A great op-ed piece by Frank Bruni.
Here’s a link to a great article on the Whole Living website about decluttering your home. I know that every time I move, or even pack for a trip, I ask myself “Where did all this stuff come from?” I’ve lived in my current apartment less than six months and my desk is covered with papers. I’m not sure where they came from, but it’s been quite some time since I saw the surface of my desk, much less was able to do any work at it. So, as part of your spring cleaning, I challenge you: Get rid of some of your stuff. Find a place to donate or recycle or dispose responsibly of it. Make some literal space in your life! Open the windows and let the fresh spring air fill all the spaces in your home.
In my last couple of posts, I’ve pointed out some beauty products that we should avoid and other brands that are better for the world and for us to use. However, I want to share my latest discovery with you: African Black Soap.
One of my weaknesses in this whole battle between ethical purchasing and what I want is my skin. I’ve struggled with acne for years. I’ve tried just about every product out there. Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Oxy, rubbing alcohol, tea tree oil…scrubs, foaming cleansers, creams, lotions, on-the-spot treatment…everything, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes my skin cleared up. Most often, though, the acne would get mildly better and my skin would dry out completely so I would have to stop using the product.
A stunningly gorgeous friend of mine recommended African Black Soap to me a few months ago. I bought the bar soap and the lotion. I wash my face with plain water and use the lotion in the morning, and wash with the soap at night. It has all-natural ingredients in it, and no harsh chemicals. It also smells great (at least I think s0.) And…my skin looks better than it has in years. It took about a month for me to really start seeing results, but my face has started to clear up. I still get minor breakouts every so often, but they clear up much faster. And, best of all, my skin doesn’t dry out. In fact, it feels great, especially after using the lotion.
As far as I can tell, Nubian Heritage is an ethical company. The box says the ingredients are Fair Trade, although The Better World Shopping Guide doesn’t have it listed as either good or bad.
Here’s the product I use. Good luck! Let me know if it works for you!