When the opportunity arose to test and review Jan Marini products for a sponsored post, I was hesitant. I had heard of Jan Marini before and never associated the brand with being “green” and/or nontoxic. But after reviewing the brand’s product offerings and their ingredients to see if there was anything that would possibly meet my requirements – no endocrine disruptors, no fragrances, no harmful chemicals – to my surprise, I discovered Jan Marini offers a number of nontoxic products that are paraben-free, phthalate-free and sodium lauryl sulfate-free. So I decided to test out a variety of products for my skin concerns.…

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For almost four weeks now I haven’t used moisturizer. My skincare routine involves an exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid (gasp! – never thought I’d be able to use this during the height of my perioral dermatitis outbreak days) and a serum, which I rotate among a few different kinds nightly. That’s it, and my skin is looking good – real good. If you’ve read my blog posts on my personal dermatitis struggles, you’re probably shocked that (a) I’m not using moisturizer, (b) I’m using strong acids and (c) all it takes to keep my skin looking good is one serum at night.…

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Looking back on this past year, I can say 2018 has been one of my favorites: my acne flare ups became a distant memory (thus why the category has been removed this year); pregnancy and the birth of Chloe showed me the joys of motherhood – and the need for clean, efficacious and safe baby products; and while dry/dehydrated skin and perioral dermatitis persisted, I found a rhythm of gentle skincare products to help with both giving me my best skin to-date! Typically, I reserve this best-of list for year end, but it always seems to hit at an inopportune time after…

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I have a new favorite green shampoo, and if you know me (and my eternal hunt for the perfect green shampoo), this is big news. The Vermont based minimal green skincare brand, Ursa Major, just added shampoo and condition to their tightly curated selection of products and after one use (I literally just got out of the shower and ran to my computer to log down this review) I am smitten. For the longest time, I used their all-in-one face/body wash as a scalp rinse but now don’t need to because this shampoo is everything I’ve dreamed the brand would create. Read…

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New and exciting skincare ingredients are what I live for! They breathe life into my beauty blogger existence when I’m near comatose from being sent yet another face oil. So you can imagine my excitement when new organic skincare line, Gaelle Organic, popped into my inbox and I discovered after reviewing their ingredient deck that two of their products contain bovine colostrum (aka cow colostrum); an ingredient I’ve never seen in skincare before. I tested out the Gaelle Organic Ultra Sensitive Creme which contains bovine colostrum, but before I get into my full review, read on for more about what colostrum is…

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