New Must Try Skin Line: Source Vital

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone,

For Motivational Monday, I want to educate viewers of Lady Code to search for natural alternatives for their traditional beauty products. Many brands contain parabens and toxic chemicals which enter our blood stream and endocrine system through our skin causing a range of health problems like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities in children. Isn’t it crazy to think everyday products like lip gloss, shampoo and lotion are not regulated by the FDA while some are even linked to cancer!? Although they may contain the word “organic” or “natural” not all the ingredients truthfully meet our definition of the word. Have no fear, there are many websites that allow the consumer to research beauty products like Skin Deep or Think Dirty to make educated decisions in this industry.

However, last month, while attending the Indie Beauty Expo, one company in particular really stood out for me, Source Vitál Apothecary, whose roots date back nearly 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. Fascinated with their approach to skin and beauty, I decided to interview and investigate this modern-day apothecary brand. Source Vital is a safe alternative to the traditional skin and beauty brands that contain harmful ingredients and I highly encourage you explore their products.

Their Story

Founders and day spa owners, Jerry Pope and Brea Gratia sought products for their spa which contained naturally-derived ingredients that were proven to work. Unable to procure products that met their high standards they set out to develop the products themselves. From the beginning, their goal was to create a connection between mind, body and spirit linking to the beauty industry. Launching with an eye balm, the end result is a combination of 100% pure essential oils (sourced from all over the world), botanicals plants and seaweeds, working in synergy to deliver visible benefits for the skin.

Their Ingredients

To this day, Souce Vitál continues to use only natural ingredients, never using chemicals or toxins in their formulas. Honoring the founders’ initial mission, Source Vitál continues to use only plant-based ingredients which embodies the holistic approach they are trying to create. Furthermore, they strive to utilize earth and sea derived elements which the body easily recognizes to help rebuild and strengthen our bodies.

Their Mission and Vision

Through the creation of natural products for “the skin, body, mind and spirit” they want to make the world a happier, healthier and more peaceful place to live, while creating “holistic health one bottle at a time.” The company firm believes that our natural world contains vital products such as essential oils, seaweed and plant extracts, which we can use for therapy. They have seen benefits ranging from clear skin to increased overall well-being and even a calm mind. I personally experience a sense of calm when use their Tranquil Multi-spray.

Must Try Products

Since learning about Source Vital, I have been experimenting with their products and have fallen in love with them, my favorites being:

  1. The Tranquil Multispray made from lavender and chamomile to release tension and stress.
  2. The Lemongrass mani/ pedi cream made with 100% pure essential oils and shea butter and beeswax.
  3. Deozein Natural Deodorant made with essential oils, mineral salts, and algae. The great thing about this deodorant is that it does not contain aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chloride or other toxic chemicals, nor does it stain your clothes.

Please consider checking out Source Vital and they story and products online! Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Love and Light,

Char ❤

 

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The Makeup Mitty Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

For those of you that have been following Lady Code for a while and reading my posts, you know by now that the environment is a big passion of mine.

Today, I was inspired to merge two different facets of Lady Code: Makeup and Wellness!

Earlier this month, when I was at the Indie Beauty Expo, I stumbled across a company called Take My Face Off®, cute right! This company has created a product called The Makeup Mitty™ a reusable and washable makeup remover mitt. This product is not only softer than the typical washcloth, but is more effective thanks to the included Detailer™ for small areas like the eyes.

Why are makeup remover wipes Bad?

Many people use the disposable wipes for removing makeup which is completely understandable thanks to being transportable and easy to use, but what few people know is that those wipes are incredible harmful to our environment and to our skin.

The Huffington Post recently published an article with support from dermatologists, Dr. Maryann Mikhail and Dr. Craig Kraffert. The article stated that since these wipes skip the step of rinsing your face with water, residue is left on your skin. Additionally, these wipes contain surfactants and emulsifiers, products which help remove your makeup, but since you are not rinsing your face, the product remains on your face, both drying and irritating your skin. Worse, to extend shelf life some brands use formaldehyde, which for some is a known allergen but is also a potential carcinogen.

Furthermore, most makeup wipes are made from plastic which can take more than a hundred years to breakdown. These products are also known to hurt marine life since they contain microbeads, a toxic ingredient banned by the government last fall. Animals tend to eat these products and since they contain plastic, the animal often dies of starvation.

The Solution

You guessed it! The Makeup Mitty is the solution to these problems. Not only are these products reusable and washable to prevent waste, but they are made of 100% polyester, which holds up longer than organic fabric to lower your carbon footprint. This product is softer than a washcloth which is perfect for those with sensitive skin like myself. It is important to remember to wash these products. You can simply throw it in your washer and dryer and use again!

In fact, I have been using this product for three weeks now and I LOVE it! Which is why I decided to do a GIVEAWAY!

The Giveaway

That’s right! I will be giving away 1 Makeup Mitty, the Superior Makeup Remover Mitt, which features the Detailer for small areas, 1 Mitty blackout, the Superior Makeup Remover Pad and 1 – 500ml bottle of Sensibio H2O, a cleansing and make-up removing water to use along with the Mitty.

The Rules

This contest is open to LadyCode subscribers and @Takemyfaceoff followers only! I appreciate those of you that consistently support LadyCode through genuine comments on our videos, sharing our posts/videos, and reaching out on social media. Lady Code loves getting to know our subscribers and giving back to those that truly support the channel!

The winner will be chosen at random and will be selected June 13th and announced the following Wednesday.

LADYCODE SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @charvontratt, @takemyfaceoff @ladycodeofficial
Twitter: @charvontratt @TakeMyFaceOff @ladycode_
Blog: https://www.ladycodeblog.com
TAKE MY FACE OFF SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @takemyfaceoff
Twitter: @TakeMyFaceOff
Website: https://www.takemyfaceoff.com/
I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random: https://gleam.io/competitions/uExV7-the-makeup-mitty-giveaway

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

 

Love and light,

Char ❤

 

 

Motivational Monday: “Better Woman Better Earth” With Honey and Sage

Two weeks ago, at the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak with Nova, the founder of Honey and Sage©, about prompted her to launch her company. Honey and Sage is dedicated to helping woman with the tools to care for themselves.

While training to be a Midwife, Nova began to see a discrepancy between the soon to be first time mothers and the mothers who already had a child. They were tired, stressed and overwhelmed. Nova reflected that she too felt that way and wanted to create a tool kit for women. Guided by her mantra “Healthy Women lead to a Healthy Country,” her goal is to create a community for women made up of women.

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I was so taken with Nova and her business partner, Sarah, and how their company specifically serves women, I knew I had to interview them for Lady Code. They both exude such beautiful energy, posses extensive knowledge about health and wellness and the compassion for helping women thrive in their life and in motherhood.

When asked what we can do to empower women, Nova responded “Modeling self- care”. I believe in leading by example and in order to empower other women to change the world, we first must take care of ourselves. When we take care of ourselves, we remind other women they have the ability to empower themselves. This allows them to “take a step back to do their best and honest work.”

Among the many beautiful Honey and Sage products, I was curious to find out which were Nova’s favorites.

Nova’s Favorites:

  1. Smudge Spray
  2. Herbal Steam which has rosemary, calendula, rose and lavender, which opens pores allowing the herbs to enter your system, leaving you refreshed and nourished.
  3. Holy Wellness Cozy Tea which includes organic herbs and spices like cinnamon, cacao shells, ginger root and chicory root which is known to help you relax.

My personal favorite is the Holy Wellness Tea- Divini-tea. Made with coconut flakes, cinnamon and cacao this tea is perfect in the evening when trying to relax and begin my night. I mix it with a bit of honey and I can’t stop refilling my cup.

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The beauty of Honey and Sage doesn’t stop there. They have a line for women going through pregnancy and postpartum in addition to oils and salt scrubs. They even offer monthly subscription boxes for women known as Sage Woman, Holy Wellness. For women going through their period, they offer a special kit known as Moon Time.

Honey and Sage care package

Nova and Sarah have done such a great job creating a community for women. They have gatherings and retreats for women to connect with one another, to empower each of them to practice self care. Sometimes, there are lessons or lectures at these gatherings, but for the Spring Equinox, they even had a tea party. You can sign up for future gatherings here.

Gathering

I want to motivate everyone to practice self care and love. After meeting these to glowing individuals, I took a step back to examine whether I was honoring my body and health. There motto is “Better Woman Better Earth”! Lady Code is all about honoring women and empowering them to do whatever it is they set their mind to. Today, I want to empower the #Ladycodearmy to lead a healthy day and life for you, your sisters, friends and children.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram

Love and light,

Char ❤

Meet Fern Olivia: The Most Motivating, Genuine and Loving Woman.

Happy Motivational Monday Lady Code!

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, an exhibition where independently owned makeup, skin care and bath and body companies come to promote and grow their product. To say I love Dallas is the understatement of the year. The people there are absolutely lovely and the people who attended the expo are compassionate, hard working and beautiful individuals.

Fern
Meet Fern: The Founder of Ajai Alchemy 

The Expo started on Tuesday and as my mom and I rushed into the elevator I happen to notice a woman standing next to us, she had beautiful energy and a warm smile. Later, I learned that this bright soul was Fern Olivia, an internationally recognized motivational speaker and teacher on the power of self love, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices.

Yoga

Originally  a former Finance professional and Biomedical Engineer, Fern was diagnosed with the auto immune disorder, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid disease in 2008, making her feel “sluggish and bloated” which only added to the insecurities she felt when younger.

Being bullied from a young age, Fern felt as though she had little self worth., which was furthered by a string of verbally abusive relationships. She says “I was always feeling that I was weird, picked last in gym class, the boys never had crushes on me.” In fact, this made her “unworthy of being beautiful.” This view of herself lasted until her late twenties until she found the courage to leave a six year abusive relationship and leave her corporate finance job. It was after this jump that she found her true self, beauty and now she is “shining”. 

The journey she took to gain this confidence included:

  1. Finding yoga
  2. Realizing she had a “purpose greater than being a hamster in a cubical”
  3. Stopped doing something that she thought she had to do because her parents wanted her to do.

Being born with certain gifts, she could always feel other people’s emotions and her heart would break when she saw others being bullied. She knew she could help people and decided it was time to stop working at an unfulfilling desk job. Fern has helped coach and empower woman of all ages on self-identify, confidence and healing their bodies. She left her job and moved to California where she founded Ajai Alchemy, an organic essential oil fragrance brand formulated to assist with hormone balancing.

Inner peace
“Rituals are habits made holy.” -Fern Olivia

Since starting her company, she has seen her own self-confidence improve and recognized that so many women are ready to make the jump in their own lives, they just need a coach. Fern has become a mentor, guide and teacher. Her advice: “women need to hear, I see you, you’re beautiful”. A message which Lady Code aims to spread among all women. We have to empower one another, not compete against each other.

Ajai Alchemy
Ajai are charged fragrances with each scent made with the intention to activate your own inner power. They are made with 100%  Organic ingredients and recycled, eco-sustainable packaging to lower your carbon footprint.

You can connect with Fern on social media:

web: www.fernolivia.com

instagram: www.instagram.com/fernolivia

facebook: http://facebook.com/yogawithfern

email: fern@fernolivia.com

Please check out the video below to learn more about this lovely soul and spirit and do not forget to follow this empowering woman as she changes the world.

Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

Let’s get social- follow me on Instagram and Twitter @charvontratt

Love and light,

Char ❤

Lady Code is traveling to the Indie Beauty Expo

Happy Motivational Monday,

Did you know that the products you put on your body are just as important as the food which you eat? People do not realize that everything that you breathe, eat and digest are all processed through your liver. We have to be just as conscious about the makeup, skincare and other products which we use on our bodies as the food we eat.

This week, Lady Code is traveling to attend the Indie Beauty Expo where we will be discovering natural and independent brands. The mission of this expo is “to provide a platform to recognize, showcase and celebrate independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands.”

I am so excited for this adventure where I can learn about these natural boutique brands and share them with you. In fact, I will be traveling with my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a national expert in all things wellness.

Make sure to check Snapchat and our Facebook and Instagram page where I will be sharing live clips of this event.

In the interim, make sure to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep to see how safe your makeup and skincare brands really are.

Have a great week!

~Char ❤

Wellness Wednesday: Essential Oils

Hi Everyone. Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I am currently in the middle of finals and my diffuser, loaded with essential oils is keeping me sane. Here is an article by my mother, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner about essential oils and how they can help us.

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel.

The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.

 

Eucalyptus: when we think of cough drops we think of eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is used for treating the common cold and all its side effects like coughing, mucous, sinus infections sore throat. Other uses are for insect bites and itching. Eucalyptus oil also has anti viral, fugal and bacterial effects. My favorite use for eucalyptus is during a cold. I like to take a bowl of hot water and create a tent with a towel over my head draped around the bowl. I will put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in inhale the steam. It works wonders for any cold, or virus and opens my repository passages. I would use this oil in a diffuser or a few drops in a bowl of hot water. Do not drink it or put directly on the skin!! Inhalation is best and only a few drops!

 

Lavender is the superstar in the essential oil world. It too has anti-microbial, fungal and viral activity to it. It also in an analgesic, sedative, antiaxiolitic, it helps with headaches, lice, cysts, muscle pain, digestive issues, depression, nervousness and many other mood disorders. It can also help with PMS as wellbeing. Lavender is a wonderful first aid remedy, especially for burns; it is among the safest and most widely used essential oils. Lavender was used during the Victorian times for fainting. There are over 350 studies on lavender on Pubmed demonstrating everything from mood enhancement and balance to pain relief. It brings balance both physically and emotionally. I like many uses for lavender. For relaxation I put a few drops mixed with clary sage, geranium , ylang ylang in a spray bottle of distilled water. This is very similar to my favorite aromatherapy scent, Clear skies Ahead by Little Moon Essentials.

Peppermint

This is wonderful for digestion. Peppermint tea is one of the most prescribed herbs I use for digestion. It helps with nausea, upset stomach and all digestive disorders. It can also be used in a diffuser for headaches and fatigue. Peppermint oil can be used as an analgesic but only use 2 drops in a whole bath because it can be very chilling. I use peppermint oil for digestive spasms. Peppermint oil is sold in special  enteric coated capsules to get into the intestines and bypass stomach acid. My favorite is Peptogest by Nature’s Way. I also like using peppermint with lemons to make refreshing lemonade. Peppermint in a diffuser helps with fatigue.

Rosemary:

Rosemary was burned in French hospitals to purify the air up until the 20th century. This essential oil is also an excellent anti-bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is an excellent antiseptic as well and why is was used in hospitals a long time ago. It is an excellent tonic and is very similar to lavender as far as uses but rosemary is more of a stimulant and lavender is more of a sedative or has a calming nature to it. Research has demonstrated that it helps with memory and cognition. Rosemary can be used in cooking. I have used the essential oil diffused to help in memory and recall for test taking. A great mixture to help with cognition is to use a few drops of rosemary, lemon, orange and lavender in a spray bottle with distilled water to lift mood.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is nature’s antiracial and anti-fungal wonder!! It is also immunomodulatory as well when inhaled. Readers need to be careful as tea tree oil is highly volatile and must be used in carrier oil. I have witnessed so many patients who have had allergic or reactions to it put directly on skin, scalps, and nails. This essential oil has been widely studied an there are almost 400 pub med research papers on it’s efficacy. Tea tree oil has also been demonstrated to have anti-protozoan activity as well. The best way to use tea tree oil is to use it very diluted in a carrier oil or lotion. Currently there are so many products on the market that the safest way to use it is pre compounded because of its known risks with dermal irritations. Do not try using this oil directly on your body or internally!

Right now our favorite company, Little Moon Essentials is running a ten percent off for all Lady code readers: use the code Elizabeth10 for a discount which will last all through July. We love Clear Skies Ahead!

Make sure to check out www.elizabethtrattner.com for more tips about living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Stayed tuned in the next couple of weeks where I will be reporting from the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas!!

Love,

Char ❤

Happy Earth Day

 

Hello everyone and Happy Earth Day!

This post is serving as celebration for one of my favorite days, Earth Day, along with you weekly Motivation for Monday!

Today, I had the honor to interview the inspiring Elizabeth Tran, founder of Teens Go Green. It is a non-profit which she started when she was twelve years old as a way to educate the youth about excessive waste production and help them get involved in helping and protecting the environment.

Teens go Green works with one of my favorite non-profit organizations; Clean the World. Elizabeth is partnered with Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and Green Works Orlando. Some of the events which she produces include the pageant Miss Miracle which she recycles pageant trophies which would have been discarded otherwise, along with Eco-friendly fashion shows to raise awareness and help get others involved. 

 

 

During our interview, Elizabeth shared some of her advice to help others go green which includes:

  1. Being green is more than a trend, it is a lifestyle choice which influences what you wear, what you eat, how you live and interact with the environment.
  2. Elizabeth recommends Unplug electronics that you do not use all day. In fact, 52% of the energy we use is wasted. She suggests unplugging your toaster when you are not using it.
  3. Be consciousness about what you are wearing. Elizabeth was wearing a garment from Consumer Against Toxic Apparel(CATA), an affiliate with Silver Needle and Thread. They make sure that all their clothes are certified organic or made from natural fibers. It helps the environment and even your own health ensuring that are manmade chemicals and toxic do not go into your skin nor the environment. The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to toxins in our environment, including Chromium 6 which is in polluted waters everywhere.

Please watch the video below to be inspired by this wonderful woman.

Remember to check out www.teensgogreenglobal.org to learn more about how you can help make a difference in our environment.

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Love,
Char ❤

Body Positivity For Motivational Monday

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

Today’s post is all about body positivity and being happy with yourself.

It is important to love your body and truly understand it’s unique needs. In a day where social media reigns supreme, it is easy to understand why body dysmorphia is on the rise. Many social media bloggers will brand themselves according to their type of eating like Vegan or Paleo or cupcake lover. Women need to understand and embrace that every single person is unique and so are their dietary needs. Instead of trying to be like someone else, be yourself and really tune in to what makes you feel good.

Two women the same age can thrive on different lifestyles, diet and exercise. The key is listening to your own inner voice and wisdom and not get distracted on what the internet or a blogger or a movie star says. The other issue with social media is that it embraces the unattainable perfection. It just doesn’t exist.

Love your body inside and out for the incredible machinery and gift it is. Feed it well with love, care and good food that resonates on the inside. Stop comparing yourself to others because you will never be someone else only yourself.

Lady Code is a place to empower women, whether that be to eat healthier, have a positive outlook, inspire makeup and fashion styles, but mostly to LOVE themselves.

Please watch the video below which inspired me for this post.

I am implore everyone reading this to STOP thinking about what they don’t like about themselves or what they wish they could change and START thinking about what they love about themselves.

This theme perfectly ties in with Lisa Opie’s un-retouched campaign for her swimsuit line, Vizcaya Swimwear. In this recent photo shoot, Lisa wanted to promote body love or what she is referring to as #PerfectlyImperfect!

A special “Thank you” to Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for helping with this post.

Happy Monday!

Love Char ❤

Wellness Wednesday: The Power of Being Present

Happy Wednesday everyone,

buddah

With everything going on in the world today, it is easy to get distracted. So for today, I wanted to re-post one of my favorite videos I ever did for Lady Code.

For Wellness Wednesday, I want to challenge all of you to put away the phones or laptops, to turn off the music and have a powerful, meaningful conversation with someone. We are missing the beauty of what occurs right under our noses.

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Love Char ❤

 

Thursday Treats for Someone Sweet with Char

Hi everyone, 

I am currently swamped with homework and  overwhelmed with 8 hours of math alone. However, I wanted to take the time to share a recipe with you. Eating healthy has always been a big part of my life, limiting the number of treats I could eat. But, over the holidays, I made this cake with my mom. Everything in this cake is good for you and is loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts
Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts

 

Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

I used a silicone heart shaped pan from IKEA. Whatever you choose as your mold, make sure it is silicone as your dessert will slide right out. I have quadrupled the recipe because the mold was so huge, but it served about 25 people.

Coconut Layer:

  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 1 cup cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 and 2/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1 cup organic rice malt syrup
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Raspberry Cream Layer

  • 4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 cups organic rice malt syrup
  • 2 packets of thawed pitaya for color

Coconut Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth. As smooth as possible.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it isn’t sweet enough add more rice syrup or a touch of stevia.

3. Fold in the raspberries and pour mixture into your silicone mold. Freeze for a few hours or, until set. Raspberry Cream Layer –

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, thawed pitaya and raspberries.

3.Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour mixture over the top of the coconut cream layer, and freeze until set. When ready to serve, flip it over, and top with extra raspberries.

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients with a whisk and carefully pour over chilled cake. It should set up immediately from the cold. Put in freezer to solidify the chocolate sauce.

Note: Please remember that this recipe was quadrupled for size. The mold I used was huge and needed a lot of volume. You can safely cut this in half and make two separate 8×8 silicone mold cakes. Extra silicone cupcake holders are excellent for surplus ingredients. Don’t forget to freeze on a level surface for a straight line otherwise the cake will freeze lopsided. Also, make sure you leave the cake out at surface temperature for about an hour from the freezer. Use a knife in hot water to cut.

Please follow me @Charvontratt for more healthy treats and motivation.

Enjoy this special Thursday treat.

 

Lots of love and sweetness,

Char ❤