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If you’ve been here a while you will know that it has been a major struggle finding a good natural deodorant (and yes, I repeat this every. single. time. I blog about natural deodorant.)

So far I’ve tried many different types of natural deodorant including: Tom’s of Maine, Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant and Freedom Natural Deodorant just to name a few of the larger brands.

Clean Kiss Organics Natural Deodorant

Behind the Brand:

Jodie, the founder behind Clean Kiss Organics was on the hunt for natural products that worked for both herself and her family, so she made her own. Clean Kiss Organics is Canadian, Leaping Bunny Certified and awarded the Earth Day beauty award for their “Kiss that Hottie” Natural deodorant and Hand Sanitizer in 2017.

It is safe to say that Clean Kiss Organics has become a very accomplished brand in a short time!

“Kiss That Hottie” Natural Deodorant $12.00 CAD

I was kindly sent a few deodorants from Clean Kiss Organics to test out; the sample size of Make that Kiss Last which is a lavender, rosemary and peppermint scent, a sample of Sweet Creamsicle Kisses which is a vanilla and orange scent as well as their full size of Kiss that Hottie which is a bergamot and lemongrass scent as well as the winner of the Healing Lifestyles award.

Each of the scents smell absolutely delicious, but I must admit the Kiss that Hottie is my favourite due to the fresh and invigorating scent it provides whilst applied.

Ingredients

The ingredient list is short and simple. Something that I both love and am totally surprised about because – spoiler alert – this deodorant is easily one of the best natural deodorants I have ever used!

Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), corn starch, kaolin clay, arrowroot powder, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), melaleuca oil (tea tree), essential oils of lemongrass, bergamot and rosemary.

How to Use

Apply a pea size amount to your clean underarm. At first I thought a pea size amount wouldn’t cut it but trust me, it does! If you apply too heavily you are more likely to feel damp or sticky.

My Thoughts on the Clean Kiss Organics Natural Deodorant

Over the past month I have been testing out all three scents. As I stated before, the Kiss that Hottie scent is by-far my favourite. I found that it lasted the longest before my armpit stench managed to make its way through.

This deodorant really is one of the best natural deodorants I have used. But there are a few downsides.

Fighting that armpit-stink.

If you are a heavy-sweater like myself (thanks genetics.) You will either need to reapply mid-day, depending on how hot the weather is/ how active you have been. Or at the very least you’re going to want to wash your armpits at night and in the morning.

This is common for natural deodorants.

I found that on a day where the weather is about 23 degrees celsius I was good from 8am-12pm and needed to reapply. When the weather is cooler I can last the full day.

The bumps.

Before I started using the deodorant correctly I started getting little ingrown pimples. Similar to the Schmidt’s deodorant. However, once I started applying only a pea size amount. I noticed that the bumps were a lot less frequent.

I have heard that this could be due to the baking soda in the natural deodorant. I have yet to try a natural deodorant without baking soda, but I have one in mind to test next.

The Packaging.

I am on my way to trying to live a zero-waste (or close to zero-waste) lifestyle. Therefore I’ve been actively cutting out products packaged in plastic. I did mention this point in my Instagram Stories and understand that the cost of the product would definitely jump up. However, I would love it if it were somehow possible to be packaged in a glass jar.

The lid which is made of black plastic is not recyclable where I live – or in many other places including large cities like Toronto (you can read my post on how to (properly) recycle here!)

It’s obviously not a huge issue, but just something that I am actively looking for.

Overall I am very impressed by this natural deodorant. If you are currently on the hunt for a natural deodorant I highly recommend giving this one a try.

What is your favourite scent for a deodorant?

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Something I didn’t expect when becoming a parent was the sheer amount of time I would spend standing at the change table. It’s not even changing diapers or clothing, no, my daughter loves being naked and that’s one of the few times where she giggles like crazy…

However, the change table isn’t just a fun place to hang out; it is also a very functional space. So today I’m going to share with you what’s on my change table.

What’s on my Eco-Friendly Change Table?

The Table

Instead of buying a whole separate changing table, I decided to purchase the TARVA pine dresser from Ikea and paint it white to match Madison’s room. She can use this dresser right from her infancy up to adulthood… or however long she wants to.

Hand-me-down changing pad with covers

This comes as a given, obviously you don’t want to rest your child on a hard surface. We were lucky enough to be given this changing pad with some covers from a friend. I’m always game for free-stuff, especially when it comes to helping the environment as well!

Reusable Cloth Wipes

I was on the fence about using cloth wipes but I made them while I was pregnant, anyway.

Similar to my DIY Cotton Rounds I used the organic, unbleached cotton cut into circles and used an overlock stitch so that they don’t fray. I’m so glad I decided to make these – especially because we are using cloth diapers already. They just go straight in the wash with the diapers.

You can choose to make your own, I made 50 of them over the course of two days, or you can purchase cloth wipes if you would like to save yourself some time. I think 50 is a good number if you are doing laundry every 2-3 days.

DIY Cloth Wipe Spray

You could use only water, but it might not clean their tiny tush quite as much as it needs to (especially when they decide to poo everywhere.) I decided to try my hand at making a cloth wipe spray and I am really pleased with how it has been working.

I just make it and pour into this super handy glass spray bottle, spray the cloth a few times and we’re off to the races!… or a clean bum…

Diaper Cream

Diaper cream is the one thing I don’t think I plan to DIY. We only use diaper cream at night when we won’t be changing Madison’s diaper for about 12 hours, it helps create a barrier and prevent diaper rash.

I alternate between the Therawise Diaper Ointment* and the Aleva Naturals Diaper Cream. They are both absolutely fantastic and neither contain Zinc Oxide which you cannot use with cloth diapers (it won’t wash out.)

Knock on wood, we’ve only had one small rash and it was gone within the day so I’m pretty happy with our diaper cream rotation!

*Therawise Diaper Ointment was sent to me for review

Absorbent Liners

Now that Madison has begun solids I’ve been experimenting with the best way to handle the new gifts she provides. These absorbent liners are good if you are planning to go out and do not have a diaper sprayer on hand for your cloth diapers. Though I am skeptical of how septic/sewage safe they are. It is probably best to use these sparingly.

Thermometer*

It wasn’t until Madison felt very hot one night that I realized the ear thermometers really aren’t recommended until at least 6 months for an accurate reading. Of course, we only had an ear thermometer so I ran out to the store and picked up one that we can use rectally.

Hopefully you won’t need it often, but it’s super handy to have.

Non-Petroleum Vaseline

I know many people who use this as a barrier-cream to prevent diaper rash as well. Quite frankly I’ve only ever used it on the thermometer when taking her temperature. In fact, the thermometer instructions specify a non-petroleum jelly for lubrication.

Nose Frida*

I’m not going to lie; using this is absolutely miserable. My daughter screams every time we have. But it works and if you want your baby to sleep when they have a runny nose you’re going to do everything you can!

Moisturizers

For our baby shower we were gifted a plethora of baby skincare products including the Live Clean Lotion. It smells like baby and leaves their skin super soft. We usually use this after the bath simply because we have it.

If I didn’t have the moisturizer I would only use the Sweet Almond Oil which is also very moisturizing and great for infant massage too. When Madison had cradle cap I used Sweet Almond Oil to moisturize. Sweet Almond Oil works wonders!

That’s what you can find on my eco-friendly change table. Some pretty simple but also very necessary products.

Do you enjoy the lost art of sewing? *Yes, not eco-friendly but 100% necessary.

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Over the past six months I have become a pro at wiping bums. I’m not sure if that’s really a skill one should be proud of, but I like to look at it as a challenge. “How many wipes will it take to get all this off your butt?” I ask my daughter multiple times a day…

But you’re not here to read about the life of wiping butts. I am assuming because you’re reading this you are probably already living it or going to be living that life soon enough.

Natural Cloth Wipe Spray

If you’re using cloth diapers already, then using reusable wipes is pretty much a given. Quite honestly I didn’t give it much thought until I really started researching cloth diapers about two weeks before my daughter was born thinking “Oh shit, I need to sort this out.”

Fast forward six months and we’ve got it sorted out. All you’re here for is the recipe.

The spray bottle is your choice. I decided to purchase this awesome glass spray bottle from cleaning essentials (which also has natural cleaning recipes on the side) to re-use as a cleaning bottle once I no longer have to clean bums. Win-Win. 

Cloth Wipe Spray Recipe
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water. Boiled and cooled or distilled.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil. Or natural oil of choice.
  • 2 Tablespoons of Castile Soap. I love the Green Beaver Castile Soap.
  • 2-4 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil.*
*Omit if your child has sensitive skin, or you don’t want fragrance. Why you need an oil

The Sweet Almond Oil, or whichever oil you choose to use helps moisturize their skin while also easing the ability to remove poo.

The argument for Castile Soap.

I was very hesitant on using Castile soap in this mixture as it has a higher alkalinity (8.9 pH whereas skin is around 5.5 pH.) However, this has not irritated my daughter’s skin at all. It really depends on how sensitive your little one is. If they are more sensitive I would lower the amount of Castile soap.

It is my belief that you need something more than water and oil to help clean the poo, but it is entirely up to you and what works for your child.

A warning on Essential Oils

Essential Oils are very concentrated and it is best to heed caution with a less is more approach. There are some essential oils that are also not advised to use on or around children, so be sure to do your research!

I personally love the smell of lavender and just wanted something to jazz the mixture up a bit. Because smelling poop isn’t fun. Who would have guessed?

And that’s it! It’s super simple and super effective.

Unrelated, What is your favourite fragrance?

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This Post Contains Products Sent To Me For Review. All Thoughts And Opinions Are Entirely My Own.

I don’t believe in diets- I believe that you can be healthy providing you eat everything in moderation. Including the Graydon Keto Cleanse, which as they would describe, is a diet for your skin.

Graydon Keto Cleanse Review

Behind the Brand

Graydon is a Canadian Skincare brand that believes in “plant-powered” ingredients. Where the ingredients work in harmony with your skin to nurture and provide a life force. In a nut shell, Graydon provides food for your skin. 

A few things about Graydon skincare really stand out to me: when possible they choose to source from Canada, their products are EWG certified and they strongly believe in high quality products.

Keto Cleansing Oil ($28.00 CAD)

Available in 30ml or sample size ($3.00)

I have a few friends who decided to start the Ketogenic diet which is essentially cutting out all carbs and refined sugars. To summarize (and I’m not a nutrition expert by any means) the Ketogenic diet is eating more nourishing and rich fatty foods like nature intended.

The Keto Cleansing oil uses natural fatty oils to melt away dirt, makeup and grime from the day. It comes in a glass eye-dropper bottle (why don’t all oils come this way!?) which further enhances the feeling of a high-end, luxurious skincare brand.

Key Ingredients

The Keto Cleanse has a very short and sweet ingredient list.

Caprylic/capric triglyceride (MCT) oil

Caprylic/ Capric Acid is a medium chain triglyceride which has anti-microbial properties which is derived from coconut oil.

If you ask me to explain a medium chain triglyceride I would probably screw it up, I’d leave that to an expert like Anne from Linda Libra Loca (A.K.A the Skincare Guru.)

Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil

Coconut Oil is a nourishing fatty acid. In the past I have steered clear from Coconut oil in my skincare routine as it can be comedogenic. However, the Keto Cleanse is removed from the skin and therefore does not clog pores.

Butyrum (ghee)

Ghee is a form of clarified butter or cooking oil. It’s a great moisturizer and it also doesn’t expire. Because like removes like, the oil works well to lift dirt and debris from the skin.

How to Use

It’s super simple, quick and easy! Take the eye dropper and squeeze the product into the palm of your hand. Spread (gently) on the skin and remove with a warm damp cloth (I’ve been using Madison’s baby cloths — we have so many of them!) Follow with a second cleanse.

My Thoughts on the Keto Cleansing Oil

I’ve never been one to like oil-based makeup removers, I don’t know why but I just couldn’t get into them. After using the Graydon Keto Cleanse I am a changed person! This has been my preferred method for makeup removal as a first cleanse followed by the Andalou Naturals Brightening Cleanser.

Obviously this is not left on the skin and therefore the coconut oil has not caused my skin to break out, thankfully. I’ve been loving how soft and smooth my skin is now after cleansing and completing my skincare routine. 

I’m seriously wondering why I didn’t start using an oil-based cleanser as step one in my skincare routine years ago. I love my makeup eraser but it’s just way too harsh around my eyes. The Graydon Keto Cleanse easily removes non-waterproof mascara.

I’m totally smitten over the Graydon Keto Cleanse. It’s so simple and yet so effective at the same time. I am seriously in love with the packaging and on top of it all, it is a Canadian skincare brand! I’ve got a few more products to test out but stay tuned because I think this may be one of my all-time favourite brands!

What do you use to remove your makeup at the end of the day?

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If you aren’t regularly using sunscreen already give yourself a big slap on the wrist! Sun protection is one of the most important things we can do to prevent premature aging or worse, skin cancer.

I’ve often heard that people avoid sunscreen because they feel like adding those chemicals onto their skin is worse than getting a sunburn -but if you’re using the right sunscreen you shouldn’t have that worry. That’s where the LASPA Natural sunscreen comes in!

LASPA Natural Sunscreen Review

The LASPA Philosophy

[To] create clean and natural sun care products with only the finest ingredients. LASPA products are a safe and effective way for women to nourish and protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun – without the risks that are associated with chemical based sunscreen products.

LASPA Naturals

I was kindly sent the LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen in SPF 30 and the Daily Sun Protection Sunscreen in SPF 20 to review. Now that the weather has finally warmed up I have made great use of them whilst working on my garden and enjoying lots of sunshine down at the waterfront.

Key Benefits

Both mineral sunscreens are sourced from 100% natural ingredients, hypoallergenic, gluten free, biodegradable and provide broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.

The Difference between UVA + UVB Rays

It is important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen which will protect you from both forms of UV rays emitted from the sun. UVA rays are what cause immediate sunburns and UVB rays will penetrate deeper into the skin causing issues that we cannot immediately see -like dark spots and premature aging.

Titanium Dioxide is less effective at protecting against broad spectrum rays, therefore LASPA chose Zinc Oxide.

Benefits of Zinc Oxide

The LASPA website lists some really great points about using Zinc Oxide -and why they chose Zinc Oxide as their main UV ray protection.

  • Zinc Oxide provides broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Zinc Oxide is effective immediately once it is applied, unlike chemical sunscreen like Oxybenzone, Avobenzone etc.
  • Zinc Oxide is absorbed through our pores in very trace amounts, therefore it is not disruptive to our internal health (endocrine system, etc.)

Ingredients

Both versions of the LASPA sunscreen have similar ingredients, though it is important to note the SPF 30 has a higher concentration of Zinc Oxide -for the added sun protection.

SPF 20: Zinc Oxide 14%
SPF 30: Zinc Oxide 20% 

Beeswax, Bisabolol (Scent from Camomile), Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Certified Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Isoamyl Cocoate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherols (Vitamin E)

LASPA Daily Sun Protection SPF 20

This sunscreen easily glides from the tube and blends into the skin very well. As you can see from the above photo, the addition of coconut oil helps to make this very moisturizing. I do not mind using coconut oil on my body, but try to avoid it on my face as it can be comedogenic (if you have acne prone skin.)

I have been wearing this product pretty much everyday since receiving and have yet to receive a sunburn -if you have been following along with my stories on Instagram you may know that I have been spending lots of time working outside.

If you have used coconut oil for moisturizing in the past you will know that it can take a little while for it to absorb into the skin. You will feel this on your skin for about 30-45 minutes after application -with physical sunscreens it is common to feel them for a while on your skin, the whole point is that they do not absorb into your bloodstream.

LASPA Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

The key difference between this sunscreen and the Daily Sun Protection is the higher percentage of Zinc Oxide. As it has a higher concentration of Zinc Oxide it is also a slightly thicker formula - I found that it did not squeeze out of the tube quite as easily as the SPF 20.

As with the SPF 20 formula this does not have any fragrance. Which is a welcome change to applying sunscreen and feeling as though you are walking around smelling like sunscreen all day (who else hates that!?)

The Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen works just as well as the Daily Sun Protection. You can just expect a little bit more sun protection!

Overall I am very pleased with the LASPA Natural Sunscreens and they are a welcome addition to my sun protection arsenal! I mean, the only important job a sunscreen has is protecting you from a sunburn but the LASPA Natural Sunscreen also gives your skin a healthy dose of moisture. Win-Win if you ask me. 

You can find LASPA Natural Sunscreen available at spas around Canada or from Beautysense.ca.

Do you regularly apply sunscreen? And what SPF do you use?
I usually reach for SPF 20 or 30.

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I began my menstrual cup journey in 2013. After becoming fed up with tampons that were messy and quite honestly a pain in the butt. The first cup I tried was the Diva Cup; one of the most popular and widely available cups on the market.

Although the Diva Cup and I were not a match made in heaven (it routinely leaked.) I still enjoyed it more than the alternative options. Little did I know it just wasn’t the right fit for me. After a year of using the Diva Cup I decided to switch to the Organicup. It’s shorter but also holds a large volume. Needless to say, the Organicup and I are a perfect match.

