Quickie Wellness: The Head-to-Toe Benefits of Charcoal

Quickie Wellness: The Head-to-Toe Benefits of Charcoal

Removing the mystery behind beauty’s favorite form of black magic…

Activated charcoal is officially having a moment— from beauty products to pizza crusts, it seems to be on every new need-to-know recipe list this season—but what do you actually need to know about the mysterious black powder?

Its general appeal is fairly simple: activated charcoal particles can soak up thousands of times their own weight in chemicals and poisons. This mean that toxins are pulled away from your body, making it an environmentally friendly remedy for tackling environmental aggressors and harmful bacteria day-to-day.

While ingesting too much of the dark dust can disrupt your ability to absorb important vitamins and minerals, harnessing its benefits as a natural Brita-filter is the easiest way to upgrade your morning beauty routine. Whether it’s brightening your teeth or refreshing your bod, we’ve broken down a few of the perks of an activated lifestyle:

Whiten Up

Thanks to its inherent ability to balance the Ph of your mouth, activated charcoal-infused toothbrush bristles have the ability to freshen your breath without the need for harmful chemicals. Match that with the capacity to absorb surface stains from teeth, and you’re left with a whiter smile and none of the dicey ingredients found in the majority of drugstore dental options. The Goodwell Company’s Bamboo + Binchotan toothbrush uses sustainably sourced bamboo for its adorably colorblocked handle, so the first step of your day has an even smaller carbon footprint.

Shower Up

Great for sweeping bacteria and pollutants from skin’s surface for a clearer complexion, the exfoliating power of ultra-fine activated charcoal powder is infused into the fibers of Morihata’s gentle Binchotan Charcoal Body Scrub Towel. Pair it with Moon Rivers Naturals Activated Charcoal & Himalayan Sea Salt Bar Soap’s nourishing blend of vegan oils and magnesium to help speed the healing of any minor cuts and insect bites you might accrue during rugged summer outings (pool parties included).

 

Freshen Up

The beauty of incorporating charcoal into deodorants lies in its ability not only to draw out toxins trapped in vital areas of your body (like the lymph nodes found directly under your arms), but also to trap odors rather than just mask them. Kaia’s Takesumi Detox Bamboo Charcoal Deodorant stick does both, and encourages you to power through the first weeks of adjustment, which could mean sweating a bit more in the short-term as your body purges harmful chemicals and bacteria in the long-term. Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium formula combines the added bonus of magnesium, which studies show can assist your day-to-day functions. From improving sleep cycles to increasing energy, it’s a recipe for the ultimate refresh.

Drink Up

As you rush out the door with your favorite BPA-free canteen in tow, consider dropping one of Marihata’s Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Sticks into your water for a dose of natural, hyper-portable filtration. Binchotan releases ions that balance H2O’s Ph as well as calcium, magnesium and iron, creating DIY mineral water with zero hassle. And if you’re seeking a bit of luxury during your end-of-day routine, toss a couple of sticks into your bath for an immaculate, restorative soak.

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Quickie Wellness: Vegan Beauty We Love

Quickie Wellness: Vegan Beauty We Love

So you can cleanse, moisturize and beautify with the peace of mind of being a conscientious citizen of the world…

So, what does vegan skin care actually entail? Simply put, just like vegan food, these products contain no animal-based ingredients, AND, ours are cruelty-free. This collection will genuinely ensure that you feel your best: in mind, body and spirit. And that’s not just a pick-up line. Read on to find out more about some of our favorites and be sure to check out our full line of Vegan Beauty.

Feed Your Volume Shampoo

YAROK’s focus is to make the greatest positive impact on hair and scalp health with the least negative impact on the natural environment. Crafted in the USA from all-natural, 100% vegan ingredients, each YAROK formula is consciously sourced and responsibly harvested to nourish the scalp and serenade the senses. This foaming shampoo, in particular, will boost volume for normal to fine hair. YAROK‘s shampoo will treat the senses with an aromatic blend of organic herbs and flowers while it treats the scalp to vitamins, minerals and essential oils to visibly plump your tresses.

Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

Pai Skincare manufactures all of its products in West London with a team of two formulation scientists who test the latest natural ingredients and expertly blend them into Pai’s unique products. Refine the appearance of fine lines and revitalize the skin with this all-natural oil. Crafted from antioxidant-rich, certified vegan and organic ingredients, Pai Skincare‘s oil promotes skin elasticity, while visibly restoring a clearer and brighter complexion.

Vitamin C Serum

Mad Hippie is a small, family-owned and -operated business from Portland, Oregon. By using all-natural, chemical free ingredients, each balance-blended product is created to heal and protect the skin. Brighten, tighten and smooth the skin with this uplifting vitamin C-packed serum. Crafted from chemical-free, antioxidant-rich ingredients, Mad Hippie‘s vegan serum works to restore skin to a youthful, refreshing glow.

Gel Cleanser

Youth to the People is located in sunny California, where all of its formula ingredients are sourced. Each product is created in small batches, combining superfoods and science to ensure the freshest and most effective product possible. Balance your skin while removing daily dirt and toxins with this antioxidant-rich gel cleanser. Crafted from cold-pressed superfood extracts and certified vegan ingredients, this gel cleanser promotes a healthy, radiant glow while cleansing pores.

The Super Green Molecule

Mastering the mix of concentrated beauty supplements with anti-inflammatory and hydrating compounds, Fountain products help to keep the body happy from the inside out. Ultra-hydrating and packed with nutrients, this concentrated certified vegan beauty and lifestyle supplement delivers a dose of green superfoods.

+ Have a favorite vegan beauty product of your own? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Quickie Wellness: DIY Organic Face Moisturizing Set

Create an all-natural beauty routine, unique to you…

Remember the days of the Easy-Bake Oven? Creating concoctions that we swear were “the best thing ever” (if only we could get our siblings to try them). I loved being in charge of what was on our “menu” that night, a true DIY experience before we knew it was cool to “Do-It-Yourself”. Well, fast forward 20 years and the same idea has now transferred over to our adult beauty routine, oven not included. Introducing DIY body care sets that you can truly call your own.

Oleum Vera embodies a DIY mission to empower you to create an all-natural beauty routine in order to best suit your individual needs. With their products, Oleum Vera provides organic ingredients, easy recipes and essential knowledge to guide you toward being your healthiest self. We reached out to co-founder Tara Hayes to learn more about the brand and their mission.

Tell us a little about yourself. 

Born and raised in Toronto, I studied French Language and Literature as well as Fashion Management. I moved to Montreal to live in a cool city with a French, European flair. 😉

How did you get into DIY beauty?

I started to create my own beauty products a few years ago to have a better control of what my skin absorbs – after all, it is the largest organ in the body! As a health freak, I always read the ingredients on food labels and people should also do the same with their beauty products. I don’t eat unknown ingredients, so I won’t feed my skin chemicals.

How did you start your company?

I work for a company that specializes in design and the conceptualization of cool fermentation glassware that allows you to grow your own kombucha and fermented veggies. I had already convinced most of my colleagues and entourage to use my own organic body care recipes. Everybody loved my products, so I convinced our design team to create the coolest DIY beauty kits ever that are 100% organic and customizable!

Oleum Vera — what inspired the name?

In Latin, the brand literary means “True Oils” – we wanted a name that made reference to the purity of the ingredients.

Do you have a favorite recipe? Is there an ingredient you couldn’t live without?

I adore the DIY moisturizing face serums! The ingredients are very high quality and have been carefully sourced to ensure we are feeding our skin only the very best! I love the base ingredient of the serums, called Marula. This oil is highly nutritious, yet very light. Further, it is one of the best sources for the fatty acids that help improve the skin’s elasticity.

What does free mean to you?

Free for me refers to an individual’s right to choose, to have full transparency to make decisions. Oleum Vera’s mission is just this. We want to empower you to build an all-natural beauty routine that works for you from scratch. We do this by providing you with organic, unadulterated goodness from nature; easy, endless adaptable recipes; and the knowledge you need to tailor them to your body’s needs!

+ Ready to get your DIY on? Check out Oleum Vera’s DIY kits here

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Quickie Wellness: Freaky Health Chocolate

 Chocolate can actually be pretty good for you…

We all know that we should be eating better. That we should be putting things into our bodies that will help us function better, that keep us feeling and looking good, that serve a purpose as far as health goes.

