I’ve been on a bit of a product bend lately, mostly because for the past year or so I’ve been trying to use exclusively organic/non-toxic beauty products. And, if you’ve used natural beauty products before, you know how hard it can be to find any that are effective. Add in the fact that I have problematic skin (I tend to breakout and get easily dry but am also oily), I pretty much feel like my skin has not been at it’s best since I went all natural and got rid of my Retin-A and Obagi skincare routine. Thankfully, using clean beauty products is becoming more and more popular, so there’s an increasing number of options out there for me. And, thanks to sites like No More Dirty Looks (my new obsession) I get to learn about new products that have worked for other people.
While I’m still experimenting and trying to find the right combination of daily products, I’ve included a list of clean beauty products that have been working for me. I’ll also keep adding more as I find them. Do you have any clean beauty products that you love? Let me know about them in the comment section!
If you’re not familiar with Tammy Fender, her skincare line is holistic, and the ingredients she uses are meant to work together to balance your skin. She believes (and I do, too) that everything you put on your skin effects your body, so why not make it pure? In addition to being super effective, her products smell INSANELY good. I first sampled the Tammy Fender line via her Travel Treatment Kit ($150), which includes a cleanser, toner, facial mask/peel, serum, and moisturizer. After using all the products for about a month, I seriously loved them so much that I recently bought full-size versions of three of the products, namely the Purifying Cleanser ($50), Bulgarian Rose Water ($65), and the Intensive Repair Balm ($130), which might be the best moisturize I’ve ever used. Yes, they’re expensive, but I’d rather spend an extra $30 or $40 on a product that actually works and I enjoy using (have I mentioned it smells insanely good?). Click here to buy.
I first read about this line on No More Dirty Looks, and so far so good. The Solution ($45) is an “active” nighttime treatment that you use 2-4 times a week (I’ve been using it every other night, alternating with the Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm, which I also use in the morning). The product aims to stimulate cell renewal and deep exfoliation as well as decongest pores and work on those fine lines. Who doesn’t want that? I’ll report back after a few weeks on the results. Click here to buy.
I’ve always found it hard to find a body lotion I love (especially one that is clean). And while this is a body oil and not a lotion, Suki’s Delicate Hydrating Oil ($27) has become my favorite since I started using it a year ago. It’s absorbs into the skin fairly easily, and leaves my skin softer than any other lotion or oil I’ve used. I happen to like the smell, but if you don’t like anything woodsy (it pretty much makes you smell like a wood chip), then this might not be for you.
I love the entire line of Jason products. The company started in 1959 (obviously way ahead of the clean beauty trend) and set out to create products that were natural, effective, and never tested on animals. My go-to products from Jason are the body wash ($14) and the toothpaste ($7). I’ve been using the toothpaste for about two years now, and my husband and I recently had to use a non-natural toothpaste when we were out of town, and I thought our mouths were going to light on fire. Seriously, it was such a crazy difference that I realized just how many weird ingredients must be in there. Also, Tom’s of Maine is NOT a natural toothpaste, if you’re on the market for one. It still contains Sulfates, which is one of those ingredients you want to stay away from in addition to Parabens, Butylene Glycol, and Propylene Glycol. Click here to buy.