I’ve been thinking about clean living and healthy lifestyles lately. I’ve lost a bit of weight and am trying to squeeze more fruits and veggies into my diet. Where I haven’t made changes is on my vanity, I recently purchased my first ever aluminum-free deodorant. I freely admit that I sweat a lot and can get stinky. So I had always hesitated to go this route. But for lazy weekend days, there is no reason to wear a heavy duty deodorant/antiperspirant so I gave it a whirl.
I am a nut for coconut (the glossier balm dotcom in coconut is my favorite). This deodorant has fresh coconut scent making it perfect for summer. The formula contains sage oil which helps control sweat and odor. Coconut oil helps nourish skin. I’m sold on my new healthy alternative. Granted I still use my Dove Men+Care Minerals and Sage Elements for active days (this scent recently won awards and it works like a champ!). But I love the natural route for less active days. I get plenty of odor protection and feel better about my routine.
Kopari is gluten-free, GMO-free, aluminum-free, cruelty-free and vegan. Made in the USA.
I’m in the mode of looking for something simple for my face. As I treat my rosacea, I have found I prefer something ultra soothing in my skin care routine. While I have been using Cetaphil, I have actually enjoyed the equally price-friendly JASON collection even better.
The JĀSÖN Gentle Basics is formulated with a minimum number of essential ingredients. The hypoallergenic products are friendly for those with ultra-sensitive and dry skin. The inclusion of Borage Oil deposits essential Omega-3 acids to nourish.
No surprise that the cleansing towelettes are my favorite – perfect for travel and late, lazy nights. The whole range is free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates. Gluten free. Fragrance free.
- Facial Cleanser ($11.99)
- Day Lotion($16.99)
- Cleansing Towelettes($6.99)
- Night Cream($16.99)
Available at Wal-Mart.
Admittedly, I meant to get this post up for Earth Day, but the month of April just slipped right by! Keep in mind the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizers‘ nod to a healthy Earth. Caudalie embraces the “1% For the Planet”movement; 1% of Caudalie’s word wide turnover goes toward ecological associations.
These pink shaded tubes cover moisturizing needs for those with oilier skin or those (like me) who need a rich and restorative formula. Each uses at least 92% natural ingredients including organic grape water, which soothes and hydrates. Vinolevure – a patented blend – helps reinforce immune defense.
- The collection includes:
Moisturizing Sorbet – A lightweight gel-cream with a water-like consistency that strengthens, moisturizes and soothes skin
- Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid – Offers a blotting effect, reducing excess sebum and preventing its production while restoring skin’s moisture level
- Moisture Recovery Cream – A smooth, comforting every day facial cream
- Intense Moisture Rescue Cream – A rich, restorative facial cream, perfect for use at night
These are available at Sephora and Caudalie for $39.
Kiehl’s new natural masks might be my favorite recent launch from the brand – I’ve been reaching for these almost every other night, alternating the clarifying and energizing formulas.
Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask invigorates skin, developing a brightened complexion. The cranberry acts as an antioxidant while the turmeric works as an anti-inflamatory. The texture is grainy, allowing for exfoliation as I wash the mask off.
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask works against pollutants that can cause premature aging. Chestnut purifies skin by removing toxins. The smooth mask has a cooling and soothing effect.
Both masks smell amazing and are comfortable to wear. I apply with a foundation brush and leave on for about 10 minutes. Available at kiehls.com and Nordstrom.
I know I’ve written a lot about natural products on here before. I think it is fairly common that beauty buffs like us are trying to work more friendly ingredients into both our diet and routine more frequently these days. So I wanted to share two of my new favorite items that are both effective and natural.
JĀSÖN Foaming Shower Oils: A sort of tropical shower gel that really nourishes dry, winter skin. The foaming is subtle but it manages to leave no greasy residue. There are three scents: Smoothing Coconut hydrates and revitalizes dry skin, Nourishing Shea Butter calms irritated and problematic skin while Renewing Olive helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and promote radiance.
Alba Botanica Fast Fix Collection: I have been relying on the blemish buster for the past couple weeks since my skin seems to be acting up. Amazingly the Fast Fix has kept the clogged pore relatively painless with a quick healing. The puffy eye remedy has come in handy after some late holiday celebrations. And the tube are pocket-sized so perfect for on the go. Range includes:
· Fast Fix for a Pimple
· Fast Fix for Puffy Eyes
· Fast Fix for Undereye Circles
· Fast Fix for Thin Lips
And one quick Cyber Monday note: I left this out on Friday and would be remiss to not mention this awesome deal on one of my favorite natural beauty brands. Now through 12/8, take 15% off any Tata Harper purchase with code FF2015.
I am not one of those fanatical natural beauty fans. But lately I’ve noticed I am drawn to natural products. I just never thought deodorant would be one of them. I hate being stinky and frankly always thought natural deodorant wouldn’t work well. Now I am singing a different tune thanks to LAVANILA.
LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant is 100% natural and super soothing to the sensitive under-arm area. Magically, this aluminum-free deodorant is really effective. It isn’t an antiperspirant but it does keep odor at bay. I am using the vanilla coconut scent which is subtle but slightly spicy/tropical.
The formula is free of mineral oil, silicone, dyes and synthetic fragrance. But it does contain Beta-Glucan Technology which works against bacteria and as an antioxidant. Goji Berry, Japanese Honeysuckle and Lemon and Tea Tree oils work to fight odor and manage to nourish the skin at the same time. Available at Sephora and Amazon.