Hello, Daisies! It is time for another installment of Better Beauty Booty! If you didn’t catch the inaugural edition, you can read it here, including more about what it takes to qualify as “better beauty”. Better Beauty Booty is where I share the peaches and the pits in my hunt for better and more natural beauty and personal care products.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Liquid Soap
I have tried a few different natural soaps since my search began last summer, but they have all been bar soaps that didn’t last very long for the price. (Besides, I hate how bar soaps get all gross and wasted from the shower spray hitting the bar.) Then, I discovered Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Liquid Soap (also available at Target, Whole Foods, CVS, Kroger, Bed Bath & Beyond, and most natural health stores). I say “discovered” loosely–like Columbus “discovered” the Americas–because this magic liquid has been around since the 1880’s or 90’s.
Vegan, Leaping Bunny Approved cruelty-free, organic, fair trade, non-gmo, and packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastics, Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap is on my natural beauty dream list (did you see the ingredients list in the photo above?).
What do I love about this soap? First and foremost, the ingredients…or lack of ingredients. Just a couple of squirts of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap leaves me clean and soft–no squeaky soap film, stripped skin, or moisture film–just clean. I had a hard time choosing from the 8 different scents offered, but Lavender won this round (Rose is next), and I could not be more pleased with the scent…fresh without being overpowering or lingering heavily.
Supposedly, you can use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Liquid Soap for anything from laundry to hair washing. I haven’t gone that far, but for the heck of it, I did try it as a dish washing soap and fruit/vegetable rinse. Although I was concerned that it wouldn’t efficiently wash my dishes and would leave a perfumey taste to my food, I was pleasantly surprised on both counts. You can view more information on uses and a dilution chart here.
Demes Butter Me Up Petit Pot
Demes is quickly becoming one of my favorite natural beauty product companies. I shared my introduction and conversion to Demes Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover in previous posts. When I purchased my Cleansing Oil, Demes sent me a Butter Me Up Petit Pot in Lemon. Super sweet!
Butter Me Up in a creamy, solid moisturizer made with vegan, natural, and organic ingredients (this is another Leaping Bunny Approved company) and comes in the Petit Pot (Lemon or Rose) and the Stick (Unscented, Lemon, Coconut, Mint, Cherry, Tangerine Vanilla, and Pup (for the doggies)). You know that I’m a sucker for ingredients: certified organic shea butter, and cocoa butter, candelilla wax, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, natural aroma, Vitamin E, essential oils and/or flavour oils.
I tried Butter Me Up first as a cuticle oil and hand cream. I loved that it absorbed quickly and softened my (rough, dry) cuticles without leaving a greasy residue and had them completely softened after a couple of days of use. While I still favor Crazy Rumors, Butter Me Up also works well as a lip balm. Fortunately–or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it–I found out one of the best things about Butter Me Up by being sick this week. It makes a great salve for a sore nose without breaking out my skin.
Why Natural Beauty is Better Beauty
I came across a fabulous post this week from Tianna of Storybook Apothecary, 5 Reasons Green Beauty Does It Better that I’m sharing with you. The benefits of natural beauty go further than our skin. As Tianna points out, natural beauty is raising the bar for all of the beauty industry in ingredients, sourcing, and the treatment of the environment and its inhabitants.
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