Being a Natural Woman, Neutrogena Naturals“You make me feel … you make me feel … you make me feel LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN” Carole King

My college BFF and roommate Barb and I used to belt this song out at the top of our lungs (sometimes beer and pizza were present to witness). I’ll always cherish those silly memories of singing around a piano and feeling completely happy just being with my BFF and loving life!

Barb and I still talk about those days and times when we would harmonize to the amazing Carole King. Our friendship, one of my most cherished friendships, has lasted through life changes that we didn’t anticipate, and couldn’t have survived without the help of a BFF.

There’s a part of me who would love to go back in time to those days. I would love to experience the joy of being young and carefree, of being free to dream that life would be great and that I could be and do anything I wanted. Those were the days! (Right?! Carole King records, late nights, and long conversations figuring out who we were – life was good.)

Life is still good, but there are other reasons I wish I could back in time to those days. I wish I could tell ME at 20 how to take better care of myself, my health, my body. I would make different decisions that I would be experiencing the benefits of now.

It reminds me of the lines from a poem of ‘women’s wisdom’ by Mary Schmich:

Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

Natural Woman, Neutrogena NaturalsI wish someone would have told me that – to wear sunscreen, to forget the tanning beds – pale is just fine (Heck! I’m a redhead, I SHOULD know that!). I wish someone would have explained to me that what I put in and on my body was important and would impact my future life and appearance.

That’s why when I heard about Neutrogena Naturals, I was instantly interested. What was this *natural* product for skin? (As biology trivia would remind you IS our largest organ!) What are these skincare products that don’t contain the standard chemically-don’t-know-what-they-really-are names?! (Plus, even the packaging is 100% recycled! How cool is that?!) Actually, the collection is 94% naturally derived on average – even more cool!Neutrogena Naturals, Barb, girlfriends

Thanks to the nice people at Neutrogena who introduced me to Neutrogena® Naturals Brightening Moisturizer with 100% naturally derived sunscreens, I’ve been experiencing the feeling of being a ‘natural woman.’ Their new line of Neutrogena Naturals delivers natural care for our all important skin! Their products were formulated without harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes, or phthalates. Just what is essential to work on your skin. Neutrogena is making a #brighterdifference by helping women make small, simple, eco-friendly changes in our own lives.

How can we make a brighter difference in the world? Maybe by sharing great girlfriend advice … helpful information for women – like on natural skincare products. Plus, we can all make a brighter difference in our own lives by taking better care of ourselves – like I’ve been loving this summer, by doing yoga (which could only be better if Barb or another BFF could join me!).

So, if I could, I would go back to those college days and tell Barb and the younger version of me about the importance of natural products like Neutrogena Naturals. We might have decided to sing about it, you never know!

What does being a ‘Natural Woman’ mean to you?!

P.S. Plus, don’t you love Kristen Bell and her take on things at the Farmer’s Market?! I bet she’d be fun to hang out with (with some pizza and beer even!)

This post was sponsored by Neutrogena Naturals as part of an Influencer Activation for The Motherhood. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. As always, I only share what I would genuinely tell a girlfriend. I genuinely wish I could go back to those days with Barb and talk more about taking care of ourselves and our skin – and sing a few more Carole King songs together!

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