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This Eco-Friendly Body Wash Smells Straight Out of a Magical Forest

One silver lining of a year spent largely at home? More me time. The idea of skin care as self care has been top of mind for a while, but the pandemic triggered an urgent need to turn inward—and many of us headed straight to our bathrooms for therapy. 

Among the towering pile of skin care samples that crowded my Brooklyn apartment, Bathing Culture’s Mind and Body Wash immediately rose to the top. Of course, I’m not suggesting that slathering yourself in all-natural body wash is a substitute for talking to a mental health professional, but during a time when keeping up with the tumultuous news cycle felt like a full-time job, I found peace of mind through beauty rituals. Much like endless sub-par matches on Hinge, there are so many body washes to choose from, and it’s easy to consistently rotate formulas, never landing on the perfect lather, fragrance, or package design you’re willing to settle down with. But you know what they say: When you know, you know—and one sudsy shower proved Bathing Culture was a keeper in my book. 

When childhood friends and Bathing Culture co-founders Spencer Arnold and Tim Hollinger struggled to get clean after muddy adventures in the Northern California wilderness, the duo decided to concoct a soap blend that did the ritual of bathing justice. After testing thousands of batches, they finally arrived at the holy grail formula: a biodegradable mixture that deserves a permanent spot in your shower. Bathing Culture’s Mind and Body Wash is certified organic, made of skin superheroes like aloe, shea, and coconut oils—and thanks to a gorgeous woodsy scent inspired by the Redwood National Forest, it’s truly in a league of its own. 

Aside from the borderline-magical aromatic journey the soap takes you on, its velvety, hydrating feel sets the product apart from the rest. With just nine ingredients (all of which I’m able to pronounce), I don’t have to wonder what’s in my bottle. And you can’t ignore the packaging—the retro-minimalist branding is a huge selling point in itself. But if you needed another reason to give this product a try, Earth Month is prime time to rethink your beauty regimen’s environmental impact. For this Bathing Culture body wash review, I looked into the brand’s sustainability efforts, which will take you and your top shelf a step in the right direction. 

The company says it serves people and the planet first, putting its products’ impact on the earth and your skin at the top of the priority list. Bathing Culture uses plastic bottles made from 100% pre-existing recycled materials, but it also offers a glass option. (Which you may want to snag since you can order a jumbo refill container to cut down on re-ups, or visit one of their refill stations across the nation when you run out.) With every five gallons of soap made, the brand plants one native plant or tree, so the impact will go far beyond your bathtub. As for what’s in the bottle? The formulas are all-natural, made only from plants and minerals—without toxins, dyes, sulfates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. 

If the promise of a truly green shower has you convinced, you may want to hit the checkout button sooner rather than later, because the Mind and Body Wash One Gallon Refill and the Mind and Body Wash Home Refill Kits are 20% off during Earth Month (in celebration of the brand’s 4th birthday). If you’re worried about having too much on your hands (though, once you try it out, I doubt that’ll be the case), you can use the soap as laundry detergent, a mild pesticide for houseplants, or even to wash your fruits and vegetables—yep, it’s that clean. In all, you’ll be simplifying your life while cutting down on clutter in your beauty arsenal. 

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Considering I feel like I’m nestled up in the mountains in a fragrant outdoor shower every time I use this soap, it’s no surprise they call it Mind and Body Wash. Aside from finding time for rejuvenating beauty rituals, investing in mindfully-made products helps me feel better about my consumption—all while smelling downright delectable in the process.

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Godzilla Vs. Kong’s Director Reveals The Two Fight Scenes He Was Most Excited To Film For The MonsterVerse

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The ongoing joke leading up to the release of Godzilla vs. Kong was that nobody really cared about the human characters, we just wanted to see the big scary monsters punch each other. And at the end of the day, it has to be said that whether or not the movie worked for audiences probably came down to just how much you enjoyed seeing the giant monsters duke it out. The battle scenes are a big part of the movie, and director Adam Wingard has revealed that of the three fights between Godzilla and Kong, there are two that he really wanted to make because there were certain elements that he really wanted to see in them.

Scream 5 Is Going To Crazy Lengths While Avoiding Spoilers

The ultra-secretive nature of Scream is just one of the many reasons why fans are excited to see the mysterious slasher next year. The fifth movie marks the first installment since the death of franchise creator Wes Craven, so the pressure is on. Luckily, the original trio of heroes (Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette) are returning to reprise their roles, to the delight of the fans. In addition to the OG’s, Marley Shelton will be returning as Judy Hicks from Scream 4.

F9 Trailer: Watch Vin Diesel’s Crazy Car Saga Finally Send Its Characters To Space

The rest of the expected Fast & Furious gang is back for this run, including Diesel, Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, the last two being the ones who are in the car that appears to be strapped to a rocket and ready to move this franchise to the next level. Space, the final frontier. Where can the Fast franchise go after this? The afterlife?

Hugh Jackman Owns A Special Wolverine Fork, Because Of Course

Whatever Hugh Jackman ends up doing for the rest of his life, for many, he will always be Wolverine. He played the role for nearly two decades and he did so nearly perfectly. On the plus side, Jackman seems largely ok with the fact that he’ll always be associated with that role. It hasn’t typecast him, he’s still getting plenty of other work, and he knows he has lots of fans because of Logan. As a result, he’s more than happy to keep reminding people of that role in entertaining and funny ways. And it seems that Jackman himself can’t entirely forget the role, even in his own house. He has Wolverine utensils?

This Is Us Tackles Important Conversation About Racism as Randall and Kevin Finally Reconnect

Randall and Kevin Pearson had a long-awaited conversation on the April 13 episode of This Is Us titled “Brotherly Love.” A huge storyline of the show’s fifth season is Randall recovering from the racial trauma he experienced as a result of being adopted by a white family. Growing up and not knowing his biological family left him constantly feeling like an outsider, and in the April 13 episode, he finally addressed his brother’s role in his complicated upbringing.

“I never wanted to be special, man. I just wanted to blend in like everybody else. But that was impossible in our family, because I always stood out,” Randall told Kevin in the episode. (The characters are played by actors Sterling K. Brown and Justin Hartley respectively.) 

Randall continued, “Everywhere we went. The store, the park, vacations. And the last thing I needed, man, the last thing, was for my brother to use my Blackness to other me also. You had racial blind spots, Kev. Deep ones that affected me.”

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Kevin and Randall had a huge falling out in season four due to their conflicting views on how to handle their mom Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Writer Jon Dorsey explains to People why they chose not to have the brothers immediately reconnect.

“To me, it felt like we owed it, for sure, for Randall and Kevin to have the conversation and story-wise, it felt like, naturally this episode just led to an opportunity to do that. Randall needed to go on a journey before they had the conversation,” Dorsey says. “It couldn’t happen too fast.”

Creator Dan Fogelman tweeted, “So @KayOyegun and I talked about doing this episode as we shot our season premiere, what feels like a lifetime ago now. We decided that if we did it, we’d have to let characters be exposed, and honest, and real. I’m quite proud of it, and her, and the entire team.”

Director Kay Oyegun tweeted, “Loved directing tonight’s #ThisIsUs, written by the dopest #JonDorsey and edited by queen #ErinWyatt. That’s a first – Black writer, director, editor. Swoon. 2 Corinthians 6:1 6 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. It will never be in vain, lord.”

Viewers also took to Twitter to share their thoughts on how the important episode was handled. 

This Is Us returns May 11 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Zack Snyder Throws Shade At Justice League Controversy While Praising Army Of The Dead As His Director’s Cut

My experience working with Netflix has been amazing. My team there has been nothing but supportive and incredibly collaborative. This was probably one of my, if not my, most sort of satisfying experiences I’ve had making a movie, and just really everything about it was fun. And from the cast and the crew and Netflix themselves, everyone’s been incredibly supportive and just joy to work with. And so, yeah, this is the movie. There’s no other cut of the movie. I didn’t have to fight them. It was incredibly… it was the opposite. This is the director’s cut, if you will. You don’t have to see a bastardized version. You get to just see the awesome version.

Bachelor Nation Showers Colton Underwood With Support After He Comes Out as Gay

Colton Underwood now gets to live his truth. 

The former Bachelor came out as gay Wednesday morning (April 14) during an interview on Good Morning America. “I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year, and I’ve been processing it,” he said. “The next step in all of this is letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey, for sure.”

Underwood was visibly nervous in the interview, but by the end he seemed more at peace, more happy, and more free. “I’m emotional, but I’m emotional in such a good, happy, positive way,” he said. “I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life, and that means the world to me.” 

It didn’t take long for messages of support to start pouring in on social media—particularly from LGBTQIA+ people who want Underwood to know they have his back. 

@colton I need you to know. I am proud of you! You are loved , and you will never be alone. It’s a process, but you’ve got the whole #LGBTQ behind you. We are here for you. We are your family now. Take a breath, it’s going to be fine,” one person tweeted. 

@colton So proud of you today. I know that self-hate is powerful, but the world reveals its beauty after you say the words out loud. Welcome to the family. I wish you all the best!!” tweeted another.

A third added, “@colton congratulations on joining the alphabet mafia! So elated to have you in the family, I know it’s been a rough journey for you but we’re here to welcome you with open arms!” 

Read some more messages of support, below. 

On his future, Colton Underwood said in his GMA interview, “I still have a lot to work through. I’ll just go on record saying I still haven’t had an emotional connection with a man. I’ve never allowed myself to…I want to, more than anything. I’m looking for someone who can push me and challenge me in all the great ways.”

How Does Sharon Carter Feel About Steve Rogers Returning To Peggy At The End Of Avengers: Endgame?

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is known for bringing serialized storytelling to the masses, most recently extending the story to TV shows on Disney+. Projects like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier have allowed for a number of characters to be further fleshed out, including Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter. Sharon appeared in the previous two Captain America movies, notably sharing a controversial kiss with Steve Rogers in Civil War. And she was recently asked how Sharon might feel about Steve going back in time for a happy ending with her Aunt Peggy.

6 Superhero Characters Jenna Ortega Would Be Perfect To Play

I should mention that this would not actually be the 18-year-old Latina actress’ first foray into superhero movies, however. In fact, she is technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe already, having made her feature film debut in Iron Man 3 as the daughter of the Vice President. Of course, her character was not even given a proper name, but it would not be the first time an actor played multiple comic book movie characters, even in the same universe.

That being said, I see no harm in giving her a more prominent MCU role which would put her in a real costume, and I have a few heroines from the pages of Marvel Comics in mind. To be safe, though, I also thought I would pick some additional DC characters whom Jenna Ortega would be an ideal candidate to breathe life into on the big (or small) screen as well. The following are the six characters Ortega could play in Marvel and DC movies, starting with one who shares a similar cultural identity with the actress.