It was one of those days when I was in the shower realizing that my shampoo and conditioner were empty. If that wasn’t enough already, I was out of body lotion, too. In hindsight, I think it was meant to happen this way. Empty skin and haircare products are always an opportunity to try something new. So I went to the drug store, and realized that I was completely overwhelmed by the choices. I could spend hours at DM, reading labels, smelling fragrances and losing myself in the endless product varieties. So I took out my phone and asked my awesome social media community for advice on natural skincare products.Long story short, a week later I was sitting in Lisa Scharff’s apartment at a natural beauty coaching. Lisa Scharff, natural make-up artist and coach, is the personalized natural beauty coach we’ve all dreamed of. She’s that girl from school that you’ve always admired because of her flawless skin, super voluminous hair and heart-warming smile. Serious girl-crush material.
We had arranged a natural beauty coaching for my sister as a belated birthday present, and I was simply there to observe and learn. Lisa usually only offers one-on-one beauty coachings to assure 100% focus on each client, but for my sister and I, she made an exception. Lisa guided us through the basic skincare and make-up routines that she has come to adapt and develop over the years. Her routine includes a double-cleansing program (my favorite part) consisting of a mild soup and an oil wash with jojoba oil. I literally felt like being on a spa day. The jojoba oil wash was the first thing I ordered after the coaching.
Next was moisturizer: Lisa is a big fan of natural essential oils, and she recommended Pai Facial Oil as an amazing moisturizer. It really felt so light and yet comfortably enriching on the skin. Another new item in my natural bathroom. After our skin was perfectly clean and nourished, we chose a fitting natural foundation. A new Berlin-based brand, that Lisa recommended was Hiro, and the foundations covered all redness and discolorations quite well, without making us feel masqueraded.
I’m going to spare you with every single detail from our coaching – after all, it was individualized and adapted to our skin and or problems and needs. What will be more interesting for you, is what to pay attention to, when buying natural beauty products:
- Read the labels. Just like in the kitchen, we need to learn how to read labels. It’s not enough if the packaging says „natural“ – the term „fragrance/parfume“ usually means a countless number of chemical compounds.
- Not every latin name is bad. Compounds such as jojoba oil or shea butter are hidden behind long latin terms. Hence, opposite from the kitchen, if you cannot pronounce an ingredient, it does not have to be a warning signal.
- Natural skincare and make-up does not have to be expensive. Lisa’s bathroom and beauty bag is full of budget-brands such as the generic natural skincare products by DM, Budni or Müller. Alverde or Lavera is always a good idea.
- Natural skincare and make-up can cause allergic reactions as well. Just like we can be allergic to strawberries, we can be allergic to the natural compounds in natural skincare products. Listen to your body!
- Not every good natural skincare product or make-up is vegan. If Lisa were to use vegan products exclusively, her make-up bag would shrink by two thirds. Many great products use manuka honey or bee wax, so if you’re not vegan (like me) then those products offer great health benefits.
- Not all natural skincare products and make-up products are cruelty-free. While most younger brands care for animal rights (some companies are founded for the reason of protecting animals), larger companies are often not cruelty-free. If a brand sells to China, then they are obliged by Chinese law to test their products on animals. There are some great websites to check if a brand is cruelty-free or not.
Lisa offeres two different types of coachings. We chose “Clean your Beauty Bag“, which guides you through the basics of natural cosmetics and skincare, face wash routines, applying moisturizer and how to support your natural beauty with the help of some make-up products. What’s so unique about Lisa is that she follows a holistic approach with her coachings. That’s why there is another coaching called “Beauty Inside Out“, where Lisa will also get into details of healthy eating to make your skin look as healthy and radiant as possible. The coachings start at 179 Euros, and they are worth every single cent.
You can, of course, also pamper yourself with some of the products that Lisa recommended to my sister and I, here is a list of products* that we used. I’ve ordered some of the products, but have not tried them all. They are recommendations of Lisa’s for my skin (which is quite problematic). If you want to find the perfect products for your skin, I’d recommend booking one of Lisa’s coachings.
- Water cream by Wahimsa
- Rosehip Bio Regenerate Oil by pai
- Baked Mineral Bronzer by INIKA
- Natural Mascara by Lily Lolo
- Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow by Lavera
- Kjaer Weiss Lidschatten-Palette aus Lisas Beauty Bag
- Eye Shadow by Dr. Hauschka
- Basis Sensitive Toothpaste by Lavera, my favorite!
- Key Lime Nourishing Body Cream by 100 % Pure
Face mask for blemished skin:
- Charcoal Manuka Cleansing Mask von Lovely Day
Lisa’s Summer Tips:
- Sun Screen Lotion LPF 50 by Alga Maris
- tinted sun tan lotion LPF 30 Creme solaire visage teintée by Alga Maris
If you want to book one of Lisa’s Coachings, you can do so through her website or just shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her coachings do not just stop after the two hours of intense one-on-one time. Her mission is to help her clients on their way to an all-natural beauty bag. She just recently helped me out when I was standing in front of the natural beauty isle at my local drug store, clueless what to buy.
Thank you, Lisa, for the lovely and informative day. I am so very happy that you came into my life, and I look forward to learning much more from you in the future.
*The links are not affiliate links, they are simply recommendations by Lisa or even myself. There are several online stores where you can buy the products. I like Amazingy, but you will probably also find some offline stores in your city that sell them.
**Dear Lüneburger friends, there is a natural beauty store in our beautiful city called Pure Schönheit, Am Berge 6. Happy Shopping!