Yesterday, I shared how to choose the best toxin-free cosmetics. As promised, here’s my own safe beauty shopping list. It’s not a definitive list. And I recognise that nothing is ever fully toxin-free. As ever, it’s about doing what you can. As ever, it’s mostly about doing with less. Less is more. Less is more.

Me 'n' my made-up face
Me ‘n’ my made-up face and salty hair

Talking to experts over the years, we all agree: It’s not always feasible to go completely chemical-free; we can simply reduce the chemical load by making safer choices where we can.

Also be aware, I’ve not been paid to run this list. By anyone. The recommendations are genuine. In the past few days a few advertisers have asked to place ads on this site, however. Just so you know.

Hair products:

I have previously used Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner (made in Australia), Vanessa Megan and currently use A Bit Hippy. It’s taken quite some time for my hair to adjust to the cleaner brands (and I’m yet to find one I truly love) and when I occasionally get stuck using a conventional shampoo it can take weeks for my hair to adjust again (the silicon build-up takes a number of washes for my more rustic shampoo to cut through…which gives you an indication of how loaded conventional shampoos and conditioners are). For hair styling products… I swear by the ocean. Salt water is my beauty secret. I haven’t really found a styling product that doesn’t make me feel sick when applied (of all the cosmetic products out there, hair sprays and lotions affect me the most). Fortunately, sea water is the best hair volumiser I’ve come across.

For covering my greys I use my Ere Perez mascara. See below. That said, I do get my hair coloured at a hair salon about 3-4 times a year. They try to use minimal chemicals…but I know it’s not ideal. As always, I choose my battles and until I can come up with a cleaner way to go about things, I live with it.

The experts recommend these as safe hair care brands:

Readers recommend:

Make up:

Obviously when I’m doing TV work I have to live with what they slap on my face. Again. Choose. My. Battles.

The rest of the time, I choose to wear minimal makeup – mascara, eyebrow pencil (I lost one-third of my brows when I got Hashimotos and have to draw it back in) and powder. I get my brows shaped 3-4 times a year, too.

I use Ere Perez almond oil mascara, pretty much since it launched (and do this thing where, when it starts to run low and gunky, I simply add a few more drops of almond oil and I get another few months use from it). Ere Perez is an Australian natural cosmetics company free from parabens, phthalates, nano-particles, synthetic fragrances and a stack of other nasties. I also love their rice powder bronzer which I use as a powder. I also use EcoMinerals mineral powder. The science is yet to be confirmed regarding issues with mineral powder.

The experts recommend these safe make up brands:

Readers recommend:

Skin care:

I’m currently using Ecostore soap in the shower and Weleda oil to moisturise. On my face I use  jojoba oil or People For Plants face wash to cleanse, rose hip oil (Trilogy and Kosmeaare great) or MV Organic Skin Care to moisturise and Doterra lavender and frankinscene oils when I get spots 0r scars. And, again, I  swear by the ocean. Salt water keeps my skin clean and balanced, infections away, pimples at bay.

The experts recommend these safe skin care brands:

Readers Recommend:

Fake tan:

I don’t tan or expressly use fake tan (less stuff!). But from time to time – when I have to film etc – I use Eco Tan. An Australian made, all-natural, certified organic, cruelty free, toxic free, vegan-friendly alternative to regular tanning products.


Check out my toxin free sunscreen guide here.


I’m yet to find one that truly works. Like, properly. At the moment I’m using Eco Tan’s new spray. It’s pretty good. I’m open to suggestions on this one…

Readers Recommend:


Emmily Banks is a Sydney based all natural and organic makeup artist who’s passionate about this stuff. She contacted me with a comprehensive list of brands she loves and uses in her work.

Emily recommends:

After you’ve detoxed the bathroom cabinet, you might want to read my posts on detoxing your kitchen, how to clean up your cleaning habits, or find out why you should stop using your mobile phone as an alarm clock and other small habits to avoid.

Please feel free to add to this list and I’ll keep updating it!

Have your say, leave a comment.

  • Jane

    I can recommend Natural Instinct Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ( I have tried a few different Chemical Free hair products and these are the best to date). Nutracell Natural Deodorant made with Plant Extracts and Colloidal Silver is effective and has a pleasant essential oil fragrance.

    • George Markakis

      Agreed! love natural instinct! new face range is even better, as a bloke I wasn’t into skin care until the mrs gave me some to try 😀

    • I have tried some samples of Ontural organic body products and I have been really impressed with the results of using them. I hope they will be available to everyone soon and I feel lucky to have been one of the few to have tried some of their hair creams, shampoo and natural body scrubs.

  • Angelika

    Great post Sarah. I recently converted (from a toxin brand) onto Dr Hauschka. I can’t believe it took me this long, but I am so pleased for having eliminated a chunk of nasties from my beauty routine. Dr Hauschka is so gentle and calming, the smell I just adore and their ‘orange/gold’ range is perfect for daily use.

  • Sussan

    Great post. I’ve recently switched to Sodashi and MV Organics. For makeup I am loving RMS which is just launching in Australia. Beautiful with no nasties!

    • Claire

      RMS is THE best – I agree!

      • hmmm don’t know it

        • Rebecca P

          Mecca Cosmetica have just started stocking it. I’ve been waiting years for it to be sold in Australia! It’s absolutely gorgeous and coconut oil based.

  • Jac

    Black Chicken by Axilla is THE BEST natural deodorant that actually works! Second to that is Lavanila.

    • Amy

      I second the black chicken! Has yet to let me down!

      • Louise

        I third the black chicken!! I have never found a natural deodorant that works even a little bit – first day trying it this guy got me through a the hour dance session. 100% recommend.

        • Kat

          Black Chicken all the way – best I have used!

    • guest

      YES the black chicken by Axilla one is so good!

    • ellie

      Yes! So good!

    • it’s seriously called that???

      • Loz

        Yes it is, and it’s so good!

      • Fiona Pascoe

        Black Chicken’s whole range is amazing! totally chemical free skin care and Axila deodorant is the best i have ever used…..give it a try

    • Amy ~ Otherwiseliving

      I hace tried about 15 different natural deodorants, Black Chicken is hands down the best!! When mine ran out about 6 months ago I had a crack at making my own paste from The Wellness Mama’s natural deodorant recipe: coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder & pure essential oil. Guess what? It works!! I haven’t bought deoderant since!! If you like a spray, Eco Tan is my next best option.

