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Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Answering the burning question, does organic hair dye exist?  As a hair stylist hair color was the first thing that changed when I moved towards a greener lifestyle years ago.  Not that organic dyes are perfect(not even close), because they aren’t but a better option, especially if you’re breathing in toxic fumes all day as a stylist.  I actually stopped doing hair for a bit until I found a safer option.  I didn’t want to be around conventional color, and I definitely didn’t want to be exposing others to chemicals.

This is a topic we need to discuss because according to research 66 to 77 percent of women dye their hair(Source here)!  Pretty crazy statistics.  Some women might not know what they’re putting on their heads, either way I hope this helps you make an educated decision when it comes to whether you choose to dye your hair or not.

Did you know they pretty much can put whatever they want in hair dyes… the FDA doesn’t regulate them.  So why are mainstream dyes so horrible?  Let me break it down:

 

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Does organic hair dye exist?

 

Arylamines(PPD) One of the most dangerous chemicals found in hair dyes.  This chemical has been know to cause bladder cancer, and to cause cancer in experimental animals.  One of the most common names for it is p-phenylenediamine (PPD).  It is even present in natural hair dyes(although the percentage is a lot lower).  It helps the color to last through shampoos.  It gets even more toxic when paired with hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide is what’s used in formulations with the PPD to get it to activate.  It’s interesting to me that the FDA has not approved for this chemical to be tested on the skin, yet it’s nearly impossible to not get it on your skin if you’re coloring your hair…crazy!  Many stylists can end up with dermatitis because of constant exposure to PPD and those getting their hair dyed report eczema and dermatitis.  Other studies link it as a possible carcinogen.  (Source here).

-Ammonia This is the most popular chemical people tend to hear about when faced with mainstream hair dyes. Ammonia is used in hair color to blast the cuticle and deposit the color.  Besides it being toxic, it’s also really damaging to your hair.  Why do you think stylists are always pushing those conditioners like crazy?!  Ammonia is just bad all around.  It’s horrible for the respiratory system, but it also can get into lymph nodes.  Once on a client’s scalp it seeps into the pores, which is then carried into the bloodstream.  Bottom line-avoid it!

-Toluene-2,5-diamine- These are used in permanent hair dyes.  Besides getting headaches, getting dizzy and having allergic reactions.  It also can be so damaging as to cause birth defects and retardation in unborn babies.  (Source here)

-Parabens, Resorcinol, lead acetate are a few other offenders.

*There’s a slew more chemicals, actually there can be up to over 400 chemicals in hair dyes!

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) found that 69% of hair dyes when tested on their Skin Deep data bases may cause cancer.

Here is a link where you can search for common hair dyes to determine their toxicity based on the Skin Deep Data Base by the EWG.

 

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Getting a balayage or foil is a great way to minimize exposure from hair dye.

 

Yeah, let’s just all take that in for a moment.  Since the FDA doesn’t regulate hair dye, we must!

I want to share what options you have when coloring your hair.  There are options that are less toxic and options that are more toxic.

Temporary dyes- These only last for a couple washes typically and sit on top of your hair.

Semi-permanent- These are stronger then temporary dyes and are used a lot for toning, especially after getting highlights and refreshing the hair.  They do penetrate the hair shaft but aren’t going to last as long as permanent dye.

Permanent-  This is going to go into the cortex of your hair and change the actual color.  It will cover gray.  This type of color is a lot more toxic because it contains more chemicals.  In a study, it showed that there was a 50% increase risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma when using permanent dyes and an 80% higher risk of multiple myeloma. (Source here).

Also, the darker the dye the worst the toxic load.  So if you’re consistently getting your hair dyed black, dark brown, the toxic burden is greater.  (Source here)

 

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Organic Color Systems has a variety of colors to choose from.

 

Another thing to consider is when you’re applying dye to your scalp.  The scalp is a rich blood supply and carries chemicals to other parts of the body.  So if you’re constantly getting your hair dyed you may be submitting your whole body to toxins. (Source here)

So you might still be asking yourself…”Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?”

