Thoughts By Natalie

11 Safe, Natural Hair + Skin Products to Try

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the prevalence and impact of toxicity in our lives. From the water we shower in and the products we shower with, to the endless hair and makeup fixes we use on a daily basis, it seems we can never really escape the chemicals around us. Now, of course the environmental factors are here to stay (for now, at least), so aside from getting a filter for our showers and buying organic products when we can, there isn’t much we can do there. But thankfully we live in a time when natural, non-toxic skin and hair products are becoming more and more available.

These are several products I either currently use or am eager to try when my other products run out. (Tempted as I am to toss them, I don’t want to be wasteful! Maybe I can pass them along to a friend who is less naturally-minded than me at the moment? We’ll see…) I’ve included brief descriptions and personal thoughts, and added “learn more” links to make it easy for you to get even more details about the products you’re interested in. Cheers to being natural, gals!

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Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
A lightweight oil that can be used as a daily moisturizer or treatment for skin, hair, and nails. I personally love it as a facial moisturizer, and also on the ends of my hair, which tend to be a bit dry. Learn more >>

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Organic Coconut Oil
My skin moisturizer of choice, I slather coconut oil all over (including my face if I’m out of Argan Oil) one or two times daily to keep my skin moisturized and smelling tropical. I love that it’s 100% natural and organic, and that it has so many potential uses (like shaving cream, hair mask, leave-in conditioner and more) that I’m yet to even tap into. I personally get mine from Trader Joe’s in the aisle with the cooking oils, but it’s available almost everywhere these days.

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Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil
Good for all skin types (including acne-prone skin), this lightweight, high-tech, hybrid formula is made with non-comedogenic olive, sunflower, sesame and safflower oils. It removes dirt, makeup and pollutants, and the kukui nut and macadamia help protect natural moisture. Vitamin E helps reduce effects of environmental hazards such as irritation that can threaten the comfort of skin, and it has an energizing scent of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Learn more >>

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EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm
These cute little spheres are 95% organic, 100% natural, as well as paraben-, phthalate-, petrolatum- and gluten-free. Packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, EOS is one of my personal favorite lip picks (especially the Honeysuckle flavor)! Learn more >>

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Manuka Honey
According to The Chalkboard, “Breakouts, dullness from fatigue, redness and irritation can all be soothed and remedied with a good slather of this golden goo. Honey helps to heal skin damage, detoxify, oxygenate and gently exfoliate.” The key? It has to be raw! I’ve recently spotted some at my local Trader Joe’s for around $10, and if it’s not sold out yet, I’m going to snag some ASAP. Otherwise, I’m sure it can easily be found at natural food stores like Whole Foods. Learn more >>

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Butter London Nail Polish
Though not technically a skin product, it gets really close to the skin, and I think we can all agree that it fits within this general category (right?). All products are free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, and parabens. This gives me reason enough to find a local mani/pedi spot that carries the brand and treat myself to a little pampering. Learn more >>

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Origins Ginger Body Scrub
A natural, exfoliating scrub that helps buff skin into serious smoothness. I’ve tried it at the Origins store on my hands before and really loved it, but never have dared to try an exfoliator on my body since I have such eczema-prone skin. Perhaps it’s worth a try! Learn more >>

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Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick
Made to be used for eyes, cheeks and lips, reviews suggest it’s more practically just a great, natural cream blush for a touch of warmth on the cheeks. Learn more >>

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Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System
With no ingredients at all, the Clarisonic is an obvious choice for natural beauties who value good, healthy skin. Though I personally haven’t tried this product yet, I know so many people who swear by it and am considering saving up to get one myself. How does it work, exactly? This is how Clarisonic describes the process: “In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.” Might be worth a try, especially if it’s purchased from somewhere that would allow you to return it if it wasn’t as good as expected. Learn more >>

NOTE: Several of you on Facebook recommended the Olay Pro-X as a less expensive alternative to the Clarisonic—thanks for the input!

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BeautyBlender Pure
If you’re applying any kind of product to your face, this is a super safe bet. This dye-free sponge is ideal for sensitive skin, and thanks to its “low porosity,” it provides an even application of makeup primers, eye treatments, and moisturizing serums. Made of non-latex, hypoallergenic foam, it’s free to dyes, colorants, odors, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Learn more >>

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The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30
This natural, unscented, broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB) 30 SPF mineral sunscreen is easy to apply, non-greasy, and non-whitening. Zinc oxide is the only active sunscreen ingredient, and provides safe, effective sun protection (even for babies under 6 months old). Free of PABA, oxybenzone, gluten, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, petrochemicals, dyes & synthetic chemical sunscreens. Sounds pretty ideal to me, especially as the weather is warming up. Learn more >>

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The Honest Company Hair Products
Though I’ve been loving Bumble and Bumble lately, I obviously use it because my stylist recommended it and not because it’s natural and non-toxic. So, I’m considering making a switch once my products run out and trying the simple hair products from The Honest Company—namely their shampoo, conditioner and conditioning mist. Since I use a very basic daily cleaning shampoo already, I don’t need anything super fancy. And with the tangles my long, fine, wavy hair gets, a conditioning mist would be a major time and sanity saver. At the very least, I’m totally trying these products on Bean. Learn more >>

This is by no means a comprehensive list of what’s out there, so I want to know—what would you add (or take away) from this list? Let’s talk!

P.S. The ultimate guide to no-no ingredients to look for from The Chalkboard, and Jessica Alba’s new book on honest, natural, non-toxic living.


Top image via The Honest Company

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  • Grey
    April 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I’ve started using raw honey all the time now since discovering that the pasteurization process eliminates all the benefits of the honey. Fortunately, I’ve been able to find it at regular grocery stores.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      April 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

      That’s great that you’ve found raw honey easily! Good news for everyone :)

  • Megan @ Pink O'Clock
    April 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Be careful with honey. It’s amazing, that’s for sure, but as with most things you have to be careful where you buy it, especially since there’s research out there that suggests that a lot of what’s labeled as honey in grocery stores is not the real-deal. I always try to buy mine locally–I have a friend who has an apiary in her backyard, and if I can’t get some of hers I buy it from another local company at the farmer’s market–and it’s amazing for a whole host of things, from sweetening my tea to soothing my allergies (everything’s in bloom right now!).

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      April 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Yes, totally. Everything I’ve read has been related to raw honey, and specifically in this post it’s all about the raw Manuka honey from New Zealand as a face mask. That being said, local honey is so wonderful for allergies! I’ve done that before and was really impressed with the results.

  • Linnea
    April 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love honest’s shampoo & body wash and buy it in a double pack from Costco! Since I’ve been pregnant I’ve started using a combo of coconut oil, rose hip oil, and almond oil on my body as a moisturizer. I sort of just mix everything together in my palm (it can sometimes be messy… so maybe I should figure out a better process for this) and put it everywhere, focusing on the important parts… thighs, bum, belly, boobs! The rose hip oil feels especially nourishing – it’s orange tinted and I like to think it makes me glow :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      April 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Oh yes—I feel like oils are the way to go for us preggos!

  • Molly
    April 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I had no idea coconut oil had so many uses! Good to know :)

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      April 10, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Right?!? I was impressed too. I will give a little warning, though: if you use it as a hair mask, be sure you don’t have anywhere to go for a while, and also that you have a clarifying shampoo to get the oils out!

  • Kathleen Mather
    April 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    In January I slowly started changing all of my skincare products over to all natural and organic ones and I couldn’t be happier. I saw major improvements in my skin and my hair is super healthy. I have had a lot of trial and error and found that you just have to do the same to find what works best with your body. A few of my favorites are Acure Organics pure mint + echinacea stem cell volumizing shampoo and conditioner. I get these from Whole Foods. Out of the shower I use a detangler and heat protectant ,Yarok’s Feed Your Ends. I openly admit this was the hardest dirty product for me to move away from as I had a very bad experience with Honest’s leave in conditioner which ended up frying my hair, but Yarok’s is fabulous. If my ends are feeling really dry I will follow up with Acure’s 100% Argan Oil. This is so cheap and I also get it at whole foods. My favorite face wash is Elizabeth Dehn for One love Organics Vitamin B cleansing oil. After reading lots of great reviews about this online I switched and was amazed with the results. For sunscreen I have to admit I have tried Honest’s sunscreen and found it way too oily for me. My hair (which is long) would stick in it and get oily. I was hoping it would sink in after a awhile and that is not the case. And there was no way I was putting something that greasy on my face. My mom has skin cancer so sunscreen for me is a must, but I’m not willing to put up with the oiliness. I now use Suntegrity for face and body and I like it much better. I also just discovered Bija Body. I use their Daily Body Treatment for lotion and their Daily body serum. The smell is amazing and the lotion which protects against free radicals feels so decadent! I also drink their daily beauty tea every morning with breakfast. My go to read now for clean and natural products is they review products and have people give their own testimonies of the products they find works well. That is where I have found 95% of the products I use. I also like to consult they rate products on cleanliness and give a breakdown on what the ingredients are doing to our bodies. I use it for everything from skincare to house hold cleaning products. It is a great resource. Lastly, I’m not pregnant for those of you who are I have had my eye on Mambino’s Belly Butter. All natural and has amazing reviews. Once we start having kids that will be the first thing I pick up.

    • Natalie Lynn Borton
      April 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Oh yes, I just discovered EWG and love it! Also, I love the Honest sunscreen, but have super dry skin so perhaps that’s why the oil factor hasn’t been an issue? Either way, good to know for the other gals with oily skin who read this post!

  • Alexandria
    May 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm


    Great suggestions! I have been wanting to try Josie Maran’s products for awhile now. Also, good to know about the Honest Company’s sunscreen. After having a large section of cancer removed last Christmas, I will forever have to apply sunscreen on any outing when the sun is shining. I am on the lookout for sunscreen that isn’t greasy, isn’t harmful and that does the trick. I will definitely be checking it out!

    Thanks for the recommendations!