  • CB

    I make my own deodorant. Coconut oil, bi carb soda and arrowroot powder. You can also add any essential oil you like. It takes a short amount of time to adjust from using the chemical stuff (just apply twice a day until you get used to it) but it works a treat. I never, ever smell bad, just coconuty! I love it!

    • JB

      Thanks for sharing! I always like to try the homemade version of things. What are the measurements of the ingredients that you use? Also, do you have to let it sit out in room temperature or put it in the refrigerator?

    • Dawnie P

      Brilliant post, thanks Sarah. I tried the Eco by Sonya coconut deodorant and went for long walk. Bit sniffy. So tried making my own. 1/4 cup arrowroot, 1/4 cup baking soda, 4-5 tbls coconut oil and about 20 drops essential oils, whatever you like. Used it today and no sniffing! Will experiment with oil flavours, but so far, so good!

  • emlac

    Try Axilla Deodorant Paste by Black Chicken Remedies. Made in Sydney & is 100% AMAZING. I guarantee you will not smell & it is the only natural deodorant that helps to keep you dry as well due to kaolin clay & arrowroot.

  • Annie Leane

    Best deodorant I have found is Black Chicken AXILLA deodorant paste, no no little black chickens in it, lol. It’s Australian and 100% natural and it even survives a stinky sweaty teenager boy and hot yoga. It’s a winner!

    • You’re clearly not the stinky yoga boy?!

      • Annie Leane

        Lol no I’m just the nice smelling mama 🙂

  • Kristi G

    I highly reccomend Schmidt’s Deodorant! I am in love. It’s the only natural deodorant I have found that works well.

    • Claire

      I use both black chicken (the best but gives me a rash). have just discovered Schmidt’s too – and so far so good. Just need to try it in summer…….

  • Tanya

    Thank you for your list, Sarah. I’ve switched to products from Sisel International (organic & toxin-free skincare, makeup, personal care (hair & body products) & nutritionals). Love their products so much that I’ve even become a rep! And the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website is absolutely invaluable for advice, information & product-listings.

  • Vee

    I tried so many organic shampoos and would still end up with an itchy scalp, then I switched to Everescents (QLD based). I use the lavender one and although I’m not keen on the smell, I never get an itchy scalp anymore!

    • Mary

      I will try this one, Vee because I always get an itchy scalp from organic shampoos

  • Alex Le Fevre

    I swear by Black Chicken’s Axilla Deodorant Paste. it’s the first one I’ve found that acually works. And I loooooove Dr Bronner soaps and Moo Goo moisturiser on my body.

  • Jodi

    I’ve just started using Sukin natural deodorant. So far so good even in Qlds sweaty humid summer.

  • Lisa

    World Organic have just released a deodorant which might be worth a try!

  • Rachel

    Arbonne, You have to be kidding! They are on the green washers list.

    • Joe

      Rachel Arbonne has a 35 year heritage of being toxic free and environmentally friendly (FSC certified packaging and carbon neutral delivery), certified vegan and NEVER tested on animals.. not sure where the “green washing” happened – they’ve always been green!

    • Belinda

      Very true, if you know how to read products label (most people don’t) you will see it is botanical not toxic free. There are still some chemicals present.

      • Joe

        Belinda everything in nature is a ‘chemical’ – life is chemistry – safe science is not all Toxic by nature.. too much water will kill you.. too much salt will kill you.. often the ‘amount’ of something is what can be toxic…

        A common example of a chemical substance is pure water; it has the same properties and the same ratio of hydrogen to oxygen whether it is isolated from a river or made in a laboratory.

        Sarah mentions above “its not always feasible to go completely chemical free” I like the Arbonne products for their efficacy and safety .. and the company has a wonderful ethos.

        • Rc

          Arbonne use palm oil which is far from ethical.

          • Kim


    • mel

      I know Rachel! I’m suprised that Arbonne are on this list because they absolutely still have nasty chemicals in their products and can’t even give consumers a full ingredient list!

      • Shan

        Mel – the Arbonne products never claim to be purely botanical. A mix of botanically based & safe science. Not all chemicals are ‘nasty’! And if you jump on website there’s a full list of ingredients at bottom. For all to see.

    • This was a suggestion from one of the experts I spoke to some time back. Perhaps there are different arms to her range?

  • Carolyn

    id love to know recommendations for kids shampoo and soaps

    • Amy

      Can recommend pineapple heads (NZ company) fabulous stuff!

    • Angela

      Yep, I second Pineapple Heads, but you need to use their de-tangler too to get the knots out. They also do a great bubble bath product.

    • Kate

      Carolyn, Arbonne have a fantastic Hair & Body Wash with key ingredients being chamomile extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice and sunflower oil.. it’s inexpensive too. I can send you a sample if you like- [email protected] xx

    • Em

      Little Innocents. Been using it on my son since birth and he is now five. Also the nappy rash cream actually makes for a good face cream in winter!

    • Voi Organic skincare does a Shampoo bar that is great on kids hair and really good for men’s hair and women with short/shortish hair

  • Guest

    Musq for make-up and Moo Goo for skin care

  • Elise

    Musq for make-up and Moo Goo for skin care

  • Nicola

    What does everyone think of the ‘nude’ cosmetic range? Is it as good as they make out with regards free of nasties?

    • Bron

      I’ve been using ‘Nude’ for years- the mineral powder is great for a little coverage or over the illuminating cream for a nice glow. The mascara isn’t great, doesn’t have much hold. I use Almay instead. I have really sensitive skin & eyes so any sort of irritation and my skin flares up and my eyes water 🙁

  • Nicola

    And also the ‘Organic Care’ range for hair and kids, any thoughts?

  • Meg

    Hey Sarah, I too have been searching for the best deodorant but have just discovered Black Chicken, and its awesome, of course on really hot sweaty days you have to apply again mid afternoon, but its the best one, its a cream, I highly recommend it! Also I use Dr hauschka skin care products , beautiful! and have also just discovered Beauty and the bees hair care products, amazing tasmanian made and no packaging worth looking in to.

  • Vera

    I’d love to know if there are any natural brands of dry shampoo? I am heavily reliant on the stuff if I’m to delay hair washing for 2-3 days ( very fine hair). But I worry about the chemical content….Does anyone know how bad it is?

    • Danielle

      You can just pop a little Arrowroot on the scalp and brush through, if you have darker hair add in a little Cacao too. Dab a makeup brush in it, dab it on the scalp and brush. Works as well as any dry shampoo out there

      • Vera

        Thank you! That is great.

