What is Clean Beauty?
Since most of us apply soap, lotion and deodorant to our skin as part of a daily routine, moving to healthier skin products just makes sense.
Clean beauty products go a step further than previous generation “natural” & “organic” brands, removing all potentially harsh & toxic ingredients from their product lines.
Over the years, common ingredients found in beauty products included: parabens, essential oils, silicones, chemical screens, SLS, drying alcohols, synthetic fragrances & dyes, formaldehyde, phthalates & lead. Some of these have been associated with skin irritation, cancers and hormone disruption.
The FDA doesn’t clearly regulate what “natural” or “clean” really entails. This leaves a lot of wiggle room for manufacturers to add things you don’t want to put on your skin.
The brands we suggest today, have gone far beyond any existing regulations, to offer the safest, most nourishing products for your skin. Most of the products listed below, minus synthetic fragrances, are also unisex.
When choosing clean beauty products, you’ll notice:
- The top listed ingredients are things you’re familiar with & found in nature
- You’re able to pronounce most, if not all of the ingredients
- None of the chemicals listed above are present
– Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer
Ghost Democracy hits the mark on 3 fronts. They are extremely picky about what goes into their products. They put a higher percentage of active skin care ingredients into the products than most competitors. Their prices are very competitive.
“We go beyond simply “no sulfates & no parabens” and also painstakingly formulate with no silicones, essential oils, fragrance, drying alcohols, formaldehyde, phthalates, synthetic dyes, PEG compounds, MEA / DEA / TEA, or EDTA.”
- 12.0% Probiotics: Uniquely helpful “good” bacteria (think: kombucha, kefir, miso) that contribute to balancing the skin’s microbiome. Keeping skin’s microflora balanced can help protect & strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier, calm irritations and reduce inflammation, and promote overall skin comfort.
- 1.0% Niacinamide: Also known as Vitamin B3, this is a highly effective ingredient to help strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier, calm irritation and redness, and minimize appearance of pores.
- 1.0% Oat Seed Extract: This skin-soothing plant antioxidant is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps to calm and strengthen skin.
- 0.5% Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5, this natural humectant helps attract and preserve moisture to help promote skin softness and elasticity.
-Herbal Hydration Complex
About owner, Brenda Brock – A noted trailblazer in “green” beauty, Ms. Brock successfully translated her traditional herbal recipes from “kitchen chemistry” to modern cosmetic manufacturing, resulting in pristine herbal products that retain their 100% natural status yet compare in effectiveness with leading dermatological brands. She was named to TIME MAGAZINE’s “Green Style & Design 100: The People & Ideas Behind Today’s Most Influential Green Design”
- Reduces inflammation and redness
- Restores sunburned, over exposed, or inflamed skin to its natural state of balance
- Great for all skin conditions including rosacea, acne, dehydrated, over exposed, mature, weathered & sun damaged skin
- Perfect mask for use in maintenance regimen as well as a reparative treatment
- Secret customer tip- ” “best hangover recovery mask ever!”
“Farmaesthetics products are 100% natural, contain certified organic ingredients as indicated, are hypo-allergenic, non-irritating & dermatological tested, with a certified shelf-life of 2 years from the date of opening. No animal testing.”
INGREDIENTS: shea butter*, natural beeswax, soybean oil*, witch hazel*, l-arginine, natural lactic acid (from fermented sugarcane), chlorophyll, oatmeal, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, peppermint & lavender essential oils (* indicates certified organic ingredient)
Citrus Blend Aromatic Lotion (Hand & Body)
“We hand make organic and natural skin, body and hair care products. Each product is lovingly hand-crafted in our eco studio in Hertfordshire, England.”
All Evolve Beauty products are vegan friendly and cruelty free and made in small batches to ensure the highest level of freshness.”
Crafted with organic shea butter and aloe vera, the Citrus Blend Aromatic Lotion deeply moisturizes your skin and eliminates unwanted impurities, leaving behind a rejuvenating citrus smell.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, Theobroma cacao seed butter*, Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, Linum usitatissimum (linseed) seed oil*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Piper nigrum (black pepper) seed oil*, Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) oil*, Juniperus communis (juniper berry) oil*, Citrus limonium (lemon) oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil*, Coco-glucoside, Sucrose stearate, Sodium stearoyl glutamate, Coconut alcohol, Tocopherol, Xanthan gum, Lactic acid, Benzyl alcohol, Limonene, (*Ingredients from organic farming)
– Organic Deodorant Spray (lemon sage)
“Erbaviva lemon & sage organic deodorant contains powerful organic essential oils that naturally fight underarm bacteria. Erbaviva’s award-winning organic deodorant fuses quickly evaporating organic grain alcohol with organic extracts of sage, lemon, patchouli and tea tree oils, offering a refreshing and effective burst of safe and pure bacterial and odor protection.
