Making the Switch to Cleaner Beauty - Why, How, and A Roundup of Thoughts

Well hello there and thanks for stopping by! For those of you who are newer here, my name is Hali and I am a die-hard beauty lover - although it might not always seem that way because I’m also very interested in other things that consume my time like sleep, wine, and lately Breaking Bad. If you’re reading this article your curious about my journey into cleaner beauty (I hate that term and if you want to skip ahead to why, jump to the What ingredients will I avoid? section) and maybe you’re thinking about switchingc too, so let’s dive in.

Why I Made the Decision to Switch to Cleaner Beauty

Two cleansers I’ve been loving lately that contain really great ingredients - Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, and Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

Two cleansers I’ve been loving lately that contain really great ingredients - Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, and Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser.

I made the decision for a few reasons: to challenge myself, to limit myself, to better myself and my skin, and because my skin seems to respond better to products that have good ingredients without all the shit (doesn’t everyones?). There is one thing however that really stuck out and stuck with me that pushed me over the edge, and that is fragrance. Did you guys know that companies aren’t required to disclose what’s in their fragrance? In fact fragrance is never just one ingredient, and it’s often containing more than just ingredients that make your products smell nice, or not smell at all. So aside from the havoc that fragrance wreaks on your skin it can also, completely legally, contain a company’s trade secret. So maybe no one is lying, but we’re definitely not getting the whole truth. And if I’m being completely honest the more I’ve sat with that fact the more it’s bothered me, making that the catalyst to this new journey.

How I Plan to Switch

This might come as a bit of a surprise to you all, but I am in fact not incredibly rich. I know, shocking and if you need to take a minute to process that information please do so now.

With that being said I have no intentions of making the switch overnight. But even if I was, that’s probably not a good idea for my skin’s sake. I actually plan to do this really slowly to instill more of a lifestyle change and teach myself as much as I can along the way.

So where am I right now?

A few favorites with good ingredients: Volition Beauty, Indie Lee, Caudalie, and Villa Floriani.

A few favorites with good ingredients: Volition Beauty, Indie Lee, Caudalie, and Villa Floriani.

Well I want to start with skincare. The thought of switching skincare, makeup, haircare, cleaning products, soap, and changing my diet all at the same time is too overwhelming. I really enjoy skincare and I want to know more about it so I decided to start there. Plus all of my favorite makeup is from companies including Mac, Nars, Urban Decay, etc and it took me a long time to find what I liked, so makeup will come FAR down the road but it’s definitely something I want to look into more.

What ingredients will I avoid?

This is where things get a little tricky because I’m just starting out, but to name a few: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, PEGs, and, synthetic fragrance.

This is also where I told you to jump to if you wanted to know why I hate the term clean beauty so here we go:

Clean Beauty is a misleading term in my opinion. People think it’s synonymous with natural or organic beauty which is incorrect. The term clean in relation to beauty means the products are free of junk and toxic ingredients. Now things get a little muddy with the word chemical, because it has a negative connotation but there are actually a lot of good, man-made chemicals that can help your skin and aren’t toxic to you. Natural isn’t the only thing that’s good for you! So when I say clean, I don’t mean green, natural, organic, or anything associated with those words. I will continue to shop at Sephora and hopefully be able to use more drugstore products (I’m probably dreaming but you never know..) but my goal here is to avoid toxic ingredients, but also avoid the fear-mongering that green beauty lines have instilled in so many of us.

This is my process to decide which ingredients I can live without, and which ones I absolutely can’t, and hopefully I can teach you something along the way.

So back to products. You guys see me use a lot of Caudalie, and in fact that’s the main line I use consistently because I find it to be justifiably priced versus a lot of other products I try (looking at you Tata Harper…). But for good measure, I want to provide you all with a list of lines I plan to continue to use, at least for the time being.

A few products I’ve been using lately, Summer Fridays R+R Mask and the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum.

A few products I’ve been using lately, Summer Fridays R+R Mask and the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum.

  • Caudalie

  • Tata Harper

  • Summer Friday’s

  • May Lindstrom Skin

  • Villa Floriani

  • Indie Lee

  • Volition

  • SuperGoop

  • Farmacy

As I navigate this further and learn more about ingredients that are good, and ones that are harmful I will keep you guys updated! I’m so excited for you to follow along on this journey with me and I think were all going to have better skin because of it!

So what happens now?

Well, now I will continue to use what I have, and as products run out that need to be replaced I will replace them with something that fits my current criteria. This is something that I have been subconsciously doing for a while now, but there are some products that I shouldn’t be using if I really want this to be effective. Do I love the Elf Cosmetics eye cream I’ve been using lately? Absolutely. Will I continue to recommend it? Yes I think it’s a great option, especially if you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on an eye product. But does it fit my current criteria for a skincare product? No, because it contains Disodium EDTA which can potentially be toxic to your organs.

My goal is to continue to learn about ingredients I don’t want to use and what my skin likes, and when I find a new product that fits my criteria (or a product that I love that no longer does), I will always share it with you guys so you all can learn too!

Leave a comment and let me know if this is something that interests you! I would love to hear your thoughts and if you are interested in me sharing this journey, ingredient knowledge, etc!

Xx

HB

Disclaimer:

I will continue to use up what I have because it would be ridiculous of me to give away or throw out products I enjoy, there are certain products I will not be repurchasing at least for the time being. So if you see certain things on my feed or in my routines that you’re questioning, just hang in there! I put a lot of money and effort into my routines, and I won’t throw it away!