cornflake dreams.: natural beauty products hits and misses.

6.03.2016

natural beauty products hits and misses.

Ever since I became a mom I've become more conscious about the things that we eat as a family -- more produce and less processed foods. And I've decided to make major changes in my beauty routine after I read this on Beautycounter's website:

"The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938. The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date."  

Crazy right?! So I drank the kool-aid and I tried a number of natural beauty products in the past few months, and some were great and the others were total flops. But before you read my review here's are 10 ingredients and chemicals that I am trying to avoid: Parabens, Synthetic colors, Fragrance, Phthalates, Triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde, Toluene. See more about these toxic ingredients HERE.


Hits:

Beautycounter - Their mission is "to get safer products into the hands of everyone."  Beautycounter has a full line of skin care, makeup, bath and body, and baby/kids products. I purchased the Body Collection and I loved two of the products in the set (see below for the second part of my review). The hydrate everyday body lotion is a bestseller and it's one of my favorite body lotions. It has a great light citrus scent, and it works well to moisturize my skin without being greasy. I also like the everyday body wash which has the same natural citrus mimosa scent. It lathers well and it's hydrating.
Tata Harper - This is my favorite natural beauty line, with 100% natural and organic ingredients. I purchased the Tata Harper Skincare Daily Essentials Set so I could try a number of products at a reasonable price. So far I love the Regenerating CleanserRejuvenating Serum, and Reparative Moisturizer. I wash my face with the Cleaner, and then apply the Serum and Moisturizer afterwards. Everything smells great, and my skin looks bright and feels really clean and moisturized.
Whish Shave CreamThis line is all natural, paraben free, sulfate free, TEA & DEA free, and petrochemical free. I first tried Whish products two years ago for a review post and they are still one of my favorite brands for shaving cream. I never get razor burn or irritation when I use this line, and it comes in a ton of great scents (almond and pomegranate are my favorite).

Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in apricot - This was the third natural deodorant I tried (see below for the other two). I was ready to give up, and I was very reluctant to try Tom's because I read a really bad review about it on Cup of Jo. But I loved this deodorant! It's the only one that kept me smelling pleasant all day long and kept my armpits dry. I also love that it was the cheapest option I tried -- under $5!

Misses: 

Beautycounter Clean Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner - I was NOT a fan of Beautycounter's hair products. As a busy mom I don't wash my hair everyday, but when I used these products I had to or else my hair would get very greasy and gross... which has never happened to me the day after a shower! Thankfully Beautycounter has a great return policy and I was able to return the products I didn't like.


PiperWai Natural Deodorant- You have to apply this deodorant on with your fingers, which I didn't think would be a big deal. But trying to get ready in the morning with a one-year old running around my bedroom throwing out everything out of drawers I quickly realized the convenience of a roll on deodorant is not something I want to give up. Using your fingers to apply the product also made it difficult to know if your whole armpit area was covered. Application aside, the product also didn't work for me -- after a few hours it felt like it wore off and my armpits didn't feel dry. 

L'OrĂ©al EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo + Conditioner - I received these products free from Influenster. They are sulfate and paraben free which I totally appreciate -- but they had a really weird smell and I couldn't get past that. Plus they didn't leave my hair feeling very soft.

LaVanila Deodorant - I was soo excited to try this deodorant because it received a ton of rave reviews, and I liked the packaging. I tried it out for two weeks to give my body time to adjust to a new product. The deodorant worked to control body odor, but my pits always felt wet which wasn't very pleasant. In the end it wasn't worth the $14 price tag.

What natural products are you loving lately? 
-xo- 
Jillian

p.s. I have a review post for Honest products that I loved and didn't love.

32 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more about Beauty Counter and Tata Harper! I have yet to find a natural deodorant that I really love, so the search continues... but thanks for the heads up about the BC shampoo and conditioner, I was thinking about trying. Have you tried their sunscreen, I've been hearing great things about that too!

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    1. Beautycounter's shampoo and conditioner was SO disappointing! It was probably one of the worst hair products I've ever used! I hope they reformulate it. But I do want to try the sunscreen!

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  2. Loveeee everything by Tata Harper! I just used their resurfacing face mask last night, it's my favorite!

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    1. ohh im glad you liked the resurfacing mask came in my skincare essentials set!! i need to try it soon.

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  3. LOVE this post!! I'm checking out that Tata Harper set. I actually have the Lavanilla deodorant on the way to me as we speak, so hopefully I have better luck. And I cannot say enough good things about Acure's hair care line. You should try it!

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    1. I hope you like the Lavanilla deodorant! A lot of people love it and I think when it comes to deodorant it'll work better on some people than others! Good to know about the Acure line, I'll check it out!

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  4. I absolutely love Tata Harper products - her face mask is THE best :)
    Great roundup!
    www.fashiontruffles.com

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    1. Thanks! I need to try that mask!!

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  5. I recently switched to a few all natural products and I love it!! I've had really good luck with the Lavanilla deodorant- sorry you didn't have a good experience with it! I haven't tried anything by Tata Harper yet!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Tata Harper products are pricey but I really like them!

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  6. I recently started using the HONEST cream blush and love it!

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    1. I love a lot of HONEST products too!! We use their lotion and shampoo all of the time for Violet. I need to try their new makeup line.

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  7. I've wanted to try Tata Harper products and still on the search for a good natural deodorant. I too didn't like LaVanila.

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    1. you might like Tom's deodorant!

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  8. Glad you liked Tom's deodorant too! It's convenient because they sell it at Target! I recently started to use Shea Moisture which is another natural/organic skincare line that's sold at Target and I love it! Fantastic prices too!

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    1. good to know about the skincare line at Target -- another great reason to visit ;) !!

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  9. This is exactly what I was looking for! I'm trying to revamp (or restart, more accurately) my skincare routine and want to go the natural route this time around. I'm thinking I'll give Beautycounter a try, but now I'm also thinking about Tata too. Thanks for sharing!

    Erin, Attention to Darling
    www.attentiontodarling.com

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  10. hmm i will have to try the tom's one. i am very interested in trying natural products - the stuff in most drugstore products (i.e. what i use the most!) is terrifying, not to mention the amount of products banned elsewhere but not here.

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  11. May have to check into the products you've listed. Hope they have them at my store!

    liz @ j for joiner

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    1. Tata Harper + Whish are sold at Nordstrom, Tom's at most grocery stores and Target, and you can only buy Beautycounter online but I heard they are doing a collaboration with Target soon!

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  12. It's so hard to find a balance when it comes to food, skincare, and cleaning products in terms of natural vs. chemical and effectiveness! I love that you broke this down into hits and misses! Will have to check out some of the items you suggested!

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  13. Love this post so much & couldn't agree more! I've found so many small businesses on Instagram and Etsy that sell a lot of natural/organic beauty products as well.

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    1. Great idea! I need to do some shopping on Etsy!

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  14. We should totally chat! I've been doing a huge overhall of my routine lately too. Have you ordered from Vitacost? I'm obsessed!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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    1. I haven't heard of Vitacost yet but I'll check it out, thank you!

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  15. LOVE Tata Harper! One of my faves!

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  16. Tata Harper products are fantastic. I tried that Everpure shampoo and didn't like it at all.
    I just started using Evanhealy Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul, it's a facial spray. You use it during the day to refresh your makeup, i LOVE it. It also hydrates my skin, it's like a mid day refresher.

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    1. That spray sounds awesome! It would be wonderful to have something like that this winter.

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  17. Thanks for sharing! Ever since I've become a Mom as well, I've been more cautious of the things we eat/use in our house. At least for the babe and I! The hubs thinks Im nuts! Lol. I feel like beauty products are such a tough thing to change especially because of the price!

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    1. haha i know the feeling :) my husband gave me major side-eye when he saw me using deodorant i had to put on with my fingers!!

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  18. Great post, Jillian! Beautycounter products are definitely worth sharing. I also admire their selling strategies: their home consultants who are more like educators than salespeople.

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