Melvita Argan Oil and Such

I couldn’t wait to hit up Melvita during our Cali trip, I needed another big bottle of Argan Oil which I picked up last year in their Newport store and used it slowly until I couldn’t milk another drop out of the bottle. Even with all of the argan oils I’ve tried, I still love theirs the very best. It’s so soothing on the skin and you just need a little to really moisturize. You can use it on both skin and hair but since they don’t have a store in Denver, I hoard it like it’s gold and just use it as a body moisturizer. It’s a light, EcoCert (Europe’s organic certification) formula that feels like silk. With help from Moroccian Oil’s popularity, argan is now the ubiquitous ingredient touted as a cure-all for everything from wrinkles to eczema and even healing old scars. I think it’s a miracle for KP- those bumps on the backs of your arms that are so annoying and hard to get rid of. This is the only treatment I’ve used that really clears them up for good. It is pricey ($56 for 6.76 oz or $25 for 1.7oz) but it’s pure – only 100% real Argan Oil not mixed with anything else which is what you’ll want to use to see some type of results.

I tried a little of their Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm and of course loved it. I’m not typically a fan of body balms and heavy creams – they usually feel like lard to me, but this one was so softening and non-greasy that I knew I’d use it all the time. It has the most perfect, thick texture so you just need a little to keep your skin feeling smooth all day. The only caveat? It smells exactly like that pink ‘bubblegum’ flavored antibiotic we took as kids – remember that? Well if you don’t, good – you’ll think it smells just fine.

Nigella Oil (which I never heard of before) is cold pressed from seeds of a flowered plant that has apparently been used for centuries to relax sore muscles and purify the skin so they suggest using it on oily and breakout prone. I’ve used Suki’s face oil (which they also recommend for acne) for a long time and really love it’s ability to reduce sebum production and give just a really light hydration. Suki’s oil is a half ounce for $32, this oil is $19 for 1.7 oz and it’s organic. Face oils rule – they’re so light and without the needless creamy bases of glycerine or whatever else – they’re just pure beneficial ingredients that are great for the skin.

So far, Melivita stores are only in Newport Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle with one coming to New York soon. Subscribe to their newsletter to get sales notifications (which they have often) since you’ll probably need to order online to give it a try. I’d would suggest against the haircare line, which I felt was totally worthless and not worth the money at all. Stick to the oils and hydrosols, two things they’ve perfected making.

Bubble & Bee

I’m literally mid-order for a few things from Bubble & Bee right now which I think says a lot about the line. I don’t buy a lot of products since it’s part of my job to receive stuff so I can review it all for you. And it’s not like I don’t have a body wash or 10 sitting around, but I just love their Squeezed Lime scent made from organic saponified oils (along the lines of Dr. Bronners) with a smell that literally makes my mouth water. It’s so fresh and clean that I just love it.

Also in my order is their Peppermint Vanilla Salt Scrub that I’ve described as feeling a cool, minty tingle long after you use it on your skin. The combo seems like a weird one, but it just works.

Their USDA organic lip balms are hard to beat too for long lasting moisture, so I grabbed a few while they’re on sale today.

I’ve tried dozens of natural deodorants, but always go back to their Geranium Lime Pit Putty which now comes in a cream with added baking soda for more protection. I grabbed a sample size for $4.

But wait. What the hell is a Soap Nut? They also sell these unrelated to bath and body care, but totally fascinating dried berries from the Soapnut Tree (which apparently is a real tree..) that give off natural saponins – basically nature’s way of making a soap that so many labs recreate using harsh chemicals. Check em out HERE along with a short video showing them in action. Apparently you can reuse just 4-5 of them in your washer several times giving your laundry an added boost of natural cleansing.

Sebamed

Now you know I love me some Costco, especially their health and beauty section that rivals most department stores for their high-end products and much lower prices. Next time you’re there pick up some Sebamed, a totally unassuming cult fav for pH balanced skin basics. I prefer their Moisturizing Cream over Cetaphil’s to calm sensitized skin and not just deliver moisture. If Sebamed’s modest packaging makes you a little unsure of its efficacy, browse their glowing reviews at drugstore.com or the ones at amazon.com, which is what I typically do before dive into a line I don’t know much about. But if you really want proof of their popularity, just look at their signature Liquid Face & Body Wash or Everyday Shampoo, both offered in huge 1 Liter sizes. If you have a big family or just really want a good deal, this is one of those perfect all-in-one things that you stick in the shower for all to use (and enjoy.)

Beauty Essentials You Don’t Already Have

You think you have beauty product known to (wo)man you’ll ever need. You’re the Macgyver of beauty, the one your friends go to when they need something to grow their brows, plump their lips, and make their skin glow. Would it surprise you to find out that you’re missing a few things? These uniquely cool offerings will add value to your beauty arsenal and sharpen your routine not to mention hold firm your reputation as your friends’ resident beauty know-it-all.

You Don’t Have: An Eyeliner This Color

Aside from the fact that the wear time of this liner is limitless, the color is nothing short of incredible. Every woman should own Estée Lauder’s Silver Zinc liner, a somewhat smokey grey with a touch of warmth. I’ve been using it to line under the eyes while still using black on top. It breaks up the look and adds a softness where black might be overpowering especially during the day. It’s a totally eye catching look that works on all ages and skin tones. FYI- it’s a limited edition color, grab one while they’re still available, I predict they’ll sell out soon.

You Don’t Have: A Shower in a Bottle

Admit it, there are days when laziness wins and the daily shower gets pushed aside. Instead of piling on a fragrance, you can spray on a shower-fresh scent like Lush’s Dirty Body Spray (nice name btw.) It’s meant to neutralize a not so fresh scent with their own yummy blend to successfully fake out the noses around you into smelling a much cleaner you.

You Don’t Have: Professional-Grade Vegan Brushes

Makeup Artist Samantha Champan knows what makes a good brush and her brush line reflects just that. They’re made with synthetic taklon brushes, so they’re vegan and 100% cruelty free. They’re ultra plush, high performing, and designed to take up minimal room- each one stands up on its end. Grab them at Ulta where you’ll find sets of 3 or 4 brushes being offered for less than you’d normally pay for just one in a department store.

You Don’t Have: A Waterproof Bronzer

Cargo is known for their legendary cheek colors and bronzers. This huge tin of perfectly balanced Water Resistant Bronzer is in my kit so I can bronze brides who have a good amount of dancing (and sweating) to do. It doesn’t move or change color even in the most humid conditions making it a go-to for the Makeup Artists on Dancing With the Stars.

You Don’t Have: Gluten Free Skincare

Brittanie’s Thyme is one of the better USDA certified organic lines out there with solid gluten-free options. This kit includes one of my favs from the line, their Organic Everyday Moisturizer that uses a base of Aloe and Coconut Oil to gently moisturize and nourish even the most delicate skin.

You Don’t Have: Razor Burn Relief

Res-Q from Satin Smooth delivers quick rescue for ingrown hairs, razor burn, bumps, and skin irritation after waxing, shaving, or threading. It’s one of those really useful things to have around in case of emergencies or to use daily if you’re prone to skin irritation from shaving.

You Don’t Have: A Cleanser That Smells This Good

My beloved Sanitas has this Lemon Cream Cleanser that I swear smells like a really decadent dessert. Sure it removes makeup and acts as a gentle, all-around great cleanser with hydrators and vitamins, but it’s the scent that makes using it an addiction.

Help for Dry Skin, Psoriasis, and Eczema

Seaweed Bath Co. is a line especially formulated for dry, itchy, flaky skin caused by changes in weather, psoriasis, or eczema. They’ve found seaweed to be hugely helpful in calming dry skin irritation because of its natural amino acids. Blend the seaweed with essential oils (like coconut and neem), and you’ve got yourself a dream team to soothe itching and skin discomfort.

Soak yourself soothed with sea salt, wild seaweed, oils and vitamins in a nice relaxing bath. If you’re dry and itchy this is a good way to get your skin settled down.

Wildly Natural Seaweed Powder Bath

I have the Citrus body wash, it’s a fresh, sparkling scented creamy wash that feels really great on the skin. Using a harsh bar soap could make the dryness worse and cause more irritation.

Click HERE for their FAQ’s on various skin conditions to see if their products can help with your dry skin.

Seaweed Bath Co.

Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant

I never would’ve guessed that there would come a day when I would spend $18 on deodorant, but I did. The Healthy Deodorant a natural formula that integrates Lavanila’s signature scents. Essentially, my pits smell like fresh baked vanilla cupcakes, better than the alternative I suppose and a sweet departure from whatever ‘April Fresh’ is.

Understand right off the bat that natural formulas are deodorants only, not antiperspirants. You may sweat at first until your pores become used to being un-clogged though I’ve heard from people that they didn’t sweat at all when jumping into this formula.

I probably have as many deodorant sticks lingering in my bathroom as I do mascaras, I’m always looking for a great one and I think this one is worth checking out. Yes, $18 is steep for a deodorant (also keep in mind Sephora’s forgiving return policy), but if it works it’s worth it. I can guarantee you don’t smell like cake at yoga, but I do. That alone is enough for me.

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant