Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Favorites 2014 (natural, non-toxic, cruelty free)

I have decided I am going to start sharing my youtube videos on my blog, I don't really know why I kept them seperate in the first place. Let me know if you like this, and if not I will keep them seperate. This month I had a few favorites, and so did my puppy Biscuit, so I shared them too :) I hope you like this video! Thanks for watching!

Favorites mentioned:
Gentle Digest dog probiotics
cedarwood/ lavender dog shampoo
Ion Color Brilliance Brights semi permanent hair color
DIY yoga mat cleaner
Don't Bug Me lotion bar
Clay Silk deodorant
Deep Steep brown sugar vanilla body butter
Sassa Bella Ageless Skin cleanser and toner
Red Apple Lipstick petal rebel
Red Apple Mint 2 Be lipgloss fuzzy naval
Silk Naturals HD foundation N30
Real Techniques buffing brush
Roxy OCean Sider beach pants

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Current Wishlist (natural, health & beauty)

Hey guys! Today is just a quick little post of some items I am lusting over at the moment. I like a mixture of beauty, health and wellness products at all times, so I included a few of each here in my wish list. What are some items you are lusting over right now?


1. Defender Pad I just found out about this from Mama Natural on youtube...and I NEED this in my lap, er, life! It is an amzing little device (that is independntly tested)that protects you from laptop radiation! It also acts like a fancy little lap table.

2. Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Pressed Foundation After falling in love with the Silk Veil I got as a sample, I am definitely interested in trying the powder foundation. I have tried a few Lauren Brooke products over the years and liked all of them. I like the convenience of the pressed powder over loose minerals. Also, her foundations contain spf from zinc so you gotta love it even more!

3. ZuZu Luxe Azure eyeliner I just finished off the Raven shade of this liner, and it is the most natural liquid liner I have found on the market. I really loved the raven, so I know I will love this bright blue shade as well!

4. Silk Naturals HD Concealer I am absolutely IN LOVE with the HD foundation from this brand! It has amazing coverage, and in the warmer months I can use it all over without worrying that my dry skin will look cakey or flaky. I want to try the concealer because it can get around my eyes and nose easier.

5. Caribbean Solutions Beach Colors self tanner This is the most affordable all natural self tanner I can find. All the reviews I have read have been really great also. I have naturally fair skin, but I am embarrased of my legs because of my varicose veins that show on the back of my knees, so I have been looking for a way to disguise them.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Chagrin Valley Clay Silk Lemongrass Deodorant Review

Hey guys! I have done quite a few deodorant reviews since starting my green beauty journey. Most of the natural brand deodorants I have tried have been just ok, or have started out REALLY great, then ending with me not liking them at all. This one is a little different. No, alot different.

I have been using the Clay Silk deodorant from a little company called Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve for about two months now (  in super hot and humid Kentucky weather!) and let me just go ahead and say this now- I will never go back to any of those other brands!

Chagrin Valley offers SEVEN different deodorants, five Coconut Silk which contain baking soda, and two Clay Silk which contain bentonite clay. I had been eyeing the coconut silk since last year but my arm pits just can't handle the baking soda. So when they came out with the Clay Silk, I HAD to try it!

They key ingredient in this deo is bentonite clay. That is why it works SO well. Bentonite clay has been used in  many natural beauty and wellness products, is known as a detoxifying and healing clay, and for its ability to absorb and remove toxins,and impurities from the body.This powerful clay, along side anti-bacterial tea tree essential oil, helps absorb sweat and neutralize body odor at the same time! And believe WORKS. You just rub your fingers into the tin, then rub onto your arm pit! You only need a little bit, because it is made with coconut oil it spreads really well.

Chagrin Valley created this deodorant for those sensitive to baking soda- like I am.

"An organic mineral deodorant that combines the natural antibacterial properties of virgin coconut oil and tea tree essential oil to minimize and neutralize odors naturally. Nutrient-rich bentonite clay, well known for its absorbent properties, helps absorb sweat naturally. This product is not an antiperspirant and the natural ingredients will not clog pores. A great alternative for those who are sensitive to baking soda." - Chagrin Valley

I still sweat while wearing this deo, like the description above mentioned, it is NOT an anti- perspirant but a deodorant. And it does exactly what is is supposed to do. Well, it works great for me! I know that everybody is different and have different preferences when it comes to deodorants, so this may not work the same for you as it does for me, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are sensitive to baking soda but want a natural product.

I truly LOVE this stuff! It comes in a 2 oz. tin, and you don't use much at a time so it will last for months. I apply it in the morning, sweat my butt off all day at work ( in 90+ degrees in the building), and barely smell at all at the end of the day. That has not been true of the other brands I have tried. They only worked well in cooler weather...

If you need a natural deodorant that will work for you, will last a long time, and doesn't have baking soda, I highly recommend you try Clay Silk. It is kinda pricey at $7.75 each, but for the amount you get it is worth the money (to me).

Have you ever tried any of the Clay Silk, or Coconut Silk deodorants? How did they work for you?
Let me know in the comments!



Where to buy: 
Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil; Organic Jojoba Oil; Bentonite Clay; Organic Unrefined Beeswax; Organic Cocoa Butter; Organic Arrowroot Powder; Organic Essential Oils of Lemongrass and Tea Tree; Organic Rosemary Oil Extract 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yes, bees are IMPORTANT.

photo from my garden last year :)

Hey guys. By the title of this post, you should already to be able to tell that this is an issue that is personal to me. A few things prompted me to write this today. All of them happened today. Let me start off by saying I am an advocate for saving the bees, and sign every petition against pesticide/ herbicide/ fungicide or anything that is harmful and deadly to bees, and strongly encourage almost everyone I know to do the same. That being said, today I received an email from the Environmental Working Group about a petition against a new pesticide that Dow Chemical is trying to get passed called 2,4-D and I shared it with some co- workers and I explained that bees are endangered and these pesticides are also toxic to humans/ cause cancer. I asked them if they would sign it, and I of course did.

The two awesome ladies that work next to me said heck yes they would. Another gal that doesn't work next to me but in my area, said " I don't care about bees, I just don't want to get cancer". This broke my  heart. This is a bit of the convo we had:
Me: Bees are responsible for most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat, and really anything that has a bloom on it gets pollinated by bees.
Her: I eat meat, I'm good.
Me: What? How will you eat meat if the meat you are eating doesn't have any plants?
Her: They can eat grass

I may sound a bit crazy to some of you because I was explaining this to my unwilling co-workers, but the people in my area actually are interested in these things as well, they even ask me about them on their own.( I just wanted to let you know I wasn't pushing this info on them.)

Then after work, I was out in the garden watering all of my plants, and watching about 5 different honeybees hop happily from flower to flower, and I started to recall my earlier conversation and got fired up. I needed to talk about why bees ARE important, and ask how people don't know this??

Did you know there are different types of bees?Yup. According to One Green Planet there are 25,000 types of bee species around the world. That is amazing.

When you type into Google search, "why bees are important", this quote pops up first:
  1. Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats..

That is a big reason right there. The MOST IMPORTANT POLLINATOR in the WORLD! Bees are responsible for so many of the foods we humans consume each day. The most healthy and nutritious foods for that matter!  Broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries....all of these amazing foods would not be here without bees!! We also would not have honey, (a favorite among green beauty bloggers and health conscious people). Raw honey is an amazing food and skincare product, and  is an alkaline-forming food that contains vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients.

These natural pollinators help keep the world full of beautiful blooms of flowers and trees and these plants provide food for other animals, and so on. Bees are a part of the food chain too.

Can you imagine a world with no flowers, or honey? I sure can't. And I don't think we should have to. If more people started to realize how important bees really are, maybe there would be less of a threat to their lives.

I think all people need is a little knowledge and understanding about what we are doing to harm the bees, and a little guidance on what we can do to stop it. There are a few things we can all do to help these harmless little guys out.

** STOP USING CHEMICALS. That is number one on my list. These pesticides,chemical fertilizers, weed killers are all super harmful to bees. Stop using them and opt for a natural solution such as hand pulling or vinegar for weeds,orange oil , or soapy water for pests, and so many more other options. Or just leave your weeds alone. Our grass has these little white poofy flowers that bees LOVE.

** Plant flowers that attract bees. There is a flower I found from Seed saver's Exchange that is attractive to all pollinators! It's called Bee's friend. How appropriate! They also like sunflowers ( I had to walk hunched over through my garden last year from all the traffic!)

 ** Let your congressman know how you feel. I have actually done this. I have signed many petitions that were sent to my congressman letting him know that bee killing pesticides need to go!

Queen of the Sun has compiled a list of 10 things we can do to help save the bees. These are all doable for all of us. I really recommend checking it out if you are interested.

I am sorry if I sounded ranty here, but I get fired up about things I am passionate  What are your thoughts on this topic?



Great reading about bee importance:
CC Pollen
One Green Planet
British Beekeepers Association

** All thoughts expressed in this blog post were my own opinion. I am not endorsing any companies or brands**

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Whole California Olive Exfoliating + Moisturizing Scrub & Mask | Review

Oliviate is an up and coming brand that cares. What sets them apart from other body scrub companies I have tried is the fact that they only use three ingredients, yes THREE, and all are sustainable and eco friendly! They do NOT use any plastic microbead in their scrub, because those little buggers end up in our water supply and can be toxic.
This scrub only contains:

*Organic California olives
*Organic vegetable glycerien (from sustainable palm)
*Lemongrass essential oil

I was contacted from the company to try a sample of this product, and they sent me a link to their Indiegogo page, and some facts about their brand and what their goals are and after I read about them I immediately said yes.
Here is a little about the company and what they are trying to do with their product.

"We’re launching Oliviate to bring the power of California olives from the farm to your face. We’re using our Indiegogo campaign's Earth Day launch to introduce our 100% organic skincare products that work naturally with your skin without any artificial additives or plastic microbeads. Oliviate harnesses the power of nature to nourish and replenish your skin without harming the environment

Oliviate is the kind of brand that I love supporting, because they have such great values and care about the impact they have on the earth. They use all sustainable methods, and ingredients, and just make a great product with great ingredients. They are also paleo, gluten free, and cruelty free!
phot courtesy of Oliviate

I was lucky enough to receive a sample to try and I really am pleased with it. It came packed in a cute little carboard box, with paper "easter grass" that can both easily be recycled, and the product itself was in a tiny little plastic jar, that I plan on keeping for reuse.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the jar was that it was brown, and kind of a mousse like texture.

Also you can smell the lemongrass essential oil, but it is not a real strong scent. The exfoliant is pumice from ground olive pits and the scrubbers are SUPER fine. When you rub it in you can definitely feel the exfoliation but it is so gentle because of how small the scrubbers are. My skin felt so smooth and actually looked plumped up after! I have a sample picture using my hands.
I did not use scrub on this hand- see they dryness?

This hand I used the scrub on. My skin is smooth and supple. I did not apply moisturizer either!
I was so excited to see how great this scrub worked on my dry, scaly hands ( I wash my hands ALOT due to handling baby chicks and gardening so they get really dry) because I am constantly moisturizing them. I am going to try this on my feet too!

Oliviate has launched an Indiegogo account to try to raise money to produce their product on a larger scale, and buy all the necessary equipment to do so. They are running this until June 20th so there are only 7 days left to help if you are interested. They need to raise $25,000 in order to reach their goal and right now are only at $4,640. They need our help to reach this goal, so if you are interested here are some perks you can receive from contributing:

If you would like more info on Oliviate as a brand, you can head over to their Facebook page, or go to their Indiegogo page and contribute to their goal.

I really want to see this brand go far! I hope they can reach their goal by June 20!!