Want to find out which natural beauty products are worth trying out? Keep on reading to find out!
Why natural beauty products?
After becoming a mom, I started becoming really interested in what was going on my skin and my children’s skin. When I started researching the ingredients lists on my products, I noticed that many of the ingredients were synthetic, and many of them toxic or even cancerous. Pretty scary, right?
For example, many synthetic sunscreen ingredients such as Octinoxate and Oxybenzone are commonly found in sunscreens because they chemically absorb UV-light. Now we know they mimic hormones in our body and therefore are called endocrine disruptors.
Conversely, Zinc Oxode and Titanium Dioxide were not found to have the same endocrine activity. They simply filter UV light physically through their particles. These are the ones you should put on your skin!!
I pitched many of my previous products and immediately began trying natural ones. A few years later, I finally found some great natural beauty products that I now call my favorites.
What is considered “natural”?
Luckily, there’s an organization that does all the research for you, called the Environmental Working Group, aka the EWG. Not only do they rate products according to how “clean” they are, but they also rate food and other consumer products.
For beauty products, they provide a comprehensive cosmetics database called “skin deep”. Their ratings are based on ingredient concerns in the following categories: Carcinogenicity (ability to cause cancer), Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity, Allergies and Immunotoxicity (causing harm to the immune system), and Use Restrictions (ingredients that are restricted for use in certain countries).
They also have an ingredients search engine where you can look up specific ingredients if you are wondering about products they have not reviewed yet. This is available on their skin deep website.
For EWG ratings, I would recommend products with a 2 or below. The higher the rating the worse/more toxic the product is. The ratings go 1 through 10, with 10 being the worst, the best products are considered “EWG verified” and have their logo displayed. These products would technically be considered a better rating than even a score of 1.
I always choose products now with EWG ratings of 2 or below. But you do you!
Let’s dive into my favorite natural beauty products:
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Natural beauty products:
1. Honest Beauty Crème Cheek Blush
This blush is nice because you can use just your finger to put it on, which is great for on-the-go. This is extremely blendable and a very natural color. 10/10 would recommend! Here is the link for it.
2. Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Palette
I really like this palette because it is a mix of matte and shimmer shades. My favorite color for my skin tone is the “matte plum” shade, but I’ve used all of the colors with good results. The colors are well-pigmented and blend nicely. I also happen to use the darker brown shade to fill in my eyebrows. Get it here!
3. Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer
This mascara is amazing. You know how some mascara runs or flakes or smudges? Yeah, this one doesn’t do any of that. It stays in place all day. You will never look like you have raccoon eyes and you can wear this to any wedding or funeral. This staple is one of my subscribe-and-save items on Amazon so I never run out.
4. Saie Glowy Super Gel
Wow, this one is a stunner. You can use this in place of foundation, as a highlighter, or for an all-over glow. Technically this is considered a luminizer and makes your skin look healthy and radiant. Either way, it’s a great pick! Especially during winter when my skin feels drier than the Gobi Desert, this gives my skin the pick-me-up it needs. This can only be purchased from the Saie website, but I had no issues with shipping, and the packaging is beautiful and sustainable. Win-win! Get it here.
5. Saie Slip Tint Tinted Moisturizer
This is my new absolute fave, and is perfect in the winter months. This is a tinted moisturizer, and gives my thirsty skin the hydration it needs. A little goes a loooong way, and just like the Saie Glowy Super Gel gives a radiant look. It has SPF 35 in it (don’t worry, it’s zinc oxide!)
6. Native Deodorant
I’m not sure how many “natural” deodorants I tried before I finally found “the one”. This honestly is the only one that has ever worked for me consistently. I found it for the first time at Walgreens and I was like OMG. Why does nobody else carry this product? A few months later Target started carrying it, and then FINALLY, I found it on Amazon. This one is also on my subscribe and save! I get this 3-pack because it’s slightly cheaper and they all smell amazing.
7. Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo
Yes, I know, I know, everyone loves Batiste. But have you ever looked at the ingredients list? It literally has propane in it (and other chemicals I don’t want to spray in our house or on my head.) Plus anything aerosolized isn’t really good for the environment.
This dry shampoo comes in a light and dark shade depending on your hair color. I chose dark for me. Basically, I sprinkle some into my hairbrush or on my scalp and then brush through my hair or rub it into my scalp. It works great. And no toxic ingredients!
8. Jojoba Oil:
Okay, so jojoba oil has replaced so many products for me. I do use the OCM (oil cleansing method), which basically says you put oil on your dry face, rub it in really good, then use a washcloth to remove it.
For me, Jojoba oil also replaces hand lotion, face lotion, body lotion, lip balm, cuticle oil, stretch mark cream, and does an overall EXCELLENT job of keeping my skin hydrated.
Interested in reading more about jojoba oil? Read my post about it here.
There are a lot of beauty products out there with toxic chemicals. If you’re interested in getting safer products, you might want to try out some of these!
Hope you enjoyed my post!
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