BEAUTYCOUNTER REVIEW

BEAUTYCOUNTER REVIEW

So excited to finally share my Beautycounter review!  I’ve been wanting to share about the products since I joined but wanted to give it some time so I could really get a feel for them and give you some good feedback.

I wrote a blog post sharing why I decided to join Beautycounter back in December.  It’s a really in depth post, so I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t.  I share what held me back in the past from trying the products, ingredients I wasn’t sure about and about the business side.  Basically if you want to know more about Beautycounter go read it.  Check it out here!

Also, I would be doing you a disservice if I talked all about the products but didn’t tell you a bit about the business side of it.  I’m not afraid to tell you I make money off of the products when you purchase them under my name and I hope it’s something more women will feel comfortable sharing.  That’s one of the reasons why I decided to join Beautycounter because I love that it supports women in business and working it into their lives.  I’ve heard so many stories of women being able to send their kids to a private school they had always wanted too, to pay for ballet lessons, take their family on a vacation- the list is endless!  That is definitely not something I want to be ashamed of.  If anything I want women to feel more empowered to help provide for their family. 

Besides women empowerment, I also just love the fact that I’m spreading the message of clean beauty.  That’s why I started my blog in the first place, to spread this message with more people.  Beauty counter’s advocacy work is literally paving the way for natural beauty!  As we join arms, it’s raising a louder voice that we want safer products into the hands of everyone.  That is something to get excited about!

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As we join arms, it’s raising a louder voice that we want safer products into the hands of everyone.

How cool is it that a women can become a Beautycounter consultant while still participating in her life?!  They can still make their kid’s soccer games, work another job, and be a stay at home mom- pretty cool.  So if you’re wanting more information on how to get involved in Beautycounter and what that might look like for you, send me an email to [email protected]  Would love to have you share this mission with me, while creating income for you and your family!

Ok, clearly I’m passionate about this company and all that it stands for!  Now on to my review.  I’ll be sharing more products as I test them out but for now I wanted to share some standouts.

MAKEUP

Tint Skin-

I was so jazzed to try this foundation!  There’s always a few products in a makeup line that I get really excited about- foundation is one of them.  This foundation is definitely in my favorite foundations category.  It is hydrating but not so much so that it looks shiny.  It blends so well and looks like your skin.  I love how buildable it is.  If I want a more laid back look I can achieve it with Tint Skin, if I want a more pulled together look I can use a bit more.  If you’ve been looking for a light to medium coverage foundation try Tint Skin!  I wear the color Linen.

Dew Skin-

I tried this first before trying Tint Skin and really liked how easy it was to use.  However, after using Tint Skin I prefer it over Dew Skin.  But that’s just me.  You may want really minimal coverage and more of a tinted moisturizer feel and look, then Dew Skin is for you.  It blends so well into the skin, you would hardly notice you’re wearing much.  It’s super hydrating too! I wear the color No. 2.

Concealer Pen-

I really like the application of this concealer pen.  I especially love it for underneath my eye area.  I don’t like it as much for covering my hyper pigmentation on my cheeks.  I find it doesn’t give the coverage I like. But for under my eyes I really like it for covering dark circles.  If you tend to get creasing I would set it with their mattifying powder here. Just a little sprinkle will help it from settling in fine lines.

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Beautycounter eyeshadows are the best in green beauty!

 

Eyeshadow-

Ok, if you’ve been following me then you know I love Beautycounter’s eyeshadow palettes!  They are the BEST in green beauty.  Seriously- I’ve tried them all and nothing compares.  The pigment is rich, the texture glides on and the longevity- SO good.  They stay the whole day no creasing.  I use the Ilia Primer before I apply the shadows and it works like a charm.  I can’t tell you how many people compliment my shadows too- it’s because they’re seriously gorgeous.  I can’t get enough of them.  I have the Classic Palette, but I want them all! 

Lip Sheers- 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried these and was pleasantly surprised how much I liked them.  One of Beautycounter’s best sellers for good reason.  It feels like a really hydrating lip balm but not goopy or tacky.  Glides on your lips giving a hint of sheen and some color. The color pigment is more translucent and just a hint.  The perfect everyday lip color to throw on.  I can see myself wearing these a lot especially in the summer.  I have the color Rose, a pretty subtle pink hue.  These would be great for teenagers especially in my opinion.  Not as dramatic as a lipstick.

