My intention for 2015 was to live more purely and incorporate the philosophy of saucha into every aspect of my life. This extended beyond cleanliness in the traditional translation, and included making better decisions about what I chose to put in my body, as well as on it. And so I say bye-bye to the beauty, body, and bath products that are made with harmful chemicals and tested on animals. Many of the items I use are already humane and natural, but I wanted to go a step further and clear out anything that was lingering in my bathroom cabinet that did not abide by this pure living philosophy. I am not going to lie, this was quite the process and a lesson in aparigraha (non-attachment). But now, I am left with a cabinet full of compassionate and conscious product that I love and can feel good using every damn day! And the best part is that none of the products cost over $30!
And since I love to share with my community, I have listed my favorite bath + body products. These items are all vegetarian, some are vegan. Full disclosure – I purchased all these products with my own money and some I discovered in the process of looking for products to add to BuddhiBox.
*Small spoiler alert, some of these items may appear in future BuddhiBoxes. 🙂
This is is post 1 of 2. This post will focus on bath + body products. I will share my makeup picks in a future blog.
Alba Botanica Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser, 8.99
The only cleanser I use and is only $9. Rich, creamy, foams well, and cleanses away makeup beautifully. It leaves my skin refreshed and soft by using all natural fruit acids to keep skin healthy. 100% Vegetarian. No: Animal Testing, Artificial Colors, Artificial Fragrances, Parabens, Phthalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Myreth Sulfate.
Each time I use this toothpaste, my mouth feels clean. The texture is nice, not overly gritty, and it comes in a variety of flavors. I also appreciate that they explain all the ingredients and where they are derived from on their website. This transparency makes me feel confident that I staying true to my intention.
Sugar & alcohol free, this mouthwash all natural ingredients use the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil to keep your mouth free of bacteria. Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It fights germs and although not scientifically proven, some proponents say the oil can boost the immune system and can be used as a “lymphatic recharge” for a “sluggish” lymphatic system.
I found Bear’s Beauty while researching product for BuddhiBox. I LOVE this deodorant. For years I searched for an non-aluminum deodorant that worked. Epic fail until this clay, baking soda, and essential oil blend came along. A variety of scents to pick from that smell amazing and the plant based formula is effective. You can purchase yours at the BuddhiBox store. Ingredients include Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Shea Butter, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Grapeseed Oil, Arrowroot Starch, Natural Baking Soda, Bentonite Clay, Kaolin Clay, Organic Beeswax, Vitamin E, Rosemary Co2, Coconut Carbon, Essential Oils.
Another item I found on my quest to bring you new discoveries! I am obsessed with this organic face butter. I swear it keeps my thirsty skin quenched and has helped soften the fine lines. Per the beauty sorceress Helen, the grass fed ghee is washed 100 times with purified water and finished off with Rosewater and is great for relieving burns, eczema, and rosacea. It does not block pores and is an excellent anti-aging complex that heals the complexion, softens scars, combats sun spots, treats acne, and nourishes wrinkles. And it smells good too.
Another great find. Let’s face it, moisturizers are a dime a dozen. Most of the big beauty brands make claims that they can make you look like you are 21 again or have some unique ingredient that is sourced from an ancient Incan temple, derived from an extinct plant species, and was only (until now) accessible to the royal families of some exotic land. And you , yes YOU! now have access to it if you pay $350 for a 1 oz jar. Seriously, how much have we spent on moisturizers in our lifetime? I am sure my tab is in the thousands. That is why I am so happy to find KB Pure Essentials. This moisturizer not only hydrates and leaves my skin smooth but it also protects my skin from the sun with mineral zinc oxide mini pearls. A little goes a looooong way, so this 4 oz jar last. Ingredients: Organic EVOO, 100% pure fractionated coconut oil, 100% pure bee’s wax (thank you honey bees), 100% pure zinc oxide, 100% pure vitamin e oil, 100% pure virgin organic unrefined shea butter, helichrysum essential oil.
This dessert for the skin was featured in our November BuddhiBox and you can purchase their line at our store. I love how it smells and how the heat from the shower invigorates the senses. The all natural sugar buffs my skin, getting rid of old, dulling skin cells. The virgin coconut oil leaves my skin silky smooth. Did I mention the smell yet? It is heaven. I feel like I am treating myself to a spa experience every time I use it. An added bonus? Real Beauty for a Cause donates 25% percent of sales from ALL products to charity.
The Bar Shop Body Oil, 12.00
No more body lotion for me. My skin loves this all-natural, light oil. And yes it is for sale at the BuddhiBox store. What can I say? I stand behind the products I purchase. So much that I use them every damn day. This oil is not greasy at all. It must be the blend of oils used (Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oils). And you can use it on every part of your body. The scents are not overpowering and there are a few to choose from. I am partial to the lemongrass but you can pick from Lavender, Lemongrass, Spiritual blend infused with sage, frankincense, orange, & rosemary, and Relaxation blend infused with clary sage, jasmine, marjoram, & ylang ylang.
I am a big fan of pretty much everything Lush makes. I have been a customer for over 10 years. Their Big Shampoo is my favorite shampoo. I have long, wavy, and sometimes coarse hair. The sea salt helps to clean and adds healthy minerals, leaving my locks shiny. The coconut oil and avocado butter keeps my strands soft. I like that Lush products have expiration dates. It is a testament to how pure the ingredients are.
Paraban & sulfate free and made from plant botanical extracts. I struggle to find good conditioners. Especially ones that are effective at conditioning and detangling my hair. But I have been very pleased with the Bain de Terre line. This brand is not as pure in ingredients as the Lush shampoo but I like that they support green projects such as the Wind Project, Carbon Offset Programs, and recycled plastics for packaging.
Love this light hair oil that is not greasy at all and smells divine! I have wavy, somewhat coarse hair, so this tames the frizz and leaves my hair looking brilliant. I am not one that spends a ton of time styling my hair so to find a product I can work into my strands, then get up and go, is essential. The blend is alcohol & paraben-free and contains weightless argan, monoi, & fragrant passion flower oils.
I discovered this parfum oil when I was in San Francisco for Yoga Journal LIVE. The Allure scent has this sultry mix of bergamot, rose, and sandalwood that lingers but does not overpower. It feels luxurious on your skin because it is made from a concentrated blend of essential oils and precious perfume accords, in a base of all natural coconut oil. There is no alcohol used. They even sell these beautiful pendant necklaces that serve a dual purpose – accessorizing and storing your parfum!
So that’s my top 12 bath + body products. What do you think? Do you use any of these? Was there anything I missed? Please comment and share with us what your favorite conscious beauty finds are below. Are you a subscriber? Which ones would you like to see in a future BuddhiBox? Not a subscriber? Now is the perfect time to sign up! Order your BuddhiBox subscription HERE.