Our Favourite Clean Beauty Products
In the peak of summer, we want to talk about skin and why it’s important to opt for natural products when it comes to your body’s largest organ.
Did you know: unless you’re using natural skin care products, your favourite products are likely to contain harmful ingredients, toxins and chemicals?
The chemicals found in commonly used beauty products can be absorbed by your skin and find themselves in your blood. Common beauty products can be packed full of harmful synthetic ingredients and have been linked to all sorts of health issues from hormonal problems and infertility to cancer. Regardless of any anti-aging, full coverage, skin perfecting claims made by these companies, the products simply aren’t worth the health risks.
The great news is that there are now so many companies who have made it their mission to provide consumers of the beauty industry with good-quality, clean and safe products and today we’re going to talk about the amazing clean beauty products we carry in store!
Clean Beauty At Your Fingertips
If you aren’t familiar with this really awesome app called Think Dirty, it’s an app that rates beauty products based on how “clean” they are, a 0 being the cleanest and 10 being quite packed with toxins. The app even gives you a breakdown of each ingredient in the products and how toxic that individual ingredient is. The first time I heard about this app I scanned everything in my beauty routine only to find that most of the products I was using that I was led to believe were clean and good for me actually weren’t! I would definitely check out this app to see how the products you use rank!
With a mission to create the cleanest, all natural, products on the market, Carina Organics is one of our favourite companies for shampoo and conditioner. All of their products are full of medicinal organics and completely free of all of the junk you do NOT want in your beauty products like cortisone, steroids, DEA (diethanolamine), sulfates, salt (sodium chloride), propylene glycol, aluminum, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. The Carina hair care products come in a wide range of delicious smelling scents with different formulations for different hair types and needs. We’ve found Carina’s products to be one of the best lines of natural hair care for really cleaning your hair and leaving it feeling super soft!
Think Dirty Score: 0 – 3
Our next favourite clean hair care brand is Suncoat. Famous for their non-toxic nail polishes, Suncoat’s hair care line includes products such as their styling mousse, anti-frizz serum, hair spray, and styling spray. Suncoat products are made with very few ingredients that actually nourish your hair rather than damage it and are all vegan and cruelty-free! Their styling products are formulated based on their innovative sugar-based technology providing volume, long lasting hold and add shine without using any chemicals. They are also alcohol-free which prevents hair from drying out.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Coola and all of their products! Their range of mineral sunscreens, BB creams, lip balms and sunless tanning oils have completely stolen our hearts. The basis of their product recipes comes from the idea that we sometimes worry so much about what’s going into our bodies but don’t hold the same standards when it comes to what’s going ON our bodies. Their products are created using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat. All of their products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba and phthalates, which we LOVE. Their products allow you to still enjoy the experience of luxury beauty products without all the toxins and chemicals PLUS their products are created while staying completely conscious of both the consumer and the environment.
Think Dirty Rating: 0-3
Another sun care company we love is Badger! Using only ingredients that fit rigorous natural standards for healthy agriculture, minimal processing, sustainable supply chain, and health giving properties, their sunscreens are packed with antioxidants, vitamin rich and super clean! Their products are perfect for the entire family but we especially love their sunscreen stick that’s perfect for wiggly little ones. Because it comes in stick form it’s super easy to apply, without a goopy mess and doesn’t stain clothing which is perfect for sending the kids to school or summer camp!
Think Dirty Rating: 0-3
Meow Meow Tweet
Meow Meow Tweet is a small-batch skin care company that creates vegan products with pure, all natural and organic ingredients. They develop all of their products with extreme care, from the sourcing of ingredients to the beautifully scented, healthful and efficacious final products. All of their products are made with organic, unrefined plant oils and butters, steam-distilled and cold-pressed essential oils and organic and wild-crafted botanicals making their products super clean and amazing for your skin. They are a vegan brand, and use no animal-derived ingredients meaning they are completely vegan and cruelty-free! We love all of their products especially their natural deodorants that come in a bunch of different scents PLUS their new stick deodorant formula is now in store! Their spot treatment is a MUST for any skincare routine! Not only is it great for your skin but it works way better than any other spot treatment we’ve ever tried!
Think Dirty Rating: 1-3
Mad Hippie is another great brand we carry in store that we absolutely love! While many skin care products utilize simply 1-2 active ingredients, requiring a person to buy a multitude of different products, Mad Hippie packs each and every bottle chock-full of anti-aging actives, all formulated to complement one another & work in synergy. With their philosophy of “more actives. more results” their products surely don’t disappoint. Above their amazing products that we absolutely love, Mad Hippie strives to be as conscious and responsible as possible. They are always working to further reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. From recently switching to some of the only BPA-free, fully recyclable airless pumps on the market, to printing solely with soy inks, running their entire Portland facility off alternative energy, & giving $1 of every websale to conservation, Mad Hippie is dedicated to the preservation of the environment.
Think Dirty Rating: 3
Nelson Naturals Toothpaste
Nelson Naturals began as a quest to create the best quality toothpaste, while avoiding the controversial and harmful chemicals present in nearly all of the major brands.The result is Nelson Naturals Mineralized Toothpaste, using simple and high quality ingredients including colloidal silver and hardwood xylitol. This stuff is by far our best selling natural toothpaste with their famous charcoal whitening toothpaste impossible to keep on the shelves.
FitGlow Beauty is the newest makeup line in the store and we are absolutely loving it! Fitglow Beauty is all about plant based ingredients with a purpose. Their products work not only for cosmetic purposes but also to improve and transform the skin with evidence based formulas that work with skin cells to deliver what your skin cells need to thrive. All of their products are organic, cruelty free, gluten free, plant based and super clean! Their products are very comparable to high end makeup brands without the damaging toxins and chemicals often found in such brands. Not only are their products some of the cleanest and are actually good for your skin but the company is completely 100% vegan and cruelty free meaning no animal testing, no fur, no animal oils or musks!
Think Dirty Rating: 0
Proudly vegan and cruelty-free, Sparitual is our favourite natural nail polish line. With a completely certified organic formulation their products are formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. Like other brands mentioned, Sparitual’s philosophy is to be just as meticulous with what you put on your body as what you put in your body. The Sparitual culture puts heavy emphasis on “slow beauty” which is defined by the company as “a place unconstrained by time, envy or vanity.Where the practice of restoration and healing begins with a choice.” All of their products are created with different scents and focus on one of the four different States of Slow Beauty. Their company is definitely all about pampering yourself and we’re definitely on board with that!
We definitely can’t leave the little ones out of this list! Their skincare regime should be just as clean as ours, if not cleaner! That’s why we love this company! Zoe Organics was created by founder Heather Hamilton when she began creating products in her kitchen after her second child was born. Fed up with the products available that were all full of toxins and chemicals, Heather created products that are free from synthetic dyes, perfumes, harsh soaps and preservatives, things that can cause dryness or irritation. Products that are made from nothing but pure, organic botanicals. As a mother herself, Heather created the products with the little ones in mind and promises them suitable for everyones skin from new baby skin to mature and aging skin.
Think Dirty Rating: 2
What are some of your favourite clean beauty products or brands?