Welcome to the second post of Entering the Natural Beauty World! If you missed the first dose, I invite you to head back to the original HERE and get caught up to speed!
So diving back into it, we left off at knowing which ingredients to look out for and avoid when buying products. Now, many of you may be at a loss of where to even start with buying new products, and that is a totally normal feeling! The great part is, there are some great brands and people that are so passionate about educating the world and showing you how nourishing and therapeutic their products are for your body! So, where to start?
From personal experience, some of the best brands and people I've come across have just been through a mixture of buying and testing products at Whole Foods/Target and through doing google searches online. Once you get more into it, you also notice that it's a relatively small world of these curators, which means most of them have been tested, tried, and reviewed online so you can find the ones that do resonate with your style before purchasing. Most natural food stores also let you return the item as long as you have a receipt, so you don't have to risk breaking your bank as you try new items!
Although I encourage you to explore, here are a few brands and items that I've come to know and love over the years.
Make-Up: RMS Beauty, W3LL PEOPLE, Burt's Bees, Jane Iredale, Mineral Fusion.
Tip* For a great make-up remover, I use pure jojoba oil. Just dab with a tissue and off comes all that eye make-up. Although coconut oil is another great choice, I find that it's a bit too greasy for my face at times.
Hair Care: Acure, 365 Everyday, Avalon Organics, Mineral Fusion
Body Moisturizers/Cleansers: Acure, Burt's Bees, Dr. Bronner's, Mineral Fusion, Heritage Rose Water Facial Spray, tea tree oil (for acne spot treatment) pure reship oil (face moisturizer), Trader Joe's Coconut Oil (straight from the jar!), Tom's, JASON, The Honest Company.
Cleaning Products: Dr. Bronner's, Thieves, The Honest Company, Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers
The key to testing new products is just first looking at the ingredient label. Can you recognize all the ingredients named? If not, it's probably best you put it back. Also, the shorter the list of ingredients, the more likely that it's for the better!
While some of these products can come with a relatively hefty price tag compared to the conventional products, many are very affordable especially if you go with the store brands or buy in bulk. And honestly, I'd much rather splurge on an item and know that it's good for me. Our health is everything.
So now that we have some products in mind you may be thinking how to go about this process?
"Dump everything and start fresh? I just bought all new stuff from the store! What a waste..."
This is something I surely struggled with in the beginning. Now that we've educated ourselves on how bad some of these products can be for our bodies, it seems just wrong to keep using them; Am I right? Maybe, but let's be real here. Most of us don't have the means to dish out the big bucks on all new products at once, and that is completely okay! We've likely been using these products for years, so a few months extra as we phase them out after use is probably not going to cause us any large amount of harm. Think of it as us doing ourselves a favor by taking the first step in taking one thing at a time!
My overall recommendation is to just start with a few new products, and eventually begin to phase things out slowly as you run out. No need to drive yourself crazy!
Stay tuned for part 3 when I finally dive into meeting Rose-Marie Swift!