9 Must Have Clean Beauty Products + 9 Homemade Substitutes

Here’s the thing, I never wanted to smell like an old school hippie. Body odor masked in patchouli and weed has never really been my fragrance of choice. Still those old school hippies were onto something long before the cosmetics industry got a clue. All these fragrance laden beauty products wreak havoc on our skin and our overall health, so going au naturel is really the only way to go. Hippie beauty, green beauty, clean beauty, natural beauty, or whatever you want to call it is has come a long way from the patchouli heavy balms of yesteryear. Flower [grand] Child, rejoice! These beauty products will have you ditching your overly perfume-y commercial products, for the kinder, gentler, and fresher natural versions.

Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap

Black Australian Clay and Dead Sea Mud join forces to create the most clarifying bar soap ever! This soap balances and tones your skin. And the addition of organic almond oil, avocado oil, castor bean oil, and coconut milk leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft.

Heritage Store Rose Water Spray

This versatile little bottle of rose water spray can be used to replace your toner, for your hair, for your body, and even as a linen spray or a natural air freshener. For an equally amazing organic version try this brand.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

This marshmallow-scented face mist works wonders on vitamin and nutrient hungry skin. Use it as a first step in your routine to seal in moisture and help set your makeup.

Odacité Black Cumin + Cajeput Serum

This is the ultimate zit-zapping serum. Black cumin controls the spread of pimple causing bacteria, while Cajeput’s antiseptic powers help to prevent breakouts. The combination of these two miracle ingredients helps to heal and restore your skin, revealing a smoother complexion.

Everyday Oil Mainstay Blend

Coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic argan oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic castor oil. What more could you want in a whole body moistruizer? How about an amazing scent?! Woodsy and citrusy, this scent is truly incredible. This will definitely become one of your beauty supply staples.

Meow Meow Tweet Underarm Primer

A light, rich lotion made with nourishing plant oils and anti-inflammatory plant distillates. The unique formula acts to balance pH, moisturize, prep and maintain pits. Formulated specifically for sensitive skin and can be used on its own or in tandem with any other natural deodorant.

Vapour Organic Beauty Aer Deodorant

I use this along side Meow Meow Tweet’s Underarm Primer and the results are amazing. The fresh smell lasts all day and is seriously divine. You have to smell it to believe it.

Nucifera The Balm

Born out of the desire for a healthier and more simple beauty routine – THE BALM is a multi-tasking skin nutrition product formulated for all skin types. Use it a head to toe moisturizer, as a face wash and makeup remover, as a lip balm, as an under eye cream, and so much more. This is definitely the one product any clean, green beauty minimalist needs!

Rare Elements Daily Essential Masque

The Essential Conditioner repairs and rebuilds weakened, moisture deprived locks instantly with the “healing properties” of nature. This sophisticated natural system can be used daily to repair and nurture each strand of hair with exotic rain-forest butters, pure botanicals, nourishing nut oils and the energy-giving aroma of essential oils. This highly effective combination quickly penetrates beyond the surface of the hair, reversing the signs of damage by restoring vitality to dry, undernourished and over-worked hair.

Of course there’s always a DIY for that…

3 DIY Cranberry Beauty Packs

In honor of Dolores O’Riordan, who wrote some pretty cool tunes that us 90s kids were rocking out to, here are some beauty recipes with… Cranberries.

Cranberry Yogurt Mask


  • 1/2 cup pureed cranberries
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


  • In a blender, mix all the ingredients together
  • apply the mixture all over your face (avoiding your eyes)
  • leave on for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Cranberry Body Scrub


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • I cup cranberries
  • ½ cup coconut oil


  • in a blender, puree the cranberries
  • add the sugar and coconut oil and continue to blend until well mixed
  • store in an airtight container

Cranberry Exfoliating Face Mask


  • ½ cup boiled sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons pureed cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Mash the sweet potato in a bowl, then add in the rest of the ingredients and mix until fully blended
  • Apply generously over your face and leave on for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water
  • As you rinse, rub in circles with your fingertips to help exfoliate

Recipes via Byrdie

Ayurvedic Beauty Tips According to Your Dosha + 6 DIY Beauty Recipes

That awkward moment when you’re wearing Nikes and you just can’t do it. I know that feeling well. You get the gear that all the healthy, fit people have and you think that everything else will fall into place. You buy all the products that all the beautiful people have and you still have that wedding day zit. So what’s the problem? Well, this life isn’t quite as cookie cutter as we want it to be. Achieving balance is something that is a unique and personal journey for each of us. Fortunately for us, we can tap into ancient wisdom to help us forge our present day path toward balance.

I’ve been totally enthralled by Ayurveda recently. Ayurveda is a personalized system of medicine that seeks to balance our unique mind-body connection in order to attain optimal health. That sounds like a mouthful, but I assure you thousands of years of practice have given us all the tools to succeed. Ayurveda places us in three different categories called doshas. If your dosha is out of balance, ailments persist. The main goal of Ayurveda is to balance your dosha. With knowledge of your dosha, you can make personalized choices that directly benefit your overall health. So what’s your dosha? These links will help you find out. Just take the quiz and answer to the best of your ability.

Skin Care by Dosha

After taking one of the dosha quizzes above, you might notice that you are a combination of two doshas. Don’t worry. The following tips can be combined so that you can tailor your beauty routine to suit your specific needs. No matter what your unique dosha is, we all benefit from changing up our routine to suit the season. The year breaks into three seasons: vata season, which goes from late fall into early winter; kapha season, from the coldest part of winter into spring; and pitta season, which includes the hottest, longest days of the year—from late spring into early fall. Example— You may find that your skin tends to be flaky or dry during kapha season. During this season, you should adjust your routine to incorporate products that counterbalance the cold air of winter.


Characteristics: Thin, delicate, and almost transparent. Prone to dryness, flakiness, dark spots, and premature fine lines and wrinkles. Usually does not have clogged pores. You may also have dark under eye circles.

Overall: You are normal to dry.

Tips for Vatas:

  • Use gentle cleansers so you don’t over dry or strip your skin.
  • Moisturize immediately after cleansing to keep skin hydrated.
  • Look for warming, deeply moisturizing products that will provide your skin with essential fatty acids. Think coconut, almond, sesame, and olive oils along with shea butter and honey.
  • Protect your skin from the environment—wear scarves, hats, and gloves.


Characteristics: Clear and radiant, but can occasionally be irritated and red. Easily sunburned. May have freckles and moles. At risk for sensitive skin and oily skin. May have congested pores in the T-zone.

Overall: You have combination, sensitive skin.

Tips for Pittas:

  • Stay away from chemical-filled products that can irritate and inflame your skin. Choose natural and pure products made with plant-based extracts.
  • You want ingredients in your skin care that calm and balance hydration. Look for coconut, sunflower, grape seed, licorice root, lavender, rose, and tea tree. You can also use soothing herbs like neem, sandalwood, and thyme.
  • Always choose fragrance-free.
  • This applies to everyone, but especially to you—protect from the sun!


Characteristics: Few to no wrinkles for you! You have smooth, moist skin, but that means you may also have large pores and oiliness. Prone to oily skin, blocked pores, and dull or pale skin. You may also have puffy eyes, and suffer from rashes.

Overall: You are normal to oily.

Tips for you:

  • Make sure you thoroughly clean your skin, especially at night before bed. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Think about your pores!
  • Resist the temptation to overly dry your skin, as that will cause a rebound oily effect. Instead, choose gentle cleansers and alternate for deep cleaning and exfoliation.
  • Choose moisturizers that are light but nourishing. Look for invigorating herbs like rosemary, yarrow, peppermint, geranium, citrus (lemon and orange), and sesame.

6 DIY Beauty Recipes

The following homemade scrub and mask recipes are broken down by dosha. Always remember to use dosha-appropriate oils as part of your beauty routine.

