6 Natural Beauty Subscription Boxes Under $25

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So we’ve all heard of sample beauty subscription boxes (I seriously did not know about these until a few months ago). Right? Me, a beauty care product addict. How did I miss this? It’s a huge business and when I found out about these awesome monthly boxes, I did some research. Did you know that there are a ton of beauty bloggers talking about the best subscription boxes? Did you know that there are hundreds of hours of videos on You Tube about the beauty box wars? Believe me, I watched them all.

Just in case you’re in the dark like I was; what are subscription boxes?

Companies send you monthly samples for a preset monthly cost, you try them, you like the products, you go to the website to buy them, it’s a win, win. You can get sample subscription boxes for just about anything from skin care and baby to food, wine, crafting and yes, even dog treats! Click here to see them all. You can pick the best subscriptions boxes for you. Beware the addiction.

Which beauty box is for me?

After deciding I have to get some of these boxes, I figured there must be some natural beauty boxes out there right? There are! But I am sure you all knew that. While you can find videos out there about every beauty box if you have the time, (it’s extremely addicting and extremely painful watching these women take 15 minutes to show you the box and unwrap the box), I am just going to list the best natural monthly boxes under $25, because for me, it always comes down to cost.

All of the following natural beauty boxes are under 25 bucks a month. In the end, I probably spend more than 25 bucks on full size products each week that don’t work and end up in the trash. Like I said, a win win.

Goodebox

What I like: you can browse the site and see what the products are for the current month and what they were previous months to get an idea of what you will be receiving.

Brands like soapbox, True Nature, Vapour Organic, Angel Face Botanicals, Zoe Organics, you can be sure you are getting the best all natural skin products to try. $19 per month.

The All Natural Face

A completely vegan company, this company offers a beauty subscription box for $15 a month including shipping. You will receive over $20 worth of products and a bunch of free samples. They mix it up so you are always getting their most fabulous products and new releases.

Didn’t find much too much info on this box; the website is a little tacky (just sayin) but it’s only $15 bucks a month and did I mention products that are completely vegan?

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

This company offers 2 boxes, the Vegan Cuts Snack Box and the Vegan Cuts Beauty Box. I am only interested in the latter.

Like all beauty sample subscription boxes, this is the easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you’ll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.

$19.95 per month

Here is a video of the January Vegan Cuts Beauty Box (torture)

 

With Love From Angela

A local business from Cincinatti, as in small, this company provides high quality, all natural bath and skin care products to your door every month in a fantastic subscription box. They feature many products that meet high standards and are all natural.

Some examples of what might be included: bath bombs, bath truffles, lotion bars, lip balm, sugar scrubs, foot scrubs, and handmade gourmet soap just to name a few.

They include their own products, along with other products that they deem 100% quality and all natural. “If we don’t love it first then we simply don’t use it

What I like: local business and natural products
If you love to take baths and you know what bath truffles are, this would be a great box to try.

$24.99 and free shipping

Conscious Box

Choose from three curated monthly box options: Classic, Vegan or Gluten-Free
Discover healthier natural choices for your everyday food, home, bath and body items so if you are only interested in natural beauty products, this box is not for you.

Although…. you may be tempted by the fact that a previous box contained a full bottle of Acure Organics Argan Oil and medical grade coconut oil. OMG!

Pictures of previous boxes here.

Kloverbox

The site boasts: “Replace every product you use with a conscious alternative!”

Join Kloverbox and every month they will send you the best natural, cruelty-free and organic beauty, health, nutrition and home products. You’ll get to try affordable eco-friendly products, handpicked by health conscious curators, so you can incorporate better products into every aspect of your life.

What I like: cruelty free, vegan, and organic; can’t get any better natural products
For those of you who are interested in other natural stuff like cleaning supplies and nutrition, this might be the ticket.

As low as 22.50 per month

I just signed up for the Goodebox because the products are natural and the monthly subscription is under $20. I won’t be doing a You Tube video (not in a million years), but I will be talking about the products each month so stay tuned.

