Posts filed under Style & Beauty

Product Review: Organic Cotton Briefs from The Eczema Company



I never really saw myself doing a product review on underwear but it makes a lot of sense, actually. My polyester allergy can make it difficult to find under-things. Many people with sensitive skin have to deal with the scratchy and irritating elastic in underwear and the last place we need to deal with raw, effected skin is on our lady parts, am I right?!

The Eczema Company has been adding clothing to their online shop lately. From socks to mittens to sleepwear and hats, they're really stepping it up! The Eczema Company is one of my favorite affiliates and when they reached out with some socks and underwear to try, I was happy to do so! You can check out my review on the socks right over here.

These 100% organic cotton briefs have some unique features such as...

A super soft label:


And covered elastic:


There are some other great features too! Learn more and hear my thoughts:

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Product Review: Crunchy Balm And The Benefits of Tallow


Until Crunchy Organics reached out to me, I'd never heard of tallow balm. I had no idea what it was. As it turns out, it's beef or mutton fat! After my very positive experience with emu oil, I decided to give tallow a shot. I love animals and if we're going to include them in our diet, all parts of the animal should be used. Tallow balm is just one of many ways to utilize animal fat.

A giant thank you to Crunchy Organics, by the way! I'm happy to announce that they're a new affiliate of mine! I'm looking forward to trying more of their products in the future ;-)

I was also very happy to receive not just one balm, but two! I got the unscented kind as well as "Sweet Girl":


What are the benefits of tallow balm for the skin?

It's a saturated fat. Since our cell membranes are 50% fatty acid, it's important to maintain a healthy amount of fat... especially in the skin, our largest organ. Some other benefits:

  • anti-cancer
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antimicrobial
  • smooths the skin
  • slows the loss of water
  • promotes healing

Not too shabby, am I right? I gave Crunchy Balm a shot for two weeks.

Here's what I thought:

Wedding Ring Solutions for People with Nickel Allergy

When it comes to wedding rings and nickel allergy... frustrating is an understatement. I say that because I'm currently dealing with the issue myself. 

I introduce you to my beautiful wedding rings that, for almost two years, have given me no issue:

...and this is what they do to my skin sometimes:

My rings are white gold coated with rhodium. Since the gold contains nickel, they're coated with rhodium to protect my skin from flaring up. When we bought the rings, we were told they'd have to be re-dipped in rhodium once or twice a year. No biggie, right?

After about two years, I began to see the reactions in the photos. I went without my rings for a week to see if my skin cleared up and it began to immediately.

My husband took them back to the jewelry store, the rings were dipped in rhodium and ta-da all done! Except after a number of days... I noticed that there were two smaller spots on my engagement ring where they didn't get completely coated... and I react to the TINIEST bit of nickel. My doctor said that I react just like poison ivy.

I decided to see if I could get away with it, though. 

So far... NO LUCK.

Here's where life comes in to complicate things. My husband chose this jewelry store because an old high school friend's family owns it. We didn't really choose it out of convenience. As it turns out, they're closed on the weekends and we work full time. Being a few towns over, it's a pain trying to get over there during the week. I'm currently looking at other local jewelers that are easier to access. Sometimes I consider getting it re-set in a different metal.

Beware that most gold contains nickel. Especially white gold, so you have to specifically ask for it and ideally test it.

Here's the breakdown on gold purity:

24 karat = 100% gold

18 karat = 75% gold

14 karat = 58.33% gold

12 karat = 50% gold

10 karat = 41.6% gold

As long as you stick with 24 karat, you're good to go. The one downside is that it's softer than those with less karats.

Aside from pure gold, the other options are:

- platinum

- sterling silver

- palladium

- stone

- any metal coated with rhodium

Platinum is the most popular, but also the most expensive. Sterling silver isn't as bright as the other metals, but it's the most affordable. It tarnishes easily making this metal high maintenance. Palladium is a great choice as it's bright, low maintenance and more affordable than gold and platinum. The downside is it's newer to the market which makes palladium more difficult to find. Stone is a great option is you're going for something more alternative. My husband has one of these and my main advice is to get sized at the same jewelry store you order it through. Stone rings can't be re-sized, so you want to make sure you get it right the first time. Rhodium coatings are another great option, but a lifetime financial commitment (it's about $40 each time for us) and therefore added maintenance.

If you're considering getting a tattoo, make sure to talk with your tattoo artist about the ink. A lot of black ink contains hard metals including nickel. You can find ink with ingredients on the more natural side, though ;-)

How do YOU cope with your nickel allergy when it comes to wedding rings? Post up in the comments!

Product Review: Emily Skin Soothing Soap

If you have eczema or sensitive skin, keep on reading!

Emily Skin Soothers is AWESOME. I love this company. They're officially carrying soap in their product line and I was reeeally happy when they sent me some to review :-D

Allow me to introduce you to Emily Skin Soothing Soap:

Here's my full review of Emily Skin Soothing Soap:

And some other awesome tidbits:

  • cruelty free
  • natural ingredients
  • free of color
  • palm oil free
  • orangutan friendly

The ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • shea butter
  • avocado oil
  • coconut oil
  • angelica sinensis root
  • potentillae chinensis herb
  • mentha haplocalyx herb