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Beverly to 5th

Well hello daylight savings time.

I think we can all agree we need a little extra caffeination this week!

I’d like to introduce you to an incredible company whose product will help to wake up your skin and is Something You Can Feel Good About, Beverly to 5th.

Beverly to 5th is an natural coffee based skincare brand that was founded on the principles of clean, effective, and responsible skincare.

Their AMAZING body scrubs that come in super-cute packaging are all natural, vegan, organic, cruelty free and contain NO parabens or any ingredients which have been tested  animals.

They go one step further then just being cruelty free.  Beverly to 5th has teamed up with PETA to be a part of the Beauty Without Bunnies program. Through the program, brands are promising to use accurate and ethical safety and product testing. Now that’s something we can all get behind!

Ok so the company’s  ethics are beyond amazing but what about the products?

As I mentioned earlier the scrubs are coffee based.  Why Coffee?  You may rely on it to perk up your mood in the morning, but now you can also rely on it to perk up your skin!   It not only constricts blood vessels to reduce redness (making it an ideal topical treatment for facial flushing and rosacea) but also reduces puffiness and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite. Plus, recent studies have shown caffeine to prevent and repair sun damage!

Beverly to 5th’s scrubs are designed to exfoliate, moisturize, help with stretch marks, anti aging, cellulite and tighten and smooth skin.

I am head-over-heels in love with this product for so many reasons (I tried the Peppermint one):

  • Ethical.  The company cares about what we put on our bodies and on the earth.
  • Performance.  The product actually performs- it performs as well as any high end scrub you could buy at a beauty counter.
  • The Ingredients. Simple, easy to identify- no need to decipher crazy scientific lingo:  Organic Coffea Arabica Seed Powder (Organic Coffee), Sea Salt, Brown Sugar, Theobroma Cacao Seed Powder (Cocoa), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Cold Pressed Coconut Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita Extract (Peppermint Extract)
  • Price-point! Just $16.95 for a 7oz bag.

The result is simple: super soft, smooth and sexy skin.  I’m OBSESSED!

Try Beverly to 5th for yourself- available at BeverlyTo5th.com 

Green Goo by Sierra Sage

I have been scouring the web and polling friends in an effort to bring you the BEST products and companies for my new “Something to Feel Good About Section” and oh the amazing things I have in store for you over the next few months!

One of these recent discoveries is a fantastic organic company called Green Goo by Sierra Sage.

The company is a B-Corp certified women-owned and family operated business founded by a mother-daughters team.  B-Corps are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

This mother/daughters tri-powerhouse of healing has quite the background.  Jodi (the oldest daughter) has her master’s in Psychology and a background in western medicine. Jen (the youngest) is an herbalist, organic farmer, and midwife, and formulates Sierra Sage products. Kathy (their mom) is a biologist and teacher. The three of them combined their skills to create all natural products that absorb into skin to ensure the highest level of medicinal effectiveness possible.

Their commitment to producing quality, safe and environmentally-safe products that are also good for you while contributing to humanitarianism efforts, is beyond impressive.

Sierra Sage products use natural, organic ingredients including olive oil, Vitamin E oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, calendula flowers, yarrow, sage, myrrh, beeswax, lavender oil, rosemary, and more. The herbs are all sourced from organic farmers, consciously wild crafted, or organically grown in house. Using the herbs instead of pre-made extracts enhances the medicinal potency of the salves, maximizing their healing potential.   All products are petroleum free, paraben free, gluten free and contain no propylene, glycol, mineral oil or artificial ingredients.

If that doesn’t have you feeling good enough they also give back!  Working with organizations such as World Vision, Mercy in Action, Mandela Foundation, Snowball Express, Summit for Soldiers, the Pacific Crest Trail, and John Hopkins, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital they make a difference one tin at a time!

Now when it comes to their products, they are equally as awesome! I have been test driving Green Goo Skin Repair.  This one little product does a whole medicine cabinet of things including helps to reduce inflammation and pain due to over-exposure from the sun or other minor burns, a night eye cream to help relieve wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles, relives windburned skin, great on dry spots like elbows and hands, man I wish I could just dip my entire body in this stuff.  It absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling and looking hydrated but not greasy at all and it really has no scent- so you won’t smell too “organic” LOL.

Green Goo has a ton of other amazing products you should check out as well like their First Aid Stick, All Natural Soaps. Lip-balms, Pet products, Sunblock, Deodorants and AMAZING Tattoo Care product (I just ordered like 3 of them for the hubs).

They are truly a Company to Feel Good About.

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Good Karma Lux 7 Face Cream

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I love discovering new products and finding a product that is affordable, effective and environmentally/socially responsible is like finding the holy grail for a beauty blogger.

I received a little package in the mail that when I opened it I swear rainbows, sunshine and heavenly music began to play… Good Karma Lux Age Defying Four-In-One Face Cream.

If you are a frequent reader of my blog you know that I’m a sucker for products that do double duty so they already had me with “Four-In-One”.

Before I jump into the what the product does and how it worked for me, I want to give you some info on this FANTASTIC brand.

Founded in 2013 by Cynthia Ransom, a holistic practitioner with a demanding schedule, who was compelled to create much needed skincare products that are convenient, affordable, luxurious and truly natural….but most importantly, proven to yield genuine results.

Desiring an effective yet simple anti-aging routine, she began creating products using holistic ingredients and a few secret weapons. Her skin repairing arsenal included a mystical formula received from her client, a 68 year old Shaman that Cynthia will tell you has “amazing skin!”

The Shaman (or ‘medicine woman’) partnered with Good Karma to share her seven oil formula she received in meditation; thus Lux 7 was born. Using the oil as the foundation, Cynthia worked with bio-chemists for over two years to perfect her nutrient dense formulations. Once finalized, simplifying the beauty process was realized by taking four of her products; a daily moisturizer, a skin refining serum, an eye cream and a night cream and combining them into ONE JAR. Thus Lux 7 All-in-One Face Cream was born.

Good Karma Skincare’s ingredients are derived from 100% natural and renewable resources. Cynthia’s Holistic background takes it even further, banning many unsafe natural and hidden ingredients commonly found in other products such as retinol, parabens, silicone and nano particles.

Good Karma proudly boasts; “We don’t test on animals, we feed them”!  Yes, here’s one more fantastic thing about the brand: a portion of every sale supports their program Beauty feeds the Beasts™, which provides a meal for an animal in a shelter. Now that’s Good Karma!

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What is it: Good Karma Lux 7 Face Cream is a day cream, night cream, refining serum and eye cream all in one jar.

What does it do:  Designed to transform the appearance and texture of your complexion by stimulating collagen production and cell regeneration, this face cream will help your skin feel smoother, softer and clearer while giving a more a youthful radiance.

What’s in it: A proprietary blend of  7 cold pressed, organic & unrefined oils of Almond, Apricot, Avocado, Grapeseed, Olive, Sesame, & Vitamin E.  KarmAloe™ (Good Karma’s proprietary aloe vera which is more than 10 times the potency of natural aloe vera), Date Seed Extract (helps minimize the formation and appearance of wrinkles and assists in reducing damage from environmental free radicals and rebuilding collagen for a younger-looking complexion), Blue Algae Extract (aids in tightening the skin by strengthening connective tissues and supporting collagen formation), all-natural anti-aging ingredients, such as sodium hyaluronate, one of nature’s top anti-aging weapons, boosting both elasticity and hydration, and the antioxidant enzyme CoQ10.  Lightly scented with natural grapefruit.  The cream comes in an airless container, which helps to protect the nutrient-dense formula from degrading from oxidation.

Why I love it: Hello, double (actually quadruple) duty!  Moisturizer, serum, eye cream AND night cream all in one!   Light, silky and deeply hydrating with a fresh clean grapefruit scent. My skin feels fantastic after application, it absorbs quickly and doesn’t sit on top of my skin- instead it allows skin to breathe. Leaves my complexion glowing, fresh and hydrated.  I’m obsessed with the fact that there are no chemical nasties in the ingredients, no animal testing and that they bring beauty full circle with a part of the proceeds going to Beauty feeds the Beasts™.   The air pump makes it really easy to portion out your application so as not to over use product- a little goes a long way with this power packed cream so one jar should last you quite awhile. I honestly am loving everything about this product.

Where to buy it:  www.GoodKarmaSkincare.com 

Another Reason to Love Pineapples

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Today I’m serving up another reason to LOVE pineapples.

Did you know that you can use a pineapple to exfoliate?

Seriously, you can- and it works!

Pineapples contain the enzyme Bromelain which breaks down protein and fights the damage done to your skin by free radicals- that combined with the pineapple’s alpha-hydroxy fruit acid and power-packed amount to Vitamin C gently exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells by penetrating through the skin which increases the rate of new cell regeneration and collagen formation.

The “mask” exfoliates the dead skin from your face without the use of abrasive ingredients, leaving your face fresh and glowing.

This treatment hinges on the live enzymes so the pineapple has to be fresh, canned pineapple won’t work.

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  • Clean your face and neck- remove all makeup.
  • Take a small piece of fresh pineapple and rub all over your face, avoiding the eye area.  Make sure you completely cover the face with the juice.
  • Wait 5-10 minutes until the mask dries.
  • Rinse face thoroughly
  • Follow with a moisturizer

You can use this treatment on your entire body or spot treat areas.  It is great for sensitive skin, dehydrated skin and is also known to reduce age spots and fine lines.

Sustainable Mother's Day Gift

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Mother’s Day- I think it’s safe to say that it’s a tie with Valentine’s Day for the most “floral” day of the year.

I love sending flowers but the people I want to send them to don’t always live in the same place as I do.

When it comes to ordering flowers for someone who isn’t in your same town, the options are pretty limited: 1) an overpriced cheesy 1-800 company or 2) find a local florist in the recipients area whose work you have probably never seen and quality is unknown. Most of the time people opt for #1 out of ease, but the flowers just aren’t pretty.

How can you mess up flowers right?  Well somehow these companies do.  I have ordered from the 1-800 sect before…. when the flowers arrived and the recipient took a pic and posted it on social media I was mortified.. between all the service charges, delivery fees and other “costs” I just paid $150 for some hideous baby’s breath and carnations with a midway games quality stuffed animal attached on a stick!  Could have done better at the grocery store.  Total Flower Fail.

Luckily just in time for Mother’s Day I have discovered a fabulous online floral retailer whose arrangements are not only GORGEOUS and effortlessly chic but also affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable PLUS shipping is included in the price!

The Bouqs Company flowers are grown on an active volcano in South America.  Seriously!  The mineral-rich volcanic soil along the Equator and abundant sunshine produce blooms of surprisingly rich colors. The flowers ship directly from the farm to your door, meaning they’re up to 10 days fresher than those from your local florist.  The Bouquets arrive in an elegant box with easy detailed instructions on how to unpack and care for them.

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“We cut only what we sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. We cut only when you order, so we avoid the waste. We also save energy through our direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. We use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and none at all for flowers from America, resulting in a lot of energy savings. Finally, our farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And our growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.”

Seriously these flowers are EVERYTHING… just take a peek at a few of the stylish Mother’s Day arrangements they offer.  I already placed my order for my mom and mother-in-law (surprise if you ladies are reading this) but don’t worry if you haven’t you still have time to place an order and have it delivered by Mother’s Day! Click here to order now www.thebouqs.com

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