Having just returned from the largest Natural Products show in the United States, I was blown away by all of the new natural products coming to market.
As we approach Earth Day, I wanted to highlight some products that use natural ingredients or encourage a lighter footprint in daily use. There are many reasons why it is important to use products with natural ingredients. Here are a few of the most important ones:
- Natural ingredients are less likely to cause skin irritation or allergies.
- Natural ingredients are often more effective than synthetic ingredients.
- Natural ingredients are better for the environment.
- Natural ingredients are often more affordable than synthetic ingredients.
Natural Skin Care & Hygeine Picks
Earth Kiss Super Naturals Face Masks – Made with Kombucha
I was super excited to try these sheet masks as I’ve never used kombucha on my face! I opted to try the Kombucha & Spirulina Hydrating Sheet Mask first as my skin has been feeling dry from our recently cold weather. The first thing I noticed is that the scent was fresh and fragrant. The kombucha was selected as an ingredient by Earth Kidd as it has unique skin-cleaning benefits. Spirulina and kombucha work in harmony to minimize the appearance of pores, tone the complexion and hydrate thirsty skin.
The sheet itself is thick (biodegradable bamboo) and the liquid was a milky white. I love that sheet masks FORCE me to relax for 20 minutes. I relaxed with a book and honestly could have let it soak into my face after 20 minutes, but decided I needed to get on with my day.
I rinsed my face with warm water and a cloth and then used my day lotion. My skin felt energized, toned, and hydrated! Earth Kiss also makes other kombucha combos with turmeric, shiitake, charcoal and hemp clay.
The Earth Kiss masks are currently available in the US at Rite Aid and Natural Grocers.
Yes to Skin & Body Care
I have been using some Yes to Avocado products and why not? I love avocado on everything, so why not on my skin?
- Avocados are rich in fatty acids, which can help to moisturize and hydrate the skin. This can be especially beneficial for people with dry or chapped skin.
- Anti-inflammatory: Avocados contain compounds that can help to reduce inflammation, which can be beneficial for people with acne, eczema, or other skin conditions.
- Antioxidant: Avocados are a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to the development of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging.
- Collagen production: Avocados contain compounds that can help to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps to keep the skin looking young and firm.
I love the Yes to Avocado products because they made with at least 95% natural ingredients (before we include water). They are also a Leaping Bunny certified brand (no animal testing), and do not use microbeads nor artificial colorants.
I have been using their Yes to Avocado fragrance-free Daily Eye Cream. Avocado Oil helps provide antioxidant protection from free radicals while skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin help attract and hold moisture in the skin. My eye area feels hydrated, but not greasy!
I also love their hand lotion and as it’s also fragrance-free, it’s something my husband likes using too as he shies away from my floral-scented stuff. The hand lotion absorbs well and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feeling on top. Formulated with Avocado Oil for its antioxidant vitamins (and its naturally replenishing Omega-3 fatty acids) that protect against free radicals, as well as barrier-protecting Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin to help attract and keep moisture in the skin, this hand cream can be used daily to combat dry skin and unruly cuticles. It’s also a steal at $4.99!
Kiss My Face Reef Friendly Sunscreen
We all need to use sun protection, but it’s also important to use formulas that don’t harm our oceans when we take a swim. I love the Kiss My Face Mineral Sunscreens (face and body) because they are Reef Friendly and also lightweight without leaving a chalky feeling on my skin.
The water-resistant (up to 80 minutes) Kiss My Face Daily Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides a broad spectrum of SPF 50 protection. It’s Reef Friendly AND Cruelty Free – the Kiss My Face sunscreen lotion has no oxybenzone, octinoxate, parabens or phthalates. Most Importantly, not tested on animals. It’s also hypoallergenic and fragrance-free with skin-soothing Sunflower Seed Oil and Chamomile. Infused with Lutein, antioxidant-rich Liposomal Vitamin C, and Red Algae.
LivelyUp Your Breath
I am a habitual gum chewer and I’ve been told I sound like a cow walking through mud when I smack away. Conscious of that fact, I try to avoid gum as a breath freshener when in public, especially in a social or business setting. I absolutely LOVE the LivelyUp Your Breath natural dissolvable capsules and drops as they are effective, discreet and they taste pretty darn good! The elixir is created using organic essential oils! With the addition of the functional ingredients of chlorophyll or Shiso Leaf & Tea Seed Oils, Lively Up Your Breath works by cleansing and reducing bacteria which is what causes yuck mouth in the first place.
The little capsules are vegan (made from Carrageenan/seaweed), natural and powerful! When the little gel cap breaks, you will get a rush of flavor and it’s an instant breath corrector. I also keep a bottle of the LivelyUp drops in my purse as they are great to use for a quick refreshening and each bottle lasts me for 4 weeks at least. You may find LivelyUp Your Breath in the checkout aisles at Sprouts, Whole Foods or on Amazon.
GuruNanda Concentrated Mouth Wash
When I received this little 2 fluid ounce bottle that said ‘Mouth Wash’, I was confused. What the heck was I going to do with this dinky thing? As I sat down to read the details, I realized that this one little bottle of concentrated formula equals 10 big bottles of mouthwash! WOW! Talk about reducing packaging! This product uses 95% LESS PLASTIC! After doing a literal happy dance, I grabbed some large glass bottles to brew up a personal batch for my husband and myself. How cool that I can make mouthwash that we can each have next to our own respective sinks to backwash in (ha ha – running joke with my husband).
The GuruNanda Mouthwash concentrate is made with 100% natural essential oils. It’s also flouride-free with no preservatives or artificial colors and of COURSE, no bunny testing! It’s also made in the USA. Seriously they are firing on all cylinders!
This is a great product for adults. I gently swished this mouthwash for about one minute before spitting out and my mouth was transported to a cool minty place with hints of clove!