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Pixie Cup: Period + Menstrual Cup Review

PERIOD BLEEDING!🌺

This is quick run down of my period history and experience with the Pixie Cup; a menstrual + period cup.

i don’t want to sugarcoat or filter myself on this topic because i think as women, untethered convos on this topic can be super helpful.

for most months of my life, menstrual cramps have clotheslined me and had me contemplating why women are cursed (or blessed) with something so absofreakinglutely dreadful.

Finding ways to make my time of the month less awful has been a focus of mine since age 12. when i first started having periods, i don’t think menstrual cups were around or at least not so mainstream. i always had to buy a bunch of super absorbency tampons to deal with how much i bled.

thank goodness i can now rely on the Pixie Cup to help. a. girl. out.

Wearing the cup is more comfortable than tampons, is way cheaper and is better for my body + environment (wayyyy less waste). <if you’re still reading this, you’re probably not a dude, so i’ll keep giving deets>

It took me a few months to get the hang of putting the cup in so that there was so leakage and it was “sealed”. But i don’t have issues now and there’s no looking back to the days of buying tampons/pads every month.

I can’t recommend this cup enough, and AM SO HERE so all the questions you have. please comment with questions or DM if that’s more comfortable for you.

This small company has really changed my period for the better. I can’t wait to hear that more women are using this 🌺#gamechanger

Balanced Guru Farm-A-Ceuticals Review

This is a review of the Balanced Guru organic skincare Farm-A-Ceuticals line.

Balanced Guru Organic Body Care Farm-A-Ceuticals

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

It feels really good when I get the opportunity to meet the faces behind the beautiful products I try. At Expo West this year, I met two of the beautiful people behind Balanced Guru and let me tell you, the kindness and genuine enthusiasm that I perceived from working with them before (via e-mail & social media) was ever-present when I met them in person. You can tell that they are adamant and passionate about putting the very best ingredients into their products.

I’ve tried one of their products and reviewed it in the past, their scalp detox treatment; you can read that review here.

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My Thoughts:

Their body care line is so sublime, it really only requires a few words to accurately capture the gist of their brand. Here are the important things I’d like to point out about Balanced Guru:

  • Their ingredient lists are organic, top to bottom. No kidding. No messing around.
  • The products perform incredibly well because of that fact. Nature is healing.
  • You won’t find many other lines that are THIS clean & THIS pure.

Balanced Guru is one of the few body care brands that gets carte blanche from me. They could hand me any product, and as long as I know they’ve created it, I trust it. That’s because they have garnered such a great reputation with me for only using the best ingredients. They provided me with a handful of goodies at Expo to try (scrub, energy mists, hair oil) and I was amped. I’m excited to try anything that they make beautifully with their ingredient-conscious minds.

The energy mists I see as an uplifting, energizing alternative to junky perfumes (most perfumes don’t even list the ingredients on them–how scary is that?). I love closing my eyes and spraying it over my face and upper body before a workout. They lift my mood and help me stay fresh-smelling amidst the sweaty grind.

With all the grime that builds up on my skin after a week’s worth of challenging workouts, I really enjoy my time exfoliating because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and rejuvenated. I try to limit my exfoliating to once a week because I do believe you can do it too much–there’s something to be said about leaving your skin alone sometimes. That said, when I do exfoliate, it’s so nice to be able to reach for a gritty scrub like this one that’s chock full of organic goodness like sugar, coffee and spearmint.

I have a semi-oily scalp but the ends of my hair tend to dry out with frequent shampoos. That’s where a pure hair oil comes in. All it takes is a tiny amount rubbed in between my hands and then through the ends of your tresses to give your hair a quenched look.

I urge you to check out their range of products–they make SO many excellent organic products and their purity is really impressive. Balanced Guru’s line also makes for great gifts!

Homemade & Organic Sunscreen!

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Homemade & Organic Sunscreen

Summer is upon us! For my family, that means many hours outside gardening, around the pool, walking Kona, running, exploring, kayaking, etc. With that in mind, I have an elevated sense of urgency to have lots of organic sun protection on hand for my family. I’ll be honest, I really enjoy the sunshine–as a Florida-born girl, and my skin absorbs the sunlight readily. It doesn’t take much sunlight for me to have a solid base tan. But, I do try to be mindful of when I am getting a little too much sun.

Besides enjoying having a good tan (as a reason to not always apply sunscreen), I have steered away from generic, drug store bought sunscreen because….well, have you ever read the ingredient lists? I have rambled a whole lot more about the sunscreen issue in this post.

So, my thoughts on sunscreen are:

1. Know your skin and how easily you burn; use sunblock and clothing accordingly.

2. Skin temperature is important in skin damage. In other words, your skin can withstand sunlight for longer if it is cooled off–like in the pool or the ocean, for instance.

3. Rely mainly on clothing to cover up your skin. Use sunscreen when needed–and always reach for the good stuff! There are a few good brands out there: Aubrey Organics makes a great, natural sunscreen.

4. To go completely organic, have control over your ingredients and be creative, make your own! Furthermore, ALWAYS look for “non-nano” sized Zinc Oxide. This is the safest, physical sunscreen ingredient available. Many sunscreen ingredients are chemical sunscreens, which is a whole lot of what-we-don’t-want! Non-nano sized zinc oxide will sit atop your skin (appearing white–this is a good thing, as it means your skin isn’t absorbing it. It is simply serving its purpose as a sun barrier).

Make your own sunscreen/sunblock using this recipe:

(I merely always eyeball measurements, so I use the word “recipe” loosely”

Ingredients (keep in mind, these are approximate):

-2 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide

-1/4 cup of Coconut Oil

-1 tablespoon of Beeswax beads (optional–will thicken the mixture)

-1/4 cup of Shea Butter

-1/4 cup of Hemp Oil, Almond Oil or Olive Oil.

Instructions:

-Melt Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter and Oil of choice in double boiler

-Take off of the heat and add Zinc Oxide

-Sunscreen is ready when it has cooled and solidified

**It is most helpful to clean your bowls while the ingredients are warm, as they will come off more easily.

Enjoy! Please share if you make this recipe for yourself–I’d love to hear about it.