A few months ago I posted an Instagram story featuring some of my everyday all-green beauty products with the note “our earth was designed for us to live off, so why wouldn’t it’s offerings be able to heal us?” Your response was massive. DM’s from the world over with support for this sentiment. I knew the green beauty movement was well under way but it was this virtual-correspondence that lead me to realize we are all seeking more information and inspiration when it comes to clean ingredient cosmetics. I hope this post can give you that.
The reality is it’s necessary — as overwhelming as it is to dissect ingredient labels (I love the app Healthy Living for doing the work for me), the research is in and we can no longer be slathering our sacred skin with mystery chemicals.
Thus, my year-long deep-dive into the best skincare, makeup, supplements, and haircare on the market with absolutely no toxic components, that really really do the trick.
My interest in clean beauty truly sprouted from my passion for herbs and plant medicine. I naturally turn to the pantry long before I ever turn to a Western Doc. and as I dug deeper into this world I found testimonial after testimonial of individuals who were able to ease up acne, take 20 years off their face without invasive surgery, and dissipate uneven scaring using only what Mother Nature offers. For example, aging is the process of your skin losing hydration over time and ingredients like live plant extracts not only have homeopathic and ayurvedic healing properties for ailments such as acne, scaring, sagging etc. but also contain all that lushness we love about plants in the first place. Think of a freshly bloomed rose — its petals are soft and plump, and self-protect against the sun! Let’s all have a little bit more of that in our lives. If you’ve been following the Vérité Woman journey for a while now you’ll know there’s nothing a healing hot cocoa, the world’s best homemade mask, and rose water can’t fix!
However, it wasn’t until recently that I traded in my Korean sheet masks and drug store mascara for a salt-of-the-earth toiletry bag — right down to my toothpaste! I know that this transition can be a costly one, so there’s no reason to bite off the whole gluten-free cookie at once. Ease into it. See what products speak to you. Little by little you’ll be bettering your skin saviors and minimizing your carbon footprint while you cleanse!
De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm
Until this cleansing balm came into my life, I wasn’t much of cleanser fan. They stripped my skin and left it feeling like I’d taken a squeegee to my pores. This replenishes moisture while diminishing dirt.
Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk
For those of you who love a good double cleanse system you can use this one before the above, or of course on its own. The lavender is super calming so it’s great after a summer day spent in the sun!
Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme
As you can tell, I’m a huge supporter of Miss Fender. Her line is pricey but seriously effective for my dry skin.
Tammy Fender Restorative Balm
Just more reasons to join the TF fan club.
One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask
Charcoal usually dries my skin out further, however, this mask is not only detoxifying and a pro at pulling out impurities, but it also leaves skin silky and plump.
I’m not messing around when I say this is one of the best products on the market. This is branded as an eye balm but it does so much more. Vitamin E has long been used to dissipate scaring (massage a little into a scar each day and over time it will diminish the scar tissue and heal the visible wound), thus you can only imagine what it can do for our faces. I apply this under my eyes and around my lips each night!
A rose water fanatic’s dream come true
This oil is the single product from Le Prunier and once you get your hands on it you’ll understand why they only need one star in this show. Through their research of plums (they own a NorCal plum farm) they were able to find regenerating properties, natural sun protection, and maximum hydration. Use on face, in hair, and on hands. It smells divine.
A natural SPF is hard to find but Suntegirty does the best.
Let me tell you a thing or two about washcloths: they breed bacteria and they absorb moisture that could be going into your skin! Reason enough not to use them. Instead, muslin face cloths don’t absorb as much hydration from your skin, and put in work to wipe off dirt and product!
The entire Playa line is a dream as you will find out below. This Summer Spray does the work of a good sea salt spray without any of the damage.
Of all the products I’ve switched over to the greener side, shampoo has been the hardest transition. Playa leaves my hair bouncy and lush, even with an air dry.
Pro tip: leave it in extra long as a hair mask!
This hair oil is delicious and creates soft, lustrous tresses. Also, the color is divine, like liquid gold.
Nail products are some of the grossest when it comes to chemicals and finding anything the least bit natural is a needle in a haystack situation. This polish remover not only does the job, but also leaves nails super hydrated instead of dry and brittle.
A chemical-free, spray on, clear SPF you say? It exists.
Deodorant is a bitch whether it’s drugstore grade or all-naturaaal. Agent Nateur goes on like those smooth, creamy sticks we grew up on without any of the cancer-causing chemicals. It’s the only deodorant I’ll use.
A cream blush goes a long way for a sun-kissed look.
Since almost my entire makeup regime is cream based, this melts right in! I use Kjaer Weis’ foundation as an undereye or blemish concealer as needed. Pro tip: mix it with an oil to sheer it out or breath new life into it mid-day.
It speaks for itself.
These two shades are my daily saviors for romancing chronically dry lips.
Just a quick swoosh of this across your brows and you’re a 90s’ supermodel. Or at least close to it.
Kosas kills it on the lipstick front. They use a lot less wax in their ingredients than most so it’s long-wearing without cracking!
As I said I’m strictly a cream person when it comes to my face makeup but I make an exception for this apricot hued blush and highlighter duo. Who doesn’t love a two-in-one?
I fell for the hype, and the hype was legit.
When I think of clean toothpastes I think of gross, sticky pastes that smell like licorice. David’s is a delicious mint flavor and leaves your pearly whites as you like them — whiter and fresh!
This is my secret weapon, one I gained from my time on a honey farm in France. It’s the best, all-natural spot treatment out there and heals blemishes by killing the bacteria that forms them without leaving a flaky dry patch in its place. Secondarily, it can be used as a weapon against on-coming colds, herpes, and infected cuts.
Let’s end on a sweet note. Addictive Wellness did us good with their elixir blends. A cup overflowing with good-for-you herbs is what you can expect from the three flavors they offer (caramel is my favorite).