Soap Free Face Routine

Here’s a million dollar question : How do your wash your face… with NO soap?

Faced with skin stripping soaps and a pressing question, Triiinity was determined to solve the riddle. We already opted for mild soaps and natural/well sourced soaps but even those can be a overly stripping of the natural oils in delicate face skin. They were even beginning to cause Triiini small dry patches and we couldn’t have that. So thus began the journey to find a gentler, more natural face washing method. After lengthy research and experimentation, we came to a combination and established a face routine that I plan to keep for a while to come.

Tools Needed:

Bentonite Clay

Honey

Apple Cider Vinegar

Face Pads/ Cotton pads

Natural oil

 

What to do?

Step 1: Bring bentonite clay and honey into a viscous paste like mixture {you may use a bowl or just mix it in your hand. For this I like to use Garner’s Garden Bentonite Clay. More honey than bentonite clay will give you the best ratio of ingredients to allow for proper spreading}

Step 2: Open your facial pores using a hot towel

Step 3: Spread mixture all over your face, massaging as you spread & allow it to sit {2 to 5 minutes is more than sufficient, though if you decide to let it sit longer it won’t hurt}

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Step 4: Rinse with warm water until face is fully free of substance.

Step 5: Use cotton face pad to apply apple cider vinegar to your face {this step closes your pores while adding the skin benefits of acv}

Step 6: Finish by applying a dime sized amount of natural oil to your face. {I use a homemade mixture of coconut oil, olive oil, & rosemary} . Let the oil soak in before applying any makeup.

Honey, Bentonite Clay, & ACV are 100% natural ingredients with natural detoxifying effects and amazing skin benefits! Together they make the perfect facial cleanser. Keeping the skin at the proper oil balance {especially using oils that boasts their own skin benefits} aids in anti aging effects, so once youve applied your natural oil…you’re unstoppable!

In the past few months of doing this routine, I have seen such an increase in the quality & lusterous smoothness of my skin. It’s always glowing & it feels like I’ve snapped every pore into prime position! Now I might look like a monster every morning when I was my face, but the end result is well worth it.

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Goddess Body Cleanse Review

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Hello Gods & Goddesses

I am coming to you lovelies today with the long-awaited review of the Goddess Body TeaTox Cleanse.

Last month Triiin and I did the Goddess Body Cleanse, which was created by Angela Elizabeth. This teatox contained three teas: The Mind & Spirit Herbal Blend, The Healthy Yoni Herbal Blend, & The Cleansing Herbal Blend. It also contained Belly Buster Botanicals that can be added to any beverage. The cleanse called for us to ingest these three teas daily, while also eating a mostly raw/vegan diet.

The Mind & Spirit Herbal Blend is consumed in the morning. The Healthy Yoni Herbal Blend, midday. And the Cleansing Herbal Blend at night.

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I will be honest. This cleanse was no easy feat for me at first. I like a lot of variety in my diet and I started off the cleanse quite bored by the raw foods I had access to. This was due largely in part that we had not had time to grocery shop just yet. Being busy, makes it harder than you think to drink 3 teas a day, even as an avid tea drinker such as myself. We managed though. Also, I think the first week is when the most major detoxing has to take place, as your body accepts the effects of these herbs and acclimates to a new diet. However, a body rejecting toxins is not its most comfortable.

Once we got past the week one woes, it got a lot easier to keep pushing. We stocked up on fruits and veggies, nuts and granola, and started putting our creative fusion on our meals again. We marinated mushrooms for the first time, which was quite nice. We got better with pre-brewing the teas, so they would be ready and available on those busier days when stopping to brew simply would not be possible. We also got better with creative ways to consistently ingest the teas and our raw foods, in general. One of the best combinative efforts of this was the TeaTox smoothies we began concocting. We could fill them with delicious fresh fruits and tasty teas to effectively fulfill both of our requirements.

Top 5 Favorite Cleanse Foods

Hummus

Beans/Soups

Fruit

Guacamole

Smoothies

Cleanse Benefits:

Glowing Skin & Complexion

Weight (waste) Release

Eliminates Parasites & Worms

Balances Female Hormones

Enhances Hourglass Shape

Higher Energy Levels

Balances Vaginal Health

Regular Menstrual Cycles

Less Painful Cycles

Eases Menopausal Symptoms

Anti-Aging

Cold/Flu Prevention

Shrinking/Alleviation of Fibroids, PCOS

Relief for Endometriosis & other Uterine Health Issues

Higher Focus & Concentration

Bowel Regularity

Subdue Cravings

Improved & Enhanced Libido

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Now certain effects I cannot personally attest to (such as those related to menopause, fibroids, endometriosis, etc.) because these are not ailments I am, myself, afflicted by. However, I definitely experienced the other effects this cleanse boasts. During the cleanse, I had a completely painless menstrual cycle. Completely painless. This is partially due to Goddess Body’s Yoni Oil which I have been using consistently for a year now (review coming soon on that liquid gold), but used in tandem with this cleanse, my feminine power could overcome any malady. I also found myself needing to sleep less as a whole. I had energy all day, energy all night, and I could easily subsist on 4 hours of sleep like it had been 8. I’m not an avid consumer of junk but I also found myself craving even less junk then before. Whenever I wanted something sweet, the craving was easily satiated by fruit. I work at a children’s establishment and during the time of the cleanse, with the season change, something was going around. However, with the cleanse and proper diet on my side, I was able to prevent falling victim to the circling illness.

One complaint with this mostly raw diet is that it is a LOT of snacking. Healthy snacking, but still. Loving to cook as I do, I like preparing, then sitting down to eat a home cooked meal. When we had opportunities to throw in the vegan dishes in our arsenal, we were more than pleased.

Doing the Goddess Body Cleanse reminded me of one very important thing: Listen to your body in the many ways it speaks. It will tell you what it needs.

Be discerning of the effects of what you ingest and don’t chalk up not-so-good observations up to coincidence.

I have been a Pescetarian for two years and eat quite healthily in general. As a result of this cleanse, I have learned first hand the sustainability of a vegan diet (though raw eating as a dietary plan is something I would be more likely to do in stints.) In the true spirit of listening to what my body needs, I have decided to adopt a dietary philosophy my Goddess-friend Aeon calls “Flexitarian”. It comes down to this. In many cases, labels are for others. To identify yourself to outsiders, or as a member of a particular group. Not that, that is a bad thing per se, but I am a person who likes to make lifestyle changes and I like to give myself the best chance to do so. Jumping to fit the societal label system, in this case, will not promote that kind of stable change for me. I know I am not quite ready to make that jump to Vegan (and I promised Triiin a trip to my hometown, New Orleans before we give up seafood for good, so that has to happen.) I also don’t think I could ever permanently give up traditional baked goods. But I do see that the vegan lifestyle is the healthiest sustainable lifestyle for human beings. I see the hydration, vitality, and nourishment vegan eating provides & how things like dairy and eggs are not necessary to our diet. I have become privy to how my body interacts with these things in my temple, versus only vegan things. I’d never had this problem before (or perhaps never really noticed it) but, I’ve begun to develop lactose intolerance to an undesirable degree (Which makes perfect sense when you really ponder the thought of an adult human drinking milk intended for baby cows). I’ve never been a huge fan of drinking milk at all, but after this cleanse even milk products have this effect now. I may not be ready to make a permanent jump to Vegan, but now that I have this knowledge, tested against my own body chemistry, I will do my best with what I have acquired. I know my body and I am growing in that knowingness everyday. I know my goals. This aptly named philosophy will allow me to go with the flow of what my soul sees fit at the time. I will remain accountable for what is best for my health and let that evolve in the ways and timings the Universe sees fit to guide me,

As of now my plan is to technically be a pescetarian who eats mostly vegetarian with vegan emphasis. Does that sound like a mish-mosh of confusion or what? Like should we try to say it three times fast or….?lol

Its actually not all that confusing to me. I’m simply planning to 1) Limit my seafood intake as much as possible.(attempting not to exceed 3 times/meals a week.)  2) Limit my dairy intake as much as possible (NEVER drink milk, some allowances will be made but cook with milk product as little as possible) 3) Limit egg consumption (Egg used the creation of something is fine (noodles, baked goods, etc.), but ingest eggs in their form no more than twice a week) . Drink lots of water. Eat lots of veggies. Incorporate more and more vegan things.

Now even with these stipulations, I have eaten even less of these things than I have allowed room for. I haven’t had eggs in weeks and I have even started shying away from cheese (one of my favorite guilty pleasures) more & more. I will stay in avid communication to my body and listen to what it needs to function at its highest degree. Lets see where this flexitarian diet takes me next!

If you are interested in trying the Goddess Body Cleanse or any of this Goddess’s other lovely holistic products, check out GoddessBody.org ASAP.

Follow GoddessBody on instagram for more info on various products, deals, discounts, and more!

Namaste

☮ A.T. ☮

The Flame

the flame

Fire.

Like a moth to a flame I am filled with a warm desire

But too close & I will burn.

So though I yearn for your touch

I know more than a thought is much too much…

Instead I’ll watch you from the shadows.

Try to resist the hypnotism of your magnetic sway

All the while growing closer…and closer…each day

Until my inhibitions are all burned away

ॐA.T.ॐ

Goddess BodTEA: Goddess Body Herbal Blends

 Hello Spiiirits!

Time for a quick review of amazing holistic products!

(Don’t those always make you happy? They sure put a smile on my face 🙂 )

Specifically we’ll be talking about the Herbal Blends that Goddess Body sent to our home. Anybody who knows me, KNOWS how much I LOVE tea!! So tasty, medicinal, & relaxing! The lovely Angela Elizabeth sent two kinds: The Mind & Spirit Herbal Blend and the Hair, Skin, & Nails Herbal Blend.

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Mind & Spirit: This blend contains natural  ingredients that are great for the nervous system like Gotu Kola & Yerba Mate. The intention of this blend is to enhance energy, focus, & concentration/attention, while also stimulating and strengthening ones third eye (consequently enhancing ones level of enlightenment). This tea definitely does what it boasts. After drinking it, I find my mind filled with clarity & deepened perspective. Triiin has even said she feels increased energy radiating from my crown, after ingesting this blend (sort of like a giant, well charged crystal). This blend is delicious hot or cold. I think this is a great blend to drink before you have to do anything that requires mental attention or stimulation. I think this blend is also perfect for those days when you are feeling so well.

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Hair Skin & Nails: This fragrant  blend contains one of my favorite flowers! Hibiscus! Hibiscus is great for the cardiovascular system & has blood cleansing properties. Featuring Rosemary, Mullen & plenty other health & beauty enhancing ingredients, I love the texture the blend has to it. And the benefits are AH-mazing, blessing its user with a nourished scalp, stronger roots, sustained growth, stronger nails, reduced blemishes, detoxified skin, for all around healthy hair, skin, and nails from inside out. This blend is delicious hot or cold as well, and (in my opinion) has a good flavor to be blended into fruity smoothies.

(Tea comes in 4oz packs with a tea ball infuser, Both blends are 100% natural & 100% vegan)

I truly can’t choose my favorite out of the two! That tea ball infuser that comes with each blend is a Godsend as well! I love it so much. It makes making using blends or fresh herbs/roots, etc. for teas a WORLD easier.

Angela Elizabeth of Goddess Body has a MS in Biology and her holistic blends are the TRUTH. Not only Mind & Spirit and Hair, Skin & Nails herbal blends are available, but Yoni Goddess blend, Fibroid & Cyst blend, and many more delicious, holistic, healing blends!

Check out GoddessBody.org to try these, or any of the amazing blends available for purchase!

☮ XOXO A.T. ☮

Spiritual Sundays: Sun Salutations

Greetings Spiiirits!

So as many of you may, or may not, already know…I practice yoga. I am self-taught and definitely somewhere between beginner and intermediate, but I am forever increasing in knowledge and skill daily. 🙂

Yoga is such an amazing practice, for your mind, body, and spirit. It has numerous positive effects on all areas of your being, helping you to become more balanced in every regard. Each pose not only targets a certain area of focus physically, but also has history and spiritual implications tied along with it as well. It is important to be aware of the spiritual connections to each motion as a means of setting your intention for each step of your practice, and thereby getting the full benefit of the poses.

Which leads me to the Sun Salutation. Its more or less a sequence of poses and, though done by those at all levels, it is vastly popular among many beginner yogis. Rightfully so, as it is a delicious mind, body, & spirit warm-up and pretty do-able for those at any level. As I said before, it is important to a full and proper practice, to know the history and spiritual importance of each pose/sequence you do. Being as though the Sun Salutation is so popular and perfect for beginner yogis, I think its a marvelous place to start in making sure we are fully informed. So here’s a little info and I hope it proves useful! ❤

THE SUN SALUTATION

The original Hindu name is Surya Namaskar, Surya meaning “the sun” and Namaskar coming from the root word namas which means “to bow or “to adore”.

Hindus have revered the Sun for thousands of years. They see the Sun as the physical and spiritual heart of our world and the creator of all life itself….an image of, and pathway to the divine.

The sequence begins and ends with a mudra (joined-hands) at the heart center. This is no coincidence as the Hindus see the heart as our own “inner sun”, the seat of our consciousness and higher wisdom. The mind can be corrupted by viparyaya (misconception), but only the heart can know the truth.

The sequence consists of the following basic poses (but poses can be varied for increased difficulty): Mountain Pose, Upward Salute, Forward Fold, Lunge, Plank Pose, Four-Limbed Staff Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Dog

…ending back in Mountain Pose with hands joined over heart center.

Here’s a video that shows a good visual example of the Sun Salutation in action.

If you practice yoga or are planning to start practicing yoga, I would definitely suggest doing Sun Salutations and taking this knowledge into your practice! I don’t know about you guys, but doing the sequence with this information in mind, definitely makes me feel even more connected and inspired, in motion.

The Sun is within you, spiiirits, and so is the truth!

Namaste

☮ A.T. ☮

This or That? Beauty Tag

Greetings Gods & Goddesses!

I found this really cool tag on NikkieTutorials and I thought that I’d share it with you guys.

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MAKEUP:
blush or bronzer – toughie…but BRONZER is more versatile (I love blush at the right times, though!)
lip gloss or lipstick – LIPSTICK
eye liner or mascara – EYE LINER
foundation or concealer – NEITHER (i’ve never used foundation & I only used concealer around my brows for a short stint)
neutral or color eye shadow – I use NEUTRAL more often for everyday, but I loovvve me some color!
pressed or loose eye shadows – PRESSED
brushes or sponges – BRUSHES (can’t go wrong with the precision of the right brush!)

NAILS:
OPI or china glaze – CHINA GLAZE
Long or short – LONG
Acrylic or natural – NATURAL
Brights or darks – BRIGHTS
Flower or no flower – FLOWER (or some form of design…on that index finger, or all the fingers!! )

BODY:
perfume or body splash – PERFUME (scents are better & last longer…especially when oil based)
lotion or body butter – BODY BUTTER (allll dayyy….*insert shameless plug for Goddess Body Mango Butter here* yummm)
body wash or soap – BODY WASH (unless it’s Black Soap)
lush or other bath company – right now its GODDESS BODY for my latest bathing supplies

HAIR:
curly or straight – CURLY (kinks allll day)
bun or ponytail – BUN (adds chic-atude in any situations)
bobby pins or butterfly clips – BOBBY PINS 
hair spray or gel – NEITHER
long or short – LONG
light or dark – DARK
side sweep bangs or full bangs – SIDE SWEPT (or my coveted middle part)
up or down – you know me, stay UP, highhh in the clouds ❤

RANDOM:
Rain or shine – SHINE (though I do miss the rain, living in LA 😦 )
Summer or winter – SUMMER
Fall or spring – SPRING
Chocolate or vanilla – VANILLA
East coast or west coast – WESSST COASSST (*sings* Cal-i-forn-i-A)

DopeChicStyle, HazelEyedBeauty, B.Younique, TheChicSavant, SageandClare, SownBrooklyn, TheStyleManifest….(and any other lovely spiiirits who want to participate…) …I DEEM THEE TAGGED!!! 😀

You are now officially commissioned to choose…”THIS or THAT?” ! Don’t forget to tag the blogger you got this from (me ^_^) and tag 7 other bloggers to pass it along to as well.

Namaste, folks!

Peace & Love

☮ A.T. ☮

B.A.R.S : A Kwithy Kat x Free Spiiirit Production

{Excerpt from FreeSpiiiritLife}
***Apologies for the lack of posts, but I got something from the past couple weeks that will hopefully insight & excite ya! ENJOY!***

 

Greetings Spiiirits!
So much love & light to you all!

 

About 2 weeks ago, Kwithy Kat & Free Spiiirit conjoined to create a piece of art that would speak to the people in a way words alone, could not. Something that would activate thought, inspire, and empower.

 

We thought a short film would be the perfect thing and for it, we had the perfect concept. When particles collide…sometimes they create something that is truly magic. And that’s what we feel we have manifested here.

 

Here are a couple of Behind the Scenes Sneak-Peeks into the process

Here a couple shots from the impromptu Photoshoot that took place

{More photos from this set on Tumblr}

And HERE…is the short film that came of it…

BA.R.S. Breaking All Restraints of Self

’cause it’s about time we broke free…
Creative Direction & Styling: Free Spiiirit
Cinematography: Kwithy Kat
Liiive Free dear Spiiirits, more awesomeness to come!

{Watch, watch, watch the vid & comment, comment!! Let me know what you think!!}