Brown sugar body scrub by Annie Carlson


Now that winter is here to stay, ugh, my skin is in desperate need of help! This recipe is adapted from the amazing people at  Scratch Mommy.  I've always been a fan of scrubs, but they sometimes can be so expensive and when reading the ingredients it seems most things can be found in the kitchen! I love the brand Now Foods for the oils listed below. You can buy this brand at Wholes foods and i'm sure other natural grocers in your area.

Brown sugar body scrub:

1.5-2 cups organic brown sugar

1.5 cup melted organic coconut oil

1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1/4 cup fine organic sea salt

contents of 2 organic green tea bags (I love Numi Jasmine Green Tea)

about 20 drops Lavender oil

about 10 drops Rosemary oil ( you can use any combination of scented oils you like!)

Mason jar or glass container of choice

Exploring natural beauty products by Annie Carlson


Over the last few years I’ve been trying to clean my beauty routine up, and have met some challenges. For one, I’m a young professional trying to live on a budget, not wanting to spend a fortune on foundation and the like. But, I care deeply about purchasing products that are cruelty free, and that have natural, non-harmful ingredients… AND I want the products to perform beautifully and last all day (can’t a girl have it all?!). I totally believe its possible to have natural + performance beauty products.  However, I do understand that we live in a modern world where we can’t always find or afford to purchase the most pure AND effective products. I guess I would say my must have is the product being Cruelty Free, but I’m always looking for the best. Below are a few of my recent favorites.

Do you guys have any recommendations? Looking for a go-to natural mascara.