It has taken me 8 months (I started in December last year). After reading, researching, watching YouTube tutorials, reading reviews, purchasing, exchanging, purchasing again, trying and sampling… I’ve finally found the best pure, organic, no-animal tested, vegan, cruelty-free cometics.
Why is it important?
Like many of us, I had overloaded my system with toxic foods, drinks and cosmetics. These toxins were the root cause of my body’s inability to maintain balance. I started switching to organic, vegan, clean products when I started reading more about animal testing. I’ve been vegan for 4 years now and this was the next step in my path to 100% vegan. After reading the unbelievable cruelty that happens behind the scenes for most beauty products, I started educating myself as well in how loaded these products are with nasty, even banned ingredients, that we spray, apply and lather all over our bodies.
The basic premise of switching to an organic lifestyle is that by creating the right conditions, our body/skin will begin to naturally heal itself. How? Through removing the major toxins and replacing them with nourishing ingredients and natural beauty oils that have been available and used for centuries before the industrial revolution, lab-made chemicals, and tons of preservatives that extend shelf life of products.
Cosmetics from Revlon, Maybelline, M.A.C, body lotions by Victoria Secret or perfumes by Calvin Klein, etc. make millions of dollars selling stuff that is FULL of preservatives, alcohol, sodiums, parabens, pesticides, lab-made chemicals that are then absorbed by the skin for hours and hours.
My life changed after reading the book ‘Clean’ by Dr. Alejandro Junger, he spoke about toxicity in the modern age. How common is for every person to be fatigued, have lactose intolerance, have headaches, allergies, IBS, how we all know at least one person with cancer, diabetes, heart attack… In some specific parts of the world people live healthy, disease free lives until they’re pass 100 years old. Entire communities in different parts of the world. So he studied those communities and wrote the book based on his findings and his personal journey through med school (he used to be overweight and have health problems).
Toxins not only are absorbed through food/drinks but also through the skin, our mouths, our scalp, etc.
Long story short, there’s layers of toxic chemicals that we ingest every day, starting from macro to micro. I’m paraphrasing but it went like this:
1) Local Environment - What is all around you: City pollution, city water we shower with.
2) Your house - What protects you: The type of paint in your walls, the comforter you sleep with, the pillowcase you rest your face in for 8 hours, the household cleaners you use.
3) Your clothes - What goes on top of you: The detergent you use for the clothes you wear throughout the day, the material of clothes you wear, the color dyes
4) Your skin - What goes on you: From hair products on your scalp, to body lotions, sunscreen, perfume, makeup, lipstick, etc
5) Your food - What goes inside of you: water we drink, food we consume, medicine we take, supplements we need.
So it’s obviously a lot to cover, and there’s things we can’t control, like we city we live in or the type of paint in the walls… and that’s not what detox is about, detox is about changing what we CAN control like the clothes, skin, food to clear out the toxins from the things we can not change so that we eliminate them from our system.
In order for me to not get overwhelmed, I started switching my cosmetics based on “how long does it stay in your body” and “how absorbent is the body part” (mouth, eyes, private parts (yes! I’m talking tampons, pantyliners) haha! These absorb the most than any other part of our skin. So those are the first ones to switch ASAP!
You might think to yourself: Is Juli a millionaire? How can she afford all this? The answer is no, I’m not millionaire. I buy these products one at a time, little by little switching conventional for pure products. It’s a process and you can take as fast/long as you want if indeed you do want to switch!
Easy guide to start the switch by reading labels:
- The least amount of ingredients, the better
- Look for ingredients that I can pronounce or identify them in nature
- Avoid the words: fragrance, silica, silicone, petrolatum (petroleum), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), parabens, any sulfate, triclosan, glycerin (unless it specifies as vegetable based).
- Avoid artificial colors (red #40, blue#01, yellow #05) etc.
- Avoid preservatives like BHA and BHT (also found in a bunch of cereals!)
Here’s the list of my favorite products by categories:
MOST ABSORBING AREAS
Lip balm - Best lip balm I’ve ever found! Dr. Bronners. With avocado oil and hemp oil.
