Yardley London Soap


There’s a new soap in town! I’ve been looking all over for a nice bar of soap, or body wash that would leave my skin feeling soft, instead of dry and itchy. Well, Yardley London English Lavender Moisturizing Bath Bar won the ballot! This soap smells lightly of lavender, and comes in a big bar. It’s your typical-looking ivory bar of soap, but instead of being drying, it works up to a beautiful lather, and leaves my skin soft and happy.


This soap was available at Kroger in a two-pack, and was on sale for $1.67. That’s a pretty good price, if you ask me. 🙂 I really like that it’s made without any parabens, and is SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) free! I’m starting to think my skin is allergic to that detergent, now that I’m cutting back on the amount of sodium lauryl sulfate in my beauty products. I also like that it’s made with lavender essential oil, and real lavender extract. The fact that this soap was not tested on animals, and has 100% recyclable packaging is pretty neat too. (Please keep in mind that there is tallow in this soap, so it is not  vegan).



The smell of this soap is very soothing, and I love using it. It’s so nice to have a good alternative for my sensitive skin. I was starting to despair that I would never find a product that was nice to my skin, smelled good, and actually cleaned.  I now have a soap I can rely on!

Update (12/11/15) -This soap seems to work better in more humid climates. I liked it a lot better in Houston than I have in Rexburg and Bismarck.


My All-Natural Beauty Routine


Right now, I am in the process of switching out different products in my skincare, shower, and beauty routine, with ones that are all-natural and eco-friendly. This has been a fun process, as I have discovered many cool products that happen to be better for me, and the environment! While I’m eager to have every product I used to be “green,” I understand that using up what I already have –and respecting my budget –is the way to go. J So far, here are the products that I have switched out.


1.     Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castille Soap in Rose – I use this liquid soap for my face wash, and it is amazing. It has a nice, light, rose scent, and it is so gentle on my skin. Plus, it is 100% all natural, non-GMO, Certified Vegan, cruelty free and carries the Leaping Bunny seal, and contains certified Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. I love using such an ethical products, and one that works so well. It is so hard for me to find a product that doesn’t irritate my skin, as my face is super sensitive. But this stuff works!

2.     Physician’s Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara –This is the cleanest, greenest mascara that Physician’s Formula carries. I love it. I think it builds beautifully, while still giving me a natural look. I feel like other mascaras have left my eyelashes looking stiff and crunchy. I also love that it’s a dream to take off. No, it’s not waterproof, but it doesn’t smudge easily. And, it’s 100% natural, 70% organic, and contains no parabens, harsh chemicals, or artificial dyes or fragrances. I love this stuff and intend to buy it again and again.

3.     Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Warm Nude Eyeliner Trio –I love this set of eyeliner, and it was affordable priced. I think it came out to 3.30 an eyeliner. The colors are copper, bronze, and black. I’ve used all three, and love how they look. They are soft to apply, and stay pretty well. They’re not waterproof either, but again, are easy to take off. These eyeliners are paraben free, gluten free, fragrance free, and hypoallergenic. I’m sure there’s a greener eyeliner out there, but right now, these are a great transition.

4.     Homemade Crayon Lip Balm in Orchid –I made this DIY Crayon Lipstick, and blogged about it previously. It is made of two simple ingredients –half a crayon, and organic coconut oil. In colder dryer climates like Idaho, this lip color behaves more like a lipstick, but here in Texas, it’s more like a colored lip balm. While crayons do have dyes in them, I think it’s pretty safe, as crayons are made to be safe enough for toddlers to eat. 🙂 It certainly has a lot less chemicals than typical lip balms. I think the color is really pretty, and it feels nice on my lips. I have really enjoyed this DIY creation of mine.

5.     Organix Shampoo in Coconut Water –While this isn’t 100% natural, it is SLE/SLS free, has lots of organic ingredients, and less harmful chemicals.I do intend to find a greener product, but until then, this is a great choice. It’s a nice light shampoo that doesn’t leave lots of residue in my hair. It also doesn’t irritate my hairline, which I’ve been having troubles with my past shampoos. I love the smell too. It smells delicious, but isn’t too overpowering of a coconut scent. I can’t wait to get the matching conditioner for this.