Ultimate Beauty Essentials Guide: Hair & Body (Cruelty-Free)

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I’ve always been SUPER into body care, like really, really into it…
I remember growing up always having the latest product line from Bath & Body Works, I mean, the entire line, everything from the scrub to the thick body cream in a jar. I would go through the routine steps of getting the ultimate clean, soft and glowing skin from head to toe and smell amazing on top of it! This has become a process that I actually enjoy, it’s part of my beauty regime that makes me feel my best.

Over the years, I started to become much more conscious of not only what I put into my body, but also what I put onto it. Getting into this lifestyle of being as healthy and happy as I could be definitely caused me to reevaluate many products in my beauty arsenal. I wanted to move away from all chemicals and move towards organic, vegan and cruelty-free products that also still made me feel really good and smell good too!

Many of you have asked what products that I currently use so I decided to put together the ultimate beauty guide of some of my top favorites! As much as I am all about organic products with the least amount of junk in them, I am by no means perfect and we do have to choose our battles. For instance, I still get my nails done and is that the healthiest thing to do? Maybe not, but it really makes me feel good. (Also, I use SNS System which is definitely a much more natural alternative to gel nails). I also still really like to smell great and that is something I’m not willing to compromise on at this time. While most chemically fragranced products really do bother me, I find the more natural stuff tolerable for me, for now…so if it’s natural and smells soft and good in the scents I like, then it’s a win-win. I’m also still picky as heck so if it’s on this list I truly do like it….while not all of these products may work for you, I encourage you to start to read labels and become more conscious of what you put on the largest organ of your body because it truly does matter! Also, taking the time to truly care for yourself with quality products is essential for overall well-being and health. I did a little video a while back where I talked about some more of my thoughts on showering and shampooing and you can see that here. Most of these products are also super affordable and attainable, I’ve linked all the pictures and you will notice I get most of my beauty product from Vitacost!

 

Here is a list and a description of my current favorite tried-and-true beauty essentials I’ve been loving…from Head to Toe:

 

 

Avalon Organics: Natural Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

You may be asking, “Dandruff shampoo? You don’t have dandruff!!” Exactly!! Did you know that in most cases dandruff is not curable, some people are pre-disposed to it, but it is certainly something that you can manage which means you never have to see it! It starts with a clean scalp and a shampoo that helps slough away scalp debris. I have tried many natural dandruff shampoos and this is by far my favorite because it actually makes my hair look soft and pretty while keeping my scalp clean. I have been using this for several months and even if I try something new, I still go back to it because I love how it makes my hair look. I also have a video where I talk all about shampooing and how often you should do it and you can see that here.

Available from: Vitacost

 

 


Giovanni: Ultra-Repair Conditioner

A few years ago I bleached out the bottom strands of my hair and rocked that ombre look for a few months before going back to my natural color. Even now, I have some warm highlights that never look fried because this conditioner works so well. I also have an amazing stylist that keeps my ends trimmed, but still, this always keeps my hair looking shiny and healthy and smells SO delish too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colure: Shine Serum Plus

Speaking of coloring my hair and my hair stylist…during my treatment she recommended this product to protect my hair from heat, seal in color and keep it super shiny without weighing it down. This product is a life saver (or a hair saver) it really works and can make damaged hair look new again. I use it every time I wash my hair after I towel dry before styling (it protects hair from heat) and sometimes will use a touch to finish the look for a sleek, frizz-free finishing gloss. It also just so happens to be vegan, cruelty-free and made with organic ingredients!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oribe: Dry Texturizing Spray

Major game-changer alert! Okay, this may be the fancier and pricier product on the list, but trust, it’s worth it. I know, it’s even aerosol, just don’t breathe it in because a few spritz of this in lifeless hair literally transforms it into the goddess main you’ve always dreamed of. You may start asking, “Where did all this hair come from?” You may even get a little cocky and forget how limp your hair really is (until you wash it). It also absorbs oil and acts as a combo dry-shampoo and texture spray perfect for volumizing curls or creating beachy waves. It smells divine and although may not be 100% organic, it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates or sodium chloride and is vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free!
 

 

 

 
 

 

 


Jason: Pure Natural Body Wash

I still love a yummy smelling body wash! Especially when I use my exfoliating body mitt and build up a nice lather before shaving my legs. It really makes for the best shave and smoothest skin. This Rosewater scent is my favorite one by Jason, as you know, I love a good rose scent…this one is really soft and lovely with a nice clean note. I love getting the large one with the pump for convenience as well as using it to refill my hand soap dispenser. 

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Root Soap

How nice is it to have an all natural hand-crafted bar of soap on hand? Especially when it’s a super unique Himalayan Pink Salt bar. This exfoliating pink power-house is loaded with minerals like magnesium which really help soothe sore muscles after a long day. I love how well it lathers into a creamy, sudsy foam and feels perfectly relaxing. I also love how these bars are made by a family who’ve created so many unique concoctions. Another favorite is their coffee and chocolate exfoliating bar that I love to pair with my exfoliating mitt and use as an anti-cellulite treatment. 

Available from: RusticRootsSoap.com

 

 

 

Desert Essence: Fragrance-Free Body Lotion

Alright, on to some of my favorite fun topics/products (am I weird) and that is BODY LOTION. I don’t go a day without it…I’m always slathering it on my skin fresh from the shower and often also add a body oil to it for even more moisture (and sometimes fragrance). I love really soft moistened skin and if I don’t use a good body lotion, I feel it, and it doesn’t feel good!

I really wanted to find a good body lotion with the least amount of chemicals since I really like to use one every day and can’t just use an oil alone. I don’t know, there is something about the feel of lotion on my skin that I just can’t get with a body oil alone. Incidentally, I often have to add an oil to my body lotion to get that perfect balance. But I really think I’ve found it, folks!!! This Desert Essence organic body cream is SUPER Hydrating and practically perfect on its own. It soaks right into the skin never feeling greasy. It is fragrance-free and has ingredients I feel good about. You can even add a drop of Lavender essential oil for a nighttime sensory experience! (More on Lavender later on).

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

Pacifica: Persian Rose Body Butter

This is the healthier version of a luxury scented body butter y’all! Yes, this cream is luscious and it comes in my fav scent, as well as many others! When I’m feeling saucy, or every day, I smother this lotion all over followed by the same brand rose fragrance and I am set! It smells, clean, soft, elegance, feminine and seductive, I love this!

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monoi Tiki Tahiti: Body Oil

“So you say you wanna get away, we don’t need a plane, I’ll be your escape…”
Rather, this Tahitian body oil will be for sure! This is one of my favorite oils to mix in my body lotion because not only does the smell take you away to your favorite tropical island in 86 degree weather with the perfect breeze….it makes your skin so soft and glowing! I also like to use a little of this in my hair for an extra smooth do with a subtle hint of paradise. It’s mainly just coconut oil with real flower (they put one in the bottle), fragrance and vitamin E. There are a few different scents but this classic gardenia scent is what the Victoria’s Secret models use when shooting, I also like the Jasmine.

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacifica Perfume: Persian Rose

I love how the bottle describes Rose as a symbol of love and beauty and the queen of flowers. All I know is that I do feel like the queen of flowers when I spritz this on! It’s one of the few natural fragrances that I can tolerate and actually really enjoy. They have tons of other fragrances too! With very few ingredients listed (including essential oils), I feel good about this brand. Of course, it’s also vegan and cruelty-free, yay!

Available from: Vitacost

 

 


Doterra Essential Oil: Lavender

Major Beauty Secret Alert! There are so many beautifying essential oils, but one of my top favorites is lavender oil. Not only do I love to mix a drop or two into my lotion during my nightly routine for a relaxing voyage into night, I also use it for many other things as well…I add a drop to my clay masks, I use it as a spot treatment for rosacea and blemishes, I use it on minor knicks and scratches because it works as a gentle disinfectant as well. It’s perfect to use on cuts you may get from the nail salon, just put a drop directly on it and it will be gone before you know it! You can also mix it with another oil and use it on your cuticles. 
Doterra is my top choice in essential oils because they are the most potent and pure. Not every essential oil is suitable to be ingested, but with Doterra you can trust the quality. If you want to get your hands on one or have any questions send me a direct message and I will help you out, you can also order here.

 

 

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant: Rose + Vanilla

This is my dream deodorant! I had been hearing about it for a while before I tried it and am so glad that I did! I’ve been using all natural deodorants for years and usually use the Crystal roll-on, which I also like…What I love about this one though, is that it smells so delicious and really works, plus it doesn’t irritate my skin. Many other deodorants have caused itchy bumps and in-grown hairs but this one leaves my skin smooth, soft and smelling fresh.

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap: Baby-Mild

I wanted to include this on my list because I find so many uses for this it’s beauty essential indeed!
First off, I use this as a facial cleanser as it was recommended by my facialist a while back, as long as it is the baby formula it is a super gentle, natural cleanser for the skin. (I’ll get more into my face beauty essential in another post). I also use it as a hand/body soap, to clean my makeup brushes (it really works to get rid of all the makeup) and I also find it to be the best cleaner to mop my floors! They even have these in a travel size which is the perfect all-in-one travel essential!

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

Rosewater

Ahhhh there’s nothing like a Rosewater spritz after you wash your face…or after you do your makeup…or to refresh your makeup…or to cool off…or to revitalize your locks…or anytime really…you get the idea.

Rosewater soothes the skin, refreshes and tones. You can even use it in your lemonade, get creative…it’s wonderful and smells amazing.

Available from: Vitacost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you liked this FIRST installment of my absolute favorite beauty essentials. If you did, please let me know in a comment below. I’d also love to hear what your favorites are. Let me know if you have any requests below too, I will be doing a skincare and makeup post coming up soon as well, so be sure and put your email in the box above so that you don’t miss a post!

P.S. I’m always testing and trying new products but only share with you what I actually use and would also recommend to my mom or bff!

♥ Jess

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Eat Drink Vegan 2017

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Come along as I explore Eat Drink Vegan’s Beer and Food Festival 2017!
It was my first time attending and I ran into so many other vegan YouTubers and bloggers! This is a super quick video I put together to share a glimpse into what it’s like at the Rosebowl event, even though there was SO much I left out and so many other people that I didn’t include…I’ve got to work on balancing enjoying the event and filming at the same time…haha! Let me know if you were there, maybe I got you in here without knowing it (that happened a few times)!!
Special thanks to the Cafe Gratitude crew and especially Ryland Engelhart!

5 Easy Tips on Switching to a Healthy + GF/Vegan Diet (on a Budget)

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I’ve spent most of my adult life eating healthy…

I find it to be the single most important thing to do to look your best, feel your best and prevent illness. It’s an investment, as a matter of fact, I probably spend more on healthy food and supplements than on any other thing. The reason for this is because I believe you pay for it now or you pay for it later…

With that being said, it honestly doesn’t have to be SO expensive…

I also know that when you make the switch to a healthier lifestyle and contemplate a plant-based and/or gluten-free diet you can start to feel overwhelmed by all the choices of superfoods and supplements out there. You may not know even where to start…
On the other hand, you might become frustrated by what seems to be the LACK of plant-based food choices…you may wonder “what’s the best vegan cheese alternative” or “what kind of bread do I buy!” It can make you just want to forget the whole thing altogether…I GET IT!!

It honestly doesn’t have to be so confusing!!

That is why I spend so much time bringing the resources to you…I’ve been there and studied and experimented with it all and I LOVE to share what I learn with all of you so that you don’t have to feel alone and you can get some inspiration from someone who is actually living it and has been for years…

I am here to help.

Here are 5 foolproof resources that will help you to easily and inexpensively make the healthy plant-based choices for you and your family and these just so happen to be fun too!

 1. Order from Vitacost
If you’ve followed me for a while you will have seen me talk about this mega-resource because I have been ordering from them every month for YEARS. I find them to have the most discounted food and supplement products out there. Not only are they super easy to order from and have specials constantly on the already discounted products, they also deliver to your door within 2 days and the selection is better than your local Whole Foods. Oh, and if food and supplements weren’t enough they have a lot of drugstore options too like eco dental floss, dish soap, pet foods and even Himalayan salt lamps!
So next time you come across a recipe ingredient that has you scratching your head, type the product into the Vitacost search box and the next thing you know, it will be on your doorstep without breaking your bank account, seriously.

