By Cassie Johnston
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I’ve had this post on the docket for months now—and honestly, I just never could get the courage up to write it. I’ve said before, I’m not a fashion/beauty/makeup expert, so writing about this stuff with any kind of authority seems super silly.
But, then I posted about my capsule wardrobe a few weeks back, and you guys were so awesome, I figured it was time to get over my fear of writing about natural beauty products and share with you my favorite finds.
In general, I’d consider myself pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty products. Most days, my makeup routine consists of little more than moisturizer, tinted lip balm, and maybe some mascara. And I pretty much never wash my hair (okay, not never).
I trend my beauty purchases to more natural brands, but I also like to balance “cleaner” ingredients with effectiveness, price, and availability. Honestly, I have no interest in driving an hour to the health food store to buy $30 lip gloss made from organically grown beets (is that a thing?). I like the better-for-you products that are affordable, work well, and I can grab during a regular Target run (they have a GREAT natural/organic beauty section).
I check everything I buy through the EWG SkinDeep database—and I try to only buy products that have a rating of three or below. In the past, I’ve even done some experimenting with making my own natural beauty products, but the current season of my life just means I can’t fit that in. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday, but for now, I’m alright with buying these products that really work with me. Let me show you my faves.
Well, okay, now that I’ve written all that out, maybe I am a little more high maintenance in the beauty department than I previously thought. Ha! As Rory Gilmore said, when did I become one of those girls with dozens of beauty products, none of which are expendable? It used to be a touch of mascara, dab of Coppertone, zip, bam, boom, out the door.
I swear, there is a Gilmore Girls quote applicable to every aspect of my life. Copper boom! I’d love it if you shared your favorite natural beauty products in the comments. Turn me onto something new—I’m trying to find a natural hairspray (is that a thing?). Recommend away!
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Love this article and can’t wait to try some of the stuff listed, especially the bronzer stick and some of the purple prairie items (a brand I was not previously familiar with). Thanks for sharing!
Some of my favorite natural products … Anything by Tarte but especially the 4 in 1 mascara, clay eyeliner, and the tinted moisturizer, Honest company spray sunscreen (it’s amazing how toxic most sunscreens are). This one is quick to put on which is great with the toddler running around, doesn’t smell bad, and it doesn’t leave a residue. And I have never gotten burnt while wearing it. I also really love Voya skincare. It’s pricey but it’s all natural and organic, it lasts forever, and my skin has never looked and felt better! Oh and Burt’s Bees mama bee moisturizer for when my skin is really dry.
Acure is one of my FAVORITE brands! Especially that same scrub. A natural deodorant brand that I really like is Native if ever you’re looking for another one to try.
Awesome post. I’ve only dipped my foot in the water with natural, mainly because like you I am very low maintenance with makeup.
As for face washing – exact same as you, never, and I just use eye make-up removers. It’s funny because people always compliment me on my great skin and I really do nothing skincare wise.
As for recommendations, a friend who had a bad health scare SWEARS by this deodorant and she’s tried them all. Pricier than yours, but in case you wanna try (scented worked (lemon) unscendted not as well)
And for dry shampoo Body Shop in Canada has a great one and their products are generally ‘cleaner’ and NO testing on animals – Yay!
lovely picks! I love that Karma Naturals soy polish remover – it’s so great! If you’re looking for a natural hair spray, I would try Josh Rosebrook Lift Spray, Rahua Hair Spray, or I believe Yarok has one too but I’ve not tried it!
Love love love this!!! Thank you for sharing!
very nice and attractive. Your skin care collections are really awsome
Lovely list! Here in South Africa, we have a lot of great companies doing some really great stuff. Everywhere you look you can find some all natural products.
Love this post! It’s so helpful to have reviews from a person with similar low-maintenance needs and the desire to want to be as non-toxic/natural as possible. Will definitely be picking up some of these!
I don’t wash my face either – I just splash water on it every morning and night. My moisturizer of choice is jojoba oil, straight up. A little goes a loooong way, it’s only one ingredient, and it works just great for my combination skin. It goes on oily but soaks in quickly. The downside is that it – obviously – has no sunscreen, so I add sunscreen to my morning routine in the summer.
I needed this post! It definitely gave me some new things to try as I’ve been slowly trying to clean up my personal care routine. I need to get that natural nail polish remover and I want to try Pacifica’s new nail polishes. Nail polish seems to be a hard area for me to clean up.
My two favorites for my face are Pacifica’s cactus micellar water and Acure Organics argan rose oil.
Shea Moisture products are awesome for Kaydin’s biracial hair. And I love the mission and beliefs behind the company!
Alba is awesome for sunscreen. We use the cream kinds. I love their conditioner for Kaydin’s hair too!
I’ve gotten a couple deorderants from Thrive that I LOVE! Crystal brand and Jason brand. Both work really well!
and I use Acure everything (except shampoo and condt so far). LOVE it all!! their face washes and moisturizers are great. Although, I’m not a daily face washer either. Just a few times per week.
I use a Theives oil toothpaste and mouthwash from Young Living thats great too.
I’m very low maintenance for makeup (just eyes) and only wash my hair once maybe twice a week but I actually didn’t realize I had switched over to so many natural and cleaner products for skin and beauty. thanks for the eye opener ;) :)
Love the post! I see a few of my favs (Burt’s Bee, Pacifica) I love FitGlow Beauty and Root Pretty! Deodorant and tooth paste are still where I struggle and hair products! Shampoo, no problem. Live Clean all the way! But dry shampoo, hair spray…still a mystery to me! Would love some suggestions as well. Tal xo
I have super sensitive skin and have had such problems finding a deodorant that doesn’t irritate me, even natural brands. But I read a trick on another blog that has changed everything!!! It is so weird but so effective, even in the 90 degree weather we are having. First, you apply a layer of coconut oil, then a layer of Goodsense Milk of Magnesia (I read that this is a key ingredient in a lot of deodorants). You pour out the water from the top of the bottle, then use the white, thicker stuff. Anyway, this has worked amazingly. So bizarre but I promise it is effective! :)
For deodorant I love Zion Health’s Adama ClayDry deodorant! It works nearly as well as traditional kinds, comes in scents that work for men and women (green pear, lavender, white pine), and I buy it at a local store for only $6.99 for a regular sized stick. And for toothpaste I use Earthpaste from Redmond, it feels really weird at first because it’s grayish-brown and doesn’t foam, but now if I use regular toothpaste it feels like I’m brushing with a mouthful of shampoo! My kids love both the Lemon Twist and Cinnamon flavors and I love how I feel like I just left the dentist’s office!
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