Remember when I wrote about my ongoing goal of eating real, organic food and avoiding processed, chemical-laden junk as much as possible? Well, the same goes for skin and haircare products – for a while now I’ve been trying to switch my skin and beauty routine to one that encompasses as many natural products as possible. It’s not always easy to find good products that are free of synthetic chemicals but also actually work (case in point: a completely natural shampoo with no added fragrances or chemicals that I tried, which made my hair look worse than straw), but I still think it’s worth trying…so recently I decided to give a few Honest Company products a try. What I like about Honest Company is that it’s a one-stop shop for all sorts of skin/haircare/household products that are free of potentially risky chemicals (like phthalates, parabens, BPA, and artificial fragrances, to name a few), thus eliminating the time-consuming searching and researching aspect (lazy people unite!). I’ve been trying their shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, and exfoliator of late – here are my thoughts:
I’m liking the shampoo and conditioner a lot. The shampoo has a good lather, which I’m obsessed with, and the sweet orange vanilla fragrance is sweet, but not overpowering. The conditioner is light and overall my hair feels clean and well-moisturized with these products. I love that they’re free of artificial fragrance and full of great ingredients, like organic coconut oil and chamomile. My only complaint is that I wish they were a lot bigger – I’m going to go through the shampoo really quickly.
Loving this body lotion. Actually, I personally hate the feeling of lotion on my skin so I’m never going to LOVE a body lotion, but this one glides on smoothly and once you rub it in (which takes a minute or two), it leaves your skin feeling moisturized, super soft, and less sticky than other brands I’ve tried. The fragrance isn’t overwhelming, so overall I’m happy with it, though like the shampoo and conditioner, I also wish this came in a larger size.
Natural sunscreen is so tough – it’s really hard to find one that doesn’t go on like white, sticky spackle. This sunscreen isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely a HUGE improvement over the company’s first iteration. This lotion goes on pretty smooth and thin, but it takes a while to rub in and while it doesn’t leave a huge shininess behind (which is great), it does leave a sort of greasy feeling behind on the skin. So I wouldn’t wear this if I were going somewhere where I really cared a lot about looking and feeling great, or was wearing clothing I really cared about, but I do think that it would be perfect for a day at the beach or the pool where you’re not super concerned with feeling perfectly clean and put together.
This scrub is excellent – it smells nice and has a great texture that really exfoliates and softens without being too harsh.
If you’re wondering why I’m interested in eliminating fragrance and other chemicals from my beauty products, you can read this helpful post that Victoria wrote on the subject, or this guide to non-toxic beauty from GOOP. The fact is that, like with our food supply, many of the chemicals used in beauty and cleaning products are questionable, un-tested in the amounts in which they are used and consumed, and best avoided, in my opinion. Fragrance especially is everywhere, in SO many products, and it’s basically just a collection of synthetic chemicals that I’d rather not breathe in and absorb through my skin. Personally I would prefer to just use unscented products, but at the very least I always try to opt for products that use naturally-derived scents (like Common Good – their lightly scented lavender hand soap is the best).
If you know of any great, natural skin, hair, or beauty products or brands, please share in the comments!