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I swear by all of these products! I wouldn’t list them here if I didn’t honestly adore them, and I’d recommend them even if I didn’t get paid for it (and for some of them, I don’t).
Skin & Hair Care
Briotech Topical Skin Spray is one of my favorite skincare products. When my eczema surprised me by flaring up after many years and I had a seriously lichenized patch of skin. My doctor prescribed the usual steroid cream from my doctor, but I decided to try Briotech first — I’m so glad I did! The Briotech spray relieved the itchiness of the lichenification and eczema immediately, and after a few weeks of regular application, both issues resolved. Now I use it for everything!
I order almost all my skincare products from this company, and my skincare routine has changed for the better. My skin is healthier and my eczema is under control, in part thanks to this wonderful organic, handmade soap. Last time I checked their website, their packaging is 99% plastic-free.
I have struggled with dandruff for decades. I’ve tried every commercially available dandruff shampoo and handmade organic shampoo without results, so I gave up. Then I tried Viori, all natural shampoo bars made from Longsheng rice, and was pleasantly surprised by the improvement after only a few weeks of use, and my hair feels soft and moisturized.
Home & Household
I was really skeptical of this cleaning agent because it promised to do way too much for it to be realistically effective. It was too good to be true: non-toxic for everyone, use it to clean the dishes, toilet, tub, carpets, laundry, and even you and your pets. How could one cleaner do all that? But it really does. It seems expensive at first, but not only have I saved money on not buying Get $10 off your first purchase at Branch Basics.
We upgraded our bed to an adjustable split king and changed out all our bedding. The buying process with Saatva was wonderful, and the unboxing experience with Saatva’s all-year comforter was lovely (photo on the left).
(I’ll post a full review of the Saatva items we purchased in a few months when we have had time with them.)
I never would have thought I’d be recommending a specific brand of toilet paper, but such is the life when you’re trying to live with intention. This company makes toilet paper out of 100% recycled paper, and they’re plastic-free!
If you’re using spreadsheets to organize everything but feel like you need something more advanced, try Airtable for free. It is amazing tool that looks and feels a lot like a spreadsheet, but it’s actually a database.
If you want to learn more about how to get the most out of Airtable, check out my tutorial on How to Build an Efficient Reference Library in Airtable.
Dubsado is a great customer relationship management (CRM) software for freelancers. It has robust features, including automated workflows, signable contracts, client payment portals, integration with multiple payment processors, and more. Their how-to videos are super helpful, and I was able to set up almost all of my workflows using their videos and self-service knowledge base. They update the software often, and whenever I’ve needed help, customer support has been amazing.
This is the best period and health tracking app that I have tried, especially if you’re using fertility awareness-based methods for natural birth control, and it’s fully customizable to your needs. Full disclosure: I’ve been using this app since 2015 and working for the parent company since 2018. Ironically, I’m not getting paid for this plug 😂 More importantly, Kindara changed my life. Twice.
If you’re not into reusable menstrual supplies, LOLA is a wonderful option for organic cotton pads and tampons. I can’t vouch for the tampons, but before I switched to cloth, I really liked the pads and the ease of the monthly subscription. I am also a big fan of their cleansing wipes and personal lube.
Formerly known as Lunapads, Aisle is my favorite period product. Their reusable cloth pads and period undies are amazing! The cloth pads are absorbent, comfortable, and washer and dryer safe, and the undies are perfect for overnight and heavy days. As an added bonus, they are inclusive in their photos and language.
Whether you’re planning a trip to Japan or live there and are looking for something unique to experience, check out Deeper Japan. When I visited there in April 2019, I took a kintsugi class, and it was so much fun! I wrote a little blurb about the experience in my How to KonMari Souvenir Purchases story if you want to know more.
Japanesepod101.com is one of the best resources I’ve used for learning Japanese.