Did the Turmeric Teeth Whitening Method Work?

It's been one week since I've started the turmeric teeth whitening method! Did it turn my teeth white? or stain it yellow?

Let me just get one thing out of the way, the turmeric definitely DID NOT stain my teeth! PHEW! 

If you missed my previous blog post sharing my first time experience using this method you can check it out HERE and this is the blog that intrigued me to try the natural method posted by Healthy Holistic Living

Before I get into the results,  the photos that I took of my teeth were unfortunately inconsistent (with lighting) and I forgot to take a photo on the Wednesday. So please be  mindful when viewing the photos! 

DAY 1 - Thursday February 11, 2016

I took this photo the day I filmed my announcement that I was going to try the turmeric method and BEFORE I tried turmeric.  First thing's first, this photo is very bright and I'm not sure why it's so much brighter than all the other photos I took the days after (maybe it was my shirt, the sun that day or where I clicked focus). In this photo my teeth look so white, but they really aren't, so unfortunately this photo is a poor representation of the colour of my teeth before I started the method.

For the rest of the photos, I took them right after I used the turmeric paste!

DAY 2 - Friday February 12, 2016

In this photo, my teeth look more true to colour and I decided to start holding a piece of white paper to compare my teeth and hopefully see a difference.

DAY 3 - Saturday February 13, 2016

Day 3 compared to Day 2, I feel like there's a slight "whiter" difference.

DAY 4 - Sunday February 14, 2016

DAY 5 - Monday February 15, 2016

DAY 6 - Tuesday February 16, 2016

DAY 7 - Wednesday February 17, 2016

I forgot to take a photo this day :(


DAY 8 - Thursday February 18, 2016

DAY 9 - Friday February 19, 2016

DO YOU SEE A DIFFERENCE? (Click on the photo for enlarged view)

MY THOUGHTS

In my opinion,  the photos from Day 2 to Day 9, I did not see much difference. In fact, my teeth fluctuate in colour (white/yellowy/blue) due to colour imbalance.  However, in real life, I honestly do believe the method SLIGHTLY whitened my teeth (around the gums). The turmeric method is not going to give you the same results as Crest White Strips, so don't have high expectations. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative that is all natural, I'd say give this method a whirl. I've read so many articles claiming that it's a miracle teeth whitener but of course through these photos, you will think otherwise.  Maybe 1 week wasn't enough and so I plan to continue to use it and  see if I notice any major differences over the next month.  Unfortunately these photos aren't a great representation of my experience, and I apologize for that!  I hope you guys enjoyed this little experiment and if you have tried this method and had a different or similar result let me know in the comments :) 

Thanks for reading!

x


TESTING | Turmeric Teeth Whitening Method!

Once again I am trying out a new natural method! 

Someone from one of the green beauty groups I am a part of shared an article about using turmeric as a natural teeth whitening method. Of course I was intrigued and wanted to try it out to see if it actually worked. If you are interested in trying out this method WITH ME, here is the link to the ARTICLE if you want to give it a read.

WHAT YOU NEED:

- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- 1 Teaspoon of Turmeric
- A little bit of Peppermint Oil (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together. Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the mixture. Brush the paste on to your teeth as you would with toothpaste for about 3-5 minutes. Spit (into the garbage) and rinse well.

HOW TO | Insert The Cup (Diva Cup)

After 5 cycles of using the Diva Cup, I am happy to be able to officially say I have mastered the menstrual cup! :)

Today, I am going to be sharing with you my tips & tricks on how to insert the cup to cut your learning curve in HALF!  So if you were hesitant on trying the cup, I hope to convince you in this video how easy it is to insert the cup properly.


REVIEW | ThinTea (Detox, Fat Burn teas) With Photos!

First off, I would like to thank ThinTea for allowing me to test their products out and for also sending an extra package for my best friend Rachael to try it with me.

ThinTea is a 100% natural, preservative-free tea that contains certified organic ingredients.  On their website they say in 7 days you'll notice:

  • an increase in energy
  • a lower appetite
  • a stronger immune system
  • an increase in your metabolism
  • clearer skin
  • overal health improvements
  • improvements in your body's ability to expel waste while retaining nutrients
  • a reduction in digestive upset

I can't say that I experienced all of these things but I will tell you what I did notice:

  • Reduction in bloating
  • Improvements in my body's ability to expel waste while retaining nutrients
  • Less cravings for sugary snacks
  • Loss a little bit of stomach weight

Before starting this tea, I was a little bit "heavier" than usual from eating at the cottage (photo of me at the cottage a week before I started this tea below) and going to summer parties and what not. ThinTea reached out to me at a good time, I knew I had gained some belly weight but everywhere else I was my usual size (arms, legs, etc.). To give you some background, I usually workout 4-6 days a week but there are some times especially during the summer when there are so many things to do and events happening where I don't work out for a week.  

 Me at the cottage in August a week before I started Thin Tea

Me at the cottage in August a week before I started Thin Tea

DETOX TEA:

I found this tea was easy to incorporate into my routine. I just made a cup first thing in the morning and had it with my breakfast. Once in a while I found that it got my bowels moving even though it doesn't contain any laxatives.

FAT BURN BLEND TEA:

I loved the taste of this tea. It just tastes like regular ole peppermint tea, however, I did find this one a little bit more difficult to follow. The instructions tell you to drink this tea 20 minutes before your dinner and for me, that is a little tough to remember. I finish work at 4:00 PM, go straight to the gym, work out for about an hour and a half, come back home, drink protein, and by that point, my dinner is ready.  I was good with following the instructions for maybe a week and then ended up drinking either with my dinner or after.


RESULTS:

With the first set of photos I am going to show you, it shows a side profile and front view comparison of my body from day 1 to day 10 (approx). I was so shocked to see how quickly the tea worked it's magic. A lot of the bloating and "heavier" stomach weight had gone down and I was pleasantly surprised!

The next set of photos are just a comparison of my Day 1, Day  10 (approx) and my last day of use (end of 3 weeks).  As you can see there is a huge difference from day 1 compared to the other two photos. However, there are minor differences between the 1.5 week photo to the 3 week photo. Personally, if I lost any more weight than those photos I don't think I would be all that healthy since I am naturally thin. 

Keep in mind that I am a regular gym-goer and have never been over-weight for my size. I am sure that this tea would work differently on other people and I have seen the photos on ThinTea's Instagram where they show some amazing, realistic improvements.  If you are going to buy this tea, do not just purchase it because you want to lose 10-12 lbs. Losing weight takes discipline and a healthy lifestyle.  ThinTea does help with the progress but you must also eat clean, and work out to see major changes. They also have an app where they share some healthy recipes (which I do find are mostly vegetarian/vegan). However, I do not follow any strict diet and did not follow their recommended diet while trying this tea. With that being said, I am very happy with the results from using this tea. 

If you are interested in purchasing this tea to try, you can use my PROMO CODE: "SarahTranTV15" for 15% off your order.

The one I used in this review was the Bestie Package. It came with 2 Detox teas, 2 Fat Burn Blend Teas, and 2 Tea diffusers. I gave the other half of the package to my bestie, Rach to try it as well.  If you want to hear Rachael's thoughts on the tea check out the video below.


UPDATE | My Menstrual Cup Experience + Tips (Diva Cup)

I am back with some stories and tips on my first two times of using a menstrual cup! It was definitely an experience and I am still learning how to use it but I wanted to share some of my interesting stories and tips for those of you who are thinking about switching over or are in the process of learning and still have not gotten the hang of it! 

Instead of writing a detailed blog post, I highly suggest you watch my video as some of the details need a visual to explain lol. I hope this video will help you feel a little more relaxed about using it and know that you are not the only one going through with these interesting experiences! 

I hope you enjoy all my "That's what she said" moments in this one! 

x


REVIEW | 100% Pure Cosmetics

Today I just want to do a quick review of some of 100% Pure cosmetics. They were kind enough to send me some products to try out to review for you guys.

If you haven't heard of 100% Pure cosmetics before, they are an organic cosmetic line free of all harmful toxins. Their products are 100% natural, 100% cruelty-free, and 100% free of artificial colours, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. How amazing is that? To top it off, their cosmetics get their colour and pigment from fruit dyes!

Let's begin!

 

Fruit Pigmented Strawberry Blush

My best description of this blush is that it's a dusty pink. I find that the pigment of this blush wasn't as dark as I had anticipated. It takes a couple of applications for it to show up, but once it's been layered it's a beautiful colour. The blush does not have the greatest lasting power. I do find that it fades as the day goes on but it does not bother me to re-apply. 

Ingredients:

Fruit Pigments of Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Punica Granatum (Pomegrante), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry), Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry), and Prunus Serotina (Cherry), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Lycium Chinense (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C ), Mica (natural shimmery mineral)

Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette

This is a great neutral eyeshadow palette! It comes with a luminescent powder, a blush and three eyeshadows.  The luminescent powder (Pink Champagne) is a great highlighter powder, it adds a natural sheen to your cheeks. The blush powder (Pretty Naked) in this palette was by far my favourite. I loved the blush in this palette a lot more than the Strawberry; it's matte, the pigmentation was much better and did not need as much layering to show up on my skin tone.  My least favourite in this palette would have to be the Flaxseed eyeshadow. Looking at the the colour in the palette it seems as if it would be a nudey-beige. However, when it is swatched, Flaxseed looks more like a pink eyeshadow. You can definitely use it for more pink eyeshadow looks or as a highlighter but because the swatch did not match what it looks like in the palette, I was not a huge fan since I was hoping it would be beige so I could use it as a blending colour for the next two eyeshadows. Toffee and Chestnut are absolutely gorgeous colours. Toffee is a shimmery, dark taupe while Chestnut is a shimmery copper colour. You can wear these two colours together or wear them alone as a one shadow look giving your eyes a natural look. 

