I have a confession to make.
I’m a bit obsessed with personal care products.
When I’m at a craft show I’m drawn to the booths filled with natural homemade soaps and lotions. I’m a sucker for the delicate scents of natural homemade soaps wafting through my nose and dipping my fingers in a soft, buttery tub of homemade lotions. I want it all: the soaps, the body butters, the facial moisturizers and toners, skin exfoliators, the homemade shampoos and conditioners.
However, while I want to buy all. the. things, I can’t help but wonder.
Do I really need all of these personal care products?
While I make no claims to be a beauty expert, I think we have been conditioned to think we need all this stuff to keep our skin and hair looking young and healthy.
I don’t know about you, but with a 4-year-old and another one on the way, I just don’t have the time for it all. Not to mention the impact that all that personal care gear has on my wallet and the excess packaging that ends up in the garbage when I’m trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Earlier this year, I started to make a change to my personal care routine. This change not only vastly simplified the number of products I need, but it’s also better for my wallet and it cuts down on trash.
Oh, and did I mention that it only using natural, sustainable ingredients that I feel confident putting both on my pregnant body and my daughter’s?
Do you want to know my secret?
The products that simplified my personal care routine
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A few months ago I received an e-mail from a green beauty blogger that I follow about a company called Akamai. They make a kit of natural personal products — including a shampoo bar — that are designed to serve multiple purposes. Since I had already made the switch to natural bath and body products and shampoo bars are my jam, I was intrigued.
Akamai makes just three personal care products that you can purchase individually or as a kit.
With those three products, you can clean and moisturize your body, hair, face, and teeth.
Yes, you read that right. You can do all of that with just three products.
As they share on their website, “We believe clean and healthy skin, hair and teeth can be achieved with far fewer products, chemicals and complexity.”
Three fantastic products that are all made here in the U.S with simple, natural, biodegradable ingredients that are sustainably sourced, non-GMO, and mostly certified organic. (Good for your body AND the environment!) The ingredients include plant oils and plant oil extracts, essential oils, water, clay, and salt.
I signed up for my first kit in June, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
So what are these three magical multipurpose natural personal care products?
Let’s start with my favorite product, the 3-in-1 bar, designed for shampooing your hair, washing your skin, and shaving.
Image courtesy of Akamai
I use it for all three, including washing my face. I wash my hair every three days and it looks incredible, whether I blow dry it and wear it straight or go au nautral. Both my husband and daughter — who, by the way, has super curly hair — use it as well to wash their hair and skin. I bring it with me to the gym and when I travel (along with the skin fuel). No more remembering to pack 4-6 different products. And, as an added bonus, it’s perfect for a carry-on since it’s solid!
The Skin Fuel is a light oil that is designed to be a conditioner for your hair, aftershave, and lotion.
Image courtesy of Akamai
I put in three squirts to condition my hair (which is currently past my shoulders) and swipe it on my legs after I shave. I’ll admit, I currently use something else to moisturize my face because I have found my skin doesn’t absorb it as fast as I would like before I apply makeup. However, when I’ve used it at night right before going to bed it’s left my skin feeling soft and smooth the next morning.
Finally, there’s the clay-based mineral toothpaste.
Image courtesy of Akamai
This product probably takes the most to get used to. It is not remotely sweet, doesn’t foam, and is a bit chalky, but my teeth do feel nice and clean after brushing with it. I don’t mind the taste since I had already switched to a more natural toothpaste. Also, according to their website, it can also be used for treating cold sores and blemishes!
Getting started with Akamai
Akamai is a subscription service that allows you to choose the products you want and they send it to you every two months so you don’t have to think about it. You can modify or cancel your subscription at any time, and you’ll get a reminder e-mail before your subscription renews. Just pay $5 shipping + the cost of your products.
If you’re ready to simplify your personal care routine and are looking for some high-quality products made from natural and sustainable ingredients that won’t break the bank, I recommend you try out the Akamai Essentials Starter Kit.
It includes a 3-in-1 bar, a 2-oz. bottle of the Skin Fuel, and a tube of the Mineral toothpaste. The Skin Fuel and mineral toothpaste are meant to last 60 days and the bar 30, but I have found the 3-in-1 bar actually lasts my entire family a little over a month. I still have over half a bottle of the Skin Fuel from my first purchase months ago.
If you aren’t ready to dive into the entire kit yet and want to ease into it, I recommend you start with the 3-in-1 bar.
Through November 28, 2018 you can save 25% on any one-time order or a subscription using coupon code GET25. Plus subscriptions get free shipping!