So we blend a green smoothie in the morning. We load up on healthy fats and mineral-rich produce. We swap zucchini noodles for the real thing. We learn to actually like the taste of almond milk in our coffee instead of cream. We make better choices all day long—and we genuinely feel great about it, too—but then we get that pang. That “pay attention to me!” nagging that won’t go away. That craving for just a little bite of something sweet. You reach for that bar of chocolate telling yourself you’ll only eat one square. If that celebrity in the interview you just read swears she can satisfy a day’s worth of cravings and maintain her healthy body with just one bite of 98% cacao dark chocolate, well by george, so can you!

But then you come to 10 minutes later, staring at an empty chocolate wrapper in your hands, no remains in sight and no memory of eating the whole thing. You, my friend, have just emerged from a chocolate fugue state. (No shame, we’ve all been there.) And while there’s no need to beat yourself up over this—your choices are your choices, and don’t let anyone ever tell you differently or shame you into feeling crappy about something you’ve made the decision to eat—there is a way to make sure that the chocolate you’re enjoying is actually working for you.

If I told you there were chocolate bars out there that could boost immunity, give you energy and make your skin glow, you’d probably think I was crazy, and for good reason. For so long, we’ve been told that anything with sugar, anything that could satisfy a sweet tooth, was bad for the body. And while most average candy bars are packed with refined sugar and low-grade cacao that won’t do anything on the good health front, there does exist a mythical chocolate trio that can be your friend.

Don’t believe me? Let me introduce you to the reigning queen of good-for-you sweets, Freaky Health Chocolate.

Free of processed sugars, dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, soy and additives, Freaky Health Chocolate is more than just a healthier version of your standard bar. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like it in a candy aisle.

It’s no secret that chocolate can actually be pretty good for you—the right kind of cacao is filled with antioxidants, minerals and mood-boosting compounds. But Freaky Health Chocolate takes it way further than that. Not only are the bars sweetened exclusively with organic mulberries, the cacao is wild-harvested, organic and fair-trade, and each features a special blend of tonic herbs, superfoods and adaptogens to serve your body.

What is an adaptogen, you ask? In short, they’re herbs that have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to boost energy and resilience. They support your adrenals, the glands that help your body manage stress, anxiety and fatigue, and adapt their function to your body’s needs so they work in gentle harmony with what your system without the fear of crashing—hence the name. When combined with cacao, these Sun Potion-supplied superfoods bind beautifully with the high fat content of the cacao butter, which in turn helps the body absorb them even better. (Remember, some good fat is necessary when it comes to making sure the body is able to take in everything it needs.)

And since each bar serves a unique purpose, Freaky Health Chocolate is basically the choose your own adventure of dessert.

Want to eat your way to a stronger immune system?

Keep your defenses up and your body strong with the Immunity Bar, which combines the powers of reishi, ashwaganda and chaga.

Known as the “queen healer mushroom,” reishi is often used to fight inflammation, and boost immune function and mental clarity. If the reishi has your immune system running too well, the chaga is there to regulate and slow it down, normalizing blood pressure and soothing blood vessels. And then the ashwaganda steps in to work its restorative magic, toning the immune system and reducing the effects of mental, emotional and physical stress.

Ready to ditch that fourth cup of coffee?

The Energy Bar can be that extra jolt you need thanks to the maca, chlorella and goji in its formulation.

One of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world, chlorella will first work to detox your body. When all those pathways are cleared, it’ll promote higher levels of energy with its powerful blend of chlorophyll, protein, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Then there’s goji, whose high levels of vitamin C are responsible for the body’s ability to feed the cells that convert food into energy. And maca—also known as “Peruvian Ginseng”—is rich in vitamin B12 and protein, both of which can help increase endurance and alleviate mood swing.

Glowing skin your end game?

Bet you thought chocolate couldn’t be part of the great skin equation, but the Beauty Bar is here to prove that wrong.

First and foremost, the fat in cacao butter great for skin and the bar’s Himalayan pink sea salt is deeply mineralizing. Then there’s the ultra-hydrating power of rose petals,  which are also thought to help with stress relief (and we all know what a big part stress can play in the health and happiness of our skin). Combine all this with He Shou Wu, an ancient herb known to tonight and nourish blood, hair, skin and nervous system, and tocos, a phenomenal source of vitamins D and E, both of which promote healthy skin and the connective tissue that keeps it that way, and you’re looking at truly nourished, soft and luminous skin, hair and nails…all thanks to chocolate.

So make dessert your friend. Give yourself permission to eat that whole bar of chocolate without blacking out. Eat your way to a body that can do, move, create and live to the best of its ability.

+ What are your thoughts on chocolate as a healthy snack? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Quickie Wellness: The Secret to a Great Night’s Sleep

If you find yourself waking up cranky, tired and run down every morning, a sleep overhaul is in order…

Unless you sleep every single night like a bear hibernates during the winter, chances are your z’s could use an upgrade. I doubt I’ll be the first to tell you this, but sleep is one of the single most important factors of a healthy life, so if you’re not getting those solid hours in every night, read on.

Why is sleep so important? To sum it up quickly, when you sleep, your body goes into repair mode. Since you’re not using it for anything else, all of your body’s energy is devoted to fixing and creating, priming you for the next day. Your brain, for example, spends the hours you’re asleep creating new pathways to help you remember and learn. The time you spend snoring is also when your hormones balance themselves, your immune system defends against foreign invaders and your skin cells turn over so you wake up fresh and glowing. The bottom line here is that you need to be sleeping, and you need to be sleeping well. So if you find yourself waking up cranky and tired and run down every morning, a sleep overhaul is in order.

One easy way to get started? Take a look at your nighttime routine. Soft sheets and a fluffy blanket certainly can’t hurt your sleep (unless you like scratchy fabric and hard surfaces, weirdo), but sometimes it takes considering the things outside your bed to really figure out why your sleep isn’t as great as it could be. First, a few things to stop doing ASAP. Are you staring at your phone after you turn the lights off? Stop. Do you leave the TV on after you doze off? Stop. Drink caffeinated beverages late into the afternoon? Stop. Go to bed at a different time every night? Stop. Sleep in a hot room with the lights on? Stop.

If you’re ready to honor yourself and your body with an amazing night’s sleep, here are a few easy things to incorporate into your nightly routine to get you started.

Ditch the screens (all of ‘em).

Those screens you love to stare at so much? They’re seriously messing with your sleep. Phones, tablets, computers and televisions all emit blue light which affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and trick your body into thinking it’s daytime. Lower melatonin, less sleepy. Less sleepy, later to bed. Later to bed…you get the idea. I promise the world will keep spinning if you don’t look at your phone for a few hours. Social media feeds are infinite—everything will be there for you to “like” tomorrow.

Embrace the dark and quiet.

Similar to screens, the lighter your room is while you prep for bed, the harder time your brain will have communicating to your body that it’s time to sleep. So embrace your inner fancypants and treat yourself to a light-blocking eye mask. (Also make sure to turn off all overhead lights and lamps, and invest in curtains to filter sunlight in the morning. You can even find some that also diffuse outside noise.) Eye masks are also great for making sure any product you apply stays put so it can do its job and you wake up with puffiness- and dark circle-free eyes, like Mad Hippie’s Eye Cream.

Keep dinner and dessert light.

Eating a large, heavy meal right before bed means your body has to focus its energy on digesting said meal while you sleep instead of taking care of all that other really important stuff I mentioned earlier. By all means, eat whatever you’d like — just make sure it’s a few hours before you hit the hay. And if you have a sweet tooth, try a dream-boosting elixir or warm mug of tea instead of dessert. Replace your nightly bites of dark chocolate with Four Sigmatic’s Hot Cacao With Reishi to instantly calm the senses and promote relaxation with the mushroom’s stress-relieving properties. The wild-crafted herbs, plants and minerals in Moon Juice’s Dream Dust are basically a cozy blanket for your senses, and the soothing herbal formula the Lucid Dreaming Elixir from Anima Mundi is a bedtime story for your mind, all while tasting delicious.

Relax with a warm bath.

If your mind is racing while you lay in bed, sleep won’t be your friend. But if you think of your bed as a stress- and problem-free zone, you and sleep may as well get matching BFF tattoos. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but a great (and indulgent) place to start is with a nightly bath.

Not only will the warm soak be good for your skin, there’s also science behind the benefits of baths: A couple of hours before you sleep, your body temperature naturally starts to dip. Soaking in a warm tub will cause your body temperature to rise and then cool rapidly when you get out of the water, with the quick cool down serving as a natural relaxer.

Adding a little something to the water can also turn your soak into an aromatherapy session. Opt for something like the Detoxifying Bath Soak from Nicole Granato, which not only soothes the body, but also includes ultra-calming lavender essential oil. You can also add a few drops of Living Libations’ Sweet Sleep Serum, which seriously lives up to its name thanks to its comforting blend of lavender, tangerine and vanilla scents.

This process is one of baby steps; it’s likely you won’t have the BEST SLEEP OF YOUR LIFE tonight, even if you follow all of these guidelines. (If you do, that’s awesome! Told ya so.) But remember that eventually things will get better and sleep will get deeper and mornings will feel more rested.

+ Have sleep tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Quickie Wellness: TONIK

“Personal experience has made me the biggest fan of natural elixirs, and I wanted to make it practical to indulge in them.”

This post comes to you from beauty contributor, Kari Molvar.

In her previous life, Pip Hardwood likes to joke that she was Cleopatra: a beauty junkie obsessed with bathing in natural elixirs. In reality, she was born in New Zealand, in the small town of Pukekohe, and raised among glass beakers and metal scales, with her dad being a chemist. That’s what sparked her interest in the healing benefits of natural tinctures and tonics. “I was lucky enough to work in his pharmacies and get to know the wellness industry through hands-on experience,” the 28 year-old says. In particular, she fell in love with coconut oil and apple cider vinegar—which she noticed cleared up everything from her digestion to her skin—and soon became staples of her diet.

Years later, Hardwood was busy working in the creative industry—as a graphic and web designer as well as a social media consultant and photographer—and realized it’s kinda hard to lug around glass bottles of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar and thought: Wouldn’t it be easier to pop them in pill form? And, boom, the idea for Tonik was born. Since launching last November, the Australia-based supplement brand is shaking up the wellness scene, providing a super convenient gel-capsule solution for getting your daily fix of CO. and ACV without actually have to drink them. (And the graphic packaging is beyond chic—not what you expect from a supplement company, right?). Here, we caught up with Hardwood for a glimpse into her stylish, #dreamlife and what’s next for Tonik.

Where did the idea come from for Tonik?

Tonik is a concept that has been brewing for a while. It is a conglomerate of every aspect of who I am as a person. I spend the majority of my time on shoots in the South Pacific, and feel a kinship with islands. I have been taking both coconut oil and apple cider vinegar for years and have always treasured the concept of nourishment from the inside out. Personal experience has made me the biggest fan of natural elixirs, and I wanted to make it practical to indulge in them. Not everyone likes the morning chug of apple cider vinegar, so one day while sailing through Sulawesi with my best friend I thought, what if we could pack this powerful elixir into a digestible capsule? Traveling so much was really the ‘aha’ moment! No one likes traveling with breakable glass bottles of oil and foul smelling vinegar. Enter elixirs in capsule form, in a practical bottle.

Why focus on apple cider vinegar and coconut oil? What made these two ingredients stand out to you?

These two Toniks are my go-to’s. I have been taking both daily for years and, the more I spoke to people about it, the more I realized there was a demand for an easier way to consume these two ingredients. Both ingredients actually compliment the other perfectly, in terms of their respective benefits!

What kind of results can we expect to see?

The easier question would be what kind of results won’t you see. If you are in the business of looking like a glowing, radiant, perfectly balanced queen, then Tonik is the gear for you. Essentially it will nourish and balance you from the inside out. Your skin will clear up and begin to glow, your complexion will blend, your spots will disappear, your hair will grow, and that’s just the aesthetic benefits. Taking both elixirs regularly will aid digestion; fight infection, inflammation and bacteria; boost your energy; and improve your memory. The list really goes on and on and on.

Where you do source your ingredients?

Mother Earth. More specifically, they are both sustainably sourced from Sri Lanka! We are in the process of sourcing from the South Pacific as the goal of Tonik’s philanthropic journey is to give back and support local farms in the island nations. The South Pacific is so close to our hearts and we really want to support the growth and development of sustainable farming in these areas.

How should we incorporate these supplements into our lives? When do you take them? With or without food?

Take your Toniks with the rise and fall of the day. Pop 2 capsules of each with sunrise (or when you generally have breakfast) and sunset (or at dinner time). Depending on your individual constitution, Tonik should be taken with food.

What inspired the packaging design?

We at Tonik are huge fans of minimalist design. The bottles aim to be highly functional, but super on-trend and stylish. We noticed a huge gap in the market for beautiful products with branding that matched the benefits. The bottles are designed for travelers; they fit perfectly into the side pocket of your bag!

Tell us about the other parts of your wellness and beauty routine. Any favorite products, tips or tricks?

To be honest, using apple cider vinegar topically was a game changer and something I do consistently. It’s the best toner on the market! A splash of ACV on my face followed by Vintners Daughter has my skin glowing. It’s the same with using coconut oil topically. Tonik elixirs aren’t just beneficial in ingestible form; they pack a powerful punch on your skin as well. You can use coconut oil as a hair mask and for a rub down while you’re still wet after a hot shower—you’ll get smooth, supple skin in an instant.

Do you have a favorite DIY recipe or homemade beauty ritual you can share?

I love making homemade rosewater toner as well, which actually includes apple cider vinegar. When the roses in my vase are starting to wilt, I just boil them up for 20 minutes until the petals lose their color, then strain and cool the water. All it takes from there is a quick combination of witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential lavender oil. Perfect for a mid-flight spritz or a freshening up during the day.

What’s next for Tonik? Do you plan to launch more products?

We have a few secret elixirs in the mix, but right now we are focused on getting our first heroes to the masses. The beauty of the products we have is in their simplicity. They are products you would find in your mum’s pantry that you might have overlooked for the past decade. So who knows what will be next. Stay tuned!

+ What are your thoughts on Tonik? Let us know in the comments below.

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Quickie Wellness: Blender-Free Ingestible Recipes

No blender? No problem. Three simple blender-free recipes to satisfy your tastebuds and your inner glow…

FP Gather chef Greg Glowatz shares with us three recipes that include the healing powers of elixirs. Maintain good nutrition and help restore your body with these tasty must-haves below.

Antioxidant Avocado Mash

Ingredients

2 tbsp Inner Beauty Boost Elixir

1 Avocado

1 tbsp lime

1 pinch salt

Method 

Take the seed from the avocado by cutting it in half. Scoop the flesh from the avocado skin. Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork. Mix together all four ingredients.  Serve on toast or with any kind of chip and top with vegetables and fruit. Consider pairing with tomato, mango, sprouts, avocado or pea shoots.

Body Tahini and Lemon Spread

Ingredients

2 tbsp Body Inner Beauty Powder

1 cup yoghurt

3 tbsp tahini

Lemon zest from 1 lemon

Lemon juice from 1 lemon

1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Serve on toast or with any kind of chip and top with vegetables and fruit. Consider pairing with radish, feta, pomegranate, capers or cucumber.

The Super Elixir Chick Pea and Spinach Spread

Ingredients

2 tbsp The Super Elixir

2 cups chickpeas

1 cup baby spinach 

 1/2 tsp sea salt

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Method

Pulse all ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Serve on toast or with any kind of chip and top with vegetables and fruit. Consider pairing with feta, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms or sliced olives.

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Quickie Wellness: Biodara Clay Masks

Refreshed radiance with therapeutic detoxifying masks…

If you’re in need of a little (face)lift, take a second and check out these masks from Biodara. Blending modern science with natural, organic bioactive botanicals, Biodara uses therapeutic and botanical ingredients that have been individually curated, blended and packaged in sunny Huntington Beach, California.

Creme De Clay Purifying Mask

Crafted from organic oils and plant extracts, this formula extracts impurities and softly soothes while enhancing moisture and infusing antioxidants into the skin.

How to Use: Using fingertips, massage around face and neck using gentle upward, circular strokes.

Coconut Matcha Face Mask

Crafted from organic coconut milk and matcha powder, this formula helps to clear skin of pesky breakouts and unwanted redness while creating a beautifully radiant glow.

How to use: Blend 1 tsp powder with equal parts water. Gradually add more water to form a smooth mousse-like consistency and apply to the face. Rinse after 10 minutes with warm water, before mask fully dries. This mask powder can also be mixed with 1 tsp raw organic honey or organic yogurt.

Loving Biodara? Shop all their products today!

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All Smiles: A Guide to Holistic Oral Care

Is the way you clean your mouth totally toxic?

This post comes to you from our friend and beauty contributor, Kari Molvar

The wellness boom has made it easier to go natural in so, so many ways (from how you care for your hair, skin, eyes, nails…) But your teeth have generally not been part of the conversation—until now. Thanks to a steadily increasingly number of thoughtfully crafted, botanical-based oral care brands hitting the market now, it’s possible to avoid questionable ingredients and toxins as you floss, brush and swish. Like all cleaner alternatives, though, the question is always the same: do they perform as well as their more chemical-laden counterparts? Because brushing up with plant formulas and going fluoride-free shouldn’t mean you have to suffer with dull, dingy teeth.

Here’s your guide to five ultra-effective, ultra-safe essentials that will transform your twice-a-day routine…

Switch Your Toothbrush:

Besides looking super cool next to your sink, Binchotan’s toothbrushes really deliver a deep clean: the bristles are infused with activated charcoal—a natural purifying and detoxifying ingredient that removes plaque, deodorizes your mouth and prevents bacteria (even between brushings).

Go for a Non-Toxic Toothpaste:

It’s pretty scary that putting fluoride in toothpaste requires a warning label about not ingesting too much (yikes!). If you’d rather do without, Davids toothpaste is a fluoride-free option made with natural, sustainable ingredients (like calcium carbonate, baking soda, peppermint oil) that founder Eric David Buss found through “exhaustive research” with industry experts that will safely remove plaque, whiten your teeth, and freshen your breath. Yes, please!

Whiten Without the Chemicals:

Oil pulling has used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify the mouth and body. What exactly is it? It works like mouthwash—you swish a mixture of oils that “pull” dirt and bacteria off your teeth. Keeko’s blends are made with coconut and lemon to naturally brighten your teeth, chamomile to speed healing, and myrrh to strengthen your gums. Do it once a day for five minutes for two weeks and say hello to pearlier whites.

Make Flossing Fun (and Good for You):

Cocofloss is made with plant-based ingredients, like fruit oils and coconut, and has a totally different texture than regular floss—it gently scrubs your enamel like a loofah to make it super clean and remove plaque. One container lasts for two months, and it’s vegan (no beeswax!).

Last step? Soften your lips!

Straight from Australia, Pure Paw Paw is loaded with ultra-healing papaya extract to leave your lips super hydrated and kissable. Plus, the tubes are so cute and come in four fruity flavors.

+ Have holistic oral tricks of your own? Let us know below…

Quickie Wellness: On-The-Go

V-Day essentials right here… 

Big date night? Cute night in with the girls? Wherever your Valentine festivities take you, these beauty products have you covered!

Sex Dust Sachet Box:

Ignite and excite sexual energy with this Certified Vegan ingestible. Created from wild-crafted herbs, plants and minerals, this all-natural aphrodisiac uses ancient alchemized elements to holistically support sexual vigor and deeply nourish creativity. Plus, how cute are the packets — perfect for travel!

Runway Ready:

Support skin, hair and nail health with Certified Vegan daily packs that contain two of HUM’s most popular formulas: Red Carpet, a formula crafted with a blend of black currant and sunflower seed to give you a unique balance of GLA, ALA and Vitamin E for healthy hair and radiant skin; and Killer Nails, a formula crafted with 5000 mcg of biotin to support strong hair and nails. You’ll be runway ready in no time. Contains no gluten, dairy, artificial colors, preservatives or GMOs.

Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss:

Create a liquid shine and a plumped pout with this all-natural lip gloss. Crafted from antioxidant-rich minerals and organic ingredients, this pure and healthy formula delivers versatile color, dimension and luminosity while providing maximum moisture.

Twinkle Lips:

Give your lips the gift of bold color featuring a matte finish with this moisturizing lip product that eliminates the need for stains, balms or glosses to create the perfect pigment. Going on sheer, this stick brings out your lips’ best natural red, pink or coral hue, completely unique to you.

Nailed Lacquer:

This high-shine, long-wear nail polish delivers perfectly pigmented shades for the ultimate color clarity. 8-Free formulated without harsh chemicals, this product provides smooth coverage and a silky finish.

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