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Pure Haven Essentials: Toxic Free with Stacy Lee

My junior year of high school I was fortunate enough to meet one of the most influential, intelligent, attentive people in my life: Coach Doyle. We got very close by senior year, and frankly I don’t remember how it happened, but I was fortunate for her presence in my life. Though, one thing I do distinctly remember if coming to practice with a Gatorade and only getting one sip out of it before she took it out of my hands and lectured me about all of the toxins in gatorade and how generally bad for me it was. Of course, high school Meghan rolled her eyes and said “yeah yeah, I know,” but really, I had no idea. I just knew it tasted great and I was thirsty and sick of drinking water.

Coach Doyle’s speeches about toxins were constant and eventually really caught my attention especially when I made the decision to go vegetarian. I wanted to hear what she had to say but I didn’t exactly want to spend the money on her products because, ya know, broke college kid over here. However, I got more interested this past summer when we were out to eat catching up and we got to talking about her products. I mentioned how I was interested in them for my sister because she’s really into non toxins and essential oils, especially because of how sensitive her skin is. I was still hesitiant about it for a while, but finally gave in once I saw she had a skin care package. The face wash I use every day and night never felt like it was cleaning my skin but instead felt like it was drying it out and I constantly had to change my face wash because it would irritate my skin. This is when I knew it was time to suck it up and spend the money—I guess that’s what’s adulthood’s about, right?

So, I bought the skin care package and let me just say it was the best decision of my life. It came with a few different things: Exfoliator, Refresh Cleanser, Refresh Toner, Refresh Moisturizer, Refresh Night Serum, Eye Cream, Charcoal Detox Face Mask, and Hyaluronic Acid. I have yet to use the night serum, face mask and hyaluronic acid, so stay tuned for an update on those products. As for everything else, I am highly satisfied.

The refresh cleanser I use twice a day (morning and night) and each time I use it I become more and more satisfied. It makes my face super soft and also gives it that cleaning sensation I was longing to feel with my past face washes. Also, it doesn’t smell or feel like glue and other toxins that can be found in other face wash products. The scent for this is rose flower, pomegranate, cucumber, and bearberry. The best part about the scent is that it lingers on my face even after I have washed the cleanser off.

After cleansing my face I spray it with the toner which is composed of orange blossom, yucca and witch hazel. The best part about this product is that it doesn’t burn when I accidently get it in my eye and it also isn’t too strong of a smell. After using the toner I put on the moisturizer which is rose flower, pomegranate and green tea. My face is already super soft from the cleanser but even more so once I use the moisturizer. There’s no better feeling than finishing my face routine every morning and night and feeling the softness on my face afterwards.

As for the eye cream, this has come especially handy this week. The first few weeks of December for a college student include a whole lot of sleepless nights, but after using the eye cream every morning, my eye bags are not nearly as deep and puffy as they should be during my third night of little sleep.

Overall, even though this package was a lot of money, it was well worth it. The supply lasts two to three months and leaves me very satisfied each and every time. I am excited to see the long term results of switching to these non-toxic products and hope for clear and healthy skin!


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Meghan is a sophomore who majors in Psychology with a minor in behavior analysis. She is one of the two campus correspondents of the MCLA chapter. Writing has become first nature for her- it's like riding a bike into paradise. She primarily writes about love with the hope to become the female version of Nicholas Sparks someday.
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