Some of the best items in the world sprout from necessity. I think this is might be one of them. At least twice a week you can find me and my friend Kristi Head, the founder of LITE+CYCLE (and frequent Base Layer contributor), hiking the trails of Griffith Park. While walking dusty trails for miles in the sun, we got to talking one day about wishing there was a portable, all-natural, non-toxic,...
July 01, 2015 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Mountain Ocean Skin Trip

We don't usually single out one single item when it comes to apothecary goods or beauty items because we're all so different and products effect people differently, and I never thought I'd have such a positive feeling toward a body lotion, but after discovering Boulder, CO.-based Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer ($15) at Individual Medley, I decided this is my lotion for the rest of my days....
February 24, 2015 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Makeup for Tomboys

The intersection of makeup and tomboy style has always been an interesting one to me. Some of you will say, "hey, tomboys don't wear makeup!", and others will admit to wearing makeup every single day. It's a spectrum like anything else. I wear makeup on occasion, but never feel like I know what the hell I'm doing, so I begged celebrity makeup artist Toby Fleischman, a true tomboy, to give some...
October 15, 2014 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Dermatone Lip Balm

After getting a lip burn from hiking earlier this summer, I'm stepping up my lip protection game starting with Dermatone's SPF 23 medicated lip balm ($4). Dermatonehas been around since 1981 and caters to protecting outdoor enthusiasts from harsh rays, wind, and cold. I personally love the chunky container (and their early 80s ski bum aesthetic, if I'm being honest). This is good stuff if you're...
July 02, 2014 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Bar Soaps

By Kristi Head

There are endless options for bar soaps, from the mainstay and dermatologist-trusted Cetaphil cleansing bar to a small batch bar soap inspired by the birch and pine tar bars used in a traditional Finnish Saunas. Here are some noteworthy, useful, and just straight-up good bar soaps.

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For the artist: The Masters Hand Soap($3+) is a must-have near the sink if...
April 22, 2014 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Natural Face Cleansers

By Aja Lake

In the continuing column where we cover wellness and beauty, I'm thrilled to introduce new contributor Aja Lake of Lake & Co. Her first piece is about three common household items found in your kitchen and pantry that also can effectively double to clean, tone and remove makeup. I can see these tips coming in super handy while traveling, camping, or as a new daily regimen. Thanks Aja. 

March 25, 2014 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Winter Face Care

By Kristi Head

Keeping skin quenched is a keystone to a healthy luminous face during the dry winter months. Here are some suggestions to keep your skin nourished and supple through snow storms, space heaters, windy cities and flights home for the holidays.

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To start: Good, deep proper cleansing is key. If you don’t already have a Clarisonic Aria sonic cleanser($199), it's...
November 20, 2013 by Lizzie


For the first Base Layer post, we tackled sunscreen, next up was Prospector Co.'s leg care goods, now Kristi's throwing down on lip care. Ba-Boom!

Leading Lips
By Kristi Head

Ever since I read an article in some magazine (probably YM circa 1992), that claimed all lip balms makes our lips even drier, I haven’t touched any of them. It’s over 20 years later and product ingredients have evolved...
July 08, 2013 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Prospector Co. Leg Care

In the last Base Layer post we tackled sunscreen, next up is shaving cream. I personally had never really considered shaving cream except that I hated buying it because most shaving cream packaging looks like some sort of outhouse component of Barbie's Malibu Beach House. Let's first be clear though, packaging is the least important element of a beauty item. I should know, I've fallen for good...
June 26, 2013 by Lizzie

BASE LAYER | Sunscreen

I'm super excited to bring in a new category to Tomboy Style called Base Layer. Base Layer will look at the beauty and wellness industry through a utilitarian lens and a tomboy sensibility. I've only ever been able to tread water (if that) when it comes to beauty and health products—to be totally honest, my ultimate unhappy place might be a cosmetics counter at a big department store. There's just...
June 03, 2013 by Lizzie