Natural Skincare: Product Swaps
Greenwashing. It's a real thing and it's sometimes really difficult to spot -- brands like Kiehls, Origins & Lush (that I was a longtime user of) are culprits! Target just introduced a new natural line to their end caps called "Love, Beauty & Planet" but the second ingredient in many of their products is Sodium Laureth Sulfate! Their products also contain "fragrance"! Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it can have some serious side effects. Just because it contains natural ingredients, does not make the product natural!
Speaking of Kiehl's, I was a big supporter of them until recently. Although they seem like they have clean(er) ingredients than other brands, their products have tons of hidden chemicals! The good for you skin ingredients they put on their packaging (avocado oil, etc.) fall further down on the list, meaning theres not much of them in there. Here are the common chemicals I found after reading the back of their labels.
Fragrance: this can mean anything. Just because a chemical is not listed in their ingredients, doesn't mean it's not there! Fragrance is their way of keeping their proprietary recipe secret.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): present in so many of their products! They are possible hormone disruptors & should be avoided.
Parabens: Really? I've seen propylparaben and methylparaben in many of their products. Some of the most toxic substances found in beauty products. They have been linked to certain cancers.
Take a look at the ingredient list for their top selling moisturizer.
Kiehl's Ultra Moisturizing Cream
AQUA, GLYCERIN, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, SQUALANE, BIS-PEG-18 METHYL ETHER DIMETHYL SILANE, SUCROSE STEARATE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, PEG-8 STEARATE, UREA, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL, TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA OIL, ORYZA SATIVA BRAN OIL, CETYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, IMPERATA CYLINDRICA ROOT EXTRACT, STEARIC ACID, METHYLPARABEN, CHLORPHENESIN, PALMITIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, PROPYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, TRIETHANOLAMINE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS OIL, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, PSEUDOALTEROMONAS FERMENT EXTRACT, HYDROXYPALMITOYL SPHINGANINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Do you know what any of that is? Me either.
Kiehls Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist
AQUA / WATER, ALCOHOL DENAT., GLYCERIN, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA OIL / LAVENDER OIL, PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL, LINALOOL, HYDROLYZED OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA FLOWER EXTRACT, CITRONELLOL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF OIL / ROSEMARY LEAF OIL, GERANIOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, RHODIOLA ROSEA ROOT EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CITRAL, LIMONENE
Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater
Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1)
SW BASICS ROSEWATER
SW BASICS LAVENDER WATER
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
AQUA / WATER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TRIDECYL STEARATE, ISODECYL SALICYLATE, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL / AVOCADO OIL, ISOCETYL, STEAROYL STEARATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIPENTAERYTHRITYL HEXACAPRYLATE/HEXACAPRATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM PCA, OZOKERITE, METHYLPARABEN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, DISODIUM EDTA, COPPER PCA, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ZEA MAYS OIL / CORN OIL, BETA-CAROTENE
FIG & YARROW EYE CREAM
Dr. Teals Epsom Salts
Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Fragrance (Parfum), Lavadula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Linalool.
HERBIVORE DETOX SALTS
Origins Retexturing Mask
water\aqua\eau; butylene glycol; kaolin; montmorillonite; polysorbate 20; jojoba esters; peg-100 stearate;bentonite;glycerin; citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, amyris balsamifera bark oil, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, anthemis nobilis flower oil, rosa centifolia flower extract, limonene, linalool, geraniol;epilobium angustifolium flower\leaf\stem extract;castanea sativa (chestnut) seed extract; albizia julibrissin bark extract; lecithin; ethylhexylglycerin; caprylyl glycol; propylene glycol laurate; propylene glycol stearate;peg-150 distearate; hypnea musciformis (algae) extract; gellidiela acerosa (algae) extract; simethicone; sodium hyaluronate; sorbitan laurate; hexylene glycol;dehydroacetic acid; xanthan gum; trisodium edta; phenoxyethanol; titanium dioxide (ci 77891); iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499)
SUMMER FRIDAYS OVERTIME MASK
As for the rest of my routine, I am working on a body care piece (soaps, lotions, scrubs, etc.) I've been trying a bunch of trial natural shampoos and conditioners. I'm having a tough time because my hair is thick and wavy! I will report back on what I find for haircare. You can find my entire routine under the shop section: beauty faves on my blog! I'm happy with the direction that the beauty industry is moving but we still have a lot of work to do! My favorite place to get clean brands is Dermstore (always has coupons + a good rewards program), Sephora & Target!
What natural skincare brands are you loving? Let me know!