Monthly Archives: April 2012

Healthier Cosmetics

Better For You Make-Up

My 17-year old eye
My 54-year old eye!

So many of us like to (or hope to, anyway) improve our appearance using cosmetics. But with so much new information coming out about chemicals and toxins in make-up and skin-care products, what are we supposed to do? I can share what has worked for me over the last year or so, as I have been consciously trying to avoid toxins, and especially those which behave like hormones in our bodies. Firstly you should know that the skin on our faces and especially our eyelids is very thin and susceptible to absorption of certain chemicals such as: parabens, etc. so avoiding them when at all possible is prudent. Earlier this year I did some research on “The Less Toxic Guide-Canada” and experimented with several brands of natural cosmetics and, luckily, found some that worked wonderfully for me:

Everyday Minerals, out of Austin, TX is a wonderful company making and distributing body and planet friendly mineral cosmetics in fabulous colours, great user-friendly packaging and great service. (I had my package delivered to Canada in about a week).They also provide a great sample service whereby for a quarter they will send you a generous packet of sample to try. My ab-fab is their roll-on eyeshadow which delivers just the right amount to your eyelid without mess or fuss. I also love, love, love their lipstick which is the first lipstick I’ve used that feels and smells so amazing that I actually want to re-apply. ;
I have also been using Honeybee Gardens truly natural mascara and their jojoba eye and lip pencils. All are wonderful and feel so good on the skin

I have also been using Honeybee Gardens truly natural mascara and their jojoba eye and lip pencils. All are wonderful and feel so good on the skin.
The mascara is quite thick and if you’re not careful applying it, you may have to use an eyelash brush to comb it out, but even with that inconvenience, it’s still a great mascara – easy to wash off with Nutribiotics non-soap and water, and it doesn’t flake off during the day.


For foundation I have been using EccoBella Flowercolor foundation. Although it is quite drying and I would never put it on my naked skin, I find that if I put it over my regular moisturizer (Desert Essence organic jojoba oil), that it lasts all day and is not drying at all.


Spring is Here!

I’m amazed that pomegranate is still red since last December!Time to put the winter greenery into the green bin for pick-up tomorrow.

Re-Fresh Your Front Entrance!/span>

Most of us don’t give the entrances to our homes the attention they deserve, often because they think that the front door is something reserved for visitors. If you think about it, in fact the front door is where you enter your own private sanctum after your day at work, and how it looks and feels actually affects how YOU feel when you enter your home.

For instance: if your front door is in need of repair or re-painting, if you haven’t got around to replacing your winter planter arrangements, or even bothered to take the wreath off your door, you’re setting yourself up for not feeling very good when you finally kick off your shoes. Subconsciously, you are thinking about all the work you need to do, and even the thought of all that work makes you feel tired.

OK, yes, I’m talking about myself here. I’ve just been so busy this early Spring that I haven’t done anything, and I know, deep down inside, that it’s affecting everything that I do and think about, because it’s hanging over my head. So I’m writing this post, then immediately heading out there to clean up, re-do my planters, and throw the winter greenery into the green pick-up bin.

In Feng Shui, the front door represents the “mouth” of your home, so what enters there either energizes (feeds) or poisons (toxins or pollutants or bad vibes entering your home) so it’s very important that you welcome life-giving energy to your home. A great way to do this is by having live plants by your front door. All you need are some potted plants and a pair of gloves.

Here I have planted perennial Big Leaf Bergenia & Columbine, along with flowering bulbs of tulip and daffodil, as well as annual pansies. Everything will be transplanted into the garden in summer, after they have finished blooming.

Make sure you push the plants down into the soil

very well, as transplants hate air pockets.

Soak the newly potted plants well

So Spring-like!

What’s in Your Air?

Do you suffer allergy symptoms inside your home?

We often go about our daily lives thinking that we are doing everything possible to stay healthy and keep our families healthy, but we often overlook a very obvious source and cause of many allergy and respiratory problems.


In our modern, air tight homes, it’s very common to find mildew growing around our windows and around sinks and bathtubs. It looks like black dirt, but it’s not simple dirt. Those black spots are actually small fungi which produce spores and release them into the air.
Those spores are the cause of much heartbreak when they cause allergic symptoms such as breathing problems, itchy eyes, rashes and even asthma.
This problem is much worse in the winter when we often leave our windows closed for months at a time, causing poor air circulation.
In these first days of Spring, it’s so great to do a good cleaning, so make sure you deal with these pesky plants.
As you are washing the interior of your windows, hopefully with vinegar and water, just take a cloth soaked in full-strength Natura tea-tree oil cleaner and run it along the base of the window, where the mildew is most likely growing. Then scrub it off with an old toothbrush. Wipe off the residue and you’re done!  The tea-tree oil in the cleaner is a natural, safe alternative to bleach with fantastic anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities. It is available at Home Hardware.
In your bathroom, if the tea-tree oil cleaner doesn’t deal with the mildew, you must replace the caulking. Use a flat-bladed screwdriver to lift out the old caulk and replace it with new, acrylic bathtub caulking. This is much easier to work with and less toxic than silicone caulking.