This potent superfood has endless health and beauty benefits

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It’s no secret that I am all about superfoods here at The Organic Beauty.  People may taut them as trends or fads, but I’ll tell you this: any food that gives you more nutrients and benefits ounce for ounce than your run of the mill, non-super foods, gets a thumbs up from me. Though there seem to be new superfoods that sprout up all the time, I’m all about the most tested and tried of the bunch, and there’s one that I keep coming back to year after year: spirulina.

The 3 beauty products every woman needs

3 Must-Have Beauty Products | The Organic Beauty

I get asked a lot about my favorite natural beauty products.  Since I test and review so many different products on this blog, picking favorites is a tall order, and my top picks really do change from month to month.  But regardless of what specific product I’m currently obsessing over, there are 3 basic products that I simply can’t live without.  These three puppies are the main workhorses of a great complexion and slowing the signs of aging.  Find a natural version of each of these three that you love, and you can toss pretty much 80% of the stuff pouring out of your cabinets.

Here are the 3 beauty products every woman needs:

Adorable Non-Toxic Play Mats

Corkimat Non-Toxic Play Mats | The Organic Beauty

Babies spend a ton of time on the floor.  That’s where they progress with their gross motor skills, play with their toys, and gradually learn about independence.  Frequent, regular floor play, particularly on their tummies, is awesome for our little ones, and is one of the best things we can do to support their development (that, and, paradoxically, holding and cuddling them the rest of the time ;).

So with the amount of time our babies spend on the floor, it’s so important that they have a safe, non-toxic space to play.  Unfortunately, the common foam play mats from the days of yore do not provide them with that safe space.  

Best Baby-Safe Cleaning Products (plus what to avoid!)

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With all the research that’s come out in the last several years into environmental toxins and endocrine disruptors, a whole slew of common baby and household products have been labeled with major red flags.  We know so much more now that we did 20 or 30 years ago — I shudder to think about the products that were used on and around us when we were babies!

Most of us know the big bad ingredients to avoid by now: parabens, phthalates, bleach, sodium lauryl sulfate (if you don’t know about these, read this) — but so much more awful stuff in lurking in the products some of us use every day, from soaps and detergents, to air fresheners, cleaning supplies, and even candles.  And of course, don’t even get me started on edibles — especially so much of the foods marketed to babies and kids… I’ll save that for it’s own post ; )

Guys, this is something I am really passionate about, and I’ll admit, I get really upset when I see a mom slathering her baby in Johnson & Johnson’s or buying Tide detergent.  There are so many inexpensive, safer brands out there that make it so easy for most families to make these changes.  With all the dangerous stuff out there that our babies will at some point be exposed to, this is something that is totally, 100% in our control as mindful parents and caregivers.  We love our babies so much… why would we ever consciously expose them to chemicals that can cause hormonal imbalances, inflammation, growth problems, allergies and asthma, and even cancer down the line??

CBD for Life Giveaway!

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We’re giving away the entire CBD for Life collection of skincare and pain relief products (over $200 value), which harness the awesome power of CBD for anti-aging, skin-clearing, and pain-management purposes.

Check out our review of the line here and enter the giveaway below!

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Holistic health, green smoothies and parenting

Check out my interview on Rebates.com where I share some of my fave tips for busy moms — getting comfy in the kitchen, making space for self-care, and a quick, easy beauty routine!

Click here to read it!

The Secret to Perfect Skin

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I get asked a lot about my beauty secrets:  the secret recipe for weight loss, the magic ingredient for clear skin or to stave off the signs of aging.  Usually, I shy away from the fix-all way of thinking.  With weight loss and health concerns, there is definitely no one thing that makes all the difference (though those dark leafies come pretty close).  But with skincare, I have to break my own rule… There IS a secret to beautiful skin, and that is…

OIL.

A child of the 80’s and 90’s, I grew up fearing oils.  We bought oil-free everything when it came to skincare, and of course, that was mirrored in our eating, as we were taught that fat-free was the way to go.  Man, were we ever wrong.

How to Naturally Treat and Prevent Diaper Rash

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A mom friend was telling me today about the turmoil of diaper rash, and she was shocked to discover that we’ve never had a bout of it.  As luck would have it, literally THE DAY I STARTED WRITING THIS ARTICLE, we had our first incident!!  And it was all because I got lazy and broke rule number 1 below.  But, this was actually a blessing in disguise, as I now actually have personal experience with the beast that is diaper rash, and can even further attest to the effectiveness of the remedies in this article!

There are a bunch of factors that play into diaper rash, but let me be the first to tell you, it’s not just another icky inevitability of babyhood. You can totally prevent diaper rash by taking a few, simple steps.

So what causes those rashy bums?  These are the main perpetrators:

High marks for cannabis: Beauty super-ingredient

CBD for Life | The Organic Beauty Blog

Being a recent west coast transplant, I am no stranger to all the buzz surrounding CBD (cannabidiol) as a super potent force for health and healing.  Along with THC, CBD is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis, accounting for about 40% of the plant’s extract.  But unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive (read: it’s not gonna get you high), and is loaded with tons of health benefits.  Taken internally — typically in the form of an oral spray or vaporizer — it has been found (through legitimate research published in places like The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology) to act as a major anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-cancer, and anti-convulsant.  Pretty much anti-everything-bad-you-can-think-of.  This accounts for it’s widespread use in our beloved new state of California as a first line of natural medicine to treat a variety of health issues.  But even newer research is showing some pretty exciting results about CBD’s as a super powerful beauty ingredient, with the power to slow the signs of aging, heal dry skin, and calm breakouts… all this in addition to the proven topical effects of pain relief and decreasing inflammation.

Knowing how powerful CBD is internally, I knew I had to try it’s beauty effects for myself.

Totally Personalized Skincare from Italy

Hekate Customized Skincare | The Organic Beauty

I am a sucker for personalization.. Be it a lovely monogram on purse, an annoyingly customized GrubHub order, or my wedding anniversary or daughter’s birthday emblazoned on everything from jewelry to albums and artwork, it’s those little personal touches that make all the difference. You’d think that with something as utterly personal as skincare, there would be more options for a totally customizable product out there — made specifically for your skin, with your chose ingredients, but alas, this is nearly impossible to find.  And it’s not easy to find a face cream for my combination, large-pored, breakout and redness-prone skin that’s starting to show signs of age. So you can imagine that I got positively giddy when I discovered Hekate Cosmetics, an Italian company that allows you to create totally personalized face cream.