This one is for the moms, the mom-lovers, and the practical minded multitasking ladies. We’re sharing the founder of Zoe Organics makeup bag today. This natural skincare line is gentle enough for moms and babies, and you can tell from Heather’s mom/makeup bag that she’s a pro at caring for herself and all the little hands, feet, and faces who call her Mom. Zoe Organics will be at A Night For Green Beauty on August 7th.
Name: Heather Hamilton
Where I live: North Bay Area, California
My relationship with makeup: Minimalist. Most days, my goal is a clean, fresh face. My makeup essentials are those I can keep in my day bag and apply on the run. As mom of 3; ages 8, 6 and 3 years, I am lucky to shower and get out the door on time – so my routine has to be low maintenance. My essentials are those that pack the most punch and help me to look refreshed, whether I’m feelin’ it or not.
My (mom) bag contains my make-up + personal care essentials, a few natural remedies and some on-the-go essentials for my family. Here’s what’s in my mom bag:
W3LL PEOPLE Luminist Mineral Glow – I’m newly addicted to this product. The name says it all. I apply to my cheeks, eyes, shoulders and décolleté and…glow!
W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara – I love the coverage, color and how it goes on. I’m also a sucker for the pretty white tube.
VAPOUR BEAUTY Siren Lipstick in Saucy or Ravish – lip color is one of the products that I feel can transform my look from drab, tired mom to alive and with it! I love the shape and size of these sticks and how they feel on my lips. Often I will layer over Zoe Organics Everything Balm for more sheer color.
SOAPWALLA Deo Cream – fortunately, I’m blessed with my mom’s non-stinky body chemistry. I rarely wear deo, but I like to keep this little sample size with me in case of emergency.
ZOE ORGANICS Everything Balm – the name says it all. This multi-purpose stick gets passed around my family for chapped lips and cheeks, scrapes, rashes, burns, bug bites, cuticles, patches of dry, itchy skin…you name it.
BABO Clear Zinc Sport Stick – I apply face moisturizer with SPF every morning, but there are times when we unexpectedly need some quick coverage. This sport stick is wonderful for lips and faces, ears, necks, and other small areas. It is the clearest zinc formula I have found in a sport stick, so it doesn’t leave you with a white mask.
ZOE ORGANICS Insect Repellent – two of my kids are mosquito magnets and during the summer months, I keep this trial size bottle of Zoe Organics Insect Repellent with me. It smells lovely and works like a charm.
ONE LOVE ORGANICS Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder – this is another mom-on-the-run life saver. I don’t have time every day to wash and style my hair, nor do I feel like I need to. This product is great for the in-between days. I am new to dry shampoo, but so far, so good. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use and it works! My favorite thing about this product: the fresh gardenia scent!
FIT CHIC HEADBANDS – my cousin gave me a few of these headbands and they are super comfy, come in fun prints and add some extra color to the ponytail days.
ZOE ORGANICS Refresh Oil – this little miracle in a bottle is a product I never leave home without. It’s a perfect pick-me-up when I’m tired or need help focusing and it comes in handy as a motion sickness, morning sickness or nausea remedy.
ZOE ORGANICS Mama’s Ritual Aromatherapy Oil – I developed this product for myself and other busy moms who need a quick remedy for grounding, relaxing and feeling less anxious. This pretty little bottle of aromatherapy makes for a delightful little ritual that can happen wherever you are.
Other on-the-go essentials…
CLEANWELL All Natural Hand Sanitizer – I’m a bit of a germaphobe. I can obsess about hand washing and rant about not touching everything in public places. I prefer this spray cleanser over foam or gel and like the functional, compact container.
BKR water bottle – Drinking a lot of water is something I have to work at – but I know how important it is, so I do it. Having a pretty bottle in one of my favorite colors makes it easier…and if I ‘m not drinking it, there is always a little one who’s thirsty.
**Carryall by FRESHLY PICKED and gold dot cosmetic bag available FALL/WINTER at zoeorganics.com.
Have you tried Zoe Organics? Rebecca loves their Cream!
One Love Organics is hands-down one of the best natural beauty lines out there. They manage to produce hit after hit in terms of products that give excellent results and are gorgeous to use. Plus, they are a great value! The founder, Suzanne, is a master formulator. She not only does the simple things well (have you tried the new dry shampoo?!), she creates sophisticated, problem solving skin treats that smell heavenly. One Love Organics returns to A Night For Green Beauty, so come out and meet Suzanne in L.A. on August 7th!
Name: Suzanne LeRoux
City: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Current Weather: Sunny, Humid
Skin: Combination, sensitive, light complexion
Hair: Straight, shoulder length, low maintenance
Favorite Star From the Past: Lauren Hutton — She is a risk-taking southern-bred natural beauty.
I wake up and drink a large glass of water and take my supplements. I take Thyroid Support from Gaia Herbs and Magnesium Glycinate from Metabolic Maintenance. After the birth of my children, I began to experience dry skin, fatigue, hair loss (including my eyebrows) and difficulty sleeping that was eventually attributed to a sluggish thyroid. Taking supplements has helped tremendously and I can really feel it if I miss a day. I take magnesium coupled with Hope Gillerman’s Clear Mind or True Relaxation remedies to help me stay calm yet focused throughout the day because as an entrepreneur, you never know what the day will bring.
In the Shower…
I take a really quick shower in the morning. Once I am up, I am ready to get to our manufacturing facility and begin my day. I love my job and while I enjoy performing my beauty ritual at night, my a.m. routine is as brief as possible. I wash my face and body using Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser and my pink konjac sponge.
I wash my hair only a few times per week and cutting down on washing and drying has made my hair significantly healthier. For this reason, I absolutely love hair powder and consider it a staple in my routine. I pour a little Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder into my hands and rub it in my scalp. After a few minutes, I brush the powder through and then texturize with a few sprays of Yarok Feed Your Hold Hairspray.
While my skin is damp, I spray on one of our aromatic body serums (right now I am cherishing Gardenia) for moisture and I spray on a deodorant that I make for myself. I love products that spray in the a.m. because they are fast and convenient.
I apply a few drops of Morning Glory Complexion Brightening Booster to wake up my skin and then dot W3LL People Narcissist #2 Stick Foundation wherever I need a bit of cover. I brush over just a bit of W3ll People 51 Luminous Mineral Bronzer for a bit of color and glow. I use Tarte’s eye brow pencil in taupe to help fill in my eyebrows that never fully recovered from my thyroid imbalance. For lip color, I love Corsica lip pencil and Taj Mahal shimmery gold lipstick from Primitive Makeup. I will spray our Vitamin D Time Release Moisture Mist to set my makeup and dot Skin Savior Balm around my eyes and on any rough patches to insure that my skin looks dewy and soft for the day.
From beginning to end, my makeup routine takes less than 5 minutes. I end my morning routine with a couple of drops of Lurk Perfume — I love all of the scents but right now I am using PRJ VI — the fresh petitgrain aroma fits summer perfectly!
Just one thought of H. Gillerman Organics aromatherapy blends sends us half way to bliss. The potent and powerful essential oil blends are the culmination of Hope Gillerman’s 25 years of experience helping people resolve stress related mind & body issues. H. Gillerman Organics essential oil blends are the perfect way to incorporate aromatherapy into your life. Trust us, you’ll never look back. She’s even added some essential oil infused skincare products to the mix. We are thrilled to share Hope’s makeup bag with you. You must join us at A Night For Green Beauty to meet Hope and try out her line for yourself!
Name: Hope Gillerman, founder H. Gillerman Organics, the Hope Gillerman Method
My relationship with makeup: Life is a performance!
