I’ve been discussing for a while how I’m transitioning into using natural products not only for my hair but for other aspects of my daily routine and regimen. In doing so I must take a little extra time reading ingredient labels (which I’ve actually grown to enjoy) to decide whether or not it makes the cut. This transition includes changing up things I’ve come to know as basic necessities. That doesn’t mean you have to run out of options or scramble for things, or even spend loads of money. I’ve compiled a list of products that I am currently using or planning on giving a shot as a chemical free alternative.
Toms of Maine : I walk by this deodorant every single week on my trip to Trader Joes. And I keep wanting to pick it up and give it a shot but I worry that it wont be a strong enough anti perspirant to with stand the warm summer months in NYC. This deodorant is aluminum free and costs about 5 bucks which is right up the alley of the other popular brands like Dove and Secret. You can also find Toms in your local drug store, Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
Nubian Heritage: I’ve only used Nubian Heritage’s African Black soap but if their deodorant is similar to the effectiveness of the soap then I’m all in. This deodorant is a little harder to find but it can be ordered online. They have 4 different “flavors” that cost about 8.00 bucks. They incorporate shea butter into their deodorant formula as well so it will be nourishing to the skin under your arm pit.
Shea Shea Bakery Liquid African Black Soap: I recently reviewed this product and for those still looking for liquid/body wash methods this soap is for you. It helps to fight back acne and exfoliate the skin. Just be sure to rub into your hands first to create a lather instead of pouring it directly on to your loofa or wash cloth.
Kuza African Black Soap: This soap was the ultimate savior in my war against back acne. It is so frustrating that I can’t find this soap easily. I found it initially in my local beauty supply store and now they don’t have it. Rumor has it that it can be found in Sally’s beauty supply also. This soap consists of some amazing ingredients including coconut oil, shea butter and lemongrass.
Trader Joes: “Savon De France” Oatmeal Exfoliant is my all time favorite soap from Trader Joes. It is a huge bar for 2 bucks filled with all natural amazing ingredients that will leave your skin feeling smooth and renewed. The clean feeling isn’t followed by that tight dry skin feeling after you get out of the shower. It is a must have for me in my skin care arsenal as the oatmeal is calming while the other ingredients help to exfoliate.
Burts Bees Fabulously Fresh: This one is a bit pricier than the previously mentioned ones but it is so worth it in my opinion if you can’t get your hands on the others. This is a peppermint and rosemary body wash. My skin loves loves peppermint and the added rosemary is a great touch in this natural mix. It is a plant based product that they claim is 99.2 percent natural.
It’s always important to know why and what exactly is in your hair care products. I created a list of hair care products that fell into the chemical free zone that I was going to be further exploring. To take a look at a detailed explanation of that list click here. My favorites so far in my chemical free natural hair journey have definitely been the Mielle Organics line and Hydratherma.
Tom’s Of Maine Toothpaste: This one costs about 4 dollars so it is a bit pricer than the conventional toothpaste. I’ve heard major complaints about the taste because of the silica, so I haven’t jumped onto this bandwagon just yet. However it is a great alternative for those looking for a natural tooth paste that is readily available in your local drug store. There are no artificial dyes, or sweeteners in this toothpaste, and it is Gluten Free as well as kosher.
Trader Joes: While Trade Joes does care the Toms brand of toothpaste, right next to it is the Trader Joes version for a slightly lower price. I think I’d be more willing to pay for the Trader Joes version that offers similar ingredients as Toms for a bit cheaper.
Lush: I don’t know what took me so long to get on the Lush boat but I’m glad I’m finally on it. A few months ago I really struggled with my skin care and I wasn’t sure what was going on. Once I started using Lush products I saw a major major major change. I battle with oily and combination skin so I alternated between Herbalism and Angels On Bare Skin to help get my skin under control. They are an all natural brand so just about any cleanser you choose will be chemical free.
Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser: It is a lot cheaper than Lush products and can be found much easier in beauty supply stores and drug stores. This cleanser is great for oily to combination skin. This product is 96 percent natural and contains anti oxidants due to the prescience of tomatoes in the cleanser.
Oil cleansing method: The oil cleansing method is a new method that I just stumbled on to (though it isn’t a new method overall) and it is 100 percent natural. I spoke on this method earlier this week and your choice of oils helps battle your skin care needs and conditions. This may be your best bet and cheapest outlet if done correctly.
Lush: Lush Facial moisturizers are a little on the pricy side but most natural moisturizers are. I struggle the most with finding natural facial moisturizers that are effective and that dont break the bank and believe it or not Lush is the best price option for me for now. The good thing is they last for a while and are mostly 100 % natural.
Carrier oils: If you want to moisturize at a cheaper price you could try using carrier oils. If you have oily skin this may not be the best option for you or you may have to find the right oil of choice. Olive Oil is a bit heavy for the face but works well on knees and shoulders. You can also try raw shea butter mixed with a carrier or essential oil to act as another option for a natural moisturizer.
Witch Hazel: I was just recommended witch hazel as a toner and I love love love it! This has worked miracles on m face. I use the alcohol free brand I find in my local beauty supply store. You are going to want to make sure that it is pure witch hazel or a large amount and not a watered down version muttled with other less beneficial ingredients. It is also very inexpensive and will last you a while.
Shea Shea Bakery Whipped Butter: This is my new favorite. I reviewed the Shea Shea Bakery line earlier in the week but the reason I highly recommend this is because the shea butter comes in a raw unfiltered manner that isn’t bogged down by other ingredients. They do vitamin E and specific fragrances that fit your baked good needs.
Sunscreen: With all of the crazy information being released now about how negative sunscreen can be for us due to the chemicals, it is now super annoying to find a great sunscreen that is also chemical free. So these three options are ranked the lowest harmful and most natural on the EWG website which is a great helpful site for all beauty and skin care products.
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen: This contains zinc which is the product you should be looking for when searching for natural chemical free sunscreens. This goes from SPF 15-45 and is a bit pricer than normal sunscreens I’ve tried. However I’m willing to pay the extra price for a sunscreen that is natural and protects against the sun’s harsh rays.
Burts Bees Sunscreen Stick: This sunscreen also contains zinc, but also contains hemp seed oil, sunflower seed wax, and jojoba oil. You can apply it to your face and body and it goes on without leaving a greasy residue. This sunscreen is 100% natural!
Just Skin Food Natural & Organic Sunscreen: This one comes in at SPF 30 and contains some pretty seriously awesome ingredients such as vitamin E, mango butter, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax. This one by far is my favorite but it is the most expensive and hardest to find.
Have you tried any of these natural chemical free products? Have you tried others. Share your thoughts below.
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