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Best Natural and Organic Foundations

Best Natural and Organic Foundations

Sharing in my newest video the best natural and organic foundations in clean beauty!  After 10 years in the clean beauty industry I’ve waded through all the natural beauty foundations and I’m sharing the best of the best with you.  From liquid foundations, to powder and everything in between.  I have something for every skin type too.  I’m even showing you how I apply the foundations and what they look like on a bare face.  It can sometimes seem hard to find your perfect foundation but it doesn’t have too.  There are so many great formulas out now that make swapping over to a clean foundation SO easy!  

I also have a whole blog post dedicated to natural foundations.  I share even more in the post on different formulas, before and after pictures and what skin type they would work for.  I also have a free download where I share all my tips and tricks for achieving flawless foundation coverage.  I go over what brushes to use, how to prep your skin and so much more.  Often people tell me they don’t like a certain foundation, but really they are applying it all wrong.  In this download I’m giving you all the details on how to get the perfect application so you’re skin will glow and not look cakey.

 

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Natural Holiday Gift Guide

Natural Holiday Gift Guide

Ok, my natural Holiday Gift Guide is here!  So excited to share it with you!  It may only be Nov. 2nd but before we know it Christmas will be here.  I wanted to give you a head start on gift giving.  I love getting the perfect gift for my family and friends.  Now more than ever I find myself wanting to get gifts that support a healthy lifestyle, give back or are sustainable- if I can get all 3 then I’m really winning!  There are so many wonderful companies creating change and making an impact.  I’ve listed below my top 10 favorite natural and sustainable gift ideas for 2018.  Then I’ve created the ultimate Natural Christmas Gift Guide to bring you 6 different guides depending on who or what you’re shopping for.  The guides include gift ideas for baby/kids, natural skincare, natural makeup, men, nontoxic home, and natural kitchen.  I’ve got something for everyone on your list!  Not only are these gift ideas great for your health but many are great for the environment too.  A win/win!

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I wanted to share my top 10 favorite Natural and Sustainable Gift Ideas for 2018 in hopes that it would help to bring awareness to the countless companies and small businesses that are really creating serious positive impact and change.  I love this quote by Anne Lappe-

Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.

I couldn’t agree more.  Talking about the problem is good but putting our money where our mouth is creates true impact.  Never discount your small gesture, purchase towards a business that’s doing it right.  It all counts and matters.  The more people bring awareness and spend money on natural, sustainable and ethical goods, the more the industry will move in that direction.  Another quote I love is-

If it’s to be it’s up to me. 

Let’s all start thinking about what we can do, because it all counts. Check out my top 10 natural/sustainable favorites below and then be sure to download the other guides to get a jump on the Christmas shopping!

Top 10 Favorite Natural & Sustainable Gift Ideas For 2018-

  1. Everlane Women’s Apparel When it comes to ethical clothing brands Everlane takes the cake.  This brand goes above and beyond to ensure their products not only are ethically made but that they’re completely transparent with their customer from start to finish.  The quality is impeccable too.  It’s time to start bringing light to what is happening to the clothing industry and share brands that are pioneering sustainable clothing. Check out Everlane Women’s Apparel
  2. Earth Easy Denim Apron-Nothing gets you in the spirit of cooking like a snazzy new apron!  This one is made with hemp and a blend of organic cotton.  Cooking our food is one the best investments we can make in our health and our environment!  Less food wrappers, less waste.  No too mention the amazing health benefits our bodies receive when we cook our food.  Our kids will thank us later in life as they had a foundation of real food to grow up on.  If you or someone you know needs some motivation to get back in the kitchen I suggest grabbing this apron. It might just bring out a little Marth Stewart in you!  Check out the Earth Easy Denim Apron here!
  3. Joco Glass Reusable Coffee Cup- I was on the hunt for the longest time for a legit reusable nontoxic coffee cup- think I finally found it.  I didn’t want one that was made from stainless steel because stainless steel can leach heavy metals at times- particularly with hot beverages.  I also didn’t want ceramic since many ceramics can contain lead.  I was on the search for glass and I found it!  No plastic either!  Plus, I find my hot drink will taste funky if I use stainless steel.  I’m not perfect when it comes to always bringing my cup with me if I get a hot beverage somewhere but I want to be better!  Even if one person bought 3 coffees a week and used a reusable cup it would save up to 156 cups a year!  Think it doesn’t matter?  It does.  Check out the Joco cup here!
  4. Marley Monsters- I’m pretty sure we could all conserve a little more when it comes to using less paper, plastic, etc.  Marley Monsters is a company I started to buy things from years ago and I love how much they’ve grown!  They have everything from reusable paper towels, cloth napkins, cloth wipes for babies, facial rounds, nursing pads- one of my faves.  I can’t recommend their products enough!  Investing in reusable products creates less waste but also saves you money in the long run.  What a cool gift to give someone to get them started on using less.  Check out Marley Monsters here!
  5. WillowCoDesign Shirts- I found this cute shop on Etsy and fell in love with all their organic t-shirts for babies and kids.  They have the cutest sayings!  I love supporting small businesses and people that are making a difference.  This business is owned by a mama who is sharing her passion for whole living.  Some of my favorite shirts or onesies are Strong Like My Mama, and Forest Child.  Check out WillowCoDesign Shirts here!
  6. The Cotton and Canvas Co. Tote- Ok, we hear it all the time- bring a reusable bag, but do we really understand why?  The US alone uses 380 billion plastic bags per year according to the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency).  Most people only use one plastic bag for 12 minutes.  These single use plastics are adding up and producing some serious problems for the environment and humans.  They’re filling up landfills and then getting into our water systems.  Our water ends up contaminated and so does our oceans.  What can we do?  Simple, bring a reusable shopping bag with us.  They have so many cute one’s now!  Cotton Canvas Tote is an etsy shop that carries so many options and they have such fun sayings on them.  You can even design your own!  I’m in the process of doing it- you may be in for a giveaway on Instagram soon!  Check out Cotton Canvas Tote here!
  7. Panda Sunglasses- Just when you thought sunglasses couldn’t get any cooler in comes Panda!  Besides being absolutely chic, Panda sunglasses are made of sustainably harvested bamboo.  Panda also gives back to those in need.  Whenever someone purchases from the Original or Ultralight collection Panda gives back by giving either an eye exam or new glasses to someone in need.  I also love that the sunglasses are polarized, and offer complete UVA/UVB protection.  Panda also offers free shipping anywhere!  Check out Panda Sunglasses here!
  8. Natural Beauty- You didn’t think I was going to share my top 10 natural and sustainable products and not mention how important natural beauty is?!  When the average woman puts on 12 products a day, that can put a person at quite a toxic load.  It’s not the random product you use once in a while that matters but the products you use all the time that create a toxic burden.  Many people are just unaware of the amazing natural beauty products out there now!  There is literally an alternative to anything you might have used in conventional beauty.  Anyone would be excited to get some new nontoxic beauty products!  Some stores I love shopping at for natural beauty products are The Detox Market, Aillea and Pharmaca.  Also, be sure to download my full Natural Gift Guide to get my top recommendations for natural beauty and natural skincare options!
  9. Organic Sheets and Pillows- Another heavy hitter when it comes to toxic burden.  They say we sleep for a 1/3 of our lives.  That’s a lot of hours logged on our sheets and pillows.  Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops.  Being doused with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  However, that’s not the only thing we should be concerned about.  Sheets often contain formaldehyde, and toxic dyes too.  There are also toxic softeners that are used now on bedding, creating a recipe for a toxic sleep experience!  It’s not just our bodies we should be concerned about but also our environment.  As the toxic chemicals from conventional sheets end up in our waterways.  I love Sol Organix and Huut for organic, ethically made sheet sets.  Use coupon code: GGG25 for 25% off your sheets at Sol Organix or Huut!  I also love White Lotus Home for pillows!  My whole family has pillows from them and we can’t stop talking about them.  They have so many different varieties, depending on how you sleep.  Use my coupon code: GGG for 20% off!
  10. Imperfect Produce- I found Imperfect Produce a while back and was excited about their whole mission!  They take imperfect produce from local farms that would otherwise go to waste and deliver to people.  Not only does this reduce food waste but you’re also getting quality produce for a deal!  You save 30% off grocery store prices and the produce is delivered to your door.  I’ve never heard someone complain about saving money.  They offer organic or conventional produce.  You might be thinking how does this work?  Allow me to explain.  Imperfect Produce sources veggies straight from farms, you as a consumer customize your box each week to get what you want, then you get your box delivered to your home. If you don’t think this is a bid deal it is!  So far Imperfect Produce has saved over 30 million pounds of food, 900 million gallons of water, 12 million dollars saved on groceries and 91 million pounds of C02 saved.  I think it’s making an impact.  Give someone the gift of health, while at the same time changing the world- Check out Imperfect Produce here!  

See anything you’re going to snag for a gift?  What are your favorite natural and sustainable gift ideas?  Leave me a comment!

The Green Beauty Gift Guide

The Green Beauty Gift Guide

I created The Green Beauty Gift Guide for the women in your life.  From your mom, sister, grandma, and best friend- there’s something for everyone.  Look no further.  I’ve rounded out some of my favorite gift ideas in green beauty.  Also, check out all of the green beauty sales here! Check back for more gift guides coming soon!

1.  Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Bamboo Muslin Cloths- I even have these on my wish list!  Not only are they organic but naturally anti-bacterial from the bamboo. These scream luxe and are the perfect gift for any women in your life!  Snag it here!

2.  Maya Chia Waterless Wonderbalm- This balm is all around luxe and such a treat to put on any time you need a little extra moisture. It smells divine too! Get it here!

3.  Beauty Heroes Subscription- This is the IT green beauty box!  Give the gift that keeps on giving even after Christmas.  This beauty box is delivered monthly to your door and it’s filled with the best of the best.  The perfect gift for any women who loves green beauty!  Get your subscription here!

4. The Unveil Cleanser Melt- This cleanser is in a league of it’s own.  I try so many products and I used this cleanser all up- to the very last drop!  It’s so good.  There isn’t a skin type it doesn’t work for.  It removes makeup, balances skin and foams up even a little.  Grab one here!

5. Crunchi Foundation Brush- I don’t think people realize how amazing a foundation brush is until they finally use one.  This foundation brush takes the cake!  I even use it for blush and bronzer- it’s really for anything!  Get one here!

 

6. Kjaer Weis Lip Brush- Trust me when I say a lip brush is a game changer for applying flawless lip products.  I use one for everything, from lipsticks, lip balms or pots.  It creates such a seamless look. Get yours here!

7. Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant- I’ve been coming back to this deodorant because it’s SO good!  It keeps me smelling fresh for multiple days and glides on so easily.  The rolls royce of natural deodorants.  Snag this for someone special here!

8. Lotus Wei Mists- These are made with pure flower essences and smell divine.  Each scent corresponds with a certain state of mind.  In the mini collection you’re able to try all of the scents.  Plus, these are perfect for travel!  Get your collection here!

9. Hush and Dotti Mascara- This mascara has been a recent find within the last two months and I haven’t been able to put it down.  It gives me definition and length.  A great all around mascara minus the chemicals.  What women doesn’t want a good mascara?  Get your tube here!

10. Lazy Perfection Petite Brushes by Jenny Patinkin- These petite vegan brushes are perfect for any women wanting to get their hands on some great brushes but without breaking the bank.  The 5 piece set gives you everything you need to start taking your makeup looks to the next level.  Grab your set here!

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What are some gifts you’re giving for the holidays?  Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon!

35 Natural Products That Changed My Life

35 Natural Products That Changed My Life

I wanted to share with you 35 natural products that changed my life.  I really thought long and hard about these and wanted to give you products that truly made the cut for me.  I’ve been on the this real food journey for 10+years, this natural beauty journey for 8 years and creating a nontoxic home for 2 years.  It’s totally a journey but one that is doable!  Remember it’s not a sprint but a marathon.  Keep your sanity and slowly detox your life.  In no particular order here are 35 natural products that changed my life!

 

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35 Natural Products That Changed My Life-

  1. Berkey Water Filter- I got a Berkley water filter for my home 7 years ago and I haven’t looked back.  After learning what’s in our drinking water I knew I needed to get a water filter.  The average drinking water can contain pharmaceutical drugs, fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals- just to name a few.  Berkey is not only filters out all the nasties but also is pretty affordable.  You can choose what size you need depending on your family.  Get one here! 
  2. Puracy Stain Remover- I mean let it be known- this is a life changing product!  I have gotten blood out, breastmilk poop, you name it.  It works and is budget friendly!  Get it here!  
  3. Dr. Tung’s Tongue Scraper- I do this every morning and I can’t not do it now!  I’m officially a tongue scraper.  There is so much bacteria that lives in your tongue, especially in the morning.  This ensures you’re removing the bacteria instead of ingesting it all over again.  Get my favorite tongue scraper here!  
  4. Kosas Lipstick- These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater. Snag a lipstick here! 
  5. Josh Rosebrook Hairspray- If you’ve been transitioning to natural beauty for a hot minute then you know finding a natural hair spray can often feel like a daunting task.  Well, I’ve literally tried them all and the only one that meets my standards is Josh Rosebrook.  Get it here and thank me later! 
  6. Live Botanical Honey Rose Mask- Basically my holy grail when it comes to morning routine.  I apply this to my face, while I brush my teeth and 5 minutes later I’m left with skin that glows.  It’s magic in a jar!  Plus, so budget friendly.  Use my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20%!  Snag one here! 
  7. Pharmaca- Oh Pharmaca how I love you!  So as many of you know I’m an esthetician.  Well, I worked as an esthetician at Pharmaca years ago.  I loved it!  For those who don’t know what Pharmaca is, allow me to explain.  It’s your one stop shop when it comes to living a natural lifestyle.  They have natural supplements, natural beauty products and natural baby products.  There’s really not much you can’t find at Pharmaca.  I love how I can find everything in one spot, but I also love how Pharmaca is constantly having sales!  It’s kind of amazing.  They are usually offering 20% off all the time, which means more money in my wallet!  Shop all of Pharmaca here! 
  8. Elite Fuel Iron- This iron literally changed my life.  My iron depletion was severely low in the summer.  So much so that after workouts I would feel dizzy.  I knew something was up.  After having my blood drawn I saw that my levels were crazy low.  My naturopath recommended this specific iron supplement.  It had been shown to increase iron absorption much faster.  Usually if you take an iron supplement it takes a while to build up storage again.  I noticed a difference after a couple weeks!  Can’t recommend it enough! 
  9. Naturpedic Organic Mattress- Sleeping on an organic mattress is pretty life changing.  The amount of toxins in conventional mattresses is pretty disheartening.  Since we sleep a 1/3 of our lives.  It’s important to know what your sleeping on and what your body is absorbing.  My husband and I have LOVED our naturpedic mattress!  It’s seriously so comfortable.  This is the naturpedic mattress we have! 
  10. White Lotus Home Pillows- Finding organic pillows that my husband, myself and kids love has been no small task.  But thanks to White Lotus Home- it’s been so easy!  My husband literally won’t stop talking about his shredded latex pillow- he loves it.  My kids and I love our Kapok Pillows.  They offer such great customer service, can help you figure out which pillow is best and offer so many varieties depending on your pillow needs.  Use Coupon code: GGG25 FOR 25% OFF.  Check out all their pillow options here! 
