Today I have a segway from my usual blog on decluttering and wanted to share with you another topic that I’m really passionate about – natural beauty products.
For the past five or so years, I have been slowly replacing my cosmetics with natural alternatives and subsequently have hunted high and low for products that work just as well as beauty counter products. I chose to start avoiding traditional cosmetics because of hormone disruption, links to cancer and organ damage.
Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it is absorbed straight into your bloodstream. Unlike the food industry, the cosmetics industry is not regulated – meaning manufacturers can put a host of chemicals into products without issue. In fact, the average person uses a minimum of ten products per day, absorbing over 130 chemicals – it’s an alarming statistic and one I cannot take lightly.
It has been a long ride for me finding products that truly work, so I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you what I currently use.
- Burts Bees peppermint lip balm: I love the slight tingly feeling! It’s super soft, really hydrating and is now readily available at a variety of mainstream chemists. I also love the Hurraw lip balm in coconut.
- Instead of a moisturiser, I use Sukin’s rosehip oil to hydrate my skin. I also add a few drops straight into the bottle of doTERRA’s frankincense and lavender oils to help keep pimples at bay. If you like the sound of these oils, check out my gal Simone’s page where she shares some amazing resources.
- Concealer is a minefield for me – when my skin is good I use RMS ‘un’cover up in shade 11. When it’s not so great, I use Dermacol (shade 210) – it’s not at all natural, but oh boy, it is gooood.
- Ere Perez is a fabulous Aussie brand and it is also available Amazon for my international friends. I use their oat milk foundation in Medium and love the coverage that it gives.
- For my brows, i use a Dr Hauschka brown eyeshadow with a slanted brush so my brows don’t get too Cara-like. I then use Ere Perez’s Lash and Brow Clear Mascara to keep them in place.
- I don’t wear eyeshadow day-to-day unless I’m feeling jazzy, but when I do, I use Bare Minerals pallet in The Top Shelf. The two colours are natural enough to go au naturel or layer on for a smokey au natural. Natural eyeshadows are often wet-based so they crease easily. The Bare Minerals eyeshadow is powder based and I find it stays in place pretty well.
- The Ere Perez almond oil mascara is THE BEST mascara I have ever used! Generally, I find that my lashes get really heavy when I apply other mascaras so they don’t stay curly. I curl my eyelashes first and then put on (heaps) of this mascara and they stay curly all day long. This is literally my fave product ever.
- I only really wear eyeliner when I’m going out, but I love the Dr Hauschka liquid eyeliner. It also lasts forever.
- I use a Bare Minerals setting powder at the moment, which is OK. I’m coveting the Inika Mattifying Powder though and will invest in this once my Bare Minerals has run out.
- I was gifted Moo Goo’s Dusty Girls blusher in Pink Ladies and LOVE it. It has just the right amount of sparkle and adds a really lovely colour to my cheeks.
- Benefit’s Hoola is the bronzer that just keeps on giving. I’ve had it and used it most days for the past 2 years and it is still going! I haven’t found a natural alternative yet but keep trying them out
- I panic-bought a Tarte highlighter a few months back without doing my due diligence. Tarte is pegged as a natural brand, but it’s first ingredient is talc which is a toxic ingredient (remember the Johnson’s Baby Powder law suit that was settled for over $400 million earlier this year?). Nevertheless, I’ll use it all up before I replace it with an alternative brand. I haven’t yet come across a natural powder highlighter, so will keep on searching!
- Lipstick is something that I really only remember to put on if I’m going out and because I rarely use it, I still have a number of MAC lipsticks. I do have an Ere Perez rosehip lipstick in Nude, which is a fabulous colour and incredibly moisturising, but I find that it doesn’t stay on for very long. I think I will be putting Inika’s new Lip Glaze on my Christmas List (if I can wait that long!).
Although I use a fair amount of products, I don’t have much in the way of duplicates. I like to find one product that works really well so I don’t have to make any choices about which product I am going to use.
If you’re interested in learning more, the Depths of Beauty blog is a great resource for product reviews and other information. Think Dirty is an amazing app that rates thousands of products toxicity to help you make informed decisions about what you’re putting on your skin. If you’re interested in investing in new products, I’d recommend checking out the product in real life before you commit to buying (try Go Vita and Doctor Earth). If you can’t get to a store, Inika do a great tester kit so you can get to know what colours and products work for you. In Australia, there are some amazing websites that specialise in natural, organic products – check out Nourished Life and Flora and Fauna for nationwide delivery.
Are there any switches that you’re inspired to make or have made already? I’d love to hear!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll also be sharing with you other natural beauty products and natural cleaning products that I use. Stay tuned!
And finally – if you need a hand decluttering your makeup bag, I’d love to help. Just shoot me a message and we’ll see how we can work together 🙂