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Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide

Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide

My natural baby/child gift guide is here!  I hope it helps you get some ideas on gifts for that special baby or child in your life. I have everything from toys, to bedding, and practical items.  Leave me a comment on what you love getting baby or kids as gifts.  Would love to hear!

 

Natural Baby/Child Gift Guide:

 

 

Cuddle + Kind Dolls- 

I got these as a gift for Finley, Gracie and SJ and absolutely love them!  They love them too. They are handmade in Peru and for every doll purchased they feed 10 children.  Pretty awesome!  They are so intricately made and have so much character.  The perfect doll your kids will love for years to come.  Check them out here!

 

Pottery Barn Organic Bedding- 

We love Pottery Barn’s organic kid’s bedding.  We have their organic crib sheets, their organic twin size sheets and organic duvet covers.  I love how they are all organic and still so cute with their fun designs and prints to choose from.  Also, they’re always having sales, making them a great deal too!  Check them out here!

 

White Lotus Home-

We have an organic twin size bed from White Lotus Home for one of my girls and we love it!  It’s super soft and comfortable and will grow with them as they grow.  We also have all of their pillows from White Lotus Home too.  Each of my girls have their kapok pillows.  We also had their toddler pillow when they were younger.  I love knowing they’re not exposed to toxins as they’re sleeping.  Especially since they sleep a lot! Use coupon code: GGG25 for 25% off!  Check them out here!

 

Plan Toy Tea Set-

This is a great all wood tea set that kids will play with from toddler to big kid. I love that it’s made with all wood and no crazy additives.  Get it here!

 

Aprons- 

I couldn’t not include these in my natural baby/child gift guide! Minted makes the cutest monogrammed aprons.  I swooned over these this year!  They come in small sizes for even toddlers.  Every year we do a baking day with my sister and a gingerbread house day with my mom.  These are perfect for wearing as they’re baking.  The prints are too cute and designed by an artist.  I love how Minted showcases the artist and really promotes supporting artists around the world.  Can’t think of a better gift for kiddos!  Especially getting them in the kitchen!  Check them out here!

 

Kiddobloom- 

I love these plates, bowls, cups and utensils for everyday use! They have toddler size utensils and then bigger kid utensils. No plastic leaching!  We’ve had ours for over 4 years and they’re still in great condition.  Get it here!

 

Reuasble Stainless Steel Cup and Straw-

I got these for my girls a couple months ago and haven’t looked back! I love that they come with a lid and a silicone straw. We take these with us when we get drinks at places and we also use them for smoothies. I like that they can’t take the lids off!  Get it here!

 

Zutano Booties-

These booties are the best for babies! They actually stay on their feet and keep their little tootsies warm. I tried socks and little shoes but nothing stayed on my girls feet. These booties are a game changer! Can’t recommend them enough. Get them here!

 

Bamboo Washcloths-

I’ve had these with both my girls and love how soft they are. They are great for in the bath when they’re little but also when they get older too.  Get them here!

 

Organic Bath Fizzies-

If your kids are anything like mine then they love bath fizzles! As a mom I don’t love what’s in most bath fizzies. However, these are a cut above!  Get them here!

 

Hunter Boots-  

My kids still go outside even when the weather gets wet- I mean we live in Washington state so we don’t have much of a choice! 😉  We love how durable Hunter boots are.  My oldest gets a new pair every year and then we pass them down to her younger sister.  They are still in such great condition!  They’re having a sale right now too.  Check them out here!  

 

Burt’s Bees Organic Jammies-

I’ve gotten the girls these organic jammies the last couple years and love them!  They even have family organic jammies.  So not only your kids can get them but even the adults too!  They have some of the cutest prints too.  Even baby jammies! I love how they are a little less expensive then other organic jammies too.  Check them out here! 

 

Ergo Embrace Carrier-

I didn’t realize all the new products Ergo has since my last baby!  I’ve been using the new Embrace Carrier and absolutely love it!  Even my hubs is obsessed. It can fit infants from 7-25lbs.  It’s so soft and comfortable for them as newborns.  It’s also not as big and bulky as the Omni 360.  I love the Omni as they get older but the new Embrace has quickly become my new favorite for when they’re smaller.  It’s similar to a wrap but not as cumbersome to put on.  You just use the buckles to snap it on- so easy!  Trust me if you have a friend or relative that’s having a baby they need this!  Check them out here!

 

Magnetic Tiles-

My kids love building things with these magnetic tiles.  They are great for taking places too.  It’s nice because you can add to them as you want more.  Check them out here!

 

Imagination Magnets-

This is also a great toy that helps kids to use their minds.  It comes with cards that have designs on them and you create the design with the magnet shapes.  It’s also a great travel one in the car too.  Get it here!

 

Uppa Baby Nontoxic Car Seat-

We love our Uppa baby Infant flame retardant free car seat!   I love knowing that my baby isn’t being exposed to harmful flame retardants and that it still looks sleek.  We have this one and we also have this stroller!  This Cruz stroller is awesome because it makes it so easy to pop into places easily.  It also folds up and lays flat.  The car seat just attaches right in.  No additional attachments needed.  Love them both!  Get them here!

 

Toms Shoes-

I got these for Gracie and now I got a pair for SJ.  They are the perfect little booties to keep their feet warm and yet look stylish still.  They come in a variety of colors.  When you buy a pair of Toms, then they give a pair of shoes to someone in need.  Check them out here!

 

Night Light- 

My kids have this night light and love it!  It looks so chic in their room but is also a great night light as well.  I like that it’s made from ceramic and not plastic.  Check it out here!

 

Little Partners Learning Tower-

I’ve been wanting to get one of these for years and I think this year I’m finally going to do it.  My kids will use chairs in the kitchen to help me but I would love a tower like this because it’s so much safer.  Such  great thing to have for kids to be able to help learn their way around the kitchen.  Check it out here!

 

Counting Ladybug Montessori Toy-

This toy is awesome!  It helps kids learn to count with lady bugs.  The lady bug has a number on the bottom of it. Also comes with a carrying bag.  A great way to get kids to have fun while learning!  Check it out here!

 

Buckle Backpack-

This backpack is perfect for helping kids gain fine motor skills.  Gracie was obsessed with it and still loves it!  It’s great for car rides or travel in general. Keeps them busy but learning!  Check it out here!

 

Crate and Kids Teepee-

My girls love this!  They use it to hide in, to read books, to play house- so many things.  It look so inviting too.  It really is something they use all the time. Check it out here!

 

Skiphop Floor Tiles-

These really make a playroom standout but are also super practical.  They help keep the room a little cleaner.  Sometimes things spill and it’s nice to be able to just wipe it up, especially if the room has carpet.  Plus, my kids like to take them apart and put them back together.  It’s like one big puzzle.  Check them out here!  

 

Northface Reveresible Jacket-

I want to get one of these for Finley!  I love that they are reversible.  One side works for when she is wearing something nicer and the other side is great for just play.  I always feel like I need two jackets for her but this solves the problem!  Plus, I love North Face quality. We have a jacket from them when she was younger and Gracie still uses it now!  Check it out here!

 

Scooters-

My girls love their scooters! They are such a great investment.  I love that it keeps them active but also is easier to bring with us instead of a bike.  We got Gracie one when she was 2 and she still loves it!  We love the brand we have too.  Super durable.  Check them out here!

 

Hope my natural baby/child gift guide was helpful!  If you need more ideas for gifts when it comes to natural beauty- check them out below!

 

 

natural baby/child gifts

Sharing my favorite natural baby and kids gifts on the blog.

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

I wanted to share a new online retailer I came across recently, Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living.  LuckyVitamin is different than any online retailer I’ve used in the past.

*This post is sponsored by LuckyVitamin, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I was so intrigued reading LuckyVitamin’s story!  It started as a pharmacy and has turned into an online natural wellness store.  A legacy that’s been passed down for 3 generations.   They have a passion for health, community, and spreading wellness.  

LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of living a natural lifestyle.  It’s your one stop shop for all things wellness.  From natural and organic foods, supplements, herbs, baby, health aids, exercise and more!  They literally have it all. 

One thing that I loved when shopping LuckyVitamin was how smooth the whole experience was.  They make it so simple with their easy to navigate website.  You can shop by health concern, by brand, department, by diet and they even offer a specialty tab for those who may have specific needs such as wanting products that don’t contain artificial fragrance.  They really have thought of it all!  

They also have a tab called “Deals” that indicates what sales and promos are happening.  Making sure you don’t miss a thing!

I love their mission statement!

Mission Statement:

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin’s Mission Statement.

 

They also have a new membership program called LuckyVitamin+ that I joined.  I was so excited to learn of all the perks that came when becoming a member!

You can become a member for $49.95 a year.  This includes so much!

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin takes your health to heart!

 

What A LuckyVitamin+ Membership Includes:

  • You get an extra 10% off savings that can be stacked with promotions and offers
  • Free standard shipping on orders over $25 (continental US only)
  • A certified personal Wellness Consultant
  • Member exclusive gifts
  • Content and other member-only perks

It’s so easy to become a LuckyVitamin+ Member!  You just add the membership to your cart when shopping and it automatically gives you your savings.  Check out all that the LuckyVitamin+ Membership offers here!

I love that you can also use other rewards with the membership which increases your overall savings.  

The wellness consultant is another huge perk of membership.  Being able to ask an expert about a product or diet really helps so much.  It can seem so confusing sometimes with labels and knowing really what the best option is.  LuckyVitamin takes the guesswork out of it all with wellness consultants.  I love that it’s actually a phone consultation too and not just by email- makes it so much more personable. 

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

In your order you get a copy of WellPower, a mini publication filled with health inspiration.

 

The community you gain from LuckyVitamin is also huge!  When you join you are invited to a members only community where you’re able to share healthy tips, recipes and learn from one another in your own health journey.  This is also where you can really get to know your wellness consultants.  

The membership really creates an environment for those wanting to take their health journey to the next level and get all they can from a natural lifestyle.  

Membership is kind of a no brainer!  The amount of savings and benefits you receive really makes such a difference.  Check out LuckyVitamin+ Membership here!

 

Lucky Vitamin review

I was so excited LuckyVitamin had some of my favorite collagen powder!

 

On my first order I bought some Primal Kitchen Collagen Powder.  I love knowing that they offer one of my favorite natural proteins.  Plus, I got it for such a deal!   My order was so easy to process and I received it quickly and intact.  

I can’t wait to shop from them again!  They really bridge the gap between so many stores for me and make it so easy to just shop in one place for everything!  I love knowing that I’m also saving time and money.  

Check out all that LuckyVitamin+ membership has to offer here!  

Have you placed an order with LuckyVitamin before?

 

Lucky Vitamin review

Sharing my LuckyVitamin Review on the blog.

Aluminum Free Deodorant

Aluminum Free Deodorant

I’m sharing my favorite aluminum free deodorant with you today!  Primally Pure! I have tried my fair share of natural deodorants in my day.  Trust me, it seems a new deodorant shows up on my doorstep every week.  But I didn’t land one that was great for everyone until Primally Pure.

Their deodorant takes the cake for my husband and I!  (Scroll to the bottom for my full review on my faves).  They not only create amazing deodorant but also provide so much education on natural deodorant in general.  I wanted to share what sets them apart and why it’s so important to make the switch to a natural deodorant. 

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure is the best aluminum free deodorant I’ve found in natural beauty!

 

Now let’s back the truck up and talk about why you want an aluminum free deodorant in the first place. 

I really wanted to share the toxic burden mainstream deodorants carry.  This is one area of going green that I want to shout from the rooftops!  Why?  Because people use deodorant everyday, or at least most of us should.  Maybe you can get away with every other day, but you get my point.  Multiply that by 365 days and you’re rubbing toxins on yourself daily!

So what is this toxic load I speak of?  Well, let’s first talk about the biggest offender when it comes to mainstream deodorant, aluminum.  Aluminum is put in deodorant for the sole purpose of blocking your pores from sweating.  In essence, so you don’t get wet.  There’s a problem though, we were made to sweat, and our body uses sweat as a way to rid ourselves of toxins.

So where does the aluminum go?  Into our blood stream, fatty tissue, and can settle into breast tissue.  Unlike toxic food that can be broken down once digested, chemicals we put on our body cannot.  Instead they find a home in our fat and can wreak havoc.  Specifically in breast tissue.  A quote from the Journal of Inorganic Bio-chemistry states, “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the underarm region.” Although, that doesn’t equate to aluminum causing breast cancer, it certainly lays a case for it.  Plus, it’s not just the application of the antiperspirant but the application onto underarms that have just been shaven.  The broken skin makes it even more permeable for the aluminum to get into the body.  Why take the risk if you don’t have too?!

And the crazy part about it all?  Aluminum isn’t the only toxic ingredient in your mainstream anti-perspirant.  Even if you’re using a mainstream deodorant without the aluminum you’re still putting harmful toxins in your body.  I can’t forget triclosan, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol and fragrance.  These all do a number in your body too, and I’m not talking a happy number!  Your best bet is to make the switch over to a non-toxic deodorant that’s free from all the toxic offenders.

Now, I know this can be a tricky thing to do-trust me.  I sweat and I sweat a lot!  However, I have picked up some tips to make the transition easier.

 

aluminum free deodorant

Primally Pure’s Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!

 

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO A NATURAL DEODORANT:

 

 

  • DRINK WATER– Sounds like a no brainer but not drinking enough water can leave your body stagnat-nothings moving and that’s not good.  Make sure you’re drinking enough water for your body weight and having consistent bowel movements.

 

  • CONSIDER YOUR FOOD- Often times what we eat has a direct effect on our smell.  If you’re putting junk into your body, i.e. refined sugar, white flour, processed foods etc. then chances are you’re going to smell it too.  Eating more leafy greens and fruits causes your body to have a sweeter smell.  Also, some foods even if they are healthy can cause you to smell just because of their makeup. Be mindful of when you eat odor causing foods that may take your stench to a whole new level. Avoid these foods for a bit to see if your odor improves.  

 

  • EXFOLIATE UNDERARMS- It’s time to slough off all that bacteria and make sure your underarms are clean.  Getting rid of the bacteria and creating a clean canvas will help ensure you’re not creating further stench.

 

  • SWEAT- Many people don’t like to hear it but sweating is actually one of the best ways to detox naturally.  It pushes the toxins out of your body.  I’ve noticed myself I always smell better when I’m consistently getting a good sweat on through some form of exercise.  Also, epsom salt baths are great for helping to sweat, as well as saunas.  If your glands have been blocked for so many years chances are they have some mucous and bacteria buildup.  Remember sweating is a good thing!  Your body may even go through a period where you sweat a little more during the transition-totally normal.  Your body will adjust.

 

  •  CLOTHING- For the first several weeks consider the clothes you wear.  Opt for material such as merino wool, bamboo, hemp and cotton-all natural fibers.  Avoid synthetic fibers which can trap sweat and help breed bacteria.  Choose loose fitting, breathable clothing.

 

  • WATCH YOUR SHAVE- To avoid irritation, don’t apply your deodorant right after you shave.  Since your pores will be open and fresh, it’s best to avoid putting the deodorant on right away.  It may cause irritation and redness.  Give it some time.  If you can, shower the night before and apply in the morning or wait an hour to apply after you shower in the morning.  An hour gives your pores a chance to close up.

 

  • DON’T GIVE UP– Just because one natural deodorant doesn’t work or you’re still feeling like you smell, don’t give up!  It takes time for your body to acclimate and this may not be a quick fix.  Ask around, be diligent de-toxing, and eventually you’ll reap the rewards.

 

aluminum free deodorant

Some of my favorite natural beauty products from Primally Pure!

 

Primally Pure as I mentioned takes the natural deodorant cake in all areas.  From an affordable price, squeaky clean ingredients, smell good scents and no irritation.  Overall the formula works so well!  They have a couple blog posts that really help understand natural deodorant.  Check out what you need to know about using natural deodorant and also their blog post on the science of natural deodorant and why their formula works so well. 

My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant.  I love their Blue Tansy.  Although I tried the Charcoal and I have to say I would use that any day too!  It’s crazy because the more I tell people about their deodorants the more feedback I hear on how amazing they are.  It seems to work for the majority of people.  

If you haven’t been able to get your husband to make the switch I recommend grabbing him a Primally Pure Deodorant.  My hubs is picky and when he says it’s his fave, I know it’s good.  The Formula goes on so smooth and doesn’t cause any irritation.  I smell fresh all day long.  The Blue Tansy smell is just so good!  I also love how the charcoal smells minty fresh- you know I’m all about anything mint.

If you’re also wanting to switch your products over in the skincare arena, check out Primally Pure’s skincare products.  I’ve tried a handful of their products and I can’t get enough of their simple ingredients, and effectiveness.

 

Some Favorite Skincare Products From Them Are:

  • Blue Tansy Beauty Cream- This cream soothes skin so well.  Blue Tansy is known for it’s soothing and calming properties.  It also smells divine.  It melts right into the skin and leaves behind complete hydration.  It also has emu oil which is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Dry Shampoo- This is my favorite dry shampoo I’ve used in natural beauty!  They have it in a darker shade for dark hair and lighter shade for light hair.  It soaks up excess oil in hair so well and really adds some great volume!
  • Blue Tansy Body Oil- This body oil also has blue tansy…I know can you tell I’m a huge fan of blue tansy.  This oil is so great for the skin and calms irritation or inflammation.  

 

If you’ve been searching for your favorite natural deodorant, then look no further!   Check out all of Primally Pure’s Products here! 

 

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Sharing my favorite aluminum free deodorant in natural beauty.

True Botanicals Review

True Botanicals Review

My updated True Botanical’s Review is here.  A lot has changed for this luxe line, since I last reviewed it.  From product changes, name changes and new products-a lot’s been going on for TB!  I couldn’t be more excited for all the newness!

When I think of TB what sticks out to me is a luxe anti-aging line.  Using the most potent ingredients, TB spares no expense when it comes to creating their products.  They care about quality and seeing products that actually perform, while at the same time are safe.  A truly unique company in the green beauty industry.  The scents of their products are some of the best.  Nothing is too strong but smells fresh and real.  I also love how they do clinical tests on their products.  Something that is rare among the natural skincare industry.  Proven results, with clean ingredients-what more could you want?  Oh and I can’t forget to mention that all their products come in frosted glass bottles, can you say luxurious?  Not only do they make skincare products but also some stellar body products.  I tried out the shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion and they’re all winners!

TB is also one of the first companies to become Made Safe Certified.  A new certification done by third party testing that ensures toxins stay out of products.  

Another exciting piece of news from TB headquarters is their Clear Collection just passed clinical trials against Proactiv+. Making it the go to skincare line for acne.  Most lines dry out your skin in hopes of combatting acne.  But with TB’s Clear Collection it actually kills bacteria that could be causing flare ups and breakouts.  The products create balance in your skin, unlike most acne treatment lines.  Say hello to your new favorite acne skincare line that delivers.  Check out the full clinical trial results here!  As they say the proof is in the pudding!

TB was started by Hillary Peterson.  She was a long time lover of luxury skincare.  However, she realized the price she was paying for luxury skincare also cost her toxic ingredients.  Having been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she knew a change needed to be made.  After 8 years of research with chemists, studying botanicals and talking with sustainability experts, she created True Botanicals. Her goal was to make skincare products that were not only effective but clean.  Well she did it and since then has won some awards…

True Botanicals’ rule-breaking approach to luxury skin care and ability to bring together superior results and safety has earned it ELLE magazine’s coveted Genius award and placement at several of the world’s top spas.  

If you’re unsure of what line to commit to in TB, then take their online quiz here.  They’ve made it easy to help you decide what line suits your skin best.  Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated.  If it’s one thing I’ve learned from using TB products it’s that skincare needs two things to be great, clean and effective.  TB offers both.

Ok, so want to know what I thought about TB’s new products and line in general?  Well then sit back and take notes-it’s about to get good!

They also have a pregnancy collection.  So you don’t need to think twice about what skincare line to use when pregnant. I mean what more could you want?  A clean and effective skincare line when you’re pregnant?  Sign me up!

*A little disclaimer- my skin type is normal to dry so I use the RENEW line by TB.  They have 4 different lines depending on your skin type.  RENEW is for Normal skin. CLEAR is for acne-prone, CALM is for rosacea -prone skin and Pregnancy is for well you guessed it- when you’re pregnant.   As I said earlier, take the quiz to see what products would best suit your skin.

True Botanicals Review

The best products to keep that youthful glow in natural beauty, the Antioxidant Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.

Pre Cleanse Oil-

This is the first step in the cleansing routine. You apply it to dry skin and rub in circular motions all over to help loosen dirt and makeup.  Then I take a warm washcloth and use it to wipe off all the residue.  Skin feels clean and isn’t stripped.  A win/win!  It’s nice in my opinion to have a double cleanse process!  It really helps to get your skin clean.  The first cleanse really gets your skin clean and the second cleanse restores your skin. Grab your bottle here!

RENEW Nourishing Cleanser-

This cleanser is milky in consistency.  I apply it to damp skin and rub it all over in circular motions, even over my eye makeup.  I double cleanse with this cleanser or use a balm before it and then use the Hydrating Cleanser second.  It leaves your skin so smooth and not dry at all.  Your skin feels balanced all over.  So many cleansers blast your face and your skin is literally crying out for moisture-not the case with this cleanser.  I love the mild earthy smell of jasmine and grapefruit.  If you’ve been searching for a cleanser that balances your skin and removes all the junk this is your gem!  Grab your bottle here!

RENEW Nutrient Mist-

This mist…I literally love the smell!  It never gets old.  Fresh smelling, not overly powerful.  With jasmine, tuberose, and neroli, the whole combination just works!  TB is serious about delivering even when it comes to it’s mists.  This mist is packed with active ingredients like kombucha that detoxifies skin and balances ph.  Plus, algae extract with it’s high omega 3’s and 6’s that protect skin from moisture loss, fix cellular damage and fill with fluid.  Oh and did I mention the base isn’t made up of water but of Green Tea and White Tea?  Yeah, they’re pretty much all stars when it comes to skin.  Not only are they skin soothing, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, they’re also anti-aging ingredients-hello!  Yeah, you could say this mist is jam packed with some serious goodness.  Get your mist here!

True Botanical's Review

These products give you back that youthful glow- The Vitamin C Booster and Cellular Repair Serum.

RENEW Repair Serum-

This serum-another good one.  I mean am I sounding like a broken record yet?  This serum is designed to reverse the cellular damage caused by sun exposure and aging.  Pretty sure everyone wants to sign up for that-am I right?!  Besides reversing cellular damage it also replenishes moisture and plumps up skin.  It’s highly concentrated and goes past the surface of the skin to really get to the cellular level.  Most serums sit at the top of the skin-not TB’s.  Another thing I love about this serum is it’s ability to calm redness and ease congestion.  My skin looks clearer over all and more even toned.  I apply it after toning/misting my skin.  Since it’s a serum my skin doesn’t feel moisturized but slightly dewy.  This is a serum that is going to work for your skin everyday.  An anti-aging, redness reducing serum all rolled into one.  Invest in your skin and grab your’s here!

Antioxidant Booster-

I talk a lot about this beauty on my Instagram- if you don’t follow, what are you waiting for?  To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement.  This booster is all around the star when it comes to keeping my skin looking youthful- no joke.  Allow me to share some wisdom on why this works so well.  

Free radicals are constantly at work in our skin causing damage.  They are caused by the foods we eat, stress, the sun, air we breathe and so on.  They can cause skin conditions like acne, rosacea and of course aging.  The thing that we need to give our skin to fight free radicals are antioxidants.  Antioxidants counteract free radical damage and help to repair and restore the skin. Our skin produces antioxidants on their own, but as we age we lose antioxidants.  That’s why it’s important to keep feeding our skin antioxidants as we age.

The Antioxidant Booster does just that!  It gives your skin the most potent form of antioxidants the minute it touches your skin because you don’t activate it until right before you use it.  Since it’s in powder form, it hasn’t lost it’s potency because it’s not been mixed with liquid. The minute you mix it with a liquid you activate the formula.  Imagine all those serums you’ve been buying that have promised to be filled with antioxidants but they’ve basically been deactivated since they’ve been sitting in liquid. This gives you the freshest antioxidants delivered right to your skin!

Plus, the Antioxidant Booster is made using whole apple peel which has been shown to be more effective than Vitamin C- hello!  It’s basically like your skin’s best friend if you ask me.  I mix this with the Repair Serum(you could use the Clear Serum from True Botanical’s, The Calm- whatever line that matches up to your skincare needs).  Then I apply it my skin.  I apply this before my oils.  I find this helps my skin to absorb the oil better. Then I apply my oils.  I can’t recommend this product enough!  I like the Vitamin C Booster too, but this one has done amazing things for my skin.  

I’ve seen hyperpigmentation fade, sun spots and an overall brightness and evenness to my skin.  People ask me all the time how I apply it.  I don’t follow True Botanicals recommendation of applying my oils first and then applying my Antioxidant booster and cellular repair serum.  They recommend you start with their oil, then mix the Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster with one of their serums and apply to the skin.  This isn’t how I was traditionally taught in esthetic school.  However, True Botanical’s Oils are different then most oils.  Here is an explanation they sent me:

We use oils that are specifically formulated to have smaller particle size and therefore be more easily absorbed into the skin, the oil doesn’t sit on top of the skin and create a barrier that the serum would be unable to penetrate

So if you want to apply your oil first and then Antioxidant Booster or Vitamin C Booster and serum do it.  If you want to do it the other way- you can do it that too.  They did inform me that the Vitamin C Booster is only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), so if you apply it first and then add the oil, it can sometimes create a bit of a pilling effect if the Vitamin C/Serum mixture hasn’t fully absorbed yet. The Antioxidant Booster is both water and oil soluble, so it’s easier to switch around the order of the products when you’re using that one!  Bottom line- It’s my skincare must have!  Get it here!

Vitamin C Booster-

This vitamin c treatment is preserved in it’s freshest form.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone, brighten and fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen, plus firm and repair skin.  I mean every face needs this stuff.  You might be wondering why it comes in a powder form.  When vitamin c is mixed with a liquid it slowly loses potency.  By keeping it in powder form you can be assured it’s in it’s freshest form.  Combine 1 to 2 shakes of the Vitamin C Booster with one of TB’s serums and mix until dissolved.  Then apply to skin and let seep in.    Grab your Vitamin C Booster here!

RENEW Pure Radiance Oil-

Where do I start with this oil?  Gahh…I really love it.  It’s their number 1 product and for good reason.  It seeps right into your skin, leaves behind no greasy residue, and makes your skin feel hydrated throughout the day and night.  Besides being highly hydrating it also helps smooth wrinkles, shrink large pores and fight free radical damage.  I love the scent as well.  Not heavy at all, but with notes of frankincense, neroli, rose and jasmine.  Many people wonder what makes this oil so special, here’s a blurb from TB on their website that explains it so well-

When therapeutic oils are applied to the skin without the interference of waxes, they can be absorbed directly into the top layers of the epidermis, where they instantly go to work to improve lipid barrier function. By replenishing the oils you’ve lost due to natural attrition and exposure, you enable your skin to properly do its job: hold moisture in and keep the elements, like sun and wind, out.

So many people are afraid of oils who suffer from acne.  Oils are actually necessary and help create balance in the skin.  This oil, as with all of TB’s products is also available in the CLEAR Line and CALM Line.  Grab your bottle here and thank me later!

Resurfacing Moisture Mask-

This mask does exactly what it says- it moisturizes and exfoliates.  It’s a gel consistency.  It gets rid of all the dead skin and reveals that inner glow(aka new skin). I leave mine on for 5 minutes.  It’s especially great right before a big event or night out when you want your skin to be glowing.  It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application.  You won’t be disappointed with this mask-Get yours here!

Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

This is the newest product from True Btoanicals.  This mask really offers some serious hydration.  You cleanse your skin and apply your products as you would normally and then you apply the mask.  Instead of rinsing it off you sleep in it!  When you wake up your skin is silky smooth and moisturized.  Like a big gulp of water for your skin.  I put down a hand towel on my pillow so the product didn’t get on my pillow case.  But it really does soak in to the skin so well you hardly notice anything.  I can’t think of a better product for your skin in the dry winter months!  It literally nourishes the skin so well.  I notices minimized redness too.  Get your Moisture Lock Mask here! Get it here!

 

True Botanicals Review

The Overnight Moisture Mask gives your skin it’s hydration back!

Deep Repair Eye Serum-

I’ve been using this eye serum since they first introduced it last spring and I’ve been hooked.  It is so concentrated and rich.  A little goes a long way.  It literally lasts forever since you need such little product.  I just dab a drop around my eye area with my ring finger(least amount of muscles).  My eye area is hydrated and puffiness is minimized.  My eyes look rested and brightened.  Again, TB takes it to the next level with their eye serum.  Unlike most eye serums that sit on the surface, TB’s actually goes deep into the skin to repair skin at the cellular level.  You can say goodbye to crows feet!  Get your Eye Serum here!

True Botanicals Review

If you’re looking for a clean beauty shampoo and conditioner that performs- look no further than True Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner.

Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner-

If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.  Get your shampoo and conditioner here!

Nourishing Body Oil- 

I’m obsessed with this body oil!  It literally is so luxurious.  It smells like sandalwood, cedarwood and orange.  I love how it comes in a pump form- easy application.  It is filled with so many antioxidants and fatty acids that make this a power packed oil, while at the same time a very nourishing and hydrating oil.  But get this- it doesn’t feel greasy, not at all!  It glides on your skin effortlessly but doesn’t leave that slimy feeling.  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!  Grab it here!

True Botanicals Review

Take your skin to the next level with True Botanical’s Resurfacing Body Mask and Pure Body Oil.

Nourishing Body Mask- 

This was a different product I hadn’t tried all together but couldn’t wait to dive in and see what all the fuss was about. This is literally a skin’s dream product!  It uses lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin and remove the rough and dry patches. You are left with skin that is smooth, soft and overall lovely!  I apply this to dry skin all over my body and then wait for 15 minutes before I rinse off in the shower.  I’m literally left with skin that is silky!  Plus, it’s a good excuse to grab that book you’ve been wanting to read while you wait for this mask to do it’s magic.  Get it here!

Aromatherapy Oils-

These came out not too long ago and I love applying them for instant stress relief, mood boost and muscle tension relief.  They come in 3 different types.  

  • Stress Relief- This rollerball includes oils of tarragon, frankincense, and sandalwood. It is calming and helps to ease anxiety.  You roll it on your temples, wrists and chests.  You can even just cup your hands and breathe in the aroma.  This is nice to have at your desk, purse, bathroom- really anywhere!
  • Muscle Relief- Got sore muscles?  Then grab this rollerball.  It takes your fatigued muscles and soothes them instantly.  I rub it on wherever I have sore muscles and it instantly takes the tension away. It has essential oils of roman chamomile, clary sage, and orange peel.  You could even apply before a shower or bath for added benefits.
  • Immune Support- This is perfect for the winter months when you want to boost your immunity.  It has essential oils ofavintsara, bay laurel, and balsam fir. These oils are antibacterial, and antiviral.  Apply this on your chest, lymph, and throat.  The aromatherapy really helps to support the immune system naturally.

Phew, ok bottom line from the review-this line is here to stay and seriously performs. If you want clean skincare, that produces results, then True Botanicals is your ticket!

Have you used any of their products?  What are your faves?

True Botanicals review

Sharing all my thoughts on the best natural beauty skincare line True Botanicals.

The Power Of Ayurveda For Health with Angela Glaz

The Power Of Ayurveda For Health with Angela Glaz

In this episode we are learning the power of Ayurveda in health with Angela.  Angela first began her practice of meditation and yoga in 2002 to alleviate chronic back pain and symptoms of depression. Since then, Angela has come along way! She has been lucky enough to travel to India twice to study Yoga and Ayurveda and deepen her own practice. She completed her studies through Himalaya Yoga Valley, an internationally accredited yoga program, located in Goa, India. In her program, she studied yoga under Yogacharya Lalit, who has studied under Sri BKS Iyengar, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Sri Sharath Jois, and Sri BNS Iyengar, and studied Ayurveda under Dr. Rohit Borkar. Most recently, she has completed the Ayurvedic Counseling program through Kerala Ayurveda Academy.

She has a genuine passion for teaching all things and finds joy in encouraging her students to explore their own unique gifts. That passion and belief in honoring every individual’s unique qualities is what drove Angela to create and open what is now Eka Yoga.

Angela teaches with Midwest heart, West Coast soul, and enough quirkiness to make the most cynical crack a smile.

When not teaching yoga, you’ll most likely find Angela urban hiking with her fur baby (Desta the dachshund) or getting experimental with cooking in the kitchen.

 

Connect with Angela-

Topics:

  • Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into Ayurveda?
  • This is a question we ask all our guests, what was your golden hour or health awakening that inspired you to take action in your health?
  • Can you give the listeners a brief overview of Ayurveda and what it is for those who might not be familiar with it?
  • What positive effects have you seen in your own life since practicing Ayurveda?
  • Can you share how yoga and Ayurveda are intertwined?
  • Can you share what Dosha’s are in Ayurveda?  How can we discover which one we are?
  • Why might you want to start out with a warm water in the morning according to Ayurveda? Could you share some morning rituals from Ayurveda?
  • How can someone find an Ayurveda practitioner?
  • What are three health habits that have made the biggest impact on overall health? 
  • Where can people connect with you? Socials channels, website, etc

 

 

Links Mentioned in The Podcast-

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In the recent Golden Hour Podcast we are learning the power of Ayurveda from Angela Glaz.

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