Pure Fiji Coconut Haircare Giveaway!

 

We’ve been touting all the benefits of coconut oil on The Organic Beauty of late, and we want to share with you all of the amazing benefits of this magical beauty and health ingredient you might already have in your cupboard!  If you aren’t using coconut oil in your cooking and beauty regimen yet, you need to be!  Check out Go Nuts for Coconut Oil (6 Amazing Benefits and 10 Beauty Tricks), and our Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil infographic to learn why this is your secret to shining, healthy hair, moist, radiant and clear skin, and healthy gut and even a trimmer waist line!  You can also read about all the favorite coconut oil beauty tips of various health and beauty experts, including yours truly, over on AllParenting.

So in honor of all this coconut obsessing, we’re giving away a duo of Pure Fiji Coconut Milk and Creme Shampoo and Conditioner! (Retail $50)

We fell in love with the Pure Fiji line of products on our honeymoon (in Fiji!), and absolutely loved the moisturizing natural ingredients and delicious scent. This ultra nourishing shampoo and conditioner feature exotic blends of coconut crème, cold-pressed oil, island drift-nut extracts, and sugar cane derived cleansers, and is fortified with soy and wheat proteins, which helps repair damage and improves resilience – restoring bounce and shine for healthy looking hair.  And of course, this line is sulphate-free!

To Enter:

Step 1:  Share us with your friends!  Tweet or post to Facebook your favorite Organic Beauty article and share the love!

Step 2: Post in the comments below and let us know which article you shared, and where!

Bonus Entry: If you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter!  Don’t worry, we’ll never bombard you with emails.  We just send out a couple emails a month of super awesome natural health and beauty content, and of course, super sweet giveaways and events!

We’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 7th! So make sure to enter before 6pm EST that day ; ) 

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How to Start Loving Your Body NOW!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

It is very difficult to make healthy choices for your body, take care of your body, and treat it well when you hate it.  Loving your body does not have to mean that you love everything about it, or that you do not want to change things about it.  But loving it, right now, just the way it is, is a crucial step toward getting healthy, happy, and losing weight!  When you love something, you want to take care of it, protect it, and make it feel good.  When you hate something, you abuse it, neglect it, and criticize it.   Which way sounds more conducive to healthy eating, lifestyle, relationships, and thoughts?  Here’s how to start loving your body right now:

1.     Determine where your body hatred comes from. 

We live in a society that deems openly loving your body taboo.  We have trouble accepting compliments; we feel the need to make self-deprecating comments; we bond with other women over hating our bodies instead of loving them.  Find the source of this habit for you.  Is it an attitude you inherited from your mother or a sibling?  Is it a product of your social scene?  Find the root, and vow to step outside it, be bigger than it.  Make a conscious CHOICE to start loving your body, right now.

2.     Loving your body does not mean giving in to what it looks like right now. 

The biggest reason most women give for why they don’t love their bodies is that they fear losing the motivation for change and weight loss if they accept and love themselves as they are.  But know this:  if you hate your body now, you aren’t going to magically be full of self-love when you finally reach your ideal weight.  In fact, you may even miss out on feeling amazing for reaching your goals because you are so mired with that self-criticism you’re so used to feeling.  Regardless of what shape they’re in now, our bodies allow us to live, walk this earth and experience all the pleasures in it.  That is a lot to love!  Having gratitude toward your body for all the amazing things it allows you to do and experience, and loving your body for that does not mean that you don’t want to be stronger, leaner, more flexible and sexier.  We can always be working on improving ourselves in some way, but when that comes from a place of LOVE, we will be so much more successful, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

3.     Prioritize feeling good. 

When you love something you want to make it feel good.  When you hate something, you deprive it of joy, affection, and pleasure.  Which way do you think leads to weight loss, happiness and fulfillment?  When you love your body, you can shower it with things that feel amazing.  Massages, yummy smelling natural beauty products, delicious and healthy food, dancing, sex, trips to the beach, beautiful clothes – all these things show love to yourself, make you feel SO much happier and taken care of, and yes, make weight loss a breeze!  But when you hate your body, you feed it junk food, cover it in frumpy clothing to hide it, keep it inside on the couch,  living a small life, and abuse it with alcohol, sugar, drugs, cigarettes, soda, and other horrible things.  I’ll tell you what, achieving a healthy weight and a happy, healthy body is impossible in that state of self-abuse.  Making your body feel amazing and taken care of should be your TOP priority in your health journey.  See what a huge difference it makes!

