Do you know what you’re putting on your skin? Part 3

If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, check them out for some helpful tips on my face care routine and makeup.

In Part 3 of this series I want to talk about personal hygiene products and give you some less toxic alternatives. I know there are many DIY recipes out there but I’m not quite there yet on my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Fortunately, there are excellent companies out there who are making great products helping to make the switch to a less toxic life effortless.

Below you will find a list of many different personal hygiene products that I’ve put together for you and have read all the ingredients for you. Find what fits your budget and soon you will find a brand that suits you and your family.

What I have tried, loved and hated

 Body Wash

Dr. Bronners castile soap (bars and liquid)

S.o.A.P. (South Austin People) only available in Austin, TX area and

Burt’s Bees Peppermint & Rosemary Body Bar

 Shampoo and Conditioner

Acure organics Moroccan Argan oil

Dr. Bronners citrus hair conditioning

Herbal Choice Mari

Eye Makeup remover

Real Purity Eye Makeup Remover

Boots eye makeup remover

Tooth Paste

Earth Paste

The Natural Dentist

Body Oil (I don’t use lotions or creams)

NOW Coconut oil

NOW Organic Jojoba oil

Organic Shea butter


Lemon wedge (just a plain lemon wedge)

Real Purity deodorant- works for me

Primal Pit paste – hated it, really irritated my skin

Dr. Haushka- just ok and too expensive

Hair shine

Maracuja oil- just a few drops

Here is a list of companies that are doing a great job. I have not tried these products but they are definitely worth considering.

Body Wash

Aubrey Organics Bath Bars

Auromere Ayurvedic Soaps

Druide Pur and Pure Organic Soap Unscented

Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gentle Cleansing Bar

Nature Clean Bar Soap Unscented/Liquid Soap Unscented/ Citrus Liquid Soap

Natural Spas Canada Nanaimo Bar Soap

Nuvo Olive Oil Soap

Purple Prairie Botanicals Soaps

Goodness Sake Bars

Suki Sensitive Cleansing Bar

Terressentials Natural Unscented Glycerin Soap/Real Soap for Hands

Theraneem Organix Cleansing Bar

Trader Joe’s Oatmeal & Honey Soap

Shampoo & Conditioner

Alaffia Shampoos


Nurture My Body Shampoo

Purple Prairie Botanicals Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar

Solay Shine Unscented Natural Shampoo

Eye Makeup Remover

Jane Iredale Dot the i

Mindful Beauty Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Nurture My Body Cleansing Milk Fragrance Free

Desert Essence – Tea Tree Oil & Neem Toothpaste

Druide Toothpaste (contains sorbitol from natural sources)

Hakeem Herbal Toothpaste (contains only herbs and neem)

Ipsab Tooth Powder

Nature’s Gate Creme de Anise Toothpaste

Solay Smile Tooth Powder

Tooth Soap Peppermint Liquid


Burt’s Bees out door herbal deodorant

Erbaviva organic deodorant

Aubrey organics

Lafe’s organic baby mother to be



So there you have it! I hope you’ve found this list useful and that it will help you switch to non-toxic products more easily.

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Stay tuned for part 4 of this series where I will discuss baby skin care.

Until next time, be well! xoxo




Do you know what you’re putting on your skin? Part 2

In part 1 of my skincare post I talked about my face care routine. In this post I want to talk about Makeup.

Our skin absorbs about 60% of anything we put on it and goes straight into the bloodstream, so it’s important to be conscious of what you’re putting on your skin because the effects of the ingredients they contain can be more than just skin deep.

In the U.S., major loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetic industry to put thousands of synthetic chemicals into personal care products even known cancer causing chemicals and more and more chemicals are being introduced without a shred of accountability, causing damage not only to you but to the environment as well.

Fortunately, there are companies who are aware of this and are making the effort to provide good, clean products that you can feel good about putting on your skin.

Here are some of the nasty ingredients that you’re likely to find in your makeup, even in your high end, super expensive, department store makeup.

Phthalates- a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are found in cosmetics like nail polish and in synthetic fragrance. Phthalate exposure has been linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life for breast cancer. Some phthalates also act as weak estrogen in cell culture systems.

Triclosan- used in antibacterial soaps, deodorants and toothpastes to limit the growth of bacteria and mold. The chemical, which is classified as a pesticide, can affect the body’s hormone systemespecially thyroid hormones. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.

 1,4-dioxane is not listed on ingredient labels. It is a petroleum-derived contaminant formed in the manufacture of shampoos, body wash, children’s bath products and other sudsing cosmetics. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has ranked it as a possible carcinogen, and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has identified it as a reasonably anticipated carcinogen.

Parabens– a group of compounds widely used as an antifungal agent, preservative and antimicrobial in creams, lotions, ointments and other cosmetics, including underarm deodorants. They are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

Ethylene Oxide- is found in fragrances and is commonly used to manufacture popular brands of shampoo. It is classified as a known human carcinogen and is one of the 48 chemicals that the National Toxicology Program (NTP) identifies as mammary carcinogens in animals.

 Lead- may be a contaminant in over 650 cosmetic products, including sunscreens, foundation, nail colors, lipsticks and whitening toothpaste. Lead is a proven neurotoxin, linked to learning, language and behavioral problems. It has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delays in puberty onset in girls.

 Aluminum-is found in some underarm antiperspirants. Aluminum is a metal that mimics estrogen and can also cause direct damage to DNA. Studies have not shown a direct causal link to breast cancer risk, but breast tissue has been shown to concentrate aluminum in the same area where the highest proportion of breast cancers is originally diagnosed. There is an ingredient called magnesium aluminum silicate that should not be confused with aluminum the heavy metal. It is found in makeup but I’m ok with that because the aluminum molecules are too large to be absorbed through the skin.


Don’t despair! All is not lost!

In order for me to purchase a product it must fulfill three requirements.

1. It MUST be cruelty free! No ifs ands or buts about this. If a company tests their products on animals, I want nothing to do with that company. Also, they cannot sell their products in China. Estee Lauder sells in China and Chinese law requires animal testing before cosmetics hit the shelves. Estee Lauder claims to be cruelty free “except where mandated by law.” Popular makeup lines like MAC and Bobbie Brown are under the Estee lauder umbrella and have chosen to continue misleading consumers that they are no longer cruelty free companies because they market in China.

Here are some unethical, bunny hurting cosmetics companies to look out for:

Avon, Biotherm, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble, Chanel, Carefree, Chanel, Chapstick, Clairol, Clean and Clear, Clinique, Clearasil, Dove, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Head & Shoulders, Helena Rubinstein, Herbal Essences, Jurlique, Kerastase, Kiehl’s, La Mer, L’Oreal, L’Occitane, Lancôme, M.A.C, Max Factor, Maybelline, Michael Kors, Missoni, Nair, Neutrogena, Olay, Old Spice, Pantene, Ponds, Redken, Revlon, Shiseido, SK-II, Sunsilk, Vee, and Vidal Sassoon. Find out if your makeup is cruelty free by visiting

2. It MUST be made in the U.S., Canada or Europe. Many “higher end” cosmetics are made in China. Let’s face it, China does not have a good track record. Also, if I’m going to pay a premium for quality, it’d better be made somewhere where it costs the manufacturer more to produce.               

3. It MUST be free of the above-mentioned chemicals. Now it’s virtually impossible to wear makeup without some sort of chemical and there are a lot more chemicals typically found in makeup, but the ones I mentioned are the most worrisome to me.

So now on to my makeup

I have chosen 2 brands, and although neither is perfect my goal is chemical exposure reduction, not complete elimination.

1. Tarte, Inc. – Tarte is a great company making really good products. I love their stuff! Some of their inventory has more chemicals than others, so you should definitely read the labels and pick your battles. Here’s what is in my makeup bag from Tarte:

  • Colored Clay CC Primer
  • Amazonian Clay full coverage foundation
  • Amazonian clay waterproof concealer
  • Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush
  • Skinny smoldereyes
  • Amazonian clay-“call of the wild” eye shadow palette (this might be discontinued but all their eye shadows are wonderful

2. Jane Iredale- What an impressive company! Not only are they dedicated to using clean ingredients; they also support environmental organizations working hard to make a difference. I’m new to this line and have not built up a collection but I love it so far. Here’s what’s in my makeup bag from Jane Iredale:

  • Smooth affair primer
  • Pure pressed base
  • PureGloss

Jane Iredale is my everyday makeup and I would like to add more products to my makeup bag. It is lighter than Tarte. However, I don’t think that I would be able to achieve a dramatic look with Jane Iredale so I will always go back to Tarte for drama. Both are great brands that I feel very comfortable with.

But Adriana, you forgot mascara!

Remember I said earlier, you have to pick your battles when it comes to makeup?

Well, I really don’t like Tarte’s mascara and I have not tried one from Jane Iredale. My favorite mascara is Smashbox Photo OP. I don’t wear mascara everyday and Smashbox fulfills my first two pre-requisites for makeup so, although it has some questionable ingredients, this is a battle I have chosen not to fight because I love this mascara.

So there you have it, more makeup than I need for sure but I love makeup. What girl doesn’t?

What makeup do you use? Are you planning on revamping your makeup? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Stay tuned for part 3 of this 4 part series, where I will go through hygiene products and in part 4 I’ll go through natural baby skin care.

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Until next time, be well! xoxo


Do you know what you’re putting on your skin? Part 1

There is no question that your skin is the largest organ on your body. It protects everything that’s inside but it also acts as an entry point to harmful chemicals that can overwhelm your body’s ability to detoxify naturally. The average person puts over 100 chemicals on their bodies daily in the name of cleanliness and hygiene…yikes!

