I don't know about you, but I have always had the hardest time finding the right skincare regimen for my face. The first skincare regimen I ever tried was Clinique, when I was in middle school. My adolescent hormones were rearing their ugly heads, and my face was the main one to suffer.
Since then, my skin has changed and matured a bit, as have I. I've gotten to know my skin type, and I've also decided that, as skin is HIGHLY absorbent, I don't want to slather on all kinds of harsh and unnecessary chemicals. I am also nearly 6 months pregnant, and with my skin being very temperamental, I just want to find a safe product that works and won't break the bank.
When researching chemical-free skincare brands, I turned to my best friend, Google, for help. I'd heard of 3 out of the 4 of these brands already, but knowing they'd be expensive, I wanted to see if I could find a brand that was effective and affordable. I also wanted to find a brand that catered to my skin type. I have textbook combination skin. I personally wouldn't call it "balanced," as my cheeks tend to be dry as the desert, while my forehead is an oil factory. I wanted to find both a cleanser and a moisturizer, but bonus points if the brand had a toner.
1. One Love Organics.
One Love Organics was a brand that I'd heard of before, but had never really considered until now. Once on their website, I looked to see if they had products for combination/oily skin and they did. The two products I looked into were the Chia Whip Purifying Foam Cleanser and the Morning Glory Caffeinated Firming Serum.
What I loved most about both of these products was the number of organic ingredients included, and the positive reviews. The Chia Whip only had 5 reviews, but they were all 5 out of 5 stars, and the product was sold out, which tells me that it's popular and it works. The Morning Glory only had one review but it was also 5 stars.
The downside with this brand was the price tag. Combined, they call for a whopping $92, and even with free shipping over $50, I can't justify spending nearly $100 on a skincare regimen.
2. Juice Beauty
This was another brand I'd heard of prior to my research, but had never really investigated. One thing I liked was while browsing their website, I saw that they have an entire section dedicated to their safe-for-pregnancy products. The two products I looked into were the Green Apple Peel for Pregnancy and the Exfoliating Cleanser.
What I loved most about these two products was the fact that they were guaranteed pregnancy safe, and the number of organic ingredients. I also loved that you could sign up for a subscription plan and choose how often your products are shipped to you.
The downside was, again, the price tag. Though combined they only cost $62, with free shipping over $30, there was no trial size or option. $62 is a lot of money to spend on a product if you don't know it works for you yet, and I wasn't ready to take that kind of plunge.
3. Honest Beauty
I love love love the Honest Company! I think Jessica Alba is one of the most amazing girl bosses out there, and I applaud her for seeing a need in the marketplace and fulfilling it. I have used Honest laundry products (love 'em!) and plan to use Honest baby products when my son makes his arrival this summer. All that being said, I really wanted to give their skincare products a try. The two products I looked into were the Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser and the Dependably Clear Oil-Free Moisturizer.
What I loved about these products was, again, the list of natural ingredients, and the ability to bundle. Though the ingredients aren't organic, the products are made without harmful chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and formaldehyde carriers. Plus, if you bundle, you'll essentially be getting your third product free, depending on what product you choose. I would have gone with the Everything Primer.
The downside is...the bundle. I know I said I loved that concept, and I do, but it could potentially take a toll on the pocket book. Altogether, these products would cost $67 if you buy them individually. When you bundle, it only costs $50 for 3 products of you choosing. The problem is that you don't get to choose the frequency of when you receive the items. They arrive every month, whether you need them or not, which means you're shelling out $50 every month even if you haven't come close to running out of product.
*Update: One awesome commenter just let me know that you in fact can in fact set the frequency of how often you receive your bundle. With that in mind, Honest Beauty seems like a good deal! I still would like to be able to try before I buy though.*
4. Meow Meow Tweet
This was the one brand I had not heard of before this endeavor, but I'm sooo glad I found them, thanks to this Brit + Co post. An instant after browsing their website, I was hooked. Combine the super cute packing with the short list of all-natural/organic ingredients and you've won me over! The 3 (yes THREE) products I looked into were the Face Cleanser, Face Toner, and Body Oil. I also looked into the Face Oil, but when one review said that the smell was funky, I opted for the company-suggested alternative of the Body Oil. Pregnancy has made my nose uber sensitive, so I didn't want to take any chances.
What I loved most about these products was, yet again, the super-short and easy to understand list of organic ingredients, and the adorable packaging. I am a sucker for bright colors and illustrations. But what ultimately won me over was the fact that you can buy mini versions of all of their products! That means, I can try before I shell out the cost of the full-size items. The trial versions cost me $31, including 2-day priority shipping. The full-size version of these 3 would have cost me $72. And I would hate to spend that not knowing whether or not these babies are going to do the job.
What's also awesome is that all of their products had extremely positive reviews, which gives me hope that they'll work.
All in all, I am confident in my purchase and brand I chose, and I'm excited to see how these products work for me. Of course, if they don't, then it's back to the drawing board, but at least I know my options and how much I'm willing to spend for the sake of beauty and trying new things.
Anyone else know of any good chemical-free skincare or beauty products? Feel free to share the wealth!