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I feel fortunate to live in an area close to natural grocery stores such as Earth Fare and Whole Foods that sell safe, green beauty products. Therefore, trading in my toxic beauty products and skin care for safer alternatives has been somewhat of a breeze. The difficult part can be finding the perfect product for me. I have been a fan of other bloggers and YouTubers sharing their monthly favorites so I am going to start my own. As I continue to try products, I will keep you updated on what is working for me. Without further ado, here are my monthly green beauty favorites.
Andalou Naturals is a brand that is becoming quite easy to find. I’ve seen it popping up in many different grocery store chains including Target and Walmart, and as always Amazon carries most of the line. Because I have sensitive, combination skin that is starting to show signs of aging, I chose the 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam. It retails for $12.95, something I would consider affordable as far as facial washes go.
Think Dirty rates it a “4” and EWG rates it a “3”. Because it contains some questionable ingredients, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, but it is a good choice if you are in need of something to use from the grocery store selections. Their products are cruelty free, gluten free and vegan. I was surprised to find that a foaming facial wash could leave my skin feeling clean yet not tight from over drying.
I mentioned Pacifica, in my lip gloss article, and over all I really like the brand for delivering price conscious, safe skin care and beauty products. I have slowly been picking up their products and trying them. Many of my favorite green beauty YouTubers really seem to be fans of their products as well. The Dreamy Youth Day and Night face cream is the first product I tried from Pacifica and I really like it. It is the perfect weight for a skin cream and it doesn’t make my skin too greasy or heavy feeling. The only thing lacking in it is an SPF. It retails for $16 so I find it average priced compared with the toxic face creams I was using. Think Dirty rates it a “5” primarily for its use of phenoxyethanol. HERE is an interesting article on that ingredient. In the future, I will look to avoid it, but it is a step up from my Cetaphil Day Cream which contains phenoxyethanol among a long list of other ingredients to avoid. Baby steps. Pacifica’s skin care line can be found at Earth Fare, Whole Foods, and Ulta. Their makeup line is a bit harder to find, but my Earth Fare does carry some of it, as does Amazon.
I am very happy to have found a safe deodorant that I love. I was expecting to struggle with natural deodorants for a bit, but fortunately, that has not been the case. Schmidt’s natural deodorant in the scent Lavender & Sage has been surprisingly wonderful. It retails for $8.99 so it might more expensive than your current deodorant, but not by much. I work out regularly and it does a good job of keeping me from smelling. I still sweat with it, but I feel it is less than what it could be without anything on. Think Dirty rates it a “2” for its use of essential oils as some people might be sensitive to them. It is aluminum free, vegan, cruelty free and gluten free. This deodorant does contain baking soda to which I am not sensitive, but some people are. I am a fan of Lavender scented things so the Lavender & Sage is the scent I grabbed. But I’ve heard great things about the Bergamot & Lime scent. Maybe I will try that next summer. They also carry 4 other scents and an unscented version. They now have a baking soda free version that I have not tried and if you prefer, deodorant jars that you apply with a stick. I have read this is far more sanitary. My local Earth Fare and Whole Foods carry Schmidt’s or Amazon sells it.
Root is also another brand I mention in my lip gloss article. When I received my free Pretty Balm, I decided to order some samples of eye shadow from them. You can order samples of just about all of their products. It is always nice to be able to try before committing to full sizes of something you are never going to use. They sell both pressed shadows and loose but all of their samples come loose FYI. I chose Sugar and Stainless, and they sent me Galaxy as a free sample. I love the combination of these 3 to achieve a smoky eye. Sugar is described as a soft white shimmery color. I love using it for a highlight color. Stainless is what you would expect, a gray color with a metallic finish. They suggest pairing this with Stilleto for a smoky eye. Galaxy is described as a deep eggplant purple with a matte, yet shimmery, quality. It makes a beautiful liner as well as eye shadow and is a loose shadow. They have so many amazing eye shadow colors there is sure to be one to please. I am excited to order the full sized soon. Full size loose shadows are $10, pressed shadows are $12 and sample sizes are $3 or $3.50. Shop my link HERE for 10% off your first order.
It’s been a fun month of testing lip balms, eye shadows, and other various skin care products. I hope you enjoyed my monthly green beauty favorites. What should I try next for next month?
Until next time,