Oil Cleansing Method: Works on the “like dissolves like” principle. Read my thoughts and how to do it here.
Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap, Fragrance Free: I use this pure and gentle bar soap to wash my body. Ingredients: saponified olive oil, water, and sodium chloride. Find it easily in health food stores or online. More on my experience here.
Tropical Traditions Moisturizing Cream: A heavier version of their lotion, I like this a lot, though not as well as the Vintage Traditions Body Balm above.
Tropical Traditions Lip Moisturizers: Made of organic virgin coconut oil, beeswax, palm oil, and in some varieties, essential oils, these lip moisturizers are as pure as you can get. I absolutely love them.
Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo & Conditioner: This combo works great for my hair and has a nearly unheard-of rating of 2 from the EWG Skin Deep cosmetics database. The safest (effective) “traditional” shampoo I’ve found.
Bumble & Bumble Styling Lotion: one of my guilty pleasures. Perfect for blow-drying or air-drying. Very unnatural but awesome. It doesn’t come into contact much with my skin.
Skin Brush: dry brushing promotes healthy detoxification by exfoliating and increasing blood circulation in the skin, as well as promoting healthy lymph flow.
Primal Pit Paste: FINALLY a natural, completely nontoxic deodorant that WORKS, even for sweaty, stinky pigs like me. I prefer the jar version. This is pricy stuff, but there are lots of recipes online for making it yourself.
Salt Crystal Deodorant: While these products contain aluminum, proponents claim it’s in a a non-harmful form. They are free from all of the other “bad guys” you’ll find in conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants. These work great for killing the stink and are perfect for carry-on travel. Lasts forever. I prefer Primal Pit Paste now because of the unknown aluminum factor, but this is a good second choice.
Jane Iredale Makeup Line: Yes, they’re pricy, so if you’re a Cover Girl, you might faint. If you’re already down with Dior and Bobbi Brown, though, you’ll feel right at home with this nontoxic cosmetics line. (I recommend finding a local makeup artist who sells Jane Iredale and can help you pick exactly the right products so you don’t waste money.) If you’ve ever delved into natural makeup before, you know how limited the selection can be and how deceptive the labels are. Word to the wise: Just because Whole Foods stocks it doesn’t mean it’s pure. Jane Iredale seems to have it all. They’ve improved their formulas to be even safer–just check out their stellar ratings onSkin Deep, the EWG’s cosmetics database–and they have spectacular variety. As a side note, plastic surgeons often recommend these products because they’re non-irritating and hide scars well. I have a giant red hypertrophic (“keloid”) scar on my chest (see it here), and the makeup artist for my wedding used Jane Iredale to make it almost disappear.