Today I’d like to share three more of my favorite non-toxic products – all beauty focused! I’ve talked before about the catalysis for this green living journey we’ve embarked on and it’s something that I’m continuing to learn more about each and every day. While I know it can be a tremendously daunting task to remove the myriad of toxins that are likely hiding in your home, my best advice is to take it slow. That said, refreshing my beauty and skincare routine was by far the most difficult – yet also the most important. As you apply these products directly to your skin, and often leave them there all day, you are absorbing every ingredient directly into your body. In fact, one hundred percent of women of childbearing age have detectable levels of phthalates (fragrance ingredients that may be reproductive toxins) in their bodies, probably because of cosmetic use. While we aren’t planning on starting a family for a few more years, that statistic (from e) terrified me. I immediately began overhauling my own beauty routine – from shampoo to moisturizer, primer to foundation.
Some argue that this is one area where you can completely eliminate toxic exposure because unlike air pollution or the necessity to do your laundry, makeup is completely optional. To those, I say more power to you but my makeup routine simply is not optional in my mind. I have a great deal of fun using makeup to express myself and it’s a simple joy in life I wasn’t willing to forgo. So! I got to work replacing my routine – one product at a time. This has been a trial and error process that’s taken me well over a year and countless samples but I think I’ve finally got a good one that works for me and my skin! Here are a few of the products I use daily (all titles linked):
Lavanila, The Healthy Deodorant, Sport Luxe Scent: This deodorant is a tried and true for me as I’ve been using it for years. It’s been able to stand up to everything I’ve thrown at it from long runs to black t-shirts. It even lasted me the entire day on our wedding day! I prefer the “sport” version because it doesn’t have much of a scent but the other versions of this brand work well too.
Honest Beauty Mascara: I feel as though the validation for this mascara is best demonstrated through a short story. The other day a friend who knows I’ve been making an effort to transition to non-toxic beauty options complemented my mascara, following up in the same breath with a “that’s not one of the organic options is it?”. Yep! It was! She was shocked and as this is my third tube of Honest Beauty mascara I feel very confident recommending it. The key is in the primer step on one end of the tube and mascara step on the other. Thick, full, defined lashes with no chemicals? Yes, please!
Nu Evolution Complete Coverage Foundation: Foundation was hands down the most difficult thing for me to replace. I had found my holy grail foundation in the Makeup Forever HD Foundation and I would be willing to bet that I’ve tried 90% of the full-coverage, natural foundations currently on the market in an effort to replace it. Finally, after countless samples and full bottles that just didn’t impress me, this one blows me away. I prefer a full-coverage, matte finish and I could never get the application of a cream foundation just right; I longed for my liquid foundation. This one is liquid and has a beautiful, buildable coverage. If you email the company they will send you samples so you can find your perfect shade (I’m a 106 and was a 120 in MUF).0