Color Intense Lipstick-

Another best seller from Beautycounter.  These lipsticks give your lips some serious color pigment.  They’re hydrating but not so much that your lipstick is everywhere.  I love how rich they feel on the lips.  Velvety and smooth.  I have three colors, Girls’ Night, 9 to 5, and Backstage- and I love them all!  9 to 5 is literally just as the name implies- the perfect color to wear from 9-5.  It’s not too bold but gives your face a pulled together look.  Girls’ Night is your quintessential candy apple red.  It can be bold but it also can be paired down too.  If I want a more subtle approach I just apply less and it almost looks like more of a lip stain.  Backstage is the nude everyone needs in their lipstick collection.  It pairs great with smoky, dramatic eyes or for an overall dressed down look.  Can’t go wrong with any of them!

Liquid Liner-

I was super duper excited to try this liner out!  Finding a good liner in green beauty is definitely no small task.  This one did not disappoint!  It is very pigmented which I love and it lasts.  I actually like applying mine with a liner brush instead of the brush that comes with it.  Makes it go on so much smoother and easier.  I’ve had several followers tell me it’s their favorite liquid liner too- can’t argue with that!

Did you know Beautycounter just launched their Men’s line this week: Counterman?!  Check it out here!

Satin Blush-

I was sold after my first swipe of their blushes- literally these are the best powder blushes I’ve used.  I love that they’re pressed and not loose- less mess.  I also love the color pay off. They nailed the color Nectar!  It’s the perfect Nars dupe of Orgasm and basically goes with almost anyone’s skin tone.  It’s SO pretty!  I also have the punchy pink color Guava and can’t get enough of it either. They stay on so well and blend so well into the skin.  They don’t look cakey at all.   I’m telling you, try the blushes already- you’ll thank me! 

Bronzer-

This bronzer was another fave.  People ask me what bronzer I have been using lately and it’s this one!  The moment I tried it I knew I would love it.  I’m picky when it comes to bronzers- super picky.  I find it’s really hard to find a true bronze brown color and not have it look orange.  Anyone else feel me on this?!  Then Beautycounter’s came into my lap and I haven’t been able to stray since using it.  It doesn’t look orange and it’s pressed- I repeat pressed!  Loose bronzers are just one more step and messy- not what I want to add to my plate.  Get the bronzer too- everyone needs bronzer in my opinion, it warms you up in seconds!

Cream Blush-

I tried the cream blush later and I have to say it’s another great product.  They really thought the delivery out well with this one.  I love that it comes in a stick form- makes it so easy to apply.  I just apply a few swipes to my cheeks and blend in with my fingers.  Looks soft and dewy. Great for the winter when skin can start looking a little drab.  I also love applying this first and then applying a swipe of the powder satin blush.  Give my cheeks a pop and helps the blush last even longer. I have the color Hibiscus.

Lip Gloss-

I’m not a gloss girl at heart. However, I do love adding a little bit every now and then for a little dewiness to my lips.  I’m picky about my glosses though and was pleasantly surprised when I tried Beautycounter’s and fell hard for it.  They aren’t goopy or gunky.  They glide on so well and offer sheen plus a hint of color.  I love the Bare Shimmer color I have.  I layer it on top of lip liners or lipstick to add a subtle hint of shine.  If you’re a gloss girl you will love these!

Lip Balm-

This is one of my favorite products!  I knew I would like it.  It is a serious hydrating lip balm that doesn’t mess around!  It offers moisture and protection.  I apply this at night and I wake up with silky smooth lips.  It comes in several scents but I’m partial to the peppermint- always got to have my mint!

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Two of my favorites in Beautycounter, the Cleansing Balm and Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser.

 

SKINCARE

Resurfacing Peel- 

I had to start with the resurfacing peel!  If you haven’t tried it you’re missing out, plain and simple.  It works so well at minimizing fine lines, dark spots and sloughing off dead skin.  It uses 3 different acids, malic, lactic and glycolic to improve texture and tone of the skin.  You put it on your skin like you would a serum at night and wake up with skin that looks refreshed, smooth and glowing.  I’m not surprised this is a best seller!  Get the peel already.

Cleansing Balm-

This is another best seller and one of my favorites. I really can’t get enough of this cleansing balm.  It feels so good on the skin.  I apply a nickel size amount to my hands and rub in circular motions all over my skin to remove makeup.  It gets rid of it all, from eye makeup and foundation.  Then I take a warm washcloth and wipe off the balm.  My skin feels hydrated but clean.  It smells so good too!  It also works as an overnight mask if your skin is really needing a little extra moisture and tlc.  

Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser-

This was another product that I can’t stop using.  It really acts like a conventional cleanser minus the toxins.  It gets a little sudsy and clears away all the extra grime.  My skin feels so clean but not stripped.  I love using this after the cleansing balm to get every last drop of makeup, and grime off from the day.  It’s a really reasonable price as well.  It has tiny jojoba beads in it as well that help to slough off skin cells.  Nothing to abrasive at all.  A great pick for teens as well!

Balancing + Charcoal Mask-

At first I wasn’t too sure about this mask.  My skin tends to run on the dry to normal side and I was concerned it would be too drying for me.  I realized I only need to apply it where I want to clean out and detox my pores.  I apply it to my t-zone area and thats it.  It helps to really draw out pores but it’s not drying out the rest of my skin.  A win/win in my book!

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Quotes throughout Beautycounter’s Headquarters!

 

Countermarch Eye Rescue Cream-

This eye cream is one of the best eye creams.  I find it hard to find eye creams that aren’t too heavy.  This one is just the right amount of moisture.  It hydrates but quickly soaks right into the eye area.  I love using this at night or in the morning before I apply my makeup.  It’s also not crazy expensive too!

Facial Oils-

Beautycounter has 3 facial oils.  A Brightening Oil, Plumping Oil and a Balancing Oil.  Depending on your skin type and what you’re looking to achieve there is one for most people.  I use the Brightening a lot, it’s for combination skin.  It’s not super heavy but offers enough hydration.  I also have been using the Plumping Oil at night for a little extra since it’s winter.  I’ve noticed my skin tends to need a little more in this season.  The Plumping Oil is great for those with mature skin, dry skin.  The Balancing Oil is perfect for anyone with oily skin or acne skin.  These are best sellers as well!

Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion-

This lotion is great.  It really works so well.  It can be worn underneath makeup easily because it’s not super heavy or can be layered at night over your facial oils for a little more hydration.  This is another best seller that people can’t get enough of.  I love that it doesn’t have a strong scent either.  Just a good all around facial lotion.

Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream-

This cream is a heavier than the lotion and is going to give your skin the extra surge of hydration that it needs. I would recommend this to anyone that is needing a little more moisture for their skin.  A lot of people will layer this over oils at night or use by itself.  I found for me I needed an oil before this because it wasn’t hydrating enough on it’s own.  I haven’t tried the Rejuvenating Cream yet but it’s a best seller and people have told me it’s the next step to hydration from this cream.  I’ll share my thoughts when I try it out!

Eye Makeup Remover-

If you’ve been following me on social media you know I can’t get enough of this eye makeup remover!  I used to be obsessed with Mary Kay’s Eye Makeup Remover back in the day…but clearly I gave that up! 😉 When I saw that Beautycounter had one I knew I had to try it.  Well, let’s just say I now have a new fave!  This eye makeup remover performs so well.  It removes my eye makeup effortlessly and my lipstick with no oily residue.  Fan girl for life!

One Step Makeup Remover Wipes-

Say hello to your new favorite wipe…but really!  These are in a league of their own.  I kept hearing people say to try the wipes and so of course I did!  These wipes have the perfect moisture amount.  I had yet to find a green beauty wipe that worked so well.  They were either to dry or not soft enough.  Beautycounter hit all the marks on these wipes.  They are soft, moist and even biodegradable.  If you’re a wipe gal you need these!  Perfect for travel too.  You could even cut them in half to make them last longer.

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Sharing my favorite Beautycounter products with you on the blog.

 

HAIR/BODY

Daily Shampoo and Conditioner-

I initially liked how my hair felt using the Daily Shampoo and Conditioner but then after using it for a while I ended up not.  My hair is fine and thin and it felt like it didn’t get clean enough with the Daily Shampoo and Conditioner.  My hair felt blah and wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do.  I have friends who have similar hair types to me and they love the volume shampoo and conditioner.  I haven’t tried it, but once I do, I’ll let you know!

Body Lotion-

The body lotion is so decadent and hydrating!  Did I mention the smell?  It is citrus mimosa and smells oh so good.  I love that it comes in a tube for travel.  It hydrates but doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.  People that love a good lotion always love the Beautycounter lotion- can’t blame them!

Body Cream-

So if the body lotion isn’t hydrating enough, the body cream will be.  It is truly so hydrating and indulgent.  It has the same citrus memos scent that makes you want to lather this everywhere!  I’m more of a body cream gal and I can’t get enough of this.  It keeps my skin moist long after applying and isn’t oily feeling. 

Clearly I’ve tried a few of Beautycounter’s products!  I can honestly say I’m so impressed with the quality and performance of the products.  If you want to check out more products that they carry, click here!  Also, don’t forget to check out my first post I did on Beautycounter here. And check out the new men’s line!  What’s your favorite Beautycounter product?  

Did you like this post?  Then you’ll love my Organic Foundation Guide Post!  I share all of my favorite foundations in natural beauty.  Check it out here! 

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I’ve got all the details on Beautycounter and the products on the blog.

 

 

How To Identify And Clean Dirty Genes With Dr. Ben Lynch

How To Identify And Clean Dirty Genes With Dr. Ben Lynch

In episode #30 we are learning how to identify and clean dirty genes with Benjamin Lynch, ND.  Dr. Ben Lynch received his Cell and Molecular Biology, BS from the University of Washington and his ND from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR and methylation defects. You may learn more about Dr Lynch and his work at www.MTHFR.net. Dr Lynch is also the President & CEO of Seeking Health, a company oriented towards disease prevention and health promotion. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Nadia, and three boys, Tasman, Mathew and Theodor.

Connect with Dr. Ben Lynch-

Topics Discussed-

  • Who is Dr. Ben Lynch and what drew you into the fields of genetics and epigenetics?
  • What was the golden hour in your life that inspired you to take action in your health?
  • You recently wrote a book called Dirty Genes where you talk about how to identify and clean the Super Seven Genes. Can you share why you chose to focus on these seven genes?
  • Where do you recommend people start with cleaning their genes, whether they were born dirty or acting dirty?
  • If people want to do some spot cleaning in their health, are there any lab tests or other tools that you believe would be beneficial to getting to the root of their symptoms?
  • Why is it beneficial to eat less protein at night?
  • Who should not follow a veto diet?
  • Why should you tylenol be avoided?
  • Why should you avoid folic acid?
  • What 3 habits have made the biggest impact on your health?
  • What are some of your must have supplements?
  • How can people connect with you?

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How To Set Achievable Goals With Rose and Suzi

How To Set Achievable Goals With Rose and Suzi

So excited to be sharing with you episode #29 on how to set achievable goals with Rose and Suzi.  Today we are pulling back the curtain on what goals look like and how to achieve the ones you set.  It can often seem daunting setting goals, thinking you’re not actually going to achieve them.  However, we are sharing what’s worked for us and what setting realistic goals actually look like.  Plus, we are busting some common goal myths too and why mindset is so important. This episode is so good and perfect for the new year as everyone has goals on their mind.

Connect with Suzi and Rose-

Suzi- Instagram, Facebook, Blog Rose- Instagram

Topics:

  • How we set goals
  • All about planners
  • Favorite podcasts on mindset/goals
  • Favorite books on mindset/goals
  • The importance of having a few goals versus many
  • Why you should have a goal
  • What is a word for the year
  • Why focus is so important

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  Why We Love It?

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

34 Natural Products That Changed My Life

In honor of my birthday I thought I would share with you 34 natural products that changed my life.  I really thought long and hard about these and wanted to give you products that truly made the cut for me.  I’ve been on the this real food journey for 10+years, this natural beauty journey for 8 years and creating a nontoxic home for 2 years.  It’s totally a journey but one that is doable!  Remember it’s not a sprint but a marathon.  Keep your sanity and slowly detox your life.

34 Natural Products That Changed My Life-

  1. Berkey Water Filter- I got a Berkley water filter for my home 7 years ago and I haven’t looked back.  After learning what’s in our drinking water I knew I needed to get a water filter.  The average drinking water can contain pharmaceutical drugs, fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals- just to name a few.  Berkey is not only filters out all the nasties but also is pretty affordable.  You can choose what size you need depending on your family.  Get one here! 

2. Doterra On Guard Essential Oil- This essential oil was introduced to me by my friend Steph Duford.  I’m beyond grateful for it now!  I use it as a cleaner in my house to kill bacteria and parasites.  Many natural cleaners don’t kill parasites.  But On Guard does!  I make my own DIY cleaner with it and my house is so clean.  I fill a squirt bottle- (the size of a normal apple cider vinegar bottle).  Get On Guard here! 

3. Kiddobloom- Love these stainless steel eating trays and utensils for kids.  They aren’t plastic and don’t leach chemicals! The silverware is rounded at the edges, so really great for kids.  They even have the cutest mugs. Shop Kiddobloom here! 

4. Kosas Lipstick- These lipsticks are my fave in natural beauty!  They offer a ton of color options, are highly pigmented and last.  Plus, they’re hydrating.  Trust me, you’ll be hooked in no time.  Some favorite colors I love are Thrillest, Royal, and Rosewater. Snag a lipstick here! 

5. Josh Rosebrook Hairspray- If you’ve been transitioning to natural beauty for a hot minute then you know finding a natural hair spray can often feel like a daunting task.  Well, I’ve literally tried them all and the only one that meets my standards is Josh Rosebrook.  Get it here and thank me later! 

6. Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask + Cleanser- Basically my holy grail when it comes to morning routine.  I apply this to my face, while I brush my teeth and 5 minutes later I’m left with skin that glows.  It’s magic in a jar!  Plus, so budget friendly.  Use my coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20%!  Snag one here! 

7. Pharmaca- Oh Pharmaca how I love you!  So as many of you know I’m an esthetician.  Well, I worked as an esthetician at Pharmaca years ago.  I loved it!  For those who don’t know what Pharmaca is, allow me to explain.  It’s your one stop shop when it comes to living a natural lifestyle.  They have natural supplements, natural beauty products and natural baby products.  There’s really not much you can’t find at Pharmaca.  I love how I can find everything in one spot, but I also love how Pharmaca is constantly having sales!  It’s kind of amazing.  They are usually offering 20% off all the time, which means more money in my wallet!  Shop all of Pharmaca here! 

8. Elite Fuel Iron- This iron literally changed my life.  My iron depletion was severely low in the summer.  So much so that after workouts I would feel dizzy.  I knew something was up.  After having my blood drawn I saw that my levels were crazy low.  My naturopath recommended this specific iron supplement.  It had been shown to increase iron absorption much faster.  Usually if you take an iron supplement it takes a while to build up storage again.  I noticed a difference after a couple weeks!  Can’t recommend it enough! 

9. Naturpedic Organic Mattress- Sleeping on an organic mattress is pretty life changing.  The amount of toxins in conventional mattresses is pretty disheartening.  Since we sleep a 1/3 of our lives.  It’s important to know what your sleeping on and what your body is absorbing.  My husband and I have LOVED our naturpedic mattress!  It’s seriously so comfortable.  This is the naturpedic mattress we have! 

10. White Lotus Home Pillows- Finding organic pillows that my husband, myself and kids love has been no small task.  But thanks to White Lotus Home- it’s been so easy!  My husband literally won’t stop talking about his shredded latex pillow- he loves it.  My kids and I love our Kapok Pillows.  They offer such great customer service, can help you figure out which pillow is best and offer so many varieties depending on your pillow needs.  Check out all their pillow options here! 

11. SOL Organic Sheets– These sheets are a game changer! They’re soft, and not filled with toxins.  I love that they offer several options depending on what you like.  They’re luxury sheets but at affordable prices.  Check out the sheets here! 

12. Fitglow Beauty Lip Serums- Say hello to your new favorite lip serum- but for real!  These are my favorite lip glosses in green beauty. I hadn’t found a favorite until I used these.  Now I can’t go back!  They aren’t sticky, or goopy like you might think.  They are so smooth, hydrating and nourishing.  The founder actually made them to act like a lip serum for the lips that is filled with antioxidants and vitamins.  Check out all the lip colors here! 

13. Crunchi Foundation Brush- This foundation brush is EVERYTHING!  It’s so soft, love that it has a flat top and is vegan.  I know it sounds funny but when it comes to foundation brushes this brush takes the cake!  Get yours here! 

14. Blendtec Blender- Yep, a quality high speed blender changes lives.  I’ve had my Blendtec Blender now for over 4 years and I can’t recommend it enough.  I love that it gets my smoothies so smooth, and can make nut butters.  It gets used at least once a day if not twice. Check it out here! 

15. Cuisinart Food Processor- I didn’t get a food processor until this last year and I’m kind of kicking myself that I waited this long.  It’s seriously SO amazing!  I use it for my raw veggie bread, kale chip recipes, protein balls, granola bars- the list is endless!  This is the one I have! 

16. Vitacost- where do I even start with Vitacost?!  I love this online health food store.  It has all my favorite natural products for food and living but at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, they’re always offering coupon codes!  I can’t recommend them enough! Shop Vitacost here! 

17. If you care parchment paper- I know how has a parchment paper changed my life- well it has, allow me to explain.  Parchment paper can actually be really toxic.  It’s bleached and can contain many toxic chemicals.  Things that you don’t want in your food and eventually in your body.  In comes If You Care Parchment Paper- it’s unbleached, and nontoxic.  So basically you can have your cake and eat it too!  I love using parchment paper everyday for cooking. It makes cleaning after cooking so easy!  Get your parchment paper here! 

18. Body Love Book- This book really opened my eyes to how our bodies process sugar, carbs, protein, fats, etc.  If  you’re wondering why you’re feeling low on energy, can’t lose the weight, or other health issues- check this book out.  She breaks it down so simply!  Get your book here! 

19.Honest Beauty Mascara- This mascara is my FAVE in natural beauty!  It works like no other mascara and stays put.  Plus, you can get it from Amazon for $14.99!  Grab one for yourself and a friend here! 

20. Reusable Water Bottle- I don’t think I need to explain why this is such a life changer but I’ll give you a brief overview.  Plastic bottles aren’t going away and the more we stop using them, the more change we can create.  Plastic contains a host of problems in our bodies too.  Have you ever drank out of a plastic water bottle? You can literally taste the plastic!  Grab a reusable water bottle and change your life and the environment! 

21. Raw veggie Bread Ebook- I love raw veggie bread.  Sounds weird but it literally has changed the way I eat and consume veggies.  I dabbled in raw veggie bread here and there but didn’t start consistently making it until 2018.  Wow, what a difference that made!  My hubs is addicted and so am I.  Imagine consuming a ton of veggies in a piece of bread that is made with healthy fats like nuts or seeds, olive oil and flaxseed…you would become addicted too.  I use mine for veggie wraps, dip in hummus, egg wraps, and to just eat by itself.  Check out the e-course I took here! 

22. Excalibur Dehydrator- Have you ever made kale chips in the dehydrator?  Yeah, it’s life changing as well.  Once you make them in the dehydrator, you’ll never go back to the oven.  Plus, in the dehydrator all the nutrients are kept intact, since it’s not cooked past 115.  I use my dehydrator for making raw veggie bread too, fruit leather, dried fruit, sprouted nuts- again the list is endless!  Check out my Excalibur Dehydrator here! 

23. OSEA Ocean Cleanser- I found this cleanser this past year and I haven’t looked back.  I’m already on my second bottle and these are large bottles!  I love that it I can use it on my eyes to remove all my eye makeup and it doesn’t sting.  I also love that it foams up ever so slightly and that it washes off with water- no washcloth needed.  Another product that everyone loves!  Plus, it smells amazing!  Get yours here!

24. True Botanicals Antioxidant Boost and Cellular Repair Serum- I’ve been using these two for a serious dose of antioxidants and vitamins for the skin for several years.  They seriously work!  I always tell people if you’re looking for products that deliver in natural beauty, then look no further, these are it!  These products are what are going to help with those fine lines and help to age gracefully.  Get them here! 

25. Activ Whey Protein Powder-  If you follow me, you know I love Activ Whey!  It’s a goat whey protein that comes in vanilla and chocolate. Tastes amazing- you will become addicted.  It also   is so light, not heavy at all.  It’s completely different than cow’s whey.  It’s hypo-allergenic versus allergenic, is immune boosting and promotes healthy digestion.  Check it out here! 

26. Waseda Farms- I just discovered Waseda Farms a couple months ago and I’ve been hooked!  I get nothing from recommending them, other than hopefully more business sent their way.  They are the best organic, pastured meat delivery farm I’ve found.  Most meats deliveries are organic but not pastured- Waseda is both!  Their selection is amazing too!  From pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey.  The taste is amazing too- you won’t be disappointed.  Plus, they deliver it right to your front door!  That’s my favorite part.  For so long I had to go to all these farms to get it but now I just go to Waseda!  I have my good friend Steph Duford to thank!  Check out all their offerings here! 

27. Stasher Bags- These silicone bags have changed my food storage game for the better!  I don’t use plastic bags anymore.  But use these instead.  They aren’t leaching any toxic chemicals, and I save money because I’m not constantly buying plastic bags.  Plus, you’re saving the environment!  Get yours here! 

28. E3 Live- This is an organic algae that has given me energy and helped my hashimotos.  I started taking it over a year ago and I have felt so much better taking it!  It gives my body all the nutrients!  Algae supports digestion and the immune system, helps with mental clarity, and brain health.  Trust me, this stuff is SO good!  Get your E3Live here! 

29. Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation- I talk about this foundation all the time and sometimes I feel like a broken record but it’s because I just love it!  It doesn’t look heavy on the skin, covers redness, and creates and overall polished glow.  You’ll be loving how your skin looks.  I’ve tried all the natural foundations and this one always calls to me!  It performs just like it’s name- True Skin Serum Foundation.  I wear the color SF3. Snag it here! 

30. Almond Cow- I never knew I needed this clever gadget until I started to use it- now I don’t know how I got along without it.  It makes making nut milks a breeze- I mean seriously so easy!  You’ll love it!  Get your Almond Cow here! 

31. Xtrema Cookware- I started using this nontoxic cookware several months ago and wow it’s a whole new world in the kitchen!  Things don’t stick like they used too, it’s so easy to clean and it continues to look good.  I’m going to be giving these as gifts! 

32. Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant- I probably had tried 50 natural deodorants until Agent Nateur Holi Rose.  Once I tried it though, there was no going back.  This deodorant doesn’t mess around.  It has never irritated my skin, and keeps me smelling fresh all day long.  I’m not the only one that thinks this.  This is a holy grail among green beauty bloggers!  Snag one here! 

33. Kosmatology Hand Soap-  There’s hand soaps and then there’s Cosmetology hand soaps.  These hands soaps are squeaky clean, don’t dry out your hands(hello) and come in a ton of fun scents.  Get one for you and for a friend here! 

34. Aila Nail Polish and Nail Polish Wipes- I’ve tried a lot of natural nail polish and Aila has stolen my heart.  It goes on so smooth, isn’t goopy at all.  Love all the colors!  They have a top coat called better than gel that literally acts like a natural top coat on top of your nails.  I also love their nail polish remover wipes.  I can easily take them anywhere because they come in a wipe form.  Get your Aila nail polish and wipes here!

See anything you love too?  What are some natural products that have changed your life?

Best Organic Pillow

Best Organic Pillow

Have you been searching for the best organic pillow like I was?  Well, if you have don’t worry, I’ve got your back!  I’ve tested out many options and I’m here to report on my favorites.  Finding a pillow shouldn’t be a hard process, but it can be if you don’t know where to start.  I take the guess work out so you can find your perfect pillow, minus the toxic load.

So why should you avoid conventional pillows?  

Well, for starters most pillows are either filled with polyester, or cotton.  Polyester contains a toxic chemical ethylene glycol, most commonly known as the deadly substance in anti-freeze.  Cotton contains harmful herbicides and pesticides- many are carcinogenic.  If you think about the amount of time you spend sleeping on your pillow it adds up to a toxic load.  Even memory foam pillows are a toxic recipe since they’re off gassing VOC’s(volatile organic compounds).  As you sleep you’re breathing in all those harmful substances.  These VOC’s have been known to cause a host of problems from irritation to the throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.  No thanks!

Besides the toxic load it puts on your body, investing in a conventional pillow also puts a toxic load and burden on the environment.  The herbicides and pesticides are then thrown back into our environment where they end up in our streams, lakes and rivers.  Then they make their way into our water streams.  I think sometimes people forget that when you purchase something you are casting a vote for the kind of world we live in.  Good or bad- it’s up to us to make our voice heard!

As you can see picking up a new pillow requires a little more thought than just going to Target.  Whenever I think about detoxing my home, I really have to stop and think about what kind of impact this will have on my health.  In my opinion, pillows are pretty high on the priority list.  Since you spend so much time sleeping, the toxic load of your pillow adds up.  I want the peace of mind knowing what I lay my head on at night is not negatively impacting my health.

Something to think about…

I’ve seen “organic” pillows popping up in Costco or Target and other major retailers that aren’t necessarily organic.  Allow me to explain.  Marketers are catching on and realizing consumers want to see the word organic.  So they’re putting organic on anything and everything these days.  I’ll see “organic” pillows at these stores for $10 or $15- which isn’t possible if it’s truly organic.  What they really mean is the cotton sheet encasing the fill of the pillow is organic but not the actual fill of the pillow.  Which can be hard to know unless you’ve done your research.  Bottom line: don’t be fooled by marketers and always ask lots of questions!  If it seems to good to be true it often is.

So what materials should you look for in an organic pillow?

  • Organic Cotton- Make sure it is certified GOTS ensuring it has gone through testing to vouch for it’s pureness. Cotton is a firmer option, but not the firmest.  More of a medium firmness.
  • Organic Wool- Naturally flame resistant and pest resistant.  Also, naturally microbial.  It’s also comfortable in the summer and winter because of it’s insulative properties.  Some people can be allergic to wool, so something to consider.
  • Organic Buckwheat- These pillows are made from buckwheat hulls.  They offer firm support for your head.  They are great at circulating the air, which helps you stay cool throughout the night.  They’re also naturally resistant to pests.
  • Kapok- It’s a natural fiber that comes from the Ceiba Tree in Central America.  This is a vegan option for those who like a down pillow. It’s fluffy like a down pillow but plant based.  It has an overall lighter feel than cotton as well.
  • Latex- Shredded latex is great for those who like a soft pillow.  Your head will sink into these pillows.  They will keep you cooler too.  It is similar to conventional memory foam but without the toxic chemicals. It’s also mold and mite resistant, 100% biodegradable, and even antimicrobial.

Ok, now that you know the different types of materials to look for in a safe natural pillow, let me review the natural pillow options I’ve personally tried.

White Lotus Home sent me 3 different pillow options to try.  They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.

I ended up with the Shredded Latex pillow for my husband, the 100% Organic Cotton pillow for myself and the Kapok Travel pillow to try out as well.

Shredded Latex Pillow- My husband LOVES this pillow!  I’m not just saying that.  He probably tells me at least twice a week how much he likes his pillow.  He had been on me for  while to pick up a new pillow.  He’s a side sleeper and likes his pillow to have some softness with it, but still offer some support.  The shredded latex pillow hit the nail on the head for him.  He said he’s never had a pillow he’s loved more!  The overall weight of the pillow is pretty heavy, it reminds me of a down pillow a little.  What’s great about White Lotus Home is you can customize the fill amount.  Just get a zippered case for the pillow when selecting the type of pillow and you’ll be able to take latex out if it’s too much.  I love this feature!  I did try my husband’s pillow too and I have to say I really loved it as well.  It offers the support I like but still felt fluffy.

100% Organic Cotton- So this is the pillow I got for myself.  It offers more of a firm support then the shredded latex. This is especially great if you sleep on your stomach.  I don’t sleep on my stomach but I do like a decent pillow firmness.  I used to sleep with two pillows before getting this one.  I also got the medium fill because I knew I could always take some fill out if I wanted too.  It felt a little firm initially so I did take some of the cotton out.  Another perk of getting the zippered case!  That helped a lot.  Then I felt my head could sink more into the pillow and not be so stiff.  It’s also nice because once the pillow flattens out a little, I know I can go back and add more fill that I took out.

Kapok-  A great option for a side or back sleeper.  This one felt light on the head and not as firm as the cotton.  I like how it molded to my head after a while and didn’t feel as firm as it did in the beginning.  It seemed more breathable than my cotton one too.  The pillow we got to try was a travel pillow so it was a little harder to get an accurate idea of what a kapok pillow might be like since the pillow itself is smaller but overall I was happy with it.  I think the next time I order one I would order a kapok pillow.  I’ve been letting my 22 month old use the travel size pillow and she loves it!  It’s the perfect size for a toddler pillow.  The kapok pillows are also more budget friendly compared to the other two options above.

If you’re looking for a good quality pillow that isn’t going to off gas toxins I would definitely look into White Lotus Home.  They really offer so many great options for natural pillows.  I didn’t get to try out their wool or buckwheat options but they’re reviews look great for both of those pillows as well!  What I love too about White Lotus Home is that each of their pillows comes in a smooth 100% organic cotton sateen pillow casing.  You can know your pillow is doted on from start to finish!  Use Coupone Code: GGG for 20% off your order!!

Have you swapped out your conventional pillow for a natural alternative?  If so, what was your favorite pillow you’ve tried?

 

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