Got my Birchbox!
This January’s Birchbox came with a few treats worth mentioning. I’m excited to try them out, they look effective, fun, and there’s even a perky nontoxic nail polish. Four out of the five products stood out to me as conscientiously low toxin. Score!
1. 100% Pure, Pink Grapefruit Nourishing Body Cream
Good ingredient list, nothing stood out to me as problematic. It’s made without artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, or toxic preservatives. Gluten free and vegan. Look forward to trying this naturally fragranced lotion. Handy travel sized packets too!
2. Beauty Protector, Protect and Detangle
I LOVED the Birchbox samples of Beauty Protectors shampoo and conditioner, leaving me with a week of awesome hair days without the need to blow dry. I look forward to trying this spray on, leave in conditioner. It is paraben, sulfate free.
HOWEVER, in looking at the ingredients list, it is more toxic than I’d like. I looked up each ingredient, and the following came in as unhealthy; SD Alcohol 40 is a drying irritant linked to cancer, Cetrimonium Chloride is a allergenic preservative, and the following are fragrance related allergens: Methylisothiazolinone, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Courmarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene.
Darn!!!! I’ll probably still use the sample cause I find this product line so effective.
3: Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
I predict a cult following with this product. The beautiful box, akin to opening a Tiffany’s gift box, revealed a tube of cleanser and some kind of micro fabric, magic cloth that just made me psyched to try it. The Liz Earle’s website was helpful, they list all their ingredients and describe them. If they use a preservative or chemical they claim it’s because they have not found an effective natural alternative and believe it is not harmful.
I like that they’re up front and have a goal to use natural and low toxin ingredients. Can’t wait to get this hot cloth on my face!
4. Ruby Wing, Kitten Heels nail polish
I’ve been wanting a ridiculously bright pink nail color, and I got one! The Ruby Wing brand claims to be nontoxic, environmentally safe, vegan, and does not test on animals. However, they do not publish their ‘secret’ ingredients as this formula changes color based on the amount of sunlight (see the inside/outside shades below). They do post a safety sheet, which mentions the flammable nature of the product. I don’t know enough about the ingredients, but I think it’s probably ok to use this once in a while. Fun!
5. Ahmad Tea London
Last, an assortment of teas. I prefer mine organic so I’ll probably skip these.
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