Beauty & Skincare
Finding safer personal care products and make-up used to be a real challenge, but thanks to a growing interest in healthy living, and avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals, it’s become far easier! These are some of my favorite products, both for their safe ingredients, and for how wonderful they are!
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Josh Rosebrook makes some of most luxe, non-toxic skincare products I’ve ever used. His Hydrating Accelerator is one of the products that I never let run out; it’s helps keep my skin hydrated and fresh and helps follow up products absorb better.
Josh Rosebrook makes some of most luxe, non-toxic skincare products I’ve ever used. This hydration mask is a god-send for tired, dry skin. Pair it with his Hydrating Accelerator for the best results. This line is one of my new favorites! Find Josh’s products over at The Detox Market
Dr. Alkaitis products are also in the “luxe” category, but worth every penny. This Nourishing Treatment Oil, along with the Herbal Toner he makes are part of my twice daily routine. The great thing is that even though they are a little on the expensive side, they last a really long time!
The Osea Blemish Balm is a blessing to anyone with oily skin! This formula has all sorts of lovely enzymes, oils, and extracts to make for a light-weight and oil balancing moisturizer. Because this has some citrus ingredients, it’s extra important to wear SPF! See my recommendations below for that as well.
This moisturizer is the perfect hydrator! It leaves the skin feeling soothed, dewy, and plump without feeling greasy or oily. The formula is loaded with skin-loving ingredients! If you have sensitive skin or need a breathable moisturizer, this is the ticket!
Naturopathica products are such a treat! They vet every ingredient that goes into their formulas, all of which are free of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Petroleum-derived ingredients, and many other toxic or known irritating compounds. This facial polish in particular is super gentle (no walnut scrub — they soft and uniform jojoba beads so as not to damage the dermis) and can be used as a mask as well!
Pai Skincare is a game-changer for any and everyone with sensitive skin! Their products are gentle, nont-toxic, highly effective, and very luxurious feeling. My skin just loves this stuff.
The Evan Healy line of serums, hydrosols, masks, cleansers, and skincare are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Many products are Certified Organic, and are always free of harmful, and even questionable ingredients. The Rose Face Care Kit is ideal for balancing the skin, but check out the Blue line if you’ve got sensitive skin!
MyChelle products are ultra-clean and available at Whole Foods and other natural food stores around the country, making them an easily accessible option without having to order online. They make a full line of cleansers, exfoliators, serums, moisturizers, and sun protection.
Another skin care line of cleansers, toners, serums, oils and hair & body products from a company with a mission to create non-toxic products that are clinically proven to work. They are MadeSafe Certified, gluten free, and another line that packages mostly in glass.
Want to explore even more ultra-clean, high performing beauty products? Check out The Detox Market, an online & retail store that curates the best non-toxic skin & beauty care products available. They even have a monthly subscription service that’s perfect for product junkies who do not want to compromise on the quality of ingredients.
Annmarie Skincare is a personal favorite for a lot of reasons, not least of which is that the Gianni family who’s behind this line are dear friends and wonderful people. I share about their products a lot because I think they exemplify what it means to create clean, nourishing, non-toxic skincare. Come check out an interview with founder Kevin Gianni and learn more about them!
Vapour is a truly luxe brand of non-toxic, and largely organic makeup. They operate their own USDA approved organic lab, use biodegradable ingredients and recycled packaging. They offer great sample kits where you can try a selection of 5 products for only $15!
While this pressed powder is my favorite, everything in the Alima Pure line is excellent. They have a full line of makeup, including eyeshadows, brow pencils, mascara, and lipstick.
Juice Beauty is another skincare line that’s readily available at places like Whole Foods, and stores like Ulta & Bluemercury. They offer a full line of moisturizers, cleaners, masks, serums and makeup. While not what I would call “ultra clean” this line is still miles better than conventional products.
100% Pure was one of the earlier non-toxic skincare & makeup lines to hit the scene. They have a unique line of make up that are are colored using vibrant fruit, vegetable, tea and other plant pigments, including shades for darker skin tones. This has been a favorite line of mine for years!
Natural beauty and luxury cosmetics are typically mutually exclusive descriptions…unless you’re a company like Kjaer Weis. Their products are super clean and come in re-fillable packaging (hello, sustainability!) Their blush is very blendable and applies easily with the warmth of your hands.
This company makes incredible makeup, but they’re most famous for their wide selection of lip sticks, lip pencils, and lip gloss. These are lux products that are reasonably priced. There are few ingredients that I’m not in love with, but overall this is an excellent line that’s lightyears better than conventional makeup.
W3LL People products are not only EWG Verified, they’re available at Target stores! They a full line of foundations, concealer, cheek stains, eye shadows and lip colors. I love this lip butter!
RMS Beauty’s Living Luminizer has been a cult favorite for a long time now. This gives you a subtle “lit from within” glow when you apply it to the high points of your cheeks, cupid’s bow, and the inner corners of the eyes. This is one of those versatile multi-use products that make you look suspiciously good with minimal effort!
Mineral Fusion eyeliners are clean, creamy, and easy to find! It’s great to have clean beauty staples for those times when you need something to feel a little more put-together. This does that at a reasonable price!
I’ve been using this eyeliner almost exclusively for about 4 years now, and I absolutely love it. My eyelids get oily pretty fast, which means most eyeliners end up bleeding and transferring to my upper eyelid. But not this stuff! Stays on all day. I have yet to find a better product on the market!
Hands down, my favorite mascara. I’ve tried probably a dozen brands over the years, and I always come back to this one. No smearing, no flaking. I’ve not tried other products in this line, but I LOVE this one!
This is my go-to sunscreen in the summer. Stream2Sea is one of my all time favorite product lines that’s safe for people and the environment!
For those looking for a light tint, this Stream2Sea sunscreen will step in and serve as foundation for light skin tones
This very light-weight (and barely tinted) sunscreen works wonders! Although everyone’s skin behaves differently, it’s formulated to work with every skin type and has a subtle tint to it which offsets some of the white cast that you get with mineral sunscreens.
A very popular sunscreen on EWG, Suntegrity has a smooth formula with a relatively light texture compared to most mineral sunscreens. That said, this does leave a very heavy white cast upon application but it usually goes away once it settles into the skin.
This is one of the best sunscreens for everyday use. It’s ideal for all skin types but is especially great for those with sensitive skin! It’s very hydrating but doesn’t feel like an oil slick on your face.
I’ve been using this deodorant pretty exclusively for the past 6 years and am never without it. It’s a little spendy, but it last for ages, and works really well. Like all deodorants, you have to find the one the works with your body chemistry.
This gel-to-powder formula is seriously swoon-worthy! Silky and lightweight, this deodorant works beautifully and a little goes a looong way. It’s 70% organic and utilizes baking soda to mitigate bacteria so if you’re sensitive to baking soda, steer clear! Vapour uses essential oils to fragrance their products and the palo santo blood orange is my absolute favorite!
*baking soda free*
If you have sensitive skin, natural deodorants without baking soda are a great option. I’ve used soapwalla’s deodorants for years and they work great! They also come in small travel sizes that are super convenient.
Cream deodorants used to suck. Now there are so many of these pit pastes that come in a variety of scents (via essential oils) and are free of toxic ingredients that you find in conventional antiperspirants. Even more good news: it actually works!
Schmidt’s is a great deodorant that’s readily available from retailers, including Costco! No nasty chemicals, effective, and even good for sensitive skin. They have a super fun line of plant based fragrances like rose & vanilla, cedar & juniper, and even jasmine tea! Schmidt’s also makes toothpaste soaps. They are a Portland, OR based company that I love supporting.
Another great natural, non-toxic deodorant made with simple but effective ingredients. The texture is very soft and comes in a convenient twist up bottle. They offer unscented natural deodorant at a very fair price. Great unisex option!
*baking soda free*
Aside from their UH-MAZING packaging and branding, this company demonstrates a clear commitment to sustainability. Their packaging is all re-useable and recyclable (which is always great). The product itself is clean, effective, and easy to use.
*baking soda free*
Herbalist formulated, non-toxic, and universally appealing scent. What’s not to love? Even better: for those of you who love to wear black, this deodorant won’t leave those chalky white streaks on your clothes!
*baking soda free*
Okay, okay — I know. I already shared one of their deodorants BUT it’s too good! This natural (and baking soda free) stick deodorant is easy to apply on-the-go and an easy transition for those who aren’t used to using cream deodorants yet. No messy application or plastic!