These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Natural Beauty Products
It pretty clear at this point that I am all business about organic, wholesome, plant-rich foods. But healthy isn't just about how clean the foods you are putting into your body are. Your skin is the biggest organ you have and the products you put on it has a strong impact on your health as well. My husband and I have been talking about this topic quite a bit, as we work on "cleaning up" the products in our own home. As I read the ingredient labels on some of the items inhabiting our medicine cabinet (products we have been using for years), my stomach churned at the chemicals I was allowing to be absorbed into my skin. If my family was going to put in such time, effort, and money into keeping those nasty toxins out of our foods, than why the heck were we putting them on our skin? As I have said before and as I am sure I will say many more times in life, my journey to a healthy way of living is a constant learning process. Never the less, it was abundantly clear that it was time for an overhaul of our bathroom drawers, cabinets, and shower shelves and that is exactly what we did.
I can't say I have found the "magic bullet" for every aspect of natural beauty products, but I have found some "pretty darn good" ones that would suffice until 1) I find the time to make my own shampoo or 2) some brilliant minded person finds a way to get the perfect, natural product to the masses. Until then, these are a few of my favorite (natural beauty product) things.
None of these products/companies sponsor or are affiliated with The Natural Nurturer. What I have written is a reflection of my own opinions and are the items I spend my own money on and use in my home.
Cleanser/soap/ toothpaste: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Hmmmmm I'm not sure if I'd say this stuff is magical, but I really do love the job it does and its nice short list of organic ingredients that I can easily pronounce. While I just use it as a face and body cleanser, I know some people opt to use it as a shampoo, for shaving cream, put it in homemade laundry detergent, or even use it as a cleaning product around their homes. Their toothpaste is their latest creation and is totally top notch
Shampoo/ Conditioner : Yes To Carrots. This product isn't as "clean" as I would like, but considering it makes my hair feel super soft and I can run down the street to the grocery store to grab a bottle, it's pretty good stuff.
Facial Moisturizer: Jojoba Oil. A simple oil obtained from a plant. It doesn't get anymore natural than that. Plus, I enjoy its aroma. You can easily find it in the health/beauty section of most health stores or order it from Amazon. It's amazing how long one little bottle will last you and how soft it makes your skin.
Eye make-up remover/ body moisturizer/mild sunscreen: Coconut oil. Go raid your kitchen cupboards! Here are a few more reasons to make sure coconut oil is in your life and in your house. It's great for getting mascara off before hitting the pillows, making sure your legs are soft and glowing, and it has a natural SPF of 10! Tip: Apply sparingly (a little goes a long way) and allow a few minutes for your pores to absorb the oil before putting on clothes or sitting on your beautiful couch to avoid oil stains where you don't want them!
Deodorant: Primal Pit Paste. This is my latest natural beauty find....and a super important one at that! Most deodorants and antiperspirants are loaded with questionable chemicals to prevent you from sweating. As my husband pointed out one day, we are putting all those chemicals super close to our lymph nodes. Yeah, those puppies are important and I don't want to mess with how well they work! So we went on a hunt for a more natural alternative. We found Primal Pit Paste to be effective in keeping you dry and smelling nice even when you are breaking a sweat.
Dry shampoo/ finishing powder: Burt's Bees Talc-Free Dusting Powder. Call it luck, good genetics, or the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, but I don't really wear make up (minus a little mascara) all that much. I've struggled with finding a make up brand that I liked on all levels, but really didn't want to keep dumping junky products into my pores. So I embraced my natural skin and just dust it with a little talc-free baby powder to keep the shine down. This stuff also works great as a dry shampoo in between washing. I just get a little on my scalp and work it through with my fingers or a brush. Do you have dark hair and are afraid the baby powder will show? Add a little unsweetened cocoa powder to bottle to help camouflage the baby powder.
Sunscreen: Badger Balm. Clean ingredients, organic, and as effective as one can hope from a natural sunscreen. Living in San Diego (where it is sunny 51 weeks a year) and being quite fair, sunscreen is uber important to me. My one complaint is that this stuff is a bit thick and a tad greasy, however I will take that problem over slathering myself with artificial chemicals.
All these things are wonderful, but the very best natural beauty product of all is water. Yes, I know. I'm beating that dead horse again. Keeping yourself hydrated makes such an incredible impact on how your hair, skin, and nails look . Your skin glows and retains moisture better. Your hair is softer. Your nails stronger. Your eyes sparkle. So instead of spending a small fortune on products that claim to make you look the way nature intended for you to look, just drink the damn water! For more info on how to keep yourself full of nature's best beauty product and to find out how much of it you should be drinking, read my Hydrate Your Face Off post.