Buy at Whole Foods or here
Lipstick - It gets absorbed, we eat it, the lips have the thinnest skin in our body.
Red Apple Lipstick (Seriously the best lipstick! Worth every penny) There are samples you can purchase. Favorite colors for me: Audrey, Oh My Guava and Sugar Sugar
Pencil lip liners - I don’t use them but if you do, Gabriel lip liners are very good, specially the color Berry. (
Jason Toothpaste (I tried Tom’s and others and this is the best!) Toothpaste also gets absorbed by our mouth.
or at Wholefoods for no shipping.
Organic Tampons / light day pads (Natracare is the best brand). They are a must! 26% of the world’s pesticides go to cotton. This cotton is then made into tampons and into your body directly. If you don’t change anything else, buy only this.
8+ HOURS DURING THE DAY
I choose the ones without applicator so that waste is less, I’ve also tried the Diva Cup, which if you have questions, I’m happy to answer. This
is a Diva Cup.
Body moisturizer: Coconut Oil (any brand is good, as long as it’s organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin). I recommend this one:
I literally use coconut oil for everything! eye makeup remover, ashy elbows, knees, feet, shimmering shoulders and legs…
Our skin is the biggest organ. It absorbs whatever we lather on throughout the day, specially our breast area. Any organic body moisturizer is fine if you don’t like oils. I highly also recommend body moisturizers by 100% Pure. They smell heavenly, specially the french lavender one.
They also carry wonderful body washes, hand creams, scrubs, and that sort of nice smelling things.
Body wash & hand soap (less expensive) Dr. Bronners. It’s huge! 16oz. and it’s about ten dollars. I specially love the Hemp Almond one.
Sold at Whole Foods or here
Deodorant: I tried ALL of the non-toxic, aluminum-free deodorants in the land. I’m super happy with this one from Primal Paste. I have the unscented one.
(Sorry to say this, but perfumes are full of toxins
and no one tells you about it because it’s a billion dollar business).
Luckily, there are a few brands that carry clean perfumes. I get mine at WholeFoods, scent: Blood Orange. Girls are obsessed with how I smell, they ask me the brand a lot! Brand: Pacifica Tuscan.
Buy ay WholeFoods or here
Face moisturizer + Sunscreen in one: Kimberly Sayer. It took me a long time to find a face moisturizer to go under makeup, non-greasy that won’t beak me up. Extremely happy and the bottle is big!
If you’re acne-prone, surprisingly the Cetaphil daytime moisturizer ranges low in toxicity, so you can always use that one even tho the ingredients are not as natural/nourishing as others.
Face cleanser: Juice Beauty. It varies from person to person, I have acne-prone skin so I choose this one. As long as it’s organic, you can try different ones.
Buy Juice Beauty cleanser here
- Conventional nail polishes (Orly, Nicole, OPI, etc) have 5 main toxic ingredients: Formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. After doing lots of Googling, I found a girl who tested a bunch of green nail polishes. See her blog post here
. The winner is a brand named LVX. Lasts the bests and its ingredients are clean + it’s completely vegan!
Pillow case - 100% Organic Silk, This was my birthday present to myself. Silk pillowcases are good for skin, anti-aging, and retaining moisture in face and hair. Organic ensures you’re not resting your face on pesticide-filled cotton and flame-retardant fluids. It’s a splurge but I LOVE my silk pillowcase. Maybe ask for it for Xmas? :)
Anti-aging around eyes: Rosehip oil(any brand is good, as long as it’s organic and cold-pressed) I recommend this one:
100% Pure also has a delicious smelling eye cream. If you’re into eye creams def try this one out.
Face night moisturizer (I use the Kimberly Sayer one when I’m feeling lazy, but normally I blend 2 drops Jojoba Oil with 1 drop Tea Tree oil on face+neck)
Jojoba Oil - (any brand is fine, as long as it’s organic and cold-pressed)
Tea Tree Oil (to keep breakouts out of my face)
I bought mine at WholeFoods, any is fine as long as it’s organic
MAKEUP AND ACCESORIES
Disclaimer: Some products are a bit expensive, and first reaction is wow, that’s a lot for X. But when I researched nice Urban Decay eye shadows or SmashBox primers or MAC eye pencils, they are all in the same ball park. So if you’re into quality cosmetics, then the prices are the same as the pure brands.
