I feel really lucky that I have become both blog friends and real life friends with one of my favorite bloggers, Katie from I Go By Katie. Katie lives about an hour and a half from my hometown in Nothern California, where the rest of my family still lives. I've gotten to hang out with her twice in the past 2 months thanks to much needed visits home to see family and to attend a wedding.
Something I really admire and love about Katie is that she is really adamant about using as natural of products as she can find, especially products that go on the body. I've always had quiet concerns over what those crazy chemical names are that are labeled on the back of my lotions or make-up. But I haven't made too much of an effort to seek out more natural options, other than switching over to Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, pictured below, which are awesome, clean, natural soaps containing only a few ingredients and are super yummy smelling. They lather really well so you only need a few drops. I use this soap for body wash, handwash, and shaving ye ol/ legs. I use the Peppermint scented and my boyfriend uses the Almond scented. I'm going to try the Rose soap next! Yum. )
Anyway, when I got to hangout with Katie recently, she told me about all the products she uses and I was super intrigued to test some of them out. So she sent me an amazingly awesome package with lots of samples of natural and lovely things! Katie is rad. Thank you for the thoughtful gifts, Katie!
The chap stick pictured above is my new faaavorite thanks to Katie. Mmm, it is so smooth and tasty and safe for your skin. The air in Seattle is SUPER dry in the summer so I've been lathering this on all day everyday. Yum yum yum. I've also been loving the Bariani olive oil lotion she sent me. At first I thought, eek, "I have termpermental oily & dry skin. I feel like that lotion would make me break out." But I've actually recently discovered that because my skin is so sensitive, it mostly breaks out when I use products with too many chemicals which irritate my skin. The purity of the olive oil lotion really helps balance my skin and keeps it feeling light and fresh.
To test out some of these products: Dr. Hauschka - chap stick + facial care set, Pure Soap - soap bar, Bariani - Olive oil lotion, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Be sure to visit Katie's blog to read more about what natural products she recommends.