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December Giveaway (Week 1): Clean Air Products from Way Out Wax

Clean Air Giveaway


Kathleen D.



Happy December to all my Smell the Roses readers! In case you haven’t heard, instead of my regular monthly giveaway, I am doing a giveaway each week of December to celebrate this holiday packed month! Yup, that’s right… 4 giveaways! 💃🎁
This week (Dec 4-10) I have teamed up with Way Out Wax to give away 3 of their Clean Air Products! (Enter below through the Gleam Plugin or on Facebook)
As part of my new year resolutions, I am switching my cleaning and home care products to natural/cruelty-free options. Continue reading (below the giveaway plugin) to learn why I love Way Out Wax and have made their products a new home staple. 🏠
p.s. code “SMELLTHEROSES” saves you {10%} on your order from the Way Out Wax Online Store. \\ Valid until Dec 24th. Cannot be used to buy gift cards. \\ 

Enter the Giveaway:

  • Open to anyone at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. or Canada mailing address.
  • You have until Sunday, December 10 at 11:59 pm EST to enter.
  • The winner is randomly generated through the Gleam Plugin.
  • The winner will be announced Monday, December 11 at 12 pm EST via this blog post, social media, and email.


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  • How to Enter: Submit at least one entry option using the “Gleam” plugin provided on this site.
  • There are opportunities to earn extra entries and increase your odds of winning!
    • Simply pick and choose as many or as few as you would like. You need to complete at least 1 entry to be added to the giveaway pool. Additional entries are completely optional. 
    • Certain entry options are weighted more heavily than others.
    • If you are already following on any of the social media platforms, that is fine – just list your name/username for it to be counted!
    • All entries requiring following/liking will be checked and verified before the winner is drawn – any missing likes/comments will not be credited as an entry.

Way Out Wax: Clean Air! Giveaway


Way Out Wax has been creating non-toxic and environmentally conscious products in the Green Mountains of Northern Vermont for over 20 years (way before it was the trendy thing to do). Unlike other candle and home fragrance companies, you will not find a single chemical additive, fragrance, or dye in any of their products! This is a company that is passionate about making products that reflect an individual’s connection with the environment.

Their Ingredients:

  • Scents: Way Out Wax believes the healing botanical essences found in nature should be easily incorporated into everyday life. That is why their products are scented using only 100% pure/natural essential oils without any dyes or synthetic fragrances.
  • Wax: Their candles are composed of 100% natural non-GMO soy wax. The soybeans used to make their wax are sustainably farmed and free from pesticides and herbicides. To top it all off, their candles are also 100% biodegradable.
  • Animal Testing: None of their ingredients or final products are testing on animals. Their products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free! 🐰

Their Commitment to the Environment:

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle:

Way Out Wax believes that “healthy products make for healthy people and a healthy planet”. On top of using natural & sustainable materials, they recycle whenever possible throughout their manufacturing process. They even go as far as reusing packing materials they received from their raw supplies for shipping their customers’ outbound packages.  Even their shipping boxes are often second-hand from a company that sources “overruns” and other gently-used boxes. That is some serious dedication! 🙌

You can continue the reduce/reuse/recycle practice when you’re finished with your products too. Their candle jars and travel tins are easy to clean out and reuse as a storage container.

Read more about Way Out Wax’s Environmental Commitment here

Why I Love their Clean Air Product Line:

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Febreze vs. Way Out Wax:

We all want our home to smell good. For years I used Febreze and Bath & Body Works home fragrances to prevent my house from smelling like a puppy infested stinky sock land 😂 However when I started researching what was in these products and their brand’s animal-testing policy, I immediately had to stop. There is no requirement for companies to disclose ingredients in air fresheners so it is close to impossible to know exactly what is in these products without third-party testing. According to the Environment Working Group, when they tested our beloved Febreze they found AcetaldehydeBHT, artificial fragrance, and propylene glycol, all linked to cancer, allergens, & developmental toxicity. These are just a fraction of the chemicals found in Febreze – kinda scary! While Febreze advertises they will “purify” your air, they are actually just contributing to indoor air pollution.

