I've had this post idea in my head for a while now-- and the pictures in a folder for a while too-- but I'm happy to finally be putting it together. I've already shared with you guys a bit of my favorite bath products and my favorite make-up (oh and toddler products too)--- but the list has changed a bit from the older post. Believe it or much of it has gotten even simpler. I plan on doing a hair post in the near future--- after trying a bunch of different hair products and even no-poo, I finally feel like I've conquered my hard water like a boss. But for now, check out some of my favorite products HERE and scroll down for the post!
Our 'master' bathroom, if you can call it that, is small. I can pretty much reach from one end or the other. But other than wishing I could lay in a magical tub to drink wine in, our bathroom does the job. We have a slim vanity near the door too (unseen), but thats mostly filled with towels, back up supplies of our favorite products (you have to stock up when they go on sale!), and things like sunscreen that we use often, but not everyday.
on the windowsill (left):
a have a long row or essential oils. ideally, it'd be nice to store these away somewhere, but I grab them often, so they sit on the sill. I add some in my coconut oil to scent a moisturizer (for my face and some for my body), some for my headaches (which have gotten tremendously better by the way), some for homemade bug-spray, and some I like to use to splash a few drops in the shower--- it gives my shower and extra boost ;)
essential oils in the shower:
for evening showers I like to use lavender
and for pms-y showers I like to use rose absolute (I really enjoy to add this to my face moisturizer too). The real stuff is pricey, but there is a blend option too. But know, I haven't tried the blend though--- so it may or may not be good!
on the windowsill (right):
vinegar! in a jar--- with a cover on it (a cover is key-- keeps the bugs away and prevents your bathroom from smelling like a salad).
vinegar as conditioner:
crazy, right? I'll be talking a lot more about my hair routine later, but this is what I use for conditioner believe it or not. 1 part apple cider vinegar to about 8 parts water. I'm not super accurate about it--- you don't really need to be-- but in general, hard or soft water, vinegar is an amazing conditioner. it's just about the only thing that guarantees my hair will look great (with my hard water). There are other things that help A LOT, but I can absolutely see the difference if I choose to use a different conditioner and not vinegar. I just open up the jar and twist the end of my hair to dip them in, then pour a little bit on top and underneath. You can rinse it out, but you don't have to. Yes, it smells funky (um, like vinegar), but the smell completely goes away once your hair dries. Be warned, it'll burn newly shaved legs, so shave first or hold your head away from your body!
on the shelf by the sink:
witch hazel, a toner:
there is really no reason to splurge on expense toners. witch hazel absolutely does the trick. I've been using it for four or five years now. It helps keep my skin clear and free. After I wash my face, I dab a bit on a cotton ball and deep clean my face. It tingles so good. I buy THIS brand, but you can find THIS one at whole foods. The second option is nice, but it's a bit higher priced because of the scents and aloe (I don't personally need the aloe, but it might be a good idea if you have more sensitive skin).
homemade moisturizer: yep! I still use it, but I do mostly skip the almond oil now. Me and the almond oil are still friends, but years later, after trying it out a few ways, I felt that it didn't add enough to the mixture to keep it as part of the recipe. When I travel, I do typically opt almond oil though. Find recipe here.
homemade deodorant: yep! still have that too. If you look on the top shelf in the top photo you can see a stick too--- I'm still working to get alex away from that old spice (blegh) and into the more natural armpit realm. He ran out of old spice recently though--- and has been using the natural brand without complaints since. Hooray! Nex stop for his pits: the homemade version.
on that top shelf:
we also have our toothpaste, one of my favorite face soaps and alex's daily essentials.. He does use all natural products (shave cream, tooth paste, soap, etc, but he will never lose his hair grease--- he has an afro without it). &He's taller, he gets the tall shelf.
funny story: yesterday I walked into the dentist office and there were 5 kids hanging out in the waiting room. The oldest must have been around 11 or 12. The younger ones ranged from about 5 to 9. The younger ones kept proclaiming, "she's a kid!" While the older one kept trying to explain, "no she's a grown-up". But the little kids weren't having it, they all totally decided that I was not a grown up and I am a child. #shortshelf.
So this post is a bit longer than I had planned/expected, but hopefully it can give you a little glimpse of a all-natural bathroom---- that yes, is maybe a bit on the crunchy side--- but shows that there is an easy way to be all natural, without being a dirty hippie ;) Hooray! Have any questions? Feel free to ask. A hair post will follow shortly ;)
oh and the bathroom wall color is a mint from quiet home paints. I actually custom ordered the color last year (they can make you whatever color you want), but it seems that it is now one of their standard options!