Category Archives: Product Reviews

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Why I Ditched My Brita Water Pitcher for a Kishu Charcoal Stick (A Review)

My biggest issue with purified water pitchers like Brita and Pur is that although they are made of BPA-free plastic, they don’t make it easy for you to recycle the filters, therefore most consumers just throw them out in the regular trash, which contributes to more non-biodegradable plastic refuse in the environment. Made from a type of birch tree in Japan, Kishu Water Filters are mini “logs” of charcoal that fit into most standard sized pitchers, (I use a glass pitcher like this) and pull impurities out of the water similar to the way the charcoal inside of standard water filters do. I have a friend who swears by them so I decided to investigate.

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100 Percent Pure Maracuja Mascara Review

I have been looking for a mascara without parabens, pthalates, aluminum, cadmium (or half  of the periodic table)mascara for awhile now. But most either irritated my contacts or ran off my face before I’d even made it out the door. I have reviewed other 100 percent pure products and I like their brands, so I thought I’d try the mascara. Continue reading

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100 Percent Pure Foundation Review

You know how hard it is to find a foundation that performs well right? Well think about how hard it is finding one that performs well, is affordable AND doesn’t have any ikky ingredients! For women of color, the choices get REALLY limited. That’s why I was REALLY happy to find 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation.  Here’s what I think… Continue reading

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Review: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

I was visiting my mom when I happened to be in Target and saw SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque on sale. (Whew. That’s a mouthful!) Since I really needed to wash my hair and it had been a couple of weeks since my last DC. I decided to try it. Continue reading

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Acure Organics Night Cream Review

I do like to DIY many of my beauty products, but I often try to review other beauty products for my readers who aren’t into cooking up their own stuff. Enter Acure Organics Night Cream. I started using this product about 2 months ago and I’ve been having great results with it! Continue reading

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Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen Review

“This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood but the opinion is my own.”

 I’ve used sunscreen for years to protect my skin; in fact, it’s a vital part of my anti-aging regimen. However, I’ve always had a hard time finding a broad spectrum safe sunscreen with ingredients that won’t irritate my skin. That’s where Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen comes in.

When they contacted me to do a review of their product I was intrigued for several reasons. Their product does NOT contain any “ikky” ingredients, it’s biodegradable, non-nano and it comes in recyclable packaging. Not to mention, they sent me a bunch of product samples to try and they are giving all Savvy Brown readers a chance to try a FREE bottle of sunscreen!

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Upcycle, Repurpose and Reimagine With Kuttlefish

I grew up watching my Bermudian mother and cousins repurpose old items for new ones and use everything from napkins to tea bags more than once. Rainwater was collected in wells for tapwater, glass and shells were used as tile in walls and sand from the beach was rubbed into our skin as an exfoliant. No one thought it was “green” or “eco-friendly” it’s just what you did. Any other way of operating was considered “wasteful”. Well, that same sentiment is what prompted the creators of Kuttlefish to start their company. Kuttlefish is a community and marketplace where buyers meet sellers to exchange goods made with reused, recycled, upcycled content and found objects. Continue reading

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Review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo Shampoo

There aren’t that many products on my “goto” list, but Amazing Botanicals is definitely on there. I’ve spoken before about their Aloe Mint Spray as well as their Pumpkin Pomade, but I had yet to try their shampoo. So here’s my review of Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo. Continue reading

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Review: Shweat Scoop Clumping Cat Litter

I’ve talked about the dangers of clay cat litter before but it bears mentioning again. I stopped using silica-based clay cat litter for two reasons: Clay cat litter is bad for the environment because it is strip mined and the dust permeating the air from your cats’ kicking it around is bad for both you and your cats respiratory systems. So when Swheat Scoop contacted me* and asked if I would be interested in doing a review, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

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Review: MisFit Shine Activity Tracker

Back in February of this year when I decided to use some credit card points towards a new fitness tracker, I was actually looking to get the FitBit. However, after it was reportedly giving people chemical burns, I decided against it and went with the next highest rated tracker within my price range, the MisFit Shine. This review focuses on the Shine and the related free iPhone app ver. 1.13.2(warning: this post is pic heavy) Continue reading