This is something a bit different. Today, I’m sharing the eco picks from my sweet mama, affectionately called “Mama Green Spirit” for the blog hehe. Mama Green Spirit is 57 years young, has dry skin and medium skin tone. She tans easily and loves a sunkissed complexion, unlike her daughter who looks like a vampire (okay, I’m slightly exaggerating but I’m pale according to her standards haha).
I did not get my first taste of beauty by playing with my mother’s makeup as she has always kept it simple. I remember playing with my dear grandma’s vintage Dior lipsticks and that’s about it. My mom embodies the “less is more’ philosophy and she looks lovely as always. When I asked her what she did to take care of her skin in her twenties, she replied that she had problematic skin and got treatments from Ella Baché in Paris and that was it. The last couple of years, she decided to up her game by incorporating face oils because she felt like her skin needed more help to maintain its moisture. She likes fuss-free products with simple formulations to help her soothe her sensitive skin.
Since blogging about green beauty, I have introduced Mama Green Spirit to her new obsession, RMS Beauty (#greenevangelist). She now swears by the ”un” cover-up. I have also been giving her plenty of oils and creams for her to choose from. Over time, she has found some staples and I’d like to share them with you today.
It needs no introduction, and it has been touted as a cult product for a while. Probably the first concealer I even reviewed on the blog, I loved the dewiness and coverage but because of the coconut oil, I was not able to use it in the long term/and in the summer. My mom, however, has no issues and uses it to cover redness, dark eye circles and everything that needs a bit of coverage. She wears the shade 22. I think it’s her second or third pot now, and that’s all she wants in terms of concealers. It ticks all the boxes: great coverage, creamy, dewy and long-lasting. I have also converted my sister to RMS. Yes, it has become a family affair.
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499] *organic ingredients
My mom loves a glow and a sunkissed complexion (hello, Italian roots). Just like RMS, I think this is her third bottle. Dr. Hauschka’s bronzing tint has been around for years, yet it remains a classic for its clever concept. It evens out the skin, softens the traits, tones the skin and warms up the complexion. Very lightweight and greatly pigmented, you don’t need much product to work on and it’s very easy to use.
Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Alcohol, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Lysolecithin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citral*, Linalool*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonene*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Coumarin*, Eugenol*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Algin, Silica, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex (CI 75810), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
She’s currently using it and I was not familiar with this brand until it came in a former LoveLula box. Fairly inexpensive, this oil contains avocado, rosehip and grapeseed oils (all rich and dense for the skin) and Vitamin E. Her skin doesn’t feel tight or dry during the day. It holds up the moisture all day long, even at home with the heater on. Her beauty tip: mixing the liquid gold with Dr. Hauschka’s translucent bronzing tint for a glowing complexion and plump-looking skin. Since the bronzing also has a tendency to dry out, the oil enables the product to remain easily applicable and blendable.
Ingredients: Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil Isopropyl myristate Rosa rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil Cetearyl ethylhexanoate (Vitamin E) Tocopheryl Acetate Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil Parfum (fragrance) Tocopherol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Limonene, Citronellol
My mom has sensitive skin and she swears by the Osmia purely simple face cream. When asked to show me her favorite, she did not even have to think, her hand immediately reached out for Osmia’s. It contains aloe vera to soothe and limited amounts of essential oils to prevent irritation. It is smooth, rich and soaks right in. My mom uses it at night and pats a generous amount on her skin – fact: Mama green spirit doesn’t have a light hand hehe, but that goes with her generous personality. You know how some people rave about French pharmacy products? Osmia gives them a run for their money and, rightfully so, since the founder is a doctor herself.
Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, [sodium olivoyl glutamate (and) cetearyl alcohol (and) glyceryl stearate], prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, prunus amygdalus (sweet almond) oil*, lactobacillus ferment, vegetable glycerin*, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, ricinus communis (castor) oil*, GMO-free vitamin E oil, [sodium benzoate and gluconolactone], proprietary blend of organic and wild-harvested essential oils
The two favorite lipstick brands from my mom. She doesn’t have a lot of colors, she’s keeping 2-3 shades in her beauty cabinet, not more. Her favorites are Ilia “These Days” (nude with copper hues) and Axiology “Philosophy” (soft pink). She enjoys the large palette of brown/nudes and soft pinks that Ilia offers and she also is fond of their tinted lip conditioners as they offer the best of both worlds, namely great pigmentation and moisture. From Axiology, she loves the texture, for her, it’s the best. My mom is a big fan of mixing and combining lip products; she enjoys applying ”These Days” and put on top, in the center, ”Philosophy” to add more dimension.
You might be wondering why there are no eye products? My mom has sensitive eyes and while she does use a Lily Lolo palette, she’s not 100% satisfied. I’m still introducing her to various eye makeup brands but I will let you know once one is “Mama green spirit approved”. Seeing my mom and loved ones switching to a greener beauty routine makes me immensely happy – and in a way, gives this blog a bigger sense of purpose. It feels fulfilling to be able to share wonderful eco brands which are good for skin and nature, with people that matter to you and see them thrilled with the results. A massive thank you to Mama Green Spirit for letting me “borrow” her products for a mini photoshoot.
Now tell me about you and your loved ones! Have you converted your mom, sister, aunt, grandma or any family members? If yes, I would love to read the story. You can either share it in a post or on social media, make sure to tag me (@lizthegreenspirit) on Instagram so I can see it.