Natural Organic Body And Home Care

Natural Organic Body And Home Care - Indigo Wild Zum Products
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Natural Organic Body And Home Care Natural Organic Body And Home Care

Cleaning is absolutely unavoidable … or enthusiastically desirable … depending upon the perspective you take when confronted with such a task. Recently I have switched out a few household cleaning items that are definitely making laundry and hand washing much more enjoyable.

Not only do Indigo Wild cleaning products bring me joy with a range of mood-boosting natural scents, they are also making me feel better that I’m using products that aren’t full of chemicals.

The ingredients in these products are better for my family and are also eco-friendly to the planet. They are cruelty-free vegan products that are manufactured with essential oils, plant-based and pure high-quality vegetarian ingredients, and certified organic food-grade oils. They are also free from detergents, triclosan, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

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Make the Switch to More Sustainable Beauty Products

Make the Switch to More Sustainable Beauty Products
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Plastic, it seems everywhere I look there it is. It’s in my kitchen, in my car, and especially in my bathroom. As useful as it may seem, it’s overwhelming bad for the planet. In fact, according to a 2018 National Geographic article, only 9% of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced is actually recycled. This means most of the products we use end up in landfills or the oceans. So, what can we do to reduce our carbon footprint and plastic usage? For starters, we can switch to more sustainable beauty products.

If you think about, most of the plastic we use can be found in the kitchen and the bathroom. According to Teen Vogue, in 2010 the beauty industry produced 65.62 billion plastic packaging units and 76.8 billion plastic packaging units in 2017. It’s hard to imagine that in less than a decade the beauty industry was responsible for increasing plastic packing by 10 billion units.  

Thankfully, more consumers and brands are becoming aware of this plastic problem and actually doing something about it. Whether it’s recyclable, reusable or compostable, many brands are starting to produce more sustainable beauty products. One such brand is Plaine Products, a personal care brand focused on producing non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable products.

Plaine Sustainable Beauty Products
Plaine Products Packaging

After seeing firsthand the damage plastic was doing to the environment, sisters Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine knew they had to do something. They spent a year researching, creating, and testing out their new line of safe and non-toxic products, as well as developing their sustainable packaging.

Currently, Plaine Products offers hair and body care and face care products, available in both full and travel size. Not only do these sustainable beauty products come in reusable bottles, but they also are feature vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and biodegradable formulas.

Sustainable Beauty Products _ Body Wash and Lotion
How it Works

To start using Plaine Products, you first choose your scent and product type. Then, the brand will send your refillable bottles and pumps. When you start running low, you can order a refill or sign-up for their subscription service, so you never run out of your items. In fact, even their travel bottles are refillable and reusable.

When your bottles are empty, simply rinse them out and switch your pumps to the new bottles. Then, use the enclosed return label to send your empty bottles back to Plaine Products.

No more trips to the store to buy more plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion or face wash. No more ordering plastic bottles of bath and body products.

Plaine Products Face Wash

The brand was kind enough to send me their Rosemary, Mint & Vanilla body wash and lotion, as well as their face wash. I really like the fresh scent of the body wash and lotion. They don’t smell fake or full of chemicals. I also appreciate that their first ingredient is aloe vera, which is very soothing and hydrating. The face wash also has a nice citrus scent. It’s very light and refreshing, which is great for helping me wake up in the morning.  

Switching to more sustainable beauty products is getting easier and easier, especially thanks to brands like Plaine Products. Not only are they more conscientious of the packaging they use, but also of the formulations they create. We all want to look our best, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of the planet we call home.

Are you ready to make the switch to more sustainable beauty products?

Clean Skincare That’s Affordable and Travel-Friendly

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Finding skincare that’s both travel-friendly and inexpensive is quite the challenge. However, it’s a challenge I’m ready for. While I’m not traveling anytime soon, I am moving. I have to pack everything up and can only use certain products, so it’s the perfect time to test out some travel-size products from My ALCHEMY Skincare.

About My ALCHEMY Skincare

My ALCHEMY Skincare is a cruelty-free and clean skincare brand that wants you to stay as young as you feel using products with healthy aging ingredients. They learned firsthand “the impact of self-care and nutrition on our bodies, both inside and out.” Inspired by cancer, the mother-daughter team had one goal in mind – “to offer every [BODY] knowledge to empower healthy choices as we strive to help you live your best life toxic-free.” 

My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini still in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit in the included pouch
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Kit

Products Sent

I was sent and able to test the Travel Mini [$65] kit. Perfect for traveling or when you’re in the middle of a move, and you don’t have a ton of space or everything readily available.

