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Product Review: Preserve, Radius Source, and Soladey Toothbrushes


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Preserve Toothbrush

Preserve toothbrushes are made from recycled yogurt containers. I like their idea of remaking yogurt containers into toothbrushes. Also, if you live in the USA you can send your old toothbrushes back to them for further recycling. But if you live in Canada like me, you’ll have to send it back to them on your own buck. As for performance, I found the toothbrush head wasn’t that comfortable in my mouth and the bristles are quite soft. The handle is a bit slippery as the body of the toothbrush is mostly smooth except for a couple of grooves near the middle of the brush. I don’t think I will repurchase this brush.

Cost: $5.79 CAD
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Big Carrot, Well.ca
Rating: 3/5


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Radius Source Toothbrush

In terms of looks this is the least attractive looking brush amongst the three. But I liked this one the most! LOL. According to the website, the handles are made from “Bio-plastic which means that it’s made from non-petroleum sources. The handles are available in recycled wood, old dollar bills and paper.” I chose the handle made out of old dollar bills. I like the idea of using a toothbrush made from money. J Anyway, when you buy the brush it comes with a replacement head. The bristles of the toothbrush actually last quite a long time so I was able to stretch out use of each replacement head for longer than usual. I also found the bristles of the brush more comfortable on my gums and teeth than the other toothbrushes.

Cost: $9.99 CAD
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods, Well.ca
Rating: 5/5

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Soladey Ionic Toothbrush

This Ionic Toothbrush claims to clean your teeth with only negative ions. Read the full explanation of that process here. The good thing about this toothbrush is that it has replaceable heads and using the ionic process, eliminates the need for toothpaste. Do you buy the press? I’m not sure, but when I told my dentist I was using this toothbrush she was skeptical even though nothing was wrong with my teeth. She urged me to go back to regular tooth brushes and toothpaste. The brush itself is nice and compact and feels comfortable in my mouth. The handle is easy to grip as well. But it felt strange for me to use this brush and not use toothpaste. Also, when I used this brush I wouldn’t get that minty fresh feeling in my mouth. The advantages of toothpaste are that it wipes away the aftertaste of whatever foods you had eaten. It may be a psychological thing, but my mouth didn’t feel as clean after using this brush because you’re not supposed to use toothpaste with it. I suppose I could just use mouthwash afterwards, but I’ve tried some natural mouthwashes and didn’t like the taste. If you can get used to not using toothpaste this might work for you!

Cost: $29.95 CAD
Available at: Upaya Naturals, Soladey Canada
Rating: 3/5

 


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Toners for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. Here we have some of my favourite toners that I’ve tested. These toners are suitable for sensitive, acne prone skin which is the skin type I have. The most expensive toner isn’t that crazy expensive. Then again most toners aren’t that pricey.

High Medium Low/DIY
Marie Veronique
Treatment Mist
Holistic Vanity
Healing Immortelle Tonic
Thayer’s
Witch Hazel

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TO USE:
Apply after cleansing  the face.
TO USE:
Apply after cleansing the face.
TO USE:
Apply after cleansing
the face.
THE GOOD:
Works very well to balance acne prone skin.
THE GOOD:
Very soothing for skin that is sensitive and irritated.
THE GOOD:
Widely available and easily affordable.
THE BAD:
Somewhat pricey for toner. 
THE BAD:
Smell can be off putting to those who aren’t used to immortelle.
THE BAD:
Can be drying to the skin if
overused.
COST: $37.00 CAD,
120 ml / 4 oz
COST: $26.00 CAD,
100 ml / 3.3 oz
COST: $12.99 CAD,
355 ml / 12 oz
AVAILABLE AT:
Lilou Organics
AVAILABLE AT:
Pure + Simple
AVAILABLE AT:
Well.caBig Carrot,
Noah’s Natural Foods
MY RATING: 5/5 MY RATING: 5/5 MY RATING: 5/5


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Free Thought Fridays: Meditation for Health


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I did the meditation challenge on NMDL in November but missed the H. Gillerman Giveaway deadline by two days. Oh well, the meditation challenge did serve its purpose. I meditated every day for about 28 days. I did a standing meditation while getting ready in the mornings. How did meditating every day affect me? Well it was really nice to start the day off with grounding myself. It helps to set a tone of calmness and positivity for the day. It was also helpful in waking up my mind. I tend to wake up slowly in the morning so meditating helps me to clear away the fuzziness of sleep and get my mind’s gears going. For me it has the same effect as coffee. Meditation jumpstarts my brain into coherent thought after a night spent dreaming.

Right after meditating, I like to do my affirmations. In my mind, the perfect time to do affirmations is right after a meditation. Why? That’s because your mind is already calm and open to possibility. Also affirmations can be a way to remind yourself of what’s most important in your life or to remind yourself of a goal. There are several health benefits to meditating. Check out the infographic below.


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I still meditate almost every morning. I find that the days when I don’t meditate I don’t feel as great. It could be all in my mind, but since meditation is a good habit and has a great effect on me, I don’t think it matters. Did you know that besides sitting meditation there is also standing meditation and walking meditation? Check out the Institute for Applied Meditation’s article on the different types for more info.

Further reading:

What is walking meditation? – Wild Mind

How meditation can improve your English and your life – Real Life Global

What’s so special about meditation? – Bald Yogi

Meditation benefits, physical and non physical – Stop Our Stress

Have you ever tried meditation? What do you think of it?


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Product Review: True Nature Botanials, Noble Floral Solid Perfume


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Ingredients: simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Noble Floral BlendTM [citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, cananga odorata flower oil, juniperus mexicana oil, polianthes tuberosa extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root oil, fusanus spicatus wood oil, jasminum sambac (jasmine) flower wax, vanilla planifolia flower extract, citrus reticulata (tangerine) leaf oil, rosa centifolia flower extract, viola odorata flower/leaf extract], polyglycerol-3 beeswax (cera bellina), hydrogenated jojoba oil (jojoba esters), cera alba (beeswax), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, copernicia prunifera (carnauba) wax, dimethicone*, magnesium stearate.

* We paid close attention when the EWG gave dimethicone a rating of 3 because its small molecule size is easily absorbed by the body. Instead, we selected dimethicone 1000, a linear dimethicone with a very large molecule size that cannot be absorbed into the skin, making it safe and effective to use.

I was one of the lucky three to win the NMDL giveaway on November last year. I’ve been testing out this solid perfume from True Nature Botanicals ever since. I love the beautiful metallic compact it comes in. This compact can be refilled with any of their solid perfumes (see below for other scents). Currently they only have 3 scent profiles but perhaps they might expand that in the future. I like that this perfume gives a lovely hint of scent that lasts for a lot longer than you would expect. The only iffy ingredient is the dimethicone. According to Kevin Dooley at True Nature Botanicals, their dimethicone is 1000 centistokes and will not be absorbed into the skin. It’s the second last ingredient on the list and makes up less than 1% of the product. I’m still reluctant to use something with dimethicone in it. See my post on siloxanes as to the reason why. I rated this perfume a notch below full marks because of the dimethicone as well as the price. I love luxury, but not everyone can afford luxury items. Anyway, if True Nature Botanicals were ever to reformulate and take out the dimethicone I’d give this perfume full marks with pleasure.

Cost: $95.00 USD including compact. Refill $75.00 USD
Available at: True Nature Botanicals
Rating: 4/5

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Have you ever tried True Nature Botanicals?


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Book Review: Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole


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About the Author:

Annie Strole is a Brooklyn-based makeup artist, natural beauty expert, and contributing editor for style, beauty, and DIY site, Lovelyish.com. A lifelong luxury beauty product junkie and hippie-at-heart, Annie eventually began researching the ingredients of her beloved beauty potions out of curiosity. Not pleased with her findings of the effects of some particularly nasty ingredients, Annie decided to take her beauty into her own hands by creating effective, all-natural beauty products at home using the freshest ingredients possible. She shares 150 of these recipes in her new release Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients, out November 4, 2014.
from MindBodyGreen.com

Book Review:

This is a pretty simple book of homemade beauty recipes. The ingredients list for most of these recipes are never longer than 8 items. Most are 4 ingredients or less. Also most of the ingredients on the list are commonly used in the kitchen or household. There are of course some specialized ingredients like essential oils, or zinc oxide for sunscreen. But these are easily found at natural food stores online or at retail stores.

I’ve tried some of these recipes and so far my fave is the microdermabrasion recipe. Why microdermabrasion? At the time I’m writing this it’s winter, and my skin has dry, flakey patches on it. So this recipe is amazing at helping to get rid of those dry flakey patches without irritating my skin too much. Also, if you go to the spa to get microdermabrasion done it’s quite expensive, time consuming and you could walk out the door with a red face. Who wants to walk about the city looking like they got a bad sunburn? Not me. With this recipe I can do a less abrasive version of microdermabrasion from the comfort of my home. Plus I don’t need healing time as this version is so much more gentle.

The only thing I don’t like about this book is that Strole doesn’t talk much about how long each recipe will keep. Since none of these products have preservatives, they could go bad easily. While most of the recipes are easy to make on the spot, sometimes it’s nice to make things ahead of time and use when needed. I don’t always have time to do DIY on the spot and I’m sure busy mothers would have the same problem. Strole also doesn’t give any storage advice e.g. store in cool, dry place. I think that would be helpful for those who are newbies to DIY. Besides the recipes, you will also find throughout the book a pageor two devoted to an ingredient spotlight, telling us the properties for each and what it’s good for. I liked the ingredient spotlight and found it interesting.

Overall, this is a fairly good, if simple DIY book. This book is good for those who are beginners at DIY or those who like to keep things simple. For more elaborate or challenging recipes I would recommend The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel.

Rating: 4/5

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