My January Favorites post was a hit so I am so excited to continue into my second month as well and share my February Favorites with all of you. As I said in January, at the end of each month, I want to set aside some time to share just a few of my favorite things. They could be from any sort or variety of nouns; people, places, things, or ideas. My monthly favorites may include a myriad of items from books to music to food to beauty products. You never know. All opinions are always my own, but I’m always glad to hear your thoughts in the comments as well.
Time to share my February Favorites!
After years of using a plastic hair brush, I finally made the switch to a wooden wide-tooth comb. Immediately I started seeing improvements of the appearance and health of my hair and I am asking myself why I didn’t make the change sooner. Using natural wooden combs help to naturally condition your hair while evenly distributing your hair’s natural oils from the roots to the ends. Additionally, the wood don’t produce any static making your hair smoother and less frizzy. Wide-tooth wooden combs don’t pull at the hair as much and glide more smoothly through the curls in my hair. Finally, many wooden hair tools that are crafted from bamboo, a fast-growing sustainable and natural resource.
I had spent a long time searching for a natural (and affordable) moisturizer and eventually decided to make my own. Minimal effort is key for me so a tiny bit of sweet almond oil (with a drop or two of frankincense essential oil) on my face has been working beautifully. At first it seemed strange to deliberately apply oil on my face, but, since I’ve started using, my skin has never been so clear. Almond Oil is rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, proteins, potassium, zinc, and variety of other minerals and vitamins. It’s ideal as a makeup remover, for delaying signs of aging, for removing impurities, for increasing the health of your skin, and for reducing dark circles. Frankincense is anti-inflammatory and works for increasing the radiance of your skin, diminishing the appearance of stretch marks, age spots, scars, and wrinkles.
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This book provides an absolutely incredible history of how fast fashion has changed the world we live in today. Elizabeth Cline exposits where everything began and the issues and destruction caused by the fashion industry today. If you are interested in ethical and slow fashion, and have already watched The True Cost, then add this book to your reading list.
Not a natural product, but since I’m still searching for a natural mascara (feel free to let me know in the comments if you know of any!) I couldn’t resist makeup with Star Wars quotes on it. A little wisdom from Yoda in the morning never hurt anyone.
Most days, I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup. On those days when I just put a bit of mascara on, I love to use a bit of this on my face to even out any redness or shiny spots. It’s easy and light and takes no effort.
I am a huge theatre aficionado who is always excited to find a new musical. Everyone was talking about Hamilton and I was a bit late joining, but, after listening to it, I now realize why it is such a sensation. This is the best new musical I have heard in a long time and it’s all I’m currently listening to. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and his mastery of lyrics, and turns-of-phrase make me so excited every time I hear them. The cast is incredibly talented and the story is so engaging I find myself crying and laughing and experiencing every emotion in between whenever I listen through it.
“I am not throwing away my shot!”
Scottish Wool Tartan Stole
This was a recent splurge for our upcoming travels, but I’ve already worn it every day since it has arrived in the mail. I had searched long and hard for the best ethically-made tartan shawl I could find and then I discovered this one. It was woven at a family mill in Scotland and the craftsmanship is beyond compare. It’s warm and durable and I can wear it as a scarf or a shawl around my shoulders. It’s going to be the perfect piece to wear as we transition from winter to spring or to wrap around myself on long flights.
DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask
I made a coconut oil hair mask this month with rosemary and peppermint essential oils and it did wonders for my hair. I’ll definitely be doing it again and will share the directions with all of you.
Have you tried any of these products?
What have you been loving lately?