It’s a mission to find staple beauty products and it often doesn’t work out on your first try.

I’ve come to face the realization recently that I’ve been slathering toxic chemicals all over my face for years, and now trying to find staple beauty products starts to feel like mission impossible.

So if you’re in the same boat as me, you’re likely dreaming of having an entire collection of natural, non-toxic beauty products but naturally, we’re overwhelmed. Where do we even begin when we want to rebuild our entire skincare and makeup collection?

Well, for starters, we find some reputable sources for buying clean beauty. And we put a few resources in our bookmarks for referring to when we’re lost as to whether an ingredient is good or bad. Luckily, we’re living in times where access to good quality products are more abundant than ever.

I’ve included an affordability section for each shop below, but it’s important to note that because clean beauty is still not the norm here, it’s almost always going to be priced more expensive than your regular drugstore spend. That’s just the reality of the industry right now, but I’ve only included shops that I would buy from, so they’ll all be low–mid-range options, with some exceptions of shops that carry a variety of brands.

Join us in ridding our cabinets of toxins, and replacing them with beautiful, clean products. TBH, a lot of them are more aesthetically pleasing anyway.

Sorry, bank account – I’m doing it to save the world.

Disclaimer #1: I cannot vouch that all these brands are without fault when it comes to clean beauty, but from my knowledge, these are pretty great online stores with lots of quality clean beauty options. We’re about progress, not perfection. But we take our recommendations seriously, so do let us know if you know otherwise.

Disclaimer #2: We’ve included some affiliate links. If you decide to purchase a product, we may receive a percentage if you purchase with our link, at no additional cost to you. We only recommend stuff we love. Affiliate products are marked with *. 

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CAP Beauty

CAP beauty for wellness enthusiasts

Consider this the elite clean beauty shop. I’ve listened to podcast interviews with the founders of CAP Beauty, Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima, and I’m impressed with their standards for what they include in their shop. They only stock 100% natural products with absolutely zero synthetics. They are top tier when it comes to quality. The founders really care about wellness in a beautiful, non-judgmental way. They even have a stunning book about beauty called High Vibrational Beauty: Recipes & Rituals for Radical Self-Care. I continuously discover new brands on their website and I am dying to go to their physical store in Los Angeles. You can get free shipping on your first order.

Cost level: mid-high

Credo Beauty

Bestselling products at Credo Beauty Marketplace For Natural Beauty and Skincare

Credo Beauty is another wonderful marketplace for all things clean beauty. They have a rewards program, and have spas at a few locations around the United States: NYC, LA, San Diego, Boston, Brooklyn to name a few. They vet their products well, and focus on safe ingredients. I’ve heard good things about the Gressa minimalist corrective serum foundation and will likely be trying it from Credo Beauty as soon as my foundation runs out.

Cost level: low–high

Cocokind

cocokind top cleanser and toner recommendations

Nothing tops the list of my beauty must-haves quite like Cocokind toners and face masks. There are such few ingredients listed in their products that my wallet definitely begs me to just do-it-myself. But you know, convenience is essential sometimes. As I’m writing this, you can get free samples with your order as well.

Cost level: low

Beautycounter

Beautycounter’s mission is “to get safer products into the hands of everyone.” They work to make their packaging more eco-friendly and safe as well. Most of their packaging is recyclable and they use sustainable paper and glass where they can. They have a list on their website called the “never list” where they include a glossary of 1,400 ingredients that you will never see in their products. It’s a great resource to deepen your education. They also have an ingredient glossary with links to the products that contain those ingredients. With over 80% of their products being natural or plant-derived, Beautycounter seems like a reputable choice. Their Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner and has over 1,344 reviews with 4.5/5 stars. So I’m thinking that needs to get in my shopping cart ASAP. I’m convinced.

Cost level: low–mid

Detox Market*

Detox Market* was one of the first green beauty marketplaces that I discovered. They’re probably my #1 go-to, because they have a good variety of products and have a safety pledge with their ingredient standards to hold them accountable. They’re always offering sales and even have a subscription box for $150ish worth of holy grail beauty products. Curious, have any of you tried it? I’m not a big subscription box girl, because I don’t like getting products I don’t love but I feel like one filled with clean beauty must-haves would be fun.

Cost level: low–high, variety

RMS beauty

RMS Beauty Bestsellers

RMS beauty is a cult favorite for natural beauty. RMS is also conveniently sold at Sephora and Nordstrom. And while those shops don’t make the cut in this list here, they do offer a few brands that are worthy when it comes to clean beauty, like RMS. Thank goodness for that, because we can’t lie that convenience is priority.

I’ve tried and like the ‘UN’ cover-up. It’s light coverage, but it goes on smoothly. It’s labeled as a foundation and concealer, but it could definitely not replace foundation for me.

Cost level: low–mid

Safe & Chic

Safe and Chic Product Recommendations - Best Sellers

Safe & Chic sells a bunch of clean-beauty brands like Herbivore, W3LL people, Au Naturale, Coola and more. I’m personally curious about the Plume all-natural lash & brow enhancing serum I discovered there, but I couldn’t find any reviews on it. I’m big on hearing feedback first before investing in beauty products, especially clean beauty because it’s so hit-or-miss. I’d say Safe & Chic has a lot less reviews than Detox Market and Credo Beauty, but it’s definitely nice to have another option with a range of brands to choose from.

Cost level: mid-range

W3LL people

W3LL People Best Sellers

W3LL People always makes the ranks when asking people for their best natural beauty recommendations. Their Expressionist Mascara is always on the best-seller list. They’re really affordable, which is kind of rare in this industry.

Cost level: low. They’re sold at Target, and basically any clean beauty shop.

Inika Organic

Best Sellers For Inika Organic Beauty Shop

Inika is an Australian brand that is 100% certified cruelty free, vegan, and mostly organic. Look out for the certified organic label on products on the website–that means that the product contains more than 70% Certified Organic ingredients. If you’re looking for vegan makeup brushes, this may be a good place for them. The Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation has good reviews on Adore Beauty for being medium coverage with a good consistency and makes skin look glowy.

If you sign up for their email list, you can get $10 off and free shipping for your first order.

Cost level: mid-range

100 Percent Pure

100 Percent Pure Natural Beauty Shop Best-Selling Products

This is probably one of my new favorite clean beauty sites, with tons of top quality products that can easily fill my makeup bag with everything I need. In particular, I’ve got my eyes on the Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara. They also have natural shampoo and conditioners, which I just ordered off Amazon.

Cost level: mid-range

Evohe

I swear half of the brands I’ve discovered come from Australia, and I’m not surprised–they’re way more on top of wellness than we are here in the U.S. I’ve heard good things about the Repair Intensive Cream. Unfortunately, this brand isn’t super accessible in the states from what I can tell.

Cost level: low

Goop

Goop, clean beauty brands best-sellers

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop gets a bad rap and it’s basically the definition of boujee, but it can be such a good resource for clean beauty brands. While they usually recommend and sell products that aren’t in my range, there are a few affordable gems. I specifically love Juice Beauty, and the Phyto-Pigments Illuminating Primer. Also sold at Ulta.

Cost level: mid–high

Herbivore

It’s all the hype for this skincare brand, you know? I’m falling for it. The packaging is cute, and as a marketing girl, I’m a sucker for good branding. It’s sold at Sephora. The founders started the company out of their kitchen in Seattle. The focus on natural ingredients that serve a purpose in their product. Most ingredients are certified organic. The only problem? Can’t decide which products to start with. Right now, it’s a toss between the Pink Cloud moisturizer and the Pink Clay exfoliating mask. Or maybe both…

Cost level: low-mid. Masks are $22 on Amazon right now.

One Love Organics

One Love Organics Best Sellers For Clean Beauty

One Love Organics’ Skin Savior Multi-tasking Wonder Balm was one of the first products I purchased and I have zero regrets. It’s waterless and becomes liquid when you massage it into your skin. Their Vitamin B cleansing oil and makeup remover looks like a win too.

Cost level: mid-range

Hum Nutrition*

Hum Nutrition for Natural Beauty

Clean beauty isn’t just important in the skincare and makeup, but also in the supplements you’re taking. HUM Nutrition’s products are sustainably sourced, pure, non-GMO, and some are vegan. Love the Daily Cleanse* for getting in those detox herbs and Runway Ready* for good skin, hair and nails. Use the code: LifeGoals for

Cost level: low-mid

Franklin + Whitman

Franklin and Whitman

Seems like a great (plant-based, cruelty-free and preservative free) brand for gift-giving. They have lots of scrubs and face kits for specific skin types: dry, acne-prone, combo, oil, and sensitive skin. They even have men’s grooming products, which is a gift for your man that would likely be more for you than him, but hey–no reason men can’t get on board with clean products.

Cost level: low–mid. The masks are a good size for only $24.95. But most of the kits are over $79.

Aromatica

This K-beauty brand is the only Korean beauty brand to earn EWG’s Skindeep Champion Status, awarded for using the best non-toxic ingredients. Their products use high quality essential oils. This would be a good place to get a high quality, organic, cold-pressed rose hip oil ($25), great for improving skintone and eliminating spots.

Cost level: low–mid

Noteworthy products you can get at most beauty shops

Tata Harper, Clean Beauty Recommendation For Natural Skincare

Tata Harper – I feel like I’m at a spa when I use Tata Harper’s exfoliating cleanser. Free shipping over $50 and free returns. Cost level: high.

Pai Skincare – I’ve heard their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil ($38) is excellent. Cost level: mid.

Get a free Pai Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream at Detox Market* with the code PAIGENTLE. Offer is good until 7/31/2018.

Juice Beauty– As mentioned earlier, I love the illuminating primer. Cost level: mid.

 

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