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. 
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!

 

OSEA Review

OSEA Review

*This post is sponsored by OSEA. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

So excited to share with you all my OSEA skincare review!  I hadn’t tried their products until Beauty Heroes had them in a recent box.  In the box was their Ocean Cleanser- let’s just say it was love the first time I used it!  I couldn’t get enough of the milky cleanser.  I knew I needed to try more of their products!

If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line.  This brand is truly unique.  I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it.  She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her.  She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury.  Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim.  A few weeks later her grandmother was healed!  Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA.  From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line.  Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.

I love OSEA’s commitment to clean skincare as stated so well on their website:

OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. Jenefer’s innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates.

OSEA was also the first company to sign the “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”:

In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products!

I was excited to dive into the products they sent me and report back to you guys my thoughts!

 

Ocean Cleansing Mud- 

This cleanser is especially formulated for oily, and acne prone skin.  It gently exfoliates while getting rid of impurities on the skin.  The first thing I noticed upon using it was the scent!  It has essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary.  It gives your skin a tingly, refreshing vibe- overall feeling very energized.  It contains organic algae and cypress oil that help to balance blemishes and remove impurities.  I would apply this cleanser on my skin at night and in the morning, but I found I liked it best in the morning as a gentle exfoliant and morning wake up call for my skin.  My skin is on the dry side so this cleanser works better for me once a day.  However, my sister who has oily skin loves it!  It helps to remove excess oil and give her an overall brighter appearance.  I applied to damp skin and used circular motions to remove makeup and dirt- avoid eye area.  Grab your Ocean Cleansing Mud here! 

Sea Vitamin Boost-

This toning mist is not only beautiful in color but performs well too!  It instantly gives my skin some major hydration and feels so refreshing.  I love squirting it on my skin in the morning to wake me up and in the afternoon even for a quick pick me up.  With ingredients like resveratrol, organic algae and pomegranate, it’s no wonder this mist makes me swoon every time I use it.   If your skin feels dull and lifeless this is for you! Get your Sea Vitamin Boost here!

Hyaluronic Sea Serum-

It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017!  It works and works well!  If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you.  It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines.  Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin.  Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity.  Your skin will feel supple and smooth.  Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin!  I love applying this after the Sea Vitamin Boost and then pressing this into my skin before my oils.  It makes my makeup look better and gives me an overall polished look- can’t recommend it enough!  Get your Hyaluronic Sea Serum here!

Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish-

I was so intrigued by this product!  I’ve been reading so much about putting probiotics on the skin topically and not just internally.  So many benefits!  Plus, I know how powerful vitamin c is.  This polish comes in a powder form with pure vitamin c and vegan probiotics.  It also has finely ground rice and bamboo and seaweed powders.  These help gently slough off the dead skin cells.  The vitamin c and probiotics give your skin an overall brightness and helps to fade hyper pigmentation.  I noticed improved resilience of my skin and just a fresh faced looked.  Get your Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish here!

White Algae Mask-

This mask feels so good on the skin.  This is an anti-aging mask.  It really is meant to improve overall skin tone and brighten the complexion.  The ingredients are white marine algae, white tea, and resveratrol. These ingredients help to minimize redness- which I’m always all about and give an overall glow to the skin.  The mask also has mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid.  These two help to mask those fine lines and moisturize the skin.  I would apply this at night and leave it on for 20-60 minutes.  You can even leave it on overnight!  My skin felt so supple, smooth and less red after using.  It’s such a nourishing mask and one I can’t stop using! Get your White Algae Mask here!

Salt of The Earth Body Scrub-

Talk about a scrub!  This body scrub doesn’t mess around.  It is filled with Dead Sea and Himalayan Pink Salts, Bolivian Rose and Organic seaweed of course.  Plus, it boasts some Acai, shea butter and passionfruit that leave your skin feeling like butter.  I applied to wet skin and used circular motions.  My skin felt so refreshed and clean!  Sometimes we focus on facial exfoliation but our body needs great exfoliation as well!  Grab your Salt of The Earth Body Scrub here! 

*Here are the other two products I had previously tried and loved!

Ocean Cleanser-

This cleanser is a definite fave!  I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic.  It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup.  I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands.  Then I rub in circular motions all over my face.  After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean.  Not stripped or dry.  It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.  Did I mention it smells like candy?!  The lime really stands out to me.  There also are notes of juniper, and cypress.  A great all around cleanser- can’t get enough!  Get your Ocean Cleanser here!

Undaria Body Polish-

This body polish is unlike any I’ve used.  It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump.  It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin.  Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa.  It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body.  It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana.  I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in.  A serious skin treat!  Grab your Undaria Body Polish here! 

That concludes my OSEA skincare review.  There’s so many more skincare treats I can’t wait to try!  Checkout their full shop here!  Did you see anything you want?  Have you tried any OSEA products?  Let me know if you have any questions!

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Beauty Heroes: Mr. Fox

Beauty Heroes: Mr. Fox

A special box from Beauty Heroes: Mr. Fox!  This box is actually for the men in your life!  Usually it’s all about the ladies but not this time around.  This special box was created with all the men in mind.  LIL FOX products aren’t new to Beauty Heroes but their men’s products are.  If you aren’t sure what Beauty Heroes is, keep reading to see why I love this stellar 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…

So obviously I had a little help with this box!  My hubs tried all the products to test them out and give his opinion, since they were created for all the men out there.  However, I have to admit the scents and textures of the products still had me swooning- I mean ladies your guy is going to smell amazing!

CUPU-COOL Rainforest Jelly Balm-

This balm is a 3 in 1- yeah you heard me it does 3 things!  The perfect product for most guys.  Need to cleanse your face, this is your product, need to hydrate, this is it as well.  Oh and have a guy who loves to mask- then this is your product too!  Talk about an all star travel product.  It does it all and then some.  As a cleanser apply to wet or dry skin.  Then rinse off with water.  If you need a little extra hydration put a pea size amount on hands and rub into face.  As a mask leave on for 10 minutes for extra moisture.  I love the luxe dark glass jar it comes in too!  It feels so refreshing on the skin- my hubs and I both love that feeling.  It smells SO good!  You all know I love anything peppermint.  This little jar has it all from peppermint to lemon and basil!  The combo sultry, yet fresh.

SANDALWOOD Toning Mist-

This toning mist will have you at first spray!  The smell is divine.  Sandalwood is the ultimate sensual scent in my opinion.  I told my husband he can gladly wear this as a cologne anytime. 🙂  Not only does this smell divine but also helps to keep post shave bumps at bay.  Nourishing and refreshing, great for a little extra hydration throughout the day too.  You can’t go wrong with this mist- from the smell to the soothing properties.  Your hubs will love the way the it feels and smells!

MAN ABOUT MOJAVE Desert Succulent Face + Beard Oil-

Maybe your guy in your life needs a little extra tlc when it comes to their skincare regimen.  Well, this face and beard oil is where it’s at!  It has the perfect blend of soothing and clarifying oils.  Post shave the soothing oils will calm the skin, while the clarifying oils will help prevent breakouts and bumps.  The ultimate skin treat for any guy!  The scent is a mixture of patchouli, mandarin, and rosemary.

The combination of these three products is any dream skincare regimen for the man in your life!  They are literally getting all that they need in three products, and for a stellar deal!  Right now you can snag this box from Beauty Heroes for $65!  Did someone say Father’s Day gift done?!  Or even just because- sometimes the guy’s need to get in on all the product action as well.  I would hurry though, this is a limited edition box!  You can snag the LIL FOX Men’s Discovery Box here!

Have you used any other LIL FOX products?  What are your faves?

 

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Green Beauty Brands

Green Beauty Brands

I’ve got some green beauty brands I’ve been wanting to yap about!  I recently discovered the green beauty store in Canada called Vossity.  This store not only offers some of the best of green beauty but products for men and baby!  Vossity was founded by two women, Avalon and Sanja.  They both discovered green beauty in different ways, each on their own path towards a cleaner lifestyle.  They quickly realized even though products might appear natural, they may not be.  Even now, they continue to research and read up on ingredients to get the best possible products.

I love their commitment to high ingredient standards.  On their website they have a “Ditch These Ingredients” list where they list ingredients, where you find them in products, and why you should ditch them.  It’s such a practical way to educate people on the dangers lurking in their everyday products.

