Sweet, Sweet Sunday

  How to Make Your Own Body Wash

Lately I have been on a personal crusade to evaluate the products that I use at home and to simplify our family’s lifestyle, one product at a time.

But often researching ingredients, reading and re-reading labels, and investigating company policies takes way more time, money, and effort than simply making the that product yourself.

Going the all-natural route for body and skin care means knowing what exactly goes into the products you are using…and often the best way to know what’s in something is simply to make that “something” yourself.

    The basic formula for making your own unique body washes is… equal amounts of an organic Castille soap and a water-based ingredient. Let me walk you through this…


    Dissolve 1tsp sea salt with 3oz of a hydrosol, in a Pyrex measuring glass. Dissolve salt completely. (A second option would be to simply mix together ½ cup raw honey and ½ cup coconut oil.)

      Hydrosols, as I have learned so far, are basically aromatic waters that have similar therapeutic properties to essential oils, but are much less concentrated. 

      Add 1Tbsp organic moisturizing oil, as desired. Good examples would be olive, coconut, jojoba, grape seed, refined avocado, or almond oil.  Adding oils such as these allow the body wash to be easily absorbed by the skin, making it more moisturizing. 

      Another oil commonly used is Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil is a natural preservative and moisturizing antioxidant that helps lengthen the shelf life of your homemade body and skincare products. 

      If using capsules, add the content of one gel capsule to your mixture.


        3.  Add thirty drops of organic essential oils, as desired.

        Typically, essential oils are added to your body wash is to make it simply smell good, but essential oils can also soothe, repair, heal, disinfect, and deodorize. For example,…

        • 1.  Chamomile…great for dry and sensitive skin, acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
        • 2.  Frankincense…great for facial and back acne
        • 3.  Geranium…great for oily complexions, acne, mature skin, eczema, and dermatitis
        • 4.  Grapefruit…great for oily skin
        • 5.  Lavender…great for very sensitive skin, mature skin, and itchy skin
        • 6.  Lemon…great for skin tone
        • 7.  Patchouli…great for acne, cracked and chapped skin, eczema, oily skin, and mature skin.
        • 8.  Peppermint…great for acne
        • 9.  Rosemary…great for acne, eczema, and dermatitis
        • 10.  Sandalwood…great for acne, dry, cracked, chapped skin, wrinkles, and mature skin.
        • 11.  Sweet Orange…great for dull or oily skin.
        • 12.  Tea Tree…great for acne, oily skin, rashes, and inflamed skin
        • 13..Yiang Ylang…great for general skin care, irritated skin, oily skin, and acne


        Add 3oz pure liquid castille soap. Funnel into your container.

        Pure liquid castile soap, scented or unscented, is one of the gentlest soaps available. It is made from non-toxic ingredients, safe on the skin and does not pollute the environment.

        Feel free to use scented or unscented  soap. If using scented  soap you can omit the essential oils, or go ahead and add them for their therapeutic benefits. (Note: Peppermint castile soap may be a little uncomfortably tingly on sensitive areas for some.) (find it here)Castile soap – Also known as vegetable soap, 

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        10 More OTC Cruelty-Free Body Washes 



        1.  Kiss My Face

        • Availability…Walgreens, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond
        • Ingredients…extracts of elder flower, lavender, cornflower, lemongrass, and eucalyptus
        • Price…$9
        • Scents…Sensitive, Cold and Flu, Early to Bed,.Early to Rise, Anti-Stress, Silky Soft, and Peaceful Patchouli


          2. LUSH Bath Products

          • Ingredients…olive oil, sea salt, and mandarin juice
          • Price…$32.95
          • Scents
          • Shower Gel…Dirty Springwash, Plum Rain, Happy Hippy, The Comforter, Yuzu and Cocoa, Don’t Rain on My Parade, Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair, Beautiful), It’s Raining Men 
          • Shower Jellies...Needles and Pines, 93,000 Miles, Refresher, Whoosh
          • Shower Smoothies..lRo’s Argan, Dreamwash, African Paradise, Turkish Delight


            3. Method

            • Ingredients…naturally derived hydrating ingredients like nourishing aloe 
            •  Price…$5.99
            • Scents…
            • Foaming…Water Flower, Sea Mist, Ruby Orange, and Cucumber Mint
            • Moisturizing…Coconut Milk, Magnolia, Olive Leaf, Surfside, and White Tea
            • Refreshing…Lilac Blossom, Mandarin Orange, Green Tea and Aloe, and Waterfall


            4. Nature’s Gate

            • Availability…Whole Foods
            • Founded…in 1972 by two brothers who were so inspired by the purity of rainwater that it became a main ingredient in their products
            • Ingredients…100-percent coconut water, lavender, lupine seed, frangipani, and fig 
            • Kudos…free of paraben, GMOs, gluten, sulfate, phthalate, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
            • Scents…Aloe Vera, Papaya, Pomegranate Sunflower, Hemp, Lavender, and Coconut 

            5.  Nourish Organic Body Wash

            • Ingredients…organic hydrating blend of aloe, coconut milk, Vitamin E, and a blend of moisturizing essential oils
            • Kudos…cruelty free, vegan, Leaping Bunny certified brand, gluten free, and certified USDA organic
            • Price…$11.99
            • Scents…Unscented, Almond Vanilla, Fresh Fig, Lavender Mint, Wild Berries, Tropical Coconut, and Lemon Thyme  

            6.  Nubian Heritage Abyssinian Oil & Chia Seed Body Wash

            • Ingredients….Abyssinian oil, chia seeds, amaranth extract, ginseng 
            •  Price…$12.99


             7. PROXI Body Wash

            • Ingredients…hydrogen peroxide, plant-derived surfactants, aloe, naturally-derived moisturizers 
            • Kudos…98% naturally-derived, paraben-free, soap-free and pH balanced ingredients 
            • Scents…Cucumber & Green Tea,  “Men’s”


            8.  Puracy Body Wash

            •  Ingredients…a rich blend of carefully chosen food-grade, plant and mineral-based ingredients, featuring Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
            • Kudos…all natural, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable ingredients…NO sulfates, triclosan, formaldehyde, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, chlorine, dyes, or caustics
            • Price…$12.99



                9.  SheaMoisture Body Wash

                • Availability…Walgreens, CVSp
                • Founded…more than 100 years ago when founder Sofi Tucker began selling shea nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone
                • Price…$10.99
                • Scents…Olive & Green Tea, Coconut & Hibiscus, Raw Shea Butter, ARGAN Oil & Raw Shea, SuperFruit, Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil, Zanzibar Marine Complex, Peace Rose Oil, African Water Mint & Ginger, Fruit Fusion Coconut, 100% Vegan Coconut, and Dragons Blood & Coffee Cherry


                10.  Yes To… Soothing Body Wash

                • Availability…CVS, Target, Walmart, and Kroger
                • Price… $8.99
                • Scents..Cucumbers, Carrots, Blueberries, Grapefruit, Coconut, Tomatoes 
                Sweet, Sweet Sunday

                11 OTC Cruelty-Free Body Washes

                  Making the commitment to a cruelty-free lifestyle should involve every single product that you purchase and use from now on…from the minute you first wake up until the moment you go back to bed.

                And if you’re like me, the very first thing that I do every morning is jump in the shower with loofah and lather.

                But when you are shopping, stop grabbing the first body wash you see, the cheapest one, or the one your mom always used. Do you really feel comfortable rubbing your butt, boobs, and back with a body was that has also been rubbed into the eyes or forced into the mouths of helpless rabbits, rats, and mice.

                Look for products that have the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny Logo on the packaging.

                You could also scroll through the list of ingredients, but this can often be confusing.

                Or you could first check with a comprehensive list of cruelty-free and vegan body washes, such as this one…

                  1.  Acure–energizing body wash 

                  • Availability…Target, Kroger
                  • Ingredients…organic Argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, Moroccan Argan stem cells, coq10, and pumpkin seed oil
                  • Kudos…100% biodegradable, gluten-free, and free of any parabens or sulfates
                  • Price…$10

                  2.  Ahava—Mineral Botanic Cream Wash

                  • Availability…Ulta, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom
                  • Kudos…cruelty-free, and PETA certified vegan company 
                  • Scents Available (4)...Hibiscus & Fig, Lotus Flower & Chestnut, Tropical Pineapple & White Peach, Lemon & Sage
                  • Price…$24 


                  3. Alba Botanica Bath & Shower Gel

                  • Availability…Target, Walmart, Vitacost
                  • Ingredients…pure botanical emollients, aloe vera, (varies by scent)
                  • Kudos…hypoallergenic, made from 100% natural ingredients,  contains no parabens or synthetic fragrances
                  • Price…$12
                  • Scents…Honey Mango, Sparkling Mint, French Lavender, Midnight Tuberose, Herbal Healing, Island Citrus, Coconut Rescue

                  4.  Andalou Naturals Body Wash

                  • Ingredients…active fruit stem cell and antioxidants
                  • Price…$10
                  • Scents…Citrus Sunflower, Lavender Thyme, Mandarin Vanilla, Aloe Mint, Clementine Ginger, 1000 Roses

                  5.  Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gel

                  • Availability…Sprouts, Whole Foods
                  • Ingredients…plant-based formula that joins quinoa protein, lavender essential oil, aloe and botanical cleansers 
                  • Kudos…packaging made from high post-consumer material content and sustainably sourced paperboard that is recyclable after use
                  • Mission…to create products that are safe, effective and conscious of the greater good…to not only nourish the body, but also nourish the mind and the soul.
                  • Price…$7
                  • Scents……Nourishing Lavender, Grapefruit and Geranium, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Ylang Ylang


                  6.  Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap 

                  • Availability... Rite Aid, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and CVS
                  • Fragrances…Almond, Unscented, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose and Tea Tree
                  • Kudos…certified organic, fair trade, non-GMO, Kosher, 
                  • Price…$17.99



                  7.  Éclair Naturals

                  • Availability…Target
                  • Belief…”We believe that everybody deserves to have access to luxurious body care products that are also natural, efficacious and affordable.”
                  • Ingredients…food-grade ingredients…such as vegetable glycerin, aloe, vitamin e, and botanical extracts 
                  • Kudos…all products are GMO free, gluten-free, soy-free, cruelty-free, and vegan
                  • Mission…to create great natural products for great people and to bring the highest quality allergen-free body care products to everyone
                  • Scents: Grapefruit, French Lavender, Creamy Coconut, Vanilla & Sweet Orange, and Shea Butter & Oatmeal

                  8. Hugo Naturals

                  • Availability…iHerb
                  •  Ingredients…jojoba, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Oat extract, and olive oil 
                  • Kudos…vegan, gluten, and soy free…completely free of parabens and synthetic fragrances 
                  • Price…$9
                  • Scents: Shea Butter & Oatmeal, French Lavender, Grapefruit, and Vanilla & Sweet Orange. 

                      9.  Jack BlackPrice…$21 for three tubes  @ 3 oz. and three bonus samples 


                         10.  Jason Pure Natural Body Wash

                        • Ingredients…botanical surfactants, Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, rosewater, and calendula extract 
                        • Price…$10.99
                        • Scents…Smoothing Coconut, Gluten-Free, Calming Lavender, Purifying Tea Tree, Soothing Aloe Vera, Revitalizing Citrus, Glowing Apricot, Relaxing Chamomile, Moisturizing Herbs, Softening Mango, Rosewater, Antioxidant Cranberry and Men’s All-in-One 


                        11.  John Masters

                        • Ingredients…botanically-based ingredients such as corn and coconut
                        • Kudos…certified organic, gluten-free
                        • Price…$18
                        • Scents…Blood Orange & Vanilla, Rosemary & Arnica, and Geranium & Grapefruit 
                          Getting Dressed

                          Splish Splash…I Was Taking a Shower

                          Taking a shower has the ability to clear your head and relax your muscles as you start your day ahead….and should be both refreshing and relaxing.

                          Although there’s really no wrong way to take a shower, there are several things to know in order to make the most of this time.

                          The following tips will help take your everyday shower from ordinary to indulgent.


                          Although a steaming hot shower can be a great way to warm up on cold mornings or unwind after a stressful workday, hot water can actually be bad for our bodies. Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, can make common problems like eczema even worse, and damage the skin faster.

                          Instead stick to a lukewarm, or cooler, shower.


                            Taking too long of a shower can actually remove much-needed moisture from the skin. This will leave your skin feeling dry and itchy.

                            The shorter the shower, the better. Keep your shower time down to no more than five to ten minutes.


                            There is no hard-and-fast rule as to how often you should shower…but most of us can cut back to a few times a week. Just don’t cut back so much that you smell or risk having skin infections.


                            Washing your hair no more than two times a week should help maintain the natural oil production, while achieving moisture balance.

                            Washing your hair too often can be drying, especially for anyone with gray hair or colored hair…Washing your hair too seldom can cause a buildup of oils that lead to flaking and redness.

                            Always brush your hair before you get in the shower to work through any tangles. This will also help prevent clogged drains. After you shower, brush your hair again. Plastic vent brushes are best because they have multiple bristles.

                            Put a quarter size amount of shampoo in your hands. Distribute theshampoo evenly throughout the hair, instead of simply pouring it on top of your head. Avoid using too much shampoo on your ends because they’re prone to dryness and brittleness.

                            Make sure to get the nape of the neck, scalp, and roots because this is where dirt and oils usually collect. Scrub for a complete minute before rinsing.


                            Instead of using a regular conditioner, apply a deep conditioner once or twice a week. The heat and steam of the shower will help the deep conditioner penetrate hair strands.

                            Apply the deep conditioner, oil-based serum, or simply olive oil to your hair immediately after rinsing the shampoo out. Leave this on while you wash the rest of your body. 

                            Applying conditioner above your crown line will lead to grease and unnecessary oil production. Instead, focus on your roots first because this is the area that requires the most moisture and attention.

                            Finally, wrapping your hair tightly in a towel can cause severe damage to your hair. Instead, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a cotton t-shirt or a dry towel. Pat hair dry, rubbing your hair too roughly can cause knots and frizz.


                            Soap contains surfactants, chemicals that attract both oil and water and that are able to bond with and remove the natural oils in your skin…leaving your skin feeling tight, dry, and itchy. 

                            Use a creamy soap-free, water-based body wash or cleansing oil instead of drying soaps. These will moisturize with natural oils, without stripping your skin of its own. 

                            Look for products labeled as “cleanser” instead of “soap.”

                            Avoid shower gels and body washes with excessive lather. The more bubbles or lather a cleanser has, the more it strips your skin of its natural oils.

                            Both Dove and Olay make excellent body wash products that strip fewer lipids and proteins from the skin, leav ing the skin better hydrated than most other body washes.

                            Be sure to rinse the soap completely off of your body. Not properly rinsing soap off can cause skin irritation and dryness. Harsh cleansers can be irritating if left on the skin, because of the chemicals and fragrance these soaps contain.


                            Doing a mask in the shower is great because the steam from the shower opens your pores and allows the nutrients and vitamins to actually be absorbed into your skin much more easily.

                            A gel-based mask is better than a creamy version. Although the mask is still emollient, it will not  slide off your wet skin

                            Masks should only be applied before washing your face, not after. Washing your face both before and after a mask may be too drying for many skin types.

                            Anything applied after a shower will be more rapidly absorbed and may cause breakouts. Instead, apply a moisturizer after your shower to add back and seal in moisture.


                            The biggest mistake people make is responding to dry, flaking skin with harsh exfoliation. Actually exfoliating more than twice a week can actually irritate your skin.
                            There are three different levels of exfoliation…

                            The first level involves simply adding a bit of raw sugar or iodized sea salt to your loofah along with your normal body wash.

                            The second option is to buy a sugar scrub or make your own.

                            For example, try this homemade coffee sugar scrub. This scrub has so many benefits. The coffee beans reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. The cinnamon acts as a drying agent, can help clear your acne, and helps bring blood and nutrients to the skin’s surface. The coconut oil acts a moisturizer, and helps slow down the process of your skin aging.


                              Homemade Coffee Cinnamon Scrub
                              1/2C ground coffee
                              1/2C used coffee grounds
                              1C sugar
                              1/2C coconut oil
                              tsp cinnamon

                              A third option is dry brushing. Dry brushing involves stroking from your feet upward with a natural-bristle brush for three to five minutes before stepping into the shower. 

                              This improves circulation, stimulates skin cells, flushes toxins surrounding these cells, and sloughs off dull, dead skin cells. 


                                         Giving your feet a good scrub while you are in the shower will help you avoid foot fungus or bacteria.Be sure to (Actually you should take the time every day to thoroughly wash your feet with mild soap and thoroughly dry them every day.)

                                        Rub any conditioner that is left on your hands after you condition your hair onto the heels of your feet and into your toenails.


                                        Shave at the end of your shower so that the hairs are already damp and soft and that the pores are already opened. This will allow you to get the closest shav and reduce your chances of getting an ingrown hair.

                                        Consider swapping traditional shaving cream for a hydrating shaving oil.

                                        Make sure the water is warm, not scalding hot. Scalding hot water will cause your follicles to swell and your hairs to be more likely to break before they can be removed.

                                        Drying Off

                                        How you dry off is just as important as how you shower.
                                        Rubbing your skin vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. 

                                        Instead pat yourself dry. This leaves some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer after each shower.
                                        Be sure to dry certain areas-any skin folds, between your toes, in the groin area, and under your arms-in order to prevent rashes and infections.


                                         if you don’t moisturize your skin right after your shower, you can be doing your skin a great disservice. Applying moisturizer to freshly-showered skin maximizes its absorption.

                                        Applying a thick all-over layer of moisturizer right after lightly patting skin dry, even when you’re still damp, will lock the water into the skin and protect the epidermal barrier. Moisturizing while the shower door is still closed will help your skin absorb the product 

                                        People with dry skin should try a cream moisturizer instead of lotion. Look for a cream containing ceramide or alpha-hydroxy acid. 

                                        Look for a fragrance-free cream or lotion with humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which actually attract water vapor to the skin’s surface and promote its absorption. 


                                         Always wash the loofah thoroughly and wring it out. Store it in a dry place, not in your shower.

                                        When you use a loofah, dead skin cells become lodged in the nooks. These dead skin cells become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and yeast. Never share your loofah for this reason.Allow your loofah to dry completely between uses. This is the best way to keep your loofah clean. 

                                        Replace your loofah frequently, at least once a month. 

                                          Getting Dressed

                                          10 Cruelty-Free Beauty Subscription Boxes 


                                          We have all heard time and time again that choosing organic foods and beauty products would be doing yourself and the planet a great deal of good….about as many times as we heard our moms tell us that we need to eat all the food on our plates because there are starving kids in China.

                                            But how many of us have been taught about organic foods and beauty products when we were growing up in the Deep South…and how many of us have the time to actually study organic foods and beauty products now…

                                              Perhaps subscription boxes can provide the crash course that many of us need in order to fight the growing health concerns that more and more of us are having in regards to chemically-produced makeup.

                                                Organic subscription boxes can introduce women like you and me to those certified-organic skincare products that best cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturize our skin without using any of these noxious artificial chemicals or additives. 

