Finding safe skin care that’s both effective and made without toxic chemicals can be hard. We’re here to make it easy for you. All the products listed below are MADE SAFE® certified, which means that they’re made without known carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, high risk pesticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs. In addition, ingredients have been examined for bioaccumulation (builds up in our bodies), persistence (stays in the environment) and aquatic toxicity.
In short, it means that you can trust these products are made with safe ingredients that don’t harm human health or the environment. Enjoy!
Annmarie Skin Care Radiant Skin Silk Body Lotion
What makes it great: Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs much of what we put on it. While many conventional lotions contain petroleum-based chemicals, this lotion from Annmarie Skin Care is made with sunflower seed oil, aloe vera, and essential oils, and is formulated for richness and thickness.
Why we like Annmarie Skin Care: This company shares our commitment to educating people about toxic chemicals in everyday products and how to live healthier lives. Their Toxic Free Home Guide outlines harmful chemicals lurking in our homes and how to avoid them, as well as DIY recipes and links to learn more. SHOP HERE.
Alaffia Babies & Up Bubble Bath in Lemon Lavender
Why we love it: Not just for baby, we’re imagining a much-deserved late night soak for mom, a book and cup of tea in hand. You’ll be able to fully relax knowing what makes your bath suds-y is a MADE SAFE vetted surfactant, rather than a conventional surfactant like Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen.
Why we like Alaffia: Ethically-sourced ingredients and fair trade are the foundation of Alaffia, where all raw ingredients are handcrafted using traditional methods in Togo, West Africa. Sales of Alaffia products are invested into their Empowerment Projects to alleviate poverty and encourage gender equality. SHOP HERE.
True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask
What makes it great: Exfoliants are meant to offer deep cleansing by removing dead skin cells and clearing out pores—the last thing you want on your new layer of skin are harmful chemicals that hinder its renewal. We’ve tried this exfoliant from True Botanicals and it’s truly a wonder product for healthy skin.
Why we like True Botanicals: They’re throwing down the gauntlet for what natural beauty should look like. True Botanicals works with us to conform every product to MADE SAFE standards. SHOP HERE.
Mother Dirt Biome-Friendly Moisturizer
What makes it great: Many conventional cleansers wash away bacteria – both the good and the bad. This moisturizer is designed to replenish the good bacteria on our skin’s biome, because like our gut, our skin needs good bacteria too.
Why we like Mother Dirt: Over the last century, contemporary personal care routines (e.g. lathering agents, chemicals and preservatives found in soaps and cleansers) have promoted the notion that all bacteria are harmful, and that “clean” and “sterile” are always healthy. Mother Dirt is working to shift that notion and remind us that our skin, like our gut biome, needs good bacteria. SHOP HERE.
Rejuvenating Face Care
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense™
What makes it great: Award-winning and age-defying products, created with relaxing, hand-harvested frankincense. The new Frankincense Intense™ Lift Cream and Serum’s potential to lift skin and soften lines skips the nasty ingredients so often found in creams branded as anti-aging.
Why we like Neal’s Yard Remedies: They were the first company certified under Soil Association Organic Health & Beauty Standards in 2002; they support and practice fair trade and have never tested on animals.They know the origins of all their herbs and ingredients, and grow as many as they can in their own organic gardens in the UK. SHOP HERE.
S.W. Basics Cleanser
What makes it great: A common tip for choosing safer personal care products is to look for ones with less ingredients, and with ingredients you recognize. This cleanser from S.W. Basics is gloriously simple, with a rosewater and glycerin base and a dash of tea tree oil.
Why we like S.W. Basics: They believe that all products, not just their cleanser, should be simple and pure. To that end, their entire line is made with five ingredients or less, and in addition to being MADE SAFE certified, their ingredients are all certified organic, fair trade, or sourced from family farms. SHOP HERE.
Kosmatology Botanical Bliss Foaming Hand Soap
What makes it great: Hand soap can often come with harsh disinfecting ingredients, like triclosan or ammonium quaternary compounds. This Kosmatology soap is made with high quality coconut and olive oils, and lavender and eucalyptus essential oil.
Why we like Kosmatology: Janis Covey, a pharmacist by trade, founded Kosmatology after trying to find gentle and safe skin care to treat her baby’s eczema. Many that she tried contained harsh preservatives that made the condition worse. Thanks to her formulations, her daughter has had clear, calmed and healthy skin for years. SHOP HERE.
Pleni Naturals Berry + Olive Baby Balm
What makes it great: Conventional baby balms are often made with
petrolatum, which can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,
linked to cancer. In contrast, this Pleni Naturals baby balm is made with olive, raspberry, and cranberry seed oils and mango butter.
Why we like Pleni Naturals: The Pleni Naturals mission is to create natural and organic skin care products that are not only safe to use, but also inspire a lifelong love of fruits and veggies–which is a neat tool for parents looking to cultivate that love in their children! SHOP HERE.
Rejuva Minerals Loose Powder Foundations
What makes it great: Many women wear foundation on a daily basis, and it’s meant to stay on your skin for long hours. It’s important to choose one that’s both effective and made with safe ingredients—this one uses organic ingredients that you can trust your skin to like grape, raspberry and blueberry.
Why we like Rejuva Minerals: They were the first cosmetics company to achieve MADE SAFE certification for many of its cosmetics. Brenda Hyre, Rejuva’s founder, launched Rejuva Minerals after years of struggling with skin sensitivities. She has always been an advocate for health and wellness, and has a long career in health care. SHOP HERE.