My Venture Into More Natural Beauty Products
If we’re friends on Facebook you’ve probably seen my updates lately about how obsessed I am with some new Lush Cosmetics products I’ve discovered over the past few months. Normally when it comes to shower products or cleansers, I use stuff from the drugstore just because I never really gave it much other thought… but I’ve decided that I want to start using products that are more natural and better for the environment.
Let me divulge into how it kind of started. Last time I went to my hair stylist, we decided I would stop washing my hair everyday (if not more.. oops), and I’d start using dry shampoo and I’d stop flat ironing my hair everyday, and I’d blow dry it straight. I also started using a hair oil to help tame my friz and basically I just am treating my hair so much better. Ever since I started doing this I’ve noticed how much faster my hair is growing and it’s growing thicker because I’m not stripping it and burning the ends off with flat irons, and I’m nourishing my hair thanks to hair oils. This was around the time of the end of summer 2017.
Now it’s Christmas, and my aunt and my cousin are both very much into all natural products, and my cousin had made everyone a little jar of what she labelled as “Nourishing Oil” that you could use on your hair or on your skin if you have dry skin. I had just run out of the hair oil I was using so I decided to test out the oil she had given me. I have a lot of hair, but my hairs are fine, so it can get easily weighed down. The first time I tested the oil I used juuuuust a little bit, which wasn’t enough. So I used a little bit more and quickly fell in love with the oil. When I blow dried my hair, the friz was so little and it just made my hair feel so soft. That was when I decided I should slowly transition my products that I was currently using into products that include a lot more natural ingredients.
I took the recommendation of some girlfriends about the Lush facial cleansers they love for acne.. They recommended me to the Ocean Salt Scrub as well as the Mask Of Magnaminty. I started using both of these products right away and I could immediately tell a difference in my skin. Ocean Salt is a scrub featuring…. OCEAN SALT haha – shocking, I know. This is how Lush describes this product:
Refreshing, exfoliating, hydrating…what doesn’t this scrub do? Our cult classic scrub has a mineral-rich mix of fine and coarse sea salt for serious exfoliation, balanced with coconut oil and avocado butter to soften the skin. That punchy citrus scent? It comes from lime oil as well as limes extracted in vodka to brighten and tone. Just one scrub with this beauty and you’ll see why it’s so popular!
I don’t use this daily because the salt can be a little rough on the skin if you overuse it, but I do use it at least 3x/week. Highly recommend this, although it’s more natural than most cleansers, there are still some safe synthetic ingredients in it:
Fine Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Fresh Grapefruit Infusion(Citrus Paradisi), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Stearic Acid(Stearic acid), Fresh Organic Lime Extracted in Vodka (Citrus aurantifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycol Cetearate, Triethanolamine, Avocado Butter (Persea Gratissima), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil), Lime Oil(Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Glycerine, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Fragrance, Blue 1, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. *Occurs naturally in essential oils. Bold is safe synthetic ingredients, the rest are all natural.
Mask of Magnaminty is a green mask that you’ve probably seen me Instagram at one point or another, and it’s cooling and makes you not be able to move your face – it’s pretty awesome. All of the recommendations I’ve been given and/or have read have said this is a must-have product if you have acne like moi. I will admit though, the mask is chunky so it can get messy, just don’t touch your face or touch anything TO your face and you’ll be fine.
This tingly, minty face and body mask was formulated to be intensely cleansing but never harsh or abrasive. Kaolin clay and peppermint oil rid your pores of debris, giving you a delightfully tingly clean sensation. We add loads of ground aduki beans to exfoliate flaky or dry skin, vanilla absolute to calm redness and honey to soothe and moisturize.
I used this on nights where I would end my day with a nice face salt scrub.. a good exfoliation followed by a deep dirt removal thanks to the mask. The small version actually last me a really long time, but I will absolutely buy the big version next time. Here’s the ingredient list for this amazing product:
Bentone Gel (Hectorite), Kaolin, Honey (Honey/Miel), Talc, Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus Angularis), Glycerine, Evening Primrose Seeds (Oenothera biennis), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Vanilla Absolute(Vanilla planifolia), *Limonene, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Chlorophyllin (Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex), *Occurs naturally in essential oils. Bold is safe synthetic ingredients.
I had been using those products for a few months before I had ventured more into the natural beauty products. I’ve always been hesitant to use natural shampoos and conditioners because all of the other times I’d tried it, it left my hair oily and weighed down, but ever since I’ve been using the oils and only washing my hair a couple times a week, I figured I’d try them out again. I had seen a video on these new shampoo and conditioner bars that Lush had put out, which totally removes the need for plastic bottles. They basically look like colourful bars of soap! I’m totally digging this concept because we really don’t need to be using as much plastic as we do, so little thing helps – right? Yay environment.
After a verrrry long talk with one of the associates at Lush, I opted for the Godiva Shampoo Bar and one of the Conditioner bars, but the one I bought is being discontinued so it’s not online anymore so I can’t look anything up – all I know is that it’s pink :). ANYWHO the Godiva Shampoo Bar….
Our vegan, 2-in-1 shampoo bar cleans and conditions your hair with moisturizing nut oils and shea butter. It leaves all hair, even dry, processed locks, looking glossy, shiny, and soft. Long used as a tonic for the hair and scalp, jasmine oil also perfumes your locks with an ultra-sexy fragrance with serious staying power.
So ya not much to talk about with this product. It smells amazing, it’s like a small bar of soap and the woman I spoke with mentioned how it can last up to 70 washes. They have tins available (in the photo above) for like $3 or something which is good for if you travel, but mine is just hanging out in my shower so I didn’t purchase a tin. The shampoo bar lathers up sooo well, the conditioner bar is a bit harder to know if it’s working, I rub it through all my hair and extra on the ends and usually let it sit for a couple of minutes and then when I rinse it out, it’s sooo soft.
Once I use up the other shampoos and conditioners that I have in plastic bottles, I don’t think I’ll be going back to them. I’m totally about this anti-plastic thing and the products work amazing, so there’s no reason to go back! I’m going to stop using body wash as well once I go through what I already have, and I’ll just be purchasing soap bars from lush that also do not come in plastic and are way more natural than products found in the drugstore.
Who knows, maybe my next stop will be making my own scrubs and washes ;). That would be fun, right?
Do you prefer using more natural products? Have any recommendations for me? Let me know below!