Beneficial Products for the Great Outdoors

Looking for some products that will make your next outdoor excursion a little easier or better? Check these out.
environmentally friendly sunscreen
Price: $5.99 +
When adventuring outside, number one thing is to have sunscreen on. Rubber Ducky, whose motto is “just like water off of a duck’s back” has been cruelty-free since 1984 and chemical-free since 2013. The sunscreen, which is formulated and made in the USA, is eight hours water resistant—you can actually see the water bead up and not soak in. However, please be careful, as some of it is tinted- I have never used a tinted sunblock, I don’t use makeup, and I didn’t know there was any such thing. The one that says “for faces” is tinted, and is REALLY tinted. It will turn your face, neck, hands, and anything else you touch a bizarre pinkish-brownish color, and it gets all over anything you touch for the rest of the day. Your clothes, bra, bathing suit, car seats- it’s a literal hot mess if you aren’t expecting it. Which I wasn’t. We all went to put it on our faces- and we then spent the rest of the day trying to get it off ourselves. The clothes did come clean after several treatments and washes in the machine, so at least there is that! I am going to read the labels much more carefully from now on- I always look for SPF, sustainability, reef safety, and to make sure it hasn’t been tested on animals- now I will add to read to make sure it ISN’T tinted, LOL. That’s a mistake I hope to only make once! If you like tinted sunblock, there you go. If you don’t, learn from my stupidity, haha- what a disaster.
pirani cup
Price: $24.95
Nothing beats kicking back in the sunshine and enjoying your favorite beverage and Pirani’s insulated reusable tumblers are the perfect vessel to drink out of.  The only reusable cup you’ll need, Pirani is perfect for hot or cold drinks, Pirani is:
Easily Stackable – perfect for storing or packing on the go
Skinny Walled Triple Insulation – Keeps your drinks at a perfect temperature without a sweaty mess!
Leak-proof and indestructible lid (no sand in your drink), premium quality 18/8 stainless steel, powder-coated finish and lifetime warranty
Dishwasher safe and unbreakable. The “dishwasher safe” part is really great- so many of these types of reusable cups can’t go into the dishwasher, which is pretty inconvenient. Small problems overall, but they keep the item from being used as much as you might otherwise because it’s just not as easy as the rest.
Pirani Life strives to maintain this momentum of sustainability moving forward and pledges to design products that will help reduce single-use plastic. Reducing single use anything is so important.
pre packaged vegan food
Price: $3.99 per pouch
Cooking outdoors? Make it easy with BeanVIVO’s ready-to-eat organic beans in convenient pouches. Pre-cooked, you can heat them up on the campfire stove (or if you’re glamping, microwave) and in no time you can have scrumptious black beans, coconut curry chickpeas, three bean vegan chili, or refried pinto beans. High in protein, these beans are rich in healthy macro and micronutrients. They are chock full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied while you are on-the-go. My husband really loves these- we all liked them, but he loved them and ordered more already.

Focus Focus! Vitamin by KalaVita

I take vitamins and supplements for quite a few different purposes, including one for my hair, skin, and nails (combination vitamin for me). As I get older, and after having kids, your skin and hair and nails can become thin, brittle, easy to damage and hard to heal. Dull. Prone to breaks (hair and nails) and wrinkles, dry and/or oily patches, and just thinner skin in general (which is a main reason why your skin wrinkles).

I just tried these new chews (think gummies) that are also said to improve brain function, as well as improve energy levels. They taste nice- like a gummy bear without the over the top sweetness. I take them as the last supplement, since they can get rid of that weird aftertaste some vitamins leave in your mouth. Sort of like a palate cleanser in a way.

Focus Focus! by KalaVita; delicious vegan gummies powered by nature, with no artificial flavors, sugar-free and gluten-free.

hair skin and nails vitamins

Focus Focus! Promotes focus & concentration, with ingredients like L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves, it keeps you calm, regulated, and clear for lift-off, and Neumentix, a clinically proven ingredient from patented spearmint lines to support focus during the day without disrupting sleep at night.

We know that you wouldn’t recommend to your audience something that you haven’t tried or thoroughly researched before. That’s why we’d love to send you some Focus Focus! samples, to you for trying them and include them in one of your future listicles, or stories. We want to connect you and your audience with KalaVita’s value of optimizing their daily health and wellness with innovation, simplicity, and delight.

More Information, via the website

  • Help improve concentration, memory, and cognitive function, without the caffeine jitters or 3 PM slump
  • Formulated with Neumentix™ to improve focus, memory, and cognitive functions; Guarana extract and L-Theanine to sharpen concentration and boost energy level
  • Best 0-sugar caffeine alternative

Try it out and see what you think of it- you might find something you’d like to add to your health and beauty arsenal.

