Last month Monica Dadivanian wrote The Dirty Word in the Business of Beauty, warning of the dangers posed to us by parabens—potentially “dangerous additive[s] that our previously beloved beauty products contain in order to maintain their longevity, and justify their value.”
Poisonous chemicals in my cosmetics and toiletries? No, I think I’ll pass. I want to follow up on her article by sharing some of my favorite natural beauty products, which I’ve discovered as I, too, have tried to eliminate chemicals from my daily routine.
L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner. Although definitely on the pricier side (about $20 per bottle), they are a worthy investment. I first discovered this shampoo and conditioner combo on my honeymoon in Whistler, and have been a loyal user ever since. Not only do they have a scent makes you feel like you are at a luxury spa, but they also leave your hair soft and silky.
365 Everyday Value Shampoo and Conditioner. At just $3 per bottle, these are a nice alternative to pricier paraben-free hair products out there. But don’t let the low price point fool you—the formulas are effective and work better than many of the more expensive natural brands I’ve tried.
Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract. If you’re like me and you hate washing your face, you will love these easy breezy facial wipes. They remove all of your makeup, clean, and tone all in one step—and you don’t have to rinse! These are also an excellent option when traveling.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser. Ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, this face wash contains willowbark—an extract rich in Vitamins C, B, and E and a natural source of salicylic acid.
Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Pitch Black. This product is good for you, and good for others: it contains Argan Oil to nourish lashes and promote healthy growth, and for each one purchased, Josie Maran Cosmetics donates one mascara to a City of Hope cancer patient or survivor. Natural beauty that also pays it forward? Now that’s something I can get on board with!
Kiss My Face Treat Mint Lip Balm. This smooth, minty lip balm nourishes dry lips and prevents future damage with SPF 15 protection. And don’t worry if mint isn’t your thing—this hydrating balm comes in several other flavors including sliced peach, cranberry orange, ginger mango, vanilla honey, strawberry and coconut pineapple.
Tom’s Of Maine Long-Lasting Deodorant. The Tom’s natural formula uses hops (which inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria) and zinc salts to fight off and trap underarm odor for up to 24 hours. Though my personal preference is the wild lavender scent, it also comes in apricot, lemongrass and unscented varieties to suit your own personal taste.
Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Basil Liquid Hand Soap. This soap is a must-have for kitchens and bathrooms alike. It contains aloe vera gel, olive oil and natural essential oils that cleanse and soften to keep hands happy and smelling fresh.
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Body Lotion. This is an ideal daily body lotion for any skin type. The light, quick-absorbing moisturizer contains aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts to keep skin nourished and healthy.
It’s important to note that I have not been compensated by any of these companies. My recommendations are strictly based on my own personal discoveries and preferences, and I hope they will help you as you start to explore the world of paraben-free products. Let’s remember that with each purchase, we vote with our dollar. The more we invest in natural products, the more of them we’ll see on the shelves in the future.