You may recognize Carol from the NMDL community. Her sweet and positive vibe in the comments section reminds us why we love doing what we do. Carol has some serious green beauty wisdom to share, so grab a cup of herbal tea and settle in for a lovely routine.
City: Indian Wells, CA
Current weather: Sunny & dry, dry, dry! Around 110 degrees daily with a/c running 24/7 (summer in the desert!)
Skin: Dry, Aging, Sensitive
Hair: Dry, Wavy/Curly, Shoulder-Length, Color my grey (with as chemical-free color as I can find)
Favorite Star From The Past: tie between Leslie Caron & Jaclyn Smith during her “Charlie’s Angels” era
How I start each day…
I start each day with equal measures of love & hydration. The love part is a generous misting of Lotus Wei Infinite Love Mist as soon as my eyes open, a big hug from my lovely daughter who runs in to greet me each morning, followed by giving our sweet golden retriever his morning Ark Natural dog treat — he gets SO excited about it (not realizing it’s really to clean his teeth) that it melts my heart, and I make my dear husband a big mug of coffee. The hydration part is brewing 2 cups of Organic India Tulsi Tea. (I have those big over-sized Fiestaware mugs in assorted cheerful colors to wake up to). I rotate between their Tulsi Vanilla (my favorite one) or Tulsi Cinnamon Rose or Tulsi Guta Kola and I make sure to let it seep for at least 10 minutes, all of which I learned from the lovely Susannah on NMDL. I also add 5 drops of Lotus Wei Joy Juice Elixer to my morning tea to help with being cheerful.
The hydration continues while I’m waiting for my Tulsi tea to brew, I hold a warm washcloth to my face and then follow with a generous mist of Kari Gran Hydrating Tonic in the rose scent (it’s so fresh, like sticking my face into a bouquet of fresh-cut roses from the garden) and I follow that with several pumps of her ah-mazing Serum which has this luscious ylang-ylang scent. I also hydrate my lips with Kari Gran cinnamon lip whip (shout out to Alexandra for mentioning this on NMDL — that’s how I discovered it). Back to the love part, I also swish my mouth with Tom’s of Maine natural mouth-wash and follow with a spritz of Lotus Wei Infinite Love perfume on my hair, wrists, and my heart (as Katie from Lotus Wei suggests) so that I smell nice for my family as we are preparing breakfast. While I drink my tea, I sit quietly for 20 minutes or so and read my favorite blogs, starting with NMDL.
After tea is finished, we always make healthy breakfast smoothies — sometimes green smoothies (lots of coconut water, baby spinach, frozen berries) and sometimes tropical (unsweetened coconut milk, fresh pineapple chunks, frozen banana, splash of orange juice). If anyone is being cranky, I keep a bottle of Lotus Wei Joy Juice Mist on the kitchen counter and mist it around to keep us cheerful (neither myself or my daughter are morning folk). I then fill a large glass with half Zico coconut water and half Perrier water. I find the straight coconut water a little hard to take, but I also desperately need the hydration while I exercise and feel so much better sipping coconut water throughout the day here in the desert. I add 5 more drops of Joy Juice Elixer to my water glass and walk for 30 minutes on my treadmill. I like to mist my face again with my Kari Gran Hydrating Tonic just before I step on the treadmill, it feels so refreshing.
In the Shower…
Right before I step in, I roll Tata Harper Automatic Stress all over my hands and do 8-10 slow deep breaths. The amazing combo of scents really calms me down. Then I wash my hair with Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner — the regular one. I much prefer the scent of their Volumizing shampoo & conditioner, but they make my scalp itch and dry out my hair too much. The regular Rahua combo makes me have perfect hair days so I hang in there with the scent. I know a lot of people love the Palo Santo scent, so I feel badly saying I don’t care for it, but I’m a fruity, floral or citrus gal. For body wash & shaving my legs I use John Masters Organics Bourbon Vanilla & Blood Orange body wash — it smells so fabulous. I exfoliate with an Osmia coffee & mint soap bar that I keep in the shower on their ingenious little soap saver stand. I step out of the shower and leave my skin dripping wet (as I learned from reading the Osmia blog) and slather my legs & arms with Osmia Body Oil in Sunset. I also wrap my hair up in an old t-shirt so it won’t drip down my back.
Out of the Shower…
For deodorant, I am now using and loving In Love With Body Care deodorant in unscented (I have my husband using their Morocco scent — spearmint) that I discovered thanks to the samples sent to me by the exceedingly kind Terri at Integrity Botanicals. Just upgraded to a full-size tube of it and love it so much more than my former deodorant — Nourish Organic — which worked but was scratchy feeling going on. This deodorant has coconut oil in it, so it is very creamy and feels very gentle on my skin. Love it! I mist my face with my Kari Gran rose mist again, followed by her glorious serum (side note: most normal people don’t have to apply Kari Gran mist & serum several times a day, but my skin is crazy dry with the desert air and a/c going so I do a mid-day hydration too). I brush my teeth with The Honest Company toothpaste in mint — it’s SLS & fluoride-free and the only mint toothpaste that doesn’t sting my tongue when I use it. I floss my teeth with Reach woven soft floss in mint. Now I unwrap my hair from the t-shirt and scrunch it all over with Rahua hair wax. This is a life-changing product that keeps my dry hair curly and not frizzy and has completely replaced my previous “cocktail” of multiple other products that drove me crazy.
Most days at home, I just opt for 3 things: combing my eyebrows with Jane Iredale clear brow gel, my Kjaer Weiss mascara & Osmia lip gloss in Whisper. If I’m headed into the California sunshine, I put John Masters Organics SPF 30 sunscreen all over my face & neck and top it off with RMS lip to cheek in Demure on the apples of my cheeks. I’ve read so much praise for the Josh Rosebrook SPF 30 day cream that I’ve gotten some samples and am considering the switch, the skin on my face is very dry and sensitive and the John Masters sunblock works well but tends to dry out my skin even more. I use Hurraw SPF 15 lip balm (love the tangerine/vanilla scent and it goes on clear!) then put my Osmia lip gloss over the top. On my arms & hands I slather on Erbaviva SPF 30 which smells so nice…. light lavender scent.
Throughout the Day…
Every time after washing my hands, I love putting on my Osmia Linden Rose Hand Cream (shout-out to Rebecca on NMDL for recommending) mixed with a few drops of Lotus Wei Infinite Love for a nice boost of rose and positive energy. I also try at least twice a day to take a mini-break by closing my eyes for 2 minutes and letting a Wei of Chocolate dark chocolate melt in my mouth. Heaven.
Just wanted to share that the ultimate de-stresser is taking a warm bath with Zoe Organic’s Mama’s Ritual Bath Salts. Even if you aren’t a mom, we all need to find healthy ways to relax and there is something magical in this mix that is so calming I almost pass out in the bathtub — it’s that relaxing. If I don’t have time for a bath, I agree 100% with a post on NMDL a few months ago that Susannah wrote about how the warm cloth & facial oil cleansing ritual (using Kari Gran cleansing oil) is as relaxing as a bath. The combo of the warm cloth and the lavender scent is an ultra-relaxing way to end the day. I also like rolling on Tsi-La Fleur Sauvage and breathing it in right after I finish caring for my face at bedtime. Tata Harper’s Bedtime aromatherapy and a big mug of Organic India Rose tea is a lovely way to end my day.
After writing all this out, I kinda feel like I use a lot of products (high-maintenance?) but I’ve come to learn that little bits of self-care scattered throughout the day culminates in feeling so much better and more calmer about life…
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Haut Cosmetics is a new discovery for some of us at No More Dirty Looks. Did you catch Rebecca’s review of the line last week? How about Susannah’s review of the BB Cream? The founder of Haut is sharing her makeup bag, and it’s full of fun tips.
Name: Joanne Lepp
Where I live: White Rock, BC
“Beauty is the dance of life, which every creature is doing. I am communicating that energy to open up people’s hearts and nature is an important message. What it is saying to me is that we need to be in harmony with the planet and protect it and save it. One of the ways is through beauty. Beauty is nature’s operating instructions. It will tell you exactly how to live your life. It motivates you to make the right choices by seducing you through color and taste and smell to do the right things. We are hardwired to protect what we fall in love with. I feel like that is our job as artists is to help people see things that perhaps we do not see on the surface ”
~Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg
My relationship with makeup: I try to be a little creative every morning. I have found that a subtle pop of color goes a long way as I get older! Doing my makeup on the run is painful. It is my morning meditation and a chance to start the day on a colorful note.
HAUT COSMETICS: Purifying Primer –In the summer I love starting out with this product before applying anything else. It tightens up pores and the Hyaluronic Acid plumps up the skin beautifully. In our BC winter climate I switch to the Coconut Cream.
HAUT COSMETICS: A Fresh Start Brush & Almond BB Cream – I need this product in the morning. It seems to bring skin back to life in the morning. I also love the feeling of a luxury vegan makeup brush on my skin.
HAUT COSMETICS: Brighteners mixed with my new Rasberry Elixir – I love RRSO for its natural SPF of 29-50. I use the White and Beige Brighteners around my eyes and the Yellow around my nose and mouth.
HAUT COSMETICS: I apply Almond HDD Cream with the Smooth Things Over Brush where extra coverage is needed (sun spots, blemishes etc) followed by a gently pressed application of Almond Bio-foundation to my face and neck.
HAUT COSMETICS: Vintage and Wildflower on eyes –I like to use the Vintage Aloe Cream Tint and Vintage or Marble Loose Tint together for more intense color and longevity.
SUNCOAT: Sugar Mascara – This mascara is vegan and squeaky-clean! Also, I love and am currently hording three Shu Uemera Eyelash Curlers. I warm my curler up with Chi Elite hair dryer (always test it), curl my lashes and follow with a coat of Clear Bio-cocoa Balm or SUNCOAT mascara.
HAUT COSMETICS: Mauve Magic and He’s The One Aloe Cream Tint – On the upper cheeks the Mauve Magic creates a higher, fuller looking cheek bone and then I follow with a little He’s The One right on the apple of my cheeks for color.
HAUT COSMETICS: Illuminating Loose Tint with Work It Out Brush – applied all around the perimeter of my face, blended well, and then anywhere the sun naturally hits my face for a naturally sun-kissed look.
HAUT COSMETICS: Hide Nothing Lip Gloss – this gloss goes on smooth with a nice shine. With my collection of balms and creams I can create any custom color on lips and then make it glossy color if the mood strikes!
HAUT COSMETICS: DHA-Free Caramel Tan – I like to apply this once or twice a week to my face and body for some color. It also has anti-aging ingredients that give skin a really ‘soft-focus’ glow to go with the healthy color.
Lavanila Laboratories Natural Deodorant—love the light fresh scent but even more that this product actually works.
HAUT COSMETICS Argan Elixir – If I ever forget this product on a trip I am heartbroken. This multi-purpose oil can be used for everything from a makeup remover to a hair gloss, body oil, makeup cleanser and massage oil. I find the orange citrus scent is a pick-me-up. Sometimes I use this product under my Purifying or Coconut Cream Primer in the morning if I need extra hydration in the Winter time.
ANDALOU Hair Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Cleanser in Mandarin Orange Vanilla (addicted to orange).
HAUT COSMETICS Balancing Mist – I use this rosewater mist to refresh my hair and to smooth it if it is going back in a ponytail. My scalp seems to react to everything these days.
WATUKO HEADGEAR –I love how soft these versatile hair pieces are. They are made of Bamboo, Beechwood and Eucalyptus and can be worn like a bandana and a variety of other ways.
PACIFICA Indian Coconut Nectar candle and natural perfume smells so yummy and candles relax me.
JOY OF THE MOUNTAINS Oil Of Oregano + Vitamin A – I like to use a drop or two when I do my morning oil pulling or if I feel a cold coming on.
