3 Products We Love for Skin, Face, and Hair

December 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Beauty, Blog, Body and Bath, Consumer Spending, Family, Front Page, Green Living

Three product for review

Avalon Organics Olive and Grape Seed Fragrance Free Hand & Body Lotion, Moroccanoil, and Sweet Skin by Sweet Wheat

Today’s post is a review of three products for body, face, and hair that I’ve come to love. When we review products on Blue Planet Green Living, we look at them with the following criteria in mind:

  • High quality product and/or performance — based on our own, subjective criteria.
  • Not tested on animals.
  • Contains organic ingredients (if applicable).
  • Rates Low Hazard (0–2) or Moderate Hazard (3–6) on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.
  • Uses minimal packaging that can be recycled and/or is made of recyclable materials.
  • Average or below-average price compared with similar goods.

Just to be clear, we won’t review a product if we don’t like it enough to say positive things. (Has that happened? You bet it has. But those products shall remain nameless; there’s already too much negativity in the world.) If we get a product as a free sample, we’ll tell you so. Otherwise, you can be confident that we paid for them, just like any other consumer would. And that’s the case with all three products today: We bought them.

1. Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion

Avalon Organics Olive and Grape Seed Hand & Body Lotion

Avalon Organics Olive and Grape Seed Hand & Body Lotion is gentle and long lasting. Product photo: Avalon Organics

Joe loves this product as much as I do. We generally buy the Olive & Grape Seed Fragrance-Free variety in a 12 fl. oz. bottle (currently $11.45 plus tax & shipping). But, because we like to buy in larger quantities, we have also purchased a bottle of the Aloe – Unscented (currently $19.95 plus tax & shipping) to try.

Both products score a 2 on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Datbase, which is at the top end of the Low Hazard range. Cool.

Another great thing about these lotions, besides the all-important lack of added scent (a lot of fragrances cause me to have asthma), is that they don’t dry out our skin. They feel creamy going on and last all day.

Joe has some particularly raw patches that develop on the backs of his hands in winter. We haven’t used much of the Aloe variety yet, so I can’t say much about it. But the Olive & Grape Seed variety is one of only two products he’s found that heal his skin and make it feel better. The other product — from another company — recently added a particularly strong scent, so he was thrilled to find this lotion. We’re eager to see if the Aloe lotion is as good as the Olive & Grape Seed. If so, in the future, we’ll opt for the Aloe’s larger, more economical, bottle.

We also like that Avalon products are not tested on animals. They’re hypoallergenic and vegetarian. They “do not contain parabens or other harsh preservatives, mineral oil, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances….” The company also claims to support “sustainable agriculture and relentlessly seek out organic ingredients,” though if there’s an explanation of exactly what they mean, I haven’t found it on their website. And the price is reasonable. What’s not to like?

2. Sweet Wheat Sweet Skin Botanical Moisturizing Cream

Until I bought this cream and started using it about a month and a half ago, the skin on my cheeks was a bit dry and flaky. Now it’s smoother, softer, with no flakes. I still see wrinkles, but I think my skin is healthier.

The product information on the Sweet Wheat website lists these ingredients:

  • Pro vitamin B5 (to nourish the skin)
  • Marine algae (for its mineral content
  • Carrot oil for vitamin A (promotes the healing of skin)
  • Calcium (to nourish and enhance elasticity)
  • Calendula Oil, zinc and lavender (for their healing properties)
  • Green Tea (a powerful antioxidant)
Sweet Skin by Sweet Wheat

Sweet Skin comes with a jar of white cream and a vial of Sweet Wheat to mix in it. Product photo: Sweet Wheat

When I opened the package (just a small, thin cardboard box), I found both a 1.5 oz plastic jar of a white cream and a small plastic vial of dark green liquid that contained the sweet wheat serum. The directions said to cut the top off the vial and squeeze the serum into the cream. I’ve got to say that wasn’t the most pleasant-looking concoction when I finished. I mixed the cream and the serum to make a gooey paste that’s a light tan speckled with green. Oh, and it’s pretty sticky on my face.

I tried looking this product up on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, but it wasn’t rated. Apparently, it has not yet been reviewed. But, since it’s made from “a pure vegetable base” and “organic wheat grass juice powder,” I feel pretty confident that it’s safe to use.

Besides the stickiness, the only real drawback for me was the price, at $39.95. That’s not out of range compared to many cosmetic products, but it’s not exactly a bargain-hunter’s dream, either.

3. Moroccan Oil

Moroccanoil tames wild hair and gives it a shine.

At the salon where I get my hair colored and cut, a very attractive woman named Cheryl works at the front desk. Her hair is straight and glossy, perfect every single day. I finally asked her what on earth she uses on her hair to get it so gorgeous. She walked me over to the product display and showed me: Moroccanoil. I bought it on sight, and I’m now a devoted fan. My hair is straighter, more manageable, and glossier than it ever was before. This stuff ROCKS!

The online catalog says, “We include our signature argan oil in all our products… [I]t is a powerful antioxidant, UV protector, and free radical neutralizer, rich in vitamins…” But is it safe? I checked out the Skin Deep and couldn’t find a product titled Moroccan Oil. But I did find argan oil, and it scores a perfect 0. There were other “moroccan oils,” but they were either chamomile or rose, and both got good ratings

The website also states that the products are not tested on animals and contain no animal ingredients. In addition, it says, “Whenever possible, we use recycled packaging materials.”

You can purchase Moroccanoil at many fine salons. I looked for a way to buy it off the website, but couldn’t do so. The price I paid was $39 for 3.4 fl. oz.

The Small Print

DISCLOSURE: Blue Planet Green Living purchased all of these products and received no compensation in any form for this review.

Blue Planet Green Living’s policy is to only review those books we feel merit an overall positive review. If we do not like a product more than we dislike it, we do not review it. We are not influenced by any free samples and provide our honest opinions, both positive and negative.

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Julia Wasson

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2 Responses to “3 Products We Love for Skin, Face, and Hair”

  1. belinda Geiger on December 25th, 2009 11:45 pm

    We use Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo by Avalon Organics. I love it. My hair feels cleaner and softer than with any other salon product I have ever used. It sells for about $12.00 for a small bottle that lasts two people about a month. I will try the hand lotion you recommended. Winter, even in sunny CA, brings dry, scaly skin… thanks for the tip!

  2. Julia Wasson on December 26th, 2009 12:43 am

    We’ll have to give the shampoo a try. (Though I’ll be the only one using it, come to think of it. You’ve seen my husband: Perfect heads don’t need hair — or shampoo. 🙂 )