City: Glen Rose, Tx
Current Weather: Cool, overcast, rain. Our weather is sadly, inconsistent. One day, bone chilling – another, sunny and warm!
Skin: Normal, with tendencies to being dry and sensitive.
Hair: Long, dark and wavy. Periodically, I color my hair Henna, switching from redder shades to richer, darker colors…
Favorite star from the past: Audrey Hepburn
When I’m not dashing out the door to be at work bright and early, I like to ease into my day with a cup of organic coffee or a loose leaf tea. I am certainly not a morning person, so it’s a perfect pick-me-up to get me going. Lately, I’ve been drinking The Tao of Tea rose petal black and Rishi cinnamon plum.
In the shower…
If I’m feeling rather ambitious, I dry brush before my bath (I prefer baths when time allows). I add to my bath water Woodland Moss Organic Bath Salts from Angel Face Botanicals. It has a beautiful earthy/floral scent! Next, I use a basic bar of homemade soap to cleanse, and if it’s a shaving day, I lather coconut oil and soap on my legs. I’m still exploring natural shampoos. I currently use John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo for dry hair as well as my DIY Shampoo soap bar and ACV rinse. So far it’s been working great! Once in a while, if my hair looks a little dull I treat it with coconut oil applying it to my hair while it is still dry before shampooing and rinsing. I find the process works very well, and gives my hair lots of shine and body.
Outside the shower…
While my skin is still damp I moisturize my body with either argan or coconut oil. I apply Thai Crystal Deodorant and brush my teeth with either TheraNeem tooth and gum powder (cinnamon) or Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste. Next, I begin cleansing my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. As much I love this product, I will likely switch back to her Refreshing Cleanser as it’s more gentle on my skin. If my skin needs a little extra help, I apply raw honey and a bit of baking soda on areas of redness. To moisturize my face, I use Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex and Repairative Moisturizer. I’ll often alternate that with argan or coconut oil as well.
‘Simple and unadulterated’ is my mantra when it comes to makeup. Whenever I can, I try to wear as little makeup as possible. But sometimes a little enhancement is beneficial! I start with applying RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up over my dark circles and any areas of redness. Next, I lightly powder my face and upper neck with Faerie Organic Artisan Cosmetics Mineral Foundation and Bronzer (if I’m needing a little more color). For my cheeks I use RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Modest. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer for highlighting — by far, a top favorite of mine! Its pearlescent sheen gives a healthy, natural glow to my skin. For my eyes RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar, Jane Iredale Basic Black eye pencil and Dr. Hauschka Black Mascara. For lips I often stick to a variety of tinted lip balms, my current favorite being Simply Natural Summer Crush tinted lip balm.
Lastly, on to fragrances, I have fallen in LOVE with Tata Harper Irritability Treatment as well as her new product Love Potion. I cannot rave enough over her aromatherapy! Lotus Wei is yet another favorite. However, choosing one favorite is nearly impossible so I’ll stick to my top 3: Quiet Mind, Inner Peace and Infinite Love.
Hello, hello! We love hearing from clean beauties around the world. This morning routine comes from Sonal in Ell-Oh-En-Dee-Oh-En. Enjoy!
Hometown: London, UK
Current weather: Wet and windy, with what appears to be the occasional peak of spring sunshine.
Hair: Dark and long (halfway down my back), naturally curly but fine and dry.
Skin: I’m lucky enough to have been blessed with relatively problem-free skin. It can get a bit dull when I’m not taking enough care of myself and I do get the occasional spot, but when I eat well, sleep enough and exercise my skin is happy.
Favourite star: Zooey Deschanel — not exactly from the past but I absolutely adore her quirkiness and individuality.
So what’s my clean story? Well, I’ve been using clean products for a couple of years now and it all started when a lovely friend of mine told me all about why she only uses natural products. I was curious to find out more so I did some Googling and came across NMDL and a couple of other natural beauty blogs. I purchased the NMDL book which was a real eye opener, I was both shocked and disappointed that these products that I trusted contained such harmful ingredients. I always thought natural products were better for you, but I never realised that the chemicals in unnatural products were actually toxic. The first thing I wanted to do was throw out every single product in my cupboard! But instead, I slowly started giving away/using up my dirty products and replacing them with clean ones, although I haven’t quite managed to do the same for my make-up products yet.
