Top Ten | My Favorite Clean Beauty Brands

Fun fact: I’ve been DIY’ing parts of my beauty routine for years now (see here, here + here) — mostly, because I used to find it really difficult to find clean beauty products that I genuinely loved and that worked. The search became even tougher while I was pregnant — hence, one of the (big!!) reasons Marianna and I kept Summer Fridays clean of harmful ingredients. We formulated our products during my pregnancy, and followed our own “no” list. The process also led me to discover a number of clean beauty brands that I’m now totally obsessed with. I think we’re seeing a huge shift toward cleaner ingredients lists — especially with new brands. It has also become easier to identify clean brands (for instance, Sephora now marks its clean products with a green seal).

The process of switching over to clean products can feel incredibly daunting — and I remember feeling discouraged by the initial process of scouting the best brands. I wanted to share some of my now holy grails of clean beauty, because they’ve become such a big part of my everyday routine. Of course Summer Fridays is my fav clean brand (OBVI!!) but here’s what else I use daily…

EDIBLE BEAUTY | I swear by their Snowflower Illuminating Face Oil  for when my skin is feeling especially dry. I was first introduced to it about a year ago when I collaborated with the brand, and it’s lived on my vanity ever since. I love that they only use food-grade ingredients in their products — hence, their name edible beauty. I also just ordered the Cleansing Milk after hearing it was a super gentle cleanser.

RMS BEAUTY | My favorite clean makeup! I use so many of their products. I especially love: the Un Cover-Up, the Bronzer, and the Luminizer. This line is my quick mama routine secret — because you can use a lot of its products all over (eyes, lips, cheeks, etc) and all of it is super easy to apply with your fingers if you’re on the run. Win-win!!

SUPERGOOP | The Unscreen Sunscreen is a DREAM! You will (very!) quickly become obsessed with this as part of your routine everyday. It’s non-greasy, super lightweight, and doesn’t have that typical sunscreen smell I don’t want day-to-day. The Unseen Sunscreen has SPF 40 and never leaves behind a chalky feeling.

TATCHA | My friends joke that if I could bathe in the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist I would! This is one of those products that I am constantly re-ordering. I use it both before and after makeup, and I carry it in my work bag (and diaper bag!!) for whenever my skin needs a dewy boost! It has a really light smell to it, and leaves my skin with that perfect glow. PS. Ev also loves this as a toy LOL — apparently a spray bottle is very entertaining for a one-year-old.

CAUDALIE | I have been using their Instant Foaming Face Cleanser for so long. It’s gentle while being really effective at removing my makeup. I am typically really sensitive when it comes to cleansers, but I still need something strong enough to remove all the gunk that builds up on my skin every day. This does exactly that, without a ton of harsh chemicals.

BRIOGEO | My hair really changed after having Ev. YES, the inevitable breakage and hair loss happened about six months postpartum, and I also felt like my hair became a lot more dry. For dryness specifically, Don’t Despair! Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo has really helped to rehydrate my hair.

KORA ORGANICS | I love this brand for both skincare/bodycare and makeup. It’s super clean and keeps my skin hydrated. My fav product of theirs right now is the Noni Glow Body Oil because it’s a total moisture saver this time of year. What I love most is that it’s one of the few body oils that absorbs into my skin quickly, so I can apply it everywhere both morning and night without feeling greasy or damaging my clothing.

JOSIE MARAN | This is another clean line I’ve been experimenting with for years. I especially love the Argan Cleansing Oil. Sometimes when my skin is feeling extra congested, I do a double cleanse. I start with my foaming cleanser and then follow up with the cleansing oil, ahead of my serums.

ILIA | Clean, colorful makeup is hard to find — but Ilia makes my favorite lipstick. Their Color Block High Impact Lipstick in Marsala is one of my go-to lip colors. It lasts SO long and doesn’t give you that dry feeling you get with so many lipsticks.

SUMMER FRIDAYS | You know I can’t talk about clean beauty without loving on Summer Fridays! Our line is free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic dyes and fragrances — and is both vegan and gluten-free. Give yourself a facial form home tonight by exfoliating with our Overtime Mask followed up with our Jet Lag Mask for overnight hydration. You’ll thank me when you wake up with bright, glowing skin!

Photos by Cibelle Levi