- Melania Zilo
Get on the Clean Beauty Wave
Sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, GMOs, PEGS, drying alcohols, synthetic dyes, fragrances, BHT, should I go on? If you recognize any of those words on the list, it's probably from reading your product label while washing your hair in the shower. Over time, the use of these harmful toxins can affect our hormones, fertility, and overall health. The sad thing is that many companies couldn't care less what they pump into their bottles as long as it sells. There is also a hell of a lot of greenwashing going on in the industry (false advertising that leads the consumer to believe that their products are natural and environmentally friendly). They try to trick you with stupid buzzwords like "vegan" and "organic," which is why it's so important to read the label before buying all your personal care products. Making the switch to clean products can be a little overwhelming, so I've highlighted some aspects to focus on while shopping, and have listed some of my favorites below. First, try switching out your most used products (face wash, deodorant, shampoo, etc..). Clean beauty products tend to be a little more expensive because they are made with higher quality ingredients. This is why I suggest making gradual changes that way you don't break the bank. Also, be sure to choose products that are free of toxic ingredients. Most importantly, look for brands that align with your values. I love supporting women-owned businesses that focus on transparency and ethically sourced products. Here are some products you can find in my bathroom.
1. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
I've been using this face wash since I was 15, and I will probably use it until I'm 80. Soap-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, vegan, it's just overall one of my favorite things on my shelf.
Founded by Laura Schubert & Lillian Tung, Fur is a line created with the cleanest facial-grade, vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic ingredients that are dermatologically and gynecologically tested. They don't formulate with mineral oil, silicones, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or artificial dyes, which is why Fur is safe enough for even your more intimate areas. I love using this after I shave because it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and smooth, and is the perfect exfoliator for my sensitive skin.
3. Billie Razor and Shave Cream
Another women-owned business made to leave girls feeling empowered and feeling good. No sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, GMOs, drying alcohols, synthetic dyes, fragrances, cheap foaming agents, unstable silicones or BHT. And no pink tax! What more could you ask for?
4. Playa Shampoo and Conditioner
Not only do they smell amazing, but my hair has never been shinier or softer. And of course once again, all the ingredients are naturally derived botanicals with hand-selected clinical ingredients that are SLS, paraben, & cruelty-free.
5. Agent Nateur Holi(stick) deodorant
I think deodorant is the most important switch to make since our underarms have a higher absorption rate than the rest of our body. Made without GMO's, parabens, sulfates, aluminum, petroleum and pesticides, this deodorant smells fresh and lasts all-day.