If I had to choose one place to get all my food from for the rest of my life, I would choose the Hudson Valley. Located north of New York City, this fertile area provides conscious foodies with a rich diversity of produce, cheese, dairy and alcohol. Not to mention romantic weekend getaways.

Oh, and also: beauty.

Captain Blankenship is one Hudson Valley beauty brand using organic and wild-harvested ingredients in its rich and effective formulations. A woman-run company, its products are made of cold-pressed organic plant oils, flowers, seaweeds, sea salt and organic essential oils (domestically sourced when possible) that are beneficial to the hair and skin, and whose fragrances pamper the senses. Everything is free of synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates or “fragrance,” a term often used to mask chemicals. The pretty packaging is recyclable and reusable, and the products are tested on friends, never on animals.

I've had my eye on this brand for a couple years – I love their sea salt spray – and got a couple more items to try out*. Here's my review:

Lime & Vetiver Deodorant

I love the cobalt blue glass packaging of this product, and the creamy texture. It's based on coconut oil, with arrowroot powder, aluminum free baking soda, shea butter, beeswax, vitamin E, hops extract, and essential oils, most of it organic, with a tangy, strong scent that lingers for a full day. It's not overpowering, but if you stick your nose in your armpit, it's definitely there, and soothing! I tried it against Meow Meow Tweet, by putting one on one armpit, and one brand on another, and I think it worked equally well. I wonder, though, if part of its effectiveness is that the strong scent continues to mask any odor long after it stops working. I had my dude sniff my armpits at the end of a long day, and he said there wasn't a huge difference between the two. So it comes down to which packaging and texture you prefer, and whether you like your scents strong or subtle!

Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

One lovely side effect of growing out my bangs has been that I can now go up to four days without washing my hair. Yay! (Bangs get greasy in one day – so high maintenance.) Of course, that is with the help of some dry shampoo. Another thing that helps is sea salt spray, which gives definition and shall we call it sexiness to my waves. Captain Blankenship's sea salt spray is fabulous in this regard (I've also used it to help with air drying in the summer). But the Golden Waves version also makes my hair sparkly (I KNOW SO COOL), with the help of gold mica. I can't wait to utterly douse my hair with it for outdoor parties and festivals come spring. It also smells dreamy, a mix of sea water and flowers, like a garden by the ocean.

Overall

I'm a big fan of Captain Blankenship, not only for the conscious formulations, but also for being creative and providing us with really cool and interesting products!

*For free.