One thing that people don’t ever expect from me is how much of a hippie I am at heart. As much as I love high end cosmetics and luxury items, a simple, minimal-ingredient product wins my heart every time–so long as its effective. Today I bring you some of the natural and organic beauty items that I always have in my arsenal that I know are reliable and effective.
Thayers Witch Hazel Aloe Vera Formula in Rose Petal $10.95 is your standard witch hazel infused with aloe and scented with rose petals. Witch Hazel is an excellent toner because it is alcohol-free and thus, doesn’t dry out the skin as many toners on the market do. It gently cleans the skin and kills bacteria. Infusing it with aloe vera makes the product hydrating, healing, and pH-balancing. The rose scent comes from rose petal water, which is an anti-inflammatory that soothes redness, itchy skin, and dermatitis. This is the only toner I use.
Rosehip Oil (From The Ordinary) $9.80 Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid, and vitamin A. I messed up and put mine in a clear bottle (a big no no as UV rays can degrade the oil), so now I keep it in a drawer. Rosehip Oil is highly moisturizing and filled with fatty acids that brighten and soothe the skin. I love mixing this in with a moisturizer after using a clay mask. The one from The Ordinary is great and well priced, but any pure, cold-pressed rosehip oil will do!
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay $13.95 This product is legend for many reasons. Benonite clay as a facial mask is one of the oldest beauty practices. Many people mix this with apple cider vinegar to make a face mask. I’ve done that before and while it was incredibly cleansing, I think it messed with my sensitive skin’s barrier too much. I’ve read conflicting information regarding this product. Some people swear by leaving it on as long as your skin can take it, other’s say it should never dry out on your face; the minute it dries is when you should wash it off. I’ve drawn from both philosophies and done something a bit different with this product that has given me the best results: I mix it with raw honey. This keeps the mask from drying on the skin and adds even more benefits to the mask.
Heavenly Organics 100% Raw Neem Honey $6.99 Any raw honey will do for face masking, but I prefer this one because of the added Neem. Raw honey is your best bet here, it’s more potent and doesn’t drip quite as much as processed honey does. Honey is an anti-inflammatory agent that soothes redness, has antibacterial (aka anti-acne) properties, and is gently hydrating. It’s a wonderful non-stripping acne mask that wont dry you out. I love this brand because of the addition of neem. Neem is a vitamin E-rich fatty oil that targets free-radicals. It’s great for fading old scars, promotes healing, treats acne, and is non-comedogenic. I love to mix a small Tbsp of this honey with an equal (1:1) ratio of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for an incredibly clarifying, soothing, healing mask. I do this once a week for about 30 minutes and my skin loves it. If you have dry acne prone skin you know how difficult it can be to treat your acne without wrecking your skins hydration, this is the best thing I’ve done to combat that. I purchased both of these items at Whole Foods.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen ~$7 is a great suncreen for people with sensitive skin. My brother and mom have always been allergic to most sunscreens, so growing up we always had a stock of this around the house. My mom is also a drill sergeant about sunscreen, which I hated as a child, but love her for now. Alba is seriously one of the best brands you can get at the drugstore and the prices are always on point. Unlike most sunscreens which are full of harsh chemicals (I’m talking about those spray sunscreens) this one has aloe, vitamin E, chamomile, and green tea to hydrate and soothe the skin. The best part about this sunscreen is that the claim that it is fragrance free isn’t so far off. I hate the smell of sunscreen and especially hate when products interfere with my perfume. This one has a sliiiiight fragrance because 100% fragrance free sunscreen only exists in our dreams, but it really is subtle. Anytime I’m going to be walking around outside or am wearing a tank top I slather this on in place of body lotion.
Agent Nateur Holistick Deoderant $21 I’ve given this deodorant a shoutout on my Instagram before. The stick is lasting me a long amount of time, which is great because it is a bit pricey for a deodorant. I think I’ll try the one scented for men next because I love to smell like a sexy man. Overall, this product keeps the underarms smelling fresh all day and does as decent of a job as any natural deodorant can at preventing wetness. If you’re super sweaty this might not be for you.
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter $3.99 is probably not the cheapest option when it comes to purchasing raw shea butter, but it is the most accessible and comes in a tub, which many don’t. I’m a shea butter addict. My skin loves it and absorbs it up like a sponge. Some people won’t have the best time as shea butter can clog pores depending on the individual. Patch test your face first. It’s amazing on elbows, knees, and feet. I use it under my eyes because it lightens dark circles, hydrates, and fills in lines.
Bass Wood Pin Dog Brush $12 I have a fairly oily scalp and instead of looking at that as a negative thing I try to see the positives. One positive is that my hair is naturally very healthy, shiny, and sleek. The best way to take advantage of natural oils is to use a 100% bamboo brush–bristles MUST be bamboo. Bamboo is non-porous and wont absorb your natural oils–it will distribute them all throughout your hair. If you think about it, the oils our scalp naturally produce are probably the best thing for your hair, certainly better than anything you can get in a bottle. Most people who don’t wash their hair everyday know what the sweet spot is for when their hair gets too oily and needs a wash. Every night before bed brush your hair out, paying specific attention to rubbing the scalp with the brush and then brushing down throughout the length. You’ll be able to hold off on washing your hair longer because you’re de-concentrating the oil from the scalp by distributing it to the older, less healthy hair. I still occasionally use hair oil from a bottle, but not as often since incorporating this habit into my routine.
Noto Botanics Hydra Highlighter $24 Noto is a brand that is really intriguing me right now. The products are similar to RMS, but somehow even more lowkey. They offer some skincare products that I cannot wait to get my hands on. This highlighter is everything that I wanted the Living Luminizer by RMS to be. It’s very natural looking, brightening, but not as sticky and white. The Living Luminizer just didn’t jive with my skin texture or color–the whiteness is too stark on my warm-yellow undertones. The Hydra Highlighter looks skin-like, not wet. It’s a champagne-gold, and it has no shimmer. This is the lit from within no-makeup makeup highlighter of my dreams.
RMS Un-Coverup $36 I’ve talked about this endlessly. It somehow manages to look exactly like skin, while covering redness, blemishes, and darkness. Make sure to set it on blemishes, oily spots, and under eyes. If you’re coconut oil sensitive or have super oily skin on the face avoid this.
Let me know what some of your favorite natural beauty products are!
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