I am going to be a complete hypocrite in this post, because my last post was all about my favorites and such, all (but one) of which are no longer my favorites. Yes, sounds crazy and hormonal and moody, but I promise you, I am not crazy (pff...we all are). However, I have decided to change a lot of things in order to make my life easier, happier, and healthier. These changes are below and if you're interested in becoming completely natural and transforming your skin, keep on reading!
Here is the Kiss my Face face factor SPF 50. I have enjoyed the Kiss my Face sunscreen products for a few years now, I just always find myself wanting to try something. I have to say, I am hanging onto this one. Everything about it is natural and gentle on the skin, and the formula is not white on the skin (horrible for my already pale skin) but it protects my freckles from the death rays of sunshine and smells of delightful lavender. LOVE!
I just started using this deodorant recently and I enjoy that it does a good job of keeping sweat from happening, so bonus points! However, I noticed that this scent is not very powerful or long lasting and it has a wee bit of a body odor smell before application...ick. I will be looking for another scent.
Here is my little adorable Ball jar of coconut oil. I recently found a little pack of four of these perfect jars at Target, so I bought them. I have been looking for a small jar that was big enough to hold the amount of product I needed, but not huge. When I found these... let's just say I was very excited.
Here is the handy dandy jar of coconut oil that I use to fill my little jar. (I couldn't find a link to this specific brand, but here is another brand that is very trustworthy.) I do this because I find it somewhat impossible, and quite frankly, unsanitary, to reach all the way to the bottom of these massive jars. Because of this, I use a spoon and take coconut oil from this big jar and transfer it into the small jar, simple as that!
I just started using coconut oil this past week as my only body moisturizer. I use it all over my entire body and in my hair, but I do not put it on my face. This oil is incredible for practically everything, as seen here and here, but it is too thick for my face. I know most people don't put it on facial skin, but it can certainly be used on the face.
I have to say, my hair has started growing like crazy, my skin is softer than ever, and I have a lovely, subtle glow to my skin all day long. Along with every amazing thing coconut oil has to offer, it is incredibly inexpensive (if you look around-I got this 14 ounce jar for $6) and is absorbs completely into the skin way faster than any retail brand. I am completely amazed at how incredible nature is.
Tea tree oil is another one of those potent, magical things that can be used to do any sort of healing a person could ever need...other than mend a broken heart or bone...okay maybe it just heals beauty/general health issues. Here are many of the uses for tea tree oil. My favorite way to use it is for blemishes. I put a drop or two onto a cotton pad and dab it onto the blemish and within one to three days, the blemish is gone.
Here is my beloved Tarte maracuja oil. I just did a post all about this, which you may find here. This is my nighttime moisturizer. I love love love this stuff. I only use makeup by Tarte and my dry skin would be a wreck if not for this product.
I have always despised paying $50-$100 for perfume that will only last a few months or a year, if I am lucky. The formulations always have more alcohol than they do essential oils and body, so I decided to make my own. I will have a post all about making homemade, natural perfume coming soon.This is the rose essential oil I used as my base note.
As a bit of backstory, I went into my local Whole Foods (natural, organic, hippy type of health food store) on a mission to find the two essential oils i was looking for (sandalwood and rose). Perhaps it is my ignorance, which brought upon this problem, but I was nevertheless shocked. I found my rose oil, no problem and grabbed the sucker, which was $15-a price that seemed somewhat high, but acceptable. Following finding the rose oil, I went searching for sandalwood. I found it. It was $73. I had a miniature heart attack and had to go find my mom and have her make sure I was not experiencing a stroke or something of the like. It appears I was not and 100% pure sandalwood essential oil is apparently a rare commodity. However, I quickly found this mixture of mostly lavender with some sandalwood and i smelled it and it was great, so I got it for $10. Done.
I picked up this little blue glass bottle whilst getting my essential oils. I was feeling very happy and girly after making my homemade perfume, so I titled it "Pretty Gal."
I am going to write a full post about this incredible product very soon and after I have used it for a longer period of time. I have heard incredible things about Dr.Bronner's magic soaps, but until now, never tried them. I have to say, I am using this product for the remainder of my life. This product is now my shampoo, face cleanser, and body wash. The last few days using it, my shower time has decreased to half the time it used to take me. I could talk about it for days, but I will save that for a later date. This is the peppermint scent, which I love and is great for the morning to really wake you up.
Here is the lavender scent. I use this one most of the time just because it is very gentle and soothing.
Here is another of my little Ball jars. This is my homemade lip scrub, which I will go into detail about in my coconut oil loving post. (If you are dying to know, it is just fine grain sugar and coconut oil.)
Yes, I even use natural bug repellent. I have been using this repellent for a few years now, but I avoided bug spray entirely for a while because of the smell of this product and the fact that I hated all other brands due to a gross, sticky or powdery feeling. This spray is completely natural, so it has strong citronella in it. I love this because no bugs will want to come near you because the smell of citronella is so strong, they would probably die. However, this scent also has a tendency to repel other people who are not wearing sunscreen or bug spray. I have learned to get over this though because I have the horrible ability to attract mosquitos of all kinds in all locations, so I would much rather smell strongly of citronella than I would itch like crazy.
Lily of the desert aloe vera gelly. Simple as that, I use this on sunburns or sensitive areas after shaving and it is a lovely, natural, soothing product that calms my sensitive skin. I recommend this specific brand also.
Here is my third little jar of baking soda. I use the general brand of baking soda, which is the only brand I have ever seen sold in the U.S. It is called Arm and Hammer 100% baking soda. I will be doing a post all about baking soda very soon, so be on the lookout for that one.
I hope you all enjoy and go out into the world and find something beautiful and share it. I just realized, when finishing this post, that I mainly use products that have hundreds of uses. I guess that is a good thing. Wohoo! Have a great remainder of the week beauties! Happy Hump Day!