Hope and a Future {Coffee for Your Heart}

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Today Holley’s Coffee for Your Heart writing prompt was about encouragement that our hearts need to hear. It’s so sweet and so special to me that as I sat to write a post about hope for a future, Holley’s post was on the very same thing. With such special timing I can’t help but pause and savor the sweetness of the moments God reminds us we never walk alone.

Today I’m reminded that we must fight to keep our eyes before us, always waiting with a gracious hope that believes in the light even when it only flickers from a distance. Today I’m reminded that we must look to the horizon instead of the raging waters. There is a bright future beyond a gloomy place; there is a hope beyond this aching. It’s easy to believe that things will always be this way, but today is fresh and new and leading us to a place that once again blossoms. Today may look an awful lot like yesterday, but it’s brand new and even if it frightens us to the core, we can bravely look at the day unfolding and say with faith, This is the day that the Lord has made, and I believe He will fill it with the wonders of His love.
He draws near to us with tenderness and compassion, in the aching and in the unfolding. Though we may not see how, there is a future full of hope and full of love unfolding for us day by day. May we find the courage to believe this today and always.

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A Flurry of Natural Skincare and Cosmetics :)

I’m sneaking an extra post in this week! This lovely Saturday seems like a nice night to share a flurry of natural skincare and cosmetics. As someone with severe chemical sensitivities, I’ve spent much time in search of truly natural products to use. It was very challenging at first to find any products without harsh chemicals and dyes, but with much time (and a pinch of patience, too), I’ve come to find some truly wonderful brands. I’m so excited to share this post with you, and I hope it helps you in your search 🙂 All of these products are also cruelty free, which is of equal importance in my eyes! I hope you enjoy taking a peak around.

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100% Pure (Made in the USA). This little shop has been such a blessing in my journey. It’s my go-to place to shop! They carry just about every skincare and beauty product you can imagine, and all of their products are completely natural. They’re even dyed with fruit-pigments instead of synthetic dyes! I find them to be a wonderful, wonderful company and I cannot recommend them enough. My favorite facial-care products from them are the Carrot Scrub and the Brightening Night Balm. My favorite make-up items are their lip glazes, cream sticks, and tints (not to mention how cute the packaging is!), Black Tea Mascara, and their Healthy Flawless Skin Powder (which is so soft and light.)

EOS (Made in the USA) is a brand you’ve probably heard of, as they are becoming so popular! They are the creator of the smooth sphere. My favorites are the Blueberry Acai and the Summer Fruit flavors.

Honest Co. (Made in the USA) This is a lovely company founded by Jessica Alba, filled with wonderful natural products from cleaning supplies to personal care. Not only are the products fantastic, but the packaging is adorable! Staying with the theme of this post, my favorite skincare items are the Sweet Orange Vanilla Shampoo + Body Wash, the Sweet Orange Vanilla Conditioner, and the Face + Body Lotion.

Hurraw! Balm (Made in the USA) is my favorite brand for lip products, I must say! They have such wonderful lip balms that are fair trade, to boot! My favorites from them are the Mint, the Vata blend (an Ayurvedic blend for Vata doshas that smells like sweet almond and cardamom), and the Vanilla Bean flavors.

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Indie Lee (Made in the USA) is a truly inspiring woman who overcame a battle with a life-threatening brain tumor. When she learned that environmental toxins likely contributed to her condition, she set out to begin a line of natural products. Her company was one of the very first companies I found in my search, and I’m so glad I did. My favorite product from her was a very gentle bar soap that is currently discontinued, but my next favorite is her Brightening Cleanser that smells deliciously like fresh strawberries! (Her site also has very helpful resources for “Good Ingredients” and “Ingredients to Avoid“)

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr (Made in Australia) is an incredible line of natural and organic skincare products. A bit on the pricy side, but there are a couple of products I find to be worth the splurge! My favorite products are the Cream Cleanser and the Exfoliating Cream.

Josie Maran Cosmetics (Made in the USA) is a organic line of some considerably harsh-chemical-free products. Josie uses pure, Fair Trade Argan Oil as her signature ingredient, which is grown and harvested responsibly by co-ops of Moroccan women who earn a living wage. She also uses eco-friendly packaging. My favorite product from her is her Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation. It works more like a tinted moisturizer than a foundation for me, but I like that! It’s very light, soft, and gleaming.

Pacifica Perfume (Made in the USA) This shop is the only place I’ve found that carries fragrances that don’t trouble me. They have some delightful, natural, delicious smelling products! My absolute favorite (and certainly my favorite smelling thing on all this whole list!) is their Hawaiian Ruby Guava body wash, body butter, and perfume.

Tate’s  (Made in the USA ) is another wonderful brand of natural products. My favorite is The Natural Miracle Conditioning Lip Balm.

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For inner beauty, these teas are lovely!

Tea Forte has a line of skincare teas called Skin Smart that are so pleasant. My favorite is the Cherry Marzipan.

The Republic of Tea also has a delicious herbal blend for skincare called Get Gorgeous.

I hope you find this list helpful! Feel welcome to share what your own favorite are! Are there any products missing on here that I should know about? Let me know!

Peace to you,

Rachel

P.S. Always remember to check for coupon codes! They make it all the sweeter 🙂