Waxing nostalgic and finding my way back to the future
I was a dancer/choreographer in New York City when it was the epicenter of the avant guarde dance world. All things day-glo, glitter and glam were the norm with makeup and hair composing 90% of the look. We all got our locks Manic Panic colored at Cinandre, the Fekkai of the 80’s. Movies like Liquid Sky (1982) distilled this look born on St. Marks Place:
Switching to simple
Fast forward to working with chronic pain sufferers (many were performers like myself but all sorts of people have chronic pain) in my studio in Union Square, while trying to resolve my own health issues. Physician, heal thyself! What better way to understand how to heal others. Disturbed by my skin problems, hormonal flux, and digestive issues I got results from Acupuncture, herbs, diet, and yoga. My aha! moment happened when I wised up to the true contents of toxic beauty: “it’s the stuff you do everyday that matters!” So I turned away from hopeless sampling of OTC beauty products and faced up to the true healing power of essential oils to get my stress patterns back in balance. Over-working a beauty regime with “too much is never enough” is where many of us get stuck. So I created a skin care collection for myself and for anyone whose epidermis is starved for organic, pure, simple attention. (See Neroli Face Oil, Flowers Face Balm and Flowers Lip Balm, in the photo).
On my way back
Pairing down my personal care to the basics definitely pulled me away from the performance of it all. Luckily, the inspiring and truly dedicated, beautifully honest, green stylists/beauty healers shared my purpose. Thanks to the nudges and winks from Jenna Hipp, Pati Dubroff, Katey Denno, and Jessa Blades, I found my way back to makeup, color, even nails!
A pioneer for greening up nails, Jenna inspired me to rethink. As a bodyworker, I avoid the heavy feel of polish in my touch, but Jenna’s sits light on my nails. With 5-free, it goes on easy and comes off the same. This summer’s dream collection of colors love my skin tone and her hand and cuticle cream is my go-to for prepping nails – such a fun tube to boot!
Katey turned me on to color-can-be-simple: start with your lips! Suggesting Burt’s Bees Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm in Evening Glow for a healthy shine , and Sasha Plavsic’s Ilia Lip Crayon in “Dress You Up” which matches my lips exactly. What a wonderous, silky mat never pulling on skin or calling out for a protective balm. I can even put it on in the dark! Katey encouraged Ilia’s power-packed colors as well—taking me back to the richness of the 80’s Chanel lip colors.
Pati’s #anyonecandothis #diy video on how to use the beloved Kevin Aucoin’s eyelash curler finally put it all together and I am curling again! The silicone pad doesn’t get a groove in it so it never crimps, just makes a nice curve. You can even curl post mascara.
Jessa reminds me to keep spreading the word: START WITH TOXIN FREE DEODORANT IF NOTHING ELSE. I use the ever popular Soapwalla. Next up I make my own from Themamacircle ‘s Erica Chidi (link) #DIY recipe with my essential oils of choice. I got a lot of ideas there!
Fruits for face
With my skin history, I avoid trying new things as they can bring out the red. Living my new bold, I have taken the plunge – One Love Organics summer Ltd line. A light fruit cleanser for getting the fresh back on my skin– an Apple a Day works for me. I love the rose sponge – the gentle heart shape to make sure I get the makeup and sunscreen out of my pours. Then I spritz the cooling, astringing, grapefruit Pretty Pores mist for my daily dose of C, and follow with blush, highlighter and eye color from Rose-Marie Swift’s quality line of balms – RMS Beauty. Done!
List of products:
- H. Gillerman Organics Flowers Face Balm
- H. Gillerman Organics Neroli Face Oil
- H. Gillerman Organics Flowers Lip Balm
- Jenna Hipp Essential Nail + hand cream
- Jenna Hipp Nail Polish.
- Burt’s Bees: HIBISCUS tinted Lip Gloss, shade: Evening Glow
- Ilia Lip Crayon , shade: Dress You UP
- Kevin Aucoin, Eyelash curler
- One Love Organics: Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser,
- One Love Organics: Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist,
- One Love Organics: Rose clay Cleansing Sponge.
- RMS Beauty- Cream Eye Shadow, shades: Magnetic, Lunar, Solar and Demure Lip2Cheek .
- Liberty of London Makeup Bag
- H Gillerman Organics Remedy pack.
What have you tried from H. Gillerman Organics? Is aromatherapy an important part of your life?
We love being introduced to new natural skincare lines, which is one reason A Night For Green Beauty is so much fun! Say hello to Josh Rosebrook, founder of the eponymous skin and hair care line. Believe us when we say there is so much to love about this line, from the herbal infused ingredients to the gentle scents. Items like the Hydrating Accelerator and the Active Enzyme Exfoliator are becoming fast favorites, and according to Josh’s routine we have more to look forward to!
Name: Josh Rosebrook
Current City: Los Angeles and Palm Springs
Current Weather: Sunny and warm
Skin: Medium Skin Tone
Hair: Light Brown Hair
Favorite Star: Madonna
The first thing I do every single morning when I realize I’m awake is start a stream of appreciative thoughts. I start appreciating everything from my soft beautiful bed and sheets to my health, abundance and family, my garden, the sun, the earth, the plants and the animals, whatever comes to my mind and heart. Focusing on appreciation and positive aspects truly sets the best feeling tone vibrationally for my day.
Next, I prop myself up in bed with my pillows and begin my morning meditation. I usually meditate for about 30 minutes, clearing, balancing my energy, aligning with the highest vibration for the day and set my intentions for everything I am creating.
Next I drink a big glass of water and take an herbal tincture of chickweed, burdock, reishi mushroom, calendula, dandelion, ginko leaf and a few others that I rotate in and out according to what I need. I do yoga almost every morning. Udaya.com. Rudy Mettia is my favorite instructor. He’s absolutely incredible. I also take classes from him weekly at Santa Monica Power Yoga.
After yoga practice, I shower or bathe, depending on my mood. I always add epson salt and rosemary essential oil to my bath. When I shampoo, I leave it in for 2-4 minutes while I body cleanse with a coconut-rosemary moisturizing bar I make. Leaving my shampoo on the scalp for a few minutes allows the herbs to stimulate circulation in the cells of the follicle, where truly healthy hair begins. I oil cleanse my face with different balms I am experimenting with or working on or I use an oil and herbal extract combo I’ve created. Sometimes I need water cleansing and I delight in using my Moisturizing Cleanser for that. I always moisturize my whole body immediately after bathing with a body oil-cream I developed and I’m continuing to perfect or a balm or oil I am working on.
I put a few drops of my scalp and follicle hair growth treatment on my scalp and massage it in. This product will be available soon hopefully; it is truly a miracle and is incredible for healthy hair growth. While all of this is happening, I take a tablespoon of coconut oil and oil cleanse orally, swishing to detoxify and nourish. I love oral care. I use my own toothpaste made with fennel, peppermint, neem and a host of other herbal extracts and minerals that promote gum and teeth health.
Twice a week I exfoliate using my Active Enzyme Exfoliator, and while it masks on my face I prep the vegetables for my green smoothie and begin preparing it. I make a green smoothie everyday. My usual consists of organic spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, cilantro, parsely, ginger, lemon, apple and a bit of spirulina and chia seeds.
After exfoliating, I spritz my face with the Hydrating Accelerator. The infused herbal antioxidant and anti inflammatory aloe water delivers water and vitamins into my skin. Next, I trap the hydration and nutrients in my skin with my Deep Hydrating Serum. The Deep Hydrating serum is a synergizing herbal extract and oil formula that travels deep on the “transporter” Hydrating Accelerator, hydrating and moisturizing fully.
I use my Eye Area Formula, which is a fast absorbing, active eye oil with herbal synergy. I live for this stuff, it took a long time to perfect and it will be available in the fall. Next I apply my Nutrient Day Cream with SPF, it instantly firms and brightens while moisturizing and protecting. If it’s winter, I wear a layer of balm over everything to lock in hydration and protect even further.
I use just a bit of RMS “un” cover-up under my eyes. I am genetically predisposed to having deep-set eyes that can look a little dark purple in the corners and this stuff is a miracle. I love Rose-Marie, her philosophy and her deep commitment to purity. RMS products are truly sensational.
