Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

My ​Morning Routine

Morning Routine by Conscious by Chloé
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Oh hi there! It's been a minute. I took a well-needed break from social media this summer, which also translated into a break from the blog.

I'll go into more details about my vision for this space in September, but wanted to come over here to say hi and ask you how your summer's going so far.

Mine's been eclectic, with various members of Octave's family visiting from Europe and a couple short trips here and there in Oregon.

I also went to France to spent time with my parents in my hometown and on the Île de Ré, an island off the West coast of France which was on my bucket list. Ticked!

While coming back home after an amazing vacation with my parents is heartbreaking, I'm always excited for the opportunity to have a fresh start.

With September creeping in, I also feel like now is a great time to try to set up a new morning routine.

Jet lag means I wake up at ungodly hours and hence have a lot of time to spare before I have to start my work day.

My current morning routine

Here's what I did this morning, after my 5.30 am wake up call:

5.30 - 6.30 am

I laid in bed for an hour. I would usually not recommend this, but with guests sleeping in our living room for one more week, I could not possibly get up that early and wake up the whole house.

I put on a sleeping mask and ear plugs, and just laid there half asleep, half realizing that I was back in Portland, lulled by the sound of garbage trucks (a total of 6 just on our street!).

6.30 - 6.40 am

I sat up in bed, and put some lotion - a week of swimming and biking in the sun, plus a long flight left me with very dry skin. I hadn't had the chance to do this the night before, when I only had the strength to take a shower and have a quick bite with our house guests, so I took a couple minutes to moisturize my body.

I only keep a couple products on my nightstand mainly essential oils and my trusted CBD oil but recently added a bottle of moisturizer with a pump, and a hand and foot salve as I noticed that my bed(room) is the place that made more sense for me to do this at night - or exceptionally in the morning.

My current favorites are the Chamomile Lotion and the Skin Doctor from Angelina, a brand I discovered on a recent trip to Bend, Oregon.

I put on the clothes I had laid down the night before.

6.40 - 6.50 am

I headed to the bathroom and splashed some water over my face.
I put a couple drops of rose essential oils on my face and massaged them with a jade roller.

I also put a couple drops of elixir on my scalp to finish waking up the top of my body.
Finally, I scooped up half a tablespoon of coconut oil to do some oil pulling, an Ayurvedic remedy which consists in swishing around oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to clean and detoxify teeth and gums.

I pair oil pulling and walking, and walking and podcast listening to be more efficient.

6.50 - 7.20 am

I sneaked out of the house through the back door and went for an early morning walk.

I've been saying this for a couple days now, but I'm already nostalgic for the end of the summer, so I want to take in as much light as I can.
And going outside early in the morning also allows you to enjoy a couple hours of coolness.

I like to listen to podcasts when I walk around in my neighborhood. I've been catching up on many shows during my long flights and listened to the last couple episodes of "Jen Gotch is OK Sometimes". I highly recommend it. Jen is the founder and creative director of Ban.Do and has somehow become a mental health advocate through her hilarious and emotional Instagram stories. She's now the host of a weekly podcast (through the GirlBoss network) touching on subjects such as therapy, emotional eating, and social media.

7.20 - 8.30 am

I check my email to see what my work day will look like (my clients work in different time zones, so it's the middle or end of the day for them), started writing this article, opened mail and packages, and read the news.

Then the rest of the house started waking up, so I went to the kitchen to boil some water for tea...

I'm not planning on waking up every day at 5.30 am, but 6.30 would be a great time for me. It would allow me to start my day slowly and intentionally, without rushing to check in with my European clients, while still giving me enough time to communicate with them before they end their workday.

What about you? What's your morning routine like? Has it always been the same? Did you ever switch it up? Do you fantasize on creating a new one for September?

Natural make up essentials

Natural make up essentials by Conscious by Chloé

Like most wide scale projects, my journey to zero waste is paved with failures.

One day, I decided to either get rid or finish my chemicals-filled cosmetics and to replace them by homemade ones. If I couldn't make my own, I would simply make do without them.

Almost 2 years later, this system no longer suits me. While I loved taking a break from make up, I now realize that I need it back into my life. Not for every day, not for special occasions, but rather just for when I feel like wearing some: to add a little color to my morning routine, to make me feel more confident when I know I'm gonna start blushing.

I managed to make my own lip balm and face powder, but haven't got the courage yet to tackle foundation and mascara. I need more time, more ingredients, more containers, more work and research.

So I decided to apply my motto: simpler, greener, happier. Putting on make up makes me happier. Buying these products - for now - makes my life simpler. And choosing brands I trust makes the whole process greener (or let's say, less harmful).

So here is my selection, based on the product composition and/or its country of production:

  1. Lip stain (that I use on my cheeks too), made in the USA

  2. Foundation stick, made in the USA

  3. Nail Polish, made in the USA

  4. Goat Hair & bamboo Brush Set, made in the USA

  5. Illuminating brightener stick, made in the USA

  6. Brow powder, made in the USA

  7. Mascara, made in Italy

  8. Eyelash curler

I put a little coconut oil on my face before applying the foundation and a little homemade face powder after.

I basically remove my make up when I shower at night, but I suppose I could simply use coconut or almond oil and a reusable pad.

PS: I'm planning on using these containers for my future homemade recipes!

If you want to read more about cosmetics safety, I highly recommend you to have a look at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The products I present in my looks and selections come from either local, sustainable, ethical brands, or from brands whose values I share. Feel free to send me other product ideas or recommend brands to me, especially ones using salvaged and/or organic products. The more info, the better. Thank you!