10 of the best natural beauty brands to buy when going chemical free

by polly on August 7, 2013

When I first learned about the chemicals in every skincare and shampoo bottle adorning my bathroom shelves, my immediate reaction was “HOW IS THIS LEGAL?” Many everyday brands that many of us have grown up using, are in fact poisoning us. Yes I realise that sounds a bit extreme, but let me break it down for you so you really understand what you’re lathering on your skin for that all over glow.

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Chemicals lurking in your beauty regime

SLS (sodium laurel sulphate) is a caustic cleanser that can cause irritation to the scalp, eyes and skin. According to the Women’s Environmental Network there is some evidence to suggest there are reproductive effects and damage to the liver, lungs & the immune system when this comes into contact with the body.

Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) have been linked to decreased fertility in females and faulty reproductive development in male foetuses.

Formaldehyde, often used in shampoos and deoderants, is carinogenic meaning it causes cancer. Errr..yes you did read it right, it can cause cancer! Got that box ticked thanks, don’t really want any more!

Parabens are the most widely used preservative in personal care products; methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben are the main culprits which you will find in thousands of products across the world. In 2004, senior lecturer in oncology, Philippa Darbre’s team published a pivotal study that detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from breast tumour biopsies. Her study didn’t prove parabens cause cancer, only that they were easily detected among cancerous cells. Parabens can imitate the oestrogen hormone, influencing high levels in the body, which may be linked to breast cancer.

Lead is found in the majority of ‘conventional’ lipsticks which is carcinogenic and should be avoided.

Considerations

Many ‘experts’ claim that they are not harmful because they exist in such small doses that it’s not enough to cause enough of a problem. However if you’re like me, (and I suspect every girl from 21 to 51 is!) you use MORE the one product a day. Chemicals stay in your body and get stored in your cells which over time, accumulate causing health problems further down the line.

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Nature has provided us with some incredible resources which work in harmony with our bodies and even possess health-enhancing qualities. So if we can use more natural products, why don’t we do it? The standard answer is “it’s too costly” which is a fairy good enough answer on the surface but when we take into consideration the risk we are putting ourselves at by using these cheaper artificial products, we are actually putting ourselves at risk of developing disease in the future.

I know it can be daunting when first starting out ‘going natural’ so I’ve provided some of my favourite brands below so you have a head start on where to go to buy them (here) and what to buy. My advice is ADD IN, before you throw out and when you finish the ‘old nasty stuff’, go chemical free for that item. And the next item and so on…

Here are some of my favourite products that I use regularly.

1. BEST DAY MOISTURISER – Kimberly Sayer

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2. BEST NIGHT MOISTURISER – Kimberly Sayer

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3. BEST MAKE UP REMOVER – A’kin

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 4. BEST BODY WASH – Lavera

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5. BEST MASCARA – AEOS Scincare

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6. BEST EYELINER – Wild About Beauty

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7. BEST NAIL POLISH – Zoya

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8. BEST FAKE TAN – Green People

 

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 9. BEST BODY MOISTURISER – S.W. Basics

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10. BEST ALLOVER BEAUTY OIL – Arganic

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Tell me in the comments below, what’s your favourite natural beauty brand?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie August 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Can you please recommend the best concealer?

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polly August 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I like Wild About Beauty ;)

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Theresa Bond August 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Brilliant article, coincidentally just ordered a new Zoya nail varnish today! Have been using natural products for a while now so love these recomendations. Will definately be buying some xxx

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polly August 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

LOVE zoya ;)

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Ashley Brown August 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

Great to see that you these products. I do prefer Lavera for body wash. Besides these I generally prefer to use natural products like NouriFusion® for skin care.

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Carly August 9, 2013 at 9:10 am

Try rms beauty for a totally raw 100% makeup brand. Amazing stuff. X

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Viv @ acleanaffair August 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Great recommendations Polly! I would also add Petrolatum to the list of ingredients to avoid in skincare & cosmetics, due to contamination with a possible human carcinogen. Two of my favourite beauty brands are RMS Beauty (great concealer) and Vapour Organic Beauty. They sit beautifully on the skin while providing natural goodness.

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Faye August 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

I’ve just recently discovered your blog, Polly, and it’s such an interesting read. I’ve been using natural and organic products for some time now. Some of my favourite brands are Antipodes, Barefoot Botanicals, Pai, Sophyto and – a new discovery – Sukin. I’ve definitely noticed brands taking more responsibility for what they put in their bottles over the last few years.

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Laura Ferrell November 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Interesting information & recommendations. Will try some. L Ferrell

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Susan February 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Hi and thank you for this very informative article. I recently tested positive for chemicals during a nutrition Response therapy. It freaked me out a little because I didn’t think I had much interaction with chemicals. Come to find out I’m actually dousing my face and lips every day via the makeup I wear. It’s terrible. I’m going to start using some of the products you mentioned here.
Thanks so much!

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