I carry all my makeup brushes with me and the inner makeup artist tells me I need to carry around some makeup balms and tint shades that I do not normally wear myself so that I am always prepared to do someone’s makeup if I get the chance!
This morning routine is all the way from Dubai. We love the mix of clean products plus the single ingredient, DIY style approach here. Be sure to add your suggestions for an eye cream in the comments!
Name: Haseena Samtani
City: Dubai, UAE
Current weather: a toasty 120 degrees daily
Skin: Was clear until my first pregnancy, now hormonal due to another pregnancy and breast feeding. Uneven and prone to hyper pigmentation post break outs. It’s medium/dark with a golden undertone and tans very easily.
Hair: long, dark and in between wavy and curly.
Starlet from the past: I always adored Lucille Ball. She was the first woman on TV that I thought was just stunning.
How my day begins…
Just before going to get my 15 month old to nurse, I crack open a fresh coconut and drink the water. If I’m lucky and there’s soft flesh, I eat that as well. I’m pregnant with my second child and during my first pregnancy I drank a coconut every day, it’s an old Indian tradition. After she’s done and while she’s playing, I’ll have a green smoothie; usually blended coconut milk, pineapple, mango, spinach or kale and a couple spoons of chia seeds. If I’m feeling hungry I’ll do a whole grain peanut butter toast or a bowl of yogurt with fruit. I also take an iron and Pre-Natal supplement at this time. This keeps me going until lunch. After that I massage my babe with organic cold pressed coconut oil and I slather it all over myself too. About a half hour before bathing I’ll rub some manuka honey on my face or just where I have a little spot.
In the Shower…
In the shower, I alternate between Dr. Bronners, Whole Truth bars (currently using Mud & Glory), or African Black Soap. I usually quickly lather up using a sea sponge. If I have time (on the weekends when the hubs is with my baby girl), I’ll rub down after soaping with a mixture of sea salt and oil (usually olive). I shampoo every few days, sometimes with baking soda mixed in a little water and sometimes with Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo. I’ll condition with Dessert Essence Red Raspberry Deep Conditioner. If my legs need it, I’ll run the razor over them, although I try to wax with a homemade honey based sugar about once a month.
Out of the shower…
I apply more coconut oil if my skin still is feeling dry; otherwise I skip it. I’m also trying out Butter Elixir and Intelligent Nutrients body oils, which I am loving so far! In the “winter” of Dubai, I’ll massage a little pure shea butter on my elbows and heels. It also helps nipples if you are breast-feeding and is great on diaper rash! I’ll put a few drops of rose hip seed oil on my face. I had wanted to try the Pai one but it wasn’t available in Dubai, but I did find a local brand that I love (it’s SO rare for that to happen here). It’s called Shirley Conlon Organics Rosehip Oil. I also really love the Gressa Purifying Oil, which I stock up on from the states. I’ve found it to tame my breakouts and help with pigmentation too. If I’ve washed my hair I leave it to air dry. If it needs a little refreshing then I’ll sprinkle some One Love Organics dry shampoo at the roots. This is a new find and I love it! I put some coconut oil on my under arms to as a base for the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream I apply next.
Then I do my makeup…
A quick brush of Jane Iredale Mineral Powder in Suntan (it’s been very tough to match my skin color, but this one seems to work nicely), some Vapour Aura Multi-use Stick in Torch quickly smeared on my cheeks, Indian Kajal under my eyes and I’m done. If it’s a special occasion I’ll put a little RMS Concealer under my eyes and some Alima Pure Mineral Eye Shadow in Chai under my brow bone. I love this color as it just melds with my skin. At this point I’m usually running out the door for some class or play date.
