My Organic Skin Care Routine

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Today I'm sharing all of my favorite organic skin care products! These are the products I have either repurchased several times or are new to me and I am just loving. 

 

Speaking of organic skincare...have you detoxed your own beauty bag? Check out my tips here! 

 

Links to products are below the video. 

 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Everyday Cleanser: http://amzn.to/2ziBqmR

Oil Cleanser: http://shrsl.com/p55x

Facial Wipes: http://shrsl.com/p562

Makeup Remover: http://shrsl.com/p563

*Luxury Toner: http://bit.ly/2BBkyK8

Orange Toner: http://bit.ly/2zi3Ope

Hylauronic Acid Serum: http://bit.ly/2zZiD1x

Blue Tansy Serum: http://bit.ly/2hryMBx

Maracuja Oil: http://bit.ly/2AH3AGn

Rosehip Oil: http://shrsl.com/p56k

Facial Peel: http://shrsl.com/p56l

*Pregnancy / BF Safe Facial Peel: http://bit.ly/2Bojx5A

Facial Scrub: http://bit.ly/2nGPHoZ

Mask: http://bit.ly/2BBlFcM

Non-Toxic Nursery Products + Tour

Today I am sharing my non-toxic nursery products and a tour of our nursery. I have so many beautiful, non-toxic options to share with you all! 

 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

BabyMod Crib (Our model is Olivia. It looks like it's discontinued, sadly.)

BabyMod Dresser

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365 Diapers

Bambo Diapers

Parasol Diapers

Emily Skin Balm: http://amzn.to/2BE9wjX

Earth Mama Angel Baby Oil

Nook Changing Pad

Naturepedic Changing Pad

Land Of Nod Organic Sheets

My Green Mattress Emily Crib Mattress

Hanging Glass Planters

Flamingo Head

Flamingo Quilt

Large Cactus Print

Small Cactus Print

Pink Pom Pom Curtains

Floor Poof (Homegoods) Guava Bassinet

My Everyday Makeup Routine

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Ask you you shall receive! You asked for more makeup videos and here you go. This is probably the longest I've gone with the same makeup routine. It's so easy, so fast and never disappoints. 

You'll see that I'm using several products I haven't shown before, but talk about a lot, including the Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer and the Brow Builder from 100% Pure. 

Products Used:

100% Pure Bamboo Blur Tinted Moisturizer

*W3LL People Bio Correct Concealer

*W3LL People Altruist Foundation Powder

ZuZu Luxe Foundation Powder

*Teri Miyahira Bronzer http://bit.ly/2eiFdnk

*Antonym Blush Peach http://shrsl.com/kq55

*Maya Chia Highlight of The Day After Hours

100% Pure Brow Builder

Antonym Brown Eyeliner

Root Pretty Truffle Eyeshadow

Hynt Beauty Mascara

Lily Lolo Mascara

*Henne Tinted Lip Balm Azalea

The Ultimate Guide To Air Purifiers

As a chemically sensitive person and a nontoxic home enthusiast, one of the questions I am asked most frequently is...

"What's the best air purifier?"

There are three that I quickly rattle of the top of my head to choose from. These are the best in the business and recommended by the expert building biologists and air inspectors that I know. I have actually owned or used all of them and am going to break them down for you. 

But real quick, you might be wondering if you need an air purifier. I tend to say yes, across the board, that just about everyone could benefit from an air purifier. Of the higher end healthy home upgrades, this one is my top essential. Why? 

Indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air.

If you have any allergy symptoms at all, if you live in new construction or a recently remodeled home or in an older home, near agriculture or in a city you could certainly benefit from cleaner indoor air. Want to know more about this? Check out my podcast with my Building Biologist, Martine Davis here.

For the type of air purification I need to control chemical fumes in my home and workplaces, I recommend those with carbon filters that soak up the chemical gasses and fumes. If there is an option for a HEPA filter in addition to the carbon, that's even better. However, I do not recommend HEPA filters as the sole filter. The carbon is what will control the chemical gas levels in the indoor air. 

On to my top picks for purifiers. 

Foust Co.

I have the Foust Co 160R2 Room Air Purifier. It is made of all metal and has 7 pounds of activated carbon filter that targets chemicals, fumes, odors, gasses, and dust. It has an option to add on a HEPA filter as well. I change my filter in this unit 1-2 times per year. It is best used for about 500 sq. ft. of space. It's in the mid range at $451 for the base unit. 

PROS: Foust Co. has amazing customer service and insanely fast shipping. The replacement filter does not cost an arm and a leg ($90-ish). They also have different carbon blends to meet your homes needs. 

CONS: This unit has a very industrial look to it and will not blend in with your decor. It also has one speed which is definitely of a noticeable, but not too loud, noise level. If this annoys you, you may want to consider a model with adjustable speed. The noise makes for great "white noise" in the bedroom if you like that for sleeping. The air comes out one large opening which I find to be kind of gusty. 

 

Austin Air

The Austin HealthMate Standard is a popular choice in the air purifier world. This unit retails for $539 and covers about 1500 sq. ft. It has a pre-filter for dust and pet dander, a second medium sized particle pre-filter for pollen and spores and 15 pounds of carbon to control chemicals, gasses and odors. This unit also comes with a medical grade HEPA filter. 

PROS: This unit is compact, particularly if you size down to the junior model. I think the both the standard and junior models are truly the most bang-for-your-air-purifier-buck if you only need coverage in a smaller space like a bedroom. If you only want an air purifier for a bedroom, I would go for their junior model. The models have three speeds and therefore three volumes. The stainless steel case has holes all the way around so the filtered air comes out evenly. It also has a number of filters for all types of air pollutants and it has wheels to make for easy movement.  In addition to the junior models and the standard, Austin also makes a heavier duty model for those with chemical sensitivity. If you have chemical sensitivity, please consider jumping up to the HealthMate Plus. The filters also last for FIVE years under "normal" use. I would personally change them more frequently, though. 

CONS: Honestly, I can't think of many. Austin is a great bang for your buck and the perfect first air purifier. If you are a more sensitive individual and have a larger budget, I would continue down the list to filters with more customization and ability to intake larger spaces.  The replacement filters are a little pricier (about $200, depending on model), but they do last for FIVE years. 

 

AirPura

The AirPura V600 was my first heavy duty air purifier that I purchased when I lived in my new home that was off gassing all sorts of toxic new construction gas. It really made a difference in the way my home smelled, my physical reactions and my quality of life. AirPura offers a number of carbon filter models and choices. Most of the filters are interchangeable if you purchase one unit and say move to a different home with different filtration needs down the line. You would most likely (there are a few exceptions) be able to just purchase a different replacement filter, rather than a whole new unit. The V600 is really made for VOC's and for people with chemical sensitivity.  Most of their units house an 18 pound carbon filter and a HEPA filter, which cover 2000 sq. ft. of space. 

PROS: There are a lot of options including filters for smoke, VOC's, UV light and more. (I personally do not recommend UV light as most UV lightbulbs emit ozone. There are some very high quality UV light bulbs that are rumored to not emit ozone if you really want this feature - but do extensive research if you do not want ozone in this case.)  This includes a cleanable pre filter, HEPA filter and carbon block in a stainless steel cylindrical case on wheels. It has a dial to change the speed so you can have it really quiet or quite loud if you need to get a chemical smell out of a room really quickly on high. The carbon filters are good for two years and the HEPA are good for five.. This unit also emits air in an even 360 fashion. 

CONS: Pricey. These babies will run you about $800. The replacement filters are about $250 and last two years. These are shorter, but a bit wide, so depending on your space they may not fit. 

 

My thoughts

For the average chemically conscious gal to the moderately sensitive gal, my choice would be the Austin. It's a great quality for the price and will last you a long time. There are several models and prices to choose from. 

For the moderate to extremely chemically sensitive gal, I would recommend the AirPura V600. Some websites describe this as a "pet" filter, but if you contact the company directly they will assure that the model V stands for VOC, as it filters nearly 400 different kinds of them! In the US, I found the easiest place to purchase from is Allergy Buyer's Club. 

Did you notice that I did not list mold as something air purifiers fix? That's because they don't. Many people ask me what filter to get for mold. While air purifiers can get out some of the toxic gas that mold emits, it will not fix the problem. For more information on this, be sure to listen to this podcast.

Lastly, I do not recommend that you purchase a $50 HEPA filter housed in plastic. This will probably not help and could actually release the chemicals the plastic off gasses. I also do not recommend UV light filters. As previously mentioned, UV light bulbs typically release ozone. You may also notice that I did not recommend any ozone machines in this list. I find these are kind of fading out of favor in the marketplace and for good reason. I have also used these and was once a die hard ozone fan. I no longer hold this view point. Ozone can be extremely harmful to the body when overused. I no longer endorse this type of filter. I believe that ozone has its place, but not in an air filter that runs 24/7. 

I truly believe that for the chemically sensitive, the carbon block is where it's at. 

My Favorite Holistic Pregnancy Resources

I started my pregnancy with the crunchiest of intentions. I was going to have the most healthy pregnancy and beautiful, easy birth where my baby basically swam out in the birthing tub and into my arms. Well, that didn't happen. 

But, let's not let all of my holistic pregnancy research go to waste! The business of giving birth and politics of pregnancy are confusing and hard to navigate for first time moms. Whether this is your first baby or maybe you've already had a baby and had a rough birth experience and are looking for something more, I've got you covered. 

From blog posts to podcasts and an online birth course, these are the best holistic pregnancy resources I found in my research. Which I did a lot of. 

Ina Mae's Guide To Childbirth (Book)
The Business of Being Born (Documentary - available on Netflix) 
Birth Baby & Life (Podcast)
Mommypotamus (Blog)
Mama Natural (Blog, Affirmation Cards & Birth Course)
GurlGoneGreen (Blog)
Interview with Suzi on Home Birth (Podcast)
Janny Organically Birth Plan (Blog)
Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth (Book)

 

For more pregnancy videos, check here.  

Healthy Meals You Can Keep In A Mini Fridge

 

 

 

As you may know, I've been living in a hotel across the country from my home for the past month. I've learned how to stock my tiny mini fridge with healthy food for breakfasts. It seemed daunting at first to be able to keep healthy meals in such a small space without being able to heat food. It turns out, it's pretty easy to always have healthy breakfasts ready to go while traveling. 

Non - Toxic Brow Pomade Show Down (Ecobrow vs. Hynt Brow Definer)

I search for comparison videos all the time before buying products, but I never think to make them myself. This is only my second one! I figured since I own so many non-toxic brow products, I should do a video on the wax / pomade style options. 

The two hottest contenders these days are the Hynt Beauty Brow Definer and Ecobrow. 

I'll let you see for yourself in the comparison and demo which suits you better. 

5 Health Benefits - Apple Cider Vinegar

Is Apple Cider Vinegar the new coconut oil? Basically! Not only does it have topical uses, but using it internally has numerous health benefits. Here are five reasons why I drink it. 

1. Gentle Detoxification

2. Improve Gut Health

3. Heartburn Remedy

4. Decreases Sugar Cravings

5. Cold Remedy

For more information on each of these benefits, be sure to watch the video below.

Be sure that you are getting real benefits from your ACV by using one that is raw and contains "the mother" - aka those floaties. 

I like to drink my ACV in a lemonade like drink. I mix 1 TBSP ACV in a glass of sparkling water with the juice of one lemon and pour over ice. 

10 Natural Remedies For Migraine Relief

I've had chronic migraines for 14 years, nearly half my life. I'm not talking about an every other month migraine, or a beginning of my period migraine. On average, I have 4 a month. My best month was 2, but I've also had daily migraines at times. 

Migraines, as you know, are the actual worst. The drugs are usually not so great either. I don't know a migraine sufferer who doesn't have really unpleasant side effects from their migraine medication. 

I don't take a daily preventative medication, because I don't believe in taking daily pharmaceuticals that aren't necessary. I do have an emergency pain relief triptan, but often if I combine a few of these remedies I can get away without needing to take it. 

1. Daily Supplements For Nutrient Deficiencies. 

2. Seed Cycle For Hormonal Migraines. 

3. Caffeine Regulation. 

4. Epsom Salt Baths. 

5. Essential Oils. 

6. Relieve Stress Through Movement. 

7. Detoxification Through Sweat. 

8. Regular Chiropractic. 

9. Acupuncture Treatments. 

10. Hydration. 

Watch the video below to hear more details about each remedy and how they can help your symptoms, as they've helped mine. 

Maternity Ward Musings : My Water Broke At 24 Weeks Pregnant

When your water breaks, that means it's time to have your baby right? Not necessarily. 

Sometimes a woman's water can break as early as the first trimester. Sadly, in that case there is nothing a doctor can do. Past the 22 week mark, you and your baby might be able to be saved by extreme medical measures. While you know that Western Medicine isn't exactly my cup of tea, I am grateful for it right now. 

My water broke while on vacation across the country at 24 weeks pregnant. In this video, I'm sharing exactly what happened and how my first six days on hospital bed rest have been. 

I can't thank you enough for your kind words, prayers and contributions. It is truly mind blowing how generous you all are. I don't have the right words to thank you, but I wish I could send you each a thank you note.  

One thing I forgot to mention in this video is that there is no known cause for this happening. There's no way of predicting it. It's not related to any of my health issues. They say it's basically just bad luck. 

To stay on top of my day to day life in the hospital, be sure to follow me on instagram @laurasnaturallife. 

3 Surprising Causes of Acne + Natural Remedies That Help

Acne is often thought about as a topical problem. While things like using heavy beauty or skin care products, having a dirty pillowcase or chatting on your cell phone can certainly contribute to acne and breakouts, I think that acne is an internal problem. Most people know that acne can be hormonal, which is definitely a valid cause. But let's look at three other surprising internal causes of acne. 

Causes

1. Food Sensitivities. Gluten sensitivity can cause inflammation, which can be seen in the skin. However, I find that most acne that is related to food sensitivity is caused by dairy.  Dairy is a very congestive food and it is quite difficult to digest. To check out my thoughts on dairy in general, click here. 

2. Excessive Sugar & Yeast Overgrowth. Have you ever binged on ice cream and then had a massive pimple the next day? Sugar is a common cause of acne and breakouts. A bigger issue is when a person has yeast overgrowth - often described as Candida - throughout the body. Yeast Overgrowth can happen from antibiotic use, not enough good bacteria in the gut, excessive sugar, simple carbs and alcohol intake. 

3. Toxins. If your body cannot naturally detoxify the amount of chemicals that are coming in to your body, they pile up. Typically, toxins get stored in your bodies fat cells, but when they are trying to come out and your body is having trouble processing them - they have to go somewhere! That somewhere is often out though the skin, which may seem surprising, but your skin is actually your biggest organ and the body is just trying to put it to good detoxification use.  

Remedies

1. Ditch dairy for 3 weeks to see if your skin improves. 

2. Significantly decrease your refined sugar intake. Along these lines, it doesn't hurt to add in a high quality probiotic or fermented food to your diet to optimize your gut flora. 

3. Eat foods that are high in zinc, such as pumpkin seeds. Zinc can be a powerful acne preventative. If you feel like your acne is caused by hormonal imbalance, try seed cycling. 

4. Begin a regular detoxification routine. If you don't know why detox is so important, I can help you with that too! You can also see my favorite detoxification methods here. 

Don't forget!

If you want to get to the bottom of your acne or other wellness issues, you can work with me one on one, too! 

One Brand Tutorial : Lily Lolo

Lily Lolo Mascara has been my Ride or Die, #1 mascara for years. It's hands down the best mascara (in my humble opinion) in green beauty. It's volumizing, it doesn't flake, it's just amazing. Yet, I'd never tried anything else from the brand. I partnered with The Choosy Chick to bring you an almost full face of nearly all first impressions. 

I know you want to know all about the eyelid primer. It does not disappoint! It really does help shadows go on smoothly and true to color. It also increases the longevity of your eye looks and it does not crease - even on my super hooded lids. Definitely a win. 

I'm also using the Pedal To The Metal Palette - um, hello 8 non-toxic eyeshadows with a beautiful mix of mattes and shimmers for under $40. If you're a matte eyeshadow lover like me, you know that matte eyeshadows in a palette are super hard to come by in the green beauty space. The Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo is really great if you're not into a real contour, but a light sculpt. It's not at all intimidating to use and gives a very natural look. 

Pssst. If you spend $50 on Lily Lolo products at The Choosy Chick, you can get the Free Eyeliner ($16 value) while stock lasts.  Code:  LOVELINER. 

Bumpdate #2 - Non-Toxic Nursery Furniture, Eating My Placenta & Peeing My Pants

Well guys, I've made it over halfway! It's so weird how the time feels like it's going so slow, yet suddenly here I am. I still feel like baby is a long way away, but my pre-baby to-do list is immense. I'm sure she'll be here sooner than I think! 

Be sure to watch the video to hear how I've been feeling and answers to important viewer questions, like:

Am I going to eat my placenta? 

Am I worried about passing lyme onto my baby?

Have I found non-toxic nursery furniture? 

What resources have I been reading / watching? 

Any baby gear purchased? 

Click to view in youtube for links to any products mentioned. 

8 Benefits of Drinking Sole & How To Make It

If you've never heard of Sole, don't worry you certainly are not alone. I didn't know what Sole was until recently! I ran across it while I was researching Adrenal Fatigue remedies that were safe during pregnancy and realized that I had been doing the baby version of Sole for years. I made it right away and have been hooked since. 

What is Sole? 

Sole is water that has been completely saturated by high quality, unrefined salt. Think Ocean Water, minus the fish poop and pollution. 

Therefore, drinking 1 tsp of salt dumped into a small amount of water is not the same as drinking 1 tsp. of Sole water.  It takes A LOT of salt to completely saturate a small amount of water.

Before you freak out about salt being unhealthy, keep in mind that table salt is the bad guy here, not real salt. Table salt has been processed and refined, leaving only sodium and chloride behind. Real salt or high quality pink Himalayan Sea Salt (it HAS to be pink!) is chock full of minerals, like 80, because it has not been processed. The minerals are what make this remedy so magical. 

