If you’ve watched my Instagram stories, you’ve probably heard me go on a rant about my skincare routine at some point. I do it quuiiitee often, usually completely unprompted. But I am just obsessed with skincare! I look forward to it on a daily basis. It’s just a simple way of taking care of myself that I really enjoy [now if I could get my eating habits on board].
But ask me how I felt about it two years ago? I would’ve said I absolutely dreaded it. I searched for something simple, natural and organic that worked for me for a WHILE and was repeatedly defeated by products that irritated my skin, or made me break out more, or had hidden synthetic fragrances in them. WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO FIND PRODUCTS WITH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS [preferably that I can pronounce, am I right?]?
Then I joined the Instagram world and somehow stumbled upon Urban Oreganics. I was super attracted to the minimal look their products have, so I figured I’d go check them out, and BOOM. Skincare that is hand-crafted. Vegan. Organic. 100% natural. Simple ingredients, all of which I can pronounce. On top of that, they are a minimal-waste, family-owned shop!
I was still hesitant, and I definitely wasn’t motivated to spend more money on products and have them not work out either. But after a few weeks, I decided to just go for it and I’ve consistently used their products ever since. That was over a year ago!
But UO has so many eye-catching products, and it can be a little intimidating trying to figure out where to start. Honestly, I’d say any choice you make will be a great one! But to make it a little easier on all my fellow indecisive people out there, here are a few of my favorites!
SKIN CARE SET
The Skin Care Set was my first purchase from UO, and one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Seriously. They have a few different cleanser options that you can read a little about on the product page. But my favorite for MY SKIN [normal to dry, sensitive] would definitely have to be the Bare Cleansing Grains. I had never even heard of cleansing grains, but boy, was I missing out! That cleanser combined with the Rosewater Toner and Facial Cream [I get it with SPF 20, but you can get it without] makes my skin feel so refreshed and smooth!
Not ready to commit to the price? I personally think you will LOVE it; however, you can also find a 15% off discount code at the end of this post, OR you can buy their Skin Care Set: Mini to know just how much you love it first [and still use the 15% off discount]! This also allows you to test out their Makeup Remover [which you will also love] as well but does limit you to only trying their Bare Cleansing Grains as a cleanser.
My favorite product to pair with the Skin Care Set? COFFEE SCRUB. It’s amazing when used all over, but I particularly love to use it on my face, following my Bare Cleansing Grains, for a little extra exfoliation. It contains organic ingredients that help retain moisture, treat acne, aging, inflammation and more! Not to mention it smells straight up PHENOMENAL. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like the smell of coffee, even people who don’t like the taste. It’s so so good, guys. Even Braxton raves about this product! I highly recommend incorporating this into your skincare routine, especially if you have dry skin.
Absolute must-have [Okay, they all are in my opinion, but this one is high on my list!]: Body Food. I still remember the first time I used this. Braxton actually commented on how smooth my skin was and I was just like, “ISN’T IT?!” I was beyond impressed. It actually took me forever to buy because of the price, but a little goes a long way, and it’s so worth it! Plus, it’s not just limited to your body. Be sure to try some out on the ends of your hair as well!
I searched for a natural deodorant for a while and nothing was working. I don’t even want to talk about the postpartum detoxing phase… So I was really grateful [as was everyone around me] when I found this Deodorant from Urban Oreganics. It only contains 5 ingredients and does a way better job than any commercial brand I’ve ever tried. And like all their other products, you can easily add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for some extra benefits [and just to smell extra good since it’s unscented!]. Men, women, teens, this deodorant is for everyone.
NOTE FROM UO:
“Give your body a few weeks to adjust to your new deodorant. It takes time to expel the chemicals from a commercial deodorant. Reapplication may be required throughout the day while transitioning.” They also have a blog post all about making the switch here!
Say goodbye to that aerosol spray can of dry shampoo I know you’ve been using [It’s terrible for you, and let’s be real, it’s gone after like two uses], and say hello to UO’s powdered Dry Shampoo! If you’re like me and only wash your hair once, maybe two times a week, then this is a necessity. You don’t need much to get your hair looking fresh, so it lasts a while [way more than two uses]! Simply dip a clean makeup brush into the jar, tap off the excess and apply to your roots. I’ve linked the Dry Shampoo for light hair above, but if you have dark hair, this is the one for you!
This is the perfect cleanser from head-to-toe! You can use it on your hands, body, even hair without stripping them of their natural oils. UO has a few different Cleansing Bars they keep in the shop, but they also come out with seasonal ones! I have three in my stash right now, and I used to hate bar soaps. But these make my skin feel so healthy and happy! I literally use mine from head to toe. No shampoo or conditioner on my hair. Literally just a cleansing bar!
If you’re currently using any sort of commercial shampoos or conditioners and want to make the switch, chances are your hair is going to go through a transition period. It might be oily while your body tries to relearn how much natural oil to produce. During this time, you can use an ACV rinse to help get you through it! So you’ll just wash your SCALP [like, I literally just rub the bar on my scalp only and not the ends at all] with a cleansing bar, rinse your hair out good with water, then rinse your hair thoroughly with the ACV rinse [1 tbsp apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water], then rinse your hair with plain water one more time!
Keep your bar soap dry in between uses! Or if you’re not a huge fan of bar soap, each one comes with directions on how to convert it to liquid form [64oz total I believe]!
Okay, not technically skincare, but… Have you ever used store-bought toothpaste and felt like no matter how long or how many times you brush your teeth, your mouth still just doesn’t feel clean? Yeah, me too. Every time. So if you’re longing for teeth without grime, refreshing breath, no sugary aftertaste, all while still getting your whitening on, this Tooth Powder is for you. It doesn’t foam up like other toothpaste because there’s no soap in it, but you get used to it, and the end-result is 1000x better. It can also potentially reverse any cavities you may have, whereas there’s zero chance of your commercial toothpaste doing that. So I’d say it’s definitely worth a try. Because fillings? Ouch. No thank you.
I could rave about every individual product I’ve tried [AKA nearly all of them], but we’d be here all week! All the products I’ve mentioned above are products I personally use and love [excluding the dry shampoo for dark hair for obvious reasons]. And I guarantee you will love each and every one of them too!
A few more products I’d recommend:
- Baby Oil [diaper rash, yeast rash, cradle cap, dry skin godsend]
- Body Brush [dry brushing has so many benefits]
- Brush Cleaner [the most effective makeup brush cleaner I’ve ever used]
- Eye Serum [say goodbye to dark circles]
- Jade Roller [goodbye inflammation]
- Makeup Remover [minimal effort to remove all makeup]
- Reusable Facial Rounds [soft, effective and waste-free]
- Sleep Mask [perfect migraine cure]
Can you tell I’m a little [a lot] obsessed?
Find your favorite new skincare products at Urban Oreganics! You can use the code ‘BRIANA15’ at checkout to save 15% off your purchase through the end of February! After that, you can shop through this link to save 10%!
Still struggling to decide which product(s) to try first? Or have you tried them and just wanna bond over our mutual love for UO? Feel free to comment below or contact me and I will get back to you ASAP!
*This post is not sponsored, although I do receive reward points for referrals to go toward future UO purchases [as can you when you create an account with them!]. I just genuinely love their products.*