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