Someone asked me this question, due to my extensive collection, “what would you keep if you could only have 3 natural products to use?”

I thought about this for a bit, and I guess I’d have to say, the top 3 that I use the most often. (Now, I am picking my top 3 “raw” items, as I could go on and on about different soaps, bodywashes, scrubs, masks, products, etc. but these are the bare-bones items that I get the most use out of)

1. Jojoba oil. Pure, golden, jojoba oil. I love this stuff. I use it as a face moisturizer, as well as a cleanser sometimes. I put a little on the ends of my hair when they’re dry. I rub it into my scalp as a pre shower treatment. I use it on my legs after shaving, and on my dry elbows in the winter. It is great for my super sensitive skin, absolutely zero irritation. I even put it on the delicate skin around my eyes with no problems. Hell, I even use it as lube with which to stretch my ear lobes (I recently went from 8G plugs to 2G plugs and it works like a dream). Also great as a massage oil, and I mix certain essential oils into it as it is a great carrier oil. It’s not terribly expensive, and so versatile, that it is definitely my #1 pick.

2. Tea Tree Oil. Now, I love me some essential oils. But if I am limited to selection, tea tree is top of the list. I dab it on unsightly whiteheads and pimples. I rub it on my boyfriend’s scalp to get rid of his dandruff. I use it to clean EVERYTHING in my house (no joke, I have a spray bottle filled with vinegar, water, tea tree oil and lemon essential oil, with which I clean ALL surfaces from the sinks to the hardwood floors) and as an added bonus, because I live on the west coast and mould is a real problem here, I use it to kill said mould and mildew in a natural, easy, 1 step whammee! It is also anti-fungal, so I have used it on my dogs paws when they are itchy and red as well. Awesome stuff, just smells a little strong.

3. Baking soda. Yup. Cheap, no-name brand is good enough for me! This stuff also has a multitude of uses for me. I mix it with water and use it as an exfoliating scrub on my face and entire body. I soak in it in the bath, or soak my boyfriend’s stinky feet in it. I sprinkle it into smell shoes and garbage cans. I put a little dish of it in my fridge to absorb odors. Sprinkle it on the carpet, wait 20 mins, and vacuum it up, natural deodorizer. Put some on a cloth and it will scrub your sinks, bathtubs, etc. clean as new. Add some to the kitty litter box. The list goes on.

So those are my top 3 natural, raw products. They are versatile, useful, inexpensive, and oh so handy.

*Bonus notes: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down a clogged drain. Follow with 1 cup white vinegar. Voila. Home made drain-o. Works like a charm.

*Bonus bonus notes: I thought of this to add along with the sprinkling baking soda on the carpet to freshen a room – I take the filter out of my vacuum cleaner, and put about 10 drops of essential oil on it every so often. Then, the whole time you vacuum, the delicious scent will be wafting around the room. My 2 favorite combos for this are 7 drops orange oil and 3 drops clove oil; or 5 drops lemon oil and 5 drops ginger oil. Mmmm Mmmm.