Spring Pamper Routine – Vegan & Cruelty-free

Some of my most highly requested posts are cruelty-free pampering routines – I’m glad more and more people are interested in Vegan & Cruelty-free beauty.
So now it’s the perfect time to do a new one as Spring is here and I’ve changed quite a few of the products I love & use (also thanks to some massive hauls in the past few weeks). Today I’ll be pairing some old favorites with some newly found absolute must-haves.
I try to do this pamper routine once a week, mostly on Sundays when I’m back from trail running. Usually I’m not this high-maintenance, I even have simple minimalist routines during the week. Hopefully you guys will enjoy this, so let’s jump right in!

Spring Pamper Routine – plan ahead

As always for me, a pamper routine has to start with a shower or a bath.  There’s something about feeling the water on your bodies that both cleanses and restores you. Don’t you agree? But even before that, if I plan on treating myself, I will usually start the actual treat by soaking my hair in oil (coconut or my new find Khadi vitalizing ayurvedic oil) before going for a run (or overnight). When I come back, that’s when the real at-home SPA experience begins. So I advice you to plan ahead and begin your Spring Pamper Routine the day before by treating your hair.

Spring pamper routine: hair oils and diffuser

Before jumping in the shower, I add some Sweet Orange essential oil or a mix of the Relax and Sensual blends to my beloved diffuser (best gift ever! ) and turn it on. The soothing scents immediately fill the bathroom, and you already feel like in a SPA.

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Spring Pamper Routine – hair & body

And one more step before hitting the water, is to dry brush. This is so healthy for your body, your circulatory system, your skin… if you’re interested in knowing more, comment down below and I’ll make a post about all the benefits of dry brushing – such a cheap way to improve your overall health! Once you’ve got your blood flowing by brushing towards your heart, it’s finally time to let the water caress your body.

Spring pamper routine: haircare

First things first, wet your hair very well. There’s nothing more horrible than using shampoo on half-dry hair. Lately, I’ve been going back and forth between these 2 products: the cruelty-free Cleansing Conditioner Co-wash by Elgon that I discovered thanks to Glossy Box and the Lush Copperhead solid shampoo. I tend to use the Lush on days when I really want to clean my hair (for example if I’ve done an oil bath).
Either way, after I’ll be using the Lush Veganese, and I leave it on my hair as a deep conditioning mask for a few minutes to really reap the benefits. So while that’s in my hair I proceed to wash & scrub my body.

Spring pamper routine: body care

If I’m actually taking the time for a bath, I love to soak in Epsom salts – they have been a savior during the Winter months for my sensitive skin, especially coming back home after running in the snow or with negative temperatures. Does your skin react to cold by getting all red, burning hot and itchy, too? In that case, soaking in warm water with epsom salt will save you!
Now that the weather is not cold any more, I still love the way these salts soothe the muscles and relax me after a run or a long day. When it comes to scrubbing (which I am totally addicted to) I have a new favorite, the amazing Deep Steep Argan Oil Sugar Scrub. Like, OMG. It leaves the skin so smooth and so hydrated you don’t really need to apply anything else afterwards. Plus the smell is just heavenly and I think it has a great quality-price ratio.
For days when I’m in a bit of a hurry and I don’t use this scrub, I use Lush Ro’s Argan instead, which is a quick way to moisturize while still in the shower (pay attention as it can make the shower or bathtub veeeery slippery!). I might or might not need to add some Shea Butter from The Body Shop afterwards, depending how my skin feels. Whatever products I might be using, I need them to be rich and luxurious, as I have dry skin on my body and it really drinks up whatever I put on it.

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Spring pamper routine: face skincare

Spring Pamper Routine – face and skincare

Moving to my face, I’m still using and enjoying Argilets white clay mask but I alternate it with My Cosmetik Purple Clay. I will let it sit on my skin and clean out my pores while the bathroom is still filled with vapors and essential oils. Once it’s dry, I wash it off with lukewarm water, and then I love to use a floral water or tonic. I have 4 that I’m currently testing right now (Florance Nature, Sanoflore, Revelessence and Lush) but the one I prefer among them must be Lush Breath of Fresh Air. When reading the ingredient list (that includes sea water and seaweed) you are left wondering if you’ll be smelling like algae and as dry as after soaking in salty water, but instead this is a beautiful product that I’ll be repurchasing. Especially now that I live so far from the sea it really is a treat!
While my face is still wet with the floral water, I mix some Aloe Vera gel and some oil (jojoba or argan are the two I’m using at the moment) in the palm of my hand, and create a serum for my face that leaves the skin feel plumped and revitalized. Another combo I’m enjoying is the InstaNatural Vitamin C serum + Derma-E DMAE firming cream to support the skin’s protective barrier.

