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What I buy on Amazon

What I buy on Amazon

I’m sharing today What I buy on Amazon.  Honestly, it’s one of my favorite things to view on people’s blogs!  Call me noisy but I love seeing what other people are buying up.  My wallet doesn’t thank me but it sure is fun!

Suzi(Gurl Gone Green) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

So I thought I would show you what I buy on Amazon- I can’t believe it’s taken me this long.  I’ve rounded out some of my top purchases, things I buy on the regular and some items I’ve bought that we use all the time but were just a one time purchase.  You can shop my whole Amazon Store here.  It has all my Amazon favorites in one place.

I’m also going to talk about some of my favorite purchases more in detail below.

Check out my Natural/Healthy Amazon Finds Video Below!

 

Keep checking back too!  I’ll be adding to my Amazon Store as I find cool products and great deals.  I mean who doesn’t have Amazon Prime?!

I want to share with you my go too’s when it comes to saving money and time.  Amazon makes it so easy to buy organic, natural products.  I get them quick with Prime and I don’t have to shop at 5 different online retailers. Plus, as a mom it doesn’t get much easier than having things delivered right to my door!

Nuts/Seeds-

I love buying my nuts and seeds from Amazon.  You can find all the raw organic nuts and seeds you could want.  These come in handy especially for my veggie bread making and my DIY trail mix for my hubs.  They are some of the most budget friendly options on Amazon too.

Grain Free Flours-

I buy most of my grain free flours on Amazon too.  They have so much variety and the prices you can’t beat.  Especially on AIP I’ve bought most of my flours from them since most of them are specialty flours and can’t be found at even some health stores.

Home Products-

I buy a lot of home products from Amazon on the regular too.  From baby products to natural cleaning products.  Amazon makes it easy and convenient to stay on top of my ordering too with subscribe and save.

Those are items I buy on the regular from Amazon!  Check out my full Amazon store here.

Here are some notable mentions that I have to share with you!  These items are one time larger purchases but totally worth every penny in my book.  We use them every week or everyday if not multiple times per day.  I love with some of the items you buy from Amazon you can actually buy them refurbished or used. I know it may sound a little sketchy but it’s not!  The items usually haven’t even been used but just opened by someone and sent back.  You get basically a new product for a fraction of the price!

Blendtec Total Blender Classic– 

I’m obsessed with my blender.  It does it all.  From smoothies, sauces, raw veggie breads, nut butters- I have yet to discover something it doesn’t do!  Why I love the Blendtec specifically is the Blendtec Twister Jar.  So you have to buy this separate from the Blender but it’s worth it!  It is a smaller jar and it literally makes any nut butter in a minute or less- no joke!  No more using your food processor for 20 minutes.  It also makes amazing sauces, like pesto in a cinch, smaller smoothies, etc.  I use this everyday!  I can’t recommend the Blendtec Blender and Twister Jar enough. Now for Amazon Prime Day be sure to snag these deals on the Blendtec!

  • 7/16 – 5:20pm-11:20pm B07N97HMXG Blendtec Designer 725 and Go Cup Bundle
  • 7/16 – 6:25am-12:25pm B01FHQVZJ6 Blendtec Classic 575 Blender – WildSide+ Jar (90 oz) and Spoonula Spatula BUNDLE White
  • 7/16 – 6:20am-12:20pm B008TVERZ6 // Blendtec Designer Series Blender Black

 

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Another item we use everyday.  I love that it’s stainless steel where it counts, like where heat comes in contact with the product with the steamer and espresso shots.  It makes the freshest espresso shots too because it grinds the beans right before you pull the shots through.  The steamer works amazingly too.  We’ve had this espresso machine for almost 8 years and absolutely LOVE it!  It was well worth the investment.  Plus, it looks so sleek on the counter!

Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator

I’ve had my dehydrator for almost a year now and I can’t say enough good things about it.  It has been so fun trying out different recipes in it.  We use it nearly everyday too.  It makes the best kale chips- trust me, the oven has nothing on kale chips from the dehydrator!  We also use it for raw veggie bread all the time.  You can snag the raw veggie bread course here that I took from Deanna from Real Food Lab.  She’s the expert when it comes to raw veggie bread.  It has literally changed my life!  I’ve never eaten so many veggies and loved it.  The best part is, the dehydrator keeps the food in it’s raw state so all the enzymes are preserved.  It’s genius!  Trust me, check out her course and get the dehydrator! It’s amazing!

SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit

My hubs and I love our sparkling water- a lot!  This soda stream has been a game changer.  Instead of having to buy glass sparkling water(we wouldn’t buy plastic), we just reuse glass bottles and carbonate our own water.  Not only does it save us money, but also helps the environment.  This Soda Stream offers glass bottles and not plastic!

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt

I’ve had an Instant Pot for a year now and love it so.  This saves me on so many busy days!  It’s a mom’s best friend and I mean that in the best way.  It can turn chicken into shredded chicken in 30 minutes, make a mean roast in 65 minutes and soups in 20.  It makes you look like Martha Stewart but in half the time.  If you haven’t gotten one, what are you waiting for?

That rounds out some of my top Amazon picks.  What do you love getting from Amazon? Check out my full product list here.  Leave me a comment!

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Ursa Major Skincare

Ursa Major Skincare

Sharing my full review of Ursa Major Skincare line. Who doesn’t love a unisex line?!  I’ve been on the hunt for a line that not only would wow me, but also my husband.  Well, I think I’ve finally found what I’ve been searching for!

I had the pleasure of talking with Ursa Major at Indie Beauty Expo. and was so impressed with the amount of care and thought that went into each product.  This Vermont based company didn’t want to create another natural skincare line but a truly great skincare line.  I love that all their scents are fresh and not overpowering.  Great for any woman or man.  Their products are gluten free and cruelty free.  I love how they go into great depth about the ingredients they use on their website-so easy for a consumer to know right off the bat what their about.

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A unisex line that delivers with performance and ingredients.

I love that they keep things simple in the Ursa Major Skincare line.  They are obsessed with natural skincare and creating formulas that truly work.  They spend much of their time focused wholeheartedly on what products they are actually creating.  They don’t want another product sitting on the shelf but something that they love.  They want products that perform and only have the essentials, not a long laundry list of ingredients.  Simple is best.  Lastly, they’re line is focused on all gender types- so it works for everyone!

Free from petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.

They don’t just stop there.  Ursa Major Skincare line is also obsessed with making a greater impact in this world.  That is why they are B Corp certified- meeting the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility. B Corps are more than just a company creating products, they are the gold standard when it comes to corporate and social responsibility.  They take into account the whole business, from employees, environment, community, and suppliers.  Ursa Major Skincare believes it’s more than just creating products, but creating last change for the greater good of our world.  Something I’m so excited to get behind! Check out more about their B Corp endeavors here.

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Obsessed with this and Bright & Easy 3 minute flash mask!

Also, in case you were wondering…

  • Ursa Major means “The Great Bear” in latin.
  • The line was started by two individuals who were finding their true north while leaving the city life behind and settling into Vermont. Embracing the outdoors.
  • You will never see petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs in Ursa Major Skincare.
  • The products are great for male or female.

Ok, time to share with you all the deets on the products I tried!

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If you haven’t tried this Sublime Sage Deodorant- you need too!

Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant

Where has this deodorant been all my life?!  But really.  I first tried this in the fall of 2019 and let’s just say I was hooked after I used it for the first time.  I remember looking at it when I got it in the mail and thinking there is no way this is going to work.  I don’t know about you but spray deodorants have never worked for me- not even conventional ones.  That is until I tried Ursa Majors!  Wow this deodorant really delivers.  When I looked into it more I learned that sage actually helps dry up underarm sweat.  It smells fresh but not too potent.  I smell good all day.  The kicker and what makes it extra special is the fact it doesn’t get all over your clothes!  Most deodorants easily leave a residue all over your clothes and deodorant stains.  Not this one.  And guess what?  My hubs absolutely loves it.  He said it’s his favorite deodorant to date and asked if I could stock him up.  And that’s saying a lot because he’s pretty picky!  He loves that it doesn’t stain his clothes.  I can’t recommend it enough!

Scent- Sage, geranium, sandalwood and lemon myrtle.

Longevity- Awesome!  I smell good all day long.

Ease of Use- SO easy!  I love that it is just a spray.  Makes it so convenient and quick.

Packaging– Comes in a spray bottle.

Staining- It doesn’t stain!  Let me repeat myself- it doesn’t stain!

Irritation- None, if anything it’s better for sensitive underarms because there is no rubbing or chafing.

Baking Soda- None

Get it here!

Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant

This is another fave natural deodorant of my husband and I!  This used to be my hub’s top deodorant pick and then Ursa Major made their spray deodorant.  This one is still on his fave list though- it smells divine.

Scents- Hoppin’ Fresh, blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon.

Longevity- Good, for me it lasted a solid day and my husband thought it lasted him the whole day easily.

Ease of Use- Awesome, goes on so easy!  My hubs kept telling me, this is exactly how a deodorant is supposed to go on. It reminded him of his mainstream deodorant.

Packaging- It comes in a stick form, that’s chubby and round.

Staining- I didn’t notice any on my shirts, my hubs noticed a little on a few shirts but he said it was more on his workout shirts- he sweats a lot!  🙂

Irritation- None

Baking Soda- Yes

Get it here!

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Time to glow up with this mask!

Bright & Easy 3-Minute Flash Mask

This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a harsh exfoliant?  This may be the one for you.  Using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does it all in 3 minutes!  It looks like a gel and feels light and refreshing on the skin.  If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you too- I mean who doesn’t have 3 minutes?!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day.  Get it here!

Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum

This Ursa Major Skincare serum really goes deep into the skin to not only treat hydration but also help to brighten the skin overall.  It also helps to improve skin’s tone and appearance.  Unlike many forms of Vitamin C that are unstable, Ursa Major contains a stable form of Vitamin C.  But they didn’t stop their with stellar ingredients.  It also contains edelweiss- a stem cell complex that helps to fight the signs of aging with it’s high antioxidant properties.  Plus, one of my favorite skincare ingredients, rosehip oil is in the formula.  Rosehip is naturally high in Vitamin C and can really help to minimize fine lines and scarring.  Your skin feels overall hydrated and more supple after using.  This is also a great layer product.  So you can layer an oil over it, or a moisturizer for added hydration. Shop it here!

Golden Hour Recovery Cream

I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration.  I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected.  Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants.  It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy.  My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people!  He can be pickier than me at times.  What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48!  A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of skincare actives! Check it out here!

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A power duo for your skincare regimen!

Face Wash

This face wash is such a great transition from mainstream to natural.  It just gets the job done.  It foams up a little, and gives your skin the clean feeling that you crave.  My hubs loves it too!  It gets rid of my makeup and grime but doesn’t strip my skin.  With aloe being the first ingredient, it’s no wonder this foaming face wash keeps my skin feeling balanced.  Did I mention the crazy fresh smell?!  With notes of cedar, spearmint and lime, this face wash smells divine.  If you have been searching for a basic face wash that gets your skin clean and is no fuss, this is it.  Perfect for the man in your life or the woman! Get it here!

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Ursa Major’s Essential Wipes are just that- essential to always have with you!

 

Essential Face Wipes

These wipes from Ursa Major Skincare had me the first time I used them!  They come individually wrapped, and are perfect for your purse.  They’re made out of bamboo and are infused with their 4-in-1 Face Tonic Formula-genius. I carry them with me always, and use them anytime I need a little freshening up.  They get rid of dirt, sweat, and give your skin a quick clean.  I used these on vacation nonstop!  Goodbye sweat- hello fresh face.  So great for after working out, long walks, time spent at the pool…you get the picture.  Let’s just say I’m hooked!  Do you have kids?  These will be your best friend too.  I love using these to help clean my kiddos face in a pinch.  Anyone and everyone needs these.  Check out them out here!

 

Face Balm

This is unlike any moisturizer I’ve used.  It’s not heavy at all but actually quite light.  Although, it’s light it still feels so hydrating on the skin.  Great before applying makeup or even if I’m not wearing makeup that day as just a good overall moisturizer.  My hubs digs it too because it doesn’t feel greasy to him.  He never likes products that make his skin feel greasy- his biggest complaint when trying to find a moisturizer.  He also loves how this smells.  It has an herbal elixir in it of spearmint, lavender, lime and rosemary.  I love this before makeup too because it doesn’t feel like I have anything on yet my skin feels hydrated.  Another winning product!  Check it out here!

Shampoo and Conditioner

This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  It smells of citrus mixed with a little sandalwood.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  I have fine hair and it really gives it the clean feeling.  If you’ve been around clean beauty for any length of time then you know it can be hard to find a shampoo and conditioner that get the job done.  My sister tried it and she has thick coarse hair and she didn’t love it.  I know everyone has a different hair type so wanted to throw that out there.  Get it here!

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This morning mojo bar soap will give you back your mojo in minutes!

Morning Mojo Bar Soap

My hubs and I love this bar soap!  If you haven’t noticed by now I love anything fresh and clean smelling.  This bar soap is just that.  It will wake you up and help you get your mojo going for the day and get you clean at the same time.  I also love a bar soap for travel, so much more convenient at times.  It’s also nice to just take one bar of soap with us instead of several body washes.  You will be addicted to the fresh scent- be warned! Check it out here!

Citrus Riot Body Wash

Love, love this Ursa Major Skincare body wash!  Did I mention I love it?  First, it comes in a pump, which makes it so easy to use in the shower, and it smells SO good!  With cedar, frankincense, ginger and lime- it literally wakes me up in the morning.  It gives a great foam, yet doesn’t feel drying to my skin at all.  I’m addicted!  I just can’t get over the fresh smell-neither can my hubs.  I love how gender neutral the scent is too.  It doesn’t smell too strong where my husband wouldn’t use it.  This is something I appreciate about Ursa Major Skincare line in general.  They really nail the scents so well.  Get it here!

Stellar Shave Cream

I was so excited to have my dad review this product.  My hubs uses an electric razor, so he couldn’t test this out on the face.  But my dad still uses a razor and was the perfect candidate.  What did he think?  A fan for sure!  He said it’s different than what he’s used to using.  He loved that it was so moisturizing compared to his usual shave cream.  Also, really liked the smell.  For me, it was great for the legs!  It moisturized and made my legs feel all tingly fresh.  Beyond thrilled to finally find a shave cream my dad can use that isn’t full of all the nasties and one that I can use too!  I mean traveling just got a whole lot easier when you’re only having to pack one shave cream and it works for everyone.  Check it out here!

Well that sums up my review of Ursa Major Skincare.  If you have been searching for a great all around line that just delivers quality products without the frills, this is it!  A great line for both men and women.  Shop all their goodies here.  

If you liked this Ursa Major Skincare post, be sure to check out past posts below:

 

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Sharing my full review of Ursa Major Skincare Line.

Live Botanical Review

Live Botanical Review

Excited to finally share my Live Botanical Review with you guys!  I first discovered Live Botanical at IBE Dallas.  I had the pleasure of meeting the maker and founder Carolyn.  It was so great to connect and hear her enthusiasm for herbs.  Sometimes people merely create a line but I could instantly tell this was Carolyn’s passion.  Although she is an herbalist, much of how Carolyn sees skincare is based on her 15+ years in the technology field as an analyst.  It’s always so fascinating to see how people get their start in skincare.

Live Botanical  has become a gold mine as I’ve tried more products.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I did a full review on the line. It’s not often I find products that not only are clean, but also effective and budget friendly.  People are constantly asking what options I would recommend that are less expensive and it can be hard.  Sometimes you have to sacrifice performance, however, not with Live Botanical.  I think that’s why I initially got so jazzed about it.  I saw that not only was the line organic, non-GMO, ethically wild-harvested, local, sustainable and fair trade but budget friendly.  She really goes the extra mile.  She also uses glass packaging too-something I swoon over.  I mean it’s kind of rare to check all the boxes but also be affordable!

*This is an updated review of her products.  She redid her packaging and also came out with some products this past fall and I’m excited to update you on all of it!  So excited to share my full Live Botanical review with you!

Oh and Carolyn the founder has been so kind to offer 20%!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN!

First I’m going to share some new products that I’m officially obsessed with in my new video review of Live Botanical!

 

CHECK OUT MY FULL VIDEO TUTORIAL BELOW:

 

 

 

 

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Sharing some of my new favorites from Live Botanical.

 

 

First Light Brightening Oil

This oil had me at first swipe!  I remember looking at my skin two weeks into using this and wondering why my skin looked so good?  I hadn’t changed anything except added in this oil.  I’m telling you it’s GOOD!  My skin looked brighter, more even and less red.  What’s in this little magic bottle?  So much goodness.  Date extract is one ingredient that has been known to increase brightness, hydration, while also decreases hyperpigmentation, and redness.  It also has a stable form of Vitamin C (10%) which has been known to be great for even the most sensitive skin types.  Carrot Root which has been shown to also add brightness.  I can’t forget to mention cranberry seed oil which has been known to be one of the most abundant sources of polyphenols, which helps with firmness and elasticity.  I also love that it has squalene, a non-comedogenic oil that has been known to not only protect the skin but also help minimize fine lines and absorb into the skin quickly.  It feels so velvety on your skin and sinks in, no greasy residue but a smooth finish is left behind.  

When I wake up my skin feels amazing- super supple but also looks brighter.  It really lives up to it’s name!  I can’t recommend this enough if you’ve been looking for an oil that is not only active but also hydrating.  Did I mention it’s super budget friendly too?!  $68!  And with my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN you get 20% off!  Snag it here!  

 

Antioxidant Mask

This is another new product that deserves some serious applause.  It’s a beautiful green hue of skin nourishing ingredients.  Filled with all the things like oatmeal and snow mushroom that give your skin humectants to draw moisture into the deep layers of your skin.  Then there’s pumpkin seed powder, full of antioxidants, amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.  Plus, minerals like zinc for inflammation and Vitamin K for discoloration.  It’s the mask you’ve been waiting for!  It smells so good too.  A mixture of chamomile, bergamot, and citrus.  This is the perfect mask for dry, combination and sensitive skin types.  It takes your skin from feeling dehydrated and dull to moisturized and supple in no time.  It looks like a whipped butter when you open the jar, apply a little product to your hand and add a little water.  This turns the mask into a creamy consistency.  I leave mine on for 30 minutes.  My skin feels so refreshed and rejuvenated!!  A serious treat for the skin.  Get the mask here! and don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN to save 20% off!

 

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This First Light Brightening Oil is a skin changer!

 

 

Seasonal Radiance Elixir 

This Radiance Elixir is just giving me all the feels!  It’s so nutrient dense and hydrating.  This elixir is rich in niacinamide which helps to lessen redness overall.  The blend is in a base of mushroom complex- snow mushroom, reishi, and Oregon Grown Shiitake.   This blends helps draw moisture into the skin. My skin feels so revived.  It feels a little heavier than most hydrating elixirs which I love!  My skin feels prepped and ready for oils and serums.  Get your Seasonal Radiance Elixir here!

 

 

Skin Repair Balm

First, the Skin Repair Balm is such an amazing multi-use product.  I’ve used it as a cleansing balm, hydrator and to help heal and relive pain from a burn.  One of the ingredients I love in the balm is yarrow-a powerful anti-inflammatory.  As a cleansing balm it removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple.  I wake up with perfectly moisturized skin.  I put it on a hot water burn and it instantly took away the throbbing pain.  I’m wondering what this little jar can’t do?!  Snag yours here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Balancing Whipped Oil

I was so excited to try out the new Blue Tansy + Babassu Balancing Whipped Oil!  If you’ve followed me long enough you know I’m a big fan of blue tansy- this oil does so much.  First, the smell is so wonderful!  It has a sweetness to the smell but still smells herbal too.  Besides, smelling good, it also relaxes the nervous system.  It also helps to balance the hormones in our body- can you say YES!  It calms inflammation and redness in the skin.  Babassu is also in this whipped oil, which I love too.  It’s similar to coconut oil but not pore clogging like coconut oil can be.  These two combined are perfect for combination, dry or skin prone to breakouts. If you do have dry skin you may still want to use an oil first then the whipped oil.  I loved applying it after cleansing and toning.  I found I didn’t need extra hydration right now.  My skin felt so good in the morning!  It quickly absorbs into the skin leaving it feeling hydrated but with a matte look, not oily.  Overall, I can’t recommend this product enough! If you have skin that is breaking out or just skin that needs a little tlc- this is perfect.  Grab your Blue Tansy + Babassu here!  Don’t forget to use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

 

Live Botanical Review

The Antioxidant Mask is a new favorite in the Live Botanical line.

 

 

Glowing Honey Mask 

To leave this product out of my Live Botanical review would be doing you a huge diservice- I’m obsessed!  This mask began my love affair with Live Botanical.  I love it!  It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke!  It apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth.  It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin.  It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains.  The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time.  What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week.  It really lives up to it’s name: Glowing Mask.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!  I can’t get enough of this decadent skin treat!  Oh and did I mention it’s only $30? Get your mask here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Hyaluronic Serum

I also tried the Aer Hyaluronic Serum and was so excited after the first use!  It’s unlike any product I’ve used.  I apply it after toning and press it on my face.  It leaves your skin feeling a bit wet but then it absorbs and fills in lines and evens out your whole complexion.  I apply my moisturizer/oil after and then my makeup and love the end result.  My skin is dewy and moist the whole day and doesn’t look haggard.  Am I making sense?  The first ingredient is aloe, which I’m all about-it replenishes the skin and plumps it up.  You guys need this-it’s fantastic and a staple in my makeup routine!   Get yours here!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Coconut & Bergamot Body Oil

I can’t get enough of this body oil!  It’s so good.  The smell of this is enough to transport you to an island oasis.  It comes in a glass bottle, making it easy to apply.  I applied it right after showering and it melted into my skin.  My skin felt hydrated and moisturized but not greasy at all.  I need this on repeat-no joke!  Seriously one of the best body oils!  Get your Body oil!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

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That glow you get after using the Glowing Honey Mask from Live Botanical.

 

Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil

This oil is so soothing.  I even had my sisters try it and they loved it as well.  It smells so light and calming. My skin soaked it up and there was no oily residue left behind.  It felt so calming on my skin.  In the morning I would wake up with skin that looked so fresh and revitalized.  I especially notice when products are soothing and calm redness since it’s something I deal with.  This really helped give my skin an overall even look.  I also loved applying it before my makeup.  It was the perfect moisturizer, not too heavy but just enough.  I can’t recommend it enough for anyone, but especially those with sensitive skin types and those prone to redness!  Plus, when you see the ingredient list you might drool a little- so good! Get your Hormonal Harmony Calming Oil here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Nourishing Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil leaves your skin hydrated and supple.  It’s a rich cleanser made for dry and sensitive skin types.  It’s not going to dry your skin out at all like some cleansers might.  I have more dry/combination skin and it worked great for me.  A luxurious cleanser filled with lemon balm, rose, chamomile, and lavender. Get your cleanser here! Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!

 

Travel Size Kits

Don’t forget to check out the Live Botanical kits.  These kits are great for getting 7-10 days to sample products.  Also great for travel when you don’t want to bring along all your full size products.  She offers 4 kits depending on your skin type.  Check out all the kits here!  

That concludes my Live Botanical review.  I absolutely believe in this line and can’t wait to try more products!  The quality that goes into each product is really amazing, not too mention the price tag is awesome!  Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!  Shop all of Live Botanical here!

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The Best Nontoxic Cookware

The Best Nontoxic Cookware

I finally rounded out the best nontoxic cookware!  I have received this question so much within the last 6 months that I knew I needed to write a blog post.  It’s crazy how many toxic chemicals can be lurking in cookware.  It might not seem like a big deal but over time these chemicals add up and produce a toxic load!

So What’s In The Average Pot or Pan?

Now if you are wondering why you would want to avoid conventional non-stick cookware, allow me to share some facts with you.  It might seem like one more thing to consider when it comes to living a natural lifestyle, but let me assure you, it’s an important one!

Non-stick cookware or even many stainless steel cookware may seem great initially but when you dig a little deeper it’s easy to uncover the toxins lurking in them.  The most common nonstick cookware out there is Teflon. It has been trademarked as Teflon and contains the chemical Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  It’s a popular choice for most people when it comes to cookware because it’s non-reactive, non-stick and stain resistant.  It basically is a cooks dream- that is until you read the fine print on the toxins it’s releasing every time you cook with it!

A deeper look into Teflon from the EWG back in 2003 and it’s claims that Teflon was safe under certain circumstances was debunked by research stating that in fact, Teflon did know that it releases harmful fumes for a very long time and can cause illness. Read the full article here.

While Teflon was first made using the chemical Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA), in the 1950’s, they started adding Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) acid, or C8 to it to help alleviate some of the lumpiness from just using Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA).  However, this produced an even greater toxic substance overall.  It has been linked to many diseases, from cancer, liver disease, thyroid issues and growth issues. Not only that, but it accumulates over time in the body.  It is present in the air, and water.  Those who worked and lived in the area where it was made were exposed at high doses that created significant health issues, from birth defects in babies, to cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and high cholesterol. (McGarvey)

According to research from National Center For Biotechnology, (2003), Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid, 11.1.9. 

It has been suggested that there is a significant dose response relationship between PFOA levels and ADHD. 

This substance is not something you want to be cooking with!  Research shows that it takes only 5 minutes for a pan to heat up to 750 degrees.  Once heated it then releases toxic gases.  Not only that but as soon as the pan is scratched it also releases toxins into your food.  Even birds are affected by the chemicals at the lowest temperatures, completely dying. (EWG)

As you probably know, most people aren’t cooking with low temperatures but exceedingly high temperatures!  Creating a recipe for toxic chemicals to be released into the air.

The thing is Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) isn’t just found in cookware but in SO many other products.  So the accumulative affect is great.  From irons, microwave popcorn bags, floss, baking cookware, curling irons, hair straighteners, carpets, sofas, waffle makers, rice cookers- just to name a few. There are so many safe alternatives to these products that will help keep you and your family safe from this ingredient.  One of them is making the switch to safe cookware!

 

So What Is Safe?

There are some great options out there now when it comes to nontoxic cookware!  I will say some of the cookware definitely are a little pricier than non-stick- however the investment is worth it.  These pots and pans are going to last you a lot longer than many conventional pots and pans and won’t carry the toxic burden.

Cast Iron-

This was the first type of nontoxic cookware that I switched over too.  It really has been around forever and that’s one of the reasons I love it.  It does take a little bit of time to get used to it but once you’ve worked with it you figure it out.  I really love the Lodge cast iron pans.  They’re easy to find at Target or you can order them on Amazon.  They’re also budget friendly!  I use this pan for cooking eggs, veggies, frying- really the list is endless. A couple tips when using cast iron.  Make sure and slowly add heat.  I found this works best instead of blasting the food with heat.  It helps to not burn food.  Cast iron retains heat very well.  Also, make sure you season it regularly. This helps to create a type of natural non-stick surface.  If you’re unsure how to season it, The Wellness Mama did a whole blog post on it here.  When you season a cast iron it’s basically adding a good oil to keep it hydrated and then baking it.  I avoid cooking acidic foods in cast iron because it can break down the seasoning or patina that’s been made on the cast iron.  Cleaning cast iron can seem intimidating at first, but it’s actually not.  You don’t want to use soap with cast iron- it can damage the seasoning and dry it out.  Instead, use some salt to clean it.  I just shake salt on top and then take a scrubby and scrub away.  Then rinse with water. Then you want to dry it and rub in a cooking oil.

While I used cast iron for many years since trying new brands such as 360 Cookware and Caraway, I have stopped using my cast iron that much.  The one thing I don’t like about cast iron is how heavy it is and how you can’t use soap on it.  I don’t always feel it gets as clean. *The one caution I would make is that cast iron has been known to leach iron so if for some reason you have an abundance of iron you might want to switch up your pans every now and then.  I’ve been the opposite more anemic so I welcome all the iron I can get! Check out Lodge Cast Iron here!

Nontoxic Cookware

The 360 waterless cookware is unlike anything else I’ve used!

Stainless Steel-

I have found the best of the best when it comes to stainless steel cookware!  It is 360 Cookware!  I have a whole review on this waterless cookware line. Check it out here. Now, I’ve always wondered about the safety of stainless steel cookware when it came to leaching metals into food.  I wasn’t so sure about it.  However, after looking into 360 I’m convinced this is one of the safest options out there when it comes to nontoxic cookware.  A 360 cookware pot or pan has a layer of T-304 Surgical Grade Stainless Steel first, then the next layer is Aluminum Alloy- which helps to conduct heat throughout the cookware, and then the third layer is T-400 Series Stainless Steel.  Since the aluminum alloy is in the middle it never comes in to contact with your food. Many companies are using scrap metal and not stainless steel and calling it stainless steel.  The scrap metal could be from anywhere and often is from China.  You end up not knowing what your stainless steel actually contains.  I also love that it’s surgical grade stainless steel!  This is what they use in your body if you were having surgery for something particular- next level that they use the highest quality.

360 is unique because not only is it U.S. made surgical stainless steel, but it’s also manufactured in the U.S.  So everything is sourced and made here in the United States- so cool!  I love knowing exactly where they’re sourcing the product and how it’s being made.  360 doesn’t spare any detail when making their product- it truly is unlike any other stainless steel cookware!

If you’ve looked into cookware in the past you may have been met with the idea that the more layers the better when dealing with cookware.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the truth.  More layers isn’t better but the thickness of the layers is what you want to consider.  360 has one of the thickest layers overall at .11″.  Ensuring you can feel safe about what you’re cooking your food in! Can’t recommend 360 Cookware enough!  Check out my full review of 360 Cookware here.

Nontoxic Cookware

Caraway Cookware is comes with lids with a ventilating hole.

Caraway Cookware

I have a whole review on Caraway Cookware here.  Not only do these ceramic pots look sleek but they perform so well too.  They are made using a mineral based coating that doesn’t leach into your food.  They also emit 60% less C02 than traditional non-stick coatings.  They first start with an aluminum and stainless steel base and then cover it with the mineral based coating- the aluminum is completely covered and does not leach into the food.  The mineral coating is free of lead, cadmium and teflon.  As with most ceramic pots and pans it is a mineral-based coating made of silica, oxygen, binders, and color pigments.

People used to be concerned about the mineral coating chipping but I’ve found high quality ceramic pots and pans don’t do that.  It’s the poor quality, usually inexpensive ones that tend to chip or wear off after a short amount of time.  As I like to say- you get what you pay for!

Caraway Cookware is definitely high quality.  Very durable and stain resistant.  I haven’t had any issues with stains or discolorations.  It really continues to look as good as the day I got it!  Something I really love about the cookware.  It’s also very easy to clean.  All you need is some warm soapy water and a scrub pad and it cleans things up really well.  Check out my full review here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This is an all ceramic cookware line.

Xtrema

While I love the concept of Xtrema I find it very hard to work with overall after years of working with it.  There is a large learning curve and for an everyday pan it was hard to get the hang of it.  It is different than both stainless steel and cast iron.  From the glaze on the cookware to the core it’s made with 100% ceramic.  Ceramic is awesome because it’s completely inert- meaning it won’t leach any harmful toxins.  All of Xtrema has been tested for heavy metal content and is free from glues, polymers, coatings and dyes. If you want to see their testing results check them out here.  It heats very evenly.  You can take a dish from the fridge to the stove or oven- it’s very versatile. It also can withstand high temperatures.  It’s easy to clean Xtrema cookware too, just use warm soapy water.  You can also use baking soda or an abrasive scrubby if you need to.  The best way to heat an Xtrema is to turn the heat on low or low medium.  Since it’s so great at heat conduction you don’t need or want to crank the heat up to high.  Doing this would result in foods sticking or burning.  It’s best to turn the heat on a couple minutes before you start cooking and then add a little cooking oil once it’s heated.  I like avocado oil, ghee or coconut oil.  Don’t add the oil to a cold pan, wait until it’s heated up or it will cause foods to stick.  I have their 8-inch Versa Braiser.  It’s nice because it has a lid and can be used for cooking meats, quiches, casseroles etc, but also can be used for cooking eggs with.   Xtrema

Nontoxic Cookware

Porcelain Cookware first starts with cast iron and then is dipped in a porcelain enamel.

Porcelain Enamel-

There has been a lot of confusion I’ve noticed about this type of nontoxic cookware.  It is cast iron but then has been given a coating of enamel.  This enamel is a type of glass.  It is completely safe.  There has been some controversy about the enamel being made of clay and therefore having lead but from various tests performed on it, there has been no lead detection reported.  A common brand you may think of is Le Creuset.  Their cookware is made in France.  One might think that porcelain enamel is similar to cast iron and that is true but it does have it’s differences.  Porcelain Enamel will not rust where regular cast iron can if not seasoned properly.  Also, porcelain enamel won’t leach iron because of the coating, where cast iron will.  Porcelain enameled is also nice to have for acidic foods like chili or spaghetti sauces.  Acidic foods as I mentioned above can strip cast iron of it’s seasoning, especially when simmered for a long period of time.  For cleaning you can use some mild dish soap on it and a scrub pad of some kind.  For stubborn stains or food that’s stuck you can boil some water in it with a few tablespoons of baking soda.  Let it sit for a few hours or overnight.  *Personally I love having a porcelain enamel skillet on hand for a nontoxic cookware option too.  It’s great for using with acidic foods or making stir frys, soups, or stews.  I would stick with Le Creuset.  To my knowledge they are the only ones that have been tested for lead content and come back negative.  The only small trace amounts that were found were on the outside of the lids and pots where there was some color but not inside.  Also, I’m a skeptic of things made in China as they have been known to have higher metal content and most of the other porcelain enameled is made there. Check out Porcelain Enamel cookware here!

Nontoxic Cookware

Anchor Hockings is one of the best glass cookware options.

Glass Cookware-

This is a great nontoxic cookware budget friendly option that’s available almost anywhere cookware is sold.  One of the most common glass cookware is called Anchor Hockings.  It is inert, meaning it doesn’t add or take away from the food.  I have several casserole or baking dishes whatever you like to call them.  I use them for both casseroles and special desserts.  I also have a round glass dish with a lid that’s great for soups or stews that I use a lot.  For making breads I like to use a glass bread loaf pan too.  *Glass is a great option for those starting to detox their cookware and looking for accessible and budget friendly options.  I really love Anchor Hockings because it’s made in the U.S.!Check out this great set by Anchor Hocking here!

Nontoxic Cookware

This Oster waffle maker is made with titanium and doesn’t contain the harmful PFOA and PTFE.

Bakeware-

When it comes to nontoxic cookware and baking you can use a lot of the cookware I mentioned above but there are a few other options too.  For the ones mentioned above you can use cast iron to bake breads, or porcelain enamel for desserts such as crumbles, cobblers or pies.  Also, glass cookware is a great option for baking too, as well as stainless steel.  Stainless steel is especially nice for cookie sheets or cake pans! These are a great option for stainless steel cookie sheets! If you’re still concerned about the possible metal leakage just use some parchment paper.  I love this brand that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals.  I use parchment paper when baking always because it makes clean up so much easier and is sometimes essential when making cakes.  You can also get stainless steel muffin trays.  Another option I haven’t talked about is stone cookware.  They have stone baking sheets, loaf pans and cake pans.  I personally haven’t used them.  I know that you have to be really careful when cleaning as you can’t use soap or get them wet.  They’re also heavier too. Rada is a good American made brand that is lead free.  *When it comes to bakeware think about what you use the most and swap that out first.  As I mentioned earlier, you can always buy some nontoxic parchment paper and use that as a protectant too.  I also like these nontoxic paper muffin liners. 

I really like this nontoxic griddle.  It has worked great for us when cooking pancakes, tortillas and crepes.  I also love this Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker that is free from PFOA and PTFE.

I have never used silicone for cooking or baking other than some silicone muffin liners.  However, I stopped using them because I started to wonder if they were actually safe.  I had read a lot of information saying there just isn’t enough research out there yet and I agree.  Until more long term studies come out, I’m going to stick with using silicone when food isn’t heated or cooked.  

I’ve personally been using 360 Cookware and Caraway Cookware the most!  I have different pots and pans from each cookware company and find I use some of the pots for certain things.  I really love 360 Cookware because of the nutrients it leaves in my food and the flavor profile that is left.  With Caraway Cookware I like the ease of use and knowing my hubs can quickly whip something up.

I do think it’s important to switch out your cookware because this is something you use all the time and the accumulative affect is great.  Even if you could replace one item every quarter, by the end of the year you would have a whole new cookware set!

What nontoxic cookware option do you love?

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Memorial Day Sales

Memorial Day Sales

Sharing my top Memorial Day Sales with you in clean beauty and natural living!  Everything from organic mattresses, to organic pillows, natural beauty products and water filters- I’ve got the pulse.

Keep checking back to get all the details as some will unveil throughout the weekend.

I mean some of these Memorial Day sales are just too good to pass up- so you want to make sure you hop on them before it’s too late!  

 

Memorial Day Sales 2020

Sharing all the sales happening in natural beauty and living for Memorial Day!

 

Clean Beauty

 

BEAUTYCOUNTER

Beautycounter has some strict standards when it comes to safer products.  They have everything from natural skincare, clean makeup and hair products.  They even have a baby/kid’s line.  Their new tinted sunscreens are taking the clean beauty world by storm!  If you’ve been wanting a tint to your skin but also protecting it- then look no further.  I love their Lip Sheers, Eyebrow Gel, Blushes, Bronzer and Volume and Shape Shampoo.  What’s even better is they offer a 60 day money back guarantee on products.  So if you try it and don’t like- no worries!  They’re offering The Good Clean Sun Event- Choose a FREE full size Summer Skin Essential when you spend $125 site wide.  Shop all of Beautycounter here!  

 

Aillea

This natural beauty superstore is filled with all the clean beauty!  They’re offering 15% off site wide from May 21-25.  Use code: MEM2020.  Excludes Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom, Kypris Beauty and Vintner’s Daughter, cannot be combined with other AILLEA offers.  Shop all of Aillea Beauty here!

 

Alpyn Beauty

Slightly obsessed with this brand!  Can’t get enough of their line-filling eye balm, Survival Serum and Melt Moisturizer.  These products deliver!  They’re offering my readers 20% off.  Use coupon code: GONEGREEN.  Shop Alpyn Beauty here! 

 

Credo Beauty

You can basically get all your heart could desire in green beauty at Credo!  From Josh Rosebrook, OSEA, Maya Chia, Goop and more.  It’s like one big clean beauty store- they have it all. They’ll be offering free shipping May 21-25 with code: MDW2020.  Shop Credo Beauty here!

 

Detox Market

Another mega clean beauty store is Detox Market.  They have all the “IT” brands.  From Ilia, Osmia Organics, Rahua, W3ll People and more.  They’re offering 10% off on orders $100+ with code DETOX10, and 15% off on orders $150+ with code DETOX15   Shop Detox Market here!

 

Beauty Heroes

Beauty Heroes is your natural monthly beauty box delivered right to your front door.  They always offer the best of the best! From natural skincare, natural makeup discoveries and clean hair products.  For Memorial Day they’re offering Shop Like A Member (15% off) with code SUNSHINE. Beauty Heroes members will save an additional 5%- no code necessary.  *As always, Josh Rosebrook products are excluded from all promotional discounts. Shop Beauty Heroes here!

 

Integrity Botanicals

This is another hot spot for all things clean beauty!  They have natural makeup, natural skincare and more.  From Ursa Major, Alima Pure, Agent Nateur and more.  They’re offering 15% off orders $100 or more.  When you checkout enter code: MDAY15, not valid in combination with any other code or offer. Brand exclusions apply: May Lindstrom, Kypris, Vintner’s Daughter, La Bella Figura.  Ends Monday 5/25 at 11:59pm PST.  Shop Integrity Botanicals here!

 

OSEA

I love OSEA’s Ocean Cleanser, their Hyaluronic Sea Serum and Sea Vitamin Boost.  So many favorites!  Their salt scrub is also great!  They’re offering a FREE Mini Body Trio with purchase of $125 or more. Starts Thursday and ends Monday.  Shop OSEA here!

 

Pharmaca

If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I love Pharmaca!  This natural store has it all.  From supplements, natural kid’s products, clean beauty, the list is endless!  And get this- so many name brands from clean beauty and they’re 20% this Memorial Day.  Use code: WEEKEND.  The sale starts Friday and ends Monday.  Don’t miss out on this!  Shop Pharmaca here!  

 

Leahlani Skincare

To have tried a Leahlani product is to love it!  This weekend you can save 20% off their toning mists. Use the code: SPRITZ.  Shop all of Leahlani here!

 

The Choosy Chick

The Choosy Chick offers so much when it comes to clean beauty and products for the whole family.  This weekend they’re offering free US shipping on all orders $25 and over- Use code: MEMORIAL(U.S. Orders only).  Plus, receive the Badger Tangerine Breeze Lip Balm, on all orders $50+.  No codes needed.  The Offer starts Wednesday May 20th and runs through Monday, Memorial Day! Shop Choosy Chick here!

 

Clean Living

 

SOL Organics down comforter review

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My Green Mattress

This is such a great affordable organic mattress option. I have the Natural Escape Mattress and love it!  It’s their most luxurious mattress. My hubs even raves about it.  I love My Green Mattress because they’re a budget friendly organic mattress brand. This weekend you can save $200 off their Natural Escape mattress using code: REMEMBER.  Check out their mattresses here!  Read my full review here!

 

SafeSleeve EMF Protection Phone Case

I have a SafeSleeve phone case for my phone and love it. I feel so much better knowing my phone is blocking EMFs from my body.  It’s one simple thing that can make a huge difference.  I also have an iPad case too and it works so well. Check out all the SafeSleeve Cases here!  

 

Berkey

I’ve had the Berkey water filter for many years and I’m super happy with the performance.  It removes bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury, VOCs and toxic chemicals like benzene, chlorine and chromium-6, pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and more, to levels higher than 99.99%.  The water sits in a stainless steel container on your counter.  When you buy the Berkey water filter you get the black purification elements with it but you have to buy the fluoride filters separately.  The fluoride filters also filter out arsenic too.  Obviously I would recommend buying the fluoride filters!  I have both and have been happy with their performance.  Check out their website and enter your email to get all the details on their sales!  Get a Berkey here!

 

Almond Cow

This is another gadget that I really thought would be unnecessary but I’ve come to love!  It makes creating nut milk so easy.  When I stopped drinking dairy milk I quickly was thrown into the world of non-dairy milks.  When I realized there wasn’t great options to buy I knew I would need to start making my own.  This makes it so easy!  Just add the nuts and water- push a button and then poof!  You’ve got nut milk!  I can’t recommend it enough.  Use Code: GURLGONEGREEN for $15 off.  Shop Almond Cow here.

 

White Lotus Home

Looking for a nontoxic organic mattress?  Maybe organic pillows?  Well look no further- White Lotus Home is your go to store!  I have their pillows for our whole family and we all love them.  You can choose from so many varieties- kapok, latex, organic cotton and more.  Our personal favorites are the latex and the kapok.  My daughter also has their twin Organic Cotton and Wool Foam Dreamton Mattress.  Free of harsh chemicals and fire retardants.  We love it!  Use coupon code: GGG225 for 25% off your order!  Shop all of White Lotus Home here! 

 

SOL Organics

I love my SOL Organics sheets and comforter.  Sheets are one of the worst offenders when it comes to chemicals.  When you think of how much you sleep the toxic load adds up.  Getting organic sheets was a must for my family and I.  I also love their down comforters.  It’s filled with 100% Canadian White Down, that’s responsibly grown and harvested.  It is also 100% GOTS cotton down proof.  It has an even fill and is hypoallergenic.  I love how it lays flat and even, something that my last didn’t do.   We have the summer down, since we tend to run warm at night.  Use SPRING for 25% off!  Shop all of SOL Organics here!

See any Memorial Day Sales you’re going to hit up?  Let me know what you’re going to get!

 

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Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

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