@WILLOWW Must investigate Ebates! Perfume has been a tricky product to find a natural/clean replacement. After staying away from using anything with a synthetic fragrance for nearly a year now, it saddens me to say that my once-beloved Miss Dior perfume smells so strong and weird and gives me a headache now! I'd eventually like to experiment with making my own perfume oil because even just looking at the fragrance section on Spirit Beauty Lounge's website hurts my wallet!
@WILLOWW YES! Vitacost is amazing! I used to buy all of my stuff from Whole Foods or the natural section of my HEB until I found Vitacost & iHerb (which has a $25 minimum for free shipping but I think a lot of their discounts aren't as good as Vitacost)
I have to say that I’m actually a huge fan of ‘natural’ beauty products! I think buzzwords like “toxins” and “chemicals” and “organic” and “natural” get tossed around a lot...especially in the beauty industry, and based off many of the comments here I’m not the only one tired of hearing them! I have very, very sensitive skin and that’s the main reason I finally decided to start looking into the ingredients that were in the various lotions, creams, soaps, etc I was using, and for the past few years I’ve been trying to eliminate certain ingredients from my products (really perfume-y lotions, alcohol-based toners, body wash and shampoo with SLS in them) and it’s really helped in decreasing the number of skin rashes/sensitivities/general skin yuckiness I have. So from my perspective, it’s not so much about chemical and toxic panic, but just finding ingredients that help my skin. I prefer to buy products with simple ingredients lists or just raw ingredients and mix up my own stuff (during my “natural” beauty research, I was definitely put off by the cost of many product lines like Tata Harper, Marie Veronique Organics, RMS, etc). So if anyone’s interested here’s some of my favorite (cheapish) skincare items: Trader Joe’s Raw Organic Honey for washing my face in the morning ($6 and I swear it does not leave your face sticky), my own mixture of olive oil, castor oil, and jojoba oil for removing make up and washing my face at night, Thayer’s Witch Hazel and Rose Petal toner (a huge 12 oz bottle is about $8 and it’s alcohol-free and smells heavenly!), Now Foods and Aura Cacia both have really well-priced oils that I use for various things (I use a mixture or pure rosehip oil and tamanu oil on my face before I go to bed, almond oil or apricot kernel oil on my body right out of the shower, and pure shea butter on elbows and heels), Dr. Bronner’s liquid and bar soaps to wash my body, and I wash my hair using a natural shampoo bar from a really cool little company called Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve and then do a conditioning rinse with apple cider vinegar and then an occasional pre-shampoo hair mask of coconut oil all over with a little bit of jojoba + tea tree oil if my scalp is itchy.