  11. SOL Organic Sheets These sheets are a game changer! They’re soft, and not filled with toxins.  I love that they offer several options depending on what you like.  They’re luxury sheets but at affordable prices.  Check out the sheets here! 
  12. Fitglow Beauty Lip Serums- Say hello to your new favorite lip serum- but for real!  These are my favorite lip glosses in green beauty. I hadn’t found a favorite until I used these.  Now I can’t go back!  They aren’t sticky, or goopy like you might think.  They are so smooth, hydrating and nourishing.  The founder actually made them to act like a lip serum for the lips that is filled with antioxidants and vitamins.  Check out all the lip colors here! 
  13. Crunchi Foundation Brush- This foundation brush is EVERYTHING!  It’s so soft, love that it has a flat top and is vegan.  I know it sounds funny but when it comes to foundation brushes this brush takes the cake!  Get yours here! 
  14. Blendtec Blender- Yep, a quality high speed blender changes lives.  I’ve had my Blendtec Blender now for over 4 years and I can’t recommend it enough.  I love that it gets my smoothies so smooth, and can make nut butters.  It gets used at least once a day if not twice. Check it out here! 
  15. Cuisinart Food Processor- I didn’t get a food processor until this last year and I’m kind of kicking myself that I waited this long.  It’s seriously SO amazing!  I use it for my raw veggie bread, kale chip recipes, protein balls, granola bars- the list is endless!  This is the one I have! 
  16. Vitacost- where do I even start with Vitacost?!  I love this online health food store.  It has all my favorite natural products for food and living but at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, they’re always offering coupon codes!  I can’t recommend them enough!  Check out my Vitacost blog post here on what I like to buy.  Shop Vitacost here! 
  17. If you care parchment paper- I know how has a parchment paper changed my life- well it has, allow me to explain.  Parchment paper can actually be really toxic.  It’s bleached and can contain many toxic chemicals.  Things that you don’t want in your food and eventually in your body.  In comes If You Care Parchment Paper- it’s unbleached, and nontoxic.  So basically you can have your cake and eat it too!  I love using parchment paper everyday for cooking. It makes cleaning after cooking so easy!  Get your parchment paper here! 
  18. Body Love Book- This book really opened my eyes to how our bodies process sugar, carbs, protein, fats, etc.  If  you’re wondering why you’re feeling low on energy, can’t lose the weight, or other health issues- check this book out.  She breaks it down so simply!  Get your book here! 
  19. Honest Beauty Mascara- This mascara is my FAVE in natural beauty!  It works like no other mascara and stays put.  Plus, you can get it from Amazon for $14.99!  Grab one for yourself and a friend here! 
  20. Reusable Water Bottle- I don’t think I need to explain why this is such a life changer but I’ll give you a brief overview.  Plastic bottles aren’t going away and the more we stop using them, the more change we can create.  Plastic contains a host of problems in our bodies too.  Have you ever drank out of a plastic water bottle? You can literally taste the plastic!  Grab a reusable water bottle and change your life and the environment! 
  21. Raw veggie Bread Ebook- I love raw veggie bread.  Sounds weird but it literally has changed the way I eat and consume veggies.  I dabbled in raw veggie bread here and there but didn’t start consistently making it until 2018.  Wow, what a difference that made!  My hubs is addicted and so am I.  Imagine consuming a ton of veggies in a piece of bread that is made with healthy fats like nuts or seeds, olive oil and flaxseed…you would become addicted too.  I use mine for veggie wraps, dip in hummus, egg wraps, and to just eat by itself.  Check out the e-course I took here! 
  22. Excalibur Dehydrator- Have you ever made kale chips in the dehydrator?  Yeah, it’s life changing as well.  Once you make them in the dehydrator, you’ll never go back to the oven.  Plus, in the dehydrator all the nutrients are kept intact, since it’s not cooked past 115.  I use my dehydrator for making raw veggie bread too, fruit leather, dried fruit, sprouted nuts- again the list is endless!  Check out my Excalibur Dehydrator here! 
