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?



  1. 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.
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  3. Hello.This article was really motivating, especially since I was browsing for thoughts on this matter last Friday.
  4. 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
  5. 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..)?
  6. Brandy Hearnsberger :
    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
  7. 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! ❤️??
  8. 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.


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