Paige requested in response to my “Key Chemical Ingredients to Avoid” post, a list of products I use on a regular basis that meet my criterion.
I should warn you that I am one of those very disloyal purchasers.
Once I find something I love, I generally don’t go back for it again, even though I loved it! I’m an experience junkie and I want to try everything at least once, which is nigh impossible when you see how many options there are in drugstores.
I am also much more practical than I am airy-fairy about my choices — if it doesn’t work, I don’t care if I can eat it, I am not buying it/using it again.
Coming clean, this is my makeup collection I use on a regular and semi-regular basis.
I am under no illusion that all of the items here are bad-chemical-free, but it is a slow process to get rid of everything and find good substitutes.
I very rarely wear everything (eyeshadow and bronzer for example), and other than Tarte’s Clean Slate which some hate because it has silicones in it, the rest are all bad in some little way.
If you want to avoid all those bad chemicals, DO NOT WEAR MAKEUP AND USE JOJOBA OIL ON YOUR FACE.
And no, I don’t take my own advice, but I try to avoid things. As it is with minimalism, it is hard to be totally “good” through and through, and I’m not making apologies about it.
I’m an urban girly girl, whaddya want me to do!?
Moving on, these are my other products:
Skyn Iceland has this super strong perfume that a lot of you might hate, but I find that it works beautifully on my face to keep my skin supple and soft.
There are some bad things in there, but I use cream only if my skin feels tight or dry. I’m still working on a tub I bought a year ago.
I use natural deodorant now, I am on my second bottle of Korres White Tea Fluid Gel (I LOVE IT!) and I can’t give up my Opti-Free contact lens cleaner.
I also don’t seem to need these products often but they do the job when I do.
PanOxyl = Great for pimples
Proactiv = Great for cystic acne bumps
That’s all I really use, other than Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for my hair.
Okay, so really great green brands to look at for some more products are:
- Josie Maran
- Skyn Iceland (caution: very perfume-y)
Those are the brands I’ve used and liked for the most part, and are great alternatives for effective products that will work just as good, if not better, than their best-selling counterparts.
Sephora lists a whole bunch more under the “Natural” section, but I haven’t tried them in depth yet.
I’ll still keep trying different products and researching but good luck in your search!