These are a few of my favorite things :)
There is no doubt that I love using my own products in my daily routine. After all, I make them and share them with the world because I believe you'll love them as much as I do!
But let's be real- I can't make everything, nor would I want to. Sometimes even when I do have all the ingredients to make something I don't normally sell, I still decide that supporting another maker who has made that product one of their specialties is my best option. There are so many other fabulous makers out there creating products that astound and impress me. Some have even become staples in my daily routine!
If you're looking to fill your daily body care routine with more products from artisan companies, here are a few of my current favorites that I highly recommend:
1) Shampoo & Conditioner Bars from Royalty Soaps
Everyone in the soapmaking community knows Katie and her company Royalty Soaps for her beautiful monthly soap collections and highly entertaining YouTube channel. Heck, at 898K YouTube subscribers, it isn't just the soap community that knows and loves her work, it's anyone online who wants to feel like they're creating colorful art while hanging out with a best friend.
But what I love, love, love the most is the Royalty Soaps Shampoo Bars and Conditioner Bars. They are amazing; better than any other solid shampoo or conditioner bar I've tried. They stay firm and in tact for the duration of use, they last a long time, they smell amazing and they work wonderfully in my crazy thick, heat-treated, dyed hair.
Both the shampoo and conditioner bars come in a variety of scents, each featuring slightly different ingredients based on your hair type. I found that all of them worked well for my hair, regardless of the targeted hair style. Shampoo bars tend to get used up faster than conditioner bars, but they both last a long time. I started new bars for both at the end of December and I'm still working on them at the end of April! (I wash my hair ~ 1x per week)
You can even watch Katie make some shampoo bars! Follow her on Instagram @royaltysoaps
2) Deodorant Cream from Little Seed Farm
I decided to give Little Seed Farm's famous Deodorant Cream a try over the holidays and I have fallen in love! It's a creamy paste that you spread on either by hand or with a bamboo spatula (I highly suggest the bamboo spatula.). I find that it keeps me smelling and feeling fresh all day long!
It is a bit of an adjustment to switch to a cream deodorant, but it's worth the switch to feel and smell fresh all day long! Just a head's up- if you order one with Activated Charcoal in it, the formula is much firmer. I have to microwave my jar for 15 seconds in order to soften it up before use. Your bathroom might be warm enough to avoid that, but mine definitely is not. The Coconut one without A.C. in it is a softer formula that I don't have to microwave. I love them both, though!
Little Seed Farm is also #businessgoals for me: they are a small but mighty operation out of Tennessee that focuses on sustainable business practices like using solar power and choosing sustainable packaging and shipping options. Way to set the example! I was so excited to see they have a jar reuse program in place - this is something I am working to do in my business as well.
Check out their website for all 8 Deodorant Cream scent options. You can also follow them on Instagram @littleseedfarm
3) Facial Cleansing Balm & Goodnight Facial Balm from Ocean House Apothecary
I have been a fan of using oils to remove make up and clean my face for a long time. But Anna at Ocean House Apothecary takes the experience to a whole new level with her Facial Cleansing Balms.
The facial cleansing balm is a semi-soft cream that melts immediately on your skin. You give yourself a nice little face massage as you rub it in and then gently remove with a warm washcloth. Be prepared for delightfully soft, happy skin. And, friends, I am deeply, madly in love with her Mandarin & Coffee scent. There's also a Lemon Vanilla Ylang Ylang that is probably just as amazing, but that Mandarin & Coffee is simply a true delight I can't get enough of.
But don't stop there! I highly recommend you pair it with one of her Facial Balms. As this is my night time routine (and I'm a huge lavender fan), I use the Goodnight Facial Balm in Lavender Vanilla. Just a small amount gently smoothed over your skin will leave you feeling moisturized and nourished. I love how my skin feels when I wake up in the morning.
Ready to try this new facial care routine for yourself? Shop Anna's entire site here. You can also follow her on Instagram @ocean.house.skin
4) Luna Body Butter from Luna and the Leaf
If you're in need of a good all-around lotion, look no further than Luna and the Leaf's Luna Body Butter! It will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated all day long, plus it absorbs quickly and without a greasy residue. I also love how creamy & smooth it is! I currently have 3 jars of it at home, and she offers a variety of scents on her website.
How is this different than Bright Day's Whipped Body Butter? Christina's is a creamy, lotion-style formula made with water, whereas my Body Butter is all oils and butters. My personal body care routine definitely includes both, and I recommend the same to you! Sometimes you need a good hit of hydration to go along with your moisturization (like when you wash your hands 1000x a day).
While you are on her site, check out her soaps... she is the master of beautiful swirls! 😍 Follow her on Instagram @lunaandtheleaf
Have you tried one of these fabulous products before? Or, are you inspired to try one now? Leave me a comment to let me know!