It can be so difficult in today’s world of marketing to decipher what is actually a clean or natural beauty product. Just because a product label saying “natural” or “green” does not mean it meets high quality standards for being a SAFE product. This style of marketing is called Greenwashing. You can read all about it on the Environmental Working Group Website here.
I have tried SO many different clean/cleaner beauty products over the years- so I would consider myself an expert in this area! Below are my most loved brands and a few of my fav products from each company.
Of note, I am a Norwex & Beautycounter consultant. What’s cool about that is if you purchase from either of those sites I get credit for it and I reward you for shopping with me!
I have tried what feels like hundreds of different natural deodorant brands, only to come running back to my non-natural favorites because the natural ones just weren’t working for me… And let’s face it, I didn’t want to lose friends over my underarm odor! But then I tried Lume and I have never looked back!
I was introduced to Lume shortly after I had the twins. I’m not sure if this happens to anyone else, but for some reason my body odor got reaaaalll bad the first few months postpartum. I wanted something natural, because I was breastfeeding, but I NEEDED something that would work too.
One of my friends had posted on her Instagram Story about trying Lume, so I figured I would give it a shot. I went with the unscented stick and I was instantly hooked! I finally found a natural, clean, deodorant to control my hormonal stank! Prior to using Lume I was reapplying deodorant 2-3 times a day, but now I only needed to apply once, and I was stink-free well into the next day.
I’ve been using Lume for a little over a year now, and I am still just as in love with the product as I was 12 months ago. I haven’t expanded my scent horizons yet, because I like the neutral scent free option. But, I did just see they released two new scents- Coconut Crush & Clean Tangerine!
I personally like the tube, because I feel like I use less that way- but it is definitely messier than the stick option. I have the stick option for when I am on the go, but I prefer to use the tube with my fingers for my day-to-day use! The tube is also a great way to apply the product to others areas too (private bits per the Lume website) haha.
You guys, I am crazy about this brand! They have five unique and natural fragrance blends that are out of this world. My favorite scent is the original Ambre, with Ahnu coming in close second.
There are a variety of ways to wear Ambre scents as a perfume. They offer pure essential oils, body spritzers and body cream. I personally love the essential oil roller ball and the spritzers.
I usually use the essential oil roller on my wrists for daily wear, and the roller + body spritzer when i’m getting glammed up for a hot date night.
My favorite part about this brand, aside from the amazing scents and awesome products, is that it is a women owned company and all of their products are made by hand! Not only are you getting great products, but you are supporting an even greater company when you make a purchase from them!
This brand right here is SO much more than just their products. They are a company on a mission to formulate safer beauty products, advocate for safe and available beauty products, and educate others on the importance of excluding harmful ingredients from beauty products!
I have been using Beautycounter for years! I became a consultant 3 years ago, but then switched back to a rewards member when life got busy- Hello twin mama life- but now I’m back! I see the value in the mission they live out, and the movement they are creating within the beauty industry. They are making some serious waves, and I love it!
It’s hard for me to chose my favorite products, because I love them all- but the ones that I will highlight today are some of my summer fav must-haves:
Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
This stuff is AWESOME and super lightweight for summer. I use this everyday year round as my daily foundation. The coverage is sheer, so I usually go back in with some concealer if I want to cover a blemish or tired eyes, but it works great to even my skin tone with a natural look. Plus- it protects my skin from the sun with SPF 20 mineral sunscreen.
It comes in six great skin tones. I personally use the color Light (previously #2). And as always, it only uses safe and effective ingredients to help achieve healthy skin while looking great!
All-Bright C Serum
This is a newer Beautycounter product that quickly became a best-seller. It’s basically sunshine in a bottle- because your skin glows after using it! I typically put this serum on first, then layer moisturizer and my Dew Skin Tint for the perfect summer dewy looking face. Bonus points for the fun bottle and vibrant yellow product from the turmeric.
Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist
I don’t know about you, but I used to haaaate applying sunscreen. I always felt so oily after applying it, and the scents were always so overpowering for me. Well not anymore- enter Beautcounter Sun Protection Line.
Because it’s Beautycounter- you know it’s safe. Not only for your skin, but also the environment. Their sunscreen is Reef friendly, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Perfect for a day at the beach!
The mist is my favorite, especially when I am applying it to my toddlers. PS- if you have any tricks for successfully applying sunscreen to a mobile baby, let me know!
Glow Shimmer Oil
This oil is one of my absolute favorite summer must-haves! I apply it to my legs anytime I wear shorts or a dress for an instant sun-kissed glow. I protect my skin from the sun so much more now that I am older (and wiser), but I still appreciate a glowing tan in the summer. This oil helps me achieve that look without harsh self-tanners or unhealthy sun habits. 10/10 would recommend!
If you are interested in trying any of the Beautycounter products I mentioned above, click here to get 20% off your first order!
Hairstory is the newest brand that I have added to my cleaner beauty list- and I am already obsessed! They are totally shifting the way we think about cleaning our hair, while also striving to cut down on the amount of plastic used to package products.
Like I said, I am still new to this brand, but so far my favorite products are New Wash Original, Undressed texture spray, and Hair Balm. My curls have seriously never looked better, and the amount of products I use on my hair has been cut in half…TWICE!
New Wash takes the place of my old shampoo, conditioner, and weekly clarifying conditioner. One product instead of three- YES PLEASE! It is definitely different than your average shampoo, because it does not suds up. It feels more like a conditioner, but it leaves your hair feeling clean, soft and manageable.
After I get out of the shower, I use the Hair Balm before I let it air dry. This stuff is like a moisturizer, but instead of using it on your skin you are using it on your hair. My curls have never been bouncier, shinier or softer. I am honestly floored that I can get great hair with literally only TWO products…but I love it!
I usually use the Undressed texture spray to refresh and revive my second day curls. Instead of washing my hair, I mist water on the curls that have gone limp overnight, then scrunch them with the Undressed spray to give them life. This is a HUGE timesaver for busy mornings.
Take the Hairstory quiz on their website to find out what products will work best with your hair type!
I saved the best for last, and this isn’t really even a product- it’s a tool. Instead of using harsh and wasteful makeup remover wipes, I use a Norwex Body Cloth. This little cloth removes all of my makeup, with just water! I’m talking a full face of glam makeup: mascara, eyeliner, foundation, eyebrow pencil and lipstick.
I actually don’t even use a face wash either, I just use my Body Cloth. I know, I know, it sounds crazy! But the microfiber strands in these clothes are so tiny- making them very effective at grabbing makeup, dirt and other impurities from your face without using harsh chemicals.
My Norwex Body Cloth is the holy grail of my clean beauty routine. And the best part- it saves me SO much money! A pack of three Body Cloths is less than $25, and they last years and years. I am still using the same Body Cloths I bought in 2015, AND, they still work as great as the first day I bought them.
If you don’t already have and love a Norwex Body Cloth, you NEED ONE…today! Order yours here.