Our relationship with our bodies is seasonal, as we adjust to changing temperatures and climates. Summer means more time outside, less clothing and new exercise routines. Summer can also mean travelling more, which may involve multiple time zones, less sleep and the stress of changes in routines.
Finding the right products to protect and care for our bodies in the summer time can be a challenge, especially when we’re looking for natural and organic ingredients that are good for both us and the planet.
Luckily, there are lots of great green products to choose from. I’ve compiled a guide to summer beauty that will cover you head to toe, helping you to keep your body in wonderful shape all summer long.
Whish’s shaving creams and lotions feel and smell amazing both during application and afterwards. Though they are fragranced, they’re paraben/toxin free and chock filled with a great laundry list of natural ingredients. Whish’s newest line is “Not Your Grandma’s Lavender”. Available in lotion, shave cream and their great “Shave Savour” hair inhibitor gel. These Lavender products have a hint of Vanilla which adds a subtle scent of sweetness that is hard to resist. Their Shave Savour gel is perfect for summer, as it contains Chapparal extract which is supposed to naturally delay hair growth.
Sebastopol, CA based Sumbody is like the Rolls Royce of natural skin care and their line of products for summer time can’t be beat. With sugar scrubs in flavors like Margarita, Watermelon Basil Blast and salt scrubs like Satsuma Cardamom, Sumbody’s got something for everyone. They also recently launced a line of natural nail polishes with an amazing array of colors. Perfect for getting feet “summer ready”!
My Tara roll-on sore muscle rub disappeared from my office a few days after I got it. The “missing muscle rub mystery” was solved when my tennis playing guy confessed. He’d tried it once after a day on the courts, found it more effective than any other rub he’d tried and promptly claimed it as his. I was able to sneak it back (briefly) to try for myself and was more than impressed with this essential oil based mixture. Not only does this product do the job, but it avoids the overpowering wintergreen/menthol odor that many similar types of rubs feature. The clean citrus smell is thanks to key ingredient lemon balm, which not only provides a pleasing aroma, but also helps relax and calm stress and anxiety.
Bodhichitta’s new travel kits help make summer travel flow with ease. I took my “Peaceful Journey” travel kit with me on a recent rough and tumble trip to Mexico and felt as calm as the Buddha as I navigated planes, trains (actually busses), and automobiles. Rose and Ylang Ylang essential oils and Chiming Bells flower essence kept me feeling groovy. The kits include a generous array of products including shower gel, massage oil, lotion and body balm, all neatly packed in a handy raffia travel bag. I loved how the essential oils acted as a steady thread of pleasing aromas as I used the kit in fancy hotels, camping in the woods and overnights at friends houses along the way. Now that I’m home, I dust off my travel kit and apply a little lotion or oil every time I want to be reminded of my amazing vacation. Like Proust’s Madeleine’s I’m instantly transported back to pleasing memories of my great Mexico adventure.