I wanted to make a special post today about a brand I truly love with all my heart and soul. That brand is Boohoo! I was first introduced to the British company a couple years ago at the iFabbo conference in San Francisco. I instantaneously fell for their trendy designs and affordable pricing. The clothes are fun and at a price point that I can experiment and mix it up without breaking the bank. Plus all of the representatives were super fun and kind to us bloggers. Mega mega points on my score card.
Since back to school shopping is in full swing and Boohoo has unbeatable prices (starting at $7), I wanted to create my top looks for fall. I’ve cultivated all my favorites must-haves for the upcoming season. Even if you aren’t going back school, these are perfect options to stay stylish for fall. Hurry, for the next 12 hours you can get all new merch 30% off!
Recently I received a text from my friend asking for a list of my favorite natural, healthy products. Finally hitting her, as well as many others, the importance of being aware of what we place on our skin and in our bodies. Unfortunately for us, our government has yet to take actions to keep us safe, read all about it in Let’s Talk Natural Beauty. Until then we are forced to figure out what science is placing into our daily beauty regimens.
To help, here are products that I use and have check with EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Also, the Shop will always newly added natural products and where to buy them. So feel free to check back as often as you like to see what is in!
If you are looking to see how your current products are rated, you can use the databases listed under tools. I suggest anything rate 0-3 as safe; 4,5 are warnings; 6-10 stop using immediately.
TIP: NOT ALL PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME COMPANY ARE SAFE! For instance lip balm from EOS is rated a 1, but their hand cream is a 9. Each one includes different ingredients, check before buying.
Recently, I have been looking for a new natural deodorant to use. I have had my fair share of disappointments in the past. Ranging from deodorants that stained, didn’t control odor, and others that irritated my skin. I had previously tried Tom’s of Maine deodorant before, and it fell into the category of not able to control odor, AKA I smelled! That’s the worse.
However, stopping into my local CVS, I realized my only option for natural deodorant was Tom’s. Peeking around the corner to see if I could find anything else, I reluctantly picked up a pack and figured this might be the best time to see if anything has changed. I did read on the label that there is an improved fragrance, and the packaging looked slightly different than I remembered. Here is hoping that the outcome is slightly different as well.
To my greatest relief when checking with Skin Deep’s database, the deodorant I picked up, Tom’s of Main long lasting, aluminum free deodorant stick in wild lavender, is registered as a 1! That is a fantastic score for a deodorant. Now I just have to see if it works.
My ultimate test is the gym. I decided that very next day, we had to put this deodorant through the ringer and go for a long run. I ran 3 miles at a gym that was overheated and poorly ventilated. Yet I didn’t smell! I was sweaty, but there was no odor. Since then, I ‘ve been using the deodorant consistently and still have not had a problem like I had before. I do still sweat when it is hot and humid, but I’ll take that over using nasty antiperspirants that are loaded in chemicals.
The greatest part is that the price is affordable, compared to other natural deodorants. It is less than $7, half of what I use to pay. I think I found my new favorite healthy deodorant!
Do you use Tom’s of Maine products? If so let me know what you think in the comments below!
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“Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Aluminum Free Deodorant Stick, Wild Lavender.” || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/463292/Tom%27s_of_Maine_Long_Lasting_Natural_Aluminum_Free_Deodorant_Stick%2C_Wild_Lavender/>.
There is a plethora of creams and skin care products on the market that register at an obscene price per ounce. La Mer being one of the most recognizable, pricing anywhere from $85 to $2,000. That is a whole lot of money for a cream! But is it worth it?
Typically, no. In fact, some of these extraordinarily expensive creams have the highest toxicity levels. La Mer cream registers a 9 in toxicity containing chemicals that affect the developmental and reproductive organs (Think Dirty App). Culprits such as fragrance, petrolatum (petroleum jelly), zinc gluconate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone are found in this $2,000 per 16.9 oz cream. Not exactly what I would want to smear over my face for such a hefty price tag.
However, the lifting intensifier spray is registered as a 4 on the EWG’s Skin Deep database. The toxin, propylparaben, is found in the product causing the rating to go up a bit but still not as harmful as the cream. The highest risk is endocrine disruption. But don’t worry it only costs a cool $170.
My experience? Just because they are expensive, doesn’t always mean they are healthy for you. Certain organic, and natural products are pricier but often range around $30-$60. For these products, companies use better ingredients without preservatives. Anything $100 and above, I begin to question the quality and if it is worth the price tag.
What are you thoughts and opinions? Do you use products with hefty price tags?
“LA MER THE LIFTING INTENSIFIER (2007 Formulation).” || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/143965/LA_MER_THE_LIFTING_INTENSIFIER_%282007_formulation%29/>.
It is my favorite time of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, and I love all the goodies that are up for fall. Isn’t it amazing that they are lowering prices for all NEW merchandise? I like to load up now on Holiday shopping and fall wardrobe before the prices go back up.
This year, I took a look at their beauty selection as well. With all beauty purchases, you’ll receive three free samples of your choice. So what have I found that is natural? Sadly not too much, but from what I did find they are loaded with the good stuff. I added a couple tools that will help in the making your skin and hair look even more glamorous.
Everything is registered as a three of below on the Think Dirty App. Happy Shopping!