This week I'm jetting off to Playa del Carmen outside of Cancun, México! I feel so blessed to be able to travel to such beautiful countries, knowing so many people never have the chance to explore beyond their borders.
I am in the middle of a little transition. Every chance I get, I've been switching to all-natural products. That is, products that are cruelty-free, non toxic, chemical free, vegan, eco-friendly, etc.
Before you ask - no, I am not vegan. I am still educating myself and trying to learn as much as possible about all this - I am not expert! But I do want to do my part and love on our planet as much as possible, while nourishing and treating my body (and my fellow creatures!) with only the best natural care and upmost reverence.
Spending time outside in the sun is a beautiful, beautiful thing! Nothing better than feeling the warmth on your skin. Even so, it is very important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays! Y'all know the drill, so I won't lecture you. Bare Republic Naturals is a cruelty free, natural mineral sunscreen collection designed in California to provide you with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in a waterproof formula. It smells of coconut vanilla and doesn't feel icky on your skin - win win!
Since my hair has been keratin-treated, I've become more aware of the damaging chemicals inside normal shampoos - you know, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and all those other wordy ingredients. If you can't pronounce it, it most likely isn't natural, and you should definitely avoid it if possible. This Jāsön shampoo and conditioner duo is made without all that junk, and is a very cheap alternative to the Pureology hair line.
Now onto the face. Here I have my Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum, and my current cleanser, the Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser from Ren Clean Skincare. This cleanser is absolutely wonderful! Just pump a bit of the creamy goodness into your hand and massage it into completely dry skin - over makeup and all - and it breaks down all makeup, dirt, and impurities. Then lay a hot cloth over your face to open the pores, gently wipe away your panda eyes with the gentle exfoliating cloth, and rinse with cold water to close your pores and voila! Clean, soft skin. Both Origins and Ren Skincare products are formulated with 100% plant-based organic ingredients and are not tested on animals. Check out their websites for the long lists of hard-to-pronounce chemicals that their products are made without.
As much as we may not like it, our bodies are meant to sweat. Antiperspirants, although effective at preventing wetness and odor, are toxic and filled with harmful crap that alters our body's natural chemistry. Plus, the main active ingredient found in those antiperspirant deodorants, aluminum, has been linked to cancer and all sorts of bad things. So do your body a favor - let it breathe and regulate heat the way it's meant to! Tom's of Maine is a lovely drugstore brand that carries all sorts of natural, earth loving products - from deodorant to toothpaste and everything in between.
Now that, my friends, is a quick sneaky peak into my washbag done! I always enjoy being nosey and seeing what people pack with them on holiday. Hope you've enjoyed this post. If you did, be sure to subscribe and leave your comments below! I'll be coming to you soon with more holiday related posts - but right now I've got to hop on a plane!
Until next time,