The Best Clean Beauty Products

We've been combing through the large quantity of clean beauty products to sort the best from the rest. Here's what we've discovered - what to look for, what to avoid, and products we really love. 

What is clean beauty anyway?

Clean beauty sounds great, but what does it really mean? There is no one official definition. To us these are products that share at least one, and generally both of the following characteristics:

  1. Carefully screened, natural ingredients. These may or may not be organic - and you should always check for individual sensitivities - but generally speaking we think of clean beauty products as only including ingredients that have been chosen because they are closer to their natural state, and non-toxic.
  2. Ethically sourced: Ingredients sourced in a responsible and sustainable way, with the workers involved being treated fairly.

Our Top Three Picks 

NUMBER ONE: ORGANIC ROSEWATER FOR YOUR SKIN

It's hard to beat the luxury of pure organic rosewater for your skin. Rosewater:

  • has anti-inflammatory properties 
  • may reduce skin irritation, acne and eczema
  • cleanses and clears clogged pores

People have been using rosewater for all of these purposes and more since ancient times. It's also easy to use - just rinse your face with rose water after washing. Here's our favorite - organic and vegan certified rosewater from Poppy Austin:

Pure Rose Water Facial Toner Vegan Certified, Cruelty-Free & Organic Purified Moroccan Rosewater for Skin, 4 oz.

Brand: Poppy AustinColor: Rose WaterFeatures: THE PRODUCT - Spa grade, FINEST quality and number 1 best facial toner on Amazon; Contains 100% pure distilled, organic, and unrefined Moroccan Rose Water; This beautifully simple product is rich in natural antioxidants, suitable for ALL skin types (including sensitive skin

NUMBER TWO: SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER BARS FOR YOUR HAIR

We'll admit it - when we started researching clean beauty, we had never heard of shampoo and conditioner bars. What a discovery! Turns out shampoo bars are the same as the liquid stuff, just in a different package. Shampoo and conditioner bars are:

  • cost-effective
  • easy for travel
  • use less plastic and water (better for the environment)

When you choose one like the ones we love from Ethique, they are also ethically sourced and packed with natural nourishing ingredients like Kiwifruit Oil, Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Oats, Calendula and Manuka Oil.

Ethique Eco-Friendly Hair Sampler, 5 Heart-shaped Bars (3 Shampoos + 2 Conditioners)

Brand: EthiqueFeatures: MISSION: We're on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste while offering our customers 100% sustainable, ethically sourced products, made from natural and effective ingredients. Better for you. Better for the planet. PROBLEM: Plastic. Over 40% of plastic comes from product packaging (We're c

NUMBER THREE: ESSENTIAL OIL BOMBS FOR YOUR BATH

Because bath time should be luxurious and leave you in a great mood. Bath bombs, like any scented product, can be an aromatherapy treatment that helps create the mood you choose. We love that this bath bomb set from Gaea Miracle is designed to give you a full range of emotions to choose from:

Get up refreshed—EGYPTIAN NUTS (Apricot & Basil)
Relax yourself —BALANCE BALLET (Grapefruit & Sage)
Enjoy your family time—SWEET DAY DREAM (Honey & Almond)
Enjoy your Sunday morning—WILLOW BLISS (Beach & Bamboo)
Ready for bedtime rituals—PEACEFUL CABIN (Lavender & Sandalwood)
Get ready for your Friday night—FRUITY SUBTLE (Coconut Milk & Mango)

(Makes it a pretty great gift, too)

Bath Bombs Gift Set, 6 X 4.0 oz Vegan Natural Essential Oils Handmade

Brand: GAEA MIRACLE Features: MAKES THE PERFECT GIFT! Each and every eco-friendly Bath Bomb is exquisitely packaged with recycled brown paper; portable, convenient, and easy to unfold. The perfect gift for that special someone. BLESSINGS FROM NATURE! Luxurious ground natural minerals and botanical extracts of high dis-

 

LAST NOTE - WHAT TO AVOID

One of the things that's hard is to discern when products are really clean beauty and when they are just using good marketing. Terms like "natural" are unfortunately not very meaningful whereas some small companies that have great practices might not have the marketing capability to make their case. Here's what you can do to screen out the not-so-clean:

    • Read beyond the top line: Most products that we consider part of clean beauty will include a fair amount of detail about their ingredients, sourcing processes, and any certifications. For example, if you want organic, look for the language "made with organic ingredients" - products have to include at least 70% organic ingredients to say that
    • Avoid animal crueltyIf you want to make sure that products are cruelty free, look for "vegan certified" or check out this neat search from PETA
    • Shorter is often better when it comes to ingredient lists: Avoid products with long ingredient lists and ingredients you don't recognize. Generally speaking natural ingredients will be relatively recognizable and a shorter list means less chance for interactions
    • DIY! It can be really fun to make your own clean beauty products. You can start really simple, for example putting a few drops of essential oil in olive oil and rub it on your hands, you might be surprised how easy it is to make your own clean beauty products.