Talkin’ tans, toners & more: Q&A on Edible Facial

Ever wondered how to (safely) fake a tan worthy of a Floridian grandmother, or make your own all-natural deodorant? You’ve wondered BOTH, you say?! Well, look no further: today, we’ve got a Q&A that covers all that & more over on Edible Facial, the blog written by the always-inspiring and positive Sarita Coren (thank you, Sarita!). Check out an excerpt below and read the full ramblings here.

Organic beauty products

What are you using right now to cleanse and tone your skin?

KATHRYNE: I am using several products on rotation, including Acure Facial Cleansing Creme Argan Oil + Mint with Acure’s Seriously Hydrating Toner. I use this combo if I have had a particularly sweaty day and feel grimy. If I have had a low key day, I will simply use a warm washcloth and then moisturize. I have also been really in love with Angel Face’s Lavender Aloe Toner for a fresh midday pick-me-up.

JENNIFER: For cleansing, I’m using Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap, morning and night. It’s gentle, nourishing and effective. When I feel a bit of build-up, I cleanse with Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub – usually a few times each week. It’s a very gentle exfoliant with clay and lemon peel, so it has just the right amount of grit!

For toning, I love Herbivore Botanicals’ Balance Facial Toner. It’s gentle, refreshing and smells INCREDIBLE. I love me some neroli-scented spritz!

What’s your facial cocktail looking like? A dropper full of serum? A dollop of lotion?

JENNIFER: After cleansing and toning, I apply three drops of Herbivore Botanicals’ Purify serum. It has a very punchy scent – it took me a while to get used to it! – but it works wonders on oily skin. It seems to moisturize from the inside out without leaving an oily residue on the surface. It’s a very “un-oily” facial oil, if you will!

After that I’ll layer on Kimberly Sayer’s Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer in SPF 30 for daytime, and then Skincado’s thick, wonderfully moisturizing eye balm. For any dry spots, I dab on Osmia’s Purely Simple Face Cream or Pai Skincare’s Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream.

KATHRYNE: Here is where my facial regime gets complicated, as I am always trying out new products for the blog. It’s a like a smorgasbord most weeks! I like to use Peter Thomas Roth’s Squalene Oil on days when I’m working from home (no make up). It’s light and absorbs really nicely and does wonders for fine lines. On days I know I will have to put on make up, I will wear a lotion like Acure’s Sensitive Facial Cream. It works well under make-up. Often, I will shower in the evening and douse my skin in an oil like coconut or argan. When I wake up the next day, my skin is supple and not oily (but well moisturized) and then I will just put make up over that and it’s perfect!

Read the full Q&A over on Edible Facial. Endless thanks to Sarita for featuring us, and for her positive and energizing spirit! 

  • Beauty or Something

    Great post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber Karlson

    Great post! Always good to see what others are currently using :) I love the Osmia Black Clay Soap!

  • Sarah

    I’m so hooked on your blog! After years of proactive and less-than-natural beauty products, I was inspired by your blog to change my ways. I love your product reviews (just received my first haul from #pemjo and herbivore botanicals and LOVING everything I got). I’ve learned a ton from your reviews and have started paying attention to ingredients on the labels while shopping in the store, and immediately noticed that many products that brand themselves as natural/green are anything but.

    Wondering if you’ve done (or would consider doing) a more general post on what sorts of ingredients to avoid?

    • Unsullied

      Sarah, you made our day! Thank you so much for reading. I also used Proactiv for YEARS so I definitely understand where you’re coming from. Isn’t it so EXCITING to make the switch to more natural products? For me, it felt like this whole new universe opening up in front of me! And then I had to buy…all the things. #healthyaddiction

      Greenwashing is a really frustrating phenomenon. That’s why you’re right – reading the ingredients lists is SO important!

      We will absolutely look into doing a post along these lines – it’s long overdue – thank you for the idea/feedback! In the meantime, here are some good resources that should be of help.

      >> The “Never” List at

      >> No More Dirty Looks (the book):

      >> EWG’s Skin Deep – Top Tips for Safer Products:

      >> Think Dirty App:


      - Jennifer