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LET'S TALK CLEAN BEAUTY

Happy Wednesday everyone! Monday's post was talking about my fave lifestyle book recs (read here) and one of the books I am currently reading is Kate Hudson's Pretty Happy. Her book is talking all things health and wellness which is a topic I find myself completely obsessed with. I LOVE learning about the harmful chemicals that are in our food and household products, the superfoods we should be eating daily and so much more! Along with my interest of health and wellness comes the topic of clean beauty. I think the first time I heard the phrase "clean beauty" was either from Goop or Lauren Scruggs Kennedy's blog, both I highly recommend reading! Either way I found myself reading article after article wanting to find out what I should be avoiding in my makeup, skincare, haircare, and body products. Now I have to admit I'm not perfect (shocker lol) and every item I own is not "clean" BUT I am trying my best and that is what counts! Today, I want to talk briefly (ish) about "clean beauty" and recommend some articles I've found helpful.

Okay now that we are past the longest intro ever!! Let's get into figuring out what exactly is "clean beauty"? 
According to, this article from Art of Organics, clean beauty "is defined by products that are mindfully created and produced without any proven or suspected toxic ingredients. Clean Beauty products include ingredients ethically sourced and are made with the health of our bodies and the environment in mind." Sorry for the long-ish definition but I thought it was a good one! 

Basically clean beauty is beauty products that don't have so many harmful chemicals!! Nowadays there are countless chemicals in our makeup, haircare, etc. that can be damaging to us externally and internally. Once you start reading it can be extremely shocking at what beauty brands are able to stuff into their products. For example, when a product has "fragrance" as an ingredient the brand doesn't have to disclose what exactly is in this so called "fragrance" so they can pack in some pretty harmful chemicals without consumers knowing!

I remember watching an episode of Chelsea, from her first season, and she had this women on who was talking about how she wanted to test her breast milk to see what was in it. Turns out there was JET FUEL!! Like what in the heck!? This jet fuel is now going into her little baby! We can't control every environmental aspect happening around us but we can choose what to put in our makeup bag and homes. Now I'm not saying you need to toss out every item in your home (I surely have not) and replace it with something "clean" but as you run out of things replace them with something that maybe doesn't have so many chemicals. 


Your skin is your biggest organ so every beauty product you put on your body is getting absorbed in some way. I don't mean this post to be scary or overwhelm you but I think it is something we all should really start to think about. Awareness to anything is key! Think about this: how many times a day are you putting some sort of lip product on? If you're a beauty lover like me than probably constantly throughout the day you are applying a lipgloss, lip balm, lip stain, etc. right? We consume these lip products constantly throughout the day then... I mean they're so close to our mouths how can you not? Lol. My point is whatever harmful parabens, phthalates, fillers, ext. are in that lip product you keep reapplying is going straight into your body and your body is soaking up every last bit.  

Now I'm not a science expert and although I've read up on clean beauty quite a bit I don't feel fully capable to explain everything in detail. Down below I will be linking articles explaining clean beauty and recommending clean beauty products! If you have any questions or thoughts on this topic I would love to hear what you have to say in the comments below! 

1. Art of Organics Article: I guess this technically isn't an article but it is a clean beauty company who defines clean beauty and lists harmful ingredients that are not in their products. 

2. Goop Clean Beauty Article: I'm OBSESSED with Goop, have I talked about it on hear before? Can't remember. Anyways, this article is amazing for a good rundown on all things clean beauty. They interviewed an author and activist about what to avoid, what labels mean, and a whole lot more. 

3. 10 Beauty Swaps by Goop: This article is great for not only recommendations but WHY you should be making these swaps. 

4. 10 Safe Beauty Products by Lauren Scruggs Kennedy: Again more beauty recommendations! It can be overwhelming to read all this info and not know where to go from there that's why I love that Lauren is always recommending "clean" products. 

5. Why You Need To Be Reading The Ingredients In Your Beauty Products by Visions of Vogue: I really enjoyed this blog post because it goes into why it is important to look out for chemicals but she also discusses some cons. 
XOXO, Maddy







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