I’ve rounded out 40 Natural Holiday Gift Ideas! Ok, so it’s less than two weeks until Christmas and if you’re anything like me you still haven’t wrapped up your holiday shopping. I know, shame on me but life’s been a bit hectic lately- can you blame a girl?! But I thought if I’m doing this, how many other people are doing the same thing. So I thought I would share some gift ideas that I’m gifting to my family and friends and some gift ideas that are just always winners. Plus, so many of the gift ideas can either be bought on Amazon- quick and easy or Pharmaca- and they’re always having sales! Basically, I’ve got your back this holiday season.
Pharmaca has all the top clean beauty brands but discounted!
Pharmaca- (Always having sales, and you can get clean beauty, kid’s toys and even herbs all in one place)
What did it feel like going makeup free for a week? Well, let’s first start with why I even began this journey. I recently had an experience where I was judging my own mother- I know sounds horrible. Honestly, I feel bad even writing it. I was at church and I saw my mom and my first thought was, oh she isn’t wearing makeup. Now, my mom definitely doesn’t wear makeup all the time and doesn’t even wear a lot. She has amazing skin and is naturally gorgeous. However, whenever you go to church you put your face on- or at least that’s what I thought. I remember seeing her and thinking why aren’t you wearing makeup? Are you starting the trend like many women as they age and just go bare faced? I was concerned she wasn’t taking care of herself. Fast forward a couple of days later and I found out she couldn’t wear makeup for a while because she had a procedure done on her eyes. As you can imagine I felt horrible! What kind of daughter judges her own mother for not wearing makeup, but secondly what type of daughter does it after her mom has gone through several eye treatments? Well apparently me.
It got me thinking really hard. What is my relationship with makeup? Why did I feel the need to care if my mom was wearing makeup or not? Better yet, does makeup define my appearance? These are questions I really sat with for a while. Then I started to realize I didn’t like what my answers were. Who do I blame for these feelings of judgment on myself and others? Society, associations with family and friends and growing up reading the latest fashion and style magazines. Now I’m not trying to point fingers but I do want to bring to light these 3 areas as I feel they do affect us more than we realize.
Society- We see it on TV all the time, women who are successful put their makeup on in the morning and look put together before going to work. I mean do you really see successful women trotting into the office with no makeup? Maybe you do- which is great! But often I find we are portrayed that successful women put themselves together (hair and makeup) and unsuccessful women don’t. I even recently heard someone saying on social media how we should make sure we’re taking time to get our makeup on because we want to look good for our husbands and it sets the tone for the day. If my husband’s love is based on me getting my makeup on for the day, then is it even love?
Family/Friends- How you grow up obviously has a big effect on how you see the world. You may have grown up with a mom who never would go anywhere without makeup, you hardly knew what she looked like without it. Your friends started wearing makeup early on, and so you followed suit. You realized you got more attention from guys when you wore makeup, you felt accepted by your peers. Maybe your dad only complimented you when you had makeup on.
Fashion/Style Magazines- Yes, magazines. The power of magazines is real and I’m living proof. I remember I loved flipping through them as a teenager(keep in mind these are crucial formative years). Those glossy, perfectly polished photos called to me! I want my skin to look like that, I wanted that lip color for my lips, and I realized my eyelashes could use a boost. What really happened as I was perusing the latest magazines was the fact that I wasn’t measuring up. Mmm…sounds almost like social media these days! I realized I needed makeup in order to look like all the pretty models in the magazine. It could make me feel complete.
Barefaced for a week.
So here’s what I did…I went makeup free for a week. No makeup touched my skin. I was bared faced for everyone. It didn’t matter what was on my calendar. I want to share my takeaways and what I learned in the process about myself.
My skin actually looked so much better after a week of no makeup. It was clearer, healthier looking and less congested.
I saved time getting ready each morning.
I realized my identity was oddly tied up in “putting my face on” each morning. In the past if I didn’t put my face on then I was staying at the house all day and wearing lululemon pants. But when you are going to meet up with friends and you’re not wearing any makeup…things start to feel different.
I felt like I needed to explain to people I wasn’t wearing makeup- why? This was a weird realization. I noticed it first with my hubs and then on Instagram…it was so odd that I felt the need to almost apologize for not wearing makeup!
Although my face felt clean, I didn’t feel completely put together. It was like I kept forgetting something.
