TOP DRAWER: Zao Organic Makeup

ZaoOrganics

Another confession: I judge products by their packaging. Yes, maybe that makes me shallow but at least upon initial inspection it’s always a piece in my consideration and future devotion. I’m a sucker for beautiful innovative design, is that such a crime? And when those qualities combine with organic, eco-friendly formulas in makeup and skincare well, just call me smitten. That’s what I’ve become with this gorgeous organic makeup line from Zao that I can’t help lusting over.

“The Zao philosophy is about an ethical and sustainable approach to living in harmony with nature. Looking beautiful should not compromise your health, the health of animals, or the health of the planet.”

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TOP DRAWER: Mèlange Solid Perfume Blending Palette

I’m still on the quest to find that perfect, natural fragrance to replace my old, more toxic perfumes. There have been many hits and misses (more on specifics soon) though sometimes, I’ve found that my current favorite scents come from solely patting on some aromatic essential oils as a healthier and longer-lasting alternative to perfume.

This product from natural perfume company, Mèlange Perfume definitely caught my eye as I was perusing the online green beauty goldmine, BeauTeaBar (I love stalking their Instagram feed too). For those who can’t decide on a single fragrance (like me) or are holding out for an uber unique scent, the Mèlange Solid Perfume Blending Palette ($28) is for you. Inspired by an artist’s palette, the Solid Perfume Blending Palette contains 4 pans of artisanally prepared, handcrafted solid perfumes to mix and match or wear alone. Each scent is blended with Mèlange Perfume’s signature natural beeswax and jojoba oil base, are prepared in small quantities, and hand-poured in the Los Angeles studio. In French, the word “mèlange” translates to a mixture or blend of different elements.

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TOP DRAWER: Between You & The Moon

TOP DRAWER: Products, brands, and trends that I’m keeping my eye on.

Between You and the Moon is an organic, botanically-based, holistic skincare line  handcrafted and made in small batches. This skincare line is made by Emma Graves and Molly Watman, founders of Brooklyn Herborium, which sounds like another local apothecary that’s on my growing list of places to visit. The Brooklyn Herborium also features services like facials, skincare consultations, and holistic health/herbal consultations. Their blog is also really thought-provoking and informative: Brooklyn Herborium

“Brooklyn Herborium is where we create and craft holistic skincare and home cleansing products, including Between You & The Moon product line. Our traditional herbal goods are made by hand and bottled in small batches with a focus on intention and the flow of energy.”

Definitely a brand mission I can get behind! Not only are the product names clever and poetic, but the old-school apothecary packaging evokes enough whimsy to make my product-junkie heart flutter. Call me a fan! These quirky, botanically-based products are what I’m placing in my Top Drawer in hopes of trying sometime soon.

“Holistic Philosophy, Sustainably Developed, High Quality Ingredients, Botanically Based, As Organic as possible, Fairtrade when available, and Gluten-free. No GMOs, Petro-chems, Parabens, SLS, Perfumes, Colorants, or Animal Testing, ever.”

See all products from Between You & the Moon HERE(Click each product below to redirect to the store)

Pore Refining Mineral Mist, $34-$30

No Evil 100% Natural Skin Protector/Makeup Remover, $48-$68

Newfangled Ideas Coffee Body Scrub, $46

Agnes Day & Night Crème Cleanser, $80

LOMAH Land of Milk and Honey Double-Cleansing Lotion, $40

Perfection: Sense & Sensitivity Clay, $34

Cow Fart Juice Herbal Remedy, $33-$62

Bug Off! Bug Repellent, $14

Sow Your Wild Oats Organic Grain Cleanser, $32

What do you think of Between You & the Moon? What brands or products are you currently lusting after?

 

*All photos from Between You & the Moon