Jessica’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

Meet Jessica! Her mention of the Konjac Sponge is kismet. (See yesterday’s post.) Plus, fall is around the corner and we feel like talking about makeup. This routine has it all.

Name: Jessica

Age: 27

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but on vacation in PEI

Current weather: sunny but cool… perfect summer weather

Hair: slightly wavy, fine and super thick

Skin: very pale, oily skin with some blemishes but mostly clear

Favourite star or icon from the past: Elizabeth Taylor

In the shower…

I’ve been slowly cleaning up my beauty regimen for the past 2 years and have only started using organic hair products for about 9 months. I have only used Dr. Jones organic shampoo and conditioner and am quite satisfied (I try not to wash my hair more than twice a week). I use an epilator instead of shaving, for water conservation, and regularly get my eyebrows threaded. I just finished a less than entirely clean body wash that I could not resist, as I picked it up at Kualoa Ranch on my travels to Oahu in May. I am only now looking into some really clean but delicious smelling body washes that won’t break the bank. Any suggestions?

Outside the shower…

I cleanse my face every morning with my awesome Konjac charcoal bamboo sponge and with Graydon The Cleanser at night; using May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt every other day before my shower.

I really hate tying up my hair since it gives me severe headaches (curse of super thick hair), but I also hate drying my hair with a blow drier since it damages it. I have started using John Masters citrus detangler to protect my hair from heat damage and when air drying, I love to add some argan oil to my ends. I do not use any other hair product since I really like keeping things simple and minimal. As for my face routine, all I can say is that my Konjac Sponge is the best thing in the world. I have managed to balance my oily skin by cleansing with my Konjac, along with using orange blossom hydrosol as a toner (wanting to now try Stark’s White Willow toner). After toning in the morning, I use Graydon’s The Serum after applying Nurish Organics’ See Spot Run, but if I feel that I need more moisture I use Nurish Organics’ Rejuven-eight Day Cream.

At night, I opt to use argan oil over See Spot Run and One Love Organics’ Skin Savior waterless beauty balm around my eyes for extra moisturization. To cap off my night routine, as lip protection I use Dr. Bronner’s naked lip balm as it stays on all night. Sometimes I also like to treat myself
with manuka honey masks when I feel my skin needs a little change in the routine.

Finishing touches…

I LOVE makeup and adore trying different things. However, I am very picky about the ingredients I use on my skin as I am allergic to peppermint oil. I normally do not wear much makeup (lip balm and concealer), except for when I go out for something significant or special. When I do doll up,   I use Gabriel’s black mascara, Lilly Lolo’s brown eye pencil, Vapour Organics illuminist concealer, Vapour Organics Mesmerize eye colours, Ferro cosmetics mineral foundation and 3X blush (which can be also used to give color to lips) and Dr. Bronner’s naked lip balm. For a dramatic color on my lips I have Korres’ lip butter in a reddish pink, but am looking to finish it up as quickly as possible since I do not find it to be as clean as I would like it to be. I also have Inica’s lip crayon in Blossom, but I do not like the texture on my lips. I would love to get my hands on some Kjaer Weis products, especially the lip tints as I’ve heard really great reviews. I also highlight some key areas of my face with Vapour Organics Halo in Brilliance. I top everything off with Erbaviva’s Jasmine grapefruit deodorant and Tallulah Jane’s Helona mist. I am still looking for the perfect deodorant, but am having some difficulty as I cannot use baking soda and as for perfume, I would love to find something that is more tropical for the summer, yet still affordable!

I am a huge skin care and makeup junky; loving trying out all the new products I can! Living in Canada, however, limits the brands I get to try as I refuse to pay over-the-top prices for shipping for any products. I really really want to try some stuff by Savvy Boheme, Jiva Apoha, La Bella Figura, and Kjaer Weis… I believe that changing up your beauty routine is always a good thing as skin becomes immune to products and stops being so effective over time. I hope you’ve enjoyed my morning/beauty routine!

20 Responses to “Jessica’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!”
  1. Pepper says:

    Good morning!

    I’m dying to try Kjaer Weis makeup too – my beauty wish list is way too long. I use & love Stark’s WB toner and I also love & recommend Evan Healy’s Immortelle. I second using One Love’s skin savior as a moisturizer at night too, it’s awesome! I never use it to take off my makeup though – Stark GF works better for that I think. My favorite tinted lip balms are Tata Harper be adored & Hurraw’s cinnamon & black cherry balms.

    I’ve tried all sorts of body washes & soaps and always go back to Dr. Bronner’s. The almond one smells like heaven, and I also love the citrus. It’s pretty no-frills but it’s really good, lasts forever, and it’s inexpensive. And I love it.

    For non-baking soda deodorants, I do pretty well with Weleda Rose and Aubrey Organic’s E+High C. I also like Aubrey’s calendula spray one, but only when it’s not super hot out. You may have success too with just coconut oil mixed with arrowroot & some essential oil, like lavender or tea tree.

  2. Marnie says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Love your simple routine – thanks for sharing! I am in Canada as well and have found these sites to have an amazing selection of natural products as well as awesome customer service and usually free shipping on minimum orders (usually $50).

  3. Lisa says:

    I second the Dr. Bronner’s. A larger bottle of it lasts my husband and I about six months. I haven’t tried the almond, but my favorite so far has been lavender.

  4. Carol says:

    Great routine, Jessica – thanks for sharing! I adore the John Masters Citrus detangler & the rosemary peppermint one as well. I also use his Argan oil on my ends too :)

    Body wash suggestions: Nourish Organics Almond Vanilla smells like marzipan/cake batter and is great price. Our whole family is obsessed with the John Masters Bourbon Vanilla & Blood Orange. It costs more than Nourish but I just wait & stock up when he has his 25% off specials (like this past Labor Day & always around Earth Day).

  5. mangomadness says:

    Lovely routine! I just bought a konjac sponge and I can’t wait to try it. I love the idea of orange blossom water as a toner. I currently use rosewater to set my mineral foundation.

    I love Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Spray Perfume. It’s natural, affordable (~$22), and smells divine (sweet and tropical).

  6. Courtney says:

    I second the Dr. Bronner’s suggestion. It’s the only clean body wash I’ve ever used, and it’s everything that Pepper says it is–affordable, long lasting, and very yummy smelling. I like the peppermint and the lavender. The citrus one makes my skin a little itchy for some reason. Once I finish that citrus bottle, I want to try the rose and the almond scents that I’ve heard so much about.

    And yay for the Konjac sponge! I’ve been using it for about three months now. I just started using the bamboo charcoal one, but I’m not sure I’ve noticed a huge difference from the “original” yet. I love that these little sponges are catching on, though : )

  7. Misha says:

    I switch up skin care and hair care products all the time simply because I get bored and like variety or have new products that I want to try or because my skin/hair feels like it “needs” a specific thing on a certain day. I’ve always kind of felt that it was good to rotate products, just like it’s good to keep the muscles surprised with different exercise or the metabolism guessing with a different intake of calories throughout the week. I’ve always believed what Jessica says to be true, that skin becomes immune to products and they stop being effective over time, but is there any science behind it? Is it really true? And do makers of their own skin care line really alternate and use products outside of their own brand—for example, if their own collection offers a limited selection of cleansers, moisturizers, oils. Do they only use their own products on their skin for the rest of their lives or would they advocate rotating products?

  8. Alasdair says:

    As a fellow canadian, I really getwhat you’re saying regarding exorbitant shipping costs and duties/taxes. I know you can get Kjaer Weis from and LBF from (both ship from canada so There’s a free shipping option and no duties!) if that helps at all.

    I’ve had great luck with the Weleda deodorants (sage is my favourite); they do a pretty good job of controlling odour, but I notice they don’t do a whole lot for moisture. I’ve found the liquid roll-on deodorant by Lafes to be better at controlling moisture, but you need to be careful as there are two formulas floating around, one with hydroxyethylcellulose (an arguably benign ingredient) and the other with polyquaternium-10 (a potential environmental toxin). I’ve only trid the former, and, if you ask me, it’s brilliant. I also think a clean diet really helps with body odor; I was raised vegetarian and even during my awkward, hormonal adolescent years (I’m a guy), I never really got stinky.

    As far as body washes go, I’m a huge devotee to the Weleda offerings (particularly the sea buckthorn option *swoon*). They’re so creamy; really a joy to use. If those are outside of your budget (they are slightly pricey), I will second what Pepper has said and recommend Dr. B. I too love the almond scent, you can also buy it almost everywhere which is mega convenient. If you want something with a bit more frills, Desert Essence Organics make a facial cleanser (“thoroughly clean” I believe it’s called) that’s castille soap based (like Dr. B), but is enriched with all sorts of good stuff like goldenseal and awapuhi. I’m mentioning a facial cleanser because they sell a “refill size” that makes it perfectly sustainable to use as a body wash (15-ish$ for 32 oz).

    Good luck filling the last few holes left in your routine!

