Ok, there is no more ways to hide. As I will be Amsterdam bound in a bit (still an hour or 2 left on flight mode), it is time to winterize my beauty bag and replace all summer goodies with stuff that is more appropriate for the colder season.
Curious to hear what’s in my winter beauty bag?
Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil. They say the best beauty products are to be found in the kitchen and even though I would have never thought of buying this for cooking (I can not even bake a proper egg, let alone come up with a recipe that would need coconut oil (my boyfriend luckily absolutely loves preparing any food)), I am so happy I got this for my bathroom shelf just recently.
I am yet to try it as a – be prepared for a long list – leave-in conditioner, anti-frizz, mask, finishing styler, eye cream, make up remover, shaving cream, but am already hooked on using it as a moisturizer for face, legs and arms. It leaves everything baby soft and is obviously 100% natural, resolution score! (I got mine at Whole Foods.)
Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm. Wind-chapped lips are never pretty, simple as that.
Jao Brand Goe Oil. While on the search for more natural stuff to replace the parabens and SLS/SLES’s in my beauty cabinet, I bumped into laudatory words on Goe Oil. Like coconut oil, it can be used for just about anything. It softens whatever part of the skin needs to be softened, feet, hands, cuticles, lips, whatever ánd perfectly tames flyaways (buh-bye Dutch bike hair).
It almost sounds like something completely unnecessary next to the coconut oil, but as this is technically more of a thick wax, I like to use both of them for completely different purposes. Plus it smells réally good.
Maison Martin Margiela Untitled Beach Walk. This might sound odd, as most people change their fragrances with the seasons, but I am especially hooked on this summery beach smelling scent in winter. It helps me remember those long nighty beach walks and keeps the summer spirit alive all year ’round.
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub. I have to admit I am not a huge huge fan of scrubbing. I can’t pinpoint exactly what keeps me from doing it on a more scheduled/regular basis, I guess it is just that my showers are short and it feels like a lót to work from neck aaall the way down to toe. A definite must though in my winter beauty bag, I can not ignore exfoliating every now and then, as some parts of my body tend to get rather dry.
While this scrub both smells and feels a-ma-zing, there is one minor concern that I have. It has sodium laureate sulfate as a second main ingredient right after water, which really does nothing other to the skin than irritate it. I am yet to find a better option, but in the mean while hope that Aesop would consider reformulating their scrub by leaving this out.
Also, (though not pictured) I wear an SPF at all times. It is not just for hot degrees. Winter sun can be pretty bright, especially when there’s snow, since it reflects the UVA and UVB rays like a pro.
Are you making any seasonal swaps when it comes to your beauty regime?
PS: This has absolutely nothing to do with beauty ór fashion, but if you’re curious to see some of Lesley’s cooking, he has a blog with recipes under €2,90 per person.
Lip Balm, Hurraw!; Goe Oil, Jao Brand; Beach Walk, Maison Martin Margiela; Body Scrub, Aesop.
Tags: Aesop, Beach Walk, Beauty Bag, Coconut Oil, Goe Oil, Hurraw!, Maison Martin Margiela