Summer Empties: Part One

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I have been doing empties posts on a seasonal basis because I just don’t seem to finish things very quickly. But it would seem summer is an exception. I was going to wait until September, but the bag I was using to hoard hold the empties was pretty full, so here is part one.

Beginning on the left:

Alba Hawaiian Body Oil ($10.50; 8.5 ounces) I got this from my local health food store when I first started exploring body oils. This is a affordable, very moisturizing oil. However, it scores a 4 on EWG. It’s one of the items in the bunch that is nice, but easily replaced by something cleaner–and has been. I’m currently using One Love Organics Vitamin C Oil. After that, I plan to blend my own concoction! More on that later.

Derma E Vitalizing Pomegranate Cleanser ($11 or $12–I can’t recall; 6 oz) Again, I got this early on in my transition to greener options. I think this particular cleanser may have been discontinued by Derma E. Since I have moved away from foaming cleansers, I finished this by using it to clean my brushes.

Yes to Carrots Shampoo ($6.99; 16.9 oz) This shampoo is affordable, scores a 3 on EWG, and produces lots of lather with no SLS. Now that it’s finally used up–you only need a little and it’s a BIG bottle–I am going to crack open Yarok’s shampoo. I cannot wait (yeah, I know, I’ve got to get out more).

Yarok Feed Your Ends ($13.20; 2 oz) I love this stuff. I’ve already gotten the large size. I love the speed and convenience it offers. I don’t miss conditioning in the shower at all. A few spritzes of this organic conditioner leaves hair glossy, moisturized and manageable. And it smells divine.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil ($42; 4 oz) This is my last bottle in the old packaging. I just opened my backup. This stuff rocks on so many levels. Great ingredients: Check. Effective at removing makeup–including mascara: Check. Appealing scent and feel: Check. Any very important to me–it emulsifies when you add water so you don’t have to remove with a washcloth unless you want to. This product is probably my most repurchased skincare item. See my review here.

Yuli Panacea Elixir ($68; 3.4 oz) Ever try a product and fall in love from first use? That’s me and Panacea. It’s a luxurious, clean, expertly formulated balancing toner. Gorgeous. Gorgeous, I say! Review here.

Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen SPF30 ($28; 2 oz) Not one, but two empties of this one. If you want a sunscreen that has a short, clean ingredients list, feels like a light lotion, and plays well with makeup then look no further. Review here.

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (a bloody fortune; 1 oz) This antioxidant powerhouse does work to make sunscreen more effective. It’s so pricy I can’t bring myself to look up exactly what it costs. Thankfully Kimbery Loc just did a great review of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum. I just ordered it (at like a quarter or fifth of the price of Skinceuticals). Kimberly is pretty spot on with her reviews, so I think it’ll be good.

Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner ($58; 1.7 oz) I really liked using this as a  light layer of moisture before a little oil on nights I wanted to give my skin a break from acid or retinol products. It is very soothing and I like clean scent and cooling gel texture. First impressions post here.

Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil ($25; 2 oz) This oil smells damn sexy–citrus, floral, vanilla and none of them obvious. It’s also very moisturizing and I thought it had a firming effect. I received it with an Osmia Soap Stash for Mother’s Day. Osmia makes perfect pampering gifts that are clean and dreamy.

Waxleene ($4.00; 1.95 oz) I love this stuff. It is my only night time lip balm.  The tube above isn’t empty. It turned on me a bit because I didn’t use it fast enough. It’s got soybean oil and beeswax and is the perfect combo of moisturizing and waxy (I like waxy balms as they stay put). I have since replaced it with their new (smaller) lip balm size/packaging. Review here.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) I love the miniscule brush on this. If you are like me and don’t have any major areas to fill in, then you can skip pencil with this. The tiny brush allows you to comb the brows and use the tiny tip to add color where you need it. I have the Tarte and Jane Iredale brow gels and confess to dipping the Tarte brush into the JI brow gel. Both reviewed here.

Nature’s Gate Toothpaste in wintergreen ($4.29; 5 oz). I really liked this toothpaste. It’s SLS and fluoride-free; tastes good; and has a smooth gel consistency.