Women want the world to believe that we are effortlessly, naturally, organically gorgeous.
From the once-ubiquitous “I woke up like this” to at least one woman claiming to subsist on light and air alone, we want to appear as though we do nothing more than flutter our eyelids open, splash our faces with morning dew, and bathe in water flown in by birds.
But alas, I do not wake up looking glowy and fresh, as though I have just been practicing yoga in a meadow for the last hour. I wake up with crazy hair, a sallow complexion, and the overall feeling that I need a long, cleansing shower (and to make some serious life changes. But I digress).
Lately, while I’m trying to figure out which of my beauty products will counteract the effects of the (several) dirty martinis that I may or may not have consumed that weekend, I have been considering what’s actually in my beauty products. With all the unnatural things going into our bodies on a daily basis (e.g. pollution, food additives, God knows what else), I think it’s important to mitigate whatever damage we can whenever we can. For me, that means including some natural beauty products in my regimen.
And, admittedly, while I was at one time hesitant to go natural with beauty products (let’s just say my skepticism stemmed from going to a hot yoga class with a friend who wore Tom’s deodorant), I must say that, for me, these five products work as well, if not better, than their less-than-natural counterparts.
I first stumbled upon Lavanila in Sephora when I went replenish my mascara (DiorShow) and my favorite dry shampoo (Sally Hershberger 24K). As an aside, neither of these products are all-natural, but both are life-changing. Try them immediately if you are into Bambi eyes and bombshell hair. Anyway, I wound up frantically lapping the store, as I am wont to do, in a state of disco-hypnosis, fueled by the bright lights, the thumping music, and the perfumed air. Somehow, I came to the Lavanila display, which I had never before noticed. I was immediately drawn to the Fresh Vanilla Lemon scent, but not wanting a full-sized version of something that might not work, I sadly opted for the not-as-fab-but-still-good-smelling-travel-sized-vanilla.
Well, I tried it, and I LOVE it. The first thing I noticed was that my skin felt immediately hydrated. Like my underarms took a big gulp of water. (I realize how odd this sounds, but it’s the only way I can describe it. Try it, you’ll see!) I then decided to take the Lavanila for a spin at the hottest places (literally) in my daily routine: around New York and to SoulCycle.
I was not very nervous to gallivant around New York with this questionably effective deodorant because, with so many unpleasant City smells in the summer, it would be impossible to single me out. But I was happily surprised that, even in the subway during rush hour, I stayed completely fresh. I was a little less confident in SoulCycle where, I swear, you basically start sweating as soon as you enter the room and, with very little personal space, you can barely turn your head without grazing your neighbor’s eyelash extensions. But lo and behold, Lavanila held up! (And I am one of those gym-goers who looks like she’s taken a shower after she leaves a class, not one of those mysterious women who maintains a flawless face of makeup during her workout. Who are you!? How do you do this?!) The point is, I’m a convert.
Lavanila is 100 percent natural and formulated without aluminum, parabens, and mineral oils. It is available for purchase here.
I first read about RMS Beauty a ways back when I was Googling what makeup artists used on J. Crew models. I admit, as much as I love a good glam 60’s look, I’m equally drawn to a natural, well-groomed aesthetic. Anyway, I learned that the signature glowy J.Crew look was attributed, in part, to RMS Beauty’s living luminizer. If you’re not familiar with the company, RMS Beauty products are certified organic and RMS prides itself on offering high-quality products that are safe for their clients. Win/win.
I gravitate to the living luminizer because I’m really partial to highlighters. I always have been, even way before this whole “non-touring“ trend started, because nothing makes me look more awake and fresh faced than the slightest bit of glimmer under my brow-bone, on my cheekbones and on my cupid’s bow. It’s like you’ve been kissed by angels, darlings! Equal parts innocent and sexy, it’s my favorite makeup to wear, especially if I’m doing nothing else. RMS has a full beauty line, so whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got something you can feel good about putting on your skin. Shop online or find a store near you here.
I originally discovered EO’s Coconut & Lemon body lotion while I was meandering around Whole Foods in search of Nana’s Cookies. I didn’t really intend to stop in the beauty aisle, but because I’m compelled to smell any body or hair products labeled “coconut” (I know), I couldn’t help it. I braced myself for a cloying scent to invade my nostrils, but instead I found this fragrance to be equal parts delicate and zesty. Delicious! This lotion also strikes the balance between light and hydrating, making it a perfect year-round moisturizer. (Sometimes in the drying winter months, I like to add a drizzle of warm coconut oil for extra hydration.) The best part is this multitasking lotion can be used on your face, hands, and body, hence the name 3-in-1.
EO Body Lotions are non-GMO, cruelty free, synthetic fragrance free, gluten free, made with organic ingredients, and scented with pure essential oils. They are available for purchase here.
It was at the beginning of my facial in this tiny organic spa that I simply had to interrupt my Zen aesthetician instructing me to breathe in and breathe out to ask, “What is this divine smell filling the room?!” It turned out to be the cleanser she was using on me: Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash. In addition to smelling heavenly, this cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean but still hydrated. Very important if you’re like me, with sensitive but dry-ish skin. I bought it immediately.
The Stone Crop Gel Wash is oil-free and purports to even the skin tone and minimize the appearance of blemishes to leave a healthy complexion. It is also cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.
I love to use it in conjunction with the hydrating mist toner , which smells faintly like you’re in an English garden. Predominantly a spa-based line, you can find Eminence using the spa locator here.
I came upon Lush lip balms when I was looking for stocking stuffers a few seasons ago. I was immediately taken withnot only how amazing these little pots smell, but also how incredibly soft they leave your lips. I grabbed a handful of mixed flavors for gifting, but I greedily kept the
Nail Polish: Ella + Mila and Tenoverten
Okay, I know I said “five natural beauty products”, but since I basically covered head-to-toe, the thought of skipping nails just bothered me so I couldn’t resist.
Ella + Mila is popular for good reason. Made in the USA, “5-free” (no Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor), and with a broad spectrum of colors, what’s not to love? I’m partial to barely pink because I like my nails to look like mine except better, but there’s something for everyone.
Tenoverten products are also made in the USA, cruelty-free, vegan, and are “8-free”, which means they are rid of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). They are available for online purchase here.
So there you have it. Now if anyone asks you about your flawless beauty, you can tell them, “Oh, it’s all natural.” Don’t worry, I won’t tell.