“We were together. I forget the rest.”
File this post under: Not that you asked, but I’m doing it because I lovvvve when other people do them. Truly, I cannot get enough of knowing things like what shampoo and lip balm people use, and what yogurt they eat for breakfast. I used to think these made me a little, um…creepy. But I know now I’m not alone, as evidenced by sites like Into The Gloss and So, How Was Your Day. (Thanks for that one, Nadya!).
So you know: I used to have really bad skin, and it’s only in the past few years that it has began to clear up. I’m sure a lot of that is hormonal, but I’ve also realized that I have
pretty really sensitive skin, and I’m willing to bet a lot of my breakouts were due to harsh products, and makeup full of cheap chemicals. And, it seems the older I get the more sensitive I get, as evidenced by the fact that my scalp now burns when I use most shampoos. (Even Aveda, boo.) I tell you this so you know why I’m choosing the products I’m now choosing, and also that I’m trying slowly but surely (and money permitting) to make a full switch over to “so natural you could eat them” products. I’d love any suggestions or faves that you have!!
One company I had been hearing about over and over is Tata Harper. They are 100% natural and non-toxic, and they are their own manufacturers. Oh, and the whole deal goes on at this bucolic Vermont farm, and they have gorgeous packaging. The only snag: It’s very expensive. As in, the cleanser is $95. Personally, I think if you can afford it, it’s worth it. Not just for the results, but for the fact that what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. However, thinking it’s worth it and having the money in your bank account are two different things. So I did what any self-respecting product junkie would do: I called and asked them to send me samples! And they did. I loved them all, but my far and away favorite, and really truly the most skin-changing product I’ve ever used, is the Resurfacing Mask. After one use, my skin glowed like it never has, and little imperfections seemed to be blurred. I walked out of the bathroom after having used it just one time, and John glanced up and said WOW. The great thing is, it’s actually one of her cheaper products, at $55. Worth every penny.
My other absolute favorite of the Summer is the ubiquitous Swedish Dream Sea Salt soap. I’m sure you’ve seen this on everyone and their mother’s blog, but for good reason. I’d been wanting to try it, so one day while we were cruising around West Elm, I snagged a bar. It’s creamy (great as a shaving cream), gentle, has chunks of sea salt in it, and oh the smell…clean, bracing, glorious. I want my whole life to smell like that soap forever and ever, amen. And it’s only $6!
REN Skincare’s products I have used a few times over the years, but never long enough to see if they work for me. Recently though, I got a gift card for Nordstrom, so I ordered the Fab 4 kit, and the Rosa Centifolia foaming cleanser. Since I’ve been using them, I haven’t broken out once, my skin is glowing, and I feel good about the ingredients in the products. I love them all, but my favorites are the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, and the Purity Balm which was included as a bonus. The mask is similar to the Tata Harper. Makes me super glowy and smooth. The cleansing balm I can’t recommend enough. The consistency is like a thick lotion, but when you smooth it all over your face, it sort of melts, then you wipe it off with the muslin cloth it comes with. It cleans so well, but also feels almost like you just used a mask. Like facial oils that are all the rage now (which I use now, both Tata’s and REN, and love), it seems counter intuitive for someone with congested skin to use a balm to clean your face. But by golly, it WORKS. Take the plunge!
The other item I ordered was Kai body glow. Smells like gardenias, and it’s a great light day fragarance. Plus, I love that it makes your skin all…wait for it…GLOWY! For nighttime fragrances, my favorites are Narciso Rodriguez and Balenciaga.
I am sunscreen crazed. I wear SPF 30 or higher everyday, even in Seattle weather. I still haven’t found one I’m crazy about, but right now I use the Kiehl’s Vital Protection 40 For Children, all my body and my face. It does make my face a little more sheen-y than I’d like, but it doesn’t make me break out. And because it’s for kids, it’s great for sensitive skin, and I love the smell! I used to be a huge Kiehl’s acolyte, but I’m moving away from their stuff because they aren’t as natural as I’d like. Oh, and their mascara- worst I’ve ever used. Sorry, Kiehl’s.
Speaking of makeup: Currently, besides a little mascara, I don’t wear any. Not because I think I couldn’t use a little, but for a few reasons. As I said, my skin used to be really bad, and I covered it all up with makeup, but now that I’ve realized the makeup causes me to break out, I’d rather just go without it. But the other big reason is that when you are used to being terrified at the prospect of stepping out of your house without a full face of foundation, it feels pretty good to feel comfortable not wearing a stitch of anything. That said, I really want to try some Rose Marie Swift products. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a former makeup artist who created her own line, after discovering her blood had high levels of heavy metals and pesticides from using so much makeup over the years. The main ingredient in most of the products is organic coconut oil. People rave about it, especially people who have sensitive skin and like a natural look, like me. I plan on getting the Living Luminizer, Un-Cover Up, and Lip2Cheek. If you’ve used any of her products, I’d love to hear about it!!
Nails…for toes, either Essie Clambake (below) or Vermillionaire, and fingers, usually nothing, but currently wearing Essie Sandy Beach and loving it. I also love Burt’s Bees Foot cream. Works really well and smells like minty coconut. I’ve been using it since it came in the glass jars. I wish they still used those!
Other things I love: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, everything Malin + Goetz, Burt’s Bees toothpaste, New Chapter Vitamins (they’re food based and usually organic; we both take the Tiny Tab multi), and Bach Rescue Remedy. I have to remember to pick up some Apple Cider Vinegar, because apparently, it’s the best thing for everything from your hair to your skin to weight loss.
I need to find a new body lotion. I love Kiehls Creme de Corps, but like I said, it’s not natural enough. And I need to find some shampoo that doesn’t make my scalp burn, because hey, that’s sexy. Thinking of trying the new one from REN. Any recs??
Oh, and for breakfast I’ve been having almond milk blended with strawberries, Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee with whole milk (awesome, get on it), and sometimes avocado toast. But this morning I had chocolate cake, because *someone* brought it home from the store, and I have no self-control.
So friends! Everything and (way) more than you ever wanted to know about my personal habits! Please to share your own!!