Summer has us feeling like we want to simplify our beauty routines and go back to basics—and yet, the season brings with it new skin woes, including sunburn, bug bites, and melting makeup. To home in on a small collection of tried-and-true, all-natural solutions to our beauty dilemmas, we reached out to inspiring blogger Dawn Michelle of Minimalist Beauty for her eco-chic recs. Here are her top picks to beautify, nourish, and heal summer-weary skin.
Sweet Woods Botanical Body Mist, by Sensuous Beauty, $18 for 4 oz.
"I've loved this 100% natural perfume for a decade!" says Dawn Michelle. Made from distilled water, brandy, essential oils, and resins, this woodsy scent helps you stay fresh when the weather heats up.
Badger Organic Unscented Sunscreen, $16 for 2.9 oz.
"Say hello to my favorite all-natural sunscreen," says Dawn Michelle. Amazingly, this tube of SPF 30 contains only 5 ingredients, including UVA-ray-blocking zinc oxide and skin-nourishing vitamin E.
Aura Multi-Use Stain, by Vapour, $36
Dawn Michelle's take: "This simple beauty stick travels easily and can be used for eyes, lips, and cheeks. It gives the skin just enough color to brighten the complexion, yet it is also buildable for a more dramatic look. Although there are five gorgeous shades, my favorite is 'Crave'."
Herb Facial Kit, from Mountain Rose Herbs, $32
After all the sun, wind, and waves your skin's exposed to this summer, it's going to need a little R&R. For an at-home facial, Dawn Michelle recommends this kit from Mountain Rose Herbs. "It contains a rejuvenating floral steam, detoxifying clay mask, gentle cleanser, nourishing rose oil moisturizer, and a refreshing rose hydrosol that I absolutely adore," she says.
Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, from 100% Pure, $35
This natural bronzer imparts a warm, sun-kissed glow, using pigments from cocoa, coffee, tomatoes, and berries. Dawn Michelle's review? "It's a perfect mix of matte and subtle glimmer. Plus, it smells delicious!"
Bee Yummy Skin Food, $39 for 2 oz.
This luxurious, natural moisturizer, created with wildflower honey, bee pollen, and balsam fir needles for fragrance, has garnered a fan following among celebrities and makeup artists. But does it live up to the hype (and is it worth the splurge)? Dawn Michelle weighs in: "This amazing lightweight moisturizer leaves your skin soft, supple, and absolutely radiant." We'll take that as a "Yes!"
Badger Anti-Bug Balm, $10 for 2 oz.
"This isn't the most glamorous beauty essential, but if you're camping or at a barbecue this summer, you'll thank me for this one later," says Dawn Michelle. Badger's certified organic and DEET-free bug and mosquito repellent contains citronella, cedar, and lemongrass essential oils, and it comes in a cute tin you can throw in your bag or slip into your pocket.
Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector, by Vapour, $48
Dawn Michelle recommends wearing this makeup primer under your normal foundation or by itself for a more natural look. Besides balancing skin tone and diffusing lines, this stick provides deep moisture and calms skin with evening primrose, sunflower, and pumpkin seed oils.
Thanks, Dawn Michelle! If you're craving more of her eco-friendly, good-for-you beauty picks (or are dying to know how to mix up your own hair and body butter!), check out Minimalist Beauty.