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Bar Shampoo for Eco-Friendly Beauty

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!

Stay true – Chantal    

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Sugar, the NOT so Silent Killer

Now, I am not going to say that I don’t eat any sugar whatsoever, because I do. My goal is to eventually eliminate all added sugar from my daily life (except maybe special occasions very sporadically), but I have to say… it is very hard! Why is it so hard you ask? Well because it is so addictive! There are strong physical and emotional reasons as to why we love eating sugary foods so much, but reducing the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis is extremely important. Sugar has sooooooo many ugly side effects that we should really consider not eating sugar part of our daily self-care routine.

On top of sugar contributing to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, here are other very visible effects of a sugar-packed diet:

  • Tooth decay (not very attractive)
  • Body inflammation
  • Contributes to lack of collagen on skin (that means more wrinkles!)
  • Breakouts
  • Worsens acne and skin allergic reactions

Personal victory, but still ways to go

I quit sodas as well as sugar and creamer in my coffee 10 months ago and I can say that it really has made a difference in my life. I don’t crave sugar-packed drinks, enjoy water more, my skin feels more hydrated since I drink more water now, I get more energy from my cup of coffee since I don’t get the crash from the sugar, and my body doesn’t feel bloated. Eliminating just those things has made my life so much better that I really want to continue and eliminate or minimize sugary and processed foods from my daily life. These changes are not easy to make, but they are possible and totally worth it. Join me and share your progress on the blog!

Any suggestions on how to quit sugar for good?

Stay true – Chantal

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Whip It!

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.

Check them out at https://www.alaffia.com/pages/alaffia-history

I’ve only tried the whipped shea butter so far, have you tried any of their products? If so, which one is your fave??? I know I am definitely trying some more of their products!

Stay true – Chantal

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Hellooooooooo Sexy Pores!

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.

What’s your favorite peel-off mask?

Stay True – Chantal

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All You Need Is Love – Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra, also known as the heart or anahata chakra is associated love, compassion beauty, and joy. This energy center is located in the center of the chest and it is believed that it’s directly associated with the proper functioning of the heart and lungs. An unbalanced heart chakra is said to cause blood pressure issues, bad circulation or certain heart and lung problems. The emotional repercussions of an unbalanced heart chakra are jealousy, codependency, isolation, and difficulty developing and maintaining positive relationships with others. On the other hand, if the heart chakra is balanced, we feel connected with others, have empathy, accept and forgive. We also appreciate the beauty around us, are open to developing meaningful relationships as well as love ourselves and others. This chakra is usually represented by the color green and the element of air.

How to balance the heart chakra?

  • Because this chakra is related to the beauty around us, doing anything creative and artistic is a good way to balance it and bring joy to our lives.
  • Self-care is a fantastic way to nurture this chakra as you are loving and appreciating yourself. Love starts within you.
  • Meditate, meditate, meditate.
  • Breathe… DEEPLY.
  • Daily affirmations are everything!
  • Want some extra help? Here are some crystals: rose quartz, rhodochrosite, green jade and green tourmaline.
  • Essential oils that rule for the heart chakra: lavender, rose, sandalwood, and jasmine.

Compassion and love are a beautiful thing, practice them every day, start with yourself and then they will naturally flow outward.

Stay true – Chantal

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Know Who You Are & Take Control of Your Life – Solar Plexus Chakra

It is time to talk a bit about our third chakra, also known as Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra. This chakra is located between the stomach and the chest, and it is said to be the one in control of will, self-esteem, identity, self, compassion, and personal power. People that have a balanced solar plexus chakra are often perceived as purposeful, successful, confident and assertive individuals that learn from mistakes They also have good discipline, are independent, self-motivated, have good leadership skills, and demonstrate good judgement (aka me… JK!). This chakra is usually represented by the color yellow as it is associated with the element of fire (I think of it as the fire that drives you to attain all you want in life). The physical functions that are attributed to this chakra are digestion and metabolism; therefore, when the chakra is not balanced certain physical discomfort is said to happen, including stomach cramps, poor digestion, weight issues, poor digestion, nausea, among others.   

What are the emotional symptoms of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra?

If it is underactive – it may cause feelings of helplessness, lack of self-worth, lack of purpose, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence.

If it is overactive – it may lead to a constant need of validation, a need to control everything and everyone we meet, anxiety, and even manic episodes.

 It is important to maintain this chakra balanced in order to have a successful and fulfilling life. We all know how important self-worth and self-confidence is; however; many people either lack these or have an extremely inflated ego.      

How to balance the solar plexus?

  • Aromatherapy: Some of the best essential oils to use for this chakra are: rosemary, chamomile, bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, and cedarwood. Essential oils can help stimulate the chakra when inhaled. They can be used in massage oils, lotions or in diffusers.
  • Healing stones: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, yellow tourmaline, and yellow jasper are great to help balance the solar plexus. Why? Well, part of it is the color of the gem. Colors can have an effect in our emotions and behaviors. Another benefit of the stones is that each stone has a different vibration that causes a reaction in our body. Keep in mind that different people have different reactions to the various types of stones; it is not the same result for everyone and therefore more than one is suggested.
  • Yoga: certain yoga poses help you balance the third chakra with great results. Find a quiet and relaxing place and try some of these: child’s pose, warrior I & III, mountain pose, bow, plank, and boat
  • Diet: certain foods that can help with your chakra healing are: chamomile tea, yellow peppers, and corn.

Love yourself and remember that wellness and beauty start from the inside. You attract what you let out into the world. If you radiate positive energy, you will get positive in return. Positive actions + positive thoughts + positive words + beautiful soul = beautiful human being.  

Stay true – Chantal

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Coffee Lovers Face Scrub

Hello my loves! If there is one thing I love more than not waking up early, it is COFFEE! Not only do I enjoy drinking a delicious cup of that miracle potion to get me going in the morning after I managed to growl my way out of my bed, but it is also a fabulous exfoliant! Coffee is rich in antioxidants and helps treat/prevent acne as well as an anti-aging treatment. It is also helpful to reduce the appearance of cellulite as it improves blood circulation. For this exfoliant, mix the coffee with some olive oil while maintaining a grainy consistency.

Apply the paste on your face and/or body gently in circular motions to unclog your pores and remove dead skin. The smell of the coffee is also super delicious and therapeutic, giving your brain a boost and even reducing stress. The olive oil in this exfoliant paste is also incredibly important as it is another powerful antioxidant and moisturizer (among many other benefits). The olive oil will help your skin feel incredibly soft. If you are just doing your face and not your entire body, please remember to also exfoliate your neck. Any kind of facial treatment MUST include the entire neck area as that’s a delicate area that tends to age quite a bit. Instead of olive oil you can use coconut oil, honey, or avocado oil; they are all great options! After you rub all of the areas to be treated, leave on for at least 15 minutes and then rinse. Warning, because it is a scrub and it is not the gentlest of treatments, it should not be used on a daily basis, but a couple of times a week should be good for beautiful, glowing skin.

Do you have a favorite coffee inspired beauty treatment?

Stay true – Chantal