First off, I want to say I searched far and wide for these products on my own, and this blog post is not sponsored in any way. I have spent the last couple of months diving into self care, which included countless hours researching online about products that promote self care, are responsible, and really work. First I had to educate myself on certain industries and ingredients, then weed through all of the noise and crappy products pretending to be something they're not. BUT it was all worth it. Below are three incredible products, that I have personally tested. They are all up-and-coming brands (small businesses), and are socially & environmentally responsible. I would highly recommend giving any of these items as gifts this year.
All products below are:
3. Cruelty Free
4. Environmentally Conscious
5. High Quality (I personally used all products for two weeks to test results)
6. Come from a socially responsible brand (each brand takes an important stance)
What Is It?
Alright let me break down CBD first. CBD oil is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, and comes from the hemp species of cannabis (not the marijuana species). This natural healer has been used as an anti-anxiety, anti-inflammation, anti-pain, and even an acne treatment.
There is a lot of poor quality and synthetic (yes, synthetic) CBD on the market today due to a lack of regulation and heavily imported products. This was one of the must frustrating searches for a quality product since there are so many pop up brands in this new and trendy space. But after a couple of hours of researching, I found ROSEBUD. This is the only brand I found that checked all of these boxes:
It is Full Spectrum
Farm to doorstep
Sun grown plants
3rd party tested
Gluten Free / Non-GMO / Zero additives
If you're not sure what Full Spectrum or CO Extraction is, here's a helpful link from ROSEBUD's website that breaks it down. Not only is this a high quality brand, it's also a small business owned an operated by an inspiring woman (In case you needed just one more reason to support this brand).
I purchased ROSEBUD CBD oil to help specifically with my anxiety. LISTEN HERE. This natural healing plant has changed my life. I felt a difference immediately. After taking the oil while feeling a little overwhelmed from my work day, I immediately felt more relaxed, both emotionally and physically, and found myself more focused and easily motivated. My brain was able to let go of the stress and move forward productively. I have also used this product when my anxiety begins to get out of hand and it has helped even more so. If I'm feeling achy, stressed, anxious, or unfocused, this product makes everything better. It has changed the quality of my life. It truly is a miracle plant. I'll be purchasing a bottle for my mom who has fibromyalgia for Christmas, as well as a couple other family members. Everyone can benefit from this natural healer.
I began by purchasing the 350mg bottle as a beginner bottle, which I would recommend to anyone who wants to test out their personal dose. After figuring out my personal dose (CBD dosing is not a one-size-fits-all, and is also impossible to overdose on) I will definitely be purchasing the 700mg next time. For dosing instructions, click here.
CYBER MONDAY SALE:
ROSEBUD is having a cyber Monday sale, 25% off all products.
Please meet my new obsession.
What is it?
This truly is self care in a jar. The butter by she plants love is not a "moisturizer", it's far beyond. It melts onto your body in such a silky way it's mesmerizing. Simply applying it and inhaling the aromatherapy is an experience (It's the last thing I do before bed now). But not only does it feel good and smell good, it does good. It is nutrient dense, high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. And to make it better, it's multipurpose. If you're like me, you're exhausted by the variety of skincare products out there. It's impossible to manage financially. The butter from she plants love is used not only as a body moisturizer, but as a face moisturizer, lip balm, hair styling/ frizz control, scalp moisturizer, after sun care, and makeup remover. So instead of purchasing seven different products, you can purchase one that does it all. Personally I use it as a body and face moisturizer, lip balm, frizz control, and hair nourishment (I butter my ends, and lightly massage my scalp). This is also the only thing Dan will use to style his hair.
I met the founder of She Plants Love, Far, at a local crafts fair and was so inspired by what she is doing. She perfected this homemade recipe over two years after she could not find an inclusive, natural, skincare product that genuinely worked. She was on a quest to harness the healing power of plants, and I am forever grateful she did. The name she plants love derives from the notion that we all have the ability to love ourselves and through that love others. How powerful is that?
"Our product the butter is truly self-care in a jar and an immersive experience. It is entirely powered by plants, effective, multi-purpose, gender neutral and cruelty free. Seven active ingredients work in harmony to nourish and care for the skin and hair. For every product sold directly we plant a tree."
I have thrown out all other moisturizers and hair oils. Seriously. I have very sensitive skin, and I have never reacted so positively to a skincare product. My skin has never been so soft or well nourished in my life. It doesn't leave my skin desperate for more product within 24 hours as most of my other products did. My skin stays nourished. The all natural ingredients are naturally age defying which is a huge plus. The sensation of applying the butter is different that most moisturizers, as it's not gooey and melts on. It may feel strange at first but that's because you're probably not used to all natural organic products. Enjoy it. It feels amazing. Not only does this product do wonders for my skin and hair, it also reminds me to slow down, breathe, and indulge in some self love. Ending every night with a light massage and rub down with the butter is pure heaven. It's even great to introduce into the bedroom to set the mood.
I personally have the "trial size" jar in my purse to use on the go (especially as lip balm) and have the the full sized jar on my night stand.
As a thank you, she plants love is offering a 15% discount to my readers through Friday November 30th. Use the code LOVEALYSSA at checkout.
3. Ora Organics
Nutritional health is one of the most overwhelming things to dive into, and yet it is arguably the most important. After some time researching products recommended by my favorite fitness influencers and learning more about overall nutrition, I was astounded to find so many additives and chemicals in the recommended products. My search continued, and finally I found a saving grace, Ora Organics. All of their products are: Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free and made with Organic, Plant-based Whole Foods. On top of that, Ora Organics has a focus in sourcing sustainably, and gives back to admirable causes like the Oceanic Preservation Society.
What is it?
After careful consideration, I purchased the Greens Powder. This product can, and should, be taken every day to improve overall nutritional wellness. I wouldn't go a day without it now. The greens powder is made from over 20 veggies, grasses, herbs, algae and superfoods that boost the immune system, support stress relief, aid in digestion, and deliver high amounts of antioxidants.
After taking the greens regularly every morning I feel more energized, have less bloating, and genuinely just felt better. It's amazing how your body responds when you feed it natural superfoods. Another plus, it's very easy to drink unlike other supplements. I drink it with 8oz of water, don't even need to make it into a smoothie. I believe in this product so much, that I reached out to Ora Organics and have since become an affiliate. Feel free to use my link here, and join me on this journey to better health and self care. I'd love to hear about how you like it and if you feel any different!
Not only would any of these make great gifts for your loved ones, they'd be great gifts for yourself. I encourage you to rest and indulge in some self care today, whether that's trying one of these products, drawing a bath, taking a nap, or curling up with a book. Not only do you deserve it, but you need it. Please send me a message on Instagram if you decide to try any of these out. I would love to share stories and encourage a community of self care.