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bath and bodyworks' sleep black chamomile pillow mist

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When I was almost done with a bottle of Bath and Bodyworks’ “Sleep” lotion from their Aromatherapy collection, my best friend Kennedy, who worked at Bath and Bodyworks, informed me that they were discontinuing the line. I almost cried. 

Flash forward to October 2018, when I received a bottle of Bath and Bodyworks’ Black Chamomile Pillow Mist in my College Fashion Week goodie bag. I then learned that Bath and Bodyworks revived their Aromatherapy line. Once again, I almost cried.

I’ve been using the pillow mist ever since, and I’m in love. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy, and this pillow mist is made with essential oils, so it’s right up my alley. The chamomile scent is so relaxing and almost transports you to dreamland. I love being enveloped in this scent as I fall asleep.

I’m really looking forward to trying the other products in this collection now that I know how much aromatherapy helps me! If you have trouble sleeping, or if you’re just a fan of essential oils and aromatherapy, I highly recommend giving it a try.

six things you should know about menstrual cups

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Hello, my loves! This is something I’ve been wanting to post for a while and never got around to. But I’m so excited to talk to you guys about all the benefits of using a menstrual cup! Before I started using one, everyone would rave about how amazing they were and swore that they would never go back to using tampons and pads. Now, I’m one of those people. I get so excited when people ask me about menstrual cups! To be honest, when I first heard of them, I thought they were so gross. I eventually learned more about them and decided that they were right for me. Read on if you’re on the fence about giving menstrual cups a try, or even if you’re just curious!

Menstrual cups are silicone cups that are inserted in the vagina, like a tampon, during someone’s menstrual cycle. Unlike tampons, which absorb your blood during your cycle, menstrual cups collect your blood. They should be emptied every twelve hours. I’m not a medical professional or expert on menstrual cups; this is all based off my personal experiences, talking to others, and online research! Be sure to click on the hyperlinks throughout this post for more information and sources.


  1. Not All Are Created Equal

The Lena Cup was not the first menstrual cup I tried! I started out with the Diva Cup, which I liked, but it was a little too long for me. It may take a few tries before you find a menstrual cup that works for you and your body. I checked out this amazing, detailed chart of almost every menstrual cup on the market and their measurements before deciding to buy the Lena. I recommend consulting this chart if you’re looking to buy a menstrual cup for the first time, but you’ll definitely find it more helpful when you’ve already used one or some and have a better idea of what you need. The same website also has a quiz that recommends the best menstrual cup for you, that I just took now! I found it pretty fun because I love quizzes, and if I ever decide to switch cup brands I’ll definitely keep them in mind.

I’d also recommend asking friends who have tried menstrual cups about brands they’re a fan of, and reading reviews of different cups online. Reading Lena’s product reviews on Amazon was what really sealed the deal for me, and I haven’t been disappointed!

2. It’s a Little Gross, but Not for Long

When some people learn about the insertion and removal/emptying process with a menstrual cup, they’re understandably a little freaked out. Lena puts it nicely here, with some awesome diagrams that really help beginners. The way I see it, this is something my body does as naturally as sweating and peeing, and I shouldn’t really be afraid of something I’m producing. The blood you dump from your cup is the same blood that you’d see in a tampon or pad. Even if you’re squeamish, I’m sure you’ll get used to it.

3.  You Get to Know Your Cycle

Another thing I really love about menstrual cups is how much I know my cycle now. When you wear tampons and pads, it’s hard to see exactly how much you’re bleeding, but the menstrual cup makes it very straight forward. If you’re bleeding more than usual, you can go to your gynecologist and figure things out as soon as you notice that there’s more blood in your cup.

One worry a lot of people seem to have about menstrual cups is that they won’t hold enough blood. The average person loses a bit more than 60mL of blood during their entire menstrual cycle, and most menstrual cups hold 30mL-50mL. Though you can wear the cups for up to twelve hours at a time (which I’ll get into later), you’ll eventually get used to how your body works with the cup and find an emptying schedule that works for you.

4. They’re Great if You’re Sensitive

Pads and tampons are made with a lot of synthetic stuff that you probably don’t want near your vagina. Most menstrual cups are made with a single material, usually silicone, that’s probably still synthetic, but less harmful for your body. My Lena cup is made of 100% medical-grade silicone that’s typically used for human implantation, aka, something that’s definitely safe to sit in your body for a bit. Lena also makes a Sensitive cup, which I have and love!

5. They Save You a Lot of Money

We all know that tampons and pads can get expensive, especially if you’re a heavy bleeder or have longer periods. While the initial price of a menstrual cup is a little steep, it’s nothing compared to how much money you’ll save on tampons and pads, in my opinion. I still keep them around in case of emergency, but it’s really nice knowing that if I’m wearing my menstrual cup in public and I need to empty it, I’m definitely covered with what I already have.

They also last for a nice amount of time. The shelf lives of all menstrual cups are different depending on the brand and how they’re used, but they usually last for about two to four years. Of course, you should be cleaning your cup whenever you empty it and giving it a deep clean in between cycles. Lena has another wonderful guide on cleaning here.

Additionally, since menstrual cups are reusable, you won’t be throwing out tampons and pads, and you’ll be helping the environment! We love a good environmental impact and an empty bathroom garbage can.

6. You Can Wear Them for Up to Twelve Hours

My favorite thing about menstrual cups is that you can wear them for up to twelve hours. Twelve! This is a big reason why my period has become so much less of a hassle since I switched to menstrual cups. I’ll usually put my cup in at 9:00am and I won’t have to worry about it until I get home at 9:00pm. I never have to empty it in public bathrooms, which I have done before and isn’t the worst thing, but why do that when you can time it as best as you can and be more comfortable in your own bathroom? You can even wear your cup to sleep!

As with anything you’re putting in your vagina (we’re looking at you, vagina crystals), there’s a risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome, or TSS, if you leave it in for too long. Symptoms for TSS, according to Lena’s website, include “sudden high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, sunburn-like rash, fainting or blacking out.” If you have any of these while you have your menstrual cup in, go straight to the hospital! If you’re forgetful, set alarms to remind yourself when to empty your cup.


If menstrual cups are intriguing to you but you’re not sold yet, consider giving SoftDiscs a try! They’re similar to menstrual cups in that they last for twelve hours, but they’re unfortunately not reusable. Also remember that there’s nothing wrong with using a tampon, pad, period underwear, or nothing at all. This is just my new favorite method, and I wanted to share it with you all! If you have any more questions about menstrual cups, you can Google your life away, speak to a medical professional, talk to friends who use menstrual cups, or slide into my DMs!

Let me know what brand of menstrual cup you use in the comments!

wondrous oral care's clean tongue wand!

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Guys, I’m seriously so excited to share this product with you all. One thing you may not know about me is that I love taking care of my teeth. People always think I’m weird when I say that, but I really do love going to the dentist and brushing my teeth multiple times a day. I smile a lot, so I don’t want my teeth looking yucky. There’s nothing like perfect pearly white teeth and bright red lipstick!

Usually, when I brush my teeth, I brush my tongue and the roof of my mouth with my toothbrush. My mom uses a tongue brush, but I didn’t think I needed to do anything extra for my tongue. But since I’ve tried Wondrous Oral Care’s Clean Tongue Wand, I honestly don’t know how I’ve been living without it.

Wondrous Oral Care asked me to honestly review this product, and I seriously can’t give it enough praise. Before I even used it, I knew it was awesome just because of what it was made of. I’m completely comfortable putting this in my mouth! Their Clean Tongue Brushes are made in an FDA-approved facility that also makes baby bottles. It’s free of harmful dyes, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free!

What also sets this tool apart from typical tongue cleaners is that it’s tiny, so it easily fits in small mouths like mine (I didn’t even gag!) and makes things super quick. The beauty of this tongue wand is that it has tons of microgrooves. I tried taking a picture of them, but it doesn’t really do them justice! Essentially, you use this device to rake your tongue downwards. The microgrooves manage to get all the yucky stuff off of your tongue. You just rinse with water in between, then dry the tongue cleaner and pop it back into its cute plastic holder (which is currently holding both my toothbrush and my tongue cleaner. It’s lit.). You can find their tutorial here

To be honest, I never knew just how dirty my tongue was until now! When I used my toothbrush to brush my tongue, I never really examined it. But since I started using this tongue wand, I find myself making sure I’m definitely getting all the yucky stuff out of my mouth. I’ve seen such a difference in my tongue cleanliness since I started using this tongue wand. In fact, I forgot it when I went home last weekend, and noticed the difference pretty quickly. My mouth just feels fresher and cleaner when I use this wand. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush just isn’t enough!  I really can’t recommend this product highly enough.

Would you guys be interested in more cruelty-free oral care reviews, like toothbrushes and toothpastes? Let me know! 

If you’re interested in going cruelty-free, check out PETA’s Searchable Database and Cruelty-Free Kitty’s alphabetized list of cruelty-free brands. If you have any cruelty-free recommendations, please comment them below!