I am unpacking my beauty bag today to show you all what was keeping me fresh and my skin hydrated during our Joshua Tree getaway last weekend. Because beyond general travel tips and one awesome Airbnb advice, there’s another subject to talk about – natural beauty essentials. Something old, something new and something truly wonderful to share in today’s beauty story!
What’s inside my desert beauty bag:
- Davines Oi Body Wash – generously moisturizing body wash, soft and creamy. The magic part starts with it’s energizing and overall balancing scent – I would say it’s quite strong, and it follows you for a while. The secret of the Oi line of Davines is the Roucou Oil (origin of the plant is Amazonia), that is known for it’s high level of beta-carotene and notable anti-oxidant properties.
- I took my well-trusted Prim Botanicals body oil ($46) with me for a before-bed extra skin treatment. Let’s just say, after all that overdose of Vitamin D and general sun exposure, I knew my skin would ask for some rest and proper attention. Purely in love with this body oil for it’s silky texture, amazing ingredients list and comforting aroma. Read my review on the whole Prim Botanicals line here.
- Yay for soft lips – can’t stop
won’t stopcherishing Henne Organics Luxury Lip Balm ($22) for it’s pure plants-based ingredients, creamy formula and dedicated lip love. You can read a bit more about it in this post and take advantage of the 25% off discount code “BIRDIE” on your Henne organics purchase.
- I was oh so right to put in my bag Board and Batten Overnight Nourishing Balm ($56) – proper restoration, vitamins and nourishing skin lullaby are all I needed to call it a day after being under the sun // under the AC for all day long. This is my all-time favorite, just another amazingly formulated product from Board and Batten skincare line that I previously reviewed here.
I thought it would be a good occasion to give the Desert Essence line a try, so I’ve packed a few items with me :
- New discovery and 100% match : I’ve tried a few healthier and greener dental care alternatives so far (check out this post about Well Scent tooth powders and oils), however I haven’t stop looking for more choices. Desert Essence Natural Neem Toothpaste is seriously great! Budget-friendly ($7), easy to use (let’s face it, powders are not for everyone) and filled with great ingredients like Neem essential oil, Tea Tree oil plus Cinnamon, Peppermint and Wild mint oils for an immediate boost of freshness. Oh, and it’s fluoride-free! Another good thing is Desert Essence products are available at Whole Foods, and if we’re talking Dental products specifically – there are 7 different toothpaste variations and some more maintenance (mouthwash, dental floss) products to choose from!
- Desert Essence Green Apply and Ginger shampoo + conditioner ($9 each) – great refreshing scent, natural components enriched formula (Coconut oil, Kelp, Nettle, Ginger and Maca root extracts) and a nice effort to add volume to fine hair. Really delicate, yet cleans effectively. I am definitely keeping these two on my bathroom shelf. Just so you know, my haircare routine is not 100% green and as far as my top shampoo choice goes to Lush solid bars (check out this post for more about greenER hair agenda), I am okay with not thousand percent green hair care products, but always looking for healthier and greener options out there.
- One more skin treat from Desert Essence – Lavender Soap Bar ($5) that won’t hurt to pack along. Not just because it’s safe and formulated with skin pampering essential oils, but also because of the Lavender aromatherapy and other benefits that we’ve learned together from the Field Guide to Lavender post.
Have you noticed the beauty bag itself? It couldn’t be any more earthy and travel-ready! This lovely present from my friend Julie, the founder of the Green Beauty Jungle store, totally has a story to share. This chic, spacious makeup bag is not just like any other bag to store your beauty belonging, this is a part of something bigger. “Made in Carcere”, is a program that celebrates “second chance” for women who work on creating these while in prison and for the sustainability of fabrics. No judgement, only hard work and a second life chance.
Here go some more cacti pictures, because I just can’t get enough of them:
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