Making the switch to clean skincare products has been an easy one for me. If you’re just tuning in, check out this post about my new beauty handbook, No More Dirty Looks. I also wrote about clean beginnings here.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a lot of trips to Whole Foods. I bring my handbook with me and check label after label. I’m on a first name basis with every Whole Foods employee that has ever stepped foot into the skincare department. All of the reviews below are for products I purchased from Whole Foods, however, I have linked to the brand’s website, if applicable, so you can do more research on your own.
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Face & Body
Whole Foods Market Triple Milled Soap in Green Tea, $4
I was a dummy and didn’t buy the organic version of this soap. I found out pretty quickly that it was too harsh because I started developing dry flakes on my nose. Fragrance is an ingredient listed on the label. It does not appear that this fragrance is derived from essential oils because it’s not listed. That’s suspect. This one doesn’t belong on your bod. As I’ve learned in No More Dirty Looks, the word fragrance can represent several hundred additional ingredients not listed on the label. Because of trade-secret laws, they’re not required to list them. Again, suspect.
Montclair Skincare Premium Handcrafted Soaps in Anjou Pears, $6
Ah, flakes be gone. This is the one I should have purchased in the first place. It’s the best quality bar soap I’ve come across since I’ve started bathing. It’s made from organic, essential oils, which means this baby is gentle enough for your face. I’ve also been using this to wash my body as well. Tip: Cut the bar in half so you get two bars for the price of one. Wrap the other half in a paper towel until you’re ready to use it.
I traded in my $150 La Mer cream for $14 certified organic argan oil.
ACURE 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil, $14
Now that we’re chatting about the face, I’ve got big news for ya. I traded in my $150 La Mer cream for $14 certified organic argan oil. My skin has never looked better. I wash my face and then apply three drops of argan oil to my face and neck. If I have any left over, I’ll smooth it onto the ends of my hair or fingernails. This product works everywhere. It smells a bit nutty, but it’s organic. It’s clean.
Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate, $30
I really wanted to like this product. I’ve heard wonderful things about this line and the price point was awesome too. Unfortunately, it left me with red blotchy rashes on my lids and beneath my eyes. This is not the first time I’ve experienced this type of rash with an eye product. I’ve seen it primarily happen with eye makeup remover wipes from mainstream brands. Needless to say, I was surprised and had to return it. Whole Foods has the best return policy BTW. They return everything as long as you have your receipt.
Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Deodorant in Beautiful Earth, $5
When I was in the 6th grade, I developed a bad sweating problem. And thinking about it caused me to sweat even more. Luckily, my hormones worked themselves out because I don’t suffer from those issues any longer. I was reminded of this little phase when I started using Tom’s of Maine. I hate that I hate this product, but this shit does not work. It smells pretty, but doesn’t make you smell pretty. I returned it. See? Told you Whole Foods takes everything back.
John Masters Organics in Blood Orange & Vanilla, $18
This is the first product you should replace in your routine because it covers the largest amount of surface area. I imagine many women like myself slather body lotion on right after the shower. Your skin (and tissues) are absorbing all.of.it. The lotion is on the pricier side, but it is money well-spent. Plus, I figured out that I’m actually saving money overall by switching to a clean routine. More on that later. It’s quick absorbing, delicate, and comprised of 13 certified-organic ingredients. Most importantly, there’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind.
Alaffia Daily Hydrating Shampoo in Lavender Coconut, $9
I’m on the fence with both the shampoo and conditioner for this brand. I like knowing that I’m putting a healthy product onto my scalp. It smells good too. The only issue is that it leaves my hair a tad oily. Not crazy oily. Just more oil than I’m used to. With mainstream brands, I’ve been able to go three or four days in between washes. Now I’m washing about every other or every two days. I hear this is normal and the hair takes time to adjust. I’m not giving up just yet.
Alaffia Daily Hydrating Conditioner in Lavender Coconut, $9
So. I’m feeling pretty much the same about this one as I do the shampoo. It’s good, but I’m not screaming from the rooftops about it. My hair is less tangly, but I also got a major hair cut so I can’t give this conditioner all the glory. In No More Dirty Looks, they talk about washing your hair backwards. As in conditioner first. Then shampoo. Seem counterintuitive, but makes total sense when you think about it… as long as you’re using clean products. I’ve only done it a couple times. It’s hard to get used to! I’m going to give it another try and will report back.
It’s crazy how many products we use on a daily basis. I’ve already listed eight here without even touching my makeup bag. That’s a whole nother level of scary that I’m about to embark on this week and many weeks to come. I’m excited to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’re on this ride together. I’d love to hear what clean products you’ve added to your routine too.
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