                                                1.  Bare Bliss Box

                                                • What it will cost you…$49.99
                                                • What you will get…four to six samples
                                                • What others like you are saying…


                                                  2.  Glowing Beets

                                                  • What it will cost you… $29.95 per month
                                                  • What you will get…three or four deluxe-sized samples or full-size beauty products 
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                  3.  Good Being Box

                                                  • What it will cost you… $21 per month
                                                  • What you will get…a mix of full and deluxe size samples customized to your profile
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                  4.  Honest Beauty

                                                  • What it will cost you…$50 per month
                                                  • What you will get…three full-size items 
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review

                                                  5.  LaRitzy

                                                  • What it will cost…$24.99 per month
                                                  • What you will get…a mix of full-size and deluxe sized samples
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                  6.  Love Goodly

                                                  • What it will cost you…$29.99 every other month
                                                  • What you will get…full size “premium” products 
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                  7.  Petit Vour

                                                  • What it will cost you…$15 per month
                                                  • What you will get…four samples, some of which may be full-size
                                                  • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                    8.  Terra Bella Box

                                                    • What it will cost you…$37.95 per month
                                                    • What you will get…5-6 small-batch natural beauty items 
                                                    • What others like you are saying…

                                                    9.  Vegan Cuts Beauty Box

                                                    • What it will cost you...$18.50 per month or $39.95 per quarter
                                                    • What you will get…four to seven products including at least one or two full-size products
                                                    • What others like you are saying…Review


                                                      10.  Yuzen 

                                                      • What it will cost you…$33 a quarter
                                                      • What you will get…full-sized samples along with a non-beauty item like chocolate 
                                                      • What others like you are saying…Review

                                                        Getting Dressed

                                                        Saving Money on Body Care, Skincare, and Cosmetics–Things to Know

                                                        Makeup, skincare products, haircare products, and everything else it takes to make you look good at the next Ole Miss game can add up to a pretty hefty sum…

                                                        But are there actual tried-and-true ways to save money on those products you actually do use and love…and not waste money on products you will never use and might even hate…without losing that all-important Southern belle image?!

                                                        1.  Know how much you are actually spending as compared to other similar products or sizes available in that particular product. Calculate how much a product costs per ounce/gram by dividing the product retail price by the number of ounces in the product.

                                                        2.  Know what products have won awards, such as…


                                                         3.  Know your skin…The most important step in caring for your skin is understanding your specific skin type. To figure your skin type, gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face and hold the sheet up to the light. The five different skin types are…

                                                        • a.  Combination SkinCombination skin is the most common skin type since there are so many more sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands around our noses than other areas of our faces, but people with this skin type have a consistently oily T-zone with consistent dryness in other areas of the face, such as the cheeks.
                                                        • b.  Dry Skin...Dry skin is characterized by small pores, an overall feeling of tightness, more visible lines, less elasticity and a duller complexion.  Dry skin requires moisturizer throughout the day, especially when you first wake up or after you cleanse your face. Cleansing dry skin leaves it feeling taut and dehydrated.
                                                        • c.  Normal Skin...Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. Your skin usually has an even tone,  a soft texture, and little flakiness. You may get an oily T-zone in hot weather, but generally this area is oil-free. People with normal skin will feel clean and clear after cleansing…and might still be in need of a little moisturizer, but will not need to apply moisturizer very often throughout the day as the skin stays fairly moisturized on its own.
                                                        • d.  Oily Skin...Oily skin types tend to have larger pores, a shiny and  thicker feeling complexion, frequent blackheads and pimples. Cleansing the face often and avoiding heavy creams and emollients help minimize the appearance of oil. Oily skin feels clean and oil-free after cleansing, but oil returns shortly after cleansing.
                                                        • e.  Sensitive Skin...People with sensitive skin experience a low-level of discomfort-breakouts, rashes, red spots, stinging, swelling, flakiness, itching-at all times. People with sensitive skin have trouble finding products that do not irritate the skin and cause a reaction. Look for mild products without fragrance, harsh ingredients like alcohol and menthol, and harsh scrubbing agents such as crushed walnuts, pumice, and aluminum oxide crystals.


                                                        4.  Know yourself...What kind of makeup wearer are you? 

                                                        We apply makeup to help us project the image we want the world to see…as contrary as this may sound, to help us  be “our true selves.”

                                                        Each of us has some sort of “beauty routine ritual” that really works for us as individuals….a routine or regimen that makes us feel fresh, grounded, whole and ready for the day…and propels us forward with confidence, grace and self-empowerment.

                                                         This image or “true self” will be individualistic, specific, and perhaps difficult to put into exact words…but each of us has an idea of the type of person she wants looking back at her whenever she takes the time to look in a mirror.

                                                        Knowing yourself and the image that you wish to project will help you define your personal needs and aproach both the world of beauty and the world of fashion from the proper perspective.

                                                        Starting to know yourself in this arena may be easier if you first understand the following five types of makeup wearers.

