I can dig it when the fashion industry utilizes green methods in their design. Eco-eyewear breaks the scene, destroying mass-produced, environmentally damaging labels along the way. There are many designers jumping on the green bandwagon, but of those, a pioneer, Shwood sets the standard for wooden eye art. Portland based Shwood, represents the alternative, freestyle fashion and artistic culture of their home Portland. The raw, sustainably sourced, wood-grain sunglasses are effortlessly edgy. Hand-crafted, Shwood offers custom features for their clients such as different lense options for a wide variety of frames. I am instantly smitten! Their Canby Select Rosewood/Maple sunglasses a favorite staple, that is reminiscent of the classic Wayfare design. Average price $200 USD.
I challenge my beautiful readers to stop what your doing right now and go to your medicine cabinet or make up bag, pickup the first thing you see and read the small print on the back label under “ingredients”. How many of the words can you confidentially pronounce? Are you at all familiar with the ingredients? Are you shocked by the sheer length of the list? If so, your certainly not alone.
Most likely your everyday beauty and cleaning products are chock-full of chemicals! Chemical cocktails I could break down and identify individually but that would make for a very boring read! The simple fact is that they are there!
Our skin, the largest organ in our body, breathes and absorbs everything we put on it. Most often, big brands will use one or two natural ingredients known for their healing properties and slap it right on the front label “ACAI”, “ALOE VERA” “ARAGAN”. Why? They do this because even they know the benefits and healing properties are in our natural resources! Sadly once everything else has been added to the mix, it’s no longer feeding our skin or correcting a problem, it’s masking the problem.
Lets start taking organic, natural companies seriously! They are utilizing powerful, effective ingredients and turning their nose up to the bad fillers that are unnecessary. Just Natural is another great company I am so grateful to have stumbled upon. There are no secrets with Just Natural Organic Care. It’s all in the name. when you visit http://www.justnaturalskincare.com/index.html you won’t just find everyday care for skin and hair but natural solutions for everyday ailments such as: Acne. Dandruff. Hair Loss. Eczema. Psoriasis.
Just Natural was kind enough to send me some products for review.
Natural Acne Face Polish
This was a light gel with jojoba beads. It comes with a small plastic spatula to scoop it out and smooth over face. It has anti-bacterial properties to fight acne. After rubbing with in for a minute it began to sting a little. Some girls shy away from produvts that burn or stin. I can live with the sting if it works, in fact it makes me feel like it’s working more. Really not too bad, just something to make note of. Maybe it was the tea tree that caused this. The smell is fine, not overpowering and it also calms and helps to reduce redness. Use this once a week.
Natural Psoriasis Body Serum
Here is what Just Natural says “Formulated with deeply absorbed moisturizers that are also anti-bacterial and
anti-fungal in the most potent available source to get rid of your psoriasis and
prevent it from returning.
Karanja and Neem have proven medicinal properties with Neem often used as
an immune system booster, being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
This serum for psoriasis contains high levels of antioxidants combined with
long-chain fatty acids and natural glycerides to help soothe even chronically dry, itchy skin”.
Excessive Chemicals Hair Loss Treatment
Let’s face it ladies, most of us put our hair through hell! Highlighting,coloring,flat irons, curlers, and blow drying. Heat and chemicals pay their toll over time and can cause hair loss. Spray this and massage into your scalp and leave it in at night. This treatment helps restore vital scalp circulation and contains herbal extracts and oils that are proven to help hair regrowth. I would recommend this treatment if you bleach your hair,even if you don’t notice hair loss. It;s going to give back to your hair what the bleach stripped away. Also adds shine and helps manageability.
Just Natural also carries an anti-aging line, men’s care, delicious soaps, lotions and lip balms. Check out all their products at http://www.justnaturalskincare.com/index.html and share your opinions with Eco Home Project! I love to hear from you 🙂
Another review from Tarte Cosmetics, a favorite brand.
Call of the Wild is a collectors, limited edition eyeshadow pallet, featuring 8 full size shadows. Shadows are made Amazonian Clay and as with all Tarte Cosmetics, it’s all natural, healthy make up. If you’re not familiar with Tarte, they are worth looking into, they are an eco-conscious, high-quality company who gives back to many charities.
I have been using this pallet for the last week and I love it! The compact itself has a slim, sleek design with a fun leopard print that I dig! It’s super easy to through it to my purse and I have many options in one case. You have warm and cool toned, matte and shimmer.
Colors from left to right: Jungle,(med-dark brown w/gold shimmer) Meow (gold/copper shimmer), Call (peach matte), Instinct (off white shimmer. I use this every day as my highlighter), Wild (Deep red-brown shimmer)
Left to right: Lynx (cool greyish beige matte), Primal (true grey shimmer), Roar (blue/grey deep shimmer).
The texture is velvety smooth and it lasts all day! I love it! My current fav look is to apply Instinct all over lid, Primal lightly brushed in crease, Meow inner corner to mid eyelid, then jungle in the outer corner lash line. Mixing the greys and copper/browns is a beautiful mix, and makes my blue eyes POP!
I hope you enjoyed my review and the swatches help you decide if you want this in your make up case. Please feel free to share your own opinions of the product or offer up suggestions for future reviews!
When it comes time to update your home interior, there are many sustainable options that provide the fashion and design you want, while reducing our carbon footprint. It’s important to support these companies who choose to care for our environment while meeting consumer needs.
Verde Lifestyles are one of those companies who are making a difference. When you visit their store expect to find earthy, natural wood pieces, including a large selection of beautiful teak furniture. I also have been admiring their “sustainable wood twist stools” which are unique conversation pieces and functional versatile seating. I like their quality bamboo rugs offered in a wide selection of finishes. I do not have any carpet in our home because with 3 kids and 2 dogs, let’s get real, we destroy carpet! Also, I have just always been a fan of wood and tile flooring, not only because it’s easier to keep clean but it adds warmth and character to a home. I loath the vacuum, and with bamboo rugs I don’t have to! Bamboo being a grass, not a wood, grows rapidly and a lot of people would never assume that it’s actually said to be more durable than oak! Verde Lifestyles was kind enough to send me their natural bamboo 2 x 3 rug which is pictured above. Our style is an eclectic hodgepodge of things we simply “like”. And I like this rug. It’s simple, clean design is what I was looking for. The under-side of the rug is textured which prevents it from slipping and sliding on our floors.
Shop Verde Lifestyles at http://www.verdelifestyles.com/ and while your there be sure check out their blog! Verde Lifestyles Blog shares inspiring stories such as youth raising money for inner-city parks and sustainable sunglasses that hit the fashion scene!
I love it when fellow bloggers collaborate and support one another!
Sew is Life says
“Sew Is Life is the carefree writings of a self-made domestic goddess. The blog is inspired by art, design, sewing, fashion, beauty and organic skin care. You can read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of two (almost three) and wife to a geeky husband”.
There are oceans between us and have never met in person but have similar interests and both enjoy a natural, organic lifestyle. I am honored to be a Featured Blogger on Sew is Life and enjoyed the interview. http://sewislife.tumblr.com/About
Do you have similar interests to those on EcoHomeProject and would like to be featured on my blog? I’d love to hear from you!! Send me a message, I will be selecting a Featured Blogger in the coming weeks.
We attended our first Home Depot Workshop, which is held the first Sat of every month. We had so much fun and it was all FREE! Johnny and Faith nailed together bulletin boards and painted them. They walked away with their functional work of art, as well as Lorax Stickers, a Mustache (who doesn’t need an awesome fake mustache?!) and a fun memory. Before leaving we walked around Home Depot, exploring eco options for our home. We are still planning the construction of our Tiny Home, so that we may live a more efficient, sustainable lifestyle. Only, since we are building entirely on salvaged, upcycled, and gifted material and donations it’s taking time. We are always on the hunt for pieces of our home.
Have you built your home with unconventional material? Do you own or dream of earthships, shipping container homes or straw bail homes? Are you one of the “Tiny House People”? If so, or if your just interested in learning more, please talk to me.
I am a firm believer in allowing my kids to get their hands dirty! And apparently everything else, because if you see them come in after a full day of play, they are literally covered in dirt from head to toe!
I love dressing them for school and events. I cherish girl days with my daughters filled with mani-pedis and posh perfume. But when it comes to play time, I let them make mud pies. Dig. Explore.
My Faith. She is 5 years old and scared of nothing! She catches spiders, potatoes bugs, crickets, and any other creep-crawly thing she can find. She leaves no rock unturned. And after her latest catch, the infamous and deadly black widow, I quickly sat her down and enrolled her in my impromptu, insect education course. You can imagine how scared I was when she brought me the black widow in an open coffee can! So there we sat, clicking on countless images online of the different kids of spiders and centipedes and other bugs.Teaching her which ones are dangerous and which one’s she can call her new best friends. Faith is so energetic and charismatic in her bug excavate that she managed to recruit her big brother and neighborhood kids. So I have done my part to educate the kids about dangerous spiders and bugs and now to protect them from pesky mosquitos, fleas, ticks and biting flies, Oh My!
I did my homework, reading many reviews from all different brand of bug repellent I wanted something effective but also chemical-free and safe for even my youngest 1 yr old Layla. All of my kids have very sensitive skin and prone to irritation, so I needed a natural alternative. Well I found just what I was looking for!
