One of my main excuses for not taking the plunge had previously been $$$. If organic vegetables cost me that much more on every grocery bill, I couldn’t imagine what replacing an entire cabinet full of products in one trip to Whole Body would do for my bank account.
But Kristen Arnett had answers for almost all of my worries. As far as the financial aspect was concerned, she actually pointed out that generic products use a lot more water to pad their products. It’s almost always the first ingredient on the back of the label (before all those harmful parabens and sulfates). Most natural and organic makeup brands are very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. The shelf life for these items in your cabinets alone will justify the price, not to mention the superior quality of ingredients.
I also didn’t quite know where to start. Kristen and Britta said the products that should be replaced first are the ones that stay on your skin longest. Duh! So obvious, but I needed them to actually say it. Moisturizers are more important to swap out than cleansers. And a lipstick (not necessarily an everyday item) is probably less important than your foundation or blush. You can also look up your existing products on the Environmental Working Group’s website to see which ones are more harmful than others.
I encourage you to watch the hangout because there were so many nuggets of wisdom. You can also sign up for a consultation with Kristen if you need a helping hand choosing the right products for your skin type. She avoided giving me brands for powder and foundation, since they’re a few that she likes and it really depends on the person. I also included her recommendations for sunscreen. Even though it’s more skincare than makeup, I tend to buy tinted moisturizers with SPF and use them as my foundation, so was curious what her pick would be for natural sunscreen.
I’m definitely going to get a consultation in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, here are Kristen’s favorite natural and organic makeup brands to get acquainted with and start mixing into your collection. For more great picks, sign up for Green Beauty Team‘s newsletter!
1. Lips: Primitive & Bite Beauty | 2. Mascara: Ava Anderson | 3. Eye Shadow: Sappho Cosmetics | 4. Blush: W3LL People Universalist Multi Use Stick | 5. Perfume: Intelligent Nutrients Jasminas Harmonically Made Aroma | 6. Sunblock: Badger Sunblock | 7. Eye Liner: Jane Iredale | 8. Concealer: Abbey St. Clare