My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today

My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today

After polling you all over on Instagram and Snapchat on whether you preferred me to share my non-toxic product transition or the final overhaul, the verdict was clear: you wanted to see the transition.

There are still some products that I want to find better alternatives to, there are still some products I need to swap to non-toxic. But today, I’m sharing with you what I’ve switched over to so far, and what’s working for me. I always love trying new products (and I think you should change up your beauty/skincare routine, so your skin doesn’t get used to it – just like your workouts), so if you like this post, I’ll do a follow-up post on this.

For now, here’s what non-toxic skincare and haircare products I’m using now. Makeup will be next!

What I Ate Today, February 7, 2017


Since I got a late start to the day (didn’t get to my desk until 9:15am) and wanted to keep on my schedule (I’m usually done with e-mails by 9:15am, because I’m at my desk by 8:15am at the latest), I just had a banana with Justin’s almond butter. I ran out of the serving-size packets (my favorite, you can grab them here), so I had to go straight out of the tub. #reallife


I had one of my favorite NOKA Organics packets, in the Sweet Potato flavor. You can grab them here.


I knew I would be testing a couple of recipes, so I kept lunch predictable and the same as usual: my vegetable sandwich, this time with kale as the greens instead of spinach (because I ran out!) Hummus, cucumbers, onion, avocado, carrots, tomato, all on Ezekiel bread.


A slice of this pizza (made with a spiralized potato crust!) – SO DELICIOUS. Insanely delicious. Sharing the recipe on Valentine’s Day, so stay tuned! I gave the leftovers to the doormen at the front desk!

I also had a small bowl of the sauce from this dish (a dairy-free creamy tomato basil sauce with chicken), because I was craving a bit of protein! Recipe coming soon!


I had full intentions of cooking dinner, but after my Spanish lesson, I worked a bit later (until about 7:15pm) and I got back, threw in a load of laundry, and was pooped. Luckily, I had saved leftovers from last week’s dinner (my Quinoa Vegetable Chili), so I just reheated that up!


I was craving salty, so I had a big bowl of my favorite vegan cheesey popcorn by SkinnyPop. I also had a little bowl of blueberries, but forgot to take a picture!

My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare

About a month ago, I discovered a disconnect in my daily routine. I take pride in eating clean, whole foods, exercising consistently, being as kind as I can be to others, and practicing self-love and care. However, I was noticing that my skin wasn’t normally as radiant, and I was feeling like my every day was missing something. I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I just started to think about my daily routine, to find the source of “the void.” Since I eat well (and always read ingredients), why wasn’t I applying this healthy perspective to all of the products I use and consume?

I opened up my medicine cabinet and looked in my shower and to my dismay: all chemicals. I started reading about the dangers of some of the chemicals found in a lot of the products I was using and I discovered the scary truth: many of these chemicals aren’t well regulated by the US FDA and they are known to play a role in cancer, fertility, mood disorders, and even organ toxicity. Since these chemical compounds are absorbed by your skin, they get into your body system and can affect it. And it’s not the single use of a cream. It’s the everyday, constant use that ends up messing with your body’s ability to naturally detox from these chemicals.


And I’m not trying to scare you. I JUST recently became aware of all of this (ignorance is bliss, eh?), and I relate it to my journey with vegansim. When I read my first book on veganism, I immediately thought, “How did I not KNOW all of this?! And how have I been eating this way for so long?! I’m hurting myself!”

Now…. you could cause yourself to go crazy over all of this – healthy eating, exercising, and buying non-toxic products. What I recommend (especially if you don’t have the budget for a major overhaul) is pick maybe 2-3 products that you use every single day and replace them with something non-toxic (say, your moisturizer and deodorant). Then, as your products run out, choose to buy non-toxic ones. That’s what I’m doing!

So, I’ve decided to transition as quickly as I can to a non-toxic skincare and beauty routine. This sounds really daunting, time-consuming, and expensive, but thanks to the Internet and all of your amazing recommendations, I started cleaning up my routine.

UPDATE: Download the Think Dirty App and start checking all of your products for their toxicity levels. You’ll be shocked!

So let’s look at my NEW medicine cabinet and compare it to the old and see what I swapped! Next post will be about makeup and then, of course, household cleaning.

My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today

Daily cleanser

Was using: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
Now using: Beautycounter’s Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Daily moisturizer

Was using: Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Now using: Beautycounter’s Nourishing Day Cream

Daily under-eye cream

Was using: Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel
Now using: Beautycounter’s Rejuvenating Eye Cream
Also trying (waiting to arrive in the mail): Korres Eye Cream

Night under-eye cream

Was using: La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Now using: La Mer The Eye Concentrate
Also trying (waiting to arrive in the mail): Night repair cream by Eminence

This eye cream was a gift from Lu for Christmas (it’s extremely expensive and works like magic). I’m waiting until it runs out to replace, because it just seems extremely wasteful not to use it. And it’s low on the toxicity levels.

Night face cream

Was using: La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream Ultralight Gel
Now using: Blueberry Soy Night Recovery Cream by Eminence (LOVE! You can also find it here.)

Charcoal mask

Was using: Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask by Clinique
Now using: Beautycounter Charcoal Mask (OBSESSED!)
Also love this mask (not a charcoal): Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Makeup remover

Was using: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
Now using: Burt’s Bees Face Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
Phasing out: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water


Was using: Clinique Clarifying Lotion
Now using: Beautycounter Rejuvenating Toner Pads (love how they come ready-to-use)
Also using: S.W. Basics Toner


Was using: Dove Antiperspirant
Now using: Arbonne Pure Mint Deodorant
Used and HATED: Jason’s deodorant (I smelt so bad!)

I’m still looking for a great deodorant – the Arbonne one is MUCH better than Jason’s and I’m pretty happy with it, but there’s room for improvement. Let me know!

Daily body lotion

Was using: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer
Now using: Eminence Coconut Firming Skin Moisturizer (I can’t say enough good things about this, it feels amazing putting it on, it smells incredible, and I’ve noticed my skin firming, literally!)
Also using: Arbonne Hand & Body Lotion (for moisturizing hands and when I don’t want to break into the ‘good stuff’ by Eminence.)


Was using: Ugh, anything – Crest, Colgate, etc.
Now using: Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste (LOVE!)

Hair wax

Was using: Bed Head Up Front wax
Now using: John Masters Organics

Hair spray

Was using: Big Sexy Hair
Now using: Outerspace Flexible Hairspray by R+Co

Dry Shampoo

Was using: Toni + Guy Dry Shampoo
Now using: R+Co Dry Shampoo (obsessed!)

Shower Products

My Transition Over to Non-Toxic Beauty and Skincare + What I Ate Today

Shampoo & Conditioner

Was using: John Frieda Brilliant Brunette
Now using: Acure Shampoo & Conditioner

Body Wash

Was using: Dove body wash
Now using: Everyday Shea Body Butter Wash (I found this at Whole Foods and I’m obsessed – it smells deliciously minty + vanilla-y, AND the cause is great: all sales of Alaffia products contribute to empowerment projects to help break the cycle of poverty in Togo, Africa.

Facial exfoliator

Was using: Neutrogena Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
Now using: Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfoliator


So, tell me – what are some of your favorite non-toxic skincare products?


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  1. Love, love Paula's Choice skincare and have been using it exclusively for many years. Her website also contains Beautypedia, a huge encyclopedia of products rated for safety and how well they do what the manufacturer says they will do for your skin. She just released a new foundation with medium coverage that I'm looking forward to using in place of a cc cream I've been using that has a few irritants in it.As for your deodorant question, I have "problem pits" and have found that depilating my pits regularly is vital to helping "natural" deodorants work all day. I second the many comments for Schmidt's (lots of great scents) and Lavanila which is effective during the winter here in the southern California desert. Aesop deodorant 1.7 fl. oz. at Barney's for $35. It's the most amazingly effective deodorant in my drawer! One spray per pit every 24 hours!Thank you so much for sharing your journey ;)
    • I am in love with Paula's Choice Too! I had a problem with the skin that I had tried Many over the counter and prescription attempts to resolve. PC was a total cure. At 47 I had sun damage and needed full coverage foundation. At 49 my dark splotches are gone! PC advocates healthy ingredients and Beautypedia will lead you to products that work at every pricepoint. I am a customer for life.
    • Hi SandraWhich PC skin care products do you use as my face tone / issues sounds similar to yours. Thanks.
  2. You should check out Pure Haven Essentials. Their standards are very high but their prices are not bad at all! I use their shampoo, conditioner, and soap. I hear their deodorant is really good! Also check out Norwex to overhaul you're cleaning cabinet!
  3. So many great products out there and am glad your spreading the word. I love lanvanila and Piper Wai deodorants. Yes to Carrots also has great products along with Josie Maran and Korres. These are natural and all Cruelty-Free. Keep sharing!
  4. Almost 20 years ago I switched over my cleaning products and a variety of other products to the "total wellness" company, Melaleuca. They are a FANTASTIC company!! Just can't say enough good things about the company, their mission, and their products. Everything they have is top-notch and superb. Go to their website and check them out.
  5. Sarah Thompson :
    Many have a love/hate (or love to hate) feeling towards her, but Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop is a great resource - everything is clean on her site. Vintner's Daughter has a great serum and anything by Juice Beauty is great. Good luck!!
  6. Yay for switching to non-toxic!!! I did so as well. Are you familiar with PUREhaven Essentials? Their facility is USDA Certified Organic, totally non-toxic, and made in America :D Along with skincare, makeup, hair care, essential oils, etc...they have products for Lu, babies, children, and products for cleaning your home. You might have a coronary if you check your cleaning products with the Think Dirty app! I'll provide my site and contact info. From one entrepreneur and spiralizer to another...
  7. Make your own body butter and sugar scrub. It's not hard and you can scent with essential oils of your choice.
  8. So excited to see this topic. I have been researching things like this and how they all mess with my hormones. I just started using EVER Skincare which is clinical grade botanical based line. It has no toxins and bad stuff. I have really seen a difference in 6 months of using. Check it out.. I am happy to send you samples too. Love your site and have just gotten your cook books.. etc. I am also on this quest to change my food. May even try the Whole 30. I think it too will help the hormones. Congrats on your success! Keep doing what you do! Hugs! Michele
  9. I am a very sweaty person and I have been successfully usin Primal Pit Paste in sensitive. It doesn't have a smell which I like, but it keeps me dry and I don't stink! It is available at Whole Foods. The Beauty Counter Beauty Balm is the Balm! It is great for cleansing, moisturizing, highlighting, preventing chafing, and protecting your face from the cold. It would be my desert island product.
    • Missy, did you have a problem with your arm pits turning red after using Primal Pit Paste? I have the lavender and like the smell, not sure I'd want to go completely unscented, but the red splotchy-ness is difficult... other than that it works much better than any of the other natural deodorants I've tried.
  10. Thank you for sharing this post! I can't wait to look into these more as I am working on finding non toxic skin care myself! :)
  11. I have tried every natural deodorant out there and by light years the BEST is Piper Wai. It's a charcoal based deodorant and it's awesome!
  12. Ever try sesame oil , it feel great on your face and body
  13. Meow meow tweet has the best deodorant in both pot and stick for,. Works incredibly well amd they Have versions without baking soda if you have sensitivity. Also love Primally pure!
  14. Beginning of this year, I did the same thing you did! I use Norwex for household cleaning, great stuff. I have switched over hand soup, detergent- laundry and dish, shampoo( use a shampoo bar soap now - and decreasing amount of times I actually wash my hair), nail polish, skincare, candles to soy and started looking into diffusers/essential oils. Deodorant recommendation- I have tried Norwex and Toms which haven't worked out. But then a friend of mine told me about Native..LOVE, different flavors available. I love the coconut. You can only find on their website- 12$, free shipping. Going to try your skincare recommendation after my Avalon organics is completed. Wanted to find a toxic free skin care regimen that didn't break the bank. Avalon is okay. Need to still change my toothpaste still- will try your recommendation as well, And I'm totally inspired by all your great recipies. Just bought a spiralizer myself!
  15. I second primal pit paste. I tried for FIVE years to find a natural deodorant my husband (pickier than me) could use in the Texas summer and FINALLY found it! Never ever stink. I haven't tried the sticks, only the little tubs but works amazingly well and lasts longer than you would think looking at the tiny jar.
