This past January, I bought my first pair of red shoes*.  I quickly realized that I needed more.  Fortunately, I love to shop for a bargain.  With spring fully in gear, I have hunted and gathered my way to a few pairs.  For casual days, I love them with faded ankle-length skinny jeans.  And red lips.

The Red Shoes: I am insanely in love with my pointy-toe red flats and ankle boots (not pictured) from Frye.  The only eco-fashion thing I can say about them is they last for freaking ever.  Not cheap, but if you are patient you can find them on sale.  And this pair of Converse canvas sneakers does the red shoe thing in playground casual (more support than the standard Chucks, too).

The Skinny Jeans: I’ve long been a Levi’s kind of gal, but I recently discovered Henry & Belle jeans.  They make super soft, super stretchy, comfortable jeans, in lots of colors and styles.  And – bonus – a portion of every sale goes to a variety of good causes, such as Every Mother Counts and Girls on the Run.  I like to order from Melange, which has great sales, a cute blog, free shipping and superior customer service.  To top those jeans, they also carry great organic cotton brands like Prairie Underground and Raw Earth Wild Sky.

The Red Lips: Still working for spring are my fall reds – RMS Diabolique and Ilia Femme Fatale.  I’ve also recently discovered Alima Pure’s Lip Tints, which are immense chocolately improvements on the old peppermint formula.  I can’t tolerate peppermint on my lips, so I was thrilled to try the new tints.  Cranberry is a warm burgundy that really has enough pigment to wear as a lipstick, though it feels like a balm.  The glossier Holly Berry is a spiced rose that is super subtle.  I’m loving wearing the RMS or Ilia pressed into well-moisturized lips like a stain, with one of the Alima tints over as a balm.  I generally like to put a balm over my lipstick, but sometimes a clear balm kind of sucks the color away.  These tints are a perfect topper, and can handle a touch-up on their own when I don’t have time for a full reapplication.

Just some Ilia illuminator around my eyes and RMS bronzer on my cheeks finishes my barely-made-up spring face.

One More Thing: Those exposed ankles are going to need some glow…easily provided by my old favorite, May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff, and my new favorite, Yuli’s Harmony.  Or, try one of my other favorite body oils.

What are your spring inspirations?

*actually, my first was a pair of Adidas sneakers in the mid-nineties, but I’m not counting that right now

Lucky Ingrid founded one of our favorite kind of businesses… a natural beauty boutique! We love indie shops like hers. Ever wondered what someone with the best products at her fingertips would choose to use? Look no further than this routine.

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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Winter’s here, and while I know I can hardly complain here on the Northern California coast, my skin is noticing the change in weather.  Cold and dry means mama needs extra help for the next few months.  And I’ve found just the thing.

The Blue Cocoon is a concentrated balm made with really special oils & butters, plus some of my favorite EOs.  The scent is complex, but the stand-out is blue tansy oil, also known as Moroccan chamomile.   It is very refreshing and unique.  I can catch the helichrysum too, with an undercurrent of cocoa butter.

Blue Tansy oil is about to take off in the skin care market, I think.  It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and antihistamine, therefore wonderful for redness and itching.  And it’s known for being calming to the mind as well as the skin.

I have mainly used this at night, initially only under my eyes.  It certainly does make a spectacular eye balm.  Lately I’ve been using it on my whole face (with a hydrosol first, naturally).  I was surprised at the radical difference it makes in how my skin feels when I wake up – crazy soft and well hydrated.  It absorbs so perfectly that I have used it successfully in the daytime as well.

Now, I admit the $160/50 ml (1.69 oz) price tag widened my eyes.  Since I know May’s line well I was sure the quality would match the price, but was I really willing to pay that much for one product?  Yep.  As it turned out, I loved my sample so much I had to make the full size purchase.  Definitely a luxury item, but the one jar should last a few months at least.  This would make a supremely extravagant gift for someone special.  I’m thinking about dividing up a full size into some pretty little glass jars I have stashed, so I can turn it into multiple gifts.

Will you be wrapped in The Blue Cocoon?  What’s helping your skin thrive this winter?

Ingredients:  Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, *** Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea) Butter, *** Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, *** Sclerocarya Birrea (Virgin Marula) Oil, Calodendrum Capense (Yangu) Oil, * Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, * Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Oil, **Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, * Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, ** Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, * Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Oil, * Vanilla Planifolia CO2 Total Essential Oil, Schisandra Sphenanthera CO2 Fruit Extract, * Helichrysum Italicum (Immortelle) Oil, Ravensara Aromatica Oil.

* Certified Organic ** Wild Harvested *** Fair Trade, Raw & Unrefined

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My Favorite Body Oils

You'll have baby soft skin with these body oils...

I do still love Stark Skincare’s Meadowfoam, but I have to admit I ventured further into body oils this year, as the cooler seasons rolled in.

I was seeking an all-over glow with beautiful scent, and these get me there.  All are made with high quality oils, and leave the skin ultra soft.  I use a bit after a shower, and run my hands through my hair, too.

May Lindstrom’s The Good Stuff: As regular readers know, I love all things May.  She knocks it out of the park with every single product.  This body oil was the only thing I had yet to try from her line, and it’s a wonderful indulgence.  I normally don’t like ylang-ylang on me, but the subtle blend with rose, lavender and the killer cocoa absolute is addictive.  If you love the scent of The Honey Mud, you will love this too.  This oil has a bit of mica, which mostly just makes it look very pretty in your hand, but I’ve never noticed any overt sparkle once I’ve spread it on my skin.  It’s a very special treat.  ($110/3.38oz)


La Bella Figura’s Skin Aficionado: The ingredients start with some of my favorite oils: camellia, sunflower and meadowfoam.  It has quite a unique blend of scents, but the ginger is what grabs me.  I really notice how supremely soft my skin is after using this oil.  Right now I’m working the last bit of the generous sample I received, and it’s on my list for a full-size purchase soon.  ($90/3.4oz)


Osmia Organics Body Oils: Water Lily is my favorite of the various scents.  Rich with vetiver, it’s grassy and spicy and wonderful.  On the website, it says, “you may find yourself sniffing your arm during meetings.”  Well, yes, I actually caught myself doing just that, and had to laugh!  On a few occasions while wearing this, people have mentioned how nice I smell.  I even put some in a little roll-on bottle* to carry around with me and use as perfume.  There are many other scents to try.  I like Night to seal the deal on a relaxing evening bath.  Stream is also nice, and more on the flowery side.  I love that this oil comes in an unscented version, and in different sizes for easy gift-giving and travel.  ($24/2oz or $70/7.5oz)

Looking for an even more budget friendly option?  Body oil is quite easy to DIY.  You can pick up unscented carrier oils, EOs and bottles at your local clean products spot or Mountain Rose Herbs.  MRH also has helpful information on which EOs go together nicely.  Make a big batch of oil, and you’ll have a beautiful little something for everyone you’re gifting this year.

Which body oil would you love to give (or get) as a gift?

*these are coated glass, if you’d rather avoid that the same site has clear glass rollers and so does MRH

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4 Guaranteed Ways To Get Your Glow Back

Not too long ago my skin was feeling pretty down in the dumps.

I told you guys all about it and the comments poured in with recommendations and kind words. (You’re the best, did you know?)

The problem: A combination of deep exhaustion, season change, and some serious laziness around self care in the skincare department. As I write this on the eve of a monthlong yoga retreat, I can almost taste all the fresh air and deep breathing that lay ahead. And I know my skin is going to thank me.

But I’m happy to report that even with stress working against me this past month, I was able to get some glow going again. You guys had great advice. Here’s what worked for me!

1. May Lindstrom’s Clean Dirt (+ Honey Mud): We’re obviously a little obsessed with Miss May lately. But I swear, on the same day that I told you guys about my skin woes I went straight to her site and reupped on Clean Dirt. Rotating between that and the new honey mud this past month has completely brought back some life to my skin.

2. Juice Beauty CC Cream: I’m gonna be honest, I was pretty skeptical about this CC stuff. But this product is completely off the hook. I had used it a few times and liked it. But Nicolle inspired me with her comments to really do it every day. The results are unbelievable. Not only does it instantly help fake a great glow, it nourishes the skin (really, I can feel it) and seems to be improving it with time. The major added bonus: I’m finally wearing sunscreen on my face every day. Something I should have been doing for years but could never get into. Now I look forward to it!

3. Cosmedix Rescue Balm: I told you about this balm a little while back, and some of you (ok, and me) were a little wary of the brand’s whole vibe. Others among you swore by it. Alas, I still love the stuff. It’s intensely moisturizing and it makes my skin instantly look dewy. I even use it like a more mellow daytime highlighter sometimes on my cheekbones and lips. It also smells like fresh-picked cherries, so there’s that.

4. Vitaforce Green Smoothies: Many of you guys told me to get my green on, and did I ever. I got back on the smoothies pretty hard after that post and I spiked them with Vitaforce for serious added punch. Here’s the fave smoothie recipe at my house: Lots of spinach, almond milk, 1/4 frozen banana, some peanut or almond butter, chocolate protein powder (the really pure stuff, with like three ingredients—chocolate, wei, and stevia—the others sketch me out). Tastes better than a milk shake and within a few days these helped put some health back in my cheeks.

Because this topic never really gets old, share: What are you doing to glow these days?