This post on clean beauty products and where to start when making the switch has been much requested by many of you on Insta and my closest gal pals! When I decided to only use cruelty-free makeup, I started discovering more about all of the harsh, toxic chemicals that go into our everyday beauty products. That’s why I’m writing today’s post to share 10 products to include in your clean beauty “starter pack” so to say 🙂
10 CLEAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO GET STARTED:
- Native Deodorant: This may be one of the hardest clean beauty products to start using. Trust. Me. I had to try three different brands before I found THE one. I even went back to normal deodorant for a bit and it didn’t work, ha. Standard deodorants contain aluminum (a carcinogen), so you should really try to make the switch to clean beauty starting here. I LOVE Native Deodorant because it actually works. It’s the only one that actually, truly blocks the stink. You can even get it at Target now!
- Acure Shampoo and Conditioner: I’d always known that typical drugstore shampoos/conditioners weren’t good for me or my hair. Now that I’ve made the switch to Acure products, I’ve been pleasantly surprised! My hair feels softer and so much healthier now that I’m using these. This is another one you can get at Target 🙂
- Tom’s Toothpaste: Isn’t it shocking that toothpaste can have toxic ingredients and that it gets tested on animals?! This really blew my mind. This is a great replacement option!
- 100% Hyaluronic Acid Serum
- Vitamin C Plus E Ferulic Acid Serum
- Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Face Wash: This is an amazing everyday face wash for morning or night!
- BHA Toner: I use this every morning to keep my skin cells turning over regularly to brighten my skin and lift any acne staining!
- Bite Beauty Lipstick: Bite Beauty products are paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free. I made a custom lipstick at the Bite Beauty Lab in San Francisco and I love the amuse bouche formula. This line has so many different colors and tons of different formulas to choose from!
- Indie Lee Brightening Makeup Remover Cleansing Wash: As sad as it is to hear, makeup wipes can be very toxic and are, not to mention, bad for the environment. That’s why I love this face wash! It lathers really well and actually takes off every lick of your makeup. I usually do this and then wash with a BHA face wash afterward to double cleanse.
- Ellis Brooklyn Perfume: Fragrance is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to high toxicity and negative side effects like infertility. Fragrance can be synthetic and present in different products in varying amounts since it’s not regulated. So you don’t really know how many toxins you’re being exposed to! It’s oftentimes used to mask the smells of the other toxic chemicals in products – yikes. So this means that so many of our perfumes are loaded with toxins – ah! That’s why I love this line of perfumes! Once I’ve run out of my other perfume, I’m going to get this in the Fawn scent.
Resources to Get Informed About Clean Beauty Products:
I know all of this info can be a lot, but don’t let it overwhelm you! One of the best pieces of advice I can give is to start just by getting informed.
- Think Dirty: One of my close friends told me about this phone app and I’m AMAZED. You can type in literally any product and it’ll score its “dirtiness” on a scale of 1-10 based on its ingredients. This can make shopping and scanning your current products much easier
- Fashion Veggie: Molly is a Dallas-based vegan lifestyle and fashion blogger. I decided to go completely cruelty-free after watching her stories when Nars decided to start selling their products in mainland China. Side note: If a brand or line sells their products in mainland China (& other parts of Asia), then that brand is required by law to test on animals. Molly is just a great resource for vegan, cruelty-free, and clean beauty products and brands!
- Clean Beauty Cheat Sheet: Biossance made an amazing cheat sheet that you can download or screenshot to have on your phone. It breaks down each of the toxic ingredients to look out for and what the side effects are of each one.