January Favorites

January Favorites with Natural Skincare, Haircare, Himalayan Salt Lamp, Young Living Essential Oils, Zero Waste Home, and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

January Favorites with Natural Skincare, Haircare, Himalayan Salt Lamp, Young Living Essential Oils, Zero Waste Home, and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Well, January is drawing to a close and February is upon us. 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.

Let’s get started with my January Favorites.

January Favorites with Natural Skincare, Haircare, Himalayan Salt Lamp, Young Living Essential Oils, Zero Waste Home, and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

My favorites this month reflect my conscious shift towards developing a more natural skincare routine – and one that is more gentle for the wintertime.

January Favorites Mermaid Hair Dry Shampoo from Captain Blankenship

Captain Blankenship Organic Mermaid Dry Shampoo

I only shower about 2-3 per times week in the winter. Because it’s so dry, I don’t want to constantly be stripping the healthy oils from my skin, face, and hair. Even if I don’t need to wash my hair often, I need to use dry shampoo to make my hair presentable on the third day. (No one wants to se the stringy-on-the-top-frizzy-on-the-bottom mess that is my third-day-hair. No thank you.) That’s where Mermaid Dry Shampoo comes it. This stuff is amazing and it only has seven ingredients:

Organic Arrowroot Powder, Kaolin Clay, Rice Powder, Aluminum Free Baking Soda, Organic essential oils of Rose, Geranium, and Palmarosa.

I will never go back to using chemical-laden dry shampoo again.

January Favorites Mermaid Dry Shampoo from Captain Blankenship

Captain Blankenship was born out of [a] desire to create organic beauty products that create a direct link with nature. Cold pressed organic plant oils, flowers, seaweeds, sea salt and organic essential oils bring us back to the primacy of experience with the land and sea. These ingredients not only conjure the natural world, but are highly beneficial for our skin, body, hair and senses. Our mantra at Captain Blankenship is ‘beauty wild with nature’ […] We formulate our products with only organic and wild-harvested ingredients that are domestically grown when possible. We never use synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates or “fragrance.” We use recyclable and reusable glass packaging, making a positive environmental impact. We believe in transparency in every aspect of our line.

From About Captain Blankenship

January Favorites Alaffia Coconut Facial Cleansing Wash

Alaffia EveryDay Coconut Cleansing Face Wash

This face wash was a recent purchase this month and it has been working incredibly well for me. Made from 100% Certified Fair Trade ingredients, the coconut cleanses thoroughly while being gentle on the skin and maintaining its moisture level. With its coconut oil, neem oil, and lavender extract, it not only cleans well, but it also smells beautiful. I’ve been using it twice a day and it removes my makeup, keeps break-outs at bay, and also moisturizes my face.

January Favorites Young Living Roll-On Deep Relief and Stress Away

January Favorites Young Living Roll-On Deep Relief and Stress Away

Young Living Essential Oil Roll-Ons

These handy little roll-on essential oils were a Christmas gift from my mom and I have already gotten so much use out of them. Easy to stash in my purse, Deep Relief (Peppermint, Lemon, Balsam, Clove, Wintergreen, Helichrysum, and Vetiver) is ready if I experience a headache or any muscle soreness at work and Stress Away (Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla, and Lavender) is another favorite for times I need to calm down and relax. If you are interested in learning more about essential oils from me or getting started with them yourself, you can find out more at the bottom of this post.

January Favorites Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

January Favorites Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

This is a fascinating little book. Marie Kondo has an engaging writing style and while I don’t necessarily follow all of her recommendations, I loved her perspective and her ideas were so helpful in my recent closet-purging-adventures. Her folding method has changed the state of my dresser drawers forever and I love how her determining factor of whether or not to keep something is to ask, “Does this spark joy?”

January Favorites Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Zero Waste Home

Bea Johnson is an inspiration. I am so far from living a zero-waste life, but this book gave me practical ideas of ways I can continue improving and eliminating the amount of trash my home produces. Austin and I have already been more diligent to use our reusable bags, containers, and water bottles and I took copious notes from the book for future practices to implement.

January Favorites Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Pink Salt Light

Himalayan Pink Salt is not only beautiful, but it has the ability to naturally improve indoor air quality. It accomplishes this by creating healthy negative ions that counteract the positive ions that abound from our televisions, laptops, and other electronic devices. Airborne allergens and bacteria cannot thrive in a negatively charged environment and so … voila. Our apartment air is better off than it was before. This is especially important for us during the winter when all windows are closed and there isn’t much fresh air getting into our tiny home.

We have two tiny ones that are for tea lights, but there are also lamp versions available.

January Favorites Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

This Aloe Vera plant is a new addition to our apartment plant family and it makes me smile every time I look at it. Not only does it help clean the air in our apartment, but there are so many other uses for aloe as well. My favorite use is for sunburns, but we don’t really have that problem right now during the winter. I know it will come in handy this summer, though. Making juice from the aloe gel also intrigues me and I’m planning on learning how to do that soon.

January Favorites with Natural Skincare, Haircare, Himalayan Salt Lamp, Young Living Essential Oils, Zero Waste Home, and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

There you have it. Just a few of my favorite things from the month of January.

Have you tried any of these products?

What have you been loving lately?

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  • I have really been interested in trying essential oils!
    I will definitely have to look into them a little more.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • The Art of Tidying Up made my list in December! Great minds…

  • Definitely going to look into that dry shampoo!

  • Nice list! Couple of my favorites: 1st the dry shampoo what a great product. So many on the market have so many different chemicals and add who knows what to it! 2nd zero waste home. I am trying to get there ugh it can be so hard trader joes is my problem, everything is wrapped in plastic… Good for you for trying to get there!
    On a different note, I am see so much about essential oils! I’m going to have to start learning all about them!
    Again, great list thanks!

  • Cindi Gutenplan

    Great shout out for Marie Kondo’s book – she does have some great ideas, and we have benefited greatly from some of her suggestions . . . especially in the area of clothes, photos and papers!! The mere act of simplifying your life brings “joy.” Although the one area that I have trouble “simplifying” is books. I also love the Coconut Face Wash!! Can’t wait to try some of your other suggestions, especially the Himalayan Pink Salt Light and dry shampoo!! Great post!

  • That coconut face wash sounds really nice and I bet it smells amazing!

    Molly and Stacie

  • Sarah Phillips

    Great list!
    Really enjoying your blog!

  • You are a lifesaver! I’ve been wanting to look for a new dry shampoo that wasn’t full of chemicals, but it’s so hard to know which ones work well! I’m for sure going to try this!

    • Yay! Glad it helped! I’d love to know how it ends up working for you!

  • I don’t go anywhere without my oils! Love them! Also, I need a salt lamp. I’ve been hearing so many great things about them lately!

  • Does that dry shampoo keep your hair looking like it was just washed even after a few days? If so, I may need to check it out! Great post 🙂

    • Yep! I only wash my hair every three days and when I use the Dry Shampoo I can still wear my hair down and feel clean and presentable when I go to work. I might dampen the ends of my hair to encourage my natural curl to come back, but, as far as greasy, stringing roots are concerned, this Dry Shampoo has got me covered. 😉

  • Essential oils are so lovely. What a great idea to have these roll on versions. I’m definitely checking out Zero waste home. And like the idea of the dry hair shampoo.

  • I’m really intrigued by the face wash and the dry shampoo! I LOVE all things coconut and am always up for trying a new, gentle face cleanser. The dry shampoo I currently use has a strong smell and I can’t help but think it is chemicals, so I’m going to check out the one you have been loving lately! Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome! Glad that you found the recommendations helpful. Hope they work well for you!

  • Ace

    I haven’t tried any of these, but I’m down to try the coconut cleaning face wash!

    • It’s a fabulous face wash and I adore it. If you try it, I’d love to know what you think.

  • I really love these. I’m passionate about using all natural products and I didn’t know of any of these. I will definitely look into the Mermaid Dry Shampoo.

  • Kim

    LOVE anything coconut and that salt light looks so cool…I’ve seen those mentioned quite a bit lately…so beautiful

  • Lovely post! Have a nice Sunday!

  • Gotta try these out! x


  • I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Mermaid shampoo. I’ll have to look into it. I’ve also know a few people who have read the decluttering books and I’ve been meaning to pick them up.

    • They are great books – Hope you like them!

  • My parents always had aloe plants. We would use it for burns! I’m going to look into that dry shampoo. I love using them but I do feel like I’m inhaling a lot of crap every time I spray it.

    • Then this is the perfect dry shampoo for you! And yes, aloe vera is absolutely amazing for burns.

  • I just added both of those books to my amazon wish list! Thanks girl. xo

    • My pleasure! I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!

  • Fantastic round up, love the list and you have me hooked – I am going to be looking forward to your month end post for sure 🙂 I have been meaning to try a dry shampoo, and knowing that you too (like me) try to reduce the use of chemical products I am definitely going with your recommendation.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • You are so lovely! Thanks for the kind words of support. And yes! It’s the perfect dry shampoo to use when you are working hard to avoid chemicals and eliminate toxins. Have a great week!

  • Gotta try the dry shampoo and the Himalayan pink salt light! Do you have a favorite tea light? I know the cheap ones have toxins and stuff.

    • I’m still looking for natural tea lights. Battery-powered ones are okay to use, but I’d rather not purchase plastic. I’ll let you know if I’m able to find affordable + natural ones, though! 🙂

  • I haven’t tried all of these but I do have aloe plants and a salt candle holder. I have also followed Zero Waste Home for years. I’ll have to check out these others! Thanks for sharing.

  • These are really good ones!! 🙂

    • Thank you! Glad you liked my picks!

  • Such an awesome Jan favorites list! I really want to try the mermaid dry shampoo!

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