Karelen is a Florida-based company that prides itself on making inexpensive beauty products free from glycols, parabens, mineral oils and petrolatum, and they never test on animals. It just launched a new beauty line with some serious smell-good skin and hair products. I took the plunge and tried out a few of these products to see if they can live up to the cult-like hype that e.l.f. has with its makeup. There are not a lot of other affordable beauty lines out there that follow the same quality standards as Karelen (believe me, I've looked), so here's a roundup of some of my favorites.
This is by far my favorite product. The pump-in-jar feature is pretty clever and easy to use, and the lotion instantly made a recent sunburn I experienced feel about a million times better. The Aloe There scent was my favorite with a sweet finish that made me smell pretty darn good for the day. And for $6, you get a generous 12-oz. size. I keep this on my desk at work now for maximum use.
Bath & Shower Gel
Shampoo + Conditioner
While the shampoo is a little on the thin side, when paired with the conditioner, this combo ($9 each) is great for all hair types. None of them made my hair feel heavy, which is a feat because I have crazy thick/colored hair. And the smell lasts through the next day, which is also a nice surprise.
Putting avocados in my hair was never on my radar, but the So Avocado-Liscious Hair Masque ($13) was a pretty fun thing to try. I have dyed hair, and this masque did a good job of making my locks feel less dry afterward. The scent isn't strong, so you won't be smelling like a California club sandwich for the rest of the day - in case you were worried.
My hair is thick. Really thick. Detangling products are always on my must-have list. The Aloe There! Detangler ($13) worked really well. I was able to get a comb through my dense mane with no issues, and for an added shine, I topped off with their Tea Tree Spritz ($11), which is good if you have dull or damaged hair.
This stuff is rad, y'all. It's a light oil infused with the oils of each main ingredient (like carrots and shea butter). It gives your hair and body a gentle glow, but doesn't go on filmy or thick like a lot of oils tend to. My fave is the Shea Your Way ($6) - it is soothing after a day at the beach.