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Filtering by Tag: organic

Holiday Gift Guide: Jess' Picks

Jessica Assaf

I figured that since Alexis shared her top 5 holiday gift suggestions, I should, too! And just like hers, all of my ideas are under $70. Everyone deserves the gift of #truthbeauty! Xoxo Jess 


My darling friend, Elana Bowsher, founder of The Right Way, makes beautiful handmade ceramics for the home, and she also happens to work at S.W. Basics. Elana teamed up with the amazing company to create hand-poured ceramic mason jar replica candles with organic beeswax and olive oil. These limited edition candles make perfect gifts, especially because you can use the ceramic jar as a vase or drinking glass after the candle burns! #obsessed 


As I am writing this post, I am enjoying a mist of organic tea tree, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils from my favorite belonging, my Muji Aroma Diffuser. This gadget will literally change your life. All you do is add some water and a few drops of essential oils (I bought mine at Whole Foods,) and your day will instantly be better. Buy this (for yourself!) 


Let's be real...who doesn't love a little holiday glitter? Jane Iredale knows what every girl needs, so she has created the best (and safest!) gold and silver eye shadow sticks for our holiday glam. Thanks, Jane! 


S.W. Basics has teamed up with chocolate masters, the Mast Brothers, to create the perfect holiday gift box that includes a handcrafted chocolate bar (Mast Brothers Brooklyn Blend, #duh,) the Mast Brothers chocolate syrup recipe, the famous S.W. Basics organic lip balm flight (including all 4 scents!) beauty butter (ingredients + instructions,) and two silver tins for your beauty butter!) For only $30, this kit is SO worth it. 


I had the honor of meeting Ashley Prange, the founder of Au Naturale, at SXSW Eco, and I have been hooked on her products since. Ashley has formulated sexy, glamorous, professional grade cosmetics with the safest and best ingredients possible. This organic lip palette has all the colors any girl could ever dream of for the holiday season, and they are made with the cleanest ingredients ever. They are so good that they are worth listing: 

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Organic Theobrama Caco (Coca) Seed Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil; Hydorgenated Castor Oil, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Butter, Organic Macadamia (Macadamia) Nut Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Kaolin

I hope you love these options as much as I do! They are definitely on my holiday wish list, too :) 

DIY Body Butter

Jessica Assaf

The next time you run out of your favorite moisturizer, we dare you to make our DIY cream and tell us how superior it is in every way (compared to most plastic bottles of industrial garbage you can find at the drugstore.) You can essentially mix any variation of organic butters and oils and create something amazing. Most raw ingredients can be found on Amazon, at Whole Foods, or from Mountain Rose Herbs. The only supplies you need are the raw ingredients, a glass container, like a mason jar (or even a bowl!) a burner, a small pot or saucepan, and a spoon. Making homemade cream is easier than cooking dinner! Especially if you can convince someone to use it for a nice, long massage... 


  • 1/4 CUP OLIVE OIL 

Note: You can totally substitute the olive oil for any rich, organic oil (like sesame or jojoba or coconut or avocado oil!) 


  1. Clean your jar, bowl, or bottle of your choice 
  2. Measure all of the ingredients (except the essential oils,) into your preferred glass container
  3. Heat a little water in the saucepan or pot, and add the closed container to it, so it functions as a double boiler (you can also add ingredients directly into a pot and slowly heat it on low, but using a double boiler approach prevents the ingredients from burning.) 
  4. Mix the ingredients as they melt together 
  5. After everything is completely melted, carefully take the jar out of the water
  6. Stir the mixture and add essential oils if you want a scented cream
  7. Let the cream cool for about an hour, or place it in the fridge to speed up the process. 
  8. For best results, shake the jar every 20 minutes until it solidifies. 

And don't forget to tell us what you think! Post a photo of your homemade cream on Instagram and use the hashtag #DIYtruthbeauty so we can share your creations with the world! 

DIY Perfume

Jessica Assaf

Do you know what totally stinks? The fact that we have no idea what is in our perfume. "Fragrance" is a proprietary blend of any 5,000 secret synthetic substances that are used in heavy rotation without safety testing or labeling requirements. What we do know is this chemical cocktail almost always contains hormone disruptors, allergens, and petrochemicals. 

The only way we can avoid the potential health hazards of "fragrance" is to only buy from companies that scent their products with organic essential oils.

Or we can make our own! #TRUTHBEAUTY fact. 



  • 1/4 cup vodka (the higher the percentage the better) 
  • Approximately 25 drops organic essential oils 
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water


You can use 25 drops of a single organic essential oil for a simple scent, or you can combine base, middle, and top notes to create a perfume with more depth. Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, geranium, ylang ylang, and rose promote relaxation, and citrus scents like sweet orange, lemon, and grapefruit are calming and invigorating. 

For a balanced scent, use about 6 drops (20%) of a top note, 8 drops (30%) of a middle note, and 11 drops (50%) of a base note. 

Top notes: the initial scent when you apply the perfume 
Examples: eucalyptus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, peppermint, cinnamon, tea tree, sage

Middle notes: adds a balancing effect 
Examples: basil, rosemary, rose, geranium, lavender, pine, chamomile, cypress, juniper, cardamom

Base note: "heavy" oils that are present for a long time
Cedarwood, sandalwood, clove, jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang 


Combine the vodka and distilled water in your choice of bottle, sprayer, or glass roll-on. Add your choice of essential oils slowly, starting with a few drops of your desired blend. Continue adding oils until you are happy with your creation. Shake or mix to blend! 

You can also combine organic essential oils with a neutral oil (like grape seed, sesame, avocado, or olive oil) to create an amazing massage oil. 

P.S. You can learn more about the dangers of fragrance from the Environmental Working Group's "Not So Sexy" report here

Grimes Shares Her Natural Beauty Secrets

Alexis Krauss

For today's DIY Friday we're thrilled to feature our friend and fellow natural beauty advocate, Grimes

Like many of us Grimes knows that some of the most extraordinary beauty products can be made simply at home using ordinary ingredients. In addition to being safe and effective these ingredients are all affordable and readily available at your local market or health food store. For those of you looking for a more dramatic look, Grimes shares her newest stage makeup obsession. Enjoy! Xoxo Alexis

Grimes loves coconut oil too!!
Grimes loves coconut oil too!!

Chemical-Free Things  

by Grimes


Sugar works pretty much as well as any store bought exfoliator I've ever used and you can get it for free at any coffee place basically, (although you should probably buy a coffee if it isn't a big chain, or just buy your own sugar).  Wet your face, put a bit of sugar on your hands and gently rub all over your face.  I guess a concern is that it can be a bit harsh if you have sensitive skin.  If that's an issue I've always been down with the Burt's Bees exfoliants, because they are free of plastic microbeads and toxic chemicals.

Coconut Oil:  

Coconut oil is good in food and as a moisturizer on skin, hair etc. so it's definitely a $$ saver.  It doesn't screw my skin up when I use it as an overnight mask on my face.  It tastes really good if you use it for lip gloss as well, although it dissipates quickly or maybe you just end up eating it haha.

Almond Oil:

As a hair mask almond oil is probably better though.  I discovered this because my Step-dad's Mom used it back in India in the 50's.  But yeah, when I bleach my hair (definitely not a chemical free process haha…) I just lather it in almond oil and it really helps.  It's also delicious in food but it's a lot pricier than coconut oil and usually comes in a smaller bottle, but if you only use it as a hair mask it will last for a long time.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Maybe this is not dermatologist recommended haha, but putting a bit on a cloth and dabbing on your face works pretty nicely as a facial peel.  But again - I do not have sensitive skin so this might screw up some people.

Vanilla Extract: 

I looove perfume.  I find the process of making it to be incredibly fascinating and romantic and kind of goth.  Plus it seems like a pretty healthy alternative to deodorant in general.  But yeah, when I was living outside I really liked using vanilla extract.  In addition to being cheap, it has multiple purposes and smells amazing.  Lavender and ginger extracts are also really nice as 'perfumes'.

Stage Makeup:  

I'm in the process of discovering chemical free brands lately as well because it's a bit more reliable than just using cooking supplies haha.  A makeup artist just got me into this company called Elegant Minerals.  It's definitely for 'crazier' looks or costumes - I usually wear white and dilute it with water for a mild vampire look.  Sometimes I mix it with moisturizer and use it very lightly as regular day makeup but that's because I'm unhealthily pale.   The colours are really good for eyeshadow etc. but can smudge easily.  It's still infinitely better than any traditional face paints I've ever found though in terms of not being flaky.