Another staff meeting conversation inspired this week’s post. Rachel, Beth, and I got to talking about some of our favorite products and realized that a lot of our choices centered around well-being, products that are natural and non-toxic, or ones that support our overall health.

Healthy, responsible living can feel incredibly overwhelming.   There is so much to be concerned about, so much research out there, and so many things we can do to ensure that what we put in, on, or around our bodies doesn’t wind up doing more harm than good to us, our children, or the environment.  Where do you start?

IN, ON OR AROUND YOUR BODY: STAFF FAVORITES FOR GREATER WELLBEING

I am sharing some of our staff picks three of us discussed for greater wellbeing and you can use them to start exploring.  We’re always open to hearing about more products that we can add to our lists so be sure to leave them in the comments below.

THE GOOD STUFF ™ PERFORMANCE COFFEE SUPPLEMENT

After several months of being confused by pain in my knee, in January, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, which is an inflammatory type of autoimmune arthritis where the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissue, somewhat similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, and for most people, psoriatic arthritis also includes psoriasis.  Thankfully, for me, I am in the rare minority who does not have psoriasis, however, when I was at my worst and didn’t know what was wrong with me, I could barely walk or bend and straighten my knee, and my psoriatic arthritis has gone on spread to some of my other joints.  Since my diagnosis, I have been seeing an excellent rheumatologist who has prescribed medication that will hopefully slow disease progression and lead to some form of remission.  

I also understand that when you have any type of autoimmune disease, it’s not a spectator sport, you have to get involved, whether it be exercise, diet, or lowering stress. Throughout the process of getting a diagnosis, knowing how critical movement is when you have arthritis, I have continued with my low-impact Lagree workouts three times a week, in addition to making a lot of changes to my diet, like eliminating inflammatory foods. These changes won’t be a cure but they can help.

I also started using this coffee supplement created by golfer Phil Mickelson, who I learned also has psoriatic arthritis, which can reduce inflammation and can support skin and joint health.  It includes ingredients like collagen, L-Theanine, Himalayan pink salt to reduce dehydration, medium chain triglycerides creamer or MCT8 and sodium caseinate, and cinnamon. This product can help anyone, not just people with inflammatory types of arthritis. Even though I’ve never been much of a coffee drinker, I use a frother to mix the supplement into my cold brew every morning. Has it made a difference?  Hard to say, but it certainly can’t hurt, and the added cinnamon to my coffee makes it taste delicious.

You can purchase this product, and more, at their website For Wellness or at Amazon.

BIODEGRADABLE NANO-TOOTHBRUSH

I had been intrigued by those Nordic-inspired cool-looking nano-toothbrushes that have super fine bristles—around 10,000 of them— you may have seen advertised. After my last electric toothbrush called it quits, I decided to give one a try to see if it made any sort of a difference. I have excellent teeth, have had very few cavities in my lifetime, and religiously floss daily. The only thing I get poor marks for at my cleanings is teeth staining which has less to do with my dental hygiene and more to do with having teeth with more grooves that are deeper and prone to staining more easily. At my last cleaning, when the hygienist asked me if I used an electric toothbrush, I braced myself for a talking to about how badly my teeth had stained. Instead, she said that I barely had any staining at all. I told her the only change I made was switching to a nano-toothbrush which, clearly, was working well. I’m now a convert.

I didn’t spend a ton of money on this toothbrush and got a box of these on Amazon. What I like about them is when I’m done with one of these toothbrushes, the handle is compostable.

ILIA CLEAN MAKEUP

I have extremely sensitive skin.  I exclusively use Vanicream products given my level of skin sensitivity and have almost exclusively switched to Ilia clean makeup.  My favorite products are the Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Skincare Foundation, the Multi-Stick Cream Blush + Highlighter + Lip Tint, True Skin Serum Concealer with Vitamin C, and the Liquid Powder Eye Shadow Tint.  All Ilia products are a hybrid of natural and organic ingredients, active botanicals, and safe synthetics.  Ilia is also environmentally conscious and US customers can mail in up to 10 empty beauty products per month—theirs or another brand’s—and Pact Collective will break them down responsibly, so it doesn’t end up in a landfill.

BARE HANDS DRY GLOSS MANICURE

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I admit, I do go for manicures and pedicures but also love the Bare Hands Dry Gloss Manicure set when I prefer to not spend time at the nail salon. Packed in a vegan leather case, The Polisher and Cuticle Oil hydrate, condition cuticles, and add a natural shine—with only the purest ingredients. The Polisher’s glass and mineral blend gently bind keratin cells with no chipping and no dry time needed.   I also love their crystal files.

For the feet, the amazing Bare Hands foot file and the Verbena balm work in tandem to physically exfoliate and lock in moisture. The unique glass surface of the foot file smooths with a precise abrasion, eliminating the need for harsh grating or odorous acid peels. The lightly scented stick glides across the skin and melts into an ultra-rich oil that doubles as an all-purpose soother for hands, lips, elbows, and more. Its paper push-up tube is a new, less messy way to moisturize at home or for a travel bag.  

If you want neat nails and feet but prefer to avoid toxic manicures and pedicures, I highly recommend these products.

PRIMARILY PURE

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Rachel is a new fan of Primarily Pure, a company founded by Bethany McDaniel who discovered the power of eating real food, and her eyes were opened to a new world of wellness. Bethany subsequently purged her bathroom cabinets of toxic conventional skincare products and began formulating her own replacements with pure, simple ingredients.  Primally Pure exists to get natural skincare products into the hands of people worldwide, and even more importantly, to equip people with the knowledge they need to improve their skin and live healthier, more fulfilled lives.

Rachel’s favorite products from Primarily Pure are the Natural Dry Shampoo, Bergamot + Eucalyptus Body Wash, and Bergamot + Eucalyptus Deodorant.

KINFIELD

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Another favorite of Rachel’s is Kinfield searches for the best plant-based ingredients to power their formulas and formulate without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances. The products are proudly vegan, cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny certified. Kinfield uses research-backed methods in their labs to ensure their products deliver.  With young kids, Rachel swears by their natural insect repellant called The Golden Hour, a first-of-its-kind formula that repels mosquitos with a unique strain of Indonesian citronella.  She also loves Rescue Mission Whipped Moisturizer, and the 100% mineral non-nano zinc Cloud Cover Sunscreen. I just placed an order myself and picked up the Relief Balm anti-itch remedy.

THRIVE CAUSEMETICS

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Beth has been a die-hard Thrive Causmetics user for a while.  I’ve tried and loved their tubing mascara, also a favorite of Beth’s.  Thrive Causementics are vegan, 100% cruelty-free formulas containing proven ingredients without the use of parabens or sulfates. All of their high-performance cosmetics are developed at Thrive Causemetics® Lab.  Other favorites of Beth’s are the Triple Threat™ Color Stick and their Brilliant Eye Brightener.

THRIVE MARKET

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Both Beth and Rachel agree, Thrive Market, an e-commerce membership-based retailer offering natural and organic food products, is the place to shop. Thrive Market is a membership-based retailer that allows you to save on organic products which is great because we all know how expensive it can be to shop healthy.  With thousands of organic and sustainable products, you can shop for everything from pantry essentials to meats, non-toxic cleaning products, vitamins in more.  Speaking of vitamins, Beth loves New Chapter Every Woman’s Multivitamin 40+.

WELLNESS HAPPENS ONE STEP AT A TIME

Don’t know where to start? With all the things we can do to create greater wellness, a non-toxic environment, and better health, it can feel like a lot at once. A helpful tip that Rachel learned and shared during our meeting was that the best way to start making positive changes is to take them step-by-step.  So, the next time you run out of laundry detergent or lipstick, make it a point to switch to something cleaner the next time vs. trying to change things in one fell swoop.  The process doesn’t have to be done overnight.