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My Current Green Beauty Routine

As a green blogger, I am constantly testing out new products and trying new things. BUT, there are certain products I go back to again and again, products that withstand the test of time because they just work. To wit, here are the products that are currently part of my green beauty routine, as of February 2019.


In this inspiring interview, Kate Kordsmeier (founder of Root + Revel) shares how she healed her body naturally with food (the anti-inflammatory diet and the 80-20 rule) and holistic remedies, including her favorite healthy products, daily routine and best tips and tricks for combatting PCOS, Thyroid + Gut issues. 

Face WashSuki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser is such a fun treat, but for everyday cleansing I use Beautycounter’s Countercontrol Clear Pore Cleanser. Not only does it remove all my makeup, and without harshly stripping my skin of its natural oils, but jojoba beads gently exfoliate and clean out my pores.

I typically use these in the shower, but prefer to use oils and balms at night before bed. See below:

Oil Cleansers: I am absolutely addicted to Leahlani’s Pamplemousse Tropical Enzyme Cleansing Oil. It smells INCREDIBLE, gets off all my makeup, while gently exfoliating and brightening my skin.

I swap between that and Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm, alternating nights or based on what my skin needs. The balm is a bit more hydrating and contains radiance-boosting vitamin C, whereas the enzyme oil is a bit more exfoliating due to pineapple and papaya enzymes.

Sometimes if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll either use these makeup remover wipes (they’re bio-degradable and seriously get rid of every last trace of makeup).

Makeup Remover: I use my DIY Makeup Remover every day to remove eye makeup.

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Toner: Once again, I alternate between two products, depending on what my skin needs. If I’m broken out, I reach for True Botanicals Clear Nutrient Toner which is super gentle and yet a super effective antibacterial toner that clears acne and congestion, balancing out the oil in your skin (unlike traditional acne astringent which actually strips your skin on oils and causes it to produce more sebum leading to more breakouts!).

On clearer days, I’ve been loving Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating Toner Pads–they come pre-moistened (read: super convenient!) with fruit acid complex, vitamin C, lentil seed extract, algae, and jambu extract to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, while brightening and firming skin. Amazing option for anyone with discoloration, scarring or sun spots and the perfect natural alternative to toxic hydroquinone.

I always circle back to my DIY Toner, too!

And for quick pick-me-up spritzes throughout the day, I love Leahlani’s Citrus & Citrine Toning Mist. So light and refreshing and it smells AMAZING!

Treat/Facial Serum:  #1 hands down is True Botanicals Clear Cellular Repair Serum (I mix in the Vitamin C Booster at night). Nothing got rid of my acne and scarring like this combo! It fights infection and clears congestion thanks to black willow bark extract, while strengthening and hydrating your skin with hyaluronic acid. And Vitamin C is the #1 way to brighten and lighten skin–this powder is the most potent form, as in liquid form vitamin C loses its potency. It’s mixed with ferulic acid, which also stimulates collagen (read: fewer wrinkles!)! Seriously one of my very favorite beauty products of all time.

I also recently got turned onto Laurel Skincare and am addicted to their Anti-Inflammatory Serum, which is perfect when I have active breakouts. It’s a concentrated moisturizer, serum, and elemental defense oil in one, getting to the root cause (inflammation) of all secondary skin symptoms; including but not limited to cystic acne, rosacea, redness, broken capillaries, excessive dryness, loss of elasticity, and hyper-pigmentation.

And for the Mac Daddy of all overnight treatments, I am absolutely addicted, 100% obsessed, in total shock and awe of how much I love Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel. Go to bed with dull, blemished, rough skin…wake up with a glowing, silky smooth, bright and clear complexion!

Made with 15 botanically-derived acids, this leave-on AHA/BHA peel improves skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and dark spots without irritation or over-drying. Glycolic, lactic, and malic acids clear away dull surface skin cells, while hyaluronic acid and essential fatty acids soothe and nourish to reveal a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion. And yet it’s gentle enough to use every night–though I usually just put it on 2-3 nights per week.

Moisturizer: These days I’m switching between True Botanicals Clear Pure Radiance Oil and Leahlani’s Aloha Ambrosia Morning Elixir in the AM. The former regulates sebum production with antioxidants and potent antibacterial ingredients, while the latter is derived from organic mangosteen, goji berry, guava and passionfruit oils and smells like the most romantic tropical rain shower. It’s super lightweight and absorbs into your skin immediately, balancing moisture, reducing dryness, gently fading scarring and minimizing breakouts due its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

A new find that I discovered in 2019 is Naked + Thriving’s Rejuvenate Facial Oil–it’s made with 95% certified organic ingredients, restores and repairs damaged tissue, improves elasticity (great for anti-aging!) and smells divinely citrusy and fresh.

And finally, another daytime moisturizer I’m loving is Beautycounter’s Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion, which actually adjusts hydration levels throughout the day with its Bio-Mimic Technology and the unique life-giving properties of plants to exactly match the structure of skin.

I find keeping my skin guessing a bit helps keep it clear and happy.

At night, I switch it up between Leahlani Siren Serum (this skin-brightening serum is infused with micro-algae and organic and cold pressed oils rich in Vitamin C + A that promote cellular regeneration and help to heal and protect the skin from UV damage) and Laurel Skincare’s Restore Nightly Balm. OMG I totally get why this balm is such a cult favorite.

This nightly balm has the most beautiful orange hue thanks to potent, raw, unrefined botanicals, it melts into my  skin, deeply repairing cellular free radical damage and restoring vibrancy. It’s one of the most advanced anti-aging products I’ve ever used and because it’s so phytonutrient dense, I wake up with buttery soft glowing skin. Tip: you can apply a heavier layer of this at night and use it as a mask. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse.

Another new-to-me product that I’ve been loving is Beautycounter’s Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream. It’s silly, but I love the pump dispenser that gives you the exact amount you should apply when pressed. And then, of course, the advanced blend of hyaluronic acid, plum oil, and tara gum creates a protective layer to help replenish hydration and revitalize skin while you sleep—so skin looks youthfully smoother, softer, and more radiant in the morning. YAAAAS!

Facial Scrub: For the best natural alternative to St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub, I love Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, but it can be a little harsh. AnnMarie Skincare’s Kaolin Micro Exfoliant is my go-to for gentle manual exfoliation.

I also love using this exfoliating mitt to scrub my body and face a few times a week–it’s super gentle, makes my skin beyond smooth, and doesn’t require any expensive products.

Exfoliating Treatment: NOTHING makes my skin as silky smooth as Goop By Juice Beauty’s Instant Facial, and it only takes 5 minutes. I usually put it on while I brush my teeth. Made with natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids, plant-based cellulose beads and 86% USDA-certified organic ingredients, it’s almost amazing how effective this treatment is!

I also love True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask, a great gentle exfoliating treatment made with lactic acid.

Face Mask: Leahlani’s Mermaid Mask and Beautycounter’s No. 3 Balancing Charcoal Facial Mask are in constant rotation for a reason. The mermaid mask is an intoxicating shade of emerald green goodness that nourishes, clarifies, purifies, softens and renews your complexion thanks to nutrient dense Hawaiian spirulina and raw honey, premium chlorella and circulation-boosting essential oils that will feed each cell, resulting in the ultimate glow.

Meanwhile, the charcoal mask is what I reach for when my skin is congested and broken out. This dark and haunting beauty deep-cleans and balances, absorbing excess oil and drawing out impurities thanks to activated charcoal, which also minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, and salicylic acid, which stimulates exfoliation. Works EVERY TIME!

My latest obsession is Leahlani’s Honey Love Exfoliator. I use it as a mask for 10-15 minutes, and my skin is so soft, clear and even afterward thanks to a potent blend of superfood maqui berry, tonifying hibiscus, anti-inflammatory noni fruit, stimulating clays, sweet Hawaiian nectars and microdermabrasion crystals.

Likewise, I also love the cult classic Laurel Skincare’s Honey Berry Enzyme Mask, the beauty of which lies in its simplicity. With only 5 superfood ingredients, this nourishing treatment acts as a brightening enzymatic exfoliator, a hydrator that visibly plumps and firms the skin, and an antioxidant-rich feast for an overall healthy glow. Seriously good enough to eat!

Laurel’s Brighten Mask is what I reach for when discoloration is really bad. It’s bursting with Vitamin C and all of its vital cofactors to lighten discoloration with its delicate raw fruit acids. Its phytonutrient density works to repair discoloration damage on a deeper level, while it strengthens and firms connective tissue.

Spot Treatment: Indie Lee Blemish Stick or Turmeric Vicco Paste (though be careful, it will stain your sheets!)

Eye Cream: At night, for puffiness and wrinkle reduction, I love Beautycounter’s Rejuvenate Eye Cream. In the morning, I use Beautycounter’s Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream to help with dark circles.

