Mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? Lotion? Toothpaste?
Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Perfume? Soap?
So many of my followers have asked me what products I use for personal care products (“...given so many popular brands include toxic ingredients, have questionable quality control and/or ethics… what do YOU use?” – they ask!)
My immediate answer is “nothing… on most days I don’t even bother — with four kids, I’m lucky if I manage to take a shower and brush my hair before a business meeting, let alone put on makeup!”
(A lot of days recently, I don’t even wear a bra — but that’s also because I read an article recently about how they can be bad for the development and maintenance of the muscles in your breasts!) [Note: when I do wear bras, I only wear custom ones made of organic cotton from Decent Exposures out of Seattle! I have been wearing their bras for 22 years!]
But giving the question of “What personal care products do I use?” a little more thought, I actually do have a few that I really like – and actually use on a (fairly) regular basis! I have done my research on all of these brands and products, and am comfortable with their business practices and promises! I also am extremely sensitive to many synthetic compounds (especially artificial scents and dyes), so I steer clear of those by sticking with natural-ingredient focused companies with good reputations. I also avoid certain products known to have ingredients that are notorious for having high levels of lead… like products with any kind of clay as an ingredient – especially bentonite clay!
Given that makeup and personal care products are not a priority for me, I try to make sure the few I do use are as “pure and simple” as possible, and the litmus test is whether or not I experience any kind of reactions… which, unfortunately, happens with the majority of popular products – and is the main reason I use so few.
I never use things like base makeup, powder, eye shadow, lip liner, eyebrow pencil, creams or lotions, etc. I just don’t find them useful (I’ve also been blessed with pretty good skin) – plus most of those things cause me to have fairly severe reactions (even the all-natural versions of those products) because I have such super-sensitive skin!
As you may use more products than I do, I also am open to hearing your feedback about experiences with any of the following products (since I am not a personal care product guru… just a lead guru!)… but here’s a list of my current favorites:
- Zuzu Luxe Mascara Liquid (Onyx)
- Zuzu Luxe Eyeliner (Obsidian)
- Lipstick (Logona No, #5) #ShiftCon
- Pacific Solid Perfume (blood orange)
- Primal Pit Paste Deodorant (orange or unscented) #ShiftCon
- Clean Kids Naturally Banana Smoothie Detangler
- Miessence Mint Toothpaste (from my friend) Erin #ShiftCon
- Beauty Counter Shampoo – Citrus Scent (from my friend Paige) #ShiftCon
- Seven Balm Natural Lip Balm
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap (peppermint or unscented) #ShiftCon (I have been using this as long as I can remember! #ChildOfTheSixties!)
- “Now Foods” Organic Almond Oil (for any applications you might us lotion for: cleaning off makeup, moisturizing or massage.)
The products in this list with #ShiftCon after them are products I was introduced to (or products I already used that were represented) at the ShiftCon conference (either in year one or year two!) 2018 will be year four of the conference, and I would love to see you there! Click here to learn more about it (and I look forward to possibly seeing you in Los Angeles in February of 2018!)
As always, feel free to ask questions!
Tamara Elise Rubin
“Unexpected Lead Expert”
Mother of Four Sons