I’ve always been a fan of clean beauty skincare products, but lately I’ve been getting more serious about it. Since I’ve been a huge Caudalie fan since college, I’ve been unknowingly using clean beauty for years. It seems there’s been more awareness about harmful ingredients in our skincare products lately and there’s more clean brands than ever.
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Clean Beauty Brands
When I’m shopping at Sephora, I always look for the “Clean at Sephora” green check mark. They make it easy to tell what skincare products are actually clean. The green seal means the product is free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oils and 50 other ingredients. They’re currently offering free shipping for a few more weeks while stores are closed.
I also just discovered Dermstore a few months ago. They seem to run more sales on items that usually never go on sale at Sephora and you can redeem loyalty points for a discount. I’m also a huge fan of their year round free shipping with no minimum.
The OG, my go-to clean skincare brand. I remember the first time I was introduced to Caudalie when I was in college. It was a special treat and a splurge for me at the time, but I’ve always been dedicated to caring for your skin so I tried a few of their classics like the Beauty Elixir. You could say I’ve been using their products ever since. Whenever I go to Paris, I stock up on the best French skincare products at local pharmacies since it’s about half the cost of US prices.
I recently transitioned to the Resveratrol line to get a little more serious about anti-aging (after hitting a certain milestone birthday… cough, cough). I’ve always loved the Vinoperfect Serum as well and think it’s an excellent introductory choice if you’re new to the brand. I got a deluxe sample of their new Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer and I will certainly be purchasing the full size when I’ve gone through sample.
I’ve really loved everything that I’ve tried from this line. The Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer is perfect for summer or more oily skin types. It’s lightweight enough that I don’t feel greasy, but it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and goes on well under make up. Their most famous product is the Green Clean, but I’m partial to Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser. It’s one of the few products I keep repurchasing.
If you’re looking for a mineral based sunscreen, give their Green Defense a try. And yes, you need to be wearing sunscreen every single day (even if you’re just staying indoors like most of us these days).
When we lived in Italy, we’d find it more common for restaurants to have a very short menu of just a few specialties and they make those specialties really well. There’s no need to offer 100 things with a huge fold out menu. Summer Fridays have adopted that same philosophy.
Making the switch to clean skincare is pretty easy, but transitioning to non-toxic deodorant is a little more intimidating. It was actually my husband that encouraged me to find a replacement for aluminum deodorant. I tried a few duds, but I’m so glad I stuck with it (purging the chemicals from your body is a process) and eventually discovered Kopari.
We had just moved to San Diego and that’s when the brand came on my radar. Kopari is a women founded business based in San Diego. Not only do they make aluminum free deodorant, they’ve expanded to make toothpaste, skincare and lip balm. Original coconut is my favorite deodorant, but Gardenia also has nice scent.
I’m always looking to discover new products. What clean beauty brands have you tried? If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave recommendations in the comments.
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