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Pure Kana: Organically-Grown, High-Concentrate CBD Oil

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If you didn’t know, the US is currently recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month, and the UK is observing Mental Health Awareness Week until May 19th. Keeping the dialogue on this topic open is so important, which is why I thought it fitting to share about Pure Kana and the ways CBD has helped me manage anxiety and PTSD.

I’m so grateful to have found tools that help calm my mind, improve daily life, and make those days when anxiety gets the better of me a little less debilitating. Focusing on self-care helps. Deep breathing... talking to a therapist... letting the tears flow when needed... taking “me time”... and, perhaps what’s made the biggest visible difference, CBD oil.

Pure Kana is dedicated to providing the world with the highest quality CBD products (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp).

Considered a natural dietary supplement for increased health and vitality, CBD is used for a variety of different reasons. Most commonly as a natural pain reliever, to provide anxiety relief, combat seizures, help fight cancer (as some studies have shown, though research is still in the early stages), reduce the risk of diabetes, and improve insomnia — and far more.

Their CBD oil is completely legal in all 50 states and lacks addictive properties (containing less than .02% THC). With the smallest amount of research, you’ll see that Pure Kana is one of the leading brands to naturally relieve stress, anxiety and symptoms of PTSD. Speaking from experience, I can honestly say that using their organically-grown, high-concentrate, hemp CBD oil has dramatically improved my health, wellness, and overall quality of life. It’s a bold statement, I know!

With countless sketchy brands using low-grade extract or non-therapeutic hemp seed oils, it can be difficult to know who to trust, but Pure Kana tests their products using unbiased third-party laboratories to ensure safety and potency (even going so far as to post the results on their website for the public to view). They’re non-GMO, and free of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, so you can feel confident in your choice!

Scroll through the gallery below for a few photos of their flavored CBD oil, made with real vanilla beans. The natural vanilla bean extract provides its own antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular and anti-anxiety benefits (in addition to those from the CBD).

To learn more about CBD oil or the ways it can improve your daily life, visit the Pure Kana website, or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.

Have you found relief from pain or anxiety by using CBD products? What’s worked for you? Join the conversation here!

Disclosure: I am not a doctor. This post is a reflection of my own beliefs and opinions, based on research and personal experiences, and not intended as a substitute for the advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Oui Shave: The Sustainable Safety Razor That's Better For The Earth And Better For Your Legs

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’re likely aware of my journey to consume more consciously. Even if you’ve only ever landed on my website, it’s clear my message has a focus on businesses who practice mindfulness and sustainability.

You might have seen safety razors being used on television, or perhaps someone you know uses one, but there’s a good chance you’re not using one yourself.

Despite safety razors being around since the late 1800’s, with the rise of plastic manufacturing, companies learned that they could produce their products more quickly and more cheaply. And since plastic has a shorter lifespan, these products would need to be replaced more often than its metal counterpart, meaning more purchases and more profit. Thus began the same marketing you see today.

But did you know an estimated 2 billion (yes, you read that correctly!) disposable razors end up in landfills every year? And I once read that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Let that sink in for a moment.

Today I want to share a little bit about why safety razors are making such a major comeback, while introducing you to the brand I used to make one of my favorite sustainable swaps — Oui Shave. Oui Shave is a speciality safety razor made for women, by women, and while any safety razor is a more sustainable choice than disposable, the beautiful style of Oui Shave and the thought they put into their product makes me happy to support this brand (it’s true, I’m a total sucker when it comes to packaging and design).

Plastic Free

Bathrooms are one of the worst offenders when it comes to the amount of plastic disposed of each year. Just think about all the plastic products we use and replace every few weeks: shampoo and conditioner bottles, body wash, hand soap pumps, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, cotton tips, and of course, razors. There are so many swaps you can make in this one room, alone!

Disposable razors are one of those products that are continuously being thrown away after just a few uses, the majority of which ends up in our oceans and landfills, so making a swap to a more sustainable option is always a good idea! Safety razors are typically made of stainless steel, adding a conscious touch to your skincare routine, and reducing plastic waste. With care, they can last a lifetime. The only part that needs to be disposed of is the blade, which can be recycled!

A Better Shave

I’m a big believer in “quality over quantity” and since starting my zero-waste journey have made more of an effort to buy once, but buy well.

