1.21 What’s On My Nightstand

Sayonara, 2020! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! 

(Sorry, just had to get that out of the way.)

Now that the calendar has turned, vaccines are being rolled out, and the Senate has flipped, things are starting to look up. But COVID is still raging throughout the world and more than 350,000 Americans are dead. It’s hard to know how to feel day to day—or even minute to minute.

So I’m focusing on the things I can do to make a difference here at home, and that includes being more green in my everyday life. Experimenting with new-to-me clean beauty products has been one of my acts of self care lately. And even though it can feel frivolous at times, we all need to remember that self care is so, so important—especially during this dark and unsettling time.

On that note: Here are 10 clean beauty products I’ve been keeping on my nightstand. What new products are you loving lately? I’d love to know in the comments.

What’s On My Nightstand

8 Greens 

Everyone benefits from adding more veggies to their diet–and this product is cool because it helps make your skin radiant, too. Created by cancer survivor Dawn Russell, each tablet contains eight greens—broccoli, kale, collard greens, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, aloe vera, green tea, and peppermint—as well as marine collagen and biotin. Drop the tablet into a glass or water, let it dissolve, and drink up!

People of Color Base Coat  

Created by Black founder Jacqueline Carrington, this brand’s slogan is “nail polish for people of color and those who live in color.” (Love that!) Like all the products in the line, this base coat is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. 

Rahua Leave-In Treatment  

I don’t know about you, but my hair gets pretty dry and brittle during the winter. Made from the oil of the rahua tree nut, combined with green tea, quinoa, and raspberry leaf, this protective and healing anti-frizz treatment protects your hair while making it shiny and strong. 

Kosas Lip Fuel 

Minty lip balms are so refreshing. This cruelty- and gluten-free one features hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and konjac root. Plus, it’s formulated without: mineral oil, talc, silicones, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Lumira The Vow by Nicole Trunfio Perfume Oil

My friend Nicole Trunfio is on a roll with creating amazing products. I’ve mentioned before how much I love her Bumpsuit, and this perfume oil she created with Lumira is equally awesome. A mix of deep floral notes and delicate woodsy spice, this roll-on perfume oil is paraben, sulfate, phthalate, and phosphate free. 

Lilah B Aglow Priming Oil 

Right now, I need all the multi-use products that I can get! This three-in-one serum, moisturizer, and primer can be worn alone or to create a smooth canvas for makeup. Composed of amanu, jojoba, and sweet almond oils, it’s a fast-absorbing, silicone-free priming face oil that nourishes and hydrates skin.

Cocokind Daily SPF 

I’m over heavy, goopy sunscreens that turn skin a shade of chalky white. This lightweight, mineral-based SPF 32 is great for hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Bonus: Cocokind products are not only sustainable, cruelty-free, and non-toxic—they’re affordable too.   

Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Bronzer 

Give your face some glow with this silicone-free bronzer that’s made with moisturizing mango butter and calming green tea extract. This vegan, cruelty-free bronzer, which is made in the USA, comes in two shades: West Coast, a medium bronze with neutral undertones, and Best Coast, a deeper bronze with red undertones.

Lavanila The Healthy Detox Mask 

Who says your armpits don’t need a little self care? This underarm mask contains charcoal to exfoliate and purify the skin, while malic acid binds to aluminum and other impurities to draw them out, and silica absorbs sweat molecules. This product, which is vegan and free of parabens, aluminum, and propylene glycol, is said to shorten the transition to natural deodorant.

Aether Beauty Amethyst Crystal Gemstone Palette

Sometimes, you just need something pretty to lift your spirits. How gorgeous is this eyeshadow palette? It features 12 jewel-toned shades in shimmer, metallic, and matte finishes and is free of talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance. 


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  • Hailey Owens

    I have the Aether Beauty Joshua Tree palette. I absolutely love the pigmented colors. They go with everything. I also admire the fact that the packaging is paper and recyclable.

  • Erin

    I’ve never been a girly girl – outside of my basic hygene (shower, brush teeth, brush hair, etc) I’ve never really cared too much about extra products. Still, as I get older, I find myself experimenting and curious (thanks in part to your posts like these!).

    I’ve got 2 products I’m kinda crazy about rn. One is homemade all natural soap from a small shop in Florida – I have to get it shipped, but it’s worth it. I *adore* the dragonblood scent (might have to do with having dragon in the name but I digress) and she’s got several other all natural scents too. It’s made parabin free, glutton free, has tons of vegan and vegetarian options (if you don’t like things such as glycerin or goats milk) and they don’t do animal testing or add soy fillers. It’s called Simply Mazzara’s if you’re interested in checking it out!

    The other product is a brand my mom uses called Mary Kay. All the stuff I receive is in bottles made of 30% plant plastic and is all otherwise recycled plastic. I use their Botanicals Formula 2 Cleanser and their Hydrate lotion product, and my skin’s been softer and clearer since I started using it! I’m also fond of Dermologica, but those prices can get too expensive XD

    What are your recommendations for skin products, makeup, shower products, etc on a budget?

  • Amy

    I absolutely love Lush massage bars! Cocoa butter, Shea butter cruelty free, no animal testing , ethical buying, naked packaging, hand made, 100% vegetarian! My favorite is Hottie. (I don’t know why but the smell gets me going if you know what I mean? 😉) It has bumps on the top which help to get to sore muscles but they melt quickly. So I break off [be little “knob” and its the perfect amount to smooth over my stomach and stretch marks!
    Since you are a runner I think Wiccy would be a good choice, comments from other runners say they benefit from this one.

  • Dana Wonder

    I have recently found BeautyCounter products, which are not only clean (Certified B Corp, Leaping Bunny, and EWG), but have many items in non-plastic containers.

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