In an effort to rid my beauty regimen of toxic ingredients, I explored a plethora of “safe” product options, and let me just say, they are not created equal. Some of the natural deodorants out there left me smelling worse that if I just didn’t use anything (which is pretty bad, I must say), and many of the natural skin care products caused me to break out or feel dry. That being said, what I’ve found that works for me, may not be what works best for you, so do your own exploring – we’d love to hear what you find!
What I look for are products that are paraben free, free of sulfates and not tested on animals. I also love to support conscientious brands that use post consumer waste recycled and compostable packaging. On top of all that, they need to be effective!
Here are the top 10 Self-Care Products on my carefully curated list.
1. Cosmic Glow Botanical Face Mask
This face mask by Moon Bath is the perfect addition to my weekly self care routine. It’s fun to apply – you just add a generous teaspoon with water, even add some local honey for a super indulgent mask – then brush it on your face. One jar lasts me for months. Best part, it’s the brain child of some fierce and fabulous women celebrating plant medicine who are dedicated to sustainable and ethical practices – check out their complete line of products here.
2. Nature’s Love Organic Topical ReLeaf Salve
It is no secret that cannabinoids found in hemp plants are proving to help with a wide range of symptoms from inflammation to anxiety. This topical relief salve is USDA Certified Organic with 500mg of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract per 2oz bottle. This is the best quality for the best price, from a vertically integrated company here in Colorado that is dedicated to sustainable agriculture and manufacturing.
3. Balancing Oil – Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate
Just a drop a day of this luxurious and complex blend of precious, plant-based ingredients, Pangea’s Balancing Oil delivers the most impactful, restorative and hydrating effects possible.
4. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Tinted
Let’s be real. Who likes wrinkles? This luxurious tinted foam leaves my face feeling soft and smooth while shielding my complexion from the suns harmful rays.
5. Botanical Bath Tea
Moon Bath’s Lunar Blends are intentionally crafted Botanical Bath Teas that enhance your connection to the energy of each of the moon’s phases.
All of the Lunar Blends promote healthy skin, healing and relaxation, and are formulated to correspond with the current moon phases: New, Waxing, Full or Waning.
Enjoy their Nasty Woman Bath Tea anytime, to be reminded of how powerful, courageous and resilient you are. Plus, you’ll be donating $2 to plant parenthood with each purchase.
6. Tea Tree Oil
A strong yet gentle oil that has many uses. For quick results on blemishes, apply tea tree oil in the evenings. Use in foot baths, diffusers, DIY cleaners and more. I’m not partial to a particular brand, but like to unsure it’s certified organic.
7. Schmidt’s BERGAMOT + LIME Deodorant Jar
I think I’ve literally tried them all. Even took a long shot on the crystal deodorant (seriously, don’t bother). But this keeps me smelling fresh for DAYS and has changed my life. You do have to use a cute little scoop and rub it together in your hands before applying, but it easily washes off. They have a stick option, but it leaves your shirt looking like a deodorant crime scene, so I’d say stick with the jar.
8. Jojoba Oil
Pronounced “ho-ho’ba” oil, this is actually a liquid wax that is super hydrating, anti-microbial, non-greasy, anti-aging and suitable for all skin types. I buy this in bulk (which last me for years), and use a glass jar and pump from our local apothecary for daily application.
9. Natures Gate Jojoba Shampoo & Conditioner
I’ve been using this for YEARS for an every day shampoo & conditioner, and am often given compliments on how healthy my hair looks. It’s super nourishing and best part, it costs as low as $4 a bottle.
10. Devi Steam Yoni Steaming Herbs
The Vibrant Souls Devi Steam™ relieves discomfort associated with the female cycle and reconnects women with the wisdom of their bodies through the ancient practice of yoni steaming.
What’s in your self care regimen that you cannot live without? Tell us in the comments!
*Please note: none of the links included gives me a kickback of any kind, other than knowing I’m supporting great companies that I trust and admire.