I Tried Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper And Here's Why You Should Wipe With A Purpose

I Tried Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper And Here's Why You Should Flush With A Purpose

What’s one of the first things you do once you get up in the morning? Yes, let’s get comfortable with each other fast because you guessed it… you go to the bathroom and use toilet paper. Just like the royals, celebrities, and teachers, we all go to the bathroom. Hence, it’s a normal daily activity that we should not be afraid (or embarrassed) by talking about.

In reality, let's ponder for a minute, how often do you use toilet paper or how many times do you come across it in a day? It’s crazy to imagine in the U.S. alone we consume large amounts of these tiny little squares without a second thought. I know, unfortunately, I do it too and that’s because I consider myself pretty “green.” Looking at my habits though, I honestly knew this needed to change. Therefore, how could I use toilet paper wisely? Was there an eco-friendly option out there? I mean I needed something but what?

I’ve had these burning questions for a good while now but I was not about to raise my white flag and say Who Gives A Crap? Then poof! That very thing came true.

Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap? I Give A Crap!

Most of us have the privilege of using toilet paper every day so why not flush with a purpose? Who Gives A Crap is a toilet paper brand you can feel good about. Not just because they love kitties and have funny toilet humor but because they are really making a difference in the world.

Here’s how…

Who Gives A Crap, Wrapping With A Cause

Who Is Who Gives A Crap And How Are They Doing Good With Your “Crap”

Fun, Funky and Making a Positive Impact

So who is Who Gives A Crap? Probably the coolest toilet paper since… well, possibly the coolest toilet paper that has ever existed! As a matter of fact, Who Gives A Crap donates 50% of their profits to non-profit organizations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries is something to talk about. As a result, they have donated almost a million to date. So what’s up with the other 50%? Well, they circle it back around and use the remaining profits to continue growing their company.

Wiping Away Poverty

What They Offer Us

100% Recycled Toilet Paper

  • Made from 100% recycled paper
  • 400 sheets per roll
  • No inks, dyes or scents
  • 3-ply which means it’s as soft as a bunny and as strong as a warrior mermaid

Forest Friendly Tissues

  • Made with 100% bamboo
  • 3-ply tissue that means it acts like your own personal army

Forest Friendly Paper Towels

  • 2-ply made to clean up all your kitchen masterpieces
  • Made from a bamboo blend
  • No inks, dyes or scents

Did you know?

2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. - Who Gives A Crap

With some creativity and a desire for changeWho Gives A Crap threw some hard facts at me fast. First of all, I don’t want to be part of something that’s harming our planet and people. Toilet paper is difficult to point out though. Second, a lot of people don’t like talking about it and third, you flush it away so you literally forget about it too.

I wanted to be part of this movement so you all know what I did… I tried it out myself. I mean how could this magical roll of goodness be so good for the planet and work, right?

I Tried Who Gives A Crap And Here’s What Happened…

The Rolls

My Truth About Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap At My Door

Oh, my!!! So, receiving the box is a pretty amazing experience. Of course, it’s a cardboard box but what’s unique about this box is the printed facts and logos on it. For me, I was excited just to open it. I had that “let’s open the Christmas presents” feeling. I mean I knew what was inside but the aura of goodness definitely overwhelmed me.

Who Gives A Crap At My Door

Wrappers That Give

Yes, it’s toilet paper but at the same time, it’s way cooler than any toilet paper I’ve ever had. The fun prints on the wrappers make them anything but basic. I personally want to hide or put my toilet paper away. It’s different here though. I want to show it off, create conversations around it, laugh about it and celebrate it. We all need to “go” I don’t care who you are, again, going to the “bathroom” and taking care of business is a natural thing. Who Gives A Crap is just making it interesting and fun to talk about. So why not show it off?

Also, I mean if I could use the wrapping as wallpaper I just might do that. Naturally, I displayed Who Gives A Crap anywhere I could show it off. I usually store my toilet paper in the cabinets or laundry room. Not these! This roll deserves to be seen.

These Wrappers Need To Be Seen

Taking Care of Business

Finally, let’s get down to the dirty talk. Aside from the rolls looking nice, do they really work? Consequently, everyone has his or her toilet paper preference, strong, soft, thin, thick or right in the middle. So what’s it like to use Who Give A Crap you ask?

For me, it falls right in the middle. Not too hard, not too soft, not too thin, not too thick. It really is a perfect combination. Basically, the entire roll hits the sweet spot of being the best of all worlds. If you currently use 2-ply toilet paper start with using a smaller amount than what you are used to. Who Gives A Crap is a quality over quantity toilet paper, so using less goes a long way. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what the roll looks like in real life.

Who Gives A Crap, I Do!

Money Talk With Who Gives A Crap

I did some research with toilet paper brands at various supermarkets online to give you a price comparison.

What you get with Who Gives a Crap:

  • 100% Recycled Toilet Paper, you can purchase 24 rolls for $30 or 48 rolls for $48.

What you get with the other guys:

  • The average cost for similar household toilet paper brands at your local supermarket:

48 Double Rolls, for $29.99
36 Rolls, 1-Ply for $35.99
27 Rolls, 1-Ply $16.97
24 Rolls, 1-Ply for $15.59
18 Mega Plus Rolls, for $19.39

*Prices vary depending on the day and location.

My Friends and Family Gave A Crap

Everyone who stopped by “my thrown” loved the rolls. I made sure to keep a roll out with packaging where people could see it while they were sitting. Furthermore, I even gave a roll to family members to try. As a result, here are a few comments I received from them…

“Oh man, these are too cool”

“What the heck…I didn’t know toilet paper could be eco-friendly”

“I’m really picky about my toilet paper but I liked this one”

“It’s not too thick or thin, rough or soft… it falls right in the middle and I like it”

“The packaging… so cool”

“I didn’t know a toilet paper company could do good in this way. I love them for that”

Who Gives A Crap, We Do!

Why You Should Give A Crap

To those who are curious or want to take it a step further with their eco-friendly lifestyle, I really enjoy what Who Gives A Crap is doing. I didn’t think about how my toilet paper could have the capacity to be eco-friendly, fun and give back all in one. I had always wanted to make the change towards an ethical toilet paper but never felt right about it. Who Gives A Crap helped me make this transition and it was easy because the brand fits an exciting environment while doing good.

What I’m doing with the Packaging Now

In conclusion, my mind started pondering, how I could reuse the packaging. What could I use them for and how could I prolong the lifespan? So, with a bit of brainstorming here’s what I came up with…

Who Gives A Crap, cardboard box turns into gift tags for that special occasion.

Who Gives A Crap, toilet paper roll turns into a bird feeder.

Cat wanted the last word!

Want to learn more and try Who Gives A Crap? Use discount code AUGUST at checkout and click here to get $10 off your first purchase.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*Who Gives A Crap provided toilet paper so that I may review their product. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.

Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

I love to travel. Whether it’s to a town that is 30 minutes away or a different country, I enjoy experiencing a new place in all its glory. I don’t know if it’s the traveling soul in me but my “being” always needs to just... go. As a result, with my travels, I’ve come to really know myself. Therefore, I’ve felt deep emotions and collected memories alone and with others. I’ve also exposed some habits while traveling. One of those being overpacking! Well, let’s just say, I'm working on that one. As I navigate through my eco-friendly travels and continue to incorporate reusable bags I’ve also tapped into the sustainable bag world.

I’ve used my old backpack for years but recently I’ve noticed it wearing away. Seams are starting to rip, possibly due to my overpacking. Consequently, you can just tell I love and use my backpack. So, I'm proud of that but I also knew my next bag needed to withstand time and travel.

grünBAG Backpack Red

grünBAG, The Eco-friendly Way

What were my new backpack goals you ask? Well, I was in search of a bag that was eco-friendly, functional, cool and my personal one... that could fit my necessities without overdoing it. On the prowl, and with some research and a lot of curiosity, I found the perfect bag to test out.

Proposing a unique substitute, grünBAG repurposes industrial materials that were destined for the trash, to offer a colorful collection of conscious bags. Exploring the Danish designed collection, the bags are made from highly durable materials. Hence, these materials are constructed to endure industrial wear and tear, so I knew they were right up my alley.

We want to rethink the usability of the things we throw out, and we work for a greener future with more thoughtfulness and recycling. – grünBAG

My Travels With grünBAG Backpack Red

3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

At this point, grünBAG was looking really great. So once I received my grünBAG, the only way to test it out was to go. I packed my backpack with necessities (remember I'm getting better) grabbed Putter (my pup) and went on an adventure. The bag survived my little nieces, outside, inside, water, mud a lot of events. It was then that I realized this bag was made to be lived in. As I “lived” in my bag for a bit I recognized 3 reasons why grünBAG matters to the eco-friendly traveler.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#1 Reusable, Recycled and Vegan Materials

Eco-friendly materials, count me in! I searched their website to list the fascinating materials for you here.

Truck Tarpaulins

Offcuts, marked as waste, are not possible to use for the trucks any longer. This “waste” is taken to the sewing room, where they are repurposed into bags.

Big-bag

Sometimes holding up a ton and used to hold large quantities of heavy materials. From bakery to your hands, here, grünBAG cleans and recycles big-bags specifically used for salt in a big Danish bakery.

Seat Belts

Collecting seatbelts from old cars ready for the scrapyard, grünBAG gives them a second life. Now, these seatbelts turn into reliable shoulder straps and belts on bags. Washed and sewn by hand, they are then checked to ensure quality.

Commercial Banners

Gathering used commercial banners and posters from different companies, these banners then become unique bags. With a quirky twist or humorous illustration, this line is entirely exclusive.

Recycled Nylon

In 2015, grünBAG applied for and received a subsidy to produce customized clasps in recycled hard plastic, also known as nylon, from the Danish Business Authority. Here grünBAG has replaced imported clasps made of new plastic.

From Soda Bottles to Fabric

100% recycled PET (polyester) fabric, a fabric made of recycled plastic soda bottles. In this method, recycled soda bottles are cleaned, sorted and processed in order to create sustainable fabrics in various colors.

Viking Lifebag

VIKING liferafts are used on board on some of the world’s largest and advanced vessels, where travelers and crewmembers rely on them to save lives. Once retired, grünBAG receives the liferafts to transform them into orange LifeBags.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#2 Traveling With A Purpose Matters

I felt good about wearing this bag. Packing my necessities and not worrying about spills, tears, and style was effortless. Now, I’ve noticed I pack with a purpose. Everything in the bag (for me) has a purpose. Here’s a look inside the bag and an idea of what may fit in it.

Here to the purposeful and cool…

Inside My grünBAG, cat not included: Chargers, handmade makeup bag, wallet, laptop

#3 Functionality And Style At Its Finest

Backpacks, shoulder bags, sports bags, accessories, and special collections there’s a bag and color for everyone. Personally, my favorite part of the bag is the functionality of it. I can take this bag anywhere and feel confident that it will survive the occasion. As much as I loved my previous backpack I know my new grünBAG has my back now. Literally!

Below you will find my top 3 favorite bags from grünBAG

To learn more about grünBAG click here

Use Coupon Code allthere2018 for your eco-friendly bag today

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*grüBAG provided a backpack so that I may review their product. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in. Note, some bags contain leather straps but the brand is working towards becoming fully vegan-friendly.

I Said Yes To, YES TO Vegan Beauty Products For a Month and Here Are My Initial Thoughts

Yes to, YES TO Vegan Beauty!

The Skin Problem

I, like many out there, have skin problems. As a result, one day my skin is perfectly clear while the next day I wake up to find friends you know (the kind you want to unfriend) on my face. By the same token, my skin is sensitive, I have freckles and I burn quite easily. Ok, pause... after reading that my skin seems drastic, it isn't. This is simply the sum of my skins evolution through the years. So lets' face it (literally) and talk about it, we all have had good days coupled with not so good days in our skin. Under the circumstances, I  care for my skin and put my trust in sunblock, moisturizers, cleansers you name it. The tricky part for me is finding products that truly work and that those very beauty products are actually vegan too.

The Experiment in the Making

With some skin soul searching and research I, with the help of Yes To, discovered that Yes To has a new 100% vegan line. In the same fashion, with the exception of beeswax and honey as an ingredient in a few of their products, most of the Yes To beauty line is vegan. Not to mention, I have friends that really enjoy their products and use them faithfully. With this in mind, I wondered what it's like to try Yes To for 1 month, yes, an entire month! I mean what did I have to lose? Maybe the products would not work? No big deal! On the contrary, what if  Yes To did work for me and all my skin problems were solved just by saying...yes.

So, for this reason, we picked the top vegan products as well as their full 100% vegan line for me to try for a month. I'd like to think of this test as a mini-relationship trial. Will this be the love of my life vegan beauty line or not?

Yes To 100% Vegan Line

3 Fun Facts About Yes To You May Not Know

Researching the brand I discovered 3 key facts that were important to me...

  1. Products contain at least 95% natural ingredients, are free of parabens and made of recyclable materials.
  2. Yes To Happiness is not only their mantra but a cause. In addition, they help create communities of happy, healthy women free of all the nasties (fear, self-doubt, unhealthy habits, judgment) and filled with all the goodies (confidence, courage, creativity, curiosity, acceptance).
  3. They are against animal testing and ensure their manufacturers adhere to this same principle. YES, the products actually contain carrot juice, cucumber extract, and tomato extract among other vegetables and fruits.

 Vitamin-Enriched Kale Mud Mask

The List of Yes To Vegan Beauty Products I'm Testing For 1 Month

  1. Yes To Carrots Vitamin-Enriched Kale DIY Powerd-To-Clay Mask,  Mud Mask,  Paper Mask, and Facial Wipes
  2. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal 2-In-1 Scrub and Cleanser Stick
  3. Yes To Vitamin-Enriched Kale, Tomatoes Detoxifying CharcoalTomatoes Blemish Clearing, Grapefruit Brightening, Cucumbers, and Coconut Facial Wipes

 The Test Products

My Initial Thoughts

It's true, I am a bit nervous, excited and anxious to try these products out. I am most excited about the part that all these beauty items are in fact vegan.  As I move forward with my journey, I have a few questions in mind... do the products help clear my skin, does my skin look brighter and did I see a noticeable difference with time?

Everyone has their own relationship with their skin and only YOU know your own skin the best. I hope to find the light at the end of this tunnel as I share my Yes To story with you. In short, there's a lot of emotion you show on your face, the good the bad and the funny. So here's to the start of a new adventure, after all, we need more good times and what better place to start than treating your skin right.

Follow my journey on Instagram @allthereaugust and here on the blog allthereaugust.com
Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*Yes To provided products so that I could better review their vegan beauty. In essence, I only partner with brands I truly believe in.

A Very Vegan Christmas with Skull & Cakebones

It's Monday (I know time is flying) and I can't believe Christmas is exactly one week away. You know what that means right? Yes, Santa is about to arrive and we must get our bake on... but what if we don't have time? If you are looking for some cruelty-free eats, want to try something new or you simply don't have the time to be in the kitchen (which will be most of us) this Holiday Season Skull & Cakebones is a vegan craft bakery that will surely please the family.

 

 

I've been following Skull & Cakebones for a (long) minute now. I first tried their Mocha Marmalade Trifle at the Blue Cat Cafe in Austin, Texas and I fell in love at first bite. My second love encounter with them was at Austin City Limits (ACL) where I literally tried everything on their menu. Ice Cream Cakewich, Mac N Cheese, Avocado Toast and Cookie Dough, I mean ACL is for eating right?!

 

 

So I thought to myself ok, I need to go to their bakery and see for myself where food heaven was. Not to my surprise, I found more food items that were AMAZING and that was the moment I fully become a tried-and-true fan.

Here's what I ate below

Cinnamon Roll, Sausage Roll, and Blueberry Lemon Pastry

 

 

Breakfast Bowl

 

 

From vegan bread, pies, and cookies to a full vegan Brunch Menu Skull & Cakebones will not only help you fill some hungry guests for the Holidays but they source their ingredients locally. This means you are supporting local brands while feeding your body "good" stuff. Visit their shop in the Hill Country and enjoy your time away from the city hustle for a bit. While you're out there don't forget to bring back some Holiday goodies for all those foodies in your family.

To learn more visit Skull & Cakebones and see how they are creating yummy food while staying cruelty-free.

Visit the Bakery

3991 E HWY 290
UNIT A
DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX 78620

Eat Cruelty-free! Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar


Be Free, Sustainable and Rebellious with Z Shoes

Can shoes really be sustainable... can a single pair actually make the world a better place or save a life? We think about sustainable, ethical or eco-beauty products, clothes, and even packaging but have we thought about the full life of a pair of shoes and how they may save or harm us? The "sustainable shoe" world may be new to some but there's an ethical brand I discovered that's leading the way and shedding light on a critical issue.

 

Z Shoes Challenges today's business model by putting human

dignity and environmental impact before profit.

 

There are countless documents, articles, and films that show you the reality of fast fashion. The truth is retailers want to make products as cheap as possible around the globe. When needs (or wants) are not met production is likely to relocate to countries where labor costs are lower. This brings up major Global Labor Issues like child labor and sweatshops where working conditions and labor laws are often violated. Now, male, female (everyone) of any age can be affected but the largest targets are females and children. There are millions (and that’s not an exaggeration) of children under 15 years of age that have been involved in child labor. Many of these exact children are victims of slavery and human, sex and drug trafficking. Females specifically endure possible forced abortions while exposed to harmful chemicals. So who’s fighting to make this scary truth better? What are brands doing to make an actual change? Well, it takes me back to the question can shoes, a single product, actually be created to make a difference?

Z Shoes fights human and environmental exploitation by bringing financial growth to native communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Made from Organic Cotton and Wild Rubber, these sweet shoes can easily be a staple in your closet but what I LOVE most about Z Shoes is the story and impact they possess. A perfect match… Z partners with Not For Sale, a non-profit that fights human trafficking. Not For Sale, addresses human trafficking at every level, supporting survivors worldwide while helping to provide economic opportunity. It's a meaningful mission that unveils the shoe industry proving that it is possible to produce shoes that aid individuals rather than depend on sweatshops and harmful materials that have a negative and sometimes deadly effect.

 

 

So what's the difference between conventional street shoes compared to Z's? The Material. The Cause. Z uses 100% organic cotton, what that means for us... real ingredients on our feet. You don't have to worry about synthetics, harsh chemicals or plastics because this sustainable cotton is from the Solo y San Miguel regions in Peru, how cool is that?! With the use of Amazonian Sharinga wild rubber straight from the tree and organic plant dyes, Z Shoes assures that their kicks are then manufactured at a factory in Lima. Here, workers are treated with respect and paid a fair wage for their production, time and efforts.

It’s a classic shoe with a unique and grand message. Not only is Z pioneering the path for shoes created from organic materials but assuring they are doing it in a moral way. That’s why this brand is perfect for the active eco-friendly girl and yes, the guys too that are in search of a shoe on a mission.

Take a look at how I styled my Z’s

 

My absolute favorite pair is the 'Sharkskin' Women's Originals. The color, captured from plant dyes are easy to match and wear with numerous outfits.

 

 

If you are still in search for the perfect gift I picked several of my top favorites for both guys and gals below.  You can save on your purchase by using code ALLTHEREAUGUST20 for $20 off your entire order.

Now let's shop ethically...

'Great White' Men's Originals

'Deep Sea' Men's Originals

'Coral' Women's Originals

To learn more visit zshoesorganic.com and see how they are fighting the good fight with dedication, craft and most of all bravery.

Shop Sustainably! Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


5 Cruelty-free Bags with a Purpose Under $50

The Holiday's are here and with Thanksgiving already under our belts (possibly loose belts) a lot of us will now start prepping for Christmas. So to start the season and in honor of Shop Small Saturday I wanted to highlight To The Market, a company that Partners with Artisans to give us products with a purpose.

TTM assists artisan groups by employing vulnerable communities which connects them to global consumers, resulting in, their business growth.

What I discovered about TTM...

They empower women through artisan enterprise.

TTM showcases handmade goods made exclusively by passionate artisans who have overcome abuse, conflict, and disease.

They take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence while raising awareness of the challenges they face.

There's plenty to choose from over at TTM but I wanted to focus on bags for you all. So, I picked my Top 5 Cruelty-free Bags Under $50 from To The Market, perfect for any occasion and ready to be added to your closet for this Shop Small Saturday season.

1. Love Bead Clutch

The story behind the bag: Based in Agra, India. Pushpanjali provides marketing and financial support to small and marginalized producers to improve their living. They also support educational and medical programs that help girls attend school.

Why I love it: This bag is fun and detailed. It's a statement piece that can be matched with color and pattern for a bold look.

2. Black and White Striped Paper Beaded Clutch

The story behind the bag: Handmade in Uganda, these beads are made of upcycled paper. Each purchase helps to provide the artisans' families with housing, education, food, and medical treatment.

Why I love it: First, it's black and second... it's white. I loved this bag for the "sporty" style it embodies. A great bag for daily use that can be matched with almost anything. Perk! This very bag is discounted so make sure to use code AUGUST10 for $10 off through Wednesday, November 29th.

3. Purple Banana Fiber Clutch

The story behind the bag: Circle of Hands Uganda believes in empowering women affected by Africa’s HIV/AIDS crisis as they become entrepreneurs, role models and leaders in their communities.

Why I love it: The dimensions and craftsmanship of the bag is pure beauty. Handcrafted of natural Banana Fiber leaves, gives creative touch and texture to the eye.

4. Pom Pom Pouch in Pink 

The story behind the bag: Based in Guatemala, El Sol Maya works with a group of fifty women. The Weaving tradition has been handed down from generation to generation and these women work to uphold their customs. With growth and support, workshops are now held in order for females to learn to be businesswomen and improve their quality of life.

Why I love it: This bag is as playful as it gets. I love poms and it is a great addition to spice up your bag game.

5. Mustard Paper Beaded Clutch

The story behind the bag: Handmade in Uganda, these beads are made of upcycled paper. Each purchase helps to provide the artisans' families with housing, education, food, and medical treatment.

Why I love it: Simple yet fierce. This color will create a buzz anywhere you take it. It's a wonderful way to add "drama" to your look while keeping it classic.

Accessories

The story behind the accessories: Handmade by Agustina in Chiapas.

Why I love it: The wonderful thing about these accessories is that they can be matched with any of the bags above as well as added to ones you already own. It's a sustainable way to swap a look quickly while adding flair and style.

Chiapas Pom

 

Augustina Tassel

To The Market is helping us discover new beautiful products with a meaning. They sell an array of goods such as jewelry, men's, shoes, home goods and more. So if you want to give a gift that "gives" TTM has you covered.

Discover more at TO THE MARKET

Happy Shop Small Saturday!

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 

 

 


Joon Haircare, Everything Good and Cruelty-free in One Bottle

Cruelty-free haircare will no longer be the same with this little magic potion in a bottle. Joon Haircare, Houston born and Persian inspired is everything that is "positive vibes." Does anyone else struggle to find haircare that actually works and is cruelty-free? I did (emphasis on the did) before I stumbled upon Joon Haircare.  So here's the scoop, I (personally) am skeptical when products have a "rose scent" to them. It's just personal preference, sometimes it's too strong. Before I even opened it (and started using it) on my hair I already thought... hmmm, I don't know about this "rose scent" but I'll give it a try, with an open mind. Well, I gave it a chance and I am so happy I did. It had the right amount of rose without being too overpowering and in addition the perfect blend of fig and pomegranate, so Joon, you made me a "rose believer," a Joonie!

Let's get to the facts, what is Joon Haircare?

 

 

 

Image from Joon Haircare

Joon (which means "dear" and "life" in Persian) created a plant-based Saffron Hair Elixir, using a mixture of Persian secrets and modern technique.

What can Saffron, Pistachio, and Rose do for your hair?

Saffron: Strengthens hair

Pistachio: Nourishes and moisturizes hair

Rose: Allows hair to be smooth and shiny

Features & Benefits in the Bottle:

Gives Shine

Detangles

Defrizzes

Non-Greasy

Moisturizes

Seals ends

Heat Protectant

Nourishes

No Sulfates, & Parabens

Cruelty-Free

Ok, so now that we know the facts, I tested it out with my family (both male and female) to get some feedback. I had them use it for several days and here's key comments from them:

Hair felt soft and smooth

Hair felt stronger

Loved the smell their hair had through the day

They felt hair was healthy and shiny

Worked on frizzy hair

I used the Elixir for a longer period of time and overall I felt the same benefits above. I made sure to not use any other additional hair products (except for my regular shampoo) to gain true results. I additionally used it when I incorporated any heating tools and before brushing my hair. What I found out was, instead of using several haircare products to do the job I now only needed one that met my needs and yes, made my hair smell awesome.

If you like oil products or even if you are thinking about trying a new haircare routine Joon's Elixir will not disappoint. Use it on wet or dry hair, great for travel, local and a female owned brand...count me in because now I'm a Joonie.

Find out more about Joon Haircare at Joon Haircare

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


How To Recycle Your Look with Accessories

Have you ever thought to yourself... I have this same dress (top or bottom) and I want to wear it again but I need my "look" to feel different. Well, no more wishing for you! Below I'll take you through another series of how to change your look with styling. Let's talk about the dress first, I purchased it at a secondhand shop. The beauty of this particular dress is that you can dress it up or down depending on what you have in your own closet. Make sure to keep that in mind when purchasing your items, this makes it easier to create a sustainable wardrobe.

Now for my first look...

Look 1

The "Pretty" Look

This look is "dressed up." Since we have a few more days of Summer left I used a brown wedge, shimmer belt, and upcycled this purse I found at a thrift store by adding poms. I made sure to use a light colored choker as well as sunglasses for a playful vibe.

Look 2

The "Edgy" Look

 

So this look is using the same dress but I added a fanny pack, switched my wedges for trainers, added a cap and changed my light pink choker to a black one. I also switched out my sunglasses for a darker pair. The switch with accessories gives the power of a "comfortable" vibe with a bit of edge.

 

It's possible to use the same dress or fashion item of your choice and be able to create several different looks with it. Look through your closet and lay out your clothes and accessories. By visually seeing what you have together (at the same time) you can start creating outfits with them. This also helps you see what you frequently wear and sift through what you don't. Let me know what you think of these outfits or if you want to know how to style particular items, I would love to hear from you all.

Photo:

Larry Castillo Photography

Sunglasses:

Atown

Makeup:

Blushed Beauty

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar

 


Top 3 Murals in Austin, Texas You Need to Visit

Austin, Texas has a lot to offer for both locals and tourists. I personally like to do "Cruelty-Free Best of Tours" in cities I live in, cities near me or cities I visit. Being from South Texas and living in Central Texas I had not yet visited Austin's famous murals, so naturally, I had to change that fast. There's a lot of  "famous" things to do in Austin but today, I want to take you through Austin's "Top 3 Murals" to visit. They are quite easy to do (all in 1 day) with parking, pictures and driving it can take you about an hour to hit all 3. I decided to take my parents to enjoy the experience, so gather some friends or do it solo but all you need to do is enjoy your city!

Cruelty-Free Best of Tour: Austin's Top 3 Murals

#1 I Love You So Much

  • Location: 1300 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704
  • Vibe: If this is not the "top visited" mural in Austin then I'm not vegan... but really. If you want to get the full feel of what Austin has to offer visit this mural. Grab a cup of green tea or jo and enjoy the hip vibes South Congress has to offer. Get in line, take in the experience and snap a photo.

 

#2 You're My Butter Half

  • Location: 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702
  • Vibe: Located up on a small hill you will find this fun mural. Take a pic with your "butter half" or solo. Expect to capture a lot of vibrant colors in your photo and don't be afraid to strike a cute pose. P.S. I'm still convinced this is "vegan" butter, I mean it's Austin right?

 

#3 Greetings From Austin

  • Location: 1720 S. First Street Austin, Texas 78704
  • Vibe: Have you ever dreamt of your face on a postcard? Well, dream no more with the most welcoming mural in Austin. If you want to send positive vibes to the world from Texas then this is your wall. Painted on Roadhouse Relics, a studio and gallery where neon artist Todd Sanders crafts his vintage-style designs, this is the perfect mural for all Austin Lovers.

 

Cruelty-Free Style

On my tour I wore:

  • Secondhand top swapped from Bravely's event, Power of Your Purchase: Clothing Swap and Shop Talk
  • Thrifted Faux Leather Purse
  • Faux Fur Pom

What I Ordered:

Follow my "Cruelty-Free Best of Tour" Mural Version. Enjoy what Austin has to offer you and take some amazing pics along the way. Happy hunting!

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar