What’s in my clean beauty travel bag.

Because we are an international/multicultural family: my husband is from Mexico, I am from Romania, and our daughter is born in America (and we are expecting a baby boy -yey, that will be born also here), we get to travel quite a lot.

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Romania, Mexico, United States have been some of our most recent destinations. It can be overwhelming at times (especially when traveling with babies/toddlers). But we love to travel!

Over the years of traveling I noticed that my packing habits have changed a lot. It’s not just the fact that before I used to carry with me so many unnecessary stuff. The biggest difference I saw was with the items in my travel makeup/skincare bag.

 

From lots of makeup (I was always ending up not using all the pile I was traveling with)

to: fewer items (but still toxic for my skin)

to: clean, natural, nontoxic products.

And I am so happy with this change!

 

Without more further ado, here is what I take with me:

*Note: I take with me all the products listed below. I have 2 travel bags:

A. one with travel sized products (that I can take in my carry-on and use when needed -especially if we have connection flights and we need to spend more time in the airports).

B. one with full size products that I will use when we arrive to our destination (this one will go in the plane).

 

 

A. 

Clean Essential Kit by Follain
Clean Essential Kit by Follain

This is a $47 value clean kit but you can get yours with $25 plus 15% off using my code ref_vanessamartinez77. It’s that easy!

or get different sizes here:

 

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Coco-Bronze by Kani Botanicals

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B.

 

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This type of products helps me save space in my luggage (because I take 1 instead of 2).

 

 

  • My favorite customized shampoo that works out wonders: Prose shampoo

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Read my full review for this product HERE.

 

Read my full review for this product HERE.

 

Read my full review for this product HERE.

 

What are your favorite clean beauty products that you take with you when you travel? Let me know in the comment section below.

Hugs!

 

 

Should you switch? All you need to know about switching to natural deodorant.

One of the best choices I’ve made when it comes to my skin health was switching to natural deodorant.

My journey

Some years ago (when I was still living in Romania), it became very popular, when it comes to skin health, the phrase: “Stay away of Aluminum!”, especially when choosing a deodorant. Everybody was scared of this ingredient because, as it is well known, it can cause cancer.

Not going more in depth with this affirmation, I tried to avoid Aluminum in my deodorant by all costs. And honestly, every time I had to buy a deodorant without Al, it would take me ages. Just looking at the aisles piled with antiperspirants and toxic deodorants was making me sweat.

 

Lesson 1: Do your research before buying. Your skin will thank you.

Finally, I came over an Al free deodorant! I though that I found the one. I was so happy with it till my armpit skin got irritated. So I made more research into it and found out that the Al in deodorants is not the only ingredient that I should be aware of (duh!)

What I learned?

Even the products that claim to be “CLEAN”, sometimes are full of harmful stuff.

For example, the “natural deodorant” that I first switched to was claiming to be Al free but it was having a big quantity of Propylene Glycol. When used on a daily basis, it is proven that it hurts the skin, creating rashes or severe irritations. Also, it can affect different organs like the heart and the liver.

My advice will be to look very closely at the ingredients list and choose products that are made out of less ingredients, natural ones. For example, these Primally Pure deodorants (that I absolutely love) contain fewer ingredients, like:

My favorite deodorants from Primally Pure
My favorite deodorants from Primally Pure

 

arrowroot powder

coconut oil

tallow from grass-fed cows

beeswax

baking soda

non-nano zinc oxide

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Hint: If you are scared by the list of ingredients and you don’t know how to “decode” them, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you choose better. I am currently using the Think Dirty App. 

It is awesome because all you have to do is scan the product and they will grade it for you from 1 (healthy) to 10 (unhealthy).They are using a system which is based on 3 criteria: Carcinogenicity, Allergenicity and Immunotoxicity, and Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity.

 

 

Stay away of these ingredients

  1. Aluminum Compounds
  2. Propylene Glycol
  3. Steareths
  4. Triclosan
  5. Parabens
  6. TEA and DEA
  7. Artificial Colors and Fragrances

 

Lesson 2: Do not believe the rumors. Try it yourself.

The majority of the reviews of different natural deodorants were saying how bad they feel about switching, complaining about the sweat odor you will feel when switching and so on.

What I learned? 

SWEAT IS HEALTHY. Yes, you read it right. I was so grossed out when I first heard this statement.

I made my research and I discovered that besides the fact that sweat is a necessary function when detoxifying/flush out toxins, it is different for all of us. Depending on your body chemistry, you will either sweat a lot when switching (until your body adapts- it may take up to 3 weeks), or you will sweat for a short period of time (1 week).

The sweating doesn’t happen because the new natural deodorant that you’re trying “is not working” but because natural deodorants are not doing the harmful job of antiperspirants of blocking your pores to stop the sweating process. Natural deodorants let your skin breath!

You may ask: what if I am not so lucky as you and I will start sweating like crazy when switching to natural deodorant?

 

 

Lesson 3: You will not regret switching. There are several tips that can help you when detoxing. 

First of all, let me tell you that you will not regret this decision. After detoxing and finding a good natural deodorant for your skin you will not be worried again about the health of your skin. You will know with certainty that you are doing the right thing, treating your skin with care and respect.

What I learned?

  • A little bit goes a long way. All you need is 1-2 soft swipes per pit. But, in the beginning stages of your detox, it’s totally fine if you carry in your purse a travel-sized deo and freshen up throughout the day.
  • Using a clean beauty, natural soap in the shower will make the process easier. I recommend this Follain liquid soap. If you want a more minimalistic version, my recommendation for a clean soap bar would be Juice Beauty – Green Apple Cleansing Bar. It is formulated with a variety of organic ingredients like sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, and other botanical juices.
Juice Beauty Cleansing Bar
Juice Beauty Cleansing Bar
Follain Hand and Body Soap
Follain Hand and Body Soap

If you would like to get a $15% off on your next purchase of Follain use code ref_vanessamartinez77. It’s that easy!

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post (even though I wish it would be, haha). Primally Pure deodorant helped me make the switch to natural deodorant so effortless and I can never go back now. I really loved their products from the first time I’ve tried them and that’s why I’m writing this review. It has really made a change in my skincare routine!

 

Have you switched already? Let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Christmas gift for a clean beauty lover.

If you know a skincare enthusiast that cares for using clean, healthy, nontoxic beauty products, then this is the perfect gift you can give.

Everything about this set convinced me to write a review about it and to recommend it to you. Thanks to Malie Organics, my clean beauty Christmas gift arrived earlier this year, so I was able to test all the products for a while now and write this review.

 

 

Let me tell you more about this BotanyBeauty box. First things firsts:

1. The packaging:

High-end, elegant and very well thought. Why do I say this?

They paid so much attention to details: from the beautiful gold logo, to the details inside the box, the greeting “Aloha”–that shows their origins–to the clear lists of ingredients. They even added – to each product box – a small tag that has 5 informative categories:

  • what it is
  • what it does
  • how to use
  • who is it for
  • ingredients

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Also, the Botany Beauty box comes with a guide that shows a description of some of their other products, listing all the ingredients and honest reviews from real people.

 

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2. The ingredients in each product:

Malie Organics is powered by plant science, organic and fragrance-free. They blend botanicals with essential oils from flowers and herbs. All their formulas are clean formulas.

 

3. What’s inside the box?

You will get 4 amazing products:

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Illuminating Serum (this one is my number 1 favorite)

I apply it at nigh, after I remove my makeup, to a fresh clean face. Then I use my rose quartz roller and massage my face for 5 minutes (if you haven’t try it already, you are really missing out!)

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Luxe Eye Cream

It takes just 1 minute to apply this age-defying cream around my eyes in the morning.

I wake up with a glowing looking skin because of the oil that I applied at night, and this cream makes sure my under eye area is well hydrated. The serum and the eye cream are also a perfect makeup base. I sometimes go out wearing just these 2 because my face doesn’t need anything else. It glows and looks healthy.

I have been using this  eye cream for a month now and I already see how it helped with the thin lines that I was having under my eyes. That is due to the plant based Alpha Hydroxy Acids that this formula contains. Also, the Hyaluronic Acids, the Plant Peptides, and the Witch Hazel will help with calming any irritations, reduce puffiness, and enhancing a firmer looking appearance.

 

Hydrosol Facial Tonic

This one is perfect to have and keep in your purse! You can use it to refresh your skin throughout the day, you can use it on your hair (controls frizz and gives a nice texture to curls).

I like to use it to refresh my face before applying my makeup. I have to be honest with you: I am using it a lot because it’s an aromatherapeutic blend that helps calming my face from redness. It’s 100% pure Jasmine and Rose Hydrosols.

 

Cleansing Polish

The texture of this one is awesome! I like to let it stay on my face for 3-5 minutes then rinse it with cold water. After using it for quite a while I’ve been noticing that my skin feels very soft and much brighter. This polish helps decongest and exfoliate dull, dead skin cells without harming or irritating the skin.

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You can read more and purchase this set here.

 

Disclaimer:

I was so excited when Malie Organics contacted me and told me that they are sending my way this gorgeous set from their line Botany Beauty. All they asked in return was for me to post a picture on my Instagram account. But as soon as I tried these products, I fell in love with them. That’s why I decided to share my honest opinion about this set.