My Favourite Things In 2013 – Living a 100% Primal Lifestyle

My Favourite Things in 2013 - 100% Primal Lifestyle

As the year is coming to an end, I thought it would be great to share with you all of my favourite things: what I use in my daily routine, which books truly rocked my world, what I use to clean my house, etc. I hope it will give you some ideas, and will inspire you to try some of these things.

I’m so happy that this year I’ve managed to find natural primal alternatives for all of the chemicals I used to use on my body and in my household. And you can do the same!

What I use for my hair

What keeps my skin healthy

Moroccan rosewater for acne free skin - part of my 100% natural skincare routine.

What I use for my body and hygiene

  • Favourite shower gel – just water! Yes, you read it right – nada!
  • Favourite body scrub – demerara sugar mixed with extra virgin olive oil
  • Favourite foot cream – pure Shea butter
  • Favourite hand and nail cream – extra virgin olive oil
  • Favourite deodorant – still looking for the right recipe. Any ideas?
  • Favourite toothpaste – coconut oil and baking soda
  • Favourite tooth whitener – activated charcoal
  • Favourite perfume – sandalwood oil


My favourite products for those rare occasions when I want to wear makeup

Hardworking household helpers

  • Favourite general purpose cleaner – a bottle filled with 1/2 water, 1/2 white wine vinegar and a few drops of lavender oil.
  • Favourite floor cleaner – warm water with a bit of white wine vinegar and a few drops of lavender oil.
  • Favourite heavy duty limescale remover – baking soda
  • Favourite dishwashing detergent – soapnut liquid
  • Favourite laundry detergent – soapnuts
  • Favourite room scent – lavender oil

My essential kitchen tools

yogurt maker

Books that rocked my world this year

Where to find things if you’re in Europe

As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!

What are your favourite things in 2013? Do you have any recommendations for me if you use something else and love it? I’d also love to know if you use any of the things I mentioned and if they work great for you too! Let me know in the comments.

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  1. Hi there. I was just reading your list of ‘favorites’ above and saw that you were looking for an effective, all-natuaral deodorant. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been using extra virgin coconut oil and baking soda. After I get out of the shower, I’ll massage a bit of coconut oil into each armpit (not sure of the amount – I just scoop a dab out of the jar – maybe about 1/4 tsp.) I’ll let it absorb into my skin while I do other things to get ready and before I get dressed, I’ll take a pinch of baking soda and pat it over the coconut oil, gently working it in. (I use Bob’s Red Mill but you can use whatever kind you happen to have.) This has kept me odor-free, even in the hottest, muggiest days of summer. I’m thinking of infusing a small jar of baking soda with lavender e.o., but I’ve not tried it just yet.
    Hope this is helpful!

    • Thanks Rosie! I’ve tried baking soda and coconut oil before but found my armpits really itchy and irritated. Apparently it happens to some people. But I was mixing baking soda with coconut oil in a jar. I wonder if it would make any difference if I applied it your way: first the coconut oil and then baking soda on top. The oil might work as a protective layer. I’ll give it a try! xx

  2. Okay, I’m gonna try some of these products. Hope they work for me.

  3. Hi Vita!
    Your website has been very helpful in inspiring me to give OCM another try!
    Here’s a deodorant recipe suggestion that’s actually detoxifying thanks to the bentonite clay. It has worked really well for me, although since you said coconut oil and baking soda irritated your skin, I’m not sure how well this would work for you, but it has several other ingredients so a smaller amount of baking soda:

    5 tablespoons or 4 oz (organic virgin) coconut oil: a great natural antibacterial. (Click here to purchase coconut oil.) If you notice the deodorant is at all flaky on the skin, you may add more coconut oil as needed.
    4 tablespoons baking soda: neutralizes pH and body odor. (Click here to purchase aluminum-free baking soda.)
    3 tablespoons arrowroot or organic cornstarch: absorbs perspiration. (Click here to purchase arrowroot.)
    2 tablespoons bentonite clay: adds extra wetness protection by whisking away sweat, and pulls toxins from skin. (Click here to purchase bentonite clay.)
    5 drops tea tree oil (optional but highly suggested): a potent antibacterial. (Click here to purchase tea tree oil.)

    Recipe from

    • Thanks for the recipe, Victoria! This reminds me a lot of the recipe I saw on Primally Inspired. I’m now trying a crystal deodorant and so far I like it a lot. It’s possibly the cheapest and simplest deodorant out of all. But if it starts disappointing me in the near future (like all the others have done), I’ll definitely give your recipe a try. Let me know how your second trial of the OCM goes!

  4. Hi Vita! Step by step I introduce your advices to my life. Now I am interested in the hairbrush you recommends. I found some Denman brushes on but I am not sure which would be the best and similar to yours. Please could you in your free time have a look at and provide me a link to the one you would choose? Thank you, have a great day, Gosia 🙂

    • Hi Gosia, so happy I’ve inspired you to make your lifestyle more natural! I’ve just received this one in the mail: I wanted to get a second one, so that while I wash one, the other one is ready to use. I like this one even more than the Denman one because it’s cheaper, but works just as well. xx

      • Thank you so much ! I am really glad that I have asked you. Can you share your method of washing the brush ?

        • I just soap my hands with a natural olive oil soap and then rub the bristles really well. Then rinse it. All the excess dust and hairs come out really well with a vacuum cleaner (I just hoover my brushes whenever I vacuum the house). 🙂 Sometimes I also soak it in a bowl of water with some baking soda – that removes any residue at the base of the bristles.

  5. Hi Vita! I am interested now in Lily Lolo foundation and try to choose best colour. Maybe you have some advice? What color you use ?

    • I’m using Popcorn right now, which is a light-medium warm shade. In the summer, when I’m quite tanned, I use Warm Honey (which is a warm medium shade). I think the most important thing is to establish whether your skin is yellow based (golden, warm, veins look green) or pink based (cool, veins look blue). Once you establish that, all you have to do is just choose how dark you need it. Just a tip: most Eastern Europeans have a golden skin type, much fewer have the pink one (which is also called the celtic skin type – it’s more popular in England, for example). Good luck and let me know how you like it if you get it!

  6. Vita,
    I have a question. I get confused as to the eyeshadows, liners, and lip products of Lily Lolo, and suggestions as to some you have tried and really like? I am doing well btw. I start a new job tomorrow as an assistant in a law firm. At the same time, will be working on my library degree. Everything works out in due time!


    • Hi Debs, I’m sooooo happy everything seems to be working out for you. I want you to know that I’m very proud of you! I’m sorry, but I haven’t tried any of the eyeshadows, liners or lip products of Lily Lolo, so I can’t really recommend anything. So far I’ve only tried the foundation, bronzer, blush and mascara – they are all awesome. xx

  7. Vita,
    Do you know anything about Primrose oil? It says it is really good for the skin and hair; reduce signs of eczema and fights the effects of aging. I thought about giving it a try as a moisturizer for night time.

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