I’m feeling pretty inspired by Elsie and Dom from Clean Beauty Co who were on the pod just a few weeks ago, giving us the lowdown on how to go au natch in the beauty and skincare dept. I’d say right now, my routine is maybe around 40% of the way there; I really love Skin & Tonic’s rose mist for toning and their calm balm to help me chill before bed, once a week I’ll do an all over DIY coffee scrub. But things like shampoo and body lotion, I’m just beginning to investigate what better options are out there. I’ve tried using straight up coconut oil, but it’s too heavy and just sits on my skin and gets all over my clothes. I’m also not really down with putting it on my face – I think it’s the combination of London pollution PLUS oil – my skin just freaks out, so I’m still trying to figure out a good system that works for my skin in the Big Smoke. Here are some products I want to try when my old stuff runs out. I’m also trying to keep things to a minimum 1) because they’re expensive and I’d rather have a few really good products than a bunch of cheap shitty ones, and 2) I’m moving house soon and I’m already starting the cleansing process – starting with my wardrobe tonight, then donating any unopened tins or packets of food from the kitchen (and using up half used bags of lentils). And lastly, and probably scariest of all, is sorting through my beauty cabinet. So here goes:
- Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Face Soap. So in general, soap really dries out my skin, but I’ve had really good luck with charcoal – it gets all the gunk out of my face and stops breakouts – plus I’m guessing if I use it with a good moisturiser, it won’t have a drying effect. AND, soap usually lasts for ages, so £14 doesn’t sound as bad….
- Along the same lines as the soap, I’m betting Herbivore’s Pink Clay Mask does a good job of getting rid of the ~impurities~
- So, as I said in my conversation with Dom & Elsie, I’m turning 30 this summer. They were like, prevention is key, blah, blah, blah. But let’s be real, I lived in Texas for 5 years and spent a lot of time getting drunk at the pool. So, we I need some backup for taking care of those fine lines, ya know? Apparently rosehip oil can go a long ways to plumping the skin back up and helping it ‘renew’.
- Ok, nothing to do with natural skin care, I just think they’re super yummy. Toasted watermelon seeds + chipotle? I’m in. Watermelon is the new cool fruit, even though it’s been around forever, I guess people are just really into it rn? Who cares, it’s delicious, and the seeds are high in vitamin E. Mello Watermelon Seeds.
- Clean Beauty Co Fuss Free Moisturiser. Remember I said coconut oil was kind of a pain to deal with? Well this bad boy goes on in the shower, you wipe away any excess, and you’re done. Praise be.
- Another curveball. Neon cactus light. I wanna have this at my birthday party, because I’m turning 30 and why the fuck not?? In fact, all of these things make legit bday presents in case you feel like getting me something.
- This John Masters shampoo and conditioner got a shoutout on that episode too, and I went to pick them up in Wholefoods, but they were even more expensive than I remembered BUT, my buddy Amazon has them here and here for pretty cheap (relatively cheap). In case you can’t see, it’s the rosemary lavender shampoo, and avocado lavender conditioner. Also, this makes me laugh every time.
Also, wanted to give a shoutout to this amazing looking Hawaiian chocolate dessert face mask with activated coconut charcoal, raw cacoa, and black sea salt. Sounds wicked good but I didn’t put it with the rest because I couldn’t find a UK dealer for it, but if you know where it’s at, hit me up firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. Also makes me want to go to Hawaii real bad.
How far into your natural beauty journey are you? Are you just dipping a toe, or balls deep? What are your favourite products and recommendations for me?
Be back on Friday with a pod all about sleep.