July/August Favorites: Soapwalla Deodorant, Coolibar, Camellia Oil, Celsus Scar Cream, Propolis Toothpaste Reviews

July/August Favorites: Soapwalla Deodorant, Coolibar, Camellia Oil, Celsus Scar Cream, Propolis Toothpaste Reviews

Let’s jump right in! 1. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $12. I recently posted an article on how to make your own natural deodorant, and shortly thereafter I discovered Soapwalla which quickly became one of my favorites. The ingredients are along the same lines, but with some added niceties like clay and essential oils (plus it’s already made for you, if you’re not into DIY). It has a lovely smooth texture, a pleasant smell that both guys and gals can wear, and most importantly it works. It does not have the unfortunate side effect of actually making you smell bad, like many natural deodorants tend to do. It won’t stop the sweat (you don’t want to do that anyway), but you will have total peace of mind knowing you won’t stink. At all. For the whole day. Hoorah. 2. Coolibar UPF Clothing, price varies. I have been mildly obsessed with UV-protective “stuff” lately, especially since I have totally given up on finding a sunblock that will a.) not clog my pores or b.) make me itchy and dried out. I can’t just go without sun protection though, so my solution has been UPF clothing, parasols, big ass hats, and dark UV tinting on the car windows. I am all for getting that vitamin D production in, but I am not about to surrender to UV-induced wrinkles and sun damage. Coolibar’s selection and quality is pretty good, but their prices are a little high. I bought their crazy-looking face mask just for driving and to pretend I was Bane. It’s a small, thin cloth mask rated UPF 50 and very basic, with...

I Heart Daily Beauty Interview

Hey everyone! Exciting news: I was featured in today’s I Heart Daily newsletter. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed to them yet, definitely do so! I’ve been subscribed to them for over a year and they find the coolest stuff. Here is a little excerpt from their newsletter/website: Beauty Blogger: Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide 11-03-10: Stephanie Elizabeth is the blogger/vlogger behind Epic Beauty Guide. She offers complete and informative advice on how to keep our skin healthy and happy by using natural products. In addition to her site and YouTube channel, she also has a book, The Real Guide To Flawless Skin. “I started to get a lot of requests for a book on how to get rid of acne,” says Stephanie. “My goal was to make it very clear and uncomplicated, and a lot of the advice could be used to treat eczema as well since they are both inflammatory conditions.” This lady knows what she’s talking about (her skin is glowing!). Read on for some stellar beauty advice and tips! I Heart Daliy: What motivated you to start your beauty blog? READ MORE… I hope you enjoy the article. :)) ~Steph ...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fashion and all the theatrics that come with it during Fashion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after seeing the flawless, airbrushed look of the models on the runway. I believe this is the first time I’m mentioning makeup, but I get a lot of requests for natural makeup and concealing imperfections, so I figured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flawless skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you looking gorgeous in the morning (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the makeup part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use concealer). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretching, yoga, and short cardio circuit training are an excellent way to keep your skin glowing. The reason why is because circulation is super important to keeping our skin nourished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few minutes stretching or yoga right after waking up to get the blood moving in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it energizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organic produce over conventional produce as much as possible to avoid ingesting pesticides that will burden your liver and potentially cause hormone imbalances. Choose organic and/or grass-fed meats, and organic dairy (or cut out cow dairy altogether). It’s a huge topic, and I suggest reading my other articles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flawless skin. In the morning, drink a...

The Book is Available! 2 Day Sale!

{SALE HAS ENDED – Available for Regular Price} Hey everyone! The book is now available! Sorry for making you wait. 😉 {OVERVIEW} The REAL Guide to Flaw­less Skin: Only 4 Weeks to Clear Skin For Life con­tains 7 Chap­ters and a Resource guide jam-packed with infor­ma­tion, all in an easy-to-understand for­mat so it’s not over­whelm­ing. Each chap­ter focuses on a par­tic­u­lar aspect of get­ting rid of acne and achiev­ing flaw­less skin: Diagnosing, Diet, Exer­cise, Skin Care, Mind, Heal­ing Acne Scars, and Trou­bleshoot­ing for Dif­fi­cult Cases. I give you a lot of guide­lines, but I also tell you exactly what you can do — so you can either pick and choose, or fol­low an exact pro­to­col, depend­ing on your pref­er­ence. I go into major detail on each sub­ject, more than I could ever do in one of my arti­cles, but I will always update the acne book con­tent on this web­site when new research and new prod­ucts come to light. Foods to eat and foods to avoid Sam­ple meal plan to get you started Detailed skin­care and nat­ural makeup recommendations My indi­vid­ual skin care, diet, and exer­cise routine Foods and sup­ple­ments for glow­ing skin How to get rid of acne scars (and cover them up) Answers to frequently asked questions Learn to use your mind as a pow­er­ful tool for clear­ing acne Advanced help for difficult acne cases Super sim­ple, super cheap DIY skin care for those on a tight budget Skin care ingre­di­ents to avoid (huge cheat sheet!) Free updates to the book via my blog {2 DAY SALE} After exchanging a few emails and messages with some of you guys, I decided to offer...

Top 5 Natural Scrubs & Exfoliators

Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis does wonders for improving its look and feel — you’ll wind up with smoother, softer skin, and if you’re prone to blackheads, you’ll have less of them. The trick is finding a quality scrub or exfoliator that will do a great job, but doesn’t contain unsafe artificial ingredients and won’t irritate your skin in the process. These are my Top 5 picks for exfoliating products. {PICK #1} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub I am completely hooked on this natural, Ayurvedic herbal scrub. It is soothing, anti-acne (and anti-blackheads), and imparts a gorgeous glow on the skin. Use 1-3 times per week depending on your skin type. This scrub is best for all skin types, and sensitive skin will especially appreciate it. The bottle may be deceivingly small, but I’ve been using the Ubtan scrub for over 2 months, 1-3 times per week, and I still have half the bottle left! ($9, 2 oz., available at Etsy.com) {PICK #2} Talulah Vanilla Bean Rejuvenating Cleanser This vanilla, rice, and sugar scrub is a great choice for those with oily, thicker skin. Sensitive, thinner skin should rub the scrub in the hands prior to applying to the face, just to wear down the exfoliating particles a bit so it’s gentler. Smells amazing, too! ($26, 4 oz., available at talulahskincare.com) {PICK #3} Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser Organic lemongrass, sugar, and soothing herbs make this lemonade-smelling scrub an excellent choice for acne-prone skin. However, if you are allergic or sensitive to chamomile (ragweed family) or algae (seaweeds) then you may not find the same positive results with this...