Organic Foundation Coverage Comparisons

 

Picking a natural foundation is a step that many Radiant Rebels find themselves taking when they make the switch to all natural products. This is a decision we help a lot of women make, and thankfully the old notion that “naturals don’t work” is far from true. In fact, natural beauty products that are made with effective and skin benefiting ingredients is what we’re all about!

If you’re on the road to regaining control of your skin, you know that using ingredients your skin knows what to do with is the best way to work with your skin – not against it! Continuing to use products that have toxic-rated ingredients and impurities only increases our toxic load, burdening our body and sending us farther away from a naturally balanced, glowing, and healthy complexion!

With that said, coverage is a big part of picking a foundation! Just because you’ve made the decision to use all natural products, doesn’t mean you need to give up whatever coverage you like best.

In the picture above, you’ll see what my skin looked like before and after applying each of our 3 foundations. You’ll also notice there’s a little indicator scale below each set that refers to the  amount of coverage the foundations provide. 

Below we’ll talk about coverage for each foundation plus provide a guide on how to get the best application for each. 

But before moving on, I want to make sure you know that if you need help picking a foundation,  or you’re stuck on which shade would be best for you,  we’re here to help! We have several resources for our foundations (listed below) if you’re and info junkie (like me), or get personalize assistance by reaching out to us 🙂 

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Nature’s Veil CC Cream

Natural CC Cream Coverage Before and After

Looking for no-fuss, light to medium coverage? If you said “yes please” then our Nature’s Veil cc cream is your new best friend!

Here’s a quick profile of our cc cream:

  • Provides a light, yet buildable, coloured coverage
  • Can be worn on its own, or under foundation for heavier coverage
  • Contains sun-blocking properties
  • Packed with aloe and chamomile to help calm acne and irritated sensitive skin
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight premature aging
  • SUPER lightweight, for that barely there feeling
  • Evens out skin tones and hides imperfections, especially those with pink/red hyperpigmentation and scarring
  • Hydrating AND moisturizing (Yes there’s a difference, click here to learn more)
  • Perfect for those with rosacea, sensitive or acne prone skin
  • VEGAN

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Applying CC Cream for Natural Coverage

There’s so much awesomeness in this jam-packed into this product that we’ve provided a detailed breakdown right over here.

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Mineral Makeup Foundation

Mineral Foundation Coverage Before and After

Our mineral formula continues to be my forever go-to foundation! When I feel like doing my makeup, I love that this one never lets me down and always provides a smooth, flawless application. Even better is I can achieve full yet natural looking coverage without feeling like I’m wearing anything on my face! I can also decide on the amount of coverage based on how many layers I blend onto my skin – I can go light, medium, full or anything in between!

Mineral Foundation Shades

Acne-prone gals like me love that this foundation is natural anti-bacterial power powder! It works as a foundation, concealer, powder, and includes sun ray blocking titanium dioxide (one of the best sun blocking minerals found in natural sunscreen). A little bit of foundation is all you need to create a naturally luminous, healthy complexion.

Mineral Makeup Application

Find out more about our mineral foundation, plus check out more before and afters here.

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Whipped Foundation

Full Coverage Whipped Foundation

Our whipped foundation is loved by full-coverage seekers, especially rosacea-prone gals (seeing red? then whipped foundation is your new best friend!). It’s also for gals who really love to play with makeup and take time applying their look-of-the-day.

Organic Whipped Foundation Shades

There’s a lot to love about our whipped foundation, including:

  • Jojoba oil helps to moisturize & regulate the production of excess sebum (GREAT for oily skin)
  • A barely-there feel with this weightless formula
  • Provides a natural, healthy glow (not oily) with light reflecting micas.
  • Buildable coverage from medium to full- hides those breakouts without looking cakey.
  • Vegan & gluten free!
  • Won’t clog or bog your pores
  • Acne & Rosacea prone skin safe
  • An aid in protecting your skin from the sun
  • Available in SEVEN, bendable shades

Organic Whipped Foundation Swatches

Our skin loves the skin super foods for your skin found in our whipped formula including Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Rosewood & Lavender Oils. Not to mention all the benefits of Jojoba Oil including its ability to help fight acne breakouts, super moisturizing properties, and talent for helping to regulate the rate at which your skin produces oils.

Organic Whipped Foundation Shades

Another big perk that we love about this formula is it sets to a demi-matte finish without drying out your skin, so you still have a natural glow, but without the shine. Plus it won’t just hide your breakouts, it’s going to work hard to help heal them!

Find out even more about our whipped foundation here.

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Ok Radiant Rebels, now I’m going to turn this post over to VA Karla so she can help us with getting a flawless application!

Love from Batty

Application

Did you find a foundation that matches your vibe? I hope so! Remember, we’re here to help if you have any questions. Now, let’s talk about how to apply your chosen foundation flawlessly!

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1) Arm yourself with the right tools!

Foundation Brushes

Each foundation is best applied with a specific tool. Since our foundations are all so different, a different tool is needed for each. Here’s a summary of the tool to use for each foundation to get the best application:

  • Nature’s Veil CC Cream = Beauty Blender
  • Mineral Makeup Foundation = Kabuki Brush
  • Whipped Foundation = Stippling Brush

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2) Learn the tricks of the trade! (tips + videos)

Beauty Blender

Nature’s Veil CC Cream + Beauty Blender

Use a Beauty Blender to apply CC Cream

Tricks of the trade:

  • Always use damp. They’re meant to be used in combination with some water. At the same time, damp is the keyword; too much water will impede its ability to do its job and change the formulation of your foundation. Get it good and wet, then ring it out well before applying foundation.
  • It’s all in the pounce! Don’t pull the blender across your skin in an attempted to blend. You literally want to dab it up and down on your skin. The product will melt and blend and the texture of the sponge will help to create a skin-like texture. You may start out slow as you get used to this type of application, but it gets faster as you become more comfortable.
  • Don’t wait in between picking up the product and applying to your face. You can pump directly onto the beauty blender, or even dab it directly onto your face and use the damp sponge to blend from there.
  • Apply in light layers and build the coverage. You should be able to achieve a solid medium coverage with the Nature’s Veil CC Cream.
  • VIDEO: Watch Batty’s alternative and quick application of our Nature’s Veil CC Cream HERE

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Kabuki Brush

Mineral Makeup Foundation + Kabuki Brush

Kabuki Brush Tips

Using kabuki brush for applying mineral makeup

Tricks of the trade:

  • When buying a kabuki brush, look for ones with super soft bristles. You’ll be doing a lot of buffing, so you don’t want to be irritating your skin.
  • Make sure your moisturizer and other skin care routine products are fully absorbed before applying this type of foundation. The minerals will stick and be harder to buff is you don’t.
  • Take the time to load the brush. Start by dipping the brush in the minerals and tapping the excess in the cap. Then give that kabuki a good swirl in the excess powder to really ensure you’re filling the brush with product.
  • Buff and build. Buff and build. While it takes a little time to master the application, once you do, you’ll love minerals for their soft-focus finish. The key to getting there is taking the time to apply in light layers and really buffing each one out before applying more. You can build the coverage from sheer to full without looking caking. Just be sure to give each layer the attention it needs.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix shades. This is probably the easiest foundation to mix and match shades to get a true match for your skin tone. Natural mineral foundations contain micas which reflect light (without looking sparkly) making them super adjustable to a number of different skin tones.
  • VIDEO: Check out Batty’s video tutorial on how she applies mineral foundation HERE

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Stippling Brush

Whipped Foundation + Stippling Brush

Applying Whipped Foundation with Stippling BrushApplying Whipped Foundation with Stippling Brush

Tricks of the trade:

  • Do as the name suggests and stipple. Using a stippling motion helps to warm up the product making the thicker consistency easier to blend while avoiding streaks and wiping away product. It may take an extra minute to blend completely, but the results will give you an airbrushed finish.
  • Try to keep the brush perpendicular to your face. You want the bristles to hit straight on. Turning it on an angle will increase your chances of leaving streaks.
  • Once you’ve got your foundation blended, you can always go over it with a Beauty Blender to pick up any excess product in areas that feel heavy
  • VIDEO: Watch my video tutorial on how I apply our Whipped Foundation HERE!

Remember- these are simply suggestions. If you find something that works better for you- you do you girl! The best part about makeup is that there aren’t any rules. Have fun and enjoy the freedom to be your true self.

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3) Keep it clean!

If I can leave you with one last tip it would be that no matter what brush or tool you end up using, make sure it’s clean. Brushes should be deep cleaned at least once a week to avoid bacteria that can cause breakouts. As an added bonus, a brush that’s not gunked up with makeup will work more effectively to help you achieve the finish you desire. Find out how to naturally clean your makeup brushes right here.

Did you pick up any new tips or find a foundation that you want to try out? I’d love to hear about it! Hit us up in the Radiant Rebel only facebook group! Not a radiant rebel yet? Find out if our tribe of radiant women is for you by checking this out.

Love VA Karla

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Natural Brush Cleanser for Cosmetic Brushes

One of the biggest bad habits you can break is using dirty makeup brushes. This is essential for every makeup lover, but even more important for those with reactive skin. Our makeup brushes hold dirt, grime, sebum, makeup and other debris, all of which can lead to spread of bacteria. Continually using dirty makeup brushes also prevents them from functioning properly leaving your makeup looking streak and muddy.

In this video, VA Karla of BattysBath.ca shows us how to get (and keep) our makeup brushes clean! Watch for her super cool drying trick near the end of the video!

Brush it Off Cosmetic Brush Cleaner (100% Natural + Vegan) can be found here.

Want to regain control of your skin?
Your natural skincare journey starts here.

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Lipstick Loving

There’s something to be said about how the right lipstick can make you feel – confident, strong and on top of the world. The Batty’s Bath Lipstick doesn’t just make you feel empowered, it also gives you a sense of assurance knowing it 100% natural and comprised of only the most beneficial of ingredients.
It’s time to toss those chemically based lipsticks that leave your lips feeling drier than before you put them on. Our formula is packed with ultra-moisturizing ingredients like Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter (just to name a few). Thanks to the Caster Seed Oil, a fatty vegetable oil, they apply like a dream, leaving no streaky, uneven trail behind.

We’ve created this collection with every adventure in mind.

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Organic Lipstick - Natural Lip Stick - Cruelty Free Beauty

Organic Lipstick - Natural Lip Stick - Cruelty Free Beauty

Organic Lipstick - Natural Lip Stick - Cruelty Free Beauty

Lovely Lip Gloss

(many have called this our liquid lipstick)

Get ready to pucker-up, because you’re going to love your kisser in our Lip Gloss. Traditional lips glosses are sticky, drying and packed with nasty petrochemicals. Not on the Batty block though! As always, our lip glosses are 100% natural and made with only organic ingredients including Sunflower and Jojoba Oil, both super helpful in providing your lips with the nourishment they need.

Suffer from dry lips in the winter? Maybe they burn easily in the summer? No worries. Formulated with Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, we’ll have you thinking it’s spring year round. These soothing butters not only help to combat dry, sore and chapped beaks, they also help to protect from the ever changing elements. As an added bonus- We’ve added a pinch of cinnamon to the mix, an all-natural lip plumping phenomenon. Radiant Rebels agree – these glosses provide a light shine, but wear more like a liquid lipstick, providing long-lasting, comfortable wear.

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Natural Lip Gloss Swatches

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Feeling inspired?

Awesome!

You can find all these beauties in our online shop!

Lipsticks here.

Lip glosses here.

Now go love your lips!

Love from Batty

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Spring Skin Care Tips

For many of us, spring is the perfect time to realign, reorganize and revisit things in our life. With most New Year’s resolutions flopping in February, spring provides an alternative opportunity to pick up some new, healthy habits.

We’ve shared our Spring Skin Care Checklist with you in the past, but we thought it was time to add some new tips and tricks to reenergize your skin care routine. This is a really common time of year for Radiant Rebels to experience heightened amounts of congestion and challenges while our skin adjusts to new weather conditions. With these tools in your arsenal, our hope is that you can keep that spring is your step without hitting any potholes.

