I’ve noticed that whenever I find a staple for a product, I am less tempted to impulsively buy something new to try (or jump on free samples and gift with purchases).
Here are some examples:
Since I have eczema/psoriasis (my dermatologist can’t tell which one it is) on my legs and elbows, I started using CeraVe as my daily body lotion. And now, regardless of how pretty or delicious another moisturizer looks and smells, I know CeraVe is the most effective for my skin so I don’t bother with purchasing anything else.
For my hair, I’ve been using Jose Maran’s argan oil for a few years now. Since it does a fantastic job of keeping my frizzy hair at bay, I stopped purchasing other hair serums. I also recently started applying argan oil to my face and around my eyes after my evening showers in lieu of night cream and eye cream. Argan oil works just as effectively as those creams but it’s much healthier for my skin. One way I can tell (besides the long list of ingredients I can’t pronounce in those creams) is when I first switched back to night cream, I felt a mild stinging sensation on my skin. And when I would accidentally rub my eyes with eye cream on, my eyes would get extremely irritated, becoming all red and itchy. When I only have argan oil around my eyes, I can rub it all I want and it doesn’t get irritated. So going forward, I will no longer be purchasing night creams and eye creams.
After trying this, this and this mascara, I think the Too Faced mascara will be my official mascara. None of the other vegan, cruelty free mascaras have been able to provide the same volume as this one.
Some other products I repurchase regularly but don’t know if I like them enough to call them “staples”:
- Desert Essence coconut shampoo and conditioner
- Biore face wash and Jose Maran cleansing oil
- Clinique Super Defense, which has been a staple for over 10 years but I’m now trying to find a vegan, cruelty-free version
- 100% Pure Vanilla Bean Shower Gel, which would for sure be a staple if it wasn’t so expensive
- Desert Essence natural toothpaste