I'm so excited to share with everyone the clean, vegan, cruelty-free subscription beauty box by a new company, @freebunni! ๐Ÿฅฐ This box was courtesy of Free Bunni, and I have not been paid for a review. 
That being said, I really, REALLY love this incredible box. 
Free Bunni is a quarterly subscription that will send you full sized products ($130 value) for $70. Before anyone hesitates, let's do the math:

4 boxes x $70/box is $280/year (or $17.50/mo). If you're paying an average of $25 every month for other boxes, that's $300/year. Right there you're saving money.

You also get 20 full size vegan products/year compared to a few handfuls of minis. ๐Ÿ’ธ

Finally, my review! Here is my full nightly face routine for the past 2 months: *Companies tagged*

Green Tea & Camellia Facial Cleanser: I've been using this cleanser nightly and it's like nothing I've ever tried. It gets super bubbly and fizzy and smells fresh. It's a really unique cleanser that helps take off my makeup every night. It kind of tickles actually and is fun to use. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Flower Water Toner: Next step is this toner. I'm absolutely obsessed with toners (hyperpigmentation) and this is by far THE BEST one I've ever tried. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Definitely my favorite box product. The difference in redness of my skin makes me feel good about myself.  It helps take off leftover makeup too. I also apply before makeup.

Physical Attraction Serum: I use this sparingly since hydration isn't big concern. ๐Ÿ’ฆ The colder months are drying out my cheek areas (no clue why) but this helps revitalize my skin.

Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream: This is such a neat product. I use this every night under my eyes to reduce puffiness. ๐Ÿ‘€ It helps with dark circles too, though that's not a concern for me. It smells incredible! โ˜•

Lavender Lemon Lotion: I use this everyday because my hands get really dry. ๐Ÿ‘ It's creamy and thick and soaks in beautifully. I usually don't use it for my face, but I will in place of the serum if I'm in the mood.

Do I recommend: YES! โœ…

Thank you SO MUCH to @freebunni for this opportunity. I've been using these on a daily/nightly basis the past 2 months and my skin makes me feel  so  beautiful.๐Ÿ‡ #mindovermango #gifted

I'm so excited to share...

I can say that I have tried quite a few face washes and mists over the past 2.5 years. So far, Iโ€™ve pretty much enjoyed all that Iโ€™ve tried. That being said, I can say that @lather has been my longest face wash that I have used on a consistent basis. โณ I partnered with LATHER for this post to give an honest review of their products in exchange for a discounted price. ๐Ÿ‡ *Unedited photos. I am wearing mascara, brow powder, and lip stain.*
LATHERโ€™S products are botanically based. ๐ŸŒฟ Their cleansing milk contains oat protein and sweet almond oil that helps to condition skin, while their face mist contains algae and witch hazel extract to clean and tighten pores. Being that it is also vegan and cruelty-free, I decided that it would likely be a no-brainer to test out. ๐Ÿฐ (Shout out to @joinpalm as well for the opportunity to do so)!
My skin has cleared up and more importantly has stayed clear since using these products on a nightly basis. ๐ŸŒ I tried a couple of other new products this month to break up the routine and now kind of regret it. I started breaking out again around my chin, jaw line, and under my cheek bones after straying from my LATHER routine. โ€ข
I like using this face wash every night, especially because it does a great job at removing leftover makeup from the day. My routine is as follows: 1๏ธโƒฃ Remove makeup with makeup wipe. 2๏ธโƒฃ Apply face cleanser and massage on my face and across my closed eye lids + lashes. 3๏ธโƒฃ Rinse, apply additional products as needed, and finish off with spritzing my LATHER face mist all over my face and across my neck and chest for a refreshing coolness on the skin. ๐ŸŒฌ
Would I recommend these products and this company to a friend. YES! ๐Ÿฅฐ Absolutely. Iโ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed using these goods and look forward to my nightly routine after coming home from the day. I can only speak highly of this company and have had great experiences with their products. ๐Ÿ’˜
Thank you so much to @lather and @joinpalm for this wonderful chance to find new skincare products that have been working wonders on my skin! ๐Ÿ˜ธ I think Iโ€™ll continue sticking to my routine for a while. ๐Ÿ˜† #mindovermango #collab

I can say that I...

