Detox Box | December 2017 – STILL AVAILABLE

The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.” The box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00.

This month’s box included three products from Dr. Alkaitis – a mask, toner, and facial oil. I have never even heard of this brand so really love that the Detox Market includes cards that introduce you to the brand and the founder. I think the education included in the box is a wonderful touch – it gives you some insight into the products and the brand philosophy! This box also came with a booklet/catalog from the brand itself that gave detailed information on the history of the brand, quality standards, products, skincare regimens, and ingredients. This month’s Detox Box has a total value of $143.00.

Dr. Alkaitis has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and created his brand with the philosophy that “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” He takes a wholistic view that skincare goes beyond topical treatments and a complete picture of  good lifestyle choices lead to a healthy body and healthy skin. Dr. Alkaitis produce their products in their own factory and source their ingredients from producers that they have a person relationship with.

Organic Universal Mask – The mask is like a green juice for your skin (and it smells like!) that feed your face with superfoods such as Alfalfa, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, and Spirulina. It can be mixed with raw honey or goat’s milk yogurt! The box included a small packet of honey to try with this mask. I mixed mine with water and left it on for 20 minutes and it is definitely like your green juice in the morning – it smells gross, it’s not luxurious, but you keep doing it because you know it’s good for you.

Organic Herbal Toner – The toner is an aloe vera and witch hazel base that balances the skin. The third ingredient is “alcohol (drinkable grape alcohol)” and that made me a little nervous to use it, but the Dr. Alkaitis booklet actually addressed this concern stating “unlike de-natured alcohol that us mostly used, our organic grape alcohol is highly beneficial for your skin and facilitates the nutrient rich composition to be optimally absorbed by your skin.” I have used this twice and haven’t experienced any burning or drying from it.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil – This oil contains 15 antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory herbs in a base of Organic Jojoba, St. John’s Wart, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed oils. I can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails. I have not tried this yet! I have a few oils going right now and I want finish some up before I open a new one. I am disappoint that this high end oil comes in a plastic bottle – given the price point, I would expect glass packaging.

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Matrix Biolage – R.A.W. – Natural-Origin Hair Care

Biolage describes their R.A.W. lines as “Real. Authentic. Wholesome. This powerful haircare regimen gives you the power to create the hair you’ve always dreamed of – while being good for you and good for the environment. Biolage R.A.W. is a range of feel-good, look-good, do-good hair care. This 70-100% natural-origin haircare range provides a unique sensorial experience combined with true professional results. So live Real. Authentic. Wholesome.”

I was really excited to find out about this line when I did. I’ve been nursing my hair back to health and have been just trying to nourish my over processed hair. One thing I decided to do was to cut out silicones and this line appears to be completely silicone free!

Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk*

Infused with honey and oat, Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk eases the grip of blow dry while enhancing hair with nourished style. For polished locks and smooth hair.

Key Benefits:

  • 5X smoother hair without feeling coated
  • 99% natural origin
  • 98% biodegradable
  • 95% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This styling milk did help with my blow dry – I felt like my hair was smoother and the blow dry holds longer when I used it. But it leaves a residue in my hair. I have tried it by itself and with my normal styling products (leave-in conditioner and hair oil). I have tried using less and less product – if I use a small enough amount to not have any residue, I don’t get any of the blow dry benefits. Even though there product left behind, it doesn’t weigh my hair down and after day 3+ you can’t feel it anymore. I like the styling milk enough to use the rest of the bottle, but I don’t like enough to buy it when it runs out. I do think that if you have thick, dry, coarse hair and are looking for silicon free styling products or more natural/sustainable products, you might want to try this. But for the salon price tag I would not recommend this product.

Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray*

Infused with lavender, Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray helps to smooth down flyaways with light shaping for a natural sheen and controlled finish. 24 HR frizz control without weigh down.

Key Benefits:

  • 99% natural origin
  • 85% biodegradable
  • 98% recycled plastic packaging
  • No artificial fragrance
  • No artificial colorants
  • No silicones
  • No parabens

This spray was everything I didn’t know I needed! Normally, between washes I will put oil in my hair from the mid-shaft to the ends to refresh my hair and add smoothness and shine. Styling with oil daily can really weigh down my hair and make it look greasy. This frizz control spray does everything the oil did, without the weight! It smooths my hair and refreshes my style without adding any product buildup. The description made me think it would almost be a heavy hairspray, and it does have a little grit/hold when you first spray it, but after you run your hands through you hair, it feels nothing in your hair. I can use it day after day between washes and it doesn’t create buildup. I would definitely recommend this if your looking a light hold hairspray.

*I received this product for free for testing purposes.

Simple Beauty – Dead Sea Salt

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Dead sea salt is comprised of minerals that can be very beneficial for the skin. Zinc and sulfur can reduce and prevent acne. Potassium can balance water content of the skin by reducing puffiness and water retention. Calcium balances sebum production and encourages skin hydration. Dead sea salt can help sooth eczema, prevent acne, reduce inflammation,reduce the appearance of pores, and treat dandruff.  Dead sea salt is so versatile for hair, body, and skin health! How you want to use it is really up to your level of comfort whether it be a toner, face or body scrub, or cleansing scalp treatment.

This post is a little different because I don’t have a lot of experience with dead sea salt in my skincare. The reason I did the research for this post is because I bought a new face mist (Little Barn Apothecary Coconut and Pear Refreshing Mineral Mist) that had dead sea salt in it and I wanted to learn why the company would include that in their product. I do really like the face mist because it offers something none of my other sprays have, but I don’t find it to be anything life changing.

In looking up information for this post, I found a few recipes for DIY dead sea salt products that really piqued my interest:

Mineral Face Mist – 1 cup of distilled with 1 tablespoon dead sea salt – bring the water to a boil and add in sea salt and store in a glass spray bottle.

BUT that’s only the beginning – I think you could make the spray with an aloe base instead of water, making it a more well rounded face mist and if you don’t have skin sensitivities you could even add in essential oils for more benefits. Oily skins might like geranium, ylang ylang, or tea tree. And lavender, basil, chamomile, and juniper can be good to heal and sooth.

The other DIY that seemed really cool was a Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub – 1 cup of dead sea salt and 1/3 to 1/2 cup carrier oil (I would probably use a thicker oil like camellia or coconut) and essential oils for scent and store in a glass jar.

Simple Beauty – Tamanu Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Tamanu oil is a fantastic oil for skincare. It can help stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema, acne, post acne pigmentation, dermatitis, rashes and age spots! It is high in oleic and linoleic faty acids. Oleic fatty acids have been shown to prevent dandruff, sooth skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, moisturize the skin, and have anti-aging benefits. Linoleic fatty acids may help prevent acne – acne prone skin has lower levels of linoleic acid and higher levels of oleic acid in the sebum, so adding linoleic acid to your skincare might help balance the two fatty acids. Tamanu oil promotes the regeneration of skin making it effective in anti-aging and healing post acne pigmentation. It is also an antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory – all wonderful things for creating clear, healthy skin!

I have been using tamanu oil every morning for the past six months. I bought mine on Amazon and it was about $15.00 for 1 oz of oil in a glass bottle with a pump, but there are plenty of different brands that make tamanu oil. I would recommend that you look for a cold-pressed, organic oil (I always buy organic, cold-pressed oils for my skincare). I can honestly say that I feel like tamanu oil really speeds up the healing of my post acne pigmentation. Normally the red spots left after a breakout would take close to 3-4 weeks to completely heal, but since using tamanu oil, that healing time is almost cut in half. Tamanu oil is not greasy, absorbs quickly into my skin, and feels very moisturizing. If I am feeling particularly lazy, I will even use tamanu oil in the ends of my hair! It’s light enough to tame and smooth the ends without weighing them down or making my hair look greasy and dirty.

Simple Beauty – Benonite Clay

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Benonite clay is made from volcanic ash and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium and calcium. Benonite clay is very common in face masks, it can also be bought as a plain powder and mixed into a mask by adding water. For the skin, benonite clay can draw out impurities, minimize the appearance of pores, remove dead skin cells, soften the skin, and reduce inflammation. Besides all of the benefits for complexion, benonite clay can be used to sooth burns, bug bites, and rashes. There are also quite a few unique uses of benonite; the clay can be used as a mattifying face powder – it does mattify, but my face looked dull and cakey. You could mix some in with your toothpaste to amp up your oral health – I tried this too, but I didn’t really notice anything amazing. According to the internet, benonite clay can also be ingested for a whole variety of  digestive benefits – I haven’t tried this and I’m not sure I will, let me know if you have!

I really like to use benonite clay as a clarifying face mask once week or two. If my skin is very congested, a benonite mask does a great job of drawing out the gunk on a budget! When my skin is breaking out, I really like to use May Lindstrom’s The Problem Solver, but I can’t bring myself to use it too frequently because it’s like liquid gold. The morning after a simple clay mask I have a great skin day – my skin feels softer, my pores look tighter, redness is reduced, and post acne marks smaller – there is noticeable improvement in my skin. Some people mix benonite with apple cider vinegar, but I don’t because ACV is too acidic for my liking. Have you tried one of the more unique uses of benonite clay? Let me know, I might try a benonite hair mask on one of my more adventurous days!