I realized how much my focus is on my appearance sadly.
It was weird to do my hair and wear nice clothes but not wear makeup…like I had all the pieces but one.
I kept thinking throughout the week, I wonder if people think I’m just not trying or caring for myself?
As you can see I had a lot of realizations as I went through this no makeup journey. Realizations I wasn’t necessarily proud of. But my hope is that by being vulnerable with you, it will cause you to take a deeper look at why you paint your face each day. It’s not that makeup is bad or the enemy. But the immense value and weight we place on it in our lives. I don’t want my girls growing up thinking makeup is needed for beauty. Beauty is so much deeper than that. Makeup is fun and I enjoy trying new lipsticks and color palettes! I don’t intend to stop. However, I will go days without wearing it, and being barefaced when it might seem uncomfortable. If I want my girls to embrace themselves fully, then I must first embrace myself. Flaws and all.
Beauty is not painted nails, a perfectly toned body, or wearing the latest makeup product. Sure those are pretty things but beauty is so much deeper. Beauty is seeing my daughter pick out her outfit for the day and wearing it proudly even when it doesn’t match. It’s seeing my Gracie Girl giggle at her sister. It’s watching my hubs sing my girls to sleep. Trust me, I ‘m not trying to get all mushy. But I’m trying to paint a picture of what beauty really is. It’s not the fake, the fluff or the exterior. It’s the simple things we see everyday that are truly beautiful. As a natural beauty blogger it’s important I share this message with my daughters. Makeup has it’s place as a fun hobby. But it’s not have it’s place as part of who I am. I’m not going to stop wearing makeup- no not at all. I’ve just become more aware of what I don’t want it to be and where it’s place is in my life. The minute I feel I’m not who I am without it, is the minute I need another makeup detox week to realign my true values.
Let’s stop letting society decide what beauty is and let’s make our own definition.
Have you found yourself ever wrestling with these thoughts? If you want my full skincare routine, check it out here!
In episode #11 we are learning how to build an environmentally healthy home with Darren Vigil of Healthy Exposure Construction. Capt. Darren J. Vigil CIEC, ATP is the Founder of HealthyExposure, Inc. and Co-Founder of HealthyExposure Construction, Inc. Using Building Science Capt. Vigil identifies and resolves issues with the Built and Living Environment of Homes. He has learned firsthand the importance of Sustainability and Health of Our Planet, Our Homes and Our Lifestyles. Capt. Vigil has been a Leader and Visionary in this Field for over 20 years. Today, he approaches a Sustainable Living as the balance between the Environment you Live in, the Air you Breathe, the Food you Eat, and the Water you Drink. Capt. Vigil was honored as a Nominee for the “2015 Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award.”
Healthy Exposure Construction was the 2017 Builder of The Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center and named Dream Home Builder 2015 by the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities. Capt. Vigil is Married for over 25 years and is a father of 5. He enjoys the outdoors, loves boating and watching football. He is active with his Church and Community. Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Green Construction Industry. Skilled in Complex Problem Solving, Environmental Health Construction and Operations Management. Strong Entrepreneurship Professional with a BS in Aerospace Management, Minor in Industrial Psychology from Middle Tennessee University. Follow Capt. Vigil and HealthyExposure at:
Today on The Golden Hour Podcast we are learning how to improve your complexion with skincare tips from Dr. Trevor Cates, founder and owner of The Spa Dr. and author of the bestselling book Clean Skin From Within. She was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in California and currently lives in Park City, Utah where she helps patients from around the world achieve graceful aging and glowing skin. Dr. Cates is host of The Spa Dr. weekly podcast and has her own PBS special, Younger Skin From Within. She believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients. Dr. Cates’ The Spa Dr. skin care and supplement lines are formulated with natural and organic ingredients designed to help you achieve the clean and natural path to confidence and beautiful skin.
I was excited to receive Kloverbox in the mail! Kloverbox box is a monthly subscription box of lifestyle products from nutrition, natural beauty and healthy home brands. I love that it offers a little of everything, and not just nutrition or beauty-it’s fun to mix it up. You can either choose between a monthly subscription, three month subscription or a six month one-time purchase. And the cost of shipping, nothing! It’s free in the U.S. and right now they don’t ship outside the U.S. I also found their packaging standards to be on point! The box you receive every month is recyclable, recycled, biodegradable, renewable, reuseable and upcycled…did you get all that?! Pretty awesome! Even the crinkle paper is made out of 100% recycled material-go Kloverbox. The box is $25 a month for a one time purchase but you get a discount if you sign up for three or six months. I had the pleasure of sampling two boxes, the September box and October Box. I found some stand out products and couldn’t wait to share them with you!
A lot of times people ask why subscribe to a monthly box? Fair question-here’s my answer. I’ve found monthly subscription boxes to be a great way to buy product without having to pay full price. Everything is discounted since you only pay the subscription fee. You end up getting a ton of stuff for a fraction of the cost. Monthly boxes also introduce you to new products that you may never have found otherwise. They also save you time because you don’t have to go and look for product-it’s just delivered to your front door every month. Plus, monthly subscription boxes are a great gift idea!
Ok, enough chit chat. Let’s talk about my favorites from the two boxes I sampled. These pictures don’t include all the products from both boxes, just the ones that I loved!
Buddha Fresh-Where has this stuff been all my life?! Buddha Fresh is an all natural air freshener that uses organic bamboo charcoal to soak up odors. There is nothing toxic about it! The product comes in a burlap sack with the charcoal in it and you just place it wherever you want it to absorb the stench. If that wasn’t cool enough, it also lasts for up to two years! Talk about economical. Oh and it’s biodegradable if dumped in the soil! For me it’s a win/win. Conventional air fresheners are toxic all around. Buddha Fresh is the perfect solution. No artificial scents or fragrances trying to mask the odor, instead Buddha Fresh just takes care of it! I highly recommend this product. I love using it to soak up stinky shoes!
Balanced Guru Energy Mist- This energy mist is the perfect ticket for promoting feelings of balance. It also helps to encourage joy and playfulness. I really like the smell. It has hints of sandalwood, vetiver, lavender, bergamot and ginger. It smells energizing and crisp to me. I would spray it away from my face and breathe in but you can also spray on your skin or clothing too. The little travel size was perfect for my purse. It’s also organic and cruelty free.
CUCCIO Somatology Power Flow Yoga– I’ve never received a dvd of any kind in a monthly subscription box yet and I’m really digging this one! I’m not a yogi at heart and have only done a handful of yoga classes but I must say it was fun to have a dvd that guided you through a session. Yoga I found can be really centering and great for your muscles after intense workouts. I tend to gravitate to more strenuous workouts, so this was a nice change of pace. I loved that there were beginner poses and advanced. It helped to calm my mind and ease my muscles. So excited to have this to go back to again and again! A great pick by Kloverbox!
People Towels- I was so ecstatic to see a people towel in the box! These towels are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are the perfect replacement for a paper towel. Take it in your purse, gym bag, wherever, it replaces paper towels and leaves no foot print. It’s also printed with eco-friendly dyes. You can customize your towel to your liking-how cool! It even comes in a handy dandy little bag. I’m a huge fan of conserving and going green if you haven’t noticed and this company takes it to the next level!
This was a quote from People Towel’s website: “Since 2009, they estimate that PeopleTowels users have diverted close to 5 million pounds of paper towel waste.”
Pretty incredible! Can you say stocking stuffer?
Good Common Sense Naturals Tidy Pumpkin Hand Sanitizer– This stuff smells like pumpkin pie! I can’t get enough. This hand sanitizer is completely natural and free from any harsh chemicals. I love the travel size as well. It also moisturizes my hands with the aloe vera in it. I’m hooked and want to try a ton of their other products!
Beatnik Naturals Herbal Facial Steam– I love a good facial steaming sesh! It resets my face, my mind and just makes me feel like I’m in a spa. These little herbal steam packets didn’t disappoint. My skin felt renewed and revived. The perfect treat for this tired mama(I have a 7 week old)! I added them to a boiling pot of water and let it sit for a bit and then put a towel over my face as I breathed in the aroma. I love that it’s made with organic herbs and flowers and made fresh as well. The potency comes out in the steam. Such a fun product to get in my Kloverbox!
That sums up my review of Kloverbox. If you haven’t subscribed yet, be sure to check out their website and get your first box here! Have you used any of these products? Also, be sure to checkout my Instagram for a giveaway of the October Kloverbox!!