As a self proclaimed natural beauty expert, I have a lot of opinions on products. This is probably because I’ve tried nearly every product Whole Foods sells. On top of being poor because I compulsively buy beauty products “just because,” I’ve also got a pretty good handle on ingredient lists. I rely heavily on the Environmental Working Group’s rating scale, which is provided online in the Skin Deep database. This tool helps me make those tough decisions: scented or unscented?
Every girl needs some guilt free glam in her life and especially in her shower; here’s a list of my current beauty faves:
Method makes some of my favorite hand soaps and when I was in a pinch needing body wash but not willing to trek to Whole Foods, I picked this one up at my local Target. It smells great and lathers on nicely. It doesn’t leave my skin dry and I love that the fragrance lingers after my shower. That being said if you’re a fragrance free kind of girl, skip this one. The scent can be strong. I am currently loving the seasonal White Cranberry and super bummed that I missed out on the summer seasonal that smelled liked cupcakes. Who doesn’t want to leave the shower smelling like cupcakes?
EWG Score: 5; the most offensive ingredient is the added fragrance
Giovanni has been a part of my hair care routine since 2004 aka well before I ever gave a crap about what I put into or on my body. I found them at a “natural foods expo” that I accidentally got a job working. Now that I’m older and wiser, I have an even deeper appreciation for this line of products. My favorite “hippie” shampoo by far. It has a good lather and keeps my hair super shiny. I get SO many compliments on how shiny and full my hair is. It’s scented but doesn’t smell over fragranced or like chemicals – as some shampoos can. I’ve used a lot of “natural” shampoos and the thing I always missed was later and scent. This one hits both of those points without being bad for my hair. Pro tip: Check your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls for this brand. I often find large pump bottles for a little more than what Whole Foods sells the smaller bottles for.
EWG Score: 5; again, the most offensive ingredient is the added fragrance
If you’re not using Kiss My Face Shaving Lotion yet, stop what you’re doing right now and go get it! I realize this urgency would be better recieved in the summer months when soft, smooth skin has more value but I live in Florida and I was in shorts and a tee yesterday so it’s still relevant. This is my favorite shaving cream. It’s applies more like a thick body wash but my razor glides across it and I have minimal cuts/bumps. I love the smell of the Pomegranate Grapefruit but it comes in multiple options (and unscented). Bonus: It doubles up as body wash if you happen to run out.
EWG Score: There isn’t a newly updated score since the product has been reformulated. By my calculation it’s around 3-4, which is due to the use of fragrance.
Those are my favorite “natural” beauty products. What are yours? Anyone not buying into the natural products industry?