Just beginning to make the switch to natural beauty products and not sure where to start? You’re in the right place.
The world of natural beauty products is exploding these days. With new products being released all the time, it can be hard to know which products are authentic and which are fake.
Why change to natural beauty products?
Natural beauty products are exploding. There are more and more products available now than ever before, and the quality is unbelievable.
For me, the main reason that I switched to natural beauty products was for health reasons. I didn’t want to be unwittingly putting toxins in my body through my skin, that could potentially cause health issues down the track.
Other big reasons to choose natural beauty products are:
- They contain no harsh chemicals or toxins
- They are often made from organic and high quality ingredients
- They are usually made in a way that’s better for the environment
- They are usually made sustainably by local businesses.
Pretty much every beauty product now can be made in a more natural way, so it’s always worth making the switch and giving it a try.
What products should I start with?
It can be overwhelming trying to decide which products to start with, so I recommend just starting with 3: deodorant, shampoo and skin care.
For all of the products I recommend below, I’ve included links to the Nourished Life website. Nourished Life is a fantastic place to find natural beauty products – I use it myself, and this post is not sponsored – I genuinely shop from this store ALL THE TIME. They check through all the ingredients in every product they sell, so you know that nothing on their website contains any toxins.
Natural deodorants are everywhere these days, so they are one of the easiest switches to make into your beauty routine. I first switched to natural deodorant about 3 years ago and I will never ever go back.
If you have never used a natural deodorant before be warned – your armpits can take about 2-3 weeks to detox from all the aluminium in commercial deodorants. This can be an unpleasant process where you will sweat more and smell worse than you ever have before.
Before you begin, it can be a good thing to do an armpit detox to help draw out the aluminium, as this can speed up the process of removing it. But you don’t have to – I didn’t when I first switched over. A good natural armpit detox is this one by KIND-LY.
When choosing a natural deodorant, I would recommend getting sample sizes of 3-4 different products. Try to stick to each one for about 2-3 weeks to really know if it is working for you. I’d also recommend making at least one of your choices “bicarb free” as bicarb soda is a known armpit irritant, and some people have reactions to it (I’m one of them).
For me personally, I haven’t found anything better than Ethique Botanica. I love it for so many reasons – number one is that it WORKS. I smell as fresh as a daisy all day long, and barely sweat at all. I also don’t get a reaction from it as it’s bicarb soda free, and it even comes in biodegradable packaging (totally plastic free!).
Another deodorant that I quite like is Axilla by Black Chicken (bicarb free version for me). They now come in a few different scents yet which I’m pretty keen to try! This one is in a tub, which is a little more handy for chucking in your handbag than the packaging free Ethique.
Shampoo and conditioner
Personally, I probably found choosing a natural shampoo and conditioner that I liked the most difficult part. I have oily hair at the roots but I can also get dry ends.
I really like the idea of shampoo and conditioner bars, primarily for the reduced waste. And while I found that the shampoo bars work well, the conditioner bars just didn’t have enough moisture for my long mane of hair.
For my long hair, I use Ethique’s shampoo bars – I like Heali Kiwi. It’s gentle on my oily scalp, and doesn’t make it feel itchy a few days later.
For conditioner, I use a leave in conditioner by Andalou naturals. I find that leave in conditioners are much better for longer hair, but if you have shorter hair that doesn’t get as tangled Ethique’s conditioner bars aren’t bad.
Again for skin care I really liked the idea of using packaging-free products but I just couldn’t find any that I liked. Most of the moisturiser-bars weren’t moisturising enough and the cleansing bars stripped too much of the oils from my face and left it feeling dry.
In the end I settled with Eco by Sonya Driver. It is an organic and natural line of products, and even includes a natural tanning range.
The products I use:
- Super citrus cleanser: as my general face cleanser
- Himalayan salt scrub: as my face and body exfoliator
- Coconut body milk: as my face and body moisturiser
- Face tan water: to brighten up my face
- Oil free moisturiser: when I use the face tan water
- Glory oil: for extra moisture after exfoliating or in winter when my skin is dry.
These are my 3 favourite categories of products, and they’re a great place to get started. I’ve listed quite a few products here, but when you’re just starting out pick 2-3 and start from there.