I’m On YouTube!

LOL! Ok I never thought I’d do this, but I made a video mainly because I wanted to show you how great Dr. Hauschka’s concealer is, and what better way to show you guys than a video? So click on the link and see my post on my new site (I think I will be re-directing https://beautybotanica.wordpress.com to my new address in the near future so please subscribe to my blog on Blog Lovin’,  Hello Cotton, or by e-mail here.)

See my post and YouTube review!


What should I do with all those toxic nail polishes?

Eliminating toxins from your lifestyle is a constant journey that doesn’t really have an end. As we find out more information about ingredients and their effects on our health, we have to reassess our beauty routines and honestly ask ourselves how we can reduce the toxicity of our environment.

I have to admit, I am not a big nail polish person. As a teenager, I LOVED getting my nails done. I would walk down to the nearest nail salon even before I could drive and spend my hard-earned chump change on a manicure and (if I saved up) a pedicure. But when I got to college I learned about the effects nail polish has on your nails, and I noticed the yellow hue of the elder women in my family who had clearly been wearing nail polish for many many years. This scared me. Then I would be hooked on nail polish forever, because without it, my natural nails would look yellow! Ick!

To see the rest of my post, go here, my new location.


Urban Decay No Longer Cruelty Free: should you care?

Cruelty-free beauty addicts are lamenting the fall of Urban Decay as a flagship cruelty-free makeup brand all over the internet as soon as the Leaping Bunny removed them from their list of certified companies. Urban Decay also put out a statement of their own, explaining their reasons for giving up their cruelty-free certifications in order to sell to China, which requires animal testing of cosmetics sold to Chinese consumers. Urban Decay claims that their decision to sell in China was not for the purposes of profit, but rather to incite change in the country, which they believe is best done if they are selling in China:

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Working on a self-hosted Site… Stay Tuned

Hey everyone, I’m working on a new self-hosted Beauty Botanica site, so stay tuned for the final product where I will post my new link!


DevaCurl No Poo & One Condition Product Reviews

Shampoo, sulfate-free, mild, curly hair, dry hair, dandruff, curly girl method

No matter what other hair cleanser I try, I always come back to DevaCurl’s No-Poo cleanser and One Condition. Ever since I gave up sulfate and other surfactants in my hair cleansers, my dry, frizzy hair has been completely revived. … Continue reading


DIY Moisturizing Handsoap

DIY, recipes, handsoap, natural, nontoxic, baby care, dry skin, sensitive skin, beauty, healthy

We all know the importance of washing our hands, especially those of us who come in contact with many people through our jobs. But when you have dry hands like I do, constantly washing your hands or using hand-sanitizer can … Continue reading


Cruelty-Free Necklace

Check out this beautiful cruelty-free necklace made by ChristyRobinsonDesigns.com. Christy has a beautiful collection of jewelry made from recycled aluminum, sterling silver, and brass. All of her designs are inspired by environmental and animal-rights causes.

I honestly had a difficult time choosing one item from all her pieces, but eventually decided on the mini-bunny necklace!


It has a cute heart on the front and the words “CRUELTY FREE” on the back, to remind me of all that inspires me. Check out her website at www.ChristyRobinsonDesigns.com!


Must-Have Botanical Beauty Ingredient: Jojoba Oil

jojoba oil, natural, botanical, moisturizer, oil treatment, non-toxic, healthy

Jojoba Oil (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is one of my staple botanical beauty ingredients. It comes from the jojoba plant, which grows in the Southwest United States and Mexico. Although we call it an oil, Jojoba Oil is actually a “wax ester”, … Continue reading


Amazing Non-Toxic Perfume: Pacifica

non-toxic, perfume, natural, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, beauty, healthy, pacifica, coconut, indian coconut nectar perfume

I am a perfume-lover. I always love to have a consistent, signature scent, a perfume that people will smell and think of me. It can be a tough balance between intoxicatingly aromatic and olifactorily offensive, but if you find the … Continue reading