Getting Dressed

Vegan OTBC Face Masks

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Face masks are a great addition to any skincare regimen. They can help keep your skin clear and healthy, and help you unwind after a long day.

 

And doing a face mask while you are already 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.

 

 

Key factors to consider when choosing a face mask include…

  1. Skin Type (best for)...People with oily skin should look for a mask that helps control oil and shine, while those with dry skin need a hydrating mask that will restore moisture to the skin.
  2. Specific Issue…such as acne, wrinkles, dry skin
  3. Time Commitment
  4. Type Mask…Masks can be found in several different types…such as vegan sheet masks, powder masks you can mix with water or your favorite skin serum, gel-like masks, and clay masks

 

Some popular cruelty-free and vegan face masks that are available include..

 

  

1. Acure Radically Rejuvenating Face Mask

  • Availability…Walgreen’s
  • Best for…aging skin
  • Ingredients…Moroccan red clay, marshmallow root extract, aloe vera
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…cell repair
  • Time Commitment…10-15 minutes
  • Type Mask…clay

 

2. AHAVA Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

  • Availability…Ulta, Macy’s
  • Best for…acne prone skin
  • Ingredients…Dead Sea mud, kaolin, vitamin B, chamomile
  • Price…$35
  • Specific Issue…helps clear acne and prevents further breakouts
  • Time Commitment…two minutes
  • Type Mask…mud

 

3. Aubrey Organics Age-Defying Therapy AHA Mask

  • Availability…Amazon, iHerb, Vitacost
  • Best for…aging skin
  • Ingredients…sea buckthorn oil, natural fruit acids, rice spheres
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…exfoliating
  • Time Commitment..5-10 minutes.
  • Type Mask…clay

 

4. Camu Clay Invigorating Anti-Aging Clay Masque

  • Availability…Live Ultimate website
  • Best for…all skin types and needs, from acne control to hydration to anti-aging
  • Ingredients…organic green tea extract, bentonite clay, kaolin, walnut extracts, acai, Camu Camu berries
  • Price…$34
  • Specific Issue…exfoliating
  • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
  • Type Mask…clay

 

5. Dr. Alkatis Organic Universal Mask

  • Availability…online
  • Best for…acne-prone or sensitive skin
  • Ingredients…seaweed, vegetables, organic grass juice complex
  • Price…$39
  • Specific Issue…deep cleansing
  • Time Commitment…10-20 minutes
  • Type Mask…powder

 

6. Lush Cup O’ Coffee Mask

  • Availability…online or Lush stores
  • Best for…oily or acne-prone skin
  • Ingredients…coffee grounds, cocoa extract, kaolin
  • Price…$12
  • Specific Issue…under-eye bags and circles, oil control
  • Time Commitment…15 minutes
  • Type Mask…scrub

7. Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask

  • Availability…Target, Ulta
  • Best for…dry or sun damaged skin
  • Ingredients…sunflower oil, shea butter, avocado oil
  • Price…$15
  • Specific Issue…moisturizing
  • Time Commitment…overnight, does not require rinsing
  • Type Mask…leave-on
Feathering the Nest

Towels

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Now that you’ve finished your shower, the first thing you will probably grab for will be a towel…

But don’t just settle for any old towel.

 

 

Instead take the t;ime to find the best towels, or the best towels for you personally…and be willing, if able, to actually spent money on towels instead of grabbing the cheapest ones that you can find.

 

Towel shopping should not simply be a matter of how good the towel may feel on the display shelf or how much it might cost.

In fact there are several factors to take into consideration when shopping for high-quality towels—absorbency, durability, softness, cost, size, and launderability…(not sure if that’s a real word or not).

 

 

 

Absorbency…Towels made of .100% cotton, especially Egyptian or Pima cotton, are typically the most absorbent. Such towels, those made with Pima or Egyptian cotton, are usually the softest also.

 

 

 

 

Structure…(Loops and Twists)…Every towel has loops. These loops help the towel feel soft and absorb water. You should not be able to see the base of the towel beneath these loops.

The “twists” of the towel refers to how much the loop’s yarn is twisted. Towels with either a low or zero twist are more absorbent than towels with a denser twist.

 

 

Touch…Touch can be deceiving. Don’t rely on how soft the towel feels at first glance, or in this case, first touch. Most manufacturers add a softened “finish” so that the towels feel nice and velvety in the store. But that finish washes off after the first few runs through the laundry…leaving you with a much rougher towel than you had thought you had bought.

 

 

 

 

Weight…/Thicker, heavier towels are most likely to be absorbent than thinner, lighter towels., and truly high-quality towels will feel heavier than they look.

Towel weight is measured in grams per square meter (GSM). Generally, the higher the weight, the denser the towel and the more absorbent and plush it will be. 300-400 GSM is considered lightweight, 400-600 GSM is medium weight, and 600-900 GSM is the heaviest.  Thicker towels with high GSM, or grams per square meter, feel more luxurious.

