Last year, I read a crazy statistic about the amount of lipstick people ingest per year. After a little digging, I realized that it was a myth (thanks, Snopes)–but it did get me thinking about what I’m putting on my face and whether it’s actually benefitting my health.
Simultaneously, Rob and I had a big discussion about swapping out conventional household cleaning products in favor of more natural ones. I tend to want to go whole-hog all-natural all the time (which is pretty ironic considering I’m the slob in our relationship), while his philosophy is, “Sometimes chemical products were invented for a reason” (especially in regard to household cleaners). So we’ve managed to compromise: we use baking soda and vinegar and Mrs. Meyers soaps when we can, but if there’s something that needs some extra TLC, we use a conventional product. And it’s working for us.
And that’s where I’ve landed with my skin- and haircare philosophy, too. After a lot of reading (I highly recommend the EWG’s Skin Deep website, Whoorl and EcoCult), and a few too many experiences where major makeup brands left my skin itchy and red, I decided it was time to transition to a much more natural routine. To be honest, I’m still working on haircare–so far nothing has been able to replace my beloved Shu Umera, and that’s OK. But after more than a year of experimenting with makeup and skincare, I can say I’ve got a pretty set all-natural regimen (with the exception of perfume). So here’s my green beauty love list–products that don’t irritate my extremely fair, sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, and that are made with all-natural ingredients in an eco-friendly production facility.
I have extremely sensitive skin and this cleanser exfoliates and cleans without irritating it. Plus, it smells great.
I’m obsessed with this moisturizing, anti-aging serum. I put a few drops of it on before makeup and my foundation glides right on. In fact, I’m almost out of my samples and am about to bite the bullet on the full-size product.
Beautycounter Tint Skin in Porcleain
Prior to discovering this line, I was loyal to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation, and I still recommend that. But I love this, too. (I wear the lightest shade because I’m basically the color of a ghost.)
Perfekt Lash Perfection Gel in Flash
I never thought anything would replace my beloved DiorShow, but I read about this mascara on Whoorl and bought it, kind of on a whim, at Ulta. Turns out it’s the best mascara ever, green or otherwise–for me, it totally beats out the DiorShow.
RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure
I love this coconut-oil-based cream blush, which I dot on to the apples of my cheeks with a brush. (You can also wear it as a lip color.) I’ve found that the little pot lasts forever, too.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick (in a range of colors)
If you’re looking for a super-bright, non-toxic lipstick, this line is for you. I’m obsessed. My favorite shades are Sangria (bright pink), Fraise (true red), Aubergine (deep berry) and Orchid (a purple-y pink).
Ilia lipstick in Bang Bang or Arabian Nights
Ilia’s lipsticks have been in my rotation forever. I’m a huge fan of Bang Bang, which is a saturated red that glides on like a balm, and Arabian Nights, which is a universally flattering berry (think Clinique’s cult classic Black Honey, but non-toxic).
The only natural deodorant I’ve found that doesn’t give me a rash. I’ve tried some others and loved the scent (Agent Nateur, Schmidt’s), but they just didn’t work for me. This one does, and it still holds up to the oppressive Florida summer heat. Get it.
Le Labo Fleur d’Oranger perfume
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect orange blossom perfume for years, and after a zillion tests, Le Labo is far and away my favorite. I spritz it on every morning before I go to work and love the way it smells; plus, since I live in Florida, it’s perfect year-round.
I drench a cotton ball with this super-gentle French pharmacy fave to remove eye makeup and give my face a good wipe. It’s nice and cold and refreshing and it doesn’t sting at all.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser or May Lindstrom The Honey Mud
If I don’t use the Tata Harper stuff, I’ll use May Lindstrom’s pudding-like cleanser, which is exceptionally soothing and moisturizing and smells like chocolate and honey.
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew serum
More Youth Dew! Again, just a couple of drops do the job.
This miracle balm is so intensely soothing–it has blue tansy and shea butter and camellia seed oil and a whole host of other ingredients that, I swear, take the redness right out of my skin. And like all May Lindstrom products, you get a generous amount that will last forever. (Pro tip: May will send you a sample if you order another product and it will last you ages, since you only use a little.)
I don’t apply body oil every day, although I probably should, but I love both of these oils for both their scent and their skin-softening properties. The May Lindstrom one leaves a golden shimmer on the skin, while the scent of Romantic Call immediately transports me to the beach.
Once a Week
On Sundays, I like to do a mask, and May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver is a great one (and you get so much of it; you only use a teaspoon at a time, too). It’s gentle, but you can feel it working. I tend to apply it before I get in the bath, then soak for awhile (with a lit candle, glass of wine and a magazine, preferably) and wash it off under the shower after half an hour or so. My skin always feels so smooth and happy after I use it.
Oh, and if you’re local, I highly recommend Pure Skincare by Elizabeth for facials, waxing, etc. I went for the first time this weekend and it was the most amazing experience. Booking a standing monthly Saturday appointment from now on.
So there you have it! Any questions? Any green beauty faves you’re loving? I’d love to hear, and I definitely plan on sharing new finds in the future, too.
Photo: Levert Beauty