Over the years, I’ve slowly been making the change toward natural personal care products. Conventional products might get the job done, but with more and more information coming out, it’s hard to ignore the cold hard facts: most of them are made with garbage ingredients that are just plain bad for you! I’ve tried a bunch (okay, more than a bunch) but there have always been a few natural products that have remained staples in my daily repertoire.
Ugh, guys, I have tried SO MANY natural deodorants, only to toss them because they made me super itchy, caused a rash, or simply didn’t work (TMI?). That was until I was introduced to PiperWai by my best friend. This natural deodorant is made with charcoal, which absorbs sweat and toxins. My first thought? Why would I put something darkly pigmented like charcoal on my pits when I’m trying to avoid drawing attention to them in the first place? While it’s gray in the jar, this stuff goes on completely clear. Even better, it’s free of parabens, chemicals, and aluminum. It’s the middle of August, and in Southwest Florida (aka dripping, humid, grossness) it keeps me dry for at least half the day. It also has a really pleasant smell due to the addition of an essential oil blend. To be honest, my dogs love to sniff me after I put it on…LOL.
I ADORE shea butter. It’s pretty much the fix for everything; even better than coconut oil for your skin, in my opinion! Dry elbows? Shea butter. Eczema? Shea butter. Rough hands or feet? Shea butter. I even use it on my face on days that I need a little moisture boost. When I visit New York, which I do pretty often, I always bring a tub with me — especially in the winter months, when my already dry skin gets dull and rough. I originally found this brand at Whole Foods, and I’ll never look back. (Lucky for us, it’s now on Amazon, so we can Prime it whenever we want!) Alaffia’s Everyday Shea is sustainable, fair trade and aids poverty relief in Togo — all things I can definitely get behind. The tub is pretty large, so it will last you a long time. Like coconut oil, it’s solid at room temperature; but if you warm it in your hands, it becomes creamy and lotion-like.
Argan oil is an anti-aging essential that I use every night. In lieu of night cream, I like to use it around my eyes and on my neck after using moisturizer or shea butter to seal in the hydration. This one from Maple Holistics is one of my favorites because it’s inexpensive and pure. It’s also great to use (in SUPER small amounts) for fly-aways in your hair, or as part of a coconut oil hair mask — bring on the shine!