So excited to share with you 3 brands that simplify natural living. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when detoxing your life. Trust me I get it! But it doesn’t have to be. I like to break natural living into three categories. The food we eat, the beauty products we use and household products. These are some heavy hitters when it comes to toxic load. Getting these detoxed is definitely a priority! But where do you start? What brands do you trust and what is effective.
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No worries, I got your back! I’ve rounded out my top picks for where to get clean food for budget options, where to buy beauty products all in one place and what to use for your household products. I’ve simplified the process for you! These are tried and true and have worked not only for me but many of my peers and friends.
After all, detoxing your life shouldn’t feel like work but it should be exciting and fun! I mean who wants toxins lurking in their food, house or beauty products? I know you don’t!
Here’s the skinny on 3 brands that always deliver-
Find the best in green beauty at The Detox Market!
This was the very first green beauty store I shopped at. I still remember angels singing when I visited the actual store in L.A. Ok, maybe angels weren’t singing but it felt like I had arrived in green beauty heaven! They have ALL the brands and more. You want some Josh Rosebrook- they’ve got you covered. Need some Osmia Organics in your life, sister they have it. Want some Odacite? No problem- they have the whole line. It’s your one stop shop for all things natural beauty! They have a list of ingredient standards, which lists ingredients they don’t allow in their formulations, so you can be sure your products are squeaky clean.
I remember hearing about their pop up shop in 2010- I was salivating to go! It was at the same time I had started to detox my beauty products. It’s so crazy to think where The Detox Market is today! There’s so many natural options, compared to 8 years ago. I love their mission on educating the consumer and bringing awareness. Forever a Detox Market fan!
Find all your favorite clean eating and organic food pantry staples at Vitacost.
I started using Vitacost for over a year now and let’s just say I haven’t looked back! If you haven’t heard of Vitacost allow me to bring you up to speed. Vitacost is your one stop shop for all healthy and clean dry goods. Think pantry staples! Plus, they have some great household items too. I love stocking up on all my favorite natural brands through Vitacost. I save so much money when I purchase them there. Plus, they’re always offering some sort of coupon code to save even more through email.
I’ve been so impressed with their customer service, and timely delivery of my orders. I place an order a month and I never have had any broken or damaged items. I used to shop at other online retailers and I had several products break constantly. They carry all my favorite natural brands. I also love that I don’t have to pay a yearly membership to receive the discounts.
Branch Basics makes simple and clean household products that are effective.
I have fallen for this brand! I started to try all their products 6 months ago and have loved each one! They make detoxing your cleaning and household products so easy and simple! From the cleaner you use to clean your counters, bathrooms, laundry detergent and windows. It doesn’t need to be toxic to clean! Their whole mission on why they started is so cool. Each founder had their own awakening moment that made them realize the impact our environments have on our lives. Read all about the founder and their journey’s here!
Branch Basics products are based off their concentrate- which is made from plant and mineral based. I love how simple it is. You basically can remove all your cleaning products with one product- their concentrate. They give you the bottles to easily make window cleaner from it, countertop cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even hand wash! It is hypo-allergenic, peanut free, gluten free, fragrance free, and contains no toxic stabilizers, preservatives, brighteners or surfactants. It removes grease, dirt, dust and grime. They’ve made the whole process so simple for people to transition from toxic household cleaners to non-toxic. Can’t recommend them enough!
Some Favorites At Branch Basics-
Concentrate- This is the plant and mineral based cleaner that does it all!
Oxygen Booster- Helps to create an abrasive when added to tubs, toilets or sinks. I also like adding it to heavily soiled laundry for a boost.
Trial Kit- Great to try before buying a large bottle or kit!
In this episode we are learning tips to help for infertility and hormone imbalance with Dr. Katie Rose. Dr. Katie Rose is a licensed naturopathic physician in Tucson, Arizona specializing in hormone imbalance and infertility. Her own health crisis in her early 20s led her to naturopathic medicine as a patient and she quickly realized this was her calling. She graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ and has practiced in Tucson since graduation. After dealing with her own hormone imbalances and watching several close friends struggle with infertility, she decided it was time to learn all there is to learn about natural fertility options and the underlying causes of infertility. Dr. Rose is passionate about helping patients get to the root cause of hormone imbalances and build their families in the healthiest way possible.
I’m so excited to share with you about the Arbor Day Foundation! I learned about this foundation recently and was amazed at what they do. They are a nonprofit dedicated to planting trees and bringing awareness and education around the impact of trees to our environment. It might seem small to plant a tree but the ripple effect lasts for generations to come!
Learn how you can give a celebration or remembrance card and plant trees too.
I love their mission:
We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
So what do trees actually do for our environment- well a lot actually. They clean the air and water, which is important for human survival. But they also provide homes, and habitats for wildlife. Not to mention, providing many fun activities for people young and old to enjoy. You could say these forests give life! Arbor Day Foundation supports the replanting of forests and helps to bring awareness of the issue. Many natural disasters have wreaked havoc on forests. Arbor Day’s mission is to revitalize these forests and ensure they’re brought back to life. They just celebrated planting 60 million trees recently- a huge accomplishment!
Make an impact by giving a card and helping plant trees.
There are so many programs and opportunities that Arbor Day offers to help bring to light the importance of planting trees and saving our forests. One cool offering they have is with their Give-A-Tree Cards. Whenever you purchase a card a tree will be planted in honor of a friend or family member. So awesome! There are different options to choose from depending on the occasion. From a thank you card, birthday card, holiday card- the list is endless. You can even personalize the card for free! Then once you receive it you can sign the card. It’s a simple act but with impact that lasts over a lifetime.
I chose a thank you card with the message, A Gift That Grows. I love that as I write a thank you note, in turn I’m also sending a gift by planting a tree in honor of the recipient. This is such a perfect reminder especially around the holiday season when giving is in full swing. Why not send some Christmas cards dedicated to giving back this year? What I’ve found is when I give, it has a ripple effect and is contagious. Who know’s you may just spark a little fire within someone to donate and share this wonderful cause with someone else. Send a meaningful card with Give-A-Tree Card here!
Give a card that creates change!
Besides Give-A-Tree Cards, Arbor Day Foundation also has a program called Trees in Celebration. You plant trees in celebration of a person, an event, a life- really whatever you want. I did this and dedicated mine to my Nana. She lived 80 beautiful years on this earth! To know that her life is being remembered by giving life back through trees is amazing. It’s so simple too- a perfect holiday gift idea. You simply fill out the certificate online and then you can either choose to have it delivered to you or download it yourself and print it. Honor your celebrations by planting trees through Arbor Day Foundation! You can check it all out here!
Send Christmas gifts that make an impact for the next generation.
If it’s one thing I’ve learned throughout the holiday seasons, it’s the importance of supporting and bringing to light organizations that are giving back and making a difference. If you want to learn more about Arbor Day Foundation, get involved or donate- check out their website here!
Have you thought of planting a tree this holiday season?
I’ve got the lowdown on all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday natural holiday gifts! You want sales- I’ve got them! From green beauty, and natural living- I’ve got you covered. This is the time to invest in some serious natural loot.
I’ve listed out the best sales happening as well as some of my favorite picks from each of the sites.
All the best deals in Natural and Organic Beauty for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Beautycounter- 15% off sitewide through the 26th + free shipping over $50!
Eyeshadow Palettes- I’ve been around the block in green beauty for a good while- 8 years and these are the best eyeshadows I’ve used! They stay on so well and are highly pigmented. Trust me- you’ll get it when you try them. I have the Classic Palette and love it!
True Botanicals-20% off + $10 for every $50 you spend! Use code: ONCEAYEAR. Starts Friday Nov. 23- Monday Nov. 26. I mean this only happens once a year people- stock up! I can’t live without the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.
Antioxidant Booster- Got fine lines, sun spots? This is for you. It helps to give your skin all the nutrients it needs to repair itself!
Cellular Repair Serum- This serum is my go too! It’s full of antioxidants. I mix it with the Antioxidant Booster- your skin will thank you.
Aromatherapy Collection- This just dropped a month or so ago and it’s amazing! They have 3 different scents all made with essential oils.
Boxwalla- An amazing green beauty box! Free shipping on any product worldwide with purchase of Angela Roi Vegan Handbag. Use code: launchship. Once you make your purchase you will get a 20% off coupon for any future order. Excludes, 2 cycle, 3 cycle and 6 cycle boxes.
See anything you love? What are you getting this year? Also, don’t forget to download my Natural Christmas Guides! I have so many more options from green beauty, natural skincare, natural men, organic baby/child, clean living and more. Check them out below!
Find all the best in natural beauty and organic living.
I’m so excited to share why I decided to join Beautycounter! This post has been a long time coming. If you would have told me 6 months ago that I was going to be joining Beautycounter I would have laughed. For those of you who have followed me for a long time this may come as a big surprise to you. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to share why I decided to join Beautycounter. To not only share why I changed my mind but also share more about Beautycounter and their mission- because they mission is great and something I had no idea about. I didn’t care to listen, read, or watch.If you don’t care about reading about why I joined and just want me to share my experience with the product- then scroll to the end! 🙂 I’ve got pics of me wearing the products! And my thoughts. Plus, don’t forget to shop right now! Beautycounter’s Black Friday Sale started today! They rarely have sales- like hardly ever, so this is pretty big. Shop 15% off sitewide plus, free shipping on orders of $50 or more! Shop here!
I didn’t like the MLM or direct sales model- whatever you want to call it. I’ve been pitched to about Beautycounter more than I can count. Some have been nice and thought out but others to be honest seemed really salsey and impersonal. It turned me off.
They had ingredients in their products that I thought were bad. Specifically talc and phenoxyethanol. I’ve since done a deep dive into both and I’m no longer fearful of either. I’ll share more about it this below.
All other green beauty bloggers around me were against it and so of course so was I. I guess you could say I followed the pack! Everyone has their standards and I can only make this decision for myself. It just feels good to make MY own educated decision though and have researched it. I think it’s easy to get swept up in things, and listen to what bloggers say as Bible. People think what I say is absolute all the time. I constantly want to encourage others to do their own research- us bloggers don’t know everything- far from it. We are all on a journey!
Overall, I didn’t give Beautycounter a chance. I didn’t read up on them, or even entertain conversations about them. I simply looked at some of their products on their site and that was it.
Ingredient Deep Dive- Phenoxyethanol and Talc
Phenoxyethanol- This is used as a preservative in products. If a product contains water or aloe, it needs a preservative otherwise mold, yeast and bacteria can grow. There is a lot of false statements about phenoxyethanol out there on the internet. Trust me- I’ve read them! Beautycounter uses a pure form of phenoxyethanol, which has been tested twice by Tufts University. They have also had 1,4 dioxane and ethylene oxide tested on their raw form and it came back negative. Phenoxyethanol is not bioaccumulative so it’s not something that builds up in your body like many chemicals can. Beautycounter only allows products to contain less than 1% of phenoxyethanol in all their products. They work with formulators to only use what’s absolutely necessary. I don’t know about you but I’ve had multiple green beauty products have mold in them! Preservatives have been made to be the villain. We need them in formulations. Obviously, there are good ones and bad. Would I recommend you use any brand that has a product that contains phenoxyethanol-no. It’s important to know the sourcing. I trust Beautycounter’s work and efforts to make sure they have a clean source and our third party testing to ensure it stays clean.
It’s also important to understand the studies done and the percentages used. Many people are citing studies that have used 100% phenoxyethanol! I don’t care what chemical you use, you’re going to have some negative impacts when used at that high of a dosage. Some reports also state irritation when using phenoxyethanol. I would say to check if the source is clean but to also see how much they’re using in a product.
Made Safe and EWG the two most credible third party non-toxic certifications enable phenoxyethanol to be used at less than 1%.
The thing I love and respect about Beautycounter is that they are constantly wanting to improve and find better solutions. They don’t claim to know it all! They are working with industry leaders to always find a newer list of preservatives to use. They have worked to create a Safer Preservative Challenge and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. I would also be cautious of new preservatives that have come out on the market that claim to be clean when no research has been done on them. Let’s always keep asking questions!
Talc- I had thought talc was a big no, no since I went green 8 years ago. But I’ve quickly learned I was wrong. Talc isn’t bad, it’s the by product of talc- asbestos and other heavy metals that can be the problem. Beautycounter works only with a certified company that is asbestos free and they don’t stop there, they then third party test all their talc to ensure there’s no contamination. Once again, Beautycounter always takes their efforts to the next level!
My biggest piece of advice as I preach all the time as a green blogger is to do your own research and be your own advocate! Don’t just believe everything you read, hear or see.
Fast Forward several months and now I want to share why I decided to join Beautycounter and why I changed my mind. I thought about this and it really boiled down to 5 main things.
Third Party Testing-
For those who might not be aware of what third party testing is, let me explain. Third party testing is an independent organization that tests the product to ensure it is what it’s supposed to be. They make sure it’s safe and has the ingredients it’s supposed to have in it. For ex. Beautycounter had to recall some of their face cream back in 2017 because of a failed preservative and microbial growth. I don’t know any green/natural beauty brands that are third party testing their products! The FDA is so loose on regulations for beauty products. A company could manufacture a product and list the ingredients on the label but the ingredients could be different then what’s actually in the label- and no one would know.
