​Living healthfully one thought, one forkful and one yoga pose at a time

Here is a list of the beauty products I have been using for at least the past month, but most have been over a year.  I really like how they feel on my skin.  Knowing that I am not applying pulverized dead animal bones, et cetera, directly onto my body is exhilarating.  Additionally, from what I understand, chemicals that enter the body through the skin are more toxic to the body.  The reason:  Unlike chemicals ingested through the mouth, the ones that are absorbed by the skin make a direct route to the bloodstream, bypassing the body’s cleansing organs, i.e., the kidneys and the liver.

*  Mascara:                            Larenim                                 

​Foundation:                          Eminence Organic Tinted Moisturizer (25 SPF)

Facial Spray:                        Heritage Store Rosewater

​Facial toner:                         Aura Cacia Lavendar, Chamomile, Lemon and Clary Sage
                                                  (Mixed with rosewater.  Recipe found on Clary Sage bottle.)

Brush-on SPF:                        Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 30 Brush-on Sun Defense

Blush/bronzer:                     Mineral Fusion Bronzer Duo


eyebrows:                             Mineral Fusion Eyeshadow Trio                                   
                                                  Emani Minerals

Concealer:                            Mineral Fusion Concealer Duo

Lip balms:                           Burt’s Bees       
                                                Alba Botanica             
                                                Ladybug Jane

Lip liner:                              Ecco Bella Botanicals

Body lotion:                       Alba Body Cream

Mousse:                              Sexy Hair Organics

Curl cream:                        Desert Essence Soft Curls Hair

CreamFacial cleanser:   Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair Facial Cleansing Gel

Shampoo:                          Andalou Naturals Shampoo
                                              (The Argan & Sweet Orange scent is amazing!)           

​Conditioner:                 Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner           
Leave-in conditioner:  Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner 

Toothpaste:                Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste

Deodorant-Women:      Desert Essence                                   
                                            Alba Botanica

Deodorant-Men:           Herbal Clear Sport

                    Alba Botanica

Bug spray:                     Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray

Muscle balm:                Heel Traumeel Gel Anti-inflammatory Analgesic

Nail polish:                   Mineral Fusion

Fragrances:                   Kuumba Made Fragrance Oil

Keep checking for additions to this page, as I am always on the lookout for improvements in my regimen. 

Allowing the skin to breathe is a good thing!


         (I have to disclose one downfall here.  I find the natural mascaras unable to give me much lengthening capabilities.  So, I cheat.  After an hour or so of having applied the natural mascara to my lashes, I curl my eyelashes one last time and then apply one quick coat of “bad” mascara.  As soon as I find a company that has developed a lengthening mascara that is natural, you will be the first to know.)


Several months ago, my court reporting work took me to large factory, if you will.  I had no idea why it smelled like cat and dog food when I exited my vehicle, so I asked.  In one sense, I am kind of sorry I did, because what I found out is extremely disturbing.  On the other hand, however, this is important information for me to have in order to keep myself healthy.  It turned out to be an animal fat rendering plant.  “What does that mean?” I asked.  As was explained to me, they take animal bones (and various other animal parts) and grind them down to a powder.  This powder is then used in animal feed products and cosmetics.  (Note:  Gelatin is made from rendered animal parts too.  Yep, Jello.)  Disgusting and repulsive!  If that isn’t the ultimate push to switch to natural alternatives, I don’t know what else could possibly be.