What’s inside the kit:

  • Wildcrafted Cleanser
  • Rose Hydrosol Spritzer
  • Illuminate Face Serum
  • Towelettes
  • Vitamini

The website also shows you how to use each product, which I think comes in handy.

Each product is:

  • Wildcrafted and organic ingredients
  • Free: of toxins, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, silicone, talc, artificial fragrance and colors, fillers, synthetic chemicals.
  • Cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny Certified
  • Vegan
  • Recyclable & reusable bottles
  • Made in the USA
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Cleanser
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Hydrosol
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Face Serum
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette in packaging
My ALCHEMY Skin Care Travel Mini Towelette Case

Travel Mini Review

I recently decided to go solely cruelty-free and clean. I don’t believe in animal testing, there’s no need for it, and I will not use brands that still do this. This kit is nice. It truly is. I have crazy sensitive skin, so of course, I was a bit nervous to try everything. My skin reacted nicely. They don’t take up a lot of space on my bathroom skink, you don’t need to use a ton of products, and there are no horrible scents.

This kit is an excellent option if you’re looking to try a new brand, you want to go cruelty-free, or you are doing some traveling soon and want travel-friendly products. While I do like these products and didn’t have any issues, I’d recommend testing them out before you travel. It’s always best to know a product works for you before heading out on vacation.

Overall Thoughts

The price might seem high for a travel kit, but the quality is marvelous and well worth it. I’m always looking for great deals and ways to save money, but when it comes to skincare, I’ll spend the money if it’s amazing. And it is.

Skin Care From Start To Finish

Skin Care From Start To Finish-Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Serum and MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist
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Skin Care From Start To Finish

Vitamin C plays an important role in human health, and now you can get it in a serum to apply moisture and antioxidants directly to your skin. Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Oil is a quick absorbing skin serum that helps to protect our largest organ from UV-B rays and can also help with issues such as hyperpigmentation and age spots. Anti-aging beauty products are always on my radar. None of us are getting younger, but we don’t have to just go with it.

Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Regenerative Oil

Even though it’s an oil, it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking more fresh without leaving behind an oily residue. I am totally on board for this! I hate nothing more than a skin care product that I am constantly feeling like a film has been left behind that I can’t get rid of; I want it to go on and then forget about it. I like that it’s developed to work well on all skin types.

Equal By Nature Velvet Vitamin C Regenerative Oil

I have very little time to spend on a daily skin care routine. What I like about Velvet Vitamin C Oil is that I can take a few drops and just smooth it into my skin after a shower and by the time I’m dressed and ready to apply what little makeup I do wear, my face is silky smooth and easy to finish off with a little concealer, tinted lip gloss, and mascara.

Another Equal By Nature product that I’m really keep to try soon is their Sweet Plum Oil. This neat little multi-tasker is great for moisturizing skin, hair, nails, and scalp. I am always looking for easy products I can use to smooth flyaway and frizz in my hair and apply to my nails and cuticles that at times like to shred like crazy. All hair types can benefit from the moisturizing benefits!

For a boost of moisture any time, anywhere I enjoy toting MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist in my purse. It’s made with Cactus Water, Hyaluronic Acid (to aid in skin moisturization and diminish the appearance of fine lines), Citystem™ Plant Stem cells (to strengthen skin hydration barrier, stimulate natural antioxidants, and help skin appear smooth and soft), and Niacinamide (vitamin B3) to improve complexion.

MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist

What you won’t find in this cruelty-free, vegan beauty mist:

Gluten

GMO

Parabens

Petroleum

Phthalates

Silicones

Sulfates

Ureas

Artificial Fragrances

Artificial Colors

It’s really easy to pull this out anytime my face feels dry or tight and spritz a bit on my skin. It provides soothing moisture in an instant no matter how busy my day gets. It’s an ultra light spray, developed to be used whenever the need arises, either under or over makeup. You can barely feel the tiny drops landing on your skin. I don’t even have to run my hand over my face to rub it in, the droplets are so fine.

I tried to get a picture of how fine the spray is, but I really couldn’t. The closest I could get is this one. If you look really close you can see a bit of the spray coming out of the nozzle, but the mist itself is so fine, that it’s really hard to see it.

MyChelle Hyaluronic Beauty Mist

I was already a MyChelle fan from using one of their facial exfoliant products; until my teenage daughter commandeered it, that is. Now when I want to use it I have to go to her bathroom! We also recently tried MyChelle’s Incredible Pumpkin Peel and Pumpkin Renew Cream, so definitely check out our thoughts on that!

Tell us about your absolute skin care must have product — the one you just can’t live without!

Skin Care From Start To Finish

Skin Care From Start To Finish

Keep Your Hands Clean With Probiotic Hand Sanitizer

When I was first introduced to essential oils, I had no idea how to use them or even how beneficial they were. I had a beautiful set of oils and I didn’t use them for years! Years later, I was introduced to them again with receiving my first oil diffuser. Ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan of essential oils. I use them all around the home, whether in an oil diffuser or natural cleaning around the home! If you are looking to add a diffuser to your home, be sure to check out our suggestions on how to choose the right oil diffuser! How do you use essential oils? Let us introduce you to the probiotic hand sanitizer from Desert Essence. 

Keep Your Hands Clean With Probiotic Hand Sanitizer
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Many of us use a hand sanitizer throughout the day, especially when we don’t have quick access to wash our hands! What if there was a hand sanitizer that nourishes and conditions the skin?

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Exploring New Beauty Products with C’est Moi

We tried the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set and excited to share what we think. Did you know this set can be found at Target!?

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
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When it comes to makeup, I always tell people to do what makes them happy. If you want to go neutral, do it. If you want to wear the boldest shadows, rock it out! Makeup lets us explore who we are and our creativity. However, many people don’t always have the money to expand their collection, especially if they’re unsure whether or not the bold colors will work out. This is where brands like C’est Moi come into play. 

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About the Brand & What was Sent

This clean beauty brand offers a wide variety of products from skincare to color cosmetics. I’ve been called “basic” many times because I always go for the neutral shadows, so when I was given the opportunity to step outside my typical comfort zone, I couldn’t say no. The brand was kind enough to send their Visual Artist Makeup Crayon (set of 6) to try out, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these and try something different. The six shades in the set include:

  • Night: Black
  • Ruby: Red
  • Sapphire: Navy Blue
  • Leaf: Green
  • Daffodil: Bright Yellow
  • Dove: White

There are many benefits to using these products, which include:

  • Made for delicate skin types
  • NO – Talc, Fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Mineral oil, or Propylene Glycol
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Front of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - The Back of Packaging
Visual Artist Makeup Crayon Set - Side View of Pencils

Visual Artist Makeup Crayon

The shadow pencils glide on nicely and fairly easy to work with. Everyone is different, but sometimes you have to work quickly with cream products to avoid any creasing. My eyelids crease like you wouldn’t believe, so I have to work quickly – other people may not. The colors are fun, bright, and can be used with any bold eye look you’re going for. At the price point $25 for the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set of 6, it’s worth stepping outside your normal looks to try something new.

The white makes a great base to help eye shadows pop more, and the black works as a liner, as long as you set it with a black shadow. If you’re really good and working with cream products and shadows, the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon can also be used to darken up your look a little bit.

Overall Thoughts

While $25 can be a little bit more than what some people may want to spend, but you are getting six shadow sticks in the Visual Artist Makeup Crayon set to work with. That’s less than $5 a pencil. I’m enjoying these shadow pencils, and it works out great that they’re a clean brand since I’m moving to only use clean and cruelty-free brands

Self-Care Essentials For This Weekend

Self-Care Essentials For This Weekend
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The weekend is upon us and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t counting down for Saturday. Saturdays are the day in which I can relax from the weekday hustle and recollect myself. I try to make time on Saturdays where I “treat” myself to some much needed TLC and self-care. This treat can be a sweet treat I have seen around or even a new skincare product. This week, I am sharing with you some of my absolute favorite items and I think you’ll be impressed with them too!

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Daily Suncare Doesn’t End When Fall Begins

Daily Suncare Doesn't End When Fall Begins
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I’m not one for rhyming, but in this instance, it works. Daily suncare shouldn’t end with fall begins. Everyone is hyper-conscious of wearing sunscreen in summer. After all, it is the time of year when our skin receives the most exposure to the sun. When fall arrives, and we start piling on the layers, wearing sunscreen doesn’t always seem like a priority. In reality, it should be a priority all year round.

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Simple Cleaning For Home And Beauty + Tutorial

One of the perks of being single, is being the head of household. While I miss having someone to share my life with, I love being the sole decision maker. I have switched our home cleaning and beauty products over to natural and eco-friendly! I am so excited to share more simple cleaning for home and beauty solutions with you! 

Simple Cleaning For Home And Beauty
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Let’s start with the Kirk’s Soap brand, back when I was making my own laundry soap, I used Kirk’s Castile Soap Bar. I love that Kirk’s is easy to find at the grocery store too! 

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Pumpkin Spice Is In The Air

Pumpkin Spice Is In The Air
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Word on the block is that a popular coffee chain dropped their yearly release of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. YUM! The symbol that fall is quickly approaching. Pumpkins will be on doorsteps, apple cinnamon candles lit, and Halloween decorations out in the no time. Did you there is one other way to sneak some pumpkin into your life? A way that doesn’t involve all the side-eyes from your friends/family because it’s only August?

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