1. Remember how I recently decided to try making my own coconut water kefir?
My homemade batch turned out a little darker in color than the versions I’ve seen at the store (probably due to the fact that I used coconut sugar to prepare the kefir grains, which left them brown-ish), so I bought a bottle of Tonix brand for comparison purposes. The result? The taste is EXACTLY the same.
Unfortunately, I don’t care for the taste! It’s pretty powerful stuff. (The smell is even stronger… whew!) Luckily, I have a friend who is keen on trying it himself, so my kefir grains won’t go to waste.
2. I am on a serious anti-plastic kick.
Reusable shopping bags have already become a staple in our household, but up until now, we were still using too many plastic bags for freezer storage and produce.
Luckily, after receiving a set of reusable sandwich bags earlier this month, I’m hooked! I decided to order some more, for all of our snacking and storage needs, so this time I got a few bags with zippers at the top– perfect for quiet snacking on a plane or in the movie theater.
So long, plastic bags!
3. I’ve even upgraded my produce bags!
After reading this article, I was motivated to take my plastic reduction a step further. If you have a moment to check it out, you’ll be amazed at how quickly we can reduce the amount of chemicals in our body (they used BPA testing as an example) by simply reducing our exposure to plastic packaging and other common environmental toxins.
I ordered this set of organic cotton bags on Amazon, and they are perfect for all sizes of produce!
4. One of the most difficult things to upgrade? Makeup.
Up until now, I’ve had only mediocre luck with finding good, non-toxic makeup. I only buy makeup once or twice a year, so it’s taken me a while to try a new brand! Vapour Organics is the one I decided to try this time around.
What I love about this brand:
- It’s 100% natural. 70% organic ingredients and 30% minerals and vitamins.
- No chemicals. No parabens. No phalataes. No gluten. No animal testing. No nano particles. No irradiation.
It also feels like these products will last a while! I am particularly loving my new bronzer (in Mirage). I don’t like wearing much foundation on my face, so this gives me a nice sun-kissed color with an extra dose of moisture, for a healthy-looking glow! The lip gloss is also fantastic! I got the Hush color, and it’s a nice and neutral gloss that’s perfect for work or going out.
The only thing I’m not thrilled with is the eye shadow sticks– they seem to wear off pretty fast, and are challenging to blend. I’ll be on the lookout for a better powdered option in the future.
Reader Feedback: Have you made any non-toxic upgrades lately? Any other makeup brands you love?