If you’ve been following me for a while now, you will know that I love tea! From Matcha Green Tea to regular old Green Tea, I am a huge fan of tea! The problem is, so many of the popular tea brands are not safe to consume, as most come with artificial additives, suspect “natural flavors”, chemical infested tea bags and of course, most are not even Organic which means you are drinking leaves that have been saturated in pesticides. For my past blog on why I do not drink conventional teas, as well as some of the worst tea brands to drink, Organic brands even, click here.
Now that you know why drinking Organic tea is the best/only option for me, check out this new tea line I came across, THAO Tea, who specializes in 100% Organic, loose leaf tea. This tea line is super cool for anyone who prefers loose leaf tea, as well as tea that comes in fruity and delicious flavors, without the unknown “natural flavors”. While you will see natural flavors listed in their ingredients, THAO Tea’s natural flavors all come from Organic fruit or essential oils.
Awesome features of THAO Tea-
100% Organic Loose Leaf Tea.
Free of all artificial colors and flavors.
No risk of paper or plastic tea bags releasing chemicals into your boiling water.
Free of crystallized fruits, companies can lace their tea with crystalized sugar, without having to list it!
Thao Tea can be steeped a few times since the whole leaf is used, no tea dust here!
An integrity-based tea company with a passion for transparency.
The best part of being an Organic Beauty blogger definitely is getting cool new items before everyone else, however, it’s also cool for you all because I try to get my reviews up fast so you can get the good stuff before it’s gone too! A few weeks ago I reviewed the Spa Heroes beauty boxes, where I let you know that the July box would be one you would not want to miss!
Well, July is here and my new box just arrived, featuring one of my most favorite brands MAHALO. If you have followed thing blog since the beginning, you will know I have been a big fan of theirs which is why I suggested everyone sign up for this month’s box! MAHALO products are some of the very best, most high-quality, high-performing products out there, made with the highest standards and integrity at all times, making them impossible not to love. To read all about MAHALO, check out my previous blog on them here.
The Spa Heroes July Box came with:
MAHALO Pele Mask
MAHALO’s brand new Vacation Glow
In addition to the two above, I have the MAHALO mixing bowl and mixing brush, which were not a part of this month’s box, but crucial when using any powder mask.
How cute are all of these pink non-toxic items!? I am a huge fan of all things girly and glamorous so I wanted to capture a few of my favorite current pink things! Everything with a * next to it means there is an organicbunny code you can use to save a little money. And now for the details!
bkr Glass Water Bottle- I am SO excited my bkr glass water bottle arrived, I can now finally toss plastic water bottles for once and for all! These refillable bottles are not only reusable, they come with adorable silicone cases that you can also switch around.
100% Pure Pretty Naked Palette- I really did not think I would end up using this palette as much as I currently do! The far left blush color is so amazing, it’s the perfect pinky gold blush for the cheeks. I use this almost every single day now!
Kjaer Weis Blush in Lovely- I have not tried this color out yet but from the looks of it I am already in love with its loveliness! I love all things Kjaer Weis so I anticipate this product winning me over as well. To apply these blushes, I dab a bit on my fingers and then onto my cheeks, using a Beauty Blender to blend it into the rest of my foundation. *
I have posted a few times about my favorite Matcha Green Tea cashew milk latte’s, however, this post comes with an added bonus, 10% off all Glass Dharma glass straws! I ordered these glass straws about a month ago and they are for sure one of my top 10 favorite finds ever, making it super easy to eliminate plastic straws for once and for all. Before this Organic Bunny site, I had no idea that plastic straws were even bad for me, but thanks to my followers, I have now been informed of the hidden dangers in plastic and have decided to dump it for good.
Reasons I gave up Plastic Straws-
Each day humans use 500,000,000 plastic straws, that’s right, five hundred million!
Straws usually end up in the ocean where they slowly degrade into a toxic mess or are consumed by confused organisms.
In the last 25 years, over 6 million straws and drink stirs were removed from beaches during annual cleanups.
More than 90% of all trash in the world’s oceans is plastic which is considered the most detrimental man-made item in the oceans.
Plastic straws can only be used once, as they can easily melt and leak toxic chemicals onto other dishes when washed.
Straws are made from the petroleum bi-product polypropylene, which is essentially the same stuff that fuels our cars, and to think we then put this in our mouth?
When plastic does begin to degrade, it releases harmful toxins that pollute our aquatic ecosystems and ultimately destroys our environment, as well as the seafood many consume.
Over 1,000,000 seabirds fall victim to plastic consumption annually. Straws can easily be picked up, maneuvered, and swallowed, blocking the airway of birds and causing them to choke.
I never knew how easy it would be to find so many organic skincare options when I first began to make my switch to safer products this year, but honestly, the possibilities are endless! About a month ago I came across another company called Ayushi, a beauty brand that specializes in making one of a kind, Vegan, Organic and Natural beauty items. I noticed that they had several rose scented products and because rose is my favorite, I just had to try them out.
I also loved what they stood for after reading more about them online, not only do they make safe, beautiful products, they also are the first company to be the official sponsor for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. Working with organic farmers and local communities to help spread awareness of our ecosystem is an essential aspect of our operations which is amazing to see them be a part of.
All Ayushi products are:
Certified Organic and non-GMO
Free from all Parabens, Petroleum, Formaldehyde, PEGS, artificial color & synthetic fragrance.
PETA certified (No Animal Ingredients/ No Animal Testing)
Suitable for all skin types
Completely handmade, straight from lush farms nourished by the tropical climate of Kerala, India
If there is one product everyone must have in their bathroom, it’s the May Lindstrom The Honey Mud. When I say this is a must have item, I sincerely mean it, as I truly can not wait to slather my skin in this product every single day. Before I go on and on about how much I love this product, let me first tell you what it’s made to do!
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Use-
The best part about this mask is that it can be used daily as a cream cleanser or, as a hydrating face mask when needed. Because I am obsessed with this product, I use it as much as possible… I probably abuse it, to be honest, using it as a face wash daily and as a mask several times per week, I just can’t get enough of it!
Designed to free your skin of the day’s pollutants, this Honey Mud product is packed full of superfoods for the skin, leaving you with baby soft skin after every single use. I like wearing this mask while I shower to keep my skin from drying out in the hot water, and as a mask on my dry skin for up to an hour at a time.
I love beauty boxes, they’re the perfect way to try out new products you might not have discovered on your own, without having to pay for full price items. While it seems there are more and more beauty boxes popping up, they are certainly all not created equal, which is why I try to only share my favorite, top quality, worth the money boxes.
I recently came across a new beauty box subscription called Spa Heroes, a company who’s mission is to help women discover and experience healthier, non-toxic beauty products! Spa Heroes makes it easy to try out safer products, all while saving time and money in the process.
The Spa Heroes beauty subscription service is $39 a month, which gets you one full-sized product, all from high-integrity, non-toxic brands like Red Flower, Laurel Whole Plant Organics, Mio, Bottega Organica & more! When you subscribe to this monthly beauty box, you can trust that every single product meets their healthy ingredient, high-performance criteria, which really is nice to not have to worry about.
Besides getting one full sized product, you also get a few smaller goodies from the same brand to try out as well. This month’s box was beyond amazing, check it out!
I’m not normally a popcorn fan, mostly because up to 93% of our corn is genetically engineered and sprayed heavily with chemicals, but when Quinn Popcorn contacted me asking if I would like to sample their Organic Popcorn I thought, hell yeahhh, I can finally eat popcorn again! I have tried a few of the Organic popcorns I have seen in the stores, however, most are pretty dry and plain so I never really bought them again. Not only is Quinn Popcorn Organic and non-GMO, their popcorn comes in so many delicious flavors it’s hard to pick a favorite!
Besides making pre-bagged popcorn, Quinn also makes microwave popcorn, without all the scary chemical coatings and toxic plastic & metal bags. Because I refuse to use microwaves, I was happy to learn that these bags of organic corn kernels can also be popped the old fashioned way by using a pot and healthy oil of your choice.
If you love pretty things, in pretty packages then this post is most definitely for you! If you are into green beauty, you probably have heard about Lina Hanson’s products by now, but if you haven’t yet, let me tell you a bit more about her line! I first came across Lina’s products when I was looking for an organic perfume and discovered her Satori Perfume Oil. Not only is this perfume 100% natural, made from luxurious and aromatic oils, it holds up well and even comes in a cute and convenient little roller ball application. This perfume truly smells great, awakening the senses with its warm vanilla, sandalwood, and refreshing Japanese yuzu and ginger scent!
After falling in love with this super safe fragrance, I had to check out her other items, which lead me to finding this Limited Edition Gift Box, featuring ALL of her fabulous items in one pretty package for just $200. I have only used these items for a few days now, but I wanted to share this box while it was still on sale because this really is a great deal. The perfume alone was $105.00, so to know you get to try out all of her items for $200 seems too good to be true! About $53.00 off the original price.
One of my all-time favorite beauty products has to be hair oil, and after learning about how damaging my beloved Morrocan Oil is, I was desperately in need of a much cleaner alternative. Before I tell you more about my safer swap, I would like to take a second to talk about why products like MorrocanOil are so damaging for us. While most people probably assume that these products are simply natural oils that nourish and tame our wild tresses, the ingredients of these products are anything but.
So, what’s really inside MoroccanOil’s hair products? Take a peek!
D&C Red-17– This is used as a colorant and is considered a class 3 carcinogen. You should avoid all products with this ingredient in it, at all times. Skin absorption has been seen.
Parabens– These preservatives may cause healthy cells to grow and survive like cancerous cells and can also be found in various breast tumors. Parabens are also endocrine disruptors with multiple links to allergic reactions.
Fragrances– A combination of over 3,000 fragrances can be added to our beauty products, which very often lead to hormone disruptions and allergic reactions.
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone– This is added to leave a pleasant fragrance, however, this is toxic to aquatic organisms and can cause various allergic reactions.
Cyclomethicone– This is a silicone-based compound.
Coumarin– Used to increase aroma, this ingredient can lead to skin irritations or allergic reactions.
Behentrimonium Chloride– Another ingredient known to cause irritations to the skin.