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    The Oil Cleansing Method

    I’ve heard of this for a while now but have put off trying it because I was afraid of it. I mean, cleaning your face with oil to get clear skin? It sounds so counter-intuitive, right? But, as I get a little older, I’ve noticed changes in my skin that my regular skin care routine just didn’t seem to address. Enter, The Oil Cleansing Method.

    After much research about the method (I found this site to be the most helpful http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/) and different oils and blends, I finally decided to give it a go.

    Since my skin tends to be really sensitive, susceptible to breakouts and redness, I chose to use grapeseed oil in my blend. I found these oils at my local Sprouts grocery store. I also picked up a glass amber bottle with dropper to make life a bit easier.

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    I decided to go with a 30/70 blend, 30% Castor Oil and 70% grapeseed oil. The first few days, I mixed it up each time in a small bowl until I was sure that percentage blend would work for me. Once I knew that was the blend for me, I went ahead a mixed a bigger batch that I put into my glass bottle.

    Every night, I apply my oil blend to my face. The oils work to remove my makeup (even mascara!) effortlessly. Make sure that you spend plenty of time working on areas that are prone to blemishes. If you feel any developing, spend some extra time massaging that particular area. Also, spend extra time in areas prone to blackheads. You can actually feel them being lifted out of your pores. I then take a washcloth and run it under warm water. I let that sit on my face for a few minutes, then use the cloth to wipe my face. I do this about 4 times to make sure I get everything wiped away. I use a small amount of my blend, about 3 small drops, to massage into my face after my cleansing. This helps hydrate your skin and allows for the cleansing properties of the castor oil to soak into your pores. In the morning, I wipe my face with a warm washcloth followed by 3 small drops of my oil.

    I have been using this method for about 3 weeks now and I have noticed huge improvements in my skin. Just in one use, I noticed that my skin was super soft. But since then, I have noticed that some of my dark spots have lightened or completely disappeared. Any blemishes that might be under the surface don’t seem to fully develop. In addition to the increasing softness of my skin, I finally have the nice “dewy” glow that my skin never seemed to have. I highly suggest using this method for your daily skin care regimen. It gives great results without those expensive cleansers!

    Try it out and let me know what you think!

     

     

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    Vegan and Cruelty Free

    Have you ever noticed the pink bunny or leaping bunny logos on scores of products from toothpaste to household cleaners. What do those logos mean? If the products are cruelty free, then they must be vegan, right? Not necessarily.

    Cruelty free simply indicates that the product has not been tested on animals. There are 2 main programs that are responsible for certifying that a product is cruelty free: PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program and The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetic’s Leaping Bunny program. Each website maintains a list of companies and indicate whether or not they are cruelty free certified. They work with companies to ensure that animals are not used in the testing of their products but this doesn’t mean that the product is free from animal derived ingredients. Some companies will offer vegan products within their line of products while still offering products that contain animal derived ingredients.

    But, honestly, the only way to be sure that you are getting a vegan and cruelty free product is to look for both the certified vegan logo and the cruelty free logo. And, when in doubt, read the label or use one of the many smartphone apps available to help you determine if a product meets these specifications. One of my favorite iPhone apps is “Is it Vegan”. This app allows you to scan the barcode on the item right from your phone. It also allows you to search by ingredient, if you prefer. This app has come in handy many times! I would also encourage you to check your labels often-no matter how many times you’ve purchased that same product. Some manufacturers get sneaky and will change their ingredients over time. So be sure to check your labels to avoid any unwanted surprises.

    And, many vegan and cruelty free brands are available at your local stores from Target to Costco. Shopping cruelty free couldn’t be any easier!

    So, before you replenish your cosmetics or household items, be sure to check out some of the companies listed on the websites above. You can also check my reviews for some of my favorite products! And, then pick up a product or two on your next trip to the store!

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    What’s the deal with honey?

    You might hear the term “beegan” from time to time. That term refers to someone who is vegan but doesn’t abstain from the use of honey. Some vegans don’t see anything wrong with the use of honey as long as it comes from a local beekeeper instead of a commercial bee farm (yeah, those exist!). Furthermore, with the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder on the rise, others feel that the increased demand of local honey will help thwart the die off of honeybees that we are currently seeing. People have even started adding beehives to their own gardens to help the wild honey bees and will often use the honey made in these hives.

    And, then there is the other side of the argument. Honey is something that is made by an animal and, therefore, should not be used or consumed by humans. While honey can be viewed as a simple byproduct of a honey bee’s hard work, honey is much more than that. Honey is food for the bees so who are we to take it from them, especially after they’ve worked so hard to make it? This article, 3 Reasons Not To Eat Honey, outlines the many issues that surround our current bee population and why taking honey from is harmful to them.

    The decision to use honey or not is one that each individual must make on their own. Maybe you decide to keep a beehive in your garden, purchase local honey from a bee keeper or decide that honey is not for you anymore. Either way, the fact that you are thinking about this and making a conscience decision about it is a step in the right direction.

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    So you’ve decided to go vegan…now what?

    Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming vegan. Committing to a compassionate lifestyle is exciting and overwhelming all at the same time! I hope that this blog will help make your transition easier by sharing new product information, recipes, travel information and inspiration as you forge ahead in your new lifestyle. It’s quite the journey but it’s so rewarding!

    Enjoy your new veggie loving life!