Sharing the best clean beauty for June! Another month gone by- can you believe it?! It seems like this year has flown by in ways and then other ways it seems like it’s been the longest year ever. Who’s with me? This month I have some stellar new clean beauty finds to share with you. As always, I try and pair it down to the best of the best.
Since summer is here, I’m sharing some of my favorite picks for the warmer weather. I have to stop sometimes and remember how far clean beauty has come- it’s truly amazing! So many new clean beauty brands and products. It’s changed so much in the last 10 years and so many people are now swapping out their products- it’s a beautiful thing!
In this installment of the best of clean beauty for June I’m sharing:
- True Botanical’s Resurfacing Moisture Mask
- Detox Mode Deodorant
- Sky Organic’s Jojoba Oil
- Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
- Evolvh Hair Super Finish Polishing Balm
- Suntegrity Tinted SPF 30 Moisturizer
These have all taken up residence in my natural beauty routine lately. Some of them are new and some of them are just old favorites that have resurfaced due to the season change. Hope you love reading my best of clean beauty for June!
The True Botanical’s Resurfacing Mask doesn’t mess around!
True Botanical’s Resurfacing Moisture Mask
I just wrote about this mask last week and I couldn’t wait to share it again in my clean beauty roundup for June! I had already tried True Botanical’s Overnight Mask and loved it but had never tried their Resurfacing Moisture Mask. Little did I know I was in for a treat! This mask does exactly what it says- it moisturizes and exfoliates. It’s a gel consistency. It gets rid of all the dead skin and reveals that inner glow(aka new skin). I leave mine on for 5 minutes. It’s especially great right before a big event or night out when you want your skin to be glowing. I also love doing this first thing in the morning before the day. I’ll brush my teeth as I wait for the mask to do it’s thing. It also gives you an even smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. The lactic acid in the mask helps to slough off the dead skin cells, while at the same time stimulating the production of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These both help to keep moisture locked in to the skin.
The mask doesn’t stop there. Then it helps to add additional softness to the skin with avocado butter. Plus, this mask includes Astaxanthin. This essential fatty acid does so much! From helping diminish dark circles, hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines and stimulate collagen production. This is basically you’re new favorite mask! I love how smooth my skin feels after using it and bright. It’s like an instant facial for your skin. If you have sensitive skin I would do a patch test first. You only need to leave it on for 5 minutes. Any longer and you might start to feel a burning or tingling sensation. You won’t be disappointed! Get yours here!
These new natural deodorants are just in time for summer!
Detox Mode Deodorant
When it comes to clean beauty- natural deodorant can be hard to come by. These deodorants are the newest launch from Detox Mode and they’re so good! They have a baking soda free version and a regular version. They both go on really smooth and don’t irritate my underarms at all. I was skeptical that the baking soda free version would actually work- but it does! The Feeling Free Deodorant is the baking soda free version. It has a combination of charcoal and lavender for the scent as well as eucalyptus. It does a great job of keeping me smelling fresh all day!
The Feeling Altogether is the regular deodorant with baking soda and it has a combination of neroli and cardamom. I love both the scents. If you have sensitive skin and can’t tolerate baking soda well, I would recommend the baking soda free version. Excited to have another natural deodorant in my rotation! Check them out here!
This exfoliant does it all and leaves your skin smooth and glowing!
Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
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!
This jojoba oil has one ingredient that moisturizes so well! Use it for my whole family.
Sky Organics Jojoba Oil
I love pure simple oils and this is exactly that. I’ve been using this as my clean beauty body oil and on my kids as a body oil too. It really hydrates the skin so well and leaves it feeling silky smooth. It doesn’t leave a greasy film like some oils. I love jojoba too because it resembles so closely our own body oil. Sky Organics jojoba oil is cold pressed, so all the nutrients are left intact. Plus, I love that it’s houses in a dark glass amber bottle. Protecting the oil from heat and light. Lotions and creams can contain so many ingredients, but with this oil you are literally just using one oil on your body- so pure! I apply this on slightly damp skin after I shower, and my kid’s baths. This really helps to seal in the moisture. Plus, it’s such a budget friendly pick and you can get it on Amazon- win/win! Check it out here.
