Mom deserves the best. The perfect gift for every mom. Mother’s Day.

You cannot go wrong when choosing to gift skincare!

And this is not any type of skincare, but products that are clean, nontoxic, and are meant to nurture and take care of your skin.

My favorite clean beauty retailer is Follain. Why? Because they are the best of clean beauty, thoughtfully curated! Because you can rest assured that everything you buy from them is CLEAN, HIGH-PERFORMING & HAND-PICKED.

They have the largest list of restricted ingredients because they don’t like to compromise health for beauty. And this is something I also truly stand firm for (that’s why I became a Follain ambassador).

All the products that I recommend below are products that I personally tried and currently use in my daily skincare routine.

 

1. Indie Lee Duo

COQ-10 Toner & Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil

 

I have been raving about these products for quite a bit now because they really work. You actually get what they promise they’ll do. And there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you invested your money in something that truly works.

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This toner is perfect for every mom that wants to maintain their young skin at any age. The Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera help hydrate, balance, and refresh the skin for an all day healthy look.

Get it HERE.

 

The Squalane Facial Oil diminishes the appearance of age spots, leaving the skin looking flawless and smooth. It also helps the skin’s elasticity.

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Get it HERE.

Use my code ref_vanessamartinez77 and get 15% off on any Follain order. If you hurry, you will also get free shipping (no purchase minimum).

 

2. Osea Cleanser

Ocean Cleansing Milk

 

Designed for sensitive, dry, and mature skin, this cleanser will transform your mom’s skincare routine into a pleasure. After a busy, tired day, removing your makeup can be the last thing you’ll want to do.

With this gentle formula, I guarantee that your mom will look forward to unwind, massaging the creamy cleanser into her skin.

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Get it HERE.

3. Farmaesthetics Mist

Cool Aloe Mist

 

Help your mom detoxify her skin by gifting her this amazing Aloe Mist. This is the mist that you can take with you after a sunny day at the pool/beach or just carry it in your purse for whenever you feel like you need to refresh your skin.

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Get it HERE.

 

4. Raw Elements Moisturizer

Certified Natural Sunscreen Tinted Facial Moisturizer

 

For the moms that like to keep it simple when it comes to their skincare/makeup routine, this product it is a must have. Apply it in the morning and your face will be protected by the sun rays (SPF 30) plus you’ll get a nice sun kissed look without even applying foundation.

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Get it HERE.

You can read more about product 3 & 4 HERE.

 

 

Have fun shopping for the woman you love! My mom deserves the best, that’s why I chose Follain!

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All my opinions are honest, based on me trying these products on myself. However, if you decide to purchase using my code, I will earn store credit at Follain.

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

kaolin clay

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.