Friday, January 31, 2014

New for 2014: Organic + Eco-Friendy Beauty Products You Should Try Now!

Above: Thomson DiPalma...a harmonious fusion of nature and science.
 It's no secret that I love beauty products.  Up until recently, however, I wasn't completely "in love" with organic and eco-friendly beauty products.  Having been blessed to be raised on extremely natural foods (e.g., no refined sugar, no white flour, no pork and no artificial sweeteners etc.), the health food store was a normal way of life.  While finding the sprouted grain bread, carob chips and every type of honey known to man was a breeze at said retailers, the beauty aisle didn't always deliver with such efficiency.  I am happy to report, however, that things have changed...lately, I have had the chance to try some exceptional natural products that boast both impressive ingredients lists and marvelous results!  

Kindly scroll on for a collection of my current favorite organic and eco-friendly beauty products as well as images of the products on my hair + face and the Bottom Line...
Above: This is what purity looks like...Thompson DiPalma haircare.
The Thomson DiPalma haircare line is the culmination of celebrity hairstylist Bryan Thomson-DiPalma's quest for organically-derived, detergent free formulas that successfully address common haircare concerns including dryness and fine texture.  Trained as both a chemical expert and an herbalist, his unique background yielded his eponymous collection of cruelty-free shampoos and conditioners that effectively clean and nourish the hair without the addition of artificial fragrances, parabens, sulfates or phthlates.  


Above: The Thompson-DiPalma promise.
I love using the Tangerine Shampoo as a daily cleanser...it is fragrant (but not overpowering!) and, when combined with warm water, it creates the most delightful lather (which is quite rare for most natural, sulfate-free formulas).  Keeping with the citrus theme, the Grapefruit Conditioner adds immense body and bounce to my hair (see images at the end of this post), leaving it soft, silky and entirely manageable.  Affordable, accessible and brimming with certified organic ingredients, the Thomson-DiPalma line is a must for those who seek a natural yet effective haircare experience! 

Official Product Details for the Thompson-DiPalma Line:

Thomson-DiPalma Geranium Shampoo: Moisturizing for Dry Hair
Naturally derived surfactants gently cleanse your hair while extracts of Calendula and Aloe moisturize hair and scalp. Oatmeal Protein improves body and gives greater elasticity to hair. Geranium and Lavender essential oils soothe and balance dryness. Suitable for color treated hair. 
Size: 8oz/236ml
Price: $23

Thomson-DiPalma Tangerine Shampoo: Nourishing for Fine Hair 
Botanical extracts of Burdock and Nettle revitalize adding strength and body to fine hair. Naturally derived surfactants gently cleanse excess oil without drying hair or scalp. Hemp Seed Oil and Tangerine essential oil promote circulation to nourish hair and scalp health.  Suitable for color treated hair.
Size: 8oz/236ml
Price: $20

Thomson-DiPalma Lavender Conditioner: Moisturizing for Dry Hair 
Our blend of Calendula and Coltsfoot extracts promotes increased hydration for dry hair. Jojoba and Chamomile oils are nutrient rich and add shine while Lavender essential oil soothes and balances hair and scalp.
Size: 8oz/236ml
Price: $20

Thomson-DiPalma Grapefruit Conditioner: Nourishing for Fine Hair 
Extracts of Rosemary and Burdock stimulate the scalp adding greater body and strength to fine hair. Jojoba and Hemp Seed oils increase moisture to hair and protect from environmental damage. Grapefruit essential oil refreshes and energizes for an uplifting hair conditioning experience.
Size: 8oz/236ml
Price: $20


Above: A example of the extraordinarily natural ingredients list. 
Above: Two more natural beauty favorites...the Sara Happ Nude Slip gloss and RMS Buriti Bronzer. 
I picked up the RMS Buriti Bronzer (also mentioned HERE) and Sara Happ Nude Slip gloss right before Christmas and have been loving the lusciously natural benefits these little gems deliver!  Known for its clean aesthetic and heavy reliance on coconut oil, the organic line RMS strikes a beautiful balance between minimalist ingredients and quality color cosmetics. 

Above: The Buriti Bronzer ingredients (click on picture to enlarge).
Above: The RMS Buriti Bronzer is a true tan brown that never runs the risk of looking orange...I suspect this would compliment a spectrum of skin tones!
The Buriti Bronzer has a creamy texture that effortlessly melds into the skin to create the most natural bronze tone...neither gold nor orange, this satin-finish shade feels almost balm-like in nature, creating a hydrating wash of color that simultaneously adds depth, warmth and contour to the face.  I love using an angled face brush to sweep this along the hollows of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and along my jawline.  It leaves the skin looking natural (no shimmer!) and radiant while also lasting the entire day without the need for touchups.  While the thought of spreading a coconut oil-based product on one's face could seem daunting (especially for those of us with sensitive, combination skin), I am thrilled to report that this does not exacerbate oiliness nor does it lend to clogged pores.  This bronzer is a perfect foray into the entire RMS line and I love it so much, I even bought my mom her own jar ; ) 


