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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!
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!