Ahhh! I used to dream of going on one of Oprah’s Favorite Things shows. You couldn’t buy tickets for it because her Favorite Things taping dates were never announced to the public. To even get a chance you just had to buy tickets to her show and HOPE it was going to happen.
Well, I never did make it to Chicago before she stopped airing but I swear it was *almost* as much fun to watch. She would take an entire hour to talk about her favorite things – everything from headphones to pajamas to cookware to CARS and every time she finished talking up one of her faves, she would end with, “And everyone in the audience is taking one home!” Or, “AND YOU GET A CAR, AND YOU GET A CAR, AND YOU GET A CAR!” I mean it was NUTS! But you guys probably already know this considering there’s only like 97 GIFS made of her freaking out on her My Favorite Things episodes. So fun.
So in the spirit of fun and giving, me and my green-living-bestie, Suzi from Gurl Gone Green are bringing the clean beauty heat. The past few years we’ve put our heads together and come up with our Best of 2017, Best of 2018, and Best of 2019 lists but this year we’ve outdone ourselves.
Starting on 12/3/19, for 14 days straight, we will each be giving away a collection from one of our favorite brands. That means two winners DAILY. Giveaways will be hosted on Instagram on both of our accounts and announced daily at 6 PM EST/9 PM PST. We’ve only reached out to our most favorite brands and from there we’ve selected our most favorite things to giveaway. This is truly a curated experience by two clean beauty experts. You are in for a treat sister! To get in on the action:
1. Follow Suzi @gurlgonegreen
2. Follow Lisa @thisorganicgirl
Want to know what’s up for grabs?! You can peep the lineup below! All-in we are knee deep in over 8K worth of goodies – and we are giving them all away!!! Take a look.
Our Favorite Things
12/3: AFRICAN BOTANICS – an $820 total value
We are starting off Our Favorite Things Giveaway with a BANG!!! African Botanics is hitting the clean beauty scene hard with their plant-derived retinol. It’s in several of their formulas and IT WORKS. I used their Fleurs D’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil and saw a difference in my skin in just 3 days. It was lighter, brighter, more even and radiant. I mean, this was it! I had found my holy grail product! But then I tried their Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum and I felt like a mother meeting her second child for the first time. My love did the most unthinkable and doubled in size!
Up for grabs is a Fleurs D’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil AND Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum. TWO WINNERS. A $410 value each!
12/4: JOSH ROSEBROOK – a $368 total value
I have playfully dubbed Josh Rosebrook The Godfather of Green Beauty – but I’m only half joking. Josh is a clean beauty pioneer. He has revolutionized the way people think about skin and haircare but not only that, he continues to push the envelope. Whenever I get a new Josh release it’s pretty magical. He has a way of formulating that makes you wonder how you ever lived without. And to continue, his sourcing, formulas and impeccable high standards for effective + clean are just mind blowing. He legit makes the only clean hairspray on the market that actually works. Think about that for a moment. He’s also mastered the perfect exfoliator which, let’s face it, is the key to a girls heart. Suzi and I deliberated and came up with our top picks.
And two winners are getting ALL OF THEM, a $184 value each!
12/5: Innersense Organic Beauty – a $268 total value
Innersense is breaking all the barriers when it comes to clean haircare and clean hair styling products. I seriously can not live without their Whipped Cream Texturizer! CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT. I also love the smell of their shampoo/conditioners – a vibrant citrus orange. Read my full review here! Here’s what’s up for grabs!
- Innerpeace Whipped Creme Texturizer, $22
- I Create Lift Volumizing Foam, $28
- I Create Waves, $26
- Pure Harmony Hair Bath Shampoo, $28
- Pure Harmony Hair Bath Conditioner, $30
Two winners are taking home all of the above, a $134 value each!
12/6: BLÜH ALCHEMY – a $704 value total
It was love at first spritz for this new line in 2019. What sets BLÜH apart? Well for one thing, BLÜH ALCHEMY is bringing cellular extraction to the market. A cutting edge extraction process that works to harness a plant’s complete phyto-active profile resulting in pure, STABLE, unadulterated plant actives as they exist in nature. This is especially exciting in their Multi C Serum formulated with the world’s first stable vitamin C from wild harvested Kakadu plum cellular extract.
