Let me just preface this by saying, I am in no way an expert in natural products or even beauty products in general. I know what I like and what feels right for my skin and am constantly trying new products searching for ones that work best for me. In that quest, I have come to realize that I want simpler, more natural products going on my skin each day. Our skin is our largest organ so caring for it should be of top priority, right? Also, I put such an emphasis on what I put in my body (when eating and drinking) that it dawned on me one day, “why don’t I care more about what I’m putting on it?”
So the quest began! I’d say that was almost exactly two years ago. I just realized as I’m typing this out that New Years 2015 was when I made it my goal to start switching over to more natural products. Will you look at that?! Perfect timing for a post then!
I have found that shopping at Whole Foods Market for skincare products is an easy way to narrow down the field. This way I’m not searching through Nordstrom, Sephora or Ulta trying to figure out what products have or don’t have in them.
Here is a piece of what Whole Foods mentions on their website about the skin care products they carry:
“Currently, there are 75+ ingredients common in conventional body care products that are not allowed in any body care products we sell. That includes phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA, aluminum chlorohydrate, and many more. However, creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. Our buyers are passionate about seeking out the freshest, most healthful, minimally processed products available.”
You can access the full list of banned ingredients and extensive details on what is acceptable in the Whole Body department HERE.
Now again, these products aren’t perfect and I’m sure others take it to the next level in eliminating other ingredients but for me, and a lot of others, these Whole Foods products are a great place to start. Also, each Whole Body department is different so check with your local Whole Foods Market to see what they carry. You can always order these items online too. I include the links below!
Without further ado, my current favorite beauty buys from Whole Foods!
If you can believe it, this tiny bottle right here has lasted me since LAST March. Like, of 2016. Talk about VALUE! It is really light, which I appreciate, as it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on my eyes, but it totally hydrates my dry eye area. Not that I need to be using eye cream for wrinkles at this point but I just like to take proper care of my skin and because the skin around our eyes is so delicate, I really love having a product that gives it the nourishment it needs. Plus, the price point is AMAZING. There are endless, incredible eye creams out there but when you find one that works great and is reasonably priced – winner, winner!
$8.35 HERE or at your local Whole Foods.
So my skin is dry but I also get a bit oily by the end of the day. I also battle a lot of redness, especially in my T-zone. It has been a tricky road finding products that work perfectly for my daily moisturizer. This one from Andalou Naturals comes pretty darn close. If you have sensitive skin this probably isn’t for you as the citrus may irritate you but, this is a great summer time moisturizer for others. I say summer time because it is extremely light so in warmer weather, when my skin typically tends to not be as dry, it works perfectly. Once the end of October came this year I could feel the difference in my skin and knew that it needed something a little more heavy duty for the colder months. Plus, check out the ingredients on this – killer for your skin!
$14.72 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market.
For all of my sensitive skin friends out there, this is for you! I haven’t used this particular Burt’s Bees moisturizer but I have used a number of their other skincare products and I LOVE them. This is the daily moisturizer that Peter uses. His skin is sensitive, very prone to break outs and gets really dry and tight in the winter. Burt’s Bees to the rescue! I picked this one out for him because I knew the natural ingredients would agree with his sensitive skin and not cause break outs but also because it has the perfect ‘weight’ to it. It isn’t too heavy but moisturizes his skin perfectly.
$7.01 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market.
As I’ve said a number of times, I have really dry skin. I mean, every single one of my friends laughs at me for the whole moisturizing process I go through each for my ENTIRE body. I was on my bachelorette weekend and my girlfriends were dying at the fact that it takes me a good 15 minutes to apply all the lotion. I’ve just learned over the years that it is so much better to do this than to have painfully dry, itchy skin. With that being said, I have an absolute FAVORITE/complete obsession daily body moisturizer, which is also from Whole Foods. It is Alba Botanica Hawaiian Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion. I’ve been buying it religiously for the last 2 years. However, last month when I went to buy it, the price had jumped significantly. Like from $15 up to $28. I just couldn’t justify it. So I scooped up this other giant bottle, which I’ve really come to enjoy. It isn’t quite as moisturizing as the Alba one but it does a really good job and smells amazing. I feel so fresh and calm after applying it from the lovely lavender scent. Like I said, my skin is incredibly dry so for most people, this would be the ideal body lotion as it isn’t too heavy and sinks right into the skin so you don’t have that grease ball effect.
$7.43 HERE for a 12 oz. bottle or at your local Whole Foods Market.
This mask might be my very favorite of these products. For multiple reasons:
- It is cheap. Like for the amount of clay you get, it is insane. I’ve had this for a year and I think 1/4 of the container is gone. Amazing value.
- It is extremely effective. My skin basically glows and feels nourished after using this mask. I feel refreshed and my skin feels completely rejuvenated.It also helps my other facial products absorb into my skin better, which I really love.
- It is natural. I LOVE this fact. I don’t have to worry about any chemicals and the harm they could cause my skin.
- It is so easy. You just mix up equal parts of the clay and water or apple cider vinegar and apply.
As a note, I have tried both the water and apple cider vinegar and both are great. I will say I enjoy the ACV more because of the way my skin feels after. Plus, the redness goes WAY down after using the ACV with this mask.
$10.13 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market.
You can’t beat a simple, wonderful bar of soap.When I tell you this peppermint smells divine it is probably an understatement. It also feels so good on my skin. You actually feel CLEAN! There is no gross residue. The peppermint totally wakes me up too, which is helpful for my morning showers since I’m not a morning person. Also, this is so natural that you can use it in natural lakes and water systems. When we are in Maine, we will bathe right in the lake using this soap. It comes in a bar (which is what we usually buy) but they also having it in liquid form, which is great if you like to use a loufa, for kids or as hand soap in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Liquid: $17.99 HERE or at both your local Whole Foods Market.
This shampoo (and the conditioner) below are my JAM. I love being able to take care of my hair with natural products. It’s pretty much the way our bodies were supposed to be cared for – from the earth with what is naturally available. With that being said, not all natural shampoos are created equal. Some just don’t clean your hair or leave a weird residue or make it greasy. And I’ve tried those products! No bueno. This 2chic one though is the BEST. My hair is silky and smooth and SOFT. And it smells A+.
$14.22 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market.
Everything I said about the shampoo applies here too. I absolutely love this combination. It does an incredibly job of cleaning my hair but also restoring it, which is especially important in these dry, cold winter months. Major tip too: while these are reasonably priced at Whole Foods for the size that you get, I almost always find it at Marshalls too, which then makes it like half of the already affordable price. Keep your eyes peeled!
$13.98 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market.
This is my most recent purchase and I am absolutely LOVING it. As I mentioned last week in my Friday Favorites, Peter and I both received new electric toothbrushes for Christmas so teeth brushing has become an obsession in our home now. Haha! Kidding…kind of. So I scooped this toothpaste two weeks ago and I am loving it! Most importantly, it’s fluoride free. I never knew the negative effects fluoride could have on our oral and body health until the last year or so. A guy from the metropolitan water company came by and gave Peter the whole low down on the impact it can have and we immediately were like that wide eyed, red cheeked emoji face. Like, what?! Anyway, this is fluoride-free but still has great cleaning and whitening power. Plus, the peppermint tastes and feels like real peppermint, which is incredibly refreshing!
2-pack for $6.33 HERE or at your local Whole Foods Market
So what do you think?! Have you tried any of these products? Do you like them? Dislike them? What are your favorite skincare products? I obsess over trying new natural products so give me everything you got!