  • Vata: almond, olive, or sesame oil
  • Pitta: sunflower, coconut, or olive oil
  • Kapha: safflower, corn, or grapeseed oil


Vata: Sea Salt + Oil

2 tsp fine sea salt with enough oil to mask a paste. Mix and apply in a circular motion to your face before rinsing off with warm water

Pitta: Oatmeal + Water

2 tsp finely ground oatmeal and enough water to make a paste. Let the mixture stand for about a minute to thicken it up a bit before applying to your face in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water

Kapha: Cornmeal + Honey

2 tsp cornmeal with enough raw honey to make a paste. Mix and apply in circular motions to your face. Rinse off with warm water


Vata: Banana or honey

mash up half a banana, or apply raw honey to your face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove it with a warm, damp cloth

Pitta: Avocado + Fresh Cream

mash up an avocado and mix in some fresh cream to help the mixture bind together. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth

Kapha: Applesauce

apply plain applesauce (no added sugar) to your face. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Remove it with a warm, damp cloth

Adapted from Annmarie Skin Care —products available on Amazon

Green Beauty Trends to Look for in 2018

Fact: Queen Elizabeth I wore lead based makeup that brought all the boys to the yard, but tragically turned her skin a very permanent and sickly shade of gray, and lead to blood poisoning that eventually contributed to her death. Fact: Today, the beauty industry, ignoring the newly discovered power of milkshakes, still uses a bunch of poisonous additives that over time have some awful side effects. Fortunately, the past few years have given rise to the green beauty movement. More and more companies are ditching the harmful chemicals and opting for a natural ingredient approach to cosmetics. That’s good news for us die-hard, natural beauty DIYers. So what can we expect to see more of in 2018?

Celestial Skin Care

It should come as no surprise after the unreal fascination with the Solar eclipse of 2017, but the beauty industry is tapping the heavens for the next big thing. Companies like Girl Undiscovered and Terra Luna Beauty are leading the pack with their cosmically inspired lines. Girl Undiscovered has launched a crystal-infused, three-piece facial collection that includes the aptly named Stars Aligning Organic Face Elixir. Meanwhile, Terra Luna Beauty has bath time covered with its range of tub soaks like the Moon, UFO, and Saturn Detox Baths.

Ayurvedic Beauty

I’ll be honest, I never really got into the whole K-beauty thing. For some reason I always thought that there was an emphasis on skin lightening which kind of freaked me out. This year, we can look forward to the next international beauty craze coming from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brands like Reshma Beauty and Ranavat Botanics each offer a line of skin care products that draw on the Ayurvedic tradition. Believe me when I say that Reshma’s affordable turmeric bar soap is a game changer, while Ranavat Botanic’s range of masques and toniques, though pricier, are well worth their weight in saffron.

Clean Make Up Finally Gets Bold

So if you’ve been on this natural skin care journey for a while, you know that the color variety and the staying power of a lot of these natural make up brands hasn’t really stacked up next to the more commercial brands. Well, that is sooo 2017. This year, the natural beauty industry is getting a bold make over (pun definitely intended). Bold colors that last is the name of the game. Luk Beautifood has literally taken our favorite smoothie ingredients and turned them into a colorful line of lipsticks. They even have a Toxin Free Starter Kit Bundle that includes lipstick, lip stain, mascara, and an eye pencil. What’s missing? Oh yeah! Eye shadow! Josephine Cosmetics continues to do some pretty amazing things with eye shadow as part of their organic make up line. To all my natural beauty fashionistas out there, we can finally say goodbye to sticking to earth tones! Go bold or go home!

Meanwhile, On the DIY Beauty Front…

As always, I will continue to experiment with natural beauty recipes throughout this year. I can’t wait to recreate some of these facials, masks, and toners in my kitchen and bring them to you! In the meantime, you can check out some of my favorites by following these links to some homemade, natural beauty recipes for your face, body, and hair.

DIY Soothing Winter Face Mist

Face mists aren’t just for Summer, y’all! Sure it feels great to use a fine mist when temperatures are soaring and all you want to do is cool down, but the power of a Winter face mist should never be underestimated. Think of all your Winter skin woes. Dry, flaky, tight, dull. All of these issues can be drastically improved by the addition of this soothing Vanilla Chamomile face mist into your Winter skin care routine. Not only is chamomile perfect for calming skin inflammation, but the added vanilla makes this mist smell divine, all while calming the senses.

Soothing Winter Face Mist


  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 4 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 3 drops sweet almond oil
  • distilled water


  • Add chamomile tea bag to one cup of hot water
  • Let steep for an hour
  • Fill misting bottle three quarters full with cooled tea
  • Add vanilla essential oil, sweet almond oil, and top off with distilled water
  • To use, just shake and spritz as often as you like