Een Iets Duurzamer Kraampakket

Giving birth in The Netherlands is totally different than in Colombia, where I am from. Starting with the fact that the pregnancy gets followed by a midwife, instead of a doctor. Another new thing for me is ‘kraamzorg’. A kraamzorg carer is a person that helps the midwife during the labor. After the baby is born, she will keep on visiting your house for a week to look after you and your baby and to teach you and your partner how to care for your newborn. With kraamzorg also comes a ‘kraampakket’. I needed to make sure that I would receive a kraampakket before the day of birth. A kraampakket is a maternity package that contains all the necessary products that the midwife and assistant will use when they take care of the mother and baby during delivery, birth and the first week after that. It is very common here in The Netherlands to give birth at home, and therefore the insurance gives you all the products of the kraampakket. You will need this in case you give birth at home.

Depending on which insurance you have, you will get the maternity package for free. Lucky for me, I didn’t get it for free. I say lucky because when I checked what the package contains, most of the products from the insurance are not eco-friendly or organic. After doing some research, I decided to gather all the products myself so they would be a little bit more natural and organic. Next to the kraampakket I added some extra products for the baby that I will need. Those things are not necessarily for the giving birth process, but to use afterward. Here are the products I gathered:

Duurzaame kraampakket

This package contains:

  • Sanitary pads from the brand Yoni made of 100% organic cotton. It has no plastics or perfumes.
  • Cotton pads made of 100% organic cotton.
  • Large mats made of 100% ecological filling and they are biodegradable. These mats are to protect the matress before and after giving birth.
  • Belly button lace made of 100% cotton from the brand Nobamed. This lace is an alternative to the plastic navel clip.
  • Sterile wound compresses from the brand Nobamed.
  • Washable post-partum slips from the brand Carriwell. These are to ensure that all the bandage down there does not shift and can be hygienically worn.
  • Diaper cream, nurturing cream and milky bad oil from the brand Naif. Naïf skincare products are vegan, cruelty-free and made from natural oils.
  • Organic cold-pressed shea butter from the brand Zoya Goes Pretty. This product is to prevent cracked nipples.
  • Washing nuts and liquid from Seepje. This detergent is made from nuts that contain a natural form of soap called saponin. The natural soap gets released with the contact of water. Seepje is hypoallergenic and chemical free. The liquid version of Seepje is made from powdered nuts. The packaging is made from old milk bottles from England.
  • Organic alcohol.
  • Organic healing wool from the brand Popolini. This wool is to repair damaged skin for the baby and the mother.
  • Organic and chemical-free diapers and wipes from LILLYDOO. These products are chemical-free. The wipes are compostable. (Note: I am planning to use disposable diapers during the first days or weeks. After that I will use washable cloth diapers.)
  • Organic and fairtrade baby castille soap and liquid soap from the brand Dr. Bronner via biggreensmile.com. These soaps are made from extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil and pure essential oils. There are no perfumes or other additives so that’s good for sensitive skin.

With Love,
Alisson

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SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I USE FROM THE KITCHEN

The largest organ in our body is the skin. 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 gets absorbed through the skin’s pores right into the bloodstream. These products cause a range of negative long-term health effects. Skin sensitivity, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, cancer… 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.
Last year I became more aware of the beauty products I use and decided to start using more natural ones. I even started making some of them myself.

Today I share with you the products I use for my face:

Argan oil: As a makeup remover and moisturizer. I first wet a reusable makeup pad, then put some drops of the argan oil and then I rub it in my face. It leaves my skin clean from makeup and at the same time it moistures it.

Apple cider vinegar: As a cleanser and toner. I dilute it with water and rub it on my face after I removed my make up.

Baking soda: Once per month as a deep cleanser mask. Baking soda is a good exfoliating agent that helps to remove dead cells. It also balances the pH level of the skin and it has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. To make the mask I mix one tablespoon of baking soda with some drops of fresh lemon juice, just enough to make a paste. Then I add a couple of drops of wether argan or almond oil. I apply the paste to my face and let it for one minute, then I rub it off using my fingers and lukewarm water.

Coffee grounds: As a daily body scrub. I make it myself by mixing one cup of coffee grounds, one cup of organic sugar, 1/2 cup organic coconut oil and some drops of vanilla essential oil. Coffee and coconut oil are rich in antioxidants, which are very beneficial for the skin. I use it on my face and on my body.

Papaya and sugar face mask from Apsara Skin Care: Once per week as an exfoliator. This facial mask is made with natural ayurvedic ingredients. It has papaya extract, turmeric, and raw sugar which gently loosen dead skin cells so that they can be easily washed off.

Sun safe from The Ohm Collection: As sunscreen. I use it in the summer and for example when I go to Colombia (where I come from). The ingredients are certified organic and from natural essential oils.

 

Skin care products
These are the skincare products I use for my face. The chariTea bottle is where I store the vinegar.

 

Next week, I´ll be sharing the products I use for my hair. Stay tuned!

With Love,
Alisson

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THE TRUTH ABOUT NAIL POLISH

Let´s be honest, do you read the ingredients of the cosmetics you use? And do you know what are those ingredients? Well, I never cared. Why would I? I grew up using creams, shampoos, make-up and my favorite: nail polish. I was never aware of the ingredients until I started to walk this conscious path of mine. I do my best to stay away from animal products in my food, and now I am doing the same to stay away from cosmetics that have animal ingredients in it or has  been tested on animals. One day, out of curiosity, I took a nail polish bottle and I was surprised that I actually did not know any of these ingredients. While doing research I found out that some of the bottles containes toxic ingredients like:

-Toluene: a solvent, degreases the skin and may lead to inflammation.
-Dibutyl phthalate and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP): a plasticizer.
-Formaldehyde- resin: a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
-Colophonium: a sticky flammable substance.
-Paraben: a chemical preservatives. It´s not proven to be bad, but also not proven to be totally ok to use it on a regular basis.
-Xylol: a solvent. May be a health hazard when absorbed through the skin and the respiratory tract.
-Acetone: a chemical solvent.
-Silicone: Recognize by the names that end in -cone or -siloxane.

Besides, some of the bottles contains animal-derived ingredients. Why on earth would there be animal-derived substances in your nail polish?! Still, I´m in shock. Animal-derived ingredients that can be found in nail polish are:

-Guanine: It might be listed as ‘pearl essence’. But guanine is derived from fish scales and acids that are located in animal tissue. You’re most likely to find it in products that have a shimmery, pearly effect. Or in glitter polish colors.
-Carmine: Red hues of nail polish are a warning sign, they often contain carmine. By boiling and crushing beetles, the red color is created and that’s what gives the color.
-Oleic Acid: Comes from the hard fat found at the animal’s kidneys, stomach, and other organs. In cosmetics, oleic acid can be used to thicken a solution.

One of my new goals is to find as much as possible animal-friendly products and add them to my daily basis. While searching for a vegan and non-toxic brand,  I found the German brand OZN. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional nail polishes.

animal friendly nail polish

The nail polish looks just like a regular one. Though the smell is less strong and the covering is as good as a normal one. The paint dries very fast. When I used the color pink, I needed two coats, whereas the color red and black only needed one. The biggest surprise for me was the nail polish remover. It is odorless! And after I used it I felt my nails rather soft and oily than dry.

 

 

 

OZN Colors
Look at all these colors!

 

As you see above, OZN has a wide color palette. A bottle costs 14,90€.
You can shop them online HERE or at The Beauty Editor in Amsterdam at the Eerste Van der Helstraat 1 A25

Veganistisch nailpolish
Hello, non-toxic nail polish. You are here to stay 🙂

I hope you enjoy this post and please let me know in the comments below if you know of any other vegan, cruelty-free and less toxic nail polish brands.

With love,

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I WHITENED MY TEETH WITH BLACK POWDER

I am always in search of original – and all natural products. By coincidence this time, I found a product that helps whiten teeth. Let me introduce to you: CHARWHITE. This is an all natural teeth whitener that brightens and polishes teeth and it remineralizes and strengthens the enamel. For me, it is important to have a clean and white smile. I have used non-natural whitening stripes, but my teeth were left very sensitive then. So I’m happy that I have found a natural whitener. My teeth are not very yellow, but I drink a lot of tea and coffee which stains my teeth with the time. Anyway, they were less shiny and white than before.

I tried CHARWHITE for one month.

Before using chairwhite
Before using CHARWHITE
As you can see, my teeth are not very yellow, but they weren’t really white neither.

 

My first week had begun and I didn´t see a crazy difference. I was using it once per day, mostly at night and I kept on drinking coffee and tea as usual.

 

By the second week, I started to see the change. My teeth started to look shinier and cleaner.

 

 

By the third and fourth week, my teeth started to look whiter and shinier. I am very happy with the result.

How to use it:

How to use natural teeth whitener

  1. Dip a clean and wet toothbrush into CHARWHITE
  2. Brush in small, gentle circles for two minutes
  3. Keep your lips closed while brushing
  4. Spit carefully and rinse very well
  5. Use CHARWHITE daily andNote: do not inhale the powder

 

In my experience, the process with natural products takes a little bit longer than with harsh chemicals. It took me 8 to 10 days to see results. And since then, my teeth got only better. If you want to start using it, please remember that it might be different for everyone. Just be consistent and patient.
Currently, I use CHARWHITE at least three times per week. I encourage you to give it a try and experience with this black magic powder. You can buy it for €35,- HERE

Before & After:

 

CHARWHITE is made in Germany with high quality – and safe ingredients for the everyday use. The ingredients are activated coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic orange peel powder, organic peppermint powder, limonene (from natural substances). Content: 50 ml averages 150 uses.

Get that gorgeous smile with the power of all natural ingredients today.

With Love,

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