To be totally honest, for some odd reason, I have some sort of unfair bias against direct marketing companies and products. I guess it's not that odd, but my mom became involved with one during the 90s and it wasn't the greatest ride. One of those "get rich quick, work from home, and drive a Lexus!" deals that clearly didn't end that way. Granted, I realize now a lot these companies today have really superior products, but for whatever reason, I have greater confidence in buying make up from Sephora, my home goods from Home Goods, and avoid jewelry parties because I always get suckered into buying things I never end up wearing.
I'm sure you are all probably thinking, "Wow Erinn, what a great way to start a review post" or "You're insane, I've been buying/selling XYZ and it does work and do drive a Lexus!" I guess I just want to lay it out there that I started this experience with a spoonful of skeptism and almost declined the offer to review.
My decision to say yes started when I looked at the ingredient lists and could recognize every ingredient. Over the years, I've "greened" up different areas of my skincare, beauty, and household cleaning products, but still have some products I'd love to replace if I can find a worthy option. I'm all about being green, but it's got to still work!
Kiara sent me a handful of samples and here are my thoughts...
Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub
(Cane Sugar, Pomace -Olive Oil, Glycerin, and Lavender and Vanilla Essential Oils) - $12.50 8oz
This is a delicious smelling scrub. It is pretty coarse, so I only needed a little and I would gently massage it on my face before following with the face wash. I never used it more than two times a week and it definitely left my skin feeling soft and fresh. Areas I had flaking dead skin would be cleared up. I usually stick to sensitive skin products even though I don't truly believe I sensitive skin. I would think anyone who truly is prone to sensitivity might only want to use it once a week and used very lightly since I would imagine the coarse texture could be irritating.
Dead Sea Mud Whipped Face Wash
(Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Sustainably Harvested Palm Oil, Pomace - Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Water, Dead Sea Mud, Tear Tree Essential Oil, Vitamin E) - $11.50 4oz
Another winner. I used this almost nightly until I ran out. Again only using a small amount, I could get a really nice foaming lather, which is something most soaps and face washes lack when omitting sulfates from their ingredients. It left my face "squeaky" clean, which I learned in the last few years as a negative... meaning it was harsh ingredients stripping your skin. Instead, I had that super clean (squeaky) feel, but skin felt soft and moisturized after. Not dried out. I also like the smell, but could see why others might not dig tea tree oil.
Soothing Baby Whipped Body Butter
(Unrefined Shea Butter, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Lavender and Vanilla Essential Oils) - $14.50 4oz
This baby lotion is more of a cream. It's fluffy and whipped and not liquidy like Honest or Burt's Baby Bees lotions. Because of the coconut oil it rubs in very easily once warmed up in the heat between your hands and baby's body. I liked it, but wish the price per ounce we a bit more competitive with the other brands mention which provide double for less.
Calendula Booty Balm
(Unrefined Raw Shea Butter, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Calendula Infused Pomace -Olive Oil, Lavender and Vanilla Essential Oils) - $7.50 2oz
I actually liked this better than the body butter and used it on some of Kenley's dry patches (both girls get eczema flairs and also on the corners of my lips when they were dry and chapped. My favorite booty balm ever is CJ BUTTer and this does rival it. Again, I wish for more than 2oz was given for the price (which is still very reasonable), but there are just other products out there that offer more for less.
(Aloe Vera, Beeswax, Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Raw Unrefined Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, and Peppermint Essential Oil) - $6.50 2.5oz
Okay, so I've been dying to find THEE natural deodorant that would work for me. Granted, I fully disclose I'm not really a sweater or one to get stinky on the run of the mill day being a stay at home mom. However, I've used Secret for years and just have become accustomed to the formula - texture, scent, etc. I tried Toms all natural in the past and was less than impressed. I've been meaning to try Lavanila, but $14 for a stick of deodorant is hard to swallow.
This option is totally in my price point, I really liked the smell, and for the month I wore it, I felt like it worked! Because it's more of a gel (coconut oil), as opposed to the "invisible solid" I'm used to, I had to make sure it was dry and absorbed in before getting dressed. It did leave a stain on a white tee that I point too soon. And now that the weather is nearing the 80s, I find myself grabbing my old tried and true soley for the "invisible solid" formula that goes on dry. I will probably start using it again when the weather cools down in the Fall.
All- Natural Tub Scrub
(Super Washing Soda, Baking Soda, Castile Soap, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, and Water) - $8.50 16oz
Another winner. We try using all natural cleaners when we can, do we break out the chemicals once in a blue moon to deep clean, sure, but for the in between maintenance I like to avoid bleach and harsh (stinky) chemicals. This was a bit nicer than my own attempts to use baking soda and vinegar, but didn't clean the way chemicals would. I really liked being able to use in the baby tub and Ashlynn's bathroom. I also feel it's priced well for the amount you need for an all natural product.
Overall, I was really pleased with the products. Everything from the ingredients, effectiveness, and textures were positive in my book. I also think the majority of the products offered are priced fairly and I love the company's mission, something I love to support over the giant big business. I have been officially swayed!
Thank you so much Kiara for allowing me to test out some of these items and have my skeptism thrown out. I will definitely be looking into more products to try!
If you are interested in trying some products, check out Kiara's Radiantly You page!