The past couple years, I've thrown out lots of iffy, chemically products for more natural ones. Ones that I can understand where the ingredients come from. Better if it's just one ingredient. I definitely feel a shift in the industry making is way easier to discover natural products that leaves you feeling less guilty about what you're putting on your skin. My regimen isn't completely holistic, but here are things I've swapped out for the better!
I also got to sit with Amy Pham from The Platform to talk more about it. But I had to take it to my blog because I can never articulate anything properly in front of a crew of people. Blaming it on stage fright and getting the giggles. So here it is broken down from left to right.
First of my many favorites from this line. Talk about feeling completely guiltless using products. This brand uses no synthetics at all!!! So amazing and the quality feels exactly what is advertised: pure.
Dr. Bronner's Castile soap
The jack of all trades for your home. There's a list of 18 uses for it that extends into kitchen usage! I have yet to experiment with it as toothpaste... probably pass on that. But it's great for cleaning your tiles and your body!
Shea Moisture shampoo
Actually forgot to bring this on set, but I love this shampoo! It's not clarifying, but I like it because it doesn't strip your hair of moisture making just-shampooed hair look like Day 2 hair. That's what we all want right? I also have to mention that my hair is naturally very coarse and wavy - this helps with the frizziness and actually relaxes a lot of my curls.
Tea Tree Oil
Another household staple. Tea tree oil kills bacteria. Best used on acne or infections. I've found many uses for this. One of which is TMI; another is to help heal my cartilage piercing.
W3ll People loose powder
Let's get into makeup, shall we? This is another great brand, and W3ll developed most of their product around the power of aloe. I want makeup that works double-times and there are a lot of goodie ingredients that are actually good for the skin. Guilt free x2.
RMS living luminizer
I've raved, blogged, vlogged, lusted, recommended this all year. Because of RMS, I started looking more into natural makeup. Something about how synthetic-free, raw, unprocessed, unrefined makeup sits on the skin makes me never want to look back. I use this highlighter in the corner of my eyes, cheekbones, nose bridge, anywhere that I feel lacks life. It brings out the most natural dew, and it doesn't look like makeup. It's insane.
100 Percent Pure Lipstick (in Poppy)
Another 'ahah!' moment when I tried 100 Percent Pure's make up line. Well, I've only used their lipstick but am excited to explore more. It was the same moment of like, "oh, this is how makeup is supposed to sit on your face". The swatches are gorgeous and all fruit dyed.
Alba Botanics deodorant
I could probably find a more natural deodorant on the market (recommendations??!). I've seen people rub lemons in their pits as deodorant but I'm not quite on that level yet. Till then, I'm going to continue using this as it's been doing the job. Tried the salt stick, didn't like it. It's pretty important to get a natural deodorant as the nature of the product is to sit on your skin ALL day and work along side your pores.
Honest hand sanitizer spray
Kudos to Jessica Alba for this company. It's great and I do trust everything that comes from their doors. Albeit just a little thing from their line, I've grown fond of this hand sanitizing spray - even if my boyfriend hates the smell of it and won't let me spray within a closed proximity of him.
I've been using witch hazel for a while now as a toner. It helps with inflammation and broken skin (aka when I break out). It's also a good skin setter thing after cleansing before putting on moisturizer.
100 Percent Pure hand balm
This sits in my car next to my hand sanitizing spray. It's good. People like it and ask to borrow it a lot.
Rose hip oil
I read an interview which Miranda Kerr personally stated that she used this during the pregnancy to prevent stretch marks. One, I will pick up any skin care tips Kerr recommends. Two, I learned this is a great oil with tons of fatty acids that helps with scarring and stretch marks. Sold.
Karma Natural nail polish remover
Once on set, someone gave me natural, organic nail polish remover wipes and then I wondered why I didn't have this all my life. No more acetone that dries your skin and emits fumes and chemicals. This remover in particular works damn well and leaves your nails feeling really healthy. Every time I use it, I am convinced my nails look better naked.