Ingredients:

Pink Champagne Luminescent Powder: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Rosa Canina Seed (Rosehip) Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Pigmented Extracts of Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit (Carnberry), Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry), Prunus Serotina Fruit (Cherry), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach) and Vitis Vinifera Fruit, (cabernet Grapes) and Matricaria Chamomilla Leaf (Chamomile), Punca Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica (natural shimmery mineral) 

Pretty Naked Powder Blush: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Pigmented Extracts of Theobroma Cacao (Cacao), Prunus domestica Fruit (Plum), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry), Rosa Centifolia Flower (Rose Petal), Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry) and Prunus Serotina Fruit (Cherry), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Chinenes Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), mica (natural shimmery mineral) 

Flax Seed Powder Eye Shadow: Rice Starch, Pigments of Carrot, Squash, Apricot, Peach, Papaya and Tomato, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Red Wine Resveratrol, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), may contain Mica (natural shimmery mineral) 

Toffee Powder Eye Shadow: Rice Starch, Pigments of Cacao, Apricot, Peach, Vanilla, Pomegranate, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Coffee, Papaya, Tomato, Black Tea and Acai, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Red Wine Resveratrol, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), may contain Mica (natural shimmer mineral) 

Chestnut Powder Eye Shadow: Rice Starch, Pigments of Cacao, Apricot, Peach, Vanilla, Pomegranate, Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Coffee, Papaya, Tomato, Black Tea and Acai, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Avocado Butter, Cocoa Butter, Red Wine Resveratrol, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), may contain Mica (natural shimmer mineral)

Mangosteen Whipped Body Butter

WOW. This was my FAVOURITE out of the whole haul. This is the natural version of The Body Shop's body butters but BETTER because these don't contain toxic chemicals. This whipped body butter is very hydrating and immediately moisturizes your skin without being greasy. The smell of this is just amazing as well.  Before I received this whipped body butter, I was just using pure, cold-pressed coconut oil. I still use this method when I get out of the shower however, with coconut oil, you have to sit and wait for it to absorb into your skin before putting your clothes on to avoid getting the oils on it.  On days where I am in a rush to head out the door, I grab this whipped body butter and it does the job instantly. I can't get enough of this product and will definitely be repurchasing! 

Ingredients:

Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Shea Butter, Organic Argan Oil*, Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip)* Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera)* Leaf Juice, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea)* Leaf, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin, Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium Flower, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadersis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), natural Flavors * Certified Organic

Dark Chocolate Long Last Liquid Eye Liner

What I have been using as my liquid eyeliner for the past 5 years was L'Oreal's Lineur Intense in Dark Brown.  Since receiving this eyeliner, I have replaced my L'Oreal Lineur Intense for the nights where I go out or if I am going to be wearing makeup all day and need it to last.  This liquid eyeliner by 100% Pure dries so quickly once applied and does not budge! I have to be honest, I didn't think this liquid eye liner was going to perform as well as it did.  In the video below, I did a side by side comparison of the two showing you how well 100% Pure's eye liner stays on even when I rub it with water.  The only downside to this eyeliner is the brush applicator. I am not a huge fan of using a brush tip applicator for my eyeliner since I have become so accustomed to my felt tip applicator on my L'Oreal Lineur Intense, but I am sure with practice I will get more used to it.  

Ingredients:

Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Black Tea)* Leaf Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe)* Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Extracts of Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf and
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Mica, Extracts of Lonicera Caprifolium Flower, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower and Curcuma Longa (Turmeric)

Watch my video below to see the swatches and comparisons!

REVIEW | NUCIYA: Apoterra Skincare, Blissoma & Kaia Juicy Bamboo

Two months ago, Nuciya was kind enough to send me a few products that they carry for me to try and review (if you remember the haul video) and today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on these products.  Let's get right into it!

