For years I have always had overly sensitive skin. It must have started when I hit puberty and I have always had problem adjusting. Most makeups gave me acne and dry-skin, and overtime I stepped out of the shower, no matter what the temperature, I appeared to have a full body rash. Sometimes it would be so extreme that I would have an allergic eczema-like reaction over my arms and legs, and then other times if touched my neck absentmindedly before washing my hands my skin would break out.
My aunt is an Arbonne consultant and suggested I try some of their all natural beauty products. She has used Arbonne’s baby products for years on my cousin who has had many extreme allergies and now it trying to make most of her and her children’s lives natural. All the products are vegan and gluten free, which is a plus. I was a little hesitant at first because of the prices, but she always kept me in the know about sales and special deals so I finally relented and bought up some bathing basics.
[Going green appears to be on many people’s resolution lists.]
Testing it out
Toothpaste (fluoride free) There is a reason that toothpastes have a warning label about not swallowing fluoride toothpastes. A real mint flavor the moment it enters your mouth, this cleans just as well as Crest or Colgate. The downside is there is no teeth whitening ingredients, which are bad for you anyway, so you actually are forced to watched your consumption of teeth staining foods and drinks. The aftertaste is a little weird because natural mint fades, but it is 100% cleaning effective.
Deodorant (aluminum-free, paraben-free) Why is that important? Despite the government suggesting that there are currently no know causes and effects between these two substances and decreased health, they do claim there are associations that require more extensive research. Feel free to look up research from other organization that explain how aluminum and paragon, both of which are commonly found in anti-perspirant deodorants, can increase your chances of cancer, breast cancer, and alzheimers. What did I think about the product? It smells nice, goes on smooth, and doesn’t leave a white residue on my clothes.
I bought the full shower set because it was cheaper than buying individually, but will still talk about the products separately.
Body Cleanser I had to stop using shower gels in middle school because they were so irritating, and I exclusively used Dove Soap Bars until I tried this. It smells great, is easy to apply to wash clothes and loofas, and a little bit goes a long way. Smells compliment the conditioner and shampoo.
Daily Shampoo Gets the job done and does not leave an oily residue in my hair that other shampoos do. Nice fresh smell during the shower and for a day following the shower.
Daily Conditioner I was a little disappointed by the size of the container since it appeared disproportionate to the amount of shampoo I received. I guess they believe less is more, or I have been using too much conditioner forever. One being used, I realized I barely needed any to condition all the hair on my scalp. My hair was amazingly silky and smooth after use.
I have been using these products since 2014 and I am very pleased. I saw results immediately in my skin and so far have little to no complaints about the products themselves. I am excited to start testing more of their products especially those in the Beauty department.
Want to go natural with some of your bath and beauty products but lack the capital? Try making them at home on your own! My Pinterest board Going Green-er shares a bunch of ways that you can go green at home with homemade products, and other less harmful habits.
I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.