Loving your body is just a more fun, healthy, and pleasurable place from which to approach the work of transforming your diet and your life!

In the comments below, share how you are going to show your body more love, more care, more pleasurable experiences!

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April Giveaway!

 

Flax Relax Body Wrap on The Organic Beauty

To help soothe your aching muscles, headaches, and menstrual cramps, we’re giving away one of our favorite products: a Body Wrap from Flax Relax!  The beautiful Flax Relax products come in super fun colors and prints, are are filled with hearty flaxseeds, weighty wheat berries, and soothing lavender, and can be endlessly heated and chilled to suit your needs!  Perfect for relaxation, heat or cold therapy, or even for use as a relaxing pillow.  Read our full review of Flax Relax here.

To enter the giveaway:

1: Like our Facebook Page

2: Leave a comment on our Facebook Page (not here on the blog) with your favorite natural way to relieve pain!

We’ll announce the winner only on Facebook on Friday, April 11th, so make sure to enter before then!

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Extreme Skin Nourishment from Biao Beauty

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Biao’s Beauty Rejuvenation Collection

It’s no secret that dry, winter skin is something that plagues many of us, and is yet another reason to dread the coming of  these darker months.  Well, I am happy to report that you can cross this winter bummer of your list!  Introducing the Beauty Rejuvenation Collection from Biao Beauty.  This line of hyper moisturizing, extremely nourishing products are your key to dewy, glowing, soft skin all winter long, no matter what mother nature throws your way!

The secret to this amazing line of products is a potent one-two punch of Epicalmin TCM and babassu oil.  Epicalmin TCM is a synergistic blend of three plants traditionally used in Chinese Medicine which have amazing protective and anti-aging effects on the skin.  When combined with babassu oil, which improves skin’s elasticity, suppleness, and moisture, the result is an amazing combo for youthful, glowing skin!

I’ve been using the Rejuvenating Night Creme, which leaves my skin feeling like absolute silk.  Loaded with other powerful skincare ingredients like olive oil, vitamin E, lavender and honeysuckle, the cream is also intensely healing for sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema or psoriasis.  The rose scent, which is absolutely heavenly, comes from palma rosa oil, which is not only yummy smelling, but has powerful oil regulating and cell regenerating effects, making it perfect for reducing the appearance of wrinkles or scars.  I wake up in the morning with glowing, supple skin, that, I kid you not, barely even needs a brush of powder to look flawless!  This is definitely my new favorite night cream.

The Rejuvenating Mask is also a vital addition to your winter toolbox. Not only does it totally drench your skin with intense hydration and essential nutrients, it also detoxifies, deep cleans pores, and combats premature aging.  Ingredients like green tea, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin A add even more power to the line’s already powerful herbs and oils. The mask goes on like a thick cream, and I definitely felt something tingling under there.  When I washed it off, my skin looked like I had just gotten a facial.

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Sprouting boxes! How beautiful!

These formulas are, of course, all natural, and free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan.  To boot, the boxes — which come with such warm fuzzy reminders such as “Remember to think beautiful thoughts to create positive energy during this skin beautification,” (adorbs, right?!) — are also plantable and embedded with a mix of seeds including Baby Blue Eyes, Black-Eyed Susan, and Siberian Wallflower.  How’s that for eco-friendly! (Click the photo to enlarge and see the seeds sprouting when you soak the boxes!)

To celebrate this beautiful line, we’ve got a couple goodies for you!

First, we’re holding a giveaway!  To enter, just complete the following 3 steps by this Sunday, November 24th:

Follow us on Twitter!Leave a comment on Biao’s Facebook Page sharing what makes you feel beautiful, inside and out!Leave a comment here sharing that you’ve completed the two steps!  Bonus if you share your answer here too ; )  We want to know!

Second, Biao Beauty is looking for 15 women between the ages of 35 and 55 to test their product!  If you’re interested, fill out the form here to be one of their testers!

Here’s to perfect, glowing, winter skin!

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Our giveaway is now closed… Congratulations to our winner, Erica Jones!

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The Best of Natural Makeup 2014

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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As the weather cools and our summer tans inevitably fade, it’s time to step things up a bit when it comes to makeup.  But wearing a bit more does NOT mean slathering our skin with toxic and pore-clogging chemicals.

