Thursday, June 23, 2016

Happy Midsummer!

A little video about Midsummer ("juhannus" in Finnish) in Finland. I thought it was a cute one. Midsummer is the second biggest celebration after Christmas and the whole country pretty much shuts down. Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Skincare Update: Sensitive + Eczema

I wrote about my skin woes in January, I think. Basically: dry, red, sensitive, eczema... You can read that post if you want the specifics. I've been making some changes and it's better. Not perfect, but definitely improved, so I thought I'd give an update on what I've done.
Like I mentioned then I've been interested in making a switch into more natural products. I like the idea of making my own products, and some I do, like lip balm and oil cleanser. But I have a very sensitive skin and especially the skin on my face does not react well on home made products. I think it just needs something more.

So here are a few products I've tried.

I started using a toner. I have tried a toner before and my skin hated it. It was one of those types that you put on a cotton pad and wipe your face with. My face does not like any rubbing. The product was all wrong too probably. This time I tried a spray and it's been great. I spray it on my face then apply moisturizer while my face is still wet. I'm not sure why I didn't think to try this before. I mean this is what I already do with my body. By my dermatologist's advice I apply body moisturizer after I shower without drying myself to avoid rubbing and irritating my skin. Using a toner on my face has had the same effect, my skin has definitely been less red and irritated. I'm currently using Suki concentrated clarifying toner and I love it. It's gentle, effective and smells great.

I also switched to a different cleanser. I love oil cleansers they get your skin clean without need for rubbing. I used to make my own, but it was just too harsh for my skin. I decided to try Tata Harper nourishing oil cleanser. It is expensive, but it came highly recommended. I have to say, it is pretty amazing. This alone caused a dramatic change. My skin used to be just painful after showering (I wash my face in the shower), but now it's just soft and not red at all. It feels like a much lighter oil than my home made one. It cleanses great, but is also easy to wash off. Also, smells nice. The price is the only downside for me. It's almost run out (sad face, literally) and I'm not sure I can justify buying another right now.

I finally found a natural deodorant that works for me! That's nearly a miracle. A friend recommended Lovefresh natural cream deodorant and it's just perfect. It's baking soda free so it doesn't irritate my skin. It lasts all day. I'm not a big sweater (underarm anyway, now my upper lip is a different story), so I can't really comment how that holds. But I definitely can't smell any sweat. I'll just pronounce this the best natural deodorant, right here. There are several different scents available, but as peppermint and tea tree are some of my favorite scents I got that. There's also a slight earthy (clay?) scent, but it you can't smell it once it's on you. To me it just smells so fresh and nice. 

So there. I'm still on the lookout for a serum, conditioner, eye cream and facial moisturizer. I've tried a few, but haven't found the right ones. Well, slowly, but surely, right?

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sort of Meal Planning

I'm one of those people who loves to plan. I've been wanting to try out meal planning,  for years, really. What it means is you decide all the meals you are going to eat for the next week (or month, if you are hardcore). You know, Monday: risotto, Tuesday: lasagna etc. (and maybe you make two hot meals a day, and good for you! I just manage to make one.) And then do a big shop for all the necessary ingredients. 

There are a lot of benefits. You know what you are going to eat, so you can plan accordingly and have the ingredients ready. You'll save money by making food from scratch. You'll reduce food waste by only buying what you need. 

Sounds good, right? My biggest obstacle has been... Jake. He does not like the idea of planning a weeks meals in advance. He's one of those people who wants to eat only what he feels like eating right at that moment. He can't even say what he wants tomorrow let alone next week. He usually knows what he wants a few hours before it's time to eat. It's kind of infuriating. Just a little bit. Tiny bit. Grr.

But I finally figured out a meal planning system that works for us! A sort of meal planning, anyway.

I made a list of meals we both love (and that I can make well). It's not many frankly.
Here's the list.
These might sound absolutely crazy, but I did my best to translate: meatballs + spaghetti, potatoes +  minced meat gravy, salmon + mashed potatoes, fish sticks + mashed potatoes + sour cream dip, macaroni casserole, lasagna, chicken curry sauce + rice, minced meat soup, minced meat and mashed potato casserole.
So all the meals are sort of decided and I just have to make sure we have ingredients for all of those. As much as possible. The non-perishable ones anyway. If Jake wants salmon and I don't feel like going to the store, he can go his own durn self. Grr. Ahem.

But it's been working great! We have home cooked meals everyday without added stress for me! Each day Jake picks out a meal from our "menu" and I make it. Also, because I know what all the meals require, if for example minced meat is on sale I can stock our freezer up, instead of having to run to the store to pick one up on full price. And if we have leftovers we eat those the next day. Jake is for some reason dead against freezing leftovers to eat later, but he thankfully is OK with eating the same food a few days a row. It's like living with a little kid really, hah.

I should point out that I only make meals during the week, Jake is in charge of them on the weekends. Which mostly means takeaway, but I'm fine with that.

So anyway, if you'd like to try out meal planning, but aren't ready for the full on everything-decided-for-a-week version, give this "lite" one a try. It's been working great for us!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Thrift Haul

Hey, another thrift haul!

 As always, these were picked up over several weeks, well months really, in this case. After purging a lot of stuff last year, I've tried to be a lot more intentional about what I bring home. I've tried to concentrate on things I love and  need and use. But I still love browsing flea markets and thrift stores, even if I'm not buying that much.
Another salt lamp, 6.80€. Bit on the expensive side, but I went in there to look for just this, found it and just grabbed it. Good thing too, because I haven't seen another one since. It sits on my night stand and I use it when I read in bed at night. It gives a nice warm glow that doesn't affect my sleep like a cold blue light would. It doesn't give out much light, but I mostly read books on my tablet now, and as the screen is lighted, it's just perfect for a cozy atmosphere.
Glass measuring cup, 3€. As you know, I've been trying to reduce plastic in our home, so I was so happy to find this. It has both liters and pints marked on it. I have a smaller one of these, too, with liters and cups. They are great if you do recipes from the internet, no conversion needed.
Stainless steel bowl, 3€. I'm pretty much obsessed with stainless steel right now, haha. I have two big bowls and three small ones, this one is somewhere in the middle. So good for baking and cooking prep.
Arabia bee bowl, 7€. This a bit on the useless side (and expensive), but it was just so cute. Useless in the sense that I have no fixed use in mind for it. I'll figure it out. I've really been wanting to try out making my own beeswax candles and wouldn't this look good as a container for one?
Small metal scoop, 0,40€. OK, so. Another Pinterest inspired purchase. I keep seeing there these homes with a big glass container of flour or whatever on the kitchen counter, and in them one of these little scoops. And it looks so cute. So. Yeah. I bought it and put it in my flour container. It made me feel like I have my life together.
Short fake fir garland, 1€. I'll use it for something next Christmas, I'm sure.
Linen bath towel, 2€. Mmm, linen, my love. I was so excited to find this. It seems to be a promotional towel for a sporting event, but I don't care. It's linen! I haven't yet decided if I should use it as a bath towel or make it into three tea towels.
Salt tea light, 2,90€. Yeah well, I like salt lamps now. 

So, there, that's it for now! More when I've amassed another collection of weird things.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Quick Tip: Sewing Leather

Just popping in here to share another quick tip. 

When sewing leather you are apparently not supposed to pin it, because pins will leave holes in the material. Also, trying to push a pin through leather is durn hard, I've discovered. I did try, and bend about five pins out of shape before giving up. 

So what to do? I saw a suggestion to use paperclips instead, but I actually don't have any. Shocking, I know, but we try to keep things as paperless as possible. 

What I do have, however, are hair pins. Incidentally, what I used in my last quick tip, too. Is there anything hair pins can't do?


For leather, anyway, they work great. They are easy to use, just push them in place. They have a really good grip, so they will stay put. And they don't leave a hole behind. 

Just don't sew over them like you would with a regular pin. I just pull them out just before I'm about to run over them and they are just perfect.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In January

It feels like nothing happened in January. Nothing. Winter is for sure my least favorite season, the days seem so cold and long and blah. And there's at least three more months of this!
Don't let the Winter Wonderland like picture to fool you. It's cold and miserable. I've tried to bundle up and go outside everyday anyway.
We lost electricity one night. Of course, it had to be on the coldest night too. It was -33° and we were slightly worried we might freeze to death. It only lasted for an hour, but we didn't know it at the time. We spend the time watching two episodes of the Office on Jake's phone. Because if you are freezing to death you should have some fun too.
I started making kombucha. Look, it's alive! I think I'll make a proper post about it, once I get the hang of it. The story so far: first batch fizzy and OK, second batch horrible, third batch currently brewing with fingers crossed. I have a slight problem in that I don't actually know how it's supposed to taste like... So, I'm just winging it and hoping I'm not poisoning myself.

