Organic beauty: Fall must-haves

With the leaves shifting into hues of yellow and red, it’s time to start thinking about fall. When weather gets colder, you need to be prepared for your skin to crack and your hair to dry out. That’s why it’s so important to pamper yourself during this chilly season. Here are a few products that work wonders:

Cherry Honey Facial Scrub

This Cherry Honey Facial Scrub is the bee’s knees!

Why you want it: It makes your face feel as smooth as satin.

What it costs: $28 (It’s worth it!)

Where to find it:

My review: Recently, I purchased some goodies from my favorite go-to organic beauty shop, 100% Pure. Along with my regular purchases I got a reusable shopping bag filled with five honey-themed products discounted from $75 to $25. Sweet deal right? The best one, by far, is the Cherry Honey Facial Scrub. This scrub can get sticky and messy, so your best bet is to put your hair into a ponytail or use the scrub in the shower. It’s made from certified organic ingredients such as honey, jojoba beads, cherry concentrate, strawberry, blackberry, grapefruit, blueberry, raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate. All you have to do is wet your face and rub the sweet smelling stuff into your skin, then rinse. The little jojoba beads help exfoliate dead skin cells and the honey makes your skin ultra smooth. Trust me, you won’t be able to stop touching your face.

Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream 

With this cream, prepare to get a million people asking you how you get your hands so soft!
Why you want it: You can finally say goodbye to cracked, dry hands! (Bonus? It smells amazing!)

What it costs: $14

Where to find it:

My review: My hands looked ready to fall off before I found this hand cream. I bought this in April, 2015, and still have it. My hands were cracked and bleeding more than usual due to the harsh winter. I tried several hand creams and nothing helped. Some would even sting because of how sensitive my skin was. Thank god I stumbled upon this “skin saver” while in the store Francesca’s. I haven’t looked back since. Not only is it 90 percent natural, vegan and gluten free, but the cream also smells like mint-julep with just a hint of soothing lavender. In just a few days most of the cracks on my hands started to heal. In two weeks, my hands felt like a baby’s bottom. The cream didn’t resist my skin, didn’t sting and didn’t leave icky residue behind. What more could I ask for? Now if I run out, I know where to look.

Argan Oil Hair Serum

The label says, “for maintaining healthy, luscious-looking hair, silkening beards and rectifying frazzled ends.”

Why you want it: This serum will give your hair that extra kick it craves during colder months.

What it costs: $25

Where to find it:

My review: I had no idea Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals’ existed before I saw their stand set up in the mall. They had an interesting boho selection of herbal teas, sea sponges, hair serums and natural soaps laid out for show. I decided to give their hair serum a shot. I bought it for $20 even though their website says it’s $25 (perhaps they lowered the price to get more people to stop by.) This serum is made from organic Argan oil, jojoba, cedarwood and lavender essential oil. Argan oil has been proven to be beneficial to hair so I figured, “hey, why not?” To use the serum you just take out the dropper and add one drop, no bigger than a dime, to your hair after you shower. I wish I knew that the first time I tried it: instead I wound up adding too much and looking like a walking grease ball the whole day. However, when I gave it a second try, the right way, it gave my hair a volume and body it lacked before. I also didn’t see as much frizz. Can you guess who’s going to be using this all season long? I’ll give you a hint: me!

By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.


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