Sharing the best natural body oil products in this post! I've been testing and testing for quite some time and I've rounded out the best of the best when it comes to natural body oil products. I have luxe options as well as some budget friendly options that won't break the bank. Before we dive into my top recommendations I wanted to share the importance of choosing a natural body oil.
Often people assume a body oil contains just a few random natural oils and there isn't much to be concerned about. It's true that a body oil contains much simpler ingredients than a body lotion. A body oil doesn't typically require a preservative because it doesn't contain water. However, some companies might include a preservative in the oil when it's diluted with water. This is a red flag in my opinion when you see water in a body oil as it's not a true oil moisturizer and usually is a cheaper body oil that's trying to cut corners. When you add water to formulas it poses the risk of bacteria growing that is why you see preservatives always in a body lotion, more than a body oil since body lotions contain water. Unless you're actively reading the labels of all your products, body oil can actually contain a list of harmful ingredients you don't want to be slathering on your body everyday.
For me that's where the real harm comes in. The consistency in which you use a product. When you're using a body oil everyday, the toxic load can build up. This can have a big impact on your overall health if you're not careful. Since body oil and body lotion is applied on a large portion of our bodies, the exposure can be that much greater due to the surface area. Add that in with how a body oil is applied everyday and you've got a recipe for harmful chemicals to build up.
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. -CDC
I think we often think about exposure in terms of food or even cleaning chemicals, but not the everyday products we put on our skin- like body oil. This can present a problem as these are the products we are literally touching with are hands and applying to our bodies everyday. As you can see, the importance of reading labels becomes even more important when it comes to our beauty products.
You may have heard the quote:
Your skin absorbs 60% of whatever we put on it.
Some say it's not exactly 60% others say more. Whatever exact number it is, we know one thing is for sure, our body does absorb some of what we put on it. There have even been studies done on the umbilical cords of newborn babies that have found over 200 harmful pollutants and chemicals in the umbilical cord according to the Environmental Working Group.
In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage. -EWG
Are bells going off in your head? Did you see where they found consumer product ingredients in the umbilical cord? Pretty crazy. That means not only did the products the mother applied to your body, cross her skin, but all the way into the umbilical cord. There are many chemicals made today that are specifically put in a product because it helps other ingredients penetrate even further into your skin. Let's deep dive into some of the ingredients you don't want to see in your body oil or body lotion.
Ingredients to avoid in body oil-
Parabens-(This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl-) Pretty common in most skincare products. Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor. Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty. They are added to body lotions to help preserve the product.
Petroleum/Mineral Oil- Reports they are cancer-causing. Can be found in body oil products and lotions. Can cause skin irritation from rashes and has been linked to cancer.
Fragrance- Can cause photo-toxic reactions and can be photo-allergic. Skin irritant, and has been known as a neurotoxin. Can really be found in anything if you don’t read the label but especially common in body oil and lotion. This word alone can contain up to 700 chemicals. The FDA doesn't regulate it, all they ask is that companies list fragrance. With fragrance also comes phthalates
Propylene Glycol & PEG’s-(This includes -4, -6, -8…etc) Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing. Can cause acne, skin irritant. This ingredient actually helps other ingredients penetrate your skin more. So not only are you getting exposed to this harmful chemical but you're also helping other harmful chemicals dive deeper into your skin!
BHA & BHT– Are known hormone disruptors, carcinogen, and have been linked to liver damage.They are in body oil products or lotion to preserve the product.
Canola Oil- Now this might not be toxic to your body topically but most canola oil produced is genetically modified(GMO) and is inflammatory when ingested. I've seen this on so called natural brands. If you see this on a label be weary of a company. This is cheap way to produce a body oil. Who wants to be rubbing GMO's all over their skin? Not me!
Stearalkonium Chloride– Reproductive toxicity, potential negative effects on the nervous system and cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
FD&C Dyes(artificial dyes)- This is a little bit of a grey area. I wanted to address it because I've actually seen artificial dyes in body products and it concerns me.I do use some products with artificial dyes, however it's only with makeup- a body lotion does not need color!But again it’s important to know the sourcing and to consider the amount.Many makeup colors cannot be made without the use of synthetic colors.The amount in most formulations is literally less than 1%- if you think of how big a tube of lipstick is that means the formulation contains less than 1% of synthetic color.I’m ok with a little synthetic color.I know some people aren’t.You have to make that decision for yourself.I wanted to bring it up because I don’t want to be rubbing synthetic dyes over my whole body- there's no need.The reason it’s in makeup is because it serves a purpose.
Body Oil Vs. Body Lotion + Application-
Now you might wonder why you should use a body oil over a body lotion, or what the difference is? Allow me to explain. A body oil is similar to what are own skin naturally produces to hydrate our skin. It basically mimics our own skin oils, so as we apply body oils to our skin. An oil is best after you shower and your skin is still slightly damp. It will help lock in moisture and really seal it in. If water isn't on your skin when you apply an oil it will likely sit on top of the skin and feel greasy. That's why it's important to add an oil to slightly damp skin. Also, be sure you're not using too much! Often people complain of greasy skin after applying a body oil but it's because they've applied too much. A little goes a long way when using a body oil.
A lotion is going to penetrate the skin deeper because of the water content in them. As they go deeper into the skin they are able to bring other nutrients with them. It really comes down to personal preference on whether you prefer a body oil or body lotion. I like using a combination of both.
Also, different oils are meant to do different things for the skin. Some absorb more easily, others can take a little more time. Bottom line is not every oil is created equal. Body oils can also be very relaxing and calming too. Many of them contain essential oils that help to calm and soothe the skin. A body oil can also repair the skin too. Many oils are known for helping to fade hyperpigmentation, stretch marks and redness. Body oils can also be used as a natural perfume. Many of them contain essential oils and as the essential oils are diffused in the oil it really prolongs their scent, compared to if the essential oils were by themselves. This is one of my favorite ways to add a little scent to myself without spritzing on a traditional perfume. It is lighter overall.
Best Body Oils For Skin-
What are the best body oils for your skin? I get this question a lot. There are definitely some oils that are made specifically for the skin.
Jojoba Oil- This oil is so similar to our bodies own oils that it's a perfect skincare oil. A very hydrating oil, plus it contains Vitamin E too. This oil is also non-comedogenic so it's not going to clog your pores.
Rosehip Oil- This oil is naturally very soothing. It contains both Vitamins C and A. It helps reduce redness, help fight sun damage, and brightens skin.
Argan Oil- Known for evening oil skin tone, hydrating, help improve overall elasticity. Good for stretch marks and scars.
Sesame Oil- It's anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, also an oil filled with antioxidants. Vitamin E is rich in sesame oil which can help with free radical damage from environmental factors.
Avocado Oil- Rich in chlorophyll which naturally brightens the skin. Very hydrating and helps relieve inflammation. Also, can speed up wound healing.
Olive Oil- Great for sensitive skin. It is rich in fatty acids, it is a natural humectant that draws moisture to your skin. Contains antioxidants Vitamin E and K.
Sunflower Seed Oil- Contains stearic acids which are great for toning and tightening the skin. Great for sensitive skin and very hydrating.
Almond Oil- Has Vitamins, A, E and B which help to help to seal moisture into the skin. Very hydrating and nourishing oil. It also is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce puffiness around the eye area. Also, great for skin tone.
Macademia Nut Oil- A great rich oil that doesn't feel greasy, melts right into the skin. Also, anti-inflammatory. It has linoleic acid in it which helps to restore skin's barrier function.
I've rounded out my favorite natural body oil products for you! After years of testing out so many formulas I've put together my favorite body oils, so you can be sure to find one you love. I have many different formulas, with different oils in them. Check out the list below to find your new fave!
