What My First Break Up Taught Me About Life

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” – Liz Gilbert


I remember my first break up so vividly that I cringe thinking about it. I was head over heels in love with someone who had mutual feelings for me. The relationship lasted for about a year during my junior year of high school. That horrific age of 16 was upon me. This was the age for me that I started getting insight into who I was, that my parents were real people with flaws, my hopes, my dreams, and understanding the concept of love for the first time. This is such a tough age for most women I talk to. We all think about to the age 16 with such fondness but also grief because of the heartache encompassed during that time.

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Why Being Eco-Friendly in Public Causes Me Anxiety

Anxiety. That’s a word that gets tossed around quite often. Certain situations cause anxiety in certain people. Me for example – there is nothing that makes me more panicky than feeling like everyone is staring at me. It causes my hands to tremble, my face turns read, my heart explodes in my chest to the point I can hear it in my ears. If you have anxiety, you know what I am referring to all too well. When I am at home, secluded from those people staring at me, I can be completely myself. The second I step outside – I realize I am opening myself up to this judgmental society.

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Must-Have Essential Oils for Winter


This common oil is best used as medicine for headaches. A little dab on the back of your neck can naturally relieve headaches quickly. This refreshing oil uplifts you and helps stimulate your senses.


Now on the contrary, lavender is best used before bed. Known for its relaxing qualities, a small amount on the corner of your pillow will cause you to melt into the mattress. I use this every night before laying down, which also encourages nightly routine. Routine is also a huge factor in letting your brain know its time for sleep. The best duo to catch some Z’s.

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Songa Designs Launches Bohemian Handbag Collection

Ecofriendly Handbag

We’re no newbies to Songa Designs, an eco-friendly fashion and home decor brand that helps provide economic independence for women in develop countries. I already own one of their beautiful necklaces that we featured in the past. Now, I’m happy to announce their recent release of their Fall 2016 Boho Handbag Collection!

A brand with purpose, Songa Designs handbags are carefully crafted by Rwandan women over the course of a week and helps create economic independence for each artisan. Known for their specialty accessories and baskets, Songa now offers consumers socially conscious handbags to expand their personal style. The collection was created using traditional Rwandan weaving techniques passed down through families over generations. Each purse is solely composed of locally sourced and recycled materials that otherwise would have ended up in landfills. The collection, released on October 15, 2016, will be available through the end of 2016.

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Eco-Beauty Interview


Hello Eco-Beauty readers! Today I wanted to share with you some insights creating your own natural beauty products! Below is an interview with Margaret Fohlmeister, my amazing and extremely talented aunt, talking about her soon to be brand Proof! I never really realized one could make their own beauty products until a few holidays ago, I tried one of her lip products, Peppermint Cookie chap stick in a sustainable tin, and it left my lips feeling extremely hydrated! Not to mention it actually smelled like a peppermint cookie! I thought it was the coolest thing! It is not only eco-friendly but can be totally fun to make as well!


  1. What made you want to start making your own beauty products?

I had just completed a fitness challenge at my local gym that included specific nutrition guidelines.  I noticed, by improving what I was eating (minimally processed, organic, etc.), my skin looked and felt better.  For example, I always struggled with acne on my arms and upper back and it literally disappeared in the 30 days of changing my diet.  This inspired me to do a little more research, if “eating clean” had this kind of effect, it reasoned that using “clean” products could do the same.  Not to mention the years of spending gobs of money on expensive products and not really knowing what was in them or seeing any concrete evidence of improvement.  It really started though because I enjoyed it.  I love the idea of taking a few simple ingredients and turning them into something wonderful and useful.

  1. What is in your line of products?

Organic, all natural, minimally processed or even raw ingredients.  Depending on the product I’m making, I use organic raw shea butter, organic cold pressed coconut oil, 100% grass-fed beef tallow (this is my favorite), essential oils, tocopherol (vitamin E), apple cider vinegar, rose water, organic jojoba, olive, and almond oils… to name a few. 

  1. What types of ingredients do you use?

As I mentioned before, I use organic, all natural, minimally processed or even raw ingredients.  What I learned through all my research was that 1. What you put on your skin, you put into your body.  Your skin is your largest organ and everything that it soaks into it, is going to be on the inside too.  2. Minimally processed/raw ingredients tend to be best.  A lot of the conventional beauty products boast some amazing ingredients (shea butter, coconut oil etc.) but it’s hard for us the consumer to know just how those ingredients are sourced and used and in what quantities. Not to mention that the processing methods used in conventional products (heating at high temperatures, added preservatives, etc.) often negate the naturally occurring benefits of these ingredients.

  1. How did you learn to make your own beauty products?

I started by checking out different recipes I found in some of the books and websites I was reading along the way.  Once I had a better understanding of the ingredients I liked best, I started to experiment with my own combinations to get the product I was looking for. 

  1. How do you feel about the eco-friendly beauty in the market today? Do you find yourself drawn to these types of brands more?

I love it and absolutely!  I’m not an expert in the market at all, but for the most part I’ve loved what I’ve found.  From my experience, people who are a part of this trend tend to be very passionate about what they are doing, which is essential. The movement in general is important, anything that gets people to start thinking about what they’re putting on their bodies and where it comes from, is a positive thing.

  1. If you could change something about the eco-friendly make up on the market today what would it be?

I don’t know that there is anything I would change, but I’m still kind of a newbie. 

  1. How has your experience been with selling your products on Etsy? How easy/accessible is it for you to communicate with your customers?

Not there yet, but will be very soon!  I hope to have at least a few products ready to go in early 2018.

Please comment below if you have any extra questions about creating your own eco-beauty products! Thanks for reading!

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