                                                          • a.  The makeup hoarder ..The makeup hoarder is an informed customer who feels confident shopping for beauty products and probably has a huge stash, but is uncomfortable actually wearing it.
                                                          • b.   The makeup junkie…The makeup junkie is an informed customer who feels very comfortable shopping for and wearing makeup…who reads the top makeup blogs regularly,  watch Youtube videos, frequent makeup counters. She appreciates and owns good quality makeup products and brushes.
                                                          • c.  The makeup know-it-all...The makeup know-it-all can be shown or told nothing that she haven’t seen or heard before. 
                                                          • d.  The makeup novice…The makeup novice is interested in, but also intimidated by makeup. She knows very little about applying makeup and has worn little to no makeup in her lifetime.
                                                          • e.  The makeup wearer…The makeup wearer is an informed consumer who feels comfortable with her makeup and skincare routine. Although she has a general knowledge of makeup and skincare and wears makeup daily, she does not consider herself an expert. 
                                                            Getting Dressed

                                                            Saving Money on Body Care, Skin Care, and Cosmetics…Things to Take

                                                            Take time to read blogs… There is a ton of information to be gathered from reading other people’s blogs. A few of the best beauty/fashion blogs are…  

                                                            Take time to read online reviews…


                                                            Take advantage of free samples. 

                                                            • Company Websites…Request samples directly from company websites.
                                                            • Coupons…Use coupons to get free beauty products at Target and drugstores such as Walgreens and CVS. 
                                                            • Department Stores…Request free samples from department stores like Macy’s, Clinique, Lancome, Benefit, Origins-give free samples when you ask. 
                                                            • Facebook…Find your favorite makeup companies and become fans of them on Facebook. 
                                                            • Online Shopping...A lot of the beauty stores-such as Sephora and Ulta-will send you free makeup samples if you place an order online. Just look for the option of requesting makeup samples during checkout. 
                                                            • Product Test Groups...Some companies-Allure Beauty Enthusiasts, BzzAgent, CrowdTap, Elle Inner Circle, Glamour Glam Spotters, Good Housekeeping Tester, House Party, Influenster, InStyle Trendsetters, L’Oreal, PinchMe, Redbook Club Red, Smiley 360, Swaggable, The Pink PanelToluna, Vogue Insiders-offer free samples in exchange for your writing reviews.
                                                            • Sephora…Ask a salesperson, and you should be able to get up to three free samples per type of product.
                                                            • Subscription…Sign up for beauty company subscription programs, such as Amazon Beauty Box and Walmart’s Beauty Box, that offer the first box free.
                                                            Getting Dressed

                                                            Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#4

                                                            1. Queen Helene

                                                            • Availability…Albertson’s
                                                            • Focus…famous for their Mint Julep Masque 
                                                            • Founded…in 1930
                                                            • Ingredients… ingredients like cocoa butter which is rich with vitamins and natural emollient properties, pomegranate oil for its antioxidant protection against the skin-aging effects of environment, and essential oils to help relax tired muscles and ease tension
                                                            • Mission…to provide a full line of affordable and effective body care products that are passed on from generation to generation
                                                            • Philosophy…
                                                            • Price Range…$7 for body lotion


                                                            2. Renee Rouleau

                                                            • Availability…spas in Dallas and Plano, Texas
                                                            • Focus…effectively correcting every skin type’s concerns
                                                            • Founded…established in 1996 by celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau 
                                                            • Mission…to help people maximize their skin’s potential with a propietary line of natural, high-performance products based on nine unique skin types
                                                            • Philosophy…that the skin care industry’s one-size-fits-all approach was not in-sync with what the modern client wants, or needs, in their pursuit of balanced, healthy skin
                                                            • Price Range…$46.50 for body serum


                                                            3.  Rodial

                                                            • Availability…Nordstrom
                                                            • Focus…famous for products like “Bee Venom” and “Dragon’s Blood” 
                                                            • Price Range…$78 for body serum


                                                             4. Radical Skincare

                                                            • Availability…Sephora
                                                            • Founded…by Liz and Rachel, the daughters of Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD.PHD, world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery
                                                            • Ingredients…extract of paracress, seaweed extracts, macadamia and desert date palm oils, glycerine
                                                            • Mission…to provide solutions that are as effective as possible for all skin types.
                                                            • Price Range…$78 for body serum


                                                            5. S.W. Basics

                                                            • Availability…Target
                                                            • Focus…using as few ingredients as possible, usually 5 or less per products
                                                            • Price Range…$20 for body oil


                                                              6. Suntegrity

                                                              • Focus…offers sun care and nothing but sun care
                                                              • Founded…in memory of all of those who lost their lives to skin cancer
                                                              • Ingredients…only the best known physical block ingredient (non-nano size zinc oxide)
                                                              • Mission… to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and super anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance that protection and help with skin repair
                                                              • Philosophy… It doesn’t make sense to use these types of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer only to get another kind of cancer.
                                                              • Price Range…$24 for sunscreen 


                                                              7.  Sukin 

                                                              • Focus…Australia’s Number One Natural Skincare Brand
                                                              • Founded…in Melbourne, Australia in 2007
                                                              • Ingredients…the highest grade essential oils, antioxidants, and botanicals
                                                              •  and 100% natural botanical extracts…naturally derived, cruelty free and vegan
                                                              • Mission…to provide high efficacy, environmentally sustainable and affordable natural skincare products that restore the natural vitality and radiance of your skin and hair
                                                              • Philosophy…producing the highest standards of natural skin, hair and body care products begins with sourcing quality ingredients
                                                              • Price Range…$14 for body lotion

