We enjoyed this routine so much, especially Michaelle’s alternate universe self. You’ll find so much to love, so read on!
Name: Michaelle (pronounced like the guy’s name Michael)
City: Whispering Pines, NC
Current Weather: Up and down — today high of 36*F with cold wind & rain all day but then the weekend is forecast for sunny and high 60’s. No humidity. Yet.
Skin: Pale & cool toned with some sun damage spots on forehead and sides of cheeks and some visible redness around nose. After years of battling a really oily complexion and always a blemish somewhere, the switch to green beauty back in ‘08 has steadily made a huge difference to now being fairly normal — oily thru t-zone in summer and then sometimes a few dry patches in winter.
Hair: Brown naturally curly, fine textured but a decent amount of it. As of last November, I stopped doing salon color and just did my first at home Henna color about 3 weeks ago.
Favorite star from the past: I’ve never watched too many old movies so I don’t think I have one. (We chose Lauren Bacall!)
I do the warm water and lemon thing and I also fill my tea tumbler with my Bija Body Daily Beauty tea. If any of you have yet to hear of or try this tea, ya need to get on that stat! It was created by Melissa Piccoli, an esthetician, specifically with skin in mind! After that, my routine can vary drastically. I’m a wife and mother of 2 small beautiful boys and the older one goes to preschool during the weekdays. I am not a morning person, so if I’m not going anywhere else after dropping him off then it’s just a quick swipe of Simply Divine Botanicals Gypsy Rose Tea Toner with an organic cotton pad and a quick brush with Periobrite toothpaste on my Sonicare toothbrush before we are all out the door by 8am! Once the little one and I are back home and I’ve finished my liquids, I do my best to follow Kimberly Snyder’s advice about easing your digestion into the day by eating light to heavy. I’ll have some fruit and perhaps a small bit of Purely Elizabeth oatmeal or some Ezekial toast with coconut oil and raw honey. I have an Omega juicer, so most days a green juice is a player as well! (sidenote: I would love for NMDL to request reader’s fav juice recipes! I thrive on inspiration!)
Now, if I do need to be somewhere… Holy Moly! Depending on how long I put off dragging myself out of bed, tea may come before or after I shower. If I have leftover juice or a Suja handy in the fridge, I may take one of those into the bathroom, but it’s always liquids first thing in the morning no matter what. Once or twice a week, I mix up a bit of May Lindstrom’s The Clean Dirt and gently work that over my face while the shower is warming up. In an alternate universe, I also dry brush my entire body, head to toe and apply a deeply stimulating body mask like Isun’s Himalayan Body Wrap then slowly sip my tea while that dries before gliding into the shower…
In the Shower…
I grab my Sonicare toothbrush and Periobrite and into the shower I go! I also often use EcoDent toothpowder on top of my Periobrite and I go ahead and brush while getting wet. Next I either exfoliate my Clean Dirt off, use my Clarisonic with Tata Harper’s Refreshing cleanser, or I rub some raw Buckwheat honey into my face to wash with. It just depends on my skin or what I feel like using. Then, if I’m shampooing that day, I’ll get a pump or two of my current brand, A’kin rosemary shampoo and work it in, rinse, then A’kin jojoba & lavender conditioner, and rinse. I use Eco Tools exfoliating gloves and The Body Deli Rose Absolute body wash on my body, but this also changes regularly between Osmia’s bar soaps (Zucca Spice & Chamomile Sun), Strange Invisible’s body washes, Red Flower’s Ocean body wash, or whatever else I’ve discovered. If I’m shaving, I use a Preserve razor along with whatever body cleanser and that works great for me. My alternate universe self works that awesome body mask deep into the skin then gives herself a nice long head massage while the conditioner is still on, then delicately combs it through as it detangles her hair. Ahh, that was great.
