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!
Our love for Osmia Organics knows no end. Their body oils and hand-crafted soaps are some of the most gorgeous smelling goodies we know (don’t get us started on the perfumes!). Just about anything you try from Osmia is sure to please, as evidenced by some of our reviews here, here, and here. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we found out that Osmia is participating in A Night For Green Beauty. Though we hope you can join us at ANFGB, you can get to know Sarah via her Morning Routine below.
Name: Sarah Villafranco
City: Carbondale, CO
Current Weather: Blue skies, hot, and D.R.Y.
Skin: Fair to medium tone, very temperamental, with a history (and occasional flares) of perioral dermatitis.
Hair: Brown, course, long, and rather enormous.
Favorite Star From the Past: Lucille Ball – I don’t think anything makes a person more beautiful than deep, real laughter.
My morning routine? Well, that phrase implies that my routine is the same every morning. It isn’t. If I wake up and my hair is so big that I can’t get a shirt on over it, then I have to wet it again. If my husband is traveling and my daughters have started their “Mama, we need breakfast!” chorus, then I start the day making eggs with one eye open. If one of our border collies stares at me intensely until I wake up, I begin the day feeling simultaneously paranoid and amused. But, if someone brings me tea in bed, then I feel regal and leisurely, and how I savor my morning routine!
Most days start about 6:45. I grab my phone while I stretch in bed a little, to see if any Osmia business needs my immediate attention. Once in the bathroom, my routine depends on how much time I have that day. Some days, I dry brush and oil-pull with coconut oil (there’s a blog post on our site with some thoughts about oil-pulling). During allergy season, I use a neti pot to clear my sinuses. If I can’t wake up, I drop a DIY blend of stimulating essential oils, like grapefruit and mint, on the floor of the shower, letting the warm water vaporize the oils. I love our Lemon Basil Ginger and Evergreen Shea soaps in the morning – they perk me right up! For my hair, I either nopoo with baking soda and rinse with ACV, or I use Desert Essence unscented shampoo and conditioner – about twice a week for each method. I just wish I didn’t smell so salady after the nopoo method, even after my hair dries! I use our Black Clay Facial Soap to cleanse my face. This little bar is my very best (made-of-soap) friend. (Note: most products I use are dictated by my history of perioral dermatitis. There’s an article on our site about my experience with this condition, so I will skip the details here!)
Out of the shower, I pat my face and neck dry, and wrap my hair in a towel, leaving my body completely wet. If my face feels dehydrated, I apply a layer of our Active Gel Toner, which contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide – both excellent for dry, troubled skin. It also has neroli essential oil, which is a scent that makes me feel especially queenly. I use Avene Thermal Water spray if my skin is extra dry or irritated – I keep one on my desk at work, too. I follow with our Purely Simple Face Cream on my face and neck, applied after the toner or thermal water layer has dried. And, I don’t break out frequently, but I always have a bottle of Spot Treatment at the ready. If I’m going to be outside, I use Elta MD facial sunscreen, SPF 46. It’s not as clean as I would like it to be, but it seems to irritate my skin the least, and it’s fragrance and paraben-free. (Confession: I don’t wear sunscreen every day! I only wear it if I’m headed out for a run or bike ride, or watching my daughter’s softball game! Then, I wash it off as soon as I can.)
Next, I apply one of our body oils to my wet skin. Forest is my favorite morning body oil, though – it’s like applying liquid Colorado. By applying body oil to wet skin, you are effectively creating a lotion – oil plus water – without the additional ingredients like emulsifiers and preservatives that a lotion requires. It’s such a simple and delightful little trick. Sometimes, I scrunch the ends of my hair with the residual body oil on my hands – and that’s about the extent of my hair styling. And, for my teeth, I use Jason Seafresh Deep Sea Spearmint toothpaste because it’s fluoride and SLS-free – both of those ingredients can make my PD symptoms appear. While I’m brushing, I usually stand on the deck and soak in the splendor of these mountains where we live – I’ve been here nine years and still can’t get enough.
As for makeup, prepare to die of boredom. I just don’t wear it. I did some modeling when I was younger, and was slathered with foundation enough that I developed an aversion to the feeling of makeup on my skin. Now, with PD in the picture, I find that it’s just not worth it. Plus, I’m a crunchy, Colorado girl at heart! But, on the four occasions per year when I do wear makeup (one will be ANFGB in August!!!), I love RMS Living Luminizer (who doesn’t?), and our Whisper Lip Gloss. I always curl my stumpy little eyelashes, and am still in search of a natural mascara that doesn’t smudge. It sounds like I need to try Kjaer Weis, according to NMDL readers! I’d love to play with more eye shadows (RMS?) and liners (suggestions?) – smoky eyes are super-sexy, as evidenced by saucy green beauty bloggers like Katie of The Green Product Junkie.
Finally, I take a few supplements with a green juice or smoothie in the morning, all of which are related to my skin care routine. I take Garden of Life Raw B-Complex: B vitamins are important in keeping skin and lips healthy, especially for a long-time vegetarian like me. I have also noticed a very clear connection between my skin and my monthly cycle, so I take Barlean’s Evening Primrose Oil and Oona (Type 1) Herbal Supplement to soften those, um, hormonal fluctuations. (I have an advanced degree in euphemisms.)
And, then, it’s off to the best job in the world! Thank you, NMDL, for all you do for Green Beauty, and for letting me share my morning routine!
Who wants to move to Colorado? Tell us about your favorite Osmia Organics product!
Lucky day! We’re sharing the founder of Province Apothecary’s morning routine! Province Apothecary is one of the brands participating in A Night For Green Beauty on August 7th in LA. If you’re in the area, you must come and meet Julie in person and experience her line for yourself. Her perfume oils are swoon—worthy and we’ve been loving the exfoliating scrub that was included in the ANFGB Deluxe Beauty Box. Julie’s routine reminds us a lot of her line—simple, pure, and gorgeous. Enjoy!
Name: Julie Clark
Current Weather: Spring and starting to get humid!
Skin: Fair, dry and sensitive
Hair: Dirty blonde + dry
Favourite Star From the Past: Artist Eva Hesse
I keep my mornings simple. After I get up, I scrape my tongue and put the water on to boil. I make fresh lemon water and have a few bites of fruit (today I had a grapefruit) and then I jump into the shower. My shower routine is pretty simple. I exfoliate my body every day with sugar and oil. Every three days I exfoliate my face with Province Apothecary’s Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator. Sometimes I add pureed pineapple to the exfoliator to make it a natural enzymatic exfoliating mask- I love putting food on my face! At the moment I’m experimenting with hand-blended hair products because I can’t find a natural shampoo that I like. My latest infusion has calendula, chamomile, and broccoli seed oil in it. Calendula and chamomile are great herbs for blond hair.
Once a week, before my shower, I do a Detoxifying + Clarifying Mask mixed with raw, local honey. I leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then I jump in the shower and wash everything off. Honey is my favourite mask base. Honey is a natural antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties. It has the ability to absorb impurities from your pores and retain your skin’s moisture. When I get out of the shower I apply PA’s Hydrating + Rejuvenating Serum to my décolleté, neck, and face and I slather my body with my latest body oil blend. Right now I am using a blend of hemp oil, avocado oil, and pomegranate oil infused with the essential oils of geranium, cypress, cedar wood and vetiver. The floral and woodsy scent is motivating and grounding: a great way to start the morning.
After my shower, I make hot cocoa with maca and honey (I cut out all caffeine last summer) and make breakfast. My boyfriend and I have started making granola for our breakfasts. Our latest batch has ginger, sesame seeds, maple syrup, mulberries, and lots of seeds. Proper digestion and elimination is essential for healthy skin so I am trying to be very mindful of when I eat and how I eat. I have stopped multitasking while eating. Now I just eat and I have seen a huge difference in my digestion and how I feel!
I don’t own any make up so before I leave the house I just apply some SPF 15 Consonant Natural Matt Sunscreen and some perfume. Today I applied PA’s No.14. It is sweet and spicy and the cardamom helps you concentrate, which is perfect for a busy Friday at the studio!
Refreshing, right? What have you tried from Province Apothecary?
Meet Alex, a young teacher trying to make a clean routine work on her teacher’s salary. Sounds like she’s doing awesome. Thanks for this super candid and awesome routine!
Profession: Teacher (Fourth grade…an awesome age but not easy!)
Weather: Hot, humid Central Florida. We do experience a nice cold front or two in the winter.
Hair: Long, fairly thick, wavy…straight…wavy, depends on the day! Oh, and very oily. The humidity is not my friend but what can you do?
Skin: Fair and pinkish, on the oily side. I tend to break out occasionally in random areas (usually stress-related). These breakouts have diminished since I’ve cleaned up my routine. I still tend to get your standard tiny blemishes in and around my t-zone and anywhere I consistently touch my face (horrible, very bad, no-good habit!)
Favorite Star: Meryl Streep. She has such an interesting beauty and way about her!
In the shower…
I start my morning with a nice slathering of raw organic honey on my face. I started using it about six months ago and it has surpassed any store-bought face wash I’ve used! I’ll occasionally mix in a bit of turmeric for some extra anti-bacterial and skin-brightening oomph. I know there are many amazing natural face washes out there but I’m loving the honey a little too much to venture just yet. Whole Foods sells their own awesome organic Wildflower honey for a very reasonable price. I let it sit on my face for a bit and then hop in the shower (if I remember and have a dose of patience, I’ll dry brush as well). I am currently washing my hair about every other day with Aubrey Organics Blue Chamomile shampoo and Honeysuckle Rose conditioner (conditioner first, then shampoo). I’m trying to scale it down to once or twice a week but I’m struggling! The grease-ball feeling is holding me back. That and my inability to create a halfway neat-looking updo (any tips for the uncoordinated?) I’m really wanting to try the Yarok shampoos and conditioners but the price tag is slowing the process…oh, teacher’s salary! I soap up with a Zum Bar…frankincense and myrrh is daydream-inducing but I really enjoy most of their scents. I’ve yet to try them all. When I shave, I’ll spread some conditioner on my legs. I like coconut oil for shaving but do not love rinsing my razor constantly. If I’m feeling crafty and self-indulgent, I’ll use a homemade coconut oil (virgin and organic) brown sugar, and lemon essential oil scrub. It smells like cake and leaves my skin pretty soft! I love a nice, long shower but do feel guilty about wasting water…such problems I have ;) I usually keep it under ten minutes but I give myself a reprieve on the weekends…ya gotta live!
Outside the shower…
For my face, I moisturize with pure organic rosehip seed oil that I get from a shop back home and a drop or two of essential oil. The rosehip seed oil is great for healing some signs of aging (forehead wrinkles, anyone?) and leaves my skin soft and a little glowy. Depending on my mood, I might use a drop of lavender, pine, rosemary, or tea tree essential oil. They pretty much all have skin-clearing, anti-bacterial properties so I usually choose based on what I feel like breathing in that morning. Pine should be used very carefully (it needs to be very diluted) as it is very strong. I love the scent, though! It makes me think of living in a charming treehouse in the middle of a redwood forest (my little tree-hugging, hippie fantasy). In fact, I recommend researching any essential oils before they’re used on your skin or taken internally. They can be extremely powerful (I liken them to any topical or ingested medication). Again, if I have the patience, I’ll slather on some coconut oil but I’ve started to look for some clean body lotions that might make that part of my routine more enjoyable. Any suggestions for a truly clean and affordable brand? As you can tell, patience is not a virtue that I’ve yet to possess…I’m hoping a little bit of yoga and meditation might help but I don’t have the patience to start! ;) I’m in the market for a sunscreen…because I don’t use one…because I’m lazy! I want to break the cycle, so all recommendations are welcome. I’m willing to pay a decent price, I just worry about residue and pore-clogging. However, I’m ready to get serious about protection!
