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Name: Ingrid Doucet

Age: 45

City: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Current Weather: Cold, Freezing, Chilly, Cold, etc. Make it stop!

Skin: Good when it’s good but very sensitive and reactive.

Hair: Fine and straight. I have been highlighting it for years but I have cut way down on how often and how many. I have had it darker a few times in the last few years but I always miss the blonde.

Favourite Star from the past: She’s not an old movie star but no less amazing. love love love Diane Keaton.

First thing…

I splash my face with cold water and then spritz with CV Skinlabs Rescue and Relief Spray. Sometimes I wake up with a bit of redness and this spray always refreshes and calms my skin. I then drink a tall glass of water and then have warm lemon and water… and then it’s green tea. I am a manic hydrator; I notice a big difference in my skin when I am not drinking enough water so I am a bit obsessed!

In the shower…

I WANT to dry brush but I have been so cold recently that I usually jump in the shower before I can manage it. I love scrubs and lately I have been using Solas Orange and Ginger Sea Salt Body Scrub. The scent is invigorating and it’s extremely moisturizing. If it’s a shaving day I use Dr. Bonners Unscented Shaving Gel, it’s a bit runny but it does the trick. If I am washing my hair I use Yarok Shampoo and Conditioner, our whole little family uses this line and we all adore it. I know most of my gal pals can’t believe I do this but most of the time I wash my hair at night and go to bed with it wet!! Because my hair is fine I wake up with it kind of messy but with lots of body. I can usually go two or three days without washing my hair with the help of Lulu Organics Hair Powder.

Out of the shower…

I am a body oil fiend. I go between May Lindstrom, La Bella Figura and organic coconut oil. I am really digging the grassy, exotic scent of La Bella’s Skin Aficionado the last few weeks. It brings me back to running through fields in Nova Scotia when I was kid, and that makes me supremely happy.

If I have washed my hair I use Yarok Feed Your Ends as my hair tangles and then use a wide toothed comb to comb it out. I then blow dry my hair upside down, massaging my head in little circles, which helps to give my hair volume, it’s also great for your scalp.

My skin needs very gentle products, I was on a med a few years ago that really did a number on my skin and it hasn’t fully recovered.  Subsequently, it has had a hard time this winter. I’ve been battling rosacea and dry patches.  Cleansing wise, I love Pai’s Camellia and Rose Gentle Cleanser or raw honey. I alternate between the two.

I find changing up my oils, moisturizers and serums every few months really helps with my reactive skin. As long as they are gentle and very moisturizing my skin actually likes the change. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it seems to keep my skin refreshed and happy. So lately I have been using La Bella Figura’s Barbary Fig Seed Oil and CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture. I also love One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum and always use it on my neck and chest. It leaves my skin with a beautiful sheen and it’s perfect for dehydrated, sensitive skin.  Mask wise, I use One Love Organics Brand New Day and Osmia Detox Mask, both are gentle exfoliators and nourishing.

Makeup…

I am a bit of a makeup minimalist. I love being able to see healthy skin so I try to keep my skin as nourished and glowy as possible and hopefully use less makeup to look good! I use Kjaer Weis Paper Thin under my eyes and on any redness that needs covering and then Kjaer Weis Desired Glow on my cheeks. I love this color!! It gives my skin a ‘been to the beach look’, which kinda rocks. I use an eyelash curler and then a few coats of Ilia Nightfall. I then sweep Kjaer Weis Cloud Nine from lash to brow line. My eyebrows seem to grow downwards so I will put a bit of Yarok Feed Your Do paste on my fingers and push them upwards.

I do have a thing for lip colours, for day I go between Tata Harper Be Adored and Ilia Bang Bang, and if I am going out at night I use Kjaer Weis Goddess or Ilia Lip Crayon 99 Red Ballons. I love Osmia Honey Myrrh Lip Treatment and I always have it or a S.W. Basics lip balm on me.

I use a toner to set my makeup and to give my skin some added moisture. I find them to be a wonderful way to refresh my skin, calm any irritation and to give skin that ‘just went for a 15 minute run’ look, I especially find them great for midway though the day when my skin needs a boost. I am currently using Graydon’s Face Food Mist; this toner is unscented and wonderful for fighting blemishes.

Some Extras: I love aromatherapy and I find La Bella Figura’s Travel Therapy and Lotus Wei’s Quiet Mind very helpful. I am also an actress and I love using these at auditions or anytime I am feeling anxious.

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We often get questions from younger readers asking how to have a natural routine on a student budget. (We know some of the products we love cost a pretty penny!) Lucy shows us how it’s done.

Name: Lucy

Age: The ripe old age of 17

Hometown: A little town in Wales, UK

Weather: Winter/autumn: cold, windy & rainy. Spring/summer: rainy & warm

Hair: Mousy brown, dyed with henna to a delightful shade of orange. Normal/dry hair with a dry itchy, flaky scalp.

Skin: Very fair, combination. Dry cheeks & forehead, dehydrated oily nose & chin. Prone to acne.

Star of the past: From not so long ago, 90s Fairuza Balk

The night before…

I have a bath twice a week. I usually use add either Weleda’s Lavender Bath Milk or Dr. Bronner’s. Wash my hair with the same Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (I’m using almond at the moment), I let that sit and shave with the same soap. Can you tell I love Dr. B’s? Anyway! Next I rinse and use an apple cider vinegar rinse. This routine is the best thing I’ve done for my scalp. In the past I have used everything under the sun from Head & Shoulders Sensitive (made my scalp burn) to E45 (left my hair feeling oily). If you have a scalp like mine, try it!

After I get out of the bath, I apply organic coconut oil to the areas I have shaved to reduce razor burn and moisturise everywhere else with organic sunflower oil. I always let my hair air dry, but if it’s still damp by the time I go do bed I use the hairdryer on its lowest, coolest setting.

Later on, I pin my hair out of my face and, if I’m wearing makeup I will take it off with organic sunflower oil. I then go on to cleanse my face with raw honey (works wonders for drying out pimples) and while that’s sitting I brush my teeth with the Weleda Rhatania toothpaste, since if it gets on your clothes, it will leave a pink chalky stain (trying to use this up). I rinse away the honey and clean my retainer that I wear at night with lavender Dr Bronner’s. I then go in with George’s Always Active Aloe Spray, then moisturise with the same sunflower oil as earlier.

In the morning…

I honestly don’t do much. I wake up, get dressed and have a cup of tea (us Brits love tea). After breakfast I brush my teeth with the Weleda Plant Gel toothpaste. If I’m wearing makeup (I rarely do since I like my skin how it is!), I will use The All Natural Face’s cream foundation in Medium Beige Pale as under eye concealer & set with Silk Naturals Untinted Oil Control Blur. I find it difficult to find products I can afford with my ‘pocket money’ that match my skin tone since I’m so pale.

If I’m wearing eyeliner, I use activated charcoal (finely ground) with George’s Aloe spray and apply with an old eyeliner wand. For mascara, I will use Lily Lolo’s Lash Alert mascara in brown, which is buildable, affordable and looks great! I love the Burts Bees lip shimmers. I have Plum, Rhubarb & Papaya. Plum is my favourite, it’s a lovely deep purple/pink/brown.

Short and sweet, I guess you could say!

Are you using single ingredients like honey, coconut oil, and sunflower oil in your routine? Tell us how!

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Can’t Get Enough of Coconut Oil

For the winter, I’ve made the switch from my holy grail cleanser to oil cleansing.  By far, my favorite oil for that purpose is coconut.  I know some of you don’t use coconut oil on your face due to breakouts, but my face loves the stuff.  There’s an immediate “Ahhhhhhhh” when I put it on.  And it does a smashing job of cleansing.

This year, I decided to add some healing EOs to my coconut oil cleanse experience.   I discovered a new product from an old favorite brand, plus had a major DIY success.

Evan Healy Coconut Cream Cleanser: This is a very high quality oil, super smooth and with a cream-like texture.  With the sweet orange, vetiver, and neroli essential oils, the scent is just dreamy.  I have to admit I find it a little pricey for what it is (more than $30 for just under 2 oz).  I know Evan Healy uses the highest quality ingredients, but it’s a pretty simple mix.  I’ll probably buy it again at some point, but it definitely inspired me to try a DIY.

DIY Coconut Cream Cleanser: For this, I used my favorite coconut oil that I get from Whole Foods, International Harvest’s Lanka Sun Organic Coconut Oil.  This stuff is super creamy.  I melted it down in pyrex measuring cup in a pan of heated water on the stove, very slowly heating and stirring with a bamboo spatula.  Once the oil was thoroughly melted (but not overheated), I stirred in Hope Gillerman’s Neroli Oil (about 1/3 bottle to nearly 3 oz coconut oil).  So I guess since I’m using Hope’s blend, this is only semi-DIY.  I love the HG Neroli, but I hadn’t used it in a while, and was thrilled to find a new way to incorporate it into my routine.  I poured the mix into some glass jars and set them in the freezer until they solidified.  This step is really important – if it cools too slowly it can get grainy.  It will still perform, but I just prefer the luxurious feel of a super smooth product.  And it smells like heaven.  You can do this with any EOs you like, or even add some different carrier oils (that will change the texture, so be willing to experiment).  Even if you prefer plain coconut oil, I still recommend doing the melting and freezing if you want a creamy texture.

Are you a coconut oil fan?  Would you rather buy a product like this, or DIY?

I’ve done yoga for many years, but just recently started taking a class again.  What does that have to do with coconut oil?  Some great cosmic convergence of yogic sages and plant spirit?  Nope.  Foot fungus.

Last time I went to a public studio was prior to going very clean with my products.  Being barefoot, in spite of using my own mat, etc., I would end up with fungus between my toes quite often.  I had to use an antifungal spray before and after class to avoid the problem.  Since going clean, I don’t want all that medicine, or all those preservatives and fillers, on my skin.  I needed another solution.

Search “coconut oil” on NMDL and you’ll come up with a ton of results, everything from comments to morning routines to Siobhan’s post on amazing beauty tricks.  I’ve found coconut oil fabulous for so many things – hair, nails, skin, lady parts.  That last one made me think that if it helps a yeast infection, coconut oil ought to help athlete’s foot.

I decided to try using coconut oil between my toes before and after class, and, I’m happy to report, it works.  I can’t say it would cure an existing infection, but it’s prevented one for me.  Ten weeks and counting, which is a record.

If you’re bored with your usual plain coconut oil, Kuumba Made has some really amazing infusions.  These aren’t just coconut oil with scent added, but true infusions using botanicals from their own garden, wild harvest, or certified organics.  They have ten different infusions (plus plain oil) and also offer sample packs.  Whole Foods carries them, and I was able to test almost all the varieties.  My favorites are pictured above.  Calendula is known to be very healing for the skin, and this is very pleasant and mildly scented.  The coffee is bright and energizing.  Sometimes I open it up just to smell it.  The rose smells just like fresh roses, and this one seems to melt a little easier than the others.

Kuumba Made has lots of different products, but so far I’ve only tried the coconut oils.  What have you tried?

Meet Kayla—she’s always been a product enthusiast, only now she’s gone clean. Lucky for us, because she has a TON of great recs here including some makeup application tips. Enjoy!

Name: Kayla

Age: 25

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

Current Weather: Sunny and cool.

Hair: Long, wavy, thick — I was a chronic hair-dyer but its mostly my natural color now.

Skin: I started getting acne in my early 20s, which was extremely frustrating after being blemish-free in my teen years, when I was expecting it! Guess I’m a late bloomer… Now I’m mostly clear with the occasional blemish or two, thanks to my mostly-clean beauty routine and avoidance of sugar.

Favorite star: Gwen Stefani

In the Shower…

In regards to my face, I’ve tried a few different products — including Proactiv which was DISASTROUS as one use made my face puff up like a blow fish. That was that! Now I use Dr. Alkaitis’ line of products – the cleanser, toner, soothing gel, nourishing treatment oil, and universal mask. The products are fantastic and my skin is much happier, but since the line is quite pricey I sometimes sub in plain ol’ Trader Joe’s tea tree cleanser, which seems to be working for me. On my body, I simply use Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap (especially the mint or rose scents, yum!) and a nice scrub brush to exfoliate. I love how soft my skin feels from the brush and how sudsy Dr. B’s gets.  For my hair, I try not to wash it too often, but I exercise and get sweaty almost every day, so every-other-day washing is the least I can do. It’s softest with the Acure argan shampoo and conditioner, but the waves form the best with Rahua’s volumizing shampoo and conditioner, so I go back and forth with those. I shave with Trader Joe’s shaving cream (again, it offsets the price of my Dr. Alkaitis loves, plus I it makes the razor glide smooth, but itsn’t too thick like some other shaving creams). Finally, I use a pumice stone to attack my feet. I’m a long-distance runner, so that skin can get extremely rough if not tended to!

Outside the Shower…

I moisturize my body with plain coconut oil, which has been affordable, great on my skin, and I LOVE the tropical scent (as does my boyfriend). Like I said, I Dr. Alkaitis’ toner, gel, and a TINY drop of the nourishing oil on my face. I use the Dr. Alkaitis eye cream as well (even though I’m only 25, I think about wrinkles a lot and am taking precautions). After the shower and throughout the day, I use Weleda’s pomegranite hand moisturizer – also delicious smelling. And finally, a spritz of Honoré de Pres perfume — either Love Coconut or Vamp à NY, if I’m feelin’ sexy.

Finishing Touches…

I LOVE makeup. Putting it on is one of my favorite parts of the day, and I never run out of products I want to try. I’ve always been a product whore, but now I try my best to be a natural product whore ;). I usually wear makeup every day, so I try to keep the products as clean as possible. One of my favorite beauty looks is strong eyebrows — unfortunately, I was gifted with naturally sparse eyebrows. So I fill them in with a medium-brown powder eyeshadow from Alima Pure. For some reason, my eyelids can get VERY oily. I never put oil around my eyes, and the rest of my face will be fine throughout the day, but my eyelids….ugh. I’ve tried applying powder before eyeshadow, I’ve tried a natural oil-fighting white tea gel, I’ve tried just about every primer out there… the ONLY thing that’s worked for me at all is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. So I use that, and then either the Blonde shade of eyeshadow from Alima Pure, which is my “no-makeup” looking eyeshadow, or Onyx from Kjaer Weiss, which applied gently is a nice light grey, applied more heavily creates a sulty, smokey eye. I have an array of other shadows as well from Alima, Kjaer, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Urban Decay…but those are the ones I use most frequently. I like Elizabeth Arden’s powder eyeliner, which I apply with small slanted brush. It goes on extremely black, and the powder stays on my eyes. With the brush, I can make the perfect kitten eye (like a cat eye, but less dramatic). I still use a dirty mascara… Cover Girl Lash Blast. I’ve tried many a natural mascara, but my eyelashes are about as sparse as my eyebrows, and I love a thick row of femme fatale lashes. For my face, I adore RMS un-cover up. It melts into the skin, and covers up red areas around my nose, small blemishes around my chin, and dark shades under my eyes wonderfully. However, if I get a REALLY scary blemish, which unfortunately does happen now and again….like when I visit my family for the holidays, of course…I use a tiny dab of Makeup Forever’s full cover concealer. After spot-correcting with concealer, I lightly buff on Alima Pure’s loose powder foundation. It evens out skin really well, but doesn’t have that I’m-wearing-foundation look and lets my freckles show. On my cheeks, I use either a tiny bit of Revolution Organic’s bright pink freedom glow beauty balm or RMS lip-to-cheek in smile. Then, on top of that, I might do a light dusting of Alima’s shimmering pink blush — but that’s only if I’m having a big night out, or if I know I’m going to have pictures taken of me, since powder blush is better for pictures than cream. Finally, I usually just use some natural balm on my lips, but every once in a while I’ll be feeling a Old Hollywood-style red lip. For that, I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s lip tar in NSFW. It’s a great, neutral red that really stands out and stays put — but you have to use a TINY dab with a lip brush, otherwise it will bleed. Trust me, a little goes a long way. And I might do one more final touch – RMS living luminizer on the top of my cheeks, under the brow bone, and on my ‘cupid’s bow.’

For my hair, I again use Dr. Alkaitis’ nourishing oil – one little pump is enough to smooth and soften my abundant, long hair. Then, after years of fighting them with a straightening iron, I’ve fallen in love with my natural waves, so I lightly spritz on Josie Maran’s Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist for the perfect beach-y texture. I dry my roots with the diffuser on the blow dryer to keep my waves in tact while giving my hair a little lift. The rest of my hair air dries. I think letting my hair air dry, along with the bit of natural oil I use, has been the biggest difference in transforming my formerly dyed, dry, overprocessed hair into the soft, healthy hair I have now. My hair dresser is very impressed! (Seriously, between the bleaching and the straight iron, sections of my hair were downright CRISPY a few years ago). I pretty much try to touch my hair as little as possible: no dying, minimal products, minimal drying, and then I don’t brush it or really try to touch it at all during the day — which helps keep the waves nice.

…I think that’s it!