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3 New-To-Me Beauty Brands I’m Loving Right Now

Seaweed Baths, Kindred Oils, and The Best Candles Ever plus more from my latest beauty brand obsessions
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I recently came across three new-to-me brands that I can’t get enough of! I’ve always felt very grateful for having the opportunity to discover new beauty and wellness brands through the blog, and I’m currently raving about these finds to all of my friends and family. 

Have you heard of The Seaweed Bath Co., Kindred, and Alora? They all offer nontoxic, effective and affordable skincare and self-care products that are worth trying ASAP if not. The Seaweed Bath Co. is available at Target and Amazon — hello, convenience! — and Kindred’s profits benefit Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. I love that I can feel good about contributing to such an important cause. 

Read about these new favorites below, and add a comment if any of them catch your eye, too! Truly, MKR

One. The Seaweed Bath Co. Whole Seaweed Detox Bath. I basically fly through bath salts and soaks in our house, so and I’m always eager to try new brands. I picked this one up on a recent Target run and couldn’t love it more. Don’t be surprised if you see me gifting it to friends and family soon too — it’s that good. 

Two. Kindred La Femme Body Oil. This luxurious, moisturizing body oil is perfect for everyday use; it absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling amazing. With ingredients like almond oil, shea oil, coconut oil, rose geranium oil and lavender oil, it’s the perfect addition to your nontoxic beauty routine. Added bonus: a percentage of Kindred’s profits benefit Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.

Three. The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Scrub. Another goodie by The Seaweed Bath Co., this scrub uses a super-find blend to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin with 65+ vitamins and minerals. It smells wonderful and feels amazing while it’s working its magic. 

Four. Kindred Polish Cleanse. I can’t rave enough about this product by Kindred Skincare Co. The blend of mango butter and green tea butter work together to soothe and moisturize my sensitive skin. It’s pretty versatile too; the citrus peel and fig seeds gently exfoliate the top layer of skin. Check the list of ingredients to believe it for yourself; it’s a gem of a product. 

Five. Kindred Bâton Rosé. This little stick can be used on the face and body for a little shimmer and color for the cheeks, lips, shoulders, decollete, arms, etc. It’s made of all organic ingredients and smells divine; mango butter, evening primrose oil, calendula oil, rose geranium oil and mineral powder.

Six. The Seaweed Bath Co. Firming Detox Cream. Always on the hunt for a good cellulite cream? Me. Too. This one boasts organic and sustainably harvested seaweed that helps skin’s elasticity. It’s rich in antioxidants and hyaluronic acid that locks in moisture and nourishes your skin all over. 

Seven. The Seaweed Bath Co. Micro-Scrub. This micro-scrub makes it easier to remember to exfoliate more regularly — it’s super gentle and gives me instant results. By sloughing away dead skin and evening skin tone, I’m one step closer to that glow I’m always striving for. 

Eight. The Seaweed Bath Co. Purifying Detox Facial Bar. If you want a 2-in-1 nontoxic cleansing bar, this is the product for you. It’s gentle enough for the face, yet nourishing enough for the entire body. I’ve stocked up on a few of these for the guest bathroom to pamper guests! 

Nine. Alora Bimbi Candle. Three of my favorite scents come together in a lovely, made-in-the-USA candle by Alora — lavender, chamomile, and bergamot. The result is citrusy and light, and it smells perfect in my kitchen while cooking. 

Ten. The Seaweed Bath Co. Day Cream. This lightweight face cream is the perfect addition to your daily beauty routine. It feels absolutely amazing while you apply it, offering a subtle, never overpowering scent. Again, this one’s available at Target — so convenient and affordable! 

Eleven. The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Body Wash. Here’s a great daily wash that works to detox and cleanses — minus all the nontoxic additives that so many of the leading brands have. Thanks to green tea extract, French clay, spirulina, coconut oil and olive oil, your skin is left moisturized, fresh and squeaky clean. 


