Earth Day is slightly different this year, but we’re feeling ever more grateful for the planet we call home. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few more of our easy everyday sustainable tips we’ve incorporated the past year. Continue reading
Going eco-friendly is easier than you think
When it comes to going green, the little things add up. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few of our easy everyday eco-friendly tips. Over the years we’ve been adjusting our daily lifestyle routines to cut back on our environmental impact. At first, it was difficult to remember stuff like BYO utensils and drinkware, but with some intention and preparation, we’ve adopted these eco-friendly lifestyle choices into lasting habits.
See how BYO items, composting, and repurposing materials can make a positive impact on the environment and your creativity. Mother earth thanks you!
5 easy eco-friendly tips
REPURPOSE MATERIALS: Reusing food containers and repurposing catalogs/magazines as wrapping paper are one of our favorite sustainable tips. Here are two Trader Joe’s oatmeal containers we’ve repurposed to house pens and markers. We wrapped one with old wrapping paper and another with Anthropologie catalogs for that customized feel. We also like using perfume ads from magazines to make a decorative ribbon topper for small-ish gifts to add that wow-that-smells-so-good-but-where-is-it-coming from effect. Our creative minds go wild here with all the possibilities of repurposing materials. Continue reading
Exploring Natural Products Expo West 2018
Last month, we had the delightful opportunity to attend the 38th Annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event. As always, we excitedly countdown the days to this mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products. We were among the record-breaking 85,000 attendees perusing 3,521 exhibitors, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. We sure logged in some serious miles during this multi-day event packed with tasting delectable foods, getting our learn on with educational seminars, and meeting innovative brands and their founders during March 7th-11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 – only $20 ($100 value)
Calling all natural beauty and skincare lovers! Mark your calendars to grab this year’s Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 for only $20 on Friday, March 23, 2018. This limited edition bag is available in stores only, while supplies last.
Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018
Where: Your local US Whole Foods Market store (in stores only)
When: Friday, March 23, 2018
How much: $20 ($100 value)
Valued at $100, the custom bag contains Whole Foods Market’s curated natural beauty favorites from Alba, Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Mineral Fusion, Trilogy, Weleda, W3LL People, and more. The products come in a beautiful, organic cotton bag from Piece & Co who empowers skilled artisans to created traditional textiles of exceptional quality. New to the sale and bag this year are the wide array of hair care products found in Whole Body.
I bought the WF Beauty Bag last year and discovered new favorite items that I’ve implemented into my regular skincare regimen. I get a lot of questions on what items are on my skincare shelf and how do I know what brands to use. Honestly, skincare depends on your skin type–I have combo skin most of the year and normal to dry in the winter–so I have a handful of products that I use depending on how my skin is at-the-moment. And what works for me may not work for you.
That is why I love purchasing bargain beauty bags to try which brands, formulas, and lines work with my skin. As always, I want to share with you my experience with navigating my way in the (sometimes overwhelming and saturated) skincare market and this is one of the ways how!
I’m all about that #feedyourskin superfoods life
As a healthy lifestyle enthusiast I was beaming with joy when I received the invite for Sephora Skin Superfoods VIB Rouge Event at SmogShoppe in Culver City. I used 2,500 of my Sephora points to secure my spot–it was well worth it.
I’m all about that #feedyourskin superfoods life. As you know, the husband and I grow our own greens, eat them, and now I’m thrilled to use ingredients like kale, echinacea, honey, coconut, and argan oil on my skin. Talk about sleep, eat, breathe healthy foods.
Snapchat with Miranda Kerr of KORA Organics
The highlight was meeting with brand founders Miranda Kerr of KORA Organics and Mark Veeder of Farmacy and talking natural skincare and sharing tips. Miranda Kerr even grabbed my phone to Snapchat our moment! Her new skincare line uses the antioxidant noni fruit to smooth, nourish, and brighten skin with a natural glow.
Those behind Farmacy Beauty are the bee’s knees
This brand fuses age-old botanical wisdom with cutting-edge technologies to create a gentle and natural formulation. Founder, Mark Veeder, is the pioneer plantsman behind the discovery of Echinacea GreenEnvy, the unique ingredient used in their line. Farmacy has a farm out in upstate New York where they cultivate the plant and use bees to pollinate its flowers.
On being MacGyver while growing up in SoCal during the 80s/90s drought.
As a child growing up during the 80s/90s drought in Southern California, I remember my family and I would go the extremes to save water and then share our tips with our neighbors. We basically coined #watersavinghacks before hashtags were a thing. We’d MacGyver (or MacGruber) our own low-flow toilet by placing a couple filled water bottles in the water tank so it’d take less water to fill it. We’d also use the cleanly rinsed vegetable water collected in the sink bucket to water the backyard plants.
My parents instilled in me the importance of protecting our environment. Now that I’m a grown adult and married with our own place, Wayne and I take being water wise to heart. SoCal has been facing intense drought the past several years and although we recently had a blessed wet winter, we still need to continue our water-conserving efforts.
Here we share some easy ways to save water // #WaterSavingHacks
Seeing Delicious Living’s “5 Easy Ways to Save Water” infographic motivates us with practical tips to continue our water conservation efforts.
Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth.
This is a simple tip, yet there are some who forget this is an option. Turning off the water faucet while brushing your teeth saves 200 gallons per month. Same goes for turning the water off while you’re washing your hands and face with soap. Tip: Place a “save water–turn it off during the in-betweens” reminder note on your mirror when you wash your face and brush your teeth.
If your shower takes a while to get warm…
If your shower is anything like ours, it takes a few minutes for warm water to come out. To avoid running the shower and wasting clean water, we have a bucket in the shower to catch all the clean water and save it to water the plants and fill the humidifier. We also turn on the dishwasher or washing machine a few minutes before showering. Yes, we try to time washing a full load of dishes or laundry around our shower times. That way our shower gets warm within seconds once we turn it on.
Take shorter showers; 4-minute showers to be exact.
Did you know you save 5,840 gallons of water per year by taking 4-minute showers instead of 10-minute showers? This is totally doable for those with short hair–AND with those with long hair–like me. See our next tip.
Exploring NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST 2017
A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 37th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products expo. I was among the record-breaking 80,000 attendees perusing 3,100 exhibitors, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors, at the Anaheim Convention Center and extending into the Hilton and Marriott ballrooms. I excitedly counted down the weeks for this multi-day event packed with delectable tastings, educational seminars, and meeting innovative companies. As a healthy lifestyle and skincare enthusiast (and serious snacker), I’m always scouting out new natural products, learning about upcoming trends, and chatting with brands that have a mindful mission. As my sophomore year attending, thank goodness I came prepared with a good night’s rest, comfortable shoes, and a big appetite because I logged some serious miles and ate to my heart’s content.
trends & What I Discovered at the Natural Products Expo Continue reading
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Hello, and welcome to It’s Jou Life! We’re Wayne and Jennifer, a (relatively) newly wed couple who found love in the most unexpecting place. This is our DIY / lifestyle blog—musing about natural, healthy, artisanal living, and everything in between.
We started this blog because our family and friends always ask us how we grow our own organic vegetables, what is Wayne woodworking on now, to send over our miso black cod recipe, what snacks stock our pantry, a tutorial on that cute zippered pouch, tips for marathon running, where do we worship, what to bring for a camping trip, what’s Jennifer’s skincare regimen… you get the idea. This is our way to share life’s loves.
The US-market of natural and organic products is a $153 billion industry and showing no signs of a slow down. Mainly driven by the consistent growth of consumers demanding natural, healthy and eco-conscious products, it’s no surprise that this mega industry has a plethora of new companies emerging every year.
Last month I had the delightful opportunity to attend the 36th annual Natural Products Expo West, the the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event. It was like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. As a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I grasped all the natural product consumer trends, channeled my inner Augustus Gloop meets Michelle Phan–indulging in food samples while swatching beauty products. It was a weekend filled with tastings, education and meeting wonderful brands. I was among 77,000 attendees perusing more than 3,000 exhibitors at the Anaheim Convention Center. I didn’t have my Fitbit on me, but I’m sure I logged some serious miles that weekend.
Below is an overview of some consumer trends surrounding the healthy lifestyle products industry.
Back to Our Roots: Quinoa, chia, acai, Kombucha, raw, sprouted, coconut oil–superfood ingredients and preparation techniques that date back to the days of pre-industrialized foods. Brands are focusing on natural, whole and nutrient-dense ingredients. The skincare industry mirrors this trend with using pure ingredients like argan and coconut oil. I met a brand, Cocokind, an organic skincare line centered around using virgin coconut oil and superfoods. Consumers are conscientious with ingredients they eat and use on their body. They are staying away from genetically modified foods, artificial colors, preservatives, parabens and products tested on animals.
The Busy Individual: The always on-the-go individual lacks time, but craves smart and nutritious fuel in-between meals. Think hand-held snacks and drinks that are convenient, delicious and healthy. I like to kick-off my morning with drinking my greens with a Suja Juice cold-pressed juice. On a side note: I’m thinking of doing a juice cleanse to reset my body. Any advice or recommendations for which juice brand to try? A new product I’ve discovered are meat and veggie bars from Wild Zora and Wilde Snacks. It’s healthier than conventional jerkies because they are free from nitrites, nitrates, MSG, not too salty, contain vegetables, use grass-fed, free-range and hormone-free meats. I’m a big snacker and sometimes crave a meaty snack high in protein and low in sodium. Read my favorite snack discovery last year here.
