I have a confession to make. I have always been a bit of a hippie. Back in junior high, I used to slather myself in patchouli oil and spend my free time picking up garbage from the neighborhood for fun. To this day, I completely geek out over folks that raise alpacas or live in tiny homes. I would totally vacation at a one of those communes where folks spend their days working the land, composting, and living in a yurt or whatever.
Having said that, I still live in the real world where being presentable matters. Also…I said that I’d vacation on a commune, not live there permanently. I enjoy my life of luxury, thankyouverymuch.
At this point, you might be asking yourself if there’s a point to all of this. Actually, yes. The point is that back in the day, “green beauty” typically meant a very small selection of products that were difficult to find outside of organic markets and weren’t always effective. But more and more beauty brands are wising up to the fact that many women want to limit their exposure to toxins and support companies with strong values. This has led to a massive increase in the number of products that offer greener products without sacrificing efficacy or luxury.
Today I’m going to share some of my favorite “green” beauty products. I won’t pretend to be a purist. I use plenty of non-green products, but I prefer healthier options if they work as well as the less safe alternatives. I truly believe that each product mentioned here is up to the job.
1. The Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash – This is hands-down my new favorite product. I actually really love everything from The Honest Company, but this is my favorite. The sweet orange vanilla fragrance smells delish and this shampoo strikes the right balance when it comes to cleansing. I find that many shampoos either strip my hair of moisture or leave me feeling greasy. After using this one, my hair felt full and soft with less frizz than normal. Also, I’m lazy so if I can combine shampoo and body wash in one product, I’m sold.
Free of: SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA, & most common allergens
Other notes: For each purchase the company donates to families in need, No animal testing
2. Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant – Ok. So natural deodorant is a bit of a touchy subject because as much as I indulge my inner hippie, I definitely don’t want to be the stinky hippie. This deodorant does the trick. It lacks the aluminum that makes so many traditional anti-perspirants controversial, and still keeps me stink-free. I like that it smells like lavender and doesn’t stain my clothes.
Free of: aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, animal ingredients, artifical fragrance
Other notes: cruelty-free, no animal testing, Note: This is a deodorant and not an anti-perspirant, so I approve it for everyday use…I do NOT recommend using this when you run that marathon in August.
3. Dr. Bronner’s All-One Bar Soap – This is a great bar soap that as far as I can tell is about as green as you can get. The ingredients list is super short and mostly contains various plant-based oils. This is nice for that “squeaky clean” feeling and comes in a number of fragrances.
Free of: I don’t have a list of what’s not in this soap, but as I said…it’s mostly just a bunch of natural oils that make up the ingredients.
Other notes: Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Certified, No Animal Testing, 100% Vegan, Packaging is Printed on 100% post consumer waste paper to “relieve stress on our working forests.”
4. Lulu Organics Hair Powder – This hair powder is perfect for second (or third or fourth) day hair. It isn’t a spray like most which makes it a little easier to avoid having a huge spot of white powder in one spot. It does a decent job of soaking up excess oil and the lavender clary sage scent is nice and subtle.
Free of: Again, I don’t have a list of what it doesn’t contain, but the ingredients are pretty straightforward. It is made of corn starch, baking soda and other natural powders and essential oils. I’d say you’re pretty safe with this one.
Other notes: USDA and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, No Animal Testing
So there are 4 great products to keep you smelling fresh while saving the world. I have a follow-up post planned that will focus on some of my favorite green makeup and perfume products as well. In the meantime, I’d love to hear some of your recommendations.