The Scented Home: Frankincense Resin

A smoldering, rich earthiness that transports you to the depths of the forest…that’s what burning frankincense resin smells like. I’ve smelled frankincense before, in fragrances and candles, but it has always been mixed with other scents. I’m definitely not disappointed with the pure scent. I purchased my frankincense resin online from Mountain Rose Herbs. Resin…

Cherry Strawberry Chia Smoothie

My new favorite smoothie of the moment…cherries and strawberries, with some great accoutrements like chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Cherry Strawberry Chia Smoothie Serves 1 3/4 cup of frozen cherries 4 medium-sized strawberries 1 cup of coconut milk 1 tbsp. honey ½ teaspoon chia seeds ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon 1 splash of vanilla…

Coffee and Coconut Sugar Body Scrub

This morning’s coffee grounds are now the star ingredient in tonight’s body scrub. To me, a good body scrub is a beauty necessity…it’s a must, and considering how easy it is to DIY your own version, there’s really no excuse not to always have a good body scrub on hand. This one features coconut sugar,…

Kale Salad Bowl with Avocado-Lime Cream

This is not a nosh. This is not a side dish. This is not a cute, little light salad. This is a meal. One of the things that I love about a Salad Bowl is that you can throw in your leftover rice (or another grain) from last night’s dinner…and whatever fruits, vegetables, and legumes…

The Scented Home: Palo Santo Smudge Sticks

This was my first experience using smudge sticks. I’ve always related them to cleansing a haunted home…you know, the movies with the paranormal expert walking through some terrified family’s house, with a smudge stick in one hand and a cross in the other…but they’re a natural way to scent a home, so why not? In…

Purple Dragon Carrot Juice

This was my first time trying purple carrots. There are different varieties of purple carrot… “Purple Dragon”, “Purple Haze”, “Cosmic Purple”…and according to the World Carrot Museum (who knew one existed!), the origin of the cultivated carrot was purple. Apparently, purple carrots have more beta-carotene benefits than their orange counterparts and also contain a high…

The Scented Home: Aziz Light Apothecary Beeswax Candles

I used to have a love affair with Henri Bendel candles, particularly the Amber (for the Fall/Winter) and Blue Iris (for the Spring/Summer) scents. They smell simply amazing, but they are not natural, clean burning candles and I had to come to terms with that fact. One of my PYG resolutions is to replace my…

Chicken Soup to Feed a Cold

Starting the New Year off with a cold isn’t fun, but I have one…c’est la vie. There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of chicken soup when you’re sick. I make my soups from scratch these days, but feeling nostalgic for those cans of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup that I used to slurp whenever I…

Aromatherapy Face Steam: Rose, Orange, Chamomile

This is a great aromatherapy face steam when I’m anxious, stressed, or just need a calm, yet energizing boost. The beauty benefit of this steam is a dewy, glowy, pretty post-steam face. Some of my face steam basics: I apply a dab of Vitamin E oil to my face pre-steam, just to give my skin…

Ginger-Lime Tonic, Afro-Vegan Eats 3

After the Thanksgiving cornbread stuffing, macaroni and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, chocolate cupcakes… the list goes on…a Ginger-Lime Tonic is the perfect cleansing drink. This is my last post from the Afro-Vegan Eats cookbook and a drink that I definitely plan to make again and again. In Afro-Vegan Eats, the tonic is a Ginger-Lemongrass mix,…

What’s in Your Air and Fabric Freshener Spray?

The Honest Company recently released a line of Air and Fabric Freshener sprays. The sprays come in the following scents: Lemon-Verbena, Lavender-Vanilla, and Orange-Cypress. I just received the Lemon-Verbena scent…which is a fresh, uplifting, very tart, lemony scent…a perfect juxtaposition to the cold winter months to come. A Rundown of the Ingredients deionized water, plant-based…

7 Days of…Natural Deodorant

There has been so much hype about this little 2 oz. jar of natural deodorant cream. For the past 7 days, I’ve taken Soapwalla’s natural deodorant for a test drive. I purchased the deodorant from The Detox Market with high hopes. I started looking for an effective natural deodorant ever since a brand of antiperspirant…