Placenta Encapsulation

This is surely my most controversial post to date, and definitely not for the squeamish. If the title alone gives you the heebie jeebies then stop reading now, but I hope that you do continue to read with an open-mind!

This post is about my choice to consume my placenta via placenta encapsulation after giving birth to my son in April. This practice is not necessarily new and has been done throughout history by different cultures, however recently it has become more “mainstream”, or at least talked about and getting some buzz.

I do want to be clear that most of the benefit claims on why one would choose to do this have not been proven or fully researched and are just from different women’s experiences although they are slowly starting to be studied now. On the flip side, while many women rave of the benefits, you can also find posts and articles from those who regret doing it and have experienced negative side effects. A review by Northwestern University said there were no proven benefits, but this conclusion was only based on 10 studies. I encourage you as I always do to research this topic further if it remotely interests you for future pregnancies or if you are simply curious.

There are different ways you can consume your placenta after delivery, however I chose placenta encapsulation which involves steaming the placenta, drying it, grinding it and putting it in pill form. This was done by a doula service that was recommended by my birth center and cost $150. If you do plan to use and keep your placenta, this is something that you must clear ahead of time with your doctor. I had a c-section and I told my doctor ahead of time so that they didn’t dispose of the placenta after delivery which is what typically occurs. It also is monitored very closely and time sensitive. I had to sign off that I wanted to keep it and the hospital only agrees to keep it for a short period of time before someone is required to pick it up. That designated person had to sign off as well. This is all to ensure proper handling and lower any related risks involved.

Some of the most common benefits of consuming the placenta reported include:

  • Helps prevent postpartum depression and “baby blues”
  • Improves breast milk supply
  • Boosts postpartum energy levels
  • Shrinks the uterus
  • May prevent postpartum hemorrhage and decrease postpartum bleeding
  • May prevent iron deficiency anemia
  • Encourages faster physical recovery
  • Reduces stress
  • Balances mood and hormones
  • Speeds up metabolism

While most of these have not been proven true specifically by consumption of the placenta alone, there is some science behind the placenta and what it contains. The placenta contains oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce pain and can also increase bonding with baby. It also contains thyroid stimulating hormones, interferon and prolactin, which can boost the immune system, energy, recovery and milk supply. The placenta is rich in hormones, protein, vitamins, and hemoglobin (which is an iron-rich protein) all of which need to be replenished and balanced after birth however some would argue you could just do this through diet alone.

So, what did it do for me? Honestly, it’s hard to say…there are just so many other outside factors to consider. Especially since it was my first pregnancy and I have nothing to personally compare it to. Below are my comments on a few of the reported benefits and my own experiences:

  • Helps prevent postpartum depression- I did have a mild case of “baby blues” right around the time I began taking the capsules which was when we arrived home from the hospital. This went away after a few days and while taking the capsules I feel like I had a rollercoaster of emotions, but no strong feelings of depression at that time while consuming. I have struggled with it on and off since due probably in most part from stress and lack of sleep.
  • Improves breast milk supply- My milk came in very quickly, but this was also before I even started taking the capsules. If you follow my Instagram you might have seen my post about my overproduction/oversupply so it is very possible that the pills affected my milk supply in a big way as this is not very common. Oversupply was frustrating, exhausting and heartbreaking when it affected my son negatively, but if I had to choose between oversupply and undersupply I would choose oversupply again in a heartbeat. Now that breastfeeding and my oversupply have balanced out, and I’ve had a chance to reflect on it a bit, I hope to write a separate post about it soon.
  • Boosts postpartum energy levels- The first few weeks after Lane was born, I seriously had so much energy! I remember telling people, “I’m not getting any sleep, but I’m not tired… it’s just such a weird feeling, like I have super powers.” I just felt like it was nature’s way of giving me that boost that I needed to get through the lack of sleep and give baby what he needs. Eventually that energy began to run out, and I started to feel the side effects of no sleep which I am still feeling today! Ah, mom life!
  • May prevent postpartum hemorrhage and decrease postpartum bleeding- I had a c-section, but if you don’t know, you still experience postpartum bleeding. I felt like my bleeding was very mild so the capsules very well could have affected it.
  • May prevent iron deficiency anemia- This was actually one of the big reasons why I became especially intrigued about consuming my placenta. I’ve always struggled with anemia off and on throughout my adult life so anything I could do to help that situation post-birth was on my radar.
  • Faster physical recovery- Whether you are recovering from a vaginal birth or from a c-section, I’m sure it’s a trade-off, both are intense in their own ways, and recovery is no joke. That being said, while the days following were brutal, I did feel that after about a week, I was on the up and up. Pain was gone for the most part, I was climbing stairs and going about my tasks without any issues and this all really surprised me in comparison to the scary c-section recovery “what to expect” posts I googled and read about in my last few weeks of pregnancy. (Don’t do this! Haha)

But let’s be honest. My results or lack thereof are probably not going to sway you either way and they shouldn’t because everyone is different and will have a different experience. This is just something that after I researched, I felt drawn to, like I was meant to do it and I just wanted to do it. I can’t really explain it! When I first read about it, it just made perfect sense in my mind…I felt and thought, “why would I want to dispose of something that contains so many beneficial vitamins and other good things? Good things that benefited my baby for so long and could possibly continue to benefit both of us in other ways by consuming it after birth. And even though I can’t pinpoint the exact effectiveness after the fact, I am glad I did it and will probably do it again 😉

So there’s my story! If you are still reading, thanks for sticking around!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

 

 

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Newborn Must-Haves: 1-2 Months

2017-05-20_0038Lane is 2 months old today so I thought I would put together my newborn must-haves that have gotten us through these first months.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm

ABBBIn the first few weeks, poor Lane had some very raw skin within his cute little leg/groin rolls. To be honest I didn’t know if I should put baby powder on it to keep it dry or something else to heal. Enter Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm, the correct choice. The raw, peeling skin healed so fast, and you could tell he loved it and it was soothing for him the moment I put it on.

Swaddles

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All the swaddles! Haha, but really, swaddles have been life savers. We have tried a few different ones but the ones we have liked the most are the Ollie Swaddle and the SwaddleMe Pod for newborns. The one thing about the Ollie Swaddle that I don’t like is the velcro is soo loud! It’s really startling to him sometimes in the middle of the night. What’s great about the Ollie, is it will grow with him (which makes the pricepoint somewhat justifiable). The SwaddleMe Pod is awesome because it zips up so easily and you can even just unzip the bottom for a quick mid night diaper change. He will outgrow that one pretty soon though. I think these were the winners for us mostly because of their similar stretchy, lightweight, breathable fabric.

iLuvBamboo Waterproof Changing Pad Liners

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These liners are meant to go on your changing pad, however I use them all over the house. If he is downstairs with us on the couch, I put one of these liners down and same thing on our bed…then I can change him wherever and also not have to worry if there is an accident. I put him on these wherever he sleeps in case he spits up or has a blow out…much easier clean up.

Portable Nightlights

lightAdd these to the list of things no one tells you that you need for a newborn. Portable nightlights! My husband and I got in so many silly mid night arguments over turning on lights. I couldn’t see what I was doing when I was trying to change the baby or breastfeed, and he thought my phone light was too bright or would turn off other lights that I had just turned on. It’s pretty funny now thinking back on this. This mini nursing light is awesome! You can even clip it on you and it turns off automatically. I think it’s good to have a portable nightlight for your changing table as well, but we are still on the hunt for the right one to put there.

Bath Sponge

SpongeYes, there are some pretty cool fancy baby baths out there right now, even ones that make sure the temperature is just right…But we have absolutely loved this really affordable and easy bath sponge to line the bathroom sink during these early days when he is so small. He seems comfortable and we save a lot of water bathing him in the sink versus the tub.

Washable Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads

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These nursing pads are the best and most absorbent. The Bamboobies ones while not as thick and a little more discreet, could not keep up with my leaky boobs, especially at night.

Gentle Baby, Lavender & Tummygize Essential Oils

GBUThe Gentle Baby blend and Lavender essential oils have been such lifesavers for all of us. I typically diffuse GB during the day for a more relaxing environment and then Lavender at night to encourage good sleep. Young Living recommends waiting until babies are 6 months before applying oils topically, but I have felt comfortable applying Gentle Baby as well as Tummygize to the bottom of Lane’s feet as long as they are heavily diluted with coconut oil. These have helped so much with his fussiness due to gas and other things. Make sure you consult with your pediatrician and research proper dilution before using EOs with babies.

 

Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets

swaddlesOh you thought we were done talking swaddles? Nope! Can’t forget to mention Aden & Anais Swaddles. Not the regular muslin ones! You have to get the organic bamboo ones or the ones that say silky soft. There is a huge difference in the feel between these and the regular ones. Trust me! We use these blankets for everything but swaddling haha! We put it in the carseat to protect his legs from the sun, or over the carseat to block the sun but let air through since they are super lightweight…as a nursing cover, burp cloth… They really are the best blankets and get better with each wash.

Fridababy NailFrida SnipperClipper Set

frida babyThis set includes a uniquely designed nail clipper with a safety spyhole that allows you to see exactly what you’re cutting so you’re not totally freaked out that you might nick your baby’s precious little fingers. It’s curved, overlapping blades allow for safe, smooth and silent snipping. It also comes with a uniquely shaped s-file which is perfect for newborn nails. Lane’s nails grow like crazy so these tools have gotten good use.

 

Onesies That Wrap or Zip

BBNo one likes putting those regular onesies on. Not you, not baby. Even if you know the baby life hack that you can put it on from the bottom up and don’t need to put it over their head, they are still annoying. These wrap onesies from H&M are game changers and bonus they are made with conscious organic material. And if you are gonna do the full jumpers with the feet, get the ones that zip like this one by Burt’s Bees versus the ones that snap. It will save you so much time and hassle especially during the night.

Hope these are helpful for a new mama or mama-to-be out there 😉

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Ecocentric Mom May Box Review

USE THISEcocentric Mom is a subscription box inspired by green living! Each month they deliver thoughtfully curated boxes designed to help busy moms discover safe (and fun!) eco-friendly products for themselves and their babies up to age two. I absolutely loved this box! Fun stuff for mama and something snuck in for baby too! Subscription boxes like this one are a great way to discover new brands especially when just starting to make the switch to non-toxic products.

Organic Fiji Fragrance Free Face & Body Lotion

This fragrance free lotion made with raw, cold pressed, extra virgin, organic coconut oil  is great for those who prefer a neutral aroma and is ideal for even the most sensitive skin: perfect for baby skin or tender skin conditions. This lotion definitely was soothing and moisturizing and didn’t feel too heavy on the skin, but personally I like a little natural fragrance in my lotion. I actually added a drop of Stress Away essential oil (one of my favorites) to this and it was perfect. They do have some fun, natural fragrance options available as well like Pineapple Coconut, Pink Grapfruit and Lemongrass Tangerine.

Z Skin Cosmetics Simply Organic Sunblock SPF 45

With simple ingredients like zinc oxide, raspberry, carrot, lemon, citronella, peppermint, orange, kiwi and tangerine, this lightweight fruity sunblock smells amazing and doesn’t leave that yucky white residue. And bonus, this sunblock also doubles as a natural insect repellent. I love 2 in 1 products like this! This has been an everyday AM staple since I got it for my daily early morning walks with baby boy.

Seeds Now! Basil Italian Large Leaf Seeds

You can grow your own organic garden with the Seeds Now! collection of pure non-genetically modified seeds. Their seeds are 100% non-hybridized, 100% heirloom/open-pollinated, and 100% raw & un-treated. These seeds actually inspired me to get more seeds and grow more at my home. It was almost ridiculous how easy it was. Before I knew it, I had sprouts and I almost have full basil leaves now (see picture below). No green thumb needed. How awesome?! On their website they have lots of affordable sampler seed packs that you can try!

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GoumiKids Goumimitts

Honestly these baby mitts are my favorite item in the whole box and they aren’t even for me, but they are amazing for newborns. These little mitts are machine-washable, 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton blend is breathable, naturally antimicrobial and environmentally sustainable. They stay on which is hard to say when it comes to baby mitts and lastly, they have a cool high contrast print that stimulates baby’s brain. How cool is that?! I’m so glad I found this brand and can’t wait to order some of their other equally awesome baby items.

YumEarth Organic Sour Twists

Confession: I live for sour candy and devoured these seconds after I opened the box. I try not to eat conventional sour gummy candy often because of all the hidden nasty ingredients so it’s nice to know there is a better alternative available. These did not disappoint! Vegan, nut free, non-GMO, gluten free, and USDA organic, free of artificial dyes and flavors. These were watermelon lemonade flavor and I can’t wait to get more. They have a super helpful “Where To Buy” link on their website so you can easily find them at a store near you.

Visha Skin Care Bump 2 Baby Body Balm

A multitasking body balm that is 5 products in one. It encourages skin’s natural elasticity, soothes and relieves dry skin and eczema, helps minimize emerging stretch marks, moisturizes and protects sensitive and delicate skin, helps strengthen thinning skin. This felt so soothing on my postpartum delicate belly skin. The small sample wasn’t really enough for me to see it work wonders or live up to its claims, but I loved the feeling of this lotion/balm.

Pair’d Beauty Bath Bomb

Not all bath bombs are created equal. Actually, most are very toxic. These are vegan, fair trade, mostly organic and 100% natural. There’s nothing like treating yourself to a nice warm bath after a long day and bath bombs just make the experience even more fun. My bath bomb was the Sweet Breeze…this fizzy bath bomb turns your bath tangerine orange while it releases the ​scents of Sweet Orange, Lavender and Peppermint. This tired new mama really enjoyed this!

Hope you discovered some great new brands through this review and that you check out Ecocentric Mom’s fun monthly boxes.

For $10 off a Ecocentric Mom subscription follow this link.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Essential Oils 101

I’m sure you’ve heard a few things here and there about essential oils and hopefully you have even used some already! As you know since you are here reading this, I am on a continuous quest to live a more natural, holistic lifestyle and essential oils have fit in perfectly with that goal. I wanted to share a little bit of background information about essential oils and what they do, the different types available out there, my own experience with them, the kind I use and why. So let’s jump in!

What are essential oils?

An essential oil is a volatile substance derived from a plant that contains the natural smell and characteristics of that plant. Essential oils are highly concentrated and more powerful than dried herbs. EOs are distilled from botanicals such as flowers, trees, shrubs, roots, bushes and seeds. They have enhanced lives for thousands of years, offering a variety of benefits from cosmetic and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious use. EOs can offer emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness in a natural way that can be truly life-changing.

How do we use them?

The ways we can use essential oils are truly endless. Most commonly, EOs can be applied topically, directly to the skin neat but more often with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin e oil or olive oil. Certain therapeutic grade EOs can be used internally, mixing 1-2 drops in liquid like water, juice or plant based milk or placed in capsules. They can also be used aromatically and inhaled by diffusing them in your home or office.

What do they do?

What don’t they do is a better question to ask! Depending on the oil you choose, they can be used to help you sleep, to boost your immune system, to purify the air, to give you energy or help you focus, to ease sore muscles, even to cook and clean in your home! I have had a blast discovering new benefits to the oils I currently have on hand. I’ve even incorporated them into my daily skincare and beauty routine! For example, you can add a few drops of Lavender EO to your mascara to help lengthen and strengthen your lashes! I will do another post soon on some other EO hacks like this one.

How did I get started using essential oils?

The studio where I took yoga classes started offering an essential oil yoga class which incorporated different oils throughout the class. I loved the experience and every time I went I learned about a new oil and what it was good for. It was addicting and I truly felt the difference in my body and mind after being exposed to the oils topically and aromatically during class. I was hooked! I had to get my hands on some to use at home. I knew I had seen some at TJ Maxx and they were cheap, but as usual, I wanted to do my research and make sure I was getting quality oils.

Similarly, to what I’ve discovered when searching for natural, non-toxic beauty and skincare products, many essential oils out there, especially the cheap ones on TJ Maxx shelves for example make false claims about their purity, are diluted with synthetic fillers or they are distilled in a way which negatively alters their powerful therapeutic properties. Needless to say I didn’t purchase the cheap TJ Maxx oils and knew I had to keep searching.

What kind do I use?

Young Living! After doing much research, comparisons and reading testimonials and reviews from everyday users, I knew Young Living was the place to get started. Their Seed to Seal promise and process really put my mind at ease. It guarantees the purity and potency of all of their oils because they are involved in the entire process from cultivating the seeds, planting them on their own farms and harvesting, distilling and packaging in house. Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, these pure essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come.

I started by purchasing their premium starter kit last year and I fell in love. This was such a great way for me to get introduced to the world of oils. I started out slow, as essential oils can be a bit overwhelming at first. I started by diffusing (the kit comes with a diffuser) and then slowly as I learned more about the different benefits of each oil, I began to incorporate them into my daily routine topically and by ingesting them as well. And lately I’ve been discovering new ways to use them around the house and more.

Young Living has an amazing, supportive community and the resources that come with the starter kit as well as the membership are really helpful. When you purchase a starter kit, you automatically become a YL member which allows you to buy more oils at wholesale prices (24% off retail), however there is no obligation to make future purchases and your kit can be a one and done purchase if you choose.

A premium starter kit, which comes with 11 of the most commonly used oils + a diffuser (and more) is the best value & provides you with everything you need to get started. You’ll get over $300 worth of essential oil products for only $160. I thought it was a good deal when I purchased my kit, but now that I have seen all that these oils can do for me, I can tell you with passion that it is an amazing deal.View More: http://everlastinglovephotography.pass.us/oils

How can you get started?

If you are interested in ordering and getting started with the very best, highest quality essential oils, you can follow this link to grab your kit. I will get a notification and can send you even more helpful information in addition to what comes with the kit and can even add you to some great Facebook groups that will help you along your oily journey.

Essential oils have been the perfect supplement to my healthy lifestyle and I’m excited and passionate about sharing this information with you! I want everyone to be able to experience the benefits I have. I am happy to share more specifics on my experiences with certain oils you may be interested in indiviidually or answer any questions you may have. Just ask!

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

 

Note: The information in this post is specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made here about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter & Chocolate Energy Balls

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I have been making these delicious energy balls for years and thought it’s definitely time to share the simple recipe with you guys! These are super easy to make and packed with superfoods, fiber, protein and some fun, sweet stuff too 🙂 I actually love to have these on hand in my fridge when I’m craving a sweet treat, but don’t want to indulge too much. One of these is the perfect fix. TIP: I like to heat mine up in the microwave for 10 seconds so it’s warm and gooey, YUM!

So here’s the Recipe:

2 Cups Oats

1 Cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

1 Cup Flax Seed (preferably ground)

1 Cup Chocolate Chips

2/3 Cup Honey

1/8 Cup Chia Seeds

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

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2. Mix with a spatula until it looks like this

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3. Next, take small amounts and form into balls using your hands. Store in a container and place in fridge or at room temperature depending on your preference (my husband likes them cold).

THAT’S IT!

Feel free to get creative with the ingredients and alter the recipe a bit. Maybe use a fun flavored almond or peanut butter, add nuts or maybe even some raisins or other dried fruit.

And while I’m sharing…this is my new favorite honey, probably the best I’ve ever had so definitely check out Buzz & Bloom! Not sponsored, I just really love it 🙂

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Enjoy!

