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Where to start: Overhauling your beauty products

Posted Jan 19 2012 10:14pm
Home Beauty Where to start: Overhauling your beauty products

4 comments Jan 18/12 Beauty, Hair and Skincare, LIfestyle

As you all know, I’m into using skincare, body products, shampoo, conditioner, and makeup that are as natural as possible.  I gradually made the switch a couple of years ago, and I feel pretty good about where I am today.

Readers and friends often tell me that they too would like to use more natural products, but they just don’t know where to start.  Not to mention, so many of us get attached to our favorite brands and find it difficult to make the change.

I’m going to share all of the tips that have worked for me, and I hope that you’re able to apply them as well.




Make the change gradually.  When I first became interested in using non-toxic products, I didn’t automatically toss all of the not-so-healthy products that I already owned.  As I ran out of one item, I’d simply replace it with something healthier for my body.  Before I knew it, the majority of my products were updated.

Experiment.  Just as all regular brands of makeup or skincare may not work for you, you may not love every single natural brand that you try.  You might even have to try several natural brands until you find one or two that really work for you.  One great place to start is my list of brands to try.  You can also read customer reviews on and

Remember that you don’t have to be perfect.  Are all of my products 100% toxin-free?  No.  Do I still buy some brands that aren’t known for being natural?  Sometimes.   However, I do try to make sure that products that cover large surface areas (such as body wash, lotion, moisturizer, deodorant and foundation) and those that are ingested (such a toothpaste and mouthwash) are as chemical-free as possible.

If you’re overwhelmed, start in your health food store.  When I first made the switch, I was definitely overwhelmed about where to begin.  Trying a few brands at my local health food store was the perfect was to become exposed to some trustworthy brands.

Have fun with it.  Instead of thinking about all of the brands that you shouldn’t use, have fun trying some new ones!  Brands like Tarte, Josie Maran, 100% Pure, and Juice Beauty are decadent and luxurious.  Plus, they still give you a reason to shop at Sephora.

Do you plan to switch over to some more natural products in 2012?  If you’ve already started, what are some of the brands you’ve tried? 

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank all of my wonderful readers for their support in response to my possible gluten-intolerance.  It meant so much to me!  Guess what?  I found some popcorn at Trader Joe’s, and it is dairy and gluten-free! I’ll keep you posted on the final outcome from the doctor.

Have a great day, everyone!

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  1. I’m slowly making the transition to all natural beauty products. I’m tempted just to throw out all the stuff I have that is toxic but it just seems too wasteful so I’m waiting to finish opened bottles before I replace them. Any bottles I have that are unopened and anything I receive as a gift in the future I plan to donate.

  2. we love using more natural products on our faces! it was a transition but now we just love them and can never go back. we love the brand the body deli and use lots of jojoba oil on face, love it!

  3. I changed to natural products during the last years.

    First, I had quite a lot of stuff from The Body Shop, but this costs a fortune and I have read several times now that it is NOT natural, whatever is said on the label (we’ve got this great testing company in Germany, and they have these really, really helpful magazines …)

    Since last year (inspired by your blog, by the way), I switched to the products of the local drugstore – and this has worked great. Is a lot cheaper, too … ;)

  4. Lynda @healthyhobokengirl

    I love all the organic juicy beauty products. They sell them online and at whole foods. The sunblock and tinted moisturizers are my favorites. I’m always a sucker for the smell and they have a whole line that smells like green apple!! Yum!!

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