beauty secrets | natural beauty product staples, part 1

kimberlyloc natural beauty staples products to repurchase

Inspired in part by a Neiman’s Idealist post (see my super-long comment) and a green beauty collab I somehow missed out on (see the collab master list), I’m bringing to you part one of my “natural beauty product staples” series in which I name products I constantly repurchase no matter what.

You’ll probably recognize a few from past posts, Instagram love or gushing comments and recommendations, but I wanted to embark on a series like this because as a beauty blogger, I tend to fall in love with a LOT of products.

But as we all know, money talks — which products do I buy over and over again once the PR sample is gone?

Time to keep it real, ladies.

kimberlyloc natural beauty staples products to repurchase

1. Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm

It’s well-documented that I’m a lip balm junkie. Despite my overflowing soup bowl of lippies, there’s one balm that I go a little nuts without: Dr. Hauschka. It’s the perfect texture — creamy, smooth and thick — without being too overpowering and slick for a layer of lip color on top.

Though there are so many other lovely lip balms out there, Dr. Hauschka is easily accessible at my local Whole Foods, which means it’s that much easier for me to repurchase it again and again.

2. Zum Rub Moisturizer Frankincense & Myrrh (Read the full review!)

Since first reviewing this back in November, Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh has experienced an incredible jump in sales and stock prices. OK, maybe not (and if so, I take full credit!), but I’m trying to illustrate how much I preach this stuff. It soothes irritation from acne breakouts and can even eliminate cysts (that was my experience!) with a small number of natural ingredients.

I know my girl Neiman’s Idealist is wary of shea butter on acne-prone skin, but seriously, you just can’t knock this stuff until you try it. Anything that zaps my cystic acne outbreaks in three days (compared to the normal weeklong or more run) gets props — and repurchases — in my natural beauty (check)book.

3. Aura Cacia Organic Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil ignited my love for facial oils. As we all know by know, jojoba oil’s properties are most similar to our own natural sebum (aka facial oil), and while so many other oil-cleansing products have hit the market, I always keep my trusty bottle of jojoba on-hand.

While I used to just grab whatever jojoba was cheapest at Whole Foods, I now prefer Aura Cacia’s organic jojoba oil — which is usually on sale! I love the slightly nutty smell, the USDA organic seal and the pretty packaging on Aura Cacia’s skin care oils.

4. Evan Healy Immortelle Facial Tonic HydroSoul

I’ve yet to do a standalone review on this miracle hydrosol, but here’s the mini-review: I’d never tried anything from Evan Healy, but had heard so many good things about her hydrosols. (A hydrosol is incredible floral water — get the details here.) I chose this particular concoction after some quick research on immortelle’s acne benefits. I bought a trial size of the immortelle hydrosol (full sizes weren’t available at The Merc, a co-op in Lawrence, Kansas) about a month ago and used it religiously, every day, twice a day.

Long story short, the entire month I used this hydrosol, in combination with Zum Rub at night, I had zero major breakouts. None. Zilch. Seriously. It was the best skin month ever, and I’ve been longing for another trip to The Merc (going this evening!) to stock up on several bottles because my local Whole Foods doesn’t carry this particular hydrosol.

Since running out of this hydrosol, I decided to try Evan Healy’s Lemon Thyme Facial Tonic Hydrosol in hopes of getting the same result. No cigar, as in, I have five major blemishes on my face right now compared to zero last month. This evening can’t come soon enough!

5. Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Shampoo

Some people have issues with switching to sulfate-free, natural shampoo — or with just switching shampoos in general.

I’m lucky that my hair is pretty cooperative with whatever I feed it and I have very few issues (cowlicks, long dry time, etc.) to deal with. I just need a good, clean shampoo that can boost a bit of volume to my fine strands and invigorate my dry patch-prone scalp.

I stock up on Acure Organics’ shampoo anytime it’s on sale at Whole Foods. I actually have a couple bottles stashed in my beauty closet right now as I test out a different, way more expensive shampoo. And ya know, while I do like the fancy shampoo I’m using right now, I’m not sure it merits the 3x more expensive price tag. This shampoo, which is typically around $10, comes in a big bottle and is so easily accessible. Shampoo is just not one of those things that I want to be constantly ordering from online boutiques, though now that I have short hair, I don’t have to use as much. :)

6. Primavera Energizing Ginger Lime Hand and Nail Cream (Read the full review!)

We all talk about how every hand lotion we love doesn’t leave your hands greasy and makes them feel so silky smooth, but I’m for real when I say that about this hand and nail cream. I use it in the morning and at night, and typically keep a travel size in my purse. I like the light, fresh scent and the fact that I can apply this and get back to work without allowing it to dry or continually having to rub my hands together.

Primavera is a natural spa brand, and I’m lucky to live within walking distance of a fine natural spa that carries this line — makes it very easy to repurchase again and again!

What are some of your natural beauty staples? Why do you love them? Tell me in the comments section! may include affiliate links to featured products. Not all product links are affiliate links. If you make a purchase from an affiliate link, earns a small commission.

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  • Casey

    Loved this! I know next to nothing about green products, but you’ve got me convinced I need to head to the Merc for some Evan Healy asap!

    • So maybe I’ll run into you tonight? :) I’m coming to Larryville after work!

  • Love your picks Kim! I was actually just looking at Evan Healy’s products for the first time last night, and the Hydrosols seem to be very popular! I will definitely try this one you recommended, because I am constantly fighting breakouts too.

    • Thanks, Lilly! Definitely recommend her hydrosols. The Immortelle is amazing! I’m also interested in the Frankincense, one, because Frankincense works really well with my acne-prone skin, but I can’t find it in-store and just kind of hate ordering online unless I’m doing a major haul! Good luck and I hope you like it :) xo

  • Marcella Tam

    I agree with you about the shampoo and the Aura Cacia jojoba oil! My hair’s not too picky and I feel like the big jug of Nature’s Gate shampoo lasts me forever (without the price tag). I love this post! I always love reading what people really really end up buying.

    • Yes, money talks, right?! I think a lot of it comes down to access, too. I hate that I can’t go into real stores to test and sample products; it’s a big investment to order some more expensive products online! That’s why we need us bloggers — especially when we share what we really buy!!! Thanks for commenting :) xo

  • Britanie

    Okay well now I need the Evan Healy HydroSoul. It sounds amazing and I’ve been wanting to try out something from the line. If sales have gone up for the Zum Rub it is definitely because of you. I ordered one right after reading your review! I LOVE it. Although I find it’s too heavy for me in the warmer months. It’s nice to know I have it for when winter comes around. It’s the perfect nighttime moisturizer. My staples change every now and then especially if I test out a product and fall in love with it. As of now they are: Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair, Organic and Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil, Raw Honey, DeVita Solar Protective SPF30 moisturizer, Weleda Almond face cream, Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (lavender and rose for my body and peppermint for my hair!), Rosewater spray, and my newest love: Avalon Organics Lavender day cream… it’s the perfect consistency. oh, and of course RMS un-cover up!

    • I love it! I’m lucky there are trial sizes available, but I do wish they had the full sizes available, too! Argh. Zum Rub is my HG acne treatment. I use it every night, and it makes me nervous when I test new things in place of it because I know I’m risking breakouts! LOL. You really can’t go wrong with good coconut oil and raw honey! I am trying some Devita sunscreen, too. So many goodies!!!

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  • Pemberley Jones

    Love these picks! My local shop carries evan healy and I always test out their products, they are divine. Looks like it’s time to pull the trigger on one of the tonics! :D

    • Definitely do a sniff test on the tonics. You will either love or hate the scent. I love the Immortelle, but it’s a bit different. I bought the Frankincense one, too, because I LOVE Frankincense, but I hattteeeed the smell.