Clean Beauty Products

washing face I have been reading Green Blogs this morning and found several with lists of what the authors thought were fairly clean products. One listed several that had a toxicity level of “under #3”  on the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep site. I don’t know about you but I do not want ANY toxic chemicals in my products that I use.

I decided to make a list of my favorite products and where to find them.

I make my own skin cleanser; here is the recipe;


3 cup water
2 cups baking soda
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 ½ cup honey
1 Tbsp. Dr. Bonners Almond liquid soap
2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder
1 teaspoon Salicylic acid
3 Tablespoons Xantham gum

On low heat, combing all ingredients except honey. Remove from heat and let cool. Add honey. Let the recipe mellow a day, then refrigerate most of it. I keep about a cup of it in the bathroom in a glass jar. Apply to the skin like a soap and rinse off with tepid water.

I make my own exfoliator by adding extra baking soda (a fruit acid) to my cleanser to make a paste.  I use baking Soda mixed with fresh lemon juice as a mask to fade brown spots and even out my complexion. Prior to making these products I had used Retin-A and glycolic acids on my face for about 15 years.  I find these inexpensive, non-toxic products just as affective.

images Jane Iredale her loose powder, mascara and lipsticks are simply the best and cleanest available. And her products are packaged in metal, not plastic. Pricey, but luxurious.

EveryDay Minerals – Great powders, average packaging. GREAT prices!! And free samples, so you can try them. They let you order FIVE generous samples in different colors so you can find a match. I like thier blushes and eye shadows also.

light-cream-250 Evans Garden waxy,ineffective cleansers and chalky powders, but GREAT moisturizers. I use their Light Cream for Oily Skin for daytime, Crème Rose and Rose Facial Serum at night.  I don’t think there are any finer moisturizers on the market. 

Burts Bees Burt’s Bees has the best Lip Balm I’ve ever found.

aubrey Aubrey Organics has wonderful Rosa Mosqueta Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner. They are awesome for permed or colored hair. Their Rosa Mosqueta body lotion is the most luxurious and wonderful body lotion I have ever used! However a VERY close second is Burt’s Bees Carrot Moisturizer Lotion (the smell is a heavenly vanilla scent!)

Neem Powder- this toothpaste and mouthwash is my favorite; cleans, whitens and is a natural disinfectant.

UVNaturals is the only sunscreen I have found that I am willing to put on my skin!  Although I hardly ever wear it, there are tomes I do need it; sailing, long bike rides…I can even wear it under makeup. Recent medical research is indicating that certain sunscreen ingredients are in fact having a detrimental effect through cumulative use.


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