Today I’m sharing with you the best natural products for my face, skin, and hair. It seems like when I turned 30 my entire body started going out of wack. I gained weight, my hair started to change, my skin started to break out and dry patches started popping up on my body.
I went natural with my hair about two and a half years ago and was using a variety of products to tame it. As I started to stick with more homemade and organic products I slowly decided to use only real natural products on my hair.
Last summer when I went to New York my face broke out from a product I used and I cold turkey went all natural on my entire body. My products are fairly inexpensive and last a long time.
My favorite natural products for my face are:
Raw Black Soap:
Although black soap is very drying I like how it helps cleanse the impurities in my skin. I use a very small amount of black soap each wash and gently wash my face with it. After I wash my face I splash my face with cold water to retain moisture. (note: I only wash my face with black soap every other day or every two days). I purchase my black soap from a local company called Bon Pour Moi I love their products and everything is fresh.
Aloe Vera Gel *(Updated)*:
For some reason my skin has been extremely dry. Lately I’ve been applying Lily of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel on my skin as a toner and immediately follow-up with the Rosehip Seed Oil. It has made my face less dry combining the two, and my face seems clearer. Note* I keep it stored in the refrigerator.
Rosehip Seed Oil:
I moisturize my face with Rosehip Seed Oil. After I wash my face I take a small amount of Rosehip Seed Oil and gently rub it into my face and neck. Rosehip Seed Oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots, hydrate skin, and it helps reduce scars and fine lines. Note* I keep it stored in the refrigerator.
Once a week (or every other week) I use a clay facial mask. These masks help rid my skin of impurities, help keep my skin soft, and helps boost circulation.
At least once a week I wash my face with raw honey. I usually wash with water only in-between my black soap washes, but sometimes I use the raw honey. Raw honey works greatly on my skin because the sugars in the honey act as a natural humectant and emollient that increase the water content and reduce dryness in my skin.
Whenever my skin is feeling extremely dry I “oil wash” my face. I make a mixture of castor oil, grapeseed oil, and sweet almond oil, and rub it onto my face. Then I wet a white washcloth with the hottest water I can stand, wring it out and gently remove the oil from my face.
My favorite natural products for my skin are:
I LOVE the Sappo Hill Oatmeal Soap Bar. The soap bar provides a gentle exfoliation to my skin every time I use it. It cleanses my skin and it smells delicious (they have an unscented bar). It’s paraben free, phthalate free, sls-free, detergent-free, vegan, and it’s cruelty-free.
About once or twice a week, I’ll cleanse my body with Black Soap to get rid of the impurities.
Homemade Body Oil:
I made a body oil to use on my body after taking a bath or shower. While my body is still damp I rub the oil into my skin. I made the oil using olive oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, Vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and a few drops of lemongrass (I love the citrus scent).
When the weather is colder and my skin is dryer than normal I use a body butter by Bon Pour Moi, there are a variety of body butters to choose from, but I always get the unscented kind. It feels like silk on my skin. I only have to use a small amount and it moisturizes my entire body.
African Net Bath Sponge *(Updated)*:
I absolutely love this sponge! It works up a lather quickly without using a lot of product, and I’m able to throughly clean my back with the sponge. You can find it at most International Markets, or African shops.
My favorite natural products for my hair are:
It took a long time to finally find natural products that really work well on my hair. When I first went natural I went through the stage of being a product junkie, but nothing ever seemed to work for me. After much research and trial and error, I finally found a regimen that works for me.
This olive oil soap bar can be used for your entire body but I use it as a shampoo. It has a decent lather and my hair doesn’t feel squeaky and depleted afterward. Every week I wash my hair and it feels clean and moisturized each time I wash.
I make a hair mask monthly to help remove toxins and impurities. It also leaves my hair clean and shiny. I mix the clay with apple cider vinegar and rub it through my hair. I put on a shower cap and let it sit awhile. Then I rinse it out and wash like normal. (make sure you don’t use metal bowls or utensils when working with Bentonite Clay).
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to clarify your hair. I also use it to mix in my monthly clay hair mask.
Grapeseed Oil/ Jojoba Oil:
I mix grapeseed oil and jojoba oil to use in my hair after washing. After I wash my hair, I finger detangle and use water as a conditioner followed by the oil mixture. Then I twist my hair and let it air dry.
I use shea butter on my hair when I need a heavier hold or my hair feels extra dry. Sometimes I whip it up to make it softer.
I hope that this post can help you out when choosing your own natural products. It has been a journey, but I’m finally satisfied.
I’ve always been very low maintenance but now that all of the products that I use on my skin and hair are natural, I feel a lot better. Now I just have to find some really great natural makeup products and my all natural transition will be complete.
What are some of your favorite natural products?