Wee it’s MAY! Not only is it my birthday month (which by default makes it the best month) but the semester is wrapping up and the lure of wedding season, fresh produce and sun to come starts becoming tangible. So before this wonderful month gets too far in swing, let me share with you my favorite items and products from the past month.
April was the month of succulents….well all plants in general. I have discovered my green thumb and am most enthusiastically potting, re-potting and plant perusing as much as my college student budget and tiny shaded apartment will allow. I can’t help but love succulents with their cool shapes and juicy leaves. The fact that they need hardly any water makes them so low maintenance I find myself deliberately trying to ignore them, least I over-water and drown them. I have no clue what they’re called, except the Jade with it’s teardrop shaped vibrant green leaves (which is simply thriving.) Not to mention my love of bunnies drove me near to distraction when I found this cute ceramic bunbun at Target. It was originally a candy dish but when I saw it, I knew it needed succulents.
After a recent road trip down to Lewiston and a jaunt to Cost-Co I picked up this Himalayan Salt Grinder. If I were to choose any salt I’d rather go with this due to the supposed boost in health benefits and extra mineral content. Plus the grinder gives very fine flakes, so you get more flavor for less sodium.
Here are my two lone makeup items for the month. Like I’ve said in a previous post, I’ve hardly worn makeup this month and am opting for natural, skin focused, easy makeup when I finally get around to applying it. For that I’ve been loving Josie Maran’s liquid illuminator. I’ve been wearing it almost as a primer all over the face after my skincare routine. It leaves such a lovely healthy glow that shines though the lightweight foundation I put on afterwards. The other natural looking product I’ve been using is Revlon’s Lip Butter in Creme Brulee. I’ve had this before and love it. Now I’ve rediscovered how much I enjoy how easy, moisturizing and quick this is to throw on the lips.
Being as prone to allergies as I am I prefer natural ways to enjoy scents and get health benefits from them. I also live in a tiny space so my little egg shaped aromatherapy diffuser works perfectly for me. It was around $13.00 at my local Co’op and I am in love. It’s battery and USB operated with an LED light display. I’ve been using a peppermint and chamomile mix of essential oils to cool down my bedroom. The only downside is the scents last just a few days to fill the whole room.
Lastly, I have some bath and skincare favorites. The first is Alba Botanica’s Good & Clean Scrub. I’ve been consciously shifting everything to natural products with purpose and integrity. After randomly reading the label on my previous scrub, I noticed in tiny print at the bottom a warning about ingredients in that scrub being known to the state of California to be carcinogenic. I promptly threw it in the bin and filled with rage stomped out in search of quality ingredients in a facial scrub. So I found it! I could go on, but a scrub is a scrub and this does the job nicely with a fruity scent and no questionable ingredients.
Having dry, fine, long hair I need thick conditioners to help hold in moisture and this Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave in mask from Shea Moisture is amazing. Castor oil being known as an intense humecant is what drew me to this but the smell….omg….it is so DELICIOUS! It smells like anise seed cookies. Straight up shortbread cookies. Yum. Again, it does it’s job well without crap ingredients.
I have discovered Everyday Coconut products and I am in love. I started out with the body lotion and moved to the face lotion because this is one brand that is so holistic in it’s mission I will happily purchase from now on. The product quality alone is enough but they are fair traded, no synthetic fragrance, parabens, animal testing, soy or gluten and they are vegan. The Alaffia brand also has a strong environmental and humanitarian mission which you can read more on their website. The formula is lightweight and sinks in quick. Lovely, light smell and a good price. The face lotion apart from having SPF 15 (which is great for the coming summer) it was less that $10 for 12 fl oz. That is a TON of product for a day cream compared to the $20 and up prices for tiny pots of daycream.
I hope you enjoyed my favorites! Let me know which natural skincare product you’ve been loving for the month of April.