The Socially Conscious Shopper: The today consumers have conscious living woven into the fabric of their lives and making informed decisions by keeping the environment and mission-backed products in mind. They choose purposeful brands with ethical practices and sustainable packaging over its conventional counterparts. I met a brand, This Bar Saves Lives, that donates a life-saving food packet with every snack bar purchased. It’s the “buy one, give one” philosophy, fair trade practices and donating proceeds to non-profits that allow consumers to make an impact with each purchase.
Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing with you my tried and true favorite products from the expo.
With the winter season of cold winds and dry weather, my skin has been more patchy and sensitive than normal. I revamped my skincare regimen to include natural and nutrient-densed products and it has made a world of difference. Who knew my skin can be properly moistured, supple and radiant? Basically, back to basics.
Continuing with my organic skincare series, this is my current winter nighttime skincare regimen and the order of products that I typically use.
An important nighttime step is properly cleansed skin. There is nothing worse than being lazy and sleeping with unwashed skin. I use this gentle, natural cleanser with nourishing argan oil to melt away makeup and deeply hydrate skin. How to use: I use 3-4 pumps on dry hands and massage it onto my dry face in circular motions for about 1 minute. I then wet the face and gently massage it into a rich milk. The oil and water slowly emulsifies, cleansing and moisturizing the skin. Rinse throughly with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.
My favorite skincare tool in my bathroom and my ultimate secret for smooth, blemish-free skin. My husband perfectly describes it as an electronic toothbrush for the face. It uses sonic frequency technology to properly cleanse skin, with a massage-like feeling of the soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin’s surface. This award-winning tool removes makeup 6x better than traditional methods, clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size, cleanses so thoroughly that skin care products absorb better and creates noticeably healthier looking skin. How to use: I use this 3x a week after a warm shower. Wet my face. I use my Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Creme directly on the brush and gently move it around my face. The brush will automatically shut off after 1 minute.
This extra-gentle, creamy facial cleanser features the moisturizing benefits of Fair Trade Certied organic olive oil, Moroccan argan oil and cocoa butter, the antioxidant power of blackberry and rosehips and the mild cleansing of mint. It quickly removes makeup, dirt and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture. Great for even the most sensitive skin.
My face goes through a lot throughout the day. This luxurious nighttime mask restore’s my skin’s moisture after a long day of the frigid and dry temperatures in the office and a good sweat at the gym. It’s rich with avocado and apricot kernel oil to quench dry skin and uses Japanese seaweed to repair skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and premature aging. How to use: 2x a week. Gently massage onto skin at bedtime and tissue off excess. When I wake up my skin is so supple and soft after this mask. Important note: If I use this overnight mask, I don’t use the below products. This would be the last product I use in my nighttime regimen.
I swear by serums. Think of it as vitamins for your face. It’s concentrated and nutrient dense to deliver straight to target areas. I’ve been on a quest to find a natural, non-chemical, serum that actually works. So far I’ve been liking this product designed with regenerating fruit stem cell science for visible age defying results. It repairs cellular damage and has gotten rid of some discoloration around my face. I’ve also noticed a brighter, even skin tone and smooth texture with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. How to use: I switch off from this and the Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk serum. When I do use the Andalou Naturals serum, I place a few pumps on my palm and smooth on my face and neck.
This revolutionary treatment serum is a new product I recently introduced into my winter skincare and I’ve been loving it. I got a deluxe sample to try and may buy the full-size. It’s lightweight, yet intensely hydrating, penetrating deeply and absorbs quickly to fortify and repair skin for instant, long-lasting hydration that provides a fresh, radiant glow. Since I’ve been using this, I’ve noticed less dry patches and wrinkles. It’s as if my skin has been naturally plumped by the moisture. This is safe for sensitive and problem skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or dermatitis reported the product helped ease their skin condition. How to use: Massage three to five drops onto clean face, day and night after cleansing. I usually follow this up with Josie Maran Argan Oil.
Moroccan argan oil, extracted from the nut of the argan tree, is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This is a holy grail product that has multiple uses in my regimen. It can heal, condition and repair skin, hair, feet and nails. Tip: After drying my cleansed face, I place a few drops on my palm and press onto my skin. I also massage a couple drips into my nail cuticles. For an intensive moisturizing treatment, I place a few drops in my face moisturizer.
Put dullness to rest. This night cream is fortified with a system of time-released resurfacers, minerals, moisture-rich replenishers, and vitamins C, E, and H to refresh and support naturally radiant morning skin. Relaxing aromas lull you to sleep and dry, dead layers slough away leaving skin looking bright and feeling refreshed.