Floral Street Perfume Review

A clean perfume brand inspired by urban British women, Floral Street is a modern fragrance brand with sustainability at its core. Floral Street uses synthetics to perform like a fine fragrance and are vegan, cruelty free and sustainably sourced. The entire line of Floral Street perfumes are floral-focused and feminine. Some scents lean too young and some too mature, but I did find some favorites in the Floral Street line!

Floral street perfume

Wild Vanilla Orchid

Wild Vanilla Orchid is a sweet vanilla patchouli fragrance and my second favorite in the Floral Street line (the first being Arizona Bloom which is for the warmer months). It has notes of cassis, citrus and vanilla as the opening, heart notes of bamboo and jasmine and base notes of Sandalwood, patchouli, orchid and vanilla bean.

Notes: Vanilla Bean, Cashmeran, Ambroxan, Cassis, Lemon, Vanilla Blossom, Bamboo, Jasmine

Wonderland Peony

Wonderland Peony is a bit too young and sweet for my taste, but I can see why this perfume appeals to so many women. You’ve got bright and juice berry notes like Blackcurrant, Pink Berries and Pink Guava and the sweetness of violet combined with peony. The result, a very sweet and girly fruity floral scent. If you enjoy Skylar perfumes you’ll probably enjoy Floral Street Wonderland Peony.

Notes: Blackcurrant, Pink Pepper, Sicilian Lemon, Pink Berries, Pink Guava, Violet, Peony Accord

Floral street perfume

Black Lotus

Black Lotus is a polarizing scent because it’s quite dark and leathery. The opening is spicy, juicy and bright with a strong hit of pepper and something berry-like. It dries down to a resinous rose. This is a dark and oriental rose perfume that might lean too masculine for some women and too mature for others. I didn’t mind the masculine aspects of this perfume, but I did find it too mature for my taste.

Notes: Jasmine, Saffron, Papyrus, Black Cherry, Red Peppercorn, Saffron, Centifolia Rose, Black Violet Accord,

Floral street perfume

Neon Rose

Neon in the name is a bit misleading as there’s loud or obnoxious about Neon Rose. The opening of the perfume is quite soapy and there’s still a hint of soapiness in the dry down. Neon Rose is a girly and young fruity floral scent with a warm amber undercurrent. Pleasant perfume but doesn’t particularly stand out to me.

Notes: Pear, Galbanum, Bergamot, Cassis Kir, Apple Blossom, Sichuan Pepper, Cyclamen, Juniper Berry, Jasmine

Electric Rhubarb

Electric Rhubarb didn’t particularly stand out to me either. I smell fruity white floral with a tinge of spicy. There’s a hint of saline but it doesn’t remind me of an aquatic perfume.

Notes: English Rhubarb, Australian Sandalwood, Island Gardenia, Frangipani, Jasmine Sambac

Arizona Bloom

Arizona Bloom is a summer perfume and I cannot rave about it enough. If you want a really good, sophisticated island floral scent, it’s Arizona Bloom. This is a fresh, clean, creamy and grown floral coconut scent that wears like a second skin.

Notes: Balinese Coconut, Madagascan Black Pepper, Oak Moss, Salted Musks, Jasmine Petals, Fig leaves

Floral street perfume

Chypre Sublime

Chypre Sublime is my least favorite Floral Street perfume. Chypres are one of the main perfume categories and are warm and dry scents usually with labdanum and oakmoss notes. Chypre Sublime is much too heady and old-fashioned for me. It reminds me of potpourri.

Notes: Pink Pepper, Wild geranium, Damask Rose Absolute, Midnight Violets, Patchouli, Labdanum, Benzoin, Olibanum

Floral street perfume

Ylang Ylang Espresso

I don’t know whether to like or dislike Floral Street’s floral coffee perfume Ylang Ylang Espresso. It’s such an odd combination, a cup of coffee on a bed of flowers? I feel like I need to be in a particular mood to have this on me all day and can’t see it as an everyday perfume.

Notes: Tangerine, Sichuan Pepper, Fresh Rose, Jasmine, Tiramisu Accord, Patchouli, Ylang

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Otherland Candles Review: Must Read Before Buying

Otherland candle

Otherland Candles has become quite the popular candle brand from opening their very own store in Soho New York City to being sold at Sephora. Founded by Abigail Cook Stone, the brand spent a year experimenting with waxes and wicks to develop their ideal candle, ultimately landing on a coconut and soy wax blend. Their scents are developed with master perfumers and are not 100% natural. But it’s Otherland’s design-forward and whimsical aesthetic that has won over millennials. Otherland has their Core Collection which are the line’s main five scents, and launches Limited Editions candles for every new season.

Otherland candle

Otherland candles seem to evoke a sense of wanderlust, and not in the nostalgic sense, but to imaginary places we’ve never been. The kind you’d imagine in a fairytale. They’re colorful and quirky, yet still sophisticated. The frosted glass tumblers with a ceramic look are unique to Otherland, and each candle comes with its own colorful lid to preserve the scent when not being used.

Otherland candle store

Are Otherland Candles Non-Toxic?

Otherland candles are clean but not completely non-toxic. To break it down, Otherland contains:

  • Clean burning wax (soy and coconut)
  • Clean fragrance of safe synthetics and fragrance oils

Here’s what Otherland says on their website:

We work with the top global fragrance houses to develop and manufacture our scents, which contain both naturally-harvested and safe-synthetic ingredients. All of our fragrances are naturally paraben and phthalate-free, and we follow strict international safety standards and rigorous testing set by IFRA. We are Cruelty-free and formulated without: Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens , formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, PTFE/PFOA, styrene, polyacrylamide/acrylamide, acetaldehyde, acetonitrile, methylene chloride, animal fats, oils, and musks, benzalkonium chloride, toluene, resorcinol, acetone, butoxyethanol, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, methyl cellosolve, methylisothiazolinone/ methylchloroisothiazolinone, mercury and mercury compounds (thimerosal), bisphenol A(BPA).

Otherland candle

Naturally-harvested does not mean natural, but rather the ingredient was once in its natural state and has undergone a synthetic process in the lab. Safe synthetics are entirely lab made with no biomass as their origin. Both types of synthetic scent are popular in the clean perfume industry, and candles are essentially perfume for your home. To be completely clean and non-toxic, the candle would need to be scented with 100% essential oils (or nothing at all), and if you want to go a step above that, the candle would be organic.

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So all scent components in Otherland Candles are not natural. This does, however, mean that it has very strong scent throw for a clean burning candle.
Otherland candle

Canopy

Otherland’s Canopy candle is a fig scent that’s sweet, fresh, green and reminds me of honeydew. Great scent throw.

Kindling

Kindling is a dark and smoky woodsy scent with Alaskan Cedar and Incense.

Daybed

Floral and feminine, Otherland’s Daybed candle has the brightness of peony, sultry Rose and sweetness of pear.

Are Otherland Candles Worth It?

Candles are a luxury purchase, so if $36 for 8 oz is a reasonable price to you then yes I recommend trying out Otherland.

The Otherland candles burn perfectly evenly and seem to be a tad more long lasting than the average natural candle.

If $36 is out of your budget, but you want a sophisticated candle that’s clean, long lasting and beautifully scented I recommend checking out Peacesake Candle Co.

Otherland candle

 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Review: Is It Worth It?

Dyson hair dryer Review

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. 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.

Dyson hair dryer

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. I also wanted my partner to feel like he could enjoy using it when he needs to blowdry his hair.

Dyson hair dryer

I also decided to go with the regular hair dryer versus a official Dyson refurbished one which would have been $100 more affordable. 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.

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.

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Dyson hair dryer Review

 

Annmarie Skincare Review

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.

 

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. The uplifting sweet citrus scent is phenomenal. Note that this cleanser does contain coconut oil. 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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Biossance Review: Best & Worst of Biossance Skincare

Biossance creates clean, sustainable skincare focused around Squalane. Founded in 2016, Biossance’s award-winning line of sugarcane derived squalane-based products are now Sephora aisle staples and celebrity endorsed by Reese Witherspoon. While they are clean beauty, please note that Biossance is not 100% natural nor organic. This isn’t one of my favorite skincare lines, but they are widely accessible and offer better formulas than most. If you’re trying to decide between Caudalie and Biossance, both clean beauty brands at Sephora at similar price points, then I much prefer Biossance. Read on for my honest thoughts on their skincare in my Biossance review.

 

Biossance skincare

Biossance Squalane Marine Algae Eye Cream

Biossance Marine Algae Eye Cream

Let’s start with the most controversial product – eye cream. I tested their eye cream when I was judging for the eye cream category in the CertClean Beauty Awards. Biossance’s peach colored eye cream contains Squalane, Paracress extract and Pink Marine Algae and is a rich yet hydrating eye cream that begins in a water base. I personally know some who love this eye cream and others who don’t care for it – and unfortunately I’m siding with the latter. For the $54 price I don’t think it’s worth it. I personally prefer the Biossance Eye Gel over their Eye Cream if you must have an eye product from them.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Palmitate, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Astaxanthin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid

Biossance Squalane rose oil

Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

Squalane is much loved for being a very hydrating and lightweight oil and the Squalane Vitamin C Rose Oil has the additional benefits of shelf stable and oil-soluble Vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), Chios Crystal Oil and Damascus Rose Petal. This is a relatively simple yet thoughtfully formulated face oil that would appeal to people who are new to using face oils. It has the subtlest barely there rose scent.

Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream

Biossance Squalane Omega Repair Cream

The Omega Repair Cream is a rich, perfectly silky smooth cream that absorbs rapidly. There’s plenty of Squalane content as it’s 2nd on the ingredients list after water. It also has Ceramides, Fatty Acids and Hyaluronic Acid, but beyond that there’s nothing particularly special about this cream. Omega Repair Cream is simple and straightforward for those looking for a standard rich cream, but at nearly $60 I think it’s overpriced for what it has to offer.

Biossance cream

Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Ceramide NP, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Gluconate.

Biossance sunscreen

Biossance Sunscreen

The Biossance mineral sunscreen is only for people who enjoy oily sunscreens. I have dry skin and oily-leaning sunscreens are still not my favorite. But if you enjoy that consistency and a dewy look, then the Biossance sunscreen is right up your alley. It’s got 14% zinc oxide with SPF 30 protection and is lightweight in consistency (but also slick).

Pros

  • Great for dry skin who want a light lotion that’s also got enough oil slip
  • Offers hydration + moisturization
  • Dewy finish
  • Offered in a jumbo size of 3.4 oz
  • Somewhat affordable at $30 for 1.7 oz

Cons

  • Quite oily
  • Dewy finish
  • May not suitable for deep skin tones
  • I find myself using less than I usually do because of the dewy finish, so I top it off with another layer of a more matte sunscreen.

Biossance Squalane Peptide Eye Gel

Biossance eye gel

 

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Biossance lip balm

Biossance Lip Balm

Love the Biossance lip balm! It’s luxuriously rich and petroleum jelly-like but without the petroleum. There’s no real detectable scent either. I would actually categorize this lip balm as a lip mask as it reminds me more of a treatment than a casual balm.

Biossance lip balm

The vegan formula contains a blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and sugarcane-derived squalane along with luxurious Rose wax and Wakame algae. Plus it’s not crazy overpriced at just $14.

Biossance Squalane vitamin C dark spot Serum

 

Biossance Squalane Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

I did enjoy the Biossance Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum. It has 10% Vitamin C and proprietary white shiitake mushroom extract to address discoloration and blended in amounts that won’t cause irritation.

This Vitamin C serum is a milky water-based consistency that feels very hydrating and not at all sticky or oily. I feel that it does have a brightening effect even after just a few days of use, but as for dark spots, those can’t be faded if they’re genetic. I do think it could help with newly formed dark spots from recent sun damage for instance, but not with dark spots that have been present for many years. Only something more invasive like a peel or laser can help, and even then, the results are always only temporary.

Biossance serum

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Lentinus Edodes Mycelium Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

 

Biossance Squalane Oil

Biossance 100% Squalane Oil

The star of every product in the Biossance line, Squalane instantly hydrates and locks in essential moisture, helps other active ingredients penetrate more deeply and work more effectively and promotes microbiome diversity for healthier-looking skin. Biossance’s convenient pump bottle allows you to use it as a body oil, hair oil and face oil.

Biossance’s squalane is derived from sustainable sugarcane, a purer, vegan, more ethical, and more effective version than other forms of squalane.

Biossance Squalane Lactic Acid Night Serum

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Biossance Cleanser

Biossance Squalane Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser

Ceremonia Hair Review

Ceremonia hair

Fairly new to the scene, clean hair brand Ceremonia launched in 2020 with a line that celebrates Latinx heritage and traditions. Ceremonia founder, Babba C. Rivera is of Swedish-Latinx ethnicity, and all the products  in her line contain ingredients sourced from Latin American countries like Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and more. Through their social channels and marketing imagery, Ceremonia celebrates Latinx beauty and uplifts Latinx talent. While Ceremonia focuses on frizziness, scalp health and curly hair, the range can work for all hair types. Ceremonia is considered clean haircare, but they are not 100% natural nor organic and do include synthetics. Read on for my honest thoughts on Ceremonia clean hair care.

Ceremonia hair care

One thing to note is Ceremonia uses synthetics in their scent. Though they don’t outright state this on their website I can tell the scent is not 100% natural. In their FAQ Ceremonia states their “clean-formula signature scent is 100% skin-safe, hypoallergenic and formulated without harsh chemicals, parabens or phthalate.”

The Ceremonia line is on the affordable end with most products costing around $20-$30.

Ceremonia Aceite de moska

Ceremonia Aceite de Moska

The debut Ceremonia product, Aceite de Moska scalp oil was inspired by an oil used for haircare in the Dominican Republic. It contains:

  • Aloe Vera to soothe the scalp⁠
  • Babassu Oil to moisturize the scalp ⁠
  • Castor Oil to promote hair health and growth⁠
  • Chia Seed Oil to improve hair strength⁠
  • Maracuja Oil to boost shine and add a protective layer
  • Cupuacu Butter to optimize moisture retention⁠
  • Pataua Oil to reduce scalp flakiness and provide ultimate hydration⁠

The natural oils are sourced from Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru and help promote a healthier scalp. Aceite de Moska is a silky light oil that smells warm and yummy.

Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray

Ceremonia Guava Rescue Spray (UV + Heat Protectant)

One of my favorites from the Ceremonia line, Guava Rescue Spray works to condition, detangle, and protect hair. It’s a very multi-functional spray that helps me do just about everything. Guava Rescue Spray is made with guava to help protect hair against UV damage and butterfly ginger and avocado to protect hair against blue light, pollution and heat styling tools, (up to 450F / 232C.) The scent is the same as all Ceremonia products, subtly sweet and tropical.Ceremonia conditioner

Ceremonia Acondicionador

The Ceremonia conditioner is formulated for dry or thick hair and contains the superfruit cupuaçu butter to reduce frizz and castor oil to condition the hair and add shine. The formula also contains blue agave extract, babassu oil, aloe vera and patauá oil.

Ceremonia hair acondicionador
The Acondicionador is surprisingly more of a gel-cream conditioner and feels lightweight. Because it looks so much like a styling serum I also like using it as a leave-in treatment.

Ceremonia Mascarilla de Babassu

Ceremonia Mascarilla de Babassu

This rich yet still silky hair mask is easy to apply and absorbs quickly into my hair for a deep conditioning treatment. I like to soak in a hot bath with a shower cap so the heat gets trapped inside and allows the mask’s ingredients soak in deeply. I’m always left very soft and healthy-looking hair. I would not recommend this mask for fine hair.

Ceremonia hair mask

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Fatty15 Review: The Newly Discovered Essential Fatty Acid

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

The first essential fatty acid since the omegas to be discovered in 90 years, C15:0 promotes long term health and wellness as you age. Fatty15 is the first ever pure powder C15:0 supplement and it’s science-backed, award-winning and vegan-friendly. There’s over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications from global, independent research teams and Fatty15 was awarded 2021 Best of the Industry Award by Nutritional Outlook Magazine. Today I’m sharing all about the exciting new discovery and Fatty15. 

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

What is Fatty15 C15:0

C15:0 helps strengthen cell membranes for an 80% improvement in cellular stability. As a sturdy fatty acid, C15:0 gets integrated into our cell membranes and serves as an armor for our cells to keep them healthy and protected. It’s scientifically backed in protecting cells against premature breakdown.

There are studies showing associations between low C15:0 and poor health, as well as a series of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating C15:0 as the cause of good metabolic, immune, red blood cell, and liver health.

So what exactly are essential fatty acids like C15:0? Essential fatty acids support our cells and balance our immune system. They’re called essential because we need certain levels of it in our bodies to maintain our baseline health. Since our body can’t produce them, we need to find them in food or supplements. Until now, only two dietary fatty acids have been deemed essential, alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid).

C15:0 (also called pentadecanoic acid) is an odd-chain saturated fatty acid present in trace levels in butter, other whole fat dairy products, and some types of fish and plants. A growing body of science supports that C15:0 is an essential nutrient that you need to sustain health.

Fatty15 C15:0 capsules are totally odorless and tasteless and they come in eco-friendly packaging.

Fatty15 pentadecanoic acid

C15:0 Benefits

C15:0 has a number of health and wellness benefits:

  • Strengthens cellular membranes, making them more resilient against age-related breakdown. C15:0 is a sturdy fatty acid that imbeds into the lipid bilayer of membranes to protect cells against lipid peroxidation.
  • Repairs mitochondrial function and restores cellular energy. C15:0 has been shown to rescue mitochondria at concentrations between 10 and 50 uM, resulting in significantly reduced reactive oxygen species in cells.
  • Lowers multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines to balance immune responses. C15:0 lowers key cytokines, including IL-6, MCP-1 and TNF-alpha, across numerous human cell systems.
  • Naturally activates PPAR-alpha and delta receptors, which regulate our metabolism and immunity. Additionally, PPAR-alpha activators have been proposed to support brain health, while PPAR-delta activators can mimic exercise by supporting beta-oxidation of fatty acids.
  • Naturally activates AMPK to regulate glucose uptake. Metformin is an example of another well-known AMPK activator.
  • Naturally inhibits HDAC-6 receptors, which can help to repair DNA. As an HDAC-6 inhibitor, C15:0 has also demonstrated the ability to slow the proliferation of damaged

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Fatty15

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski St Moritz (Hotel Review)

Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski is the oldest and largest five-star hotel in St Moritz, 1864 to be precise. Regal in every way, the iconic Kempinski hotel is everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel in the glitzy Swiss destination of St Moritz. The exclusive Swiss German town is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism and found fame through its mineral springs first discovered 3,000 years ago. St. Moritz is a pinnacle of luxury and a popular destination for celebs and royalty. I stayed two nights at the Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski and am sharing my thoughts in this St Moritz hotel review.
Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

The hotel is just a few minutes from the train stop (the journey took me about 8 hours from Geneva). From the moment I set foot on the hotel, I was a bit overwhelmed by its opulence especially after my long tiring journey. It is a stunning hotel. I was upgraded to one of the highest grade suites in the hotel that’s situated closest to the incredible Kempinski spa.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains spa St Moritz

This is very much a spa hotel, so a must if you love luxury spas. The Kempinski St Moritz one is probably the largest spa I’ve ever experienced in a hotel.
Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

My suite had two bedrooms, one slightly larger and nicer and a second smaller one ideal for kids. It also has a separate foyer, living room, kitchen, dining area and balcony,

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

 

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz
Kempinski grand hotel des bains breakfast

There was a miscommunication with the breakfast because I’m used to 5 star hotels having the option to have breakfast delivered to your room complimentary (or small fee) and I called the restaurant to confirm whether it was offered and they said yes it was included, but I ended up having to sign for a bill for the cost of a full breakfast.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

The balcony had a view of the hotel plus mountains.

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski grand hotel des bains St Moritz

Kempinski St Moritz Spa

I was so impressed by the spa – it’s huge with so many different rooms to experience. The video I took below will better convey what I mean than anything I could write.

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50 Clean Beauty Brands at Sephora (Complete List)

Sephora online carries over 2000 clean at Sephora beauty products but not all of them are actually clean. Scrolling through it’s obvious brands like Fenty Beauty and Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty are NOT clean beauty brands. The Outset by Scarlett Johansson IS clean beauty. No I haven’t tried it yet. While clean beauty labels can be helpful in guiding customers in the right direction, it ends up being all about marketing, because if brands don’t have the label, then people might think they’re just conventional beauty (gasp). Today I’m sharing what brands at Sephora are clean beauty including clean skincare, clean makeup, clean hair care, and clean fragrance. Only certain clean brands are carried in Sephora stores so please check with your local Sephora store to inquire.

Tata Harper clarifying moisturizer

Tata Harper

Indie Lee

Biossance sephora

Biossance

Glow Recipe

Youth to the people Mandelic superfood exfoliant

Youth To The People

Necessaire

goop

Alpyn Beauty

Herbivore

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew

Bloomeffects

Coola Sephora

Coola

Kora Organics

Dr Barbara Sturm

Caudalie

Saint Jane Beauty

Prima

Ranavat

Innbeauty Project

rms beauty

REN ready steady glow AHA tonic

REN Skincare

Moon Juice

54 Thrones

Be

The Beauty Chef

ILIA Kosas

ATHR Beauty

Tower 28

Saie Beauty

Westman Atelier

Hyper Skin

Vegamour

Briogeo

Ceremonia

Lilah B.


Floral Street

Ellis Brooklyn

By Rosie Jane

Phlur

Skylar

Clean Classic

Heretic Parfum

Clean Reserve

Maison Louis Marie

Abbott

Dedcool

The 7 Virtues

Dame


Topicals

Flora + Bast

Jane Iredale Foundation Review 2022

If you’re wondering whether Jane Iredale is a good makeup brand, I’m sharing all my thoughts on Jane Iredale’s makeup products in this Jane Iredale review! The new Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream SPF 25 is here and I’m also diving into this new take on the original Glow Time. This OG natural makeup brand is a spa favorite and often recommended by estheticians and spa professionals. While new trendy clean makeup brands pop up everyday, Jane Iredale has been dedicated to making natural cosmetics with minerals for 25 years. They’re based in Massachusetts and are now owned by a private equity firm. Read on for my Jane Iredale foundation and BB cream review along with my thoughts on many other Jane Iredale makeup products.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream SPF 25

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream

The new version is:

  • Medium-to-full coverage
  • Quick dry down
  • Water resistant and resists transfer
  • Lightweight hydrating lotion
  • Satin finish (leans to a natural finish on my dry skin)
  • Comes in 14 shades
  • SPF 25

Jane Iredale Glow Time Pro BB Cream

The first thing I noticed right away was the very strong coverage. Because this is a high coverage product, you need to be sure your skin is properly exfoliated, smooth and primed. Otherwise, this will not work out for you and you’ll probably find it to be cakey. If you’re looking for something sheer or light coverage, then the new Jane Iredale BB Cream isn’t for you.

Jane Iredale glow time pro BB Cream

Even with the strong coverage, the consistency is lightweight and silky like a hydrating lotion. I use the lightest shade GT1.

For me, Jane Iredale has long lasting performance even on hot summer days. Yes, if you’re sweating profusely in a humid climate this will start to streak a little though.  I’ve tried this while both being lightly sweaty and actual sweat running down my face.

If you’re a diehard fan of the original Glow Time Pro BB Cream I’m not sure you’d appreciate the new formula to be honest. But if you’re in the market for a high coverage, clean BB Cream that isn’t dewy, then you may enjoy this product.

About the SPF 25

The UV filters are a mix of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I would highly recommend wearing an SPF 39 or 50 underneath. Because Jane Iredale provides strong coverage a little goes a long way, which means that you’re not going to apply enough to get proper UV protection.

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I feature the Glo BB Cream in my YouTube below:

Jane Iredale matte foundation

Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation

I neither loved nor hated this foundation. As I have dry skin, matte foundations can be a bit tricky for my skin. The Jane Iredale matte foundation may lean too matte for my skin, but I loved the color of the shade. The rep at the Jane Iredale counter shadematched me with M2. The coverage for me is a strong medium and the finish a true matte. The Beyond Matte Foundation feels a bit heavy on my skin, so I didn’t find myself grabbing for it very often.

Jane Iredale beyond matte foundation

Jane Iredale concealer

 

Jane Iredale foundation swatches

Jane Iredale brow

Jane Iredale brow gel
Jane Iredale Brow Gel

I found the darkest shade Brunette a tad warm for my eyebrows but if your brows aren’t black it should be fine. Instead of using the whole spool I found I was able to apply more precisely using just the tip and gently sweeping across my eyebrow hairs to give it more 3-D volume. If I used the entire spool and the product would get on the skin underneath the brows I found that it would give me a super dark look that didn’t look natural. The Jane Iredale brow gel comes in 3 shades: brunette, auburn & blonde.

Jane iredale lash conditioner

PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner

This will change your eyelash and mascara game. The lash conditioner & extender strenghens & thickens lashes and amplifies the effect of your mascara. I like that this not only makes my lashes look thicker with mascara but that it’s also serving as a protective barrier from the mascara if that makes any sense. It’s like a primer to your mascara. I have super sparse and thin lashes so I need all the help I can get. It would be great if they created a mascara that was double ended with the conditioner on one end and the mascara on the other, because using two different products can be tedious.

mascara

Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening

The name of the Jane Iredale mascara instantly drew me to it since it included both thickening & lenghtening, buttttt it worked just ok. I don’t know whether it was the formula or if my lashes are just too thin for the super fluffy large brush. My lashes had a hard time picking up enough of the mascara product. If you don’t have very sparse Asian lashes like I do, this might work out better for you

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Jane Iredale makeup

Jane Iredale review

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35 Best Organic Face Oils and Face Balms for Slugging

Face oil and face balms are the last step after face moisturizer in a multi-step skincare routine before bed. Applying emollient products is nothing new, but in the social media world slathering Vaseline all over your face before bed has become the latest craze dubbed “slugging.” (Except here we don’t use Vaseline.) Face oils and face balms are a popular category in the organic skincare and green beauty world, but less so with people who haven’t exposed to this vibrant world yet. With more and more conventional beauty addicts embracing the glazed donut look before bed though, oils and balms have gained popularity in recent years. I’m sharing both luxury and budget options among the best organic face oils and balms in clean beauty.

Living libations best skin ever

Living Libations Best Skin Ever

Pai Rosehip oil

Pai Rosehip Concentrate

Indie lee Squalane oil

Indie Lee Squalane Oil

Le Prunier plum beauty oil

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Annmarie Anti-aging facial oil

Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Oil 

One Love Organics Botanical C Face Serum

One Love Organics Botanical C Face Serum

Mun AKNARI Brightening youth serum

MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

Honest Organic Facial oil

Honest Organic Facial Oil (Budget)

Derma e Radiant face oil

Derma E Radiant Glow Serum (Budget)

Odacite Acai Rose serum concentrate

Odacite Acai Rose Serum Concentrate (Booster)

This is a concentrated booster product which means you add a few drops to your existing skincare though you can also use it on its own.

Earthwise beauty Black locust Firming Concentrate

Earthwise Beauty Black Locust Firming Concentrate

Organic and green beauty brand Earthwise Beauty’s standout products are their face oils in my opinion. They’re each so special I had to include three of them.

Earthwise beauty

Earthwise Beauty Ruby Face Oil

Earthwise Beauty Ferns and Moss Face Serum 

African botanics

African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique

Earth Harbor Marina Youth Ampoule

Earth Harbor Marina Brightening Youth Ampoule

Mahalo Hawaiian Nights Face Oil

Mahalo Hawaiian Nights PhytoRetinoic Restoring Night Serum

Mac and me the enchanted

Max and Me The Enchanted

Cocokind Watermelon Hemp Oil

Cocokind Watermelon Hemp Oil

YINA Clarify Botanical Serum

YINA Clarify Botanical Serum

For oily and combo skin! This organic and wildcrafted face oil is unlike any other because it’s wholly rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The YINA Clarify Botanical Serum contains YINA’s proprietary Chinese Medicinal plant complex, ginseng, lotus flower, Dragon’s Beard Tuber, Schisandra Berries, Skullcap extract, and more in a base of organic Perrilla Seed Oil. You’ll also find Petitgrain sur Fleurs Oil, Blooming Jasmine Extract, Vetiver Oil, Neroli Oil and White Cloud Oil.

lilfox Prickly pear

Lilfox Prickly Pear

Red Flower Illuminating Collagen face Serum

Red Flower Illuminating Collagen rose serum

100% Pure PM Antioxidants Oil

100% Pure PM Antioxidants Oil

May Lindstrom The blue cocoon

May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon

Odacite Le Blue Balm

Odacite Le Blue Balm

Anfisa Lilou Radiant Balm

Anfisa Lilou Radiant Balm

Mahalo Indigo Balm

Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm

Leahlani Bless Balm

Leahlani Bless Balm

Badger Damascus Rose Balm

Badger Damascus Rose Balm

100% Pure Retinol Overnight Balm

100% Pure Retinol Overnight Balm

Earthwise Beauty Tigress Balm

Earthwise Beauty Tigress Balm

Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar

Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar

Lina Hanson Global Treasures

Lina Hanson Global Treasures

Live Botanical Sanctuary Barrier Balm

Live Botanical Sanctuary Barrier Balm

Fifty7Kind Innate Flow Quell Balsam

Fifty7Kind Innate Flow Quell Balsam

35 Best Clean & Natural Skincare for Acne of 2022

Here’s everything I wish I could tell my younger self dealing with acne and breakouts and to anyone currently experiencing cystic acne, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, and what have you. But first, everyone’s skin is so unique, so it’s important to find a good dermatologist who can help you clear up your acne. Meanwhile, I’m sharing the best skin care products for acne-prone skin, the correct acne skincare routine order and my best acne tips. Clean acne products fit a wide range of budgets from drugstore prices to luxury. From acne cleansers and serums to exfoliators and pimple patches along with skin tools I think every acne sufferer should have, this guide hopefully has something that will for your breakouts.

You’ve probably heard so many times from family, friends and concerned strangers to not pick your face, not eat greasy food and drink more water, so I’m sharing some acne skincare tips that is hopefully new information for you.

Fix Your Gut First

What’s going on internally actually matters more than what you’re putting on your skin. A holistic approach to skincare is always the best approach. All the best skincare and treatments in the world will only be a temporary fix if there’s a deeper issue at the root of your acne. Looking internally should be the first step in helping acne prone skin. This is also where seeing a dermatologist can be very helpful. You can also check out my guide to the best skin supplements here.

Acne Prone Skin Needs Plenty of Hydration

A little known fact is that acne prone skin actually needs plenty of hydration. Yes, acne treatments will work to dry out your pimple, but your skin overall should be well hydrated at all times.

Clean your Pillowcase 2x a Week

Your pillowcase can be a breeding ground for bacteria and when it’s in contact with your skin for eight hours every evening this can wreak havoc. Well the rest of us we get away with washing our pillowcase once a week make sure to wash your pillowcases frequently, ideally twice a week

Use Face Masks Regularly

Having a daily skincare routine is the basics, but incorporating face masks regularly (1-2x per week) can be so beneficial for skin. It’s like getting an at-home treatment without having to get an expensive facial at the spa. Face masks are a short (usually 15-20 minutes) but intense treatment to boost your skin health. Steaming your face to really deep clean and open up your pores before will make it an even more intense treatment. Just like the spa! But without having to leave your home.

The best face masks for acne prone skin are exfoliating face masks and purifying face masks. I recommend using an exfoliating face mask in place of a a face scrub. If you’re also using one of the exfoliating toners I recommend in the product list below daily, then I personally don’t think that you don’t need to use a separate face scrub. Especially if your skin is sensitive. An abrasive scrub could irritate your skin and make it worse. Remember that I’m not a dermatologist, this is just my humble opinion.

Wear Sunscreen 365 Days a Year

Always always always be protecting your skin with sunscreen. It’s not just about harmful UV rays, but also environmental and air pollution that wreaks havoc deep in our pores, especially if you live in a highly polluted or congested city!

Switch to Clean Makeup

Makeup could also be one of the culprits behind your breakouts. Not using expired makeup and cleaning your makeup brushes regularly are the basics. But conventional makeup often contain skin irritating ingredients and even toxins that make your skin and acne worse.

Acne Skincare Routine

The skincare order for acne is to first thoroughly cleanse skin (this is the most important step), then remove any remaining residue with a face toner, then apply a face serum followed by a moisturizer. When using a face mask, apply it after you cleanse your skin and before moving on with toner and the rest of your skincare routine. I cannot stress enough how cleansing is the most important skincare step. None of the products you apply afterwards matters if you haven’t properly cleansed your skin.

The most important skincare step also happens to be where most young people fail as they’re not used to and/or aren’t patient enough to dedicate the time and effort it requires. I cringe when I think of how many times my younger self went to bed with my makeup on because I was too lazy to do skincare. A minimum of two full minutes should be spent on cleansing, even longer if you’re double cleansing or even triple cleansing.

  1. Cleanser (double cleanse)
  2. Face Mask (1-2x per week)
  3. Toner
  4. Serum
  5. Moisturizer
  6. (Optional) Face Oil

A note on double cleansing and triple cleansing! Double cleansing involves two steps: 1) Oil cleanser or cleansing balm 2) Water-based cleanser. Triple cleansing involves the above steps plus an additional step in the beginning of using a makeup wipe or Micellar water.

Clean Beauty Acne Treatments

Here are my top acne treatment recommendations for spot treating your pimples as well as skincare tools that are great for acneic skin.

Derma E Blemish Clearing Solution

Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment

The Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment is a concentrated pimple treatment for blackheads, breakouts and cystic acne. Don’t shake the bottle – Dip cotton swab into pink sediment at the bottom of the bottle, then place directly on breakouts. The Sulfur Treatment helps dry out pimples and gets rid of them faster.

INNBEAUTY Project Pimple Paste

Innbeauty Project Pimple Paste

The Innbeauty Project Pimple paste is a drying paste with natural ingredients that are effective on breakouts like Willow Bark, Sulfur, Tea Tree Oil, Azelaic Acid, Clay, Zinc, Oregano, & Thyme that work overnight. We all remember using toothpaste to dry out those pesky pimples when we were teenagers. Now there’s a clean alternative. The Innbeauty Project Pimple Paste is a thick bluish grey colored spot treatment paste that’s alcohol free and dries completely so it doesn’t transfer onto pillows at night.

Hero mighty patch

Hero Mighty Patch

The Hero Mighty Patch is a Pimple patch aka a hydrocolloid bandage that looks like a little round sticker. You leave it on overnight (or throughout the day even) and remove the patch the next morning. The patch helps draw out impurities and helps pimples clear faster.

Zitsticka Face Map

Zitsticka Face Map

Odacite pimple serum

Odacite Black Cumin + Cajeput Pimple Serum Concentrate (Oil)

The Odacite pimple serum is an organic oil serum treatment that you apply to breakouts to clear them with natural ingredients. Black Cumin helps purify the skin and cajeput supports a blemish free complexion. Gigi Hadid loves their serum concentrates too.

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Face steamer facial deep cleaning

Face Steamer for Facial Deep Cleaning

After cleansing your skin, try face steaming using a face steamer for at least 20-30 minutes for a deep pore cleanse. If you’ve gotten a professional facial done before, you’ll notice that every good facial involves a very long steam session, around 30 minutes. It’s a crucial step that allows for the transformative results of a top notch facial. You can mimic this at home with any face steamer device from Amazon.

