Springtime giveaway bundle with new “ecoluxe” boutique: Philtre


Heidi Craig, founder of the “ecoluxe” online retailer Philtre, contacted us a few months back to let us know about the launch of her new site. I checked it out immediately and was drawn to the brands she carries: your natural favorites like Acure, Alima Pure, Meow Meow Tweet, Dr. Alkaitis, and Rahua (just to name a few)… and also some very exciting brands that I have yet to try, but that are perfectly in line with Unsullied’s motto. Alaska Glacial Mud Co., Camamu, COOLA, Innersense, and OSEA were on this list, among many others. After a two hour conversation with Heidi on the phone, I not only made a new friend, but was so supremely impressed with her mission.

Philtre, based in San Francisco, is not only a non-toxic, cruelty free, ethically produced online boutique, but it also only sells products that are made in the U.S. This all-natural haven was formed after Heidi spent four years working with the United Nations and realized just what an impact our personal shopping decisions can have on health, environment, economy and quality of life. She wanted to create a place where people could shop and feel good about what they were buying, and committed a great amount of detail and hard work into streamlining Philtre into the green beauty veritable CANDY STORE it is today. Okay, they don’t actually sell candy…but they may as well to me, because brands like By Nieves and Persephenie are my equivalent to a big chocolate bunny the size of my 12-pound cat. What I mean is: Philtre is my happy place!

Heidi is so passionate about what she does, and facilitating a way for people to not only be healthier, but happier in their beauty/grooming choices. She has something for everyone on her site: moms, teens, and even couples! The men’s boutique is particularly extensive, not just the typical beard oil and organic shaving cream you find on most sites akin to Philtre. Men are often left out of the loop in terms of clean products and branding, and it puts a smile on my face to see Philtre appealing to them, and also curating for them. There is, after all, NO reason the men in your life should be using Old Spice body wash. (And NO ONE should have to be subjected to Axe…no one. I’m lookin’ to YOU, guy I ride the subway with every mornin’. You’re killin’ me softly. Everyday.)

Now…onto the GIVEAWAY!

Heidi sent me some of her favorite brands from the “left coast” to sample for our “it’s finally spring!” giveaway… and oh man. Whether you are a California native and are enjoying 80 degree weather already, or you are on the east coast/midwest and are watching (hopefully) the last of that snow melt… you are going to go bananas for this basket o’ goodness! It’s all ya need for spring weather.


The goods:

  • Dr. Alkaitis Organic Night Cream: This is one of Philtre’s richest face creams and a tried and true favorite for many. It has botanicals in it that stimulate cell renewal and smells yummeh! This is a truly luxurious bedtime ritual for me.
  • COOLA Matte Tint Mineral Sunscreen for Face: This stuff freaks everyone out who tries it. It’s serious SPF 30, but seems to disappear on your skin. Having tried this out on my hours-long Farmer’s Market trip this weekend, I can attest that this is truly one of the best facial sunscreens I have ever used. It was the first time I bought my veggies without that slimy, sticky sheen even the best of natural suncreens give you. This is like a magic act.
  • By Nieves “C” Perfect Skin: Everyone who reads this blog knows how much of a sucker I am for a good serum. My weird combination skin lives and dies by them! A nice small-batch formula with the added brightening, free-radical protection of vitamin C. No chemical emulsifiers, so just shake and use. Fun fact: You can put this on if you accidentally get sunburned. It will give you a cooling sensation and reduce discomfort!
  • Innersense Pure Harmony Shampoo & Pure Inspiration Conditioner: Natural, but doesn’t leave a film and has a light natural citrusy scent with hint of floral. Perfect as we enter the warm months. This will make your hair light, bouncy, and fancy free! My hair feels cleaner than it has in a long time after using this combo, plus, their label is made from tree-free stone paper. Isn’t that cool?

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The next time you do a beauty haul, check out Philtre. They’re the real deal, and in my opinion, one of the most honest, thoughtful, and FUN places to shop for your favorite all natural brands. Free shipping on orders $75 and up, too.

Happy springtime from Unsullied and Philtre!

  • pauline

    I am just starting to switch over to more natural products and Philtre sounds like a great place to learn about and shop for new products! Definitely eyeing that vitamin C serum – love all brightening products.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Philtre is a great jumping off point to getting introduced to awesome green beauty brands- you can trust everything on their site, curated for your needs. It’s an all natural haven for sure!

      • Chickie Brewer

        I like the Organic Night cream… I haven’t had a really good night cream in a while.

  • http://themindfulgarden.wordpress.com Heather

    I would especially like to try the innersense shampoo and conditioner because I’ve been searching for natural haircare products I haven’t tried. I’ve been using the same brand for about a year now so I would like to switch it up!

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      They smell great, and work amazingly. Another cool bonus to them Innersense collection is that a little goes a long way, as you will find. I have a LOT of hair and am shocked at how little I need to get a good lather going.

      • http://themindfulgarden.wordpress.com Heather

        Oh wow! That’s really good to hear :) which line from the brand do you like the best?

      • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

        Oh gosh that is hard! I think the Pure Inspiration line is probably my favorite though… and great for all hair types overall! Very light weight moisture, not heavy at all, not greasy!

      • http://www.innersensebeauty.com Innersense Organic Beauty

        We love hearing your feedback, Kathryne! It made our morning to read this first thing. Thank you for sharing!

  • Joey

    The Nieves serum looks lovely! I’m a combo skin girl too…

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      It is such an awesome product. I love the smell and how it absorbs into my skin. I use it day and night!

