Clean Hygiene|Products I’m Obsessed With!

Recently, I’ve been slowly making the switch to clean, cruelty free, hygiene products in my bathroom! During the pandemic, I’ve had lots of time to think about what I am putting in and on my body, as well as what brands I am supporting.

Common chemicals that are found in household hygiene products such as parabens and phthalates have been known to agitate the hormonal system. Additionally, they are prone to causing health and reproductive issues. Why should we voluntarily be putting these chemicals into our body when we don’t have to anymore?

Many contemporary brands are stepping up and choosing not to fall into the trap of using these harmful chemicals in their products. After doing lots of research and testing out products, I have found a few brands that I am obsessed with! All of these brands are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and more!

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Hello Antiplaque and Whitening Toothpaste in Natural Peppermint $4.99

I didn’t know how badly I needed to switch to a natural toothpaste until I took the plunge! Using Hello Products has completely transformed how I brush my teeth. Each ingredient is listed on the tube with an explanation of what it is doing to your teeth. For example, the Tea Tree Oil cleans and freshens breath! This feature is so cool because it makes the ingredients look less daunting and ensures me that each ingredient is safe and effective.

I have been using whitening toothpastes for years. I can honestly say that I have seen more of a difference in using Hello toothpaste for 2 weeks than I have in years with other leading whitening toothpastes such as Crest and Colgate. This toothpaste has no fluoride, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes, SLS/sulfates, parabens or triclosan! To add, it is vegan, never tested on animals and their toothpaste tubes are bpa free and contain no phthalates! Can it get better than this? There are a wide variety of toothpastes that suit your specific goals, so there is a product for everyone. You have to try this toothpaste out!

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Hello Naturally Healthy Mouthwash in Natural Mint $5.99

Here is yet another favorite from Hello AND I am happily here to report that they have changed the mouthwash game for good! Honestly, I have stopped using main-stream mouthwash for a while now because I hate how it burns the crap out of my mouth…not to mention that the freshness never lasts more than 5 minutes. Hello Naturally Healthy Mouthwash has been everything that I’ve always wanted a mouthwash to be.

It doesn’t burn, it keep my breath fresh FOR HOURS and it tastes amazing. To make this even better, this mouthwash contains no alcohol, dyes, artificial sweeteners, flavors or SLS/sulfates and is vegan and cruelty free! You will feel more confident than ever integrating this mouthwash into your routine…thank me later!

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Native Coconut & Vanilla Natural Deodorant $12.00

As an avid exerciser, just the sound of a “natural” deodorant used to scare the crap out of me…until I discovered Native products. Staying fresh and smelling the best that I can  during a workout and throughout the day is super important to me! After hearing rave reviews about Native on essentially every Podcast I listen to, I knew I had to give it a whirl. My twin sister and I put the deodorant to the test and we were both shocked by how incredible it was.

Whether I am doing a super tough workout, going for a leisurely walk or lounging around the house, I know that I am protected and staying fresh with Native deodorant! The Coconut & Vanilla scent is heavenly (definitely recommend), but if that isn’t your fav, they have a wide-range of other scents such as Lavender & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and more to choose from! The best part about this deodorant is that it is aluminum (harmful chemical) and paraben free! By using this deodorant you are doing well by your body and staying fresh…a win/win in my book!

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Native Vanilla and Coconut Body Wash $8.00

Yet another Native product that I am obsessing over! This body wash smells incredible, foams up beautifully and leaves me feeling so fresh and clean. This body wash is sulfate and paraben free ensuring that you aren’t putting harmful chemicals onto your body. One of my favorite features of this body wash is the ingredient list on the back of the bottle.

The list clearly outlines what ingredients are in the wash along with what the ingredients actually mean. For example, an ingredient listed is “Sodium Chloride” which they tell you means “Table Salt”. This is, again, such a huge comfort to me because I am aware of what I am washing my body with, thanks to Native. Check out their website for a wide range of scents that will transform your shower routine and leaving you feeling so good!

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It’s super evident that there is a lot of CRAP in mainstream toothpastes, deodorants and body washes on the market. Thanks to these brands that are health and safety conscious, we now have a variety of products that we can use and not feel like it will harm us in the end. Switching over all of your products can seem daunting and expensive, but if you take it a step at a time, before you know it, you will have transformed your bathroom to be filled with clean and heathy products! Please let me know if you tried out any of these products in the comments below, or DM me on Instagram about your experience @lexiejmurray!

xo, lexie

 

Go-To Vegan Snacks

Finding healthy snacks can be surprisingly difficult! Looking for options that are vegan, with few ingredients and have nutritional value definitely requires some work. Luckily for y’all, I’ve been doing some digging (and taste testing!) and found amazing, plant-powered options. All of these snacks will keep you fueled and focused throughout the day. Below, I am rounding up some of my go-to snacks, both salty and sweet, that are great for anytime of the day!

Koia Protein Shakes 

You guys (not to be dramatic or anything) but these shakes have changed my life! At only 190 calories a pop, with 18 grams of protein and just 4-6 grams of sugar these are the perfect, healthy pick-me up. Using a combination of pea, brown rice and hemp protein these shakes will keep you full for a generous amount of time. The formula contains 9 essential amino acids, delivering a complete protein intake for sustainable fuel. My favorite flavor is the cacoa bean…it seriously tastes like a chocolate milkshake! These shakes are perfect for a post-workout mini meal or snack anytime of the day.

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Hippeas 

ALL of my college friends know that I am crazy about these flavored chickpea puffs! I first discovered these when I was in line at Starbucks and was craving something salty. I saw the word “vegan” on them, picked up a bag to try and was hooked ever since. I am INCREDIBLY thankful that I did because these are my holy-grail salty snack. These puffs are made out of organic chickpea and rice flour, pea hull fiber and seasonings! There are 4 grams of protein per serving, plus they are baked, not fried! My favorite flavor is the vegan white cheddar!

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Hummus + Veggies

A classic. What is a vegan without this holy grail snack? Thanks to all new flavors of hummus these days, this snack is far from boring…the flavors and combinations are endless. I am a sucker for the classic hummus with baby carrots, sliced bell peppers or celery stalks. I am super eager to try Trader Joe’s new buffalo flavored hummus with celery. The protein in the hummus thanks to the chickpeas will also keep you feeling satisfied in-between meals.

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Avocado + Organic Rice Crackers + Trader Joe’s “Everything But The Bagel” Seasoning 

Avocado is a staple in my diet and I have them stocked at all times in my kitchen. They are packed with healthy fats and keep me super full. One of my favorite go-to snacks is taking half of an avocado, spreading it on a serving size of organic rice crackers and sprinkling Everything but the Bagel seasoning on top! It is delicious and very satisfying. If you would like to for-go the crackers, you can also eat the avocado plain with the seasoning, or substitute the seasoning for a drizzle of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon on top!

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Lara Bars in the Cashew Cookie Flavor 

Finding a clean, sweet snack can be nearly impossible. I am so glad that I came across these bars thanks to a recommendation by Kenzie Burke (Food Combining advocate). There are only 2 ingredients in this bar including dates and cashews. This is sure to satisfy any sugary craving you may be having and keeps me full thanks to the nuts in the bar.

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I hope that y’all found this post helpful. Please let me know if you guys try out any of these snacks by commenting below or tagging me in your Instagram stories @lexiejmurray!

xo, lexie

 

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie