Fortunately, natural beauty is real trendy right now. I feel like there are more and more dye free products and fewer flat irons being sold everyday. It’s a wonderful thing.. especially when you’re kinda lazy like me or if you think you look like a clown when you wear both eyeliner and lipsticks at the same time… also like me. But now the all natural beauty product pool is absolutely flooded. Going into a Sephora or even my local drugstore can be overwhelming. I can never tell what’s real and what’s pretending to be. As a result I rarely try anything new. Most of my beauty routine involves products that my mother used before I was even born. She passed these things on to me as a child and I still use them to this day. I think the test of time is what really proves a product… you know?
Dr. Bronner Soap
They started making this stuff in 1858. Yeah, it’s sold at American Apparel right now but this soap is super old school. It lasts forever and has a million purposes aside from just body wash (I’m pretty sure you can’t wash your dishes or your baby with that bottle of Pantene you’ve got in your bathroom… but with this you totally can). The peppermint scented is awesome for summer time because it makes your skin super cool and tingly. The best part is reading the kooky religious propaganda on the label while you shower. Seriously good read
Developed in 1909 it’s the perfect remedy for sore muscles or the day after you sleep funny and can’t move your neck.
This company opened it’s doors in 1899 making a product that’s perfect for feet, elbows, and knees. It’s quite the callus aide. It was originally used by farmers to soften cow utters. Weird, right?
Aveda Volumizing tonic
Aveda started in 1978. Okay that’s not the most impressive establishment date… but I’m really into their products. This volumizing tonic is really great for wavy hair. Gives it that cool piecey beachy look without being sticky and gross.
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Rosebud Perfume Co. started making this all purpose salve in 1892. Use it as lip balm, moisturizer, or rub a bit behind your ears and on your wrists and wear it as perfume. It’s smells exactly like a flower.
Seems to be everybody’s favorite thing ever these days and for good reason. I don’t really use lotion. When my skin needs some serious attention I cover myself head to toe in coconut oil before I get in the shower and wait around for a minute. I wash it off and it leaves my skin very smooth and glowing. I also use it after I’ve been in the sun to avoid pealing. I don’t know anything else that leaves your skin with that particular shiny look… I’m really into it.
Vitamin E Oil
Great for healing scars and treating severely dry skin. I use it on my lips in the winter when they’re super chapped.
I remember when I was younger I’d spray Sun-In in my hair before heading out to the beach or pool and after just a few days of that my hair would look exactly like a bowl of curly cheese doodles. If you’re like me and want to aide the sun’s process of lightening your hair in the summer but are looking for a color a bit more natural than “Velveeta,” just use lemon juice. Run the juice of one lemon through your hair with your fingers before a day in the sun and you’ll notice results most likely that evening. Make sure to hit your hair with a moisturizer/conditioner afterwards because the acidity of citrus tends to dry things out.
I know this is painfully corny but in all honesty, you’re absolutely gorgeous just the way you are. Beauty products shouldn’t create an illusion.. they should enhance what you were born with. You were given a beautiful body… use these lovely trusted potions to help you take good care of it.
By Lee Kalpakis
Lee Kalpakis is a New York City based lifestyle blogger. Born and raised in the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley, she learned the basics of growing and preparing the food that came from the earth beneath her. It was then that her love affair with whole foods began. As a self taught cook, Lee specializes in recipes that follow a plant based diet. With a passion for raw and vegan cuisine and family roots deep in traditional Greek and Polish comfort cooking, she works to marry the best ideas of new and old world meals with upstate and urban New York style. When she isn’t playing a show with her band or petting dogs, she’s daydreaming about fruits and vegetables and isn’t afraid to admit it.