Benefits of Coconut Oil: My Experience

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Today I thought I’d share some of the many benefits of using beautiful, organic coconut oil. Now, if you’re like me and you’re obsessed with anything coconut, you will absolutely love this product. I cannot go a day without using coconut oil in my routine, as it is so multi purpose. If you really want to get the full health benefits of coconut oil, you must get cold pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil. I swear by Niulife Coconut Oil that I found at a health food shop and can also be ordered online here. What I love about this brand is that this coconut oil is certified fair trade, certified organic, unrefined, vegan, non gmo, and much more!

Can we just talk about the delicious smell of this coconut oil…it’s absolutely divine! A must have for any coconut lover. The size may seem small, and you can order larger sizes, but in my experience I take around a full year to use up this whole jar and would rather have a smaller size so that I can use it all up before it expires (even though it does have a long shelf life). Keep in mind, that in warmer temperatures, the oil will liquify, and in cooler months, it will become a pure white solid.

Coconut oil is known to be antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal, serving many health benefits. Coconut oil is also the key ingredient in one of my favourite makeup lines, RMS Beauty!

I’ll start off by listing the many benefits of using coconut oil below:

-Healthy cooking oil

-Daily health/energy supplement

-Luscious body/hair oil

-Luxurious moisturiser and massage oil

-Make-up remover

-Baby oil: skin, rashes, etc

-Supports your immune system

-Keeps skin youthful, smooth and healthy

….and the list goes on!

My Experience:

Moisturiser: I’ve heard that using coconut oil as a face moisturiser either breaks people out or keeps their skin clear. Unfortunately, my skin type does clog up when using heavy oils, so I don’t use coconut oil on my face. However, it does make a fantastic lip balm for dry, cracked lips! I also suffered from bug bites all over my legs at one point and used only coconut oil everyday and they magically disappeared so quickly and without a trace left behind. It also soaks in really quick and helps to even out the skin tone. The smell of coconut also lingers on your skin afterwards, leaving it baby soft. I do agree that coconut oil is fantastic for any irritation, bites, and rashes. On this note, it is also fantastic for calming down razor burn and getting rid of those nasty bumps.

Oil Pulling: I also have started to get into oil pulling (swishing oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes), which you can read up on about all the health benefits. I mainly wanted to do this to whiten my teeth and keep my mouth clean, and I do notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth and after one use I notice the enamel on my front teeth to look significantly better!

Overall, if you’re looking for an all purpose product that can offer you several health and beauty benefits and doesn’t cost you much, I would highly recommend using certified organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. You won’t regret it!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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Benefits of Rooibos Tea: My Experience

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Hello Beauties!

If you’re anything like me and you are a tea-a-holic, I’m always on the look out for the next holy grail tea. I think I may have found it! Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is a wonderful bright red medicinal, herbal beverage that is obtained from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant, native to South Africa. Rooibos tea is actually considered a herb, and not a true tea.

The taste is very unique and hard to describe…it’s almost nutty. It’s nothing like I’ve ever had before, so it took me some getting used to, but it’s something I crave now. It’s definitely a pleasant taste, not overpowering at all and pairs well with a lot of meals. You can add vanilla or honey to sweeten it. I’m someone who cannot stand tea that is too sweet or strong, and Rooibos tea fits perfectly for my taste buds! Make sure to get certified organic African red tea or Rooibos tea. You can get loose leaf or tea bags (which I prefer).

I’m someone who enjoys and craves tea all day long, and so I was looking for something that was caffeine free (unlike green tea) but had all the benefits, if not more, than my beloved green tea. Rooibos tea has quickly become my holy grail, go to tea. It has countless amazing health and skin benefits that I have personally experienced and thought I’d share with you.

So here is my experience…

I’m generally an anxious person who struggles to fall asleep at night. Because I was consuming so much green tea per day, my caffeine intake did not help with my insomnia. Rooibos tea is actually recommended by doctors to their patients who suffer from insomnia as it’s completely caffeine free and helps to reduct stress levels and relax the body before bed. Although I still do have some restless nights, overall a cup of this tea before bed does help to relax me significantly!

Although I am a healthy, young woman, I do suffer from weak bones, especially in the winter months as I don’t drink dairy milk. Rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. I can say that this is completely true. No longer, do I hear and feel my bones “creaking,” especially in my knees.

Another amazing benefit of drinking this miracle tea is for the skin and anti ageing. My skin is absolutely in love with this tea! I have dry, sensitive and breakout prone skin, so anything that will help to hydrate it is a winner for me. I’m always on the lookout for a tea that has skin and anti ageing benefits. It is recommended to drink around 6 cups per day to see any results, which is very true. My skin clears up quicker, is more hydrated and soft, breaks out less, texture and skin tone is more even, and the list goes on. It also provides my skin with a lovely, healthy glow, that almost blurs any lines on the face. This is due to the alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of Rooibos tea, which are very good for the skin. Not only are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, such as Glycolic Acid, naturally occurring in Rooibos tea, they are also found in skincare products, such as peels (the Environ Intensive Toner is amazing) to treat acne, wrinkles, and provide the skin with a healthy glow!

These are just the main benefits that I have experienced with this tea and would highly recommend everyone to try this beautiful tea and see the results for yourself! There are many articles online that have a comprehensive list of health and skin benefits that Rooibos tea provides. I hope this post helps anyone out there struggling with minor skin problems and love healing the skin naturally!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

Ilia Beauty “Pink Kashmir” Lipstick Review

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Today I will be reviewing the gorgeous certified organic lipstick from Ilia Beauty in the colour Pink Kashmir (limited edition). I decided to invest more in natural, certified organic lipsticks because whatever you put on your lips, you eventually end up ingesting. With all the chemicals that are contained within mainstream lipsticks, women ingest around 7 pounds of lipstick a year, which is very alarming! This is the second brand of certified organic lipstick I have yet tried, and I must say I am blown away by the quality. Not only are the ingredients of the highest quality, but it also performs as well, if not better than most mainstream lipsticks. What I love about Ilia beauty as a brand, is that they seamlessly blend organic with modern fashion, catering to the everyday, stylish woman.

Founder of Ilia beauty, Sasha Plavsic’s philosophy: 

“Somebody recently said to me, that because it’s organic it’s good for you, and it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work as well as the mainstream stuff – I intend to change their mind.”

Description on Website:

“Inspired by the colours of India and Pakistan, Pink Kashmir is ILIA’s standout shade for spring and summer.

ILIA Lipstick combines organic ingredients with contemporary colours that can be layered to create your own personalised shade.”

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Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.

*certified organic ingredients

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Colour: This colour is very vibrant, but not too neon on the lips. It’s a very cool toned pink, which unfortunately doesn’t go with my fair skin colour. With one swipe, the colour is very pigmented and perfect for the spring and summer.

Texture/Feel: This is by far the best texture of any organic lipstick I have yet to try (beside Bite Beauty). It is very creamy and conditioning to the lips. It never dries them out, yet sets to a nice semi-matte.

Size: 3.5 g

Price: AUD $34.00. Although this lipstick is quite pricey, it will last you forever! It’s so pigmented and you can’t beat the high quality ingredients contained within it.

Packaging: I love the aluminium packaging! It’s very sleek, modern, and high quality.

Longevity: Not only is there a generous amount of product, there is so much pigmentation, that this lipstick will last you forever. It also lasts quite a long time on my lips as it dries to a semi-matte. I would say it lasts for me around 6-7 hours, considering I lick my lips a lot!

Recommend? Definitely! Although I’m not a fan of the colour on me, the actual formulation is quite nice.

Rating: 3/5

Where to Buy: http://iamnaturalstore.com.au. Unfortunately this shade is limited edition and sold out at the moment! However you can keep looking back on the website or search for it on the Ilia Beauty website.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

“LAVANILA Pure Vanilla: The Healthy Deodorant” Review

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Today I will be reviewing the wonderful natural deodorant from LAVANILA, in the scent “Pure Vanilla.” I have been on the hunt for a good natural/healthy deodorant that didn’t contain any of the nasty and harsh chemicals found in common deodorants on the market, but yet performed as well as those deodorants. Why I chose to switch to a natural deodorant, was not only because of the amazing ingredients it contained, but also because i used to get eczema under my arms, which was very itchy and uncomfortable. After switching over, my eczema no longer exists! I don’t typically wear deodorant on a daily basis unless i’m going out for a while or if I know I will possibly be sweating a little, especially during the summer. I think it is especially important to think about converting to a more natural alternative to the conventional deodorants out there, because you do apply deodorant quite close to your chest area, and it’s also being absorbed in your sweat glands, possibly disrupting your hormones. Conventional deodorants do contain a lot of toxic and carcinogenic ingredients, such as aluminium, parabens (which is known to increase risk of breast cancer by off balancing your hormone levels), TEA, DEA, and much more. I strongly encourage all of you to make the healthy switch to more natural deodorants, as whatever you put on your skin, soaks in! The LAVANILA natural deodorant is a good choice for everyday use.

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Description on the website:

No Aluminium. No Paraben. 

Get superior odour protection with this 100% natural, freshly scented deodorant. Soothing essential oils blend with breakthrough beta-glucan technology for all-day protection that works! This dermatologist-recommended, clinically tested, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula does not contain Aluminium, Phthalates, Petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol or Mineral Oils.

FORMULATED WITHOUT
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

THE HEALTHY DIFFERENCE

Traditional Deodorants and Anti-perspirants can contain ingredients including aluminium, Propylene Glycol and Parabens that could potentially absorb into the delicate underarm area.

The Healthy Deodorant is a 100% healthy solution. Completely free of harsh chemicals, it’s a safe, effective and luxurious way to fight odour. Lavanila’s health-promoting formula is packed with anti-oxidants and a proprietary beta-glucan technology to not only fight odour, but nourish, strengthen, and soothe the skin.”

Ingredients (“Pure Vanilla Scent”): Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Stearate, Silica, Carrageenan (Red Seaweed), Stearyl Behenate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Inulin, Saccharomyces Ferment, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide, Yeast Beta Glucan, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) Root Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Botanical Fragrance.

Size: 57g. Because this deodorant is solid, it lasts for a long time and you do get a lot of product.

Scent: The LAVANILA healthy deodorant comes in 6 different scents. I chose the “pure vanilla” scent. The scent is described as; “Essential oils of fresh Madagascar vanilla and freesia are comforting and clean. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results. Notes: Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Freesia.” To me, this scent doesn’t smell like your traditional vanilla fragrance, however it is a very pleasant smell to me. This deodorant definitely smells very clean and fresh, almost like baby powder. The scent doesn’t smell obnoxious on you, once it soaks into your skin. Since trying the scent “Vanilla Coconut,” I have fallen in love with it.

Feel: This deodorant feels very silky soft and gentle on the skin. It is very conditioning, but not sticky, as it quickly absorbs into the skin.

Packaging: This is the first ever solid deodorant i have ever used, and i love it! The packaging twists the solid product up, which is great. However, after a while of use, it can take a while longer to twist up the product, which can get annoying. Also, some residue product can clump in the middle, however it is not that bothersome.

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Price: This natural deodorant is reasonably priced, considering how long it lasts and the ingredients, at AUD $24.95.

Longevity: I have had this product over a few months now and still have a lot left, however as I said, I don’t wear deodorant everyday. In terms of the scent and keeping body odour away, I would say it lasts pretty much the whole day. The trick is to rub in the product and don’t let it just sit there. When I do this I find I don’t smell as much. However, if you are doing intense exercise, I don’t think this product will not hold up on you. This would be perfect for everyday wear.

Recommend? Yes, I would definitely recommend this product for everyday use. Especially you are someone that suffers from eczema under the arms, this deodorant will condition and nurture that area. However, if you are someone that does a lot of physical activity and produces a lot of sweat and body odour, this may not hold up on you for as long as you’d like. However, I don’t think there is a deodorant out there that does that. For the amount of product you get, the price, the quality of natural, non-toxic ingredients, you can’t beat this deodorant!

Rating: 4/5

Where to Buy: http://iamnaturalstore.com.au

Love,

beautywithinandout

xx

 

The Power of Yoga

Yoga has now been a part of my life for a while. As an anxious person who deals with a lot of stress, I needed an outlet to relieve this, and yoga was it! I also wanted to practice yoga, because I heard that it not only relieves your stress, it can also reduce your androgen levels, helping to clear your skin. Yoga for me serves 3 purposes; to heal the body, mind and soul. It has honestly changed all three of these aspects in such a positive way. Yoga helps to tone and strengthen your body, making it more flexible and lean. It also helps to clear the mind, relieving any stress you may have. I also believe that it has significantly aided in keeping my complexion clear, mainly because of the stress relief. Through different poses, blood flow is rushed to your face, which helps in increasing circulation and improving your skin! Yoga also really helps to ground you, helping to clear your mind and think about what is really important in life. It’s a great way to escape the day and take some time to yourself. The routine in which I practice daily, only consists of three poses, only taking up around 5-10 minutes or less. Even if your day is busy, there is always time to make to yourself, and with only three simple poses, you can’t go wrong. If you also have trouble sleeping because of stress, this is a great routine to do before bed! Here is a link to the video, in which instructs you to the yoga routine I follow. Enjoy!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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