Personal Care

Oil Pulling: Everything You Need to Know

So you’ve heard about oil pulling but aren’t quite sure what the deal is… How exactly do you do it? Does it really whiten teeth, improve oral health, and benefit the whole body? Or is it all a bunch of hippie-dippy hype? Here’s everything you need to know about this natural health trend! What is oil pulling? Oil pulling involves swishing…

Super Simple DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Paste (just 3 ingredients!)

Looking to polish up those pearly whites naturally? This DIY all-natural teeth whitening paste is made with just 3 ingredients and works like a charm! I used to use those horrid teeth whitening strips. You know the ones I’m talking about. I don’t know about you but they left me in complete and total pain! If the wind blew, that…

The Missing Link in Maternal Health: Non-Toxic Self-Care

Some of the unhealthy chemicals we’re exposed to each day can impact the health of a growing baby. Learn why non-toxic personal care is a key aspect of maternal health + how to keep yourself and your growing baby safe from unhealthy chemicals during pregnancy. Please note: this post is sponsored by Earth Mama Organics though all thoughts and opinions…

Bentonite Clay: What It Is & How I Use It Every Day, Week, & Month

Bentonite clay belongs in every natural medicine cabinet AND natural beauty routine! But what is bentonite clay? And how exactly do you use it? In my bathroom I have about 7 small paper bags filled with an identical substance. Bentonite clay. They’re basically… everywhere. (Note to self: consolidate their contents into a single glass jar.) Needless to say, I’m kind…

DIY All-Natural Pumpkin & Spice Exfoliating Face Mask

I want to make it clear that this is a pumpkin & spice exfoliating face mask recipe. Why is she telling me this? It’s in the title, duh. Yes, I know. But the recipe could also easily be called “Homemade Pumpkin and Spice Pudding” or something along those lines since all of the ingredients are Edible Sure do make for…

The Lime Experiment: A Single-Ingredient Natural Deodorant?

  Have you heard that lime can be used as a single ingredient, natural deodorant? Let’s put this rumor to the test and see if it works! So I recently embarked on a little week-long self-experiment: for a week straight, I used lime juice as a deodorant. Man oh man, this was a risky experiment to conduct in the mid-summer…

DIY All-Natural Vanilla Latte Body Scrub

Mmm is there anything better than the smell of coffee in the morning? I’m not even a coffee drinker but that smell just perks me right on up. And it turns out coffee may also help perk up your derrière. Well kind of… Coffee helps decrease the appearance of cellulite when applied topically. Cellulite and I are old frenemies. We’re friends…

Can your phone be healthy? 5 free phone apps for natural health & beauty

Environmental Working Group Skin Deep mobile app: iPhone and Droid At long last, my absolute favorite website and beauty tool (yes a website is my favorite beauty tool!) has come out with a super-convenient, awesome app for both iPhone and Droid. You can search for personal care products by their name or by scanning their barcodes, which is great when…

Which plastics are safest? Understanding plastic recycling codes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face: I. HATE. PLASTIC. and really try to avoid it as much as possible. But it should be known that not all plastic is created equally. Some readily leech extremely harmful chemicals while others have slower leaching rates and (comparatively) more innocuous chemical compositions. The recycling codes…

Is your body lotion making you fat?

Does this body lotion make me look fat?  That’s not a question you hear very often! But if your lotion contains fragrance or parabens (a family of preservatives commonly found in body lotions, makeup, shampoos, and a ton of other personal care products) it may very well actually be making you fat. This is because these chemicals are obesogens. What…

The Chemicals In Your Cosmetics: What to Look Out For

I’m something of a girly-girl. I don’t like to admit this and I feel rather silly writing it, but I think you should know that this is not coming from some hippie chick with armpit hair down to her knees and Birkenstock sandals permanently attached to her feet (not that I have anything against this type of woman – power…

The toxins in your toothpaste

Toothpaste is obviously a hygienic necessity for all of us (at least I would hope so!), but that dose of toxic chemicals we get with each brushing? Definitely unnecessary. The two most common active ingredients in toothpastes – sodium fluoride and triclosan – have been associated with a number of health risks. What’s more, they aren’t necessary to maintain proper…

DIY antibacterial & moisturizing all-natural foaming handsoap

There’s a chill in the air… And this means a number of things for me: (1) Boots and sweaters! By far my favorite articles of clothing. (2) Faking my way through football season like the good girlfriend I am (at least I get a lot of thinking done while staring at the TV). (3) Trying my darndest to stay healthy…

The all-natural deodorant that really works

Trying to find an all-natural deodorant that really works is a little like trying to find your soul-mate online: you spend quite a bit of time and money, have a number of nay-sayers who question the value, and after a few fails are left wondering if there really is one out there that’s right for you. But just like those…

DIY Clarifying Honey & Spice Face Mask

There are few thing I love more than raw honey. OK OK so I’m dramatizing this a bit. I mean, there’s my family and friends, a warm cup of tea on a sunny Sunday morning, little fluffy puppies… but I think raw honey may very well come next! This is not a superficial relationship; I don’t love this sticky-sweet substance…

Is your tampon toxic?

Alright, ladies, we’re getting real right here. No need to be bashful; we all get a little visit from Aunt Flo every month… So what’s one thing that is sure to make your period worse? Oh, just knowing that your trusty tampon may be toxic. The average woman uses approximately 11,000 tampons during her lifetime. Goodness, that’s a lot of…