Staying Beautiful With Mother Nature

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In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would share a few of my favorite natural and organic products. I admit, I am new to the whole concept of Earth Day. It is a struggle for me to remember to recycle and although I buy those reusable bags from Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage and Sunflower Market, I always leave the darn things in my car and defeat the whole purpose!! And as for makeup?? I never cared about ingredients or whether it was natural or not. But, as I’ve been learning, I am finding there is a whole world of beauty in our world…go figure.

I absolutely love Pacifica. Love, love, love it!! Perfumes, lotions, shower gels, candles, soaps. This is such an amazing, luxurious line that is actually affordable! Made with natural ingredients, Pacifica’s products are cruelty-free and 100% vegan. Portions of their proceeds go to fighting near shore ocean pollution. The scents this line has are so nice and yummy and inspired by places all over the world. My favorite in this line is the Tuscan Blood Orange. I can’t even describe it, all I can say is WOW and YUM! Everything in this line smells so good, but this one is truly amazing. The solid perfume can not only be used as a fragrance, but you can also put it on the ends of your hair to nourish the hair and protect it from splitting, and it makes your hair smell nice! Have I mentioned that I love Pacifica?? I want to work for them!

Like Vanilla? Check out Lavanila. Another bath/body/fragrance line that smells amazing! Also natural and organic, these scents are so nice. Everything has the scent of vanilla in it and I love that. There is one scent that is just vanilla, for those of you who are crazy about that scent. My favorite is the Vanilla Coconut. It’s such a warm scent and I love the way it smells on my skin. This line is completely free of harsh chemicals. It’s great for those who are sensitive to typical fragrance because of the all natural ingredients. It’s eco-friendly and not tested on animals.

Burt’s Bees is the first line that introduced me to natural skin care products. I just happened to grab a lip balm from Vitamin Cottage one day and I was hooked. When I first discovered Burt’s Bees, the line was pretty small. Now, it’s a full line of skin care, body care, and makeup. They even have a separate line just for men, so the guys need to check this stuff out! I love the way the Bay Rum Shaving Soap smells.

Those are just a few of my favorite natural lines. Want to get really beautiful with the help of Mother Earth? I just read in a magazine that Dandelions can fade age spots and Lavender can cure dandruff. Wow. If you slice open a stem of a Dandelion and massage the white sap onto age spots a few times a day, they’ll start to fade. So, when I see them cropping up on my lawn, I won’t get irritated, I’ll think of it as a gift from Mother Nature…or as a sign from her that I need to use them! Steep Lavender flowers in hot water and after it cools, use it as a rinse after you shampoo to get rid of dandruff. The scent is very relaxing, too.

We can all do a little something to honor Earth Day today. Use a dry shampoo instead of washing to save water. Remember those reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. You know how stores give you a 5 or 10 cent credit when you bring your own bags? I found out yesterday that Whole Foods now gives you the option of donating that credit for their foundation. Good to know for when I actually remember those bags!

So, what will you do to celebrate Earth Day today? I think I’ll purchase something from Pacifica because I know that a portion of that will go to keeping oceans clean. See? I can justify a purchase any time! Happy Earth Day!

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