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I teach women how to get flawless skin so they can feel confident and beautiful without spending thousands of dollars on treatments and products that don’t work.

June 2017

Sunscreen Safety Do you know what’s in your sunscreen? I do. Five Ingredients. Shea Butter Coconut Oil Beeswax Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Essential Oils That’s it. And yes, it works great. That majority of sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters. The FDA has not reviewed the potential hazards of these sunscreen filters. They grandfathered in the ingredients being used in the late 1970s when they began considering the safety of sunscreens. Common ingredients include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. The biggest ingredient to be concerned about is oxybenzone, which is in over 60 percent of non-mineral sunscreens. This chemical can cause allergic skin reactions and is a weak estrogen with potent anti-androgenic effects. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin, goes into the bloodstream and can mimic estrogen in the body. The majority of sunscreen is made up of “inactive ingredients.” A common one is retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin

All Natural Homemade Bug Spray Growing up in Canada, I’ve spent many bug filled weekends at the cottage. Nothing ruins a good sunset like a herd of mosquitoes and blackflies taking chunks of your skin with them as trophies. Then comes the next day when you’re itching your skin raw. Oh, the humanity! Dangers of DEET The majority of bug sprays on the market contain DEET, which is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes or blistering when applied to the skin. DEET as also been linked to neurological problems. A pharmacologist from Duke University Medical Center cautions the use of DEET, after his study found the chemical causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioural changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. Safe & Effective Alternative Making your own Homemade Bug Spray is so super easy to do and ensures that you aren’t

Super Easy DIY Body Butter When I first started my journey to holistic living I started with beauty products. I was overwhelmed at first, but my new best friend became EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. You can look up individual products or specific ingredient and the database will tell you how toxic the product/ingredient is and why. Making your own also ensures there’s no harmful ingredients included. DIY body butter just happens to be the simplest thing ever to whip up.   Shea Butter Shea butter is derived from the fat of a nut from the African Shea tree. It’s widely known to be an incredible moisturizer, remedying numerous skin ailments. Shea butter helps heal and improve dry skin, blemishes and wrinkles, sunburn, eczema, stretch mark prevention, skin wounds and cracks, and insect bites just to name a few! Coconut Oil One of my go to moisturizers over the years has

Rosemary Aioli I LOVE my Rosemary Aioli on just about everything. It’s of so creamy and insanely delicious. This flavourful aioli is incredible as both a dip and sauce. Try it on The Best Veggie Burger Ever I posted last week! Making It Vegan Traditional aioli is made with mayo, while this rosemary aioli is made with a vegan version. I prefer soy-free vegan mayo and opt for one made with safflower oil or grapeseed oil.  It tastes absolutely divine - better than regular mayo. You can find it in the natural section of your grocery store or most health food stores. Cooking with Essential Oils Okay, now let’s talk about the real star of this recipe - rosemary essential oil. Essential oils in food?! Say what?! I know. It’s a crazy idea, but the pure and potent flavour provided by the essential oil is