Vive la revolution!

Revolutions in history are always interesting creatures. We have the American (Boston tea party–oh for the love of tea!), the French (birth of the guillotine), the Bolshevik (hello Soviet Russia), and on. Each uprising of the people has brought about sparks of progress and/or regress, and our days today are as so thanks to those angry people seeking change.

Is the London flag + “Revolution” + the fact that I live in America too ironic? I love it.

This lip gloss by Revolution Organics thankfully comes un-violently to you presented by George the London bear*. The color “Integrity” goes on as “my lips but awesome” for me plus some shimmer but with none of the goop stigma customarily attached to lip gloss. It lasts for a couple hours unbothered but I can’t say anything beyond that because I eat and drink pretty regularly through the day so I probably manually refresh my lips anyways every 3-4 hours. Full of nourishing organic oils (olive, jojoba, sunflower, safflower), shea butter (hydrating!), aloe vera (soothing + softening), and more, this lip gloss is nourishing enough on its own or layered on top of lip balm (Hurraw!). Definitely a step for progress I’d say. ($26)

*note: no stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this post

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

With two majors and all of the world to conquer, to me, the 9-hours-a-night sleep is a myth. (It hangs out with the Lochness Monster and the Easter Bunny.) And puffy, dry eyes are really hard to blink and keep open, especially with 8am Friday classes. 


This eye cream, while smelling fabulously (I can’t even explain how amazingly vanilla coffee bean this smells), moisturizes and controls under-eye-bag puffiness really well for me thanks to anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and de-puffing coffee beans. I can’t vouch for how it fights under-eye darkness because my dark circles are pretty hereditary, but that’s what concealer and better sleep is for. I love this eye cream and this tiny squeezy tube has lasted me amazingly long–more than 4 months now. Happy hunting for the 9-Hour Monster, and if you can’t find it, look for this eye cream in the meantime. ($19 – 1oz, $10 – 0.5oz)

Deodorants ft. Weleda and Soapwalla

Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant: No-mess spray deodorant that smells of roses (as you could gather from the title). This easily keeps me fresh all day through being nervous at my piano lesson and running after buses. I do have to dress strategically to avoid wet stains, however, as to be expected as this isn’t meant to soak up moisture. Weleda also says you can use it as a body spray, but go easy, it has a pretty concentrated scent. Also make sure you have good aim. Sometimes I aim for my pits and I get my neck, or my collarbone, or my chin. ($16)

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream: This is the darling of natural deodorants. It comes in an unconventional cream form that you scoop out and gently moisturize the pits with (and then you wash your hands afterwards, if you were wondering). During this past muggy East Coast summer, this neutralized smell and some amount of moisture (thanks to natural clays and powders) but I usually felt more comfortable adding another layer in the mid-afternoon since I’m especially sweaty. It doesn’t have as strong of a scent as the Weleda Wild Rose, but I’m perfectly fine with its herby scents canceling out my stinkies. Now in the fall/winter, I like using this when I know I have an especially sweaty day coming up. ($12)

On deodorant

I have always been a sweaty person. At piano lessons and recitals growing up, I despaired playing pianos with glossy finishes because I knew my fingers would slip and hit loads of wrong notes as soon as I got warmed up. During high school marching band season, I obsessively kept my arms glued to my side for at least 30 minutes into the next class after band so no one would see the dark stains. When going shopping, I would imagine what the armpit region of a potential shirt would look like if I sweat into it. Note: Gray is the worst. (Is that too much? Okay I’ll stop now.)
It’s funny to think that our natural scents used to be a kind of sign of attraction to the opposite sex, and now it’s like an instant person repeller. Thank goodness for deodorants, which are marketed to keep you smelling fresh and/or dry up the dreaded wetness. Seems good and fine until you step back and wonder, why do we sweat?
Sweating is the body getting rid of toxins. We engage in sweaty-making activity, we get hot and our circulation gets going, pores “open,” out comes toxins. When we use antiperspirants, we are using things like aluminum to block the sweat from coming out. We’re keeping the toxins in. Why would we want to do that? Dark armpit stains we can avoid by just wearing more strategic clothing, but toxins in our bodies? Possible breast cancer? (this one is still being debated but still)
As much as I loathe sweating, it’s a natural body function and I think we should let it do its own thing. Not to say we shouldn’t wear deodorant, goodness please, please if you know the bacteria in your pits likes to get busy, please wear a good, natural deodorant that will keep you fresh while still allowing toxins to come out.

Perfumes ft. Love & Toast and EOV

I am your poor college student, and as much as I’d love to drop my nonexistent money for a beautiful perfume like Honoré Des Prés or Tsi-La, I need to save it for food for when my meal plan runs out (highly likely). Hence, here are some natural perfumes that don’t contain phthalates (commonly found in “parfum,” these mimic estrogen and confuse your body), are more budget-friendly, and still smell awesome.

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Love & Toast Mandarin Tea Perfume: I first tried it on in a small store called Wyler’s a couple summers ago in Brunswick, Maine (you must go there – it is a store of the most utmost cuteness) and every time I visited the store again (many times), I would dab a bit of the sample on my wrist because I loved it that much. It’s a zingy citrus tea and it is awesome. Whenever I am feeling like I need a pick-me-up in the mornings, I use this. ($9)

Essence of Vali EOV Botanical Perfume Oil: This is my sexy perfume. At first I thought it would be too spicy for me, but it has grown on me to the point where every morning I choose this (whether or not the day’s occasions call for extra sexiness). It’s spicy and as in the words of its creator, “warm floral, slightly citrus, earthy, and sensual and uplifting at the same time.” ($15)

Love & Toast Paper Flower Perfume: Feminine, floral, flirty, you get the alliteration. When I’m wearing flowery clothing, I wear this to match. Don’t laugh at me. ($9)

Note: People often find that natural perfumes don’t last as long as synthetic ones (see this article by Tsi-La), but I think that people can take the extra 5 seconds to reapply if they need to. It is a small price to pay. I usually find two dabs of either Love & Toast actually lasts me the day, but the EOV blends into me as the day goes, which I don’t mind.

Badger Sunscreen

This is a great sunscreen that I’ve used in the summer and now transitioning into the fall. It starts out pretty thick, but once you pat it gently into the skin and let it sink in for a minute or two, it is a good base for makeup and it’s awesome for your skin with lovelies such as aloe (redness calming), shea butter (mega moisturizing), and seabuckthorn oil (nourishing/regenerative/restorative). Great for the rest of the body as well (0 sunburns this summer!). However it does kind of emphasize any flakiness so do make sure you are adequately exfoliated and moisturized beforehand. ($15.99 – 2.9 oz)

Skin and Bones Moisturizer

Also sad I’ve run out of this jojoba oil moisturizer sample from Skin & Bones as well. I experimented a bit with using it for my face, but since I am trying to stick to a routine to clear up a bout of facial acne, I ended up using it more as a body moisturizer. It has this exotic woodsy smell that is really fresh right after the shower, absorbs well and easily, and keeps my body nicely moisturized. ($30 – 1.7 oz, $50 – 3.4 oz, $90 – 6.7 oz, $0 if you catch it on a free sample Friday!)

YULI Skincare Panacea Elixir

I am terribly, terribly sad I am already out of this Panacea Elixir by YULI Skincare. I went through the trial version in a week, and I loved using it to set makeup and as a refreshing mist during the day. It has all sorts of goodness in it for balancing, hydrating, and decongesting the skin which is awesome, and smells kind of like dates (the fruit. Not sure what dates with people smell like). Would definitely repurchase if I wasn’t a poor musician. ($12.00 – trial, $36.00 – full)