Obsessions Series – All Natural Beauty Products

Hey there 8) Happy Friday! Power yoga was AWESOME last night. Just like I remembered it. Amazingly quick paced and awesome from the vinyasa repeat beginning to the shavasana preparation during Lynrd Skynard’s Free Bird. Oh…and my triceps = jello now. Heh

So how we doin’ this morning? I just finished training one of my early morning clients. Good times!

I’m a wee bit sleepy, though, because I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this:




I’m obsessed with the Steig Larsson novels! No really – obsessed! This is the third book of the series, and though I’m getting a little confused with all the new names, it’s still riveting! I’ve been on a real book reading kick lately. Such a good time-passer.

What book are you into lately? I really want to read Chelsea Handler’s books soon, too!

Another thing I’m obsessed with lately?


This butter! Kind of random, sure, but this is seriously the best butter I’ve ever tasted. I picked it up at Fresh Market the other day, and I’m so glad I did! For some reason it spreads more easily than regular butter, too.

Speaking of obsessions, I’m going to start a little series here on Running Around Normal that will involve posts about current obsessions. They can be on anything from food to house cleaners, but the point is a fun way for us all to share what we are loving lately!

Obsessions Series: Natural Beauty Products

So for today’s  series, I thought I’d give you all an update on the natural and organic beauty products I’m loving right now. It’s been a while since I’ve touched on the subject, so I thought I’d give you the run down! But instead of just listing them off like an infomercial, I’ll give you my “beauty routine” instead, k? Lez go!

After waking up in the morning, the only thing I do to “beautify” myself is wipe away any leftover mascara under my eyes from washing my face the night before. Then I get my work out on. I’m not one to impress others while sweating up a storm, knowhatimean?

Post gym: I immediately take a shower. Here’s where it starts. First to get the scrub down in my hair. I wash it first with my beloved Moisturizing Shampoo:



Alterna Caviar ‘Poo

This stuff is not only free of the garbage that’s in most shampoos..




But combined with its conditioning other half, it makes my hair silky, smooth, and not weighed down at all!



And the best part? It SUDS!! I’m not a fan of shampoos that don’t let you work up the bubblies. The conditioner has no silicone in it, either so the hair doesn’t get that heavy film after multiple washes.

Anyway, while the conditioner is doin’ it’s thang, I move on. To the body wash!


For my body wash, I just use St. Ive’s – whatever scent I grab first. It does the job without too many additives.

And to get a deeper scrub, this stuff is golden.




Can’t go wrong with the Apricot Scrub – a cult item, this gets the job done right. It says it can also be used as a face exfoliant, but not for me. It’s a little too rough on my face, but perfect for scrubbing the body.

What IS good for exfoliating the face, though, is my over-priced, yet beloved over-sized toothbrush.




AKA – the Clarasonic. I got this a few years ago as a pre-wedding gift, and I love it. It exfoliates my skin without harsh chemicals or scrubs, and it makes it radiant and clear! It just needs to come down in price a little. I mean, come on! But still, it rocks.




When I use my Clarasonic, I’ve been using it with this face wash:


Juice Beauty’s Organic Cleansing Milk

It’s too gentle for the night to remove all my makeup, but perfect for the morning. It’s not my favorite (that’s coming) but it’s perfect for using on an already clean (ish) face.

After toweling off, I use my most favorite beauty product. EVER.



LaVanilla Body Butter in Vanilla. I’ve been using this for years, and I don’t intend on stopping. It smells heavenly, and feels like velvet on your skin. Love.

Once I’m good and moisturized, I put on some smoothing serum.



So Aveda isn’t really ALL natural, but it does a fine job.

Up next! Primping the pits.


Still loving this stuff!!

Now it’s time to apply our make up. Well, almost – in 10 minutes. For now, we pat this under the eyes:



then wait 10 minutes until its fully absorbed.

Now it’s make up time!!

I always apply concealor first. I’d been using this mineral concealor from Loreal, but it just didn’t cut it. Now I use MAC moisturizing concealor. After concealor is applied, I go straight to the face:



I mix these two tinted moisturizers (only because one’s too dark and one’s too light and I’m too cheap to go by a shade that’s perfect right now – why waste?) and apply.

Unfortunately, that’s where natural/organic makeup application ends. The rest is all synthetic, but it usually ends up looking a little something like dis:


Work, work,yadda yadda, play, play, now it’s time to wash the day away!

Best at-night cleanser evaaa:



This cleanser is all natural, but suds up like a regular face soap. And the smell is incredible! If you’ve ever smelled Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo, it smells exactly like it. I actually look forward to cleaning my face at night because it smells so amazing 🙂 It does wonders for my skin, too! I’ve tried other natural and organic cleansers, and this is #1 by a long shot. Honestly, I’d probably use my Clarasonic at night instead of in the morning with this stuff, but I shower in the morning, and like to use it in the shower because it’s a hassle to bend over the sink and use. But anyway. I digress.

My night time moisturizer alternates between

Good ol’ coconut oil


I usually just use this under my eyes but sometimes on my entire face after washing before bed. It’s such a good moisturizer – and obviously all natural 🙂

And then other times I use Korres Yogurt Cream – which brings me to my only “weekly beauty routine!”

Once a week, I apply the Korres Yogurt mask to a fresh face for about 10 minutes before I rinse off.



Following the mask, I always use the Korres Yogurt Cream. They tout being for dehydrated, oily skin. I tout they’re amazing. After a few weeks of consistent use, I noticed my skin was less oily, but more radiant. And it just feels nice on my skin 🙂

So there ya go! My beauty routine. I used to be into all sorts of masks and scrubs, but who has time anymore, really.


What natural and organic beauty products are you loving right now?

Do you have a once-a-week beauty routine you do?

Have a fantastic Friday, friends!! 😀

Happy Birthday to my amazing hubby today!!!


14 Responses

  1. oh my gosh, i have so much to say…first, i LOVE obsessions. i have them all the time. in a healthy way of course. not always for my budget though… 🙂
    i haven’t read the chelsea handler books either. my roommate would laugh hysterically out loud reading them so i know they’re good! i’ve seen a lot of people swear by that butter for baking. i don’t typically use butter other than to bake, but i definitely want to grab a pack of that. too bad it’s so darn expensive. my hairdresser has used alterna products on me before and they smelled amazing. i can’t stand when a shampoo doesn’t sud either. i still feel dirty! that’s why i don’t like using tom’s toothpaste. i’m like “where are my cleaning bubbles?!” i have used a friend’s boscia cleanser too. love it! ok longest blog comment award goes to me…..! 🙂

  2. Happy birthday to your hubby! I am addicted to the Steig Larsson novels too- I am on the The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and I can’t put it down!

    I love all of your products! I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer.. I never thought about using it on my face! I was using a juice beauty facial moisturizer but it was making my dry skin oily so I switched to aveeno. I love my aveda shampoo and Tom’s deodorant 🙂

  3. I read Larsson’s first book of the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, since it seemed like EVERYONE and their mother was reading it. I liked it, but I think it was a little too intense for me to continue reading the series.

  4. You’re skin is glowing 🙂

    I use the same apricot scrub — good stuff for it’s cheap price.

  5. I for sure recommend Chelsea! I’m obsessed with her…

  6. I’m trying to decide if I want to read that series or not. I hear it’s slow starting, but everyone seems obsessed with it! I’m about to read a book called Sharp Objects, I’ve heard good things. The last I read was A Soft Place to Land and it was amazing.

  7. Thanks for posting the natural products info. I am always looking for new ones to try. I have not heard of that series before. Interesting to know.

  8. I’ve never tried the Kerrygold butter but I LOVE the aged cheddar they have. It’s so good!

    I too want to read the Chelsea books. They are all on my long list of books to read.

  9. wahoooooooo! So glad that yoga was fantastic! Thanks for all the info on natural beauty products- I’m always looking for new ones. I’ve also started using a lot of natural cleaning products (either homemade or store bought).

  10. Love those books…i was obsessed a well!… As for the beauty supplies, I’d be embarrassed to list my pathetic few…haha. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m pretty low maintenance or because I don’t know where to start 🙂

  11. […] success (and a blast!) but my brain’s a little foggy to go into detail just yet. For now, keep on sharing your current obsessions as well as what natural beauty products your […]

  12. no..i jUst really don’t know where to start and don’t wanna spend money on it. Youve always had good skin…maybe I should take some notes hehe

  13. I love these kind of posts! Thanks for the recommendations.

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