Being in a constant search for cruelty-free, sustainable lifestyle products that are not only authentic but also inexpensive not only feels stressful but also impossible at times.

More often than not, I find myself becoming hopeless. My attention was brought to Surya Brasil, a company originally based solely in Brazil, that made their way to the USA in 1997. Fast forward twenty years– Surya Brasil now offers over 100 different products, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive some of their products to try out.

Needless to say, I am beyond impressed, and totally hooked! Not only is the packaging of each and every product appealing, but each and every product I’ve had the opportunity to try has blown me away– and what’s better than using products that help save not only animals but also the environment?

Not only is the packaging of each and every product appealing, but each and every product I’ve had the opportunity to try has blown me away– and what’s better than using products that help save not only animals but also the environment?

I’ve been using the Sapien Women Shampoo and the Sapien Women Shower Gel for over two weeks now, and my skin and hair not only look and feel great but also smell fantastic too. I love that these products are both eco-friendly, light-weight, and beneficial to my hair and my skin– along with the environment.

The body wash has a rich and natural coconut and mango scent, with a hint of raspberry and vanilla that is to die for, and the shampoo has a very similar scent.

After using hair products, dyes, and heat for years, this shampoo feels better than any shampoo I’ve ever used. After using this shampoo, my hair feels healthy, hydrated, and revitalized. Since it doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens like almost every other shampoo, you can truly feel the deep hydration that this shampoo gives.

The shampoo also makes my hair so smooth, I don’t even need conditioner (which is a blessing because my hair falls out too easily). After a few days of not washing my hair, my hair didn’t look as greasy or messy as it normally does when I go a few days without washing it.

The shower gel is also free of parabens and sulfates, along with synthetic fragrances, GMO’s and much more. Believe it or not, there are more chemicals than you’d think in your shampoo and body wash, that are more harmful than helpful.

Believe it or not, there are more chemicals than you’d think in your shampoo and body wash, that are more harmful than helpful. While these products claim to benefit you, they are actually harming you. These two products are now my go-to shampoo and body wash.

Along with skin care and hair care, I was also given nail polish– and let’s just say, I was thrilled. I have an obsession with nail polish, however, I always find myself applying it and removing it a day or two later because I can’t stand the look of chipped nails on myself.

I was given neutral, warm brown color, named after The Manned Wolf, which is the largest canid of South America. This color is fitting for almost any occasion.

The Exotic Animals Nail Polish Collection from Surya Brasil is inspired by the wonderful colors seen in nature. These polishes not only left my nails with a vibrant color, it also lasted longer than normal nail polishes!

What’s even better than the quality and long-lasting serum that these nail polishes are made with is the specific ingredients used to create them. With no parabens, formaldehyde, camphor, animal testing, and more, the smell isn’t as potent as most nail polish serums. What made the polish so great was the base coat and extra shine top coat I also used when applying the polish!

Along with these products, I also received an organic color fixation restorative hair mask, and henna for eyebrows (which, not to mention, I am THRILLED to try!). Although I haven’t got the chance to pamper myself enough and try these products out, I’m sure I’ll love them (I will post another follow-up review once I try these two products out!).

While I was lucky enough to receive some products for my testing pleasures, I was even luckier to be able to land an interview! (Keep reading for the interview, along with a list of the products I mentioned in order.

 RikkiLynn: How did Surya Brasil get started? Tell me a little bit about the inspiration and the history.

Surya Brasil: Surya Brasil was founded in 1994 in Brazil by Clelia Angelon, who has been immersed in the world of Ayurvedic, and organic living her entire life. Ayurveda is the science of life and for Clelia, a combination of health and wellness is the recipe for a beautiful and successful life. Clelia, a vegan, was inspired to create a company that not only offered safe, natural personal care products to consumers but one that is socially responsible.  Respecting the earth, the environment and the animals that inhabit it is of utmost importance. The company began by launching Henna Powder, a 100% all-natural plant-based hair color, and shortly after they launched Henna Cream, with a clean formula that covers gray on the first application without the use of harmful chemicals such as PPD, found in most permanent hair color. The demand for natural products was growing worldwide and presented the perfect synergy for Clelia’s lifestyle and vision for sustainable beauty. Now, after 20 years in the US, the company celebrates continued growth and development on the horizon.

