Welcome to this post: 16 Clean Beauty Skin Care Brands to Try (+ 3 To Avoid).
You might be thinking: 16?! That’s a lot to consider! Well, I really wanted this post to be pretty comprehensive, as skin varies from person to person. Of course, your best fits depend on your skin type & ingredient preferences. Also, what you look for in skincare comes into play. Thus, your picks may be different than my favorites.
Also, here’s something to keep in mind when you check out these products and read ingredient lists. If you don’t know what something is, look it up! Long names can be botanical names or simply an ingredient you haven’t seen before. I use resources like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database & the Think Dirty App. Remember, you are the consumer and it’s your skin. Feel empowered to learn more through these resources.
So, dig in! I’m excited for you to get to know these brands. I’ve linked all the sites for you. So when you’re ready to shop, you’re all set. Feel free to reach out in the comments below with any specific product questions.
16 Clean Beauty Skin Care Brands to Try (+ 3 To Avoid)
Wildcrafted, organic, consciously-sourced ingredients on a mission to guide you on a path to return to your senses. Osmia Organics helps you reclaim your power and redefine your beauty. Osmia has pioneered the notion of reveling in the small moments. For me, she is truly an original. I discovered Dr. Sarah’s brand at the beginning of my natural skincare journey. Moreover, Osmia inspires a practice of honoring your whole body’s wellness. Also, they advocate for loving yourself at every stage & age in life.
Also, Founder Sarah Villafranco, MD will keep you inspired to move & stay tuned into your senses. Check her out on Instagram.
Read my initial review of Osmia Organics here.
Primally Pure handcrafts safe skincare products that offer real, recognizable results. Their ingredients are certified organic. Primally Pure also believes that fewer ingredients is better. And, their products are formulated with real ingredients. These mindful ingredients are derived from nature for maximum purity and potency.
Read my blog post on Primally Pure Skincare here.
OSEA Malibu (pronounced OH-SEE-YAH) harnesses the benefits of nature with effective, clean skincare. OSEA features hand harvested seaweed from the Patagonian shores. And, this seaweed contains a full spectrum of minerals and trace elements present in the saltwater. For your skin & body, this has a tremendous to restore and revitalize.
OSEA only works with suppliers who reach their rigorous standards of purity. Too, they prefer to work with family or female-run collectives in local communities whenever possible.
Read my blog post on OSEA Malibu here.
Living Libations utilizes nature’s abundant, precious liquids to elevate health & foster natural beauty. Infused with plant power, their Libations creations are of immensely thoughtful quality. Likewise, these formulas celebrate the natural world & its connection to us.
LL’s “Best Skin Ever” oils sparked my facial oil cleansing routine. Oil cleansing can truly change the trajectory of your skin if you find it imbalanced & irritated.
Read my blog post on Living Libations here.
A truly unique, thoughtful, & hand crafted line of nourishing skincare featuring organic ingredients. Annmarie Gianni values & fosters their relationship with wildcrafted growers around the world. Also, the entire brand was born out of Annmarie & Kevin’s search for skincare that impressed them.
This line is all about good, clean, effective skincare. Annmarie Gianni Skincare is committed to making clean beauty products you can trust.
The ingredient lists of 100 Percent Pure truly back up their name. Secondly, they’re clean, safe, & effective. Moreover, they personally have been so enjoyable to use. This is one of my favorite lines to recommend. This is because of how expansive their range of products is. From clean skincare, to hair care, to makeup, they provide a vast range to get you started. Furthermore, Founder Susie Wang states its her mission to create the healthiest, purist, most nourishing formulas.
My three favorite 100 Percent Pure skincare products are the Green Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (I use it on my whole face to reduce puffiness in the AM), Mattifying Primer & the Multi-Vitamin PM Serum.
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Medical Herbalist Julie Levin of Leaf People has formulated such a beautiful range of botanically infused skincare. Their ingredients are from organic & often biodynamic sources. Moreover, they really value & foster their relationships with their ingredient sources. The level of conscious choices that infiltrate Leaf People is so apparent & refreshing. They share more in depth specs on their site here.
Read my Leaf People blog post here.
Blissoma is holistic & healthy skincare rooted in science. Founder Julie Longyear is the Herbal Chemist & passionate force behind this beautifully crafted brand. Moreover, she creates from a place of reveling in the bond & connection between humans and plants. Blissoma’s products perform and truly help the skin find balance. They let your natural beauty radiate. Likewise, Blissoma highlights some unique ingredients in some very capable synergistic product formulas.
Harnessing & offering the detoxifying properties of glacial minerals, Alaska Glacial Mud is such a breath of fresh air. I really love the simplicity and potent healing capacity of having skincare powered by mud. Moreover, this brand is clean, green, ethical, effective and luxurious. Lauren Padawer is the inspiring, nature loving founder behind Alaska Glacial Mud. She signs off on her website “In Wellness & Wilderness.” That is rad & inspiring to me.
My three favorite Alaska Glacial Mud Products are the Protect & Defend Squalane & Hyaluronic Restore Cream, Raw Alaska Glacial Clay Powder & the Glacial Mineral Soap Bar. Also, their Reusable Bamboo Pad Set has helped me eliminate disposable cotton round use in the bathroom.
Paris Laundry’s oils are packed with a multitude of organic oils. Oils like Moringa (the tree of life), Sea Buckthorn, Watermelon seed, Damask Rose, Turmeric & Marula make up these potions. These glow-promoting ingredients help repair and illuminate the skin. They are ideal for facial oil cleansing or simply ending the night on a hydrated note.
Founder Kelsey Bucci is the heart and soul of these beautiful oils. She’s got a really inspiring story & is hilarious, check her out on Instagram.
Read my blog post on Paris Laundry here.
This brand is all about radiant skin, made by nature. True Botanicals is focused on harnessing the vibrant intelligence of plants. In addition, they breakdown natural skincare into a science, as they educate on how skincare is a bio-science.
Furthermore, this means that they hone in on compatibility with the skin. True Botanicals aims to create products that marry nicely into your skin, helping tackle any skin issues you have. These products are clinically proven, clean & sustainable.
Coming by way of Australia, this line of medical grade skincare products contain pure active ingredients. They are combined synergistically, without any occlusive fillers. The finished products provide a luxury feel for a brighter skin.
Dr. Garry Cussell is the founder of the Rejuvaus Clinics of Australia. He works to rejuvenate skin by nurturing it with ingredients from nature & applied medical science. Initially, he was inspired to create Rejuvaus after seeing that was a gap in the market. Moreover, there were no skin care products that included medical grade actives with no synthetic fillers or additives.
Similar to Open Formula (described below), I look to Rejuvaus for clean products that contain actives.
Open Formula focuses on creating clean skincare for the health conscious. The simplicity and short ingredient lists are refreshing. In a sea of skincare ingredient lists that are littered with toxins, it’s good to see. Open Formula’s skincare is clean, sustainable, vegan & transparent. I look to Open Formula as my source of “actives” to elevate my routine.
I’m new to the world of “actives”, but this introduction has come at a good time at the ripe age of 33. Actives are potent, powerful ingredients that are backed by science to have a substantial impact on skin. In explanation, for the past 2 decades I was focused on healing acne. Now, I am looking to support, restore and nourish my skin in a way that I maintain healthy skin as I age.
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An ayurveda inspired, holistic beauty brand from India, Nourish Mantra is driven to simplify ayurvedic wellness practices for us through skincare. They believe that when you feel good, you look good.
Furthermore, Nourish Mantra believes in fostering the connection to the mind, body & soul. This brand advocates for this symbiosis through their ethically sourced, clean ingredients.
The first ever eco-conscious beauty brand to upcycle banana agri-waste into organic active ingredients. Moreover, these ingredients are derived from the banana plant, offering skincare products with efficacy, authenticity, and sustainability.
Inspired by French-Caribbean remedies, Kadalys offers clinically proven, organic skincare made with patented bio-actives from banana by-products. Also, Kadalys’ unique products target anti-aging, radiance and soothing.
Curie says their products are for people who are pushing boundaries day in and day out. For those who are building careers, families, companies and lives. Their aluminum-free deodorant actually helps me not stink. Not all natural deodorants actually perform, let’s be real. Also, their clay detox mask is recommended for both your face & armpits. Yes! I love this.
Their deodorant does contain a listed fragrance. For those of you with sensitive skin, this may stand out. But, their products are free of ingredients listed on the Credo Dirty List. You can learn more about their ingredients here.
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3 Popular Brands to Avoid
This brand is one the best selling lines in popular cosmetics store Sephora. Unfortunately, many of the products in The Ordinary’s line contain ingredients like Chlorphenesin & Isoceteth-20.
In addition, this line is marketed with phrasing like “clinical formulations.” However, if your focus is similar to mine, then this isn’t a brand that would align with your skincare ethos. This is assuming that you are seeking non-toxic, clean ingredients.
Another top seller from skincare retailer Sephora, this brand likely appeals to those that are starting to take steps in a cleaner direction. Their products are free of some harsh ingredients. However, they also contain ingredients like Chlorphensein & Phenoxyethanol. These are rated a 4 & 5 on the Think Dirty app; making them questionable. Drunk Elephant is also mainly focused on product efficacy. In other words, clean or organic ingredients are not their top priority.
Furthermore, this is just something to keep in mind when hearing about new brands in general. Ideally, you are vetting them to see if they are a good fit for what you’re looking for in your skincare products. In addition, a simple look at this brand’s FAQ page will give you an idea of what you’re getting.
This fashion forward brand misses the mark in terms of cleanliness of their skincare products. Actually, they are actually a bit concerning. To explain, a large number of their products rank 8 on the Think Dirty app (meaning they are dirty ingredients). Several products contain ingredients like BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimenthicone & Parfum.
I know the allure of these “fancy” brands can be tempting. But, remember it’s always important to take a deeper look at the ingredient list cleanliness.