Natural Beauty Products {GIVEAWAY – NOW CLOSED} Over $200 Value!

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Sometimes, we kitchen stewards have to step out of the kitchen, dust the flour off our hands and dust some powder on our noses.

You may not want to put the flour directly on your nose, but putting food on your face isn’t really a bad idea. (You’ve seen the book, right?) Since our skin is our largest organ and can absorb whatever touches it, what we put on our skin can really be as important as what we put in our mouths.

I haven’t made much of an effort for natural makeup until recently, since I don’t wear it that often.

It’s been something that has been on my mind, however, ever since baby one was born seven years ago. I notice that when certain family members who do wear (heavy) makeup get snuggly with my babies, their clothing ends up with makeup on it.

I always wonder how much is on their little sensitive faces (and in their mouths, at that age!), and I’m telling you – I’m so reassured when my own makeup is not going to hurt them, slobbery kisses and all, similar to my relief with the nurslings’ hand-in-my-armpit gesture and my homemade natural deodorant.

If you’ve been wondering about makeup that is less toxic than the national brands, you’ll want to start with my natural makeup review, where I dished on my experience with each of the companies sponsoring this giveaway plus a few others.

If I was starting from square one with my makeup, here’s what I’d use:

Want to win some beauty products to try for yourself? We have some generous sponsors lined up today – one lucky winner will get everything below!


Translucent Foundation OR Mineral Foundation Powder plus Lip crème

Sponsored by Miessence
$60-80 value

From the company:

Translucent Foundation Evens out the complexion. Imparts a soft, matte finish with translucent coverage. Protects against pollution, UV rays and free radicals. Looks natural in any light. Keeps skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. Contains the added benefits of organic, nourishing seed and fruit oils.

Mineral Foundation Powder Using only pure, refined minerals, Miessence loose Mineral Foundation Powders provides silky, lightweight, breathable coverage whilst offering natural sun protection. Sericite mica reflects light, reducing the appearance of pores and wrinkles and provides a matte coverage. Delicately scented with pure organic rose otto.

Lip Creme – Cool beige. A creamy matt formula with intense natural colour blends of pure mineral pigments (iron oxides). Comes in a convenient clasp compact for fingertip or brush application. Infused with the delicate aromas of vanilla and honey.

The company takes great pains to remain incredibly natural and certified organic; see a video about OneGroup/Miessence HERE. Also, people rarely pay retail for the products, because Miessence offers 20% opportunities and representative discounts.

Read more at Jessica’s Cosmetics Page – thanks so much for sponsoring!

Four 3-packs of Tinted Lip Balms

Sponsored by MADEON
$48 value

From the company:image

Made with the safe ingredient iron oxide, tinted lip balms provide the same nourishment for chapped lips that the untinted lip balms offer, with an added natural color to enhance the lips. The color glides on and stays on. Comes in Terra Cotta, French Plum, and Crimson Rose. $4.25 each

From Katie:

The tinted lip balms are brand new! I’ve loved MadeOn’s 3-ingredient stuff for a few years now, and I have no doubt this new product will be a huge winner for all the fans who have asked Renee for it over the years.


Use the code KSLIPS for 10% off anything through October 10, 2012.

Sample Pack of 6 Sunscreen Formulas

Sponsored by KABANA
$45 value; one-ounce samples of 4 tints plus original and Vit D formulas

From the company:

Green Screen D Organic SPF 35 Original is the newest addition to our line of healthy, effective and family-safe sunscreen products.

Tested to FDA’s new 2011 rules by an independent laboratory and made with only 6 ingredients, it leads the industry in simplicity, broad spectrum effectiveness and certified organic ingredient content. (As of 4/24/12, no other sunscreen manufacturer publishes their SPF testing data online!)

It provides superior broad spectrum UVA protection with a critical wavelength of 380nm. Green Screen D’s SPF of 35 provides the equivalent of 97.1% UVB absorbance protection when used at a density of two milligrams per square centimeter of skin area.


Green Screen® Organic Sunscreen SPF 22 Tinted Nude is healthy, highly effective and safe for children and adults of all ages.

This formula has all the benefits of Green Screen Original SPF 20, but is tinted to blend with skin tones and is excellent for facial use. We also offer bronze, plus neutral and pink as of just this week.

  • Warm beige tone created by the mineral cosmetic pigment iron oxide blends with skin tones. Iron Oxide is the same biomineral that makes blood look red.
  • Excellent for facial use and may be applied to reduce blemishes and blend sunspots
  • Healthy – non-nano, not-micronized Zinc Oxide as its sole active ingredient; Zinc Oxide the only sunscreen active ingredient FDA-approved for children under 6 months of age.
  • Safe – contains simply nine edible-grade, 86% certified organic ingredients and is completely petrochemical-free
  • Effective – provides 95% UV absorption across the entire UVA & UVB spectrum
  • Unique formula – gluten-free, corn-free and vegan
  • Fragrance-free & non-comedogenic
  • Ecosystem approved – biodegradable formula is safe for reefs and the aquatic environment & packaged in 100% recyclable tubes
  • Cruelty-free – never tested on animals – only tested on humans per FDA OTC Sunscreen Monograph regulations
  • Dermatologist recommended

From Katie:

The winner gets all 6 formulas with a variety of tinted shades so that she can blend them to get the perfect color for her skin tone. What I found is that the various shades all blend in really well and are almost unseen when used as sunscreen, which is really nice for adults who don’t want the “Casper the friendly ghost” look common with most natural sunscreen options.

Kabana’s ingredients are just so simple and pure that it was easy to choose this sunscreen as the very top option at my natural sunscreen reviews, so it was a short leap to realizing the tinted blends would make a great foundation.

Kabana is our family’s go-to sunscreen, Green Screen with added Vitamin D for the kids and the tinted blends for adults.

Green Apple Cleansing Gel

Sponsored by JUICE BEAUTY
$26 value

From the company:Green Apple Cleansing Gel

This brightening cleanser will reveal a more refined complexion. Antioxidant-rich organic lemon, apple and sugar cane hydroxy-acids, purifying botanicals and plant-based cleansers exfoliate and deeply clean. Excellent for sun-damaged and aging skin.

Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Cleansing Gel is designed for all skin types (except sensitive skin), 20’s and up and is effective for hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and uneven skin tone and texture.

from Katie:

I didn’t get to test out exactly this product, but Juice Beauty’s concealer made a good impression on me – more here

Coupon code:

Receive $10 off any orders of $40 or more at Simply enter Promo Code KITCHEN at checkout. Expires 10/15/12.


Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via Rafflecopter, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

There are 10 possible entries! Here’s what you can do to win:

  1. *Mandatory entry: What do you prioritize when shopping for makeup? (in the form)
  2. Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
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  5. Sign up for the Juice Beauty Newsletter.
  6. Tell me what catches your eye about Kabana’s products or philosophy.
  7. Tell me if you “Like” MadeOn on Facebook.
  8. Email 5 friends about this giveaway along with the link to it. (Email subscribers can forward their message.)
  9. Follow @kitchenstew on Twitter
  10. Tweet this: Get beautiful with @kitchenstew and a natural #green makeup #giveaway worth over $200 [ENTER URL HERE]

Remember, comments here DO NOT COUNT. You must use the survey form.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will use Rafflecopter to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. The giveaway is open to [U.S. residents only.]  Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, October 5. I’ll post the winners the following week.

Disclosure:  I received products for my review at no charge, which of course did not affect my opinion in the least. Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from the natural makeup review. See my full advertising disclosure here.

Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by multiple companies 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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9 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Maura says

    I usually check out the skin deep website and look for items lower on their scale to buy. I would rather pay a little more for a less toxic makeup. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • says

      When you use the skin deep website, you need to make sure you read the details about why the products received the rating they did because EWG does not distinguish between healthy and no data available. In other words, a product could get a “0” rating if none of the ingredients were tested for safety and there was no data available.

      • maura says

        Thanks Christine, I did know that but it is good for people unfamiliar with the site to know this too! I appreciate you looking out for me!

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