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Someone asked me recently if I would publish a list of products I use.  I was hesitant because like you, I am a work in progress and I sometimes think people expect me to have it all figured out.  I don’t, but I try. So here it goes…

Giovanni Colorflage Beautifully Blonde Shampoo: Ok this stuff isn’t nirvana when it comes to ingredients, it contains phenoxythanol and a few other questionable items but its better than a paraben, phthalate ridden shampoo and it works really well.  I spend a fortune on my toxic highlights (hey I’m vain ok? I like being blond!) and the last thing I want to do is ruin my expensive ‘do with lame shampoo.  This claims to protect from fading and enhance blonds.  So far I’m just really happy with the cleaning power and the softness.

Giovanni Organics 50:50 Balanced Conditioner: Again, not perfect but better than many.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft and works just as well as traditional conditioners.  I also like John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner but right now I can’t afford a $22 conditioner.  I love it, and when I can swing a bottle I’ll get it but let’s face it, it’s a fortune.  Giovanni is available at Target and only costs about $7-9 bucks.  I can handle that.

Tilvee  Shea Butter Bap Soap (Face):  I have very sensitive skin and mild rosacea and a dermatologist told me to use anti-bacterial Cetaphil.  Well, I’m not comfortable with the ingredients (fragrance, PEG’s and Triclosan as the anti-bacterial agent) so I set out to find a better soap that had few ingredients.  Tilvee was the winner/  I use their Shea Butter bar for dry and sensitive skin and it works great.  Plus no gross ingredients.

BAR SOAP:  Ok this is where my obsession is and it’s evident by the bar soap in my shower. I’ll just list them all. Kiss My Face Sudz C-Weed Sweet Orange and Hemp – I love citrus scents and this doesn’t disappoint. Bubble & Bee Coconut Lime Soap – another awesome one. Dr Bronner’s Lavender Bar Soap – cheap, works and available at Target, Kroger, etc.  One type of soap I don’t have right now that I love is bar soap from LuSa Organics. I like the Ylang ylang and Lavender Goats Milk Soap but they have a ton of choices for every preference.  All natural and they’re purely awesome. I love their sugar scrubs and their lip balms too… actually I love everything they make and need to place an order soon. Worth every penny.  There are tons of natural soaps to pick from – this is the easiest thing to change when going natural.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub: I got this on a whim and reviewed it but it doesn’t get much play in my shower.  It smells nice and I think if I tried it with a loofah it might work better but then its a body wash not a scrub so it gets neglected.  Read my review here.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Bamboo Body Scrub: I just reviewed this and really love it.  I’ve been using it often and I am buttery soft as a result. I love scrubs and although I don’t always have time to use them, when I do they have to be awesome.  This one is worth of my time for sure.

Next time I’ll give you the inside look at my after-shower body care and perhaps a peek into my make up bag!

A box arrived on my doorstep not long ago from a company I like called Rocky Mountain Soap Company. I was introduced to them last year when a reader asked me to review them.  I still use their body butters and went through a bottle of their gentle Tiny Tot Foaming Wash.  So when a box came that I wasn’t expecting with the Rocky Mountain logo on it I was squealing with glee.  (Products tend to evoke that kind o reaction from me). Rocky Mountain Soap Company creates really luxurious body products using the best ingredients available that are really effective.  This is definitely the case with their new line of body scrubs!

These are all natural and when I say that I really mean it.  I have used MANY body scrubs in my day.  I prefer sugar scrubs over salt scrubs because I have pretty sensitive skin and anything too abrasive is too harsh for me so I stick with sugar scrubs.. BUT their Bamboo Body Scrub is the first salt scrub I have used that wasn’t totally chunky and unpleasant.  In fact I thought it was a sugar scrub until I read the ingredients.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s body scrubs really deliver. The Bamboo Body Scrub is thick like you would want a scrub to be like and the granules are fine enough not to cause any irritation at all. I was soft and smooth and it smells great… has a lighter citrus scent.  It has shea butter to soothe and moisturize and grapefruit essential oil to refresh and combat cellulite. It’s a delightful addition to my shower arsenal. What I adore about scrubs like this is the lack of need to moisturize after a shower.

They have two other fabulous scrubs… a Blood Orange Sugar Body Scrub and a French Lavender Sugar Body Scrub hich are both equally fabulous. Rocky Mountain Soap Company has a ton of great products without the risk of icky chemical additives and preservatives.  Always paraben, chemical, PEG and phthalate free – but without losing any of the awesomeness.  Rocky Mountain Soap Co. is definitely one of my favorite companies.

GET IT: Trust me you ‘ll love them.  Pick up these scrubs or any other of their great products on their website!  They have a deal going now if you order one scrub get the second scrub for 50% off!

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There’s been a lot of hoopla around perfume lately, most in part to to a new laboratory analysis done by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  Along with the EWG, they tested 17 mainstream fragrances from Chanel to Calvin Klein.  The study found that the perfumes contained on average 14 ingredients not listed on the label because of a loophole that allows companies to claim their toxic recipes as a “trade secret”. Pathetic.  They also found 10 sensitizing chemicals associated with allergic reactions such as asthma, wheezing, headaches and contact dermatitis and 4 hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to a range of health effects including sperm damage, thyroid disruption and cancer. You smell sexy but cancer is most definitely not sexy.

Have a look at the products they tested and the appalling results:  Not So Sexy Report

What Do I Do?

I hate to say it but ditch the perfume, ladies. People overdo it with perfume and I personally can’t stand being near someone doused in Britney Spears CIRCUS…  However I will admit it’s nice to be able to put on a dab of something when you’re dressed up.  Here is a list of a few natural fragrances that aren’t laden with toxic hormone mimicking chemicals:

I’ve been known to “make” my perfume simply by dabbing a desirable oil behind my ears (just be careful of reactions if you are sensitive) or I rely on the natural scents of body oils.  My current favorite is Soapwalla’s Luxurious Body Oil.  No need for added perfumes to make me smell pretty.


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Sunny Lime Skin Care is one of many reasons I love  You can find great products that aren’t full of chemicals and processes contaminating ingredients.  Sunny Lime sells Organic Shea Butters for your skin with no icky stuff added.  You can get pure Shea Butter which is unscented or one of their scented butters that are lightly scented with a blend of organic essential oils, or oils that were not cultivated with chemicals.  All of Sunny Lime’s  Shea Butter’s are mixed with Jojoba oil for maximum moisturizing capability!

Shea Butter has many great uses and healing properties.  Use it on rough feet, elbows and knees.  Use as a skin primer for shaving in the shower to reduce nicks and cuts. Shea Butter helps reduce  wrinkles and lines, age spots, softens scars, and heals chapped lips. There are a million uses for this moisturizing power house ingredient.  Sunny Lime’s Shea Butters have no gross stuff like preservatives, parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances.  Just simple Organic Shea Butter and essential oils.

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