**CARU SKINCARE has rebranded themselves to APOTERRA SKINCARE** 

APOTERRA SKINCARE (CARU) - NEROLI + IMMORTELLE FACIAL TONER

  Ingredients:   Neroli (Citrus aurantium) Hydrosol*, Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum) Hydrosol*, Everlasting (Helichrysum italicum) Hydrosol*, Hydrosol Blend**organic

Ingredients:
Neroli (Citrus aurantium) Hydrosol*, Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum) Hydrosol*, Everlasting (Helichrysum italicum) Hydrosol*, Hydrosol Blend**organic

I loved this toner! It is perfect for those with normal to oily/combination skin, but it is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. After I cleanse my face, I like to follow up with a spritz of this toner. The scent is a mixture of honey and incense (sweet + spice), which is just absolutely gorgeous. Another method I liked to use was to put this toner into the fridge for hot, humid, summer days and whenever I needed to wake my skin up, this toner was perfect for that. 

Because Caru Skincare has rebranded to Apoterra Skincare, this toner is actually on sale right now on Nuciya's Website here. However, if they happen to be sold out by the time you read this, here is the Apoterra Skincare equivalent to this toner. 

APOTERRA SKINCARE (CARU) - ACTIVATED CHARCOAL + DEAD SEA SALT SOAP

  Ingredients:   Olea Europaea (olive) oil*, Cocos nuciferas (coconut) oil*, Reverse osmosis water, Elaeis guineensis (sustainable palm) oil*, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, Azadirachta indica (neem) oil*, Activated charcoal, Dead sea salt, Tea Tree essential oil*, Essential oil blend*   *organic

Ingredients:
Olea Europaea (olive) oil*, Cocos nuciferas (coconut) oil*, Reverse osmosis water, Elaeis guineensis (sustainable palm) oil*, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter*, Azadirachta indica (neem) oil*, Activated charcoal, Dead sea salt, Tea Tree essential oil*, Essential oil blend*
*organic

This soap is geared towards those who have oily/acne prone skin and has a scent that is musky with notes of charcoal and undertones of lemon (my boyfriend and I both loved the smell).  I have oily/combination skin and still found this soap to be super cleansing and following up with a moisturizer is highly recommended. Because this soap is so cleansing, I actually preferred to use this soap mainly as a body soap. The grains of dead sea salt that are embedded throughout the soap make it a nice, light exfoliant for the skin. Once a week, I would also use the soap as a facial cleanser. My boyfriend actually used this soap so much that between the both of us, we nearly finished the bar in under a month and a half. 

One of my favourite things about this Caru soap is that the packing is biodegradable, handmade with 100% PCW paper label embedded with seeds. You can plant your labels and watch it grow in your garden! 

*Before you use this soap, I would recommend purchasing some sort of soap holder for your shower. Because the soap is black, it will leave black soap residue wherever you leave it (which is fine, it does wash off).*

Here is the Apoterra equivalent to this Caru soap (the label unfortunately is not biodegradable on their new re-branded soap):

  Ingredients:   Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) Seed Oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) Seed Oil, Calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) Oil*, Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E) , and Calendula Officinalis CO2 Extract    *from Certified Organic Agriculture

Ingredients:
Cannabis sativa (hemp) Oil*, Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) Seed Oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry) Seed Oil, Calophyllum tacamahaca (tamanu) Oil*, Plukenetia volubilis (sacha inchi) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (vitamin E) , and Calendula Officinalis CO2 Extract
*from Certified Organic Agriculture

This oil is geared towards those with oily, acne prone, problematic skin. I fortunately do not battle these issues and therefore, felt that I cannot fully review this product. If you have this serum, or have tried it before, please share your experiences in the comment section below for others to read. The reviews that I have read on this product have all been positive and a lot of people say it is very effective. 

For my experience, I found this oil to be very moisturizing to the skin. The scent however is just a tad off-putting at first. To me, the scent is very similar to green juice; the celery, spinach, cucumber etc. My boyfriend actually really enjoyed the smell of this oil, he felt that it smelled very healthy and nutritious. After he said that, it just made me realize it's great that the oil smells like that because it just shows that their product isn't jammed with chemical fragrances to mask the natural scent of the oils. 

KAIA - JUICY BAMBOO NATURAL FACIAL CLEANSING OIL CLOTHS

  Ingredients:   aqua, miel, sorbitan laurate, helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil), hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glycerin, decyl glucoside, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, dilauryl cirtate,xanthan gum, cirtic acid, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate

Ingredients: aqua, miel, sorbitan laurate, helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil), hydrolyzed jojoba esters, glycerin, decyl glucoside, polyglyceryl-4 laurate, dilauryl cirtate,xanthan gum, cirtic acid, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate

These wipes are great for many reasons:

1) They smell amazing. Imagine the fresh scent of lemons mixed with the sweetness of honey.
2) They are non-toxic, biodegradable, cruelty-free and natural
3) Even though they do not market themselves to take off makeup, they are capable of some removing makeup. 
4) These wipes are great for travelling, if you're on the go, and for post-workouts.

