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Our Favorite Eco Retreats

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Wellness and eco retreats are the vacation spots for those of us looking to be inspired, to stay mentally and psychically fit, or simply to unplug from everyday life. We looked at a few favorite wellness escapes from around the world that are unique and incorporate yoga, spas and all things healing.

Kamalaya Koh Samui – Thailand
A vacation spent at the Kamalaya Koh Samui wellness sanctuary and spa resort on the Koh Samui Island in Thailand means healing and detoxing amongst the lush green forests and baby blue seas. Along with Kamalaya Koh Samui’s wellness, yoga, and recreational facilities, the escape offers a bunch of wellness programs (in areas like healthy lifestyle, detox, stress & burnout), all soothing for the soul.

Xinalani – Mexico
If truly falling off the grid to rejuvenate is your thing, Xinalani is the place to be. This eco-retreat center is only accessible by boat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Surrounded by the healing elements of the earth, Xinalani provides a safe haven for spiritual growth and the restoration of the mind and body. Find yourself in the midst of a yoga session or swimming alongside dolphins. The activities at Xinalani are endless. 

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Floating Leaf – Bali
Floating Leaf Eco- Luxury Retreat in Bali is a favorite because it not only provides yoga and spa programs but also a chance to see the treasures of Bali and learn Balinese traditions. From surfing to photography to Balinese healing, Floating Leaf nurtures both the healer and traveler within us.

The Coast Ridge Retreat – San Francisco, California
If you love fitness or up for a physical challenge, the Coast Ridge Retreat is your perfect getaway. Located between Mt. Tamalpais and the Pacific Ocean, the program is a 4-day retreat that challenges your approach to life. The retreat aims to reboot yourself physically and mentally: realizing purpose, relearning health, nourishing love, play and fitness.

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Two Bunch Palms – Palm Springs, California 
We love Two Bunch Palms for its naturally healing mineral waters. You will not find any more creative offering of classes, including “Discover your power animal”, “Harmonic vibrations sound bath” and “Vino & Van Gogh” to name a few. Of course you still get a luxury 77 acre resort with delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and full spa offering from Shamanic Healing to Reiki and one of our favorites, Thai massage. 

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, California 
If your idea of a blissful vacation is working on your spiritual self, and naked moonlit Jacuzzis over the cliffs near Big Sur, you will love Esalen. Esalen is a spiritual retreat center with a rich bohemian past that welcomes all those who seek beyond wisdom, a higher conscience, what is beyond society. Esalen provides workshops, hot springs, meditation, and most importantly a community with opened arms. *Esalen reopens July 28th 2017

And don’t forget to pack your cruelty free and nontoxic beauty and skincare from LOVE GOODLY! A few of our favorites include the Pas de Rouge with SPF protection from KINDri, Ocean Travel-Sized Cleanser from OSEA, 100% Pure BB Cream with SPF (Luminous, Aglow, Radiance) and Sun Lip Balm with SPF 15 from Hurraw!

Five Steps to Natural Beauty

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

FIVE STEPS TO NATURAL BEAUTY

 

Do you know the difference between a paraben and a phthalate? Can you spot the endocrine disruptor on your deodorant label? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take our Five Steps to Natural Beauty and you’re there!

 

1. Read your labels. This is the most important thing you can do for your health. If you can’t understand a complicated ingredients list, chances are it includes toxic chemical ingredients that you don’t want anywhere near your body.

 

2. Know the red flags. Avoid products that list the word “paraben” on the label—those are the aforementioned endocrine disruptors. As are phthalates, which usually appear under the friendlier names of “perfume” and “fragrance.” (If the “fragrance is naturally derived from essential oils,” you’re usually okay.) Where these ingredients live, more toxic chemicals usually follow.

 

3. Do your research. This is the caveat to step one—because the dirty little secret of the beauty industry is that they can put toxic chemical ingredients in their products and not list them on labels. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database—you can even get it as an app on your phone. You can search product names as well as ingredients, and even scan a bar code to find out just what’s inside!

 

4. When in doubt, choose organic.USDA Certified Organic beauty products contain no pesticides, insecticides, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, bio-engineered or irradiated ingredients, synthetic growth hormones or GMOs. Never. Ever.

 

5. Vegan doesn’t always mean natural. Many of us confuse the terms “vegan” and “natural” but they’re definitely not interchangeable. Vegan simply means a product is made without animal ingredients—but it says nothing about toxic chemicals. You may still have to do a little research to avoid those.