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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Alisson

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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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Alisson

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13 Experience Gifts To Give On Mother’s Day

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In my opinion mother’s every day of the year. But because we live in a consumerist world, this day has been claimed to be mothers day by the commerce industry. With advertisings everywhere about mothers day, it is hard not to think of it and give nothing. If you want to make this Mother’s day a green one, try to give an experience instead of a physical thing. The research proves it, experiences makes you happier than things. I have gathered some ideas for you. Here they are:

High-tea
Invite your mom, or mom friends to spend a couple of hours with you while eating the tastiest cakes, scones, and cookies.

Brunch
If the person you are giving the gift is not a sweets lover, going for brunch is a better option than high-tea. This gift is a great option to catch up and spend time together. My favorite brunch place in the city I live in is Het Lokaal.

Museum tickets for two
Get cultural and go with your mom to a museum.

Movie tickets for two
Is there a new movie coming out? Go watch it with your mom or mom friends. At the cinemas, you can grab some candy, popcorn and invite the drinks.

Yoga/Dance/Sport passes for a month
Depending on the interests of your mama, you can give a monthly pass to their favorite activity. It can be yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, hip hop, etc.

Spa day for two
Spend the day with mom relaxing in the sauna. Or chilling in the swimming pool.

Facial
A great gift to pamper someone you love. My favorite beauty salon is Frank and Olive.

Cooking classes
Take a class with your mom and learn how to cook a different type of cuisine.

Music try-out lessons
Has your mom always mention how much she would like to learn how to play the violin? or the piano? Surprise her with a month of classes. Book the best piano teacher in Amersfoort here.

Photoshoot
Give your mom pictures she would like to hang in the living rooms. Starting at €70 you can book this talented photographer.

A food subscription box for a week
Give your mom well-deserved time off from going grocery shopping by giving her a meal box. Try for example the vegan box.

Beauty workshop
Learn with your mother how to make your own makeup. O maybe you prefer to learn to mix your own perfum? Check the difeerent DIY workshops you can go to in Amsterdam here.

Let her sleep in
This one is for the partners. Especially for those with little kids. The best mother’s day gift? SLEEP IN. Every mom it’s been desperately craving a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Grab her a lavender eye pillow to make it extra relaxing.

With Love,
Alisson

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A Letter To Soon-To-Be Moms

It’s ok…

It’s ok to feel nervous and anxious about giving birth,
It’s ok to want to have a natural birth, it’s ok if you prefer a c-section,
It’s ok to want to get pain reliefs during birth, it’s ok if you don’t,
It’s ok if you despair and lose control, it’s ok if you are zen,

It’s ok to want to give breastmilk, it’s ok if you prefer formula,

It’s ok to quit breastfeeding after 2 weeks, it’s ok to continue breastfeeding after 2 years,
It’s ok if you are too tired to take care of your newborn, it’s ok if you are energetic,
It’s ok to have your newborn attached to your breasts for hours,
It’s ok. your breast milk is ok. Your baby is ok. You might be experiencing your first growth spurt,

It’s ok to co-sleep with your baby for one day, it’s ok to still do it after 5 years,

It’s ok to feel insecure, it’s ok if you don’t,
It’s ok to feel exhausted, it’s ok if you feel fresh as a daisy,
It’s ok to be jealous of your partner, it’s ok to ask him for help,
It’s ok to feel hungry all the time, it’s ok to eat all the time,
It’s ok if your clothes don’t fit, it’s ok if they do,

It’s ok to lose the pregnancy weight in two weeks, it’s ok if you lose it in two years,
It’s ok if you never lose the pregnancy weight,
It’s ok if you don’t like your new body, it’s ok to be kind to your new body.

It’s ok to hold your baby all day long,
It’s ok for your baby to be clingy, it’s ok if you enjoy it,
It’s ok if you get tired and ask for help,
It’s ok to sleep-train your baby, it’s ok if your baby sleeps only on top of you,

In the motherhood road, everything is not only ok, but it’s normal. If you think and feel that what you are doing is the best for your baby and for you, then you are doing the right thing.

You can do this, I believe in you.

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A peek into my baby’s closet

With Love,
Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Röhnisch

Spring is my favorite season to go back to working out regularly. With the sunny weather and the trees blooming everywhere, I find the motivation to get into my sports clothes and out of the door. Recently, I discovered the sustainable Danish brand ‘Röhnisch’ at the webshop http://www.watmooi.nl

The Swedish brand Röhnisch makes stylish, trendy and comfortable sportswear for women. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand. For their pieces, they use recycled materials. All clothing is made in factories where people work under fair conditions. There is a “Code of Conduct” that all their suppliers must adhere to. This includes agreements on, among other things, exploitation, child labor, discrimination, and the environment.

The brand works together with the organization “Hand in hand”. This organization is working in a world without poverty and child labor. In India, the organizations work together to help women start their own businesses. They do this by sharing knowledge about business operations, but also by offering “microfinance”. Röhnisch has also been a partner of Pink Ribbon since 2014 and has sports bras in their collection that are suitable for women with prostheses.

From the Röhnisch collection of www.watmooi.nl, I got the flattering dots tights and sports bra. Here are some pictures:

What I´m wearing:
Sports bra and tights // Röhnisch via www.watmooi.nl
Jacket // Second-hand
Bottle // Organic Basics
Shoes // Ehtletic

Use the code ‘RH19’ to get 20% discount on the whole Röhnisch collection at www.watmooi.nl

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Alisson

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Tutu Outfit Ideas

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Doing a closet detox is a good way of realizing how much clothes we have, how many of them we like and how many of them we simply don’t wear. One of my friends was detoxing her closet and she found a light blue tutu skirt that she only wore once and never again. She gave it to me and I started to find out how to wear it.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the skirt in different outfits.

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Pictures by Celia Alma from  @thelightboxtales

What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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What I´m wearing:
Body and Jacket // Second-hand from the market
Skirt // Second-hand from a friend the market
Shoes // The Next Closet

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Pictures by Marisa Elisa Photography

What I´m wearing:
T-shirt and skirt // Second-hand from a friend
Jacket and Bag // Vintage shop

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Alisson

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Beige Coat Outfit

Sustainable Outfit Of The Week

Going to the second-hand market has become part of my life. During the winter times, the market is once per month. And from the spring on, it’s twice per month. Normally, when I go to the market I don’t spend much time on it. I walk through it and only check a market stall if I see potential in it. One of the days that I went to the market, I found a beige coat. It was only €2. I bought it without fitting. I washed it first and then realized how great of a coat it is. I can combine it with a lot of items from my closet.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I style the coat. The pictures were made by the photographer Celia Alma from @thelightboxtales

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What I´m wearing:
Body, pants, coat // Second-hand from the market
Shoes // Ecorebell shoes made from hemp material
Bag // Vintage

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Alisson

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Documentaries To Learn More About The Environment On This Earth Day

There is no secret anymore that climate change is real. The effects of human impact on the planet are already visible with the melting of ice sheets, increased CO2 in the atmosphere, the potential of megafauna extinction, and massive garbage patches floating in our oceans. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

But what can we do about this? I have gathered my favorite documentaries for you to learn more about the environment. Maybe some of these movies can help us to get inspired and find the answers.

More than honey (2013)
Beekeepers, scientists, and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society.

A plastic ocean (2013)
Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.

Cowspiracy (2014)
Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

The true cost (2015)
This shocking documentary is must-see for everyone. We all wear clothes. This sheds light on the real story behind the fast fashion industry, the true cost of fashion. Uncovering dirty secrets and encouraging positive change in society’s behavior.

Sustainable (2016)
Farmer Marty Travis watches his land and community fall victim to the pressures of agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

Before the flood (2016)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists, and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

Chasing coral (2017)
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers, and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

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