Recently I received a text from my friend asking for a list of my favorite natural, healthy products. Finally hitting her, as well as many others, the importance of being aware of what we place on our skin and in our bodies. Unfortunately for us, our government has yet to take actions to keep us safe, read all about it in Let’s Talk Natural Beauty. Until then we are forced to figure out what science is placing into our daily beauty regimens.
To help, here are products that I use and have check with EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Also, the Shop will always newly added natural products and where to buy them. So feel free to check back as often as you like to see what is in!
If you are looking to see how your current products are rated, you can use the databases listed under tools. I suggest anything rate 0-3 as safe; 4,5 are warnings; 6-10 stop using immediately.
TIP: NOT ALL PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME COMPANY ARE SAFE! For instance lip balm from EOS is rated a 1, but their hand cream is a 9. Each one includes different ingredients, check before buying.
Recently, I have been looking for a new natural deodorant to use. I have had my fair share of disappointments in the past. Ranging from deodorants that stained, didn’t control odor, and others that irritated my skin. I had previously tried Tom’s of Maine deodorant before, and it fell into the category of not able to control odor, AKA I smelled! That’s the worse.
However, stopping into my local CVS, I realized my only option for natural deodorant was Tom’s. Peeking around the corner to see if I could find anything else, I reluctantly picked up a pack and figured this might be the best time to see if anything has changed. I did read on the label that there is an improved fragrance, and the packaging looked slightly different than I remembered. Here is hoping that the outcome is slightly different as well.
To my greatest relief when checking with Skin Deep’s database, the deodorant I picked up, Tom’s of Main long lasting, aluminum free deodorant stick in wild lavender, is registered as a 1! That is a fantastic score for a deodorant. Now I just have to see if it works.
My ultimate test is the gym. I decided that very next day, we had to put this deodorant through the ringer and go for a long run. I ran 3 miles at a gym that was overheated and poorly ventilated. Yet I didn’t smell! I was sweaty, but there was no odor. Since then, I ‘ve been using the deodorant consistently and still have not had a problem like I had before. I do still sweat when it is hot and humid, but I’ll take that over using nasty antiperspirants that are loaded in chemicals.
The greatest part is that the price is affordable, compared to other natural deodorants. It is less than $7, half of what I use to pay. I think I found my new favorite healthy deodorant!
Do you use Tom’s of Maine products? If so let me know what you think in the comments below!
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“Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Natural Aluminum Free Deodorant Stick, Wild Lavender.” || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/463292/Tom%27s_of_Maine_Long_Lasting_Natural_Aluminum_Free_Deodorant_Stick%2C_Wild_Lavender/>.
There is a plethora of creams and skin care products on the market that register at an obscene price per ounce. La Mer being one of the most recognizable, pricing anywhere from $85 to $2,000. That is a whole lot of money for a cream! But is it worth it?
Typically, no. In fact, some of these extraordinarily expensive creams have the highest toxicity levels. La Mer cream registers a 9 in toxicity containing chemicals that affect the developmental and reproductive organs (Think Dirty App). Culprits such as fragrance, petrolatum (petroleum jelly), zinc gluconate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and methylisothiazolinone are found in this $2,000 per 16.9 oz cream. Not exactly what I would want to smear over my face for such a hefty price tag.
However, the lifting intensifier spray is registered as a 4 on the EWG’s Skin Deep database. The toxin, propylparaben, is found in the product causing the rating to go up a bit but still not as harmful as the cream. The highest risk is endocrine disruption. But don’t worry it only costs a cool $170.
My experience? Just because they are expensive, doesn’t always mean they are healthy for you. Certain organic, and natural products are pricier but often range around $30-$60. For these products, companies use better ingredients without preservatives. Anything $100 and above, I begin to question the quality and if it is worth the price tag.
What are you thoughts and opinions? Do you use products with hefty price tags?
“LA MER THE LIFTING INTENSIFIER (2007 Formulation).” || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2015. <http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/143965/LA_MER_THE_LIFTING_INTENSIFIER_%282007_formulation%29/>.
It is my favorite time of the year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, and I love all the goodies that are up for fall. Isn’t it amazing that they are lowering prices for all NEW merchandise? I like to load up now on Holiday shopping and fall wardrobe before the prices go back up.
This year, I took a look at their beauty selection as well. With all beauty purchases, you’ll receive three free samples of your choice. So what have I found that is natural? Sadly not too much, but from what I did find they are loaded with the good stuff. I added a couple tools that will help in the making your skin and hair look even more glamorous.
Everything is registered as a three of below on the Think Dirty App. Happy Shopping!
The summer heat is wonderful for BBQ’s and pool days, but not so great for our makeup. Overhearing constant complaints of eyeliner running and foundation not staying in place, I figured why not talk about makeup that will last even on the hottest days. Using Tarte makeup, I created a beautiful, fresh, summer look.
Always begin with clean skin. Before bed, I make sure my makeup is completely washed away from the day. Not only is it healthy for your skin, but the products you place on will last longer and will be more effective! Microcleansers, such as Clinique Sonic Purifying brush, are wonderful tools to assure all the gunk is gone. Once with a clean face, begin by adding a sunscreen moisturizer. I love Tartegaurd all natural sunscreen with SPF 30. It is light and absorbent. If you are in the sun for hours on end, make sure to reapply your sunscreen in order to keep your face protected and free from premature aging.
Next select either a BB cream or light foundation. My go to is Tarte amazonian clay foundation in light sand. This stuff stays for the whole day without wearing off. It is also easy to apply, especially with the soft moisturizer from Tartegaurd. I have been wearing this specific foundation for nearly three years.
Adding a kiss of blush or bronzer will help give your cheeks a little summer pop while not weighing down your fresh look. Here I am using the Thrilled Tarte blush. I also love Park Avenue Princess bronzer to highlight and contrast. I recommend using one or the other to perfect your clean summer look.
For a day look, I added a light pink LipSurgence called Wishful. It is the perfect color without being overly dramatic. I also love lip stains for summer becuase they are less likely to melt off in the humidity and heat. If you are heading out for the night, I love Tarte’s eyeliner called emphasEYES and a swipe of Gifted mascara. The mascara especially really opens up my eyes and elongates my lashes. Plus, it has never clumped on my lashes before! I believe that is a miracle.
There you have it! The perfect, stay-still, summer look. What are you tips and tricks when it comes to makeup that lasts? Let me know in the comments below.
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