January 25, 2016

Why Your Beauty Routine Needs to Go Natural

There are so many benefits to taking the "natural" route with a lot of things in life. Water is better for you than soda, a "natural" makeup look is quicker and easier to do, and we all know that a green juice is better than a milkshake. (Though we still need milkshakes from time to time.)

Over the years, I've simplified my beauty routine and opted for more natural products to make sure that the products I'm using on my hair, skin, and body not only do their job, but do it gently and kindly. I've also found that taking a more natural approach to beauty products helps me to spend less money as some of my favorite things to use are household products or products with dual uses.

I'll stop chatting now and let you see what I'm loving as far as natural beauty goes:

Farmhouse Fresh face mask (red-amazonian clay)
...instead of expensive, processed masks
I haven't tried many face masks, but I love this one and love that it is all natural. My skin feels incredibly smooth after using it since it's a natural exfoliant. My skin is brighter, too, which leaves me feeling more confident to go sans makeup. (If you're looking for a cheaper option...this one is just $5!)

Olive oil for lash growth
...instead of expensive serum
I have a horrible nervous habit of pulling on my lashes and causing them to break off. (It's a real condition...I Googled it.) I found articles online saying that olive oil was the best relief! I keep a little vial at my desk to dab on when I find myself makeup free for a few hours.

Essential oils
....help defend against the cold and flu season and boost your mood
Cam's sweet momma got me hooked! She set me up with a diffuser and a few doTERRA oils. With essential oils, the benefits are endless. We could do a whole post on how I use them and what oils are good for what, so let me know if you'd like to see that! (Learn more about essential oils and shop doTERRA products here!)

Hot lemon water

...instead of juices or juice cleanses
Primarily, I desire for this to help with digestion and to serve as a good detox. It takes just a few minutes to whip up, and it's super refreshing. It also makes my skin bright and healthy!

Clean Pits Natural Deodorant
After hearing a bit here and there about the natural deodorant craze, I did some research for myself. While the studies about health risks (the aluminum in deodorant has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer's) are not definitive, people have been switching to natural deodorants like Clean Pits.

In your under-arm area, lymph nodes lie close to the skin's surface, so I'm all for making sure what goes under there is gentle and safe. I'm not a doctor and I'm not here to say that you must switch, but  if you're looking for a deodorant that does the job, doesn't stain, and soothes razor burn, look no further.

Let me remind you, I will not bring a product onto Cristina on Campus if I don't truly love it and believe in it. While this post is in collaboration with Clean Pits, all thoughts and opinions are my own! For more info on Clean Pits visit their website and blog.

What natural products will you try this year? Have any favorites? Thanks for reading!




  1. I've really been wanting to convert to natural deodorant. I am SO not okay with the affects of aluminum on my body!

    1. Highly recommend this one for you, girl! Affordable and effective :)

  2. Olive oil for lash growth?! That's awesome! I have to try it.

    1. Yes! I've definitely noticed my lashes being thicker and stronger, too! :) Highly recommend!

  3. My skin is SO sensitive so going natural is a necessity for me! I'm a big fan of the hot lemon water — I drink a lot of tea, too!

    Kayla || Keynotes from Kay

    1. Mmmm hot tea is the BEST! Thanks so much for reading :)

  4. I am definitely interested in more natural alternatives, especially for deodorant.

  5. I need to switch to more natural products, you go girl!

  6. I love the idea of going natural for beauty products, but finding the right ones can be so tough. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sara Kate Styling

  7. My sister uses natural deodorant and loves it. I want to try it!

  8. I need to getting back to drinking lemon water in the morning! It does make a difference! I need to try out the olive oil tip too!


  9. OO I might need to try the olive oil for the eyelashes, I have very few eyelashes and sometimes pull at them too but not very often. I love having hot lemon water when I'm sick, my boyfriend first introduced it to me the first time I got sick around him. Works wonders :)

  10. I love this post! I didn't know about that you could use olive oil for lash growth. I also want to try that face mask!

  11. That clay mask looks so great!

  12. I'm all about drinking hot lemon water - it's a great natural way to flush your system out. x Nicole | www.changeanddress.com

  13. I had no idea about the aluminum in deodorant! That's crazy. I'll have to look into going more natural on my beauty products (even though I don't use many in the first place).

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  14. The aluminum in deodorant has always freaked me out, but I haven't found a natural deodorant for me! I will definitely have to check them out!

    xo Ashley

  15. Definitely going to have to try olive oil for my lashes!

    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  16. I had no idea olive oil worked for lash growth?! Mind=blown! I also love your comparison of water vs soda and natural products vs non-natural. I think so many people obsess over what goes IN their body but forget to pay attention to what goes ON it! I recently watch a documentary called "The true cost of fashion" on Netflix - I think you would like it!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  17. I hadn't heard of the olive oil trick for improved eyelash health, but that makes me super excited! I've also heard olive oil is a good, natural eye makeup remover!

  18. I've heard wonderful things about organic beauty products, but I haven't tried too many. Definitely giving these tips a try!

    Diary of a Debutante

  19. I will definitely have to try out the natural deodorant recommendation!


    Hannah from HMS Jewels

  20. Love this post, Cristina! Can't wait to try out some of these products, they seem fab!

    XO, Rachel

  21. I haven't tried many natural products but I definitely should! They seem great!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster