My Top 18 Cruelty Free of 2018

Hello, hello and Happy New Year!

I’ve been combing through my blog posts from 2018 and have for you my top 18 cruelty free products for 2018 – it includes bath & body, haircare, skincare and a little bit of makeup. It was really tough to narrow it down to just 18.

Let’s get started! These are not in any particular order, just grouped by category.

Bath and Body:

1. Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium & Purple Clay Sugar Scrub – I’ve been using this all the time, it works amazing to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. This might be my all time fave sugar scrub! Review is here. (PR product).

2. Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap – Another staple in my bath / shower routine. It also works well to gentle exfoliate without drying out the skin. Review is here. (PR product)

3. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Oil – I love this body oil, it smells amazing and it is fast to absorb into the skin without a greasy residue. Review is here.

4. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream – This smells the same as the body oil, but I prefer to use this one in the cold winter months. Review is here.

Metta Skincare Comforting Hand Balm

5. Metta Skincare Comforting Hand Balm – Although I haven’t had this for very long, I’ve been using it daily and it has really been helping keep my hands soft. Review is here.

Haircare:

6. Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray – This works well to give my hair beachy waves without making it feel crunchy or gross. Review is here.

7. Kariderm Restorative Hair Mask – I love hair masks and this one is exceptional. It makes my hair incredibly soft and really helps to tame it. Review is here. (PR sample)

8. Attitude Super Leaves Volume & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve tried three different formulations from this line, and liked them all, this is my current fave because my hair gets uncharacteristically flat due to the cold air and hat wearing. Review is here.

9. Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion – This is such a great styling lotion. I tend to use this when I’m going to blow dry my hair because it adds volume and tame my hair at the same time. Review is here.

Wise Men's Care

10. Wise Men’s Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – This shampoo doesn’t lather very well, but it manages to clean my hair deeply. And it smells very woody / earthy. Review is here. (PR sample)

Skincare:

11. Poetic Blend The Hero Oil and The Timeless Oil – These facial oils are beautiful. I use each one depending on what I feel my skins needs on any given day. These are a must have in my skincare routine. Reviews are here, and here. (I won these in a giveaway)

12. Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum – I use this serum at night and wake up with beautiful skin. It has AHA, glycolic acid, and ceramides Review is here. (Part of my Poetic Blend giveaway prize winnings)

13. Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash – I really like this cleanser, it is super gentle but manages to deeply clean. Review is here.

14. By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream – Another new product, but I’ve been using it a lot these days as it is lightweight yet hydrating, and plays nicely with facial oils and with makeup. Review is here.

15. Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub – This lip scrub is so good. So good! It is bright and minty and my lips are always so smooth and soft after I use it! Review is here.

16. Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care Lip Balm – I’m a lip balm addict. This one is great for winter weather because it protects and hydrates the lips. Review is here.

Make-up:

17. Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Mineral Veil – This is such a great loose powder. It gives my skin a very natural, radiance and doesn’t cling to dry patches. Review is here.

18. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF30 – I barely wore foundation all summer because this worked so well to give me the light coverage that I prefer and SPF. Review is here.

Wow, it was really tough to narrow it down to 18! What were your faves for 2018?

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for details, all pr samples have been identified.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion Review

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

Hello, hello!

Today I’m reviewing the Ultimate Styling Lotion from Evolvh that came in my November Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

This 5-in-1 botanical formula truly does everything: creates volume, holds style, de-frizzes, adds shine, or defines curls into smooth ringlets. Its an all-in-one amazingly lightweight lotion.

  • Offers medium level of hold
  • De-frizzes and conditions
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Manages curls (for soft, smooth and bouncy ringlets)

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

When styling for fullness and volume, apply from the roots out and blow dry hair off the scalp. For curly hair, apply sparingly from roots to mid-length and add slightly more product from mid-length to ends for beautiful, smooth ringlets. For air dried hair, let it sink in for a minute before styling as usual. Bonus: it can also be applied to dry hair to refresh lifeless locks.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

I really liked the Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner samples that came in my October Petit Vour box, so I was happy to see a styling lotion in this month’s box.

The Ultimate Styling Lotion was made for my hair! It helps tame frizz and doesn’t make it feel weighed down, or crunchy. I can use it when I want my hair to be wavy, and when I want it to be straight-ish. I like that it can be used for added volume, because in the winter time, with all of the hat wearing, my hair tends to lose it natural volume.

Have you tried this one? What is your fave styling product?

Thanks for reading!

