tried and tested mineral sunscreen

Non Toxic Mineral sunscreen – How and which I use

This post is an update and partial re-write of my original nontoxic sunscreen post in 2015. I’m happy to see that there have been some improvements in the world of sun protection in the past two years but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

One of the questions I am asked the most, from friends and family and fellow mamas too, is what mineral sunscreen I use. I’m so glad people are asking and becoming aware of the dangers of conventional drugstore chemical sunscreens. The answer isn’t always a quick one though, as I’m constantly trying new brands and on any given beach day, I may have three different kinds in my bag. More on that in a minute…

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best nontoxic deodorants

Nontoxic Deodorant – Safe and Effective

Deodorant was one of the VERY first things I switched when moving to a healthier, nontoxic routine. It didn’t take me long once I learned about the dangerous side effects of aluminum and anti-perspirants to ditch all my drugstore brands – and I had quite a few.  See, I had tried them all and since not a single one worked consistently, I changed them around a lot. It was a frustrating cycle – and even more so looking back since I had no idea that there was a MUCH healthier, effective and cheaper solution.

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natural beauty products

All About Them Sprays: My Favorite Nontoxic Spray Products

I’m loving any product that comes in a spray bottle lately. Well, as long as the ingredients are clean and effective of course. All about convenience here. With a newborn attached to me at all times, fast and easy is what I need. Here is a quick rundown of my favorite nontoxic beauty spray products, all of which I use daily!

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safe facial sunscreen

Best Natural Facial Sunscreens

I recently wrote about why deodorant is one of my “nontoxic non-negotiables” and the other big one for me is SUNSCREEN. Keep the chemical crap far far away from this family! Below I share the three best natural facial sunscreens, with only the best, clean ingredients to keep you protected.

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what to pack in your hospital bag

In My Hospital Bag – Second Baby

Tomorrow is D-date! I had a feeling this baby wouldn’t be early (Ellie was 4 days late) but I probably could have packed my hospital bag a little sooner than the day before. Since everything has been gathered, I thought I’d share a run down of what I’m bringing this time. It’s a lot LESS than I packed last time – and I probably still won’t use it all.

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manuka honey mask

Om Aroma & Co – organic skincare review

“What’s your skin ID?” Om Aroma & Co asks, providing a quick skin ID quiz to help provide the answer. We all have different skin types and different concerns, some of us with multiple concerns (I’m raising my hand!!) and this organic skincare line makes it a point to address them all.

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how to use essential oils

MY TOP 10 USES FOR ESSENTIAL OILS

Happy two year oil-iversary to me!

It’s crazy that it’s only been two years since essential oils were introduced to me and changed our lives. My friends know me as the crazy witch-doctor oil lady, Chris is obsessed and is constantly telling coworkers and strangers about them, and Ellie has never known life without her oils. They are truly a part of our every day life.

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how to use a konjac sponge

Natural Product Review: Konjac Sponge

When it comes to washing my face, I’ve always had a habit of wanting to get it squeaky clean – as if that was the only way to properly CLEAN it. I’ve learned in the past couple of years that too much scrubbing and harsh cleansers can strip natural oils from your skin so maybe hearing it squeak isn’t the best thing to strive for.

I’ve tossed my aggressive scrubs, alcohol-laden astrigents and other cleansing devices and replaced them with gentle cleansers and exfoliators and….

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