Problem Skin? Don't Go Another Day Without These

Keep it fresh and light with Earthwise Beauty's Liquid Moisturizer Ambrosia del Cerrado and Nap in the Meadow Serum.

You've heard me mention recently how much better my skin looks and feels with minimal oil based products. I notice less congestion and blemishes and overall increased glow. This definitely depends on your individual skin type as well as season, but I suggest if you're having issues with acne, congestion, and irritation trial emollient or aloe based lightweight serums for at least a month (the skin takes 28 days to regenerate) and see how it goes. I think you will be surprised.


One choice for that process is Earthwise Beauty's two aloe vera based lightweight hydrators. The Nap and Ambrosia del Cerrado. Earthwise Beauty is a beautifully well rounded brand and formulated with the utmost attention to every aspect of the product. You can be assured that when you purchase their products you are receiving goods from some of the highest standards in the beauty industry.

When I say every aspect I mean...every-aspect. The founder, Ava Zhan, is incredibly meticulous regarding her sourcing, botanical selection, synergy of those botanicals, potency, storage, freshness...I could go on. Here is a great article explaining the ethos of Earthwise and why they are one of my top picks if you're looking for unsurpassed quality from a trustworthy green beauty company.

Because as we know...just because a label says safe, non-toxic, or natural doesn't mean it is.

Back to the products

While Earthwise has a full line of skincare for every skin concern I can attest to the lovelyness of these two beauties for acne prone/sensitive skin. I would be shocked if the other products were anything but just as amazing as these two.

Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid Moisturizer & Toner

What a golden beauty this product is! The color alone is inviting and the smell...oh the smell! It's a lovely bright fruity guava scent with a zing as the top note. If it was a food I would most definitely eat it...like a lot of it.

Gaining its dominate scent from the pequi fruit oil the Earthwise Ambrosia del Cerrado is a true combo of toner and moisturizer. Aloe vera imparts the toning pore closing qualities while the pequi, buriti, and moringa oils pamper the skin in vitamins and antioxidants.

The texture is silky and light with fast absorption into the skin. It is perfect for days and nights you want your skin to breathe...something I have found so important to my skin's health. Entirely cold processed you can see and smell the freshness oozing out of the bottle. My skin drinks up each dose as if taking its daily vitamin, only to reveal soft perfectly hydrated and never weighed down skin.

The Ambrosia del Cerrado Liquid is available here starting at $40 for 1oz. Earthwise also sells samples in smaller quantities, you can see the selection from the drop down "size" menu.

Use code CleansTheNewBlack to save 15% off your order.


Nap in the Meadow Serum

I must confess I am partial to Earthwise The Nap in the Meadow because it's blue...my favorite color. And it's calming chamomile and soft floral fragrance, I love that too. Oh, and it's infused with flower essences-a gentle energetic healing modality I have used since a child.

But setting the color, essences, and fragrance aside for a moment let's deconstruct the product. Based in organic aloe vera (another fav of mine) and blended with some seriously superstar botanicals like turmeric, elderberry, yarrow, helichrysum, copabia, geranium and blue chamomile The Nap is oh so heavenly.

Like the Ambrosia, it's ultra-lightweight yet powerful. With something for every skin type the botanicals bring antioxidants, calming, anti-aging, scar reducing, and acne stopping benefits. Oh yes, and it's tissue repairing and hydrates to perfection.

It's best used just after washing, before other products are applied. I've even come to skip my favorite step in skincare, toner/hydrasols because The Nap makes them obsolete. Shocking, I know. It blends well with products placed on top of it, and my favorite way to use it is mixing one pump in my palm with a dropper of the Ambrosia.

While it's not moisturizing enough to be used without another other hydrator (nor is it suppose to be), for my skin mixing it with the Ambrosia is the perfect one-two for all day moisture. For dry skin types this would probably not suffice, however. The addition of an oil based serum after would probably be just what the doctor ordered though.

Each time I use these products I am reminded why I love them so. My skin never has issues of breakouts or congestion after, and it feels lightweight all day yet calm and hydrated.

The Nap in the Meadow is available to purchase here starting at $50 for 1oz.

And remember save yourself 15% off by using code CleansTheNewBlack at checkout. 

Love & Light 💕 


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Custom Latte? Try Custom Skincare!

