Friday, June 3, 2016

DYI Natural Deodorant

Ever since my mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, stage 3, nearly four years ago, I really began taking note of everything I was putting in and on my body. And most conventional deodorants contain toxic ingredients such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol and triclosan, among other questionable ones. Of course none of us want to smell bad, but antiperspirants block sweat pores and prevent natural detoxification.  So here's yet another reason why I can't live without my oils.

It's actually really simple to make an effective all natural deodorant, here are the 6 ingredients: 

Organic coconut oil is a great moisturizer, has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and it feels great on your skin
Grapefruit essential oil has Vitamin C, has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, and smells great
Melaleuca essential oil is great on skin irritations and has cleansing properties
Lavendar is also great on skin and smells amazing
Baking soda helps absorb orders, and it too has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties
Arrowroot starch which gives your deodorant a nice consistency   

What you will need:

 3 tbsp of organic coconut oil 
15 drops of Grapefruit
10 drops of Lavender
10 drops of Melaleuca 
2 tbsp of Arrowroot
2 tbsp of Baking Soda

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with a spoon. I then transfer it all to a 4oz canning jar that have those sealing lids. It may seem like a little bit but this batch usually last me about two months which is perfect for me. Note, coconut oils hardens at room temperature and you don't want to keep it in direct sunlight either because it can become too watery, so I usually just store it in my bathroom medicine cabinet. You can also mix and match other essential oils, such as Cedarwood or Bergamont, that have similar properties to find the perfect aroma for you! And just in case you were wondering, YES this all natural deodorant is edible! ;)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fresh Start

Happy New Year!

So it has literally been forever since I last blogged & I do have several sessions from last year that I would like to show you all...

As most of you might know, this past November life got a whole lot sweeter for our family when we welcomed our healthy baby girl Eléa Elise. She has brought us so much joy and completes us. We are all smitten with her over here.

But guess what? I miss having all of you in front of my camera! I am happy to announce that I'm returning from my maternity. I will start booking for February but a very limited amount of sessions each month so that I can offer the best customer service possible.

ALSO, I'll be giving away a session to celebrate my return :) It will all take place on my Instagram account @belindalovephoto! Make sure your following us & repost the appropriate photo with the hashtag #blpfreshstart

Giveaway details:

  • LIKE original photo in Instagram found @belindalovephoto
  • Be following @belindalovephoto
  • REPOST original photo with the hashtag #blpfreshstart + tag @belindalovephoto
  • Tag a friend in comments that you think might be interested in giveaway. Tag additional friends (one tag per comment please) for extra entries
  • Due to the nature of the giveaway, profiles must be set to PUBLIC so that I can verify all steps were followed. THAT IS IT!
    • Winner will receive credit towards a 30 minute photo session with option to upgrade to a Full 60 minute session to be used before the end of April 2016. Location must be within 25 miles from 90241.

>>> Winner will be announced Monday February 8th! GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Alex + Priscilla // Downtown Los Angeles Portraits

Twenty-fifteen started with an amazing couple in downtown Los Angeles. Literally we went out on New Years day! So much fun with these two love birds <3
Currently residing in San Francisco, Priscilla, an L.A. native, will always be an "Angelino" ;)
Here are some of my favorites...

We began at Union Station:

After a quick wardrobe change, we headed to a rooftop. 
Can I just say the chemistry between these two is undeniable!
 I loved documenting their love...



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