My 5 Favorite Self-Care Products: All-Natural + Nontoxic
Looking for items to add to your self-care routine? Or, simply wondering where to begin? Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m sharing 5 of my ride or die, tried and true self-care products. These products are the best of the best – meaning not only will they have you feeling amazing, but they’re also from incredible brands that I trust.
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Picture this – you’re relaxing in a bubble bath, candles lit, glass of wine in your hand. Peace at last. Then you think, “I wonder what’s in this bath bomb…fizzy and colorful…How do they do that?” It’s a fleeting thought – but when you Google it later you realize you’ve been bathing in a tub full of chemicals. Oh, shit. Been there – done that. Not so relaxing, right?
So, I’ve done the research so that you don’t have to. And, to make it even easier – I’ve added a link to each product below. You can feel confident using these products knowing that you are doing right by your body, mind, and environment.
Natural ingredients? Free of chemicals? Not harmful to the environment? Check, check, check. Zero harsh chemicals, zero toxins.
Let’s get to it.
Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs
Beauty by Earth produces dozens of amazing, non-toxic self-care products. Each product is cruelty-free, non-GMO, and made in the USA. From lip balm to dry shampoo to self-tanner – they’ve got you covered.
My personal fave? The Bath Bombs Gift Set. I was gifted this set of 6 bath bombs for Christmas last year from my boyfriend (bless his heart). They smell like heaven and fizz gently when dropped in your tub.
Each bomb is loaded with essential oils, Epsom salt, and shea butter – allowing for full relaxation. Additionally, the different bombs pack an individual, extra special punch. The Joint Relief Bath Bomb contains eucalyptus and sage leaves. The Bedtime Ritual Bomb has ground rose petals. You can also expect to find turmeric powder, ground lavender flowers, and vitamin E in some of these bath bombs. And, that’s just to name a few.
Beyond amazing, right? Finally, a fizzy, relaxing bath time ritual that you can feel good about. And, that won’t turn you or your tub blue (like some of the other bombs I’ve tried).
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Lastly, they make the perfect gift. Just look at the packaging – so cute! I’m ordering another set as we speak. And, probably a set for each of my sisters, mom, and gal friends. Christmas shopping complete in one fell swoop!
Can soaking in the tub still be relaxing without a candle flickering on the counter? Probably not. Another thing that’s far from relaxing? The fact that most candles are made from a petroleum byproduct called paraffin. Paraffin releases toxins and small amounts of carcinogens into the air when burned. No, thanks.
I am a bit of a candle addict, so I searched high-and-low for alternative, all-natural options. Beeswax candles are more expensive than the paraffin based alternatives, but, I’m willing to spend a few extra bucks to save my body from indoor air pollution.
Beeswax candles have quickly become one of my favorite self-care products, like this Solstice Naturals Eucalyptus Beeswax candle. I love the eucalyptus scent because it isn’t seasonal like pumpkin or pomegranate; Eucalyptus is refreshing 24/7/365. They also have scents in Lavender or Midnight Vanilla – both 100% beeswax and essential oils.
Soy candles are another awesome paraffin-free alternative.
A great option is the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy candle. Mrs. Meyers is a go-to for all-natural home products and their candles are no exception. Mrs. Meyers can seriously do no wrong. They even have a full ingredient list on their website! Amazing.
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Lastly, I can’t leave out Root candles. They have a crackling wooden wick that is SO calming. Not to mention scents like Spearmint + Tea Tree, Patchouli + Anise, and Juniper Rosewood. So. Good.
I love putting a crackling Juniper Rosewood candle near my tub when I am soaking. Or when I’m winding down for the night with a good book. Or journaling. Ok, guys, it’s amazing no matter the occasion. All day, every day.
Natural candles are a priority in my self-care routine. The scents are so relaxing and lovely. And, in our self-care journeys, the last thing we should be sacrificing is our health. That’s why beeswax and soy candles should be at the top of your self-care wish list!
Gaia Golden Milk blend
You’ve probably heard the hype around turmeric. Is it just another health trend? Not really. They hype is justified. Turmeric is a ye llow spice that has been used for centuries for its healing properties. Aside from being a great antioxidant, turmeric can also reduce inflammation and help with digestive issues.
You can sprinkle turmeric and black pepper on your food, but you probably don’t want to be eating the same flavors each day, right? Enter Gaia Golden Milk blend. Put a scoop of this stuff in warm almond milk or water and drink the benefits. It’s that easy.
Many turmeric blends contain a bunch of fillers. Gross. This blend from Gaia only contains the essentials, so it’s my favorite to recommend. If you’re in my email list, you already know that I love this stuff (if not, you can sign up below)!
I sip on golden milk multiple times a week as part of my nighttime routine. This warm drink helps me to relax and feel cozy before I slip into bed.
Ok, so everyone loves coconut oil, including me. It’s great for cooking, baking, using as a hair mask, and moisturizing skin. I use it for all the above. But, there are some things to look out for.
You only want to buy coconut oil that is unrefined/virgin and packaged in glass. It’s a little pricier, but for good reason – you pay for what you get.
Unrefined coconut oil does not use chemicals or high temperatures in the extraction process. Also, the unrefined/virgin label means that your coconut oil will probably still contain antioxidants – win!
The less processed, the better – which is a good rule of thumb for everything that we put into, or on, our bodies.
You should only buy coconut oil that is packaged in glass. Plastic packaging is harmful for ourselves and our environment. For more on the problems with plastic, check out How to Reduce Plastic Use in Your Home.
Coconut oil is a self-care essential. After I hop out of my relaxing, bath bomb filled, candle lit bath, it’s time to lather on the coconut oil. I use coconut oil to moisturize almost daily. I also use it as a hair mask once a week. This Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil meets all the standards – virgin, glass packaged, fair-trade, and organic.
The one thing I don’t love coconut oil for? Face use. I never put coconut oil on my face as it has a high comedogenic rating (a.k.a. clogs your pores). But, other than that, coconut oil is white gold.
There you have it folks. Light a candle, slather on some coconut oil, and call it a day. Don’t forget to top it off with a gratitude list and a glass of wine.
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