Trying Out My New Goods

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I had purchased Frost Face Wash from BlackBox Cosmetics. It was a bummer to have to wait for in the mail, but now that it's here, I have been using this for the last couple days - and so far, so good!

Putting ELF on my Shelf!

I was looking online for organic makeup, and I came across ELF Cosmetics, which is short for Eyes Lips Face makeup. It isn't all organically based, so I suppose it doesn't really have much of a place on a blog about organic beauty care, but I just had to share this, because everybody can always benefit from a good deal! If you haven't heard of E.L.F. Makeup yet, they have 3 different products lines...

Will Frost Be the Answer to Dry Winter Skin?

For the last month or so, I have been too lazy to go out and find myself a face cleanser, so I have just been using a bar of soap, which I’m sure would be just fine any other time of year; however, the below freezing weather is taking quite a toll on my skin. I’m not sure what the weather is like in other parts of the world right now – but over here in Canada I know it has been frigid! I have been moisturizing like crazy and it just doesn't seem to do much. I have set out to find a natural based cleanser that doesn't dry out
my face. Sticking with BlackBox Cosmetics, I have ordered the Frost face wash, and I’m hoping it gets here soon!

Here are a few things that BlackBox Cosmetics has to say about Frost face wash:

Silky, Soft and Smooth

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I have been using this new Shampoo from BlackBox Cosmetics. The first day or so, all I could say is that it smelt absolutely delicious! The combination of Argan Oil and all of the botanical extracts, make it smell heavenly. Honestly though, after a couple days I really noticed a difference in how manageable my hair was, and this says a lot because for anybody who knows me well, will know that I have lots of thick hair (and if you know hair, you'll know that that is code for tangles).

Being Healthy Is More Than What You Eat

As a vegetarian, I am pretty conscious of what I put in my body - Except on the weekends which usually consists of booze and junk food - but you know, five days a week, I am pretty health conscious. I exercise almost every day, try and eat healthy portions of healthy food, and limit my junk food intake to about 1 licorice a day (which is a pretty big step for me being that I used to have a whole drawer dedicated to junk food at work - thankfully for my metabolism, it didn't take a huge toll on my body). As I was saying, I am conscious of what I put in my body, but it wasn't until recently that I realized that what you put on your body is just as important.

Skin is the body's biggest organ, and it is also very absorbent. When you use soap, cleanser, lotion, shampoo, etc., your skin absorbs most of its ingredients into your blood stream. (This reminds me of a story my grandpa used to tell us, I'll make a note at the bottom of this page). Which is why it is super important to keep an eye out for harmful toxins in your face, bath and hair products (and anything else for that matter), because anything you put on your skin will most likely end up in your blood stream. Sulphates, parabens, and many other common ingredients in these types of products are actually known to cause cancer and can be seriously harmful to your health.  I've actually come across this company called BlackBox Cosmetics that is completely focused on botanically based, sulfate and paraben free, products. I think their Fig and Argan shampoo & conditioner is actually even better than the salon shampoo that I have been using for years - my hair has never been so smooth! But one of the most exciting things about these products, is when you look at the ingredients and the only words you can`t pronounce are the botanical names of plants.

My Grandpa`s Short Story
(Just for the record, he never actually had short stories; they usually lasted at least an hour... this is just a summed up version of one of these life tales he used to tell us) When he was in the army, they weren`t allowed to drink when they were in the field (no kidding), so they used to put moonshine in their boots and it would absorb through their feet so they could feel the effects of the alcohol without getting in trouble.