In my latest TV appearance on KATU’s AM Northwest, I explained why everyone can, and should, go green with their beauty routine, along with identifying some of the major toxins to be on the look out for.
Green, natural and organic cosmetics were limited years ago and had the reputation of being ineffective and expensive, but that’s not the case now!
That’s why I was excited to show some of my favorite affordable natural beauty products (that really work) for under $20.
Some products featured are exclusively natural and organic, and some are a mix of natural and a few synthetic ingredients.
If you are excited to start switching out your products for healthier options and would like extra guidance through the process, be sure to download your free copy of the “Toss The Toxins Toolkit” right here.
Now let’s do a recap of all the amazing, budget-friendly products featured in the above segment…
6 Natural Beauty Buys For Under $20
#1 Makeup Wipes
You gotta get your makeup off, but you need to avoid Polyethylene Glycol Compounds or PEGs which are highly suspected to cause cancer in humans.
For just $5.99 you can get these Promise Organic Facial Towelettes and avoid PEGs, along with alcohol and fragrance that can further irritate skin.
The Promise Organic Ultra Moisturizing Argan Creme Facial Towelettes are 100% natural, made with 70% certified organic botanicals featuring a super hydrating Argan Cream, among other nourishing plant-based ingredients, so they are safe for sensitive skin! Buy Now >
#2 Face Scrub
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is in almost every single foaming cleanser, and it totally strips your skin and hair of its protective layers. It can accumulate in the body and do real damage. Plus it pollutes our water and marine life.
A better choice without SLS is MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub ($18) that uses coconut oil derivatives and gentle, biodegradable jojoba beads. MyChelle formulates with sustainability in mind, creating vegan and cruelty free products without GMOs. This product is also part of the new EWG Verified program.
I leave this scrub in my shower, so while I’m conditioning my hair I apply a dollop, let it set for at least one minute and massage it off. It always results in super soft skin! Buy now and save 30% at MyChelle.com with code LUCKYSAVINGS >
#3 Body Moisturizer
We’re all slathering moisturizer on this time of year but the ingredient you want to avoid is Mineral Oil. It’s a Petrochemical that coats skin like plastic wrap and stops it from being able to function properly.
A far healthier choice is Nourish Organic Intensely Moisturizing Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter ($15.99). It’s Fair Trade certified and contains just one ingredient: USDA Certified Organic shea butter.
This can be used by women, men and kids! Since there are no fragrance or additives, it’s a great option for anyone with sensitive or allergic skin too. You can use this shea butter on the face, body and even to tame split ends. Buy Now >
Aluminum is a highly controversial ingredient that keeps you from sweating, which is a suspected cause of breast and prostate cancer.
Schmidt’s Deodorant Lavender and Sage Stick ($8.99) is amazing because it still allows you to sweat, but uses plant-based powders to absorb wetness, baking soda to prevent odor, and butters to soften skin.
They have created a legion of devotees (including celebs) who have ditched their traditional deodorant for Schmidt’s.
Schmidt’s makes a variety of scent combinations to appeal to a wide range of men and women. Of course they only use pure essential oils, and never any toxic perfumes. And we gotta love that this brand has a recycling and charitable program. It’s U.S. made in Portland, Oregon. Buy Now >
#5 Foundation with SPF
To prevent pre-mature aging, we all need to use an SPF, but if your foundation has it in the form of Oxybenzone, you might be exposing yourself to irritation, allergies, hormone disruption and cellular damage. It’s very easily absorbed into the skin and the Center for Disease control says it’s a contaminate in 97% of Americans.
Every dermatologist I know recommends titanium dioxide instead – just like what’s in the Pacifica Beauty Dreamy Cover Foundation ($17), which boasts a slew of floral extracts and an SPF 20 for full UVA and UVB protection.
I truly didn’t feel like I had any makeup on at all, and a teensy tiny bit of this goes a very long way.
Also local-to-Portland, Pacifica makes products with natural ingredients that are 100% vegan and cruelty free. Gotta love that! Buy Now >
Women ingest about 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime, so it’s important to avoid heavy metal toxins like Lead. The problem is that most brands don’t spend the money to test for it and don’t realize they have lead in their lipsticks!
I use Sante’s lipsticks ($19) on myself and clients all the time because all of their raw materials are tested for heavy metal contamination and they’re gluten free.
The colors stay vibrant and lips stay soft with organic jojoba oil, almond oil, beeswax and vitamin E. Sante is made in Germany, so they are certified natural according to BDIH standards, GMO free and cruelty free. What’s not to love?! Buy Now >
Curious About My Eco Clothing?
Personal Stylist, Scarlet Chamberlin, was kind enough to accommodate my request to be outfitted in only eco-sustainable fashion. She took me to EcoVibe in Portland, Oregon.
I was surprised at how great everything looked and felt on my skin. So I essentially ended up buying the entire outfit after the segment.
If eco fashion is this awesome and affordable, there’s no reason not to consider greening your wardrobe too! That’s gonna have to be a whole other article.
If you loved what I was wearing and want to buy a piece for yourself, here are the links to it all:
- Leggings (The waist band is dreamy -doesn’t cut in to the stomach or make a band bulge. I’m gonna need 10 pairs of these!)
- Tank/Slip (made everything smooth underneath)
- Dress (gorgeous color, form fitting and so soft)
So, did you get inspired to switch to any of the products listed above? Let me know in the comments below!
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