Years ago, when I first embarked on my detox journey, my focus was solely on food. I started buying organic, fresh produce, became conscious of my food combinations, and eliminated nearly all processed foods. In fact, almost everything that went into my mouth had to meet my high standards– but for some reason, I didn’t hold my skin care products to the same standard. This was partially due to the terrible acne I experienced in my teens. Though I finally got it under control (thanks to a serious round of Accutane and years of birth control– yikes), it left me scared to try anything new on my skin!
If you really think about it, though, whatever goes on our skin SHOULD be held to the same standard as our food! After all, our skin is our LARGEST organ, and easily “drinks” up whatever we put on it! (hence, why the Birth Control Patch is as effective as the Pill.) Would you drink your body lotion?
I doubt the lotion from Bath & Body Works tastes as good as it smells.
Many of you have asked me which products I use lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites.
Olive oil makes a cheap and effective facial cleanser. It sometimes doubles as my moisturizer, too, though I’ve been using a homemade lotion lately that I love even more. (Get the recipe for my favorite homemade lotion here.)
Update: I’m currently loving the facial cleanser and moisturizers from Tata Harper, which are all non-toxic and smell good!
Another favorite discovery is Schmidt’s deodorant.
I found this deodorant while visiting Portland, OR, and it’s one of the most effective all-natural deodorants I’ve tried to date. The Bergamot + Lime scent is my favorite!
(Crystal Ally Deodorant is another brand that has worked well for me.)
Dr. Bronner’s “Magic” soap! I use the cleansing bars in the shower, and thanks to a tip from my brilliant sister-in-law–> it’s also my toothpaste! She recommended that I try the peppermint flavor, and I simply squirt it onto my toothbrush. It doesn’t taste great, but it’s not bad… and you quickly get used to it. This soap foams up like crazy (thanks to my electric toothbrush) and leaves my teeth feeling squeaky-clean. Seriously, my mouth has NEVER felt so clean. I think it’s even improved my morning breath!
Update: I’ve been using Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste for the past 3 years and love it!
I tried RMS Beauty’s un-cover up, and have been really happy with it so far:
This cover up is moisturizing, and provides light coverage for daily use. I still use my Bobbi Brown foundation (with no SPF) for big events, because I love the way it looks in photos– but the RMS stuff works for me the rest of the time. I also love their lip shine!
Update: You can see a complete list of natural make-up products I love here.
For full-body moisturizing, I keep it simple.
I use coconut oil for everything. I keep a container of it in my bathroom to use as lotion when I step out of the shower, and keep another container in my kitchen for cooking.
Update: I currently use this DIY cream for pregnancy, and it has gotten rid of all the little bumps that used to show up on the back of my arms as an added bonus!
Other honorable mentions include:
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite natural beauty product? Any good hair care products I should try? I haven’t found a favorite in that department yet… though my favorite shower filter has definitely improved the texture and shine of my hair!