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My thoughts on the Honest Beauty try-me kit for balanced skin – 

For anyone that knows me, I have been obsessed with organic, eco-conscious products and brands for years. All my skin, hair and body care is bought at Whole Foods, Sprouts or Natural Grocer’s. Makeup is a little more challenging, because there are very few brands that don’t test on animals and are produced without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten. The brands that I stick to are – Tarte, Bite Beauty and Josie Maran.

When Jessica Alba first launched the Honest Company I was thrilled. Even though I’m not a mother yet, I was happy that a well-known, Hollywood actor was bringing attention to how most conventional products for baby and home are produced. Don’t get me wrong, companies such as Seventh Generation have been producing non-toxic baby and home products for years. However, having a high-profile person like Alba starting the Honest Company can bring attention to other brands such as Seventh Generation that makes people think twice about the products they’re buying.

So naturally it’s only fitting that Alba would launch a skin care and makeup company with the same name, Honest Beauty. I may have been late to the party, but only noticed last month that you could order a “try-me” kit of samples in a little makeup bag by just paying for shipping, $5.95. So that’s exactly what I did.

Products Received

I have combination skin so I ordered the kit for Balanced Skin. What I received was the Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser (1.0 fl oz), Even Brighter Everyday Moisturizer (0.17 fl oz) and Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid SPF 30 (0.33 fl oz). All of the products came in a cute, grey makeup bag along with a sample of Everything Primer Luminous Base and three mini-samples of lip gloss in Creative Kiss (a light, satin plum color), Dreamy Kiss (a satin nude color) and Inspired Kiss (a metallic, satin berry color).

I used the products for a week. The consistency of everything was good, although the packaging for the Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid SPF 30 was not great, because it was difficult for the cream to come out. I cleansed day and night with the gel cleanser, the SPF cream was used during the day and the Even Brighter Everyday Moisturizer was used at night, because you can use it for either the day or night.

Ingredients

The one thing I feel is unfortunate are the ingredients. Keep in mind that all their products are made without parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates and chemical sunscreens, so that’s great! However, here is the ingredient list for the cleanser:

-Sodium laurylglucosides hydroxypropylsulfonate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate, calendula officinalis (marigold) flower extract, chamomilla recutitia (matricaria) flower extract, hydrolyzed quinoa, saponaria officinalis extract, yucca schidigera extract, lavandula hybrida (lavadin) oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, abies sibirica (fir needle) oil, cymbopogon martini (palma rosa) oil, pelargonium graevolens (geranium) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower oil, lauryl glucoside, gluconolactone, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate-

Now, I haven’t checked on all the ingredients, but because they are formulated without parabens, etc, I feel confident in using the cleanser. Although, I wish it was possible to use less ingredients. For example, the brand I’ve been using for a while is Derma E and the cleanser I use from them is their Purifying Gel Cleanser with marine algae and activated charcoal. This cleanser has half the amount of ingredients and is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

I know some people don’t necessarily care about the amount of ingredients, but I do and it carries through to the food I buy. Less ingredients equals healthier to me.

Overall, I did enjoy the Honest Beauty try-me kit for balanced skin. I think it’s great by only paying $5.95 you get (almost) deluxe sample sizes of their products to try, which lasts you about a week. The makeup bag everything comes I’m now using for my makeup to carry around in my work bag. Keep in mind that when you sign up to receive the try-me kit, you will automatically be enrolled in their monthly program. It’s kind of like a monthly subscription box fee, which is $50 a month plus tax and you receive new products each month. I believe you can log on and change what you receive each month. I’m waiting to receive my first official package of full size products. When I receive them, I will post them on my personal Instagram (@msrobyncohen) and Women On It’s Instagram account too.

If you ordered your try-me kit, let me know what you received and if you like it.

If you’ve tried any of the makeup, let me know which products and how you like them.

If you use organic skincare or makeup, let me know which brands you use.

Here’s the link to get your Honest Beauty try-me kit.

To learn more about the Honest Company, click here.

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