Green Beauty Shopping with Integrity Botanicals

Are you feeling this soft touch of spring sun already? Oh I do! And this makes me so cheerful and excited for the new beginnings, fresh feelings and yes, spring cleaning! I looove spring and it’s just another motivation for me to try something new, to organize better, to complete the “closet uncluttering” mission and consider new beauty habits. You know where this is going, don’t you?:)

Today, my dear green beauty enthusiasts and those who are just starting their way to a clean and eco-friendly skincare, I am planning to reveal online natural beauty shopping destination that has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g your mind, body, face, soul, hair, knees and toes can only imagine in terms of green and organic beauty products for the whole family (husbands and babies included) – Integrity Botanicals. I guess, beauty shopping at Integrity Botanicals is like shopping with a good trustful friend :

  • she won’t pitch you something you don’t need (chemicals free beauty products only),
  • she will suggest you the best choice (luxe beauty products with natural, safe and organic ingredients),
  • will give you a thoughtful tip (education is a part of the beauty shopping process),
  • will remind you to not over-spend (frequent promotions and 3 free samples of your choice with every order)
  • and will introduce you to something new (just recently a few exciting beauty brands arrived to Integrity Botanicals family!)

I’ve teamed up with Integrity Botanicals to tell you about some new brands that are now available in their online store (like Meow Meow Tweet and Nudus) plus to share my thoughts on a few more products and lines (it’s going to be Kypris, Aster&Bay, Laurel and One Love Organics). Keep on reading:)

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I was curious about Meow Meow Tweet skincare line for a while – their signature animal illustrations on colorful packaging plus great reviews all over the green beauty blogosphere were keeping me intrigued till this exact moment when I received the package from Integrity Botanicals. 4 products from Meow Meow Tweet arrived and I even don’t know where to start from, they are all too cute for words, but their branding and packaging is definitely not their only advantage! Brooklyn-based small-batch skincare brand that creates clean beauty experience – these little buddies are beyond just cleansing and nourishing your skin, my mind is so happy by simply looking at them and constantly sniffing! Absolutely vegan and eco-friendly.

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Meow Meow Tweet has a product that all sensitive skin owners would be happy to know about – Deodorant Cream Grapefruit (Baking soda free!). It isn’t easy to find a natural deodorant that contains no baking soda (the most popular component in green deodorants), but here it is. Effective formula, nice citrusy scent and no rush or irritation that your regular deodorant can cause. In fact, shea butter and plant oils will condition and soothe the skin instead.

Among ingredients: Arrowroot powder, Shea butter, Magnesium hydroxide, Virgin Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Lemon and Sweet orange essential oils.

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My bathroom shelf was happy to welcome a new member (that is here to stay for long!) – Body Oil Frankincense & Flowers, another blissful creation by Meow Meow Tweet team. You would be surprised to know that you can get 100% vegan, hand crafted body oil with a purely natural ingredients list and fast absorbing non-greasy formula for a quite budget-friendly price of $22. Plus, you’re also getting a mind blowing spring garden floral scent. And feline friends on the bottle!

Among ingredients: Sunflower oil, Hempseed oil, Virgin Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Frankincense, Palmarosa and Geranium essential oils.

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Solid soap bars have a few reasons to be on your skincare radar – it’s a great cleansing and moisturizing treatment for your skin without over-doing (it’s not like liquid soap!), with that being said, very economical. They also make a great gift! Name one person who won’t be happy to receive one of these cuties as a present?! Speaking of cuties, here’s the Tangerine Basil soap bar that not only does a great cleansing job, but also provides an extra exfoliating touch with the help of poppy seeds blended into this sweet yet a bit spicy soap formula.

Among ingredients: Olive oil, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Castor oil, Shea butter, Distilled water, Sodium Hydroxide, Poppy seeds, Tangerine and Basil essential oils.

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Another buddy from the Meow Meow Tweet soap bar collection (9 different soaps available in Integrity Botanicals online store) is this Tea Tree Eucalyptus bar soap with charcoal. Real treasure for combination / capricious / blemishes-prone skin – while charcoal does it’s detoxification assignment, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils naturally fight blemishes, cocoa butter moisturizes and grounded oats gently polish the skin. Herbal scent stays on the skin for all day long!

Among ingredients:  Olive oil, Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Castor oil, Cocoa butter, Distilled water, Sodium Hydroxide, Oats, Bamboo charcoal powder, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus essential oils.

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Moving forward to another company that I wanted to “meet in person” for a long time – Aster + Bay. I had a feeling that their products created in the natural apothecary tradition, from the purest botanical ingredients without any preservatives, chemicals or synthetics, with love and environmental-friendly intensions, just can go wrong with my skin. In fact, they made my skin very happy!

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The more RAW the better, in my opinion! These Dandelion Face Grains with Frankincense and Myrrh from Aster + Bay are not a traditional facial scrub, which made my experience very interesting! What you see in a travel size bottle is a blend of very soft botanical exfoliant sources thoughtfully chosen for their anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Besides that, these can be used both as a delicate scrub or a mask : mix a tea spoon amount in a small bowl with water (or a cleansing oil) into a desired consistency and apply as a facial scrub (with a circle massage) or just leave it as a mask for 5-10 mins. I like how gentle the texture actually is, yet what a clean feeling it lefts after the treatment! Everything about this product is so genuinely wild and raw, just love it!

Among ingredients: Adzuki powder, Colloidal oat flour, Rice powder, Moroccan lava clay, Dandelion root powder, Licorice root powder, Hibiscus flower powder, Marshmallow root powder, Fennel seed powder, Frankincense powder, Myrrh powder, Turmeric root powder.

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Two more Aster + Bay products that made me fall in love even deeper with this authentic green beauty brand : Cleansing oil with mandarin and macadamia (on the left) and Brightening Tonic with sea kelp and licorice root (on the right).

Aster + Bay Cleansing oil is suitable for all skin types (no coconut oil involved!) and for all levels of cleansing with oil method experience. Sweet and citrusy scent and very warming texture make the cleansing process to become a joyful ritual with a clear skin and comfortable feeling as a result. Used with a warm facial cloth, it makes it easy to remove dirt and makeup. Start with a travel size if you’re new to cleansing with oils and dig into the process slowly.

Among ingredients: Hazel seed oil, Macadamia seed oil, Sesame seed oil, Castor seed oil, Mandarin oil, Grapefruit oil, Lemon oil, Non-GMO Vitamin E.

Aster + Bay Brightening toner has probably the most interesting scent I’ve ever met while trying different facial toners. Very fresh and a bit exotic. Sea kelp makes it smell like an ocean and also provides with nutritious minerals, licorice root brightens the skin. Brightens in a long term, of course. Perfect for those mornings when my skin needs a very effective “wake up call”.

Among ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Licorice root extract, Lactobacilus, Dead Sea salt, Vegetable glycerine, Genger oil, citric acid.

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One more product from Aster + Bay, yet this time to focus on a bigger picture – Glow Body Serum with blackcurrant and jasmine. Rich on vitamins and botanical anti-oxidants this body oil nourishes deeply and helps to create that desired natural glow. Jasmine adds a very tempting note to the blossoming garden scent of this oil, I simply can’t enough of it! It is not a “fast spritz” product, this was definitely created to give you a nice body and soul moment to soak into.

Among ingredients: Rice bran oil, Camellia seed oil, Blackcurrant fruit oil, Brazil nut oil, Passionfruit seed oil, Jasmine extract, Jasmine oil, Turmeric oil, Caprylic, Vitamin E.

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A moment of botanical luxury with Kypris – gorgeous bottle design, 25 (!!!) active natural ingredients and everything around the Clearing Serum is calling to action! Created to help blemished skin find a balance and happy complexion, heal and eliminate redness, this serum acts sweet yet effective with the help of following elements: Zinc, Botanical Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Black Willow Bark, Green Tea, Lavender, Niaouli, Tea Tree and Centella asiatica. They all target inflammation, redness, current skin problems and signs of previous blemishes. I would say this serum demands consistency, but it seems working pretty fast on the occasional redness. I am planning to continue using it and looking forward seeing some meaningful results on a few spots left after old blemishes. Advised not to be used on a broken skin, plus to do a patch test twice before using to ensure compatibility. I am also looking forward to splurge on a Kypris Beauty Elixir one day soon (buy the way, Integrity Botanicals have them all in trial sizes)

Among ingredients: Water, Zinc, Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, Sugar Cane extract, Apple fruit extract, Orange fruit extract, Lemon Fruit extract, Camellia lead extract, Rice extract, Black willow bark extract, Tea Tree leaf oil, Lavender oil etc.

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Speaking of trial sizes and samples, Integrity Botanicals offer to choose 3 free samples with every order. You receive a long list of available sample sized products to choose from and it includes most of the brands presented in the online store, counting even lipsticks. You can finally get to try a few desirable shades of Vapour lipsticks, or lets say give a chance to Briogeo Shampoo. I’ve received samples of One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster (lightweight facial serum that I’ve finished in 4 tries and left very satisfied and craving for more) and Laurel Serum Sun Repair (that I am saving for future summer days).

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One of the newest green beauty lines just arrived this month to Integrity Botanicals online store is Australian handcrafted lipstick brand – Nudus. Not tested on animals, Australian certified organic and free from parabens and other chemicals, these lipsticks are came here to stay! Nudus lipsticks are highly pigmented and holding their “lip euphoria” brand name with pride – made with 27 active natural elements (vitamins A,B,C,D and K, antioxidants, cold pressed oils including pumpkin, raspberry, kiwi seed, argan, mooring and pomegranate and more botanical ingredients) mixed together with ancient ayurvedic sources of color (flowers, herbs, fruits and minerals). Nudus lipstick collection consists of 10 deliciously looking shades – all one click away from you! Here you see me playing with “Fairy Tales”, “Halo”, “27 Kisses” and “Naked”. Naked is a very universal brownish color that embraces the natural tone of the lips and can be worn as a base under other colors. My favorite at the moment is “Halo”, it’s spring and it’s time for everything to blossom;)






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