This not only acts as your sunscreen but also your foundation!
Suntegrity 2-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen
I’ve been wearing this as the weather has warmed up and I want something that feels lightweight and easy. This tinted face sunscreen is it. It’s similar to a BB cream. Tinted moisturizers tend to be too thin for me because they don’t offer enough coverage. This offers just the right amount of coverage. It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen. From superb coverage, hydration and good tint. Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30. It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide. It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone. I wear the color light. Grab yours here!
This hair balm keeps the flyaways at bay and your hair silky smooth.
Evolvh Hair Super Finish Polishing Balm
I’ve been using this balm for over a month and I’m addicted! It hydrates the hair but doesn’t weigh it down. It helps to seal in the moisture, but not make your hair greasy. I just apply a small pump into my hands and rub them together. Then I add run it through the ends of my hair. It helps to control frizz, smooth flyways, and give an overall polished look to the hair. Especially great if you have dry ends, or curly hair. I love applying it right after I blog dry to smooth my ends and then right after I curl my hair to smooth the curl. You can also use it on damp hair and let it air dry to prevent flyaways. Check it out here!
That sums up my best of clean beauty for June! See anything you want to try? What have you been loving?
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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!
Natural Body Oil Products
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. Grab it 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 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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My natural mascara post is here! Having been in natural beauty for over 10 years now, I’ve tried my fair share of mascaras. I’m pretty picky when it comes to a stellar formula too. It has to meet some strict requirements. I mean a girl doesn’t want just volume, but length, separation, and maybe even a bit of drama. Who’s with me?! I’ve written a post like this before but have since updated it and now I’m doing a new refresh all together to give you the complete guide to finding your favorite natural mascara! If I can do it, you can do it!
Have you ever wondered what was in that long tube of black goo we call mascara?
According to Women’s Health, 65% of women wear mascara every day, making it the most popular eye makeup used.
Yet, I would venture to say most women don’t know a thing about what’s in their favorite black tube. Well, I was like most women just enjoying the creative powers of my mascara as it made my eyelashes go from spindly average to va va voom, until one day I did a little research of my own. This research left me flabbergasted…yes I said it, flabbergasted! I mean how much could a little tube really carry …right? WRONG!
Here’s the oh so scary news: 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 our putting them near our eyes every single day!
Yes, gasp if you’d like, I sure did. So why don’t we want these big long words in our black tubes? Well, for starters they’re harmful to our health and can accumulate in the body and lead to an array of nastiness in our bodies, such as cancer, liver problems, hormonal disruptions, miscarriages, and birth defects…just to name a few. Now you might be thinking, great I’m going to have to give up my magic tube of goo…But alas, have no fear we live in the 21st century, where choices are abundant and there are many natural options.
Giving you the lowdown on all these natural mascaras!
I had some standards as I tested out mascara. There have been some mascaras I’ve noticed some people pegging as “clean” but they had questionable ingredients. My top recommendations are completely clean. However, there are a few ingredients here and there in some of the other mascaras that rate a higher score on EWG. In comparison to conventional mascaras, I think they’re pretty good. But that’s a decision you have to make for yourself.
I wanted to dive into mascara and share why it’s important to make the switch ASAP! I’ve heard so many people say that mascara isn’t a big deal to use conventional. I beg to differ. I get the one time waterproof mascara you want to use for a wedding or that special event but for the day in and day out grind- get yourself a natural mascara you love!
*I’m also going to share some natural mascaras that I didn’t love as well. Hopefully this well help weed out the options so you can find your best natural mascara!
So what’s lurking in the conventional mascara tubes? Nothing pretty.
*Your eyes actually have tiny pores around the eyes and can absorb the chemicals your applying to them.
- PARABENS- from Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. These are known endocrine disruptors(hormone disruptors) and can cause allergic reactions as well as contact dermatitis.
- PROPYLENE GLYCOL- 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.
- POLYBUTENE– Derived from petroleum and is a plasticizer, used to make adhesives and in this case mascara too- yikes!
- PEG’S– Simliar to propylene glycol, has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing. Can cause acne, skin irritant.
- SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE- Drying of the skin, skin irritant and has been linked to eczema. Endocrine disruptor and has been found to have 1, 4 dioxane, again cancer causing.
- PARAFFIN- Also known as petroleum. The manufacturing process of petroleum causes it to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. This ingredient has been shown to be a known carcinogen and cancer causing. Not too mention, petroleum is a skin irritant, causing rashes and and allergic reactions.
- ETHANOLAMINE- These can come in other forms such as triethanolamine, or be listed as DEA, TEA, MEA. Immune and respiratory toxin. Also, known to cause allergic reactions. Cancer causing as well because they contain nitrosamines.
- BHT- Derived from petroleum and used as a preservative. Not only can it affect your hormones but it also is carcinogenic.
- TALC- Most talc is contaminated with asbestos unless they are third party testing it. The only company doing that is Beautycounter. It’s associated with respiratory problems, lung cancer, asthma, and even cancer.
- FRAGRANCE- Can cause photo-toxic reactions and can be photo-allergic. Skin irritants, and has been known as a neurotoxin.
- RETINYL ACETATE- can cause liver damage, brittle nails, & hair loss just to name a few. It’s also been shown in high doses to cause problems with skeletal birth defects in developing fetuses.
- DIAZOLIDINYL UREA- Releases formaldehyde in products. Can be found in facial moisturizers, facial cleansers, eye creams, foundations, shampoos, acne treatments, after shave, lip balms, mascara, sunless tanning products, antiperspirants/deodorants, cuticle treatments, and nail polishes.
- ALUMINUM POWDER- This is a neurotoxin and nothing you want close to your eye.
*I can’t tell you how many people after switching to a natural mascara, stopped getting styes in their eyes! I don’t think it’s a coincidence. These harmful ingredients make their way into the eye and can cause a variety of infections.
I get a lot of questions on waterproof mascara options and formulas in clean beauty. So I thought I would share how waterproof mascara is made. To make a mascara waterproof often companies use an ingredient called dimethicone copolyol.
*However, I wanted to hear from one of my favorite natural beauty makeup brands, Crunchi, to hear their insight into what makes a waterproof mascara formula.
Here’s what their research and development team had to say:
There are actually many different ingredient combinations that can work to make a mascara formula “waterproof”, and it is much more complex than simply adding “dimethicone copolyol” to formulate a mascara with this feature.
Bottom line: waterproof mascara can be filled with many unknown chemicals and it’s not always clear what exactly is lurking in the tube.
The more I looked into dimethicone copolyol I learned that it’s a derivative of silica and it repels water. Silicones are really important when it comes to making a waterproof mascara work. Since we know oil and water don’t mix, and silicones are made of fat(oil) this helps the mascara to stay on the lashes instead of run down your face. You will notice in many waterproof formulas there’s not water or very little and more oil. That’s because oil repels the water. That’s also why it’s so hard to remove waterproof mascara because it’s made from oils and just water isn’t going to remove it but you’ll need an oil based eye makeup remover. The problem I learned is that since waterproof mascaras are harder to remove, many people just don’t. Unfortunately, this causes bacteria to build up on the eye and can cause styes and infection.
There aren’t waterproof formulations in natural mascara formulas. There are some “water resistant” formulations- but not a true waterproof formula. Using a waterproof mascara over and over again not only causes eyelid dermatitis but can lead to drying out your eye. Since waterproof mascara takes a while to get off, often people have to use harsher eye makeup removers to remove the mascara. Another reason to ditch the waterproof mascara on a daily basis.
*Below I’ll highlight some water resistant mascara options if waterproof mascara is your thing.
The thing is it’s super easy to find a stellar formula these days. Back when I was transitioning to clean beauty(10 years ago) there was one formula…yes I repeat one formula that worked. And even then it wasn’t perfect but it was all that was out there. These days not only can you have your cake but you can eat it too when it comes to natural mascara! In 10 years the clean beauty industry has gone from making one ok formula to SO many. With my help you can find your new natural mascara bestie.
Let’s dive into ALL the natural mascara options- cuz’ there’s a lot! I am breaking them down by formula, smudge factor, flaking, brush and price. I have several budget friendly options that I think you’ll love.
*Oh and side note- if you’re looking for a natural eye makeup remover, check out Beautycounter’s! It’s the best. Any former Mary Kay eye makeup remover lovers out there? Yeah, I was one of them. I loved that stuff. Beautycounter’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover reminds me of Mary Kays- so good! Get it here.
After trying so many natural mascaras I must say I have 3 that really stand out for me, remember I love bigger/ fuller lashes, you might like something different:
Natural Mascara Picks
Honest Beauty Mascara(FAVE- after trying so many I still go back to this one, it checks all the boxes for me)
Formula- Ok, so I did try this mascara when it first came out years ago and I didn’t like it. It stung my eyes pretty bad and there wasn’t anything amazing about it. However, they re-did the formula a couple years ago and I have to say it is completely different and I LOVE it! 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.
Smudge factor/Flaking- Doesn’t flake or smudge!
Brush- The brush is longer and thinner, with a slight curve.
Price- $16.99 on Amazon.
Get the Mascara here!
Ilia Beauty Limitless Lash Mascara(sensitive eyes)
Formula- This is a newer natural mascara find and I’ve been loving it. They created a patented brush. One side is for curling and the other side is 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. I’m really able to build length with this mascara too. They also have a smaller travel size too! I love this option. You can easily try it out without breaking the bank.
Smudge factor/Flaking- I don’t have flaking with this mascara or smudging, it really stays in place.
Brush- I really like the brush for it’s unique patented sides. Having one side for length and the other side for curling. It really works! It’s not so fat either, so makes it easy to get in the smaller corners.
Get your Ilia mascara here!
Fitglow Good Lash + Mascara
Formula- It gives my lashes volume, separation and some drama. It definitely lifts them up and creates a lash that you can’t help but notice! I love how you can build the formula on top of your lashes. The formula is overall thicker but easy to apply to the lashes. I felt the formula looked a little too worn in by the end of the day. It didn’t hold up as well as others. It gives your lashes a dose of vitamins and antioxidants with their nourishing formula.
Smudge factor/Flaking- I did have some flaking and smudging.
Brush- The brush on it is different than any other I’ve used. It starts out wide and then gets narrower. Great for getting the bitty lashes in the corner of the eye.
Get your FitGlow mascara here!
Beautycounter Volume Mascara
Formula- The formula is drier overall and thicker. It takes a couple coats to get the product on but one you do it really builds and you can get a thicker lash. It doesn’t give my huge vixen lashes but some good volume and pigment.
Smudge factor/Flaking- I didn’t notice a lot of flaking until the tube got to the very end. The formula seemed extra dry and it would flake easier on me.
Brush- The brush is a larger fat brush that goes in slightly in the middle.
Get the Beautycounter Volume Mascara here!
Inika Long Lash Mascara(vegan)
Formula- The formula is pretty wet. It gets better the more air gets to it. Once I apply the first couple coats I move to the next eye and then come back to the first eye. Then it’s easier to build it up more. It really gives great length and separation, not as much volume.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It did smudge a little if I wasn’t careful letting it dry since the formula is on the wet side. But no flaking.
Brush- It comes with a long brush.
Get your mascara here!
Crunchi Shattered Mascara(vegan)
Formula- This is Crunchi’s new natural Mascara formula and it basically kicked everything up a notch! It gives more volume, length and overall drama to the lashes. It does this all without needing to apply several coats of mascara too. I find one or two coats gives me instant lift and separation. It’s a very goopy formula overall- lots of product on the brush. If you want to look like you have mascara on and have those big lashes- this is your mascara.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It does tend to flake on me by the end of the day. Especially if I workout. However, I’ve learned some tricks in getting it to stay put- check out my free download to learn my tips!
Brush- Love the brush! It’s bigger but not too big and a little smaller at the tip.
Get your Crunchi Mascara here!
Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara(gluten free)
Formula- The formula is drier. It takes a few strokes to get the product on your lashes. But once on you do you can really build it up on the ends to lengthen. It gives my lashes separation, volume, and length. Plus, some thickness.
Smudge factor/Flaking- Overall the smudging is minimal to none. I don’t notice smudging as much as flakes sometimes as I’m nearing the end of the tube. I think it’s more because the formula is drying out. It’s a good reminder to switch it out.
Brush- It comes with a thick, fat spoodle brush. Love the brush!
Get your Hynt Beauty Mascara here!
Hush And Dotti Mascara(sensitive eyes/water resistant)
Formula- The formula is a great mix of dry and wet. It goes on so easy and doesn’t require a ton of applications. Gives my lashes thickness, length and separation. A good building natural mascara. I was surprised how much I loved this one. It reminds me of Maybelline’s original Great Lash Mascara. FAVE!!!
Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smear on my eyelids or flake at all.
Brush- It’s a smaller standard mascara brush. It gets smaller towards the end of the brush.
Get your Hush and Dottie Mascara here!
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara(sensitive eyes/water resistant)
Formula- This natural mascara is especially great for lengthening. It also does an amazing job of separation. It builds up quite well too after you let it dry for 30 seconds and go back and add some more. It’s a wetter formula overall. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof but water resistant, which is pretty awesome for a mascara in natural beauty.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It can smear a bit if you don’t let it dry first. Once you let it dry though it doesn’t flake.
Brush- The brush is curved a bit, thinner and longer.
Get your 100% Pure Mascara here!
W3ll People Exressionist Pro Mascara(gluten free)
Formula- At first I didn’t really like this mascara but after giving it two solid weeks I really liked it. Initially, it was hard to get the product off the brush. In my opinion, it gets better the more air is exposed to it. It gets a little more goopy and helps the product to be able to build on your lashes. It didn’t give me quite as much length as I would like but definitely gave my lashes a bit of drama and thickness. It’s not a lightweight mascara, you can see there is product on your lashes. Overall, definitely a great product. There is a couple ingredients in it that scored a 5 or higher on EWG. However, they don’t seem significant enough, especially with some data gaps. They also have a mini version of this which is great for travel and nice if you want to try it out without breaking the bank.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It didn’t flake on me until the end of the tube. Then I noticed some flakes around my eyes.
Brush- The brush wasn’t my fave- it’s the new high tech rubber brush. I’m more into the old spoodle brushes.
Get your W3ll People Mascara here!
Lily Lolo Mascara(vegan)
Formula- This mascara definitely gets some good product on your lashes. It gives your lashes some drama and lift. It’s more of a wetter formula. A little harder to build the product on the lashes unless I wait a minute or two for the first coat to dry, since the formula is more wet. The only thing I noticed was some irritation when my eyes would water-which was randomly when I had my second baby-hormones are real people! 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.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It does smudge a little the first week or so because the formula is wetter. However, once you use it more the formula thickens and I didn’t have a problem with smudging.
Brush- The brush is a big fat brush- just the kind I like!
Get your Lily Lolo mascara here!
ZuZu Luxe Mascara(gluten free)
Formula- This a great everyday mascara, for someone who doesn’t want anything too dramatic. However, it does add great color definition and builds well too. It comes off easy at the end of the day. It’s a great pick for those who have sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It isn’t going to give you the drama or vixen lashes but a great option for those wanting something a little subdued and have sensitive eyes. I also love how easy it is to find. They sell it at most Whole Foods and natural grocery/health food stores.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smudge or flake on me.
Brush- The brush is a standard mascara wand. Not big and gets smaller at the tip of the brush.
Get your ZuZu Luze mascara here!
W3ll People Expressionist Volumizing Mascara(gluten free)
Formula- I wasn’t super impressed with this at first. However, it got better as time went on, just like the original formula. It adds a good amount of product on the lashes. It isn’t as wet as the original formula, more of a dry formula overall. It can really build. It gives a good amount of volume on the lashes and can build the length the more you apply on the tips of lashes. They also have a mini version of this one, so a great idea to try out before purchasing a large one.
Smudge factor/Flaking- It doesn’t smudge or flake on me.
Brush- The brush is a large fat brush all the way around
Get your W3ll People Expressionist Volumizing Mascara here!
Natural Mascara Fails-
I wasn’t impressed with it. The formula was so wet and it left my lashes more limp than vixen. It smudged and came off easily too. At $33.20 a pop, I was disappointed in the overall performance of this mascara.
This was probably the biggest flop. If you’ve been around natural beauty long enough you know RMS Beauty. Their products are so good. However, it unfortunately didn’t translate into their mascara. The product is almost invincible on my lashes. I had to coat them but even then you could hardly see the product or a difference. It flaked too. Not worth it at $28.
This is similar to RMS mascara in my opinion. It was hard to see the product on my lashes or even notice I had on mascara, it was so subtle. If you like your mascara to look as natural as possible then this would be your mascara. But for me I want some drama in my lashes! $24
Juice Beauty Photo-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara-
This did absolutely nothing for my eyelashes- like nothing! It’s such a wet formula and doesn’t build, add volume or anything. Wouldn’t recommend this at all. $24
Ere Perez Natural Almond Mascara-
This didn’t do anything for my eyelashes. It hardly gives much pigment on the lashes. I really had to coat them several times to get anything on them. I like to look like I’m wearing something so it didn’t work for me. It claims to be waterproof too but it smudged on me. If you like something that looks really natural and is for sensitive eyes you may like it. Just not my cup of tea. $27.30
Lola Lash Too Antonym Mascara
Didn’t love the formula. Too wet and couldn’t get any build from it. It didn’t add length or volume. Just added some wet pigment. It smudged too since it was so wet. I didn’t love the brush either. $26
That sums up my mascara post! I hope it helped you have a better idea of what mascara you should go for. Let me know what mascara you’re loving!
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Sharing the organic beauty box roundup for June on the blog! This month is packed full of new brands and products that are hitting it out of the park when it comes to performance. I was so excited to reveal the boxes this month. If you’re new here every month I break down the best natural beauty boxes in clean beauty. They’re all a little different so if you’ve been on the hunt for a beauty box you’re bound to find one in the roundup.
*As always the boxes roll out at different times during the month so be sure to check back to get all the details on the organic beauty box roundup for June.
Beauty Heroes June Discovery
This duo doesn’t mess around when it comes to creating brighter/glowing skin!
I was so excited to start using these two products from LILFOX! They are both new products from the brand and a perfect combo. LILFOX is no stranger to Beauty Heroes, they’ve been in the box several times. If you aren’t familiar with LILFOX, allow me to introduce you. LILFOX was created by founder, Alexis Rose. A native southern Floridian, she is a certified aromatherapist, and essential oil educator. Each product has a blend of organic wildcrafted essential oils and isn’t watered down. The products are aimed to deliver a glow, and to help you find your own unique skincare ritual. I love that each product is crafted in their studio and not outsourced. I also swooned over their luxe packaging when I saw it. Their products are packaged in amethyst glass to help preserve the contents, and protect the biodiversity of the formula. Who doesn’t love that? This month the hero product is their Haute C Serum. The sidekick is the Dewy Bean Dream Mask. These two offer a one-two punch for getting smooth, glowing skin.
Haute C Serum- This serum is all over brightening serum, featuring 15% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. This is a derivative of Vitamin C, which has been shown to penetrate the epidermis and dermis in clinical trials. Plus, it has been shown to increase collagen production and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Sound like a genie in a bottle?! It basically is. I can’t get over how many stellar ingredients are in this one product. I mean Vitamin C alone is an active enough, but it doesn’t stop there. It also has niacinamide, a Vitamin B3, which if you’ve followed me for a while you know I love. It helps to reduce redness, very soothing, even out hyperpigmentation, helps with acne and is brightening. But it continues, with ingredients like bamboo extract, sodium hyaluronate, Vitamin E and ferulic acid. It’s basically a skin’s dream team! I’ve been using it day and night. For both day and night I wait for it to dry on my skin completely before applying any other product. I noticed an overall brightness to my skin and glow. The biggest change is just an even look. Not so ruddy. It’s like someone took an eraser and blurred out imperfections- needless to say I’m loving it! Vitamin C is a game changer for skincare and this product performs so well.
Dewy Bean Dream- This mask such a unique mask. It is a gel consistency that you wear overnight. It’s full of dew bean which is a Vitamin A rich legume that gives you retinol results without the negative side effects. Plus, this mask also contains lactic acid, niacinamide, and glycolic acid transforming your skin. Brightening dark spots, helping with cellular renewal, and boosting the overall moisture content of the skin. This mask basically does the job of resurfacing your skin at night to reveal a bright, radiant complexion. I applied it at night after cleansing and toning my skin and after applying Haute C Serum. I would wait 10 minutes for it to dry and then apply the Dewy Bean Dream mask. I noticed an overall brightness the next morning. The combo of the Haute C Serum, plus the Dewy Bean Dream is a match made for skincare results!
I would hop on this discovery before they sell out! Word on the street they will. The value is $235 but you can get it for $58.95! Get it here!
This box was so fun! Love seeing all the brands in one box.
This box is actually out of stock but keep checking back- it might change. I was excited to see several different brands in the box! Often it’s just one brand. I have used products from African Botanics and Pai but I hadn’t tried anything from Nini Organics. I also loved getting a hand lotion- something I wouldn’t normally get in a box.
African Botanics- This brand is swoon worthy all around. From the formulas to the change they bring the skin, they bring luxury skincare to your beauty routine. I loved this Botanical Hand Cream! It hydrated my skin but didn’t leave it feeling greasy or oily. I also love that it comes in a tube- so easy to throw in my purse!
Pai Sea Aster & Wild Oat Instant Calm Redness Serum- Although I’ve tried so many of Pai’s products I haven’t tried this one! This product especially spoke to me because I deal with redness in my skin. I used this in the morning before I applied my make and it was the perfect serum weight. It sunk right into my skin. It helped to plump up my skin too. Loved the hydration it added overall.
Nini Organics Detox Foam- Ok, truth be told I was most excited to try this product! It is unique because it comes in powdered form. You add a little water and it activates the product and turns it into a foam cleanser. It’s meant to be used as a daily cleanser, especially for those with acne prone skin or oily skin. It is full of antioxidants and detoxifying dried vegetables. Not only does it get rid of daily grime but it also helps to boost collagen and get your skin smooth and supple. It’s a cleanser but also a mask. I would add the powder to my hand, add a few drops of water and then mix it together in my hand and apply to my face. It was foamy and felt so good on my skin. Then I would leave it on for a couple minutes to really help detox like a mask. My skin felt revived and purified after using. It was a big purge for my skin! I love using this 3-4 times a week as a deep clean or in the morning for a boost of overall radiance and to get the blood flowing.