 1.  1888 Mills Made Here Bath Towel

  • Availability…Walmart
  • Colors Available…blue, brown, cream, grey, red, and tan
  • Fabric…100% USA grown cotton with pima rich loops
  • Price…$2

2.  Abyss Super Line Bath Towel

  • Availability….Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s
  • Colors Available…30 available
  • Fabric…Egyptian cotton
  • Price…$74
  • Size…28″x54″

3. AmazonBasics Fade-Resistant 3-Piece Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$13
  • Set includes…2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths
  • Size…54″ x 30″…(26″x16″ for hand towel, 12″x12″ for washcloth)

4.  Fina Ultra Absorbent Waffle Weave Microfiber Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…white, linen, sage, and coffee
  • Fabric…Microfiber
  • Price…$15
  • Size..29″x55″

5.  Pinzon Heavyweight Luxury 820-Gram Bath Towel

  • Availability….Amazon
  • Colors Available…blue, gray, sage, green, ivory, and white
  • Fabric…100% cotton
  • Price…$21
  • Size…30″x56″
  • Weight…nearly 2 pounds each

6.  Superior 900 GSM Egyptian Cotton Bath Towel Set

  • Availability….Amazon, overstock.com, Walmart
  • Colors Available…18 colors available
  • Fabric..long-staple combed cotton
  • Price…$62 for set of six (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths)
  • Sizes…30″x55″…(20″x30″ hand towel, 13″x13″ washcloth)

7.  Utopia Luxury Bath Sheet Towel

  • Availability….Amazon, Sears, and BB&B
  • Colors Available…black, white, navy, champagne, plum, gray, brown, and sage
  • Fabric…100% ring spun cotton
  • Price…$16
  • Size…35″x70″

 

 

How should I use my new towels? Drying off after your shower can be as important as the shower itself. Pat yourself dry. Rubbing your skin too vigorously with a towel can cause irritation, leave you itchy, and make dry skin get even worse. This will also leave some water on the skin, which can be sealed in with moisturizer.

 

 

How do I take care of my brand new towels?

Take time to actually read the tag on your new, luxurious towels tag before you simplty stick in your washing machine. Machine wash on the hottest temperature-setting recommended, with similar colors.

Never use bleach, dryer sheets, or liquid fabric softener on your towels. This will  eventually weaken the fibers make the towels less absorbent.

Getting Dressed

Vegan Shaving Creams

 

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There are a number of excellent shaving creams that will meet the needs of even the choosiest vegan…great alternatives to the typical commercial brands that almost always contain many animal byproducts.

Even though almost none of these vegan shaving creams can be found in the ordinary pressurized cans, there are several premium vegan shaving gels that work every bit as well as conventional creams.

When shopping for a vegan shaving cream, there are many factors to consider. These include ingredients, scent, texture, and volume.

1.  Ingredients…Choosing natural and organic ingredients is always a good idea because these products have no harsh chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic ingredients that might be absorbed into your skin.

2.  Scent…The scent that you choose is simply a matter of personal preference,  but if you are going to use a scented shaving cream, you’re typically better off choosing a lighter, less noticeable fragrance…a shaving cream that contains essential oils, not whatever the heck the word “fragrance” might mean on the package.

3.  Texture…If you are truly committed to doing your part to create and maintain a safer, cleaner planet, you will want to avoid typical foamy shaving creams. The chemicals, hydrocarbons, and compressed gases that are released when creating that foam have been shown to be unhealthy for our environment.

4.  Volume…The amount of shaving cream that  you want to purchase at one time and the size of the shaving cream containers depends on many factors—travel regulations, desire to sample a new product without having to buy a large container you are never going to use, how often you take showers and shave, how many people will be using the product, and any savings that can be enjoyed by purchasing in bulk.

Now for a few of the vegan shaving creams available…

 

1.  100% Pure Seaweed Vegan Shaving Cream  

  • Fragrances Available…Pink Grapefruit
  • Ingredients…all-natural ingredients such as citrus essential oil
  • Price…$21  
  • Product Review…

2.  Avalon Organics Cream Shave

  • Availability…Kroger, Sprouts, Whole Foods
  • Fragrances Available…Aloe, Peppermint, Lavender
  • Ingredients…vegan and cruelty free product that contains mostly organic ingredients such as organic peppermint essential oil
  • Price…$8
  • Product Review…

3. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shaving Soap

  • Availability…Walgreen’s, Target
  • Fragrances Available…Lavender, Lemongrass Lime, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Unscented
  • Ingredients…Dr. Bronner’s well-known pure-castile liquid soap base, and organic shikakai, the seed pods of the Acadia plant
  • Price…$9
  • Product Review…

4. Kiss My Face Moisture Shave

  • Availability…just about every store across the US
  • Fragrances Available…Peaceful Patchouli, Pomegranate Grapefruit, Cool Mint, Key Lime, Lavender Shea, Green Tea & Bamboo, and Fragrance Free
  • Ingredients…antiseptic goldenseal and peppermint, arnica, orange flower, sage, soapwaort, lemon grass, vitamins A & E, and emollients olive oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera
  • Price…$8
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