Below I have listed some of my favorite natural beauty/health products that can be found at Whole Foods or ordered online if you don’t have access to a natural supermarket. A lot of the items are components for many of the kitchen beautician recipes I have listed on this site. Some of the items are useful to have in any kitchen too.
Hyland’s Homeopathic Smile PRID Drawing Salve : I love this homeopathic drawing salve in the orange tin for two things: 1) first aid and 2) blemishes. It’s an all-natural salve with sulfur for antibacterial properties. It is great for applying to any scrapes or cuts. It also works really well for healing blemishes or ingrown hairs because it helps draw anything out from below the surface of the skin.
Vanilla Oil in Jojoba Oil – I love this for multi-tasking and always keep some in my travel bag. It can be added to bathwater or you can add a few drops to a fragrance free moisturizer to scent it naturally. This also works great to use as an eye cream at night. The aromatherapeutic property of vanilla is uplifting. It’s kind of a nice unisex smell that I think both genders find comforting and sexy. You can even use it as a perfume, dabbing it on pulse points. Because it comes in a jojoba oil carrier, you can also use it to remove eye make-up in a pinch but it might be too expensive to do that every day.
Egyptian Magic Skin Cream – I love the ingredients in this skin cream – olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly. It is an amazing night cream but also can be used as a body moisturizer, eye cream, or like a pomade to smooth flyaways or the ends of hair. A little goes a long way.
Body Brush – Body brushing feels so amazing and is great for your health and skin. I have the details in this post. I like to keep one next to my shower and also keep a small travel one in my toiletry bag.
Sore No More – I was first introduced to this botanical formulation when a Jivamukti Yoga instructor applied it on our backs when we were in downward dog. It really helps to ease sore muscles and brings a pleasant warming tingle to any particular area. The menthol and camphor also really help to keep sinuses clear so this could be used as sort of an all-natural Vick’s Vapo Rub type of thing. It’s a wonderful thing to give someone you love a quick rub on the shoulders and neck with. It has capsaicin from peppers in it for the warming effect so do a test spot first to make sure your skin isn’t sensitive to it.
Almond Oil – I use almond oil in a bunch of my kitchen beautician recipes including the pumpkin and honey mask and the rose petal bath. You can also use it to wash your face if you are doing the oil cleansing method. It’s also a great oil to make a quick scrub out of by combining it with sugar or sea salt and a couple drops of essential oil.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – This calcium bentonite clay is amazing for drawing out blackheads and just really refining the skin. You can see how I’ve used it in the pumpkin and honey mask. I also did an iteration of the same mask the other day when I didn’t have pumpkin at home. I put in a little bit of vinegar instead and had amazing results with that too.
Honey (or manuka honey) – Honey is awesome for its antibacterial and moisturizing properties. I’ve mentioned using it in a milk and honey bath, in various masks, and mixing with vinegar if consuming for getting beautiful from the inside out. I just keep a bottle next to my bath. I’ll often just squirt some in to soften and moisturize my skin or smear it straight on my face as a mask on its own. The bottle I have has become granulated which is kind of perfect because then it does a bit of exfoliation as well as moisturize the rest of the time I sit in the bath.
Baking soda – I love baking soda for dumping in to the bath (for softness and detoxing) as well as using it as a really simple exfoliator as I described here. It also works great to dump a bit on your toothbrush after you’ve put the paste on to help polish and whiten teeth. I also occasionally use it to remove product build-up from hair.
Vinegar – I’m sorry. You all know my obsession with vinegar by this point. It can be used as a hair rinse for shine and in the bath to neutralize pH’s. I also like using it mixed with the Aztec clay for a clarifying mask or you can dilute it and use it as a toner.
Sea Salt – I love sea salt for putting in the bath (like the red wine bath) as well as for making scrubs. I will eventually add some more recipes in the beauty section of the blog for specific recipes but you can generally mix it with a little bit of oil (grape seed or almond) as well as essential oils for a good body scrub to do in the shower.
Whole milk – Whole milk works great as a moisturizer and also has lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate. I’ve mentioned using it for the milk and honey bath. The other thing I really like to do with it is to soak cotton balls in milk and then place them over the eye area to restore moisture. The coolness of the milk also helps to reduce puffiness.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil has wonderful benefits for both internal and external consumption. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It works great as a body moisturizer all on its own, especially after a day at the beach. I also love using it as a hair mask. I just apply it to my hair and then make a hair towel out of cling wrap and put a towel over that and add some heat with a blowdryer or the sun. You can rinse it out after 20 minutes to an hour (or sleep in it with a shower cap on) and shampoo and condition as usual. If you’re going to be beachy all day too, it’s kind of nice to apply it to the ends of hair and put it in a loose braid to keep everything hydrated. It’s also a great natural personal lubricant.
Rose Water – Rose water works as a toner for slightly dry skin and can also be used as described in the rose petal bath. I like to keep it in the refrigerator and use it as a really refreshing mist on a hot day or after a good workout. Orange water works great too and has more astringent properties. The rose water can also be used in recipes. The other day we mixed it with sugar to make a simple syrup and then made strawberry rose gimlets with muddled strawberries and gin.