California Baby Bug Repellent Spray is 100% Natural and Deet Free! Made from Organic and sustainably grown ingredients, California Baby utilizes Cedar, Lemongrass and Citronella to repelle. This is USA made, Vegan, Eco-Friendly product that is effective! It has a light lemony fresh scent. Much lighter than the deet repellents I have used. It is non-sticky!Easy to apply 6.5 spray bottle that retails for $13.49 USD. I picked up my bottle at Target!
I hear this season that orange is the new red, Ugg boots are out and wedge booties are in and 30 is the new 20!! Well, I want to add one new one, Green Toys are in! And I adore the 100% recycled plastic, oversized blocks I picked up for my little one today! I don’t have to worry about lead from China, or harmful BPA. Can’t wait to try more from Green Toys! http://www.greentoys.com/
So, I already introduced you to the fabulous Eco-Me in a previous post and now for the review of their Bill All Purpose Cleaner that one lucky reader will win! All you have to do is follow me to enter. Giveaway closes August 14.
The first thing I noticed when the product arrived is the very generous 32 fl oz bottle! If you know me, you know I am a sucker for a pretty package 😉 and they say never judge a book by its cover, but I totally do! This spray bottle has a simple, colorful design that I like; with all the info you want to know about the product right on the bottle. Things like: “Smells like Lemon Pine” “100% Natural & Safe” “Directions: Use in kitchens and bathrooms on tile, counters, sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, stoves, windows, mirrors, floors and more. Not meant for marble or granite surfaces”
You know what I love? When you look at the ingredients it’s not a mile long list of words you can’t pronounce! This is a simple, safe, green cleaning product that utilizes 100% natural, food grade ingredients like vinegar, which has been known to be great for cleaning and killing bacteria. I have youtube’d so many natural home remedies for the use of vinegar and have tried them all. I have cleaned my counters with vinegar and even dipped my dogs in it to get rid of fleas. I clean my coffee pot with it and I have used it as a hair rinse to add shine. The only thing is, I quit experimenting with vinegar because although it’s super good for you, I can’t stand the smell of vinegar unless it’s in my salad!! And I know most people will agree on that. That is why I appreciate this product sooo much because it uses vinegar as a great core ingredient but eliminates the awful smell! Bravo Bill! Bottle says it smells like lemon pine, I could have sworn I detected a hint of mint in there. Either way it’s not too overpowering that it will linger in your kitchen. If you have an apple pie Scentsy plugged in the kitchen, it will still smell like after pie, a min after cleaning. Also, the cleaner is effective. I tested it on my stove after letting the kids help me cook up a feast for my family! You know my kitchen looked like a war-zone but not anymore.
More great things about Bill All Purpose:
Made in the USA. cruelty Free. Recyclable bottle. No animal Testing or Bi-products.
Eco-Me products have been seen in Oprah Magazine and are Award winning products from the Kiwi Awards.
You can purchase Bill All Purpose Cleaner at a competitive $5.99 (for 34 fl oz) and more cleaning products for house, laundry and pets at http://www.eco-me.com/ And you can have the opportunity to win a free bottle to try for yourself by following my blog!
7 for all mankind, back-to-school, citizens of humanity, consumerism, debt-free, eco-friendly, family, fashion, gap, green, gymboree, medela, metal melisha, oilily, parenting, sale, tap out, thrift store finds
Yesterday we went to our local Salvation Army for Dollar Days where all clothes are $1 (except for red tag, which was 50% off)! For my faithful readers, you already know what I am talking about, you’ve heard me brag about this before. Of course the line was long, as usual and we were all waiting in the morning air outside, waiting anxiously for the doors to open. As each new person entered the loosely formed line, running shoes on, ready to fight their way through racks of marked down clothing. After about an hour of surviving the crowd, here is what I made away with:
8 pairs of maternity jeans and pants from Gap, Liz Lange and various others. Approx retail $29.99-$69.99 each What I Paid $1 each
Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump with extras. Retail $239.00 What I Paid: $5
2 Large Ziploc bags of Baseball and Foot Ball Cards. Retail/Worth Unknown. I plan to take these into a local shop and find out what I can get for them. I’ll post an update. What I paid: $2.50 each
Oilily girls top sz 4 Retail $89.00. What I paid $1
Nike Oregon State Shirt Retail$ 50.00 What I paid $1
Citizens of Humanity Skinny jeans Retail $198.00 What I Paid? $5 (red tag)
7 For All Mankind Georgia High-Waisted Wide Leg Jeans Retail $187.00 What I paid $1
I also scored abunch of shirts for my son for back to school. All were a dollar each and included Tap Out, Hurley, Metal Melisha, and NFL gear. He was super exited because usually I find girl stuff galore for his sisters but boy stuff is harder to find.
The purpose of this post is nor only to brag about my fabulous deals but to shed a spotlight on Salvation Army who I love and support, and challenge everyone who reads this to resist consumerism, keep fab designers and brands out of landfills and to save YOU money so you can do more with it.