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It can feel overwhelming when you are switching to a non-toxic clean beauty routine. I have come up with 7 easy beauty swaps that you can make instantly.
I know for me the hardest category has always been hair. There are a lot of companies that claim to be “clean”, but then still use harmful ingredients that aren’t safe for us to use. My recommendation for you is to find one category that you’d like to start with and begin there. I have added beauty swaps from a few different categories for you today.
You can watch my video below where I show you my swaps.
Oh boy, I feel this is one of the most common first swaps and also one of the hardest. It really comes down to trial and error. What works for one person may not work for you. I have tried close to 10 different brands and I know plenty of people who some of those worked for.
Dove → Little Seed Farm
I didn’t quite know how I would feel using a cream deodorant that I had to apply with my fingers, but I loved it. My favorite one is the Rosemary Patchouli. It smelled SO good!
Now one thing to remember when switching to a cleaner alternative deodorant is that you will have a detox period. You should allow 2-3 weeks for your body to rid itself from the toxins in your previous deodorant before you can experience the benefit from your new deodorant.
Why switch deodorant first? Well deodorant contains aluminum and that is what can help you not to sweat. Well aluminum clogs your pores and is linked to breast cancer (in fewer words). I don’t notice a lot of the natural deodorants to prevent sweating because they are not an antiperspirant, they are to keep you from stinking.
You may think that you don’t need to switch your bodywash, you’re rinsing it right off. A lot of body washes have ingredients that are linked to skin allergies and drying out your skin. No good!
Aveeno → Shea Moisture
One of the first ingredients listed on Aveeno is Sodium Laureth Sulfate which is a known skin allergen. Why in the heck would this even be in there? I can’t figure it out and it’s much better to switch.
I have found that we like Shea Moisture in my house. Bonus, we get it right at Target.
I have always been a Crest girl. Oohh, do I love that minty taste. However, they are owned by Procter & Gamble and test on animals (WTF!). Then on top of that, they have harmful ingredients in there as well. Which is more harmful than good. Highly suggest switching that one out quickly because you are putting it in your mouth.
Crest → Pure Haven
Nothing but good ingredients in that tube. AND, it still has my minty fresh pop!!! When switching to clean beauty, this is one of the first things you should swap out.
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Moisture, Moisture, Moisture. Oh your body can not get enough, but make sure that it’s doing more good than harm. It is shocking how many lotions out there contain ingredients that will dry out your skin. Hmm…. suspicious I think so!
Suave → My Billie or Pure Haven
Many people want their lotion to smell delicious, and girl, I hear ya, but don’t settle for nasty fragrance in your bottle. I have been using My Billie Dry Bye Lotion and am loving it, however, it doesn’t have much smell to it. Here is my review of My Billie. If you love a lotion with a clean scent I highly suggest Pure Haven. No synthetic fragrances in there.
5. Lip Tint
Ok ya’ll (I’ve always wanted to say that), what you put on your lips ends up in your mouth. It’s a given, you drink, eat and lick your lips. You’re gonna end up swallowing some of your lipstick. Watch out because 60% of lips contain lead. Another big, WTF!
Pixi → Honest
This would be the second thing you should switch out on your clean beauty journey.
I don’t love full coverage, I prefer mine to look very natural. Which is why I prefer a liquid foundation for a cream. Makeup to me is one of the easiest swaps to make. One of my first swaps I ever made was my foundation when I was on my hunt for cruelty-free and vegan makeup. I thought that would mean they were clean and good for you. Nope. Learn more on that here.
Cover Girl → Juice Beauty
I love the coverage and how easily this applies.
7. Kids Shampoo
I was shocked when I first learned that there is an ingredient in kids shampoos that will numb their eyes if it gets in them. So when it says that it is tear free it’s not because it’s got good ingredients it’s because it will numb the eye to not feel the burn from the ingredients. (GASP!)
Suave → Pure Haven
My kids shampoo is also near the top of one of the swaps I made. I want to make sure that they are getting the best quality I can find. I don’t want to cause any harm to them.
I wanted to throw in a couple of Bonus products for you to swap too.
8. Body Oil
Avon → Pure Haven
9. Men’s Deodorant
Degree → Ursa Major