I tried 15 mineral sunscreens for the face...here are the best.

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I confess, I haven't been a religious user of facial SPF in the past. Most formulas that I tried were heavy, chalky, left a white cast or made my makeup look bad, or my skin look strangely pink. 

This year I was determined to find a non-toxic, mineral facial SPF that I actually enjoyed wearing. To my surprise I found not only one...I found several great options! I am sharing all of the ones I tried, because while they did not all work for me, they might be your perfect fit. 

There are a number of reasons why you might want to choose a mineral sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen. Whether you have sensitive skin, you are avoiding oxybenzone or octinoxate, or you want a reef friendly option I have got you covered. 

Why choose zinc oxide as your active sunblock ingredient? Zinc oxide is broad spectrum - meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It is usually not irritating on the skin and is non-toxic. It is preferable to choose a product that is using a non-nano form of zinc oxide. 

Keep in mind, my skin is normal but influenced by the weather. We have very humid weather most of the summer. My skin is light to medium with warm undertones.  Keep in mind I am extremely sensitive to even the most natural of fragrances, so that is always a consideration of mine that may not apply to your tastes. 

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the important of just 15-20 minutes of sun exposure daily without sunscreen. Just this little amount of sun on exposed arms and legs is enough for the body to create Vitamin D, which is so necessary for optimal immune and hormone function. 

In this video, I'm sharing in depth why I loved my top 6 choices, scroll down to see all 15!

 

Tinted Sunscreens That I Loved

Beautycounter Dew Skin

Price: $45

SPF: 20, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 14% (not listed on beautycounter's website, but I found this statistic elsewhere). 

Shade Range: 5 shades. I wear Shade 3. 

What I loved: This is the true definition of a tinted moisturizer - sheer to light coverage that just evens out skin tone. It leaves your skin looking radiant. It can be worn alone or is light enough to support makeup over top if you want more coverage. No white cast. Not chalky. 

What I didn't love: Perhaps a tinge too dewy for my summer weather. I'm not in love with the scent. While scented naturally, it does linger on the face for several hours. It's not strong, but smells mostly sweet with a hint of herbs. 

Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen

Price: $48

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20%

Shade Range: 3 shades. My shade medium is the darkest. 

What I loved: If you've been googling "Meghan Markle Makeup That Shows Freckles", this is for you. It has the most unique texture and I am obsessed with it. It feels and applies like a cooling, watery serum. It can be worn alone for a light to medium coverage look, or is light enough to support a little makeup over top. This feels like skincare, but looks like a sheer to light foundation.  No white cast. Not chalky. 

What I didn't love: The scent. It is naturally scented and at first whiff, quite strong, but isn't detectable for long on the skin. The scent to me smells of vitamins and robatussin. While I do think those of you with skin tones darker than mine can still wear the shade medium, I would love to see a darker shade added to the range. 

W3LL People Bio Tint

Price: $28.99

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20%

Shade Range: 4 shades. I wear Light. 

What I loved: Affordable. Accessible, as it is in several Target stores across the US. This is a solid medium coverage, no need to wear additional foundation on top of it. No white cast. It's unscented! 

What I didn't love: The formula is a tad thick for my taste, so I thin it with a drop of primer or facial oil typically. Limited shades for darker skin. 

 

**Summary of my favorite tinted options:

Go with the Dew Skin for sheer to light coverage, Marie Veronique for light to medium coverage and W3LL People for medium to near full coverage.

Choose W3LL People if you don't want any aroma coming from your product. 

In terms of the feel of the formula on the skin - choose Marie Veronique for the lightest texture and satin sensation, Dew Skin for a medium texture and dewy sensation, and W3LL People for a thicker texture and more matte finish. 

Untinted Sunscreens That I Loved

Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen

Price: $36

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 18.65%

Shade Range: 1 shade - untinted. 

What I loved:  No white cast. Not chalky. Applies like a standard facial moisturizer and leaves a dewy finish. I also love the price point and that Pratima offers a sample pack for $7 of three products of your choice. That $7 can be applied towards your future purchase, too.  I love the the formula is unscented. 

What I didn't love:  The formula is a tad dewy for my skin in the humidity, otherwise I would have definitely purchased a full size for summer. If you have drier skin or live in a drier climate I would 100% recommend this one for you. 

Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion

Price: $54

SPF: 18, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 10%

Shade Range: 1 shade - untinted. 

What I loved:  This applies like if a standard facial moisturizer and a matte primer had a baby. It dries matte, but doesn't leave you feeling tight. It is also not chalky and leaves the perfect texture to apply makeup or to wear alone. I also love that it is unscented and comes in unisex packaging, so that I can even convince my husband to wear it. No white cast. 

What I didn't love: Could be a tad higher SPF. 

 

 

***Summary of my favorite un-tinted options:

Choose Pratima if you have dry to normal skin and / or live in a dry climate. Choose Ursa Major if you have normal to oily skin and / or live in a humid climate. 

SeriouslyFab Zinc It Over

Price: $39

SPF: 25, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 5%

Shade Range: 1 shade - untinted. 

What I loved:  This product is so unique - a makeup setting spray with SPF! No white cast when sprayed the proper distance away.  Comes in two scented - unscented and tropical floral. 

What I didn't love: Nothing! It's not an everyday product for me, but the uniqueness is astounding. 

Tinted Primers

Coola Unscented Matte Tint Mineral Sunscreen

Price: $36

SPF: 30, Titanium Dioxide - 3.2%, Zinc Oxide - 1.8%. It's unclear if the zinc is non-nano from the packaging and website. 

Shade Range: 1 shade. 

What I loved:  This has a mousse like texture, that applies very nicely. While there is only one shade, I think it would work on most skin tones - except extremely fair skin tones. This acts in my opinion as a primer that just is tinted to avoid a white cast - it doesn't provide any coverage or skin evening in my opinion. It is unscented, which I love. If you are someone who enjoys using a silicone product, you will like this. 

What I didn't love: So. Many. Silicones. I haven't used many silicones on my skin in over 7 years, so feeling silicones on my face felt absolutely bizarre. The percentage of zinc oxide is much lower than the rest of the formulas that I tried. 

MDSolarScience Mineral Tinted Creme

Price: $32

SPF: 30, Titanium Dioxide 2%, Zinc Oxide 17%. It's unclear if this product is non-nano. 

Shade Range: 1 shade. 

What I loved:  This has a liquid-y texture, which I prefer to a thick texture. While there is only one shade, I think it would work on most skin tones - except extremely fair skin tones. This acts in my opinion as a primer that just is tinted to avoid a white cast - it doesn't provide any coverage or skin texture evening in my opinion. It is unscented, which I love. If you are someone who enjoys using a silicone product, you will like this.  This one is nearly identical to the Coola product reviewed above, but it is just a little less silicone-y.

What I didn't love: I wish there was just a teensy bit more coverage to this so that it could be worn on its own. 

Tinted Sunscreens that I didn't love on my face, but you might. 

Badger Tinted Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream

Price: $15.99

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 18.65%.

Shade Range: 1 shade. 

What I loved:  A very simple ingredient list.  The price point. This is great for using on the body while at the pool or beach, but I did not love it on my face. 

What I didn't love: A pinkish white cast,  but not a true white cast. A tad thick, heavy and tacky for my face. I do use this on my body. 

Beauty By Earth Tinted Facial Sunscreen

Price: $19.99

SPF: 20, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 11%. 

Shade Range: 1 shade. 

What I loved:  This has a thinner liquid texture and spread nicely. It does provide light coverage. It's easy to purchase from Amazon. 

What I didn't love: It's too strongly scented (naturally) for my taste. 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream

Price: $39

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20%. 

Shade Range: 5 shades. My shade is Warm Glow. 

What I loved:  This product is a true CC cream, with the texture to prove it. This offers absolutely insanely good coverage. This product has the highest coverage of all the products in this review, in my opinion. 

What I didn't love: The scent. While scented naturally, this is too strong and herbal for my taste. 

Raw Elements Tint Formula

Price: $18.99

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 23%. 

Shade Range: 1 shade. 

What I loved: I love that while this tinted product is just one shade, it is a darker shade. There are so few natural products that cater to darker skin. I don't think many people with much lighter skin than mine could pull this off on the face. If you have medium skin, give this a try! I also adore the simple, short ingredient list and that it is unscented. 

What I didn't love:  The shade and texture just doesn't quite work for me on my face,  but that being said, I absolutely love this formula and am using this on my body while out enjoying water activities. 

Note: Raw Elements released a daily moisturizer with SPF shortly after I ordered this which may be of consideration for a daily facial SPF product. 

Untinted Sunscreens that I didn't love on my face, but you might. 

Kypris Pot Of Shade

Price: $68

SPF: 30, Non-nano Zinc Oxide 20%. 

Shade Range: 1 shade - untinted. 

What I loved:  If you're in the market for an untinted primer to use under makeup that has extremely clean ingredients, this is it. The scent is a tad vitamin-y. Goes on clear with no white cast on my skin tone. The texture is almost putty like. 

What I didn't love: The price. For $68, it needs to blow my mind. It also felt a tad tacky and itchy on my skin. 

*These clamshell samples were purchased using The Detox Market Sample Program. Highly recommend!*

Suntegrity face sunscreen & primer

Price: $45

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20%.

Shade Range: 1 shade - untinted. 

What I loved:  Suntegrity offers sample tubes of this product for $4.95 so you can try before you buy. I cannot speak to the performance because the scent of this nearly had me keeling over.  If you like the regular Suntegrity formula and wanted to try their primer, this may be a good option for you. 

What I didn't love: The scent is overpowering for me. It smells a bit like Pantene in my opinion. 

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Moisturizing Sunscreen

Price: $45

SPF: 30, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 20%. 

Shade Range: 4 shades. My shade is Golden Light. 

What I loved:  This product is a standard facial moisturizer texture. It is tinted, but in my opinion, does not offer coverage. It is dewy and does not feel chalky. No white cast. 

What I didn't love: I would like to see a little more coverage from this product. While this one is unscented, after 4-5 hours of wear time it smells like sunscreen on my face. 

