Eminence Organics Skin Care Product Review

For Christmas I received some amazing products from Eminence Organic Skin Care that I have been using since and wanted to review for you! I first discovered Eminence years ago at a day spa long before I started using all natural and organic skincare products. I received a seasonal Pumpkin Eminence Facial and it was the best facial I’ve ever had! My skin was glowing and hydrated for weeks and ever since I was sold on their amazing products and ingredients.

Eminence Believes in:

  • Organic
  • Natural
  • Biodynamic®
  • Sustainable
  • Cruelty Free

Eminence Says No To:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Animal Testing

Here’s a little bit more about their Biodynamic, Organic and Natural ingredients straight from their website:

Originating from a balanced, holistic view of the universe, Biodynamic® farming practices regard the farm, the plants and the animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes. It renders fruits and herbs that are unusually high in nutrients and active compounds then harnesses these potent ingredients into a collection of products that are the ultimate in pureness and results-driven skin care.

Seeds are planted and crops are harvested following the lunar cycle so that when the tides are high, roots receive the most moisture and goodness.

As an alternative to harsh pesticides, the farm uses herbal teas and plant friendly honey traps from local bees as natural insect repellents ensuring that all Biodynamic® ingredients are farmed as naturally as possible.

Biodynamic® ingredients are void of all chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Only natural medicinal herbs and mineral composts are used to enhance the soil and ignite powerful growth forces in the plants from roots to tips.

Healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body, inside and out. That’s why we source premium ingredients from organic farms worldwide to ensure our products are the purest and most potent.

Organic skin care is rooted in a holistic approach to farming and production. Unfortunately, modern agriculture robs the land of nutrients and often results in genetically modified ingredients. Choosing organic ingredients ensures that there are no harsh chemicals added. Our products do not contain harmful chemicals like added Parabens, Petrolatum, Mineral Oils, Propylene Glycol or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Our products are made with fresh fruit pulps, plants and exotic spices. This makes them incredibly rich in nutrients, so they are not only the healthiest choice for you, but also the most effective, results-oriented collection around. Vitamins are captured in their all-natural fresh base, offering dramatic results as actual seeds, pulps and peels impart regenerative and healing powers that only nature can produce. The precious ingredients are hand-picked and hand-mixed in small batches and combined with thermal hot spring water to create products that contain potent healing and beautifying properties.

My Product Reviews

Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum

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A blogger I have followed for years raved about this product for helping with her “mustache,” meaning her hyperpigmentation/melasma conveniently located above her upper lip. I too suffer from this problem as well as some discoloration on my forehead. This product along with the rest I reviewed is an Eminence Best Seller.

Key Ingredients

  • Licorice: brightens skin appearance
  • Natural Hydroquinone Alternative Complex: brightening with African potato and tara tree; antioxidant rich
  • Lactic Acid: sloughs off dead skin cells to rejuvenate the appearance of skin
  • Gigawhite™: brightens the look of skin
  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Lemongrass: tones and cleanses skin
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

My Experience: I’m definitely not a fan of licorice taste or smell in general, but I’ll take one for the team if the product works! I’ve been using this for 2 months pretty regularly and I have noticed a small amount of overall lightening so far. I think we all expect results to be dramatic, but I think it will take time and continued use. I can say that this serum really helps exfoliate gently. The serum glides on easily. You can just put it on your trouble spots, but I actually have been putting the serum on my entire face under moisturizer. I do notice that it tones and improves the overall appearance of the skin, probably in combination with the other amazing products reviewed below.

Stone Crop Gel Wash Cleanser

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Key Ingredients

  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Soap Base (free of sodium lauryl sulphate): cleanses and softens
  • Shea Butter: calming and restorative agent

 

My Experience: I was excited to try this gel cleanser because of the ingredients that are ideal for uneven skin tones. That’s definitely my skin! A little goes a long way with this gel and a little water. It lathers nicely and is soothing and gentle. It rinses off pretty easily making the skin feel clean and soft. I’ve struggled with other cleansers feeling like it takes forever to rinse off, but this one only takes a few seconds and splashes of water. I have also noticed it’s excellent at removing makeup as well. My skin feels clean, refreshed, hydrated and soft afterwards.

Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer

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Key Ingredients

 

  • Stone Crop: hydrating and nourishing for uneven skin tones
  • Lemon: high amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidant
  • Corn Germ Oil: softens and enriches the skin
  • BioComplex: a booster of antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin

My Experience: This moisturizer is pretty thick and heavy going on, also green which was just surprising to me for a moisturizer ;)…but it actually absorbs into the skin pretty quickly and doesn’t feel sticky, greasy or heavy afterwards in any way. It moisturizes just enough to balance the skin and I love all the powerful ingredients especially the high amounts of vitamin C which my skin always seems to respond well to.

Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum

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  • Neroli Oil: regenerating, refreshing and hydrating; fragrant skin softener
  • Coconut Milk: moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin
  • Natural Retinol Alternative Complex: contains chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree; smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • PhytoCellTec™ Swiss Green Apple Stem Cells: rejuvenating plant stem cell concentrate; promotes the look of skin’s elasticity and delays the appearance of visible signs of aging
  • Carrot Extract: antioxidant; nutrient; source of vitamin A; nourishes and regenerates the skin with carotene oils

My Experience: This eye serum actually surprised me a bit. I’m used to using a thicker eye cream so the texture was interesting and different. Definitely a serum, but a creamy serum that glided on nicely under my eyes. My skin drank this stuff up! It’s super hydrating and noticeably smooths the appearance of fine lines even after just one use. I will purchase this again and again and would rank this as one of the top 3 eye serums/creams I have ever tried!

A great way to try out the Eminence Organic Line is to buy one of their Must Have Starter Kits. I can’t recommend this organic line of skincare enough. Although a little pricier, a little goes a long way with all of their products that I have tried. Eminence is only available in spas and salons so you cannot purchase off their website, however I have purchased items through Amazon or you can do a spa search on their website to find a spa near you that carries the line.

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

Photo Credit: eminenceorganics.com/us

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31 Weeks Pregnant

31 weeks (2).JPGDue Date: April 25, 2017

How far along: 31 weeks

Size of baby: Asparagus (approximately 16.1 inches and 3.31 pounds)

How many weeks to go: 9 weeks!

Maternity clothes: I got a new set of 15 spring items from Motherhood Closet (maternity clothes rental service…check previous pregnancy update posts for more info). I love the added color to my wardrobe since in the winter I tend to steer towards black and grey. Even my maternity jeans are too tight and uncomfortable at this point so leggings or dresses are my favorite right now and probably from here on out. I’m not a huge shorts person, but I rented a few pairs of those too.

Stretch marks: No stretch marks still, but boy do I feel my skin stretching. I do have the Linea Nigra starting to show finally. I was wondering when it would arrive! I am still using THE BEST Baby Belly Butter by Nature Bare Body Care. Check out my review here.

Sleep: Sleep is becoming a bit tough. I have to pee multiple times during the night and every time I get up I wake up baby and he squirms around a bunch.

Best moment of this week: Lot’s of great moments this past week…Attending my girlfriend’s baby shower. She is exactly 4 weeks ahead of me and expecting her third, a baby girl! Going out for Mexican food with my husband for Valentine’s day…and finding some unique, vintage nautical items for the nursery.

Miss anything: Can’t think of anything right now.

Movement: Baby is still head up, but hopefully he flips to head down soon. He also favors the right side of my belly so I feel like my belly is always lop-sided. Still moving a ton, especially when I lay down.

Food cravings: Peanut Butter anything or just straight pb. Also lemonade…this one has been pretty consistent throughout my whole pregnancy.

Anything making you queasy or sick: If I stand for too long, I start to get a bit queasy and light-headed. I’ve also noticed a sensitivity to sugar…even small amounts make me a bit queasy.

Gender: BOY! We are still ironing out the middle name, but his first name was determined even before he was conceived and I’m finally ready to share… Drum roll…….Baby boy’s name is Lane 🙂

Wedding rings on or off: On

Mood: Happy…but distracted by all consuming baby thoughts. I find it very hard to focus on anything else right now #pregnancybrain

Favorite pregnancy or baby product: This isn’t a pregnancy or baby product, but leads me to those things. I am obsessed with the OfferUp app right now! Have you heard of it? It’s similar to Craigslist, but you search for an item and then you can scroll through pictures of that item for sale near you. I have been on the hunt for some deals and found a brand new Ergobaby 360 carrier still in the box for half the price it’s selling on Amazon. I also got a Fisher Price Rock and Play that was practically brand new for $15 and a Britax travel system stroller and infant car seat combo.  It’s so addicting!

Equally addicting is finding adorable baby clothes at Goodwill. I have even been able to find Burt’s Bees and other organic cotton onesies. I will rarely pay more than $1 per piece.

Looking forward to: I have another baby shower to attend this weekend. I haven’t seen this girlfriend since college so I’m looking forward to it even more for that reason. We both look very different currently than we did back then. Haha!

I am also looking forward to kicking birth prep into high gear by incorporating daily exercises, walking and taking more prenatal yoga classes 🙂

Lots of love and good health,

Tasha, The Non-Toxic Newbie

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/

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.