In pursuit of the best natural deodorant: Schmidt’s, Tom’s or ZionHealth?

Looking for a natural deodorant that actually works? Natural often means ‘no aluminum’ which is great step towards a better health, however I was looking for more. On my checklist: nice scent + odor block, easy application and preferably no white stains on my shirt and as a bonus, decent price. Which brand was the closest?

I’ve tested for you 5 deodorants:

  1. Schmidt’s Bergamot & lime 

  2. Schmidt’s Pineapple & Coconut sensitive skin formula

  3. Tom’s of Maine Fresh apricot

  4. Zion Health Claydry deodorant original

  5. Zion Health Claydry deodorant eucalyptus mint

Schmidt’s Bergamot & lime

The first thing I look at are the ingredients. I always appreciate clean, non toxic and safe formula.
IngredientsMaranta  (arrowroot) Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (lime) Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)IMG_20180714_163108_633
The second thing in my ranking is the scent. Don’t you agree that’s pretty important when it comes to a deodorant? Well, at least in my case, if I ever tried unscented one, it did not work.
The natural scent of this deodorant is really pleasant. Very refreshing lime, perfect for the summer!
Odor block: It did block odor for all day, I was very impressed how long lasting it is.
Application: Here the things get actually worse… The stick feels dry and deodorant is hard to apply. I got chills during application, and after all my armpits felt ‘rough’, not soft for sure.
Price is pretty decent: 8.99$
Concerns: Unfortunately, after using a few times I developed red, itchy rash on my armpits and I had to stop using this formula. Maybe it was too much arrowroot and baking soda? Not sure, but I decided to give a try to sensitive version of Schmidt’s.
Summary: I’d recommend it for you if you do not have sensitive skin or… you do not shave your armpits! 😀 In terms of odor – it really does the job, however it is just to harsh for me.

Schmidt’s Pineapple & Coconut sensitive skin formula

This formula is suppose to be more delicate than regular one. Producer excluded baking soda and used magnesium hydroxide instead. It still has arrowroot though for more protection.
Ingredients: Magnesium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Maranta Arundinacea (arrowroot) Powder, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (shea butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural Fragrance, Tocopherol (vitamin E; sunflower-derived)
Scent: The scent is nice, kind of like pinacolada, however a little to sweet for me as for deodorant.
Odor block: The nice scent changed in contact with my skin pH after a few minutes of application, and sweet pineapple coconut turned into… some weird scent, that I could not handle. I was not even sweating yet, but I just got sensitive to that scent. After about 4 hours, I needed to wash my armpits and apply some other deodorant, because I was sweating a lot and smelled pretty bad. I just do not think it was my best choice of scent of this deodorant. It blocks odor for maybe 2h, however in contact with my skin, the scent was not what I expected.
Application: The stick feels better and smoother than lime & bergamot formula with baking soda, deodorant is easier to apply and armpits feel soft.
Concerns: Weird thing happened: I really used a little of the product and despite that it rolled somehow and left chunks (?) of the stick on my armpits. I really did not like that feeling (and the look), I would be ashamed if I was wearing tank top at the gym and that would happen to me…
Summary: I do not recommend this deodorant if you are looking for something blocking your natural odor. Maybe if I tried different scent it would have been better… but for now I am not going to, since I’ve tried 2 from this brand and none of them was even close to what I’ve been looking for. Also, this particular deodorant is not the cheapest: 10.99$.

Tom’s of Maine Fresh apricot

Tom’s brand advertise their deodorant as long lasting and odor blocking up to 24h. This really got me excited, so I could not wait to try it. Ingredients are clean, vegan and fresh apricot sounded fantastic.
Ingredients: Propylene glycol (vegetable derived), water, sodium stearate, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glyceryl laurate, natural fragrance, humulus lupulus (hops)* cone extract, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ascorbic acid, organic cymbopogon flexosus oil.
No baking soda, no arrowroot – seems delicate and safe, right?
Scent: The scent is very, very pretty. Very fresh and juicy.
Odor block: Similar to Schmidt’s sensitive formula, the nice apricot scent changed in contact with my skin pH to… not really fresh apricot. Unfortunately after about 2hrs I smelled really bad, I’d say worse than if I did not use deodorant! Truly. Not effective at all, I have no idea what happened!
Application: The stick feels very good, it is soft and feels like gel, I really liked it. No allergic reaction either. This is probably the only positive thing I can say about Tom’s deodorant.
Concerns: Not effective, smells weird in contact with my skin, just completely not what I am expecting from deodorant.
Summary: I’ve had my hopes high for this easy-applying deodorant in very decent price: 4.49$, however it is just not working for me, I won’t be buying again, I think it does not block odor, instead it actually makes you smell worse.

