The Importance of Setting Time For Yourself

We live in a fast paced world. We’re constantly working. We’re mindlessly scrolling. We’re looking for the next big thing to make our lives better. We’re so concerned about how others are making it through their life and not paying any attention to how we are making it through ours. Anxiety, depression, comparison…it all comes to surface. We begin to wonder how we can have a happier, fuller life for ourselves.

We live in an age where work schedules are inconsistent and long. We wake up, go to work, then come home. We’re trying to take care of families, cooking dinner, and then…we are on our phones for the rest of the evening. What we don’t realize is that we’re simply wasting our own time. We’re not taking the time to do the things we love. Instead, we want to live vicariously through others. 

In the past, I have noticed that if I don’t set some time for myself, I am anxious, frazzled, and unmotivated in my daily tasks. I have a hard time focusing on tasks at work and home. I lose motivation to maintain the cleanliness of my living space. My insecurities come to surface if I don’t take the time to take care of myself. In this day and age, it’s tough to actually put yourself first. 

Photo by Lum3n on Pexels.com

So what can we do to actually make time for ourselves?

It’s simple. Schedule it.

Scheduling time for yourself is an effective way for you to enjoy what you love doing whether it is reading, shooting a bow, watching a tv show, or having a spa night. When you schedule time to do what you want to do, you lower your chances of canceling that dedicated time. It doesn’t have to be two hours of your day. It can be 30 minutes or an hour. Want to read? Schedule it before you go to bed. It’s a great way for you to wind down for the evening. Want to watch your favorite tv show? Give yourself time to watch an episode or two right after dinner. One of the best ways to schedule your time is writing it down in a planner or on your phone’s calendar. When you see that reminder, you are more inclined to give yourself that allotted time. 

Why is it so important to set time for ourselves?

Setting time for ourselves allows us to hit the reset button. It allows us to escape from the crazy world we live in. It also allows us to wind down from the events that may have occurred at work or during your morning or evening commute. Our mood is better when we take the time to do the things we truly love. We gain knowledge and inspiration from the things we do. We continue pursuing the things we love. We’re also able to reflect on our day or events that happened in the past. It allows us to find ways to do or be better at whatever we are doing.

Keep in mind that it is okay to be selfish and make time for yourself. I know we like to take care of others and accomplish as many tasks as we can in one day, but eventually, you burn out. You lose focus on your goals and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Setting time is beneficial to your wellbeing. Remember to schedule it and don’t take a raincheck on that time. If you have to start with 10 minutes of “me” time, then that’s better than nothing. Your goal is to be the best version of yourself and setting that time for you is one of the best ways to do it.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

How to Be Cleaning Efficient

So many of us work full time and have families to take care of or spend time with. In this fast paced world, it’s overwhelming with the amount of tasks we need to accomplish in our home.  As a result, we put off our tasks until the weekend. Before we know it, Sunday night is here and we prepare to start our week all over again. As we continue going through this vicious cycle, we feel as if we are stuck and cannot find a way of freeing up our weekends from housework and errands. So what can we do to get out of this vicious cycle?

Be efficient. Efficiency is a way to save us time, money, energy, etc. If you want a free weekend or maybe even a weekday, you have to be efficient. You’d be surprised with your accomplishments in a given amount of time. 

How Do I Become Efficient When I Have a Busy Work Schedule?

I’m going to be honest with you…You aren’t going to be able to clean your entire home or apartment in one day. First, you need to strategize. Which room do you want to tackle first? On your first day off in the week, deep clean that room. Don’t tackle any other rooms because you’re gonna be overwhelmed. If you have Saturdays and Sundays off, only tackle that room on Saturday. Leave Sunday for something you want to do whether it’s watching a movie or going hiking.

For example, I spent my day off deep cleaning our master bathroom. I wiped down the floors, counters, shower walls, and the toilet. I took the time going through our items under the bathroom counter and organizing them in the correct bins. I threw away items that were no longer used or had expired. 

Throughout the week, maintain the cleanliness of that room. Put everything back where it belongs. If you tackled a bathroom or kitchen, wipe the counters down daily. Wipe down your shower and scrub your toilet once a week. When you begin maintaining a clean room, you begin to free up more of your time for something else.

This past Monday, it took me 5-7 minutes to wipe down the shower walls, clean the toilet, sweep the floor, wipe down the counter, and change out the bath towels. Everything else was already put back where it belongs because I took the time to put it back once I was finished with that item. 

On your next first day off in the next week, start in another room. Remember to continue your maintenance on the previous room from the previous week before. Take time on your second day off to do something you’ve been wanting to do. Continue this cycle until you have accomplished a clean home. Just remember to be mindful of where you’re placing your items when you’re finished. This will save you a lot of cleaning and maintenance time in the long run. 

So when do you maintain your clean space?

I like to do my maintenance throughout the work week. I make a list with 3-5 tasks I want to tackle for that day, whether it’s vacuuming, loading/unloading the dishwasher, straightening up the living room, etc. I set a timer for 20 minutes and begin my tasks. When time is up, I reevaluate what I accomplished. You will be surprised what you can accomplish in 20 minutes each day.

If I’ve noticed anything, it’s that I have appreciation and a clear mind from having a clean space. I am able to locate things easily because they are in their correct home. I am able to start my day in a tidy space which allows me to get myself together physically, mentally, and emotionally for the day. I don’t have to tackle a lot on the weekends because they’re already taken care of throughout the week.

This will take some time before you notice a difference in your home and your cleaning habits. This will not happen overnight. In the beginning, it can be overwhelming, but with weekly and daily maintenance, you will be able to free up more of your time for the things you want to enjoy. Remember efficiency is key and setting time for your tasks will make a huge difference in balancing your home and work life.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

How To Enjoy Your Own Company

As humans, it is our nature to be in a pack, big or small. We like to do things together, eat together, sit in the same room together, etc. We are used to always having somebody with us no matter where we go or what we do because we enjoy having company. We view our company as a safety net in case things go wary or we lack the confidence of experiencing new surroundings and events.  But what if you want or have to do things alone?

I’ve always considered myself a loner. Don’t get me wrong, I have my family and friends who I spend time with. I love interacting with my coworkers throughout the workday.  However, there were times where I was simply alone. There were places I wanted to go or things I wanted to do, but I never could find the right person or people to do them with me. Life would take over. Plans would fail. Disappointment would settle in. Overall, it was a struggle.

Over the years, I’ve learned to enjoy my own company. I started this adventure in 2016 where I experienced my first time eating alone at a restaurant. I was celebrating my first big girl job and wanted to celebrate. My family and friends were busy on the days I wanted to go. Therefore, I took it upon myself to celebrate for me. At that time, it wasn’t a common thing to see a 26 year old female sitting in the middle of a crowded room eating by herself. The interesting piece of this was, the server initially felt sorry for me when they had approached my table. When I began explaining the reason I came, it all made sense. My first experience eating solo was odd, but the service was exceptional.

Fast forward to 2019 when I took my first road trip on my own. I traveled from West Virginia to explore the surrounding areas of Fayetteville, North Carolina. I once had a dream of packing up my bags and moving there to start my life over. I was looking online for job openings at local schools. I even physically located the home I had dreams of buying. The trip itself was a liberating experience. I had the chance to explore botanical gardens, eat at a local diner, attended a random antique car show and shop at local clothing boutiques. 

So how do you enjoy your own company?

First of all, start small. Go somewhere you are familiar with, whether it’s at a local coffee shop, movie theater, or a mall. Once you’ve become more comfortable with these areas, begin expanding. Pick a day where you want to explore a new place. Find a local place that you’ve been wanting to visit such as a park, restaurant, shop, etc. and just go. Visiting a park? Pack a lunch and your favorite book. Going to a restaurant? Get to know your employees and get some insights on their favorite dish. Go somewhere local until you are comfortable, then expand.

My biggest rule going exploring a new area myself:

Enjoy my surroundings and stay off the phone as much as you can. There are times where people use their phones and mindlessly scroll in order to avoid uncomfortable situations. This is something to be mindful about because if you’re on my phone at a new spot, how are you supposed to get the full experience?

Initially, it’s an uncomfortable situation when you’re out and about by yourself. Over time, you begin to enjoy your own company. You get to do the things you want to do. You can go places you’ve been dying to visit. Plus, you can have a good time by yourself. It’s simply getting over the first hurdle and getting yourself adjusted to a new experience. 

If you have had similar experiences, I would love to hear about them. How long did it take for you to begin enjoying your own company? What were your initial thoughts and feelings when you enjoyed a new experience by yourself? 

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Motivational Monday: Making Your Bed

It’s Motivational Monday friends!

Each Monday, I want to talk about some things that motivates me throughout the week. Today, I want to talk about the one thing I do that starts my day…making the bed.

Over the years, I was not one who made my bed each morning. Like some, I had the idea that my bed was going to be messed up again once I got in it at the end of the day. Therefore, I didn’t even bother. I didn’t even think that having an unmade bed would have some negative effects on my routines and mental well-being.

In the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, I started looking for inspiration on being a better version of myself. I knew that being in quarantine wasn’t going to be a positive experience for my mental state so I looked into reading self-help books and finding social media influencers who strived to make better versions of themselves. So what did all the inspiration I found have in common? Making the bed.

So why make your bed?

Making your bed has a positive impact. When you make the bed in the mornings, you are starting off your day with the intention to have a successful day. Doing something so little can have a ripple effect on your day. When you’ve accomplished one thing, you begin to feel motivated to complete other tasks such as house chores or maybe writing a blog post. 

The Physical Effects of a Made Bed

Having a made bed has some positive effects. When you have a neat and orderly room, your mind is calm and clear. You become more inspired to find ways of becoming more goal-oriented and successful. If you’re like me, having order in your bedroom reduces stress and anxiety.

Making your bed only takes five minutes to do. Make it a goal to make your bed as soon as you get out of it. If you’re waking up super early, set an extra five minutes to complete the task before you leave for work. If you are starting out, challenge yourself 60 days to make the bed and take note of how you are feeling.  You’ll be surprised how one little thing can improve your mental and emotional state. 

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Gainful Review

Over the years, I have tried many fitness supplements to help me reach my potential. I was highly interested in using pre-workout and protein powders. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of paying a lot of money for something that tasted so chalky. Therefore, I stopped trying and continued my exercise routine until 2018.

I’ve been looking for a different supplement routine for quite some time, a couple weeks before Josh and I started going back to the gym. I came across a new supplement brand and was interested to try it. As you continue reading, I am going to go over this brand and my experiences so far.

Who is Gainful?

Gainful was founded by co-founders, Eric Wu and Jahaan Ansari. Their mission is to create a personalized supplement routine that fits our needs. Every single one of us are different based on our lifestyle, performance, and health goals. By taking a five minute quiz, Gainful is able to customize the products that suit your needs and send them to you based on the frequency of use.

My supplement routine from Gainful.

What did my supplement routine include?

After taking the quiz, I was recommended their pre-workout, protein powder, hydration powder, protein flavor boosts, and a shaker bottle. I chose strawberry lemonade as the flavor for the pre-workout and hydration. The protein powder is flavorless, thus the reason why I included the flavor boosts in my routine. I got cookies and cream as the flavor and a sample pack containing seven different flavors. 

Is it affordable?

Gainful is a pretty pricey subscription service. Every 3 weeks, Gainful will send you what you need. For the entire bundle (minus the shaker bottle), it costs a little over $100.

Pros: 

-Customizable based on your health needs.

-Provides ideas on how you can incorporate Gainful into your everyday life.

-Provides flavor options: drink it with a Madagascar vanilla flavor boost  or add the flavorless option to your favorite pancake recipe.

-Access to a dietician, if needed.

-Ran out your hydration sticks but not the protein powder? Just go to your subscription and edit what you need for the next shipment.

Cons:

-Price point: Again, it is a pricey subscription service.

-Protein powder can get clumpy when mixing it with a liquid.

My Takeaway:

Overall I am pleased with how well the system works. I can tell how easily I have recovered from my workouts so far. It has helped me boost my hydration and curb my appetite. All the protein flavor boosts are delicious and the protein powder does not have that gritty feel. I was very pleased with the pre-workout. It’s not gritty nor chalky. The effects begin to work within 20 minutes.

If you are looking for a fitness supplement and are willing to pay the price, I would recommend this product to you. Every couple of weeks, I receive an email for their dietician going over ideas on how to recover from workouts based on nutrition and how to incorporate Gainful in your everyday routine. I am looking forward to sharing more of this product with you as my fitness journey continues. If there are supplements you use, I would love to hear what you use and why you love them.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Thwack, Crack, and Robinhoods

If you live near coastal North Carolina and Virginia, it is difficult to find archery ranges. Josh, William, and I had the opportunity to shoot our bows on a local range in Suffolk, Virginia. The range wasn’t fancy, but it was doable for what we were wanting to do. We were just happy to find a place to shoot, to be honest.

Last month, Josh and I decided to shoot for Hoyt this year. We wanted to try something a little different. I ended up getting the Hoyt Eclipse which, to be honest, shoots better than the Mathews Prima. Don’t get me wrong, the Prima shot well, but it didn’t fit me well. Since shooting the Eclipse, my shots have improved.

While at the range, my goal was to practice my form and stay as consistent as possible. I shot my first arrow at 30 yards. When I drew back my second arrow, I aimed where my first arrow was sitting. As soon as I released the second arrow, there was a loud crack. We all knew what that loud sound meant…a robin hood.

If you’re not familiar with archery, a robin hood is when an arrow enters into another arrow shaft. Some archers call this a success. Others see it as money going out the window (arrows are not cheap!). This occurrence doesn’t happen very often because it is difficult to shoot the exact same way every time. There’s a lot of factors that can affect your shot…the weather, your anchor, your follow through, etc.

My first robbinhood at 30 yards (top).

So how did I feel about this robin hood?

There were some good feelings toward that robin hood. First of all, I’ve never had a robin hood further than 10 yards. At 30 yards, that says something. Within the last few years, it has been a journey to get myself shooting the proper way. It’s also taken me a long time to learn how to focus and train my mind to trust the process in the shot. That robin hood told me that I’ve become comfortable with my shots. 

Having better equipment built my confidence in my shots. The Eclipse fits me a lot better than the Prima did. It’s lighter in weight and the grip fits my small hand. Last year, I had a lot of issues with the grip on the Prima. I was torquing my bow so much last year. Having a smaller grip gives me a better grip while drawing the arrow back. Less torque means fewer left and rights.  It also has a smoother draw cycle which also gives me indication when I’m creeping on my shot before I release my arrow. 

This year, I’m feeling more comfortable and confident in my shots. Although I won’t be competing much this year, I look forward to getting out and slinging some arrows. It’s still a passion of mine that isn’t going to die any time soon. 

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Rekindling My Relationship With the Gym

I used to be a gym rat.

I spent seven years going to the gym. I enjoyed working out. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the common folk who attended. It was my second home.

I started in the Summer 2010. I began my journey with cardio. I spent a lot of time on the treadmill and cross trainer. By October 2010, I ran my first 5K. It was simply amazing achieving that goal. As a result, I continued to go to the gym on a regular basis.

Throughout the years, it was my form of therapy and stress reliever. I was commuting to school every day, attending long hours in education courses. As soon as I got home, I would make the effort and workout. Not only did it feel great to have a good workout in, but it also felt great to socialize with the regulars. Those who attended this small gym weren’t all young and hip. Some were older, maintaining their health. Others were there just to get out of their house. It was something I looked forward to.

Keep in mind that I wasn’t extremely serious about how I looked. I wasn’t toned. I still ate everything I wanted. I simply enjoyed the post-workout experience and feeling once I went home. 

January 2018 (left): I was on my way to hitting an all-time low in my life. Now (right): I haven’t been back to the gym since. I have my ups and down physically, mentally, and emotionally. I look forward to returning to this fitness journey.

I didn’t get obsessed with it until Summer 2017. I was dealing with a lot of personal issues. Anxiety and depression was coming to surface. I simply couldn’t hold in my anxiety anymore like I used to. I wasn’t eating a lot. I lifted weights hard. I was seeing those results I would see on social media. I loved it and I wanted more of it. I was becoming obsessed with my physical appearance.

I stopped going to the gym in the Spring 2018 after my divorce. I simply stopped talking to people. My mental health was getting worse. Life was getting harder for me as I had to start over in my life. The only things I had going at the time were my family and job.

Over the years, I wanted to go back to the gym because I missed working out. I missed the interaction along with the availability of equipment. I couldn’t muster the courage to visit a new gym and start over. The thought of it made me extremely anxious.

Last Tuesday, I began another adventure by going back to the gym again. Josh has encouraged me to try again. I was scared and anxious at first, but I was able to get through my emotions and start. We spent at least 45 minutes at the gym before we left. I am honestly glad that I took that first step because honestly, it isn’t easy. Especially when I had emotional and mental ties to fitness. I hope I can do this again without having the mental breakdowns and the fear of losing everything again. 

I’ll be keeping you all up to date on how things are going. I look forward to bouncing back and being the best version of myself.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Big Adjustments, Small Breaks

Photo by Madison Inouye on Pexels.com

I’m sorry for being MIA for the last couple of weeks. I have been needing a break from my blog and making content due to some mental setbacks. With having a new job and making adjustments to a new area, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I wasn’t sleeping. My anxiety and depression came back for a few days. I just simply wasn’t myself.

I’ve been trying to get used to working long hours again. My schedule has been very inconsistent which has triggered some of my anxiety. I’m used to consistency, working 5 days on and having 2 days off. Not work one day, take a day off, then work three more. I work days and evenings. It’s been very tiring as I have been doing my best to have the energy to do things outside of work. 

I did get to go to West Virginia for a couple of days to see family and check on the house. To say I was so happy to be home was far from my emotions. In fact, I was still depressed, stressed, and worried. I worried about my house. I worried about the little amount of time I had in West Virginia. I was stressing over things that were beyond my control. I simply knew I was feeling anxious and depressed. 

So what have I been doing within the last couple of weeks while dealing with these episodes?

I’ve simply been taking it one day at a time. I’ve been facing my problems head on and diving deep into the roots of my issues. Simply talking about it has been quite helpful. I’m able to get a different light on what’s sparking my anxiety and how to handle it.

I’ve also been taking the initiative to do some research on anxiety and some small techniques to try if my anxiety comes back. I’ve been making the effort to get a better night’s sleep by using my weighted blanket, staying hydrated, and reading before bed. I’ve also been researching foods that can trigger anxiety and depression. I’m looking forward to cutting back on the things that can trigger them.

Adjusting to this new life has been challenging, but I refuse to go back to my old one. If I don’t continue this adventure, how am I going to grow? How am I supposed to live life if I don’t get out of my comfort zone? These questions have been on my mind lately. 

Life is hard, but it can be interesting. I’ve been doing my best to make myself at home in North Carolina. I’ve been getting to know my coworkers a little more. I’ve been interacting with the public. I’ve been staying motivated by listening to podcasts, reflecting on my days at work and how to be better, talking to my family, and making clean spaces in our apartment.

All these things have helped me in the last few days. I know these things aren’t always going to help, but any motivation and technique that helps me get through the day is better than not trying at all. As time goes on, I am looking forward to continuing to share my adventure with you. This blog is not dead just yet. There is more to explore.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

March’s Read: River Rocks

Now that the weather is trying to break, the itch for an adventure has been settling in.  While the weather (and work schedule) hasn’t been ideal for an adventure, I decided to live vicariously in a book.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to meet author Steve Kittner at a seminar. Each teacher was issued a free copy of his book, River Rocks. Taking place in the hills of West Virginia, two boys named Josh and Eddie go on a summer adventure when they come across a red milk can containing a cryptic message. The boys decided to research and discover clues that lead to Confederate gold from the Civil War. 

River Rocks by Steve Kittner

I really enjoyed this book because of the familiarity of the setting in the book. I have had the opportunity to explore the area and kayak the Elk River long before I picked up the book. I could picture myself being with the characters as they worked together to solve the mystery. It was actually the neatest experience for me.

They also like how the story gives you the old timey, small town feel. Although the story takes place in the early 2000s, the small town setting makes you think that the characters lived in the late 20th century. In the story, Josh and Eddie are all about being outside whether it’s riding bikes, camping or fishing. Everyone knows each other in the town and there’s always mannerisms involved. I honestly wish we could go back to the days where social media wasn’t involved and people were kind to one another. Life was much simpler without technology.

In the story, unlikely friendships were developed. Josh and Eddie become friends with high school graduate, Giselle, and the school bully, Brad. This is another part of the book I like because at a young age, we get this idea that we cannot be friends with someone who isn’t in our age group nor have similar family background. A lot of times, we tend to look at the surface instead of seeing what each and every one of us is capable of doing. For example, Brad came from a rough home life, but he could build a raft out of plywood and milk jugs. To me, that is a special talent. Brad’s project gave him an opportunity to break the chain and have a better life when he got older. In real life, you can break the generational chain by being you and sharing your talents with the world.

Kittner did an excellent job piecing some of the characters to the mystery of the missing Confederate gold. The adults involved in the hunt had an ancestor who had witnessed or overheard the story of the train robbery at the time. Their stories are carried from generation to generation which became a link to the missing puzzle. As I read this story, I would try my best to picture the story from everyone’s point of view until all the sides were told. As the entire story unfolds, so does the amount of time Josh and Eddie had to find this gold before their enemies did.  

If you are seeking an adventure, I would highly recommend this book. Once I started the story, I couldn’t put it down. The one thing I do regret is that I didn’t read this book sooner. If you are a teacher (especially in West Virginia), this book would be a great resource to incorporate into your learning standards. This is a very enjoyable read for everyone of all ages.

If you have read this book or any other Steve Kittner’s books, let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie

Four Eco-Friendly Products I Am Currently Using

Eco-friendly products are the hype nowadays. Everyone wants to be conscious about the products they are purchasing and what goes on behind the scenes when that product was made. Everywhere you go, you see the terms “sustainable” or “eco-friendly” on most of the labels. Being eco-friendly is becoming more mainstream each and every single day.

If you are a beginner at finding eco-friendly products, it can be overwhelming. Therefore, it can be difficult to discover what is worth your money and purpose in buying the product and what is considered to be “green washing.” I am going to share four eco-friendly beauty products I am currently using. I will give you a little background information about the company and the price points they have on their products. 

UpCircle Beauty Facial Scrub

If you have been following along with my blog from the beginning, you know that I have done a couple of reviews on their moisturizer and facial scrub from UpCircle. Their belief is that you should have to pay a lot of money in order to be sustainable and ethical. I really like this scrub because it is made out of used coffee grounds collected from local coffee shops in London. The scrub does a great job exfoliating the dead skin cells while leaving your face feeling fresh in the end. They do not use artificial fragrances in their products which took some time for me to get used to because the scents are quite different. Overall, I would recommend this facial scrub to everyone. You can purchase the scrub from the UpCircle website or ULTA for $20.

Melixir Vegan Lip Butter

I’m going to be honest with you…I am a long time fan of Burt’s Bees chapstick. However, within the past few months, I found that their chapstick was feeling too watery and not nourishing my lips quite well. I bought Melixir Vegan Lip Butter as an Amazon purchase last February. As I continued to dig deeper into the brand, I found that they wanted to go against the grain in the beauty industry and refuse to test their products on animals. I also found that the company wanted to create a skincare brand that allowed consumers to be mindful in what they consume in their bodies every day. The Vegan Lip Butter is creamy, soft, and very nourishing on my lips. You can purchase this product from their website for $12.

Kevin Murphy Angel Wash Shampoo and Conditioner Set

I discovered these products at a local salon in Chesapeake, VA. Based in Australia. Stylist Kevin Murphy wanted to create products that are natural and sustainable. All their packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable. The products are also concentrated which means you use less of the product while still getting that cleaning experience. As of right now, I really like how my hair looks after shampooing and conditioning. My hair is shinier and softer after each use. I will be doing a review on these products in the future to let you know what I truly think of the products. The shampoo and conditioner set is going to be the most experienced product I am  presenting (Shampoo is $35; conditioner $36). You can purchase these products from the Kevin Murphy Hair website or find the nearest Kevin Murphy retailer near you.

Earth Harbor LA SAL Mineralizing Soap Bar

Earth Harbor is a little different from the rest because it specifically focuses on oceanic life. This brand created products that are non-toxic and synthetic free.  Now that body bars are becoming popular again, I wanted to find something that did a great job cleansing without stripping the oils from your body. The bar is actually fragrance-free which I also like because I am not a huge fan of fragrances as I get older. Although it contains minerals, the bar is not as textured as you think. Overall, I am pleased with this product and will continue using it in the future. You can purchase Earth Harbor’s Mineralizing Soap Bar for $12 from their website.

I hope sharing these four brands will get you started if you are thinking about making the switch. My advice to you is to find small businesses, research their core values of the brand, and support them by purchasing directly from them. I believe this is where you are going to have more bang for your buck if you are looking to be more conscious when purchasing products. 

If there are any eco-friendly products that you use, let me know. I would love to check them out and give them some business.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie