“What do you use, Emma?”
I get a lot of DMs and emails with this question, so I figured it was high time I share it all in one place!
I’m a minimalist when it comes to my personal care products. When I find a brand I like, I tend to stick with it. So all the products listed here aren’t just something I got for free and tested for a week. These are what I buy over and over again, and are sitting in my bathroom right now.
So, for all of you who ask me what I’m using, here’s the round-up for you!
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Shampoo & Conditioner
This one has been YEARS of trial and error. It depends on your hair type, water hardness, chlorine levels, etc. But, ever since The Green Beaver Company came out with their coconut moisturizing version I’ve been hooked. My hair is curly and dry. Adding a shower filter also really helped as the chlorine was causing extra dryness.
Yes, my hair is naturally curly. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a little help keeping its shape and controlling frizz! I really like Kinky Curly Curling Custard. It’s light enough to use daily, in between washes for light touch ups. It has a light (natural) fragrance that I love. I am slightly sensitive and it doesn’t bother me, but if you’re especially scent sensitive it might be too much for you.
As much as I love a good body wash and (natural) loofah, I’ve switched over to bar soap. Often something we get from the farmer’s market, or Soap Works. They’re zero waste, you don’t pay for the water, and more cost effective.
I’ve become an oil cleanser convert this year! Thanks to Eco + Amour, I’ve been able to use a refill product for less waste. Unfortunately, the brand I love, Robi has decided to close so there’s limited stock, but you can find it here.
I also like Green Beaver’s Eye Make-Up Remover. It’s perfect for my sensitive eyes, which get irritated easily. I also use it as an all-over cleanser, which won’t work for all skin types and may not be the best, but I mentioned I’m pretty basic with my skincare, right?
I got to test facial serums as part of the Cert Clean Beauty Awards, and despite adding a step to my simplistic routine I love them! My fave was Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. It’s for sensitive skin, and helped with dryness and redness especially this winter.
For face lotion, I really like Green Beaver’s Extra Dry Skin Cream. It works under make up or before bed, and it really helped soothe winter dryness as well.
Another one from Green Beaver, I’m using the Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer for my hands and body.
I have a post about some of the best deodorants that work for many people, because this is such a personal thing. Everybody’s body chemistry is different, and not all brands will work for all people. I’ve tried dozens of deodorants over the past 15 years or so, and so far Green Beaver’s Citrus deodorant has been working the best and longest. In the past, I’d have to switch after 6 months because of irritation.
Unfortunately, soap doesn’t work so I had been using Kiss my Face, but just discovered that they’ve gone bankrupt. So, I’m on the hunt for a new shave cream (to go with my new all-metal razor by Rockwell). Any faves, send them my way :).
Now, I’m not a huge make-up person. I slap on some cover-up and mascara on a daily basis, and my “fancy” look is a lot of people’s everyday.
That being said, let’s dive into the list…
I will first give credit to the most talented make-up artist I’ve ever met, Maria Velve. She is also incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about non-toxic make-up and skincare made in Canada.
Maria introduced me to Pure Anada and sells them in her shop which you can check out here. I am in love with their mascara! It stays in place, goes on nicely, and comes in brown (which I prefer). Also a fan of their lip balm and eye shadow.
Also, there hasn’t been a product I’ve tried from Beautycounter that I didn’t love. The lipstick is no exception. I don’t love wearing lipstick (I’m more of a tinted gloss kinda girl), but this one feels great and makes me feel a little fancy :).
I have been using Jane Iredale’s powdered foundation for years. I’ve stopped using it as a foundation, but still really like it for under eye coverage. I get it from Pure + Simple, where I go for the most amazing facials, by the way!
Finally, I discovered a refill liquid foundation product by Cosmic Tree at Eco+Amour. It doesn’t feel heavy or drying and covers nicely!
For the Kids
Can you guess what brand we use for the kids?
In case you couldn’t tell, I am a big fan of Green Beaver. So that’s what they use for the most part too. Beautycounter’s kids line is also nice.
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There you have it! That’s what I’m using in my clean personal care routine, and have been using for a long time now. I hope it helps inspire you to make healthier changes to your own routine!