The Products I Bring Back From the States

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Here in France we’ve got “quality of life” down pat. We know how to take vacations, make bread, and moderate. But, unfortunately, one thing we have yet to do is fully jump on the advanced health food bandwagon. Much to my chagrin I assure you.

Sure, we now have kombucha, kale chips, and sprouted granola here in Paris, but there are still many things left to be desired by my ever-organic and holistic heart.

A lot of people have asked me what are the products that I bring back from the States when I visit (or, alternatively, have my lovely parents send me when I’m desperate) so I thought I’d I share with you all some of my faves.

 

Top Picks from my U.S.A. Product Hauls

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Giovanni Hair Care

Giovanni is the holy grail for hair care. It’s just hands down amazing. The best. Vegan. Cruelty-free. Smells incredible.  And, the best part? It works.  Finding untoxic shampoo in France that actually cleans your hair, has been très challenging. Hence, why I import. (I do love Rahua products, which can be found in France, but they’re more expensive and the shampoo just doesn’t work as well.) I use Giovanni’s Tea Tree Shampoo, and their Smooth as Silk Conditioner, as well as their Blowout Styling Mist, and Frizz Be Gone for when I blow dry my hair. (Oh, and their hairspray is good, too. Some untoxic hairsprays smell strange, this one doesn’t.)

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Starwest Rosewater

There are a lot of products on the market out there calling themselves “rose water.”  Let’s call a spade a spade and call them by their rightful name: impostors. If it’s not food grade, then there may be some icky-icks, additives, or preservatives in there. We should strive to only put things that we can eat on our skin, and the truth is… our skin “eats” everything it absorbs and *poof* it’s in the bloodstream. Starwest Rosewater is delightfully pure and food grade. Go ahead, take a sip. I spray this pure rosewater on my face twice daily, and use it to  make my face masks.

 

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Blue Heron Bakery Cookies

Blue Heron Bakery‘s spelt chocolate chip, and alternative date pecan oatmeal cookies have changed my life. Not only are they amazingly delicious, but they are vegan, and sweetened with dates and/or maple syrup! Seriously! Blue Heron Bakery is a local bakery in WA state, so I’m not sure how widespread their distribution is… (if they only knew I stock up and smuggle them back to France like golden treasures.) Oh, and I don’t have a picture because my love and I have already eaten them… all.

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Neem Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Best. Mouthwash. Ever. Hands down. It’s minty fresh, not too sweet, and only filled with beneficial ingredients like neem, aloe vera, peppermint and spearmint leaves, cloves, and anise oil. Keep in mind… this is a heavy product. I wouldn’t import this if I could find anything similar in France. No such luck. Theraneem‘s toothpaste is also top notch. (Don’t recommend their hair care as much.)

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BR Rinse

Hydrogen peroxide is one of those little-talked-about wonders for the body. So let’s talk about it… it’s powerful. (Learn more about hydrogen peroxide here, and here.) What I love about Essential Oxygen’s Brushing Rinse is that they add some other yummies into the product, too, like essential oils (peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, lemon, clove, cinnamon,) and aloe vera, so doesn’t just taste like hydrogen peroxide.

 

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Crystal Essence Chamomile & Green Tea Deodorant

What’s so amazing about this deodorant is that it comes in a spray. I had a very difficult time coming off nasty conventional deodorant and this brand  finally allowed me to make the leap. Other natural deodorants would irritate my underarms, or not work. And the gross funky rock solid crystal thing just didn’t work for me. But a spray is clean. A spray can be reapplied in a pinch. A spray saves the day. And omg, it smells so good. You could practically use it as a perfume.

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Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner

Zuzu Luxe’s liquid eyeliner is by far my favorite liquid liner, from the easy applicator to the product itself. It’s one of my makeup essentials, and I always have a spare on hand. (I wear it in the color Tuareg.) What can I say? I like cat eyes. 🙂 (And it is, of course, vegan and cruelty-free.)

 

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Peanut Butter

Yes, I know they sell it in France, but it tastes weird to me. I love Trader Joe’s creamy salted. (And who doesn’t love a dancing elephant? I ask you?)  But don’t get me started on Trader Joe’s — they have cashew butter for the price of a coffee drink. I mean… I just can’t even…

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“Kick Ass Immunity”

Combining immune-boosting ingredients like Osha root, echinacea, and goldenseal, this tonic packs the punch and is amazingly powerful for cold busting. My love and I had it handy on our flight back to Paris. We squirted a few drops into a hot lemon water, and it was the perfect antidote to all the stale air.

 

Have a great weekend, readers!

 

P.S. Btw, if you know where I can find any of these products in France, let me know!

{Oh, and none of these companies paid me to promote them. This is just me sending love to companies out there who are fighting the good fight and doin’ things right.}

Watercolor croissant by Sydnee Miller. <3

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