Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Minimalist Packing || Week in Costa Rica

Packing can be a huge drag! But the reality of the matter is that it doesn't have to be at all. After years of traveling I have learned that less is more. Less headaches, less stress, less likely to loose shit all over the place. Haha. Here is a little video showing ya'll what I am bringing on my week long trip to Costa Rica.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Petit Vour September Unboxing

It's fall ya'll! That means my Peit Vour September box came in. So excited to show you guys what kind of goodies I received this month. 

This month's theme is What A Gem! 

  • Osea Ocean Cleanser | $16 (full size $44) @oseamalibu 
    • Super duper refreshing! I have been using this cleanser for about a week and a half now and I can't get enough of it. It leaves my skin feeling nice and clean with out drying it out. 
  • Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Cream | $14 @meowmeowtweet
    • I love me some natural, zero waste deodorant. I was so excited to see this little beauty in my box this month. Like all jar deodorants, there is some getting use to the application method. We are all very use to the conventional way that it may seem a little weird to rub some directly from the jar to your arm pit. Haha. But it works and smells great! 
  • Adorn Mineral & Organic Hydrating Cream Foundation | $4 (full size $50) @adorncosmetics 
    • Fantastic foundation! This is def one of the higher coverage foundations that I have used. My fear with higher coverage foundations is that I would feel like I have a layer of goop on my face but the folks down at Adorn have got the formulation for this down packed.
  • Odacite Serum Concentrate | $3 (full size $32-42) @odacite 
    • Ya'll already know how obsessed I am with serums and oils, so when I saw this gem (haha see what I did there?) I was stoked! I have been using this serum once at night and once in the morning after washing my face. It is very absorbent. And VERY potent, so you only need to use a few drops. 
                     To check out Petit Vour click here

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Herbs + Oils Bath

Kinda going a little crazy over Herbs + Oils Bath shop on Etsy. I absolutely love finding shops that hit every single mark in what I'm looking for:

Vegan/Cruelty free/Natural/Minimal/US made/Ecofriendly/Effective 

I mean could I ask for more! I have so many of their items favorited for future purchasing. I truly cannot get over the love and dedication that they put into every product. I got my hands on their Balance Face Oil and could not be happier. I am a freak for face oils and I tell everyone who is intimidated by it (for fear of getting greasy face) that they just need to find an oil that works for them. This one is perfect for mine. (I have normal/combination skin) I apply it once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I typically wear none to very minimal makeup on a daily basis so it doesn't affect it. One of the factors that people fear the most of face oils in the tendency for them to stay on the top layer of the skin. With my Balance Face Oil it is absorbed into my skin within a minute. It has left my skin looking, feeling, and actually being healthier. It's sad but I actually cannot wait to run out so that I can try everything that they have to offer! Haha. 

Here are a few words from the shop:

Natural, Minimalist Skin Care.
Herbs + Oils Bath is a natural skin care and beauty company.

Founded by mother/daughter duo Pamela and Ashley Dion in their Gainesville kitchen.

Based on the need to take the complexity out of skin care and create a more minimalist approach. Each product is formulated in house with careful research as to how each ingredient affects the product and skin type it is formulated for. All products are made for a specific reason and every ingredient has a benefit and therapeutic reason. No fillers of any sort, each product has active ingredients beneficial to your specific skin type without adding complexity.

Our products are made with natural oils, herbs, clays, minerals and extracts. Fragrances are obtained with high quality essential oils, no artificial fragrances. The use of clays are the colorant for our products, no artificial colors or dyes used. No animal ingredients or testing, tested on real people, ingredients used are kosher and vegan certified. We are also a Leaping Bunny Approved company.

We believe in using these ingredients to return skin to it's health and rejuvenate it without difficult rituals and complicated products. Minimalism is the way to effective skin care that heals from the source and produces results that can be seen and felt. You should look forward to the products you use on your skin and feel indulged, relaxed and rejuvenated and equate your daily shower and moisturizing with this feeling not just on occasion but everyday. We make these products with life in mind and believe in minimizing the work so you can enjoy treating your skin and self.

Thoughtfully made with you in mind. All of our formulations, packaging and graphic design work is original and made by us and reflects our mission of the minimalist approach.


+ Active plant-based ingredients
+ Therapeutic, food grade quality essential oils
+ Non-GMO, plant derived Vitamin E + Soy Wax
+ Vegan + Kosher certified ingredients
+ 100% Natural Clays + Salts 
+ Recyclable and reusable packaging
+ Never tested on animals/always tested on real people
+ Products + packaging designed by us
+ Small batch, made by hand in Gainesville, FL


+ Alcohol
+ Preservatives
+ Synthetics of all types
+ Artificial Dyes or Colorants
+ Artificial Fragrances, only clays used to add color
+ Fillers 
+ Parabens
+ Refined Oils or Petroleum
+ Animal Testing 
+ Animal Ingredients

Herbs + Oils Bath can be found here on Etsy and also on Ecohabitude:

Thank you for letting us share our story and mission.

Pamela + Ashley

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

6 Month Zero Waste Update


Doc || Live and Let Live

Live and Let Live. Simple enough right? I mean, isn' that what we would all want. To live in a peaceful world where we don't harm one another. What we have all been taught to do. Because why on earth would we want to harm others? That is exactly what the documentary Live and Let Live is all about. This incredible film speaks about the relationship that we have created with animals around us. How we have forgotten the fact that these creatures are sentient beings and portray and treat them as products. By disconnecting ourselves from the reality we do not question our actions. We go along day by day not questioning our life choices and the consequences that those choices have. I was no different. I never thought twice about what I was doing. Not realizing that I had blood on my hands, for every damn meal. I hear people comment all the time about how "over dramatic" vegans are. How is it "over dramatic" to stand up for innocent beings who are being slaughtered every single day? We must all step up and speak out in any way we can. We must be the voice for the voiceless. 

Must watch documentary. Available on Netflix.