10 Products To Spice Up Your Fall Routine
I'm constantly on the lookout for clean products that are both affordable and effective. If you enjoy such things, check out what I've spent the summer obsessing over...
1. Cocokind Golden Elixir -- Hands down, my absolute favorite facial moisturizing oil ever. I've lived in several different climate zones throughout the last couple of years and have been pressed to find something my skin likes no matter if I'm in an extra dry location like California or Alaska or in humid Hawaii. This oil has surpassed all of my expectations by a landslide. It's naturally very lightly scented and absorbs ultra-quickly. Plus, it can be used anywhere on the body, even the hair. I like to use about half a squirt on my third or, ahem, sometimes fourth day post-wash along with the dry shampoo below (game changer!) to tame the frizz. One pump is plenty for me morning and night so a bottle ends up lasting me about four months.
2. Acure Facial Brightening Scrub -- (Think Dirty Rating: 3) I've used this exfoliating scrub twice a week, mostly during showers, for about three years and still love it. Acure remains one of my favorite clean product brands.
3. Young Living Digize Oil -- Can one be in love with an oil? My digestion has struggled to varying degrees for as long as I can remember and I'm so sad I didn't learn about this oil until a couple of years ago. A drop or two covers so much ground. Apply to skin on belly to help with indigestion, bloating, diarrhea and everything in between. Digize can also be safely ingested in either a veggie capsule or by putting 2-3 drops in 6-8oz. of water. You'll thank me, promise.
4. Resveratol Capsules -- Resveratol is an immune boosting powerhouse. I take a form of it nearly every day, but especially when folks in my office are sick. So far, I've made it through nearly eight months of office life without so much as a sniffle and I attribute that to regular Resveratol usage and both Young Living's Thieves and Frankincense oils. *Note, the option I linked to is pricey and there are less expensive options. Just aim for one from a brand that prioritizes pure sourcing so you actually get the benefit!
5. Native Deodorant (My fav is the Sensitive Skin, Cotton & Lily) -- My roomie and I share a subscription to Native and we love it. I have extra sensitive skin under my arms as a result of trauma and am usually sensitive to anything with baking soda. Native uses such a small amount in their deodorant that my poor pits can handle it without any irritation and they have fun, seasonal scents.
6. DIY Toner -- Did you know making your own toner is ridiculously simple? I didn't have any aloe on hand when I made mine so I improvised but I'm loving the one I made recently and may add some aloe in when it's time to top up. You can use this recipe as a starting point and add in some of your favorite clarifying or calming oils. I love adding Frankincense to my skincare routine so I add a drop on my cotton pad when I use this toner in the evenings to keep it concentrated. Mix in a glass jar and apply with a cotton pad or ball (shake before each use):
One part Apple Cider Vinegar (I love Braggs!)
One part Witch Hazel
One part Distilled Water
5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5-10 drops Melaleuca/Tea Tree Essential Oil
7. Young Living Lavender Volume Shampoo -- I'm such a big fan of this shampoo. It smells amazing but I've noticed it adds volume without drying out my curls. Unlike many natural shampoos, this one actually suds up a bit so you can tell where you've worked it in and rinses nice and clean. I also need so little that the bottle has lasted me three months and counting!
8. Cocokind Collective Sticks -- Now available at Whole Foods ya'll! These sticks do wonders for controlling breakouts and redness or adding a touch of color mid-day. I use the Tumeric stick directly on blemishes before bed (warning- a swipe or two is enough, especially if you plan to sleep soon after application so you don't end up with yellow patches on your pillowcases). The Matcha stick is amazing at controlling redness and is a divine lip moisturizer. My favorite of the trio is definitely the Macabeet. I use this tinted stick throughout the day as a lip moisturizer/tint and on my cheeks and eyelids for a little pick-me up, especially before meetings.
9. DIY Dry Shampoo-- With a title like "How I Don't Wash My Hair," this blog post written by my lovely friend Grace Mendez was pretty much going to become a favorite. I have wavy-curly hair that borders on dry and frizzy depending on the day and thus, HATE to wash my hair. I've come to terms with that and have been using dry shampoo for years to lengthen the time between washes. Sadly, most dry shampoos are extremely toxic and since I'm moving away from such unnecessary complications, I knew I had to give up my beloved and convenient brunette aerosol. Enter Grace's recipe for an astonishingly effective option. Check out her blog for the instructions. I put mine in a handy little jar from Target. I'm pretty sure it's meant for parmesan cheese but I do what I want.
10. W3ll People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara -- (Think Dirty Rating: 1) I just recently came across the W3ll line via Twist of Lemons and am a big fan. It goes on fairly lightly so you need to apply 2-3 coats for standout lashes but it lasts well throughout the day and comes off easily. For me, that's a small price to pay to keep the goop out of my eyeballs.
I hope you're inspired to try out some of my favorites... happy shopping!
*Think Dirty ratings added as available