It’s 2019, let’s get Snobby about Self Care! – Feature with Soap Snob

I was working at my former part time job when this lady walked in with a box of beautifully smelling soaps and I had to ask her about them. Turns out Monica Dickerson, who I now know as the Soap Snob, made the soap herself and was donating them to an event someone at the spa was hosting. As I am starting my journey of natural products and stepping up my bath and beauty regimens, I needed to know more! I told her I would love to sit down and chat with her and get to know her, Soap Snob, and her process of becoming an empowering entrepreneur. So we linked up to have coffee and from that day on, I was sold! I am a big fan of her, her products, and her process of building her business.

Meet Monica, The Soap Snob!

“It all started with an itch and an idea’ comes from her about me section on her website, www.soapsnob.com, and in a short statement explains her whole business. Monica is a scientist by trade who works for the Centers of Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and had skin conditions that many people battle on the daily, eczema and psoriasis. She tried many different ‘commercial’ soaps but even if they worked temporarily, a change in the season would deem them a waste of money. She decided to use her skills in research, her love for crafts, and add in her passion for science to create a formula that would not only help with her skin conditions, but in the end cure them.

Can you sufferers out there with eczema and psoriasis imagine a day without itching or scratching? 

She currently offers five different soaps including Cherry Almond, Lavender, Lemongrass, Deep Detox, and my favorite the O.M.G. which stands for Oatmeal Molasses and Goat Milk). She is expanding her offerings with Detox Masks, Toners, Scrubs, and Oils to add to her already amazing soap line. The best thing about her soaps are that they are safe to use from ‘face to toe’ as she says and does not contain harsh surfactants or sulfates that strip your body of the natural oils you need to stay vibrant.

Monica does so much more than soap though. She also has a passion for helping people. This past year for the start of winter, she gave out free bars of her signature O.M.G. soap to eczema sufferers to help them prepare and battle the cold and dry winter days. She is also a part of the Charge Up! Campaign which is a ‘nonprofit survivorship campaign that supports, educates, empowers, and celebrates men, women and youth who have fought against health, social, and economic concerns.’ You can read more about this campaign in their website www.chargeupcampaign.com. Soap Snob offers a three pack of their signature soaps for $30 and the proceeds of the sale goes directly to the Charge Up! Campaign. Purchase your three here and help out this campaign today.

So not only is Monica, the Soap Snob, beautiful inside and out, she works with her community to help eczema and psoriasis sufferers like herself, she has become a successful entrepreneur while still keeping a meaningful day job saving the Earth one day at a time, but she also has a passion on providing the best product she can.

Take a moment and check her out at www.soapsnob.com, Facebook or get at her in Instagram at @soapsnob and tell her the Modern Day Betty Sent you, you will not be let down!

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What is Microblading? – Feature with Geek the Brow

It seems like throughout the years eyebrows have changed a lot with the trends. They went from skinny lines to big and bushy to well defined to now, microbladed. But what is this somewhat new trend? Microblading by definition “is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine,” by elle.com. It is a tattoo of ‘hair like’ sweeps of color that are directly under your natural brow line, or around your brow line to enhance what you have to give you the effect of full, beautiful, ‘I woke up like this’ brows.Geek the Brow

I worked with Chachy Dee, owner of Geek the Brow located in Kennesaw, GA in the Phenix Salon Suites, to give you a deeper look into the process and outcome of microblading your eyebrows. The client who we are spotlighting, who actually happens to be Chachy’s mother, and my boyfriend’s sister, today had a tattoo (with an actual tattoo gun) already done in the past and thought that microblading would be a better option to enhance what she already has, but give a more natural look to her eyebrows with the strokes instead of flat pigment.

With microblading there are 7 steps to the process, the first of which is a consultation. Every person has different needs and wants when it comes to your brows. You may have an empty space in your brow that you always have to fill in, or your brows don’t really grow, so this is the time to talk with your microblading specialist (MS) to see what is the best overall application for you. This also give the MS the chance to identify which color will best suit your natural eyebrow color and give you a chance to fill out your paperwork. Remember, this is treated like a tattoo, so you need to be 18 to get it done.

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Next will be the numbing, Chachy Dee uses a 5% lidocaine cream applied directly onto the area where she will be microblading and then uses a plastic ‘saran wrap’ like material to lay over the brows. This helps heat up the area and makes the lidocaine cream more effective and work quickly. The lidocaine ensures that the pain is very minimal throughout the entire process.

IMG_0002Here you can see all the items necessary for the microblading process. You see the two different colors of pigment, in this situation she mixed two to match the client’s brows, you see the sanitary microblading tool in yellow, the lidocaine, her tattooing gloves, and other items to help with the process.

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Now for the actual blading portion of the process. Chachy Dee uses the microblading tool that is dipped in the ink in the little ring bowl on her finger, and starts to create natural looking hair like pigment streaks on the eyebrows. In this situation, she is using the already great shape of her brow, but building a more pronounced shape by increasing the size of the main portion of the brow and then extending the tail of the brow into a more point. Think about when you are using a brow pencil to fill in your brows, this is the same though process, but instead of adding color, she is adding strokes to mimic the look of real hairs there.

Once she has finished her strokes to build a flawless brow shape, she applies a heavy dose of pigment over the strokes and leaves it to dry. This helps ensure that the storkes absorb the pigment into the skin which then will last for a year plus after it heals properly. Once it dries, she will wipe away the pigment and reveal a beautiful shape. At first it will look very dark, since the pigment is directly revealed and not under healed skin. As the brows heal, the pigment will lighten and blend in naturally with the real brows.

If needed, after the initial reveal, Chachy Dee will look at the brows and see if there are any areas that need to be touched up, or if she needs to build the shape more. This is where an experienced Microblading Specialist is important. You want them to make sure that they are perfect since this lasts a year plus. Chachy Dee takes care with all of her clients and ensures they 100% love their brows when they leave her studio.

Happy CustomerAfter the microblading is complete, and you go home you need to make sure that you take care of your brows! read the instructions given to you after your appointment and stick to them. Chachy Dee and I have started to sell a Microblading Aftercare Roll On which is available below. It is a roller ball with a formula of moisturizing oils and essentials oils to help with healing.

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Microbladin FAQ from Chachy Dee

  • What is the purpose of microblading? – To either enhance of create eyebrows for a client with thin, unshaped, or non-existent brows
  • Does it hurt? – A numbing agent is used (lidocaine) to provide the best level of comfort possible. Pain is minimal
  • How long does it last? – Up to 1 year, but in some cases it can last up to three
  • Who is it for? – Everyone can benefit from microblading. Whether you’re just wanting to fill on sparce area  or would like a whole brow created, for example: patients undergoing chemotherapy or battling alopecia
  • How much is it? – $325
  • What is included? – A consultation, your initial session, and a 4 week touch up to fine tune the shape
  • How can I book my appointment? http://fb.com/geekthebrow/book OR (786) 490-6190

Here are a few other before and afters. Go check out Chachy Dee’s Business IG page here.

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Take a Bite out of Unnatural Toothpaste – Or just use all natural Bite toothpaste bits, either way!

BITEA few weeks back I fell upon this advertisement on Instagram for an all natural alternative to toothpaste that came in small ‘toothpaste bits’ as they called it, and didn’t come in a tube. So of course I continued to watch and saw that they are not only an all natural company, but trying to limit their carbon footprint and working on cutting down the overall plastic waste for their consumers, so clearly now I am intrigued! I clicked on the ad that brought me to their website and I ordered right away.

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Now it did take a while for the product to get to my door, but they did leave a disclaimer on their website to warn you that this would happen. They are a small company, and their demand has taken a turn for greatness, which in turn makes the production a little slower than they expected. But let me tell you, it is worth the wait! The customer service team is also very nice, which helps out the cause as well. Nothing worse than having a delayed ship date because a product is back ordered AND the customer service team is terrible! That’s a recipe for disaster.

When the product finally came to the house, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a small glass bottle, that you can re-use with the refills they send out in the monthly subscription. When you order you either choose this bottle or the subscription plan, I have inquired and waiting for a response, to see if you can only but the re-fills, since I bought the single bottle initially to try and not the 6 month plan. The cute little bottle was full of tiny ‘toothpaste bits’ a little smaller than the size of a sixlet, some may remember the small choclately candy you ate as a child.