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

 

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions November 2018

Petit Vour November 2018

Hello, hello!

My November Petit Vour box finally arrived! Here on the blog, you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour November 2018

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (@ 1.3447) my box cost me $30.93 CAD this month.

Petit Vour November 2018

Let’s take a closer look inside to see what I got this month:

Petit Vour November 2018

Donore Lip & Cheek Pod in  full size $22 USD

Petit Vour November 2018

The lip & cheek pod offers naturally vibrant colors blended with essential oils and Shea butter to moisturize, plump and condition lips. The organic lipstick is a long-lasting formula that provides maximum coverage with effortless application, leaving lips feeling soft and smooth all day. A hydrating formula loaded with antioxidants and is 100% natural lipstick with color derived from fruit pigment.

  • Bronzed Kiss –  a cappuccino, bronze color with subtle shimmer
  • Pretty in Pink – pink with subtle shimmer
  • Cherry Bomb – a matte, cherry red
  • Dragonberry Royale – a matte berry
  • Tiger Melon – vibrant coral pink with a hint of shimmer

The Lip & Cheek Pod doesn’t say which shade it is, but I’m guessing that it is the shade Tiger Melon. It looks pretty, I can’t wait to try it out!

Metta Comforting Hand Balm sample size $11 USD, full size (60ml) $22 USD

Petit Vour November 2018

A deeply comforting vegan blend of certified organic fairly traded shea butter olive oil and calendula extract formulated to leave your hands feeling soft and moisturized. Suitable for all skin types.

Petit Vour November 2018

My hands get SO DRY in the winter, so this will be well used!

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion, sample size (2oz) $11 USD, full size (8.5oz) $28 USD

Petit Vour November 2018

This 5-in-1 botanical formula truly does everything: creates volume, holds style, de-frizzes, adds shine, or defines curls into smooth ringlets. Its an all-in-one amazingly lightweight lotion.

  • Offers medium level of hold
  • De-frizzes and conditions
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Manages curls (for soft, smooth and bouncy ringlets)

I really liked the Evolvh Shampoo and Conditioner in last month’s box, so I am happy to try this styling lotion. This sounds perfect for my hair since it de-frizzes and conditions.

My Daughter Fragrances in Joyful Perfume, sample size (1ml) $2, full size (1.78oz / 50ml) $85 USD

Petit Vour November 2018

Joyful is a fragrant love letter of orange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and creamy sandalwood. Fresh and floral lovers rejoice!

Joyful sounds like a nice scent blend, I’m hoping that the jasmine note is subtle as I’m not usually a fan of jasmine.

Petit Vour November 2018

The total value of this month’s box is $46 USD which works out to $61.85 CAD with the exchange rate that I paid for the box.

What do you think of this month’s box?

Petit Vour November 2018

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription box.

Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Today I’m reviewing the UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner from Evolvh that came in my September Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

The UltraShine Shampoo ($26 USD for 8.5 oz / 250ml)

Made with squeaky-clean ingredients, this niche shampoo is beloved by discerning stylists and beauty devotees alike. UltraShine creates smooth, shiny, lustrous hair while adding herbal nutrients, seaweeds, fruits and botanicals for hair nourishment.

It balances hair’s pH level in order to leave it strong and silky. Actives like seaweed extract, mango, and apricot deliver crucial nutrients to thirsty strands, while amino and fatty acids restore hair from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits.

The shampoo lathers up really well despite being a sulfate free formulation. It made my hair feel clean, soft and shiny. As well, it smells really nice.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Atmospheric Water, pHytoBlend (proprietary concentrate blend of 20 herbs in an aqueous base), Decyl Glucose, Disodium Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauryl Glucose, Coco Polyglucose, Seaweed Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia, Mango, Lecithin, Sunflower Oil, Soya, Safflower Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Vitamin C, Wild Pansy, Sweet Clover, Apricot, Nasturium, Nectarine, Passion Flower, Citrus Seed Extract

Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

The UltraShine Conditioner ($28 USD for 8.5 oz / 250ml)

Repair and restore, reduce frizz and increase color retention. This formula is versatile enough to tame a spectrum of hair types, from straight to curly, and fine to super thick.

It detangles and adds shine, and it’s also safe for chemically treated or colored hair. Actives include wild pansy, sweet clover, and apricot extracts, all of which contain nourishing antioxidants, plus amino and fatty acids which restore hair from the inside our and provide anti-aging benefits. 

The conditioner is super hydrating without being heavy. It works well to tame and reduce frizz.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, pHytoBlend (proprietary concentrate blend of 20 herbs in an aqueous base), Stearalkonium Chloride (derived from coconuts), Glyceryl Monostearate, Palm Oil, Mango, Lecithin, Sunflower Oil, Soya, Safflower Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Vitamin C, Wild Pansy, Sweet Clover, Apricot, Nasturtium, Nectarine, Passion Flower, Citrus Seed Extract

I really liked both the UltraShine Shampoo & Conditioner, they worked well for my thick, wavy hair (which is now collarbone length). Even though the sample size bottles were really small, I managed to get four uses from the bottles!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: This came in my monthly Petit Vour box subscription that I pay for.

Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions September 2018

Petit Vour Sept 2018

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you’ve already seen my unboxing of the September Petit Vour box. Here on the blog, you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour Sept 2018

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (1.3539) my box cost me $31.14 CAD this month

Petit Vour Sept 2018

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month:

Petit Vour Sept 2018

Axiology Lip Crayon in Enduring $26 USD

Petit Vour Sept 2018

Axiology’s lip crayon formula is crafted with deeply replenishing ingredients that keep lips hydrated, all day long. These heavy pigmented shades sweep the lips in a luxurious matte finish—and never lose their luster. With a buttery-soft texture and all-natural + organic ingredients, this lip crayon line is made for the sophisticated and kind lipstick connoisseur. 

I love lipsticks, and Enduring looks like a very wearable shade.

Enduring: Rooted in burnt-purple and tinted with redwood, Enduring shines steady upon your lips. This timeless shade is equal parts elegance and delight, sublime for waterfall hikes or strolls under city lights. Paired with a glittering eye, it emanates glamour—opt for a nude palette, and you’ll strike deep fascination.

The packaging is beautiful – the box is handmade recycled paper (made by women in Bali)!

Olverum Bath Oil sample size (15 ml) $13 USD, full size (125 ml) $52 USD

A unique and luxurious aromatic blend of essential oils which combine to ease stress and relax tension in both mind and body, bringing you back to your complete and natural self.

Olverum Bath Oil is highly concentrated and only half a capful (5ml) is needed per bath. Accordingly, virtually all the oil is absorbed by the skin leaving no greasy residue in the bath after use.

I love bath oils. On the package it says that the sample size is enough for three baths!

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Siberian fir Needle, Lavandin, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary, Exotic Verbena, True Lavender, Lime, Juniper, and Geranium essential oils.

It smells really great, I cannot wait to try this bath oil!

Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner sample size $5 USD, shampoo travel size (2 oz) $9 USD, full size (8.5 oz / 250 ml) $26 USD,  conditioner travel size $9 USD (2 oz), $28 USD.

Petit Vour Sept 2018

The shampoo: Made with squeaky-clean ingredients, this niche shampoo is beloved by discerning stylists and beauty devotees alike. UltraShine creates smooth, shiny, lustrous hair while adding herbal nutrients, seaweeds, fruits and botanicals for hair nourishment.

It balances hair’s pH level in order to leave it strong and silky. Actives like seaweed extract, mango, and apricot deliver crucial nutrients to thirsty strands, while amino and fatty acids restore hair from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits.

The conditioner: Repair and restore, reduce frizz and increase color retention. This formula is versatile enough to tame a spectrum of hair types, from straight to curly, and fine to super thick.

It detangles and adds shine, and it’s also safe for chemically treated or colored hair. Actives include wild pansy, sweet clover, and apricot extracts, all of which contain nourishing antioxidants, plus amino and fatty acids which restore hair from the inside our and provide anti-aging benefits. 

The bottles are so tiny! Hopefully I’ll be able to get more than one use from them. Both smell really nice.

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter sample size $2 USD (1.7 oz / 50 ml), full size $14 USD (8 oz / 236 ml)

Petit Vour Sept 2018

This luxurious body butter blends argan oil with shea and cocoa butters to nourish, smooth, and soften the appearance of dry skin. Hawaiian kukui, evening primrose, and superfruit antioxidants blended with ultra-hydrating aloe vera help pamper and protect skin’s moisture barrier for an all-over body treatment.

I love body butters, and this one smells so GOOD! It is similar to the Hawaiian Body Oil from Alba Botanicals that I recently fell in love with, but with a hint of cocoa scent. I’m probably going to love this.

Petit Vour Sept 2018

Overall, this month’s box seems like a really good one. The total value is $46 USD ($62.28 CAD).

What do you think of this month’s box?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.