  • Innersense Organic Beauty

    We’re excited to be part of Kathryne’s and Philtre’s giveaway. @heatherrette:disqus, our products are toxin-free, organic and cruelty-free with leaping bunny certification, too. We use no synthetic fillers, so you’re hair will be very clean. Good luck to all the entrants!

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Absolutely a superior shampoo/conditioner… I can’t imagine going back to what I was using before! Hooked! No residue, my hair feels so CLEAN and happy! :D

  • http://ruhi.wordpress.com/ Ruhi

    Such a beautiful giveaway – all wonderful products! Would love to try the Coola sunscreen since I’ve heard so much about it :)


    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      So glad you think so… we love them all so much!

  • Hannah

    I’ve had my eye on the coola mineral sunscreen for a while- looks like a totally amazing pick for summer!

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Oh… it IS. !!!!

  • Sarah

    I would love to try the sunscreen.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      It is a dream… you must try it, it will change your life! :0)

  • Katharine T

    Would love to try the shampoo and conditioner. I’m pretty happy with my skincare and makeup at the moment, but my hair is in the need of some serious lovin’, Thanks for this opportunity!! :)

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Sure thing, Katharine! Love the spelling of you name, btw- mine is Kathryne, I bet we BOTH can’t get monogrammed pencils because they’re always spelled “Katherine” or “Kathryn!” :D You will love Innersense. :D

      • Katharine T

        Oh and like almost every award I got in school was spelled wrong one way or another… Isn’t individuality awesome! ;P

      • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

        Me too!! Even now- so often employers or directors will spell my name wrong in the credits… but whatever- we’ve taken a very commonly used name and made it our own! But yours— I mean… Katharine HEPBURN, people. She is the only Katharine we need for reference. Catherine The Great too. :D Katharine/Kathryne the Great! :D

      • Katharine T

        Preach it!

  • Judith

    Obvioulsy, my favourite product is the Coola Sunscreen… I’m super curious about it and it seems that here in the UK is out of stock everywhere! :(

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      It’s so sheer and perfect for the face… seriously! I hope they stock that up soon! :D

  • http://WWW.ALKAITIS.COM Trish Alkaitis

    A big THANK YOU to both Philtre and Kathryne for including us in this amazing spring time Give-Away and for the wonderful review. Our RAW, living, organic cremes have a texture of whipped butter and are very concentrated but designed to be absorbed into the skin. They will never leave an oily layer on the skin, but rather absorbs quickly while giving full hydration and nourishment. If you find you want a little more ‘slip’ all you have to do is apply your creme directly on top of your damp Herbal Toner and massage in well. You do not need to let the products dry off in between but rather you can nicely layer them on right on top of one another. You can also add one drop of Nourishing Treatment Oil into any of our cremes for extra hydration.
    Wishing the winner a Happy Spring!
    to your health + beauty,
    Trish Alkatis from Dr. Alkaitis Organics

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Thanks so much for reading, we are so honored to be a part of this giveaway for such an amazing product and line of fantastic, organic, skincare! :D

  • Juliea Smith

    I am obsessed with Dr Alkaitis’ products and the night cream is one of my favorites. His products completely cleared acne that I’ve been suffering with for 20 years. I would love to try the other products in the giveaway.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      That is such a great story and testament. Wow! :D Yes, this whole line is amazing and we love it so much!

  • ginger g.

    I would love to try the shampoo for the first time!!

  • Sara

    Would love to try Dr. Alkaitis organic night creme and treatment masks! ^_^ ty!

  • Samantha Hall Drawant

    All the products sound amazing, but I really would love to have the Dr. Alkaitis night

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      It’s soooo good! Smells amazing and works beyond well.

      • Samantha Hall Drawant

        Not going to lie, love good smelling things :)

  • Kira King

    I would love to sample any of these goods! But especially the Coola Mineral Sunscreen, since I have just run out of my beloved Devita and would like to experiment with something new.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Coola is so great and non sticky/ very sheer— you will love it! :D

  • alyssa

    I’d love to try Coola now that summer is upon us!

  • the_ecodiaries

    In love with your site and with what you do! Will def be following and sharing your posts with my readers! And fave? Probably mineral sunscreen. Still trying to find a clean screen to wear this summer #palepeopleproblems!

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Yay! So happy you like our site- we love posting on things like this :D I am sooooo pale too- sunscreen is a must for me everyday in LA- I have LOVED Coola! :D Totally worth checking out!

  • tima

    defo the COOLA sunscreen, it;s always out of stock when i want to buy it in the UK! i’ve been wanting it for years :-)

  • eni

    My pick is Dr. Alkaitis Night Creme, should be great as Dr. Alkaitis eye cream I enjoyed a lot.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      Love their whole amazing line… can’t go wrong with any one of them! :D

  • http://dreamandscheme.wordpress.com Dream & Scheme

    I always love discovering new green beauty stores and this one sounds great. I’d love to try the COOLA Matte Tint Mineral Sunscreen for Face especially as I plan on hitting the beach come summer.

    • http://getunsullied.com/ Unsullied

      The site is so awesome- great descriptions, and all green and good for you :D

  • Isabel

    The shampoo and conditioner have me intrigued :)


  • Jasanna

    The night cream is my favorite!!

  • http://www.callitvanity.com Call It Vanity

    Always love hearing about new stores! Thanks for the scoop ladies.

    Mayah x

  • bubbles

    I would love to try the Dr. Alkaitis Organic night cream! :o)