At night while putting my little love to bed, I’ll sip hot water with lemon. To remove my make up, I massage olive oil on my face. If I’m not too tired I’ll steam for a few minutes too. Or I’ll tissue off the oil to remove the makeup and apply some manuka honey for a bit while watching TV with my other love. Then either cleanse with Evan Healy Lavender Milk or One Love Organics Foaming Cleanser. I use a Clarisonic a few times a week to keep my skin clear. After I spritz with a hydrosol (Evan Healy is one of my favs) and apply Gressa Purifying Oil. A couple times a week I’ll throw some Arcona Gentle Solution on too, although I haven’t done this since becoming pregnant as I’m trying to be extra gentle with my skin. I also love masks so whenever I have time I’ll do the green tea clay one from Evan Healy, Gressa Dirty Pretty Things or make my own with a little fullers earth, turmeric and yogurt. This really makes my skin glow, just a pinch of turmeric though, otherwise you end up looking like a pumpkin!
I love products so my routine is ever evolving. Going green with my beauty has been the best decision for me. I do miss a nice eye cream. Anyone have one they love?
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Did you know that Marie Veronique Organics recently split into two companies? MVO’s Pacific line is now part of True Nature Botanicals, while the Everyday Essentials line remains with Marie Veronique Organics. Headed by the former CEO of Marie Veronique Organics, True Nature Botanicals will be at A Night For Green Beauty, tomorrow night in LA. We’re looking forward to trying TNB’s new solid perfumes in person!
Name: Hillary Peterson, CEO, True Nature Botanicals, formerly Marie Veronique Organics
City: Mill Valley, California
Current Weather: Hot or foggy — depending on the day!
Hair: Thick and Dry
Favorite Star From the Past: Audrey Hepburn
I am married with three kids, a dog and a full time job so simplicity is key for me. I start each day with a large glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a tablespoon of meyer lemon juice from our tree, to hydrate, to support my internal ph balance and to detox. Most mornings, I run for a half hour. On the days that I wash my hair I apply a homemade pre wash hair oil before I run which gives the oil time to soak in and make a real difference post wash – my dry hair becomes silky.
After my run, I shower using a very gentle cleanser for my face, my favorite is Pacific Cleanser, and Rahua shampoo/conditioner for my hair. After my shower, I mist with Pacific Mist followed by Pacific Face Oil and Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage. That’s it! I then pick greens from my garden and make a super fresh green drink that generally keeps me fueled until lunch. My favorite smoothie:
- 1 chunk fresh ginger
- 2 cups dino kale
- 1 cup frozen mango
- ¾ cup OJ
- 1 ½ cup H2O
- 3 ice cubes
- 3 TBS hemp seeds *
- 1 TBS coconut oil**
* Loaded with protein. 3 TBS of hemp seeds equals approximately 16 g protein.
** Raises the body’s metabolism, and acts as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent.
I grab a whole milk cappuccino on my way to work and savor my favorite morning moment while I dive into my e-mails. I have a friend who admitted that he sometimes thinks about how much he is going to enjoy his morning coffee before he goes to bed…that’s me! When I feel like it, I also add in a delicious pastry from my friend’s bakery, Beth’s Community Kitchen, because I think that it is important to indulge and enjoy.
We were introduced to Indie Lee through A Night For Green Beauty, and so far we love what we’ve tried from this sleek and mod brand. We’re sharing the founder’s routine with you, which will give you a great idea of what to look for from the line plus a simple DIY. We love these kind of shares!
Name: Indie Lee
City: South Salem, NY
Current Weather: Hot and humid (it’s not going to be a good hair day)
Skin: Pretty normal, especially since I’ve discovered the powers of squalane oil.
Hair: Long, light brown with highlights, and (finally!) healthy
Favorite Star from the Past: Ralph Waldo Emerson. His insight and inspirations make him a true star to me. One of my favorite quotes from him is “what you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” It’s how I try and live my life.
Starting the Day with Gratitude…
I begin each day with a moment of solace. I’ve always been an optimist, but since surviving brain surgery in 2009, I wake up every morning grateful for the day ahead and the ability to start fresh. The most important part of my routine is to first send out gratitude into the world. My best friend and I also send each other a “Good Morning Sunshine” text every morning. She usually beats me to the punch! It’s just a silly thing we started a few years ago, but it always puts me in a good mood.
In the Shower…
After reading emails and checking in virtually, I take a quick morning shower to cleanse both body and face. It’s usually an exercise for efficiency (I save relaxing showers and baths for nighttime). I start by lathering on the Indie Lee Lemongrass Citrus Body Wash with a natural loofah that I grow in my garden. The wash protects with antiseptic properties while the lemongrass acts as an antioxidant.
When I found out that I had a brain tumor that was most likely derived from the environment, I had a hard time understanding the diagnosis because I considered myself to be healthy. My doctor helped me realize that the skin is the largest organ and can absorb up to 60% of what I put on it. It was a huge wakeup call for me that my choices could have affected my own well-being. Now I am extra careful about the products I am putting on my skin…especially something like a body wash that I am lathering all over. Plus, this one leaves an amazing lemony aroma behind. Twice a week I’ll follow up and exfoliate with my Coconut Citrus Body Scrub. It was the first product I launched after going through chemotherapy…at the time I needed a gentle formula to help with dryness so I created my own. The sugary blend just feels and smells so good — and it’s great before shaving.
I don’t wash my hair everyday. On the days that I do I use Intelligent Nutrients Pure Lux Shampoo and Conditioner. I love that it’s free of phthalates and other harmful ingredients. It’s hard to find a good shampoo that is as effective as it is natural. I’m a huge fan of Horst Rechelbacher and had the extreme pleasure and honor of meeting and speaking with him on a number of occasions. He truly changed the course of the natural beauty movement. On days that I don’t shampoo, I’ll use a dry shampoo that I make at home.
For my face, I switch between our two cleansers — Indie Lee’s Brightening Cleanser or Indie Lee’s Rosehip Cleanser - depending on what I have in the shower, or what scent I’m in the mood for. I love to use my Clarisonic Mia with the Brightening Cleanser. The strawberry oil in the brightening cleanser is an excellent brightener and fruit acid exfoliant. Once a week, I’ll also leave it on my face for ten minutes as a mask before rinsing. Gotta love that…
After the Shower…
I have a bamboo/cotton robe that I love to slip into daily. I don’t know why, but a white, fluffy robe always feels like a necessary indulgence, so why not wear it every day in the comfort of my home? I’ll use one of my body oils to moisturize all over, starting at my legs and moving up my body. My favorite body oil right now is our Vanilla Citrus Moisturizing Oil. The scent pairs great with my body wash and the citrus is a natural bug repellent, which comes in handy during the summer when I’m spending time outdoors or in my greenhouse. After I moisturize my body, I run my hands through the ends of my wet hair (instead of wiping them off on a towel). The oil is great for controlling humid hair and hydrating split ends.
On my face, I use a squirt of my CoQ-10 Toner to pH balance and even skin tone. Then, I’ll mix a drop of our Squalane Facial Oil and Swiss Apple Facial Serum together in the palm of my hand and apply as my moisturizer. I’m proud to say I don’t have to wear foundation any longer, which is something I celebrate daily. Before I switched to natural, my skin was one hot mess. They call me “Benjamin Button” in the office because I seriously look like a different, younger person than I looked five years ago. I reverse aged -— I swear. It’s crazy.
I always curl my lashes before applying mascara (right now I am loving ILIA Nightfall). I’ll also add a touch of eyeliner. I’ve only found one eyeliner that lasts on the bottom inner rim and it’s Sephora’s Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Brown. Then I add a touch of RMS lip2cheek on both lips and cheeks. It’s all about moderation for me. A lot of people are surprised that my makeup routine isn’t natural. I’m all about choosing a lifestyle that fits for you, but understanding the choices you are making.
The last thing I do, if I’m spending the day in the office, is dab on the Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm to work on those fine wrinkles and under eye circles while I’m at my desk. I originally grew my own calendula when I first started the company. This particular product came about because I accidentally grew too many of the edible flowers and needed another use for them. Ha! After much research, I learned how healing the oil is topically.
After that, bam, I’m ready for anything. Thanks for letting me share my morning story!
Have you tried anything from Indie Lee? Susannah loves the Clearing Mask. Tell us what you love!