About

Hi!  My name is Suzi, thanks for stopping by.  If you have perused my blog at all, you realized I’m kind of into natural and green products.  I would love to fill you in on my story and how I got here.

What do I do??  I’m glad you asked!  I am an organic hair stylist…I’ve been obsessed with hair since I can remember and have been licensed for 12 years.  I own my own salon and use natural, organic and ammonia free color.  I also am a licensed esthetician, and nail technician, and have worked in both fields for 12 years.  I went to college and graduated with a BS in PR/Advertising in between all my haircutting, facials and nail work.  After working a bit in the field, I realized my love for people and creating was not being satisfied as I sat behind a desk.  So… I started creating again…cutting, coloring, styling, painting and giving facials.  Yep, I was in love.  I live in probably the most beautiful state in the U.S….(Ok Hawaii you have a few cool things on us…namely sunshine) But us Washingtonians do have these mountains, trees and water that make it pretty breathtaking.  You’re probably asking why “Gurl Gone Green”…???

So here’s the short of my journey so far.  This quest on becoming obsessed with what I was putting on my skin, in my hair and everywhere else started when my mom bought me a book 5 years ago for Christmas called “No More Dirty Looks”…yes, please read it, and then read it again!  It will hopefully change your life as it did mine.  Now I can’t look at a tube of toothpaste without checking the ingredients.  I had been aware of what I was putting in my body but had no idea what we put on our eyes, hair and everywhere else mattered too!   Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those granola eating, no makeup wearing chicks!  On the contrary, I still wear makeup, love experimenting with my hair and love being girly…(ok maybe I do eat granola…homemade of course).  I want people to know you can still look fabulous even with natural products…Yes, look fabulous and feel good!  As much as I love beauty, I’ve also become obsessed with eating clean, and living clean.  It seems silly to be so careful with what skincare products you use yet go and grab a bag of Doritos…get my point??  I may not be putting chemicals on my face, but I’m certainly ingesting them!  And don’t get me started on living green…did you know those chemical products you use to clean your bathroom with are actually doing you more harm then good?!

The largest part of my life is my family.  I’m hardcore loyal and they are my biggest supporters and fans.  My husband is everything I’m not and more.  We welcomed our first child, our baby girl Finley into our lives in June 2014.  She is everything I ever thought I wanted and more. This blog has definitely taken a new spin since becoming a mom.  Can’t wait to continue this amazing adventure with you!

19 Comments

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    Abigail Hampton
    June 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Hi Suzi!!
    I am a young “organic” freako over here also! 🙂 I have spent my studies in college over botany and horticulture and how plants affect our natural rhythms of life specially healing properties of plants! I’m a big oils fan too! Anyhow, I am just very curious if you have ever heard about NeriumAD? I have attached my website but I would honestly love to get your personal opinion on it! I really love all your postings and enjoy them! It would mean a lot of you were to take a look! Thank you so much 🙂 Cheers.
    Abigail

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      suzala
      June 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Abigail! I have read several articles on Nerium and it’s toxicity in the past. Before when looking at their ingredient list on their website it was hard to find all the actual ingredient listings. I ended up going to a different website entirely because I couldn’t find the complete list. For me personally I wouldn’t use it and so I wouldn’t recommend it. Have you used it for very long?

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    Cydne
    November 23, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Hello!
    I’ve been using organic makeup products for about a year now and love them. I just recently purchased glo minerals and I didn’t know if they were pretty good or not? Do you know anything about them I just don’t want to continue using if it’s a nasty product !

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      Suzi
      November 24, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Hi Cydne! That’s awesome you made the switch, good for you! I used Glo Minerals 6 years ago, right before going green. Unfortunately, they’re not great. They have a lot of artificial dyes in their colored products and Phenoxyethanol in their makeup. If you prefer to stick with just one line I would recommend W3ll People-I’ve tried a ton of their stuff and really like the performance and the price is decent as well. Check out pharmaca.com…they always have great sales and they carry W3ll People. Also, if you sign up for their e-mail you’ll get 30% off your first order! 🙂

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    Carissa Fournier
    January 31, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Suzi, I am a 28 year old stay at home mom of 3 beautiful girls ages 3 and under. (Finley is sure a cutie by the way!) I recently have been sent on the journey of a lifetime that has turned my whole world upside down and I just wanted to thank you for all of this knowledge you have brought me. Your website is easy navigate and to the point! Which is what any busy mom needs.

    I’m not very good with social media or blogs for that matter so I hope this comment reaches you… if not it’s therapeutic for me to write it anyways….

    My mom (who just turned 50) has recently been diagnosed with breast and blood cancer. Right now she is going through her treatment as we speak. I want so badly to be there with her to support her but with the three little ones its pretty much impossible. So this whole crazy ordeal has sent me on a mission to do what I can at home to make our lives as chemical free and green as possible with the hopes of preventing my children and family from ever getting a cancer or disease that we could have easily prevented.

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      Suzi
      February 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Wow, Carissa! Thank you for writing me. It seriously makes my day hearing that my blog has helped you make healthier choices. I’m so sorry about your mom. I can only imagine how hard that must be to be away. At the same time I’m so proud of you for making positive choices that will effect your family in the long run. I can only imagine how busy you are with three little girls! Thank you so much for taking the time to write-means so much. 🙂

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    Adriene
    April 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I am so glad I stumbled across your blog. I recently downloaded an app that allows me to scan my beauty products and it rates their toxicity and I was shocked at the ratings my hair and makeup got. I too was a hair stylist who worked at a salon on Capitol Hill in Seattle and left when I had my daughter…I have always been so careful about what products I use on her but never considered what I was putting on my own skin or hair until recently.

    I have really struggled with postpartum hair loss and even though I know it is mostly hormonal and there isn’t really anything I can do about it I cannot for the life of me find a “natural” shampoo that I like. I went to Ed Wyse & bought every O&M product, I have tried Alterna, Davines…you name it I have tried it…any suggestions? I cringe every morning when I pump Nioxin in to my hand.

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      Suzi
      April 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Adrienne! That’s so awesome you’re in Seattle. Do you live in Capitol Hill? There’s so many good shampoos and conditioners now. I’ve done a ton of review on them. I really like Innersense Beauty. Salon quality but works, especially great for color treated hair. I also love True Botanicals shampoo and conditioner-such good stuff. My hair is fine and thin and these don’t weigh it down. O&M, Alterna, Davines aren’t really natural. I know they say they don’t have this or that but they fill them with other things instead. The two I mentioned above are actually the real deal when it comes to being natural, but they actually work!

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        Adriene
        April 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Thank you for the recommendations! I will check those out for sure. We moved off the hill when we had our daughter & even though I occasionally miss it I am learning to love the ‘burbs. Hope you are enjoying the crazy good weather this week !

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    Amanda
    July 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I would love to know what supplements and vitamins you give your kiddos! I’m looking for a better option.

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    Jordan
    July 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Suzy!

    I am slowly transitioning to being green! Thank you so much for all your reviews. It can be overwhelming and expensive trying new things. I am also a hairstylist and am surrounded by chemicals all day! Can you recommend what color line and styling product you are using at your salon? Thanks a million!

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      Suzi
      July 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Jordan! Thanks for reading! I love hearing that-makes my day. 🙂

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    Tessa
    July 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I too am a Seattle-ite interested in green beauty. I was especially intrigued that you are a hairstylist/esthetician. Are there any locations in the Seattle area that you can recommend for good, green spa treatments, hair cuts, nails, etc? Everything I’ve found so far is either very conventional or related to pharmaceuticals, and exactly what I’m trying to move away from.

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      Suzi
      July 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Tessa, so awesome!! Yes, there are a couple that I can recommend. As far as nails I really like Julep. Their polishes are 5-free and they autoclave all their implements and just use bowls not pedi chairs. Their products for the most part are more natural but I still bring in my own lotion/oil and many times polish. I haven’t noticed a strong odor when I’m in there though, which I love. I get my hair done by Stacy from Bambu Organic Salon. She uses only clean products and there’s no crazy smell. Julep also used more natural skincare products for their facials, but that was years ago and I haven’t had one from there in a while. If you really want the full experience you should check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa in Queen Anne. They offer everything and they use awesome products. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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    Lauren
    November 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Hi!!!
    I was wondering if I could get info on where to purchase the goat whey protein you talk about in your protein powder podcast. Thank you!

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      Suzi
      November 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Lauren! Thanks for reading! Yeah, there’s a link on my blog homepage. It says Elite Fuel in a square box on the side of the homepage. Just click on that and it will take you to the website. 🙂 Let me know if you have any problems.

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    leigh
    November 17, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Hi Suzi

    I’ve been enjoying reading your blog! You mention that you are an organic hair stylist and that you live in Washington…I was wondering if you would be able to tell me where your salon is? I’m in Seattle, fwiw, but have been looking for a natural/organic stylist. Not sure if you are still doing that, but thought i’d ask. Thank you! 🙂 ~ Leigh

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      Suzi
      November 17, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Oh awesome!! Love that you’re local 🙂 I’m actually no longer doing hair professionally since blogging and having two kiddos. But I can recommend a couple places to you. Hazel Organic Salon and Bambu Organic Salon in Fremont. Both are really great and use good product!

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    Erin
    January 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Hi Suzi!
    What a fantastic blog! Such a great resource! Have you had an opportunity to review Beautycounter? I was a chronic label reader and was able to free up some time by choosing this brand. Let me know if I can send you some product to review! Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for all you do!

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