The perfect perk-me-up perfume!

Just a super short post today, but I couldn’t resist a quick rave about Pacifica’s Perfume in Malibu Lemon Blossom scent. This is described as a blend of “Lemon Blossom, Litsea Cubeba (don’t ask me what that is) and the salty sea air.” There are also notes of Angel’s Trumpet and herbs. It’s very Herman Melville meets Jane Austen.

Well, if you’re not already sold, read on!

I’m not a scent person normally – for one thing, I can’t stand the underzing of alcohol in most perfumes. I usually wear vanilla or coconut scents if I wear anything, but I wanted something zippy for Spring. I first tried this out at Sprouts and I loved it immediately. I didn’t buy it though, because I wanted to see how it would wear. All day long it smelled fresh, light and citrusy (but not overwhelmingly so) and it just makes me feel…well…happy when I’m wearing it. It’s like aromatherapy. This one will definitely be in my March favorites! I bought the roll-on for $15.00 at Vitacost.

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I’m back!!

So, since about November of last year I’ve been off the grid blogging-wise. As you may recall I quit the blogosphere to focus on other things. Things such as…work. Work, work, and more work. Wait? What? That wasn’t what I had envisaged at all! These are the things I had thought that giving up my blog would allow me time to do…

  • write long and complicated poems with ambiguous endings like “and there he stood in shadow” or “trembling moth-like on a spear of grass.”
  • wear long bohemian skirts in art galleries and float serenely through botanical gardens in vintage dangly earrings.
  • cook lovely clean food and sniff (elegantly) organic fruit at farmer’s markets
  • take up a cool but not-too-cool hobby that I could Pinterest about…knitting, flower arranging. You know the sort of thing.
  • write THE NOVEL. THE ONE BOOK that we all know we have inside of us if only we could, you know, give a damn.

As you can probably tell from the tone of this post, not one of those things ever happened. Instead I more often than not would return from work (administrator – enough said!) only to collapse on the sofa and stuff myself full of slightly-healthier than Cheetos chips and watch “Black Sails,” or whatever my current  TV binge obsession was.

It’s really crazy how wide the gap is between our reality and our aspirations, isn’t it? I sometimes think that the popularity of Pinterest, Instagram, and blogs is to bridge that gap somehow…the gap we can never fill except in our fantasies. It’s all rather depressing when you stop and think about it…

…So, let’s not and move swiftly on…

I really like to think that my blog is pretty grounded in reality. At least, that’s my intention. And that’s one of the reasons I decided to start up again. Not only because it’s the only hobby I’ve ever had that I actually have time to do (I love to write, but genuinely don’t have the mental energy to write stories, poems, etc right now) but because I enjoy sharing my thoughts and opinions with you, the lovely reader, and knowing that you know that I’m being honest and open with you in ways I think some blogs aren’t. (No offense to them. Well, maybe a little offense to them).

I’m going to continue blogging about green beauty, my main area of expertise, but as usual I’ll be writing about other things that strike my fancy as well: stuff to do with poetry, art, philosophy, psychology, entertainment, feminism, relationships, and food. There should be something for everyone!

In addition, I’m on something of a journey to reclaim my sanity and find a bit more balance and peace in my life. My job is pretty stressful (so not really something I want to write about here) and I’m definitely feeling out of whack. I love yoga and meditation, and am trying to carve out a place for these things in my life too. So expect to see more posts on these topics as well.

For now, I’ll sign off. Hakuna Matata my friends, and I hope to see you back here soon. My goal right now is to write 1-2 blog posts a week – probably on Saturday and/or Sunday. So check back soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heard about Pinkwashing? What it is & How to Avoid It…

I learned something new yesterday…the term ‘pinkwashing.’ This is the term for when cosmetics/skincare items display the breast cancer pink ribbon logo to show their support for the issue – normally donating a portion of their sales to breast cancer research – but the ingredients in their products ACTUALLY CONTAIN CARCINOGENS. Cue shock-horror.

It’ such blatant hypocrisy and it makes we wonder, with weary cynicism, how companies can get away with it. But, of course, they do. It’s just one of many reasons I got into green beauty.

The way to avoid being ‘pinkwashed’ is simply to check the ingredients of a product brandishing the pink ribbon logo. Does it contain any of the following?

-parabens

-phtlates

-fragance

If the answer is yes, then it’s best avoided.

Here’s a short video from YouTube made by “The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,” that discusses the issue and argues that if a company wants to advocate for women’s health they’d do well not to put known toxic chemicals in their products to begin with…