I’ve always been intrigued by natural beauty products. I remember way back before I was even allowed to be wearing makeup I would always try and make homemade face masks and lip scrubs and hair treatments. Being that I was like 12 years old, I pretty much would just use what I could find in my kitchen. But it’s been a long time since I thought about using those items in my beauty routine, until a few months ago when coconut oil found it’s way in to my bathroom and has since become an integral part of my beauty arsenal. Since then I’ve been researching and trying new (and old!) natural beauty products and today I thought I’d share some of my favourite finds with all of you.
- Coconut oil (available here)
Coconut oil has slowly but surely become my beauty holy grail. I use it for everything! It’s an amazing moisturizer during these cold winter months; it takes off makeup like a dream (even waterproof eye makeup!); it makes my hair super soft and healthy when used as a hair mask. It’s seriously magic. Make sure to pick one that is 100% coconut oil (you don’t want any additives).
- Tea Tree Oil (available here)
You guys probably already know by now how much I love tea tree products – I’m a huge fan. I also like to use tea tree oil as a spot treatment for blemishes. You just dilute a little bit of the oil with water (so it doesn’t burn) and apply it with a Q-tip to any blemish, and then I personally let it sit overnight and in the morning that zit is gone.
- Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in ‘I Look Good Naked’ (available here)
Trust Fund Beauty is a brand that I stumbled on and immediately fell in love with. They make really beautiful products that are cruelty free and completely vegan and their nail polishes are 10-free (which means that they’re made without 10 of the major toxins that are found in most nail polishes). Not to mention they come in gorgeous colours with pretty hilarious names. Yeah, I’ll take them all.
- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in ‘Meringue’ (available here)
Bite Beauty is a relatively new brand on the scene and, bonus, they’re Canadian! What I love about these lipsticks is they’re actually made with real food-grade ingredients so you don’t have to cringe every time you think about that gross statistic about how much lipstick an average woman consumes in her lifetime. Yuck.
- Redmond Bentonite Clay Mask (available here)
After hearing a lot about bentonite clay I actually found this mask at my local Whole Foods. On a whim I decided to pick it up and when I went home and researched it a little bit more I found that bentonite clay is kind of amazing. The chemistry of the clay actually attracts the toxins in your skin and that’s how it works to clear out your skin. My inner science nerd loved hearing about the molecular aspect of it, and my outer beauty freak loves the results. I call this a win-win.
- Josie Maran Argan Oil (available here)
I’ve actually talked about this product on the blog before, in my winter skin care post, but it’s worth mentioning again. I love to use argan oil as a serum after I use a face mask or underneath makeup on particularly cold days. It goes on my skin so smoothly and feels really hydrating and beautiful. I like knowing that it’s not full of chemicals the way a lot of serums can be.
- Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner (available here)
I have really sensitive skin so I have to be pretty careful about what I put on my face. This rosewater toner is really gentle and because it contains aloe vera and witch hazel it’s also really soothing. Great to use at night to really make sure your skin is super clean and prepped for your moisturizer.
- Lush Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar (available here)
I have been using these Lush shampoo bars on and off for a few years now and I never fail to be amazed at how clean they make my hair. I use this one as a sort of clarifying shampoo once a week or so to really just remove the build up of hair product or whatever else that accumulates on the scalp. It’s nice because it cleans really well but it’s also super gentle so I don’t feel like my hair is stripped afterwards. Plus, they don’t have any plastic packaging and they last up to 80 washes which makes them way more eco-friendly than some of their more traditional shampoo counterparts.