How To Start With Essential Oils

The 411 On The Cheapest Yet Most Effective Natural Medicine


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How I Discovered Essential Oils

Since puberty, my skin has not been my friend. Blame it on genetics, hormones, diet, whatever, but no matter what I did I could not get my skin under control. I tried many conventional skin care lines, and they helped the breakouts but left my skin dry, dull, and prone to wrinkles. And then it happened. I came across the miraculous essential oils melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender. mixed in jojoba oil and used as a spot treatment, my skin responded so well! Incredibly fast healing time and no hyper-pigmentation afterwards. I was hooked. Throughout the years I have incorporated Doterra Essential Oils into my everyday life. From healing my gut to detoxing to sleeping to relaxing tight muscles and literally everything else. They have quite literally changed my life, I am now empowered to take charge of my health in a natural way and you can share this feeling as well! (If you want to read more of my Essential Oil story- click here!)

Why Quality Matters

This isn’t a new concept, literally everything is affected by its quality. That’s why the saying is “quality over quantity”! My dad used to wear patchouli when I was younger, and it had a very peculiar scent. I had never thought that it was anything other than an oil that hippies used to wear as perfume.

But as soon as I opened those bottles from DoTerra WHEW MAN it was a totally different story! They were so incredibly potent, way different than the other essential oils I had smelled over the years.

The reason for this is because DoTerra’s Essential oils aren’t like the oils you buy at the store. They are committed to the highest degree of purity and potency. The oils you smell at stores (even health food stores!!) are not pure. They are blended in another type of oil or some sort of chemical to make them have a “scent” although it isn’t natural. There are actually no regulations in place that require companies to disclose their use of fillers in their bottles, so thats why when you smell a Lavender from a bottle at TJ Maxx it smells a lot different than one from Doterra.

DōTERRA tests every single one of their bottles of Essential Oils 7 different ways, 3 times between harvesting and bottling (to catch any contaminants that may be picked up in the bottling process). I’m sure you’ll agree, when I’m putting anything into and onto my body, I need to make sure it is safe. From my own testimonies and those from friends, family, and strangers, there is no doubt in my mind that DoTerra sells only the best oils. Click here read more about DoTerra’s testing process.

How To Use Essential Oils

Aromatically

As soon as you’re stopped dead in your tracks by the alluring Jasmine bush, as soon as you peel open an orange and are lifted up, as soon as you walk through the forest and the scent of pine sends to the most peaceful state of mind, you have just experienced the power of essential oils. You can experience essential oils aromatically in a few ways; from opening the bottle and taking a deep breath or using a diffuser in your home to fill the space with goodness.

The great thing about using a diffuser is that it can affect more people than just you. If you or someone in your family is feeling unwell you can diffuse On Guard to boost everyone’s immune system, if you wish to encourage more energy and motivation, diffuse a blend of orange and peppermint. There are countless recipes and options for you to use depending on your mood! If you don’t have a diffuser you can also put a couple drops on a cotton ball and stuff it someplace that needs from freshening, or you can make your own spray bottle blend and spritz it onto linens, rooms, cars, shoes, closets, literally anywhere!

Topically

Topically may sound like a foreign practice to you, but it has actually been around for ages! When you place an essential oil directly onto a certain area it provides localized and systemic benefits. If I get a stomach ache, I apply DigestZen onto my stomach, if I get a headache I apply peppermint to my temples, if I get cramps from my cycle I apply Clary Sage to my lower abdomen.

You can also apply oils to bottoms of your feet! Did you know that the pores on the bottom of our feet are the largest in our whole body? So when you apply the oils, it is quickly absorbed into the blood stream! There is also something called “reflex points” on our feet- certain parts of the bottom of the foot are directly linked to other parts and systems of the body. It never ceases to amaze me how wondrous our body is! Check out this chart of reflex points to see where you should place your next essential oil!

Topical Dilution

Dilution is super easy and extremely handy. All you need to do is simply add a carrier oil! Like coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc. to your essential oils. Dilution provides multiple benefits: slow the rate of absorption (the carrier oil locks in the essential oils so they don’t evaporate), minimize skin sensitivity, or to make bottles of essential oils last longer. If you’re unsure how much to dilute for which oil, just follow dōTERRA’s Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. David Hill’s advice! He recommends a 1-2-3 dilution ratio: Essential oils labeled N (for neat, or no dilution necessary) should be diluted at a 1:1 ratio. For every drop of essential oil you use, add a drop of carrier oil. The oils labeled S (for sensitive) should be diluted 1 drop essential oil to 2 drops carrier oil. And for those labeled D (for dilute), add 3 drops of carrier oil to every drop of essential oil. Look for the N/S/D labels in the dōTERRA catalog or back of the Living magazine.

If you want to make your life a lot easier, you can also make a pre-diluted roller bottle! This way you can carry it around with you and it’s always ready to use.

For those of you that love to know the science behind Essential Oils and if they’re safe, click here!

Internally

This is the most effective way to use essential oils, to learn more about ingesting essential oils click here. The recommended dilution is 1 drop per 4 oz of liquid. I love adding essential oils into my water, it makes it much tastier and i reap tons of benefits! I’ve been trying to detox lately so I have been adding the Slim and Sassy blend to my water. It’s made up primarily from citrus oils and peppermint so it also increases my energy and enhances my mood! You can also cook with essential oils!! Yep. right into your delicious brownies, snacks, entrees, anything you want! You can find a lot of amazing recipes here on DoTerra’s blog!

To learn more about essential oil dosage, read this short article! Typically about 20 drops of essential oil per day is what is recommended.

Chart of how to dilute dōTERRA essential oils:

 

 

My Favorite Essential Oils
Ah there are just so many! Really, they’re all extremely beneficial but there are a few that I always make sure I have on hand!

Digestzen. I’ve been suffering with SIBO for a couple years, and about a year ago it got so bad that I could hardly eat anything without feeling nauseous, having sharp pains, or my stomach bloating till I looked pregnant. This oil was the only thing that provided relief. As soon as I applied the oil to my stomach it totally calmed down. I will never not have this in my purse. You never know when you might need some digestive relief!

Peppermint. So many uses! For headaches, to boost energy, ease digestion, and cool down  the body because it gets super hot in Florida! It’s so versatile and really economical!!

Frankincense. There’s a reason why they call this the king of Essential Oils! I put two drops under my tongue twice a day to keep my body functioning it’s best, reduce inflammation, increase healing, balance hormones, etc. I also use it daily in my skin moisturizer to help heal past breakouts, hyper=pigmentation, and wrinkles. I also put it on my body whenever I have a rash, bites, cuts, burns, literally anything. It’s also really great for helping with sadness, I once had a day where I could just not stop crying no matter what I did, but as soon as I dropped frankincense beneath my tongue i immediately felt better! There are thousands of other applications, the main thing to remember is “whenever in doubt, use frankincense!”

On Guard. I could sing this oil blend’s praises all day long! I use it to boost my immune system if I’m around sick people or on a plane, I take it internally when I start to feel like I’m coming down with something, and I use it to clean areas! Whenever I travel this is one of the first oils I make sure to pack.

How to Buy Essential Oils
You have a couple options; you can purchase essential oils and accessories at retail price from my website, but to get the most bang for your buck, I really recommend opening a wholesale membership with dōTERRA. It’s similar to opening a membership with Costco or Sam’s club! The membership fee is $35, and you will get 25% off every product! To keep your membership all you need to do is order one item per year (and lets be honest, thats not a hard thing to do). Then if you wish to renew your membership every year, it costs $25 BUT DoTerra will actually send you a free bottle of Peppermint oil as a thank you gift!

And if you think thats a fantastic idea, here’s an even better one- Instead of “throwing away” the $35 enrollment fee, you can put it toward products by purchasing an enrollment kit, all of which come with amazing savings. To view all of the options for enrollment kits, visit here and then go to my website and click “Join & Save” at the top of the page to get started. When I began with doTerra I started with a kit and it was the best way to start my essential oil journey. I saved a ton of money and I got to try out all of the best selling and oils! It saved me lots of time and money – score! And as if that wasn’t incentive enough, i also received free product credits that I could then use to buy oils for free. And I started earning points back on all my following purchases at a higher percentage than I would have if I started with a smaller kit.

How to Get Free Essential Oils
If you’re like me, or like most people, you like free stuff. right? dōTERRA actually offers something called the Loyalty Rewards Program. It’s a super flexible and completely optional monthly autoship order. Each month you can order different products depending on what you currently need, and you are in control of what you put in your cart, when the order ships, the credit card, address, etc. on the website. During the first 3 months that you’re with the Loyalty Rewards Program, you will automatically receive 10% back in free product credits to spend like cash. The first 3 months you’re on the Loyalty Rewards Program, you’ll receive 10% back in free product credits to spend like cash. Then the following 3 months you’ll recieve 15%, then 20%, and so on until you reach 30% back on your order to spend on products! Here’s a quick example of how it would work: If You purchase 100 PV (about $100) every month for a year, you would have earned $210 in free products!! And in addition to that, dōTERRA also gives the shipping costs back in credits, so that’s another $84 for your oil spending! For free! And that’s just the first year- it gets better the second year! Even though you save money with memberships at places like Costco, they don’t give you money back for purchasing products. To understand it a bit easier, here’s a chart to follow!

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If you don’t think you can spend that much each month on just oils, I also buy soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and other home/personal products on the monthly Loyalty Rewards Order!

To hop on the essential oil and healthy living train, go to my website and click “Join & Save” at the top of the page to begin! To help you walk through the enrollment process or figure out which kit is best for you and your needs, email me at joanna@awellspringoflife.com!

Bonuses for Enrolling through My Website
To show my appreciation for you opening your dōTERRA wholesale membership with me, I’ll send you a fun welcome packet! You’ll receive a couple product samples, a roller bottle, and more tools to help learn more and get excited about your new essential oils! We can also plan to get together or a phone call to go over the oils and how to use them, and then benefits of your membership to you make the most of it! I’ll also add you to my Healthy Facebook Group that’s full of healthy articles, Oil tips, DIY’s, Q & A, and more!

If you have any more questions, feel free to email me!

xxjoannaxx

Essential Oils For $20 Or Less

Wellness Doesn’t Have To Be Expensive

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I understand that starting out with a new form of wellness can be a little intimidating, and you may even postpone starting because you don’t think you’ll be able to afford it. But wait! There are tons of essential oils that are super cost effective and will still have a major impact on your life and your health.

Not to mention, once you look at the math- there are 250 drops in each 15ml bottle of Essential Oil. So each drop only costs you pennies. That is exceedingly cheaper than any pill on the market.

I went into detail with 10 of the oils under $20, but there are a lot more! You’ll see them listed at the end. (keep in mind, this price is based on having a wholesale membership and saving 25% on every product.)

You ready? Yeah, me too.

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Essential Oils under $20

Grapefruit: $16
This is a major part of the all time favorite doTERRA blend, Slim & Sassy®! Grapefruit helps to not only detox the body, but also supports your metabolism! Grapefruit is also a great choice for diffusing; it instantly purifies the air and provides an uplifting mood. Just wait- everyone who comes over is going to love love love how your house smells! Click here to purchase Grapefruit Essential Oil.

Melaleuca: $19
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that I LOVE Melalueca. It is amazing for any and all skin irritations, you just apply it onto the affected areas diluting as necessary. Because it is naturally purifying, this is a great oil to apply on the bottom of your feet or inside of your shoes to refresh them! Melalueca is also great taken internally inside a veggie capsule; helps support healthy joint function, soothe soreness, and when added with Frankincense and Oregano makes an AMAZING combo to get rid of any sickness. Click here to purchase Melalueca Essential Oil.

Clove: $14.00
This is one of those oils that you don’t wan’t to be without. Clove is a master at fighting free radicals because of it’s ability to be naturally cleansing and keeping your immune system healthy. I also love adding it to my moisturizer for a boost of germ destroying power! Clove is a “hot oil,” so make sure to always dilute it topically, and take internally using Veggie Capsules. Click here to purchase Clove Essential Oil.

Rosemary: $14
Yes, the delicious herb that you add onto your baked chicken, but man oh man it provides a lot more benefits than just taste. Rosemary Essential Oil can actually be taken internally to support healthy organ function! It can aid in reducing anxious feelings, tension, and low energy. Many people use it to help them with their memory! I also add it into my shampoos and hair serum because it helps hair grow. Click here to purchase Rosemary Essential Oil.

Eucalyptus: $14
Oh delicious Eucalyptus! I actually posted about this a little bit ago on this Instagram post. Eucalyptus is a great oil for cleansing- not only surfaces but also the air! I’ve been adding it onto my dyer balls for extra cleansing power on our clothes. This oil also opens up airways, so I love putting a couple drops at the bottom of your shower! It makes you feel like you’re in a spa. If you suffer from a lot of sinus issues, Eucalyptus is an amazing oil. It’s in the Breathe oil combination! Click here to purchase Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Lemon: $10
Harvested in Sicily, Lemon is a doTERRA must-have oil that comes in the doTERRA Introductory Kit. Lemon is great for detoxing, cleansing, respiratory functions, and fights against allergies. This oil is also a straight up MAGICIAN for cleaning. If you have a weird mark on a table, in your car, on the wall, just add a little bit of lemon and watch it magically wipe away! Click here to purchase Lemon Essential Oil.

Cypress: $15.50
Cypress instantly transports you back into the woods. It has such a delicious scent that provides a great energy boost when you’re feeling a little tired. Cypress can be used on the skin to reduce blemishes, balance oily skin, and increase circulation! I first used Cypress in a blend for my husband to help with this varicose veins- and it worked! Click here to purchase Cypress Essential Oil.

Lemongrass: $10
Lemongrass is amazing for soothing sore muscles. You can apply it after a hard workout. just make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. I first used it after I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed and it really helped to bring down the puffiness and reduce the pain. Fun fact: Lemongrass is also a natural insect repellent! Click here to purchase Lemongrass Essential Oil.

Juniper Berry: $19
This is a great oil to help with internally cleansing! You can add it daily to help detox all of the toxins, chemicals, and bad hormones your body tends to hold onto. It’s also wonderful used topically on skin to shrink blemishes. Click Here to purchase Juniper Berry Essential Oil.

Wild Orange: $10.50
This just may be one of my absolute favorite oils to diffuse. It smells SO good and it simultaneously purifies the air and boosts my immune system! You can also add Wild Orange to your water for a delicious boost of flavor and keep your body healthy.  Click here  to purchase Wild Orange Essential Oil.

Other Oils under $20

Besides being 100% natural, my favorite thing about essential oils is that they are so versatile. One oil can do so many things, and how much cheaper is that than getting different pills for each problem!?

To become a Wholesale member and save 25% on every product, sign up here. To just buy everything at retail, follow this link to my website!

If you have questions about starting essential oils, make sure to check out this blog post!

And if you are curious about what essential oils may be best for you and your health concerns, please reach out to me!

Happy oiling!

xxjoannaxx

My Health Journey

The Emotional Side Of Healing

Getting healthy is a lot more emotionally involved than you may think. But let me just start off by saying that I am not perfectly healthy now, and honestly never will be.. our bodies are imperfect. But I have, like many of you, struggled with something for years and am finally at a point in my life where my body looks and feels it’s best. It’s been a long journey but I wish for nothing more than to share all that I have done in order to help some of you.

The Beginning

I remember the first time I knew something was wrong.  I had just eaten a meal that I had eaten probably 100 times, and suddenly my stomach started to cramp, I got really cold, chills all over my body. It had gotten so bad so fast that I began writhing on the floor. I felt so nauseous, and tried making myself throw up but wasn’t able to. It would start to go away then immediately come back full force. I was crying out in pain. It was honestly the worst pain I had ever experienced, even worse than awful period cramps because of the fear of not knowing what was happening to my body. I literally felt like my stomach was going to burst through my skin.

It thankfully passed after a few hours, but I was really, really scared.

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The Healing Process

Physical Side

Over the next few years I became extremely cautious with my food. I kept making little changes in my diet, always eliminating food that gave me problems.

My symptoms included: sharp, excruciating pains in lower and upper stomach, chills and goosebumps covering my body, nausea, rash from chest to stomach, unintentional weight loss, continuous breakouts, various food sensitivities, and feeling totally and completely helpless.

But it had gotten to the point that even healthy foods began to give me these problems. And foods would one day be fine, but then another day suddenly cause me to drop to the floor and curl up into a ball. It felt like my body was continuously rejecting all of the food I tried to give it.

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March 2, 2017. It wasn’t until later that I had realized how thin I had become. My body wasn’t absorbing any nutrients.

I signed up for Dr. Axe’s Leaky Gut Program after watching a webinar because I knew my disease was at least partially caused from my gut being damaged. It is a magnificent program that helped both my husband and I, but I knew I needed further attention.

When we were in Florida for a holiday I made an appointment with a naturopathic doctor I used to go to. And with the normal testing- blood work and hormone test, he gave me something I never heard of before- a breath test. To test my level of bacteria in my body.

When the results came back it showed that I had super high levels of bacteria which gave me the diagnosis of Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth aka SIBO.

I was ecstatic. The fact that there was a name for my condition meant that there were certain steps I could take to help heal my body. I had gone so many years,slowly giving up hope and this was the first sign that showed the light at the end of the tunnel.

So I went on the specific SIBO diet- cutting out a lot of different vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, sugar, protein, etc. And although this helped a little bit.. I am sorry to say that it did not heal me. My body was still weak, I still felt like my stomach was always upset. I went back to the doctor but never quite felt like he had my best interest in mind, something about how he spoke just didn’t show the care that I needed. So back to square one.

*small lesson: You do not need to see a doctor you do not love. You are your own best health advocate. Trust yourself and your feelings.*

I started seeing an acupuncturist, and after our consultation she gave me such confidence again that I started tearing up and gave her a huge hug. She is actually a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor so she was able to help me more than the typical acupuncturist. She first put me on high dosages of natural antibacterials to help kill the bacteria, high doses of probiotics to bring back the balance, and a shake to heal the gut lining and give my body the nutrients I wasn’t absorbing through food.

She also ordered a stool test which was by far the NASTIEST thing I have ever done but it is the best test to see how your body is doing. It tested my nutrient absorption, which bacteria levels were high, if I had any viruses or parasites, etc. This allowed my doctor to personalize my treatment even more.

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September 22, 2017. I was far along in my healing protocol and my stomach was doing better, but I was still really thin and dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.

Emotional Side

But it wasn’t until I tested my hormones through Delgado Naturals and saw how high my cortisol was that I also began to work on my emotional stress. If you read my other posts on my story on healing. ways to deal with emotional stress, and how to reduce cortisol, you’ll know that I have had some pretty hard years.

And you must know, this is so very important, that all stress manifests itself in physical ways. So my constant low level stress was causing my stomach to get all twisted up inside. I was constantly on the verge of tears, I was extremely lonely and heart broken, so I took the path to begin seeing a counselor. Having that outlet and a source of calm wisdom helped heal my heart and mind.

The Finale

Through persistence and patience, I am now at a point in my life where my body is absorbing nutrients, my gut is strong and healthy, my energy has dramatically increased, and I am, without a doubt, so much happier. I still go once a month to my acupuncturist to keep my body aligned. I don’t really take many supplements besides ones to balance my hormones, and I have kept up with the lifestyle changes to reduce my stress.

Now, I’ve been told that SIBO never truly leaves your system.  You can help it go into recession, but it may never fully go away. And that’s okay- I have accepted it. Through this health journey I have discovered various natural ways to help my digestive system whenever I do have a flare up. I am just so thankful that I never gave up trying or looking for a doctor that I truly felt was looking out for ME.

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September 26, 2018. This is me now. With a little extra love all around, and a healthy, strong body

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Your health is not determined by a number on a scale. It is only defined by your happiness.

 

What are you currently battling in your health journey?

xxjoannaxx

Natural Cramp Remedies

PERIODS DON’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

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Cramps are probably the most common side effect of menstruation. For some lucky women, it could be a slight nuisance, but for others.. it can mean sharp, deep pains that render you completely weak, rolling back and forth, and feeling nauseous. It can be so debilitating that it affects your work and lifestyle.

For me personally, cramps have definitely gotten worse the older I’ve become- due to my hormonal imbalance. As a teenager, I would feel a little pain right as I started my period, but I could easily wait for it to pass and continue my day. Recently, however, it has become so painful that I HAVE to be on bed rest for 24 hours.

Unfortunately, we’re all taught that PMS symptoms and cramps are just “part of being a woman” and we need to take Advil and get on with the rest of our day like nothing has changed. But cramps are a sign that something is imbalanced in our body and we need to address it. (think about it, your body never hurts just because- there is always a root cause.)

The #1 thing you can do for your body and help your cramps is to first and foremost get your hormones tested. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it has made in my life- from my skin, understanding bodily functions, to also diagnosing the reason behind my cramps. I have been using the company Delgado Protocol for about 3 years now and I LOVE THEM. All you do is order a simple test, add your saliva to the kit, send it back, and they send you your results within a couple days.

They then set up a free 30 minute call that goes over your results and what they recommend. If there is one thing I am always talking about- it is this. Saliva is the best way to test your hormones, and the kit is cheaper than seeing a doctor.

I also have a code! When you email them about ordering the 12 Panel Saliva Kit, say you’ve been sent by me (Joanna Alexander) and they will offer you a discounted price of $104 instead of the retail price $165. Here is their website. 

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Best Natural Cramp Remedies

I truly believe that the body is one system, and that unnecessary medications cause more harm than good. So I have been on the mission to find the best remedies for cramps, and I daresay I found them.

DIET

Yes, your foods affect your cycle. This has been incorporated into many eastern medicine practices but unfortunately overlooked in the Western medicine. It is recommended to eat a lot of warming, nourishing foods during your period- which makes sense because your body needs to heal.

Your diet should consist of roasted veggies, soups, stews, bone broth, as well as lots of foods high in essential fatty acids.

Cramps are actually caused by evelated levels of the hormone PGE2, by eating a lot of essential fatty acids it raises your PGE 1 and 3, to help balance it out.

FOODS HIGH IN ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

  • Olive Oil
  • Oily Fish (sardines, salmon, anchovies, tuna)
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds

OTHER FOODS TO INCLUDE DURING MENSTRUATION

  • Seaweed (wakame and dulse- they’re super nutrient dense)
  • Liquid Chlorophyll (raise iron levels)
  • Kelp (can find them in refrigerated sections, but they also make kelp noodles)

And of course, with anything concerning diet- there are always things you should avoid. These specific foods will actually increase inflammation and cause more painful periods.

FOODS TO AVOID DURING MENSTRUATION

  • Raw Vegetables
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Saturated Fats
  • Alcohol
  • Excessive Caffeine

HEAT

I just started doing this this month and WOW I cannot believe what I’ve been missing! It immediately helps soothe my aching body in the most gentle, loving way. It’s like a thousand hugs right to your uterus- I’m serious. I use a hot water bottle (only $10!?!) that I picked up awhile ago, but a lot of women also fill a sock with rice and microwave it!  I also really enjoy taking baths on my period- I’ll add in some epsom salts and let my body relax.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential Oils provide the quickest result when I deal with really bad cramps. My most recent blend is absolutely miraculous:

Doterra’s Clary Calm: This is full of amazing essential oils that are great at balancing hormones, reducing PMS symptoms, while also reducing inflammation!

Neroli Essential Oil: This is the QUEEN for cramping. Once I started adding this to my cramp routine it made the biggest difference! I love that it is diluted in fractionated coconut oil- the roller ball makes it really easy to apply and it lasts!

Copaiba Essential Oil: This is one of the best oils to use for pain and healing the body.

How To Use: On my abdomen I’ll rub Clary Calm, Neroli Touch, and top it off with a drop of Copaiba Essential Oil. Then I’ll gently rub it into the skin. Pro Tip: To increase the benefits of these oils, add a heating pad! It’ll open up your pores, letting the essential oils absorb more quickly.

Deep Blue Rub: If you’re one of the many women who also suffer from back pain during your period- this one’s for you. It’s the natural alternative for Icy Hot! Packed with healing essential oils, this will immediately bring your back some relief.

How to Use: Simply rub wherever you have aching pain! Back, neck, shoulders, etc.

For information on how to get started with Essential Oils- read this blog post!

REST

Yes, you need to rest girl. Lay down and let your body heal. You are not designed to feel the same or act the same every day of your life. Take time off exercising, socializing, and try to schedule big work projects before your period. Take the time to read, take a bath, nap, watch Netflix- whatever it is you like to do to take it easy. And when your heavy bleeding is over, don’t rush back into your normal routine– ease into it with slow walks, slow days, honor your body.

Remember, your body is beautiful and sacred and it deserves attention and respect. If you’re dealing with period problems, take the time to learn abut them and heal yourself naturally.

Do you struggle with cramps? What are your remedies?

xxjoannaxx

Why I Don’t Believe In Diets

Bio Individuality

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I have a seriously unpopular opinion. I’m also part Italian so I’m full of passion, especially when it comes to things I whole heartedly believe in.

I DO NOT like diets.

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I really don’t like the ‘popular’ fad ones where they claim to help you lose 20 lbs in ten days, or the ‘eat only apples’ kind of diets. These do not work. I repeat- DO NOT WORK. They’re completely unsustainable because you will inevitably rebound and regain the weight you lost, or maybe even gain more because you deprived your body of the nutrition it needed.

Teaching your body to “yo-yo” between weights is extremely unhealthy- you’re only teaching it to be under constant stress. With these fast and cheap diets you are also not learning anything about your body and what it actually needs. Your mind and body are meant to work together, it is one machine. And when you simply treat your stomach like a food vending machine it is not getting the attention it requires to run properly.

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But there’s also something else that I really, really do not appreciate, especially as a health coach.

I cannot stand it when people push their diets on others as if it is the ONLY way to be healthy. 

Yes, the vegans, the vegetarians, Whole30, Keto, etc. They shove their diets in your face and make it seem as if you do not follow their diets, you will be unhealthy. Like their way of living is the only way.

Lemme tell you something:

IT IS NOT TRUE.

Everyone’s body is different. Every single one of us have different genes, different ancestors, different lifestyles, etc. What works for a celebrity may not work for you. What works for your friend may not work for you. What works for a Natural Doctor may not work for you. What works for your sister may not even work for you.

You are special. you are unique. you are different. 

and you need to treat your body as such.

I have a serious problem with people who claim to be leaders in the health movement and yet do not integrate one of the most important concepts into their teaching: BIO INDIVIDUALITY.

We need to realize that there is no such thing as a one diet fits all. There never was such a thing and there never will be. And using fear to force people to listen to them and their way of eating is absolutely ridiculous.

Yes, there are many people who have had incredible success with certain diets- where they have actually changed their life. But that does not mean it is the only path to a vibrant, healthy life.

So I’m calling out all of the doctors, authors, coaches, etc. Let people be! Let them decide what works best for them. Stop trying to force them into your lifestyle. Simply give them the tools they need to learn and experiment, and from there decide what is best for them.

And to all of you wanting to achieve a healthier life- do not fall for scare tactics. Things that are good and true do not need the added level of fear. Truth can hold its own. I urge you to experiment, research, and take the time to learn your body.

I am a HUGE ADVOCATE for teaching people about their bio-individuality. You know your body best. You are the best advocate for your health. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Hopefully I didn’t scare too many of you off, but this is something I believe to be extremely vital to a balanced life. Gotta speak my truth you know?

Whats a diet you’ve tried that hasn’t worked for you?

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xxjoannaxx

How To Reduce Waste in Your Beauty Routine

Waste Not but Want A Lot

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I’m sure you’ve become increasingly aware that humans produce a lot of trash. With plastic alone, we produce 300 million tons per year! Just plastic waste! It’s a sad, sad story, but we do have the ability to change the ending. Instead of adding to the thousands of landfills, or filling the ocean with toxic chemicals and plastic… there are simple, yet extremely effective ways to simplify your routine and making it more eco friendly. Reducing waste doesn’t mean only using soap and water, you can still have your beautifully indulgent beauty routine, it just helps to be aware of what your actions cost, and ways to change that.

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All of That Cotton

You need to remove that makeup, right? You need to wipe off excess soap and toner.. right? But you don’t want to ruin your towels… right? All of those cotton rounds and pads.. used once and then thrown away! What a waste. Now, I’m not saying to forgo your routine, but simply start using reusable, washable cotton rounds instead! Not only will you reduce your trash, but you’ll also never have to remember stock up while at the store or have to come into contact with those gross chemicals found in regular cotton balls like dioxins! I really love this brand!! They’re actually made of bamboo fiber, which is even better than cotton.

Time for the Blue Bin

All of that packaging down the tube.. to the trash compactor.. to the landfill. Such a shame. Did you realize you could be recycling that plastic? Look to the package/bottle for a little cycle symbol with a number inside of it. That’s your signal to put it with the recycling instead of the trash! You can also make the conscious decision to purchase glass products, that way you can reuse them afterwards, or of course recycle.

Maybe You Don’t Need That

We can get caught up in the mindset of retail obsession- “I need, I really really need that. and I need it now!” We often scoop something up that sounds amazing, looks super cool, smells divine, heard a friend rave about it, saw it while window shopping online, etc. Whatever the excuse is- you bought something you didn’t need, and now you’ve somehow ended up with a massive amount of skincare or makeup that you barely even use- it’s just taking up space. I encourage you to go through your beauty cabinet and makeup bag and get rid of those things that aren’t bringing you any good, simply taking up space. Not only will this help your amount of waste, but it will also help de-clutter your mind. Simultaneously keep in mind when you feel you need to refill an item, check your inventory and decide if you can use something else that you already own.

Shave It Off

Ladies, I am right there with ya with the pain of having to constantly shave. It’s a consistent problem that never quite gets resolved unless you’re able to afford laser hair removal. We shave so much, but if we use those disposable plastic razors we are adding thousands of razors to the landfill every year. The solution? Spend a little extra on a reusable stainless steel razor. You will spend less on the replacement blades, and it works just as well! This product is a great option for men and women!

Pearly Whites

We’re supposed to replace our toothbrush every three months, but do you realize how much plastic that amounts to? It’s kind of disgusting. Instead of buying your regular drugstore tooth brush, this time try a bamboo toothbrush. They’re all natural so they’re free of gross chemicals found in plastic, plus they’re biodegradable! A super simple way to reduce your beauty routine waste. I love this one.

So you see, it’s not so difficult to be a little eco friendly! Reducing waste is good for you and the environment! Hope you find these tips useful.

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xxJoannaxx

How To Exfoliate Your Skin

Shedding Light on Shedding Cells

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Our body is constantly producing new skin cells while simultaneously getting rid of the old stuff. But how often does this happen? And do we need to help the body do what it’s already designed to do?

To put it plainly- we need our body to produce new cells to have youthful, glowing, healthy skin. When our body holds onto the old cells, it literally builds up and you end up with an old, dull, dry, flaky surface that enhances wrinkles. And nobody wants that.

However, you must be wary of how often you exfoliate your skin; too often can leave the skin red, irritated, and more prone to problems such as rashes, breakouts, sun damage, etc.how you should exfoliate your face and body for glowing, youthful skin. www.awellspringoflife.com

Exfoliating the Face: 

Ideally, you should exfoliate every 3-4 days, so about 1-2 times per week. It mainly depends on your skin; how sensitive is it, your age, and what your skin likes to be honest.

I have become so in-tune with my skin that I can tell the day when I need to exfoliate- my skin looks dull, I begin to see some congestion in my pores, and as soon as I exfoliate- BOOM.glowing glory. 

Make sure, however, that you are using good exfoliating products. Don’t use any sort of physical exfoliation on your face– it’s too harsh and can cause microscopic tears which can lead to a whole host of problems. Stick to enzymes which break down and dissolve all of the old skin cells, and bring circulation to the face- encouraging healing. Check out my DIY Enzyme Mask here. This is the only exfoliation I use on my face!

Exfoliating the Body: 

Now the body has much thicker skin than the face, so you can exfoliate much more often- every day really. Because it is thicker it can handle physical exfoliation such as dry brushing and sugar and salt scrubs. The great thing about sugar scrubs is that they simultaneously moisturize while getting rid of the dead stuff. So not only will your skin be soft, it will also be highly nourished and moisturized. Dry Brushing is also a great way to gently exfoliate the body! Dry  brush before the shower then moisturize with a nice body oil afterwards for ultimate glowing skin. Click Here to read more about Dry Brushing and why it’s so amazing !

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Exfoliation is key for youthful, healthy skin.

Shed the Cells, Dude. 

xxJoannaxx

How To Handle Emotional Distress

Help Yourself Heal 

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Yes, like many of you I have had my fair share of days where I cried at least once and always felt like I was on the brink of sobbing my eyes out.

But through those hard times I have learned that there are ways to help ease the sadness so it doesn’t seem as suffocating.

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Ways To Deal With Emotional Distress:

Let yourself cry. Yes, I said it. Let the emotions flow as strong or as weak as they are. Stop trying to put forth a version of yourself that you feel is better or stronger. You need to be you, and by pushing those feelings further down you will only make yourself more miserable. I learned that there are times when I needed to cry to heal- I could not become whole again until I let go of the things which made me ill.

Begin a gratitude journal. Write down the things for which you are thankful. Write down those which are not related to humans because relationships can and probably will at some point disappoint you. Write down the things that are inherently and purely good, that will never wrong you.

Talk to someone. It is okay to speak out your troubles. Let your mouth run with all of the thoughts you have been bottling up. If you cannot talk to a close friend or family member, find a counselor. They are 100% there for you and have no ulterior motive. You are their concern and they want nothing more than to help you. Speak your heart, speak your thoughts, speak your truth.

Pray. One can never fully heal without fully letting go. Give it to God. Give the pain, the stress, anxiety, guilt, sadness. You are imperfect and were not meant to go through life alone. He is there with you and constantly a place to rest your soul.

Take deep, deep breaths. Once you have released everything you had locked up inside, take the time to realize that you are okay. There is more to life than what is happening at this moment and you will be okay. Put your hand on your heart and your belly and fill up your stomach with slow long inhales. Then with intention and gratitude, let it slowly flow back out from you. You will become calm, your mind still, and you will slowly be able to regain the strength to continue. I did a video on how to breathe deeply on my instagram page- click here to watch.

Yoga poses. There are certain poses that cause inward reflection and surrender. A favorite is child’s pose, you are bent over your knees with outstretched arms. You cannot help but feel all of the emotions you have been hiding from.

 

Be aware of you. If you need to sleep, sleep. If you need to run 3 miles, run. But just make sure that you aren’t distracting yourself too much. Even though you be able to fill your thoughts will daily tasks, does not mean anything is being resolved. Be gentle with yourself and give your heart what it needs.

Use healing essential oils. There are essential oils that have the ability to support and heal your emotions. Using frankincense will calm your mind, wild orange will uplift your spirits, the forgive blend will help you release, and many more. Doterra actually has multiple blends for specific emotional needs, and they all come in a kit if you wish to have them for all situations. The kit includes all of the oils, a diffuser, and an informative booklet. There are times when you need a natural support for your emotions. Click here to view the kit which can actually be your enrollment kit to become a wholesale customer for 25% off plus all future orders. If you wish to enroll click here.

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These all helped me, and I know they will help you. Crying does not make you weak, remember that.

have you found other ways to help with emotional distress?

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xxjoannaxx

 

Toxic Ingredients In Your Dry Shampoo + DIY Dry Shampoo

The Evils Hiding In Your Beauty Cabinet

DIY Dry Shampoo untinted. Make your own dry shampoo. cheap, simple, effective, dry shampoo. www.awellspringoflife.comLook, I knoww how it is. You have so many things in your daily life that sticking to a hair washing schedule can be difficult. So you end up with hair that may or may not have a little too much oil, and it may or may not make you feel your best. Thank GOODNESS there’s dry shampoo!

My guess is that you’ve already discovered this little invention if your hair washing isn’t a priority. But were you aware of the ingredients in conventional dry shampoos?

Not good, I tell you, not good at all.

Toxic Dry Shampoo Ingredients

Talc– This is used in dry shampoos because it’s great at absorbing… but at a serious cost- it’s made up of magnesium, oxygen, and silicon, but can contain asbestos fibers!! Talc has been linked to cancer, so best to avoid that one.

Alcohol– Because the goal when using dry shampoo is to absorb oil and moisture, many companies use alcohol because it does dry the hair. However, it can actually be way too drying to our strands of hair and precious scalp. Believe it or not, we do need some oils on our head to keep the scalp healthy, but alcohol absorbs the good oils as well. Many people can actually develop dry scalp, dandruff, and blocked pores.

Siloxane, Silicones & Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane– Silicones and siloxanes are really popular and commonly used in many beauty products, because they actually prevent the product from breaking down and making it dry faster. Anything that prevents nature from taking it’s natural course is going to have some adverse affects on your health.

LPG’s (Liquid Petroleum Gas), Butane, Propane, Isobutane– Ladies, this is what makes up the “aerosol” part of your dry shampoo. Not only can it cause respiratory problems, but it’s actually super harmful to our ozone layer. Just take the higher route and apply loose powder dry shampoos to save you and your planet.

Cetrimonium Chloride– This ingredient is known for its ability to prevent static and making your hair sick up. Although it is a nice thought, the actual ingredient is classified as TOXIC, and is lethal is ingested orally……. so thats great.

So all in all, it really is better to check the ingredients in your dry shampoo to make sure you aren’t accidentally causing more harm than good.

Here are some natural dry shampoos that actually do the job:

  1. Captain Blankenship Organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo
  2. Lulu Organics Lavender & Clary Sage Hair Powder
  3. Fat and The Moon – All Natural/Organic Lavender + Cocoa Dry Shampoo

You can also easily make your own! I used to own a natural and organic beauty company, and this is the exact formula I used for the dry shampoo I sold! I still use this today because it’s insanely cheap, super effective, and it will not hurt you, your body, or our planet at all.

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DIY Natural Dry Shampoo (Light + Dark)

Light Hair

1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder or Organic Cornstarch (or a blend of the two)

5 Drops Essential Oils ( I like using Peppermint but Lavender is also very popular!)

Dark Hair

2 tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

5 Drops Essential Oils (I use Peppermint because it literally smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream- yum)

Instructions

Blend powders, add essential oils, and blend again with wooden spoon! Then sprinkle onto hair and either rub in with fingers or with large makeup brush.

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Do you have a favorite dry shampoo? How do you deal with hair that needs a good washing?

xxJoannaxx

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How To Make A Hotel Room Cozy

Home Away From Home

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Traveling is great and all, but unless you’ve got the big bucks chances are you’re not staying in a nice fancy hotel. When staying in less then ideal hotels you can deal with weird smells, stuffy rooms, annoying customer service, etc. But THANKFULLY you can do something to help make your stay more enjoyable.

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Hotel Tips

Bring A Diffuser and Citrus Essential Oils 

That air in the room has been recycled for only God knows how long. Diffusing citrus oils will not only clean the air but also clean the entire room! Citrus oils are naturally purifying and cleansing. These oils are also great for uplifting, energizing, and may even improve your mood!

Here are the citrus oils : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Wild Orange and a simply divine blend called Citrus Bliss (forreal though, the scent is bliss.) You can always mix and match oils too! I recently smelled the combination of Spearmint and Lime and GOOD LAWWD it was magical.

Here are some diffuser ideas:

doterra_petal_diffuser_essential_oil_diffuser_1509676683_e9a9b2830love love this one -its so cute and minimal!

this one is on my wish list- one day!

Bring Your Own Sheets

The older I get, the more aware of germs I become. Of course, I would like to think that the sheets are 100% totally and completely sterilized.. but how can I be sure? Just thinking of the many other naked bodies on the sheets makes me wanna hurl a little bit. And the blankets? You really honestly think hotels wash those every time? No. def not.

So if we’re driving to our hotel I always make sure to pack a big bag full of sheets, pillowcases, and a blanket. It is so worth it you guys. I feel so much more at ease, and even having my house scent instead of weird chemical smell on the sheets is amazing. And if you’re really awesome, you’ll also bring your own pillows. Just recently had an awful weekend because the pillows were like big sacks of flour and I could not sleep. lesson learned.

Continue Normal Routines

It can be hard keeping up with your routines when you’re thrown into a weird room in a weird place, but making sure you take the time to be as consistent as you can with what you do at home will make a big difference. For example, I always oil pull in the morning, so I try to do that, I bring my dry brush, tongue scraper, face masks, etc. I try to stick as closely to my normal routine as possible and it helps me feel more in control and at ease.

Himalayan Salt Plug Ins

If you read my previous blog post, you know how powerful and amazing himalayan salt lamps are. But I totally know they aren’t the most practical thing to bring while traveling. Thats why the plug in versions are SO DOPE!! You’ll just amplify the cleansing air process while making the room feel more like yours. Also great alternative if you like having night lights!

These ones look amazing.

Bring Hand Sanitizer

Not only for your hands, but also to clean some of the small things in the room- door knobs, tv remote, headboard, night stand, etc. I used to clean condos so I first hand know that people who clean fast do not always clean super well.

doterra-touch-on-guard-10mlI really like using the DoTerra Hand Sanitizer because it’s all natural, you don;t need a ton, and it smells so good because of the blend of warm essential oils!

Pack Food

If you’re like the majority, chances are you have a sensitive stomach/food sensitivities. I know it can be hard to find restaurants that you can trust won’t hurt your stomach, especially in smaller towns. I always like to pack a few meals depending on my length of stay. Plus some simple breakfasts that don’t require any heating up.

For example, I recently brought these; chia seed pudding, hard boiled eggs, fruit, big salad, baked sweet potatoes, baked chicken, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. So simple and only needed to be refrigerated. Try and find a hotel with a fridge in the room, but if not, just bring a large cooler and keep refilling the ice!

Bring Sleep Items

You never know if the hotel will be noisy, have lots of light, or really uncomfortable beds. So I recommend bringing an eye mask, ear plugs, and maybe even some melatonin if you’re having the worst time falling asleep! I’m definitely to the point in my life where I prioritize sleep over so many things- even looking like an overpacked crazy lady.

That’s pretty much it! I am always thankful for traveling, but that doesn’t mean I settle! There are always super simple and cheap ways to make your life better. Always remember that.

xxJoannaxx

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8 Purse Essentials

Just call me Mary Poppins

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I’ll be honest, I always have the goal of keeping a small purse. Something really tiny and lightweight so that I don’t always feel like my arm is about to dislocate from my shoulder every time I use it. But no matter what, I always stuff my purse with both essentials and non essentials (how many pens do I have? too many. far far too many).

But I will say that no matter how small my purse or clutch is, there are always a couple items that I never leave the house without. Call it training to be a mom, call it over-preparedness, I just call it being wise.

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My Purse Essentials

Hand Sanitizer. Dear God, all of the public restrooms, door handles, shopping carts, and gas pumps, there so many places for germs to hide. I NEED hand sanitizer. And this one is perfect because it’s so lightweight and small, and its not a gross gel consistency. (I really cant stand those, your hands get all goopy then you have to wait for it to dry.) It’s all natural, made simple from alcohol and a proprietary blend of essential oils that have been proven to be stronger and more effective than their chemical counterparts.

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Peppermint Beadlets. I no longer chew gum for a couple of reasons; I have jaw problems and have found that gum only worsens it, I’m not a fan of all the added sugar, and those “all natural” ones just dissolve into little paper balls. But what am I supposed to do before I hang out with someone and need some breath freshening? Pop one of these babies into my mouth. And if I’m getting hungry but still have to wait a bit till I can eat, I can swallow one of the beadlets to help ease the hunger. I can also pop one onto my fingers and then apply it to my temples if I get a headache, or apply it to my stomach if I have any digestive issues. So much power in such a small item.

Moisturizer. For my hands, my lips, if I have a dry spot on my legs, if I need some extra moisture around my eyes, you name it. Always a good thing to have on hand. I love the Weleda Skin Food, super natural and really moisturizing!

Tampons and Panty Liners. I’m really in tune with my cycle so I usually know the exact day that I’m gonna start. But that doesn’t mean I’m not sometimes unprepared or didn’t pack any beforehand. I’m still not on the Diva Cup train but I plan on being soon! So until then, I make sure to use all natural female hygienics product. Not made with any dyes, bleach, or chemicals, I use NatraCare brand. Here are the tampons, and here are the panty liners. 

Hormonal Roll On. Yeah, I’m still struggling with hormonal imbalance, and this little number is AMAZING to have on hand (it’s called Clary Calm). I always apply it to my wrists and back of neck to help with any PMS symptoms, and I apply it to abdomen when I have cramps. However, I also recently discovered that the oils in it can also be used for any sort of skin problems! I was stung by a bee while walking around a town and didn’t have my normal arsenal of essential oils. But I did have this blend! Lavender and Clary Sage are both really good for reducing inflammation and stinging/burning. Lemme tell ya, as soon as I applied it the intense burning went away and I couldn’t even see the bump anymore!! Magic. You can also use this beautiful bend as a perfume! It smells Di-vine.

Small Reusable Bag. These are so so awesome to have with you! It packs up insanely tiny and is super lightweight. To help reduce wasteful bagging, I can use it whenever I go to stores and forget to bring bags!

Digestive Enzymes. If I wanna get something delicious with maybe too much sugar, gluten or dairy, I always have a couple of these on hand to help ease the belly! I like using doTerra’s Digest Tabs and DGL! I just put a couple in a little baggy, they’re great to take when eating at restaurants too!

Frankincense. Also known as the “King Of Essential Oils.” You can use frankincense on literally anything and everything. Got a sunburn? Sprained ankle? Bug Bite? Headache? Cramps? and the list goes on and on. I love having the pre-diluted roller bottle because it is so so easy to apply.

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So besides the typical phone, wallet, keys, and sunglasses, this is what I always always have in my bag. What are some things you always need with you?

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xxJoannaxx

 

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