3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

3 Brands That Simplify Natural Living

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.  

Check out how to enter the GIVEAWAY happening in honor of my new website launch at the bottom of this post!  

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-

The Detox Market-

Detox Market Natural Beauty

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! 

Some Favorites At Detox-

Vitacost-

Vitacost organic pantry

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.  

Some Favorites At Vitacost-

Branch Basics-

Branch Basics review

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!
  • Mini All Purpose Spray Bottle- Perfect for traveling or on the go.
  • Starter Kits- These give you everything you need to completely overhaul your household cleaning products and start with nontoxic products.

Shop Branch Basics here!

Have you tried any of these brands?  What brand has helped you in detoxing your life? Leave me a comment and let me know!  

So in honor of my new website launch, I’ve teamed up with all three of my favorite natural lifestyle brands to bring you the ultimate giveaway!

  • The Detox Market is giving away $100 gift card
  • Vitacost is giving away $150 gift card
  • Branch Basics is giving away $100 gift card

You will be set with this giveaway loot!  From clean beauty, organic food and natural household cleaners, detoxing your life just got so easy! 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Comment below sharing what the biggest struggle is for you when detoxing your life?  Whether it’s beauty, food or household products.  Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you win.  
  2. Repost my Instagram photo where I share the details of my new website for 10 extra entries. My Instagram is here. 
How To Heal Thyroid Naturally Part 2 with Dr. Eric Balcavage

How To Heal Thyroid Naturally Part 2 with Dr. Eric Balcavage

In episode #24 we are learning how to heal thyroid naturally part 2 with Dr. Eric Balcavage.  In over 20 years of practice, he has successfully helped thousands of people suffering with chronic health conditions.  Dr. Balcavage trains and consults with hundreds of doctors on topics such as thyroid physiology, organic acid testing, methylation, and GI physiology. He also lecturers locally and around the country on various health topics including; Stem Cell Therapy & Regenerative Medicine, Thyroid dysfunction, Methylation dysfunction, and more.His clinic has always been on the cutting edge of the health care industry.  Currently, he devotes his practice to treating patients with degenerative joint conditions, chronic pain syndromes, hypothyroidism, GI disorders, diabetes, autoimmune & inflammatory disorders, peripheral neuropathy, and other neurological and metabolic challenges.

Dr. Balcavage graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1995 and has been in practice since 1996 in Glen Mills, PA. He also is Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and a Certified Nutrition Specialist.  He has been a guest on numerous podcasts and health summits. He also co-hosts the Thyroid Answers Podcast which is available on iTunes.

Connect With Dr. Eric Balcavage-

Topics Discussed:

  • The difference between glandular hypothyroidism and cellular hypothyroidism
  • What is free T3 and reverse T3 ratio and why it’s an important marker to look at
  • Seeing people fully recover from Hashimoto’s once they addressed the root cause
  • Should you supplement with iodine if you have Hashimoto’s
  • All about Epstein Barr and Hashimoto’s
  • 3 daily habits that have made the biggest impact in Dr. Balcavage’s life
  • Where people can find Dr. Balcavage

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Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

How To Naturally Heal Acne with Marissa Gossett

In episode #22 we are learning how to naturally heal acne with Marissa Gossett.  Marissa is an acne-overcomer, skin therapist, indie wellness researcher, and champion-of-women dedicated to helping you achieve the skin of your dreams!  She’s born-and-raised a Southern California girl with nothing more than a few unpopular ideas and an Instagram account, she proudly created a new way to see skin imbalances so that women can stop dreading their faces and start living wholeheartedly. Beginning skin coaching with only a few desperate/courageous women (who found her on Instgram though hashtags!), she now receive multiple breakthroughskin pictures weekly! She wants women, like you, to see their skin in a whole new light and find their holy grail regimen and lifestyle habits that reveal their skin’s most glowing potential.

One of the things she’s often asked is “What are you going to tell me my dermatologist, esthetician, and the internet hasn’t told me?”  For as long as she can remember, she’s always been curious about the mysteries of human wellness, especially in regards to skin, because that has been where she’s struggled. Why do some women live unhealthy lives and manage to have zero breakouts? Why do others live very healthily and struggle with lifelong acne? The answer: modern skin treatment removes and destroys, yet true skin treatment feeds and nourishes.  She believes that no matter where you are on your skin journey, it’s ultimately up to you to change your skin.  Clear skin gives you the freedom to be the truest version of yourself.

Connect With Marissa:

Topics Discussed:

  • Who is Marissa Gossett and how did you end up as a skin therapist and acne expert
  • Health awakening that inspired Marissa to take action in her own health
  • Philosophy when it comes to skincare
  • What the common theme is when it comes to acne
  • How epigenetics affect your skin
  • What she recommends for those wanting to get clear skin and get rid of acne
  • Does gut play a role in causing acne
  • Types of products she recommends for acne clients
  • Why people should avoid comedogenic ingredients
  • Common misconceptions about natural beauty products and acne
  • Basic skincare routine for those with acne
  • Why you should avoid dermaplaning, peels, and hydrafacials
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your life

 

Art of Organics October Box: Reset

Art of Organics October Box: Reset

The Art of Organics October Box: Reset is here!  I love the name of this box.  Reset in my mind is the perfect description to describe this season transition from summer to fall.  Back to routines and a time to “reset” in so many ways.  My skin is resetting too after the warm summer months. In this box the skincare products represent the perfect example of adding a little more to your skincare routine for the cooler temps. It’s time for a skincare RESET.

If you aren’t familiar with Art of Organics and this green beauty box, then keep reading as I explain why this box is one to get a hold of.  Their belief is really simple-You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for beauty.  I couldn’t agree more!  Their goal is to bring people the cleanest, best, and most luxurious products.  Claire the founder, has always been a beauty junkie and on the quest to purge her own makeup bag, she realized she wanted to share her journey with others and raise awareness.  I noticed instantly after opening the box, the attention to detail.  They name their boxes each month as well as follow a theme.  The card inside describes the products in the box so well and gave directions for application.  The box is $38, with a value of $70+ and features each month 2-4 full size products.  They have high standards for their product selection, such as being cruelty free, organic and non-toxic.  They have more specifics on the ingredients they don’t use here on their website.

On to the review…

Art of Organics green beauty box review

Art of Organics October Box: Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.

Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate-

This concentrate is so lovely.  I was excited to see Live Botanical in this month’s box.  You all know I love this brand!  I’ve had the pleasure of trying this special product before and can attest to it’s wonders.  This moisturizer does so much from hydrate, deliver antioxidants to the skin and provide anti-inflammatory properties.  What doesn’t this little concentrate do?  I love applying it in my final step of my skincare routine.  My skin is left feeling supple, smooth and completely moisturized.  I wanted to describe exactly what Luna Renew Concentrate is but I thought Carolyn the founder of Live Botanical did a better job than I could…

Luna Renew Concentrate is a long and slow infusion of organic Rose, Chamomile and Lavender flowers in organic, unrefined, cold pressed Chia, Camellia and Jojoba oils create a decadent and nutritive base. Delivers powerful whole plant compounds to heal and protect the skin.

The product comes housed in a dark glass jar.  It is a orange hue in color, from the carotenoids- an amazing ingredient that helps repair skin from UV damage, as well as environment and stress.  Plus, it gives your skin a serious glow! I think we all could use a little Luna Renew in our lives.

Art of Organics green beauty box review

Art of Organics October Box: Honua Skincare AINA Mask.

Aina Mask by Honua Hawaiian Skincare-

This mask is gentle but also delivers nutrients to the skin.  It helps to purify your skin while at the same time nourishing it.  This mask is made with Kalo powder which helps to nourish the skin with phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins A + C.  It also has coconut charcoal that helps to detoxify the skin.  Besides detoxifying the skin it also includes a blend of hawaiian raw honey and tamanu oil that help to soothe the skin.  A great product compliment to the Live Botanical Luna Renew Concentrate.

The value of this box is $98!

Still not sure what Art of Organics is? Well each month not only do you get quality products from Art of Organics but for a steal. You pay $39 each month and get access to some stellar green beauty.  You can sign up for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months!  At 6 and 12 months you start saving.  Also, each month a theme is chosen around the box.

Sign up here!

Have you used any of the products in the box this month?

Beauty Heroes October Discovery: LILFOX

Beauty Heroes October Discovery: LILFOX

It’s time for Beauty Heroes October Discovery: LILFOX!  I was excited when I saw the black glass bottles from LILFOX in this month’s box.  In this box we are seeing the famed Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar and The Kalahari Eye Serum.  These two couldn’t have come at a better time with the cooler temps from Fall!  If you haven’t heard of Beauty Heroes Subscription box- then keep reading to hear why it’s the “IT” green beauty box.

Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot.  A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people.  Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands.  Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box.  The products typically range from skincare to haircare products.  However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members.  I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy.  By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them.  Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards.  What’s not to love about this whole concept?  As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.

Ok, on to the review…

Beauty Heroes LILFOX Prickly Pear Serum Review

Beauty Heroes October Discovery LILFOX Prickly Pear Serum Review

Prickly Pear Illuminating Tourmaline Infused Beauty Nectar-

This oil is seriously wonderful.  If you’ve followed me long enough, you know I have a thing for prickly pear seed oil.  It’s a power house oil known for it’s anti-aging properties, hydrating benefits and brightening effects-really there’s not much it doesn’t do.  Well, this beauty nectar not only contains prickly pear but a host of other amazing oils.  I love the smell-a mix of frankincense, and bergamot is what I pick up.  I apply it after I spritz my face with a toning mist.  It melts into my skin and leaves it feeling perfectly hydrated.  The best part?  Waking up to skin that feels moisturized, even and balanced.  I love this little creation!  If you’ve been looking for a good serum/oil-this is your baby.

Beauty Heroes October Discovery LILFOX

The Kalahari Eye Serum-

Love that this eye serum comes in a rollerball form.  Such easy application!  This eye serum is a mix argan oil, prickly pear, watermelon and passion fruit. The vitamins A and K really help to brighten the eye area.  Something pretty much anyone can use! I know I can as a mama of two.  There is also peridot gem inside the formula which has been known to help the skin and heart take in all the plant has to offer them.  I’ve been rolling this on in the morning and at night.  I love how it feels cooling from the rollerball and hydrating but not greasy.  It quickly soaks in!

Have you used LILFOX before?  Let me know your thoughts?  If you aren’t a Beauty Heroes subscriber I would hop on it- this month is another great box!  Sign up here!

Also, if you’re already a Beauty Heroes subscriber head to the Beauty Heroes store to shop an array of green beauty favorites! As a member you always receive 15 % off in the beauty store.  Shop here!

 

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