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Benefits of Chiropractic Care

It took awhile, but I’ve finally got around to posting the last post in my self-care series! My first two posts were on the benefits of yoga and benefits of massage and this post will focus on the benefits of chiropractic care. I have a long standing relationship with chiropractic care. I started seeing a chiropractor at a very young age as I was diagnosed with a minimal form of scoliosis. The plan was to stay on top of chiropractic adjustments as I was growing, so that I would hopefully be able to avoid having to wear a brace everyday or requiring surgery. Low and behold, we achieved this goal and although I still have a bit of a curve in my spin, I mostly outgrew and corrected this condition with chiropractic adjustments.

Flash forward to today and chiropractic care is still part of my wellness routine. I stay on top of it for maintenance and go about once a week. Finding a good chiropractor is key. I am a member of a popular chiropractic franchise and have had great experiences with most of the chiropractors I visit within the franchise. This model works well for me because it is convenient and they have a very reasonable monthly membership rate that allows me to get 4 adjustments a month. I have my favorite chiropractors in Phoenix where I live and depending on where I am in the valley, I can just drop into whatever location is closest and most convenient at the time when I need it. There have only been a few chiropractors that I haven’t been wowed by through my experiences. I look for someone who is not going to give me a cookie cutter adjustment, but instead tailor the adjustment to how I’m feeling that day, any ailments or concerns, etc. Most of the chiropractors I have seen are passionate about what they do and take the time to check in and really zero in on what I need for that day. This is so important and makes all the difference.

So are you new to learning about the benefits of chiropractic care? Heard a bit, but are skeptical or just curious to find out more. Below I outline some of the proven benefits along with how chiropractic care works on the body. I really believe that chiropractic care goes hand in hand with massage and yoga for the perfect trifecta of optimizing your overall health. I honestly can’t think of one in the three that I would want to drop out of my health and wellness regimen because they all work so well together for me.

How does Chiropractic Care work?

Chiropractic care has been assisting people of all ages with a multitude of health issues and concerns for over a century without the use of drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic care is based upon the knowledge that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments work by helping to restore your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of a healthy nervous system, all the cells, tissue, and organs of your body are designed to function well and resist disease and illness. A common interference to the nervous system is within the moving bones that make up the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can impair the function of the nervous system and disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses which can throw off the body’s ability to function properly as a whole.

Benefits of Routine Chiropractic Care may include any of the following:

  • Improved Nerve Communication in the Body
  • Improved Joint Motion and Coordination
  • Improved Physical Function and Performance
  • Improved Posture
  • Relief from Back and Neck Pain
  • Relief from Leg, Knee, Foot and Ankle Pain
  • Relief from Arm, Wrist, Shoulders or Elbow Pain
  • Relief from Stress and Tension Disorders
  • Relief from Joint Discomfort
  • Relief from Bursitis
  • Relief from Arthritis
  • Relief from Chronic Injuries

Chiropractic care promotes ongoing wellness by improving spinal and joint function often resulting in a healthier, more active lifestyle. With regular adjustments, chiropractic offers a host of preventative health benefits, and is vital for keeping your body balanced, flexible and functioning at its best. Everyone, from growing children to active seniors, can benefit from regular chiropractic care.

People have also reported chiropractic benefits help to improve:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Ear infections
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Asthma
  • Blood pressure
  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Surgery prevention

I have continued to receive weekly adjustments throughout my pregnancy and have found it very beneficial in relieving pain in my neck, shoulders and back caused by the increased weight of my growing baby belly. It has also helped with keeping my pelvis and hips aligned as they shift and prepare for birth. AmericanPregnancy.org states that chiropractic care during pregnancy can help to maintain an overall healthy pregnancy, curb nausea, reduce the time of labor and delivery, and possibly help prevent a C-section. Pretty amazing!

By no means am I an expert when it comes to Chiropractic Care, but hopefully this post gave you a starting point or inspired you to find out more and give it a try especially if you have been experiencing any of the ailments listed.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Sources:

http://www.thejoint.com/health-benefits

https://draxe.com/10-researched-benefits-chiropractic-adjustments/

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Birthing From Within

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I knew in my heart was that I wanted to try to have the baby naturally, without any medical interventions and drugs if possible. I also chose to have my prenatal visits and my birth through a birth center vs. a doctor’s office and a hospital. For a myriad of reasons, I just knew and still know that these are the right choices for me and align most with my beliefs. These were just a few of the many choices I have had to make and will continue to make surrounding this pregnancy and the health and care of my precious baby boy.

This post is specifically about my decision to choose the Birthing From Within philosophy of birth when it came to preparations and classes. If you are pregnant or have been pregnant, you may know that at some point you are approached with all of the different class options available to you to help prepare you as much as possible for birth. You may hear of The Bradley Method, Birthing From Within, Lamaze, Hypobirthing… just to name a few of the theories, methods, or philosophies. I did as much research as I could and finally felt right about moving forward with Birthing From Within classes. This being my first child and not having any experience giving birth, I just had to go with my gut based on what I read about all of the options and what I felt I connected with the most.

Two weekends ago, my husband and I took a two day version of the Birthing From Within class that was recommended by our birth center. You can break the class down into 4 days, 1 day or 2 days and we chose the 2 days, for 4 hours on a Saturday and Sunday morning.

The following is a little more about the Birthing From Within philosophy and mission from their website.

Birthing From Within exists to inspire and teach expectant and new parents, and those who work with them, to:

  • Prepare for birth as a Rite of Passage.
  • Understand the power and life-long impact that “birthing from within” offers all participants in birth.
  • Co-create holistic prenatal care that is informative, transformative, and builds a foundation for birthing in awareness in our birth culture, whatever the birth location or outcome or events of the birth.
  • Prevent or minimize emotionally difficult births (for parents and professionals) through compassionate, honest preparation.
  • Honor and use the power of Birth Story telling and listening.

Our Philosophical Assumptions and Guiding Principles

  • Childbirth is a profound rite of passage, not a medical event (even when medical care is part of the birth).
  • The essence of childbirth preparation is self-discovery, not assimilating obstetric information. The teacher (mentor) is “midwife” to the parents’ discovery process, not the expert from whom wisdom flows.
  • Childbirth preparation is a continually evolving process (for parents and teachers), not a static structure of techniques and knowledge.
  • Parents’ individual needs and differences help determine class content.
  • Active, creative self-expression is critical to childbirth preparation.
  • The purpose of childbirth preparation is to prepare mothers to give birth-in-awareness, not to achieve a specific birth outcome.
  • Pregnancy and birth outcome are influenced by a variety of factors, but can’t be controlled by planning.
  • In order to help parents mobilize their coping resources, it is critical for childbirth classes to acknowledge that unexpected, unwelcome events may happen during labor.
  • Parents deserve support for any birth option which might be right for them (whether it be drugs, cesarean, home birth, or bottle-feeding).
  • Pain is an inevitable part of childbirth, yet much can be done to ease suffering.
  • Pain-coping practices work best when integrated into daily life, rather than “dusted off” for labor.
  • Fathers and birth partners help best as birth guardians or loving partners, not as coaches; they also need support.
  • For parents, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a time of continuous learning and adjustment; holistic support and education should be available throughout that period.
  • Childbirth preparation is also parent preparation.

Now, here’s a little more information about our two day class experience and what was covered:

Our class was definitely not what either of us expected, but I will say it was enlightening and helpful and I do believe it built awareness and helped prepare my husband and I for the big day of our son’s arrival.

Here is what was covered, some of which is pretty straight forward and some I explain a bit further.

  • The Stages of Labor: The way this was taught and discussed in our class really helped paint a picture. Our teacher even acted out a contraction and walked through each step vividly in a way that videos or books couldn’t really accomplish.
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Labor Positions
  • Preparing Your Partner to Support & Comfort: I really liked the guidance with this part of the labor preparation. I don’t want my husband to feel pressure like he has to coach me through something neither of us has been through. I knew before the class, that all I wanted was his support and comfort, but that isn’t self explanatory. This class helped break down what that looks like during labor… When it’s important to give a lot of support and how to do it and when it’s better to take a step back. The class also covered discovering how to support in the right way specific to each couple’s needs.
  • Getting Comfortable with your Partner’s Touch: This one goes hand in hand with the last one. You know when you give your partner a massage and you think you’re doing great but they keep saying, “Ouch” or “That’s too soft.” Well that’s exactly what we honed in on during class. It’s important to communicate and try different touch to find what works best for the mother and what is most comforting for her. If you go in blind, thinking you just already know what you both like, it could work out, but it could also do the opposite of it’s intention and could cause more irritation and discomfort during such an important time. I didn’t even realize until we did these exercises how much we needed this.
  • Pain Coping Strategies & Techniques: During these exercises, we were put in an uncomfortable state to simulate a contraction and we tried different pain coping strategies and techniques. Some worked for me and others didn’t. These techniques included breathing through the pain, but either focusing, distracting, or embracing what is happening around you and that pain. This was so helpful to practice ahead of time and find what works best for me.
  • Finding Your Recipe for Moving Through Pain: This one goes along with the previous, but takes it a step further. In addition to discovering what pain coping strategies and techniques worked for me  and the type of touch preferred, we also discussed any other comforts or things that we wanted present during those challenging stages of birth.
  • Preparing for ANY birth outcome: Natural, medicated, surgical etc. While everyone in the class strongly hoped for a natural birth like me, the class prepares you for many outcomes so that you are knowledgable and more comfortable concerning these prior to birth day so if they were to happen there would be less stress and anxiety surrounding them. Knowledge and preparation for any outcome is key.
  • Openly Discussing Fears: Not only did we all share and discuss our fears surrounding birth during class, but we also discussed and worked through how to push past and deal with these fears head on. This is so important as these fears can be hid deeply away for the majority of pregnancy and then during birth,  it is very possible that they could resurface and prevent the body from moving forward naturally in the process, almost causing the body to freeze up and not allow progression.
  • Creating Birth Art: To encourage focus on what birth and pregnancy means to you through tapping into the creative. This was very challenging and not a favorite of mine or my husband’s since we aren’t the most artistic people, but looking back it was a very good way to just allow yourself to focus on things you may not think about when it comes to pregnancy or labor. One of the birth art exercises was to draw what you think the world looks like currently from your baby’s point of view. It was very interesting to think about this and then to hear the other couple’s share their drawings and the meaning behind them.

I hope if you are currently searching for a birth class or may be in the future, that this post was helpful in learning a little more about the Birthing From Within philosophy. As always, please ask if you have any questions and I would also love to hear from you if there are other methods or philosophies you would like to share your experiences with.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

28 Weeks Pregnant

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! Hello again! Thought I’d make my way back with a pregnancy update since it has been 6 weeks since my last pregnancy post.

Due Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 28 weeks

Size of baby: A Tropical coconut, a Rollerblade, an Eggplant (These are so funny and also VERY confusing to me! Haha)

How many weeks to go: 12 weeks

Maternity clothes: At the beginning of my pregnancy, I signed up for a maternity clothes rental service called Clothesline Club through Motherhood Closet. You can sign up for a 3, 6 or 9 month membership and you choose 15 maternity items that you want to rent. You can keep the 15 items for the whole period or swap them out as many times as you want. It just costs an additional $20 every time you swap on top of your original membership price. I started this service early on in my pregnancy and chose the 9 month membership. I just placed my first swap order and am super excited for my next 15 items to come in the mail this week! Since I live in AZ, it’s already time to swap the winter wardrobe for a spring one 😉

Stretch marks: No stretch marks! This is actually shocking to me since I am prone to them and already have them on my hips. I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here. I am on my second tub now and they actually improved their formula a bit since my first tub and I didn’t think it was possible, but I love this new formula even more!

Sleep: Sleep is good! I am having lots of crazy, vivid dreams about the most random things from my past.

Best moment of this week: We took a two day Birthing From Within class this past weekend that was super enlightening and helpful. I think I might do a separate post on this class soon with more info on what it’s all about.

Miss anything: Happy Hour 😉

Movement: So much movement! I have one very active baby boy. I love that he is always checking in to say hello. Right now he likes to push his body to one side of my belly and I can feel his head or butt pushing out. My belly also looks lopsided when he does this. It’s pretty funny.

Food cravings: Mexican food and ice cream

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not right now

Have you started to show yet: No doubt

Gender: BOY!

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Mood: Excited

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: I placed an order with Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics about a month ago. I read such great reviews on their organic and natural products. I ordered the Postpartum Essentials Bundle and then a few other items for baby like their bestselling Angel Baby Bottom Balm. They also have highly rated pregnancy and postpartum organic teas.

Looking forward to: A lot of fun things to look forward to in February! I have two girlfriends’ baby showers and next weekend I’m going to a fun local event called the Mom Made Market in Phoenix. Hoping to find some cute things for the nursery and baby boy.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

*Idea for list of weekly pregnancy questions found here from 5 Ways to Document Your Pregnancy-Scottsdale Mom’s Blog, written by Adrienne of Dream Book Design.

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Benefits of Massage

This is part two of a three part series about self care. You can find the first post here about the Benefits of Practicing Yoga. Part three will be coming soon on the Benefits of Chiropractic Care.

Confession: I used to work for a large massage therapy franchise. I learned a lot more about the benefits of massage while working there, but I was drinking the koolaid long before I started my position there and I continue to be passionate about massage today. I can’t say I remember exactly when my first massage was, but I know it was sometime during high school and I have been getting regular massage ever since.

While many people view massage as a luxury, and I do agree that it is one and I have been lucky to be able to get so many massages, I also believe it is a necessity for many people. The overall view of massage has gotten better over the years, but I hope more people especially those that need it most can view it as a necessity and if at all possible, can find the time and money to make it a happen. It can be expensive, but so is medication as well as other not as healthy coping mechanisms that are commonly used for relieving issues or ailments that our bodies and minds experience.

For me, massage has done so much including helping to alleviate the migraine headaches I used to suffer from, helping me sleep better – medication free, relieving stress and anxiety and so much more. I challenge you to change your frame of mind and consider massage as an investment in your health and the following information will touch on why.

Well, when most of us think massage, we think….relax, de-stress and work out those problem areas and those are great benefits alone, but massage can do so much more than that…

I’m not a big fan of medication in general and prefer to choose the natural way when possible instead of masking the problem or altering my natural body chemistry and immune system. Massage therapy has been proven in multiple studies to be just as effective as other treatment methods for chronic back pain and it doesn’t stop there. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Slowly, the medical community is also embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Speaking of immunity, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage also boosts patients’ white blood cell count which plays a large role in defending the body from disease. Massage also enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow which is part of the body’s natural defense system.

If you sit at a desk all day for your job, regular massage can actually counteract the damage from sitting in this position for prolonged periods of time. Naturally, we are not meant to sit at a desk everyday, all day and this causes postural stress as well as creating weakness in the shoulders, glutes and lower back area. This in turn can equal pain and discomfort. Massage can alleviate these painful areas, by improving range of motion while stretching weak, tight or atrophied muscles.

Have trouble sleeping? An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health, often leading to low work performance, slowed reaction time, obesity, higher risk of long-term disease, and substance abuse. The chemistry of sleep is relevant in relation to massage because it directly influences the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin. A study on back pain, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels.

Massage is also known to sooth and lessen feelings of depression and anxiety. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage. Just 60-minutes of massage can lower cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 30 percent. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, you’re boosting your body’s ability to fight off pain, anxiety and feelings of sadness. Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Massage can also:

  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduce spasms and cramping
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
  • Relieve migraine pain

The power of touch is truly amazing as you just read or possibly already know. I encourage you to continue to learn even more about the benefits of massage and research any particular ailments or troubles you may be suffering from to see if and how massage can help. For me, getting regular massage is something I prioritize as part of my healthy lifestyle and routine. To keep my mind and body balanced and in tip top shape. Taking care of ourselves is so important and sometimes it’s easy to forget this in the busy world we currently live in. Take a moment for yourself…for your health. In turn, those around you that you care about most will benefit in the best way, by having you around as long as possible, in your healthiest happiest form.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Sources:

http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2014/05/massage-therapy-sleep/

http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/health/6-surprising-health-benefits-of-massage-therapy/5/

http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/can-massage-relieve-symptoms-of-depression-anxiety-and-stress

 

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Green Beauty After Christmas Sales

I hope you all are having a very happy holiday season!

