Summer Favorites!

I can’t believe it’s already August – where has this summer gone? I’ve been super busy this summer so haven’t been able to blog much, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying new products (I have my priorities after all) and have developed some favorites over the past few months. Here is what I have been using and loving this summer…


I usually use a lotion body sunscreen but really wanted a spray one this summer for convenience. Sometimes it’s just a hassle to rub in lotion over your entire body – ain’t nobody got time for that! When I was picking up some groceries at my local health food store I decided to pick up Kiss My Face’s new Cool Sport Mineral Spray Sunscreen. Kiss My Face has a few sunscreens that use chemical sunscreens, but I prefer mineral ones and mineral spray sunscreens are hard to find! At the store, I also picked up the Goddess Garden SunnyBody Sport Spray but I actually prefer the Kiss My Face one for a few reasons. For one, it goes on as an even mist, which is really nice. It sinks in quickly and dries matte, you can’t even tell that you have sunscreen on. It also has a nice light smell. I can’t quite put my finger on the scent but it is pleasant.

And the most important thing about it, it works! I’ve used it a few times now this summer and I have yet to get burnt. Now one thing I will mention is that I used it by the pool one day and I didn’t wait very long between applying and jumping in the water. I noticed that it did seem to sit on my skin and a little while later I was red like I was going to get burnt so I needed to re-apply. This could be because I didn’t leave enough time between applying and getting in the water, or it could just be that this doesn’t do well in water. I’m not sure, but it’s something to watch out for.


For face sunscreen, I was introduced to Kimberly Sayer’s Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer by Margot at the Choosy Chick. She recommended this for my combo skin and I’m so glad she did. It is honestly one of the best face sunscreens I have ever used, natural or not. It is light, does not leave a white cast at all and sinks in well. It isn’t tacky or sticky so goes great under foundation, either liquid or powder. The one downside is that it might clog my skin a little, although my skin is also a little more clogg-y in the summer so I haven’t quite figured out if it’s the sunscreen or just the fact that it’s flippin’ hot outside and my skin is angry. Either way, I have been using ARCONA’s Raspberry Clarifying Pads at night so those have been helping keep my skin clear.

One note about this sunscreen is that it does contain lemon oil and even smells lemon-y fresh. I asked Margot about it because I have read that citrus oils, including lemon, can make skin photosensitive. She followed up with the folks at Kimberly Sayer and they responded saying that they use steam distilled lemon oil, which absorbs below the surface of the skin and thus does not cause photosensitivity. I haven’t experienced any, quite the opposite in fact (it has done a good job of keeping my face protected), so I will believe them.


And with sunscreen, you can’t forget about your lips! Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink has been my go-to for awhile now, and they recently released it in two colors! Lip Drink was actually pretty good about not having a white cast, but a hint of color is even better in my opinion!


The two colors are Buff, a peachy nude color, and Crush, a cool-toned pinky red. For some reason the official picture shows Crush as a purple, but it’s really more of a pinky red. They are both actually pretty sheer, I had to use multiple swipes on my arm so you can see the color. With just one swipe, Buff is really not noticeable and Crush provides just a hint of color. I like Buff because it is very similar to my natural lip color, and the nude color prevents any possibility of a white cast. Crush is a fun color, but is very cool-toned. I have neutral-toned skin so I can wear it, but I think it might be too cool for those with warm or golden tones. I hope they come out with a warmer red soon!

cv-skinlabs-sprayAs I mentioned above, I actually have yet to get burned this summer – which is nothing short of a miracle. Scandinavian skin is not meant for Arizona, but I somehow make it work. Even so, I do get overheated (and can even get heat rash) if I’m outside too much. People say that Arizona is a ‘dry heat’ but there is nothing ‘dry heat’ about 110 or 115 degrees.  Even taking the dogs out for 5 minutes leaves me feeling hot and gross. Terri from Integrity Botanicals recommended CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray and I originally thought of using it for sunburns but one day I was SO overheated I used it to cool off and fell in love. The spray comes out as a fine mist and has a cucumber-type smell to it. It dries quickly and leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed. Perfect for summer!


Unfortunately, my face isn’t the only thing that’s prone to breaking out in the summer – my chest and back decide to gang up against me as well as soon as temperatures reach 100. I had never heard of Emmaus before they contacted me, but am so glad they did because I seriously love their Smiling Beads Body Wash. It has both salicylic acid and glycolic acid for exfoliation, and also sunflower seed wax beads. To be honest, I don’t find the wax beads very exfoliating. I don’t mind though because the salicylic acid (and perhaps the glycolic acid too) in this has kept my back and chest totally clear this summer. I use a charcoal konjac body sponge to apply this and the two work like a dream! This product will definitely be a staple in future summers.


And of course, no summer would be complete without a natural deodorant. Nourish Organics came out with a new cream formula of their deodorant, and it is super handy because it comes in a traditional twist-up deodorant tube. No having to use your fingers to apply! I asked Nourish Organics what their most heavy duty, super-strong scent was and they recommended Geranium. And you know what? It works! I am able to apply this in the morning and remain stink-free all day. That is no easy feat. They were very kind and also provided Lavender Mint for me to try. I really liked the scent but unfortunately it wasn’t quite up to par as Geranium. I won’t hold it against Lavender Mint though, Arizona summers are brutal. I imagine that 99% of people reading this have a more mild summer than me, so Lavender Mint would be just fine as well.


As well as my go-to ARCONA Raspberry Clarifying Pads, I’ve been using African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask about once a week or so to keep my skin clear. I like to keep this in the shower and use it while shaving or on days I use a deep conditioning mask. It says to use on dry skin, but I haven’t had any problems using it on slightly damp skin. I leave it on for about 10 minutes or so and then wash off. It leaves my skin very soft and smooth, any clogged pores or bumps are gone after using (seriously, it’s awesome) and has kept away breakouts! To note, it does make my face feel a little warm and turns it a bit red for a short time. I haven’t experienced any irritation from it though, but just be careful with using it before a hot date until you determine how your skin reacts ;o) I would use this as a night before a hot date rather than right before.


That’s it for my summer staples! What have you been using and loving this summer?



Disclosure: These were provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.

3 Body Oils Perfect for Summer

Oh goodness, it is hot. It was only 111 today – no big deal. You would think that with so much heat, who needs body oil? Well, the humidity is less than 10% so the air is practically sucking the moisture out of my skin. But the last thing I want is a heavy lotion. So what’s a girl to do? I’ve been using 3 body oils lately that are awesome and perfect for summer. And best of all, these aren’t just natural – all are organic!

Amala-detoxifying-body-oilAmala Detoxifying Body Oil is a moisturizing body oil with a wonderful sweet lemony scent. I love citrus scents, especially in summer. It is the heaviest of the 3, but is still relatively light for being a body oil. It sinks in after about 10-15 minutes or so, and leaves my skin feeling really moisturized.

Ingredients: simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, fragrance (parfum), tocopherol, ficus carica (fig) fruit extract*, myrtus communis oil*, citrus limon (lemon) peel oil*, juniperus communis (juniper) fruit oil*, cupressus sempervirens (mediterranean cypress) leaf/nut/stem oil*, elettaria cardamom seed oil*, hyssopus officinalis (hyssop) leaf oil*, ocimum basilicum (basil) oil*, helichrysum italicum (asteraceae) flower oil*, citral, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, linalool.
*Certified Organic


If citrus isn’t your thing, Organic Bath Co’s Refreshmint Body Oil is a light, but also moisturizing, body oil with a bright peppermint scent. It is probably the ‘driest’ oil of the 3. It sinks in really quickly and even leaves a slight mint tingle for a few minutes. When it is unbearably hot, anything that sinks in quickly and leaves my skin feeling cool and tingly is magic in my opinion.

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (Golden Jojoba) Oil*, Camellia oleifera (Camellia Seed) Oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Essential Oil Fragrance Blend*.
*Certified Organic Ingredient

Kahina-Essaouira-body-serumLast but certainly not least is Kahina’s new body serum Essaouira. What I love most about this body serum is the scent. I have never been to Morocco, but if I had to guess what it smells like on a warm summer night – this would be it. The strongest scents are rose and geranium. These essential oils are grounded though with warm sandalwood. It’s very sensual and exotic – a perfect body oil for a warm summer night on the town.

Ingredients: argania spinosa (argan) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, tanacetum annuum flower oil*, citrus aurantium (petitgrain bigarade) leaf/bud oil, bisabolol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*
*Ingredient from Organic Farming

Kahina Giving Beauty can also be found at Integrity Botanicals.


Have you tried these body oils? What are you using to moisturize your skin this summer?

Disclosure: These were provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.

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