I’ve made it my mission to find the most effective natural makeup out there, and I’m super excited to share my favorites with you guys!  These natural beauties boast some awesome ingredients, without the dangerous chemicals you’ll find in most drugstore brands…and without ever sacrificing results!

All of the selections below are formulated without:

parabensmineral oilsphthalatessodium lauryl sulfatesBHT

It’s important to note that not all products from the suggested lines below are created equal.  Just because they make a good lipgloss, doesn’t mean that their mascara is chemical-free.  As always, make sure to read your ingredients, with a particularly keen eye towards the big bad additives listed above. If you’re ever in doubt, enter the product into the EWG Skin Deep Database to see it’s safety score.  All of the products listed below rate under 2 on a 10 point scale (0 being the safest).

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No matter what level of coverage you need, there’s a natural makeup option that’s perfect for your skin!

Light coverage:

Unlike the other mineral foundations out there, Miessence Organic Mineral Foundation doesn’t have talc which can cause organ system toxicity.  This powder foundation provides lovely, even coverage without clogging pores.  I like to mix it with a few drops of argan oil to create a dewy, glowing look.

Medium coverage:

I’m super sad that best BB cream I’ve ever encountered, Korres Ginger & Vitamins, isn’t made anymore. I’ve been hoarding mine and using it sparingly to stretch out this last tube, but I’ve also been on the hunt for the next best thing, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found it! Juice Beauty Organic Tinted Moisturizer creates a flawless finish with moderate coverage that heals and protects skin.  With SPF, hydrating plant oils, and skin clearing, anti-aging ingredients like green tea, cucumber, and aloe, this baby has it all!

Heavier coverage:

If you need a bit of heavier coverage, my top choice is NVEY Eco Organic Moisturizing Liquid Foundation, which is loaded with awesome ingredients for healthy skin. Organic chamomile, safflower oil, and vitamins, A, C and E make it perfect for reversing the signs of aging and fighting inflammation.

Concealer:

For lighter coverage in a super blendable concealer, my top pick is RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up, which is formulated to heal skin while covering up blemishes. With coconut oil and rosemary, it minimizes pores and has great anti-aging effects.  I also love Nvey Eco Erase Corrector, which is perfect for blemishes and under eye circles, and is loaded with healing antioxidants and plant oils.

For heavier concealing, which can also cover moles, scars, and tattoos, as well as pimples and skin discoloration, I love the Hickey Stick from G2 Organics (check out my full review here).  With healing vitamin E, this two-step concealer will cover pretty much anything, without clogging pores or wreaking havoc on your skin!

NATURAL BLUSHES & BRONZERS

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Blush:

A little well-placed color on your cheeks can take your face from blah to radiant.  I alternate between RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek and Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil every single day.  They both provide gorgeous color that can be layered on to create everything from a subtle hints to a dramatic pop, and they’re loaded with potent ingredients for clear, youthful skin.

If you prefer powder blush, the most beautifying and natural blush out there is from Rejuva Minerals. It’s loaded with natural clays and minerals, with pigments from rose petals and organic fruit!

Bronzer:

To get that sun-kissed glow all year long, I also turn to Rejuva Minerals for their amazing Organic Bronzer.  Free from mica, titanium dioxide and other common skin irritants, it imparts a gorgeous bronze, without the crappy ingredients.

NATURAL EYE MAKEUP

Our eyes are incredibly sensitive little organs, with a direct line into our circulatory system, so using chemical-laden products on or around your eyes is definitely a big no-no.  Treat your peepers right with these awesome products that will make your eyes pop.

Eyeshadow:

Epic Mineral Beauty has an amazing line of totally natural mineral eyeshadows made without mica, titanium dioxide, or other crap.  Their line of hyperpigmented shadows goes on beautifully and comes in a rainbow assortment of hugs.

Eyeliner:

I’m a big fan of Tarte for eye and brow pencils.  Their Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner goes on like satin, and smudges perfectly.  For a less smudgy pencil, I like Inika Organic Eyeliner, which also features potent plant oils. For liquid liner, I like Boots Botanics Liquid Liner, which gives a really nice liquid line, without all the chemicals.  There’s also Lip Ink Waterproof Smearproof Liquid Liner, made from awesome organic and vegan ingredients, including many eye-friendly herbs! As for cream liner, e.l.f. studio Cream Eye Liner and Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Liner are both awesome, imparting a rich, dramatic line for when you need a bit more oomph.