About a year ago, I noticed how dependent I was on make-up. I felt so incredibly insecure and unattractive when I didn’t wear it. After some self-reflection, I realized that this was unhealthy and decided to challenge myself to get the heck over it. So, I stopped wearing make-up…sorta. I continued to wear concealer to cover up blemishes and any darkness under my eyes. While I did feel a bit guilty about not fully going for the gold, I knew I was heading in the right direction. Eventually, I ran out of concealer and didn’t buy another! It’s been extremely liberating. I still love make-up but now I use it when I want something a little extra. I love a good cheek stain (I do not know of a clean one) and tinted lip balm! I currently use Burt’s Bees in Red Dahlia for a pop of color or Sprout’s peppermint balm for a bit of shine (it does not have a color). I’m looking forward to trying other tinted balms like Alima’s and Badger’s in the future. I’ll also get around to purchasing the RMS Living Luminizer (how could I not? You all rave!). I run a brush through my hair and walk out the door. Right now, I spritz on a bit of Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love before I get to work. I can’t say I always look put together but I also can’t say that I look too shabby! My students don’t seem to mind either way so, that’s a plus! It’s taken a while to accept my body and face as they are. Being kind to myself and discovering truly healthy and nurturing food, drink, and beauty care products brings me closer every day. I can’t say that I don’t want to crack my mirror in half on some mornings but, overall, I try to focus on all of the god-given beauty both inside and outside of me. There’s a lot to admire on this big, old planet and there’s nothing more gorgeous than a man, woman, or child who appreciates that with a big smile, a hearty laugh, and a good dose of compassion.
Hometown: Mountain View, CA (moved here 10 months back from Melbourne, Australia)
Current Weather: Cool, Sunny and Dry
Favorite Celebrity : Jessica Alba
Hair: Long, straight with little frizz
Skin: I am of Indian origin with all the skin problems associated with such skin tone. I tan even in the minimum sunlight and get brown spots that take ages to fade. I had really clear skin in my teens (may be because I never used any products on my skin except home remedies my mom made me use) but got my acne burst in my early 20s. I had acne on my entire face and I was very self-conscious. I tried everything but nothing worked. I finally went to a dermatologist who prescribed Accutane to me. At that time I did not care much about the side effects so I took the medicine. I did not get any side effects (that I know of) and it really worked. Within 3 months my skin was completely clear. I was so happy. For the next few years my skin remained clear until last couple of years. My breakouts returned. Not as bad but every 2 weeks I would have a pimple and post healing marks. As a result I have quite a few spots on my skin.
Honestly until 6 months back I did not really care about clean products. I thought all the department store products were decent and I had tried most of the popular brands (Clinique, Lancome, Chanel, Dermalogica etc.). I chanced upon Alexandra and Siobhan’s book while searching for a clean shampoo for my husband as he had constant itching in his scalp and I read in an article it could be due to SLS. Once I read the book I got really interested in clean products esp. considering I was always so particular about good and clean ingredients in our food. And me being the research oriented person I am, I went all out to find as much as I could about this topic. One thing I have realized over the years and something my mom has always followed (who is 60+ and has amazing skin) is product minimalism – clean or otherwise and let the skin heal itself. Honestly I have struggled with both in the past and I still do (the obsession of getting the pimple healed or dark spot faded !!!)
In the shower…
I have extremely oily scalp and since I do some sort of exercise daily I wash my hair everyday except on Sunday when I take it easy. I find that if I don’t wash my hair I can’t style it and I hate having a bad hair day while going to work. I am trying to become a bit more comfortable with pulling my hair into a bun and not worry about oiliness. But its just something I haven’t come to terms with. I use Acure Lemongrass shampoo and conditioner. I use Wholefoods soapbar or shower gel for my body and use REN ClearCalm 3 clarifying clay cleanser to wash my face. I also use REN’s Rose Otto Sugar body scrub once / twice a week. I got into REN in Australia without even realizing its a clean brand. It worked pretty well however I used it sparingly in Australia as it was very expensive.
