I know it can be very overwhelming to shop for beauty products let alone think about all the ingredients to look for and avoid. Here I have compiled a list of my favorite must-have brands and products, the clean beauty definition between retailers and a list of ingredients to watch for.
As we covered last week, there are many ingredients to research the why and the how behind. I would recommend to continue to dive deeper into what ingredients will typically be removed from a “clean product”. To make this a bit easier I have included Ulta’s definition and ingredient list next.
What is Clean at Ulta Beauty?
We know that clean can mean many things. Our goal: to be transparent and keep things simple. We’re focusing on ingredients that products have—and don’t—to help you easily reach for the beauty you want.
As it stands, clean beauty truly is so new that there is not a finite definition or standard to go by. Unfortunately, this means that it is defined differently from one retailer to another, and from brand to brand. I do appreciate how Ulta Beauty has created a section on their site just for Conscious Beauty. This is new and a great way to not only educate yourself but for brands to be highlighted within this group. Like Ulta states on their site, “this creates transparency and choice”, which I completely agree with. Though tackling these topics can be confusing at first, you’ll typically want to look for product labels that state they are free of or made without these or most of these. Many aren’t applicable to personal care products but may be used in household products.
- Aluminum Salts
- Mineral oil
- Harsh colors
- Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde-releasing agents
- Talc of/with Asbestiform Talc)
- Heavy Metals – Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, Chromium, Nickel
- Fragrances or Harsh Fragrances (check out RIFM and IFRA for more info)
Especially look for:
- Vegan (no ingredients derived from animals)
- Cruelty-free (no animal testing)
- Leaping Bunny Certified
- Sustainable Ingredients
- Sustainable Packaging
Okay now that we have a great list to get us started I want to highlight the brands I shop from for cosmetics, haircare, skincare and personal care products. I will link the direct products below. I not only recommend these base off their ingredient list but even more so because they actually work!
Tarte by far is my favorite go-to Clean Beauty brand, however I suggest Juice Beauty, PUR, Cover FX & Eco Tools. Here are a few of my MUST-HAVES!
Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation SPF 20 | This is a great everyday foundation with great coverage (still looks natural) and SPF! | https://bit.ly/3vIQ6Hg
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Glow Wand & Sponge | I love this set! It has 3 great products for the price of one! Concealer, illumination concealer & a sponge for applying concealer and/or foundation. | https://bit.ly/3eNW4jO
Tarte SEA Color Splash Lipstick Colada | Truly any of these shades are great. The formula is soft and smooth, and has long lasting pigment. | https://bit.ly/2Oym6gA
Eco Tools Airbrush Complexion Kit 5pc Brush Kit | I LOVE these makeup application tools, brush & sponges. They are eco friendly and super affordable! | https://bit.ly/3tssMeH
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE my haircare line. I’ve been using this product line exclusively for almost two years and WOW has it transformed my hair after bleach damage (leaving me with a short fried bob) along with Postpartum hair loss. I couldn’t be more grateful for these! So I of course will share my top 5 must haves from the line.
Monat The Champ Dry Shampoo | The best invention! Just spray a little around your hairline, crown and then in between layers. Brush & you’re ready to go! | Grab the product I use here: https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/the-champ-conditioning-dry-shampoo
Monat Leave-in-Conditioner | If you have damaged ends, fly aways or trouble growing your hair, a leave-in-conditioner will change it all! | Grab the product here: https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/restore-leave-in-conditioner
Monat Smoothing Shampoo | Smoothing Shampoo is a daily shampoo formulated to gently cleanse and nourish while smoothing and softening the hair cuticle to reduce frizz. Formulated with REJUVENIQE™, and infused with an exclusive blend of amino acids for total frizz control, Smoothing Shampoo takes charge to reduce dry static fly-aways, de-frizz, and resist humidity for a smoother, sleeker, silkier look. | Grab the product here: https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/smoothing-shampoo-20031-8-0a?taxon_id=128
Monat Smoothing Deep Conditioner | Smoothing Deep Conditioner works on all hair types to nourish, control frizz and add brilliant shine. It is light enough for daily use and does not weigh hair down. It restores softness and shine, and protects hair from humidity. | Grab the product here: https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/smoothing-deep-conditioner?taxon_id=128
Monat Blow Out Cream | Provides silicone-like performance, without silicone build-up! Has low-to-medium heat protection. Reduces styling time. Restore softness and shine. Provides a smooth, silky, sleek look to your style. Prolongs the life of your blow dry. Great for all hair types! | Grab the product here: https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/blow-out-cream?taxon_id=128
I’m skincare obsessed so I”ve just about every brand there is. However, nothing compares to the quality and results I’ve had when it comes to Monat Skincare. I use their entire Purified Skincare line (for oily skin) along with their treatments like Vitamin C serum, Vegan Retinol alternative Bakuchiol & night cream. I’ll list them all below. If you ever have questions feel free to message me for help!
Coola Organic Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 | A first of it’s kind, Coola makeup setting spray is a great mix of SPF and setting power! It’s great for on-the-go touchups! | https://bit.ly/3vBjdfE
Evian Water Spray | Great refreshing spray for anytime of day. You can use it over or under makeup! | https://bit.ly/3vyN1cz
BE PURIFIED™ Clarifying Cleanser | A purifying and refreshing gel cleanser made with powerful botanical ingredients formulated to gently reduce excess oil and unclog pores without drying the skin. | https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/be-purified-clarifying-cleanser?taxon_id=127
BE PURIFIED™ Cold Charcoal Mask | A unique cooling blend of mineral-rich clays and purifying charcoal to help refine pores and provide deep cleansing. | https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/be-purified-cold-charcoal-mask?taxon_id=127
BE PURIFIED™ Oil-Free Moisturizer | A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer designed to help minimize visible shine while absorbing excess sebum, giving the skin a healthy appearance. | https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/be-purified-oil-free-moisturizer?taxon_id=127
Botanic Bakuchiol | Vegan Retinol Alternative Lotion. Powered by nature, this lightweight lotion is packed with a potent blend of botanical actives that work together to help reduce the appearance age spots, uneven skin tone, texture, wrinkles, and fine lines. Ideal for all skin types. Safe for Pregnant or nursing mamas! | https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/botanic-bakuchiol?taxon_id=127
C. Radiance™ Illuminating Serum | A supercharged, 15% vitamin C serum for the skin featuring powerful antioxidants to help brighten and enhance your complexion. Our silky serum glides on and absorbs fast, quickly working to create a healthy, youthful-looking glow. | https://rachdupree.mymonat.com/shop/products/c-radiance-illuminating-serum?taxon_id=127
I especially love to use the entire product line from COOLA, Tubby Todd and Kopari Beauty. You really can’t go wrong with anything from these three lines and yes I have tried almost every single product they make LOL. Oh && St. Tropez or Loving Tan for my self-tanner. Here are a few of my favs!
Kopari Beauty Coconut Faves Kit | This set if a great way to try the best-sellers from Kopari! | https://bit.ly/3lm0Arh
COOLA Organic Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30 | Amazing daily SPF that dries down. It’s a mineral formula so no shine, sheen or white cast, plus no it’s not a chemical SPF! | https://bit.ly/3vrErwa
Loving Tan 2 HR Express Self Tanning Mousse | I love this deep olive tone & scent! Great product for novice or experts. | https://bit.ly/3cLB0Iq
St. Tropez Classic Self Tan Mousse with Mitt | Amazing self-tanner that actually works. No streaks. No orange. This is my go to brand & product when I tan. | https://bit.ly/3twOle3
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