    • Nadia

      Yes! Acure has one which I’m using right now! Love it! It’s $19.95 from Nourished Life 🙂

      • Vera

        Thank you Ill look into that too, never heard of them before.

    • Chris

      I use a dry shampoo from skinnyskinny (probably a little more regularly than I would like to admit) it’s from Cleanse Skincare! Amazing website! There’s heaps of other great products too.
      Definitely stay away from the dry shampoo’s in a can, they are a little more convenient but there are so many airborne particles that you breath into your lungs when you spray them! yuck!
      hope that helps

  • Amelia

    Hi Sarah – Try Arianrhod Organics roll on deodorant! She is based around Byron. I have the Nimbin scent 🙂

  • fiona

    I love doTERRA Essential Oils Verage skin care, my skin has never been better, I do add a drop of Frankincense essential oil go my moisturiser each night.

    Everything else I make myself.

  • Bekkie Mitchell

    Id love to have seen skin juice on this, its fantastic even better than mukti and both Australian made and owned

  • Kezstev

    The Beauty Chef’s Certified organic Dream Repair Serum is truly amazing

  • Christie

    Hi do you have any recommendations on the best toxin free toothpaste? I’m struggling to find a good one thanks!

    • Joe

      Arbonne has a great one my family uses!

    • Andy

      I love my Sense toothpaste!

    • I use Red Seal at the moment. Have also used Weleda, but it’s not local nor cheap

      • I have made a really good one, based on Weleda’s Sea Salt toothpaste. It has 60g of Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarb), 50g Coconut oil, 40g Pink Himalayan Salt (ground finely), 30 drops Peppermint oil, 5 drops Sage oil, 5 drops Lemon oil and 3 drops of Tea tree oil. I put it in a jar and use a spatula to put on my toothbrush. It is amazing!

  • Belinda

    There is a facial studio in Bulimba (Brisbane) called Kindred Toxin Free Facials. The owner, Natalie, sources beautiful natural and organic boutique products. She gives an amazing massage too!

  • Kerrin

    Do you have a good purfurme? My dr has told me to stop using that also.

    • Kate

      I actually use the Arbonne body mist as a perfume!

    • guest

      Since becoming unwell I get headaches from strong scents, but I’ve had no problem using Aura Soma perfumes

    • Hi Kerrin! Im a Natural & Organic MUA (featured product list at bottom of Sarahs post) .. I am also obsessed with ALL things natural including “perfumes” .. I can recommend a long list of amazing, safe and beautiful scents. Perfect Potions (stores found at Westfields) has a fabulous range, Indah Organics, Shemana Elixirs, Hanakotherapies, Tinderbox, & Vanessa Megan are some of my favs. They obviously all have different ranges of scents depending on your preference but they are all natural, safe and have aromatherapy properties that are actually good for you! 🙂 I often use oils, diluted down with either a moisturising agent (coconut, almond oil, shea butter etc). Please note that the only essential oil that can be directly applied to skin without dilution is lavendar. Also keep in mind that if alcohol is an ingredient, try to spray on clothing etc as opposed to directly on skin as it can dry out skin.. Hope that helps! You certainly dont have to stop using “perfume” to be healthy and safe – just go natural! Em Banks – Depths Of Beauty

  • Claire

    I can recommend Lavanila deodorant. For skincare I recommend Go To Skincare (btw Arbonne is full of chemicals so not sure why it’s recommended) and makeup I recommend RMS cosmetics. Fully natural and beautiful cosmetics for my sensitive skin.

  • Liz

    Elly B is a locally made product. Their scrub cream is amazing. Takes away dead skin and allows oil or moisturiser to work so much better. I only use once a week so it lasts a long time.
    What do people use for toothpaste? I find my breath is not that pleasant using natural toothpaste however I loathe using chemically laden toothpaste!

  • I use the Nasanta Deodorant as it is magnesium based and doubles as a transdermal magnesium therapy. I live in Darwin, the tropics, and it even stands up to the heat and humidity up here.
    But good old coconut oil works wonders too, for everything, even deodorant.

  • Sherryl

    Neeming Australia have great natural deodorants that actually work.

  • Outraged

    Have you even READ the label on an Arbonne product??? Definitely NOT a natural product. Shame on you.

    • Read the label

      Intensive Renewal Serum

      Water, cyclopentasiloxane, polymethyl methacrylate, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, polysorbate 40, polyacrylate-13, butylene glycol, saccharum officinarum sugar cane extract, fagus sylvatica bud extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, citrus aurantium dulcis orange fruit extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, lavandula stoechas extract, pyrus malus (apple) leaf extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, hypericum perforatum extract, nasturtium officinale extract,panax ginseng root extract, pueraria lobata root extract, trifolium pratense clover flower extract, betula alba leaf extract, laminaria digitata extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, borago officinalis seed oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, xanthan gum, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, retinyl palmitate, ascorbyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, thioctic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, glycerin, magnesium aluminum silicate, sodium lactate, allantoin, sodium hydroxide, dimethiconol, polyisobutylene, polysorbate 20, polyamino sugar condensate, urea, panthenol, lecithin, salicylic acid, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium PCA, Stearamine, Silica, tetrasodium edta, Lactic Acid, sodium hyaluronate, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol, lemonene, iron oxides Ci 77491, Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891

      • Agreed

        Mmm dimethicone that little bugger gets everywhere. It’s probably ‘derived from coconut’ haha Arbonne are the biggest greenwashers. There’s something wrong when you’re pretty much the only ‘vegan’ ‘natural’ ‘pure’ company who doesn’t freely list your ingredients.

      • Guest

        Yep, really disappointed to see Arbonne listed here. It’s very misleading to those consumers trying to avoid questionable chemicals. Although some of them are yet to be deemed “bad”there are definite alarm bells ringing.

  • Fifi B

    Excellent post Sarah.

    – I love Mukti for hair
    – Dr Bronner’s for all household soap and shower soap
    – Inika for all makeup and
    – First Love Organics for all face creams/ moisturisers etc.
    – Also love Deonat Crystal Spray as a deodorant


    • Julie Spurr

      How good is Mukti Hair products 🙂

  • Great read Sarah! As a natural MUA, I have tried quite a few and know there’s definitely a few brands that are leading the way in the natural beauty world.. there’s also a lot of greenwashing with some brands.. and some are definitely healthier and more low tox than others. Some of the highest performing and safest include – Inika is great, Ere Perez is another favourite, RMS, W3ll People, Zuii Organics, Nudus, Lilylolo,… so many more too 🙂 … Deoderant wise – Axilla Chicken Paste changed my life (no more smells pits) and Lavanilla is also quite good. x

  • Sarah R

    I just recently started using Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste. I am very impressed with how well it works- keeping dampness and bad smells at bay. Was a bit put off by the paste at first but easily got used to it. Also smells lovely ? would highly recommend it after trying so many different deodorants that just didn’t stack up.

  • Kate

    Fantastic post 🙂 Your first paragraph says it all…
    “Talking to experts over the years, we all agree: It’s not always feasible to go completely chemical-free. We can simply reduce the chemical load by making safer choices where we can and not get too worked up about things.”
    Eliminate nasties where you can, you still want your skincare/cosmetics etc to work… choosing COMPLETELY natural products might not be your best option. It does make me wonder though.. if products are totally CHEMICAL and TOXIN free, how long is their shelf life? Wouldn’t they go off pretty quickly? Hmmm food for thought.
    I use Arbonne products & believe in their Pure, Safe & Beneficial policy 100%. Happy to find it on your list xo

    • Jay

      Agree Kate – I’ve been using Arbonne products for a while now and love them! I don’t understand why people are so quick to put them down, when they have never claimed to be 100% natural or chemical free – of course some chemicals are needed when we are expecting a product to FIGHT NATURE. We’re asking it to work against the natural ageing process and that just can’t be done as effectively without a helping hand from the best of safe science. As the article said – since we can’t completely avoid them, it’s just about finding a balance and Arbonne does that brilliantly in my personal opinion!

  • jo

    I love Nourished Life website for buying toxin-tree cosmetics

    • Eve

      All I use as a deodorant is bicarb soda in the armpits. Works every time and so cheap. Just rub it in well, so it doesn’t stain your clothes. For hair, I only use half a cup of apple cider vinegar with half a cup of warm water. I leave it in. This makes my hair shiny and soft. Still looking around for an all natural, non oily, anti-frizz.

  • Phillippa Van De Steeg

    I’m enjoying Younique skincare and cosmetics and Ecostore shampoo 🙂

  • Lisa D

    The Arbonne Pure Mint Deo is fabulous! Aluminum & paraben free.

  • I found the salt crystal deoderant in combination with EcoTan deo to be the most effective. So much better than EcoTan alone. I just spray on the EcoTan, then rub in the crystal stick. I live in sweaty, muggy Brisbane, riding my bike and walking mostly to get around and find I rarely need to reapply.

  • Aleena Terese

    Miessence ‘spice’ deodorant. Brilliant and smells gorgeous 🙂

  • Danielle

    Great post Sarah – something a lot of people need to consider. I use Axilla Black Chicken Deodorant Paste (my husband took some convincing but he now uses it too). I’m more on the smelly side and this stuff works great to neutralise smell and lasts all day. My fav cosmetics are either 100% Pure (love their mascara!) or Lavera. My skin is really sensitive, even to natural products so I’m really picky. Dr Bronners for liquid soap!

  • Neil O’Sul

    Thanks for sharing Sarah. What about eau de toilette for men? Any ideas?

  • Jo

    As a heavy sweater I’ve found the Soapwalla deodorant the best natural one so far – friends who don’t perspire as much have found this can irritate their skin a little, especially after shaving. I haven’t tried the Black Chicken by Axilla, does anyone know how it compares to Soapwalla?

  • Cindy

    Thank you for your post I have been waiting in anticipation, for deodorant I have been trialling 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons arrowroot and 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil with some lavender essential oils, mix together and apply a small amount under arms, seems to be working, but I have found the weather either makes it hard or liquid

  • Sheralee

    Hi Sarah, thanks for another great and helpful post!!

    Have you tried Miessence deodorant? I’ve been using it for years now and have found it to be one of the best natural deodorants out there. I use the aroma-free version, it contains only aloe vera, sodium bicarbonate and xanthan gum. Give it a whirl 😉

  • Ellen

    I love argan oil and especially Mira’s Hand that you recommended in one of your earlier post, it has completely changed my skin and my hair. I have also ditched the shampoo and now use their rhassoul clay as a shampoo

  • Teagan

    As a few others mentioned a great family friendly bathroom range is Moogoo, you really cant go past it. Love their milk wash, Udder Cream, MSM cream, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner…almost everything!

    Also, something Id love to hear your views on Sarah is dental care. Red Seal Baking Soda toothpaste and Grahams Xylitol Mouthwash is my personal favourite combo.

  • Butterbee

    any concealer that you can recommend?

    • There is a great concealer product from RMS called “uncoverup” it can be used as foundation or concealer.. RMS will be available in all MECCA stores in Aus by June this year ! Highly exciting stuff.. Also, Inika has a good light concealer for under the eyes..

    • Collette

      physicians concealer is fabulous and universal colour
      really cute packaging too!

    • Chris

      Studio 78 Paris has an amazing concealer – I grab mine from Cleanse Skincare.

  • Lotte

    Great article Sarah! Thanks for sharing! As a deodorant I use coconut oil and baking soda, for me it works fantastic! Love Xxx

  • Barbara

    Best deodorant i have found so far is Moo Goo

    • Sally Hall

      I love the Moo Goo deodorant, too 🙂

  • Clare

    Hi Sarah, I’ve been using Kora Organics and particularly love the tinted day moisturiser. I noticed it wasn’t mentioned by anyone, have you heard anything about this brand? Good or bad? 🙂

  • Hannah

    I can recommend Liz Earle products, especially their shampoo and conditioner. No SLS in it which is a joy for my exzema.

  • Anna

    Highly recommend Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. It’s the only natural one that I have found actually works! MV organics sell them 🙂

    • Chris

      I love Soapwalla too!! I get mine at Cleanse Skincare.

  • Tema Adam

    Twig botanical for deodorant paste.
    Beats any brand locally made in Newcastle by Katie
    Find her page on Facebook
    Twig botanicals.

  • Tema Adam

    Great post by the way! Less is best & natural is beautiful

  • Toxin Free

    Sukin has some bad stuff in it too… Get The Chemical Maze app… IT will sort you out ! Some of the other brands you mentioned too have some bad stuff in it ! Trust me I’ve done the research for MONTHS now 🙂 And as for deodorant Black Chicken is the absolute bomb!!!

