Moon Products

I was in the mall when I encountered a crystal shop. I went inside and spotted all the beautiful colorful crystals. As I walked towards the back clearance section there was a selection of Moon Rivers Naturals products. There I saw a soap bar on sale for $2.46 ($7.00) so I decided to buy it, I mean why not it was so cheap. Once I tried it I couldn’t believe how relaxing this soap felt not to mention the scent. It was like having chai tea in the shower. I regret not buying all the products that were on sale but I definitely think I’ll go back to see if there’s any left. These products are perfect during the full moon. Check out the website to see more products listed.

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Celebrate Earth Day With These Products

As we celebrate Earth Day, I will list some of the best natural products that I love. Not only are natural products earth-friendly and do not have a negative environmental impact, but they also help avoid skin irritation. Products that have chemicals, artificial colors, ingredients, and fillers in skin care and makeup products can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Natural health and beauty products always use natural preservatives rather than synthetic.

 

Juice Beauty By far my favorite blemish clearing serum especially during the summer days. It is designed for oily, combination, and blemish prone-skin types.
Juice Beauty products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Most importantly, are never tested on animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try this:

 

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JUICE BEAUTY

3pc
$89 $114
Do something good for the planet and your skin. This facial wash, serum and moisturizer trio does the heavy lifting in antioxidant protection by helping fight free radicals, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This trio is an essential! Offer ends April 23, 2019.

 

Jason Body Wash The feeling and smell when you lather with this amazing body wash so soothing and calming.

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Jason Powersmile toothpaste This amazing toothpaste will make your teeth feeling clean.

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Burt’s Bees Glossy Liquid Lipstick for shiny looking lips.

This 100% natural, liquid lipstick contains conditioning Apricot and Babassu Oil, Shea Butter.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant The amazing thing is you can find this at a Whole Foods near you. Although it’s quite pricey for a 2oz deodorant ($12) the smell is so pleasant you’ll want to apply it over and over.

Nubian Heritage body lotion is made of natural enzymes, amino acids and proteins that help boost the skin’s natural appearance while smoothing the skin. I’ve gotten this so many times and the smell never gets old. It’s long lasting for sure.

Love Beauty and Planet products are never ever tested on animals but they are owned by Unilever. I purchased it on sale in Safeway but realized it’s owned by Unilever, a company that continues to do animal testing. The great news is that LB&P is Leaping Bunny certified so it’s guaranteed cruelty free.

 

 Giant and CVS deals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biotin- Does it help hair growth?

Now that winter is over, we gotta prepare our locks for summer hair. I remember a few years ago seeing a woman in Sephora with beautiful long, black hair. I was looking at the Dry Bar products when I saw her. I went up to her and said “I like your hair. I’ve been trying to grow mines but it just hasn’t been growing” she gave me a simple answer to my problem. ” I take biotin” she said. Her hair reminded me of Rapunzel, expect it was black and shiny. I then asked if that’s her natural hair, she said “yep, I never dyed it”. I was so impressed by meeting someone who has had virgin hair her entire life.

I started getting haircuts in hopes of rocking a new style and then regretting it. Always wanting a bob so I decided why not try it. The moment I saw my hair getting cut, so many thoughts came rushing through my head wishing I could stop the process and  grow it back. Since then, I continued to have my hair short for the purpose of having it loose. Last October, I wanted a different look, I wanted bangs. I had realized how short my bags have been cut and of course regretting that also. Months have passed and my hair hasn’t grown long like before. So I decided to take the chance in taking Biotin and test it myself to see whether what that woman in Sephora had said was true. I’ve also been using Marc Anthony Grow Long products for a month now but I haven’t notice any difference. It is formulated with caffeine, ginseng and vitamin E to restore strength for healthier hair growth.

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What is Biotin?

According to WebMD, Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Many beauty products have biotin in them to increase its benefits. However, ingesting biotin is highly recommended if you want to restore your damaged hair and youth.

Biotin is a water-soluble (dissolves in water) B vitamin that helps your body convert food into energy. It is beneficial for your hair, skin and nails. It isn’t stored in your body; it actually just flushes right out of you when using the bathroom.

Mind, Body and Green  shared about one small study, where women with thinning hair reported significant regrowth when supplementing with biotin as compared to those given a placebo twice daily for 90 days. Biotin supplementation has not been extensively studied for hair growth though, and evidence is limited.

 

It has been less than 30 days that I have been ingesting biotin once daily.

For Ladies Only- Taking Care of your Vajayjay

I don’t usually talk about feminine hygiene but I feel like this is an important topic to discuss. Gynecologists often recommend to avoid the use of any feminine hygiene products such as douche, cleansing wipes, freshening spray or powder, fragrant shower gels or soaps, and instead replace it with a fragrance-free soap or shower gel.

Our lady parts can indeed be sensitive so it’s best to treat it right with something that won’t cause irritation or worse yet an infection. The use of such products may also further upset your vagina’s delicate balance of organisms and it is associated with various reproductive health problems.

According to Cosmopolitan, the vagina should have a pH (or acidity level) of 3.5-4.5, which means there is enough lactobacilli (a “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease) as in good vagina bacteria, and no overgrowth of bad bacteria that can cause odor, irritation, or even bacterial vaginosis (which is actually the most common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge).

A 2006 study found that 27 percent of African-American women and 15 percent of Hispanic women regularly douche, as compared to only 9 percent of white women.

But why do we see so many feminine hygiene products available in stores? it’s advertising after all, isn’t it?!

The good news is that sales on douches has decreased since 2014 according to Consumer Healthcare Products Association also known as CHPA.

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We all have that favorite shower gel like the ones from Bath and Body Works. You wouldn’t think it’ll hurt to try to boost the smell down there by using a scented shower gel…. we’re all guilty of that but little do we know we are ignoring our vagina’s cry for help. The best option is to use a fragrance-free shower gel or soap. I like to use 365 Whole Foods brand for $4.99, it’s a dermatologist tested formula with glycerin, panthenol and aloe vera.

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Here are some more interesting links to check out:

The Effects of Feminine Wash

Are Feminine Hygiene Washes Safe? Science Says You’d Be Better Off Skipping Them

Five things you need to know about feminine washes

Are Dedicated “Vagina Washes” Necessary?

The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know

 

“Women of America, I promise you, you do not need vaginal deodorant. You need a doctor. If you use simple soap and water and you get out the shower and there’s still a rancid-ish odor, don’t spray perfume on it! That’s crazy! That would be crazy!” -Sarah Silverman

Skinny Dip by Earthly Body

Brought this set for about $24.99 at an adult store. The smell is very sensual and smooth. The massage oil isn’t as scented as the lotion tho, but the candle wax can also be used as a massage oil.

All of these products contain an ultra-moisturizing blend of Hemp Seed and other nutrient-rich oils to help moisturize your skin. Skinny Dip scent is a combination of vanilla and cotton candy.

This set contains: 1oz Hand & Body Lotion, 2oz Bath & Shower Gel, 2oz 3-in-1 Massage Candle, and Lip Balm.

The set I purchased contained a massage oil instead.

Hand & Body Lotion
A non greasy formula that absorbs quickly and contains a nutrient rich blend of Hemp Seed and Argan Oil, leaving skin healthier looking, radiant, and silky smooth.

Bath & Shower Gel
Hemp Seed formula gently cleanses and moisturizes, leaving your skin velvety smooth and conditioned. You’ll never use drying bar soap again!

3-in-1 Massage Candle
Melts into a warm massage oil. The 100% natural blend of Hemp Seed and cosmetic-grade oils absorb to soften and condition your skin.

Lip Balm
Blend of Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba, Avocado and Vitamin E.

Massage Oil

100% natural blend of essential oils (including hemp, almond, grape seed, apricot and vitamin E) provides a slick, professional glide. This nutrient-rich formula absorbs into the skin for deep conditioning and moisturizing without a greasy residue.

 100% Vegan

 Not Tested on Animals

 Gluten Free

 No THC/Drug Free

 Paraben Free

 Made in the USA

 Phthalate Free

 Petroleum Free

 Free of Artificial Dyes

 Free of Propylene Glycol

 

This set can be found in Amazon for $22.95 and $15.99 on Earthly Body site.

I recently purchased the 16 (473ml) oz body lotion, can’t wait to start using it.

*Earthly Body are on PETA’s “No Test List” and Leaping Bunny certified.