What A Mortician Can Teach Us About Living + Evening Skincare Routines: Selfie, Episode 09

Can embracing our mortality help us living more fully? Caleb Wilde, author of Confessions of a Funeral Director, shares with us some of his insights about facing death and what we can learn from loss. We also continue the skincare conversation, talking about our evening routines for a clean and healthy face.

Facial massage is a thing. Sarah’s favorite tutorial is here.

Wanna go green with your evening face routine? We recommend:

For luxe:

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – use code whoorl10 for 10% off

One Love Organics Cleanser

MUN Anarose Toner – use code WHOORL for 15% off

Drunk Elephant Night Serum

Maya Chia Supercritical Pure Chia Face Oil

Josh Rosebrook Day Cream SPF 30

Maya Chia Eye Achiever Roller

Sarah uses facial masks at least 3-4 times a week. Some of Sarah’s favorite masks are here.

For budget:

Drunk Elephant Juju Bar

Thayers Toner

Acure Organics Marula Oil

Super 6 Serum

Hemp Seed Oil

(And Kristen still swears by Pond’s Cold Cream which Sarah believes is made of cancer and toddlers’ tears.)

Two great resources for going green are the EWG’s Skin Deep website and the Think Dirty App.

Also, Sarah wrote about some of her favorite masks here. A less expensive line that is fantastic is Plant Apothecary.



  1. Interesting viewpoint shared by Caleb regarding life, death, and our culture. His struggle for self-care was an insightful share, especially regarding secondary trauma. And there is no good segway to nightly rituals! The laughter was contagious. I am going to try some of the tips to develop a nightly facial routine. Question – if I use oils, do I not need to use a lotion moisturizer?

  2. Nope! Just oil will do!

  3. There’s a day cream link on the evening routine? Is that a mistake or maybe I’m missing something?

  4. Loved Caleb’s insight and perspective around death and his perspective from the front lines. While our country is still relatively young, we do have other religions/cultures that honor death. The traditions and rituals we have in the Jewish faith are quite beautiful. From sitting shiva, covering mirrors and then lighting a candle annually on the persons anniversary of their passing (yarzeit), reciting the Mourners Kaddish (beautiful prayer) the focus is to honor the person who passed and comfort those who are grieving. Lastly, we mark tombstones (cremation is not an acceptable practice) with rocks instead of flowers because flowers Have a short lifespan and rocks last forever and so shall the memory of our loved one who has passed.

  5. * have, not has. Sorry for the typo.

  6. Sarah, I love that you use so many of the same daily products in the morning and at night. That means more to spend on masks, which I’m getting into doing more often thanks to you. I just tried the Honey Mud, and it is amazing. I have a sample of The Problem Solver to try next. And I emailed the company to say there was a website issue, and May herself emailed back within an hour and sent me some great resources about using the products. What a wonderful company! Thanks for all the products you’ve helped me find.

  7. Hi Sarah and Kristen… I’m interested in the One Love cleanser Sarah uses, but the link to Pharmaca says page not found. Same problem with the original link from the previous episode. Can you clarify if it’s the Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser by One Love or something else? Also, the link to the bikini trimmer from a previous episode goes to a trimmer on Amazon that looks very different from the trimmer Kristen posted in her Instagram stories earlier this week. So I’m confused as to which one she actually discussed on the podcast. Thanks so much!!

  8. Sarah, I saw somewhere on your blog that you quit using a Clarisonic and went to a Konjac sponge. Would you say a bit more about why you made that switch? Thanks!

  9. I absolutely loved how awkward this episode was.

  10. First of all, I love this podcast. Thank you for touching on issues that are relevant!
    Regarding skincare… everyone I know sells Rodan + Fields. I’ve looked on the “going green” sites for info on it’s toxicity but haven’t found it listed. So is it terrible? I’m just beginning the green journey in my life but also dropped way too much moola on Rodan + Fields recently and am curious if I should steer clear. 😬 Any info would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Laura – thanks for your kind words! I personally would not use Rodan + Fields due to many ingredients that don’t meet my standards.

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