Like many moms, I have super high standards when it comes to my kids’ grooming products. Any addition to our bathroom cabinet has to pass a checklist: it’s gotta be toxin-free, botanical-based, high-performance, and preferably made in small batches by a friendly family or farm. The criteria for my own beauty products, though? I basically only ask that the bottle hasn’t expired and ships to my zip code. Then I realized: Wait, why should I pamper my little ones with plant-derived, wild-crafted apothecary goods while I settle for chemical-laden lotions and elixirs? Well, no more. In the spirit of treating myself as well as I do my much-loved kids, I’m filling my bathroom shelf with a cleaner, curated selection of beautiful, natural products. Inspired to do the same? Here are 10 essentials that will elevate your mind and body to a new wellness standard.
Sans Ceutical Nourishing Hair Wash
Sometimes that 15 minutes in the shower is the only quality me-time you get during the day. To make it as pampering as possible, consider upgrading your shampoo. Not only does this sulfate-free shampoo have a super cool and minimalist packaging design (I already feel like I’m at a spa) but the infusion of natural, non-greasy oils hydrates and detangles your hair (time-saver!). $38; sansceutical.com
Balmyard Beauty Midnight Lover Facial Oil
This gorgeous new oil is the brainchild of Larissa Gunn, a fashion casting director turned beauty entrepreneur who launched her brand around the fragrant rituals and botanicals of the West Indies. Pat on a few drops of this potent, anti-aging fluid after washing your face to seal in extra moisture for an I-just-slept-more-than-four-hours glow. $95; balmyardbeauty.com.
Soul Sunday Reflect Face & Body Balm
Balms are the go-to, skin-healing fix for your little kids—and they work wonders for you, too. This portable stick is rich in coconut oil and shea butter and can be swiped over lips, cuticles, brows, and dry patches anywhere on your body. Plus, breathing in the fancy lavender and orange peel scent gives you a few seconds of inner serenity on stressful days. $30; freepeople.com
Peet Rivko Daily Moisturizer
Surprisingly, many non-toxic beauty products still contain botanicals and additives that can inflame and trigger allergic reactions. This next-level natural cream went through rigorous testing to ensure it’s ultra-soothing—which translates into one less thing to worry about for you. Also, how chic is the design? $48; peetrivko.com
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lipstick
You know, life’s problems seem a lot easier to handle after a quick swipe of red lipstick—I instantly feel powerful and on top of things. Both kids have strep throat, the house is a mess and the babysitter’s car broke down? No problem! The nourishing plant extracts in this pigment-rich formula are a nice added bonus. $38; nordstrom.com
NYDG Chem-Free Active Defense SPF 30
Mineral sunscreens tend to be the safest options out there, but many tend to leave that opaque, white-paste residue behind—and I can never hold my daughters down long enough to rub it away. Fortunately, this zinc-oxide-based sunscreen massages in easily and then turns totally transparent (and it’s safe enough to use on your kids, too.) $98; net-a-porter.com
Fountain The Happy Molecule
Infused with a stress-fighting blend of pineapple extract, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory curcumin, this tasty liquid supplement brings new meaning to happy hour. Just add a dash to your morning smoothie or green juice. $24; net-a-porter.com
Root Science Gentle Cleansing Bar
If you travel a lot, you know it’s a pain to pack any kind of liquid cleanser. This soap-free bar won’t spill or require you to check your bag, plus it removes dirt, debris and oil without drying your face in the process. I also appreciate the throwback appeal of a cleansing bar: it’s clean and simple. $20; anthropologie.com
Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste
If your kids only brush up with a fluoride-free option, they might wonder: hey, why don’t my parents use the same? Good point! This botanical-based pick is free of chemicals but still delivers a deep clean and fresh breath. $8; urbanoutfitters.com
Onda Self-Care Collection
Want a one-stop option that will pamper your body and spirit? This carefully curated assortment has everything you need—from a coconut-based hydrating bath soak to skin-plumping sheet mask with Ayurvedic herbs to a natural fragrance oil that leaves behind a subtle trail of Hawaiian floral notes. Hand the kids to your partner or sitter, lock the bathroom door, and kick back while you beautify. $250; ondabeauty.com
Kari Molvar is a freelance beauty and style writer. Her work has appeared in T: The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Conde Nast Traveler. She lives outside of New York City with her husband, two daughters, and a rotating cast of make-believe princesses.