One of the awesome things about blogging is that, just like in a journal, you can look back at different times in your life and compare them to where you are now. Sounds serious, but in this case, it isn’t. About this time last year, I went on a natural beauty bender, and began the process of switching out most of my conventional beauty and toiletry products with natural brands and alternatives (this meant replacing everything from Pantene and Bumble hair care, to Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, to body lotions, face wash…it was expensive). Since it’s been over a year now, I thought I’d share how that whole “phase” is going and what my routine looks like these days.
And actually, it’s still decently natural! Over the last year, I’ve certainly tried my fair share of products, including shampoos, skincare goodies, and even makeup and sunscreen, but the above four are a few of my tried and true items that have been repurchased over and over again:
1. Weleda Skin Food — one of my most recent discoveries, I’ve since bought a travel size version and a second full size version. This cream, which is super thick (it can feel like you have to spackle it on), is among the best I’ve ever used to keep skin super hydrated and nourished. It can leave a little sheen, but once you put on makeup, you’re good to go.
2. RMS anything — I’m obsessed with Rose Marie’s Living Luminizer and her Un-cover Up. I know I won’t shut up about her Living Luminizer, but even non-natural beauty folk are converted. Both Grace and Gabrielle have since tried it and they agreed that this highlighter gives the most amazing glow, but with NO sparkle.
3. Almond oil — the best thing for hair. I rub a little into wet or dry ends to tame frizz (it’s perfect before straightening or curling). And, you can load your hair up with oil, let it sit in a bun for an hour or two, then wash per usual. Insta-deep conditioning. But a word to the wise: I think this works best if your hair is super thick! Too much oil will definitely weigh down thin hair.
4. Lavanila deodorant — Am I embarrassed to admit that I’ve spent $18 on every stick of deodorant I’ve bought for the last year… Kinda sorta not really? I’m a huge fan of the Vanilla Passionfruit (and I usually hate anything vanilla scented). I love that I actually was able to find a natural deodorant that WORKS.
And then, of course, there are the “dirty” products that I just can’t say no to. Like a moth to a flame, these babies are still used in my daily routine (I figure some extra green juice will offset any ill effects):
5. Origins Checks and Balances face wash — Now, to be fair, this isn’t exactly a dirty product. It doesn’t have the majority of the chemical-y junk you’d find in most drugstore face washes. But it’s not as clean as it could be either. I don’t care though. It lathers up amazingly well and smells minty fresh. Even Joe is on board.
6. Benefit They’re Real mascara — The rumors are true. This mascara will blow you away. I totally purchased it again (even though at first, the high price tag was a small turn off).
7. Perfume — Perfume is notoriously dirty. Lotsa chemicals and things that make you smell oh-so divine. I can’t help but give in to a spritz here and there.
8. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes — It’s my fave eyeliner. Sorry, hippies, there’s no replacing it.
What beauty item would you refuse to give up, if everything was going to be replaced?
And PS, if you’re curious about what prompted me to switch to natural products, you can check out this book, or this article too (thanks, Maryann for sending this to me)!