Natural Skincare – Making Healthy Natural Changes in all aspects of our lives……
Did you know there are approximately 10,500 chemicals commonly used in skincare and beauty products?
More importantly, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) only 13% of these have been tested for safety over the past 30 years? Finding that out was a kind of ‘what the?!’ moment for me.
‘Healthy, Natural Changes’ doesn’t just refer to diet, it also means making healthier, more natural choices in other areas of our lives. The amount of chemicals we expose our bodies to everyday places such a burden on our bodies.
According to the EWG, “The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily…..involving chemicals which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system.
That fact encouraged me to look for more natural skincare options. A few months ago I began the very slow process of changing over my products. When something ran out, I looked for an alternative. I’d love to be able to throw everything out and buy better products straight away but hey – who can afford that???
Replacing things one at a time is a manageable process, and I’ve been surprised to find that a lot of the organic and natural skincare and makeup products are actually quite comparable in price. I’m still not done, and some products I have tried I haven’t loved so will keep trying till I find something that suits me. Skincare is such a personal thing, what suits me may not suit you and so on. I have included some recommendations below however on what I have tried and loved, and links to some wonderful Australian companies to get you started!
Nourished Life is a fantastic store that only stocks toxin free skincare and makeup, for women, men and children. They are known as the ‘strictest store in Australia’ as just because a product may say ‘all natural’ it doesn’t mean it is!
Here are some of my favourite finds…..
La Mav Organic BB Crème is an all in one moisturiser, foundation and UV protection. Can be used alone, or for more coverage together with a powder. It is one shade only, so if you are really fair then this probably isn’t for you. La Mav is 100% cruelty free and is Australia’s 1st and largest Organic skin care brand. You can check out the range of La Mav that Nourished Life stocks here.
I have also tried and loved La Mav’s Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser. I love a good foaming cleanser I can use in the shower. This is for Oily and combination skin, they have a Hydra-Calm cleanser too that is designed for dry and sensitive skin. You can find La Mav Sweet Orange Foaming Cleanser here. and the Hydra-Calm Cleanser here.
Eco Tan deodorant
Completely free from any artificial ingredients or aluminium. Certified organic, and comes in a pump bottle and smells like fresh coconuts. I love it, it works for me in a hot climate here. You can find it here.
The other natural deodorant that comes highly recommended is Black Chicken Axilla natural deodorant paste. Handmade in Australia and is free from any nasties. (I just prefer a spray, that’s why I haven’t tried this one)
Some nail polishes have nasty ingredients in them, such as Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toulene. Phthalates which are in so many personal care products have been linked to numerous health issues, not only for us but for our children if we use them whilst pregnant. You can read an article about this here.
Nourished Life has a great range, including ‘RGB’ ( a ‘five free’ formula), ‘Butter London’ and ‘Pacifica’.
Pacifica 7 Free are made without 7 toxins as the name suggests – phthalates, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, parabens and camphor. Again, not all totally natural but a lot better than most! I’m using a Pacifica at the moment and it wears really well.
Butter London is another great one I have used and loved, but now it is even better as the new formula just released is a ‘7 free’ , a high shine, Gel Cushion style nail lacquer in 9 stunning shades.
The other thing I recommend is ‘Fresh Therapies Natural Nail Polish Remover’ – no toxins, no chemicals, and one wipe removes polish really well.
Irene from Nourished Life also told me her top three products:
The top 3 bestsellers in skin care are:
Lhami – another of my favourite online stores
Lhami products that I have tried have all been just gorgeous! They tick all the right boxes – Australian owned and made, Certified cruelty free, certified organic ingredients. From cleansers and moisturisers to oils and exfoliators, they will have a product to suit your skin type. Lhami have a kids and men’s range also. I’ve just bought a Eucalyptus balm to get us through winter, and I have a small roll on perfume (that uses natural oils, not chemical fragrances) that I carry in my handbag. It’s amazing how sensitive your sense of smell becomes when you revert to more natural products and get rid of the fragrance. I love the subtle smell of it now! You can take a look at the perfumes here.
Natalie from Lhami told me her top three best sellers are:
The Body and Hand Lotions are extremely popular too.
I will update this blog post as I go with new discoveries….still have a long way to go but it feels great to have started on our low tox journey 🙂
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If you would like to read more on the issues surrounding chemicals in skincare, check out the Environmental Working Group here.