Meet Haley, a super cool woman who has a simple but sophisticated routine we just had to share. Her sense of smell drives her choice of products, and we think that’s pretty rad.
Home: San Francisco, CA
Current weather: The typical and refreshing misty cool foggy summer, although I do pine for some hot sweaty sun sometimes.
Hair: Dark blonde; chin length with bangs; messy straight.
Skin: Golden fair but can tan easily, oily and prone to hormonal acne and genetics, but doing much better thanks to juicing everyday and sticking to a routine.
Dream girl: my Goddess, Kate Bush
I drink a large glass of lemon water when I wake up that I prepare the night before, then head to the bathroom and dry brush before I shower. If I don’t have to work early, I’ll juice before I shower as well.
In the shower…
A hot shower is my weakness since I’m usually always cold (I have a heated mattress pad that I use every night), but I definitely notice it in my skin and hair so I’m trying hard to cool it off and take shorter showers because I always feel better when I do. I usually only shampoo my full head once a week and other than that I only shampoo my bangs since they tend to get oily. Right now I’m alternating between Nature’s Gate Henna Shampoo and Andalou Naturals Brilliant Shine shampoo, and then condition with Nature’s Gate Aloe conditioner, which I’m really into right now; it makes my hair super soft with a perfect weight. While the conditioner is in my hair I rinse my body with my hands and use an clean unscented bar soap just on the parts that need it. About once a week or less I do a more involved exfoliation with fine sea salt, especially if I’m planning to shave, which I haven’t been doing lately though since I’m basically wearing pants, sweaters and my winter coat every day. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve bared my legs this year, so shaving hasn’t been a priority for me. On the occasion I do though, I use old conditioners or the soap I use to cleanse with and a Preserve razor.
Outside the shower…
To moisturize my body, I use the Whole Foods brand of unscented lotion; I tried using almond and grape seed oil for almost a year but my skin was always itchy and tight, so I went back to lotion and my skin has been much happier with me since. Sometimes I’ll still mix some oil into it though because I love love love oils. Then I use whatever In Fiore Body Balm I have in reach (my favorites are Kashmir, Vetivert and Shevanti) and rub it into my shoulders-collarbone-neck area. I then cleanse my face with Wedderspoon 16+ Manuka honey and about once a week I’ll throw in a little organic cinnamon or nutmeg to exfoliate. Then I pat dry and spray some Kahina Toning Mist on and follow with Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Serum and then their Oil-free Moisturizer and/or Oil-free SPF moisturizer. If I need some extra hydration I’ll add in a drop of Kahina Argan Oil. I break out badly when I use a lot of oils or change different products all the time, but I’m slowly incorporating argan into my routine again and my complexion seems to be happy with it so far. Then for my eyes I finish with In Fiore’s Vis Clair (“eye crack”)!
As for my hair I brush or comb it, let it dry on it’s own, and then mess it up with my hands throughout the day.
At night I cleanse with Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Cleanser and a Clarisonic, and then rotate between the Blemish Clearing Serum, argan oil, and Arcona’s Vitamin A Complex, and if needed, spot treat with Malin and Goetz Acne Treatment.
I’m also kind of crazy about masks and alternate between Arcona’s Tea Tree Mask, Astara’s Blue Flame Mask, Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel, Wash the Day Away’s Glowing Lotus Clay mask (lovely Etsy shop), and the trusty green clay and ACV combo.
If it’s warmer outside, I’ll use Soapwalla deodorant, but if not I usually just forget to put any on, or I use NutriBiotic deodorant in lavender, which doesn’t work as well but it’s easy to reach in my room and I like that there’s grapefruit seed extract in it.
For my face, I would prefer to not wear any makeup but since I’m dealing with some scarring and hyper pigmentation and am still a little self conscious of it, I use the bare minimum to make me feel a little more presentable. First I use a little bit of Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Powder, which I recently realized has made a huge difference in my skin, and it curiously smells of my most favorite scent in the world, which I’ve only smelled on the Northern California Coast over traces in the breeze only, but I’ve mysteriously never been able to find it’s source, so it’s strangely magical that this product is that exact smell in concentrated, material form, and also happens to improve my skin. But since the tiniest amount makes me look pasty, I use Alima’s mineral makeup in Golden 3 on the areas needed, and sometimes use some blush from Alima as well, especially if I’m venturing out at night or feeling like I need a little extra something. I never use any eye makeup since the teeniest bit always makes me feel like a clown, and whenever I attempt to put some on I always end up wiping it all off before I leave, so I just let them be. I hope to have that mentality for my whole face in the near future.
For my everyday lip care I love and religiously use both Dr. Hauschka’s lip care stick and In Fiore’s Veloutee (which is also an amazing eye balm), but on the days I feel like using a little color (I’m a sucker for the browns and purples), I have my trusty selection of RMS lip shine in Moment, Dr. Hauschka Novum lipstick in 08 (which was a limited edition last year so I have to ration it, basically so it will last the rest of my life), and a new addition of W3ll People’s Nudist lip balm in Violet.
Thanks for sharing your routine Haley! Have any of you bumped into an elusive scent in your products that transports you to another place? How cool is that?
If you were to judge me by the current state of my shower caddy you might be inclined to call me a hoarder. Someone even said as much recently. “Aren’t you supposed to have less stuff now, not more?” he asked.
Totally. But I have an issue! I fell a little bit out of love with the shampoo and conditioner I’d been using for the better part of two years and have since been taking others for a whirl. Add to that the fact that sometimes people just send us stuff and you have a very crowded bathroom. You can tell which ones I like by seeing which ones are turned upside down. And the one that’s been turned upside down the longest is on the receiving end of a lot of shaking and slapping every morning as I try to get one more handful out of the bottle.
It’s Andalou Naturals’ Full Volume Conditioner with Lavender and Biotin.
Nothing fancy. A pretty simple ingredient list. Ten bucks at Whole Foods (but it’s on sale right now for $7.99—run!). And it’s totally and completely up my alley right now.
Regulars around here know I take my hair kind of seriously. I have moral crises (yes, plural) about the color thing, I experiment with gross non-naturals (and then freak out when things go awry), I burn it by accident then get heavily invested in my new hairdryer, and yes, I also Brazilianed it that one time.
For years now I’ve splurged on expensive shampoos and conditioners, usually from the same brand—which I’m not knocking; I still love you, John Masters! It’s not you, it’s me! I just needed a change. And of all the things crowding my shower, Andalou’s conditioner is the one I can’t get enough of.
My hair is pretty heavy so I tend to like anything volumizing. I wouldn’t say this is giving me Mad Men volume or anything, but it’s not flat to my head, and has some nice movement and body.
It’s also been very shiny, not at all greasy, and continues to look nice day in day out. In fact, I think my hair is getting nicer with repeated use. Finally, it doesn’t smell like grandma’s lavender. The scent doesn’t linger at all, actually.
Here are the ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Stearylkonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) and Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Oils*, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Extract*, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soy) Protein, Camelina Sativa and Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oils, Vitamin B Complex (Biotin, Thiamine, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Riboflavin & Panthenol), Malus Domestica (Apple), Solar Vitis (Grape) and Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Stem Cell Cultures and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extracts *†, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Oil*
If I’m being totally honest with myself (and with y’all) I’m not sure I buy that any of these ingredients are especially magical. There’s biotin in there so, in theory… Anyway, aloe works wonders on my hair, and that’s there at the top of the list, followed by oil and a chemical that sounds scary but isn’t. Next you have some more oils, some barley protein, and near the end we have our old nemesis ethylhexylglycerin, which I’m happy to make an exception about in this case.
Between the price, wide availability of the product and, yup, results, makes this totally worth it for me. I like the shampoo a lot, too.
Have you found another affordable conditioner you love? Because there’s still a little room left in my bathroom….
I’m about to do something kinda wrong. I’m about to review a product that I know for a fact isn’t entirely clean. But before I plan my own crucification let me explain why I’m doing this:
Before I went clean, the curl cream was a major staple in my product arsenal. Does anyone remember (or use) Aveda’s Be Curly? Well, that was the creamy crack in my family—we easily went through a bottle a week.
The perfect curl cream is really thick and sometimes a little sticky—it helps hold the curl without making it crunchy, tames frizz, and generally make a woman with curly hair feel like she can leave the house and not come back later looking like an entirely different person. This is a problem that no longer plagues me, mostly because I don’t wash my hair. But I also now live in Los Angeles and every time I take a trip back east I’m reminded what a big role that plays in the manageability of my hair.
These humid summer heat waves taking over the country are beastly for curly hair (and other hair, and skin, and and). This is why I felt compelled to tell you about this Andalou Naturals Styling Cream that showed up in my mail a few weeks ago. I’d kinda skimmed the label and saw things I loved like argan oil, shea and a slew of other hair-loving ingredients—so I tried it a few times. Just from the texture I could tell that it was a winner for curls and I made a mental note to inspect it more closely.
Then last night I spoke at an event at the Soho House hosted by Tata Harper—fancy times! Needless to say I really didn’t want to risk any hair surprises, and Andalou delivered: When I got home, at a shockingly late where-did-the-time-fly 1am, my hair looked exactly as it had when I left the house. It didn’t fall, it didn’t fluff, it didn’t frizz.
But under the loupe this morning I saw that it was a little too good to be true. The product contains bad boy phenoxyethanol and a silicone (Amodimethicone)—granted one that gets a zero on the Skin Deep Database but still not the kind of ingredients we endorse. However, because this is the first cleaner curl cream I’ve come across that really works, and because I know how hard certain transitions can be for women with curly hair, and how especially hard this recent weather has been, I wanted to tell you about it. The end.
Now the million dollar question: Do you have a clean curl cream that you love? Is this a blind spot for me? Say it’s so.