Starting Clean Beauty journey: tips and real examples

Toxic_ToCleanHello beauties!

Today I’m starting Clean Beauty Series on my blog! It was a while since I first started to pay attention to the ingredients in my beauty and makeup products and I found out how toxic these ingredients sometimes are :-(. Well-known beauty brands with huge marketing budgets could sell us the products that are actually harmful to our health!

As a disclosure I’d like to tell that I’m complete beginner in Clean Beauty journey, but I’ll do my best to share my progress :-).

My TOP tips how to start Clean Beauty journey:

  1. Check out the ingredients in beauty products that you are currently using. There are many databases with chemical ingredients available, I prefer to use Chemical of the Day . This is only a start point in understanding the problem.
  2. Check out the ingredients first before buying new beauty or makeup product. I’m pretty sure it will be challenging to find clean beauty products in the usual store. That leads to the next point.
  3. Make a list of clean beauty brands that you’ve heard about and search or ask for reviews. Unfortunately there are clean products that are not the best quality, and even within one brand you’ll find the products that is absolutely awesome and the others that you wish you would never spend money on. Pay attention to the product certification and ignore words ‘clean’, ‘natural’, ‘organic’ etc. on the packaging. Those words are meaningless unless it is not certified by according certification authority such as ECOCERT, ECOGARANTIE, USDA ORGANICS and some others.

So, after these steps you are ready to detoxify your beauty and makeup bag 😉 I decided to do it slowly and to use both options for a short time – my current beauty products and the cleaner versions at the same time. Just to be sure that I do not have any breakouts.

Eye creamToxic_ToClean1Estee Lauder advanced eye repair night cream I still use in the evening and this Tammy Fender Awakening eye gel in the morning. I love the texture of this eye gel, although it is more like a cream than a gel. Tammy Fender eye gel is particularly recommended for sensitive skin, it has very natural super light scent that I like very much. When my Estee Lauder eye cream will be done – I will not go back to it!

Tammy Fender eye gel
Ingredients (^Vegetal Source, *Certified Organic): *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, *Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Water, *Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, ^Glycerin, ^Castor Isostearate Succinate, ^Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, ^Emulsifying Wax, *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, ^Stearyl Olivate (Olive), ^Behenyl Olivate (Olive), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Pulp Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (White Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Lilium Candidum (White Lily) Flower Extract, Glycolipids, Sclerotium Gum (Mushroom), *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eye Bright Herb) Extract, Olibanum (Frankincense) Oil, Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Oil, Tocopherol, ^Glyceryl Polyacrylate, ^Sodium Benzoate, ^Potassium Sorbate.
VS Estee Lauder advanced night repair cream
Ingredients: Methyl Trimethicone, Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Sucrose, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 40, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Betula Alba (Birch) Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Jojoba Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Esters, Isohexadecane, Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait De Levure, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract/Extrait D'Orge, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Rna, Caffeine, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Squalane, Potassium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tripeptide-32, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Disodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

SPF creamToxic_ToClean2I was always skeptical about mineral sunscreens, but I’ve used this Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint Moisturizer for the last 2 months and I absolutely love it! It has not scented at all and has slightly tinted. You have to get used to it because unlike other non-mineral sunscreens it blends differently to the skin. Mineral sunscreens gives the protection from the sun immediately after application, so you don’t need to wait 20 minutes until it’ll start working (as you would do with chemical sunscreens). So, definitely recommend to try this Coola BB cream!

Coola Mineral sunscreen 
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (Sunscreen) 3.2%, Zinc Oxide (Sunscreen) 1.8%. 
Inactive Ingredients (*Certified Organic Ingredient): 
Aluminum Hydroxide, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin*, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Iron Oxides, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Titianium Triisostearate, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Mica, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Plankton Extract, Polyamide-5, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Silica Silylate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Synthetic Wax.
VS SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defence
Ingredients: Aqua/Water,Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Drometrizole trisiloxane, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, dimethiconne, titanium dioxide, Alcohol denat, Pentylene glycol, terephtalylidene dicamphor sulphonic acid, diethylamino hydroxybenzxoyl hexyl benzoate, triethanolamine, Bis-ethylhexlocphenol, methoxphenyl triazine, stearic acid, potassium cetyl phosphate, tocopherol, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, phenoxrthanol, PEG-100 stearate, palmatic acid, xanthan gum, tromethamine, caprylyl glycol, cabomer, disodium edta, cetyl alcohol, butylene glycol, butyrospermum parki butter extract/shea butter seedcake extract, aluminium hydroxide, glyceryl sterate, D35873/2

FoundationToxic_ToClean3After the skin care, the foundation is probably the most important part in switching to non-toxic beauty – it stays on your skin all day long, it should look good and be imperceptible. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation – is one of the best foundations from the clean options currently available. For me it was difficult to get used to it because it is liquid, but I prefer more creamer textures. Nevertheless it has great coverage that you could vary – from light to full coverage. After it settles it stays on your skin without setting powder. It takes time to get used to this Juice Beauty foundation, but it is worth it!

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation
Ingredients (* = Certified organic ingredient, † = plant derived): Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, carthamnus tinctorius (organic safflower oil)*, glycerin (organic/bio)*, coconut alkanes, potassium cetyl phosphate, sorbitan sesquioleate, gluconolactone†, cetearyl olivate†, silica, sorbitan olivate†, coco-caprylate/caprate†, sodium benzoate, decyl glucoside†, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium bicarbonate, citrus medica limonum (lemon leaf cell extract), helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil), vitis vinifera (organic grape seed oil)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (Vitamin C), tocopherol (Vitamin E), argania spinosa (argan shell powder), rosa gallica (rose flower powder). May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). 

VS Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)]

MascaraToxic_ToClean4I’ve replaced my favourite Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara with Dr. Hauschka volume mascara and I’m not regretting it.  For the everyday use Dr. Hauschka mascara is great – it gives volume, but not the ‘dolly effect’ lashes that would give Estee Lauder volume mascara (that I actually love 😉 ). So, for a special occasions I’m still using regular volume mascara, but on the everyday basis cleaner version from Dr. Hauschka is my go to mascara.

Dr. Hauschka volume mascara
Ingredients  (*component of natural essential oils): Water (Aqua), Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Alcohol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sorbitol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lysolecithin, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Silk (Serica) Powder, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hectorite, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Silica, Maltodextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
VS Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme mascara
Ingredients: Water, Stearic Acid, Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax, Sucrose Polybehenate, Polyisobutene, Polyvinyl Acetate, Paraffin, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Isostearic Acid, Panthenol, Pantethine, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/ Copernicia Cerifera Cera /Cire De Carnauba, Kaolin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cholesterol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Ptfe, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Sodium Polyacrylate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Simethicone, Polyester-5, Pvp, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Nylon-6, Laureth-4, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Nylon-66, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Black 2 (Ci 77266), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Blue 1 (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (Ci 77289), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)]

My thoughts about switching to clean beauty products 

Switching to clean beauty and makeup products is a journey that takes time. It is not easy, however it is definitely much more easier than 5-10 years ago! There are plenty of brands that have developed clean beauty and makeup products during the last years. Moreover clean beauty brands experienced a massive improvement in their products’ textures and formulas! Now we have many options to choose from – both in terms of products and in terms of price.

At last, I’d like to mention that some beauty products are very challenging to make without ingredients with non-natural origins. Therefore, many clean beauty brands write on the packaging the percentage of naturally-sourced ingredients and it is for consumers to decide whether this particular product is clean or not.

Hope you’ll join me in my clean beauty journey! 😉

Cheers everyone!


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