  16. Autumn Chandler :
    Primally Pure Deodorant is amazing! I've used it for about 6 months now and I love it!
  17. I would highly recommend trying the Native deodorant brand. I've tried about 10 natural deodorants and this is the only one that has worked for both my husband and I. And the scents are amazing!
  18. I make my own coconut oil-arrow root and bicarbonate of soda deodorant with addes essential oils of your choice. Best thing I have ever used. Also make my own dry shampoo with arrowroot or cornflour or tapioca and cacao powder. Adjust cacao to the color of you hair. Have it in a jar and I apply with a powder brush. Make up remover....whichever oil you want and a hot flanel. I use this in the evening Morning face wash.... raw honey. Exfoliator...... brown sugar body mosturiser.... whichever oil you fancy and you can add your choice of essential oils to it. I usually apply it before I dry myself after my shower. I could continue but you get the idea.
  19. I'm a dentist and I make my own toothpaste using baking soda, coconut oil, xylitol and peppermint extract...I also use a fluoride rinse afterwards ?
  20. PiperWai is the most awesome deodorant love it
  21. Do you recommend any books / good reading materials on dangerous chemicals/toxic stuff in food (i.e. the book you referenced on veganism) or beauty? really want to learn more before I invest in alll these goodies.Thanks! Kelly
  22. Everyone's body is different. I tried making my own deodorant and I tried primal pit paste. Unfortunately, neither worked for me. I've had more success with Real Purity. You can also check out Wellness Mama blog - she has a ton of recipes for products you can make yourself. I love her lotion bars and exclusively use those for moisturizing. I also love Eminence products for my face.
  23. I use a lot of Acure and Beautycounter products too. I love Young Living AromaBright Toothpaste!! It has completely transformed my dental care. I had some periodontal issues and they are totally gone. It helps keep my teeth white as well, all natural ingredients with essential oils. I also use the Young Living really works! I like their Orange Blossom Facial Wash, gentle and smells great. The YL Wolfberry Eye Cream works great on my 55 year old fine lines. Thanks for your it!! :)
  24. I love all of the skincare resources people are providing! I'm just starting my research on natural skincare, as I'm wrapping up my latest Whole30 and continuing to refine what I put INTO my body as well. :)But as far as household cleaning products go, I have made my own for years, primarily using "recipes" from the book Clean House, Clean Planet (it's amazing what you can accomplish with baking soda, white vinegar and some essential oils!) This has been of particular importance to me with 2 kids in the house, as I don't want to have to put a "poison" sticker on anything.
  25. Re popcorn snackHave you tried sprinkling nutritional yeast on your popcorn. Yummy!
  26. This is the best deodorant that I've found - smells like chocolate mint when it goes on, but throughout the day wears off. My friend Tara sells it and I'm OBSESSED.Pure Haven Essentials - Deodorant essentials|ALL
    • I meant the chocolate mint smells wears off, not the deo! This deo is the one that actually lasts for me. haha. That was confusing.
  27. Hi, don't forget nail polish - most are full of toxins and given you are preparing food with your hands no matter how clean they are - just horrible!! Check out this site for great alternatives, I love Zoya.
  28. I have decided to do an overhaul on some of our products. I got our tooth paste, shampoo and foaming soap from Green Beaver (I'm Canadian), Shea Butter soaps from Moyya (fair trade organic!), had to try the Shea body wash you reccomended and my body lotion from Eminence. Pit Paste deodorant is also on the way. I will switch over my face care products as I run out. Lancome is too expensive not to use up! I even got my organic perfume from Ganesha's Garden. Can't wait for these to arrive, they are in a lovely carved soap stone container (again fair trade). Cleaning products are next!
    • I am obsessed with the brand 100% Pure. All of their items have free shipping, which is a huge perk. I'm obsessed with their coffee bean eye cream and their primer. I have super sensitive skin and have been super happy with their products. As for the deodorant department, I've tried several with the majority making me stink like b.o. My hands down favorite is Real Purity roll on deodorant, and you can get it from Whole Foods. After a few weeks of use I don't really sweat anymore.
      • Thank you Melissa, after reading your post i went on the website and really like it. Have you noticed changes on fine lines since you have used the eye cream? Claire
  29. Thank you Ali for this post!! I'm making a list right now to start adding some of these to my daily routine <3
  30. Loved this post and cringed to see a few products I regularly use have chemicals in them. I'll transition over slowly. :-) All natural stuff is pricey!In the same vein as non-toxic beauty products, I've recently switched over to a 100% cotton tampon subscription service, which is both super convenient and better for you. Try LOLA ( -- they make all sorts of feminine hygiene products and ship you a custom box of any combo of products you want every 1-2 months. Easy to skip months too if you find you're not using up your Lola stuff as quickly as you thought. Use my code "EDYRENFORTH1" to save $5 if you want to try too. :-)
  31. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful post. No words to describe this post. Its really great. Very good. Once again i thanks a lot. Best of luck.
  32. Awesome post! Thank you for sharing your experience; this has totally motivated me to look in my beauty and cleaning cabinets with an even more health-conscious eye. I try to choose my products wisely, but in reality...lack of knowledge and time pressure (okay, and maybe a little laziness - it's so easy to follow a routine) has lead me to buy the same-old, same-old stuff. Now I'm ready to clean things up! Again, thank you for the inspiration and the information!!
