My Road to Clean Beauty

Although I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to all things beauty – a world I will never quite understand or care for – I somehow have managed to collect a large (in my opinion) pile of products. As I am continuing to not only declutter my life, but also focus on using nontoxic products with this heavy metals cleanse I am going through, my drawers of product became the next obvious step to purge and replenish. Unfortunately, the world of non-toxic, or “clean” if you will, beauty is not as straight forward as I had hoped. For someone who has minimal knowledge on this topic to begin with (hell, I just started washing my face a few years ago), I was overwhelmed as hell. After taking my feelings to Instagram stories (duh), it was obvious that a lot of you felt lost as well. Without clear guidelines of labels for brands to follow, and with a ton of companies using this as a marketing scheme, it is hard to know what exactly we should be avoiding.

That is why I called in my friend Lauren Fink to come assist in a full-blown bathroom clean-out. Lauren’s company, Sage House, will work with you to navigate the overwhelming world of toxins, so you can breathe easy knowing that your food, cosmetics, home products, and relationships are as comforting as your yoga practice.This Part 1 of my two-part “Clean Beauty” piece shows us cleaning out my current beauty cabinets and creating three piles: toxic (get rid of), better than the usual product (keep until I find a fully clean replacement), and non-toxic (good to keep). Watch to see us discuss all of my current products, the key ingredients we should be avoiding, and overall candor about non-toxic beauty.

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Products mentioned in this video that I am keeping:

Lauren Young Fink’s: Contact her here or follow her on InstagramThanks to Lauren’s incredible wealth of knowledge, I am able to provide you all with her “10 Naughty Ingredient” list (see at the very bottom). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Lauren directly to work with her!Now that majority of my bathroom was tossed and my shelves are basically empty, it was time to replenish my bathroom and fill it will clean, non-toxic, products. Clearly being the person who falls for marketing schemes (as shown in the Part 1 video), I headed to a store I knew I could trust and not have to think twice: Follain. Here I met with the store director, Yilla, who gave me a mini consultation and helped me pick out the correct products for my skin type. This Part 2 of my “Clean Beauty” video series shows the insides of Follain’s gorgeous store, me trying on a few products, and the final picks. BEST PART OF ALL - I am thrilled to offer you all 10% off Follain products, both in-stores and online, by using code "freckledfoodie"

Products mentioned in this video that I chose:

Face wash: Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser ($34.00)
Toner: Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator ($22.00)
Serum for my wrinkles: Osea Hyaluronic Sea Serum ($88.00)
Face lotion: Leap Organics Daily Moisturizer ($30.00)
Face sunscreen: Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 ($48.00)
Bronzer: Ere Perez Rice Powder in Roma ($33.50)
Mascara: Jane Iredale Longest Lash in black ($35.00)
Highlighter: CocoKind Mai-Light ($13.00)
Lip Color: Kari Gran Lip Whip ($24.00)
Brow pencil: Alima Pure Natural Definition in Raven ($18.00)
Shampoo: Ursa Major Daily Shampoo ($26.00)
Conditioner: Ursa Major Daily Conditioner ($28.00)
Argan hair oil: Kahina Argan Oil ($36.00)
Deodorant: Lovefresh Super Strength ($24.00)
Perfume: Enflourage Sandalwood Roll-On ($22.00)



Lauren from Sage House’s “10 Naughty Ingredient” List:

1,4 DIOXANE1,4-DIOXANE

Where is it found?
This can be often be found in product that suds like facewash, body wash, etc.

What are the Health Concerns?
It’s a carcinogen that can cause organ toxicity, skin irritation, and may cause reproductive harm

ALUMINUM

What is it?
It’s a Metallic element that blocks your sweat ducts, so it prevents sweat from reaching the skin’s surface

Where is it found?
Deodorants

What are the Health Concerns?
It’s Neurotoxicity, a carcinogen, endocrine disruption, organ toxicity, and irritation

COAL TAR

What is it?
It’s byproduct of coal processing. It’s typically used as a colorant, or anti-dandruff agent.

Where is it found?
Hair products & cosmetics

What are the health concerns?
It’s a Carcinogen

Other Names:
Coal tar solution, p-phenylenediamine, aminophenol, diaminobenzene



FORMALDEHYDE

What is it?
It’s a Preservative

Where is it found?
Shampoo, body wash, bubble bath, cosmetics and many household products

What are the health concerns?
Carcinogen, neurotoxicity, developmental toxicity, asthma, skin and eye irritation, allergy trigger

Other Names:
Dmdm Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Quaternium-15, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Polyoxymethylene Urea, 5-Bromo-5-Nitro-1,3 Dioxane, Glyoxal, Methenamine, Benzylhemiformal



MINERAL OIL

What is it?
It’s a by-product of petroleum distillation, used to moisturize

Where is it found?
Face and body products

What are the health concerns?
Carcinogen, organ irritation, allergy trigger

Other Names:
Liquid paraffin, liquid petrolatum



PARABENS

What is it?
It’s used as to preserve cosmetics and make their shelf life longer

Where is it found?
Hair, face, and body products

What are the health concerns?
Endocrine disruption, a carcinogen, developmental, reproductive and immune toxicity, allergy trigger



PHTHALATES (DBP, DEHP, DEP, DMP, AND OTHERS)

What is it?
It’s used as solvents (dissolving agents). It’s a plasticizer, solubilizer, and denaturant

Where is it found?
Hair products, synthetic fragrance, detergents, shampoos, hair sprays, lubricating oils, nail polishes, etc.

What are the health concerns?
Endocrine and reproductive disruptor

Other Name:
Fragrance



SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE

What is it?
It’s a scent agent that is a mixture of various chemicals to produce a desired scent.

Where is it found?
Hair, face, body, perfume, hand soap, and cosmetic products.

What are the health concerns?
Organ toxicity, irritation, neurotoxicity, endocrine and reproductive disruptor. A potential carcinogen. It may cause dizziness, asthma, headaches, and rashes

Other Names:
Fragrance and fragrance blend, parfum, flavor



TOLUENE

What is it?
A Solvent – it’s usually a liquid that can also be a solid, gas, or supercritical fluid

Where is it found?
Hair dye, nail polish, paints, and stain removers

What are the health concerns?
It’s a neurotoxicity, carcinogen, and can cause reproductive harm, organ toxicity and irritation

Other Names:
Toluol, Benzene, Methylbenzene, Phenylmethane



TRICLOSAN

What is it?
Antimicrobial agent and preservative.

Where is it found?
Antibacterial hand and body soap and cleansers, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, antiperspirant, and other household products

What are the health concerns?
Endocrine disruption, organ toxicity and irritation, and environmental harm