I love the whole kitchen-as-apothecary idea. I just putter around the kitchen to see what works. I make my own scrubs all the time, like an oatmeal face scrub or a salt and olive oil body scrub. I also use low-quality olive oil on my skin as a moisturizer, foot soak, anything.
I do a simple apple cider rinse to keep my hair shiny – mix about four tablespoons into two cups of water, scrub it around to get at the roots, and then rinse it out. Next, just wash your hair with a non-stripping shampoo.
The term product junkie doesn’t even begin to describe me. I don’t use anything with sodium lauryl sulfate or artificial colors, dyes, or fragrances. My grandmother got me into using Dr. Hauschka facial products and they work well – I think because they’re not harsh at all.
Makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift’s organic makeup line, RMS Beauty, is amazing. The Living Luminizer is the best-kept secret of models everywhere –it’s basically just minerals and coconut oil, and it’s beautiful and natural.
I get tons of essential oils from Young Living Oils. All their oils are clean-pressed so that they maintain as much potency as possible. I use different scents depending on my mood and the season, but lately I have been putting a few tissues soaked in eucalyptus over my humidifier and it really helps freshen my apartment.
My daily treat is a Soul Cycle spinning class. I usually despise group fitness, but Soul Cycle is bizarrely relaxing because you can just close your eyes, zen out and and pretend no one is there. It’s a very cool, non-competitive, non-judgmental environment where you can push yourself to get results.