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Got a bunch of compliments on this little REI hiking number and travel dress while in Caymans. Perfect for the chillier nights after a day spent in the sun. And now, REI members get 10% back. Enjoy a treat yourself moment every spring with your REI Annual Dividend. A great reason to join (other than their cute clothes!)
It was SO amazing to nominate + assess the Natural & Organic category for Glamour Magazine ( let’s face it’s – it’s amazing that there even IS a Natural & Organic category at all!)
I felt such a sense of pride to see so many familiar names and faces.
I truly feel like we all started this journey together (many of the companies nominated have popped up in the last decade or so), and it’s been amazing to watch a few of the awesome brands that I once found on Etsy taking their rightful place in the beauty cabinets of women worldwide.
I had a blast, and for months to come whenever I’d connect with a certain brand owner or two, they’d go,
“Oh heeeey! I know you!! You’re the one who nominated us for best lipstick!!!”
“Aren’t you the girl who voted us Best Sunscreen in Glamour?!”
That was me.
Well, I had the privilege of being asked to do it again this year!
Cue happy dance and confetti!!
I am also in this months issue of Glamour Magazine! Page 88 🙂
I am so excited to share my favorites in Natural & Organic!
Check out Glamour’s full list here and explore mine below:
This was one of my favorite picks and Glamour featured it! This formula not only provides great sun coverage, it also contains avocado and jojoba oils along with organic shea butter—which is high in fatty acids, so it moisturizes and hydrates skin.
I was so excited to sit down with The Chalkboard Mag this month to talk about natural beauty and healing from the inside, out. I’ve been a huge fan of The Chalkboard Mag since I first began my wellness journey in 2011. They provide an incredibly curated hub for all things healthy for beauty, mind, body and spirit. I was super honored when they approached me about doing a Green Goddess Guide and happy to answer some questions about my own personal routine. You can read the full article here or check it out below. Chalkboard shares:
Simplicity is a glow’s best friend. Gorgeous wellness blogger, Tara Mackey, is sharing her secrets for natural beauty, reminding us that it’s not all about the potions and products…
IT’S EASY TO GET swept away by the clean beauty scene. With so many cool products to play with, we sometimes forget that simplicity is a glow’s best friend – and love being reminded by Green Goddesseslike Tara Mackey. We love that this blogger, author (and soul singer’s!) approach to natural beauty is easy to embrace. More than that, we love that her path reminds us of why this all matters in the first place.
Diagnosed at a young age with medical conditions that required a slew of prescriptions, Tara made a hard left turn for the West Coast and a new lifestyle of non-toxic, intensely nourishing living. Her book, Cured By Nature, tells the inspiring story in full.
Tara’s does not disappoint – read on and be sure to grab her personal beauty elixir recipe below!
CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT…
My supplements. They solve everything from fatigue to a mood crisis and even balance out my tummy, my skin and my hormones throughout my travels. I could forget everything else in my bag as long as I had my supplements.
IN A PINCH I…
Grab some Waxelene and go! It solves dry skin, chapped lips and can even add a glow over or under makeup. It’s my totally organic Vaseline replacement!
ALWAYS IN MY EVENING CLUTCH:
Dr. Bach’s flower remedies. If I’m stressed out or tired, I’ll grab my flower remedy of choice and add just a few drops under the tongue for instant and natural relief.
A fresh fruit salad. I add almonds, tofu and greens for an extra boost and glow!
My Beauty Juice recipe. I’ve been making it every day lately! Great for dark circles, redness, hair and nail growth; it fights acne scars and puffiness. It’s amazing – get the recipe below!
FOR ULTRA-GLAMOROUS EFFECT:
I’m really simple, but normally to “glam it up” I add a dab of RMS Beauty highlighter to the corner of my eyes. I know it sounds subtle, but it truly makes all the difference!
I’ve been loving Nudus Australia lately – their formulas are organic as well as very nourishing and long lasting.
Food is my favorite beauty tool. I’m loving my Body Boosting smoothie lately. It really kicks my glow up a notch!
WEIRDEST BEAUTY HABIT:
I’m crazy about oral hygiene so maybe my charcoal coconut oil pull, which I do nightly. I recently pulled this one out around my family and they were like, “What are you doing?!” because the charcoal turns your teeth black. It’s temporary though! Brush, rinse and your teeth will be as white as ever!
5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?
Relax. You’re not broken. You’re beautiful and capable and everything will work out in the end. Keep writing and don’t stop creating.
6. What does love feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).
Real love is like planting a garden: it’s a lot of hard work, there are some setbacks, but you can grow and harvest a lot of fruitful things together that can sustain you for life.
