I had resolved awhile ago to start up on the natural deodorant (and felt subsequently quite guilty when pregnant and nursing and still hadn't made a switch and came upon some horrid parenting web site that took it as a given that no mother would subject her baby to the horrors of second-hand antiperspirants! Whoops.).
Well, after a few fits and starts, I think I'm firmly in the natural deodorant camp now. Of course, with so many more options available now, and everyone's body chemistry apparently adjusting to natural deodorants differently, I had to test out a few before finding one that would stick.
Diptyque's Eau Rose shower foam.
Supremely soft, sustainably sourced and ethically made towel from Odd Bird Company.
Another snuggly soft towel option from Minna Goods, this one handwoven in sunny colors in Guatemala.
A moisturizing and cruelty free body polish with organic coconut oil and rose petals from Herbivore Botanicals.
A warm and floral candle from Boy Smells.
A slippery and citrusy shower jelly sustainably made in the USA by Lush.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought I'd share my date night routine (not that it's getting much use these days! But still). Whether it's getting ready for a first date with lots of butterflies, or finally going somewhere with your long-term SO that requires actual (non-yoga) pants, or any other occasion when you want to feel a little fancy, there's something a little exciting about getting gussied up to go out.
*It's always nice to start with a fresh face; lately, I've been turning to these Farmacy sheet masks with coconut gel. I love how clean they leave my face, and you get that glowy, lit-from-within skin. Plus, there's lots of extra product in each pouch, so I rub it into my hands and neck. Added bonus: no harsh ingredients or animal testing.
*Date night is the time for a pretty pout. RMS's lip shine in sacred has that perfect blend of color and sheen while also moisturizing. Get double duty out of it by rubbing some into your cheeks for a natural-looking flush. Made with organic ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Increase the wattage when you bat your lashes with tarte's Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara. The volume-boosting formula adds drama while the moisturizing ingredients keep lashes healthy - I love how you can wear this all day without lashes getting brittle, clumpy or flaky.
*Tame flyaways and make your hair smell amazing with Mullein & Sparrow's rose and vetiver hair serum, handcrafted in Brooklyn from organic, cruelty-free ingredients.
*No chipped manicure on date night! Habit Cosmetic's nail polish in Tabou is the perfect pop of color, and as an added perk, its formula will strengthen and nourish your nails - without harmful ingredients and cruelty-free.
*Finish it off with a spritz of something fancy. The warm florals of Tocca's Brigitte is sexy and sophisticated - like Ms. Bardot herself.
What's your date-night getting-ready routine look like?
Hello, my loves! Hope you all had a happy and relaxing weekend. Every weekend should be a three-day weekend, don't you think?
Highlights of this one included an impromptu visit from a dear friend from California, picking up nursery hand-me-downs from good friends (and getting to spend some quality time with their adorable baby in the process), and a long-overdue haircut for me.
I am so so excited to be pregnant, but I can't deny it's been taking a toll on me (and my back, and my feet, and my ability to sleep . . .). Plus, work has been busy and stressful, and it was time for some pampering. So I used the gift certificate J got me for my birthday and took myself to the Scott J. Aveda salon for a little me time.
My vacation's long gone now, but in an effort to keep that joy and relaxation going, I've done a round-up to bring a touch of the Big Island to the Big City (see what I did there?).
Even if the only sun you're getting are the harsh beams bouncing off concrete sidewalks, these items for your closet, beauty cabinet and home can help incorporate the scents and prints of paradise into everyday routine.