And that's it. Sorry for a downer post, but some months are like this.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Quick Crochet Tip

I thought I'd share something I've used since I started crocheting. This is ridiculously simple, but I'll share anyway. 

If you need a stitch marker (and let's face it, if you crochet something that involves counting, you do) use a hair pin! 
Just a regular hair pin. It works perfectly.
  • It's easy to place 
  • It's easy to remove 
  • It stays put
  • It's lies flat so it doesn't get in your way
  • It's cheap
  • And you likely own one already!
Obviously, this works for knitting as well!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Candle Stick Upgrade

This is actually an old project I redid. I bought a set of blue handmade candlesticks at a thrift store a few years ago for 1€ each. I thought they'd make a nice project and I painted them white and added some beads which I also painted white. But they never felt quite right and after awhile ended up on the top self of my closet. 
When I recently went through that closet I rediscovered them. They sparked no joy, so I was about to send them back to the thrift store, when the upper string holding the beads gave up and scattered on the floor. And I thought "hmm this looks much better with just one string of beads, and might look even better with beads of a different color for a bit of contrast."

Luckily, I have a huge basket full of wood colored beads I got at a thrift store for 2€, I think the were originally a car seat cover. It took about a minute to change the beads and now I love these candlesticks.
Isn't weird how they look completely different with that one change?
Here they are on our kitchen table. I've been lighting the candles even if we are just eating take-out kebab and I have to say they really set a nice mood.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Finland Timelapse

I'm a little late to the game, but have you seen this absolutely gorgeous time lapse video of Finland? Sometimes I forget that the place where I live is beautiful too.


FINLAND | Timelapse from Riku Karjalainen on Vimeo.

Friday, January 22, 2016

No-Buy Month

Now that I've gotten those hauls out of the way, I'd like to announce I'm going to do a month long spending freeze! I think it'll do me good. The idea is basically to not buy anything except the bare necessities for a month. 
An un-realted picture from my daily walk.
I've actually done this before years ago when I was in Uni. I did it to get my spending habits in check and kick-start saving money. I was pretty much spending every cent that came into my possession. On things I had to have, of course. I intended to do it for a month, but ended up doing the entire summer. I was quite pleasantly surprised with how easy it was once I got started. And it really was very helpful. I've been thinking of doing it again almost every year since, but just haven't for some reason. I can't really explain why.

I have gotten much better with my spending habits since. I save a bit every month and don't just spend everything I have. But I feel like I could do better. As I've been de-cluttering, it's been quite sobering how much stuff I've accumulated. 

I think not buying anything for a while will be good for me. Hopefully I'll learn to appreciate the stuff I have more, learn that I don't need to constantly shop. Or rather, think about shopping. While I try my best to buy just few good things, and make informed decisions on what I bring into my home, it's really a quite a time waste browsing shops, doing research on weather I should by this top or this one, or that face cream or the other one. I'm definitely a maximizer. It drives Jake nuts how much time I spend umming and ahing over things. Days or weeks, sometimes years. It would take less head space just to buy the thing. I think it'll be good to just stop for awhile, and not even browse those web sites or visit the flea markets.  

And really I have enough. I'm not lacking in anyway with I have right now. So I'm going to just stop here for now.

There are several variations of no-buy month, some people don't buy anything, but stock up on food etc. before hand and then just use what they have and if they run out they just do without. Some people don't buy anything new, so for example thrift stores would be OK.

For my project I've decided to follow these rules:

Allowed:

  • Basic foods (that is, foods we eat everyday, milk, bread, meat, potatoes etc)
  • Necessities: medicine, toilet paper etc. ( but only if I run out and need a replacement immediately)
Not allowed:

  • Treats (no cookies, candy, crisps etc)
  • Non necessary items (but this top is on amazing sale! no)
  • Flea markets
If I feel like I need something besides necessities, I'll write it down and when the month is over I'll buy it. If I still want it. I think this will be interesting to see.

Hopefully this will cut my browsing habit as well. And instead of buying, I'll hopefully get to doing things.

