During my struggle to become pregnant I became aware of how the everyday products I use could be laden with nasty chemicals. I decided right then to stop using those products and went on the search for more natural substitutions. Here are some that I’ve been using for a while (some for several years) and I recommend them to anyone and everyone I can. While I am a self-proclaimed products junkie and love to try new things, I am also very much a creature of habit and tend to stick with what’s working for me. Why fix something that’s not broken, right?
So here’s a list of 10 products that are in my daily, weekly and monthly self care routine.
This little roll-on has worked miracles. It’s always in my purse/diaper bag/desk drawer; where I am, this roll-on is with me. If I’m feeling a headache come on, or feeling overly irritable, I simply apply to my pulse points and temples, sit for a few minutes with my eyes closed and just breathe. The scent itself is so lovely, and it almost immediately is soothing and calming.
This lip balm works great and smells delicious. Very smooth application and never feels clumpy or greasy. A variety of yummy flavors. Kept my lips hydrated well throughout the cold winter months here in Massachusetts.
I’ve used this face wash for a couple of years now and absolutely love it. It’s light and frothy but gives me a squeaky clean feel. It smells great and doesn’t break the bank. Bonus points for being cruelty free and 100% vegan.
I have relatively dry skin, even more so in the winter. This lotion is perfect because it’s so light, but feels like it totally quenches my skin’s thirst. It also smells really good, and is not greasy at all. They also make a version with 15 SPF that I’m thinking of trying once I run out of this bottle.
The few times a month I do put on makeup, this is always a finishing touch. I love the smooth application and it makes my lashes darker, longer and they look and feel more luxurious.
This lotion is so smooth and soaks right into my skin, but doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. Confession: I have really, really dry feet, especially in the summer, and this stuff keeps them at least presentable while I’m sporting sandals 24/7. (They also have this as a hand lotion that is divine as well!)
I’ve battled deep bags under my eyes for as long as I can remember. I would go through tubs of concealer like nobody’s business in high school and my early 20’s. When I discovered this product, I was skeptical, since I’ve probably tried every eye serum known to man. Long story short, this stuff works. And it feels amazing. Like a nice cool and fresh breath of air for your under-eye area. It’s pricey, but it does an amazing job, so it’s worth it for me.
The aluminum content in main-stream brands scares me. For a long time I didn’t wear deodorant at all. While I was pregnant though, I felt gross and stinky and knew I needed to do something. After trying a few natural brands I came across Schmidt’s and haven’t strayed. I’ve tried this brand both as the stick (shown), and in the tubs where you use a small applicator (or your fingers). While I like them both, this style is definitely easier to apply, and much less messy. The fragrances are great and they keep me from feeling self-conscious about my body odor.
I’m a firm believer in using toner. For me, it’s like the final clean sweep. While I’ve been known to just go and buy the cheap bottle of witch hazel in a pinch, I do like to use an actual dedicated toner (and not spending a fortune on said toner). I credit this toner with keeping my skin relatively acne free, even-toned and overall in good shape. It also smells heavenly fresh.
This little stick has been a life-saver this summer. It goes on smooth, CLEAR, smells great and keeps my nose and cheeks from getting red. I’ve always found that face lotions with SPF included feel greasy and clog up my pores really quickly. While I don’t use this daily since I work in an office all day, I mainly use it when I’m out and about running errands in the summer and for outdoor parties and stuff like that in the warmer weather when it’s not quite appropriate to break out the tub of SPF we bathe in when at the pool.
So there you have it. These are just a handful of natural products I really love, but definitely the ones I use the most.
What are some of your favorites?
Feel free to comment with any questions you may have on any of these, I’ll be happy to help as much as I can.