Acne Pillowcase

Anti Acne Pillowcase

One area that’s often neglected is our pillowcase. You make every effort to not touch or pick at your face to prevent the transfer of bacteria, but it could be happening nightly anyways via the bacteria on your pillowcase. An anti-bacterial pillowcase isn’t necessary, but it’s an extra step that helps ensure you’re not spreading pore-clogging bacteria onto your face.

Qyksonic Zoe bloss

QYKSonic 4-in-1 Cleansing Device

The QYKSonic ZOE is an 4-in-1 skincare device that provides sonic cleansing, exfoliation, product penetration and facial massage using a patented T-sonic technology. It works at 7500 T-sonic pulsations per minute and is made with the highest medical grade silicone bristles that do not harbor bacteria. Please don’t ever use the bristle spin head brushes that harbor bacteria and are abrasive.

Odacite black mint purifying cleanser

Odacite Black Mint Cleanser

Odacite’s Black Mint Clarifying Cleanser is a very strong, deeply purifying cleanser that would be great for oily and acne-prone skin. The first thing I noticed when using this black as the night Gel cleanser was the minty strength of the Peppermint and Tea Tree. The carefully chosen astringent ingredients target excess oil, pollution and impurities to help clear out pores and minimize their appearance.

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osea ocean cleansing mud

OSEA Ocean Cleansing Mud

Juice beauty blemish clearing cleanser

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser

Derma e acne cleanser

Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

100% Pure rose Micellar water

100% Pure Rose Micellar Water (double cleansing)

Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Banish Acne Scars Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

The pulp-like concoction feels like it was freshly made from pumpkins, smells exactly like Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie and really works. The Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is made with a blend of raw pumpkin, lemon peel extract, orange peel extract, glycolic acid, bilberry fruit extract, and ginger root and helps de-congest skin to leave pores clear and clean.

Youth to the people superclay mask

Youth To The People SuperClay Purify + Clear Power Mask

The Youth to the People Super Clay Purify + Clear Power Mask is a triple clay mask made of Kaolin Clay, Bentonite and French Green Clay to draw out impurities. It also has 2% Niacinamide and Salicylic Acid. Even for a wet clay mask, it’s very wet, for lack of a better adjective, and actually feels hydrating on my skin while it dries.

Juice beauty green apple peel

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel

Osea red algae madk

OSEA Red Algae Mask

Alpyn Beauty Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel

Alpyn Beauty Huckleberry 8 Acid Polishing Peel

 

Native atlas enzyme mask

Native Atlas Zahara Enzyme Mask

100% Pure acne sheet mask

100% Pure Anti Acne Sheet Mask (Anti-Inflammatory/Soothing)

Dr zenovia 10% glycolic acid acne control peel pads

Dr Zenovia 10% Glycolic Acid Acne Peel Pads 

Dr Zenovia Hormonal Dermatology makes some of the strongest peel pads I’ve tried. It has 10% glycolic and 2% salicylic acids to unclog pores, promote cell renewal, remove dead skin cells, and visibly target acne and post-acne scars. They’re pre-soaked too to make your skincare routine easier.

REN ready steady glow AHA tonic

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Toner

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • Great value for money
  • Skin-resurfacing AHA facial toner that exfoliates, brightens, tightens and hydrates
  • Formulated with Lactic Acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA)

Youth to the people Mandelic superfood exfoliant

Youth To The People Mandelic Acid AHA Toner

  • Perfect for oily and acneic skin types
  • combination of BHA, AHA and PHA that works to decongest pores, smooths texture, evens skin tone, and supports the skin barrier
  • 3% mandelic acid to gently shift dull surface skin cells, 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores, and 1% gluconolactone (a poly hydroxy acid) boosts cell turnover and hydration
  • Euclayptus scent

100% Pure tea tree willow bark astringent

100% Pure Tea Tree and Willow Clarifying Astringent

Cocokind acne serum

Cocokind Postbiotic Acne Serum

Used to the people 15% vitamin C clean caffeine energy Serum

Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C Caffeine Serum

It’s important for acne prone skin to use an antioxidant serum like a Vitamin C serum daily. One great option is the Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C one. It’s a clinical-grade 15% vitamin C serum boosted with clean, plant-derived caffeine from superleafs yerba mate and guayusa to immediately brighten, visibly reduce morning puffiness, and hydrate.

Derma E Acne Blemish Treatment Serum

Derma E Acne Blemish Control Treatment Serum (Budget)

Earthwise beauty serum

Earthwise Beauty Nap In The Meadows Serum

Organic and potent, Nap in the Meadows Serum is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, acne-reducing, and hydrating. It begins with a base of cold pressed whole-leaf aloe, next Turmeric CO2 supercritical extract, Yarrow oil from Bulgaria, Copaiba Balsam Resin, German blue chamomile oil, Elderberry extract, Galbanum and more carefully sourced ingredients.

Juice beauty blemish clearing serum

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

Herbal face food serum

Herbal Face Food The Serum I

Osea blemish balm

OSEA Blemish Balm

Tata Harper clarifying moisturizer

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

Banish fighter gel

Banish Fighter Gel Moisturizer

While it’s called a gel, I find Fighter Gel to be more to be a jelly-gel hybrid with an impossibly velvety texture. This product was created by founder Daisy Jing to help with her eczema and psoriasis and was the only product that actually helped her. This jelly sinks into skin effortlessly and feels ultra calming and soothing.

 

 

Earth Harbor Detoxifying Reset Ampoule
Earth Harbor Obscura Detoxifying Reset Ampoule

This non pore-clogging oil helps purify and clarify pores with anti-bacterial Black Seaweed and Black Cumin Seed Oil. It’s a very thin and liquid-like oil that doesn’t feel greasy or heavy at all. Obscura also has Bamboo Charcoal to gently remove impurities, excess oil, and buildup from dead skin cells and toxins. Nourishing oils like Squalane, Kiwi and Tammany oils help balance sebum and reduce inflammation.

Zitsticka megashade

Zitsticka Megashade SPF 50 Sunscreen

Clean skincare for acne

 

 

 

50 Best Wellness 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 specs looks 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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Indie Lee Review + Discount Code

Indie Lee is a natural and organic skincare line, and an OG clean beauty brand that I first discovered almost a decade ago. After the founder Indie Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six months to live in 2009, she made it her mission to educate and empower others to make healthier life choices and create safe, effective products. Her eponymous line has built a cult following over the years, who have peace of mind that if an ingredient is questionable, Indie Lee opts out. Indie Lee is now COSMOS certified and does not use any ingredients that are proven or suspected of causing harm. Read on for my Indie Lee skincare review and save 15% with discount code OBL at Indie Lee. (SAVE 25% this weekend with code HAPPYFOURTH until July 4, 2022)

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19 Best Beauty Supplements for Skin and Hair of 2022

The age old adage beauty starts from within may be referring to food, but it also rings true for skin supplements in today’s fast-paced, shortcut-obsessed world. Beautiful skin and thick hair might not be achieved through natural supplements & hair growth vitamins alone, but it certainly doesn’t hurt when we’re not always able to get in the right amount of daily protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Supplements for acne aren’t just about taking Vitamin C, but approaching beauty from a holistic standpoint – adaptogens to reduce stress, probiotics for gut health, sun-care antioxidants to build your skin’s natural defenses, etc. Popular wellness brands like Moon Juice and Vital Proteins may have reached cult status thanks to being the beauty supplements used by celebrities, but there’s also plenty of niche, high-quality beauty supplement brands you haven’t discovered yet. Read on for the best beauty supplements for skin and hair that will enhance your beauty from the inside out.

Skin supplements

Please note that these skin supplements and hair growth vitamins are not a replacement for your diet. The best vitamins for healthy skin come from real (ideally organic) food in its raw, original form.

Hum daily cleanse

HUM Daily Cleanse

Helping your body rid itself of toxins is key to healthier skin, and HUM Daily Cleanse contains 14 detoxifiers to help clear skin. It’s a great beauty supplement for acne to consider adding to your skincare routine. In fact, people suffering from acne tend to have poor liver detoxification compared to others. HUM Daily Cleanse’s herbal blend helps to detoxify your skin, liver, bowels, kidneys, lungs and the lymphatic system. HUM Nutrition supplements are triple tested for purity and are verified by independent labs.

Hum vitamins

HUM has a wide variety of beauty supplements each targeting a different concern.

Beauty chef inner beauty powder

The Beauty Chef Glow 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.

Ingredients: Bio-Fermented Nutrient Blend With Flora Culture™ (Chickpeas, Mung Beans, Brown Rice, Orange Sweet Potato, Lentils, Queen Garnet Plum, Turmeric, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa), Lemon Juice, Trace Minerals, Flax Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seed, Maqui (Aristotelia Chilensis) Berry Powder, Molasses, Agave, Ginger Powder), Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa) Sprout, Pomegranate Fruit Peel Extract, Dunaliella Salina, Stevia Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Boulardii, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Gut5y™, Kakadu Plum Fruit, Guar Galactomannan, Colored With Black Carrot Juice, Grape Color Extract, Citric Acid, Natural Wild Berry Flavor.

ZUMA Nutrition

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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Bioastin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

Bioastin Hawaiian Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a staple in my skincare supplement routine, and for good reason. Astaxanthin is a whopping 800x stronger than CoQ10, 6000x stronger than Vitamin C and 100x stronger than Vitamin E. BioAstin’s Natural Astaxanthin is sourced from their very own Hawaiian farm in Kona Hawaii since 1991.

For a budget option I also like taking NOW Food’s Astaxanthin.

Aura Inner Beauty Collagen

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.

Ingredients: Hydrolyzed marine collagen (wild-caught fish from Canada, (cod, haddock, pollack) 4500 mg, water/aqua, organic palm-free glycerin, potassium sorbate (from mountain ash berries), Vitamin C as absorbic acid, organic wildberry flavour, organic hibiscus extract.

Pique tes matcha

Pique Tea Matcha

The secret to why Japanese women never age — matcha. Matcha has incredible benefits for skin and bodily health overall, and it also happens to be social media’s favorite wellness drink. One of my favorite matcha brands is Pique. 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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Ora Organic Aloe Gorgeous

Ora Organic Aloe Gorgeous

Ora Organic collagen-boosting powder Aloe Gorgeous doesn’t contain any animal collagen. Instead, this Organic and Vegan Collagen-boosting Powder is packed with aloe vera, protein, silica, and vitamins C and E. This blend of amino acids, vitamins and nutrients help support your body’s natural collagen-making ability

Vanilla Organic Pea Protein, Organic Acerola Cherry Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Gel Powder, Organic Bamboo Whole Plant Extract, Sunflower Vitamin E, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Coconut Milk, Natural Vanilla Flavor

Moon juice

Moon Juice Beauty Dust

Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a blend of adaptogens and herbs that target stress to improve skin clarity and help protect from free radicals and accelerated aging. Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Moon Dust contains Schisandra, Amla, Ashwagandha, Rehmannia, Goji, and Pearl.

Venice Beach, CA- based Moon Dust was created by a mother, chef, and alchemist to harness the healing power of plants, and to nourish body, beauty, and consciousness from the inside out.

Advanced nutrition programme

Advanced Nutrition Programme (for Acne & Problem Skin)

For problem and acne prone skin, Advanced Nutrition Programme is a science-led, results-driven, high-quality range of supplements with full traceability back to their origins.

It contains a cocktail of antioxidants along with vitamins A, C and E to promote collagen production, protect cells from oxidative stress and maintain a healthy complexion.Advanced Nutrition Programme also contains BioResponse DIM – a patented, active plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables.

Vital proteins

Vital Proteins

You can count on the controversy around collagen to continue, but whichever study, finding or doctor you believe or don’t, there will still always be those who stand firmly behind collagen. With Jennifer Aniston as the spokesperson for Vital Proteins, the brand has become bigger than ever.

Thorne research vitamin c

Thorne Research Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin that the body can’t produce, so you need add it either by diet or by supplementation. From a beauty standpoint, Vitamin C is important collagen production and fighting free radicals (causes aging). Thorne’s Vitamin C with Flavonoids contains ascorbic acid and naturally occurring citrus flavonoids. The flavonoids provide greater antioxidant capacity than Vitamin C does alone, thus better scavenging free radicals within the body.

Heliocare Advanced Nicotinamide

Heliocare Advanced Nicotinamide

To shore up the skin’s natural defenses against the sun, look into a sun-care supplement like Heliocare. Heliocare harnesses the antioxidants found in the polypodium leucotomos fern and uses their proprietary Fernblock PLE Technology to help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Lovebug probiotics

Lovebug Probiotics

Made by a mom for moms, Lovebug Probiotics is an award-winning probiotics line that’s great for adults as well. LoveBug Probiotics supplements feature BIO-tract, a patented delivery technology scientifically developed to protect the tablets against stomach acids and other rigors of digestion, so they can reach the gut to perform their work. They include a blend of superior probiotics strains instead of just one and undergo rigorous 3rd party testing.

Lovebug probiotics

Hair Growth Vitamins

Nutrafol hair

Nutrafol Hair Growth Supplement

One of the most clinically backed and tested natural hair growth supplement is Nutrafol. It’s formulated to target the root causes of thinning hair, like stress, environment and nutrition. Using only natural ingredients Nutrafol helps with thicker, stronger hair growth and less shedding. Nutrafol uses high quality, clinically-tested and patented botanical nutraceutical ingredients, meaning that during the extraction and purification process, the ingredients are held to exacting pharmaceutical-grade standards.

Moon juice superhair

Moon Juice SuperHair

Organic and vegan hair supplement SuperHair by Moon Juice is made up of Biotin, Kelp, Saw Palmetto & Horsetail plus full spectrum extractions of Ashwagandha and Ginseng.  It helps to promote healthier, thicker, stronger hair via four different ways: targeting stress with adaptogens, replenishing nutritional deficiencies, providing follicle protection, and boosting critical hair micronutrients. Iodine sourced from the sustainable kelp forests of Iceland, Horsetail wild-grown from Spain and Organic Ashwagandha from Madhya Pradesh, India are some of the 10 bioavailable vitamins in Moon Juice’s SuperHair hair multivitamin.

Bridget b well omega

Briogeo B Well Vegan Omega

For a vegan algae-derived omega supplement that doesn’t come from animals, check out Briogeo’s Vegan Omega 3, 6, 9 + Biotin. This fish oil alternative contains a proprietary blend of Ahiflower Oil, the highest source of SDA, omega-3-6-9 fatty acids from a single plant, biotin and a micro-algae- derived DHA complex rich in omega-3. It also contains Niacin, Copper, DHA, Silica and a blend of vitamins.

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HUM Hair Sweet Hair

HUM Hair Sweet Hair is a berry-flavored vegan hair gummy that contains zinc, biotin, folic acid and Fo-Ti, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine to support healthy hair growth and boost natural hair color.

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Vegamour GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair Growth

The Vegamour GRO Biotin Gummies for Hair are delicious once-a-day strawberry-flavored gummies packed with ingredients that work from the inside out. The gummies come in a beautiful glass pink jar that looks so elegant and are loaded with vegan biotin and folic acid, vitamins B-5, 6 and 12 and vitamins C, A and E. The GRO Biotin Gummies are actually one of the more affordable products in the Vegamour line at just $24, and if you opt for their 3 or 5 month bundles you receive built-in savings.

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Better roots root boost hair supplement

Better Roots Rootboost Complex

Launched in 2022, EVOLVh’s Better Roots RootBoost Complex is a nutraceutical blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids scientifically proven for healthy hair regrowth. It contains a bioavailable pea sprout extract – AnaGain Nu. Their AnaGain Nu isextracted from Organic pea shoots and stimulates the hair follicle by encouraging the activity of the two signaling molecules responsible for new hair growth.

The Better Roots supplement is intentionally formulated without high-dose Biotin and common adaptogens like Ashwagandha that have been known to interfere with the function of SSRI and thyroid medications.

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Melia Cala Galdana Menorca Hotel Review 2022

I went on a 4 day trip in August to Menorca, a small island next to Mallorca in the Balearic Islands and had to go with the best hotel I could find. The Melia Cala Galdana looked like true luxury and seemed to have the best oceanfront views. The cost was about 430 euros per night, which is very pricey for a hotel on a relatively quiet Spanish island, but after staying at the hotel the cost is definitely worth it if you’re going in high season.

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  • Room 4.5/5 (-.5 pt: docked for being very small, basic amenities)
  • Service 3.8/5 (-1pt: came 10 minutes before breakfast was ending and was not welcomed by the waitress working, tried to order pancakes/omelette as usual and was told the kitchen was closed when the chef was clearly manning it. -1 pt: Added an extra night to our stay at check in and was not upgraded even though I was a Melia Pro member and there was confirmed availability. +.8 pt: Champagne and dessert provided
  • Pools 3/5 Infinity pool not Available to all guests, public pool nothing special
  • Food 5/5 Cape Nao was excellent, Quality breakfast
  • Location 5/5
  • Facilities 5/5

Melia Cala Galdana room Menorca

Melia Cala Galdana Menorca
View from the Deluxe Room balcony

View from the buffet breakfast and half board dinner restaurant 

View from the lounge restaurant

Melia Cala Galdana pool Menorca

Infinity pool available only to certain room level guests 
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Breakfast Buffet

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Half board dinner buffet

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Plant Therapy Review 2022 + Discount Code

Plant therapy review

Plant Therapy is an essential oil company based out of Idaho that offers affordable natural wellness and personal care products. Their extensive number of essential oils are independent third-party tested, with GC-MS test reports shown on each product page. From body lotions to remedy balms and face serums to CBD oil, Plant Therapy offers just about everything for those seeking budget friendly everyday solutions. They’re sold via their website and Amazon store. I tried a number of Plant Therapy products and am sharing my thoughts in this Plant Therapy review.

Plant therapy

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Plant Therapy offers over 100 essential oils for aromatherapy and DIY projects. The peppermint oil is derived using the steam distillation method while the lemon essential oils is cold-pressed. The lavender oil is steam distilled and every batch goes through multiple rounds of organoleptic testing and GC-MS testing by third-party laboratories to prove purity and quality,

Theres so many ways to use these essential oils:

  • Diffuser (Plant Therapy offers a variety)
  • DIY home spray
  • DIY cleaning spray
  • Bath oil

Plant therapy castor oil

Organic Castor Oil

Plant Therapy offers a USDA certified organic castor oil that also comes in a Starter Set for you to create your own DIY brow serum and lash serum. Castor oil is famous for its ability to help with hair growth and being used as a natural lash grower. Plant Therapy’s is so affordable at $12.

Plant therapy

Age Defying Body Creme 

I was pleasantly surprised by the Plant Therapy Body Cream. It has a whipped creamy texture and feels very moisturizing without being heavy.  The Body Creme contains Shea Butter, Argan Oil and Squalane and comes in an unscented version along with a few scented versions.

Plant Therapy Healing Balm

Healing Balm

The Plant Therapy Healing Balm is a light green-hued balm is a multi-purpose remedy balm with Shea Butter, Tamanu Oil, and Calendula Extract and can be used for all sorts of skin ailments. Scrapes, sunburns, chaffing, diaper rash and itching can all be soothed with this simple blend of natural ingredients.

Plant therapy body wash

Plant Therapy Body Wash

Plant Therapy offers a gigantic 32 ounce bottle of peppermint tea tree water wash that is great value for money, especially if you have a family that uses up body wash quickly. The tea tree and peppermint is decently strong and provides a very refreshing shower experience. This one is a hit with my partner.

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Sun Home Saunas Review + Discount Code

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

Sun Home Saunas offers Clearlight infrared saunas, traditional saunas, infrared sauna blankets and red light therapy devices to upgrade your wellness routine. These devices help with the body’s natural detoxification, weight loss, stress relief, chronic pain relief, improved sleep and energy levels and skin health. If you’re interested in the idea of getting sauna sessions in without ever having to leave your home, infrared sauna blankets are the ideal solution. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the Sun Home Sauna Infrared Sauna Blanket.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

Infrared Sauna Blanket Benefits

  • Weight loss by burning off hundreds of calories in a session and increasing metabolic rate
  • Better immunity through toxin elimination and cellular energy creation
  • Reduced stress
  • Better sleep
  • Infrared therapy is used to treat sports injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other painful conditions

Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared light waves heat the body directly and increase your body’s core temperature without relying on intense high heat. This increases circulation and blood flow, delivering nutrients to the body without over-challenging the muscles that need a little rest.

Unloading the toxic burden on your body is a great way to promote overall health and longevity. Just one sauna blanket session can help relax the mind, boost your mood, promotes glowing skin, and even stimulates your brain’s feel-good chemicals give you that natural high.

Another added benefit? You can burn upwards of 600 calories in just one sweaty session (without moving a muscle.) Whether you’re as healthy as ever or struggling with health conditions, far infrared rays are fantastic for deep, intracellular healing and opening your detox pathways.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The Sun Home Saunas Blanket comes with:

  • Infrared Sauna Blanket
  • Travel bag backpack
  • Power cord
  • User manual

The warranty is one year. Some unique features about the Sun Home Saunas Infrared Blanket is that it has:

  • Temperature setting control of 25 to 75 degrees
  • Timer setting of 30 minutes to 60 minutes
  • A couple color options (I have the zebra print)

Sun home sauna Blanket

One thing to note is that this is a velcro blanket and it’s very strong Velcro, so pulling it apart can be difficult.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The control pad is a lot sleeker and more modern than other blanket control pads.

Sun home sauna infrared blanket

The Sun Home Saunas blanket heats up very quickly and the highest temperature setting of 75 is a tad too hot yet still bearable for me when I want a deep sweat session. Otherwise I like 60-65 degrees for a comfortable strong heat.

Remember to:

  • Wear comfortable loose clothing
  • Wear socks to protect your feet from the heat
  • Place a towel to protect the blanket from your sweat

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Prima Hemp Review 2022: Must Read Before Buying

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. Read on for my review of Prima hemp products.

Prima hemp wellness

Here’s a breakdown of Prima hemp products:

  • Vegan
  • Hemp sourced from Oregon farms
  • Prima products are tested for purity, potency and pollutants (cannabinoids, terpenes, heavy metals, pesticides (including glyphosate), solvents, mycotoxins and bacteria.
  • Test results on every batch accessible on the Prima website
  • Prima supplements cost: $35-$50
  • Prima Skincare cost: $30-$80

Why CBD?

Known for its ability to reduce inflammation (the root cause of all skin havoc) and neutralize free radical damage, CBD skincare has numerous studies pointing to its health, wellness and skin benefits.

CBD is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It has been shown in multiple studies to reduce overproduction of sebum. One study even found that CBD could prevent acne in multiple ways.

Benefits of CBD for Skin

  • Treat Inflammatory Acne: can help reduce redness, pain, and swelling associated with inflammatory acne.
  • Regulate Oil Production: helps regulate hormones involved in oil production, reducing excess sebum.
  • Reduce Breakouts
  • Calm Rosacea 
  • Neutralize Free Radical Damage
  • Soothe Eczema: fights irritation and inflammation caused by eczema + chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Decrease Hormonal Conditions: CBD is considered an adaptogen and can decrease the effects of hormones from stress
  • Hydration: has moisturizing properties to fight dryness

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Prima Chill Out Vegan Hemp Chews

The Prima Chill Out Hemp Chews contain:

  • Bio-available Magnesium
  • 20 mg of CBD
  • 10 vitamins and minerals
  • Patent-Pending Delivery System and Formula Composition

I find the Prima hemp chews to actually ease tension and promote relaxation very quickly. BUT, they have a strong bitter taste that I can imagine is off-putting for some. Despite that, I’m very happy with my purchase of these. I was having a tension headache and a not-so-great day in general, and when I took three of the Prima Hemp Chews I felt the headache begin to melt away within an hour. It wasn’t completely gone but I felt noticeably better and relaxed.

Ingredients: Magnesium (as malate/taurinate), Organic Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract (aerial parts), HempMag™ Neuro-Nutrient Blend [Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), Niacin (as niacinamide), Citrus Bioflavonoids, Pantothenic Acid (as calcium d-pantothenate), Pyridoxine (as hydrochloride), Riboflavin, Thiamine (as mononitrate), PABA, Chromium (as polynicotinate), Biotin]

Other Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil†, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Citric Acid, Sea Salt.
† Sustainably sourced

Prima body oil

Prima Beyond Body Oil

Packaged in a beautiful hefty glass bottle, the Prima Beyond Body Oil is a stress-fighting body oil containing magnesium, helichrysum, Squalane and a whopping 600 mg of CBD. This leans medium weight in consistency and feels very moisturizing. The hemp scent is very strong and feels incredibly grounding and calming. There’s also rosehip and hemp seed oil along with a bevy of essential oils for more therapeutic benefits. Overall, this is a beautiful high-quality body oil product that’s thoughtfully formulated with organic ingredients.

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My PRP Vampire Facial Review with Photos 2022

I love taking care of my skin in more technologically advanced ways, whether it’s skin laser or more invasive skin treatments. Might as well take full advantage of the technology we have access to in Elon Musk’s world. I mean there’s an entire booming industry that develops all the million dollar gizmos and gadgets for us beauty obsessed folks. I’ve been to the big aesthetics expos and the innovations happening are very VERY exciting. While not new, one such innovation is the PRP facial aka Platelet Rich Plasma Facial aka Vampire Facial aka the Kim Kardashian Facial. It’s a healthier alternative to hyaluronic acid fillers because instead of injecting a foreign substance into your face, you’re putting your own platelets taken from your blood back in. A professional PRP facial at a medical spa or aesthetics center can set you back around $500 for a single session. You’ll get the most dramatic results with multiple sessions, ideally three. Read on for my PRP facial review along with photos from every step of the process.

I went to Regeneva Aesthetics Center in Switzerland, which I know sounds fancy because it’s Switzerland, but this was a very cozy, down-to-earth space at the edge of the city. I also got JUST the PRP facial and didn’t get it done with Microneedling which are commonly done together. I’ve had Microneedling facials done separately though, which cost about $200 so much more affordable though less technologically advanced than PRP.

PRP Facial Benefits

The PRP facial is ideal for people who have:

  • Wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Scars

Overall it’s good for anyone interested in an anti-aging treatment. A vampire facial can help:

  • Stimulate collagen production and elastin
  • Plump skin
  • Firm up sagging skin
  • Reduce acne scars
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation

PRP vampire facial

I attempted to blur out anything that might be a trigger in these PRP facial photos.

I first had a quick consultation with the doctor who would be performing the treatment. She then applied numbing cream, and I had to wait about 30 minutes for it to fully kick in.

Warning! PRP does involve drawing blood and needles! Just one needle but may not be for those terrified of needles.

PRP vampire facial
The drawn blood is then “spun” in a device called a centrifuge, which separates the plasma rich platelets from the blood.

PRP vampire facial

The needle with all those good platelets is then injected back into your skin at dozens of points across your face. It felt like tiny pricks but I didn’t experience any actual pain thanks to the strong numbing cream. The actual injecting platelets back in part is very short (maybe 10-15 minutes), and it was the numbing cream and centrifuge portion that took up majority of the time.

PRP Facial

Because I didn’t get the Microneedling done, I didn’t have a bloody face like you often see. Instead, I just had little tiny red dots where the pricks were made. Zero swelling and zero downtime — I was able to get back to my day as usual.

Over the next few days my skin was very dry and there was some tiny bruising with certain pricks but this all went away fairly quickly. They say the full results of the facial are visible after four weeks, but I already noticed a different around week 2 and 3. My skin tone was vibrant and bright and just looked very healthy. It might have even been a little plumper.

Platelet rich plasma facial

Check out my Picosure Laser review with before and after photos from 3 sessions

Pique Tea Review 2022 + Discount Code

If you’re looking for the latest innovation in tea, look no further because Pique Tea is here and they’ve reimagined tea in a way that has got this diehard coffee (and matcha latte) addict excited about drinking tea. Pique Tea isn’t your usual tea bag that you’ve always known. Pique Teas are cold-brewed tea crystals. Sounds perfect for the modernista lifestyle. 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. Read on to learn all about Pique Tea and my honest thoughts – plus save 10% with Pique discount code OBL at www.piquelife.com.

Pique Tea review

Pique Tea was created by Asia-born and Harvard-educated Simon Cheng who suffered from multiple health issues including respiratory infections that left him with staples in his lungs and a screw in his jaw. Through his own personal healing journey he sought to create clean and clinically-based teas that would help him and others.

Pique Tea

What is Pique Tea

Pique tea crystals are made from a patented process called Full-Spectrum Isolate Synthesis [F-SIS]TM which synthesizes the most bioactive isolates with whole food sources to deliver essential nutrients into your cells for enhanced absorption. Here’s a simple graphic depicting the process.

Pique Tea

Pique Tea first chooses the best quality organic loose leaf grade tea leaves they can find. They then cold brew the tea leaves for up to 8 hours to maximize the antioxidant compounds. Finally, through a combination of pressure and dehydration at a low temperature, the tea leaves are filtered out and the remaining liquid is dehydrated to produce the tea crystals.

Pique Tea states that their cold brew crystallization process ensures their tea has 12X as many nutrients as ordinary tea.

But it doesn’t end there…

Pique tea crystals are triple screened for toxins like heavy metals, mold, and pesticides to ensure quality. Pique Tea is the first tea company to Triple Toxin Screen their teas.

What exactly is Pique’s triple screen process?

  • The First screen is conducted on raw materials using a third party lab.
  • The Second screen is conducted internally after raw materials have been procured.
  • The Third screen is conducted after Tea Crystals have been extracted using a third party lab.

Pique tests for heavy metals: Lead(Pb), Cadmium(Cd), Mercury (Hg), and Arsenic(As). and Sun Goddess Matcha and Electric Turmeric are tested additionally for radioactive isotopes. The mycotoxins they test for are: Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2 and Ochratoxin A (OTA). And lastly, Pique screens for all pesticides prohibited by the USDA for organic compliance, often to the standard set by the EU and Japan.

How Does Pique Tea Source Their Teas?

All Pique Teas are certified USDA organic and are sourced from family farms from all over the world. That includes the United States, China, Japan, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, America, Italy and Germany. Pique Tea handpicks from regions that are amongst the world’s greatest and most protected sources of biodiversity.

  •  Sun Goddess Matcha: sourced from Kagoshima, at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago, next to Japan’s first national park and neighbor to the famous Blue Zone, Okinawa.
  • Fermented Pu’er Tea: sourced from wild growing tea trees in a primordial forest in Yunnan Province at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.
  • Jasmine Green Tea: sourced from a family-owned tea garden situated inside the Mogan Mountain National park in Zhejiang Province above 2000 ft elevation.
  • Pique’s black teas: sourced from Idulgashinna, a biodynamic tea estate in the Uva region of Sri Lanka, and from Northeast India near the Namdapha National Park.

Pique Tea review

My Pique Tea Experience

Pique Tea comes in a small paper sachet as a soft fine powder that you add to 8 oz of cold or hot water. The Jasmine Green is a favorite and smells so fragrant as soon as you open the packet. If you love Jasmine I highly recommend the Jasmine Green Tea! The taste is strong in a good way.

Green tea is known for its catechins, like the powerful epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that supports cellular health.

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. This has been a staple in my summer wellness routine. It’s a tad pricy as you’d expect from high quality ceremonial grade matcha at $58, but you receive 28 packets so it comes out to about $2 per matcha drink. These dissolve seamlessly even in cold water and the taste is so pure without strong bitterness.

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

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.

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

Pique Sun Goddess Matcha
What Teas does Pique Offer?

Pique Tea offers a wide range of green teas, black teas, herbal teas, and mushroom teas. Each tea comes in individual packets making them easy to take on the go.

  • Green Teas: 5 varieties
  • Black Teas: 3 varieties
  • Herbal Teas: 4 varieties
  • Fasting Teas: 5 varieties
  • Fermented Teas: 2 varieties
  • Mushroom Teas: 4 varieties

Black tea is especially high in theaflavin polyphenols, which have been researched and proven to support digestive health and gut microflora.

Turmeric is known for its curcumin – an antioxidant associated with a myriad of health benefits such as supporting a healthy response to inflammation, robust immune system, and healthy joint function

Pique Tea

Pique Tea

Pique Tea Daily Radiance Elderberry Vitamin C

 

Pique Tea Elderberrry Liposomal Vitamin C

Pique Tea offers two new supplements and I was able to try the Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C. Pique uses a Liposomal Encapsulation Technology that maximizes phytonutrient potential and absorption.

Elderberries have been long prized for their powerful antioxidant cocktail of polyphenols, vitamin C, anthocyanins, and flavanols to support a healthy immune system!

Pique Tea

This is a liquid supplement that comes in a little packet and can be taken with or without food. The Pique Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C is very very sweet and syrup like. It packs a powerful punch with:

  • 1. 1900mg fresh-pressed juice concentrate from the finest organic black European elderberries, an antioxidant all-star for helping cells protect against free radicals.
  • 2. 1000mg sodium ascorbate – a buffered, “non-acidic” form of Vitamin C that’s gentle on your stomach. Supports healthy collagen levels for a plump, supple complexion.
  • 3. Liposomes from essential phospholipids that preserve and deliver the antioxidant power of Vitamin C where it’s needed. Made with non-GMO sunflower phospholipids, not soy.

Pique Tea Daily Immune

No preservatives, no refined sugar and no additives.

What does Daily Radiance Elderberry Liposomal Vitamin C help with?

  • natural collagen production and healthy skin
  • supports healthy immune function
  • helps protect cells from harmful free radicals

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Pique Tea Caffeine Levels

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African Botanics Skincare Review 2022

African Botanics Fleurs Afrique intensive reovery oil

African Botanics is a hyper-luxe green beauty brand harnessing South Africa’s unique ingredients, raw materials, and active plant extracts. A shining example of eco-luxury skincare, African Botanics combines ancient African phytochemistry with cutting-edge botanical pharmacology. They strive to pay proper homage to traditional African medicinal knowledge and Africa’s biodiversity. The most effective South African plants are first sustainably sourced from the country’s remote, untouched regions and then combined with powerful actives chosen with the help of botanists and biochemists both in South Africa and across the world. African Botanics then uses advanced extraction and encapsulation methods to create highly active and concentrated products. And yes, all this costs a pretty penny as the line ranges from $100-$350. I’ve tried a handful of African Botanics skincare over the years and am sharing my thoughts in this African Botanics review.

African botanics skincareAfrican Botanics’ founders hail from South Africa but live in Los Angeles. Their skincare brand is their connection to their homeland and they take great care in making sure that they operate their company in a way that uplifts the South African people. African Botanics’ marketing imagery is produced and shot exclusively in South Africa and features local photographers, models and production crews. They work directly with a small, independent network of individuals and support women-owned businesses wherever possible. Finally, African Botanics is committed to using only sustainably and ethically harvested wild-grown and biodynamic ingredients.
African Botanics fleurs d Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil

Fleurs d Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil

One of my favorites from the African Botanics range is their Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil. This exquisitely formulated face oil begins in a base of watermelon seed oil and contains encapsulated Retinol with time release technology along with pure Vitamin E, Vitamin C, CoQ10 and Micro-algae. The Jasmine scented Fleurs d’Afrique helps with overall anti-aging concerns along with acne and pigmentation.

The cutting-edge formula harnesses the potency of night-blooming Baobab extract, alongside ‘The Queen of the Night’ – Jasmine Grandiflorum – hand-picked at dusk. This super concentrated and powerful oil-serum is ideal for normal, dry, combination, oily and unbalanced complexions; neutralizing the harmful effects of everyday exposure to pollutants and UV and Improves the appearance of fine lines. This face oil really did improve the look of my skin while I used it and I felt that I had an overall glowier complexion.