RL: What would you say is the goal of SB products?

SB: Innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility. Our philosophy is to provide consumers with performance-based, affordable products that live in harmony with nature. Our goal is to create the cleanest most natural formulas, free of anything toxic to humans, animals or the environment while delivering superior performance and results. Our products are free of harmful ingredients such as artificial fragrance, animal ingredients, formaldehyde, lead, parabens, silicone, talc and many others. Spreading awareness about sustainability and healthy living are also very important. Additionally, Surya Brasil believes that a company has an obligation to society to influence, create trends and create jobs. Their mission is to make the world a better place.

RL: What separates SB products from the rest?

SB: Surya Brasil has unearthed the therapeutic performance of organic and harvested exotic botanical ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest to deliver safer personal care products that are free of harsh chemicals. Surya Brasil is passionately committed to creating the best natural, certified organic and vegan (cruelty-free) cosmetic and lifestyle products that promote health, wellness and sustainability.

All products come from the antioxidant and moisture-rich foods, seeds and plants of the Amazon. Certifications include Ecocert®, Cruelty-Free, Leaping Bunny, Certified Vegan, FSC®, Fair Trade Certified™, and ISO 22716. Surya Brasil is also a member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

RL: Why should we choose Surya Brasil?

SB: Surya Brasil is an internationally successful Brazilian brand passionately committed to creating the best natural, certified organic and vegan beauty, grooming and lifestyle products that promote health, wellness and sustainability. Sold internationally in 40 countries including the US, Canada, and Brazil, all products are made with the utmost respect to the interconnectedness of all life and environmental preservation. Humanitarian work is of utmost importance. The company created and sponsors the non-profit Surya Solidarity Institute, which focuses on animal protection, environmental preservation, educational transformation and human rights. Since 2016, the brand donates 5% of its sales from all Whole Foods locations to support the supermarket giant’s Whole Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants to microfinance institutions (MFI), working to alleviate poverty around the globe. In addition, they also help raise awareness of a new international campaign to help save our waters through Beat the Micro Bead.

RL: For new buyers, tell us a product that they should try and please give a little background!

SB: Surya Brasil has a wide range of products for both men and women to choose from covering all your beauty and grooming needs.  Collections include Hennas, Color Fixation, Amazonia Preciosa, Sapien Men, Sapien Women, Exotic Animals Nail Care, and Vegan Lip Balms. The comprehensive collection includes Henna (cream, powder and eyebrows), hair care (shampoos, conditioners, masks and styling aids) Skin Care (cleansers, toners, masks, scrubs, lip care), body care (liquid soap, lotions, shave gel, shower gel, and massage oil) and 7-free, cruelty free and vegan Nail Care (exotic colors, base coat, shiny top coat, oil dryer and organic certified polish remover).  Henna is one of our biggest sellers. Most people do not realize that there is a way to color your hair without damaging it, or your health. There are many benefits of henna in addition to covering gray. Some of these benefits include keeping the scalp clean, prevention of dandruff and an itchy scalp maintains hair’s pH balance, strengthens and conditions hair to a silky, shiny finish and makes hair thicker. Many people also say their hair grows faster with henna. And the best part, coloring your hair with our products is safe and semi-permanent, so you can change your hair color at any time!

If you haven’t tried out any products from Surya Brasil before, I strongly encourage you to do so. They always have amazing sales, and what’s even better than the pricing of their products is the fact that they are sustainable, organic, and vegan! Making the switch to cruelty-free products begins with Surya Brasil, and I promise you won’t regret your purchases.

Below are the products listed above, in order of mentioning:

Sapien Women Shampoo

Sapien Women Shower Gel

The Manned Wolf Nail Polish

Exotic Animals Base Coat

Extra Shine Top Coat

Organic Color Fixation Restorative Hair Mask

Henna for Eyebrows

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