essential oils

Lifestyle Loves - barre3, athleta, graymarket design

Believe it or not, I occasionally fall in love with healthy lifestyle products that are not beauty related! I have found a lot of amazing things this summer that I just have to share with you. 

1. First up is my bracelet from Calypte Collection. It's a beautiful wrap bracelet in my favorite colors. I also really adore the brand and the founder - so much so that I have a Girl You Gotta Know with her. 

2. This toiletry bag from Graymarket Design is so big (and cute) that it perfectly fits all my makeup and beauty products for travel. You guys all know I don't travel light either. 

3. It's no secret that I am obsessed with Athleta for fitness apparel. The chaturanga leggings are life changing. They recently had a sale and I snagged this sports bra and one of their unstinkable tank tops. Yes, I thoroughly tested the that claim. It really is unstinkable. 

4. I felt the need to treat myself to these new fitness clothes because I have been killing it with working out lately. Why? Because I've finally found a fitness program that works for me, makes me feel empowered and is FUN. It's barre3. While I have taken a few in person studio classes, I mainly do the online workouts from their online membership subscription. After three weeks, I had already lost a few inches! 

5. Air travel seems to give me sinus issues lately, and I swear by Release by Well-Scent. It's also fantastic for lymphatic detoxification as well. 

6. Because a healthy life is nothing without delicious food, I have two amazing food finds for you. The first is a new favorite summer iced tea from Rishi and the second is the best lemon cookies in the world (they're also gluten and dairy free). 

Sinful Scents

Let's talk about fragrance. Fragrances are some of the most offensively toxic beauty products on the market. Those expensive glass bottles contain parabens, pthalates, allergens and a side dish of neurotoxins. The word "fragrance" on an ingredient list can actually be a catch all term for any cocktail of 3100 chemicals.

The chemicals used in creating synthetic fragrance are so toxic they have been found in high concentrations in human breast milk, linked to sperm damage, and are carcinogens. 
They also cause migraines, vertigo, asthma, disorientation, burning skin and acne - even just by second hand inhalation for us chemically sensitive folks. 

I get that a girls still gotta smell good though, so why not check out one of the amazing organic perfume companies that do not use chemicals like Lotus Wei? I also recommend making your own blend with essential oils specifically tailored to your energetic, emotional and physical needs. 

Due to my sensitivities, I've never been a fragrance lover, but after discovering pure, high quality essential oils I've embraced them and sometimes do wear them purely as a scent. Recently, I was checking out of hotel and the concierge complimented me on my perfume. Little did he know all I used was one drop of lavender for anxiety and a drop of peppermint for a migraine!