After several years of searching, testing, and fine-tuning, I’m *almost* at the point where all of the products I use on my body are “natural” – or, at least – free of harmful chemicals.
You can drive yourself nuts thinking about all of the potentially ‘harmful’ things we’re exposed to all day long. But when it comes to things I have some control over (mainly, food, and personal hygiene), I try to be mindful of what I’m putting in and on my body as much as possible.
During this process I’ve come to realize that what’s in many of our everyday staple products is downright scary when you start paying attention to it!
Here’s a little rundown of the products I’ve come to love that do the trick just as well (if not better!) than their drugstore counterparts:
- Natural Foaming Face Wash – Leaves skin feeling fresh, squeaky clean, and doubles as a makeup remover.
- Coconut oil – By far the *best* makeup remover I have ever tried! It’s ideal for eye liner and stubborn mascara. Lather some on your eyes and eyelashes, wipe, and it’s gone!
- Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream – I get the dry skin version, which is especially great for the dry, winter months.
- Nourishing Facial Oil – This is a great nighttime serum – again – especially during wintertime. I apply it before bed so it is well absorbed by the time I put my makeup on in the morning.
- Nova Scotia Fishermen Lip Balm – This is a perfect product for a basic lip balm. It’s hydrating and doesn’t contain additives that keep you needing more (bye bye Blistex addiction!).
PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation – This is one of 2 Jane Iredale products I use, and while they’re not as ‘clean’ as other products I use, they are free from talc and parabens (preservatives common in beauty products) and include titanium dioxide + zinc oxide for a more natural sunblock (SPF 20). JI’s products also have a seal of approval from The Skin Cancer Foundation, which seems like a plus!
- My Steppes Compact – The other JI product I use, containing blush and bronzer.
- Black Tea Long Last Liquid Eye Liner* – A perfect jet black eyeliner dyed from black tea!
- Fruit Pigmented Mascara* – Solid jet black mascara coloured by fruit & tea.
- Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss* – A beautifully fruit-tinted lip gloss perfect for everyday use.
*The lack of preservatives in these products does mean that once they’re opened, they don’t last as long as the products I used to use. I’ve had mine on the go for nearly 8 months and they’re still A-OK.
- Nova Scotia Fishermen Lotion – This is the perfect everyday moisturizer. Great for dry skin, and isn’t oily, chunky, or straight-up weird like some of the other natural varieties I’ve tried.
- 4-in-1 Fragrance Free Moisture Shave – Pretty self explanatory. Solid product for legs & underarms!
- Natural soaps – We’ve long ditched all liquid soaps and body washes in our house. For hand and body soap we buy all-natural products from our local farmer’s market. Some favourites include Slice Soapworks, Laughing Pear, and The Soap Works has some natural varieties (we pick these up at Bulk Barn).
- Bend Skincare Anti-Aging – A fish oil supplement offering plenty of skin care perks, including fully body UV protection, vitamin D, free-radical protection, and MOISTURE (a big one for me & my dry skin!).
- Deodorant – This is an ongoing challenge for me! I’ve tried everything from Toms (OK – but not having an antiperspirant is tough), to Green Beaver (didn’t mask the scent!), to Joyous Health’s, to my own homemade concoctions (both mine and the JH varieties irritated my skin to no end – perhaps the essential oils?). Currently I alternate between a stick of Toms and a stick of Dove, depending on the sort of day I have planned (i.e. very active, or not).
The thing that bothers me the most about the current beauty industry is that finding these products was no simple task. And yet walk into any drug store, grocery store, or department store, and your options for chemical-laden products are truly endless.
I’ve done a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, tested and tried many different products to find what works for me. And it’s not an inexpensive feat! All in all, I’m happy that over time, I’ve developed some habits that include relatively healthy products, many of which are made locally (if not in Nova Scotia than at least in Canada!).
What natural products do you love?