Rhassoul Clay Mask

Rhassoul (ghassoul) clay is a naturally occurring clay that has been mined in the Atlas Mountains of North Africa for centuries. It is prized for its beauty and health properties, as it it rich in many minerals including silica, iron, sodium, magnesium, potassium, lithium, and trace elements. It’s molecular form mimics soap, and is useful for cleansing the face, body and hair. Rhassoul is great for detoxing the skin, and can be used as an exfoliant. Only use externally.


I bought my clay from a market in Chinatown. From the company website: “Naiad’s Ghassoul is simply made by dissolving the gemstone, filtering and drying by sunlight and wind. Its adsorbability removes dirt particle from the skin. Its mineral moistens and smoothen face, hair or body after washing.”

There are two types of the clay. Tablet form, or powder. They state that the tablet type is traditionally used in Morocco. The powder type is smashed powder from the tablet type. The powder looked like it was super fine (which would be a great texture as a paste) but the idea of tablets seemed like more fun.


To use:



1. Dissolve the required number of tablets in an equal amount of water. The amount in the photo made slightly too much for one application so I convinced my father to try a face mask.
2. Swirl into a paste.
3. Apply and let dry.
4. Press warm water onto the face to rehydrate the clay. DO NOT SCRUB. That may irritate the skin. Of course my father ignored me on this one. Gently massage the clay in circular motions until it is all rinsed off.
5. Pat dry follow up with toner and moisturizer. I used rose water and Argan oil. Both are popular for body care in Morocco.

6. I followed up with a sheet mask to seal in all of the moisture after drying to face out with clay.



-Don’t make more clay paste than you plan to use at the time of application. Or share with a friend 🙂
-Don’t press too harshly on the skin when using.
-Do moisturize well after use.
-Keep out of humidity while storing.


Where to buy:

Rhassoul Clay-Cosmetic Grade-8 oz

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Herbal wash for hair growth

Why buy a hair treatment that hardly contains its featured ingredient when you can use it straight from the source? Sure it’s not in a pretty bottle. But I am sure you can find one. DIY treatments tend to be more effective and customizable, as you can control all of the ingredients going into your mix. No chemicals, no fillers.

I bought these ingredients from a local spice store but you can also find them online. I store my dried herbs in Mason jars out of sunlight.

The method:

I mix equal parts of each in a clean glass jar and cover with filtered water the night before I want to use it. The next day I strain the herbs and place the rinse into a clean bottle. After shampooing, I squeeze out the excess water from my hair, then pour over the rinse and let it sit for a few minutes. I follow up with conditioner. You can do a rinse as often as you would like, but depending on how often you wash your hair that may be tedious. I try to do a rinse once a week/ two weeks since I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week.


The herbs:


Fenugreek seeds (methi)

The indian spice “Methi seeds” are known to treat a variety of hair problems. The seeds can be used as a paste, or the soaking water can be used to treat thinning hair, dandruff, dry hair and more.

Fenugreek contains:
Protein- helps repair structural damage
Iron- increases circulation
Nicotinic acid- promotes hair growth
Lecithin- imparts shine and nourishes hair follicles


If you drink beer you probably know about the plant “hop.” While it is used as a flavoring agent for beer, it actually has many medicinal properties. it can be used to treat inflammation, and even leprosy. Some benefits to the hair include reducing hair fall and dandruff. Antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found in hops helps to soothe the scalp.

Nettle (Urtica Doioca)

Nettle is often treated as a weed, but actually has many health benefits!
It is rich in Vitamin A,C,D, K, and B. it contains proteins that help repair hair damage, and contains iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium phosphorous, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Horsetail contains the mineral silica, which helps to strengthen the nails and hair. It also contains selenium, which is needed for hair growth. I take it in capsule form when I can remember.


