Fair-trade is near and dear to this reader’s heart. Anni has a no-frills routine that keeps her skin happy. She’s let’s you know where she’s shopping for fair-trade items, plus some great DIY tricks for self-care.
Skin: Normal/combination on my face & very dry over the rest of my body, especially during the cold months
Hair: Short, thick, wavy, moderately oily
Favorite Star of the Past: I’m a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, both because of her movies and the amazing humanitarian work she did later in life.
In the shower…
I suds up with Lime in the Coconut Vegan Soap from Greenheart Shop. I started using this a few years ago during the winter, and the sweet, tropical scent really perks me up in the morning. Most of the time, I also shampoo my hair with bar soap, but my husband just bought Acure Organics Argan Oil + Echinacea Shampoo (also from Greenheart Shop), so I sometimes use that on my hair. My legs are especially dry this time of year, so I shave them with a homemade soap that’s a mixture of Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap, Palestinian olive oil, raw honey, and water. It’s super moisturizing and smells amazing!
Out of the shower…
I’ve been obsessed with using food products on my body lately, so I moisturize all over with coconut oil. It doesn’t take long to absorb, and it smells fabulous! Coconut is one of my favorite scents, and really makes living so far north and enduring long winters more bearable for me.
I have a different routine for washing my face almost every day. Some days I massage in coconut oil, before gently wiping the excess off with a wet washcloth. Other days, I use an apple cider vinegar + water mixture as a clarifier. If I’m having a breakout, I put raw honey on the pimples and let it sit for 5 minutes before wiping it off. And once or twice a week, I’ll use an Aztec red clay mask just to clear everything out. I have a huge stack of washcloths under the bathroom sink that I normally go through every 2 weeks!
I buy most of my food/beauty products at Trader Joe’s, because they have a pretty large selection of organic and fair trade products at a good price point. I also recently discovered that you can buy fair trade certified coconut oil, so I’ll be making the switch soon.
Hair & Makeup…
I run my own business out of my home, so unless I have to go out to meetings or visit a client, I rarely fix my hair or wear makeup. But on days that I do…
My hair is naturally wavy and currently cut in a bob, which is a recipe for major frizz. On days when I go out into the world, I usually straighten it. I’ve recently decided to grow it out so I can wear it curly again on a regular basis, though, and I’m taking suggestions for natural products for curly haired girls!
I’m not sure my makeup routine is very natural, unfortunately. I like to keep it simple, and just use a swipe of mascara (I’m currently using Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara from CVS, which screams of green-washing…) and some Burt’s Bees lip balm. In the wintertime, I wear blush or bronzer, too, but I haven’t bought any yet for this year. Any suggestions?
Let’s help Anni out with some suggestions in the comments. Also, we’re curious — do you go out of your way to make sure the food and products you buy are fair trade?
We love these morning routines, especially when one pops up from a reader we recognize from the comments section. This particular reader also has a blog called Dream and Scheme, which is a great name, no? Megan’s routine fits right in with our meditation challenge. Read on to find out why!
Skin: Normal/Combination, Medium with neutral undertones, tans easily, acne-prone
Hair: Thick, dark brown. I am lucky that my hair is pretty manageable, basically all I do is wash and brush it. Though, it can get oily at times.
Favorite Star of the Past: Natalie Portman — She may not be truly from the past, but she is still one of my favorite stars. Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful, she is also intelligent.
I am a night owl but love mornings. They are filled with a new hope and energy. I start off my day by stretching and doing yoga, if I can fit it in. It helps center me and gives me a sense of clarity.
For breakfast, I love a good quinoa bowl. The toppings can range from yogurt and fruit, to egg whites and almond butter depending on my mood. I’ll also whip up a green smoothie, which will usually include: several handfuls of kale, a frozen banana (gives it a nice consistency, adds natural sweetness and potassium), and a spoonful of chia seeds if I can find any.
I shower at night (I like the feeling of being clean before bed) so I just wash my face using my YÜLI Halycon. It’s a gentle, but effective cleanser. Even though it feels almost like water, it’s loaded with potent ingredients that do wonders for your skin. I’ll then spritz my face with a DIY rosewater concoction.
I follow up with the Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage SPF 30. It somehow makes my skin look more even, smooth, and youthful while appearing as if I’m wearing nothing. For my body, I’ve been using the sunscreen by Coola, which does a pretty sufficient job.
My makeup is natural looking and minimalistic for everyday, but I like to get experimental at times.
Face: If I’m going out, I use the Kjaer Weis Foundation in Just Sheer/Paper Thin (this is literally one of the best foundations out there, but it is costly) or the W3LL PEOPLE Foundation + Concealer Stick in 3 Medium Neutral. I like the stick form of the W3LL PEOPLE one, it’s convenient so I can just throw it in my makeup bag and go. And, the product itself is very easy to apply and long-lasting. However, lately these products haven’t been getting much use as I’ve been leaving the house sans foundation or concealer.
Eyes: I rarely don eyeshadow. But when I do, I love the color selection of Alima Pure and Silk Naturals. To line the eyes, I’ve been using the Vapour Organics Mezmerize Eye Liner in Ink. Though I’m also in favor of the Honeybee Gardens JobaColors Eye Pencil as a more affordable option. The Kjaer Weis darker-hued eyeshadows are perfect for a smoky eye if I’m dressing up. They are long lasting, pigmented, and easy to apply.
Lips: I am a big fan of any Ilia lip products but as of recent, my favorite has been the lip crayon in Karma Chameleon. It’s a pretty, feminine pink that gives a nice pop of color. Also, the RMS Lip2Cheek in Modest and Lip Shine in Sacred are beautiful. My collection is pretty diverse here and I also regularly grab my lippies from Red Apple Lipstick, Beautycounter (their packaging is gorg!), Vapour Organic Beauty, and Kjaer Weis.
Hair: My hair is either straight or in waves. Sometimes, I like to apply the John Masters Organics Detangler and brush my hair out with it. Here’s my non-heat trick for loose curls: Split your hair into two equal parts, then twist each section outward. Secure and then sleep with it like that. You’ll wake up with beautiful, soft curls.
Fragrance: I love vanilla and tend to gravitate towards scents with it. One of the first natural perfumes I ever tried was the Lavanila Pure Vanilla Perfume, and I still love it today. It is a vanilla with more depth than a sugary-sweet, candy type. It has more earthy nuances and I find it enchanting. The Tsi-La Organics Perfume in L’Vanille and Ilang Ilang are my most recent finds. But, even though I have not had them for long, they have truly impressed me and I will continue to use them.
My night routine is when I tend to pull out the big guns. And by that, I mean the potent skincare products. Before I even get in the shower, I dry brush using a firm brush by Hydrea London. I have been enjoying this method and have noticed how smooth and supple my skin has become. It really helps to improve circulation and I’ve seen less dullness as well.
In the shower…
I use my Dr. Sponge Charcoal to cleanse my body and use the same YÜLI cleanser as mentioned above for my face. The shampoo I use is the John Master Organics Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo. I usually shampoo 3-4 times a week and apply the Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo in Lavender & Clary Sage on the other days.
Outside of the shower…
I like to have a mini pampering treat and apply a face mask. My favorites include my trusty May Lindstrom The Problem Solver, YÜLI Pure Treatment Mask, and own at-home creation of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mixed with my beloved manuka honey.
Afterwards, I’ll massage my skin with oils. For the face, I love my YÜLI M.E. Skin Fuel. Lets just say, it’s what I can thank for finally having balanced, radiant skin I can feel good about. If I feel any pimples, I’ll dab my revered Osmia Organics Spot Treatment on the spot and not have to worry. It diminishes the appearance of blemishes, without leaving any scarring.
For my body, I alternate between using the Osmia Organics Body Oil in Water Lily and Sunset or the Lina Hanson Global Body Serum. I tend to use these depending on the season. As the weather is starts to cool down, I’ll probably grab the latter.
Before bed, I’ve been getting into the routine of meditating. I was skeptical at first, but it’s really proves beneficial. I feel more calm, focused, and efficient. I no longer get distressed at simple little things and I’ve been sleeping better than ever.
Mmmmm, so much to love! What are your favorites from Megan’s morning routine? Send us your morning skin and hair routine! Include your name, city, age, skin type, hair type, and favorite star from the past. Send to email@example.com
Are you the type of person who piddles about in the morning? Or are you the type of person who has a routine and sticks to it, moving at a quick pace to get out of the house and on with your day? Linda is up and out in 40 minutes flat, but she doesn’t play when it comes to clean beauty. Linda, we whole-heartedly share your body oil addiction.
City: Boston, MA
Weather: Crisp fall weather right now…the perfect time for layers, boots and tights
Hair: Asian hair that is going gray on the right temple…but I’ve embraced it and no longer color it. I love my gray streak now!
Skin: Pale, sensitive and unfortunately with lots of hyperpigmentation
My morning needs to be speedy…I need to be up and out the door in 40 minutes so I can get to work on time. I take a shower every morning since it seems to loosen up my muscles and get me going. I wash my hair with Acure Volumizing Mint Shampoo and then follow it with Rahua Volumizing conditioner. I find this combination gives me volume without looking too flyaway. I leave the conditioner on my hair and then use the Strange Invisible Perfumes Frankincense & Coriander shower gel. I got this product in A Night for Green Beauty box. I love the smell of it… not too herby or too floral… a perfect scent. If I don’t use the shower gel, I use Osmia Organics Lemon Cedargrass soap — one of my favorites. I next plan on getting Osmia’s Chamomile Sun soap… I got to sample it at a friend’s house and loved it…. very sudsy and moisturizing.
I must confess — I have a body oil addiction! After my shower, I use one of my oils depending on my skin/mood of the day… my choices are: One Love Organics Rose Serum, Primavera Rose, One Love Organics Pineapple, Osmia Light, Osmia Wood, Meow Meow Tweet Cedar Sage, Meow Meow Tweet Lavender & Lemongrass, Meow Meow Tweet Chamomile & Calendula, Beridan Naturals in Floral, Beridan Naturals in Fresh.
Next I brush my teeth… this is still a non-green product — I use Sensodyne. I haven’t found a green alternative that I like as much as this paste. Then onto my facial stuff. I either apply One Love Organics Chia Oil or MUN No. 1 Aknari onto my skin, then I follow it with Primavera Revitalizing Eye Cream. I follow that up with Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream all over my face and neck. I finish up with swiping CV Skin Labs Balm onto my lips. I then try to figure out what I’m going to wear for the day and when I’m done, all of the good stuff has soaked in.
Now it is time for makeup — I put Vapour Organics Stratus Skin Perfector in shade 902 on and then follow it up with Kajer Weis Foundation in Paper Thin. This foundation is a ‘my skin but better’ product. I never thought I’d find something that worked as well for me especially with the hyperpigmentation. I then dot on RMS blush in Demure and RMS Living Luminizer and blend both with my fingers. Next is eyeliner — my other non-green product – Revlon Color Stay Eyeliner. I’ve used some other green eyeliners but they don’t seem to last as long as this product. I finish up with RMS Finishing Powder and W3LL People Lip Balm in 7.
Lastly but not least, I blow dry my hair. I prep it with John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray, which gives it a little oomph. I’m still looking for a great green styling product that doesn’t leave hair gloopy and flat. So far this is the best I’ve found but I’m always on the lookout. After drying my hair, I spritz some Yarok hairspray on my brush and run it lightly over my hair so that it stays in place during my speed walk to work.
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Love this simple yet nurturing routine from a reader who is clearly enjoying every minute of the fall season. To see why we’re running out for apples and rooibos, keep reading!
City: Washington, DC
Weather: Beautiful! These days are cool, crisp, and quintessential fall
Skin: combination, although tends to be on the drier side than oily
Hair: Medium length, highlighted a caramel-blonde color
Favorite star: Judy Garland
There’s something about fall that makes me want to re-vamp my beauty routine. The weather here is getting cooler and the leaves just started to change, so the makeup and skincare items I have from the summer no longer seem to fit my mood. This weekend, I brought out the winter quilt for my bed since I usually sleep with a sheet during Washington, DC’s hot and humid summers. When fall arrives, though, I’m always ready for the crisp and cooler weather.
In the mornings, I usually stay in bed for 5-10 minutes before getting up. Sometimes, I’ll stretch or do some gentle yoga poses in bed to help my body wake up from the night before. I find that stretching helps quiet my mind and mentally prepare for the busy day ahead, which isn’t always easy to do when I rush. Then it’s time to wash my face. I use Dr. Bronner’s soap in Tea Tree Oil because I have acne-prone skin and the antiseptic properties of tea tree really help prevent blemishes. I’ve used other cleansers but always find Dr. Bronner’s to be the most effective in leaving my skin clear and blemish-free. I use a tiny amount since it’s easy to dry your skin out with tea tree — a little goes a long way.
Afterwards, I moisturize my face because the cooler weather can dry it out. My skin tends to change from oily to dry, but in the fall and winter it tends to be on the drier side. I used Shea Moisture’s Apricot Kernel face cream in the summer. This past week or so, I’ve transitioned to using Kahina Giving Beauty’s Argan Oil facial moisturizer. It blends in nicely without leaving any sort of greasy residue. Those are the types of moisturizers I love and seek out, something that is light enough for my skin to absorb but still does a great job of leaving my skin freshly moisturized. I started using Odacite’s B+J serum around my eyes this summer. It has such a light, fresh, and fruity scent, and I love how a dab makes me feel like I’m giving the delicate skin around my eyes a boost of protective moisture. I think it’s something I will continue doing because I have noticed a difference in the appearance of the skin around my eyes. I think the beneficial properties of oils have a preventative/restorative element to them, and that is one of the reasons why they help with diminishing fine lines. Lately I’ve been using a small dab of Red Flower’s Moroccan Argan Oil. It has a spicy yet sweet scent that is perfect for fall and reminds me of a cinnamon spice candle. It is very rich and can be used on the body as well, so you only need a very tiny amount for your eye area.
This is usually around the time when I will do my makeup. However, the last month or so I haven’t really been using anything other than moisturizer and a swipe of mascara. On the weekends I will apply more, mainly when I am going out or doing something with friends. Otherwise, it’s nice to let my skin breathe on days when I’m not doing anything special. I use Ilia Beauty Mascara in Black and Dr. Hauschka’s Mascara in Black. I switch it up because I find that Ilia Mascara is great for a basic coat and does a good job of keeping the lashes separated — perfect for workdays. Dr. Haushka’s is more volumizing, so I use this one when I want to create a more dramatic look.
Afterwards, I like to make myself a cup of tea. I just bought some Kromland Farm Organic Rooibos Tea, which tastes just like Chai except without the caffeine. Organic Rooibos also has a high alpha hydroxy acid in it and will leave your skin dewy and hydrated. I had the brilliant idea of making fresh pressed apple cider from apples acquired through apple picking and steeping it with the Rooibos Tea to make spiced cider! I am getting excited just thinking about it!
Are you feeling inspired to go apple picking or something else that puts you out into the crisp fall air? How does your routine, be it beauty or weekend leisure, change with the fall season?
Who doesn’t want a peek at an esthetician’s morning routine, especially when natural beauty products are involved? Enjoy these tips from a NMDL reader and skin buff in North Carolina!
City: Charlotte, North Carolina
Weather: It’s one of those romantic Autumn days, which are so rare here: gentle rain inspires leaves to fall down, cool breeze coming through the window.
Hair: shoulder-length, highlighted , fine
Skin: pale, acne prone, sensitive (my skin is confusing, really)
Star: Princess Diana
I am a free-lance esthetician, so its rare that I have a busy schedule. Usually I get enough time for my beauty sleep and an opportunity to wake up, meditate, and start my day with “This is a glorious day and every experience is a joyful adventure! I choose to feel good!” That’s my mantra. Then I brush my teeth with my favorite, Honest Company toothpaste. It’s absolutely free of sulfates, saccharine, fluoride, artificial colors and sweeteners, and parabens.
Then I take a shower with Honest Company soap. I’m absolutely in love with this brand. The products are pure, effective and gentle. Then I wash my hair with the, yes, of course, Honest Company Shampoo and Body wash, followed by the Honest Company Conditioner. I used to use John Masters Organics hair products and they are absolutely incredible, but since I ordered the Honest Company bundle, it seemed like a good idea to use their shampoo and conditioner as well. When I get out of the shower I like to use one of 100%Pure body moisturizers, or if it’s chilly outside and my skin craves extra oils, I mix Honest Company Body Face and Body Cream ( it doesn’t really have any scent to it) with one of the Pratima body oils. Oh. I can’t say enough about the Pratima Skincare line. Those oils smell divine! They hydrate, heal, and just love your skin. I have all of them, and I choose to ignore the fact that they actually created for different skin needs: for sensitive, oily and dry. I can’t resist the scent. It’s all absolutely hand-made, natural, organic. Zero preservatives!
My skincare changes from time to time. As an esthetician I’m very open to the new products in the holistic skincare market, always excited to try something new. Right now I find it very effective for my acne prone skin to use Pratima purifying essential oils for acne skin (my skin just soaks them in — so lovely, no oiliness, nothing left), followed by my absolute favorite Bee Yummy Skinfood moisturizer by Live Live. This product is sensational. It contains all raw and organic honey, honey cappings, bee pollen, propolis, St. John’s wort oil, and royal jelly. You see, it’s a food for your skin. I always remember that it takes 26 seconds after the application for the skincare product to enter your blood stream. So, what you put on yourself, becomes a building foundation of your own body. My eye cream is Rejuvenating Gold by Pratima. So is my Neem Healing Face Mask and a Turmeric Mask. I love them!
Sometimes I feel like making my own mask, so I just mix raw honey with the oatmeal and some lemon juice, and that becomes my face and body mask. From time to time I like to use some perfume, so Lotus Wei makes wonderful ones. And, I always remember to use their magical flower elixirs. They changed the way I feel about life.
Then I go do some yoga. If the class is going to be hot, I do my skincare routine after I come home and shower again. After my yoga class I remember to put my Omega slow juicer to use and make a full of life and energy apple-lemon-turmeric (excellent blood cleaner) and celery juice. When I feel like a liver cleanse is needed, I add some dandelion.
And that is my morning. The only difference in the evening is that I love to use the Pratima Turmeric Mask as a night cream. It’s very healing and rejuvenating, but it’s very orange, so I don’t have to worry that I look like a pumpkin.
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