I work as a health and fitness professional so all aspects of well-being are important to me. In addition to exercising and eating a nutritious whole foods diet, I am selective about what skincare products I use. With Christmas coming next month I’m already on the lookout for more toiletries. Every year our stockings include products which are safe to use from ethical sources. I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the past year. I’ve enjoyed using all of them and have posted links in case you’d like to try them too. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies and do not receive anything in return for this review.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Hair care is one area that I have yet to find items stocked on my local health food shop’s shelf that are suitable for my hair type. Boots, however, now carry Shea Moisture products which work wonders for curly hair. My daughter uses the full range. We both love the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Treatment Masque. The company’s story is inspiring. You can read it here. According to their website:
Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Sofi Tucker was our Grandmother and SheaMoisture is her legacy.
- Neal’s Yard Remedies: I can’t find a link to “Deliciously Ella” cleanser & moisturiser on the main website. I bought this product through a friend. Check out Flora Wieler – Holistic Facialist & NYR Organic Consultant on Facebook and she might be able to send you this product or advise you on what’s best for your specific skin type. Deliciously Ella is supposed to be for all skin types, but my teenage daughter’s delicate skin reacted badly to this product. Her face became became red, itchy and stung. I use it and love the delicate fragrance. It’s made with rose, lime and cucumber. I have combination skin and this product works well for me, although I only use it in the mornings. I use heavier moisturiser at night.
- The Body Shop’s Aloe Calming Foaming Wash has been great for my daughter’s sensitive skin. It’s gentle and fragrance free. She uses the Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion with great results.
- I couldn’t survive the winter months without Burt’s Bees lip balm! At the moment I’m hooked on the Coconut and Pear flavor. I also love wearing the matte lip crayon, my favorite shade being Napa Vineyard. Made with 100% natural ingredients and 100% recyclable packaging, it’s a win, win!
Body Wash & Moisturiser
- The Moher Soap Company is an Irish business based in Co. Clare. To read the inspirational story about how the company began, click here. Their soaps and moisturising bars are handmade with natural ingredients. My favorite is the Rose Geranium bar which is suitable for all skin types. It’s made with coconut oil, beeswax, organic cocoa butter, Shea butter, rose geranium essential oil, and vitamin E. The fragrance is uplifting, yet it’s not overpowering. It’s a solid moisturiser that melts against your body’s warmth as you apply it. The company also sells soap wrapped in gorgeous keepsake fabric and beautifully packaged bath salts, avoiding use of plastic. If you’re living in Ireland and spend over €40 you qualify for free shipping. They offer gift sets which would be perfect for Christmas!
- Cowshed offers a variety of spa products. To read their story and find out how it all began in Somerset, England. click here. I’ve been using Blissful Shower Scrub which is a luxurious way to exfoliate. The product isn’t available online unfortunately. It’s made with the essential oils of lavender, cinnamon, and ylang ylang and smells divine! Similar products can be ordered from the main website, linked above.
- Trilogy Everything Balm is best described as “a muti-tasking rescue balm.” I keep a tin of it in my handbag and whip it out whenever I need it while on the go. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be applied anywhere you need it. Even babies can use it for nappy/ diaper rash! According to the website it’s a great alternative to lanolin/petroleum based child care creams.
- I prefer to use Faith In Nature hand soap stocked at my local health food shop. You can also purchase it online. I wash my hands a lot and need to avoid developing detergent hands for professional reasons. (I’m a qualified massage therapist). This hand soap is not only gentle, but it’s also suitable for vegans.
- Skin Food is one of my all time favorite products by Weleda. My partner also swears by it. I buy him a tube for his used and abused hands every Christmas! (His wood milling and green-build projects take their toll on his hands). The lotion is designed to soothe and moisturise dry, rough skin.
- Weleda comes up trumps again. Their Foot Balm is quickly absorbed and “refreshes and softens tired dry feet.” My heels suffer from cracks and I find this product helps.
- The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Care range is also fabulous! I’ve been using the lotion since I was in college and it remains a favorite for my tired feet.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas for new products to try that will help you look and feel your best! What’s your favorite natural skincare product? Do you buy them or make your own? Feel free to add more items to my list in the comments section. I’m always on the lookout for new products to sample.
On a related note, my daughter and I have been looking for sustainable alternatives to disposable make up remover pads. I discovered a great post, with a tutorial by The Renegade Seamstress, showing how to sew them. I wanted to make them for my daughter this Christmas, but I don’t think I’ll have time. Fortunately I’ve found zero waste, reusable make up remover pads that come with a laundry bag. They’re made of bamboo and are eco-friendly.
If you’d like more ideas for ethical items to add to your basket this holiday season, read Sophie Marshall’s excellent post 7 of My Favorite Sustainable Products of 2019. I can’t wait to order the Ethique vegan plastic free/ cruelty free shampoo and conditioner bars for my oldest son who’s an ardent vegan. His hair is a different texture than the rest of us- almost completely Caucasian- and this product will probably be fine for him.