(Closed) Do you use organic beauty products?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Organic and/or animal cruelty free?
    I only use organic and/or animal cruelty free beauty products : (10 votes)
    67 %
    I use what I like and don't care about orgainc and/or animal cruelty free products : (2 votes)
    13 %
    I would love to use organic and/or animal cruelty free products but I can't afford them : (3 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
    2610 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Not everything I use is certified “Organic” but I do try to use more natural products that have a good rating through EWG’s Skin Deep Data Base. So avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, etc. I choose organic when I can because so much of what we put on our skin gets absoard by our bodies. So I try to think of it the same way I do with food. I would say overall I eat 80% organic/whole foods and 20% not (I still splurge on “junk” occasionally). I also threw away anything I had with plastic microbeads after hearing this news (Tiny Plastic Beads are Invading the Great Lakes) because I do a lot of work with water quality and it’s an issue I personally care about.

    Anyway…here are some products I’ve recently swapped my old ones for…

    • Deodorant – Primal Pit Paste (No Aluminum), $10 (buy online – Amazon)
    • Shampoo/Conditioner – Acure Organics Argan Stem Cell $10/ea (Amazon or Local CoOp)
    • Moisturizer – Boots Organics Super Face Balm or Organic Argan Oil $7(Target)
    • Toothpaste – Earthpaste $5 (Local Grocery Store)
    • Sunscreen – ThinkSport $13 (Amazon)
    • Face Wipes – Acure Organics Unscented Argan Makeup Removing Wipes $7 (Local CoOp)
    • Facial Wash – Zum Face $10 (Indigo Wild Online, Local CoOp)
    • Hand Soap – Puracy Natural Handsoap $3 (Amazon)
    • Shaving Cream – Kiss my Face Moisture Shave $3.50 (Amazon/Local Grocery Store)
    • Lip Balm – Zumbo Kiss $3 (indigo Wild, Local CoOp)
    • Lip Gloss – Bite Beauty Lip Gloss $22 (Sephora)
    • Tinted Moisturizer – Josie Maran Tinted Argan Moisturizer $38 (Sephora)

    I still use my Bare Minerals makeup, and a few other more conventional beauty products. But I do look for brands that still have a good rating and don’t use too many questionable ingredients. I tend to be very sensitive to certain chemicals and since getting rid of a lot of them I feel better and have less skin irritation.

    Post # 3
    3076 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Cruelty free yes, organic no, but I don’t even eat organic. 

    Post # 4
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I use organic/natural/cruelty free products, although I do have a few products that are cruelty free and er…not so orgainic.

     It’s good to hear about a hair care product that actually works. I’ve tried a few brands that have really sucked and sort of gave up on finding one that would work. Right now I use a cruelty free one without sulfates etc., but it isn’t that great. 

    What organic products do you have/Cost/Location?

         Not all of my products are technically organic, but they are cruelty free and natural typically. My favorite product is Dr. Bronner’s magic soap (Almond). It’s a cult favorite for a reason. It’s fairly inexpensive and can be used for anything. I use it as a handwash, and to clean the floor/bathroom/toilet with. It can be bought pretty much anywhere that has an organic section or online. 

          I really like Alba products for my face. They are also fairly inexpensive and gentle. They range from around 7-20 dollars. My body wash right now is by Jason. It is in a huge bottle and the scent is great for me and my husband, it isn’t very gendered. I like it and would buy it again. My husband really likes the Nature’s Gate tea tree oil shampoo (he has dandruff). I’m not a huge fan of it, but I also have no need for a dandruff shampoo so that could be why.

    Why do you choose orgainic?

           I’ll start off by saying that I do not believe that everything natural is good, and everything man-made is bad and will give us cancer. However, I like to be smart about what I eat and put on my body. I’m a vegetarian, so naturally things being cruelty free are important to me. I can’t justify cruelty on beauty products (although truthfully I am okay with it for human health research etc. when needed).  I also support sustainable practices, and am a huge fan of how many organic farms/companies treat the land they own. Lastly I have noticed that, in general, organic companies tend to treat other humans better. They often donate a portion of their time/profits to charity, and treat their workers better. I like to support companies that care about the same things that I do, even if it seems like it is at the expense of their profits. 


    Now give us your suggestions!

    Post # 5
    5219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Eh, I am kind of transitioning into buying more organic products. I use a lot of Arbonne skincare products like facewash, toner, moisturizer, etc. I also use Clarins to exfoliate, but for things like shampoo/conditioner and body lotion I still use the regular old stuff.

    Post # 6
    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    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.

    Post # 7
    297 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Same, we started clean eating almost a year ago and had all the same improvements you did. I use the Skin Deep data base also.

    Hair and Body: Shea Moisture products

    Face: Eminence Organics or Juice Beauty (it’s pricey, but they’ve been the only thing I’ve found to help my problem skin)

    Make-up: Alima Pure and RMS Beauty (I don’t really wear a lot of makeup) If you really look into Bare Minerals, you’ll see they’re really not organic or any safer to use than any other commercial brand. http://almostexactlyblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/bare-minerals-product-week/ Check out this little article on it (this is actually a really good blog for switching to organic products too).

    I also still use Secret deodorant, because I haven’t found another alternative that works for me. I’ve been thinking about switching our cleaning products, but haven’t been able to bring myself to it.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  cml.
    Post # 8
    310 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Mischka:  I use Dr. Bronner’s peppermint for everything. I wash my hands with it, my face with it, my body, my fi uses it for body, face, and hair. It’s the best. It’s pretty inexpensive at target, about 16 dollars for the big bottle but that will last you forever. Fi and I both use it religiously and it lasts us a long time. 

    For my face moisturizer I use extra virgin olive oil.  Im sure you know this is cheap and easy to find anywhere! 

    And my all time favorite lotion is Alba Botanica Very Emollient Original Lotion, fragrance free. I love it. I buy it at target as well for about 16 bucks for the really large bottle. It lasts forever as well! 

    Post # 9
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I have recently decided to switch all my products to cruelty free. I am not as concerned with organics. For hand soap and body wash I like natures gate, I love their scents. Their shampoo is good However their conditioner sucks. I’m now using Avalon organics for shampoo and conditioner which has proven to be good so far and they are affordable at around $7 a bottle I think. I don’t use much other hair products but once I run out of the wax that I already have I’ll have to experiment with some new brands. 

    For skin care I use paulas choice. It seems to be harder to find cruelty free makeup. I mostly stick to bare minerals, urban decay and tarte. 

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