Lot’s of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Boosting Your Breakfast

I’ve blogged before about striving for a healthy balance when it comes to the foods I eat. I love pizza and I love sweets, but I try to balance these things with plenty of greens and other superfoods in my daily food intake. I also try to make the most out of my meals, remembering that the true point of food is to fuel our bodies and therefore adding things in that give me the most benefits.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not make it the healthiest it can be to start your day off right? Breakfast is personally my favorite meal and one I find very easy to really supercharge with adding some healthy boosts.

The following are some extra ingredients I add to common breakfast food items. These ingredients give them a healthy boost and additional benefits. The breakfast items I mention are great alone, but why not make them even healthier?

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil. Oh how we love you and all of the amazing things you can do for us. Coconut oil gets a lot of hot press for DYI beauty, oil pulling, etc. but let’s not forget the benefits of consuming coconut oil in our daily diet.

Coconut oil is a healthy fat…a saturated fat that are known for their ability to increase the healthy cholesterol in your body. There are so many other benefits, but some of my favorites are those that benefit the immune system. Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is also easy to digest, produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. Winning!

Add a spoonful or two of coconut oil to a smoothie, to hot coffee or tea. You can even add a spoonful to oatmeal. Lastly, I sometimes use a little coconut oil when cooking up eggs.

Avocado

Avocado! Another healthy fat… Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Sign me up!

Add avocado to your smoothies. Adding an avocado actually gives smoothies a great smooth and creamy texture. Avocado toast! Spread half an avocado on your bread slices. You can jazz it up with a squeeze of lemon, some pink salt or if you like it spicy, some crushed red pepper. Make a fun Mexican style breakfast bowl, with an egg or two, some veggies, salsa and top it off with some avocado.

Cinnamon

Did you know that according to research, out of 26 of the most popular herbs and spices in the world, cinnamon ranks #1 in terms of its protective antioxidant levels? As little as ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity and more. Add it to your coffee, smoothies, oatmeal… I also buy plain organic greek yogurt and add cinnamon to give it some flavor and then throw some fresh berries on top. Save a few calories and consume less sugar than buying and consuming the yogurt with fruit, sugar and other additives.

Turmeric

Like cinnamon, turmeric is a powerful spice with a long list of uses and benefits. It’s known for its antioxidant content and ability to work as an anti-inflammatory in the body. This one you will have to play around with, because some people don’t like the flavor of turmeric, but I don’t really notice it. I add turmeric to my smoothies and coffee and personally love the flavor if I notice it at all.

Bee Pollen, Flax & Chia Seeds

Did you know bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods? It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.

Flaxseed is a high-fiber super food! High in omega-3 essential fatty acids or “good fats” that have been shown to have heart healthy effects.

In addition to chia seeds being an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids similar to flax, they are also rich in antioxidants and provide fiber, iron, and calcium.

These are all great to sprinkle on top of yogurt or oatmeal or add to smoothies. You can even whip up your own granola and add flax and chia seeds to some oats and honey.

Spinach & Kale

Spinach and kale both serve as excellent sources of vitamin K, A, and iron. I always add greens to my smoothie. It’s the perfect way to make an average smoothie so much healthier. I strive to get greens into at least 2 out of my 3 meals each day to aid in digestion and to increase overall vitamin and mineral intake. I do not taste the difference when I throw a handful of spinach in my smoothie, but kale does tend to alter the taste a bit if you are sensitive, just an FYI. I also cut up spinach and add it to eggs!

 

Hope this gives you some new ideas to help you supercharge and make the most out of the most important meal of the day.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

2017 Whole Foods Limited Edition Beauty Bag Favorites

FullSizeRenderAt the end of March, Whole Foods Market announced that their yearly limited edition clean beauty bags were available in stores in limited quantity. They sell for $18 dollars and feature 11 different samples/full size beauty items. I booked it to my local Whole Foods as soon as I heard about it and shockingly, I snagged the very last bag they had!

FYI: Whole Foods quality standards prohibit 75+ ingredients that are commonly found in conventional body care including phthalates, formaldehyde, microbeads, triclosan, oxybenzone, BHT, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate and many more.

I have reviewed my five favorites from the 2017 beauty bag below:

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk:

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I was already familiar with this brand and have used and love one of their shampoos. First, this cleanser smells amazing! That was the first bonus as soon as I put it on my skin, like fresh apricots. It is super moisturizing and doesn’t strip the skin at all. If you like the really foamy cleansers, this one is not for you. More of a cleansing lotion, it reminds me of the feeling of Cetaphil if you are familiar, which I used before I realized how bad the ingredients were. Did you know Cetaphil Skin Cleanser scores a 10, the worst possible score for toxicity on the Think Dirty App? It’s full of nasty parabens, and of course is so misleading being advertised as a “gentle” skin cleanser that is dermatologist recommended. This cleansing milk by Andalou is a great natural alternative!

Evan Healthy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm:

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Every time I’ve seen a product for the face in stick form, like sunscreen, blush, bronzer etc. I have steered in the opposite direction. I’ve just never seen or understood the appeal, until this eye balm came into my life! I love love love this stuff! When it comes to under eyes especially, I would have never imagined, but a balm like this is perfect, it glides and hydrates without pulling on the sensitive under eye area. I use this balm on other random dry spots too, like my lips and nose. I had never heard of one of the main ingredients, wild carrot seed oil, but I now know that my skin drinks it up and responds very well to it, nourishing, moisturizing and brightening the area it’s applied to. Other key ingredients are organic sunflower oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, rosehip and coconut oil. My ride or die under eye care is the coffee bean caffeine eye cream from 100% Pure, but this comes in right at the top with it and I will definitely be purchasing again. I can’t wait to try more products from this brand!

Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara in Jet:

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I’ve tried a lot of the natural mascaras out there and honestly have had a lot of big fails and flops. This one I have mixed feelings about and here’s why…I love the full bristle brush, it’s awesome and great for creating volume and length. I feel like truly the brush is everything when it comes to mascara. Am I right? This mascara didn’t clump or smudge on me once applied which I also loved and finally it didn’t irritate my eyes which are normally very sensitive… even to more natural products. What I didn’t love? It seemed like after just a couple weeks of using it, the consistency changed a bit and it started to dry out and get a little clumpy on the brush. I know mascara’s shelf life is short in general and I really loved this mascara at first so I may have to give it another shot.

Pacifica Devocean Deeply Devoted Natural Lipstick in Tenderness:

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While I always want some kind of color on my lips, I rarely wear lipstick and am more of a lip gloss or tinted balm type of gal. That being said, I really loved the way this lipstick felt on my lips and its beautiful, long lasting color. This color is a perfect rosey nude that is great for anytime wear. Formulated without: Animal ingredients (including carmine, beeswax and lanolin), animal testing, FD&C colors, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, porpylene glycol, SLS, gluten, peanut oil and other ingredients you don’t want on your skin. I am wearing Tenderness in the photo below so you can get an idea of the subtle, but pretty color.

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Piece & Co. Beauty Bag:

This bag is gorgeous and unique, so much so that I almost don’t want to use it in fear that something might spill inside and ruin its perfection. I love that the fabrics they use are socially and environmentally responsible. (See picture at top of post) Here’s a bit more about Piece & Co… Piece & Co. is a different kind of textile company. As a social enterprise, Piece & Co. is reimagining the global supply chain while creating high-quality socially and environmentally sustainable fabrics. Piece & Co. enables a network of more than 5,000 artisans in 16 countries to develop their businesses and compete in the global marketplace, impacting over 16,000 dependents worldwide.

From Bolivia to Zambia, Piece & Co. sources material from primarily female-led artisan groups whose traditional textiles are of exceptional quality and beauty. By connecting these artisans with major companies, Piece & Co. strives to create consistent employment for thousands of women and positively impact their children and their communities. Piece & Co. ensures success by investing in the artisan groups through business training, technique development, and raw material sourcing, allowing both the artisans and their production to flourish.

I love clean sample bags like this because I discover new natural brands and products that I may not have come across otherwise. Hope you enjoyed reading about my favorites!

 

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie