Beauty

April 15, 2013

Waxelene: All Natural, Organic Alternative to Petroleum Jelly

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Waxelene is a natural, organic alternative to petroleum jelly (no petroleum!). I've always wondered how people can disconnect the word petroleum in petroleum jelly. Who wants to put the same stuff that coats oil rigs on their skin?  I haven't used the stuff since I was a tween making my own lip gloss. Thankfully, there is an alternative.

Waxelene:


  • Use For anything you would use petroleum jelly for and more!

  • Non-petroleum based, all natural, eco friendly, biodegradable, no GMOs

  • Skin moisturizing, protection, and lubrication - lips, feet - anywhere!

  • Protection from chafing, friction, and wind burn - jogging, biking, volleyball, etc.

  • Tons of other creative household and cosmetic uses


Waxelene - The Petroleum Jelly Alternative. Made of Organic Soybean Oil, Natural Beeswax, Organic Rosemary Oil, and Natural Vitamin E. That's it, no petroleum products or artificial ingredients.

Waxelene is not just a replacement for petroleum-based products, it is a major improvement because it is noticeably more effective. Waxelene's ingredients, vitamin E oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and organic soy oil, are delicately balanced to synergistically care for your skin.These all-natural ingredients are combined using a patent pending aeration formula to create this amazing texture that won't clog pores. Knowing that it is made in the USA with sustainable ingredients makes consumers feel good about using it every day from their head to their toes.


I love the way Waxelene smells! It feels great on my garden rough hands!

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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April 12, 2013

Neutrogena Goes Natural! Acne Scrub, Cleanser, and Spot Treatment

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It's always with some trepidation that I approach reviews of companies that are mainstream but now offer a "natural" line. Are they truly offering natural products because they believe natural is better, or is it a marketing term or move to gain some of the natural market? I like to assume the former, but then I wonder why such a brand would not convert all of their products to natural ingredients.

I used Neutrogena products a lot as a teenager suffering from pimples. The company now offers a natural line of acne solution products. We were sent three items:


  1. Neutrogena Naturals Acne Foaming Scrub

  2. Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser

  3. Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment

  • Salicylic acid acne treatment

  • Fortified with an acne fighting bionutrient for clear, healthy-looking skin

  • Clinically proven acne medicine treats and helps prevent breakouts

  • No harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or pthalates

  • Dye-free

I cannot attest to their effectiveness for treating acne, as I no longer suffer as I did when I was younger.

Although these products are not specifically evaluated by the Environmental Working Group, similar products in the line have a relatively low hazard score of three.

I have to say I am pleasantly surprised that Neutrogena makes it easy to find out exactly how much of these products are natural. It states on the label that the ingredients are 93% naturally derived. Such disclosure is unusual from a mainstream company like Neutrogena, and I am impressed.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 18, 2013

Really Natural Beauty: 100% Pure Cosmetics is all that it Promises!

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It is so refreshing to be sent a product that I don't have to research chemical sounding ingredients. One quick look at 100% Pure Cosmetics beauty products, and I can tell the term natural is used correctly on the packaging and is not just a marketing term.

We were sent some very small samples of a few 100% Pure products:
100% Pure Cosmetics - Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream

What is it: Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puffs and reduces swelling while increasing circulation to alleviate and brighten dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins, antioxidants, and nourishing blackcurrant oil.
Who is it for: Anyone looking to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Truly, 100% Pure- no synthetic chemicals, no artificial fragrances, no parabens or any other chemical preservatives, no petrochemicals or any other toxins.
No Animal Testing
Made in USA

100% Pure Honey Almond Nourishing Body Cream
Aloe Juice1, Rose Hydrosol2, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Grapeseed Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil3, Candelilla Wax, Blackcurrant Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Almond Flavor, Almond Extract, Organic Green Coffee4, Organic Wild Cherry5, Pomegranate, Organic Raspberry5, Blackberry and Organic White Tea3, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel, Japanese Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme and Goldenseal, Grain Alcohol, Acai Berry, Resveratrol, Organic Green Tea3, Mangosteen, Goji Berry, Maqui Berry, Elderberry and Muscadine Grape 1 certified organic by SGS organic 2 certified organic by Ceres GmbH 3 certified organic by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic 4 certified organic by Hawaii Organic Farmers Association 5 certified organic by USDA

100% Pure - Organic Cabernet Grape Nourishing Body Cream
All Natural, 100% Vegan, Gluten Free. Highly nourishing, luxurious cream concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butters. Delicious smelling body cream will immediately hydrate, soften and feed your skin nutrients for a healthy, glowing complexion. Truly, 100% Pure - never any artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, or any other unsafe ingredients. Made only with the highest quality, organic nutrients for your skin.

100% Pure Brightening Scrub + Mask
SKIN BRIGHTENING COLLECTION was formulated specifically to enliven dull looking complexion to make it more vibrant, healthy and glowing. Rather than using harsh chemical skin lighteners, this 100% Pure formula gets its brightening effect from all natural, gentle ingredients like bearberry, kojic acid, sake, fruit acids, licorice, vitamin c, lemon juice and strawberries. This one product has 2 functions. It is a highly nourishing facial mask to rejuvenate your skin and the perfectly round jojoba beads act as a gentle exfoliant to buff away dullness, bumps and dead skin cells. Truly 100% Pure - carefully formulated without harsh detergents, chemical preservatives, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances or any other harsh, unsafe ingredients that can strip or dehydrate your delicate skin.

Compared to many other truly natural beauty products, 100% Pure Cosmetics are affordable. The above products range from $13 to $25, which is not unusual for beauty products no matter their ingredients. I do wish we would have been sent larger samples to test the effectiveness of these products, but I do wholeheartedly endorse their ingredients!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 14, 2013

Really Natural Skincare for Girls: Willa Naturals

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Willa Naturals is a brand I am not familiar with, so as always, I refer to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Unfortunately, EWG only evaluates beauty products for hazards to your health and not whether a product is truly natural. These products appear to not be too bad for you, but I have some suspicions about Will Naturals being natural. I can't pronounce or recognize the name of many of the product ingredients.

Willa Naturals was developed for young girls:

Hi. I'm Willa.

For the past 3 ½ years we have been developing a skincare line for girls called willa® . It all started when my mom and I looked for skincare products for me and we couldn't find them - at least not natural products.

My mom always nagged me to wear sunblock, wash my face, moisturize - you know the drill. But even though I knew it was important to take care of my skin, I never enjoyed doing it...the products available just didn't feel good-and believe me I tried everything.

willa consists of 17 products; each is special and different from other brands because they were developed by girls, for girls. We worked with the best skincare laboratories in the USA to develop natural skincare formulations girls would love to use. Each product also underwent rigorous testing to ensure they were both safe and effective. Willa products are free of harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, DEA and of course are not tested on animals.


We were sent four products to try:

As I mentioned above, I am concerned about some of the ingredients. I am always wary if an ingredient has a number after it, as I feel it indicates it is a chemical. I briefly researched a few ingredients from the above products:
Polyquaternium 51: The Good Guide finds there are no health concerns, but the products it is listed in are from cosmetic companies such as Maybelline and L'Oreal. Obviously, these are not natural brands.
HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE: EWG gives this ingredient a hazard score of two stating it is "an end-product of the controlled hydrogenation of Polydecene(q.v.)".
sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate: Can be derived from coconuts, like sodium lauryl sulfate, but is an even harsher surfactant. Paula's Choice asks:
Used primarily as a detergent cleansing agent, but is potentially drying and irritating for skin and is also tricky to formulate with due to stability issues, though it does produce copious foam. Secondary surfactants can be used with this cleansing agent to minimize its negative impact on skin, but why not just use a cleanser that contains gentler cleansing agents?
Is using a sulfonate any better than using a sulfate? It is if you want to claim your product is sulfate free.
Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester: According to Bio Inc Beauty, this ingredient "is based on lipo-dipeptide Tyr-Arg - a peptide found naturally in the body. This peptide was discovered to promote the natural release of signal agents that trigger happiness and feelings of well being". Being based on a natural peptide in the body does not make the ingredient natural. I am not sure how it is made.
Laureth-3: I can't figure out how this differs from sodium laureth sulfate, unless of course, you are avoiding that word sulfate.

I think that our beauty products should be simple. The ingredients should be understandable. True our skin may require different things at different ages, but it is especially important our young girls are not exposed to chemicals when they are entering the world of beauty products.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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March 5, 2013

Body Sense: A Higher Standard of in Personal Care with Brittanie's Thyme

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Body Sense makes shopping for natural personal care products very easy. Every product on the website receives low scores from the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

Many companies sell products they describe as "natural" or "organic". Some of them are even certified "natural" or "organic" by independent entities. But what do these words really mean? Unfortunately, they are sometimes used too loosely and can be misleading. After all, arsenic and lead are "natural"! At worst, these words can be inadequate proxies for the safety of you and your family. Body Sense sells only products rated by an American non profit organization as having the lowest-hazard potential, on a three-level scale. You will never find a product rated "moderate hazard" or "severe hazard" on our website.

Consumers should know about the possible implications of their daily choices. The importance of a simple decision like which moisturizer to use is magnified when you consider how often you are exposed to the chemicals that may be in it. Do you use moisturizer every day? While a link between cancer and proven carcinogens and other chemicals that are found in many widely available personal care products has not been established, Body Sense believes that consumers shouldn't be forced to take that risk. We believe that given the choice, prudent, informed consumers will opt for a superior product with less chemical risk.

We address this problem by providing a convenient, one-stop shop for all of your personal care needs, and those of your family.


Body Sense sent us a travel set of organic products with a note saying they do not sell the set, but they sell full sizes of the products. When I poked around the website, I could not find them. Hmm, that is a bit odd.

The products in the travel set are from Brittanie's Thyme . None of these products are on the Body Sense site, but I did find the Brittanie's Thyme Mindful Beauty Organic Balancing Toner on Amazon.

All of Brittanie's Thyme products are USDA certified organic, with the exception of our French Green Clay Facial Mask with Organic White Tea, even our bug spray. Our products are also gluten-free by FDA standards.

We produce luxury facial care, cold/sinus relief, and outdoor products while maintaining reasonable prices so you and your family can afford to integrate organic personal care into your lives. Our USDA certification gives you the assurance that Brittanie's Thyme will never "green wash" its products.

Our commitment to Organic Integrity led our being one of the Top Ten Nominees of Green America's "People's Choice Award 2010". We continually strive to source the most environmentally responsible options from ingredients to our PLA labels, our use of renewable energy through our local electricity provider, recycling and composting throughout our manufacturing facility and more.


I do really like how all of the products sold through Body Sense lists the EWG hazard score with the product description. That makes it much easier than going back and forth between whatever site you are ordering from and EWG.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 21, 2013

EU Bans Sale of Animal Tested Cosmetics

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Every cosmetic sold in the European Union will now be "cruelty-free" meaning the products have not been tested on animals. Nation of Change explains:
After a "long-fought" campaign, The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) came up victorious as the coalition banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics in all countries within the European Union.

The ban, which will go into effect on March 11, also makes it illegal to use animals to test final cosmetic products or any of the products' ingredients from "high-end cosmetic manufacturers to drugstore brands."


A similar ban does not exist in the US, but all of the brands we feature on Really Natural are not tested on animals. If they are, we will definitely call them out on it and let you know.

There is no reason animals should be harmed so humans can adorn themselves with makeup. If a cosmetic includes ingredients that are potentially harmful and require testing on live subjects, then it shouldn't be put on your skin anyways.  There are plenty of safe, natural cosmetics available, like those from Dr. Hauschka

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February 13, 2013

Natural Beauty: derma e Exfoliating Mask Deep Cleans and Detoxifies

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I have yet to meet a derma e product that I do not love. derma e Natural Bodycare Cleansing Enzyme Facial Mask is no exception. In fact, it won the Best Face Mask of 2012 award from Natural Solutions magazine.