To see these wipes in action, check out my video below:



Welcome to My Blog!

Hello my Friends!

Welcome to my blog! :) I've created this space just for you!

This blog is an extension of my YouTube channel and a place for those who have watched my videos and later want to create that DIY, recipe, or look, but don't want to re-watch the video just to get the information on the supplies you need or where I got those shoes from.  I will also be using this blog to add bonus information and details that I forgot to mention in my videos! 

My goal is to not only produce high quality videos for you, but also try to take photos to post on here.  Below this blog post, are my previous YouTube videos so if you haven't seen them, go give em a watch!

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Menstrual Cup Method?!

Guess what guys, I'm trying out another new method! 

I've known about this method for a while but could never get myself to actually try it since I felt like it was a lot of work constantly washing your hands and dealing with the product in public.  However, after watching Jen from "From Head to Toe" in a video where she talks about menstrual cups, I was convinced by the end of the 14 minutes and ordered myself the Diva Cup.  If you are interested in how my experience goes with it be sure to subscribe and keep your eyes peeled for an update video! :) x

REVIEW | True Nature Botanicals

Another review! Yay!

True Nature Botanicals has a skincare line that is non-toxic, organic, high-end quality but is still affordable. 

A few of you requested me list the ingredients list in my video so they will be attached to the bottom of each product photo

PACIFIC CLEANSER:

 Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, camellia sinensis (camellia) oil*, xanthan gum, sucrose cocoate, decyl polyglucoside, leuconostoc/radish root ferment (Leucidal**), gluconolactone/sodium benzoate (Micro Guard**), lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil*, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*  * organic **Ecocert, paraben-free anti-microbial agents

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea)*, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*, glycerin (vegetable glycerin)*, camellia sinensis (camellia) oil*, xanthan gum, sucrose cocoate, decyl polyglucoside, leuconostoc/radish root ferment (Leucidal**), gluconolactone/sodium benzoate (Micro Guard**), lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil*, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*

* organic
**Ecocert, paraben-free anti-microbial agents

This product has been my new daily cleanser, I've been loving it. It smells wonderful and is gentle for the skin.  The consistency of it is light yet a bit on the watery side.  I've gone through half of the bottle in about a month.  However, I find that you do not need a full pump, a quarter to half a pump is enough for my face.

PACIFIC MIST:

 Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*  * organic ** Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Camellia sinensis (green tea)*, citrus aurantium (neroli) hydrosol, camellia sinensis (green tea) extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, green crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, macrocystis pyrifera (sea kelp) extract, saccharomyces/xylitum black tea ferment (kombucha) extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide (Cosmocil CQ**), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, polianthes tuberosa (tuberose) essential oil, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*

* organic
** Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Let me just start off by saying that this spray literally smells like you're face planting into a bed of flowers! It smells absolutely beautiful! I use this as a post-cleanser toner and I like to use this in the morning to wake my skin up. 

PACIFIC FACE OIL:

 Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*  * organic ** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest

Camellia oleifera (camellia) oil*, vitus viniferi (grapeseed) oil*, persea gratissima (avocado) oil*, sclerocarya birrea (marula) oil*, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil*, salvia hispanica (chia) seed oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) oil*, oenotherus biennis (evening primrose) oil*, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed oil*, squalene (vegetable squalene), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E)*, actinidia deliciosa (kiwi) seed oil, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, passiflora incarnate (passion fruit) oil, rosa rubignosa (rosehip) seed CO2 oil*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, pinus densiflora (red pine needle) oil*, haematococcus pulvialis (astaxanthin), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) essential oil**, rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil*, andropogon zizanioides (vetiver) essential oil*, trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) essential oil, citrus aurantium (neroli) essential oil*, boswellia carterii (frankincense) essential oil*

* organic
** obtained from a reputable source that complies with government regulations to reforest

This is my favourite product from the skincare line.  My skin loves this oil mid week just to rehydrate. I find that because it's summer, I wash my face a little bit more than often due to sweat, and my skin can get a tad dry. Using this oil once a week has helped my skin find it's balance and it's great waking up to a soft, supple face :)

*TIP* When using this product, 1 - 2 drops should be enough but don't plan to use it by itself! You're going to want to apply this straight after spraying the facial mist to allow the oil to spread evenly across the face since the oil is pretty thick!

PACIFIC EVERYDAY SHEER COVERAGE (Medium Tint):

 Active ingredient: 17.7% non-nano zinc oxide.  Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed oil), Prunus avium (cherry kernel seed oil), emu oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calodendrum capense (yangu oil), Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), beta glucan, Coffea arabica (coffee fruit extract), Hydrolyzed silk (silk powder), Rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, iron oxides.  *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

Active ingredient: 17.7% non-nano zinc oxide.

Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, vegetable glycerin, Brassica oleracea italica (broccoli seed oil), Prunus avium (cherry kernel seed oil), emu oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), Tocopherol (vitamin E), Calodendrum capense (yangu oil), Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, n-acetyl glucosamine, lecithin, potassium sorbate, pearl powder, Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary oleoresin), beta glucan, Coffea arabica (coffee fruit extract), Hydrolyzed silk (silk powder), Rosa centifolia (rose) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum essential oil), Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, iron oxides.

*Paraben-free anti-microbial agent

A non-toxic alternative to tinted moisturizer here! This product is great for days that you're running errands and you want to even out your skin tone without looking like you've applied a crap ton of make up! The only thing I recommended is applying this product with a brush, do not use your fingers because over blending will cause it to peel (weird I know).  There is a scent to this product that smells much like the facial mist. I'm not a huge fan of scented make up but I was glad to find out that it fades after 15-30 mins of wear. 

REVIEW | Herbivore Botanicals

Their products are created WITH:

  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Plant-based food grade cold pressed oils
  • Steam distilled therapeutic grade essential oils
  • GMO free soy wax
  • Recyclable and reusable packaging (always glass, never plastic)
  • Many certified organic ingredients

Their products are created WITHOUT:

  • Synthetic ingredients
  • Animal ingredients
  • Parabens
  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate
  • Alcohol
  • Phthalates
  • Chemicals
  • Artificial Colorants/dyes
  • Unnatural preservatives
  • Fillers
  • Animal testing
  • Mineral oils
  • Petroleum 

THE PRODUCTS

ROSE LIP BUTTER:

The lip butter is in a tin container, which I usually am not a fan of because they are a bit more difficult to open. However, because the tin is a rather medium-large size, it opens fairly easy. The product itself is super moisturizing and the scent smells just like roses & rose water. 

GLOWING HYDRATION JASMINE BODY OIL:

While I was testing this product, I used this oil in place of my daily moisturizer (coconut oil). This oil is very moisturizing, my skin just absorbed this product right up. However, the only thing I wasn't too fond of was the scent of this product.  Jasmine smells great when it's in tea form and thats what I associate it with when I smell it, but wearing the scent is a different story.  I think this is a great body oil, but I would probably use up this entire bottle if it was the 'Citrine' Body Oil since I gravitate towards citrus scents!

COCONUT SEA SALT SPRAY:

Guys, this sea salt spray is EVERYTHING. As some of you may know, I have been on the no-poo (no-shampoo) method for over a year and a half now. The only downfall about no-poo is that your hair doesn't really smell like anything anymore.  This sea salt spray is a GAME CHANGER for me. This makes my hair smell like an island heaven with the mixture of vanilla, lime and coconut :) Looking at the ingredients listed in it below, not only is it safe to spray on your hair, you can use it on your face and as a room scent!  This spray is just absolutely amazing and a must try!  It adds just enough texture to your hair as if you've walked along the beach and your hair absorbed some of that ocean mist. 

  Travel Size 2oz

Travel Size 2oz

  Full Size 8oz

Full Size 8oz

Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Vera Water, Dead Sea Salt, Coconut CO2, Natural Vanilla Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Leucida

 

Look at how gorgeous their packaging is! It's just simple, minimal and things that you would want to display in your bathroom.

Do you want me to review anything else from this brand? Let me know!

REVIEW | Dr. Alkaitis Organic Travel Kit

This review is on a skincare line that EcoDiva sent to me called, "Dr. Alkaitis".

Before I begin, if you haven't heard of EcoDiva, they are an online store that allows you to order a variety of the purest, most effective and sustainable products available. They have everything ranging from makeup, hair, skincare and bath & body products. 

ECODIVA PACKAGING:

First off, I just want to show you how EcoDiva packaged me their products so you can get an idea of what your order would look like.  They put your products in this gorgeous black box with a magnetic flap closure which gives this luxurious feel.  Inside, all of the products are safely placed on top of a bed of shredded, crinkled, black paper which is great since those are recyclable! 

 

 I had never heard of the brand Dr. Alkaitis until they sent me the products, so I did some research on the brand and I just immediately fell in love with it. 

ABOUT DR. ALKAITIS:

Dr. Alkaitis is not just the name of the brand, but it is also the name of the creator of this amazing skincare line. He is a world-renowned scientist who actually started this brand initially for his wife.

Dr. Alkaitis is a 100% organically grown, raw skincare for all skin types.  Dr. Alkaitis uses certified organic, biodynamic and ethically wild-crafted ingredients in their raw state for the greatest effectiveness.  Everything is made in-house; formulated and manufactured by Dr. Alkaitis himself and his products are NEVER tested on animals. 

His products are 100% NATURAL & ORGANIC or wild-crafted, vegan, gender neutral, chemical-free, cruelty free, contains no GMO's, and raw (unheated).

What I love the most about the Dr. Alkaitis skincare line is that their guideline for formulation is:

"IF YOU CAN'T EAT IT. DON'T PUT IT ON YOUR SKIN"

I absolutely love this guideline because our skin is our largest organ, so whatever you put onto your skin gets absorbed into your body. Therefore, you are essentially eating the products you put on your skin anyways. 

THE PRODUCTS:

ORGANIC PURIFYING FACIAL CLEANSER:

The base of this product is organic castile soap, and it is a gentle cleanser. Because it is gentle, I use this as my daily cleanser on days that I don't wear makeup (which is most). On that note, this cleanser is NOT meant to remove makeup, so do not depend solely on this after a night out. I recommend using a makeup remover before this cleanser.

The product has a medium consistency with an orangey-yellow colour. With my experience, the cleanser smells amazing, it has that a sweet-clean scent (thats the best way to describe it, I can't figure it out!) and it left my skin feeling soft and hydrated (but still follow up with a moisturizer!)

ORGANIC HERBAL TONER:

The consistency of this toner is watery, and there definitely is a particular way of applying this. One pump into the palm of your hand is enough, and you're going to want to use your other hand to dab the product onto your face. The scent of this toner is pretty much the same as the cleanser but lighter.  What I loved about this toner is that it absorbed quickly into my skin, doesn't leave a residue and it doesn't give you that "tight" feeling on your face. 

For those of you with oily skin, you can also use this toner in place of a moisturizer and just end your skincare there and you'd be fine since it is light, and still moisturizing to the skin.

ORGANIC SOOTHING GEL:

The liquid of this soothing gel is a bit thicker than the toner and it has a gel'y consistency from the aloe. I tested this product on my legs since I do shave my legs the most and found that it did soothe the skin and also added some moisture. Aside from using it for its actual purpose, this soothing gel is also great as a facial moisturizer. Right now, during the summer, this makes a great substitute as a light moisturizer (1 pump). 

ORGANIC NOURISHING TREATMENT OIL:

This oil has an herbally scent but it is a super relaxing. My best way of describing it, is that it smells like a spa. I used this on my face once a week, either on a Wednesday or on the weekend to treat my skin. 1 pump was enough for my face and it leaves your skin feeling super soft, supple and nourished. This oil gets absorbed  nicely into the skin and doesn't leave it feeling greasy.

ORGANIC DAY CREME:

This day creme has a thick consistency, and I knew exactly what this product smelled like from the first whiff. The scent reminded me of POPSICLES! Yes, that's right. Now with this product, it is not really the right season for me to be using it. The creme is super moisturizing and a little goes a long way, but at the moment my skin doesn't need all this moisture during the summer. If you have dry skin, this product would be perfect for you and your skin will just eat this up! I do plan to use this creme more in the winter when I do have dry skin. 

ORGANIC NIGHT CREME:

With the night creme, it has a thick consistency (thicker than the day creme) and has a scent very reminiscent of sunblock. This is a great overnight treatment to get some moisture back into your skin, but like the day creme (above),  I can only use this on some nights that are cooler and will mostly use it during the winter. 

ORGANIC EYE CREME:

This eye creme has the lightest consistency between the cremes in the travel kit and has a scent like the day creme just lighter. This product is amazing, I absolutely love this eye creme. It is super moisturizing for the under eyes and I find that it reduces fine lines. 

ORGANIC CELLULAR REPAIR MASK:

First off, if you are allergic to strawberries, avoid this product!

Unfortunately, I do not think it's right for me to give you guys a review on this product since I don't think I was able to use it enough. This product was the only one in the travel kit where I felt that they didn't give enough of product. I only got to use the mask once, and I believe there is only enough for 2 masks.  For me to give you an honest review on this mask, I feel like I would need to use this for at least a month since you are only recommended to use this once a week (and there's only enough for 2 masks). However, I can tell you about my experience using this mask, and if you do want to know about it watch my video down below where I filmed my mask experience near the end!


LET'S THINK DIRTY. (app)

Yes. Let's think dirty!

Let's think about how many dirty, toxic, chemicals we use in our daily routine! (Not what you thought this post was going to be about? Whoops)

 

One day while I was researching about more natural and green products, I came across this app called "Think Dirty". This app allows us to be conscious consumers by informing us about the chemicals in the products we use.  I have been loving this app and use it to help me decide what products to buy depending on the rating that is given.  Go check it out and become a CONSCIOUS CONSUMER :) 


How the Rating System Works:


GREEN & NATURAL HAUL! Well.ca

I discovered this great online Canadian health & beauty store called Well.ca! I have used their service for about a year now and they have fast shipping and great customer service! 

Here's a little insight into what I usually order from them as well as some extra goodies.

https://well.ca/

If you are looking to order from them I have a coupon code for you for FIRST TIME BUYERS only! Use the code: "GreenOrder10" and receive $10 off of $40 or more

What I Purchased:

NATRACARE TAMPONS & PADS | https://goo.gl/G8mJZY

GREEN BEAVER NATURAL TOOTHPASTE | https://goo.gl/L3K1tq

METHOD Aloe & Green Tea HAND SOAP | https://goo.gl/5K3YAz

SWISS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL | https://goo.gl/ORjkte

NOW SOLUTIONS JOJOBA OIL | https://goo.gl/gR3LPy

HERITAGE CASTOR OIL | 973 mL currently SOLD OUT

DR. BRONNER'S ORGANIC CASTILE SOAP | https://goo.gl/QfTpjk

DR. BRONNER'S SHAVING SOAP GEL | https://goo.gl/X6kKcS

METHOD GLASS CLEANER SPRAY | https://goo.gl/o5sTHO

METHOD BATHROOM CLEANER SPRAY | https://goo.gl/KWU5EY

PURE ANADA NATURAL MASCARA | https://goo.gl/GIcWPk

REVIEW | Common Goat Sense (All Natural)

Brittany from the Common Goat Sense reached out to me and asked if I would like to try out some of her products!  Her products are all handmade in small batches and her goats milk soaps are made by using goats milk from her own herd of goats! How cool is that?!

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Goats Milk Soapgoo.gl/5mRTAJ

This soap is one of my ultimate favourites to date. The soap is super moisturizing, smells absolutely delicious and the oats that are embedded within the bar are exfoliating to the skin leaving it super soft and silky. I highly recommend trying out this product if you want to try one thing from her Etsy store!

Blackberry Sage Shave Bar | https://goo.gl/HfeFUO

This shave bar is very unique and definitely different if you are used to using conventional shave foams and creams.  With this bar, lather it in your hands while you're showering and you'll know it's ready when you get a gel-y, goopy consistency that sticks to your hand. Apply this onto your legs and shave away! This product is very moisturizing to the skin as well and doesn't leave your legs feeling dry after stepping out of the shower. Also, the scent of this shave bar is to die for! 

Lip Balm (Orange Cream) | https://goo.gl/xNnV2B

This lip balm might not look like anything special but the product itself is just amazing. First off, if you like the smell of creamsicles, you're going to love this.  It smells like the sweet vanilla mixed with the fresh orange sorbet however, the major plus is that it doesn't taste like anything!  My pet peeve is when I am at the gym and I have a lip product on and I take a swig of my water and it leaves a flavour around the mouth piece which will alter your water experience later. BLEGH! This lip balm on the other hand does not do that! AND it's super moisturizing.

All Purpose Healer Lotion Stick | https://goo.gl/s8jybi

A lotion in a stick?! That's what I thought too! Definitely something you don't see all too often but it has come in handy a few times when I forgot to lotion my legs before going out.  What's great about this stick is that it's pretty easy to use, you just apply and rub it in. I also find that because it's in a stick form, it's very travel friendly since it won't explode in your purse! Maybe a great gift for a guy?  I found this lotion stick's scent very similar to the cinnamon hearts that come out around every Valentine's day (which I like)

Hand Sanitizer (Orange Spice) | https://goo.gl/sEPzfv  

This hand sanitizer in comparison to the traditional ones differ in a few ways.  With regular hand sanitizers, I find that it is very cold, dries out your hands and leaves a sticky residue.  With this Common Goat Sense one, because there is no use of alcohol, it actually is very moisturizing from the aloe gel and it also does not have the smell of alcohol. It smells just like orange spice (fall scent)

If you are interested in purchasing any of her products she supplied me with a coupon code for my readers and YouTube Subscribers.  Use the code "YOUTUBE6" and get 10% off of your order! Thank you Brittany :) 

*I am NOT getting paid or receiving any incentive if you use the coupon code*

Over 1 Year of No-Poo Method Update!

If you guys have been following me since my Wordpress blog, you would know I started the no-poo method last January 2014.  I have experimented with a couple of different methods and as of March 2015, I have surpassed the one year mark on this no-poo journey.  

In this video, I share with you my experiences in the past year and let you know of my new updated method & routine with no-poo.