Did you know there are subscription boxes for natural hair products? Another time maybe.

What are your experiences with all natural beauty subscription boxes?

Natural Skin Care For Teens

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We all work hard to raise health conscious, happy, confident, well adjusted daughters and we work hard to keep them safe (my daughter is doing volunteer work in Nicaragua right this minute….good heavens), but most of us don’t concern ourselves with what they are putting on their skin or on their bodies, especially as young teenagers.

I will never forget the years that my daughter was struggling with acne. I could feel for her pain. We eliminated sugar and wheat from her diet, went through many products such as Neutrogena (recommended by a doctor), Murad, Pro Activ of course, and finally a prescription retinoid.

What truly concerned me were the effects of the prescription cream. My daughter has Italian skin, a beautiful dark olive color and after using the cream for a few months, her skin began to thin and turn light. Needless to say, it freaked me out and I made her stop using it.

This was around the time I started researching all natural products and ordered so much product, I can’t even remember what actually helped. I do know however, if I had to raise her all over again, I would start her with all natural skin care for teens and all natural makeup from the moment she became interested, not only to help reduce skin irritations early on, but to eliminate chemicals entering her body that could potentially cause cancer in later years.

Unfortunately natural skin care for teenage girls barely existed then, if at all, until now.

Chemicals in skin care are sometimes the root of all skin irritations. Parabens, fragrance, and bismuth oxychloride, to name just a few, can cause allergic reactions and sensitive skin. Kim, the founder of Good For You Girls, knows this first hand.

As a veteran of the natural products industry Kim was very aware of the controversy of chemical based skin care. Both of her daughters had severe asthma and sensitive skin issues as babies so they never had any options to use anything but the cleanest products.

As her girls became teenagers, she realized that there were no safe products that were age appropriate for them. Girls today are bombarded with beauty products that are loaded with chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

Good For You Girls, specifically for young teens, was born. Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance, Good For You Girls offers your daughters natural skin care that pampers and protects their skin the way mother nature intended.

Along with raising healthy, happy, self confident daughters, help your daughters form healthy habits and a great relationship with their bodies. Helping her find, safe and natural alternatives is not always easy and Good For You Girls is a great place to start!

Try Annemarie Gianni Organic Skin Care For 10 Bucks

 

 

annemarie gianni sample kit

One day Annmarie Gianni, a known health blogger who always cared about what she put into her body, decided to research what she put on her body. Just like me, what she found was shocking to say the least and just like me, she began digging.

What she found is that the beauty products we use each and every day contained unsafe ingredients and were highly under-regulated, even so called “natural” skin care products. Companies are not required to put small amounts of an ingredient on the label even if these ingredients are chemical.

During her research, Annmarie did find a few products that were truly natural however these products just weren’t effective enough.

She decided that she would take matters into her own hands and created a line of skin care products she could feel good about recommending, a line that was truly natural and effective.

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care was born, providing an effective, affordable natural skin care line free of chemicals and alcohols, giving women beautiful, glowing, youthful skin. The line has received awards from Natural News and Fig and Sage and has been reviewed on hundreds of blogs written by happy customers.

The Annmarie Gianni Skin Care company is also committed to finding the best possible ingredients, great and personable customer support, fair product markup, no GMO ingredients, fair trade, no animal testing, using primarily vegan ingredients (two contain honey) and other conscious business practices.

I am not an affiliate of this product, just happened to get an email from a well known nutritionist and decided to take a look at the line more closely. I have not used the products so I can’t vouch for their effectiveness yet. So why am I sharing?

The company is offering what I consider and incredible “no-brainer offer” to try the products for only $10. Choose from five sample kits for mature skin, normal or combination skin, acne prone skin and even get free shipping! If you love the products, you can redeem a $10 coupon, included with your sample kit to make a purchase.

Did I purchase the kit? Hell, ya. Like I said, a no-brainer.

Annemarie Gianni Skin Care sample kit for 10 bucks

Or try Annemarie Gianni travel kits shown below

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Moroccan Argan Oil On The Cheap

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Pure Moroccan argan oil is just now hitting department and drug stores and it’s about time!

As many of you know, my obsession with pure argan oil started this blog; after having amazing results with this all natural skin care product, for under $40 no less,  I felt compelled to research more products and to share my findings with you. As a blogger, I began to get free beauty products from companies who wanted me to review their products on my blog. Needless to say, I had so much skin care (most not worthy of review) I put argan oil out of my mind for quite some time.

Morroccan argan oil really took off a couple of years ago and companies began adding a smidgen of argan oil to hair and skin care products and shouting out all of its benefits. Problem was and still is that just a smidgen of this “miracle” oil, will not produce the amazing results everyone is expecting.

If argan oil is listed in the middle or toward the bottom of the ingredient list and squashed in between all kinds of toxic ingredients, you will be so, so disappointed. The ingredients list should be very short.  It should just say 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil.  If it has anything else listed, its not worth it.

Imagine my surprise when I saw a display in a department store for Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil with only the pure stuff on the ingredient list! No other ingredients to dilute it; no other chemical  ingredients to seep into your pores, just pure argan oil.

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I never buy my beauty products in a department store because most are loaded with chemicals and actually cause more harm to skin. In this case, however I had to have this product. I have been without it for over six months and memories of this amazing oil came flooding back. The best part is the cost; under 15 bucks.

While I would love to support the women who craft this product, (companies purchase the product for women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare here, I am not sure if Physicians Formula supports this cause,) there is a big difference in price and I just had to have it now.

I wrote about argan oil benefits here from my experience, but what I also found this time around is that this oil also helps with calcium deposits on the skin. They appeared on my face about four months ago. Sometimes called milia, removal of these annoying little buggers is nearly impossible. I mean it; these small white bumps are there forever.  I ran into an esthetician friend a couple of weeks ago and she said the only way they will go is to get them removed with a lancelet and she would take care of them for me. Yea, no.

Within 3 days of using argan oil, one of them opened up and burst. Are they completely gone 2 weeks later? No. The one that burst, is simply a bit red and healing, the others are shrinking. I have so much faith in the healing properties of this oil, I am sure they will be gone soon. Now if we could only find what causes them in the first place as every website and every doctor has a different opinion on the subject.

Overall, I am completely pleased with this product. It does exactly what the expensive brands do.

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Easy DIY Body Butter Recipe

Easy diy body butter recipeMaking your own beauty care products is the healthiest, safest and most economical way to ensure that you are putting the most natural ingredients on your skin. It can be difficult to find time for this but there are some ways to squeeze some time in if you make it a hobby.

For example, one day each week you can have your kids join in and experiment with making homemade body care products at your kitchen table for yourselves or for gifts or have friends over and make enough natural bath and body products to last a month. Buy your ingredients in bulk and make enough to freeze them.

My favorite, easy Diy body butter recipe:

 

This body butter is made from just three ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oil. No crazy chemical ingredients, no drying alcohol, no parabens, just three ingredients!

Coconut oil 

Not only is coconut oil great for your health, but because it contains mostly fats, it acts as an emollient, softening and smoothing skin, even healing small wounds and scars. Coconut oil limits the amounts of microbes on the skin, cleaning up various conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and many other skin infections. It also seeps deep into the skin eliminating dryness. It eliminates dead skin cells and reduces skin flakiness.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter provides deep hydration and is high in antioxidants, fighting free radicals which are the cause of skin aging.

Essential Oil

Essential oils have their own benefits and depending on what your skin type is or what your skin concern  is will determine which oil you should use. For example, carrot seed essential oil smooths skin and helps with skin regeneration. Lavender essential oil helps lighten age spots and scars, great for mature skin and why I chose to use this oil in the recipe. Choose from the top 10 essential oils for skin here.