The Best Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

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Conventional cleaning products can be full of scary ingredients from ammonia to bleach and more. Cleaning products are the easiest thing to transition in your home to non-toxic products. Although it seems like a small thing to do, using non-toxic cleaning products really does make a difference in your home's health and air quality. Watch for my favorites. 

 

Learn more about Well-ing Your Dwelling here. 

Evening Self Care Routine

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Today I'm sharing my current evening self care routine. My routine lately has consisted of airplane mode on my phone, a nice shower and some Gua Sha. 

This video is sponsored by The Yellow Bird, who makes non-toxic body care products and are available on Amazon Prime. (cue: celebration!)

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

*The Yellow Bird Co. Unscented Soap

*The Yellow Bird Co. Salt & Sugar Scrub

Skin Care Routine

Gua Sha Tools

Gua Sha Tutorial

5 Best Products From W3LL PEOPLE

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W3LL People is one of my favorite all natural, non-toxic beauty brands. They have such a great range of products, affordable price points AND here's the real kicker...they're sold in TARGET! (Cue stadium cheers).

I'm sharing my five favorite products from W3LL PEOPLE in today's video. This is the first in my new Best Of series. What brand would you like me to feature next? 

Products Mentioned:


Bio Tint Moisturizer
Bio Correct Concealer
Bio Bronzer Stick
Bio Brightener Stick
Expressionist Liquid Eyeliner
 

To learn more about how I choose products based on the quality of ingredients, click here. 

3 Tips For Buying Non-Toxic Furniture

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Today I'm sharing 3 tips for buying non-toxic furniture. I am not physically able to have new furniture in my house due to chemical sensitivity so I've done a lot of trial and error to find safer, healthier, non-toxic furniture! This is also a tiny taste of my new course, Well-ing Your Dwelling. Click here to learn more about how to create your own, non-toxic home.     

Tip #1 - Avoid or sparingly buy pressed wood furniture. Opt for solid wood, glass or metal. 

Tip #2 - Avoid furniture treated with flame retardants. 

Tip #3 - Look to purchase a floor model when in the market for a new sofa or upholstered chair. 

Non-Toxic Spring Makeup Look

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I'm sharing my favorite spring look with you today - complete with PINK lips, of course. I think every spring makeup look I've ever done has featured a pink lipstick. I've also returned to a super easy eyeshadow technique that helps the eye look more open and awake. AKA - a mom's best friend. As always, all products used are non-toxic and all natural, most are organic. If you want to know more about my standard for choosing ingredients, read my manifesto here. 

This video is also a collaboration with Ailish, from The Glow Getter. Make sure to check out her video and her offerings. She's a UK based green beauty blogger, makeup artist and an all around ray of sunshine human being. 

 

PRODUCTS USED:

Primer: http://shrsl.com/uv7v
Foundation: http://shrsl.com/uv7w
*Setting Powder: Limited Ed. Similar here: http://bit.ly/2eiFdnk
Powder: http://bit.ly/299SpKQ
Bronzer: http://bit.ly/2FYvC3t
*Blush: Limited Ed. Similar: http://bit.ly/2eiFdnk
Brows: discontinued? 
*Highlight: http://bit.ly/2eiFdnk
*Teri Miyahira Renew Eyshadow limited ed. Similar http://bit.ly/2eiFdnk
Root Eyeshadow (Duke) http://bit.ly/2hHg1I6
RAL Eyeshadow (Yes You Canyon & Espresso) http://bit.ly/2Gn53Vq
Antonym Palette: http://shrsl.com/s6cq
Eyeliner: http://shrsl.com/rih2
Hynt Mascara: http://shrsl.com/kq5a
Lily Lolo Mascara: http://shrsl.com/iutb
Lipstick (Melon Kiss): http://bit.ly/1MzXo7e

 

Join the waitlist for Welling Your Dwelling here. 

Join my next live hang here. 

My Postpartum / Stay At Home Mom Fitness Routine

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I've always really enjoyed fitness, but getting back in a routine post baby was not easy. My fitness philosophy is maybe a little more "woo" than you're used to. I think that fitness should fuel and energize the body, as well as feel good in the body during and after. That said, I totally still want to see some results from my hard work, but I no longer believe that I need to be in pain post workout for it to have been successful. 

I usually workout five days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. I am still doing my favorite barre3 workouts, but since adding in a little extra boost of cardio and weights I've finally broken though my postpartum body plateau. Super exciting! Everything I'm doing still feels really good to me and is super flexible for my lifestyle as I can fit most of it in during nap time. 

This video is sponsored by one of my favorite natural deodorant brands, Green Tidings.  Green Tidings is Leaping Bunny Certified, manufacturered in the US and it works! You can also get free shipping on GreenTidings.com or from Amazon Prime. 

4 Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizers

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Today I'm sharing four of my favorite, non-toxic hand sanitizers! All of them are triclosan free. While triclosan has been now banned in hand soaps, it's still allowed in hand sanitizers. You may not know that triclosan is actually a pesticide! You don't need a pesticide on your hands to sanitize them. All of my hand sanitizer favorites use essential oils. 

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.