I absolutely LOVE coconut oil – I slather it it all over my body every day but there are so many other great uses, which this article on Mind Body Green reminded me of…
(In my opinion the best coconut oil out there comes from Karyn’s in Chicago. It’s always creamy – even if it’s a bit cool and hard, it doesn’t seem dried and flaky as the other brands I’ve tried do. If you are in Chicago it is well worth going out of your way to get this particular coconut oil over any other one out there!)
Here are the main points, but check out the full article by Linnea Jensen…
1) Make up remover.
2) Massage oil.
3) Pre-shave and aftershave.
4) Deep hair conditioner and split end treatment.
5) Burn relief and scar reduction.
7) Oil Pulling.
8) Put it on your plate.
I’m in LOVE with the Lip Glaze from 100% Pure! I have no idea why I haven’t tried it before. It feels more like a chapstick than lipstick but has fantastic color and because it has that slightly waxy chapstick feel it seems to stick longer than a liptstick. Not to mention it feels super moisturizing! It’s perfect for me! They’re $15 and I’ll definitely be ordering more colors!
When we were on our honeymoon in Greece I grabbed a tube of the Korres Guava body butter at their store in the airport – since then I’ve been in love with it. The smell is tropical and always brings me back to my after-beach ritual of spreading on this thick, indulgent, amazing scented lotion. I popped into Sephora the other day to pick up a tube and was SO EXCITED to find the holiday gift set in stock! For only $32 I got the same sized butter I was going to pay $29 for, along with a full sized shower gell, purse sized butter and a lip balm! A $70 value! So, if you’re in need of a special treat for yourself right now, this is the thing to run out and get before they’re gone! Since I love it so much I might even run back to pick up one or two as Christmas gifts in hopes that some family members will love it as much as I do!
These make-up remover cloths from Norwex are AMAZING! They remove make-up and cleanse without any harsh cleansers – that’s right – you don’t need to use a face soap at all! They’re perfect for sensitive skin and the delicate eye area. I use one every night to take off my make-up – after giving the cloth a good rinse, the mascara and everything else disappears from the cloth! After wringing it out I hang it to dry and any bacteria that didn’t get rinsed away dies over the next 24 hours before I use it again. Every couple of weeks I toss it in the laundry just like anything else – just without fabric softener as that will ruin it over time. I do still love my Clarisonic so I use that in the morning and use these fab cloths at night! I’m using 1/2 the amount of cleanser now, avoiding having to use an eye make-up remover and cotton balls. Such less waste and so much better for my health.
**if you’re feeling like your cloth is extra dirty prior to wanting to put it in the washing machine, you can use a little soap on it or to really deep clean it, put it in boiling water
Clarisonic Mia Review:
I’m in LOVE with my Clarisonic Mia! I don’t know what is up with my skin lately but it’s been terrible – bad breakouts – constantly. I’ve tried several different cleansers, creams, serums, etc. and although they were all great products I still was covered in red acne bumps and zits. So embarassing!!! My skin was never like that as a teenager – why is it doing this to me at 30?! I started reading reviews on the Clarisonic and decided to give it a go despite the hefty price tag of $119. It has made a huge difference! I still have a few spots here and there that come and go, but nothing compared to what it was. Oh, and my nose is a million times better – my nose likes to harbor a lot of oil but this cleans so deeplt that I’ve seen a huge difference in the clarity of my nose.
There are a few different Clarisonics. I chose the Mia, which is the cheapest and since I haven’t tried the others I can’t compare them but I can say the Mia is definitely sufficient. LOVE it! Definitely worth the investment.
Veganese Conditioner Review:
I recently was zipping through Macy’s and knowing we were out of condition, grabbed this Veganese Condition by LUSH. I can’t explain why I didn’t smell it first, that’s normally one of the first things I do with new products like this but I looked at the conditioners, realized there was just one vegan option, grabbed it and left. I am not at all a fan of this stuff. I really should take it back but I’ve just got busy and never got around to it and now it’s been too long and Eric and I have both used it seeing as we had been out when I purchased it. I don’t like the scent at all. It’s too hippy/manly for me and even Eric isn’t crazy about the smell – I guess it’s too hippy for him. When I went to grab a photo of it for this post I realized it was rosemary and lavender which I’d have never guessed! I was thinking more patchuli - hence my hippy description – sorry, hopefully I’m not offending anyone Anyway, not only is the smell not at all something I enjoy but it isn’t as thick and creamy as I’d like but once dry, my hair does seem well moisturized. I always put Moroccan oil on my hair before I dry it so it’s hard to say whether the conditioner is lacking and the oil makes up for it or maybe the conditioner is just deceiving and it is more moisturizing than it feels when I put it on. Regardless of how it works, due to the smell I won’t be getting it again.
*update* – I used it again this morning and my hair really does seem conditioned and tangle free when I get out of the shower – but I just don’t like the smell
I have been using this Origins Precipitation Continuous Moisture Recovery for Body for a couple of weeks now.
It’s super super light but somehow still moisturizing and there isn’t even the slightest hint of greasiness in it. I’m very curious to see what my opinion of it will be once the dryness of winter sets in. I personally prefer a creamier, richer lotion but for those of you who enjoy something light, I would highly suggest this. It is unscented which I like so I can pair it with any of my perfumes and don’t have to worry about competing scents. It’s definitely on the pricey side at $22.50 for 8oz but it has lasted well. It packs a powerful punch in a small amount and has already lasted longer than I expected it to.
I recently ran out of deodorant and was desperate to purchase something quickly so I grabbed this – Kiss My Face Active Enzyme Deodorant – Lavendar…
It’s horrible! It doesn’t seem to mask any odor at all. I hate wasting things but I finally broke down and ordered new Take A Whiff! I’m keeping this on hand just in case I ever need a back up but I really don’t know why – it’s horrible! I feel (and smell) so much better now that I’m back to using the good stuff: Pristine Beauty Take A Whiff! deodorant
I’ve learned my lesson – I’m sticking with Take a Whiff for good – it really is, hands down, the best natural deodorant out there. In case you want to check out my original post on this great stuff, it’s here.
This is my manicure with Scotch Naturals nail polish from Green Girls Night Out – Chicago only 25 hours after getting it! I mentioned the other day that the next morning it already wasn’t looking so great and then by that night I had no choice but to take it off. The product is so natural and so much better than traditional polishes and even my fav – Zoya – but as much as I want to like it, it’s not at all practical. I would never purchase this stuff. My girlfriend who got a manicure with me was in the same boat – by the following evening her’s looked awful as well – so it’s not just me! Bummer