Skincare for Men

When it comes to beauty and wellbeing, it’s not just for the girls. Men, get in on the self-care act with skincare products from vegan and cruelty free brands Isa Lazo and Masktini.

facemask

This Isa Lazo Skin Toner is the perfect way to elevate your skincare routine because it is a gentle composition of rose water, witch hazel, and a complex blend of botanical extracts. Filled with antioxidants, rose water helps preserve a radiant glow. Simply use after cleansing your skin to refresh and prepare for moisturizer.

Take your glow on the go with Masktini’s Woke Bae. This whenever moisture spritz is perfect for throwing in your gym bag… or spritzing whenever. This invigorating formula contains an advanced complex containing hyaluronic acid and collagen-boosting marine algae polymers to instantly plump away fine lines. Simply spritz on after the gym and glow all day.

My husband and I regularly do facemasks- you may think I’m just saying that, but if you follow me on IG, FB, or Twitter, than you know it’s true, lol. My youngest son, now 14, used to participate regularly, but now he’s a TEEEEEENAGER, so. Once in a while. It’s good to have gender neutral masks or aimed at men, as some can be very sensitive about that sort of thing. But even for men like my guys who are pretty secure in themselves, it’s nice that it’s not all flowers and etc. Check it out for Father’s Day or whenever you need to buy a gift.

Palm Oil is Destroying the Environment – This Man Is Challenging the Skincare Industry

Palm oil is the most common form of edible vegetable oil. It is made from the fruit of oil palm trees, which originally grew in Western Africa but are now grown in tropical regions all over the world.

Palm oil can be found in more than 70% of cosmetics. The palm oil industry also has a devastating impact on the environment, contributing to global deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and biodiversity loss, the palm oil industry also has a devastating impact on the environment.

Sure, you may not see “palm oil” in the ingredients, but palm is hiding as emulsifiers and surfactants with generically chemical-sounding names—like sorbitan olivate, sorbitan stearate, cetearyl glucoside, glyceryl stearate, and more.

Additionally, palm oil offers NO benefits to soap or other beauty products – it is simply a filler.  We are needlessly destroying the environment for no reason. Sadly, most major soap brands use palm oil.

all natural soap

This is why David Bass founded Peet Bros. Palm-Free Soaps and Lotions. Filled with all natural and moisturizing ingredients such as Shea Butter and Olive Oil, Peet Bros. makes products that are good for your skin and good for the environment.  But great ingredients also mean being completely free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.

Harvesting palm oil destroys rainforests, wipes out endangered species, and violates human rights. Sustainable palm oil does nothing to reduce the destruction. We exist to expose the industry and make way better, moisturizing products that are palm oil free.
Peet Bros are activists with a much better solution to make palm oil free soap. 

Peet Bros puts themselves and their brand’s profit second so they can put you and the planet first. Our 100% palm oil free soap bars and lotions are filled with more good stuff like Shea Butter and Olive Oil because they believe you are how you clean—and you don’t need to compromise. P.S. Palm free bar soaps work wonderfully as hand soap.

They smell nice, they feel good, and they don’t harm the planet to make or to use.
Seems like a no brainer to me- this is one product that everyone should try.

Head over to the site and place your order today- you can get %10 off your first order when you visit the page, as well.

One-Stop-Shop Skincare Brand For The Whole Family

Between scents, allergies and function, when every family member favors a different skincare brand, it can feel like shopping for different skincare items is never ending. Everyone needs something different, which can be annoying for the primary shopper to keep track of. Thankfully, there is a brand out there that seems to have it all covered. Have you tired Belli Skincare yet?

Belli Skincare has a bundle that will satisfy every family member’s needs:

  • Body Bliss – Features the Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub and Pure and Pampered Body Wash for a allergen-free exfoliating and cleansing experience.
  • Dew You – The All Day Moisture Body Lotion and Elasticity Belly Oil is all about keeping skin healthy, nourished and hydrated.
  • On The Spot – Focused on acne control and improving the complexion, the Anti-Blemish Face Wash, Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator and Acne Control Spot Treatment work together to repair skin.

Belli Skincare products are dermatologist-approved and free from harmful chemicals, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances, parabens, gluten, phthalates and preservatives. They smell really nice too- nothing overpowering, just a light scent. My favorite is the cleansing gel, it never leaves my skin dry or greasy, and it does keep it clear.

My husband and youngest son use these skincare items as well. The face wash works for all of us, and the acne spot treatment is something both my youngest and I use on a regular basis- though honestly, myself most of all.

Keeping your skin moist is always a challenge, but the Dew You works really well. None of us have dry skin any longer, and the smell doesn’t bother anyone. It’s not overly an overly feminine scent, so the husband and son like it as well. We really like Belli Skincare, you should give it a try. Save money, time, and use less chemicals while you are at it.

EOSSI Beauty Treatment – CBD Face Oil

Making its debut on International Self-Care Day (July 24) with its first product release is Eossi facial oil, with 1,000mg hemp-derived CBD and other natural ingredients that will achieve your summer glow goals. Please see the video below for unboxing and my thoughts.

“Eossi Beauty, the newest indie beauty brand creating affordable luxury plant-based products, officially launched its brand on International Self-Care Day and announced the first product drop: Facial Glow Oil #8. Inspired by the power of plants, including argan oil and CBD, the Facial Glow Oil #8 illuminates the skin with natural ingredients.

Designed to complement a daily beauty routine, the facial oil is a hydrating, restorative skincare solution that gives the skin a natural glow. The Eossi Beauty team created Facial Glow Oil #8 after recognizing a growing demand in the beauty space for high-quality, trusted CBD products at accessible price points. The ingredients—which include essential oils and broad-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD that is third-party lab tested—were meticulously selected for their skin-enhancing properties.

Facial Glow Oil #8 is named for the formulation: Of the 16 batches tested when developing the final formula, #8 was the perfect one.” (according to Business Wire)

Visit https://eossibeauty.com

Skincare Routine for Oily Skin with The Face Shop

It’s essential to start taking care of your skin, especially if you have skin that’s prone to acne and breakouts. Oily skin is one of the known skin types that need a specific skincare regimen because it’s likely to develop pimples and blackheads if left unattended.

The main goal is not to convert your oily skin type to normal, but to control the condition of your skin and prevent acne flareups. Try to use products that are safe to use even for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and are not harmful to the environment, either- better for you and everything else, as well. 

Here are tips and options for managing and taking care of your oily skin:

Modify Existing Skincare Specifically for Oily Skin

Active oil-producing glands in our face can cause oily skin. Check all the products that you’re currently using to see if they are suitable for oily skin. However, if the oil only appears on certain parts like the T section of the forehead, nose bridge, cheeks, and chin, then you might not have oily but combination skin.

  • Salicylic acid – increases the moisture content and dissolves other substances.
  • Tea tree oil – is a natural antiperspirant found in most anti-acne products.
  • Sulfur – helps in drying the skin surface, unclogging pores, and absorbing sebum or excess oil that contributes to acne breakouts.
  • Glycolic acid – improves the skin’s overall texture

You may already have a skincare routine, and you just realized that you have oily skin, you can improve it. If the products are for oily skin, but you don’t see any improvements in your skin condition, then you need to modify your existing skincare routine.

Follow the recommended skincare regimen below: 

1. Double-cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day

Double cleansing is crucial for oily skin. Start with an oil cleanser, cleansing balm, or makeup remover if you had to wear cosmetics. After oil cleansing, use cleansing foam or water cleanser.

Toning is essential to balance the pH level on your skin and remove the acids before applying treatments. It also acts as a third cleanser that removes stubborn dirt.

Wrap up your routine by gently applying an oil-free and light moisturizer. Do this twice a day to control your skin from producing too much oil the entire day.

2. Try using an astringent on alternate days

If you are suffering from excessively oily skin, you can opt to use an astringent every other day. This product will help further remove oil and tighten your pores. There are high levels of alcohol found inside an astringent that can be harsh and over-dry skin, which is why it’s not recommended for daily usage.

Never use astringent when you just exfoliated your face. If you have moderately oily skin, you can skip this step.

3. Exfoliate your face at least once a week

Dead skin cells can develop and clog your pores. Exfoliating your skin is an excellent way to prevent your pores from causing acne, which is a regular occurrence for oily skin types. Most people choose to exfoliate their face with oil-free scrub made for oily skin types. Always be extra gentle when scrubbing your face to avoid skin irritation and redness.

4. Use a facial mask once every week

There are many Korean skincare mask selections, so try to look for a facial mask that contains clay as it can give your face deep-cleansing and can soak up excess sebum, which will help reduce shine for days. Also, try facial masks that contain honey that can soothe and prevent skin from drying out too much. Some of these masks may over dry your face, so you might consider placing them at the oiliest part of your skin.

The Bottomline

Customize your skincare products. Trying out those specifically made for people with oily skin does not always mean all of them will suit you. Some may contain ingredients that may irritate your skin or cause breakouts. You have to be careful of the products you apply on your face as they can be harmful to your skin. So now is the perfect time to make an action and get that fresh, shine-free complexion you’ve always wanted.

Le Mieux Face Mask

Another day, another face mask. Sorry it’s a bit dark, the lighting has been so wonky in here!
Overall, we liked this one.
Check it out, see what you think.