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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered.  The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  Are you a Target shopper?  If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.

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Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection.  These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.

Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador.  The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here).  This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum.  It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist.  Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.

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Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each).  I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now.  These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair.  Key Ingredients include:  Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair.  Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation.  I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.

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Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood.  The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products.  The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome.  Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.

Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink.  Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors.  Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured.  Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics.  10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind.  They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.

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Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school.  These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family.  They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.

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Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods.  Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.  It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice.  But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.

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Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target.  Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains.  Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin.  It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.

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The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love.  The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands.  It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most.  It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family.  Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more.  With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs.  It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.

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The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house.  It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera.  Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients.  Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals.  I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this.  Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue.  Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse.  Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent.  I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.

Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60)  I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one.  Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth.  These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler.  But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it.  I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.

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Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free).  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do.  Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us.  Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables.  Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard.  The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors:  Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham.  They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery.  My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.

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Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.  The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack.  The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs.  These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new.  The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free.  Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria.  What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies.  I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.

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As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands.  This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.

It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.

Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website:  http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.

Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.

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Disclaimer:  The products discussed in this post were sent for review and feature consideration and as gifts.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

 

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This gel like textured product is what I use in combination with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.  You can find the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle at most drug stores like CVS and Walgreens and at Walmart and a few other places as well.  I started using this product before I tried out the Enhancing Smoothie and I fell in love with this product after the first use. I applied it to my damp hair and worked the product into my ends and towards my roots.  I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week and this container (12oz) has lasted me about 6 months because I really just need enough to work into the ends of my hair.

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The gel like texture doesn’t make your hair dry or leave it feeling crispy – which I love.  And, I’m not sure if it is because of the ingredients in the product, but my hair seems to dry much faster (air dry) when I have this product in my hair.  It has a light coconut and hibiscus smell and I love that I can run my fingers through my hair without my fingers or my wide tooth comb getting stuck.  This product costs approximately $11.99 and is a pretty great investment considering the amount of product you are getting.

Just like the Curl Enhancing Smoothie, there are no Parabens, Phthalates, Paraffin, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil and Synthetic Fragrances.  And, of course – since it’s a Shea Moisture product, that means they do not test on animals – yay!  I have tried a lot of products on my hair, some of my favorite brands include: CatWalk, Sexy Hair, Paul Mitchel, Curls, Moroccan Oil, Macadamia, Parnevu… and the list is always increasing as I am constantly trying new products.  But, there is just something about this product and the C.E.S. that I love from Shea Moisture and I especially love that my hair feels light, looks shiny and it not weighed down or feels gritty or dirty.  Again – no crunchy and stiff feeling hair and when you look at my hair, you would never know I had product in it.  It looks natural and feels and smells great.  And, I forgot to mention this, but the products include Shea butter which is what keeps my hair so soft… LOVE IT!

I do suggest switching up your hair products from time to time so that your hair does not develop build up or get used to a certain product. I do know however, that this brand and line of products will be a favorite for years to come.

I will be reviewing my shampoo / conditioner I use as well as other hair products I love and cherish – so stay tuned.  For photos of how my hair looks using these products, be sure to check out my review on the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

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I’m not going to lie… growing up – I HATED MY HAIR (note the all caps).  My hair was super curly (even more than it is now) and it was difficult to style and work with and to top it all off, I had very very long hair, down to my knees long.  Most of my life I wore my hair pulled back in a pony tail because it was just so much to deal with and when I got older and graduated from high school, flat irons were truly my best friend.

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Just about two years ago, I decided that it was time to stop fighting my natural curls and embrace them for what they were.  I had so many people tell me that I had beautiful hair and all I could think about was how difficult it was to deal with and keep the craziness at bay.  It’s been almost two years since I have added any heat products to my hair and over the last year I have been trying out new products that I have been truly loving.

Now – if you know anything about me, it’s that I use affordable shampoo and conditioners (because I have so much hair, I need a lot of it) and expensive hair styling products, serums and gels, etc.  Currently – my hair care routine consists of the Suave Professionals Hair care line for Shampoo and conditioner and my serums include my Holy Grail Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil from Dr. Bonner’s and Macadamia Oil from Macadamia.  But, I have a few products that I use to help keep my curls soft and enhance the shine and moisture of my natural curls.
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Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie (click here to see my review on the Curling Souffle) acts as a leave-in conditioner for me.  I do use it in combination with other products as well – Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Souffle and products from Curls, but I use the Enhancing Smoothing right after I get out of the shower when my hair is still damp and in some cases – wet.  What is so awesome about this product is that it lasts forever…  for some reason, after each use – because of the smoothie texture, it doesn’t seem to lessen in product when I look in the jar.  Anyhow, I apply a good amount to my hair and work into my hair from my ends to my roots.  This light weight formula smells yummy – like coconut with just a hint of hibiscus but keeps my ends hydrated and my hair feeling soft and full of body.

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The product’s texture is very creamy – but also feels like a mix of cream and foam.  It isn’t sticky and once the product dries, it does not leave a crispy feeling in my hair.  My hair doesn’t look or feel like I have product in it – but it does have a gorgeous shine and looks healthy and my curls are naturally revived.  I was taught from a young age by my Uncle who was a Hair Dresser that hair should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks to keep it healthy and growing so it is a habit I have had all my life and I stick to it.  Right now – my hair in its curly form reaches to my buttocks in length and I trim about 3-5 inches every 2 months to keep my ends healthy.  The SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie takes the place of my leave in conditioner (not all the time – but often) and helps to keep my curls at bay.  I love using this product along with the Curling Souffle because it is made for Thick, Curly Hair and has Coconut Oil, Silk Protein & Neem Oil.

Looking for a product that leaves out all the harsh ingredients that many on the market have today?  Shea Moisture’s products do not include the following:  Parabens, Phthalates, Paraffin, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil and Synthetic Fragrance.  Many of those additives dry out my hair terribly and Mineral oil tends to cause my hair line to break out in pimples, so the fact that it does not include these items is a big deal to me.  You can find this product and the other one I’ll be writing about as well at most drug stores like CVS, Walgreens and even Walmart.  I tend to buy mine at Walgreens when they have sales or to use my points.  The container includes 12oz worth of product and will cost you approximately $11.99.  What tops the cake for me on these products is that they do not test on animals… woohoo!

I have fine curly hair and over the years the dying and heat tools have really taken its toll on my hair.  The last 2 years I have really taken an interest in taking care of it and I’m happy to see how far my locks have come.  I have always been admired for my hair, but now – I am so excited to wear my hair down.  Shea Moisture products have been awesome.  This is the second scent of products I tried, the original ones (I don’t remember the name of the scent) did not smell very nice and so I will keep to my Coconut & Hibiscus.

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