- the BALM diggity: organic face balms
- Bless Beauty Balm by Leahlani Skincare
- Nourish Night Balm by Organic Bath Co
- Maya Chia’s Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm
- Aurora by Stark Skincare
- Magic Organic Apothecary’s The Green Balm from The Choosy Chick
- True Botanicals Body Balm
- 5 Women Test Out Drunk Elephant’s New Mask
- The Blue Cocoon
- CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON AS AN EYE TREATMENT?
- I HAVE ROSACEA AND ACNE – IS THE BLUE COCOON A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- I DO NOT HAVE PROBLEM SKIN – WHAT DO I NEED THE BLUE COCOON FOR?
- IS THE BLUE COCOON SUITABLE FOR OILY OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN? WILL IT CLOG MY PORES?
- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE YOUTH DEW AND THE BLUE COCOON? CAN I USE THEM TOGETHER?
- THIS JAR LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN MY LAST ONE, OR WHAT I SAW IN A PHOTO
- DO I NEED AN ADDITIONAL MOISTURIZER OR IS THIS ENOUGH?
- MY LIPS ARE DRY AND CRACKING, CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON ON THEM?
- CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON ON MY CHILD?
- CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON WITH A RETINOL?
- Side by Side: Face Oil and Beauty Balm
- My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today
- My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare
- Daily cleanser
- Daily moisturizer
- Daily under-eye cream
- Night under-eye cream
- Night face cream
- Charcoal mask
- Makeup remover
- Daily body lotion
- Hair wax
- Hair spray
- Dry Shampoo
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Body Wash
- Facial exfoliator
- So, tell me – what are some of your favorite non-toxic skincare products?
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the BALM diggity: organic face balms
You may be wondering what the heck is a face balm and you may also be thinking there is no way I’m rubbing a Vasoline type substance on my face but hear me out!
Balms are typically an oil based salve which contain no water (and therefore no synthetic preservatives) and can be used for intense moisturizing, removing makeup, improving skin health and more.
I’ve rounded up some balms that I am currently loving. Each one has a uniqueness about it that has me coming back for more.
Bless Beauty Balm by Leahlani Skincare
Bless Beauty Balm by Leahlani Skincare, $48
If you are new to balms, look no further than Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm. Leah says you can use this moisture melt as a makeup remover or a moisturizer.
I was skeptical to use it as a moisturizer at first because the thought of slathering a thick salve on my face before bed was giving me anxiety BUT all of my apprehension was dissolved with the very first swipe from jar to cheek.
This literally feels a mask of water applied to my skin, it goes on thin and brings the most hydration any moisturizer I’ve ever used. Not only that but I wake up with a holy grail face: smooth, hydrated, plump, soft skin. Legit, a baby’s bum.
Free from water, wax and emulsifiers, Bless Beauty Balm is made with organic shea and cocoa butters as well as cold pressed beauty oils. This is my can’t live without product this winter!
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I love it for: overnight hydration and liquid foundation/creams makeup prep. Get yours at Leahlani Skincare!
Nourish Night Balm by Organic Bath Co
Nourish Night Balm by Organic Bath Co., $48
Okay if you are a New Englander, there is no way you are surviving winter without this gem. This balm breaks out the big guns when it comes to hydration and skin repair. Nourish Night Balm includes organic Rosehip Oil which has been clinically proven to repair, protect, regenerate and hydrate.
It also calls on organic Tamanu Oil which clears and prevents blemishes, helps reduce the appearance of scars, clams, soothes and deeply moisturizes. (You can read more about these ingredients on the RAW IS EVERYTHING website – they have some interesting cited studies and empirical data). One layer of this at night and say goodbye to chapped, dry, raw, chaffed face, lips and cheeks.
(If you don’t bring this on your ski trip, you are crazy).
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A little goes a long way here so you can layer and build until you get the amount of moisture you want. I am obsessed with the smell of this oil. A true coffee freak, the addition of Green Coffee Oil is B.A.N.A.N.A.S.
I love it for: overnight hydration, spot treatment for dry/chapped cheeks, lips and noses, rubbing the extra into my hands for an intense hand treatment. Buy it at Organic Bath Co.!
Maya Chia’s Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm
Maya Chia’s Waterless Wonderbalm, $42
You haven’t lived until you have experienced the magic of this balm! The Waterless Wonder Balm uses the highest quality natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients from all over the world.
My favorite ingredient here is their Supercritical Chia Oil.
Maya Chia has a patent on extracting chia oil with CO2 (one of the cleanest extraction methods) – which means you won’t find chia seed oil as close to its natural state anywhere else in the US than you do here in the Maya Chia line.
This balm goes on BUTTA. Love keeping this in my purse for an anytime, anywhere application.
I love it for: all day long for my lips, as a spot treatment on my face, chapped noses, for my cuticles and heels and for my kids cheeks and noses. Shop The Waterless Wonder Balm here but just do yourself a fave and buy the whole line.
Aurora by Stark Skincare
Aurora by Stark Skincare, $40
If you have been following Stark, this is their reformulated Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm – a green beauty cult fave! If you haven’t, let me fill you in. This coconut oil based balm smells chocolate and oranges and will have you drooling before you can say Stark-it-to-me.
I love love love this balm as a makeup remover. Massaging a small amount into your face with your fingers will take this balm from a solid to an oil state and gently work to remove all the day’s grime, makeup, dirt and impurities while relaxing you with it’s sweet chocolate scent.
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Stacked with antioxidant-rich plant oils and butters, this balm can also be used overnight as a moisturizer and you can even bump it up by adding some additional face oil to the balm before applying. My fave ingredient here is turmeric essential oil which promotes new cell growth and stimulates blood circulation.
I love it for: makeup removal. Find it at Stark Skincare!
Magic Organic Apothecary’s The Green Balm from The Choosy Chick
MOA’s The Green Balm, $16.95
The first thing that struck me about The Green Balm is all of its recommended uses check this out:
- Calm itchy and dry skin
- Help soothe minor cuts, blisters, bruises and burns
- Zap pesky insect bites and stings
- Treat chapped lips, nostrils and coldsores
- Combat Athlete’s Foot
- Calm skin after shaving, waxing or threading
- Help fade stretch marks
- Anti-bacterial to sooth new tattoos or piercings
- Moisturizer for hands, nails and cuticles
- Removing makeup
Say WHA!? Seriously, what does this balm NOT do?! Okay, that being said, I have to be honest, I haven’t tried this for anything except makeup removal because I was hooked after trying it just once.
Massage about a dime size amount of balm into your face and eyes to loosen makeup then warm the included cloth with water, wipe over your face and watch the makeup fall off. This cloth is crazy silky smooth too – so soft, I love it.
Even if you don’t wear makeup try this to cleans your face at night and you will be amazed at the grime it removes.
The secret ingredient here is yarrow which has been used for centuries to sooth and promote healing and MOA actually sows their own. I did want to mention this formula does contain soy. MOA uses a non-GMO soybean oil that is harvested in the UK, France and Holland.
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I love it for: makeup removal.
Grab yours today at The Choosy Chick!
True Botanicals Body Balm
True Botanical’s Body Balm, $125
[March 2018 update: This balm is now discontinued] Okay if you are loving the idea of face balms and want something for your body too, look no further than True Botanicals Body Balm. This is fantastic applied anytime but especially right the shower.
It it a beautiful consistency and remains in a solid state until you touch it then it melts into a decadent oil. It goes on smooth and leaves no greasy aftermath – straight up bougie. It’s a decadent treat and would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift.
My fave scent is the Sandalwood + Frankensnece but the Rose + Neroli is a close second!
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I love it for: legs, knees, heels, elbows and arms.
Pick one up here at True Botanicals!
5 Women Test Out Drunk Elephant’s New Mask
The mask. Photo: Image courtesy the retailer.
Dry January is technically over, but welcome to Dry February — the month when everyone’s skin is parched.
In a well-timed release, Drunk Elephant just put out F-Balm, a new overnight mask that sounds Gatorade for your face.
Much Gatorade, it contains electrolytes (four of them, to be exact) and is meant to be hydrating and cooling. Here’s what several Cut members thought after testing it out.
I really this mask because it’s humble and does what it says it’ll do (cool, quench, make your skin soft and supple).
When dispensed, the formula looks, feels, and smells one of those unsexy, fragrance-free lotions you get at the drugstore. But once you apply it to your face, things get fun.
The formula suddenly gets slipperier, someone wrung out a K-beauty sheet mask into the container when you weren’t looking.
But although it’s called a “waterfacial,” it isn’t drippy or anything. My skin quickly drank up the formula and felt positively lithe, a word I’ve never used before to describe skin.
Using it, I haven’t woken up with a face that looks glowier/dewier/plumper, but my skin always feels better.
Physically, it feels softer to the touch; emotionally, it feels supported and taken care of, especially in the middle of winter when things get dry.
I also love a good DE pump, so this mask gets an extra gold star for the fun, mess-free packaging.
In an attempt to be a better beauty journalist, when I first tried this mask, I jotted down my thoughts in the Notes app. Later, I realized the notes almost formed a haiku: “5 pumps was too much / felt cool, obviously / I looked moist the next day.
” I’d to say that’s all you need to know about F-Balm — it goes on feeling pleasantly cool, you look great in the morning, the recommended number of pumps released too much formula for me — but for objectivity’s sake, I should admit that I broke out a few days afterward.
It’s impossible to say if the breakout was related to the F-Balm, so I’ll have to experiment with it some more. If I have further conclusions, I’ll be sure to write a haiku.
As overused as this expression is in beauty writing, this product feels “a cool drink of water.” But not regular tap water, even though NYC tap water is great. This cool gel feels alkaline glacier water placed into a crystal glass with two symmetrical hand-carved ice cubes.
As the instructions direct, I slathered a generous amount of this over my moisturizer for two weeks.
Even though Drunk Elephant suggests you use four to five pumps, I found that to be entirely too much — two pumps was sufficient to cover my neck and face. It blended into my skin really well.
In fact, it almost felt nothing, but a pleasant kind of nothing. Yes, this was sort of weird, but I don’t want to go to bed actually feeling moist.
Every morning, I was greeted by soft, cushy-feeling skin. If you want to be extra gentle toward your skin, use this every night to make your face feel as cared for as baby Archie’s bottom. Otherwise, use it any time you feel dry and neglected.
all Drunk Elephant products, this one made me feel very fancy. I tested it by making a real Drunk Elephant sandwich, using their whipped moisturizer with the T.L.C. Framboos serum. The new F-Balm went on last. It felt nice, and I didn’t notice any smell, good or bad.
Because my skin (around my cheeks and eyes mostly) has been so dry this winter, I’ve taken to putting an oil or emollient Aquaphor over my moisturizer to lock in hydration, per advice from Kathleen. F-Balm felt as heavy duty as Aquaphor, but as effective as using marula oil. I didn’t find it incredibly showstopping, but would be a nice addition if I didn’t already own the oil.
This feels lovely on! I am not sure if I notice a visual difference using this. But when I put this on, I definitely go to sleep feeling moisture has been locked in on my dry, dry face, so it’s worth it for that.
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The Blue Cocoon
One of the great things about The Blue Cocoon is how beautifully it melts upon touch with warm skin.
We leave out unnecessary waxes, fillers, and stabilizers designed only to maintain texture in favor of keeping in only ingredients that directly feed and nourish skinThis also means The Blue Cocoon can melt or change texture when exposed to temperatures at or surpassing body temperature.
The good news is that fluctuation from cool to warm doesn't affect efficacy one bit.
Did you know that The Blue Cocoon starts its life as a potent liquid before we chill each precious jar to balm state and ship it off to you, fresh and beautiful? You can enjoy The Blue Cocoon in any form from liquid to solid! Should you wish to restore its smooth, solid surface, here's what you can do – screw the lid on nice and tight and place the jar in a bowl of very hot water. You want it to fully melt. Then, place the warm jar gently into your refrigerator and leave it overnight. Let it return to room temperature, or feel free to keep in the refrigerator during the hottest months for an extra cool and soothing treat (a must for tired eyes!)
Want to see a video of how to restore? Check it out HERE.
CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON AS AN EYE TREATMENT?
The Blue Cocoon makes the most gorgeous eye treatment of all time. It helps with inflammation, irritation, dehydration, reducing puffiness, diminishing dark circles, decreasing redness and hydrating this delicate area.
I consider it my miracle potion!Simply melt a small amount in your fingertips and glide over the eye crescent morning and evening. This formula is safe even for lids and lashes, helping to heal and replenish.
You can also use a drop of The Youth Dew for the eye area, focusing on areas where lines are developing.
I HAVE ROSACEA AND ACNE – IS THE BLUE COCOON A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
The Blue Cocoon is perfect for delicate skin types, particularly those prone to redness, heat, rosacea, and acne.
This concentrated formula is beautifully adaptive and has become a favorite for types ranging from dry, highly sensitive and reactive (an often perfect match and the most obvious) to oily, acneic and inflamed types who benefit from the incredibly soothing, balancing and anti-inflammatory action of the blue tansy (and other acne-friendly essentials such as frankincense and myrrh). It makes a great spot treatment for calming areas of eczema/dermatitis/rosacea and similar conditions, all the way to aggressive breakouts.
I DO NOT HAVE PROBLEM SKIN – WHAT DO I NEED THE BLUE COCOON FOR?
The Blue Cocoon is essentially the most beautiful and transformative facial oil you've ever experienced, in a unique waterless and waxless balm form. Upon contact with skin, this stunning concentrate melts immediately to a gorgeous blue fluid. It can complement, or fully take the place of, your moisturizer or serum.
We've seen the most extraordinary results in our clients with rosacea, allergic dermatitis, eczema and all types of inflammation. In troubled skin, this is medicine. But for even those with gloriously perfect angel skin, The Blue Cocoon contributes to ongoing health and glow none other.
It's my number one universal recommendation.
IS THE BLUE COCOON SUITABLE FOR OILY OR ACNE-PRONE SKIN? WILL IT CLOG MY PORES?
The pure and potent blend of plant oils in The Blue Cocoon is non-comedogenic, and will not clog pores – in fact, they can help to dissolve existing stagnation and restore glow and balance to dull skin.
Something to note – oils are beautiful for our skin and help to provide the nourishment and balance we all need – even those of us with oily, sensitive and reactive skin. Products with pure plant oils contain essential fatty acids that are important to keep the skin well hydrated.
If the skin is stripped of oils through either genetics, lifestyle or aggressive product use, the body will produce more to compensate for its loss. A wonderful oil serum or waxless balm will replenish the skin with EFAs and lock moisture in.
Once balance is restored, the sebaceous glands will stop producing the extra sebum that is a contributor to your overly oily skin or breakouts. The ultimate result is a clearer, healthier complexion.
We have had many clients come to us with concerns regarding the application of oils to already oily and imbalanced skin. We understand that this may feel counter-intuitive and will take some mental adjustment. I encourage you to try a new approach – you will see a world of difference, especially over time.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE YOUTH DEW AND THE BLUE COCOON? CAN I USE THEM TOGETHER?
I often use both, layering together for the ultimate nutritive cocktail, though they can also be used alone. I The Youth Dew for daytime and The Blue Cocoon for evening, indulging in both day and night together when my skin is craving a little extra love (nearly always!).
It's hard to summarize succinctly, but I reach for The Youth Dew for graceful aging protection, to help balance oil production and keep skin clear and to load up on antioxidants and vitamins. I reach for The Blue Cocoon because it has literally saved my highly reactive and sensitive skin.
For me, it's medicine. It's my first choice for clients struggling with any redness, inflammation, discomfort, allergy, trauma or simply when your skin needs a hug.
This said, The Blue Cocoon is magic even for those blessed with perfect angel skin, performing as the world's best facial oil in a pretty blue balm costume.
THIS JAR LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN MY LAST ONE, OR WHAT I SAW IN A PHOTO
Color variance from batch to batch with this unique treat (and all our treats) is absolutely normal. The Blue Cocoon's color comes entirely from the most incredible blue tansy flowers on the planet.
We do not add any artificial coloring, and since this goodness is purely from the plant alone, differences between each harvest are to be expected and embraced. We never manipulate our treats just for visual appeal – the formula itself and the good it gives to your skin is my first priority.
The blue shade can vary from pale robin's egg blue, to blue grey or blue green, to a truer lake blue. Keep in mind that in cool weather, the balm will be more solid, and pale in color. In warmer weather or in heated rooms, as The Blue Cocoon softens (or even liquefies) it will appear darker.
All variations contain the same incredible anti-inflammatory action that makes this treat so very special.
DO I NEED AN ADDITIONAL MOISTURIZER OR IS THIS ENOUGH?
The Blue Cocoon and The Youth Dew can both be used as singular products for providing hydration and healing, replacing all other serums, creams, lotions or oils – or can be layered together or with other favorites.
If you are incorporating either treat with another serum or moisturizer – cleanse, then follow immediately with The Blue Cocoon or The Youth Dew onto your wet skin, and then the extra step, or try blending together and massaging in as one.
Experiment, and discover what works best for your individual skin.
MY LIPS ARE DRY AND CRACKING, CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON ON THEM?
Yes! The Blue Cocoon works wonders on this delicate area, restoring hydration without contributing to dependency. Use nightly as part of your final ritual and discover your softest and healthiest lips ever.
CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON ON MY CHILD?
I'm happy to share that The Blue Cocoon is safe for children of all ages. This gorgeous formula is incredibly soothing for delicate skin on any areas of irritation.
You can spot treat on your baby's most troubled spots as needed – it's perfect to keep on hand for cuts, sunburns, scrapes, bug bites, diaper rashes, eczema and all manner of normal childhood ouchies! 🙂
CAN I USE THE BLUE COCOON WITH A RETINOL?
While we fully understand the inclination to include retinoids and similar types of “stronger” products to quickly target the symptoms of acne or aging, we would encourage you to tread lightly and consider the long-term health of your complexion as you make your choices.
We lean towards the spectrum of more gentle and nourishing care, with a focus on restoring your skin's own natural health and balance with the least amount of product dependence.
Often, we discover that the natural balance of our skin barrier has been compromised when utilizing treatments such as retinol, acids, and peels, sometimes resulting in unexpected breakouts, sudden extreme sensitivity or dehydration/dryness that then becomes chronic and very difficult to address.
If you do decide to continue with or introduce a retinol, you can absolutely use this in conjunction with our collection and we'd love to tailor that experience for the best result.
The Blue Cocoon is our first choice to pair with retinols, and a favorite of many estheticians who incorporate it into their treatments to reduce peeling and to speed healing.
Our preference is to massage The Blue Cocoon into your soaking wet skin, immediately following cleansing.
Wait 10-30 minutes, and then apply your retinol. You can do the reverse for a stronger retinol experience, but risk a higher level of sensitivity. Try both ways and discover what works best for your individual skin. Finish with additional creams or serums only as necessary. Sometimes simple is better, allowing each treat to work its full magic without increased sensitization or overstimulation.
Side by Side: Face Oil and Beauty Balm
Cleansing oil, face oil, and beauty balm – oh my! Choices in life are a good thing, but sometimes they can be a little overwhelming. Since the release of our Face Care line last fall, we’ve received a number of questions from Badger fans all over the world. A recurring theme is: “should I use the Face Oil and Beauty Balm? One or the other? What is the difference?”
Those questions and more are answered below in this side-by-side comparison of Badger’s Face Oil and Beauty Balm.
What the product is intended for:
Face Oil: daily moisturizing. Face Oil is an alternative to lotions and creams, and lighter-bodied than serums.
Beauty Balm: intensive moisturizing. Beauty Balm can target dry patches, or be used as a treatment such as a mask.
Does this mean you shouldn’t use Beauty Balm daily? Not at all! In fact, in the winter I use it daily on my face, morning and night, to combat the one-two punch of cold/dry air outside and hot/dry air inside. However, using Beauty Balm daily on the face is not for everyone. So if you are looking for a moisturizer to use post-cleansing, best to start with a Face Oil and see how it goes.
Note: Badger makes four different variations of Face Oil and Beauty Balm, but for the purpose of this comparison, we will look only at the key ingredients. As always, the full ingredient lists can be found on our website, as well as on the product packaging.
Face Oil Key Ingredients (USDA Certified Organic):
Jojoba is an excellent and effective emollient for skin and hair, thanks to it being nearly identical to human sebum. Because of this, it helps to balance oil production over time.
It protects, moisturizes and replenishes skin while restoring a healthy glow. Its high vitamin E content promotes regeneration of skin cells. And it penetrates deeply helping skin to retain moisture.
Fun fact: Jojoba “oil” isn’t really oil, it’s a liquid wax!
Baobab Oil is highly moisturizing, emollient, and rich in vitamins A, D, E, and essential fatty acids. It’s ideal for treating dry and damaged skin, while softening it and encouraging cell regeneration. It absorbs quickly and is non-greasy. Baobab is especially helpful in improving skin’s elasticity without clogging pores.
Pomegranate Oil hydrates and soothes extra-dry skin. Rich with antioxidants, this oil helps keep skin looking young, and might even reverse past skin damage by encouraging cell regeneration. Punicic acid gives pomegranate oil anti-inflammatory properties, as well.
These key ingredients, which are the base of all the Face Oil formulas, combine to create a lightweight moisturizer that is loaded with skin-soothing benefits. There are no fillers or cheap oils– only 100% nourishing goodness!
Beauty Balm Key Ingredients (USDA Certified Organic):
Beeswax acts as an occlusive, reducing moisture loss and protecting skin from the elements. It’s also responsible for turning oil into balm, by thickening it. It has an almost immediate soothing effect on skin cracks and fissures, making it an ideal ingredient for extra-dry skin. Beeswax is the biggest differentiation between Badger Face Oil and Beauty Balm.
Rosehip extract helps to improve skin’s texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It contains a bounty of fatty acids, which helps to keep the skin plump and moist. It has amazing powers of cell restoration, and has been used for generations to maintain healthy skin and treat sun damage.
Seabuckthorn extract contains a bounty of vitamin C and unsaturated essential fatty acids. rosehip, it has remarkable restorative properties and helps maintain healthy skin.
These key ingredients are in a base of either USDA Certified Organic sunflower oil or extra virgin olive oil, and combine to make really potent skin rejuvenators. So much so that I’ve taken to keeping a jar of the Unscented Beauty Balm in my medicine cabinet at all times.
Where to apply for best results:
Both Face Oil and Beauty Balm are great when applied to face, but some folks get nervous about breakouts. Face Oil has been tested and approved non-comedogenic, meaning it will definitely not clog your pores. Beauty Balm contains ingredients that rate low on the comedogenic scale, but it has not been dermatologist tested.
Beauty Balm can be applied just about anywhere on the body. It’s important to remember that the tops of our hands are exposed to sun every day, so daily application of Beauty Balm on hands could be especially beneficial. It’s also a treat for lips, and feels great on pregnant belly itch.
Other notable points:
Unscented Face Oil has been tested and approved to be both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. You can view Unscented Beauty Balm here.
Seabuckthorn Face Oil contains vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, along with Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids. You can view the Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm here.
Damascus Rose Face Oil contains rose oil which, in addition to being really good for the skin, is uplifting and has been studied in the treatment of anxiety. You can view the Damascus Rose Beauty Balm here.
Argan Face Oil protects skin from free radical damage. You can view the Argan Beauty Balm here.
It’s also really important to note that each line was developed for a specific skin type. So if you’re not sure which skin type you have, start your Face Oil and Beauty Balm journey here.
What do you think: Face Oil, Beauty Balm, or both? Let us know in the comments below!
My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today
After polling you all over on Instagram and Snapchat on whether you preferred me to share my non-toxic product transition or the final overhaul, the verdict was clear: you wanted to see the transition.
There are still some products that I want to find better alternatives to, there are still some products I need to swap to non-toxic.
But today, I’m sharing with you what I’ve switched over to so far, and what’s working for me.
I always love trying new products (and I think you should change up your beauty/skincare routine, so your skin doesn’t get used to it – just your workouts), so if you this post, I’ll do a follow-up post on this.
For now, here’s what non-toxic skincare and haircare products I’m using now. Makeup will be next!
Since I got a late start to the day (didn’t get to my desk until 9:15am) and wanted to keep on my schedule (I’m usually done with e-mails by 9:15am, because I’m at my desk by 8:15am at the latest), I just had a banana with Justin’s almond butter. I ran the serving-size packets (my favorite, you can grab them here), so I had to go straight the tub. #reallife
I had one of my favorite NOKA Organics packets, in the Sweet Potato flavor. You can grab them here.
I knew I would be testing a couple of recipes, so I kept lunch predictable and the same as usual: my vegetable sandwich, this time with kale as the greens instead of spinach (because I ran out!) Hummus, cucumbers, onion, avocado, carrots, tomato, all on Ezekiel bread.
I had full intentions of cooking dinner, but after my Spanish lesson, I worked a bit later (until about 7:15pm) and I got back, threw in a load of laundry, and was pooped. Luckily, I had saved leftovers from last week’s dinner (my Quinoa Vegetable Chili), so I just reheated that up!
I was craving salty, so I had a big bowl of my favorite vegan cheesey popcorn by SkinnyPop. I also had a little bowl of blueberries, but forgot to take a picture!
My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare
About a month ago, I discovered a disconnect in my daily routine. I take pride in eating clean, whole foods, exercising consistently, being as kind as I can be to others, and practicing self-love and care. However, I was noticing that my skin wasn’t normally as radiant, and I was feeling my every day was missing something. I couldn’t put my finger on it.
I just started to think about my daily routine, to find the source of “the void.” Since I eat well (and always read ingredients), why wasn’t I applying this healthy perspective to all of the products I use and consume?
I opened up my medicine cabinet and looked in my shower and to my dismay: all chemicals.
I started reading about the dangers of some of the chemicals found in a lot of the products I was using and I discovered the scary truth: many of these chemicals aren’t well regulated by the US FDA and they are known to play a role in cancer, fertility, mood disorders, and even organ toxicity.
Since these chemical compounds are absorbed by your skin, they get into your body system and can affect it. And it’s not the single use of a cream. It’s the everyday, constant use that ends up messing with your body’s ability to naturally detox from these chemicals.
And I’m not trying to scare you. I JUST recently became aware of all of this (ignorance is bliss, eh?), and I relate it to my journey with vegansim. When I read my first book on veganism, I immediately thought, “How did I not KNOW all of this?! And how have I been eating this way for so long?! I’m hurting myself!”
Now…. you could cause yourself to go crazy over all of this – healthy eating, exercising, and buying non-toxic products.
What I recommend (especially if you don’t have the budget for a major overhaul) is pick maybe 2-3 products that you use every single day and replace them with something non-toxic (say, your moisturizer and deodorant). Then, as your products run out, choose to buy non-toxic ones. That’s what I’m doing!
So, I’ve decided to transition as quickly as I can to a non-toxic skincare and beauty routine. This sounds really daunting, time-consuming, and expensive, but thanks to the Internet and all of your amazing recommendations, I started cleaning up my routine.
UPDATE: Download the Think Dirty App and start checking all of your products for their toxicity levels. You’ll be shocked!
So let’s look at my NEW medicine cabinet and compare it to the old and see what I swapped! Next post will be about makeup and then, of course, household cleaning.
Was using: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Now using: Beautycounter’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Was using: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Now using: Beautycounter’s Nourishing Day Cream
Daily under-eye cream
Was using: Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel
Now using: Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating Eye Cream
Also trying (waiting to arrive in the mail): Korres Eye Cream
Night under-eye cream
Was using: La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Now using: La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Also trying (waiting to arrive in the mail): Night repair cream by Eminence
This eye cream was a gift from Lu for Christmas (it’s extremely expensive and works magic). I’m waiting until it runs out to replace, because it just seems extremely wasteful not to use it. And it’s low on the toxicity levels.
Night face cream
Was using: La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream Ultralight Gel
Now using: Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream by Eminence (LOVE! You can also find it here.)
Was using: Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask by Clinique
Now using: Beautycounter Charcoal Mask (OBSESSED!)
Also love this mask (not a charcoal): Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Was using: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
Now using: Burt’s Bees Face Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
Phasing out: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Was using: Clinique Clarifying Lotion
Now using: Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads (love how they come ready-to-use)
Also using: S.W. Basics Toner
Was using: Dove Antiperspirant
Now using: Arbonne Pure Mint Deodorant
Used and HATED: Jason’s deodorant (I smelt so bad!)
I’m still looking for a great deodorant – the Arbonne one is MUCH better than Jason’s and I’m pretty happy with it, but there’s room for improvement. Let me know!
Daily body lotion
Was using: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer
Now using: Eminence Coconut Firming Skin Moisturizer (I can’t say enough good things about this, it feels amazing putting it on, it smells incredible, and I’ve noticed my skin firming, literally!)
Also using: Arbonne Hand & Body Lotion (for moisturizing hands and when I don’t want to break into the ‘good stuff’ by Eminence.)
Was using: Ugh, anything – Crest, Colgate, etc.
Now using: Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste (LOVE!)
Was using: Bed Head Up Front wax
Now using: John Masters Organics
Was using: Big Sexy Hair
Now using: Outerspace Flexible Hairspray by R+Co
Was using: Toni + Guy Dry Shampoo
Now using: R+Co Dry Shampoo (obsessed!)
Shampoo & Conditioner
Was using: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette
Now using: Acure Shampoo & Conditioner
Was using: Dove body wash
Now using: Everyday Shea Body Butter Wash (I found this at Whole Foods and I’m obsessed – it smells deliciously minty + vanilla-y, AND the cause is great: all sales of Alaffia products contribute to empowerment projects to help break the cycle of poverty in Togo, Africa.
Was using: Neutrogena Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
Now using: Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfoliator
So, tell me – what are some of your favorite non-toxic skincare products?
The Top 5 Beauty Balms That Every Girl Should Own • Sarah Betsy
If you’re a little confused and wondering, what the heck is a face balm? Don’t worry, I’m simplifying it for you today. Face balms can be deceiving, because they go by so many different names; solid oil, overnight mask, and even cleansing balm.
But, in case you’re not already a superfan, let me break it down for you. Basically, they’re made primarily with a blend of oils and then emulsified with either waxes or different kinds of butter ( shea butter) to create a solid balm. That solid texture then turns into an oil once it hits the warmth of your skin.
How To Use Beauty Balm
Now before we get into some of my fave beauty balms, let me walk you through the many ways that you can actually use them! Here are just a few of the ways that you can use beauty balms:
- to soothe and treat rashes or razor burn
- as a daily (or nightly) face oil treatment
- as an intensely moisturizing nightly face mask
- to help soothe painful sunburns or bug bites
- as a moisturizer to help smooth fine lines on the neck and décolleté
- in place of hair pomade to smooth hair flyaways
- as an intense cuticle and hand moisturizer
- as an overnight foot mask treatment
- on your wrists or temples as an aromatherapy ritual treatment
The unique texture is what makes beauty balms such a great multi-tasking product. In the same way that you can use facial oil for exactly one million different uses, beauty balms are the perfect multi-tasking product. Now, let’s get down to the top 5 beauty balms that every girl should own!
8 Faces Boundless Solid Oil $88
This solid oil is a mixture of shea butter, cocoa butter and a blend of several different organic oils and botanicals. The hero ingredient in this product is alma berry, which is rich in vitamin C.
I personally love the texture of this balm and the fact that it’s 100% organic. It smells amazing and delivers just the right amount of hydration over an extended period of time.
Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm $54
It’s rare to find a beauty balm that doesn’t contain wax or other emulsifiers. One that just gets straight to all the yummy, nourishing goodness. Leahlani’s Bless Beauty Balm truly is a luxurious clean beauty product that does just that and with a great price tag.
If you’re just starting out with beauty balms, this is definitely the one that I would recommend you trying first. With a heavenly combination of neroli and blue tansy essential oils and seven nourishing facial oils, this concentrated balm is one lovely way to start your morning (or night!)
MOA The Green Balm $18
This organic, multi-purpose healing balm contains yarrow to heal and repair, and tea tree, a natural antiseptic.
It can be used in all of the traditional ways that I’m going to outline for you below.
But, because of it’s powerful antiseptic properties, this is also a great balm to have on hand for some unexpected uses, soothing bug bites, soothing minor rashes, and even for stretch marks.
Apothecary Co. Goddess Balm $49
Although this can be used in a myriad of ways, my very favorite way to use this particular balm is as a pre-cleanser. It removes layers of makeup and grime (including eye makeup.) After rubbing the balm into my skin to break up the makeup, I love to use the corresponding microfiber cleansing cloth with warm water to wipe it all away.
After that, I to follow up with my regular facial cleanser to rinse everything cleanly away. I love that it’s rich in vitamin C and that I just need a pea-sized amount to moisturize my entire face as an overnight mask during the super dry Colorado winters.
Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm $42
The name kind of says it all with this one, doesn’t it? This orange blossom scented balm is rich, long-lasting and perfect, not only as a facial moisturizer but for cracked hands and elbows as well. I love to slather it onto my face at bedtime and use whatever is leftover on my hands to coat my rough little elbows. It’s wonderful to wake up with plump, totally smooth skin.
all the balms that I’ve tried, I especially love the way this one smells. Best of all, I can be confident that the smells are from actual essential oils and not hormone-disrupting chemicals!
Keep Me Posted
Let me know if you end up trying (and loving) beauty balm, and of course, if you find some other yummy ones that I haven’t tried yet! Hearing about new products from you is my absolute favorite! Feel free to email me, or hop on over to Instagram and let me know your faves!