Eyebrows:

Tarte strikes again here with a great brow solution, the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil, which comes in a double ended pencil, complete with a brow brush.  For more dramatic brows, try Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel, which comes in three hair color matching hues, and tints brows beautifully!

Mascara:

My all-time favorite, super affordable line of organic mascaras can actually be found in a drugstore!  I know.. BIG exception to the rule.  But Physician’s Formula does it up right.  The Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara is pretty awesome. Filled with natural ingredients that help lashes grow thicker, shinier, and healthier!  For ridiculous volume, I like Josie Maran GOGO Instant Volume Argan Oil Mascara.  For super hydrated, thick lashes, try Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara, loaded with plant proteins and mineral pigments.  You never have to go back to those toxic standby’s again!

NATURAL LIPSTICK

There are more organic and natural lipsticks out there than ever before, so you’ll definitely find the best hues to perfect your pucker!

Lip Balms:

There are more totally natural and organic lip balms out there than I can even name. My favorites are Purity Apothecary Organic Lip Balms and Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Lip Balm.  Both are wonderfully hydrating and protective.

Lip Gloss:

For luscious, glossy lips, I love Eminence Organics Kiss Lip Glosses, that come in three wearable shades, and are filled with hydrating and antioxidant ingredients like raspberry and coconut oil.  For slightly less of a glossy finish, I am obsessed with Intelligent Nutrients Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Glosses, that come is two lovely colors, and one clear formulation.  It’s perfect for deep moisture and anti-aging magic.

Lip Stains:

When you need color that lasts all day, stains are where it’s at.  Lip Ink Organic 100% Smearproof Lip Stains live up to their name.  They stay on through drinks, dinner, and the best of kisses, and don’t dry out your lips. Plus, they’re filled with vitamins, minerals, and herbs to keep your lips healthy and beautiful. For a slightly less permanent stain, try Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multiuse Stain, which is amazing for lips as well as cheeks, and can be layered on to create anything from a light, clear stain, to a bold, vibrant one.

Lip Tar:

I discovered Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars at Sephora of all places, and have been obsessed with it ever since.  It falls somewhere between a stain and a lipstick, and lasts all day, and when paired with the OC primer and anti-feathered liner, makes for a lush and super pigmented lip!

Lipstick:

When you want luscious, creamy color, Bite Beauty is where it’s at. Try their Bite Organic Luminous Creme Lipstick, which comes in every color of the rainbow, and boasts an ingredient list that packs a powerful anti-aging punch in the form of resveratrol and argan oil, among several others.  I also like Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Lipsticks, which comes in a bunch of beautiful natural hues.

Lip Liner:

I’m a big fan of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Color Pencils for lips.  They’re formulated with coconut essential fatty acids and awesome antioxidants, and the Anti-Feathered Clear hue is awesome for preventing all that annoying feathering that most bright lipsticks seem to inevitably fall prey to!

Have you tried some of our top picks?  Do you have some favorite natural or organic makeup products?  Share them in the comments below!

 

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Eat G-BOMBS to Decrease Risk of Breast Cancer

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By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

With Angelina Jolie’s recent publicity for her decision to get a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she was positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, everyone is all abuzz about whether or not they should get tested, and whether preventative mastectomies are viable measures to take for peace of mind. The truth is, genetic testing is not financially feasible for a lot of people, and even for those women who do test positive, parting with their beautiful boobies (and the subsequent reconstructive surgery) just doesn’t sound like their cup of tea.  So what’s a girl to do?

As a holistic nutritionist, I am always going on and on about the cancer preventing power of food.  Making changes to your diet to increase breast cancer-fighting foods decreases risk even if you are a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation, or have another genetic predisposition towards breast cancer.  Truth is, eating healthy, potently anti-carcinogenic foods is something every woman has access to, and it should be the first line of defense to decrease risk or breast and other cancers, regardless of whether or not you are at risk.

One of my absolute favorite nutrition teachers, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, coined the acronym “G-BOMBS” in his book Super Immunity, and it’s a wonderful way to remember what foods to increase every single day to decrease your breast cancer risk (as well as your risk of all other cancers).

G-BOMBS: Top 6 Breast Cancer Prevention Foods1. G – GREENS:

Greens are the number one most potent cancer preventing and fighting foods.  The phytonutrients in dark leafies pack a potent cancer preventing punch with lots of folate, calcium and carotenoids.  Cruciferous greens (like kale, broccoli, bok choy) are high in glucosinolates, which are a key ingredient in cancer prevention.  Plus, they also scrub your system of the excess estrogens that can lead to breast cancer and all kinds of reproductive system issues, which makes them the absolute best food for breast cancer prevention.  Extra bonus?  Greens lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and can slow the signs of aging.  Plus, they’re amazing for weight loss!  Make sure to eat greens at least twice a day!

2.  B – BEANS:

A study in the International Journal of Cancer showed that women who eat beans and lentils frequently have a significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t.  Beans stabilize blood sugar and hormone levels, are loaded with fiber, and are an amazing source of calcium, iron, and protein, making them the ideal choice for replacing some animal protein in your diet (which is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer).  Beans are also amazing for weight loss and reducing cravings!  Make sure to eat beans several times a week!

3. O – ONIONS:

Onions, along with their cousins in the allum family, garlic, leeks, scallions, and shallots, are super high in organosulfur compounds, which prevents growth of cancer cells, detoxifies carcinogens, and have anti-inflammatory effects that lower cancer risk substantially.  Not only that, but these powerhouses have immune-boosting and anti-diabetic effects on the body as well.  These puppies are also great for digestive health, general detox, and cold-prevention.  Make sure to cook with onions and garlic everyday!

4.  M – MUSHROOMS:

In a recent Chinese study, women who consumed fresh, cooked mushrooms daily had a 64% decrease in risk of breast cancer!  The study also found that women who consumed mushrooms daily and drank green tea daily had an 89% decrease in risk! 89%!!!  That’s huge.  Now imagine what these two potent cancer preventers could do if they were a part of a diet high in all the other G-BOMBS??  Even genetics couldn’t stand a chance!  In addition to preventing all kinds of cancer, mushrooms also have an anti-inflammtory effect on the body, slow signs of aging, block the production of excess estrogen.  Amazing!  Make sure to eat cooked mushrooms at least 4 times a week, or daily if you have a hereditary predisposition toward breast cancer.

5.  B – BERRIES:

You’ve been hearing me talk forever about all the health benefits of berries.  Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are nature’s perfect superfoods, loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, which are vital in decreasing your risk of breast cancer.  These beauties slow the growth of tumors, cognitive decline, and aging, and protect your heart as well!  Instead of eating candy and sweets, the sugar in which increases risk of cancer and inflammation, reach for nature’s candy, berries!  Eat a handful of berries every day.

6.  S – SEEDS:

Nuts and seeds truly are two of nature’s perfect foods.  Loaded with healthy fats, protein, minerals (like cancer protective selenium), and vitamins, these little guys are potent cancer-fighters.  Flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and chia seeds are amazing sources of omega-3’s, which have been shown to be super effective at blocking the growth of breast cancer cells.  Nuts and seeds are filling, making them an amazing weight loss food, and they also prevent against heart disease and diabetes! Make sure to eat a handful of nuts every day, and use flaxseed oil in your smoothies and on your salads!

[Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]Related articlesVitamin D And Breast Cancer Risk (breastcancer.answers.com)6 Ways to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk (everydayhealth.com)Scientists Confident Omega-3s Prevent Breast Cancer (breastcancer.answers.com)Breast Cancer Prevention: Eat for Breast Health (everydayhealth.com)Angelina Jolie’s aunt Debbie Martin dies of breast cancer following star’s preventative double mastectomy (newsday.com)Few women qualify for genetic breast cancer test, Alberta experts warn (calgaryherald.com)How common is the BRCA gene mutation that Angelina Jolie has? (o.canada.com)

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Giveaway: Block Island Organics Skincare

Block Island Organics Giveaway!

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We’re so excited to bring you this awesome giveaway — the entire product line from Block Island Organics a $65 value!

Check out our review of this wonderful line here.

To enter, please take both of the following steps!

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Go Nuts For Coconut Oil! 6 Amazing Benefits and 10 Beauty Tricks

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By: Stephanie Heino

At this point, I am sure you are all aware of how yummy coconut tastes, but did you know that it also offers a great myriad of health and beauty benefits? My all-time favorite fruit is complex and versatile and can be used in a lot of different areas they you may not be aware of. We have all seen people going crazy for coconut water in an attempt to hydrate their body in the best possible way, and recently all I see and hear when visiting grocery stores, juice bars and beauty stores is what a great natural all in one product coconut really is.

