Three Powerful Ways to Impact Your Mood Positively

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I was always a very happy person. It wasn’t until I was working to pay the bills, working for college credit at an internship and going to school full-time that I began to struggle with keeping the light in my life bright. Sometimes, life is just so hectic and certain things are just out of your control. I learned to use my environment to influence my perception of my world and to manipulate my brain into the mindset where I wanted to reside. 

Plants:

You’d be surprised how much adding plants to your space will brighten your homes aesthetic. I like bright greens and purples in my space but flowering plants really add an untouchable welcome and elegant comfort to your space. Easy and low maintenance plants include succulents and even some plants that you can eat!? This year I grew cherry tomatoes in my living room window all summer and part of fall with very little maintenance! I simply watered it and used an organic plant food a few times. Plants really brighten your perspective because humans are naturally comforted by nature and their beauty is unprecedented. If you aren’t into plants, try ecotherapy. Ecotherapy is an umbrella term for spending time in nature as a natural anti-anxiety remedy and anti-depressant. It has also been linked to lowering blood pressure as well as relieving stress.

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Our cat Moo Moo loved the plants we picked up this past season!! 🌴

Essential Oils & Diffusers:

Studies have proven that essential oils have an impact on your brain chemistry. Aromatherapy is such a rewarding form of self-care! Speaking from personal experience and some of the reading I have done, each kind of essential oil impacts your brain differently. My favorite blend consists of grapefruit and lavender. It makes every breath you take pleasant and noteworthy. There are so many affordable essential oils out there but the important part is that you buy therapeutic grade essential oils, extra points if you can afford organic. I use this in my office at work and people are constantly raving about how it influences their mood and makes them feel a little happier!

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Our first diffuser which is now in my office at work since I use a nebeulizer at home!

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Declutter & Donate:

Ladies and gentlemen, one of my favorite rules is the one touch rule! I might be alone when I say this but having a messy, cluttered home gives me anxiety! Take the time to declutter, donating to worthy charitable organizations! It takes less time to donate and claim items on your taxes than it takes to list and sell your items online! Like I said maybe this isn’t an issue for you but I’ve noticed that I’m most able to concentrate and be productive when my home is in order! 🙂 The one touch rule helps you decipher how much stuff you have and if your area is possibly too cluttered. Unfortunately this rule doesn’t work for areas like books on your bookcase per say. Maybe you’re happy with your home but even just taking the time to clean your space, organize and find a place for everything will eliminate stress and anxiety from your day.

Jessica Walker

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Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet for the Clean Living Beginner

Hello Everyone!

The other day, I was talking to my sister about integrating nontoxic products into the household. My sister shared a belief that it was too expensive to switch to products that were cancer free, nontoxic and absent of hormone disruptors. I have spoken to many people who claim that clean living is too expensive. My fiancé and I are a young couple, just starting out and we don’t have a lot of money. However, we manage to very easily avoid toxic products. We’ve discovered buying nontoxic products usually only adds a few extra dollars to the grocery bill because nontoxic living means buying less not more. This week I decided to put together a little cheat sheet of the nontoxic products I use, most of which I buy at the local Giant (I live in Eastern Pennsylvania). Giant has a great selection of nontoxic products but for everything else I need, Amazon Prime is the way to go.

These are the products that I personally use. I have checked the ingredients in each product using the Think Dirty App on my iPhone & the EWG website.

Keep in mind that a lot of the products listed below would only be purchased once or very, very rarely.

I would love to use prices for every product but if I use a link to Amazon, as an Amazon Affiliate, I am not allowed to post prices because of the products fluctuating financial status.

Laundry Detergent

All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent: If you want easy access, order from the link below. However, I’ve seen All Free &  Clear laundry detergent (31 loads) at my local grocery store for anywhere from 3-5 dollars.

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Deodorant

I have been using organic lemon slices for deodorant. However, my skin is very sensitive and I’ve decided to use this Crystal Body Deodorant instead because it is sustainable and much more affordable! I have never seen this natural version in any store. From my research, you want to purchase a crystal that is translucent and this product is known to last 10+ years. Apparently, the salt kills bacteria and takes away any odor instantly! It doesn’t clog your pores and is perfect for sensitive skin!

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Dish Soap

Full Circle Market Free & Clear Dish Soap: You can visit the Full Circle website to read about their mission, products and to find a full circle retailer near you. They have many other optional cleaning products.

What Ingredients are used in Full Circle Products?

Shampoo & Conditioner

Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner 8 oz

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For a full Review of this shampoo & conditioner dio click here!

Body Wash

Ever since I started using ACURE Body Wash, Ultra-Hydrating, 8 Ounce, I never have issues with dry, itchy or tight skin after using soap. My skin actually feels much smoother, plus it has a pleasant, light scent!

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Lotion/Makeup Remover/Hair Mask/Facial Moisturizer

I use organic unrefined coconut oil in or out of the shower if my skin feels dry. There are tons of lotions available with nontoxic ingredients but coconut oil is so affordable and it doubles as an antibacterial home remedy ingredient. I also use it as a makeup remover, a skin moisturizer (best applied twice a week using sugar and coconut oil to exfoliate or in the shower) and a hair mask. There are so many uses to organic unrefined coconut oil!

You can find organic unrefined coconut oil in most grocery stores for around $10.

Click on the affiliate linked Image below to order coconut oil to your doorstep

Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce

Mascara

I use Organic Endlessly Beautiful Mascara.

Read my full review of Endless Beautiful Mascara by clicking here

Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are seriously so unnecessary!

The dangers of dryer sheets:

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Source: here.

If you must use some kind of fabric softener, use wool dryer balls with the option of adding essential oils to the wool ball. These balls are reusable and you will save about !

For DIY Wool Dryer Balls Click Here **These are so easy to make!

To purchase your wool balls click the image below.

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Toothpaste

I love my Himalaya Whitening Toothpaste – Simply Peppermint 5.29 Oz/150 gm!! This toothpaste is much more satisfying than mainstream toothpaste you can find at the grocery store. It is also way safer to use than brands like Colgate or Crest.

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Cleaning Products–

Cut out all of those cancer causing cleaning products and replace it with one bottle! Glass Spray Bottle + Essential Oils = The perfect cleaning combination for glass, wood, tile, kitchen & bathroom surfaces. This awesome bottle comes with all of the natural recipes printed on the side of the bottle. ⇓⇓⇓Affiliate Link⇓⇓⇓

16 oz. Blue Glass Spray Bottle for DIY Cleaning with Essential Oils; 5 Non-Toxic, all-natural homemade cleaning recipes printed right on the side. Durability Guaranteed. Made in USA.

This is the same essential kit that I use for my home remedies, medicines, in my glass diffuser and for cleaning! Getting your organic essential oils in a kit is the most affordable option! When you see how long these oils last, how many commercial products you begin to stop buying and how good you feel using them around your family, you will definitely begin to love essential oils! I never even knew about essential oils until this past year and since discovering their versatility, I will never go back to buying toxic mainstream cleaning & beauty products!

Plant Therapy Top 6 USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils Set. Includes: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Tea Tree. 10mL (1/3 Ounce) each.

Make sure that your essential oils are organic, therapeutic grade oil.

Skin Care

I spray my face with rosewater throughout the day!

I’m always surprised when people don’t know about it because it is just so elegant, fragrant, so beneficial for skin care and toxin-free.
Some Benefits/Uses of Rosewater:
Helps soothe skin irritation                                          
Helps prevent and treat infections
Soothes sore throats                                                
Smells like roses!!
Contains antioxidants                        
Heals cuts, scars, and burns
Enhances mood                                                                
Relieves headaches
Has anti-aging properties                                              
Soothes digestion problems
Reduces skin rednessClick on photo to purchase organic rose water!

Rose Water Facial Toner by Leven Rose – Pure Organic Natural Moroccan Rosewater Hydrosol Face Spray – 4 oz

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Thank you for your support! I really hope that this list can serve as a guide to make clean living a little easier for everyone!

Jessica

Creamy Crock Pot Mac & Cheese: Simple and Homemade

Simple & Creamy Homemade Mac & Cheese (Healthier Version)

Hello ♥♥♥♥♥

I’ve been experimenting with food a lot lately. For dinner tonight, I created this simple recipe for those of you that enjoy the practicality of using Crock-Pot Slow Cookers! It turned out very well and is actually a little healthier than traditional mac & cheese. I hope you enjoy it as much as my fiancé and I did!

Ingredients
10 ounces evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3-5 dashes Franks Red Hot Sauce
¼ cup butter, cubed
4 ounces longhorn chedder, grated
6 ounces mild cheddar cheese, grated
3 ounces colby jack cheese, grated
14 oz uncooked rotini veggie pasta

Directions

  1. Whisk together almond milk, evaporated milk, Franks Red Hot Sauce, salt, and paprika in Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.
  2. Pour the uncooked rotini pasta into your Crock-Pot Slow Cooker. Top with cubed butter and all cheeses.
  3. Stir to combine. I waited until the dish heated up because it was easier to stir without the pasta breaking.
  4. Cover your Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and cook on low for 2-2.5 hours, stirring once or twice an hour.
  Serves 4-6 people
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Creamy Crock Pot Mac & Cheese: Simple and Homemade

Simple & Creamy Homemade Mac & Cheese (Healthier Version)

Hello ♥♥♥♥♥

I’ve been experimenting with food a lot lately. For dinner tonight, I created this simple recipe for those of you that enjoy the practicality of using Crock-Pot Slow Cookers! It turned out very well and is actually a little healthier than traditional mac & cheese. I hope you enjoy it as much as my fiancé and I did!

Ingredients
10 ounces evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups organic unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3-5 dashes Franks Red Hot Sauce
¼ cup butter, cubed
4 ounces longhorn chedder, grated
6 ounces mild cheddar cheese, grated
3 ounces colby jack cheese, grated
14 oz uncooked rotini veggie pasta

Directions

  1. Whisk together almond milk, evaporated milk, Franks Red Hot Sauce, salt, and paprika in Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.
  2. Pour the uncooked rotini pasta into your Crock-Pot Slow Cooker. Top with cubed butter and all cheeses.
  3. Stir to combine. I waited until the dish heated up because it was easier to stir without the pasta breaking.
  4. Cover your Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and cook on low for 2-2.5 hours, stirring once or twice an hour.
  Serves 4-6 people
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Rosewater Giveaway! Enter to Win Rosewater! Free Shipping–

Giveaway!!! Free Rosewater!!!

Hello Lovelies!

I am doing a rosewater giveaway this month! I discovered rosewater about a year ago and it’s become one of my permanent purse essentials since I love it so much. I often ask the people around me if they want to try my personal supply because I want to share it with as many people as possible! I’m always surprised when people don’t know about it because it is just so elegant, fragrant, so beneficial for skin care and toxin-free. My favorite uses of rosewater are as a daily toner throughout the day and soaking cotton balls in rosewater, placing them in the freezer for ten minutes and letting them sit on my eyes to reduce puffiness.

Some Benefits/Uses of Rosewater:

Helps soothe skin irritation                                          Helps prevent and treat infections

Soothes sore throats                                                       Smells like roses!!

Contains antioxidants                                                    Heals cuts, scars, and burns

Enhances mood                                                                Relieves headaches

Has anti-aging properties                                               Soothes digestion problems

Reduces skin redness

To Enter the Giveaway:

  1. Subscribe to this blog (sidebar) + Confirm in email or Follow

  2. Share this blog on Facebook, Tumblr or Pinterest

  3. Follow celestialnonesuch on Instagram
  4. Winners will be randomly selected in three weeks–Participants have until September 1st to enter–

  5. Optional: Submit a comment/message explaining what type of articles you’re interested in reading about–

I will be giving away this Leven Rose organic rosewater spray to two participants!

 

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Five Magical Places You Need to Visit in Eastern Pennsylvania

I am so grateful to have the time to explore Eastern Pennsylvania. I’ve compiled five of the most magical places I’ve visited in Eastern Pennsylvania. ♥♥♥♥

  1.  Fonthill Castle (Doylestown, PA) 

Can we just talk about this masterpiece of a home for just one second. My experience at Fonthill Castle was inspirational. I thought this castle was the most alluring creation I have ever toured. The historical tour added so much charm and value to the experience because I just couldn’t believe that real people had lived in this castle! I remember walking out of the tour in the most creative and inspired mood.

2. Hickory Park (Gilbertsville, PA)

My partner and I may be part of select few to know about this secret little world. We literally stumbled on Great Blue Heron nesting ground while tubing down this creek! It is tucked away, totally private, secret & magical. When you see Great Blue Heron flying above the trees and walking around the water, you’ll know your water hike was worth it!

Directions: So you pull into this park and first you’ll see a little diner, then a pool & playground. Park behind the pool and walk towards water. Get into the water, turn left and follow the creek, Great Blue Heron await! I can’t say how long it will take you to find the birds but it’ll definitely be a super unusual adventure. Please wear some type of shoe & keep an eye out for snapping turtles! I have never had any issues but I know that there are some snapping turtles in the creek because I basically spotted the mother of all snapping turtles swim past my leg. I spent an entire summer there before I realized that there were turtles living there!

Click here for more park details

3. Magic Gardens (Philadelphia, PA)

This is a truly unique experience. As an art and glass lover, I found Magic Gardens to be a really amazing experience. If you love mosaics, art, glass, recycling, beauty or the city, Magic Gardens is definitely an interesting stop to make. We visited the famous Reading Terminal Market after Magic Gardens for lunch. It isn’t a huge space to walk and it was quite affordable so we had time to do both activities.

4. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (Elverson, PA)

Hopewell Furnace is a diverse experience. There’s opportunity for hiking all year round, apple picking in the fall and there’s also a historical village to visit. The area was beautiful, the experience educational and French Creek State Park was right next door.

5. The Nolde Forest Mansion (Mohnton, PA)

This has always been one of my favorite properties to visit. There’s this wonderful mansion that Jacob Nolde designed a 500-acre forest around. He attempted to recreate the forests of Germany from his childhood. There are quite a few paths to explore but my absolute favorite path is Watershed Trail. Mr. Nolde built a path along a creek and lined the trail with bridges. The whole experience is just so magical because when I think that this was someone’s actual home, I feel like I could have that kind of autonomy someday!

Deliciously Simple Vegetable Burgers

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Hi Guys! This recipe is SO EASY & HEALTHY!

This veggie burger recipe is seriously so tasty! I have recently started cutting out meat & incorporating black beans into everything I eat! They are so versatile and I find their taste to be really similar to meat. This recipe is packed with healthy vegetables and with all the toppings added, it reminds me of eating a beef burger. I really love combining food to create different flavors.

Ingredients

1 425g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed with cold water

1 cup cooked or canned black beans

1 tbsp minced garlic

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup frozen corn

1 cup breadcrumbs

1/4 cup minced purple onions

1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped

1/4 parsley finely chopped

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and mix on low until well combined
  3. Shape burgers (1/2 cup) and place on a tray lined with silicone or baking paper
  4. Cook for 35- 40 minutes
  5. We used potato rolls & I topped our burgers with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, purple onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard & Vegan Chipotle Fabanaise.  Use your favorite topping!! (Serves 7-8)

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What's in Your Shampoo? A Cleaner Shampoo Review

Hello Everyone!

I know I haven’t mentioned the upcoming giveaway in awhile but I just want to remind everyone that I will be announcing the rules for entering the giveaway on August 11th and it’ll run until the end of August! The prize will also be announced on the 11th!

However, today we’re talking shampoo!

Which shampoo do you use? I’m urging you to review the ingredients in your toiletries. Even shampoos that appear natural and organic (like the brand Organix) have harmful ingredients that could be effecting your health. Many companies use misleading labels to attract customers to their so-called “natural” products. Once again I recommend using the Think Dirty App to scan your shampoo or the EWG Cosmetics Database to look up ingredients. At the time I scanned my shampoo, I was using the brand Aussie in an effort to save a few bucks.

The Think Dirty App uses a dirty scale from 0-10 that gives the product a score based on the ingredients. The toxins could be hormone distruptors, cancer causing or even contribute to reproductive issues.

Aussie Received —- (9) ALMOST THE DIRTIEST.

In the past I have used Wella, Dove, Redken, Aussie & many other commercial shampoos. The result of using these brands was silky, smooth hair and a dry, itchy scalp. I suffered from a terribly intrusive itch for seriously so long (years)! I recently switched to Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner.

Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner 8 Oz Review

I love, love this shampoo. My skin finally healed and the itching on my scalp completely stopped! My hair was also EXTREMELY clean and shiny! It felt thick, volumous and easy to style. I thought it had a really pleasant, natural aroma as well. You can really see a huge difference in this shampoo when comparing it’s ingredients to products like Aussie. –⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓–

Check out Acure’s Ingredients

Shampoo: Acai Berry, Blackberry, Rosehips, Pomegranate, Rooibos, Aloe Vera, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Levulinate, Guar gum conditioner, Potassium Sorbate, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), CoQ10, Argan Stem Cells, Avocado oil, Lemongrass, French Lavender, Oakmoss and Rosemary Oils.

& Aussie’s Ingredients

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 33

Yellow 5 is totally controversial and studies have already deemed it cancerous. Fragrance could literally be anything since companies aren’t required to disclose ingredients listed under fragrance. Another ingredient with TONS of harmful consequences is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Check out Smart Klean’s Blog for the Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This shampoo and conditioner is a much better, affordable alternative to the shampoos I have purchased at the drug store. I looked up all of the ingredients on the EWG Cosmetics Database because the Think Dirty App didn’t have this product in its database. All of the ingredients were super safe except for Potassium Sorbate, which was given a score of fair (moderate hazard). I find that the benefits of this shampoo outweigh that one ingredients mediocrity. Personally, my scalp has healed and I am no longer suffering from itchy skin! I’m definitely not saying this is the only clean product because there are so many options at all different price ranges! Sometimes it is just overwhelming to decide which shampoo is right for you and I really love this shampoo and conditioner! I tried Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Natural Shampoo and Conditioner but I did have the same positive experience.

Click on the picture below to purchase Acure Clarifying Shampoo on Amazon! (Affiliation Link)

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What’s in Your Shampoo? A Cleaner Shampoo Review

Hello Everyone!

I know I haven’t mentioned the upcoming giveaway in awhile but I just want to remind everyone that I will be announcing the rules for entering the giveaway on August 11th and it’ll run until the end of August! The prize will also be announced on the 11th!

However, today we’re talking shampoo!

Which shampoo do you use? I’m urging you to review the ingredients in your toiletries. Even shampoos that appear natural and organic (like the brand Organix) have harmful ingredients that could be effecting your health. Many companies use misleading labels to attract customers to their so-called “natural” products. Once again I recommend using the Think Dirty App to scan your shampoo or the EWG Cosmetics Database to look up ingredients. At the time I scanned my shampoo, I was using the brand Aussie in an effort to save a few bucks.

The Think Dirty App uses a dirty scale from 0-10 that gives the product a score based on the ingredients. The toxins could be hormone distruptors, cancer causing or even contribute to reproductive issues.

Aussie Received —- (9) ALMOST THE DIRTIEST.

In the past I have used Wella, Dove, Redken, Aussie & many other commercial shampoos. The result of using these brands was silky, smooth hair and a dry, itchy scalp. I suffered from a terribly intrusive itch for seriously so long (years)! I recently switched to Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner.

Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Volume Natural Shampoo and Conditioner 8 Oz Review

I love, love this shampoo. My skin finally healed and the itching on my scalp completely stopped! My hair was also EXTREMELY clean and shiny! It felt thick, volumous and easy to style. I thought it had a really pleasant, natural aroma as well. You can really see a huge difference in this shampoo when comparing it’s ingredients to products like Aussie. –⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓⇓–

Check out Acure’s Ingredients

Shampoo: Acai Berry, Blackberry, Rosehips, Pomegranate, Rooibos, Aloe Vera, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Betaine, Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Levulinate, Guar gum conditioner, Potassium Sorbate, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), CoQ10, Argan Stem Cells, Avocado oil, Lemongrass, French Lavender, Oakmoss and Rosemary Oils.

& Aussie’s Ingredients

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium Edta, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 33

Yellow 5 is totally controversial and studies have already deemed it cancerous. Fragrance could literally be anything since companies aren’t required to disclose ingredients listed under fragrance. Another ingredient with TONS of harmful consequences is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Check out Smart Klean’s Blog for the Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This shampoo and conditioner is a much better, affordable alternative to the shampoos I have purchased at the drug store. I looked up all of the ingredients on the EWG Cosmetics Database because the Think Dirty App didn’t have this product in its database. All of the ingredients were super safe except for Potassium Sorbate, which was given a score of fair (moderate hazard). I find that the benefits of this shampoo outweigh that one ingredients mediocrity. Personally, my scalp has healed and I am no longer suffering from itchy skin! I’m definitely not saying this is the only clean product because there are so many options at all different price ranges! Sometimes it is just overwhelming to decide which shampoo is right for you and I really love this shampoo and conditioner! I tried Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Natural Shampoo and Conditioner but I did have the same positive experience.

Click on the picture below to purchase Acure Clarifying Shampoo on Amazon! (Affiliation Link)

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Summer Dating Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!

It’s time for some summer dating inspiration! If you are in need of some unique dating inspiration, check out this list of my favorite dates!

Outdoor Types

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Cinnamon Chanterelles

Mushroom Foraging

There are tons of edible mushrooms in the forest! Buy an identification book and venture into the woods –> Use a mesh bag to collect your specimen in order to spread spores for next years harvest –> Go home, clean and cook! –> We made veggie pizza and soup this year! ~BE AWARE OF POISONOUS MUSHROOMS~

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Wildflower Identification and Framing

We picked up a flower identification book at the local thrift store, although amazon probably offers some relatively cheap options! –> Then we hit our local park and picked up some beautiful flowers! –>Pressed flowers in a big book–> FRAME +FLOWERS = Memories

Watch a Meteor Shower

Use this website to find the next meteor shower in your area + Bring a blanket + surprise your loved one with some coffee/wine = Romance ♥♥♥

Homebodies

Wine and Trivia

We are so competitive and love testing our knowledge and drinking a few glasses of wine! Trust me, if you two take pride in learning, this game is loads of fun! (The vintage trivia pursuit game is much more educationally based while modern trivia is more celebrity and sport based)

Hobby Lobby

Make some coffee and divulge in your own personal hobbies, together! For instance, I’ve been in the mood to organize and minimize my space for awhile now. My fiance enjoys playing guitar so we often hang out in the same room, enjoying our hobbies separately but still somewhat together. I request songs I want to hear while I’m cleaning and then he plays it for me. I think of it as a way to remain connected and involved in each other’s interests, even if you have some different hobbies.

 

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This years cherry tomatoes casually growing on my drum table

Plant an Indoor Garden

Beans and cherry tomatoes do so well on your windowsill! –> Harvest the produce to make foodie cuisine for a romantic dinner in!

The Shopper

Thrifting

The best thrift stores are those run by the community! You never know what you’ll find! It’s sort of like treasure hunting! Depending on your knowledge of antiques, there’s a real chance you could find something treasury! 👑 The best part is, you never spend as much money as you would in any department store and the quality is usually much higher.

Browse Local Antique & Vintage Markets

Vendors share a space and offer unique and often historical treasures for affordable prices. My favorite vintage market in the Pennsylvania is The Swamp Door! I always get the most beautiful jewelry there!

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My sterling silver collection in an antique beveled glass jewelry box

The Foodie

Make cheese! 🧀

Kits are totally affordable online! You’ll probably never go back to store bought cheese! This kit is only $12 on Amazon & it makes 20L of cheese! You can add herbs and spices to make your own unique flavors!

Sample Beer & Take a Virtual Museum Tour

Local bars usually offer mixed six packs! 🍺 Mix a six pack of new beers + visit a virtual museum like The Smithsonian from the comfort of your own home!

Check your Mascara for these Toxic Ingredients

I have recently been on a road to clean living! On my journey, I have used the Think Dirty App to scan my cosmetics for harmful toxins that could contribute to cancer or interfere with my hormones. I’ve been using CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion for years. It was recommended to me by a fellow blogger, and I immediately loved its ability to go on smoothly and wash off easily. However, when I scanned my mascara, my perspective changed. It was packed with terrible ingredients that have the capability to do some serious harm overtime and in conjunction with my other products!

There are Harmful Ingredients in CoverGirl Mascara!

Ethylparaben: Causes immunotoxicty/Endocrine Disruptor (Click Here for Sources)

Click here for a more detailed description on hormone disruptors

Polyethylene: Carcinogenic/Non-biodegradable = Microplastic waste pollution  floating on the surface waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes. (Journal Here)

Methylparaben & Propylparaben: Some studies have found that breast tumors show a build up of methylparabens & Propylparaben in the breast tissue. (Research Here)

Phenoxyethanol: The Environmental Working Group Nonprofit scores phenoxyethanol as a moderate hazard due to its proven toxicity to humans in high doses. There are restrictions on the amount that can be in cosmetic products but they do not account for your exposure using other cosmetic and cleaning products. (Resource)

Why is Endlessly Beautiful Mascara a Better Option?

I simply want to share my experience using their product. Instead of constantly applying (I wear mascara everyday) mascara that could cause damage to my body, I bought a new organic mascara that has the ability to heal and protect my lashes! Endlessly Beautiful mascara was my first choice because it is made with ingredients like Chamomile, Coffee Powder, & Vitamin E. My eye lashes used to bother me and they would often fall out. Since I’ve been using this mascara for a couple of weeks, I can definitely say that my eyelashes feel much more nourished and healthy!

Another plus? It smells great! The scent reminds me of cupcakes!

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Endlessly Beautiful Mascara

After purchase, I received an email that included a PDF which outlined several beauty tricks that I found super useful! It also included the many ingredients and the benefits of each one! I had also been concerned about the size of the tube. When I received the mascara, I was a little bit surprised by how small the tube was. The email I received after purchase assured the buyer that it was not less product than commercial mascara but rather less packaging! Yet another aspect I liked about the this company was their environmental consciousness. More perks? I was able to wear Endlessly Beautiful all day without flaking, itching or smearing! This is the first mascara I’ve ever used that does not flake!

Ingredients in Endlessly Beautiful Mascara 

Water (aqua), *Chamomile Hydrosol (Matricaria Recutita), Copernica
Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Mica (CI 77019), *Coffea Arabica (Coffee
Powder), *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)
Seed Oil, *Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Lecithin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin
E), Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Cinnamomum
Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Flower Extract, Hydrastis
Canadensis Root Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Vanilla
Planifolia. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77499),
(CI77491), (CI77492). (*Certified Organic)
***PLEASE NOTE*** on the ingredients we state that the mascara “may
contain” titanium dioxide meaning that it was made in the same factory as
other products that contain that ingredient. It is a cross contamination
warning, it’s not actually in the ingredients. Also, please note that the
possible cross-contamination is for NON-nano particle titanium dioxide.
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Natural Organic Mascara by Endlessly Beautiful, Black – Vegan & Gluten Free – Nourishes and Conditions Eyelashes – Enriched with Chamomile & Vitamin E

Think Dirty Beauty Box Review

Why Nontoxic Products Matter

Not many people know that I have suffered from an unbearably itchy scalp for years. Because of this, I have also suffered from chronic scabs that covered most of my scalp. I changed shampoos, purchasing a range of quality brands from Wella, to Redken, to Aussie, to Dove and even brands claiming to be all natural. I recently installed the Think Dirty app on my phone and my life has slowly started to transform. This app allows you to scan or search a plethora of cleaning and beauty products for carcinogens, hormone disruptors, developmental and reproductive toxicity and immunotoxicities. The app then ranks the products from 0-10, 10 being the dirtiest and most harmful. The United States allows for ingredients that have been banned all of Europe to come in contact with our families and loved ones, contributing to the seemingly accelerated rate of cancer in our lives.

What is a Hormone Disruptor?

Most of the products I scanned with the Think Dirty App contained hormone disruptors. Since I had no idea what a hormone disruptor was, I did some reading. A hormone disruptor can interfere with literally any part of your bodies functioning. It mimics the bodies naturally occurring hormones which can cause overstimulation, etc. Some of the ways that hormone disruptors negatively impact your body are:

  • Contributes to obesity
  • Reduced fertility
  • Increased incidences
    or progression of some diseases including diabetes, cancer, etc.
  • Reductions in male fertility and declines in the numbers of males born.
  • Abnormalities in male reproductive organs.

You can read about the 12 worst Endocrine Disruptors by clicking here.

Shocked? I was too! So, I made small changes immediately!

I had no idea that literally all my mainstream products were filled with proven carcinogens, hormone disrupters (which interfere with EVERYTHING) and toxic ingredients which contribute to a lot of our unexplained body issues (such as itchy, dry skin.)

After checking all my products and feeling completely overwhelmed by the extent of carcinogens and hormone disrupters in each cleaning and beauty product in my pantry, I noticed that the Think Dirty app was offering a box of pre-approved clean products ranging from 0-3 on their dirty scale. It was such a great resource in the beginning of my journey to clean living. I wanted to change products ASAP but I didn’t have the time to research the plethora of clean products available. I received my Think Dirty Beauty box last week. It took a week to come to my home and was wrapped in a neat box. When I opened it, I was so thrilled to begin using my first nontoxic products ever!

For $110 after shipping, is the Think Dirty Beauty Box worth it?

This box was a great introductory to clean living! I was very overwhelmed when I first began researching and the box gave me an opportunity to change my basic products fast, while giving me the time to research other products like nontoxic mascara and lotion. All of the products are advertised as valued at over $250 for 9 products. You also get a bonus product on top of that, making it a total of 10 products. At $25 per product, I definitely recommend this beauty box. I have begun using a lot of the beauty box’s products on my face instead of the pricey facial lotions and eye creams I normally use. It is a little more expensive and a little less expensive than some of the products I have used for my skin, but I feel so much better knowing that the ingredients are not only safe, but I could even eat most of the ingredients that are used! Just finding products that I really love and that actually benefit my skin is absolutely worth it!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using  this link.

Beauty Box Product Reviews!!

Mudjestic Face and Body Mask

This product was by far, my absolute favorite product ever! I just can’t explain how whole it made me feel. When I washed it off, my face felt so perfect. Perfectly soft, perfectly moisturized and I noticed a great reduction in redness and my fine lines. I’ve used so many masks and the most recent favorite of mine, turned out to contribute to cancer! This is by far the best mask I have EVER USED. I will most definitely be a lifelong fan of the Mud mask.

Spinster Sisters Co. Rosemary Mint Bar Soap

You know that terrible dry, tight feeling you get after washing your body with mainstream bodywash/bars? THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN with this soap. Your skin feels hydrated and smooth after your shower! I noticed little pieces of the soap coming off while using it. The pieces that were coming off looked like a plant and I don’t know, it just felt so real. My only complaint is that I wish I had more of it! I purchased goat milk soap from my local farmers market but that was nowhere near the quality of this soap!

Cleaning Essentials (The Original Bottle)

This bottle was SO COOL! I loved that fact that this bottle is glass. I recently started becoming interested in eliminating harmful cleaners from my house when I read that women and men that work from home have a 54% higher death rate than those who work away from home according to a 15 year study that determined the detrimental effects of the chemicals in household cleaners. I switched to homemade recipes that include essential oils. Essential oils are very strong and have the ability to break down plastic so a glass bottle is very necessary. This bottle also comes with 5 nontoxic cleaning recipes for different surfaces.

Crave Oil Cleanser + War Paint Remover

This cleanser uses hemp, CBD, cucumber, black cumin, moringa and sea buckthorn to clease your face. I often use this cleanser even when I am not wearing makeup because of the properties and the way it makes my face feel. Instead of stripping your face of its natural oils, this cleanser feels like it benefits your skin while also cleaning it!

Radha Organics Brightening Hydration Cream 

The only issue I have encountered with the beauty box was with the Radha Organics Brightening Hydration Cream. The container was defective. When I went to use it, the bottle did not work and I had to open it by taking the top off. The cream is still usable but it a bit more inconvenient to open and use like a jar of cream. I contacted the company via email to request a replacement but I have not heard back from the Think Dirty crew yet and it has been about a week. This was my least favorite cream. It works well but leaves a strange smell that dissipates quickly.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co Liquid Crystal deodorant (Tea Tree)

I absolutely loved using this product. I was horrified to read how detrimental deodorant was to young women, possibly contributing to a rise in breast cancer. The American Cancer society argues here  that the chemicals in deodorants have only been linked to cancer in certain studies and one cannot therefore be certain that deodorant has cancerous links. However, most mainstream deodorant brands do have hormone disruptors present, not to mention aluminum and fragrance. Since companies are not required to submit what their “fragrance” ingredients are, therefore making it so harmful ingredients can be omitted on the label. I certainly do not trust any companies who would rather list fragrance, rather than disclosing the ingredients that are actually being used.

Crave 40 Winks Tightening Eye Elixir

This eye elixir is supposed to tighten eyes, brighten eyes, and reduce wrinkles and puffiness. You only need a very tiny dot for both eyes because a little goes a long way with this product. The second you put it on, it feels like a drink for your eyes. I have struggled with bags under my eyes and I feel that this lifts my eyes instantly.

Biossance (The Revitalizer)

This is such a great moisturizer. I always used lotions and when I first put this one, it felt a little oily. It created a dewy look on my face but absorbed quickly. When I am using it, I can sometimes feel dirt being rubbed off my face and it feels as if it is cleaning my face as it moisturizes. 100% Plant-derived squalene (known for its antioxidants and moisturizing properties).

Lumion Oxygen Serum + HOCL

This oxygen serum gives my skin a feeling that it is getting something it needs but when it dries, it feels as if it needs a little more moisture. I have begun using the oxygen serum first after I wash my face and then I use the Biossance to add moisture. The oxygen serum defends skin against signs of aging, softening fine lines, and aiding in the reduction of skin irritations.

Little Moon Essentials: Mineral Bath

This bathsalt is totally free of toxins! I used to use Dr. Teals Epsom Salt whenever I wanted to treat myself to a bath. That was until the Think Dirty App told me how toxic it is! Now I can still bathe in totally safe and beneficial bath salt! The salt smells so good and provides essential oils which are always super beneficial in your bath! I am a waitress and sometimes it feels like my feet just will not stop hurting! There’s just something satisfying and relieving about a good foot soak that leaves you feeling so refreshed!

Fruit Pigmented Lip-gloss

This lip-gloss was a fabulous freebie! When I applied the lip-gloss, it provided a satisfying shine without the goopy chemical feel. I used to use Revlon 24-hour color stay but I always ended up with itchy lips and unsightly lip acne. After this lip-gloss dissipates, you are left with the softest lips! At one point my fiancé needed Chapstick but since I didn’t have any, he used this lip-gloss and it worked quite similarly by alleviating the symptoms of chapped lips.

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Disclosure: This blog is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are my own interpretation.