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Natural Beauty Faves: January 2012

It’s taking me a while to get adjusted to the fact that 2012 is really here, but I have some big plans. First up, a new email newsletter! I’m not planning to launch it for a few weeks yet, but if you’re interested in the newsletter-only goodies I have planned, you can go ahead and sign up here. Here are the products I’m loving this month:

  • Florere Deodorant Cream. I raved about this stuff a little while ago and I’m still loving it. My mom and sister both took it for a whirl while I was in Pittsburgh over the holidays, and I think they were both impressed.
  • Hydrea London FSC Certified Classic Long Handle Body Brush. This was a Christmas present from my Aunt Jackie (thank you!). I’d been meaning to try the dry brushing technique I’ve been reading so much about, and so far I’m liking it but it’s too soon to tell much of a difference aside from feeling really invigorated. More on this brush (and the technique) soon…
  • Broo Shampoo & Conditioner. I just discovered this craft beer body care and shampoo line (it’s straight from Asheville, one of my hometowns), and so far I really like it. It’s not cheap, but the shampoo is so foamy that I really only need a tiny amount, and it’s super moisturizing. Look for a full review of this little hoppy duo soon!
  • 100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Eye Cream. I bought this at Ecolicious when I bought the Florere Deodorant Cream. With my (genetic) dark undereye circles, I’m always on the hunt for a new eye cream to try, and I really think the price is affordable for a quality eye cream, especially for such a large container. Plus, in addition to resveratrol (the age-defying substance in red wine grapes), it has hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and tons of antioxidants.

What products are you enjoying lately? —Aleigh

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I Tried It: Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin

Dry Brushing to Detox Your SkinIf you’re looking to add a new detox technique to your daily beauty routine, one of the best options is dry brushing, which helps detox from the outside, in. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and also your body’s ultimate defense between you and the environment. It’s also often referred to as the body’s “third kidney” because of the important role it plays in helping your body eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
  • Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Tones muscles and tightens skin

Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it honestly just feels good. The first thing I noticed when I started dry brushing is that I feel much more invigorated post-shower. Read on to find out how to get started!

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Link Love Friday: Reinvent Yourself

The lotus, an ancient symbol of restoration and renewal.

This week I’m really excited about something on the horizon: I’ll be offering some natural beauty advice as part of The Reinvention Project: 30 Days to a Happier, Healthier, More Inspired You. I’m so excited to join a pretty spectacular roster of amazing women who will be offering advice on all kinds of things, from stress relief and changing your mindset to finances and living your dream lifestyle. The best part? It’s free.

Here’s what I’ve been reading+enjoying this week:

  • Christy Coleman interviewed the lovely Spirit Demerson of
  • Whole Living is launching a 21-day detox plan that starts Jan. 3, and I’m seriously considering giving it a try. The only problem? I can’t imagine giving up my absolute favorite part of my day: my morning coffee. (Maybe I can fudge on that one little thing?!) Anyone out there want to try it with me?
  • The Green Beauty Guide shared a recipe for an active charcoal facial (doing it!) and a few DIY recipes for chapped lips.
  • At The Organic Authority, this story about how herbicides that make their way into our water supply are another cause of changing hormones in women. And you know what? I’m pretty pissed about this whole thing. Not just about the herbicides, but about how many different versions of this story I’ve read. Hormones are a powerful regulator in the human body, and when there are so many chemicals surrounding us that can change or manipulate them—from our cosmetics to the food we eat to the water we drink—it’s no wonder they have such a large impact on our bodies.

What have you read+enjoyed this week? —Aleigh

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