I am so incredibly blessed to be apart of the cruelty-free community! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ @petitvour has once again graciously gifted me their vegan monthly beauty box, this time for August 2019. ๐Ÿ“ฆ I've uploaded an "unboxing" on my IGTV of the goods that came in this month's box. ๐Ÿ“บ For as low as $15 a month you can receive up to $50 worth of vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free beauty products to your doorstep. ๐Ÿฐ If you love what you received, you can buy duplicates or full sizes of any products you received in your box on their website.
Featured in this month's box:
1๏ธโƒฃ Lengthening Organic Mascara by @harvestnaturalbeauty - $18
2๏ธโƒฃ Pa'akai Cleansing Cream by @honuaskincare - $12
3๏ธโƒฃ Essential Radiance Toner by @dermae- $2.50 
4๏ธโƒฃ Blemish Clearing Serum by @juicebeauty - $15
5๏ธโƒฃ Envie Desoir Natural Perfume by Petite Histoire (@becomealover) - $5
6๏ธโƒฃ Noir by Antonym Eyeliner by @antonymcosmetics - $19
Total box value: $71.50
Total savings: $56.50
Check out my IGTV for a real inside look at this month's box to learn more about the products and my thoughts and experiences about them all. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ‡
Thank you so much to Petit Vour for your kindness and generosity to the animals, and also to this Mango, too! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿฅญ #mindovermango

I am so incredibly blessed...

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Portugal Pinup. ๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday (as everyone outside the US seems to call it) on Sao Jorge Island in the Azores! ๐ŸŒ I shot this on my DJI Mavic 2 Pro, who right now is getting the love he needs in the DJI repair shop because I crashed my baby while away on vacation a day after this image was shot. ๐Ÿ˜ญ That being said, I'm so incredibly grateful for the amazing footage I was able to capture prior to the accident! ๐Ÿ›ฉ #fromwhereidrone #womenwhodrone #mindovermango

Drone shot from my holiday...

I went on this crazy bathing suit shopping spree right before my trip to the Azores because I hadn't bought myself a bathing suit for the past 6 years. ๐Ÿ˜ญ So if I'm doing my math correctly, 5 new bathing suits = 30 more years until I need to buy another one. ๐Ÿงฎ #mindovermango

I went on this crazy...

I couldn't decide which background to choose, so I chose all of them. ๐Ÿค— I wanted to introduce some of you to a product (and company) you probably have never heard of before. @hairshotsbyamy is a unique hair goods company who has created their own "hair perfumes" that are meant to be used to freshen up your locks when they need it. ๐Ÿ‘ง

This company states that "hair shots starts where shampoo leaves off". ๐Ÿ›€ Often times the scent of our shampoos vanishes after washes, and during our workouts, our heads naturally get sweaty (and maybe a little bit smelly too). ๐Ÿ˜ท This heat activated hair fragrance helps to #sweetenyourlocks and keeps your hair smelling fresh when you need it most. 
Amy was cool enough to send me over two of her bottles (of course I had to try a mango scent) that I was able to bring with me on my vaca to the Azores recently. ๐Ÿ›ฉ I figured with the heat and vaca activities, I might need a little refresh and I'm thankful that these cute bottles gave my hair a much needed boost. ๐Ÿ™‚

They come in all kinds of scents, so you can pick what you may like best. I need to say that the Asian Green is probably my favorite, and I highly recommend trying out this scent if you're in the market for a new type of hair product with benefits. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅญ Thank you Amy for letting me give your products a test run. I'm grateful and look forward to using my new hair shots again in the future! ๐Ÿ™‚ #mindovermango #hairshots

I couldn't decide which background...

I'm so excited to finally share this! Mind Over Mango has been published in @dyemag! ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ“– I've been wanting to share for weeks but needed the hard copy to be in my hands to make it feel official. ๐Ÿ™ So much of this is in thanks to my incredible Fiancรฉ, Cassio of @cdv.creative (also known as @stacking_shit). ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ฐ Cassio helped with this project by photographing all of the content that was accepted into this issue of Dye Magazine. ๐Ÿ“š He has been very supportive of my passion for expressing myself through imagery and has taken on the role of a photographer like a champ! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ’ช Thank you so much to meu amor, and thank you for the publication Dye Mag! (P.S. The last two published images were from my first ever brand campaign featuring @trafficpeople! Pink dress in the first image and full page spread from @dreamsisterjane.) #mindovermango

I'm so excited to finally...

Alder New York Breaks Boundaries in “Genderless” Beauty

๐Ÿง Overview of Alder New York ๐Ÿง

Welcome back to Mind Over Mango and thank you for stopping by! Today I’m sharing my latest skincare experiences on a new company I recently discovered in partnership with Join Palm: Alder New York. Today we will be focusing on two products in particular from this company: their Everyday Face Cleanser and their Clarifying Face Mask.

Before we move any further I want to state that I did receive these products for free to test out and give my honest review. I strive to create content as authentic as possible, and thus all opinions are based on my own experiences. Here you will be able to read about “who these are for” and “who these are not for” in order to make your best judgment as to whether or not you think these will work for you. I was not paid nor specifically asked to write this blog article; it was my own choice to do so. Please feel free to refer to my Privacy + Disclosure page for more information on transparency as well as partnered content on my platforms.

