no harsh chemicals

Witchy Daily Things

I regularly buy oils (essential and otherwise) from Walmart (they have a REALLY good Walmart where I live), and I mix them together for enchanted home remedies. So far I have a homemade massage oil, diluted clove/peppermint tooth oil, and a liquid deodorant that works wonders without harsh chemicals. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌙🌙🌙✨✨✨🌈🌈🌈

6 things i stopped buying: minimalism journey (+ reduce waste)

1. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply coconut oil or almond oil to the cloth (or face), then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)

benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup

2. Plastic Toothbrushes:  instead, buy a pack of bamboo toothbrushes on amazon or a general store. use these brushes as you would any other brush and thoroughly brush to improve oral health.

benefits: organic // reusable // decomposable // cleanses teeth effectively // eco-friendly // BPA free bristles

3. Multi-Step Facial Cleansers & Name Brand Body Washes: instead, use African Black soap for both your body and face with your preferred method of washing (electronic brush, hands, or wash cloth). for more simple face washes, consider using vegan and/or organic facial washes that work for your skin type.

benefits: multipurpose // improves overall skin health // all skin types (especially acne prone or oily) // single-step process // organic // save money

4. Plastic Water Bottles: instead, use a simple stainless steel bottle that you can refill throughout the day and keep up with.

benefits: reusable // washable // aesthetic // easy to monitor and handle // eco-friendly

5. Face Moisturizers: instead, use carrier oils (such as coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, castor oil) that work with your skin type/skin needs *(you can try combining them with essential oils such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, etc.)

benefits: organic // improves skin health // no harsh chemicals // save money // longer lasting // multipurpose

6. Animal Cruelty Makeup: instead, buy makeup products that you truly need (wear daily) from companies that are Animal-Cruelty FREE and/or vegan. do your research and spend your money wisely. some may seem expensive, but consider how much some high-end brands benefit from not being animal-cruelty free *(invest in vegan and/or organic products too).

benefits: eco-friendly // animal-cruelty free // healthier for skin // long-term benefits // *vegan and/or organic

tips for flawless skin:

(note: everyones skin type/genes are different! this may not work 100% for everyone but this is what i do to maintain healthy skin!)

- stay hydrated. this is probably the most important one! not only does staying hydrated make you feel better and improve your health drastically, over time, your skin will feel more plump and smooth due to the boost in elasticity from the internal hydration.

- exfoliate! 2 -3 times a week!! this is also super important ! exfoliating takes away Dead and dry skin cells, leaving the fresh and new layer of skin beneath ! your skin will be glowy and clear, while unclogging your pores and reducing chances of acne as well

- moisturize ! a huge step that shouldn’t be missed. moisturizing will replenish your skin with needed nutrients and hydration. remember to use a moisturizer based on your skin type !

- use a gentle face wash. use one that isn’t filled w harsh chemicals that can dry out your fragile skin or cause irritation. remember that your facial skin is thin and needs to be handled gently !

- change out your pillowcase once a week! pillowcases can trap all kinds of nasties like dirt and oil. this causes acne and clogged pores! this will also reduce the excess oil on your scalp !

- use face masks. these can remedy a slurry of issues such as redness and puffiness. use one up to three times a week !!

- do a simple fav massage in the am! It helps circulation and reduces puffiness. with your fingertips, in circular motions, gently massage from your forehead all the way down your neck, focusing on your jaw and neck. 5 minutes is recommended but a quick sweep is ok too!

- find a routine that works best for you! going to a dermatologist is recommended, but for those on a budget, you can do tons of online research! your routine can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. and beforall, remember to tea new skincare items on a patch on your arm or neck!

if u have any more tips feel free to add!

Aries: Rules the Head ~ Jumps head first into new encounters. Scar/mark on forehead. Headaches. Sudden fevers. Prone to sudden accidents. Jaw and dental problems
Taurus: Rules the Throat ~ Known by voice. Symptoms manifest in the throat. Associated with singing. Lyrical life. Vocal cords. Stiff neck. Tonsilitis. Rules the thyroid = easy weight gain
Gemini: Rules the Lungs and Arms ~ Twins = Bilateral breathing and two arms. Illness is directed through respiratory problems. Circulates Air - the medium to which we speak. Rules the nerves. Overabundance of nervous energy
Cancer: Rules the Breasts ~ Only sign to rule an erogenous zone. The nourisher of new life through breastmilk. Emotional worries directed through stomach pain. Rules insulin = has a high urge for sugar and milky/dairy products
Leo: Rules the Heart ~ Pumps the universal love syrup throughout humanity from the heart. High blood pressure. Irregular heartbeat. Shines from the centre of the body, the centre of the source (heart/love). Distributes the vital fluids.
Virgo: Rules Digestive System ~ Breaks down food like the break down of information. Purity in the body = purity in the mind. Emotional distress  and nerves manifest in stomach upset. Easily offset by chemicals and toxins.
Libra: Rules the Kidneys ~ Balances salt and minerals in the body like the balance of life. Kidney and spine afflictions. Low back problems. Cystitis. Requires extra fluids. Breaks down toxins like the break down of disharmony
Scorpio: Rules the Reproductive Zone ~ Multiple life transformations like constant destruction, reproduction and creating new life. Emotional distress manifested through sexual desire. Menstrual problems. IBS.
Sagittarius: Rules the Thighs ~ Charges through life on limbs traveling far and wide. Sciatica. Hip pain. Rules the liver = can have trouble with alcohol. Needs an active life with fresh air to get legs moving.
Capricorn: Rules the Bones, Joints, Skin and Teeth ~ Profound bone structure. The backbone of society. Dry skin/eczema/skin conditions. Sore joints in conjunct with emotional complaints. Arthritis. Gout. Dental problems and dental phobias
Aquarius: Rules the Calves and Circulation System ~ Unmissable striking calves. Circulates blood like the circulation of love throughout humanity. Lower leg complaints. Walks to their own beat. Varicose veins. Intolerable to processed foods/harsh chemical medicines.
Pisces: Rules the Feet ~ Walks in the shoes of every sign before them. Feet problems. Bunions. Blisters. Oddly shaped feet. Sensitivity can lead to substance use. Can absorb the ailments of others


how to get into skincare

I’ve already done a post about how to get into makeup, and one about how to get into SFX, so I figured I might as well make one for skincare. I have extremely sensitive, extremely acne-prone skin, so when it comes to skincare products, I’ve literally tried everything. It’s gotten to the point where I’m the “resident expert” that all of my family and friends come to when they need help figuring out which products to use.

I think a lot of people don’t take proper care of their skin because they have the misconception that it’s time-consuming and/or expensive. Honestly, I spend less than two minutes on skincare on most days, and I only use affordable products that are available at drug stores. No matter who you are, you can afford to take good care of your skin.

product names you’re likely to see, and what they mean:

  • cleanser is just soap that’s gentle enough for the delicate skin on your face. It comes in liquid, cream, and even powder formulas, but all you need to know is that if the label says “cleanser,” then it’s just face wash. If you’re only going to use one skincare product, this is the one you should invest in.
  • Note: You should NEVER use bar soap on your face! The skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body, and most bar soaps will damage it. There are some cleansers that come in bar form, but as a general rule you should never use a product on your face that wasn’t made specifically to be used on faces. 
  • moisturizer is probably the second most commonly-used product, after cleanser. This is exactly what it sounds like – it’s basically lotion that is specially made to be used on your face. No matter what your skin type is, you should be moisturizing daily. (Proper moisturization actually helps cut down on oily skin in most cases.) 
  • toner (sometimes also called astringent) is a product that is usually applied after cleanser, but before moisturizer. It’s called “toner” because it tones your skin, as well as cleansing any dirt or grime that your cleanser missed. Not everyone needs to use toner, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, I’d recommend it.
  • a face mask is any product that is made to be used occasionally to give your skin a little extra love. A lot of them are made to address certain issues, like acne, dryness, or dullness. Usually, you apply it and let it sit on your face for a few minutes before you wash it off. I personally try to use a mask on my face once or twice a week whenever I have the time, but they’re more of a treat than a necessity. (And you probably shouldn’t use them every day.) 
  • exfoliators or exfoliating scrubs are products designed to buff away dead skin cells. Usually, they have some kind of gritty texture to them (like sugar grains) that scrubs off the dead skin. Like face masks, they’re more of a treat than a necessity, but unlike with face masks, too much exfoliating can actually hurt your skin. You should never exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week, and never, ever exfoliate two days in a row.
  • pore strips are kind of like waxing strips for your face, but instead of removing hair, they remove blackheads and other junk clogging your pores. I would not recommend pore strips to someone who is new to skincare, and like with exfoliators, using them too often can really damage your skin. If you’re going to use them, you should never use them more than once every three days. 

There are other product names that you might see floating around online (like “essence” or “facial oil”), but these are the basic products that you need to know about. Honestly, if you have a good cleanser, toner, and moisturizer (plus maybe a face mask or two for occasional pampering), then you don’t really need any other products, because those three will get the job done. 

how to build your own skincare routine:

  1. The first step is to understand your skin type. The three most common types are: dry, oily, and combination (in between dry and oily). Shop for products that are designed and labelled for your skin type. (If you have a lot of acne, look for products labelled “acne care” or something along those lines. If you have a lot of skin allergies, or if your skin doesn’t react well to harsh chemicals, look for products made for sensitive skin.)
  2. Go to the nearest Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, ect. with $20, and find the skincare aisle. Keeping your skin type in mind, look for a good cleanser and a good moisturizer. (If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you might want to pick up a toner as well.) If you can, look for generic brands (I know Walmart carries one called Equate) that make products with the same ingredients as name-brand products, but significantly cheaper. (If you’re looking for cruelty-free products, check out the brands Burt’s Bees and Yes To.)
  3. If you want to make things easier, you can buy all of the products you need in a pack. (Like this, or this.) These usually contain a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. 
  4. Every morning when you first wake up, wash your face with the cleanser and pat it dry with a clean towel. Then apply the toner, if you bought one – you do not wash this off. Then (after waiting a few seconds for the toner to take effect), apply your moisturizer. That’s literally all there is to it. If you’re a morning shower person, you can save time by washing your face in the shower, then applying toner and moisturizer after you get out.
  5. Every night before you go to bed, do the same thing. (Of course, if you wear makeup, you’ll have to remove it, either with makeup remover or with warm water, before you wash your face.) 
  6. Right before bed is a good time to use face masks/exfoliators/pore strips, if you want. I always wash my face first, then skip over my toner and go straight into applying the mask/exfoliator/strip, and let it sit for as long as the directions on the packaging indicate. After I wash it off, I use my moisturizer like always.
  7. Congratulations! You now have a skincare routine!

This post goes into detail of all the products and tricks I use in my own personal routine, if you’re curious. 

I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions about specific products, or about treating specific skin conditions, feel free to message me and I’ll try to help in any way I can. 

masterlist (there’s more beauty/skincare tips on there, if you’re interested)

rinse the blood off my space toga

“Can I see? Wait, there’s no shafts? it just.. grows in two colours?”
“Er. Not exactly.”
“The other humans’ plumage isn’t near this bright. Are you a born leader?”
“HAH. no.”
“It signifies caste, then? Or a mating display?!”
“Not even close. I went out and paid an artisan to apply a harsh chemical to rip out my natural colouration, then apply this artificial one.”
“That sounds.. unpleasant.”
“Yeah it burned like a <<dog?>>, my scalp was tender for days after.”
“If it doesn’t create any advantages, what’s the point?”
“Ah, it just looks <<rutting>> <<cold>>. What other reason do we need?”
“..humans are weird. .. .. .. do you think it would work on feathers?”

Loving You Is Deadly [Prologue]

Kim Taehyung x Reader

Premise: Gang!AU, you are a member of their rival gang.

Word count/genre: 666 / angst



A/N: credit to my friend Sunshine for the title

Originally posted by namjoonie00

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dude, ever since I got rid of all the toxin-filled facial products and makeup and started using ACTUAL natural products, my skin has been so clean glowing and I just feel so comfortable in it!!!! It’s like my skin is doing a big huge sigh of relief and thanking me for finally taking care of it instead of killing it with harsh chemicals 😭🙌🏼

anonymous asked:

We heard how Jeffrey Dahmer screwed about 200 men. I have a question. Did Jeff wear protection at all? I'm just amazed how he did not contract anything and never got physically sick from all the things he did - screwing all these different men, performing sexual acts on the corpses and their guts, all the harsh chemicals, the years of alcohol abuse, and the collecting of dead animals off the road and dissecting them and putting his hands inside of their bodies.

This is a really good question, and the answer is yes, he wore condoms with both his living and non-living partners, for the exact reason you mentioned - he was fearful of disease. Another interesting note is that, while he would have his dissection/photography/masturbation sessions, he would constantly stop and wash his hands in between each interval, which might not seem that strange, but, like the condom thing (which WAS used against him), this may have been used against him in court when it came to determining his sanity. It was said that he had enough conscience to be aware of the risk of contracting STI’s, he was obviously of sound mind when he committed the crime. Those two habits probably minimalized his likelihood of getting sick from these particular things.

Humans are Space Orcs: Personal Hygiene

So I was buying some nice peppermint soap when I had a vision:

Ailiens are fascinated by bath culture. Like some humans can’t even get their hands dirty without needing a shower, while others don’t seem to know what a shower is. Plus every level in between.

There’s all these smells that are everything from overpowering, to flowers, and yummy food (like cookie scented soap). And it can be a bad immitation, but some humans legitimately smell like cookies and other great stuff too.

Also GENDER SPECIFIC SCENTS WHUUUT????? Like, xoQnuc totally thinks Jack should smell like a Honey Lemon Twist, not Axe. Obviously. But nooooo… Jack is “too manly” (whatever THAT means). And like, humans believe that we have all these miracle qualities to our soaps ,like here is one for dry skin and here is for oily skin, and nohuman has a straight answer on what this ideal skin everybody is striving for is exactly. But these soap companies sure make billions off of it! Then when Jazz'ma'Kris decides she really likes how conditioner smells and asks Alice if she can borrow, everybody finds out that OUR SOAP THAT WE USE TO TREAT OUR SKIN AND MAKE OURSELVES SMELL NICE AND BE PRETTY AND REALLY JUST USE TO SPOIL OURSELVES IS FILLED WITH SUPER HARSH CHEMICALS AND actually really toxic. So add that to the list of shit that will NOT kill a human even though it fricking SHOULD. (!!!) Jazz'ma'Kris needs to be treated with healing salve for a week after her shower experience.

And honestly that’s just the soap. HOW humans decide they want to wash is also all over the place, like some of them shower for like sixty seconds and are fresh as daisies and others soak for three hours and are greasy again in ten minutes. Some humans voluntarily take freezing cold showers, but don’t die of heat stroke when the internal water heater hiccups and spritzes them with something 10 to 20 degrees hotter. Sometimes Minihiro the Qinzillian (with no understanding of privacy) internal environments regulations specialist plays with the dials just to watch the humans curse while showering. Until Jane finds out and looses her shit because ‘THEY WATCHED ME SHOWER!!!’ Most ailiens are like ‘ what is the problerm. hygiene is important??? You shouldn’t be emberassed??? Maybe you guys should all wash together, Bob definitely doesn’t know what he is doing. Help him.’ But the whole human crew starts moaning about privacy and perverts and how could they ever think this is ok. And you CAN’T see each other naked in the shower. Except next week they go to a sauna together. And suddenly it’s more ok to be naked or mostly exposed ? Not that the Ailiens go in! Are you crazy! What’s fun about being steamed alive! That’s torture!!! And basically Ailiens are just a little confused and concerned that we tear our own skin off with pumice rocks.
No Happy Endings

Gif not mine!

Hey lovelies, welcome back to this side of Tumblr. I kinda noticed that I keep writing super sad one-shots for our favorite Super Solider and this is no exception sorry :/ I also wrote this as if Steve never fell into the ice.

Warning this piece includes death so if you are not comfortable don’t read.  

Prompt Submitted by Anon: Imagine you die in childbirth and Steve has to deal with raising his child alone, without you.

Word Count: 1333

Steve ran through the door leading to one of the many waiting rooms of the hospital, his breath ragged and his mind flashing in panic. Bucky had ranged for him early in the morning, a slight hysteria as he informed on of Steve’s superiors that your water had broke and he was now taking you to the hospital west of the apartment you and Steves shared. An hour later Peggy took it upon herself to inform Steve of the situation. Angry and fear fueling him he sprinted blindly down the street in the direction of where his pregnant wife was in labor.

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You know, I genuinely thought this might be the year I actually finished a thing in time for the #JustFuckMeUp fest. But no. The smoking fic I thought I was writing for @crossroadscastiel and @sherlocks-freebitch, my partners in Let’s Talk About Will Graham and Smoking, is pulling one of those switcheroos on me. You all know the kind. The “this was supposed to be smut albeit mild smut, why is it all TALKING and FEELINGS” kind.

So it will have to be posted at some date in the future when it decides what it wants to be when it grows up.

But I’m gonna offer you all a little taster because I feel badly about failing the challenge, yet again. So, here, have a WIP that isn’t quite sure what it wants to be about yet, except that it’s definitely about that missing time in Wrath of the Lamb between “going my way?” and “my compassion for you is inconvenient.”


