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Today I'm sharing with you the natural beauty products I use. When I started paying more attention to what I was putting in my mouth, I also became aware of what I was putting on my skin. As most of you know, what goes on our skin is directly absorbed by our pores.
We really shouldn't be putting a bunch of toxic chemicals on our bodies if we want to be healthy. Read this recent article from the Washington Post: Probable Carcinogens in Baby Toiletries — “More than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer.” Here's what I thought when I read that article: if even the baby products have stuff in them that causes cancer, what do the adult products have?!
While I'm not as girlie as some, I'm definitely not the hippie type and I can't get away with being totally natural. I can't stand the smell of patchouli, I still shave my legs and have my hair highlighted (I've always been a dirty dishwater blonde and I love my hair color just a little bit lighter).
I tried doing “no poo”. I gave it three full months of solid effort. It was a complete disaster. Ever see that episode of Seinfeld where they had to use the low-flow shower heads? That's what I looked like. Actually it was worse than that because my hair was super greasy. Yuck! Apparently here in L.A. we have some of the hardest water in the country. (So if you try “no poo” and it doesn't work for you, don't feel bad — it didn't work for me, either!)
I still like to get pedicures but am always too busy to get around to it so I end up doing it maybe a few times a year. I never have my nails done — I keep them short and unadorned for cooking, gardening and typing.
Most days I don't wear makeup. I'll put on a little powder and lipstick on special occasions (like a dinner out) but that's about it. Since I wear makeup so infrequently, I don't bother with the natural mineral makeups. I just use plain old grocery store powder and lipstick.
I do still like perfume. My husband buys me perfumes every once in a while. Luckily he has wonderful taste in scents. And I think it's very romantic to get a gift of perfume. Then every time I wear it, I think of him. However, I don't wear perfume too often. Just on the days when I want to feel extra-pretty.
Most of the time my routine is simple. I use the following products: soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, floss and toothpaste. That's it.
I'll share with you some of the things I love to put on my body:
Terressentials White Chocolate Lip Balms – These are so delicious I can hardly stand it. Organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla oil and organic beeswax plus some essential oils.
I also use the Terressentials Flower Therapy Silken Velvet Body Lotion. So good! We use their pump hand soaps, too. Oh, and I love their baby products. They have a great baby wash, baby lotion, and baby diaper rash product. We use all of those.
My favorite product of theirs is their 100% Organic Fragrance-free Moisture Cream — it's 100% organic shea butter. I LOVE using it on my feet, my face and hands. It's the best lotion I've ever used.
I also use natural handmade soaps from Soaptopia – This is the greatest place. They're right in my neighborhood, so I love to go and pick out soaps. They also ship all over the country. Their soaps contain the following ingredients: olive oil, shea butter (wild-crafted from Senegal), hemp seed oil (organic), coconut oil, palm oil, avocado oil and essential oils.
They're not cheap but like I said, I don't use a lot of other skincare products so these soaps are a special treat for us. And we LOVE them! (And just look at how gorgeous these soaps are in the photos!)
I also really really love Soaptopia's bubble baths. I have tried the citrus and the vanilla scents and they are both out of this world. I use them in bubble baths — and they're safe enough for a baby (Kate loves bubble baths too) and I also use them as a body wash in the shower.
For lotion, in addition to the Terressentials products, I use plain coconut oil. I love how coconut oil moisturizes my skin. However, I don't love the actual process of slathering it on. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature — and I like lotion! For that reason, I'm going to order some coconut oil lotion from Tropical Traditions.
They have a bunch of different scents, but I really want to try these two: Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Lotion – Baby Silk and Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Lotion – Citrus.
For toothpaste I use Trader Joe's brand or Tom's of Maine (fluoride-free).
Deodorant is the only thing I haven't gone natural with. When I can get away with it, I will use just plain organic cornstarch (with a powder puff), but for those days when it's hot and I have a business meeting and I'm wearing a nice blouse, I use Suave or Secret.
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