I’ve tried a few brands lately that I am so excited to share with you! Let’s not waste any time and get right down to the important stuff!
First up is a natural cosmetics and skincare brand called Pure Anada. This brand doesn’t contain gluten, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates…the list goes on. And they do not test on animals!
For those of you looking for a great foundation you have to try the Pure Anada Smooth & Conceal Liquid Foundation. I was super impressed with this foundation that gives amazing coverage and lasts all day. Apply it lightly, smooth with a brush or beauty blender sponge for best results.
Also worthwhile is the mascara. As you might know, its a challenge to find good foundation and good mascara that is non toxic. Pure Anada mascara exceeded my expectations. It lengthens, thickens, doesn’t smudge and has a good, thick consistency. It also washes off easily- another plus!
The lipstick from this brand was smooth and creamy- using natural minerals pigments. Offered in array of colors, these lipsticks contain butters and oils to keep lips hydrated. Its pretty clear from reading their website to going over the ingredients that Pure Anada is committed to only using healthy ingredients- check them out!
Also committed to natural, non toxic ingredients is Caseb Naturals. Fact: the body butters blew. my. mind. Never have I used such whipped goodness that melted into my skin like butter! Hand crafted, these body and bath products use exotic botanical extracts and organic ingredients. Aside from the hydrating and luxurious (I immediately thought of giving these out as gifts because everyone I know will LOVE the butters).
The Dragons Blood Body Balm is thicker- more for the drier parts of your body like elbows and heels and any other problem area. I use on my cuticles and also on my feet because I love nothing more than soft hands and feet all year!
I tried this fragrant natural Spicy Oatmeal soap that smells like the essential oils its made with- clove, cassia and rosemary. Heavenly! The soap contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, very good for skin and not drying at all. I cannot even express to you how magical and delicious these products are!
Let’s talk about natural deodorants- you should give them a whirl if you haven’t since mainstream deodorants are filled with preservatives and heavy metals. Its hard to find a really good non toxic deodorant that works but they are out there. I recently tried Schmidt’s and was duly impressed. Made from 100% natural ingredients, this product “effectively neutralizes underarm odor and absorbs wetness without the use of aluminum or other harmful chemicals” and it comes in scent combinations like Bergamot + Lime, Cedarwood + Juniper, Ylang-Ylang + Calendula, Lavender + Sage and Fragrance-Free.
Here’s how it works, you scoop out a little from the jar and smooth it over your armpits. It does crumble a little so I lean over the sink when I apply it. You can use the small spatula that comes in the jar but normally, I just use my fingers and the heat of my body melts and then it spreads easily. I have really put this to the test wearing it daily from early morning until night and it totally works!
Last but not least is Salty Cosmetics, another mineral brand. These hand blended cosmetics are free of parabens and bismuth oxychloride and can be made to order! I tried several of their eye shadows- I liked them a lot for their smooth, finely milled consistency and long lasting ability.
The lip colors come in pans and are a cross between a gloss and lipstick with rich color. The lip glosses are filled with humectants, carrier oils, essential oils and natural sunscreens. These are hydrating on the lips and I was surprised how pigmented they were!