The path to my discovery of the harmful chemicals in beauty products has been a long one. Once you know all about toxins in your skincare, you can’t ignore it… or at least I couldn’t.
I’ve been writing about beauty for several years, but I sincerely had no idea how many potentially dangerous, unsafe chemicals were, by law, allowed to be an ingredient in my favorite makeup, skincare, and hair care products.
I hadn’t heard about clean beauty and wanted to start using all natural skin care ASAP.
Discovering Harmful Toxins in Hair Care Products
I’ve written about this many times… I have frizzy hair and I’m always trying hair care products to manage and tame my frizzy hair.
I was searching for ways to make my unmanageable, frizzy hair smooth and wanted my curls more pronounced.
This led me to the Curly Girl Method of caring for hair and learning about steering clear of certain silicones in hair products.
My discovery of the harmful effects some silicone-based hair products have been known to cause lead me to read up on the ingredients in other hair products I had used or was currently using.
That path led me to read more about toxins in not only hair care products, but toxins in makeup and personal care products like deodorant and body lotion.
I had known about natural, clean makeup. (originally, I mistakenly had believed natural makeup to be subpar… read about natural beauty myths here)
I couldn’t ignore the facts about the dangers of parabens, the links from toxins to causes of breast cancer, and studies done on chemicals in makeup leading to a host of health problems that weren’t limited to cancer.
Once you know all about this, you can’t ignore it… at least I couldn’t.
12 common toxic cosmetics ingredients to avoid
Getting Rid of Toxic Cosmetics - My 5 Stages of Grief
When I found out so many of the products I used were toxic, I did a clean sweep of my beauty arsenal.
It wasn’t easy sorting through ALL of my makeup, skincare and hair care products, and it was even harder to throw out the products I found with toxins.
Top clean Beauty Brands
How can companies continue to use toxins in their products and still have a clear conscience?
With a strong history of breast cancer in my family, I decided to be proactive and use clean, non-toxic products from head to toe.
I have done so and I haven’t turned back.
Luckily there are many companies who have made awesome, clean beauty products and I haven’t missed my old toxic products.
In fact, I have new love and appreciation for clean, green beauty products. I have met numerous people who create products that have blown my mind and made me a nature beauty product lover!
Below, I list some of my favorite clean beauty brands that I have discovered since going natural – these amazing brands make some of my favorite all-natural skincare and makeup products.
Some cosmetic products from the natural beauty brands listed below are handmade with the finest organic ingredients, others are mineral based, vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable.