7 Sunscreens for Summer

Natural Facial Sunscreen

Now that Summer is officially here, it’s time to break out the sunscreen!

If you’d like a primer on sunscreen, then the EWG website is a great place to start. Long before I was aware of the greener, cleaner options for beauty products, I found their annual sunscreen guide while searching for alternatives to avobenzene and other synthetic sunscreens. As a result, I’ve been strictly relying on physical sunscreens for several years now. However, since I’ve switched to natural beauty, I realized I needed to find sunscreen options that not only relied on a physical sunscreen as the active ingredient but also minimized other chemicals. Continue reading “7 Sunscreens for Summer”

Fort Matanzas National Monument

Fort Mantanzas

2016 is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. It’s a great reminder to get outdoors and celebrate the centennial by discovering a new park or monument. I’m sharing some photos taken at the Fort Matanzas National Monument. The Fort itself is located on Rattlesnake Island in the southern part of St. Augustine, Florida. In order to reach the Fort you take a ferry across the Mantanzas River from the visitor center.

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Skin Cleanse & S.W. Basics Cleanser

Often less is more, especially when it comes to skin care products for sensitive skin. For several months I had been using a DIY cleanser with a rosewater base from a recipe in Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. (The signed edition of the book is available on the S.W. Basics website.) When I ran out of my last batch of DIY cleanser, I decided to try the S.W. Basics Cleanser as it also has a rosewater base.

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Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo & Conditioner
During the last six months I’ve been testing out a lot of different hair products in an attempt to find the ones that work best for my hair type – a top layer that is straight, dry, prone to frizz, and refuses to be manipulated by products or styling tools, an undercoat that is thick and naturally curly, and an increasing number of grey strands that prefer to stick straight out/up, screaming for attention. Add to that a sensitive scalp that suffers from bouts of folliculitis. Oh and there is my sensitivity to smell. While I do enjoy many natural fragrances, I am very particular about the note. I don’t care for the scent of rose, jasmine or a lot of the other essential oils that are often included in more natural hair care products.

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Greener, Cleaner Laundry Alternatives

laundry products
While I’ve been very impressed with the selection and performance of green beauty products, I haven’t had as much success with off the shelf household cleaning products. There is a lot of DIY information for using the basics (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.) along with essential oils, and for the most part I’ve transitioned to these for cleaning floors, windows and other solid surfaces.  However, I find the idea of making my own laundry detergent intimidating (or maybe just too time consuming). Most of the online recipes I’ve found begin with grating bar soap and my experiences with grating non-food items usually end with an extended clean up of the food processor or scraped knuckles. Also, I prefer to wash my clothes in cold water and I’m concerned that the grated soap will not dissolve. Luckily I’ve been able to find a few cleaner, greener laundry products that are also effective.

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