Happy Friday Beauties!
Today I felt a kink in my shoulder after carrying around my giant purse all day (#girlproblems). When I finally got home I decided to go through it and figure out what I could live without when I am out and about. In doing this I realized most of the weight was a result of my natural favourites which, one-by-one, magically made their way into my bag that could probably fit a small child. I figured, people always ask me about what my daily faves are, so why not make a blog dedicated to my shoulder weights?
These natural products are all staples in my bag - and they're all under 100 ml's so they are also prefect for air travel. Given that, they're not all "beauty products" in the literal sense of the word, but I figure I might as well be thorough if I'm showing you the depths of my soul...err...purse.
Intelligent Nutrients Hair Spray
Intelligent Nutrients has some great products in their line up, and their Certified Organic Perfect Hold Hairspray is no exception. Not only is it difficult to find a natural non-aerosol hairspray, is it pretty darn impossible to find one that you can drink. I'm not kidding. The I.N. founder Horscht Rechelbacher actually drinks the hairspray on video to prove its natural contents. My motto is, if you wouldn't eat it, why put it on your skin... well, I'm sold. A 7 oz bottle retails for about $29 USD - pictured is the travel size which retails for about 1/2 the price.
LaVanila Rollerball in Vanilla
I love LaVanila products. In fact, they were one of the first brands I wrote about when I started this blog! Every girls loves a little fragrance now and again, and I carry my rollerball in my purse for last minute pick-me-ups. Feminine and light, LaVanila make some wonderful scents. My favourites are Classic Vanilla, Lavender as well as Blackberry. Each roller ball retails for about $19 CAD.
Faith in Nature Intensive Moisturizer
Living in Norway has done a number of my skin's moisture retention. Never have I been in a colder, drier climate for such a long period of time. For this reason, I keep my Faith in Nature Intensive Moisturizer in my bag for afternoon rehydration and post-yoga walks home. The main ingredient is coconut oil and the best part is the price - about $7 USD. It's a wonderful British company, so you may have an easier time finding them online.
Lavera Rose Garden Hand Cream
Every time I break this one out I am asked "oh what's that [positive adjective here] smell?" I LOVE the scent of this wonderful hand cream; however, my favourite quality of this product is its effectiveness on dry winter hands. I swear everyone that I pass this to ends up falling in love with it. I mean, how could you not? Naturally soft hands that smell like a rose garden - oh, and it's light and fast absorbing, so you don't have to wait an hour before using your smartphone again. Love, love, love. Grab a 50 ml bottle for about $9 CAD.
Josie Maran Argan Oil
I have long hair. I mean, ridiculously long. So keeping it relatively shiny is paramount to avoid looking "shaggy". I love my Melvita Argan Oil, but its packaging does not facilitate "sitting in my purse crushed under things" positions. So, I ran into Josie Maran's easy and convenient Argan Oil in travel size. I leave this on in my purse for midday upkeep or for those days when I head straight from work to the town. Grab it in 0.5 oz for $14 USD.
RMS Beauty Lip Balm & Cheek Stain
RMS Beauty is an amazing brand - and I'm just getting started on their product line. I picked up their lip gloss and cheek stain a few weeks ago, and I could not be happier with this new addition to my arsenal. It is fantastic for quick touch-ups; it's one of those products that brings life back to your face in just a few finger taps. Bloom is my current favourite and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Sublime next. Check out the rest of their product line online. A pretty glass pot retails for about $20 USD.
Saje Peppermint Halo
This little gem has a post all on her own. I've religiously used Saje's peppermint halo for as long as I can remember. My mom was the one who first introduced me to it and now it sits in my purse, ready to jump on any upcoming aches or neck tension. The rollerball retails for about $23 CAD. You can find them in Saje shops or online.
Made with 100% natural ingredients and around 70% plant based, Elysambre brings natural magic to the imperfections of the face. With a cream powder base, this concealer has a great finish and holds on tight. The packaging is eco friendly, as you buy replacement refills for your copper case. Made in France, one refill package retails for about $17 USD and the refillable copper case is around $7 USD.
Thanks to my mother I have an obsession for lip products. Knowing that I end up eating most of what I put on my lips, it is very important to me to ensure that my daily lip balm is natural and safe. Madara Ecolips is my bedtime favourite, but also finds its way into my purse on the daily. I previously blogged about Madara Ecolips a while back, find a full review here.
Figs & Rouge Balm
Surprise - another lip balm! Figs and Rouge makes these adorable little tins of 100% organic balms. I have no problems sleeping at night knowing that they are mighty pure. I have Figs & Rouge in a few "flavours" including Rambling Rose (pictured), Coconut Vanilla and Aloe & Mint (perfect for cold weather lip cures). A tin retails for about $7 USD and can be found in many health stores including Life and Whole foods. Otherwise, grab a few while you're online.
Anicrafr Botanical Sanitizer by BeYoung
I try to avoid using hand sanitizers, but sometimes you need something to "clean up" after less than glamorous situations. For this, I carry my alcohol free botanical hand sanitizer by Anicrafr wherever I go. Filled with essential oils of lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, juniperberry and tea tree, it smells nice and herby instead of overpoweringly "chemically". A small travel size bottle retails for $3.00 - grab your own online here.
La Maison de Stevia - Stevia Tabs
I become really upset when I am at a tea shop and see that the sweetners consist of white sugar, brown sugar, pasteurized honey and some aspartame-laden crap. However, I get over it really quickly when I remember I have my stevia tabs in my purse. One little tablet and my drink is as sweet as I need it, naturally and with no added toxins. 150 tabs of La Maison de Stevia retails for about $15 USD here, or find some individual packets at your local health food store if you're not able to ship from Europe.
TMI? Maybe... but I said I was going to be thorough. :-) I've blogged on the importance of organic cotton feminine hygiene before, so if you want to brush up on your feminine care knowledge, have a little read here. Natracare is my favourite brand and can be found at most natural food and health retailers - they have a great distribution network now. If you're still unable to find them, check online. A box of 20 retails for about $6 USD.
So there you have it, my favourites and go to's from the day-to-day.
So, it begs the question, what's in your bag? I would love to hear about some of the natural products you can't live without!