In my head I LOVE to exercise and I make time to workout everyday. In reality, I am a busy working mom who has to fit in a barre class here and a quick jog there. Last minute schedule changes can mean that I may have a 2 hour window here or there to get to the gym, workout, freshen up, and get back to work.
After one too many failed attempts to plan ahead for these last minute changes, I finally put together a mini- Gym Survival Kit to stash in my purse for the days when I have to make a quick dash to the gym and back.
In the car : I keep a pair of running shoes, socks, sports bra, shirt, and workout pants. Unfortunately, extreme temperatures will ruin your beauty products so I make sure to keep all of mine in my work bag.
For the survival kit : I chose mini versions of personal hygiene necessities that are space efficient, quick and effective.
Green Gym Survival Supplies
#1 Vapour Clarity Organic Makeup Remover - This small oil cleanser is perfect for the tiniest bags! 100% organic plant oils break up dirt, debris, and morning makeup without drying your skin or clogging pores. This is the first step in prepping my skin to get sweaty!
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Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract, Organic Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract
#2 Ursa Major Face Wipes- These bamboo face wipes are the first wipes that I can use without cringing at the ingredients! They truly make cleansing a breeze! I just work in my Clarity Organic Makeup Remover and then a few gentle swipes with these wipes takes all of the makeup away with no residue. They also contain 3% AHA/BHA complex so you get a light exfoliation as well. Don't wear makeup? You can use these solo if you are not wearing foundation and they will leave skin clear, refreshed, and ready to go.
I also love that there is no chance of spillage since they are self-contained and that they are make of bamboo (sustainable and bio-degradable).
#3 Yuni Shower Sheets- I use these when showering is simply not an option (but is needed!). These sheets are about the size of 4 face wipes- big enough to use a fresh part of the wipe for each body part. They are biodegradable, vegan, free of synthetic colors, fragrances, mineral oil, and other toxins. They are even gluten and GMO-free, sustainably sourced, and cruelty-free. They have a light, clean aroma and they get the job done. I always feel fresh and clean with no stickiness or residue.
Ingredients: Water, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Salvia sclarea (Clary) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprylate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Decyl Glucoside, Diglycerin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
#4 EO Natural Deodorant Wipes- These certified organic deodorant wipes work brilliantly, smell amazing, are completely non-toxic, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. I stash these in my purse, wallet, gym bag, etc. You never know when you'll need it!
Ingredients: Organic Ethanol, Purified Water, Organic Glycerin, EO® Essential Oil Blend [Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Organic Lavandula Hybrida Oil]
#5 Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30- This daytime hydrator is one of my absolute treasures! The formulation is phenomenal - no fillers, synthetics, or sub-par ingredients. It is light, leaves no white cast, and diffuses light across the skin to give you a 'lit from within' glow. After a workout I splash my face with a little water, then apply a few pumps of the Nutrient Day Cream and off I go back into the world!
Active Ingredient: 12% Non Nano, Uncoated, Micronized Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Shea Butter, *Evening Primrose Oil, *Hemp Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Borage Seed Oil, *Almond Oil, *Grape Seed Oil, *Sesame Oil, *Avocado Oil, *Olive Oil, *Sea Buckthorn Oil, *Broccoli Oil, *Calendula, *Bilberry, *Chamomile, *Burdock, *Rosemary, *Fennel, *Dandelion, *Rose Hips, *Catnip, *Chickweed, *Neem, *Skullcap, *Ginkgo Leaf, *Linden Flower, *Hawthorn Berry, *Green Tea, *Flax, *Nettle, *Sage, *Marshmallow Root, *Cayenne, *Ginseng, *Peppermint, *St. John’s Wort, *Alfalfa, *Vitamin E, Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax, *Guar Gum, *Gum Arabic, non-GMO Xanthan Gum, §Potassium Sorbate, *Benzoin Resin, Organic Carrot Seed Oil.
#6 Vegan Leather Wristlet from Eminence Organic Skin Care- This is just the cutest little wristlet from Eminence Organic Skin Care. The products that came with it are long gone but I'm so happy that I could repurpose this for my kit. It is the perfect size, so soft, and I love that it's cruelty-free. Here is another super adorable Vegan wristlet that would work beautifully! It's so adorable!
What are your gym essentials? IS there anything you would add to the list? Please Share!
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!