I can feel it in the air – holidays approaching. Regardless of weather you celebrate holidays or not, gifts are something everybody loves. Isn’t it pleasant to give someone present and receive a big smile in exchange? I love it even with no special occasion. I love to share organic cosmetics with my friends and family. If they like it they may switch to cleaner self care routine, wouldn’t that be great? My favorite clean beauty gift ideas below.
This amazing and truly natural brand offers really amazing gift sets. One of my favorite is this one with eye liner, mascara, lipstick and powder foundation. For a very reasonable price 49.99$ you can try all of theirs bestsellers. I personally am addicted of their lipsticks, they are creamy and available in beautiful shades and eye liners that are easy to apply and super long lasting. Now, if you use code CLEAN10 you will get anything 10% off. Enjoy!
Zoya is one of my favorite nail polish brands. Their color range is huge and just amazing, Nail polish does not chip and looks beautiful for even 2 weeks. Most importantly, company removed from the products toxic ingredients. Here you can get some full sized nail polishes as a gift set, in a better price than regular (10$ per one).
Zuzu Luxe is one of the Gabriel’s (founder and CEO) natural brands: Gabriel cosmetics, Zuzu Luxe, Clean Kids Naturally. I love their products, my favorite is oil free foundation, and right now they offer a bunch of amazing gift sets, everything from skincare to makeup, for men and women. Check out these amazing products!
Choosing makeup as a gift for someone might be risky – some people prefer to buy makeup on their own since they know their best color shades (like for example me…;)). Zion Health – natural brand from California, offers not only great deodorants with no aluminum, but also skincare gift sets that I love! Check out their Happiness SPA Kit (love face mask there!) and Relaxation Gift Set. Who would not like to get some more relax?
Let me know what are your favorite holiday organic deals in the comments below.
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:
Schmidt’s Bergamot & lime
Schmidt’s Pineapple & Coconut sensitive skin formula
Tom’s of Maine Fresh apricot
Zion Health Claydry deodorant original
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.
Ingredients: Maranta (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)
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.
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?
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.
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).
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!
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
John Masters Organics (available at Ulta)
Shea moisture (Walgreens, Ulta)
Pacifica (Walgreens, Ulta)
Burt’s Bees (HEB, Ulta, Target, Walgreens, Walmart)
Method (Heb, Target)
Giovanni (HEB, Ulta, Target, Walgreens, Walmart)
Dr Broneer’s (HEB, Walmart, Walgreens)
Neutrogena Naturals – the green line is non-toxic (available at Ulta, Target, Walgreens, HEB and more)
Acure Organics (Target)
Physicians formula – not all, but most of the products are non-toxic (Walgreens, Target, HEB)
Bare minerals, some of the products are 100% mineral and non-toxic (Ulta, Sephora)
Zoya Nail Polish (Ulta)