Living 4 years of my life taking care of pampering products, from body care, skin care, make up, and llamas, I've became a serious researcher for these stuff.
But forget it, I just want to write an systematic-looking intro. Actually, I would love to share some tips for you about toiletries world. Based on my principles and experience. Sometimes people ask me about these lip products tips, better ingredients, and all. From my neighbour to my brother, from alpaca to giraffe.
So, aye, I gather all knowledges I know about treating your body parts right. Please don't be shy to ask anything. I'll answer it even if you ask me how to eat an apple with eyes closed. That's okay!
Alright. Let's start with...
+ Loving lip stain? Better apply the liquid on a lip covered with lip balm/ butter. Seriously. It'll avoid dryness! :D
+ Some people asked me whether this or that is good for lips or not. And what brand should be great. Firstly, I would suggest to choose truly natural/ organic/ vegan lip products, because: natural or organic means you won't be exposed by too much synthetic materials that could harm our health, but it possibly refers to the existence of carmine the crushed cochineal (a.k.a bugs) inside your red / pink shaded lippies. Yes it is natural but it's...cruel. Meanwhile, if you take vegan / vegetarian ones, they won't offer you any animal particles such as that carmine or beeswax. Beeswax is useful and it's not actually an animal her/himself, but it's quite heavy for lips sometimes!
+ Read your ingredients, and make sure you don't see crimson lake, cochineal, Natural Red 4, CI 75470, or E120. Yes it means bug. It means you murder for your lips.
+ Now you know what to avoid and what to tolerate, let's take a closer look. Natural lip products come with various oil or butter blends. Whether it's castor, olive, sweet almond, jojoba, avocado, coconut oil, or shea, candellila, cacao butter, with random fragrance compound from essential oils or extract of fruit/ flower. Those are things to make your lip products packaged beautifully.
+ Okay. Brands. To be short, my recommendations are: 100% Pure lip butter, 100% Pure lip glaze, Hurraw! lip balms (buy it here for Indonesian citizen), or make your own lip stain (and you'll get a blush along with it). Or you may try Utama Spice's lip balm. They're quite good if you're okay with beeswax. :)
Now let's jump into...
+ Yes, I don't use facial foam and I've been into that lifestyle for a succesful one & a half year after finishing 100% Pure Lavender Seafoam. And... I'm alive! How come?
+ Then how to clean your face? Uhm, yes, to be honest, just wipe it with something oily that will take the dirt, grime, and dust. If you wear layers of make up, do massage your face with plantbased oil (like coconut, olive, candlenut, canary) then wash with normal-to-warm water.
+ Scrub your face twice a week using rolled oats, sugar, or whatever gritty and easy! Mix it with honey or your favourite oil. ( remember to use this for body exfoliator too!)
+ So, for these 2 activities to your face's sake, you only need one kind of oil and something you would likely to find in everybody's kitchen. Ditch the tubes and bottles of cleansers and scrubs/ exfoliators! You'll save hundred Rupiahs and reduce a lot of waste!
+ Better invest a holy grail moisturizer. It will literally sink into your skin. Note: beeswax and silicone won't sink.
+ Make sure you know your needs. Anti-aging? Pore problems? Sandy Cheeks? Just need a little glow? Oily? Combo? Dry? Galau? :p
+ What's the best option? You decide. I myself have been searching a perfect moisturizer. My favorite for evening use is surely that Aromanaturals crémes, but I can't use it as a day cream since the retinyl palmitate will react to the sunray. You may catch something interesting here at Naauty Organics. I've just discovered this online shop focusing on 'good' products. :D
And move to...
BODY BUILDING (?)
+ Good news! You can buy a bottle of virgin coconut oil and use it for face and body! :) Quite a saving, right? But only if you want to, and you're not boring with coconut scent. I know, I know. We love applying body care products due to the assorted kinds of smell they offer.
+ The form; butter, lotion, or oil? It's up to you! I love lotion, if it's not too sticky or too light you can't feel anything after that. Hahaha. And there's a lotion formula that ironically dry your skin more. I don't know what cause this, but, be careful. Butter? It's good if you can handle the usual problem: stiff texture! Like it just stand on your skin and do nothing. My Cocoa Love from Utama Spice will disappear on the surface after hours. Or even overnight. The Body Shop's Chocolate and Vanilla Bliss body butter are on a thicker side with smoother texture--weirdly. Very thick and overwhelming somehow. Lotions from Nicole's Naturals are good, the best I can have. Not sticky nor abstract. And the rose aroma is superb! :)
+ Preservatives? Yes, the reality is, anytime you apply body lotion, your body will drink some of the potion. So, please say BYE to paraben, pthalates, glycols, BHA, BHT, ah, Google yourself about ingredients to avoid in toiletries, okay? :D
+ I'm telling you that basically, hand cream and body cream will do things the same way. (Moreover, sometimes, hand + body + face moisturizer may come in ONE ITEM). So, don't buy hand cream plus body cream from the same range! You'll be bored and end up with sadness (and stash, and rubbish). Except you're fanatic about the specific scent. :D
Ho, ho, ho, merry...
HAIR FAIR !
+ Many people know I have epic thick hair. And it's jet black. I tried many methods to take care of my hair properly. Following my Mom: using Sunsilk Black Shine forever. The shampoo makes my hair oily, and it strips my scalp. Thinking about natural substances: using Mustika Ratu's spinach shampoo. Afraid of oily hair, using Sariayu's carrot formula. Give up? Trying The Body Shop's Olive and Bearberry shampoo then realized they contains SLS. Hair feels terrible? Conditioner. Smooth and cute but MORE oil in the end. Itchy scalp + dandruff: moved to L'Occitane Soothing Shampoo, smells adorable. Trying Natur and Etude House's hair mist : stickiness. Back to The Body Shop, love the Rainforest Hair Care, unfortunately not a correct match to scalp. Blah. In the end, I discovered shampoo bar (or just a simple natural soap bar) and vinegar works good!
+ WHAT? VINEGAR? Yes, vinegar. Soap is alkali, vinegar is acidic. You mix them and you'll find balance. So, clean with soap, rinse with vinegar, plus water : awesome smooth hair with no addition of dangerous chemicals! :D And it's cheap, baby. You can use apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, that mainstream vinegar which is refreshing for your soto soup, too. By the way, instead of soap, you may use baking soda. Combine it with water and use it for 'shampoo with no foam'.
+ Anyway, hair mist is a useful weapon. In Indonesia, a lot people smoke! SMOKE LIKE CRAZY and they spread the ashes around! So impolite! :( In several places, the terrible ashy fragrance lingers, causing our hair (and body) to smell bad. And, oh, people who burn the trash. Please, trashes are for recycling/ reusing/ reducing, not for another pollution! :(
Our hair is the victim. It'll smell more intense compared to another part of our body. So, yes, I suggest you to invest in a hair mist. A good hair mist is better without silicons, and I prefer ones with more natural materials. My favourite one is from L'Occitane, because I find it works. :) By the way, you can make one at home too. Use water and essential oil, put into a spray bottle (reuse something, please!). Then use anytime you want. :D
+ Dry shampoo? I support the habit of making things yourself--not everything but most of things. Get your corn starch / maizena + cacao/ coffee powder for darker hair, keep in a narrow container, or even better, empty powder bottle, sprinkle some dry rice to avoid humidity. Then? Use it with a help from make up brush or hair brush. Mess your hair with the powder and be happy! :D
Phew! Finish! For a while. NO MAKE UP TIPS? No. I'm not a master of make up! I use it for fun only. ;)
If I found something interesting on the way, I would tell you immediately! Remember, to make Earth happier, we should hang out with this motto:
Erase the greed,
grow a seed.
Make Mother Earth your best friend,
listen to her until the end.
Wisely keep your gold,
respect the old.
but don't kill the ant.
I love you all!
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