‘A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear’ – I can’t agree more with this. I’ve always been aware how important the oral care is, in fact as a little girl I never skipped dentist visits and I brushed my teeth regularly. Later on as an adult I even bought myself an electric toothbrush, however my gums were too sensitive – they started bleeding and I had to go back to the traditional brushing routine, using soft bristles toothbrush.
After few years, I’ve invested in Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Brush and this really changed my idea of clean teeth. They became visibly cleaner, smoother and my gums weren’t bleeding! Unfortunately, this was not a cheap thing (over 200$ for toothbrush!) and also, replacement heads are not very durable – they last 1-2 months and they are pretty expensive (26$ for 2).
When I got CariPro in my hands, I thought it looked very similar to Sonicare Diamond Clean from Philips. But there are some differences.
How to use ultrasonic toothbrush?
Ultrasonic brushes are very different from traditional brushes. Anultrasonic toothbrush usesa very high frequency of vibration, which is referred to asultrasoundto remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth. In fact, you do not need to use so much physical motion as you do with traditional brush. How do I know it? Well, I’ve used Sonicare Diamond Clean, but I had to youtube how, because they did not attach the proper explanation. CariPro explains everything very well and provides pictures how to use their toothbrush.
Too long or too short?
There is a common opinion that you should brush teeth from 2 to 3 minutes. But how do you do that, do you set timer? I don’t think so. CariPro has a great built in system with brief pauses between each 30 second burst. That way, you know exactly when to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. Isn’t it great? I haven’t had it in any toothbrush before.
1 brush 5 options
Yes! You’ve read it right. CariPro toothbrush has five different option of brushing your teeth, from simply cleaning, to whitening, massage, gum care and sensitive mode. I think all of them are useful, I particularly like whitening and gum care mode ❤
Which brush is mine?
When you buy something new, people in your household also want to try it. In my case it is my husband. And that’s great, but… here is the thing – Philips Sonicare heads look totally the same and it makes it super easy to me to use his brush by accident (oops, sorry hun). Which maybe is not a tragedy if it happens once, but still, I would like to use only mine toothbrush, don’t you? And here we go: CariPro comes with 2 different electric toothbrush heads colors (bottom part) blue and grey, which makes life easier! It may seem like little thing, but in my opinion it is very convenient. Also, CariPro has added tongue scraper which really is the game changer.
It is obvious the ultrasonic toothbrush has to fit the battery in it. Even though both Philips and CariPro charge easily (CariPro is suppose to last up to 30 days without charging, I used it for 2 weeks and it still works so far), Philips feels much heavier in hand. It happened to me that brush slide out of my hand… so I appreciate lightweight CariPro with matte, waterproof finish, because it is not slippery at all.
There is one more thing worth noticing: the prices. Sonicare Diamond Clean with 5 modes, one case and one head costs 199.99$. And you can buy more replacement heads for 2 for 26$. CariPro with 5 modes, 2 heads costs 119$, and replacement heads you can get for 13$ for 2. You can do the math…
To sum up, I love both toothbrushes: Philips Sonicare Diamond clean cleans teeth very well, also it has modern, very pretty designs and colors as well as plenty of convenient add ons as case or glass charger, however prices are also higher. I think it depends on what you really need, but CariPro as a cheaper version of Diamond Clean does really good job and it… kind of stole my smile! 😉
Looking for a natural deodorant that actually works? Natural often means ‘no aluminum’ which is great step towards a better health, however I was looking for more. On my checklist: nice scent + odor block, easy application and preferably no white stains on my shirt and as a bonus, decent price. Which brand was the closest?
I’ve tested for you 5 deodorants:
Schmidt’s Bergamot & lime
Schmidt’s Pineapple & Coconut sensitive skin formula
Tom’s of Maine Fresh apricot
Zion Health Claydry deodorant original
Zion Health Claydry deodorant eucalyptus mint
Schmidt’s Bergamot & lime
The first thing I look at are the ingredients. I always appreciate clean, non toxic and safe formula.
The second thing in my ranking is the scent. Don’t you agree that’s pretty important when it comes to a deodorant? Well, at least in my case, if I ever tried unscented one, it did not work.
The natural scent of this deodorant is really pleasant. Very refreshing lime, perfect for the summer!
Odor block: It did block odor for all day, I was very impressed how long lasting it is.
Application: Here the things get actually worse… The stick feels dry and deodorant is hard to apply. I got chills during application, and after all my armpits felt ‘rough’, not soft for sure.
Price is pretty decent: 8.99$
Concerns: Unfortunately, after using a few times I developed red, itchy rash on my armpits and I had to stop using this formula. Maybe it was too much arrowroot and baking soda? Not sure, but I decided to give a try to sensitive version of Schmidt’s.
Summary: I’d recommend it for you if you do not have sensitive skin or… you do not shave your armpits! 😀 In terms of odor – it really does the job, however it is just to harsh for me.
Schmidt’s Pineapple & Coconut sensitive skin formula
This formula is suppose to be more delicate than regular one. Producer excluded baking soda and used magnesium hydroxide instead. It still has arrowroot though for more protection.
Scent: The scent is nice, kind of like pinacolada, however a little to sweet for me as for deodorant.
Odor block: The nice scent changed in contact with my skin pH after a few minutes of application, and sweet pineapple coconut turned into… some weird scent, that I could not handle. I was not even sweating yet, but I just got sensitive to that scent. After about 4 hours, I needed to wash my armpits and apply some other deodorant, because I was sweating a lot and smelled pretty bad. I just do not think it was my best choice of scent of this deodorant. It blocks odor for maybe 2h, however in contact with my skin, the scent was not what I expected.
Application: The stick feels better and smoother than lime & bergamot formula with baking soda, deodorant is easier to apply and armpits feel soft.
Concerns: Weird thing happened: I really used a little of the product and despite that it rolled somehow and left chunks (?) of the stick on my armpits. I really did not like that feeling (and the look), I would be ashamed if I was wearing tank top at the gym and that would happen to me…
Summary: I do not recommend this deodorant if you are looking for something blocking your natural odor. Maybe if I tried different scent it would have been better… but for now I am not going to, since I’ve tried 2 from this brand and none of them was even close to what I’ve been looking for. Also, this particular deodorant is not the cheapest: 10.99$.
Tom’s of Maine Fresh apricot
Tom’s brand advertise their deodorant as long lasting and odor blocking up to 24h. This really got me excited, so I could not wait to try it. Ingredients are clean, vegan and fresh apricot sounded fantastic.
No baking soda, no arrowroot – seems delicate and safe, right?
Scent: The scent is very, very pretty. Very fresh and juicy.
Odor block: Similar to Schmidt’s sensitive formula, the nice apricot scent changed in contact with my skin pH to… not really fresh apricot. Unfortunately after about 2hrs I smelled really bad, I’d say worse than if I did not use deodorant! Truly. Not effective at all, I have no idea what happened!
Application: The stick feels very good, it is soft and feels like gel, I really liked it. No allergic reaction either. This is probably the only positive thing I can say about Tom’s deodorant.
Concerns: Not effective, smells weird in contact with my skin, just completely not what I am expecting from deodorant.
Summary: I’ve had my hopes high for this easy-applying deodorant in very decent price: 4.49$, however it is just not working for me, I won’t be buying again, I think it does not block odor, instead it actually makes you smell worse.
Zion Health Claydry deodorant (original scent)
Clay deodorant caught my attention since Clay is suppose to absorb odor and toxins, and ZionHealth deodorants are formulated with a special type of healing clay called Calcium Montmorillonite. Ingredients are clean, however after my rash (from baking soda in Schmidt’s, I suppose), I was a little bit skeptical.
Scent: The scent… oh my goodness! I love it, it is fresh, deodorant smells like oranges or… Fanta 😀 I cannot describe, but it is a really nice scent for a deodorant.
Odor block: It DOES the job! Guys, it really blocks odor for all day long. Yay! It is currently super hot in Texas and this deodorant, even if you sweat and feel kind of wet (it is not antiperspirant) you won’t smell bad at all. This is what I was looking for.
Application: The stick feels kind of between Schmidt’s sensitive & baking soda formula, which is not the softest, but still pretty easy to apply. Also, you need to apply very little of product, which is great, because it will last you for longer time.
Concerns: Hmm… no concerns, maybe just one – I might have applied too much at first, and I’ve got some white spots on my black shirt. It did not happen ever again though.
Summary: I was very impressed by this product, at first I did not believe clay in deodorant may actually change something, but it certainly did. This deodorant is my must have from now on. My husband loves it too!
I’ve tried cute travel size ClayDry in Eucalyptus mintscent and it works great for me as well. The only difference between original & eucalyptus mint is that the second one will give you kind of cooling sensation, so if you’re not a fan, stick to original one (or different available scents). To me cooling effect was actually a relief in hot day. Eucalyptus mint did not leave any white spots on my shirt. Ideal! And the price is only 7.99$!
Have you tried any of these brands? What is your experience?
Disclaimer: I received Schmidt’s and ZionHealth products for free for testing purposes. Tom’s of Maine I purchased on my own. All opinions are mine, 100% honest. I always recommend products that I love and that worked for me. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section bellow.
Evolve Beauty is a range of handmade, award winning beauty products that are vegan, cruelty free and eco friendly. All cosmetics are made from the most effective, natural and organic food based ingredients. If you think that sounds good, read the whole review to find out more about this amazing brand originally from England.
Pure, clear serum for normal to dry skin that contains 200mg hyaluronic acid. It hydrates skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. It also has organic pomegranate extract in it, that softens and protects skin. Serum is very delicately fragranced with organic rosewater, however I cannot smell anything, which is a good thing since I do not like scented facial serums.
Ingredients – 98-100% organic
aqua (water), rosa damascena (rose) water*, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, glycerin, amorphophallus konjac root powder, sodium hyaluronate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, sodium dehydroacetate. *ingredients from organic farming
Even though it is hyaluronic acid, this serum feels really lightweight after applying. One pump is enough for face and neck! I am surprised with the consistency which feels more like gel than water – which is great because it is easier to apply the product without loosing part of it in your sink or the floor… which used to happen to me with more watery serums. I love to use this serum every night after I was my face with gentle cleansing melt, about which you can read bellow.
Gentle cleansing melt (26$)
Very luxurious cleansing balm that contains one of the most expensive and effective, nourishing organic baobab oil. Baobab oil soothes and hydrates while cleansing your skin from impurities and makeup.
(sweet almond) seed oil*, sucrose laurate, adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit water*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract*, rosa damascena flower oil*, tocopherol. *ingredients from organic farming
This melt feels just unbelievable. I mean, usually when I wash my face, I feel like it is dry or dehydrated right away. What is magical about this product – combined with water it turns from gel/oil to creamy cleansing texture, because it has natural sugar extracts in it. It leaves skin clean and very hydrated!
Daily Renew Face Cream (32$)
Moisturizer for normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. It has argan oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
I am very peaky when it comes to moisturizers and creams, since my skin is acne prone, it is mostly hot in Texas, and I tend to have my pores clogged and face shiny if I use to heavy formulated cream. When I read that it has organ oil, I was a little worries it may be too heavy for me. How little did I know! This cream is probably the best cream I’ve ever tried. Not saying this, because I got paid (I did not), but truly, if you have blemishes prone complexion, you’ll love this product. It hydrates without pore clogging, it does not leave thick film on skin, and… it smells so delicate yet amazing (vanilla & coconut natural fragrance). I highly recommend this cream.
To sum up, all Evolve Organic Beauty products I have tried are great. Their are pretty pricey, but definitely worth the price for such high quality. If you wish to try some, go to credo beauty and treat yourself, you won’t regret it.
This may not be what you expect to hear from clean beauty blogger. However, I have to honestly admit that since I’ve replaced the majority of my toxic cosmetics with organic ones (and I’m so happy about that!) there still are some products that are nearly impossible to replace, or after replacing them I miss the non-organic formula that I got used to years before.
Better, but worse alternative?
There are many products that are clean, organic and USDA certified, which is great, BUT… not all of them are good quality products, even though they are more expensive than drugstore brands. Don’t believe me? Let’s start from hair wash routine. I’ve tried dozens of natural shampoo brands, and since they are great for natural hair, after I had my highlights done (another thing that is potentially toxic – bleach, because how do I naturally get cool/silver blonde shade…?!) these usually herbal based shampoos made my hair yellowish and brassy, that I do not like. So I had to go back to my more ‘toxic’ color protecting shampoo made by professional brand that is not 100% clean (no silicones and parabens, but it has some other stuff).
Another thing that I have really hard time with is… nail polish. There are organic nail polishes or less toxic ones like Zoya which I really like, but because of hard water and the fact that sometimes it happens that my dishwasher is broken or I just cook a lot and need to constantly wash my hands, (or any other non toxic or even toxic) nail polishes simply last up to one week. Then, I have to do them again, wait until each layer dries which takes a lot more time than I would like it to… and I am not patient. I do my own shellac that lasts me 3 weeks, so the question here is: is it better to put on nail polish every week and breathe it in (even if it does have less toxic ingredients it isn’t as clean as water, believe me) or is it better to do shellac once a month and enjoy strong nails? I cannot get over that idea, shellac takes me 40 mins and there is no need to dry, just led lamp and you look gorgeous!
Last thing that I find pretty annoying is mascara. Yes, there are many organic, clean brands, or at least vegan, but every time I try one, I struggle. It works at beginning and then it flakes, dries super quick or blows up… like tarte 4in1 mascara for 23$ did to me. And the price 23-27$ is not cheap at all! I am really tempted to go back to my favorite Dior or Lancome mascara and just kind of forget that those are not clean. At least I will have pretty lashes all day, no clumping, flaking and itchy eyes…
In my opinion it is great if you can replace at least some products that you use daily with organic ones, however 2-3 exceptions won’t make you die. Isn’t it right? Of course if someone will invent organic shellac, hair bleach for highlights and super volumizing, but natural mascara that does not clump and flake, I’ll use them, let me know! 😉 But for now… I do not think I can get over these three products.
Do you have any non-organic products you cannot live without or they are so hard to replace? Let me know in the comments.
I am excited to introduce skincare products that are all natural and effective. Transderma is using the most potent ingredients available on the market. They care about quality & performance while making safe cosmetics. The product range is deliberately very limited – this is because the brand focuses on exceptionally pure, scientifically advanced vitamin skin care serums for women and men.
What is serum?
In general, serums are considered as more effective since they contain a high concentration of active ingredients, which distinct them from creams and lotions. They also feel more lightweight, offer you more targeted results as well as customization options. The last one is my recent favorite – Transderma serums mix great together!
5 serums – 5 different skin needs
The offer of the brand is limited – but it has its purpose. Transderma focuses on safe, pure formulations that help your skin to look amazing almost right away!
Revolutionary system for improved absorption of natural vitamin C
Helps boost collagen and elastin regeneration to give skin a firmer, smoother appearance
Protects against free radical and UV damage
Helps repair sun damaged skin
2. Transderma A VITAMIN SERUM, SMOOTHING RETINOL – NIGHT SERUM
Regenerative retinol and vitamin E night serum formulated for superior absorption
Helps stimulate skin cell renewal and exfoliation
Helps maintain the integrity of the skin
Reduces appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars
3. Transderma R
RESVERATROL SERUM LUMINOUS EVEN TONE – EVEN OUT
Reduces pigmentation for even-toned, spotless skin
Has a soothing effect on the skin
Revolutionary vitamin C base formulated for improved stability and absorption protects against free radical and UV damage while helping boost collagen and elastin generation
4. Transderma M
MOISTURIZING SERUM HYDRATING REPAIR – INTENSE
Restores moisture balance to dry, stressed, or mature skin
Repairs the skin’s protective lipid barrier
Improves skin’s smoothness and softness
Rejuvenates and soothes dull, rough, tired skin
Reduces the appearance of dryness and fine lines
5. Transderma O
OPTIMAL BOOSTER SERUM CELLULAR REVIVAL – ENERGIZING
Energizes and helps regulate skin renewal and moisture balancing
Helps to normalizes the production and turnover of epidermal tissue
Promotes cellular longevity and vitality
Revitalizes, smooths, and firms skin
As you can see, everyone will find product that suits their skin concern. My personal favorites so far are Transderma C – it makes my skin look smoother and protects it from UV. I use this one for the day under my makeup – which makes its application even easier. For the night I choose something more intense like Transderma M which restores my dry skin while I sleep. It feels a bit heavier/richer when applying, but my skin absorbs it after 30 seconds (yes, it is really dry), and I do not feel product heaviness anymore.
Mix & Match
What I love doing is mixing my serums together to achieve the best possible result. For example: during the day, when sun is strong I mix 1 drop of transderma R to even skin tone with 1 drop of energizing transderma O for moisture balance. It is really up to you and your skin needs, but isn’t it great that you can customize your own serum?
If that sounds good to you you should try Transderma Travel Size Set. This set will allow you to test each of the mini serums (3ml) and decide which ones you love the most. This is what I did before I started to use my full size products. What’s you favorite, natural serum? Would you give this one a try? Let me know in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: Products have been provided by Transderma, I am not affiliated with the brand in any way – opinion about serums is my own, honest opinion.
Winter is not too gracious for skin and I bet you can feel it and notice on yourselves… Since the temperature in Texas is bellow 30 F, I was happy to be able to try Beautycounter cosmetics including moisturizer for two weeks now. Effects? Read bellow!
You may think it is another company like Avon with consultants trying to sell you low quality, toxic products. In this case the only similarity is that you may become a consultant, but you don’t have too. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone and they’re really doing it. The online store is available for everyone, at any time. Formulas are clean and explained on their website. No hiding and no lies about ingredients. How about that? 🙂
From 3 products that I received from Ashley who reached out to me via Instagram (check out her profile @frostbeautyco) I definitely loved the moisturizer the most.
What I’ve got
Lash power couple:
Volumizing Mascara: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz
Instant Eye Makeup Remover: 30 ml / 1 fl oz (20$ value)
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion full size: 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. (48$ value)
Let’s start from moisturizer, because I’ve liked it the most. It naturally adapts to your skin’s hydration needs, without using silicones or synthetic polymers. The result? Smoother skin in 2 weeks. I was using it recently everyday and I love everything about this moisturizer (OK, maybe except the regular price that is 48$), but it’s worth it!
Light as a cloud
The lotion is super lightweight, so it doesn’t leave any sticky layer on skin. It’s great to use under makeup during the day if needed, as well as for night. I like the packaging that comes with pump which gives you just perfect amount of the product every time (I use 1-2 pumps for face and neck). I also like delicate scent that comes from plum oil (plum oils smells like almonds).
My skin feels way better hydrated and smoother. I did not notice any acne even though formula contains plum oil – it does not clog pores at all!
Lash power couple
Mascara is suppose to give volume, but it didn’t do much to my lashes to be honest. I don’t know if anything can beat 4in1 by Tarte, so I’m very picky now. For those who love VERY delicate and natural look- go for it, elegant packaging, good brush is what you need and Beautycounter has it!
Makeup remover – it works, however I’m not a big fan of water + oil formula because it makes my eyes feel oily and ‘unclean’ after using, so this is not my favorite product. It also has pretty strong, floral scent that makes me wanna sneeze. Only if you like flower scents and kind of oily cleansers formulas you’ll be pleased with this product.
To sum up, I’d definitely buy the lotion! I think it’s one of the best natural face moisturizers I’ve ever used.
Today I want to share a short update about Curology custom formula cream. If you are not sure what I am talking about, you are more than welcome to read previous article about curology.
A month ago, I was desperate to do something with my stubborn acne. I’ve always had a clear skin as a teenager, although my problems started when my thyroid stopped working. I developed a hormonal imbalance at the age of 22. When a doctor put me on levothyroxine, acne improved only for a few months.
As a person who tried all of the brands available on both European & American market, I was skeptical and afraid that curology is a scam or another bad working product. After a month of using curology formula I can tell you – my skin has never been in such a good condition since I’ve became acne fighter few years ago!
After first 2 weeks of using my customized cream formula I did actually notice more redness on my face. New pimples and hurting, bloody zits (ugh!). I got so discouraged. However, after I contacted my online provider, she told me it was normal, because skin has been clearing out. I gave this formula another week and wow! Less clogged pores, no new zits, less red spots. Currently I do not need to wear any make up, just BB cream or something lightly covering my small (luckily small) scars. Isn’t it what we all want, especially for hot summer?
I’ve read a lot of testimonies in the past, but none of them applied to me. Until now. No more describing, simply look at the pictures bellow.
You can see progress from day 1-10 (gosh, cannot believe it’s my skin…)
After 5 weeks of daily using
Bellow with VERY little makeup (liquid concealer on red scars only)
Also, the bottle which was suppose to be a month supply lasted for more than a month already. Maybe because my acne was on sides of my face – jaw line mostly, so I did not have to put too much of it. I was able to move my next formula delivery with no problems via my curology dashboard (if you log in, yo’ll see yours). I need maybe a few weeks more and I’ll have absolutely perfect skin with no scars! ❤
What do you think about it? Would you give it a try?