In the shower…
Outside the shower…
I then put on my cozy plaid robe and have some oatmeal and green tea while snuggling with my cat before doing my hair and makeup. It’s my time to relax before my hectic workday begins.
Thanks for sharing Ariel! Love the sound of the Midnight Honey Body Oil and cuddling with cats, too.
Gosh, we love you guys. You’re always giving back. Take, for example, this lovely routine from Alison, who reminds us that everyday should begin with kisses. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?
Weather: Autumn in NY!
Skin: Combo, fragrance sensitive, thankfully generally clear, dark circles I’ve had my whole life
Hair: Long, wavy/curly, fine but tons of it, can get a bit dry
Star: Gena Rowlands. Badass, beautiful
I’m the queen of a million products that I alternate on a regular basis, but my everyday routine is quick and has to be because I’ve got two little girls and lots to do. I’ve tried so many things over the years (green and not-s0-green), and have locked in on some amazing reliables. That said, I’m always trying new things—W3ll People has recently overhauled my makeup bag, and I’ve incorporated some of the ED4OLO products in at night. (Next up: RL Linden and Osmia Organics…)
My love of products is married to my frugalness. Some of the products I use are super cheap. The more expensive items I’ve found are worth it as they are concentrated, have quality ingredients, last forever, and just work better than other products I’ve used (as well as being greener). Put it this way: if I’m repurchasing it, it’s worth it. I also keep a lot of multitaskers on hand (coconut oil, manuka honey, argan oil), and products my entire family can use. Having and relying on these cleaner—and better performing options, IMO—has also cut down on my wandering shopping eye.
I nurse my one-year old and kiss my three year old. I got involved with natural beauty many years ago but in earnest when I became pregnant with my elder daughter. I became increasingly aware of what I ate and what I put on my body—and theirs. They continue to be my inspiration for caring what goes in and on my body, and this extends to them as well. After nursing and kissing, it’s time for coffee making. Second to coffee is a daily green smoothie. I use whatever’s in the house—berries, greens, pears, bananas, avo, seeds (flax, chia).
In the shower…
Thanks to this tip from Sarah from Osmia Organics, I’ve been oil pulling. Hubs in on it too. I see and feel a big difference. I do this while I’m in getting in the shower. I also dry brush before getting in, then use a bar soap or body wash by Leap Organics. I keep a homemade scrub of turbinado sugar/coconut oil or sugar/lemon/honey around, and use that every few days. I take a natural pumice file to the harder edges on my feet. Most mornings, I use a Pai muslin face cloth with some water on my face, and that’s it. Sometimes, I use Kahina’s facial cleanser or wash with manuka honey before I get in the shower. I also love the One Love Organics Brand New Day scrub (I love this entire line). Sometimes that gets combined with the Kahina, or the honey. I like to mix it up.
I shampoo once or twice a week at most. I’ve tried many brands of shampoo but none have been equally liked by my hair and scalp as the Rahua line. With some experimentation, what works best for me is the Voluminous shampoo and original conditioner. It’s expensive but super-concentrated, so it lasts forever, and just works for my hair.
Outside the shower…
Spit out the oil, brush teeth and it’s Kahina toner time. Never in my life did I believe in toner until I started using this product, and I absolutely adore it. In summer, it is super refreshing, and in winter, it adds an extra bit of moisture. I keep a small bottle of it in my purse. I spritz it on after I put on my makeup. Anyway, multipurpose LOVE. Afterwards, I use a few drops of the Kahina argan oil and eye serum (great for contact wearers, doesn’t migrate or sting).
On hairwashing days, I use a few drops of the argan oil at the ends before I rough-dry it straight-ish. (Depends on how much time I have. There are also lots of top knots happening these days.) On non-washing days, if I need it, I use a bit of Lulu Organics Lavender and Clary Sage hair powder, but since switching up the frequency and the types of products I’m using, I rarely even need to do this. Despite much trial and mostly error, I haven’t found a product I really love for when I want to wear my hair curly (Thoughts welcome, #1…)
I’ve struggled with natural deodorants as I have a bad reaction to baking soda, which seems to be an active ingredient in many brands. Recently, I picked up one called I Love My Armpits, which doesn’t have any baking soda and comes in a variety of scents (I have Spicy Lemon). So far so good on the reaction and efficacy fronts. Coconut or grapeseed oil on arms, legs, hands and feet. Sunscreen myself and kids.
I don’t wear a ton of makeup but I love it, wear a little bit just about every day and have a lot of opinions about it. I use Suntegrity 5 in 1 on my face (another brand I adore). I fill my brows (pencil from Shobha), and use a bit of lip balm (SW Basics lemon or Suvana Organics Paw Paw and Honey). Most days, that’s the extent of it.
HOWEVER… I am having a moment with W3LL People. I recently had the opportunity to meet Shirley Pinkson from W3LL People, and now a good—and growing—number of their products reside next to old reliables RMS and Ilia in my makeup bag. I can’t say enough about a line that can get me to like powder products (loose ones at that), bronzer, and black eyeliner—historically, things I’ve abhorred and avoided. Total game changers.
So when I want to do it up a bit more, I use the W3ll People foundation stick under my eyes and around any spots; days when my skin feels a little drier, I use the RMS uncover up. I apply the W3LL People mineral foundation and bronzer with a kabuki brush. In the past, I’ve disliked powder products so much I avoided them entirely, especially as I’ve gotten older and my skin has gotten drier. Also, I’m a klutz. But these products somehow just make my skin look natural, luminous, glowy, and not cakey, chalky, or over the top. Sometimes I mix the minerals in with some Kahina facial lotion to make a liquid foundation. If I want more color, I’ll use a bit of the Universalist multi-use stick in 8 (the peachy pink one), or RMS lip2cheek in Promise (also nice on lips). The W3LL Pople eyeliner is a soft black, more like a charcoal, so it’s not harsh looking; it’s also soft in texture, but doesn’t smudge. I hardly ever do eyeshadow but when I do, I use the W3LL people taupe loose shadow, or RMS in Magnetic or Solar; I apply these with my finger. (Most importantly, none of these irritate my eyes.) I use the W3LL People nudist lip balm (#7), and/or the pink Paganist lipgloss. I also adore my Ilia (Karma Chameleon lip crayon, Love Buzz gloss, Bang Bang/Arabian Knights lip conditioners and Neon Angel lipstick), and the RMS living luminizer.
Like so many others, I’ve struggled to find a mascara that is natural, impactful, and contact-friendly (i.e. actually looks like something and doesn’t smudge or flake). Right now, I’m using a decidedly non-green option as I continue to survey the field on this one. (Thoughts welcome, #2.)
As an aside, not only are these some of the most effective products I’ve ever used, the idea of supporting smaller, independent, (largely) women-owned businesses really resonates with me. As my passion for greener products has deepened, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interact with the powerful, informed, thoughtful, and genuinely warm women behind these brands. I find them inspiring, and I value supporting their passion and vision.
Thanks, too, to the NMDL gals and the community for so many good ideas, tips and inspiration!
We feel the same, Alison, and we love your practical yet glam taste in clean beauty! XO
What’s up Friday? How about a site-wide discount from one of our favorites, Nubonau? Yes please!
As you probably know, Nubonau carries just about all of our favorite luxe clean beauty brands. Pick up some treats for yourself, or start your holiday shopping a little early. With a promotion like this, we are going to have to practice a little, uh, self-restraint with our shopping cart. Or maybe not? So here’s the deal…
Nubonau is giving you 20% off their entire collection. The entire collection people! Just use the promo code FABFRIDAY during checkout. Orders over $95 receive free shipping. The promotion is valid through Monday!
If you’ve never ordered from Nubonau before, it’s such a pleasure. As always, you will earn loyalty points and get pretty little samples to try out, too.
What will you shop for? We have our eye on some of those to die for TSI-LA perfumes. Or maybe the new RMS Buriti Bronzer! This is the perfect time to check out some of the NMDL favorites, like Lina Hanson Global Body Serum, Pai Avocado and Jojoba Cream, or the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner duo. You just can’t go wrong at Nubonau. Enjoy this special promotion, and have a great weekend! XO
Meet Greta. She has a great 99% clean routine, and a holy-grail cleanser we have yet to try! (Suti, anyone?) But getting rid of dandruff is tricky without Head&Shoulders—any clean alternatives?
Hometown: mid-state, Michigan
Current Weather: It’s summatime weather, which means humidity and chances of both sun and rain.
Hair: Shoulder length and light brown with natural red highlights. It’s fine but thick, naturally straight, and dandruff-y.
Skin: Fair, freckled, and oily in my t-zone. Breakouts are rare – only when I’m hormonal. That wasn’t always the case. I used to have major skin problems and went through years of trial and error with products. The oil cleansing method truly saved my skin.
Starlet: Greta Garbo (okay maybe I’m biased, but she was stunning!)
Before the Shower…
Since the weather has warmed up, I’ve taken to showering at night before bed. I’ve fallen out of my dry brushing habit, so that usually happens once a week. Otherwise, I start by applying a dab of Suti’s Organic Facial Cleanser, and massaging it into my face. I went through Pai Organics’s and Stark Skincare’s cleansers (both made me break out) before I found Suti, and I think this is my holy grail.
In the Shower…
With my face still moist from the cleanser, I step into the shower and let the steam get into my pores while I wash up. I have dandruff, and it’s been very hard for me to transition out of dirty hair products and still be flake-free. I can’t stand the smell of apple cider vinegar, so I only do a rinse but once per week. Right now I’m using Desert Essence Fragrance Free shampoo/conditioner, but it’s heavy on my hair. I’d love to find something else that might work!
After I rinse my hair out, I gently scrub my face with a muslin cloth to remove the cleanser, and then finish by washing my pits, lady bits, and feet with a goat’s milk soap I purchased at our local farmer’s market.
Out of the Shower…
Although Stark’s cleanser didn’t work for me, I’m in love with their White Willow Bark toner and Cypress Oil moisturizer. They smell earthy and calming, and I never feel greasy. If I do have a pimple, I usually put a dab of raw honey on it overnight. I’m also experimenting with homemade creams for the bod, and my favorite is a mix of coconut oil, Shea butter, and olive oil. I don’t think I’ll ever buy body butter from a store again, to be honest.
If I’m showering at night, that’s it! Wait for my hair to air-dry, and then I’m off to bed. My morning routine doesn’t vary much, except I skip the Suti cleanser (assuming I did the night prior), and just splash my face with water . I like a little Simply Divine Botanicals Pack Your Bags They’re Leaving! if my eyes are particularly puffy, and if I’ll be outside, I skip the Cypress Oil and use Josie Maran’s SPF40. My makeup routine is easy for day, usually a swipe of RMS Lip 2 Cheek in Promise, Living Nature Eye Pencil, Josie Maran mascara, and SW Basics’ Cocoa Lip Balm. I’m unhappy with the clean eye shadows I’ve tried (Alima, Vapour, and RMS), so my night look is pretty minimal as well!
I am in love with Tsi-la Organics Fiori D’arancio perfume, so that has been my go-to for scents. Lastly, I am also guilty of using dirty deodorant— Pristine Beauty and Soapwalla irritated my pits, so I am staying away from experimenting with deodorant for now. Looking forward to playing with more clean brands in the future though!
It’s actually happened. Every moisturizer I’ve liked even a little bit, has been squeezed out, run dry, or is officially past any acceptable due date for use. We’re SO lucky here to have awesome products sent our way, but as a result I’m just not in the habit of buying new moisturizers (OK, except for Tammy when I’m in New York and it stares at me longingly), because there’s usually at least a few lingering in my cabinet.
I’m making do with some last drops of oil I have from Marie Veronique and May Lindstrom—not exactly slumming it. But, while I lovelovelove nourishing face oils, sometimes you just want that water-combo consistency provided by a good moisturizer. Sometimes oil can seem to just disappear…
So what should I buy? Something old or something new? What’s in your arsenal of tricks?
Here are some favorites from my past… (The product names link to old reviews if you’re interested… as old as 2010!)
Tammy Fender Repair Balm: Siobhan and I have been obsessed with this stuff since that perfect box first appeared in the mail. It’s got a magically gummy, hydrating, consistency that we love, and it’s made with incredible ingredients. But it costs a small fortune, runs out fast, and maybe—hopefully—some of its magic powers are just in our heads? Maybe. Anyways, I’d love to find something in this consistency range that isn’t bank breaking. Any recs?
Egyptian Magic: Remember this stuff? Well this past weekend, I rediscovered it. My friend had it with her in Palm Springs and was religiously applying it to face and body every time she took a break from the sun. It’s made with some of our favorite basic ingredients: olive oil (which happens to be proven to reduce UV damage after sun exposure), beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, bee propolis, and by their own claim “divine love.” We love love! I’m definitely going to re-up on this regardless, it’s just a tad-bit vaseliney to put on under makeup or right before work so…
Pai Avocado And Jojoba: I love this stuff. Smells good, feels good, this is what I call a simple moisturizer. I’m not under any illusions that it’s completely changing my skin but it does the basic hydrating thing you want on a daily basis. Have you tried it?
Ok, help! I’ve got my credit card out and ready to go…