Way Out Wax: Clean Air Products

If you want the benefits of Febreze without the hidden dangers, I highly recommend the Clean Air Collection from Way Out Wax. I had read amazing reviews for their candles so I was really excited when I found out they had an air-purification line! I have been using it for the past month and have noticed a HUGE difference in the freshness of my bedroom’s air. My dogs sleep in my bed so I always feel like my room smells like them. These products have been a big help in keeping odors at bay! I wish I had found them sooner!!







This product is great for gradual odor elimination. The neutral scent is very light and refreshing, so it works for all individuals’ tastes and for all times of the year. I like that I can light the candle and its clean scent will slowly disburse throughout my bedroom.
Way Out Wax Odor Candle

Odor Neutralizing Spray:

These sprays are great for targeting specific areas of a room. I use the Lavender scent to spray my bed in the AM after my puppies have slept in it all night. They would also work great as an addition to your gym bag to spray your clothes or yoga mat after an intense workout.Way Out Wax Odor Spray

So How Does It Work?:

Clean Air is 100% natural and Scientifically-Proven to eliminate odors by attracting odor particles on a molecular level, attaching to them and neutralizing the unwanted smell.


Recommended Use:

Way Out Wax recommends their Clean Air Collection for use in the air, fabrics, auto-care, yoga mats, athletic wear, by the litter box, in the kitchen after cooking fish or for accidents when food is burnt. 

Find Way Out Wax in a store near you: Store Locator

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My Favorite Halloween Treat: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Happy Halloween!

So.. calories don’t count on Halloween, right?! One can dream! 😂 If you’re like me, it takes a little more self-control than usual to not snack on the bowl of candy intended for the trick-or-treaters. Luckily, being more conscientious about the ingredients in the products I consume has helped me curve most of my cravings. And even more luckily, there are natural candy options to satisfy my chocolate cravings this Halloween.

..So you can imagine my excitement when I was shopping for Halloween candy and saw my all-time favorite candy in Target’s Halloween section and in a bulk bag! 😍

So what candy am I talking about?

If you haven’t tried them yet, allow me to introduce you to Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups! (Caution: your life will never be the same)

Justin’s is a natural brand that specializes in nut butter. After their various kinds of nut butter gained nationwide success, they decided to dive into the world of candy making and added these organic peanut butter cups to their product line (available in dark, milk, and white chocolate)! I discovered these a few years back and I have been addicted ever since (bye bye Reeses)! Originally, the candy only came in a standard 2-pack but last year the company introduced its minis. I dare you to try and only eat one!

What I Love About Them:

  1. The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  2. They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  3. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  4. The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!

Fun Fact: I met the one and only Justin at Natural Products Expo West last March and had an embarrassing fan-girl moment 🙈



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Let’s Break it Down:


  • Organic Milk Chocolate:
    • Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
      • Purpose: The main sweetener in the milk-chocolate.
      • Source: Made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
    • Organic Cocoa Butter (Rainforest Alliance Certified)
      • Purpose: One of the main fat sources in the milk chocolate. Cocoa butter helps the product taste very creamy and holds the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Similar to palm fruit oil, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point; this is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
      • Source: It is a healthy saturated fat source extracted from cocoa beans. When the cocoa beans are being ground to produce cocoa powder, the cocoa butter is a by-product that is collected.
    • Organic Whole Milk Powder
      • Purpose: This is the “milk” component in milk chocolate that is absent in dark chocolate. It provides that nice creamy taste!
      • Source: It is produced when water is slowly evaporated from organic whole milk. The result is a finely powdered milk with the same nutrient component as regular liquid milk. When the peanut butter cups are made and water is added, the powder milk is then rehydrated.
    • Organic Chocolate Liquor (Organic Cocoa Butter)
      • Purpose: This is the “chocolate” component made of equal parts of cocoa solids and fats.
      • Source: This is produced by grinding whole roasted cocoa beans into a liquid/semi-solid.
    • Organic Soy Lecithin
      • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating when mixed.
      • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.
    • Organic Vanilla
      • Purpose: It provides a great vanilla aroma/flavor to the product without using any artificial chemicals.
      • Source: This is a pure extract from organic vanilla beans.
  • Organic Peanuts
    • Purpose: Used to create the peanut butter (self-explanatory).
    • Source: Organic peanuts (it doesn’t get any simpler than that!)
  • Organic Powdered Evaporated Cane Sugar
    • Purpose: The main sweetener in the product’s peanut-butter.
    • Source: This is made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
  • Organic Peanut Flour
    • Purpose: It provides the product with that great peanut flavor without having to use so much peanut butter that the fat levels get too high!
    • Source: It is made from real peanut butter. Peanut flour made by removing the oils/fat from peanut butter which results in a dry powder that is only 12% fat and 52% protein.
  • Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Sustainably Sourced)
    • Purpose: It is one of the main fat sources in the product. Palm fruit oil helps the product taste very creamy and works with the cocoa butter to hold the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Palm fruit oil is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point. This is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
    • Source: It is extracted from palm fruit! Palm fruit is a healthy blend of both saturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • Organic Vanilla Flavor
    • Purpose: Flavors are used in small percentages in the product but provide a great sensory experience.
    • Source: Organic natural flavors are the cleanest of all other flavor variations (artificial, natural and artificial, or natural). Artificial flavors can get scary, being made up of synthetic man-made chemicals. Organic natural flavors are made up of components that are found in nature and are certified organic by an organic agency.
  • Sea Salt
    • Purpose: Sea salt is a wholesome natural form of sodium chloride. Salt enhances the overall flavor of the product and helps bring out the chocolate and peanut flavors!
    • Source: Produced from the evaporation of sea-water.
  • Organic Soy Lecithin
    • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating out when mixed.
    • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.

(Disclaimer: ingredient descriptions come from a certified food scientist who did not develop this product – sources/purposes are assumed based on typical practices in product development)

This product contains peanuts, soy, and milk. Contains trace amounts of tree nuts due to processing on shared equipment.

*These peanut butter cups are vegetarian-friendly but not vegan.

Nutrition Facts:

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Where to buy Justin’s:



Online Store



In-Store & Online



Some Extra Halloween Fun 🎃👻🍬


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waiting for trick-or-treaters!

Belle (the fairy-princess) and Ollie (the knight) patiently awaiting the trick-or-treaters!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

What are your Halloween guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!

xo Caitlyn


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How to Become a Vegetarian: A Step By Step Guide

How to Become a Vegetarian |

Switching to a plant-based diet is a decision that deserves a lot of thought. I thought about going vegetarian for a while before actually starting the lifestyle change. I have to admit, I gave more thought to WHY I should become one and not as much to HOW to (properly) become one. That being said, I am writing this post for any of you who have been considering it.

Before getting started, I want to make it known that I know not everyone wants to be a vegetarian and I don’t write this thinking everyone should be. It is a very personal decision and I respect that. 🙂 And remember, I ate meat for the first 23 years of my life so I would never judge someone for doing the same. This post is simply a resource for those interested that I wish I had before I made the switch!

How to Become a Vegetarian

Now, let’s get started.

1. Ask yourself WHY you want to switch to a plant-based diet. 

  • This is the most important step because your answer to “why” is what is going to guide you through the entire process. When it feels tough or you start having cravings, it is going to be what keeps you on track and motivated. I wrote an entire post on why I made the switch (read it here), but everyone has their own reasons. Do your research and be honest with yourself. If you are not passionate about this lifestyle then it will never work for you.

2. Pick what type of plant-based diet you want to follow.

  • Dependent on your reason(s) for going plant-based, you may want either more lenient or strict diet guidelines. In other words, you may want to remove all animal products from your diet or eliminate certain animal products. Read my post on types of plant-based diets to help decide which one fits your needs.

3. Map out your nutritional needs.

  • It is important to match your caloric and macronutrient needs (protein, fat, carbs) with your lifestyle.
  • Your nutritional needs will vary based on your gender, activity level, and personal philosophy. If you’re not sure what your target caloric intake and macronutrient ratios should be, I recommend starting with the presets on the My FitnessPal App (ComputeriPhone, iPad, Android). This app calculates each value based on your body mass index, activity level, and ideal weight. If you disagree with the app’s presets you can manually adjust them to fit your needs. Starting out, I logged all my meals/snacks on the app to ensure I was eating enough calories but also getting the right portions of macro/micro nutrients. (Side Note: For those of you who do not wish to switch to a plant-based diet, I still recommend this app. There is a misconception that by going vegetarian you will become malnourished but the average American’s diet is not properly managed.) 
  • As with any major dietary change, you should make sure you are following up with your doctor and getting annual physicals/blood work. If you have a complex medical history, I recommend consulting your doctor before changing your diet. 

|| Once you have completed these first three steps, I recommend one of two methods to start implementing this diet/lifestyle change. One doesn’t necessarily work more effectively than the other across the board; it all depends on the individual. Read both and see which one sounds more realistic for you. ||

4. Think gradual baby steps!

  • Unfortunately, it is not realistic to switch to vegetarianism overnight. Don’t get me wrong, I have heard of people who have done this but it is much easier said than done. Gradually changing your diet will make the change less noticeable and easier to make a permanent part of your life.
  • Option #1: Start by cutting out certain types of animal products at a time. I recommend eliminating red meat first (beef, pork, lamb, veal, etc). You can start by replacing these foods with chicken/turkey/fish alternatives if that makes the change less drastic for you. Next, gradually start eliminating chicken and turkey meat. Many believe this is the hardest step in the process since these meats are staples in most people’s diets. However, almost everything made with chicken can be made with an alternative (think eggplant, avocado, tofu, imitation meat – sounds gross but most are made from natural plant proteins & fibers, etc.). You will slowly redesign your favorite recipes to fit your new plant-based lifestyle. I can confidently say, there is a vegetarian version for just about every meat-based meal. Once you have reached this point, you can consider yourself a pescetarian (what I am although I follow a vegan diet most days). To be able to truly call yourself a vegetarian you must eliminate fish and seafood. If veganism is your ultimate goal, gradually eliminate eggs and dairy. The entire process can be as fast or slow as you like!
  • Option #2: Start by eliminating meat and/or animal products from your diet for one day of the week. You can eat meat as your normally would the other 6 days. Use those regular days to prepare for your plant-based day by writing out your meals and researching new recipes. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and unprepared. Gradually increase the number of meat-free days per week. Like option #1, this can be as gradual as you like. If you start feeling overwhelmed, slow down. There is no rush!

5. Always be prepared. 

  • More than likely, you aren’t going to be able to always prepare your own meals. Although restaurants and food stores are introducing more vegetarian options, there is still much progress to be made. Before going out to eat, I recommend looking up the restaurant’s menu. If you are going to a sports game or theme park, you will notice sometimes vegetarian options are so limited you have to choose between a hot pretzel and mozzarella sticks. In an effort to not eat like a picky 5-year-old, you have to plan accordingly. When vegetarian options are limited, try to eat something small before you go out (I suggest a protein shake) and have vegetarian-friendly snacks on hand.

6. No diet is perfect and mistakes can happen. 

  • Every vegetarian’s worst nightmare is the thought of accidentally eating meat (esp. if you went vegetarian for the animals). I will admit, it happened to me and I immediately felt sick to my stomach (I thought I bought tuna when it was actually chicken salad 🙁 ). A sudden rush of panic and immense guilt came over me and I felt like all my previous efforts were wasted. No one is perfect and mistakes happen. These mistakes are more likely to happen when eating out which is why I recommend cooking for yourself as much as possible. If it happens to you, think about what went wrong and make an effort to be more careful in the future. One mistake does not discredit the impact your previous efforts have had on the lives of animals!

I hope you have found this post helpful! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Leave them in the comments section or contact me directly by email.

Final thoughts: I am significantly happier living a plant-based lifestyle and think of food completely differently than I use to. This lifestyle’s benefits are truly endless.

Thank you for reading!


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Types of Plant-Based Diets


Vegetarianism is not easily defined because it can mean different things to different people. There are definitions to help understand the different types of vegetarian diets but even these are not completely accurate. For instance, I technically have to consider myself a pescetarian because I occasionally eat fish even though I usually stick to a vegan diet. It is important to not get hung up on defining yourself or feeling you have to fit into one of the following categories! I have listed them to show you that not all plant-based diets are the same and there is a version to fit everyone’s different values and lifestyles.Watch The Channel (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Types of Plant-based Diets:

  • Vegan = eat NO products derived from animals; this often includes honey
  • Lacto-vegetarian = eat dairy + plant foods but no meat, fish, poultry or eggs
  • Ovo-vegetarian = eat eggs + plant foods but no meat, fish, poultry or dairy foods
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian = (most common type) eat eggs + dairy + plant foods but no meat, fish, or poultry
  • Pescetarian = eat fish + eggs + dairy + plant foods but no red meat or chicken

Many people begin their transition to vegetarianism as a pescetarian or lacto-ovo vegetarian. Some stop here while others slowly transition to full-blown vegan. Either way, I believe by switching to any of these plant-based diets you are making a positive difference! 🙂

Are you a vegetarian? If so, tell me about it in the comments section.

Source : Vegetarian Society

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Why I Became a Vegetarian

Why I Became a Vegetarian:

I’ll be honest, it was not difficult for me to become a vegetarian. Before May 22, 2015, the only meat I ate regularly was chicken, turkey, and fish. I had eliminated “red meat” from diet several years before this. I don’t remember exactly why I stopped eating beef but I do remember reading some article that stated “red meat” was hard on our digestive tracts so I just went with it. This wasn’t hard because there was a turkey alternative for all my favorite foods. I should also add, since my little sister was obsessed with pigs (and still is 😉 ), as we grew up, pork was strictly prohibited in our household.

That day in May when I took the leap and abstained from chicken and turkey, it was barely even noticeable. I ate the same things I usually ate but replaced the meat with other sources of protein. There was definitely a learning curve in the beginning. I had to do my research and start to look at food differently: each food I put into my body had a purpose. I was no longer eating to feel full or for taste, I was eating to nourish my body. After a few weeks, I knew I would never go back.

When did I decide to go vegetarian?

I became interested in vegetarianism when I graduated high school but never seriously considered it. Like most, I focused on all the reasons NOT to become one. I convinced myself it would take too much time/effort which I didn’t have and that, as an athlete, I wouldn’t be able to get enough protein to repair my muscles. Any time I mentioned the interest, people told me “you’re going to waste away” or “you’re going to become malnourished”. Fast forward to my final year of undergrad — I promised myself I would make the transition to vegetarian. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make any excuses because my cheerleading career would be over and I would have plenty of free time. I’m happy to say, the day after graduation was my first day! 🙂

So what exactly convinced me to go vegetarian?

While many people switch to a plant-based diet for the health benefits, my primary motivation was my love for animals. Raising my two doggies showed me we have more in common with animals than we have differences. All animals have emotions just like you and me – they can feel love, excitement, attachment, fear, and suffering.

When I started doing research, I quickly realized the only thing difficult about becoming vegetarian was acknowledging the horrific reality of the meat industry. The animals do not live a single day without pain and suffering. I didn’t believe what I read until I saw it. As much as I didn’t want to, I forced myself to watch real undercover videos as I cried in horror. I doubt even the most devoted meat eaters would be able to watch those videos without getting upset. The images from those videos are forever engrained in my head. The second I saw them I knew I could never eat meat again.

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney

I believe it is natural to question the way we eat and what we eat. We inherited our diets from our parents which they inherited from theirs and so on. In other words, eating animals is our “cultural norm”. Like any of our beliefs, we have a right to question them and explore alternatives. I don’t expect everyone who reads this post to walk away and never eat meat again. I wrote this post because I think more and more people are becoming interested in this lifestyle and want to learn more.

Final Thoughts: People become vegetarians for many different reasons. If you are seriously considering this lifestyle change, I can tell you first hand the best reason to make the switch is justice for the animals. I believe you are more likely to stick to something when you are doing it with others in mind and not just for yourself. This is one of the only “diets” that not only affects you but also others as well! These animals have no control over their situation – it is on us to be their voice and proponents for change. Having switched to a plant-based diet, I feel genuinely happier and healthier than ever.

If you would like to learn more about vegetarianism, here are the resources I recommend:

Thank you for reading! I hope you took something away from this post.

If you liked this post, let me know in the comments!