Hello Pantry friends! Sarah here 🙂 I hope you all are happy, healthy and enjoying summer!

We are kicking off a new series, Natural Skincare Junkie, exploring Pantry Products skin care routines for all skin types. Not sure what type of skin you have? Take this quiz!

I have volunteered to go first so this week, we are talking about my skin type, which is dry + sensitive.

At Pantry, we’re not scientists or skin experts, but making natural skin + body care day in and day out has taught us a thing or two about how to treat our skin and how to help others do the same. As a “lucky” someone with dry/sensitive skin, these are my recommendations for my fellow dry and/or sensitive skin friends.


First off, figuring out your skin type is a lifelong pursuit. With sensitivity, hormones, hydration, diet, changing seasons, climate, and product ingredients, it can be really frustrating to understand what your skin is trying to tell you. AND your skin can completely change over time! Just when I think I have my skin type figured out.. BOOM! I’m back to square one.

Okay, a little backstory… My skin is VERY sensitive. I can’t tell you how many times “gentle” products have left me with a rash, hives or redness + irritation. And, my skin is generally very dry. Living in Nevada with little humidity definitely doesn’t help. A few years ago, I was experiencing major issues with my skin reacting poorly to skincare products.  I stumbled upon Pantry Products with my friend, bought a couple products, and boy… I was impressed! Because everything is made with natural essential oils and ingredients, my sensitive skin fell in love. When I learned more about the shop’s mission and values, I was hooked! So hooked, I reached out to Michelle in hopes of a job, and the rest is history! (P.S. thanks for hiring me, Michelle!)

My skin is far from perfect, but with a consistent + clean routine, it’s on track to being happy + healthy. And, keep in mind what works for me, may not work for you but hopefully this helps guide you to discovering what makes your skin happy. I have added a few random skin care tips, too! Here is my daily dry skin routine:


My morning routine starts with three things: brushing my teeth, washing my face, and making myself some coffee.

Tip #1 is to wash your face in the morning + night! I think many people skip washing their face in the morning. However, I have found that is a great way to wake up my skin and wash off any sweat + dirt still remaining in my pores. Your favorite face wash or soap should do the trick!

Next step is toner! Toners are really important in any skin care routine because they balance the pH levels in your skin. When your skin is balanced, it not only feels and looks better but it helps serums + moisturizers to go on more evenly. Tip #2 is to change up toners depending on what is going on with your skin! Lately, I have been struggling with more breakouts due to wearing a mask (p.s. is #mackne happening to anyone else?!). I have been loving the Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosewater Toner! Since ACV  is fantastic at helping skin find balance, we recommend this for all skin types. Aside from vinegar, it contains distilled water, rosewater, witch hazel, vegetable glycerin, vitamin e,  frankincense, lavender, and tea tree essential oils. This toner has been great at combating my breakouts, but the rosewater and vegetable glycerin make it soothing + moisturizing enough for my skin type! When my skin is feeling it’s driest/most sensitive, I reach for another favorite: the Aloe + Rosewater Toner for  dry + normal skin types. This toner is made with rosewater, organic aloe juice, vegetable glycerin,  vitamin e, + tea tree essential oil, and is very gentle and hydrating.

Next, I use my Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum under my eyes.  I love using this in the morning and at night! It is so refreshing with organic aloe gel, rosehip oil and neroli and lavender essential oils. All these great ingredients work together to calm under eye puffiness, banish bags, and smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Tip # 3 is to use Pantry Products in versatile ways! Because all of our products are made with all-natural + organic ingredients, they can serve many purposes. I will use the Pack Your Bags Neroli Eye Serum in other areas of my skin if I notice an extra dry spot. For example, I will simply apply a small amount on my finger + tap around my nose or in-between my brows. Out of all my recommendations, this product one on the top of my Pantry-must-haves. 

 

 

My other Pantry love is the Aloe + Chamomile Hydrating Cream! This is a long standing best seller for us, and for good reason! I was experiencing very unhappy skin for a few weeks. But this face cream soothed and calmed my skin back to a normal state. With a blend of organic aloe gel, sunflower oil, organic beeswax, and chamomile and rose essential oils, this cream is ideal for anyone with thirsty skin in need of serious hydration, or skin that is sensitive to products (a.k.a. me!). This stuff has the most luxurious, rich texture without being too greasy or heavy. It also smells wonderful and layers great under makeup! While most of our products last 12 mos +, this 2 oz jar expires after 6 mos. However, I find that I use it up in the perfect amount of time so none of it goes to waste. The 0.5 oz is a great little sample size to try it out + see how you like it, but I would DEFINITELY recommend to anyone with dry/sensitive skin!

 

 

At night, I will wash my face again and reapply my toner. Then, I use a generous amount of the Refresh + Repair Serum. This product was formerly called “Nighttime Repair Serum” and although the name changed, the recipe is the same. This serum is another MUST for my dry skin. We use a high concentration of quality ingredients, so that the Refresh + Repair Serum will penetrate skin faster and more effectively than commercially available creams and lotions. This serum is ideal for problems such as dry+ age spots, sun damage and fine lines. My tip #4 is to use products that help reduce signs of aging, such as the Refresh + Repair Serum, even if you are not noticing any wrinkles, or dark spots. It’s better to be preventative and care for your skin consistently! The Refresh + Repair Serum is made with sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba oil, rosehip oil, carrotseed oil, argan oil, vitamin E, a proprietary blend of geranium, lemon, frankincense, myrrh, and rosemary essential oils.

 

 

My final step at night is to apply my Nighttime Repair Cream. This face cream is rich and just what my dry skin craves at the end of the day. It is made with rosehip oil, which is full of great vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help correct dark spots + hydrate skin. It is so gentle + soothing, and free of gluten, parabens, sulphates, additives or any other harsh chemicals. Which brings me to my last tip… Tip #5! Your skincare routine should never stop at your face, but continue down your neck! I apply my Nighttime Repair cream all over my face + neck every night to get the most out of the product.


So, this is what my current day-to-day skincare routine looks like for my dry/sensitive skin. I have learned over time that there is a VERY high standard for “perfect” skin. Small pores, no breakouts, even skin tone, no under eye circles… I was going crazy and buying products with big claims to give me (what I thought) was “perfect skin.” But the reality is… no part of me is perfect. Like everyone else, I have my own insecurities + have many flaws. For example… Random fact about Sarah- I don’t like my knees! And whether we fret about our body type, gray hairs, breakouts or what my mom calls my “grandma knees,” we are all imperfect humans.  And maybe it’s not about obtaining the body type of a photoshopped model or skin that makes you look like an Instagram filter.. It’s about embracing the imperfections and rolling with what you have. When I recognized that it was better to  have skin that is clean, happy + healthy, I stopped feeling like my products were failing me. I began listening to what my skin was telling me. Honestly, it was screaming at me to stop trying to achieve “perfect skin” with chemicals and ingredients I couldn’t even pronounce. And now, it is singing praise for Pantry, and our clean, natural + organic skincare.

 

 

If you need skincare advice or help, our Pantry team is here to answer questions! Or if you too feel like you have weird knees.. I’d LOVE to get a good laugh about our shared, random imperfections!  You can either call the shop from 12-4pm at 775-683-9844, send us a message on Instagram @pantryproducts or email us at [email protected]

Tune in next week when Dani + Kayla will discuss the products they love for combo/oily skin types!

XO, Sarah at Pantry


Our home set up for the night at the Bragg Family Sugarhouse + Farm in Vermont

Travel is great for the soul + during a pandemic, road trips are the best way to travel. 🚘. Recently, our family embarked on a trek across the U.S. in a 25 ft. travel trailer! Of course, we stuffed our bags with Pantry Products’ road-trip essentials but with some considerations in terms of space + environmental gentleness.

Living in a camper is a blast because, if you need anything (a snack, a shower, a nap), home is right behind you. However, whether boondocking through Harvest Hosts or hooking up to a full-service campground, life on the road presents some unique challenges.

Challenge #1: Space is tight!

Our 160 sq. ft. camper must store everyday essentials for 2 adults + 2 dogs plus the equipment required to “run” our home. When selecting what to bring, size + longevity is important. While I love having every single Pantry item at my disposal, the camper won’t allow it.

Challenge #2: Continuing to be gentle to Mother Nature

We made the decision to be able to go off-grid with our trailer which means sometimes, we need to empty our gray water tank into nature (shower + dish water, no waste) . In order to ensure the water we provide is beneficial, our personal + household cleaning products must be biodegradable.

Challenge #3: Daily showers may not always be available.

Sad but true. Even though we have a full bathroom, if we are not plugged in at a campground, our water, water heating + water disposal resources are limited. Sometimes showers don’t take top priority. (Coffee always come first!)

Challenge #4: Camping puts you out in the elements

Camp life is food for the soul. Camp life is also muddy, buggy, sandy, rainy + sunny. It’s crucial to have the right products to battle what the outdoors sends your way.

Road Trip Dog ProductsLou found a mud bog + we didn’t have access to running water

Fortunately for us,  Pantry has a full line of products to meet our camp life needs. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in our stash:

Grapefruit + Mint Hand Soap: Not only does this hand soap smell divine but it can also be used as a body wash, dish soap, and dog bath. 1 bottle, multiple uses. Since it’s biodegradable, we don’t have to worry about harming the earth.

Rosemary + Mint Shampoo Bar: There is no room (or want) for a large plastic shampoo bottle. This handy bar does the job and lasts for 60 + washes. Added bonus, it can be used as body wash + hand soap too. The cardboard packing and soap are biodegradable.

Dry Shampoo: this one’s a no-brainer on those shower-less days.

Sunscreen: a must-have 24/7, 365 days a year + the twist-up tube makes it perfect for travel. And for those times when we don’t heed our own advice on the importance of reapplying sunscreen, we also have Pantry’s Cooling After Sun Spray. This also works wonders for cooling off on ridiculously hot days.

Bugs-Be-Gone Spraynot only are mosquito bites annoying + unsightly, they can also be harmful. Having a bottle of our heavenly-smelling spray nearby is a must! And, since some bugs won’t take “no” for an answer, I also came packed with our Bite Me! Bug Bite Soother.

Konjac Sponges for the Body: I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a sponge before but the Nash + Jones Konjac Sponges made me melt. Since it can be used with or without soap, it’s the ideal camp beauty tool to gently cleanse and remove dirt from the day’s adventures. Each sponge last for 1 month, air dries, and is biodegradable.  (When I’m not on the road, I pair my sponge with Pantry’s Fresh + Clear Face Wash)

Hand Sanitizer: This one probably doesn’t need an explanation and, while we are avoiding public spaces as much as possible, we still need to gas up our tow vehicle, get coffee, use rest stops, etc. so Pantry’s Hand Sanitizer lives in the van console.

Apple Cider Vinegar + Rosewater Toner: We’ve traveled from dry + hot to humid + rainy and our skin is fully confused. In order to keep breakouts at bay, I reach for our pH balancing skin toner. It helps keep my skin looking + feeling it’s best. Plus, the rosewater scent is a luxury when you’ve been washing with hand soap. 😉 I apply using our Nash + Jones reusable bamboo pads to keep down on waste.

Lavender + Mint Air + Linen Spray: Small spaces + humidity/rain + 2 dogs = not always the freshest of air. A couple spritzes of this naturally-scented spray + our camper is fresh as a spring day. It also works great to help remove wrinkles from clothes…just keep away from lightly-colored fabrics.

While our cabinets are crammed with as much Pantry as we could fit, these items are the ones we reach for the most + those which help make camp life a little cleaner, safer, and more comfortable.

If you have the opportunity to get outside this summer, do it! Mother Nature is always open even during a pandemic. Just be sure to mask up, prepare properly, and be kind to your fellow travelers.

Our family at Niagara Falls (Michelle, Lou, Max, Heather)

Stay well!

Michelle, Pantry Products’ Founder