Green Beauty Review: My Current Favs

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a green beauty review! After I did my very first post, I really wanted to give myself some time to test out various products in order to get a really good handle on which of them I liked, didn’t like and which I would buy again. That way I could be truly authentic in my reviews and recommendations for you.

Trust me, I know and understand just how challenging it can be to start swapping out your toiletries, personal care items and make-up for greener products. Not only is it more expensive but you often feel like every purchase is a gamble - I mean, will it work? Won’t it work? Will I like it?

This can be a real deterrent especially when you’re on a budget and can’t afford to be buying products that simply won’t work for you.

It’s an aspect of healthy living that is so often overlooked. We think of diet and exercise first but we seldom think of the products that we use on our body every single day. This is why I want to take you along on my own personal journey of changing over my skin care. I want to share honest reviews of what I like and what I don’t in the hopes that it gives you the confidence you need to make the change too.

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For me, personally, I made a promise to myself that this would be the year that I would finally commit to overhauling everything - or close to. Given that my dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s it’s very important to me to take really good care of my body and my mind.

Part of that includes the food I eat, the water I drink, purchasing organic (when I can), eating clean, organic animal products, increasing foods that help my body to detox, exercising and sweating on the regular, stress management, lots of self-care AND being very conscientious of the products that I’m slathering onto my skin, rubbing into my scalp and for us ladies, the feminine products that we’re literally putting inside ourselves like our tampons.

Reducing your toxic load is important to your health and one of the ways you can easily do that is by becoming aware of toxic skin products and doing your best to avoid them.

A few beauty care toxins that you want to look for and avoid:

  • sulfates

  • parabens

  • sodium benzoate

  • polyethylene glycol

  • FD&C color & pigments

  • alcohol

  • urea

  • fragrance

I also really like to use the app from the Environmental Working Group, EWG’s Healthy Living app. It’s such a valuable resource for consumers to make healthier and sustainable product choices. In fact, all you have to do is look up a product by scanning the barcode or entering its name in the search bar and the app will generate a rating to help you determine just how healthy that product actually is.

For the newbie:

If you’re just starting this process, I would highly recommend starting in one area of your bathroom and replacing items as needed. For example, maybe you start with the products in your shower: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving cream, etc. When one of your conventional items is running low, instead of running out to replace it, consider swapping it out with something more natural. And then continue to do this with all of your shower products. Once that area is done, move on to something else, maybe your moisturizer and face cleansers for example.

That’s how I started. And, trust me, it’s a process that takes time. If you overhaul everything at once, it can be overwhelming and costly. This process is also a lot of trial and error. There will inevitably be products that you buy that don’t necessarily work well for you or that you don’t like for one reason or another. My advice, be patient. And do some homework, read blog posts (like this one!), watch YouTube videos or at the very least, read customer reviews - they can be so helpful in choosing green beauty products.

Where do I buy my products? My local health food store carries a good selection but I also really love purchasing online from The Detox Market. Not only is it convenient (who else loves shopping in their PJ’s?!) but they also carry a really diverse selection.

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After spending a few months using myself as a guinea pig and trying a number of products, I’m ready to share what I’m loving.

Here are my current favs:

  1. W3LL PEOPLE BIO BAKED BRONZER POWDER

I purchased this bronzer awhile ago and I’ve been in love ever since! I’ve tried a few different all natural brands, but this one is my fav. It applies beautifully, it’s long-lasting and it gives me a really nice, natural, soft glow without looking orange-y.

To be honest, I think it’s right up there with anything I’ve purchased from Sephora before.

For reference, I have an olive skin tone and I’ve been using this exact same one year round: winter, spring, summer, fall with zero issues. I also don’t tan or sit out in the sun for any extended period of time, so although I have olive colouring, I’m also quite pale.

2. SUNTEGRITY MOISTURIZING FACE SUNSCREEN + TINTED COVERAGE

I was using Suntegrity - Natural Tinted Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and loved it SO SO much that when they released their new Impeccable Skin, SPF 30 I really wanted to try it because it’s essentially the Tinted Sunscreen but with slightly more coverage and a more matte finish.

I love both products but I do think I love Impeccable Skin more!

Both products come with a high price tag (Impeccable Skin is about $14 more) but I love that they’re an all in one product: moisturizing, sunscreen and tinted coverage. That right there justifies the cost for me.

I’ve never been big into liquid foundation. I hate when you can see it or when it looks caked on. I have always preferred something much lighter weight such as BB creams. That’s part of the reason I was drawn to these products and a little goes a long way.

It’s so important to use sunscreen on your face every single day! The sun is super damaging and can contribute to fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and discolouration. Which is why I prefer my sunscreen to be part of my make-up routine. I love that these products are lightweight and non-greasy.

If you’re in Canada, you can order these products from here and save a bit on shipping fees. This company also offers a trial size, so if you’re on the fence or not sure which shade is best for you, you can sample it before committing to a full size bottle. I also really like the sample size for when I’m traveling.

Don’t expect a heavy foundation - that’s not what these are. If you’re like me and want light, tinted coverage without the heaviness of a liquid foundation - these products are for you!

3. INNERSENSE SWEET SPIRIT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

I purchased this product to help add moisture to my very dry tresses and I absolutely love it! I use it after showering, spraying it onto my wet hair before styling and it really helps reduce frizz and leaves my hair soft and shiny without making it greasy or heavy.

I definitely notice a difference in the texture of my hair on days I use it versus days that I don’t.

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4. W3LL PEOPLE EXPRESSIONIST MASCARA

I plan on doing a separate in-depth post on all of the mascaras that I’ve tried, giving you my honest opinions of each, but for now let me say that this one is my fav! It will for sure be my go to and I’ll be purchasing it again.

The wand is fantastic, it’s an ideal length (I hate them when they’re too short) and the brush, although not exactly like my preferred drug-store brand, does do a great job of separating and lengthening my lashes. Which is exactly what I look for in a good mascara.

It’s also the blackest black that I have tried which I LOVE. I want my mascara to be nice and rich. And it provides tons of volume.

No clumping. No flaking. I personally find it long-lasting but after an entire day, I do experience some very light smudging - this was the case with all of the natural mascaras that I tried by the way. But it wasn’t enough to change my mind on this product - I LOVE it and highly recommend it.

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5. ZUZU LUXE LIQUID LINER

This is by far the best all natural liquid liner that I've tried. I purchased it in black. It's really pigmented and applies beautifully.

I wear it all day with zero issues - no flaking or smudging. I even moisturize with face oils and I've never had any issues.

The wand is a good length for easy application (I’ve tried a few with very short wands - UGH!) and it's a fairly forgiving formula, so if you need to go over the same area twice, you can without any streaking.

6. SAPPHO NEW PARADIGM EYE SHADOW

I literally can’t say enough good things about this brand and their eyeshadow. It’s a vegan formula that’s incredibly pigmented and goes on like butter - no exaggeration. So far, I’ve purchase two single eye shadows, Monica and Turtle - both have a matte finish and are stunning. I also got the Sappho Double Paper Compact to hold them both and keep them neatly stored away in my makeup case. I can’t wait to try more!

7. W3LL PEOPLE HYPNOTIST EYELINER

This item, like the mascara definitely deserves it’s own post because I’ve tried a whole lot of eyeliners and so far, this one is my favourite.

I love that it’s smooth and precise and I personally find it long-lasting despite some of the other reviews. I have a tried a number of all natural eyeliners that require you to reapply after only an hour or two!

I will say that I do need to reapply this eyeliner a little at the end of the day. But to be honest, I had to do the same with my regular drug store eyeliner as well, so I feel like that’s not a big deal.

8. ALIMA PURE MINERAL SATIN MATTE BLUSH

BEST blush ever! I purchased this one in Carnation and I absolutely love the natural hues that Alima Pure offers. Hands down buying more shades.

A little goes a long way! You don’t need very much at all to achieve the look you want, so I feel as though this container will last me awhile.

It does take some getting used to a loose powder blush versus a compact powder but I really love that I can control how much colour goes onto my brush.

It applies so beautifully and naturally, giving you a really soft glow. I highly recommend this one.

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9. ODACITÉ

SPECIFIC SKIN CONCERN: I purchased the Elasticity and Deep Wrinkles. They have a variety of others to choose from such as Clogged Pores, Eye Contour, Cell Energy, Youthful Glow and more.

I love these face oils! I’ll definitely be buying more but full transparency - they are EXPENSIVE! I totally understand why, Odacité uses the highest quality oils in their products. To help them last longer, I only use 1-2 drops combined in my regular face serum just as directed and I highly recommend doing the same. They are really concentrated.

Are they working? I couldn’t verify that for sure. I probably should have taken some before and after shots of myself. Maybe I just want to think they’re working, who knows.

I will say this, these oils were amazing all winter long helping my skin to stay smooth and hydrated, they smell amazing, and they just feel so luxurious. And for me, that’s enough.

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10. Alima Pure Velvet Lipstick

I ordered this one in Lucy and I love the way it looks. The colour is deep and rich. It goes on smooth and feels really hydrating.

I actually can’t believe how long I can go before needing to reapply! That alone makes me want to purchase more.

It does dry out a little the longer you wear it but I find that with most semi-matte finishes, natural or not.

So, there you have it! Those are my current favs. I really hope you find these reviews helpful as you begin detoxing your beauty care. Stay tuned because I’m working on an upcoming blog post all about natural mascaras - sharing ALL of the ones that I’ve tried and giving you my honest opinion of them, both good and bad.

What have you tried and what are you obsessing over right now? Share with me below!

I wanna know, have you started detoxing your beauty care?

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