Summer is here! For us down south, that means the heat is here too. There’s just nothing like stepping outside and feeling the sweat almost immediately run down your back…ahh…Florida life.
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade it for the world! All I have to do to cool off is jump in the ocean…
Now that I made you jealous, here’s something that will make you love me if you already don’t…the Mojito body polish.
Yup, I put the lime in the body scrub.
Are you a Gfreek?
No, this is not some weird perversion, but a website where people like you and me get to vote on their favorite gluten free products. For guys and gals like me who are gluten sensitive or have celiac disease, this is a great tool.
People who have tried all sorts of gluten free products vote and rate them and the ones with the most votes win! If you can’t trust your fellow g-free peeps, who can you trust? We’re kind of like a special tribe anyway…
One of my favorite products has made it to the gluten free list of best cosmetics! I even partnered up with them recently and hosted a very successful giveaway….can you guess the brand? That’s right….Red Apple Lipstick!
Did you know acne breakouts affect some 54 percent of women and 40 percent of men over age 25?
[Breakouts are not just for the tweens and teens!]
I have experienced the agony of acne firsthand. As a teen, I dealt with acne and still had occasional breakouts well into my 30s. I had very oily skin and would develop breakouts constantly.
It never occurred to me my diet was contributing to the problem.
Back then, I treated it with chemical medicines which really did more harm than good. I used everything including benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and medicated astringents. I even tried expensive pills and nothing ever worked.
I never thought I had to treat my acne holistically and that my diet was affecting my skin.
Holistic means treating the whole body as opposed to just the symptoms. I never realized this when I was younger. I was just trying to cover up the problem on the surface without determining what was causing it.
Do you buy natural lipstick? Are you concerned with gluten in your lipstick?
Back in the day I sure wasn’t! I used to rock my Cover Girl Lip Slicks. Remember those? They came in these long tubes in great sheer colors. Little did I know what I was exposing myself to back then! Lead, mineral oil and other toxins!
When I went organic in my cosmetics, I switched to natural lipstick but it never occurred to me that my lipstick might contain gluten.
A few years back, I was tested and discovered I was gluten sensitive. Gluten is a protein found in grains which when ingested can cause havoc to the body both internally and externally. Wheat germ oil or gluten based Vitamin E is sometimes added to cosmetics to give it more moisture.
Welcome to the first in what I hope to be a series of natural perfume reviews!
My mom’s birthday was May 4 and Mother’s Day always followed, so I used to tease her that she got me for two gifts. But I really loved getting my mom gifts. My usual gifts for her was jewelry. She had about every piece of jewelry you could think of with “#1 Mom” on it. She always loved what I got her!
Occasionally, I would stray from my normal routine and get her perfume. I remember one of her favorites was Chantilly. Remember that one?
When I think back to the perfumes I got her, I shudder now that I know how toxic conventional perfumes are. They’re loaded with synthetic ingredients which are only tested for their skin effects. Respiratory, neurological, or systemic effects are never tested. This is the industry norm.