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The Best "Clean Beauty" Products That Actually Work

By Mandie Brice·· 2 min read

The Best "Clean Beauty" Products That Actually Work

You’ve probably heard that our skin is our largest organ. What you may not know is how absorbent it is, and how important it is to choose carefully what we put on it.

The trend in food in terms of wellness is to go back to the way our grandparents or great grandparents ate, which is minimally processed or unprocessed foods in their natural states, preferably grown without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and other chemicals. Well, what we put on our bodies ends up being pretty much the same as what we put in our bodies - our skin absorbs our skincare and makeup quickly, and the statistics say the average woman eats seven pounds of lipstick in her lifetime! With that knowledge, if you wouldn’t eat formaldehyde, maybe you should reconsider putting it on your skin!

The demand for “clean” beauty products is so great that even stores like Sephora have a seal for clean products specifically, to show shoppers that those particular products have minimal synthetic fragrance, no formaldehydes, parabens, sulfates (SLS and SLES), formaldehyde- releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclocarban, or triclosan. This is a lovely development because often these ingredients are legally given names that can make them harder to find in an ingredients list - especially since those are usually in tiny print! Natural products automatically don’t have most of these scary chemicals, because most of them don’t occur in nature.

mineral fusion foundation

Foundation and Concealer

Shape tape. Amazonian clay. Are these names familiar to you? If you’ve watched a makeup influencer on Instagram lately, they most likely are! That’s because these are incredibly high-performing natural makeup products, from the brand Tarte and they’re easily accessible at Ulta and Sephora! Another great option that you can find at Whole Foods is Mineral Fusion!

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lip2cheek blush


Achieve complexion perfection with blush. Try “Lip2Cheek” by RMS Beauty (Bonus - as the name implies, you can use it on your lips or cheeks).

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lilah b bronzer


Add some dimension with bronzer and highlighter! Try a stunning baked highlighter from Antonym or the Bronzed Beauty bronzer by Lilah B!

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Eye Shadow Clean aether beauty


For eyes, there are lots of gorgeous palettes - going back to Tarte is a great choice there! Another thing you can do is use your bronzer or highlighter as eye shadow, and minimize purse space! But one of my favorite brands from the Indie Beauty Expo I attended was Aether Beauty, which has four gorgeous zero waste eyeshadow palettes with a great color payout and they're available at Sephora! Plus, they're made with healthy ingredients, and the brand donates 10% of their profits to charity!

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bite beauty lipstick


If you’re going to eat pounds and pounds of lipstick in your life, you may as well make it natural and organic, and you gotta look good doing it! That’s where Bite Beauty comes in. It’s on a short list of natural and organic makeup brands that professional makeup artists actually use!

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Mascara clean beauty


My favorite natural mascara is definitely from Inika Organic, an Australian company whose products are available at many natural grocery stores and luxury beauty stores like Beauty Collection and Pharmaca. I joke that this mascara is great because it gives me long lashes and teaches me patience because I have to wait to move my eyes or my lashes will leave dots on top and bottom of my eyes because they get so long!

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