It's not often in life we can purchase a completely customized product, let alone for a reasonable price...and definitely rarely in skincare. So when I was introduced to Activist Skincare my heart skipped a beat to their contemporary idea of customizable skincare.


Activist has a fresh concept of single batch skincare individualized to each customer. Yes, seriously…every product ordered is made exclusively for that customer after the order is placed! Hand made with high standards they are sure to be vegan, palm free, and void of any nasty toxic chemicals. Luxurious oils and fresh potent actives, their formulas are top quality and results driven. Plus, packaged in glass amber bottles the ingredients are protected from light, keeping them potent for much longer.

Activist’s founder, Allison, saw this gap in the skincare market when trying to find effective formulas for her own problematic skin. She really hit her mark here, as Activist Skincare is redesigning the wheel, blowing a fresh gust of air into the sometimes monotonous beauty industry.


Their Duo of products are customized to your individual skins needs by simply answering a series of questions regarding your skins condition and concerns during the ordering process. Its quick yet innovative and something I've yet to find elsewhere in the green beauty scene. Your answers allow for Activist to choose the correct actives to place in the oil or emulsion base.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

One of the two products Activist offers is a Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Skin plumping hyaluronic acid is the bees knees of fine line reducers. It hydrates the cells to reduce fine lines via plumping the skin. The serum also contains peptides and antioxidants, plus the custom add-ins. A perfect choice for any of us concerned with aging.

The customizable options are vitamin c, DMAE, AHA blend, lotus, licorice, B3, acai, zinc, green tea, and/or aloe. These add ins are chosen by the cosmetic chemist according to your test answers. In my formula they added vitamin c, b3, licorice, and aha. This boasts brightening, aging prevention, anti-acne effects.

The formula is light weight, water based, translucent white with minimal scent. I prefer it in the pm as it occasionally does funny things when mixed with my foundation and it can leave the skin slightly tacky. However, I notice a big difference in my skins moisture levels the next am and overall it appears more bright and less congested.

The Hyaluronic Acid Serum is available here for $89.


The Precious Oils Serum

Activist Skincare’s Precious Oils Serum is the second Duo product. It's again completely customized to your skins needs. With add-in options of alpha lipoic acid, antioxidant booster, AHA blend, tea tree, prickly pear seed, and CoQ10. The skin is delivered actives in a nourishing oil base.

Mine has a combo of antioxidants, bisabolol, and CoQ10 for antibacterial,  calming, and acne preventing. The oil base is customizable too and mine is argan, pomegranate, and safflower. My oil is medium weight, making it best for nights only. It absorbs on the slower end of the spectrum but by the am my skin is non-greasy, evened, and smooth.

I've not had any new blemishes pop up since using the Duo and attribute that to their generous customizable formula. I have learned to avoid any ingredient over a 2 on the comeodegenic scale or my skin reacts wildly. When I told the ladies at Activist Skincare this they were swift to offer two oil base options to which I choose one of. Such a great way to get EXACTLY what your skin needs and what you want in your ingredients.

Find Precious Oils here for $109 or save $30 by purchasing the Duo here.

Curious to try the Duo out for yourself? Head over to my Instagram page now for a giveaway! One  lucky winner will get her own customized formulation of the Duo, a $169 value! Good luck!

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MAHALO: Huge savings on the brand and a limited edition release

A brand I've spoken about before, rife with Hawaiian Aloha, love, and light...Mahalo Skincare.


While, I do share with you new brands I am trying lately to refocus on the tried and true brands that I use on a consistent basis. Mahlo is one of the later. My skin craves Mahalo when I go on sebaticals from the brand, and time and time again it is one to put my skin back on track. From their Hawiian Vacation body oil to Rare Indigo Balm each product it the highest quality you can find.


 My Favorite Of the Line

My favorite Mahalo products are Rare Indigo, Pele Mask, and Petal Mask. Although, I've tried the entire line and each product is well worth the investment.

The Rare Idigo is one of my go-to hydrators. A fragrant and captivating indigo balm, it's swiftly absorbed, evens blemishs and scars, and keeps moistures levels to perfection! A perfect combo of tropical botanicals for my combo/sensitive skin. Definitly my top Mahalo product if I had to pick.

The Pele Mask I use once a week as a deep detox and exfoliation treatment. The powder mask is amazing for quelling blemishes and if removed in circular motion it buffs dry areas to a baby smooth feel. It's will always have a frequent spot in my routine as my skin becomes congested without it. 

Lastly hydrating Petal Mask is my newest Mahalo obsession. Like each and every Mahalo product its color, scent, and ritual are captivating. The rose pettle pink souffle mask is as fragrant as the day is long and so hydrating.

In a hawiian honey base the humectant qualities of the honey draw water into the skin. While, the gentle clays and herbs detox and give a beautiful glow. It's gentle enough to be used daily for 5 min or weekly for a 15-20 min treatment. A must for any mask junkie like myself. Plus, the HUGE 100ml jar will last for many months to come.

All of these skin treats can be found at Mahalo or the Beauty Heroes store which members save 15% off everyday on every product! 


Where to Start

Whether you would need the Mahalo Balm for dry skin, Indigo for combo/oily, or Vitaity Elixer for environmentally stressed skin one of these three hydrators are bound to be all your skin needs. Then pick one mask depending on your skin type and presto! Your full skincare routine is done! Keeping your daily routine simple and tightly edited.

New Things From Mahalo and Ways to Save

Mahalo has recently released a special Summer Edition Heart of Summer Toning Spray. This limited release will only be available for a short time. Its a special blend of organic house crafted hydrasols and hyluronic acid.

The toner is lightly floral scented and leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed. No tackyness once it has dried making it great anytime for day. You can find it here for $55

Another special treat is Mahalo is featured in Beauty Heroes this month. If you are already a member your Bean Mask and mask brush are at your home by now. If not you can join here and get the Bean and mask brush for an incredible price of $38. This is a HUGE savings as together they are $100. BUT make sure to order by the deadline of the 20th or sooner because it's lible to sell out.

The Bean is a delicious detoxifying and toning black mask. In a base of hawiian honey, charcoal, coffee, and turmeric this potent 31 ingredient mask keeps my skin acne free. The highlights of the mask are it's premixed, its mildly exfoliating, it draws out impurties, and it looks pretty rad on. Plus the skin is nourished with a range of antioxidants  and anti-aging nutrients to give a long term glow. 

If it's in your budget I highly encourage you to join BH now and try this lovely treat from Mahalo.

Have you tried Mahalo? What is your favorite from the line? 


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My New Haircare Routine


Loba Mane's got me like 💞✊🏼💆🏼

Two-in-One never worked so good!

Never a fan myself of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners I initially had hesitations with Loba Mane's Hair Cleanser. Thoughts of either a greasy mess or tangled mane went running through my head. What's worse than a bad hair day, right?

Coming from a girl with extremely tangle prone hair I am WOWED with the results of their cleanser. It cleanses without harsh detergents, untangles, softens, and keeps my hair looking clean for three days! Without dry shampoo…mind blown!

Loba Mane Hair Cleanser's multi-functional product cuts shower time down thanks to its 2-in-1 powers. A definite plus after long 12 hours days at the hospital or rushed a.m. showers cause my kids are (whining) asking politely for breakfast.

The Hair Cleanser formula is moderately thick, opaque pale yellow with a delicious tropical floral scent. Filled with nourishing oils of buriti, argan, tucuma, and coconut the hair becomes softer and more manageable. Plus with amino acids color damaged and stressed hair is strengthened and repaired internally. This 2-in-1 has minimal sudsing, but don't let it fool you. All oil and grime will be washed away. Leaving lightweight beautifully cleansed and nourished hair.

There is nothing else like it on the market. Plus it's an incredible value for $20 per large bottle! Find it here.


About the Company

Before I dive into their other products I wanted to tell you about the Loba Mane and the lovely owner Heidi Pernett. Her and her partner founded the company after frustrations with the performance of natural haircare.

Her chemist boyfriend Mehdi, designer self, and hair stylist mom Linda put their heads together and almost two years later the final Loba Mane line was launched. They officially launched this past March but prior to that sold out so quickly in her mother’s salon, they had to ramp up production.

Loba Mane is the choice for multiple hair types and styles. They are committed to ethical sourcing, cruelty free, and give back to the community. Formulated with color treated hair in mind all products are color safe and strengthen from scalp to tip.

There are four products in their hair care system. However, not everyone will require all four, some just one.  Whichever you find fitting for your hair type Loba Mane is sure to become a regular in your routine.


Loba Mane Transformative Mask

Hello soft hair! This once weekly Loba Mane Transformative Mask is a great addition to the 2-in-1 treatment. I use it weekly on my color treated hair to keep ends healthy and hair more manageable.

Thankfully, it rinses easily and leaves no heavy or greasy residue behind. It even helps a blow out look especially top notch!

Formulated with coconut, tucuma, and avocado oils it's made to penetrate deep inside the shaft and close follicles. Helping color last longer and preventing breakage. It's available here for $24.

The two finishing products in Loba Mane’s line are the Styling Cream and Illuminating Hair Oil. I’ve become fond of the cream when I wear my hair naturally curly and the oil to finish a blow out.

The Illuminating Oil manages frizz and gives a great finished look to straight ironed hair. Its scent is similar to the others, a tropical floral scent that isn't overpowering.The oil is Medium weight, orange in color, and only requires a few drops.

Loba Mane’s Styling Cream is great as a curl cream, and I usually apply it to my sopping wet hair and let it air dry. Below are the results of using the Loba Mane system when my hair is worn naturally curly. Here I used the 2-in-1 cleanser, hair cream, and a touch of hair oil. Although I hadn't used the mask that day, I had within the same week.

Loba Mane naturally wavy hair day

Loba Mane naturally wavy hair day

One More Note

So often I find a hair care system working for either days I wear my hair curly or days I blow it out. Not both 😫 Which forces me to regularly rotate my hair system, even up to a daily basis.

Often my curly hair system will leave my hair feeling to heavy and greasy if I use it on blow out days. And if I use my blow out hair products on curly days my hair will be overly frizzy and I end up tossing it up in a bun.

With Loba Mane I struggle no more! Yay! Finally, finally there's a haircare system that works for any hair style day. Perfectly cleansed and light for blowout days and tamed and defined curls for natural days. Thank you hair gods, and the lovely creator Heidi for Loba Mane.

What Loba Mane products sound intriguing to you? Are you liking the idea of a 2-in-1?

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Do you like to save on skincare?

Then you need to become a Beauty Hero!

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I'll let them do the talking.

Products starting top left and rotating clockwise: Laurel Whole Plant Organic Sun Damage Serum, Lilfox Jungle Glow Mask/Cleanser, Honua Skincare Youth Serum, Maya Chia Supercouple Serum, Modern Minerals Cream Highlighter, Vapour Organics Stratus Soft Focus Skin Primer, MUN AKWI Cleanser, Pacifica Exfoliating Moisture Mask, Au Naturalle Roll-on Eyeshadow, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream, and Mahalo Skincare Rare Indigo Balm.

Products starting top left and rotating clockwise: Laurel Whole Plant Organic Sun Damage Serum, Lilfox Jungle Glow Mask/Cleanser, Honua Skincare Youth Serum, Maya Chia Supercouple Serum, Modern Minerals Cream Highlighter, Vapour Organics Stratus Soft Focus Skin Primer, MUN AKWI Cleanser, Pacifica Exfoliating Moisture Mask, Au Naturalle Roll-on Eyeshadow, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream, and Mahalo Skincare Rare Indigo Balm.

In the photos below you'll see the very reason we should all be Beauty Heroes members. The high quality selection of high end full sized products and beauty with which they are presented is bar none.

Notice the MUN AKWI Cleanser, a hybrid cream/oil cleanser to gently was away all makeup. The sleep inducing Osmia Night Body Oil…an essential for the best nights rest you've ever had. Or the Vapour Organics Atmosphere Soft Focus Skin Prep, a must have for pre-foundation skin magic.

Osmia Night Body Oil 😴

Osmia Night Body Oil 😴

Also, a personal fav facial mask/exfoliator Lilfox Jungle Glow skin reviver. And the newest of additions Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream and Vital Balm Cream. Join BH by the 20th to receive these two Josh Rosebrook standouts for over 50% off. Keep the sun damage at bay and skin hydrated with his lightweight daily facial spf.

Bottega Organica Eye Balm and Cleanser

Bottega Organica Eye Balm and Cleanser

Max & Me Circle of Protection

Max & Me Circle of Protection

What You Get

With your Beauty Heroes subscription you get not only your monthly box 📦 shipped to your doorstep. But you ALWAYS save 15% off purchases in the Beauty Heroes Store. There you can refill you favorite empties or try out new green beauty must haves. As a member you will also receive the exclusive option to purchase seasonal makeup boxes and other one time curated boxes at discounted prices. And don't fret because Beauty Heroes is sure to rotate the offerings as one month it may be a body oil and lip balm, the next a facial serum and exfoliator, and the following a cleanser and organic washcloth.

Kari Gran 365 Spf and Intro Set

Kari Gran 365 Spf and Intro Set

Oh, and let's not forget the incredible savings! Adding up to saving thousands a year, these luxury skincare products are affordable to most budgets thanks to BH. Breaking down to $38/mo or less (depending on the length of subscription you choose) your medicine cabinet will be filled with luxurious green beauty treats at a fraction of the cost. Click here to join and ogle below and the endless possibilities BH offers us.

Skin Owl Mangosteen Drops and Facial Steam

Skin Owl Mangosteen Drops and Facial Steam

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Mens Safe Grooming Options

It's time talk men and green skincare options. Because the men in our lives need safe skin and body care options too!

Who else has noticed an increase in men's products over the last year?

Driven by women's needs, the green beauty movement is finally catching on that men want and need safe options for their personal care also. From shaving cream to hair products men do use beauty products…so why not give them the luxury and safety of organic non-toxic options?

Today I've gathered and tested some of the best of the best in the men's green grooming realm. Here are my favorites...well should I say my testers favorites because I neither shave my face or require a pomade to slick back my hair.

Let's talk beards

Our bearded friends will be delighted to check out Arcadian Official's beard care products. The beard balm and oil are the two products my testers have tried and they love both!

All of Arcadian grooming products are handmade in Knoxville with love and attention to detail. Fragranced with essential oils and tested by many, Arcadian Official lives up to its 5 star customer reviews.


Arcadian Beard Oil

The oil is a lightweight moisturizing oil to prevent itching, dryness, and also moisturize the skin. Great for beards of all lengths, mustaches, and itchiness from stubble growth it easily finds a home in any mans medicine cabinet.

Arcadian Beard Oil is quick absorbing and lasts all day. Made with oils of jojoba, argan, grapeseed, castor, and apricot it gives an ultra soft touch to longer beards.  The scent we tried is Appalachian, and the herbal, woody, and masculine smell is inviting. Find it here, available in 3 fragrances for $13.

Arcadian Beard Balm

While the Arcadian Bread Balm (pictured as the open container above) moisturizes too, it is for our longer bearded friends who desire some light styling aid. Non-flakey and no white residue, this Beard Balm meets all the requirements of a good balm.

Its texture is medium density and easily melts between the palms, it provides an extra light hold that's pliable throughout the day. Basically taming unruliness while hydrating. The oils and waxes soften and condition the hair, allowing it to forgo daily washes (which I'm told is best for the beard).

It's time to conquer that rough unfriendly beard by keeping it hydrated, supple, and touchable with Arcadian Bread Products. Find the balm here, available for $13 in the same three scents as the oil. Or bundle the two and save $6!

Psst…ladies I use both these products on my hair too! The balm is great at defining and controlling frizz when I wear my hair naturally wavy. And the oil is my go to for blowouts to tame flyaways and give shine. Just don't tell my bf 🤐

Moving on to our non-bearded friends let's talk green shaving.

Shaving Options


LongRifle Shave Soaps

Wow! These soaps though🙌🏼

I didn't know shaving could be so luxurious. Coupled with the EvanPDesigns shave brush (more on that below) the foam of the Long Rifle shave soaps are out of this world!

I had no idea a foam of this caliper was achievable in a non-toxic, chemical free green option. Typically found in you conventional shaving isle, the airy and bouncy foam of Long Rifle leaves a lovely barrier between the razor and skin. Preventing irritation, cuts, and razor burn all whilst moisturizing. This shave soap means serious business.

Long Rifle soaps are sold in 3oz pucks or 6 oz filled containers (like photoed). They do have multiple scent options but, make sure to stick with the 3 that contain ONLY essential oils for fragrance. Some do use fragrance oils, which we at CTNB we don't fancy because of their chemical composition and potential toxicity.

The 3 scents that are solely essential oils are: Hawkeye, Leatherstocking, and Cedarwood & Lavender. All three are great choices, I fancy the Cedarwood & Lavender while my man tester likes the deep wooded Leatherstocking scent.

What gives the soap such amazing lather? Tallow, but not just any tallow. Locally sourced grass fed tallow for the cleanest most moisturizing foam around. Blended with shea butter, babassu oil, aloe, and coconut oil the formula is wonderful at hydrating. It imparts moisture even after it's rinsed and of course the slip it creates for the razor makes for a very smooth shave.

Find the soaps here for purchase starting at $10 for the pucks. And btw these soaps last a long while, it seems as if we've barely dented our 6oz container after frequent use. 

LOOK 👀 at that lather! 

LOOK 👀 at that lather! 

EvanPDesigns Shaving Brushes

Hand carved in Portland, OR the EvanPDesigns shaving brushes are top quality and absolutely necessary to make that Long Rifle soap foam. Available in a variety of exotic hardwoods and handle shapes and all with high quality badger bristles EvanPDesigns spares no expense at making a quality artisanal product.

The brush photoed is made of African Blackwood, a rich dark chocolate hardwood. The handle is smooth and light in the hand. It's polished to a medium shine and I can tell it will last for years to come.

To use with any shaving soap you wet the bristles throughly and swirl in the soap vigorously to create magical foam. The swirling does take a good minute to get the right consistency, and sometimes more water is necessary. It takes a bit of trial and error the first few times, but once you get the right water to soap to swirl ratio every time produces amazing lather and a smooth shaving experience.

Bringing back the traditional shaving experience EvanPDesigns and Longrifle keep our mans shaving routine safe yet effective. Which brings me to wonder why the experience of a barber shave when out of style? Any guesses? 

Get your completely customizable brush here, starting at $65.

O'Douds Aftershave

For our non-bearded friends the winner in the ever important aftershave category is O'Douds Aftershave. Medium weight, easy pump formula, minty, and refreshing it's a win in every category. Blended with skin soothing aloe, menthol, and witch hazel (and alcohol free!) this razor bump fighter is great at keeping skin calm postshave.

The formula hydrates with butters and oils and also protects. However, it's light and quickly absorbs, leaving a matte finish to the skin. The essential oils in O'Douds Aftershave are antibacterial, which prevent ingrown hairs, plus the astringent properties of witch hazel closes pores.

My tester loves its menthol smell and cooling feeling to the skin. The formula absorbs rapidly and really helps to reduce razor redness and ingrown hairs. It's even strong enough on the bikini line. Find O’Douds Aftershave here for $18.

Way of Will 02 Deodorant

I've written a lot about healthy deodorant options in the past. And there's many these days that preform amazingly. However, most have rather feminine scents, so I thought now would be a good time to introduce you to the deodorant my bf uses. Way of Will 02 Tea Tree & Pumpkin Seed Deodorant.

Made with 100% non-toxic ingredients (more on why it's SUPER important that deodorant be non-toxic in this post) and working ALL day to keep smell at bay this is my choice for men's BO control. The Spearmint + Peppermint scent is very minty, matter a fact I can smell it for hours after application. The deodorant sells for $17.50 and you can find it here.


O'Douds Multi-Purpose Pomade

Wow! This is THE STUFF! Most definitely an amazing pomade and to my guinea pigs surprise (not mine) O’Douds Multi-Purpose Pomade works even better than the conventional stuff.

A thick opaque paste, this water based pomade gives a firm but flexible hold and semi-matte finish. The product allows for hair to be restyled as needed and never flakes.

An added bonus is it moisturizes the scalp to keep it healthy and hair strong. The scent is clean and minimal, fading quickly. The product will last until washed out, and keeps working for days even if hair's gotten wet without cleanser.

This is the ONLY pomade of choice in the CTNB house and will forever be a staple in my mans cabinet. Find is here for $18 and be sure to grab one of their unbreakable combs to really get the job done right.

Looking for another finish of pomade? Check out the variety of other options O’Douds offers here.


Georgia May Simple Man

Men often overlook moisturizing their facial skin...at least mine does. I literally have to do it for him sometimes when his skin is begging for some hydration (I know🤓).

Our choice for a nice dose of facial hydration would be Georgia May Simple Man Serum. While it is both a beard and facial oil, we only tried it as a facial hydrator. The oils is lightweight, rapidly absorbing, and smells of light wintergreen.

Formulated with argan, avocado, kukui, carrot seed, macadamia, and meadowfoam oils (to name just a few) Georgia May Simple Man prevents aging, soothes skin, hydrates, and calms. Plus the blend of essential oils prevents aging, tones, and keeps pores fresh. Find it here starting at $36.

That's a wrap...from shaving to beards to hair there's something for every man in this green man roundup. Anything I missed? I'd love to help you find a winner in a category I didn't cover. 

xx, 💕Jena 

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3 Reasons to start using seasonal skincare

We change our diets, clothing, home decor, and daily routines with the change of the seasons. But what about or skincare?

While it was something I had always done intuitively I'd never really sat down to think about it until I was introduced to 5YINA.

The brand is a holistic seasonal skincare line based in the art of Chinese medicine. Meticulously crafted each ingredient is sourced with care and the formulas embrace our skins changes with the seasons.

5YINA's formulas are one of a kind and blended by holistic gurus to coax the best out of our skin with each season. Featuring two products (a serum and hydrolat) for each individual season and one all seasons mask, 5YINA, brings innovation to green beauty. Their line is of course is 100% non-toxic, they even go beyond organic sourcing wildcrafted, medicinal, and biodynamic botanicals. They hold to bars when it comes to ingredients and formulation, meaning on the best and safest for our skin.

But back to why we should be using seasonal skincare.


Simply, it allows our best skin to show through. 

With the seasonal changes comes cellular changes to our skin. The winter brings dehydrated flaky and lackluster skin. Related to the dry air and the drying of the cells our skin, more than ever, requires deep hydration. Flip to the summer and while the air can be dry in some regions it is much different than the winter dryness, right? Often overexposed to the elements (sun, water, wind) yet still supple and soft from the active sebaceous glands the summer skin requires barrier protection and gentle hydration. Nothing too over oily or heavy.

When we feed the skin according to the seasonal requirements it allows for it to remain stable during all seasons. Balance is achieved and radiant skin glows.


Recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists

Skin doctors unite on this one topic, skincare should change with the seasons. From spf in the sunny months, to concentrated moisturizers on the winter they agree to present your best skin, products should be rotated according to the weather.

Prevents breakouts and accelerated aging

Changes in wind, sun, moisture, and temperature brings our skin through some major transitional periods. Twice a year (spring and fall) we live in transitional seasons which triggers our skins worst evils. Prone to breakouts? They often rear their heads in spring and fall. Concerned about fine lines? Same goes for spring and fall as skin can be over worked from summer sun or under hydrated from dry chafing winter.

By keeping skincare seasonal we can predict the next seasons requirements and prevent the nasties from happening. By taking appropriate care of our skin each season it allows for the next season to be its best. Preventing environmentally stressed skin issues and allowing for our Glow to shine through.


5YINA Steps In

5YINA allows us to keep up with the changes and choose a new oil and hydrolat each of the four seasons. They also tell me that some clients prefer rotating just twice a year. So winter/summer or spring/fall. I have tried all the Beauty Oils, but the fall, and they are equally expertly formulated and rich with unique botanicals.

I used the Winter Quiescent Beauty Oil for 2.5 months during the winter and noticed amazing changes in the skin. At the time I started using the oil my skin was irritated with the dry winter, breaking out waaayyy too much, and overall in shambles. After one week of twice daily use (along with the Enlighten Hydrolat) my skin was headed down the right path again, reduced irritation and blemishes plus fine lines from overdryness diminished. After two months of (almost) exclusive use the products still sing! I feel like a conquered winter skin dryness amazingly, and it's all thanks to 5YINA.

Their Summer collection, Lucent, would be the choice for this coming season. Featuring ginseng, green tea, lotus flowers and other normalizing ingredients this duo keeps skin fresh and clarified while restores luminance. Then head into their fall and spring collections each quarter to keep year around radiant skin.

5YINA definitely converted me, as I'm committed to seasonal from here on out. Who's with me? What are your experiences with seasonal skin care?



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Irritable skin? I've got the makeup brand for you!

Omiana offers an extensive line of makeup free of skin irritants. From foundation to concealer to lipstick I am loving everything about their product choices.

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Change it up with an emollient based skincare line: Bella Aura

Tried of oil serums, cleansers, and moisturizers? I know to me, the oil game feels like it's on repeat. While oils are great, it's always refreshing to see a brand that changes it up...Bella Aura is doing just that.

Encompassing the whole green beauty movement, Bella Aura is ingredient conscience, science backed, and energetically balanced. Treating not just the skin but the entire being, truly holistic skincare. Featuring five products the brand is well polished and formulated for any skin type. A cleanser, eye serum, antioxidant treatment, and day and night moisturizers are all creamy ivory emollients rife with fresh blooming jasmine aroma. Never heavy, always balancing...Bella Aura is up there with the best of the best.


The Science

The health care practitioner in me can't help but get excited when a brand formulates using ingredients that are backed by clinical trials. With so many companies promising the world, to me the easy choice is to go with those who are actually proven to help the skin. Bella Aura is sure to do just that.

Each product features an ingredient that has been clinically tested to reduce lines, discoloration, puffiness, and/or increase hydration. For instance the eye serum (my fav of all the products) features Proteolea which is shown to reduce crows feet (up to 30%) after 28 days of use in a clinical trial. Psst...it did just that to me too, more on that below! The Night Cellular Renewal features Reforcyl shown to reduce wrinkle depth by 14% in 28 days.

The whole line  

The whole line  

The Products

The entire Bella Aura line is wonderful, each and every product is nothing short of amazing. They ooze love and care and work just as promised. Not one of the products disappointed...not one. Here I'll go over my top two favs, although you can't go wrong with any of the line.

The Instant Lifting Eye Contour comes in at number one. It is results oriented, doesn't sting, run, cause makeup to smudge, and absorbs swiftly. Plus it's light texture leaves a prefect canvas for makeup and feels as if you're wearing nothing at all. It is my favorite eye serum and in my top two favorites of all eye treatments, Skin Owls Gel being the other contender.

Let's not forget the RESULTS! After six weeks of once or twice a day use the minor fine lines I have started to develop over the last year...probably having something to do with me turning 30...have filled in. They are not completely gone, but truly they are GREATLY diminished. Just as the clinical trials promised. Coupled with the other amazing qualities, the Bella Aura Instant Lifting Eye Contour exceeds my expectations, A+ for sure!


My next favorite product is the Bella Aura Antioxidant Booster. A 7 in 1 emollient this treatment brightens and revives skin. The Booster contains research backed Radicare, which is a combination of romarinic acid from lemon balm, rutin, and barley extract. These active ingredients form a powerful antioxidant combo that acts as a free radical scavenger...one of our skin's worst enemies.

The Booster is creamy and light, feeling like nothing at all after it's applied. I use it twice daily and have noticed an evening of my skin tone. The formula also helps boost our collagen and repairs its natural protective barrier. I use this treatment as a preventative product and am confident the science behind it will help keep my skin at its best.

The three other products in the line are just as amazing, and I urge you to also give them a try (find the entire line here). Whether looking for an entire new line or a few additional products Bella Aura would definitely a top choice of mine.

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Get Radiant

Put your best foot forward this month with Art of Organics, Radiant box. Featuring two full sized products to instill self love ❤️ this month is the best time to not only love others but yourself!

With Henne Organics Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator the lips will be ultra kissable and skin ever so radiant with the de Mamiel Dewy Facial Mist. Both featuring a delight of organic nourishing ingredients us green beauties will be ultra pleased.


With the dryer winter climent I've just moved to my lips have been thanking their lucky stars for the Diamond Exfoliator. Sugar buffs away dead skin like a champ and oils hydrate baby soft new skin perfectly. My lips have officially conquered the Nevada dry winter.


de Mamiel is not to be overlooked through, a product equally as great for restoring hydration anytime. Formulated with phytonutrients, calming botanicals, and hydrolats I am loving this Mist.


The grounding scent helps me stay centered, which leads to a more radiant outlook on life. I'm thoroughly impressed with this one here ladies, a true player in the Mist game, no self care routine should go without it.


Find these goodies in this months box and order by the end of February so you don't miss out!

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