1) Silk18 Shampoo
I am obsessed with this shampoo! I have naturally dry hair and have been looking for a shampoo that will hydrate my hair without leaving it feeling greasy. This shampoo is sulfate and paraben-free, as well as made in the USA! A bonus is that the bottle is bpa-free as well. Their formulation includes amino acids and keratin to strengthen the hair and protect it from breakage as well as argan and jojoba oil to naturally hydrate and add shine. I love the silky smooth feel. After trying another organic, natural shampoo that left my hair feeling stringy and insanely dry, I was so happy to come across this product. With a price tag of only $12.95, I definitely recommend this product for both men and women and think it's great for all hair types, especially those who tend to have dryer ends.
2) Alba Botanica Coconut Milk Hawaiian Conditioner
Along that same trend, this conditioner is the perfect remedy for protecting my hair from split ends and quenching it in the dry winter months. This conditioner smells amazing and reminds me of my lounging beach days in Maui. I will warn that this conditioner is quite thick, so I usually only apply it to my ends and not the top of my scalp to prevent any greasiness. It's also great to use as a hair mask -- once a week when my hair is feeling really dry, I'll massage a dollop into my ends and wrap it into a hair towel wrap for 5-10 minutes before quickly rinsing out with cold water.
3) Argan Oil -- The Perfect Protectant for Blow Drying
On days when my hair isn't in a braid or top-knot, I love a straight blowout. A lot of hair protectants contain glycerin and parabens in their formula though. 100% Argan Oil is a simple, but effective alternative. It smells wonderful and leaves the hair looking illustrious and full. I'll add several drops to my hands and then rub the ends before drying.
4) The Seaweed Bath Co. Eucalyptus and Peppermint Body Wash
I love the minty smell of this paraben-free, antioxidant-rich body wash. I use an exfoliating brush with a dollop of this wash after sweaty yoga classes to give myself a deep clean and leave my body smelling refreshed the rest of the day. I like a lot of the products within this brand -- all of their products use an organic, sustainably harvested seaweed that is known for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. In addition, the neem and Kukul oil rebuild the barrier of the skin, protecting it from dryness and locking in moisture.
5) Ayurvedic Soap -- Remove Impurities
Not a body wash person? No problem! I like switching up my routine too and there's nothing like a good ol' bar of soap. I found this soap brand on Thrive Market. I had seen an ayurvedic practitioner several years back who had told me I was a pitta constitution (i.e. meticulous, love to exercise outdoors, but have a tendency to become hangry! In all seriousness, also more prone to GI sensitivity). Nevertheless, this soap bar is tailored toward my constitution (they also make different formulations if you are Vata) with astringent sandalwood and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Similarly to the Seaweed Co. body wash, it also includes Neem in addition to sesame seed oil, which is upheld as an extremely detoxifying oil in ayurvedic medicine. This soap has a strong smell with the sandalwood (I happen to like that scent, but just giving you a heads up if you are sensitive to strong fragrances).
So those are my 5 recommendations! I have more beauty products that I would like to write about in future posts including my toothpaste, deodorant, and all-natural moisturizers that are a part of my daily routine. Next week, I will be writing a post on 3 homemade recipes I've integrated into my skincare routine that are cheaper and healthier alternatives to products you will find on the store shelves. Can't wait to share it with you! In the meantime, what natural products are a part of your routine? Share in the comments below.