Ningxia!

Have you tried Ningxia Red? (AKA Ninja Juice??)

This stuff is great and a must have in this house! It is great in smoothies, and the pouches are great when you are on the go!

The Main ingredient is Wolf Berries but it also has other fruits and essential oils too!

Just so you know Wolfberries are also known as Goji Berries! Read the YL info here: https://www.youngliving.com/…/pro…/ningxia-red-60-ml-singles

From the Reference Guide:
Suggested Use: Take 1-2 oz twice daily as needed. Shake well and refrigerate after opening.
Body Systems Affected: Immune System, Liver Function, Eye Health, and Energy Levels

 

I take mine with a drop of grapefruit oil, or in a smoothie. There are lots of ways to take your Ningxia! Here are some to try.

Alright guys… I went ahead and did the math. I broke down the NingXia Red options for us so we know exactly what we are getting PER 2 OUNCE servings. The reason I did the 2oz serving is because that’s what the packets contain

NingXia cost breakdown

(Prices are wholesale)

30 single packets (2oz packet)
60 total oz
$2.82 per 2oz

60 single packets (2oz packet)
120 total oz
$2.75 per 2oz

90 single packets (2oz packet)
$245
180 total oz
$2.72 per 2oz

2 pack bottles (25.361 oz bottle)
$71.00 wholesale
50.722 total oz
$35.50/bottle
$2.80 per 2oz

4 pack
$127.00 wholesale
101.44 oz
$31.75/bottle
$2.66 per 2oz

6 pack
$187.25
152.166 oz
$31.21/bottle
$2.46 per 2oz

8 pack
$243.50
202.888 oz
$30.437/bottle
$2.40 per 2oz

If you are local to the Austin area and would like to do a Ningxia buy in, let me know! I order this often and tend to get the 60 count box of singles. I would love to save price per oz and get you a good deal too!

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Product Review: Mariah Shaving Oil

Miriah Shaving Oil from Young Living

2 1/2 stars out of 5 (for shaving) 4 out of 5 for other things
retail $29.93
https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/mirah-shave-oil

 

 

I was not impressed with this product. I have been looking for new shaving products. I always used shampoo for shaving but I am no-poo now. I am okay with most Bar soaps sore shaving my legs, but not that most sensitive bikini area. So I give in and use my husband’s shampoo. I had hoped that this was the answer.

I had never used a shaving oil before and that may have been the biggest issue. I found the razor got clogged up too easy and it was hard for me to get a good shave. I tried it twice.

I did think it made a great after shave! After reading the label closer I found it was full of great oils for skin. So I now use it for my face!

About the Packaging:

Little waste. The bottle is hard plastic and I think it will be reusable! It has a solid plastic lid that may not be needed. It looks recyclable. I still have mine just in case. Also sealed in plastic that was not needed.

 

waste: Plastic wrap around the bottle

Pros and Cons:

Pros

  • smells good
  • makes so
  • ft skin
  • Good for more than shaving

Cons

  • Not sure I like shave oil
  • Seems to have unnecessary packaging.

This product is great if you like shave oil, and it is a great skin product! I still use mine, just not to shave with.

 

Fine print: This review is not endorsed in any way by the company, this is a product I already buy. I am a Young Living independent distributor.

Learn more about Thieves Cleaner

Are you looking for ways to keep your home clean without all of the toxic chemicals? Let me tell you about Thieves Cleaner! This product is great for the DIYer and those who are not!

We all want to live in a clean, healthy home. If you have children or pets this just adds to the work that needs to be done.

For decades we have been told you have use products like bleach to have a clean home. Guess what, that’s not true. There are safer ways to keep your home clean and that is not only good for you but safe for your pets and kids!

I personally feel that with enough vinegar, baking soda, lemons, and some Thieves you can clean the world.

Take a moment right now to look at your cleaning products. I promise, no judgment from me. I used to use those piney floor cleaners, bleachy sprays, toxic fabric softeners, and even odor covering sprays. I was young, kids are messy, and I did not know better.

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Savvy Minerals from Young Living

OMG So this is really big! I am so excited about this!  One of the biggest arguments I have with my teen daughter is over toxic beauty products. Honestly, that is one reason I started my Sustainable Hair care and Hygiene Facebook group.

Personally, I don’t wear makeup, but that is more because I don’t care for it. My daughter, on the other hand, thinks about going to beauty school. I want to support her but I hate buying all of that toxic stuff for her. We tend to fight and more than I care to admit, I give in and but whatever nail or makeup she is asking for. I try to find the healthiest version of what she is asking for, but that is hard to do.

So when this was announced, I work that girl child up! I showed her the images as I saw them! She wishes there were more colors (rumors say they will be expanding), but she is so excited and I will start building her collection in July!

Let’s start with the ingredients!

  • Gluten-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan-friendly

*ingredients may not be included in all products–this is a comprehensive list:

  • arrowroot powder: a powdery starch from the roots of several tropical plants, used as a thickening agent in natural cosmetics
  • kaolin clay: a naturally-occurring clay from tropical environments, reduces the production of sebum (bye, oily face)
  • jojoba oil: a wonderfully moisturizing fat-based oil
  • mica colors: for shine
  • aloe: for hydration
  • Boron nitride: helps minerals to stick
  • Lauroyl lysine: a naturally-occurring amino acid for skin conditioning
  • Populus tremuloides bark extract: Aspen tree bark, for skin conditioning and anti-flaking
  • Silica: found naturally in sandstone & granite, anti-caking and adds opacity
  • iron oxides: for color
  • tin oxide: for color
  • ultramarine: for color
  • titanium dioxide: for color
  • manganese violet: for color
  • Castor seed oil: another great cleansing fat-based oil for the skin
  • Beeswax: used in the lipstick, skin-softening and protecting
  • Polyhydroxystearic Acid: an emulsifier
  • Olive fruit oil: fat-based carrier oil, moisturizing
  • Sunflower seed oil: fat-based carrier oil, great for acne-prone skin
  • Peppermint essential oil: yumm, in the lipgloss!
  • Vitamin E: nourishing
  • Sweet Almond oil: fat-based carrier oil, great for mature skin
  • Candelilla wax: a vegetable wax that provides gloss and slippery-ness to the lipgloss
  • Potassium sorbate: a naturally-occurring antimicrobial preservative
  • Sodium levulinate: skin conditioner
  • Sodium Anisate: derived from fennel, a natural antimicrobial preservative
  • glycerin: vegetable-based, improves skin’s smoothness & moisture
  • Geranium essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Copaiba essential oil
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Black Spruce essential oil
  • Orange essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Lime essential oil
  • Citric acid: an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) found in citrus fruits, preservative, maintains pH balance
  • Vanilla extract: great for irritated skin
  • Sage essential oil
  • Ocotea essential oil
  • Rose essential oil (cue angels singing)

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Young Living Seedlings line

I really wish this was a thing when I had my kids! I totally used all kinds of Toxic stuff on my babies, but I had no idea what I was doing.  Thankfully times are changing.

Enter Young Living’s Seedlings line for our littlest littles.

Let’s chat. Mom-to-mom. And I want to do this with NO judgment, because I have used these things, too! I didn’t know better! But now I do, and I can’t unlearn the truth.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Free Hygiene

We are bombarded with so many chemicals every day. Some of the most toxic stuff we use are part of our basic hygiene! The biggest struggle most people have when ditching the bad is getting past the normal and basic needs. This is to help you make the switch from Toxic to Sustainable easy. Need more help? I have a Facebook group too! It is still small but feel free to join, ask questions, give feedback and learn! Sustainable Hair care and Hygiene

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Oral Health Care

This is a post that may not be as popular with a lot of people. I am going to be very honest with you, my reader!

I use Fluoride Toothpaste.

I know you are thinking I am a bad person, but I will explain why later! Until then, here are some things when I was not using Fluoride Toothpaste.

Oil Pulling

Not sure how I feel. Yes, it whitens teeth, if done correctly, it seems to improve your oral health. I did see less plaque on my teeth, and some oils do clean. I used to use coconut oil for 10 minutes, then spit it out and used sunflower oil for 10 minutes. Coconut oil helps clean and could help with infections in the mouth and the sunflower oil made my mouth feel cleaner and made the biggest difference on the plague. Sometimes I used essentials as well. (Peppermint, orange, thieves, or clove)

Review:  Not a big fan. I only do it now if I have a toothache, or notice the plague getting bad. I always have to follow with brushing my teeth too.

Also, I do not buy that it is detoxing your mouth. Anyone who has mixed oils will see that change of color in oils. Try making a homemade mayo sometime and you will see what I mean.

Homemade Toothpaste:

Here is the recipe I like: 1 part baking soda, 2 parts solid coconut oil and a little essential oil. I tend to use a tablespoon. (1 tbs baking soda, 2 tbs coconut oil, 1 drop peppermint oil)

Review: Works good, my mouth always felt clean, and the baking soda whitens. For homemade this was really good.

Flouride Free Toothpaste you can buy

I like the Thieves Aromabright toothpaste. I have nothing bad to say about it and it tastes really good.

We used this for a while, I am not even sure how long (years for me and maybe a year for the rest of the family).

On Going Back to Fluoride

We decided to go back to fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride it absolutely toxic, but you spit it out. We have decided the risk is worth it as we noticed our teeth hurt more and we got gingivitis. I noticed my teeth starting to become more brittle when using fluoride-free options. I could fight the gingivitis but as a family, we feel that fluoride toothpaste works best for us. I have yet to find a brand I would recommend and we are using the lowest cost ADA recommended one for now.

As part of my quest for zero waste I will be changing that, but right now I do not have a zero waste recommendation.

If fluoride free works for you, let me know what brand you use. I have tried a lot and never found one I am really happy with.

Toothbrush

I have a family of 5. We buy toothbrushes in bulk. Recently while reading zero waste blogs I realized I never even thought about my toothbrush! I was reading a post written by someone in Hawaii, and she said while walking on the beach she found 14 toothbrushes! That made me sad and disgusted at the same time. We will use the ones we already bought but I am looking into new ones now!

ISince I have such a big family I have to think about price and that is one of the reasons I am looking at this brand. (Also it is Prime, and I feel better using that when I order because I have been a victim of the bait and switch.)

Dr.Perfect Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Natural Bristles (12)

Read more about me and Bamboo Toothbrushes

How the Toothbrush changed my home