I have a pretty big girl crush on Spirit Demerson. She’s the brains and beauty behind online natural product retailer Spirit Beauty Lounge, and I’ve been privileged to work with her and her team for the past five years in both my past career and my current freelance gig.
Everything Spirit curates for her site has to pass a vigorous test, and it makes me feel eco-confident about shopping on her site. I don’t have to worry too much about anything I put in my shopping basket because I know Spirit’s standards meet my own for natural and organic beauty products.
Even though I can peruse Spirit’s site anytime of the day, it’s only every once in a while when you can actually peek inside someone’s purse and see all the beauty loot. I asked Spirit to snap some pics so I could share with you just what this natural beauty expert keeps in her purse, dopp kit and apartment. The items I’ve starred indicate items I also use and love as well. Enjoy!
Inside Spirit’s Purse
“Beautifully designed, great for your hair and scalp, sweatshop-free and entirely FSC-certified wood! ”
“Always BYOB! ”
“I stock up on these at Duane Reade and stuff them in every coat pocket and purse. ”
“I get maybe 20-30 different magazines and rags every month that I can now read on my iPad! SO much less paper!”
“The most beautiful cherry color — if I need to go from day to evening in a flash, all I need is this.”
“I can apply this 20 times a day and still my lips will never feel dry like they can with other lipsticks and tinted lip balms! ”
“I use this for anything from lips to hair to nails.”
“The unfortunate washing-of-hands-with-public-restroom-soap never fails to leave my hands dry. This is the best non-greasy hand soother.”
“I’ve always had fragile nails. I love that this doesn’t rip them to shreds — I can even use it while they’re painted.”
“Sunscreen is totally non-negotiable for me. I simply won’t go without it. This is the highest natural/organic SPF you can get without looking like a geisha.”
“I use this as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer or anytime-refresher as needed!”
“Pretty little delicious organic virgin chocolate. For two reasons: 1. Personal chocolate emergencies. 2. I discovered these make great little gifts on the fly — for a hostess you didn’t expect to visit or an especially charming server. It’s nice to always have a small gift you can give.”
“I often wear this as a perfume, but I really do whip it out whenever I get stuck in a long line or am getting frazzled, and it works! There’s no way to be crabby when you’re smelling something this good.”
Inside Spirit’s Dopp Kit
“I actually often think of travel as a time to take a break from my normal beauty routine. I usually only bring my essentials, which is probably less than a quarter of what I use every day at home.”
“My hair isn’t very cooperative when I don’t have all my tools and products and shower filter. I have to at least bring my own shampoo and conditioner or I’ll be a mess.”
“A gentle cleanser and a little argan oil go a long way. I use the facial cleanser as a non-drying body cleanser, too. ”
“Thank goodness for this! I use it every day when I go back to Cali (from New York) to keep me normal.”
“Always great for travel. ”
“I simply don’t find that anything else works for me as well as this does. I love it and wont go anywhere without it.”
“I’ll have one on the plane or steep them overnight in plain water. It’s such a comfort.”
“The one beauty regimen I always try to keep while traveling is daily dry brushing. It’s even more important while traveling as the lymph and circulation can become so congested.”
Inside Spirit’s Apartment
I love my Crystal Quest shower filter! I actually had to go a day without it recently while I was waiting on a replacement, and my skin shriveled up and my hair frizzed like I haven’t seen it for so long. I was itchy all day. The thing really does improve the water.
I keep the Lotus Wei Infinite Love Trio on my nightstand. Every bedroom needs infinite love, right?!
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