Without further ado, let’s dive in…

1. Sun protection 

We believe that your daily moisturizer should contain sun-blocking ingredients. For us in the natural world, those ingredients are zinc and/or titanium dioxide. With sunnier days on the horizon, you want to make sure you’re protecting your skin from harmful free radicals.Did you know that sunburns and premature ageing due to UV exposure are more common in the spring than summer? In the summer, we are more attune to the fact that we need to wear sun protection; while in the spring, we’re too busy being excited about spending time outside and are less mindful of the fact that our skin is being exposed to the sun’s damaging rays. As mentioned above, you want to look for a daily moisturizer that contains either zinc, titanium dioxide or even both!Wondering what the SPF of moisturizers that have one or both of these ingredients in them? Check out THIS BLOG and be sure to watch for the release of our new Calendula & Oat Facial Moisturizer (coming soon). This beauty will have up to 20% zinc oxide in it for a super dose of sun-blocking TLC.Now we’ve talked about your daily facial moisturizer, what other facial products (besides sunscreen) can add a bit of protection? You can boost your sun-blocking power by using mineral makeup that also has zinc or titanium dioxide. In our cosmetic product line that includes the Mineral Makeup Foundation and Oil Absorbing Setting Powder! Going to be out in the sun for a longer period of time (as in, you’re not just sitting outside for a few minutes while running to the store or arriving at work)? Then it’s time to take sun protection to the next level by wearing a sunhat and cover up with light fabrics. Also, don’t skip on the sunscreen if you know you’ll be outside for a while – it’s not worth chancing a sunburn. Batty’s favourite sunscreen (that doesn’t bother her acne prone skin) is Green Beaver’s  non-whitening formula.

Natural Sun Protection with Daily Moisturizer

2. Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine

If you have any products past their expiry date, get rid of them! Not sure if it’s past the expiry date? Unless it’s a dry product (like loose mineral foundation/blush/bronzer/setting powder/dry masks), it should be tossed if it’s over 12 – 16 months old. Batty’s Bath products can even go down the drain as they are biodegradable and the jars recycled.

Here’s a look at other Batty’s Bath products:- Eyeshadow, Lipstick, Lip Gloss, Body & Lip Jelly, Mineral Cream Concealer, and Body Balm will all be on the far end of the expiry scale (16 months rather than 12)- Soap bars have a 2-year shelf life. After that, they not only start to lose a lot of their aroma but if they haven’t been stored properly, they can expire due to the natural oils added after the saponification process.

Don’t stop there!

Let’s check your current products to make sure they aren’t causing any congestion, irritation, or keeping your skin unbalanced. You’ll want to look for ingredients that strip your skin, clog your pores, create an unnatural barrier that doesn’t allow beneficial ingredients to be absorbed, or toxins your body is trying to purge escape and more.  To make the process simple, grab the products you want to check them with this QUICK FLOWCHART.

Want to take it to the next level?

Take THIS free, instant access workshop that will guide you through a process of discovering whether or not there are hidden toxins in your current products.Natural Handmade Soaps by Batty

3. While you’re cleaning house, don’t forget your brushes

We all know we should wash our makeup brushes, but many of us don’t or become lazy about it. Hey, we’ve all been there! While spring cleaning is on your mind, let’s give those brushes a good deep cleaning and get in the habit of making this a part of our regular routine. It really is quite simple and quick with the right tools. This will not only have your makeup brushes working optimally (they don’t work as well when they are loaded with old product gunk getting in the way), but it also prevents bacteria from spreading. There’s nothing worse than applying foundation to cover up a new breakout only to transfer MORE acne causing bacteria onto your skin from your foundation brush! To deep clean your brushes, use a natural brush cleaner that is made with natural soap, plant-based oils, and bacteria killing essential oils.

These 3 ingredients are key to a deep clean.

  • The plant-based oils breakdown stuck on makeup (especially if your makeup is made with similar plant-based oils or butters)
  • The natural, pure soap cleans each bristle and removes not only makeup but any other debris (like dust and skin cells) that might have gotten caught in your brushes
  • The essential oils provide antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties to ensure that even on a bacteria level, your brushes are squeaky clean. Just make sure you’re using a natural brush cleaner so you don’t damage your brushes while spring cleaning them.

Natural Brush Cleanser for Cosmetic Brushes

Since we feel this is a vital step for Radiant Rebels who want balanced skin AND who love to play with, perfect, or beautify with makeup, we’ve made a natural brush cleaner; the Brush it Off Cosmetic Brush Cleaner is the only brush cleaner the Batty’s Bath team ever uses.

Want to learn how to use our Brush it Off Cosmetic Brush Cleaner, as well as some other handy tips and tools for cleaning your brushes? Check out THIS GUIDE from VA Karla

4. Don’t let oil get trapped!

Over the winter months, we (even those of us who are super diligent) might have developed at least a little bit of dead skin cell build up. This is really common during the winter as dry, hot air and cold temperatures dry out our skin and create a rough layer of dead skin cells. This really becomes a problem when the temperatures start to warm up and most of us notice an increase in oil production on our skin. If we haven’t taken care of the build up of dead skin cells, the increase in oil gets trapped under this build up resulting in congestion, breakouts, clogged pores, and blackheads. Definitely not how anyone wants to start their spring skin story!
Pineapple Enzymes Scrub - Fruit Acids - Fruit Enzymes Exfoliation with Pineapple Facial Scrub from Batty

Before any oil gets trapped,

make sure you’re working these 3 steps into your balanced routine:

  • Exfoliate! Your best option when exfoliating in this context is to make sure you’re using an exfoliator that is duel-action; this means it contains both scrubby jojoba plant wax balls (super gentle, perfectly round balls of plant-based wax that rolls over the skin without damaging it, while still providing enough “scrubby” action to slough off dead skin cells) and fruit enzymes (our favourite is pineapple enzymes, which literally eat the “glue” that sticks dead skin cells together). This results in dead skin cells lifting off the good skin and being removed. Fruit enzymes are also able to exfoliate where physical exfoliating ingredients (like plant-based wax balls) can’t- most notably, inside your pores! This is extremely beneficial for those who are prone to clogged pores, congestion and blackheads. Fruit enzymes enter the pores, digest the dried oils and proteins (that “glue” we mentioned) which allow the clogs to be broken up, released, and purged from your pores! While you’re sloughing off a layer of dead skin cells to prep your skin for spring, you might as well spring clean any congested pores while you’re at it- am I right? (Find your perfect exfoliator with this quiz!)
  • After exfoliating, apply a hydrator which will help keep your pores lubricated and reduce the amount of congestion that can happen within your pores in the future. Plus, continual hydration will help send the signal to your skin that it doesn’t need to produce as much oil as we transition into the warmer months. It will take a while for your skin to get that signal, but as long as you’re exfoliating, hydrating and supporting your lipid barrier, your skin won’t feel the need to produce extreme amounts of oil as a defense mechanism. (Find your perfect hydrator with this quiz!)
  • Top it all off with some serious skin food. What’s serious skin food you ask? Plant-oils! These are Mother Nature’s elixir of life for our skin. Packed with lipids (which help repair our own natural protective barrier on our skin), antioxidants which reduce inflammation (a needed step to stop damage, breakouts, and premature aging), plus omegas, vitamins, and more. All of which provide our skin with the building blocks it can use for glowing, balanced, radiant skin! (Find your perfect blend of plant oils here)

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So, what plant oils do you use and where do you go about hooking your skin up?

Well, we’ve made this super simple! We’ve combined the best plant oils for specific skin concerns, types, and goals. These infused blends have been carefully and meticulously chosen to support your skin and your goals. All of our products contain specially curated oil; we’ve done the majority work for you. All you have to do is build your routine and we’ve even made that quick and easy for you.  CLICK HERE to jump over to our workbook and quizzes for creating your very own balanced skin care routine!

That’s it, for now, Radiant Rebels! Hopefully, this helps put a spring in your step and eager to hit the ground running. Let’s get our skin summer ready and radiant for all those summer festivals and picnics ahead.

Until next time, stay radiant!

Love from Batty

 

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Can I just say how stoked I am that the 80’s are back? I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve become seriously bored of all the “nude” makeup trends. While I love a classic, nude look, I love makeup because it allows me to have an artist outlet. A BIG part of that is being able to play with fun colours! Thankfully, the 80’s were all about colour- the brighter the better! Here’s some inspiration to feed your spring fever. Simply click the image to shop these items.

Spring makeup trend

Featured in this image: Batty’s Bath Mineral Bronzer, Nature’s Veil CC Cream, Pressed Eyeshadow Refills in Whirlwind, Amaryllis & Grape Gathering, Lipstick in Watermelon

Get the Look!

Make being on trend super easy with our limited edition  Radically Radiant Makeup Collection. It’s totally awesome and contains over $30 in savings!

The 80s are back in a big way, we’ve included everything you need to achieve a tubular makeup look for Spring.

These beloved Batty’s Bath picks contain only skin-loving ingredients that won’t irritate the skin and are safe for acne prone skin.

Pair with your favourite dewy foundation for the ultimate look that will cure any Radian Rebel’s spring fever.

Spring 80s Makeup Haul Collection

This kit contains a full-sized:

Grab your spring 80s makeup kit here.

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Why natural?

Well, hi there! We’re guessing you’re joining us on this post because you’re at one of two places in your journey…

  1. You’ve already unearthed your all-natural path and enjoy sharing in like-minded perspectives
  2. You’ve been contemplating if the natural corridor will lead you to be able to achieve your goals

The choice to “go natural” is a choice that only you can make for yourself. Your reasons for adopting a naturalist lifestyle will be as unique as you are, but when it comes down to it, we’re just happy you’re here! This is an article that has been a long time coming, and while we’ve always believe in harnessing Mother Nature’s gifts, it’s time to put our energy out there for the world to perceive.

Over many discussions, we’ve determined two main purposes behind adopting of a naturalist lifestyle. While your interpretations, influences and life experiences will vary, the principal remains the same. We’d love to share our thoughts about both, so let’s have a look!

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Avoiding chemicals & toxins

Society has begun to embrace the idea that evolution and knowledge don’t necessarily mean we need to forget where we come from. We’re a fast society; It’s easy to get wrapped up in the latest inventions, technologies, and gadgets. With our ‘new’ and ‘next best’ blinders on, we tend to forget how valuable the materials that surround us already are. While we would never deny science the deserved triumphs it’s made in terms of healthcare and other aspects, experts are realizing the toxic effects of our chemically dependent and burdened existence.

When you take a moment to reflect about this unhealthy relationship, things begin to click! We, as well as 1000’s of other living species, have existed in harmony for centuries. We’ve evolved together to adapt to the changes in our ecosystems and the environments we live in. Everything is connected in a manner that supports and unites us.

It wasn’t until we started to introduce unnatural solutions to the mix that things started to fall apart. Climate change, toxically provoked illnesses, extinction of species, these are all realities we now face. While we’ve been so intensely focused on what’s next, we’ve ignored the fact that our bodies aren’t able to evolve at a speed, or built to handle the hardships, we are throwing at it in such rapid paces. Sudden we are a chemically troubled society in desperate need of a change.

But what if we could restore balance? Civilizations have been successfully using natural solutions since the dawn of time. Ayurveda medicine has been employed for over 3,000 years, and there’s a reason people continue to incorporate into their lives… because natural works! As humans, we have a responsibility to understand and continue our quest for knowledge, but we also have an accountability to preserve our existence (and by ‘our’ we mean the earth as a whole). We’re finally coming to terms with the fact that we can progress without causing harm to ourselves and the world around us by taking a closer look at the healing powers that already exist.

Let’s take a broader perspective for a moment. You can agree and appreciate that nature has a purpose in our lives: trees provide oxygen, we need water to live, the sun provides energy, etc. What’s to say that everything else our earth provides doesn’t have a purpose as well? Natural solutions are everywhere. They exist for a reason; some we know and others we have yet to discover. Nature has already proven itself and all that’s left to do is excavate its power.

