Ulta 3-in-1 Beauty Smoothie

Ulta is beauty product heaven. For me, it is Mecca. I believe that the brick and mortar stores are only in the southeastern part of the U.S., but, luckily for the rest of you, it has a website (www.ulta.com) where you can buy most of the products it carries.

Ulta sells almost every brand you can think of, but it also is its own brand. It makes face and body products and cosmetics. The brand itself is not cruelty free; however, some of its products are. For me, that is usually good enough. For example, I know that L’Oreal tests most of their stuff on animals, but it does have some products that are not tested on animals. Some people might boycott the brand as a whole. I choose to only buy products that are cruelty free. As a consumer, my thinking is that the company will notice that its best sellers are cruelty free, and the company will get the message that consumers want cruelty-free products. If we buy nothing from the company, how can we reward them for taking the first step toward ending animal testing of its products?

Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Ulta’s 3-in-1 beauty smoothies are exactly what they sound like: creamy, delicious washes that do triple duty as a shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath. I have 5 of these washes in different scents (buttercream cupcake, dragonfruit frappe, creamy cocolada, yum yum yumberry, and apple envy), and, like children or pets, I love every one of them equally. The scents are powerful, and the bottles are big (24 oz), so you have to really like the scent. Luckily for us:

  1. All of the ones I’ve smelled are fantastic.
  2. Ulta is always adding new scents to the line (and getting rid of old ones, which is not always a plus if you fall in love with a scent. It’s not a problem for me because, like children and pets, I am ready to love them while I have them and set them free when they have to go :).
  3. They sell travel-sized bottles so you can audition scents.

Full disclosure: I have not used the wash as a shampoo or bubble bath. I use it strictly as a body wash, and for that purpose it is a superstar. It lathers well, and the scent stays on the skin for a while after your shower. In addition to being cruelty free, the washes are free of parabens, phthalates, DEA, and gluten.

Plastic Microbeads in Your Body Scrub are Killing Marine Life

Nice uplifting title, right? Unfortunately, it’s true. And it’s a great reason to buy all natural body washes.

This article explains how those tiny plastic beads are washed into the ocean where they do not biodegrade and instead get eaten by wildlife. This article describes the phase out of microbeads in all Unilever products by 2015. So the good news is that cosmetic companies are becoming aware of the problem of plastic in our oceans. But the bad news is that they’re not exactly on the fast track to solving the problem.

Which means it’s up to the consumer to be informed and buy products that contain only natural ingredients. Below is a list of some of my favorite body and face scrubs that do not contain plastic beads and are also cruelty-free. Feel free to comment with your favorites!

Body Scrubs

Face Scrubs

C.Booth Walnut Shell Scrub & Cleanser

This creamy body scrub is a must have in the shower. I’ve been using this stuff for years and often buy 3 or 4 bottles at a time because they sell out so frequently at my local Ulta.

Some important notes:

  • This is a cream cleanser. As such, it does not lather like soap. Instead, it has a lotion consistency.
  • This is a scrub. It’s not like those scrubs with tiny plastic microbeads (which, by the way, do not biodegrade and kill wildlife that eat them [read this article]). The “scrub” is actually made of walnut shells, so this is a serious scrub. I really like the exfoliating properties of this cleanser. I use it on my knees and elbows and, most importantly, on my underarms where it staves off ingrown hairs.

If you like those aspects, you will love this cleanser. It also has the added bonus of smelling incredible.