Not only that, BLÜH formulates using potent actives in the highest percentages far exceeding industry standard to target inflammation, loss of collagen and reduce signs of pre-mature aging. Hand crafted in small batches, clean, organic, wild harvested, natural, bioactive, nutrient dense, cruelty free, responsible, sustainable…I mean, the list goes on and on.
P.S. They also updated their packaging so the typeface won’t come off in your hands anymore. *High fives!* Here’s what’s up for grabs:
Two winners, all of the above, a $352 value each!!!
12/7: FITGLOW BEAUTY LIP COLUR SERUMS – an $840 total value
- They keep lips looking natural by adding shine and moisture (not a high gloss).
- The shade range is natural and flattering but also offers some deeper statement shades too.
- This plant-based formula actually works to plump lips without irritation.
- It’s totally nourishing with organic Pomegranate Plant Sterols, Beet Extract, Vegan Collagen, and antioxidants to improve lip cell structure and lip health.
- Lastly, and the biggest reason, and my personal favorite, it’s formulated to diminish fine lines and leave lips full and soft.
These Lip Serums even do the dishes! Just kidding, they just make you look dang fly. See what several of them look like on here.
- 10 Lip Colour Serums – all of our favorite shades!
Two winners are taking home 10 Lip Colour Serums each! A $420 value!
12/8: LEAHLANI – a $476 total value
Want to get transported to Hawaii and back in a hot second!? Meet Leahlani! Founder + formulator Leah is a certified holistic skincare expert and dually licensed esthetician and botanical alchemist. She resides and formulates on the island of Kauai and her products are made from fresh Hawaiian nectars, potent and vibrant botanical actives and luxurious, tropical beauty oils. The smell alone will take you to places you’ve never been. And that’s before you even start applying which is where the magic really happens. So many faves here but Suzi + I agree these are our tops!
- Mermaid Mask, $38
- Honey Love, $52
- Pamplemousse, $54
- Citrus and Citrine Regenerating Toning Mist, $46
- Siren Serum, $48
12/9: CREDO BEAUTY – a $1000 value
Credo is a one-stop-clean-beauty-shop! You can read about The Credo Standard and how they choose to stock their shelves here. I also really LOVE their ingredient search tool which allows you to search for a product via including or excluding specific ingredients.
Two winners are taking home $500 worth of curated Credo goodies each!!!
12/10: KOSAS – a $540 total
Kosas can do no wrong. All of their shades are magical and work with most all skin tones – how is that even possible!? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because founder Sheena Yaitanes is a chemist, painter, and beauty connoisseur. Consequently, she has fine-tuned knack for developing universally flattering shades that work on a wide range of skin tones. I absolutely LOVE their lipsticks…but then I tried their blushes and loved them too. I mean the love keeps flowing when it comes to Kosas. Up for grabs:
Two winners taking all 9 items home! A $270 value each!
12/11: MAYA CHIA – a $592 value
Let me try and describe Maya Chia’s founder Susanne Norwitz in three words: innovative, driven and a protectionist. If it’s already been done, Susanne has no time to reinvent the wheel. She’s going straight to the top, formulating effective skin delights that tickle the senses.
She also makes it impossible for anyone to reinvent her wheel because she owns the US patient for supercritical chia seed oil – a gentle oxygen-free, solvent-free, super clean extraction process – and the foundation of her entire line. Susanne is also known to produce hundreds of iterations of a single formula before she deems it ready for the public. She also recently made me my very own cheek + lip balm and I’m SWOONING! (Possibly coming your way in 2020!) You are in good hands with Maya Chia. Here’s what we are giving away!
- The Refresh Mint, $68
- The Optimist, $58
- The Great Cleanse, $42
- The Super Couple, $86
- Highlight of the Day (winners choice of shade), $42
Two winners are taking home these 5 Maya Chia products! A $296 value each!
12/12: ILIA – a $376 value
When I think of ILIA, I think of formulas that are smooth, creamy, refined and stunning. ILIA says they are “mindful that not every natural ingredient is good for the skin, nor is every synthetic bad. It usually requires a combination of both to achieve a truly exceptional product.” I also love that they formulate for a wide range of skin tones. Here’s what’s up for grabs!
- Color Haze in Waking Up, $32
- Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby, $28
- True Skin Radiant Priming Serum $52
- Liquid Light, $42
- Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20, $34
Two winners will be taking home these 5 ILIA products. A $188 value each!
12/13: TRUE BOTANICALS – a $692 total value
True Botanicals! Before I started using True Botanicals my hormonal acne was on fire, my skin was dull and lifeless, I had an oily T-Zone punctuated with flaky, dry patches…and I thought that’s just the way it is because that’s always the way it’s been. Then I used the True Botanicals’ Clear Line and 3 weeks later I looked in the mirror and barely recognized who was staring back at me. My hormonal acne was gone, my skin was balanced…and I was….GLOWING.
I was like True Botanicals for PRESIDENT!
So much so that I wrote about it here, here and here. And it’s not just me. I’ve recommended True Botanicals to several friends and I’ve had not one, not two, but THREE women come back crying with joy over how much better their skin looks and feels. Friends. This line is legit. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
Winners can choose from the Clear, Renew or Calm line – which ever suits their skin needs best. A $346 value to two winners!
12/14: BEAUTY HEROES – a $480 value (but really so much more!)
Where do I even start!? One of the best beauty subscriptions around, Beauty Heroes delivers the best of the best clean beauty has to offer to your door every month for $58.95/mo or you can get this experience as low as $37.96/mo with a one year subscription. And that’s CRAY because Beauty Heroes promises a value of $90+ every month but even then we’ve seen some discoveries total over $200.
For all the ladies who revel in luxury skincare, this one’s for you! I have been a member and ambassador for just about 3 years now and Beauty Heroes has introduced me to so many faves from formulators world wide. Gems I would never have had the opportunity to try otherwise like Max + Me, Siam Seas or Ayuna for example. So grateful and so much love for what founder Jeannie Jarnot is doing here. Read my full Beauty Heroes review here.
Plus! I absolutely love that members get to shop the Beauty Heroes store year round at 15% off EVERYDAY.
And I 100% align with their push to highlight and promote eco-friendly beauty.
Two winners are each taking home a 6 month subscription to Beauty Heroes!!!
12/15: LAUREL – a $712 total value
Oh lawdie. If you haven’t met Laurel yet, girl you are in for a treat. Laurel is seed-to-bottle skincare at it’s finest. She works with several local farmers to cultivate herbs and botanicals to then make the ingredients she uses to then formulate her one-of-a-kind products. Pure, artisanal and rich in both color and nutrients. She equates her work to that of a master chef who stone grinds and ferments her own sourdough, uses a 4 day broth as a base for her handmade risotto and forages wild edibles to garnish. It’s slow, intentional, sustainable, mindful and effective plant-powered skincare. You can read my Laurel review here.
AND! This past year she reformulated, repackaged and Laurel is BACK and BETTER THAN EVER.
Laurel harnesses and delivers the power of nature like no other. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
Two winners are taking home all 5 of these!!! A $356 value each!
12/16: AILLEA $500 GIFT CARD
Aillea is an online retailer with a refined selection of clean beauty products. They also have brick + mortars located in Denver, Atlanta, Raliegh and Charleston. When I think of Aillea, I think TOP SHELF. You will find goodies here from the best of the best like Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, Maya Chia, Vitner’s Daughter, MŪN, Vapour, OSMIA, Kjaer Weis, Henné and more! So naturally, when Suzi and I put our heads together to pick the best of the best from Aillea, we couldn’t. And we don’t think you should have to either. So instead we are sending you on a SHOPPING SPREE!
Green Beauty Makes The Best Gifts!
Consider this lineup the ultimate green beauty gift guide – all of these would make fantastic gifts ya’ll! For more gift inspiration check out my 2019 Gift Guides: