Weekly Ponderings #23: New fav non-toxic mascara

Wow, what a crazy long yet short incredible week over here!!

I'm heading to St. Maarten with my husband tomorrow morning for our annual winter beach getaway, and I CANNOT WAIT to spend the week on the beach. But given I'll be OOO, I was scrambling to get all my work in order before I leave.

I also hosted two free Habits Workshops for my company (where I work full-time) for the first time -- I was nervous going into them but they were a huge success! Everyone was super engaged, asking questions and sharing their own experiences. Am filled with so much gratitude. ūüôŹ¬†

Lastly, as y'all know, I OPENED ENROLLMENT for my February Optimize Your Energy Masterclass!! 

Spots are limited and almost half filled already, so if you're interested in joining, get in there quickly! And use promo EARLYBIRD to save $100 if you sign up by Feb 2. Program starts on Feb 10 and I'm so excited - it's going to be an incredible group of women and experience.

If you want more info about the masterclass, click here or DM me on IG with any questions!

Ok my loves - hope you all have a beautiful week ‚̧ԳŹ. Come hang out with me on¬†IG, where I'll be answering questions about my masterclass and posting shamelessly while on the beach.

Clean Beauty

It's been awhile since I've shared a product that I'm loving, so I thought I'd share this new non-toxic mascara from ILIA that I've been using. I've got baby Asian eyelashes that are super short and stick straight down, and this mascara actually gives me lashes! I'm not a makeup connoisseur but I find that the brush makes it really easy to apply, even on my non-existent bottom lashes.

After Midnight
As I get through all my beauty and home products, I've started replacing them with non-toxic, clean versions.¬†There are so many chemicals and harmful, toxic ingredients in most of the products we use every day. The average¬†woman uses 12 beauty or skin products a day that contain 165+ different toxic chemicals ūüėĪ. And our skin is our largest organ --¬†we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin into our bodies.¬†

Common ingredients to avoid include: parabens, phthalates, DEA/TEA/MEAs, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS, SLES), oxybenzone, polyethylene glycol (PEG), toluene (often hidden under "fragrance"), and triclosan. You can research your products on www.ewg.org to see how toxic they are.

Thus far I've successfully replaced my:

-face cleanser, toner and moisturizer (with mostly JESSI+CO products)
-eye shadow and mascara
-body soap and moisturizer
-shampoo and conditioner
-laundry detergent and dryer sheets (w/wool dryer balls)
-dishwashing detergent
-surface cleaner (my DIY recipe below)
-linen spray (my DIY recipe below)

There's still a lot more to go but instead of letting it all overwhelm me, I'm tackling one product at a time.

DIY Surface Cleaner Recipe

-8 oz glass spray bottle
-1 T Castile liquid soap (I use Dr. Bronner's)
-~8 oz distilled water (fill the rest of bottle up with water)
-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
-15 drops of sweet orange essential oil
-15 drops of lavender essential oil

Add all of the above to the glass spray bottle and mix together. Shake bottle before using. 

I use this cleaner mainly for my kitchen/bathroom counters and floors. It's a great all-purpose cleaner, and it smells sooo good.

If you're looking for more natural, zero waste cleaning products for your home, check out my friend Kait's blog A Clean Bee and IG for all things related to living a cleaner life. I also interviewed her here for my 5 Questions With series if you want to learn more about her!

DIY Room + Linen Spray Recipe

Also great as an all-natural yoga mat cleaner bc of the cleaning properties of the essential oils

-2 oz glass spray bottle
-0.5 oz witch hazel
-1.5 oz distilled water (fill the rest of bottle up with water)
-5 drops of peppermint essential oil
-5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
-5 drops of lavender essential oil
-5 drops of tea tree essential oil 

Add all of the above to the glass spray bottle. Shake bottle before using. Spray generously and breathe in the refreshing and energizing scent.

I carry this in my purse at all times now to get rid of lingering restaurant smells (especially from cafes!).

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