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5 Free Nail Polish and Other Non Toxic Brands

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Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall, 5 Free Nail Polish & More

Finding toxic free nail polish doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favorite colors, finishes, or wearability. But toxic free nail polish means you will give up those nasty chemicals which get absorbed into your body (yuck).

Personally, I get a little too excited for fall style firstly because I love to layer and there is nothing better than a comfy sweater and secondly, because I’m not outside working in the garden which means I get to break out my favorite toxic free nail polishes and coordinate my looks from head to nails.

Without going on anymore here are my favorite non toxic nail polishes for fall.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish Brands & Colors

Cote $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBT, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Parabens.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Cote has been a cult 9-toxic free nail polish brand for years. What’s more is they are gluten free, vegan, and poured in the United States. Oh, and if you happen to be in Los Angeles or New York make sure to stop into their studios for exceptional pedicure or manicure.

Fall Color Pick: Adobe Clay

 

JinSoon $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl phosphate, Parabens, Lead.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

JinSoon has been a personal favorite after testing it last year mostly because it’s long lasting with stunning pigments. While red isn’t everyone’s color sometimes you want your nails to match the occasion: apple picking anyone?

Fall Color Pick:  Coquette

Chanel $28

Free of Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

If Chanel is a brand favorite of yours you will be relieved to know their Le Vernis is a five free toxic free nail polish. Brand lovers rejoice! While a bit pricey Chanel nail polish carries with it a great reputation for long lasting wear that is absolutely stunning.

Fall Color Pick: New Dawn

Dior $28

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Dior is another cult favorite that is thankfully five free. Vernis Gel Shine and Long Lasting Lacquer is just what it sounds like – perfect for those who are prone to chipping. And that color: swoon.

Fall Color Pick: Nuit

Butter London $10

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Triphenyl Phosphate.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Butter London was my personal gateway into the world of toxic free nail polish simply because it is available at Ulta. Since then it has become an absolute favorite brand and the price point is absolutely perfect. If you’re looking for Pantone’s color of the year they have you covered.

Fall Color Pick: Mauvelos

Smith & Cult $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, and Triphenyl Phosphate.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Smith and Cult is relatively new to me but their perfect nude shades and toxic free approach make this brand a no brainer. On top of that they are an absolute favorite among  top beauty bloggers for the longest no-chip wear out there.

Fall Color Pick: Ghost Edit

LVX $16

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, and Parabens.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

LVX is absolute luxury without a heft price tag and it’s one of the most popular seven toxic free nail polish brands out there so you’ll want to get yours before they sell out which is frequent. LVX polishes also have a remarkable dry time with a self leveling that makes home application a breeze.

Fall Color Pick: Prussian

Ella + Mila $12

Free of Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP and Xylene.

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Ella + Mila is know for ultra luxurious pigments but while they are somewhat lesser known on the nail scene but you really don’t want to pass them over. Guaranteed to become a favorite brand not only for the toxic free commitment but also because of rich pigments and an easy two coat application.

Fall Color Pick: Cup O’Latte

Tenoverten $18

Free of Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, and Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)

Best Toxic Free Nail Polish for Fall

Tenoverten is a brand you’re going to want to remember. Rich pigments, streak free, with many metallic options makes this one a smart investment. Don’t forget to check out their fast drying spray which not only speeds along the process but is incredibly nourishing for your skin.

Fall Color Pick: Mulberry

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8 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

8 Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

I assumed Natural Deodorants would have been one of the easier green switches to make. It took me a full year of testing to finally find ones that actually worked.

What Are Natural Deodorants?

Natural Deodorants are those formulated without nasty chemicals while still assisting your natural bacteria by combating sweat and icky smells. They should be free of Aluminum, Parabens, Silica, Triclosan, Talc, Propylene Glycol,  Streareths, and TEA/DEA (triethanolamine/diethanolamne). If you’re ever out looking for a new natural deodorant don’t believe the marketing alone (you all know there is a lot of greenwashing out there – this applies to cosmetics too) scan the list of ingredients. If any of these so called natural deodorants contain these ingredients, run – don’t walk, away.

