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8 Beauty Picks for Earth Day

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

Troubled Skin Serum With Frankincense and Tamanu

This Troubled Skin Serum from Rainwater Botanicals is one of my favorites for treating acne, but better yet is the fact that all Rainwater Botanicals products are super affordable (some are $10 or less), produced in the USA from organic and wild crafted ingredients, and they use recycled packaging and sustainable materials. They have loads of products that I love and you can learn more about them in a post I did here.

The Problem Solver Face Mask

The Problem Solver Mask by May Lindstrom is my favorite face mask to date and with good reason – it’s made with all natural ingredients including cacao, bamboo charcoal, and various natural minerals and clays so it literally comes from the earth. Also, all of the products by May Lindstrom come in reusable glass containers so there’s no plastic waste. Aside from the fact that it’s completely naturally formulated, this face mask works seriously well at clearing, calming, and toning the skin. It’s better than any mask I’ve tried yet. You can see my review for it here. Aside from this mask, they also have other fantastic products including The Good Stuff Radiance Oil which is amazing for getting that dewy glow look. You can see a post I did on how to use it here.

Karen Murrell lipsticks are some of the most sustainable lip products I’ve ever seen. They have some serious high standards set to them and they’ve really held up against them. The lipstick containers themselves and the packaging are all made with biodegradable, recycled or plant materials. The lipstick tube itself starts biodegrading back to the earth in 100 days which is something I’ve never heard of for any product let alone a lipstick. The lipsticks as products are not only extremely hydrating, but they smell amazing and have lovely, trendy colors that look great on any skin tone. I actually haven’t met a KM lippie I didn’t like. They are cruelty free, sustainable, locally sourced and traceable, ECOCERT, green house gas neutral, and made with all natural and organic ingredients. They are my favorite HG lipsticks. You can see the original post I did on them here.

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Konjac Sponges are make facial cleansing simple, clean and green. They’re made from konjac, a kind of potato found in Japan, and various clays so they are entirely biodegradable. In fact, after a few months they actually begin to fall apart and literally degrade. They work really well to cleanse and soften skin without stripping it of it’s natural oils while also brightening, gently exfoliating and calming. Plus, they’re super cheap at only $9 each. You can see my original post on them here.

The Suti Cleanse Organic Balm is, hands down, the best cleansing balm I’ve ever tried. It’s super hydrating, cleansing, calming, and doesn’t clog pores. It comes with a muslin cloth so you can even use it to gently exfoliate skin without drying it out or irritating it. Made with all organic plant oils and butter, this balm can be used as a cleanser, moisturizer, face mask and exfoliant. The balm is made with a certified organic formula and comes in a reusable glass jar. You can see my original post on it here.

Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set

ECO Tools have some amazing brushes and they’re super sustainably made from bamboo and other sustainable materials. They work really well for applying makeup and even skincare products. I’ve used their smaller eye brushes to apply eye cream before and that works really well. Also, their shower gloves are amazing as well for body exfoliation.

Travel Set

 

Living Nature products are some of the best natural products I’ve tried. They offer a wide range of skincare and cosmetic products which are all really nice. They use exotic ingredients found in New Zealand and other naturally sustainable plant oils and extracts in order to soothe, hydrate and heal skin. I love how gentle their products are and they can definitely be used on any skin type, including sensitive. You can see my original post on their products here.

Antonia Burrell‘s Natural Glow Cleansing Oil is the best cleansing oil I’ve found for acne prone skin types, but it will definitely work well for any other skin type as well. It’s very gentle, calming and nourishing without being heavy. Aside from that, it comes in a reusable glass jar, is made from all natural and sustainable plant ingredients that actually work for skin without harming the environment.

What Are Your Top Eco Beauty Picks?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna

JENNIFER

I’m so excited to share these lovely lovely boots with you today!

I first discovered Kamik on a blog earlier this year and they were rolling around in my mind for a few months before I contacted them about their boots. I was then very lucky to be sent these incredibly lovely Kamik Jennifer Rain Boots in Plum for review. Kamik are a very earth friendly company with many green initiatives and accomplishments which manufactures all different types of boots for various types of work and weather for both adults and children in the USA and Canada.

A big reason I’ve been so intrigued by these is that they have an incredible award-winning eco-friendly plan for all of their boots, including these, which involves recycling them and the fact that all of their boots, including this pair, are made up of recycled materials and their very own rubber.

In their own words:

“RubberHe is Kamik’s own made-in Canada innovation. It’s a recyclable PVC-free synthetic rubber that’s 50% lighter than natural rubber and 30% lighter than other synthetic rubbers. Flexible, super-comfortable, extremely durable and abrasion-resistant, RubberHe gives you great traction and a light step any weather.”

The fact that their synthetic rubber is PVC is a big deal for those who would worry about carcinogenic plastic products and their effect on the body. Aside from that, there are so many more reasons to love Kamik!

First off, I’ve had to wait a bit to post on these ones as it really hadn’t rained yet and the one day it did, I forgot to wear them!

So, I’m really excited to finally feature these as I’ve pretty much been wearing them everyday since the rain has come here in Cali and loving every minute of it!

Hell to the yeah! Received @Kamik Eco friendly rain boots! Post on these lovelies coming soon at http://storybookapothecary.com (Taken with Instagram)

This is what they first looked like when I received them in the mail. As you can see they have a beautifully sleek design that’s perfect for protecting your feet from the rain and keeping them dry all day long.

In the beginning, I had some trouble with how tightly these boots fit as I have wide calves and they fit a tiny bit too tight for comfort. I quickly remedied this issue by blow-drying the inside of these boots for a few seconds and then putting them on which helps to stretch them out so they form to your shape. This works like a charm! If you have wide calves or anything and have trouble with high boots fitting you, this is a great way to remedy them if they are made of rubber or leather. The mild heat softens the material and makes it more malleable so you can stretch them a bit.

@KamikOutdoor Jennifer Rain Boots in plum. Hasn’t rained yet, but I love these! Review coming soon at StorybookApothecary.com!

So once I stretched these out a bit, they fit me snug, but perfectly and are very comfortable now!

The shoes themselves fit my feet perfectly and are very cushioned for all day traipsing around. I didn’t have any foot soreness or anything in these – the quality of these boots is definitely there. I’ve worn other cheaper rain boots before and these absolutely beat all the other rain boots I’ve tried before as the build quality just feels more durable and comfortable. They do very well in the pouring rain – we had near flooding in my area over the past weekend and my feet stayed dry and toasty in these boots with no issues. I’ve also been wearing them quite frequently for over a week and there are little to no signs of wear so I can tell they will last me quite awhile.

Aside from the fact that I absolutely love how they fit and look, the fact of their manufacturing here in the states and in Canada, supplying local jobs and supporting the economies is another reason I’d buy these over a cheaper pair. I feel great knowing these are made by a family run company which is supporting American and Canadian jobs and I’m thrilled I can promote them!

Other reasons to love them include their eco consciousness, the fact that their company uses hydro-generated power in their factories and no fossil fuels are used, and the general overall minimal earth footprint, but huge economical impact they make by doing business in the way that they do it.

Big Reasons to Love Kamik Boots:

  • “Kamik makes over two million 100% recycled boots per year

  • Kamik boot liners are manufactured using recycled polyester and polypropylene fibres

  • Every product that we make in our injection molding plants in Montreal, QC and Littleton, NH is 100% recyclable

  • Kamik’s injection molding plants use hydro- generated power to run the machines. No fossil fuels are used

  • The machines are cooled with recycled water. A cooling tower on the roof of our plant has a closed-loop distribution system where the water is collected, distributed and recycled and reused

  • Oil used in the hydraulic pumps is filtered, recuperated and reused

  • Boot scraps are collected and reused. Nothing goes to waste”

I wholeheartedly endorse these boots as they’re not only very affordable considering their environmental friendliness and small carbon footprint, but they also support my country (and our lovely northern neighbors!) so I feel really proud wearing them.

To learn more about Kamik the company, check here. 

To learn more about the technology behind their boots, check here.

To learn more about their recycling program, check here.

To check out the boots I’ve reviewed above, check here.

To shop all Kamik Boots, check here.

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  1. Krups Espresso Machine { from West Elm via Pinterest } $299.95
  2. “I Bloody Love Tea” Mug { from AliceMaplesdenPots on Etsy via Pinterest } $24.79
  3. BECCA Sandalwood Gift Set { from BeautyHabit.com via Pinterest } $70
  4. Grow Your Own Mushrooms Kit { from Back To the Roots via Pinterest } $19.95
  5. Multicolored 10 Piece Knife Set { from Fab.com via Pinterest } $28
  6. Roques Oneil Pamper Me Xmas Gift Set { from Roques Oneil via Pinterest } £48
  7. Rachel Bow Day Bag { from Forever New via Pinterest } $69.99
  8. “I Would Cuddle You So Hard” T-Shirt { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $19.50
  9. “Amber” Eau de Parfum by Prada { from Nordstrom via Pinterest } $118
  10. Vitamix Professional Blender { from Wayfair.Com via Pinterest } $498.95
  11. “Freak Out” Pajama Set { from TopShop.com via Pinterest }
  12. OCC Pro’s Picks Lip Tar Set { from Sephora.Com via Pinterest } $49
  13. Waterproof Ipod Shuffle with Dual Layer Protection { from WaterFi.Com via Pinterest } $144.95
  14. Aquaovo Therm-O Terra ECO Friendly Thermos { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $20
  15. RMS Beauty Essentials Gift Set { from SpiritBeautyLounge.Com via Pinterest } $150
  16. Samsung Galaxy Note II { from Samsung via Pinterest } $299.99 (with contract) or $649.99 (without)
  17. Trilogy Xmas Everything Balm Gift Set { from LoveLula.Com via Pinterest } £12.50
  18. “Bonne Nuit” ERMINE French Slippers { from TopShop.Com via Pinterest } $28
  19. Nanda Home Clocky Rolling Clock { from Fab.Com via Pinterest } $45

For more gift inspiration, check out my Pinterest board “Gift Ideas” for more gift inspiration!

What’s on your gift list this year?

Today I’m reviewing a lovely natural loose powder foundation by Priori Skincare.

This natural foundation utilizes seriously minimalist, but awesomely natural ingredients: natural minerals from the earth (iron oxides, zinc oxide, mica), natural coffeeberry extract, and that’s it! There’s no harmful, pore-clogging talc included in the formula so this powder foundation is super gentle. The added benefits of coffeeberry include brightening, softening of fine lines and potent protection from free radical environmental damage to the skin. Aside from that, another cool feature of this product is that the powder is packaged in biodegradable plant plastics which I think is pretty fantastic!

Here Are Some Awesome Features of This Foundation Powder: 

  • 100% Natural Minerals
  • Anti-Aging.
  • Highest, natural free-radical protection with CoffeeBerry® extract
  • Broad Spectrum UV Protection: SPF 25, UVA 10, PA+++
  • Skin Cancer Foundation seal ofrecommendation
  • Earth conscious, Eco friendly, Environmentally safe
  • Eco-friendly packaging made from biodegradable plant plastics
  • Paraben Free
  • Clinically tested
  • No animal testing
  • No animal derived ingredients
  • Eco-friendly, cruelty free brushes
  • Non-Comedogenic
  • Non-Acnegenic

Packaging: The packaging is quite nice. The box it comes in is sleek and earth friendly, while the powder sifter itself is a smooth sleek plastic. You get a seriously good amount of powder so I really think there is a lot of good value there. The powder brush that comes with this foundation is horrible. It feels cheap, synthetic (not in a good way though), and doesn’t hold powder well. I binned it.

Product Effectiveness: I really enjoyed this powder foundation! It has quality ingredients that are gentle and protective on the skin while excluding those that might harm or irritate it. It also has a nice amount of coverage and a decent soft finish to it. The only thing I really didn’t like about this powder is the fact that even though I received the lightest shade, it was still pretty dark. It actually worked for me for awhile given I had a mini tan from Summer still, but now that my skin is going back to its usual paleness, this is simply too dark. I think it’s a great option for Summer or if you happen to be darker in skin tone, this would be a nice option. For Winter, I’ll be going back to my usual Alima Pure. Other than that, I do like that this didn’t break me out nor did it irritate my skin in any way. I love that it includes a natural sunscreen within the formula so I can be a little more lax on my sunscreen application and that it includes coffeeberry to protect my skin from premature aging.

Overall: This is a really decent powder foundation. The finish is a nice, soft and velvety one and it gives really decent amount of coverage. I would say it’s medium to full coverage, actually, and that’s great as it’s hard to come by in a powder foundation. Personally, the lack of shades for lighter skin tones put me off a bit, but I do think the quality of ingredients and the eco friendly green approach in their packaging is fantastic and, if you’re in the mid to darker shade of skin tone, definitely worth a try.

You can learn more about the CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals – here.

You can locate stores near you (USA and internationally) that carry Priori by using their locator here.

What do you think of this eco friendly powder foundation?

Do you prefer liquid or dry powder foundations?

Cheap and Easy DIY Green ECO Friendly House Cleaning Recipes

I know I normally do DIY beauty recipes, but someone requested that I do some for green cleaning so I hope you still enjoy and get some use from this!

Green cleaning recipes are super simple! They require very little effort, very little ingredients and you can customize them however you like. Also, contrary to popular belief, green cleaning doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Many people think that green products are overpriced and a lot of them are, but you can make some very simple and effective cleaning recipes with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen already. If you don’t have them, you can get everything you need for $20-$40 USD, depending on what you want, and those will last you at least 6 months. So the next time you want to go purchase some overpriced cleaning products, bookmark this post and make one instead!

Cost of ALL Cleaning Ingredients:

Distilled Vinegar $7 / Gallon

Apple Cider Vinegar – $10 -$20 / Gallon, depending on size, quality and brand

Water $0

Sea Salt $3

Baking Soda $1-$3

Essential Oil $3-$5 USD

Plant Hydrosols $5 – $20, depending on amount

Olive Oil – $5 – $20, depending on amount

Optional – Scrub Brush, Old Toothbrush, Newspaper

  • All Purpose Grime Cleaner – This is incredibly easy to do! All you need is some baking soda and/or sea salt, water, vinegar or lemon juice and essential oils of your choice. You will also need a scrub brush, old toothbrush or sponge. If you want to use soap, try adding a gentle castille liquid soap to this, but you really don’t have to and it will clean and disinfect just as well. You can do this one of two ways; the first is to add the baking soda directly to whatever tile, shower or wall you’re trying to clean and then spray the mixture of the rest of the liquids over the top before scrubbing. The other is to mix all the liquids together in a spray bottle and then add the baking soda last – try 1/2 teaspoon to start and then add more if needed. Use the baking soda sparingly as it will cause foaming. Be careful not to shake the bottle or it will foam more. Eventually the foam diminishes, but if you would rather not deal with that, I recommend putting the baking soda into a sifter jar that you can use to shake out small amounts onto whatever you want to clean first and then spray the other ingredients over the top. You can add sea salt to the sifter jar or directly if you are dealing with a particularly hard stain. In the case of essential oils, you can add whatever sent you like or have on hand, but some great ones for cleaning that have antibacterial cleansing properties are tea tree, rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, and eucalyptus. You can also swap out the water in this recipe and use a plant hydrosol instead. It’s up to you.

Ingredients:

  1. Baking Soda / Sea Salt – Mix and Put in a Sifter Jar or Bowl. If you use a bowl, shake it out using a spoon or slotted spoon.
  2. 10-20 Drops Essential Oil of Your Choice, Vinegar, Water and Lemon Juice – Stir together and put in a spray bottle of your choice / 1/2 Teaspoon of Liquid Castille Soap (Optional)
  3. Scrub Brush / Toothbrush / Sponge of your choice

If you are unsure where to start, here’s what I do:

For the Shower, Toilet, Floors or Tiles, I keep baking soda and sea salt mixture in a sifter jar that I pour onto the walls and floor of my shower / bath before anything. Then, I lightly spray a mixture of the following: tea tree oil (10-20 drops) in 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar (distilled is cheaper, but I feel apple cider is more potent in killing bacteria) and fill water to the top. Shake to mix. I spray this mixture of the baking soda and salt which makes it foam up. After that, I use a scrub brush / toothbrush for small spots to scrub away dirt and grime on my shower. After rinsing the shower / bath off in hot water, I spray a mixture of 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide in water all over the shower walls and floor, anywhere mold can grow. This is known to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in your shower. For the toilet, it’s basically the same except you don’t need to spray the hydrogen peroxide at the end unless you want to. On tiles, the same method is applied to your floor, but after scrubbing problem areas of the floor or grout, you can use a mop of your choice. Personally, I use a steam mop from Shark that makes steam from water to clean and disinfect. Check it out – here! 

  • All Purpose Counter Top Spray Cleaner – This recipe is basically the same as the one above, but you don’t need any baking soda. You can make your own paste from equal parts baking soda and water to use as a scrub for particularly difficult stains, but otherwise this should work fine. If you’re cleaning a stain or your stove where food or grime has been sitting for a time, pour hot water over the area lightly and let it sit until the water cools to lukewarm before you add your baking soda and salt mixture.
  • Window Cleaner – This is so easy to make! All you need is distilled or apple cider vinegar with a few drops of lemon juice or your choice of essential oils and that’s it! You can use regular paper towels to clean your windows, but newspaper works better and prevents streaking. I have found that using vinegar to clean my windows actually seems to work better than windex and other store cleaners. Plus, I like to use this to clean my window sills and frames because apple cider vinegar is a bug deterrent.
  • Carpet Cleaner – Mix equal parts salt, borax and vinegar to form a paste. Cover whatever carpet stains you have in a small layer of this and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. After, scrub with your brush, vaccum excess paste and rinse by spraying with hydrogen peroxide and water mixture you made to help prevent mold (see above!). Let air dry.
  • Wood Polish Cleaner – This is SO easy to do! All you need is 1 tablespoon of olive oil, strained juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of water. Shake in a small container to  mix. Use a small cloth and pour small amounts of cleaner to cloth before using the cloth to polish the wooden furniture of your choice!

So that’s all I can think of at the moment, but if something occurs to you that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to ask me about it in the comments!

Oh, and Happy Friday everyone!