Cupcakes and Sunshine: Favorite Natural Products for the New Year + Simplicity/Intentionality

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Favorite Natural Products for the New Year + Simplicity/Intentionality

I love the month of January- a time to refocus, restart, and set some intentions for the year. Every January, I find myself coming up with so many new ideas and goals- more water, gym time, books, cleaning, travel, no spending, extra saving, more friend gatherings, more no's, more yes's, etc.

I don't know if it is the big break between Christmas and New Year's that gets my thoughts spinning and churning, but I can easily get caught up in so many "resolutions," that I forget about simplicity, rest, and grace.

This year, I'd love to focus on simplicity over "doing more." It's not all about the hustle and to-do list. I'm sharing some of my favorite simple products today that focus on natural ingredients and have reminded me of simple intentionality in each day.


I've been loving BioClarity's skincare line. It is a 3-step plant based, vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free line. Parabens are preservatives in many skin care products/washes that we don't need. Love that this line was created without harsh chemicals.

Some of my other favorite simple care skin tips: wash pillowcases and sheets often, don't press your phone (germs!) to your face when chatting, and sip on iced lemon water throughout the day. No crazy rules or checklist have-to's. Just the simple things.

Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel is another one of my favorite skincare products. In addition to smelling like a fresh rose garden, this natural toner cleanses + soothes. It naturally relieves irritation, and calms inflamed skin. I love this stuff, and use a clean cotton round to apply in the morning and evening.

(Also^^ that TheraBreath mouth rinse is incredible. It's a little more than I'd usually pay for mouth wash, but it is all-natural, certified gluten free 🙌, and doesn't contain any alcohol or artificial flavors)


I found out I had Celiac my sophomore year of college, and you wouldn't think that many lipsticks/lip colors contain gluten, but unfortunately this is not the case! I started looking for a gluten-free makeup brand and came across Tarte, which has won many awards and has some pretty incredible products that I love. Most every makeup product I buy now is from Tarte.


There's not much competition here- Mrs. Meyer's is what we use in the kitchen! I love the sweet scents, and this company's focus on real ingredients and no crazy chemicals. I purchased some generic store-brand simple + free laundry detergent & sprinkle Mrs. Meyer's laundry Booster powder (a little more budget-friendly than purchasing just their detergent) in before washing to keep my clothes smelling fresh. The lavender scent is pretty dreamy.

Learning about essential oils and all of their benefits is intriguing- oils have been around for 100s of years, curing ailments and even helping prevent the black plague! I love diffusing lavender and lemon oil each night when I'm sleeping, or while working each day. I am going to look into making some essential oil cleaners/sprays in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned!

I'm always down to hear about natural products and solutions. I'd love to hear your favorites, and New Year's resolutions as well!


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