Want Whiter Teeth Without The Burn???

I’ve gone to the dark side. If you want whiter teeth, you first, have to go dark…and what I mean by dark is, CHARCOAL dark.

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Ever heard of activated charcoal? It comes in powder form, tablets, and capsules. It’s an old school remedy for food poisoning, and pumping toxins out of the body. Hospitals still use it to pump peoples’ stomachs with. It’s highly absorbent (supposedly can hold 500 times it’s weight) & is thought to absorb and eliminate toxins. Some say you should always have activated charcoal in your house incase of poison ingestion.

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How does this pertain to teeth, you may ask? Well, the idea is that the charcoal will pull toxins out of the mouth & gums as well as remove stains from the teeth. Sounds crazy, right? Considering that the charcoal itself is HIGHLY staining, meaning don’t let it touch anything in your house or it will be stained black forever and ever. Will it stain your teeth? No. It’s magic.

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Here is what you do: 

Take an activated charcoal tablet and chew it up a little (loose enough to be brushed and rubbed on your teeth), or dip your toothbrush in activated charcoal powder. Brush all over the teeth softly for about 2 minutes. Rinse, spit, and make sure to not get it into any of the grout around your sink….CAREFUL! Your mouth will feel amazing, clean, and your teeth should be a couple shades whiter. The great thing about this is that it’s safe, and it won’t harm the enamel on your teeth like commercial whiteners and bleaches. It’s not masking the stains, it’s actually removing them. Use as often as needed! If you really wanna take the remineralization of your teeth to the next level, follow this procedure with Oil Pulling! Swish some coconut oil through your mouth and teeth for 5 minutes for maximum effect of whitening, replenishing, and oral health.

Here are some before and after pics from the internet. Don’t be intimidated by the black teeth!

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I just bought my bottle, and I’m trying it tomorrow. Let me know how your experiments went in the comments below!!!


Lisa O

Lisa O’s Top 6 Organic, Affordable Skin Care Products!

It’s 2014, and by now, we know that most of our favorite beauty products are latent with chemicals that are going to seep into our skin and eventually do bad things to us. Right? Knowing that, I still have had a hard time getting rid of some of my tried and true products I’ve used over the years, even if I knew they were laced with parabens and phthalates.

I’ve finally found a healthy balance. The general rule I like to stick to is: Anything I put on my face daily cannot contain harmful chemicals, as well as anything I put over a large surface area of skin (body lotion, specifically). Sure, I get the occasional lactic peel, and I don’t really worry about whatever is in it since it’s something I do not do often. You’ve got to find your healthy balance between “too much” and “never”. Gradually switching out your daily routine products for organic stuff can be intimidating, but since these products I’ll show you are relatively inexpensive, it’s much less of a blow to your bank account if it doesn’t work for you! If anything is a sure bummer, it’s buying an $80 face cream that doesn’t work. Here are some of my favorite, inexpensive, safe-for-everyday-use skin care products!

 1. Avalon Organics Co-Q10 Repair Wrinkle Defense Night Cream $15.99

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.03.56 PM Avalon Organics has been on my list for years. They use 70% organic ingredients in their products, and the other 30% is nothing shady. Tip: use twice as much product on your skin before you go to bed. During the night, most of our face cream transfers to the pillow, so don’t be scared to slather it up!

2. Acure Organics Argan Oil $10

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.11.13 PMI’ve been using Argan Oil for a couple of years now. I got into it when I first purchased the name brand $40 bottle from a well-known beauty supply retailer. Trust me, this stuff is just as good as the fancy brand stuff. I LOVE using oils to make my skin LESS oily. I know, it sounds crazy, but using proper oils on your skin actually fights excessive oiliness. It is also great for the hair and nails. A little bit goes a long way.

3. Nubian Heritage African Black Soap $4.49

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.24.44 PMI just discovered Black Soap about a year ago, and I’m so hooked. It is the only thing that takes off my makeup in one fell swoop. Can be used on face as well as body. It is great for problem breakouts, and oily skin. It can be a bit drying, so be sure to balance it out with some hydrating cream. Every time we wash our face, we strip it of oils and moisture. It is imperative to follow washing with lots of moisturizer!

4. Now Solutions European Clay Powder $5.29

I ditched the pre-made masks long ago, and have been using powdered clay masks ever since. I love that this is just PURE clay. You mix it with water, form into a paste, and spread onto the skin. When it hardens, you wipe it off. Simplicity at its finest. It gives your skin a wonderful glow that is noticeable immediately.

5. Avalon Organics Vitamin C Facial Renewal Cream SPF 15 $12.99

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I already spilled the beans on my favorite Avalon Organics night cream, so here is my favorite day cream. It has an SPF 15 in it, which is great, but it also contains vitamin C which really helps with cell turn over and keeps you looking your brightest. It works great for all skin types & doesn’t get greasy, so it works great under makeup.

6. The Naked Bee Honey & Orange Blossom Body & Hand Lotion $9.00

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Time to throw away that old bottle of Jergens & start treating your skin right! The Naked Bee’s motto is “All of the good stuff, none of the bad stuff.” This lotion contains so many nourishing oils that your skin will drink it up & not have a chemical hangover afterwards. I’ve used it for a few months now, and I love the way It smells and feels on my skin.

Share and Enjoy!


Lisa O

Real Grocery Talk

Let’s be honest…real, organic, whole foods are just as expensive as packaged meals if you break it down. A box of cereal is around 4 dollars (maybe more). What you get out of that 4 dollars is corn syrup coated corn particles, as well as a ton of other chemicals your body rejects.

Most of these cereals contain GMO ingredients

Most of these cereals contain GMO ingredients

A quick, easy, and much cheaper form of breakfast would be things like: eggs, oatmeal (organic whole oats), peanut butter on gluten free toast, toast & jam, etc.  So, when you buy groceries, stay on the outer edges of the store where all of the produce, eggs, milk, & meats are. You really don’t need to go to the inner aisles unless you need something like gluten free pasta, or gluten free bread. Stay away from things that are labeled “all natural”, but not “organic”. Saying something is all natural is like a fart in the wind. It has turned into a word game. Companies are allowed to get away with murder by adjusting a few simple words on their labeling.

Companies that write "all natural" all over their clearly unnatural products are scamming customers into thinking they're purchasing something healthier & superior to other products when really, it's the same exact thing.

Companies that write “all natural” all over their clearly unnatural products are scamming customers into thinking they’re purchasing something healthier & superior to other products when really, it’s the same exact thing.

Here is a guide to buying groceries:

Your groceries should be 60% fresh fruits and vegetables to eat raw or cook with, 20% organic free range eggs, chicken, and other meats, 10% dairy or dairy free equivalents, and 10% packaged foods like noodles, bread, spices, teas, and stocks. Stay away from things like frozen meals, bottled salad dressings, pre-cut carrots, pasteurized juices, gatorade, frozen fries, toaster strudel, etc. Don’t be afraid to buy new vegetables. My suggestion is to buy several things you’ve never cooked before, then go home and google how to cook them! It can be a lot of fun, and it broadens your options of what to eat. Also, buying lots of meat at once and freezing it is the best way to ensure you ALWAYS have something to cook!



Lisa O

An Easy Way to Drink More Water

When life gives you water, turn it into lemonade! I find it really hard to drink plain old water during the day, so in order to get a good amount of H2o in my body daily, I make this!


It takes 2 minutes to make, and you can do it with or without the fruit. I’m not really a fan of the flavor of Stevia, but in lemonade, I don’t mind it at all. Do not use any other sweetener than Stevia, unless you don’t care about sugar, then use honey. Bottoms up!


Lisa O