Two Ways to Make Your Own Healthy Perfume

two ways to make healthy perfume

If you’ve ever worked in an office full of women who are really into fashion, beauty, and trends (like I have) then you know how it feels to spend your day breathing in a variety of different perfumes and fragrances. It can be nauseating. Honestly, it only takes one person in a small enclosed space who layers on the perfume to make it unbearable.

The reason isn’t because it smells bad (although some of them do smell really bad) it’s because of how the fragrances make us feel. Headaches, dizziness, and a feeling of being light-headed are common reactions as well as nausea, fatigue and irritability. These are all reactions to the synthetic cocktail you’ll find in popular fragrance products.

The truth is that fragrance makers do not have to disclose what they use in their product. They can use virtually any chemical and do not have to put it on the label. When you purchase a fragrance, it could contain any number of the 3,100 or so stock chemical ingredients used by the fragrance industry. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, explains:Continue Reading

Essential Oils That Help Keep the Bugs Away

essential oils that keep the bugs away

As soon as the first sunny Spring day hit, my kids have been outside. When we get home school, they run right into the backyard without even coming inside. My biggest struggle has been just getting them to come in and eat dinner! I absolutely love that they like to play outside. Some of my best memories from childhood are from those warm summer evenings when all of the neighborhood kids were running around until our parents made us come in to go to bed.

Of course as a kid, I never worried about a thing. Bug bites happened but they seemed to be a minor annoyance that came along with all of the fun we were having. Being on the other side now as a parent, I’m glad they are having fun, but I do get concerned about the bugs.

My daughter especially reacts quite strongly to bites. They swell up and become large itchy bumps for a week or better (the best remedy for that has been tea tree oil or my handmade salve). They bother her to the point where sometimes it disturbs her sleep. Not only are they itchy and annoying but we have diseases, like West Nile Virus, to worry about too.

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Natural Solutions for Eczema [& My Salve Recipe]

eczema salve recipe

Eczema was something I have never dealt with personally until this Winter. My son started getting very dry skin and at first, that’s all I thought it was, dry skin. I kept putting lotions and oils on him and it seemed to help temporarily but it wasn’t going away. Later I started seeing tiny red bumps and some small red patches on his skin. As it turned out, it was a mild case of Eczema. Once I knew what it was I started a natural remedy protocol. There are a few different things that can be done and also some diet considerations that might help.


Some cases of eczema can be related to diet. Stubborn reoccurring cases are a sign that there could be a food intolerance. The rash is a reaction to a food that does not agree with your child. As stated on, “Some studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.”

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How to Choose Toxin-Free Personal Care Products

how to choose toxin free personal careA healthy diet is usually the first place that we start when making changes towards living a healthy lifestyle. Diet is so important to our health and well being because the foods we eat are absorbed into our systems and create the cells in our body. A secondary part of a healthy lifestyle is looking at the products that we are putting ON on bodies. The personal care products we use on a daily basis are also being assimilated into our bodies. About 60% of what you put on your skin is being absorbed into your bloodstream. The biggest problem with this is that most personal care products on the market are filled with chemicals and many of them have health implications.

There are no requirements for companies to prove that the chemicals they are using in their products are safe to use. It is up to us to be informed consumers and investigate all the products we buy to make sure they are safe.

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Three Reasons Why My Kids Don’t Use Bubble Bath

When my daughter was a toddler she went through a faze where she would refuse to take a bath. In an effort to make the bath more fun we tried toys, games, pink soap, fun towels and I wanted to try bubble bath. I started looking for a bubble bath product that was organic and toxin-free but to my surprise it was not an easy task. An even bigger shock to me was how toxic some of these “baby” bubble bath products were and all of the terrible chemicals that were on the label. One would think that products marketed for children and babies would be safe to use but unfortunately that is far from the truth.

The three reasons why I don’t let my children use bubble bath are the three most common toxins I’ve seen on bubble bath labels.

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My Favorite 1-Ingredient Face Moisturizer (& It’s not Coconut Oil)

For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved products. Lotions, body sprays, creams, shampoos, cleansers, moisturizers…all of it. In High school, my friends and I would go shopping and spend our allowances on this stuff. The obsession continued into my 20’s and the products just got more expensive and more complicated. Living in New York City at the time, I frequented Bliss Spa and tried so many of their over-priced (chemical-filled) skin products. It wasn’t until my natural living “makeover” that I realized all of this stuff was toxic. That former version of myself would die laughing if she knew the things I use on my skin now. The funny thing is that (at 35 years old) my skin has never looked better.

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