So, two things happened to get me to the level of sheer obsession with essential oils.

Earlier this year, I flew back to New York for my friend’s baby shower. While in the city, I spent some quality time with my college bestie Taylor (just wait for her Glow Girl!) who came in from LA. She stayed at my apartment and gave me a glimpse into her amazingly over-the-top skincare routine. It involved the usual suspects like serums, hand creams, the works… but what I was most intrigued by was her essential oils ritual. It’s her last step before bed and one that I noticed was an integral part of the routine. She uses it to enter sleep in the most peaceful and positive way possible. She used Young Living.

Around the same time, I had my sister talking about how she had recently gotten really into oils. As a mom of two young girls, she’s constantly battling whatever her kiddos bring home from the playground. She uses oils to stay healthy and centered. Genius, right?

After testing Taylor’s Peace and Calming Essential Oils and listening to my sister’s rave reviews, I couldn’t NOT get involved. Essential oils have been around since the Roman times to improve health and well-being. They work on physical and emotion levels to relieve stress and deal with with emotion, immunity, tension and mood. Are you feeling overly stressed? Theres an oil for that. Are you tired, sore? Do you have back aches, depression? Poison ivy? There’s an oil for these too.

To start, (I became a member of Young Living) and ordered a bunch of different oils and a diffuser and it was waiting for me when I arrived back in Switzerland. If you watch my Insta Stories then you saw when I finally got around to opening up the box and playing around with all the oils. I guess I had always been really intimidated by oils because there are sooo many to choose from and each of them do something different. Pinterest has been great in getting me started, too. There are so many helpful charts that break down what every oil does and helps you to create really powerful blends. You feel like a amateur chemist, mixing and creating your own scent. My favorite way to use the oils is with my diffuser. It just changes the whole vibe – for the better.

So, this is how I got started. I bought the Premium Starter Kit which comes with the 11 most popular oils and a diffuser.

Comes with 5ml bottles of:

-Thieves
-Lavender
-Peppermint
-Lemon
-Panaway
-RC
-DiGize
-Stress Away
-Frankincense
-Copaiba
-Purification

You get to choose your diffuser (I have the you choose which one), a roller ball attachment and some more samples.
AMAZING.

After you get it as a wholesale member, you will have the discount forever after on anything you ever need which is 24% off. I will also add you to the Happy Oils Facebook group – your one stop place for all essential oil questions and needs.

You can grab yours here.

Click the signup link above, and follow these steps:
1. Be sure to check Wholesale Member to earn your 24% off any future orders.
2. Then choose the Premium Starter Kit you’d like (the kit with the Home or Dewdrop diffuser is $160)
3. Unless you are ready to dive in and know you want to be ordering often, go ahead and just say No Thanks for Step 3 about Essential Rewards. No need to worry about that right now!
4. Now add another Dew Drop diffuser (the two free oils will show up automatically) and anything else you want with your brand new 24% off discount. Some of my suggestions are Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Valor II, Oregano, Citrus Fresh, Tea Tree, and Deep Relief.  Let me know if you want support for anything specific and I’ll help!

Follow the process all the way through to the end, where you will receive a confirmation email. Let me know if you don’t get that order confirmation email for any reason.

They are global, so they ship internationally. Oh, and to give to a little help, here are my 5 favorite oils: Orange, Stress Away, Peace and Calming, Geranium and Ylang Ylang. There are endless way to use the oils too. Upgrade you bath routine, mix an oil with your face or body lotion, create a relaxing linen spray and my personal favorite, purify your living space with a diffuser.

Pro tip: If you venture out on your own to find oils, make sure you buy ones that are super high quality. Sometimes it’s tempting to reach for the cheap options, but I assure you, investing in the most concentrated natural formulas will give you the best results.

Next up, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite oils for bedtime.

 

When it comes to summer skin (and pool party attire!), less is certainly more.

Instead of covering it all up, aim for a natural glow. Enhance your best features and subtly disguise your problem areas. To do this, all you need are a few essentials.

Invest in a summer perfume, a new lip gloss and fun convo-starting sparking earring. You can put away (for now) your heavy eye shadows, crimson nail polishes and your contouring creams in favor of a light translucent powder, a skin perfecting anti-aging mist (that can go on-the-go) and of course a luminizing SPF. These are the products you need for the warm weather season ahead.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner

This eyeliner doesn’t budge, even in the balmiest of summer nights.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

This corrector creates a soft, diffused radiance that evens and brightens your skin tone. Use on top of your concealer.

Dyson Hairdryer

The is THE hairdryer. Every girl needs it because it will forever change your hair styling game. It’ll leave your locks smooth, not stringy.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume Oil

This rollerball (one that a lot of my editor friends wear) is the perfect little pick-me-up to keep on your body at all times. Smell like peony and tender musk.

 

Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

One spritz of Byredo’s hair perfume will last all day – the scent subtly diffuses as you move, which is perfect for summer strolls. This fragrance is an uplifting, slightly woody blend of juniper berries and incense with a base of vanilla and sandalwood.

Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino Eau de Parfum

This scent was inspired by the abundant white flowers of the Mediterranean White Acacia tree. Think: Calabrian Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon and Tangerine. At first, it’s a light mix of citrus and florals, then it transitions to a comforting vanilla and honey base.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer, Fluorescent Beige 142

Fluorescent Beige is a soft pink hue with rich mauve undertones and an iridescent finish that creates that wet look… like you just stepped out of the pool.

Chanel Nail Polish, Pirate

The newly renovated 5-free formula actually improves the quality of your nails. Pirate is a Chanel original and is one of the best reds of all time.

La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation SPF 20

Two of my friends had this on over the weekend and it gave them the prettiest and glowiest complexion. It’s super light, covers redness and sunspots and contains the brand’s famous “Miracle Broth.” This foundation leaves your pores refined and your imperfections virtually gone, while SPF and antioxidants help protect your newly flawless skin.

The only beauty products that you need this summer are...Herban Essentials Assorted Essential Oil Towelettes

Keep em in your car, beach bag, on your bathroom counter or in your kids’ bedrooms. These all-natural towelettes clean up the stickiest of fingers and the dirtiest of faces.

Sanitas Skincare Brightening Peel Pads

Recommended by the women of Dangene, so you know it’s good. They’re great if you suffer from acne, eczema, rosacea or just want sparkling skin. These super easy-to-use pads are made with this perfect cocktail of acids: Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic Acid and witch hazel.

RMS Beauty Champagne Rose Luminizer

RMS’s newest luminizer is like the original but this time with a blush-pink champagne tint. It’s avant-garde, mystical and rosy.

Zara Pearly Strappy Sandals

They look just like the Chanels. Just trust me, you will get 1000 compliments.

Tatcha Water Cream

This oil-free, anti-aging water cream releases a burst of skin-improving Japanese nutrients and powerful that help you achieve pore-less-looking skin. The finish delivers the most beautiful sheen!

Sachajuan Hair Cleansing Cream

By now, you should already understand our obsession. Read about it here.

Bite Lip Pencil

Finally, a lip pencil that matches the exact color of your lips. I like to fake a better pout with shade 010.

Coqui Coqui Beeswax Candle Coco-Coco

The milky coconut fragrance, infused into the black beeswax of this hand-poured candle is soft and sensual, with a subtle, bitter, green edge.

Eres Strapless Bathing Suit

This is one of the most classic Eres suits and it’s truly the most flattering. I always want to put on. You instantly feel chicer.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

This liquid sun umbrella feels more like a lotion and is this summer’s lip, hand and eye must.

The only beauty products that you need this summer are...

While I have been blessed with no-cavity teeth, (which is a miracle considering that I straight up love sugar), I have gums that aren’t so perfect. While they look totally healthy and normal on the outside, I have a bit of a plaque problem on the inside. Yikes. It doesn’t take a genius to know why – I hate flossing. In fact, on most evenings I avoid this extra step that my dentist has been begging me to do for years all together.

Well, I have decided to come up with a plan to get a healthier smile. Why now? Well, it all started when my friend Anna turned me on to the best fluoride-free toothpaste. It’s from Germany (but you can easily buy it here on Amazon). I had been looking for a way out of the toxicity of the Colgates and the Crests, and this was my ticket. Ajona Stomatikum Toothpaste is very concentrated, so you legit only use a pea size amount and it lathers right up. It leaves me with the cleanest and freshest sensation and the taste doesn’t have the typical sweetness that all the American toothpastes have. It’s bitter with a hint of licorice. I started Henry on it and I noticed right away that his breath was better than ever before. It’s also perfect for travel and yes, even the travel size will last you forever.

Now, in order to really combat my floss-a-phobia and upon trusted recommendation from Jessica at Shen Beauty (have you read her Glow Girl?), I gave Cocofloss a shot. This coconut-oil-infused super-cleansing dental floss is designed to scrub your pearly whites refreshingly clean. It comes in a variety of artisan flavors like fresh coconut, pure strawberries and cara cara orange that actually make flossing kinda fun. The taste is more of a light aroma but not in an overpowering way, more like, “hmm I like this smell,” and are the perfect way to end the day and even curb late night cravings. This floss works differently in between the teeth too. They don’t glide as easily as typical floss but instead are a bit more course insuring that more plaque is picked up along the way. I guess we can add floss to the everlasting list of things coconut oil can do.

Go try it now!

Recently, I went out on a limb and switched up my shampoo routine. A friend of mine gave me a bottle of Sachajuan’s Hair Cleansing Cream and begged me to try it. The Swedish brand is known for their innovative approach to haircare, so I knew I was in for a treat. I’m typically pretty boring when it comes to my shampoo and conditioner — I’d rather splurge on skincare and go drugstore for hair — but this made me really rethink.

After a quick Google, I found that girls were raving about the product and how unique it made their hair feel. They said the first few days of use left their locks a tad greasy, but once their scalp adjusted, their hair was squeaky clean and perfectly textured. I knew I had to get involved.

I finally took the plunge about a week ago. The first wash was definitely strange, because there isn’t the foaming effect you get from typical shampoos. My hair is also super thick, so I was worried I wasn’t getting full coverage. But, I carried on. Once I got out of the shower, my hair smelled unbelievably good and felt super clean. Once I gave it a good blow dry, it was soft and voluminous, like I had just gotten a professional treatment. I had people stopping me the next day to ask if something was different!

As I continued using, the greasiness did subside and I was left with that perfect French girl hair texture. It was perfectly undone, but still had a nice and healthy shine to it.

If you are in a shampoo rut, this is your fix. Have you tried this product at all? Let us know in the comments!

Story by Lexi Tollefsen. Image, Bella Hadid by Daniel Jackson for Teen Vogue Volume 1 2017.  

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Eye Cream is my pick for the best eye cream. (Cher agrees too.)

After about of a week of using it, I’m beyond hooked. It feels very watery at first, but when you apply it to that delicate eye area, its blends right into the skin and feels really rich and creamy. I use it mostly at night, but when I do reach for it during the day, it makes my concealer go on so smoothly.

I also noticed that my eyes are less puffy in the morning and appear tighter around the eyes. This eye cream is unique because it’s part serum, part cream. It’s been specially developed with Purslane and Skullcap to lift, firm and reduce darkness and puffiness. It’s also infused with active omega fatty acids that help skin retain moisture.

I especially love this eye cream because its perfect for girls with sensitive skin. No burning sensation here.

Have you tried Dr. Barbara Sturm? You can read my full recap here.


Image, Elle Fanning for Vogue US June 2017.