Directions

  1. Measure out one cup of coconut oil and one cup of cocoa butter. The coconut oil should be soft and the coconut oil will be hard and will need to be cut up in chunks to fill one cup.
  2. Put the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a small to medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt the contents until completely liquid, and there are no longer any chunks. It usually takes 4-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and refrigerate until the liquid becomes a soft solid, sometimes taking a few hours.
  4. Add your essential oil to your liking. For this batch,  I used two cap-fulls of lavender essential oil.
  5. Mix with a stand mixer on high until light and fluffy, similar to whipped cream consistency.
  6. Fill jars and store at room temperature.

 

 

 

 

10 Alcohol Free All Natural Body Moisturizers

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-woman-applying-lotion-image18383668A great place to start eliminating chemicals from your beauty care routine is with a good alcohol free all natural body moisturizer. Generally when people use these they are covering their entire bodies from head to toe and they remain on your skin for long periods of time. Even worse, most moisturizers contain petroleum based ingredients such as alcohol, fragrance and other chemicals contributing to an increase in dry skin and of course an increase in sales of all things “moisturizing.”

Years ago, prior to my obsession with natural skin products, I purchased just about every skin lotion on the market in search for relief of my very dry skin. While these lotions may initially make your skin feel better when you apply it, they actually dry out and damage  your skin; the more you apply, the dryer your skin becomes and the more you will need.

The growth of body moisturizers has also led to more sensitivities, redness, itching and rashes. Simply eliminating your current dry skin products and replacing them with all natural, chemical free products can drastically change your skin health. Lotions that contain “-cones” such as dimethicone, alcohol, fragrance or other chemicals can mask the underling problem and actually advance the aging process.

Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of skin. Your skin is now dependent on the barrier which disrupts the skin’s won hydrating process which increases dryness, making your skin look older. This barrier may also increase breakouts.

The best natural body moisturizers should be rich in butters and oils such as shea butter, almond oil and avocado oil. Choose products with as little synthetic ingredients as possible. Better yet, make your own.

Here are 10 natural body moisturizers with the least amount of toxins:

 

Harmful Lipstick Ingredients

simply karen mineral lipstick

Is Your Lipstick Making You Sick

Chemically sensitive people may get negative symptoms from makeup that include headaches, nausea, lack of concentration, asthma attacks, fatigue and irritability. Now you can blame it on the lipstick!

Harmful products in your lip products:

 

Alcohol-drying and irritating. Forms of alcohol include cetyl, cetearyl, behentrimonium, and methosulfate.

Lanolin-sounds healthy doesn’t it? Lanolin is the fatty secretion from sheep’s wool and has been known to cause allergic reactions. It may also be contaminated with pesticides as it is a powerful absorbing agent.

Mineral Oil- another healthy sounding ingredient. This is a petroleum derivitive, harsh on skin and is known to cause severe allergic reactions. It also clogs pours.

Petroleum-HELLO?? Would this be the same stuff we run our vehicles on?

Preservatives- extends shelf life of products just as in our food and can be toxic.

 

This is what should be in your lip products:

 

Aloe Vera- moisturizes and tones with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Avocado Oil- contains vitamin A, D, E, fatty acids and is easily absorbed into the skin.

Beeswax-is a skin softener that helps lock in skins own moisture

Jojoba Oil- nourishes, lubricates, and softens

Natural Colors-beet powder, beta carotene, grape skin extract, turmeric and annatto.

Peppermint-a natural lip plumper

Shea Butter-a natural UV blocker

Sweet Almond Oil-soothes and heals and rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins

Vitamin E- a powerful antioxidant and barrier against sun damage.

So next time you bite, chew or lick your lips think about the harmful lipstick ingredients you are ingesting.

Shown above: Simply Karen Long-Lasting Lipstick made with sweet almond and jojoba oils in lavender kiss, Simply Karen Satin Lip Gloss in Chrystalline