Beauty: Non-Toxic Favorites to Get You Through Winter

When it comes to non-toxic beauty, it’s not about using products that are all natural or organic. Instead, it’s about using products that don’t contain chemicals that are known to be unsafe. We’re talking about ingredients that are scientifically proven to be linked to issues like cancer, hormone disruption, ADHD, allergies, reproductive problems, and so on.

These unsafe ingredients include phthalates (found mostly in household products and shampoo and conditioner, they give products a uniform consistency and make them easier to pour); formaldehyde (found in nail polish, hair gel and color cosmetics); petroleum (found in moisturizers and lip balms); asbestos (labeled as talc or hydrous magnesium silicate); lead acetate (found in hair dye and lipstick) and coal tar (found in hair dye and anti-dandruff shampoo).

So if you’re interested in switching to safer products, you’ll love these six non-toxic beauty brands.

Drunk Elephant
D.E.’s mission is to deliver clinically-effective, clean skincare formulated with both cutting-edge synthetic and natural ingredients; and without the ubiquitous toxins, sensitizers and irritants, such as the disruptive essential oils, that block the pathway to healthy skin. The pay close attention to pH and toxicity levels, as well as formulating with efficacious percentages of active ingredients. The brands star ingredient is Virgin Marula Oil, a multi-benefit, glow-enhancing wonder which runs through the entire range. Our must-have product is the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, which was inspired by the face creams your grandmother would have used, boosted with a contemporary, botanical edge. This creamy, whipped moisturizer delivers instant and sustained hydration to dull, parched complexions without ever feeling heavy or greasy.

Smith & Cult
You may have heard of “3-Free” when it comes to nail polish, but what about “8-Free” like these gorgeous Smith & Cult polishes? That means this lacquer is formulated without Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Triphenyl Phosphate —all harmful chemicals you definitely don’t want sitting on your nails for prolonged periods of time. And this covetable, opaque, cement grey shade is perfect for the cooler months.

Rose Marie Swift’s mineral make up range is designed to enhance, not detract from your natural beauty. Like skincare with colour, the lightweight, chemical-free products are sheer and easy to blend, perfecting your complexion with nourishing, natural formulas. Rose-Marie sees skin as ‘a mirror to your gut’ and with this in mind, she developed the entire RMS Beauty range around the ‘raw food principle’ – preserving the full, unadulterated promise of her ingredients, rather than destroying them with heat and chemicals. The ultra-sheer, Living Luminizer will give your skin the kind of glow you normally only get after a long relaxing holiday. Best of all, it’s not sticky, greasy or glittery so the effect is chic and dewy.

When Gwyneth Paltrow teamed up with Juice Beauty her mission was to create a line of truly luxurious and effective skincare. The line delivers clinically proven, age-defying results with products that are loaded with organic, naturally occurring ingredients. Aloe, apple, lemon, and grape juices deliver glow, peptides and linseed extract help to firm skin, hyaluronic acid plumps and smoothes fine lines, vitamin C works to clean up the age spots, and meristem plant cells minimize wrinkles and brighten skin tone. And now, Goop has released a fragrance called Edition 01, the first of what will be a series of fragrances inspired by the four seasons. First up: Winter.

REN is known for pioneering new ways of applying the latest discoveries in phyto-science and mineral technology to produce skincare formulations that boost the skin’s natural processes of protection, repair and renewal, rather than using short term chemical cover-ups. Each product is formulated with 100% pure plant and mineral-derived extracts and ethically sourced oils – including Argan, Jojoba and Moroccan Rose Otto – that serve to nourish and soothe the skin. Their Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil is a treat for both body and mind. The uplifting scent of Rose Otto helps dispel the day’s downfalls, cocooning you in a comforting cloud of calm; while a blend of Essential Fatty Acids from Seabuckthorn Berry and Argan Oils works to banish scales and restore skin to its supple, velvety-soft best.

Bite Beauty
What goes on your lips should do more than just color. It should be good for you, too. Bite lip products are handcrafted one at a time to provide nourishing, restorative benefits. These lipsticks contain natural and organic ingredients—moisturizers and protective antioxidants like resveratrol,organic fruit butters, and Manuka honey. Our favourite is the Multistick, which applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application—just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

About the Author

Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.