Coconut Bark Face Scrub


I’ve been using this amazing vegan face scrub for 2 months and I can honestly say it is one of my top 3 right now!

It has been inside my shower since the first time I used, ainhave been using it at least 3 times a week. 

The smell is deliciously sweet, the texture is very creamy instead of a harsh sugar scrub, the coconut bark is so fine it makes for a smooth application that can work perfectly even on the most delicate skin. It leaves my skin feeling silky, super soft and very hydrated.

It’s made with Amazonian organic ingredients and 100% natural exfoliants from coconut bark which removes dead cells and impurities, organic Buriti and coconut & mango essential oils

The oil extracted from the buriti fruit is rich in many nutrients, including essential fatty acids, vitamins, and beta carotene. In fact, the oil is said to provide the richest known source of beta carotene (even more than carrot seed oil)

Natives used the oil to treat skin burns, because of its calming, soothing, and regenerating properties.

In addition to these benefits, buriti also has a natural anti-inflammatory reaction that can tame redness and calm skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It’s also deeply hydrating, and can help reduce the dryness of winter and mature skin, producing a more supple, softer look and feel.

Surya Brasil has begun to sustainably harvest their own Buriti while helping to strengthen the organic farming industry and help Brazil’s nature conservation.

Made from sustainably-harvested, no GMO’s ever! Free from BHT, EDTA, paragons, ulfates, phthalates, silicone, ethyl alcohol, artificial dyes and synthetic fragrance

About Surya Brazil:

Created with ingredients from the Amazon Rainforest and natural botanicals from around the world, Surya Brasil is passionately committed to creating the best natural, organic and vegan lifestyle products that promote health, wellness and sustainability.

All of their products are vegan certified, gluten free, and are never tested on animals.


Raquel ❤

Raw cacao, hazelnut & coffee smoothie for the happy soul

Rise and shine!!

Ive never been a huge coffee drinker but I do like to have my decaf in the mornings every now and then.

The only reason I have decaf is because I am very sensitive to caffeine, even a little coffee or green tea makes me overly excited and I personally don’t like it.

Some people try to stay away from it but the reality is drinking coffee in moderation has many scientific proven health benefits, here are some:

  1. Although most people think of coffee as nothing but hot water and coffee grounds, people forget that coffee beans for have important organic compounds and nutrients, including a range of B-family vitamins, including riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as potassium, manganese, and magnesium
  2. A study done by the National Institute of Healthfound that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. And apparently it’s not because of the “caffeine high”. Study author, Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, told that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is because of those trusty antioxidants
  3. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent. The proposed reason is because coffee acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
  4. Drinking coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated, can help protect your liver. Coffee drinkers have been found to have better levels of liver enzymes, indicating improved liver functioning. The drink can also help lower liver cancer risk in those who consume three or more drinks a day.
  5. Coffee appears to be protective against two types of cancer: liver cancer and colorectal cancer. Liver cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world, while colorectal cancer ranks fourth. Studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. One study of 489,706 individuals found that those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer.
  6. Coffee also lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to a study from The American Chemical Society. The study’s researchers found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day reduce their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent. Subsequently, with every additional cup, the risk gets lowered by 7 percent.
  7. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that people older than 65 who had higher blood levels of caffeine developed Alzheimer’s disease two to four years later than others with lower caffeine. Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the USF, and co-author of the study, said, “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”

And there you have it, dont ever feel bad for drinking a little coffee!

Now for the yummy recipe I found on


1 cup freshly brewed coffee (or two espresso shots)

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw hazelnuts

3 cups water

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw honey*

1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1/4 tsp raw cacao nibs (for garnish)


Soak hazelnuts in water for about an hour to soften and then blend with the water to make hazelnut milk (you can use a nut milk bag or a cheese cloth to strain and discard the pulp).

Blend hazelnut milk with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Add more coffee or water if needed

Garnish with raw cacao nibs if using

Drink right away or store in the refrigerator


* You can use other healthy sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup, dates or molasses
Raquel ❤️

Washing kale has never been easier 💚

Even thought we only buy organic fruits and veggies we always like to wash it, after all we all know how many hands will touch a piece of fruit or a vegetable before we consume it. 
I always soak everything in a 3 part water to 1 part vinegar concoction for 15 minutes. I’ve been doing that for a long time that and It does the trick but it was a little time consuming.

Miracle Produce from Natural Way Organics is a 100% natural and organic produce cleaner.
It washes away residual dirt, wax, grime and it makes the whole cleaning process faster and easier thanks to the spray dispenser. Quick spray of Miracle Produce, rub for 30 seconds, rinse with water and voila!! Clean produce with no weird after taste.

The three main ingredients are saponified organic coconut, olive oil and jojoba

The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali.

The saponification process is a simple one-step reaction with no waste generated: the glycerin is split off from the fatty acids, and the fatty acids combine with the sodium or potassium to form soap, while the hydroxide forms water. The result is soap, glycerin and water (no alkali remaining)
Also included in the mix: orange and tea tree essential oils, organic aloe vera and rosemary extract

For just $6.99 you get this huge 16oz bottle. So worth it!!

Raquel ❤️

One in doubt, use lavender 💜

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I’ve been a fan of @frankieandmyrrhsince the first days after starting this blog!

I love the variety of scents they produce, their creativity, the awesome super practical packages and their superb costumer service.

This is the Purple People Pleaser and it it has lavender as it main ingredient .. Which is my favorite in the whole world!! It is SO relaxing and the roll on just makes it the so easy to apply and keep in my purse and use it whenever I want!

Lavender is much more than just pretty & calming. It is one of the most powerful remedies in the plant world, offering both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension.
It owes this amazing spectrum of healing powers to its complex chemical makeup.

It also has fractionated coconut & jojoba oil and Rosewood, Orange, Tangerine and Vanilla essential oils.

When you buy 3 bottles or roll-ons on @etsy you can get the 4th FREE! Just place 4 bottles in your cart and enter coupon code “GOODGOODSMELLS” for the free bottle.

Oh, how I love to smother myself in veggies !! 🍅

This is the Carrot Tomato 10 Minute Gel Mask from Lunasea Botanicals in Pittsburgh, PA.

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An exfoliating ten minute gel mask that hydrates, smooths, lightens and brightens with nourishing herbs and oils

I have used it 3 times since I received it and my face feels soft, tight and hydrated after each use! Can’t wait to start noticing the brightening effects!

Tomato is a natural bleaching agent, this makes it a good skin whitening agent too. Tomatoes have cooling and astringent properties and are also rich in vitamin C. Thus it is a perfect remedy for skin lightening if you have an oily or acne prone skin. The natural acidic composition of tomatoes will balance the skin pH and get you rid of excessive oil apart from making it white. Its antioxidants will fight off the free radicals too to give you a younger looking skin.

Carrot is rich in minerals and Vitamin A, which makes it a miracle vegetable! It’s really good for your skin. There are many goodness that carrots provides for your skin and enhance your beauty:

Gives young glowing skin
Purifies blood which reflects in your skin’s beauty
Gives soft and smooth body which glitters like a gold
Cures dark circles and sagging skin in your eyes
Nourishes skin and improves the complexion
Removes sun tan and gives a even toned skin.

Apply evenly over clean face and neck. Let stand for ten minutes then wipe off with warm wet towel. Tone and moisturize.

Ingredients: carrot, tomato, chamomile, licorice root, uva ursi, comfrey, calendula, rose hips, rice bran oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, carrot oil




Raquel ❤

Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt Hair Spray from Puur Body in Idaho

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I know I say it all the time but I just love to find small local business, specially when they are run by amazing, inspirational strong women.

This is Puur Body, all of their products are handmade in Idaho by Brandi, at stay at home mom turned entrepreneur. Besides being a super mom she is an avid foodie and that’s where her inspiration comes from, her goal is to make products that you’ll want to eat!

This Vanilla Fig Dead Sea Salt hair spray is made with distilled water, organic aloe juice, dead sea salt, aloe oil, fragrance and witch hazel.

It gives great texture to my hair and the scent of vanilla and figs is warm and super sexy, a treat for all my senses!

Besides using it as a texturizing spray you can also spray it on your whole body.

It is alcohol, paraben free, vegan.. basically completely free of nasties and it’s cruelty free

You can find PuurBody on Etsy


Raquel ❤

Another amazing soap handcrafted in my beautiful island 🌴

This is the Avocado Soap from @handcraftmoana, I got it on my last trip to the DR at @tiendaorganicaScreen Shot 2015-11-09 at 12.19.23 PM

Moana is based in Las Terrenas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic that has the most stunning beaches and landscapes… A little piece of heaven on earth that I really really miss.

This soap is from the line “AO Arome Originel “ which is made using pure essential oils based on the scents of flowers and tropical fruits from the Caribbean.

It is artisanal, 100% chemical free, vegan and made with vegetable and essential oils. It smells AMAZING and leaves my skin feeling super hydrated.

Avocado oil is very rich in antioxidants and vitamins, such as VA, D,B1,B2, K, PP and specially E, which is known to be very powerful helper in the battle against skin aging process.

It is also rich in Omega-3, which is highly effective in protecting the skin from UV rays, therefore decreasing the chance of being sunburned, preventing the appearance of age spots and reducing the risk of skin cancer

The amazing healthy components present in this fruit make it a great choice in skin care, these are some of the benefits: reduces marks and wrinkles, is highly beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis, hydrates, reduces fine lines and it also offers instant radiance to the skin.

Avocado oil can be used not only as a skin care treatment, but also, the vitamins mentioned above can be beneficial for the whole body.


Raquel ❤

Stunning red lipstick from Ilia Beauty

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My husband went to Vancouver a couple of weeks ago and brought me this amazing red lipstick from Ilia Beauty!!  ❤️

This is “Strike It Up” and I can already tell why they call it the brand’s “Classic Red”.

It is elegant, beautiful and perfect for the Fall, which is finally starting in LA

Each one of @iliabeauty products are natural, filled with up to 85% bioactive organic ingredients and are housed in a super sleek recycled aluminum case


Raquel ❤

Natural Cleaning Toilet Bombs 🌸

 Yes I know… These are the cutest fizzies

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They are 100% natural, vegan and they will clean your toilet like nothing else will!

From Blue Grass Oils in Bowling Green, Ky. These Natural Cleaning Toilet Bombs will naturally help deodorize your bathroom and give off a lovely lemon lavender scent.
Commercial toilet bowl cleaners are laden with chemicals but these ones are made of a natural cleaning product solution to water rings and other unsightly toilet bowl spots

Baking Soda – Effectively scours away most grime on tubs, showers, toilets, and countertops
Citric Acid – Antibacterial & antiseptic made from citrus fruits
Essential Oils

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.

The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners, according to Philip Dickey of the Washington Toxics Coalition

Corrosive ingredients in toilet bowl cleaners are severe eye, skin and respiratory irritants. Some toilet bowl cleaners contain sulfates, which may trigger asthma attacks in those with asthma. And bathroom cleaners containing sodium hydroxide, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), or phosphoric acid can irritate lungs and burn eyes, skin and, if ingested, internal organs. Mixing acid-containing toilet bowl cleaners with cleaners that contain chlorine will form lung-damaging chlorine gas. Your safest best is to avoid both ingredients.


Raquel ❤