Review of the Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

 
Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum $54.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Very solid. No red flags for me.

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: This lightweight, almost jelly-like serum glides on and soaks in without leaving any greasiness or tackiness behind. I hardly know it's there after about a minute!

3. How is the scent?- 5: What scent? I smell almost nothing, which I love.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: I haven't had any issues with breakouts and I've been using this for about a month now.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 4: See more below!

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- Yes! Cruelty-free, vegan, and the packaging is recyclable. Amazing!

7. Would I buy it again? 5- See the pros, cons and final verdict detailed below!

FINAL SCORE:

29/30

You can get 20% off (at the time of this post) when you sign up directly on Herbivore’s site. But if you’re into Sephora points and flash shipping, you can shop HERE.

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PROS:

  • The price is actually pretty great considering what other skincare products can cost. There are still more budget-friendly options that I will try, but for now, I think this price, compared to what else is on the market, is super fair.

  • I mean, it actually works!

CONS:

  • I suppose price could also go here because budgets can be a very personal thing.

  • I honestly can't think of another con.

DID THE PRODUCT FULFILL ON IT’S PROMISES?

  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles: tested primarily on my forehead, and while staying hydrated shows the most benefits, this stuff actually smoothed those lines better than anything else I've tried since my toxic skincare days!

  • Hydration: I think the level of hydration, this is also coming from someone who doesn't put an oil on after like they recommend, is what's really helping fill in those fine lines. Similar to what hyaluronic acid has done for me in the past, but without that.

  • Resurfacing: possibly, but I didn't see much of this. I was still using other products to exfoliate a bit more.

  • Overall: yes, I RARELY say this about skincare, but this product followed through on almost all of it’s promises.

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again? Yes, yes, and YES!

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

  • NONE to report :)

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On the vanity! @thestyleshaker

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • Aqua 0

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water 1 to 3

  • Glycerin 2

  • Bakuchiol 1

  • Amethyst Extract 1

  • Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate 1

  • Glycerin 1 to 2

  • Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract 1

  • Populus tremuloides Bark Extract 1

  • Glucono Delta Lactone n/a

  • Sodium Phytate 1

  • Tremella Fuciformis (Silver Ear Mushroom) Extract 1

  • Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract 1

  • Eclipta Prostrata Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract 1

  • Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract 1

  • Amino Esters-1 (ex Mimosa Tenuiflora) 1

  • Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract 1

  • Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract 1

  • Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract 1 to 3

  • Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract 1

  • Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract 1

  • Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract 1

  • Corallina Officinalis Extract 1

  • Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract 1

  • Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract 1

  • Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/ Leaf Extract 1

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel | Clean and Green Skincare Guide

 
Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel

Soma Ayurvedic Under Eye Gel- $98.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- There’s one iffy ingredient- details below!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 4: It's a nice gel-like texture. I could feel it cooling and tightening upon application. Quick tip: it doesn’t work well under makeup, or it didn’t for me. I found it pilled a bit.

3. How is the scent?- 4: Totally pleasant and not overwhelming.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 3: It's ok. The first couple of applications I applied a bit more than needed and my skin wasn’t super happy with that. Less is more here.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 2: I saw minimal change in wrinkles, circles, bags, etc.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- 100% yes! Vegan, cruelty-free, and so much more. The mission behind the brand is commendable and the packaging is both thoughtful and sustainable.

7. Would I buy it again? 2- Unfortunately, no. I need to have seen better results to invest in this eye gel. I'm just not sold on eye creams having significant impact, yet. If I find one that performs, I’ll shout it from the rooftops! I think they're best as lightweight, preventative moisture, and I have better, less-expensive options for this.

FINAL SCORE:

23/30

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PROS:

  • The mission and ethos of this brand is amazing. “For every purchase, Soma Ayurvedic donates a set of school supplies to deserving children in orphanages and a hygiene kit to women who don’t have access to these necessities.”

  • The fewer/better approach to ingredients

  • Felt amazing going on, there was an instantly cooling effect from the gel

  • I did feel tightening upon application, but…

CONS:

  • While I didn’t dislike this eye gel, I wish I had seen more measurable results

  • You have to watch the application of any concealers on top of this gel. I found it to pill even after giving it time to dry

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again/for the first time (since, again, it was gifted)? No, unfortunately I would not.

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • Aqua- 0

  • LAVENDER OIL- 1

  • XANTHAN GUM- 1, limited

  • ALOE VERA- 1 to 3, limited

  • THYME EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • OLIVE OIL- 1, fair

  • WHEATGERM OIL- 1, fair

  • SWEET ALMOND OIL- 1, fair

  • MORINGA EXTRACT- 1, fair

  • AVOCADO OIL- 1, limited

  • ORANGE PEEL EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • FENUGREEK SEED EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT- 3, limited *contamination concerns

  • VITAMIN A- 9, fair

  • VITAMIN E- 1, fair

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream | Clean and Green Skincare Guide

 
Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream

Soma Ayurvedic Anti Aging Cream- $68.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Really fantastic, squeaky ‘clean’ based on the research I’ve done. Takes a ‘less is more’ approach for sure!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: This is a very thick, rich cream that soaks in and surprisingly, did not impart any oiliness. I loved how deeply moisturizing this felt!