While we aren’t able to control every aspect of our own lives, we can make a conscious effort to minimize the effects of toxins in our day-to-day actions. Be it for your health, the environment or whatever reason aligns with your calling, making the move to a more naturalist lifestyle is taking a stand to ensure future generations will have the ability to experience all the wonder and awe this planet provides.

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Cruelty-free solutions

Harmony: a relationship between two objects, concepts or matters that are mutually beneficial to produce a congenial outcome.

The concept of harmony imparts a common theme throughout this post. Just as important as living in parallel with nature, we want to ensure we are also living in unity with other species. More and more, people are becoming more conscious consumers, and for the betterment of ALL living things. We don’t want to see anyone, or any anything harmed in the making of goods and materials, especially when it can be avoided.

No pet owner ever wants to imagine their family member(s) locked in a cage at some testing facility, but this is the reality for many animals all over the world. Slowly, countries are beginning to ban together against animal cruelty in the name of science. We are beginning accept that although other species may not be as evolved as we are, we share in a conscious existence that blesses us with the ability to feel. If this is the case, then why should any living being be forced to feel hurt, loneliness, pain, and/or hate when it can be avoided?

The use of natural ingredients in products means we can eliminate this type of testing because natural solutions already exist and have proven to be effective through centuries of use. While millions of other uses are sure to still be discovered, we already have the groundwork for success thanks to history.

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So, why natural when it comes to skin care?

Our skin is no exception in this philosophy. There is a harmony that exists between it and nature that is undeniable. Our skin has evolved through the centuries alongside nature and in a manner in which they can communicate and understand each other. What our skin needs, the earth provides.

You’re telling me our skin talks? It sure does! Just like we come to understand how dogs communicate through barking and tail wagging, we have discovered that our skin has its own way of communicating with us. Breakouts and other skin conditions are our skin’s own form of “Morse Code” to let us know when it’s upset or unhappy. Scientists and other experts have even been able to pinpoint correlations between breakout patterns and other internal issues our bodies are facing. For example, did you know that chin and jawline acne are a very common sign of a hormonal imbalance?

Needless to say, one thing that our skin (and bodies as a whole) is quick to tell it’s not happy with is chemicals and toxins. Not only do they cause issues on the surface level by clogging our pores and irritating our delicate coats, we absorb them into our bloodstreams where they do even more damage to our internal systems. One of the main purposes of our skin is to alleviate our waste removal systems by providing an alternative departure through sweat and oils. When chemicals and toxins are expelled through this manner, they are, once again, provided the opportunity to disrupt the delicate balance.

On the other end of the spectrum, our skin recognizes natural ingredients and welcomes them like long, lost friends. It knows what to do with the ingredients and how to put them to work in healing our bodies. They have a mutually respectful relationship, but just like any relationship, it can become tarnished. If our actions (suppling our skin with ingredients that leave it hurt and in constant defence mode) have been at odds for expanded periods of time, the trust in the relationship is broken. The good news is, with hard work and dedication, that trust can be rebuilt! We can start working WITH our skin (not against it) to find mutually beneficial solutions and your skin will start communicating is change of heart with you in radiant ways.

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A final note to keep in mind

No matter your reason(s) for going natural, or where this journey takes you, we applaud you. This process is one of learning and exploration, and we know it can be confusing and overwhelming from at times. We are blessed to be among the many amazing companies in this industry that share in our beliefs. You are already making a conscious effort to make positive choices, but we want to encourage you to be just as conscious about the brands and products you support. While there are tons of wonderful, naturally-based companies out there, there are just as many attempting to dupe you into believing their products are “natural” by throwing catch phrases on their labels and in their ads. Be resourceful. Be eager to learn, and most importantly, be true to you.

With that being said, Batty’s Bath promises to always produce skin care products that uphold the highest standards of natural skin care. We don’t just believe in using natural ingredients; we believe in using natural ingredients with purpose! That means your skin will only be receiving ingredients that are carefully and thoughtfully chosen to meet your skin needs and help you achieve your own radiance.

We will continue to be transparent in all that we do and provide you with information and resources that you can use to ensure you’re making choices you can be proud of and stand behind. Knowledge is power, and nature is just as beautifully and effectively fierce!

With love & radiance,
Love from Batty
& the Batty’s Bath Team.

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Avoiding breakouts during a cold or the flu- part 2

Previously, we talked about ways you can prevent/minimize breakouts when you feel a cold coming on, but what about when those breakouts have already happened? Sometimes it’s just unavoidable. One day you’re feeling fine and the next you’re cocooned in bed with a nasty cold and some new breakouts. Right now, you can barely lift your foggy head, but as soon as you start to gain some energy back, here’s Batty’s list of things you can do to speed up the healing!

  • Start your usual skincare routine as soon as you can. The trick is to be extra consistent (yet gentle) until things calm down again. Your skin is usually at it best when it can trust in your actions.
  • Start doing the Cystic Acne Mask daily (in the shower or while soaking in the tub) until things calm down. I also like to use the Cystic Acne Mask as my P.M. hydrator during the healing period.
  • Give your skin a heaping dose of healing plant oils as part of your evening routine, by using a serum over top of the Cystic Acne Mask. In this case, I usually opt for the Balance Serum, Bloom Serum or Acne B.O.P. Serum. These serums are the strongest for helping eliminate the excess sebum, bacteria, and secretions that our body pushes through our skin when we’re fighting off a cold.
  • Be extra careful about avoiding food sensitivities for the next couple weeks. I have a ton of them, but if you haven’t been tested, stick with avoiding foods that are inflammatory for everyone. These include sugar, dairy, processed foods. For some, wheat, yeast, and eggs also need to be added to the list.
  • Increase your zinc intake for short term. I usually take 25 mg daily, but I’ll increase this for a couple days. Once my breakouts have cleared up, I’ll skip zinc for a couple days to make sure I’m not throwing anything off balance. Just be careful if you’re taking over 30 mg a day, because it can deplete your copper.
  • Increase the amounts of probiotics you take. I take a pretty strong daily supplement since I can’t eat a lot of probiotic foods because of my food sensitivities. I opt for a probiotic supplement, but when I need a boost, I’ll take my usual probiotic plus an extra one or two different ones. This ensures I’m getting different strains and a higher dose overall.
  • Start taking an antioxidant supplement! This is a must for me, even though I eat a diet that’s super high in them already! This is because people with autoimmune disorders need a higher amount AND those with acne do too. Acne prone people use up a lot more antioxidants than other people to stay clear. If you’re not getting a big, healthy dose, your body doesn’t have enough left over to keep you clear. My antioxidant supplement of choice is NAC. It was shown to reduce acne by approximately 50% in research studies. My boyfriend’s supplements of choice is a grape seed antioxidant.
  • I use Raw Radiance Moisturizer in the morning and Patchouli Moisturizer in the evening.  Sometimes I swap them and use them in the opposite order, but it’s always one of each every day. However, when I’m trying to clear current breakouts, I switch to Patchouli Moisturizer for both.  The Raw Radiance Moisturizer is great at reducing new breakouts and does a decent job of helping current ones clear up, but for my skin, the Patchouli Moisturizer clears up current breakouts like a superhero!
  • I also make sure I’m exfoliating with an enzyme exfoliator, every day until things clear up. I like to use the Pure Amore Gel Cleanser in the morning and our Pineapple Facial Scrub at night. Oil cleansing with one of our serums is a good alternative in place of the scrub if that’s too much for your skin. Our Green Tea and Pineapple Cleanser also is an enzyme exfoliator.

Most importantly, be sure to take care of your needs! Ensuring you’re taking the proper time to heal and get better, will always get you further in the long run. This goes for when you’re sick and even when you’re not. Our bodies are amazing and resilient, but we also need to give it the care and love we expect in return.

If you want to read the first part of the series click HERE.

Until next time, stay radiant!

Love from Batty

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