I feel like the complication most people deal with when buying soap and lip balms (even multiple food items) is that a good percentage of them contain an ingredient that’s often debated about within various communities. Palm oil. If you look in things like peanut butter and even Dr. Bronners bars of soap, they contain palm oil. You’re probably wondering what the big deal is. A large percentage (87 percent) of deforestation in Malaysia has been due to palm oil plantations. There has been some debate on whether or palm oil can be sustainably sourced through the years. But many choose to avoid it whenever possible. There have also been devastating effects on the orangutan population because of the palm oil plantation expansion. If you have ever seen photographs of any of this, it’s pretty heart breaking. But this is where Unearth Malee is taking a step in a different direction.
Why I Love Unearth Malee
- Not tested on animals
- No animal by product
- Zero waste packaging
- Their involvement with OFI (Orangutan Foundation International)
I know many people appreciate the pretty appearance of certain cosmetic and skincare items. I admit that I am drawn to certain items that tend to appeal to my personal aesthetic. But as much as I enjoy beautiful packaging from certain brands, I’ve come to notice how extreme it’s become. Unearth Malee seems to have taken that into consideration. From what I’ve observed from the products I have bought as well as the website, most of their products are packaged with eco-friendly paper, tin containers and flower seeded paper. I love the idea of using the wrappings from the soaps and planting it. I wish more brands would do that.
I’m in love with what I have used so far. I’m a rather huge fan of shampoo bars. I’m no hair model. But my hair looks and feels fabulous when using the White Orchid shampoo bar. Shampoo bars are not for everyone. But once you get used to using them, they are just as amazing as using the conventional stuff from drugstores. Not to mention, less plastic bottles are being used. I think what has stood out to me the most since using Unearth Malee is the Tumeric Balm. It’s amazing for inflammation, dry and damaged skin. What took me by surprise was the fact that this did not contain beeswax. Most of these eco-friendly treatment balms are made with beeswax. A lot of more nature-based products are. Happily, this one is not.
I am happy to have run across this brand on Etsy. I was just looking for a new shampoo bar. But I ended up finding a brand with nothing but love put into the products. Even right down to the packaging. Small little changed for you can make the biggest impact on the environment and the animals. If you’re interested in learning more, the Unearth Malee website is very informative about the issues I have mentioned on my blog. There is so much more to be said that I can save for a later date as I explore more of the brand. I’ve very tempted to try their deodorant and laundry detergent. I’m positive that I will be continuing to buy from this brand.
Unearth Malee Links
I discovered Black Moon Adornments through Tumblr and Twitter. She’s an artist that calls herself Ghost Siren who does belly dancing work, modeling and has done some beautiful craft work. I also can’t help but have some serious hair envy. It’s goals. I also think if you’re like myself who is a bit of a nature loving person and Wiccan, you’d appreciate a lot of what she has to offer. From crown to woodburned rune necklaces. Mabon will be happening very soon and I plan on going all out for my celebration of the sabbat. When she made her OOAK berry flower crown available, I jumped on it. I’m the sort of person that likes to go above and beyond for any celebration. It helps to put me in the mood. She has incredibly fast shipping. I live in New Jersey and it got to me in two days. I do highly suggest taking a look at her Etsy shop. She has some gorgeous products. I’m really fighting on buying the Yuletide flower crown. If you don’t want it, I’ll just buy it. No joke. I’ve been eyeing it up since she posted it.
I will be posting the links to all her social media pages below. She’s very good with communication and very polite. So any questions, comments or concerns, she will most likely address it immediately.
I want to quickly point out before anyone gets upset about this; skincare is not a ‘one size fit’s all’. Formula’s don’t perform well or horribly for everyone.
I had heard about this product for some time and finally gave in after the last product I had used. It was not cruelty-free. The Pixi Double cleanse is both cruelty-free and vegan. So I decided to buy it as well as a few other products from the Target website. I have been using it for some time now. I’m very familiar with my very sensitive skin. It seems as though my skin gradually became more and more reactive to this product. I’m not sure if it was one particular ingredient or a cross-contamination. There was more and more inflammation that seemed to occur with each use. Thankfully, I managed to find another use for this so this did not go to waste. It was a bit sad to me. Considering the fact my skin loves oil cleansing products. And this was one of the few that didn’t have beeswax or was $40 or more.
My decision to also not buy this again was coupled with the fact that it does not financially meet with the budget I have for myself when it comes to cleansers. But I also do not frequently shop on the Target website or store. And my local store does not sell a lot of the brands skincare. So I would have to go on the website and pay an additional tax and shipping for this one product. It’d be more worth it to me if I felt this product worked well. But unfortunately, it wasn’t the case.
With my own personal experience aside, I truly suggest you try this. I know people are scratching their head in confusion. Sensitivity is such an individual thing. My reaction to a product cannot be applied to you. I don’t think there is ever a skincare product that truly sucks 100% unless you somehow spontaneously burst into flames. It is still a reasonable priced, cruelty-free, vegan product that has worked well for many people.
Have you used this? Are you going to continue to use it if you do?
If you have oily hair, you know it’s annoying. Dry shampoo is not optional sometimes. It’s a necessity. As much as I love dry shampoos like Batiste or NYM’s. But as someone who’s trying to use more eco-friendly containers, the aerosolized can is not very friendly towards our environment. Not to mention I want to avoid inhaling ingredients within them. I know people have strong feelings with loose powder dry shampoo. But I feel like once you learn how to use it, you end up love it.
○ D E T A I L S ○
- 2 oz
- Pump bottle
There are two things I find very unique about this product. Aside from it being darker toned compared to most dry shampoos, it has a beautiful tropical smell. Not that nappy scent I feel like most dry shampoos have. It’s hard to place the exact smell it has. It’s not potent. But it’s noticeable. It says in the ingredients that it has a natural scent. But it doesn’t specify as to what. The other unique features of this product is that it has small and sparse iridescence in it. I’ve never seen that in a dry shampoo.
As a brunette, I thought this would stand out like a sore thumb. But it doesn’t really show up too much at all. I have to admit I wouldn’t mind it being noticeable. Who wouldn’t want to look like a majestic mermaid? Anyone say H2o: Just Add Water? I know not everyone loves loose powder dry shampoos. Sometimes it’s best to not use it as directed. Sometimes I like to tap some on the palm of my hand and rub it into the roots of my hair. Even unscrewing it and tapping it into the top of the head can help to even scatter the product. Admittedly the product is a bit flawed with how it distributes the product. Sometimes it doesn’t even come out. But it still works well even if you choose not to use the pump. I know some folks decide to use a makeup brush to apply it onto the hair.
I personally love this product. But the glitter itself is something people are going to have conflicting feelings about. If you can get away with it, I say go for it. But if you’re looking for a different formula, let the company know.
I’ve heard the same thing over and over again. People say that they wouldn’t use a product specifically to clean their brushes if they had a gentle facial cleanser or shampoo. It’s a good point. But what if it’s been causing you problems? I have nothing but frustrations with cleaning my makeup brushes.
- It takes way too long to fully rinse out the suds. Even when I hardly used more than a drop.
- The smell lingers on the brush long after it has dried.
- I break out in strange places on my face.
I’ve also attempted to make the process a little easier. I added tiny drops of olive oil. I even thought that it was there wasn’t enough water softener in our house tank. Didn’t seem to be the case. After internet window shopping on Beautylish.com, I ran across Clean Apothecary. After ages of procrastinating, I bought it. Three words. Never-Looking-Back! The process goes so much faster. I don’t have the unusual odour. And I don’t get the tiny blemishes on my eyelid or corner of my mouth. And despite the very light rose scent, I have not experienced increased redness, bumps or burning in the eye area with my eye brushes.
I know for so many people it is not worth spending the extra dollar. For me, the extra dollar has been worth it. Like any other makeup or skincare product, it’s an individual thing. It’s like false lashes. Some love em. But some hate em. For me, this is something that makes my life just a bit easier when I just wanna clean and go.
Beautylish has a limited selection compared to the official website. The official website offers refilled for brush shampoos, clay masks and essential oils.
Body lotions are effective. But body butter and oils are the best for really dry skin.
I started using body butter to treat my dry legs. And it works magic. But it’s not so magical when you are trying to put on clothing in my morning and your clothing is sticking to you. In the summer time is just as gross. You feel like you’re being marinated for a BBQ. Pardon me while I gag. I could always use your standard light lotion. But it’s almost like putting one drop of oil on a sponge. Doesn’t do me any good. That’s where the dry oil spray from Acure came in handy.
I decided to take a chance when shopping for nick nacks. And I am so happy I did.
A B O U T T H I S P R O D U C T
- Retails for $12.99
- 2 0z
- 3 fl. oz.
Is this worth your dollar? Yes. I can’t say that enough.
I wouldn’t go nuts spraying too much on. It’s not necessary and would need you to spend an extra moment rubbing the unnecessary amount into the skin. But even then, you hardly feel it underneath your clothing.And your skin feels amazing through the day. Not to mention you can use it on your hair too. The oils within it work well for basically every area of your body. Unless you’re like me and you break out from coconut oil. I have to say that it doesn’t have a rosy scent that I had expected. It’s like the Dr. Bronners where the citrus ingredient tends to take over the rose aspect of it. But it isn’t anything I would consider to be the downside of this product.
Let me know if you use this and enjoy it. If not, plan on giving it a go?
I’ve been buying from Honest Beauty since it’s availability. Like most people who show an interest in organic and animal-friendly beauty, I was overly excited. I’ve had positive experiences with the makeup and hair care products. But the few issues I have had with them is enough to point out in this case. Because it’s something that can either make or break a company. I’m referring to communication.
I had seen a hint a week or less before the supposed “release” of their product. Honestly Luminizing Foundation.Obviously, I was absolutely over the moon. I had used their cream foundation before, but I was more enthusiastic for a liquid foundation. Suddenly one day I had seen Jessica Alba waving the liquid foundation around in an Instasnap story (not sure if that’s what it’s called) saying it was being released that very day. I ran to my bundle, added it to the bundle, but had to leave my computer for the day. But when I came back, the product was unavailable. Even the shade I had added to my cart outside the bundle was unavailable. I was stunned. Because I had thought the product was so popular it sold out that fast. But when I went to look at the link to talk about it to a friend, the link wasn’t there. The foundation wasn’t even an option.
This did not make sense to me. I remember when an item sold out, the link was still there for information, but it was just listed as unavailable. So when I looked at the comments on their Facebook page and had seen responses of it being “out of stock” I didn’t really think that was the case. But today I received a package from Ulta for some other products I had bought from a different brand. And as always, they throw in samples. To my surprise, I saw a pamphlet that had small samples of the Honestly Luminizing Foundation. I was confused. Was this not available at all? Last I checked on the website, the brand only had their hair care products available. What was going on? I was told that it was possible they could not legally state as to the reason why they were pulling certain products to be unavailable to buy. Maybe reformulation was necessary for certain products? Maybe more shades are being added? Maybe it’s just me, but as a consumer who excitedly waits for the products to be released, I’d rather be well informed instead of left guessing.
My point of posting this is not to slam the brand. Unlike most comments that I have seen online that are very aggressive and seem to want the brand to disappear entirely, I want to see Honest Beauty succeed. The primary issue with Honest Beauty is not their products. At least not to me. But it’s more so their lack of communication with their customers. People have been asking what happened to the foundation, their tinted moisturizer and I have had questions of my own. But I either do not get a response or a very robotic answer that was clearly copied and pasted. Not to mention ambiguous. Brands like Honest Beauty are still very small in comparison to a lot of other green beauty brands on the market. When you have the popularity that you do, but the poor communication behind it, the reputation starts to become tainted and people are less enthusiastic to even try the brand. I hope to see improvement in this area soon. I’m still loyal. But the loyalty needs to be reciprocated.
Let me reiterate, I am not throwing Honest Beauty under the bus with this post.