I think people usually do this for a calender month, for example February, but once I got this idea I wanted to start straight away. So I'll just do it for a month starting NOW.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Small Health Food Shop Haul

I recently ordered a few items from an Internet health food store. And since these items are in the line of reducing plastic, natural options and trying new things, that I've mentioned lately, I thought I'd share them.
This is really the reason I went looking at the site in the first place: raw apple cider vinegar. I couldn't find raw one anywhere where I live, so I decided to order some. I've read a lot about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. I'm not sure I'll be able to make myself drink it though. But I read it could be used to remove moles naturally. I have one on my side I'd really like to get rid of. TMI?

Well, while I was there, and paying postage, I thought I'd just look around!

I picked up this wooden dish brush with replaceable heads. I know a lot of people use sponges to clean dishes, but I've always used a brush. My old one was plastic. I've seen these wooden ones before, but for some reason assumed they would be really expensive. But they were just a few euros for each part. It's much prettier than my old plastic one (an important point) and once it gets old you can just remove the head and throw it in the compost. I've used it a few days now, and it's really working well.
I also got this pot brush. For, you know, cleaning pots, I guess? Really, I think I'll use it to clean the sink and such.
And last, but definitely not least, I'm so exited about this. A make your own kombucha kit! I've tried kombucha once and really liked it. But again, you can't find it where I live, so I was so excited when I saw this. I really, really hope I'll be able to make some. I confess, I'm slightly terrified.

I'll let you know how it works out. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Easy Fabric Covered Book DIY

This is really the easiest project in the world, but here goes.

First you need a book. I'm determined to learn to play my ukulele better this year, so I ordered this Ukulele for Dummies book. Tells something about my amazing ukulele skills! 

But it's a really good book. It starts with very basic things and moves to, from what I can tell from glancing it through, very complex ones. Everything is explained very clearly, including the strumming. When I tried to learn it from the Internet (as you do), most of the advice was on the lines of here are the chords, just strum what sounds the best. Er... Can't do that, I'm afraid. But Ukulele for Dummies explains it beautifully.
Now, my one problem with this book is the cover. Yes, how shallow! In my defense, it's bright yellow and looks like a sale notice. I've been keeping it in a drawer so I don't have to look at it all the time, and getting it out when I wanted to practice felt like a chore.
So I covered it with fabric.
This project is seriously super easy and only takes a few minutes. I just took an old striped pillow case, cut it up and just glued it straight on the cover. That's it! 
It is slightly see through, but not enough to trouble me.
I think if you have several books you'd like to cover, they would look really cool covered with different patterns. Flea markets are always full of old mismatched pillow cases. You could even use handkerchiefs or scarfs.

I'll never suffer an ugly book cover again!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Hama Bead Mario Wall

Jake expressed a wish before Christmas that he'd like to have a wall that looks like a Mario game. Well, well. As you wish. I'd previously only done snowflakes with Hama beads, but thought it was great fun and jumped at a chance of doing more.
I was a bit worried because I haven't really played any Mario games, except Mario Kart and Super Mario World and I couldn't really tell if the images were "correct" or from the same game (seriously, this is the stuff I worry about). But luckily Mario Maker came out, and I decided since they were doing it, it was OK for me to combine elements from different games too.
I got all the patterns from Pinterest (where else?), except the princess Peach in a cat suit which I had to improvise. I based it on a picture of Tanooki Mario.
I'm quite happy with how it turned out, and I think Jake was too when he opened them on Christmas Eve. At least, he posted them on Facebook straight away. That's always a good sign. 
It's not quite the whole wall, but it's a start and there's always next Christmas!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Huge Thrift Haul

My intentions seem to be split between simplifying and de-cluttering, and scouring thrift stores for new treasures. I'd like to think that I'm more intentional now at picking things that are useful and necessary, but as you'll shortly see, this is not the case... But! These did "spark joy" à la Konmari, so possibly they too are serving a purpose?

These were not bought on one trip, I wish! But one item here, one item there. And several trips where I found nothing in between. That's the way with flea markets.

I was at the Red Cross second hand shop (my favorite) with Jake's grandmother and she convinced me to buy this salt lamp on the left (for 5€) and now I'm obsessed. I keep it at my desk and it gives out the most beautiful rosy glow. So, the next time I went I grabbed a salt votive holder for the living room, and it's like a flowing jewel when it's lit. Now, I'm on the lookout for more. I definitely want one for my bedside table. And the bathroom. And Jake's room. Maybe the kitchen.
Wooden box for 6€. This was a bit expensive in my opinion, but I don't have any drawers on my current desk and I really wanted something in which I could hide all the miscellaneous nicknack's that litter my desk. You know, lip balm, eraser, notepads... It's handmade and I fell in love with the simple design.
Pencil holder for 0.40€ and hair tie holder for 0.80. That's what I'm using them for anyway. I'm really into natural materials at the moment. I especially like the holder, because you can't see inside it, so it keeps my hair ties accessible, but out of sight.
Linen curtain for 4€. It's one of those folding curtain things, but it is missing all the bits to make it actually fold. But I bought it for the material really, it's a big piece and linen can be quite expensive.
Tin tray for 2€. Well, I confess I don't know what to do with this, yet. But I'm sure I'll figure something out. I just really liked the look of it. And you can never have enough baskets and containers, I always think.
Which leads us to this tree bark basket for 3€. I thought this was amazingly cheap. It's a good size and baskets can be quite expensive, even at flea markets. And tree bark baskets are surprisingly hard to find for a traditional Finnish item. This would be perfect for magazines, if we had any.
These two stainless steel bowls. I've been on the look out for something like this, for baking and such. The plain one was 1€ and the one with the little handle was 1.20€. I just love that little handle. Worth the extra 20 cents! I'm sure I drew some odd looks in the shop delightedly demonstrating to my self how to pour imaginary stuff from the bowl while holding the handle. Happy times.
Four table mats at 1.40€ each. These are originally from Ikea, but as there is no Ikea near me, I was happy to find them. I'd like to have six total, so I'm on the lookout for two more.
A wooden cake stand for 2€ and a wooden plate for 1€. I've been looking for a wooden cake stand, because frankly, they are all over Pinterest and Instagram and I wanted one too. So, there. Super happy about that. The plate is handmade, I think.
Well, now we are getting in to the area where you are welcome to judge me (if you already haven't).

Two of these elves. I bought one for 2€, then found another one later for 1.50€. Clearly, I had to buy them both. They remind my of the book Gnomes. I was going to paint them white like this (I can't help it, painting things white is what I do), but then started to hesitate. The paint job on them isn't that good, but if you don't look at them too closely they are kind of cute. So they get to stay as they are. For now.
OK. So. This happened. An angry ceramic bear. It was 4€ and I couldn't leave it there. Well, I did at first, then hurried back to buy it. I have a feeling our glass cabinet in the living room will eventually turn into a cabinet of curiosities for the weird things I drag home. But isn't it nice to have that possibility?
Rawr.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Goals: Fix My Skincare Routine


So. I've decided this is the year I'll fix my skincare. How's that for a lofty goal? But really, it's something that has turned into a bit of a pressing issue for me.

I've actually always had a pretty good skin. It's always been a bit dry and sensitive, but then I never had to deal with the oily skin some (most?) people seem to have to deal with. I've not have acne or big breakouts. Even as a teenager I never had more than the occasional small pimple that would clear on it's own in a few days. And by occasional pimple I mean like twice a year. I'd never popped one until Jake insisted I squeeze a nasty one in his back. The joys of dating! But I digress. What I'm trying to say my skin was pretty good without any effort from me.

I became a vegetarian when I was 16. It sparked a interest in me for more natural cosmetics, but to my disappointment, they didn't suit my sensitive skin. I'm guessing products back then were too potent for me. After trying several and angering my skin each time, I stopped trying and just stuck to regular products.

Then I started university and almost immediately started to develop an angry rash on my hands, elbows and sides. I thought I had the plague at least. I was diagnosed with atopic eczema. I'm not sure that's the correct translation, but it's basically like having asthma of the skin. You are sensitive to everything and can never be sure what will push it over the edge. I don't know why I so suddenly developed it, maybe the stress of uni was too much for my system. From then on I had to be even more careful with what products I use. It was still pretty much a case of trial and error, and resulted in a lot of disappointments, angry rashes and wasted money. I did find a few products I could use, and then pretty much stuck to those.

Few years later, still in uni, I started to develop blisters around my eyes. Freaked me out, I can tell you. I went through a few diagnoses and a round of antibiotics, before send to a cosmetic allergy test. I was diagnosed with a methylsothiazolinone allergy. Sigh. It's a preservative, and turns out it's in everything. I had to throw away my shampoo and conditioner, all my cleaning products, and all my make-up. Groan. I had even less products available to me. So, I just gave up. I resigned to the fact that there was one soap that didn't irritate my hands, one shampoo that didn't give me a rash, one moisturizer that didn't make scratch my skin off. Quite a few products, such my cleansing oil and lip-balm, I made myself. I knew that methylsothiazolinone isn't used in natural cosmetics, but I figured because of my other sensitivities and past experiences, that those too were out. The products I was using were working OK, at least I wasn't getting any rashes or blisters, but they weren't doing anything special for my skin either.

Fast forward to last year, when I at a friends recommendation looked into a company called iHerb. I browsed through their products on their web site and read reviews on the products, a lot from people with sensitivities. The products were very affordably priced too, compared to natural products in Finland. So figuring out I had very little to loose, I decided to order some. And then a few more. And a few more. And these products were a far cry from the natural cosmetics of my teenage years, when natural products seemed to be mostly olive oil and a cocktail of essential oils that burned my skin. These products were very much like "normal" products and not only natural, but gentle, too. I could, after all, use natural products.

So! Long story short. I've decided that this is the year I'm going to find and invest in good products that are both effective and work for my skin!
Ha-ha, can you tell I never take selfies? But I felt a long post about my skin should have a picture of the said skin. So here ya go. A picture of my bare face. I've just woken up and moisturized  my face. Just... just ignore the hair.
The current situation is this: my skin is still pretty clear and good. Even color, no pimples. It's also as dry as Sahara. You don't even have to stand that close to see it flaking. Sometimes in the winter, especially after showering it get's almost painfully dry and red. I have a prescription of cortisone ointment, but I prefer not to use it. But there have been a few nights I have had no other choice, and it feels so good when I do, such a huge relief I can almost hear my skin sigh, even though I know it's practically poison.

Now that I know many natural products will work for me, I'd prefer to take care of my skin with them, if possible, without having to resort to cortisone. I'm not looking to have a medicine cabinet full of tubes and bottles of skincare, but I'd like to replace my very basic products with ones that actually enhance, and please, moisturize! my skin.

This is my current, very basic, skincare routine. My doctor advised me to use water as little as possible so as not to dry my skin. So in the morning I don't wash my face. I brush my teeth then I put on moisturizer, eye cream and lip balm. That's it. In the evening I wash my face in the shower with a homemade oil cleanser (one part castor oil, nine parts extra virgin olive oil). Sometimes I use plain baking soda for exfoliating. I moisturize my body when it's still wet from the shower to avoid friction. I've never used anything on my face at night, because when I was a teenager I read (from Dr Hauschka, I think) that your skin gets rid of toxins and renews at night and it should be left to do that in peace. Well, anything apart from the occasional cortisone ointment. I wash my hair twice a week after sauna with a bar shampoo. I don't use a conditioner. That's the whole deal. Whoa. Writing all that down it seems even more bare bones than I thought. Hmm.
Here's a sad picture of everything I have in my shower: from left
neti pot, baking soda, oil cleanser, cuticle stick, shaver, shampoo bar and soap bar.
My plan now is this. I want good, excellent if possible, products, not just something I'm not allergic to, my criteria so far. I want at least to replace all my existing products with effective ones. So, that is a good moisturizer, eye cream and oil cleanser. I like my current lip balm, so that can stay. I recently ordered a toner, which I intend to start using in the mornings. I'm also contemplating on getting a serum or a face oil or, gasp, possibly both. And with my skin so hot and tight in the evenings, I'm even thinking of foregoing my "nothing on my skin at night" rule. Maybe a serum? I'm happy with my soap and body moisturizer. Neither is natural, but they work so well for me that I'm going to continue using them for now. I'd also like to do something to my hair, which is pretty dry and frizzy, but it's not as pressing an issue right now.

So there. If anyone read this all, I'm amazed! If you have any recommendations for good products for very dry, sensitive skin, possibly something anti-aging, I'd love to hear. Or if there is a type of product that I'm not using and should. In any case, I'll report back on my progress.
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