Ideas to make your yoga practice even greener with holistic, natural, cruelty-free and vegan products inspired by Ayurveda.
With the new men’s skincare series that started about the same time (in December 2016), the Clean Beauty for Every Lifestyle didn’t move until today – the skincare for men series was just received all too well, and the Green Goth – the first Clean Beauty for Every Lifestyle article – was only embraced by, well, a small-ish intersection of people in the goth world interested in organic beauty. Or vice versa.
It was great fun putting it together anyway, if just for myself, but if you’ve missed it and have a thing for moody purples, patchouli fragrances or pale foundations, go ahead and knock yourself out with the Green Goth article!
Yoga, Green Beauty & Green Lifestyle
Products shown here are vegan-friendly and free from conflict palm (kernel) oil and derivatives.
Ayurvedic principles unite all products, despite the brands originating from all over the place – UK, Germany, Austria, Lithuania and India.
All products except the rose water contain essential oils, Nature’s most potent active ingredients, so it’s always wise to do a patch test as well as to alternate your products (in order to avoid acquiring any allergy or sensitivity that wasn’t there before).
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ILA BATH SALTS FOR CLEANSING
Spicy and invigorating all at once, Ila Bath Salts for Cleansing “smell like seasoning”, said Mr Beautycalypse. There is some truth to that – it’s not a fragrance for the faint of heart. Bold, bitter, nearly pungent aromas of lavender and geranium clash with aromatic juniper, tangy lemongrass and oily patchouli. The abundance of oil drops on the surface of the bath water even call to mind a soup analogy. The himalayan salt crystals melt and release the aromatic oils into the water, and leave you all warm, all pink and quite awake.£49.00 as seen on the Ila Spa website. (I buy mine from le petit spa in Berlin). Ingredients: Himalayan Salt Crystals (Sodium Chloride), Lavender Oil (Lavandula Augustifolia), Rose Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens), Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus Communis), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon Schoenanthus), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon Cablin), Naturally Occurring Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.
The Berlin-based company Cosmoveda are known for their organic Ayurvedic spices and condiments. Since going to the Indian Cooking classes a few years ago, I’ve been purchasing and using their products happily and a lot. When not shopping spices, I buy this rose hydrolate for both culinary and skincare purposes. And a while back I wrote a few more lines about the benefits of the Queen of the Flowers, you’re welcome to check it out.250ml, 4.99€. Ingredients: Water, rose hydrolate (organic). The rose hydrolate comes from Bulgaria. Cosmoveda products are available in German organic supermarkets and online.
PRIMAVERA YOGA MAT SPRAY
The only product here which is NOT designed as skincare.
This is strictly an air freshening and yoga mat refreshing spray. And it works just fine: spray your mat and let dry, done. The fragrance is very, very light and just slightly citrusy with grapefruit and sandalwood.30ml, 8.90€ Ingredients: Organic alcohol, Water, Organic Myrtle, Organic Grapefruit, Sandalwood etc. 100% natural origin. Available in organic supermarkets and online.
YOU & OIL KI ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Lithuanian brand You & Oil creates, among other things, beautiful, single-purpose essential oil blends. I really like the blend designed to combat “Emotional Exhaustion”, so very grounding and balancing after a “loud” day. Be it social media, irritating encounters, any kind of emotional overwhelm – good or bad, really – will slowly recede into insignificance as you dab on a drop if this blend to your pulse points; the wrists work best.8.90€. Ingredients: Cinnamonum Camphora Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara Leaf/Twig Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil. Available online.
PURE SKIN FOOD DENTAL OIL
Oil pulling – an Ayurvedic cleansing practice – has reached household popularity these days. The dental oil by newcomer Austrian brand Pure Skin Food combines the proven benefits of sesame oil with the healing properties of black cumin seed, calendula, and rosemary.100 ml, 19.90€ Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil* (Sesame oil), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil* (Olive oil), Nigella Sativa Seed Oil* (Black cumin seed oil), Calendula Officinalis Extract* (Calendula extrakt), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract* (Rosemary extract), Perfume* (Essential oils), Citral**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Eugenol**, Cinnamal** | *Organic ** Available online.
KHADI AYURVEDIC SHOWER GEL NEEM & GRAPEFRUIT
Khadi is a BDIH certified line of skincare and hair care/ hair colour products, created in collaboration with Indian Ayurveda experts and doctors, and manufactured in India at BDIH-certified sites. Products range from 100% authentic (example: Ayurvedic herbs for hair cleansing) to “western” formulas, like this shower gel with Neem & Grapefruit. Invigorating and free from SLS, this shower gel is deeply cleansing and refreshing. I wouldn’t advice using it in the evening, unless you need to stay awake 😉210ml, 7.99€ Coco Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Berberis Aristata, Azadirachta Indica (Neem), Citric Acid, Phyllanthus Niruri, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Catechu, Sodium Benzoate, Citrus Paradisi Essential oil (Grapefruit), Azadirachta Indica oil, Limonene, Eugenol, Linalool. Available online.