Zion Health Claydry deodorant (original scent)

Clay deodorant caught my attention since Clay is suppose to absorb odor and toxins, and ZionHealth deodorants are formulated with a special type of healing clay called Calcium Montmorillonite. Ingredients are clean, however after my rash (from baking soda in Schmidt’s, I suppose), I was a little  bit skeptical.  aviary-image-1533137835794
Ingredients: Maranta Arundinacea Root (Arrowroot) Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Yuzu Fragrance, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Flavor, d-alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ionic Clay Minerals, Arnica Monatana (Arnica) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria (Chamomile)) Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorious (Safflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract.
Scent: The scent… oh my goodness! I love it, it is fresh, deodorant smells like oranges or… Fanta 😀 I cannot describe, but it is a really nice scent for a deodorant.
Odor block: It DOES the job! Guys, it really blocks odor for all day long. Yay! It is currently super hot in Texas and this deodorant, even if you sweat and feel kind of wet (it is not antiperspirant) you won’t smell bad at all. This is what I was looking for.
Application: The stick feels kind of between Schmidt’s sensitive & baking soda formula, which is not the softest, but still pretty easy to apply. Also, you need to apply very little of product, which is great, because it will last you for longer time.
Concerns: Hmm… no concerns, maybe just one – I might have applied too much at first, and I’ve got some white spots on my black shirt. It did not happen ever again though.
Summary: I was very impressed by this product, at first I did not believe clay in deodorant may actually change something, but it certainly did. This deodorant is my must have from now on. My husband loves it too!
I’ve tried cute travel size ClayDry in Eucalyptus mint scent and it works great for me as well. The only difference between original & eucalyptus mint is that the second one will give you kind of cooling sensation, so if you’re not a fan, stick to original one (or different available scents). To me cooling effect was actually a relief in hot day. Eucalyptus mint did not leave any white spots on my shirt. Ideal! And the price is only 7.99$!

Have you tried any of these brands? What is your experience?

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Disclaimer: I received Schmidt’s  and ZionHealth products for free for testing purposes. Tom’s of Maine I purchased on my own. All opinions are mine, 100% honest. I always recommend products that I love and that worked for me. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section bellow.

Introducing Evolve Organic Beauty: Luxurious Skincare Products

Evolve Beauty is a range of handmade, award winning beauty products that are vegan, cruelty free and eco friendly. All cosmetics are made from the most effective, natural and organic food based ingredients. If you think that sounds good, read the whole review to find out more about this amazing brand originally from England.

Evolve sent me three products to try:

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Hyaluronic Serum 200 (40$)

Pure, clear serum for normal to dry skin that contains 200mg hyaluronic acid. It hydrates skin from within and plump up fine lines and wrinkles. It also has organic pomegranate extract in it, that softens and protects skin. Serum is very delicately fragranced with organic rosewater, however I cannot smell anything, which is a good thing since I do not like scented facial serums.
Ingredients – 98-100% organic
aqua (water), rosa damascena (rose) water*, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, glycerin, amorphophallus konjac root powder, sodium hyaluronate, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate, sodium dehydroacetate. *ingredients from organic farming
Even though it is hyaluronic acid, this serum feels really lightweight after applying. One pump is enough for face and neck! I am surprised with the consistency which feels more like gel than water – which is great because it is easier to apply the product without loosing part of it in your sink or the floor… which used to happen to me with more watery serums. I love to use this serum every night after I was my face with gentle cleansing melt, about which you can read bellow.

Gentle cleansing melt (26$)

Very luxurious cleansing balm that contains one of the most expensive and effective, nourishing organic baobab oil. Baobab oil soothes and hydrates while cleansing your skin from impurities and makeup.
Ingredients
(sweet almond) seed oil*, sucrose laurate, adansonia digitata (baobab) seed oil*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit water*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) fruit extract*, rosa damascena flower oil*, tocopherol. *ingredients from organic farming
This melt feels just unbelievable. I mean, usually when I wash my face, I feel like it is dry or dehydrated right away. What is magical about this product – combined with water it turns from gel/oil to creamy cleansing texture, because it has natural sugar extracts in it. It leaves skin clean and very hydrated!

