As I have mentioned before, I have been making small changes
in different aspects of my life in order to live in a more natural and
eco-friendly way. Well, I stumbled across this Auromere shampoo bar with neem.
As soon as I saw the packaging, it caught my attention as it is made out of
cardboard instead of plastic…. I LOVED this! I know, I know, cardboard still
kills trees and it is not totally eco-friendly if we put it that way; but I was
really happy that it didn’t come in plastic and wanted to really give it a try
to compare it to bottled shampoo. I was already using an organic shampoo, but
it was in a plastic bottle, so this is definitely a step in the right
direction. I read the back of the box as well as the ingredient section and I
was very excited to take it home and write a review for it.
This shampoo bar is free of chemicals, cruelty free, vegan and earth friendly. It also packs a lot of great oils and other natural ingredients that are gentle with the hair and nourish the scalp.
I was a little unsure about how much of the shampoo bar I would have to use to wash my hair since it is long, going all the way down to my waist, but it got foamy very quickly (not as much as with a regular shampoo) covering all of my hair. I conditioned my hair as usual and styled it to see the end result. I was very pleased as my scalp felt fresh, nourished, and my hair was very soft. I did read on the box that the 4.23 oz bar of shampoo is equivalent to 18 oz of liquid shampoo, so one bar should last a couple of months depending on how often you wash your hair and if you keep the bar dry in between washes.
I am definitely enjoying this shampoo bar a lot, but since this is the first one I am trying, I would love to hear from you about any others you have tried that you would recommend. This one can be easily ordered online at auromere.com, swansonvitamins.com, or amazon!
First of all.. do you cleanse your skin every night? I sure hope so.
One of the keys to clear, healthy skin is cleansing off all of your makeup, sweat, and grime before you go to bed. Even if it’s been a late night (we’ve all been there..) – DON’T go to sleep with your makeup on!
And a super common way to wash your face is normally makeup wipes. But those can pull at your skin, cause wrinkles, and surprisingly really don’t get everything off your face. Next time you use a wipe, go in with a second one .. I guarantee you’ll have more makeup coming off!
So next time you cleanse, my #1 tip is to use an oil. And my #2 tip is to double cleanse.
I always wash my face with either Vitamin E oil or a facial oil from Trader Joe’s. I tried coconut oil – but I broke out. Try different oils and see what works for you!
It’s key to have your face dry the first time you add the oil to your face. Rub it all over (even your eyes), then rinse off. LIGHTLY dab a clean towel on your face to dry it off a bit, then do it all over again. More oil, another rinse, then dab your face dry again.
The first cleanse is to take any makeup off, then the second is to really clean your skin and remove any gunk from your pores. And it only takes a few extra seconds! And life hack: if you’re traveling, ask room service to bring you a side of olive oil.
Oil is also AMAZING for skin because it hydrates! I used to be anti-oil because my skin was oily and acne prone, but right when I started using oils, my acne cleared up and my skin actually errs on the dry side! If your skin is too dry, it’ll produce excess oils which can contribute to breakouts. So oil it up!
I have been slowly switching out certain cosmetics and other
beauty products for more natural options as well as waste free items. It has
been interesting to try out so many different things to see what works and what
doesn’t. Today I want to talk about this one product that I have really liked
and about the company who makes it. The product is by a company named Alaffia
and it is a deliciously coconut rose scented whipped shea butter to be used for
skin and hair! I bought a small container to try it out and I am OBSESSED. At first,
I was like, this little 1.5 oz container is not going to last, but it is crazy because
you have to rub it on your palms to warm it up before you spread it on your
hair or skin and it becomes oily, so you don’t need as much. This fabulous
product leaves your skin and hair crazy soft, and you can feel confident that
no crazy chemicals will harm you and that the product comes from an ethical
company. Alaffia has been For Life certified for fair trade, MADE SAFE
certified for products without known or suspected toxins to harm the health of
humans, animals, or the ecosystem, and it is Non-GMO verified. I mean, it
really can’t get better than that right?! I see all those super sad videos of
animals being killed or injured by our waste that I know a change needs to
happen, so finding companies like this one is very exciting.
A company with purpose
I invite you to visit the Alaffia website and read about their commitment
to the consumers, communities, and the planet because it is great to learn
about a company that cares and that is doing something to give back. Since the
company was started in 2003, Alaffia has implemented educational projects,
opened schools in African communities, and even has a complete line that
supports a foundation that rehabilitates women that have been victims of sex
trafficking. Even their logo is absolutely cool as it represents protection,
security and love.
If your hair is needing some extra TLC.. we’ve got you covered! Chantal gave me her tips for this amazing hair mask – and now I’m passing it on to you. I normally try to take good care of my hair. I wash it every 3-4 days, use heat MAYBE once a week, and give myself a little trim every few weeks, but sometimes I need something extra. And this mask is vitamin packed and will transform your hair!
My favorite ingredient in this is the vitamin E oil. I got mine at Trader Joe’s for about $5, and I use it for a ton of stuff. I use it as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, and for this hair mask! For hair, Vitamin E can moisturize, repair hair follicles, and promote healthy hair growth. The olive oil helps to moisturize even more, the eggs promote shine, and lemon juice will make your hair vibrant!
Below are some basic guidelines regarding the ingredients, but feel free to decrease or increase the amounts depending on how much hair you have.
1 TBSP Vitamin E Oil
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 TBSP Olive Oil
Whisk it all together, apply to your hair for about 20 minutes, then rinse very, very well! Be sure you give your hair a wash afterwards as well to get any excess gunk out.
And voila! Beautiful hair!.. Have a great weekend!
I don’t know about you.. but the struggle is REAL for me with facial bloating! And I have one secret that will cure all your problems!
Luckily, there’s a natural solution to bloating and there are two steps. First of all, you need to start by massaging your face! Professionals call it lymphatic drainage – and you basically rub your face upwards (ain’t nobody got time for wrinkles) and then rub down your throat. Rubbing down is key! Otherwise, the liquid you’re draining will just stay in other places in your face.
Secondly, pull out those ice cubes and rub away! Hold the ice cubes underneath your eyes, on your cheeks, and don’t forget your jaw line.. then, goodbye inflammation!
Gross but yeah, pores are crazy important. You need to make sure
to clean your pores of impurities constantly in order to have healthy looking
skin, minimize black heads and pimples. If you let your pores get all clogged
up, your skin is going to look less than appealing, oily and dirty. The
charcoal peel off mask is one of my favorite face masks because on top of being
crazy satisfying to take it off, it is great at pulling dirt, blackheads,
bacteria, dead cells, and all sorts of impurities from the skin. Now, do BEWARE
because although the mask is great at removing impurities, it takes all of the
oils from the skin when you peel it off and that is not recommended, it can
also irritate your skin, so you have to be gentle when applying and taking it
off. On top of that, once you have peeled off the mask, you need to make sure
to wash your face to remove all mask residues, use a toner to seal off your pores
and moisturize. I also wouldn’t recommend using this type of mask too
frequently as it can make your face look dry and irritated if you overuse it. Twice
a month or just as needed should be good.
Looking for a face scrub that’s moisturizing, brightening, AND that you can eat?!.. Look no further. We’ve got you covered!
You’ll want to follow the recipe below for an all natural, at home scrub that will leave your face looking AH-MAZING. It’s super nourishing. And yes, you can actually eat it. Try out using it on your lips and lick off any residue! A snack and facial all in one, ha!
1 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Sugar
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Scrub on your face for a minute or so, rinse off, and voila!