This is definitely one of my very favorites. I've gone through several bottles and I'm always sad when it's gone. If you're into luxe products then you need to snag some Osmia Night Body Oil. A blend of lavender, chamomile and cedar wood overtake your senses. It's meant to be applied after you shower on damp skin and at night. The combination of the essential oils help you drift off into a blissful sleep. With a combination of almond oil, jojoba, rosehip seed oil and hemp- to name a few, this oil will take your skin to a new level of hydration and tone in a couple weeks. I can't get enough! I also love how they have small bottle- perfect for travel. If you prefer to have an essential oil free body oil, check out their Naked version. Equally delectable but free of any scent but the oils. Get them here.
This body oil smells heavenly. I apply it right after the shower and it soaks right into my skin. The moisture lasts too! My skin feels hydrated throughout the day. Did I mention the packaging? Dark glass pump bottle-swoon worthy. I do love that it comes in a dark glass bottle as it protects the oils from light. I’ve been using this non-stop and can’t get enough. I love how I smell afterwards, a mixture of rose and neroli, but not strong at all. This oil really contains ALL the things! From essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins- it helps to protect, hydrate and tone your skin all at once. Get it here.
I’m obsessed with this body oil! It literally is so luxurious. It smells like sandalwood, cedarwood and orange. I love how it comes in a pump form- easy application. It is filled with so many antioxidants and fatty acids that make this a power packed oil, while at the same time a very nourishing and hydrating oil. But get this- it doesn’t feel greasy, not at all! It glides on your skin effortlessly but doesn’t leave that slimy feeling. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked! A great natural perfume too. Grabit here!
Can I be honest, I really thought I had tried all the body oils/lotions out there…then I tried this body wax by Khus+Khus and I was quickly mistaken. This isn't like a typical liquid oil, but comes in a wax form that melts into an oil when applied to the skin. I love the texture! First off it smells amazing. I’m not into super fragrant products and this product is the perfect balance(I tried the Bleu Body Wax). With ingredients of blue tansy, and blue yarrow this wax is perfect for helping with inflamed skin, as both are anti-inflammatory. The Blue Tansy is especially great for bringing relief to tired sore muscles, strains, etc. If you have eczema or irritated skin, this is a great way to soothe your skin. A little goes a long way. It instantly absorbs into your skin, no greasy feeling and leaves you hydrated the whole day. I have to say the wax is really more of an experience from start to finish. It awakens me in the morning and soothes me at night. I can’t get enough! Plus, can we talk about the luxe packaging? It’s housed in a dark glass jar. Get it here.
This is another product from Khus Khus and smells amazing! I love Blue Tansy if you can't tell. An amazing oil that really helps to calm and soothe the skin. This soaks right into the skin and leave my skin feeling hydrated for days! It makes me feel overall calmer when I use it too. Blue Tansy just has that affect on me. I can't get enough of it. It feels very rich, especially great if you have very dry skin and it's sensitive or prone to redness. This will help to calm and soothe it. Get it here.
It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil. It really is something so much more. The ingredients include some of the best organic oils. From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few. The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue. Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling. I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful! With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you. I've done through two bottles. It's so good! A serious skin luxury. Get it here.
This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to natural beauty over 10 years ago. It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well. With one singular oil, it isn't complicated, but a simple oil that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and not greasy. Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces. What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact. Better yet you can get it from Amazon! Get it here.
I started using this after my third baby and let's just say I noticed a difference after using it! Any other mamas want a little firming action post baby? Yeah, me too. Marula oil is known for it's tightening and firming abilities. This marula oil is wild harvested and then cold-pressed, keeping the oil intact. The combination of the marula oil, plus the pinotage grapeseed oil gives your skin a serious dose of skin firming help by addressing skin dryness, aging, slackness and elasticity. It's a one-two punch for your skin! I applied this after showering while my skin was still damp and massaged in circular motions. It really helped to plump up my skin, but didn't feel greasy. This would be a great gift for any new mom! Get it here.
It wouldn’t be right not to include this product in the best body oil, even though it's technically not a body oil! Obsessed with it! They actually call it a body serum. In my mind it's a cross between a body oil and a lotion- it's like a creamy lotion/oil. Whatever, you want to call it, it's so good. I was introduced to the brand in a Beauty Heroes box this year and fell in love with the product. For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal! I literally am currently scraping the bottom of the bottle- it’s that good. I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application. I also love how it smells. Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming. Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin. The overall feel is so lightweight. It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. I want another bottle stat! If you’re looking for a new body lotion- this is it. Get it here!
This body oil is full of antioxidants! It has Undaria seaweed which is then mixed with a ton of skin loving oils like açaí, babassu and passion fruit. This combination helps to smooth and firm skin from stretch marks, as well as tone your skin. It doesn't feel too heavy or greasy. It absorbs nicely into the skin. The Algae alone is soaked in barrels for 6 months in order to extract all the rich vitamins and minerals from it. It's basically a living oil that transforms and treats your skin! It feels very energizing too with an overall citrus scent. Great for in the morning after your shower and you want a little zesty pick me up! Get it here.
This is another favorite body product of OSEA! It is the perfect mix of a serum and a lotion. So while it technically may not be a “body oil” it's technically not a body lotion either. Plus, it's too good to not share! You get the hydrating benefits of a lotion but also the anti-aging benefits of a serum. The best of both worlds- who doesn't want that? Coconut oil and Gigartina Seaweed help give the skin it's elasticity, while Alaria Seaweed gives the skin a tighter feeling all over. Plus, you get a full range of antioxidants in the lotion, Omega-fatty acids and sea minerals. It takes your skin to the next level. I love knowing I'm being proactive about my skin and helping it age gracefully. I apply it on my skin while it's still slightly damp after showering. It has an almost tart sweet smell to it, which I love! The essential oils in it are passionfruit, jasmine, lavender, and rosemary. Get it here!
This body serum is unlike any body serum I've used in the past. It is filled with superpower ingredients from argan, jojoba, rosehip, rose, sandalwood and so many more. It doesn’t feel greasy when applied! I repeat doesn’t feel greasy when applied. Not only does it help to restore moisture balance but it also helps to tone and firm the skin with caffeine and theobromine. I love that the scent isn’t too powerful. You get notes of rose mainly with hints of sandalwood mixed in. Your skin will feel all kinds of soft when using this after you shower! Get it here.
This oil is a newer find for me. It comes in plastic, which I'm not crazy about but I do like the oil and the price isn't as steep as the others. A nice option, especially on a budget or if you're traveling and don't want to take glass. It also comes in a spray form which I love. It feels light on the skin and absorbs quickly. I like the scent, a mixture of citrus, twig and cardamom, it is a great scent for wearing as a natural perfume. It really lingers and makes me feel fresh all day. It has blend of macadamia, jojoba and grapeseed oils. Taking your skin's hydration to the next level! A great morning oil after you shower to wake you up and get you smelling fresh! Get it here.
I hoped this help you find a natural body oil that you love!
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Beauty Heroes was founded by Jeannie Jarnot. A longtime spa director herself and healthy beauty expert. I had the pleasure of meeting Jeannie last year at IBE, and she is truly one of the sweetest people. Beauty Heroes is a monthly beauty service that selects only the best clean beauty brands. Each month you can find one to two full size truly heroic products in each box. The products typically range from skincare to haircare products. However, every 3 months Beauty Heroes offers a makeup box as well that’s optional for members or non-members. I absolutely love their “Use Less, Love More” philosophy. By only getting one or two products, you allow yourself to truly experience them. Of course you can trust their picks, as they are strict on their integrity standards. What’s not to love about this whole concept? As a Beauty Heroes Ambassador, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of such a movement.
Ok, on to the Beauty Heroes sale!
I wanted to share some of my very favorite brands with you that Beauty Heroes carries in their Beauty Store. They really do carry the best of the best and have so much to offer when it comes to natural skincare, natural body care and even natural makeup.
Below are some of my favorite brands you can find at Beauty Heroes and the products I love from each brand.
If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line. This brand is truly unique. I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it. She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her. She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury. Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim. A few weeks later her grandmother was healed! Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA. From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line. Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin. And of course Beauty Heroes carries the line!
Hyaluronic Sea Serum- It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017! It works and works well! If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you. It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin. Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity. Your skin will feel supple and smooth. Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin! Shop the hyaluronic sea serum!
Ocean Cleanser- This cleanser is a definite fave! I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic. It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup. I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands. Then I rub in circular motions all over my face. After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean. Not stripped or dry. It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. Did I mention it smells like candy?! Shop OSEA cleanser here!
Undaria Body Polish- This body polish is unlike any I’ve used. It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump. It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin. Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa. It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body. It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana. I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in. A serious skin treat! Get it here.
First, before I tell you about the skincare line, I must tell you about the creator herself, Leah. A true artist when it comes to skin, Leah dealt with her own set of skin issues. Through her own skin struggles, she believes fate led her to pursue a career in skincare, and become a holistic esthetician. Leah learned so much firsthand being a spa director, and then having her own practice. This journey not only led her to find her passion, but it paved the way for Leahlani Skincare to be born. Leah wanted to create a skincare line that would be a, “ritual and not a routine.” Well she definitely achieved that and so much more. Oh and side note, to know Leah is to love her! She is a serious sweetheart, and has a heart of gold. I was so excited when Beauty Heroes started to carry the brand.
Mermaid Mask- This mask is seriously so good. I was out of it for several months(shame on me) and the first time using it again I promised to never be without it again! This green goodness makes me happy every time I put it on. Many people ask what mask they should buy when transitioning to green beauty and this is it! I promise you will love it and thank me. Her mask is a little piece of heaven. With ingredients like Chlorella, sea buckthorn, spirulina and raw honey, this mask is pure decadence. A lot of masks moisturize after wearing, but you don’t notice a visible difference to the naked eye. Not the case with the Mermaid Mask, you’ll be glowing! It smells so insanely good too. You’ll be tempted to eat it. Get the mermaid mask here!
Mahina- This baby quickly became a fave. It not only hydrates your skin, but nourishes it with nutrients while you sleep. You wake up with smooth, even skin. One particular oil that Leah put in that I love is prickly pear seed oil. It has been known to help brighten skin, fight signs of aging and moisturize like crazy. A definite home run oil. The biggest thing I noticed right away with Mahina is how much it calmed my redness. Especially around my nose. My skin felt replenished and soothed. The smell is of course wonderful too! Notes of citrus mixed with vanilla…can’t go wrong with that. Oh and your skin doesn’t feel greasy-which I love. Shop Mahina here!
Bless Beauty Balm- I recently tried this toner out from the line. I’ve tried most Leahlani products but I hadn’t tried the toners yet. This toner is all about soothing and balancing the skin. The smell is seriously tantalizing! All of Leahlani skincare smells so good. I spray it on in the mornings to help wake me up. It perks my skin right up. One thing I really love about this toner is how hydrating it feels on the skin. It instantly preps my skin for my serums and oils. I’ve even sprayed it during the day when I just need a quick pick me up. Have I mentioned I love the smell?! Yeah, it’s that good. Get it-you’ll love it! Shop Bless Beauty Balm here.
The products are infused with highly potent plant actives that really complement one another. The whole Bluh Alchemy line is mean to target the signs of aging skin and to deliver highly active plant ingredients that help protect against the environment and stress. Their formulations are filled with bioactive, organic and wild harvested ingredients. This is what skincare dreams are made of!
Botanic- Retinol- This is one skin transforming product! It contains the beloved Bakuchiol. The only plant-derived retinol that has been proven to produce results! I’m talking increase collagen, improve the skin’s elasticity and support skin’s firmness. You could say it’s a one-two punch for giving skin it’s youthful glow back. It does what you want conventional retinol to do but without the negative side effects. Not only does it include the superstar Bakuchiol but also a ton of other active plant oils from carrot, fig, cacay and watermelon. All rich with Vitamin A. Plus, it doesn’t stop there. This also hydrates your skin with lupine ceramides and lupine amino acids. It’s basically your new BFF when it comes to effective skincare. Get it here!
Multi-C Serum- It’s actually more stable than any other Vitamin C! This serum has a multitude of Vitamin C’s all wrapped into one. From quandong and sea buckthorn berry oils. When you combine them together they are a force to be reckoned with! It’s no secret Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can brighten, lighten and create a glowing complexion. Plus, this unique formula has peptides that help to firm the skin, green coffee, and ferric acid. Say bye to dull, ruddy skin and hello to glowing, radiant skin! I use it after toning my skin at night and in the morning. I noticed an improved overall texture, glow and evenness to my skin. I love how it absorbs so effortlessly into the skin. And can we talk about the luxe frosted glass bottle? I love how it pumps how and has a cap- so easy for travel. I can’t wait to keep using it! Get it here.
Eye Oil Serum- I’ve been testing this eye oil serum out and LOVE! I’m not big into creams for the under eye area for me personally because I tend to get milia if I use anything too heavy. This is just the right amount of hydration but not too much. It comes in a glass rollerball and you just apply it right onto the under eye area. I love how it feels cooling with the rollerball. The formula doesn’t feel to greasy. It really seeps right into the eye area. I use this in the morning and at night. I find in the morning it’s nice for a little de-puffing with the cooler rollerball. Get it here.
I love that they keep things simple in the Ursa Major Skincare line. They are obsessed with natural skincare and creating formulas that truly work. They spend much of their time focused wholeheartedly on what products they are actually creating. They don’t want another product sitting on the shelf but something that they love. They want products that perform and only have the essentials, not a long laundry list of ingredients. Simple is best. Lastly, they’re line is focused on all gender types- so it works for everyone!
Golden Hour Recovery Cream- I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration. I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected. Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide 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. What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48! A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of skincare actives! Check it out here!
Go Easy Shampoo and Conditioner- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner. It really makes my hair feel extra clean and bouncy. Not a heavy shampoo at all. It still lathers a little too which I love. It smells of citrus mixed with a little sandalwood. The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too. I have fine hair and it really gives it the clean feeling. If you’ve been around clean beauty for any length of time then you know it can be hard to find a shampoo and conditioner that get the job done. My sister tried it and she has thick coarse hair and she didn’t love it. I know everyone has a different hair type so wanted to throw that out there. Get it here!
The Optimist-This gem is housed in a dark glass bottle, preserving every last drop of goodness. 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- just to name a few. I can’t forget the actual spray function. It works so well! I know it might sound funny, but after trying hundreds of mists in my day, the spray function is actually quite important. You don’t want the mist to feel like it’s attacking your skin or spraying you in the eye! The Optimist sprays so well all over the face. The founder Susanne nailed it! Get it here!
The Super Couple- Ok, so this is the serum that started my infatuation with Maya Chia! I did a whole YouTube video on this product. You can watch it here. So why all the fuss? Well, for starters it melts right into your skin. No oily residue at all. Perfect for at night, and during the day before makeup. Get it here.
Highlight Of The Day- My Maya Chia review wouldn’t be complete without talking about these little guys! Where do I start?! I’ve fallen hard for them. So what is The Highlight of The Day? It is this bottle filled with liquid radiance- I know sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. It comes in two shades. Golden hour- a golden, warm champagne radiance and Happy Hour- a cool pink toned radiance. You apply it really however you want! I love applying mine on my upper cheek bone, bridge of my nose, in the upper middle section of my brows, cupid’s bow, and middle of chin. All the normal places you would use a traditional highlighter. You can even apply it on the inner corners of your eyes to wake them up. You can apply it over your foundation or mix it with your foundation or just where it by itself. Get it here.
