Kelly’s Must Haves!

February 16, 2024 |

Written by Kelly Follmar

For over two decades, I’ve had the privilege of immersing myself in the world of Natural Beauty, exploring thousands of products crafted with the purest, ethically sourced ingredients. From century-old brands to cutting-edge newcomers harnessing innovative technology, my role as Senior Director of Sales for our Nutrition/Body Care Division often leads to inquiries about skincare recommendations. Skincare isn’t just a luxury—it’s a form of self-care accessible to everyone, offering not only remarkable results but also moments of simple indulgence that nourish us from the inside out.

Below are my top five must have products:

  1. Badger Rose Beauty Balm: Let me rave about the Badger Rose Beauty Balm! Using this balm before bed is like waking up to a fresh, hydrated canvas. Originally known as the Evolving Body Balm – Wrinkle, Shrinkle, and Crinkle Care, this gem, inspired by Katie Schwerin, Co-Founder of Badger, boasts a blend of Damascus Rose oil, olive oil, castor oil, and beeswax that sinks effortlessly into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and perfectly balanced. Its antioxidant-rich formula offers deep nourishment, making it a winter essential for not just the face but also dry knuckles and elbows. Plus, the scent is heavenly—a true field of roses in every use. With Emily Schwerin-Whyte and Rebecca Hamilton at the helm, Badger continues to shine as a second-generation, female-led company worth exploring. 
  2. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid: Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap is a household must-have in my books. This brand isn’t just a leader in its category; its commitment to ethical practices and vertical integration sets a gold standard. Their highly concentrated formulas mean a little goes a long way, which is not only economical but also eco-friendly, reducing waste. Infused with pure certified organic essential oils, this soap lathers beautifully without stripping the skin. And the versatility? Endless! From laundry to bug sprays, it’s a multitasking marvel. Don’t forget to check out their new refillable cartons for added sustainability. 
  3. Weleda Salt Toothpaste: Discovering this toothpaste was a game-changer for me. Founded over a century ago by physician Ita Wegman and philosopher-scientist Rudolf Steiner, Weleda’s commitment to natural ingredients and holistic wellness is truly inspiring. Walking through their Herb Garden in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, was a transformative experience, reflecting the deep connection between nature and human well-being. The Salt Toothpaste, first developed in 1973, is gentle yet effective, leaving teeth gleaming and gums toned. It’s like a holistic dental spa experience with every brush.  
  1. DERMA E Vitamin C Serum: A staple in my skincare routine, DERMA E Vitamin C Serum is packed with powerhouse ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid for lasting hydration and stabilized Vitamin C to tackle uneven skin tone. Developed by Dr. Linda Miles in the 1970s out of a small SoCal health food store, DERMA E continues to impress with clinically proven formulations that deliver results. Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant for all skin types, making this serum a must-have for daily use.  
  2. Indigo Wild Zum Bar Soaps (any scents): These Bar Soaps hold a special place in my heart, dating back to my teenage years when my sister introduced me to their captivating scents and vibrant colors. What keeps these soaps a constant in my shower after 25+ years? It’s the goat’s milk, hailed as a “major mojo ingredient.” Rich in good fats similar to our skin’s pH level, goat’s milk helps maintain oil balance and nourish the skin, leaving it feeling pampered and refreshed. Plus, who can resist the invigorating scents? (Sea Salt, anyone?)

Skincare isn’t just about looking good—it’s about feeling good, inside and out. These five products not only deliver exceptional results but also embody the ethos of self-care, nurturing both body and soul with every use.