6.11.2014

The Little Things


I've always been one to get extra excited about life's little things. Namely, beauty products. I love beauty in every form, and although I think everyone is beautiful in their natural state, I can't help but to feel extra beautiful when dousing my hair with something that makes it look, feel, and smell irresistible. I used to have bottles and bottles of beauty products overflowing my cabinets, shower, bedroom, and anywhere else. It was like an addiction. But slowly I began to realize that maybe it wasn't in my best interest to cover my body in chemicals on the daily, all in the name of beauty. Nay, as with everything, there is a much more natural way to do it. And I'm happy to say that these days, the products I use are predominately natural. It's been -- and continues to be -- a gradual learning experience, but for the most part, I feel good about what I put on my body, and that feels fucking great. I've also decreased my beauty product stash to about 10% of what it used to be. No joke. Here's some of what I'm loving these days...

Jason Vitamin E Oil // For those damn acne and bug bite scars that never seem to leave. I started using this a week or two ago, and guess what? They're leaving.
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar // For the face and body blemishes I've been battling for 14 years. Along with my new minimal-stress life, recent healthy eating, and a few more products from this incredible goddess, my skin is actually starting to clear up. I can't even believe it.
Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap // For the most invigorating showers I've ever had. My girl Naomi turned me on to African black soap, and now I can't get off it. I use the tangerine-scented one -- for body wash as well as shaving -- and it is such a treat.
Aura Cacia Organic Bergamot Essential Oil // For uplifting the spirit yet calming the soul all at once. I usually put a few drops on my wrist, and then a couple on my fingertips that I vigorously massage into my scalp right quick. Then I carry the bottle around with me and take a sniff whenever the mood strikes. This stuff is gold.
Giovanni Frizz Be Gone Hair Serum // For the smoothest, shiniest, softest locks I've ever experienced. I have to be honest, this stuff is not 100% natural. There are a couple ingredients on that label that scare me, but I don't use it every day, and it's certainly more natural than a lot of other serums out there.
Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil & Neem Toothpaste // For the most naturally-clean-feeling mouth I've had. I actually just bought this for the first time today, and I'm in love. No fluoride, kids! Just the good stuff.
Swissco Tortoise Toothbrush // Because, come on, it's beautiful. I've been on the hunt for a good-looking toothbrush that didn't cost a fortune for years, and I finally spotted this one at Whole Foods for, like, $5. SOLD. I'm obsessed.

8 comments :

  1. I love how often you've been posting. Thank you for the peek inside your beauty routine ;) Are you still using Dr. Bronners as a shampoo replacement?

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    1. Thanks, girl! Nah, I stopped a few months ago. It didn't seem to be working with my hair. Now I'm just using Desert Essence coconut shampoo & conditioner.. it's not as natural, but it's at least better than what I'd been using in the past!

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  2. What do you do with the apple cider vinegar?

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    1. I just put some on a cotton ball and apply it to my face, neck, chest, and back -- you can also dilute it with water. Another thing I've done is mix some apple cider vinegar with calcium bentonite clay and a little bit of warm water and then use it as a face mask. It sucks everything out of your pores and leaves your skin incredibly smooth!

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  3. Love this post! What do you use as a facial cleanser? Does the black soap work?

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  4. For my face I use the Varnya Cleansing Oil and Bliss Aroma Polish (in light) from Aromabliss (http://aromabliss.com/Skin.htm), which is all ayurvedic skincare... amazing stuff. I only use it at night -- in the morning I just wash with water. African black soap can be used as a facial cleanser though, and I've used it when I was out of my other cleanser!

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  5. Have you ever used the Bliss Aroma Polish in DEEP rather than LIGHT? I would like to order the Varnya Cleansing Oil with a polish and didn't know whether to go with DEEP or LIGHT. I have fair skin & get some breakouts along my jawline.

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    1. I've used both! I have fair skin and get breakouts there too, haha! I think that deep might just be a little tougher on the skin, but they both work for me. I'd say if you're on the fence, maybe start out with light. :)

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