These big name brands have led us all to believe that the more blades, the closer the shave, but the reality is that aggressive disposable razors do more harm than good. Disposable razors are made with multiple blunt blades, instead of one sharp one. It lifts the hair with the first blade, cuts with the second, and continues cutting over our skin with the rest. And while that may sound like it would create a close shave, it actually causes irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs, because by lifting the hair, the razor is cutting below skin level. 

A single, intentionally angled blade means you’ll get a closer shave in one pass, cutting AT the hairline, not underneath, meaning hair won’t get trapped, decreasing irritation, razor burn, and ingrown hairs that you’d get with the above. No bumps or irritation means you have smoother shave, for longer!

One quick tip for shaving with a safety razor: don’t press down (something we’ve been conditioned to do, in order to get a close shave). Oui Shave’s weighted handle means no additional pressure needs to be added.

Cost 

Safety razors have an upfront investment, and truthfully, Oui Shave is even higher than others because of the audience they market themselves to, but no matter where you buy yours (another popular brand that you can find at a lower cost is Merkur), it will end up paying for itself rather quickly! Since safety razors are made to last, you’ll be saving money in the long run. Just think about how much you’re spending on these speciality disposable razors or their expensive cartridges! A pack of refill blades for your safety razor is dirt cheap in comparison.

Luxury

Shaving is considered a chore for many of us. It’s just something we do, not exciting or luxurious. We quickly run the blades over our legs to get the job done and move on. Using a safety razor causes you to slow down and connect to the process. Instead of mindlessly shaving, it becomes a more intentional experience of nourishment and self-care, adding a moment of calm and luxury to your routine.

The beautiful rose gold color of Oui Shave doesn’t hurt either! ;)



Vrai & Oro: Sustainable, Ethical, Fairly-Priced Fine Jewelry

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I’ve always been pretty minimalistic when it comes to jewelry I wear, often limiting it to my engagement/wedding bands or choosing from one of the cherished pieces my husband has gifted me with over the years.

I’ve never been one for statement or costume jewelry, which is just one more contributor to the “fast fashion” industry and can often be spotted from a mile away. Typically made of low quality mixed alloys, it tarnishes, causes itchy ears or green fingers, and is designed to go out of style and be replaced with the next trend. More than that, cheap jewelry can have adverse effects on your health. You may have heard the recent reports that several big-name stores have been selling costume jewelry with toxic materials in it. Cadmium, one of those ingredients, absorbs through the skin and accumulates in the body over time, causing health risks such as cancer, psoriasis, reproductive harm, and damage to the kidneys and bones.

LA-based company, Vrai & Oro is changing the game when it comes to the jewelry industry! True to their name (vrai is French for “truth”, and oro is Spanish for “gold”), they’ve prioritized their values and have made transparency the core of their brand, going so far as to publish their sustainability practices in their Truth & Gold report.

You’ll never find gold plating, gold fill, or vermeil with Vrai & Oro, who uses only earth-friendly 14k and 18k recycled solid gold. Their conflict-free diamonds, grown through the Diamond Foundry and with solar technology, are identical to mined diamonds but without the question of ethics, sustainability, or origin.

Taking after brands like Everlane, Vrai & Oro removes the middleman and high mark-ups, instead selling direct to consumers, resulting in simple, minimal, and well thought-out designs that are attainable for every budget.

Even just recently, Vrai & Oro took a careful look at how packaging can impact the environment, and implemented steps to find a more sustainable way to deliver their jewelry to customers, completely overhauling their previous methods! Their new recycled sugarcane packing is now made up of components that are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.

Thanks to this conscious brand, I’ve been finding myself expressing my style through jewelry, reaching for pieces I never would have otherwise. Scroll through a few photos of their Skinny Stacking Ring and Line Stud Earrings, both part of their Essentials Collection, or visit their website to see what other timeless pieces they offer!

Reuse

The beautiful matchboxes, in a sleek design and neutral white color, are made to be reused. Sit them on your dresser to hold your new jewelry and keep your most treasured pieces safe and scratch-free. You can also choose to save these durable boxes (made of vegan suede and recycled paper) to hold your jewelry when you travel, so it’s not lost in your bag or luggage as you jet-set across the world!

Recycle

Instead of tossing them in the trash, flatten and recycle their cardboard mailers.

Compost

Molded sugarcane pulp trays hold and display your matchbox, so it’s beautifully presented upon delivery. These trays begin biodegrading within 90 days, so you can compost them or throw them away guilt-free.

 

 

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