I absolutely love reading NMDL, it’s given me a lot of inspiration and encouragement in my ongoing transition to cleanhoodness, although sadly for me a lot of the products mentioned aren’t available here in the UK. I’ve recently come across a brand called Balance Me which I’m totally obsessed with, I’ve tried a few products and I have to say, they’ve been absolutely amazing. Like most clean kids, I’ve fallen in love with coconut oil and I make sure I’ve always got a couple of jars handy. I use it to moisturise my skin, hair and eyelashes; in my eyes when they feel dry or irritated; for oil pulling; to remove my make-up and I even eat the stuff (seriously, a teaspoon a day is meant to do wonders — you know, healthy fats and all of that hoo-ha). I enjoy experimenting with easy homemade items like scrubs (e.g. honey and bicarbonate of soda) and masks (see below for my gram flour mask). I once tried to make my own deodorant but that didn’t turn out too well, unfortunately I only realised after I’d applied it and the stinging started!
In the morning…
In early January I mustered up the courage to start oil pulling – an ancient Ayurvedic practise which involves swishing oil around in your mouth to help remove toxins. I do it first thing in the morning every day for 20 minutes using a heaped teaspoon of Biona Virgin Coconut Oil. It did feel a little strange in the beginning but then a few amazing things started happening — my teeth became whiter and less sensitive, my mouth felt cleaner (and I mean a different kind of clean to when I brush my teeth), my skin became clearer and my cravings for sugar were magically reduced — and this is coming from someone who had a severe case of the mid-afternoon chocolate craving! After oil pulling, I give my mouth a good rinse and brush my teeth with Green People Minty Cool Toothpaste. I have my showers in the evening so next I wash my face with Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. While my face is still damp, I massage in 3 drops of Balance Me Radiance Oil. I cannot praise this oil enough, it’s a little pricey at £30 a bottle but it is worth every penny — it has become my absolute HG facial oil. It sinks in like a dream and makes my skin glow like no other oil or moisturiser has before. In terms of deodorant, I haven’t been able to find a clean one that works for me yet so for now I’m using one by Dove. I travel on the tube in London daily so having my personal space invaded while I’m on a packed train for two hours a day means I need something that’ll keep me fresh all day long!
Now on to the shameful part of my routine, my make-up: Firstly I use MAC Studio Finish concealer to cover up my dark circles. After years of experimenting with all sorts of remedies (from eye massages to applying grated potato under my eyes) I’ve come to accept that my dark circles are hereditary and cannot be cured. Next I line my waterline with Bourjois Khol and Contour eyeliner and apply a little blush to my cheeks. I’m currently using MAC Powder Blush in Peaches which is a lovely colour, but once it runs out I’m going to find something cleaner to replace it with. I’m on the lookout for a natural cream blush so if anyone has any recommendations, please do comment. If I’m attempting to look a little bit nicer I’ll put on some L’Oreal Telescopic mascara and Bourjois Intuitive liquid eyeliner on my upper lash line. Lastly, I apply a dab of lip balm to my lips — I’m a lip balm addict so I have a few lying around, either Burts Bees (the original), Badger Balm Vanilla Madagascar, Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely or a homemade one. I have a friend (the same one who introduced me to natural products) who makes amazing natural cosmetics and I’m lucky enough to be one of her testers.
In the shower…
I take my showers in the evenings and I wash my hair 2-3 times a week. I’m currently using a lavender shower gel by Organic Surge. I lather up my Soap and Glory exfoliating gloves with a squidge of shower gel and give my skin a gentle scrub. Twice a week I exfoliate my face by mixing honey and a little bicarbonate of soda in my palm with a few drops of water and lightly scrubbing it on my face. If I’m washing my hair I use the A’kin Lemongrass shampoo and A’kin Avocado and Calendula conditioner. After a lot of trial and error with various other natural shampoos and conditioners, I’ve found A’kin is definitely the one for me — it doesn’t leave any sort of residue in my hair and it doesn’t make my hair too dry or oily. It’s perfect! It’s also the first time I’ve ever continuously used one brand of hair products for so long without changing which is certainly something.
Outside the shower…
While my skin is still damp I moisturise my body with either coconut oil, olive oil or Weleda Calendula oil. If I’ve washed my hair, I blow dry and straighten it with my ghd. I’m aware this is somewhat frowned upon in the clean community and I do wish I was able to let my hair air dry like all the cool clean girls do, but it just looks nicer when it’s straight. Also when it’s winter (which is around 70% of the time in London) it takes about 3-4 hours to air dry which is far too long for me to sit around with freezing cold hair!
When I have time I massage either coconut, almond, olive or avocado oil in my hair and leave it in for an hour or overnight before washing it out. It does mean that I need to give my hair an extra bit of shampooing to rinse it out, but it’s well worth the trouble because it makes my dry hair super soft and shiny.
Occasionally I make a face mask by blending together gram flour (also known as chickpea flour), oats, rice flour, almonds, turmeric and mixing it with honey and yogurt. I smear it on my face and leave it on for an hour, by which point it hardens. I then wet my face and scrub the mask off. This is rather time consuming so I don’t do it very often, however this mask is totally worth it, it makes my skin incredibly luminous, super baby soft and helps to clear up any skin issues I’m having. Sometimes I just throw some good old raw, organic un-heated honey on my face and leave it there between 10-30 minutes which also works wonders.
A few extra bits…
Since January I’ve been trying to exercise more (at least 160 minutes a week) and eat better — more veggies, less naughty carbs and lots of water. After watching a documentary called Food Matters I’ve really come to realise how important a healthy diet is. We need to be putting in the right “fuel” into our bodies for it to run effectively and to look and feel our best. I make a green monster smoothie every morning before work with almond milk, spinach or kale, banana, wheatgrass powder, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and cinnamon which gives me a great start to the day. It wakes me up and makes me feel amazing, and being a vegetarian means I need all the iron I can get.
I’ve also started taking blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar every day. I mix a tablespoon of each in hot water and drink this at some point during the day. It isn’t the most pleasant tasting drink, but both of these ingredients pack some serious heath benefits for skin, hair and health and provide me with a much needed energy boost.
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We are inching closer and closer to spring. Hopefully this cozy routine from Jess plus this rad photo of our favorite flower girl will tide you over until then.
City: Brooklyn, NY
Current weather: freeeeeezing, Polar Vortex, digging-your-car-out-of-the-snow weather
Skin: Fair and Sensitive with hormonal breakouts every now and again and a red/pink undertone. Overall, pretty normal.
Hair: Fine and Oily with some wave, but mostly it’s straight. Born a blonde, which lasted until I was a teenager, but now a light brown with grown out highlights.
Favorite star from the past: not so far back, but 90’s Drew Barrymore is pretty awesome
Morning is my favorite time of day. I wake up and make Pu-erh tea or Jasmine Pearl green Tea. I like to read in the morning so I’ll take an hour to read, and re-steep my loose leaf tea at least 4 times before I get going. I’m not sure if tea is part of my beauty routine, per se, but I know it makes me feel awesome so I thought I would include it.
I normally shower at night, so in the morning I wash my face with a cream cleanser (which used to be the Aubrey Vegecol sensitive skin cleanser but they reformulated) or the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt just to get everything off from the night before. My best friend recently brought back some Organic Rosewater from Europe that I’ve been swiping my face with as a toner, but I also love the Heritage brand that I get at Whole Foods, and I follow up with the Eminence Rosehip Whip Moisturizer.
For some reason, I’m still using a dirty* sunscreen, SkinCeuticals Physical Defense, in SPF 50. As soon as I’m done with the bottle, I’ll try one of the many people have mentioned on here (I’m thinking Vive Sana or Suntegrity). It does make a great base and it’s not a chemical sunscreen, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some pretty unclean ingredients in it. After that, I use the Benefit erase-paste under-eye concealer for the dark circles I’ve inherited from my handsome dad. I’ve been using Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Base for at least 7 years and it keeps my skin very happy. I think the coverage is just what I need, and I love the natural finish.
For Blush I use Ilia in I Put a Spell On You, and for Mascara it’s been Hourglass Film Noir for the last few purchases. Dr. Haushka makes a fantastic powder bronzer that I use all year long. For lipstick, I almost exclusively wear Ilia—I’ve re-purchased Arabian Knights around 5 times (a record for me), but also use Blossom Lady, Lust for Life, Pink Kashmir, and Crimson and Clover. My look is very natural and not very fussy…I grew up in California wearing bright lips and lots of eyeliner but now I apply almost everything with my fingers and it takes around 5-10 minutes. Lipstick makes me feel the most together, and it’s the easiest for me to grab and go…so I tend to collect more of it than anything else. For deodorant, I really can’t use anything with baking soda…too harsh. I found a brand called Alvera Aloe and Almond deodorant at a health food store about four years ago, and have never had anything work better.
I like to take showers at night, and I generally wash my hair around 2-3 times a week. (I swear by Burt’s Bees Baby Powder as a dry shampoo for the in-between days). I had an Eminence Facial recently, and I purchased the Red Currant exfoliating wash, which really seems to be working for my skin. For shampoo and conditioner I use the Alaffia Coconut and Shea, I think it smells amazing and it keeps my hair pretty happy. For body wash, it depends if I am trying to repel mosquitoes or not…I’ve had great luck with Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap in the summer, normally I’m a mosquito magnet but if I’ve used this they tend to leave me alone. If I don’t want to smell like a campfire though, I like Weleda’s Wild Rose creamy body wash or the Mustela 2-in-1 Baby Shampoo and Wash.
Outside of the shower at night I spray the Eminence Stone Crop Mist (which is supposed to even out skin tone), and Eminence Willow Bark Serum (to help prevent breakouts). My skin doesn’t really need a heavy moisturizer so I’ll use the One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal, which smells like Neroli and is perfect for night time. I also have a bottle of Argan Oil I ordered from Mountain Rose Herbs that I use for everything from under-eye moisturizer to make-up remover. It’s lasted forever.
I always air dry my hair, unless it’s winter in which case I use the hair dryer until it’s 80% dry because I need all the warmth I can get. My hair is pretty easy, so I just use a comb and let it do its thing—I never use a brush. My day second day hair is always better than my first day hair. It needs some time to settle in.
So that’s my routine, my goal is to feel naturally pretty by taking care of myself and my skin—I also try to do something active at least four days a week (yoga, running, pilates). Still, if I feel too attached to my make-up I’ll try to challenge myself to go without some of my staples from time to time as a reminder that we don’t have to look too “put together” all the time.
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We love this mix of DIY and clean products! Enjoy this lovely routine from the Rocky Mountains. If your skin is dry this winter, Silvy’s got you covered.
City: Denver, Colorado
Current weather: Very cold, and very, very dry, but the snow is pretty!
Hair: Shoulder length, mostly straight but waves with a bit of humidity. Tends to be oilier, and a bit fine. I’ve been using a mixture of indigo and henna on it about twice a year and love how it’s made my hair thicker and shinier. Also can’t sing the praises of a coconut oil hair mask enough, even if you do have to shampoo a couple of times!
Skin: Skin has been good and balanced, though tends towards dry and sensitive, especially in winter. I do break out sometimes if I’m tired or stressed and get some redness around the nose.
Favorite star from the past: Myrna Loy
In the shower…
I shower in the evening and not every day, so I’ll just say what I use in the shower and then talk about my morning and night routines. I love the Acure Mint Echinacea shampoo and conditioner because they do add volume and have made my hair so much healthier over the past year. And no more dandruff! I always have another shampoo in rotation, however, and in Europe this summer it was the Lavera Basis Sensitive shampoo. It’s great for adding shine and body, and really affordable in Europe. (Side note: I wash my hair about every other or third day, when it goes flat.) I also tried the Melvita shampoo for normal hair (available in France). Though it didn’t do anything incredible for my hair, I liked it as a basic, clarifying shampoo.
In the US, I’ve been experimenting with the Rahua and Rahua Volumizing shampoos and conditioners. I really like the volumizing one but am still deciding whether to bring that one or the regular into rotation. I guess I should also mention that, as shampoo tester extraordinaire this year, I also tried out Yarok. It really weighed down my hair, so I don’t recommend it if you have hair that tends to be fine, limp, or dandruff-prone. Finally for hair, I use conditioner only a few times a week as a mask. Using just shampoo most of the time, my hair doesn’t go flat as quickly after washing.
For face, I’ve been finishing up Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream. I like it a lot, but I won’t be repurchasing. I’m not comfortable supporting a company owned by Clorox (animal testing, etc.). So, most likely I will go back to my more pricey but awesome Pangea Organics facial scrub.
I dry off a bit while I’m in the shower and moisturize then as well. I’m actually on the hunt for a good lotion or body oil that’s moisturizing enough (preferably no more than $40/bottle). I’ve been trying some of the Acure lotions, some DIY body oils, and a Dr. Hauschka one. I like them, but it’s just not enough for my dry skin in winter. Then I end up combining them, and my skin feels sticky and… well, I’m looking for a better option! So holla at ya girl in the comments, please!
Outside the shower…
So this is going to be my face section of “outside the shower.” I really like my current face routine, so wanted to share morning and night!
In the morning, I wash my face with just water or splash some rose water. Or, I might swipe some DermaE Glycolic toner over my skin some mornings if my skin is a bit dull. Then, I follow up with an oil. Lately, it’s been my own DIY that I am obsessed with! I infused calendula and vanilla in jojoba as a base and mixed in some other goodies, and it’s a dream! It also has no essential oils. I use EOs on my skin only a couple times a week, because it’s too sensitive for any more than that. I take the oil all over the eye area too (since no EOs). Over the oil, I put a sun screen, mixed with Pai Rosehip Chamomile cream if needed. I really like all of the Badger ones (especially the “daily” line without wax). THEN, if I need even more than that (like for a day outside in the mountains), I top off with some raw shea butter melted between my fingers or Weleda Skin Food.
Around my eyes, I use a layer of the shea butter or, most often RMS Uncover-up in 11 and then maybe a bit of Living Luminizer too. I have quite dark circles that I don’t bother trying to eliminate (and kind of like, weirdly enough). I find that the Uncover-up works to brighten the area and is also a great treatment for firming and fine lines. If I need foundation, I useJuice Beauty in Ivory. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s a great product. I’ve also stayed faithful to the Hemp Organics lip tint in Berry for years. It’s so cheap and is great on lips and as a blush, (I use it mostly as a blush). I line my eyes with Dr. Hauschka eyeliner in Charcoal Grey or Zuzu Luxe liquid liner in Raven. For mascara, I’ve been using Dr. Hauschka in Aubergine for years and can’t complain there. My favorite lip balm isZambeezi in Tangerine; you know it’s good when your lips don’t chap in Colorado winter!
My night routine is really quite simple, but I enjoy it so much! I do this some mornings when I have time as well, in place of rose water. I fill a bowl with warm/hot water and then put a few drops of Dr. Hauschka Lemon Bath or Sage Bath (now Bath Essence??), or any of their others. Then I soak a wash cloth in it and hold it to my face a few times for several seconds. It’s kind of like oil cleansing but without the oil. If I need it, I use a cleanser; I like grainy ones like Queen of the Meadow Herbal Facial Cleanser—local brand again! Most nights though, just the wash cloth is enough to cleanse my skin. Then, I just follow with my DIY facial oil and call it a night. I love this little ritual, soothing and uplifting, and just the thing to end (or start!) the day.
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Here’s a fun routine from a reader who gets her natural beauty fix anywhere she goes. She does her best to care for her skin, especially since it’s exposed to extreme weather (she bikes to work!).
City: upstate New York
Current Weather: freezing and dry
Skin: My skin is super sensitive combination prone to redness and some broken capillaries on my cheeks which I’m thinking about getting removed.
Hair: My hair is mid-length, thin super curly brown and dry. I have never dyed it but still have some blonde in it from a couple months in Colombia a year ago.
Favorite Star From the Past: My favorite star from the past is Catherine Deneuve, an amazing talented actress. She was so beautiful and impeccably stylish when she was young and still is today. She for me is an example of a beautiful woman taking care of herself and aging gorgeously.
I have been using almost all natural beauty products since I was in college. I worked for a while in a food coop where my colleagues in the beauty department would hook me up all kinds of products. I have tried a lot of different things but find my skin is usually better when I do less. For a while I got facials from a wonderful women who used Eminence Organics products which I loved but I don’t know of anyone who does that where I live now. I am originally from Belgium and moved back there after college and it was harder to find natural beauty products there but it was fun. I got to experiment with different brands and new things, including a very strange shampoo literally made of mud that really didn’t do much.
Anyways these days I have figured out the products that work for me and that I am loyal to. I start my day with a swig of pure aloe vera juice, then oil pull with coconut oil while I am in the shower. I use Dr. Bronners soap and once a week exfoliate with brown sugar mixed with olive oil.
As far as shampoos after trying a bunch of very different brands I rotate between Desert Organics, Shikai Henna Shine enhancing shampoo and condition, and Acure Organics moroccan argan oil + argan stem cell conditioner triple moisture repairing. I like to switch products around, I need that right balance of shampoo and conditioner that moisturizes my hair without making it too heavy/greasy. I try to space out my shampoos as much as possible, and the night before I wash I’ll sleep with coconut oil in my hair. I tried nopoo but my hair is too fine for that to work.
I am a pretty low maintenance gal, once out of the shower I crunch up my curls with a little John Masters Organics Shine On which makes my curls super soft and shiny and air dry. When I was a teenager I used to use Kerastase Elixir Ultime but this is way better, does the same thing all the while treating my hair over time, and does not contain silicone. Love it! I brush my teeth with Desert Organics toothpaste which does not have SLS, very important. I try to make sure that none of my products contain SLS after a bout with Perioral dermatitis while I was in college.
I don’t wash my face in the morning, just rinse with cold water and spray with Eau de Rose. I cheat a little with my face creams, since I worry about my redness I use Avene Emulsion Anti-rougeurs Jour and Anti-Rougeurs soin ciblée, which I get from the pharmacy in Belgium.The emulsion has SPF 20 and is light enough for my combination skin. If you guys know of a natural anti-redness day cream that really works I’d love to hear about it.
My all time favorite moisturizer for my body is Griffin Remedies Omega 3 Grapefruit Moisturizer — it smells so so good, I alternate that with Shea butter or coconut or apricot oil depending on the day. I also cheat with my perfume, which is from Paris, Montale Black Auod and smells amazing, but I just spray on my clothes which I guess isn’t that bad.
As far makeup I use RMS uncover up on the redness on my cheeks. Dr. Haushka bronzer is the best year round and then some Jurlique Rose Finishing Powder. I have been trying different mascaras, the current one is organic and ok but I will most likely change when it runs out. I use some LaRoche Posay brown eyeliner and a little RMS highlighter if I want to look especially glowing. I also love this organic lipstick from Primitive called Belize, it is a great color but unfortunately does not have the best lasting power. I find that difficult with most organic lipsticks.
I usually have water with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, a soft boiled egg, and a green smoothie and am out the door. I walk or bike to work which is great but can be aggressive on my skin when it gets cold. ( I have never owned a car and am trying to sustain that lifestyle in upstate New York!) During the day I will blot out shininess with my Jurlique Rose Finishing powder which I love and carry with me everywhere.
During the summer and if I am feeling particularly pale I use Chocolate Sun sunless tanner which is really great, gives me a glow more then a tan. Once a week I do a mask of mexican clay, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and raw honey, and it has revolutionized my skin I rarely ever get breakouts.
Thats pretty much it, I love to try new products but for the moment this has been working really well for me so I don’t stray too much. I use Zoya andButter nail polishes an take garlic supplements, probiotics, and super primrose oil everyday which really helps to keep me healthy and glowing. Also, for waxing I use Parissa hot wax which I highly recommend and you can find in most health food stores.