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6.16.2016

Your Mermaid Dreams Come True
With Art Of Organics

Art Of Organics
It's no secret that Art of Organics is one of my favorite subscription boxes and they consistently deliver wonderful value and connect you with the very best of clean beauty. I am so excited to partner with them to share with you their latest Mermaid-themed box* filled with summer-appropriate goodies, and I know that this month's offering will have you realize your mermaid dreams and singing songs of aloha.

In case you haven't heard, Art of Organics is a monthly subscription box that offers organic, natural, non-toxic and cruelty-free products that adhere to their strict standards for clean beauty. For just $38 a month, you will receive 2-4 products with a combined retail value of over $70, with every product purposefully chosen to allow you to cultivate a mindful beauty routine. (You can read more about their Wanderlust box that I reviewed in March here.)
Shall we get started on this month's stellar line-up worth over $80?
Nothing screams "Mermaid!" more than the Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray that will leave your hair with a subtle golden shimmer as you stroll in the sun. An update from their cult-classic Mermaid Sea Salt Spray (which bears the same goodness minus the gold mica), this Shimmer Spray is formulated to work well on all colors and will give life, shine and strength to your perfectly tousled hair. The organic aloe vera gel and sea kelp extract will nourish and moisturize your tresses, while the Atlantic sea salt adds a lovely texture without the briny aftereffect of regular saltwater.
This spray is perfect for refreshing my second-day hair and giving it a nice volume. The organic essential oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa lend an ambrosial scent which will help you look and smell like you've just come from a day at the beach. The gold mica may appear concentrated when I first spitz the product onto my dark hair, but a quick brushing disperses the shimmer and leaves a subtle iridescence. Oh, and I would love to have this reincarnated as a body mist!
Ingredients: Water, Sea Salt, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Sea Kelp Extract, Gold Mica, Organic Essential Oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa

Along with sun protection, regular exfoliation is necessary in the summer to get rid of your dry and dead skin cells and the Birchrose & Co. Algae & Apricot Exfoliant Mask will keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. The white kaolin clay and apricot shells in the formula work together to provide gentle physical exfoliation, and the undaria algae powder will tone your skin and encourage the production of collagen. 
This mask strikes me as a more intense version of OLO's Brand New Day Microderma Scrub + Masque, and I absolutely adore its light fruity scent. I add water to make a thick paste and then apply it onto my face and neck and let it dry before removing it with warm water. I would caution that this mask shouldn't be used more than 3 times a week as overuse of physical exfoliants can result in micro tears in your skin and damage your complexion in the long run. 
Ingredients: White kaolin clay, Non-gmo undaria algae powder, Apricot shells, Coconut milk powder*, Essential oils of: lime*, grapefruit*, ylang ylang*
* Certified Organic  

Given that the first two products more than make up for the price of the box, the Angel Face Botanicals Sea Goddess Nourishing Bath and Love + Sage Beach Rose Lip Balm feel like a nice bonus.
The Angel Face Botanicals Sea Goddess Nourishing Bath is a blend of mineral salts, four varieties of wild-harvested seaweeds and aromatic herbs that is rich with nutrients from the sea. I haven't tried this because I'm saving it for my celebratory soak in the bathtub at our new home but the reviews on the website attest to its relaxing and rejuvenating qualities. 
Ingredients: Sodium chloride (solar dried sea salt), Citrus paradisi (organic grapefruit) peel, Mentha piperita (organic peppermint) leaf, Hamamelis virginiana (organic witch hazel) bark and leaf, Chondrus crispus (wild-harvested Irish moss), Lavandula officinalis (organic lavender) flowers, Mentha viridis (organic spearmint) leaf, Fucus vesiculosus (wild-harvested bladderwrack), Palmaria palmata (wild-harvested dulse), Ulva lactuca (wild-harvested sea lettuce), Lavandula angustifolia (organic lavender) oil, Mentha piperita (organic peppermint) leaf oil, infused with Reiki & lots of love!

I was delighted to discover a new Brooklyn-based brand in the box, although I do get sent a lot of lip balms (not that I am complaining) and usually end up gifting them to my friends since I have more than enough. The Love + Sage Beach Rose Lip Balm is a universally flattering shade of pink that will work on all skin tones and the mineral-based color provides natural UV protection for your lips. It has a beautiful rose scent and is great for a quick touch-up for a natural, fuss-free look.

Ingredients: Shea butter, Coconut oil, Beeswax, Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Vitamin E, Mica, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Manganese violet, Essential oils of rose and vanilla

Art Of Organics
Art of Organics has yet to disappoint me, and their monthly subscription service is truly a fun and cost-effective way to discover clean products from both established and grassroot brands. Plus subscribers always get 15% off the online store, and you can also purchase special boxes for gifting occasions. All boxes come beautifully wrapped in eco-chic packaging that make for a meaningful unboxing experience.

Good news- you can use code NIHAOCLEANBEAUTY to get 15% off your first box. Hurry before this box sells out!

* The Mermaid box in this post was kindly provided for consideration, however all opinions expressed are my own.

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