Happy Sunday :) (or whatever day you're reading this). I realized I haven't done a must haves or feminine favorites post in a while and figured today is as good a day as any.
I have to admit, I find it pretty odd the obsession with feminine hygiene on the internet. Like yes, it's important to smell fresh and at the very least, unoffensive, but it's not lost on me how this idea of smelling *fresh* and perfect all the time is fairly new. In fact, it used to be considered sexy for women to have a bit of musk on them as men found it natural and it activated their animalistic desire. I listened to a really interesting podcast on this topic which I'll link here.
Feminine hygiene doesn't mean washing your self several times a day with things that smell like artificial flowers and butterflies. It's about taking care of yourself consistently, from the inside out, eating a healthy diet that's rich is fruits and vegetables, and making sure to incorporate exercise so that you release toxins from your body through sweating.
Our societal obsession with smelling sweet like a pineapple has actually backfired, because many of the products that are promoted in those "Smell FrEsh AlL DaY" videos actually disrupt our natural pH balance and cause more harm than good.
So this post will be a combination of some of my current favorite hygiene AND self-care products for those nights where you just want to pamper yourself. Enjoy!
When you have naturally oily skin, as I do, it can be SO difficult to find a product that controls the oil production without drying out the skin. I've tried several different cleansers and I have to say that the Tata Harper Clarifying Cleanser might be my favorite gentle cleanser that I've ever used. It smells amazing and it balances my skin's oiliness without making it feel like sandpaper afterwards. I've noticed an improvement in texture and my breakouts have subsided as well. I follow it up with the Clarifying Moisturizer and top off the routine with