22 August 2011

oh, products

Isn't that a funny term? And, you know exactly what I mean, right? There are products like car tires and spatulas... and then there are products. Like the kind I will special-trip it over to Sephora for or order specially online. The stuff I won't go on vacation without.

I used to be super nutty for all this stuff (right, Nance?) then I cooled it a bit. There is such a thing as too obsessed. Now, I think I've found a somewhat principled middle-ground. I stick with what works and try to avoid junky/harmful ingredients. I also just wear less make-up than I used to.

Since I do love these posts from all of you, I'll go. Here's a short list of what I'm into right now.


Best serious moisturizer | Rose Cream by Martina Gebhardt. And, by "serious" you know what I mean. This is definitely a post-30 moisturizer. It smells pretty, is luxuriously thick, works like crazy and is super safe. I've been using it for years, mostly at night.

Best exfoliation | Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel by Peter Thomas Roth. It has one or two "bad" ingredients, so I feel a little conflicted, but damn this stuff really works. It's like an overnight freshening-up peel. Don't make me give it up.

Best daytime combo | Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40+ and Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation from Josie Maran. I tried the straight-up argan oil a while back and was a little underwhelmed. But, after the lovely Sara mentioned the foundation, I've been all about these other Josie Maran products. They all have that argan oil in them, which is currently popular, awesome, naturally beautifying, etc.--and they work great. All I know is that if I mix the SPF 40 with the "matchmaker" foundation (I'm not really a foundation person either, but this stuff is very clever), I have an excellent replacement for the tinted moisturizer I had to stop using b/c of all those parabens.

Best face wash | Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser by 100% Pure. Another post-30 item! And it came from our natural foods co-op (aka the grocery story). Score. This stuff is all-natural and it really, really works. Leaves the skin super clean and bright.

Best shampoo/conditioner | Organic Lemongrass line by Label M. This stuff is hard to find unless your salon carries it. If you see it, grab some. Though it's incredibly expensive, I've rationalized it by going French and not washing my hair too often. Ha. Seriously though, this is a line I can support: no sulfates, parabens, etc. And, aside from all that, it's really the very best shampoo/conditioner I've ever used. Eva.


Anything you're particularly into these days? I might have to have it.


  1. Oh yes, you and your products! I love your list. So much fun seeing you and the crew this weekend. Can't wait to hear about the reunion. xoxo

  2. oooooh!
    i'm stoked on this (and glad you like the JM stuff, too!)
    any round-up of products (and my love/history with them reads just like yours, word for word) for the 30+ crowd that's tried and true and not filled with ick, i'm down with!!
    i haven't tried the josie maran SPF but want to... along with everything else you've mentioned.
    list = made

  3. I've been meaning to do one of these product posts for ages. I like yours because there are some brands I've never heard of (label M/Gebhardt)! I will definitely have to try the Josie Maran Matchmaker Foundation. I am big on natural products but haven't found many in the makeup department that I love.

  4. Great to get some recommendations, particularly for foundation. I haven't worn it in years, since I kicked the Aveda tinted moisturizer to the curb. (I think you turned me on to that great website for checking beauty product safety and many of theirs failed miserably.)

    I haven't heard of any of these lines, but that JM self-adjusting foundation looks intriguing. I'm a big fan of Devita products. I don't think they produce makeup though. I've been using them for a few years now. They're available in health food stores and online. I love that each ingredient is not only pronounceable, but healthy. I must say that I DO miss the aromatherapy component of the Aveda line I used to use. These aren't scented, but I sometimes add a drop of Simpler's organic oils.

  5. Fun post! Just when I think I want to simplify and narrow down to my few favorite products, I get real and realize that the hunt and use of new things is half the fun. Luckily, I don't have any major skin issues and don't wear much makeup, so no harm done most of the time. I love many Kiehls and Origins products and am a sucker for Sephora, but have lately been drawn to natural and homemade items, either from Etsy or close to home (anointyourself.com). The latter has impressed me with great natural scents and products and I like knowing that I am buying locally vs. corporate. Plus, it has been hard to stomach $50 moisturizers lately!


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