Well, well, the end of January already. Still sticking to those new years resolutions? Neither am I. But when it comes to bettering my body with organic beauty products, that’s one personal promise I can keep. So, in the spirit of offering you easy resolutions to stick to for the next 11 months, here are my fave products to have on hand for 2010.
Lovely Lavender Cream (spf 15)
By: Karen’s Botanicals
Why you’ll love it: Doesn’t matter that it’s winter, sweetheart. Sunscreen’s a year-round thing. And this little jar makes it easy to protect your delicate dermis from harmful UV rays—without harmful chemicals. It’s made with organic lavender blossom, evening primrose, borage seed oils, and all natural zinc oxide. No wonder your skin drinks it in. This all-natural sunscreen has no chemical UV-absorbers, chemical preservatives, titanium dioxide, or parabens. I love the sweet lavender scent it leaves on my skin. Don’t leave home without it!
Truly Organic Tone – Rose
Why you’ll love it: If the word toner means drying to you, make this the year to update your vocabulary. Designed to penetrate pores, this organic toner gently exfoliates and calms the skin with the calming properties of Bulgarian rose Damascena and organic lemon verbena, plus the moisturizing powers of organic aloe. You’ll love how clean and awake your skin feels after just one application. Make 2010 the year for a brighter complexion with the treat of real rose.
Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser
By: Dr. Alkaitis
Why you’ll love it: Once you’ve tried Dr. Alkaitis, it’s hard to use anything else. Like the rest of their products, this organic cleanser is made from living ingredients never heated above room temperature. It’s skin food (their words, actually). Best way to use this organic cleanser is to start by pressing a warm, damp washcloth onto your face to open pores. Squeeze a dime-sized amount of cleanser into your palm, dip your fingertips in, then rub gently. Voila! Off comes old skin cells and in comes softer skin.
DAY CREAM WITH SPF
Anti-Oxidant Daily Moisturizing Cream-SPF25
By: Kimberly Sayer
Why you’ll love it: One of my very favorites, this moisturizing cream is like putting a thin, refreshing veil on your face. Packed with live organic extracts and organic sunscreens, this cream contains antioxidant-rich Beech Bud Extract, which seeks out damaged cells deep within the skin to heal and repair. You’ll notice diminished wrinkles and more glow in your complexion instantly. The best part—a little bit goes a long way!
Calming Body Wash
By: Suzanne Aux Bains
Why you’ll love it: A shower filled with the tantalizing scents of wild chamomile, incense and lavender essential oils? What’s not to love, I say. A delicate body wash perfect for sensitive skin, this organic shower gel combines flower extract, nourishing apricot kernel oil and soothing Linden blossom to soften your skin. It’s certified organic by Ecocert. It foams up lightly. And it’s pink.
Aromatic Night Repair Cream
By: Kimberly Sayer
Why you’ll love it: OK, so you may not go to the gym every day like you promised in the throes of New Years Eve madness. At least make a resolution to treat your face to deeply rewarding renewal every night with the amazing Aromatic Night Repair Cream. Just ditch the makeup and slather it on your face and décolleté (aka, cleavage). The real lavender and honeysuckle is just heavenly, not to mention effective in keeping moisture in.
Damascena Anti-Wrinkle Serum
By: Duchess Marden
Why you’ll love it: If you’ve already got oily skin, the idea of putting oil on your face may sound as good as another Cosmo at 3:17 am on New Years Day. But follow the directions and try this one as an eye cream first. You’ll soon feel how quickly it absorbs and how moisturizing it really is. This stuff is loaded with healthy ingredients: jojoba oil, hazelnut oil, shea butter, rose hip, vitamin A, C and E. No wonder it works!
Organic Mascara Black
By: Nvey Eco
Why you’ll love it: The natural mascara that will finally convince you to toss your old brand comes from eco-famous Nvey Eco. Vitamin B5, Nettle and Horsetail Herb are like a bodybuilding lesson for your lashes. Meanwhile, beeswax keeps them moisturized and makes the mascara flake-free. Available in brown, black and a stunning blue, if you dare.
Organic Compact Powder Oasis (Deep Bronze-Shimmer)
By: Nvey Eco
Why you’ll love it: Two quick NYE resolutions you can keep. 1) Don’t get too much sun. 2) Do look sun-drenched anyway. Made from jojoba oil, vitamins A, E and C, chamomile and corn silk, this shimmery little dusting of sunshine looks great on every skin tone, and you can use it as eye shadow or highlighter, too. Yes please!
Organic Lip Lustre Barely There (Sheer Baby Pink Shine)
By: Nvey Eco
Why you’ll love it: This go-anywhere, do-anything shine-booster is a must-have for lips, all year long. In a delicately sheer baby pink, it enriches and embellishes your lips, day and night, night and day. Enriched with coconut oil, honeysuckle and orange essential oil, it’s just the right touch of gloss. I love the fruity flavor and the long-lasting shine.
So there you have it. A list of organic beauty products you can rely on all year long. (Now if you could only say the same about your workout willpower and that whole “get more sleep” thing…)