If you want to know exactly what’s in your skin care, and exactly what you’re putting on your face, then all-natural skin care products are the way to go. For those who haven’t fully converted yet, figuring out which products to use may seem like a daunting task — but thanks to Kassie Harris, blogger behind Beautiful Basics, the journey looks a whole lot easier.
As a dedicated product reviewer, 30-year-old Kassie Harris knows all about getting that natural goddess glow. Even if you’re not about the DIY-life (although anyone would be tempted to try making your own acne wipes), Harris is “in the know” about which brands really have Mother Nature’s seal of approval — and if they work. Check out her list of favorite finds for radiant skin.
Medicinal lip balm
I have dry, sensitive lips, and this medicinal lip balm by Eco Lips is the one I turn to every single night before bed. With organic ingredients like tea tree oil, camphor, lemon balm, and calendula — this lip balm is moisturizing, healing, soothing, and just an overall must-have for anyone with chapped, flaky lips.
Paraben-free vegan eye shadow singles
I’ve tried a lot of eye shadows and while many of them are great, my absolute favorites are from Honeybee Gardens. The shade range is gorgeous, especially if you love browns and neutrals. And the formula, whether you go for a matte or a shimmer, is beautifully smooth and easy to blend. If I had to pick a single color, as hard as that is, I think I would say that Mojave is my favorite because it’s the perfect matte light brown.
Tinted lip conditioner
The tinted lip conditioners from Ilia are luxurious and add the perfect sheer-but-buildable pop of color to the lips. They’re hydrating, softening, long-lasting, and come in a stunning selection of colors.
Plant-based brightening mask
The Brighten pineapple + gemstone mask by Herbivore Botanicals is made with plant-based, food-grade ingredients including organic pineapple and papaya fruit acids, as well as Brazilian micronized tourmaline gemstone powder. It’s gentle but powerful. It exfoliates, brightens, softens, hydrates, and leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh, healthy, and rejuvenated.
The exclusive crystal blend in this microdermabrasion scrub by DERMA E includes Dead Sea salt and volcanic sand, which gently buffs away dead skin and leaves skin looking fresh, clear, and smooth. It also leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft and supple. The fact that it smells incredible is a big bonus!
Himalayan pink salt
I’m a firm believer in the healing power of Himalayan pink salt, and San Francisco Salt Co. features several different grind options. There’s nothing better than a warm bath full of these pretty pink grains for relaxing sore muscles.
Organic raw neem honey
Honey, in general, is a really great beauty pantry staple, but Heavenly Organics’ neem honey is my favorite to use as a facial mask or base for DIY facial scrubs because it also includes neem, which is clarifying. Whenever my skin isn’t looking or feeling that great, whether I have a blemish or my skin is dehydrated, I just slather some of this on and leave it on for as long as possible. When I rinse it off, my skin is hydrated, softer, brighter, and much more even in tone and texture.
Gentle laundry soap
I spent a lot of time and money trying to find a natural, healthy, unscented laundry soap that didn’t leave my clothes feeling crunchy or smelling funky. This powder by Meliora is gentle on clothes and leaves them clean and smelling fresh.
Kassie Harris has been blogging about natural beauty since 2011 on her blog Beautiful Basics. She’s been living with a chronic illness since 2009, but she hasn’t let that stop her from embracing every moment. As a result of her illness, she created her blog to share her tips and finds on natural beauty. Follow her on Twitter.