I always post my Vitacost hauls on my social media, if you want to follow me to get more inspo on what I order, make sure you are following me on my Insta and YouTube channels…Oh, and I might as well offer you a code to get 20% off your first purchase right? Just click this link and sign up and you can thank me later…Vitacost.com2. Shop Your Local Farmer’s Market
Okay, this might me the most fun one on the list because you can really make a day of it or start a weekly ritual with a friend and you will learn SO much about local and seasonal food every time you visit. If you haven’t ever gone YOU MUST.
Eating local and seasonal fruits and vegetables is the healthiest way to eat those said colorful powerhouses. They provide for our bodies exactly what we need per season so we can stay in optimal health. The people who work in the booths know a lot, pick their brain, you will learn something new, guaranteed. Oh, and since we are on the subject of inexpensive, the produce is always discounted from what they sell in the store and sometimes you can talk them down. 😉

3. Don’t Forget about Trader Joe’s
Sometimes when we are on our Farmer’s Market kicks and online shopping we forget just how doggone low Trader Joe’s prices are especially on greens, potatoes, produce, frozen fruits, veggies, tea, flowers and they just started selling super cheap nutritional yeast! Compare prices!!! Pick out which things you always buy at trader Joe’s so you can run in and grab those few inexpensive items and get on out!

4. Eat Simply
Eating simple whole fruits and veggies is the most important thing to keep in mind. Make sure you are smashing in the healthy carbs: bananas, potatoes, quinoa, rice, veggies, dates, etc and filling up…The main thing you want to keep in mind is making sure you are food combining properly and just eat simply. A quick rule on food combining is to eat the bulk of your fruit in the am before any cooked foods and never after and try eating greens at every meal.
Fruit and smoothies in the am and eating a huge salad with your favorite veggies and potato wedges or sweet potato (no-oil) fries in the pm will be your best friend on this healthy lifestyle. It may sound simple and it is! Eating simply is not expensive, picking up a bunch of bananas and a bag of potatoes is super cheap. Definitely don’t try and get too fancy with your food when you are first starting out because you will burn out quick. Keep it simple and carbed up!

5. Follow Inspiring Food and Lifestyle Accounts on Social Media
This might be the most important tip for switching from a SAD to a plant-based one. The reason why is because at first it may seem radical to only eat plants, right?! You kinda have to see it to believe it, see what other people are eating, rather, THRIVING on daily. There are some amazing people posting content daily, so get inspired. Most of these peeps are also alerting you of when things are on sale or offering discount codes too! You will learn SO MUCH about what is out there on this lifestyle…and I promise you will learn what vegan cheese is best!!

Another great resource is NutritionFacts.org, Dr. McGregor the author of “How Not to Die” post regular YouTube videos that debunk health myths and offer great insights based on medical research that promote a healthy whole-food and plant-based diet.

For more info, I have put together a SUPER DETAILED “Getting Started” Shopping list and I want you to have if for FREE.
Just sign up at the top with your email and I will send it on over!

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Comment with your thoughts, love!

♥jess

VEGANS SHOULDN’T SHOWER!?!

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New video….this might be a bit controversial but it NEEDS TO BE SAID! Should vegans shower? Use shampoo? No Poo? Watch until the end because I talk to a hair care expert Patrice Perrone and a comedian Jamie Anne Allman to get to the bottom of this issue in an informative yet entertaining way that will hopefully get the conversation rolling and the showers steaming…write your two cents below!

 

2017 Happy Planner Shopping

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Met up with my friend Carmyn Segura and we went to Michaels in search of my new 2017 Happy Planner! Carmyn explains all about the planners and helps me pick out my accessories! Check out what I ended up with in the video below…

Pancakes and Planners!! This Happy Planner is SO MUCH FUN!!!

Andrea Cox Cleans Out My Fridge + Behind the Scenes Fun

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Did you catch it? I went LIVE on Facebook with the beyond beautiful and amazing Andrea Cox over the weekend! Although I was nervous because it was my first time live, we had SO much fun! You can tell by all the giggles 😆
I’ve been following Andrea for well over 4+ year (even before I was vegan 😱) and I’ve always felt she was a soul sister as we see eye to eye on so many things, plus she is a wealth of knowledge and I learn so much from her…she is detox specialist, raw vegan chef and a talented entrepreneur with her own line of amazing supplements! I can watch her talk all day and that is why she is so wildly popular on Facebook! So yea, Andrea made a raw vegan soup in MY kitchen!! How wonderful it is to have collaborated with someone I’ve admired for so long?! Go follow her and check out our goofy dancing video on Facebook (Jessica Remmers and Andrea LEIGH Cox) Check out the behind the scenes video below with exclusive behind the scenes footage and fun….don’t forget to add dates to the soup because it is literally the BOMB (like all of her recipes are)!! 💣 Perfect for the Holidays!! Comment below if you saw us live! ♥ jess

 

5 Ways to the Perfect Day~ For Real~ Vlog

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Today I go on a hike and encourage you to think about your dream life, I show you vegan winter breakfast ideas, I talk about how matcha is the new coffee, I take you on a drive and tell you the 5 elements of a solid great day…inspired by one of my favorite books, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (and adding my 2 cents as well), my AWESOME Vitacost haul and how I make my veggie stock!!! Watch it below…and leave your 2 cents!! ♥ jess

My Vegan Thanksgiving + Vlogmas Day 1

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Check out my latest vlog where I show you my prep work for my organic, gluten-free, plant-based, whole-food FEAST!

This is the third year in a row I made a vegan Thanksgiving for the fam…

Here is the video…also, I’ll post info on my other 2 vegan Thanksgiving below with recipes and posts!

 

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September Favorites + Contest (Jord Wooden Watch)!!

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Unique Watches

Hello It’s that TIME again…

Happy October!

Are you as excited about this time of year as I am? I just LOVE going to the Farmer’s Market and seeing all the amazing seasonal fruits and veggies available this time of year and not to mention all the PUMPKINS!

In my latest video I’ll take you along with me to pick up some of my current favorite things and I’m definitely shopping in style because I just got an amazing new wooden watch! Yes, a watch made of the most beautiful wood with a large champagne face with gold detail. Did I mention I love it? Well I do, and I know you will too that’s why I’m giving you an opportunity to win cash towards one of these babies. All you have to do is enter your info into the link below and you will automatically be given a coupon for $20 off and then ONE of you will win the grand prize of a $75 off coupon towards your favorite watch! You know this will come in handy during the holidays too!
>> Click Here to Enter The Contest! <<

Now back to this gorgeous watch…I’ll be honest, I don’t normally wear watches, mainly because I hadn’t found one that I really liked. When Jord approached me about picking out a watch I was intrigued because of how unique and earthy they are. They are made of different types of wood which gives them a natural appeal but they are also super stylish and classy. I really feel these watches dress up an everyday outfit while still feeling simple and casual with a bit of an edge. I chose the Zebrawood & Champagne model with the large face from the Frankie Series. I love how neutral the colors are and how they compliment my skin tone. I also really love how the large face sits on my wrist which is quite small…what do you think??

The beautiful watch I chose is pictured below Click here to see my watch
Jessica Remmers Jord Wood Watch
Jord Wood Watch

Watch the video here to see all my favorites!! ↓↓
 

Enter to Win NOW Click HERE
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Thank you #JordWatch for the beautiful wooden watch and for this contest!
Favorites Mentioned in the video:
My watch: My Watch
Fruit/veggies: Passionfruit, Dragon Fruit, pumpkins, butternut squash, bananas, canned organic pumpkin.
Skincare is Isun
Hyaluronic Acid
Shun Chef Knife
Bench Scraper
Salad Spinner

Check out more Jord Wooden Watches Here

 

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches

Kitchen Makeover Before/After + Summer Update!

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Hey All!
New video is up showing you my kitchen transformation preparing for cooking school (Rouxbe Plant-Based certification course) and also continuing to “spark joy” with organization (KonMari style). This includes a look inside my cabinets and the forbidden junk drawer transformation!
Also, a little summer update including some highlights from my birthday getaway last month up the California Coast!
I’d love your thoughts!

♥ Jess