Several years ago, I put a goal on my vision board to switch all of my traditional make-up and beauty products over to non-toxic, natural alternatives. Back then, it seemed pretty daunting since I only had maybe one or two switched over. Fast forward a few years to now, and I can finally say I did it! Now, like all “green journeys”, there are times when it was easy (eyeliner) and times when it was hard (face wash), but I can say that I have officially kicked all toxic products out of my beauty routine.
Will I use these products forever? Who knows? I’m sure I will find some that work better, more that I can make from scratch, and some I may just get tired of…but no matter what, I will keep striving towards that goal only using green alternatives. So today, I’m going to share those green beauty products with you—everything from my toothpaste to my eyeliner.
Here they all are…everything I need to get ready in the morning.
Kind of funny how in going green, I reduced them down
quite a bit! I would have had a full counter a few years back!
Now, if you’re just starting on your green journey, you may wonder why should I care about switching over to green alternatives? My CoverGirl mascara works just fine, or this Herbal Essences shampoo smells fruity, so it must be natural, right? But I’m afraid that the “green truth” to traditional personal care products is that they are loaded with chemicals and toxins. Just take a look at the ingredient list on the back of the product, see things you can’t pronounce or that match up to the visual below? That would be a sign you would want to drop that product and find a green alternative.
Here’s an awesome graphic that sums up not only what dangers are lurking in personal care products but also the effect they can have on our body…and it’s anything but pretty.
Okay, so now that we know what to avoid in personal care products, here’s a video rundown of not only the GREEN products I’m using but also HOW I use them every day…
The “Green” Beauty Products I’m Using Right Now…
1. Lotion- This was one of the first swaps I made because I knew I covered my whole body with it, so that was a lot of surface area getting exposed to toxic ingredients. My favourite green alternative lotion is a brand called: Dessert Essence Organics Hand and Body Lotion in “Fragrance-Free”.
Desert Essence Organics
Hand and Body Lotion
As I said in the video before I got pregnant with Baby Mila, I was using coconut oil for my body lotion, and I really liked it. But when my belly started to grow, it started to itch, which I never had with Avery’s pregnancy (when I used the Desert Essence Organics lotion).
So I switched back, and the itchy feeling went away, knock on wood; it keeps the stretch marks away…but if it doesn’t, at least my skin will feel smooth, soft and moisturized in the process.
Here I am at 41 weeks pregnant with Avery
stretch-mark free. Not exactly a claim they
make on the back of the lotion, but a
benefit I’ve noticed. ( :
2. Lip Gloss/Lip Balm- This one was the next priority for me because I got to thinking about how much lip gloss/lip balm I was ingesting, just from day-to-day use and it kind of freaked me out. I’ve tried a variety of products over the years, and my go-to for colour and shine is Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in the shade “Autumn Haze”.
My go-to gloss.
Now when my lips feel dry, and I just want some moisture, not the shine and colour, I go to this organic lip balm from The Honest Co. in the flavour “Lavender Mint”. When you order this lip balm, you get 3 flavours in a pack for $10, and I like the other two (Sweet Orange Vanilla and Purely Simple), but the Lavender one is my favourite.
The Honest Co. Organic Lip Balm
3. Body Wash/Hand Soap/Shave Gel- My go-to for all things soap is Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap. It’s plant-based, all-natural, organic, and it has no additives or foaming agents. Even better, Dr Bronner’s has 18 different uses! In order to make body wash, I fill about 1/3 to 1/2 of an empty 16 oz. Bottle with Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap, and then I fill the rest with water. Other scents they have include citrus, lavender, almond, and rose. Read more about why this is my favourite soap in the post, “A Green Alternative to Toxic Soap.”
Dr Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild
Here are more ways that I use this awesome green soap!
I use Dr Bronner’s diluted soap for hand soap around
I lather it up with exfoliating gloves for a body wash in
the shower (I know the gloves look kind of weird, but
it’s my favourite thing to use instead of a loofa in the shower).
I even lather it up again and use it as a shave gel/shave soap.
I’ve also used coconut oil in the past and had some success
with that…just beware. It will make the shower floor slippery!
4. Face Wash: This was one of the hardest products for me to swap out because I’m pretty sure my face was addicted to using that 3 pc. Acne Free Kit. Over the years, I tried all kinds of natural brands, baking soda and vinegar and even the oil cleansing method, all of which turned my face into one nasty, breakout mess. I’m sure it could have been because my face was just “transitioning” or “detoxing”, but I didn’t have months to wait around and hope that my skin would improve. So I always went back to the Acne Free face wash, and the breakouts would clear up.
Here’s what my skin looked like when I attempted the oil cleansing method a year ago…ugh. I just wanted a more natural alternative, but I didn’t want to deal with the nasty transition phase, which for me seemed to go on for 2-3 weeks.
Not exactly a picture I love broadcasting on the Internet,
but it documents the struggle I took on in my journey
to find a green face wash…obviously the oil cleansing
the method was not for me.
In case you’re wondering, the oil cleansing method is where you use oils to wash your face (I used a ratio of 1/2 castor oil and 1/2 jojoba oil). You basically apply the oils to your face and then use a steamy washcloth to rinse them off. Now I’ve read stories of so many other green bloggers that have so much success with this, but for me, it just didn’t work. Maybe I’ll try it again in the future, but for now, I’ve found a new solution.
My solution: doTERRA’s Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash. Right away, doTERRA had me interested because of the “clear skin” title of the product. I thought, okay, this is kind of like their “greener version of Proactiv or something”. So I threw out my go-to Acne Free wash and gave this face soap a try.
doTERRA’s Clear Skin Foaming
During the first month, I still had a breakout or two, but I kind of already had that with the Acne Free soap I was using, so I figured I wasn’t out too much. On top of that, I was happy to not be putting so many chemicals on my face twice a day. I’ve been using it for about 2-3 months now, and I love it. My skin is clear and happy…even while I’m pregnant!
To go along with the face wash in the shower, I follow up with doTERRA’s Clear Skin Topical Blend once I get out of the shower. Now, this was breaking the routine I was used to of face wash then toner, but I was willing to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. I think it helps complete the “Clear Skin” regimen they’ve set up.
doTERRA Clear Skin Topical Blend
One last thing I added to my face cleaning routine was a moisturizer. Now my face is more oily than dry, but occasionally the skin around my eyes just feels dry. So I wanted a moisturizer or some type of lotion I could apply there, and with success I had with the other doTERRA products, this Anti-Aging Moisturizer did just the trick. Now I’m 28 years old, so anti-ageing products aren’t exactly my main concern when it comes to skincare, but to get the moisturization I need, plus a little proactive anti-ageing effort, is just a bonus.
doTERRA Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Just in case you’re wondering, all products in the doTERRA Skin Care line are free from:
- artificial colours
- diethanolamine (DEA)
- formaldehyde donors
- propylene glycol
- solium Laureth sulfate (SLES)
- sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- triethanolamine (TEA)
- and they do not do any animal testing
5. Mascara- A great affordable, and a healthy option I use for my mascara is “Organic Wear” by Physician’s Formula. Their mascara is free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, and parabens.
Organic Wear Mascara by Physician’s Formula
6. Eye Liner- I so loved my old eyeliners of the past, but when it was time to go green, I found Lavera’s Eyeliner No.2 (Brown), and it’s really done its job well.
Another favourite is Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil in the shade “Rough”, and although it’s great for a little lighter shade on my eyes, I use it most to fill in my eyebrows, mainly because it matches my eyebrow colour perfectly. And hey, we all can use a little help on our eyebrows, right? ( :
7. Eye Shadow: I use Larenim Eye Shadow in “Bewitched Beige”.
Larenim Eye Shadow
I’ve even tried to “green” my make-up tools with this brush set from EcoTools, which, as you saw from the video, Avery enjoys playing with as well!
EcoTools make up brush.
8. Concealer- I don’t use any foundation, powder, blush or bronzer, just this concealer for under my eyes and if I have any small blemishes. It’s called: MyChelle Concealer in Solar.
9. Deodorant- So in the past, I made sure to get “green brands” of deodorant that were aluminium-free, but when I learned a simple and effective recipe I could make from home, I ditched the store-bought brands and went “super green” with this one.
Is that a yummy treat? Nope, just my deodorant.
The recipe I use is from my post, “How to Make Your Own Deodorant”, and here’s the recipe:
Natural Homemade Deodorant
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder, also called arrowroot starch/flour (I use Bob’s, Red Mill)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (I use Nutiva)
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and then transfer to a jar or other container. My husband poured the mixture (when melted) into an old deodorant container, and he keeps it in the fridge so it will stay solid. When you do this, you can apply just like you would a traditional deodorant.
