Archive for May, 2011

I have known about Juice Beauty for a long time and have tried one or two products in the past.  It’s been a while though and they have some new things on the market.  Juice Beauty provided me with a couple of samples of their organic skin care and I’d like to share with you my experiences with them.  Juice Beauty has a range of products that cater to every skin type.  My skin type tends to lean toward sensitive and even though I could use some anti aging help, I am always skeptical of using anything for fear that I might irritate my skin.

The first product I tested out was their SPF 30 Mineral Light Moisturizer.  This is a great alternative to chemical sunscreens and provides a little coverage as well.  It’s pretty sheer, so it doesn’t hide everything but it has enough of a tint to be a great base for your make up.  It utilizes Titanium Dioxide to provide SPF coverage and doesn’t have any whiteness to it.  It blends well and isn’t too heavy.  I have to use it sparingly because too much makes me look a little shiny. I think I might prefer the Sheer version personally but this is a good tinted moisturizer with the added benefit of SPF for those looking.

I also tested out their Cleansing Milk.  Traditionally I used to be the type of person who thought foam = clean.  When I learned that foaming action meant chemicals I changed my tune.  I thought I wouldn’t like a “milk” for washing my face but I actually love it.  It’s super gentle and leaves me feeling clean and moisturized.  Paired with a baby washcloth this cleanser really does a good job at removing my mineral make up.  The use of this product has actually improved the appearance of my mild rosacea and has softened my skin.

What I love about Juice Beauty is they use organic ingredients and cater to a wide variety of skin types and problems.  What I don’t love is that while they use organic ingredients, they still use some ingredients that send up a flag for us Greenies.  Phenoxyethanol and benzyl alcohol are among some of the ingredients lists.  Depending on how strict you are with your products, this may or may not be an issue.  They are free of he biggies like phthalates, parabens and PEG’s though.  A few of their products are actually USDA Certified Organic.  As far as organic beauty products go this is a decent option – just read labels carefully if you have concerns with some of the ingredients.

EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not all of the products they carry are in the Skin Deep database but they vary in score from a 1-3 which is pretty low.  To give you an idea, their Organic Facial Wash scores a 2.

Where to Buy: You can find Juice Beauty products at Sephora or direct from their website JuiceBeauty.com

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For as long as LovelyMama has been around, people have been asking us for a safer facial moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30.   And at the time, the most of the recommendations were to wear an SPF of 15.  Well, John Masters Organics realizes that just isn’t enough (something all of us realized a long time ago).   I have been having some laser treatments on my face for age spots.   And people, I’m only 35.  So while I totally am in the age gracefully camp, I’m not going down that early. Not without a fight.   Because of the costly procedures, my esthetician has been badgering me that I now have to wear an SPF of at least 30, on my face, every single day.   At first, I was like, yeah yeah.  I’ve long gone on about not being in the sunscreen camp, for daily use, as to not block absorption of vitamin D.   If I’m going to spend all day outside, I will apply apply it until the sun has set.  But if I’m going to spend an hour in the sun playing with my kids, I generally didn’t wear the sunscreen.   But then it dawned on me:  An hour here, an hour there.  We spend A LOT of time outside in the summer and all that time adds up.  So I accepted my fate and invested in one of my favorite brands: John Masters.

This is by no means cheap.  A 2 ounce bottle is about $32.  Ouch, but it is wonderful.  It coats evenly, leaves absolutely no white, or ghost looking mask to it.   It moisturizes perfectly.  My face feels soft and not at all greasy or heavy.  A big plus in my sunscreen must haves.

I realize that not everyone wants to spend as much on a sunscreen, and there are cheaper alternatives out there.  I’ve used Badger on my face, and it works well but it is a little heavy and greasy.   It was fine when we went on vacation, and I do use it on my body.  It’s our go-to sunscreen for the summer.  But for every day facial use, the heaviness of it on my face would drive me nuts.

Get it: You can find John Masters at your local Whole Foods, and at places like Saffron Rouge and Amazon.com

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