Last spring I went through the first few steps of transitioning to natural beauty products. I’ve made it through stage 2, to be exact.
As part of The Wellness Project’s green beauty month I’m going to try to make even more progress, including finding one go-to red lipstick that’s natural. I’ve put it further down on my timeline because for me it’s not an everyday item. But it’s estimated that the average woman will eat 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. So there’s that…
My biggest goal of this month is not just to replace items with more natural options, but to throw away all the cosmetics I know are no longer serving me. My bathroom has begun to look a little bit like a hoarder’s delight. So now might finally be the time to cut the cord and admit to myself that I’m never going to use the 2 pound tub of Epiderm sitting on my top shelf.
If you’re just beginning the transition, here’s a great way to prioritize. I’ve also included some of my favorite skin care brands. For my go-to natural makeup, click here. Any favorites of your own? Share in the comments!
From one healthy hedonist to another,
Stage 1: Used most frequently, and stay on skin the longest.
Daily face moisturizer
Stage 2: Used frequently, but have less absorption through the skin.
Stage 3: Special occasion items that sit on skin.
Lipstick (unless you wear it everyday)
Optional: Minimal contact with skin and poor natural alternatives.
Hair color treatments
7 Great Skincare Brands
(I use the lavender face wash and blue chamomile moisturizer)
(Great moisturizers and anti-aging creams)
(Love the cellular renewal mask)
(Great cleanser and hydrating mask, though Evan Healy is my go-to)
(I use the skin balm for my lips and the other lotions for my body)
(The best body wash)
(Suncare – but be warned it doesn’t rub in all the way!)
The Wellness Project is a year-long blog series (and upcoming memoir) about how to find the balance between health and hedonism. To find out more about the inspiration behind the project and to get the monthly theme schedule, click here. To see past challenges and other posts from this series, click here.
Hi Phoebe! Lipstick was the last thing I found when I switched to natural products, too. I recommend this new brand called Bite. They make their lipsticks with food grade ingredients.
Phoebe, thanks for turning me on to Bite. I found some great tinted lip balm at Sephora’s. It’s also not flavored (why I hate Burt’s Bees lipstick).
hmm, glad I do not have this problem to solve. I wear no makeup and never have, and use natural shampoos without sodium laurel (th) sulfide. No facial cleansers other than water, and only a natural moisturizer with SPF.
This all makes life easy!
Phoebe Lapine says
nice! what’s your moisturizer of choice? i find that SPF has been a problem to find for naturals…
I gave up antiperspirant a few years ago, and after the initial detox period of about two weeks when I was in the shower every few hours because I stunk (!) I love how smooth and amazing my underarms feel and would never go back. I use Toms most days bc I can’t be bothered to dirty my hands slathering on the coconut oil-based other kind I have, even though I think it works a bit better. I won’t lie–when it’s hot, I keep an extra shirt handy, but it’s totally worth it!
Phoebe Lapine says
so good to know! i don’t think my smelliness have evened out sadly. and when i use toms i feel like i just smell like BO + lemongrass! i got this new one that i put in my best product post this week that’s unscented and i really like it so far! maybe worth a try 🙂 xx
April Baiella @ Infinite Yoga says
I found a local makeup creator who makes custom, natural makeup to match your tone and complexion. Her makeup has spf in it and I’m very happy with it. This is an idea for anyone to seek in their locale as well.
Phoebe Lapine says
Interesting! What’s the company April?