How to Get Started With Clean Beauty in 5 Easy Steps
Entering the world of clean beauty can feel like learning a new language. If you’re new to non-toxic skincare, allow us to make the introduction a little bit easier. Here are five product categories we suggest starting with when looking to clean up your medicine cabinet, plus lush products you’ll fall in love with to replace the ones you toss.
Deodorant is the first product breast cancer patients are told to replace. That’s because the thin skin of the armpit (which is exfoliated each time we shave) is extra vulnerable to absorbing any less-than-desirable ingredients our products may contain (hello, aluminum). Our favorite deodorants skip the antiperspirant altogether, in favor of naturally cooling essential oils.
Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant is made with a naturally cooling blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, and lemon. Kaolin clay purifies, while aloe soothes and calms this delicate area.
Follain Charcoal Deodorant is a good pick for sensitive skin. If you’ve found yourself irritated by clean deodorants in the past, it’s possible that you’re sensitive to sodium bicarbonate—a fancy term for baking soda, which is used in most clean deodorant formulas. For our Charcoal Deodorant, we traded baking soda for corn starch, so you get moisture absorption without irritating your skin, while essential oils smelly lovely and help fight odor-causing bacteria.
We recommend swapping your cleanser in large part to avoid SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), an additive included in many products to make them foam. SLS, however, can be irritating to the skin, and in our opinions, that’s just not worth the bubbles. Some of our favorite clean face washes use ingredients like clay and plant extracts, instead, to effectively cleanse skin and wash away makeup, dirt, and grime.
Osea’s Ocean Cleanser has a light, milky texture that can work for all skin types, thanks to its gentle formulation, but it’s an especially good pick for normal and combination skin types. Algae extract is rich in antioxidants that help brighten the skin and jojoba oil is a workhorse ingredient that nourishes without clogging pores.
Indie Lee’s Rosehip Cleanser is a light gel, ideal for normal to dry and older skin types. The hero ingredient is the namesake, rosehip, which is chock full of nourishing, youth-boosting vitamins A, C, and E. This ultra-gentle cleanser also smells like a fresh bouquet, making washing your face that much more enjoyable.
Like cleanser for your face, but so much more surface area covered and so much more SLS to spare your body of. Add a non-toxic soap to your routine.
Follain’s Refillable Hand + Body Soap does it all—without harmful SLS suds. Available in two luxurious scents, calming lavender and energizing lemongrass, this one works for the whole family.
Herbivore Botanicals Charcoal Bar Soap is the perfect option for anyone struggling with skin woes like bacne. In addition to oil-and-toxin absorbing charcoal, tea tree oil adds an antiseptic, bacteria-fighting punch to the formula.
4. Body Moisturizer
Say buh-bye to petroleum—a cheap filler ingredient that does nothing to nourish skin—with our favorite clean body moisturizers.
Farmaesthetics Midnight Honey Bath & Body Oil is a versatile must-have—you can use it in or after your bath for a dose of honey, one of nature’s best gifts to our skin, offering intense hydration, regeneration, and healing properties.
Follain x Organic Bath Co.’s Rose Body Butter is seriously lush. This thick formulation is chock-full of essential fatty acids via nourishing argan oil and provides serious hydration that stays put thanks to shea butter. Our finishing touch? Rose essential oil, which helps promote cell turnover.
5. Facial Moisturizer
Conventional moisturizers are filled with all sorts of things you skin doesn’t want or need: filler ingredients, preservatives, and emulsifiers that are chemically derived. Swap to a clean, non-toxic moisturizer to nourish your skin and look your best.
Indie Lee’s Squalane Oil is a beginner-friendly oil. With just one ingredient, this unscented oil provides just enough hydration without ever feeling too oily or greasy on skin.
Josh Rosebrook’s Vital Balm Cream is one of those rare products that became a cult-classic as soon as it launched. Indian senna seed acts as a botanical hyaluronic acid and blue tansy flower oil provides a delectable scent and eye-pleasing hue, not to mention skin-soothing abilities. Dry, winter skin, in particular, will love this rich, balm-like formula.
Switch to a non-toxic soy wax candle like Follain’s Candle No. 2, made only with Soy Oil, Coconut Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, and a custom essential oil blend for scent. Say goodbye to paraffin wax once and for all.
Sara Spruch-Fiener | Photo by Andrew Parsons | Styling by The Woven Canvas | March 26, 2018