New Year, New You, right? After the indulgent festive period, most of us are more conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies, but what about what we put on our bodies? Pregnancy and motherhood really opened my eyes to the amount of toxic chemicals in our every day products. None of us would knowingly bathe our children in carcinogens or use creams that could affect our reproductive system, but the scary fact is that there are thousands of unregulated toxic chemicals in most of our personal and household products.
My naturopath introduced me to EWG’s Skin Deep online database and app. This is the best resource to check the safety of your products, simply scan the barcode or enter the product name to get an instant safety rating for cancer, developmental and allergy risk factors for nearly 80.000 products.
Now before you break into a sweat about using a BO infused crystal stick or skin clogging moisturiser that’s more grease monkey than dewy glow, there really are a selection of non-toxic home and beauty products that actually work! I’m constantly trying out safe high performance skincare and cosmetics. From cleansers to tanners, nail polish to baby bath, here are my picks for healthy home and family. Murchison- Hume is a beautifully packaged household & grooming range that combines practicality, safety and style. Created by Max Kater after her youngest son inherited her allergic sensitivities to common cleaning products, Max found that most eco-friendly options either didn’t work or were loaded with synthetic dyes and fragrance.
Often endorsed by A-List Celebrities and with collaborations with Gwynth Paltrow’s GOOP & Bassike, you know you’re onto a good thing. My current obsessions are the Superlative Liquid Hand Soap, Decidedly Rich Hand Cream and genius Travel Essentials Kit. View entire range HERE. LA CLINICA FOR SKIN & BODY is a 100% Australian owned and made cosmeceutical skin care line with a focus on visible results, safety and organic ingredients. Its luxurious, high performance products cater to all skin types and conditions. The ANTI AGEING and GLY C REFINE ranges are my favourite and the Microdermabrasion Facial scrub, possibly the best product I have tried- instantly smoothing and refining my skin.
Their ORGANIC FOR BABY range is also divine. With NO artificial ingredients, NO artificial fragrances & NO testing on animals, these products are the perfect solution for the daily care of your baby’s skin.For mums-to-be, the anti-stretchmark oil with specialised ingredients, esteemed for their anti-stretchmark actions is perfect for the expanding belly.
MODEL CO’s natural skincare line has been my surprise find. This affordable, high quality range is scientifically proven to produce real results for all skin types. Using antioxidant rich Pomegranate and Acai Fruit Extract across all products and essential oils like Damask Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Lemon Myrtle, this range provides anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits without the chemicals, synthetic ingredients, parabens, sulfates, silicones, PEGs and synthetic colours.
The award winning Instant Miracle Booster is my current obsession. I use it morning and night and feel an immediate firming of my skin. Did I mention this range is AFFORDABLE?! And if it’s good enough for Rosie HW…Shop range HERE.
Former Paramedical Aesthetician Pauline Youngblood originally started making her own concealing powder from superior minerals and pigments to provide amazing coverage for her clients with the most sensitive and problematic skin. From this YOUNGBLOOD MINERAL COSMETIC professional make up range was born.
Offering light reflecting properties and long lasting coverage, this beautifully packaged range is non-comedogenic with no lead, talc, chemical dyes, artificial colour or fragrance or mineral oil. SUNDANCE MINERAL RADIANCE is my product pic- the perfect bronzer to create a flawless, healthy glow. Shop collection HERE.
EMINENCE ORGANIC SKIN CARE addresses a variety of skin concerns such as the appearance of aging, wrinkling and blemishes, loss of vitality, tone and radiance. The answers come from nature with ingredients that are good enough to eat. use only the healthiest ingredients, without any harmful chemicals or additives, chosen to give premium results to all skin types. Ingredients are grown organically in Hungary, and have been chosen for their beautifying and skin-loving properties. Natural ingredients are potent and give beautiful lasting results for a clear, balanced, revitalised, and naturally glowing complexion. I particularly love the Mummy packs- a perfect gift for an expecting friend. Shop HERE.
THE CREAM OF THE CROP- MY ULTIMATE PICKS FOR MAMA & BABE
MAMA| Clockwise from top left YOUNGBLOOD cosmetics natural loose mineral foundation; MR SMITH shampoo; MODEL CO Instant Miracle Booster; LA CLINICA Anti- ageing Cream Milk Cleanser; ECO TAN Winter Tan; ZOYA nail polish; EMINENCE Firm Skin Acai booster-serum; Murchison-Hume Superlative Liquid Hand Soap.
BABE| Clockwise from top left WASH WITH WATER Yummy Tubby Shampoo & body Wash ; SAPLING CHILD Green Juice Baby Balm; LA CLINICA ORGANIC FOR BABY Calming Massage Oil & Soothing lotion; KOSMEA Skin Clinic Rescue Balm; BABO BOTANICALS Clear Zinc Sunscreen