  33. Made the switch over today for skincare. Goodbye Lancome, hello Eminence! Did an overhaul on our soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume and all household cleaning products. It's amazing how I was able to condense so many products into just a few necessities. It will be cheaper in the end I think. Painful right
  34. I have always been concerned about my families diet and healthy eating, but as my 6 year old daughter fights Leukemia I began to see there were other factors that are affecting our health. Thank you Ali for spreading the word on how important it is to choose wisely on the other products we use each day. Several people have mentioned makeup and I have begun using a new line of skincare and makeup that are clean and from a company that originally was used for makeup on Hollywood and Broadway stars but now has options for anyone. My favorite skincare item is called one drop wonder and has only one ingredient!!! My skin has never felt better and I am comfortable with my teenage girls using it on their skin too. It also has a great pricepoint!!! Check it out:
  35. Natalie Peterson :
    Hi Ali! Thanks for sharing the products. I can't wait to try some of these. Do you use natural makeup too? I'm thinking about transitioning to more natural makeup products, but I'm not sure where to start.Thank you, Natalie
    • Hi, Natalie! I started using PUREhaven Essentials makeup, and I love it! It is completely nontoxic, manufactured in a USDA certified organic facility, is made in the USA, and is very affordable! It feels so good on my skin, which has cleared up significantly since I started using it. My site is Congratulations on starting your nontoxic journey ?
  36. Thank you so much for this--loved the layout! Very easy to follow and helpful for me to transition to a non-toxic regiment, too!! I just wanted to let you know I recently discovered Native Cos deodorant and it's amazing!! First natural deodorant I've found that works very well! I have the unscented but I'm curious to try some of their scents!
  37. Kiss my face and primal pit paste are two amazing deodorants!!! Deodorant is by far the hardest thing to swich out. Everyone's body reacts differently, and often your body adapts and you need to change it up.
  38. Katelyn Patrick :
    Ali - looking for a new eye cream, which one did you end up liking better?
  39. Thanks for sharing your journey! I'm in the process of switching my body and cleaning items as well. Some of the products I've switched to and now love are: Veeda 100% natural cotton tampons and pads, Mineral Fusion nail polish and sheer moisture lip tint and Pacific eye shadow. In my area I've found the body products at Bed, Bath & Beyond (random) and beauty products at Whole Foods. I also use Alaffia body lotion and black soap for my face/shaving cream. I don't use many products in general and don't have a big budget, so switching everyday items has been my primary focus.
  40. Is the beauty counter charcoal mask the one that was on your snap chap? Whatever that peel off one you and lu used looked awesome!
  41. I've tried all kinds of natural deodorants with much disappointment. Until now. I finally tried Crystal Essence (lavender) roll on. It is so great. It protects from odor better than any regular deodorant I've ever tried, and without a sticky feeling. They key is that you have to put it non immediately after you shower, before any of the smelly bacteria sets in.
  42. Anita Subramani :
    I love LUSH products, they're clean, effective and yummy smelling! I use their hair moisturisers, face cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, name it! :) and they recycle their tubs and give you a free face mask if you take back five tubs :) I've been using their products for five years now and I've never looked back!
  43. Have you switched up your beauty products since being pregnant? I would love to know what non-toxic pregnancy safe products you are using. I recently found out I am too and want to switch to safe products for us. I also would love to know healthy snacks and on the go snacks during pregnancy. Thanks and congrats on your baby boy!
  44. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!
  45. This is the perfect blog for anybody who hopes to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want to...HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that's been written about for many years. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!
  46. Where do you buy your Arbonne deodorant and lotion? Do you buy online from the UK or have you found it in a store? Thanks
  47. Fantastic post.Never knew this, appreciate it for letting me know.
  48. Love all the comments and tips ladies, thank you! Out of all of the natural facial products which would you recommend for blemishes, discoloration, dark spots. 48 tomorrow and need a new regimen fast! Thanks!
    • Hi, Maria! Happy early birthday ? I switched my entire skincare, haircare, products for my children, and house cleaning products to PUREhaven Essentials. My skin has never looked better! I love the company because they're USDA certified organic, made in America, and are actually affordable (I'm a teacher, if that says anything ?). So many other companies price things well beyond my budget. I hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Facebook: Pure Haven Essentials by Jaclyn Gibbons
    • We're so glad you found this helpful!
  49. Pure Haven Essentials has been the best. Absolutely NO toxic chemicals, USDA certified organic (which is the toughest to get) and all products made in-house. Be sure to check some of the products you are using because some may still contain toxic ingredients. As you know, just because its says organic or all natural doesn't mean it is or that toxic chemicals aren't present. For detergent I've started using Better Life unscented and it's working great so far! But my most favorite product right now is Pure Haven Essentials' Master Blaster. Red gatorade stain on my daughter's new Vineyard Vine sweatshirt - sprayed Master Blaster and let it soak in. Washed it several days later. All stains gone! If that wasn't enough, red wine stain on tan coach.. also gone after using the Master Blaster. Bonus: Spray in gym bags, hockey bags (notoriously stinky) - bye bye smell.


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