    • Sally Hall

      Thanks, for sharing that app. Does it cover a wide range of Australian products?

  • Luci

    Yes I enjoyed that post, a lot of info and recommendations. I like to use Absolutely Gorgeous skin care range and especially like the pink clay cleanser to clean my face after makeup. I love Dr Hauschka also esp the eye shadow I use a lot.

  • Loose Leaf

    Avocado oil from the supermarket as a moisturiser, I swear by it. Sukin shampoo is also quite good

  • Sarah

    Best deodorant ever: Biologika. Can’t recommend highly enough. I’ve tried many natural deodorants over the years and this works just as well as regular deodorant. No exaggeration.

  • Sarah

    Sukin isn’t as natural as they’d have us believe. I actually make a lot of my own personal care products such as cleansers and shampoos. Way less ingredients and even cleaner than “green” products. Plus, no consumption and no excess packaging.

  • cecca_7

    Great article! It’s incredible how many people don’t pay attention to what they are putting on their body. I have a fabulous deodorant that I am in love with! I use literally everything from the company Lush and I am so happy with it all, but I had a really really really hard time finding a deodorant that was both natural and actually worked. T’eo by Lush is great! Aromaco is also good but patchouli is not for everyone. I also use their face wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, bath bombs, toothy tabs, mascara, lip stick. Well pretty much everything haha! Also Lush as a company is fabulous, I should really get paid for how much I brag them up 🙂

  • Em

    Viola Organics, based in NZ, is great for deodorant. I like in QLD, so it has definitely been tested.

  • Angela

    Baking soda for deodorant and shampoo! Apply with damp fingers for deo, and mix in to water for shampoo. Truly amazing.

  • Tamara

    Soapwalla deodorant cream – so far so good!

  • Dianne

    I can recommend Nancy Evans Rose hip products. I have extremely sensitive skin. But I find Perfect potions Rosemary shampoo and conditioner. If I use anything else, I have dandruff. I have tried so many other products. Some of them very expensive, that are no better than the cheap stuff.

  • Ariana

    MooGoo deodorant is the best! Works so well, better than a crystal or any other product I’ve used 🙂

  • Gin

    I’ve found three natural deodorants that work… amazingly! The Australian brand – Black Chicken (Axilla deodorant paste), and two American brands – Soapawalla (my favourite) and Meow Meow tweet.

    • Cleanse Skincare

      We love Soapwalla too xx

  • Lorraine Dodd

    I use Milk of Magnesia for deodorant. I find it works. It’s not an antiperspirant though.

  • Agstar

    Lhami is another great Aussie brand. I love their Wild Rosehip face cream. And well priced also

  • Long tall Sally

    I changed over all my hair and body products a couple of years ago (brands are: 100% pure, weleda, natural instincts, lavera, nvey, la mav, eco tan and others) – and can honestly say these products work just as well if not better than ‘regular’ brands, and I’ll never go back to the chemical filled nasties.

    The thing I miss most? I haven’t been able to find a natural perfume alternative that suits me….most are too floral or ‘grandma-ish’….I love the clean fresh ‘ocean’ scents or spicy/musky tones. Anyone found good alternatives to regular perfume?

    • cecca_7

      Try essential oils for perfume! I love young living oils and they have so many oils you can make your own blend or use a single oil or blend they already have. Also then your perfume has good benefits and mood enhancers as well

  • Nisha

    Evohe 3.6.9 Omega face oil (Australian) – Arctic cloudberry, goji & borage

  • Jacqui

    Voi products ❤️ Australian organic and I love how my hair feels after their shampoo bar ?⭐️

  • krista b ross

    Thank you for all of your recommendations, Sarah! To clarify, do you mean that you actually make and use a sea salt spray on your hair?

  • Saskia

    Antipodes! A great range of natural skincare and makeup products from across the ditch.

  • Kim

    Love your natural ‘salty’ hair Sarah! People pay a lot of money (& use a lot of gunk!) to get that effect! Great post on a very important topic.

  • Deb

    Evohe products are amazing …. Australian, natural, organic and palm oil free.

  • megswalms

    Try Soapwalla natural deodorant. Really effective, nice clean smell (from tea tree) and toxin free.

    • Cleanse Skincare

      We LOVE soapwalla too xo

  • Karen Karen

    I love Alterna shampoo and conditioner, I’ve tried alchemy but didn’t like it.

  • Jane

    Hi Sarah, I’ve used the Miessence deodorant for almost 10 years now. I know we’re all different, but it truly works for me… and I’m a girl who used to experience sweat dripping off my elbows at times. (Sorry for that!!) The “Tahitian Breeze” fragrance is lovely too.

  • Jennie McLaren

    as far as skin care, soap and shampoo are concerned I highly recommend Viola Organics from Whangarei. Made in NZ and lovely products at very reasonable prices. I am unable to use most conventional skin care products as my skin reacts to them but these are great. Deodorant pretty effective for a natural one too.

  • Jasmine

    I love Moogoo milk wash for face & body. I moisturise with Triology rosehip oil and Ecology skin cream (Aussie made grassfed tallow based cream – amazing stuff!) I used to use coconut oil on my face, but it caused lots of breakouts. It turns out coconut oil is comedogenic which means it’s prone to clogging pores. Jojoba and rosehip are much better oils for facial skin. I’m yet to find a low tox shampoo & conditioner that doesn’t leave my long hair feeling like straw and having to spend half an hour combing the knots out. I’m actually considering a much shorter hairstyle to save myself the hassle! There is a natural perfume maker based in a Adelaide called One Seed, I think, their scents are quite lovely. Miessence deodorant is my fave, reasonable price and it works! Fresca is another really effective deodorant – it’s too expensive for me to use everyday though. I love the 100% Pure brand lip liner, their mascara makes my eyelids swell & itch though – I think it contains gluten. Great post & comments, lots of new options to try. Thanks!

    • Sally Hall

      Jasmine, have you tried the MooGoo shampoo and conditioner?

  • Eve

    My favourite totally natural beauty products are without doubt a brand called 100% Pure.

  • Angela Smith

    I can highly recommend Mukti Organics I use all their products and recommend them to my clients as one of Australia’s cleanest and results driven certified organic ranges. I disagree with some of the brands that purport to be “organic” or contain a smidgen of organic ingredients. As a naturopath dealing with hormonal and fertility issues it is extremely important to investigate the claims and labels. If you don’t understand or know what is in a product then it makes sense not to apply to the skin. Whatever you apply ends up in your vital organs. Keep it clean and do your research. Mukti is certified and independently audited by OFC and covers all facial and body care products. Thanks Sarah for sharing this important information and opening up this topic.

  • Kelly

    Organic colour systems check them out. I go to “the natural hair studio” in bunbury. The colour is amazing, totally covers greys and there is no smell or itchy scalp! The owner Wendy says some of her clients have been referred by cancer support agency’s because her products are so gentle.

  • Loz

    Try Black Chicken Axilla deodorant paste. I get it from Nourished Life online store. It works!

  • Sunshineinapocket

    I love MooGoo products they’re great for sensitive skins and have great shampoos, moisturisers and cleansers, an insect spray and best of all they’re good value and last for around 3-6 months.

  • Donna

    I highly recommend Voi Organics for great custom made organic products. I ❤️ their deodorant. Check out their website!

  • Jane

    Lipstick? One with good colour and staying.

    • Collette

      ilia – around the world
      Red apple – Audrey
      both great colours and suite most skin tones
      they are moisturising and look amazing!! with no nasties!!

    • Chris

      I love Ere Perez and also Studio 78. I get both of these are Cleanse Skincare

  • Jen

    I love Arbonne Pure Mint Deo. I can apply at 530 am go all day and play 1 1/2 hour tennis and still pick up my son from school without smelling. Best ever! Sarah you might like to try their Teatree shampoo and Pure Vibrance hair styling products.

  • Angie Scoble

    As a busy mum of five and nutrition teacher I was well versed with food but didn’t pay much attention to skincare. I discovered Arbonne and loved the skincare, hair care products that allowed my hair to go a day longer between washes. My skin changed so much that people commented. So impressed by the range, I left teaching and became an Arbonne Consultant. It has changed my world and now the philosophy of pure, safe and beneficial permeates all aspects of our life. I fought for years with teaching the standard food pyramid, meat, grain and dairy basis of our food policies. Now I can work in peace, informing consumers about what’s in skincare and it so resonates with me.

  • dee

    That’s why I switched to Arbonne products for me and my family! I love it so much I became a consultant !!! It is awesome products!! I love the re9 especial and the body scrub even my manly man uses it

  • Sarah B.

    Tri Nature from Newcastle in NSW, nasty stuff free and made in Newcastle. They have a whole range of products from shampoos to car wash to kids all overs to dishwashing liquid to body wash. Love the stuff.

  • Violet

    I have been using a salt rock deodorant for years and have found it to be ideal for me – the one you just wet and rub on. Is this sort of deodorant considered ‘natural’? Does anyone know of any side effects of rubbing ‘salt’ on your skin – is it absorbed?

  • Accidental Feminist

    Hi Sarah, you said that you lost one third of your eye brows due to Hashimoto’s and get your brows shaped. I too lost about one third of my eyebrows due to under active thyroid. Your eyebrows look great and I would like to fix mine. What do you do in order to have them looking so good? I want to do something with mine but do not want to tattoo my eyebrows.

  • angela

    I make my own deodorant paste which works a treat…(sorry, amounts are very approximate…I make it so that the final room temperature (England!) texture is like ‘unwarmed up playdoh’. Best way I can describe it 🙂
    Couple of tablespoons of shea butter
    Couple of tablespoons of coconut oil – gently melt both until liquid. Then stir in:
    Dash of glycerin
    Bicarbonate of soda
    Whatever essential oils you like for the scent and antibac/preservative properties.
    I use a fingernail sized blob under each arm, store it in a jar. Works beautifully.
    Am going to try the salt spray idea for hair, but another recipe that I find works surprisingly well is for Victorian hairspray:
    Gum arabic (available from art stores).
    Essential oils if you like it scented.
    More gum/less vodka = stiffer hold, but you don’t need much gum arabic (say a tablespoon in a 100ml spray bottle to start with). Takes a bit of playing about with the amounts, but I have a tousled bob too, and it is great for that sort of style.
    You can also make a nice linen/room spray using vodka, water and your choice of essential oils. You could make it into a lightly moisturing body spray too if you added a little glycerin.

  • Concetta

    Hi Sarah, I will let you in on my secret deodorant. One application on damp skin after a morning shower and you don’t have any body odor all day. Crystal Stick. It is a crystal that is 30 times stronger than salt and it kills any bacteria that is on the surface of the skin. It is the bacteria that cause the body odour. This is excellent for foot odour and healing sores. Cold sores and mouth ulcers disappear after the first application. One small $7 stick lasts years.

  • Kelly

    I have the best natural deodorant recipe to share with you all!!! Its not an anti-perspirant but it does eliminate odor. When using conventional deodorants, my husbands’ shirts use to really smell (even after being washed), but since using our new deodorant recipe, both hubby & his shirts no longer smell. So here’s the recipe: 1/4 cup bicarb soda, 1/4 cup aluminium-free arrowroot powder, 1/4 organic coconut oil. Combine bicarb & arrowroot together in a bowl then add coconut oil and cream together (as if you were creaming butter & sugar together). Once you get a smooth combined consistency, store in a small glass mason jar. To use simply apply the smallest amount to armpits and massage in until absorbed (it justs melts into the skin). I guarantee you will love it (and smell good too)!

  • Julie Spur

    Aboslutely love the Mukti skin care range as well, totally cleared up my acne and balanced my skin.

  • Justine

    Thanks Sarah. I have never been able to wear Mascara but I can now wear Ere Perez. I would have tried other products in her range but I was disapointed to see they were made in Mexico. Have you had a chance to look into why and the conditions people are working under?
    I find the Moo Goo Deodorant the best one so far in that it actually works. Might try Black Chicken now to see if it is even better.

    • Sally Hall

      The founder is Mexican

  • Susanne

    Absolutely recommend ‘Wild Nature Australia’. I have been using their products for
    over 5 years now and not found anything better. My skin is very sensitive and
    any chemicals would irritate my skin. The deodorant is the most effective I have
    ever found, the whole family uses it.

  • Rachel Oatham

    Hey what shampoo and conditioner do you use? 🙂

  • Siouxane Martincic

    Young living oils are fabulous, I am seriously fussy about the things I eat and what I put on my skin. Their oils a the best anywhere in the world, and you can add them into your cooking. Their product range for skin care and bath etc are excellent. nothing beat the best essential oil mixed with a little coconut oil on the skin.