3. How is the scent?- 3: It’s not subtle :) If you have issues with strong scents, this may not be for you. I adjusted to the strong aloe scent after a few applications.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: My skin was not irritated by this after applying once a day for two weeks.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 3: It left my skin feeling very hydrated and silky smooth. I’m not so sure about added elasticity and didn't see a big impact on signs of aging like wrinkles.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 5- 100% yes! Vegan, cruelty-free, and so much more. The mission behind the brand is commendable and the packaging is both thoughtful and sustainable.

7. Would I buy it again? 4- This is a dense and rich cream that I’d consider purchasing (this was a gift, but my review is honest) this cream during harsher, winter months!

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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PROS:

  • The mission and ethos of this brand is amazing. “For every purchase, Soma Ayurvedic donates a set of school supplies to deserving children in orphanages and a hygiene kit to women who don’t have access to these necessities.”

  • So rich and thick- great for colder months or dry skin. If you have VERY dry skin and are OK with scent, this is one of the richest creams I've used yet.

CONS:

  • The scent can be overpowering

  • It didn't follow through on the anti-aging promises (it won on hydration)

FINAL VERDICT:

  • Would I buy this again/for the first time (since, again, it was gifted)? Yes, I would!

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • WATER- 0

  • VEGETABLE GLYCERIN- 1 limited

  • VITAMIN E- 1 limited

  • ORANGE OIL- 1 limited

  • LAVENDER OIL- 1

  • SAFFRON EXTRACT- 1 fair

  • ALMOND OIL- 1 fair

  • ALOE VERA EXTRACT- 1 to 3 fair

  • SAFFRON OIL- 1 , fair

  • KOKUM (FRUIT) BUTTER - 1, limited

  • GRAPE SEED OIL- 1, limited

  • PAPAYA EXTRACT- 1, limited

  • ROSE OIL- 1, limited

  • OLIVE OIL- 1, fair

  • TURMERIC OIL- 1, fair

  • SHEA BUTTER- 1, limited

  • WHEATGERM OIL- 1, none

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream

 
Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream review

Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream- $60.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- They were doing so well until it got to the natural fragrances. More details below. The rating is just the start. The concentrations used really make a difference here!

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 5: And the texture is honestly divine. It's smooth and rich without being overly greasy.

3. How is the scent?- 4: It's definitely there. If you don't like chamomile, you won't like this. But I found this to be very calming.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: For me it was fine,. No irritation whatsoever. I do know that some sensitive skin types can’t have ANY essential oils in a product, so even though the percentage is incredibly low (see below), it could potentially be an issue, which is why this didn’t get a ‘5’ on the scorecard.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 4: Does it hydrate skin for day? It definitely soothed and moisturized my skin like a champ. Lightweight, check. My skin soaked it up.

6. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Vegan, cruelty-free. They don’t have the sustainability portion of this down yet however. More on that below.

7. Would I buy it again? 5- Heck to the yes. It's an investment, but for me, it's a favorite without hesitation.

FINAL SCORE:

25/30

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IN A NUTSHELL:

  • Best for: combo skin types.

  • Drier skin types may want something a bit more dense and rich. Your skin may be able to soak up a heavier cream.

  • Oilier skin types may find this to be a little too hydrating/moisturizing.

  • Other day creams that I’ve tried and love:

    Jane Iredale Beauty Prep Moisturizer

    Osea Hydrating Face Oil

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

FROM PAI:

“Pai products are 70% recyclable at the moment but we are working on ways to improve this and get us up to 100% eventually. - The packaging isn't made from post-consumer recycled material. The glass bottle is recyclable, the plastic bag that holds the cream is bpa-free and recyclable so can be cut away from the pump. The only thing that isn't recyclable is the pump as it contains a little aluminium ball in the head of the pump. We are working on making this fully recyclable and our packaging designer is researching alternative packaging.- One thing Pai doesn't do is use ingredients that are known to be irritating to the skin. Essential oils can be irritating on the skin in high quantities which is why we use far, far lower than 1% of essential oils which we have researched to find suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. Our products have also been patched tested on real people with sensitive skin and with skin conditions, and it has been approved to be suitable for sensitive skins and skin prone to eczema. Citronellol naturally occurs in essential oils and when you look on EWG it does say restrictions to concentration and in a low concentration, they are suitable for use. As I said above, the concentrations of essential oils is super low so pose no risks when using on the skin unless you have a very high allergy to essential oils.”

