Skin Care & Cleaning Products I use {updated}

One of the most common questions I get is “what do you use….?”. Because everyone knows if I’m okay with it, it’s probably pretty safe stuff! 

If it’s not listed here, I’m not using it. This year we’ve combined uses of many things to keep it simple. I’ve tried to note things that get used to multiple things… 

We have stopped using Seventh Generation completely this year. As a pioneer in natural cleaning products, it was disappointing to see them sell out to the big corporation Unilever. And shortly thereafter they added 2 chemical preservatives to their dish soap. That was enough for us. 

I still use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check ingredients I’m not familiar with. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic to, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients, and I prefer to keep away from all harmful things!

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body 

Soap: homemade bar soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm) (also a laundry pre-treat)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo 

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner 

Styling Products: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, or Shea Moisture Curling Gel. Homemade oil with essential oils for morning refresh. 

Shaving: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X) for my PB. I’ve had to greatly reduce shaving as my skin can’t handle the damage. I use the same or this Panasonic Electric Shaver

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees. I’ve not had problems with it, so it seems they at this point continue to use real essential oils)

Household

Laundry Soap: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder 

Dish Soap: Planet Dishwashing Liquid

Hand Soap: Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in a foaming soap dispenser

We also have and use vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. 

Makeup

I’ve only used these items once in the last year, so there is no guarantee I could use them regularly.

Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Real Purity mascara

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)


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Live & Learn {journal}

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So I have a jewelry box full of stuff I’ve collected over the years… 99% of it I don’t have the tags/packaging for anymore…

Now I’m allergic to nickel…

How exactly does one go about finding out which jewelry isn’t safe anymore?? 

There’s the nail polish trick- you can use clear nail polish to seal your jewelry, and keep it from touching your skin directly… Or I figured I’d just get rid of stuff that made me itch, and if it was something I liked- replace it with higher quality metals. Or switch out french wires for nickel free ones. 

I decided on Sunday to wear a pair of earrings I hadn’t worn in a while. My whole face broke out… That’s finally feeling a little better. But my ears are still sad… 

So, in closing… I don’t recommend this method. I recommend painting with nail polish, if you have a nail polish that’s safe for you. Or upgrading. 

Yes, all that would be better…

Skin Care & Beauty Products 2016 {Updated List}

This list has been updated!! See the new list HERE!

makeup_brushesIt’s been about a year, so it seems like an update might be in order! 😉 Not much has changed. I’ve tried a couple new things, but mostly just stuck to the same products. 

I continue to use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check products before I use them. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients. 

I’ve still not found a foundation I’m happy with. I have both the Honeybee Gardens powder and the Bare Minerals Original Powder. The Honeybee Gardens one might have made me itchy when I used it repeatedly. And the Bare Minerals I haven’t used enough times to really tell. As a result, I rarely wear makeup. I’d like to try and be braver. But really, it’s not that important in life… It’s just nice to have the option.

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body OR occasionally coconut oil

Soap: homemade Windsor Brown soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

Shampoo: Baking soda (no poo) OR Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo (mostly baking soda, shampoo once a month or less. Mostly for hairdresser’s use)

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner 

Styling Product: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Shea Moisture Curling Gel & DevaCurl Mist-er Right (not all at once!)

Shaving: NOW Shaving Cream and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X)

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees, I’ve not had problems with it… but technically that’s not on my safe list!)

Makeup

Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Honeybee Gardens mascara 

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)

Nails: Mineral Fusion polish

Household

Laundry Soap: Seventh Generation 4x Ultra Consentrated Free & Clear

Fabric Softener: Seventh Generation Free & Clear (I don’t use fabric softener, but use this to make my own drier sheets.)

Dish Soap: Seventh Generation Free & Clear

Dishwasher: Seventh Generation Dishwasher Gel (or Free & Clear variety)

Hand Soap: Seventh Generation Hand Wash

General Cleaning: Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner

This post was added to Allergy Free Wednesday!

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