Outside the Shower…
Before I went clean I used Body Shop body butter to moisturize but now I use some sort of oil. I had bought SANS body oil few months which is nearing its last drop.. So need to figure out what to replace it with. I alternate it with coconut oil at times but it can get too greasy and spots my clothes at times. I use a drop of Rodin’s Olio Lusso at the ends for my hair and then blow dry. Sometimes when I need more styling I use Aveda’s damage remedy styling cream. Its not the cleanest but its helps me hold my style. I wish I could air dry my hair but I have thick hair which take a long time to air dry (when I have tried up to 4-5 hours in summers). So when I am rushing to work a good blow dryer is my best friend.
My skin is usually dry with oiliness just on the nose. On my face I use Dr. Haushka’s Balancing Toner followed by Kahina’s Brightening Serum. I use couple of drops of Rose Hip Oil and then follow it with 100% natural coffee bean under eye cream. During winters and summers (when I am primarily indoors) I use Elta MD’s SPF 45 sunblock. Its one the few suncreams that I like and has worked for me. Its good for acne prone skin and semi-clean. As I mentioned that my skin is extremely prone to tanning. During summers I use another layer of sun protection by using Institut Esthedem’s Photo Reverse Fluid. Its formulated for skin prone to pigmentation and it works amazingly. I had tried every sun protection in the market before I found this and it really prevents tanning. Before using this, after coming back from swimming or just time spent outside during summer my skin would tan at least one shade. Its not entirely clean but not too bad. Its a bit pricey but totally worth it for me.
At night I remove my makeup, wash my face and then put oil followed by Marie Veronique Organics Pacific Skin Lightening Duet to fade the dark spots (I told you the obsession).
Twice a week I use some sort of mask. Either a home made one which I have been using since I was a child (combination of chickpea flour, turmeric, lemon juice and milk) or REN’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.
I wear some makeup every day except when I am working from home or on weekends just running errands. I am a management consultant by profession and to be presentable is essential for my job. However my requirement for makeup has changed over the years, especially since my late twenties and since I have turned 30. I used make up earlier to cover things I thought were not good about my skin and face. Now I use make up to enhance what I have.
So firstly I am not obsessed by it and secondly I have learned to appreciate the art of putting make up properly so it’s undetectable. I had taken some beginner make up classes a year or so back. For everyday makeup,I am using 100% Pure primer and foundation now and RMS uncover concealer. During summers I use a powder foundation (Laura Mercier Mineral or Jane Iredale). Blush is my favorite make up product. I have 4 (2 from Kjaer Weiss, one from RMS and one from 100% pure). I also have a power blush from Korres. I used to love Nars and Chanel blushes but once I got clean I have discovered how great cream blushes are. I love to play around with them. When I want a subtle flush of color from within I use it as the first thing before I use my foundation and when I want more prominent color I use it on top of my foundation. I don’t wear much eye make up except mascara after curling my eyelashes. I use 100% Pure mascara on most days but some days when I know I have to be on the run I use Lancome doll eyes mascara. Lipstick is one area where I haven’t become completely clean. Usually I wear 100% Pure liglaze or Jane’s iredale’s but I also use my Dior Extreme Addict, Nars and Chanel lipsticks quite a bit as well. I hate putting my make up again during the day so I like the how long lasting the unclean lipsticks are.
On date nights or weekends I love experimenting with clean make up and create looks that look like the mainstream make up looks. When I wear eye make up I love using Kjaer Weis and RMS eyeshadows and stick shadow in black pearl from 100% pure. Its a great product and gives you the perfect smokey eye look.
Nutritionally I take Omega-3 and Vitamin D supplements. Omega 3 has really helped in calming my inflammations and reduced my breakout.
I think I have rambled on for quite a bit. I love reading this blog and am glad to share my routine with the readers.