And, they have forgotten that we shouldn’t get too cozy in judgement of others.
Because we are all flawed & in need of forgiveness, unconditional love & acceptance.
So, trust the expression of being yourself. And, forgive others ahead of time for their lapses in understanding.
I hope this thread helps you get to a more peaceful place with external feedback. Fielding the criticism that comes to us can be challenging. But, when you practice viewing things through a lens of understanding, it helps. I’m rooting for you as you navigate life in a way that feels true to you. Sending you lots of strength and resilience as you sift through opinions that are projected onto you.
Remember, we are all on a unique path. Sometimes it’s easier to be angry & reactive. However, you can take care of yourself by forgiving other judgements ahead of time. It isn’t about them being deserving. Rather, it’s about preserving your low-stress state & sense of peace.
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Welcome to this post: 16 Clean Beauty Skin Care Brands to Try (+ 3 To Avoid).
You might be thinking: 16?! That’s a lot to consider! Well, I really wanted this post to be pretty comprehensive, as skin varies from person to person. Of course, your best fits depend on your skin type & ingredient preferences. Also, what you look for in skincare comes into play. Thus, your picks may be different than my favorites.
Also, here’s something to keep in mind when you check out these products and read ingredient lists. If you don’t know what something is, look it up! Long names can be botanical names or simply an ingredient you haven’t seen before. I use resources like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database & the Think Dirty App. Remember, you are the consumer and it’s your skin. Feel empowered to learn more through these resources.
So, dig in! I’m excited for you to get to know these brands. I’ve linked all the sites for you. So when you’re ready to shop, you’re all set. Feel free to reach out in the comments below with any specific product questions.
16 Clean Beauty Skin Care Brands to Try (+ 3 To Avoid)
Wildcrafted, organic, consciously-sourced ingredients on a mission to guide you on a path to return to your senses. Osmia Organics helps you reclaim your power and redefine your beauty. Osmia has pioneered the notion of reveling in the small moments. For me, she is truly an original. I discovered Dr. Sarah’s brand at the beginning of my natural skincare journey. Moreover, Osmia inspires a practice of honoring your whole body’s wellness. Also, they advocate for loving yourself at every stage & age in life.
Primally Pure handcrafts safe skincare products that offer real, recognizable results. Their ingredients are certified organic. Primally Pure also believes that fewer ingredients is better. And, their products are formulated with real ingredients. These mindful ingredients are derived from nature for maximum purity and potency.
OSEA Malibu (pronounced OH-SEE-YAH) harnesses the benefits of nature with effective, clean skincare. OSEA features hand harvested seaweed from the Patagonian shores. And, this seaweed contains a full spectrum of minerals and trace elements present in the saltwater. For your skin & body, this has a tremendous to restore and revitalize.
OSEA only works with suppliers who reach their rigorous standards of purity. Too, they prefer to work with family or female-run collectives in local communities whenever possible.
Living Libations utilizes nature’s abundant, precious liquids to elevate health & foster natural beauty. Infused with plant power, their Libations creations are of immensely thoughtful quality. Likewise, these formulas celebrate the natural world & its connection to us.
LL’s “Best Skin Ever” oils sparked my facial oil cleansing routine. Oil cleansing can truly change the trajectory of your skin if you find it imbalanced & irritated.
A truly unique, thoughtful, & hand crafted line of nourishing skincare featuring organic ingredients. Annmarie Gianni values & fosters their relationship with wildcrafted growers around the world. Also, the entire brand was born out of Annmarie & Kevin’s search for skincare that impressed them.
This line is all about good, clean, effective skincare. Annmarie Gianni Skincare is committed to making clean beauty products you can trust.
The ingredient lists of 100 Percent Pure truly back up their name. Secondly, they’re clean, safe, & effective. Moreover, they personally have been so enjoyable to use. This is one of my favorite lines to recommend. This is because of how expansive their range of products is. From clean skincare, to hair care, to makeup, they provide a vast range to get you started. Furthermore, Founder Susie Wang states its her mission to create the healthiest, purist, most nourishing formulas.
Medical Herbalist Julie Levin of Leaf People has formulated such a beautiful range of botanically infused skincare. Their ingredients are from organic & often biodynamic sources. Moreover, they really value & foster their relationships with their ingredient sources. The level of conscious choices that infiltrate Leaf People is so apparent & refreshing. They share more in depth specs on their site here.
Blissoma is holistic & healthy skincare rooted in science. Founder Julie Longyear is the Herbal Chemist & passionate force behind this beautifully crafted brand. Moreover, she creates from a place of reveling in the bond & connection between humans and plants. Blissoma’s products perform and truly help the skin find balance. They let your natural beauty radiate. Likewise, Blissoma highlights some unique ingredients in some very capable synergistic product formulas.
Harnessing & offering the detoxifying properties of glacial minerals, Alaska Glacial Mud is such a breath of fresh air. I really love the simplicity and potent healing capacity of having skincare powered by mud. Moreover, this brand is clean, green, ethical, effective and luxurious. Lauren Padawer is the inspiring, nature loving founder behind Alaska Glacial Mud. She signs off on her website “In Wellness & Wilderness.” That is rad & inspiring to me.
Paris Laundry’s oils are packed with a multitude of organic oils. Oils like Moringa (the tree of life), Sea Buckthorn, Watermelon seed, Damask Rose, Turmeric & Marula make up these potions. These glow-promoting ingredients help repair and illuminate the skin. They are ideal for facial oil cleansing or simply ending the night on a hydrated note.
Founder Kelsey Bucci is the heart and soul of these beautiful oils. She’s got a really inspiring story & is hilarious, check her out on Instagram.
This brand is all about radiant skin, made by nature. True Botanicals is focused on harnessing the vibrant intelligence of plants. In addition, they breakdown natural skincare into a science, as they educate on how skincare is a bio-science.
Furthermore, this means that they hone in on compatibility with the skin. True Botanicals aims to create products that marry nicely into your skin, helping tackle any skin issues you have. These products are clinically proven, clean & sustainable.
Coming by way of Australia, this line of medical grade skincare products contain pure active ingredients. They are combined synergistically, without any occlusive fillers. The finished products provide a luxury feel for a brighter skin.
Dr. Garry Cussell is the founder of the Rejuvaus Clinics of Australia. He works to rejuvenate skin by nurturing it with ingredients from nature & applied medical science. Initially, he was inspired to create Rejuvaus after seeing that was a gap in the market. Moreover, there were no skin care products that included medical grade actives with no synthetic fillers or additives.
Similar to Open Formula (described below), I look to Rejuvaus for clean products that contain actives.
Open Formula focuses on creating clean skincare for the health conscious. The simplicity and short ingredient lists are refreshing. In a sea of skincare ingredient lists that are littered with toxins, it’s good to see. Open Formula’s skincare is clean, sustainable, vegan & transparent. I look to Open Formula as my source of “actives” to elevate my routine.
I’m new to the world of “actives”, but this introduction has come at a good time at the ripe age of 33. Actives are potent, powerful ingredients that are backed by science to have a substantial impact on skin. In explanation, for the past 2 decades I was focused on healing acne. Now, I am looking to support, restore and nourish my skin in a way that I maintain healthy skin as I age.
Thefirst ever eco-conscious beauty brand to upcycle banana agri-waste into organic active ingredients. Moreover, these ingredients are derived from the banana plant, offering skincare products with efficacy, authenticity, and sustainability.
Inspired by French-Caribbean remedies, Kadalys offers clinically proven, organic skincare made with patented bio-actives from banana by-products. Also, Kadalys’ unique products target anti-aging, radiance and soothing.
Curie says their products are for people who are pushing boundaries day in and day out. For those who are building careers, families, companies and lives. Their aluminum-free deodorant actually helps me not stink. Not all natural deodorants actually perform, let’s be real. Also, their clay detox mask is recommended for both your face & armpits. Yes! I love this.
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3 Popular Brands to Avoid
This brand is one the best selling lines in popular cosmetics store Sephora. Unfortunately, many of the products in The Ordinary’s line contain ingredients like Chlorphenesin & Isoceteth-20.
In addition, this line is marketed with phrasing like “clinical formulations.” However, if your focus is similar to mine, then this isn’t a brand that would align with your skincare ethos. This is assuming that you are seeking non-toxic, clean ingredients.
Another top seller from skincare retailer Sephora, this brand likely appeals to those that are starting to take steps in a cleaner direction. Their products are free of some harsh ingredients. However, they also contain ingredients like Chlorphensein & Phenoxyethanol. These are rated a 4 & 5 on the Think Dirty app; making them questionable. Drunk Elephant is also mainly focused on product efficacy. In other words, clean or organic ingredients are not their top priority.
Furthermore, this is just something to keep in mind when hearing about new brands in general. Ideally, you are vetting them to see if they are a good fit for what you’re looking for in your skincare products. In addition, a simple look at this brand’s FAQ page will give you an idea of what you’re getting.
This fashion forward brand misses the mark in terms of cleanliness of their skincare products. Actually, they are actually a bit concerning. To explain, a large number of their products rank 8 on the Think Dirty app (meaning they are dirty ingredients). Several products contain ingredients like BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimenthicone & Parfum.
I know the allure of these “fancy” brands can be tempting. But, remember it’s always important to take a deeper look at the ingredient list cleanliness.
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Welcome to this post: 9 Best CBD Oil Brands for Fitness & Wellness.
Inflammation has been a focus of mine since I first got my period at age 12. This event also paralleled a big segment of my athletic career. Thus, sports performance and mitigating inflammation, pain, & swelling also became a focus of mine. CBD has been a constant part of my routine for many years now. It allows me to naturally combat inflammation in my body on an ongoing basis.
What is CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD (stands for Cannabidiol) oil is a naturally occurring chemical compound typically processed from the hemp plant. More specifically, it is harvested from the hemp flower. It can be taken orally (sublingual for high absorption), consumed in food and drinks, or applied topically as a salve or cream.
From my experience, it’s often utilized to potentially target inflammation, anxiety & systemic stress. Everyone is different and I’m sure we all have our own unique flavor of what led us to implement CBD. In addition, there are many different formulas & applications for it (i.e. increasing focus or calming down).
Why Use CBD (Cannabidiol)
The use of CBD, to me, is one aspect of a healthy lifestyle. It’s not a bandaid or a solver of all problems. I think that’s important to point out. Moreover, if you neglect the rest of your health/lifestyle and expect CBD to make up for that, it’s likely not going to happen. However, it can be a powerful way to utilize plant compounds to elevate the health of the body. For that, I am grateful for the movement & gaining of traction in the CBD atmosphere.
I’ve tried all of these brands and am simply sharing my experience with them. From the amount of knowledge I possess (I’m not an expert), these are all good quality CBD products. Many of them have specific applications, thus I bounce around depending on what I’m trying to achieve. Let’s dive in!
BioFit 360 is a brand I learned about thru one of my favorite resources for all things healthy, non-toxic living, Ingrid De La O. I trust her recommendations and was excited to discover a CBD brand she believes in. BioFit provided several pages of testing alongside my package from them. They test several times for quality & efficacy; I was impressed with that aspect.
I started using these products to mitigate the pain I experience from menstrual cramping. The biggest difference I noticed is when I used the oil all month long and then added in the cream right before I started feeling the cramps kick in. My cramps were still there, but they were less. Also, using the cream before doing some restorative, slow yoga during my period was helpful, too.
First off, the flavor of this Vanilla oil is one of my very favorites I’ve ever tried. I’ve loved adding it to coffee. Along with the other superfood ingredients I add to my coffee, it makes for a really potent & enjoyable cup.
Each batch of Incann CBD is third party tested for potency & purity. Extracted from organically grown USA hemp, Incann’s products are non gmo & manufactured according to the current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), which means they strictly ensure that every product has what the label says and nothing else. I look forward to trying Incann’s Pet Oils for our pup, Kona, soon.
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43 CBD’s Ultra Deep Tissue Salve is a potent tool I carry. It’s also USDA Certified Organic. Tightness in my traps, neck and knees are some areas I focus on. I find this works best if you are diligent about applying it at least a few times a week. The uplifting, intense (& awesome) scent of eucalyptus, menthol & camphor really activate the soothing feeling. This is probably the most potent product of the bunch that I rotate; it’s great for when you have some targeted pain from exertion.
For women, applying this directly to the areas where you feel your menstrual cramps can help lessen how bad they are to tolerate.
Keeping our Black Lab mix, Kona, healthy and thriving is a top priority of mine. I like that Soul makes these Calm Dog Treats, which she gobbles right up. I reserve this formula for thunderstorms & firework times when she is stressed out. For daily combatting of inflammation, I like their CBD oil for pets. It’s one of the supplements that we value as a natural way to support her health. It’s third party tested & gluten free.
The Bace Discovery Pack is what stands out the most to me about this brand. They afford that all of us are unique and we may need different dosages of CBD to thrive. This intro pack allows you to experience different dosages & find the one that matches your aim/goals. I found the most success & good feelings from their 50mg capsules. It’s a tool in my toolbox for mitigating inflammation around my time of the month.
CBD is in a lot of different products nowadays, if you haven’t noticed. It might seem unecessary to add it to hair care formulas. But, what I really like about Candor and is how CBD was a consciously chosen ingredient to help target scalp irritation, dandruff & hair loss. These products really perform well & also have clean ingredients; phthalate, sulfate & paraben free.
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Here’s a big one for me: “I truly believe that it’s when we feel good when we do the most good.” That’s a direct quote directly from their site. Yes, we are on the same page! Also, their commitment to clean CBD oil is apparent, as they share their lab results right on their website. This specific blend is one I keep right by my workstation for some elevated productivity. It helps me dial in & get into that flowstate. Btw how lucky am I that I can find flow in my work! #dowhatyoulove
Having a product that is formulated with athletes in mind is appealing to me. My body really goes through it when I’m regularly practicing Crossfit. Thus, having this Sport Gel on hand for easy application to my neck/trap area has been helpful to calming them when they’re fired up. I love the addition of acerola cherry & moringa in this formula. These ingredients help support the body even more with detox, recovery & mineral replenishment. Also, these other certified organic herbs enhance the overall formula for maximum fast-acting effect.
They provide testing results on their website, too–in case you’re curious to see what’s in each product.
CBD soap seems like a unique product; I hadn’t tried a bar of it until meeting Healing Harbors. Better yet, this bar features a unique kelp that’s found in Maine’s Casco Bay. The ingredients are simple, natural & the spearmint vibe is such an awesome scent for cleaning up after a tough workout. The body butter goes a really long way. I add a bit to the sore spots on my body when I’m tight/stiff & notice is helps me release & relax. I like to take deep, mindful breaths when I apply it to make it a calming practice. It’s also a great product to keep in your gym bag.
I’m interested to know about your experience with using CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil. What was the motivation for you to start utilizing it? How did you find that it help you?
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Welcome to this post: 3 Mold Mycotoxin Tested Coffees.
Right off the bat, it’s important to note that not all coffee that’s sold contains mold. Similarly, not all coffee that’s sold is necessarily free from mold, either. It’s important to get to know your coffee, the sourcing and the processing it goes through.
If you are like me, you drink a decent amount of coffee when you look at life with an aerial view. The cups of coffee add up with time. Thus, it’s crucial to get good coffee! And, it makes sense to. You might as well make this daily habit as healthy as possible. Unknowingly ingesting toxins is not ideal.
For me, the mold found in blood testing I had done (read more here) was triggering some high histamine in my body. In other words, I was sensitive to a lot of different foods and drinks. I’m so glad to be on the road to healing and no longer having those intense tingling/itching/bloating reactions to food. Making sure my coffee was free from mold has allowed me to keep drinking it, even before starting my healing protocol.
Mold in Coffee
If you are unsure about the mold-content or quality of your favorite coffee, don’t hesitate to reach out to the brand to learn more. If they do not test their coffee for mold, they might be able to provide more information about their processing to know what to expect.
You could argue that there’s no way to know about mold content unless you test. Sure, that could be true. However, I’m just aiming to give you some real life, applicable ways to take a look at your coffee source and having a greater understanding of what’s going into your body. Improper processing can inhibit mold growth, while proper processing can prevent it.
Purity Coffee is one of the first brands I heard of, discovered, and started using when I began detoxing from mold exposure. They make it very clear in their branding, right away, that their coffee is clean.
Furthermore, Purity Coffee’s goal is to maximize the health benefits of coffee. They identify as a “health conscious coffee company.” Their beans are certified organic
Purity Coffee’s processing and testing is thorough and they state: “Purity contains no mold. Ever.”
Bulletproof, Dave Asprey’s brainchild and passion project, is a brand that’s been on my radar for a long time. Dave’s vast knowledge surrounding biohacking, promoting longevity and utilizing fats as fuel are a few fragments of the inspiration I’ve gained from him. For those that are interested in the topic of weight loss, you may find it inspiring that Dave lost almost 100 lbs by changing his diet, habits and reducing inflammation.
Okay, so for the coffee! Bulletproof coffees are tested for toxins (mold is one of many toxins that can potentially be found) and are Rainforest Alliance Certified. This certification means the source of the coffee promotes sustainable agriculture—farming that is environmentally sound, socially responsible, and profitable for farmers.
If you’ve read my blog before, you know Laird Superfood is one of my very favorite brands. I drink their Unsweetened Coffee Creamer pretty much every single day.
Coffee-wise, I mix their Medium & Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffes. Laird Superfood is a bit in its own category here. While their coffees as a final product are not tested for mold (you can check out this article to learn a little bit more about mold and coffee), they gave me the scoop on their processing:
“Our coffee does come from an SQF certified facility that has completed finished product testing to confirm that they are free of mycotoxins, but they do not do testing on each individual lot.”
I know so well the overwhelming feeling when you start realizing that something you’ve been consuming a lot of could potentially be contributing to you feeling lousy. It’s not a good feeling.
However, you made it here! Now, you’re aware of something that you weren’t before aware of. It’s not about obsessing (I know, that’s temping to be perfect 100% of the time). Rather, it’s simply about raising our awareness and making better choices with the information and resources we have at our fingertips. I’m rooting for you to drink cleaner coffee!
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Welcome to this post: Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold. Everything I share in this post is solely based on my own experience; this is not medical advice.
About Dr. Will Cole
Dr. Will Cole, leading functional-medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, and brain problems.
Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is a health expert and course instructor for the world’s largest wellness brands such as mindbodygreen and goop.
Cole Natural Health Centers
Dr. Will Cole, senior clinic director, is uniquely skilled and experienced at finding the root physiological, biochemical and hormonal causes underlying many diseases. Dr. Cole has broken free from the limiting approach of “standard care,” which most often calls upon drugs and hormones as a first defense against these diseases without a real inspection as to the root underlying causes and contributing factors to each individual’s presenting complaints.
Personalized, Functional Medicine Care
Dr. Cole uses breakthrough diagnostic testing and analysis that’s rarely done in conventional settings to uncover the hidden causes of why people feel the way they feel. He also takes great pride in delivering personalized healthcare treatment to patients as well as providing an environment that supports and inspires patients to reverse their poor health. See Functional Medicine tab for more information.
Dr. Will Cole Review: Epstein Barr & Mold
Going back to a time before I was a patient of Dr. Cole, I remember thinking that if I could get Dr. Cole’s help, it would change my life. Fast forward to present day, currently on the protocol he has laid out for me, that is definitely true. One of the biggest components at this point is knowing what’s going on inside my body that’s holding me back & having a sense of direction to healthfully move forward.
For some clarification & backstory, the symptoms that led me to recruiting Dr. Will Cole’s help include itching/tingling after meals, general inflammation in the body, joint pain and inability to improve athletic performance (& overall good feeling from exercise). Over the last 2 years, these symptoms have been at a peak, but it’s been affecting me for about 4 years.
Skype Meeting with Dr. Will Cole
Meeting with Dr. Cole has given me a ton of clarity. This may sound trivial, but I’m someone who was trying any and everything to feel better. However, there was no sure direction. I was just trying things left and right, not knowing if they were helping address what’s going on under the hood.
Having a clearer sense of what I need to do to help myself, that has direct correlations to what’s actually going on in my body has been everything. It’s been frustrating to look back at several years of struggling, but also empowering to now have better tools to move forward.
A significant aspect of what Dr. Cole provides was helping me understand an aerial view of my health with all things considered. For instance, he helped me see how my gene variants are impairing my body’s ability to heal from my current infections. Then, helping me understand how to better equip my body to handle those burdens. In other words, because I have some genetic handicaps (you may as well, it’s not super rare), my body needs some targeted support to get back to a state of wellness & fight what’s bogging down my body.
A synchronistic side note is that Dr. Cole is on the expert panel for one of my favorite natural supplement brands, NOW Foods, who I have partnered with since about 2018.
Also! Super important to know is that my description of the testing + findings is my own. I am paraphrasing (to the best of my ability) the biggest takeaways from the information I was provided. As always, I’m not suggesting this for any of you, I’m simply sharing my experience with the hopes that it provides insight.
To start, I learned on my Skype call with Dr. Cole that my labs are looking like I could be on the verge of an autoimmune condition if left untreated. Through my own research I’ve gathered about autoimmunity; it seems as though many autoimmune conditions are correlated to underlying infections or burdens (i.e. Epstein Barr virus, mold, etc.). To me, it’s encouraging & empowering to know that because it means I need to focus on getting rid of the infection. Since I’ve been looking for a focus, that is a pursuit that’s helpful for me.
Dr. Will Cole told me on our call that had I not already been in such hot pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, seeking stress-mitigating practices, etc., I would be in a much different/worse health spot. I want to share that for those of you out there that already feel like you do so much for your health but are not healthy. Just know that it does make a difference. It’s just about continually acquiring more tools to help yourself & dedicating yourself to keep putting the puzzle pieces together (the puzzle being your health & wellness).
-Donate blood to combat hemochromotosis (I’ve already donated one time; double red, and plan to do that once more)
-Start suggested supplementation.
*Important: several of the supplements that were recommended were ones I already had stocked at home. Several of the brands I mention here are those brands. I did purchase the majority of the recommended supplements sent over by Dr. Cole’s team (by brands I’m familiar with in the integrative medicine world, like Xymogen). Just wanted to give you the full scope with that. I am in a unique position currently having such a vast supplement cabinet thru my partnership with NOW Foods. When I need to restock, I plan to refer to the recommended list from Dr. Cole.
-Adopting a keto approach to nutrition while mold exposure is present. Will likely continue this thru detox/healing protocol. I’m focusing on eating foods that are easy to digest and don’t noticeably cause an upset stomach or inflammation. You could say I’m taking a highly intuitive approach with the nutrition aspect.
I’m just at the beginning of this protocol and will come back and update this post as time passes. Since getting out of the mold exposure is step number 1, it feels like a bit of a waiting game since we are not moving until August. Furthermore, since the tinctures are in an alcohol base, I am unable to take them in our current home, as they elicit a histamine/tingling/itching reaction. However, I’m doing everything I can in the meantime and plan to begin them again promptly after moving.
Dr. Will Cole’s team offers ongoing support, and follow up testing as much as the patient desires. At this point, I’m still implementing and digesting all of the findings and information I’ve been given. Eventually, I may recruit Dr. Cole & his team to assist me after 6 months or if removing the mold exposure & doing the suggested protocol doesn’t get me to a healthier spot that feels better. I’m feeling pretty hopeful that the move will be huge. Also, I am aware that detoxifying and cleansing on this deep a level takes time.
I’m just happy right now to not be having the reactions to food. That felt pretty stifling when it was happening at every meal. Taking digestive enzymes, a source of Omega 3s, & quercetin with every meal has made the biggest difference right now.