Let us see what the hype is all about!

6 Things to Love About Coconut Oil

1. It may help with weight loss. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides that are metabolized differently than fats from other oils. These unique fats may help with weight loss. It also contains Vitamin E, K as well as minerals such as iron. Coconut oil has also been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle. Because of this, coconut oil has shot to popularity by being the world’s only natural low-calorie fat.

2. It can raise your good cholesterol. Although coconut oil contains saturated fats, it’s not the bad kind you normally think of. In fact, coconut oil can raise your good HDL cholesterol and give you a dose of antioxidants! When coconut oil was first brought to the U.S., there was a lot of negative hype about it because it contains high levels of saturated fat, but don’t panic! People were concerned that it increased cholesterol and contributed to heart disease—but this is a myth. It actually lowers cholesterol and reduces the chances of heart disease. This is because its fat content is simply changed into energy, lessening the likelihood of fat buildup in the arteries and heart.coconut-oil

3. It may strengthen your immune system. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. This can help in fighting harmful bacteria and illness in the body! (Goodbye acne!). If you consume coconut in any of its various forms (whether it be raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of mankind’s worst and most resilient of illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhea, bronchitis, and numerous other ailments caused by microbials.

4. It helps you to absorb important minerals. The fats and substances in coconut oil help your body to better absorb calcium and magnesium, which are important for healthy bones and teeth. It also prevents osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and fragile and lose their density). This makes coconuts a good, healthy alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, but still want to have strong bones and teeth. Those who prefer a vegan diet can benefit from it as a good source of protein and fatty acids.

5. Provides amazing nutrition. Whether you’re eating the meat, drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. In fact, coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and is one of the reasons people zip it up in the summer!

6. It helps with blood sugar levels. Coconut oil also helps control blood sugar levels by improving the secretion of insulin and the utilization of blood glucose.

You can use coconut in a myriad of different ways (cooking, baking, smoothies and as beauty remedies) and forms (coconut water, coconut milk, coconut crystals, coconut flour and nectar, etc.) so make sure to pick up your raw, organic cold press coconut oil the next time you go to the health food store for your fruits and veggies. Coconut oil is ideal for high heat cooking since it is the only oil that does not create toxic byproducts (those that cause wrinkles on your face ladies!) when heated. Also get rid of your petroleum based creams that plug your pores, causing pimples and generally poison your body and start using something that’s really good for you and the planet!

10 Amazing Beauty Tricks With Coconut Oil

1. As a cheekbone highlighter

Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store-bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but adds more glow, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas.

2. To shave your legs

Conventional shaving cream is an expensive cocktail of chemicals that you don’t need to get a nice clean shave on your legs or underarms. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated!

3. As a deep-conditionersilky-smooth-hair

There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil. Apply to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.

4. To remove eye makeup

Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

5. As a body moisturizer

A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin coconut oil can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

6. As facial wash and exfoliatorface

Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, moisturizing many women see miracle when using coconut oil as part of their facial skin care (be careful if you’re adult-acne prone!). Mix the oil with baking soda to create an exfoliator and simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. If just using it as a facial wash, leave it on for 10-15 minutes when you are in the shower to get maximum results!

Go nuts for coconuts!

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Sulfate-Free Argan Oil Haircare

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“Oh my god, Natasha, enough with the argan oil!”

Yes, yes, I hear you.. But when you find a beauty ingredient that is truly obsession worthy, it’s hard to shut up about it!  We’ve been bringing you our favorite argan oil products for a few months now, but this is totally new: argan oil-based shampoo and conditioner!

We’ve long been on the sulfate-free bandwagon for haircare.  I don’t remember the last time I used a shampoo that actually lathered.  (Lathering is for sissies!)  So we’re super excited to find natural, sulfate-free haircare products that feature our number one favorite beauty ingredient.

Maple Holistics creates holistic, natural, plant-based products that are designed to heal and enhance beauty.

Their Argan Oil Shampoo is formulated with healing jojoba, almond, and avocado oils to nourish hair.  It also has botanical keratin, which is awesome for building hair’s strength and resilience. This shampoo is perfect for normal to oily hair, and balances hair’s natural moisture beautifully.

Pair that with the Silk 18 Conditioner, which, in addition to magical argan oil, is loaded with nourishing shea butter, calming organic pomegranite, hibiscus, and green tea, and strengthening silk amino acids.  It’s lightweight and won’t weigh hair down, making it also perfect for normal to oily hair.

Maple Holistics hair products are proof that you don’t need to slather your head with drying, toxic chemicals to deep cleanse and condition, and come out with beautiful, shining locks!


 

Want to try it for yourself?Enter our Maple Holistics Giveaway!

Follow the steps below to enter our giveaway to win a full-size bottle of both the products above!

STEP 1:  Click here to sign up for our email list! (You’ll also get our free 3-day holistic cleanse!)

STEP 2: Click here to follow me on Instagram! (You’ll get tons of awesome inspiration for eating and living beautifully!)

STEP 3: Leave a comment below to let me know you’ve completed steps one and two.  You can also share your biggest hair challenge — I may even write an article just for you!

AND OUR WINNER IS…. ASHLEY! CONGRATS!

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Maty’s: Effective and Safe Products for Baby’s Skin

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Both as a holistic health practitioner and now as a new mom, I get so infuriated when reading the ingredients of common baby products found in drugstores, and unfortunately, the medicine cabinets of most American families.  Petrolatum, mineral oil, parabens, tetrasodium EDTA.  Just one glance at the ingredient list of popular baby brands like Johnson and Johnson’s, Desitin, and A+D read like a list of who’s who of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. And yet, many parents don’t think twice about applying these products to their baby’s delicate skin, exposing them to harmful toxins when they are most vulnerable.

Just as a walk down the baby aisle of the drugstore gives me heart palpitations, perusing the world of natural baby products gives me hope and makes me pretty giddy!  So I was super excited to discover Maty’s Healthy Products and their healthy, 100% natural alternatives to common baby products. And the story behind the brand is absolutely heart-melting. After founder Carolyn Harrington’s daughter was born with serious heart or organ defects, requiring several surgeries before the age of 5 (read her story here), she knew that using common toxic brands of baby products would be detrimental to her delicate immune system.  So after working with a naturopath and acquiring her own certification as a holistic health practitioner, Carolyn set out to create a line of products that supported her baby’s health and her own, and now we all get to reap the benefits of her journey and research.

When I was pregnant with our little girl, I took my commitment to all-natural, organic beauty, body and home products even more seriously than I did before, determined to do everything I could to support the beautiful little life growing inside me.  I only used products that were safe enough to eat (although, of course, I wouldn’t recommend snacking on body lotion!), and now that our little girl is here, I am diligent about maintaining my commitment with every single product that touches my baby’s skin, and finding healthy alternatives to common baby products has been a really fun undertaking!

Though I tend to avoid any chemical ingredients, the biggest, baddest three that top my list of things to keep away from my daughter are petrolatum, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrances or perfumes. All three of which are carcinogenic toxins, and unfortunately, all three of which are found in common baby products.

All of Maty’s products are free of these ingredients, as well as any other unpronounceable chemicals. Even better, their products are full of ingredients that are actually beneficial to baby, like natural oils of coconut, olive, jojoba, and sunflower, and natural plant extracts like eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile — all in dilutions that are appropriate for baby’s sensitive constitution.

Matys-Baby-Ointment We love using the All-Natural Baby Ointment ($7.99-$13.99) every night to protect baby’s delicate diaper area from moisture while she sleeps.  Formulated with natural oils, vitamin E and beeswax, it forms a moisture-proof barrier, while also hydrating and protecting baby’s skin.  I’m happy to say we’ve never had an incident of diaper rash, and our girl sometimes goes all night without a diaper change!  It’s a super safe and healthy alternative to Vaseline or A+D diaper ointments.

Matys-Baby-Chest-RubTo calm our little one and keep her nasal passages clear at night, I love using the All-Natural Baby Chest Rub ($7.99), loaded with natural essential oils in a healthy oil base. Not only is this a safe alternative to Vapor Rub, which has menthol that can be dangerous for little ones, but the oils of chamomile and lavender add a relaxing effect that help baby get a good night’s sleep, especially if she’s sick!

Although our little one isn’t quite old enough to use it yet, I can’t wait to try the All-Natural Children’s Cough Syrup (not that I’m looking forward to future colds!).

Of course, all Maty’s products are gluten-free, vegan, and not tested on animals.  And best of all they are totally affordable, and available at many major retailers! So this leaves you with absolutely no reason not to choose the healthiest, safest products for your precious little one!

Learn more about Maty’s on their website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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