Recently a reader asked me a GREAT question about how to adopt a natural beauty routine. I know it might seem overwhelming at first– but this is about all about baby steps and gradually getting those toxins out of your routine. I mean, did you know that when a product lists “fragrance” on the label it essential means “hidden chemicals”? Basically, that means it could include any number of over 3,000 chemicals used in the fragrance industry? YIKES!
One of the best ways to get started (and how I did) was to invest in a premium essential oil starter kit (that I got at wholesale), so you can familiarize yourself with the 11 most common essential oils and learn how to start using them in your home (to replace toxic products!). Over time, these DIY products crowded out the ones with not-so-pretty ingredient lists, and the rest is history! So read, bookmark, learn and be inspired from these amazing bloggers about how to green your beauty routine! PS–I also have a Facebook group you can join if you want more natural tips!
1) Be prepared
How can you get started with a natural routine if you don’t have essential supplies on hand? No one wants to have to go to the store every time they see a new recipe or great beauty tip (talk about an inspiration killer!). The following staples I find essential for making a transition such as this!
- Essential oils- particularly lavender, lemon, peppermint, thieves, frankincense, & valor.
- Baking soda
- Vinegar (like this)
- Castile soap (like this)
- Coconut oil (like this)
- Vitamin E
- Jojoba Oil (like this)
- Beeswax (like this)
2) Start in the bathroom.
Soap & Shaving Cream:
Homemade Orange Honey Body Wash by The Fitnessista
All Natural Shaving Cream from Homemade Mommy
DIY Shaving Cream by Healy Real Food Vegetarian
Facial Scrub by Kula Mama
Homemade Baby Wipes by Good Girl Gone Green
Oil Cleansing Method by Holistic Health Herbalist
Read why this blogger stopped using toothpaste.
Toothpaste Alternatives by The Nourished Life
3 Ingredient Homemade Mouthwash
Natural & Homemade Anti-bacterial Toothpaste by LA Healthy Living
Coconut oil Tooth Scrub by The Coconut Mama
Homemade Squeezable Toothpaste by Homemade Mommy
Homemade No-Flouride Toothpaste by Small Family Footprint
All Natural Homemade Toothpaste by Thank Your Body
3) Stop buying products and start making your own natural beauty products.
Make a great lotion:
Anti-bacterial Body Butter
Coconut Oil Lotion Bars by The Coconut Mama
Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter by The Nourished Life
Homemade Face Cream by The Elliott Homestead
DIY your natural beauty products:
DIY Lip Butters (chocolate and plain)
Simple Beet Blush
Lip Balm by The Coconut Mama
Homemade Bronzer by Thank Your Body
All Natural Homemade Foundation by Thank Your Body
Honey Face Mask by The Nourished Life
4) Learn about less toxic makeup brands.
If you want to buy a product, you need to get educated on less toxic skincare. I use EWG’s Skindeep database as my#1 tool and authority for researching product safety. They rate skincare and beauty products on a 0-1o scale (10 is the most toxic to your health) so you can make informed decisions before making a purchase.
You can find one of my favorite less toxic makeup brands here. Each and every product made by this company is rated between 0-2 on the EWG’s Skindeep database, which takes away all the hassle and worry about what you are putting on your skin. Here are a few of my favorite products from them:
- Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer <— my go-to lightweight tinted SPF for the Spring and Summer (EWG rating: 2)
- Color Sweep Blush Duo in Tawny/Whisper (EWG rating: 2)
- Lip Sheer in Twig (EWG rating: 1)
- Touchup Skin Concealer Pen (EWG rating: 2)
- Protect Stick Sunscreen with SPF 30 (EWG rating: 1)
100 DIY Beauty Recipes by Don’t Mess with Mama
Now it’s your turn. Please share you best DIY natural beauty & green living tips in the comments!
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