Beaux Clean Beauty: The Winter Edit

HAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY hay hay what is good budday? hope youre having a great day.

here is a quick update on some of my current thoughts at the mo:

I think Princess Diana was and is the style icon of this century. I found this really great dog rescue called @cyprusdogs. I want to start wearing socks with birkenstocks this winter. I love flea markets maybe more than anything. I spend a third of my time learning about medicinal plants* (did you guys know that aspen bark contains a salicylic acid alternative which is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, calming, and healing??), another third sourcing vintage rugs for my all-carpet flat (le sigh), and the other third trying to find great new clean beauty brands. I cant get enough of organic, nontoxic goodness. 

So here is a third of my life basically in the form of the photos below! These are my current favorites alongside my bff Hammam and Home turkish blanket. I give these all an A+ in terms of great ingredients, ethics, and quality.

My winter picks are as follows players:

 Lewin and Reilly face tonic, the natural deodorant and face toner from Jord Organics, my always favorite Clemence Organics made a very solid cleanser, body/hair/face oil from SansceuticalsH is for Love Balm that is so super nourishing, the most divine smelling tropical body butter from Evolve, and the Evolve Glow Mask I put on when I take a bath that smells like chocolate. Basically here is all that is awesome.

xo, Ashley

*well the medicinal plants part i want to take up a third of my time (goals) but right now that third is really more so spent getting around london, plus thinking about how cute it would be if my dog had a cell phone.

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some freshly picked flowers from the greenhouse

some freshly picked flowers from the greenhouse

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Lewin and Reilly  + Clemence

Lewin and Reilly + Clemence

the whole gang

the whole gang

evolve is on fire

evolve is on fire

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sanceuticals and h is for love

sanceuticals and h is for love

jord organics

jord organics

Adios to Endocrine Inhibitors, pt 1

Wassup wassup wassup im en route to idaho from portugal!!!  

So ive been really lucky to spend a few weeks in the sunshine of the algarve and generally avoiding parkas/winter, full stop. 🌴☀️🍋🐟. 

 the first day i got here i decided it would be a perfect time to try something ive always wanted to do: stop using traditional shampoo and conditioner.  Feels important to step in here and wave my hands: that doesnt mean i stop showering or neglect my hygiene (!!!) it just means a shift of product. Why am i doing this you may ask. Happy to answer. im so flipping frustrated with my oily hair. Boom, number one. i am over buying chemical-laden + endocrine-inhibiting products monthly (flip over that kerastase bottle and try to say any of the ingredients aloud. Also if im being honest even the organic ones have things that make me say "hmmm"). Boom, number two. I would love stop throwing away so many plastic bottles bc earth. Boom, number three.

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Conditions were perfect to try this here bc i am not bipbopping around london (read: i know no one here!! What freedom!!) looking like i forgot how to shower or something iffy if it was a total bust.

My grown up xmas wish is to be a chic french style icon who was an icon simply bc she literally just "is".  ultimate coolness.  Non fuss. Non hair washing every day. Enter the american: I wash my hair everyday!! Every. Stupid. Day. It gets so old. 

so i looked around on one of my favorite blogs (the naturalista) about ditching shampoo. She mentions finding success with organic rye flour  (rich in b5- whats up pantene's number one selling point) bc baking soda was too drying. She is lucky to already have that chic jane birkin hair and not oily my hair. So i knew baking soda wouldmost likely  be fine for meeeeeeee.

Method to my madness: 

1. mix 1:3 aluminum free baking soda (amazon has it) and water so it can be massaged into scalp and isnt too runny. rinse. (Sometimes i have to was my hair in two sections bc oily...top first and then bottom seperated by a half up half down hair do done in the shower)

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2. mix 1:5 organic white wine or apple cider vinegar w water in a cup and rinse. (Vinegar has the same ph as conditioner which is the whole reason why condish makes your hair soft) 

 

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Results da da da da da da daaaaaa:

Same results as traditional shampoo and condish!!! What the heck this is amazing!!! Yes i still have good hair days and bad hair days (cant do anything except put it up in a bun or else its super dry bc of weather) and Yes i still have to wash my hair everyday, but i am ok about that bc i dont have to plow through store bought products and dont have to worry about any of my endocrines (hormones) being hurt or my liver being taxed.

Baking soda was fine for my hair and not too drying. And if the vinegar is diluted it doesnt make your hair smell. Sometimes i drop a bit of organic lemon essential oil on my palms and run over it lightly after the shower just to be sure too and sometimes I run a bit of organic argan oil or something along those lines to leave in.

grool! Im guess im gunna keep it up as long as i can. Its such a fun feeling to not have to depend on industry and have the power to care for yourself effectively by yourself. I dont need no man!!! Or company!! Mmm...i do love a good bit of mild beauty independence and or anarchy. 

ive spent most of this year trying to go more au natural. Cutting out things that arent serving my body. No more nail polish, no more hair color, no more endrocrine inhibitors, no more processed food etc etc. now, no more shampoo or conditioner. ive found that most beauty products can be found in your pantry! What a cliche sign off! One love!! 

Dont forget to call your mother 😘💞

Xo, ashley  

ps ive also cut out dairy during my time in portugal. (Will keep you posted how that goes bc it will take a few months to see a difference i think).   

pps here are a few other items i like:

my new fave 30 spf sunscreen with only one ingredient: karanja oil. and if you need a backup, i go for this organic kids sunscreen which i still try not to use bc sunscreen can be so toxic. 

my new fave 30 spf sunscreen with only one ingredient: karanja oil. and if you need a backup, i go for this organic kids sunscreen which i still try not to use bc sunscreen can be so toxic. 

my new face wash: organic honey. my new moisturiser: organic extra virgin olive oil

my new face wash: organic honey. my new moisturiser: organic extra virgin olive oil

here is my hair with baking soda and vinegar being used wooooo!

here is my hair with baking soda and vinegar being used wooooo!

THE FALL PARFUM EDIT

que tal my fellow earthlings!

I am attempting to roast a chicken and then i think im gunna have a think about what is the meaning of life. (unrelated to the dead chicken i will eat later. or maybe it isnt...ill have a think about that too during my contemplation period.)

anywho, here are some scents ive really been digging and now im saving up for diptyque's do son- i mean im saving up for my roth ira. #responsibleadulting

xo, Ashley

Feat. my fave current scents from Call of the VialedJo Malone, Byredo, and by Rosie Jane.

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the whole gang what is UP!

the whole gang what is UP!

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 I always seem to gravitate back towards soft powdery florals, you know? tuberose and gardenia are my all time loves

 I always seem to gravitate back towards soft powdery florals, you know? tuberose and gardenia are my all time loves

this was my wedding scent, and those are my wedding rings HOORAY LOVE!!

this was my wedding scent, and those are my wedding rings HOORAY LOVE!!

my fave natural floral parfums ive found aka no nasties or chemicals which is number one in my book aka in my purse always

my fave natural floral parfums ive found aka no nasties or chemicals which is number one in my book aka in my purse always

where everyone lives

where everyone lives

Taste this Rainbow

Bless up players bc I have finally found the perfect ORGANIC COLD PRESSED Juice. 

When I moved from LA to London a year ago...green juice slash health pursuits were looking grim. But then I found Radiance Daily. Can I get a WHAT WHAT.

(what what)

xo, Ashley

ps, drink cold pressed juice with a handful of nuts or some sort of healthy fat bc almost all vitamins are fat soluble aka aka aka just say no to low fat lifestyles PEACE

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(((The Mocha is my fave, but the flat white is a close second and I dont even like mochas normally so)))

(((The Mocha is my fave, but the flat white is a close second and I dont even like mochas normally so)))

In pursuit of organic and natural skincare 🌿

What has two thumbs, speaks limited french, and hasn't cried once today? THIS MOI (#lizlemon, my hero)

Hi guys. Skincare. What a concept. 

I have an idealistic philosophy where I'd love to only use products on my body that I could also eat. It's intense bc what I put on my body is absorbed into my bloodstream, etc etc. Anyway- I try to eat organic, whole food as much I can even though I flippin' love kit kats and same goes for my skin (aka I still love tom ford).

 I am really interested in healing and reducing inflammation both inside and outside...basically that is a bunch of hippiedippy blahblah that means I love to simplify. Minimalize.

In my experience, a lot of skin issues are healed by The Omnipotent: raw, cold pressed, organic coconut oil. I don't think we actually need the 20million product routine in the morning. I think that's industry but not necessary. In the last year however, a lot of eco-chic, organic, and nontoxic lines have begun to pop up.

And while nothing in life can or ever will be perfect, here are a few lines/products that I am excited about.

xo, Ashley 

ps that stool is my favorite custom-made piece from my favesie Ayla Furniture

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Above is a staple from my favorite organic makeup line: Ilia and this beauty balm is what I put on my face everyday. Tinted and simple. Then I spritz the coconut water after Ive applied my makeup to set everything.

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These two are my fave nourishing botanical moisturizers. Trust me, they're great.

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Natural Cleansers...packing as much moisture as you can get. 

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Shower items: Clean Beauty Co may be at the top of my beauty list right now. Five ingredients or less in every product, this is the stuff you could eat. This is my hair oil. Linne makes beautiful botanical organics as well...love this charcoal body wash. Both are preservative free.