Welcome to the crossroads of where “what’s currently trending” and “what I personally am crushing on” collide. AKA? This Organic Girl’s Quarterly Faves.
Quarterly faves are updated each season, along with my big “Best of” post at the end of the year. I thought “Quarterly Faves” would be a nice way to highlight some exceptional products throughout the year.
Be sure to come back each quarter for a refresh on what’s hot + TOG exclusives.
Fall clean beauty trends
Here’s what we’ve been loving lately—call it the dish on our latest beauty crushes. Have you tried any of these?
Wow. I had Josh Rosebrook’s Essential Balm Cleanse on my shelf for a bit before I tried it and now I am kicking myself for waiting so long. This is a thick, viscous, honey-like gel-balm that cleanses and hydrates skin. It’s fantastic at removing makeup, grime, sunscreen and excess oil. Add a little water to your fingertips and it will milk up too.
And did I mention it smells like a holiday cookie?! I’m actually obsessed with this scent because this essential-oil-free formula is naturally scented via its ingredients like organic cardamom pods.
My skin feels soft, cleansed and moisturized after using this pH balanced formula—the entire TOG team is obsessed (Nicolle stepping in here…It’s become my go-to cleanser for the way the oily balm turns into a milky wash, and how the warming scent is like aromatherapy for your skincare routine. #cantstopwontstop).
For all skin types including oily, combination, normal and dry.
Say hello to your new cleaning BFF. Force of Nature turns salt, water and vinegar into a powerful disinfectant. This multi-purpose cleaner (and deodorizer) kills 99.9% of germs, including Salmonella, Norovirus, Listeria, STAPH, MRSA, Pseudomonas & Influenza A. And it’s not all smoke and mirrors either. FoN is even on the EPA’s List of Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Full stop.
I’ve been using this for years to clean and deodorize but this handy tool just got a little bit handier. Now it comes in a travel size so you can bring it on-the-go for disinfecting restaurant tables, airplane tray tables, spritzing your face mask, freshening up your car or hotel room, deodorizing clothes, sanitizing hands and treating small stains. The secret? Electrolyzed water.
We’ve taken FoN travel size to Italy and the Tampa Zoo and we are here to say, the new travel size is a 100% #gamechanger.
Love that you can buy this system once and then refills are less than $1 each! See a quick video of how it works and my before and after photos here.
Okay, if we are going to be friends, there is something you need to know about me. I’m not drinking any $%&*@#$ merlot! Lol. Just kidding. (I’m definitely drinking the merlot). But really though, I’ve never been known to turn down a glass of wine with a girlfriend. Friend time + wine + ambiance…maybe some fries…it’s one of my most favorite things in the world to do. Check out my tips for how to spot natural wine on a menu here!
Anyways, despite my merlot outburst, I love reds. I’m talking big, bold, full body reds that are bursting with oakiness and flavor. I also love natural wine made without GMO yeast and additives like mega purple. So what’s a girl to do? Dry Farms Wine, sister!
Dry Farms Wine has traditionally sent reds that are light and juicy in flavor. BUT they just released a box called All Spice, No Sugar and it’s big, bold and flavorful. If you like a bold red too, this one’s for you! Cheers!
No big deal, I’m just majorly on trend over here with my new Tradlands coveralls. These are a classic, mechanic-style coverall with elevated details. And all of a sudden, I’m like, brunch with the girls? Coveralls. Pumpkin patch picking? Coveralls. Boys baseball game? Coveralls. Home all day writing? You guessed it…coveralls. I chose black but they also have this cute getup in cream and clay too.
Here’s what I love…these 100% cotton, ethically-made coveralls are comfy, firm and durable without being stiff. They are cinched at the waist which adds some shape and they are a tad cropped at the ankle which, 7th grade me would have hated but now I’m kinda digging it. I am 5’10” and 160 lbs and the large fits perf. Move over sweats and leggings and HELLO cutest coveralls ever.
Now that travel is back on the docket, the TOG team is crazy for Crazy Cap. This is a portable, self-cleaning bottle that uses LED to destroy a wide range of pathogens and bio-contaminants in your water. It’s also self-cleaning and keeps your water bottle stink-free. And this isn’t just marketing lingo…It’s been third-party tested and certified by NSF International against NSF/ANSI 55 for Disinfection Performance.
Nicolle took this water bottle to Italy last month and said it was a life saver. And I love it for refills at my boy’s baseball games, for long car rides and stays at hotels.
We have our eyes on this brand because they are launching their WAATR bottle, which does all of this PLUS filters your water too…coming soon.
The POWER FOL Lash | Brow Multi-Correctional Growth Serum is a lightweight serum that’s charged with lengthening, thickening, strengthening and conditioning lashes and brows. It’s also designed to fortify, nourish and act as an immediate volumizer and primer….and….I saw results (including NEW GROWTH) in just 20 days! Check out my before and afters here.
A couple of things that stand out about this formula. First, this is a lightweight GEL serum. Who cares? I do. I personally find an oil-based brow/lash treatment to be so limiting. It’s really tough to layer makeup over which means I can only use it at night. But that cuts treatment time by half and slows everything down, which cuts motivation and consistency and then it’s like, why did I even bother?
This gel serum actually dries down (all the way) so you can wear it both day and night, apply multiple times a day if desired and easily layer makeup over it. The ability to wear this treatment practically 24/7 is a game changer.
Second, this treatment comes in a double sided, rose gold twist tube. Untwist one side and it reveals an application brush for your lash line while the other side dons a micro-bristle wand for your brows. #brill
Third, it also acts like a volumizer and primer.
Fourth, the ingredients are sick. More here.
This is hands down the best lash and brow growth treatment I’ve tried. And I’ve tried quite a few!
This was in our summer faves and it’s here to stay. The whole team is obsessed with it and I’m convinced if you give this body cream a try, it will be the last one you ever invest in.
First of all, this body cream is so rich and plump. It has a thick setup and it’s reminiscent of a body balm except it’s not because it’s water-based with the first ingredient being water. This means it’s actually hydrating…delivering water to your skin. (Something oils alone can’t do.)
What I keep telling people (friends, family, anyone who will listen) is Skin Therapy is like a decadent face cream but FOR YOUR BODY. I sent one to my sister last week and this is what she texted me👇.
Super hydrating and nourishing with shea butter, jojoba, cacao butter, coconut oil and olive oil. And also calming and soothing with the addition of hemp seed extract.
A great option for even the driest of skins. (I have been loving this for my son’s eczema too.) And NOT GREASY AT ALL. Also, I am obsessed with their custom glass packaging. You have to give this a try.
Let’s get straight to the point. White wash cloths are nice….when they are new. Then over time they just get dingier and dingier and then all of a sudden I’m like…NO. EW. But even worse than that is a black wash cloth where it’s like, what exactly am I wiping my face with?! #canigetawitness?!
This bothers me so much that I actually asked Josh Rosebrook a few years ago if he would consider making a gray wash cloth, lol. I couldn’t help myself. He didn’t bite.
Well, Jenny Patinkin to the rescue with her new Urgent Care Cloths Made with Activated Charcoal. These OEKO-TEX and GOTS Certified cloths are specifically designed for stressed out skin. Activated charcoal helps to draw out impurities and this plush bamboo helps to gently exfoliate.
These are super soft on the skin, are great at taking makeup off and don’t show gross makeup stains. Not quick drying but not super thick either. Also love the cute vegan alligator skin bag this set of 3 is packaged in.
Say hello to my new fave face oil. It was love at first sight with this oil that comes vibrantly adorned in custom glass packaging. Then I used it and fell ALL IN. This viscous, hardy moisturizer quells all dry skin woes and leaves skin feeling plump, smooth and plush. This is partly due to the fact that the first ingredient is Prickly Pear Seed Oil.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil does wonders for my skin. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I tried it in MŪN Skincare. It’s notability rich in polyphenols, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids as well as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, antimicrobial and neuroprotective (source). And that’s just scratching the surface of this certified COSMOS NATURAL face oil that’s made with 89.06% ingredients from organic farming.
This oil smells rich and woody and is a straight up pleasure to use (Nicolle keeps saying she wishes the scent was a perfume—it’s that good). Oh and it also happens to be infused with amethyst and rose quartz crystals as well. 😍
This is continuing to be a daily staple and proving to be a year-round fave. Loving the Gucci Westman Atelier Light Up Highlight Sticks in Nectar (a golden peach) and Brûlée (a bronze gold). These highlighters are top of the line and luxe of the luxe when it comes to getting that natural-looking, next-level glow. No matter what makeup look I’ve got going on, I’m topping it off with THIS!
A few things that stand out:
- The reflective components are SUPER fine and truly illuminate the skin rather than looking like the skin has a highlighter on it—this is rare for illuminators and we’re so on board!
- The packaging is GORG. The magnetic top and the chubby stick with gold embellishments are just right, right and right.
- Love the new shades that are a little bit warmer, especially the glassy, bronze-gold of Brûlée, which can also add a flush of color.
- One of the easiest ways to perk up dull skin.
- The texture is CREAMY. Westman Atelier describes this as a “gel highlighter” and it really takes on that consistency on the skin, delivering a major glow via tin oxides and also texture.
- Ingredients look good.
What’s on your must-have clean beauty trends for this fall?
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