Natural Expedition Cosmetics 2017/11/12
Spending time outdoors the environment takes it's toll on our skin,
hair and one’s odour. Taking care of these aspects is easy when close
to home but when out on expedition it becomes much harder. I am very
interested in natural based cosmetic solutions and I feel resorting to
harsh chemicals and metals which are the main ingredients in most
products to use on oneself is not the answer when in town or in the
backcountry. Read our article on Natural Expedition Cosmetics.
Here are some of my favourite natural based cosmetics for use on
expedition and every day at home!
1. Salt of the Earth Classic
. This is a smooth stick
of salt that acts as a deodorant. Apply straight after a wash or simply
wet the stick and apply. It keeps the bad smells away and if you are
working particularly hard then apply twice a day. We apply deodorants to
very sensitive parts so I have used Salt of the Earth for years as I
simply don’t want to have aluminium or other aggressive chemicals in
these areas. The stick lasts a very long time so you only need carry
one. It also comes in a smaller travel option too. This is one of my all
time favourite natural expedition cosmetics.
2. Read The Label Lip Balm. Their Lip Balm contains
plant wax, almond and orange oil among other ingredients all aimed at
keeping your lips from drying out. Out on expedition I would not dream
of leaving the house without lip balm as it's just a nightmare when you
are out and your lips get battered from the wind, rain and sun. Its
vital to have a good skin care routine in the backcountry so to keep
everything happy so you can concentrate on your job when outdoors.
3. Read The Label Shea Butter.
The raw unfiltered variety is such a wonderful expedition cosmetic. Not
only could you eat it (in an emergency) but it works wonders at keeping
your skin hydrated and protected. Canoeing for a multi week expedition,
travelling to remote areas or working in the woods our skin needs to be
looked after. If we fail at this task then it will crack, become weak
and damaged. This is bad news as it could mean you cannot use a knife
effectively without being distracted by a sore spot on your hands, this
could also easily be a canoe paddle. With every stroke you are being put
off by pain from your skin. Out on the hills with a strong wind all day
and your face will get a hammering, without then looking after it back
at camp you are only going to get worse by the next day. I see looking
after your hands, feet and face is just as vital as kit maintenance when
out in the field.
4. Read The Label Soaps. These come in a variety of
smells and uses. I normally go for the nettle as it soothes the skin and
nourishes it at the same time. These require you to add water but once
dried can be stored wrapped in grease proof paper in a dry bag. These
are fantastic for expeditions and travelling as they are compact. They
also wont spill inside your rucksack and nourish the skin without drying
5. Dr Bronners Organic Lip
Balm Naked. This is another great lip balm containing bees
wax and hemp oil. These two amazing ingredients help nourish and protect
your lips. Having something small so you can carry it on your person is
super helpful as it allows you to apply it throughout the day. I hoped
you found this guide on natural expedition cosmetics helpful.