Clean, vegan, and holistic, Alder New York is a genderless beauty company. Their claim to fame is that their products can be used by anyone – it doesn’t matter what gender you identify with. They are also a cruelty-free company as well. Their products are formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, silicone, and a bunch of other junk that other beauty products are secretly loaded with.

Alder New York Mind Over Mango Vegan Skincare
Aside from some color adjustments these photos are pretty much unedited. This is my bare skin without any makeup or Photoshop. You will see I have some blemishes around my mouth and chin, which are smaller and less red after using this product.

๐Ÿ’ฆ Everyday Face Cleanser ๐Ÿ’ฆ

I found immediate use for Alder New York’s Everyday Face Cleanser, as thus I decided to test this product out first. I used this product several nights in a row before bedtime. After dampening my face, I applied a single pump of product and worked it into my skin in circular motions. One thing you need to remember is to dampen your face before application. The consistency starts very gel-like and turns into a light foam as you apply it.

I have frequent breakouts. I also have hyperpigmentation issues, and the skin on my face gets blotchy, especially at night. So for me, it is 100% necessary that any skincare product I use addresses these issues. After rinsing this product off, I noticed that my acne was less inflamed and skin was actually significantly less red than it was just a minute or two before. The formula is pH balanced with a low dose of glycolic acid, which I believe to be the biggest reason for this outcome.

Alder New York Mind Over Mango Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

โœ… Who this is for โœ…

First of all, this product is for any gender. Just because I’m a female doesn’t mean it’s a “girly” face cleanser. Alder New York stresses that their products are truly meant for anyone who wants to try them. Second, If you are seeking skincare that that will address issues such as inflammation, you very well might enjoy using this product. You also don’t need to have skincare issues though to use this – it’s a great all-around cleanser that does the job. It’s also lightweight and there is no real scent. If you hate products with added fragrance, this would be a great choice for you.

โŒ Who this is not for โŒ

If you don’t like gel-like consistencies or any foaminess in your cleansers, then this may not be your cup of tea. Alder New York states this it is a very low foam product, which I don’t deny, however, mine did get pretty foamy. Would it still be considered low foam? Probably. For me, it was a perfect balance. However, if you’re not into that for whatever reason, then this may not be the right choice for you.

The price point may also be a snag in your sweater. At $28 USD, it is a decent cost for a product. That being said, it is 8 fl oz. At one or two pumps a night, this product is bound to set you up for many more months in the future. Even though you very well could save money in the end, the initial cost may catch some people off guard, which is understandable if you’re on a tighter budget.

๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ Clarifying Face Mask ๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ

Confession: I have never used a mud mask before, which meant I was excited to finally try one out for the first time! I used a flat makeup foundation brush to smooth the product all over my face in even strokes. I wouldn’t recommend using your hands because it is mud (and charcoal), so it will get messy. The consistency is very smooth and I had no issues with chunkiness.

The photos seen here were my first application of it. I had it on longer than the recommended time (because I was taking photos of course) so I didn’t get the full effects of it on my first go. My skin got a little dry, which is 100% expected given I passed the 3 – 5-minute mark. My acne was less inflamed though, which I was really surprised about. I expected it would actually flair it up even more because I had it on too long but this wasn’t the case. I wanted to give this product a fair shot though so I did the mask one more time to see how it would work. After rinsing in cool water, my skin felt soft and radiant. My pores were smaller and my skin was tighter without being too tight.

Alder New York Vegan Skincare Set

โœ… Who this is for โœ…

This product is definitely for any mask junkie who loves a good skincare facial. If you have issues with large pores or blackheads, this would be a great option for you to try out. I noticed that it actually began pushing out those impurities on my face after just the first application. It’s also a smooth consistency that doesn’t go on too thick. If you like thin layers, this so for you.

โŒ Who this is not for โŒ

Speaking of thin layers, if you like to have thicker masks, this mask won’t exactly give you what you are looking for. It’s not buildable, though it doesn’t really need to be. Still, I get the obsession with a pure black mud mask, so with that in mind, you may choose to bypass this one. If you prefer peel-off masks, know that this is meant as a wash-off. It can also stick to your skin a bit but I didn’t have any issues with either. The price point is again a concern that some will encounter. A single packet comes in at $6 USD. It states it’s for single-use, however, I have already had two uses out of it with still some product left to go.

Alder New York Vegan Skincare Cruelty Free Mud Mask

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ The Verdict ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ

Alder New York has created very low-risk products. There are only a couple of things I can pull from that I may see that other consumers will not favor so much (because let’s face it, there’s literally no product in existence that’s 100% perfect for every single person). I really love that they strongly advocate genderless beauty products. It pushes the envelope on what society has created in terms of “beauty standards”, and it’s refreshing that we are seeing companies such as Alder New York popping up and taking a stand.

I genuinely recommend this company and I’m pleased with my experiences using Alder New York’s products. Their customer service is also great – I was sent a little personalized note that was hand-signed by Co-Founder Nina Zilka, which showed me that they really cared about my opinion and wanted to give me the best experience they could upon opening my package. Also, the packaging was very cute and well put together, which is always a plus! You can purchase their products directly from their website or on my Amazon storefront.

What are your thoughts on clean beauty products like these? Have you ever tried Alder New York? Would you like to see more articles outlining genderless beauty products? Leave me a comment below and let’s chat!

xoxo Sara

P.S. A special thank you to Join Palm and Alder New York for allowing me to test out these products and give an honest review. I appreciate your generosity and I am very grateful. You can check them out here and here.

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  • Delia Atenea
    April 30, 2019

    I have a feeling I’d really like this face mask! I’m a big fan of masks and with what you’ve described I need to try this one out!

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 1, 2019

      Hi Delia! I bet you would, it’s very easy to apply and also very smooth as well. No clumps in mine, so I’d expect the same from yours! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Cass
    April 30, 2019

    Great read, and great product photography as usual!

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 1, 2019

      Awww thank you so much, Cass! That really means a lot to me coming from you. I appreciate your comment and that you read my blog post very much, bichi. ๐Ÿค—

  • kileen
    May 1, 2019

    Love face masks and this one sounds amazing! Love what they stand for, thanks for sharing!

    cute & little

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      Face masks are amazing! Honestly, I wish that I could do them every day. I love what Alder New York stands for as well though. All positive things. You’re welcome, but thank you for stopping by!

  • Stephanie
    May 1, 2019

    One of the things that I like is that they kept their packaging very minimal, which appeals to all people! It sounds like the cleanser is one I would really like – and I don’t find $28 to be all that crazy, if it does an excellent job with my acne and hyperpigmentation (yay we can be buddies haha). Thank you for sharing this detailed review of the brand!

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      Yes, I love the minimalism of it! I think that in itself is very on-trend right now. I also think it’s hard to go wrong with this cleanser though, so I bet you would! The $28 price point is fine by me too. Haha – yes, skin problem buddies! Thank you so much, Stephanie!

  • Deborah
    May 1, 2019

    I admit, I’ve never heard of this brand but I will for sure check it out! Clean beauty is the best beauty, I say. I also like that they call their products genderless (ban the pink tax!) That cleanser sounds perfect for me – I don’t mind a bit of foam ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      Oh, the pink tax! Isn’t that so terrible? It’s like being punished for what naturally occurs with women. I’d have to look up all the pink tax products that are out there, but I’m sure that there’s a handful of “cleanliness” products with it tacked on there. Also, I think the foam is great. ๐Ÿ˜€ I heard that some people don’t like foam though! Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, Deborah!

  • Azanique S. Rawl
    May 2, 2019

    I’ve been scouting out more clean beauty products since the beginning of the year! I need to grab this face mask from Alder New York ๐Ÿ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      Same here! I’m definitely on a “clean kick” and it’s not slowing down. I don’t see myself turning back at this point! Alder New York has been wonderful to my skin though. Again, a very “low risk” kind of company. Thanks for stopping by, Azanique!

  • Nataly
    May 2, 2019

    Iโ€™ve never heard of this brand before, but Iโ€™m interested to check it out. Great review and I love how you included who itโ€™s intended for…super helpful.

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      Oh, thank you so much, Nataly! I’m really happy to hear that feedback. I really enjoyed looking at these products from all angles, even if they worked well for me I know there’s no “one size fits all” in skincare! I’m happy you found it helpful, thank you!

  • Taylor Mobley
    May 2, 2019

    I have never tried this brand before – but it sounds super intriguing!

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 3, 2019

      They are a pretty new company (at least by my standards they are). They started out in 2016, so about 3 years old. Pretty young, still!

  • I really love their mission to take gender out of the equation and create clean products that work for everyone!! I also love their branding. Very clean, minimalistic and refreshing in my book!

  • Whitney
    May 7, 2019

    This clarifying face mask sounds like a must try! Iโ€™m a mask collector and love trying new options.

  • Gita Woosley
    May 8, 2019

    Ok I love the genderless message behind this product and also that its vegan. I’m all about supporting brands with that is more than just “beauty”

    • Mind Over Mango
      May 22, 2019

      Same, Gita! I think it’s a really unique approach by branding as a genderless company and in this day and age, it’s extremely relevant!

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