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7 Favorite Products of 2012

There are so many wonderful natural and organic products on the market, and I’m a big fan of each and every one I review on Indigo+Canary. But there are always a few extra-special products that I find myself thinking about well after my review has been completed, that I go back to over and over again. Here are my seven favorites from 2012 (in no particular order).

Broo Shampoo & Conditioner. I still love everything that originally attracted me to these products. When I’m not testing out a new shampoo or conditioner, they are what I come back to, especially now that my hair is starting to be a bit on the dry side. (Side note: my sister now swears by these two products, too. Success!)

Black Pepper & Rose Organic Dry Shampoo by SkinnySkinny. One beauty resolution I’ve had no problem sticking with is Julie’s rule to wash my hair only twice or three times a week, and my SkinnySkinny dry shampoo is the reason why. I still get compliments on it all the time—it just smells great.

Omega Woman, Evening Primrose Blend by Nordic Naturals. I have become a bit of an evangelist about omega-3s, and this blend in particular. It doesn’t just help me get glossy hair—it helps me keep my hair full. (I have major shedding issues!)

Balancing Facial Serum by Co-Op 108. For me, 2012 was definitely The Year of the Facial Oil. I discovered that it works so well, even on my tending-to-oily skin. Now, a great facial oil is part of my daily complexion plan. I love Co-Op 108’s blend for its lightness, ingredients, and that it smells ever-so-faintly of lemongrass.

Acure Organics Cell Stimulating Facial Mask. If you’re looking for an affordable natural facial mask, this one from Acure is a great option. You can get a bunch of applications out of this large jar. It’s so thick and luxurious, it feels spa-quality. And your skin will look and feel smoother and softer once you rinse it off.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel. I use this foaming gel with my fingers and my Clarisonic—it works equally well. I have witnessed this cleanser’s ability to clear up my skin without drying it out, and I love that I can close the pump to easily pack it for travel.

Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum. My other favorite facial oil of the year. Sarah calls this a serum, but it’s not thick or heavy—it’s light and delicate, a blend of kukui, safflower, macadamia nut, rosehip seed, grapeseed, shea, acai, and black seed oils.

What are your favorite beauty discoveries of 2012? If you’ve added a new favorite to your natural beauty routine, I’d love to hear all about it. —Aleigh

(Image via AndreaRenee)

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Tools of the Trade

The newest issue of Breathe magazine is out, and so is my latest Beauty roundup. In the same issue, I wrote about planning an outdoor wedding and planning a wedding that incorporates both modern and traditional elements–including two lovely couples and two lovely weddings!

Can’t wait for the November/December issue of Breathe — I pulled together a roundup of nighttime treatments for face and hair. So fun! What beauty tools, treatments, complexion issues or trends would you like to read about?

Honey Month Tip: Coffee and honey body scrub! Mix 6 tbsp. ground coffee with 2 c. honey, 1 c. sugar, and 1/2 c. olive oil. Pour into a jar and stash in your shower for an invigorating all-over body scrub. (Makes two treatments.)

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Natural Beauty Faves: September 2011

Welcome, September! A new month, a new list of favorites to share. Here are the four products I’m enjoying right this very moment. (You’ll find them in the sidebar all month long.)

  •  Trilogy Everything Balm. I’ve swooned over Trilogy before, but truthfully, their Everything Balm is the reason I fell in love with them. It’s the ultimate multitasker–use it on your driest skin, massage it into your baby’s delicate skin (it’s very gentle) or even rub it into your lips. I love it for elbows and feet.
  • Collective Wellbeing Dry Skin Relief Body Butter (Unscented). My hands are really dry lately, and I have a small tube of this in my purse for midday application–it’s lovely. It sinks right into my skin without leaving my hands so greasy that they slide all over the keyboard, which is key when you spend as much time in front of a computer as I do.
  • Clarisonic Mia. I wrote about my beloved Clarisonic a few weeks ago. (Yes, I recognize my love of this tool borders on obsession.)
  • Afterglow Cosmetics Organic Mineral Foundation. I love mineral makeup, and Afterglow makes some lovely products right here in North Carolina! It comes in 20 shades and offers a natural SPF 20. (Side note–I first tested Afterglow with their starter kit, which has a small kabuki brush, mineral foundation, blush, setting powder and a concealer brush in a little makeup bag. It’s perfect for those of us beauty junkies who have commitment issues and don’t like to buy full sizes of new products.)

What are your newest favorites?

Did you miss last month’s favorites? Find them here. 

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How I switched to natural, organic beauty

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with natural products. Once I started researching and writing about them, it was pretty much over for me. Then I discovered the Skin Deep Database, and was horrified to realize the products I had used every day, for years, had ingredients in them that were linked to cancer, hormonal changes, skin irritation and more.

But I was skeptical–was I willing to give up my favorite products to go natural? Wouldn’t that be expensive? Was it really worth it? And wouldn’t my new organic products fall short of my expectations?

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Beauty Obsession: Clarisonic Mia

I’d coveted this little beauty gadget for months (it seemed like everyone was raving about it), so when I was surprised with a Clarisonic Mia as a gift* last year, I couldn’t wait to test it out.

Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System, $149

Now that I’ve been using my Mia for nearly eight months, I’m a full-on Clarisonic evangelical. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say that my Clarisonic has changed my life…but this little gadget’s sonic cleansing technology really has left my skin clearer, softer and smoother.

I use it every day in the shower, and now my sometimes troubled skin has had much fewer breakouts and my pores are smaller. If I’m traveling and forget to bring it along, I’m reminded of what my skin was like before I started using it…and ugh, let’s just say if my Clarisonic died tomorrow I’d be buying a replacement immediately.

I also love that I can change out the brush heads–there’s a brush for sensitive skin, normal skin, delicate skin and now there’s even a deep pore brush head, which I’m planning to test drive next. Plus, I can use my Clarisonic with any cleanser I choose (as long as it’s not abrasive), and it lasts for weeks on a single charge.

Have you added the Clarisonic Mia to your beauty routine? Does it work for you?

*Shout out to my mom for such an awesome present. Thanks, Mom!
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