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

My Transition to Non-Toxic Beauty

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

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Breakfast

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

Snack

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

Lunch

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.

Snack

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!

Dinner

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!

Dessert

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.

EEK.

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

Toner

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

Deodorant

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.)

Toothpaste

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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160 comments

Liz says:
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 (https://mylola.com) -- 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. :-)
Amy says:
I've used Lola!! They're great and I also would recommend them!
David Deck says:
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.
Alison says:
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!!
Vicki says:
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 now...lol.
Megan McKinney says:
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: https://www.limelightbyalcone.com/meganmckinney
Louise says:
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.
Natalie Peterson says:
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
Jaclyn says:
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 www.purehavenessentials.com/jaclyngibbons Congratulations on starting your nontoxic journey ?
Ali says:
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!
Annie says:
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.
Katelyn Patrick says:
Ali - looking for a new eye cream, which one did you end up liking better?
Monique says:
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.
Meaghan says:
Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
Jess says:
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!
Dee says:
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.
Anita Subramani says:
I love LUSH products, they're clean, effective and yummy smelling! I use their hair moisturisers, face cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser...you 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!
DK says:
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!
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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!
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!
Jill says:
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
Fantastic post.Never knew this, appreciate it for letting me know.
Meaghan says:
So glad you found it helpful!
Marla Ray says:
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!
Jaclyn says:
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. www.purehavenessentials.com/jaclyngibbons Facebook: Pure Haven Essentials by Jaclyn Gibbons
Meaghan says:
We're so glad you found this helpful!
Julie says:
Thank you for sharing this! Please try Schmidt's Natural deodorants, they are made here in Portland, OR and really work! The scents are wonderful and they do not stain your clothing or make your skin itch like I have experienced with other 'natural' deodorants. They are found online and have great pricing at Target.
It's remarkable for me to have a web site, which is beneficial in favor of my experience. thanks admin
Hello.This article was really motivating, especially since I was browsing for thoughts on this matter last Friday.
Meaghan says:
That's so great to hear!! We're happy you found it helpful.
Kalena says:
Geat post! I'm also in the process of switching to natural products, so far so good but still using up old things until they run out. Inspiring to hear others doing the same! I feel so much better and relieved. Xoxox
Meaghan says:
That's so great to hear, Kalena! It's an awesome step towards taking care of your whole body inside and out!
Gina says:
I LOVE this post and have shared/referred back to it SO many times! Just curious - have you changed anything to your routine? Also, would you (or have you already) consider making a post like this for your home products (like cleaning/detergents etc..)?
Gina says:
NEVERMIND - I found it :)
Brandy Hearnsberger says:
This may sound crazy but the best anti-per sprent/deodorant I have found is a toothpaste by young living. I know - “why would anyone have tried this in the first place? Don’t know but I do know that it works to keep odor at bay. The mint seems to cool underarms and living in the Deep South this is much appreciated. It is the Theives Arombright- great tooth paste as well. Enjoy
Madi says:
NATIVE deoderant is the best! I tried EVERTHING; Schmidt’s, primal pit paste, Jason’s, desert essence, etc. Native is the only one I’ve been able to use long term. No weird smells (the scent I love is vanilla/coconut), it’s in a stick (no finger paste), and it’s non irritating! ❤️??
Meaghan says:
Thank you for sharing!!
Most definitely the best personal care and home products is Pure Haven!!! Some of those products I see listed above are not toxin free. Pure Haven is 100% toxin free guaranteed -- don't know any other company that can make that claim. Make sure to check for Fragrance/Parfum, which is a trade secret in the industry. Companies can legally hide an untold number of chemicals in this one word. Phthalates, just one of many chemicals legally hidden in this ingredient are linked to so many health problems.
Jordan says:
Hi, Thank you so much for sharing I’m starting to do the same! Can you share the makeup products you use?
Heather says:
I do want to point out that Burts Bees IS toxic. Some of their products actually have trace amounts of lead and some other nasty ingredients.
Meaghan says:
Thank you so much for sharing! We appreciate your contribution!
Caroline says:
My skin is oily. I too use Clinique soap and toner. As a teenager I had acne. It was with me in my 20s. I cannot imagine using a cream on my oily face. What is your skin type?
Meaghan says:
Ali has combination/normal skin!
Anonymous says:
I also love Justin's Almond Butter and try to eat extremely healthy. Have you every heard of L'BRI PURE n' NATURAL Skin Care products? They are aloe-based and use fruits and plants. There are no chemicals, parabens, or anything harmful in them. The aloe base is a game changer and I have found my skin keeps improving as I age! They're naturally healing and rejuvenating. I think you'd love them.
Meaghan says:
Thank you so much for sharing!

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