In introducing the award-winning beauty products, Natural Solutions magazine states, "The old adage says you are what you eat - but you are what you put on your skin, as well. It matters." With skin being the largest organ of the body that directly reflects your health, beauty products that are healthy and effective are essential. After reviewing numerous submissions, Natural Solutions chose, "the very best" in 17 personal care product categories.

Best Face Mask! Exfoliating Mask
with Fruit Enzymes and Dead Sea Salt

"This mask deep cleans pores, detoxifies and absorbs excess skin oil with the help of fruit enzymes and Dead Sea salt," say the editors of Natural Solutions. Enriched with detoxifying Sea Kelp, antioxidants Green Tea and impurity-absorbing Bentonite and Kaolin Clays, this formula leaves skin clean and healthy.

I agree completely! I only want to put natural products on my skin, and this does not in anyway mean compromising quality and effectiveness. derma e always delivers and is affordable too.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.


Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 7, 2013

Mineral Make Up: Sheer Cover Face Palette Sophisticate Contains Parabens

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I don't wear make up unless it is to a wedding or some such other special event. Frankly, I don't really know how to put it on effectively. A good friend of mine is a make up artist, and she always recommends mineral make up.

We were sent Sheer Cover Sophisticate Face Palette to try:

Put your best face forward with a fresh take on sophisticated elegance. Everything you need to refine your look from the boardroom to a night on the town. Complete with 4 eye-popping classic shadows, 2 luscious lipglosses, a fabulous blush and a generous mirror for on-the-go convenience. Perfect for your desk drawer, handbag, or travel; you'll always be ready, no matter what comes your way!

This product does contain parabens, which should be avoided, as they have been connected to breast cancer

It may be a handy little compact, but the ingredients do concern me.  There are many other ingredients I cannot pronounce listed, thus I would avoid this product. I am thankful for ingredient disclosure by Sheer Cover, even if some items are listed as "may contain".

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 4, 2013

From Chocolate to Million Year Mud: 7th Heaven and Montagne Jeunesse Natural Masks

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I try to make masks part of my regular beauty routine, but it is far and few between that I actually take the time.

7th Heaven and Montagne Jeunesse make natural, unique masks. 7th Heaven masks 100% natural and about 55% organic. Montagne Jeunesse masks are about 95% natural. 

We were sent many samples from both brands. Each one is individually packaged with just enough for one application. Of course, such single packaging is not good for the environment, but it is convenient and ensures freshness for those of us who forget to use a mask product once we have opened it.

I tried the Moroccan Clay mask. It felt very cool and soothing when applied, and I love the scent! As it remained on my face for 15 minutes and dried out, it began to be a little irritating, like most clay masks. After I washed it off, I felt the need to hydrate right away, but my face feels very soft.  My daughter tried the Strawberry Souffle, which I think is a little over scented. I could smell it from the bathroom!

I appreciate how the 7th Heaven masks disclose how much of the product is organic. All of these products from both brands are vegetarian and not tested on animals.

Prices range from $0.01 to $3.95 on Amazon.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 16, 2013

Natural Skin Care: Juice Beauty Organic Be Bright Green Apple Collection

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There are a few natural beauty companies I adore and fully trust, like Dr. Hauschka and Naturopathica. Juice Beauty is another one of those brands.

We were recently sent Juice Beauty's Organic Be Bright Green Apple Collection. It contains:

Brighten, lighten, tighten with the Be Bright Green Apple Collection. An age defy wonder kit with bestselling products that contain our powerful antioxidant cocktail of DMAE, Alpha lipoic acid, Peptides, and Co-Q10 are combined with vitamin antioxidants to hydrate, smooth fine lines and leave your skin glowing for the holidays!

WHO SHOULD USE IT?

Juice Beauty's Be Bright kit is designed for all skin types (except sensitive skin), 20's and up and is effective for dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone and texture...

Juice Beauty is constantly updating our ingredients to bring you results using the safest, local, organic and natural ingredients possible.


I absolutely love these products! They make my skin feel so good, and the case is reusable and made from recycled material.

Juice Beauty really is the "organic solution". The Environmental Working Group has given the company an overall hazard score of zero to three. That's pretty low!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 15, 2013

Porlandia Snarks Natural Deodorant [video]

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December 17, 2012

SeabuckWonders: Affordable High Quality Sea Buckthorn Personal Care

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Dr. Oz, although not my favorite celebrity health care advisor for calling organic food "elitist, has called Sea Buckthorn a "miracle berry". Sea Buckthorn is very beneficial to skin, as it reduced the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, as well as helps reverse the signs of sun damage.

The original company to sell Sea Buckthorn supplements has introduced a personal care line. We were sent the following products to try:
Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser:

Super charged with powerful antioxidants and containing more than 190 bioacitve nutrients, vitamins and minerals, Sea Buckthorn has been used traditionally for its amazing cell membrane supporting abilities to nourish and maintain beautiful, healthier skin, hair and nails. Sea Buckthorn Facial Cleanser cleans skin gently, yet effectively, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. It exfoliates to remove dirt and impurities, while hydrating skin for a smooth, clear complextion.

Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream
Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream supports a healthy mositure balance deep within the skin. This hydrating, yet lightweight, formula absorbs quickly and nurtures the skin for a soft, smooth complexion.

Seabuckwonders Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum
Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum nourishes and supports cell regeneration to minimize fine lines and help maintain a youthful, healthy glow.

Sea Buckthorn Body Lotion - with Organic Sea Buckthorn
The famous pro-skin contents including Omega 7, Vitamins C, E, A, SOD(superoxide dismutase) and about 200 other bioactive elements and their synergistics effect offers excellent protection, restoration and rejuvenation to your fair and young looking skin

Compared to other Sea Buckthorn beauty products, these are very fairly priced. They are vegan and non-GMO, as well as cruelty-free.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

November 30, 2012

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers: Sweet Pure Honey Lip Balm and Perfume Stick


I love honey! I love supporting small family farmers! Sweet Pure Honey is the product of a loving family with 400 hives.

We were sent three face and body products to try:

SWEET PURE HONEY BALM & CREME
Sweet Pure Honey balm and creme are handmade with 2 ingredients. We gently heat and blend beeswax and organic coconut oil to make our signature lip and body balms.
Organic coconut oil is rich in antioxidant, nutrients and provides amazing moisture benefits for healthy looking skin. Raw beeswax is hypo-allergenic and scented naturally with honey. Containing both pollen and propolis, it is beeswax in its most natural form. Made fresh and never warehoused, Sweet Pure Honey balm and creme are hand poured and created with care.
LOVE SOLID SCENT ORGANIC PERFUME STICK
Using our signature 2 ingredient balm we combine organic lemon grass, orange, and vanilla sandalwood essential oils to create an uplifting, mood shifting sumptuous scent.
SWEET PURE HONEY MICA
Sweet Pure Honey MICA lip tints are made with 3 natural ingredients.

These gentle products are made of a few simple ingredients. I really like the perfume stick, of which I had never tried a honey-based one before. It goes on easily, so you don't overdue the scent, and it feels nourishing.

These are truly sustainable, handmade products made with love!  Plus, those kids are super cute!

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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September 19, 2012

Safety 1st 98.79%-99.98% Naturals Baby Beauty Care

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You may be familiar with the brand Safety 1st for their baby proofing products, like cabinet latches and outlet covers. Safety 1st also makes a line of 98.79%-99.98% natural baby beauty products called Naturals. Each product clearly states on the front what its percentage of natural ingredients content is. We were sent the following products to try:

Only two of these products have been scored by the Environmental Working Group. Both received a hazard score of five, with greatest ingredient of concern being fragrance. I'm always concerned when a product says fragrance on its label. What exactly is that fragrance? If it is an essential oil, why not just come out and state it?

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions

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