During the last three years I have been on a journey of healthy living, my eating, exercise, relationships, personal development and many more areas that would take the rest of this page to explain. I was is my bathroom one morning showering and getting ready for my day when it dawned on me, I was making all these great choices for my life and body and yet I was using the cheapest products on my body. I had a collection of off brand shampoos, body washes and so many more products that I had no idea what was in them. Our bodies largest organ is our skin. I was nourishing my other organs with organic foods, fruits, vegetables, exercise and for some reason I wasn’t taking care of my biggest organ. That is when I decided I wanted to slowly change out some of the things that I have done or used out of habit and instead start actively pursuing products that are healthy for my body inside and out. Our skin is a barrier keeping the bad things out of our system, it is important to put organic and pure products on our skin because we absorb those products. I don’t know about you but I don’t want my body to absorb chemicals that I can’t even pronounce. I am excited to share my finds with you. I am going to start off this category of “My Favorite Things” with items I use everyday. I will be sharing a few of my favorite products that I have had great results with. Please keep in mind that everything I share is my preferences and I do not expect everyone to have the same opinion or results. I am not sponsored by any brands nor am I selling any of the items I mention.
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash and Body Lotion
This shampoo and conditioner set has been wonderful. It is gentle and cleansing for my hair but the scent is out of this world! I have thick and medium/long hair so I have had issues in the past with using up so much product per wash. This brand is thick and a little goes a long way. The body wash is just as thick and fragrant as the shampoo and conditioner. I love that all of these products smell the exact same so you don’t get out of the shower smelling like a tropical drink of strawberry, vanilla and marshmallow. The body wash suds up nicely and like the other two products, a little goes a long way. Lastly the body lotion, oh my what more can I say other than this one takes the cake. Like most females I have had a bathroom shelf devoted to multiple lotions, hoping to find one that was perfect for me. I can happily say that after 27 years one this earth, I have found the one! This lotion is thick and creamy. It spreads better than melted butter. I like to use it right out of the shower while my skin is damp. It hydrates my skin better than any lotion I have used before.
Desert Essence face wash with tea tree oil is a great product. Can you seem a theme yet? I am enjoying Desert Essence like crazy. They have so many good ingredients and none of the chemicals in so many other face, body and hair products that companies are putting on the shelves. This face wash leaves you feeling squeaky clean, literally. After I lather and wash my face goes from oily to perfectly clean. You can actually feel the difference. I would warn others to test the product on their arm first because it is a strong mixture and I would be aware of any sensitivities, especially around the eyes.
Facial Cleansing Pads
Tea tree oil yet again. These facial cleansing pads are remarkable. I had bought these before buying the tee tee oil face wash (above). I would wash my face with any face wash I had laying around, when I thought I couldn’t get any cleaner I wanted to try one of these pads. It was disturbing to see the pad go from stark white to a lovely dark tan. I was astonished, after washing my face it was not clean at all. These pads do the trick, they really get any leftover makeup and oils from your face. I have to admit the pads are staying much whiter now that I am using the matching face wash. Like I said before, this is a powerful mixture I would try it on your arm first. These facial cleansing pads are much more potent than the face wash.
I buy all of my desert essence products on vitacost.com they have great products at an inexpensive price. You will hear more about products that I buy from them in my next “My Favorite Things” post.
*Always check ingredients on packaging before trying any new products. Then try on your arm and give it at least 24 hours to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions.