Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner Review with Sunny Mother Nature

Hello!

If you have read any of my other blog posts, you’ll know that I am co-washing (aka conditioner washing) my hair right now.  If you haven’t read any of my posts about it, co-washing is basically washing your hair with conditioner.  It does seriously work.  I have been using this process for 2 months now, and used Wen for 7 months before that.

Originally when I bought the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, I thought it would be my ultra-moisturizing conditioner for the ends of my hair and that it would not be good to use as a co-washing conditioner (for my roots).

However, it ended up being the complete opposite from what I thought! 

Here’s my Pros and Cons for this Organix conditioner:

Pros:

1. It works very nicely as a co-washing conditioner.  This conditioner is inbetween V05 (which is very drying/stripping to use as my co-wash conditioner) and Suave Rosemary Mint (which is very moisturizing as my co-wash conditioner).  So, it is perfect!  I end up using Suave two days in a row and then co-washing my hair one day with this.  This makes sure that my hair isn’t stripped and that it doesn’t get oily (buildup).  Yet, I can even use this conditioner two days in a row, even three and I do not see/feel the impact that V05 leaves.

2. It smells nice.  This scent is not like any of the other conditioners (co-washing or Wen I’ve commented on, in my blog) that have very earthy, natural scents.  Instead, this is much more a cologne scent.  The one vblogger I follow described it as smelling like Abercrombie and Fitch’s cologne.  I don’t know if this is true though because I have never smelled their cologne.  It is a sweet smelling cologne though.

3. No parabens.  Yay!

4. It has argan oil.  I absolutely love argan oil!  It’s just amazing to use on your skin and hair! 

5. Organix’s bottles are eco-friendly.  They are “manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin.  All labels are printed utilizing environmental inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals.” (This was taken from the back of the bottle)

Cons:

1. It does not have organic ingredients.  Since the name of the brand is Organix, I thought that, therefore, they must be using organic ingredients as well.  However, when I looked at them at the store, I did notice that they are not organic.  So, do not get fooled by the brand’s name!  I personally feel that is very misleading on the company’s part.  However, it is always cheaper for the company to not be organic. 

Just in case any of you don’t know the difference between organic and natural (although this product doesn’t claim to be “natural” either) is the fact that with food, organic is ALWAYS certified (it has to be), while natural is NOT regulated!!  So, the reason why organic food is more expensive is because it costs them more to make it organic, they have strict standards they need to follow, AND the company actually has to pay the USDA to have them certify it organic!  However, with natural, the company can define “natural” as however they want it.  Natural means anything a company wants it to mean.  The product you will end up paying more for just a specific “word” on the label is “natural,” not “organic!” 

With cosmetics, it’s more complicated.  Organic in cosmetics still is better than natural.  Natural still has really no weight.  However, organic cosmetics and skincare, etc. are not regulated by the USDA really, like food is.  Just make sure that you trust the company and believe them when they state that their product(s), or some of their ingredients are organic!  Some cosmetic companies do say that they are certified by various organizations that they are using organic ingredients, or that they are organic.  Just make sure that you do believe that organization is valid.

2. It has added coloring to it.  This may not be a negative for some people.  However, ever since I worked at a small animal shelter and we were ALWAYS told to never feed the animals any food donations that had red dye in them, I have been very suspicious about food dyes and food coloring.  This is especially true when I feel that the added color/dye is unnecessary, like it is in the Organix Argan Oil conditoner.  The V05 and the Suave Rosemary Mint do not have this added in, so I don’t see why Organix needed to add it.

3. It has parfum as an ingredient.  Basically, anything that has “parfum,” or “fragrance” as an ingredient is allowed to hide hundreds of other ingredients behind that one listing.  Having allegric, or skin, reactions to a product with “parfum” on it?  Good luck finding out what the ingredient you need to avoid is.  Both V05 and Suave do have parfum on their ingredient listings too, sadly.

4. This conditioner was not moisturizing.  Although this conditioner works amazingly as a co-washing conditioner, I did not originally buy this conditioner to use it in that way.  So, anyone who buys this thinking it will add moisture to her hair will be disappointed.

5. It is somewhat expensive for a drugstore brand.  This conditioner was around $7 or $8 when I bought it (I’ve had it for a month now, so I don’t remember).  So, it will probably range from $6 to $11 in drugstores and grocery stores.  To me, compared to V05 and Suave that are $1 and $2, respectively, it is expensive.  However, that may not be considered an expensive drugstore brand by you.  It just depends.  However, to me, if I was going to spend that much on a drugstore conditioner, I would rather spend a couple dollars more and get an organic conditioner.

A Thing I’m unsure of:

1.  It claims it has Organic Argan Oil in it.  Although this should definitely be a positive, it is only stated once on the back of the label.  Other than that, it does not state that it’s organic in the ingredient listings, or anywhere else.  So, I’m unsure about this.

In conclusion, I do really like the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil.  It works very nicely as a co-washing conditioner and has argan oil in it.    So, I do recommend it especially for co-washing.  However, if you wanted to use this to moisturize your hair, I would say pass on this conditioner.  It dried out my ends instead of moisturizing them.  This makes it good for co-washing, but not good as a normal conditioner.

However, I would probably not repurchase this, personally, because of all of the Cons I listed.  The Cons really outway the Pros for me.  Yet, that may not be the case for you!  If the cons are not an issue to you, then go ahead and try this conditioner!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!  🙂

Have a sunny day everyone!

~Kim

UPDATE: I wanted to add the ingredients listed on the bottle before I recycled it, so that you could look at them and decide for yourself 🙂

Ingredients: DI Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycol Stearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Extract, Panthenol, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylchlorothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Red 40, Yellow 5.

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Organix, V05, or Suave.  None of these companies gave me products to review, nor are they compensating me for my review.  I bought all of these conditioners myself.

Day 2 of Real Food Lifestyle Challenge with Sunny Mother Nature

Happy Easter everyone!

I hope today was a wonderful day for you all, filled with sweets (and I don’t just mean candy 🙂 )!

So, I wasn’t sure how I would fare deciding to have Day 2 of my Real Food Lifestyle Challenge falling on Easter.  By the way, I did change the name of my latest challenge to Real Food Lifestyle Challenge, from No Sugar and No Processed Foods Challenge, because it just sounds more positive and it makes it then sound like I am gaining something, not merely subtracting things (I feel that I will gain from this challenge.  I don’t want to look at the name of my challenge and wonder if I’m only “losing” something). 

And, I have to say, I did have some Easter candy, and a couple French Breakfast muffins my mom made.  My sister and brother-in-law gave me some candy (my favorites too~Starburst and Skittles) for Easter!  So sweet of them! 

They didn’t know I was doing this challenge~and I honestly just don’t have candy, unless someone else buys it for me, so I can’t say that I feel bad for eating some Starburst, Skittles, and muffins (my mom is an AMAZING cook and she doesn’t make these muffins too often).

I did splurge this afternoon, but when dinner came I went back on track. 

 And if you happen to decide to change your eating habits in any way, that is the best way to look at it.  Just accept that you splurged and the next time you eat that day (don’t wait for tomorrow to get back on track!) go back and continue following your new eating habit. 

As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Just being able to go back to your food plan is a huge step in an awesome direction! 

Stay positive and I’m sure we can both make positive, healthy changes to whatever we set our minds to!  

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

No Sugar and No Processed Foods Challenge with Sunny Mother Nature

Happy Belated Earth Day everyone!

I hope you found some little way to make our Earth a little bit sunnier yesterday, or this week!  Whether it was recycling, cleaning, or planting (like me!) any little bit helps 🙂

I have decided to do a Lifestyle Challenge where I am going to give up sugar and processed foods for two months!

Sound a little extreme?  Perhaps.  However, is my new food intake (I hate the word “diet”~have never been on one, and never plan to be! 😉 ) really that extreme? 

Think of it this way~ how many thousands of years did humans *somehow* manage to live without processed foods and processed sugar?  Yes, thousands!  It has only been since the Industrial Revolution that processed foods and sugars became part of a person’s “normal” food intake.  And when did it happen that more and more people started to become overweight and obese?  When more and more processed foods and sugars were considered “normal” in a person’s daily food intake.  This is food for thought (no pun intended 😉 ) 

What are processed foods?

Basically, processed foods are anything that have been altered from its original state that you are buying.  For example, pasteurized milk is considered processed.  However, if you bought milk from a farm and pasteurized it yourself it would not be considered processed. 

Another way to think of it is anything you buy that comes in a package.  So, anything in boxes, plastic, or glass would be considered processed.

Or, anything that has ingredients that you cannot pronounce, that are not “natural” ingredients (Red 40 vs. corn). 

For me, I am taking a mixture of these three definitions and applying them to my new challenge.  However, don’t feel like everything that would fall into these definitions is “off-limits.”  With this challenge, I am personalizing it to what I feel my body needs to be healthy.  So, I will continue to have pasteurized milk although, no, I won’t be pasteurizing it myself. 😉 

This is about finding balance with foods that were truly meant for your body to be eating.  It’s about not just eating “normal” foods that have been processed so much that most of the companies have to add nutrients back in because the nutrients that were in the food were stripped out when they were processed.

Basically, anyone who decides, or is considering, to cut out sugar and processed foods from what they eat need to decide for themselves how far they are going to go.  For example, some would say that you need to even cut out most fruits because they have natural sugar in them.  For me, that is too much.  On the other hand, I read another blog where someone was cutting out processed foods and he (or she) was eating a deli sandwich with bread (obviously processed), with deli cheese (processed) and then lettuce and tomatoes.  What “processed food” he did not eat was the bag of potato chips that came with the sandwich.  To me, this is not really cutting out processed foods at all.  It is really up to you though.

So, what to do if cutting out sugar?

1. Cut out anything that has high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient.  This little bugger is in EVERYTHING!  Look at the ingredients of your ketchup, your bread, bascially anything you have bought that has an ingredient label!  High Fructose Corn Syrup surprises anyone where it hides! 

Even if you aren’t going to cut out sugar, cut out High Fructose Corn Syrup!  It loves to play with your blood sugar more than refined white sugar does!  It raises your blood sugar quickly and then plummets it even more quickly, making you crave more. 

2. Cut out most processed foods.  Sadly, most processed foods add sugar of some kind to it, to make it taste better.   

3. Look at ingredient labels!  You have to look for any type of sugar (including fructose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, glucose, sugar, etc.) on the label.

What to do if cutting out processed foods?

1. Cut out unknown ingredients listed on the package.  Don’t know what propylene glycol is?  Don’t buy it.

2. Go for fresh foods over prepackaged ones whenever possible. 

3. Frozen food, or boxed foods can sometimes be ok too though.  For example, frozen spinach that has no added salt, sugar, or sauce to it is good.  Or, boxed brown rice with the only ingredient on the package is rice. 

4. If you look at the ingredients, and the ingredients listed are actual things you could buy, then it’s good.  Peas, carrots and chicken on a soup’s ingredients?  Awesome!  Thiamin?  Not so much.

So, what will I be eating?

1. Vegetables

2. Meats~ I am not going vegan.  If you are vegan, or want to become one, awesome.  Just make sure that you still are eating and getting the nutrients  your body needs!

3. Complex Carbs~ One of the things I majorly looked at before officially starting this challenge was I wanted to make sure that I would still get carbs.  I am not anti-carbs and do feel that the right ones are needed.  To get complex carbs I’m eating brown rice, sweet potatoes and spinach, and sometimes whole wheat pasta.

4. Fruit

5. Nuts

6. Milk, and some Cheese ~ This is one of those items that I am still going to have although some people would consider it processed.  I am drinking Swiss Milk right now.  However, since I read the ingredients of it~reduced fat milk AND nonfat dry milk!~ I am going to look at the ingredients of other milks.  I may even end up going to organic milk, if it’s pasteurized.  (I’m still drinking it, but knowing that there is nonfat dry milk in my regular 2% milk just makes me wonder..)

What do I hope to get out of this Lifestyle Challenge?

1. More energy.  This is something that recently I have been lacking and I hope that this will boost my energy level.

2. Help clear up my acne.  Recently, my acne has gotten worse and so I want to see if I stop feeding my body processed foods and processed sugars if my acne clears up.

3. Maybe lose a couple pounds.  This is not one of my major goals, but losing weight is apparently one of the effects of no longer eating processed food and sugar.  Like usual, I gained about ten pounds during winter, so if I lost that, I’d be fine with that.

4. Just feel overall healthy.  Not just healthier, but truly and utterly healthy.  I am not one for settling for things that are “healthier.”  I want “healthy!” 🙂 

I know this is a lot of information that I tried to cover in this one blog post.  If something doesn’t make sense, or anything I wrote brings up a question, please leave a comment below and I’ll write back! 

I will be writing continuous updates on my progress during this challenge.  I’m hoping that this goes well and I will be able to keep this as my new food intake to help promote a healthy me.

This Lifestyle Challenge will be difficult.  However, I do have faith in myself that I can do this and that I am worth it. 

If I fall off the wagon and eat something that is not part of this challenge, I am not going to beat myself up about it.  I will just continue on with it. 

This challenge is not meant to make ourselves feel bad.  It is meant to make ourselves feel overall good and healthy. 

Do you think you’ll try this Lifestyle Challenge too?  Let me know!  We can support each other! 🙂

Have a sunny day everyone!

~Kim

Sunny Mother Nature Loves Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes!

Bear Naked Wipes

“Erase your face, not the polar bear race!”

I love this phrase! 🙂

It is always fun when I find something that I absolutely love and I want to share with other people and the Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Makeup Wipes are no exception!

I have tried the Almay Makeup Remover Towelettes before and these were a major disappointment.  However, the Josie Maran Cosmetics wipes are far, far superior! 

The first thing I noticed with the Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes is that they smelled really good.  It is a nice, light citrus scent.  I’ve read some reviews that don’t like it, but I really do. 

The Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes also leave my skin feeling soft and not stripped.  One of the reasons why I didn’t like the Almay makeup towelettes is that they would leave my skin feeling very, very odd.  I’ve been trying to figure out how exactly to describe how my skin felt with these wipes and I’m struggling with words.  They didn’t make my skin burn or sting, but they did irritate my skin.  Not only that though, they would leave my skin with this really weird and uncomfortable sensation.  I hated it!! 

The Bear Naked wipes are the first ones that do not leave my skin feeling that way!  They are really gentle on my skin.  

They are also paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty-free, petrochemical free, vegan, and biodegradable!  All of these make me feel really good to use these on my face!  I try to especially avoid parabens, fragrance (as an ingredient listing), and petrochemicals, as well as use products that are cruelty-free.

Now, they don’t take off waterproof makeup, nor do they really take off eye makeup in general.  So, I just use an eye makeup remover in addition to these.  However, I had to do this with the Almay makeup remover towelettes too, so this wasn’t a huge deal to me.  They do take off my normal makeup really nicely though!  I do wash my face though after I use these.  I heard on various youtube beauty videos that it was recommended to take your makeup off first and then wash your face.  Otherwise, your face wouldn’t get cleaned.  (They recommended if you didn’t have makeup remover to wash your face twice.  Once to remove the makeup and the second time to cleanse your skin).  I have been noticing that my face isn’t breaking out as much since I’ve been following this routine.  If just using a makeup wipe works for your skin though, and it doesn’t make you break out, go for it! 

They are $12 for 30 wipes.  This is more expensive than drugstore makeup wipes (I think I paid $5 or $6 for the Almay ones), but they are around the same price as other non-drugstore brands.  You can buy these from www.josiemarancosmetics.com, www.sephora.com, or www.qvc.com

Josie Maran Cosmetics even gives a portion of each of these makeup wipes sold to help save the polar bears!  They give the portions to the National Resources Defense Council’s Polar Bear SOS initiative.  So, you are doing something good for your face and polar bears!  If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please go to www.polarbearsos.org.

So, if you want to try some natural makeup wipes, try Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes!  They work nicely and help save polar bears, which you and Mother Nature will love!

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics, Almay, or the National Resources Defense Council.  None of these companies are compensating me for my review.  Almay and the National Resources Defense Council did not send me products to try. 

Josie Maran Cosmetics did send my mom and me some products at the beginning of December 2010, but not for review (I didn’t have my blog at this time.  I started it at the end of Dec.).  My mom ordered some Josie Maran Body Butters for me for Christmas (because of my cracking hands) during their Cyber Monday sale and Josie Maran Cosmetics accidently missed our order.  So, they sent some products as little gifts to us to make up for it, and two of those products were travel sized Bear Naked wipes.  My mom and I were amazed at their generosity!  However, this has not swayed my opinion of this product.  These are my honest opinions and thoughts.  I bought the Almay makeup remover towelettes myself.  My mom did buy me two full sized Josie Maran Cosmetics Bear Naked Wipes as early Birthday presents for me too because of how much I love these! Thanks Mom! 🙂

Wen Cleansing Conditioners: How to Know Which One(s) is Right for Your Hair

Hello!

I am Co-Washing my hair right now, but that doesn’t mean I no longer like Wen cleansing conditioners.  I do love them.  And I know when I first started hearing about Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, I just did not know what flavors/scents were right for my hair, or if there was even a difference.   Yes, there is a difference between the flavors.  All of them are meant for different hair types.  So, here is an overview on the 6 scents and what hair type they are meant for.

Sweet Almond Mint

This is one of their universal flavors.  It is for every hair type.  However, I found it would weigh down my fine hair if I used it on my roots on a regular basis.  I loved it on my ends though.  It seemed to really moisturize them.  Wonderful scent!  This is my second most favorite scent (after Lavender)!

Pomegranate

This is their other universal scent.  It is also for every hair type.  All the reviews I have read on this say they love this Wen flavor the best, regardless of what hair type they have.  I have not tried this one though.

Fig

This is for medium to thick hair, especially if you have coarse hair.  Also, if your hair is extremely dry, damaged, or it is color-treated.  This Wen flavor is the most moisturizing out of the six.  I have not tried this one either.

Lavender

This is the second most moisturizing flavor.  However, it is supposed to give volume to your hair as well.  This one was my main Wen flavor.  I have fine, color-treated hair so I needed the moisture without weighing my hair down.  This is definitely my personal favorite!

Tea Tree

This is pretty much recommended to anyone who has scalp problems.  If you have dandruff, dry/itchy scalp, or even if your hair is thinning.  I would use this one every now and then when I had a dry spot on my scalp, along with my other cleansing conditioners.  It doesn’t smell the greatest (to me).  However, I would only have to use one pump and rub it onto the spot that was dry (it was random spots, never the same place)  and I wouldn’t have to use it on that spot again.  It would no longer be dry or itchy after one use.

Cucumber Aloe

Last but not least is Cucumber Aloe.  This is the most clarifying of the Wen conditioners.  It is recommended to those with oily scalps and dry ends, as well as the conditioner to use if your hair needs extra cleansing.  I used this one about once every couple of weeks to get rid of oil.  It did really help to clarify my hair.  However, for me it was too drying to use on my ends.  This one also did not smell the greatest (to me).  Even though I am Co-Washing, I am actually using this one as my once a month “shampoo.”

So there you have it!  A basic explanation of the six Wen flavors and what type of hair they are recommended for.  If you would like to learn more about Wen, you can go to www.chazdean.com, or to www.qvc.com.

If you would like to see me talking about the different Wen Cleansing Conditioner scents, please check out my video about them here.

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Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Wen by Chaz Dean, or QVC.  They did not give me products, and I am not being compensated for this blog post.

Sunny Mother Nature Loves the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask!

I am normally not a mud mask person.  Actually, I’m not really a facial mask person.  Most masks leave my oily, acne-prone skin dry and really tight.  Not only that but none of the ones I’ve tried really do anything for my skin.  The only mask I’ve ever liked was the Principal Secret Advanced Gentle Enzyme Treatment Mask.  This leaves my skin moisturized, not stripped.  Yet, I’ve wanted to try a Dead Sea Mud mask, even though I hadn’t found any mud masks that worked for my skin.  Until now!

The Adovia Purifying Mud Mask is amazing!  I’ve been just getting into using Dead Sea Mud products and this is one of the products I’ve been using for a little over a month now. 

The Adovia mud mask includes Dead Sea Black mud, beeswax, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, and olive oil in its ingredients.  This mud mask is said to pull out toxins and impurities from your skin that can clog your pores and cause visible signs of aging.  Also, it’s supposed to tighten pores and boost cell renewal while revitalizing your skin. 

Some sort of mud mask, or exfoliating mask really needs to be used once a week to get the dirt and impurities out of our skin that our normal cleansers cannot reach.  Otherwise, the dirt and impurities can cause breakouts, or cause larger pores.

So, why Dead Sea Mud? 

People from around the world travel to the Dead Sea, which is inbetween Israel and Jordan, every year to put mud on their bodies.    This sea has the saltiest water on Earth with an extremely concentrated amount of mineral salts.  It is so concentrated that people who go into the water actually float!  The mud from the Dead Sea is used in skincare because it pulls out toxins and pollutants, and purifies their skin.  It is even said that Cleopatra may have used Dead Sea mud. 

What did I think of the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask?

It really helps with my acne!  Whenever I use this mud mask religiously, I do see a major difference in my skin.  It is a lot clearer and less red.  The acne that I have begins to heal and go away, and no other new acne seems to form.  

However, I have not seen any difference in my pores (they are fairly noticeable) and I don’t know if it’s boosted cell renewal.  These were not two things that I was actually trying to find products for though.  My main focus with my skin is really my acne.

I leave this mask on for about 20 minutes.  Basically until the mud is dry on my face.  There is a little bit of an exfoliation feeling while you wash off the mask.  I normally use this at least twice a week.  However, I have used this before every day for two weeks and that seemed to especially help my skin.  It is recommended that you use this once a week, or as needed.

This mask apparently can be used for all skin types, dry to oily and acne-prone.  Honestly, this is a really moisturizing mud mask.  It does feel a little drying when I’m washing it off (because of the exfoliation) but once it’s completely off, it really leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth, moisturized, and looking noticeably smoother. 

My problem is that I forget to use this!  However, when I don’t use this mud mask, that is when I see more pimples forming, like usual.  This mask especially helps to lessen the amount of acne I have when I’m stressed. 

 Yet, this doesn’t get rid of my acne completely.  Perhaps the other products I’m using on my face right now are hindering it, or it just doesn’t have the strength to clear up my acne.  However, this product really does work wonders for my skin and I will not be without this mud mask!

The Adovia Purifying Mud Mask is $29.99.  You can buy this mask off of many websites including Amazon at www.amazon.com, and Cleopatra’s Choice, where I bought this, at www.cleopatraschoice.com

If you would like to know more about the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask, please click here to go to this product on Cleopatra’s Choice: http://www.cleopatraschoice.com/mud-mask.html

So, if you want to try a nice Dead Sea Mud mask, try the Adovia Purifying Mud Mask!  It helps to purify your skin of toxins and pollutants, and Mother Nature won’t mind if you use this.  After all, Dead Sea mud is from Mother Nature! 😉

Have a sunny day!

~Kim

Please Note: I am not affiliated with Adovia Mineral Skin Care, Amazon, or Cleopatra’s Choice, nor did any of them send me this product to try/review, nor are any of them compensating me for this review.  I just wanted to share this wonderful mask with others 🙂

Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Tinted Moisturizer Review with Sunny Mother Nature

Tinted Moisturizer

Ever since I first heard about, and began to use, Josie Maran Cosmetics, I’ve been wanting to try their Argan Tinted Moisturizer.

I had never used a tinted moisturizer before and the only type of foundation I had used since I was 14 was Bare Escentuals’ foundation in fair (which I no longer used because the formula seems to have changed and no longer works for me).  So, I was curious!  I decided to buy it finally last fall during Sephora’s F&F sale.

Josie Maran’s Tinted Moisturizer is supposed to be a moisturizer, a sheer foundation, and a SPF all in one (like any other tinted moisturizer).

I had really high hopes for this product!  I used this on and off (you’ll find out why soon enough) for four months.  Here’s my thoughts on it.
Pros:
 
1. I love the SPF 30!  There are very few foundations, tinted moisturizers, etc. that have SPF 30.  Most of the time you’re lucky if it’s a SPF 20.  But Josie Maran Cosmetics went above and beyond and gave their tinted moisturizer SPF 30 which I love and greatly appreciate.
2. It gives a nice finish.  I did really like the look of my skin when I had this product on.  I did still have to use concealer over it (like most tinted moisturizers).
3.  They tell you what the ingredients in the tinted moisturizer are on their website and have little symbols to tell you what it does and doesn’t have in it!
The Cons:
 
1. My skin broke out every time I used it.  It must be at least one ingredient that they have in more than one of their products because I’ve tried a fair amount of their products and about half of them have made my skin break out.  This disappointed me.  Even if I only used this one day and then did not use it for days after, it still broke me out.  Whether I did add a drop or two of argan oil, or when I didn’t, it just did not matter.  It still broke me out.
2. The lightest shade is too dark for my skintone.  I am fair (aka very pale), so I tried the color Creme, which is supposed to be for fair complexions.  However, that color was really too dark for me, no matter how much or little product I used.  They only have 5 shades, so they really need to expand a little.
3. It is a thick tinted moisturizer.  For some, this may be a positive.  However, for me, it is so thick of a consistency that I actually needed to add a couple drops of Josie Maran Argan Oil to it in my palm, mix it, and then apply it to my skin.  This way it gave a nice coverage.  When I didn’t mix in a couple drops, it would not spread evenly over my skin and I ended up looking streaky and kind of orange.
4. The packaging is not recyclable.  No tubes can be recycled where I live (maybe they can be recycled where you live?), so I feel that their company’s ideals don’t follow through with the tinted moisturizer’s packaging.
5. It has a chemical sunscreen, not a physical sunscreen.  Again, this could be a positive or a negative to you, depending on which you look for.  However, I personally like to have physical sunscreens over chemical (but I was looking over that with this product because I thought I would really like it).
6. It is kind of expensive.  You receive 1.7 oz. for $38.  Compared to some other brands, I guess it’s kind of in the middle.  However, $38 for any foundation or tinted moisturizer is more on the expensive side for me.  It just really depends on whether you personally feel $38 is a decent price, or too expensive.
Conclusion:
Overall, I did really like this product, but the two things that stopped me from using this product (and I ended up giving this tinted moisturizer to my mom) were that it was breaking me out and that it was at least one shade too dark for my skin.  My mom is about one shade darker than me (she is considered light complexion).
 However, my mom really likes Josie Maran’s Argan Tinted Moisturizer!  So, if you have light skin, (but not fair), or darker, and you don’t have acne-prone skin, I do really recommend this product for you.  Sadly, it just does not agree with my skin, or skintone.  I did love the finish this product gave though.
 If you are interested in buying Josie Maran’s Argan Tinted Moisturizer, you can buy it at www.josiemarancosmetics.com, or www.sephora.com.
I still love Josie Maran Cosmetics, even though this product didn’t work out for me!!  I like what they are trying to do and what they stand for.  And there are many other Josie Maran Cosmetics products that I absolutely love~ including the 100% pure argan oil, the whipped argan oil body butters and the argan lip glosses!
As for me, I am still on the hunt for a good tinted moisturizer, or foundation that does not cause breakouts.  Have any of you tried Josie Maran’s Tinted Moisturizer?  What did you think?  Do any of you have suggestions for a natural/organic tinted moisturizer or foundation?  Please leave a comment below!  I need suggestions 🙂
 Have a sunny day!
  ~Kim
Please Note: I am not affiliated with Josie Maran Cosmetics or Sephora.  Neither company sent me this product to try, nor did they compensate me for this review.  I bought this product myself from Sephora during one of their sales.

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