African Botanics Eye Ge Serum

Eye Contour Gel Serum

I’ve tried my fair share of ultra luxe eye products, but this gel serum by African Botanics stands out most to me. Not only in its exceptional ingredient formulation, but the luxurious texture and consistency. The clear, colorless gel somehow contains Ceramides, Coffee, Copper, Lupine Oligosaccharides, Yeast Beta-Glucan, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Arnica and fucoidan-rich Seaweed extract. I wish I could slather my whole face with it. This is so elegant and it works without issue under both sunscreen and makeup. It fees like a thick bouncy serum and instantly hydrates my undereyes and diminishes fine lines.

 

African botanics cel resurrection serum

Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum

The African Botanics Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum is a retinol gel serum featuring encapsulated Retinol, Resveratrol and peptides. It also has Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes rich in sulforaphane, an antioxidant phytonutrient that inhibits pigmentation, Fucus Vesiculosus rich in phlorotannin antioxidants, bioactive polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and Cape Chamomile. This is a light gel serum that doesn’t have the sticky factor or “wet” sensation of most serums. It’s more of a “dry” serum for lack of a better word and feels like a second skin when applied. The formula is so elegant, but just like the rest of the African Botanics line, you don’t need something this hyper luxe if it doesn’t make sense for your budget.African Botanics Silver Rescue Cream

 

 

Silver Rescue Cream

The Silver Rescue Cream is specifically formulated for sensitive skin and it’s a luscious medium-weight almost rich silky cream with zero scent. Surprisingly, Silver Rescue Cream has full spectrum CBD, which was undoubtedly chosen for its ability to reduce inflammation, calm rosacea and soothe eczema.

Silver Rescue Cream also contains Resurrection plant and Devil’s Claw (rich in glycosides, Phytosterols, Flavonoids, Trehalose sugar, polysaccharides and arbutin), Colloidal Silver, Rooibos Tea, Marigold Flower Extract, Marula, Rosehip, Squalane, Baobab Fruit and Bulbine frutescens, a unique plant with incredible healing, soothing and moisturizing qualities.

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Kosas Makeup Review 2022: Best Kosas Products

Kosas makeup

Is Kosas a good makeup brand? Today we’re diving into the female founded clean makeup brand that creates skin-forward makeup with high color performance and better ingredients. How clean is Kosas? Kosas is not 100% natural makeup, not organic and does include synthetics. Just about every brand says they ban 2,000 ingredients these days, so that’s not really a measure of how clean it is. Whatever “clean” means to you, you should look at the ingredients lists to see what they do put in. Nevertheless, Kosas is widely accessible as a Sephora aisle staple and wildly popular thanks to celebs like Hailey Bieber featuring them in her social media. Iranian American Sheena Yaitanes founded Kosas in 2015 with 4 lipsticks and grew the line into a full blown makeup brand. Today, the most popular Kosas product is their Revealer concealer. I’m sharing my honest opinion on their makeup in this Kosas review.

Kosas makeup

I purchased my Kosas products off of Amazon and they seemed to be the real deal, even though I bought it from other sellers as Kosas doesn’t have their own Amazon store. But I recommend either trying out the products in store at Sephora if there’s a store near you or purchasing from Credo Beauty.

If you’re looking for 100% natural makeup that uses plenty of organic ingredients, then check out this post.

Kosas swatches

I’m also sharing Kosas swatches in this post!

Kosas Revealer Concealer

Kosas Revealer Concealer Review

The Kosas concealer is a creamy liquid concealer that provides me with light to medium coverage. I don’t consider this a heavy duty concealer at all and can almost use it as a regular foundation. It has more of a satin finish versus a matte one, and leaves your skin looking like your skin but more even toned and brighter. If you’re looking for a concealer that’s on the lighter end and leaves a glowy finish, then the Kosas concealer is probably for you. If full coverage is what you want, then I wouldn’t recommend Kosas. Some great high coverage clean concealers include Clove + Hallow, Lily Lolo and Fitglow Beauty.

Kosas tinted face oil

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

I normally don’t like foundations that come in the form of face oils, but the Kosas one isn’t so bad. If you compare Kosas to ILIA Super Serum Tint SPF 40, the Kosas one is thinner in consistency. Still, I can’t imagine oily skin people  being in love with this product. Kosas Tinted Face Oil provides light to medium coverage and leaves a dewy finish that dries down to a more satin finish. Using a setting powder can help mattify the finish if you find it overly shiny.
Kosas swatches

Kosas foundation swatches
Kosas Tinted Face Oil contains:

Avocado Oil and Meadowfoam Oil: Moisturizes and plumps skin’s appearance.
– Red Raspberry Oil and Jojoba Oil: Soothes.
– Camellia Seed Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil: Balances and brightens

This has a very clean and simple ingredients list which I appreciate.

Kosas tinted lip balm

Kosasport Lip Fuel Lip Balm

Offered in three shades and a non-tinted shade, Kosas Sport Lip Balm is a skincare-forward tinted lip balm with Hyaluronic Acid, Wild Mint, and Konkani Root along with plenty of nourishing plant oils and butters. Highly moisturizing and loaded with a decent amount of pigment, Kosas Sport LipFuel Lip Balm is a cult favorite.
Kosas lip balm

Kosas tinted lip balm offers high color payoff if you’re looking for a clean tinted lip balm that isn’t sheer. The formula is dense yet creamy and comes in an oval shape that covers for lip surface area than other lip balms.

Kosas lipstick

Kosas Lipstick

Kosas Weightless lipsticks are rich, buttery and intensely pigmented lipsticks with a satin finish. They’re made in a base of castor seed oil and waxes and contain plenty of nourishing butters and oils like mango seed butter, jojoba oil, Rosehip seed oil and cocoa seed butter and are pigmented with natural and synthetic color.

Kosas lipstick swatches

The most wearable, everyday-type Kosas lipstick shades are Rosewater, Stardust and Vegas. I swatched all 11 Kosas lipstick shades below.

Kosas lipstick swatches

Kosas deodorant

Kosas Chemistry Deodorant

I purchased the Kosas deodorant in Serene Clean, and while it’s not my favorite deodorant, my partner enjoys this one. Instead of baking soda or powders to fight odor, the Kosas deodorant is a liquid serum with a blend of AHA’s (Shikimic Acid, Mandelic Acid and Lactic Acid). It’s a completely clear thin liquid that’s stain free, but does have that “wet” feeling that some may not enjoy in a deodorant. I wouldn’t consider this a heavy duty deodorant, but it does keep pits fresh.
Kosas deodorant

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Mandelic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Cocoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Shikimic Acid, Lactic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Cananga Odorata Flower (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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8 Best Natural Non-Toxic Toothpastes of 2022

Looking for the best non toxic toothpastes made of clean and natural ingredients? There are plenty of fluoride free toothpastes to choose from (or even natural toothpastes with fluoride) – the options are endless. Clean and non toxic toothpastes should be free of artificial sweeteners, coloring, sodium lauryl sulfate (associated with canker sores) triclosan (a pesticide used to fight plaque and gingivitis), and Fluoride, which can be toxic at high levels. Since we’re directly putting toothpastes in our mouths, ideally two to three times a day, it makes sense that we want healthier, natural toothpastes. Throw out your toxic Crest toothpaste and read on for the best natural and non toxic toothpastes for the whole family.

Non toxic toothpastes

Read Before You Buy Toothpaste

Almost every natural toothpaste, and toothpaste for that matter, uses the word whitening. Please don’t expect any actual whitening results. By whitening these brands mean your teeth will look brighter from cleaning, but if you want to remove stains from your teeth, buy an actual teeth whitening product NOT toothpaste.

Also, many brands now offer natural toothpastes with and without fluoride. Choosing which will depend on whether you’re team fluoride or not. Fluoride is a neurotoxin linked to lower IQ, fertility issues, cancer, ADHD and more, but many dentists believe in fluoride.

Boka toothpaste
Boka Toothpaste

Swapping toxic fluoride and SLS for a safe alternative, nano-hydroxyapatite, Boka helps remineralize teeth, and fight plaque and sensitivity. Nano-hydroxyapatite is an evolution in dentistry that’s already been a gold standard in Japan for over 40-years. Also known as n-Ha, it makes up the foundation of teeth and bones, meaning it’s naturally restorative and helpful in reducing sensitivity.

Boka toothpastes are 100% biocompatible and non-toxic, and contain aloe vera, bacteria-fighting xylitol, antioxidant-rich green tea and refreshing mint. They have a salve consistency versus the creamy nature of conventional toothpastes. I found Boka toothpastes to have a good amount of minty-ness to make my mouth feel fresh and clean. Compared to Risewell, Boka toothpastes are denser with more grip and mintier.

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Risewell toothpaste

Risewell Toothpaste

  • Wild mint flavored
  • Fluoride-free, paraben-free, vegan & cruelty-free
  • No harsh foaming agents; SLS & sulfate-free
  • Made with naturally-derived hydroxyapatite, a mineral that makes up 97% of our tooth enamel and strengthens and restores your tooth enamel
  • Antiplaque & naturally whitening
  • Naturally flavored with essential oils
  • Risewell even recommends not rinsing and leaving the toothpaste in the mouth after brushing

 

 

Hello toothpaste

Hello Toothpaste

  • Black toothpaste made with activated charcoal from bamboo
  • Very budget friendly with wide variety of options with and without fluoride
  • Doesn’t contain alcohol, peroxide, artificial sweeteners/flavors, sls/sulfates, dyes, microbeads, parabens, and gluten.
  • Certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan
  • Shop Hello on Amazon

Native toothpaste

Native Toothpaste

  • Gentle creamy toothpaste
  • Made without Triclosan, SLS, and Artificial Preservatives
  • Contains: Hydrated Silica, whitener derived from naturally occuring minerals, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, a fruit-based natural cleanser, Peppermint Oil
  • Contains naturally derived flavor

Davids natural toothpaste

Davids Toothpaste

  • Creamy natural toothpaste that’s fluoride free and SLS free
  • Comes in a recyclable metal tube
  • 98% USA origin ingredients
  • Natural peppermint oil flavoring and stevia

Bite toothpaste bits

Bite Toothpaste Bits

Bite Toothpaste Bits is a zero waste brand based out of Marina del Rey, California creating plastic-free, clean toothpaste, mouthwash and body care products. The small company hit it big when they appeared on Shark Tank and count celebs like Kristen Bell as a fan. Today, their innovative eco-friendly toothpastes bits are fluoride free, vegan, made with nano hydroxyapatite and plant-derived, high quality ingredients and sent off in sustainable packaging.

You bite down onto the toothpaste bit then use a wet toothbrush. You don’t get the creamy pasty feeling of a regular toothpaste. Bite Toothpaste Bit me are much thinner in consistency once mixed with water, but they still provide a minty clean refreshing feeling at the end. Fluoride and non fluoride options available.

Ojook toothpaste

Ojook Toothpaste

Ojook reminds me of the Korean toothpastes my mom has us use growing up. Ojook is the first nano hydroxyapatite + Korean bamboo salt toothpaste (yes it’s very salty!). It reduces plaque build-up and bacteria, and is formulated with nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) to remineralize enamel and prevent sensitivity. Alkaline 9x roasted bamboo salt restores ideal mouth chemistry, promoting healthy gums and fresh breath.

Better better toothpaste

Better & Better Toothpaste

Better & Better toothpastes are fluoride free, vegan and clean with organic coconut oil, organic blue agave, organic stevia, organic menthol, organic xylitol, organic spearmint, organic peppermint, baking soda, vitamin B12 as Methylcobalamin, and organic vitamin D3 as Cholecalciferol from Algae. You get to brush  with 80% of your recommended daily dose of D3 and 100% of B12.

 

 

DRMTLGY Skincare Review

DRMTLGY is not an organic or clean skincare brand, but if you’re curious about the brand keep reading. I don’t like the formulations of most of the DRMTLGY products, but one product I AM partial to is their sunscreen. The Broad Spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen by DRMTLGY is a mineral hybrid sunscreen that I feel people who normally hate all mineral sunscreens would actually enjoy using. If you’re curious, keep reading for my DRMTLGY sunscreen review and why I wouldn’t purchase most of their products.

DRMTLGY Skincare

DRMTLGY Sunscreen SPF 45

The reason I think people who normally hate mineral sunscreens will enjoy DRMTLGY’s is because it feels weightless on the skin and feels like a silky hydrating lotion that goes on invisible leaving no white cast (because it’s a hybrid Sunscreen). It has a skin like natural finish that doesn’t leave your skin looking dewy but does have it feeling hydrated. There’s no scent and the sleek design and convenient pump are an extra plus.

Just want to reiterate that this is not a clean or natural skincare brand, so this sunscreen is not clean either. It has plenty of synthetics, but in the name of sunscreen I’m overlooking it. If you hate mineral sunscreens or have never tried them before, then consider this a stepping stone to the world of clean sunscreens. Baby steps are good too!

DRMTLGY Sunscreen

The tinted version by DRMTLGY is just a hair higher in SPF and fees just like the non-tinted version with a sheer beige tint. Don’t expect coverage from it though. It has more of a subtle blurring effect of anything.

Drmtlgy skincare

DRMTLGY Ingredients

The above is the ingredients list of DRMTLGY’s Water Creme Moisturizer, and it really just looks like a cocktail of synthetic ingredients and fillers.

 

Cure Hydration Review + Discount Code

Cure Hydration electrolyte drink 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. Cure electrolyte drink mixes have been so great to have during these 95 degree summer days. Read on for my Cure Hydration review and save 20% with discount code OBL at Cure.

Cure hydration drinks are:

+ Made with plant-based, non-GMO ingredients
+ No added sugar, artificial sweeteners, or sugar alcohols
+ Based on the World Health Organization’s ORS formula 
+ ORS has been proven to hydrate as effectively as an IV drip 
+ Non-GMO Project Verified | Certified Kosher | Vegan | Gluten Free 
+ Made for everyone! Adults and children 1 or older
+ FSA/HSA Eligible

Their electrolyte drink mixes are based on the World Health Organization’s standard of rehydration, known as Oral Rehydration Solution. Each packet of Cure contains electrolytes and glucose to facilitate rapid hydration directly into your bloodstream. It’s as effective as an IV drip, but way more convenient. If you’re experiencing fatigue, lack of focus, muscle cramps and headaches it could be a sign you’re dehydrated – something to watch out for during summer especially!

Cure was also named Best Hydrating Drink Mix by Women’s Health Magazine.

Cure Hydration Ingredients

Cure Hydration is made with coconut water, Pink Himalayan Salt, non GMO citric acid, Sodium Citrate and organic superfood ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and fruit juice powder.

My Thoughts

I’m not particularly drawn to Cure’s electrolyte packets during the colder months, but they’re a godsend during summer. I cannot get enough of these when it’s hot – I wish I could drink one or two everyday, but then I’d run out too quickly. If I’m feeling sluggish and run down from the heat, a packet of Cure seems to not only hydrate but also refresh me!

I’m not big on the fruity flavors, but I love the Ginger Turmeric one. This one tastes truly healthy while some of the others are a touch too sweet for my liking. I like the lemon and berry one after Ginger Turmeric.

The small paper packets are easy to transport with me wherever I go.

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Berkey Water Filter Review 2022

Berkey water filter

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. With tap water in US cities being heavily contaminated with hazardous chemicals and toxins, making sure you’re drinking clean water is a must. Berkey systems remove 99.99% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses for the cleanest water possible. The filter’s proprietary design also allows healthful beneficial minerals (like calcium, potassium) to remain in your water while removing chemicals, harmful sedimentary minerals, heavy metals and other contaminants (independent test results). If you’re looking for a countertop water filtration system, check out my Berkey Water Filter review.

Berkey water filter

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of drinking water quality from 31 million state water records, when some Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also potentially drinking contaminants like lead, arsenic, the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. These contaminants found in our tap water are linked to cancer, brain and nervous system damage, fertility problems, hormone disruption and other health harms. You can check your zip code at EWG’s Tap Water Database.

Berkey water filter

Berkey Water Filter System

Berkey filters cost $300 to $500 and are an investment for your whole family. They offer a variety of sizes including a couple compact options like the Travel Berkey that I own, as well as shower filters.

The taste of Berkey’s purified water is noticeably different, which gives me extra peace of mind knowing that it’s doing its job. The Travel Berkey holds about 1.5 gallons and fits snugly on top of my kitchen countertop next to my other appliances. Berkey now offers a stand so you can comfortably fit a glass under the spigot, but you can also just place it by the sink so there’s room for your glass. If you have a small kitchen or don’t have a lot of countertop space, the Travel Berkey is your best option. Even though it’s named Travel, I find it to be large enough for everyday home use. It’s not something I would find convenient traveling with unless I were doing a big RV road trip.

Each Berkey system comes with upper and lower chambers, the filter elements (2 filters for each size Berkey), spigot and connection hardware. It’s very easy to set up in minutes, and once you wash the parts, you can start using the filter immediately.

The downside of the Berkey filter is you can’t see how much purified water is left in the lower chamber, so you’re not sure how much water to add to the top. This means I need to wait until no more purified water comes out before refilling the top chamber fully.

There’s also some maintenance involved with the filter. After several months you’ll notice that the water will take forever to filter, which means you need to clean the system. Eventually you also need to buy replacement filters.

Berkey cleaning involves:

  • Stainless steel chambers: Every month
  • Purification elements: Every 6 months
  • Filter elements: Every 2-5 years (this depends on how much water passes through the filters, and how contaminated that water is)

Otherwise, the Berkey water filter is designed to last a lifetime. Above all, I love that these are very high-quality filters that go beyond filtering and actually purify water.

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12 Best Non-Toxic Natural Winter Perfumes 2022

Today I’m sharing my favorite natural winter fragrances now that the colder months are just around the corner! Instead of the citrus, aquatic, and green notes that speak to me during summer, I find myself craving darker, earthier, heavier and gourmand scents that are sexy, cozy and comforting. I have an in-depth guide to clean and organic perfumes if you’d like more info on what exactly is a clean perfume versus an organic perfume, along with other related topics. Otherwise, read on for my top picks for fall and winter perfumes that are natural and non-toxic!

Henry Rose dark is night

Dark Is Night by Henry Rose

  • Includes synthetics

Famously founded by Michelle Pfeiffer, Henry Rose is a unisex clean perfume brand that’s as safe and transparent as possible. Michelle Pfeiffer swore off conventional fragrance when her kids were born over a decade ago, and in 2019 launched Henry Rose with five perfumes. Henry Rose is the only line of clean perfumes to be formulated with the Environmental Working Group. They’re also 100% transparent in disclosing every ingredient used and hold multiple certifications that ensure quality and safety. Henry Rose is EWG Verified (stands for health, transparency, and good manufacturing practices) and Cradle to Cradle Certified (one of the world’s most rigorous product sustainability standards).

sexy smoky earthy vanilla

Dark Is Night is beautiful, sexy and interesting. This is a very rich and heavy scent, and the longest lasting scent in the Henry Rose line. I spritzed this in the morning and I could still smell it in the early evening. I’d totally want a full sized bottle of Dark Is Night for winter. The notes are vetiver, freesia, patchouli and vanilla bean, but I mostly detect just the patchouli and vanilla bean.

Shop Henry Rose here

 

By Rosie Jane perfume

James by Rosie Jane

  • Includes synthetics

By Rosie Jane is a beauty and fragrance brand founded in 2012 by celebrity makeup artist, rosie jane johnston. While Rosie Jane was pregnant, every fragrance made her nauseous, so she decided to create her own — and By Rosie Jane was born!

James is a woodsy amber fig scent with a subtle hint of floral. Also lovely if you want something that isn’t distinctly feminine but smells woodsy, warm and cozy yet not overly masculine. Other great winter perfumes by Rosie Jane are Dylan, which leans more masculine than James and Lake, a vanilla perfume with a hint of citrus.

Shop By Rosie Jane here

 

The 7 virtues vetiver elemi

Vetiver Elemi by The 7 Virtues

  • Includes synthetics

Highly feminine, Vetiver Elemi is a sweet earthy scent that’s perfect for winter. The opening of the perfume hits you with bright citrus bergamot that quickly fades away. While the heart notes are holiday favorites nutmeg and cardamom along with florals, it’s the warm cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver that dominate.

TOP: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Elemi
HEART: Cardamom, Cumin, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Geranium, Rose
BASE: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Amber, Moss

 

Heretic dirty hinoki

Dirty Hinoki by Heretic Parfum

  • Includes synthetics

Heretic Parfum uses naturally derived botanical ingredients in an organic non-GMO alcohol base to create clean fragrances that explore the unpolished version of plants and flowers. Heretic perfumes encapsulate the raw and wild side of nature and have names like Dirty Hinoki and Dirty Coconut. Their fragrances are Unisex, vegan, and cruelty-free and handcrafted in small batches at their Los Angeles studio. Heretic Parfum offers an interesting and sometimes unusual take on classic notes like vanilla, coconut, sandalwood, lavender and more.

With Dirty Hinoki, I get both worlds of masculine and feminine in one bottle, though if this is absolutely a feminine perfume. The opening of Dirty Hinoki is a juicy burst of fruit which fades to reveal woodsy notes with a caramel sweetness. Depending on the day and the weather, I sometimes get a stronger woodsy scent and sometimes a stronger sweet scent. Beautifully complex, the dry down seems to reveal a completely different perfume, one that’s highly feminine and sweet. It’s perfect for fall and winter, but frankly you could wear this year round!

TOP: Lemon, Cedar, Nutmeg, Thyme, Pine
HEART: Hinoki, Cypress
BASE: Elemi, Wormwood, Fir Absolute, Ambrettolide, Balsam, Frankincense

Henry Rose torn

Torn by Henry Rose

  • Includes synthetics

sweet warm vanilla floral

I’m such a sucker for vanilla scents and Torn is no exception. This is a yummy vanilla floral perfume with Rose, violet and jasmine at the heart and a base of Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla Bean and Praline. I love the addition of both patchouli and violet, which are scent notes I don’t find used together very often in clean perfume lines that aren’t 100% natural and include synthetics.

To me this is a scent that seducts yet still has a playful side. It’s a cozy, sultry, warm and sweet vanilla perfume that I can see most vanilla lovers enjoying or millennials upgrading to a more sophisticated vanilla scent. I cannot picture this scent on a man or on an older generation of women.

For a powdery floral perfume by Henry Rose for winter, check out Flora Carnivora.

Ellis Brooklyn amber

Super Amber by Ellis Brooklyn

  • Includes synthetics

Sephora aisle staple, Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber is a simple and linear scent without top or base notes and is perfect for Amber and vanilla lovers. Super Amber feels like a cozy sweater hug and is warm and sultry. It’s not a strong perfume at all, which is why it works so well layered with other louder perfumes. The notes are Amber, Vanilla Orchid, Virginia Cedarwood, Musk.

Shop Super Amber here

Aftelier perfumes smoke vanilla

Smoke Vanilla by Aftelier Perfumes

  • 100% natural

A dark and sophisticated vanilla with a whole lot of smokiness, Aftelier Perfume’ Smoke Vanilla is a must try for organic perfume nerds. This grown up vanilla scent made of vanilla absolute from Madagascar is accentuated with the dark smokiness of lapsang souchong tea and warm balsamic wood notes of Siam Wood. Note that this is not a sweet feminine vanilla. Aftelier Perfumes is great at making heady animalic perfumes.One seed perfume Bohemia

Bohemia by One Seed (unisex)

  • 100% natural / 80% organic

One Seed has been designing and making perfumes with care from their studio in Adelaide, South Australia since 2009. Their 100% natural and vegan perfumes are made without any synthetics and are at least 80% organic. Using pure, botanical and cruelty free ingredients, One Seed’s award-winning line of unisex fragrances have unique scent profiles fit for the epicurious.

Bohemia is probably one of the most out-of-the-box, interesting scents I’ve tried and I can imagine not everyone would gravitate towards Bohemia, but I actually liked it. Bohemia is an oriental gourmand that’s exotic, warm, and sultry. This is one of those rare scents that would be just as amazing on men as on women. Notes are Jasmine, dark chocolate, amber, pink grapefruit, tonka bean, rose, tea leaves. One Seed’s Solitude is also a great perfume for winter.

Providence perfume co

Irisque by Providence Perfume Co

  • 100% natural

Providence Perfume Co is a truly natural and organic perfume brand based out of Providence, Rhode Island. They offer fine fragrance-esque botanical perfumes along with perfume classes taught by award-winning perfumer and founder Charna Ethier.

  • Notes: Orris root, Germanica and Pallida iris, oud, deep carrot seed and botanical musk
  • A rich iris scent that’s musky and powdery
  • A more grown up floral with an oud quality
  • Smells like you dug up the iris with your own hands along with the soil
  • The rooty dark character of Irisque makes it lean masculine and would smell amazing on a man

Abbott nyc sequoia perfume

Sequoia by Abbott NYC (unisex)

  • Includes synthetics

Founded by Jose Alvarez and Michael Pass and now in Sephora stores, Abbott is clean, PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free and eco-driven. Abbott sets itself from other clean fragrance brands by celebrating the vast wonders of the American outdoors through their perfumes. Their mission is to create healthy and conscious fragrances using the cleanest and most sustainable ingredients. Abbott scents are designed by two senior perfumers who have made scents for Burberry, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs among others.

Sequoia took me by surprise. At first I thought this scent was way too smoky and masculine. But then it grew on me and now I am really enjoying it, especially layered with a more feminine or gourmand perfume. It’s a bold, unique scent that’s very grounded. If you enjoy dark and earthy scents, you’ll like Sequoia.

Bohemian reves desert fleurs

Desert Fleur by Bohemian Reves

  • 100% natural

If you’re looking for a super simple 100% natural patchouli-vanilla perfume that’s still rich and decadent, then check out Bohemian Reves’ Desert Fleur. There’s something addictive about this scent that has me reaching for it constantly. It’s also one of the most affordable options in this post.

Shop Desert Fleur here

Floral street perfume

Wild Vanilla Orchid by Floral Street

  • Includes synthetics

For a fine fragrance-sque vanilla patchouli perfume, UK brand & Sephora aisle staple Floral Street makes a perfume called Wild Vanilla Orchid worth checking out. This, to me, is a sweet vanilla patchouli fragrance and my second favorite in the Floral Street line (the first being Arizona Bloom which is for the warmer months). Overall, the Floral Street perfume line is highly sweet, floral and girly, some a little too much for my personal taste. Wild Vanilla Orchid is one that I can enjoy from time to time. It has notes of cassis, citrus and vanilla as the opening, heart notes of bamboo and jasmine and base notes of Sandalwood, patchouli, orchid and vanilla bean.

Also check out: Best Non-Toxic Candles

Have a favorite winter fragrance? Share it in the comments with everyone below!

 

 

Natural Alternatives to Vaseline and Aquaphor 2022 (Natural First Aid Products)

Best natural remedy products

Illness and injury can hit us at any time despite our best wellness efforts to live a healthy lifestyle. Conventional first aid products like Neosporin for scrapes and Calamine lotion for those itchy bug bites you can’t stop scratching are household staples you can find in almost every home. In fact, you might already have natural first aid remedies sitting in your kitchen like cayenne powder, ginger and honey or herbs like chamomile and eucalyptus, and maybe even activated charcoal if you’re into natural teeth whitening. For those of you who don’t like the idea of concocting herbal remedies and DIY first aid sprays at home, there’s a plethora of innovative and trustworthy products to easily create your own organic first aid kit. Read on for the best natural remedies to heal the little injuries like organic bandaids, natural sunburn remedies, arnica balms, organic bug sprays, magnesium sleep aids and more.

Best natural first aid products

Looking to natural and organic first aid products is important because this is when our bodies are injured, susceptible to further trauma and need the most aid. Instead of conventional first aid products filled with toxins, you can build an organic first aid kit for you and your family with natural Neosporin alternatives, natural pain relief, natural anti itch remedies, natural sore throat remedies and more.

And because I don’t want anyone coming after me, please note: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Always consult with your doctor.

Patch Bandages

Bandaid Alternative: Patch Bandages

Patch makes Eco-friendly bandaids made of 100% organic bamboo fibers and enriched with activated charcoal to help draw out toxins. Patch bandages provide hypoallergenic Wound Care for sensitive skin that’s plastic free, latex free and 100% compostable and biodegradable. I met this small brand at Natural Product Expo a few years back and they are the nicest people too.

Kinfield Relief Balm anti Itch

Natural Anti Itch Remedy: Kinfield Relief Balm

For itchy bug bites and any minor irritations toss aside the Calamine lotion and try the Kinfield Relief Balm which has Indonesian cajeput and eucalyptus oils, 10% colloidal oatmeal, turmeric, and arnica to calm itchiness and inflamed skin. Kinfield Relief Balm comes in an eco-friendly paper tube and has a sweet and spicy scent from its naturally potent ingredients. Use it on those pesky bug bites this summer instead of Calamine lotion.

Bio-first self heal salve

Natural Neosporin: Bio-First Self Heal Salve

Bio-First makes high quality, naturally medicinal treatments for severe skin issues and skin wounds. An all natural alternative to Neosporin, the Bio-First Self Heal Salve helps heal bites, scrapes, grazes and skin injuries. The vegan first aid formula contains a medicinal blend of Self Heal, Frankincense & Milk Thistle and has a strong medicinal scent from its natural ingredients. Self Heal Salve has a thick, rich salve consistency and a little goes a long way. Self Heal Salve also contains Menthol, Soap Wort Leaf Extract and Soapbark Tree Bark.

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Mommabear Organics Nausea & Motion Sickness Aid Lollipops

Natural Nausea & Motion Sickness Remedy: Mommabear Organics Lollipops

To ease nausea and motion sickness, Mommabear Organics Lemon & Ginger lollipops are artisanally hand-crafted in small batches using simple organic ingredients like lemon and ginger oils, Organic honey and tapioca syrup. Concentrated lemon and ginger oils stimulate the immune system, alleviate nausea and help with an upset digestive system. These lollipops are naturally sweet, kid friendly and perfect on-the-go.

Kinfield golden hour deet free bug repellent spray

Natural Bug Spray: Kinfied DEET Free Bug Repellant Spray

To avoid the chemical DEET in conventional bug repellent sprays, choose an all natural DEET-free product like Kinfield Golden Hour Bug Spray. This all natural bug spray repels mosquitos with a unique strain of Indonesian citronella that’s more effective than any other they’ve found and that has gone through independent trials just to be sure. Kinfield Golden Hour DEET free bug spray has a hint of  citrus and vanilla scent.

Miraflora CBD gummies

Natural Stress Relief: Miraflora CBD Gummies & NuLeaf Naturals

This is heading into supplement territory, but for natural stress relief there’s also an endless number of products out there designed to calm nerves and ease anxiety. My favorite ingredient though has been CBD. But not just any CBD, high quality and potent CBD that makes a difference.

 

Badger After Sun Balm

Natural Sunburn Remedy: Badger After Sun Balm

No matter how much we try to prevent it, sunburns seem to happen every summer. Badger offers certified organic, simple and safe solutions for the whole family, including an after sun balm formulated to heal sun-parched skin. It’s made with antioxidant-rich cocoa and shea butters, soothing blue tansy and lavender pair along with ylang ylang and lime.

Herbal Healing Feel Good Balm

 

Natural Tigerbalm: Herbal Healing Feel Good Balm

While I have yet to find a product that’s as strong as Tigerbalm, there are some worthwhile natural alternatives to check out that don’t have the toxins found in Tigerbalm. Herbal Healing Fee Good Balm comes in a push up tube and helps with:

  • Muscle Rub
  • Soreness
  • Muscle Discomfort
  • Itching
  • Burns
  • Bug Bites

Herbal Healing is affordable with their tube balms costing under $10 while made with organic ingredients. Feel Good Balm is made in a base of sesame oil and infused with healing herbs, menthol and eucalyptus. In the warmer months, the tube can get a little oily from the product becoming softer.

I first discovered them at Indie Beauty Expo 2020! They have a variety of budget friendly healing salves and balms for various needs.

Vertly Relief Lotion

Natural Pain Relief Lotion: Vertly Relief Lotion

Pain relief is a tricky area especially as I don’t know the extent and nature of my readers’ pain. I do like the Vertly Relief Lotion, which contains slow-extracted, anti-inflammatory Arnica Flower, cooling Aloe Vera, relaxing Lavender Oil, and peppermint hydrosol with their unique blend of 500 mg Botanical+ magnesium.

To reap the pain relieving benefits as much as possible it’s important to use this product while your body is in a “warm state” ideally right after a hot shower or bath. The healing ingredients will absorb better and thus allow the product to work more effectively than if you were to apply at a random time.

I also enjoy:

  • Hempfusion Relief Cream

 

 

Asutra Magnesium

Natural Sleep Aid: Asutra

For clean and affordable priced self care that’s easily accessible at your local Target, check out Asutra. They have a wide variety of magnesium and even melatonin infused products to help with a restful night’s sleep. It’s estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a sleep disorder. We’re just not getting enough sleep and not enough good quality sleep at that. Asutra makes a melatonin lotion, magnesium oil spray, and lavender + magnesium body butters and oils, all designed to help you get some zzz’s in.

I also enjoy:

  • NOW Foods Magnesium Flakes

Now foods nasal mist

Natural Nasal Spray: Now Foods Nasal Mist

I enjoy the NOW Nasal Mist during the winter when I want to keep my nasal passages clean or if I’m congested. The Activated Nasal Mist is a saline-activated formula containing erythritol, xylitol, sea salt and essential oils that cleanses nasal passages. As with all NOW products, the Nasal Mist is so affordable at under $10.

 

Beekeeper’s Natural Sore throat spray

Natural Sore Throat Remedy: Beekeeper’s Natural Throat Spray

With just a few simple ingredients, Beekeeper’s Natural Propolis throat spray provides sore throat relief using 95% High-grade bee propolis extract, non-GMO vegetable glycerin, purified water. Propolis has 300+ beneficial compounds and this spray can be used for overall immune support not just scratchy throats. It’s naturally antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

I also enjoy:

  • Gaia Herbs Throat Spray

 

Bio-first Lip Sore CreamNatural Lip Sore Cream: Bio-First

While I don’t personally suffer from lip sores, for anyone who does I recommend looking into Bio-First’s lip sore cream. This is not a daily lip balm meant for regular use. It’s a targeted treatment specifically formulated for lip sores only. It’s made of Manuka Oil, Kanuka Oil, Sandalwood Oil & Jojoba Butter and comes with positive reviews.

Plant therapy healing balm

17 Best Non-Toxic Organic Candles that are Clean Burning of 2022

Welcome to the ultimate 2022 guide to natural candles that are non-toxic, clean burning and even organic. If you’re here it means you’re looking for the healthiest candles, and you’re definitely not interested in the idea of burning Bath & Body Works candles that release harmful toxins into the air for hours on end. Thankfully natural candles do exist, and there is no shortage of clean candle companies making non toxic candles using natural and organic ingredients that are safe for you, your family and pets. Non toxic candles are also easily available on Amazon. Organic candles help enhance your home environment with their aromatherapy health benefits, and one natural wax even helps clean the air. So toss out your paraffin wax Yankee Candles and read on for candle ingredients to avoid, how to choose a natural candle and the healthiest candles that are non-toxic and organic.

Natural candles

Why You Shouldn’t Burn Candles

Conventional candles that is…Using conventional candles in your home means you’re unleashing loads of toxic compounds and particles into the air that, over time, can be harmful to your health. Will one candle wreak havoc? Probably not. But if you enjoy burning candles fairly regularly, then it’s important to be aware of what’s actually inside these candles and their harmful effects.

We, as consumers, assume that companies have our best interests at heart and strive to do “the right thing.” You would think companies wouldn’t want to sell millions of American families candles that could harm their health, but that’s exactly what they’re doing – and making millions doing so. In this wildly unregulated industry, companies don’t even need to label the ingredients in their candles. So why shouldn’t we be burning these candles?

Which Candles are Toxic?

The dangers of conventional candles include:

  • Paraffin: petroleum-based product that can release dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOC’s can disrupt hormones, carcinogens and neurotoxins.
  • Formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, toluene, benzene, acetone and more can be released
  • Burning paraffin wax releases ultrafine soot with particulates that stay suspended in the air. This particulate matter, just like pollution, penetrates into the lungs, entering the bloodstream and leading to allergies, asthma, bronchitis, even strokes and cancer
  • Wicks that contain lead: In 2003 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the manufacture of all candles with lead cores. But many candles still contain lead or even have core wicks made of zinc and tin that can release trace amounts of heavy metals.

Natural candles

What Kinds of Candles are Non-Toxic?

I’ll be sharing which candles are safe for your health and tips for how to choose one that’s the best fit for you. Natural waxes include:

  • Soy wax
  • Beeswax
  • Coconut wax
  • Apricot wax
  • Rapeseed wax
  • Other 100% vegetable wax
  • Blend of the above waxes

Some companies use a blend of waxes, and will often state “wax blend” to indicate this.

For example, a candle company may use a proprietary wax blend of Coconut, Soy and Beeswax along with Apricot and coconut oils. The goal is to take advantage of the qualities of different waxes to produce the best natural candle that burns smokeless, soot-less, produces the strongest scent, and lasts the longest. In the candle world, this is known as clean burn, burn time and scent throw.

To make sure there is no paraffin wax lurking in the blends, you can reach out to the company and ask directly.

Non toxic candles

3 Things to Consider when Buying a Natural Candle

  1. Wax type
  2. Wick type: cotton, wood, paper
  3. Fragrance type: natural, synthetic, or a mix of both

Other factors you might want to take into consideration with a non-toxic and natural candle are:

  • Artificial dyes (think those colorful Yankee Candles)
  • Recyclable and reusable containers
  • Complete ingredients list (or email the company directly for a clear response)

Otherland candle

CANDLE WAX – Should I Buy Soy, Beeswax or Coconut Wax?

Everyone has their own personal preference with candles, but if you’re new to natural candles, it’s best to try out various types of candles from the wax to the wick type used to see what you prefer. Your perfect candle is out there somewhere!

Beeswax

  • One of the cleanest burning candle waxes
  • Warm, natural toned flame
  • A natural air purifier – Releases negative ions when burned and attaches to positive ions (ie dust, toxins, pollen, odor) in the air
  • Not vegan friendly

Soy Wax

  • Most common natural wax used in candles
  • Whiter, cool toned flame
  • Lower melting point
  • Less scent throw than coconut wax (holds up to 10% scent in its wax)
  • More affordable due to 94% of soy agriculture being made via genetically modified means

Coconut Wax

  • One of the cleanest burning candle waxes & often considered by candlemakers as the best natural wax option
  • Burns slower than other waxes for a longer lasting candle
  • Most eco-friendly wax to produce
  • Strong scent throw (holds up to 12% scent in its wax)
  • Zero soot particles released when burned
  • More expensive so it’s commonly mixed with other waxes like soy wax

Yield candle

CANDLE FRAGRANCE – Should I Buy Essential Oil or Synthetic Fragrance Candles?

Fragrance choice is a personal decision and up to each individual. Candles are basically perfume for your home, and in the world of clean perfumes, there are many brands that combine both natural fragrance (ie essential oils) with synthetics to create a fine fragrance that has projection and longevity – while others remain 100% natural. Some people may be entirely against any added fragrance oils or safe synthetics, while others are okay with their addition for better performance.

The same correlates to fragrance in candles. A candle brand creating fine fragrance candles will perform more similarly to a conventional candle (but without the toxic paraffin wax) and have superior scent throw and a wider variety of scents. Even if the synthetic fragrance is phthalate-free, the cleanest option will always be 100% organic essential oils. But, essential oils are difficult to work with in candles as they can easily burn up without leaving any scent behind. Choose whichever type of candle fragrance that aligns with you the most.

Affordable Non Toxic Candles

High quality clean candles that are ethically and thoughtfully made simply cost more to make, so there aren’t many cheap organic candles. Fontana Candle Co and Les Creme are budget friendly on their own, plus my discount code OBL saves extra. And La Lueur is the only natural candle brand I found to have a clearance section on their website.

Best non toxic candles

Best Natural & Organic Candles

I’m sharing some of my favorite natural candles that are clean burning and indicating the 1) type of wax used and 2) if they’re scented naturally with 100% essential oils or with added synthetic fragrance. Many of these natural candles can be easily purchased on Amazon too.

Hemlock park candle

Hemlock Park Candles

  • Candle type: 100% organic coconut wax
  • Scent: essential oils and fine fragrance oils (check individual candle)

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.

Hemlock Park Website

Fontana candle

Fontana Candle Co

  • Candle type: beeswax
  • Scent: essential oils

One of the cleanest candle brands out there with zero questionable ingredients, Fontana Candle Co uses a blend of beeswax and coconut oil with a wooden wick. As beeswax is a difficult wax to use for candles, it took the brand 150 attempts, before finally finding the optimal blend that allowed a nice even burn without scorching. *Note: These are lightly scented*

SAVE: Use code OBL to save at Fontana Candle Co (brings standard size candle to under $20)

P f candle co

P.F. Candle Co

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: fragrance oils

P. F. Candle Co. is a handmade fragrance goods company, owned and operated by wife and husband team Kristen Pumphrey & Thomas Neuberger. Their cult favorite Teakwood and Tobacco scent catapulted the brand to fame and today they offer a wide variety of candles using fine fragrance oils.

Neom Organics candle

Neom Organics

  • Candle type: 100% natural vegetable wax blend
  • Scent: essential oils

Hand-poured in the UK, Neom Organics’ bestselling 3 wicks contain up to 3 bottles of essential oils, contain absolutely no paraffin or synthetics for a soot-free burn. Shop Neom Organics on Amazon or their US website (free shipping).

Peacesake candle

Peacesake Candles

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: mix of essential oils and fragrance oils
  • Strongly scented

All Peacesake candles are handmade with 100% soy wax that’s free of herbicides and pesticides as well as genetically modified material. Their cotton wicks are free of lead cores and the dozen or so scents they offer are created using essential oils and fragrance oils. Peacesake candles are generously sized at 14 oz (most candles are 8 oz) and cost $30. White Lavender smells amazing with notes of sweet woodsy birch, calming floral and a little bit of pine.

 

Aromatherapy associates Candle

Aromatherapy Associates

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: essential oils

Aromatherapy Associates candles have very strong scent throw and comes in beautiful cup shaped ceramic vessels. Each luxury candle has the equivalent of two 10ml bottles of pure essential oils.

La lueur candle

La Lueur Candles

  • Candle type: coconut wax blend
  • Scent: mix of essential oils and fragrance oils

Nebraska-based La Lueur uses a coconut wax blend that is clean burning, biodegradable, vegan, skin safe, non-toxic, colorless, odorless, and doesn’t contain any candle enhancing additives. La Lueur candles are also crafted to be slow burning for a candle that’s long lasting and burns evenly.

While many candle companies generally stick to one signature vessel, La Lueur offers a variety of beautiful, unique and luxe vessels to choose from, including a 100% natural green onyx stone vessel, ornate glass vessels and more. They also have a generous clearance section for candles going out of season that’s definitely worth checking out.

Heretic parfum candle

Heretic Parfum

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: mix of essential oils with safe synthetics

LA based natural perfume house Heretic Parfum is known for their innovative takes on classic notes like lavender, vanilla and coconut. For a clean candle with sophisticated fine fragrance scents that are as natural as possible, check out Heretic Parfum’s luxury candles.

Isle de Nature candle

Isle de Nature

  • Candle type: Dominican Beeswax, soy wax and coconut oil
  • Scent: fragrance oils

Isle de Nature is a luxury sustainable candle brand that captures the exquisite indigenous scents of remote island paradises. With a strong focus on clean, non-toxic ingredients and sustainability, Isle de Nature gives back to rebuild local bee populations of remote islands. Their Pagua Bay candle is inspired by the nation of Dominica in the West Indies.

Spoken flames candle

 

Spoken Flames

  • Candle type: 100% natural coconut wax blend
  • Scent: fragrance oils

For a candle that brings an out-of-the-box experience, Spoken Flames is a multi sensory candle that engages your senses of smell, sight AND sound. Spoken Flames candles are hand poured by a small team in Brooklyn, NY. With each candle you unlock an audible affirmation or poem via augmented reality along with a visual scene. Spoken Flames offers an enhanced sensorial experience to bring you inspiration and a more mindful self-care moment. Each candle has a 55 hour burn and dual wooden wicks.

Yield candle

Yield

  • Candle type: 100% organic coconut wax
  • Scent: mix of essential oils with fragrance oils

Yield Candles are poured in Florida and are made with organic coconut wax and a clean burning cotton wick. Each vessel can be re-used as a chic tumbler.

Les creme candle

Les Creme

  • Candle type: 100% organic coconut wax
  • Scent: essential oils
  • Budget friendly

Based in San Diego, Les Creme makes budget friendly organic coconut wax candles with essential oils. The small indie brand handcrafts products that contain no animal fats, are cruelty free and are formulated with the highest quality botanical ingredients.

SAVE: Discount code OBL saves

Brooklyn made natural candle

Brooklyn Made Natural

  • Candle type: 100% certified organic beeswax
  • Scent: no scent
  • Budget friendly

Yes there’s an organic candle without any added scent that exists. If you only want the cozy feeling of a burning candle without any scent, check out Brooklyn Made Natural’s 100% beeswax candle. The only con is that they only this one candle and in a small 4 oz glass jar.

 

Lite cycle candle

Lite + Cycle

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: essential oils

Los Angeles based all natural candle brand Lite + Cycle was one of the first clean candles I tried and repurchased many times. In my humble opinion, Vetiver is their best scent. It’s an earthy and warm pure essential oil blend of vetiver with a hint of vanilla. They use unbleached cotton wicks and wick braiding and thickness is chosen according to the unique composition of each essential oil blend (may vary from scent to scent.)

Choiselle candle

Choiselle

  • Candle type: 100% organic coconut wax
  • Scent: organic essential oils
  • Currently out of stock (restock late 2022)

Choiselle organic candles are inspired by the beauty and botanicals of St. Lucia and the Caribbean. Each Choiselle candle is infused with organic essential oils and a wooden wick for the cleanest burning candle possible.

 

Neals yard remedies candle

Neals Yard Remedies

  • Candle type: organic beeswax
  • Scent: organic essential oils

Natural British apothecary brand Neals Yard Remedies makes hand-poured aromatherapy candles using organic beeswax and organic essential oils without any synthetic fragrance. Each candle has about a 36 hour burn  time.

Fernweh candle

Fernweh Editions

  • Candle type: soy and coconut wax
  • Scent: fragrance oils

Inspired by travel and the deep connection between emotion, scent and memory, Fernweh candles take you on a scent journey to places near and far. The candles are made from a 100% soy wax blend and premium fragrance oils. The candles are hand-poured in the USA with no synthetic dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or toxic chemicals.

Makana candle

Makana Candles

  • Candle type: 100% soy wax
  • Scent: mix of essential oils with fragrance oils

Island inspired and Laguna Beach, CA-based candle brand Makana makes clean candles using 100% soy wax and lead-free cotton wicks. Makana candles are free of dyes, pesticides, herbicides, harmful metals, preservatives and chemical enhancers.

Evermore candle

Evermore

  • Candle type: 100% rapeseed wax
  • Scent: essential oils with safe synthetics

Ethical UK candle brand Evermore makes rapeseed wax candles with phthalate-free fragrance and sustainably farmed essential oils. Sustainability is at the core of Evermore’s business philosophy and the brand requests up-to-date audits and certifications from their suppliers. Evermore’s luxury candles come in hand-blown black recycled glass.

More Candles (Synthetic Scent)

If you’re looking for a natural wax candle that performs similarly to a conventional candle, then here are a few candle brands I trust.

Otherland candle

Otherland

  • Candle type: soy and coconut wax blend
  • Scent: fragrance oils, safe synthetics

Instagram-popular candle brand Otherland brings together art, design and fragrance with scents designed by master perfumers, beautiful frosted glass tumblers and toxin-free wax.

Rukske candle

Rukske

  • Candle type: soy and coconut wax blend
  • Scent: Fragrance oils, safe synthetics

Los Angeles-based luxury candle brand Rukske makes black wax candles with fine fragrance scents that transport. Hiroko is an intoxicating scent with top, middle and base notes that include patchouli, sandalwood, musk, clove, cedarwood and more. Goldie is also another complex and amazing scent – you can’t go wrong with RUKSKE scents. RUKSKE candles come in thick glass vessels that are on the heavier side.

Have a favorite candle? Let everyone know in the comments below!

 

Best organic candles

 

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.

Types of Organic Sheets

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

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.

Coyuchi sheets

Coyuchi

For natural non-toxic bedding that’s incredibly luxurious, Coyuchi is my favorite organic sheets brand at the moment 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

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.

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.

SAVE: Discount code OBL saves 20% at White Lotus Home

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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Organic bedding

REN Skincare Review 222

REN Skincare is a UK clean beauty brand started over 20 years ago in 2000 and that’s now owned by corporate giant Unilever. REN to me is mass manufactured clean beauty on the biggest scale possible. Even though REN isn’t 100% natural or organic, I’ve tried a lot of REN products over the years as they’re such a well-known established brand. Most of their products aren’t particularly impressive to me, though they are decent. Keep in mind that REN was originally created for sensitive skin, and many of their collections have gentle formulations. REN’s standout product , in my opinion, is their Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. Read on for my REN skincare review.

REN Skincare

REN Skincare Collections

REN has five skincare collections:

  • Evercalm
  • Clearcalm
  • Radiance
  • Bio Retinoid
  • Perfect Canvas

There’s a strong focus on sensitive skin throughout the line. While this may be a broken skin barrier’s dream, REN is not a potent anti-aging skincare line.

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic

REN Ready Steady Glow AHA Tonic

This is my favorite product from what I’ve tried in the REN line. It’s a generously sized bottle that lasts forever for a very reasonable price, but most importantly, it works for me. REN’s AHA Tonic contains:

  • Lactic Acid (AHA) from sugar cane
  • Salicin (BHA) from Willow Bark
  • Azelaic Acid Precursors from Olives

This product reminds me of Youth To The People’s acid toner in that it’s gentle yet still effective. I can use this product daily without irritating my skin and it works well at toning, smoothing out and exfoliating my skin.

REN Dark Spot Sleeping Cream
REN Dark Spot Sleeping Cream

I’m pleasantly surprised that REN decided to create a product inspired by the Korean skincare industry’s popular sleeping mask product category. It’s basically a face mask that you leave on all night so it works for 8 hours instead of the usual 20 minutes you’d leave a regular face mask on.

REN’s Dark Spot Sleeping Cream is made with Encapsulated Algae Complex to reduce discoloration and Glycogen from corn to lock in corn. On its own I don’t believe this cream can get rid of any hyperpigmentation, but I like it as part of a hyperpigmentation-fighting routine that involves plenty of corrective serums. This Sleeping Cream is a replacement for my regular moisturizers that basically just serve to lock in moisture when I’m trying to fade new sun damage.

I like the light silky texture, but it does have a strange smell.
REN EVERCALM Global Day Protection Cream

REN Evercalm Global Day Protection Cream

The REN Global Day Protection Cream is formulated as part of their Evercalm line and specifications for dry, sensitive, stressed skin and eczema-prone skin. It’s made with a synergetic blend of antioxidants and free radical neutralisers along with hydrating Sea Buckthorn Oil, Camellia and Calendula Oils and REN’s Global Protection Complex.

This is a medium weight cream with no scent and actually feels very nice applied. I don’t feel that REN particularly excels at consistencies and textures (they all feel very generic to me).

REN EVERCALM Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

Creamt hydrating mask that helps soothe, calm and hydrate.
Beta Glucan from yeast White Mushroom Extract Arnica Extract

REN EVERCALM rescue balm

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm

I like an exquisitely formulated face balm and REN’s Recovery Balm falls short with its coco-caprylate base and waxy texture. It does have a handful of good ingredients like Enzymatically Activated Olive, Almond, Borage and Linseed Oils, Jojoba and Sunflower Oil and Beta-Glucan. But that’s just about all that I like about this face balm. It has a strange texture that I don’t find pleasant applied, almost like a plastic-y vaseline.

REN EVERCALM Anti-Redness Serum

REN EVERCALM Redness Relief Serum

If your skin is feeling irritated or your skin barrier is broken, I think the REN Redness Relief Serum is a decent product for its soothing and calming properties. It contains fast-acting White Mushroom-powered, which was selected because it’s clinically proven to reduce redness after just 30 minutes. This thin milky white serum is lightweight and provides some hydration along with protection using beta-carotene and biosaccharide.

REN Skincare Amazon Store

Clevos Shampoo Review 2022

Clevos shampoo

Clevos is an organic Korean Shampoo brand that is USDA certified organic, vegan and EWG verified. The ingredients Clevos uses undergoes an intense purification, blending and soaking process for over 1,000 hours to create the purest and most potent natural shampoo possible. Instead of being made of 80% water, the Clevos shampoos are made in a base of rosemary, eucalyptus or Rumohra extracts that provide plenty of scalp and hair benefits. There are three different types of Clevos shampoos, which are available on Amazon via official Amazon store Credithink. Toss aside your toxic Pantene and read on for my Clevos organic shampoo review.

Clevos shampoo

This review was kindly sponsored by Credithink, an official Amazon store of select natural Korean beauty including Clevos.

Credithink sent me all three of Clevos shampoos to try out, and I’ve enjoyed using all of them though two were ideal for my scalp type. Fun fact! If you’re familiar with the organic K-beauty brand Whamisa, both Clevos and Whamisa are made in the same facility.

Clevos shampoo

It’s rare to find a truly organic K-beauty brand let alone organic hair care from South Korea. There’s only a couple other brands I know that make clean shampoos that are already successful K-beauty skincare brands. The Clevos shampoos set themselves apart with their HUGE beautiful bottles that come with a very convenient pump dispenser. Not only do you get an organic product, but also traditional native herbs, fermentation technology and a luxurious experience.

In Korea, Clevos is actually famous for their safe baby products. Only the Clevos shampoo line is sold in the US (via Credithink Amazon Store).
Clevos shampoo

All three Clevos shampoos are a clear gel and each smell wonderful and not at all overpowering. The beauty of these shampoos lie in both their exterior aesthetic and the ingredients inside. Each shampoo is:

  • Environmental Working Group verified (Skin Deep Database)
  • BDIH Certified (International Organic and Natural Cosmetics Corporation)
  • USDA Certified Organic

The Clevos Foresta Shampoos are safe enough for the trickiest scalps:

  • Very dry & sensitive
  • Atopic scalp
  • Recent hair transplant
  • Infants
  • Pregnant/breastfeeding

Clevos shampoo

Clevos Rosemary Shampoo

Each Clevos shampoo is made up of a different base ingredient and the Rosemary one seems to be well-suited to oily scalps. The lather strength is strong for the Rosemary Shampoo as well as the Eucalyptus Shampoo. It has a subtle calming herbal scent.

Instead of water, the Clevos shampoo is made up of 70%+ Rosemary extract along with plenty of other hair-nourishing ingredients. There are no filler ingredients, artificial dyes, fragrance, silicones, phenoxyethanol or alcohols. Clevos Rosemary Shampoo contains:

  • Nettle Extract
  • Soybeen Seed Enzymes
  • Brown Rice Vinegar
  • Melissa Leaf Extract
  • Spirulina
  • Skullcap extract
  • Peony Root extract

Clevos shampoo
Clevos Eucalpytus Shampoo

If you love the scent of eucalyptus in the shower then Clevos Eucalyptus Shampoo might be right for you. This shampoo is suited to all hair types and lathers very well. The uplifting scent of eucalyptus is present but not too strong. It contains a base of over 75% eucalyptus leaf extract as well as:

  • Artemisia Extract
  • Calendula extract
  • Neem extract
  • Helichrysum Extract
  • Apple oil
  • Turmeric root extract

Clevos shampoo

Clevos Rumohra Shampoo (Dry Scalp)

The Rumohra Shampoo felt best suited to dry scalps as this feels like a gentler shampoo than the other two. I have a scalp that gets oily quickly and the Rumohra Shampoo wasn’t as strong as I’d like. The scent is somewhat root-y and earthy. It contains over 75% Rumohra extract as well as:

  • Wild Yam Root Extract
  • Rhodiola root extract
  • Dandelion leaf extract
  • Olive leaf extract

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Strange Invisible Perfume Review 2022

Strange Invisible Perfume

Created by botanical perfumer Alexandra Bahaloutis, Strange Invisible creates 100% natural, botanical, and hydrodistilled fragrances from biodynamic, wild-crafted, and certified organic plants. Strange Invisible never uses synthetic aromas, perfume flavorings, or isolates and all raw materials are sourced or made by their master distiller. If you’re in Southern California, you can experience the perfumes in person at their store in Venice Beach, CA.

Strange Invisible Perfume

I tried several Strange Invisible perfumes and am sharing my thoughts on each below.

Overall I found Strange Invisible offered a good number of both masculine-leaning and feminine-leaning scents. Perfumes like Fair Verona, Epic Gardenia, Dimanche are distinctly feminine while Aquarian Rose and Black Rosette are unisex / masculine. They can also lean narcotic.

Strange Invisible is not a perfume line I’d recommend for natural perfume newbies, as these scents are highly unique, and for lack of a better word, advanced. If you’re a clean perfume beginner, I would recommend starting off with lines like Ellis Brooklyn or By Rosie Jane which are made to appeal to the masses. If you want to venture deeper into the world of 100% natural perfumery, then Strange Invisible is a brand you should check out.

Longevity

Because these are 100% natural with zero synthetics, they won’t last nearly as long as chemical perfumes. The longevity for Strange Invisible is about 1-2 hours and at the third hour and beyond it’s a very faint skin scent. So consider yourself warned!

Strange Invisible Perfume

Fair Verona

Fair Verona is a Jasmine perfume that’s a heady feminine floral. I wore Fair Verona often during the summer but probably won’t wear it alone during the winter without layering with earthier perfumes. Fair Verona feels bright thanks to mimosa, Bergamot and pink grapefruit, and while it does contain Sandalwood, this is not a woodsy perfume at all to me.

I had my friend, who is not a clean perfume gal at all, try Fair Verona and her reaction was that it was “too strong.”

Notes: Jasmine, sandalwood, mimosa & pink grapefruit.

Dimanche

Dimanche might be my favorite from the Strange Invisible line. I’m not sure why I got Fair Verona in the full size now! Must have been because it was during the middle of summer and I wanted to smell like a garden in full bloom.

Dimanche is a honey blossom scent to me — floral yet distinctly warm, yummy and honeyed. This would be such a great scent for fall and winter.

Notes: Iris, hydro-distilled rose, honey, amber & cacao.

Black Rosette

Black Rosette and Aquarian Rose are two scents that I couldn’t get on board with. I can appreciate the botanical Alchemy and creativity behind them, but these perfumes just weren’t for me. If anything, they may be more suited to a man’s taste as they felt like a very masculine rose. Black Rosette has a very loud, almost obnoxious opening, and overall, the scent smells like a black licorice rose to me.

Notes: Hydro-distilled rose, black tea, leather & spearmint.

L’Invisible

L’Invisible is a beautiful scent that’s a warm yellow floral but it’s very hard to put my finger on this one because all the notes seem to be blended together in very quiet, subtle harmony while the ylang ylang remains dominant. L’Invisible feels a bit too grown for me, but I can see an older generation appreciating it.

Notes: Amber, oakmoss, ylang ylang, hydro-distilled rose & lemon

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Chasin Unicorns Review 2022

Chasin Unicorns is a clean bath & body brand with a focus on crystals and self-care. They’re most known for their monthly self-care subscription box through which you can try out a variety of their bath & body products along with products from other brands they’ve collaborated with — for a fraction of the regular value. Shoutout to my follower Cynth for putting me onto this brand! They are wildly affordable, so anyone regardless of budget can enjoy clean self-care products. Read on for my Chasin Unicorns review, plus save with discount code OBL at the Chasin Unicorns website.

Chasin unicorns

Chasin Unicorns is:

  • 100% certified organic
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Crystal-infused
  • Ethically sourced

One of the products did leak a bit in transit, but thankfully it was just the small lip Polish jar and not any of the larger body care items.

Chasin unicorns bath bomb

Chasin Unicorns Bath Bombs

The Chasin Unicorns organic bath bombs were my favorite. Because these are affordable products, the body oil packaging wasn’t my favorite as it was lower in quality than many other I use. Love that they’re in glass though. Chasin Unicorns sells their organic bath bombs in bundles as well as individually and they’re often sold out.

Chasin unicorns bath bomb

The bath bombs are all natural with Organic Himalayan Salt, Magnesium (hallelujah!), oils, Rose water, sage smudge and essential oils. They make it fun by adding an actual small crystal in the center, so you have a surprise at the end plus an extra crystal to add to your collection.

Chasin unicorns

Chasin Unicorns Bath & Body

The Chasin Unicorns Body Oil is made with only organic oils along with crystals, including Apricot Kernel, Macadamia, Olive, Sweet Almond and more. There’s also the additional touch of real organic dried rose petals placed in the jar. Heart Chakra Body Oil is a rich oil with a rose geranium scent that’s slightly herbal.

Ingredients: Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Macadamia Nut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Fractionated Coconut (MCT) Oil, Organic Vitamin E Oil, Organic Rosemary Antioxidant, Organic Rose Absolute & Geranium Essential Oils, Organic Dried Rose Florals, Rose Quartz Crystals.

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Peacesake Candles Review 2022

During my non-toxic candle journey, I’ve come across a handful of favorites and Peacesake Candles & Co is definitely one of them. This small candle brand is based in Maryland, where they handmake soy candles and room sprays in biodegradable packaging. Peacesake was started back in 2016 by a husband and wife duo, and their commitment to sustainability has always been at the forefront of their business from the day they launched.
Peacesake candle

Here’s what I love about Peacesake candles:

  • Large 14oz candles is their standard size (most candles are 8-9oz)
  • Beautiful scents
  • 100% soy wax
  • Strong scent throw
  • Cotton wicks free from lead and zinc
  • Available on Amazon

The scent comes from both essential oils and synthetics, so while you don’t have a 100% natural scent, you are getting a strong scent throw that can fill a home.

One thing to note is that shipping does cost $7 for 1 candle or you can get free shipping with a purchase of 3+ candles.

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Peacesake White Lavender

White Lavender is great for fall and winter because it’s got a strong and sweet birch scent with some lavender and pine mixed in. Beautiful for all seasons, but especially the colder months.

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La Lueur Candles Review

Nebraska-based clean candle brand La Lueur has been one of my favorite natural candles this year! La Lueur uses a coconut wax blend that is clean burning, biodegradable, vegan, non-toxic, and doesn’t contain any candle enhancing additives. La Lueur candles are also crafted to be slow burning for a candle that’s long lasting and burns evenly. So, if long lasting candles that are safe and healthy are a priority for you, then keep reading for my La Lueur candle review. And be sure to check out their generous clearance section!

La lueur candle

While many candle companies generally stick to one signature vessel, La Lueur offers a variety of beautiful, unique and luxe vessels to choose from. If you’re tired of the usual candle jars, then La Lueur is a breath of fresh air with their wide variety of color options and design-forward vessels.

La Lueur candles are hand-poured in small batches with 100% cotton wicks and fragrance oils + essential oils.

La lueur

 

La Lueur offers a wide range of sophisticated and fine fragrance-like scents with White Cactus (coconut, white cactus, musk notes) being their most popular.

I find the La Lueur candles to be slow burning with great scent throw. If you need a strongly scented candle and find that 100% essential oil scented candles don’t cut it for you, La Lueur is a great option.

La lueur candle

The Amami Orchid Artisan candle with 2 wicks comes in 11 oz and a larger 27 oz with 3-wick size. The larger candles give off an ultra cozy vibe and Amami Orchid is beautiful white floral scent that’s warm and powdery. It has notes of island orchid, white amber and frangipani.

La lueur candle

Blackcurrant Vetiver smells like juicy blackberry with a subtle undercurrent of earthiness and an overall strong sweetness. The notes are:

  • Bergamot, Honey, Tea leaves
  • Black currant, Jasmine
  • Vanilla, Musk, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli

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La lueur candle

Riddle Oil Perfume Review

Riddle oil perfume

Riddle Oil is a clean perfume oil brand that hails from Venice Beach, CA. Founded in 2013 by Chelsea Voge, Riddle Oil offers seven signature scents, each with a distinct personality and designed to suit a different occasion. As these are perfume oils, the scent lays close to the skin though certain scents project more than others. If you love Riddle Oil’s scents, they also come in roll-on oils, spray lotions, full-body oils, and candles. Read on for my thoughts on each of Riddle Oil’s perfumes!

Riddle oil perfume

I tried the Riddle Oil discovery set as well as a full sized bottle of the Original.
Riddle oil perfume

My favorite Riddle Oil perfume is currently Muse! This is a perfect scent for summer, so I’m not sure which of the other scents will take its place as my favorite come fall and winter. My least favorite scents are Ex and Poppy. Fragrance being so personal, I always recommend getting a discovery set if you’re interested in a brand.

Original

Original is the simplest scent of all the Riddle Oils and I’d describe it as very much a linear skin scent. The notes are Amber and musk for a scent that’s basically your skin but enhanced. Original is the lightest Riddle Oil perfume and lays very close to the skin. If you’re wanting something super subtle, this is a great option, but definitely not for someone looking for sillage. Original would be great layered with other bolder scents.

Riddle oil perfume

Muse

Muse is one of Riddle Oil’s most complex scents and it also happens to be a very summer appropriate perfume thanks to the coconut note. It’s feminine, sweet, floral and I’d even say tropical, but also warm and subtly woodsy thanks to amber and sandalwood. This multi-dimensional fragrance is my favorite from the Riddle Oil range. You have notes of peony, coconut, magnolia, amber, bergamot and sandalwood.

Sphinx

Sphinx is a perfume I can enjoy but I neither love it nor hate it. Like Original, Sphinx is a linear scent with only base notes. It doesn’t have the complexity or depth of some of their other perfumes, but if you enjoy musky and woodsy scents you might like Sphinx.

Santal

Santal is one of Riddle’s most unique scents as I haven’t come across a perfume quite like it yet. There’s a sweet resinous quality to this woodsy perfume for me, even though Riddle describes it as spicy. I find Santal to be a scent that leans spiritual and more for personal use than a perfume you’d wear for others. I personally enjoy this scent, but I would definitely recommend trying before buying a full size. Santal’s notes are cardamom, amber, sandalwood, orchid and cassis.

Ex

Ex is a heady, narcotic perfume for me with animalic traits. Just based off reading the notes, I expected a very different perfume than what I actually got. Sandalwood, Rose, Violet, jasmine — these are all notes I’m very familiar with, but I’m guessing it’s the Moss that overpowers this scent for me. Ex is an intense and overwhelming fragrance that isn’t for the faint-hearted. I should have guessed from its name “Ex” that this perfume might be outrageously bold. I can just imagine Ex is trying to embody raw female sexuality or sexual power after a breakup. Love the concept, but the scent just isn’t for me.

Poppy

I have never met a poppy inspired scent that I’ve enjoyed and sadly this one is no different. Poppy has notes of orange blossom, lemon, Rose and ylang ylang. I find it to be too synthetic for my personal taste and much too young and bright.

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Salt and Stone Review

Salt and stone

Salt and Stone is a clean skincare and sunscreen brand from Los Angeles that’s inspired by the sea. Salt and Stone products are made with the active lifestyle in mind, from skincare infused with seaweed for sun chafed skin to deodorants that work longer for athletes. Packaged in upcycled ocean plastic and recyclable materials and manufactured by renewable solar and hydroelectric energy, Salt and Stone products are as eco-friendly as can be. Note that this is not a 100% natural brand and does use synthetics. Read on for my Salt and Stone review.

Salt and stone

Salt and stone Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen SPF 40
Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen SPF 40

I had seen the Salt and Stone sunscreen sticks around for years, but never bit the bullet and tried their sunscreen until recently. TheEcoAesthetic recommended I try their recent launch, the Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen, so I purchased it off Amazon. This has a very high zinc oxide content at nearly 23% so I know I’m being adequately protected.

Being a 100% mineral sunscreen, Salt and Stone Lightweight Sunscreen feels and looks like a thick zinc oxide cream, but once applied it actually blends in well without feeling greasy. You’ll have a somewhat satin sheen that dries down to a more natural finish. As for the white cast, there is some white cast if you use a lot of sunscreen like I do. I can’t see this working for deeper skin tones.

The Salt and Stone SPF 40 doesn’t have any scent.

Salt and stone sunscreen

Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano) 22.75%

Purified Water, Coco-Caprylate Caprate, Octyl- dodecanol, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Gluconolactone, Isostearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta.

Salt and stone deodorant

Salt and Stone Deodorant

This all natural deodorant is formulated to provide extra strength protection and comes in a variety of earthy and fresh scents. Salt and Stone deodorant is made without aluminum, alcohol, parabens and dyes. Note that it does contain sodium bicarbonate in case you’re sensitive. It has a dense cream consistency that leans dry rather than mushy.

Salt and stone Deodorant

There are some decent skin-nourishing ingredients like Seaweed extracts & hyaluronic acid, probiotics and butters and oils. Another thing to note is that it contains natural fragrance, which means it’s not scented from 100% essential oils but most likely fragrance oils or synthetics.

I tried the Salt and Stone deodorant in Santal which has a sultry earthy scent profile from:

Top — Violet Leaves, Cardamom
Middle — Orris, Ambrox, Cedar
Base — Australian Sandalwood, Amber, Crystal

Antioxidant Body Wash

The Salt and Stone Body Wash is a bulk size pump jar of over 15 fl oz at $36. It reminds me of Necessaire body washes with its minimal design and tube. The Antioxidant Body Wash also has a number of skin-beneficial ingredients like:

  • Seaweed Extracts & Spirulina
  • Blueberry Extract & Vitamin C
  • Niacinamide
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Probiotics

While it’s a perfectly fine body wash, in terms of ingredient purity, Salt and Stone doesn’t have the cleanest ingredients list of them all. For example, natural fragrance is listed high up on the ingredients list, and I don’t really see the need for Polyquaternium when my other body washes don’t include it. I do like that instead of Phenoxyethanol they use Sodium Benzoate as the preservative.

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Salt and stone face cream

Bearaby Weighted Blanket Review

Bearaby Weighted blanket Review

I’ve had the Bearaby weighted blanket for almost a year now and wanted to share my experience with this popular weighted blanket brand. Bearaby uses high-quality sustainable materials for all their products. The Bearaby weighted blanket comes in three different fabrics (Cotton Napper, Tree Napper, Eco Velvet Napper) and a variety of weights and colors. I own the Bearaby Tree Napper, which is made of Eco friendly Tencel. 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. I also had a few people who like to sleep over at my place try out the Bearaby weighted blanket to get a feel for their opinion. Read on for my honest Bearaby weighted blanket review.

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