Vegan Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

This ultimate immune-boosting vegan pumpkin and carrot soup is very healthy and contains flu fighting superfoods like turmeric, garlic and ginger. Ready in 15 min. :)!

So here are the main organic ingredients I use (4 servings): 60% pumpkin, 19% carrot, red onion, celery, and 0.6% coriander.

The addition of the garlic (I use 2 or 3 cloves), ginger and turmeric makes the soup very nourishing and healing for the body.

Sauté the ingredients (except the coriander*) for 2 min on a low temperature, then add 400ml of water. Cook for 13 min (not too high temperature).

pumpkin and carrot soup

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Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick

The following products contain propolis and manuka. What is the difference and what are the health benefits?

Bioformule Propolis Lipstick

1) Propolis:

Honey isn’t the only thing that bees make. Propolis or “bee glue” is a greenish-brown mixture that honey bees produce by combining their own saliva and beeswax with exuded substances they collect from tree buds, sap flows and other botanical sources. It is used as a coating to build their hives.

What are the health benefits?
Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to Dr. Axe (Draxe.com), Propolis:

  • Helps Combat Cancer.
  • Treats Candida Symptoms.
  • Stops Herpes (Cold Sores) Reproduction.
  • Prevents and Treats Common Cold and Sore Throats.
  • Fights Parasites.
  • Improves Fertility for Females with Endometriosis.

Propolis in hand cream:
Propolis extract helps to repair and strengthen the skin’s barrier. Use often to soften skin and prevent dryness and cracking. Continue reading “Propolis & Manuka Hand Cream and Lipstick”

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DivaMoM: Handmade organic body oil

DivaMoM is a product of the Hungarian brand SkinDelight, which only uses high quality and organic cold pressed oils. The handmade and organic body oil is made of 99.1% certified organic ingredients:

Coconut (cocos nucifera) oil*, jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) oil*, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil*, shea (butyrospermum parkii) butter*, cocoa (theobroma cacao) seed butter* essential oils: ylang-ylang (cananga odorata)*, palmarosa (cymbopogon martini)*, mandarin (citrus reticulata), lemon (citrus limon)*, orange (citrus  sinensis)*, petitgrain (citrus aurantium leaf), rosewood (aniba rosaedora), bergamot (citrus bergamia)*, lemongrass (cympopogon citratus)*, patchouli (pogostemon cablin) vetiver (vertiveria zizanioides), grapefruit (citrus paradisii)*,

*certified organic.

Divamom from Skindelight

Why DivaMoM?
Today, I’m 28 weeks (6th month) pregnant and my belly feels very often itchy and tight but is also growing really fast now (already gained 12kg!)! My fear of stretch marks is therefore also increasing. According to Heidi Waldorf, MD., an associate clinical professor of dermatology, stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break. Growing that fast can leave you with stretch marks, especially on your belly and breasts, two areas that grow the most. Stretch marks can also show up on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms. And according to Babycentre’s pregnancy weight gain estimator, by the end of my pregnancy I will gain 11.3-15.9 kg (1 st 11 lb – 2 st 7 lb)….Oh boy! Continue reading “DivaMoM: Handmade organic body oil”

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Logona Organic Hair Color: Brand Review

Dear Organic Lovers,

At the moment, I’m searching for a great organic brand for hair coloring without PPD, peroxides, ammonia etc. After hours researching and reading many positive reviews, I decided to buy & try Logona’s products.

Why Logona?
Well, I gave up on searching for permanent hair color brands as I noticed they all contain ingredients such as PPD or peroxide. And if your stylist/colorist tells you they’ve found a natural or organic permanent hair color, do not believe them! In addition, there is a question whether 100% organic hair dyes do exist. Therefore, I’m trying to find the most natural products that cover the best…

Logona Organic Hair Color

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Organic Nail Polish Removers & KOH Cosmetics

Hi Organic Fashionistas!

For those using nail polish and remover often, it’s worth knowing that chemicals in nail polish can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them. The two most common chemicals are formaldehyde and toluene. Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in nail polish and toluene is used to help nail polish glide on more smoothly. Especially when you are pregnant it is recommended to use nail polish that’s free from both chemicals.

In addition, if you are exposed to large doses of acetone over long periods of time, there’s a small possibility that this could lead to developmental problems and birth defects. Many beauty bloggers mention the US organic brand Karma Naturals. This soybean based oil contains propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate as ingredients- no acetone whatsoever!

Yesterday, I went shopping in Antwerp to find organic nail polish removers. No organic brand that sparked my interest but at Parfuma I noticed the “Purifying Polish Remover” from KOH Cosmetics with no acetone (however this means another chemical namely ethylacetate which is less drying and healthier for cuticles!) with vitamin E, almond oil and castor oil.

KOH Cosmetics

Furthermore, I noticed KOH’s  “Calcium Nail Whitener”. I love the small  fashionable black box that comes along. After applying, I noticed a healthy-looking pink nail bed! Love it!!!

I love the brand and wondering whether there are other organic healthier alternatives? Let me know!! 🙂

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