I used to be one of those people that spent hundreds of dollars on high end skin care products thinking that the more expensive it was, that it must be better for my skin.


I didn’t know then but I was paying a whole lot of money for ineffective products that were essentially harmful to my long-term health. Most if not all department store and drug store skincare products contain toxins like:

  •  BHA and BHT– used as a preservative in creams and makeup. BHA disrupts the endocrine system and is a suspected carcinogen.
  • Coal tar dyes– used as pigment in makeup. They have the potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.
  • Dibutyl phthalate– Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant.
  • Formaldehyde– used as a preservative in cosmetics and nail polish and a known carcinogen.
  • Parabens– Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
  • Parfum– used as fragrance and can trigger allergies and asthma.
  • PEG compounds– used in cosmetic cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which can cause cancer
  • Petrolatum- Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers
  • Siloxanes- Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant
  • Sodium laureth sulfate– Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer
  • Triclosan– Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria

What a nasty list!

So I had to throw everything out and start from scratch experimenting with different natural products to see what worked for my normal/combination skin.

Here is my facial care routine


My favorite cleanser is 100% Pure-Jasmine Green Tea Facial Liquid cleanser. This stuff is amazing and free of nasty chemicals. It won’t dry your skin and leaves your skin looking brighter and refreshed. The downside, it’s a bit expensive but well worth it.

Another more affordable option is Yes Carrots Daily cream facial cleanser. It is not 100% natural but I’m pretty comfortable with the majority of the ingredients and it ranks low for toxicity on the EWG’s skin deep database.

For the DIY folks, I have read wonderful things about the oil cleansing method and I’m fascinated by it. It involves using castor oil and a single carrier oil of your choice like sesame oil, olive oil or coconut oil…that’s it! Sounds kind of crazy, but oil dissolves oil and it will not strip and dry your skin like many facial cleansers. It is used to pull out impurities and bacteria to the surface so you can wipe it away. Please follow this link so you can create your own personal blend. This is something I have not personally tried but definitely plan to. If you try it or have tried it, let me know how it worked out for you.

Your face only needs to be cleansed once per day so the best time to cleanse it is right before bedtime. In the morning, just rinse with water.


Exfoliating is important because it helps to remove dead skin cells so that new healthy ones can grow. It also helps to remove toxins from your skin and helps increase blood flow to those areas for the appearance of “glowing” skin. You should only exfoliate 1-3x per week. The frequency will depend on your skin type.

I’ve tried many different kinds of exfoliators but my favorite by far is just a slice of lemon. Yep…lemon! I take a lemon slice and scrub it all over my face followed by my Clairsonic. My face always looks brighter and healthier after I do this.


Right now, I am in love with Maracuja oil. It is rich in vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. It helps remove toxic build up from the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory.  It also helps improve fine lines and wrinkles. It’s full of essential fatty acids that help repair and rejuvenate skin. Let me say that I have an acne prone forehead and this oil does not make me break out. I use Maracuja oil all over my face and neck and for added moisture to the sensitive under eye area; I also apply a layer of NOW coconut oil. I love that it absorbs quickly and leaves my skin supple.

For Blemishes

The only product I have found that works wonders on blemishes is melaleuca oil. I stumbled on this by accident when my son developed a diaper rash and I cleared it with melaleuca oil and coconut oil. So I rubbed some on a pimple and wouldn’t you know it, it disappeared the next day.   I’m new to the world of essential oils and after doing tons of research, I realized that I am not comfortable with the pyramid marketing of the two most popular oil companies, Do terra and Young Living. So after contacting several essential oil companies, I decided to go with Native American Nutritionals and I am very happy with the quality of their oils.

I still have a lot of work to do with my skin. My skin is not terrible but I do have hyper-pigmentation on my nose and forehead left over from acne and I have seen my complexion really improve since I started using this skincare routine.

Remember that taking care of your skin on the outside is only part of the solution to radiant skin. True skin health starts from the inside. Your worst enemies for aging are sugar and simple carbs and no skincare routine will give you the skin of your dream of if your diet is wrong.

Here are some super foods for more youthful, radiant skin:

  1. tomatoes
  2.  green tea
  3. berries
  4. spinach and other leafy vegetables
  5. pure dark chocolate
  6. extra virgin olive oil
  7. vitamin k rich foods: eggs, liver, raw milk, cheese, brown rice, cabbage, prunes and cashews

So there you have it, my easy skincare routine and my skin has never looked better.

Remember that knowledge is power and when know better you’re able to make better decisions for yourself.

I’d love for you to share with me what your skincare routine is like and what has worked and what hasn’t. Is there another oil that you use that has worked for you? Do you make your own products?

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Stay tuned for my next post on makeup and my recommendations.


Until next time, be well.