Top Five: Green Beauty Products
I have always been wary of the benefits of "green" makeup and skincare. In the early 2000's I remember testing out all-natural makeup and my initial experience was that all of the products were chalky, thick and really hard to work with. Nothing would blend and once it was on my skin it disappeared almost immediately! I was left feeling very disappointed by the options available at that time, and for years remained suspicious of organic makeup and skincare. Fast forward to 2015 and I am shocked (and impressed) by the advances that organic makeup and skincare companies have made. Science and cosmetic technology have greatly improved green products textures, tones and overall quality. Here are my top five favorite — absolute favorite — natural makeup and skincare products.
1. Coconut Oil
Let's start with the basics: if you don't have coconut oil in your home please stop reading now and get in your car and get some! I use this miracle product as a facial cleansing balm, makeup remover, moisturizer, cuticle treatment, shaving cream and deep conditioner... just to name a few! Coconut oil smells delicious and leaves your skin and hair super soft. I kept a container of coconut oil in my shower but the heat and moisture caused a bit of mold, so I recommend storing yours in a cool dry place.
2. Sunday Riley Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
This product was on my radar for two years before I finally broke down and gave it a try. Sunday Riley skincare products are a little piece of heaven. The Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil is a perfect blend of nature and science and contains ingredients that I can actually understand and pronounce:
- Lemon Ironbark Oil: contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties
- Lemon Myrtle Oil: cleanses and purifies the skin
- Pink Grapefruit Oil: tones the skin and balances oil production. Also stimulates circulation.
- Pomegranate Seed Oil: Increases skin elasticity and aids in moisture retention.
I use this oil every night (it has no artificial fragrance and my husband hates the smell...too bad for him!) and I swear it makes my skin glow from within. Artemis Oil isn't cheap, but a little goes a long way and it is definitely worth it.
3. Lavanila Healthy Deodorant
Remember those weird crystal-like formations that your hippie Aunt used to rub under her arms as deodorant? Yeah...that stuff didn't work — but LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender does! I was really nervous to cross over to all-natural deo because I'm a makeup artist and work in close contact with clients all day with my arms up. In other words, if my deodorant fails me there is no hiding it. When one of my coworkers told me about Lavanila I trusted her because frankly she never smelled bad. Now that I'm on board with this 100% natural aluminum-free formula I'll never go back to the chemical stuff.
4. Bite Beauty
The average woman consumes 11 pounds of lip products per year and Bite Beauty has pioneered lipsticks that are actually "good enough to eat". Each Bite Beauty product is handcrafted with natural and organic moisturizers and anti-oxidants. Bite also excludes parabens, gluten and any GMO ingredient from their luxurious lipsticks and lip liners. I own a few of these gems and they are gorgeous and don't feel "organic" at all!
5. Physicians Formula Organic
Natural and organic makeup products don't have to be obscure to be effective. Physicians Formula offers a wide range of all natural makeup products available in most drugstores. With everything from BB creams to mascara, Physicians Formula promises that their organic range is free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives and parabens. If you are new to organic makeup or just don't have the time to search around, this range is affordable and highly rated.
Do you use natural beauty products? If so, please share your favorite brands and products.
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