Since I’ve made the switch (mostly, don’t judge) to non-toxic beauty and skincare products my skincare life has changed. I and others have noticed that my skin looks happier, healthier, and glow-ier.
I first began using more natural skincare products because of my momma. She was using all of these oils and wonderful smelling things that felt so luxurious and of course, I wanted all of it. (She also made me use her home-made toothpaste since my Colgate was going to make me “die from cancer!!!!” but we can skip over that one 😉 )
Fast forward a few years and I’m sold. I believe these products work better, are better for me, and are often-times less expensive and more effective than regular skincare products that you would find in a drug store or Sephora.
I use coconut oil for just about everything. Cooking, oil pulling, hair masks, moisturizer, makeup remover, and many other things. You can find the many ways I use coconut oil here.
A good coconut oil can make all the difference. My favorite is this one.
Ingredients: Organic, unrefined coconut oil
Y’all. This stuff. It smells so good I want to EAT it. It feels like a dream putting it on your face. Just trust me on this one. I use this as my main moisturizer on my face. My mom originally gave me this stuff to use on a scar I had. Because of it’s repairing properties it worked pretty well! Now I use it on my face. It’s liquid gold in my book. You can find it here on Amazon or occasionally at TJ Maxx pretty cheap.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (1), Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Lecithin
This witch hazel toner is good for not stripping the natural oils from your face and drying it out. This is what I use in the morning to “wash” my face before moisturizing with Vitamin E oil. You can find it on Amazon.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Witch Hazel), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
During my preteen years, a jar of this was always under my bathroom sink ready to be debuted at the next wild slumber party. A few months ago I saw another blogger using it and it rekindled my interest. This is one of those face masks (the best kind) that you can feel a difference. It almost kind of hurts. But in a good way because you know it’s working. And I’ll award this one with bonus points for being ONE ingredient! This stuff lasts foreverrrr so you won’t have to restock every few months. Find it here.
Ingredients:100% natural calcium bentonite (green) clay.
I have found that using lavender as a spot treatment works better than any other product I have used. It reduces swelling, redness, itching, and dries out the spot without making your skin flaky. I usually put some on right before bed and wake up with a noticeable difference. Normally, I just use a regular bottle of this and dab some on my finger to apply but I’m sure a roll-on would make it simple. I suggest finding this at TJ Maxx (they always have a tonnn) or you can order online here.
Okay okay, not technically skincare but this needed to make the cut. This toothpaste is grrrreat! I love pretty much everything Dr. Bronner’s sells but this one is my fav. I usually get mine on Thrive Market for $4.85 (the cheapest I’ve found it) or at TJ Maxx if they have it on their shelves.
Ingredients: Organic Glycerin, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrated Silica, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Potassium Cocoate (made with Organic Coconut Oil†), Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil†, Organic Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals†, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Flour†, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil†, Tocopherol, Citric Acid,, Xanthan Gum, Organic Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf / Stem Extract. †Certified Fair Trade Ingredient
If you are interested in any of the products in this list, it should be this one. I cannot rave about this more. This will always be the product that I will spend the extra money on because I know that its completely clean (hello ingredients!) It is so difficult to find truly clean deodorants. Even a lot of the ones marketed as healthy have some pretty nasty stuff in them or they just don’t work. I swear by this one and if you’re not convinced read the reviews.
Ingredients: Organic Arrowroot powder, Organic extra virgin coconut oil, Tallow from grass-fed cows, Organic Bees Wax, Baking Soda, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, White Kaolin Clay, Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Who doesn’t love dry shampoo? This one is great because it’s not hard on your scalp and can be easily concealed which can be difficult for ones that aren’t in aerosol cans. The cheapest I’ve found this is on Amazon. They also have specific hair color versions if you prefer.
Ingredients: corn starch*, arrowroot powder*, kaolin clay, sodium bicarbonate, rosemary oil*, peppermint oil*. *certified organic ingredient
And lastly, we have apple cider vinegar. I know, I know. The smell.
Jacob came home from school a few nights ago and very sweetly said: “okay honey, time to shower.” I had just taken an ACV detox bath before he got home. Turns out it does wonders for the skin and hair. Not so good for close contact with other humans, however. I also like to dilute a little with water and use it as a toner. It acts as an astringent, minimizing your pores.
If you’re still interested (you should be) look up some of the benefits and uses on Pinterest. The list is endless. Living in Malibu makes picking up ACV at the store pretty expensive so I normally just order some here or on Thrive.
Certified Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Purified Water. Diluted to 5% acidity.
Beware that there are a TON of products out there that claim to be non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and organic but that’s not always the case. Don’t be fooled by companies claiming to be “healthy” but when you flip the bottle to read what’s in it, you find ingredients that are about as clean as my left shoe. My suggestion is to do your own research and use whole products. I try and live by the standard that the cleanest products have the least amount of ingredients. That’s why I have listed out all of the ingredients in the products above.
“The cleanest products have the least amount of ingredients.”
I really like using the Think Dirty App. Its quick, efficient, and they tell you exactly what ingredients are in the products and why they are “dirty”. You simply type the name of the product into the search or use the barcode scanner for quick answers.
If you’re new to the non-toxic train don’t feel overwhelmed. It can be quite different than using standard drugstore skincare products. Take it slow and maybe try one or two at first. I promise you won’t regret it.
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