A list of my top clean beauty must-haves for those looking to go more natural with their beauty routines. These are the non-toxic products I keep in my bathroom.
Ever since I learned about my gene mutation that leaves me at higher risk of breast cancer, and especially now that I’m pregnant and looking for safer options for me and baby, I’ve been switching over my beauty products to more natural, non-toxic versions. I mean, I try to put good things into my body, why should what I put on my body be any different?
I’ll admit that I thought people who bought all natural everything were a bit silly and wasting their money for a while. I mean, when you’re in college and broke, the $3 shampoo is a pretty good option, right? Shelling out money for hippy-dippy deodorant that didn’t work and left me stinky and poor was not my top priority.
But after reading the effects of some of the chemicals in everyday products like face wash and lip balm, I’ve come around to cleaning up my beauty routine. I don’t necessarily believe everything I read – y’all know I like to have the scientific facts. But the truth is, I don’t have a ton of time to find good research on every ingredient in every product I buy, and I’m sure you don’t either. Between a predisposition to breast cancer (one that is easily affected by hormones) and trying to start a family, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to eliminate any risks that I can control early on.
Like buying organic food, switching to clean beauty products is a personal choice, and not one that may be right for everyone. It can get expensive! And sometimes your priority is just brushing your teeth, not knowing every single ingredient in your toothpaste is organic and vegan. And I totally get that. I’m not here to tell you what to buy and how to live your life. The purpose of this post is to share the top clean beauty products that I love – the ones that work for me and the ones that I use every day. I’m here to be a resource if you do choose to clean up your beauty routine, not to say mine is better than yours. So without any more chit-chat,
Here are my top clean beauty products:
True Botanicals Clear Trio Y’all. This cleanser, toner, and facial oil combination truly changed my life. I was so nervous to switch to a natural face wash because I my acne-prone skin. But this stuff truly works miracles, even on my terribly hormonal, temperamental pregnancy skin. And it smells amazing. I know it’s pricey, but this is the one splurge that is totally worth it to me (although I probably wouldn’t buy it if I were still a grad student). I seriously can’t say enough good things about these products. They also have lines for normal and dry skin that I hear excellent things about.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser This cleanser is what I was using before True Botanicals. It’s not 100% natural, but it is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and dyes. And it’s waaay more affordable.
BeautyCounter Balancing + Charcoal Facial Mask I am generally against MLM companies and don’t buy from them, but I do love this mask. Again, I have very acne-prone skin so it works well for me. I don’t sell BeautyCoutner, nor do I want to. I buy this online, not from a salesperson. I just like this mask. And it smells really good.
Franklin and Whitman Midtown Village Face Scrub Love this company’s products! The Midtown Village Face Scrub smells heavenly and leaves my face feeling super soft. I also love that they donate a portion of their profits to dog rescue organizations. They have specials fairly frequently, so it’s generally pretty easy to get products for up to 40% off.
Franklin and Whitman Midtown Village Face Mask Another god one from Frank & Whit is this face mask. I actually own all their face masks and like them all, but this one is probably my favorite. I love to use it while I take a bath and relax.
Eminence Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment Can you tell I love face masks? I got this face mask after having it used on me during a spa treatment, and it’s awesome. It’s a little spicy and cinnamon-y so it makes your face tingle, but it works really well at making my pores look smaller and my face more glowy.
Witch Hazel I love witch hazel as a toner. It’s affordable and not too drying. I used it all the time as a toner before I started using the True Botanicals. You can get it on Amazon, at Sprouts, or at the drugstore.
True Botanicals Clear Cellular Repair Serum This serum really helps to clear up my skin when it’s acting up particularly bad. I can feel it working on breakouts immediately and use it with the rest of the True Botanicals Clear line. I use the Clear formula, but they have others for those who are not prone to breakouts.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask I love this mask for taming redness and helping to clear breakouts. It’s so soothing, and it goes on clear, so you don’t scare anyone when you’re wearing it! (Use this link to get 20% off your first order at Herbivore Botanicals).
Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Coconut Milk Bath Soak My sister bought me this bath soak and I am seriously obsessed. Not only does it smell amazing, but it leaves my skin so soft and smooth after I use it. LOVE!
Meant Simply Wonder Polish I love this body scrub. It’s super moisturizing and smells like coffee and grapefruit – two of my favorites! Meant is all about minimalizing your beauty routine, so their products are multi-tasking, which is pretty awesome.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap I’ve actually been using this soap forever because I love the smell. Again, I was using lavender, but switched to the peppermint when pregnancy messed with my sense of smell. One bottle goes such a long way and can be super multipurpose, though I mainly just use it in the shower. Bonus – you can get it on Amazon or at Sprouts, and I’ve ever seen it at Coscto!
Franklin and Whitman East Falls Body Serum I love the smell of this so much, and it makes my skin super soft. I’ve been rubbing it on my belly after I get out of the shower lately.
Meant Simply Absolute Balm This is another great one for moisturizing. The oil balm-turned- serum smells amazing (more grapefruit!) and leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed. It’s also great for a moisturizing hair mask!
True Botanicals Pure Radiance Body Oil I absolutely love this body oil. It smells SO good in an earthy way, and leaves my skin super soft but not greasy.
Primally Pure Deodorant I just love this stuff. It’s not going to keep you as dry as traditional antiperspirants, but that’s a sacrifice you make when you switch to natural deodorant. It does keep you smelling fresh, and you don’t have to massage it on with you fingers from a jar, which I am a fan of. I was using the lavender scent that I love, but the first trimester of pregnancy, lavender completely made me sick, so I switched to the unscented version that I’m using now. They also just came out with a charcoal formula. I also love that it’s not too expensive. (Use code LIVELYTABLE for 10% off your PP order!)
Inkling Scents in Sultry and Rose I’m obsessed with these fragrance oils. Even though I don’t leave the house much during the week since I work from home, I still like to smell good. Inkling scents are made with 100% essential oils and perfume oils so they’re gentle on sensitive skin. The smell lasts all day and is just heavenly.
Meant Simply Do-All Wash Shampoo and Conditioner Meant makes a multitasking line of shampoo and conditioner that also serve as body wash, shave cream, etc. They’re perfect for females and males who like to have all-in-one products in the shower. They’re completely free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA, mineral oil, silicones, synthetic dyes or fragrances. I love the way the shampoo and conditioner smell, and they work great. I feel like my hair really gets clean and is soft and moisturized once I hop out of the shower.
Mineral Fusion Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner I’ve been using Mineral Fusion for a while now because it’s affordable and convenient. I can get it at Sprouts or on Amazon. The strengthening line smells really good and actually makes my hair feel clean and stronger. I’m not sure it’s 100% natural, but it is free of parabens and sulfates and cruelty-free, so that’s a good start for me for something that actually works.
Giovanni Oragnic Styling Mist Hair Spritz I figured hairspray was going to be a tough one to find that was both clean and actually worked. This one works well with a nice spray stream that’s more like a mist instead of “squirty” like some organic hairspray nozzles.
Primally Pure Dry Shampoo I thought I was going to have to give up my dry shampoo when I switched to clean beauty, but turns out I don’t! I live off of the stuff. This dry shampoo works great, smells nice, and actually lasts a lot longer than I thought is would, so it’s a great deal. (Use code LIVELYTABLE for 10% off your PP order!)
That’s it on my top clean beauty must-haves for now. I hope to come up with my favorite clean makeup essentials for you in the near future. I will be updating this post as I find more amazing products, and I’d love to hear what works for you! What are your top clean beauty must-haves?