thin in consistency, it still fees predominantly like applying an oil. If you’re still interested, read on for my Suntegrity Serum Spray sunscreen review.

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Kinfield Sunscreen Review 2022

Kinfield Sunscreen

Kinfield is a clean beauty brand that wants you to live your best outdoors life with safe and functional products. From their DEET free bug repellant spray to beauty editor favorite sunscreens, Kinfield formulates their vegan line with science-backed ingredients and without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. Also sold at Credo Beauty and on their website, Kinfield products are safe, simple and effective with reasonable prices. I’m sharing my honest review of the Kinfield Daily Dew Sunscreen in this Kinfield review.

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Best Clean Beauty Brands at Target: 50 Natural Brands

Best target clean beauty brands

Looking for the ultimate list of clean beauty brands at Target in 2021? Clean beauty has exploded in the last few years and major retailers like Target, Sephora and ULTA have taken notice. In this Target Clean Beauty list I break down 50 brands that are best of clean beauty, cleaner beauty and downright not clean beauty. Finding the best natural beauty products at Target, from natural shampoo to clean skincare, has never been easier. I’m also discussing the new Target CLEAN initiative and why you shouldn’t place all your trust in Target’s label. I hope this guide to the best clean skincare and makeup at Target helps you on your next run!

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Phlur Perfume Review 2022

Phlur perfume

I was just beginning to discover the original Phlur when the perfume company did a whole re-brand with fashion influencer Chriselle Lim as the new owner. Phlur caught my attention because it was a clean perfume brand that was carried at Credo. With the new rebrand, they still maintain the same ingredients standards but do not label themselves as a clean perfume brand anymore. I tried the newest scent by Phlur Apricot Privée and am sharing my thoughts in this Phlur review.

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Best Natural & Organic Exfoliating Masks that Actually Work 2022

Best organic exfoliating masks

The best natural and organic exfoliating masks slough dead skin cells away and reveal brighter, glowing skin using clean ingredients. Whether it’s through potent resurfacing ingredients like AHA alpha hydroxy acids or physical exfoliants, the top clean beauty exfoliating masks will function as deep natural detox masks AND a mini at-home peel treatment. Besides the obvious exfoliation benefits, organic resurfacing masks also improve texture, decongest pores, skin prevent breakouts, fade pigmentation, and reduce fine lines. A total must if you’re not able to get regular monthly or weekly facials!
Nontoxic exfoliating masks are powerful workers with concentrated formulas and actives like glycolic acid, mandelic acid and fruit enzymes to deliver results in a short twenty minutes. Check out my top clean exfoliating masks and natural resurfacing masks that actually work!

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Geek & Gorgeous Skincare Review 2022

A European dupe to infamous The Ordinary, Geek & Gorgeous believes in transparency of ingredients and maximum affordability. Geek & Gorgeous are able to keep their prices so low because they avoid getting into big retailers who take huge profit margins which means brands need higher retail prices. Geek & Gorgeous also have something most small beauty brands don’t — their own development & manufacturing which allows them full control over their formulations and product creation. While they do not market themselves as clean beauty, Geek & Gorgeous does not add any fragrance, artificial dyes and common allergens. So they lean clean but are not trying to be all natural. Check out what I think are hits and misses from the Geek & Gorgeous line.

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12 BEST NATURAL & ORGANIC TINTED FACE SUNSCREENS

best natural tinted face sunscreens

(Updated June 21, 2022) 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.

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10 Best Luxury Natural Hydrating Serums (Hyper Luxe)

For luxury lovers who only want the best of what the luxury organic skincare world has to offer, I’ve rounded up the best all natural hydrating serums. Some even count Hollywood’s A-listers like Emma Watson and Kourtney Kardashian as their fans. These eco-luxe serums are great for all skin types including dry, aging, dull, acne-prone and environmentally damaged skin.  With hyper luxe natural and organic hydrating serums, you get the uber chic, expensive looking packaging along with the highest quality, rare ingredients you won’t find in regular serums. While I can’t say the same for the conventional beauty industry (looking at you La Mer), in organic beauty you tend to get what you pay for. Cosmetic elegance, lush textures, cutting-edge green chemistry, and high-tech natural botanicals come together in sophisticated harmony like little skincare works of art. Read on for next level hydration and deep replenishment, hyper luxe organic edition.

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