For the lips, the Sara Happ The Nude Slip One Luxe Gloss is an opulent option.  This plush, ultra hydrating formula envelopes the lips in a semi-opaque wash of pale nude shine (I originally caught a glimpse of it on fellow pinky nude lip lover LisaLisaD1's Instagram page!) and the oversized doefoot applicator makes applying this gloss a tactile dream.  The Nude Slip is slightly sweet (almost cocoa-scented in nature) and marvelously not sticky, though I get at least three hours of wear time before feeling like I need to reapply it.  And, while not purporting to be organic, the Sara Happ line is recognized as an eco-friendly company (e.g., high concentration of organic and natural ingredients, recyclable packaging and a small carbon footprint etc.)  As a beauty product and lip treatment, this multi-facted tube of loveliness (which feels absolutely divine) is a must for nude lip lovers!
Above: The Sara Happ Nude Slip has a plush, oversized doe foot applicator. 
Above: Swatches of both the Buriti Bronzer and Nude Slip in natural (of course!) outdoor lighting.
Above: Sara Happ Nude Slip alone on the lips...it's a slightly opaque pale pink-tinged beige nude.
Above: The natural glow of the RMS Living Luminizer. 
Finally, I've owned the RMS Living Luminizer for over a year now and am still as smitten with its ethereal glow as the day I first procured it.  Its gossamer texture is simply lovely...silky, smooth and endlessly radiant, the Living Luminizer is an illuminator for grown ups!  The sheen is refreshingly understated and sophisticated, imparting a natural luminosity that brightens up the face in all the right places.  I love to sweep this along my brown bones, along my upper cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose...I also touch a bit in the inner corners of my eyes and on my Cupid's bow for good measure.  The formula is unscented, moisturizing and not sticky or oily in texture...when applied strategically, it merely gives the appearance of an extremely good skin day.  Highly recommended for highlighting beginners and enthusiasts alike! 

Above: A swatch of the RMS Living Luminizer in direct sunlight...never glittery, always glowing.
Below: Images of all four products in use on my hair and face...
Above: I love the way the Living Luminizer catches light without looking the slightest bit glittery.
Above: The RMS Buriti Bronzer works well as a contour and a single swipe of Sara Happ Nude Slip completes the natural yet polished look.
Above: Hair courtesy of Thomson-DiPalma.
Bottom Line: Organic, Eco-friendly beauty products can be incredibly easy to embrace...the days of chalky mineral powders and sulfate-free shampoos that refuse to lather are over! Voluminous, bouncy locks and bronzed, glowing skin (that lasts all day, I might add) can be achieved without the inclusion of harmful additives and chemicals; the Thomson DiPalma line, RMS Buriti Bronzer and Living Luminizer and Sara Happ Nude Slip prove that one does not need to compromise beautiful results to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with using natural beauty products. 

What are some of YOUR favorite organic and eco-friendly beauty products?  Do share!

Good things ahead...xoxo,

--The Beauty Professor

**Some products mentioned are  PR samples provided for review (most purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  This post contains  affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.

12 comments:

  1. Such an interesting array of products! Would you compare the glow on the RMS luminizer more to the "Illuminate" part of the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate? That's actually my all time favourite highlighter. I love the way it imparts zero glitter and just a glossy glow. However, I can't seem to find something similar anywhere. I go through the "illuminate" part so much quicker than the "shade" part that I can't bring myself to buy a new one until I use up the whole thing. With that being said, I'm always on the hunt for similar highlighters. If the RMS one isn't quite it, do you have suggestions on alternatives??

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    1. Hello MG!

      Thank you so much! Yes, I would indeed compare the RMS LL to the Tom Ford S + I "Illuminate" section, though I find it is even more natural looking and has better longevity. That is so funny...I always go through the "shade" side more quickly since my illuminators are portable and always with me ; ) Too bad I can't just send you my barely touched "illuminate" section ; ) I think you will like the similarity of the RMS, plus, since it is so portable, it is nice to just toss in the purse for long days (as we both have!).

      I hope that helps...xoxo and have a marvelous weekend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. You have me convinced! I JUST ordered it online from beautybay...along with some LMdB Hydracreme lipsticks (oh you enabler!). Oh how I wish we could swap our TF S+I. I actually have very pale skin (NC10-15 depending on time of year), so it takes just a touch of the shade part for me to get a nice contour. That's why it takes me so much longer to go through it. But I can't complain about a luxury product lastin a long time, now can I:). Have a lovely weekend too!

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    3. Happy to help ; ) I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!! Ahh...the LMdB Hydracremes...so delectable. Congrats and enjoy!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. I have fine, shoulder length, color treated hair and I adore Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture shampoo and conditioner. I love the smell and the results. A must try! The conditioner is deceiving. When you apply it in the shower, it feels like it disappears, but is doesn't. Here's their website address - www.evolvh.com or you can buy some of their products from Dermstore www.dermstore.com or Birchbox www.birchbox.com.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your discovery, Karin...I haven't heard of the Evolvh line but it sounds like it is effective and lovely!

      Have a beautiful weekend...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. what foundation/blush and lip color do you have on?

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    1. Hello...I am wearing the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in #22 Natural Beige, the RMS Buruti Bronzer (as mentioned in the post) and the Sara Happ Nude Slip gloss alone on the lips.

      Take care,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. What foundation are you wearing here?

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    1. Hello Jen,

      Thanks for the question...I am wearing one of my favorites...the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in #22.

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. Do you use the bronzer as almost like a contour? I keep re-reading your post and I'm so confused!! :)

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    1. Hello Anon,

      Yes, I use it as a contour...it adds just the right amount of shadow and depth to the face, all the while warming it up a bit like a bronzer ; )

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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