Ok, let’s breakdown that question.  There’s no such thing as “organic” hair dye.  It’s a marketing term used to appeal to the consumer.  When I hear people say that they’re color line is safe and organic I just chuckle to myself.  What they really mean is it probably doesn’t contain ammonia, uses less toxic ingredients and a few more plant based ingredients.  That’s it.

When you look up the word organic in the dictionary you get this:

(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.

Have you looked on the back of your “organic” hair color at the ingredients?  Because there’s definitely some serious artificial ingredients going on.  People like to use the words organic but organic doesn’t pertain to everything like it does to food or clothes.

I’m going to give some options below, but I want to be clear that these are in no way completely natural, well except henna and Hairprint.  But even some henna dyes have other toxic ingredients added to them.  It’s always important to read your labels.

 

Hairprint- This is the only completely safe color line available at the moment.  But I wouldn’t really call it a hair color line.  It’s a boxed dye you can use at home but it doesn’t work like you might think a conventional color would.  It uses 8 food grade ingredients to dye the hair.  I’ve personally used it on my mom’s hair several years ago.  Although it’s completely safe it’s also a lot of work.  It took us about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.  I fully recommend it if you’re just wanting to cover your roots and you have brown to darker hair naturally, but it doesn’t work well with someone who wants to cover their dark roots and have highlights, which was my mom.  It turns your hair to it’s original color.  So if you’re a natural level 5 brown, that’s what the color will look like when done.  In my experience it was even darker though.  It looks very opaque and not see through.  It faded on my mom but still was too harsh for her.  As you get older the rule of thumb with color is add warmth and go lighter.  Darker can make you look older and the skin more sallow.  Hairprint doesn’t work for blondes, redheads or reddish hair.  You can buy it online here!

Henna- Henna is a plant, completely natural.  There are still henna dyes that contain small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above), so make sure if you are using henna it’s pure.  Typically henna will reveal a reddish brownish color but some companies have added in other plants with henna now to change the color.

Henna is really hard to work with, if your a stylist and have worked with hair then you know what I mean.  Once you put it on your hair, you really can’t get it out.  It’s permanent.  But a different permanent than conventional permanent dye.  I’ve tried stripping henna out before with bleach and what happens is it turns brassy and red.  The problem is once you put it on, you really can’t do much else with your hair.  Nowadays you can achieve different colors using a variety of henna powders.  Check out Morocco Method for more info.

 

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Organic color systems and O&M are a few of the more natural professional color lines available.

Does Organic Hair Dye Exist?

Let’s finish answering the question, does organic hair dye exist?  If you’re using a permanent dye, it’s going to have chemicals.  Unless, you’re doing straight Hairprint or using Henna and even then be careful of the source.  There have been reports that small amounts of PPD(as I mentioned above) have been found in some henna sources.  Color lines that are ammonia-free use Monoethanolamine, or MEA.  It is in the family of Ethanolamines and is used to change the PH of the hair.  This is essential because in order to change the color of the hair, the PH has to be raised for the color to penetrate the cuticle and get to the cortex.  In several of the color lines I mention below, ethanolamines are present in them, since they are ammonia free.  They use the MEA coupled with oils to get the color in the hair shaft.  I really wouldn’t use ammonia nowadays.  It’s horrible for stylists especially as you’re the one breathing it in everyday.

One last thought before I dive into my recommendations.  If you’re wanting to get your hair colored, but are wanting the least possible contact with your skin, here are a few tips.

 

  • If you have no grey to cover, have the stylist do a balayage technique or foil. By using foils the product doesn’t touch your scalp, so less exposure overall.
  • Also, always go lighter versus darker since the darker you go the more chemicals you’re exposed too.
  • If you’re wanting highlights, I would ask if the salon has ammonia free lighteners.  Getting highlights is a great option, because you’re not touching the scalp and going lighter has less chemicals than going darker.

 

As you can see, organic hair dye doesn’t exist in the way you would think.  Are there better options, sure.  But are they perfect?  Not even close.  You’re still going to be exposing yourself to toxins.

