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!
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
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 >>
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 >>
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!
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