A running list of my current favorite cleaner, greener skincare and makeup products.
My skin type: normal to dry, acne here and there, early 20’s
My skin color: light-medium with yellow undertones
EWG rating: the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® cosmetic database lists hazard ratings for nearly 70,000 products and 9,000 ingredients on the market. The U.S. government doesn’t review the toxicity of products before they’re sold.
Noncomedogenic: does not have pore-clogging ingredients, I use Acne Clinic NYC’s tool for checking this.
Cruelty free🐇: I use products that are cruelty free (not tested on animals) in the U.S. This can range from the products being Leaping Bunny, Beauty without Bunnies, or Choose Cruelty Free verified or claimed to be cruelty free by the company itself. A few of the brands below may be tested on animals in other countries, refer to each brand’s website to verify.
Sets makeup without making it cakey or leaving a white cast
EWG Verified for non-toxic health and safety
Free from: Parabens, Gluten, GMO, Phthalates, Sulfates, Fragrance, Pheonoxyethanol, Dimethicone, PEG, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Lead, Mineral Oil, Talc
Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Pearl Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf* *USDA Organic
Pro-tip: I use the rms beauty Powder Puff for application by dipping into the powder first, dabbing the excess on the back of my hand, and then gently pressing the powder on desired areas
Dries out acne and reduces inflammation, I use this overnight after I remove makeup and cleanse my face
Ingredients: tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Pro-tip: Make 50/50 solution of tea tree oil to water to make sure you’re not damaging your skin, essential oils should be diluted before direct use on the skin
Minimizes pores and dries out acne, I use this before I apply the tea tree oil at night for really bad breakouts
Cruelty Free🐇 (except in “some countries where Origins is sold [that] require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulator safety process…partnering with The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (http://wwww.iivs.org) in their mission to ensure alternative testing becomes the global standard”)
Free from: Parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, petrolatum, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde
Ingredients: Water, Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Peg-100 Stearate, Charcoal Powder, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Peg-150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol
The only lip balm that actually helps my dry chapped lips, does not feel waxy, feels nice and liquidy
Free from: Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum or SLS
Ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed wax, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale)cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), sclerocarya birrea seed oil, soybean glycerides, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, garcinia indica seed butter*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) unsaponifiables, cymbopogon martini oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, salvia sclarea (clary) oil, tocopherol, myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil, vanilla planifolia fruit extract illicium verum (anise) fruit/seed oil, cananga odorata flower oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, citric acid, geraniol, linalool, benzyl benzoate. *Kokum Butter
Pro-tip: I find that this lip balm is not a good primer for other lip products, wait for this to dry completely before attempting to apply lipsticks or tints
A refreshing exfoliating face & body wash to help you get rid of those bumps, doesn’t dry my skin type out, I use it in once a day in the morning
Free from: oil, artificial colors, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, plastic microbeads, synthetic fragrances
Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2.0%, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(1), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glycerin, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil(2), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil(2), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil(2), Algin, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Cellulose Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool. (1)Certified Organic Ingredient (2)For scent only
A roll-on liquid deodorant that doesn’t stain clothes and dries quickly, 24-hour odor protection, doesn’t claim to keep you dry but this hasn’t been a problem for me
Free from: Aluminum Chloride/Chlorohydrate/Zirconium, Parabens, Phthalates, and Artificial Fragrance
Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Potassium Alum (Mineral Salts), Polysorbate-20 , *Fragrance/Parfum, Cellulose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid, Zinc Gluconate. (*Natural fragrance made with essential oils and extracts)
Pro-tip: Try the unscented version if you have sensitive skin or are sensitive to essential oils
Let me know your skincare and makeup favorites down below!