Minimalist Morning Skincare Routine

A mindful morning routine doesn’t just have to apply to what you do. Minimalism and mindfulness can also take place in your skincare routine. I’ve mentioned before that skincare is one of my “luxury items” — however, lately, that’s been changing. While most of my skincare isn’t plastic free — there are overall a lot fewer products that need to be recycled or TerraCycled. In addition, I stay mindful of the ingredients in each product. Ultimately my goal is for my products to be simple, effective, and with a hint of luxe — because, why not?

1. Origins Cleansing Oil 2. La Roche Posay Gentle Cleanser 3. Versed Vitamin C Powder

Oil Cleanse: I bought this with a Macy’s gift card when I had no idea what else to buy. And, you know what? I love it. It smells delightful and is both gentle and moisturizing. Great at helping take off my sunscreen.
Eco Pros: No parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, petrolatum, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde & animal ingredients. Origins also supports reforestation projects around the world and are working to have net zero carbon emissions by 2020.
Eco Cons: Plastic bottle (recyclable).

Second Cleanse: This is a super gentle cleanser that is suitable for both me and my husband. This is the one product that we share so the big bottle works out well. The only reason I double cleanse in the morning is because I put SPF on as soon as I wake up to walk the dogs and then get a bit of a sweat on with a workout.
Eco Pros: Huge bottle that takes a long, long time to go through. One less thing in the bathroom since my husband and I share. Paraben and fragrance free.
Eco Cons: Plastic bottle (recyclable).


*An effective double cleanse allows me to keep a makeup remover and toner out of my product rotation.*

Vitamin C Powder: I love that this Vitamin C is in powder format since Vitamin C is very sensitive to light and air. I also love that I can mix this in with my existing moisturizer instead of having a separate serum with Vitamin C.
Eco Pros: No fragrance added, dye-free, paraben-free, Petroleum-free, Talcum-free, silicone-free, Sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, vegan, formaldehyde-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate free.
Eco Cons: Plastic container (recyclable).

4. Drunk Elephant Lala Whipped Cream 5. Herbivore Phoenix Oil 6. Avene SPF Moisturizer

Moisturize: This is new to the mix but, so far, so good! Definitely meant for dry skin like mine — the texture reminds me of buttercream frosting. It’s hella expensive which is why I’ll only continue to repurchase with Sephora gift cards.
Eco Pros: Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free. Fragrance free.
Eco Cons: Plastic container.
I don’t think the company is as philanthropic as people think (based on the whole elephant thing).

Seal It In: I tried the mini pack of all three Herbivore facial oils and I this one is my favorite. The scent is a bit more subtle than Lapis and Orchid and I find that it sinks in quickly. Overall, it gives a lovely, glowy look to the skin and seals all the moisture in.
Eco Pros: Glass bottle. No synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils, petroleum. Herbivore frequently donates a portion of certain products to causes like the ACLU.
Eco Cons: Must TerraCycle dropper.


SPF: Since I work from home, this doesn’t always happen. But if I’m going out and about for the day, I’ll slather on this bad boy that I picked up in both Paris and London last year. (I stock up whenever I get a chance.)
Eco Pros: Paraben free. No Oxybenzone.
Eco Cons: Plastic tube must be TerraCycled.

There you have it! Next week, I’ll get into my pared down evening routine (mostly thanks to the magic of Differin).

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Lovely Eco-Friendly Wedding Gifts

It’s summer. Which means… it’s wedding season. Maybe you are getting married and trying to create a thoughtful registry. Or perhaps you are a guest who wants to give something lovely but earth friendly. Either way, I have some ideas for you. The key is to find items that are useful, a bit luxe (perhaps something a friend or family member wouldn’t buy for themselves), and ethical/sustainable/eco-friendly/secondhand/whatever matters most to you. (Just remember to gift wrap things in the least wasteful way.)

Organic towels // Safe + Legal tea towel // Linen sheets
Glass tea set // Wooden cleaning supplies // Cast iron skillet
Snake plant // Newlywed Cookbook // Aesop hand wash

Link Round Up #55

Favorites from the week (there’s a real plastic theme going on here):

Microplastics have invaded the deep ocean.

Mini toiletries in hotels might be going away.

Stop buying plastic crap for your kiddos.

Non-plastic organizers.

Hack your iPhone’s “do not disturb while driving” functionality to spend less time on your phone.

There is too much stuff. And too many options.

A self care approach to making plans.

On India’s obsession with fair skin.

Do dogs dream?

And something fun. These two are gems.

An Ode to Freecycling

Goodwill and other thrift stores have seen an increase in donations recently — which seems great as households minimize their lives — but can ultimately be a problem as clothes and household items go unsold and may ultimately end up in the trash anyways. As much as possible, I try to donate items to places that only take specific items (i.e. shoes to Zappos, old towels to the animal shelter) — that way I know that the donated item is more likely to get used. But what about those completely random items that, yeah, could go to Goodwill but maybe, just maybe, has a better home out there?

Enter Freecycle.

It might not look like much but, man, does it work. Freecycle is a “grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.” Pretty great, right? AND — there are online groups in most states/cities. I’ve had a 100% success rate of getting rid of the most random items. Some items I’ve Freecycled:
– Hangers
– Craft supplies
– IKEA chair
– Builder grade light fixtures and ceiling fans
– Shower curtain rod
– IV pole
– Towels and blankets
– Planters
– Foil insulation bags
– Cordless drill

You can also ask for items. For free. (But nothing crazy.) Just as I was about to pitch a bunch of old candle wax (the dregs from the bottom of the jar), a man posted a “wanted” listing for candle wax! His daughters got the supplies needed for their school project and I kept candle wax out of the landfill. Win-win. I find Freecycling incredibly easy as well. I take a picture of an item, write a sentence about it, and post it to the group. I also say the item is only available for porch pick up. Usually within hours. I have a handful of emails of people willing to pick up the item. I go with the person who can pick up the soonest and leave the item on my front porch. It’s gone by the end of the day and I know it’s gone to a home where it’ll be used.

If you have a pile of items waiting to be taken to the thrift store, try posting it online and see if you can direct your stuff to a good home!

Anyone else use Freecycle (or something similar) before?

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