brown paper covered gift box with black and gold ribbon

2018 minimalist gift guide

Overwhelmed by the frenzied buying bonanza that marks the holiday season? Me too. And while the term "minimalism" has gotten a bit of a bad rap lately, living minimally doesn't mean you have to go without; to me, it means living and consuming sensibly. I disagree with shopping for shopping's sake, but I recognize that…

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review: dry brushing with the yerba prima tampico body brush

I had SUCH a case of the Mondays today. What I have planned for tomorrow is a hot shower and a good dry brushing. I’ve been dry brushing for about a couple of years now, and I can say, it’s a better wake up call than coffee. I’m pleasantly surprised at how it gets my…

dripping spoon of raw honey

raw honey mask

I always love to revisit kitchen ingredients for my skincare. Enter raw honey from a local apiary — honey that’s unprocessed and straight from the hive. Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, raw honey exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps heal acne, and can even help with hyperpigmentation. When I first started using honey on my…

Row of okra

okra hair and face mask

It’s Food on Your Face Friday! Is that a thing? Let’s make it a thing! Who am I kidding — I’m willing to put food on my face any day of the week, especially when it’s as nutritionally rich as okra. Jam-packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and thiamine, okra offers a number of…

Beet Root Powder

beet root powder

With all the synthetic, and possibly toxic and carcinogenic, dyes and colorants in makeup and skincare products, it's no wonder folks are revisiting natural dyes. Beets are not only healthy, but also great for DIY green beauty and green skincare. I use beet root powder for all sorts of projects, ranging from lip scrub to…

wooden hair brush on black background

low waste/low impact swap: widu wooden hair brush

A few weeks ago, my trusty, 10-year-old hair brush broke, and I was expectedly disappointed and unwilling to let go. With much hesitation and after a brief period of mourning (I jest…😆), I welcomed the Widu hair brush into my life, and I’m so glad I did! I have thick, dry curly/wavy hair that I…

Brush With Bamboo Toothbrush

low impact/low waste swap: brush with bamboo toothbrush

With several billions of plastic toothbrushes finding their way to landfills and oceans every year, it's no wonder that plastic is at the center of our environmental crisis. According to National Geographic:  "Of the 8.3 billion metric tons [of plastic] that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only…