It’s 2018, do you know what’s on your vanity? Fellow Clean Beauty blogger Jessica Morse of Bare Beauty sure does. Her platform arms readers with practical knowledge to revamp their beauty routines and rituals. She goes deep, studying up on every recommended product’s ingredient list and what those ingredients mean for your health; Call her the clean ingredient guru. We credit so much of our learnings to her ‘This Isn’t Pretty‘ section of her site where she walks us through a short list of the worst, toxic offenders found in the common convenient store conditioner, body lotion, or whatever it may be.
Since we are both huge proponents of clean beauty, and our missions are so aligned, it was a must that we collaborate. After sending a few brainstorming emails back and forth, we thought, the most important thing we could write about is, how to get people started in their clean beauty journey. It’s not always a simple process to understand, but that doesn’t mean swapping has to be a complicated feat (or one that breaks the bank). Without further ado, here are the clean beauty products Jessica recommends reaching for first and foremost, and why. Share it with your friends, your loved ones, your family members who you’re trying to convince that clean can mean simple too.
P.S. Jessica is joining us today in a #MomentofBeauty IG takeover! See her clean beauty routine in action here.
Overwhelmed by all the noise out there, many readers email me for help when making the switch to nontoxic personal care products. The good news is that there is no shortage of clean alternatives, and you can start anytime, with anything, be it mascara or body lotion. However, if you are freaked out, (been there) and want to wipe the slate clean, I like to recommend getting back to basics, and starting by switching out the products we use most often. There are plenty of effective, affordable options that are not harmful to our health; It’s all about rewiring our brains to reach for these products when shopping rather than for the synthetic-laden ones most of us grew up with. Here is a great place for the clean beauty newbie to begin:
Weleda Almond Soothing Body Wash: Conventional soap and body wash are made of the same industrial-grade surfactants that wash your car, namely Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Weleda uses coconut-based cleansers and real sweet almond oil to give you a good, safe, moisturizing lather. ($10)
Acure Organics Body Lotion: This is a really important swap. You’re likely applying body lotion on the your largest organ, your skin, and most likely on the largest surface area of the body – and you’re not rinsing it off. There are a lot of fancy, expensive nontoxic lotions out there, but this is still my favorite. It provides all-day moisture and never leaves skin feeling greasy. It’s also free of the Parabens, Silicones, Propylene Glycol and Petro-chemicals that are found in almost all conventional body lotions. ($9)
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body SPF 30: Ahh, the paradox of sunscreen. We are supposed to apply it and reapply it all day long to prevent cancer, but the active ingredients in most sunscreens are…. carcinogens. Avoid sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Avobenzone and Octocrylene at all costs. Safe sunscreens like this one contain Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide. ($24)
EO Everyone Liquid Hand Soap: These liquid hand soaps contain no SLS, Triclosan, Petrochemicals or Synthetic Fragrance. Due to various essential oil blends, they smell great and don’t over-dry hands. ($9)
Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner: With so many different hair types out there, shampoo and conditioner can be a very personal product, but Evolvh is a great place to start. This brand’s products are free of any and all toxic chemicals, and they leave virtually all hair types shiny, moisturized and manageable. ($24 & $28, respectively)
Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste: Unlike conventional toothpaste, Davids contains no harsh abrasives, microbeads, harmful Sulfates, or Triclosan. Instead, it employs ingredients like Baking Soda, Silica, Xylitol, and Peppermint Oil to effectively fight stains, plaque and bad breath. You’ll never want to use anything else once you switch. ($7.95)
Vapour Beauty AER Next Level Deodorant: Conventional deodorants also contain antiperspirant, which would be a Godsend if it weren’t loaded with incredibly harmful toxins like Aluminum Salts and Triclosan. I’ve tried 99% of the nontoxic deodorants out there, and Vapour is the winner. Its silky gel-to-powder formula keeps me stink-free for a full 24 hours. The price tag may seem steep, but a little goes a long way, so one stick lasts quite a while. ($24)
CleanWell Hand Sanitizer: Most conventional hand sanitizers contain Triclosan, Alcohol, Benzalkonium Chloride and other harmful chemicals that actually weaken our body’s natural bacterial resistance. Many of these ingredients are also endocrine disruptors and known carcinogens. CleanWell is made of a proprietary essential oil blend and active Thyme oil, which together, kill 99% of germs. ($4.95)
28 Litsea Petala Lip Balm: People basically end up ingesting a good portion of their lip balm and lipstick, so it’s very important that what we put of our lips is made of food-grade ingredients. Unlike conventional lip balms like Chapstick, 28 Litsea does not contain any Petroleum, artificial colors or flavors, Parabens or Tricolsan. Instead it’s made up of premium raw plant butters and cold-pressed oils. It’s my all-time favorite. ($7)
Once you’ve cleaned up your basics, I recommend switching out only 1-3 cosmetics at a time, or as you run out of your old products. This will limit your time in front of the bathroom mirror during a new product’s “trial period”. There is nothing worse than to realize you’re running late while you fumble through a bag of new makeup or a new skincare regimen you aren’t yet familiar with. Trust me, I’ve been there!
Special thanks to Jessica Morse!
Photo via Bare Beauty