Beauty

Natural Activated Charcoal Toothpaste 

One major trend in all-natural products is the inclusion of charcoal. Charcoal has a lot of benefits: it can filter water, aid in digestion, deep clean your pores, and so much more. A lot of people have even been turning to activated charcoal toothpaste to clean and whiten teeth. The other day, I found a generic brand of activated charcoal toothpaste at TJ Maxx for just a few dollars, so I decided to give it a try.

First, it was so funny that my mouth looked like a horror movie while I was brushing my teeth. This toothpaste is a bold black so it looked like I was eating the creature from the black lagoon. It actually didn’t taste that bad. There was definitely some added mint. Overall, I liked that it genuinely did make my teeth look whiter! However, my mouth didn’t feel fresh enough afterwards and I didn’t feel like my teeth were as clean as when I use a more traditional toothpaste. I’ll keep using this one occasionally, but it’s never going to replace other toothpaste for me.

Have you tried activated charcoal toothpaste? What were your thoughts? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Beauty, Health, Skincare

Health Hack: Spa Water

My boyfriend Josh is always getting on my case about drinking water. As much as I resist admitting that he is right, it is true that hydration is really important for both health and beauty. I know that when I drink a lot of water, I can tell that I’m getting many benefits, such as: fewer headaches, more radiant skin, less hunger, less fatigue. The problem is …

I HATE THE TASTE OF WATER! It’s just so boring.

Refreshing cold pure water
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For a while, I tried to trick myself into drinking water by putting lots of crystal light (and other similar products from other brands) into my water. I have a really sensitive stomach and the artificial sugar just didn’t sit well with me. I noticed that I would feel slightly queasy for an hour or so every time I drank a glass. This is not only irritating but also a bit worrying. So, in order to get the fruity flavor without the artificial sugar, I decided to make my own spa water! Spas often have really refreshing pitchers of water mixed with chunks of some sort of fruit or veggies. I wondered if it would be worth the effort to do this myself (I know it’s not actually difficult to cut up fruit and toss it in water, so you may be wondering about my use of the word “effort” right about now. Let me assure you, I can be very lazy when it comes to  my health, hence why I’ve used the free gym at my apartment complex a grand total of one time).

Halved and whole fresh limes
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I’ve been really enjoying this experiment! I feel a lot better sipping the spa water throughout my day at work instead of multiple cups of coffee. I especially appreciate having clearer skin and fewer headaches. My two favorite blends to put in the water bottle are lime with raspberries and grapefruit with cucumber. For a thriftier option, you could also use frozen fruit and then the water will stay chilled longer as well. The only downside? I have to pee more often which is sometimes inconvenient.