In case you missed it, last week I shared my own DIY Body Butter Recipe. If you read it, or follow me on Instagram – you know that I’m all about the natural beauty products. I really believe that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in them, which is why I have made the switch to natural products.
Now I totally understand that cooking down beeswax and olive oil and jarring up lotion is not for everyone – which is why this week I’m giving you a few other options. Last year I found some really great natural beauty brands that I’ve since fallen in love with. However – I was still needing to revamp my routine in a few areas: Soap (I was using Dove), Lip Color (I haven’t used gloss/lip stick in years because the dyes bother my skin), Deodorant (Couldn’t find one that works), a Night Time Face Cream, and a Cleanser/Toner. So I set out to make the changes and found some awesome smaller businesses that make their own natural products and sell them for a reasonable price. Check ’em out below!
I’ve always had sensitive skin, so soap has been an issue for me for a long time. Growing up I used Dove, and I never really switched because anything else made my skin break out. I definitely think that Dove is one of the least harsh drug store brads out there, but it isn’t exactly ‘natural’, so I decided to look around. Which lead me to Travis Family Farm. I was really interested in trying their Goat Milk Soap. The fat in the milk helps with irritated skin, while the cream in it helps to moisturize + repair the dry skin. After just one use – I can attest that this is the TRUTH. The soap is very gentle, and works fabulously. My favorite one is the Lavender (I love all things Lavender) but the Oatmeal Milk & Honey comes in at a close second.
My friends at Travis Family Farm also sent me their Goat Milk Body Butter, which was just as fantastic as their soap! Using it after the shower with the Goat Milk Soap = perfect combo. Travis Family Farm also makes an awesome chemical free makeup remover, and Soy Wax candles that smell fantastic. If you’d like to try any of their products you can use coupon code “our gift” for $5.00 off. They’re very reasonably priced 🙂
I’ve always had an issue with lip products. Scents and dyes irritate my lips, and for as long as I can remember, if I wore anything from Cherry Chapstick to MAC lip gloss – chances are the next morning I’d wake up with dry, cracked lips, and irritated red skin around my mouth (gross). The only things I usually put on my lips are Vaseline, or natural lip balms that have no color or sparkle. Kinda boring for a 22 year old girl. When my mom told me about Lip Luxe by Mizzi Cosmetics – I got super excited. Not only was it a natural lip gloss, but it was made right in Connecticut (yay!). They sent me their Original Whipped Lip Scrub, and Honey Kiss Lip Balm. This scrub makes your lips beyond smooth and when you top it off with the Balm – it is such a perfect combo. Plus, they’re made with ingredients that are (literally) good enough to eat. Talk about a win-win. Even Kylie Jenner uses it. You can use ‘gonatural16’ for 20% off your entire order until Feb 29th. Better hurry up and order – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner 😉
I have tried at least 10 natural deodorants.. and none of them have worked. I just recently threw out almost an entire drawer full of them from my bathroom. These products might have worked for the average person just going through their normal day – but they didn’t work for me. When I work out.. I WORK out. Which usually results in a lot of sweating. I don’t have time to be worrying about whether I smell while I’m trying to hit a new PR or do burpees till I can’t breathe.
Most antiperspirants/deodorants that you’ll find in the store contain aluminum, parabens, and propylene glycol. You can read about why these are so dangerous here. I will honestly admit that I was skeptical that Green Tiding‘s deodorant would be any different from the other ones I had tried, but I was pleasantly surprised. This deodorant actually held up through the sweatiest of workouts. I didn’t smell one bit! Tyler also tried them and felt the same way. These deodorants are non-toxic, organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy free, fragrance free, and have no artificial colors. The minimal ingredients that they do have are easy to read (unlike most drug store brands). I will say that using a deodorant is different from an antiperspirant. The texture is different, and it takes some getting used to – but I think its well worth it knowing that I’m not putting chemicals on my skin. You can get 10% off all of their products with code: 6MWK96D2 through March 1, 2016. They have a 1oz size deodorant if you want to try it before you commit to a full size 🙂
Night Time Cream:
I found Board and Batten one night while scrolling through Instagram. Their ‘Restore Like a Girl‘ cream caught my eye. I love that logo with the girl holding up the weight.. how could you not?! I needed something that I could put on my face before bed during these winter months that bring me chronic dry skin. In addition to having a super cute label, (and donating a portion of sales to charity!) this product is so gentle and soothing on my dry skin. It has a very light rose scent to it, and works really great.
Board & Batten also sent me a variety of other products to try including their Herbal Facial Creme , Butter Bee Go To Balm and Fig & Turmeric Sugar Scrub. I love the Butter Bee Go to Balm. The balm is perfect for super dry skin. You can put it on anything.. from cracked heels, to dry hands. I also really loved the Sugar Scrub. When I first saw Fig & Turmeric together, I thought it was a strange scent combo, but after applying it on my skin – I fell in love! Board and Batten is offering 20% off our products through Feb 28 with the code ‘naturalbeauty’.
Cleanser + Toner:
Belle and Rose Naturals sent me their Organic Skin Care Starter Set, which includes their Organic Raw Honey Cleanser, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Toner and Organic Skin Cream. They also sent me their new Hemp Seed Oil Cleanser. This products are made with all natural ingredients but packed with natural antibacterial ingredients – meaning these are gentle enough for sensitive skin, but strong enough to clean acne prone skin. I followed the instructions on the Laura’s etsy store, started with the Raw Honey Cleanser. I left it on my skin for about 3 minutes and then rinsed it off. I patted my skin dry and applied a little bit of the Apple Cider Vinegar Toner. I topped it off with the Organic Skin Cream – and when I was finished my skin was practically glowing.
I haven’t used a cleanser in a long time. Most drug store cleansers are very harsh, and loaded with alcohol, which makes my skin even drier and more irritated than before I started. This cleanser is super gentle, but actually works. I’m not normally prone to acne, but might skin looked might brighter and cleaner after using these than it normally would. You can get 20% off of all of Belle & Rose Natural’s products with coupon code: CLEAN20.
I know that I’m always hesitant to try new beauty products, especially if there is a larger price tag on them. I hope that my reviews helped give you better insight on these products, and that you decide to try them out for yourself!