                                                              8.  The Wonder Seed

                                                              • Focus…hempseed oil
                                                              • Founded…by Theresa Ruiz-Hellings and her daughters Elena and Juliet and formerly known as The Healing Seed
                                                              • Ingredients…100% natural, vegan, with no parabens, and no artificial colors or perfumes
                                                              • Mission…to nurture, heal and protect skin and hair with a complete line of products rich in virgin organic hempseed oil, the most nutritious oil on Earth
                                                              • Philosophy…From our families to yours, we wish you vibrant health for your most wonderful life!
                                                              • Price Range…$17 for body lotion


                                                              9. Tatcha

                                                              • Availability…Sephora
                                                              • Focus…based on the rituals of the Japanese geisha
                                                              • Founded…in Japan by Victoria Tsai
                                                              • Ingredients…complete list here
                                                              • Philosophy…less is more
                                                              • Price Range…$48 for body butter

                                                              10. Yes To

                                                              • Availability…Ulta, drugstores all over the world
                                                              • Focus…products in their carrot, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, and grapefruit ranges
                                                              • Ingredients..95% NATURAL INGREDIENTS…no parabens…packaged in recyclable packaging whenever possible.
                                                              • Mission…to make skin feel good while bringing a smile to your face
                                                              • Price Range..$13 for body lotion. 
                                                                Getting Dressed

                                                                Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#3


                                                                1.  Nourish Organics

                                                                • Founded…as the very first line of chemical-free, environmentally friendly skincare products…the first beauty company to ever work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create a collection of products that were certified organic under the same strict standards used by the USDA uses to certify food
                                                                • Mission…to create products that you put on your body that are every bit as effective as what you put in it
                                                                • Ingredients…completely natural and organic…cruelty-free, gluten-free, and mostly vegan. 
                                                                • Philosophy…Good for You. Good for the Earth


                                                                 2.  OFRA

                                                                • Focus…exclusive face, body, and hair treatments using only OFRA Cosmetics Skin Care and Makeup lines
                                                                • Founded…by Ofra Gaito, a therapist and makeup artist, in 1994
                                                                • Philosophy…FORMULATING THE FUTURE™
                                                                • Price Range…$ 20 for body lotion

                                                                3.  OSEA

                                                                • Availability… The Detox Market
                                                                • Focus…to create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes
                                                                • Founded…twenty years ago with the intention of creating a natural skincare line free of toxic, synthetic ingredients
                                                                • Ingredients…all natural, non-toxic, organic, vegan skincare…certified organic, bioavailable seaweed infused with pure steam…distilled and cold-pressed essential oils …free of synthetic chemicals-such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates-and animal-derived ingredients-such as lanolin, beeswax, and carmine 
                                                                • Mission…Safe cosmetics are a consumer’s right and our earth’s rightful due.
                                                                • Philosophy…OSEA embodies the core elements of wellness: Ocean. Sun. Earth. Atmosphere. 
                                                                • Price Range…$36


                                                                4. One Love Organics

                                                                • Availability…Nieman Marcus
                                                                • Ingredients…pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil, green tea seed oil, kelp extract, sea buckthorn oil, chia seed extract, rosemary leaf extract, rooibos tea extract
                                                                • Price Range…$28 for lotion

                                                                  5.  Prtty Peaushun

                                                                  • Focus…adding a “mineral glow” to skin, body, and hair
                                                                  • Ingredients…avocado, pomelo,  and jojoba
                                                                  • Mission…to moisturize, condition, and nourish the skin
                                                                  • Philosophy…LOVE YOUR SKIN and FEEL GREAT IN YOUR BIRTHDAY SUIT
                                                                  • Price Range…$29


                                                                  6. Paula’s Choice

                                                                  • Focus…customer advocacy and education
                                                                  • Founded…by Paula Begoun, author who has sold over 2.7 million copies of her best-selling books and made countless TV appearances, including Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz and the View
                                                                  • Ingredients…no added fragrance, dyes or ingredients that can harm the health and function of your skin
                                                                  • Mission…to develop products that you can feel confident about buying and using
                                                                  • Philosophy…THE BEST SKIN OF YOUR LIFE STARTS HERE
                                                                  • Price Range…$28 for body lotion.

                                                                  7.  Pai

                                                                  • Focus…sensitive skin
                                                                  • Founded… in London…the word “pai” is a Maori word meaning “goodness”
                                                                  • Ingredients…the highest quality organic ingredients…free from Parabens, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Petrochemicals, Detergents (SLS/SLES) and artificial fragrance
                                                                  • Mission…to create the best performing products
                                                                  • Philosophy…What we put into our products is just as important as what we leave out.
                                                                  • Price Range…$30 for body cream


                                                                    Getting Dressed

                                                                    Cruelty-Free Body and Skin Care Brands…#2


                                                                    1. Desert Essence

                                                                    • Availability…Whole Foods, Amazon, iHerb
                                                                    • Focus…
                                                                    • Founded…35 years ago
                                                                    • Ingredients
                                                                    • Mission…to bring you the results and peace of mind you deserve
                                                                    • Price Range…$9

                                                                     2. Ellovi

                                                                    • Availability…Sephora, Nordstrom.
                                                                    • Focus…healthy-looking, hydrated skin
                                                                    • Ingredients…macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea…no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients.
                                                                    • Mission…to make the best natural skincare products, but the best skincare products of any kind… to always make our products with integrity and the finest ingredients from around the world
                                                                    • Philosophy…that what you put on your skin goes more than skin deep. 
                                                                    • Price Range…$26


                                                                       3.  First Aid Beauty

                                                                      • Availability… Sephora, Ulta
                                                                      • Focus…sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation
                                                                      • Ingredients…Shea Butter, Colloidal Oatmeal, Ceramide 3 and the FAB Antioxidant Booster…
                                                                      • Price Range…$30


                                                                      4. Glossier

                                                                      • Founded…in 2010 as a venture for the editors of IntoTheGloss.com, a super-successful beauty blog
                                                                      • Ingredients… hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, paraben free, cruelty free
                                                                      • Price Range.. $22 for body cream

                                                                      5.  Gourmet Body Treats… 

                                                                      • Founded…started in 1996 by Waleska Agosto Feliciano in the summer of 1996 who after moving to Texas from Germany quickly found that most of the personal care products she began using were irritating to her skin
                                                                      • Ingredients…locally-sourced vegan, natural, and organic ingredients such as honey…cruelty-free
                                                                      • Mission…to convey to you how much we care about what we do, and for you to be a part of it. 
                                                                      • Price Range…$20 for cleanser


                                                                      6. GOOP

                                                                      • Founded…by Gwyneth Paltrow in collaboration with Juice Beauty
                                                                      • Ingredients…made from organic ingredient…and they’re even safe to eat. Gwyneth Paltrow herself actually ate some of the moisturizer as part of a promo…Argania spinosa (argan) nut oil, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, cetearyl alcohol, sodium cetearyl sulfate, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract (and) glycerin, tocopherol (vitamin e)
                                                                      • Mission…to make every choice count
                                                                      • Price Range…$11 for body lotion


                                                                      7.  Hugo Naturals

                                                                      • Availability… Whole Foods
                                                                      • Focus…to bring excitement, integrity, exuberance, and a fresh way of seeing life
                                                                      • Founded…started out from handcrafted soaps that were made with all-natural ingredients and sold at our local Farmer’s market 
                                                                      • Ingredients…Complete List
                                                                      • Mission…to enhance peoples’ lives by creating amazing products made from the best raw materials that the Earth can sustainably give
                                                                      • Price Range…$9


                                                                      8. Hush + Dotti

                                                                      • Focus…creating hip, sexy, luxurious & incredibly effective beauty products without all of the toxic garbage
                                                                      • Ingredients…love, monoi – cocos nucifera (coconut oil) & gardenia tahinensis (tahitian gardenia), theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu nut butter), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), persia americana (avocado fruit oil), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), capryllic capric triglycerides (natural vegetable esters derived from coconut oil), alpha tocopherol (vitamin e)
                                                                      • Philosophy…LOVE is our first ingredient for a reason. Love is in the aromatherapy you experience from our products. Love is what you feel when your skin radiates from the purity of our products. Love is what you’ll feel from our amazing customer care team. Love is the quality ingredients we put in every jar. Love is our commitment to giving you our very best
                                                                      • Price Range…$38 for body balm


                                                                      9.  Indie Lee

                                                                      • Availability…Anthropologie, Amazon, The Detox Market
                                                                      • Focus…eco-friendly solutions for every skin type from acne-prone to super dry
                                                                      • Founded…by Indie Lee after awakening on April 22, 2009 after conquering a life-threatening brain tumor that pointed to environmental toxins as the culprit
                                                                      • Ingredients…jojoba oil, apricot oil, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang
                                                                      • Mission…to enhance the face and body with gratifying green glamour
                                                                      • Price Range…$36


                                                                      10. Juice Beauty

                                                                      • Availability…Sephora, Ulta
                                                                      • Focus…products that are more natural and organic than other skincare brands
                                                                      • Price Range…$18


                                                                      11.  Korres

                                                                      • Ingredients…sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, Shea butter, avocado oil, grape seed extract, ..
                                                                      • Price Range…$31 for body butter

                                                                      12.  Mogi Mousse

                                                                      • Focus…individuals with normal to dry and extra dry, sensitive and/or maturing skin
                                                                      • Ingredients…shea butter, organic oils, botanical extracts, and essential oils… packed with vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants
                                                                      • Price Range…$54 for body butter