Photography, Rustic White Interiors

My Self Care Essentials I’m Loving Now

From my favorite natural deodorant to matcha to-go, everything I'm obsessed with now
Filed Under > Beauty & Tutorials

Saturday Skin, Primally Pure and more nontoxic favorites | Waiting on Martha

The change of seasons brings about even more reason to give your skin a little TLC. You’ll quickly sense a moisturizing-obsessed theme here too; I’m giving extra attention to the hydrating and nourishing products that make me feel my best all over.

I recently went on a little spree with Saturday Skin — isn’t the packaging beautiful? And of course, I’ve been finishing my Colleen Rothschild favorites, too. Read about these current go-to’s below, and tell me if you’ve tried any, and what you think! Truly, MKR 

One. Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil. I’m a huge fan of Weleda; it’s an affordable, nontoxic brand that’s easy to find (hello, Target) and boasts effective products to boot. This cellulite oil helps tone and firm up the skin, using natural essential oils. You won’t find any fragrance, added color or preservatives in this nourishing and moisturizing oil. 

Two. One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask. One of my favorite things about OLO products is how hydrating they are. This luxurious mask uses aloe vera and charcoal to detox the skin, cleansing it but never drying it out. If you’re on the lookout for the perfect mask, you’ve got to try this one. 

Three. Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Cream. I gravitate to all eye creams and balms as I’ve found my eyes to show my age. I recently tried a bundle of Saturday Skin products — they had me on their packaging!) and was pleasantly surprised to find the cream to be great at reducing puffiness. Its smooth application is refreshing and lovely. 

Four. Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal Cream. A lightweight, sheer, non-greasy moisturizer? Sign me up. I’ve since emptied this Colleen Rothschild cream and going back for more! It hasn’t caused any breakouts; instead, it’s left my skin happy and glowing. I love to wear it as a deep hydrating cream when I head to bed. 

Five. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. It wouldn’t be “Me Time” without a cooling face mask. There’s just something so satisfying about applying a mask that you can truly FEEL doing its magic on the skin. This blue wonder by Herbivore Botanicals is a bestseller at Waiting on Martha Home, and for obvious reason. #obsessed

Six. Kiel’s ‘Superbly Restorative’ Argan Body Lotion. Are you sensing a theme here? I’m obsessed with moisturizing my skin all over, especially as we hop into spring. I love this cult-classic body lotion for its ability to absorb into the skin quickly. It has Moroccan argan oil to thank for its antioxidant-rich blend that helps fight damage caused by free radicals and smooth texture. Yes and yes. 

Seven. Cap Beauty The Neat Matcha Sticks. Single-serve matcha packets are my new best friend. They’re perfect for travel; offering the smooth and calm focus — and a boost of antioxidants — of high-quality matcha tea. 

Eight. Marvis Toothpaste. If you’re on the nontoxic journey like me, then you’ll know how hard it is to find a great, all natural toothpaste. Marvis is the answer, my friends! I love the flavor and fresh effect of both the Whitening and the Cinnamon flavors — and I have yet to try the Jasmin Mint and Ginger Mint! 

Nine. Primally Pure Deodorant. Ah, natural deodorant. I’ve tried A LOT and I’ve nearly given up on the quest for an effective one after trying lots of duds. But Primally Pure has come to the rescue with their Lavender and Charcoal deodorants — they work. 

Ten. Colleen Rothschild Daily Defense SPF 25. I’ve been pretty religious about applying SPF lately, and this Colleen Rothschild cream makes it easy. It’s basically a primer that sits perfectly alone or under makeup with its smooth finish. 

Eleven. Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream. Another favorite find from my recent Saturday Skin haul, this lightweight body lotion is a DREAM. It’s gentle, absorbs quickly and feels luxurious to the touch. I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for the perfect warm-weather moisturizer. 

Twelve. Kora Skinfood Supplement. You know what they say; beauty comes from the inside out. I’ve recently been obsessed with these convenient single-serve skinfood supplements. They’re packed with nutrients to make you look — and feel — your best. Not only great for digestion, this blend is packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting ingredients. I add this blend to my daily smoothie and am loving it!

Thirteen. Saturday Skin Balancing Act Skin Smoothing Lotion. Okay, I stocked up on the Saturday Skin products, I know! But this lotion was too good not to try. It’s large, reasonably priced, and pleasantly gentle on my skin. It’s lightly scented and is wonderful to apply during my slower nighttime rituals. 

Fourteen. Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Purifying Cleanser. How could I forget the cleanser! It’s hard finding a nontoxic, effective face cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, am I right? This one has you covered; its gentle blend of apple and peach extracts are simply lovely. I’m a huge new fan of this entire skincare line — stock up at Nordstrom!


Updating My Beauty Routine with Colleen Rotschild

Adding a few new favorites to my every day skincare aresanal
Filed Under > Beauty & Tutorials

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a few key products from the beauty brand Colleen Rothschild.  I had heard of Colleen Rothschild before, but hadn’t given anything a go.  Beauty products are tough for me.  I have extremely sensitive skin, and very specific concerns.  So when I find something I like that works, and doesn’t break me out, I tend to stick with it.  But, her line intrigued me, so I took the risk, and I’m so glad I did. 

For the past 30 days I’ve been using the CR Miracle Balm, Extreme Recovery CremeRenewal CremeRetinol Night Oil, and Age Renewal Super Serum. And while all of 5 of these products are quite amazing, 3 of them ended up becoming can’t-live-without-them products.

Keep reading for more CR details, and don’t miss the BIG promo code at the end!!

First, the Age Renewal Super Serum.  Winner of the 2017 Beauty Short List Awards, the Serum is infused with more than 20 potent ingredients, including peptides, collagen boosters, amino acids, vitamins, and plant extracts. And claims to effectively fights the six signs of aging: texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance, and tone.  After using it for a few weeks I have definitely seen a difference specifically in the texture, tone and dehydration areas.  Plus, I’ve had no negative skin reactions which often happens when I combine my sensitive skin with any serum.

Second, the CR Radiant Cleansing Balm really is a miracle.  I lather it on every night after work, massaging it into my skin, then with a warm washcloth I wipe it off. The balm removes all of my makeup, without stripping my skin, and it doesn’t break me out which is always an issue with rich products.  I also keep a balm in my nightstand along with organic wipes in case I’m every feeling overly exhausted, or just lazy, to go through my entire evening routine. 

After the balm, I wash my face and apply the 3rd can’t-live-without-it product, the CR Retinol Oil.  This oil is a dream.  I haven’t been able to use Retinoids in the past because they irritate and dry out my skin, but not the CR Retinol Oil.  Because CR’s version has the highest concentration of stabilized retinol, along with 9 plant based oils, and Vitamin C, you receive all the skin renewing benefits of Retinol without all the irritation and flaking.  I highly suggest trying this out if you haven’t been able to handle prescription retinoids.  

The Radiant Balm in action

Radiant Cleansing Balm, Extreme Recovery CremeRenewal CremeRetinol Night Oil, Age Renewal Super Serum

Another aspect that completely sold me on CR; her commitment to creating high-performance products with safe ingredients.  That means blending plenty of  potent plant botanicals and advanced scientific ingredients from around the world but without all of the toxic garbage.  All of CR products are formulated without Parabens, SLS/SLES Sulfates, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, PABA, Toluene, or Benzene.

But the ultimate win-win situation is, unlike most beauty brands CR offers a 30-day return policy!!  This allows you time to try the products and if you are unhappy with the results you may send them back for a full refund!  I mean talk about belief in your brand; love this!  

So if I’ve peaked your interest and you’re looking to try out Colleen Rothschild for the first time, or just add a new product of hers to your daily routine now is the time because she’s running two different promotions.  The first is 20% off ANY regular priced items through 12/19 with code MARTHA20.  The second is a buy more save more situation ($25 off $100, $50 off $150, $75 off 300, and $100 off $400), valid through the 17th. 

I really, truly mean it, when I say I was so impressed with CR I plan to pick up another round of all 5 of these products, and try out the eye cream and detox mask.  I’d love to know if you plan to try anything out or if you have a CR product you’ve been using and loving forever?! Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathyrn McCrary | This post is in partnership with Colleen Rothschild.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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