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green beauty skin care starter kit

Getting started with green beauty can be daunting, particularly with all that is currently available on the market. My journey started in 2002 — although I’ve only been documenting my green beauty adventures on this blog since 2016 — and needless to say, I’ve been through quite a bit of trial and error to figure out what works well for me.

I have combination oily, acne-prone skin that is sensitive to coconut oil. I also battle hyperpigmentation issues — fun! Over the years of experimenting, I’ve found that my skin responds well to simpler formulations and lightly-fragranced or fragrance-free products. If you have skin issues similar to mine, perhaps some of the products listed below will work for you.

Now, before the green beauty purists come knocking down my door, I’ll admit that I’ve chosen products that are effective, competitively priced, and have a clean(er) ingredient list. My goal with this list is to provide the lowest barrier of entry, with relation to price, to those who are interested in green beauty. I strongly believe that healthy personal products should be accessible to everyone. With that said, I encourage you to educate yourself as a consumer and make the choice that’s best for you!

What you’ll find listed below are cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers at different prices points — under $15.00 USD, under $20.00 USD, and under $50.00 USD. I’ve listed all product ingredients and all available EWG ratings; what is EWG you ask? Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database was one of the first, and most useful, resources I came across on my green beauty journey. EWG’s mission is “to use the power of information to protect human health and the environment.” This website provides an enormous database of value-added information about products, such as  ingredient listings, hazard ratings, data availability ratings, etc. So as you scroll through the list below and find an ingredient that piques your interest, you may wish to click on the EWG link to read more. Please note, I’m neither a medical practitioner nor an esthetician; I’m simply sharing what eco beauty products have worked for me. Some of the links listed below are affiliate links and should you wish to use them, I’ll receive a small commission; I’ll also thank you from the bottom of her heart. ❤

Under $15 USD

Cleanser: Herbivore Pink Clay Cleansing Bar

  • Price: $12.95 USD
  • EWG Rating: N/A but this product is carried by trusted green beauty vendors like The Detox Market and Credo
  • Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Elaeis guineensis (Sustainable Palm) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Kaolinite (White Clay), Kaolin (French Pink Clay), Pelargonium roseum asperum (Rose Geranium) Essential Oil, Citrus sinensis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil

Toner: Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel

  • Price: $10.95 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Certified Organic Filet Of Aloe Vera), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract

Serum: Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil

  • Price: $12.50 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

Moisturizer: Earth Science Fragrance Free Almond Aloe Moisturizer

  • Price: $9.95 USD
  • EWG Rating: 2
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Sorbityl Laurate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glaba (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyhexylglycerin

Under $20 USD

Cleanser: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Refining Sugar Cleanser

  • Price: $15.98 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: Sucrose, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Canola Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Vanillin, Zeolite, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Sodium Polygamma-Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Benzoate

Toner: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner

  • Price: $12.95 USD
  • EWG Rating: 2
  • Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Distillate*, Vegetable Glycerin, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside, Plant Stem Cells (Alpine Rose, Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex: [Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Boswellia Serrata (Boswellin) Extract], Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rose Isolates, Vanilla Isolates, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*argonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil *Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients

Serum: Badger Damascus Rose Face Oil

  • Price: $16.99 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract *Certified Organic Ingredients

Moisturizer: Sailor by Captain Blankenship Deep Blue Facial Moisturizer

  • Price: $19.99 USD
  • EWG Rating: N/A but this product is made by trusted green beauty brand Captain Blankenship
  • Ingredients: Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Hydrolyzed Sunflower Seed Wax, Sodium Levulinate, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot)(Bergaptene-Free) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Chrondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sea Salt, Rosa Rugosa Fruit Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetiver) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Guaiazulene, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed) Oil *Certified Organic Ingredients

Under $50 USD

Cleanser: Osea Ocean Cleanser

  • Price: $44.00 USD
  • EWG Rating: N/A but this product is carried by trusted green beauty vendors like Follain and The Detox Market
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Algae Extract*, Decyl Glucoside (Vegetable Foaming Agent), Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifier from Olive Oil), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Natural Smectite Clay), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Essential Oils of: Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Seed Oil, and Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lactic Acid (derived from fermented beet), Xanthan Gum, Glycine (Amino Acids), Potassium Sorbate, Glycine, Chlorophyll Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

Toner: Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist 

  • Price: $45.00 USD
  • EWG Rating: N/A but this product is carried by trusted green beauty vendors like Safe and Chic and Follain
  • Ingredients: Distilled Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Choline, Silica, Boron Citrate, NaPCA, Grapefruit Seed Extract,Citric Acid, Tincture of Iodine, Oil of Spearmint

Serum: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

  • Price: $44.00 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: Aqua (Water)​,​ Glycerin​,​ Sodium Hyaluronate (L),​ Sodium PCA​,​ Squalane​,​ Honey​,​ Phospholipids​,​ Sphingolipids​,​ Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil,​ Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder​,​ Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil,​ Arginine (L),​ Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta),​ Allantoin​,​ Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water​,​ Citric Acid​,​ Potassium Sorbate​,​ Phenethyl Alcohol​,​ Caprylyl Glycol​,​ Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate,​ Hyaluronic Acid​,​ Alcohol​,​ Citronellol​,​ Geraniol​,​ Linalool​,​ Citral

Moisturizer: Evan Healy Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer

  • Price: $42.95 USD
  • EWG Rating: 2
  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Flower Water*, Aloe Vera (Barbadensis) Leaf Juice*, Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Fractionated Coconut (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) Oil, Ethyl Palmate*, Vegetable Glycerin, Argan (Argania spinosa) Nut Oil*, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Olive (Olea europaea) Oil*, Bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) Extract*, Calendula Officinialis Flower Extract, Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Leaf Extract*, Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) Flower Extract, Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Flower Extract, Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Flower & Leaf Extract, Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Flower Extract, Niacinamide, Licorice (Glycrrhiza glabra) Root Extract*, Carrot (Daucus carota sativa) Seed Oil, Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera) Wax, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Xanthan Gum, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil*, Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Flower Oil, Carrot (Daucus carota) Fruit Oil, Flower Essences.
    * Certified Organic

General

Sunscreen: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 Unscented

  • Price: $20.00 USD
  • EWG Rating: 2
  • Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 11.6% (ZinClear™), Titanium Dioxide .67%
    Inactive Ingredients: 1,2-Hexanediol, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Alumina, Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Isostearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Simethicone, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (D-alpha), Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tropolone, Xanthan Gum

Spot Treatment: Dessert Essence Tea Tree Oil (diluted)

  • Price: $9.99 USD
  • EWG Rating: 1
  • Ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil

Eye Cream: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

  • Price: $26.00 USD
  • EWG Rating: N/A but this product is made by trusted green beauty brand 100% Pure
  • Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol), Rosa Canina Seed Extract (Rosehip Oil), Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax) *Certified Organic

 

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