Before I had my own blog, I would always love when my favorite bloggers would post the best Black Friday or After Christmas Sales with online coupon codes. It just made it so easy to have a list to pick and choose from and easily browse, so here’s me giving it a try to make it easier on you to have the best green beauty and skincare sales all in one place.

There’s something really awesome about the fact that you can do some credit card damage while in your pj’s, watching Netflix and drinking a cup of coffee. Plus, you might even have some of those Visa gift cards which makes it even more fun and less guilt-inducing to shop from home. Here’s the list:

Petal & Post – Luxury Organic Beauty & Eco Lifestyle Store:

20% off your entire order with code BoxingDay20

LaMav Organic Skin Science – Organic Skin Care, Makeup, and Body Care:

20% off store-wide with code SAVENOW

Scrub Supply Co.- 100% natural and vegan face and body scrubs:

50% off all scrubs! Use code Scrub50

Fitglow Beauty – Nutrient Infused Skincare & Mineral Makeup:

15% off everything with code GET15, 35% off orders over $290 with code GET35

100% Pure – All Natural Beauty Products:

Annual Trunk Sale, up to 60% off, use link above

Vapour Beauty – Natural, Luxury Makeup & Skincare:

15% off everything today only, no code needed

Vita Liberata – Luxury, Organic Tanning & Skincare:

30% off everything sitewide, no code needed

Nourish Organic Skincare:

Up to 25% off holiday gift sets, use link above

Junebug Soap Co.- Handcrafted Bath & Body Products:

20% off everything through Jan. 1st, use code HOLIDAY20

The Truth Beauty Company – Eco Beauty Boutique:

15% off everything, use code treatyourself

Jane Iredale – Mineral Makeup & Natural Skincare:

15% off champagne eye products using code CHEERS, valid through 1/1

Au Naturale Cosmetics:

25% off with code THEYGAVEMEFRUITCAKE

Also…

Spend $50 on etsy.com and receive $10 towards your next purchase, ends 12/27

Happy Shopping!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

 

22 Weeks Pregnant

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Due Date: April 25, 2017 or the ultrasound tech said April 28, 2017 based on measurements

How far along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: A coconut or a guinea pig (These are so funny and also confusing to me)

How many weeks to go: 18 weeks…This is exciting, but scary!

Maternity clothes: I’m loving my new Blanqi Maternity Belly Support leggings. These are amazing. I live in leggings these days and have two by Ingrid & Isabel, but these ones blow those out of the water. I got them 50% off right after Thanksgiving.

Stretch marks: No new stretch marks! And that belly is really growing and stretching now! My belly button is almost all the way out! I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here. I’m almost out of my first tub though and will definitely be ordering more.

Sleep: Sleep is going pretty well. I do get up to pee at least once a night. Sorry if that’s TMI!

Best moment of this week: Visiting Minnesota and seeing my husband’s side of the family. We stayed at the cutest B&B. It was a nice little surprise from my in-laws and husband. Although it was insanely cold while we were there, it’s nice to escape AZ and enjoy some snow and wintery feels 🙂

Miss anything: Wine! I wasn’t missing it at all until the holidays rolled around and I’m seeing everyone drinking it around me.

Movement: YES! This has been so exciting. I feel baby move the most right after I get in bed. It’s like the baby knows I’m winding down so he decides to wind up. Haha!

Food cravings: Hot Chocolate or Tea

Anything making you queasy or sick: Stress: I’ve been very stressed lately and it’s been making me feel queasy and a bit off health wise. It truly is crazy how much the mind and body are connected. Yoga has helped with de-stressing and I have a pre-natal massage scheduled today! It’s so important to take care of ourselves mentally and physically. Blog post on my thoughts on massage will be coming soon 🙂

Have you started to show yet: Oh ya, that belly is really popping now. I have also gained a large amount of weight in the past 4 weeks. Talk about a growth spurt!

Gender: BOY!

Wedding rings on or off: On, I think the cold weather is definitely helping with the swelling.

Mood: Thankful

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: Organic Pregnancy Tea by Traditional Medicinals. It has some great organic ingredients that support a healthy pregnancy like Raspberry Leaf which tones the uterus and helps prepare the womb for childbirth.

Looking forward to: A relaxing holiday weekend. Putting together our baby registry and catching up on all those birth DVDs we need to watch!

I hope you all enjoy the holidays and enjoy spending time with your loved ones 🙂

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

*Idea for list of weekly pregnancy questions found here from 5 Ways to Document Your Pregnancy-Scottsdale Mom’s Blog, written by Adrienne of Dream Book Design.

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My 2016 Beauty & Skincare Favorites

I haven’t been in the natural/non-toxic game very long, but it’s been long enough to try out some different products, begin to build my favorites and weed out the not so great ones. So I thought I’d do an end of the year roundup of my current non-toxic and natural favorites in beauty and skincare with links so you can go shop or learn more about them.

Beauty:

Primer- Luminous Primer by 100% Pure

Foundation- Vita-Active Foundation by Fitglow Beauty & Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream by Jane Iredale

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Tinted Moisturizer- Everything Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 by Honest Beauty

Concealer- Un-Cover Up 11 by RMS

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Powder- Beyond Matte Powder by Jane Iredale

Highlighter- Luminizing Powder in Dawn Reflection by Honest Beauty

Bronzer- Baked Foundation “Dark” by Antonym

Blush- Baked Blush “Peach” by Antonym

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Lip Crayon/Liner- Lipstick Pencil “Naturelle” by Antonym

Lip Gloss- Lip Gloss in Generous Kiss by Honest Beauty

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Lip Stain- Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink by Jane Iredale

Eyeliner- True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black by Honest Beauty

Mascara- Organic Wear Mascara by Physicians Formula

Eye Shadow- Eyeshadow Trio in Sable Brown by Honest Beauty

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Eyebrows- Liz Brow by Ecobrow

Lip Balm- Rink Stick by Rink Organics

Shampoo & Conditioner- Truly Restored Shampoo & Conditioner by Honest Beauty

Leave-in Conditioner- Sweet Spirit Leave-in Conditioner by Innersense

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Hair Oil- Harmonic Healing Oil by Innersense or 100% Pure Argan Oil by Josie Maran

Texturizer- Inner Peace Whipped Creme Texturizer by Innersense

Skincare:

Cleanser- Black Clay Facial Soap by Osmia Organics & Sea Foam Complete Face Wash by Pacifica

Face Oils- Antioxidant Dew by Kypris & Organic Rose Hip Oil by RosehipPLUS

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Moisturizer- Women’s Face Lotion by Rink Organics

Face Scrub- Brightening Facial Scrub by Acure Organics

Serum- Renew Serum by Fitglow Beauty (discontinued)

Mask- Pore Clarifying Red Clay Mask by Acure Organics & Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing Mask by Aztec Secret

Eye Cream- Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream by 100% Pure

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Body Wash- Organic Body Wash by Junebug Soap Co. & Peppermint Pure Castile Soap by Dr. Bronner’s & Ultra-Hydrating Body Wash by Acure Organics

Body Lotion- Fragrance Free Ultra- Hydrating Body Lotion by Acure Organics & Orange Lavender Organic Body Lotion by Dr. Bronner’s

Hand Soap: Natural Hand Soap by Puracy

A goal of mine for 2017 is to discover and shop even more small businesses and businesses that give back a portion of their earnings to great causes.

I would love to hear what some of your non-toxic, natural and organic beauty or skincare must-haves are! Please comment below if you wish to share a product I just have to try 🙂 Also let me know if you are interested in a full post about any of the items listed above.

Thanks for checking out my 2016 Round Up!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie