I have been getting a lot of questions lately about what kind of makeup and personal care products I use on my skin. It’s so great to see that consumers are becoming more conscious about not only what we put in our bodies, but also what we put on them. If you read my post about All Natural Dry Shampoo, you already know that our skin is our largest organ, and what comes in contact with it eventually makes its way into the bloodstream. That is why it’s SO important to use products that are free of harmful chemicals like carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the average person is exposed to 126 chemicals a day from personal care products alone. The average baby is born with over 300 known toxins in his or her umbilical cord blood. Another study conducted by the David Suzuki Foundation found a widespread presence of “dirty dozen” ingredients in products that we use on a daily basis, including shampoo, toothpaste, lipstick and skin cleanser. More than half of the products surveyed contained multiple toxins and 80% contained at least one of these harmful ingredients, including BHA, parfum (fragrance), formaldehyde, parabens and sodium laureth sulfate, to name a few.
With the increasing number of toxins in our environment, it’s becoming more and more important to reduce our toxic load. While we can’t control our exposure to things like outdoor air pollution, we can most certainly take steps towards cleaning up our beauty routine. Here are a few of my favourite all natural, organic and chemical-free beauty products (that actually work!):
- Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (s115) – this foundation is 100% natural, cruelty-free and made with 70% organic ingredients. It contains dry plant oils (such as camellia seed and castor oil) and fine mineral pigments to even your skin tone. It’s light, dewy and gives my skin a healthy glow with just enough coverage.
- alima PURE Satin Finishing Powder (Mia) – I use this product to set my moisturizer for an every day look or layered over foundation when I need my make-up to last. The loose mineral powder feels weightless on my skin and provides a sheer satiny-finish. It’s vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and comes in four different shades.
- FitGlow Beauty Good Lash Mascara (Black) – a good mascara is definitely one of the more challenging natural beauty products to find. Luckily I have done the hard work for you! This mascara provides length AND volume and is made with natural ingredients like organic rice bran oil and olive oil. Best of all, it’s vegan and gluten-free.
- EcoBrow Defining Wax (Sharon) – I just made the switch over to this 100% natural brow wax and it is everything. I’ve experimented with eyebrow pencils and powders in the past, and this wax is by far the most natural looking. You get all the colour you need in just a few strokes and it lasts all day long. BONUS – it’s available for redheads too!
FitGlow Good Gloss (Nudie) – This is one of the best all natural lip glosses I have tried. It’s vegan, gluten-free and made with 90% organic ingredients like jojoba, coconut oil and shea butter. It goes on sheer and provides just enough colour to enhance your natural lips. If you want something a bit more potent, try Cherry or Deep instead.
Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil – This product is made with 100% organic cold-pressed argan oil, harvested and pressed by women’s co-ops in Morocco. It contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids (EFAs) which are both amazing for your skin. You can use it as a moisturizer on it’s own or add a couple drops to your moisturizer for extra hydration. I also use it in my hair as an everyday conditioning treatment. Just apply about a dime sized amount to your fingertips and disperse it throughout the ends of your hair. I usually do this after blow drying to help smooth it out, add shine and tame the frizz.
W3LL PEOPLE Hypnotist Eye Pencil (Black) – This is not my all-time favourite eyeliner but it’s the best natural one I have found. That could also just be because I prefer liquid liner to a pencil. That being said, this eye pencil goes on really smooth, blends well and creates a nice smoky eye. This brand is also EWG VERIFIED™ for it’s commitment to complete ingredient safety and transparency.
- Pure + Simple Face Colour (Spice) – I’ve been wearing this for almost a year and am so sad to find out that it has been discontinued. I’ll be looking for a new blush when this one runs out in the near future. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!
So that’s it! That’s pretty much all the makeup I wear on a regular basis. I have yet to find a good all natural liquid eyeliner and I don’t wear lipstick often, so sorry if I couldn’t help you out in that department. I have however, been meaning to check out BITE Beauty‘s edible lip lab in Queen West, so I’ll keep you posted on that!
I get most of these products from Pure + Simple and The Detox Market. But you can also find them online and at many health food stores, eco-boutiques and apothecaries. There are some other great brands that I haven’t featured here such as RMS, ILIA, Sappho and Kajaer Weiss, but these are my go-to’s at the moment.
I hope you found this post helpful and informative! What are you doing to reduce your toxic load? Have you tried all natural make-up? Let me know your favourite products in the comments below!