What to Expect When Switching to Natural Deodorant

Be prepared for a bit of an adjustment period lasting a month or more. When you stop using traditional deodorants which plug your pores, especially anti-perspirants, your body goes into overdrive. In my experience your body also needs to go through its natural cycle two to three times for proper adjustment. A common practice is to do an armpit cleanse to help speed up the process. An armpit cleanse is considered by some to help pull some of the chemical buildup out of your armpit tissue and glands.

Cleanse Recipe:

*1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay

*1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

*1-2 Teaspoons Water (for consistency)

Mix ingredients together to create a paste in a small wooden or glass bowl. Apply to armpits for 5-20 minutes. The longer you leave it on the better it can work. If it irritates at all remove immediately. Remove with a warm washcloth. You skin may turn a bit red but this is due to increased blood flow to the area and is completely normal. Repeat daily to help remove excess odor. Some people have also reported a reduced amount of sweat. (Always consult your doctor if you have any questions/concerns).

Natural Deodorants That Actually Work

Over the last year I have tested a lot of natural deodorants. Some work, some don’t, and then there are others that go above and beyond. These are those top 8 natural deodorants.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Agent Nateur 

Agent Nateur products are created with non-gmo, pesticide-free, and food-grade ingredients. Ingredients include coconut oil, baking soda, avocado butter, sunflower butter, castor oil, organic honey, organic lavender and organic eucalyptus.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Ursa Major 

Ursa Major is great for those with sensitive skin. It is 100% naturally-derived and toxin free. The use of kaolin helps to absorb excess moisture while peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and chamomile helps to soothe your skin.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

SoapWalla

SoapWalla offers a great alternative to deodorant sticks. This cream is formulating using vegetable powders and clays. Tea tree oils and clay help to absorb excess moisture. SoapWalla uses food-grade ingredients and use vegan.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Dr. Schmidt’s

Schmidt’s is formulated without aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, and phthalates. Additionally no artificial fragrances are used in this easily absorbable formula. It’s non-greasy and non-sticky with the calming smell of ylang-ylang and calendula.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Erbaviva

Erbaviva is a spray on deodorant that is non-staining. This organic deodorant quickly evaporates leaving you feeling dry but providing coverage for the entire day. It is formulated with organic extracts of sage, lemon, patchouli, and tea tree oils.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Kaia Naturals: Takesumi Detox

Takesumi Detox utilizes bamboo charcoal, a Japanese method for controlling odor and aiding in the detoxification. If you are sensitive to baking soda Kaia Naturals doesn’t use it along with no parabens, propylene glycol, aluminum, or synthetic fragrances.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

PiperWai

PiperWai creme deodorant has quite a cult following and they aren’t wrong. It offers a fresh scent that works well for sensitive skin. Ingredients include coconut oil, peppermint, lemongrass, thyme oil, clove oil, and activated charcoal.


8 Natural Deodorants that Actually Work

Kopari

Koparis is 100% plant based that works with your bodies natural functions. The additional of sage oil helps to soothe irritated skin and the clear formula helps to prevent any anxiety you might have regarding deodorant marks.

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Perfect Red Lip Color for the Holidays

Perfect Red Lip Color for the Holidays

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There is something about the holidays that requires a bold red lip. and nothing quite says I have my life together like the perfect red lip color.  Now with so many incredible organic and natural makeup brands coming to market, finding the perfect one for you couldn’t be easier. I’ve rounded up my perfect red lip colors to help you get started.

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Kjaer Weis – Adore

This is the ultimate classic red. Made in Italy with 95% of the ingredients coming from organic natural materials. Free of petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrance, and petrochemical emulsifiers.

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100% Pure – Cabernet

100% Pure will leave your lips looking good and staying hydrated with its avocado base. It’s a fruit pigmented base with a slight pink undertone. The list of ingredients is impressive and vegans will love it!

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Axiology – Worth

With warm tangerine tones this is the perfect shade for those who don’t want a jewel tone lip color. It is produced without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Not to mention is organic, cruelty free and vegan. Health junkies and vegans rejoice!

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Kosas – Fringe

Made with organic oils and botanical extracts (antioxidant green tea, rosehip, grapeseed, and collagen-boosting sweet orange), plus deeply hydrating mango and shea butters. It will leave your lips not only looking good but also deeply hydrated.

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Au Naturale – Spanish Rose

A great deep earthy tone made with rich mineral pigments and organic oils. Au Naturale offers vibrant colors with no synthetics.

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Organic Tampons: Worth It?

Organic Tampons: Worth It?

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While combing the aisles of Target I came across a rather large selection of organic tampons. This wasn’t the first time I had seen them. In fact, advertisements for organic tampons had been plaguing my social media pages for almost a year. So why had I been so quick to ignore them. Organic is good, right? And, if I sought out clothing made from organic materials and makeup from organic ingredients why not feminine care items as well?

Not All Tampons Are Created Equally

We have come a long way in the evolutionary history of tampons (thankfully Elephant Dung is no longer used – no seriously it was used). The modern tampon that we know today, with an applicator, was created and patented by Earl Haas in 1931 but was bought out and produced by a woman, Gertrude Tendrich. Gertrude was the force behind Tampax and started off by sewing them at home. While tampons rose in popularity it really wasn’t until the sexual revolution of the 1960’s that they really started to take off, more brands started to appear, and things got well… weird.

Aside from the cardboard, plastic or no applicator at all new “features” were introduced such as scented. Additionally, as they gained popularity for mass production purposes and the general direction of manufacturing on a whole, chemicals were introduced both in the growing and manufacturing of tampons.

Why Do We Need Organic Tampons?

Traditional tampon manufacturing and additives leave a lot to be questioned. To clean cotton and rayon chlorine is used. While production methods have adapted to new information on harmful chemicals including chlorine (as Kavin Senapathy notes in her article “Everyone Calm Down About Chemicals in Tampons”, these new methods have yet to be fully tested and explored.

Tampon manufacturers formerly used chlorine gas to bleach the rayon used in tampons, but the method was abandoned in the nineties to reduce formation of dioxin compounds, which are persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in the environment. All brands now use either elemental chlorine-free (ECF) bleaching without chlorine gas, or totally chlorine-free (TCF) bleaching agents. Even though ECF methods prevent formation of dioxins, the compounds are present throughout much of the environment, so there can still be trace amounts in tampons (our exposures to dioxins in food and environment are much higher).”

The concern is the trace amounts which have been known to build up in the body overtime and is linked to cancer and endometriosis. The addition of aluminum, alcohols, fragrances and hydrocarbons are all known to be harmful don’t help matter.

What Are Organic Tampons?

From online subscriptions, to boutique health stores, to big box stores, organic tampons seem to be everywhere. Organic tampons are simply that – made from organic materials. But, not all are created equally. Organic cotton, grown without the use of pesticides or insecticides, offers consumers some ease of mind but in reality is a highly unregulated business. This is why it is important to look for independent certification like GOTS which has a strict standard of exactly what organic entails.

Organic tampons are also free of chemical dyes and fragrances meaning you don’t have to worry about your PH balance being thrown off or allergic reaction because of some unnecessary additives.

Organic tampons may also be better for the farmers. Because many organic tampon manufacturers opt for independent certifications such at Global Organic Textile Standard, they must adhere to a strict code protecting worker’s rights. This includes no child labor, providing safe working conditions, and fair wages are paid. Many times this also includes progressive environmental practices to help reduce the use of water and ensure soil levels and health can be properly maintained.

How to Choose Organic Tampons?

One of the reasons organic tampons haven’t caught on quite yet is because of two factors: one, we like convenience. Just like I typically go to Target to buy my feminine products, we want our “good for us” products to be equally convenient. Luckily this is starting to change with more organic brands realizing consumer habits and adapting as needed. Secondly, we are brand loyal. Most of us tend to stick with the brand we first started using. If for no other reason than we know (or think) it works the best. Sometimes change can be hard. But, if we are putting so much attention into what we eat, what we wear, and what we put on our skin why should what we put in ourselves be any different?

If you’re more of a convenience shopper read the back of the box or better yet do your research ahead of time. Get to know the brands available, where to buy, their story, and their certification process. And, don’t forget online reviews. Thankfully and sometimes much to our dismay we live in an era where everything is dissected online. Just about every product out there has reviews readily available – go check them out! You may be pleasantly surprised.

Final Thoughts: Are Organic Tampons Worth It?

My vote is yes! While we still may need more information on some brands, companies producing organic tampons tend to be much more forthcoming with their information. They seek independent certification, have an eye on consumer health, and generally want to change the way feminine products not only affect the consumer but the environment and labor force behind them as well. Tampons have come a long way – from Elephant dung, to being sewn at home, to now organic products. This may just be the next evolutionary step in women’s hygiene products but, its a good step to make and only stands in increase in popularity and demand.

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Organic Leg Care: Caring for your skin all year

Organic Leg Care: Caring for your skin all year

Just because cooler weather is here doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention to our legs. Good skincare is ongoing and organic leg care should be practiced year round to keep your skin glowing. Good organic leg care is a simple four step process.

Step One: Dry Brushing

Good organic leg care starts with dry brushing. Before you take a shower or do anything else start with a simple dry brush in circular motions. Not only does this help to shed any dead skin but also leads to better blood circulation and stimulates lymph nodes. Ideally you want to dry brush once to twice a day but more importantly than frequency is consistency. This will ensure your legs are prepped and glowing at all times. (If you have more mature or sensitive skin skip to step two)

Step Two: Exfoliation

After you hop in the shower or bath and cleanse your skin (I highly recommend Alaffia Coconut Reishi Shower Gel) the next step in your organic leg care routine is to exfoliate. What’s the difference between dry brushing and exfoliating. Just add water. While both are used to shed dead skin technically exfoliation includes the use of water. By doubling up you’re really helping your body optimally function. I really like to use Bee Scrub from Beeline Skin Care. It is a vegetable sugar scrub which helps to soften and moisturize your skin. While the company recommends it for face and hands if your double exfoliating it’s nice and gentle on your legs as well.

Step Three: Moisturize

Arguably the most important step in your organic leg care routine is to stay moisturized. As the temperature drops our skin needs a little bit of extra care. Look for a moisturizer that is free of fillers, artificial colors/fragrances, phthalates, parabens and sulfates. The last thing you want to do after opening your pores in the shower is to fill them with junky products. Instead opt for products like the Honey Body Butter Spa Lavender + Rose from Waxing Kara which are deeply nourishing.

Step Four: Stay Hydrated

Cooler weather is automatically dehydrating. The key to an ultimate organic skin care routine is staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps your skin by improving circulation, aiding in digestion and ridding toxins from your body. So drink up! Looking for water on the go? Try the uber stylish and sustainable SOMA water bottle.

That’s it! Four steps to keep your legs glowing and your skin healthy. Looking for other ways to keep your skin glowing? Check out Monday Motivation’s Easy Lunches because beauty really does start from the inside.

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3 Must Have Lip Shades For This Summer

3 Must Have Lip Shades For This Summer

3 Lip Shades for this Summer

In my recent hunt for all things natural I have started to branch into cosmetics. This time I was in search of the perfect lipstick and I found 3 must have lip shades for this summer.

1. Tarte: Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash in Top Down:

Your must have summer lip shades collection wouldn’t be complete without a little pink in the mix-up. I opted for Top Down by Tarte. What I love about it is the perfect combination of orange and pink without being too vibrant. You can easily wear it day or night thoughout the summer without a second thought and it has amazing staying power that will last you through the day. Admittedly, this was my favorite shade out of the 3. It is made without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and gluten!

2. bareMinerals: Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Tangerine Pop

Orange is reigning supreme this summer and I couldn’t resist the urge to try it. Surprisingly I love it! For those looking for a muted, subtle hint of orange definitely try Tangerine Pop by bareMinerals. It is just enough color to give your lips a pop without looking like Halloween came early. What I love most about this aside from the amazing smell, color and texture… The ingredient list is crazy short!

3. Bite: Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb

I’m new to Bite but I have to say I will definitely be a repeat customer. Nothing says summer like Strawberry Rhubarb Pie so I opted for the Bite Rhubarb shade. I was a little disappointed in the depth of color but on second thought realized just how perfect it is for summer evenings. The color has a subtle sophistication to it that I would happily wear all year round. For me the color fits right in with my usual suspects but may be a little dark for those wishing for a poppy summer shade. I absolutely love how good it smells and how smooth it is on my lips.  At 97% natural and gluten free I will definitely be wearing this again and exploring Bite’s other shades.

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