Check out the box here and see if it’s in stock!
Loved being introduced to this new clean beauty brand!
Sharing another box for the organic beauty box roundup for June! I was so excited to see OKOKO Cosmetiques in this month’s June Clean Beauty Box! I had never tried anything from them and was excited to dive into their products. This is a Canadian skin care line that creates products to that bring all the elements of skin together, from moisture, nutrition, protection, renewal and radiance. They are environmentally conscious to their core and take great efforts from sourcing, to how they produce their products. As much as they stand on eco products, their formulas speak for themselves when it comes to giving skincare results! I love how they keep up with new skin ideas and innovations. These high-end products are both good for the environment and your skin!
Clarifying + Firming Serum With Dragon’s Blood Extract- This oil-free formula is truly a unique product. It quickly absorbs into the skin and supercharges it with antioxidants, niacinamide- one of my faves and it’s at 10%- which is huge! It also has willow bark extract, which is great at repairing the skin’s barrier function, also brightening and evening out skin texture. It hydrates, but not like an oil because it’s oil-free. It feels like a big drink of water for the skin. I love that it not only protects the skin, but also is nourishing it at the same time with tons of antioxidants. It also helps to minimize redness with the high percentage of niacinamide. My skin feels plump and revitalized after using. I’ve been using it after toning and before my moisturizer or oils. You’ll be hooked!
Sublime Balm- This balm does so much! It feels light for a balm but heavy enough to hydrate my skin. It not only can act as a cleanser, but also as a night balm or if you just need a little moisture as an all over hydrator. It also helps to minimize redness, and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. It absorbs so well for a balm. Often balms I’ve found sit more on the top of my skin. Not this one. It really seeps into my skin- which I love. It’s also filled with so many actives from lycopene that’s from tomato oil, pomegranate sterols, astaxanthin, beta carotene, mango butter and white clay. A serious treat for the skin. I apply very small amount, think less than a pea on my face. I’ve found warming it between my hands creates a great texture to easily apply it. I apply it at night as the last step in my skincare routine. It feels like it’s sealing everything in!
Hop on this month’s Clean Beauty Box and get it here! The value is $131- but you can get it for $41.95! Get it here!
This box will keep you looking bright eyed all day long!
I was so excited to see 100% Pure in the Detox Box this month, I couldn’t wait to share about it in my organic beauty box roundup for June! This natural beauty brand has been around since the beginning and has a wide array of clean beauty. It’s all about looking bright and awake for the day!
Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream- If you’ve been around clean beauty long enough then you’ve seen this cult fave floating around. This eye cream doesn’t mess around when it comes to brightening and de-puffing! If you’e needing a little refresh for the under eye area this is your new bestie. I dab it on first thing in the morning to kick bags to the curb and perk up my under eye area.
Bright Eyes Mask- These are my absolute faves!! Using these in the morning first thing will ensure you look wide eyed and bushy tailed for the day. They are packed with hydrating ingredients like aloe and cooling cucumber that help to smooth out the eye area. You might not be getting a full night’s sleep but you can certainly fake it! This is a great combo with the coffee bean caffeine eye cream.
Vitamin C Serum- Keep your complexion in tip top shape with this Vitamin C serum. Help combat free radical damage by applying a couple pumps after you cleanse your skin in the morning. Not only will it protect your skin from free radical damage but also give you an overall brightness.
Long Last Liquid Eye Liner- Another way to perk up your eyes? Liquid liner! Give yourself an instant eye lift with the perfect winged eye liner. You won’t have to worry about your eyes looking tired with this liquid liner. The best part is the longevity! No liquid liner running down your face midday.
Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara- One of my favorite natural mascara picks! I just wrote about it here in my Natural Mascara post- check it out. This mascara gives you length, separation and lift. Plus, it really lasts!
The Detox Box is valued at $144, but you can get it for $55! Such an amazing clean beauty box for a steal of a price! Get it here!
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