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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Natural Hair Care Routine For Fine Hair

Natural Hair Care Routine For Fine Hair

My natural hair care routine for fine hair is here!

Welcome to the #betterforyoucrew! I’ve teamed up with my girls Lisa from This Organic Girl, Sarah from Whoorl, Kate from Root & Revel, Caroline from Olive You Whole and Kristina from Love & Zest to highlight green, yet effective food, beauty and lifestyle products that are rocking our natural mama worlds. This series will publish the last week of every month so check back for the latest. You can also search #betterforyoucrew on our blogs and Instagram to access the entire series. Wanna join in? Tag #betterforyoucrew on social with your picks. We want to see your faves, too

 I wanted to first start off and let you know what type of hair I have.  The beauty of doing a post like this with several other bloggers is that we all have different hair types.  So if I don’t have your hair type, there is bound to be someone who does.

Check out my Organic Hair Dye Post here for all the details on getting your hair colored without the toxins!  

My hair type is fine and thin.  I’m all about adding body to my hair!  Give me the volume.  I also don’t like products that add a lot of weight to my hair.  I want something that will be weightless and provide lasting volume.  

If this is your hair type, then you’re in the right place!  I’ve been searching for the best natural hair products for fine and thin hair for the last 8 years since going green and I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the holy grails.

*Oh and side note I’m a hair stylist!  Talking hair is kind of my jam.  It’s one of the first things I notice about people.  So know your in good hands.

Shampoo & Conditioner-

If you’ve been in natural beauty for a hot minute you know it can be like rolling the dice when trying to find a decent shampoo and conditioner.  Thankfully it has gotten a lot better.  Natural shampoos and conditioners have come a long way!

I’ve found a few I can’t stop using.

Beautycounter Volume and Shape Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo is an all star when it comes to fine/thin haired gals.  It suds up so well.  My hair feels clean and it doesn’t weigh it down.  The conditioner still does feel like it hydrates without adding weight.  My hair is color treated so I do like a little hydration otherwise my lighter pieces can look a little dry.  I wash my hair every other day.  Get it here!

Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  It smells citrus mixed with a little sandalwood.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated.  Get it here!

Styling Products-

I’ve found some great styling products since going natural with my hair routine as well.

Natural hair tutorial

I Create Lift by Innersense adds all day volume to my fine/thin hair!

Step 1: Add in some lasting volume on damp hair.

Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam- So this is very similar to a mousse.  I pump some out into my hands and then run it through my roots to mid shaft on damp hair before I blow dry my hair.  It gives my hair so much volume and lasting body.  I blow dry my hair upside down, this adds a ton of extra volume.  As I’m blow drying I will brush my hair downward with this brush.  I’m obsessed with this blow drying brush!  brushing your hair helps to prevent the product from becoming crunchy and spreads it out evenly.  If you have curly fine/thin hair you could just scrunch up with your hands so you don’t ruin your curls.

It really gives hair this long lasting volume and your hair feels like it has some grit to it!  Snag it here!

Natural hair tutorial

Innerpeace by Innersense adds definition and texture to my hair.

Step 2: Add in a weightless cream texturizer for some definition.

Innersense Innerpeace Whipped Creme Texturizer- This stuff lives up to the hype.  I’ve been using it for 3 years and I can’t stop!  It comes in a round jar.  It looks like a thick lotion.  The texture is a little sticky, and has some good hold.  I put it in my hands and rub them together, and you can feel the texture it’s about to create just in your hands.  I loved putting this in my hair wet, and then using a diffuser to blow dry.  It would make my hair have this messy tousled look and then I would go through and wrap some pieces around a curling iron to bring some definition.

I also loved it for after curling my hair.  I would go through and scrunch up all over to bring some separation and texture to my curls.  This not only gave my hair hold, but that tousled look we all crave!  My sister also couldn’t stop singing this product’s praises. She loved it for the hold it gave her naturally wavy hair and the definition.  Since her hair is naturally wavy, it was all she needed to get her style rockin’-which is pretty amazing.  This works for any hair type, fine, thick, or curly.  If I had one styling product to pick from Innersense this would be it!  A must have product in any beauty maven’s hair arsenal!  Grab it here!

Natural hair tutorial

I Create Waves Salt Spray by Innersense adds some hold and texture to my hair.

Step 3: Add in a sea salt spray for more texture.

Innersense I Create Waves Texture Spray- Innersense just knows how to create exceptional hair products.  The founders are stylists themselves which definitely helps.  They know the hair and they know what it needs.  This salt spray is their newest product and I couldn’t wait to try it!  I used it once and knew it was going to be a fave.

A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture.  Not heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.

I love spraying it in my hair to break up my curls after I curl my hair.  It gives my hair a tousled look.  I’m excited to travel because I don’t even think I would bring a hair spray- just this!  It offers enough hold.  This would work great for those with curly hair too as it would help to liven up your natural curls.  SO excited to have this in the summer months!  Get your I Create Waves Texture Spray here!

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Step 4: Finish with some finishing spray for added hold and volume.

Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray- The best natural hairspray I’ve found peeps-let it be known!  It’s in pump form, there’s no aerosol that’s good…trust me(bad for you and the environment).   I love the smell!  It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender.  I love knowing exactly what I’m breathing in, no hidden fragrance!

Second, it doesn’t goop up when you spray.  It actually has a mist feel.  Yeah, pretty cool.  Lastly, it just works.  With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn’t get crunchy…you know what I’m talking about.  It’s just good stuff.  I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray.  You need it, trust me!  Grab it here!

natural hair tutorial

Primally Pure’s Dry Shampoo takes the cake for giving volume and cutting grease!

Step 5: Add some dry shampoo if needed.

Primally Pure Dry Shampoo- When looking for a dry shampoo I want something that will give my hair lift, and volume and take away oiliness.  I also want it to be somewhat reasonable in price and available in brown and blonde.

Well, I found it!  I’m obsessed with Primally Pure’s Dry Shampoo.  I use the one for light hair, but I love that they have a dark option as well.  It really gives my hair body and bounce.  I sprinkle it on in the mornings when I don’t wash my hair and then I brush it through.  I prefer using a teasing brush because it’s smaller and really helps to get the product spread evenly.  This is the one I use.  Plus, it smells fresh!  They use essential oils of grapefruit, lavender and peppermint.  If you’ve been searching for a good dry shampoo look no further!  Get your Primally Pure Dry Shampoo here!

*The sums up my natural hair routine.  You don’t have to use the salt spray and hair spray on the same day.  Sometimes I just use the salt spray and sometimes I just use the hair spray.  Sometimes both!  

Natural Hair Tutorial

Love my Hot Tools Curling Irons!

Favorite Hair Tools-

Having the right hair tools can also make a huge difference when getting the right look or style, especially for fine/thin hair.

Shield Life EMFreedom Hair Dryer- This is such a great all around hair dryer.  I really like to get a low EMF one if I can.  Blow dryers are a big culprit when it comes to EMF exposure. If you want to learn more about the harmful affects of EMF’s check out my blog post here.  This blocks 75% of EMF’s from getting absorbed into your body.  It does it through copper infused barrier that directs the EMF’s away from your body.  Bonus you can get it on Amazon!  Get it here!

Teasing Brush- If you have fine/thin hair then this brush is your best friend!  I use it to tease my hair on top to add volume.  It works so well!  Get it here!

Blow Dry Brush- This brush I discovered a year ago and I haven’t looked back.  I use it every time I blow dry my hair- I can’t be without it!  It helps to dry my hair faster!  Get it here!

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Love a good teasing brush to add volume, my Eco Tools Blow Drying Brush and some clear rubber bands.

Curling Irons- I love these curling irons.  They work great, come in a variety of sizes and aren’t outrageously expensive.  Also. a side note for those who have fine/thin hair.  I use a 3/4 inch barrel on my hair.  I’ve found that this size is really great for those who have fine/thin hair.  It does give you a more curly look initially but then I brush it out and it looks more tousled.  I like it though because my curl will actually stay.  Otherwise if I curl it with something bigger my hair tends to fall easier.  I’ll curl my hair and then brush it out with the teasing brush.  It gives me a wavy look versus ringlet curl look.  Snag one here!

Flat Iron- I really love this flat iron!  I’ve been using it for a while and it just works so well.  It has slightly rounded edges so it’s really versatile for curling or flat ironing.  I find to get the really undone imperfect waves, you need a great flat iron.  Also, preferably one with slightly rounded edges.  This also helps to seal in moisture and not strip your hair.  So crucial if you flat iron your hair a lot or have color treated hair.  Trust me, you will love it!  Get it here! 

Rubberands- I find a lot of hair ties are just too big for my hair.  These ones are just the right size.  If you have fine/thin hair you feel me on this!  I prefer a clear hair band too.  I love using these for easy top knots. Grab them here!

Like this or maybe want to find someone with your hair type?  Then check out my friend’s hair routines here:

Don’t forget to share what you’re using in your natural beauty hair routine on Instagram using the hashtag #betterforyoucrew!  What are your staple natural hair products for fine/thin hair?

Natural Hair Tutorial

Sharing my full natural hair tutorial on the blog.

March Natural Beauty Box Roundup

March Natural Beauty Box Roundup

March Natural Beauty Box roundup is here!  Can you believe it’s March?!  I felt like January and February flew by- literally.  So excited we’re getting closer to Spring!  I’ve got the lowdown on all the clean beauty boxes.  First up this month is Beauty Heroes!  Keep checking back as I update the list.

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Excited to share with you Beauty Heroes March Discovery box!

Beauty Heroes: March Discovery BLUH Alchemy

So excited to share this month’s Beauty Heroes Box with you, BLUH Alchemy!  I’ve loved getting to know the product and also learning the back story behind this natural beauty brand.  

 BLUH Alchemy was started by Becky Bluh who had a strong desire to help her daughter’s skin heal from itchy, dry and sensitive skin.  Becky knew she was on to something when her daughter’s skin began to heal.  She realized she wanted to pursue the power of plants even further and really learn of their medicinal properties. 

Besides experimenting on her own, she also was trained in cosmetic chemistry where she collaborated with top natural chemists to create BLUH Alchemy.  Not only does this innovative skincare line help protect against environmental effects, but natural aging, and daily oxidative stressors.  Using botanicals, BLUE Alchemy treats the skin with intentional products that produce results naturally.

I have never used any BLUE Alchemy products and was so excited to try the products out!  Once a product junkie, always a product junkie.

Heroic Product- BLUE Alchemy Multi C Serum

If you thought you knew about Vitamin C, step aside.  This is a new Vitamin C you have yet to use!  This is a quote about the product:

A breakthrough in botanical technology, Multi C Serum features the world’s first full- spectrum photoactive Vitamin C, a cellular extract from the kakadu plum that boasts 50 x more antioxidant potency than a Florida orange.

It’s actually more stable than any other Vitamin C!  This serum has a multitude of Vitamin C’s all wrapped into one.  From quandong and sea buckthorn berry oils.  When you combine them together they are a force to be reckoned with!

It’s no secret Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can brighten, lighten and create a glowing complexion.  Plus, this unique formula has peptides that help to firm the skin, green coffee, and ferric acid.  Say bye to dull, ruddy skin and hello to glowing, radiant skin!  I use it after toning my skin at night and in the morning.  I noticed an improved overall texture, glow and evenness to my skin.  I love how it absorbs so effortlessly into the skin.  And can we talk about the luxe frosted glass bottle?  I love how it pumps how and has a cap- so easy for travel. I can’t wait to keep using it!  

BLUH Alchemy Toning Elixir- 

The sidekick this month is just as good!  This deep hydration toning elixir takes your skin from parched and dry to hydrated and supple.  Not only does this toning elixir contain bioactive and antioxidants but hyaluronic acid and hibiscus to keep moisture intact.  This hydration helps to firm your skin while helping to fade fine lines and of course when skin is hydrated it naturally glows!  

One of my favorite things I found to be in this toning elixir was Niacinamide which is vitamin B3.  This is a powerhouse ingredient for your skin!  It has long been applauded for it’s ability to soothe the skin, calm inflammation and help clear acne.  Not too mention helps strengthen the skin.  This really is such an amazing toning elixir!  I spray this on my skin and pat in with my hands morning and night.  I can’t get enough of it!

Best part is you can get this fabulous box right now for such a steal!  This box is valued at $209 but you can snag it for $42.95…I mean what are you waiting for?!  This box has been one of my very favorites and I don’t want you to miss out on it!  Hop on it now if you’re thinking of getting it before they sell out!

Boxwalla April Box

Boxwalla’s Beauty Box for April featuring Malaya and Flowerspice.

Boxwalla March Box-

This is a bi-monthly box. I really love that it’s bi-monthly!  It makes you really savor each product.  This month we are seeing two different brands in the box.  Flowerspice and Malaya.  

Flowerspice Soothe and Repair Daily Moisturizer- This moisturizer is so lovely!  It completely hydrates your skin but doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily.  The scent is so nice too.  Very different but I love it.  It’s a mixture of rose and coriander.  It comes in a glass jar.  I would scoop some out and apply it to my skin after my serums at night.  My skin would feel so hydrated and supple in the morning.  I even have been using it for my hands as they have been drier and loving how moisturized they feel.  This isn’t your average moisturizer.  It’s filled with aloe, prickly pear and Swiss Mountain Spring Water.  A serious treat for the skin!

Malaya  Advanced Repair Mask- This mask is unlike any mask I’ve used. It is both clarifying and nourishing at the same time.  Made with neem flower honey, bentonite clay and aloe, this mask really is a powerhouse when it comes to hitting all the skincare needs.  I love how my skin feels cleared, yet hydrated and glowing after using it.  And the smell!  I just love the smell.  It’s a lemongrass, blue tansy smell that I can’t get enough of!  I love how the ingredients are soothing like aloe and blue tansy, but at the same time clarifying from the honey, and clay.  Can’t stop using it!

I would snag this box soon!  It’s a $160 value but you can get it for $49.95!  Get it here!

 

March Clean Beauty Box

The March Clean Beauty Box is all about Indulge!

The Clean Beauty Box-

This month’s clean beauty box is filled with Beneath Your Mask.  This brand is known for really repairing and rejuvenating the skin and helping to reverse damage caused by environmental toxins. The brand fits so well with the theme, Indulge.  It’s all about indulging your senses and your skin.

Total Body Elixir- This elixir is such a indulgent skin treat.  It not only deeply nourishes your skin with 18 pure plant oils and botanicals but it also help protect it from the environment.  Your skin is left glowing and radiant!  The ingredient deck is stacked too.  With Baobab seed oil, white camellia seed oil, pomegranate seed oil and sea buckthorn berry co2.  These oils not only hydrate but also help heal stretch marks and scars and calm redness.  I apply the oil to slightly damp skin after showering and my skin is left feeling so soft.  

Skin + Hair Serum- This is such a unique product.  Not only can you use it on your skin but also your hair.  With nourishing ingredients for your scalp like neem this is perfect for calming scalp inflammation but reducing dandruff.  I applied it on my scalp and ends of hair at night and then slept in it.  I would shampoo my hair the next day and it would feel so hydrated.  I didn’t need to apply that much since my hair is fine and thin.  A little goes a long way.  For my skin I would apply as the last step in my skincare routine at night.  My skin would feel hydrated and moisturized but not greasy.  It has such a nice vibrant scent with the lemongrass oil in it.  Really adds a glow to the skin.  Such a great product for travel too!  A two in one!

This box is valued at $90 but you can get it for $41.95!  Such a steal for a green beauty box!  Get it here!

 

Detox Box for March

The Detox Box for March is featuring W3ll People’s 5 minute face!

The Detox Box March-

I always love seeing what’s in the Detox Box!  Sometimes it’s makeup, other times it’s skincare and then sometimes you get hair products. This month it’s all makeup and I couldn’t be more excited!  

We are seeing W3ll People in this month’s box.  It’s all about the 5 minute face!  You get the Bio Baked Bronzer Powder, Bio Brightener Loose Powder, Expressionist Mascara, Luminaria Eyeshadow,  and then you also either get the Optimist Lipstick in Soulmate, and a Kabuki Brush, or Optimist Lipstick in Choose Love, Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner and the Eye Contour Brush.  Your basically set with all you need to create the ultimate green beauty makeup look!  You get all of this for $49.95!

I would hop on this box- such a good one I have a feeling it may sell out quick! Grab The Detox Box here! 

If you want to read about past boxes, check out my February Box roundup here!

 

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Sharing March clean beauty box roundup in natural beauty.

Natural Beauty Faves For February

Natural Beauty Faves For February

Who wants to hear what my natural beauty faves for February are?  Ok, well listen up because I’ve got the pulse.  I did this in January and you guys loved it, so I’m going to do this every month!  It’s hard to keep up on the latest and greatest when it comes to natural beauty products, so I’m going to do all the heavy lifting for you. 

Some of these products are new releases, some of them are just new to me.  So sit back, grab your drink of choice and listen in as I give you all the juicy details on my natural beauty faves for February!

Kosas Tinted Facial Oil

Want your skin to glow and not look dry and crepey this winter? Then grab some Kosas Tinted Facial Oil!

 

Kosas Tinted Facial Oil- 

Ok, so you know how the winter can turn your skin into looking dry and crepey?  Basically you end up looking older because your foundation makes your skin look dry and patchy.  I’ve seen it on myself and I’ve seen it on countless of people.  Not a pretty look!  Winter can just be downright harsh!

Well, thankfully there are foundations that not only give your skin the coverage you want but also make your skin look dewy.  My skin literally glows with this foundation!  I always get so many compliments when wearing this foundation.  People always say my skin looks so healthy and dewy.  

The texture is different than any foundation I’ve used. It’s an oily paint thinner like feel more liquid feel then creamy- I know so weird but that’s an accurate description.  It offers light to medium coverage.  I thought I wouldn’t like it because I didn’t think it would offer enough coverage for me, but it actually gives a good amount of coverage.  I wear the color 03.  If you want your skin to look dewy and moist- this is it!  Grab it here!

Fitglow Beauty Night Lip Serum

Take your lips to the next level with Fitglow Beauty’s Night Lip Serum!

 

Fitglow Night Lip Serum-

I was SO excited to try this!  I’m all about taking care of my lips.  Lips are kind of a neglected area on your body. Did you know that  on your lips the stratum corneum is much thinner than anywhere else on your body.  Basically it’s the top layer of your skin that helps to protect your lips from the environment.   Another interesting fact is your lips don’t have any any sebaceous glands.  Sebaceous glands are what helps to keep your lips moisturized.  So your lips literally are on their own!

That’s why it’s so important to hydrate them since they aren’t getting any additional help.  In comes Fitglow Night Lip Serum.  This lip serum is in a league of it’s own!  I’ve tried other lip serums, but this one is hands down my favorite!  I apply it on my lips at night and I wake up to the smoothest, softest and hydrated lips.  It’s a clear formula that is filled with antioxidants that help with keeping your lips from looking weathered and old.  

Plus, it has vegetable collagen which helps to keep the moisture intact and gives lips fullness.  The plant ceramides in the formula work to hydrate at the very core of your lips which helps to repair your moisture barrier and prevent from future moisture loss.  I don’t know about you but my lips need all the help they can get!  Especially in the winter.  I’m obsessed!  Get your lip serum here!

I Create Waves Review

Can’t get enough of Innersense Beauty’s I Create Waves texture salt spray!

 

Innersense I Create Waves Texture Spray-

Innersense just knows how to create exceptional hair products.  The founders are stylists themselves which definitely helps.  They know the hair and they know what it needs.  This salt spray is their newest product and I couldn’t wait to try it!  I used it once and knew it was going to be a fave.  

A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture.  Not heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.  

I love spraying it in my hair to break up my curls after I curl my hair.  It gives my hair a tousled look.  I’m excited to travel because I don’t even think I would bring a hair spray- just this!  It offers enough hold.  This would work great for those with curly hair too as it would help to liven up your natural curls.  SO excited to have this in the summer months!  Get your I Create Waves Texture Spray here!

Ursa Major Flash Mask

This Ursa Major Flash Mask is perfect for winter months for a gentle exfoliation.

 

Ursa Major 3-in-1 Flash Mask-

So winter can be brutal like we talked about.  I find you almost have to baby your skin a little more.  We all know we need to exfoliate, but manual exfoliants can be too harsh for winter months.  Well, that’s where Ursa Major 3-in-1 Flash Mask comes in!

This mask gets you glowing in 3 minutes flat- just like the name suggests.  It’s perfect for the most sensitive skin types.  Worried your skin might react to a mask?  This may be the one for you.  Instead of using harsher manual exfoliants that can cause your skin to flare or get red, it uses enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, this mask does in 3 minutes what some some masks take 15 or 20 to do.  It looks like a gel and feels light and refreshing on the skin.  The perfect gentle exfoliant for winter.

If you’re perpetually running late, this may be the mask for you!  I put it on before I brush my teeth and rinse off once I’m done.  The perfect amount of time to get a quick glow for the rest of the day.  Get your Ursa Major Flash Mask here!

True Botanicals Review

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

 

True Botanical’s Moisture Lock Overnight Mask-

Ok, I literally just posted my True Botanical’s review last Friday, you can read about this natural skincare powerhouse here. But this mask is too good to not share again!  I’ve had it in my skincare rotation now and I can’t get enough.  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 and an overall hydrated look to my skin since using.  Foundation looks better too!  Get it here!

Beautycounter Volume & Shape

A natural shampoo and conditioner that cleans my fine/thin hair and doesn’t weigh it down. A natural beauty win!

 

Beautycounter Volume & Shape Shampoo-

If you follow me you know I tried the Daily Shampoo & Conditioner by Beautycounter and it worked for my hair for 2 weeks and then I could tell something was off.  My hair just wasn’t styling like normal and it kept falling flat.  I knew the shampoo wasn’t going to work for my fine/thin hair.  People love it though, so if you have thicker hair, it may work great for you.

So I bought the Beautycounter Volume & Shape Shampoo and Conditioner instead and let’s just say my hair loves this formula!!  My hair feels bouncy, has volume, and styles great.  It doesn’t feel weighed down at all.  My hair feels clean but not stripped.  Something that’s hard to find in green beauty.  

If you have fine hair and it’s thick or thin, try this.  It’s been a game changer for my hair.  Plus, I love how it smells good, but doesn’t have a strong smell.  Just subtle.  So excited to find a clean shampoo that works so well!  Get it here!

Rejuvenating Toner Pads

These Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads are like nothing I’ve tried in clean beauty!

 

Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads-

These little pads have quickly taken up residence in my skincare routine.  I’ve never found anything like them in natural beauty.  They are little round cotton toner pads that help to tone the skin and give your skin essential antioxidants like Vitamin C and fruit acids to help your minimize fine lines. They also contain lentil seed extract which helps to tighten pores- can I get an amen on that?!

Plus, they have algae extract which helps to brighten- um yes please!  And jambu extract that helps skin that youthful, firm look.  I cleanse my skin and then take one of these bad boys and swipe it all over my skin.  My skin just sings a little every time I use one!  I can’t get enough.  Another reason I love using them is it shows me if I have leftover residue on my skin.  You know, if it’s actually clean?

Sounds silly, but I find sometimes people aren’t actually cleansing their skin properly and that contributes to their skin issues, especially breakouts.  If you’re not getting your skin clean, you’re going to have bacteria sitting on the top of your skin.  Not the best look.  Get these, trust me you will love them!

Honest Beauty Mascara

Honest Beauty Mascara is the best natural beauty mascara I’ve found- it checks all the boxes!

 

Honest Beauty Mascara-

 I know I talk about this nonstop- but for good reason I haven’t found anything else that works as good!  Plus, this is the cheapest natural beauty mascara- I mean does it get any better? $14.99 on Amazon!

Ok, so I did try this mascara when it first came out over two years ago and I didn’t like it.  It stung my eyes pretty bad and there wasn’t anything amazing about it.  However, they re-did the formula and I have to say it is completely different and I LOVE it!  This is hands down my favorite mascara in green beauty.  I know, that says a lot but it’s true.  The formula checks all the boxes.  

It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome!  The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes.  In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume.  I’m sold!  On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color.  I apply the primer first and then the mascara. Doesn’t smudge or flake on me either!  Get it here already!

That sums up my natural beauty faves for February!  See any products you want to try?  What are some clean beauty products you’re loving?  Leave me a comment!

Head to my Instagram! Giving away some of my favorites!  

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The Power Of Essential Oils With Osmia Organic’s Founder Sarah Villafranco, MD

The Power Of Essential Oils With Osmia Organic’s Founder Sarah Villafranco, MD

Sarah is an ER Doctor turned soap maker.  After almost ten years of practice, she became unsettled about the course of her career. She liked the work, and was good at it. But the practice of emergency medicine was not what she thought it would be. The paperwork. The dictations. The constant hum of worry in her brain about the existence of human error – that she could miss something with a potentially devastating result. And there was the upsetting fact that many of the patients she cared for had absolutely no interest in contributing to their own health.

She leased a commercial space in Carbondale, Colorado.  She put together a green facility with a small retail space, a soap making area, a perfumery station, and two “clean rooms” (clean room attire required) for making skin care products. She launched the store and the website in April of 2012. This is where she operates today.

She loves what she does now more than she could have ever have imagined.  She does miss a few things about being in the ER, but, in some ways, feels like she is practicing a broader medicine now – helping people choose natural and organic skin care products, encouraging them to nourish themselves physically and spiritually, and detoxifying their medicine cabinets all the while. Guiding people to make healthier choices for their skin, their bodies, their minds, and this beautiful planet seems like a brand of medicine that could really do some good.

 

Connect with Sarah-

Topics:

  • Tell us all the things!  Who is Sarah from Osmia Organics?  How did you go from ER Doctor to soap maker and owning a thriving organic beauty product company?
  • What was your Golden Hour or defining moment that really inspired you to take the leap in your life when it came to your health and wellness?
  • So I really want to talk all things essential oils with you and share with the audience some tips.  First can you share what the name Osmia means and how it really is the essence of your company? (I can just hear you saying..”Return To Your Senses”)
  • I love how you have whole blog posts on your site dedicated to one essential oil and it’s benefits. You paint such a clear picture of the oil and even what it takes to make it. What are some common misconceptions you find people believe about essential oils that aren’t true, or things you wished they knew?
  • When differentiating between essential oil fragrance and synthetic fragrance what are the main differences someone should understand? Is there anything specific on a label?
  • Can you share about the power of essential oil quality and sourcing?  Is there a difference- should we be looking for organic?
  • Often you hear of people taking essential oils internally- what is your take on this and is it safe?
  • Can you share your top 3 essential oils and how you incorporate them into your life?
  • I get this question a lot and would love to have you share your thoughts. I know you have a blog post too about it. What are your thoughts on essential oils during pregnancy?
  • A question we ask all our guests- what are 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your health?
  • Where can everyone find you?  Social channels, website, etc.

Links Mentioned in The Podcast-

 

Essential Oils podcast

Learning the power of essential oils with Dr. Sarah Villafranco.

 

 

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