Shampoo & Conditioner
If you really want to go 100% completely natural in your hair care, then “No Poo” with baking soda and vinegar wash would be worth a try. I loved No-Pooing for about a year while I was cutting costs and trying to avoid toxic products. If that’s not your thing, here are a few options of shampoos and conditioners that are completely non-toxic and a 2 or below on the EWG Skin Deep scale (lower is less toxic.)
Soap can be kept very simple. I like Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap (which you can use in many homemade products as well and is cost-effective!) But my all time favorite soap is Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Bar which keeps my skin super moisturized. You can also pick it up at Target stores.
The best way to take care of your skin and cleanse it at the same time is to avoid stripping its natural oils. The most effective and affordable way to do this is by using the Oil Cleansing Method. This was a game changer for my acne-prone skin, and I’ve been using it since 2009. You will need to purchase two quality oils to start. My favorite are a 3 to 1 blend of castor oil to olive oil. Click HERE for a post on how to use the method.
Lovely organic washcloths to use with Oil Cleansing Method
If oil cleansing method is not for you, I have also used and am a big fan of Annmarie Gianni Cleansers.
If you’re more into intricate, homemade recipes for facial cleansing, I love Crunchy Betty’s recipes.
Make-Up + Moisturizer
I really, really love Annmarie Gianni products. Pretty much all of them. They are beautifully made, hand-crafted, and 100% naturally from the earth. They have some excellent sample kits so you can try out their different products before spending a ton. Here are my favorites:
Annmarie Gianni Popular Product Sample Kit: This kit is great because it’s practically free. You pay $10 at checkout and get a $10 coupon towards a future purchase!
Annmarie Minerals Foundations Kit: I use this foundation everyday and am obsessed. You can use it two ways: combined with their moisturizing oil blend as a liquid or on top of a primer of choice as a powder.
All Annmarie Gianni Sample Kits: These are fun to send to friends as a gift or for a treat of your own.
For all other make-up (eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow, lip gloss) I love 100% Pure.
**Note: Both of these companies usually have coupon codes out online or on their Facebook pages, so check around online before you checkout and pay.** 🙂
I’ve tried a lot of natural deodorants and know that they are not created equal. In 2011 I started making my own homemade deodorant and haven’t turned back.
If you aren’t into homemade deodorant, Primal Pit Paste works really well too and there are several modes of application and scents to choose from. And just FYI- both of these options still lets you sweat like your body is supposed to, so don’t expect them to be anti-perspirant; you don’t want that anyway.