I make my own facial and body moisturizers with different oils (jojoba/aloe vera/neem/almond, shea butter, & various essential oils), and I make my own toothpaste as well (coconut oil, mango butter, peppermint essential oil, & baking soda). I use raw honey as a facial cleanser and raw cocoa butter as a lip moisturizer/chapstick. I make sunscreen out of coconut oil & carrot seed essential oil. Coconut oil works better than any leave-in conditioner or serum I’ve ever tried for my hair, but I have a very unique hair type & texture. I also use coconut oil as a shave cream…I think you see where I’m going with this.
As far as store-bought products:
Alaffia (body wash) – Not certified organic, but paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, fair-trade, and they don’t use any synthetic fragrances. I buy mine at Vitamin Shoppe, it’s about $10 for a 32-oz bottle that lasts me a few months.
Alba Botanica – I really like their body lotion, but as I said, I’ve transitioned to home-made. They sell this at Target & Vitamin Shoppe, and I think some grocery stores as well. It’s a big pricey but the bottle is huge.
Nature’s Gate – before I started making my skincare products, I LOVED Nature’s Gate. I used their eye cream, day & night creams, and a few of their serums. Good stuff. I usually bought mine on Amazon or at TJ Maxx, when I could find it. Typically between $9-$15 depending on the product.
DermOrganic – I love their Masque Intensive deep conditioner, it’s a staple for me. I’ve tried a few of their other hair products and wasn’t all that impressed. You can find this brand at TJ Maxx and Ulta. I got a 32-oz bottle of the deep conditioner at TJ Maxx for about $12.
Zi Zai Dermatology – This is a small company I found while researching methods of relief from my eczema. She makes all kinds of skin lotions and salves with Chinese herbs and oils/butters. All-natural. I love her chapsticks, especially the tinted one. I am beeswax-sensitive so I appreciate her beeswax-free products. She also makes products that specifically target acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Prices vary depending on the product, but the tinted lipbalm is $5.25.
I still use Secret deodorant because I’ve been unable to find a “natural” alternative that does anything for me. I also still use my Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo & conditioner for the same reason, but I am actively searching for a more natural brand that works for my hair. I think I’m going to try the O&M and Acure Organics, like PP suggested. I use Bare Minerals makeup because they have very few ingredients and are pretty much the only brand that I can use every single product of without an adverse reaction. They are also cruelty-free. I’d like to find a more natural makeup brand but I’m not sure if I’m willing to compromise on quality.