The Beauty Edit: Going Chemical Free in 2014

I’m the first to admit that I’m no Eco warrior – I wear leather, I eat meat (I’ve even been known to visit McDonalds from time to time) and although financial constraints mean that we rarely have more than one or two holidays a year, we usually travel by air when we do go away. Increasingly, however, I find myself buying organic and/or locally sourced food produce and, having worked in the fashion industry, I prefer to buy my clothes from retailers who (at least claim to) have measures in place to ensure a sustainable supply chain.

Recently, after reading this post on The Everyday Spa blog, I started questioning what’s in the products we use on our skin and hair. As luck would have it, I came across the post at the same time as my shampoo and other beauty paraphernelia were running out so I decided to try some brands that don’t list any of the nasties in their ingredients.

Β Ren

The shower gel and body lotion from REN (which incidentally means ‘clean’ in Swedish!) are gorgeous and last for ages. Since its launch in 2000 REN has become a cult favourite amongst beauty editors and consumers and is now available in department stores, pharmacies and spas in over 50 countries around the world. The brand uses only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients such as synthetic fragrance, petrolatum, sulfate detergents and parabens.

Estelle & Thild

I have written previously about Estelle & Thild and I cannot recommend their products highly enough. While the Bergamot shampoo does not lather as much as my regular shampoo, it left my hair feeling clean and smelling delicious. The Baby & Child shampoo has been a big hit with the kids – again, as with the REN products a little goes a long way.

The products are a bit more pricey than what you’ll find on the high street (particularly the supermarkets) but as I don’t use a huge number of hair and skincare products, I can live with that.

So now, over to you – do you ever look at the list of unpronounceable ingredients on your shampoo or shower gel and wonder what on earth you are putting on your body? Or are there, in your view, more important things to worry about?

Chemical free

18 thoughts on “The Beauty Edit: Going Chemical Free in 2014

  1. While there are more important things to worry about, I enjoy the challenge of finding personal care products that make me happy. Often, “clean” or “organic” products are happy-making products in that they do the job and smell and feel lovely. I’m not convinced that all products with unpronounceable ingredients are detrimental to my body and I don’t see my decision to purchase such products as morally superior, it’s just that if the product itself is superior (in scent, texture, outcome, etc.) and I have the means to splurge, I’m grateful and fortunate to do so πŸ™‚

  2. I like the natural trend, but I feel that the GMO food we are putting into our bodies is much more harmful than hair care. But I love reading all the reviews, I’m just not super worried about chemicals. After all, I breathe in air filled with pollution. How can that be any better πŸ™‚


  3. Awesome post. I really love using my REN products every day as well as the couple of other brands I’ve discovered that are equally vigilant about what they put in to their products. Initially it was a bit of effort to unearth brands that are free of chemical nasties but, once you’ve done that initial research, there’s no need to think twice about what to buy when you run out of something. Easy peasy.

  4. Well I wear leather as well & I admit I love it . And nothing feels better on the feet like a good pair leather shoes.
    Love my leather jackets equally.
    But l’ m going to say that although I do agree that it is very important to pay attention to what eat & wear & save energy e.t.c, the fact is we can hardly control everything .
    I came across Fair Trade several years ago & since then I buy only fair trade products as far as I can & I do have started to avoid meat since some time & changed my cooking habits. I’m not a100% veggie yet but 99% & I do feel better than ever .
    My daughters have noticed the change as well.
    Less chemistry is better definitely & no animal testing extremely important.
    It is a long way still to go .

    • Well done on changing your eating habits! I would like to try to that as well (I was a veggie in my teens and early 20s) but my husband is a real ‘meat and two veg’ person so as a compromise we eat only organic meat/fish (and not loads of it as it is more expensive) and hardly any red meat. I think that because we can’t control everything it is nice to be able to control the things that you can in terms of being a more responsible consumer. Everyone has to make their own choices but I would rather spend a bit more on fewer products that I know have been responsibly sourced. X

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