Jane Iredale Foundation-
Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream. In love with this foundation. Full coverage but still looks like skin. I can’t say enough good things about this. Email Elena Noummano for a personal shopper, and ask for samples to see which color is the right for you before you purchase. firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a mix of BB3 and BB7, they didn’t have BB6 when I bought it but I have a feeling I might be a BB6.
Concealer: RMS Un-cover up concealer. It’s so nourishing, you don’t even need under-eye creams before applying this! It’s a bit expensive so it’s just in case you are really into hiding dark circles. I use shade 11
Mascara: I tried a few clean ones, and they all smudge. So I choose the best one as a organic mascaras go. Quality wise it’s the best and not that expensive! Definitely good ingredients but not 100% pure as the other brands I’ve mentioned. Still, I would repurchase this.
or at CVS, Walgreens
Bronzing powder. Physicians Formula. Talc-Free formula. I really really like this.
or at CVS, Walgreens
Blush - I adore Gabriel Cosmetics blush in Apricot. It lasts a long, long time! I’ve used it for months and it still looks like new.
Buy at Whole Foods or here
Pencil eye liner / Liquid liner / Brow liner
ZuZu cosmetics. I use the colors Obsidian for pencil (black), Raven liquid liner (black), and color Flax for brow.
For brow colors I find it more natural that any color you buy, to not have any hint of red/warm in it. So taupe colors work best.
I rarely use eye shadows, so what I do is purchase satin powder foundation samples from Alima Pure, and use those as eye shadows! Lots of shades of brown haha! 1.75 each.
If you’re more into glam eye shadows, I’ve heard great things about the Jane Iredale eye shadow palette.
Makeup Brushes: EcoTools (got them for Christmas)
Incredible quality, cruelty-free, made from recycled materials and bamboo. What else do we need!
…I think I’ve seen them on CVS/Walgreens but I may be wrong. HAIR
Hair Brush: BASS wood brush.
Sustainable, 100% pure bamboo, great for scalp circulation/distributing natural oils.
I got mine at Whole Foods or buy here
I’ve tried so many! The best so far that have worked for my thick, unruly hair is the Loreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System. I wash my hair every 4-5 days.
It’s not the purest or organic, but I have yet to find a shampoo that will actually clean my hair as good. It’s vegan and no-animal-tested, Loreal now doesn’t test on animals anymore or so they claim. I want to switch from this one because it does still have a lot of nasty ingredients but when I do find the one I’ll let you know! For now, this one is the best.
or at literally any cvs, walgreens, target, etc.
I recently purchased Acure Organics shampoo and conditioner. They have raving reviews and work for my color-treated hair. I’ll update the post once I have a good review on them!
Leave-in-treatment: The best in the world: AVOCADO OIL!
I only put it on on my ends, before workouts or a few hours before I know I’m going to wash my hair. This will do miracles for your hair! Wash thoroughly with shampoo in the shower to rinse it off.
Any brand is fine as long as it’s organic and cold-pressed, unrefined and taken from avocado flesh not the seed.
Heat protectant: Feed Your Ends
I spray this right before I go in with the straightener. Smells wonderful and nourishes the hair from the heat.
Laundry detergent - There’s lots of green options at conventional supermarkets, just read the labels! For me, good rule of thumb is, the least ingredients, the better. Avoid ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, fragrance, etc.
House/bath/window cleaners - White vinegar in a spray bottle! For bathrooms I sprinkle baking soda all around, then spray with vinegar, and let it sit for a while.
If you wanna check toxicity levels of the cosmetics you currently own, I love this website:
or the Skin Deep app for iPhone and Android. Just search for products you have or want to buy and it will give you a level of how clean or dangerous it is!
That’s all I have! Good luck!!
If you have any questions or want to know more about any of this products, or about actual food diet detox follow me on instagram @julietafelix and ask away!