My Essentials: Answers to the Questions You Ask Most!


My Essentials: Answers to the Questions You Ask Most! Bioderma, How to cure jet lag, essentials, skincare, natural beauty, the best eyelash curler, the best beauty tools, meyers cleaning products, natural cleaning products, herbs for women, benefits of goth, benefits of ashwagandha, aquaphor, my reading list, books that changed my life, self help, self care, ayurveda, The Ordinary, chemical peel, affordable skincare.So many of you wonderful women reach out to me on a daily basis to ask for suggestions on all topics we love here at Vérité Woman. It truly makes my day — there’s something about being known as your go-to girl that warms my heart. Most of all you ask me about products I live for, herbs that sustain me, and tools that get me through modern life juggling being a vocal feminist/ self-care advocate/ business owner.
To streamline my suggestions, and because I love a good list, I wanted a place where you could come and easily find all the essentials I’m living for right now. Categorized, purposeful, reasonable. – Michaela d’Artois
= products readers loved and bought through our suggestion!

RMS Beauty Luminizer Highlighter, Living, 0.17 Ounce

If RMS established a cult, I would join willingly. Need I say more?

Agent Nateur Deodorant Agent No 3 Unisex, 1.7 oz., Large

I put in the leg work to find the perfect all-natural deoderant (I quite literally tried them all) and finally my efforts paid off. Agent Nateur is a female-owned brand that betters your everyday through luxurious green products. The deoderant has that very user-friendly drug store brand twist packaging, and smooth application only it won’t suffocate your body with cancer-causing elements.

Odacité | Mo+P Very Dry Skin Facial Serum Concentrate | Moringa & Petitgrain | Extremely Dry Skin | 0.17 oz
Odacité | Po+R Hydration Facial Serum Concentrate | Pomegranate & Rose Geranium | Skin Hydration For Improved Texture | 0.17 ozOdacité’s facial serum concentrates are truly powerful stuff. Each jar is a formulation of a few heavy hitting plant extracts that work wonders for very specific skin ailments. They were crafted to act like boosters with your existing products, so instead of using them alone, cocktail them in with products you love! The above two are used alternated in my routine to consistently deliver that glow and lasting hydration. One drop mixed in with my favorite moisturizer before bed is all I need.

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel,1.7 ozCheaper than a facial, just as effective and contains totally clean ingredients. I use this twice a week to keep my skin tight, clear of build up, and luxuriously smooth.

Nightingale Toning Peeling Pads Daily 50pcs
A small daily dose of a chemical exfoliant and toner in a cotton pad. Great for prepping your skin to glow.

Hair Serum Dry Hair Treatment – Best Frizzy Hair Serum for Damaged Hair – Remilia Hair Care Capsules Keratin Silk Pro-Vit B5 -GMO-Paraben-Sulfate Free for All Hair Types (30 Capsules)
Aside from wash, rinse, repeat, condition this is the only hair product I use. It leaves my hair shiny without weighing it down like many other oils. I started using Remilia Cosmo Capsules a few months ago and the number of comments I get about my hair daily is insane.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml

I speak highly of all The Ordinary products but this one is apart of my daily morning regime and has worked wonders. Read my full review here.

KYPRIS – 100% Natural / Vegan Pot of Shade: Heliotropic Sunscreen (SPF 30, .91 oz / 27 ml)
SPF is so incredibly important and it’s taken me years to find one I like. Kypris does it right and does it without any gross ingredients.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 2.7oz/80ml
I live for an overnight mask (I do not live for waking up & finding dog hairs stuck to it) and this one is breaking the web right now, so it must be legit right? I say so.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover Solution for Face and Eyes – 16.7 fl. oz.
I’ve talked about this stuff a lot and I will continue… when I travel a lot my shoulders tend to want to break out — a daily swipe up Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water on your face, neck, chest, and back (wherever you might suffer a breakout) does the trick. It’s sort of like a cleanser and toner in one!

SKINUA | 12 Packs of Natural ANTI-AGING Mask Sheets | Natural Aloe, Snail, Collagen, Pearl | Adenosine, Peptide components for GLOWING, HEALTHY, AGELESS skin | K-BEAUTY Product
This one’s from my Korean Beauty Vault. I’m just super into the weird ingredients like the snail, pearl, and caviar. 

The Ordinary Peeling Solution 30ml AHA 30% + BHA 2%

A few months ago a skincare professional suggested I start using a chemical peel. I’m such a fan of exfoliating products but needed to get deeper. The Ordinary was in my budget, and was well-received — so far I love it!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30 ml


Hyaluronic Acid is my new favorite buzzy ingredient. As someone with super dry skin, this helps me maintain hydration all day. Read my full review here. 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo 1.8 oz
The only dry shampoo I’ve ever loved and it feels like I’ve tried them all.

PURE Shea Butter by Buena Skin | Organic, Raw, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed – Great To UseAlone or DIY Body Butters, Lotions, Soaps, Eczema & Stretch Mark Products, From Ghana – 8 oz
As aforementioned I have dry skin. It’s the worst. I live in a desert. I go through this shae butter like it’s a box of girl scout cookies.

Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay for Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Skin and Hair, 16 oz.
This mask is a great way to pull toxins from your skin, hair, and body. Mix the Bentonite powder with apple cider vinegar (don’t use any metal tools to mix, it will affect the mask) and spread generously over face and neck, leave until dry and rinse in warm water. This mask can begin to burn and heat the skin beneath — this is all a part of the process of bringing blood flow to skin’s surface to give it fresh oxygen and circulation. All good things, trust.

Herbivore Botanicals – Citrine Body Oil (4 oz)
I just love the smell of this body oil so much. 

Castor Oil (2oz) USDA Certified Organic, 100% Pure, Cold Pressed, Hexane Free by Kate Blanc. Stimulate Growth for Eyelashes, Eyebrows, Hair. Lash Growth Serum. Brow Treatment. FREE Mascara Starter Kit
I recently got turned on to castor oil packs to detox my digestive system and help with truly painful cramps. Castor oil goes so much further though — it’s a great nutritional product for aiding in the growth and health of your hair and nails. 

Skin Owl – Organic Eye+ (Nourishing + Youth Stimulating Eye Concentrate)
Skin Owl is such a great brand and I use their eye concentrate nightly to deliver that hydration and minimize fine lines.

Banyan Botanicals Sesame Oil, Certified Organic, 16 oz – Pure, Unrefined – The Most Traditional of All Oils Used in Ayurveda, Good for Vata and Kapha
I bring this Ayurvedic oil with me whenever I go for a massage. The smell calms me and the herbs heal from the inside out. They can also use it on my face, hair, everywhere. If I’m not able to treat myself, I’ll give myself a 15-minute oil massage before hopping in the shower. It promotes circulation and balance.

Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter – Dry Hair, 13.5 fl. oz.
Before this shampoo, I had never found one I was monogamous to, but I think this might be the one.

Klorane Mask with Mango Butter – For Dry Hair, 5.07 fl. oz.
My colored hair loves this nourishing treatment!

Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant 14 Ounce
Do I need to say it again? I have crazy dry skin. Aquaphor is a heal-all for freshly shaved legs, chapped lips, and sun-kissed skin.

Derma Roller for Personal Use -By Golden Touch Luxury Skincare Collection

The number of readers who have told me they bought this derma roller from my suggestion — I could have an empire by now!

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Pulse Facial Massager, T-Shape Electric Sign Face Massage Tools for Sensitive Skin Face Pull Tight Firming Lift

Ditto to the derma roller, this facial massager is my go-to for lymphatic face treatments. Readers have loved this product, so do I — so will you!

Corkcicle Canteen Classic Collection-Water Bottle & Thermos-Triple Insulated Shatterproof Stainless Steel, 25 oz, Gloss Pink
I’m trying my very best to drink my daily dose of water — this cute water bottle makes it easy!

For Pro Premium Stitched Round Cotton, 600 Count
For taking off my makeup, nail polish, or pressing rose water/toner into my skin — I buy these in bulk.

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler – Award Winning – With Satin Bag & Refill Pads – No Pinching, Just Dramatically Curled Eyelashes & Lash Line in Seconds. Get Gorgeous Eye Lashes Now!I don’t use many makeup products or tools, but I love a good full lash look.

Supracor Spa Bath Mitt Body Exfoliator Face Antibacterial Scrub Sponge (Purple)
I’m big into exfoliation for a myriad of reasons (circulation, a natural glow, lymphatic drainage) and trust me when I say I’ve tried every exfoliating glove under the sun. This one’s the best. You heard it here first folks.

Moon Juice – 100% Organic Raw Cacao Powder / Antioxidant Superfood (5.2 oz)
My nightly ritual consists deligently of an adaptogen hot chocolate. The warmth and sweetness is like a lullaby for my brain before bed. Through all of the cacao powders I have tried, Moon Juice brings it home. The cacao flavor is rich and holds properties that allow our bodies to decompress and destress for a good nights’ sleep.

NutraBlast Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories – 30 Count, 600mg – 100% Pure Made in USA – Boric Life Intimate Health Support
All womne’s lady-bits are tempermental so I figure when we find a produt that works, we share it with the tribe. Boric acid is a natural way to fight against BV and pesky imbalances in your vagina. This suppository goes in at night and allows you to wake up with less discomfort even killing all traces of bacteria all together! 

Bragg USDA Gluten Free Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, With the Mother 16 ounces
Every girl should have a bottle of Baggs in their cabinet.

Marine Collagen Powder Peptides – Blueberry Flavor (30 stick packs) – 100% Organic – Anti Aging – Hyaluronic Acid – Youth + Love
When I’m really on my game, I remember to drink Youth+ Love’s Marine Collagen Powder in my water. These promote collagen production in your skin and muscles — the fountain of youth? Worth a try! Plus, they taste pretty damn good.

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract™ Candida Cleanse and Digestion Formula102 — 200 Vegetarian Capsules
It seems every aspect of modern life can cause candida in our bodies. To ensure my candida level is in check, I take these natural capsules.

High Strength Propolis Alcohol-Free 1 oz
I learned this from the French so you know it’s good: if you feel a cold coming on, a drop of propolis will set it right.

UpNature Wild Oregano Oil 4 OZ – 100% Pure and Natural, Undiluted and Unfiltered, GMO-Free, Premium Quality
Oregano oil is my cure all — pimples, infected cuts, sore throat, you name it. Tastes absolutely repulsive but it works.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix Pack of 2 – Lion’s Mane and Chaga & Cordyceps and Chaga

started drinking these a few weeks back and loved the taste (not everyone agrees with me on the flavor palette) and how it made me feel. Yes, it’s coffee but it’s mixed with all kinds of amazing fungi like chaga that work wonders on your system and skin.

GoMacro Macrobar Organic Vegan Protein Bar, Mocha Chocolate Chip, 2.3 Ounce
I keep this in my purse for when I get hangry.

Yamamotoyama Genmai-cha Green Tea with Roasted Rice 16 Count Tea Bags Aluminum Sealed (3 Pack)
I drink green tea all day long: it flushes your system, is amazing for your skin, and this one tastes like popcorn!

NOW Melatonin 5 mg,180 Veg Capsules
When traveling through time zones, I always make sure to have my melatonin close by. It really helps kick jet lag.

*A few years ago I realized I was combating daily effects of anxiety. In a personal decision to find a natural solution and stay away from prescription drugs I have found some herbal ways to deal (yes, all the herbal ways). Below are a few that help immensely on the daily!
Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder 1200mg – 120 Veggie Capsules – Ashwagandha Supplement Certified Organic – Black Pepper Extract For Increased Absorption
I take ashwagandha daily as a natural remedy for my anxiety and bouts of low energy. This herb boosts your mood and concentration! 

Gotu Kola 450mg Now Foods 100 Caps
This daily herb is a good trade in for that mid-day latte. Gotu has similar impacts as a cup of coffee without the anxious aftermath.

Rescue Remedy Dropper 20ml
Another natural anxiety weapon that I have found truly works.

The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco 3.5 oz. Scented Soy Candle with Match Bottle
This P.F. Candle is my all-time favorite. The smell is masculine and exotic making my home extra cozy.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Kitchen Basics Set, Lavender, 3 ct: Dish Soap (16 fl oz), Hand Soap (12.5 fl oz), Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner (16 fl oz)
For all things housekeeping.

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing
I love my essential oil diffuser for setting the mood at home whether it’s time to get down to business, or prepping for a night of deep sleep.

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