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Even since I was a little girl, I loved the magic of lotions and potions. There's something about getting a new bottle of some divine smelling concotion that speaks to the sensual side of me. But most of the products on the market are full of chemicals, toxins, endocrine disruptors, and even possible carcinogens. As a true product junkie, I've been on the search for good, clean products for years. These little glass jars that I list below really work, and they're all high quality ingredients.
It all started when I was about twenty-three. Not only was a new RN (so of course, I was working the night shift 12 hours…yuck), but my mom had also been recently diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer. I was stressed. And my skin is where it shows up. I had a serious bout of a skin affiliation that no one could figure out what was wrong with me. For almost a two year period, I saw several doctors and healers and had every test imaginable. They finally said it was a form of hives, which is kind of like saying we don't know. Finally, in a attempt, to take matter into my own hands, I threw away everything. From laundry detergent to all my beloved beauty products. And I mean everything I was using. I started using only stuff I could buy at Whole Foods (which was actually called Bread & Circus back then…remember that)? At that time, I really did spend my whole paycheck there.
There wasn't the internet to google then, so I spent lots of time at bookstores reading up on holistic living. Between my skin and my mother's cancer, it changed everything for me. Although my perspective now is probably much saner and realistic, I was strict with my organic, non-toxic living. We can't control every poision that we encounter, but we certainly can choose what products to bring into our lives.
Did you ever count the amount of products you use in a day? I lost count. Our skin absorbs it all, and those toxins travel throughout the body causing trouble. Most of which we may not even be aware of…until something triggers a reaction.
While I believe true beauty radiates from within, it feels great to get several compliments on a weely basis on my skin. Knowing all of my efforts are radiating outward. Yes… whole, real foods, water, movement, yoga, meditation, creativity, and sex all make for a good glow. But if you're over 35, you probably need to step it up a bit. And really watch those chemical, they're not kind to us hormonally and otherwise. I adore every product on this list, and I'm sharing them with you because I want you to have that glow too.
MY CURRENT BEAUTY LOVES
**Alternatively, another brand I adore is John Masters Organics. Sold at some Whole Foods, or from here. It's a bit less expensive.
SKIN | Absolute Beauty by Dr. Pratima Raichur is an must read for all things Ayurveda lifestyle, inner harmony & beauty. If I'm honest, I've pretty much tried the entire Pratima line. It's truly amazing.
- cleanser:: Pratima Pitta Herbal Cleanser, with these ingredients (ORGANIC MILK POWDER, LENTILS, ALOE VERA, NEEM, ORANGE PEEL, CORIANDER, SANDALWOOD, LAVENDER, LICORICE, MANJISTHA). Now that's pure.
- tone, moisture, refresh:: Rose Water (like this one).
- scrub (done 1-2 per week): Annemarie Gianni Ayurvedic Facial Scrub
- moisturize: (MORNING) Pratima, Liposomal C mixed with Pitta Essential Oil for light moisture followed by Pratima, Rejuvenating Pearl Cream. (NIGHT) Evan Healy, has been around for ages, and I never tried it until recently. Their whipped shea butter with a few drops of Pomegrante Repair Serum for extra moisture is perfect for the cool, dry weather.
- mask: Shankara Moisturing Mask, I started using this after a trip to Kripalu where I had the treatment called Shankara Bliss. It's an Ayurvedic facial, foot massage, and shirodhara (oil dripped over your 3rd eye). Pure Insanity.
- eyes: Pratima Rejuvenating Gold Eye Cream
BODY | Organic Shea Butter (inexpensive) mixed with a few drops of Jiva Apoha Atman Oil (pricey, but a bottle will last a year) or Pratima Pitta Balancing Body Oil . I do this after a bath or shower….and if I have extra time, I use a dry brush before. Your skin feel amazing!
DEODORANT | It has taken me YEARS to find one that works! But I finally found a combination that doesn't have any nasty chemicals and does the job. Living Libations Poetic Pits and Primal Pit Paste. I often use them together.
MAKE - UP | RMS Beauty's Living Luminizer and Lip2Cheek (in Smile) …it's pretty much all I wear.
If I'm going out, I wear Hourglass Primer and Tinted Moisturizer (best ever and I'm not switching, but I'm not sure they're pure). Pick your poisons.
Lips:: I like Fresh in Rosé color.
TEETH | Living Libations Frankincense Fresh Toothpaste
Earthpaste, available at most health food stores.
My dental hygenist said she noticed a big difference, since I switched to this combo.
As you can see, I love sharing what I love. And as a pure & true product junkie, I'd love to hear from you if you try any of these or what products do you adore.
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Photo via: Pratima, Rahua, & RMS, all others were taken by me.