{eco beauty} super natural: a green + cruelty-free morning routine

Friday, April 14, 2017


recently i was watching one of my all-time favorite movies, annie hall with diane keaton, and i couldn't take my eyes off of diane's la-di-da, screwball character clad in relaxed chinos, patterned necktie + bowler hat {diane later shared in her autobiography that the director gave her free rein of her movie wardrobe; inspired by real life exploits + the street style of new york, she pieced together this brilliant + unexpected ensemble herself}.

diane keaton is my girl crush. probably because she represents the ultimate form of beauty to me: she exudes joy. i believe her most beautiful physical asset is her smile {and that laugh!}.

and honestly, i love what she has had to say about beauty + acceptance of self over the years:




in a 2014 interview with vogue u/s diane was asked, "do you think there's an age at which you learn to accept the way you look?" her candid response was, "i don't think so. i think the more distracted you are, the better you're off in terms of looking at yourself."

see, self-acceptance, well, there's a secret to it all. and this is what i know about it.

i've been a busy gal for most of my life {with the biggest portion of my life devoted to volunteering + working in the field of education with inner city youth}, and with that, i've often felt that i haven't had time to dwell on any possible physical flaws that might exist. and to be honest, i don't subscribe to the idea of flaws: i believe we're all born innately beautiful, exactly the way we were supposed to come together. because god doesn't make mistakes.

i came to understand long ago that when we compare ourselves to others, we forget to focus on our own light + innumerable strengths, and all of the beauty we each possess.


in truth, i feel most confident when i'm healthy + happy. and i'm usually feeling most joyous when i'm contributing to the happiness + well-being of those around me. as for my health, this starts from the inside out, and is reflected in my skin. as a plant advocate, i like to eat the plants, and i like to wear the plants.

our skin is host to myriad species including bacteria, yeast + fungi. good bacteria informs our skin cells to create our own antibiotics that kill off harmful bacteria, however an imbalance in our skin's microbiome, due to harsh chemicals found in commercial products or an overly sanitized way of life, can disrupt our bodies natural acid mantle + lead to acne, ecsema or rosacea.

i love to use products that promote clear + dewy skin. my morning routing consists of the bare minimum: lip balm, plant oils as moisturizers + a little mascara. voilà! if i'm feeling fancy, i'll put a little bronzer + eyeliner on. for me, confidence comes from feeling good about the way i'm presenting myself to me.

i've put together this list of fave products that support your natural beauty + long-term health. i've test driven some great, plant-based brands. each product listed here is made sans fillers, additives, petrochemicals + preservatives, instead each is made with love from active ingredients including fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, flowers + berries.

without further ado, these are my top natural beauty brands {48 distinct eco brands in all} + my fave vegan products from each cruelty-free company:

{soap bars} s/he studio // scratch goods // dr. bronner's // osmia organics

{facial cleansers + exfoliators} root science // precious skin elixirs // shamanuti // aster + bay

{toner} poppy + someday // herbivore botanicals // french girl organics

{facial oils + moisturizers} pelle beauty // my skin + bones  // mun // poetic blend

{mascara + eyeliner} pacifica // w3ll people // lily lolo // bwc

{blush + bronzer} antonym // devita

{lip gloss} juice beauty // 100% pure // emani 

{lip balm} unearth malee // ellovi // hurraw

{body moisturizers} forager + this list of 4 fab lotions will keep your skin super nourished + moisturized.

{make up brushes} eco tools // alima pure

{dry shampoo} lulu organics is tops. here's a list of my 4 fave dry shampoos + how to apply. i just tried this dry shampoo by mullein + sparrow from trunk collective; it has a dark hue for the brunettes of the world + is chocolate scented for the cocoa lovers of the world {comes in a teeny tiny container for travelers packing light}.

{wet shampoo + bar shampoo} here's a list of 6 amazing eco shampoos to keep your tresses shiny + strong.

{leave-in conditioner + hair texturizer} yarok // acure // eco sevi // captain blankenship

{don't forget the tip} when it comes to choosing bath + beauty products that are made with pure, safe + organic ingredients, i turn to my favorite experts {these gals will never lead you astray, from lipstick to foundations, they're the real deal}: andrea at organic beauty lover + yenny at eco chic eauty

petit vour remains my numero uno for clean + cruelty-free beauty. for a list of where to buy all the goods in one place: hop to the right side bar here at finny + dill for a list of eco apothecaries or scroll down if you're on your phone. and don't forget that knowledge is power, so get some of that good info + learn the truth about conventional beauty products by reading no more dirty looks or not just a pretty face.

until next time, stay green dear hearts!

{header image + artwork by f+d // made in the usa zip pouch by talented designer + artist chotnelle}

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