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All Natural Beauty Essentials – My Top 5!

Okay, I admit:  I do still use a few beauty products that aren’t considered ‘all natural’ – such as eye shadows, lipsticks, etc.  But, I have definitely come a LONG way in replacing my old ‘toxic’ beauty supplies with natural alternatives.  For me, the hardest part is finding natural products that work just as good.  So, I started with the beauty products that (I believe) affect your health the most, such as lotions, creams, facial cleansers, powders, etc.  Because these types of products contain a higher moisture content, they’re more easily absorbed into the skin.

Remember, whatever you put on your skin, about 70% of it will be directly absorbed into your blood stream.  Because your blood travels all throughout your body, whatever toxins these lotions and creams contain will eventually affect your entire body – think skin cancer!

Below, I’ve listed my Top 5 favorite ‘all natural’ beauty essentials that I use on a daily to weekly basis.

#1 – Argan Oil by Derm Organics

This oil has changed my hair forever!  The very first time I used this oil, I was blown away!  The company claims that it will eliminate frizz, restore the shine and softness to your hair, and strengthen brittle hair.  Let me just say – it did!!  And, I am not an easy case.  I have Native American, Irish, and French in me, which means my hair is a combination of coarse, wavy, thick, and frizzy.  I absolutely love my hair, but it’s very important that I take care of it if I want it to look good.  For the longest, I was using products that were stripping my hair of its natural oils (i.e. Bed Head, S Factor, etc.), which, as a result, would cause my hair to dry out very quickly.  And, we all know what that means – more trips to the salon!  Until, one day, my fabulous hair stylist introduced me to this product.  And, since then, I’ve been using the whole line of DermOrganics hair care.  Side Note: I’ve tried other brands of argan oil and none have been as effective as this brand.

Honestly, my hair has never looked healthier!  And, what’s more, I don’t have to visit the salon as often.  Instead of going every 6 weeks, I now go every 12+ weeks (cha-ching!).

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Application:  Apply the argan oil to wet hair (especially the ends) before drying.  Let dry naturally or blow dry.  The amount of oil to apply is different with each person depending on their hair type.  Practice makes perfect!

Purchase:  Sometimes you can find this product at a local Marshall’s.  If not, Amazon always carries it.

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Includes:  Shampoo, Masque (which can be used as a conditioner), and argan oil.

Price:  $26.00 (cheaper than Marshall’s)

#2 – Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation

Since beginning my health journey a few years ago, I’ve been on the search to find the best all natural powder foundation.  So far, the Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation is the only organic, vegan based foundation that I’ve been satisfied with.  Not only does it give great coverage, but it’s also very light on the skin – almost airy feeling (if that makes sense).  When first applied, it may look a little thick.  But, after about 10-15 minutes, it will settle into the skin and give a very natural look.  Additionally, it seems to last all day.  The longest I’ve worn one application (without re-applying) was for about 12 hours during a long work day.  However, I wasn’t sweating or anything.  Surprisingly, I didn’t get too ‘shiny’ either despite the fact that my skin is slightly oily.

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Purchase:  I, typically, purchase my Gabriel foundation from a local Whole Foods Market.  If you do not have access to a Whole Foods, you can also find this foundation on Amazon or from Gabriel’s direct site.

Stats:  Gluten Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, Organic, Vegan

#3 – Aztec Healing Clay

This clay has literally changed my skin (and pocket book)!  I’ve tried countless numbers of facial masks and have even been impressed by a few.  But, eventually I grew tired of paying $50 for 2 oz bottles of who knows what!  I finally found out about this ‘magical’ clay on a beauty blog.  And, after hearing all of the rave reviews on it, I decided to give it a go.  I’m not sure what impressed me the most about this clay: the price (only $8 for a 1lb tub!), the fact that it only contains ONE ingredient, or the amazing results!!  Essentially, Aztec Healing Clay is 100% calcium bentonite clay, which is very good for deep pore cleansing.  This clay has been used for centuries to beautify and refresh the skin.  The ancient Egyptian women were known for using this clay (even Cleopatra!) for its beautifying effects.  Aztec Healing Clay is great for:  acne (not open sores), wrinkles, clogged pores, black heads, exfoliation, and overall skin rejuvenation.

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Application:  Mix clay with equal parts filtered water or organic apple cider vinegar (Braggs).  Personally, I believe ACV produces better results.  Mix until you have a smooth paste.  Apply to face generously.

During Facial:  It is recommended that you keep the mask on for a minimum of 10 minutes, but I leave mine on until it is almost completely dry to ensure its effectiveness.  You will feel a pulling and tightening sensation.  You may also feel your face begin to pulsate; this is normal.  It is a sure sign that the mask is producing more blood flow to your face, which will help heal and rejuvenate the skin more quickly.

After Facial:  If you have fair skin, you may look a little sunburnt.  No worries – this is proof that the mask worked and will fade in about 30 minutes.

Texture:  Your skin should feel really smooth and supple.

Purchase:  This can be purchased at most Whole Foods Markets or on Amazon.

#4 – Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably already heard about the many benefits of coconut oil.  It seems to be all the craze right now. One day, I will do a blog post solely on the uses of coconut oil.  That’s how versatile this stuff is!  Seriously!  We all know that eating coconut oil is healthy, but what about using it as a beauty product?  If you’re not already using it for its beautifying effects, you’re definitely missing out!  A few ways to use coconut oil for beauty:

  • Full body moisturizer (instead of lotion)
  • Deep conditioner to help mend split ends
  • Lip balm
  • Face Cream
  • Facial scrub (mix with baking soda)
  • Homemade soap and deodorant (will post recipe soon)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 4)
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Teeth whitener (brush teeth with it)
  • Shaving cream
  • Prevention of stretch marks
  • Massage oil

By using coconut oil, I was able to replace about 20 different beauty products I was currently using – talk about saving money!  Also, be sure to only use Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, not the refined oil, which has been heated to high temperatures and destroys many of its health benefits.  This will ensure that all of its beautifying properties are still intact.

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Purchase:  Many grocery stores and health food stores sell coconut oil.  However, you can always find a deal on Amazon.  My favorite brand is Barleans.  If you’re looking to save money, Spectrum or 365 brands are great too!

#5 – Tom’s Fluoride-Free Toothpaste

What’s a beautiful smile without having healthy, pearly whites to go with it?  I admit – I’m kind of obsessed with teeth whitening.  Ever since my braces and headgear (yes, I wore headgear.. LOL) were removed at the tender age of 17, I’ve been intent on having and keeping white teeth.  Of course, I wasn’t familiar with the danger of fluoride at the time, so I began using the most popular brands of whitening toothpaste, white strips, whitening mouthwash, and whatever else I could find to make my teeth as white as possible – all contained fluoride.

We’ve been sold this lie that fluoride is healthy for us.  But, the small benefits fluoride may provide does not outweigh the many dangers it can cause to our health.  Until I’m able to write a whole article on the dangers of fluoride, I will link you to this great article: Natural News

So, in a search to remove all fluoride from my life, I went on a mission to find the best fluoride-free whitening toothpaste.  Thus far, Tom’s has been my favorite.

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Purchase:  Most Whole Foods Markets sell Tom’s toothpaste.  You can also buy from Tom’s direct site or on Amazon.

Those are my Top 5 all natural beauty essentials.  What are yours?  Feel free to share your favorites below! 🙂

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