What’s Your Stance On Organic “Clean” Beauty Products?

Lately, I’ve been pretty conflicted when it comes to switching to all-natural and organic “clean” beauty products. There was a period in my life about a year ago when that was all I talked about and the only products I would purchase. I switched almost everything in my household to all-natural and 100% organic products that were non-toxic. The reason I stopped purchasing these products was because it got very expensive and I heard that a lot of the brands I was using were greenwashing.

Greenwashing is when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact.

However, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve become interested in nontoxic and green beauty again. As  a blogger that is interested in beauty, I’d like to trust all of the products that I am using on my body (or in my household). So I’ve been conscious of what I’m consuming and reading labels on products.

However, after a lot of intense research I’ve come to one conclusion: all-natural and 100% organic products work for some people, but not all. They truly work when you don’t think about it to much, but focus more on simplifying beauty product usage in general.

the pros & cons of all-natural/organic “clean” beauty products:

This is completely my opinion and what I have learned about the clean beauty world over the past two years.

pros

  • better for your health
  • better for the environment
  • you know exactly what is in the product you’re using

cons

  • it can be expensive
  • greenwashing is a problem
  • researching products is time consuming
  • making your own products isn’t always easy
  • I’m allergic to coconut oil, so half the products I can’t even use

sometimes the cons outweigh the pros

When it comes to beauty products convenience is usually the chosen option. It’s easier to purchase some Dove sensitive skin soap than it is to find my organic tea tree soap that doesn’t irritate my skin. I understand that our skin is our body’s largest organ. But it’s hard for me to overhaul everything I currently love in order to help one tree from being chopped down. I’m not 100% non-toxic and organic (obviously), but I’ve decided to pick and choose my battles.

Such as, I will no longer purchase cleaning products that are toxic. They irritate my skin and I’d rather not breathe in fumes, like bleach, chlorine, and the like. So, I do have a few favorites that I use like Green Works All Purpose Cleaner SprayThe Honest Company’s Glass & Window Cleaner, and All Free and Clear Laundry Detergent Pods.

taking an 80/20 approach when it comes to products

I’ve decided to take an 80/20 approach when it comes to products. This way I don’t drive myself crazy by obsessing. But I also don’t have to throw away all of my products because this person or that blog said I need too. I’ve decided to do what’s right for me! By taking an 80/20 approach, I’m ridding myself of 80% of toxic products and switching to cleaner beauty products. I’m also minimizing how I look at and use toiletries in an entirely new way.

When it comes to my hair I am taking a purely natural approach. All of these products will be included in 80% of the products that I use. This was a simple switch for me, being that I have natural hair. I’ve also switched all of my hair products to all-natural and organic products, including Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner.

Whereas the other 20% will include products that I love and don’t want to get rid of. For instance, I love Aveda products and they are usually 97% natural. So until I find a brand that is 100% organic and gives me the same results as they do, I will continue to use them. The same goes for nail polish. I love some five-free brands like Zoya, so I’m slowly transitioning to cleaner nail polish. Until then, I continue to use Sally Hansen because I love it. Nail polish is also something that is really difficult to put into the “clean” beauty category.

how i’m using the 80/20 approach

In order to figure out what products I’d like to consume, and what I’d like to get rid of. I’ve been using the Think Dirty app, which rates how toxic products are. Products that have a rating of eight or higher will be replaced and each product is rated based on a scale of 0 to 10. Whereas the products with a zero include all nontoxic ingredients, and the products with a ten include the most toxic ingredients. I’m hoping to only have products that are below a seven, but only a few of them in my beauty stash. If i end up with one that is a ten, I won’t obsess over it. Because I’m doing what I feel will work best for me. I’m mainly doing this to figure out if I’m using an average of very toxic products. I’d rather know what is in my products and decide if I want to take the risk, or not. Below is what the app looks like and it is free to download! You can learn more about it here.

I’ve decided to choose my battles when it comes to all-natural, organic, and clean beauty. Some companies claim to be 100% organic and they aren’t. So I’d rather know what is in the products I am purchasing and decide if I’d like to consume them, or not. Because let’s face it – there’s more to life than stuff!


I wanna know below, what’s your stance on clean beauty products?

xx, tfr.

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Asaake | asakemi.com
3 years ago

I know the struggle, I was there few years ago when I was starting out my organic beauty journey. Like you, I started out on 80/20 as well. Years later, I am still “transitioning” but I can tell you, it gets easier. I try to showcase this with my green beauty blog and encourage more people to switch. I can tell you tho, there are many ways to shop green beauty affordably.
ThinkDirty is also my go to app but I have noticed some discrepancies with them. None the less, it is an amazing resource for anyone looking to make cleaner choices

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I couldn’t agree more. I’m actively working on changing completely, but my skin sensitivities are what slows me down. But it’s a process that’s for sure!

Asaake | asakemi.com
3 years ago
Reply to  Felicia Renee

The pai skincare line is great. They are designed primarily for sensitive skin. I found them to be too mild for me so I trust them for oily skin. If you need specific recommendations, I’d be glad to help.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Thanks!

Cameron
3 years ago

I love how you do 80/20 – I also have super sensitive skin so if wouldn’t be realistic to switch everything over. But I do pick up green products from time to time and have been working them into my routine more often!

Home Baked Bliss
Home Baked Bliss
3 years ago

Sounds like a helpful app, I’m definitely going to download it! Most of my skin care products are organic (and yes I agree, it’s expensive). I found that organic/natural products work better for me…apart from shampoo. It’s so difficult to find a silicone and sulfat free shampoo that leaves my hair shiny. I’m still on a mission to find one!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I completely understand that! My skin is so sensitive, I wish I could switch 100% percent, but coconut oil is used way too much in products. So I’m beginning to make my own. But have you tried Avalon Organics shampoo? That’s what I use & it’s sulfate & silicone free! I love their hair line!

Home Baked Bliss
Home Baked Bliss
3 years ago
Reply to  Felicia Renee

That sucks, I’m sorry! :/ But ya making your own is definitely a good way around coconut oil. I haven’t heard of Avalon Organics, but I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Ah, I hope you like it! Also Giovanni is another hair care brand I love!

Guest
Guest
3 years ago

I keep forgetting about that app I need to download it again. I just started using a bar from The beauty counter someone was selling. I like it I try to buy green organic most of the time.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Guest

It’s a great app, but it doesn’t include every product which can be frustrating. Do you like Beautycounter? I just received some samples.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Exactly, it makes it a little bit trickier for us!

Anna Hubbard
Anna Hubbard
3 years ago

Conscious consuming is so important in any industry – beauty, fashion, food, etc. But using the 80/20 method is great because you can closely monitor your consumption without going crazy, haha!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Anna Hubbard

That is my exact reason for doing the approach! I’m glad you understand!

Rachel@The Confused Millennial

i had no idea about green washing! good to know! honestly the beauty industry is so overwhelming/confusing hwen it com to healthy clean products IMO

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I completely understand that. It takes a while to navigate it all! It’s taken me about three years.

Jasmine Maria
3 years ago

When it comes to beauty products I have to be careful because of my skin allergies. So I TRY my HARDEST to use products that are organic.

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine Maria

I completely understand that! I have extremely sensitive skin that is dry, which is why I switched to clean beauty and why I was so disappointed when I found out some of my favorite brands weren’t even clean!

Tami @ The Inspiration Lady

This is so interesting and I didn’t even know a lot of the stuff you pointed out. I love that 80/20 approach though, such a great idea!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

Yeah the beauty world is a lot to take in at times. And thanks! It’s working out so far!

Maygin Reads
Maygin Reads
3 years ago

Several years ago, I tried to go all non-toxic and natural with all of my products, but determining what was a truly solid product was overwhelming. I eventually picked a few products that seemed okay and moved on. But I like your more systematic approach. I want to work on the 80/20 you suggested. Thank you!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Maygin Reads

I’m so glad that it resonated with you! Hopefully it will help you have a healthy relationship with choosing what works and what doesn’t!

Becky @ Disney in your Day

This is very interesting, and I didn’t know about a lot of it. I didn’t even realize greenwashing was a thing, so thank you for enlightening me!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

I’m glad it helped you!

Leslie Soto
3 years ago

I had never heard of the term “greenwashing” before so this post is very informative to me. I definitely like to use natural, organic products but sometimes they can be expensive and harder to find than regular products. I believe that good skin care products are worth the money but overall, I like your 80/20 approach! This post was so enlightening. Thank you for sharing it!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Leslie Soto

I completely agree! They are better, but I was obsessing so much that I had to take a step back and do what works best for me! I’m glad my post helped you!