Several years ago, I worked at an all-organic bakery and culinary school. I was the event coordinator for classes and parties, so I worked closely with local chefs and foodies alike. During that time, my love for food really blossomed as I learned a lot about making mindful choices of what we put into our bodies, as well as how to use fresh ingredients to create incredible dishes. This is when I began to realize my relationship with food, and what would become my language of love.
In turn, I started to see how our diets can change our health, for good and bad. I did not go full-organic overnight, but I definitely took the nuggets of information seriously and with time, little-by-little, have made changes in my kitchen.
Along with making better choices at the grocery store, I became more aware of what I was putting on my body – in health and beauty products. I was a huge fan of YouTube beauty gurus for all their ground work at the drug store and makeup counters and occasionally went to my favorites for their pre-recorded reviews and recommendations. It was really fun. But as I paid attention to what was in those items, I felt discouraged. There is so much research out there, and while I believe we should all do some reading before making our own informed choices, I found the process overwhelming.
Thankfully, Jessica Alba started making waves in the non-toxic product world around the same time, with the release of The Honest Life and The Honest Company. I plan to do a separate post on my super-fandom for the brand, but for now I’ll tell you that the book is all I needed to make baby steps towards a cleaner, eco-friendly beauty routine. It reads easily and is relatable. And, especially now, The Honest Company is a great brand to get started with, for their well-made products and credibility.
While I started with Honest (and still use the brand products every day) it gave me a great guideline to expand to different brands, with the right tools and information in mind.
These are my favorite green beauty products now.
Acure shampoo/conditioner. I buy this at Sprouts and Whole Foods
Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I buy this at Sprouts and Whole Foods.
Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer. I find this at Sephora. I apply it by swiping the stick directly on my face, then buffing out with a stippled brush. I wear it alone, or under foundation.
Tarte Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation. This is a great 12-hour loose powder foundation that does not crease, and has lasting power.
Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. I need to use this one more because I love it so much. I buy it online directly from the company. It smells nice, covers well, blends well, everything you want in a non-toxic foundation. It’s more expensive than my favorites from Tarte by about $10, but if you want luxe organic makeup, this is it!
Physician’s Formula Organic wear mascara. This is an inexpensive, easy-to-find mascara that gets the job done without harmful chemicals. Win.
Honest Body Oil. Aside from the Healing Balm, this may be my favorite Honest product. I use it on by itself, or add a few drops into my body lotion just before applying for a creamy moisturizer. It doesn’t have a greasy finish, and saves my skin in the desert climate.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. Find this at Sprouts and Whole Foods. I use it 1-3 times weekly and it provides the best exfoliation to my tired skin. Try it.
Talk Back: Have you ventured into the world of green beauty? What are you favorite products?