Good morning, friends! I’m excited to resume some of my normal content this week (although the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is fun to cover, I’m sure you guys are a little tired of hearing about it haha). A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on everything my husband and I did to help us get pregnant, and ever since then you guys have wanted to know which products we use now that we have ditched the “toxic” self-care products. To be honest, it has taken a LOT of trial and error to find products that actually work that are also paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free. I think I tried a dozen different deodorants before I landed on one that I liked… and don’t even get me started on sunscreen. I have ended up looking like a ghost on the beach MANY times after trying out a new “clean” sunscreen, LOL!
Anyway, today I am rounding up all the products I’m currently using that I truly love and work just as well as their counterparts. I am on a continuous journey to find the best and safest products, so if you have any other recommendations, I am all ears! I do feel 100% confident recommending the products on this list, as they have worked great for me (and Chris, too!).
I’ve been using this Colorscience tinted sunscreen all summer long to protect the skin on my face. It’s a mineral sunscreen (yay!) and applies almost like a foundation – in fact, I use this instead of foundation most days. It blurs imperfections and blocks out redness, leaving the appearance of flawless skin, all while protecting from UV rays. Before I do ANYTHING in the morning, even take Winnie out, I apply this. If you go to my Instagram and find the “July 4th” highlight, I filmed a few instastories of me using the product and you can see how well it works!
I’ve learned (the hard way) that all mineral sunscreens leave behind a white hue, but this one by Beautycounter is the absolute best I’ve found. It does come out of the bottle looking stark white… but it spreads smoothly and leaves a luminescent sheen rather than a grey-white cast. The leftover film is *almost* unnoticeable. I also feel good using it knowing that the ingredients are not being absorbed into my bloodstream, unlike the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens. The only downside is that it can take some extra scrubbing in the shower to get off!
If you can find this in stock, snag it!! I stock up on this fragrance-free body wash whenever I can catch it in stock. This body wash is rich in vitamins A, B3, C and E, along with Omegas 6 and 9 and antioxidants, and makes my skin feel nice and moisturized. It turns into a nice, rich foam in the shower and the best part is that it’s free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone and talc.
The perfect counterpart to the above body wash, Necessaire’s body lotion is the best of the best. I have several, one in my nightstand and one in my bathroom cabinet… and a really small version for my handbag as well. It is also unscented (like the body wash), and is SUPER moisturizing. I use it first thing when I get out of the shower. Same thing as the body wash… if you can find it in stock, go for it.
I tried SO MANY deodorants and (many) smelly months later finally landed on this Kopari Coconut Oil deodorant. It’s the only natural deodorant I’ve found that actually keeps me smelling fresh (even in the summer, after sweating and after an intense workout). It has a really nice, coconut smell that is not too overpowering, and it’s free of aluminum and baking soda as well as sulfates, phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oil, silicone and talc.
Shampoo & Conditioner
The best “clean” line of shampoo and conditioner I’ve found so far is definitely Dae. I own the shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner and swear by all three – they are truly amazing products that leave my hair feeling clean, soft and moisturized. The deep conditioner is the BEST and sometimes I’ll even sleep with it on my hair overnight. All of the products are formulated without sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more.
Obsessed would be an understatement. Erbaviva’s Lip & Cheek Balm is technically made for babies… but it smells and feels like honey on your lips, so what adult wouldn’t want to use it? It’s made with rich shea butter and organic essential oils like lavender and chamomile to calm and soothe. Plus, it just feels amazing on your lips. I keep this on my nightstand and slather up before bed.
I don’t have many beauty products on here because clean beauty products that work well are so hard to find! I do love the Volume Mascara from DIME Beauty, though – it is super black and makes your eyelashes POP – and is easy to take off at night. It doesn’t flake off throughout the day, and it’s made of good ingredients. (This is not sponsored but DIME gave me a discount code – CC20 – for 20% off at checkout).
Yes, this serum is very expensive (it really hurts when you finish that first bottle and have to buy a second one, lol) but it is worth every penny, and there’s a reason it has a cult-following. It’s strategically formulated with 22 nutrient-rich botanicals and essential oils and SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN. It’s also completely non-toxic, and you will wake up glowing.
I was surprised to find that all sorts of nasty ingredients can be hiding in your innocent-looking tube of toothpaste. After doing a ton of research, I found Dr. Bronner’s cinnamon toothpaste and never looked back – I’ve since gone through several tubes of it. Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste doesn’t contain synthetic foaming agents and is made of natural cleansers like baking soda and organic coconut oil. Initially, I missed the minty taste of toothpaste, but now I’ve gotten to really like the cinnamon flavor.
I’ve been using this Tea Tree Oil Dental Floss every night to floss with (especially now that I’m pregnant… taking care of your teeth/gums is even more important). This floss is naturally waxed with beeswax and is saturated with pure, naturally antiseptic Tea Tree Oil. It’s made without alcohol, artificial detergents, color or synthetic perfumes and a much better alternative to the floss you would find at the drugstore!
I will continue to update you guys as I find/use new products, and I’d love if you shared with me your favorites as well!