If you're not familiar with Credo Beauty allow me to introduce them to you. This is one of my favorite online natural beauty retailers. They have it all when it comes to clean and effective products. They’re like the Sephora of clean beauty. All the “IT” brands in one place! I've been to several of their retail locations and every time I've been to one I do a little happy dance. If you don't have a Credo Beauty close to you, no problem! Their online stores have it all and make it so easy to shop from the comfort of your home.
What makes Credo Beauty extra special is that they have a Dirty List like no other!
“Europe has banned over 1300 ingredients. The U.S.? Just 30. And Credo? Over 2700.” (1)
The best part is that all of their brand partners agree to not use any of the 2700 banned ingredients on Credo’s Dirty List, making shopping with this retailer so much easier!
The Credo Beauty Clean standard goes even further than their Dirty List. This standard includes the following:
- “Use official ingredient terminology (called INCI) and use ingredient source codes where possible
- Obtain documentation on their ingredients’ composition, purity and sourcing information
- Conduct basic consumer safety (on humans…that volunteer!) and product stability testing
- Back up product and ingredient claims
- Be transparent about “fragrance”—at a minimum they must categorize the type of fragrance they use, and we encourage full disclosure of all fragrance ingredients.” (2)
Credo Beauty has 5 categories they recommend to start with when swapping out your conventional beauty products for clean ones. For each of these 5 categories I am going to share my top clean product picks that are available through Credo!
At first glance this may not seem like the most obvious beauty product that you would need to swap out. However, according to Women’s Health:
“Sixty-five percent of women swipe on mascara, making it the most popular type of eye makeup.” (3)
Here’s the oh so scary news about this popular makeup product: Most mascaras contain mercury, coal tar, formaldehyde releasers, petroleum distillates, vinyl, parabens, phthalates, and triethanolamine…can you say scary… three times! And not only does it contain all these big word ingredients but over half of us are putting them near our eyes every single day!
Credo Beauty makes it so easy to swap any beauty product out with their extra high standards!
Here are my fave mascaras that they have available:
Ilia has a patented brush with one side for curling and the other side for lengthening. It really does give my lashes a curl boost and makes adding length to them even easier. The formula is a little on the wet side, but not too wet that it smudges all over.
This is a formula that gets better as time goes on. It adds a good amount of product on the lashes. It is buildable, gives a good amount of volume on the lashes and can build the length the more you apply on the tips of lashes.
This mascara definitely gets some good product on your lashes. It gives your lashes some drama and lift. Because it is a wetter formula it can be a little harder to build the product on the lashes unless I wait a minute or two for the first coat to dry. I feel the formula got thicker and better the more I used it and air got to it…it will make your lashes stand out for sure!
All 3 of these mascaras are featured in my Natural Mascara Guide plus so many more!
Considering we slather moisturizer all over our face and body daily if not more than once a day, this is not a surprising product to want to swap out for a clean version. Not to mention we are applying them to our largest organ (the skin) which increases our exposure just based on surface area alone.
According to the CDC:
Dermal absorption is the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body. Studies show that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without being noticed by the worker, and in some cases, may represent the most significant exposure pathway. (4)
Yikes! All the more reason to make sure that what we are putting on our skin is of the best quality. Credo carries so many amazing moisturizers that it is hard for me to pick just a few to showcase. You will not be sacrificing anything when you make this switch!
Here are just a couple of my faves:
This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration. Not only does this cream moisturize but also provides great anti-aging benefits with it's naturally rich antioxidants. It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn't feel greasy. My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it's good people! He can be pickier than me at times. With a price tag of $48, this is a steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of great ingredients!
This is the perfect everyday lotion for the face. It feels hydrating but isn't greasy at all. Such a great weight overall. Perfect for under makeup too. A lot of daily moisturizers can feel too heavy, but this feels so light and airy on the skin. This formula is full of seaweed, shea butter and Omega- rich oils. It is one of those products I recommend a lot and everyone always loves it!
I absolutely love this brand! Their products perform so well, are not too harsh and yet super effective. It also helps to calm my redness too. A must try for anyone with redness or sensitive skin.
This is one area when it comes to swapping out products that I want to shout from the rooftops! Needless to say I am not surprised that Credo thinks so too;)
Toxic ingredients in mainstream deodorant can include- triclosan, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, fragrance and aluminum. Add to it that most of us use deodorant nearly daily and you can easily see why this is a product that you would want to swap out!
Philip Harvey, PH.D., editor in chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology reports that:
“Research also shows that some compounds used in deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells, which are prevalent in the underarm area. Your underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors, which could react to some of those same deodorant ingredients.” (5)
It is for these very reasons that experts (as well as consumers) are concerned that these toxic ingredients found in antiperspirants and deodorants could contribute to or cause developmental issues, reproductive issues or even cancer.
Here are 2 of my favorite deodorants from Credo Beauty:
This is one of my husband's favorite deodorants-he loves it and it also works well for me! Just like it says, the scent is so fresh with a blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, chamomile and lemon. It lasts all day and even reminded my husband of a mainstream deodorant. I didn’t note any staining although my hubs did on his workout shirts. And, no irritation! Such a great unisex deodorant.
To put it lightly, when I first used this I wondered where it had been all my life! This deodorant really delivers! When I looked into it more I learned that sage actually helps dry up underarm sweat. It smells fresh but not too potent. The kicker and what makes it extra special is the fact it doesn't get all over your clothes! And guess what? My hubs absolutely loves it! I can't recommend it enough!
When you consider that what goes on our lips is probably licked off to some degree, it makes sense that we could all benefit from making a swap in this area. Especially after seeing your lip balm can contain ingredients like: parabens, fragrance, phthalates, butylated hydroxyanisole/butylated hydroxytoluene, octinoxate and/or retinyl palmitate.
Here are my top lip care picks from Credo:
I love that this balm comes in a stick form, making it easy to apply to the lips without getting your fingers all messy. Plus, it hydrates for a long time! The ingredients are not just amazing, but squeaky clean too. They even have tinted lip balms that I also love.
These are definitely a go to of mine in clean beauty. Their formula is unlike any other. Not too hydrating where they bleed but definitely moisturizing enough. I’m also digging their lip glosses! They are more of a serum than a lip gloss feel- which I love. It not only plumps your lips, but hydrates and treats them with nourishing oils.
Sunscreen is another big category that is so important to find a clean option for in your beauty routine. Sunscreen can cause a lot of exposure when it comes to harmful chemicals. In order to share the benefits of clean sunscreen, we first have to dive into the harmful effects of chemical sunscreen. Instead of blocking the sun's rays, like natural sunscreens do, they absorb the rays, and turn them into heat, which are then transferred from skin to the air. These chemicals are known hormone disruptors. The scary fact about these chemicals is the high absorption rate, compared to other ingredients.
Clean sunscreens are known as physical or mineral sunscreens. These sunscreens either use titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or a combination of both. They are natural minerals that are ground up. The main benefits of clean sunscreens are the minerals reflect the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them, and they offer broad spectrum protection.
Here are my fave facial sunscreens that you can get at Credo:
I love this formula! It feels hydrating, yet not greasy. It absorbs so well. The specific one I love is their unscented sunscreen. It works great for babies and kids too- so you only have to bring one sunscreen. It comes in a tube and they offer tinted facial sunscreens as well that are so great. I wear their tinted facial sunscreen a lot in the summer.
I love this option with a higher SPF. It is a thicker consistency and gives a really great coverage, more like a foundation. Helps polish off my look more than most tinted moisturizers. I like it for everyday use or, with a higher SP,F I even use it on days when I am needing extra protection from strong sun rays.
While swapping out your beauty products, these 5 categories are so important, but they hardly scratch the surface of what Credo has to offer. A few more of my fave clean beauty brands they have are:
When it comes to hair, Innersense knows how to create great products. I use so many of their styling products on the daily. I can’t get enough of their I Create Lift Volumizing Foam. This foam is the best for giving your roots and hair the body and volume that lasts all day! I also love their Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer for defining my curls after styling and smoothing away frizz without greasiness. Their I Create Waves Salt Spray is another favorite. I spray this in my hair after styling and it gives it the beachy look so effortlessly. Check out all of Innersense here!
This skincare line does no wrong! I love their Super Couple Serum– an incredible antioxidant serum/oil for your skin that transforms it. This is the serum that started my infatuation with Maya Chia! I noticed hyperpigmentation fade and an overall glow to my skin. Also, their Optimist Hydrating Essence is a standout. Smells divine with hints of neroli, sweet orange, and ylang ylang. The formula itself feels so hydrating on the skin and refreshing with white tea, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients. The Straight A Serum is Maya Chia’s newest product. It has all the top natural ingredients for anti-aging. I have been using this for a while and definitely can speak to the overall experience of it Check out all of Maya Chia’s products here!
Beauti Skincare’s Beauty Sleep Elixir Oil product is one that has really wowed me. The Sleep Elixir feels rich on the skin but not overly oily. I apply it morning and night after cleansing and toning. It’s made especially for sensitive skin too. After trying their Pomegranate 3-in-1 Enzyme Cleanser I was once again sold. I continue to use both products daily! I use the Enzyme Cleanser in the morning. I love how it really wakes up my skin and doesn’t feel stripping. Yet, it doesn’t feel super oily right before I apply my makeup.
Hopefully you see how much Credo Beauty has to offer. Their products meet the highest standards and what started as just one store is now the largest clean beauty retailer on the planet with stores across the nation and they are partnered with 130+ brands that meet their clean beauty standards. Shop Credo Beauty’s Best sellers here!
What are your fave products that Credo Beauty carries?
Learn more about Credo Beauty with some of my recent blog posts:
- Credo Beauty (n.d.) The Dirty List. Retrieved From: https://credobeauty.com/pages/the-dirty-list-1%20
- Credo Beauty (n.d.) The Credo Clean Standard. Retrieved From: https://credobeauty.com/pages/the-credo-clean-standard-1
- Women’s Health Magazine (2010 Oct 1). Mascara Master Class. Retrieved From: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a19916311/best-mascara/
- Centers For Disease Control And Prevention. (2013 July 2). Skin Exposures & Effects. Retrieved From: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/default.html
- Time. (2016 July 5). 5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant. Retrieved from: https://time.com/4394051/deodorant-antiperspirant-toxic/