Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#2)

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#2)

I am still very much into using up my current stash of products before getting anything new, and as you’ll see, I even committed to finishing things that I didn’t even like all that much.  I’m really proud of how much I have decluttered! (By the way, you can see my first empties post here.) Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E I used this lotion for years (obviously not the same bottle), and for a long time, cocoa butter was my signature scent.  I still absolutely love this stuff, but as you know, I’m...

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5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

5 myths about non-toxic beauty products

When I first got into a more natural lifestyle several years ago, I was far too trusting of labels and naively thought that a package depicting a nature scene or anything with the word “botanical” on it was healthy and safe for me to use. Obviously, this isn’t true, and there are other common misconceptions about what it means to go all-natural in terms of makeup and skin, body, hair, and nail care.  I hope to de-bunk a few of those myths today and ideally make this whole non-toxic business a little less complicated for...

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What’s in my purse?

What’s in my purse?

Having two small children means that I have to carry a diaper bag around with me wherever I go.  While my Kate Spade diaper bag is really cute, I love when I actually get to use one of my purses. I actually have a running wish list of purses that I want to get once my diaper bag carrying days are over (although I am really not in any rush for my babies to grow up). Anyway, since I had the opportunity to carry a purse the other day, I thought that I’d take advantage and do a “What’s in my purse?” post...

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Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Updated list of safer beauty brands & where to shop for them

Back in November, I promised frequent updates to my list of non-toxic beauty brands, and that is what I am delivering today. The new (and improved!) list is still available as a free PDF (see the link below), but now it also includes links to each company’s official website and several nail polish brands as well. I hope that you like the changes and find the document to be a helpful tool.   Download a printable version of the list here.   While you can obviously shop all of these brands on their websites, sometimes you have to...

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Vitacost haul

Vitacost haul

(Please note: I am a Vitacost affiliate.  However, everything you’ll read here reflects my own true thoughts and opinions, and I have not been compensated or asked to write this post.) While I am a big fan of stores like Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Trader Joe’s when it comes to health food and products, I also do a lot of my shopping on Vitacost. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Vitacost is an online store that sells products, such as grains, vitamins & supplements, snacks, canned goods, condiments, skincare,...

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Safer nail polishes you need to try

Safer nail polishes you need to try

Even though I made the switch to more natural beauty, hair, and personal care products pretty easily, I really dragged my feet when it came to using less toxic nail polishes.  The colors in my collection were just too pretty to give up! That being said, I went through a long stretch of not painting my nails at all, and my nail polish collection became more of a museum display.  Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t avoiding home manis and pedis because I didn’t have the time to do them.  OK, lack of time was sort of an issue, but...

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