Lulu Organics Hair Powder

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Dirty hair don’t care? Then you need Lulu Organics Hair Powder—or dry shampoo. The label says “a light powder for hair on days of unwash” which sounds much nicer than “a light powder to soak up the oil in your hair when you’re too lazy/busy to wash it.”  I recently did a post summing up my first year of green-ish beauty blogging and later realized that I had left this out! I should have included Lulu Organics Hair Powder in the “things I bought based on the sample” category. I am making up for that oversight today.

Putting the very attractive vintage-inspired packaging aside, there is a lot to like about this product. I have the lavender-clary sage scent and it smells so fresh and so lovely. The scent is a huge factor in freshening up day-old hair. This should also make my hair stylist happy as he is always telling me NOT to shampoo every day as it’s too stripping on hair/scalp. Easy for him to say. His head is shaved. My hair gets oily fast. I don’t have a good day if I don’t shampoo because I just feel gross. But I do try to skip it at least one day a week (usually weekends). The scent of this helps you feel okay with skipping. It smells that fresh. The formula itself does a good job of absorbing excess oil without making you feel like you have added a hair texturizer. In other words, it doesn’t feel  really heavy or gunky. Here is what’s in it: *organic corn starch, white clay, baking soda, *organic rice powder, *organic horsetail powder, *essential oils / *USDA Organic & Oregon Tilth Certified Organic. Three cheers to Lulu Organics for keeping it simple and recognizable on the ingredients front.

The label directs you to sprinkle some on your hands and rub it through your hair. Now, I am already giving up the ease of sprays (Klorane’s Dry Shampoo is a great one if you’re going this route) so getting it all over my hands  is a little much for me. Instead, I sprinkle this on my Tangle Teezer (TT) and brush it through my hair. (TT review here. See end post for a pic of one.) The short bristles on the TT allow you to focus on the roots and since the TT is all plastic, so you just run it under water to clean it. Once applied, I leave it for a few minutes so it can do its thing. Then I style as usual.  I also use it another way: I put it on clean hair. When I need to get up really early for work, I shower the night before, dry my hair and then add hair powder before bed. It goes a long way to helping me and my hair feel fresh and clean all day.

It’s $30 for a 4 oz. container, which I suspect would last you a long time. I found a travel size one for $10 on amazon.com.

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In the Pink: Ilia Blossom Lady Lip Conditioner

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I recently added Ilia Blossom Lady Lip Conditioner ($26) to my lip product collection (along with their Nobody’s Baby, but we’ll talk about that another time). You might think this muted, perfect-for-every-day pink would have been an early pick, but I went mostly with Ilia’s peaches and corals (though I do have the lipstick crayon in Call Me and that is a true pink). I think this puts me at 9 Ilia lip products, so you could say I like the brand! I actually own the kinds of lip products they make–lipsticks, crayons, lip conditioners, and one lip gloss. The lip conditioners are my favorite among favorites. They are sheer, but build-able in color and really moisturizing. I can’t say enough nice things about this brand. There is no reason to be putting gunky chemical-laden lipsticks on your mouth (and ingesting them!) when there are so many nice cleaner options out there. While Ilia dominates my stash, I do have RMS Lip Shines and think those are great as well. (See review of 3 colors here.)

Here is what is in the lip conditioners: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

Compare that to ingredients listed in a luxe sheer lipstick from European brand that shall remain nameless: Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Synthetic Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Dicalcium Phosphate,Stearalkonium Bentonite, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Propylene Carbonate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Propylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Octyldodecyl Pca, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, [ (May Contain) : Ci 77019 (Mica), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 73360 (Red 30 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake)].

Which would you rather ingest as you chew your lower lip in an effort to look like whatsherface in the 50 Shades books? Enough said. Now, for some fun. Below is a picture of other pinks in my stash. From left to right: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder (haven’t started using this one yet), Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Call Me, Ilia Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady, and RMS Lip Shine in Sublime. So many ways to be pretty in pink!

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One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster

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I recently did a bit of a recap of my first year of green blogging–check it out here. One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster made the list in the “stuff I bought based on the sample” category. I try lots of samples, but am not tempted to buy very often. I received a teeny little sample bottle of this with my beloved OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil (winner in mymost repurchased items category“) and it made a great impression from the get-go. Part of it was timing (winter = boo) and adding another layer of moisture was just what was needed to soothe dry wind-chapped cheeks. But it was also the promise/effect of the product. OLO describes the ingredients and effect like this, “Raspberry Leaf—a rich source of polypeptides, flavonoids, tannins and niacin—works to stimulate, tighten and tone. Peppermint and lemon balm deliver a refreshing zing of anti-inflammatory antioxidants to help brighten, enliven and de-puff. And vegan-sourced Omega 3 fatty acids smooth the appearance of fine lines and help shield skin from everyday environmental damage.” I think enliven and boost are great words to describe the effect this has on my skin. Who doesn’t want to have a tightened and brightened complexion? Sign me up.

I like to apply it over a few spritzes of toner or to mix a drop or two in with my Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen (reviewed here). These are two awesome products that are even better together–a match made in winter heaven. When applied directly to the skin it sinks in pretty fast and foundation applies very smoothly over top. There is a tad of added glow, but I set my foundation with powder so it’s all good. And you really just need a drop or two. (I never say that about anything. When the directions say one or two drops or one or two spritzes or something, I am like: Yeah, right.)

So we all know oil is having a moment in skincare. I have tried quite a few. Many  of them contained rosehip and/or prickly pear seed oil which made my cheeks itch. This oil contains a mix of other oils including,organic wild raspberry leaf, organic lemon balm, and organic sweet mint, capric/caprylic triglyceride, organic essential oils of lemon, ylang ylang and peppermint. I was a bit concerned since there are so many oils in this blend. Yet, I didn’t experience any reaction to it other than added comfort from the moisture, a little glow, and some added oomph (for lack or a better term). I was especially curious about raspberry leaf and found this great article. It’s loaded with antioxidants, omegas, vitamins, and has a toning effect. Sounds wonderful to me!  The scent is herbal and uplifting–perfect for a morning wake-up kind of product. I also like that OLO offers this in two sizes. Yes, it’s cheaper to get more, but it’s also nice to be able to try it for awhile at a lower price (or start small and wait for a sale to get the bigger one later). You can get a half ounce “discover size” for $29 or an ounce for $48.

In short: Another winner from One Love Organics!