Spring pamper routine: final touches

Spring Pamper Routine – final touches

A few last touches… obviously deodorant! The 3 natural deodorants I’m trying at the moment are Hippy Pits Tree Hugger Natural Deodorant* which smells really good and seems to be the best of the 3 in terms of odour control, Clémence & Vivian – which does contain bicarbonate and therefore can be irritating especially after shaving  – and the milder Nature’s Gate (which I actually got for my husband but I love the smell!).  I will also spread some Silky Underwear by Lush on areas that might get sweaty (no worries, despite the name no silkworms were harmed to make it).
Hair doesn’t get touched any more in order to leave my natural curls and waves do their crazy thing, I might just add a drop or two of Beautiful Curls Nourishing Curl Oil on the ends to add some shine.
Before going out, a little bit of dry oil, both for the smell and the glowy effect especially if I’m going to wear something strapless or at least not up to my chin! And at the end of it all, a little flowery hand cream and Summer mist or any other light alcohol-free perfume. After all these steps, I definitely smell really good and feel very pampered.

My oh my, this was longer than I expected it to be. But I have one last tip for you.

Spring pamper routine: ambiance

Extra tip:
in order to make this experience really unique, if you, like me, never go to an actual SPA or never get a massage, set the mood of your bathroom first! Remove any laundry that needs to be folded, add flowers, plants and candles, prepare a herbal tea to sip while you soak in the bathtube…
make it as relaxing as it can be, and enjoy this moment all to yourself.

What are some of your favorite pamper routine products and habits? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below so we can discuss about it some more together

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Comments

  1. Reply

    This looks amazing Francesca! I love Lush products, they just make me feel so good :)
    I will have to try the VEGANESE conditioner now!
    Love from Austria,
    Theresa | http://www.primetimechaos.com

    1. Reply

      Theresa thank you so much for your comment! I’ve always loved Lush products but while living out of Europe I didn’t have access to them so I kind of fell off the habit of using them. Well now I’m definitely back on track as you can see :-) Let me know how you like the Veganese conditioner ♥

  2. Reply

    I love that you found products with actually good ingredients! Not to mention their packaging is so beautiful :) I really need to try that scrub!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Franzine! Ingredient lists are so important, not all of them are 100% clean but mostl of them…. and yes, I’m a sucker for great packaging, too ;-)

  3. Reply

    Lush makes excellent products. Just got some for my mom for mother’s day.

    1. Reply

      Hi Brandon, thanks for stopping by! I’m sure your mom will love gifts from Lush :-)

  4. Reply

    I take personally almost no time for my hair (since I don’t really have that much hair) or my body with such luxury. Maybe because I am just too lazy for all this. But it was an interesting nonetheless :)

    1. Reply

      Hi Nina :) this is no way my “normal” routine, between being lazy and super busy, this happens only when I really want/need to pamper myself… Try it every once in a while! Thank you for your comment

  5. Reply

    Ou I’m going to have to try the aloe vera gel + jojoba oil! I’m always looking for ways to hydrate and plump my skin! Love this post!

    1. Reply

      Hi Brooke, thank you for your comment! I totally advice you to try the combo aloe vera gel + your fave oil. Apply it on damp skin and let the ingredients do their magic! Let me know if you try it ♥

  6. Reply

    This has such great ideas! I recently bought a dry brush and I am loving it!! Great read!

    1. Reply

      Hello Tabitha, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Love to know someone else likes to dry brush :-)

  7. Reply

    I love this! Thanks for sharing all vegan and cruelty-free products!

    1. Reply

      Hey Brittany, thank you for stopping by! Cruelty-free products are my passion ♥

  8. Reply

    Awesome post – I absolutely LOVE some pampering!

    1. Reply

      Hello Melissa, thank you for your comment! I’m glad to know you love pampering too. We deserve it every once in a while, don’t we? =)

  9. Reply

    I’m such a Lushie, and I have to try out those products!

  10. Reply

    I do enjoy pampering myself. These products are great. They sound like something I would like, naturally good ingredients and cruelty free. I have an obsession with lush, I love their bath bombs. They’re amazing and luxurious.

  11. Reply

    These products look so wonderful! I love Lush products!

  12. Reply

    all about the pamper and self-care and i LOVE vegan cruelty products. i usually make my own but will have to check some of these products out.

  13. Reply

    I never used Lush products, they are really hard to find where I live. I do, however, use a lot of Body Shop products! My favourite product is the coconut oil for the hair. I do the same thing you do: I soak my hair in oil for some time in it, and it feels marvelous after! I’m going to start to pay more attention to Lush products, though :p

  14. Reply

    The products looks amazing dear! Definitely gonna need to give these a try! Hope you had a great time pampering yourself with these great products :)

    xo Tina
    IG: @tinasweetheart
    http://www.tinasweetheart.com

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