7589871984_IMG_0104As you see pictured here, I ordered the Mint Charcoal version. They also have just Mint.

Now by no way am I an expert on the following, but I did some googling and was happy with what I found. The ingredients are pretty awesome too. Xylitol and Erythritol, which are natural sweeteners that can be found in some fruits and vegetables is combined with Dicalcium phosphate, which is used to make it into a tablet form, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, which I read is a foaming agent so I believe this is what helps the tablets foam (see pictures below), Kaolin, which is a natural clay mineral, (baking soda) which has been used forever to help clean and whiten teeth naturally, Organic mint flavor, Magnesium Stearate  and Silicon dioxide, which helps to clean the teeth. So in all the ingredients may look scary, but they are all natural ingredients that work together to make sure you have a clean and healthy mouth!

Per the Bite FAQ sheet the ingredients are listed below for both types:

Mint : Xylitol · Erythritol · Dicalcium phosphate · Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate · Kaolin · Sodium Bicarbonate · Organic Mint Flavor · Magnesium Stearate (Vegan) · Silicon Dioxide
Mint Charcoal :   Xylitol · Erythritol · Dicalcium phosphate · Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate · Kaolin · Charcoal  · Sodium Bicarbonate · Organic Mint Flavor · Magnesium Stearate (Vegan) · Silicon Dioxide

Now back to testing the product!
I popped in a ‘bit’ and chewed, and trust me at first I was kind of weirded out, it was softer than I expected, kind of gritty, crumbled right away, and to myself I thought ‘there is no way that this will act like a toothpaste’. I put my toothbrush under the water so it was wet as instructed by the website and also habit for brushing teeth and just started to brush. Low and behold it foamed! It foamed a lot, and it tasted slightly sweet and minty. I did my normal minute and a half/two minutes and spit it out, rinsed, and was happy. I actually loved using it.

I now use the product daily, but I am sad that their website currently says they are sold out. Hopefully they will get back to selling it QUICK or I will have to go back to regular toothpaste, and I don’t know how I will cope. (EDIT: They are back to selling again, run now to get their products while they last)
Since you can’t buy this product today, let’s chat real quick about other ways you can do your part to help save the environment! Here are a four things you can do or buy TODAY, to start you on a path of making more conscious efforts to lessen your impact on the environment and begin to take out the unnatural chemicals from your teeth cleaning regimen:
  1. Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush – Charcoal is all the rave right now because it is a natural teeth whitener, but pared with this biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, it makes for an excellent option for a environmentally friendly toothbrush. The plastic ones, unfortunately like the one I am using today, is not biodegradable and will probably sit in a landfill somewhere for the rest of my life and my future kids life. Note to self, buy a bamboo toothbrush TODAY! This bamboo toothbrush on the other hand will breakdown over time in the landfill along with the packaging it comes in, can’t say the same about the Amazon shipping package, but baby steps!
  2. Charcoal powder – Now this I have and LOVE and my boyfriend, Thomas, loves it! I use it about 2-3 times a week. It is all natural activated charcoal that you can use in the bathroom as a teeth whitener (after brushing your teeth, dip your toothbrush in a little jar of this charcoal, brush your teeth like you would normally, and let it sit on there for a minute or two, rinse and see the immediate difference). But don’t limit yourself just to the bathroom, you can use it in the kitchen too! I have seen charcoal cocktails, lemonades, ice creams and many more. The sky is the limit.
  3. Natural mouthwash – This is a mouthwash you can feel proud about using. It is made with organic herbs, CoQ10, Olive Leaf, & Folic Acid that help with fighting off bad breath, it is alcohol free to save you from the normal burn of mouth wash, and has no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Try it out! But try to buy a large quantity, and store them in cute glass containers in your bathroom, help cut down on plastic waste AND give a little extra design touch in your bathroom. 
  4. Glass Cup – Swap out those disposable paper cups for a reusable bamboo/glass cup for your bathroom. Most of the time when a paper cup is lined with a waterproof coating, they cannot be recycled. So you may think you are helping the environment by recycling the paper cups, but they may not actually get recycled! Something to think about.

If you take anything from this today, let it be that a small change from just a 100 people,  can add up to a large impact overall. We all have to start small and build from there, not only our food choices, but the way we purchase items, to how we live our life. Think of the bigger picture, your future family will thank you.

I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer.

– Denis Hayes

Disclaimer: This is not a paid advertisement for BITE Toothpaste bits, I just loved it so and thought you may too! Enjoy!

I tried the Face Mask with 18,342 Reviews

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I have recently started to live my life in a more natural and ‘green’ way of living. Yes, this is kind of new, last year or so, and no I am not an expert, but I am trying to lessen my overall carbon foot print all while leading a healthier life. So when I started to look at beauty products, I have been seeking out more natural ingredients and one that I have recently fell upon is this Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay face mask. You can find it on Amazon for a solid $9.31*. It claims to be the ‘World’s Most Powerful Facial’ with Deep Poor Cleansing! Well today my friends, I am going to try this out!

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First off, the ingredients come as natural as you can. 1 ingredient – 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay. So originally I didn’t know what that exactly meant or how this was going to equate to the ‘world’s most powerful facial’ so I did a little research. One article I found in the Reader’s Digest shows 9 Reasons why Bentonite Clay should be added to your beauty routine. So it seems like a pretty good miracle worker and has the makings to be pretty powerful as their tag line suggests.

After reading the Reader’s Digest article, I am looking forward to the following three benefits the most:absorb excess oil, purify pores, and gently exfoliate. I have been blessed with pretty decent skin on my face, I can thank my momma for that! But every once in awhile I too break out. It is always good to have a face mask in your bathroom drawer, just in case you are: a. Needing a spa moment at home, or b. Get your face back to normal!

Today is just a test day – so I guess you could say it is a ‘spa moment’ but I will most likely be doing chores while having it on my face, so not very relaxing. But hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do especially since she is taking a trip to Philly next week; I gotta pack!

So here it goes! First step I am doing, which is a step I always take when doing any kind of face wash is wash my face. It does you no good to put a face mask on your dirty face. While keeping with the theme of natural products, here is my go-to absolutely favorite face wash, Ole Henriksen Face the Truth Gel. It was referred to me by my BFF, Lissa, a few years back and I just love it. It has a great citrus smell, lathers really well, and makes your face clean without drying you out. Trust me, it is the best.

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Second step is making the calcium bentonite clay into a face mask. Per the Aztec-secret.com website, you mix equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar (ACV) or water. I have actually seen people use a half water/half ACV mixture instead of just ACV, so for my first time, I think I am going to try that just to be on the safe side. I didn’t want to use a lot, so I measured out 2 Tbsp of each part and mixed it in a small glass bowl. You can buy specific mixing bowls with special brushes to apply the face mask, but I don’t have time for all of that. I am using a small kitchen bowl, and a small kitchen spatula to mix it. I also ended up using the same spatula to apply the mask on my face.

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I have more sensitive skin, so I am only going to try it for 15 minutes. Per the website, people with delicate skin should only leave it on for 5 minutes and people with normal skin 15-20 minutes. I am going to take a gamble and try it for 15 minutes, and just see how it goes. I normally always turn red, which they state a slight redness may appear, so I am not to worried about it. When mixing the clay into the ACV/water mixture it bubbled up, which was kind of cool. I applied it pretty thick and set my timer for 15 minutes.

So all in all I like this product. My skin feels great, slightly smoother, but there wasn’t a drastic change as expected. I could have left it on for more than 15 minutes, next time I’ll try 20-25 minutes. I didn’t feel any burning or tingling feeling, but I could feel it tightening up which is understandable with the drying of the mask.  But the fact that this products is 100% natural, doesn’t have any additives, fragrances, and doesn’t test on animals, that’s what wins me over! There are many different products out there that can give you the results of a nice clay mask, but this has it all! Props to Aztec Secret for offering such a great product, and the Mother Earth for creating it, I guess she deserves props to.

This is not a paid advertisement. Just showing you that natural products can be affordable and have great results! But please remember, my results may not be the same results as yours. If you want to learn more about this product, please see their website at www.aztec-secrets.com. If you would like to read the Reader’s Digest article please see their website.

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