Since we’re on this learning journey together, if you have some great, “clean” or natural product swaps- please share them in the comment section below!!
Deodorant: This one is the “big one” for so many of us! If you’ve ever read articles about the dangers of common deodorant ingredients, or have tried using different natural products only to be disappointed with the effectiveness, you’ll understand the struggle!! We’ve tried many deodorant brands with subpar results, but we are loving our current natural deodorant pick! The Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Natural Deodorant has been refreshing and effective! Tip: this deodorant is very firm at room temperature (kind of like hard coconut oil), so I warm the stick against my skin before applying it so that it goes on smoothly without irritating my skin! 🙂
A friend gave me a recipe for homemade natural deodorant that’s worked really well for her, so I may try that out too! Please let me know if you’ve had any experience trying homemade deodorant, I’d love to hear your experience! I like having options like this brand, though, since it’s readily available at stores if I run out of the homemade ingredients or need something in a pinch!
Makeup Remover: This one has been a shocker for me… I mean, olive oil? Really? We’ve cooked with it for years, used it in salad dressings and marinades, but never thought of it as a beauty product! Until now! When I ran out of the expensive all-natural cleansing oil that I had purchased during my first product “swap”, I really didn’t want to spend that extra moola on a product that I felt provided sub-par results. Ya feel me?! 😉 I was so happy with how gentle and effective the olive oil worked at removing my makeup, and followed by a gentle plant-based cleanser, left my face clean and fresh with minimal effort… and a minimal price! This is probably my favorite makeup remover I’ve ever used… and it happens to also be all natural!
Makeup (BB Cream!): I love easy, simple, and nourishing products!! This is true for my extremely basic daily makeup routine as well. I’ve been using tinted moisturizers and BB Creams (with sunscreen properties) for years and I love the ease of having a single go-to product that hydrates and protects my face while also smoothing out my complexion a little! Thus, I was not happy when I discovered that the BB cream that I was using daily was packed with dangerous chemicals and actually NOT as nourishing as I first thought! 🙁 Once I realized the nasty ingredients that I was slathering onto my skin (and soaking into my body), I started hunting for a more nourishing and natural option. The Burt’s Bee’s BB Cream and LaMav BB Cream (both in medium shade) have been my recent picks. I love, love, love the matte cream finish of the LaMav BB Cream and keep going back to that one! 🙂 I’d also love to find a homemade BB Cream recipe that I like using, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!
Moisturizer: Coconut oil!! Yes, this trendy ingredient is great in the kitchen AND in your beauty routine. I was nervous about giving this product a try since I’ve had skin problems throughout my life and didn’t want to be left feeling oily. But when I checked the ingredients of my name-brand fancy moisturizers (face and body), I was shocked! Since many of the moisturizers that I found in stores had hefty price tags, I decided that I should at least try using the organic coconut oil that I had at home (I look for virgin, or unrefined, organic coconut oil like this one)! Since using a very light amount when I apply this moisturizing oil to my face, it lasts a crazy long time, and I’ve had none of the issues that I was first concerned about! The coconut oil quickly absorbs when a small amount is applied to clean skin and I’m left feeling hydrated and smooth. #winning