The Straight A Serum- This is Maya Chia’s newest product. I have been using this for a while and definitely can speak to the overall experience of it. It contains the plant retinol bakuchiol which I’ve used before in other skincare products and it also contains moth bean extract- another plant derived retinol. But it also contains an advanced retinol using an encapsulated Retinol. This is a derivative of Vitamin A without BHT. BHT has been shown to cause live damage in rats even in small amounts. Plus, the supply chain with BHT is very unstable. Besides the powerful retinols it also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These brighten the skin and help fade hyperpigmentation. You’re also going to get some serious hydration from this serum with Buriti oil, and chia seed oil. Check out The Straight A Serum here.
Free + True is known for simplifying skincare routines. If you’re wanting to clean up your routine and make things a little less complicated Free + True is the perfect skincare line for you! It really streamlines the whole process and makes things so much easy. With their botanical formulations and real food ingredients, Free + True makes creating a natural skincare routine easy. I was so glad I found this product through Beauty Heroes!
Ramblin Rose Soothing Hydrating Serum- This formula is so good! I was introduced to it by Beauty Heroes and have since not been able to put it down. I used it consistently for months and I kept looking at my skin thinking, wow it’s never looked better! Trust me, that’s saying a lot considering I’m always analyzing my skin in some way or another. My skin looked bright and even and my hyperpigmentation on one side of my face was virtually gone. I couldn’t believe it! I’ve always struggled with hyperpigmentation on one side of my face. So seeing it so even was amazing! This is a serum so it has a smaller molecular size than other products so it’s able to seep deeper into the skin and really deliver nutrients. It’s filled with all star ingredients like pomegranate juice, hibiscus extract, rose and neroli flower waters, Vitamin B5, and white tea extract. The hibiscus extract is especially great because it contains Vitamin C which has a brightening effect on the skin, as well as giving it an overall brightness. I would put this on at night right before my oil or moisturizers. It also works so well right before make-up too. Can’t recommend it enough! Get it
Body Prophet– It wouldn’t be right not to include this product in the best natural and organic brands for May! Obsessed with this body lotion! I was introduced to the brand in a Beauty Heroes box this year and fell in love with this product. For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal! I literally am currently scraping the bottom of the bottle- it’s that good. I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application. I also love how it smells. Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming. Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin. The overall feel is so lightweight. It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. I want another bottle stat! If you’re looking for a new body lotion- this is it. Get it here!
The brand Mukti is from Australia and really is a pioneer when it comes to incorporating their native resources into their products. Their mantra is to be organic, sustainable and ethical in all that they do. Their formulas are the real deal and don’t contain any unnecessary fillers. Just potent botanical ingredients that do the work for the skin. I love that their ingredients are third party tested, ensuring that products are in fact eco and meet their strict criteria. They have an advanced extraction method that helps them to preserve the products so they are represented in their most potent state. They really take it to the next level when it comes to creating something truly special in a skincare brand. I feel like there are two heroic products for this month, even though technically one is a sidekick- read on to see why! Love that you can get this Australian brand at Beauty Heroes.
2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliants- My clean beauty skincare routine just got a whole lot better with this product! I was introduced to it back in April’s Beauty Heroes box and I haven’t been able to stop using it- obsessed! The exfoliant had me basically after the first application but sold me the more I used it. This has a combination of fruit acids that help loosen and rid the intracellular bonds, while encouraging collagen production. Then once the fruit acids do their thing, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles remove the dead skin. I used this in the morning first thing on damp skin. I rubbed in circular motions. Then brushed my teeth. Once I was done I rinsed it off. My skin felt so smooth and radiant! I used it twice a week. If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first and then see how your skin does. It smells amazing too! Like fresh lime juice and it’s this beautiful emerald green. This has been on repeat in my skincare routine! You will be addicted. Check it out here!
Mukti Hyaluronic Marine Serum- This is the heroic product for the month! A serum of all serums. This serum with it’s low molecular weight, absorbs so well into the skin. It uses the power of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin. Did you know that hyaluronic acid delivers 1000% times it’s weight in water? So if you’re skin feels dry or thirsty as I like to say- this is your new best friend! The combination of hyaluronic acid, plus a special extract called Fucoidan that’s derived from Wakame Seaweed, is a one-two punch for preventing wrinkles from forming. Get it here!
This organic hair brand has some of the best natural shampoo I've tried as well as some amazing natural styling products. So excited they're available at Beauty Heroes!
UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner-I’ve been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula. My hair feels so bouncy and clean. And the clean feeling lasts for days! I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams too! This works for any hair type. I’ve used it and I have fine, thin hair. My sister has used it and she has thick, fine hair. I have a friend who loves it and she has coarse thick curly hair. It smells citrusy. I really smell grapefruit to be exact. This is the shampoo I’ve been recommending for really any hair type. It just gets the job done! Especially great for someone who is used to mainstream shampoos and conditioners and wants one that is going to really get their hair clean. I can go multiple days between shampooing my hair with this shampoo. It was a no brainer for the best natural shampoo and conditioner’s post! Get it here!
Super Curl Defining Cream- I have been looking for a curl cream for my youngest daughter’s hair for while. She has curly hair and I wanted a product that would help define it and give it some weightless hold and add a little hydration. The Evolvh Super Curl Defining Cream does just that. It really gives the curl a more defined look overall. You are left with a smooth defined curl and no frizz. It doesn’t weigh down the hair either. I apply a dime size drop in my hands, then while her hair is wet I apply it all over her hair with my hands. Then I go back through and twist some of the curls. Get it here!
After being diagnosed with a tumor, Indie Lee set out on a journey to create a truly effective clean beauty routine. Indie Lee was birthed. She is on a mission to empower and educate others on a natural lifestyle.
Indie Lee Squalane Oil- Helps with texture and appearance of skin tone. It nourishes the skin without feeling greasy. Has a comedogenic rating of 0-1. I love how simplistic this oil is. It literally only contains squalene oil- that’s it! Great for sensitive skin and for improving the overall quality of the skin’s appearance. Grab it here!
When it comes to hair Innersense knows how to create great products. I use some many of their styling products on the daily. The founders of Innersense, Greg and Joanne Starkman, were in the beauty and wellness industry for years when they realized their beliefs weren’t matching up with their professional lives. This birthed Innersense, a company that prides itself on integrity. Their whole philosophy is so commendable and just down right amazing!
I Create Lift Volumizing Foam- This foam is the best for giving your roots and hair the body and volume that lasts all day! Literally my hair will still have volume after a couple days. The best volumizing hair product I’ve found in organic beauty. A lot of times I’ll wash my hair and then blow dry it before bed. Once I’m done blow drying it I’ll stick it up in a high pony tail. In the morning my hair is full of body from being up in the pony tail and using the volume foam- it’s so good! Get it here.
Can I be honest, I really thought I had tried all the body oils/lotions out there…then I tried one of the body waxes by Khus+Khus and I was quickly mistaken. This stuff is pure luxury and available at Beauty Heroes!
Body Waxes- They are hydrating and soothing. Depending on what your body needs, they treat the skin. I love their Bleu Body Wax. This is another product from Khus Khus and smells amazing! I love Blue Tansy if you can’t tell. An amazing oil that really helps to calm and soothe the skin. This soaks right into the skin and leave my skin feeling hydrated for days! It makes me feel overall calmer when I use it too. Blue Tansy just has that affect on me. I can’t get enough of it. It feels very rich, especially great if you have very dry skin and it’s sensitive or prone to redness. Get it here.
Sen Face Serum. It was in my best of clean beauty 2018! The face oil sinks right into your skin and nourishes it and leaves my skin glowing in the morning. The rosehip and Chamomile in it are so fresh and vibrant. I love the ingredients too. Simple, yet powerful. I really loved seeing Helichrysum oil in the serum. It’s long been noted to have anti-inflammatory activity, as well as lymph drainage and detoxification properties. Really just a home run when it comes to a facial oil ingredient! The formula is slighty blue tinted from the blue tansy. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my skin feeling so balanced and hydrated. Loved waking up to clear, even skin! I’ve been using this on the daily and can’t get enough. Very impressed with the results so far and exited to continue using it! Get it here.
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So excited to share this top 10 healthy swaps post with you! I've teamed up with my good friend Kate from Kate's Clean Life to bring you our top 10 healthy personal care products. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're first swapping out your products for healthier ones. Kate and I wanted to simplify the whole process for you and make it super convenient to make the swaps without the headache.
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We are each sharing our top 10 favorite healthy swaps for 10 categories when it comes to personal care products. These are the top categories we would recommend swapping out first as they carry the most harmful toxic burden overall. Some of them are products that can build up over time and many of them are products you use everyday making them heavy hitters when it comes to exposure. As I always like to tell people, it's not the one time or even a couple time uses of a product that matter but the products you use day in and out that matter. Keep the conventional lipstick you wear twice a year for special occasions, but swap out your deodorant or body lotion you use everyday.
Also, please don't feel like you need to overhaul your beauty routine all at once. That can be overwhelming and stressful! Instead, just swap out a product as you use it up or do one product a month. It makes it so much more doable and also doesn't put a huge hole in your wallet.
I'll be sharing my top 10 favorites for each category and Kate will be sharing her top 10 favorites as well! We have some that are similar and some different, keeps things fun. We hope this helps as you make the swaps and know that these products have been vetted by us and are the best!
If you haven't met Kate yet, allow me to introduce you! She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things health. I admire her so much and promise you won't regret following her. She is as real and genuine as they come. I've learned so much from her!
Kate Murphy is a kinesiologist(human mechanics/movement expert), certified Foundation Training Instructor, Wellness Guru, and the founder of Kate's Clean Life. She has worked thirteen years as a personal trainer. For seven of those years she wrestled with chronic pain, failing to find relief on the symptom-chasing treadmill of conventional health care. During her journey to find relief she spent thousands of hours researching and consulting with leading fitness, nutrition, and wellness experts. She truly believes that we don't have to settle for a life of adjusting to our symptoms and rearranging our lives around problems we're told have no solutions. The answers and freedom Kate found drastically changed her life and now it's her passion and purpose to help other's change theirs.
Top 10 Healthy Swaps:
Primally Pure's Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!
This is one area when it comes to swapping out products that I want to shout from the rooftops! Why? Because everyday people use deodorant, or at least most of us should. Maybe you can get away with every other day, but you get my point. Multiply that by 365 days and you're rubbing harmful chemicals on yourself daily!
So what are these harmful chemicals I speak of? Well, let's first talk about the biggest offender when it comes to mainstream deodorant, anti-perspirant. What's in anti-perspirant- aluminum. This harmful ingredient is put in deodorant for the sole purpose of blocking your pores from sweating. In essence, so you don't get wet. There's a problem though, we were made to sweat, and our body uses sweat as a way to rid ourselves of toxins.
This spray deodorant hits all the marks when it comes to a natural spray deodorant that works!
Suzi's Top Deodorant Picks:
Sublime Sage Deodorant- Where has this deodorant been all my life?! But really. I first tried this in the fall of 2019 and let's just say I was hooked after I used it for the first time. I remember looking at it when I got it in the mail and thinking there is no way this is going to work. I don't know about you but spray deodorants have never worked for me- not even conventional ones. That is until I tried Ursa Majors! Wow 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. I smell good all day. The kicker and what makes it extra special is the fact it doesn't get all over your clothes! Most deodorants easily leave a residue all over your clothes and deodorant stains. Not this one. And guess what? My hubs absolutely loves it! It's his favorite deodorant to date and I always keep him stocked up. And that's saying a lot because he's pretty picky! He loves that it doesn't stain his clothes. I can't recommend it enough! Get it here.
My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant. I love their Blue Tansy. Although, I tried the Charcoal and I have to say I would use that any day too! It's crazy because the more I tell people about their deodorants the more feedback I hear on how amazing they are. It seems to work for the majority of people. Get it here.
Kate’s Top Deodorant Pick:
Primally Pure Lemongrass Scent- As a personal trainer and somebody that is quite active, finding a clean deodorant was at the top of my list, and one of the first swaps I made. I have tried over 3 dozen clean deodorants, and nothing competes with Primally Pure’s lemongrass deodorant. I’ve been using it for over 6 years, and it just works! Get it here!
The Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner was a product that had me coming back for more!
2. Shampoo and Conditioner
The scalp is 4 times more absorbent than other parts of our body, it's important what we use when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. A study even showed how massaging a certain oil with a medicine into the scalp was absorbed almost the same as an oral dose(Source)! Definitely showing the power of the scalp to absorb ingredients. I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them. Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through. Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better when transitioning to a natural shampoo and conditioner. Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them. Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out. It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again. Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.
Christina Moss Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner- Love this shampoo and conditioner! It gets my hair clean and doesn't weigh it down. It doesn't have a scent and is made for the most sensitive scalps. Something I love about it. It is great for any hair type. I used it and my fine, thin hair loved it and so did my sister with thick hair. Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way. Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean. My sister loved it as well. Super impressed with the ingredients, no scent and lower price point compared to others too. Especially great if you don't do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!
Haven't found a natural shampoo and conditioner you love? Check these out!
Kate’s Top Shampoo and Conditioner Pick:
EVOLVH's Volumizing Line- I’ve searched far and wide for a clean shampoo and conditioner that didn’t leave my hair feeling heavy and weighed down. EVOLVH’s volumizing line is nourishing, yet leaves my hair feeling soft and bouncy! I’m hooked! Get it here!
Aleavia is so much more than a body wash!
3. Body Wash
This is another heavy hitter because we use body wash everyday if not every other day. Especially because as we shower are pores on our skin open up, letting whatever we are putting on them in even more then when our skin is dry.
Suzi's Top Body Wash Pick:
Aleavia– This is my favorite body wash! Their Orchid Body Cleanse smells so lovely! It basically transports you to Hawaii the minute you open up the bottle- and I’m all about that. Aleavia is all my family uses for a body wash.They are a completely natural prebiotic skincare line, that specializes in putting the friendly bacteria back on your skin. Here is a quote from their website-
“Aleavia products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. Our skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.”
They also help balance the ph of the skin, all while conditioning it. Now, you may be thinking they must put a ton of ingredients in their products…but that’s not the case! They use just a handful of ingredients and all completely natural. I’m obsessed and I think you will be too! Check out their whole line here.
This morning mojo bar soap will give you back your mojo in minutes!
Kate’s Top Body Wash Pick:
Ursa Major Morning Mojo Soap- I’m not a huge fan of body washes because most strip the skin of moisture and disrupt the skin’s delicate balance. Ursa Major’s “morning mojo” bar soap is gentle and doesn’t strip my skin of it’s natural oils. It smells so refreshing too! Get it here!
After one use, you won't want to stop using it!
4. Body Lotion/Body Oil
When you're using a body lotion or oil everyday, the load can build up. This can have a big impact on your overall health if you're not careful. Since body oil and body lotion is applied on a large portion of our bodies- our largest organ the skin, the exposure can be that much greater due to the surface area. Add that in with how a body lotion or oil is applied everyday and you've got a recipe for harmful chemicals to build up.
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. -CDC
I think we often think about exposure in terms of food or even cleaning chemicals, but not the everyday products we put on our skin- like body oil. This can present a problem as these are the products we are literally touching with are hands and applying to our bodies everyday.
