Clean Up Your Beauty Routine


Here are 5 very easy natural beauty swaps that you can make today. 

I consider these to be the most important swaps to start with because of the surface area that these products cover on the body and the frequency of use!

1.  Body Wash: Commercial body wash often contain parabens and fragrances that are known allergens and endocrine disruptors.

  • I LOVE Dr. Bronner’s all-purpose pure castile soap.

2.  Body Lotion: Watch out for parabens, fragrances, dyes  in the ingredients.

3.  Deodorant:  Contain aluminum, triclosan and other harmful ingredients.I finally found 2 natural deodorants that work for me.

  • PiperWai
  • Schmidt’s

4.  Toothpaste:  Make sure your toothpaste does not contain Triclosan.  I also choose to go with a fluoride free toothpaste.  All of these products can be purchased at Amazon. 

  • Redmond Earthpaste
  • Jason’s
  • Tom’s Toothpaste

5  Sunscreen:  Watch out for the ingredient oxybenzone.


Here are my Beautycounter skincare recommendations by skin type

I have been a Beautycounter consultant for some time now and it is a brand that I love and trust. I really appreciate the fact that the company not only offers safe and high performing products, but is also working hard to educate consumers and pass legislature that will better regulate the beauty industry.

So how do you know which of these safer, highly effective products are right for you?   Here are my recommendations, including my own skincare routine:

Dry Skin

I live in a VERY dry climate so this is my personal skincare regimen.


Oily skin is often a symptom of chronically dry skin. As mom to a teenager,  I can attest to this winning combo:

Mature Skin

The Countertime Rejuvenating line is best for mature skin, actively working to reduce dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. I particularly enjoy the Rejuvenating Night Cream, Eye Cream and Cleansing Balm.  I would also recommend the Plumping Face Oil # 2 with Jasmine for mature skin

Sensitive Skin

The Nourishing Face Collection is best for those with sensitive skin. The Nourishing Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Cream are all formulated without any fragrance and the Cream Cleanser is particularly gentle. For sensitive skin, I would also recommend the Brightening Face OIl # 1

Face Oils to use for your skin type

Use A face oil morning and night as you moisturizer, or add a few drops to your cream moisturizer.


You can check the safety of the products that you use on a daily basis on the Environmental Working Group ( EWG)  Skin Deep Database to see how they rate for things like hormone disruption and toxicity.  (low numbers are best)