Where to buy:

Fenugreek dried:

24 mantra Organic Fenugreek Seeds (7 oz) [USDA Certified] Whole Methi Seeds

Nettle dried:
Nettle Stinging Leaf, Cut & Sifted – 1 lb – Bulk

Horsetail dried: Frontier Natural Products Organic Cut Sifted Horsetail Herb Shavegrass 16 oz 453 g

Horsetail capsules:

Nature’s Way Horsetail Grass, 440 mg, 100 Capsules

Hops dried:

Hops Flowers – Dried Humulus lupulus Loose Tea from 100% Nature (2 oz)


This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue.
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.


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How to stay healthy while traveling

  • Getting sick is never fun, and almost a cruel joke when you are on vacation. Stay healthy abroad using the tips below!


This is especially important if you are traveling in between climates. Light layers help you travel seamlessly between the cold airplane and warm destination. Don’t get sick on the plane because you were shivering the whole time!

Tip: Bring an empty water bottle and refill at a fountain to stay hydrated on the plane.

Morning tea.

Instead of drinking a glass of water upon rising, replace it with a warm tea. This is another way to sneak in some extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I like to bring a few tea bags with me, as they travel well and are light.


A healthy breakfast

If breakfast is included with the hotel stay, I usually opt for fruit and oatmeal. This time there was a $9 per person/ day charge. No thanks! On day one we went to WholeFoods and loaded up on fruits, nuts, yogurt, oatmeal, and other healthy snacks to eat over the next few days.


Short workout

The only time I step foot in a gym is on vacation. But you don’t need a gym to work out. I like to use the work out app SWORKIT to get a 5-10 minute workout. This is in addition to my usual stretching. You set a timer and do 30 seconds of an exercise with verbal and visual instructions. Super easy to follow along, and no equipment needed!



Sometimes there are so many activities happening, it may seem like there is no time to sleep. In order to fully enjoy each movement, make sure you are well rested! This is especially true if you are doing a lot of physical activities.



Stress, in my opinion, is the number one killer. I am a very stressed out person. I always need to be doing something. On vacation I give myself permission to do absolutely nothing.



Simple ways to reduce waste

“Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived.”

Sidney Sheldon

You may not go “zero-waste minimalist” overnight, but implementing these changes will help reduce your everyday waste.

1. Try to recycle as much as possible

Simply familiarizing yourself with local recycling rules is the first step! Whole Foods recycles yogurt containers which aren’t normally recyclable in NYC.

2. Carry reusable bags

A few sturdy bags will make carrying groceries more comfortable. If that’s even possible. And now some stores give you a small discount for every plastic bag not used.

3. Repurpose plastic bags

Never throw out a plastic bag. Do I really have to say this? I use mine as garbage bags for mini garbages I have, and for pretty much anything that needs to be carried…

4. Shop in the bulk section

This is usually cheaper, and reduces packaging waste.

5. Repurpose produce/ bulk plastic bags

Instead of throwing away the plastic bags for your bulk items, try using them for picking up dog poop, as a convenient mini garbage in front of you for food prep, or as a garbage bag for a small garbage.

6. Avoid wasting food

Be mindful about food waste! Also familiarize yourself about what is edible. For example, broccoli stalks can be used in soups if you only want to eat the florets.

7. Beeswax wrap instead of plastic

I eat a lot of apples. I pre-slice them for lunches and I hated throwing away tinfoil after one use. So far my Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3 Pack, Eco Friendly Reusable Food Wraps, Sustainable Plastic Free Food Storage, Honeycomb Print – 1 Small, 1 Medium, 1 Large have been working out really well! Just wash and dry after each use.

8. Use no straws/ metal straws

I love bubble tea enough to make it at home. I felt bad every time I wasted straws. After washing plastic ones for awhile, I decided to invest in metal straws.

2 BOBA Straw Stainless Steel Extra Wide 1/2″ x 9.5″ Long Tapioca Pearl Bubble Tea Thick FAT – CocoStraw Brand

SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4, Free Cleaning Brush Included

9. Carry a reusable water bottle

Good for the environment and a great money saver.

10. Loose leaf tea

It tends to taste better anyway. Think about the industrial process to get tea into bags. Too inconvenient for you? I order empty tea bags and pre bag my favorite loose tea. When I can, I try to just use a metal sieve. “Paper” tea bags have to have a small amount of plastic to keep it from dissolving in the tea water.

Modern Tea Filter Bags, Disposable Tea Infuser, Size 2, Set of 100 Filters – Heat Sealable, Natural, Easy to Use Anywhere, No Cleanup – Perfect for Teas, Coffee & Herbs – from Magic Teafit

11. No disposable cutlery

Imagine how many people are ordering take out right now. Now imagine they were all given plastic cutlery. That’s a lot of plastic. Taking a regular fork with your packed lunch, or even just in your bag for take out will save so much plastic.

Spork Set 4 | Reusable Durable Sporks Plastic | Best for Camping Out Doors | School/Lunch Pack/Work & FREE Carry Case!! | BPA Free | Spoon + Fork + Knife Combo! | Spork Knife | By iBetterhomes

12. Use matches instead of lighters

Mmm fire. Biodegradable fire please. None of this plastic and gas nonsense. When at all possible. Don’t go crazy carrying matches, but when you’re home try to use them instead of a lighter.

13. Pack lunch in reusable containers

Finding a cute container helps!

14. Stop unwanted mail

Do you even read your junk mail? Probably not. Do yourself and the environment a favor as spend an hour unsubscribing from unwanted mail.

15. Avoid single serving coffee machines

John Sylvan, creator of the Keurig K-cup: “No matter what they say about recycling, those things will never be recyclable,” Sylvan said. “The plastic is a specialized plastic made of four different layers.”

16. Buy ebooks or audiobooks

Unless you reeeeally need the hard copy, try going digital.

17. Soap bars and shampoo bars

They tend to have less chemicals which is a win for you and the environment. Little to no packaging is another bonus.

My favorite shampoo bar:Organic Natural Shampoo Bar, Ayurvedic Herb 2X Pack, Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve

Baby steps!

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Loving Yourself- Nighttime Self Care Routine

“You owe yourself the love that you so freely give to other people”


Valentine’s day is coming up. Before you can spread the love to others, you must be sure to take care of yourself. This is my extended body care routine. My hair care is a whoooole other story, so that wont appear here! Stay tuned.

1. Make a cup of tea.

Before anything can happen, tea.

2. Tidy up.

Having a clear space will give you a clear mind. Before I can begin to relax for the evening, I put away any clutter that has accumulated during the day.

3. Prepare clothes

I set out my clothes for the next day and take my pyjamas to the bathroom.

4? Dry brush

Theoretically I am assisting my lymph glands. At the very least I am giving myself a good scrub. I don’t do it as often as I should.

5. Silk towel scrub

If I don’t use my dry brush I use a Japanese 100% silk towel and my soap to scrub my whole body.

6. Wash face

I like to wait until my skin is warm and damp from the shower, and do an oil cleanse, then use my cream cleanser.

7. Facial exfoliation

To prep my skin for a face mask I use a physical or chemical exfoliator. Be careful not to scrub your face too hard, which can cause more harm than the good it does.

DIY facial scrub: mix white sugar and sweet almond oil.

8. Face mask

Depending on what my face needs at the time I will use a moisturizing or detoxifying mask.

9. Moisturize the body.

I prioritize getting moisture on my face over my body when I step out of the shower. Since I don’t want to over-dry my skin, I just pat dry my body, leaving my skin slightly damp. I tend to mix homemade body oil with my moisturizer.

DIY body oil: 1:3 parts jojoba oil to sweet almond oil. I like to add lavender, ylang-ylang, and orange blossom essential oils

10. Warm clothes.

If I am lucky and the heat is going off while I shower, I put my clothes on the heater!




11. Positive affirmations/ gratitude

Before I fall asleep I try to review what I am grateful for to put myself in the right mindset, and to relax.

Happy pampering!


Products I use:

4. Dry Brush: Dry Brushing Body Brush – Natural Boar Bristle Dry Brush Set for Body and Face Brushing – Skin Brush that Revitalizes and Rejuvenates – Aids Lymph Flow, Alleviates Cellulite and Eliminates Toxins


6. Cream cleanser: Evanhealy Rose Cleansing Milk 4 Ounce Cleanser


7. Physical scrubSkinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off Exfoliator, 3.53 Ounce

Chemical ScrubAmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel 1.7 oz

Find a smaller version here: AmorePacific Cleanse. Hydrate. Perfect. 4 Pc Travel Set – Beauty Insider

Almond oil: NOW Sweet Almond Oil, 16-Ounce


8. Face masks

Purifying: Fig+Yarrow Clay Mask | Rose 1.2 oz

Moisturizing: Fresh Rose Face Mask With Soothing Rose Petals, Travel Size

Sheet masks:

SNP Gold Collagen Ampoule Mask

SNP Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Mask 10 sheets

9. Body Lotion- AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion





Disclaimer: These are links to actual products I use! Many of the pricer items I received as samples from Sephora, but would repurchase once I am done. I have tried to find replacements for some, but my sensitive skin isn’t having it.

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How to simplify your morning routine

I will never be the blogger who wakes up early enough to enjoy a cup of tea near a window in a fluffy robe. As an avid tango dancer, most of my “mornings” start after noon. However, on the days I do need to quickly rise and act like a person with a normal sleep/ work schedule I utilize the following methods:

1. Pack everything the night before.

I prepare absolutely everything the night before. I never want to run around late because packing took longer than I thought. This means that:

a. My work bag is prepared with everything I will need during the day.
b. My clothes are picked out and stacked in the order I put them on. Sounds a little crazy, but why not make life easier? You’re probably already leaving your shirt on top of your pants anyways.
c. My makeup is out and ready.
d. My lunch is packed.

2. Prepare your food the night before. Or even earlier.

Meal prepping ahead or just preparing your food the night before you need it helps eliminate guesswork. Your healthy breakfast and lunch are packed so there are no excuses for making bad food choices later in the day.

3. Keep your make up simple. Or don’t wear makeup, even better.

My daytime makeup takes less than 5 minutes. I don’t want to waste anymore of my time than that. I lay out my products in the order they will be used, the night before. I place them back into my makeup case as I apply them. This method maintains a decluttered environment during the day and a quick routine when I wake up. Clear brow gel. Mascara. Eyeliner. Tinted lip balm. Probably more brow gel because my brows have a mind of their own.

4. Maintain your skin.

Even though having an established skincare routine may seem daunting and time consuming, it is worth the trouble. Diet is also a huge factor in skin health. Having clear and bright skin contributes to my confidence in stepping out “barefaced.” There is nothing worse than suffocating your skin in chemicals. Plus applying foundation takes forever. No thanks.

5. Multitask.

I say this with caution. Multitasking often results in poor outcomes, but putting on a kettle for tea while you stretch (or brush your teeth) is fine in my book.

6. Elegant high quality jewelry and a good watch.

I eliminate the guesswork of accessories by always keeping on delicate pieces of gold jewelry. I pay for high quality jewelry (within reason and often when sale items are on sale…) so I’m not afraid of rusting or decoloration from contact with water. I bought one simple, elegant watch that I wear everyday with every outfit. Of course I shake up the jewelry when I have time, but keeping the guesswork out of it eliminates time spent in the morning.

7. Shower the night before.

I’m a “no street clothes near my bed” kind of person so showering before I get into bed is natural for me. This eliminates one step in the morning.

8. Stretch.

Yes, this does add time to your routine. But you’ll feel so much better after! All I ask is that you spend just 2 minutes stretching out your stiff body. You were just relatively still for hours. Get those toes moving.

