These Bombs are the Bomb!

As a little girl I never tolerated things like bubble bath in my tub. Now I know why. While bath bombs are eye candy to any little girl – most of them contain a number of human carcinogens, hormone disruptors and artificial dyes.

This weekend, we decided to make something BETTER.

Below are the recipes from @mindfulmomma (thank you!) we followed. While we were at it we made some toilet bombs too. Did you know that traditional toilet cleaners are some of the most toxic home cleaning products you can buy?

Have fun and let me know what you think!


Homemade Fizzy Toilet Bombs

A natural way to keep your toilet fresh and deodorized in between cleanings.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ⅓ cup citric acid
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 30 drops essential oil eucalyptus or peppermint

Instructions:

  1. Mix baking soda and citric acid together in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in hydrogen peroxide, mixing as you go. Slowly add the essential oil, mixing constantly. The mixture will bubble and fizz a little bit but that is OK.
  2. Press the mixture into silicone molds. Make sure the mixture is packed into the molds tightly. Let the molds dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Push bath bombs out of the molds. Store in a sealed container.

Homemade Bath Bombs

Made with non-toxic odor neutralizing, disinfecting and stain fighting ingredients – this is a nice freshener to use between cleanings. Just drop on in the water and it will start to fizz.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/8 cup Espom salts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2.5 tablespoons skincare oil (almond, grapeseed, jojoba)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil
  • 3-4 drops natural food coloring (optional

Instructions:

  1. Mix water, oil and essential oil (and food color if using) together in a small jar and shake well. Slowly drizzle wet ingredients over dry ingredients, mixing constantly. A slight fizzy reaction will happen but that’s OK. The mixture will be crumbly but packable.
  2. Press mixture together into 1 to 2 inch balls. This can be done free-form or using a mold. We used a small melon baller.

Vegan, Gluten Free – Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


I’m not gonna lie… generally speaking, vegan baking leaves something to be desired. But not these cookies. They leave nothing to be desired – except wishing you had made more. I double dog dare you not to love these as much as any other cookie you’ve had. Vegan means you can eat the dough, too. A win-win!

Angela Liddon (@ohsheglows) did it again with this recipe from her “Oh She Glows Every Day” cookbook.

Enjoy!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 tablespoon ground flax

3 tablespoons water

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp fine see salt

1/4 cup non-diary mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup natural smooth peanut butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water, and set aside for a few minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk coconut, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate.
  5. Add peanut butter, vanilla and maple syrup to the bowl with the flax mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. The mixture will be thick.
  6. Spoon the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir. You may want to knead with hands at this point to mix everything together.
  7. Lightly wet your hands and form the dough into 12 balls about the size of golf balls. Gentle press down each ball to flatten slightly.
  8. Bake 12-14 minutes. Let cool 5-8 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Store in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

*Reduce salt quantity if using salted PB

*To make these nut-free use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter

 

It Was Never About the Lipstick. 

I worked my ass off so I could spend this past weekend in Washington D.C. advocating for stronger regulation of our personal care industry. Does that sound like greek to you? It means I was talking to the people who represent us in our nation’s capital and encouraging them to get on board in creating or passing legislation that would make the products we are putting on our skin every single day safer. It’s been almost 80 years since a major federal law was passed. More than 80,000 chemicals have been introduced since WWII and less than 10% of them have been tested for health and human safety. Our country bans a whopping 30 ingredients… the EU bans 1400. We can’t afford to wait.
We were 100 women from 50 states representing our families, our clients, our friends and countless people we will never meet.

 

It was never about the lipstick.

 

I care because I am a mom. I care because I lost a grandma to breast cancer before I had a chance to meet her. I care because far too many people around me are getting sick due to unknown causes. I care because I want to leave this planet better for future generations. I care because unlike so many things, this is a change that is easy to make and within our control. I care because I know not everyone can or will buy the products I sell. I care because I have knowledge that, when shared, can change lives. I care because I love life and I want to live mine the best way I know how.

But, for me, it was never about the lipstick.

We were assigned teams for the day and we shared our stories, our “why.” I heard from one woman whose dad battled breast cancer yet who had no known genetic predisposition to acquire it.  Another who due to a genetic mutation lacks the ability process toxins and goes through weeks when she is paralyzed on one side of her body. Her husband can’t breath in most synthetic fragrance without a severe reaction that causes scaring of his lungs. There were two health coaches on my team who work to help others lead healthier lives, but who had not considered their skincare as part of the equation for far too long. There was a scientist from Europe who pioneers safe and innovative solutions in skincare to bring the safest most high performing products to market in the US. Each of these stories was different, each important.

But nobody talked about the lipstick.

We spent our day running in and out of meetings on Capitol Hill. We met with Congressional leaders and State Representatives. We shared our passion, our stories, our mission and our hopes. We talked about being pro-business and pro-regulation and how innovation can spark growth for our economy. We talked about U.S. standards being miserably behind other countries and how exporting isn’t a possibility today given the quality of our products. When we met with a staffer who was 10 days from her due date we couldn’t help but shift the conversation to our most precious and vulnerable population, our babies – the ones who don’t have choices. We talked about how small amounts of products being applied each and every day add up. We talked about the average woman who puts 515 chemicals on her body every single day.

Still no mention of the lipstick.

We also spoke about men who can’t be left out of this equation. Far too many struggle with issues like infertility and 1 in 2 will be touched by cancer in his lifetime. We talked about the confusion in the marketplace, the lack of accountability and the inability for the FDA to recall products that cause harm. We talked about how Beautycounter is using commerce as an engine for change and how our products provide a solution to the problem we are fighting to solve. We talked about our desire to pull the industry along with us so that we can all do better together. We talked about the millions of people that we reach with our message who, regardless of political affiliation, race, age, or gender, all believe that we deserve better. We talked about the people who came before us who banned smoking on airplanes and who made seatbelts mandatory in cars. Common sense solutions. We talked about what we could do to help them and what they could do to help us. We walked away empowered, excited, full of hope and promise and pride.

And nobody, not even once, ever talked about the lipstick.

Some girls grow up yearning to wear a bold red lip, to spot the next beauty trend or to make products that allow people to look and feel more beautiful than they already are.
That wasn’t me.
I grew up hoping to make the world a better place… and now I am doing that one conversation and yes, sometimes even one lipstick, at a time.

If you didn’t already know – now you know:

It was NEVER and will NEVER be just about the lipstick.

Except today. Just for today… I am going to let it be about this lipstick.

Bold, vibrant and backed by an army of women who are as fiery as the color. Why? Because #ThisTimeItsPersonal

Join me in this mission to get safe products into the hands of everyone. Share with those you love. Text BETTERBEAUTY to #52886. Become a consultant. Heck, if you really, really want to you can even buy the lipstick.

 

Kisses,

Angela