Below are options I’ve used or had experience with.  In no way am I saying that these are natural!  They may not have one thing, but then they may have another.  However, when doing hair I did notice severally chemically sensitive people were able to get their hair colored using many of these color lines because they do contain some of the lesser evil toxins.  Most conventional color lines are filled with anything and everything- no joke.  I also noticed in my research that professional color lines that use the term “organic or natural” are better as far as ingredients then boxed “natural” options.  They just may not contain as many toxins, not that they are toxin free.  As always, I recommend your stylist do a patch test to see if you’re allergic to the color line before using.

 

At the end of the day, we all have to make choices when it comes to what toxins we allow into our bodies and which ones we don’t.  Hair dye may be something you love to do.  This post is meant to arm you with the right information when making the decision to continue dying your hair, not to tell you to stop dying your hair.  Maybe instead of doing it every six weeks you wait 12 weeks.  Or maybe you get your hair foiled instead of an all over color.  There may not be a perfect “organic hair dye” alternative to conventional hair dye but there are better options and tips to help lower your overall exposure.

 

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Does organic hair dye exist?

Organic Color Systems-

This is the professional line I used at my salon.  They are made in the UK, which is great because they have higher standards than the U.S.  When I say professional, I mean it’s only sold to those licensed as a cosmetologist.  It is ammonia and resorcinol free.  This was one of the main reasons I went with the line at the time.  It was back in 2013 and this really was the only option when it came to natural hair dye from what I knew.  It still does have PPD in it but has the lowest amount needed in order for it to still be effective.  Instead of Ammonia in the product they use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine. Full ingredient list here. They don’t smell as bad but as far as toxicity go, are still up there with ammonia. Not really that much better in my mind.  They use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine in combination with heat for the color to penetrate the hair shaft.  It covers grey and gives beautiful results.  Your hair feels healthy and shiny.  The fading was no different than mainstream color.  I dare say it was actually better than traditional color.

The smell is more of an earthy smell, nothing unpleasant about it at all.  If you’ve smelled ammonia color then you know what I’m talking about.  They offer 64 colors, that can be made permanent or semi-permanent depending on the developer and they offer two lightening powders.  The lightening powders are ammonia, bleach and dust free.   The line is vegan and some of their products do contain a wheat protein, however they claim that they are gluten free.  I would still ask them if you’re sensitive to gluten in any way before applying this color just to be sure.  Some of their colors, as well as the lightening powders have wheat protein in them.  They have a truly semi-permanent line that’s called No Limits.  These dyes will wash out in 6-12 washes but don’t contain PPD, or PTD and you can do them in the convenience of your home.  They are sold as a retail product from the salon.  As I mentioned above, just because this line is “natural”, and has the word “organic” in it does not mean it doesn’t contain toxins.  When I used it, I still wore gloves.  Although it is better in some ways than standard hair dyes, it still is hair dye at the end of the day.  To find a stylist using OCS, please e-mail them at [email protected]

 

O&M-

This is another professional line, meaning it’s only sold to professional stylists.  O&M stands for Original Mineral.  I used it and here and there in my salon.  It is newer and made in Australia.  It is also a professional line.  O&M is ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free.  But still contains a host of other toxic chemicals instead of PPD like p-aminophenol, 4-Chlororesorcinol, Toluene-2,5-Diamine Sulfate and 2, 4 Diaminophenoxyethanol hcl. Here is a full ingredient list here.

The smell of O&M is more of cleaning agent smell.  I’m not a fan to be honest.  It’s not overly strong or burning like ammonia at all but it isn’t as pleasant as OCS.  It does not require heat to penetrate the hair shaft like Organic Color Systems does, which I loved.  They also have a very creamy consistency.  The hair felt great after using the product.  They are a lot larger than OCS in terms of colors, they offer 99.  They come in a cream form for permanent and liquid for semi-permanent.  The results I got from using O&M were great.  It covered grey well.  The hair shined and lasted through shampoos also.  If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out O&M, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses O&M, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.

 

Oway-

This is another professional line that only a stylist can carry.  I have to say this line I’ve been the most impressed with.  I’ve only used them a handful of times.  First they’re made in Italy.  At the time when I had my salon it wasn’t available otherwise I would have definitely used it.  They’re ammonia free and offer 89 colors which is a decent selection.  They actually have 6 legit natural ingredients in their hair color, which is rare to find.  They really push the words biodynamic, natural and organic.  Obviously, if you’ve been reading through this post you know that it’s probably a marketing term, which it is.  But I am shocked how they do really have a high standard when it comes to being more eco-friendly all around.  You don’t have to sit under heat to process the color, do a ton of steps to cover grays which is nice too.  Organic Color Systems you always have to use so many steps in order to cover the grays, plus use heat.  If you’re a stylist and reading this definitely use a scale, it’s essential for good results with this color line.  I was impressed with how I didn’t have to pack on the color with this line too.  With Organic Color Systems I always felt like I needed more, especially when covering gray hair. Obviously, it’s still not completely natural but I would say as far as being a stylist and having ease of use, consistent results and doesn’t smell horrible, it’s definitely a better option.

I wanted to also mention how much I loved Oway’s Hbleach lightener!  It’s the best lightener I’ve ever used.  It actually makes the hair feel better after using…I know crazy.  It’s ammonia free and contains lavender essential oil and kukui butter.  It’s so creamy.  If you’re a stylist and you’re wanting to try out Oway, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you’re not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses Oway, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.

Below are a list of ingredients found in “natural” boxed hair dye.  They aren’t pretty.  It would be different using it if it only had a couple toxic ingredients but when the list is this long, it makes you think twice before using it. They may remove some of the heavy offenders when it comes to conventional dye but they are far from safe.  If there is a score next to the ingredient list it’s the score from EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base.

  • PEG’s(polyethylene glycols)- Petroleum based enhancers.  Usually contaminated with, heavy metals, Ethylene oxide(used in World War 1 nerve gas) and 1,4 dioxane-(a carcinogen) and make it easier for ingredients to absorb into your skin/scalp.  Not something you want in your products if there are a list of other toxic ingredients.  The EWG Skin Deep Data Base rates this as a 1 but that’s not accurate.  They aren’t looking at the whole makeup of the ingredient.  Some brands can try and remove these impurities but it would be hard to find that out.
  • Mineral Oil- Made from petroleum. Can be contaminated.  It can even be a possible carcinogen. (Source here)
  • Propylene Glycol- Very similar to (PEG’s- polyethylene glycols), it also makes it easier for ingredients to penetrate the skin and can be a skin irritant.
  • Parfum/Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritant, and has been known as a neuro-toxin, hormone disruptor and an allergen.
  • p-Phenylenediamine- Score of 7- allergies and immunotoxicity as well as cancer.
  • Ethanolamine- Score of 5-6, Allergies and Immunotoxicity
  • 4-Chlororesorcinol- Score of 6- allergies and Immunotoxicity, and cancer.
  • 2-Methylresorcinol- Allergies and immunotoxicity.
  • 2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate- Score of 3 but it did have a reference for cancer.
  • m-Aminophenol- Score of 5, for allergies and immunotoxicity and cancer.
  • N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate- Score of 7, allergies and immunotoxicity, cancer.

 

As you can see, these aren’t ingredients you want going on your head every 6 weeks!  If you want to continue dying your hair, then here are some of the natural boxed hair dye options, however just remember they are not completely natural.  I will say that I was impressed with Madison Reed’s ingredient list.  Still totally not squeaky clean at all, but compared to the other boxed dyes it wasn’t as crazy.  Madison Reed’s are also PPD free, for those that are allergic or sensitive to PPD.  But know that doesn’t mean the ingredient they use instead, para-toulenediamene sulfate isn’t nontoxic.  It has it’s own set of side effects too.

 

 

It’s clear that organic hair dye does not exist except in the form of Hairprint that I mentioned earlier, however, Hairprint doesn’t work for everyone and some people just don’t want to spend that much time doing their hair every 6 weeks, or they have red hair, want highlights, etc.

Mineral Fusion’s Grey Root Concealer-

Does organic hair dye exist?  Well, since we know it doesn’t I’ve found the next best thing- a root concealer!  This isn’t actually an all over color for your hair but for just your roots.  You use it when you are trying to hide those grey hairs.  It really does blend well and covers the grey!  It just washes out after shampooing.  You use it like you would mascara.  Now this isn’t by any means completely natural.  It rates a 5 on the Think Dirty app.  However, this is definitely a better alternative to dying hair in my opinion.  You are giving yourself a lot less of a toxic load.  It is a lot better than mainstream root concealers too.  Plus, if it can help you stretch getting your hair dyed then it’s worth it.

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I’m still waiting for the day when organic hair dye does exist but until then, I’ve rounded out some of my top tips and what I do when getting my hair dyed in my free download.

This will outline:

  • Where to find a natural stylist/salon
  • What to ask a salon to see if they are really who they say they are
  • What to tell your stylists for least exposure
  • What I do when visiting the salon.
  • I even walk you through what to do when you don’t have access to an organic salon.

 

Ok, that’s my huge spill on does organic hair dye exist!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment, or e-mail me.  Also, if you’ve come across other brands that you like please let me know.  I’m always trying out new ones and will be updating this periodically as I do.

 

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Answering the question, does organic hair dye exist and sharing my top picks.

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

Meet LuckyVitamin: Your one stop shop for natural living

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love their mission statement!

Mission Statement:

 

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LuckyVitamin’s Mission Statement.

 

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

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

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

LuckyVitamin takes your health to heart!

 

What A LuckyVitamin+ Membership Includes:

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

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

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

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

 

Lucky Vitamin Review

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

 

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

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

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

 

Lucky Vitamin review

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

 

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

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

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

Have you placed an order with LuckyVitamin before?

 

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Sharing my LuckyVitamin Review on the blog.

Natural Health Questions Answered by Hosts Rose and Suzi

Natural Health Questions Answered by Hosts Rose and Suzi

In episode #33, Rose and I are answering your health questions!  You asked and we’re answering.  From is botox natural, what is toenail fungus and more.  We are going to do these episodes from time to time, so stay tuned!  We didn’t get to all the questions unfortunately but we will circle back when we have another episode.  Let us know in your review if you like these episodes!

Connect with Suzi and Rose-

Suzi- Instagram, Facebook, Blog Rose- Instagram

Topics:

  • What’s your favorite natural products for anti-aging? Do you believe in Botox?
  • What you recommend for acne skin?
  • Would you detox your food first or products?
  • How do you always learn more about health?
  • Tips for breaking the phone, social media habit and having a bedtime?
  • Why is the holistic natural and organic life expensive? Do you have any tips on saving money and not going back to a toxic lifestyle?
  • What is the deal with toenail fungus? I see so much of it as a massage therapist.
  • Are infrared sauna’s safe during breastfeeding?

Links Mentioned in The Podcast-

 

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In this podcast episode we are answering your health questions. Sharing our holistic tips!

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Holistic Medicine Cabinet

Holistic Medicine Cabinet

So excited to bring you my holistic medicine cabinet product favorites today! This post has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to share what holistic products my family uses and what I keep in my medicine cabinet on the regular. Especially with cold and flu season at the peak right now, I thought what a perfect time to really showcase what I’m using for natural and holistic products. After all, it can seem intimidating when trying to find swaps from your conventional medicine cabinet products.

*Just a reminder I am not a doctor. These are simply recommendations and things that have worked for my family. Use at your own risk and please always seek the help of a medical professional.

Ok, on to the good stuff! So I get questions all the time on what products I use for my family and when it comes to holistic medicine cabinet products. I get it, you want a natural option for when you’re sick. The truth is, these holistic remedies and natural products actually can really help. I’ve seen it in my own life.

Our immune system is super smart and really does know how to take care of us. These natural products I suggest are often helpful before you get sick, really helping to support your immune system. Sometimes you just need a little extra support, especially if your system is run down. The point is to let your body run it’s course, but help support the process, or speed it up.

 

Here is what’s in our Holistic Medicine Cabinet-

 

Vitamin C Liposomal from Seeking Health- I take this everyday.  It comes in a liquid form, that’s why it’s called a liposomal.  Liposomals are often easier to absorb.  You can read more about liposomals here on Seeking Health’s Website.  Vitamin C supports the immune system,   as it a strong antioxidant.  According to several studies, vitamin C can help increase antioxidants in your blood which end up helping you fight inflammation in your body.   It has also shown to be effective in helping shorten a cold length, even in kids. Optimal Liposomal Vitamin C Plus!

Probiotics- Your gut is so important for overall health.  Since 70% of your immune system is located in the intestines, it’s important to make sure your gut health is optimal.  Probiotics are a great way to help give your gut a boost of good bacteria.  The good bacteria in our gut help to protect us from the bad bacteria.  We always want to have more good bacteria than bad.  If we don’t we can have what is called Dysbiosis- where you have more bad bacteria than good.  I try and rotate which probiotics I take and I don’t take them all the time either.  But this is great to have in your medicine cabinet especially when you’ve had antibiotics and you need to build up your good gut bacteria again. I take Seeking Health’s Probiotics and vary them. Get the ProBiota Woman here!

Elderberry- We’ve been taking this for years.  Elderberry is known for being rich in flavonoids- specifically anthocyanins, they’re antioxidants that keep the bodies immune system strong and resilient.  They help the production of cytokines, which are messengers within the immune system.  Cytokines help to to improve the bodies immune response. Elderberries are also believed to contain antiviral properties as well.  Literally deactivating viruses. Viruses can’t increase in number by themselves, they have to get inside a healthy cell in order to replicate. Research has also shown they can kill common pathogens. Get it here!

Dr. Wholeness First Defense- I was recently introduced to this by my Naturopathic Doctor and WOW am I impressed!  Both my girls got a nasty cold and my hubs and I started taking this right away to boost our immune system and fight off the cold.  Well, we didn’t get it!  You are supposed to take them at the first sign of a cold.  I can’t recommend them enough.  They are in pill form and contain an array of powerful antioxidants, elderberry and amino acids. Get it here!

Beekeeper’s Honey/Propolis Products- I was introduced to Beekeeper’s products last year and I haven’t looked back.  Propolis is what bees lines the hives of bees as shield or protectant.  They make it from plants and tree resins.  As it lines the hive it helps to protect the bees from the outside germs.  It is pretty powerful stuff!  Propolis has over 300 powerful natural compounds known for supporting immunity.  I love the B Powered– I’ll take a teaspoon a day or add to a tea.  I also love their throat sprays.  They have them for adults and kids!  Finley, my 4 year old, loves spraying it in her mouth daily.  Here’s the kid’s spray. The sprays are especially great for travel for a boost!  Get Beekeeper’s Products here!

Biocidin- This is a spray as well and is great for travel.  It helps to soothe sore throats, and good for allergies.  It contains an array of powerful herbs.  We always have this in our arsenal! Grab it here!

Activated Charcoal- This is great to have in the medicine cabinet.  I have them in capsules.  Charcoal binds to some poisons, heavy metals, and other toxins and flushes them out of the body.  I’ve been taking this as I’ve gotten my amalgam fillings removed.  To get rid of the heavy metal content I may have been exposed to. Get some here! 

Gaia Herbs-  I like a lot of their tinctures. They have high standards when it comes to their herbs, the organic certification and how they process them. The formula’s then in return are potent and effective, without added chemicals. We have used the Kid’s Elderberry Syrup, their Bronchial Wellness for kids and adults- (great for throat and respiratory health), and Lemon Balm(good for immune system and balances nervous system).  They have so many herbal formulas.  You can check more of them out here.

Oil Of Oregano- I take these in a capsule from from Seeking Health.  Oil Of Oregano is known for it’s anti-fungal properties, and natural antibiotic properties.  I’ll take this at the first sign of symptoms.  But you don’t want to take it for longer than a week from what I’ve read. Get it here!

Fire Cider- I’ve made a little tonic like this before when my hubs or I have had sore throats.  I’ve made mine before from apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, fresh ginger, honey, garlic and some cayenne pepper.  It’s like taking a shot of really strong medicine!  It will burn but in a good way.  A brand actually sells Fire Cider specifically now and has trademarked the name.  They add a few more things to their Fire Cider.  It’s also a great option when you’re just not into making one on your own.  You can take this everyday to really give you a kick in the pants and energy and immune support.  Once you start to feel something come on you can take it every couple hours. Get it here!

Host Defense Mushrooms-  I’ve been using this for a while and both my hubs and I really like it!  It contains agarikon, red reishi, chaga, birch polypore and turkey tail mushrooms.  This combination of mushrooms provides an array of immune support.  I spray this in my mouth 3 times a day. Grab it here!

Herb Pharm Mullein Garlic Pure Ear Oil- Finley got her first ear ache when she was two and this literally took the pain away.  She hasn’t had one since but I like to keep it on hand just in case.  I just apply one drop in each ear.  Get them here!

Elite Fuel Liquid D3-K2- I love having a liquid Vitamin D3-K2 that I can give my kids, since they’re not into swelling pills yet.  Having adequate Vitamin D levels help to strengthen your immune system.  A must for really keeping your body’s immune system in tip top shape!  I take a drop of this a day in the winter.  I give my 4 year old a drop a couple times a week.  Snag it here!

Doterra Breathe Oil- I actually received this from my friend Steph and love it.  I had diffused this when my kids were sick with a cold and super congested.  I also would take steamy showers with them to help open up the congestion and put a few drops in the shower to breathe in.  It’s a combination of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Ravensara Leaf, and Cardamom Seed.  I also will be using this when I need to do an aromatherapy steam session for headaches.  I don’t get headaches, usually only when pregnant.  But I’ve found if I add this to boiling water and then wait a couple minutes, then put a towel over my head and breathe in for 15 minutes my headache will go away.  It works every time!  This Breathe Oil has all the essentials oils I would normally use and more! Get it here!

Peppermint Oil- This can be used to help bring down a fever sometimes.  Don’t put directly on skin with kids or babies dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil first.  I apply it to the bottom’s of feet and back of neck.  Check out Peppermint Oil here.

 

Some Things You Might Not Find In The Medicine Cabinet-

 

You might not find these following things in the medicine cabinet but they’re great holistic natural remedies to have in your back pocket for helping when sick.

Traditional Medicinal Teas- This is one tea brand I really love and trust.  I always have their Throat Coat tea on hand, Ginger and their Peppermint tea.  The Throat Coat is great for soothing sore throats.  I’ll add a teaspoon of honey for added benefit. Check it out here!

Vapor Rub- I really like ZOE Organic’s Breathe Balm.  We’ve used this before on our kid’s chests when they are having congestion or a cough.  You can also make your own too!  Wellness Mama has a good recipe here.

Infrared Sauna- I didn’t really realize the benefits for immune support until my sister in law was telling me about it.  Then I looked it up and was amazed!  Infrared Saunas raise core body temperature which helps to keep the immune system strong. They also can increase white blood cell counts too in some studies, which can represent a strong immune system.

Bone Broth- Not only can this help support a healthy immune system but it also can be a great way to get some nutrients when sick.  Bone broth helps support a healthy gut with it’s collagen and amino acids.  Since we know that the majority of our immune system lives in the gut it’s important to have a healthy gut.  You can make your own bone broth here or buy this bone broth from Kettle and Fire here.

Wet Sock Treatment- This one my brother taught me.  You put on a pair of wool socks, then you freeze a pair of regular cotton socks.  Once frozen, put them on over the wool socks.  Then sleep with them on overnight.  I know it sounds crazy but it really does work! It quickly can bring down a fever,  release pressure and make you feel better in the morning.

Get Sleep- It’s no surprise that getting enough sleep is SO important.  When you don’t get proper sleep your immune system gets worn down and in turn so does your body.

Eat The Rainbow- Eating real food is going to be your best friend in keeping sickness out of your house.  When we eat real food it’s going to nourish and feed our bodies living cells that will in turn bring life to our body.  I would stick to real foods and avoid processed foods so your body can function optimally.

Avoid Sugar- I know I just said to eat real food, but I had to also put avoid sugar!  Sugar literally is going to bring your immune system down, making it harder to fight sickness.

So what’s in your holistic medicine cabinet?  I would love to hear what you always have on hand! Leave me a comment below!

 

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I’m sharing the natural products and remedies I keep in my holistic medicine cabinet.

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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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