Daily Renew Face Cream (32$)

Moisturizer for normal to dry skin with a blend of pure organic oils. It has argan oil and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
Ingredients
butter)*, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin*, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil*, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, glyceryl stearate, parfum (natural fragrance), punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil*, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, cetearyl glucoside, sodium stearoyl lactylate, tocopherol, lactic acid, dehydroacetic acid, xanthan gum, sodium levulinate, sodium anisate.  *ingredients from organic farming
I am very peaky when it comes to moisturizers and creams, since my skin is acne prone, it is mostly hot in Texas, and I tend to have my pores clogged and face shiny if I use to heavy formulated cream. When I read that it has organ oil, I was a little worries it may be too heavy for me. How little did I know! This cream is probably the best cream I’ve ever tried. Not saying this, because I got paid (I did not), but truly, if you have blemishes prone complexion, you’ll love this product. It hydrates without pore clogging, it does not leave thick film on skin, and… it smells so delicate yet amazing (vanilla & coconut natural fragrance). I highly recommend this cream.
To sum up, all Evolve Organic Beauty products I have tried are great. Their are pretty pricey, but definitely worth the price for such high quality. If you wish to try some, go to credo beauty and treat yourself, you won’t regret it.

Clean beauty blogger confessions: non-organic beauty products that I cannot live without

This may not be what you expect to hear from clean beauty blogger. However, I have to honestly admit that since I’ve replaced the majority of my toxic cosmetics with organic ones (and I’m so happy about that!) there still are some products that are nearly impossible to replace, or after replacing them I miss the non-organic formula that I got used to years before.

Better, but worse alternative?

There are many products that are clean, organic and USDA certified, which is great, BUT… not all of them are good quality products, even though they are more expensive than drugstore brands. Don’t believe me? Let’s start from hair wash routine. I’ve tried dozens of natural shampoo brands, and since they are great for natural hair, after I had my highlights done (another thing that is potentially toxic – bleach, because how do I naturally get cool/silver blonde shade…?!) these usually herbal based shampoos made my hair yellowish and brassy, that I do not like. So I had to go back to my more ‘toxic’ color protecting shampoo made by professional brand that is not 100% clean (no silicones and parabens, but it has some other stuff). hair-1744959_1920
Another thing that I have really hard time with is… nail polish. There are organic nail polishes or less toxic ones like Zoya which I really like, but because of hard water and the fact that sometimes it happens that my dishwasher is broken or I just cook a lot and need to constantly wash my hands, (or any other non toxic or even toxic) nail polishes simply last up to one week. Then, I have to do them again, wait until each layer dries which takes a lot more time than I would like it to… and I am not patient. I do my own shellac that lasts me 3 weeks, so the question here is: is it better to put on nail polish every week and breathe it in (even if it does have less toxic ingredients it isn’t as clean as water, believe me) or is it better to do shellac once a month and enjoy strong nails? I cannot get over that idea, shellac takes me 40 mins and there is no need to dry, just led lamp and you look gorgeous!
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Last thing that I find pretty annoying is mascara. Yes, there are many organic, clean brands, or at least vegan, but every time I try one, I struggle. It works at beginning and then it flakes, dries super quick or blows up… like tarte 4in1 mascara for 23$ did to me. And the price 23-27$ is not cheap at all! I am really tempted to go back to my favorite Dior or Lancome mascara and just kind of forget that those are not clean. At least I will have pretty lashes all day, no clumping, flaking and itchy eyes…cosmetics-2116368_1920
In my opinion it is great if you can replace at least some products that you use daily with organic ones, however 2-3 exceptions won’t make you die. Isn’t it right? Of course if someone will invent organic shellac, hair bleach for highlights and super volumizing, but natural mascara that does not clump and flake, I’ll use them, let me know! 😉 But for now… I do not think I can get over these three products.
Do you have any non-organic products you cannot live without or they are so hard to replace? Let me know in the comments.

TRANSDERMA – organic vitamin skin care serums invented in Sweden, now available in the U.S.

I am excited to introduce skincare products that are all natural and effective. Transderma is using the most potent ingredients available on the market. They care about quality & performance while making safe cosmetics.  The product range is deliberately very limited – this is because the brand focuses on exceptionally pure, scientifically advanced vitamin skin care serums for women and men.

What is serum?

In general, serums are considered as more effective since they contain a high concentration of active ingredients, which distinct them from creams and lotions. They also feel more lightweight, offer you more targeted results as well as customization options. The last one is my recent favorite – Transderma serums mix great together!

5 serums – 5 different skin needs

The offer of the brand is limited – but it has its purpose. Transderma focuses on safe, pure formulations that help your skin to look amazing almost right away!

PRODUCTS

1.  Transderma C
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  • Revolutionary system for improved absorption of natural vitamin C
  • Helps boost collagen and elastin regeneration to give skin a firmer, smoother appearance
  • Protects against free radical and UV damage
  • Helps repair sun damaged skin

2. Transderma A
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  • Regenerative retinol and vitamin E night serum formulated for superior absorption
  • Helps stimulate skin cell renewal and exfoliation
  • Helps maintain the integrity of the skin
  • Reduces appearance of lines, wrinkles, and scars

3. Transderma R
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  • Reduces pigmentation for even-toned, spotless skin
  • Has a soothing effect on the skin
  • Revolutionary vitamin C base formulated for improved stability and absorption protects against free radical and UV damage while helping boost collagen and elastin generation

4. Transderma M
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  • Restores moisture balance to dry, stressed, or mature skin
  • Repairs the skin’s protective lipid barrier
  • Improves skin’s smoothness and softness
  • Rejuvenates and soothes dull, rough, tired skin
  • Reduces the appearance of dryness and fine lines

5. Transderma O
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  • Energizes and helps regulate skin renewal and moisture balancing
  • Helps to normalizes the production and turnover of epidermal tissue
  • Promotes cellular longevity and vitality
  • Revitalizes, smooths, and firms skin
As  you can see, everyone will find product that suits their skin concern. My personal favorites so far are Transderma C – it makes my skin look smoother and protects it from UV. I use this one for the day under my makeup – which makes its application even easier. For the night I choose something more intense like Transderma M which restores my dry skin while I sleep. It feels a bit heavier/richer when applying, but my skin absorbs it after 30 seconds (yes, it is really dry), and I do not feel product heaviness anymore.

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Mix & Match 

What I love doing is mixing my serums together to achieve the best possible result. For example: during the day, when sun is strong I mix 1 drop of transderma R to even skin tone with 1 drop of energizing transderma O for moisture balance. It is really up to you and your skin needs, but isn’t it great that you can customize your own serum?
If that sounds good to you you should try Transderma Travel Size Set. This set will allow you to test each of the mini serums (3ml) and decide which ones you love the most. This is what I did before I started to use my full size products. What’s you favorite, natural serum? Would you give this one a try? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Disclaimer: Products have been provided by Transderma, I am not affiliated with the brand in any way – opinion about serums is my own, honest opinion.

Clean beauty & skincare products from drugstores

Some people think that if you went organic, you must have a hard time finding your products or they are very expensive. Yes, some are more expensive, but I regularly find most of them on promotions in… drugstores or popular grocery stores. Today I’d like to show you, that in order to go organic you do not necessarily need 100% natural retailers like Whole foods in your area. What great brands can you find at your nearest drugstore or grocery store? Check out my favorite ones, available in these popular stores, often on sales!
Walgreens, Ulta, HEB, Walmart. I’m sure you have some of those in your area. At the cosmetics alley there are so many brands to choose from and yes, most of them contain silicones, artificial fragrances and toxic ingredients, but did you know that sometimes right next to them you can find real, clean beauty products?

Clean vs organic

You must understand the difference between clean and organic products. Organic products are USDA certified, using 100% selected, safe and natural ingredients, not tested on animals. Clean products are formulated using not harmful, clean ingredients, but they are not USDA certified and still might be tested on animals (luckily rarely now). The second group is more likely available in mentioned drugstores. This will not satisfy 100% vegans, but it’ll be a better choice for those, who just want to avoid high-risk ingredients in their daily routine.

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How to spot toxic formulations

I highly recommend to use Think Dirty app. It allows to scan products barecodes and shows on scale 1 to 10 how toxic a given product is. It will also suggest products that are organic or its toxicity is 0. In general, I would be fine using products up to level 4 of toxicity (1-2 suspicious ingredients like fragrance maybe, if it’s not allergenic), but it’s a matter of your personal choice. If you’re looking for 100% organic, look for USDA certified brands.
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source: thinkdirtyapp.com

Drugstore clean brands

Remember, at Walgreens or HEB there won’t be signs saying “these are clean or organic”. The ‘good’ products will be right next to the ‘bad’ ones. Also, often the products will belong to a company that carries both: clean and toxic beauty products like for instance Neutrogena: they have some stuff with harmful fragrances and silicones, and some clean, natural lines. Many companies do that now in order to bring more consumers. Well, it is not USDA certified, but at least there are more options, and these cosmetics are just as cheap as toxic right next to them, so why not make a better, healthier choice?

Favorite clean brands from drugstores

All of above may be available at even more stores, I only mentioned ones I am 100% sure, because that’s where I buy mine. If you know more clean brands or more stores selling mentioned ones, please leave a comment below. Hope this post was helpful, especially for those who barely started witching to natural products.
If you’d like to buy online instead of searching your nearby stores, click here and get best organic skincare products.

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Introducing: Safer Beauty by Beautycounter

Winter is not too gracious for skin and I bet you can feel it and notice on yourselves… Since the temperature in Texas is bellow 30 F, I was happy to be able to try Beautycounter cosmetics including moisturizer for two weeks now. Effects? Read bellow!

About Beautycounter

You may think it is another company like Avon with consultants trying to sell you low quality, toxic products. In this case the only similarity is that you may become a consultant, but you don’t have too. Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone and they’re really doing it. The online store is available for everyone, at any time. Formulas are clean and explained on their website. No hiding and no lies about ingredients. How about that? 🙂Category-HeaderImage-Desktop
From 3 products that I received from Ashley who reached out to me via Instagram (check out her profile  @frostbeautyco) I definitely loved the moisturizer the most.

What I’ve got

  • Lash power couple:
    Volumizing Mascara: 6 ml / 0.2 fl oz
    Instant Eye Makeup Remover: 30 ml / 1 fl oz (20$ value)
  • Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion full size: 50 ml / 1.7 fl. oz. (48$ value)

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Let’s start from moisturizer, because I’ve liked it the most. It naturally adapts to your skin’s hydration needs, without using silicones or synthetic polymers. The result? Smoother skin in 2 weeks. I was using it recently everyday and I love everything about this moisturizer (OK, maybe except the regular price that is 48$), but it’s worth it!

Light as a cloud

The lotion is super lightweight, so it doesn’t leave any sticky layer on skin. It’s great to use under makeup during the day if needed, as well as for night. I like the packaging that comes with pump which gives you just perfect amount of the product every time (I use 1-2 pumps for face and neck). I also like delicate scent that comes from plum oil (plum oils smells like almonds).

Great results

My skin feels way better hydrated and smoother. I did not notice any acne even though formula contains plum oil – it does not clog pores at all!

Lash power couple

Mascara is suppose to give volume, but it didn’t do much to my lashes to be honest. I don’t know if anything can beat 4in1 by Tarte, so I’m very picky now. For those who love VERY delicate and natural look- go for it, elegant packaging, good brush is what you need and Beautycounter has it!
Makeup remover – it works, however I’m not a big fan of water + oil formula because it makes my eyes feel oily and ‘unclean’ after using, so this is not my favorite product. It also has pretty strong, floral scent that makes me wanna sneeze. Only if you like flower scents and kind of oily cleansers formulas you’ll be pleased with this product.
To sum up, I’d definitely buy the lotion! I think it’s one of the best natural face moisturizers I’ve ever used.
What are your favorite cosmetics from beautycounter? Have you tried any yet? If not, you can buy some of the best products with 30% off discount using code WINTERSALE.
⚠️Disclaimer: all products have been provided for free, but review is 100%  honest opinion of mine.

TOP 5 tips to make switch from toxic to natural makeup & skincare products easier

Is that even possible? Are these products as good as the ones I am using now? How will I find a good replacement product? What am I gonna do with a bunch of toxic cosmetics I still have in my bathroom? Why even bother? If these are the questions you’re asking yourself, I got a good news for you. I was there not that long time ago. And now, I completely switched to organic beauty and skincare products. How and why did I do this?