7. What does your daily routine look like?
I wake up early, stretch, meditate and begin by reading a book. I make a smoothie and a healing breakfast, then I take my dog out on a hike or a beach run, followed by an organic skincare routine. I like to get all of this done before I start any ‘work’, which is why getting up early is so helpful.
8. What’s your favorite thing to look at?
Nature. I love looking at the sky, especially out in the mountains with a 360 degree view. It never ceases to amaze me.
9. Describe your perfect weekend.
An unplugged weekend on the beach with a book, a cooler of kombucha and some organic snacks with my dog and my love.
10. What do you worry about the most?
I try not too worry too much. It’s a bad habit. But I have a hard time slowing down.
Honestly, the idea for this plan popped into my head before I completed my last plan, but boy – did it take a LOT to bring the vision for it together.
Here’s the skinny!
As I’ve explained here, I had one of the smallest chests ever, plus – my whole body was super tiny from years of health issues. I felt weak, flat chested and I looked borderline unhealthy! What was to be done?
I went to work – reading, researching and playing guinea pig via fitness on my own body. I’ve spent every single day of the last year and a half practicing and perfecting ways to enhance my curves. Within just a few weeks, I was staring in the mirror and smiling. I finally – FINALLY – was looking at the body I had always wanted!! I had increased a cup size, trimmed my waist, reduced stretch marks, and gotten the booty I had always wanted! And I knew I had I share this with the World!!!
I worked with a doctor, 2 chiropractors, a physical therapist and a human physiologist to form this program. Plus, I incorporated my own flair and shared what’s worked for me – personally. It’s a combination of body sculpting moves that I’ve been doing every day for almost a year, shared in this form because I’ve gotten amazing results!
This Plan Will:
Build + Enhance Boobs
Tighten + Tone Butt
Firm Your Core
Trim Your Waist
Strengthen Your Arms
Flatten Your Abs
Naturally Sculpt Your Body
No Experience? No problem!
Side Effects Include:
Rapid, Efficient Weight Loss
A More Voluptuous Shape
Waist Trimming Made Easy
Long Term Fat Loss
A Healthy Physique
A Clear Road To Permanent Change
With BONUS TIPS & A Rocking Playlist To Move + Groove To!
35 pages of body sculpting workouts that you can carry with you on the go. Combines upper and lower body sculpting moves to obliterate fat and enhance curves – totally naturally! Targeted – no more trouble zones. This program is tailored just for you, no matter what your fitness experience!
I also included my fitness journey, a booty-shaking playlist, pro tips and self-love affirmations throughout the plan!
These simple movements range in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone! Done just a few minutes daily, the body of your dreams is effortlessly yours.
These fat busting, butt and chest sculpting workouts will build and train your body, enhancing your curves in no time!!
Most people I know are on a quest for amazing hair, so with newly rising concerns about exactly what’s IN our conventional hair products, I was inspired to share my favorite clean products with you! Want perfect hair without the compromise? Keep your routine simple and light with these award winning, stylist-approved products. They’re guaranteed to give you plenty of style options while maintaining your hair health. I’ve tested and listed the cleanest, best products on the market by hair concern (Volume, Shine, Repair, Protect), so you can start achieving healthy, fabulous hair – today!
Balance Shampoo by Josh Rosebrook is crafted to offset excessive oiliness and create volume with aloe vera, gentle natural cleansers and advanced herbal infusions. Rich natural plant oils and herbal actives work in synergy to soften, add shine, treat scalp conditions and stimulate follicle circulation. This increases the flow of nourishment, encouraging strong, continued hair growth and more volume.
Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray by Captain Blankenship is a texturizing and moisturizing hair spray that helps add waves and life to your hair, giving it that just left the beach look and smell. A must have for mermaid hair! Atlantic Sea Salt adds texture and gentle beach waves to hair. Organic Sea Kelp Extract is naturally rich in beneficial minerals and vitamins that nourish both hair and scalp. Organic Essential Oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa create a beachy rose scent, and maintain volume while being an easy-to-use styling tool.
Essential Lite Conditioner by Rare El’ements is a wonderful hydrating conditioner that’s perfect for those looking for a nutrient-rich, shine-enhancing conditioner that adds a little more volume to their tresses. Not only does this conditioner restore, re-hydrate and add shine, it also helps shape and form the hair to make blow-drying and styling a lot easier. The all-natural Murumuru butter, Marula African “Miracle oil”, the healing elements of Camelina and the deep nourishment of Baobab are ideal for normal, curly or fine hair. Color safe, no synthetic fragrances, no silicones, no parabens. I love this conditioner!
Lift Spray by Josh Rosebrook is an amazing spray and a daily go-to! I like that the natural oils and minerals give the hair almost a matte look, but it isn’t so heavy that it diminishes natural volume and shine. A herbal synergy of horsetail, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary and peppermint gently stimulates the follicle and scalp. When the hair follicle is stimulated, the bulb is nourished through increased circulation, creating stronger, thicker hair.
Argan Oil by Acure Organics is absolutely perfect as either an overnight hair treatment or to promote shine. Just saturate the hair with the oil, wrap it in a towel or shower cap and sleep on it! Another way to use it is for flyways or split ends, as it nourishes hair and promotes shine. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give hair a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturiser.
Omega 9 Hair Mask by Rahua injects roots with life and shine, promoting scalp health and preserving color vibrancy. Unlike other oils that coat hair strands, Ungurahua Oil, rich in Omega-9, consists of tiny molecules that penetrate into the core of each strand to heal and fortify, infusing thirsty hair with moisture.
Marula Cocktail Leave In Hydrating Mist by Rare El’ements is a rare blend of penetrating oils that add a luxurious natural shine to the hair and deep conditioning throughout the day. This lightweight treatment features the most sought after nutrient-rich oils that include the “African Miracle Oil”, Marula and the shine-enhancing moisture-boosting benefits of Baobab Oil.
Enrich Mask by Josh Rosebrook is a hard working hair conditioning mask blending the most exotic, beneficial oils proven for hair revitalization. Enrich works to significantly improve dry and damaged hair texture. Precise amounts of fatty acid-rich plant oils from African Marula, Baobab and Argan, Jojoba, Tahitian Tamanu, Hemp and Coconut with ultra-hydrating aloe vera and potent active herbal infusions create a powerful synergy to dramatically soften, restore shine, elasticity, and manageability. Josh has done it again!
Ultra Repair Hair Mask by Evolvh is an intensive treatment for hair that has been compromised by color or bleach processing, heat styling, or environmental factors. Highly effective for smoothing coarse, curly or frizz-prone hair. Leaves hair bouncy, shiny and silky no matter its previous condition.
Bohemia Verde Hair Elixir by La Bella Figura is a long-time favorite! a sensually sweet hair elixir designed to enhance shine, enrich dull or dry hair, and smooth frizz with a potent blend or hydrating oils. Perfect for using on the ends of hair to repair and strengthen. Works marvelously as a hair treatment!
Capillary Strengthening Blend by Tammy Fenderblends restorative oils to create a formulation that delivers the highest content of essential fatty acids, vital nutrients and bioflavonoids necessary to repair and rejuvenate the skin’s delicate tissue at the deepest level. The healing properties of chamomile, neroli, rose and carrot seed strengthen capillaries, increase circulation and stimulate the regeneration of healthy new skin cells.
Anti-Aging Hair Growth Serum by REVERIE treats your hair and scalp to Cake, a restorative serum that smoothes, soothes, protects and promotes growth. This leave-in treatment is powered by active ingredients such as Apple Stem Cells to delay the aging of hair follicles, and Hydrolyzed Protein from the sweet white lupine plant restructures and regenerates. A blend of essential oils, including Frankincense, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang, complete this intensely hydrating formula.
Anti-Hair Loss Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo by PURA D’OR is the only shampoo in the market that has a natural preservative system derived from 100% plant based extracts. This is combined with premium ingredients that are free of SLS (Sulfates), Parabens or any other harmful chemicals. It has all the advance DHT blockers of our proven formula plus more. All ingredients are clinically proven to help with thinning hair and scalp problems. DHT is a hormone that is responsible for hair loss. Thinning hair is a problem to men as well as women, that’s why prescribed drugs like finasteride are on the market and can be used to fight against hair loss.
Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo by One Love Organics blends a unique blend of highly absorbent Georgia Kaolin Clay, hyularonic acid, and silica rich bamboo extract, Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder softens, strengthens and nourishes hair between shampoos, during travel, or for an anytime pick-me-up. Great as an alternative to taking a million showers!
The Petroleum Jelly Alternative by Waxelene will be the answer to ALL of your beauty needs! Only 4 organic ingredients, this 100% truly raw, all natural formula is really for all your hair, nails, face, body needs – and anything in between. This vaseline alternative is great for treating everything from dandruff to fly aways! A dime size amount if amazing for hair protection or a nightly hair mask to reduce split ends, nourish, and Waxelene does not clog their pores or cause skin irritation, so it’s also great following hair removal treatments. Line your hairline with this if you dye it to protect your scalp and forehead.
Clarifying Conditioner by Acure Organics promotes shiny, soft, healthy, clean hair. Organic argan oil, argan stem cells, pro-vitamin B5 and CoQ10 help support hair keratin and strengthen hair follicles. Absolutely love this formula – and so does my hair! Organic cocoa seed butter and olive fruit oil provides moisture. Hair is softer, smoother and more manageable. Safe for color treated hair!