Bonus points:
9. Wear a silk hair scarf.

For the long-haired ladies out there, brushing and styling hair can take up a huge chunk of your morning routine. I maintain knot free, frizz free hair by wearing a silk hair cap to sleep. Sexy I know. But many nights I’m too lazy or simply don’t want something on my head, so I opt to sweep my hair into a braid and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cheating for the win.



Snack smart with energy balls.

For a tiny person, I eat a lot. Actually, I’m typing one-handed as I eat an apple. Probably not super efficient. I love to snack, but I like to do it in a way that I satisfy my cravings while nourishing my body.

I tend to always have some version of “energy balls” in my fridge. They are easy to make, store well, and travel well. The best part is that the recipe is super flexible. Don’t have hazelnut butter? Peanut butter is fine. Want more crunch? Try adding some pumpkin seeds. You really can’t go wrong as long as there is enough binder (nut butter, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, etc.) to keep the dry ingredients together.


  • 1 cup oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)- toast briefly for more flavor
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used hazelnut butter)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. This doesn’t have to be super precise. Just make sure that there is enough wet to dry ingredients that the mix sticks and doesn’t fall apart. I have found that letting the mixture chill for about 20 minutes helps when shaping them.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls. I like to make them on the smaller side because I know I’m going to keep reaching for another no matter the size.
  3. Store in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated, will last for about a week (but they’ll probably be gone before then…) .
  4. Enjoy! This recipe is vegan and gluten-free (if using gluten free oats).

Sometimes going backwards is better…


“40, 41, 42, 43. Crap. No no no. 1, 2, 3… 40, 41, 42, 43. Ugh. I must have dropped the last stitch somewhere… 1, 2, 3… 40, 41, 42, 43, 44. Yep. There it is. Five rows down.” *sniffle*

-actual conversation in my head.

Crocheting is relaxing. Most of the time. But there is nothing quite as sad as realizing you dropped a stitch somewhere after you just spent 30 minutes working on your project. Except perhaps, if you were knitting and dropped a stitch, because then your project may completely unravel. I tend to crochet because of its forgiving nature. But even when I can continue with a skipped a stitch, I don’t. Yelling in exasperation usually prompts a friend to say “I can’t see the difference anyway, I am sure it’s fine.” cue narrator voice: However, it was not fine.

Go back. Fix your mistakes. Be harder on yourself. Even if someone else won’t notice, find personal satisfaction in knowing you did your absolute best. Find your skipped stitch and breathe. Accept that the time was not wasted creating nor removing the stitches. Your scarf is teaching you to be patient with yourself. Strive to make all of your work representative of your best self.




How I do everything. Ish.

“What gets measured gets managed.”
-Peter Drucker 


You cannot buy a magic bullet for productivity. You can however, buy a planner. My hourly planner which I create myself is the way I constantly stay organized. And post-it notes. Post-its are amazing. Here is how I do it:

1. Monthly spread with major events, important “to do’s” (i.e. not laundry), and major goals.
2. Habit tracker. The categories change every month, but these are what I deemed necessary to record this month. It also helps me keep track of expenses.
3. Hourly weekly spread. This is where the magic happens. Being able to see where my time goes in blocks allows me to maximize productivity.



This is a sample week. This is the first week of the new year. It was “lighter” than normal, which allowed me to clean and organize. I also write daily task lists that aren’t important enough to be recorded (like vacuuming). I don’t write down “brush teeth” but writing out tasks I need to complete helps with my mental clarity.
My planner must be light. I used to use a monthly calendar from Papersource but I would use a post-it to draw out a weekly schedule. Eventually I decided to make my own planner. I now use a Leuchtturm 1917 grid notebook, a pencil, and a ruler. Unfortunately pen shows through the other side of the paper, so I have to use pencil for everything. I often rearrange my weekly schedule so it’s not too much of a problem, although I would have liked to make the monthly spread and habit tracker outline in pen. Hope this helps!




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