Reduit Review: Skincare Product Penetration Device (50% off)

Reduit

I’m a sucker for new inventions when it comes to skincare devices and will try everything I am lucky enough to get my hands on. As technology evolves and improves, so should our skincare tech should it not? I’m particularly excited about this particular skin device by Reduit, because it comes from Switzerland, and if you know anything about the Swiss, it’s that they’re REALLY good at making luxury gadgets. Switzerland is, after all, the country famous for watches, Swiss Army knives and biotech. Already I had high hopes.

My Reduit BOOST arrived promptly in the mail, and to my surprise, this device is tiny! I wondered if enough technology could fit inside something so small. Let’s break down how the Reduit BOOST works, how to use Reduit, its pros and cons, and whether I think it’s worth buying. Short answer, it’s totally worth it if you can get Reduit on sale. During Cyber Week it’s 50% off, making this latest generation skincare technology highly affordable. Read on for my Reduit review.

Reduit

What is Reduit BOOST?

Reduit BOOST is a skincare device that’s designed to work WITH your current skincare serum or cream. It’s a small round pod that fit easily inside your hand with a bacteria resistant food-grade silicone base and stainless steel surface.

 

Reduit

How Does Reduit Work?

BOOST harnesses Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Technology (PEMFT) and the power of diamagnetics to provide deeper penetration of the active ingredients in your serum/cream. It also has the added benefit of 8 LED light modes to help with uneven skin tone, wrinkles, acne and more.

According to the brand’s own studies, Boost helps make UV-protection agents up to 1.5 times more effective, brightening agents up to 2 times better, anti-aging agents 2.2 times more effective, and antioxidants 2.4 times more impactful. Obviously, take these numbers with a grain of salt.

Its technology is also built around the fact that not all active ingredients belong to the same layer of skin, even if they do get in. Antioxidants, for example, need to get to the deepest layers of the epidermis to function, while brightening and hydrating agents belong in the middle layers, and UV protection agents should remain on the surface.

Reduit

How Do You Use Reduit?

There are a couple of steps to take before actually putting the Reduit BOOST onto your skin.

Reduit app

First you need to download the Reduit BOOST app, fill in your profile and connect it to your device using Bluetooth.

Reduit app

Second, you add your skincare products by barcode, looking it up in their database or manually. The barcode method will only work if you still have the original box the skincare product came in.

Reduit

The Reduit app seems to have all the big name brands and products, and even a lot of indie organic brands though not all.

Once that’s done the BOOST device is ready to be used. You simply glide it across your face for a 30 second treatment. Easy peasy. The coolness of the stainless steel is soothing and you can press the power button to switch between LED light modes.

How does Reduit work

Reduit Pros

  • Most technologically advanced device I’ve come across focused on product penetration
  • Love the small and super compact design
    Added LED light benefits for multi-tasking
  • Short 30 second treatment makes it easier for me to commit to using regularly
  • No separate conductor product is needed because it works universally with my own skincare
  • Generous 2 year warranty
  • Worldwide shipping

Reduit Cons

  • App doesn’t contain all the organic and green beauty products I use

Is Reduit BOOST Worth Buying?

If you’re interested in getting your products to work harder for you, I think this is perhaps the best skincare tech you can get currently.

This has nothing to do with working your facial muscles or tightening skin via micro current or radiofrequency technology. Boost is supposed to amplify the efficacy of your skincare, and if you’re already investing in quality products, it makes sense to help ensure those products are working to their maximum capability.

This doesn’t just mean via skincare tech, but the basics of properly removing all residue in your pores and exfoliating dead skin cells. Because if you don’t have the basics down, buying and using Boost will be useless. But if you’re doing all that, and you still want more, there’s a way for that now.

I would say it’s worth the purchase when it’s on sale. During Cyber Week it’s 50% off but I’m not sure how long this sale will last.

Reduit Boost Website 

30 Clean Beauty Brands at Whole Foods 2023

What’s more convenient than getting your grocery shopping and beauty shopping done at the same time? Whole Foods Market’s wide selection of clean beauty and personal care brands lining their aisles makes it possible. Their standards go beyond typical “clean beauty” claims and ban more than 180+ ingredients from all their beauty and body care products, including parabens, phthalates, microbeads and triclosan. Whole Foods Market also  requires third-party certification for organic label claims on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for “organic” claims in the body care industry. I’ve rounded up 30 clean beauty brands you can find at your local Whole Foods Market (may differ store to store.)

Mad hippie Whole Foods market

Mad Hippie Skincare

Juice beauty cleanser Whole Foods

Juice Beauty

Acure beauty Bakuchiol serum

Acure

Trilogy Rosehip Whole Foods

Trilogy

Derma e skin brighten

Derma E

Evanhealy

Weleda skin food

Weleda

Mychelle

Mychelle

Cocokind polypeptide cream

Cocokind

Badger sunscreen

Badger

Sheamoisture

SheaMoisture

Alteya organics

Alteya Organics

Dr bronners

Dr Bronners

 

Babo botanicals Babo Botanicals

Thinksport

Thinksport

The seaweed bath co

The Seaweed Bath Co

Andalou naturalsAndalou Naturals

Pacifica beauty

Pacifica

John masters organics

John Masters Organics

Dr hauschka

Dr Hauschka

Heritage store rosewater

Heritage Store

AlaffiaAlaffia

Everyone hand soap

Everyone

Mrs Meyers hand soap

Mrs Meyers

Conscious coconut

Conscious Coconut

Karuna skincare

Karuna

Thayers

Thayers

Mineral fusion

Mineral Fusion

Naturtint whole foods

Naturtint

100 Best Short Hairstyles & Haircuts for Women in 2023

Short haircuts are more on trend than ever for 2023 and the number of short hairstyles you can try are endless. If you’re wondering which short hairstyles are in style for 2023, you’re in luck because I’ve rounded up fresh pics from today’s hairstylists of the best short hairstyles and short haircuts.

Short hair works for all hair types and textures (straight, curly, wavy, relaxed, coarse, thick, or thin). Whether you’re over 50 or still haven’t left for college, short hairstyles can be a refreshing change from long, scraggly and damaged hair that lacks bounce and volume.

Not only are short hairstyles chic and lift up the face, but they’re also low maintenance and keep your hair healthy. There are SO many ways to style a short hairstyle whether you’re in for a bob, lob, shag or pixie cut.

Even if you’re not ready for the big chop just yet, scroll through for the best short haircut and short hairstyle inspiration for 2023 you can find online! Hashtag short hair don’t care.

Short haircut for women
@nothingbutpixies

 

In this post you’ll find ideas for:

  • Short hairstyles for thin hair
  • Short haircuts and hairstyles for older women over 50
  • Short hairstyles with bangs
  • Trendy short haircuts
  • Edgy short haircuts
Is short hair better for women over 65? Over 40? Don’t go by anyone’s beauty standards but your own! There’s plenty of long hairstyles for older women that are so elegant and timeless. But if it’s short hair you desire, there are a variety of piece-y, feathered, layered, modern and classic looks. The rule is that there are no rules.

 

Celeb short hairstyle

Gigi Hadid via Tinseltown/Shutterstock

Side Part Blunt Bob with Dark Roots

Cute short hairstyles
@laurapolko

Bright Clips

 

Gray hairstyle
Alan Albuqueurque

Curly Gray Bob

 

Short hairstyle
Alan Albuqueurque

Choppy Bob with a Few Wispy Bangs

Short hairstyle
@_cardcaptorsayaka_

Soft Bob with Bangs

 

Lob hairstyle

@romeufilipe

Wavy Lob (Long Bob)

 

Short hairstyle for women over 40
Alan Albuqueurque

Asymmetrical Gray Wavy Bob

Short hairstyle
Brittanyxavier

Money Piece Lob

 

Selena Gomez hairstyle
Hungvanngo

Slicked Back Bob

Short hair for older women
@greceghanem

Soft Jaw Length Bob

 

Pixie haircut
@hairmakesupbee

Pastel Pixie with Shaved Side

 

Short hairstyle
Alan Albuqueurque

Icy Platinum Blunt Bob

 

Bella Hadid hairstyle
THEO WARGO / GETTY IMAGES

Slicked Down Long Pixie

Short hairstyle ideas
Kerim.unaldi

Money Piece Bob

 

Short finger wave
Imagebyella

Finger Waves

 

Short hairstyle
Cut_and_color

Unicorn Blunt Bob with Bangs

Celeb short hairstyle
Steven Ferdman

Soft Wave Bob

 

Short haircut

@comamoranita

Bob with Bangs

 

Short haircut

Wet Look Choppy Bob

 

Short haircut

@olgakursitis

Blunt Lob

 

Celeb short hairstyle
ICON SPORTSWIRE / GETTY IMAGES

Deep Side Part Slicked Bob

 

Short haircut

@gbhdesign

Pageboy Bob

 

Short haircut

@smsludhiana

Shoulder Length with Curtain Bangs

 

Lily Collins hairstyle
Filmmagic

Finger Wave Jaw Length Bob

 

Short haircut

@hairby_crysmichelle

Shoulder Length with Chin Bangs

 

Short haircut

@jeanclaudeelmoughayar

Tapered Lob

 

Pixie cut

@ellie_gonsalvez

Short Bleached Pixie

 

Short haircut

@shannonrha

Jaw Length Bob

Cute short hairstyle
Pinterest

Side Part with Half Updo

 

Short hairstyle
@emelyborsody

Wet Look Jaw Length Bob

 

Short haircut
@romeufilipe

Past Shoulder Length with Textured Fringe

Cute short hairstyle
@stxph.h

Y2K

 

Pixie cut

@kassiabarbo

Pink Pixie with Shaved Sides

 

Pixie cut

@rosebezerra._

Long On Top

 

Shot hairstyle

@henniegebhardt

Undercut Asymmetrical Crop

 

Short haircut

@vainhairglenelg

Wavy Bob & Wavy Fringe

Celeb short hairstyle

Jon Kopaloff

Curly Shoulder Length

Celeb short hairstyle

GETTY

Deep Side Part Soft Wave Lob

Short haircut

@romeufilipe

Shoulder Length Tapered Curly Lob

Short haircut
@ace.hair.london

Bowl Cut with Blunt Bangs

Pixie cut
@caleighbreenhair

Short Crop

 

Short haircut

@jordi_renee

Asymmetrical Wavy Bob

 

Short Bob haircut

@nothingbutpixies

Choppy Bob with Asymmetrical Short Fringe

 

Natural hairstyle

@romeufilipe

Chin Length Curly Bob

 

Pixie hairstyle

@romeufilipe

Long Platinum Pixie

 

Short hairstyle

@joeltorresstyle

Long On Top Pixie

 

Short hairstyle

@romeufilipe

Lob with Voluminous Side Swept Bangs

 

Short hairstyle

@yvilaaaaand

Blonde Bob with Dark Undercut

 

Short hairstyle
@salonpaulmichael

Lob with Chin Length Layers

Celeb short hairstyle
Jon Kopaloff

Major Quiff

 

Short haircut for women over 50

@romeufilipe

Tapered Tousled Bob

 

Short haircut

@alanalbuquerquehair

Inverted Bob

 

Cute short hair style
Pinterest

Y2K

 

Short haircut for women over 50

@romeufilipe

Swept Up Pixie

 

Pixie haircut
andrewdoeshair

Swept Up Long Pixie

 

Best Short hairstyle
Florence.hair

Pageboy

 

Buzzcut for women
iam.j.durban

Buzzcut

 

Best Short hairstyle

@joeltorresstyle

Side Part Swept Up Wavy Bob

 

Best Short hairstyle

@joeltorresstyle

Shaggy Bob

 

Pixie haircut

@joeltorresstyle

Undercut Pixie

 

@joeltorresstyle

Shag with Bangs

 

Best Short hairstyle

@joeltorresstyle

Swept Back Bob with Shaved Sides

 

Celeb short hairstyle

Jon Kopaloff

Asymmetrical Lob

 

Short hairstyle for women
@christiandomingos

Long Swept Ombré Layers

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

HIME Haircut

 

Short hairstyle
@christiandomingos

Ombré Shag with Bangs

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Blunt Bob with Platinum Accent

 

Short hairstyle for women
@chrisjones_hair

Tousled Ombré Lob

 

Short hairstyle for women
@Chrisweberhair

Hot Pink Texture

 

Short hairstyle with bangs

@seolahair

Past Shoulder Length with Curtain Bangs

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Half and Half Shag

 

Short hairstyle for women
@baodohairdressing

Long Angular Lob

 

Short hairstyle for women
@purebelfast

Long Pixie with Frosted Pink Tips

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Shagget (Shag + Mullet)

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Curly Shag

 

Pixie haircut
Fanniewilkens

Bowl Cut Pixie

 

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Curly Volume On Top Shag

 

Lob hairstyle
Getty

Jane Birkin Bangs Lob

 

Lob hairstyle
Brycescarlett

Long Lob

Short hairstyle for women
@coiffeurstory

Mohawk

 

Short hairstyle idea
@charlottelawrence

Peach Lob

 

Jennifer Lopez hairstyle
@chrisappleton1

Space Buns

 

How to choose haircut for face shape
Pinterest foliver

How to Choose the Perfect Short Haircut

Short hairstyles

 

Short hairstyles women

Short hairstyles women

 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Review: Is It Worth It? 2022

When I was trying to decide between the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer versus the Dyson Airwrap versus other more affordable hair dryer brands, I ultimately went with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. And now here I am reviewing a hair dryer while my man watches the fifa World Cup. There’s so much hype around Dyson for hair, and I wondered what makes Dyson so special besides the technology, futuristic design and being famous for its vacuums. Even though I love the sleek look of a good blowout, the main reason I don’t like to blowdry my hair is because of the cumulative damage it would cause to my already very damaged hair. The Dyson hair dryer promised to prevent heat damage through its ability to dry hair faster. Still, is a hair dryer worth $429 when traditional ones cost less than $100 and how is the Dyson cost justified? I figured I could find out and if I didn’t like the Dyson Supersonic, I could always return it within the return policy deadline. I’m sharing the good and the bad in this Dyson hair dryer review, and why I don’t think majority of people should buy the Dyson Supersonic. I WILL say this is the kind of gift that would impress your mother-in-law.

Dyson hair dryer review

Dyson Hair Dryer Pros and Cons

I ultimately chose the Dyson hair dryer over the Dyson Airwrap because the Airwrap doesn’t fully dry your hair and is mainly focused on styling. So if I bought the Airwrap I’d have one more styling tool to add to my collection but would STILL be in need of a hair dryer.

I also decided to go for the black version because black looks more chic than silver. Plus my partner could enjoy using it when he needs to blowdry his hair.

Dyson hair dryer

There’s Dyson Supersonic hair dryers that are refurbished, but I decided to go with the regular hair dryer even though a refurbished one would have been $100 cheaper. Reason being for the warranty. Dyson warranty lasts two years normally, but for the refurbished one only one year. Amazon also offers refurbished Dyson products but I’m not sure what their warranty is.

Dyson hair dryer review

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Pros

Here is what the Dyson hair dryer has to offer broken down in easy to read snippets:

  • Bladeless design
  • Uses the Dyson Digita Motor V9: Spins up to 110,000rpm, propelling 13 liters of air up to the amplifier every second
  • Uses an aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect that attracts hair to surfaces through jet propelled streams of air
  • Prevents hair damage with intelligent heat control technology that measures airflow temperature over 40 times per second
  • Air Multiplier technology that creates high-velocity jets of air to dry hair quicker than traditional hair dryers
  • Five magnetic attachments for easy switching in and out
  • Flyaway attachment eliminates the need to use a hair straightener separately
  • Made with all hair types in mind
  • 3 heat settings
  • 4 speed settings
  • Smaller shape

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson hair dryer

What Comes with the Dyson Hair Dryer

The Supersonic comes with five different attachments:

  • Gentle air attachment: diffuses air in a gentle and cooler stream of air. Ideal for sensitive scalps and thinner hair.
  • Diffuser: Larger diffuser for curly or wavy hair. Mimics natural air-drying by dispersing air across a wider surface area.
  • Wide-tooth comb: Great for type 4c hair
  • Styling concentrator: For a precision blowout. Used for styling and drying smaller sections of hair with a precise stream of air.
  • Flyaway attachment: Used after hair is dry to smooth out any flyaways and frizzy hair for an extra sleek effect

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

What You Should Know about Dyson Supersonic

Something I didn’t know before I bought the Dyson hair dryer is that I needed to clean the filter once a month. Both the hair dryer’s outer filter cage and the inner filter mesh should be wiped down regularly with a dry cloth. For something so expensive, you want to make sure you’re prolonging product life with proper care.

Dyson hair dryer

Also, while I was delighted that the Dyson attachments were magnetic, the magnets are extremely strong and a little difficult to pull apart. You do eventually get the hang of it, but at first the magnets were surprisingly strong.

While the Dyson technology exceeded my expectations, it fell short in the noise department. It might be another decade (or never?) before silent hair dryers exist. The third and strongest setting on the Dyson hair dryer is pretty loud while the 2nd setting is much more tolerable for my ears.

Dyson hair dryer

How to Properly Use the Dyson Hair Dryer

Figuring out how to use the Dyson hair attachments is a learning process. To maximize the results from the Dyson Supersonic it’s important to know how and what to use each attachment for. For instance, I found that the diffuser worked best for the bulk of the hair drying process and the styling concentrator attachment was ideal at the very end. The best way to use it is to:

  • Point the nozzle away from the scalp
  • Place it around half an inch from the hair

The final step if I have time and want to look extra snatched is the flyaway attachment, which  easily replaces my hair straightener. I start just shy of my roots and go down the lengths and find that it gives me more of a sleek, shiny finish. The Dyson flyaway attachment has the most effect when used on the highest setting.

Speaking of which, the highest speed setting of the Dyson is can be a tad too strong to be used comfortably for the entire blow dry process. Ironically, the Dyson team should have made the 3rd speed just a little less powerful which would have possibly also made it less noisy. I find myself using the 2nd setting but wish I could take more advantage of the Dyson’s power.

Dyson hair dryer

My Honest Review of Dyson Supersonic

Let me start by answering whether I think you should buy the Dyson hair dryer and then I’ll explain why I got it for myself. No, don’t buy it. Why? Because it’s super expensive, and no one actually needs a $400 hair dryer in their life. The Dyson hair dryer never seems to go on sale either. They really position it as an exclusive, luxury product. My life (and hair) was truly fine before I got the Dyson for my hair and it would have been just fine without it. The Supersonic should be a holiday wishlist item that you’ll only accept as a gift, ideally from your partner since they’ll be the ones benefiting the most from you looking like THAT GIRL.

Dyson hair dryer

Here’s why I personally bought the Dyson for my hair. “Buy less, choose well and make it last” by iconic fashion designer and environmentalist, Vivienne Westwood forever changed the way I consume. I prefer to invest in products that are superior and last forever instead of cheaply made items. I’m also financially in a place where I can afford to make big ticket purchases like this. As Jay Z once said, you can’t afford something unless you can buy three of them. In my 20s when I was swimming in college loan debt and making a meager salary, I would never have even entertained the idea of such an excessive purchase.

Dyson hair dryer

Lastly, I have very damaged hair from decades of chemical processing, bleaching, dying etc. Most people have not put their hair through what I’ve put mine through. In fact, all my friends have healthy virgin hair that they might have colored or put in a few face-framing highlights once in their lives to satisfy an itch for change. Their hair would stand up just fine to some occasional heat damage and recover quickly. Mine not so much. Mine’s barely holding on by a strand.

Is the Dyson hair dryer a very cool hair tool? Yes definitely. There’s a lot of aspects I love about it. The Supersonic is by far the most advanced hair dryer I’ve experienced and the technology is without a doubt impressive. I love the non-bulky minimalistic design. It’s so easy to hold and even with the attachment on, the bulk of the device’s weight is in the handle. Almost all hair dryers look like those ConAir ones with a handle and a body that looks like a horse’s head. Because the top part is so bulky compared to the handle my hands always get tired, maneuvering it around my head becomes awkward and having to finish drying my hair becomes a lengthy and arduous mission.

Yes the Dyson hair dryer cuts down on drying time. I have very long hair that goes a little past the middle of my back and the Dyson dried it in about 11-12 minutes.

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

Who the Dyson Hair Dryer Makes Sense For

You have to tick at least two of these bullets for the $429 Dyson hair dryer to make sense as a purchase:

  • Budget is not a concern
  • Your hair is severely damaged, thinning, prone to breakage, heavily processed, etc
  • Your time is very limited and valuable – you don’t have time to dry your hair for 20-30 minutes daily
  • You blow dry your hair daily because of a people-facing job or job that requires you to look impeccably groomed

If you normally use a hair dryer once a week or a few times a month for special occasions only, the Dyson Supersonic isn’t worth it for you. If you’ve got a stressful, demanding job that requires you to look polished at all times and very little free time, then this hair dryer will save you time, effort and your mental health.

Dont forget to check the return policy of the retailer you might make your purchase so you can return it if you don’t like it.

Check out Dyson’s Amazon Store here

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Dyson hair dryer Review

 

Blissy Silk Pillowcase Review + Discount Code

blissy pillowcase review

If you haven’t switched over to a Blissy silk pillowcase, you’ve got to do your skin and hair a favor. Your skin spends a LOT of time with pillowcases during the six to nine hours you’re hopefully sleeping every night. Nighttime is when we want to optimize our beauty routine, because the third of our lives we spend sleeping is when our body is replenishing and repairing itself. Read on for my Blissy review, why you need a silk pillowcase and save 20% with affiliated Blissy discount code OBL at Blissy sitewide.

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Best Men’s Gifts Ideas For The Holidays 2022

It’s really not that hard to gift shop for women, but shopping for men can sometimes be a conundrum. They’re not really big gift givers or receivers, so what’s a girl to do when you still want to spoil your loved ones silly. While every man has different tastes and passions, most men love a utilitarian gift. Or something deeply personal that’s reminiscent of a shared experience between the two of you always makes for a heartfelt gift. If you’re at a loss for what to get, I’ve rounded up some amazing gift ideas for your husband, boyfriend, father, son, colleague or whoever!

Etsy gift

Custom Book Embosser

This elegant custom embossed allows him to add a custom seal to his collection of books, making each book feel even more special. In fact, you can get just about anything personalized on Etsy, from mugs to blankets and socks to jewelry.

Sunbasket

Meal Subscription Service

If the man in your life works a 9 to 5, chances are he’s pretty tired when he gets home from work and cooking is the last thing he wants to do. You can make his life a little easier with ready-to-eat meals that he can quickly heat up. Or if he loves to be an amateur chef in the kitchen, meal preparation kits with all the ingredients needed to make a delicious, gourmet meal.

Shop Sunbasket

Workout mat amazon

Workout Mat for At Home Workouts

Whether he’s a fitness newbie or junkie, a quality workout mat at home is so useful for indoor fitness. This just might be the motivation he needs to get on the fitness bandwagon in the new year. You can make this gift extra special by adding on a workout regimen subscription that he can follow on his journey to getting in shape.

Audible amazon

Audible Audio Book Subscription

An Audible subscription will let your loved one listen to books wherever whenever. Feed his mind by opening him up to the literary world in a new way. Books teach us about life in a way that our own lived experiences can’t.

La lueur candle

Candles for Men

A lot of men love candles just as much as women, especially during the winter! It’s a fuss-free way for them to make their rooms and homes smell better without having to figure out how to work an aromatherapy diffuser. Nebraska-based La Lueur’s holiday candles have a beautiful blown glass look that’s both artful and festive.

Shop La Lueur Artisan Candles

 

P f candle teakwood

P. F Candle Co

Cosori air fryer

Air Fryer for Healthy Cooking

You can make a million different dishes with an air fryer with a fraction of the fatty oils you’d normally use when frying. Less calories, healthier dishes and more creativity in the kitchen is a win for everyone in the family.

Lilysilk robe

Luxurious Silk Robe

For the sophisticated grown up, wearing a robe is the perfect tenue to cozy up at home. But not just any robe, a silk robe feels amazing, breathable and luxurious.

Shop LILYSILK Men’s Robe (code OBL saves)

Wine decanter amazon

A Wine Decanter

For the man who loves his wine, a wine decanter will make his wines even more special. According to the wine experts at Wine Folly, the increased oxygen exposure to wine greatly improves the taste by softening astringent tannins and letting fruit and floral aromas come out.

Cozy earth clothing

The Softest Bamboo Clothes

Fabrics are not created equal, and if you have lived for some years, you’ll know that certain materials feel infinitely different and better than others. If you’ve ever known a richie rich person, they’re known to complain that cheap fabrics choke their skin. For the softest fabric ever that caresses and soothes skin, try Cozy Earth bamboo clothes.

Shop Cozy Earth

Smart workout mirror

Smart Home Workout Mirror

Definitely a splurge gift, but for the man that’s serious about fitness, I highly doubt a smart workout mirror would disappoint him.

Shop Smart Workout Mirrors on Amazon

Pact clothing

Softest, Comfiest Socks

Men can never have too many socks, and super comfortable ones at that. Their sock supply somehow manages to dwindle down for unknown reasons, which is probably why socks are a go-to gift for men. Bamboo is the softest material around for socks and underwear if you want to gift your man the fabric of his dreams.

Shop Cozy Earth Socks

 

Four seasons

A Staycation or Destination Trip

Who doesn’t love a break from the routine? Spice things up with a romantic staycation within driving distance, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a trip to faraway lands.

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Yield Candle Review

Yield candle

Yield candles are made of 100% organic coconut wax in Florida and come in a variety of complex scents. Since they’re made by a design company, their vessels are both beautiful and functional. You can either get them in a double walled glass vessel or regular glass vessel, both of which are meant to be reused as glasses. Small votive candles or sample packs are also available. I’ve tried almost all of Yield’s organic candle scents and am sharing my thoughts in today’s review.

Yield candle

I love that these are actual drinking glasses but still look like a beautiful candle. The double walled vessels are especially great because the insulation maintains your drink’s temperature for longer. I’ve been able to avoid having to buy new glasses to replace the ones I’ve broken.

Yield candles are also one of the small handful of brands using 100% organic wax.

The scent does include fragrance oils along with essential oils, which makes for decent scent throw. I would consider Yield to have average scent throw that’s neither on the weak end nor on the strong end. This makes for a non-overpowering scent throw that’s still able to fill up a room. Scarpa and Entenza seem to have a stronger scent throw than the other scents.

Yield candle

Scarpa

The black-hued Scarpa candle is a rich, earthy leather scent. I can’t detect the Palo Santo but I do get a very dominant leather note.

Yield candle

Entenza

Entenza is their most holiday appropriate scent with eucalyptus, pine and birch along with green colored wax. This is a very strong and sharp pine scent that feels like a Christmas tree in a candle.

Willow

Willow is a cool mossy scent that’s got a bit of spice and freshness. I’m not sure how spring water is supposed to smell but I don’t get aquatic notes from this.

Yield candle

I find that the clean burning cotton wicks need to be manually trimmed with a wick trimmer.

Overall, I love the wide variety of scents and functionality of the vessels.

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Yield candle

My Honest Tripollar Review on Stop X (50% off Cyber Sale)

TriPollar radiofrequency

If tightening, lifting, and plumping is in your skin goals, then Tripollar Radiofrequency devices might be the skin technology you want to add to your skincare regimen. The multi-radiofrequency works by delivering focused RF energy into the right layers of the dermis, accelerating the natural production of collagen and elastin. If you’ve gotten a Radiofrequency facial in an aesthetic clinic before, Tripollar is the at-home version of this professional treatment. Tripollar can be very pricey at over $600, so it’s worth catching a sale. During Cyber Week the Stop X is 50% off over at their website.

TriPollar

When Radiofrequency waves interact with the skin, they convert into heat. They target the deep layers of the skin, warming them up, which then promotes natural collagen production.

Multi-Radiofrequency technology means that multiple fréquences work simultaneously in one area to actively target multiple layers of the dermis. As a result, more collagen and elastin fibers regenerate in a shorter amount of time.

The Thermal Mapping algorithm controls the heating process by continually sampling the tissue temperature in five different thermal points on the user’s face.

It’s able to build a personal Thermal Map, calculating the most accurate temperature for effective treatment in the specific treated area.

Tripollar

A Conductor Gel is Required

Similar to the NuFace, you need to use a conductor gel for the Tripollar device to be effective.

Tripollar

It Needs to Be Plugged in to Work

One downside to the Tripollar Stop X is that it needs to be plugged into a wall outlet to work. This makes your mobility limited while using the device.

Tripollar

How Many Times A Week?

Stop X should be used 2-3 times a week for 6-8 weeks. After that it can be used 2-4 times a month in order to maintain the results.

How Long Is Each Session?

Each session should take you 15-20 minutes so you do need to set aside a decent chunk of time whenever you use the Tripollar device.

How to Use Tripollar?

Focus on 3 treatment areas of your face: left cheek, right cheek and forehead. Apply a thin layer of the conductor gel.

Move the device in a very slow circular motion on a small part of the treatment area.

Once the orange indicator light illuminates followed by a ‘beep’ sound, you have reached the optimal temperature. Continue the same slow circular motion for a few seconds, then gradually enlarge the movements in the treatment area.

Do this for 5 minutes. Then repeat in the next treatment area.

Who Shouldn’t Use Tripollar

While Tripollar is safe for all ages over 18, race and skin color, if you’re pregnant, use fillers or Botox or have a history of cancer you should not use Tripollar. Please check the Tripollar website for the full list.

What Does Tripollar Feel Like?

The metal nodes feel very warm as you glide them across. It can sometimes feel very hot. There’s absolutely no pain or downtime involved.

Cyber Week Sale: 50% off with code CM50

Cyber Week is the best time to try Tripollar if it’s something you’ve been wanting to buy. The Stop X is 50% off and the Stop Vx is 35% off.

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  • 2 year warranty
  • US/EU/UK shipping

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7 Best Non Toxic Nail Polishes for 2023

Let’s talk about nontoxic nail polish. After using non-toxic nail polish for almost a decade, I’m sharing the best clean nail polishes that are healthy and chip-resistant. But can nail polish really be non-toxic? The truth is it can’t. What I mean is it can’t be 100% natural to function like a normal nail polish. For nail polish to function the way it should, it needs SOME chemicals. While there ARE 100% natural versions for kids, they’re not exactly suitable for adults. So what’s a company to do? The solution: take out the most harmful ingredients that could negatively affect our health. So technically, nontoxic nail polish actually means low-toxin nail polish or less-toxic nail polish.

That’s why you’ll see clean nail polish described as 5-free, 10-free and even 21-free. The number refers to the number of worst offenders the brand leaves out of their formulas. These include: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate. formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and TPHP.

I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy nail polish brands and some of the best winter nail colors to try in 2023!

Emilie heathe

Emilie Heathe

Function design and beautiful lacquer collide in the fashionable world of Emilie Heathe. If you’re looking for a beautiful red or deep, rich shades Emilie Heathe has a sophisticated range of high-performance colors.

  • Contains nourishing oils and antioxidants: Bamboo Extract, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E, Zinc, Biotin & Coconut Oil
  • 10-FREE: Made Without Parabens, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Toluene, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide (TBHP) + Animal-Derived Ingredients.

Kure bazaar

Kure Bazaar

French in origin and popular worldwide, Kure Bazaar is 4-free and made of up to 85% natural origin including wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn.

 

Londontown nail polish

Londontown

On the affordable end we have Lakur by Londontown, which I find have decent wear for a budget friendly bottle.

  • Vegan, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free
  • 16-Free
  • Florium Complex infused formula
  • 90+ high-pigmented colors

100% Pure nail polish

100% Pure 

  • 20-Free
  • Vegan, cruelty-free

Deco Miami nail polish

Deco Miami

8-free and vegan nail polish brand Deco Miami might be focused on nail stickers these days, but their nail polish is one of my OG favorites. They’re beautifully designed and packaged and come in a size that makes sense. Their nudes are my favorite!

Trust fund beauty nail

Trust Fund Beauty

Another one of my longtime favorites is Trust Fund Beauty. Yes, Khloe Kardashian loves their Put A Ring On It shade. They don’t have the biggest shade range, but you can find your nudes, reds, darks and some pretty funky colors too.

  • 21-Free
  • PETA & Leaping Bunny certified
  • Worldwide shipping

Gabriel cosmetics nail

Gabriel Cosmetics

For a seriously budget friendly nail polish, Gabriel Cosmetics nail polishes perform great for under $10. I prefer their opaque shades over their shimmery ones.

  • Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free
  • 10-Free

Free of: formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates, and animal ingredients

Zoya nail polish

ZOYA

Another quality budget nail polish brand to try is ZOYA. ZOYA evolved from a small nail salon into a spa focusing on healthy, natural solutions for natural nails. They now have a wide range of 10-Free formula thats used often on runways. And they’re only $10!

Winter Nail Colors & Winter Nail Trends in 2023

Chrome Nails

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@zoey_redpolish
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@houseofnails_miami
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@nail_garden_nz

 

Milky Nails

Winter nail colors
@ccarolinajna_i_bruno
Winter nail colors
@nailhart_
Winter nail trends
@ministryofnails.italy
Winter nail colors
@evesxnails

Deep Neutrals

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Cable Knit Nails

Winter nails
@paintboxnailshop
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@nailsbykly
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@avedamadison

Icy Blue Nails

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PYT Beauty Review

PYT beauty

Clean and affordable makeup brand PYT Beauty is widely sold at ULTA & Amazon and has become widely popular for a relatively newcomer brand. Sustainability is a major concern for the brand and the recycled materials used for each part of their packaging is labeled. All PYT products except their eyeshadow palettes are $20 and under. Note that PYT does use synthetics and phenoxyethanol in their formulas and are not 100% natural. Check out my thoughts on the PYT makeup products I’ve tried.

PYT beauty

Pyt brow pencil
PYT Brow Pencil

The PYT Brow Goals Pencil is my favorite product from all the PYT makeup I’ve tried. It comes in five colors and I find their taupe works  for the look I want with my brows. It has a unique shape for precision application and has a brush spoolie on the other end, which isn’t totally necessary for me but welcome.

Ingredients: Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tribehenin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

PYT Tinted Lip Balm

The PYT tinted lip balm is a vegan formula with hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, and olive fruit oil. Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of this lip balm. The consistency is on the drier end so it doesn’t feel all that moisturizing for my lips. It has a bit of a waxy feel to it that normally does come with budget tinted lip balms, but it was a little too waxy for my liking.

Ingredients: Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Trihydroxystearin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Natural Flavor, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glucomannan. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) , Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)

PYT Swipe Right Mascara

I also used the PYT mascara though I couldn’t find it when taking these group product shots. This was an average clean mascara for me, being neither a hit nor a total miss. At this $20 price point, I haven’t found anything that performs better than Honest Beauty’s mascara yet.

PYT Liquid Liner

Black as the night in color, the PYT Liquid Liner works great for a dramatic cat eye or for a more demure fine line. There is minimal smudging sometimes but nothing terrible.

  • Highly pigmented opaque satin formula for precise lines
  • Flexible felt tip for smooth glide, ergonomic handle for complete control
  • Made with nourishing Aloe Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, and Vitamin E
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Silicone and Carbon Black free

Ingredients: Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Hectorite, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Ultramarines, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

PYT Beauty Discount Code

Affiliate discount code ORGANICBEAUTYLOVER15 saves at PYT.

PYT Beauty Website

PYT Beauty Amazon Store

 

 

Fernweh Editions Candle Review

Fernweh Editions is a clean candle brand inspired by travel and fragrance. The combination of these two passions has resulted in candles that evoke a sense of fernweh, the German word for “longing for faraway places.” Their scent families are divided into regions: New England, Alaskan Forest, France, London and more. If travel is a passion of yours, these candles might be right up your alley.

Fernweh editions candle

Fernweh Editions uses a soy wax blend and are hand-poured in small batches by expert candlemakers.

The fragrance throw is decent as the scent is powered by fragrance oils. The wick is a cotton core self trimming wick that ensures a smooth burn.

Fernweh edition le candle

Ferns & Petals is part of Fernweh’s Casacadia collection inspired by the Pacific Northwest. The scent starts with top notes of dewy fern and peach before moving to heart notes of orange flower, violet leaves, and cyclamen petals and concluding with base notes of musk and vetiver. Overall, you get a green floral with a hint of earthiness.

They come in a beautiful glass jar you can use as a drinking glass once you remove the remaining wax and label sticker.

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Fernweh edition candle

Pretty Frank Deodorant Review + Discount Code

Pretty Frank deodorant

Formerly known as Primal Pit Paste, Pretty Frank is a women-owned natural deodorant brand founded in 2012 in Austin. It all started when the founder’s 8-year-old daughter came home from school with a noticeable body odor and noticed that other classmates were having a similar issue. Pretty Frank’s founder made it her mission to find a product safe enough for her daughter to use, and then decided to create something special for her. Today, Pretty Frank makes healthy, organic deodorant that works for all types of moms, dads, kids, and athletes. I’m sharing my Pretty Frank deodorant experience in today’s review. Use discount code OBL to save 10% at Pretty Frank.

Pretty Frank deodorant

Pretty Frank: Cream Jar Deodorant

Pretty Frank offers both baking soda and baking soda-free deodorants using the power of zinc, charcoal and magnesium. There are no synthetics included.

  • No aluminum, no parabens, no fragrance, and no baking soda
  • All natural, organic, and vegan ingredients
  • Gentle for more sensitive skin
  • Powerful for all-day odor protection
  • Leaping Bunny certified and cruelty-free
  • Packaged in a recyclable 2 oz. glass jar with aluminum lid
  • Handcrafted in Austin, Texas

Pretty Frank deodorant

Ingredients

Ingredients: Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Coconut Oil, Magnesium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Oxide, Candelilla Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Activated Charcoal (Coconut), Organic Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Palmarosa Essential Oil, Organic Lemon Essential Oil, Organic Juniper Berry Essential Oil, Vitamin E 

Pretty Frank deodorant

The Charcoal Seaside scent is amazing – I really enjoy it. Something about the blend of Lavender, Palmarosa, Lemon, and Juniper Berry with the natural scent of Arrowroot Powder, Coconut and Activated Charcoal.

Pretty Frank jar deodorants have a very soft, creamy consistency that’s easy to scoop out and spread. If you prefer a hands-free application then they do have traditional deodorant sticks.

I wore a white T-shirt often while using Pretty Frank in a humid, tropical climate on my trip around Southeast Asia and I didn’t experience any staining.

Remember that natural deodorants are not antiperspirants, so if you’re a sweaty Betty I suggest looking into a drier formula or even deodorant powder.

As far as odor fighting capabilities go, Pretty Frank worked just fine for both me and my partner, though he didn’t enjoy the application. I would consider this an average strength deodorant, so if you find that nothing seems to work for you I can’t promise this will.

Pretty Frank Discount Code – OBL saves 10%

Affiliate code OBL saves 10% sitewide.

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FOCL Review: Organic CBD for Wellness

FOCL’s brand mission is to create plant-powered supplements made with premium CBD, stress easing adaptogens, and natural botanicals to support peak performance. The brand was born out of necessity. The CEO of FOCL, Ken Lawson, took supplements for years following a life changing diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome. In 2019, the company planted their own organic, non-GMO hemp farm. In addition, FOCL prioritizes transparency and publishes the certificate of analysis (COA) for every product online. I also like that FOCL uses organic ingredients as much as possible and only sources what they consider to be quality ingredients. I’m sharing my thoughts on FOCL products in today’s review.

Focl cbd

FOCL adheres to a stringent process and meets transparency standards to obtain independent top-tier certification through TRU-ID. This certification shows FOCL’s dedication to quality and authenticity.

FOCL sleep cbd

FOCL CBD Gummies for Sleep

My favorite FOCL product is their CBD + CBN Gummies for sleep. I take the full spectrum ones instead of the broad spectrum. Full-spectrum CBD means that it includes all the compounds that occur naturally in cannabis, like cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils, vitamins, and flavonoids.

Focl cbd sleep

FOCL has been a great alternative to melatonin for me. I used to use melatonin but was always wary as it’s advised you shouldn’t take it daily. But melatonin was the only thing that actually got me to fall asleep without having to resort to prescription sleep aids. The FOCL Sleep Gummies help me fall asleep without giving me the weird dull headache that melatonin would.

Taste is the least important factor for me when it comes to CBD. If it works, that’s all that matters. The FOCL ones are on the sweet side and have a soft jelly consistency.

FOCL Website

FOCL

Four Seasons Lisbon (Hotel Review)

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As the best luxury hotel in Lisbon, staying at the Four Seasons Lisbon was a one-of-a-kind experience. I’ve interned at Four Seasons Beverly Hills in sales/marketing & Four Seasons Mumbai as concierge, but it was 8 years later that I would be able to experience FS as a guest. Read on for my review of the 5-star Four Seasons Lisbon hotel.

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12 Best Natural & Organic Lipsticks that are the Cleanest

Looking for natural and organic lipsticks that come in bold colors, use clean ingredients and moisturize lips?  Clean lipsticks come in many forms – some are highly pigmented, some are matte, some are super sustainable and others shine. But who doesn’t love a bold, beautiful pout. We’ve come a long way from our L’Oreal days, you and I, and our lips simply deserve the best. From chic to sustainable, organic lipsticks all have one thing in common – to give you the most beautiful lips possible without the harm.

But even within clean beauty, not all lipsticks are created equal. Some include synthetic ingredients while others are 100% natural, so I’ve separated them for you to differentiate between the two. If you need the cleanest lipsticks possible keep reading, and if you don’t mind something not totally pure, keep reading too!

What is Clean beauty

What Are the Cleanest Lipsticks?

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti-Aging Lipstick

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti-Aging Lipstick

  • Very buttery lipsticks that have great pigment power
  • Colored from antioxidant and vitamin-packed fruit pigments like plum, raspberry, and grape
  • Comes in 13 wearable, beautiful shades
  • Satin finish
  • Darker shades will have some bleeding at the edges

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lipstick

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick

  • If you prefer a matte finish lipstick, the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte Lipsticks are fantastic
  • Goes on smooth and doesn’t dry out the lips
  • Available in 24 shades
  • Formulated with chocolate and antioxidant-rich fruit pigments like cherry, blueberry, and peach.

Au Naturale Lipstick

come in two variants now: Classic and Sheer. The Eternity Sheer Lipsticks are an “almost” lipstick that’s perfect for people who don’t want a highly pigmented lipstick. It’s a sheer lipstick that provides a your lips but better look.

Au Naturale Eternity Lipsticks have a buildable, buttery vegan formula that glides on easily and moisturizes lips with Carnauba Wax, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. Eternity Classic comes in 6 very wearable nude and pink shades, while Eternity Sheer comes in 8 shades.

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Kjaer Weis lipstick
Kjaer Weis Lipstick

  • All natural lipstick that’s silicone-free
  • buttery formula includes bio-dynamically grown root of light, dioscorea batatas and virgin cold-pressed olive oil
  • 8 shades

Juice beauty lipstick

Juice Beauty Satin Lip Cream

  • made with hyaluronic acid to help with the appearance of a fuller lip
  • satin finish
  • 6 shades

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Vapour beauty lipstick

Vapour Beauty High Voltage Lipstick

  • High-pigment lipstick with a modern point of view
  • Full coverage colors in matte and satin finishes
  • 9 shades

Black Friday: 30% off

Inika Organic Lipstick
Inika Organic Lipstick

  • All natural and 78% organic
  • Certified Vegan and Certified Cruelty-free
  • Certified Organic Avocado, Jojoba and Argan Oil

Lily Lolo lipstick

Lily Lolo Vegan Lipstick

  • made with a luxe blend of natural oils and waxes, to moisturize and saturate your lips in rich, hydrating color
  • semi-matte finish
  • 6 shades

Hynt Beauty Aria Pure Lipstick

Hynt Beauty Aria Pure Lipstick

  • patented GMO-free, plant based complex proven to boost water absorption and hydration levels by +25% across 3 layers of the lip.
  • creamy formulation with pampering Organic Castor, Jojoba and Rice Bran Oils
  • Offers a soothing feel and moisturizes and plumps the delicate skin of lips
  • Rich Color with high pigment without using FD&C dyes
  • Long wear
  • Vegan, nut and sesame oil free

Zao organic lipstick

ZAO Organic Matt Lipstick

  • 100% natural and 45% organic
  • 10 shades
  • Eco-friendly bamboo packaging

Saint Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream
Saint Cosmetics Velvet Lip Cream

  • All natural long-lasting lipstick
  • 14 shades
  • Vegan formula

 

Alima Pure Lipstick

Alima Pure Lipstick

  • All natural lipstick with blend of natural oils including sea buckthorn, avocado oil and squalane
  • semi-matte finish

 

Noyah lipstick

Noyah Lipstick

  • USDA Certified Biobased
  • Eco-friendly bamboo reduces plastic waste by ~60%
  • 10 shades
  • Affordable at $18

Clean Lipsticks with Synthetic Color

Rms Wild With Desire Lipstick

Rms Wild With Desire Lipstick

Ilia lipstick

ILIA Beauty Lipstick

Black Friday: 20% off

Kosas lipstick

Kosas Lipstick

Jane Iredale lipstick

Jane Iredale Lipstick

Rituel de fille lipstick

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick

Yet beaute lipstick

Y et Beaute

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La bouche rouge lipstick

La Bouche Rouge

Well people lipstick

Well People Optimist Lipstick

Ere perez lipstick

Ere Perez Lipstick

Saint Jane beauty lipstick

Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Lip Cream

Clove hallow lipstick

Clove + Hallow

Black Friday: 50% off

Au Naturale lipstick

Non toxic lipsticks

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Me aka Best Luxury Gifts I Really Want

Ok clearly this gift guide is not like the rest. This is a holiday gift guide for moi. Chances are no one reading this is my mom, my significant other or BFF. Which is a good thing…because this gift guide would most definitely bankrupt them. Regardless, I still wanted to put some good gift-giving vibes out into the Internet, so I created a shopping list of gifts I’d *actually* want for the holidays. These are the kind of gifts that would either make me propose or forever be indebted to you until the end of my days, whichever your goal is. Or if 25 people in my life would just join forces and get me something from here. Anyways, I digress. I’m on vacation at the moment, so this is going to be a quick gift guide. Happy reading!

Higher dose full spectrum Infrared Sauna

Higher Dose Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna ($7,599)

I already use and love the Higher Dose Sauna Blanket, and the cursed thing has now made me want the real thing.

This is my absolute dream gift. I deserve this and no one can tell me otherwise.

Higher Dose’s Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna features:

  • NEAR – penetrates epidermis, increases immune function
  • MID – increases circulation and blood flow
  • FAR – longest range, penetrates to the core, releasing deep metals for ultimate detox
  • Carbon/Ceramic Heaters: produces long wave infrared + a high infrared output.
  • Low EMF: the EMF levels when you’re sitting in the sauna are virtually zero.
  • Chromotherapy (Light Therapy): Light therapy energizes skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, giving skin back its youthful look.  When used with infrared technology, light therapy is one of the most effective ways to repair the body.
  • 5-Year limited warranty

Black Friday Offer: On sale for $7,099

Les Ruches Candle

Les Ruches Noir Amtheyst Grandé Marbré 54oz ($888)

Certified organic beeswax candles scented with essential oils housed in a white marble vessel. As an avid candle user, there’s something very appealing about a gigantic candle that I don’t have to keep replacing.

This unisex fragrance evokes dark smoky sweet sensation by blending smoldering tobacco green leaves with sugary vanilla notes. Hits of citrus bergamot and crisp camellias lighten the darkness.

  • Made with USDA certified pure organic beeswax, organic coconut oil and exotic essential oils.
  • Housed in luxury hand-made white marble vessel (5″ x 4 1/2″)
  • Lead free and zinc free cotton wicks

LYMA Laser System

LYMA Laser System ($2,300)

LYMA is a medical-grade laser system designed for at-home use and is used by celebs like Hailey Bieber. Laser energy treats wrinkles, elasticity, scars, rosacea, eye drooping, eye bags, thread veins, pigmentation, and acne.

The LYMA laser is extremely powerful and operates at a 500mW power at the wavelength 808nm, so it reaches the deepest layers of the skin including the fat and muscle underneath. It’s perfectly dispersed to heal, rebuild cartilage, and heal tendons. It is heatless and completely painless and also safe for all skin tones – including on tattoos.

If someone gifted this, I’d be so grateful I’d let borrow and use it anytime they wanted.

Black Friday Offer: On sale for $1,800 here

Best workout mirror

Smart Workout Mirror ($1500 and up)

There’s quite a few smart workout mirrors available on the market. A few of the most popular ones are Fiture, Echelon, The Mirror, and Tempo Studio. I feel like a workout mirror could be the answer to my fitness motivation woes.

Best sheet mask Best sheet mask

YINA Divine Bio-Cellulose Sheet Mask ($85-$300)

The most luxurious and effective organic sheet mask is made by Bay Area-based & TCM-rooted brand YINA. They sell single sheet masks for $20 each, but I’m not a stocking stuffer kind of girl. A real gift would be their 5-pack ($85) or 20-pack ($300). I’d probably still be hesitant to use them up, because each mask is so precious.

Black Friday Offer

  • Tier 1: Use lovefromboxwalla20 for 20% off sitewide – no minimums
  • Tier 2: Use lovefromboxwalla25 for 25% off on orders over $150. PLUS receive 2 Discovery Boxes (Votary & Arcana Skincare) free!
  • Tier 2: Use lovefromboxwalla30 for 30% off on orders over $300. PLUS receive 3 Discovery Boxes free  (Votary, Arcana and Verite)!

 

Four Seasons Gift Card

Having just stayed at Four Seasons The Nam Hai for a whole week, all I can think about is when my next experience will be. Any gift of an experience (travel, spa, show, class) is a dream gift for me, but a Four Seasons experience would be extra special. I’d love to visit a Four Seasons property in Africa or Southeast Asia.

 

10 Natural Alternatives to Vaseline

Why put a byproduct of the petroleum industry on your skin when there are safer, better natural alternatives available? There are plenty of articles floating on web on just how toxic petroleum jelly is (some insist it can cause cancer due to contamination with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHS)) if you do a quick Google search. We’re no longer in the 19th century people and there are gorgeous products ranging from affordable to luxury made by eco-conscious and passionate brands on a mission. These are all multi-purpose balms or salves using all-natural and organic formulations designed to be a cure-all for cuts, bruises, scrapes, rashes and dryness.
Natural vaseline alternative
Zincuta ointment

Zincuta Ointment

  • Made at The Apotheka in New York
  • For chafes, burns, sun burns, abrasions, raw sores, insect bites, psoriasis, eczema, poison ivy, etc
  • Patented formula inspired by the works of veterinarian Dr. Josiah C. Case (1865 – 1930), an eighth generation Southold resident
  • Made with Axungia, Styrax Benzoin, Zinc Oxide, Slippery Elm, Beeswax
  • Not Vegan

Plant therapy healing balm

 

Plant Therapy Healing Balm 

  • Made with Shea Butter, Tamanu Oil, Vitamin E and Calendula Extract
  • Can be used for all sorts of skin ailments. Scrapes, sunburns, chaffing, diaper rash and itching
  • Not Vegan

Bio first self heal salve

Bio First Healing Salve

  • Truly natural and synthetic-free, Bio-First aligns with the International NATRUE Standard Classifications of natural ingredients
  • 2022 Organic Beauty Award Gold Winner– Skin Salves Category
  • Medicinal blend of Self Heal, Frankincense & Milk Thistle, Menthol, Soap Wort Leaf Extract and Soapbark Bark
  • Vegan
  • Code OBL saves at Bio-First

Herbal healing balm

Herbal Healing Mother’s Healing Balm

  • Formulated by a mother and herbalist for her children
  • Multi-purpose healing balm for babies, kids and adults
  • For itchy skin, rash, dry skin, as a nipple balm or diaper rash ointment
  • EWG verified
  • Travel size and larger sizes available

Ingredients: Organic Virgin Sesame Oil*, *Cannabis Sativa Oil, Beeswax, Lavender*, Ashwagandha root*, Which Hazel*, Marshmallow root*, Calendula Flowers*, Lavandula Oil. 

*Certified Organic Ingredients

 

 

All Good Goop Organic Healing Balm 

Cocokind All Purpose Salve 

SW Basics Salve 

Zoe Organics Everything Balm

Dr. Bronner Balm Baby

True Organic of Sweden All You Need is Me 

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Instanatural Skincare Review

Instanatural has been making affordable clean skincare since 2013. They’re focused on actives and botanicals with their Vitamin C range being the most popular Instanatural products. I tried the Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Moisturizer, Peel and Scrub and am sharing my thoughts in today’s review.

InstanaturalTheir previous packaging never really appealed to me, but their recent updated look is a lot more modern and pleading to the eye.

Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser

This is a very thin and liquid-like gel cleanser that’s gentle yet effective. While it retails for $29 on the Instanatural website, it’s less than $20 on Amazon. The Vitamin C Cleanser contains Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, Coconut Water and botanical extracts and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped.

Instanatural Vitamin C Toner

The Vitamin C toner comes in a hefty glass bottle and has a very subtle citrus scent. This is a mild, gentle toner and contains Vitamin C, Witch Hazel, botanical extracts and skin-nourishing oils like meadowfoam, carrot seed and more.

Instanatural vitamin c

Vitamin C Moisturizer

The Vitamin C Moisturizer is like a silky gel-cream versus a creamy cream and contains Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, and botanical extracts. This fees lightweight and sinks into skin easily – overall a pleasant moisturizer to use if you don’t want a rich or heavy cream.

Vitamin C Scrub

The Vitamin C Scrub was a miss for me. If I’m being brutally honest, it felt like mush with some exfoliation benefits to me and didn’t feel all that useful in my routine.

Vitamin C Serum

Lightly yellow tinged and goopy in consistency, the Vitamin C serum is lightweight and hydrating with Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid to help brighten. It doesn’t feel particularly strong to me in comparison to far more potent Vitamin C serums, but it does feel wonderfully hydrating.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin*, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide*, Sodium Hyaluronate*, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruitt Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Oil, Ferulic Acid, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glucosyl Hesperidin*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Flower Extract, Carbomer, Tocopherol*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum*, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol*, Phenethyl Alcohol*, Pentylene Glycol*

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Dime Beauty Review: Best & Worst Products (Must Read Before Buying)

I finally purchased and tested DIME Beauty products because of all the questions I’d receive about them. With DIME Beauty we have an esthetician-founded line of “clean, luxurious, affordable skincare that actually works.” Mostly known as a skincare brand, DIME has expanded to offer a number of makeup, wellness and fragrance products. While many small clean beauty brands have been closing their doors due to inflation and tough economic conditions, DIME Beauty is clearly doing well. I tried DIME’s bestsellers like their serums and cream as well as their Eyelash Boost Serum. I’m sharing my honest DIME Beauty review, so pour yourself a glass of organic vino and keep reading.

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Who Owns DIME Beauty?

DIME Beauty Co. was founded by Baylee and Ryan Relf. The brand was created to provide a clean & optimized skincare alternative for anyone and everyone. As a skincare and beauty advocate herself, Baylee wanted to learn more about skincare, which prompted her to become a licensed Master Esthetician.

During her time in training, her mom searched for clear and radiant skin while trying to reverse the effects of time. Soon after, Ryan landed a job as a product development specialist in the beauty industry and their business idea was born.

Baylee worked closely with world-class chemists and formulators to come up with clean, vegan, cruelty-free products that worked for Baylee’s mom as well as accommodating all skin types.

Is DIME Beauty Actually Clean?

Clean means something to different to each individual and to each brand. I always try to note when a brand uses Phenoxyethanol as their preservative and DIME Beauty does use this chemical. DIME Beauty is also not 100% natural and does use various synthetics in their formulas.

About DIME Beauty Reviews Online

I think most of the DIME reviews out there are pretty misleading. They pretty much all state DIME Beauty is “clean and non toxic” without really understanding or delving into what “clean”actually means to DIME, to themselves or to others. This is why “clean beauty” has such a terrible rep.

Also, many of these reviews are written by non-clean beauty bloggers – I see a book blog and a hair blog stating it’s their favorite skincare brand. I even saw one review stating it’s an unpaid review in the title, yet there’s an affiliate code and affiliate links once you click to read. Overall, a lot of sketchiness around their press.

Most of the articles you read online aren’t sponsored, but they’re still affiliated to the brands included, and yet they don’t all state “unpaid” in their titles. I have no issues with people promoting affiliate codes and links all they want (I do it too), but adding “unpaid” to the title of an affiliated article seems unethical. That being said, trust no one and as always, do your own due diligence.

DIME Beauty Prices

Most DIME Beauty products are under $40. Their serums are $30 and face cream $38.

Where Can You Buy DIME Beauty?

Besides their own website you can buy DIME at:

DIME Beauty is not sold at Sephora.

DIME Beauty Pros:

  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • Affordable luxury
  • All packaging is ethically sourced, free of BPA’s & BPS’, and 100% recyclable
  • Transparent ingredients list
  • No fragrance added (natural and synthetic)

The reason I think so many people are DIME Beauty fans is because the line offers a product for every skincare step and makes it easy to understand how to build a full skincare routine.

DIME Beauty AM Routine:

  1. Gentle Jelly Cleanser
  2. Super Skin Toner
  3. Luminosity Eye Serum
  4. Hyper Glow Serum
  5. Dewy Day Day Cream
  6. Wonderscreen SPF 30

DIME Beauty PM Routine:

  1. Cleansing Balm
  2. Creamy Foam Cleanser
  3. Super Skin Toner
  4. Luminosity Eye Serum
  5. Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  6. TBT Cream
  7. Blue Facial Oil

DIME Hyaluronic Acid Serum

DIME Hyaluronic Acid Serum

The DIME Beauty Hyaluronic Acid serum is made of just a few ingredients, making it one of the simplest formulas I’ve seen.

It’s basically water, sodium hyaluronate and preservative. While there’s nothing wrong with a simple formula, I find that the markup is too high.

At $30 you are essentially paying for the packaging because you can find the same formula in other highly affordable brands. In my experience you can easily find more hard-working formulas that are clean, vegan and sustainable for around the same cost.

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

DIME beauty Hyper Glow SerumDIME Hyper Glow Serum

The Hyper Glow Serum is a Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid serum, which is the formula I most appreciate out of the DIME Beauty line. The Vitamin C content is a high 20%, and the serum also contains free radical fighting ingredients like Sweet Orange Extract, Magnolia Bark Extract, and Grape Seed Extract.

This is what I’d actually consider to be “affordable luxury” and not just a marketing slogan.

The DIME Beauty vitamin C serum is thin and lightweight with a silky feel. There’s no sticky residue or oily sensation and helps to smooth and brighten skin.

Ingredients: Water, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, DL-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ferulic Acid, Organic Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Resveratrol, Magnolia Acumintata Bark Extract, Phenylpropanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tetrasodium EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid Tetrasodium Salt), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin

DIME Beauty Eyelash Boost SerumDIME Eyelash Boost Serum

There has been no clean eyelash serum that has ever wowed me. The difference is so subtle with all the eyelash serums I’ve tried that only I could ever probably notice the difference IRL. The same goes for DIME Beauty’s eyelash serum. I didn’t notice any major difference.

Key Ingredients

  • Amino Acids: Collagen is rich in amino acids that your body needs to build keratin, the protein that makes up the hair. These are the building blocks of hair and most of our bodies.
  • Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1: Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 has been shown to have positive effects on hair follicles by promoting scalp micro-circulation and reducing the appearance of follicle atrophy and aging.

Formulated Without

  • Prostaglandins: A common ingredient in eyelash serums that often causes irritation, redness, inflammation, and itchiness. It can also darken the color of the iris permanently. DIME Lash Boost Serum is prostaglandin free, so there’s no need to worry about intense irritation or changing of eye color.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Amino Acids (Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Blycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine), Panthenol, Aloe Leaf Extract, Niacinamide, Purslane, Cherbulic Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Hexanediol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-4.

DIME Beauty TBT CreamDIME TBT Cream

DIME Beauty’s version of a retinol alternative cream, the TBT Cream contains a proprietary blend of Orobanche Rapum Extract and Bakuchiol.

It’s a rich and dense cream that dry skin types would enjoy.

But other than the few extracts included and Bakuchiol, there are no other notable skincare ingredients in this formula.

There’s a lot of synthetics and silicones like dimethicone, which some of you may be trying to avoid. Naturally these ingredients are going to make the cream glide more smoothly and have a more pleasant texture.

For the formulation, I would say the DIME Beauty cream is overpriced at $38. There are a lot of other affordable options I’ve come across with more skin-beneficial ingredients in their formulas.

Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Ricinoleate, C.C.S Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Isododecane, Polyglyceryl-6 Stearate,Polyglyceryl-6 Behenate,C.C.M.S. Triglyceride,Dimethicone, Apple Extract, Bakuchiol, Olive Unsaponifiables, Orobanche Rapum Extract, Phytosterols, Behenyl Alcohol, C.C. Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Stearyl Dimethicone, Octadecene, VP Copolymer, Propanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, 1.2 Hexanediol, Tetrasodium G.D.

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Dime Beauty Website

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Caraway Review: Why Is Caraway Non-Toxic Cookware So Popular? 2023

You’ve already thought of clean filtered water and organic mattresses, even filled most of your fridge with organic produce, but you probably haven’t thought about non-toxic ceramic nonstick coated cookware. That’s right, even our pots and pans can be made of materials (flourinated chemicals) that emit harmful toxins when heated. A number of non-toxic cookware brands are making it easier for us to cook worry-free. Caraway healthy cookware is a non-toxic version of non-stick skillets and saucepans, offering both functionality and quality. Wondering why Caraway is so popular, what Caraway is made of and how Caraway is non-toxic? I use the Caraway nonstick pan and am sharing my honest thoughts in today’s Caraway review. Save up to 20% until Nov 30, 2022 during Cyber Week!

Caraway

How Is Caraway Non-Toxic?

Conventional pans and pots are coated with PTFE (such as Teflon®), lead, cadmium, and other toxic materials. In fact it’s in more than 95% of non-stick pans. While you’re cooking, these harmful ingredients can perch into your food and stay in your body for decades.

Caraway is made without any toxic materials like PFAS, PTFE, PFOA.

The FDA presented its findings from three studies on the prevalence of PFAS at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s annual European meeting. The premise, that the chemicals have been widely used in nonstick cookware, contact paper, food packaging, cleaning products, and other industrial products have leached into our food and contaminated our water supply. These chemicals are linked to liver damage, certain types of cancers, thyroid disease, infertility, high cholesterol, obesity and more.

They’re also better for the environment. During the manufacturing process, Caraway cookware releases up to 60% less CO2 into the environment compared to traditional non-stick coatings.

Caraway instead has a mineral based ceramic coating so nothing iffy leaches into your cooking.

 

Caraway cookware

What I Like About Caraway Nonstick Pan

  • Surprisingly heat up quickly and evenly (Caraway pans have an aluminum core)
  • Caraway is oven-safe thanks to stainless steel and enameled surfaces
  • Beautifully designed
  • Less oil and butter is needed
  • No rusting!
  • So easy to clean!

These are hefty pans so I expected the Caraway pan to take quite a bit longer to heat up than my lighter pan, but that wasn’t the case.

They’re also oven safe up to 550 degrees, so I can switch to baking my dish without having to transfer it to a different container.

There’s so much slip to the Caraway pan I need far less oil than I normally would and that also means less accidents of burning the surface.

Cleaning the pan is such a breeze too compared to my conventional pans. Leftover food sauce glide off easily with a swipe, so less time and energy is spent in the cleanup process.

Caraway

What I Don’t Like About Caraway Nonstick Pan

  • Heavy
  • Not enough size options

The pans are on the heavier side, and while Caraway does offer a mini pan, there’s still not enough size options. I have a small kitchen and don’t cook for a family of 5 so I prefer smaller sizes!

Caraway

Caraway Bakeware

If you love to bake, Caraway also offers baking sheets, a muffin tray, loaf pan and circle pan for making cakes, roasting veggies and more. They feature the same ceramic non-stick surface that’s chemical free and so easy to clean.

Caraway

30-Day Risk Free Trial

Caraway is risk free with a 30 day trial and free returns, so if you find you don’t like their cookware you can return them easily.

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Caraway Discount Code

Caraway is having a tiered sale starting at 10% orders of $85+ until Nov 30, 2022.

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My Green Mattress Review + Discount Code

My green mattress

My Green Mattress was started by a mattress craftsman who needed to make the healthiest mattress possible for his daughter. And their Kiwi Organic Mattress just won 2022 Good Housekeeping Parenting Award! My Green Mattress is a small family owned, certified organic, made in the USA company based out of Illinois. Harmful materials flame retardants and polyurethane foams and toxins are strictly kept out of their products. Check out my My Green Mattress review and save 10% during their Cyber Week sale!

My green mattress

My Green Mattress’ GOTS Certification (Global Organic Textile Standard) proves to their customers that their mattresses are:

  • Made from organically grown, harvested, and processed materials
  • Manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible way

 

My green mattress

Organic Cotton Sheets


Made from 100% GOTS Organic Cotton, the My Green Mattress organic sheets feel like quality. The material feels sturdy yet breathable throughout the night and have a soft lustrous sheen to them. For cotton sheets they’re perfectly comfortable and soft, but if you’re looking for extreme softness then look into Cozy Earth bamboo sheets.

I have the Natural color in King size.

Sheet sets include: 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet, and 2 Pillowcases (1 Pillowcase for Twin and Twin X-L. Crib purchase is (1) fitted sheet only.)

 

Organic cotton sheets

 

My green mattress

 

My green mattress

Organic Charcoal Infused Latex Pillow

The My Green Mattress company offers one type of pillow and it’s their Charcoal Infused Latex Pillow. Latex is a firm material so if you like a soft or plush pillow, the My Green Mattress one is not for you. I’d only recommend their pillow to people who love a hard pillow.

That being said, the King size is more of an XL King and doubles as a fantastic body pillow.

Organic pillow

About Latex

There are various types of latex pillows like shredded latex and molded latex. From My Green Mattress blog on latex:
Shredded latex pillows are highly versatile and can be customized to fit your specific needs by adding or removing filling until the pillow is comfortable for you. They are also extremely supportive and provide excellent pressure relief.
Molded latex pillows are made from a solid core of latex and are great for people who suffer from neck pain or headaches as they offer superior support and alignment.
Organic pillow
  • Support: Latex pillows offer great support for your head and neck. If you suffer from neck pain or headaches, a latex pillow can help to align your spine and improve your posture.
  • Breathability: Latex pillows are naturally breathable, which helps to keep you cool and comfortable at night.
  • Naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic: Latex is a naturally antimicrobial material, which means it resists mold, mildew, and dust mites. This makes it a great choice for people with allergies or sensitivities.
  • Springy and conforming to your body: Latex has a quick response time, is conforming to your body and offers pressure-relieving comfort. They’re also springy which allows for proper distribution of your head’s weight and prevents your head from sinking into the pillow.
  • Durable and long lasting: Latex pillows are incredibly durable and long lasting. With proper care, you can expect them to keep consistent shape and support for 2 to 4 years.
  • Eco Friendly: Latex is a sustainable material that comes from rubber trees. It’s also biodegradable, so it won’t clog landfills like synthetic materials can.
  • Chemical Free: Synthetic pillows made with polyurethane foams off gas chemicals into the air and environment, which you are exposed to nightly while you sleep. Polyurethane foam pillows emit gasses, known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in an off-gassing process that can cause illness, including allergies, skin irritations, hormone disruptions and more.That is why it’s so important to choose pillows that are free of chemicals, and are safe for you and your family. An organic latex pillow is not only supportive and comfortable, but it is the better choice for your family’s overall health.
Why Charcoal Infused?
My Green Mattress’ Charcoal infused latex pillows are made with activated charcoal which is known for its ability to absorb odors and toxins. They’re also naturally antimicrobial and can help to reduce allergies and respiratory problems.

My green mattress

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Necessaire Body Care Review + Discount Code

Launched in 2018, Necessaire is a clean body care line that makes genderless products using ingredients good enough for your face. For Necessaire, if it’s good enough for your face it’s good enough for your body. Today, Necessaire offers body washes, serums, scrubs, oils, lotions and even shampoo and conditioner in unscented and scented versions (eucalyptus lovers rejoice!). Using actives at high concentrations and natural ingredients, Necessaire body washes and lotions allow you to prioritize body care as a form of self care instead of an afterthought. Climate Neutral certified and plastic neutral, Necessaire is strongly focused on being a planet positive brand. Luxurious and minimalistic, Necessaire products are priced in the $20-$30 range. There is some serious hype around Necessaire, so I finally put them to the test. Read on for my Necessaire body wash and lotion review! Use Necessaire discount code OBL to save 10% at Necessaire.

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My Honest LILYSILK Review 2022

Lilysilk

LILYSILK is a sustainable silk clothing brand with a stylish selection that’s celeb-approved. They’re OEKO-TEX certified so you can be rest assured there aren’t any toxins lurking and they’re packaging materials are entirely sustainable. Being zero waste is also important to them, so they repurpose all scraps leftover into other items in their store and only make as many items as they sell. Read on for my thoughts on LILYSILK and use discount code OBL for 10% off.

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Lilysilk

Silk Pajamas

The red color is simply beautiful – it’s a deep crimson red that looks a bit bright in the photos because of sunlight.

Lilysilk

LIKYSILK’s mulberry silk is thin, light and breathable.

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LILYSILK Silk Pillowcase (vs Blissy)

Naturally cool and silky smooth, the LILYSILK pillowcase feels amazing. In comparison to Blissy silk pillowcase, which I also own and use, I’d say the LILYSILK one is slightly thicker but feel pretty much the same. I have the 19 Momme ($39) which is probably why Blissy’s feels a tad softer. For a more luxurious feel you can opt for one of their 22 or 25 Momme pillowcases.

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7 Best Organic Sheets for an Eco-Friendly Bed of 2022

If you’re on the search for quality organic sheets for your bed, look no further. Investing in organic sheets and bedding free from harsh chemicals and harmful toxins is one of the easiest steps you can make in creating a safe, sustainable and non-toxic bedroom. There’s no shortage of eco-friendly and organic bed sheet brands committed to sustainable practices and certified organic materials. The healthiest bedding material isn’t just about being certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) though — you also want to look for comfort, breathability and texture, which can vary widely. Organic sheets can set you back about $150-$400 for a full set but can last up to 10 years with proper care. Still, I know not everyone can afford that, so I’m also including a very cheap organic sheet brand for families on a tight budget who still want safer products. Read on for the best organic sheets for your bed.

Coyuchi sheets

Is Organic Bedding Better?

So you’re wondering whether it’s worth buying organic sheets and what’s wrong with your current sheets. Organic bedding is better in so many different ways:

  • Manufactured without harmful chemicals like pesticides, harsh chemical cleaners and fabric treatments
  • Don’t contain any inks and dyes that may contain heavy metals
  • More comfortable, breathable AND durable
  • Not treated with flame retardants often used in baby and kids products
  • Organic cotton uses less water and produces around 46% less CO2e than conventional cotton
  • Keeps the earth’s soil, air and water used to grow crops free of harmful chemicals

Organic sheets are the healthiest and most environmentally friendly bedding option.

Organic cotton sheets

Types of Organic Sheets

  • Material: Cotton, Linen, Bamboo, Hemp, Tencel, Silk
  • Thread Count: 200-1000
  • Weave Type: Sateen, Percale, Flannel, Jersey

Organic sheets
Sateen

Sateen sheets thicker sheet with a luminous sheen finish that’s tightly woven and great for keeping warm during colder months

Percale

Percale sheets are crisp and breathable sheets with a matte finish

Flannel

Flannel sheets are great winter sheets using combed cotton fiber that’s extremely soft

Jersey

Jersey sheets are knit instead of woven and feel like you’re sleeping under your favorite old t-shirt.

Pact bedding

Pact

Pact’s organic cotton sheets come in Cool Air Percale, Room Service Sateen, and Jersey in a variety of cool and earthen tones. I love the quality and feel of Pact bedding, and they seem to get softer with every wash.

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Coyuchi sheets

Coyuchi

For natural non-toxic bedding that’s incredibly luxurious, Coyuchi is highly coveted thanks to their selection and quality. If you’re looking for luxury organic sheets made to the highest standards of environments and social responsibility, Coyuchi ticks all the boxes. They’re the epitome of coastal Californian luxury and have been making organic bedding since 1991. You can choose from a wide variety of Organic Percale, Crinkled Percale, Relaxed Sateen, Relaxed Linen and more in a variety of colors. In fact, even my duvet covers, throws and pillows are all Coyuchi. I’m a little obsessed!

Avocado green mattress bedding

Avocado Green Mattress

If you want ultimate luxury when it comes to organic sheets, Avocado Green Mattress Organic Superfine Suvin Sheets are a 1000 thread count and are made with one of the world’s rarest Extra Long Staple cotton varieties. GOTS organic certified Indian Suvin Cotton is considered the king of cottons and offer incredible Eco-luxury softness. Avocado Green Mattress bedding is STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX and MADE SAFE certified and are lab-tested + screened to be free of harmful substances and toxins

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Organic cotton sheets

My Green Mattress

A great option that’s more budget-friendly for organic sheets is Illinois-based organic home brand My Green Mattress. Offered in colors White or Natural, My Green Mattress sheets are made from 100% GOTS Organic Cotton. Their sheets are soft and silky smooth to the touch and have a light reflecting sheen. A King size set costs $169 for 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet, and 2 Pillowcases. I love the feel and quality of these as well.

Happsy organic sheet

Happsy Organic Sheet Set

Another fantastic budget-friendly organic sheet product is Happsy’s Organic Sheet Set. The downside is they only come in one color! Happsy is a brand owned by Naturepedic, and they have the expertise and technology to create quality organic products for the more conscious consumer. Happsy sheets have a 300 thread count and are GOTS certified organic with a soft and comfortable feel.

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Cozy earth sheets

Cozy Earth Bamboo Sheets

If you want to sleep in the same sheets as Oprah herself (she deemed them the softest ever), then check out Cozy Earth. They’re not made with organic cotton like the rest of the sheets mentioned, but with 100% Viscose from Bamboo. Out of all the sustainable fabrics I’ve tried cotton, linen, hemp, supima cotton, etc – bamboo has been the softest. The downside with bamboo though, is that there’s no organic certification for it, and the processing and manufacturing of bamboo isn’t the cleanest. But man oh man, Cozy Earth sheets are insanely soft.

White lotus home

White Lotus Home

For organic cotton sateen sheets, check out New Jersey-based White Lotus Home. Their handmade Sateen Sheets are made from 100% USDA-certified organic cotton yarn, and are made locally in New Jersey. The thread count of their organic sheets is a bit lower at 230 Thread Count. If thread count isn’t a priority, White Lotis Home sheets are more breathable and capture less particles.

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Amazon organic sheets

Amazon Organic Cotton Sheets (Under $50)

If you’re on a tight budget and can’t shell out hundreds for an organic sheet set, Amazon actually makes their own organic bedding using GOTS organic cotton. A Pinzon queen set is only $45 for a flat sheet, fitted sheet and two pillowcases. I put them to the test, and while they don’t have quite the same feeling of luxury and quality as the high-end organic sheet brands mentioned above, the Pinzon sheet set is adequate for non-fussy sleepers.

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My Honest Review of Sleep & Glow Pillow + Discount Code

Who knew a beauty sleep pillow existed that’s specifically designed to prevent sleep wrinkles and morning puffiness? I didn’t, but I’m in no way surprised. What I AM surprised about is that said pillow has been bought by 100,000 people around the world — and it costs $200. So, like any good beauty blog would do I got my hands on it to see what Sleep & Glow’s The Omnia pillow is all about. Read on for my honest thoughts in this Sleep & Glow pillow review. Use discount code OBL15 to save 15% sitewide until Nov 29, 2022.

Sleep and glow pillow

About Sleep & Glow

  • Designed with orthopedics and sleep specialists
  • Engineered zones and dimensions
  • Helps reduce morning puffiness thanks to the slight incline in the pillow’s design
  • Uses memory foam and OEKO-TEX certified materials
  • Designed AND made in Europe

Sleep and glow pillow

You can tell from the diagram above explaining each part of the pillow that quite a bit of planning and thought went into the design of the Sleep & Glow pillow. Since they’re charging $200 for a standard sized pillow, I would expect no less than the best quality possible.

Anti wrinkle pillow

Here’s what a cheaper $40 version of an anti wrinkle pillow looks like.

Anti wrinkle pillow

Both the left and right side of the Sleep & Glow The Omnia pillow has a crevice so there’s no pressure or friction happening against your cheek and eye area. The top cradles your head while the bottom touches your jaw and chin. The middle area is slightly concave to cradle your head.

Thanks to the memory foam material, the pillow has a firm yet very comfortable cushion feel. The Omnia is a standard size pillow and much smaller than the rest of my king pillows on my bed.

If you’re a back sleeper then you don’t need to worry about sleep wrinkles, but side and stomach sleepers might want to consider an anti wrinkle pillow if their budget allows for it. There are many products with a similar purpose — silk pillowcases, overnight wrinkle patches, etc. I would consider the Sleep & Glow pillow the most luxurious option out of all.

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How to Rent an Apartment in Switzerland: A Complete Guide 2022

Once you know you’re moving to Switzerland to start your new life, the next biggest task is to find a Swiss apartment to rent. And it is nooo easy task. Finding an apartment to rent in Zurich and Geneva is notoriously difficult due to the housing shortage in large Swiss cities. There’s more people looking and not enough apartments available, with the percentage of freed up apartments at any given time being less than 1%. In fact, it’s quite common for the Swiss to rent their apartment for decades, all the way into their retirement years. Combine that with Swiss society being one of the largest aging populations in the world, the ability for young professionals and students to find Swiss housing is greatly hindered. This guide to Swiss apartment renting aims to demystify the rental process in Switzerland. You’ll learn the ins and outs of where to look, how to apply, how much rent is in Switzerland and what to expect (plus some personal insight) in this guide to renting Swiss apartments.

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A little about me and why I wrote this Swiss housing guide: I’m Andrea, a Swiss-American who has lived in Switzerland for more than decade and rented in 5 cities across the French, German and Italian regions. I put together this guide for my younger self, because I wish there something like it when I was trying to find an apartment in a new city. I hope it helps newly Swissed students and expats in their renting journey.

Everyone here knows how difficult it is, yet there’s very few resources online that don’t sound like they were written by a robot. Which I get. It’s not exactly the most interesting topic to write about. Let’s not even talk about how your Swiss landlord can be a total nightmare! *cough* greedy *cough*

I hope this guide to renting in Switzerland helps, and if there’s anything you’d like to share to help others, please do write in the comments below.

Step 1: Look Online

Chances are you’re going to Switzerland (or have just moved) without having much of a network here.

The easiest way to find an apartment is for someone you know, who’s leaving their current place, to transfer their apartment directly to you.

When tenants leave an apartment, they’re able to put forward one or more new tenant applications to the landlord.

Landlords tend to prefer this as it takes all the work out of posting the rental property on a portal, scheduling viewings and responding to queries.

Locals in Switzerland usually procure an apartment through someone they know, whether it’s a work colleague, a friend of a friend, or family member.

Switzerland being such a small country, jobs, apartments and such are often transferred via one’s network without ever being posted publicly. It’s like a game of musical chairs  – but the societal version.

Still, there are a number of ways to look for a rental apartment in Switzerland:

  • Apartment search websites
  • Social platform marketplaces
  • Hiring a relocation service

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Online Property Portals

The rental property websites have apartments listed directly by real estate agencies.

  • Homegate
  • Comparis
  • Flatfox
  • Homelike
  • Immostreet
  • Immoscout24
  • UMS

Homegate and Immostreet are some of the most popular. This is also the most difficult way to land an apartment in that your chances of being selected are slim.

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Marketplaces on Social Platforms

People are constantly moving in and out of apartments, though it does tend to slow down in the summer and winter holidays when people are away for vacation.

They will often post on Facebook marketplace or Anibis (Switzerland’s version of Ebay) to either find subletters or completely transfer the apartment over to someone new.

Tip: Apply immediately if you see something you like

Swiss apartments get snatched up before you’ve even had a chance to find them or hit send on your message. As soon as someone posts they’re leaving their apartment, rest assured they’re receiving dozens of messages as soon as they hit publish.

If you see an apartment you like, don’t waste a second in applying. It’s a race and the fastest win.

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Hiring a Relocation Service Company

Not many people opt for this route, but for those who don’t have the time to scour the web, write messages and attend viewings, hiring a relocation company will take all the work out for you.

This naturally doesn’t come free, so you would need to be willing to pay whatever fee the company requires. Sometimes it can be the first month’s rent.

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Step 2: How to Apply for Rental Apartments

An impeccable rental application can make all the difference when looking for a Swiss apartment.

There is no room for mistakes in Switzerland (as you’ll soon find out) and it’s imperative that you meet all the requirements of landlords and give them all the correct information. Precision is your friend in this country.

Applying for apartments in Switzerland is akin to applying for a job. All landlords and subleasers will require your application to include various documents including:

  • The application form from the landlord or agency
  • Copy of ID / work permit
  • Salary slip for the last 3 months
  • Extract from the local debt collection register

In Switzerland there’s no such thing as a credit score. Instead, you provide an official document showing your debt status from the local debt collection register to prove you have no outstanding debts.

In German it’s called Betreibungsauszuges and in French attestation de non-poursuites.

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Tip: Including a personal letter to your application can help

While I may never know, I feel that adding a personal letter to my rental application helped me get selected for apartments.

It’s basically like a cover letter for a job, but explaining who you are, why you’re interested in the apartment and why you would be a good tenant and neighbor.

Landlords can receive a hundred applications for one apartment, especially if it’s a nice one, so going the extra mile helps yours stand out.

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Zurich Apartment Rent (How Much Rent is in Switzerland)

The cost of renting can vary greatly depending on whether you’re:

  • In a small city, big city or village
  • In the city center versus out of the city center
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Old or recently renovated

An apartment in a smaller town like Zug instead of Zurich, or even neighboring Germany (France in French Switzerland), will be more affordable,  BUT there’s the added time and cost of commuting.

Or, if you work in Geneva, to find more affordable housing you can live in the outskirts of Geneva city like Mies, in a neighboring town like Nyon, or the next biggest city 45 minutes away Lausanne.

Many people also choose to live just over the border in French cities like Ferney Voltaire. There’s an extra layer of complexity, though, as you’re technically a resident of France, and all admin and taxes must be done under French rules.

If you prefer to live right in the city, then you might wonder which neighborhoods are best. Switzerland is very safe so you don’t need to worry about accidentally living in an unsafe neighborhood. Each neighborhood does have its own characteristics and vibe. Certain parts might be grungier than others, and some areas are livelier with lots of university students while others attract families with young kids.

Zurich apartment rent

There’s plenty of very old apartment buildings in Switzerland that have terrible units like the above photo depicts. While not unlivable, you can tell these apartments haven’t been renovated in decades.

Many landlords never bother to renovate because they know people are desperate to find housing and will rent as is.

Swiss apartments don’t have in-unit laundry like in the US. They’re communal, down in the basement, and sometimes, each tenant has an allotted time slot for when they can do laundry. And if you don’t stick to your time slot, your victimized neighbor WILL complain to the landlord.

Generally speaking, if you’re a single person looking to rent a normal 1 bedroom apartment in Zurich or Geneva you’re looking at a range of CHF 1700 to CHF 2500. A studio is a little more affordable but not significantly.

Cost to Rent a Room in Switzerland

If you’re looking for a room in a flatshare, the cost can range from very cheap rooms at CHF 600 to luxury apartment rooms at CHF 2000+ with most rooms falling in the CHF 900 to CHF 1600 range.

The best place to find a room is to look for posts in Facebook marketplace, the classifieds section of expat social networks like glocals or expat groups on Facebook.

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If you need two separate bedrooms or more, then the price of renting goes up much higher.

What does 3.5 rooms, 2.5 rooms mean?

A 4 room description in Switzerland doesn’t mean there are 4 bedrooms.

A kitchen and living space count as 1.5 rooms (weird I know!). Here is what room numbers generally mean in Switzerland:

  • 1.5 = studio (kitchen/living/bedroom altogether)
  • 2 = studio (living/bedroom together + separate kitchen)
  • 2.5 = 1 bedroom (kitchen/living together + bedroom)
  • 3 = 1 bedroom (kitchen + living + bedroom)
  • 3.5 = 2 bedroom (kitchen/living room together + 2 bedrooms)

Remember, this is a just a general guideline as it can vary from canton to canton. Sometimes a very small room that’s more for storage can be counted as 0.5 rooms.

Housing Security Deposit

When you first move in, you’ll need to pay a three month deposit. (With subleases it’s usually 1 or 2 months paid directly to the subleaser.) In Switzerland, the deposit is placed in a special bank account opened by your own bank in the tenant’s name. So when you log in to your online bank account, you’ll see that separate account listed with your other Norma ones. That being said, you need a local Swiss bank account in order to be able to rent in Switzerland.

No one can touch this security deposit account, not you nor the landlord, so it’s safe and secure until you decide to end your housing contract.

Additional Expenses

Another cost you need to consider is the utility and building maintenance fees that you’ll be required to pay monthly. It’s essentially an estimated partial payment of utilities.

At the end of the year when the exact cost is calculated for the entire building and divided by the number of tenants, you’ll need to pay whatever remains if there’s a balance. There usually is a small balance remaining, but not an amount that would you make you fall off your seat.

In German Switzerland it’s called Nebenkosten, and it covers all the building expenses, maintenance, cleaning, gardening, etc.

Be sure to check whether utilities are included in the rent or an additional expense you’ll have to pay on top. With subleases, you will sometimes also have to pay separately for Internet/TV depending on each subleaser.

Radio & Television Fee in Switzerland

When renting in Swiss cities, every household must pay a yearly radio & television fee. As of 1 January 2021, the radio and television licence fee amounts to CHF 335 per year. They used to charge you based on the number of devices you have in your home, but now it’s just per household.

Subletting Warning

When subletting, make sure that your subleaser has notified their landlord that they are doing so. Tenants are NOT allowed to sublet without receiving written permission from the landlord. If they are doing so in secret, you risk the landlord finding out and kicking you out. I know someone who has had this actually happen to them, and it’s not something you want to have to deal with while adjusting to a new job and country.

Swiss housing scam

Beware of Housing Scams!

Housing scams run rampant online, and if something feels off about a posting, it’s because there probably IS!

Pictures too nice? Price too good? A too good to be true housing ad is always a scam.

Never pay a deposit before actually seeing the apartment IRL, and never trust anyone who promises to mail you the keys. They never do and said apartment never exists.

Landlord being abroad or out of the country currently is a dead giveaway of a scam.

Students seem most vulnerable to falling prey to scammers. Here’s the advice that EPFL University gives to its students:

  • NEVER pay to visit an apartment, neither in advance nor in person
  • NEVER send money to anyone if you don’t know them (mailing address, phone number, etc)
  • DON’T accept any offer you can, just because you’re worried you won’t find housing
  • DON’T agree to everything – the right of refusal can only help you
  • NEVER agree to anything under pressure

How Long Does it Take to Find a Swiss Apartment?

The length of time it takes to land a housing contract varies from person to person, but on average, you can expect to look for 6 months. Some people luck out and are able to land an apartment immediately, but not everyone gets so lucky. On the other extreme, some people look for up to a year or longer before they manage to get an apartment.

I hope this guide to renting in Switzerland was helpful, and if you have any questions or input, please drop them in the comments below. Or come say hi on Instagram! Wishing you all the best luck in your search for a new Swiss home!

Check out: How to Land a Job in Switzerland

How to Tackle A Men’s Skincare Routine in 2023

Men skincare routine

Guest post by Theresa Bass

Let’s talk about men’s skincare. While skin care products for men aren’t always in demand, they are just as necessary to help achieve healthier-looking skin and treat skin concerns. Men face the same challenges with blemishes, troubling acne, and ongoing dryness as everyone else. However, there aren’t as many options to address these problems.

Men skincare

Thankfully, more brands are taking the opportunity to market skin care products to men and develop gender-friendly solutions. The labels may not clearly state for men, but the gender-friendly approach is a step in the right direction for challenging the status quo around skincare and helping men get their hands on helpful solutions.

Even though men can maintain the natural beauty of their skin without doing much (Yes, we’re all jealous!) they should still consider investing in high-quality skincare products.
Men skincare routine

Benefits of a Daily Skincare Routine for Men

Let’s face it: We all have the same skin! Skincare problems and imperfections are not determined by our gender. Skin is a fragile organ (and our biggest one!) While it’s there to protect your organs from outside factors, it needs a little extra protection. 

Here are some other benefits:

Anti-Aging Benefits

Wrinkles and fine lines happen to everyone, including men. No one likes dealing with premature signs of aging. However, with the right skincare routine, men can combat signs of aging, keep their skin hydrated, and improve the visual appeal of their skin. 

Prevent Breakouts

Did you know that as we get older, our skin becomes more prone to breakouts? With the right skincare products and a buttoned-up routine, breakouts and blemishes are easier to prevent. However, without a skincare routine, dirt and grim will continue to build up in your pores, causing more harm than good.

Men skincare routine

What You’ll Need To Build Your Men’s Skincare Routine

We’ll be the first to say you don’t need a full-fledged 10-step skincare routine to see results. All you need is a few trusted skincare products to help them combat signs of premature aging and keep their skin hydrated.

Cleansing Gels

Even though men are not always wearing a full face of makeup, they still need a trusted cleanser to help maintain their clear complexion. Facial cleansers help eliminate dirt, grime, and bacteria that gather in your pores. 

Without a cleansing gel, the bacteria can build up and lead to redness, irritation, and breakouts. Stay away from cleansers that contain alcohol or other irritants. These can strip your skin of natural oils. Instead, look for ones formulated with salicylic acid, vitamin C, or glycerin.

Eye Creams

The skin under our eyes is delicate and requires extra care. With an eye cream, you can target this troubling area and prevent premature signs of aging. Without an extra boost of hydration, you may have problems with fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. 

When searching for an eye cream, consider your concerns. Do you have troubling dark circles? Does the skin often feel dehydrated? Once you know what you’re looking for, you can look for an eye cream geared toward your needs. 

Moisturizer

Everyone needs a go-to luxurious face cream they can rely on. A daily moisturizer helps you retain hydration and keep your skin soft and supple. Everyone should use a moisturizer at least once or twice a day to combat dryness or excess oil.

When looking for a moisturizer, always pay attention to the ingredients list. You only want to give your skin the best of the best. Keep an eye out for fragrance-free solutions formulated with jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, and other nourishing ingredients.

Lastly, when applying your daily moisturizer, get your neck, too. The skin on your neck is extra delicate and could benefit from an extra dose of hydration.

Men skincare routine

Overlooked Steps in Skincare

There are no “rules” for building a skincare routine for men. However, several overlooked skincare steps could keep you from reaching your goals. 

Exfoliator 

A trusted exfoliant is the perfect product to help combat ingrown hairs and help maintain clear skin after shaving. However, you’ll want to be mindful of the ingredients in the exfoliant you choose. Opt for a chemical peel or a gentle formula, use it once or twice a week for best results. 

Lip Care

The skin on our lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of our skin, so it deserves extra care. With a trusted lip balm by your side, you can combat flaky, dry skin and prevent cracks from forming. Always look for nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera, and honey.

SPF

Sunscreen is an overlooked necessity everyone needs. If you don’t add a layer of SPF to your skin every day, you risk damaging the natural allure of your skin and causing premature signs of aging. This skincare essentially helps individuals combat wrinkles and fine lines caused by UV rays. 

Facial Serums

Facial serums and oils provide a more targeted approach to skincare. They allow individuals to get to the root of their problems and combat imperfections. While you don’t need every facial serum on the market, chances are your skin can benefit from at least one or two. 

Facial serums are designed for light application and are an add-on to your current skincare routine. Depending on the forum and how potent the ingredients are, you’ll want to use it once or twice a day.
Men skincare routine

Building a Skincare Routine For Men

Skincare is a genderless necessity that every man should take advantage of if they want to keep their skin healthy and thriving. However, it’s important to note that the only way you’ll start to see results and experience the benefits is with a consistent routine. Turning your skincare routine into an integral part of your daily life is the only way you’ll see long-term results. 

With a skincare guide for men, the right skincare essentials, and consistency, you can maintain your youthful glow and improve the visible appearance of your skin

56 Best Wellness Self Care Gifts for a Healthy Zen Life 2022

Need healthy wellness gift ideas for the person who wants to jump back on the fitness bandwagon, desperately needs more relaxation in their stressful life, or could use healthy eating motivation? The latest tech like Google Pixel 7 Pro or Meta Quest VR might look tempting, but in recent years heath and wellness have become a major priority for many people with the state of the world being what it is. It’s as if everyone’s starting to realize that our very lives depend on how we take care of our well-being on a daily basis. And that doesn’t just mean fitness and nutrition, but tending to mind, body and soul. Wellness encompasses everything from healthy eating and physical exercise to aromatherapy and better quality sleep to mindfulness meditation and therapy. The positive affirmation you told yourself this morning, and the bath you took last night is wellness. If you’re wondering what’s a good gift for someone who is healthy, who already buys themselves everything or who could use a bit of self care, you’re sure to find some unique healthy gift ideas in this guide. Many of these luxury wellness gifts and inexpensive wellness gifts alike are on Amazon. I’ve rounded up the top wellness gifts that are sure to please even the most savvy health gurus.

P f candle

P F Candle Co

You can never go wrong with gifting clean-burning candles, especially when they’re P F Candle Co candles. Their cult favorite Teakwood and Tobacco scent catapulted the brand to fame and today they offer a wide variety of candles and reed diffusers using fine fragrance oils. Plus they’re perfect for all genders.

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Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil Set

Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil Set

For bath lovers, the Aromatherapy Associates luxury bath oil set of ten different blends makes for a great gift. Adding a bath oil to your bath helps nourish and soften the skin while providing an aromatherapeutic experience. Aromatherapy Associates offers some of the most exquisite essential oil blends that will soothe you right to sleep or blissful relaxation.

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ZUMA Nutrition Parasite Detox

Did you know the average person has over 30 different parasites living in their bodies. Parasites can steal nutrients, produce toxins and kill off good bacteria allowing for harmful yeast like Candida to grow.  Zuma Parasite Detox uses a blend of key herbs (organic or wildcrafted) with powerful anti-parasitic compounds that can eliminate the adult, larva and egg stages of different types of parasites. They use a therapeutic extraction process that’s able to concentrate the active ingredients into a water-soluble liquid extract more potent than regular tea powders or capsules.

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Pukka Tea Advent Calendar

Pukka Tea Advent Calendar

You get to enjoy 24 different sustainable, organic and fair trade cups of tea for under $20.

Healthyline mat

Healthyline Gemstone Rainbow Mat

Know a crystal lover? The ultimate luxury wellness gift for crystal fans is the Healthyline Far Infrared Gemstone Rainbow Mat. It’s filled with seven types of natural gemstones that warm up with far-infrared heat and offers pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) and seven colors of light. Healthyline mats offers multiple healing modalities in one single mat.

BodyBoss home gym

BodyBoss Home Gym 2.0

I love using my BodyBoss Home Gym in the comfort of my own home. It’s a fully portable home gym that’s designed to simulate all the bulky equipment and machines you see at the gym. BodyBoss is very easy to use once you try it out and it’s also beginner workout friendly.

Higher dose sauna blanket

Higher Dose Infrared Blanket

Popular with the likes of Lady Gaga and Bella Hadid, the celeb-favorite Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket harnesses far infrared rays inside Amethyst, Tourmaline, and Charcoal layers for all the benefits of a sauna in the comfort of your home. There’s no having to go to Publix infrared sauna studios plus you save them money over the long term. The heat energy from Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blankets boosts blood circulation to deliver all the nutrients the body needs to recover, penetrates deep to relax tense muscles, and heals damaged tissues.

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Plant Therapy Fall Essential Oil Set

Plant Therapy Lovin Fall Essential Oil Set

With essential oil blends like Fireside Flannel and Apple Orchard, Plant Therapy’s Lovin Fall Essential Oil set will have those in denial that summer has ended actually excited for sweater weather. Plant Therapy offers full transparency and high quality that’s affordable. Every bottle of essential oil from Plant Therapy goes through multiple rounds of organoleptic and analytical testing, with third-party laboratory GC-MS testing always available to the public.

 

Bearaby Cotton tree napper weighted blanket

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

The Bearaby Weighted Blanket (also known as a gravity blanket) is a great gift for cozying up under while lounging, watching Netflix or reading in bed. They’re made with plant based and organic materials only and come in a variety of colors and sizes to suit everyone’s needs. Scientific research shows that sleeping under an evenly distributed weight brings about a deeper, more natural sleep cycle. The sensation of feeling cocooned can also help reduce cortisol levels. Bearaby makes for a fantastic sleep wellness gift.

Getaway big bear

Getaway Escape

Some of us love the gift of experiences rather than objects. With all the stress and chaos of life, why not gift a luxurious tiny cabin escape in nature. Getaway has 19 outposts close to major cities across the US. Their tiny cabins come with all modern day luxuries and are nestled in the wilderness away from the hubbub of the city (max 1-2 hours away).

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Koa Roy massage cube

Koa + Roy Massage Cube

Massage cube anyone? These zero waste massage cubes are packaged in hemp paper and made with high quality, entirely safe, plant based ingredients. Each cube is infused with 800 mg for a truly therapeutic experience. Really dig the massage cube into tense and tight areas and feel the tension melt away.

Sun Home Sauna 

Sun Home Saunas high-powered red and near infrared light therapy devices use clinically proven wavelengths ranging from 660nm to 850nm that have strong therapeutic benefits. Not only does red light therapy improve the skin’s appearance, by helping reduce wrinkles, scars, redness and acne, it can also help with medical conditions, reduce inflammation in the body and speed up wound healing.

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Spacemasks eye mask

Spacemasks Self Heating Eye Masks

Spacemasks are a self-heating eye mask that provides 15 minutes of relaxing therapy for tired eyes. Each set comes with five individually wrapped Spacemasks infused with Jasmine to help you fall asleep, ease headaches and relax tired eyes. Once opened they’re activated by air to start warming up.

Dodow Sleep Aid Light

Dodow Sleep Aid Light

For the person you know who has sleeping issues, the Dodow is a metronome light that slowly projects a rhythmic glow onto your ceiling to help you fall asleep faster. By synchronizing your breathing to the contracting and detracting light, you can clear the mind and relax the body. I used the Dodow device back when I was suffering from insomnia issues and found that it sometimes did help me fall asleep when sleep felt impossible.

Osea Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist

The Vagus Nerve is a term that’s well known in the wellness world. It’s the 10th cranial nerve and reaches from the brain to the gut. It functions as the main component of the autonomic and parasympathetic  nervous systems that oversees mood, bodily functions and relays information from vital organs to the brain. Osea’s Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist contains a blend of essential oils that can help induce a meditative state of consciousness while promoting overall relaxation and well-being.

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Caraway cookware

Caraway Non-Toxic Cookware

For the home chef and baker, give the gift of healthy cooking with Caraway’s non-toxic cookware. They’re free of harmful toxins found in conventional products like PTFE (Teflon), lead, cadmium and more and are made with Eco-friendly ceramic. This means no toxins are getting released into food while cooking. Not to mention they look luxurious in any kitchen setting.

Hey dewy diffuser

Hey Dewy Humidifier

The ultra compact Hey Dewy Humidifer releases a cool mist to add moisture to the air and create a healthier home environment. Humidifiers reduce bacteria and virus buildup in the air, prevent skin dryness, relieve allergy symptoms and soothes sinuses. Homes should have 30-50% humidity levels ideally.

Hemlock Park Organic Candle Set

Hemlock Park Organic Candle Set

Gift an organic candle set with Hemlock Park. Each Hemlock Park candle is hand-poured in small batches at their artist-owned apothecary in Nevada. Hemlock Park offers a wide variety of 22 candle scents and a crackling wooden wick. Also sold on Amazon.

Somavedic Sky

Somavedic EMF Protection

For biohackers, wellness gurus and health fans alike, Somavedic is a coveted health product. If you’re not familiar with it, a Somavedic is an EMF mitigation device that utilizes frequency therapy to block the effects of Electromagnetic Field Radiation and 5G Radiation. EMF radiation comes from our mobile phones, cell phone towers and our wifi routers, and according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, they’re possibly carcinogenic to humans. A study published in Environmental Health suggests EMFs may cause changes to DNA.

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Bearaby Cuddler Body Pillow

Bearaby Cuddler Body Pillow

For side sleepers, pregnant moms, or anyone wanting a little spoon, the Bearaby Body Pillow is a gift they don’t need but would love to have. The genius team at Bearaby have developed a full-body pillow with plant-based Melofoam that hugs you in all the right places. It’s a squishy, breathable & ergonomic body pillow pillow that cradles the shape of your body, creates a sense of calm and provides therapeutic benefits. Plus every Cuddler comes with a 100% organic cotton cover in white.

Zuma nutrition parasite detox

Zuma Nutrition Parasite Detox Bundle

Did you know the average person has over 30 different parasites living in their bodies. Parasites can steal nutrients, produce toxins and kill off good bacteria allowing for harmful yeast like Candida to grow.  Zuma Parasite Detox uses a blend of key herbs (organic or wildcrafted) with powerful anti-parasitic compounds that can eliminate the adult, larva and egg stages of different types of parasites. They use a therapeutic extraction process that’s able to concentrate the active ingredients into a water-soluble liquid extract more potent than regular tea powders or capsules.

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Now essential oil diffuser

NOW Essential Oil Diffuser

For the gift giver on a budget, NOW offers plenty of affordable Heath and wellness gifts like their Essential Oil Diffuser. Simple yet functional, the NOW diffusers provide aromatherapy benefits by diffusing essential oils into the air and releasing their therapeutic properties.

 

 

Notes candle refill

Notes Candle Refill Kit

The most sustainable candle gift for eco-minded friends and family is the Notes Candle Refill Kit. It’s an endlessly refillable candle that you only need to purchase refills for instead of a brand new candle + vessel.

Pique matcha set

Pique Tea Matcha Beauty Bundle

The secret to why Japanese women never age — matcha. Make it into a real gift by giving a matcha set that includes a whisking tool and manual. Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, Pique Tea offers the purest, healthiest tea that are available in the form of crystals that dissolve in both hot or cold water. Pique tea crystals are triple screened for toxins like heavy metals, mold, and pesticides to ensure quality. Sun Goddess Matcha is sourced from Kagoshima, at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago, the furthest distance from environmental toxins.

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Sodastream machine

Sodastream Sparkling Water Machine

Everyone needs to drink more water and Sodastream sparkling water machines not only make you want to drink water they also eliminate so much plastic bottle waste. These high-quality machines can last years and years. Mine is over 5 years old and works as good as new!

Munjoi shoe

Munjoi Convertible All Dai Shoe

Give an eco-friendly shoe that transforms into four different shoes. Munjoi convertible shoes go from sneaker to mule to sandal to open-toed mule in seconds. They’re made with algae waste from polluted waterways along with hemp, cotton and sugarcane. They’re super comfy (I’ve used mine for 2 years) and practical. Use them as a sneaker for a light jog, then a sandal for a beach day, and a stylish mule for brunch.

Berkey water filter

Berkey Water Filter

Give the gift of clean water with Berkey Water Filters, one of the highest quality water filters available. With tap water in US cities being heavily contaminated with hazardous chemicals and toxins, making sure you’re drinking clean water is a must. The Berkey Water Filter isn’t just your average water filter – it’s also a water purifier thanks to its ability to remove bacteria and viruses that a conventional filter can’t. Berkey water filters remove over 200 contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, pesticides, petroleum products, and PFAS.

Neom Organics home
Neom Organics Home Mist

Neom Organics was founded due to a necessity for personal well-being and has now grown into a global brand of aromatherapy wellness, home and skincare products. Their products are made in the UK and give any home a touch of natural luxury. Their Home Mist instantly produces a sense of call and their bestselling 3 wicks candles contain up to 3 bottles of essential oils, with no paraffin or synthetics for a soot-free burn.

Bed of nails acupressure mat

Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat

An acupressure mat is based on traditional Chinese medicine and designed to stimulate pressure points near the body’s meridians to allow chi (energy) to flow. Using one for 20 minutes a day is said to ease chronic pain, reduce headaches, and improve circulation. There are plenty of acupressure mats out there to choose from, but the one I use happens to be made by Bed of Nails.

NuLeaf CBD gummies

NuLeaf CBD Gummies for Sleep

Know someone with a sweet tooth and trouble sleeping? Satisfy both needs with NuLeaf CBD Gummies for Sleep. These are made with all natural and organic ingredients with high-quality botanicals that will help easy anxiety and slow down the mind.

Blissy silk pillowcase set

Blissy Silk Pillowcase

Enhance anyone’s sleep experience instantly with a luxe silk pillowcase. Blissy silk pillowcases are not the cheap silk pillowcases you’ll find on Amazon. They’re of the highest quality and feel completely different from the cheaper knockoffs. I’ve tried a number of under $20 silk pillowcases and they simply don’t compare. Blissy’s are handmade using high quality 22-Momme 100% Pure Mulberry Silk.

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Beauty chef inner beauty powder

The Beauty Chef Inner Beauty Essential

The Beauty Chef is designed to support both gut health + collagen production for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Glow Inner Beauty Essential uses whole-food ingredients, bio-fermented nutrient blend, seeds, vitamin C, provitamin A, biotin, and probiotics and prebiotics. It has a decent berry flavor that isn’t overly sweet.

 

Foria awaken arousal oil

Foria Awaken Arousal Oil

For intimate partners, the Foria Awaken Arousal Oil is a cheeky sexual wellness gift that will give them more powerful orgasms. Awaken uses only natural ingredients to boost circulation and stimulation for a more intense experience in the bedroom.

The five minute journal

The 5 Minute Journal

For journaling lovers and newbies alike, the 5 Minute Journal is a structured and guided gratitude journal to start the day happy. It’s based on Positive psychology research so you’re more likely to stick to it.

Sad light therapy lamp

SAD Light Therapy Lamp

A thoughtful wellness gift for those who live in cold climates without a lot of sun, a SAD Light Therapy lamp helps ease seasonal affective disorder. The lamps simulate sunlight, which helps trigger the brain to release serotonin. Studies also show that using light therapy during fall and winter can help adjust circadian rhythm.

Narwal vacuum mop robot

Narwal Robot Mop and Vacuum

For the busy one who never seems to have time to clean, a robot mop and vacuum machine will be a godsend. What sets the Narwal apart is that it’s both a mop and a vacuum AND it’s self-cleaning. Meaning, the mop cleans itself so you don’t have to lift a finger. You can save someone a whole lot of time and money with this one award-winning cleaning device. Who wouldn’t want a clean home at all times!

Bathorium bath soak

Bathorium Bath Soaks

Bathorium is a line of clean bath soaks and bombs designed to elevate any bath experience into a luxurious spa-like experience at home. They offer all-natural premium clean bath salts, bath bombs, bath teas, bath soaks and bubble baths – perfect for bath lovers.

Yina body Gua sha

YINA Body Gua Sha

Gua sha is the latest Traditional Chinese Medicine-inspired beauty practice that has attracted everyone from ages 16 to senior. This technique of scraping helps release fascia, reduce tension, increase circulation and promote lymphatic drainage. While it’s trendy for the face, Gua sha’s roots begin with the body. Bay Area-based brand YINA makes a Bian stone Gua sha that’s perfect for both face and body Gua sha.

Cozy earth bamboo pajamas

Cozy Earth Bamboo Sleepwear

One of Oprah’s favorite things, Cozy Earth bamboo loungewear and bedding is the softest material your skin will touch. They’re not made with organic cotton, but with 100% Viscose from Bamboo. Out of all the sustainable fabrics I’ve tried cotton, linen, hemp, supima cotton, etc – bamboo has been the softest. The downside with bamboo though, is that there’s no organic certification for it, and the processing and manufacturing of bamboo isn’t the cleanest. But man oh man, Cozy Earth is insanely soft.

Boka tooth brush

Boka Sonic Toothbrush

The first sonic toothbrush to feature activated charcoal bristles, Boka 2.0 took years of research and customer feedback to create. It comes with 2 attachable brush heads, travel case and magnetic charging base. The Boka electric toothbrush uses sonic power vibrate at 30,000 per minute and includes a 2 minute timer with 30 second alerts, Rechargeable li-ion battery lasts over 25 days, 2 speed settings and 2 year warranty for peace of mind.

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Inbloom Kate hudson

Inbloom Kit

Kate Hudson’s supplement line Inbloom create clean, full-spectrum nutrition using the purest and highest quality whole-food ingredients from all over the world. In order to preserve the ingredients at their most potent form Inbloom products are formulated in a UL GMP certified facility with routine audits by NSF International.

Max and me circle of protection body oil

Max and Me Circle of Protection

The only body oil to be featured in this 50 product wellness gift guide is Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil. And that’s because it’s not a typical skincare product. Max and Me is a high vibrational eco-luxe skincare line that combines energy healing, aromatherapy and highly vibrant ingredients sourced from sacred pockets around the world.

The incredibly healing and potent Circle of Protection is for skin that needs rescue and contains ingredients selected not only for their ability to soften and nourish but also for their energetic healing abilities: Magnolia, Manuka, Bourbon Geranium, Litsea, Vetiver Bourbon, Rose Damask, and Silver Fir in a base of highest quality Argan, Marula and Chilean Rosehip oil.

Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp

A great budget-friendly gift that will enhance any bedroom is a Himalayan Salt Lamp. They’re purported to help purify the air, improve sleep and uplift your mood. Pink salt produces negatively charged ions and are believed to have the ability to remove pollen, dust, and smoke.

Boom boom inhaler

Boom Boom Essential Oil Inhaler

Essential oil inhalers are another way to reap the benefits of aromatherapy. You breathe them in using inhalers for a quick concentrated and immediate dose of essential oils instead of waiting for them to diffuse into the air. This is a great affordable wellness gift for people who have stressful desk jobs or suffer from headaches.

Coyuchi sheets

Coyuchi Organic Bedding  

For the best luxury organic bedding that will elevate any home, check out all that NorCal brand Coyuchi has to offer. Their coastal-inspired sustainable bedding, towels, loungewear and sheets are some of the highest quality around and the sophisticated designs are absolutely beautiful.

Lotus wei flower elixir

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Flower Essence Elixir

For emotional well-being and spiritual development, give the gift of flower essences. They’re a form of herbal medicine used in flower therapy that harnesses the vibrational energy of flowers. Woo woo wellness fans will love the concept of vibrational energetic medicine.

Organic aromas nebulizing diffuser

Organic Aromas Nebulizing Diffuser 

If you’re looking to gift an essential oil diffuser on the luxury end, then a Nebulizing Diffuser may be the perfect gift. These different from all the other essential oil diffusers in that they don’t use any water. Instead, Nebulizing diffusers use air pressure to diffuse essential oils, which keeps the oils and their therapeutic properties intact and thus, more potent.

Daily Harvest smoothie kit
Daily Harvest Ready-To-Blend Smoothies Custom Gift Box

Daily Harvest Ready-to-blend smoothies are made with farm-frozen, organic fruits and vegetables and are a healthy addition to anyone’s diet. Choose from a variety of delicious fruit and veggie blends that can be delivered to any home in the US.

Fontana candle

Fontana Candles

If you’re looking to gift a completely non-toxic candle, Fontana Candle Co One of the cleanest candle brands out there with zero questionable ingredients. Fontana Candle Co has become quite the popular candle brand within the clean beauty community and is great for anyone who gets headaches from synthetic scent or is recovering from illness.

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Live botanical moon cycle balm

Live Botanical Moon Cycle Balm

For a period wellness gift that isn’t a menstrual cup, consider giving all natural period relief gifts. Live Botanical Moon Cycle Balm is also a muscle and joint discomfort balm thanks to its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and nervine properties. The aromatherapy also creates harmony by calming anxiety and removing nervous tension.

Buffy cloud pillow

Buffy Cloud Pillow Set

We all know someone with terrible pillows. Give them the gift of sustainable quality pillows like the Buffy Cloud Pillow. They’re woven from earth-friendly TENCEL lyocell fiber, and Each pillow recycles 24-30 plastic bottles. Buffy Cloud Pillow is soft yet supportive and can be customized to your preferences. I have the medium firmness pillow and find that it leans soft yet with adequate support.

Aura Inner Beauty Collagen

Aura Inner Beauty Collagen

For a luxury supplement gift, check out Aura Inner Beauty Collagen. Aura Inner Beauty is a marine collagen liquid Elixir that can be mixed into your water, coffee, juice, smoothie, and cocktails. Wild Berry Hibiscus Collagen contains hydrolyzed marine collagen sourced from wild-caught fish from Canada and organic wildberry and hibiscus for a subtle berry flavor. There’s also a coconut flavored version and passion fruit flavored version.

Vertly bath salts

Vertly Muscle Bath Salts

Artisanal bath salt blends always feel like a special treat, and even more so when they’re infused with hemp extract. The Vertly Muscle Soak Bath Salts contain a powerful bend of 24 nutrient rich botanicals, including nourishing Nettles, slow-extracted Calendula, anti-inflammatory Green Coffee, collagen-promoting Gotu Kola, hydrating Apricot Kernel and 500mg of CBD.

Idlewild floral

Idlewild Dried Flower Bouquets

Dries florals can beautify any home and Idlewild Florals makes some of the prettiest ever. These florals also last forever compared to real flowers. I don’t care what anybody says, flowers are crucial to my emotional well-being.

Cure hydration mix

Cure Hydration Electrolyte Mix

For the fitness fanatic! Cure Hydration’s electrolyte mixes are a healthy alternative to Gatorade and sugar filled sports drinks. Replacing electrlytes is the key to hydration and Cure’s plant-based formula has 4x the electrolytes of leading sports drinks and is effective as an IV drip. I love that there’s no added sugar or anything artificial, just natural fruit flavors.

Idlewild floral

Best CBD Oils & Gummies of 2022 (Tested & Reviewed)

Looking for the best CBD oils or even CBD gummies that actually work? What was once a controversial ingredient is now a well-established part of wellness culture. From chronic pain to anxiety to sleep, CBD offers a wide range of benefits. The highly therapeutic natural antidote is made from the stalk, stems, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant (hemp oil is different and made from the seeds). It’s actually similar to cannabinoids naturally produced in our own bodies, and can help with pain, inflammation, sleep, mood, stress and anxiety. But with thousands of new CBD brands popping up every year, the amount of choices are overwhelming. Check 7 of the best CBD oils and CBD gummies you can buy in 2022.Best CBD gummies

The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA, and the products listed below are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The World Health Organisation claims that CBD oil is “generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. There are also some studies that suggest it may be able to offer relief for those afflicted with:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Cancer (and related treatments)
  • Diabetes
  • General pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

How Long Does it Take CBD to Work?

When starting a CBD regimen, it’s important to understand that while some people may notice effects quickly, it usually takes several weeks of consistent use to see results. CBD, CBC, CBG, and CBN take time to build up in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), so the key is consistency and continued use over time.

You’re also not going to suddenly feel different. It’s more of an absence of feeling like reduced pain, fewer symptoms of anxiety, less restless or sleepless nights.

The recommended dosage is also not something that you need to follow – it’s more of a starting point. Everyone’s biochemistry is different, and you should experiment with dosage to see what’s right for you. You can gradually up the dosage, gauge and assess from there.

NuLeaf naturals

NuLeaf Naturals

If you’re looking for the strongest and highest quality CBD products, NuLeaf Naturals is among the best CBD companies around.

  • cGMP Certified: Everything is produced in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices and the QR code on each package links to the Certificate of Analysis online batch search system so customers can see the third party lab results for their product.
  • Detox Project Certified
  • ISO Certified: international standard demonstrates their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the highest regulatory requirements.
  • Certified B Corp: Meets the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

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FOCL
FOCL

FOCL’s brand mission is to create plant-powered supplements made with premium CBD, stress easing adaptogens, and natural botanicals to support peak performance.

The brand was born out of necessity. The CEO of FOCL, Ken Lawson, took supplements for years following a life changing diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

In 2019, the company planted their own organic, non-GMO hemp farm. In addition, FOCL prioritizes transparency and publishes the certificate of analysis (COA) for every product online. Furthermore, FOCL only sources what they consider to be quality ingredients.

FOCL adheres to a stringent process and meets transparency standards to obtain independent top-tier certification through TRU-ID. This certification shows FOCL’s dedication to quality and authenticity.

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Penguin cbd

Penguin CBD

There’s a reason people love Penguin CBD products. Penguin CBD uses sustainable farming methods of organically grown hemp in Oregon, with no pesticides or harmful chemicals used. They also use a CO2 extraction method when many companies use Butane and Hexane for extraction, which can result in a toxic product. Penguin CBD offers a lot of yummy flavors like Cookies & Cream, which is great for people who don’t like the natural taste of hemp. But if you’re not a fan of artificial flavors, opt for the unflavored options.

Prima hemp

Prima

Prima is a premium CBD wellness and skincare brand that’s B Corp certified and EWG Verified. Based in Santa Monica, Prima was founded by experts in the clean beauty industry, including the co-founder of The Honest Company. Prima is also the first CBD brand to be EWG verified, picking ingredients that are organic and cultivated using sustainable farming practices and fair labor standards. The entire Prima line is designed to fight stress and promote self-care — and it doesn’t hurt the packaging is modern and luxe.

CBD infusionz

CBDInfusionz

CBD Infusionz offers the greatest variety of CBD products, from tinctures and capsules to vapes, topicals, edibles, candy, gum and pet products. They use  non-GMO organic hemp plants grown in Colorado, but are not yet certified. CBD Infusionz is also a member of the National Hemp Association, an organization promoting good cultivation practices among the US growers. They 3rd party lab test results for each product is available on their website for full transparency.

Miraflora gummies

Miraflora

Miraflora’s 160-acre USDA Organic Certified farm in Boulder County has been family-owned and -operated for more than a century. Miraflora  feeds their hemp with pure snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains and nutrient-rich fertilizer from the farm’s alpaca herd (yes, ALPACAS!). Each fall, they harvest their hemp flower and extract it into premium full-spectrum CBD oil, which is then bottle and blend into Miraflora’s tinctures, soft gels, moisturizers, sparkling beverages, pet treats, and more.

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Tula Skincare Review: Is It Worth It?

TULA skincare

TULA is a probiotics and superfood-forward skincare brand founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a  board-certified, Harvard trained gastroenterologist who has been studying probiotics & their microbiome-balancing benefits for over 20 years. There’s no denying the woman knows her stuff. The brand has become nearly mainstream popular, instantly recognizable by its bright baby blue packaging. While TULA labels itself as a clean beauty brand, it is neither an organic nor green beauty brand — and it is not clean enough for some. They were never 100% natural and have been mixing synthetics with natural ingredients before it became more normalized in clean beauty. After many years, I finally bit the bullet and bought several best seller TULA skincare products. Read on for my honest opinion of TULA.

TULA skincare

While the brand is not suited to my particular taste and not something I would use on my own outside of testing purposes, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the TULA products I tried.

TULA bans 1600 ingredients from their products, but they are not 100% clean as they do include fragrance with no indication of natural origin, artificial coloring and other synthetic ingredients.

Tula skincare

Overall, TULA has the usual moisturizer, toner and serum type products, but they also like to be innovative and have some interesting product types and textures.

I initially thought TULA was priced to be accessible for the younger generation and was disappointed to find that for a brand that doesn’t look at all like luxury, their prices were relatively steep. The TULA Moisturizer costs a whopping $54 while the cleansers are just under $40.

TULA skincare

The TULA cleanser, TULA sunscreen and TULA eye balm stick stood out to me most.

Tula sunscreen
TULA Daily Sunscreen Gel

First of all, TULA’s sunscreen uses 100% chemical filters. When I first saw the gel squeezing out of the tube I wondered if I had received a product that went bad. The bumpy uneven texture of the gel looked like the product had somewhat separated, perhaps from being past expiry. But I think this is just what the products look like as it wasn’t past expiry and applied just fine.
TULA Daily Sunscreen gel

I was also expecting a traditional gel, something more of a dense clear gel. It’s a creamy looking thin serum-gel that goes on applying like a watery serum, The mica adds a pearlescent shimmery glow that you may or may not appreciate. Upon immediate application, skin looks very hydrated and dries down to like you never applied anything at all.

TULA Sunscreen Gel is a non-comedogenic formula with skincare-first ingredients like probiotic extracts, pineapple & papaya. It has absolutely no white cast, but that’s because it uses no mineral UV filters at all and only chemical ones.

Ingredients:

Does not contain live cultures. Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5% Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Pentylene Glycol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Silica, Ectoin, Glycerin, Arginine, Hydroxyectoin, l(Pineapple) Fruit Extract,(Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Triethyl Citrate,(Orange) Peel Extract, (Lemon) Peel Extract, (Pear) Fruit Extract, (Apple) Fruit Extract,(Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Pimpinella Anisum Fruit Extract, Mica, Tocopherol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide, Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Propanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

TULA Moisturizer

TULA Day + Night Moisturizer

TULA’s moisturizer feels and looks almost identical to just about every other mid-market moisturizer I’ve tried. It’s made of anywhere between 70-99% water, butylene glycol and ethylbexyl palmitate and costs $54 — already grossly overpriced in my book. Not sure why it needs to have Dimethicone, when it’s supposed to be skincare.

I can see why it’s TULA’s most popular product because everyone wants a face cream that feels moisturizing, has a pleasant smooth texture and sinks in nicely. It does have some unique ingredients like Yogurt, Chicory Root and fruit extracts. But I still think there are much cleaner and better clean moisturizers that are way more affordable than TULA’s.

Not a fan of the scent.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnama

TULA Eye Balm

TULA Eye Balm

While this eye product is a completely unnecessary product in a skincare routine, it’s kind of fun to use because of the novelty factor. This is a cooling and brightening undereye balm stick with a baby blue shade (artificial colors). It does have the subtlest brightening effect thanks to the shimmer from Tin Oxide.

It’s a slick and dense balm stick that’s not emollient, so only the slightest bit of product is applied with one swipe.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Stearate, Xylitol, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Oleth-20, Glycerin, Caffeine, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract) Lactic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium PCA, Diphenyl Succinate, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Menthyl Lactate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Lactate, Tin Oxide, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

TULA Purifying Cleanser

TULA Purifying Cleanser

The TULA Purifying Cleanser is a true jelly cleanser. It feels so much like fluffy jelly, which makes for an interesting cleansing experience. I don’t feel like it’s heavy duty enough to use without doing a double cleanse, but it does feel pleasant on the skin. If you’re looking for a standard gel cleanser, this isn’t it.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum/Milk Protein/Protéine du lait, Yogurt Powder, Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil/Huile végétale, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Butylene Glycol, Glycereth-7 Caprylate/Caprate, Inulin, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disteareth-75 IPDI, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenethyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol

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My Honest Review of the ShiftCam SnapGrip Review 2022

The new ShiftCam SnapGrip Creator Kit was made for content creators, so I was very excited when they reached out to me to test it out. The timing was perfect because I was about to head out to Southeast Asia for a month long trip. The SnapGrip kit contains:

  • SnapGrip: a portable, compact grip, dock and charger that allows users to shoot on a mobile phone quickly, securely and comfortably.
  • SnapPod is a quick-release handle and tripod mount. Hold it as a selfie stick or use it as a tripod.
  • SnapLight is a magnetic LED ring for hands-free lighting. 4 brightness settings

Each part can be purchased on its own if you’re not interested in the whole kit. Here are my honest thoughts along with pros and cons of the Shiftcam SnapGrip.

Shiftcam snapgrip

Shiftcam

Out of all 3 components, I find the SnapGrip and SnapPod the most useful.

One thing to note about the SnapPod is that it’s a relatively short tripod and selfie stick and doesn’t offer the range that a proper tripod will provide. It’s very useful when you need to do angled hands-free shooting and be able to tilt the phone in any direction.

Shiftcam SnapGrip

The SnapGrip is particularly great as a dock when you simply need to keep the phone upright. If you’re phone is MagSafe then the SnapGrip’s MagSafe charging feature is very useful, because the most annoying thing ever while creating content is when you’ve perfected the take, and your phone dies on you.

Shiftcam snapgrip

SnapPod Cons:

  • Short selfie stick/tripod
  • The thin rod attachment can be tilted but doesn’t stay securely in place once you find the perfect tilt and likes to droop

Shiftcam review

SnapGrip Pros:

  • Magnet is very strong and doesn’t easily detach
  • Connects to Bluetooth so you can shoot and click shutter button with one hand easily just like a regular camera

Shiftcam

All three components work as part of an ecosystem and magnetically attach to each other so you’re able to use all of them together.

Shiftcam

Though the SnapLight is small, it does make a difference in illuminating the subject. If you’d like to add more professionalism to your content, using an LED light improves the quality. But I wouldn’t consider it necessary. If you want to invest in the lighting quality of your content, then you’re better off spending more on a full sized LED ring light.

Shiftcam snapgrip

While I love the SnapGrip and find the SnapPod very compact and useful, the SnapPod does have limitations.

The pros outweighs any cons for me though, because I no longer need to create makeshift stands using random objects on my table to keep my phone upright. I can also film hands-free and hassle-free while I use my hands to demonstrate product usage and tutorials for content creation.

Overall, the quality and design of ShiftCam is very high and the company offers a generous 2 year warranty should anything go wrong.

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Shiftcam SnapGrip

 

Annmarie Skincare Review 2022 + Discount Code

Annmarie skincare

Founded in 2009 Annmarie Skincare is one of the OG organic skincare brands creating pure and wildcrafted skincare since before clean beauty was ever a term. They’re also an incredible resource for all things natural beauty and holistic living if you peruse their blog. Annmarie is focused on wildcrafted ingredients, meaning they’re hand picked in the wild where they grow naturally and have not undergone commercial farming methods. I first used Annmarie products almost a decade ago and at various points in time since then (bummed they discontinued their essential oil blends!). I appreciate that they haven’t entered any major retailers and have remained a high quality operation after all these years. Read on for my Annmarie skincare review. (Save 25% with code SAVE25 on $50 orders for Black Friday.)

 

Annmarie skincare

Annmarie Handcrafted Skincare Process

Step 1: Select

Annmarie carefully selects organic and wildcrafted ingredients—including herbs and plant extracts. They carefully audit their sources to ensure that they continue to meet Annmarie’s standards of purity and sustainability.

Step 2: Infuse

The selected herbs are then infused into aloe vera and into skin nutritive oils for up to 30 days at low heat (never over 95°). These infusions are used as the vibrant base for all Annmarie products.

Step 3: Craft

Then natural plant extracts, high antioxidant plant and seed oils, skin supporting nutrients and aromatherapy are added to create active and effective natural products. Finally, the products are packaged using Miron glass and sustainable materials.

Are Annmarie Products Vegan?

The Annmarie line is mostly vegan EXCEPT for the following products: Illuminating Pearl Mask, Coconut Honey Mask, Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Sun Love, & Antioxidant Lip Balm.

Annmarie anti aging oil

Annmarie Anti Aging Facial Oil

The Annmarie Anti Aging Facial Oil is one of my top favorite Annmarie products. If there’s only one product you could buy from Annmarie, then this is the product I would suggest. It’s great for dry and mature skin and is formulated with over 13 different seed oils and CO2 extracts.

What makes this face oil unique is that the base oils are herb-infused with echinacea, lotus, ginkgo leaf, life everlasting, rhodiola, green tea, lady’s mantle, violet, plantain, sacred frankincense, lemon balm, and more.

It also contains chia, goji berry, and broccoli oil along with rosehip, seabuckthorn, pomegranate, buriti fruit, acai fruit and more.

It’s lightweight and silky and doesn’t feel greasy at all. The scent is highly sweet and herbal.

Annmarie anti aging serum

Annmarie Anti Aging Serum

This incredibly thin and light serum is jam packed with organic and wildcrafted ingredients blended to help firm and revitalize skin. Instead of a water base, you have an organic aloe Vera base, Rose Hydrosoul and more aloe vera juice that’s infused with amla fruit, calendula, comfrey, fennel seed, ginkgo leaf, life everlasting, milk thistle, gotu kola, nette leaf, plantain, horsetail, rhodiola root, rooibos, rosemary, and schisandra.

Then you have the star ingredients, believe it or not, of Buddleja davidii and Edelweiss to protect skin from external aggressors, hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate and nourishing oils. Annmarie Anti Aging Serum has an earthy, grounding herbal scent thanks to the addition of vetiver.

Annmarie body butter

Annmarie Palo Santo Body Butter

As a Palo Santo lover, I’ve never met a Palo Santo-centric beauty product I didn’t like. There’s a spiritual quality and distinct aroma to palo santo that makes it so special. The Annmarie Body Butter is more like a dense buttery balm and not a creamy butter. The palo santo is wildcrafted in Ecuador from a non-endangered species and sustainably harvested solely from fallen trees and branches.
Annmarie Palo Santo body butter

Palo Santo Body Butter is made purely from butters and oils like jojoba, kukui nut, cocoa, shea  and macadamia. I like that the palo santo scent is quite fragrant and not subtle – the stronger the palo santo the better for me. It’s very rich and dense, perfect for the dry winter months to come.

Annmarie Aloe herb Cleanser

Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser

This is an interesting cleanser because it’s a cream cleanser, and yet it’s not exactly a cream, but more of silky oil-cream that feels similar to a creamy serum. The uplifting sweet citrus scent is phenomenal. Note that this cleanser does contain coconut oil.

Annmarie aloe herb cleanser
Like the name suggests, the Aloe Herb Cleanser contains an herbal infusion of hyssop, lemon balm, neem, lavender, calendula and more. Thanks to the oil content, this cleanser feels very nourishing and non-stripping. It doesn’t sud but melts makeup and sunscreen off.

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Aromatherapy Associates Review 2022

Founded in the 1970s, Aromatherapy Associates is an essential oil company based in the UK using sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. Their Master Blender hand-crafts and individually tailors each new formula in their London laboratory. Aromatherapy Associates uses the highest concentrations of natural ingredients to ensure their formulations provide an exceptional sensorial experience. The packaging is understated and elegant, elevating any space the products are placed in. Toss aside your Bath & Body Works and read on for my Aromatherapy Associates review.

Aromatherapy Associates

Aromatherapy Associates bath oil
Deep Relax Bath Oil

The Bath & Shower Oil are the most popular products in the Aromatherapy Associates line and I actually prefer the look of the travel sizes bottles than the full sized. They also offer a gorgeous gift box of various bath oil blends.

The Deep Relax Oil is a blend of key essential oils known to facilitate sleep. Earthy and herbal, it contains chamomile, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli and more.

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At $71 the Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oils are priced on the luxury end. The Shower Oils are less expensive at $40 but don’t come in the same luxurious glass packaging.

INGREDIENTS: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil , Fusanus Spicatus (Australian Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Linalool*, Ormenis Multicaulis (Wild Camomile) Oil, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Farnesol*, Limonene*, Citral*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Camomile) Flower Oil.

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Shower Oil

If you haven’t tried a shower oil before you are not alone. It’s an interesting way to enjoy an aromatherapy oil blend in the shower without having to take a bath. The Aromatherapy Associates shower oil turns from a normal body oil to cleansing milk with shower water. It’s deeply moisturizing and highly therapeutic. Even if you’re only able to take a quick shower this provides a moment of self-care.

How to use it:

  1. Pour into cupped hands and inhale the aromas deeply.
  2. Get into your shower and massage gently into the skin, watching as the oil formula transforms into a cleansing milk (leaving zero greasy residue behind).

INGREDIENTS: MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-3, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Limonene*, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaputi (Cajeput) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil,

Deep Relax Candle

The Aromatherapy Associates candles are an all natural candle scented with 100% essential oils. The white ceramic vessel has such a beautiful minimalistic and clean look. Each candle contains the equivalent of two 10ml bottles of pure essential oils.

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Best Organic Matcha Powders of 2022

Best matcha tea powder

Looking for the best organic matcha powder that will take your tea drinking to the next level? Often touted as the secret to why Japanese women never age, matcha tea offers numerous health and skin benefits that will have you wanting to drink it daily. Low in caffeine and high in antioxidants, Matcha contains up to 137 times more EGCG (catechin) than other green teas and is also rich in L-theanine. While you can find matcha lattes offered at every American coffee shop today, the ancient practice of drinking matcha tea goes back more than a thousand years ago. We’re diving into all things matcha today, including matcha benefits, how to make matcha tea and which matcha brands are best.

Matcha is a type of Japanese green tea that is made by grinding shade-cultivated tea leaves into a fine powder. Unlike regular green tea where you steep leaves in water, matcha is the powder made from ground-up tea leaves. Because you’re consuming the whole leaf when you consume matcha, you’re getting a higher concentration of nutrients (and benefits).

The origins of matcha can be traced all the way back to the Tang Dynasty in China in the 8th century. It was popularized after it was brought to Japan in the 1200s, and today, it is widely known as a Japanese tradition.

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10 Matcha Tea Benefits

  • Provides protection against infection
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Can boost skin health
  • Known to possibly be cancer-fighting
  • Improves productivity and focus
  • Promotes healthier cholesterol levels
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Can strengthen bones
  • Heps control Type 2 Diabetes

Matcha’s health benefits have been extensively studied. Here are just a few findings:

  • In a 2017 study published in Food Research International, people who drank matcha specifically experienced a slight increase in attention and processing speed an hour later (likely from L-theanine, a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and caffeine.
  • Older studies have linked the powerful antioxidant EGCG to cancer prevention and preventing colon cancer cell growth.

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How to Make Matcha Tea

  • When preparing your matcha, sift the dry powder right before adding water. Sifted matcha is easier to whisk fully in a short time.
  • Whisk for seconds, not minutes. Whisking for very long can produce a bitter taste.
  • While not necessary, the classic bamboo whisk (chasen) made for whisking matcha has many fine tips that allows you to whisk up fragrant and well-mixed matcha drinks.
  • Enjoy it before the leaves separate from the water.

Advanced Matcha Tips

  • Find your favorite taste: Experiment when making matcha by trying different ratios of water to matcha and water temperatures.
  • Temperature affects flavor: Scalding hot water produces fragrance and sharpness. Cold water produces a misty, rich character with low foam. Comfortably hot water makes a balanced character.
  • Make it a latte: Add your favorite milk to matcha whisked with water. Adjust the ratios and experiment to find your favorite taste.

How Long Does Matcha Last

If unopened, Matcha should be consumed within 12 to 14 months. Once opened, matcha should be consumed within one to two months.

Ippodo tea matcha

Ippodo Tea

For the most authentic and highest quality matcha powder, try Ippodo Tea. Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ippodo Tea has been providing the highest quality Japanese green tea for nearly 3 centuries. Ippodo, which means “preserve one” came from Prince Yamashina, who enjoyed Ippodo tea and wanted the shop to preserve one tradition: providing high quality tea.

Ippodo’s tea is mainly grown in the hills between the Uji and Kizu River basins in Kyoto, Nara, and Shiga Prefectures that share a common climate and natural environment. This region is renowned for producing the highest grade of green tea in Japan, thanks largely to its mild misty climate, mineral-rich soil, and near-perfect balance of sunshine and rainfall.

Price: 20 servings for $52

Pique tea matcha

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha is one of the highest quality matchas I’ve experienced and it’s wildly convenient being able to dissolve it in cold water. Sun Goddess Matcha dissolves seamlessly in both cold and hot water and the taste is so pure without strong bitterness.

Sun Goddess Matcha is:

  • Organic
  • Ceremonial-grade
  • Made by third generation teamasters, using 130-year-old techniques.
  • Sourced from Kagoshima, situated in a lush valley at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago – the furthest distance from environmental toxins
  • The matcha trees are cultivated with 35% longer shading periods to maximize phytonutrient potential
  • Quadruple Toxin-Screened for pesticides, heavy metals, toxic mold, and radioactive isotopes.

Price: 28 packets for $58 (discount code OBL saves 10% at Pique)

 

Akira Organic Matcha

Akira Organic Matcha

  • From Uji, Kyoto
  • tea leaves are shade grown for at least three weeks, first harvest and slowly stone ground.
  • 100% Organic (USDA & JAS Certified)
  • made exclusively from first harvest leaves
  • only uses the most delicate and youngest tea leaves from the top of the tea plant.

Jade leaf Matcha

Jade Leaf Matcha

  • 100% USDQ certified organic matcha
  • From Family-owned partner farms in the Uji and Kagoshima regions
  • Produced by the Kizuna Tea Collective, a thriving network of family-run tea farms across Japan’s premiere growing regions, who have been cultivating high quality matcha and supplying Japan’s domestic market since 1858.
  • Offers a wide variety of matcha products including: culinary grade, ceremonial grade, collagen-mixed, latte mix

Encha match

Encha Matcha

  • All Encha matcha tea is USDA certified organic
  • Comes from two farms, located in the hills of Uji, Japan
  • All matcha powder is shade grown and stone ground, for optimum flavor and health benefits.
  • Ground from the most tender matcha leaves, plucked each spring

Golde matcha

Golde Pure Matcha

  • Made with 100% pure, shade-grown green tea leaves from Uji, Japan
  • Certified Organic

Getaway Cabin Review: A TINY CABIN RENTAL IN NATURE

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(Updated July 19, 2020 to compare Getaway House 1 bed vs 2 bed). My Getaway House Discount Code OBL saves $$.

As we all postpone and cancel our epic travel plans to go to faraway places, I was searching for interesting staycations in the Los Angeles area when I discovered Getaway House. As exciting as the city is, sometimes you just need to get away, but not too far because, money. I was specifically looking for places to get back in touch with nature, because the healing power of nature is very very real. Hello forest bathing!

Dr. Qing Li, a professor at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, discovered that trees and plants emit aromatic compounds called phytoncides that can instigate healthy biological changes similar to aromatherapy. Spending time in nature can also help with symptom relief for health issues like depression, anxiety, cancer and attention disorders. The health benefits of spending time outside are many, and if you’re a city girl like me, it’s very needed just on an emotional and psychological level.

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This is also the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while not giving up the amenities you’d find at a hotel. If you’re interested in a tiny cabin rental, read on to find out all about my Getaway House experience, my dog’s review, and what to pack for Getaway House including a complete packing checklist for you to have the perfect Getaway.

I’ll be diving into all the best tips and tricks to make the most out of your Getaway House stay. This is everything I wish I knew before I went! Plus my Getaway House promo code saves you $$.
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what is getaway

Getaway is a tiny cabin nestled in nature, just a few hours from the city. The mini escape promises to help you disconnect from your usual day-to-day routine and get back to nature, relax, rejuvenate and recharge. From start to end you don’t have to interact with nary a soul. Getaway wants to be part of your wellness routine, and they make it so easy (and affordable) to do so!

Getaway House is all about life’s simple pleasures:

  1. Balance: Making cities better through nature, disconnection and rest
  2. Simplicity: Doing nothing and embracing everything
  3. Ritual: Creating the time and space your soul craves to explore and appreciate nature
  4. Leisure: Entertaining the curiosity of a pioneer along with the solitude of a lone ranger
  5. Quiet: Enjoying your own silent sanctuary

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getaway locations (updated 2022)

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Seattle
  • New Orleans
  • Minneapolis
  • Dallas
  • Austin/San Antonio
  • Houston
  • Kansas City
  • Charlotte + Raleigh
  • Los Angeles (Big Bear)
  • New York (Catskill)
  • Pittsburgh/Cleveland
  • DC
  • Portland
  • Nashville
  • Chicago
  • Machimoodus 

getaway booking and prices

I tinkered around with the online booking system and found that there’s a big difference between weekend and weekday prices. It can be more than twice as expensive to go on a Saturday then Sunday through Thursday. For Los Angeles outpost, Weekday prices are around $199 with weekend prices usually at $399 during the spring and summer.

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Getaway House Los Angeles

While Getaway New York has similar prices to LA, the other cities seem to be much more affordable. Maybe it’s time for me to move? If you’re not living in a super expensive city like LA or NY then booking prices can go much lower. Plus with my Getaway discount code OBL you can save $25 extra. I also appreciate that there is no minimum stay on the weekends. A lot of eco lodging places require a minimum 2 night stay on the weekends but you can book for Saturday and leave Sunday!

Getaway house 2 beds

Getaway House offers one bed or two bed cabins. (UPDATE JULY 7, 2020: I had a second stay with Getaway in a 2 bed cabin and will be comparing the 1 bed vs 2 bed. Hint: I like the 2 bed more!) I stayed in a one bed cabin but the two bed cabins may be larger. The two bed cabins are bunk bed style so the view may be a little obstructed. They’re perfect if you have kids traveling with you or are brave enough to do a tiny cabin stay with 3 of your friends.

They also have add-on kits for purchase when booking like intimacy kits, kids adventure kits, and celebration kits for birthdays, anniversaries and egagements.

pet fee

There is a $40 pet fee if you’re bringing your dog along. This includes some dog snacks. My Getaway cabin also had a water and food bowl, so I didn’t need to bring my own.

requesting specific cabins (with the best views)

The truth is some cabins have better views than others and some have waaay better views. I walked around looking at other Getaway cabins at the Big Bear outpost with a tinge of envy at the view some of these guests get to wake up to in the morning.

I emailed Getaway’s customer service to check if it’s possible to request specific cabins (each cabin is named after someone), and they said while they cannot guarantee cabin requests they will do the best they can to accomodate them.

SO, if you’re going to the Los Angeles outpost, I recommend requesting cabin LATAINE, TOM or cabin RENATA. Make a note of those names. You’ll get to wake to views like the above if you’re lucky enough. The picture does not do it justice. Most of the cabins do have amazing panoramic views, but there are definitely some that don’t.

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some interesting amenities I didn’t expect

24/7 concierge service by text

Because this isn’t a regular hotel with a reception and on-site employees, Getaway House provides service by text and 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Leading up to my travel date I got a few texts by friendly staff and I could ask any questions by text and they would respond almost immediately. This made me feel safer about going to a remote, secluded area. If some emergency would befall me during my stay, at least all I had to do was be near my phone and still have the ability to type. Just kidding, there’s an emergency telephone available.

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snacks and firewood are available for purchase in the cabin

The Getaway cabin has snacks and firewood available in case you forget them. The prices aren’t over the top, but I would still recommend you bring your own snacks. There was also a s’mores kit for two waiting for me free of charge. It’s a good thing I didn’t go out of my way to buy marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and skewers!

the water is drinkable

I don’t drink tap water if at all possible. The number of dangerous chemicals present in our tap water is very scary and I don’t take the risk. BUT, if you’re ok with tap water, the water that runs through the cabin’s kitchen sink is entirely drinkable.

I packed my Travel Berkey Filter which I use everyday at home and it completely eliminates any need to buy plastic water bottles.

an electrical outlet is available

The cabin has an electrical outlet for you to not only charge your phone but also plug in devices. So if you really need to bring your hair straightener, curling wand, laptop, essential oil diffuser (moi), you CAN!

blackout shades

These aren’t exactly blackout shades, because they don’t blackout the room entirely, but I didn’t expect there to be shades at all. I am so glad there were because I am a very light sleeper. Thanks to the impeccable attention to detail in this cabin I was able to get some decent shuteye.

basic condiments like salt, pepper and olive oil

When it was time to cook dinner, I panicked because I hadn’t packed any salt or pepper. But the Getaway cabin had every basic cooking item I needed like salt, pepper, olive oil, cutlery, pots and pans, and knives.

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mini fridge with freezer

The kitchen is stocked with a decent sized mini fridge that also has a freezer. So if you want to bring ice cream or popsicles in the summer months, you can store these. The freezer part is small so don’t bring jumbo size treats.

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Getaway House 1 bed vs 2 bed

I stayed in a Getaway 1 bed cabin in March and a 2 bed cabin this weekend, and I much prefer the 2 bed cabin. Yes the 1 bed has a floor to ceiling style window and the 2 bed is a little obstructed from the top bunk. But it’s only a minor obstruction. You still get an amazing view from the bottom bed and a different view from the top bed.

There are stairs leading up to the upper bunk bed and a metal railing handle for support. The top bed has 2 windows as well and the bed seems to be the same size. It’s suitable for kids or shorter adults because there isn’t much vertical space up at the top. I liked the different feeling you get on the top bed. The view is a little different and it feels like you’re suspended in the middle of the forest!

In the summer, it does get hot on the upper bed and the AC doesn’t do a good job of reaching that area. The 2 bed cabin felt much more spacious to me than the 1 bed. There is a large wooden panel between the bed and the window so it feels like the sleeping area is much bigger. The rest of the 2 bed cabin like the toilet and kitchen is about the same size as the 1 bed.

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some items I wish I had brought

motion sickness pills

The drive up to Big Bear from LA is only about 2 hours, but once you’re near you’ll encounter neverending winding roads. I get BAD motion sickness. I completely forgot how mountain roads are and had to suffer through the last part of the drive. Getting to Big Bear Lake is also full of winding roads, and I dry heaved all the way there. If you get motion sick, don’t forget your medicine!

warmer clothing (winter)

I understimated how cold it would be in March in Big Bear! It has been so warm in LA that I thought it would have warmed up in Big Bear too. I was wrong. I could barely last five minutes outside at night with a faux teddy coat on. I had to turn the heater on all night and taking the dog out to pee in the early morning was brutal too.

dog wipes

Technically dogs need to be on leash at all times, but I let Rufus off to play fetch directly outside our cabin among the trees. He LOVED it! He’s never been in the woods before and quickly took to exploring.. This plus melting snow of course was not a good mix. I ended up with a dog whose fluffy legs and paws turned black. Giving him a shower inside a tiny cabin bathroom was not the highlight of my stay.

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The check-in test with electronic lock keycode sent 2 hours before 3 pm

cabin check in

The Getaway text concierge guys sent me a text with the cabin name and keycode 2 hours before check-in (check-in is at 3 pm). I started panicking the night before because I didn’t know which cabin to go to and how to get in. The protocol though is they send you a text a few hours before you’re check-in time. They also sent me a map of the outpost and cabins, recomending that I download it because it’s possible to lose service once in the area. I lost cellphone service for a bit here and there, but for the most part had connection when arriving and throughout my stay.

getaway house review big bear

It was very easy to find my cabin based on the map. The have well-placed signs to guide you if you do forget to download the map and lose service. We drove up right to our cabin, unloaded our luggage, and proceeded to our cabin door. The cabins use an electronic keypad lock, but you can also text the concierge with the word “unlock” and they will remotely unlock it for you.

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what’s inside the tiny cabin

As tiny as the Getaway cabin is, I was impressed by how well stocked it was with everything I’d need and then some.

screen door

The screen door helps you feel less claustrophobic and allows a lot more natural light and that fresh forest air to come in

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getaway house kitchen

kitchen

The kitchen is stocked with forks, spoons, hand towels, bowls, cups, mugs, knives, lighter, can opener, bottle cap opener, pot, pan, kettle pot, and a cutting board. There’s also a mini fridge with freezer, dish soap and sponge, cleaning supplies under the sink and a “minibar” with snacks available for purchase.

heater/AC

I am so glad there was a fully functioning heater because it was way colder than I thought in March.

dining table and chairs

There is a small dining table with a chair and a bench that’s part of the bedframe. The table can double as a desk to play board games or journal. We had breakfast and dinner inside the cabin because it was too cold outside. There’s an electrical outlet so if you do need to work on your laptop it’s possible. On the table is a cellphone lockbox for you to lock away your phones and go off grid, get off social media, leave texts unaswered, leave emails piling up in your inbox..you get the idea!

card games, books and radio

They provide ways for you to relax, disconnect and have fun during your stay. The cabin had a set of books available to read by the bed and a deck of cards. There were no board games so if you’re into Scrabble or Monopoly you’ll have to bring them. There’s also a radio so you can blast music. The cabin walls are well insulated and block out nearly all sound so I could play my music loud without having to worry about bothering anyone.

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Getaway House 1 bed Cabin
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Getaway House 2 bed cabin

queen size bed

I want this to be the most honest Getaway House review out there, so I will have to say that the bed was not as comfortable as what I’m used to. If you prefer a mattress that’s more on the firm side then your opinion may differ. My back is used to a softer mattress so I did wake up a little stiff in the morning.

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giant window plus small window

The window is undoubtedly the best part of the Getaway cabin experience. Is a room even worth it if it doesn’t have a view? The huge window is what made me feel like I was still outside in the wilderness even though, technically, I was inside a tiny cabin. I don’t often get to appreciate the beauty of nature (except the beach) living in Los Angeles, so I reveled in every moment I could.

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Upstairs of Getaway’s 2 bed cabin

There is also a narrow horizontal window at the foot of the bed that gives you a secondary view of the firepit and picnic table. This is especially useful if you have food roasting on the firepit or if you want to check how the fire is burning without having to step outside.

Getaway house bathroom

bathroom

This girl can’t handle outhouses, public bathrooms or portapotties. The Getaway cabin thankfully has a tiny, clean bathroom equipped with towels, toilet paper, shower stall and biodegradable shampoo, body wash and conditioner.

The water turns nice and hot, but the shower head is fixed and isn’t detachable. Not easy when you’re trying to wash your dirty dog.

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outdoor firepit and picnic table

Our outdoor firepit had four chairs and a large picnic table even though we didn’t use the table. The firepit was perfect for grilling and roasting smores – one of my favorite parts of the Getaway! The last time I made s’mores was probably in my kitchen on a day I was feeling homesick in Switzerland circa 2012. There’s a fire starter kit to help you if you don’t know how.

you’re not completely secluded

There are other Getaway cabins around you so you’re not completely isolated. I had visions of a crazy ax man waiting for my arrival and coming to murder me with no one for miles around to help me. The entire time I spent at my Getaway cabin I only saw our nearest neighbor’s dog roaming around. The only time I saw humans was once when I took strolls with Rufus on the roads within our outpost. They were also walking their pup.

In my cabin I felt secluded in nature, but I knew I was inside a Getaway outpost cabin community of at least a dozen cabins.

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a bear in Big Bear

things to do in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is about a 20 minute drive from the Los Angeles outpost. There’s also Lake Arrowhead but we didn’t end up visiting. Big Bear offers plenty of activities year round including skiing, snowboarding hiking, kayaking, jet skiing, lake touring, fishing and more. Check them out here.

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Getaway House Packing Checklist

I’m making it super easy for you to prepare everything you need for your Getaway House stay with this detailed packing checklist. I’ve also included what to pack for your dog. Some of these items you may not need depending on the weather. Here’s what to pack for Getaway:

Clothing

  • Daytime outfits
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Coats, gloves, hats and layers for winter
  • Boots or sneakers for hiking
  • Workout clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers to wear in the cabin

Food

  • Groceries for cooking breakfast, lunch and/or dinner
  • Snacks to munch on like a squirrel
  • Wine and more wine
  • Cocktail mix if you feel like getting your drink on (please drink responsibly and only if you’re 21+. Same with the wine.)
  • Dessert
  • Favorite beverages
  • Coffee (it’s available for purchase but it didn’t taste great. I brought my matcha powder)
  • Ingredients for your coffee like oat milk and natural sweetener
  • Hot chocolate mix for the winter

Recreational Items

  • Games
  • Books
  • Self-care items (I brought my essential oil diffuser and essential oils. For you, this could be a journal, book, magazine, vibrator, sudoku, sound bath bowls, adult coloring book, red light therapy device, gua sha tool)
  • Condoms, massage oil, bedroom toys (if you want to get really romantic)

Personal Care Items

  • Skincare (don’t forget those sheet masks)
  • Makeup (or go makeup-free!)
  • Hair brush
  • Sunscreen
  • Contacts, lens solution and glasses
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Sleeping essentials if needed (Eye mask, ear plugs, white noise machine. I can’t fall asleep without wearing ear plugs.)

Electronics

  • Cellphone charger
  • Laptop if necessary
  • Camera if you’re into photography

Pet Packing List

  • Dog food
  • Dog wipes
  • Toys
  • Chewing bones
  • Leash and poop bags
  • Car seatbelt
  • Dog bed
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My Dog’s Review of Getaway House

Rufus here. The drive to Getaway House Big Bear was horrible. I had no idea where I was going or why, but I could definitely feel SOMETHING was up. I barked all the way there to let my pawrents know that I KNEW something was about to happen. There was a brief period they opened up the backseat window for me so I could stick my head out. Pure bliss.

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When I finally got out of the car I was lead to a tiny wooden structure propped on wheels surrounded by fun things like dirt, ice, puddles of melted ice, sticks, leaves and something I’ve never seen before. Mom called it a pine cone.

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I got inside the tiny cabin and boy was it tiny. There was no space for me to walk around inside so I mostly stayed on the bed, either looking out at nature or lying down. My bed was nice and large, perfect for me to sprawl across and sleep. The Getaway cabin surprisingly came with dog bowls for my food and water.

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I got to play fetch with the biggest sticks I’d ever chomped on and roam around sniffing all sorts of new trees and logs. It seemed these were punishable acts because mom put me in the shower and used the body wash to scrub me down. I was too dead to fight back. Other than my pawrents forgetting my dog wipes, toys and bones, I had so much fun and would love to go back.

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Getaway house 2 beds
Plenty of space for me upstairs but I was a scaredy cat when my pawrents tried to carry me down

Conclusion

Getaway House is perfect if you’re not into camping but still want the camping experience! Not having to deal with sleeping bags, setting up tents, public bathrooms, bugs and the elements is the only kind of camping this sort-of high maintenance gal can handle. I absolutely love glamping and I feel Getaway House has really taken tiny cabin rentals to a new level with the amount of detail they put into the entire experience from start to finish. There’s all kinds of thoughtful little details they add to the experience, but I don’t mention them in this post so I don’t ruin the surprise.

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Getaway House Promo Code

If you’ve been interested in a tiny cabin rental or wilderness stay, I have a promo code for you to save when booking your own Getaway. My usual code OBL saves $25 off your Getaway House booking on their website.

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Check out my Getaway House Youtube video below for a tiny cabin tour!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJ5k-NIAdM&t=40s

organic beauty products I used during my Getaway

This wouldn’t be an organic beauty lover post if I didn’t do some organic product placement, so here are some of the items I’ve been using lately.

evolvh polishing balm
Evolvh Superfinish Polishing Balm(code OBL saves 15% on Organic hair care)
Earthwise beauty spf
Earthwise Beauty SPF Powder (affiliate code OBL saves)
mahalo winter grace balm
Mahalo Winter Grace Balm (See my full review here)
Ursa Major Skincare
Ursa Major Skincare (see my full review here)
now essetial oil diffuser
NOW Ceramic Essential Oil Diffuser
green tidings deodorant
Green Tidings Natural Deodorant
john masters organics cleansing balm
John Masters Organics Cleansing Balm (See my full review here)
Venics Organic Highlighters
Venics Organic Melted Glow Diamond Highlighters

 

The Capra Saas-Fee in Switzerland (Hotel Review)

The Capra saas fee hotel

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If you’re looking for a 5-star luxury boutique wellness hotel for your ski vacation in Switzerland, check out my review of The Capra Saas-Fee.

We arrived at Saas Fee Friday evening ready for an alpine escape in this picturesque Swiss ski resort village. I’m not a skier or a winter person for that matter but I love the sweeping views of the majestic Alps in the winter. We were greeted with a warm welcome by Raphael and his staff at The Capra and had a speedy check-in.  The 5-star luxury ski hotel opened in Dec 2015 with 35 suites offering panoramic views from each room and modern luxuries in an elegant chalet setting.

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Credo Beauty Must Haves: 10 Products I’d Tell My Friends To Buy

Started in 2014 in San Francisco, Credo Beauty is a clean beauty retailer with ten stores across the US and an online website that carries the largest selection of clean beauty. Credo has even partnered with Ulta Beauty to offer a Credo Collection both online and in Ulta stores nationwide. In October 2022 Credo Beauty acquired Follain, another clean beauty retailer that began around the same time as Credo. This makes Follain the third brand to enter Credo’s owned brand portfolio alongside Exa Beauty and EleVun by Venus Williams. With the acquisition, widespread visibility thanks to Ulta, and a new Credo Beauty store opening in Larchmont Village in Los Angeles, Credo is setting themselves up to be the reference point and standard bearer for clean beauty. Credo was started by late visionary Shashi Batra and beauty industry veteran Annie Jackson. Today I’m sharing just ten natural beauty products out of the thousands carried by Credo Beauty that are absolute must haves.

Credo beauty

This was very difficult for me to decide on because 1) Credo has an immense selection across so many different categories (skin, hair, makeup, body, fragrance, wellness) and 2) many of my holy grails in organic beauty aren’t carried by Credo. For example, Credo doesn’t carry May Lindstrom, Earthwise Beauty, INIKA, Fitglow Beauty to name a few, and they don’t carry organic K-beauty and many niche international brands. However, I tried to think of this in a way of what I would recommend my friend to buy if she could only choose 10 products, keeping in mind she can’t splurge $300 on a face oil.

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Saint Jane beauty luxury sun ritual

Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Sun Ritual SPF 30

The Saint Jane Beauty sunscreen is a people-pleasing mineral sunscreen that’s not only so easy to wear but also simply gorgeous to look at. It imparts a natural, hydrated looking finish and has a barely there, sheer tint just to offset the dreaded white cast effect so many despise.

Pai Rosehip face oil

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Universal Face Oil

There are plenty of incredibly beautiful face oils carried by Credo, but I selected Pai’s Rosehip face oil as it’s so lightweight, hydrating and pleasant to use, even for those who have never tried face oils.

Vapour foundation

Vapour Soft Focus Foundation (and Luminous Foundation)

Both Vapour foundations are superb, and while foundation can be a very personal (and tricky) product to shop for, most people find that Vapour’s works for them.

Henry Rose perfume

Henry Rose Discovery Perfume Set

One thing I really appreciate about Credo Beauty is that they carry so many great clean and natural perfume brands like By Rosie Jane, Ellis Brooklyn, Sana Jardin, Heretic and more. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Henry Rose has by far the most buzz as a celebrity-founded line, and the discovery set is a great way to dip your toes into clean fragrance. These are sophisticated scents so if you’re looking for something more young and easy then I recommend By Rosie Jane and Ellis Brooklyn.

Corpus deodorant

Corpus Naturals Deodorant

A water-based, long-lasting, vegan formula that contains naturally derived enzymes and plant extracts clinically proven to significantly reduce body odor. This easy glide-on formula is baking soda free and will not stain clothes. I struggled to decide between Routine and Corpus for this spot, but get that Routine cream deodorant jars might not be an easy product for clean beauty newbies.

EVOLVh wonderbalm

EVOLVh WonderBalm

One of the best all-natural styling products ever to be invented in clean beauty is EVOLVh’s Wonderbalm. I don’t know how it’s silicone free and yet feels so much like a Kerastase styling serum.

Innersense purple shampoo

(For Blonde /Balayage/ Highlights) Innersense Purple Toning Bath

If you’re a blonde, balayage or highlighted (or grey) babe then you need to use a toning shampoo every week to keep yellow and orange brassiness away. Innersense’s violet shampoo cleanses hair and tones color by neutralizing brass and orange with a vegan formula that includes apple extracts, rice extracts, and Monoi oil.

Odacite Black mint cleanser

Odacite Black Mint Cleanser (for Acne)

If my friend suffered from acne, I would recommend products from specifically two brands at Credo — Odacite and OSEA. The Black Mint Cleanser is an intensely purifying and detoxifying gel cleanser that is a must for anyone who suffers from breakouts or acne.

Innbeauty project lip glaze oil

Innbeauty Project Lip Glaze Oil

A fun and super cute lip gloss-oil with the cutest wand applicator to take us back to our adolescent days.

Ursa Major golden hour recovery cream

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Ursa Major’s golden child, the Golden Hour Recovery Cream is a thoughtfully formulated face moisturizer with a feel good consistency and texture.

 

 

 

Exa Beauty Review: Inclusive Clean Makeup

Exa beauty

Loved by young stars like Olivia Rodrigo, Exa Beauty is a clean makeup brand that’s won over social media with their High Fidelity Foundation. Relatively new to the clean beauty scene, Exa Beauty was launched by clean beauty retailer Credo Beauty in 2020 with an inclusive foundation range of 43 shades and a universal primer. The retail giant with 9 stores in the US saw there was a lack of diversity in shade ranges offered for complexion products and decided to fill the gap themselves. Exa Beauty came about at a time when consumers began demanding greater representation and accountability in the beauty industry amidst George Floyd’s death and the social movement that followed. And it seems that the brand’s success means we can expect more great things to come.

Exa beauty

While Exa Beauty targets Gen Z, the brand is actually not all that affordable. It’s priced mid-range with their foundation just under $40 and Color Corrector just under $30.

Exa beauty Oil free hydrating primer

Exa Splash Zone Oil Free Hydrating Primer

Supercharged with Prickly Pear, Blue Spirulina and Niacinamide, Exa Beauty Oil Free Primer preps your skin with a matte base for foundation to sit evenly on your skin and stay on longer.

It feels like a juicy, hydrating serum and contains a relatively pared-back list of 18 ingredients. The vegan formula is silicone free.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Silica, Propanediol, Mica (ethically-sourced), Opuntia ficus-indica stem extract (upcycled), Niacinamide (vitamin b3), Spirulina platensis extract (blue spirulina), Aloe barbadensis leaf (aloe leaf extract), Sodium hyaluronate, Trehalose, Maltodextrin, Sodium citrate, Sodium carbonate, Sodium hydroxide, Carbomer, Caprylyl glycol, Phenoxyethanol

Exa beauty swatches

Exa Beauty color melt light show
Exa Light Show Color Melt

I tried The Foils in shade Recess which is a neutral gold metallic shade that can be used for face, eyes and body.  It contains plant-powered UV filters, Manketti Oil and Sea Algae Extract to nourish skin while imparting a metallic finish.

This is a thin gel product that’s very lightweight. The metallic finish is subtle with a small amount and can be buildable. I find the shade Recess can be used as a brightening base to the eyelids and a highlighter on the cheeks.

Exa beauty makeup

Here is the Color Melt Light Show The Foils applied on both cheeks and lid in direct sunlight.

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RMS Beauty Review: Best RMS Makeup Products

RMS Beauty is one of the OG natural makeup brands started in 2009 by Rose-Marie Swift, a master makeup artist for 30 years. The RMS Living Luminizer was one of the first natural makeup products I ever tried. And I didn’t love it. But there are some rms makeup products I do enjoy, and I’ll be sharing them today. RMS Beauty values runway ready makeup performance and clean ingredients in their expansive line of foundations, blushes, eye makeup and even skincare. While the line is for the most part all natural, RMS does include some synthetics here and there. Overall, RMS has a stronger focus on natural ingredients th