So, lately we’ve been trying to weed out any cookware that contains toxic coatings over the past year and I got rid of all my conventional non-stick pans that are teflon-coated and switched them out for cast iron skillets instead. While I do like using the cast iron (although it definitely has a learning curve if you aren’t used to using them), I still wanted one pan that was a little more non-stick for making more delicate items (like a crepe) that I always seem to ruin in a cast iron. I tried this pan at my sister’s house and it works so well! They said they bought it based on a Goop recommendation and it’s coated with Thermolon ceramic instead of teflon for a safer cooking surface. It works so well that I’m also replacing our conventional cookie sheet with this since it’s the last piece of daily cookware that I hadn’t switched out yet.
While I do love using our diffuser to spread oil blends throughout the house, there’s something about using candles that can’t quite be replaced with anything else. This soy candle trio is amazing (it would make a great housewarming/hostess gift) and it contains no artificial ingredients or paraffins and is scented with 100% pure essential oils … the blood orange one is my favorite! You can also learn to make your own soy or beeswax candles as well if you want to DIY it.
Summertime means bugs! We’ve been using these mosquito wipes (they smell amazing!) and these on our patio table to help keeps our bites to a minimum using essential oil-based products (just as an FYI, the wipes have peppermint oil in them and we don’t recommend that for kids under 6). We also have the summer fruit fly infestation from time to time in our kitchen, so once they appear I set this out and they are gone within 24 hours—yay!
Lately I’ve been using this set of body wash/shampoo and baby lotion with Lola and it’s got her skin feeling so soft. The wash has jojoba, avocado, and black seed oil to provide hydration and moisture with aloe and chamomile extracts to gently soothe and the lotion has shea and cocoa seed butter to add hydration and aloe and chamomile to gently calm.
We also have this mineral-based sunscreen on hand for us for pool afternoons as well (it’s got green tea and rose hip seed oil blends which are high in antioxidants). While we try and get Lola to wear a sunhat when she spends time outdoors, she’s not always a willing party, so we use this SPF mist on her head to keep her scalp from burning (it’s organic with exotic monoi oil and gotu kola extract and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes).
Since I have dry skin, I’ve never been a big fan of liquid foundation as it can tend to look cakey, but this primer and foundation are light and amazing and really do give you that airbrushed look! I like to use it after applying this for under-eye circles and blemishes, and then I set it with this talc-free finishing powder.
I’ve been using this lightweight cleanser with my spin brush before I do my clean skin routine at night (which I talk about more in this post) and it really helps to clear off all my makeup before I do the rest of my steps, so I’m starting with clean skin. The vitamin-rich rosehip oil helps to slow the signs of aging, and preserve moisture while smelling pretty delicious at the same time. This year is definitely the kindest I’ve ever been to my skin and I think it’s really paying off so far!
Do you guys have any natural bug-repellent products that you love? If so, let me know! xo. Laura