As anyone who has started going more natural and non-toxic in their personal products will probably tell you, perfume is the most intimidating one to do. Unfortunately, it is one of the most important things to switch though because synthetic fragrance, or “fragrance” and “parfum” in cosmetics and body products, can contain some of the most hormone-disrupting substances in them. I will admit, I have not totally cleaned up my act when it comes to perfume quite yet because I am still using up my old ones and don’t want to just throw them away! I did stop spraying it directly onto my skin though, just on my hair or clothes so it is not being directly absorbed through my skin.
Perfume is one area that I did learn from personal experience just how sensitive my skin is to harsh chemicals and how much synthetic fragrances disrupt it. Let me explain!
So, I am totally a product junkie. Or used to be, before I decided to start going more natural and organic in my whole lifestyle, especially skincare. Anyways, that means that I usually keep up to date on all the current new products which are supposedly the greatest thing since sliced bread. And I have tried tons and tons of things over the years which usually turned out pretty “meh” and never really lived up to the hype. And all the money I spent on those “meh” things? Yeah…not cool, not cool at all!
As a long time sufferer of adult acne (and acne in general, ever since I turned 14!) I sought skincare advice from many sources. An awesome blog I came across a year or two called The Love Vitamin helped me in so many ways! The magic mitt is one product Tracy recommends on her blog. I had never heard of anything like this in my entire life! Basically, its a washcloth that you place over your hand. You wash your face with only it, and warm water and it takes off all your makeup! As in NO FACE WASH, only WATER. Crazy right?!
About a year or so into my gradual transition to being more conscious of what is in all of the products I buy, I was starting to feel pretty drained and discouraged. I had read a lot of articles and blogs about the abundance of toxins in all of our everyday items and was trying to slowly by slowly make changes to my purchasing habits.
My friend Rachel and I were on the same page with this, and would exchange tips and recommendations on certain things. She had read this book The Honest Life by Jessica Alba, and loved it and kept recommending that I read it. For whatever reason, I didn’t get to read it for a while but ended up finally reading it last August. It was all about the unexpected journey she faced when she was pregnant with her first child and had a bad reaction to the typical baby laundry soap. That got her asking questions about what was actually in all these products we use on a daily basis, especially considering having a baby around. It was this entire process that led her to start her own line The Honest Company, which carries tons of products with non-toxic and natural ingredients! I loved the book so much, and highly recommend it.
Finding out more about her whole line of products was so refreshing at a time when I was just like “Why can’t I just order everything from one place I can trust and not have to read every single label??” So I was super excited about the brand, and felt Jessica had so much integrity in her high standards for it. (I have since realized that I should still read all the labels and keep up on company changes of all natural lines, since things can change over the years.) But I still really trust the Honest Co.
So without further ado, here are all their products I have tried so far and what I thought about each one!
One of the main reasons I started pursuing a more natural and chemical-free lifestyle about 2 years ago was to try to clear my problem skin up once and for all. During this time I have had more success than I have every had in my life. That is HUGE news for me!
Something I think that has been really helpful in this is regularly using a green clay mask at least once a week or whenever I feel a breakout coming on, or to calm one down that has already started. It is really great and super easy to do yourself at home. Clay masks are helpful in drawing out any impurities deep within your pores. That is especially useful when I can feel like I am going to break out, and want it to cycle through asap and get back to being clear! There are tons of recipes out there on Pinterest for ways to mix up a green clay mask but I really don’t think there is any wrong way. I usually just mix together anything I want until I get the right smoothness I am looking for. The biggest rule though, is you need to mix clay masks with non-metal utensils. If not, you will disrupt the magnetic charge it contains which is what pulls all the gunk out of your pores!
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I first heard about this cool new company called 100% Pure probably a year or two ago but I took my time jumping on the bandwagon. As their name suggests, they are a completely natural and pure makeup company. All their colors are created using fruit pigments, which is super cool and they are also cruelty-free!
I love everything they stand for and the all natural ingredients got me really excited but…I don’t know, I think I wanted to see more people review it before I knew if they would actually work you know? My BFF Rachel had tried a few of their products and totally loved them so I think that is what finally convinced me to dive in! I have ordered from them about 2 or 3 times now, so this is a compilation of all the products I have tried so far.
Hi, my name is Bekah and I am an online shopping addict. Seriously! I subscribe to a ton of home decor websites and a bunch of different blogs too. The convenience of shopping online in your PJ’s or comfy pants is way more fun to me than walking through stores with tons of other people!
While I browse around a lot of stores before I make any decisions on what to buy, I always find myself coming back to a few key websites. I mostly look at the selection they offer, but the layout and usability of the website play a big role too. Here are the sites I really like, and find the coolest stuff at: