Thursday, October 29, 2009
Lucy is behind Mum Mum's Crafts on Etsy. I've been able to try out my samples only once so far, due to being sick the last couple weeks, but I really liked it. I'm a very pale women with freckles, so I've always had a hard time find foundation that was just right for my skin tone, even light foundations were always too dark and covered up my freckles (which I don't want! I loove my freckles:). Her Fair was perfect. I didn't have those unsightly lines around my jaw like I used to with other foundations and my freckles weren't muted. It was so easy to put on and very light weight. Even after I added blush and eyeshadow, I didn't feel "weighed down" like when I used to wear makeup (I haven't wore makeup since Lyla was born). Next I applied her 3-in-1 Peach Glow as a blush. It's such a beautiful color and I felt it complimented me very well. All the blushes in stores seem way to pink or red, but this was just perfect for me. Last I applied her Pink Pearl Eye Color. It tied in everything so nicely! Since I've not been feeling well, after putting everything on I looked refreshed and flawless, yet my face didn't scream "I HAVE MAKEUP ON!" When Jeremy got home from work that day, he noticed right away that something was different, but he couldn't pinpoint what it was (which I feel should be the case with makeup). He said to me "Wow honey, you look really good. Did you do something today?"
I can't wait to try out other mineral makeup. I have some samples sitting here from Crystal behind The All Natural Face on Etsy, so once I'm feeling up to it, I'll be trying out her makeup as well and will post a review. Once I have some more followers, I would love to start doing giveaways and mineral makeup is definitely on my list of things I'd love for you all to try!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
As I searched through "Cosmetic Database" today in search of a safe shampoo, I was even more shocked to see that a lot of their listed "low hazard" products had ingredients linked to Cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity, violations, restrictions & warnings, allergies/immunotoxicity, and "other" concerns which they write out for you. They also tell you whether the product you are looking at is compliant with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Sadly, most of the ones I viewed were not. So, if the "low hazard" products had a few of the above mentioned ingredient links, what do the "high hazard" ones have!?!?
Also, I found out that non-toxic and tocic-free mean competely different things! Non-toxic means the petroleum chemicals has been buffered with other chemicals to make a gentler product. These types of products still contain petroleum-based chemicals. Toxin-free products use simple, natural ingredients. The thickness and texture will probably be different and sometimes there are slight variations batch to batch. Soaps (not detergents) have no Sulfates--lather will be less, but the cleaning power is superb.
I was able to find two retailers listed that had NO toxic ingredients in their shampoo products and were COMPLETELY compliant with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. I would assume if their shampoos are completely toxic-free then the rest of their products are also. I will be checking more into that.
Nothing Nasty is a UK based business inspired in 2001 when it's owner, Elin Ross, was pregnant with her first child. For more background click here. Her products look amazing and I was excited to buy something to try out, but once I converted their currency to US currency I was jolted back to reality! It is kind of pricey, but one can expect that with a natural product that is not mass produced. We just don't have that kind of money right now.
Poof's Closet is a US based family business that was inspired after the owners mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her family became determined to stop using products laden with toxic chemicals. Their shampoo was more in my price range and after talking to the "money maker," I was given the O.K. to buy a bottle. I decided I could keep using ACV as a conditioner so I just ordered their "Poofy Organics Baby Poof Body Wash & Shampoo" so that Lyla and I could both use it (you should check out Johnson&Johnson on the database! OMG). An 8.5oz bottle cost me $17.06 after shipping costs. I'm very excited to try this product out! I'll be posting a review after I've used it a couple times, so make sure to check back!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
And her cute fluffy butt:)
Friday, September 11, 2009
Next, I got Lyla's first fleece soaker. I absolutely love it! I've already ordered two pairs of longies from the same WAHM (one of the pairs will be made with the same St. Louis Rams fabric that Joyce used. I bet daddy will love it too!). Jenoa has been a wonderful momma to work with and she loves custom orders. For only $6 a soaker (longies are $9), they are definitely worth the money. Very nice sewing job. Beautiful craftsmanship IMO. Check out Jenoa's store, Pumpkin Pants, on etsy.
Last, but not least, I finally got my Tooth Soap samples and Coconut Milk Shampoo and Body Bar from roseofsharonacres. I really have enjoyed both of these products. The tooth soap isn't "soapy" like I thought it would be. It foams up nicely like toothpaste and I got just a hint of the orange flavoring. My mouth felt really great and "squeaky" clean afterwards with no aftertaste. Jeremy said it left a "soapy" taste in his mouth afterwards, but he didn't rinse either, so make sure you rinse your mouth out afterwards! The shampoo and body bar has a nice smell to it. I used it on my hair today and was very pleased with the results. It lathered up nicely and my hair actually felt soft and silky while washing it. When I rinsed, my hair did have that kind of "rubbery" feeling that bar soap often leaves but it wasn't bad. I made sure to rinse really well and afterwards was pleased to find out I could brush through it just fine. Not knots or tangles. I look forward to continuing to use both of these products. I opened the soap and used it before I thought about taking a picture and I can't get a good one of the Tooth Soap, so I hope I don't get in trouble for using the pictures off her site!
Monday, September 7, 2009
I did get bored today though so I took a trip to my local Akin's Whole Foods store. I ended up buying some Kiss My Face Moisture Soap in Peach and Crystal Roll-On Body Deodorant. I 'm sad to find out though (through stumbling upon a FAQ list tonight and looking at the ingredients on the bottle) that the KMF has Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate in it which is a cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts." It is known to causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Though I've never had an allergic reaction to anything myself, I'm really wanting to avoid synthetic cosmetic ingredients. I was really wanting to like this soap too (it smelt wonderful). So I will be returning that tomorrow. As for the Crystal Deodorant, it only contains 5 ingredients, none of which I've found anything negative about. I'm a pretty bad sweater and if I don't wear something I can get pretty stinky. This worked great today though! No smell and I didn't sweat either. A+ from me for now.
I also ordered some tooth chips (soap for teeth) and a coconut milk shampoo and body bar from http://www.roseofsharonacres.com/ today. I can't wait to get them both to try and will post a review after receiving and using them! The FAQ I mentioned above was found on said website also or you can just click here.
Have a great night and remember to check back!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I was given a recipe for deodorant the other day that I plan on trying out once we get paid again.
5-6 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch (some people use arrowroot)
Mix it all up and spread on, but you don't need a lot.
I feel like I have nothing to lose, so why not? I also want to check out the book: Beauty Secrets of the Bible by Ginger Garrett. I hear it has a lot of natural recipes for skin care. I guess a trip to the library is in order. That is all for now. I have a load of diapers calling my name to be washed!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
There are many ways to going about “No Poo”. My game plan is to only use the BS/ACV combo twice a week for now and on “off days” still “wash“ and scrub my hair with water. I’m also going to thin out the BS/H2O mixture so it’s not so pasty. I will continue to update on how this “adventure” goes for me, so make sure to check back! Check this method of hair care out here.