Beautycounter’s mission is to create laws that would force companies to be accountable. To be honest, I really didn’t fully understand this or think it was a big deal when it came to beauty until my own health journey with hashimotos. I learned that heavy metals could be a trigger for my thyroid condition! I also had a doctor share her own journey with heavy metal toxicity and an autoimmune condition. I’m not sharing this to bring fear but to be aware. I’ve been in this space for a long time and I wouldn’t have thought about heavy metals in products before. Beautycounter tests their makeup line three times for 10 heavy metals before they put it out for the consumer. Since natural makeup contains many minerals from the earth, even though they’re natural, they still can carry a load of heavy metals. If you’re using these consistently that can produce a heavy metal load. The fact that Beautycounter third party tests all their products is huge. I literally know what’s in each product!
They aren’t just third party testing for heavy metals but for common toxic ingredients like phthalates, formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, etc.
This coalition is pretty amazing! Beautycounter created this alliance of companies that supports the Personal Care Products Safety Act. If you’re not familiar with the bill it would require manufacturers to post complete label information about products online and force beauty companies to provide the Food and Drug Administration with information about the ingredients used in their products. The last time a bill was passed to regulate personal care products it was 1938! I think it’s time to start linking arms and make our voices heard.
Companies in the coalition are well known green beauty brands.
Vapour Organics, Annamarie Skincare, Follain, OSEA, Rahua, Silk Therapeutics, S.W. Basics, Vinter’s Daughter, and TenOverTen to name a few. Beauty Counter unified everyone and created something so much more impactful than if everyone was on their own. There are power in numbers! I love that Beauty Counter isn’t trying to bring other companies down but create positive change together. I love the quote from founder Gregg Refrew-
I set out to get safer products in the hands of everyone, not to get Beautycounter products into the hands on everyone.
Beautycounter is creating change and that’s something I want to be a part of!
Wearing Beautycounter’s BC Red Color Intense Lipstick, Satin Powder Blush in Guava and The Classic Eyeshadow Palette in Ivory, Sahara and Copper.
Beautycounter Spreads The Clean Beauty Message-
Isn’t that what it’s all about? Getting the clean beauty message out! Beautycounter is pioneering this. For so long I was against one of the companies making the biggest impacts in the natural beauty industry. Instead of linking arms to join in the support to raise awareness I was fighting it. They have the resources and have set it up where people are getting educated and empowered to make better choices for themselves and their families. I want to be part of a movement that is supporting the clean beauty movement and women in business.
The amount of work they are doing to clean up the industry is amazing. You can literally get email updates on their advocacy work by signing up here!
We can do more TOGETHER!
This is one of my favorite aspects of Beautycounter. The people you meet. Women seriously passionate about making a difference and sharing it with their friends and family. Beautycounter first and foremost wants to educate the consumer and the amount of materials and resources they share is amazing!
Learning from one another- that’s what it’s all about. Not, I know more than you, here’s what to think, but an open dialogue where we are always growing. People aren’t just detoxing their beauty but their lives. It opens up the conversation. When you have a community of women who are sharing together- good things happen. You can lean on one another.
Beautycounter Supports Women Building Businesses-
Ok, this point is one that I strongly believe in and I’m so passionate about. I love that women can create a business that fits their lifestyle. A business that can support their family. If you would have told me I would be in direct sales 6 months ago, I would have thought you were joking. But now I get it. When your passion lines up with it, it’s impossible to say no.
Gregg, the founder, set it up as direct sales because she wanted it to be personal and relational. She wanted to educate the consumer. She could have set it up to be a retail but she didn’t. She wanted consumers to know ingredients and to ask questions. That’s why she chose direct sales. The stories I’ve heard from women being able to support their families are definitely moving to say the least.
From being able to buy healthier food now for their family because of earning extra income through Beautycounter. To being able to take their family on a vacation or affording a mom to stay at home with her kids. Beautycounter has literally changed these women’s lives.
I recently watched a video where Gregg the founder shared why women need stop apologizing for being in direct sales. Why are we apologizing? Because we now can afford to live the lifestyle we want? To pay for those ballet lessons for our child or educate others about nontoxic products? It’s silly! We need to own it and realize the change we’re making!
Those are my 5 reasons why I joined Beautycounter. These are my why’s.
Beautycounter’s Classic Eyeshadow Palette, Guava Satin Powder Blush and Color Intense Lipstick in BC Red.
I also wanted to share with you some of the product I’ve tried and their bestsellers-
I’m going to be sharing my experience with other products too- follow me on Instagram to get the most up to date looks! Also, don’t forget to shop the Holiday Collection! From what I’ve been told, it’s a limited edition, and they only bring back a few select items. Shop Holiday here!