Today, I simply want to ask you – what in your life are you taking for granted? Where can you cultivate more gratitude?
Our to-do lists are long. Our days are short. Our obligations pile up. Our energy drains. Our guilt soars. Our patience lowers. Our presence goes out the window. Our frustrations run high.
What are all the good things you’re forgetting about? As I write this, I have a sleeping husband and pup in the other room. A messy house. Left over food from dinner still in the kitchen. There are plenty of things that are seemingly wrong, off, or that need be fixed. But how wonderful is it that I have those things that need to be fixed? I have love, a house, and food! Not to mention so many things that are right and good and wonderful and lovely.
All we have is now. Work towards the life you want, but don’t forget about the one you have. You will only ever experience life in the present moment. Will you enjoy it or miss out on it entirely?
I haven’t done much research into clean beauty and skincare, but I find myself drawn to more natural products when I see them on the shelf and have the opportunity to try them out. Similar to my beliefs about eating real food rather than processed food, I think it’s also important to consider what we’re slathering on our skin. However, rather than overwhelming myself and taking the approach of throwing everything I own away, I’m starting to incorporate products with more natural ingredients slowly and organically. The five products in this post are products I’ve been using and loving lately. And as you’ll notice, I’m all about moisture as I struggle with dry skin.
SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand & Body Scrub| I’ve had this stuff for several months and love it. It’s an exfoliating body scrub that smells heavenly and leaves your skin intensely hydrated. I often scrub it on before I shave so my legs are extra soft for a cleaner shave. I particularly love it because I’m terrible about applying lotion consistently after my showers and this leaves me hydrated enough to not feel like I need to.
Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave| I hate shaving cream because even if I get the moisturizing one, it leave my skin dry. I always end up using conditioner or body wash to shave. A friend told me about this shave cream from TJ’s and I absolutely love it. It smells really yummy and is more of a creamy lotion than a sudsy or foamy texture, which I happen to love. I also get a much cleaner shave when I use this.
Alba Botanic Hawaiin, Pina Colada Cocktail Body Wash | I love tropical smelling body wash so when I saw this one at our local grocery store, I thought I’d give it a try since it’s more natural than other body washes I typically use. I really like it so far. It smells good, suds up nicely, and leaves me feeling clean. I give it a thumbs up.
LaLicious Sugar Kiss Souffle Scrub| My mom got me this for my birthday and I really like it. It’s similar to the SheaMoisture body scrub above, but I find it slightly more exfoliating and slightly less moisturizing as it’s more concentrated. The SheaMoisture leaves a little bit more of an oily residue than this so this is great if you don’t need quite as much moisture. It smells like dessert, which I wasn’t sure about at first, but it’s grown on me and I don’t mind it now. I really want to try to the Coconut version. I think I’d love it even more.
Honest Sunscreen Lotion | I read an article awhile back talking about the dangers of the common sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate. I was interested in trying Honest Company’s sunscreen as theirs didn’t include those ingredients, but never placed an online order. A few weeks ago, I was in Costco and saw that they carried the double pack. I bought it immediately. I’ve only used the sunscreen on my face so far, but I like it. It’s a little greasy, but I actually prefer that because of my whole dry skin thing. It doesn’t smell like anything and I feel so much better knowing I’m not puttting chemicals all over my face. The reviews on Amazon are terrible, though, so I’m curious to see how I like it over time.
Do you use any natural bath and skincare products? I’d love to hear what your favorites are.