It's hard work to find natural and non-toxic makeup, hair, and personal care products… that actually work!
Today's cosmetic industry is poisoning us through ingredients that lead to cancer, toxic load, chemical sensitivities, birth defects, hormone imbalances, and much more.
We don't want to use those conventional products… but we want to feel beautiful. It's easy to see how they've crept into our makeup bags (I've been there myself).
Ladies, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to sacrifice your health to look and feel beautiful. There are non-toxic personal care products that are safe and natural… and that you'll love to use!
For years, I've been chipping away at finding the right items — that work and are natural — and I think I'm nearly there. 😉
So, in this week's #AskWardee, I'm showing off my purchased and homemade, natural, non-toxic makeup, hair care, and other personal care products. I hope they will give you hope that you can look and feel beautiful without sacrificing your health!
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The Question: What Makeup & Other Natural Products Do You Use?
I've asked received countless questions like this over the last year or so. Here are just 2 of them:
Lisa M. asked:
I'm curious to know what your make-up routine is, or more specifically, what products do you put on your face?
And Wanda O. added last week (when I mentioned today's topic was coming up):
I love your hair, and I have curly hair, too, so I hope you share what you do for your hair during next week's video! Thanks.
My Answer: My Natural Makeup, Hair & Personal Care Routine
Below, I'll list all the products I use — both purchased and homemade.
First, though, I want you to know that it's taken time to get the point where I can say that everything I use is non-toxic and natural. It takes time and money to try out products to find the ones that are not only non-toxic, but actually work!
I should also add that I avoid MLM makeup companies. Not that I have anything against them — if it works for you, that's great. I just prefer to purchase directly from a company (or make myself) so prices are lower overall, and I'm not paying membership costs. Plus, I have my own business to run!
There are lots of natural makeup companies out there… I don't have enough money nor enough time to try them all! If you love certain companies/products that are 1 to 3 on EWG's skin care database (explained below), please share in the comments!
How To Find Out If A Product Is Non-Toxic
Environmental Working Group (EWG) offers a fantastic Skin Deep skin care database. Use this free online service (or they have an app) to look up your products and find out what the product is rated overall and even how each ingredient ranks.
I look for products to be rated at 1 or 2 (the least toxic). Occasionally, I'll consider a 3.
If the product itself is not listed, I check the individual ingredients and make sure none are over a 3 (ideally 1 or 2).
My Natural And Non-Toxic Makeup…
Foundation/Powder/Concealer — I use 100% Pure products. Every day, I generally only use the powder foundation. Concealer when I have issues. 😉 Plus, this Bamboo Blur Powder is great for spot treating shine (very important for me since I go on camera a lot!).
Blush — I used to use this 100 Percent Pure palette for both blush and flesh tone eye shadow, but now I'm making my own. I used and loved the palette until it crumbled, and then I used it as an example when creating my own colors!
Making your own is so easy! You combine a bit of rose red mica powder or beetroot powder with as much kaolin white clay (matte) or arrowroot powder (shimmery) to tone down the pink to the hue you like. You can also add some cocoa powder (or carob) to make it more bronze. Put it in a metal tin and apply it with a makeup brush.
I, my daughters, and dearest friend Megan from Eat Beautiful spent an afternoon making our own blush and eye shadow… It was so fun!
Eye Shadow — For some time, I used the 1st and 3rd colors in this 100 Percent Pure palette as eye shadow. Which I love! When they started running out, I decided it would be fun to make my own. 🙂
I combine mica powder(s), clay, and real food powders to create the colors I want. Then, I put them in these containers and applying with a makeup brush. As you can see in the photo above, it's really fun to make shadows and blushes!
The color options are exciting:
- rose red mica powder or beetroot powder — pinks, reds
- activated charcoal for black/greys
- spirulina for greens
- silver mica for shimmer
- maca and/or cocoa for brown/cream
Color bases can be combined or blended with each other and also with arrowroot powder or white clay to create lighter shades or in-between shades. For instance, I combine cocoa, white clay, maca, and rose red mica for flesh tone eye shadows.
Psst… I'm showing you how to make your own blush and eye shadow in our upcoming Women's Health eCourse! In this eCourse, we're sharing health information and consulting experts so we can bring you solid information and gobs of recipes to nutritionally support women of all ages!
Eye Liner — The hardest thing for me to find was natural eye liner. I tried a half dozen before I found one that was non-toxic and also performed well. I needed it to apply easily (like a crayon) and not smudge or run throughout the day. It actually looks as fresh in the evening as it does in the morning! The winner is… Jane Iredale Basic Eye Pencil. I love it!
Mascara — Another 100% Pure product here! My favorite is the Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara in Black Tea.
Natural And Non-Toxic Hair Care…
Although I'm about to share my favorite hair care products, I know they won't work for everyone because we all have different hair. My particular issues are:
- my hair is curly
- my hair can easily get frizzy, especially in dry weather
- as I'm aging, my hair is drying out and getting damaged at the ends more often
For that final issue, I not only use the shampoo, conditioner, and gel below but I also:
- only brush my hair right after washing and that's it. People have told me it's better to brush before washing and then finger comb after washing, but this doesn't work for me.
- wash only every other day or every third day. On the other days, I either only apply gel to smooth down frizz or I wet down and/or apply conditioner only.
Shampoo — I use Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo with argan oil. I noticed a difference overnight when switching to this shampoo. I love it!
Conditioner — I use Acure Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner with argan oil. It matches the shampoo, and it's fantastic for my hair type. 🙂
Acure has other shampoo and conditioner types; see them here.
Styling Gel — I love, love, love Morrocco Method's Blood Of The Dragon Styling Gel! It's light, which is great because I don't like a gel that shows or makes hair stiff, and it keeps down the frizz. I use when my hair is wet, after washing/conditioning, and I even smooth it over dry, second-day hair to re-style and reduce frizz. This is the stuff that makes it possible for me not to have to wash every day without looking awful!
Hair Spray — Try this citrus hair spray from past contributor Tracey!
Dry Brushing — I'm so in love with dry brushing (for face, too!). Dry brushing exfoliates, stimulates lymphatic flow, and helps clear the body's detox pathways. When I started dry brushing, my skin got softer overnight. I am also better supporting my hormones so probably my skin's improvement was not entirely due to dry brushing but still… I look forward to it every evening. It feels so good and the results are worth it. Members, we'll have videos about dry brushing in our upcoming Women's Health eCourse!
Eye Makeup Remover — I have tried natural eye makeup removers. The problem is they are 1) expensive and 2) usually burn my eyes. So instead I just continue to use my old stand by: a liquid oil such as almond, avocado, or jojoba. Rub some on the eyes, then wash off with soap and water. You can wipe off first with one of these organic cotton pads, if you'd like.
Lotion — Unless I've made my own, we use MadeOn's hard lotion bars. They're super! They are thicker than a lotion so they really stay on. I put it on nearly every night on my feet, elbows, and anywhere else I need moisturizing. I also use my homemade body butter.
Perfume — I use my essential oil perfume, of course!
Deodorant — I've been using this homemade natural deodorant for years. It really works for me!
Tooth Whitening — Did you know you can brush periodically with activated charcoal and/or turmeric for natural teeth whitening? These really work, and even better is to rotate brushing with these two ingredients!
Body and Face Soap — We use my homemade crockpot castile soap or Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Bar Soap.
Face Moisturizing — Because I tend toward oily skin, I don't use lotions on my face. Instead I use this Jason aloe vera gel.
Hand Soap — I make this essential oil foaming hand soap and we have a pump at every sink in the house. The base soap in the recipe is Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap (unscented baby mild) and essential oils from either Rocky Mountain Oils or Aroma Foundry.
Hand Sanitizer — Although I'm working on another homemade recipe, for now we use this essential oil air freshener.
To support healthy skin, hair and overall health it's important to sleep/rest, eat nourishing foods, reduce stress, and balance hormones. With God's grace and good healthy habits, we can glow from both inside and out!
Lindsey's Top 3 Personal Care Products & Tips
Lindsey Dietz, writer and content director, just arrived for a visit when I recorded this episode (how fun!) She's joining me on the broadcast, Lord willing.
Here are Lindsey's top 3 products and tips for natural personal care…
All of Wardee's products are amazing. In fact, we have a few in common! 😉
I like to keep things simple and natural in my beauty routine, so here are my top 3 tips:
This is one DIY that's totally worth it! Like Wardee's eye shadow, I was using another company's (very expensive) face serum — and then ran out. I didn't want to spend $40 (yes, really) on another bottle, so I decided to recreate it. My version has fewer ingredients, but works just as well!
I love using this serum morning and night. It's light, doesn't clog pores, and is so anti-inflammatory — which I need because my skin has a tendency to be red a lot.
I feel like my face is brighter, fresher, and younger looking after using this serum for several months!
I know Wardee mentioned this too… yet, it truly is worth a second mention!
Hands down, this is my absolute favorite item in my minimalist makeup bag!
I rarely wear a full face of makeup, but I feel 100% more confident and beautiful when I go makeup-less except for this mascara. It goes on smoothly, stays put, and actually smells great!
#3 — Don't Wash Anything Too Often
This is my top tip. And don't be grossed out — I feel like I have pretty nice hair and skin! 😉
Whether it's my hair, my face, or my body, I don't wash daily. (Yes, really.) And I don't feel the need to either.
Washing our hair and skin too often can lead to dryness and imbalances since we wash away all of our natural oils. It requires more shampoo, conditioner, and soap to wash daily. And after washing, we have to reapply more lotion or body butter, hair products, perfume, etc.
If we give our scalp and skin a chance to be natural, I believe many problems can eventually resolve themselves.
For instance, I used to wash my hair daily or every two days. My scalp was always oily, so I thought I had to. By going longer and longer between washes, my scalp didn't have to keep producing oil to replenish what I was washing away. It balanced out, and now I can comfortably go four or five days between washes (and I wear my hair up during the fourth and fifth days!).
By not showering daily, my skin doesn't dry out, so I don't need lotion or body butter daily, even during the winter. My skin stays naturally hydrated and soft with its own oils, without being greasy!
(Bonus Tip #4 — Natural Deodorant! You can't go four or five days without showering and not have a good deodorant! 😉 Wardee's homemade version works so well. I used it for years. My only complaint was that it was difficult when traveling, so I now use Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Stick Deodorant. It's a fantastic option for non-DIYers!)
- EWG's Skin Deep Database
- 100 Percent Pure Concealer
- 100 Percent Pure Powder Foundation
- 100 Percent Pure Bamboo Blur Powder
- 100 Percent Pure blush & eye shadow palette
- Blush & Eye Shadow Ingredients — rose red mica powder, beetroot powder, activated charcoal, spirulina, silver mica, maca, cocoa, arrowroot powder, white clay
- Homemade Blush Metal Tin
- Homemade eye shadow containers
- Jane Iredale Basic Eye Pencil
- Makeup Brush Set
- Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara in Black Tea
- Acure Ultra-Hydrating Shampoo
- Acure Ultra-Hydrating Conditioner
- Morrocco Method's Blood Of The Dragon Styling Gel
- Firm Bristle Dry Brush with long handle
- Boar Bristle Face Dry Brush
- Wardee's Homemade Natural Deodorant
- MadeOn's Hard Lotion Bars
- Wardee's Homemade Body Butter
- Wardee's Essential Oil Perfume
- Jason Powersmile Toothpaste
- Organic Turmeric Powder
- Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Bar Soap
- Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap — Baby Mild Unscented
- Jason Aloe Vera Gel
- Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel — don't forget these organic cotton pads!
- Essential Oils — Rocky Mountain Oils or Aroma Foundry
- Essential Oil Air Freshener Spray — for hand sanitizer
- Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Stick Deodorant
- Simple Sex Hormone Balancing #AskWardee 076
- Lindsey's Top Picks — Make Or Buy Personal Care Products
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