TRADER JOE’S: One Stop Shop for Beauty

You could go to Trader Joe’s and stock up on enough natural beauty products to have a nice little spa week at home.

I have been leaning toward natural & organic products lately, especially when it concerns my skin.  We get bombarded everyday by chemicals, in the air and in our food.  May as well go organic when you can.    I randomly found that Trader Joe’s has a ton of products that fit that bill.  Here are some of my favorites:

Trader-Joes-Beauty-Collage31.  Lavendar Salt Scrub – Love this scrub.  It’s a great exfoliator plus it leaves your skin feeling super soft and oiled up.  I don’t even have to apply a lotion after using this.  When you first open it up, the salt and oils are separated.  You just need to use a spoon or your hand to mix it up.  This stuff feels great and leaves you smelling even better.  Just be careful because it leaves the floor of your shower super slippery!  This is what the scrub includes:

◊  Apricot Kernel Oil – Excellent for dry and mature skin.  Helps retain skins elasticity and suppleness without feeling greasy

◊  Almond Oil – A moisturizing anti-oxidant

◊  Green Tea Leaf – Contains Vitamin E, C and B, and anti bacterial and antioxidant.

◊  Avocado Oil – Rich in Vitamin A, C and E.  Penetrates skin deeply, no oily residue, promotes regeneration of scarred skin.

◊  Vitamin E – Helps prevent premature aging of the skin caused by environmental stressors such as UV, radiation and smog.  Smoothes and softens skins texture.

◊  Highest grade of Lavendar Oil.

2.  Coconut Body Butter – This body butter is so thick and really quenches dry skin.  I mainly use this on my desert dry hands in the winter.  I don’t know about you guys, but I work in an office and my paper cut situation multiplies big time in the winter dryness.  If I use this body butter regularly it really helps.  I will also use this when I want to pamper my feet.  I will soak and scrub my feet and then cover them with body butter.  Then I will put on some socks for an hour or 2 to let it soak in.  Your feet will thank you.  Oh yea, and this stuff smells delicious.

3.  Honey – The more I learn about the benefits of raw honey, the more excited I get about it.  I  initially bought it to add to my typical breakfast of cold oats.  Because health wise, raw honey beats that sugary shit from those honey bear bottles any day of the week.  But then I kept seeing raw honey being used as the main ingredient in a lot of at home beauty masks (due to the antibacterial quality).  I even found some people using it as a face wash.  I have only tried that once because I am too busy using coconut oil as my face wash (<<And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but it did feel really nice when I tried it.  The more I read about raw organic honey the more health and beauty benefits I find.

4.  Vitamin E  – I love this stuff.  I like to use it a couple of nights a week.  I will wash my face, put some Vitamin E on it, then add my regular moisturizer. I first read about it here, and had to get my hands on it.  It soothes inflammation, brightens and heals scars.   I also use it on my cuticles and on the ends of my hair.

5.  Coconut Oil – Oh coconut oil, my holy grail…If you want to read about the infinite number of uses for this, click here.  I personally use it as my daily face wash.  First off, I have dry ass skin.  So dry, in fact, that coconut oil is my face wash in the summer months too.  During the winter I leave it on a little longer. Every night I will put it on my face and either use my Clarisonic or massage my face with my fingers.  Then I take a clean wash cloth and run it under warm-hot water and put it on my face for a few seconds to do a quickie steam, and then wipe it all off.  Sometimes I will put it on before my shower and rinse it off at the very end so that the steam from the shower does all the work.  I use it in my lip scrubs and to just plain old moisturize my lips.  I will sometimes put it in my hair to do a little mask.  I use it on my cuticles.  I will scramble my eggs with it. I add it to my coffee.  When I tried oil pulling for a hot minute, I went to my coconut oil.   Even cuts/scrapes/burns heal quicker with coconut oil.  This is probably my #1 go to product for everything.

6.  Tea Tree Oil- I need to explore this more, but this was another one of those essential oils that people were raving about for drying out pimples.  Mix a drop of this with about 10 drops of water, dip a cotton swab and dab it on the infected area.  Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.  I still need to try this out consistently and see if it is as magical as everyone is saying.

7.  Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap – Before I get into the actual product itself, has anyone ever read the weird shit that is on the bottle?  I mean, it is straight up nutso.  The first time I looked at it, my thoughts were, did this guy just drop acid and then write whatever came to his mind on this bottle?? I’ve never really looked into that, so maybe there is a perfectly logical explanation for it.  But ANYWAY, omg do I love this body wash! It is all natural and there are variations using different essential oils.  I have only personally tried the peppermint.  After looking up tons of reviews, everybody seemed to like this the best.  It gives a great clean, sometimes a little tingly (in a good way), and has multiple uses. You can apparently use it for laundry, dishes, shampoo, etc.  I have only used it as a body wash so far and I have already repurchased this twice, so you know it’s good.  I have seen this in regular grocery stores and in Walgreens, but it is a few dollars cheaper at Trader Joe’s.

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So there you have it with my little Trader Joe’s collection.  It was oh so random when one day I realized I had SEVEN TJ products in my bathroom closet.  I thought I had to share because obviously there is something going on that I am loving.

Do you have any product favorites from Trader Joe’s that you can’t live without?  Please let me know so I can stock up next time I’m there!

♦ Stephanie

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