Out of the Shower…
Depending on whether or not I had one of my sweet peas in the shower with me, (hey, some days, if I want a shower, then at least one is coming in with me to ensure no cataclysmic disaster befalls before I get out) I try to rub in a body oil quickly before I’m dry. Right now, I have either May’s The Good Stuff or Osmia’s Stream. Next, I slap a cloth diaper on the youngest because past experience has taught me, unless you wish to be treading in a warm river on your bathroom floor then you best be wrapping that up pronto. Undies and Plum Pretty Sugar robe on, next I’ll spritz with a mist, and oh how I love a good mist! My go to is still Tata’s Hydrating Floral but I’m also rotating thru La Bella Figura’s Jardin de Fleurs, One Love’s Vitamin D, The Body Deli’s Cucumber Elixir or Rose Absolute mist, or a sample of R.L Linden’s Thousand Petal mist. I’ll immediately follow with either One Love’s Morning Glory (am) or La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate (pm). Originally, I used just LBF’s MRC day and night, but I found it to be so effective (like for reals, y’all) in fading my sun spots that I’ve started using it just at night most days to help it last longer since it is a bit pricey (but so, so worth it, I promise you!)
For my eyes, it’s either Simply Divine Botanical’s Pack Your Bags Eye Gel (am) or LBF’s Decouverte (pm). Next, I apply, what has got to be one of my all-time fav products, LBF’s Daily Elements Defense oil. The smell, the ingredients, the consistency — all fantastic! Love it, love it! For my hair, I spritz some Intelligent Nutrients Detangler into my palms and work that into my ends if it’s tangly and comb it out. Then I use IN’s hair gel mixed with a teeny bit of Dr. Bronner’s lavender hair cream and scrunch it in ends to roots (winter) or 2 sprays of IN’s volume spray into my palms with or without a bit of LBF’s Bohemia Verde and scrunch that in ends to roots (summer). I quickly apply Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen. I then get dressed, get the boys fed and dressed, and then back to bathroom to blow-dry with a diffuser. Alternate self is leisurely massaging her body oil, head to toe while sipping her second cup of Bija tea and listening to Adele on her iPhone. I think I hate her just a little.
I apply RMS Uncover Up in 11 to my inner and under eye area, around my nose, and my chin. Next, some Bare Escentuals liner powder that I’ve had for, like ever, to my outer brows. A bit of Alima Pure’s Milkshake eye shadow to my lids, and then I select a blush based on what I’m wearing from either Kjaer Weis Blossoming, RMS Sacred (which I prefer on my cheeks) Vapour multi in Intrigue, or Nvey Eco in 951 — one of the most flattering powder blushes I have ever used—gives a perfect fresh face glow!. If I have time, I’ll use some liner, either Dr.Hauschka kajal 03 eyeliner (neutral green-gold), Jane Iredale’s Mystikol in Dark Topaz, or Lily Lolo in khaki, all of which work well with my hazel eyes.
Next, the ever illusive, mascara! I use, and have been using Coleur Caramel’s Cils Long Mascara in black for quite some time and sincerely LOVE it! It can have a tendency to transfer at the outer corners, but I’ve mostly found that happens if I’m too oily there, either from too much concealer or face oil. When I remember to dab a bit of Alima’s finishing powder in Keiko there, then I’m good. Also, the positive effect it’s had on my lashes, as in they are thicker and longer the way they were when I was young, just can’t be beat. It has improved the natural state of my lashes. I also have Jane Iredale’s Pure Lash in black ice on hand when I want added drama. And, yes, I have tried Kjaer’s and Ilia’s mascaras and did not like them. At all. I think I’m old school when it comes to the wand.
Last touch is perfume and those pretty much have to take a number, because I love perfume, therefore I own enough to scent the entire British court. Tsi-la’s Saqui or Kesu, LBF’s Barcelona or Positano, Strange Invisible’s Magazine Street or Fire & Cream, Osmia’s Posso, Tata’s Love Potion or Stress, Red Flower’s Ambrette, Persephenie’s Kildren or Datura, In Fiore’s Ambre, Roots Rose Radish rose frankincense & patchouli… yeah, I know. It’s bad. My alternate universe self? Who knows. She’s probably doing trust-falls with her Yoga instructor or still in the bathroom applying self-tanner. I know this reads like a lengthy routine but typically I’m done in under 50 minutes from my fanny leaving the bed to walking out the door with both kids in tow. Also, I was an esthetician before my first son was born, so I’m never going to have a bare bones routine because I love the world of green beauty and all it has to offer!
Here it is—the first Makeup Monday of the new year! You may know the beauty behind this makeup bag as The Green Product Junkie. If you don’t, be sure to check out her blog. You’ll love it!
Name: Katie O’Sullivan
Where I live: East Village, New York City
My relationship with makeup: Blissful. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t absolutely love it. But I fell much, much harder for it after I got into the non-toxic makeup realm; that’s when we started to get really serious. I’m not thee greatest at applying makeup, but I definitely love putting it on, choosing my colors for the day and yapping about it with other women. I’m so fortunate to be in this green beauty community because I love talking about clean brands. Meeting like-minded women is a total thrill for me.
Here’s what’s in my makeup bag:*
*Note: This changes, but usually just the lip colors.
Foundation: I use W3LL People’s Narcissist Foundation. I absolutely love it. It gives magnificent light to medium coverage and doesn’t even look like I’m even wearing foundation. It also has a fresh herbal scent and never looks dry or cakey. I apply it with my retractable EcoTool’s Foundation Brush.
Concealer: I’ve found my Holy Grail concealer…yeah, I know, lucky girl over here. I use Studio 78’s “Off We Go” Concealer and I find it to be the perfect consistency. It’s a dry cream to the touch, but there’s nothing dry about it when you apply it under the eyes or on blemishes. It blends perfectly with my skin. I think the formulation is genius. I also use RMS “Un” Cover-up, which I love to the death. TO THE DEATH, I SAY!
Brows: I fill in my brows with Couleur Caramel’s Eyebrow Pencil. I then use ZuZu Luxe’s Clear Mascara to tame them (insert sound of whip cracking here).
Eyeliner: I use Dr. Hauschka’s Plum/White Duo Eyeliner because I feel like the purple is a great neutral. It’s subtle and gives a pretty, smoky look when smudged. Sadly, I heard they’ve discontinued this liner (groans). If I’m going for black, I’m wearing Juice Beauty’s Defining Eyeliner. There’s a smudge-applicator on the other end that I find myself using all of the time.
Eyeshadow: Well, first of all, I like to start with a pretty, neutral base color on my lids, so I use Kjaer Weis in Cloud Nine or Dr. Hauschka in Sunglow. I have pretty much all of RMS Beauty’s shadows and lately I’ve been into Solar, but I think I use Lunar the most. My latest obsession has been Tea Time by Studio 78 Paris. It’s this gorgeous eggplant/brown color that is great for Winter.
Mascara: I use Couleur Caramel’s Mascara on the top lashes and ZuZu Luxe on the bottom. Why do I do this? Well, my lower lashes seem to skim under my eyes and the Couleur Caramel could get a lil messy. The ZuZu dries perfectly but is also less volumizing which I like on the lower lashes. I’m not a big Tammy Faye fan, here.
Tongue Cleaner, floss, toothpicks: Yeah, I like to freshen up after eating. I use Preserve Products’ tongue cleaner and toothpicks. The tongue cleaner is made from recycled yogurt cups…how can you refuse? I also carry around Radius’ 100% vegan Floss Sachets because they are so handy. I’m kind of obsessed with the teeth/mouth thing, clearly.
Luminizer: For everyday, I’ll wear RMS Living Luminizer. (Bonus info: at night, if I feel like I want a little more KAPOW, I’ll use Luminous Primer by Studio 78 Paris).
Lip/Cheek: This changes all of the time, but I’ll tell you what my favorite cheek colors are currently: Crush by Vapour Organic Beauty and Demure by RMS Beauty. For lips? I’m wearing Ilia Beauty’s Arabian Nights and Blossom Lady and RMS Beauty in Bloom with Living Nature’s Lip Pencil in Laughter.
Scent: Lurk Perfumes RSW005 is a delicious rose that I’m obsessed with currently…so obsessed, that I put a touch on my nose so I can better smell it…bizarro or what? I’ve been carrying around my little Tsi-La Fiori D’Arancio perfume since I received it. The minis come in a rollerball bottle and are a perfect size for your bag.
Name: Susannah Compton
Where I live: Washington, D.C.
My relationship with makeup: Complicated. I grew up in an area of the country (Texas and Oklahoma) where women wear a lot of makeup from a very young age. I remember a time when I wouldn’t be caught dead without mascara on my pale lashes. I’ve been on the east coast for nearly a decade now, where women have a very different relationship with makeup. I’ve worked with many women here who never wear it. I’ve reached a point where I’m very comfortable leaving the house bare-faced, but I love the clean, natural stuff I’ve discovered so much that I don’t want to be without some of it. I’m terrible at applying eye makeup, so I experiment more with my cheeks and most with my lips. I’ve always been drawn to the natural, beach babe look—glowing, minimal color in just the right places.
Here’s what’s currently in my makeup bag:
Complexion and SPF Protection: I use either Juice Beauty CC Cream (haven’t we said it all about this baby?) or Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Foundation in Warm Sienna. Both contain sunscreen. The Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Foundation is a bit more polished looking with better coverage, though not heavy. The color match is great for me and there are a lot of options. Before buying, I called Jane Iredale’s customer service and their lovely representative helped me select a few possible color matches and then sent me samples to try before deciding which to purchase. Amazing! For perfect coverage, I apply it with the flocked sponge, sold separately but completely worth it. Setting the foundation with a hydrosol brings the finish to life, and it lasts all day.
Concealer: Sometimes I’m all like, yeah I’m gonna rock the dark circles under my eyes like it’s heroin chic and I don’t give a hoot…but really…I just look tired. I have mixed feelings about concealer. The thing is, I kind of want to break up with concealer altogether. I only need it under my eyes, but even my favorites settle into fine lines (looking at you RMS). More and more, wearing concealer just looks too obvious. Does anyone else feel this way? For now, I’m just dipping a small brush into Alima Pure Mineral Concealer in Sand, tapping off the excess powder, and swiping it directly under my lower lash line where my eyes are particularly red. It’s too dry of a look for the entire under eye area, but this little trick alone has done wonders to brighten my eyes.
Cheek Color: A few months ago I started using the ILIA multi-stick in tenderly. This pale pink is the most flattering shade of blush I’ve ever used, period. It’s the perfect tone—not too cool, not too warm. It looks incredibly natural on, and it lasts for most of the day. During the recent NMDL + Nubonau promotion I bought the new RMS Buriti Bronzer, but I regretted the purchase almost immediately. Cream bronzer? What was I thinking? When I opened the pot to find a color that looked more mauve than bronze, I felt certain it was a bad purchase. But then I tried it on. Hello new favorite thing in my makeup bag! The Buriti Bronzer gives the most natural sun-kissed glow. It blends in effortlessly, even on top of powder. Tenderly + Buriti together are a pretty magical combination.
Eyeshadow: Most often, I swipe some RMS in Solar on my lids and call it a day. This is the one RMS eyeshadow that stays put. I’m not sure why, but the texture is less oily than the others. I have big blue eyes, which sounds good on paper, but since they are such a prominent feature, it’s actually awkward to apply eye makeup without looking way overdone. Or perhaps it’s just that I never learned to create a “look” with eye makeup. Smoky eye? More like black eye.
Mascara: The good news—I found a clean mascara that performs like a dirty mascara on my lashes: Pure Anada Natural Mascara. It volumizes for real and lasts all day, no flakes or smudges. Seriously, this is the best clean mascara I’ve tried. The bad news—I’m really hooked on a dirty mascara: Clinique Lash Power Mascara. This is one of those “tubing” mascaras that looks fresh all day long, but the thing that keeps me coming back for more is the way it washes off. With warm water, it slides off your lashes in little strips rather than smearing all over your eye area like other mascaras. This means I don’t have to tug at delicate skin to remove all traces of makeup.
Lip color: Lately, my favorites are Tata Harper’s Be Adored tinted lip treatment, W3LL People Nudist Colorbalm Stick in #1, and ILIA Beauty lip gloss in Gypsy. Have you tried Tata Harper’s lip treatments? I love Be Adored for its effortless application, incredible moisture, and perfect rosy tint. It’s plumping and anti-aging, plus it leaves a nice stain of color that lasts. W3LL People’s Nudist #1 is a more subtle coral color that is hydrating and provides a barely-there, my lips but better look. ILIA’s lip gloss in Gypsy is very on trend this fall, but this one takes more effort. It’s a lovely deep color, and it isn’t sticky like some lip glosses. However, it’s so glossy that it tends to bleed. To help control the application and boost the color, I like to apply it over DeVita absolute LIPS in Sanguine Angel. I’ve been impressed with DeVita’s lipstick. Though I’ve only tried one, the texture, wear, and color are fantastic.
Etc: There are two things I also consider essential in my makeup bad—a natural perfume and a mutli-purpose balm. I am madly in love with Tsi-La Organics Kesu Perfume Oil. It’s warm and seductive, plus the tiny roll-on bottle travels well without leaking. My go-to balm is Badger Organic Baby Balm with Chamomile and Calendula. This stuff makes a killer lip balm and soothes any dry spot on your body. Plus, the scent of chamomile is so relaxing.
That’s it! Now, anyone want to teach me how to apply eyeshadow?
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
We’ve done a lot of complaining about the lack of good—nay, great—natural perfumes out there. But truth be told, there are a few on this list from Well+Good that we haven’t tried yet! Which of these have you tested out? And what’s your absolute favorite I’ll-never-stop-wearing-it perfume, natural or otherwise?
Perfume should be a pleasurable experience both for the wearer and those around her, not a toxic one. Which is why we’ve rounded up the best new natural ones.
Our perfume picks are mostly handcrafted in small batches with plant extracts, distilled flower essences, and essential oils. So giving or getting one feels luxurious and special. Here are our 9 favorites of the season…
1. A Perfume Organic Mejica
Perfumer Amanda Walker’s small batch, botanical blends are super desirable, and “Mejica,” might be the sexiest of her five USDA certified-organic scents. It’s a delicious blend of three vanillas, rare resins, and spices. The petite bottle is actually a roll-on and, extra charming, the flower seed-embedded box can be planted.
2. Red Flower Ambrette Roll-On Oil
Aside from making exquisite natural candles, Red Flower creates masterful fragrances, like “Ambrette.” It’s the name of a seed used in Indian culture to perfume the hair and burned as an offering. When blended here with patchouli, orange, and black pepper (all certified USDA organic), it’s both alluring and restoring. Wear it to yoga to lift stress-related fatigue or anoint your pulse points with it as an aphrodisiac.
3. Strange Invisible Perfumes Black Rosette
Perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis is all about luxury craftsmanship. Her forte is creating scents with certified organic, wildcrafted, and biodynamic ingredients that focus on “aroma profile, evocative narratives, and the beauty of scent.” Black Rosette eau de parfum, for example, tells a subtle story of seduction with roses, black tea, and spearmint with a hint of bad-boy leather.
4. Lurk RSW005 Fragrance
This carefully crafted new fragrance line oozes cool factor. Lurk is the brainchild of New Yorkers Anne Sanford and Kristi Head, who met at Red Flower and created packaging and beauty products for Anthropologie and other top brands before collaborating on a fragrance collection of their own. We’re smitten with RSW005, an androgynous essential-oil-based scent with warm sandalwood, earthy rose, and a crisp citrus finish. And since the line launched just last year, you won’t be wearing (or gifting) a scent that everyone else has. Yet.
5. Tsi La Fiori D’Arancio Organic Eau de Parfum
Tsi La is a little obsessed with fun, organic freshness—and natural decadence. The collection is crafted in artisan-size batches using essential oils, active plant botanicals, and rich exotic butters. Best-selling Fiori d’Arancio is a USDA-certified mist that’s like bottled sunshine—on vacation in Italy. Its notes of orange, tangerine, and neroli flowers mixed with vanilla orchids and honey give it a playful, mischievous appeal.
6. Honoré Des Prés Nu Green Verrine Eau de Toilette
Olivia Giacobetti is a legendary perfumer, who designed fragrances for prestigious houses like Diptyque and Guerlain, before creating Honoré Des Prés. It’s the first luxury certified-organic French fragrance brand. Nu Green conjures up the feel of a fresh spring morning with green mint leaves, dewy grass, Indian botanical musk, tarragon and cedar wood. And if it’s got Giacobetti’s signature on it, you know it has to be good.
7. Tallulah Jane Aiyana Eau de Parfum
Aiyana is a feminine (okay, super girly, super heart-warming) fragrance that mixes pure Moroccan rose with vanilla and a hint of Italian lemon that gives it a boost of happy effervescence. Like all of Tallulah Jane’s perfumes, it’s made with organic and wildcrafted oils, and based on the centuries-old tradition of Bourbon perfumeries.