Monday, March 19, 2018

Aromatherapy 101: Using Ceramic Ultrasonic Diffusers for Essential Oils


We put to the test Eden's Garden New Ceramic Ultrasonic Diffusers for Essential Oils

What Is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

In short, an essential oil diffuser is a machine that spreads your essential oils into the room, often breaking its molecules into smaller parts. If you love essential oils, chances are that you want to use them to perfume your house naturally, like myself! Well, diffusers are to me the best tools to effectively disperse their nontoxic and organic scents in your home, workplace, or even your car.

I have to confess that I love diffusers. They are a wonderful way to experience the aromatherapeutic qualities of plants without having to deal with sprays, dilutions or complicated systems. The latest technology in diffussers combines ultrasonic waves and a ceramic vessel to make the most of the precious essential oils. Today, I want to share with you my experience with Eden's Garden Ceramic Ultrasonic Diffuser, who were kind enough to send me a sample to test.

A girl holding a cup of coffee while using a ceramic ultrasonic diffuser

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Eden's Garden Essential Oils, My Personal Experience

flatlay with computer, glasses and flowers

Eden's Garden has an Affordable Range of Essential Oil Blends

When it comes to essential oils, Eden's Garden is one of the big players with a comprehensive range of products and affordable prices. Aside from having everything that an essential oil enthusiast can ask for, Eden's Garden has an impressive assortment of essential oil accessories, carrying cases, and diffusers.

That is why I wanted to share with you my unbiased review of a few products of their line that I received as PR samples. Please note that this is not a payment in any way or form, nor it does affect the views I share below.

The Eden's Garden Experience

Four essential oils from edens garden, citrus dream, bliss, allure and align

Eden's Garden has an affordable range of essential oils that are perfect for those curious about how aromatherapy works without spending big bucks. Eden's Garden manufactures and sells its own line, so there are no third-party sellers involved.

Really, it's as easy as going to their site, buying whatever your heart desires, and receiving it home, with the added value that they have a wonderful customer service that will answer all your questions. I should know, because while I was testing their products I also called their phone line to test their support, and had a wonderful experience. Instead of pushing any products on me, the customer service assistant answered my questions about different blends and how to use the diffusers in Europe.

Picture of an essential oil with eucalyptus leaves and a ceramic rabbit

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Interview with Katharine L'Heureux, from Kahina Giving Beauty

A white frame and a flower vase with colourful plants indicate the interview with Katharine L Heureux from Kahina Giving Beauty

Kahina Giving Beauty is a 100% natural and organic indie beauty brand that celebrates the traditional beauty secrets from Morocco and impacts directly the life of Berber women in the area. Today, we speak with Katharine L'Heureux, the green soul behind a project that rescues the secrets of the hammam while empowering women.

In this interview,Katharine and I discuss the new trends in green and natural cosmetics, the preservatives used in natural formulas, what's the hype behind argan oil, and how choosing green cosmetics and a slow lifestyle can positively impact the planet and many communities around the world.

Katharine L Heureux is opening a traditional Moroccan door

Katharine is a treasure trove of information about traditional hammam rituals, and knows Morocco extremely well. Working with local communities to offer stable and well-paid jobs, one can't help but wonder if names aren't a symbol of what life might become. As her surname "l' heureux" means "the happy one" in French, I for one am not surprised of the positive energy she puts forward by using beauty as a means to spread joy in two continents.

For more information about the products themselves, I suggest you read my full review about Kahina's Beldi Soap and the Prickly Pear Face Oil. If you are looking for true Moroccan beauty products of the highest quality, you will love the brand!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

7 Niche Gifts for Valentine's Day

February the 14th is fast approaching, and we have found 7 niche gifts for Valentine's Day that are ideal to treat yo'self or that special person in your life (yep, that includes your BFF!). 

Because Valentine's Day is all about love, we have included some fair-trade, cruelty-free and all-natural ideas to show some much-deserved tenderness to Nature and humankind. And now, without further ado, this is New York For Beginners' 2018 Valentine's Day Gift roundup!

7 gift ideas for valentine's day including an exvoto heart soap, an organic lipstick, a chocolate face mask, a beautiful red poncho for traveling, farmhouse fresh a bunny loves you gift set and fair trade chocolate bars from hoja verde

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sol de Janeiro puts a Sexy Touch on the Hand Cream

A girl with red socks is reading a book

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and Sol de Janeiro, a cult-favorite beauty brand, has just launched a tantalizing hand cream that promises to put a sexy touch in your daily life. With skin-loving ingredients and the irresistible "Bum Bum" scent, Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Touch Hand Cream is a silky, nourishing, and sexy hand cream reminiscent of the long tropical beach days in Copacabana.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

My Top 10 Favorite Organic Beauty Products of 2017 (Part I)

Now that 2018 is rolling in, it's a great time to look back on my Top 10 favorite organic beauty products that 2017 has left behind. For me, 2017 was a gloriously green year as I had the chance to discover some wonderful organic brands that stole my heart.

So please, seat back, relax, and enjoy my very personal list of my top 10 organic beauty products of 2017. As you can imagine, this is the most difficult roundup of the year because I only get to choose ten from so many. Funny story, and although I'm European, this year 9 of my top 10 happen to be organic brands made in the USA by responsible corporations. So, if you like to support the buy local movement, this organic beauty roundup is for you!

If you want to explore a bit more my green endeavors, visit my "green" tag here to learn more about the wonderful natural brands I discovered in 2017.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Interview: Josh Wadinski, Plantioxidants, and the Clean Beauty Revolution

Dried herbs and plants to introduce an interview with Josh Wadinski, co-funder of Plantioxidants

For the last post of the year, I decided to interview Josh Wadinski, the co-founder of Plantioxidants with green beauty lover Susie Wang (a.k.a. the girl and the brains behind 100% Pure.) As the clean beauty revolution continues to make headlines, I believe it is important to remember what organic means, what does the USDA seal guarantee, and how to choose the right product for you. Waste not, want not!

For those unfamiliar with the brand, Plantioxidants was recently launched in September as a luxury, organic skincare range with clean ingredients and a rich antioxidant content. Designed to protect skin from everyday aggressors, the whole line is vegan to guarantee that it is good for humans and the environment as well. Composed of 12 different products with a price range between $78 and $155, the line includes cleansers, toners, masks, serums, and everything your green heart desires.

Plantioxidants USDA Organic Power Seed Menagerie Oil with a background of flowers

And now, without further ado, let me say goodbye to 2017 in style by introducing fellow clean beauty warrior Josh Wadinski. Here's to a wonderful and green 2018!

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best Essential Oil Blends for the Winter

An essential oil rollerball with roses and dried herbs

In this post, I want to share with you my best essential oil blends for the Winter. The new season brings the sound of snow falling, the scent of sleeping nature, and a feeling of new beginnings that I absolutely love. However, the Winter season can also be a challenging time when we have to face our New Year resolutions and tackle new projects with just a few hours of daylight.

That is why I love to use aromatherapy and essential oils to enhance my mood, lift my spirit, and sometimes give me an extra dose of energy. Although I like to play around with my own concoctions, I wanted to share with you my favorite organic essential oil blends that I use during the Winter.

EO Aromatherapy Blends: Uplift

Essential oils blend to uplift with flowers and citrus by EO essential oils

As I was born and raised in Spain, I am used to having more sun hours during the winter. And as much as I love living in New York, every time the new season rolls in I get a little depressed, and that has to do with the fact that I grew up in a country with more hours of light. In the winter, it will get dark around 6 pm. In New York, it can be as early as 4.30 pm. And that truly affects my body.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Stocking Stuffers: Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

Oh, the feeling of happiness that stocking stuffers give each an every Christmas! These thoughtful yet relatively inexpensive gifts can make a memorable impression. To make your holiday shopping a bit easier, this Holiday Gift Guide features wondificent (yes, as in wonderful + magnificent) stocking stuffers under $25 for the whole family.

holiday gift ideas for stocking stuffers under 25 dollars

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

11 Fantastic Gifts For The Whole Family Under $100

'Tis that time of the year to think long and hard about what you are going to ask Santa for your family. To help you decide, we have compiled a list of 11 fantastic gifts for the whole family under $100. Luxurious and simply fantabulous (yep, fantastic and fabulous!), they are examples of how the finest things in life don't come with a hefty price tag.

And now, without further ado, welcome to our Fantastic Gifts Holiday Gift Guide!

{Psst... For more wonderful ideas, click here to visit all New York For Beginners' 2017 Holiday Gift Guides!}

Holiday gift guide with ideas under 100 dollars including an IT cosmetics brush set, an Elizabeth Taylor cologne, an organic skincare bundle by erbaviva and a curated gift box by give lovely