Why it is good to switch

First of all, I found many articles about harmful ingredients added to our body/hair/ skincare and makeup products. Some researches shown that many carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients are present in most known, popular drugstore and high-end brands (like chanel, dior, YSL). At first I was skeptical, but when I started analyzing I realized that if something is linked to cancer or being toxic it’s really not worth the risk and putting it on skin is just unjustified. Also there are many real testimonies from cancer fighters claiming that breast cancer is caused by toxic deodorants, skin cancer is caused by lotions, perfumes etc. I personally already have hormonal imbalance (thyroid disease), so endoctrine disruptors in cosmetics really are not what I’m looking for. I’m lucky now to live in the US where USDA certified cosmetics are truly safe and more available. If I get to chose – obviously I’d rather buy organic, certified and safe products.

Take it slow

You probably think that you’re used to some brands, they work for you and you are not sure where to start replacement. I suggest: take a deep breath, check the ingredients and do start to switch gradually. It doesn’t happen in one day. Also, some carcinogenic ingredients really have to be used in huge amounts to cause damage (of course I do not recommend to wait for it :D), the point is do not panic and do not throw away all your supplies right away. Start slow, but definitely DO IT.

How to start

  • You may want to download app like Think Dirty and scan your products barecodes to find out how toxic they are from 0 to 10. Over 7 – throw them right away, the rest you can finish before you’ll find a good replacement. Think Dirty app has its own base of products users recommend as a good replacement and the rate is usually not higher than 3 – so non toxic. Even though not all brands are in the data base yet, most of them you can find and eliminate dirty ones. However, there’s a trick! Not all of the brands are associated with the app that means some of them do not have control of what ingredients are put into think dirty app – for example, I checked my favorite ZOYA nail polishes and app says 9 for talc in them. It is not true, because zoya does not add talc to their products (at least that’s what they claimed – I asked the brand directly). Also, some other ingredients has been added to zoya chart in think dirty app, so just letting you know – check after scanning product if the ingredient list is the same in the app and on product before you judge the toxicity. Anyway, I still think that app is useful, since it shows you most of the brand’s correct ingredients list.
    Look at my screens bellow. You may also be quite shocked how some ‘natural’ brands are 9 on the scale just because they added toxic fragrance to the product to smell nice, and ruined whole formulation by that… Very disappointing, but true story.

     

    Only one from these brands is safe to use: Pacifica. St Ives, Kirkland, Almay and Guerlain… you know what I did with them  >>> bye cancer!
  • Research brands that are truly organic and safe. Check if the ingredients are USDA certified! Other ‘certifications’ or vegan labels do not really matter – bran may have bought it. Check out my post for more.
    I really did not realize that there are so many amazing and natural brands available in decent prices. I always post the best products on my instagram account, so you’re more than welcome to check them out!
  • Ask for samples. There’s nothing wrong in asking for samples. If you’re one of those lucky ones who has Whole Foods or other Organic Market around your neighborhood, go and get samples. If not, there are so many brands offering free (or very cheap) samples on their websites.
    Check out for makeup: 14ecosmetics, alimapure, integritybotanicals
    Mapleholistics for shampoos, conditioners and other body care products.
    You can find a really great quality, organic stuff over there! 🙂
  • Check what organic beauty bloggers and clean-living fanatics (like me :D) recommend. Seriously, the brands they follow may be a great choice for you. Be curious, that helped me to find so many brands of which I had no idea before, and now I use them everyday.
  • If you’re not familiar with [toxic] ingredients names, simply research your product ingredients (ulta or particular brand’s web), copy them and go to website like cosdna. Paste list, click analyze and… there you go! From 1 to 9, how toxic your cosmetics are? I love that web, because I have acne prone skin and this shows me how comedogenic (pore clogging) any product is for my skin! I avoid ones over 4 points and … I do not have acne anymore.

Not as difficult as it seems

Many people including some of my friends and family are afraid that excluding silicones from their shampoo/hair mask will make their hair dull, or switching from Clinique brand ‘hypoallergenic’ (oho!) foundation won’t be good for their skin. I said that before and I’ll repeat myself – silicones in hair products do not treat your hair condition, they only make them look shiny, that’s it. Foundations – same story. Silicones makes skin look smooth, but they clog pores and cause blackeads. There are plenty of brands that do not add silicones and offer non-toxic alternatives for makeup like: 100%pure, Pacifica, Vapour Beauty, Jane Iredale, Au Naturale and I could point out many more…

It may sound complicated, but it is really not. Just avoid stores like Sephora or popular Drugstore’s brands and try to go to Whole Foods or other organic Store and if not, order online. I did that some time ago and I won’t ever go back to what I used, because these products are not worth it. I use organic and I am aware of what I put on my skin. Skin represents you, so isn’t it worth it?