I love a bit of pampering and in the past I had a pretty serious high end beauty product addiction. I loved SpaceNK and on my first trip to New York my suitcase came pack filled with stuff from Korres and Sephora. On the second trip it was full of food which tells you something about my shift in priorities!
I do still love that pampering (although it is one of the things that slips when I get busy or stressed!) but the big change for me has been a move away from the more expensive, and sometimes chemical packed products to natural alternatives as I mentioned in this post a few weeks ago. I now also recognise the impact of a good diet on my skin, something that was certainly missing when I was spending my pennies on high tech creams and potions.
Sometimes you do only get what you pay for, but I think it’s a case of experimenting to see where your money is best spent. For me, I’ve found that my basic skin care can all be natural kitchen products then the money I save there can be invested in a few good quality natural and organic bought products. Here’s what I’m currently using on a day to day basis:
- Olive oil for make up removal (on an evening)
- Apple cider vinegar for toning
- Coconut oil for face moisturising (on an evening)
- A foam face wash from Green People (in the morning)
- Daily moisturiser from Green People (in the morning)
- A face scrub from Green People (used every 2-3 days)
- Home made sugar scrub for my body (once a week)
- Home made avocado or honey face masks (once a week) – my Feed Your Face version
- Yes to Cucumbers Shampoo and Conditioner (every other day)
- Dr Organic Aloe Vera Toothpaste
- Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray (when I blow dry)
- Dr Organic roll on deodorant
- Organic Argan oil body cream – when that runs out it will be some boob and bump oil or maybe just coconut / olive oil.
I break down that basic olive oil, ACV and coconut oil routine in this post as well as this vlog. I’m gradually moving my make up to natural and organic products as well. One conventional product I still use is Batisse Dry Shampoo, I’ve tried the version from Lush, but it ends up everywhere so if anyone has any recommendations let me know!
I wanted to share with you my current fave skin scrub ‘recipe’. It really is simple and works better than more expensive products I’ve tried.
Lemon Olive Oil Sugar Scrub
Just mix 1 cup of granulated sugar (caster if you prefer it to have a finer texture) with 1/2 – 2/3rd cup of olive oil and about 20 drops of lemon essential oil. I store mine in a jar in the bathroom. The lemon scent works really well with the olive oil, perfect for the summer. Give it a try!
I have a natural skin care and home Pinterest board for more ideas. What is your beauty / self care routine like these days? Do you have any fave natural solutions? Link me up!