Special Tools: I got this beautiful Jade Facial Roller for Christmas and can’t get over how amazing it feels on my skin–it’s super cooling so it’s great for depuffing and stimulating collagen production. It also helps plump up fine lines and just wake up your skin in the morning.

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Concealer: Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer (I apply it with this beauty blender sponge)Beautycounter’s Concealer Pen (I also love RMS’ uncover up). They all hide dark circles like nobody’s business!

Tinted Moisturizer: Beautycounter Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage SPF20 or Mineral Fusion Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 9, which provides a bit more coverage than the former.


Foundation: Beautycounter’s Tint Skin Foundation (I wear Sand) is what I wear almost every day–it’s the perfect amount of coverage (and buildable when needed), and sinks into your skin perfectly covering any imperfections and evening skin tone, especially when applied with the Alima Pure Kabuki Brush.

When I want to add a subtle glow to my skin, I’ll mix in Clove + Hallow’s Hydraglow, which is a luminizing serum infused with meadowfoam oil and hyaluronic acid that leaves my skin glowing from the inside-out.

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I also really love Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick (this goes on so smooth and covers like a boss!), though it’s a bit lighter in coverage than Beautycounter’s foundation.

Pressed Powder: Admittedly, I don’t often wear a powder, but on days when my skin is super oily, or I don’t have time to apply liquid foundation, a quick sweep of Clove + Hallow Pressed Mineral Foundation does the trick. This PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan pressed mineral powder foundation has medium-buildable full coverage and a satin finish.

Bronzer: Beautycounter’s Bronzer is my daily go-to as it’s matte (no shimmer) and gives me the perfect contoured boost, though I sometimes mix in Inika Organics Baked Mineral Bronzer when I’m just looking for a very subtle glow during the day.

Blush: I switch up blush like I do lipstick or eye shadow, just depending on my mood that day, what I’m doing/wearing and what the weather is like. Here are my favorites:

Highlighter: I’ve fallen madly in love with Beautycounter’s Highlighter Palette–I used the Sunkissed color like a bronzer, and then apply the beautiful Halo color to my cheekbones, eyelids, nose and forehead. The perfect subtle glow!

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Eye Shadow: I have green eyes, so gravitate to plummy shades that bring those out. Beautycounter’s Romantic palette is the best eyeshadow in green beauty–it’s super pigmented, but natural colors, stays on ALL DAY (seriously!) and doesn’t crease!

I also have their Necessary Neutrals palette and it comes with pretty much every eye shadow color you’d ever need, plus a dual-ended brush for easy application!

I also like cream shadows and I rotate between 100% Pure in Satin Cream and Vapour Mesmerize Cream Eye Stick in Sugar for everyday super subtle look that just brightens or RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Magnetic for more of a smoky eye.

Eyeliner: Beautycounter Color Outline Eye Pencil in black

Mascara: Inika Organics Vegan Mascara is my favorite green mascara, but it can be hard to get off. I’ve recently started using Honest Beauty’s Extreme Length Mascara + Primer and it lengthens like a dream and comes off easily with face wash at night. It’s also less than $15 on Amazon!

Eyelash Curler: Plume

Eyebrow Definer: Beautycounter Brilliant Brow Gel (I wear Medium)

Lip Gloss: Currently addicted to Beautycounter’s Lip Gloss, which is super moisturizing and non-sticky, with a hint of peppermint. Their mini vault is a great deal as you get 10 shades to suit every look, including a mix of limited-edition shades and customer favorites, for just $89 (a $126 value).

I also love Crunchi’s Lip Gloss in Date Night.

Lipstick: I alternate between Beautycounter’s Lip Sheers (my fave shades are Plum, Petal and Currant) and their Color Intense Lipsticks (my fave shades are Boardwalk, 9-to-5, Premiere and Sunset), depending on how intense I want my lip color to be. The Lip sheers are incredibly moisturizing and are almost more like a tinted chapstick, while their lipsticks are deeply pigmented and yet still very hydrating.

This lipstick duo is a great money-saving combo. 

I also love Mineral Fusion’s Sheer Moisture Lip Tint in Adorn (this is the perfect natural alternative to Clinique’s Black Honey). Actually, pretty much anything from Mineral Fusion–their lipstick in Alluring is a current fave, and I love their Lipstick Butter in Blackberry for a darker lip.

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Shampoo: Beautycounter’s Volumizing ShampooTrue Botanicals Nourishing Shampoo and Phillip Adam Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo (these three are the only natural shampoos I’ve found that actually lather and leave my hair feeling clean!)

Once a week, I use Goop’s GTox Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo. It’s seriously SO COOL. It’s a unique whipped shampoo made of exfoliating mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt that cleanses the hair and scalp of product buildup, dirt, and oil. It starts out grainy like a scrub but as you work it through your scalp, it actually foams up!

ConditionerBeautycounter Smoothing Conditioner and True Botanicals Nourishing Conditioner

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Hairspray: Josh Rosebrook Hairspray Firm Hold

Hair Serum: Briogeo Rosarco Rosehip, Argan & Coconut Oil Blend (the smell is intoxicating and it tames my frizz like no other!)

I also recently copied my brother’s girlfriend because her hair always smells amazing–she says it’s because of Lush’s R&B hair moisturizer, so I started using that and can’t get over how delicious I smell 😉

Dry Shampoo: I recently discovered Mineral Fusion’s Dry Shampoo (Medium to Dark) and I love how it not only sops up any excess oil, but also doesn’t leave a white, powdery residue in my dark hair.

That said, it’s only good for day 1-2 of no washing. For heavier duty, I like Hair Dance’s Dry Shampoo Volume Powder, which is 100% Natural & Organic and works so well!

Pony Tail Holders: Invisibobble Original in Brown

Hair Brush: Wet Brush Pro gets out the toughest knots and tangles in one clean swipe. I don’t understand how it works, but I’ll never use another brush again!

Curling Iron: Whether I want those beachy waves or tighter curls, I use my Tyme Iron, which makes it easy to replicate flat iron curls without learning the tricky hand techniques!

Body WashEveryday Coconut Body Wash in Lavender or Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in Baby Unscented. I also love Mother Dirt’s Probiotic Cleanser and Beautycounter’s Body Wash in Citrus Mimosa.

Hand Soap: EO Hand Soap in Coconut Lavender

Hand Sanitizer: Grove Collaborative Hand Sanitizer Spray and Everyone in Coconut and Lemon (smells like the beach!)

Bubble Bath: EveryDay Shea Moisturizing Shea Butter Bubble Bath in Lemon-Lavender

Epsom Salt: Epsoak Sleep Formula

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Deodorant: Native Deodorant’s natural deodorant and Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium, though I often skip deodorant thanks to Mother Dirt’s Probiotic AO Mist.

Lotion: Acure Organics Rose Marula Body Oil is so moisturizing, but absorbs easily, leaves your skin glowing and smells amazing!

Body Brush (for dry brushing): 100% Natural Boar Bristle Body Brush

Perfume: Ime Natural Perfume in Flirty (a fun and playful scent with fresh citrus notes and a slightly warm green undertone)

SunscreenBeautycounter’s Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30 (I also love their new Countersun Spray) is the only natural mineral sunscreen I’ve found that actually rubs in with no white, ashy residue!

Self-Tanner: I recently tried Mineral Fusion’s Gradual Self Tan Lotion (I use Medium/Dark) and was blown away by the natural results that happened after just the first use!

Toothpaste: Earthpaste Activated Charcoal in Peppermint get 10% off plus FREE shipping when you use the code ‘ROOT10’ to buy Earthpaste

When I want more of that traditional toothpaste mouthfeel, I reach for Hello Oral Care Fluoride Free Whitening Toothpaste in Sweet Mint.

Toothbrush: Charcoal Toothbrush

Mouthwash: Oral Essentials Sensitive Teeth Mouthwash or Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse

Whitening Strips: Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Strips (these natural strips blow Crest Whitestrips out of the water!)

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Prenatal Vitamins:  Nutrigold Organic Real Food Prenatal Vitamins (read about how to choose a prenatal here) and Mykind Organics Prenatal Gummies

Organic Belly BalmMidwife and Mum Tummy Butter and Earth Mama moisturizing belly oil kept me from getting stretch marks!

Prenatal Bath Bombs: Glow Organics Bath Bombs; I also loved their Foot and Hand Scrub

Pregnancy-Safe Skincare:  True Botanicals Pregnancy Line

Fish Oil Supplement: Carlson The Very Finest Fish Oil Lemon

Prenatal Body Wash: Earth Mama’s refreshing ginger-laced Morning Wellness Body Wash

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**Note: While most of my personal care/toiletry collection is full of natural, safe and non-toxic products, I’m a firm believer in balance and I’ve found that natural living doesn’t have to be all or nothing in order to have a profound impact, both on your health and the environment. And so there are a few traditional products that I’ve gone back to, even though they’re not the “greenest” or “cleanest”. My goal is to reduce my toxic load where I can, not be perfect. 

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