Tarte Makeup Review

As an avid makeup lover, making the transition to “healthier” and synthetic chemical free makeup has been a slow process. I’ve only recently begun wearing makeup again somewhat regularly. The vast majority of my pregnancies I went mostly makeup free to play it safe- I didn’t want my precious unborn babies exposed to pretty much anything questionable. Now that I have only my own bodily self to account for (less nursing), I’m finding myself returning to my typical makeup that I had in my collection before my “green conscious” lifestyle. Ideally I would like to only use products that are superior in chemical content, but such an ideal will require not only a sum of money, but a fair amount of time to accumulate desirable products. Therefore, I shall document and review new products as I  try them at my own pace!

These days, I am finding that makeup is now a fun way to have some relaxing me time while my girls are asleep or otherwise preoccupied. I’ve always been drawn to cosmetology and the application of makeup as art, so I feel as though I’m rediscovering my passion and interest as a natural minded mama. But now, there’s a twist. Find and use exceptional makeup that isn’t terrible for my body to absorb.

Introducing… “TARTE” makeup!!

American made, cruelty free, and formulated without parabens • mineral oil • phthalates • triclosan • sodium lauryl sulfate • synthetic fragrance • and gluten. Additionally, the brand utilizes their patented ‘T5’ formula with five different high antioxidant (free-radical fighting) fruits, vitamins, minerals, and various other plant extracts in their products!

Now to clarify, I don’t claim that this brand is the “best” out there as far as healthy/low risk makeup goes- this is simply a better option than what I have typically used in the past. http://www.ewg.org has a fairly extensive database of 80,000 personal care products that are rated 1-10 based on ingredients. The lower the rating, the higher the quality of ingredients. Tarte products vary on this scale but are mostly mid range (2-7). When I find the ULTIMATE products that get 1’s on that database, I’ll be sure to let you know. 🙂

My current Tarte collection includes the following…

Lip stain, Lucky~

I’ve never tried “stain” variants of makeup until now. And I think I’m pretty sold on the idea. Simple concept: “stain” products stay on longer! This particular one is a matte version, so I like to use this lip stain and put a chapstick or clear gloss over it. The color typically stays distinct for several hours.This shade is a fairly light pink (pretty much exactly the color of the tube pictured far left above). This is definitely a great fun-in-the-sun color if you ask me! This is not an every day item for me, but I’m really glad I have it in my stash of makeup now.

Cheek Stain, Loving~

Blush is typically something I have never had much luck with, until now. My typical routine has been to apply some powder for a great look and then without fail, it fades within a few hours. This “cheek stain” gives blush a whole new foothold in my everyday regimen!

This blush is in a push up tube, reminiscent of stick glue (okay, bad analogy). I think it is considered “wet” blush (not a powder), which is new for me. I’d say its similar to using lipstick as rouge in a pinch, but application is much more friendly for cheeks. This particular color has a shimmer to it, too. Loose powder over it helps to blend and seal it. Those who are a fan of the matte look might want to beware, though I’m not sure if the other colors have this also. Personally, I’m all for a faint shimmer, especially on the cheeks where smiles radiate.

To show you the staying power, I documented the proof!

Tarte Before AfterI tried my best to keep the same lighting here. Though my skin tone varies slightly, you can see here how this cheek stain is really potent, without being too overbearing upon first application. Shown is pre-makeup, post-makeup, and then after a long day of chasing babies and running errands!

Rare is the blush that I happen upon and buy again when I run out. This is a keeper! I especially love the slight copper tone it gives my cheeks. It seems much more natural for my skin coloration as opposed to the brighter pinks that I’ve used in the past. I can’t wait to wear this with my peach/coral colored matron of honor dress next month for my friend’s wedding! It compliments my dress quite well. Okay, I LOVE this stuff!!

Amazonian Clay Eyebrow Pencil, Taupe~

What originally hooked me to this brand is the incredible brow pencil! Personally I would rather use no brow definer than one that is very obviously there, so this color is perfect for me to subtly fill in the brows and very slightly extend their length. (See before/after pic above, in reference to my eyebrows). This shade is extremely versatile as well for various skin and hair tones. It gives such a natural look! I’m on my second pencil and it will be a part of my regimen indefinitely. I love that it is “Amazonian” clay but I think this can work against the product (and consumer) if it has been manufactured too long before it gets used. Aka, this can dry out and crumble on you. I didn’t have this experience with the first pencil, but went through about 1/2 inch of my recent one that crumbled out bit by bit with the slightest pressure. To prevent this, I only click it once or twice for the least required amount for usage. I haven’t really had an issue with that since! All in all, I really like what it does for my brows and plan to buy again in the future.

Tarte brand makeup is sold at my local Ulta and Sephora. It’s not a drug store/grocery store brand, but if what you put on your skin and in your body matters to you, it might not be such a bad thing to slowly invest in some better alternatives to the very prevalent synthetic chemical laden products that are offered at most outlets.

Next makeup product review: Origins Under Eye Concealer!



Springtime Garden 2013

Spring is upon us! And one of my favorite ways to celebrate is by adding life to my collection of little planters. What is extra exciting about this year in particular, is that I have a real BACK YARD!! In past years, we have had the pleasure of balcony gardens only. And when I say garden, I mean very very simple and small scale. I’ve had no more than a handful or so of different plants at once, yet I do gain a sense of deep fulfillment by nurturing even just a single plant. I am beginning to realize that I have a passion for gardening! Though I wouldn’t exactly say I have a green thumb, my will to perfect my hobby over time is definitely there. *Note- I have only been able to properly plant just a couple of these new additions- I am in need of some small rocks to cover the holes at the bottom of most of my planters. Will take a nice picture of my properly planted backyard garden as the season carries on!

Hot pink geranium and miscellaneous plant which I love!

Hot pink geranium and miscellaneous plant.

This year, I am trying to think more practical than anything. New additions include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red bell pepper, a baby strawberry plant, a hot pink geranium, citronella, and a miscellaneous leafy beauty.

From left to right: broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberry, and the bottom one is a little addition for fun (not sure what it's called).

From left to right: broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberry, and the bottom one is a little addition for fun (not sure what it’s called).

Seniority goes to our beautiful aloe plant that I have raise from a 6 point, 3 inch high little pip squeak. As you can see, it’s grown beyond belief. So much so, that it has been busting at the seams for over a year now. I upgraded it so that it can thrive even more (by transplanting it to a bigger dwelling). We love to use our aloe for scrapes, cuts, and burns. I am having faith that it will continue to thrive! When I went to transplant it I found a creepy amount of tiny little fuzzy yellow eggs. I love nature and deeply appreciate it but the thought of numerous spiders hatching just two feet away from my front door really creeps me out. I brushed as many off as I could and only took as much dirt with the plant as necessary to not interfere too much with the roots (which were very shallow)! So happy to see this dear plant have a new glory spot to thrive in.

The glorious aloe. Currently not it best health but I'm sure it's very happy to have room to grow!

The glorious aloe. Currently not it best health but I’m sure it’s very happy to have room to grow!

Our other veteran is the gorgeous purple “wandering Jew” (actual name) that has survived through 2 winters, a drought, and tons of neglect at various times. I have to prune it back every couple of months to contain it. Planning to let some loose in our front walkway once the monster bush is gone (hopefully we will be taking care of that soon). The whole area that it fills will be a huge blank canvas for me to fill, but for now I’m focusing on the backyard since me and the girls spend most of our time there.

Eva says, "Purple!" She loves this plant.

Eva says, “Purple!” She loves this plant.

John and I have also been tackling the weeds that have had free reign of our yard for months. What a mess! Needless to say, hand pulling weeds is a daunting task. We spent over an hour outside today clearing one small area so we will be taking that project in strides, never EVER to be ignored for so long at once!

Our citronella (left) and the best looking broccoli plant (right).

Our citronella (left) and the best looking broccoli plant (right).

I have 9 little plants each for both broccoli and brussels that require 18 inch spacings each. Since I don’t have my raised bed set up yet, I am going to plant as many of these in spare planters as I can, and plant the leftovers directly into the ground next to my potato patch experiment to see how they fare. I might try to put some wire mesh fencing around it to keep our pup Todd from lifting his leg on them, which he loves to do.

Recent picture of the potatoe patch.

Recent picture of the potatoe patch.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on my 2013 backyard garden! My girls and I are outside several times a day so it shouldn’t be too hard for me to keep up with watering these little guys. Having a hose within close proximity to plants makes gardening life so much easier. I used to have to fill an empty milk jug and water my plants one gallon at a time from our two story apartment, so this should be a great planting/growing season indeed! 🙂

Tomato and red bell pepper!

Tomato and red bell pepper!

Stay tuned for more garden updates! Until next time…


The Potato Patch Experiment…

One mid-December afternoon I looked upon my potato stash and realized that a handful of small organic russet potatoes had sprouted! I had a fresh sack that hadn’t yet sprouted so I decided to experiment with the older ones. I took those 6 little spuds and planted them, right in my backyard. It took me about 20 minutes to clear all the grass from the soil in my designated area, and scoop up some dirt to soften the soil and plant them.

BEFORE (A few minutes after they were planted and watered):

AFTER (2 Months of Neglect):

IMG_20130213_161927HA! I supposed that my experiment was so unplanned and came together so fast from the time I thought of it, acted on it, cleared a spot, planted, and watered it, that it really never even had a chance to sink in. AKA: I was so busy that I forgot to check on my first little potato patch until almost 2 months later! And by golly I’ll say it caught on! I could only identify what seemed to be plants from 4 potatoes. Still, a 66% success rate is fairly impressive! I had gone outside early to check on it while John was in the shower. When he came downstairs, I was awaiting his appearance with the most proud grin and stance to which he appropriately responded, “….Yes????” I was so happy to share the good news of my first impromptu attempt to grow food. To my surprise it really was not so hard at all! 🙂 Some of the potato plants even have dainty little white flowers.

I hope this is an accurate precursor to my soon to come raised square-foot garden bed- I have been planning for it since last Fall. (I promise, I’ll put more effort into that one.) My square-foot garden is currently under construction but I promise to post on that as the project is underway!


Green Living: An Introduction

When I became pregnant with my oldest daughter, my life changed in many ways. I learned that everything that I ate, breathed, and put on my skin would be passed along to my precious unborn baby. And I realized that for years I had unknowingly been using products that contain known harmful ingredients. Boy did this open a whole can of worms. Enter: completely new lifestyle and lifelong quest to choose the most natural and healthy options over synthetic chemicals and toxins. Along with pregnancy, birth, and mothering young children, “green living” has been a huge interest of mine since late 2010.

Living green actually means a lot, to a lot of different people. I think the most general definition, for those that are not as familiar with the topic, would be: a conscious effort to minimize exposure of environmental toxins, seek holistic treatments, minimize direct impact on the environment, and an all around attempt to live a more self-sustainable life style with simple/nature based options. Its now been about 3 years since I have taken on this consciousness and I have found my endeavor to become “green/earth conscious” has been very rewarding. Knowing that I am not slowly poisoning myself or my family and the environment and not wasting money on toxic products has been an obvious benefit. But honestly, understanding that I am a being of nature that can greatly benefit from healing (or otherwise useful) things that come directly from nature has truly enlightened me as a human being. I feel more connected to the planet we live on, knowing that its more pure substances provide the highest amount of benefits for my body or even my environment. A big example of this is essential oils (which I will, no doubt, be expanding on in future blog posts). I know that by the merit of my own deeds, though seemingly insignificant, I am taking a small amount of action against a way of life that is damaging to humans and environment. I guess you could say that this is a way for my to fight the status quo in my own way, to hopefully help affect the change that we so desperately need as a civilization.

So how do I apply this to real-life? For me, this means many different things. To name a few: cloth diapering, having the hobby of reading the ingredients on just about everything, avoiding certain harmful ingredients, buying and eating organic wherever possible and feasible, doing as many do-it-yourself projects from home as possible, reusing anything and everything, choosing natural fibers in products over plastics and/or synthetics, pursuing a diet that is simple and plant based as much as possible, avoiding petroleum, avoiding the word “fragrance” on ANYthing, minimizing my general consumption of any given product, avoiding pharmaceuticals as much as possible, utilizing the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, and choosing nature and simplicity over what is usually accepted as the norm in today’s society.

As I continue to add to my site here, I will take specific aspects of my own personal “green living” approach and expand on them. I hope you will find that such a lifestyle is not as extreme as one might believe. It’s actually a very freeing thing to live more simply and naturally! My interest in this topic and gradual attempt to shift to a more earth conscious way of life has spilled over into other areas of my life as well. For example, I am beginning to evaluate the amount of waste my family produces makes me question what it is that I am consuming… and, do I really need it? Naturally I have become more minimalist in my approach in food consumption, pharmaceutical consumption, pest repellent, beauty regimens, and overall consumerism. And after all that, I just know I’m leaving some things out. What I ultimately mean to say is that the green living approach really begins to overflow into other areas of life and can become an actual mindset that is applicable to other things.

What’s fun about it is that it’s not just all or nothing! You can really pick and choose what is most feasible and makes most sense to you and utilize it the way you see fit. I am definitely not a perfect example of what it is to “be green” and I have a long way to go to be where I’d like to be with it (for example: I would like to make my own laundry detergent, quit buying and using plastic bags altogether, grow my own food, etc) I do, however, think that I can be a little bit helpful to those that are interested in it and maybe just don’t know where to begin, or to those who are in the game with me and just want to learn some new ways to reconnect with and respect this earth a little more. I am always down to learn some new things, so if you take the time to share your tips and secrets, I would love hear them!

I can’t wait to share my various approaches with you. What I’d like to do is title any post where I specifically expand on this aspect of my life is title it “Green Living: _______” to distinguish it from my other posts. You will definitely find me mention some of these things amongst my other reflections though! Hope you enjoy what I have to offer. Until next time…


Closing Thoughts of 2012

Well it looks like we made it. Where did we land? Well, we landed in a new era. I hope, in my heart of hearts, that a paradigm shift will begin to gain velocity in many proportions. I believe it has been in the works for quite some time and I believe that the stage is set. I am praying that a paradigm shift will take place in many different areas of humanity, many of which I am most passionate about.

I’m not going to bore you with my take on this whole Mayan calendar thing. Everyone seems to have an opinion, but opinions just don’t really matter unless there is an action of positive change that follows it. So the only thing I have to say is that I am using this date as a pivot point for several things in my life. For such an anticipated date and so much hype, I might as well make it worth it for myself in some way since the external world clearly hasn’t offered me much except hypothetical doom! Ill always be able to look back at this date and remember what I made it, and hopefully hold myself accountable to the notions I attached to it.

The past few years, I suppose due to the fact that my brain has been missing the intellectual stimulation that school has always provided me (for 19 out of 23 years of my life), my mind has been desperate for stimulation, goals, deadlines, research, tests (not necessarily exams), challenges, and more knowledge to satisfy my need for growth. And I am beginning to rediscover these things in my own terms, in new ways. Becoming a wife and parent has, no doubt, caused me to grow in ways I didn’t know possible, taught me things I didn’t know I needed to learn, and has revealed to me purposes I never previously knew I was meant to fulfill. So really, I have been with no lack of stimulation- I’ve been the busiest I have ever been trying to get this whole wife/mama part of my life pretty “set” and leveled. It’s been a fairly rough, yet rewarding past 2 years for me.

Since I became pregnant with my oldest daughter in October of 2010, just 4 months into my marriage, I have experienced some of my life’s hardest struggles and some of my life’s greatest joys. For anyone who doesn’t know me personally, I battled over 20 weeks per pregnancy of extreme, debilitating nausea. And, I gave birth to both of my daughters without any drugs or medical assistance! I mention these things because both (x2) of these experiences have challenged me on extreme levels. However, I am here to tell the story of triumph and self preservation through it all!

So, with two budding little angels that mature and change each day, I feel like as a new mother of two children just 11 months apart, I have spent many months “studying” and “learning” what this grand task of motherhood means. Granted, the journey has only begun, but what I am getting at here is that I am finally, finally, finally, feeling capable of rediscovering new, refined personal goals of mine. And it really has taken me this long to realize that despite being consumed with caring for my babies, I am still my own person with very individualized set of desires, goals, and needs for self improvement.

And with that, I am using 12.21.2012 as my “New Year for a lifetime.” And so begins my new journey where I take everything I have learned about anything up to this point, and put it to action in some way or another!

Here are some very important goals of mine that I have been stewing over for quite awhile and am finally putting out there for others to see besides my wonderful loving husband who listens to me passionately ramble on about things into the wee hours of the morning fairly regularly.

1. This blog. I whole heartedly believe that this blog will be not only a healthy outlet for me, but that it will open doors for me in ways yet unseen. Already I am seeing things come together for this that I never even expected or had the knowledge to want! I recently connected with a wonderfully talented and well established blogger (Hybrid Rasta Mama) that has taken a liking to my blog and has invited me to be a regular (monthly) contributor on her site. With a huge following of her own, this will surely open the door for others to begin “following” me! I am extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity to come to fruition. My goals for my own blog include: 1 post per week, beginning in January of 2013, a minimum of 25,000 page views per month by December of 2013, and more vaguely, to become somewhat of an expert on what it means to be a great blogger. To be honest, right now I feel very vulnerable and amateur at this. But, I refuse to let that hinder my hopes for this new and exciting part of my life! I hope you will join me on this journey and come to find your time spent here well worth it. We all know the pride of being able to say “hey, I liked that band before they got super popular!” So humor me and join me on my journey sooner, rather than later, okay? 🙂

2. My spiritual journey. This is no new undertaking for me to seek a deeper, more meaningful, and more affective/effective spiritual walk through life. But I will proclaim it now that I am onto something bigger and better than I have ever previously experienced (and I have had countless, extremely profound spiritual encounters in past years). I am learning to worship, experience, reflect on, and study and reflect on God in new ways. My mind is yearning for more wisdom and understanding (always) and the door of my mind is leading me down paths of enlightenment that to be honest, I have previously scoffed at and disregarded as “endeavors of a wandering soul.” But now, more than ever, I am understanding what the true nature of God is, and what that means for me and my personal relationships. I plan to share some of my detailed reflections in this blog, but ultimately this is a very personal journey of which most of the fruits will be exhibited in my soul and hopefully spill over into my personal relationships. But I will share some of my ideas and findings along the way.

3. My business plans. Two parts here: essential oils and feather products! My passion for essential oils has thus far been based mainly on the increasing of my knowledge and using them in my own life. I have always known that I wanted to do that first, before being proactive about sharing the good news of essential oils. I have done this a few times with a handful of people but I believe that my potential in this realm is much greater than what I have achieved thus far. Secondly, in the summer of 2011, I began a small business called FeathersAllure which consists of the creation and sales of various feather products. With a remarkable collection of tools and feathers (and multiple streams of friendly donations for feather products), I have it all at my finger tips and its time for me to rebirth this dream and raise it up to its potential! These two arenas of my life will hopefully pay off as I gain momentum in the coming months and years.

4. A shift to the ultimate manifestation of good health. For years I have been discovering what this really means! And to be honest, I think I’m really onto some great things. Where I fall short is in the making it a reality part! But again, I think its part of the process. Educate yourself, research the options, make a conscious decision, set a goal, and… GO! With all the tools at my disposal, its time. Coupled with this, is my goal to lose 40lbs over the course of 2013. I have the organic lifestyle down pretty well, now its time for me to cut out the bad (sugars are my downfall), graft in the nutrient rich, healthful goodies (at 90% or greater of my total intake), and begin the cardio and higher impact physical training that my body is needing so badly after 2 years of pregnancy and 5+ years of chronic back pain. So here goes it!

5. Natural, more sustainable living. Again, here is an area of my life that for a little over two years now, I have become increasingly more interested and knowledgeable in. Of course I have utilized some of the new golden ideas I have learned, but I feel like I am not at my full potential for what it means to be truly earth conscious, more self sustainable, exibit a post consumer lifestyle, and be the minimalist human being that I can be. Things I’d say I have accomplished along this journey so far: cutting out most chemicals via cosmetics, soaps, household products, cloth diapering, minimizing many processed foods, utilizing more natural/holistic remedies, etc. Areas where I would like to improve: becoming more sustainable, eliminating excess waste, discontinuing the indulgence of consumerism as the opportunities present themselves, and growing my own food. YES! I have plans for my own backyard raised bed veggie garden! I have been looking forward to and planning this for months now… all that’s left to do is buy materials and make it happen. I truly look forward to documenting this experience. I hope you do too.

As you can see, I have a lot of things that have been brewing and stewing in my head and I feel that I have the power to make it all happen… and NOW is the time! Enter, my new paradigm shift. I love to discuss and reflect on the paradigm shift that I feel is extremely necessary and inevitable for societies on a global scale, however the only way to be a part of it is to be an actual part of the kinetic energy in my own way. Gandhi said “be the change you want to see in the world” so here’s my feeble attempt. I know I’m capable and I have access to very helpful information, so I cannot let time and BIG blessings distract me from pursuing a life not only worth living but the life I am meant to live. I can’t let my “talents” and knowledge, and dreams slip away. I am on this path that I feel is one that has been predetermined (to a certain degree) for me, and as much as having a family is a huge undertaking in and of itself, I don’t want that to hinder me. I’d rather wholeheartedly pursue my journey and bring the others with me than fade out as the busyness of life ensues.

I hope your paradigm shift is either on its way, or well developed and gaining energy for its greatest manifestation yet. I hope you enjoy joining me on mine! Happy 12.21.12 everyone.

Similar Joy

Yesterday was a really dreary day. Today on the other hand, was incredibly gorgeous. I was excited when I looked out my windows early this morning to see the bright blue sky without a cloud in sight. I opened a window and felt the chill of the morning enter my house. When I got both of my girls down for a nap, I went outside and sat on our back patio. It’s basically just a concrete slab with some plants and stands up against the house. But I sat there and enjoyed the sun and the crisp weather for a little while. I looked up and noticed about three pretty sizable, beautiful birds flying around. I thought about how fun it must be for them to just fly and coast through the air on such a gorgeous day. Two flew off and I just continued to gaze at the remaining one. I realized then and there that that bird I was watching was enjoying the day in a unique way. He was safe in the air in that moment, and he was free- without a single worry and with great contentment. I just know it. That bird was experiencing something that I was almost envious of. And yet, I feel like we shared a moment. I felt like I was able to get inside to mind of that beautiful bird and catch a glimpse of true freedom. I wish I could live that way more often. Sometimes I get so tossed in the whims of my daily tasks and I get so distracted with everything I must do to maintain certain routines. And I forget to be free and alive. And sometimes I just forget to be outside. I think it would be accurate to say that we (I) have lost touch with nature. It only took about ten minutes for me to sit outside to just take it all in and observe such a profound thing. In comparison to my melancholy feelings the day before, I felt like I had achieved a sense of happiness and peace that renewed me. I love to be outside- it is truly therapeutic. And I am thankful that for a few moments I experienced that helped me relearn what it is to live in the present. Lord, please let me continue to exhibit this profound sense of joy in my daily life and help me to remember that the present moment is all I really have.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

I had heard of “Dr. Bronner’s” soap here and there but I had never really given it much thought until I noticed there was a documentary on Netflix about the man himself and his soaps. I decided to go ahead and put the documentary on for a few minutes to see how it was and I couldn’t stop watching it. If ever there was a passionate, strange, borderline maniac, yet inspiring person, Dr. Bronner would be it. In fact, he is now on my top 10 people I’d like to meet list although he sadly passed away in 1997 (though the business still remains in the family). Here was a man who had an undying passion for uniting all mankind on God’s “spaceship earth” under an “all-one-God-faith.” He claimed with great enthusiasm that we on earth are “All one, all one, or none!!” Even more interesting, each label on the soap contains thousands of words of Dr. Bronner’s ramblings about his philosophical views with lots of exclamation marks. I can’t help but be drawn to his passion, excitement, and quirkiness.

Needless to say, I had to give it a go. There are many more interesting facts regarding this man and his soaps’ origins but the most pleasing things about the soap, in my opinion, is the simple, organic, natural, and fair trade ingredients. Oh! And just a dash of it lathers like CRAZY! I’ve purchased several different bottles and scents and have also added essential oils to the unscented one. My favorite so far is the Almond version. And what’s even more awesome is that you can dilute over and over to make it go really far. I use Dr. Bronner’s for body wash, I bathe my girls in it from head to toe, and we use it for hand soap around the house. Our little dog even gets baths with Dr. Bronner’s too! It can also be used as: toothpaste, fruit/veggie wash, laundry detergent, dish soap, deodorant, shampoo, surface cleaner, etc. How’s that for versatile?

Here are the ingredients:

Just kidding. Ingredients only account for about 1% of that text. The rest is pure entertainment for whenever you have time to take a 90 minute shower! Haha

The ingredients, less the oils specific to each type (peppermint, almond, lavender, tea trea, citrus, etc)–

Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide (doesn’t remain after actual production), Organic Olive Oil, Organic Fair Trade Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol

Natural, simple, legit. And such a breath of fresh air in the midst of countless products containing extended lists of unpronounceable synthetic chemicals. WIN!

I highly recommend watching the documentary “Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap Box” for entertainment and more information. The more you learn, the more you will want to buy from this company to support their unique production and management methods. Another plus is that they use hemp oil in their products and hugely support the legalization of hemp. I too am a big advocate for this and plan to post about my pro-hemp views in the near future!

For my hometown friends, they sell it in the ‘naturals’ section of H-E-B. Let me know if you decide to try it and I’d love to hear what you think. I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.