2 Months Later: August ANFGB GoodeBox Recap

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One of the first large-scale green beauty events I ever attended last year was A Night for Green Beauty, which was the first of its kind and held in New York City. ANFGB brought together green beauty bloggers, enthusiasts, and experts for a fun night of shopping top green beauty brands, makeovers, mingling with like-minded folks, and trying sustainable snacks. This year, the 2nd annual A Night For Green Beauty was held in Los Angeles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend so instead I poured my sorrows into the next best thing: buying a specially curated Goodebox featuring samples and full-size products from a handful of the amazing brands from ANFGB. This limited-edition box was advertised for August (the month that ANFGB happened), featured 6 items (with claims of at least 2 full-size products depending on the combination), and only cost $22 per box. Unfortunately, my box arrived 2 months later (in October). Darn you, USPS!

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Winter Woes: Solutions for Chapped Lips

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Even though the holiday season is over and the New Year has started, it doesn’t mean the wrath of winter has completely subsided (at least, not for us lucky folk on the East Coast). The first of my annual winter woes are always chapped lips. Here’s how I’ve been managing a smooth pucker against this year’s cruel polar vortex:

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1.) EXFOLIATE- LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9,95): If my sister hadn’t bought me this yummy, mint-tasting lip scrub from LUSH for my birthday last year, I probably would’ve tried (keyword there) to make a homemade lip scrub. However, being the lazy girl that I am, this scrub has been my go-to for getting rid of perpetual dry skin on my lips. At least twice a day, before applying makeup or eating, I exfoliate my lips with this lip scrub and follow up with a lip balm. I will say it’s a tad drying to my lips but it does the job. Containing jojoba and vegan sugar, it’s a perfect way to scrub away dry skin and maintain soft, smooth lips for the day.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, Organic Lip Scrub, $5.50
Luxe: ILIA Beauty, Balmy Nights lip exfoliator stick, $26

2.) MOISTURIZE- S.W. Basics Lip Balm ($4): This balm is seriously the bomb! (Corny enough for you yet?) I haven’t found anything as moisturizing for my lips and doesn’t require constant reapplication. The flavors are delicious and if you’re not so keen on beeswax, they’re also offered in Vegan form. You can bet this sucker is always in my bag and on my lips everyday. I like that S.W. Basics products always have a simple ingredient lineup and this lip balm is no different. I recommend staying away from lip products with petroleum, camphor, menthol and salicylic acid which can contribute to dry and irritated lips and making you constantly apply lip balm.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Badger Organic, Lip Balm Ginger and Lemon, $2.69
Luxe: Tata Harper, Lip Treatment Be True, $28

3.) PROTECT- After treating my lips, I like to lock in the moisture and protect my pucker from further outside damage. I love a great, hydrating tinted balm to act as my base lip product for the day and to provide a hint of color whether or not I decide to wear more lip products. I’m really loving Gressa Skin’s Lip Boost BARE ($21)* for this step in my lip routine. Bare is a perfect muted pink for an everyday, natural, “your lips but better” look. It’s very moisturizing and has great staying power whether used alone or as a base with other lip products layered on top. Another tinted lip balm which has the same super moisturizing and pigmented characteristics are the ILIA Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioners. I use Arabian Knights ($26) daily as a moisturizing balm and for a flush of red on the lips.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, $6.99
Luxe: RMS Lip Shine in Bloom, $25

4.) SEAL- This final step is sometimes optional for me, depending on the weather or how I’m feeling. I like to seal everything in on my lips with a hydrating, non-sticky gloss whether pigmented or clear. I absolutely hate walking around when it’s windy out and my hair sticking to my lips but on all other occasions, I think lip gloss is the best way to really set or finish the lips. I’m really loving the Red Apple Lipstick’s Mint to Be Lip Gloss in Honey Badger ($18.50)*.  (See swatches and my review on the lip gloss here.) It’s a perfect nude, pink that can be worn alone or on top of other lip colors. It’s not sticky or irritating and has a great lasting power plus, it’s deliciously minty-tasting! Another favorite is my Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss in Guava ($15)* which is very moisturizing and long-lasting with a subtle hint of shine and color.
Interested in trying these next:
Bargain: Honeybee Gardens Luscious Lipgloss in Innocence Watermelon Peachy Pink, $8.65
Luxe: Intelligent Nutrients, Lip Delivery Antioxidant Lip Gloss, $24

So, that’s it for this first installment of Winter Woes! Do you have any specific tips on keeping dry, chapped lips at bay? Let me know in the comments!

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil Review

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My friends at Juice Beauty kindly sent me a pre-launch sample of their new Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil ($32, 4oz) which was recently released online. I’ve been trying it out in the meantime and want to share my thoughts:

Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular skincare line features many great organic products specifically geared towards treating anti-aging and anti-wrinkle benefits. Who wouldn’t want organic products that effectively treat and prevent aging?

Along with fruit acids as normal ingredients in Juice Beauty products, the Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil is a “deep cleansing oil formulated with grapeseed, may chang, ho wood and sunflower oils. A proprietary blend of fruit stem cells and Vitamin C are infused into an organic, resveratrol-rich grapeseed base”. Juice Beauty’s own blend of fruit stem cells includes apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark. You can use this Cleansing Oil as a regular facial cleanser or as a makeup remover, especially for eye makeup removal.

I found the texture of the Cleansing Oil to be a bit on the greasy, watery side though it did feel ultra-moisturizing when applied on my face. My skin really drinks it in! The scent is not surprisingly, citrus-based and fruity. I enjoyed using the Stem Cellular Cleansing Oil on a cotton pad to remove heavy eye makeup. It cleared everything away without leaving my eyes dry or irritated. I will say, this does leave the skin a bit oilier than other cleansing oils I have tried.

As a facial cleanser, this thick, yellow-tinted oil is soothing, gentle and perfect for everyday use. It cleanses and nourishes my skin while leaving it super smooth and supple. Due to it’s greasy texture, I preferred using this Cleansing Oil in the evening for a deep, moisturizing cleanse or for removing my makeup.

Due to it’s deep cleansing, moisturizing nature I would recommend this to anyone whose skin is a bit on the dry side or for those with mature skin. This Cleansing Oil will moisturize, cleanse and treat your skin without irritation or dryness and meanwhile helps to nourish your skin.

Juice Beauty products never include any: Parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, artificial dyes or fragrances.

Check out Juice Beauty’s informative page on why cleansing oils are more beneficial and effective for cleansing skin here.

I introduced my mom to Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Moisturizer  (as well as their eye cream) which is another lovely product from the line perfect for all skintypes but specially great for dry or mature skin. I love that all Juice Beauty products include organic ingredients that really feed and treat the skin and produce visible results. Juice Beauty products are also affordable and accessible online and in most Ulta stores.

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 Ingredients: (Juice Beauty proprietary blend of fruit stem cells: apple buds, grape buds & lemon bark.) Helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, polysorbate 80, vitis vinifera (organic grapeseed oil)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (Vitamin C), tocopherol (Vitamin E), organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, malus domestica (apple buds), vitis vinifera (grape buds) & citrus limonum (lemon bark), litsea cubeba (may chang) and cinnamomum camphora (ho wood) pure essential oils.  * = Certified organic ingredient 

Have you tried any products from Juice Beauty? What do you use as a regular cleansing product? What are your thoughts on cleansing oils?

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Peelin’ Good with Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive

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As we have transitioned into Fall and the weather is changing daily, I’ve also felt that annual change in my skin. It’s that lovely time of the year when my face starts getting a little bit drier, irritated and blemish-prone. To calm my reactive skin, nothing is more soothing than applying a facial mask that moisturizes, exfoliates and treats my skin.

Due to my own laziness, I’ve always lacked regular exfoliation and use of facial masks in my daily skincare routine but lately, I’ve come to realize why exfoliation and facial masks plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy complexion. I finally tried out Juice Beauty’s bestselling Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin ($39, 2oz).

The Green Apple Peel was one product from Juice Beauty’s fruit-based, natural skincare line that I’d always heard many people raving about. And guess what? It really is that great. If you’re feeling like your skin’s in a slump, applying this facial peel up to twice per week will surely refresh and maintain the happiness of your skin.

Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel delivers full-strength, spa grade exfoliating effects and since my skin is sensitive and easily irritated, I played it safe with the Sensitive skin peel. You can try the Full Strength or Blemish Clearing Green Apple Peels depending on your skintype. The Peels are formulated for all skin types except those with rosacea or extremely sensitive skin.

“Juice Beauty’s bestselling, patented Green Apple Peel exfoliates and refines to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and lighten hyperpigmentation. Delivers spa grade exfoliation revealing a brighter complexion while firming the skin.”

The Green Apple Peel effectively “brightens, lightens and tightens” the skin with the use of fruit-based ingredients. The Peel combines organic alpha hydroxy acids of malic acids from green apples, citric acid from lemons and tartaric acid from grapes. This combination of  fruit-based acids and glycolic acids reduces dark spots, hyperpigmentation and brightens the skin. Vitamin E and organic aloe heals and hydrates the skin while Vitamin A and Vitamin C minimizes wrinkles, fine lines and promotes healthy cellular turnover.

My Results: The peel has a muted, fruity scent and a thin, clear gel-like texture. About 5 minutes after applying to my face, neck and decollette, the peel hardens and a slight tingling and tightening sensation takes over. The tingling subsides and does not burn my skin. After 10 minutes, rinsing off the peel leaves my skin feeling ultra-smooth, hydrated and refreshed. I never experience any redness nor irritation after using this peel.

After using Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel, my skin looks brighter and feels firmer. It has helped my dark spots fade, evens my skin tone and texture while not drying out my skin. I like applying this peel at least twice a week to prevent blemishes, moisturize my face and gently exfoliate dead skin build-up. I highly recommend this peel to refresh the skin and feed your skin with helpful ingredients.

Purchase the Green Apple Peel from Juice Beauty’s website or at any Ulta store. The EWG’s Skin Deep database ranks Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel (old formulation) with a score of 3 for overall hazard based on the ingredients.

Ingredients: Organic juices of pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon juice)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, glycolic acid, vegetable glycerin, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, sodium hydroxide, capryl hydroxamic acid, xanthan gum, caprylyl glycol, vitis vinifera (grape seed extract), tocopherol (Vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), tetrasodium glutamate diacetate, magnesium aspartate, zinc gluconate, copper gluconate * = Certified organic ingredient

Have you tried Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel? What do you regularly use to exfoliate and maintain the health of your skin?

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My VISIA Complexion Analysis

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One main motivation in creating my blog was to educate others about beauty, health and sustainable solutions. Nothing peaks my interest more than learning about new technology and advancements in health and esthetics and sharing what I’ve learned with others. A member of the Juice Beauty team, Annalise told me about the new complexion analysis machines called VISIA machines being set up nationwide at Whole Foods markets and larger beauty stores. I was curious and also a bit scared at the thought of having my face analyzed by a machine but I followed Annalise’s suggestion to go for a free VISIA skin analysis at my local Whole Foods.

Using special imaging technology, the VISIA machine digitally captures 8 different properties of your skin analyzing spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas and porphyrins (natural oil and bacteria buildup). These categories are further analyzed as percentile scores depicting how the condition of your complexion ranks among other individuals of the same age, gender and skin type. The higher the percentage, the better your skin is within those problem areas.

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An in-house, certified esthetician will then review and discuss the images and the analyzed summary of your skin. They will also recommend a personalized skincare regime to improve your complexion including specific product recommendations. Luckily, you get a printed copy of your visual complexion analysis and the list of recommended skincare products. All your information is stored in the VISIA machine at the analysis location. You can go back for a follow-up consultation after you’ve tried any purchased products to see how you skin measures up after treatment.

At my local Whole Foods, the 2 brands offered for product recommendation are from Juice Beauty and a brand called MyChelle Dermaceuticals. Since I’ve tried a few products from Juice Beauty already, I was interested in trying out and adding the MyChelle products to my skin regime.

How’d my complexion analysis go? Thankfully, it wasn’t as scary as I’d thought! I actually learned more about my skin and what I can do to improve my current skin regime. Overall, I’d recommend everyone to go get a VISIA skin analysis and learn about your skin and how you can improve it! 

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Out of the 8 complexion categories, my skin needs the most work on texture and porphyrins. Here is how the VISIA analysis from MyChelle describes the 2 categories I scored lowest on:

Texture measures the skins smoothness by identifying the hills and valleys of the skin. Raised areas are pimples, milia, blackheads, dead skin cells, shown in yellow. Indentions are fine lines, open pores, open hair follicles shown in blue.”

To improve the texture of my skin, it’s recommended to exfoliate more to remove the unwanted dead skin cells and produce smoother skin. Exfoliation will also allow for additional products to more easily absorb and penetrate the skin. I do realize I’ve become lazy in exfoliating my skin and finding the best product for my skin. I’ve been trying various methods to regularly exfoliate in my weekly skin routine. To improve the fine lines within the texture category, use of more anti-aging products should be used to prevent fine lines and future wrinkles.

Porphyrins are natural bacteria and oil. The bacterial excretions can become lodged in pores and lead to acne. This score varies from person to person and it is ok to have a natural level of bacteria.”

To improve the amount of porphyrins, it is recommended to cleanse the face regularly and make sure all items that may come in close contact with your face such as, makeup brushes, cell phones and pillow cases are kept clean after daily use. This is one category in which I have definitely become more aware of my habits and to improve my facial bacteria and oil buildup.

Read about all the VISIA complexion analysis categories and recommended MyChelle products here

I ended up only purchasing one MyChelle product which I thought would add to my current skincare routine, the Clear Skin Serum. This serum was recommended in my facial analysis because it will minimize shine/oil, remove pores and prevent acne. I’ll be reviewing this product in a future post. Overall, I’d recommend everyone to go get a VISIA skin analysis and learn about your skin and how you can improve it!

What are your thoughts on skin analysis? Have you tried the VISIA complexion analysis machine? Let me know!

This post was inspired by my own curiosity about the well-being of my skin and was not sponsored in any way. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to my friend, May who joined me at Whole Foods and snapped some photos of our skin analysis trip!

My Organic Lash Love: Juice Beauty Lash Defining Mascara Review

Juice Beauty Mascara 2-2Introducing another strong contender for the battle of the natural mascaras: Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara.

I was very excited to try out this product after first setting eyes on it during the Juice Beauty event I attended in the summer. Juice Beauty’s founder, Karen explained that this mascara took a while to develop because she wanted to make sure the formula was just right. Karen wanted this mascara to perform as well as, if not better, than any non-organic mascara on the market so there were many test trials involved. Well, I can firmly say that the wait for this mascara is really worth it, this product is amazing. It might actually be better than any dirty (non-organic) mascara I’ve tried.

I love how chic the packaging is, the frosted metal tube gives the product a touch of luxury. Though the tube itself feels quite heavy to hold, there is a bit more product than other mascaras, the total weight is 0.21oz.

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After my smudgy-experience with Alima Pure, I was a bit nervous when I unscrewed Juice Beauty’s mascara and it seemed a bit watery. However once applied, the formula felt great on my lashes. The mascara did not smudge, kept my lashes curled and provided natural definition. I wore it for over 8 hours every day with no need to reapply and absolutely no indication of smudging, clumping or flaking. Can you believe that? My lashes looked just as they had upon first application.

I am so impressed and I’ve been loving using this mascara everyday. One thing to keep in mind: if you’re used to super voluminous lashes, don’t expect it from this mascara. Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara is a great product for natural, defined lashes but may not give you that extra plush, false-lash look. Personally, I’m ok with that because this mascara helps to lengthen and define my lashes for a natural, everyday look. It would also be a great mascara to layer a more voluminous mascara on top. (Maybe I’ll try that in combination with Alima Pure’s mascara?)

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As with any product from Juice Beauty, this mascara was formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. The ingredients are certified organic and mineral-based and are not tested on animals: 

Organic botanical extracts of serenoa repens (organic saw palmetto extract)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe extract)*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), triisostearyl citrate, hydrogenated glyceryl abietate, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba wax)*, vegetable glycerin, theobroma cacao (organic cocoa seed butter)*, persea gratissima (avocado butter), methylcellulose, xanthan gum, tocopherol (Vitamin E), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), ethylhexylglycerin, phenethyl alcohol. May Contain: mica, iron oxide.  * = Certified organic ingredient

I’d definitely repurchase this mascara plus, the price is quite reasonable as far as high end mascaras go. You can purchase Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara online for $19. Also available online and in stores at Ulta.

Major props to Juice Beauty for creating an amazing organic mascara that could put other clean and even dirty mascaras to shame!

Have you tried Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara or any other natural mascaras? 

*This product was kindly provided to me by Juice Beauty for my review. This post contains my honest opinion based on my personal experience with the product. I am never paid to give my honest opinion and only review items that I enjoy using or want to share my thoughts on.

Juice Beauty Event & Reflecting Gloss Review

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During New York Fashion Week, I was invited to a fun event for NYC-based green beauty bloggers hosted by Juice Beauty. We gathered at a hotel rooftop to learn about Juice Beauty’s new makeup line (which launched online last week) and of course, we were able to test out all the products before they hit the shelves! Fittingly, we sipped on delicious juice concoctions from the beloved, New York City-based cold-pressed juicery, Liquiteria. Heaven!

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From left: Alden of Ecocult, me, Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team, Brandie of Organic Beauty Talk, Katie of Green Product Junkie, Karen Behnke the founder of Juice Beauty, Isabelle from Ginger and Aloe, Annalise from Juice Beauty

I had a great time chatting with all the other green beauty bloggers, meeting the Juice Beauty team and the brand’s founder, Karen Behnke (who was so friendly and knowledgeable) while playing around with the new makeup products. Just like their acclaimed skincare line, all the new makeup products have juice-based ingredients and are USDA certified organic. I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely pigmentation and lasting-power from the new makeup products as well as the cute packaging! I admire Juice Beauty as brand that is truly creating effective, organic products that defy and perform better than most conventional, mainstream beauty products. Learn more here.

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I received the Reflecting Gloss lip gloss in the color, Guava from the Just Juice event. Guava looks very dark in the tube and is a shimmery, deep, raspberry-red color. I was excited that I received Guava as I normally tend to choose darker lip colors. Once swiped over my lips it was a beautiful, my lips-but-better, pinkish-red. (Note: my lips are a bit pigmented than most ladies.) The shimmer was not overwhelming and produces a gorgeous, reflecting shine to the lips.

I’ve never been much of a lip gloss-loving girl but in all honesty, I love this lip gloss! It’s not sticky, lasts throughout the day, is very moisturizing and applies so smoothly. I can barely feel anything on my lips! I also like that the Reflecting Gloss leaves a nice tint of color to the lips even after a couple of hours of wear. The best part is that when applied, the Reflecting Gloss tastes as if you’ve just bitten into a juicy guava! Very fruity and slightly sweet, it smells and tastes very fresh on the lips. Not to mention the awesome, organic ingredients that make up this beauty of a gloss. The Reflecting Gloss is loaded with nourishing antioxidants including organic raspberry, goji, blueberry and acai berries while mixed with organic agave for a natural sweetness, Vitamin E to heal and repair the lips and lastly, sesame seed oil to hydrate and condition.

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I love that Karen mentioned she was inspired to use berries for the colors in these lip glosses after remembering how her daughter would eat handfuls of blueberries and after, would have a deeply-stained mouth. Karen knew she had to use that powerful, natural pigmentation in her lip products. I love wearing my Reflecting Gloss for an easy, everyday look paired neutral eyeshadow and mascara on the eyes or for evening events, with dramatic, cat-eye liner and dark eyeshadow. This gloss is also great to wear over lipstick for an overall, glam shine.

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I can’t wait to experiment some looks with Juice Beauty’s new Defining Eyeliner, Lash Defining Mascara, Conditioning Lip Color and Glowing Cheek Color! More to come…

Thanks to Juice Beauty for a fun and educational event! 🙂

Shop Juice Beauty’s new makeup line online here  or online at Ulta.com and also at an Ulta store near you! Have you used any Juice Beauty Products? What products from the new makeup line are you dying to try?

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil)*, cera alba (organic beeswax)*, sesamum indicum (organic sesame seed oil)*, vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, vaccinium corymbosum (organic blueberry seed oil)*, punica granatum (organic pomegranate seed oil)*, rubus idaeus (organic raspberry seed oil)*, actinidia chinensis (organic kiwi seed oil)*, vaccinium macrocarpon (organic cranberry seed oil)*, fragaria ananassa (organic strawberry seed oil)*, euterpe oleracea (organic acai berry)*, lycium chinense (organic goji berry)*, triisostearyl citrate, tocopherol (Vitamin E), agave americana (agave leaf extract), thymus vulgaris (thyme extract), melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree extract), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract) and citrus sinensis (sweet orange oil). May contain titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides.  *Certified organic ingredient
Made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Not tested on animals. See the Juice Beauty website for more info here.
*I received this product to try for free from the company but am never paid for my opinion. This review is based on my personal experience with the brand/product and is not sponsored in any way. All photos are ©Kasey Michelle unless otherwise stated.