Pai, front and center. IG @thestyleshaker

Pai, front and center. IG @thestyleshaker

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Aqua- 0, robust

  • Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil- 1, limited

  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil- 1, limited

  • Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Lactobacillus Ferment- 1, none

  • Cetearyl Alcohol- 1, limited

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Rosa Canina Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Butyrospermum Parkii Butter- 1, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Water- 1, limited

  • Cetearyl Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract- 1, limited

  • Leptospermum Scoparium Branch/Leaf Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Levulinate- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • Lavandula Angustifolia Oil- 1, limited

  • Sodium Anisate- 1, none

  • Pelargonium Graveolens Oil- 1, limited

  • Lactic Acid- 4, good

  • Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate- 1, limited

  • Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Citronellol- 5, fair

  • Geraniol- 7, fair

  • Linalool- 5, fair

  • Nut Oil-1, limited

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum

 
Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum

Kahina Giving Beauty Restorative Facial Serum- $98.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- The ingredients looked solid until I got to the portion of the label that showed me "naturally occurring compounds." In there I saw a lot of 5's, 6's, and 7's which freaked me out. I reached out to the brand and learned a lot more. See below.

2. How's the application? Let's talk texture.- 4: Glides on smoothly. It's very lightweight, doesn't feel oily to me at first, but it does leave a bit of oiliness to the touch. I needed to use very little- which could be considered a plus!

3. How is the scent?- 5: Really calming and slightly fruity. It isn't overpowering and that’s coming from someone that gets really overwhelmed with scents.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: I had no issues except for a little dryness at the chin.

5. Performance: does it do what it promises to do?- 3: I can't say whether or not it prevented moisture loss. My skin wasn't dry, but it wasn't noticeably plump or moisturized either. I do think there was a shift in overall brightening and skin tone. As for fine lines and wrinkles, depends on the day and stress (and water consumption). See the before and after results in the video!

6. How conscious is the brand? 5- Oh yes. Big time. The brand is remarkable in their approach.

7. Would I buy it again? 2- Maybe? I love the Argan Oil and saw a bit more dramatic results there, so I'd probably buy that instead. Overall, it feels like a nice-to-have for me.

FINAL SCORE:

23/30

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WHAT STANDS OUT:

  • The level the company goes to for certifications

  • The scent was lovely and calming, plus it didn't irritate me like the Vitner's Daughter or other buzzed-about serums that I’ve tried

  • It also felt great going on. I’d say it’s lightweight, but didn't sink right in. It's def an oilier serum (not greasy, but on the slicker side)

  • This product promises to- Reduce inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles, deeply moisturize: prevent moisture loss, and brighten skin/fade pigmentation; even . out skin tone and repair sun damage

  • The area where I saw the most change, albeit subtle, was brightening and evening out skin tone


IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

**These are “naturally occurring compounds in essential oils; not added ingredients.”

I followed up with the brand on these numbers and their response (which I love for it’s openness and transparency) is below:

“As you are probably aware, these are not added ingredients, but potential allergens that exist in essential oils, which we are required to list to comply with EU regulations, not US law. Many brands do not even list these on their ingredient list. The potential for harm really depends on how sensitive a person is to these allergens. The percentage of any of these ingredients is minuscule, less than .001% but EWG does not take into account the concentrations of an ingredient in a formula when weighing the potential for harm, giving the same weight to a potential allergen in an existing ingredient such as Lavender as it does to the first ingredients on the list, thereby skewing the score. In addition to being registered in the EU, which has some of the strictest cosmetics safety laws, we are certified organic by Ecocert, which disallows harmful ingredients in products to be certified. We stand by the safety and efficacy of our products, and believe in full transparency in case one of our customers has a sensitivity to an essential oil or other ingredient.”

Lightweight moisture.

Lightweight moisture.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil- 1, limited

  • opuntia ficus indica (prickly pear) fruit oil- 1, none

  • punica granatum seed extract- 1 , limited

  • bisabolol- 1, limited

  • hippophae rhamnoides extract- 1, limited

  • daucus carota sativa seed oil- 1, limited

  • lavandula angustifolia flower oil- 1, limited

  • anthemis nobilis flower oil- 1 , limited

  • citrus aurantium flower oil- 1 , limited

  • cananga odorata flower oil- 3, limited

  • commiphora abyssinica resin extract- 1, none

  • coffea arabica seed oil- 1, limited

  • rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract- 1, limited

  • helianthus annuus seed oil- 1, fair

  • methyl benzoate- 1, limited

  • benzyl acetate- 1, limited

  • linalool- 5, fair

  • limonene- 6, good

  • benzyl benzoate- 6, fair

  • farnesol- 4, fair

  • geraniol- 7, fair

  • benzyl salicylate- 7, limited

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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FULL TRANSPARENCY, ALWAYS…

Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)