First, after posting lots of different tips over the course of the past couple months, I’ve been receiving a ton of questions regarding the tips and other personal questions as well. So many, that next week I will be answering your frequently asked questions. If you have a question about anything, be sure to email me or leave a comment in today’s post.
Next, I received lots of questions last week after posting my tips about eliminating chemicals, specifically which products I switched to. I’m ecstatic to say that almost all of the beauty and personal care products I use are chemical-free. Making this transition was beyond easy because there are SO many choices and they are extremely reasonably priced.
The only beauty products I haven’t switched yet is my make up. Make up is expensive, whether it’s natural or not. I have tried a few of the lower cost items, but I was pretty disappointed. I plan on doing more investigating in the future, but for now I’m proud of the changes I have made.
Below are the products I use or have used that come with my highest recommendation. When it comes to beauty products and hair care, I’m a low-maintenance type of girl. I always have been, so there aren’t a ton of different types of things, just the basics, because that’s all I use. (The product links are affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.)
I have low-maintenance hair. It’s straight and that’s all it does, no matter what type of product I use on it. Something I don’t love about natural hair care is the smell. It’s not as nice and perfume-y as the chemical stuff, but it doesn’t smell bad either. It just smells herbal-ly. However, I don’t think the smell lingers and that’s why I don’t mind it. Chemical-free shampoos really leave your hair feeling clean. I’ve used 2 and I loved them both:
Nature’s Gates Biotin Shampoo & Conditioner
I like this because it has actually made my hair healthier. I have an area around my hairline with little hairs that never grow. It didn’t bother me before, but I realized that since I started using this that area started to grow.
Beauty Without Cruelty Shampoo & Conditioner
I like the Beauty Without Cruelty Lavendar shampoo because of the smell. I also think it gives my hair a lot of volume and leaves it feeling super clean. I prefer the Nature’s Gate Biotin shampoo over this, but this was the first one I used and I have nothing bad to say about it.
Body Wash & Lotion
First, I love the smell. Second, the lotion is great for an all over-body lotion. Not necessarily great for super dry hands, but it’s light and smells great to lather on after my shower. I’ve used several different scents of the “Everyday” line, and the coconut is my favorite. I also love the price. Natural body washes do not lather like other stuff because they lack sulfates. They do lather pretty well though, but that is the only major difference I’ve noticed.
The coconut lotion isn’t great if you have dry and cracked hands, which I often do because I have extremely dry skin. Aveeno and Eucerin were my go-to’s in the past when the dryness got out of control. THIS Beauty Without Cruelty lotion has the thick, healing qualities of those without leaving a gross residue behind. I love it.
Face Wash & Lotion
I’ve used quite a few things over the course of the last several months. When I started breaking out after I went off the birth control pill, I freaked out and I was smearing whatever chemicals I could find on my face. Finally, I took a deep breath and went chemical-free. I was getting recommendations from everyone and these are things I found that I really like.
This is supposed to be for acne prone skin, but it doesn’t feel harsh and it doesn’t bleach my face towel. I think it helps, but ultimately, I need to fix my hormones to fix my skin. I have very sensitive skin, so I always avoid harsher treatments, but this doesn’t burn or anything. The Yes To Tomatoes line is 97% natural, which I think is pretty damn great. I love the exfoliating wash and lotion. I can take or leave the spot treatment. I’m not convinced about spot treatments in general. When I was initially reading product reviews people were complaining about the smell. The smell doesn’t bother me at all. It’s very light.
I love the Yes To Cucumber line because I used to use Cetaphil, which is not natural. The cucumber products have the gentle consistency of Cetaphil. I love the smell too, it really smells like cucumbers. Fresh cucumbers. Once my hormones balance out I will go back to using the cucumber over the tomatoes. I use the cucumber one sometimes in the morning after I workout to wash the sweat off my face, but I’ve mostly been using the tomato products.
This actually gets my make up off. When I wear heavy eye make up, this is the only thing that will get it off. I’ve tried a lot. Using this is the only way I wake up without raccoon eyes.
As I mentioned above, I have mixed feelings about spot treatments. I’m convinced they do nothing, but I think this one actually works a little bit. It doesn’t burn or bleach my pillow case. So it made my list.
Mr. Fitness is an oily-Italian. He swears by this face wash. I have used this, but even with all my breakouts, my skin isn’t very oil. It’s still pretty dry. Therefore, this face wash dries my skin out and makes it feel very tight. I did like the clean feeling it left on my skin and it did the trick until I found the Yes To products. It comes in this HUGE bottle, so that really annoys me. My husband just puts a little in a travel bottle and that does the trick, but nonetheless, it annoys me.
Have you tried any of these products?
Which chemical-free products do you use?