Our SB FINDS list this month is filled with beauty products that promise results and are good for you. Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to be more green? To take better care of your skin? We’ve got you covered.
Why should you be concerned about whether or not your skin care is organic or what the ingredients are? Well, your skin is your biggest organ, and we are being bombarded by chemicals in ways other generations never could have fathomed. Consider our transportation, our dry cleaning and laundry, the paint on our walls, our crazy-weird processed food, and yes, our skin care and cosmetic products. So while we can’t control everything, we can control some things, and these great suggestions put you in the driver’s seat to better living!
The Tata Harper skin care line is made in small batches in Vermont, and we like the vision of the woman behind the eponymous brand who says, “I believe people deserve beauty products that deliver the results they want, without putting their health at risk. As a company, we seek to challenge the assumption that ‘natural’ means less effective.”
We’ve tried these products and they are remarkable, but pricey. However, after researching how their products are made in small batches and the quality of the ingredients, the price is understandable. The Rejuvenating Serum actually does what it promises: reduces the visibility of wrinkles, boosts antioxidant activity and firmness, and is proven to topically reduce wrinkle-causing muscle contractions by 95 percent. $150
Find Tata Harper in at Nordstrom and local retailers.
This cosmetic line is often seen at plastic surgeon and dermatologist offices, as you can apply it immediately after many laser treatments and facials without irritating your skin. Yes, it’s that pure. The Jane Iredale tagline is “the skin care makeup.”
This mineral makeup is not one you need to learn to apply, as you may remember from the “as seen on TV” mineral makeups in the past. This line applies just like any other line of makeup: with ease.
After trying the JI Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener, Quad Bronzer, eye shadow and lip gloss, we can attest to the fact that you’re getting all of the good out of a cosmetic line with none of the bad.
Find Jane Iredale mineral makeup at Nordstrom and local retailers.
Beauty Counter is sold by consultants, and it’s taken off big time! National press has called the company “disruptive” because the line works so well and is calling out the beauty industry at large for its continued use of toxic products. Beauty Counter is devoted to providing nontoxic products that are filled with only organic and pure ingredients to make a better and healthier world. Beauty Counter seeks to educate its customers on how to avoid toxic and carcinogenic ingredients — but not just those found in skin care lines. They also take the time, through their blog, to educate on diverse subjects ranging from how to safely store food, buy Halloween candy and safe dish detergent, and they even throw in a recipe here and there. When you buy from a Beauty Counter consultant, you become part of that community, and you will be educated on beauty products, but also on other areas of your home that need a healthy facelift.
We like that Beauty Counter has a “never list,” which states all the ingredients that you will never find in their products.
The Clean Cream Cleanser ($24) and the Tint Skin Complexion Coverage ($38) are both favorites. And, since we do tend to “eat” our lipstick, consider using a Beauty Counter one so you aren’t actually digesting nasty chemicals. Their Lip Sheer in plum is flattering on most ($28).
Physician’s Formula Organic Wear
For a drugstore brand, try Physician’s Formula Organic Wear. It’s the best-selling line in the country, and promises to be 100 percent free of harsh chemicals, parabens, GMOs, synthetic preservatives, synthetic colors and synthetic fragrances. Plus, it’s cruelty-free and comes in completely recyclable packaging.
For sensitive eyes, try the Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (the other mascaras in the line don’t get favorable reviews). This mascara is great for women wanting a more natural look without any irritation. The CC Cream with SPF 20 is pretty great and compares to some higher-priced options, so this would be a good one to try. But we caution against the tinted moisturizer, as it smells terrible!
Find Physician’s Formula Organic Wear at your favorite drugstore or online.
Supergoop! is the only luxury skin care line devoted first and foremost to sun protection. And they do it oh-so-nicely! Not only are the products free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and oxybenzone, but they feel fabulous going on. Say goodbye to icky smelling and feeling sunscreens, and embrace a line that makes reapplication a pleasure. After one hot lake weekend in August, we were convinced by the superpowers of Supergoop! Not a red spot to be found anywhere on us. Really … we were burn-free!
We are anxious to try their new Forever Young hand cream with SPF 40 and Sea Buckthorn, which promises to reduce inﬂammation, boost the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen and reduce hyperpigmentation, while boosting thickness and density of skin and improving elasticity and smoothness — all without being too heavy or greasy. We are fans of their eye cream, as it has a SPF of 40, and their Daily Correct CC cream, with an SPF of 40 as well.
Smith & Cult Nail Color
Nail polish lives on your nails for awhile, so making sure it is formaldehyde-free, as well as free of other toxins, is a good thing. Each of these products promises color-rich shine without the harmful ingredients found in other nail polishes (or nail colors or nail colours … so many ways to say nail polish these days!).
Smith & Cult is formulated without dibutyl, phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The brand was started by Dineh Mohajer, the beauty veteran who launched the cosmetic line Hard Candy. And Smith & Cult may just have the best-named nail colors EVER: Feed the Rich, Shattered Souls and Vegas Post Apocalyptic are just the start …
This line is just came out, but local retailers are starting to pick it up. Find it online at Net-a-porter.com
There are plenty of other nontoxic and organic lines out there. So start looking at ingredients and asking questions. And swap out some of your old products with some new ones that don’t have any of that “yuck” in them!
SB BONUS FIND: Want the ultimate nontoxic and natural skin care remedy? Read our article “What Can Coconut Oil NOT Do?”
Here’s to a healthy, toxin-free 2015! Happy New Year!