My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

16 Jan

Last year, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to find natural alternatives to the beauty products I use. What prompted this switch? My husband and I have become more environmentally conscious over the years and understand the impact natural and organic products have on health and wellness. We are diligent in making sure the food we eat is natural, organic and minimally processed, however we have been quite lax when it comes to the things we put ON our bodies.

Now I thought, like I’m sure many of you do, that natural alternatives would not live up to their conventional counterparts. I had been using the same beauty products for years and had become quite attached to them (side note: nothing makes me more mad than a beauty product being discontinued.) However, I can assure you that great natural products do exist! After little trial and error, I have found products that give me the results I desire, without many of the harmful chemicals, synthetic ingredients and artificial fragrances that are known to be linked to allergies, infertility and cancer.

Here are some of my new favorite natural, organic and/or plant-based products:

John MastersBearberry skin balancing & toning mist. $20.00: This toning mist acts as an ultra-astringent to balance pH, tighten pores and leave skin refreshed. My face often feels tight and dry after washing. If I spritz my face with this toner, I find I don’t need to use moisturizer. Bonus: 91% of the product’s ingredients are organic. This brand can be found online and at Whole Foods.

Acure OrganicsFacial cleanser gel. $14.99: This cleanser does an excellent job washing away dirt and makeup. I’m prone to oily skin, so this cleanser combined with the John Masters toner has helped reduce the shine. This product also features organic ingredients and can be found at Whole Foods.

Physician’s FormulaOrganic wear mascara. $8.74: This is by far the best mascara I have ever used. I have tried mascara at nearly every price point and no matter what, have had trouble with my lashes clumping and sticking together. Not with Organic wear! It lengthens and separates just like it claims. And you can’t beat the price and availability. This product can be found at your local Target or drug store.

Everyday SheaMoisturizing body wash. $14.99: This natural body wash foams well and cleans completely without stripping skin’s natural oils. I can even use it in place of shaving gel. This brand can be found at Whole Foods.

Mineral FusionBlush and eyeshadow. $14.99-$21.99: Although this line of products is not quite as “clean” as the ones mentioned above, it is a step in the right direction. I particularly love this brand’s eyeshadows. They blend so well that putting on my makeup is much easier and nearly fool proof.

Has anyone else done the big switch? What natural and organic products do you love?

xoxo, Andi

4 Responses to “My Favorite Natural Beauty Products”

  1. Sarah January 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Hey Andi! I love this post. Mostly because I have been wanting to find beauty product alternatives as well. My only problem is that organic and natural products can be more expensive than conventional products. To combat this, I have recently looked into Trader Joe’s beauty product line. I recently found an organic brand of shampoo, conditioner and body wash that is only $2.99/bottle and works super well! They also have other organic products such as face wash, moisturizer, and even tampons! If some people can’t afford the Whole Foods varieties, Trader Joe’s is definitely worth looking into.

    • allputtogether January 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks for the tips Sarah! 🙂 I love Trader Joe’s and will have to check out their beauty offerings!

  2. Shayna January 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Hi Andi – I missed you today at the Alt. class – I got sucked into the inauguration and forgot! But I checked out the blogroll and have been clicking through folks’ work. I loved this post! I’ve been struggling with my skin this winter and Josie Maran’s line (at Sephora) has been great. A little pricey, but it goes a long way.

    • allputtogether January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks Shayna – I will have to check out her products!