This should be your first step toward toxin-free living

We have all heard about it. Maybe you’ve even tried a couple and decided, “it’s not for me…” I’m talking about natural deodorant.

I’ve been there. When we were trying to conceive, I made a goal to start working my way toward a toxin-free life and I knew that changing my deodorant needed to be my first step. I wasted so much time and money trying to find a natural deodorant that actually worked.

Many deodorants contain aluminum, fragrance, parabens and many chemicals that can be harmful to your liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Toxins like DEA have been banned in Europe as it is a known carcinogen and aluminum has been linked to disrupting estrogen levels and contributing to Alzheimer’s disease. The effects of these toxins building up in our bodies over time can be detrimental and as I did more research, I knew it was time to make the change.

While on my hunt for something that worked, Emily told me about this natural deodorant she had been trying out by Primally Pure. So I purchased the Lavender Deodorant expecting the same outcome as the others but to my surprise, it actually worked! For the first week of use I noticed sweat, a lot of sweat as my body worked to rid itself of the heavy metals and toxins it was used to. For those of you that don’t know, the aluminum in deodorant is added to clog pores and prevent you from sweating (aka. antiperspirant) so eliminating this ingredient allows your body to start doing it’s job and sweat out toxins. LIKE IT SHOULD. Once I adjusted to the new deodorant, my body actually started to regulate it’s sweat production and I no longer had an issue with pitting out my shirts during the day. It smells LOVELY and it shows up to WORK. I opt for Lavender and place my order every 3 months (yep, it lasts a LONG time and I buy the small bottle) but it comes in a bunch of other awesome scents like Blue Tansy and Geranium. They also carry Charcoal and Unscented for the sensitive armpits out there.

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I have now been using Primally Pure Deodorant for almost 3 years. We brought a healthy baby boy into the world in 2017 and this deodorant holds up for this active mama with a rowdy 17 month old. I am confident in saying that I never intend to switch deodorants and there is nothing I would change about this amazing product. I am so very passionate about sharing my experience with Primally Pure products with everyone I know as I truly believe in their quality and want everyone to benefit from toxin-free products.

If you have tried it all and still haven’t found something that works, seriously give this a try. Use code GODDESS10 for 10% off your purchase and thank me later 😉

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Simplifying Your Skin Care

As a mom of a very active infant who is currently refusing to sleep in her own bed, I need simple routines in my life. Complicated regimens with too many steps, to-dos or requirements don’t work for my current lifestyle, so when I decided to really focus on cleaning up my skincare products, I knew I needed less products that gave me the most bang for my buck. Here are four items that I’ve found to be “must-haves” for anyone who needs a simple and effective skincare routine.

I’ve written about collagen peptides before in our Collagen Smoothie Bowl Recipe and they have been a total game changer. I started adding them to my morning routine a couple month ago and I will be the first to admit I was skeptical. I wondered if I was just getting sucked into a fad supplement routine but I’m here to tell you this stuff works. I originally wanted to take them as a joint support supplement but the benefits I’ve seen go FAR beyond that. Hair and nails that grow like weeds are an added bonus but skin elasticity and overall complexion improvements are the real winners here. I put one scoop of beef collagen peptides in my morning coffee and I have seen a world of difference with my overall texture of my skin. Improving your skin from the inside out will make a huge difference in how you absorb topical products as well.

When it comes to cleansing and moisturizing your girl has tried everything. Drugstore brands, Proactive, Dermalogica, natural remedies and I’ve always had some form of a breakout every few weeks. After having a baby, my skin went from oily to dry and everything I thought I had learned about my skin was useless. I knew I wanted to try Beauty Counter for a long time but the prices made me shy away, hoping I would find a cheaper option that would be my magic acne cure. I decided as a gift to myself for the holidays I would go all in and purchase the Countermatch Regimen to try out the entire line and see what products worked.  If you have the funds to purchase the whole kit, girlfriend DO IT! But if you’re looking for the essential must haves, the cleansing balm and Countermatch moisturizer are it. The cleansing balm is my all time favorite and they have a travel size for $40 that has lasted forever! It’s a mask, a cleanser, a moisturizer and heaven all in one little jar. I was super skeptical about cleansing with such a thick and “greasy” balm but it’s so soothing on your skin and leaves you dewey, not oily. I would 1000% buy it again.

My daily moisturizer for the past few months has been the Countermatch Adaptive Moisture lotion by Beauty Counter. I love their products because I can feel good knowing there are no harsh chemicals or additives that wreak havoc on your body over time. It’s perfectly lightweight and is designed to match the moisture needs of your skin which literally can change from day to day. I put this on my wet skin and allow it to fully absorb before putting on my makeup for the day. A little goes a long way and I love how lightweight it is. Perfect for any season too which I love because that means I’m not having to switch out products for the summer. 10/10 would recommend.

The last thing I’ve implemented is DIY Dermaplaning- basically shaving my face. Ya’ll this one is key because if your skin is covered in hair, dead skin cells and remnants of your makeup, those amazing (expensive) products you’re putting on top are not getting the chance to soak in to the deeper layers of tissue. I am NOT trained to do this but I watched a few YouTube videos and feel confident doing this for me, and only me. I use an eyebrow razor that I get in the makeup section at Target, my cleansing balm and warm water to give myself a little mini facial about once a month. After cleansing, I keep my skin moist and carefully shave away the top layer of gunk going both directions. It takes 10 minutes and my skin is left feeling amazing. I then apply a good layer of my balm to soak in for the evening.

Ya’ll I am by no means a beauty guru but I have a fine appreciation for taking good care of the only skin I’ve been given. As I get older, safer yet effective products that are not a massive waste of money are super important to me so I’m happy to share these picks with you in the hopes that you find them useful!

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Hi, I’m Laura.

Hi, I’m Laura. I’m the younger sister in this duo. I’m a creator but the kind that sits behind a computer and makes things pretty. Im not very public by nature, but very much enjoy connecting and collaborating with other people. I’m so glad you’re here!

I’m a mom, a wife, a graphic designer, a coffee guzzler, cheese lover. For years I have designed for others, branded businesses, created logos. I love what I do! But I have always aspired for more outside of my career. I think my sister Emily and I share that.

For years we have dreamt up big ideas together and collaborated in all aspects of our lives. From the beauty products we use, recipes we’ve tried, to raising our babies, we are constantly trying new things and learning from each other.

And that’s how we came up with the idea to start a blog. “Wellness” holds a different definition for everyone. It’s what works for you and makes you feel good. So were here to share what makes us feel good and we hope you will stop by every once and a while and find something pretty or useful to use in your everyday life.

xoxo

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