Today I’m posting the beginning in a series Aurelia and I are calling “Stuff We Love”, where we share with you some of our favorite things
In general, my picks for cosmetics are going to be on the all-natural, artificial fragrance-free, non-toxic side. You can read my article on why I avoid synthetic fragrances here.
PeaceKeeper Cause-metics Chocolate Dream Lipbalm. This stuff is like the grown-up version of LipSmackers, and it is indeed a dream to smooth on — it tastes like cocoa! Because it contains real cocoa! Nice, clean ingredients, a moisturizing formula, and a portion of the profits from the sale go to a good cause. I love this stuff.
When I found out on GoodGuide that my favorite Maybelline Great Lash Mascara doesn’t score well on the ingredients list, I had to find a new favorite: Physician’s Formula OrganicWear. Goes on smooth, separates nicely, good volume, doesn’t flake. I’m perfectly happy, and non-toxic to boot.
Love this Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. This stuff makes my skin feel so good, and keeps my mineral makeup in place all day, smoothing out blemishes and fine lines. Free of nasties like parabens, pthalates, and mineral oil, and has non-toxic mineral-based sunscreen. Light and lovely to wear.
I am, and have always been, a lover of bar soap. I mean, I really love bar soap. I can get sidetracked for way too long shopping for natural soaps in Whole Foods. My husband shares my fetish, so we always have nice, all-natural, preferably handmade soaps in our bathrooms. One of our favorite souvenirs to buy wherever we go is locally handmade soap. But my favorite of favorites is Nag Champa Incense soap, fragranced with the special Nag Champa essential oil blend. The fragrance is just the way I like it: spicy, yet herbal and floral; and the soap is soft and creamy. Mmm, I think I need to go sniff it now…
Non-toxic nail polish from Diamond Cosmetics. They have TONS of colors, and the polish doesn’t contain toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl, camphor, and pthalate. You can order them online for $2 a bottle. Apparently Diamond Cosmetics is a private-label manufacturer of brands like Soleil and No-Miss, which you can find in natural foods stores. I had mostly given up nail polish until I discovered that the non-toxic stuff wears just as well as any OPI I’ve ever used.
And to round out my picks, one for the curly girls:
Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream from Beautiful Curls. I am elated to have discovered this stuff. I have a long history of using products meant for African hair, ever since I was 13 and started using Bone Straight, which is no longer manufactured. It is lovely and creamy, handmade, all natural, smells wonderfully shea-buttery, and smooths into my hair elegantly. The Alaffia company is a fair trade organization in Togo, West Africa, whose mission is “to help West African communities become sustainable through the fair trade of indigenous resources”. This stuff is, in a word, awesome. My curls are soft, frizz-free, and moisturized; the shea butter gives them just the right amount of weight and moisture to keep them under control without being too oily. This is my new favorite hair product, and I plan to try their shampoos, conditioners, and other styling aids as I run out of what I currently have. They have a range of products for different types of curl, from wavy to curly to kinky (I use the curly-to-kinky formulation). If you are a curly/kinky-haired girl (or guy, or kid), you should check this company out.
And there you have them, all my current favorite cosmetics. What are your faves?