I’m excited to see more and more online green beauty shops popping up!  It means the message is getting out and people are wanting cleaner products.  I had the privilege of sampling some of the green beauty products Vossity offers and couldn’t wait to tell you guys what I thought.

I’ve also teamed up with Vossity to offer 10% of using code: GOGREEN.  

Axiology Lipstick in Enlighten-

I was giddy opening up the Axiology lipstick!  I haven’t tried any of their lipsticks before but have heard amazing things!  Well, let’s just say it did not disappoint.  The formula is so creamy, hydrating and doesn’t bleed.  I didn’t even need to apply a lip balm before applying the lipstick.  The color Enlighten looks very daring when you’re just looking at it- I mean it looks purple, but it doesn’t look purple on! It’s a very pretty pastel hue- but not take me back to the 80’s pastel, a very cool modern take on the whole thing.  I can wear this color with so much- addicted!  I can’t wait to try more of Axiology’s lipsticks.  The formula and ingredients are some of the best I’ve found.  Check out Axiology’s Lipsticks here! (wearing Enlighten below)

Hush & Dotti Gel Eyeliner-

I was so excited to try this!  If you’ve been in green beauty long enough you know that gel liners are hard to come by and finding ones that work are even harder.  This one comes in one color- black.  It glides on the eyes so well.  I used my new Crunchi Eyeliner Brush and it worked perfectly. If you have a hard time getting the perfect wing on your liner, this may be your new best friend!  It’s so easy to work with that it’s virtually impossible to mess up.  Unlike liquid liner that requires some serious practice and a steady hand, this liner effortlessly glides on.  It makes doing liner not such a feat and so much quicker.  No waiting for the liner to dry like with liquid liner.  The longevity of the liner was the real test- and it passed!  I would put it on in the morning and it would last all day long- for real.  I used to be obsessed with MAC’s gel liners but since going green haven’t been able to find a gel liner I loved.  I finally found it!!  Check out the Hush & Dotti Gel Eyeliner here!  (wearing the eyeliner below) 

Wearing,  crunchi foundation in 2.5, and primer, Teri Miyahira Mascara, Crunchi eyeshadow in Curiosity, GIA Blush, Crunchi Bronzer and Crunchi Lipstick in Pure and Hynt Brow cream in Espresso

Herbivore After Sun Spray-

I’ve had my eye on this for a while.  Often most products for after sun care can have a lot of added chemicals.  This one is so simple in the ingredient list.  I also love that it comes in spray form- so easy to spritz on after a day being outside in the sun.  It feels so refreshing and cooling when it hits the skin.  With soothing ingredients like aloe, lavender and spearmint- your skin will feel well cared for.  I love the smell too!  I get notes of spearmint and lavender.  I recommend this for anyone who likes being outdoors and wants to replenish the skin after coming inside.  The perfect antidote!  Check out Herbivore’s After Sun Spray here!

Herbivore’s Pink Clay Cleansing Soap Bar-

This soap bar is perfect for dry or sensitive skin.  Often people with dry or sensitive skin hear the word clay and go running, but this clay is very mild and gentle in drawing out impurities.  It has a very nice citrus and floral scent, nothing overwhelming at all.  I used it for my face and body.  It cleaned my face so well, even removing my eye makeup.  My skin didn’t feel dry or parched at all after but balanced.  I also loved using it for a body wash- so refreshing.  This is a great all around soap bar to have in your skincare arsenal.  It would be great to travel with too- you only need one product for cleansing face and body!  Get your Herbivore Pink Clay Cleansing Soap Bar here!

Inheart essential oil perfume-

When I first smelled this perfume I was a little taken back.  It wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I initially thought, oh I’m not going to like this.  Then I kept using it and found myself drawn to the scent.  It’s very refreshing and bright for a scent.  It wakes you up but then mellows out.  I love that it changes too as you wear it.  At first I get more notes of Vetiver, but as I wear it I smell the sandalwood more.  It comes in the prettiest glass rollerball.  Makes it so easy for application.  Perfect for stashing in your purse and taking with you wherever you go.  Since it contains no synthetic fragrance, you do have to reapply throughout the day.  It’s made with 100% pure essential oils.  They have two other scents too!  Check all of them out here! 

That sums up the goodies I tried from Vossity!  See anything you want to try?

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