Since coming to school at Emerson, I have gradually been trying to switch over many of my beauty products to healthier alternatives that do not contain sulfates, aluminum, phthalates, silicone, and more. If you want to read more about the harmful effects of these ingredients, click here! I made this decision because I felt that in college I have more control over what I put on and in my body, so why not start making healthier choices now? This process has been difficult because of both price and the way my body has reacted to some of these products. However, I don’t regret my efforts because I am doing something positive for my body.
- Deodorant – Ursa Major Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant
This deodorant is 100% natural, aluminum-free, and non-staining. This deodorant smells like peppermint so it smells very fresh. However, the peppermint oil sometimes gives my a burning sensation when I apply it after I shower. This product is effective, but is very pricy. For the first few weeks after ditching antiperspirants that contain aluminum, you will smell… bad. This is called the detox phase where your body is ridding itself of all of the toxins that have built up in you from the blocked sweat resulting from metals like aluminum. All of the forums say that I will start to smell like a rebirthed flower soon… We’ll see.
- Mascara – Milk Ubame Mascara
I have used Milk mascara for a year now and I love it because of the funky brush shape and the quality. It is 74% natural, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten free, silicone free, and talc free. It gives my lashes a very natural curl which I love because I’m into the minimal makeup look. The price is on the higher side, but totally worth it in my book because it lasts a little longer than my other mascaras.
I have recently bought a small bottle of organic rosehip oil on Amazon (there are many brands) after ditching my face cream. I read that using face oils absorbs much better into your skin than creams, and I wanted a product with less ingredients. If you look at the ingredients in your face creams, there are many unnecessary chemicals. I have never really had any serious skin problems, but after using this oil my skin has been much more softer and less prone to pimples. However, I might limit your use of this product if you have very oily skin.
- Hair – Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Miracle Styler Leave in Treatment by Shea Moisture
This product is lifeeeeeeeee. I bought my bottle at CVS, but you can also purchase it on Amazon or the store website! The consistency is a super light cream that absorbs into my hair really well. Before this I was using a combination of three products, all of which had a myriad of ingredients that I could not pronounce (bad sign). This products is pricey, however, it has no parabens, no phthalates, no paraffin, no DEA, no petroleum, no formaldehyde, and no propylene. Also did I mention it smells like marshmallows and flowers?
- Eyeshadow – Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples by Pacifica
Okay so this palette is amazing. It has three creamy colors, rose, bronze, and moonlit, and can be used anywhere on your face, like as a blush, highlighter, or eyeshadow. I use the bronze color as an eyeshadow and I love it! This is the only makeup I wear besides mascara and it’s so easy to use. The palette is pretty cheap considering there are three plentiful eyeshadow colors. Plus, it is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, no parabens no phthalates, and no silicone.
My experience with detoxing my body where I can has been a fun, smelly, and pricy process. Overall, I do not regret my transition to natural, and I will continue to make this change and continue to try out new products to find the ones that work for me. Honestly, I believe that’s it’s worth dropping the few extra dollars on a more natural product that won’t harm my body. Don’t give up, especially when you are in that super smelly detox phase of wearing natural deodorants…