I see this question ALL the time in mom’s groups: “What’s the best natural… lotion / make-up / shampoo / deodorant…” You may have asked that question before too. What did you do with the answers? It’s helpful because you’re getting feedback from other people who have been there before you. But just because a product works, and fits one person’s criteria for “natural”, doesn’t mean it fits yours.
Here’s how you can take all the answers you get about products that worked for people, run them through your own sanity check, and go forward with your choice for natural skincare products.
Step 1: Look for multiple recommendations
If you have way more responses than are actually helpful, start by focusing on brands that have repeat recommendations or that you’ve seen before at places you shop at. Sure, you may be missing some great options, but it’s better to start somewhere than shut down from overwhelm.
Step 2: Look up the ingredients
Head on over to the brands’ websites and look up the ingredients in each product you’re looking at. Now, some people will tell you not to use anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce. This is silly advice, because completely natural ingredients can be long and complicated words, just like synthetic chemicals can be short and simple.
If there are ingredients you aren’t sure about, no matter how many letters it has, you can search by ingredient name on Skin Deep, or take a look at the whole product on Think Dirty. (You can look up products on Skin Deep too, but I prefer Think Dirty.)
And because this can be tedious, I’ve created a list of over 30 popular brands that are commonly considered healthy and let you know which ones are “Greenwashed”, “Green-ish”, or actually “Green”. Grab yours here.
Step 3: Choose
There are more choices for natural products than you could possibly try in a reasonable amount of time. Some work better than others, so it might take some trial and error, but at the end of the day, you have to just choose. The community in my Green Product Forum Facebook Group is really helpful at narrowing down options, and I often chime in with my own thoughts too.
Finally, pick a product that’s easy for you to replace, because if you have to jump through hoops to get it, you’re less likely to stick with it, no matter how well they work.
To help narrow down your options, don’t forgot to check out my free download – “How Green are Your Body Care Products” – here.
Switching to healthier products doesn’t have to be hard! In fact, it can even be fun. I hope these tips help you take your next steps towards healthier body care products!