  9. JJ says:

    I wish someone could offer an organic clean cleanser WITHOUT those toxic horrible essential oils and irritating plant extracts.

    In the meantime, I’ll be using Cetaphil

    Lavender is like parabens for my family

  10. Anya says:

    I’m in Canada too and I just wanted to add that has really low shipping fees on makeup to Canada (their body care shipping fees are somewhat higher due to the weight of the products). The shop owner is very friendly and helpful as well, so I would recommend checking them out!

  11. Naomi says:

    Great routine – thanks for sharing! I share your aversion to blow drying and am dreading the colder weather setting in where I will have no choice but to break out the hair dryer every morning. :( But what I try to do once every week or two is rub some coconut oil onto my hair for a super conditioning treatment. I choose a day when a slicked back ponytail or bun will be okay or when I’m really not going anywhere because it makes my fine hair look greasy – not sure if thick hair can handle it better and still look good. Anyway, it’s a great treatment and my hair is so soft and shiny when I wash it out the following morning. (Soft and shiny lasts for days afterwards.)

  12. Steff says:

    A fellow Ottawa gal! (Although I no longer live there :) )
    I also agree about the shipping prices in Canada. The main site I order from in the UK has free shipping. It actually has free international shipping as well (it’ll just take time for the products to arrive to you)

    For a body wash, I’ve been using the Dr Bronners citrus one since I brought a travel size one with me back to Canada. I think it’s great all around just like everyone else has been saying. For a body wash, maybe Desert Essence would have a good one? I just got their coconut shampoo/conditioner which smells amazing and I know it doesn’t cost too much.

    Hopefully you’ll find some good options with the suggestions here :)

  13. Gigi Holy says:

    I did not yet change all my cosmetics to green alternatives. I tried the following deodorants: Soapwalla deodorant cream, Mádara herbal deodorant, I liked both of them, but Mádara is perfect even on the most sweaty days. I bath with Dr. Bronner baby mild soap and Soapwalla activated charcoal soap. I cannot help with perfumes. I still use my old Creed perfume I could not replace it yet, but I only put it on my clothes not my skin. It is hard to find a natural but similar smelling perfume. :(

  14. Hey Jessica, you live in Ottawa & Terra20 is there. They’re an all eco store I heard about a while ago & I’m dying to go there when I’m in the area. Anyway, I’m a Canadian gal too. Besides Fresh Faced, Eco Beauty Diva & Clementine Fields there’s also Saffron Rouge, Green Beauty, & Lilou Organics that are canadian online beauty product sellers. Websites below. I would second everyone else’s recommendations for using Dr. Bronner’s as a body wash. I use it myself & I only need a few drops each shower. It dilutes well with water if you want it to last longer.

  15. Oops! I forgot to mention another website that ships within canada. They sell mostly vitamin supplements, etc but they do have a small selection of beauty products.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I’m interested to hear answers and any thoughts to the questions Misha posed about switching products and product ‘immunity’. I’ve struggled with acne on and off for years and have read (and been told) to streamline my routine and be careful about switching products. I could have misunderstood, but the premise of not switching seemed to be that our skin adapts to whatever products we are using and change can upset the balance. Could be that the advice was not to never make changes, but not to make them so frequently that our skin cannot adjust.

  17. Hi Jessica,
    I’m thrilled you use Graydon’s The Serum. It’s such a potent, pure and beautiful product.
    We also carry Graydon’s All Over Soap which smells amazing, lasts forever and is a great body,hair and hand soap~

    Take good care,

  18. Klaudia says:

    Loved this post– especially the makeup! Huge makeup junkie right here :) Dr. Bonner’s Naked lip balm is favorite of mine as well.


  19. Anonymous says:

    @Jennifer and @Misha
    I HIGHLY doubt skin can become “immune” to products. Skin does, however, change over time due to aging, hormones, climate, etc. As such, you should tailor your skin care routine to fit your skin’s needs. I find that too much experimentation with skin care products is actually a bad idea if you’re throwing them on all willy-nilly. And sensitive skin is likely to get aggravated if it’s attacked with too many things at once. Basically, it’s okay to try out new things, but don’t rotate your products just because “my skin will become immune to it”. It won’t. You just won’t notice the effects as much as the first time(s) you used it because it will become a normal part of your routine.

  20. Khushbu says:

    Hi Jessica,
    I’ve been wanting to try out Dr Jones’ organic shampoo, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere (I live in the US). Do you know if it has been discontinued? I have thinning hair, and I had really wanted to try out that shampoo.

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