Tara Mackey & Sustainable Shanti: Do What You LOVE What You Do

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There are a handful of mantras that have gotten me through the year.  One of the most dear to my heart is the one that drives my life, my career, my philosophy, and everything that I do.   One of the first things I convinced myself in my process of getting well was that work was inevitable.  No matter when I felt better, no matter when I wasn’t depressed, I was still going to have to find a way to pay my bills, my rent, get food, feed my dog, and live my life.  But I swore that no matter what I chose to do after leaving my 9-5 (or 8-two days later…) my work HAD to be enjoyable to me.  It HAD to inspire me and propel me and challenge me.  It HAD to change me for the better, and make me a kinder, smarter, more open minded person.  And I HAD to love what I did.  Otherwise, it wasn’t worth doing, and knew I was going to end up exactly in the same place that I had begun.

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It’s the mantra that I wake up every morning telling myself, that has gotten me through months of being bed-ridden and what I say to just about everyone who asks me, ” So wait – what do you do again?”  It’s why my first thoughts in the morning are full of wonder, energy and inspiration, instead of a bunch of 4 letter words, and looking for the snooze button and closing my blinds.

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I am more than happy to bring you a brand with the exact same philosophy (as seen in their adorable packing!)

Sustainable: Of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged

Shanti: (from Sanskrit शान्तिः śānti) Peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.

Sustainable Shanti’s products are always handmade from well-sourced organic ingredients.  Emily, found, creator, and all around sweetheart, says, ” We never test on animals or use ingredients that have been tested on them, and never use any chemicals, preservatives or pesticides in our products.  We don’t want to just make “stuff”–it’s important to us that our company contributes to the greater good with integrity.  We believe in ahimsa, a yogic tenet that teaches non-violence: non-violence to our Mother Earth and non-violence to each human being on this planet.  Spread the LOVE.” Image

I LOVE to spread the LOVE!  My best friend is visiting from New York, and she mentioned needing a good sunscreen (which you may need for two months out of the whole year on the East Coast, but which I apply here daily to chase sunspots and to keep from aging very very quickly!!).   It doesn’t work to prevent burning (there is no SPF), but it protects and nourishes your skin and locks in moisture, so I was more than happy to recommend her Sustainable Shanti’s Sun, Don’t You Burn Me No More!, from Emily’s brand.  The smell is natural, earthy, and it goes on beautifully:

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 I have been using the Saving Face Salve to combat breakouts and keep moisturized, which it does wonderfully.  And I’ve begun to use Rosie’s Working Woman Wonder Deodorant daily.   This is my first experience with natural deodorant, and I absolutely love it.  It’s long-lasting, smells natural, is no-mess and really easy to apply!  I have only really used baby powder before, as that’s all that I trust.  The majority of brand name FDA approved underarm antiperspirants (a preparation that reduces underarm sweat) or deodorants (a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors) cause breast cancer. The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.

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The belief that parabens build up in breast tissue was supported by a 2004 study, which found parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from human breast tumors.

Well.  Now isn’t that really.really.scary?  Listen, guys – I don’t know about you, but I’m not trying to risk cancer just so that I don’t smell bad.  Image

 As an aside, the study found that the age of breast cancer diagnosis was significantly earlier in women who used these products and shaved their underarms more frequently. Furthermore, women who began both of these underarm hygiene habits before 16 years of age were diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age than those who began these habits later.  So, if you don’t have to shave every day, don’t do that either. <3

Josh was more than happy to give his review on the razor face balm (which I personally love for it’s smell and his temperament after it’s use 🙂 )

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He says, ” It makes my face feel like a million dollars.  It feels like I went from poor man to rich man.”

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🙂  I think his smile tells all!

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 Of the foot fungus, he says, ” I don’t really like stuff on my feet.  But it was nice once it dried!  I felt like I was walking on gold.”

I’m excited to give it a try!

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Emily has been so sweet, so kind, and it really means the World to me to be able to support her in what she does and affect so many people so positively with her products.

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We THANK YOU for buying handmade. <3

I LOVE sharing independent Organic Brands so say Hi to Emily here

and you can reach out to me here! 

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.    -Howard Thurman