Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Single-Serving Natural Beauty? La Fresh Covers Your Bases.

Natural beauty products that don't violate your wallet are hard to come by. Finding travel-friendly versions is harder than finding a needle in a haystack... or, at least it seems to be. In my internet window-shopping, I came across LA Fresh eco-beauty singles. LA Fresh offers a plethora of products (makeup remover, nail polish remover, face cleanser, body lotion, deodorant, etc.) in single-serving packets that can be tossed in your purse or luggage, without the fear of exploding products staining (or even worse, stinking up) that overpriced designer bag you just had to have. I didn't get my hands on everything LA Fresh has to offer, but I did get to try the acetone-free nail polish remover, waterproof makeup remover, and anti-bacterial wipes.

 I really love the packaging the LA Fresh products come in. Simple yet inviting, with the ingredients listed on the pack. The bags open with a metal snap on the top, so no annoying plastic zipper that breaks and decorates your bag with packets. The bags can also be reused, as the cardboard insert with product information is removable.

The first product I tested was the Healthy Hand Sanitizer. I wanted to give this a run for its money, so I used it after giving my cats their treats, which are pungent, to say the least. My hands stunk of freeze-dried whitefish. When I opened the packet, I opened up the wipe, which is a pretty decent size. The scent is light, and does not remind me of a doctor's office. Most anti-bacterial wipes smell annoyingly sterile. These smelled really nice! They also removed the fish scent from my hand. My skin dried quickly, but was not dried out. Definitely a plus! 

I used the Waterproof Makeup Remover next. Now, I am not one to wear makeup on the regular (tinted lip moisturizer and oil-free moisturizer is my routine), but I went all out, well, at least all out for me, in order to test these babies. I put on lipstick, creme eyeshadow, waterproof liquid eyeliner, and mascara. I went out for a few hours for a friend's birthday party, then used this before bed. The scent of the wipe was strong, but smelled nice regardless. The wipe was a decent size, and got all of my makeup off quickly. The only downfall? My face felt super oily, but the wipe IS primarily oil-based. I waited a few minutes to go into the bathroom and wash my face, to see if the scent faded. It did, but not as much as I would have liked. But, I am a gal who doesn't use perfume and avoids strong scents. For some, this might be just fine. When I washed my face, the scent disappeared, which I liked.

The last product I tried was the Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover. I used it to remove Essie's Pretty Edgy from my toes. When I opened the package, I had to double-check to make sure this was the nail polish remover. It smelled amazing. How is this humanly possible? Nail polish remover is supposed to burn your nostrils, right? Well, this smelled the best out of all three products I tested. The wipe is textured, which would be really useful for those stubborn glitter polishes. I recommend starting with your smaller toes, and working your way inward, as the wipe will become covered in polish. I only used this on my toes, but there is no way I would have been able to use it for both my hands and feet. If you want to remove a mani/pedi, make sure you have two packets on hand.

Overall? LA Fresh packets are definitely worth purchasing. Not only are these good on the go, they would be great as a backup if you run out of your usual product, and would be really great in a goodie bag for a gal's birthday party. I really want to try their deodorant packets, simply because the fact that its deodorant in a packet is intriguing. I'm also curious to see how their sunscreen, insect repellent and dental mitts work. LA Fresh is running a sale on numerous items on their site, and offers free shipping over $50. I also noticed they carry items for men, pets and your tech gadgets. That makes it a bit easier to rack up $50 on the site, now that you can cover your bases for all of the travelers in your house.

Have you come across any other natural to-go products that you love? If so, let me know. These are the first that I have found that fit my needs.


  1. These products sound great for travel - especially the face wipes and nail polish remover.

    1. Yeah, they really are! I've been toting around the hand sanitizer wipes in my bag. Also great for gym bags as well.