  • Asher

    Hi Sarah, I love this article! Along with the others you have been doing of late about non-toxic beauty and all the wonderful alternatives for natural skincare. In regards to Deodorants, I can highly recommend the Meow Meow Tweet and Soapwalla Creams! They are literally life changing…and all natural! I would LOVE to send you samples of both, what is the best way for me to do this? I have an online store called Hippie Luxe where I sell them xx

  • Maree Evans

    Sarah, could you provide a link to information that makes Arbonne Re9 range a recommended one? I went to a party on the weekend and have ordered some products but from what I can see on the net, their products are better than most but not very safe after all. Thanks

  • Emma

    I use Thursday plantation tea tree deodorant. Easily available, free from nasties and made in Australia. I can even get it in remote Exmouth! Also love Sukin Shampoo and Conditioner and Dr Brommer soaps.
    Fab post Sarah, thanks for sharing all this wonderful knowledge with us.

  • kelsey

    Any chance we can get a list that is chemical free PLUS free from animal testing? Would SO appreciate such a list!!

  • Dione

    I don’t think you can go past ECO store products. I use them in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry. As far as make up goes I like Arbonne, skin care – I’m still to find one I really love – I do use Arbonne but I am looking into Jeunesse. Does anyone have any information on Jeunesse other than their introduction????
    Deodorant – I’m just about to give no pong a go.

  • Guest

    Embarrassed to say that I’ve not really been looking after
    my skin, been using Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin and don’t think
    it’s been good for my skin. L
    Does anyone have any suggestions on organic, toxic free alternatives? My skin
    tone is dark tan and usually find it challenging to find the right tone. Thanks
    for your advice in advance J

  • toni

    was just wondering about the nude by nature range, is it as chemical free as they claim?

  • Lisa

    We love Moo Goo in our house, all natural and Australian made.

  • Jem

    For deodorant: try the crystal deodorants! They work so well, are healthy and safe and really really work!!!! You just wet the crystal and apply it under your arms. I started using it several years ago and have never gone back!

  • ErinElizabeth

    I highly recommend Fat Face Skincare! I use pretty much all their face and body products, and my dry skin is finally gone! And, even better, their deoderant actually works! I have tried many natural deodorants, and this is the only one I found that I love!

  • Samantha Pizzi

    Revival Body Care makes amazing all natural, vegan face, body and lip scrubs! The green tea and coconut is my absolute favorite! My face and skin has never looked or felt better!

  • andrea

    I use Aesop deodorant, such a gorgeous scent I use it as a perfume, I also adore the Pro Peira range of perfume free, glycerine free soap free cleanser and their ultra calming moisturiser as I’m prone to excema on both face and body! Bliss!!! ?

  • Kelly

    I’d love to give the seawater a try to volumise my hair. Do you collect water from the beach or do you make your own salty water??? If at home, what ratio of salt to water. Thanks for great tips!

  • Angela

    Moo goo deodorant – the only one that works 100%

  • Belinda S

    You have mentioned World Organic for makeup. Did you know that they also have a certified organic range of skincare plus a deodorant and a natural sunscreen! Chemical free – contact me if you would like any info. Cheers, Belinda Seaman

  • Sandra

    Hi Sarah, only just read this article. I highly recommend trying the Warbotancals range. Look at the Internet. They ship from Healesville area. I use the shampoos,oil treatment, headache balm etc….love them.

  • Shell

    Love this post but extremely surprised to see Arbonne featured! Don’t know why you would ever go for any products that are not certified organic and Australian made. We have such fantastic products being produced here and we should be using them.
    Miessence being my favourite – Sarah you should try their Tahitian Breeze deodorant!! I do Zumba and I find this one works really well 🙂

  • agriope23

    Lemon juice simply as an excellent deodorant. I use a Danish brand called Urtekram and then lather on some lemon juice. It works wonders!! 🙂

  • allison

    Is Bare Minerals foundation considered toxin free?

  • Meg P

    Hi Sarah, I’ve recently started using doTERRA essential oils and researching healthier options for skincare. I love your list and can’t wait to check out all of these brands. Also, doTERRA has deodorant available from 1st October – can’t wait to try it!!!

  • I recommend looking into Chae Organics. Linda Chae heads up the ToxicFree Foundation and her products are phenomenal. It’s free to sign up and purchase products. Please let her know that I referred you.

  • Erica

    As for deodorant, Schmidt Deoderant is the best I’ve found! It’s a local brand here in Portland, Oregon, USA. But I bet they ship abroad. It’s mostly made with coconut oil, baking soda, essential oils, etc. and truly works! At least for me, and I’ve tried quite a few natural deodorants!

  • K Ness

    Try deodorant by green tidings. I have unscented, and i never have an ounce of a bad or semi-bad smell since using this! -Kate

  • Carol

    for deodorant I use Primal Pit Paste and it works great! I don’t get stinky or have armpit sweat when I exercise! I was making my own and have tried a few other natural deodorants, and this is by FAR the best! Very happy that I found something that I feel confident wearing!

  • Mandy

    I just found your blog and thought I’d contribute to it. I just started using Ava Anderson products and tried the spray deodorant that came in my starter kit–did NOT work. However I ordered the stick deodorant and it is GREAT!!! I wore it all day yesterday, went to the gym and worked out, then sat in the sauna for 20 minutes and was dripping with sweat and still didn’t smell! I was so excited! So add Ava’s stick deodorant to list of things to try!

  • Angela Connor

    Hi Sarah! I wanted to let you know about a new natural deodorant I have found called “The Deodorant” which is part of the range “The Products” from a local make up artist in Perth named Rebekah Clark. It is amazing and i highly recommend you check it out 🙂 i have searched for a natural deodorant that actually works for many years, and I believe I may have actually found one!!! Angela

  • Andrea

    Lavilin is a safe and all-natural product. Highly recommended.

  • Heather

    You should try Eminence Organics. It’s a Hungarian line and it’s amazing. The coconut milk cleanser with the strawberry lactic dermaexfoliate are my favorites.

  • Chantelle

    The best natural deodorant is a mixture of coconut oil and bicarb, you can add a couple of drops of essential oil if you want it to smell nice, I don’t as I love that it has a super subtle coconutty smell. Seriously you won’t smell at all, and I virtually never sweat, even during those tough business presentations 🙂

  • Kate Rosche

    Black Chicken sounds intriguing! I have tried a few naturals, including the salt stones. For the most part, they seem to work okay, but sometimes ‘okay’ is not enough : . As for cosmetics, I really like Rejuva Minerals for a few reasons. They don’t have any of the nasty ingredients AND are made for people with allergies/sensitivities, meaning they also do not include things like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. The foundations and other products actually work as they should! And the best part is that they are a f f o r d a b l e! EWG rates them among the purest. I also found them on the Think Dirty app where they have the best ratings, so I don’t have to take the company’s word for it! Here’s a screenshot from their website.

    • Sally Hall

      Thanks for mentioning the Think Dirty App!

  • Ellen

    Ava Anderson deodorant is ridiculously awesome! Seriously look up its ingredients and give it a try!

    • Kim



  • ElizabethWingfield

    Give a try to Ozone Layer Deodorant. I like Primal Pit Paste, also, but the baking soda makes my skin sore. I have tried some BeautyCounter skin products, very nice and well rated, just a bit on the pricey side for my budget.

  • Ben

    Great article Sarah……I found a lovely shop in Latrobe Tasmania. The owner makes all natural skin care products. I tried her natural aluminium free deodorants I loved the one called Hello Sunshine and her soaps and they were absolutely amazing better than products i have used before it was a great find. The name of it is Grandlee Cottage Soap excellent and amazing smelling shop, I now buy most of my skin care from her all natural products without any nasties, she sells some of her products online . Really worth the effort of trying it…aussie made products love them

  • Maggie Garvey Carnie

    I just bought the Pure Haven, formerly Ava Anderson, deoterant and so far I really like it!

  • Jason N Bron Dodd

    I have just started using Arbonne, it’s vegan and peta approved, loved it so much that I became a consultant after just one facial (but did loads of research on their products and company beforehand)

  • Sally Hall

    Sarah, Moo Goo’s deoderant is excellent.

  • Lyn Pattemore Cook

    I am not sure whether you will see this Sarah, but have you heard of Rubifresh skin care. Sydney based. Wonderfully natural.

  • Wendi Barnes-Sausedo

    I need a recommendation for a safe toxin free mousse. Not having any luck. Thanks!

  • Sarah Collins

    Thank you so much for this list!

  • Claire

    The Australian Moo Goo range is great – I find I can only use their shampoo and conditioners now – their face/eye serums are great too.

  • Belinda Chartrand

    I have been using Monat for almost 2 years, (non-toxic and naturally based hair products that have been clinically proven to regrow hair). I would be happy to share more info upon request. [email protected]

  • Great article – appreciate your concern for safe personal care products! It is tough being a consumer these days with all the “natural” claims to sift through.

  • Hi Sarah, not sure if you’ll get this message but you should look into AfterGlow Cosmetics.

    All natural, toxin free, cruelty free and gluten free.

    I love your blog!

  • Cindy


    I use Milk of Magnesia and it works great. Years back I caught on to this as I wanted to find an alternative to the deodorants which contain aluminum. I tried may of the brands from the natural food stores but none worked. I don’t know if there is anything toxic about Milk of Magnesia but the only active ingredient is Magnesium hydroxide. You just pour a little into a small container and dip a cotton ball in and then just wipe under your armpits.

  • Tanya Marshall

    Hi Sarah as I’m looking into changing over to organic products for skincare, makeup etc, I would love to know if there is an update coming on this article from 2015?

  • Jo jackson

    I recommend Tropic deodorant, it’s just fabulous

  • Katie Dykstra

    I am just now getting into toxic free items. Your post is terrific….now I need to find the time to look into all these brands! I am really encouraged by you …I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos as well. I’ve been gluten free for 7 weeks or so….and it got me thinking about everything else I subject my body to. Time to clean out the cupboards!

  • once again this proves that it’s really, really important to not take someone’s word for telling you what “safe products” are.
    reading ingredients lists is the best way to go…

    for example this is the ingredients list on the RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial cleanser:
    INGREDIENTS : Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl
    Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Chloride,
    Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Methyl 2 Sulfolaurate, Stearyl Alcohol, Lauryl
    Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate,
    Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate, Glyceryl
    Undecylenate, Steareth-4, Glycol Distearate, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol,
    Glycerin, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber)
    Fruit Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Trifolium Pratense
    (Clover) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture
    Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium
    Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phytic Acid, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate,
    Sodium Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate,

    This is essentially a bottle of synthetic chemicals with some botanical extracts thrown in for good measure… reading the ingredients list, from the top down… the first 4 ingredients make up about 95% of the product… how many ingredients on this list do you actually understand what they are? other than the few botanical extracts near the bottom of the list?

    Phenoxyethanol –
    as their preservative in their products – It is an effective bactericide
    and has recently been widely used to replace parabens, especially in
    natural products. Phenoxyethanol has been found to be toxic to the body
    even in small doses.

    In order to create it, the
    known skin carcinogen, ethylene oxide is combined with a phenol (a
    chemical compound which is also considered a carcinogen). The process of
    creating phenoxyethanol may (depending on each manufacturer’s
    production methods) produce the dangerous by- product called 1,4
    dioxane. The EPA has established 1,4 dioxane is a probable human
    carcinogen. The FDA describes it as being able to depress the nervous
    system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea. The product’s Material
    Safety Data Sheet says that it is harmful if inhaled or swallowed or
    absorbed through the skin and that it can cause reproductive damage. The
    Chemical Toxicity Database lists that phenoxyethanol may cause central
    nervous system depression, kidney damage, skin irritation, headaches,
    dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. If inhaled it may cause respiratory
    and digestive tract irritation. Japan has banned the use of it in all
    Water = safe, but means the product needs to be preserved. Can be done naturally or synthetically. Natural is best.

    It’s really, really, important to READ your ingredients lists.

  • Aimee C

    Is Nude By Nature cosmetics toxic free?

  • Katy Whaley

    Hey there we just started about a year ago with a toxin free lifestyle,,,, the last thing I thought about was my makeup!!!!!
    So I finally discovered a brand called Crunchi, its absolutely 100% eco certified organic, vegan, gluten free toxin free, high performing and so much more. I am so thrilled to have partnered with them. I would love to spread the word about toxin free living as well. If you would like to know more about Crunchi and what we have to offer please feel free to Email me at [email protected]
    Thank you Sarah for having such a wonderful webpage for references to other toxin free brands