Every body is different. You may not find the right fit on the first try, but trust me there’s going to be one out there that works perfectly.

Why You Should Switch to a Menstrual Cup

Honestly, I’d be able to write an essay about how awesome menstrual cups are. They make your time of month relatively fuss-free and much more affordable. With a menstrual cup you don’t have to worry about Toxic Shock Syndrome-most cups are made from surgical-grade silicon. When cleaned properly you don’t have to worry about infections either.

But washing it sounds like a hassle?

The most labour intensive part of using a cup is definitely cleaning it. I will admit, the first few months I used it I would spend about twenty minutes in the bathroom just rinsing and washing to ensure it was clean. After a few years of using it though, I am down to about five minutes. Oftentimes I change it in the morning during my shower. Easy peasy!

How many hours can you leave it in for?

Providing the cup is large enough to hold your monthly flow, you will be able to wear it for up to 12 hours at a time. Therefore you’re really only changing it morning and night.

If you are getting leaks and the cup is not full it could mean one of two things. Either your cup is the wrong fit for you or it didn’t seal properly during insertion.

How long does a menstrual cup last?

As long as you’re properly cleaning it between each cycle (which we will get to later on!) Your cup should last you about 5-7 years. Yes, you read that right!

Let’s Get into Finding the Right Fit

If you’re used to using pads and tampons it is likely you don’t know much about your vagina, other than how heavy your flow is. Unfortunately, when you’re looking for a menstrual cup one size does not fit all. So you have to have a little knowledge about your body.

If you have given birth or are over 30, have a low cervix or are very active it will make a difference for which cup is right for you.

If you have given birth or over 30

Most cups have a larger option for women who are older or have given birth. As you age and through the birthing process your vagina tends to get a little wider. Therefore it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right size based on the brand.

For example: Divacup has model 1 for women who haven’t given birth and model 2 for women who have.

If you have a low cervix

An easy way to find this out is by asking your OB/GYN -or you could even venture in there yourself and see if you can reach it. In most cases you have a normal/medium cervix if you are able to reach up to your second knuckle, if you have a low cervix you may only be able to reach up to your first knuckle.*

This article on Cervical Position from JuJu may also help.

Although Diva Cup is common, it’s also one of the largest cups on the market and if you have a medium-low cervix it will not fit properly. *Please note I am not a doctor. Consult your physician to be entirely sure.

If you are active

If you regularly work out you will most likely need a firmer fit. This will help allow the cup to stay nice and snug during your run -or whatever form of workout you prefer.

Diva Cup is one of the firmer cups on the market, therefore it could be a good fit for someone who is quite active.
The Dynamics

Okay, so you’ve found a cup that you think is the right fit for you! Perfect. Now how do you go about putting it in?

There are a few methods you can use to insert the cup -we call them folds. It’s very similar to putting in a tampon without the applicator. It may take a little while to get used to inserting the cup and you may not be fully comfortable with it until your third period. Experiment with different folds and see which works best for you!

Most Popular Folds

C-Fold

Simply push the rims together and fold in half.

You’ll most likely find the c-fold instructions in the package when you open up your menstrual cup. It’s a very simple technique but may be more difficult to insert due to the width.

Punchdown (Shell Fold)

Push the rim to the base of the cup and pinch in half.

This is my personal favourite fold. It allows for easier insertion as it is smaller.

Triangle Fold (7-Fold)

Push the rims together, take one side and fold diagonally to the middle. Or alternatively, all the way to the bottom (to form a triangle.)

This one is good for younger users as it also has a small point of insertion. It is important to double check that it is fully opened after putting the cup inside.

Tulip (Double 7 Fold)

Push the rims together, fold one corner diagonally down to the bottom, flip, fold the other corner down to the bottom.

This fold is a bit more involved but if all else fails it might just be what works!

There are many other folds, but these ones seem to be the most popular (and easiest.)
Ensure it opens

No matter what fold you decide to use, make sure that the cup has fully opened. If it doesn’t open or get a good seal you will have a leak. A good way to check if it has opened is to either twirl the cup or insert your finger and feel around the edges (whichever you are most comfortable with.)

Maintenance

Before you first use the cup it is a good idea to clean it in boiling water for 5 minutes in order to ensure that it is sterilized. I also like to do this after my period is finished to have it ready for the next time I use it.

In between cleanings (about every 12 hours) you should remove the cup, dump right into the toilet and then rinse and wash. You can either use regular unscented soap or a dedicated cup cleaner (I use the Diva Wash!)

Make sure that the holes around the rim of your cup are completely clear. If they are plugged you won’t get the suction needed to keep the cup from leaking and to stay in place.

If you’re traveling…

It’s a good idea to carry a little jug of clean water and rinse it before popping it back in. Give it a proper clean the next time you are able to.

Switching to a cup and finding the right fit can be a bit daunting, but once you become accustomed to a menstrual cup it is quite easy! Have you used a menstrual cup? Or are there any questions that I didn’t cover?

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I love adding oils into my skincare routine. Why? Because they’re pure and simple. No added ingredients or chemicals. Just a natural oil in it’s best form. So today we’re going to discuss one of the oils I have been loving for the past couple months; Marula Oil!

Myra Aso Marula Oil & Why Your Hair Needs Marula Oil

Behind the Brand

Myra Aso IS BASED IN CANADA AND makes all of their products in small, handmade batches. Although they specialize in Marula Oil, they use many other African Oils and Butters.

Let’s talk about the packaging…

The Myra Aso Pure Marula Oil comes in a gorgeous little bottle equipped with an eye dropper to easily collect the oil. It’s a simple product that looks much more expensive than it really is. (The Myra Aso Pure Marula Oil retails for $26.50 CAD)

What is Marula Oil?

Marula Oil is extracted from the nut of the Marula tree. There are two forms of marula oil depending on whether the oil is extracted from the inner seed or whether it is extracted from the outer, harder shell. Marula oil is packed with natural antioxidants which make it great for skin and hair.

However, it is important to note that the comedogenic rating on Marula Oil is similar to Coconut Oil. Therefore if you can tolerate Coconut Oil on your skin you can most likely use Marula Oil as well.

I have acne prone skin and therefore I prefer to use Marula Oil as a hair treatment (more on that later!)

Marula Oil: The Natural Fatty Acids

Oleic Acid (70-78%)

A naturally occurring fatty acid which is present in our own sebum. Oleic acid helps to hydrate skin — and keep it hydrated! It’s also great at helping to fight free-radical damage and promote healing.

Linoleic Acid (4-7%)

Linoleic Acid is not naturally occurring in our skin, but it is another fatty acid. Linoleic acid is great at stimulating cell growth and therefore helping to repair damaged skin.

Palmitic Acid (9-12%)

Palmitic acid is one of the most common fatty acids in our body, but as we age our levels of palmitic acid decrease quite a bit. It works as a great emollient to keep moisture locked into your skin.

Stearic Acid (5-8%)

Stearic acid is another fatty acid that works well to keep skin hydrated (seeing a trend?)

Arachidonic Acid (0.3-0.7%)

Arachidonic acid is another fatty acid that is fantastic for locking in moisture. Although in high concentrations it can cause redness and irritation of the skin.

*Source for fatty acid percentages

The Benefits of Marula Oil

As you can see, Marula Oil is chock full of some amazing natural acids which is why it is so popular in Africa. These natural fatty acids work together to help moisturize, retain moisture, help fight aging and defend your skin against free-radical damage. As long as you don’t have acne-prone skin… 

Marula Oil for Hair

As I said before, I love using the Myra Aso Marula Oil for my hair; I have tried using it as a skincare oil and unfortunately my acne-prone skin did not get along with it. On the flip side though, I have been loving this oil as a natural hair moisturizing treatment.

I apply the Myra Aso Marula Oil after washing, while my hair is still damp. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling oily but I do notice that it helps keep frizz to a minimum (especially during the dry winter season.)

Post-Partum Hair Loss…

About three months after delivering my baby, I noticed an influx of hair leaving my scalp. Here I was thinking I had escaped the grasp of the post-partum hair loss (but nope, it came full force.)

Since the post-partum hair loss began (about two months ago) I’ve been using some of the Marula Oil on my scalp to try and avoid any excess losses.

I do fully believe that the Marula Oil has helped reduce the amount of hair that I am losing. (Can anyone tell me when I can expect the hair loss to fully stop though?!)
Who do I recommend Marula Oil for?

If you do not have acne-prone skin or if you can use coconut oil without breaking out then Marula Oil will be very beneficial in your skincare routine! If you are looking for a way to naturally keep frizz at bay and moisturize your hair or scalp you can also benefit from Marula Oil.

I love that Myra Aso is a Canadian Brand — they offer a range of different products, I am smitten with their Pure Marula Oil. I think that their Citrus Marula Butter would be a perfect way to hydrate during the warm summer months.

Have you ever used Marula Oil?

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When I graduated from my Interior Design program I left the big city (Toronto) and began working in the flooring industry. There’s definitely been pros and cons to this switch: I am your go-to girl if you have any questions about flooring, but I certainly miss designing full interiors.

So today we’re covering some soft surface sustainable flooring options!

I love alliteration. 

I’m going to be upfront about this, I’m not a big fan of carpet. Like at all. Not only is traditional Nylon and Polyester carpet extremely bad for the environment and a magnet for dust and allergens but it’s a pain in the butt to keep clean with children and two dogs.

However, I won’t deny a good area rug to tie a room together!

Three Eco-Friendly Carpet Options Option 1: Wool

In my humble opinion wool is the best natural carpet option; it’s naturally stain resistant and flame retardant, not full of nasty chemicals, strong like Nylon and comes from a sustainable source (sheep!) Plus, you can find some super soft wool carpeting.

The cost

Good wool carpeting does come with a price. You are likely to pay upwards of $10 a square foot (sf) for 100% wool. If you see a wool carpet that is under $10/sf it is likely a blend with either Olefin or Nylon. Olefin and Nylon work well but they are not-natural and made from plastics.

The Cons

Like most carpets on the market, almost all wool is treated with flame retardants (even with it’s natural flame retardancy.) If you want to avoid any chemical additives you will need to look for undyed, untreated wool. Bear in mind, untreated wool can become a great home for moths and other unwanted pests.

Once you install wool carpet it will shed. I have seen countless reviews on wool area rugs complaining about how much wool carpet sheds this is normal and natural. You are likely to find lots of excess wool fibers in your vacuum for a couple months (depending on how often you vacuum.) It doesn’t mean the carpet or rug is defective. 

it is not advised (and often not warrantied) to use a vacuum with a beater bar attached with any carpeting and especially not a looped/berber carpet. there are a few vacuums on the market that are recommended from the carpet and rug institute, unfortunately dyson is a carpet’s enemy.

Keep in Mind…

When you install a wool carpet or place a wool area rug into your home it is advised to place a wool underlay rather than a traditional foam underlay. Why? Because wool is a natural fiber it needs to breathe. If you don’t allow the air to circulate within it, it can get musty and moldy.

A wool underlay is also more costly than a normal foam underlay ranging around $2/sf.

Option 2: Sisal + Jute

Sisal and Jute are a perfect addition to a cottage/beach-style interior! Although not a soft carpet, this texture works well for statement pieces like area rugs, stair runners and entry mats.

The Cost

The price for sisal and jute run in a similar range as wool carpeting. Though the prices won’t be quite as high they will probably run you around $10/sf and up.

The Cons

Sisal and Jute are pretty rough on the feet and therefore aren’t a cozy addition to more interiors. It is likely that you won’t be installing these throughout your entire home. These carpets often come with a latex/rubber backing in order to hold the fibres in place﹣this can be problematic if you have a latex allergy and the latex backing isn’t exactly environmentally-friendly.

Option 3: Triexta

Triexta is a relatively new carpet fibre in the sense that it is not as well known as Nylon or Polyester. In terms of durability it falls in between the two. This is a type of carpet you can use throughout the home; it is extremely soft, strong and stain-resistant. 

During production, Triexta is made with up to 37% of corn glucose instead of petroleum. Corn glucose is more sustainable than oil and therefore it is a better choice if you are looking for a more eco-friendly carpet.

The Cost

Triexta falls between the price range of Nylon and Polyester. It is competitively priced and you can find a good Triexta carpet for an affordable amount of money (anywhere from $2/sf and up.)

The Cons

Triexta is still a form of plastic, so although it is a more eco-friendly form of plastic it’s plastic. You will also find that this carpet will off-gas after installation for about 24-72 hours (like most other carpets.)

Keep in Mind…

Don’t skimp out on the underlay! A good cushion can really help extend the lifetime of your carpet (which is usually around 10 years.)

Are you pro-carpet or no-carpet?

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