What Every Mom Needs Series: The Ultimate Stretch Mark Cream

Becoming a mother for the first time is like opening a new book and you don’t even know how it will begin or if the ending will be pleasant. I guess this is what you call having faith in knowing that the unknown can be a ride worth taking. Well, this is easy to say, but when it comes to stretch marks and rashes during pregnancy, we all want to know the secret to fighting mother nature. Ok, maybe at some point we have to realize that mother nature will always win, but instead, let’s learn to love the process and just find natural remedies to making the process easier. The God’s Nectar Skincare company believes in making your experience heavenly using natural ingredients in the process.

 

Organic New Mom MATERNITY Belly Butter

The organic belly butter is like the creme brulee for erasing the itchy and irritating side effects that come with dealing with stretch marks. Ok, to be honest, I’m not a mom yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune from having stretch marks. This is my confession and I hope you will be joining me on my Youtube channel as I create natural recipes for premature stretchmarks. Back to the Belly Butter, the consistency is not too thick, instead, it’s easy to apply and doesn’t feel like a paste. I love the light fragrance and the hint of essential oils which add an aromatherapy effect.

 

As you know, I am a childbirth educator and speak with many moms about stretchmarks and natural remedies, so this belly butter is at the top of my list for Best Products & Favorite Tips for 2017 Mamas.

Ingredients:Linum usitatissmum (flax seed) oil, * Olea europea (extra virgin olive) oil, * Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, * Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol water, * Aloe Barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, * beeswax, * Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) butter, L-Carnitine (amino acid), vitamin E acetate, Papaya,(and) ^ leuconostoc. derived from radishes)
(*) denotes a certified organic ingredient. (^) denotes a Ecocert approved ingredient.

Contains: Nutritious, oleocanthol & phenolic,antioxidant oils, calcium, magnesium, rose hips, vitamin E, Omega Oils, Vitamin K, oleic acids, d-limonene, argan oil, essential oils
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To get an up close shot of the Belly Butter, take a look at my video demonstration:

 

To purchase more of these products visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheGodsNectar for luxurious products taken from the nectar of Heaven

 

 

Here are some helpful tips for achieving the best results using this Belly Butter Creme:

This natural product is cruelty-free and contains only natural, healthy ingredients. There are no sulfates, no parabens, no petroleum, disodium EDTA, no artificial colors, no phosphates, no silicone, no gluten and no harmful preservatives.
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***PLEASE NOTE!!!

If you are postpartum, there are fabulous essential oils available for stretch marks. Neroli and Rose Hips are the best of them. If you’d like one added, please choose one in the menu or choose none.

If in the first trimester or if you do not want either, choose no essential oils.

If you are presently pregnant, I suggest leaving unscented, although it is claimed that neroli and rose hips is safe after the first trimester.

The best oils available for stretch marks, according to the latest research, are used in my belly butter. The beeswax seals them in! The essential oils that can be used in this product are fabulous and experts say are important in the reduction of stretch marks.They are neroli or rose hips. The Neroli helps regenerate skin cells. It is very lightly scented and smells a bit like bitter citrus. Rose Hips is loaded with Vitamin C and creates more collagen from your body’s chemistry. The choice is yours.
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More about Essential Oils:

ABOUT ROSE HIPS:
When the collagen and elastin in your skin tear, it forms scars known as stretch marks. Many factors and conditions can cause the marks to form, including weight gain and pregnancy. Although many doctors assert that genetics play a big role in whether or not you develop stretch marks, there is also a range of products available to help fight their formation, including rosehip oil, or rosehip seed oil as it’s also known.

ABOUT NEROLI:
To me, it smells like a bitter orange. However, the properties in it are said to be the best defense against stretch marks and preventing them. It assists in regenerating skin cells that are stretched during pregnancy.
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More about Stretch Marks:

Your skin is composed of elastin which can be thought of as a soft elastic tissue. It is soft, supple and stretchable but it too has its own limits. Some situations exert extra pressure on your skin such as sudden weight gain or loss, pregnancy and even rapid growth of your body during teenage years. Sometimes while exercising too, you stretch your body out of its limits. In such situations, you get those thick red or purple lines on your skin which is popularly known as stretch marks. Gradually these lines do fade away and become white or silvery white in color but they don’t go away on their own. You have to put efforts to remove these stretch marks.

Natural oils are excellent emollients and they have these capabilities to treat all scalp and hair problems as also skin issues including stretch marks. I have researched and identified the right type of oils for the very purpose. You should ideally gently massage your skin’s stretch marks with oil or cream for about half an hour daily. However, just applying oils or creams to the marks (something near to soaking them in oil) can also do wonders. If doing so, you need to apply cream or oil for about three to four times a day. The ingredients I use, with all their antioxidant properties and loads of nutrients, are considered the best oils to use in my cream for removing stretch marks.
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TIPS FOR YOU TO AVOID STRETCH MARKS:
Follow these simple ways which are highlighted below to remove, prevent and fade the stretch marks.
1. Drink water of at least 10 glasses of water or more in a day which results in regular detoxification of skin pores and restores elasticity to get rid of the stretch marks. Drink a lot of water will also help to maintain your skin smooth, soft and clear which in turns helps to have problem free skin.
2. Try to avoid coffee, tea & other beverages which cause dehydration and thereby easily forming stretch marks.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetable to get the essential nutrients, proteins and minerals, zinc, vitamins like A, C, D and E such as carrots, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, milk, eggs, fishes, nuts, meats, fiber-rich foods, dairy products, avocados, sunflower seeds, blueberries, etc.
4. Regularly watch your calories to avoid rapid weight gain or loss which is the main cause for the stretch marks. Follow the diet which suits to maintain the perfect diet.
5. Make sure to lose your weight normally but not suddenly and also avoid the sudden increase in your diet. Have perfect diet plan to avoid this stretch marks.
6. You can also use the combination of oils like orange oil in vitamin E, coconut oil with cocoa and shea butter in vitamin E oil, coconut oil with olive oil, etc. for additional benefits to prevent this problem.
7. Dry brushing onto the dry skin where the stretch marks  can be found will exfoliate the skin by opening the pores and removing the dead cells and dirt. It stimulates the circulation and helps to mobilize fats and eliminates toxins.
8. Regular, moderate exercise will help to maintain constant weight which in turn a cause for stretch marks.
9. Use grapefruit extract like lotion or oil to apply on the stretch marks by gently massaging on it. This will increase the blood circulation and also collagen flow to get rid of the stretch marks.
10. Always try to keep your skin well moisturized which in turn helps to prevent the stretch marks and also lessen the visible of appeared one.
11. Remember that not to scratch the area where you found the stretch marks as it makes the situation worse.
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Directions:
• Apply this cream to your stretch marks 3-4 times daily.
• Massage in thoroughly
Exfoliating with a sugar scrub before using this is an excellent idea. See scrubs in my “Skin Pampering” secti
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The ingredients in this formulation are completely pure and natural (97% organic), which will appeal to a wide variety of customers seeking an ingredient list that is understandable. Packed with nourishing omega-3 enriched oil, non-alcoholic witch hazel for toning benefits, aloe for soothing, and L-Carnitine which is a naturally occurring amino acid that significantly increases the hydration level when applied topically.  Lightly preserved with naturally derived leuconostoc – which is commonly called Leucidal or radish root ferment, this preservative is EcoCert approved for certified organic formulations.

97% organic and made with love!

 

XoXo,

Danna

🌸 A Cure for Bad Hair Days! Bibi Soaps

Ok, ladies do have bad hair days? Of course you do, every women in America have had moments. Then again, all you need is water and shampoo to tame the beast. As a naturalista, I find that having a hair system makes those bad hair days disappear. No you shouldn’t take comb to it right away, instead hop in the shower and grab the miracle shampoo bar. Bibi Soaps is my go to store for getting my hair and body renewed. This company models the word simplicity and that’s how life should be. As a women, we shouldn’t have to feel bad for  having a bad hair day, instead wash it with their Shampoo Bar.

 

Here is The Shampoo Bar:

The shampoo bar goes right the scalp and provided a deep moisturizing experience that will loosen the tangled knots. After submerging my hair with water, I rubbed the shampoo bar into my scalp and that’s all she wrote. My hair was moisturized, shiny, and soft. I would definitely recommend this shampoo bar to anyone, because this bar works well for all hair types. Hair types isn’t an issue this time, so what are you waiting for? Below is the organic ingredients in the shampoo bar:

Avocado oil, organic Olive oil, shikakai, amla, reetha and several others.

 

 

Here is my video review for Bibi’s  Shampoo Bar:

 

 

To purchase more of these products visit : http://bibisoaps.com/ and get beautified with their new body butters!

XoXo,

Danna

Have a Wonderful Week!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend here at True Vivant? Before you step into a new week full of uncertainty, I would like you to take these words with you.

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”- Frederick Douglass

Love always your friend at True Vivant and God bless.

XoXo,

Danna!

Daily Skin Love: Phoenix K Creations

So far we’ve been talking about the importance of keeping our skin and hair healthy in the recent articles, but what if we combine all of those topics in one article? Yes, I’m talking about a product line that caters to all of our needs. We are going into the two season where tank tops are worn and the wind is blowing, so everything has to be right! You deserve to feel free and unchained when it comes to your beauty, so having organic products to support your wishes is my passion. Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect company that has the same fire to match my passion.

The Phoenix K Creations focuses on Raw & Organic Beauty Products with Herbal Remedies that Detoxifies. Here is my video review and  thoughts about all three of Phoenix K Creations products.

 

 

Products Featured:
Happy Hair Oil
Conditioning Hair Mask
Pore Minimizing Face Mask

 

The first product on our list is the Happy Hair oil!

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I like to call this my 2 minute hair miracle! Currently, I have natural hair, so I try to do a lot of hair treatments. Honestly, weather your hair  is naturally curly or straight, proper moisturizing treatments is vital in repairing each hair strand and follicle. This is why having a reliable hair oil is great from hydrating the scalp and hair growth. Personally speaking, I use this hair oil every night and my hair has been looking even more healthier.

This oil strengthens and deeply nourishes your hair, preventing split ends and decreasing their appearance. It hydrates the scalp, balancing sebum production to correct oily or dry hair. Specially formulated to increase blood circulation, promoting hair growth and restoring natural sheen. This organic blend is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids making it ideal for treating and preventing hair loss, premature greying and environmental damage. The side effects of this oil are tangle free hair, hair holding a style much easier, hair growth going into overdrive and no more frizzy fly aways!

Here is the full nutrition details for the powerful oils in this Hair oil and styling benefits. Happy Hair Information

 

 

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The Conditioning Hair Mask  really gave my hair a deep treatment. I followed the directions for the mask and then applied it to my scalp and hair. The consistency was semi thin and had a floral scent. Mind you, this was my first time trying a hair mask in the form of a powder. Usually, I used cream masks  in hair and it worked too, so trying another method was a breath of fresh air and my mother enjoyed the powder mask too.

Here is a photo with the conditioning mask already in my hair:

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After applying the mask, I followed the recommended time and just waited for the magic to happen. As the moments went by, my hair was getting hard  and I proceeded to rinsing it out  in the shower. The final results was astonishing! My hair felt moisturized, revitalized, and cleansed, because using so many hair products during the week took a toll.

 

This mask hydrates the scalp balancing sebum production to correct oily or dry hair, and increases blood circulation promoting hair growth and restoring natural sheen. This organic herb and clay blend is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to strengthen and nourish your hair. The combination of detoxification and nourishment makes this hair mask ideal for treating and preventing hair loss, premature greying, environmental damage and dandruff. Rhassoul clay is unlike any other clay because it actually adds moisture to your hair instead of pulling out your natural oils. Despite being gentle and hydrating it still is an efficient detoxifying agent to remove product buildup and thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp.

Directions: Mix at least 1/3 cup clay with filtered water until clay is very liquidy. Avoid using metal when mixing since metal decreases the clays pulling ability. Apply to hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap and leave 30-45 minutes. Can be applied to wet or dry hair, but more water should be added when applying to dry hair.

Organic Ingredients: Rhassoul Clay, Calendula, Horsetail, Hibiscus Flower, Basil, Amla, Reishi, Parsley, Brahmi, Marshmallow, Rosemary, Chamomile, Arnica, Burdock Root.

Here is the full nutrition details about the Medical Values for the Conditioning Hair: Conditioning Hair Mask Information

 

 

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The Pore Minimizing Mask topped the whole product excursion! After I used the hair mask, you can say that I did the full course and used the face mask too. I followed the instructions, mixed the mask in a bowl and you will see the finished product in the video below as well. Note: My face was not dry after washing off the mask and I felt like my skin gained more moisture than it had before.

 

Here is a photo of me with the mask on and I will wash it off on camera.

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This mask deeply hydrates and nourishes your skin while thoroughly exfoliating it leaving behind healthy, baby soft skin. It shrinks enlarged pores creating smoother, younger looking skin and preventing dirt, oil and makeup from building up in your pores, thus preventing Acne breakouts as well. The wonderful selection of organic herbs in this blend were picked for their ability to increase skin elasticity, diminish wrinkles and even skin tone. Treat your face to a high dose of antioxidants to prevent and reverse environmental damage to your lovely skin!

Directions: Mix one-two tbsp. clay with filtered water until clay falls easily off the spoon. Avoid using metal when mixing since metal decreases the clays pulling ability. Apply a liberal layer, let dry, place a warm washrag over your face, then gently massage off in small circular motion. Apply your favorite oil or go bare and enjoy the natural hydration from the Rhassoul Clay.

Here is the full details and ingredients for Pore Minimizing Mask

 

Here is my full video review describing all of their products:

 

 

 

To purchase more of these products visit : https://www.etsy.com/shop/PhoenixKCreations to see more of their holistic products. Also, use the promo code TrueVivant to get 5% off.  The code is good for 1 year.

 

XoXo,

Danna

The Real Tea about Beauty: Teehaus Soaps

The perfect way to step into the new week is with a cup of tea. Ok, I’m kidding, but hot tea is essential. I love my word play, so let’s really talk about beauty and I’m referring to facial or body care. Even though, the company that I’m featuring supplies these products too, but what about our hair! Yes, hair health has never been more important. I have the perfect product that is small, convenient, and only costs 10 dollars.

The Teehaus Soap company is the new song on radio and the cherry on top of  he ice cream.  In my previous article, I’ve expressed that having natural hair takes a whole village to clean, especially when the cleansing products doesn’t get directly to the scalp.  So lately, I have ventured from only using shampoo bottles, to using shampoo and conditioner bars.  Here is my video review and thoughts about Teehaus Soaps products.

 

  1. SHAMPOO BAR: ROSEMARY PEPPERMINT:

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This little miracle in a small bar is my ticket to having clean hair. I received these bars in the mail separately packed and ready for use. As always, I like to follow steps when it comes to my hair, so I used the shampoo bar first. Note: After using this bar, I would recommend keeping it away from the water to increase the shelf life. Ok back to my description, the soap didn’t strip my hair of it’s natural oils and the lather was very moderate. Below is more information about the soap Courtesy of Teehaus Soap.

 

The Shampoo Bar contains avocado oil and wheat beer as conditioning agents for healthy, beautiful hair. Rosemary essential oil helps promote hair growth and repair damage, and rich mango butter and coconut milk combine to make this bar mild and creamy.

Unlike commercial shampoos, these bars do not contain harsh detergents to strip hair of its natural oils. Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo Bar is sulfate free and formulated to be gentle and nourishing.

To use, rub the shampoo bar directly on your hair or work up a lather in your hands. Rinse thoroughly and follow with conditioner.

Camellia Conditioner is the perfect match for our Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo bar, available here.

Save 20% when you order our solid shampoo and conditioner as a set, here.

You will receive one 3.5 oz shampoo bar in a recyclable post-consumer kraft paper box with our colorful Teehaus label. No plastic bottles = no waste!

Round bars measure approximately 3″ in diameter by 1″ thick.

Contains coconut oil, organic palm oil, olive oil, castor oil, wheat beer, avocado oil, mango butter, sodium hydroxide, coconut milk, essential oils of rosemary and peppermint, chloryphyll.

 

 

Speaking of the Camellia Conditioner bar, this is the hair smoothing remedy for the

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The conditioner bar is the complete opposite, the bar doesn’t lather or creates suds, instead it has a light creamy consistency when it touched my hair. I simply applied the bar to my scalp and proceed in a circular motion, to really give my hair a deep treatment. The smell was also light, so this wouldn’t bother you if you’re prone to offensive smells.  Both the Shampoo and Conditioner bars didn’t shrink after 5 uses, so this is another check mark on my list. Below is more information about the soap Courtesy of Teehaus Soap.

The solid conditioner bar contains natural and plant-based conditioning oils, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) for bounce and shine, green tea extract, and ultra-rich conditioning shea butter as well as camellia oil from the tea plant to promote growth and smoothness. This vegan conditioner bar lasts for a very long time, and is an economical, biodegradable, and healthy alternative to commercial conditioners. It has a light, refreshing natural scent of bergamot mint essential oil.

You will notice a difference right away when making the switch to natural hair care. Beautiful, healthy hair comes from natural cleansing and moisturizing to repair hair without damaging chemicals and sulfates. Camellia Conditioner bars are easy to use, long lasting, all natural, and appropriate for all hair types. They do not weigh hair down and can be used on oily hair. They are especially effective for dry, chemically treated, color treated or damaged hair. Camellia Conditioner bars are perfect for home or travel. Unlike commercial conditioners, these bars do not contain harsh detergents to strip hair of its natural oils. Camellia Conditioner is sulfate free and formulated to be gentle and nourishing.

To use, rub the conditioner bar directly on your hair and work through. Conditioner will feel soft and will not create a lather. Rinse thoroughly and style as usual. Camellia Conditioner is the perfect match for our Rosemary Peppermint Shampoo bar, available here.

Save 20% when you order our solid shampoo and conditioner as a set, here.

You will receive one 3.5 oz conditioner bar in a recyclable post-consumer kraft paper box with our colorful Teehaus label. No plastic bottles = no waste!

Round bars measure approximately 3″ in diameter by 1″ thick.

 

Contains Behentrimonium Methosulfate (vegetable based, from Grapeseed oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from Palm Oil), Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Honeyquat, Cetrimonium Chloride (a salt), Camellia Oil, Hydrolized Oat Protein, Panthenol, Bergamot Mint Essential Oil, Green Tea Extract, and French Rose Clay.

 

Here is my video review for both the shampoo and conditioner bar:

 

 

To purchase more of these products visit : http://www.teehaussoaps.com/ for more natural products!

 

XoXo,

Danna