  23. Safe Sleeve Cell Phone and iPad Case- This is the case I use for both my cell phone and iPad to shield myself from harmful EMF’s. I love knowing that I’m not exposing myself to harmful radiation.  Check them out here!
  24. Beautycounter Countertime Collection- I’ve been using these for over 6 months and they’re literally changing my skin.  They contain plant derived retinol, antioxidants and peptides.  They seriously work!  I always tell people if you’re looking for products that deliver in natural beauty, then look no further, these are it!  These products are what are going to help with those fine lines and help to age gracefully.  Get them here! 
  25. Activ Whey Protein Powder-  If you follow me, you know I love Activ Whey!  It’s a goat whey protein that comes in vanilla and chocolate. Tastes amazing- you will become addicted.  It also   is so light, not heavy at all.  It’s completely different than cow’s whey.  It’s hypo-allergenic versus allergenic, is immune boosting and promotes healthy digestion.  Check it out here! 
  26. Primal Pastures– This grass-fed organic meat delivery box is next level!  From chicken, to beef, to pork- they deliver to your front door.  I love knowing that I’m getting quality meat and supporting farmers doing the right thing.  Check it out here!  
  27. Stasher Bags- These silicone bags have changed my food storage game for the better!  I don’t use plastic bags anymore.  But use these instead.  They aren’t leaching any toxic chemicals, and I save money because I’m not constantly buying plastic bags.  Plus, you’re saving the environment!  Get yours here! 
  28. E3 Live- This is an organic algae that has given me energy and helped my hashimotos.  I started taking it over a year ago and I have felt so much better taking it!  It gives my body all the nutrients!  Algae supports digestion and the immune system, helps with mental clarity, and brain health.  Trust me, this stuff is SO good!  Get your E3Live here! 
  29. Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation- I talk about this foundation all the time and sometimes I feel like a broken record but it’s because I just love it!  It doesn’t look heavy on the skin, covers redness, and creates and overall polished glow.  You’ll be loving how your skin looks.  I’ve tried all the natural foundations and this one always calls to me!  It performs just like it’s name- True Skin Serum Foundation.  I wear the color SF3. Snag it here! 
  30. Almond Cow- I never knew I needed this clever gadget until I started to use it- now I don’t know how I got along without it.  It makes making nut milks a breeze- I mean seriously so easy!  You’ll love it!  Get your Almond Cow here! 
  31. Greenpan Pots and Pans These are the best pots and pans I’ve used in the kitchen.  I can’t recommend them enough.  Things don’t stick like they used too, it’s so easy to clean and it continues to look good.  Plus, they’re not super expensive like other pots and pans. Get one here!
  32. Ursa Major Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant- I probably have tried at least 50 natural deodorants and then I tried Ursa Major’s Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant.  Once I tried it though, there was no going back.  This deodorant doesn’t mess around.  It doesn’t irritate my skin, and keeps me smelling fresh all day long.  I’m not the only one that thinks this.  This is my hubs favorite deodorant too!  Snag one here! 
  33. Kosmatology Hand Soap-  There’s hand soaps and then there’s Kosmatology Hand Soaps.  These hands soaps are squeaky clean, don’t dry out your hands(hello) and come in a ton of fun scents.  Get one for you and for a friend here! 
  34.  Dazzle Dry Nail Polish- I feel like a broken record but the proof is in the pudding!  This natural nail polish option is literally changing my life.  It acts like a gel polish but in all the right ways.  It doesn’t ruin or strip your natural nail like conventional gel polish does.  My nails actually feel stronger!  It also dries in 5 minutes- yes let me repeat myself, 5 minutes!  It also last for 7-10 days.  As a busy mom this is basically my favorite thing ever!  Check them out here!
  35. Silicone Straws- These are larger silicone straws but I love the large size.  Great for drinking water out of but also for drinking smoothies.  Things don’t get stick in the small straws and they’re easy to clean.  Get them here!  

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