What Are The Benefits? 

1. Increases Hydration. You know how Gatorade and other sports drinks are super salty? That's because salt supports water volume and increases hydration. 

2. Supports Detoxification. Salt in itself is anti-bacterial, but isn't a super powerful detoxifier. The minerals in the salt support the body's natural detoxification processes. This will just enhance what your body already does, so don't worry you won't be taking anything too provocative. 

3. Increases Energy. The minerals help to support the adrenal glands, which when supported well, can increase energy. 

4. Stimulates Digestion. The salt helps to stimulate the digestive system to work more regularly and absorb nutrients better. 

5. Relieves Muscle Cramps. The magnesium in the salt can relieve muscle tension and cramps. 

6. Regulates Blood Pressure. All of the wonderful minerals in the Sole water can actually decrease high blood pressure! 

7. Improves Sleep Quality. The mineral content will also make your body relaxed and encourage a more regular and deeper sleep. 

8. Clears Skin. The zinc in the salt can prevent acne, and many of the other minerals can actually help with healing acne scarring. 

To learn why I began to take this during pregnancy for adrenal fatigue and to support my increased blood volume, be sure to watch the full video. 

To learn how to make Sole, keep scrolling. 

How TO Make Sole

To make Sole, you will need a glass container with a non-metal lid and high quality, unrefined sea salt. Popular high quality salts are this pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Real Salt. It is very important that metal never touch the Sole, as it could potentially ruin the mineral mixture. 

Making Sole Water is extremely easy. Enter your email address below to get my guide to Sole Water, including my recipe emailed directly to your inbox! 

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Tint Multi-Action Face Moisturizer Review & Demo

Hallelujah! A new green beauty tinted moisturizer has hit the market and dare I say, it has wowed me. I've worn it A. by itself, B. mixed with a drop of facial oil and C. mixed with a couple drops of Gressa Minimalist Serum Foundation. 

The Bio Tint Multi-Action Face Moisturizer from W3LL People has more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer, but isn't heavy at all. It is still quite light in terms of coverage. It won't mask dark circles or large blemishes, but it will even skin tone overall. The star of the show is the same as the star ingredient in my beloved Gressa foundation - broccoli seed oil! W3LL People describes the finish as satin, and I would have to agree. It's neither dewy nor matte, but it does have a nice luminosity. 

The shade Light is perfect for light skin with a warm undertone. If you have a cooler undertone, this will be too warm for you and I would suggest purchasing the shade Fair. Considering I'm one of the few who feel like no light foundations are warm enough for me, I am ecstatic about the undertone!

The ingredients are really wonderful, there is nothing that raises a red flag for me there. I also really love that this contains SPF 30, using zinc. No need for toxic chemical sunscreen ingredients here! I actually don't own any foundations or tinted moisturizers anymore that contain sun protection, so I really am grateful to have this product. 

The coverage that this provides is perfect for a light, on the go look for me, as I generally gravitate towards a medium coverage. If I want my skin to look a tad more flawless, I have been just topping with the W3LL People powder foundation to set it and provide a tad more coverage or mixing it with a drop or two of Gressa

The other thing that I adore is the price. Seriously, over an ounce for a clean foundation / tinted moisturizer product with SPF for under $30? Unheard of! Since filming this video, W3LL People has launched this product and several others in 200 Target stores in the US! 

Make sure to watch the video below for more in depth information and to see a demo of me applying it! 

4 Easy Hairstyles For Short Hair

Short hair can be so fun to play with, but a nightmare if you don't know how to style it. I feel like my short hair can either look amazing (when styled) or like I'm a member of The Beatles (when not styled). 

Here are four of my go-to styles that are super fast and super easy. For more all natural hair products and styles, click here. 

The Benefits of Collagen Featuring Vital Proteins

Collagen that you drink? I had the same reaction at first. Until I realized that there were real benefits to consuming collagen. In fact, collagen used to be a staple in our ancestor's diets! 

What's so great about it? 

Collagen contains vital nutrients that are the building blocks of our hair, skin, nails, bones and joints.  

Collagen can protecting soft tissues from degrading in athletes and therefore help to prevent injury. 

Collagen may help to increase bone mass. 

Collagen also helps to improve skin elasticity. 

Why am I so crazy about it? 

The Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins have truly become one of my favorite parts of eating breakfast. They are simply grass-fed, pasture raised bovine hide collagen peptides. Nothing artificial about them! They also are a very fine powdery texture that blends seamlessly into anything and they have no taste! They also pack a whooping 18g of protein per serving. 

I typically enjoy mine at breakfast mixed into coconut yogurt and topped with granola and fruit.