Will hasn’t gone far. Hannibal can smell him even before he sees him - the harsh chemical burn of cigarette smoke floating to him on the air. His nose wrinkles automatically, even though he’s smelled far worse these past few years.

“Don’t start,” Will warns even as Hannibal’s sitting down next to him on the stone bench.

“I had no intention of starting anything,” Hannibal responds, only to be met with a look from Will. “I’m only surprised. I didn’t smell smoke on you before. Is this a new habit?”

He doesn’t like the idea of Will having new habits. The thought twists somewhere in his gut.

Will takes another drag on the cigarette and doesn’t meet Hannibal’s eyes when he says, “A very old one. Helped me stay awake, night shifts on the force. Can’t remember the last time I indulged, but I found a pack in the car. If you say a single word about destroying my lungs I’m going to march inside and put this out on the nicest piece of furniture I can find.”

The piano, Hannibal’s mind supplies helpfully. At the same time, it serves up he’ll ruin the meat, even though Hannibal’s long since dispensed with all but the most fanciful thoughts of eating Will’s lungs or any other part of him. No matter. Hannibal would never have survived this long if he weren’t capable of repressing at least a few of his brain’s less helpful offerings.

Instead he asks: “Is it to be a firing squad, then?”

Will shrugs, elusive, and lets out a delicate, acrid curl of smoke. Hannibal wants to cough and turn away from the scent. He wants to inhale it and follow Will’s burning breath back to the center of him. He wants everything: both the teacup whole and the desperate beauty of its shattering.

“I think it’ll be more personal than that,” Will says after a moment’s thought. “He’s been waiting to meet you. Arm’s length isn’t his style any more than it’s yours.”

Hannibal thinks of Will’s knuckles, scraped raw a thousand nights ago. He should have kissed Will’s hand then as he washed it clean: a small chivalry that would have reflected red in the bloodied basin between them.

He doesn’t say: it isn’t yours, either.

Hannibal holds out his hand in silence and Will passes him the cigarette, half-smoked.

He’s rarely smoked. When he has, he’s preferred better tobacco and hand-rolled cigarettes. But it’s the first concrete thing Will’s offered him in so long.

He only coughs a bit, but it’s enough to pull Will’s eyes from the sea and toward Hannibal. Will laughs just once: a bright, brittle sound.

“Give me that,” he sighs, and takes the cigarette back. “You don’t get a last cigarette. You’ll just waste it.”

“A drink instead, then,” Hannibal thinks he says, although he may have drifted off mid-phrase, watching Will’s lips close again around the cigarette where his own mouth had just rested. He’s never found smoking to be an attractive habit, but then he’s never seen Will doing it before. He’s feeling a little lightheaded with the sudden double rush of nicotine and fresh air. “Most of the wine should still be quite tolerable.”

“Lukewarm praise,” Will responds. There’s amusement lurking somewhere under his words, but he’s still looking at Hannibal instead of the water.

It feels like a victory.


anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you think expensive skincare is really worth the plunge? Bc I find the price of some of the products you've recommended a bit steep, but I'd love to try them in order to improve the condition of my skin, so are they worth the price?

Heya dear, I completely understand what you are thinking. 

To me good quality skincare products are one of those things worth spending a little more for, especially if you have ‘problem’ skin, ie. oily, combination, or dry; it’s much better to invest in your natural beauty, than paying either drugstore prices for makeup that has harsh chemicals, or for expensive makeup that has to come off everyday! Besides, it’s never too late to start treating your skin right, and it’ll be completely worth it to maintain a firm complexion with no wrinkles for as long as possible. 

On Korean products and the particular ones I had recommended previously: The prices are completely worth the ingredients you’re getting. They’re often more “natural” and actually uses a variety of effective ingredients like Jeju volcanic clay, bija cica, and green tea essence etc. Unlike drugstore skincare, which aims to deliver products at the lowest price range possible, instead of placing an emphasis on quality. 

Korea really is the best country in the world when it comes to skincare. There’s constant innovation demanded from companies, mostly due to the fact their culture heavily values natural beauty. This means lookism is prevalent, but also creates an extremely competitive market for skincare. Whereas in comparison, major ‘Western’ beauty brands are often under the same parent company with a heavier focus on makeup. 

Besides, you don’t need all the products I’ve mentioned before! There’s quite a lot listed, only because they all work really well, and I know people like to have a variety to choose from. However, you only really need to use one for each step! So at the basic would be 4 things every day: cleansing, exfoliating, hydration, face mask. Maybe add in others to provide variety in your skincare routine, but this is completely optional.

Also look out for offers from brands and resellers, for more cost-friendly products. Innisfree (which makes some of my favourite skincare products) is having amazing offers at the moment! There’s the buy 1 get 1 free face masks promotion, including overnight/sleeping and wash off/scrubs. So that’s already 2 things out of the 4 essential products already. Lots of samples are usually included in your purchase as well for you to try new things for free.

I’m not completely sure what is your skin’s ‘condition’, so the products I recommended for treating combination skin might not work as well for those with extremely dry skin. For example those with acne would want the ‘Cosrx pimple patch’, and not a rich cream with snail essence that would be perfect for dry skin. Looking at online reviews is definitely the best way to ensure the products you’re interested in are worth the money.

Hope this helps! Also do let me know what you end up getting xx

From a day I was feelin good about how I look 💕 If you’ve known me since I started T, you know I’ve been struggling with some pretty intense acne. Although it’s very gradually gotten better, over two years in I still struggle with weekly breakouts. I’ve used the same expensive facewash since highschool that has a lot of harsh chemicals in it that are ultimately bad for my health. About a month ago I decided to finally go with something natural - I did a ton of research and found blog with different daily skin routines and a recipe for a facewash to make myself. It has a bunch of good oils and essential oils plus manuka honey and I absolutely love it, and so does my skin. If anyone wants the link to the blog just shoot me a message!

viceroyals-deactivated20150825  asked:

Other than buying honey what things can be done to help bees??

1. Plant bee friendly flowers
Just planting flowers in your garden, yard, or in a planter will help provide bees with forage. Avoid chemically treating your flowers as chemicals can leach into pollen and negatively affect the bees systems.

Here are a few examples of good plant varieties: Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax.

2. Weeds can be a good thing
Contrary to popular belief, a lawn full of clover and dandelions is not just a good thing—it’s a great thing! A haven for honeybees (and other native pollinators too).Wildflowers, many of which we might classify as weeds, are some of the most important food sources for native North American bees. If some of these are “weeds” you chose to get rid of (say you want to pull out that blackberry bush that’s taking over), let it bloom first for the bees and then before it goes to seed, pull it out or trim it back!

Yes, they make your lawn look pristine and pretty, but they’re actually doing the opposite to the life in your biosphere. The chemicals and pest treatments you put on your lawn and garden can cause damange to the honeybees systems. These treatments are especially damaging if applied while the flowers are in bloom as they will get into the pollen and nectar and be taken back to the bee hive where they also get into the honey—which in turn means they can get into us. Pesticides, specifically neo-nicotinoid varieties have been one of the major culprits in Colony Collapse Disorder.

4. Buy local organic food from farmers
What’s true for honey generally holds true for the rest of our food. Buying local means eating seasonally as well, and buying local from a farmer that you know means you know if that food is coming from a monoculture or not. This is much easier in the summer when you can get your fresh produce from a local farmer’s market. Another option is to get your food from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm. Keep in mind, USDA Organic Certification can be expensive and you may find many great farmers and beekeepers with excellent food and honey that isn’t USDA certified simply because they don’t produce a high quantity or opt for the expense of certification. Don’t let this get in the way of supporting them and if you’re worried about their products—have a conversation with them. (Ed. Note – A huge challenge for beekeepers is to keep their bees in an area where there is no chemical spray within 3 miles, as this is really what is required to guarantee truly organic honey. All the more reason for us all to avoid the use of harsh chemicals.)

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The Signs as Underrated Lush Products

Aries: Toothy Tabs

Little tablets that keep your mouth uber refreshed, and teeth white. Long lasting flavor.

Cancer: Henna

All-natural hair dyes in the form of solid bars that give amazing color to your hair without the harsh chemicals.

Taurus: Body Conditioners

Natural butters and oils that immediately give you very soft and nicely fragmented skin. It really helps with dry patches that can be bothersome.

Gemini: Shower Smoothies

These cleansers keep you feeling fresh and conditioned. The light scents aren’t over-bearing like some, and also help with dry patches of skin.

Leo: Body Tints

Rich body bars that give you a hint of color anywhere you’d like. Usually used on arms and legs. Lots of shimmer too.

Virgo: Fresh Face Masks

These masks leave your face feeling refreshed, cleansed and moisturized all in one. The ingredients are very natural so you’re not putting damaging chemicals on your skin.

Libra: Toners

Fragrant flowery bars that leave skin looking brighter and cleaner after use, the results take action very fast and it’s very effective.

Scorpio: Lip Scrubs

These scrubs make your lips smoother and softer than ever. I find that they work for chapped lips too. Adds a little bit of a tint which is nice.

Sagittarius: Lip Balms/Tints

Balms that keep your lips soft, hydrated, and colored for a long period of time?! There are none like Lush’s. They last for nice amounts of time; don’t have to keep reapplying constantly over the day.

Capricorn: Color Supplements

Have patchy skin? Not a problem with these foundations. They even out skin tone so nicely and it looks so natural when applied! It doesn’t clog pores at all and feels very light.

Aquarius: Shower Jellies

Fun, squishy, cleansing, and refreshing shower jell that smells very nice and always leaves you with a fresh, cleansed feeling. It doesn’t feel heavy and isn’t heavy on the scent.

Pisces: Cream Eyeshadows

Amazingly pigmented shadows that stay on all day and blends so easily. Unlike most cream shadows, these feel so light you can’t tell you’re wearing it!

blue, broken, plastic pool chairs

ship: wincest/weecest
rating: explicit
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tags: underage sex (dean is 19, sam is 15)
summary: john dragged them out to the middle of nowhere, arkansas. it’s in the middle of summer and the humidity is sweltering and the air conditioning isn’t working. so while john goes out, taking care of the case that brought them there in the first place, the boys take advantage of the alone time and the pool.
word count: 1,900k+
a/n: okay so this was supposed to be a short drabble, like 500 words at the most but then it turned into this. like apparently i don’t know what short means. so yeah, it’s just weecest porn. that’s all it is.

The motel was honestly not worth the twenty bucks for the night that John had paid for the room. The building looked as if it was one good gust of wind from blowing over and when they opened the door to their room, they were greeted by the smell of mold and cigarettes and body odor and probably more things that Dean didn’t want to think about. They weren’t going to stay here long. Wherever here was.

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Dear people who menstruate, let me tell you about a thing...

There is a magical alternative to using tampons or pads called a MENSTRUAL CUP! If you have already heard of it great, you can stop reading now. But if you were like me and you have never heard of it before please carry on reading because this could change your life.

A menstrual cup is a safer, more hygienic, more practical, and (for me) just a much better way of dealing with periods. They look like this

and there are a whole bunch of different brands/sizes/colours. They are usually made of medical grade silicone and you insert them into your vagina during your period. The blood collects in the cup which you then empty into the toilet and rinse out your cup.

I will now list the benefits of this little miracle worker:

1) They are hygienic, there is no risk of TSS since they are made of medical grade silicone.

2) They also hold a lot more fluid than tampons do. This, as well as the fact that they are hygienic, means that you can leave them in for up to 12 hours!! (depending on how heavy your flow is)

3) They also don’t contain any of the harsh chemicals that pads and tampons have in them, so they are kinder to you body. Some people claim that wearing a menstrual cup actually makes their period a lot shorter because the body isn’t absorbing any chemicals and makes them have less painful cramps.

3) You only need one, for the rest of life! This means they are cheaper and you never run out, like you would with tampons or pads, because it is reusable. The only time you would need to replace it is if it started to break/tear (or if you bought a bio-degradable one which you need to replace every 10 years)

4) They are better for the environment as they are reusable, so you don’t throw away as much. And you can even get bio-degradable ones which will break down in the environment, unlike tampon or pads which come in plastic wrappers.

You may think these little guys look a bit intimidating, I know I sure did when I first heard about them. I thought, how the heck am I going to get that up my vagina? But do not worry my friends because once you get the hang of them it is very easy to insert and remove them.

This video is really helpful and shows a bunch of different folds. I personally use the origami fold as it seems to work best for me. Inserting it and removing it does take a few tries to get right and you can try the different folds, but it is really worth persevering!

I would also recommend this girl’s youtube channel, called PRECIOUS STARS PADS as she sells reusable pads as well as menstrual cups and is very knowledgeable about alternative sanitary products.

Sorry for taking up such a large space on your dash board, but I think it is important that people are aware of all the possible options for their bodies, and since I had never heard of it I thought I would try to spread the knowledge as much as I could, even if it is only seen by a few people.