Green Beauty Tag: Products I Can't Live Without
Recently, fellow EWC gals Annie (Terumah) and Catherine (Walking with Cake) tagged other members to briefly discuss their favorite green beauty products. Given that I'm a natural beauty product junkie and could rant and rave about this stuff all day, I accepted the challenge and have outlined below the products I regularly use. The images I've included depict more of my favourite products. Here it goes!
What is your skin type?
Much to my chagrin, I have combination skin, which essentially means my skin is both oily and dry in different places. Depending on the product or ingredient, it can be slightly sensitive. One of my arch nemeses is coconut oil; my skin is utterly opposed to the stuff!
How do you store your skincare products?
I have a specific drawer in my bathroom that is dedicated solely to housing all of my green beauty products. Depending on the nature of the product, I may store one or two in the fridge or freezer - I do this with natural soap bars, for example, to keep them fresh and their natural fragrances vibrant.
That's a tough one! I find my skin responds well to a range of natural ingredients, though many of the products I use regularly or routinely contain rosehip oil, which I've found my skin absolutely loves. I can better answer this question by saying that my least favorite ingredients are coconut and argan oil; both tend to anger my skin.
In general, I love the scent of vanilla and often gravitate towards any green beauty product that uses it.
Most indulgent product?
My facial oils! I can't pick just one because, embarrassingly enough, I have about 8 different oils that I use interchangeably, especially depending on the season and weather. If I absolutely had to, I'd pick my Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil as the most indulgent; I recently had the opportunity to try it in its smaller size and love the results, and have purchased the full-size bottle.
Best budget buy?
It's a toss up between Pollenation's Rosehip + Pomegranate Restorative Skin Serum and I Dream in Evergreen's Vanilla Pine Body Oil. Both are handcrafted by Canadian makers and are extremely effective. I use the body oil daily and will use the facial oil three to four times per week. They're equally cost-effective but actually provide results and make for budget-friendly alternatives to pricey, perhaps inaccessible oils.
Do you use any tools?
Currently, I use a jade roller and a derma roller as part of my skincare regimen. The jade roller is something I recently began incorporating into my daily skincare routine; I use it at night for about 10 minutes after cleansing and applying oil to my skin. The derma roller is something I use only once per week, as is typically recommended. My tip for jade rollers is to keep them in the fridge until you're ready to use them; it helps with inflammation. With my derma roller, I disinfect it by spraying it with an apple cider vinegar + water solution.
The best mask I've ever come across is Fat and the Moon's Mermaid Mask; it keeps my skin balanced and dewy and smells wonderful. I'd say it's the only mask that actually does wonders for my skin.
Best multi-use product?
Definitely facial oils. Though they're often crafted for use on our face specifically, I find most facial oils work perfectly as body and hair oils as well; most contain a combination of oils safe and effective for dry skin, split ends, flaky scalps...the list goes on. I tend to avoid using body oils on my face and hair (most are pretty fragrant and high in essential oils) but facial oils do the trick for me as a multi-use product in most circumstances.
If you had to stick to only one skincare brand, what would it be?
Any Fat and the Moon product I've tried has yielded great results, and I've never had an adverse reaction to their products. They are also one of the only brands I used when I first began getting serious about natural/green beauty, and their items are made with truly natural, skin benefitting ingredients. So I suppose my answer is FATM!
Best spot treatment?
Hands down, Fat and the Moon's Pimple Mud. If you think you've found an effective spot treatment, or have just given up on finding one that works, drop everything and try this one! It's made with only four ingredients and is the only spot treatment I've tried (out of many, let me tell ya) that actually works. Whenever friends come to stay, I have to hide it or else I'll never see it again! It's that good.
Favorite step of your skincare routine?
Using my jade roller. It's terribly relaxing and helps my skin better absorb the facial oils I use. It also works wonders for relieving headaches, migraines, and sinus issues.
What's on your skincare wish list?
What isn't on my skincare wish list?! :p
I'd say the Timeless Oil from Poetic Blend and the Phoenix Facial Oil from Herbivore Botanicals are both on my list. But I'd absolutely settle for a massive bottle of the Vanilla Pine Body Oil from I Dream in Evergreen!