Essentials For Living A Green Day, Every Day

What's it mean to "live green"? Well, everyone has a different view on the matter, but to me, it encompasses living a clean lifestyle with intentionality and purpose. One that not only includes healthy and mindful activity, clean eating, promoting a clear mind, but maintaining beauty in a pure, conscious way. Not only with what we put on our body, but with what we put in our body, and what we surround ourselves with.
The products I've picked to chat with you about today are a few of my daily staples I simply cannot do without. As you can see in the photo below, these are products that contain stellar ingredients, maintain healthy skin, smooth legs, clean teeth, ambience and hold wonderful, relevant content—in fact, one of my all–time favourite magazines! 
Alright ladies, let's chat about smooth legs! Shaving isn't all that... especially when you get razor burn or annoying ingrown hairs from a dull blade or poorly formulated shaving cream. I've found a solution though! Oil! Yes, oil seems to do the trick for me when I want a close shave. Enter in Oui Shave Santal Shave Oil: Formulated to heal dryness, this shave oil uses sandalwood, vitamins A and C to improve skin texture and tone, and omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9 to rejuvenate and repair your skin. You're skin will be prepped and ready for a super close shave! 
HOW TO USEAllow the warmth of your shower to soften your skin and hair, opening up the pores (about 5–10 minutes in). Dispense 1–2 pumps of shave oil into your palm, and apply to desired area. The shave oil is lightweight and meant to be used on wet skin, so it glides on easily.
If you know me, you know I'm a HUGE candle fanatic. But that can get tricky, seeing as how conventional candles have some incredibly dirty ingredients in them. Aromatherapy candles that are scented with synthetic oils release microscopic particles that can cause cancer and other health problems when inhaled. Yuck! Then there's the fact that most candles are made of paraffin wax, which puts out highly carcinogenic toxins—benzene and toluene. Apparently these toxins are the same ones found in diesel fuel fumes... yuck! I mean, who'd want  carcinogenic soot around their house for a few hours? Not I! 
Woodlot Coconut Wax Aromatherapy Candle's are where it's at! These candles are a mix of pure essential oil blends and completely petroleum free, gmo free and phthalate free! And they're in a recyclable glass jar and have a burn time of up to 40 hours. If it didn't get any better, it just did. They come in a variety of scents, all wonderful and unique in their own way. I highly suggest you checking them out—especially if you're a candle-freak like myself!
Next up, we have a must–have for the face—a facial mist! I will admit, I am a bit of a facial mist fanatic. (I know, first candles, now this?! Ha.) Facial mists are amazing for a pick–me–up during the day, to set your makeup in the morning, or to just give yourself some extra hydration, with clean ingredients and nutrients! 
Mel Millis England Phytonutri Rose Hydrolate Mist Tonic is beautifully scented with pure Rosa Damascena (Damask rose) Flower Water. The hydrolate of the rose is extracted during the distillation process of the precious essential oil creating an incredibly calming and soothing tonic. This certified organic tonic stimulates cells regeneration and soothes redness caused by irritation, helping your skin to flush out toxins. With less toxins in your skin, this allows your cells to better absorb nutrients and hydration by balancing your skin’s pH level. If that wasn't enough, it also plumps and smoothes fine lines while brightening dull and tired skin AND it's packaged in a unique wildflower seed container that you can tear up and plant in a pot or the ground. Now you see why I love it so much? ;)
HOW TO USE: After cleansing your face, mist toner onto your face and neck. Follow up with a moisturizer or serum. Use the mist throughout the day for a quick pick–me–up and hydration. 
I don't know about you, but I know I've had a bit of trouble over some time, finding the perfect "clean" toothpaste. They're either sub–par in the flavour category, contain some nasty ingredients—such as triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic colours and fragrances—or their packaging could use improvement. So when I kept hearing amazing reviews on Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste, I had to give it a go. Consensus? It's terrific! I honestly don't know what I did before it. It cleans my teeth well, freshens my breath well, and the packaging (sucker for aesthetics over here) is perfect. Plus, Davids is committed to safe, natural ingredients to promote personal and oral health. So, I've listed below the benefits Davids has that makes this toothpaste so incredibly loved!
  • Fluoride Free  Davids has chosen to not include fluoride in their formulation, due to health concerns surrounding this ingredient.
  • Sulfate Free – (No SLS) – Davids has substituted SLS with a more natural ingredient derived from coconut oil (sodium cocoyl glutamate), which is sulfate–free.

  • No Artificial Flavors, Sweeteners, Colors, or Preservatives – Davids toothpaste is naturally sweet (not too sweet), naturally flavored, and naturally preserved.

  • 100% USA Farmed Natural Mint Oil Flavoring – Davids partnered with leading mint experts (who knew!?) to develop a custom mint flavor, using premium mint oils from various mint growing regions around the U.S. 

  • Not just MADE IN USA… USA Origin too (big difference!) – At Davids, they use ingredients farmed, mined, and processed in the USA….98% of the ingredients are USA origin (2% Japan), supporting the sustainability of the USA economy and American jobs! Learn More

  • Sustainability….Nature+America+You – Davids is focused on sustaining the environment through the packaging they use…sustaining the USA economy and American jobs by using the highest possible content of USA origin ingredients and packaging.

  • Cruelty Free – Davids does not do animal testing in the development of their products. They are also a member of Leaping Bunny (, which is a coalition of companies dedicated to the promotion of humane animal treatment.
Last, but certainly not at all least, one of my favourite healthy living magazines: Thoughtfully Magazine. In short, Thoughtfully Magazine is an independent publication inspired by nature and design. From recipes to DIY skincare to makeup looks, sustainable fashion and amazing articles with inspiring people..this magazine is for those that want to live thoughtfully. The belief is that when we give thought to what we put in and on our body, it affects the environment around us. I'm a firm believer in that, and after checking out the Magazine issues (there are seven right now), I hope you are too! (Pictured here, a page for a DIY Firming Facial Mask from Thoughtfully Magazine – Issue 7)
I hope these products inspired you! Let us know what your favourite every day essential item is in the comments below!
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Lainie Rëhn - Apr 17, 2017

Hi Sammie! Thank you for the awesome articles with great product swaps! I’m curious, is that a safety razor? If so, would you mind sharing where you found it and how you find using it? A razor is the next thing on my list to swap out – but I feel too chicken to get a safety razor! #klutzy
Thank you! :)

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