Woo, what a month. School, sports, and family stuff always ramps up in May. This one has been no different, but I have really gotten a lot accomplished in the office.
I am out for a little R & R with the fam next week, but stay tuned in the weeks after that for some exciting news here on OBS. If you want all of the early details be sure you Subscribe to my emails on the right.
Hope you’ve had a great May. Looking forward to summer?
Image by Denis Defreyne at Flickr.com, cc
In Mays past I have done my own sunscreen guide. This year, this May, I am super crunched for time (more deets on all that at a later date) so I am going to go ahead and share with you the sunscreen guide I wrote for Feelgood Style this month. It has all the juicy stuff on what you should be using to protect your skin this summer, plus some info on using that illustrious EWG annual sunscreen guide.
I’m going to tell you a secret though that I did not put in over there in that article. I totally LOVE True Natural Face Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Unscented Sunscreen.
Do you know why?
Because you can use it and still get just a bit of sunny glow. I’m a sun worshipping kinda gal, and that has taken its toll on my skin over the past many years, just like everyone tells you it will. But I can’t help it, I’m addicted to the large yellow orb and the way it makes me feel. I also don’t hate having tan skin. So…I was pleasantly surprised when, after an afternoon in the sun while wearing plenty of TN for face, I woke up the next morning with a nice even summery glow. No burn, no extra freckles, just a little browner than I started out. It’s for me.
If you are the opposite of sun worshipper, love to stay fair, and take complete cover from rays, you need to up your game with their higher SPF, or apply the facial sunscreen more often (I admit to not doing this). I actually recommend any of the True Natural mineral sunscreens. They all feel good, are invisible, and provide serious protection.
I also wrote this week on their new sun stick that is just getting ready to launch. This is great for on the go protection. Getcha some!
(There is an affiliate link in this post, so I make a wee bit o’ dough if something is purchased from the link. I use affiliate links from time to time, only where appropriate, and only with products that I believe in. Just so you know.)
Image by Matt McGee at Flickr.com, Creative Commons.
Look out. I'm gonna vent...
I write about, and talk about, organic cosmetics a lot. Like, A LOT.
Sometimes you get so caught up in the mechanics of the doing that you forget about the why. I love beauty. I like to talk what colors are in for the season, or which new skin care I’m using, or certain make up product must-haves.
But those are not the reason I got in to writing and researching organic beauty/cosmetics/personal care. It is the health aspect of using nontoxic products. My love of beauty may have been the catalyst to my interest in this particular branch of healthy living, but better health was, and is, my main reason for digging deeper and sharing my knowledge on this subject.
Better health for me, my family, and anyone else who is interested or will listen to what I have to say.
Back when I started reading and researching, nontoxic cosmetics were not where they are today. Now we can buy healthy products that are high performance and super likeable. Just like the stuff we grew up using and loving, only sans the shitty chemical ingredients.
There are many different reasons for using the healthy products we choose to use. If you are looking to eliminate toxins from your life and body, and have come here looking for ways to do that – I am with you. We are on the same page. Even if you are starting your investigation into organic beauty or simply just doing it because it is kinda trendy, you’ll still learn stuff here. Stuff that will, hopefully, help you to lead a healthier life.
We try so hard to eat right, exercise, reduce stress, not smoke or drink too much, all in the name of better health and longer life. It makes me sick and sad to think that so many women are putting chemical garbage on their skin each and every day, unknowingly believing that someone has their back. I mean, we just want to be clean, look pretty, smell good. Is it too much to ask to do this without risking our health?
Well, right now our government and the mainstream beauty industry does very little to protect us from the hazards of toxic cosmetic ingredients. They do NOT have your back.
But you can make a choice as to what you buy to use on yourself, your family, your babies. Arm yourself with knowledge. Ask questions. I’ll answer anything you want to know. If I do not have the answers, I’ll find them.
We can do this. We can provide our own line of defense against this crap that is marketed as “pure” or “healthy” by knowing how to spot the fakers and using our bucks to buy products that are good for us.
Knowledge is power. We don’t have to put up with junky products. There are many healthy alternatives. You just have to know how and where to look.
Things have been hopping in my little office lately. See up there? It’s a mess.
But a good mess because I’ve been working hard on stuff. And it is all for YOU!
Have you read the mini? The mini is a little guide (it’s small, 11 pages, thus the mini) that I put together for my subscribers.
If you have not yet read the mini, better sign up for my emails so that you have access to it. It’s about getting started with organic beauty. And it’s free. Ta-da!
I hear so many people say they are using this nontoxic this, or that natural that. But guess what…it usually isn’t nontoxic, and often isn’t even all that natural.
Because cosmetic manufacturers can market their stuff pretty much any ol’ way they want. And this causes major confusion for most consumers. Not fair.
Well, my new product is gonna fix all that. In the works are two brand new products that will revolutionize the way you think about natural beauty and personal care. It’s going to change. your. life.
When? Where? What? How?
Again, get signed up to receive my emails. This will keep you in tune with the products launch + get you that juicy little mini morsel.
Stay tuned…big stuff’s happenin’.
Angelina Jolie has always been an inspiration to me. Maybe it’s the wild-child to totally-getting-behind-motherhood thing that I can relate to.
But her latest action is shocking and truly worthy of coverage...
Overnight she revealed that over the past three months she has had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Jolie took this radical step as a preventive measure. Her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 56.
I wrote an article on this over at Feelgood Style today that you can read for more info.
Of course, the women who undergo mastectomy and treatment for breast cancer are no less badass than Angelina. My own Mom is one of them. But going to this length as a preventive would be really tough, and yay for her for bringing this level of awareness to the issue of gene testing and preventive surgery.
I absolutely hate mammograms. Ask anyone who knows me. It’s not the discomfort, which is actually over with pretty quickly. It is because of our family history that most years I have to undergo an extra set of mammograms, and let me tell you, the waiting for results is so dang stressful.
Are you at greater risk for breast cancer? Would you or have you had the gene testing? It ‘aint cheap, but could be the next step for those who have a family history of breast cancer.