10. Toothpaste: Staying on the homemade bandwagon, here’s another product that I can now say I make from scratch, and it comes from my post called “How to Make Your Own Toothpaste”.
My homemade toothpaste.
Here’s the recipe:
(from Crunchy Catholic Momma)
- 1/2 cup baking soda (I use Bob’s Red Mill because it’s aluminium-free)
- 1/4 cup of organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 5 Tbs. xylitol (I use XyloSweet Sweetener)
- 2 tsp. of peppermint extract (I use Frontier Organic Alcohol-Free Peppermint Extract)
If your coconut oil is soft (climate is warm where you live, mine was warm when I made it this time):
1. Pour baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol, and peppermint oil extract into a large mixing bowl and combine until smooth. Then jump down to step 2.
2. Transfer to some sort of jar or container that closes to help keep it fresh and ready when you need to brush your teeth. We just scoop it out of the jar when we need some, but if you wanted, you could keep a little spoon close by and scoop it out with that and apply it to your toothbrush each time.
It looks a little different from traditional toothpaste,
but boy, does it make your teeth feel clean and smooth!
11. Mouthwash- As you can tell by my choice to use doTERRA skin care products above, I’ve become pretty interested in essential oils in the past few months, and now I use them ALL the time. From cuts to sore muscles to just helping me sleep… doTERRA essential oils are very helpful in supporting my green lifestyle.
One oil that I include in my beauty care routine is an essential oil blend called On Guard. On Guard is a blend of a variety of oils (wild orange, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary) that have been found to be very effective at killing germs, bacteria, mould and viruses, as well as supporting a healthy immune system. doTerra even has an “On Guard Toothpaste” that they sell because of how effective this oil can be in maintaining good oral health, but since I’m kind of in love with my homemade toothpaste, I decided to use the On Guard oil as a mouthwash instead.
doTERRA On Guard Essential Oil Blend
All I do is add 1-2 drops of On Guard to a small glass filled with 1-2 Tbs. of water, swoosh the mixture around in my mouth for 30 seconds to a minute, then spit it out. It’s pretty powerful stuff, so if you like Listerine, this one’s for you! But I love knowing it gives my mouth that extra clean advantage over germs and bacteria that I may have missed from brushing or oil pulling.
12. Shampoo and Conditioner- This one of the coolest green swaps that I made in my beauty routine because not only did it save me from being exposed to unnecessary toxins in traditional shampoos and conditioners, it also saved me a lot of money! The method I currently use is called “The No-Poo Method”.
Don’t mind me, just spraying vinegar in my hair!
This method consists of using two mixtures on your hair:
- Shampoo: 1 cup water + 1 Tbs. baking soda (spray on and then rinse out)
- Conditioner: 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (spray on and then rinse out) *a more common ratio is 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar + 1 cup water for this one, but my hair is extra dry, so I find that the extra vinegar is helpful.*
My new “shampoo and conditioner.”
Read more about the technique and other tips in this post, “How to Wash Your Hair with the No-Poo Method”.
13. Hair Gel- Now, after switching to the No-Poo Method, I was curious if I could start to make my own hair gel. I had one homemade hair recipe under my belt. Why not try another? This is where the savings really started to roll in because I found out about Flax Seed Hair Gel!
Hair gel from flax seeds? You bet!
This is one awesome gel that is made from flax seeds and water. Total cost per recipe: 16 cents! My previous hair gel was costing me $13 every 2-3 weeks, so this was one swap that my wallet really loved. Read more about how to make it in my post, “How to Make Flax Seed Hair Gel”.
Well, that wraps up my entire beauty routine. I hope this helps to give you some ideas when it comes to “greening” your beauty products. If you have any questions about the products I use, I’d be happy to answer them.
Also, if you want some more information about this topic or to see how your personal care products rank check out: The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, on this awesome website, you can enter a personal care product in the “Search” box and then it will rank it for you on a scale of 1-10. One being groovy and healthy, and a ten being super toxic. It will also break down each ingredient and let you know how toxic it is on the ranking of 1-10. Very educational and easy and to understand. ( :
Do you have any favourite “green” beauty products that you’re using right now? Share below!
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- “Thank Your Body Thursday” over at Thank Your Body