Free + True Body Prophet- Obsessed with this body lotion! They actually call it a body serum. In my mind it's a cross between a body oil and a lotion- it's like a creamy lotion/oil. Whatever, you want to call it, it's so good. I was introduced to the brand in a Beauty Heroes box last year and fell in love with the product. For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal! I literally scraped the bottle- it’s that good. I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application. I also love how it smells. Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming. Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin. The overall feel is so lightweight. It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. If you’re looking for a new body lotion that easily rubs in, hydrates but isn't too heavy- this is it. Get it here!
Take your skin to the next level with True Botanical's Resurfacing Body Mask and Pure Body Oil.
Kate’s Top Body Lotion/Body Oil Pick:
True Botanical's Body Oil- Our skin absorbs everything we put on it, which is why swapping out toxic body lotion is number one the list! I have searched far and wide for a good moisturizer, and I finally found it. True Botanicals body oil is one personal care item that I can’t live without. I have never had softer, more supple skin in my whole life. It’s a game-changer! Get it here!
By Rosie Jane is one of my favorite natural fragrance retailers!
To first understand natural perfume and fragrance one must understand the fragrance industry in general. This is an industry that isn't regulated by the government like one might think. Here is a direct quote from the FDA's website:
“If a cosmetic is marketed on a retail basis to consumers, such as in stores, on the Internet, or person-to-person, it must have a list of ingredients. In most cases, each ingredient must be listed individually. But under U.S. regulations, fragrance and flavor ingredients can be listed simply as “Fragrance” or “Flavor.” (3)
So in essence when you see the word “fragrance” on a label of a product there could be dozens and dozens of other ingredients in it as well- and more like hundreds to be exact. A company does not have to disclose their exact ingredients in their fragrance since it is looked at as “trade secret” by the Food and Drug Administration. You might think, what's the big deal with fragrance? A lot actually. As more and more people are being diagnosed with allergies, sensitivities, respiratory issues, nervous system damage, kidney damage, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and inflammation in the intestine- just to name a few…it starts to be a big deal.
by Rosie Jane- I don't know what it is about by\ Rosie Jane scents but they are just so good! I'm not a person that loves scents in general. Whether they are natural or not but by\ Rosie Jane has definitely changed my whole outlook. These aren't too strong and are more complex than just one fragrance note. It wears SO well! It's only $25 and you get all 7 of her scents in the cutest box! Then once you've tried them you can purchase the larger size. I can't recommend her fragrances enough. I love the scents Madie, Blake, Angie and Dylan- clearly it's hard to choose! Check out all of by\Rosie Jane fragrances here!
Kate’s Top Pick for Natural Perfume:
Leahlani Bless- Synthetic fragrances are downright dangerous and linked to so many health issues. This swap is a must. I’m not a huge fan of anything that’s
overpowering or too strong. Leahlani’s “bless” fits the bill. One whiff and you instantly feel like you’re on the Hawaiian Islands—with a hint of floral, citrus, and fresh tropical air. I’m in love! Get it here!
Henne Organics is taking center stage in this month's Detox Box!
6. Natural Lip Products
Studies show that women re-apply their lipstick/lip product at least 5 times a day…so that's a lot of toxins continually on those kissers. And they also say women consume over 7 pounds of lipstick in their lifetime…whoah! Pretty crazy. So instead of consuming ingredients like tar, lead and other harmful toxins, I think I'll stick with consuming natural ingredients like vitamin e oil, jojoba oil and castor seed oil.
Suzi's Top Lip Balm Pick-
Henne Organics- It's so nice that their lip 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 amazing too and the ingredients are squeaky clean. They even have tinted lip balms that I love too. Check them all out here!
Suzi's Top Lip Gloss Pick-
Fitglow Beauty Lip Serum- Ok, this product is just gold! Trust me when I say there's nothing else like it out there. It feels like a gloss but doesn't look gooey, or sticky at all. It isn't fully a lip gloss really even though it's hard to not put it in that category. I'm not a gloss girl and if you've read my blog long enough you know that. The name really says it all- it's a lip color serum. A serum that performs so well! It offers color pigment but isn't all over the place. I've become an addict of it and I can't stop wearing it! A new product fave for sure. Love the colors Buff, Go, and Gospel! Check out all the colors here.
Kate’s Top Lip Gloss Pick:
Chocolate Sun/Ogee's Tinted Lip Oils- I’m not a huge gloss girl, just because I don’t like the feeling of “sticky lips”. However, Chocolate Sun’s moisturizing chap stick appears like a gloss, nourishes my lips,and is not a bit sticky. You cannot beat it! When looking for a hint of color, my favorite is Ogee’s tinted lip oils.
Josh Rosebrook hair spray is the best I've found in clean beauty!
7. Hair Spray-
Did you know aerosol hairsprays top the list when it comes to toxic chemical exposure? You wouldn't think working in a hair salon would be considered such a toxic job but it is. As a former hair stylist myself I realized this to be true. Think of all the countless hours you're breathing in harmful chemicals from color to hair spray! Aerosol hairspray is basically a concoction of harmful chemicals, from glue, polymers, and solvents. The propellant used to make aerosol hairsprays are anything but natural.
Suzi's Top Hair Spray Pick:
Josh Rosebroook- First off, I love the smell! It doesn't smell heavy and toxic like conventional hair spray. It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender. I love knowing exactly what I'm breathing in, no hidden fragrance! Second, it doesn't goop up when you spray. It actually has a mist feel(but a good mist obviously), and it's not an aerosol. Yeah, pretty cool. Lastly, it just works. With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn't get crunchy…you know what I'm talking about. It's just good stuff. I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray. It's going to give you the look and feel of what your used too. Get it here!
Kate’s Top Hairspray Pick:
Josh Rosebrook- Finding a clean hairspray is tricky! I found that most were super heavy and left me with helmet hair. Josh Rosebrook knows what’s up! I absolutely love how this hairspray offers a nice hold, but without being too stiff or heavy. It’s a staple for me. Get it here!
Love all the nontoxic nail polish colors from Aila!
8. Nail Polish-
I get questions all the time about nontoxic nail polish. People usually refer to the words, non-toxic nail polish but I prefer natural nail polish. I don't think nail polish is horrible and I use it myself but I also think even natural nail polish isn't perfect. I love the look of freshly polished nails. I want to live as healthy of a lifestyle as possible for sure! But I also want to enjoy my life and not constantly be “afraid” of chemicals. It really comes down to making an informed decision for yourself. I used to really avoid anything and everything when I first went green- nothing was safe! Then I slowly came out of my shell and realized I can't live that way forever. It's about balance! They say stress is linked to so many health issues- I agree. Sometimes just relaxing and enjoying life is better medicine for us than avoiding everything. So with that being said I do paint my nails if I want too now with better natural nail polish options.
Aila- My favorite brand of nontoxic nail polish that I've found is Aila. I love how rich their colors are and the variety! Plus, they perform like my conventional nail polishes. The formula is so smooth, it doesn't get gunky, they're as clean as they come while still being effective and they're color range is so chic! I don't feel I have to sacrifice at all! I love the colors Bodega, Namaste, and Room 212. Their Better Than Gel Topcoat is also amazing and rates a 1 on the EWG! Check out all the colors here.
Dazzle Dry- I feel like a broken record but the proof is in the pudding! This natural gel nail polish option is literally changed my life. It acts like a gel polish but in all the right ways. They're free of all the big offenders when it comes to nail polish toxins too. It doesn't ruin or strip your natural nail like conventional gel polish does. My nails actually feel stronger after using! It also dries in 5 minutes- yes let me repeat myself, 5 minutes and lasts for 7-10 days. As a busy mom this is basically my favorite thing ever! Check them out here!
Kate’s Top Nail Polish Picks:
Aila- I don’t wear nail polish much, but when I do, I wear Aila’s! It’s super smooth and lasts longer than most. I love all the color options as well. You can’t go wrong with Aila! Check them out here!
This Skin Twin foundation is too good!
This is a huge offender when it comes to everyday exposure since most women wear a foundation everyday. It's important to consider the ingredients you're using since the usage is daily typically.
Suzi's Top Foundation Pick:
Beautycounter Skin Twin- I've tried all the foundations and this one has my heart. It's such an amazing formula. They've been working on it for quite some time and they did not disappoint. Filled with skin loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid that literally give your skin a surge of hydration and draw moisture to your skin. It offers buildable coverage. So you can opt for a more lightweight feel or you can apply more product and get more of a full coverage look. It doesn't feel like you're wearing anything! It truly lives up to it's name- Skin Twin. Your skin but enhanced. It gives you an overall polished look without look cakey or heavy. I apply the foundation after I've applied my oils or moisturizers. It glides on so smoothly. I wear the color 340 with self tanner and 310 if I'm not wearing self tanner. Check it out here!
Kate’s Top Foundation Pick:
Nu Evolution Powder Foundation- Because I’m so active, I’m always looking for something that feels light on my face, while offering just a bit of coverage. Nu Evolution’s powder foundation does this better than anything. It offers just the right amount of coverage, without looking chalky and without suffocating my skin. I can’t live without it! Get it here!
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 affects of chemical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens contain these big long words. They can have one or a combination of these six ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Instead of blocking the suns 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 absorb them, and they offer broad spectrum protection.
All Good- I've been using All Good sunscreens for several years and it's definitely my favorite non-toxic sunscreen! Everything about it, from ease of application, to great sun protection, and even being more budget friendly- it checks all the boxes and then some. Plus, the ingredients are clean! Often it's easy to hit two of the boxes but not all of them. Not with All Good sunscreen! Not only is it organic, but non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and coral reef friendly. It uses the mineral zinc oxide that's non-nano to block the suns rays. It's also water and sweat resistant up to 80 min. too. If you've been searching for a clean, effective sunscreen- this is it. It takes the cake in every area! Check out All Good sunscreen here!
Kate’s Top Natural Sunscreen Pick:
All Good- When it comes to clean sunscreens, there is no contest. All Good is the best non-toxic sunscreen on the market. Period. It’s squeaky clean too! Check it out here!
That sums up our top 10 healthy swaps! I hope this post was helpful when looking for your own faves!
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Sharing 5 natural proven skincare products today in my newest video! I've been a clean beauty blogger for the past 6 years and I can spot an amazing product pretty quickly. In my newest video, I'm sharing 5 natural proven skincare products that I can't stop using! These products are a cut above when it comes to performance. Some of them are new finds and some of them are old staples that I can't stop using. I often get asked what products are the cream of the crop and the best of the best when it comes to clean beauty. I hear you and I'm sharing all the best with you in the video today.
These products made the cut for my top 5 natural proven skincare products! Be sure to watch the full video below to find out what makes them so special and why I can't stop using them! There's even a product my hubs can't stop using as well.
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Sharing all the best for natural beauty for 2020 on the blog! It's finally here. Another year gone by and so many products to share. Each year I share a glimpse into the previous year's product roundup by sharing the best of the best. I vet each product and really scour to find what really stood out and made me stop in my tracks. This year was no different. I'm sharing the cream of the crop when it comes to natural beauty for 2020. These products had me doing happy dances when I tried them!
If reading my picks wasn't enough I'm sharing my friend and fellow clean beauty blogger Lisa from This Organic Girl's picks too! She has the same high standards. It's always fun to see what she picks! You might even find that there are a couple similar products we love. Check out her post here.
We both will be sharing our top 10 products for natural beauty for 2020, plus we even have some bonus faves that we couldn't not add to the list…I mean once a beauty junkie, always a beauty junkie. These are faves that haven't changed over the last year or so.
But it gets even better! We are each giving away our top 10 to one lucky winner! That's two winners! Enter to win my top 10 faves below and don't forget to head to Lisa's blog post to enter to win her faves there too.
Without further adieu- let's check out the best of the best for 2020.
Maya Chia makes natural skincare products that give results- The Straight A Serum is no different!
Maya Chia Straight A Serum
So the Straight A Serum launched in 2020 and basically took the natural beauty realm by storm! It was the first product that came to mind for the best of natural beauty for 2020. This isn't just another serum. It's a serum that means business and gets results…quickly. I have been using this for a while and definitely can speak to the overall experience of it. My skin looks brighter, more even and overall alive and not dull. I use it at night. It contains the plant retinol bakuchiol which I’ve used before in other skincare products and it also contains moth bean extract- another plant derived retinol. But it doesn't stop there. The formula also has an advanced retinol using an encapsulated Retinol. This is a derivative of Vitamin A without BHT. BHT has been shown to cause live damage in rats- even in small amounts. Conventional retinol typically contains BHT. Plus, the supply chain with BHT is very unstable.
This Body Prophet is what body moisturizer dreams are made of!
Free + True Body Prophet
I discovered this stand out body lotion in a Beauty Heroes box. If you are a natural beauty lover then you'll want to check out this box. They deliver the best of the best in natural beauty to your doorstep each month for a fraction of the cost. Subscribe here. Anyways, I instantly fell for this luxe body lotion after one application.
They actually call it a body serum. In my mind it's a cross between a body oil and a lotion- it's like a creamy lotion/oil. Whatever, you want to call it, it's so good. I literally finished the whole bottle and was scraping the insides for more. For a beauty blogger to go through a product you know it’s a big deal! I love how it comes in a glass pump bottle, makes it so easy for application. I also love how it smells- with hints of ylang ylang, rosemary and pomegranate. Such a light scent, nothing overwhelming. Plus, it has antioxidants that help to protect your skin like olive leaf extract which is 2.5 times higher in antioxidants that Vitamin C or E. It also has pumpkin seed oil, aloe vera juice and sea buckthorn berry. The overall feel is so lightweight. It absorbs instantly into the skin and doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue. I want another bottle stat! If you’re looking for a new body lotion- this is it. Get it here!
I've been wearing these Ilia Chromatic Liquid Eyeshadows everyday!
Ilia Liquid Chromatic Eye Serums
These came out in the fall of 2020 and let's just say we quickly became besties. It was love at first swipe! If you've been in natural beauty for a minute then you know it's hard to find a liquid eye shadow that lasts and doesn't fade. I hadn't found one until these showed up. They come in a tube that looks like lip gloss but there's no gloss inside, instead there's a creamy consistency that swipes on the eye effortlessly. I apply the product right on my eye and then use my finger to blend in. They blend in so easy! The best part? They stay put the WHOLE day. Yes, not like typical liquid shadow these stand the test of time. I love applying them underneath powdered shadows too. It really helps the color to pop even more and gives the powdered shadow something to adhere too. They are a great eyeshadow primer!
I have four colors, Glean, Mythic, Sheen and Fresco- all gorgeous and layer so well on top of each other. I've even used the lightest shade Glean as a highlighter! Works so well. I highlight the typical areas of my face- cupid's bow, middle of forehead, upper cheekbone, bridge of nose and middle of chin. I love how they can be used for multiple things. Can't recommend them enough! Check out more Ilia products I love here. Get them here.
This mask has been in heavy rotation in my skincare routine!
This is another favorite that launched this past fall from Alpyn Beauty. Read my review here of some of their other stellar products– you could say I'm obsessed with the line! Had to include it in the natural beauty for 2020 post. I remember opening the lid and instantly falling in love with the scent- SO good. It smells like berry pie! I want to eat it- trust me one whiff and you'll understand what I mean.
It leaves your skin smooth, hydrated and soft- all within 5 minutes. It's a mask, a peel and a polish all in one. If you've been wanting one product that does it all look no further. The blend of antioxidant rich wild huckleberry and white willow bark instantly give your skin glow worthy results. It also boasts a proprietary AHA/BHA blend of Citric, Malic, Tartaric, Glycolic, Azelaic, Ferulic & Lactic Acids. It’s a mini facial in a jar. Perfect before putting on makeup for the day to get the smoothest makeup application or at night to unwind and set your skin up for success at night. If you're a skincare minimalist this could be your new jam since it does so many things. Smooth radiant skin has never been easier. I love applying this at night and waking up to smooth, glowing skin. But I also love using it first thing in the morning to really get my skin moving and radiant. Get it here!
This cleanser does it all!
Beuti Skincare Pomegranate Glow Enzyme Cleanser
So I have to give a huge shout out to one of my favorite clean beauty stores Aillea. They sent me this cleanser and let's just say I was so impressed after the first use. This is what I expect from my cleanser. I want it to remove all my makeup and not leave any residue- this includes mascara. I want to be able to just rinse it off with water and not have to use a washcloth. Now most oil cleansers you need a washcloth and I'm not saying I don't love oil cleansers but overall I prefer a cleanser that doesn't require an extra step like using a washcloth in this season of my life(hello 1 year old, a 4 year old and a 6 year old). So you can imagine my delight when I used this cleanser for the first time and it removed all my makeup- yes even the stubborn mascara rinsed off with water. Plus, my skin still felt hydrated and had a subtle glow to it.
It's a 3-in-1 cleanser. I guess you could say I was into the multi-use products this last year! Not only does it act as a cleanser but also gently exfoliates with enzymes as well. It can also be used as a facial mask if you leave it on for 5-10 minutes. The best of all the worlds! So if you're needing a good cleanser, gentle exfoliant, mask- look no further! I'm also a huge fan of the Beuti Sleep Elixir as well. Kate Middleton is obsessed too- just sayin'. Get the Beuti Glow Enzyme Cleanser here!
This is a skin game changer!
Beautycounter All Bright C Serum
Natural beauty for 2020 wouldn't be complete without the Beautycounter All Bright C Serum. Beautycounter came out with this in the spring and it sold out right away. This Vitamin C Serum is packed with all the things! You apply this serum first thing in the morning before you apply your makeup. It helps to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun and environmental damage. It’s filled with a 10% stable blend of Vitamin C that helps to brighten your complexion, while also reducing dark spots. It also has camu camu and tumeric, heavy hitting antioxidants that help protect your skin from new hyperpigmentation. My skin is brighter and younger looking. If you’ve tried it then you know! Perfect for anyone wanting to take their skincare to the next level. Get it here!
I've gotten so many people hooked! Their response is, “My skin looks so bright and even.” I couldn't agree more. My skin loves it. I love the fresh smell too. When it comes to Vitamin C serums this is one you're going to want to have in your skincare arsenal. I apply mine after cleansing and toning in the morning before my moisturizer. Get it here!
Primally Pure's Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!
My hubs loves the Charcoal Deodorant. I love their Blue Tansy. Although I tried the Charcoal and I have to say I would use that any day too! It's crazy because the more I tell people about their deodorants, the more feedback I hear on how amazing they are. It seems to work for the majority of people.
If you haven't been able to get your husband to make the switch I recommend grabbing him a Primally Pure Deodorant. The Formula goes on so smooth and doesn't cause any irritation. I smell fresh all day long. The Blue Tansy smell is just so good! I also love how the charcoal smells minty fresh- I'm here for all the mint! Check out all their deodorant scents here.
This is your new favorite foundation! It feels like your skin but offers great coverage…Skin Twin has my heart!
Beautycounter Skin Twin Foundation
Since this just came out from Beautycounter and I can't stop using it! It's such an amazing formula. They've been working on it for quite some time and they did not disappoint. Filled with skin loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid that literally give your skin a surge of hydration and draw moisture to your skin. It offers buildable coverage. So you can opt for a more lightweight feel or you can apply more product and get more of a full coverage look. It doesn't feel like you're wearing anything! It truly lives up to it's name- Skin Twin. Your skin but enhanced. It gives you an overall polished look without look cakey or heavy. I apply the foundation after I've applied my oils or moisturizers. It glides on so smoothly. I wear the color 340 with self tanner and 310 if I'm not wearing self tanner. Check it out here!
This exfoliant does it all and leaves your skin smooth and glowing!
Mukti Organics 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
My clean beauty skincare routine just got a whole lot better with this product this past year! I was introduced to it back in April’s Beauty Heroes box and I haven’t been able to stop using it- obsessed! The exfoliant had me basically after the first application but sold me the more I used it. This has a combination of fruit acids that help loosen and rid the intracellular bonds, while encouraging collagen production. Then once the fruit acids do their thing, jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles remove the dead skin. I use this in the morning first thing on damp skin. I rub in circular motions. Then brush my teeth. Once I'm done I rinse it off. My skin feels so smooth and radiant! I use it twice a week. If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first and then see how your skin does. It smells amazing too! Like fresh lime juice and it’s this beautiful emerald green. This has been on repeat in my skincare routine! You will be addicted. Check it out here!
The Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner was a product that had me coming back for more!
Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner
I posted my full organic shampoo post this last year. The Christina Moss Shampoo and Conditioner was one shampoo and conditioner I could't shake- it was so good! What I loved about it was the fact that I could use it on my fine/thin hair and love it and my sister could use it on her thick hair and it work just as well. This is great for any hair type. Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way. Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean. It doesn't have a scent! It is made for the most sensitive scalps. I love that it doesn't have a scent. I've found a lot of people are sensitive to scent near their head especially. It's also pretty budget friendly for a clean shampoo- $19.99! Super impressed with the ingredients. They really hit it out of the park with this one. Especially great if you don't do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!
These natural beauty products have been standouts for years!
I couldn't let the natural beauty of 2020 post be complete without sharing some bonus faves that continue to rock my world year after year!
Josh Rosebrook Hair- The best natural hairspray I’ve found peeps-let it be known! I love the smell! It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender. I love knowing exactly what I’m breathing in, no hidden fragrance! Second, it doesn’t goop up when you spray. It actually has a mist feel. Yeah, pretty cool. Lastly, it just works. With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn’t get crunchy…you know what I’m talking about. It’s just good stuff. I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray. You need it, trust me! Grab it here!
Honest Beauty Mascara- This is hands down my favorite natural mascara in clean beauty currently. I know, that says a lot but it’s true. The formula checks all the boxes. It offers thickness, length, separation- it’s just awesome! The formula isn’t too dry or too wet and I love that I don’t have to apply 5 coats of mascara to see product on my lashes. In just two coats my lashes are instantly lengthened, thicker and have overall more volume. I’m sold! On one end of the mascara wand is a primer and the other the mascara color. I apply the primer first and then the mascara. It doesn't smudge by the end of the day either- it's a win/win overall. Get it here!
Innersense Whipped Creme Texturizer- I use this product everyday on my girl’s hair, on my hair and my hub’s uses it, I'm even using it on my little guy now! You could say it’s well loved. It helps to define curls, eliminate frizz and smooth hair, as well as add a bit of texture. I love using it on my hair after I curl it to leave it with some texture, and give it a tousled look. Can’t recommend it enough! We can't be without it in our house. Get it here.
Live Botanical Glowing Honey Mask- This mask began my love affair with Live Botanical. I love it! It makes my skin glow in minutes- no joke! I apply it all over in the morning and then grab my toothbrush and then rinse off once I’m done brushing my teeth. It feels so hydrating and soothing to the skin. It gives a slight exfoliation too with herbal grains. The raw honey in this mask draws moisture to the skin while soaking up all the excess oils at the same time. What I love is that this mask can be used daily as a cleanser or as a mask a couple times a week. Use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off at Live Botanical. Shop here!
Beautycounter Sheer Genius Conditioning Lipstick- I love how these feel on my lips. They're hydrating, give a slight sheen and give the perfect subtle pop of color. They are the everyday lip product you won't want to stop wearing. I have Rose, Lilac Petal and Rosewood. Check them out here!
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