Cleaner Cosmetics. Why Your Beauty Products Matter.

By now you probably know that most days I’m a little neurotic about the quality of the food and what goes into my body organics, minimal dairy, minimal gluten, no chemicals, no artificial sweeteners its what makes me feel good so I do it. {If you’re new around here, welcome!}

For the longest time I didn’t even give what I was also putting ON my body. Makeup, moisturizers, hair color, sunscreens and even diaper creams can have a whole host of toxic chemicals that can disrupt hormones in our bodies, be toxic for our organs, carcinogens (or cancer promoting compounds) and some chemicals can even cause birth defects! Its scary and most people have zero clue. So yes I now fork over the extra $5 bucks to get a cleaner label. In my mind its worth avoiding the risk of exposure to whatever the heck is in the rest of the products!

That being said here are some cold hard facts:

  • Only 3 chemicals are banned in the US. 

  • Most chemicals are only tested for a few weeks before getting released into the market.

  • Babies umbilical cords have been tested positive for 250+ different chemicals.

  • And lets be real there is no way to test how all these thousands of chemicals interact with one another!

  • We slather on those phthalates not realizing they have been linked with birth defects! 

So now you know and now you have a choice. Keep on layering on the toxic crap or start cleaning up your act. Start with educating yourself about what you’ve got going on in your makeup bag. The EWG’s Healthy Living App is one of my favorite ways to check the makeup and brands I’m using!

I’ve also included clean products below that I’ve personally tested and love! I’ve included the EWG’s rating (I personally aim for products with a rating less than 2)! Beware that even products within the same brand may contain not so great ingredients! So if you’re buying face lotion from a brand I recommended shampoo remember to do your own research before assuming all products were created equal. Check that EWG rating.

Skin Care

Andalou Naturals Turmeric + C Serum - (1)

MyChelle Perfect C Serum - (EWG Verified)

MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub - (EWG Verified)

MyChelle Cleanser - (EWG Verified)

Tea Tree Essential Oil (for acne)

Frankincense Oil (for acne scars)

Face Makeup

W3ll People Mineral Foundation - (2)

W3ll People Concealer - (EWG Verified)

W3ll People Concealer/Foundation Stick - (EWG Verified)

W3ll People Bio Bronzer Powder - (EWG Verified)


Mineral Fusion Mascara - (EWG Verified)

Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow - (EWG Verified)


Hurraw Lip Balm (Not currently rated, clean ingredients)

Burt’s Bees All Weather Lip Balm - (1)


Dr. Bonner’s - (1)

Tom’s - (1)

Dr. Brite - (EWG Verified)


Primally Pure

Purelygreat - (EWG Verified)

Native - (Not Rated, Cleaner Brand)

Body Care

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Eucalyptus - (1) double check rating if you get other scents

Acure Organics Energizing Body Lotion Lemongrass & Ginger - (2) Literally smells so good!


Avalon Organics - (EWG Verified)

Attitude Shampoo & Conditioner - (EWG Verified)

Beauty Counter Shampoo & Conditioner - (EWG Verified)

Last but not least if you’re at the store, somehow don't have a phone to scan products or maybe you’ve got the old school flip phone (I give you mad props if you do) here is a list of ingredients to be careful of and avoid all together!

Avoid These:

  • Benzalkonium Chlorid

  • BHA and BHT

  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA)

  • Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA)

  • Formaldehyde'

  • Hydroquinone

  • Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone

  • Oxybenzone

  • Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others)

  • Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others)

  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds)

  • Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A)

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES)

  • Synthetic flavor or fragrance

  • Toluene

  • Triclosan and Triclocarban

**Beauty Counter is a EWG Verified brand with high quality makeup.

**Please note that all essential oils I use are from Young Living. If you are in need of a distributor you can contact my girl Miranda Voller @ 320-232-0111.

Photo Credit: Anete Lusina