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Sloughing off the dead skin of winter. Springing forward. Being kind to your body and the world you live in.

These natural exfoliants are on my radar. Some of these are safe to use on your face, and some are meant to be used elsewhere. Remember that the skin on your face is more sensitive! Use any exfoliating product with caution.

Natural Exfoliants ::

Herbivore Botanicals x UO coconut + bamboo fiber facial exfoliant / Root Science facial scrub powder / Camp Coconut Beach face scrub

Natural Exfoliants ::

LUSH Sea Vegetable soap / LUSH Ocean Salt

LUSH’s Ocean Salt is one of all time favorite body scrubs. It contains avocado, coconut and sea salt, and smells of lime and grapefruit. It punches me in the face with happiness every time I use it.

Natural Exfoliants ::

LUSH Life’s a Beach body scrub / SW Basics body scrub

Life’s a Beach is LUSH’s newest exfoliating product. 100% of the purchase price will be donated to organizations that protect our waterways from microbead pollution.

Natural Exfoliants ::

Binchotan facial puff / Konjac Sponge Co. French pink clay facial sponge

Konjac sponges can be used with your usual facial cleanser, or on their own with warm water. The two pictured above feature the added benefits of charcoal (l) and French pink clay (r).

Related: DIY Sugar Lip Scrub

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I actually had a little bit of trouble narrowing down this list to the basics. Obviously, summertime basics should also include things like sunglasses and a floppy straw hat.

And homemade popsicles, 24/7.

These are (I think) my top five summer essentials.

Top Five Summer Essentials ::

  1. Fat & the Moon makes my hands-down favorite natural deodorant. This stuff works. Natural cream deodorants can liquefy a little  in the warmer weather because of the coconut oil, but you can firm them  up again by popping them in the fridge. They’ll work in either state, though.
  2. Hurraw! Balm’s sun balm is a thick creamy lip balm with vanilla, tangerine, chamomile, and the added benefit of some SPF. It’s one of my favorites!
  3. I love a semi-sheer cotton blend tank. This black one from ModCloth is a great basic for summer.
  4. A maxi skirt is a necessity in the summer. I like this black and white striped one from ModCloth.
  5. A cute and comfortable tee shirt bra is a must in the summer. I love the Eberjey Colette bralette from True & Co. Layering lace under sheer and lower cut tops always adds a nice, feminine touch.
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This giveaway features a few favorite small things, handpicked by me for you. Because I like you and I think you’re nice. I wanted to spread a little love and brightness in the gloom of winter (because it will be winter until March or April, let’s be honest). I get that Valentine’s Day can feel overly saccharine, but it’s actually a great day to say to yourself, in case you’ve been forgetting, “Hey. I love you.” Nice and simple. Don’t waste your energy on negativity towards a retail-oriented holiday. Instead, treat yourself and move on, powered by chocolate, to bigger things. That’s the best. That’s where your energy belongs. Chocolate. Valentine's Day Giveaway

All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter entry form, and leave a comment below. How do you treat yourself? Additional entries can be earned by tweeting or by sharing this post to your Facebook page.

  1. Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle cream to heal (all natural, cruelty-free, free of sulfates and parabens)
  2. Pacifica Color Quench vanilla hibiscus lip tint for a dash of color (100% vegan, free of parabens)
  3. Katie Daisy “love” notebook for secrets or not-so-secrets
  4. tumbled amethyst and rose quartz for the heart and spirit
  5. Divine dark chocolate with raspberries bar (Fair Trade)
  6. Divine 38% milk chocolate with toffee and sea salt bar (Fair Trade) Valentine's Day Giveaway

The giveaway ends January 30th 12am EST. Good luck! Personal friends and family members are welcome to enter, since you make up the majority of my readers and I love you. I will contact the winner by February 1st.

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These days, a kinder sort of cosmetics shopping can be done close-to-home, and it doesn’t need to completely empty your pockets. More companies are taking the junk out of their products and cutting down on environmental impact by using less packaging, or recyclable alternatives. Hooray!

While I do enjoy a little luxury from time to time (because who doesn’t), I generally tend to stick to the basics. If I can’t make them myself, I need most of my everyday products to be readily available and relatively inexpensive. These are some of my favorites, both old and new, that can be found at most drug and grocery stores (or big box locations like Target and Walmart) here in the states! // favorite drugstore beauty products

1. I love Organix shampoos and hair styling products and have been using them for years. My pixie cut currently only requires infrequent shampooing (no conditioner), and this biotin shampoo is ideal for adding volume.  I like the neutral scent on this one; it means Tj can use it, too. The tea tree mint is another dude-friendly scent. These products are sulfate-free and the company does not test on animals. Vegans should read individual bottle labels. These are a little more expensive than some drugstore brands, but if you’re using shampoo at all, I think Organix is a nice compromise between salon and oldschool-hippie.

2. I am late to the EOS game, but I now have a couple pods floating around the house. You can purchase these at WalMart for $2.96. EOS balms and are 100% all natural and USDA certified organic. They are also paraben-free, petrolatum-free, phthalate-free (and gluten-free, if that’s your thing). I like sweet mint best. Pictured above is pomegranate raspberry.

3. I’ve been using Burt’s Bees lemon cuticle balm since high school. It’s a huge savior in the cold weather, especially. This will run you around $6, but it lasts a while.

4. e.l.f. proudly sports a vegan label, and the company has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to testing on animals. All of their products are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so they’re safe for sensitive skin. Also awesome? The cost. I paid $2 for the eye shadow quad pictured above, which is a nice selection of shimmery neutrals. As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, this is great because it means I can experiment freely, but in the very likely event that I don’t finish up a product before its expiration date, it’s not a huge loss. These beauties are so inexpensive because e.l.f. doesn’t spend money on ads or fancy packaging!

5. This is my everyday face wash. Yes to products are incredibly gentle, free of petroleum and parabens, and do not test on animals. Note to vegans: read individual product labels. The cleansing facial wipes are handy for travel.

6. I currently have a couple higher end (though not by much) mascaras, but Physician’s Formula is my less expensive go-to. The Natural Origins is less than $10 (half the cost of my favorite Tarte mascara), and it’s free of all synthetics. Tip: add a drop of lavender oil to your mascara tube to help nourish your lashes! Physician’s Formula is 100% cruelty-free, but vegans should read labels on individual products.

7. I love Mrs. Meyer’s everything, but the liquid hand soaps are an essential.  They do make solid bars, too, if you want something with less packaging. These are made in the US and all products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Share your favorite drugstore products in the comments!

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A reboot! Friday Favorites is back! Retail therapy. Lately, my money is being stashed for gradschool and our end-of-August camping trip. I’m happy with this, but there are always things to dream of. I have a hard time letting go of my desires for material possessions. I think that will always be a work in progress. Also interesting to note: my style is becoming more and more feminine as weeks go by. Admittedly, there is a part of me that worries my short hair makes me look a little more androgynous than I would like to appear. That’s not to say I haven’t skirted the line in the past and enjoyed it, but these days, I am feeling comfortably soft.

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