That is pretty much my usual routine. It sounds like so much written out, but I have always been a skin and hair care addict and that is never going to change! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share my routine and thanks to everyone for taking the time to read this.
What have you tried from Josh Rosebrook? What do you love?
Want to know something on our bucket list? Spending an afternoon blending essential oils with the perfumer behind LURK, Anne Nelson Sanford. LURK is one of those little luxuries that you never regret. Ultimately chic and collectable, we want everyone of these luscious, hand-crafted scents.
Name: Anne Nelson Sanford… Perfumer, Natural Product Developer, Mama ;)
City: Sag Harbor, NY
Current Weather: 72 degrees, sunny, breezy, beautiful ;)
Skin: combination, break out prone, sometimes a bit frustrating
Hair: Shoulder length, curly (getting curlier as I get older), ashy dark blond and getting grey
Favorite Star from the Past: Kim Novak
How my day starts…
I wake up between 6:00 & 7:00 every morning and like a bit of quiet time before I get into full gear. I would consider myself a morning person as I love the beginning of the day and I also really love to be able to grab just a few minutes to myself to get centered and start my day before my son wakes up. I shower at night before bed as I like to air dry my hair to prevent damage and it’s easier for me to get through my morning with a 4 year old without the added shower time. My go to shampoo is Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo and I can’t live without John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner.
Popping into my son’s room to quietly check on him and making coffee are the first 2 things that I do every day. I also drink warm lemon water while my coffee brews to get my system going and to start hydrating. I love coffee and have “given up” trying to give it up so I take extra care to get a lot of water into my system.
Next I wash my face. It wakes me up and makes me feel refreshed. I literally don’t feel awake until I get cleanser on my face. I have a bit of a skincare addiction so I have several cleansing products that I rotate and that I love. To name a few: Meow Meow Tweet Facial Cleanser, Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser and Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser. I also always use a Clarisonic as I love the results and it helps with my breakout prone skin. Next I use either a toner or a floral water and my faves are Herbivore Botanicals Balance Facial Toning Elixir or Marie Veronique Pacific Mist. I then apply a quick thin layer of treatment body oil as from the neck down I am super dry, I love May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil. It absorbs quickly and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started using it.
I’m in the habit of leaving my face bare for a bit before I finish my product routine. I start breakfast for my son and I then I wake him up and the fun begins. We eat breakfast together and then we get dressed side by side which can be pretty hilarious as he seems to have a budding interest in fashion and likes to play with accessories. I finish my skin/hair routine while he plays or watches a bit of TV.
My dry hair requires a ton of extra love and I swear by John Masters Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer as well as Aster + Bay Hair Oil. Both are light, incredibly effective and never weigh my hair down. They also do a killer job of keeping frizz at bay. I only wash my hair twice a week so a lightweight oil is key.
I prefer serums and oils (especially in the summer) so I wrap up my skincare routine with an antioxidant serum. I can’t live without La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate and I follow that up with an oil geared toward my skin type. I use Odacité Black Cumin/Cajeput if I’m breaking out or One Love Organics Morning Glory if I’m clear and in need of some brightening (in the winter months I need a bit more moisture and my go to crème to layer on top of the oil is Hana Organics Renew Creme) and I follow that up with Suntegrity 5 in 1 Sunscreen on my face, neck, decollete and arms.
My makeup routine is super quick for every day. Once the sunscreen has settled into my skin I apply Vapour Organics Stratus Soft Focus Instant Perfecter and then either Vapor Organics Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation or Kjaer Weiss Foundation. I wrap it up with Meow Meow Tweet lip balm (this stuff is the best I’ve ever used) and Vapour Organics Aura Multi-Use Stain in Lure on both cheeks and lips. Its an amazing wash of color that helps me looks alive.
And that’s it, I feel really lucky to have found so many amazing products that help me manage my skin and help look and feel as good as I can. I also love getting the opportunity to share what works for me and to give a much-deserved shout out to all of these amazing brands and products… xxoo
Who has tried LURK natural perfumes? What’s your favorite?