A warm and woodsy smelling natural deodorant for both men and women. non-staining Erbaviva lemon & sage organic deodorant may also be used on fabric, carpets and yoga mats. Aluminum and chemical free.”
-Midnight Honey Bath Oil
“Our richly round, darkly-scented Midnight Honey Bath & Beauty Oil, is an inspired preparation–elegant and complex in its ability to deeply condition the skin, restore suppleness and unleash the senses.”
Applications & Benefits:
- Luscious, herbal massage oil for moisturizing and conditioning the whole body complexion
- Use on face anytime to provide a rich veil of hydration that will help plump and tone the skin
- Great for use in full body massage, having lots of “slip” for easy application & a heady honey scent
- Best applied on damp, warm skin
Ingredients : sweet soy oil*, honey absolute & vitamin e (* indicates certified organic ingredients)
“The purest form of gentle soap made with organic, food-grade oils. This is a true soap that foams lightly to remove impurities, and refresh the skin without stripping it. Gentle enough for all skin types.”
HOW IT WORKS: Pure organic plant oils are saponified to create a sudsy, cleansing wash. The leaves of refreshing Bergamot (the scent of Earl Grey Tea!) awaken and enliven the senses. Aloe Leaf and organic Olive oil replenish and hydrate the skin without drying.
TIPS FOR USE: Massage into skin while showering. Expect slight natural foam and a burst of botanicals on your skin. Rinse, and follow with moisturizer. Can also be used sink-side as a beautiful hand soap.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Organic Saponified Coconut Oil, Organic Saponified Olive Oil, Organic Saponified Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Guar Gum Extract, Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Rosemary Extract, Bergamot Oil.
“A gel-to-foam shower gel with activated aloe to help maintain the skin’s natural moisture level for comfortable, supple, clean skin.”
Great for dehydrated skin!
Dermatologically tested. May contain traces of wheat/nuts. Suitable for vegetarians. Recyclable packaging. Cruelty free.
“ helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymph flow/drainage. Dry brushing unclogs pores in the exfoliation process. It also stimulates your nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward.”
Brush away dead skin cells. Made with natural fiber to gently smooth your complexion and stimulate blood circulation, this brush also features a long detachable handle for an easier reach across the back. Use with body oils for a stronger detoxifying effect.
“The Organic Pharmacy fuses herbal, homeopathic and cosmetic knowledge to create a new standard in clean skin care.”
Ursa Major – (the great bear)
“Ingredients don’t just affect human health, they also impact the world around us. We use only safe, clean, naturally-derived ingredients while avoiding all irritating and unhealthy conventional chemicals. As part of our commitment to clean ingredients, we aim to use as much organic content as possible, while responsibly sourcing everything that goes into our products and providing Full Disclosure™ ingredient lists (including trace ingredients).” — Ursa Major website
-Go Easy Daily Shampoo
The Go Easy Daily Shampoo works on any hair type. Its sulfate-free formula gently cleanses hair and delivers essential nutrients to keep it healthy, strong and protected from the elements.
No petrochemicals, SLS, SLES, parabens, synthetic fragrance or color, glycols, silicones or PEGs.- Ursa Major
-Go Easy Daily Conditioner
“The Go Easy Daily Conditioner was designed to give your hair an added level of hydration and protection. With its natural, sulfate-free formula, this conditioner works to detangle and strengthen your hair while boosting its natural shine. Perfect for all hair types.” – Verishop
-Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic
“Based in California, REVERIE uses botanical and ethically sourced ingredients to deliver high-quality and healthy hair products. REVERIE founder Garrett Markenson partners with Fair Trade, EcoCert and small family farms across the globe to ensure that independent growers and makers continue to thrive.” — Verishop
The Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic uses a combination of restorative active ingredients to support hair growth and restore scalp balance. Forget about dryness and damaged follicles.
Ingredients: Aqua*, Rosa Damascena (rose) Flower Water*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf/flower Water*, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein*, Glycerin*, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside*, Biosaccharide Gum-1*, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Cassia Angustifoliaseedpolysaccharide, Malus Domestica (fruit Cell Culture Extract), Rosa Damascena (rose) Flower Oil, Boswellia Carterii (frankincense) Resin Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (bourbon Vanilla) Bean Oil, Santalum Spicatum (sandalwood) Wood Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (palmarosa) Leaf Oil, Myroxylon Balsamum (balsam) Resin Extract, Cananga Odorata (ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (patchouli) Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Citronellol**, Linalool**, Farnesol**, Limone**, Eugenol**, (*certified Organic Ingredient, **naturally Occurring By-product of Essential Oils)