My Organic Hair Care Routine

I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 馃檪聽

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I am pleased to do this blog post in collaboration with Saule, aka Tales of a Salad. She has an awesome blog about health, travel and art. We are joining forces to write about self-care routines–I am going to be sharing my hair care routine, while she shares her skin care routine. Please give her some love by visiting and following her blog! 馃檪

My Organic Hair Care Routine

Shampoo, Conditioner

Naturaverde Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

You can’t imagine how long it took me to find organic shampoo and conditioner that聽actually works. Most of the ones I’ve tried feel stiff on the hair, dry it out, and make it very tangly that it’s difficult to comb my hair after showering. Thankfully I’ve found my perfect duo–Naturaverde Daily Shampoo and Conditioner聽from Italy.聽These make my hair soft and shiny. I also don’t have problems combing my hair, and I noticed that I get less hair fall. (Fact: 50 to 100 hair falls a day is normal, beyond that, there is a problem)聽 Continue reading “My Organic Hair Care Routine”

Why I Went Organic

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

My Journey To Going Organic

If I recall correctly, I think I started being mindful of what I eat when I was in late high school, going into college. I remember visiting my cousin Esy in the U.S., who’s a vegetarian (and still is), and one time, we went running together in the park. Man was I surprised because she was so much stronger and faster than me (considering I was already very active that time, going to the gym and playing a lot of sports). That’s when I gave it some thought, maybe it’s with what she was eating. I thought I would give it a try, maybe there would be some changes in my energy and I could do better on my fitness. However,  since I couldn’t drop all meat, I first went pescatarian.

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pesk蓹藞ter膿蓹n/ noun
a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

It was very easy for me. In fact, I think I sustained being a pescatarian for 2 years or more, and I didn’t miss meat at all. Except when… the whole YOLO movement got popular and I thought to myself, hey why am I restricting myself from eating meat? YOLO (You only live once)! …and you know already what happened. This is such a petty reason, I know. But it’s the truth so I wanted to still share it :p

Fast forward to 2015, when I lived in Taiwan. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a flatmate named Alison who was vegan and she influenced me a lot. No, she wasn’t imposing that I should go vegan, but her lifestyle herself made me curious to actually start researching about it. She recommended a book called Skinny B* and after putting the book down, I was hungry for more information.  I then came across a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy and after watching it, I was a changed person. Literally. I became full on health-conscious and started researching about veganism and its impact on the environment. Then I went vegan. Again, it was so easy! I didn’t miss meat at all. Especially in Taiwan, when there are so many vegetarian options available. It was a total switch of mindset and lifestyle. I became mindful of my impact on the environment as well as the people around me. I felt like I was doing something good and it made me feel great.

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v膿伞蓹n/ noun
a person who does not eat or use animal products

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vej蓹藞ter膿蓹n/ noun
a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

However, when I returned home to the Philippines, things became different.  I realized that there were not a lot of options for me, especially with the busy lifestyle that I had. There were times that I would just choose not to eat, because a) there were no options available and b) I was too busy to go out of my way and actually find or make something to eat. It was not healthy for me anymore. At this point, I was already introduced to the concept of organic food and beauty, and as I did more and more research, I discovered that there is a whole world of chemicals out there. And it’s present in everything I put in and on my body.

That’s when it hit me. THERE IS NO PERFECT DIET. It’s not possible. I put so much thought into what I eat but the truth is, there’s too much process happening before the food reaches my table that I can’t keep up with it anymore. I then dropped being vegan and went back to eating everything, but this time, I focused on being mindful of where my food comes from. This is when I started going organic.

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(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents | synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, natural | 鈥渙rganic vegetables鈥

Out of all the “diets” I tried, I believe that going organic is the healthiest for me. I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Again, what’s important with organic food is that they are made WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, additives. You can read more about organic on my previous post, What does organic really mean?. There’s a whole lot of benefits of going organic but I’ll reserve that for another post 馃檪

All I can say is… it’s definitely a process. I didn’t just wake up one day and went organic. What’s important is that I’m now at a point in my life (and at an early point, at that) where I am aware and I am thriving. I want to live a long healthy life. Going organic and eliminating toxic chemicals is what I feel is best for me. I’m not gonna stop trying, searching and learning.

Any thoughts? Feel free to share it below!


P.S. I started vlogging! Hope you can show some love by liking and subscribing on my youtube channel Here’s my first video: VLOG#1

Why Women Should Use Organic Down There (Feminine Hygiene)

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don鈥檛 want to talk about since no one wants to mention the 鈥渧-word鈥 and its 鈥渆mbarrassing鈥. But today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. So girls, listen (read) up!

Disclaimer: I will mention vagina a lot in this post. 

YEP. This is a topic that we girls often don鈥檛 want to talk about since no one wants to mention the 鈥渧-word鈥 and its 鈥渆mbarrassing鈥. I can remember my high school teacher telling our class (I went to an all girls school), 鈥淕irls, what do you call your private parts? VAGINA! Not flower! Say it! Vaggggiiiiinaaaaa鈥 and since then we were never uncomfortable anymore whenever we talked about it.

Today I would like to share some very important information about feminine hygiene. It is vital for us to be aware of this topic because it concerns our health. Let’s talk medical and let’s talk scientific. So girls, listen (read) up! 馃槉

Let鈥檚 start with some facts. First, our vaginas are self-cleaning and we don鈥檛 really need to 鈥渃lean鈥 it. Second, it is also supposed to be pH balanced, wherein the pH score is somewhere between 3.5 to 4.5 pH. This means that our potential of hydrogen (pH) is neither acidic nor basic. Third, it is also self-lubricating, meaning there should always be moisture and we shouldn鈥檛 feel dry.

But how come we sometimes feel itchy or dry and sometimes, even smell odor coming from it?

The reason behind this is because of something called bacterial vaginosis (BV). This is the effect of having a high pH level, and this causes odor. The problem is that 2 out of 5 women have it, and 84% don鈥檛 know they have it. Even bigger problem? Women who have the BV are 60% more susceptible to STDs and HIV infection, and are 3x more likely to infect their male partners.

What do a lot of us do when we feel dry and itchy, or if we smell bad odor coming from our vaginas? We go to the supermarket and buy feminine washes off the shelf. However, what we don鈥檛 know is that using these chemical-based feminine washes have a very high concentration of petrochemicals, which increase risk of BV in women up to 13x. For your information, petrochemicals are 30x harsher than tissue, and they suck out all the moisture of your vagina–it actually dries you out. Resulting to our vaginas releasing more odor and us feeling even more itchy. It is truly a vicious cycle if you think about it. We smell bad odor -> we wash it off with a feminine wash -> it smells okay for a while -> it releases bad odor again later on -> we wash it off again 鈥. And this continues on and on until we become used to it being a part of our routines. Furthermore, the colors, fragrances, and chemicals (like parabens and propylene glycol) found in these products are also contributing to bacterial vaginosis.


With this, I鈥檇 like to introduce an organic brand I recently came across, called Good Clean Love. They are an American company who are committed to providing natural well-being products and essential educational resources.

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I tried three of their products鈥攖he Balance moisturizing wash, the Rebalance cleansing wipes, and the Restore gel. All of their products do not contain any petrochemicals, but instead, they use natural and organic ingredients and are 100% vegan and gluten-free, biocompatible and recommended by medical professionals.

BALANCE Moisturizing Wash

Good Clean Love

Balance is great for daily use to help pH balance, moisturize and deodorize. First thing I noticed was how fresh I felt after just using it one time. It doesn鈥檛 leave you feeling dry at all. In fact, it makes you feel very moisturized, so it鈥檚 great for everyday use, and its especially great for menopausal, pregnancy and postpartum. Women who have bacterial vaginosis may also treat it using this wash every day.

REBALANCE Moisturizing & Cleansing Wipes

Good Clean Love

Rebalance is basically like balance, but in wipes form. This is great to carry on-the-go–in our bags, or while we are on travel. Since these are individually wrapped, they maintain their freshness. They also used biodegradable organic cotton which is great for the environment.

Bio-Match鈩 RESTORE pH Balanced Moisturizing Gel

Good Clean Love

Restore is my favorite. This is a moisturizing personal lubricant–but in my own words, I would call it medicine for your vagina. It helps it to literally RESTORE to its normal state鈥攑erfect pH level, salt balance and healthy lubrication and deodorization. You can use this for 3 nights straight the first time, then just 1-2 times per week in the succeeding weeks.

Good Clean Love

CREDITS to the Good Clean Love team for sharing these information, visit their website at www.goodcleanlove.com

Mystery Blogger Award

鈥淢ystery Blogger Award鈥 is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. 鈥撀犅燨koto Enigma

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I only started blogging a month ago so I’m excited for this! 馃檪

Thank you so much Adeyoola for nominating me. Please check out her blog at https://doingitnaturalblog.wordpress.com, she is also a fan or organic and natural products.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

鈥淢ystery Blogger Award鈥 is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. 鈥  Okoto Enigma Thank you for creating this award! 鈥 https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

Here are the rules:

  • Put the logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and link their blog.
  • Tell your reader 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things about me

  1. I was born and raised in Manila, but have lived in the US and Taiwan.
  2. I learned Chinese and would love to learn more languages.
  3. My passion is marketing.

Questions from Adeyoola

  1. What is the craziest thing you have ever done? – Jump off a plane 馃榾 I loved sky diving and would do it over and over again if I could.
  2. What are you bad at doing? – I’m not the best at math haha….ha
  3. What is your best food?Favorite food, shrimp and salmon all the way. But best food for me is an organic meal with fruits and veg.
  4. How important is a healthy lifestyle to you? – Super important. I have gone 180 from eating junk food everyday to now being an organicaholic. Haha.
  5. What is your greatest blogging achievement so far? – Reaching 1.2k on my first month!

My nominees

  1. https://quietmaria.wordpress.com/
  2. https://projectmusings9.com/
  3. http://thediaryofamuslimgirl.com/
  4. https://makeupfomo.com/
  5. https://zeckrombryan.wordpress.com/
  6. https://livinguktaiwan.wordpress.com/
  7. https://rkarkera.wordpress.com/
  8. https://thenostalgicbride.com/
  9. https://thebrokegirlsguidetobetterliving.wordpress.com/
  10. https://ruhistrinkets.wordpress.com/

Questions for my nominees

  1. If there is one thing you could do for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  2. Who/what motivates you the most?
  3. What is your favorite book? Share something about it.
  4. Where would you like to live next?
  5. Do you also love organic products?

My best posts

 

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Visiting Radico (India) – the only Certified Organic Hair Color Manufacturer

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the FIRST and ONLY 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a lovely man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

This will be a series of blog posts on Radico. This is PART 1: INTRODUCTION  *photos coming soon

Hair coloring is definitely something that is not uncommon anymore these days. If I remember correctly, I think I started coloring my hair when I was 16 years old, around the time I was in college (actually I wanted to do it in high school but my school was strict about that). But let me tell you–once you start coloring your hair, you can’t ever really stop. You will keep wanting to switch up your color, try the latest color trends (streaks, highlights, ombre–I’ve tried them all), go lighter, go darker…and one thing I’ve noticed once I started getting conscious is how unhealthy my hair was already. I resorted to chopping it all off and coloring it a single color. BUT AGAIN,  I could never really get the exact color I want anymore because different salons do coloring differently, one might give you semi-permanent and another might give you permanent, so most of the time you end up with uneven colored hair. Thank goodness I started learning about organic products and found that there is hope with my hair!

Radico organic hair color
Krishna Bhatt, Sanjeev Bhatt, Ruby Federizo, Mikee Federizo

This week I had an opportunity to fly to India and visit the ONLY Certified 100% Organic Hair Color Manufacturer in the world, Radico. They are an Indian-based company focused on manufacturing natural and organic hair colors, founded by Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt who is a great man that I had the pleasure of meeting myself.

WHY INDIA?

As India being the land of “Ayurveda”, the 5,000 year-old system of natural healing, Indians have great knowledge of herbs and natural healthcare. Also, due to their environment and weather conditions, India is blessed to have different herbs grow in their country such as Henna, Indigo, Bringraj, Amla, Brahmi and so much more (881 to be exact).

HOW IT STARTED

Back in 1992, Japan took interest in natural hair color and called up Mr. Sanjeev. Because of the success of Ayurveda, India’s system of natural healing, he took an opportunity to develop something that no one (even himself) thought was possible–organic hair color. He spent his life doing research and tried different ways of mixing and matching different herbs. He already knew that certain herbs were capable of coloring, like Henna and Indigo, but as his experiment continued, he discovered that herbs have many different unknown active ingredients that when you mix certain herbs together, they react and produce different results. Finally, after 4 years, he came up with his first formulation and the Japanese, as strict and picky as they are, loved it. Fast forward to 25 years later, they are now distributing to 54 (soon 55) countries all over the world.

ORGANIC HAIR COLORING

First we must understand that we should never compare chemical hair colors to organic hair colors. Results will definitely vary depending on our hair condition, so one must be patient in order to achieve the color that you want. The beauty of organic hair coloring is that you can change your color as often as you want (they have 23 different colors available), and you also don’t need to worry about leaving your hair to color for a long time because there are 0 chemicals that will hurt your hair or scalp.


I will do a separate post on my experience using Radico organic hair colors, and show the step by step process of how it works. The exciting news is that I also vlogged my whole trip which will be up soon! 馃檪