Beauty Report: Current Faves


SOME CURRENT FAVES: 1. rose & apricot hair milk 2. green tea & calendula leave-in conditioning mist 3. ellovi lip butter 4. ellovi body butter 5. frankincense hydrosol 6. complexe de fleur 7. weleda cold cream 8. rose geranium lip balm 9. Shevanti body balm

There are a few products that I’ve been using almost daily for a while now, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of these helpful gems. Do you have any current faves?

HAIR: My hair is pretty thick and a little wavy. After a drizzly walk outside it has a tendency to get frizzy or “puffy” and since each strand is fairly fine and there are so many of them — I’m easily tangled. I’ve been a fan of John Masters’ avocado and lavender conditioner for years (you can usually find it at Whole Foods) and decided to give a couple of his products that aren’t available in local shops a try. I love the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist that I bought.

How I Use: I wash and towel dry my hair and then run a dime-sized blob of the hair milk through to the ends, including my bangs. Then I brush my hair. If you need a good brush, I really can’t recommend the Mason Pearson brushes enough — they are hair magic. Then I spritz a little bit of the leave-in conditioner mist over my hair and scrunch the ends of my hair to encourage the waves. I shower every other day or every two days and in-between I just mist a little more of the conditioning mist. This routine has been great at controlling the puffiness and tangles! The Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist also smell amazing.

FACE: I’ve talked about the fact that over the past couple of years I’ve developed rosacea. It’s usually a mild condition, but there are occasional flareups that have left me with painful welts and swelling. It has been hard to find things that don’t irritate my skin — even beautiful, all organic dream products often cause irritation. I tend to have dry skin and have been loving Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol, In Fiore Complexe de Fleur and Weleda Cold Cream.

How I Use: I have a tendency towards very dry skin and my majorly moisturizing and most intentional beauty routine happens at night. I really look forward to climbing into bed after washing my face at night to slather on some goodness. First, I spritz on the frankincense hydrosol and let it dry — I LOVE the centering scent of frankincense. Then I use the dropper to put a few Complexe de Fleur serum drops on the back of hand before dabbing onto my face with my index finger. After this, I often apply an oil or balm and then go to sleep under the mist of my humidifier. I’ve just added the Weleda cold cream to my routine and I use it about 3-4 times of week now instead of the serum and balm ritual. The cold cream is very heavy and works incredibly well during the times when nothing else seems to hydrate my skin enough. I always wake up with super soft skin and the cold cream is inexpensive compared to the other products that I’ve been using.

BODY: Continuing on the dryness theme, we move on to MY ENTIRE BODY. One of my very favorite and most luxurious beauty product splurges is my In Fiore Shevanti Body Balm. The scent is AMAZING and you do feel a bit like an Egyptian queen getting ready for the day when you as you rub it into your skin or as my friend Tamera said, “It basically smells like you’re preparing yourself for ancient sacrifice.” YES. Super moisturizing and all the amazing oils make it feel pretty magical. I have also been enjoying Ellovi Body Butter. It’s a beautiful and very moisturizing butter that has very few ingredients. It smells dreamy and feels gentle, but really does a good job getting in there and softening the rough bits.

How I Use: Pretty basic stuff! For the Shevanti body balm, I smear it all over my limbs, shoulders, chest, belly and hips — then rub it in while in a blissed out crazy scent haze. Then I do whatever face moisturizing routine I might need while it sinks into my skin a bit before putting on my clothes. On truly indulgent days, I allow myself enough time to climb back into our warm bed in my bathrobe while the balm sinks in. With the body butter I use it more often and especially love to rub extra on my heels and elbows. It’s also lovely everywhere else and the scent is pretty addictive. I have the original, but would love to try the vanilla version next.

LIPS: I have a lip balm problem — I really do. If it sounds lovely, then I cannot usually help myself — I have to try it out. I am not loyal to any brand in particular, but do have some current faves — Ellovi Lip Butter and Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm.

How I Use: Liberally, all day long. Like I have a lip balm applying tick. It helps me concentrate while I apply — I swear! Out of the two, the lip butter is far more moisturizing than the balm, but they both smell lovely and do a good job.

8 Responses to “Beauty Report: Current Faves”
  1. Ellen says:

    I’m definitely intrigued by the Weleda Cold Cream for next winter. My skin can be very dry but also sensitive and acne prone. I’ve learned to streamline my beauty routine and only try one new product at a time because as you said, many organic things can still be irritating to your skin. Everyone is different! I’ve been seduced previously by potent vitamin C creams which turned out to be very bad for my face. I also love using a toner after I’ve removed my makeup, but I’m pretty sure that witch hazel does not agree with my skin (something that took me 10 years to figure out).

    My current loves are both super affordable. Botanic’s Rosewater Toning Spritz: (which is available at target and other drug stores)and derma e’s Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A & E Treatment Oil: (available at whole foods and probably other places)

    I’ve been using derma e’s oil as my daily & nightly moisturizer as its one of the only things that doesn’t anger my skin. I wear makeup with SPF for the day, though as we get into summer, I’d like to find a good moisturizer with sunscreen that doesn’t end up in my eyes. Any leads there?

    • Jen McCabe says:

      Thanks for the tips, Ellen. I’m running an errand at Target today and will check out the spritz.

      As for sunscreen, I’m at a loss. Everything I seem to use either doesn’t sink in and floats around my face, makes me itch or just doesn’t work. There used to be a Laura Mercier foundation that I liked and had good spf, but of course they discontinued it. I’d love to hear if you find anything! I burn so quickly.

    • also jen says:

      I was told once that very “active” or potent skin care like vitamin C is too harsh for sensitive, acne prone skin (my skin is also reactive). But it’s nice to hear the A & E oil works for you, I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Jillian says:

    I love John Masters too! I can’t wait to try the cold cream!

  3. also jen says:

    You have a knack for finding such good stuff! I’m at a loss when it comes to skin care. I like Fresh Soy Cleanser, Rose Water Toner and Umbria Clay mask (which works well for my sensitive, reactive combo skin with a little rosacea) BUT it’s not completely natural and contains parabens, etc so I’m looking to switch to more simple things. Evan Healy makes some really nice hydrosols and I use Bobbi Brown Oil Free tinted moisturizer with SPF (I have yet to look at the ingredients!). Peter Thomas Roth makes a mineral (powder) sunscreen that didn’t seem to bother me (although it is drying so maybe summer is the best time to try it) but again, I can’t attest to the naturalness of the ingredients. I made my own hand balm (with violets!) but besides that I’m looking for new products to try.

    • Jen McCabe says:

      I haven’t used Fresh in a while! I used to really like a rose mask that they had, but that was before I developed my mild rosacea and I’m not even sure they make it anymore. I have a hard time with masks — they’re usually a bit too harsh unless they are very few gentle ingredients.