Natural Skin Care Products From Evolve Beauty

Since I decided to only use natural and organic skin care products, I have been testing and trying out new products. This time, I want to show you the latest brand that I discovered: ‘Evolve Beauty’.

The skin care products of Evolve Beauty are handmade at their own studio in Hertfordshire, England. They produce only in small batches to ensure the freshness of the antioxidants in the natural oils, butter, and extracts. All the products are vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. From their products, I was gifted the lip treat, rainforest rescue blemish serum, true balance lotion, and the African orange aromatic lotion.

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Lip Treat

This lip balm is made from organic shea and cocoa butter. It is fragranced with essential oil of orange. The balm feels soft to the touch, has a light yellow color and the smell is very light. As soon as I put on some lip balm on my lips, I feel that my lips are been hydrated. Especially when my lips are very dry.  The balm feels soft and it doesn’t have any taste.  Besides my lips, I use the balm to nourish my nails.
Good to know: Orange Essential Oil is shown to promote the production of collagen as well as increase the blood flow to the skin. The sparkling effervescent aroma of Blood Oranges quenches the nerves, relaxes the spirit and evokes cheer.

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Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum

This serum is made from Acai and Copaiba and willow bark (a natural source of salicylic acid). The serum is light in texture and has a delicate smell. I use it every morning before my usual moisturizer and at nights after I wash my face. Since I got my period after my pregnancy, my skin on my face has been blemish-prone. When I started using the rainforest serum I noticed a visible improvement in my skin.
Good to know: Amazonian blend of Acai and Copaiba is proven to decrease sebum production and reduce the appearance of blemishes and open pores, leaving the skin clear, calm and matte.

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True Balance Lotion

This lotion is made from ginger, moringa, avocado extract, and hyaluronic acid. The lotion is great for combination skin. I use it every morning and feel my skin hydrated the whole day. The smell is soft and the color is light yellow.
Good to know: African Moringa peptides protect skin cells from pollution and purify the skin.

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African Orange Aromatic Lotion

This lotion is made from organic shea butter and aloe vera. It is fragranced with blood orange, vanilla, and cedarwood. The lotion is silky and very moisturizing. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated for a long time. The smell is amazing. A combination of spicy and citrus. The lotion is one of my favorite products of Evolve Beauty.
Good to know: Cedarwood Essential Oil has an earthy aroma that is soothing and grounding. It was used by the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Tibetans

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Have you tried a product of the brand Evolve Beauty before?
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Coconut Bowls From Plant Ahead

Today I want to show you a recent sustainable discovery: A coconut bowl from the brand Plant Ahead. Coconuts grow in more than 90 countries around the world. Every year, millions of coconuts are eaten or used via processed coconut oil and coconut milk. In the production process, the coconut shells are discarded and burned as a waste product.

When the founders of Plant Ahead learned about this problem, they came up to a solution and designed a coconut bowl. Together with their partners in Vietnam, they collect wasted coconut shells and give them a new life. The bowls are 100% plant-based and ethically made in Vietnam by local artisans.

From ZustainaBox I was happy to receive a ‘Plant Ahead‘ coconut bowl. The bowl is perfect to serve cold breakfast, salad, and even chips.

ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. At the moment they are still busy developing and filling the first boxes, but you can already sign up. Use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

The coconut bowl is a little taste of what you can expect from the box. As ZustainaBox says: “Green is no longer for hippies. An eco lifestyle is hip.” ZustainaBox makes it accessible, inexpensive and super surprising because you never know which goodies will be in the next box!

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Blazer Outfit Ideas For Everyone

Blazers are a great solution for when the weather is between hot and cold. It’s a great ‘in-between’ jacket. Besides, blazers are a perfect way to upgrade a simple outfit and keep you warm at the same time. I have gathered my favorite styles for you to check. Let me know which one is your favorite.

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Solid Natural Deodorant From Lamazuna

Since I started my sustainable journey, I have tried a lot of different brands of natural and organic deodorant. I haven’t found a favorite deodorant so far, I keep on searching and showing you the results. Today I want to show you my recent discovery, the solid deodorant from the French brand Lamazuna.

The deodorant comes in a block. It is handmade with natural and organically certified ingredients. It looks very small, but I have been told that it may last around 3 months. To use the deodorant you have to make it first wet and then you can apply it under your armpits. The deodorant contains essential oils of Indian geranium, which naturally has an anti-bacterial effect. Perspiration still works as usual but it becomes completely odorless.

This solid deodorant, I got from the ZustainaBox. If you still don’t know, ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. At the moment they are still busy developing and filling the first boxes, but you can already sign up. Use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.

The solid deodorant is a little taste of what you can expect from the box. As ZustainaBox says: “Green is no longer for hippies. An eco lifestyle is hip.” ZustainaBox makes it accessible, inexpensive and super surprising because you never know which goodies will be in the next box!

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Sustainable Brand: ARMEDANGELS

The German brand ARMEDANGELS makes stylish, trendy and ethical clothes for women and for men. Sustainability, fair trade, ethical practices, and social work are at the core of the brand. For their pieces, they use organic natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, and linen. And they also use semi-synthetics fabrics such as Lenzing, Tencel, Lyocell and recycled plastic. All clothing is made in fair trade factories where people work under fair conditions. The brand works together with three organizations: Ratham, Trinkwasserwald, and Viva con Agua. ARMEDANGELS donate from their profits from every article of clothing sold.

The brand is doing well in terms of changing the perception of eco-friendly clothing being “hippy-like” and not fashionable to it being perceived as cool and stylish.

From the ARMEDANGELS collection of www.watmooi.nl, I got the denim skirt. Here are some pictures:

What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Second-hand
Skirt // ARMEDANGELS via www.watmooi.nl
Shoes // Ehtletic
Bag // Bought in Thailand years ago

What I´m wearing:
T-shirt // Quotes Me
Blazer// Second-hand
Skirt // ARMEDANGELS via www.watmooi.nl
Shoes // Ethletic

Use the code ‘Alisson19’ to get 20% discount on the whole shop at www.watmooi.nl

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Summer Dresses Outfit Ideas

Flower dresses are a style that never goes out of fashion. The print is perfect from the late spring until the end of the summer. You can combine it with sneakers, boots, flats or any other shoes you have in your closet. Dresses are very versatile. I have gathered some of my favorite styles for you today. Let me know which one is your favorite.

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What I´m wearing:
Dress // Second-hand from my sister
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Martens
Purse // Vintage

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8 Reasons To Choose Natural And Organic Skin Care Products

The skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs most of what it comes in contact with. The majority of store-bought beauty products have artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives and stabilizers that get absorbed through the skin’s pores right into the bloodstream. These products can cause a range of negative long-term health effects. Skin sensitivity, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances… the list of side effects and reactions to these chemical ingredients is long and scary. Not to mention the negative impact the production and the waste of these products have on the environment.

Today I am sharing with you 8 reasons why to start switching to green skin care:

Pure Ingredients

Natural and organic skin care products are made from clean and pure ingredients. The ingredients come mostly from flowers, plants, fruits, and seeds extracts.

Chemical-Free

Natural and organic skin care products are free from SLS, parabens, petroleum-derived products, and other synthetic ingredients.

Fewer Allergies

By using natural cosmetics, you reduce the chances of having skin irritations. Products with chemicals and other synthetic ingredients in them such as Benzoyl Peroxide often leave skin feeling dry, red and sore.

Our Ancestors

Before the ‘safe’ chemicals were discovered people were putting natural ingredients in their skin. Many ingredients that are included in modern organic skincare products have been used for centuries, developed from ancient remedies that have been known for their incredible benefits for the skin.

Cruelty-Free

Most of the natural and organic skin care products are cruelty-free. This means that the products are not tested on animals. Not all cosmetics are vegan. Some brands use bee wax and honey. Check the labels on the packaging for more information.

Kinder To The Environment

Skincare products that contain chemicals can have a very damaging impact on the environment. The manufacturing of chemicals for skin care products puts those chemicals, and many more, into the air and water.

Cheaper On The Long Term

Organic and natural skincare products are very cost effective when compared to their non-natural alternatives. Especially as the high quality of the ingredients means you can use less. And in the end, the product will last longer.

Regular skin care products may be cheaper, but you end up needing to use a lot of them. Putting layer after layer of moisturizer on as your skin still feels dry. Therefore having to buy more of it, and actually costing you more in the long run.

No Plastic Soup

Natural cosmetics don’t have microplastics.

Since I started reading about the side effects of the chemical ingredients on regular beauty products I rather not risk a chance for a health problem and I only use organic and natural beauty products. I buy them at nature shops like Holland & Barret or Ekoplaza.

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Check my natural and organic skin care favorite products here. Do you use only natural and organic products as well? Let me know on the comments below.

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White T-Shirt Outfit Ideas

A basic white t-shirt is my favorite item to wear during the summer. It is classic, effortless, timeless and perfect for all kind of occasions. It can be wear as an alternative to a blouse with a suit, tucked in into a high-waisted skirt, with similar white jeans, with a dungaree, with shorts, for the beach, for a dinner. A white t-shirt is a summer essential. I have gathered my favorite white t-shirt outfits for you to get inspired.

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Alchemist: Sustainable Dutch Brand

Last year I discovered the brand Alchemist. Scrolling down the sustainable webshop http://www.watmooi.nl I found the new items added from the Dutch brand. On this post I am going to show you how I style my favorite t-shirt from their summer collection.

But first, a little information about this conscious brand. Alchemist is a high-end fashion brand that makes clothing from sustainable fabrics. The brand was founded by the Dutch designer Caroline Mewe. She is based in Amsterdam. For her collections, she combines influences from her childhood in nature with the inspiration she draws from the city.

Fair and sustainable fashion is at the core of the brand. For the brand, is important to know in which countries, by which people and under what conditions the clothes of Alchemist are been made. The team visits their producers at least once a year, to monitor the conditions on site. The producers have a certificate for social-ethical business practices. Alchemist has signed the International Sustainable Clothing and Textile Covenant and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. As a result, they are certain that the factories with which they work are controlled and that the workers work under good conditions.

Alchemist produces two collections per year, always paying close attention to the fact that the designs can easily be combined with earlier collections. Their quality requirements are high because what is well made will last a long time.

On these series of pictures, I am wearing the pink t-shirt named ‘Barda’. The pictures were taken by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales.

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What I´m wearing:
T-shirt // Alchemist via www.watmooi.nl
Jeans // Second-hand
Blazer // Second-hand
Shoes // Vegan Dr. Martens

Use my code ‘AlCH19’ to get a 20% discount on the whole collection of Alchemist at www.watmooi.nl

With Love,
Alisson

Ted Talks By Fierce Mothers

Mothers have so many roles: nurturer, provider, disciplinarian, confidant, mentor, friend, partner, protector. The following talks demonstrate all of the above.

Responsible parenting: Create memories, not expectations – Austeja Landsbergiene
We all are familiar with expectations. Expectations laid on us once to succeed in life. And without noticing we transfer all these expectations on our children. But do high expectations help our children to succeed in life?

Improving early child development with words – Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is leveraging the simple practice of talking to babies and toddlers to nourish their brains and set them up for better performance in school and life.

How to raise successful kids without over-parenting -Julie Lythcott-Haims
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping…

Why moms are miserable – Sheryl Ziegler
Sheryl Ziegler, Doctor of Psychology, shares what mothers need in their lives in order to experience happiness and help prevent loneliness and depression. The power of social connection and friendships will be explored as a key component to a mother’s well being and quality of life.

A new way to think about the transition to motherhood – Alexander Sacks
When a baby is born, so is a mother, but the natural (and sometimes unsteady) process of transition to motherhood is often silenced by shame or misdiagnosed as postpartum depression.

Happy mother’s day!
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