I tried Primal Life Organics' products based on the recommendation of NTP Liz Wolfe who I adore and who has the most beautiful skin. Primal Life Organics refers to their products as "skin food" instead of skincare because they are free of any chemicals and are designed to nourish your skin.
To get started with this new type of skin food, I opted for the Carrot Seed Face Package for normal to oily skin.
Pros: Very soothing even for sensitive skin. The serum goes on oily but absorbs rapidly and can be used on the delicate skin around the eyes. The cleanser is mild and won't strip skin. None of the products contain any water so they are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. I've been using this package for three months and I still have probably several month's worth left to go.
Cons: I'm not crazy about the patchouli scent of the toner. I only use it at night for this reason.
Final Thoughts: The package is a little pricey but you get so much for your money and the products will last a long time. I love the idea that I'm "feeding" my skin the nutrients it needs. I definitely think my skin has more of a healthy glow since I started using PLO products on a regular basis.
Right now you can get 20% any Primal Life Organics product if you use this link.
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I've been in Boise, Idaho most of the week visiting my brother and nephew with my mom. Please excuse the lower resoluttion iphone photos, I was trying to pack light for this trip.
We had a great time and it was awesome meeting finally meeting baby Kade.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Since we are still dealing with a major mosquito problem in coastal North Carolina thanks to all of the rain a few weeks ago, I had to break out the bentonite clay to treat all of my new bug bites.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is one of my favorite natural beauty products and I've been using it to do weekly facials for the past couple of years. It's inexpensive, very detoxifying and 100% natural.
Last Saturday was busy in downtown Wilmington. There was the Beach to Battleship Triathlon, the annual Zombie Walk and about a dozen different weddings. It was kind of funny to see the brides and grooms trying to get photos taken in brick alleys with people in full-on zombie makeup walking by them. If it were me, I would have tried to incorporate them in to the photos somehow.
It was fun to see downtown alive with so much varied activity. Lately, it has been so busy every time we go there and it makes me happy to see my little city growing with new businesses, hotels, a huge cultural arts center, downtown marina and more.
Some photos from the night:
While hundreds of people were zombie-ing it up, there was a huge race taking place just a few blocks away. The triathlon started at 7 am on Saturday and was still going on when we left downtown around 10:30 pm. Can you even imagine????
There were some great folks at the finish line cheering on their friends and family and we were lucky to see a friend of ours finish up the race. Here was my favorite character of the night, however:
The racers were lucky to have gorgeous weather. It was a beautiful night down at the new Port City Marina at the finish line.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
I'm trying to get back in to listening to audiobooks instead of so many podcasts. My Audible credits are stacking up, and I feel guilty like I'm wasting my money.
I tried, but abandoned listening to The Red Queen. There wasn't anything wrong with the narrator and the book was okay-ish but just didn't hold my interest. I should have known I wouldn't enjoy it when the description said it is similar to The Selection series which I really didn't enjoy.
Next up, The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman. I've heard good things, and I certainly enjoyed his other two books in the series. Hopefully this one will stick.
What are you reading? I'd love to hear.
I have been looking for a moisturizer that I can use as a hand cream as the weather turns cooler. I have made my own hand balms using coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in the past, but I didn't want to have to deal with lugging around glass jars full of homemade concoctions. I was so happy to find this healing balm from The Honest Company that comes in a cute little 3 oz tube that is perfect for sticking in my purse or car.
Price: $12.95 for 3 oz
Pros: Soothes extremely dry skin, moisturizes even after washing hands, soothing for sensitive skin, convenient tube dispenser.
Cons: Like a lot of natural "balms" it's mostly oil so it's a little greasy. If I use it on my hands I have to wipe some off my palms or else I get grease all over my keyboard and everything else.
Final Thoughts: I love this balm and I think it's going to come in handy this winter to keep my hands soft and moisturized. Because the ingredients in it are super clean, it can be used all over the body and is safe to use for eczema and diaper rash.
More new STUFF this week. I love getting and buying presents, even though I do feel guilty sometimes about being so materialistic. Lately, shopping has been one of my favorite hobbies so I may have to bore you all with my latest acquisitions.
My mother was nice enough to pick up this lovely bag for me while on vacation in Italy. It's definitely not something I would have picked for myself, but I like that about it. I love the design, especially the red interior and the stone color goes with just about anything. It's also really neat that it doesn't look like anything you would see in the malls here in the U.S.
Everyone will probably think I'm super lame for being excited about this, but my local Costco had a sale on all kinds of bakeware and I picked up these large, metal mixing bowls. I don't really do a lot of baking, but large mixing bowls are so handy and I never seem to have enough of them. These will be perfect for making giant salads or mixing casseroles this winter.
I've been putting my Vitamix to good use and making more smoothies lately, and I wanted to try adding some powdered greens to up the nutrient content a little bit more. It's been interesting to try all all the different brands that are out there. I used to take Nanogreens years ago and I remember that used to give me a boost, but I picked up samples of some other brands to see if I can find one I like even more.
We've had absolutely perfect fall weather this week with more on the way for the weekend. It's so nice to be outside without all of the heat and humidity.
Our poplar trees have all lost their leaves already, but my sage bush is going strong and was covered in these pretty yellow butterflies the other day.
Upon closer inspection, they may be some kind of moth, but no matter...they sure do look good against the purple flowers.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
I'm really good at wasting a lot of time. I can spend hours doing one of my favorite things: pretend shopping. I like to go to my favorite websites, fill my cart with everything I would love to buy, then try to search OTHER websites to see if I can find similar items at a better prices, then go back, modify, search some more, add items, and then, ultimately, just close the browser without buying anything and move on to something else.
Why do I do this? I have no idea. My husband says it's because I like to plan things so we'll go with that. I also think it's a really good barometer for whether or not you REALLY want to buy something. If you find yourself pretend shopping for it over and over again for a long period of time, then just buy it already. Most of the time, though, I realize that I don't even want the things that I pretend-shopped for the week before.
This week, I've got Halloween on the brain and I spent about an hour and half online shopping for the best pieces for my dream costume: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here's an inspiration board that I used. The scene below where Sarah Michelle Gellar wears the prom dress with the leather jacket is an homage to the original Buffy movie for all my fellow nerds out there. It's one of the reasons why I love this look so much.
I found the perfect jacket and dress, put them in my cart, searched around, looked some more, thought about it, then just left the house to go buy new window blinds because that's what I should have been doing all along.
Will I end up getting the costume? Probably not. Was it a good use of my time? Definitely not. Will I do it again? Absolutely.
My quest to find a chemical-free deodorant has been ongoing simply because most "natural" deodorants don't really work. I believe it's the antiperspirant aspect of most major-brand antiperspirants/deodorants that really does the heavy lifting in terms of keeping you feeling fresh all day, and you just won't find that in natural brands.
It's important to me to avoid commercial deodorant brands as much as possible because many contain chemicals like BHT and Cyclopentasiloxane that have been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. In the natural brands of deodorant that I've tried there are ingredients like essential oils, baking soda and corn starch which are intended to not keep you from sweating, but just keep you from stinking. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails miserably. The Almond Vanilla Deodorant Cream from Nourish Organic is probably the 10th natural deodorant brand that I've tried and is the best I've used so far.
Brand: Nourish Organic
Product: Deodorant Cream, Almond Vanilla
Ingredients: Organic Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera) Juice, Organic SDA 38B (Alcohol Denat.), Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Organic Saccharomyces Ferment, Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Xanthan Gum, Organic Glycerin, Organic Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Butter, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Fragrance, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
EWG Rating: 2
Scent: Vanilla and almond
Price: $6.95 for 1 oz from Thrive.
Pros: Pleasant scent, very effective for moderate levels of sweating.
Cons: It's a little messy going on. I would recommend putting it on prior to getting dressed and letting it dry before putting on a shirt.
Final Thoughts: This is my go-to deodorant 98% of the time. I limit myself to using "chemical" deodorant only on days when I know I will be outside and/or hot and around other people because it really is the most effective way to prevent sweating. No one wants to be caught having a bad case of B.O., right guys?
Hello, I'm Kate. When I'm not reading or stalking authors, I'm a writer who lives in the Wilmington, NC area. Thanks for visiting my blog where I write about books, writing, healthy foods, yoga, and life.