It’s Monday and you know what that means… another edition of our ‘Clean Freak’ series. This week we are talkin’ body.
I would imagine most of you reading this have a least a basic skincare regimen. We all know the importance of taking care of our face, but why stop there? Our bodies seem to be a somewhat neglected part of our self-care routines, which is ironic because it makes up quite a bit of us. We should be putting just as much care into protecting our bodies as we do our face. When you’re 60 years old, no one will be fooled by your glowing face if your body is old and wrinkly. Soooo let’s begin!
Body Wash: Fork & Melon Fine Cleansing Wash – $15
Body wash certainly may not be the most exciting product in your shower, but we all know it’s essential. This Fork & Melon Fine Cleansing wash takes a basic body wash to a new level with their signature watermelon seed oil (as the name would suggest), which is imported from France, has detoxifying, moisturizing, clarifying, and anti-aging benefits! Fork & Melon has given us a special discount code, valid now through September 30th! Use code ‘ SMUSTYLE’ at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase!
I don’t ask for much when it comes to body lotion. As long as I am moisturized, but not greasy, I am going to be happy. But, this body lotion has risen my standards. The perfect consistency, a light, warm scent that isn’t overbearing and simple & sleek packaging… what more could a girl ask for?
Certified Organic | Locally Sourced Ingredients | Cruelty Free
When they say luxe, they mean luxe! This heavenly body lotion is formulated with Hyaluronic acid to retain moisture in the skin, as well as Raspberry seed oil, Sea Buckthorn, and Papaya extract to promote healthy skin. While the Luxe Lotion takes a little more elbow grease to blend in than the Chuck & Sam ‘Skin Milk,’ it also is a bit more of a deep hydration. The fresh coconut scent is to die for, but I will note it’s fairly potent. I love lathering up in this before bed and smelling like a tropical island, but if you aren’t one for strongly scented body lotion, have no fear… it comes unscented, as well.
Non-GMO | Vegan | Cruelty Free
Sometimes, we need a little extra TLC. This body oil is just that. Lather up in this luxe multipurpose oil that seriously makes you feel like you just left the Four Seasons Spa. The blend of eight essential oils including jojoba, sweet almond, and rosehip quickly melts into the skin, while improving texture and firmness. Not to mention, it smells divine.
98% Organic | Multi-purpose | Made in small batches
I also love this Tamanu Oil Lab Body Oil, which is particularly helpful in easing sore muscles and cooling down inflammation. It’s the perfect post-workout solution. It is also formulated to reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars…I mean hello?? Who doesn’t want that!
Organic, cold-pressed oils| Cruelty Free | Sustainably Derived
Body Scrub: Lather Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub – $39Oh. My. Goooood. This body scrub is absolute perfection. I am VERY picky when it comes to body scrub – I don’t like when you have to put in too much elbow grease to make the scrub the slightest bit effective, but I also don’t want my skin to be sore after use. This heavenly scrub is the perfection combination. My skin has truly never felt so smooth and it removed every bit of my left over self tanner. 11/10 recommend!
Vegan | Paraben Free | Cruelty Free
Deodorant: Love Fresh Grapefruit Deodorant – $24
You might be familiar with the natural deodorant phenomenon. Switching to clean deodorant was one of the first advances of the clean beauty revolution. Why deodorant, you might ask. Well, typical deodorants and antiperspirants and FULL of harmful toxins and chemicals that clog your underarms pores to prevent you from sweating. But let me remind you, sweating is our bodies natural way of releasing toxins. Not only do these toxic deos prevent natural body process, they also trap sweat creating bumps, ingrown hairs and irritation. On top of all this, because your underarms are so close to your breast tissue, there are studies that link toxic deodorants with breast cancer. All of this being said, I understand you don’t want to be smelly and sweaty all the time. I have tried my fair share of natural deodorants and I can tell you not all natural deodorants were created equal. However, this LoveFresh Grapefruit deodorant is a diamond in the rough. It really does prevent odor and keeps your sweat at bay. It smells fruity and fresh and truly last throughout the day.
100% Natural | Vegan | Cruelty Free
Toothpaste: Twice Premium Toothpaste Duo – $17 for both
The founders of Twice (one of which is rockstar, Lenny Kravtiz) aimed to recreate the oral care experience by creating two toothpastes, one for morning and one for night, that made people excited about brushing their teeth. Not only that, but they also made it their mission to create a product that was free of sulfates, parabens, alcohol, essentially any of the bad stuff. I love the two flavors, the morning being an invigorating and awakening wintergreen peppermint and the night being a relaxing lavender and vanilla with peppermint. It’s not only a unique experience, but you’ll be doing your pearly whites a favor!
Vegan | Non-GMO | Cruelty Free
Shaving Cream: Olio E Osso Shave Oil – $45
For whatever reason, the concept of traditional shaving creams seems so unhealthy to me. While I have been a Skintimate user for years, I was always off put off by the constancy and how dry my skin was after use. I honestly usually skip shaving cream and just use body wash when shaving. Until I found this gem. The Olio E Osso Shave Oil provides a barrier between your skin a razor blades, moisturizing your skin while protecting it from cuts and nicks. I still get the smoothest shave, but my skin is silky and soft afterwards.
Self Tanner (Face) : Clean Tan ‘A Tan With Benefits’ – $42.99
We all know that SMU girls love their St. Tropez. While it does give you the perfect boulevard glow, it’s certainly not the best for you. I was immediately intrigued by the concept of Cleantan’s ‘A Tan With Benefits’ because I also struggle achieving an even tan on my face. This product is meant to be used by adding a couple drops of the tanner into your face moisturizer or body lotion and then applied directly to the skin. Unlike some other self-tanning drops that are clear and work towards a gradual glow, this self-tanner is dark brown and results can be seen over night. I used this product for the first time before the whiteout boulevard. Pale legs don’t pair well with a white sundress, so I went to town blending this product all over my face and body. The next morning, my roommate told me she had never seen a self-tanner that looked so natural. I was the perfect tan and because it blends in with your moisturizer, you aren’t left with patches or streaks. I am seriously in love with ‘A Tan With Benefits’ and it has replaced St Tropez in my Friday night self tanning routine.
100% Plant-based | No added fragrance | Non-toxic
Self Tanner (Body) : Pradas Glow Camo Bronzing Skin Enhancer – $36.99
While both of these self tanners can be used on both the face and body, I typically like to use one for each. I am absolutely in love with the Pradas Glow Camo Bronzing Skin Enhancer because it instantly gives me that post-vacay glow, without the drying time or stickiness. I personally use the shade Olive Brown and it’s the perfect shade for my naturally olive skin. This line was created by celebrity spray tan artist, Kristyn Pradas, who has worked with celebs like Gigi Hadid and Ariana Grande and was even the exclusive spray tan artist for the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show… um, fangirling. Her clean self tanning range is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid for hydration as well as peptides, vitamins and antioxidants and is aimed to provide a natural glow for every skin tone. I cannot get enough of this tanner…not to mention the amazing scent!
Organic | Cruelty Free | Non-Toxic
A big thank you to all the brands who collaborated with us for this post. We are all aboard the Clean Beauty bandwagon and hope you are ready to jump on, too. Come back next week for our favorite clean, makeup products. Until next time…