Recent Emptied Natural Products

februaryemptiesRead on for the “eh’s” “oohs” and “aahs” of some of my recent finished all-natural bath and beauty products!

ED4OLO Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil – I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle of this luxury product.  It is expensive, but 1) I’ve gotten it on sale every time I’ve purchased it, and 2) less expensive cleansing oils just don’t compare for me.  Definitely a product I wholeheartedly love.  The scent, the way it dissolves makeup and yet somehow is completely water soluble…aaah.

Zylicious Xylitol Gum – I picked up this affordable gum at the all-natural health food store I frequent.  It doesn’t contain most of the nasties that conventional gums do, but it contains titanium dioxide (to make it white) which I’m not a fan of.  The taste was great, though.

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil – This oil has been on my face every single day this winter.  It’s amazing.  Seriously.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – This is purely a staple in our bathroom.  I haven’t used it often this past winter because I’ve needed extra heavy serums and balms.

Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser – I loved using the sample of this cleanser.  I would definitely buy a full-size…if I could get it at a great price.  It’s a bit expensive for my taste, but it is very, very nice.

Honest Company Shampoo & Conditioner – These are also staples in our house.  They are the only products I use to wash my daughter’s hair (review coming soon!).

Hurraw! Moon BalmI love Hurraw!  So….that being said, this is my least favorite flavor/scent that I’ve tried.  I wanted to love it, but the flavor is just funky.  I got used to it after a while, but I was never a fan of the smell.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist – One of the most beautiful scents I’ve ever come across.  I was so sad when this bottle was empty.  I haven’t repurchased, but that’s because I really want to purchase the Infinite Love Perfume and just haven’t gotten around to it….yet.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara My favorite mascara, maybe ever.  I’m currently comparing a new tube of it to the brand new Lily Lolo mascara…review to come!

Odacite Buriti Lime Serum – This was a sample and I absolutely loved it – the texture, the smell, the way my skin looked in the morning.  Definitely not cheap, but I’d love to buy a full-size in the future.

Gemstone Organic Ylang Ylang Gem Hydrosol – I love GO Cremes…but this hydrosol was just like spritzing water on my face.  It really did nothing for me, and I wasn’t a fan of the scent, either.  I love that they put a piece of crystal in their hydrosols, and I’d be willing to try another scent in the future, but I would not repurchase this one. (At the time of posting this, I don’t see this product available on their website, so I’m not sure if it’s out of stock or discontinued).

Evan Healy Lavender HydroSoul – EH hydrosols are amazing.  The quality is obvious, the fine mist comes out perfectly, and the scents are complex and a pleasure for the senses.  I repurchased an EH hydrosol but in a different scent.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator –  A fantastic hydrosol/hydrating toner.  The smell is delicious, the quality fantastic.  I didn’t repurchase this one because it is expensive.  However, the product is stellar and I will probably repurchase this one in the fall/winter.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Foaming Cleanser – I already repurchased this, but haven’t been using it.  Instead, the past few weeks, I’ve only been using oils and cleansing balms due to my very sensitive, dry winter skin.  I’ll add this back into my rotation once the weather warms up.

Stark Skincare Neroli Midnight Oil – This was a sample, and I really enjoyed it.  It didn’t knock my socks off, but even with such a small sample, I could tell it was a great serum.  I didn’t love it as much as the Odacite serum, but it was still nice.

Have you used any of these products?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My Current All-Natural Morning Skincare Routine

morningskincaredec14I’m still tweaking my winter skincare to find the best solutions for my skin.  Typically, I have slightly oily skin in summer and dry skin in winter.  I’m still researching for the best products that will moisturize, help me retain moisture, but also not irritate or break out my often sensitive skin.  Tall order.  For now, these are the products I’m currently using for morning skincare.

OLO Brand New Day with Manuka Honey – a couple of times a week, I use these two products and apply them as a mask to my face before I hop in the shower.  I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy this mask in a past post.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Cleanser – I’ve also been using this in the mornings for a few months now.  This cleanser is great – very affordable, gentle, but still makes my skin feel clean and prepped for other products.

Root Science RS Youth Serum – This serum is so nice – I love the smell, the ingredients are fantastic, and I love the packaging.  It’s pricey, though (I bought this during a sale).  To make this bottle last longer, I’ve only been using this as my morning serum.

Laurel Eye Balm – Another pricey luxury that I picked up during a sale.  At this point in my life, an eye balm is a necessity in winter (and year round, too).  This one is really lovely, but I still cannot decide if I like it better than the ED OLO Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm.  Regardless, this is a truly great eye balm.  It moisturizes so well without irritating my eyes at all.

Blissoma A+ Perfecting Serum – This was a sample and I really enjoy this.  Typically, my skin is in good shape, but I always deal with periods of time where my skin is a bit irritated or has a couple of pimples.  I don’t know how I would feel about its effectiveness if I bought the full-size – I may purchase just to get a better idea of how well I like it.

Gemstone Organic Jade Creme – This stuff is fantastic.  I’m almost out of this thick, moisturizing, fragrant cream. I really want to pick up their Ruby Creme, as it doesn’t contain coconut oil and I’m paranoid that too many products with coconut oil will start to affect my skin.  The Ruby Creme sounds amazing.

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter – Possibly my favorite body butter ever.  For me, this scent is heaven.  I am euphoric every time I open this jar to put some on my skin.  It smells so good, that I can’t even put it into words.  And as far as moisturizing, it does a wonderful job.  I usually deal with really dry skin on my shins, but this butter is so good that no matter how cold it is outside, my skin is soft and hydrated. My one tiny gripe is that it does seem to take a little longer to absorb into my skin than other products, but I’ll deal with it. And for the price, this stuff is just phenomenal.

Do you use any of these products?  Do you have any recommendations for products to help deal with sensitive, dry winter skin?

My Current All-Natural Deodorants

naturaldeodorantsMaking the switch from conventional antiperspirants to an all-natural chemical free deodorant is easily one of the hardest I’ve made. It all started many years ago after I had read enough to know that the chemicals (such as aluminum) in traditional antiperspirants were harmful to me and even linked to breast cancer. I tried several easy-to-find natural brands over the years, and each time, I would get so frustrated by their poor performance, I would guiltily buy an icky mainstream brand out of pure desperation.

Finally, literally after years of trying to find a natural deodorant that actually worked, I’ve found my favorite (at least for the time being). Schmidt’s Deodorant comes in a glass jar and needs to be scooped out with a Barbie-sized spatula, then rubbed into the skin under your arms using your fingers. I’ve faithfully been using the Bergamot + Lime scent because it smells incredible. I do find that this is only reliable for a roughly 24-hour period, at which point I need to reapply deodorant. But hey, that’s OK with me.

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I’m also currently using Blissoma’s Lavender Deodorant Spray on my non-shower days. It’s super quick and easy to just spray under each arm a couple of times and it does work pretty darn well. My only issue is the way it works with my personal body chemistry. I don’t really smell the lavender on myself, but keep getting whiffs of fennel throughout the day….which honestly, I’m not a fan of. I know I’m crazy, but it smells like Thanksgiving Dinner to me. Weird, I know. However, it works and it’s convenient, and those are major pluses.  I’d love to try the Citrus version next.

I’d also love to try Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant at some point in the future because I’ve heard great things about it.

What natural deodorants do you use and love? Let me know!

 

Schmidt’s Deodorant Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Humulus lupulus (hop) extract

Blissoma Lavender Deodorant Spray Ingredients: Ingredients: Infusion of Foeniculum vulgare* (fennel) and Camellia sinensis* (green tea), Hamamelis virginiana* (witch hazel), Ricinus communis (Castor) Oil*, Triethyl Citrate (Ecocert approved natural ester of citric acid), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) Extract*, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Grain Alcohol*+, Glyceryl Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) Oil*, Nigella sativa (black cumin seed) Oil*, Essential oils of Lavendula angustifolia, Citrus reticulata (mandarin), Pogostemon cablin (patchouli), Coriandrum sativum (coriander), Cedrus atlantica (cedarwood), Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone essential oils in this product contain: linalool**, limonene**, citronellol**
*from Certified Organic Agriculture   **natural components of essential oils