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My Favorite Clean Beauty Products

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Back in April, I talked about my transition into using clean beauty products and what I’ve learned so far in Clean Beauty 101. This experience has taught me more about the beauty industry, health, and even a little chemistry! Since I’m a lover of beauty, it’s also been a fun ride experimenting with new products and brands.

Aside from the fun, I think it’s very important for other beauty lovers to be aware of what is in their favorite products and what they are putting onto and into their bodies on a regular basis. So even though I’m no expert, I feel compelled to share what I know with you all to help you become more informed consumers!

My Favorite Clean Beauty Products

Clean Beauty 101 Fast Facts

I do want to share some of my favorite clean beauty products, but before we dive into that, let’s go through some of the main points I made in Clean Beauty 101:

  • In the U.S., there is very little regulation on what ingredients can and cannot be used in beauty products.
  • Harmful ingredients, like known carcinogens and formaldehyde, are often found in everyday products.
  • Beauty brands use these dirty ingredients because they are cheap, act as fillers, and/or make a product last longer on a store shelf.
  • Beauty brands are allowed to claim products are “dermatologist-tested” or “all-natural” without having any real proof behind those statements.
  • When product labels boast about having fancy ingredients, like 24K gold or rose petals, they often make up less than 1% of the product. Again, there are no rules against this kind of deceptive advertising.

In my opinion, you don’t have to make a 100% transition to clean beauty products unless you really want to. It’s more important to be aware of what you’re buying, putting onto and into your body, and what beauty brands are doing with your money.

Being an informed consumer is being an empowered consumer! Remember, the reason why we see “paraben-free” or “sulfate-free” on product labels is because enough people learned what parabens and sulfates were and caused enough of a fuss for brands to change their formulas!

With that said, if you’d like to learn more about clean beauty, you can check out my Know Your Beauty e-book. It includes a list of ingredients to love, ingredients to avoid, a packaging symbol guide, and helpful shopping tips!

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My Favorite Clean Beauty Products

Now on to the good stuff! Throughout my transition, I have come across some great clean beauty products that have really impressed me. Honestly, these products work just as well or better than their dirtier counterparts.

Jason Tea Tree Body Wash – This is a gentle body wash with a subtle but pleasant scent. Since this comes in such a large bottle, I also like using it as a shaving gel! It leaves my skin super soft and doesn’t clog my razor.

Destiny Boutique Charcoal Face Wash Detox – Face washes are infamous for leaving the skin feeling stripped and tight, but this one leaves my face feeling balanced and clean. I also like using it under my arms to let the charcoal work its magic by detoxing and brightening the skin.

Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant – Finding the right deodorant has always been a struggle for me! I deal with sweating and the frustration of other deodorants crumbling up under my arms. I was a little skeptical of this natural alternative because I thought it wouldn’t be strong enough. To my surprise, it’s perfect! I like that it doesn’t contain aluminum and that it smells amazing. It’s nearly invisible and lasts all day.

Kind & Natured Nourishing Shea & Macadamia Body Lotion – I included two different body lotions on this list. This first one is great if you deal with dry or cracked skin. It’s a thicker formula that really makes a difference. I actually only use it every other day because my skin stays so soft, even after showering. A little goes a long way with this stuff!

Burt’s Bees Body Lotion Milk & Honey – This second option is better for normal skin. It has a neutral scent and works great for everyday use.

Simple Skincare Replenishing Moisturizer – If you just want a simple moisturizer (no pun intended), then this one is a great option. It’s not too heavy and works perfectly as a morning prep before makeup. I just wish it had SPF!

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo – If you’re a curly girl, then you’re going to want to try out these next two products! This shampoo doesn’t leave my hair feeling like straw when I’m in the shower. I don’t feel like I have to over compensate with conditioner because this just leaves my hair feeling clean.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner – This is a really nourishing conditioner that leaves the hair feeling healthy and shiny. You only need a small amount! I know, us curly girls are so used to using a lot of conditioner, it’s rare that a small amount will do!

 

Next time you’re out shopping, take a quick look at the selection of clean beauty products that store may have. Target, CVS, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx all have growing selections at affordable prices! Once you try out a product or two, you’ll see that there really isn’t much of a difference in their performance compared to dirtier products. But, you will have more peace of mind knowing you are using a less harmful product that is made from better ingredients!


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What are some of your favorite clean beauty products? Let me know in the comments!

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30 Comments

  • Reply Harley

    Great list..Thank you!

    May 30, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      My pleasure!

      June 1, 2018 at 10:08 am
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    I love that Shea Moisture scent – I haven’t tried the hair products but I have the shower gel and lotion. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    -Lauren

    May 30, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      They have a pretty wide range of hair products for different hair types. You should definitely give it a shot!

      June 1, 2018 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Emily

    I really like the Shea Moisture line. Thanks for sharing!

    May 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s great, right? 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Thanks for this list. I havent tried the Shea line but have seen it at the store. I will need to give it a try.

    May 30, 2018 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      They have a very wide range of products. I’m sure you’ll find a few things that work for you!

      June 1, 2018 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Lindsay

    I’m the market for clean beauty products, and I can’t wait to start shopping for some of these! The Coconut Hibiscus shampoo & conditioner sounds like a dream. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    May 31, 2018 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It really is! It smells great too 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Jordan

    With your review plus the two above, I’m thinking I need to try the Shea Moisture line 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

    May 31, 2018 at 10:51 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’ve loved everything I’ve used so far! I definitely recommend 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Corey

    I’ve never really paid attention to my makeup and skincare items and what’s in them. Might have to start after reading this.

    May 31, 2018 at 11:07 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      You don’t have to become an expert but it’s definitely worth knowing what you’re buying and using on your body 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Julie

    I struggle to find a good body wash that I can also use as a shave gel. I will look into the Jason Tea Tree Body Wash.

    May 31, 2018 at 11:25 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It’s a good one! There’s also other scents in the line that I’m looking to try 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Talisa

    The Simple brand is one of my clean-brand faves in the UK!

    May 31, 2018 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’ve been experimenting with it more and I’m definitely liking it!

      June 1, 2018 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Jana

    I love Burt’s Bees products! These all seem really great, thanks for sharing ☺️

    May 31, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      Me too! And they’re also easy to find and not too pricey 🙂

      June 1, 2018 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Bethany

    I love Shea Moisture. In my quest for more natural products, I’ve found that natural body products is the hardest (and priciest) Change!

    May 31, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It definitely is! It’s not easy but I prefer having the peace of mind, you know? haha

      June 1, 2018 at 10:03 am
  • Reply jenna

    I’ve been getting super into skincare and makeup lately, this is such a great post! Def bookmarking to reference back to 🙂

    June 1, 2018 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’m so happy to help! Good luck on your new journey 🙂

      June 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Samantha

    I love everything Shea Moisture (especially their face masks and face washes!) and Burt’s Bees. Great list!

    June 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I definitely have to try their face washes next!

      June 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Bailey

    I’m trying to slowly make my cabinet more natural. This is such a huge help!

    June 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’m happy to help! I’m on that transition too 🙂

      June 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I transitioned to clean products in October as my old stuff ran out. I especially love Arbonne products and Young Living Essential Oils. Thanks for sharing your picks!

    June 3, 2018 at 9:14 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      I’ve heard great things about Young Living!

      June 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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