Have Crazy Curls? Try the SmartCurl Line from EVOLVh!

I have crazy curls. Curls so out of control that I often put them in a braid just so I didn’t need to deal with them (I’m busy saving animals, OK?!). No products really work for me… they weighed down my hair and made it look greasy and sad. I just wanted frizz free, bouncy curls! Is that too much to ask?

Well, until I found EVOLVh SmartCurl products, it was! They’re vegan, cruelty-free, organic, and really get the job done!

EVOLVh Love Your Curls Discovery Kit

Their Love Your Curls Discovery Kit comes with the SmartCurl Wash and Conditioner, which I absolutely adore! This duo gets your hair clean and conditioned without stripping your natural oils (curly hair is naturally dry) and provides moisture without making your hair look or feel greasy.

It also comes with the SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner which is the first product I tried from this brand. It smells amazingly fresh and helps to strengthen and protect your beautiful strands while fighting frizz. The Ultimate Styling Lotion helps to define your curls so they’re light as a feather and lookin’ healthy!

I highly recommend this kit to try out the line!

EVOLVh Wonderbalm

Last, but definitely not least, is the Wonderbalm, which is appropriately called “Magic for Curls.” I work this light, fragrance free serum into my towel-dried hair and just let it get to work! I don’t heat style my hair, and with this, I don’t need to! My curls looks soft, shiny, and healthy… what more could you ask for?

New curl products will be released soon, and I can’t wait! Have you tried EVOLVh yet?

2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare – SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner and SmartCurl Wash/Conditioner Reviews

Company: Evolvh Luxury Natural Haircare

Products:

SmartCurl Hydrating Wash

SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner

SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner

Reviews:

Let me start out by saying that my hair is super curly and dry. I have a hard time finding products that will moisturize my hair, enhance my curls, and fight frizz without weighing it down.

I am thrilled to share these products from Evolvh with you… I’m in love!

The SmartCurl line is a newly released range of products that are formulated to specifically address the needs of curly hair that I mentioned above.

Let’s start with the SmartCurl Hydrating Wash. In all honesty, I would buy this shampoo based on the scent alone! It smells SO fresh and clean with hints of florals and fruit. Its AH-MAZING! The formula is thick and luxurious and you only need a small amount of product to work into a rich lather. It rinses out easily and leaves your hair feeling thoroughly cleansed without being stripped of natural oils.

This shampoo contains nourishing plant-based ingredients like almond oil, kiwi seed oil, seaweed extract, mango, sunflower, wild pansy, and passion flower. No wonder it smells so good!

The SmartCurl Hydrating Conditioner has the same intoxicating scent as the shampoo (YASSS!). It also contains tons of plant-based, good-for-your-locks ingredients. Essential amino acids, fatty acids and botanicals work together to strengthen and soften your curls while fighting frizz. The consistency is thick (I don’t trust thin, drippy conditioners… they slide right out of your hair and barely moisturize), and easily works through even the most tangled of manes. As I do with all of my conditioners, I left this in my hair for about five minutes. It rinsed out quickly and my hair was tangle-free and ready to be styled.

The SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner contains fun, natural ingredients like oils from pumpkin seed, red raspberry seed, cranberry seed, citrus orange, grapefruit peel, patchouli and lemon peel. Whoa! So much plant-based goodness in one bottle! As you can imagine, it smells like a sweet, fruit-filled paradise!

When my hair was damp, I sprayed about 7 or 8 pumps on my just-past-shoulder-length hair. I combed it through with my fingers and just let it soak in. I usually use gel in my hair, but for the purposes of this review, I just let it air dry without any additional products.

The Bottom Line

I can’t think of anything negative to say about these products! After using them, my curls looked hydrated, defined, and bouncy! My frizz was drastically reduced and my hair smelled absolutely amazing! My hair was manageable, free of tangles, and just looked healthy! My sad little curls have definitely met their haircare soulmate!

I highly recommend these products! Thank you, Evolvh, for sending me these products to review!

Clean Kiss Organics – Relaxing Bath Soak and Luxurious Hair Mask Reviews

Company: Clean Kiss Organics

“Clean Kiss has a solution for health-conscious women, men and teenagers that doesn’t compromise quality or effectiveness while offering a completely natural and chemical-free alternative for body, face, hair and home.”

Products:

Lavender Rosemary “Make That Kiss Last” Relaxing Bath Soak

Coconut Kisses Rosemary Peppermint Replenishing Hair Mask

Reviews:

If you need to relax at the end of a long day or the world is just driving you crazy, Clean Kiss Organics’ Lavender Rosemary “Make That Kiss Last” Relaxing Bath Soak is for you! I’m telling ya, run a hot bath and drop in some of this beautifully aromatic bath soak and just let the stress melt away! Why not go all out and light some candles and maybe even pour yourself a glass of wine. Why not? You deserve it!

This bath soak contains mineral salts and epsom salts to detoxify and soothe your muscles. It is naturally fragranced with lavender, rosemary and peppermint essential oils which creates a calming and refreshing aromatherapy experience. After just a few minutes in the bath, I felt SO much better about life (seriously, I’ve been STRESSED!).

You get quite a bit of product in this 500g jar, and you only need about 2 scoops (it comes with a cute wooden scoop) to enjoy the floral and herbal scent. This is a definite winner and I look forward to using this on the crazy days ahead!

The Coconut Kisses Replenishing Hair Mask is exactly what my dry, color-treated hair needed! Its super thick formula coats your strands and gives it a major hydration boost. You can use it as a quick conditioning treatment after you shampoo or you can leave it on for longer. Heat will make it soak into your hair, so you can use a hair dryer or a hot towel to really get your strands back into shape!

I massaged the mask into my clean hair and then covered it with a shower cap. I let it do its thing as I enjoyed the Lavender Bath Soak. I really felt like I was at a fancy spa! It was absolutely fantastic!

The mask left my hair super soft and much shinier, thanks to the 2 main ingredients; coconut oil and shea butter. The scents from the Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils are subtle and refreshing, and you also get notes of coconut and shea to create a sweet, uplifting fragrance. I truly enjoyed using it!

The Bottom Line

Clean Kiss Organics creates naturally effective products for your body, face, hair and home that are high-quality, chemical-free, and good for you! They are vegan and cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny Certified), gluten-free, and come in sustainable packaging. How awesome is that!?

The Lavender Bath Soak is absolute perfection! I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to relax and spend a little “me” time (who doesn’t?!).

The Coconut Kisses Hair Mask is a luxurious hair treatment that will make even the driest strands (like mine) look and feel healthier. This product will definitely be incorporated into my hair routine! Highly recommended!

Thank you, Clean Kiss Organics for sending me these products to review! Head on over to their website to check out all of their products! Let me know how you like them!

Max Green Alchemy – Scalp Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Gel Reviews (Vegan & Cruelty-Free!)

Company: Max Green Alchemy

Products:

Scalp Rescue Shampoo (8.8 fluid ounces) $15.99 USD

Scalp Rescue Conditioner (8.8 fluid ounces) $15.99 USD

Scalp Rescue Styling Gel (8.2 fluid ounces) $12.99 USD

Review:

Scalp Rescue Shampoo

When you shampoo your hair, it is import to choose a product that will gently cleanse your strands without stripping it of moisture. This shampoo is mild and contains all natural ingredients such as tea tree and lemon tea tree to soothe dry, itchy scalps and to minimize dandruff. It also contains vitamin C and E to protect your strands.

This shampoo does an excellent job cleaning the hair without over-drying. You only need a small amount of product since it quickly and easily lathers up and rinses away. It has a bright and fresh floral/citrusy fragrance that lingers long after you use it. Gotta say, I really like it!

Scalp Rescue Conditioner

My hair is dry. Very dry. I need a SUPER hydrating conditioner to make my hair look soft and healthy. The consistency of this conditioner isn’t too thin that it slides right out of your hair in the shower and it isn’t too thick that it weighs your hair down. This conditioner contains macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter to moisturize. It also has tea tree and lemon tea tree like the shampoo.

I can say that this conditioner delivers! It effectively soothed my scalp, which can be very dry. It hydrated my hair and easily detangled it with little effort. It has the same fresh scent as the shampoo. I’m a fan!

Scalp Rescue Styling Gel

This plant-based gel is perfect for my curls! It gives a natural, light to medium hold without making my hair sticky, stiff, or crunchy. All I do is work 2 pumps of this product into my hair after showering and let it air dry (I almost never use heat to style my hair.) My curls spring to life when I use this and my hair looks smooth and frizz free. Pretty awesome!

The Bottom Line

Max Green Alchemy’s Scalp Rescue line is all vegan, cruelty-free, and plant-based. These products work wonderfully together to make your hair look healthy, hydrated, and controlled. I must say that it does, in fact, effectively nourish the scalp. My scalp is typically dry and I haven’t noticed that being an issue since using this line.

I love how the shampoo works into a luxurious lather and how the conditioner smooths and easily detangles my locks. My favorite product out of this line is the Styling Gel because it is the perfect formula and consistency for my dry, frizz-prone curls. My boyfriend (lovingly) told me that my hair felt “softer than usual”, so you know it has to be good! Ha!

This line is great for all hair types and is made to specifically care for your scalp, which is essential for healthy hair.

I highly recommend this line to anyone that is looking for natural hair products that work!

Thank you, Max Green Alchemy, for sending me these products to review!