Last week I escaped the Los Angeles area for Truckee, Calif. (basically the Lake Tahoe area). One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to pick up local beauty products. On this trip I stumbled upon Pretty Tahoe Natural Deodorant, $8. Not necessarily a glamorous beauty product to try, but an essential one, for sure. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous deodorant posts, these days I only wear natural deodorants. I’m breastfeeding after all, so I figure it’s safer to stick to the chemical-free stuff.
Unlike some of the other natural deodorants I’ve tried, this one (which is made locally in Truckee, Calif.) is more of a creamy balm deodorant. You scoop out a dime-sized dollop of the stuff and swipe it under your arms. The fragrance I chose is a fantastic, and subtle, lavender mint scent. Fresh and natural-smelling. It definitely doesn’t have the crunchy, hippie vibe you might expect from a totally natural beauty product. That’s due to the fact that the base is made of coconut oil.
I’ve been wearing it for about a week and it’s quickly becoming my new favorite. Scooping the product out of the tin is actually less cumbersome than I thought it might be.
One warning though, it will melt if you leave it in a warm area, so beware.
Kiehl’s is like the grand poobah of high-end gift giving— literally any number of their creams, balms, washes or scents can make someone happy and their skin soft. This year for the holidays, they teamed with artist Kenny Scharf and dreamed up the Kenny Scharf Limited Edition Crème De Corps, $48 (16.9 oz). The playful, cartoonish packaging makes me smile just cause it’s like a more fun, adorable version of the original. And nothing is as effective at soothing your skin in the winter, so it fits the tough balance of practical and decadent at the same time. This year, 100% of net profits will support RxArt, a non-profit national organization, committed to fostering artistic expression and awareness through introducing contemporary art in pediatric hospitals. RxArt is dedicated to placing original fine art in patient, procedure and examination rooms of healthcare facilities, for the engagement and comfort of patients. For more gifts that give back, click here and here.
I first discovered calendula when my son had diaper rash that just wouldn’t. Go. Away. I tried all the bum creams, ointments and pastes I could get my hands on but nothing really worked till some guru-mom suggested California Baby Calendula Cream, $13. Within one day, his diaper rash was cleared. If it ever comes back, just a touch of calendula will take care of it. If it can do that to Ian’s sensitive baby tush, imagine what it can do to your dry skin. With properties that reduce inflammation and soothe irritation, it can calm almost any skin flare up — especially when it’s exposed to harsh winter weather. If this sounds good to you too, here are a few other incredible calendula products to check out:
Weleda Calendula Baby Cream, $12
Jurlique Calendula Cream, $35
Melvita Calendula Oil, $21
Erbe Calendula and Orange Blossom Body Lotion, $69
I flip-flop back and forth between being a total deodorant connoisseur and not wearing any at all. Lately, I’ve been back on the hunt in a serious way. I’ve been searching every tiny apothecary and local beauty boutique in New York for something new and different of the all-natural, non-antiperspirant variety — one that actually works. I’m happy to report that I found a true winner. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream, $12 is my new favorite deodorant in the whole world. I actually found this Brooklyn-based deodorant on Etsy, of all places, and realized it’s getting a lot of buzz in elite organic beauty circles. This vegan, clay-based cream uses superfine vegetable powders, along with lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils to absorb moisture, inhibit bacteria and ensure you stay dry and smell fresh all day. And it really works. Do you use all natural deodorants or do you stick to the hard stuff?
- Carrie Stern Kleiner
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