On my Natural Living post Kristin suggested writing about the natural beauty products I use. I though that was a fantastic idea, thus the post you're reading right this moment.
The list below is every product I'm currently using. My goal when choosing beauty products is for them to be simple, natural, and inexpensive.
Homemade Castile Soap Shampoo
I've had oily and flaky hair problems for many years now, and I've found that this shampoo works the best for my hair. I tried going no-poo for a while, but my scalp is just too greasy even after I adjusted from using regular shampoo.
I make my own shampoo using unscented liquid castle soap and water. I put one part soap to three parts water in a plastic squeeze bottle. It still gets foamy like regular shampoo, which I like. The peppermint kind made my scalp smell funny, so I switched to the unscented and haven't had a problem since.
Apple Cider Vinegar as Conditioner
When I was still using store bought shampoo I switched from conditioner to RACV. I put half water and half vinegar in a plastic spray bottle to spray on my hair after washing it. The brand I get is Bragg's.
Trader Joe's Oatmeal and Honey Bar Soap
Nothing spectacular to note, but I've been using this soap for years and really like it.
This might be kinda weird, but I don't "wash" my face regularly. When I shower I'll do a light wipe all over my face with a wet washcloth and that's about it. I have lots of skin problems on my face and I found that when I stopped washing it regularly it feels much better. Sometimes I do need something more though and I'll use some raw honey.
Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste in Peppermint
After realizing the toothpaste I had been using had sodium lauryl sulfate, I set out to find a new one (A.K.A. browse the natural toothpaste section at Fred Meyer) that didn't and this Nature's Gate one fits the bill. It doesn't have flouride, SLS, or any artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. And it actually tastes like real peppermint!
Currently I use lip balm that I made using honey, coconut oil, and beeswax. It's the cheapest and has the best ingredients.
I'm currently working on converting all my chemical filled makeup to homemade makeup. Right now it's a bit of trial and error, tweaking recipes a tad here and there. Once I've come up with recipes I like, I'll be sharing them here.
As far as store bought brands go, I really like the brand Colorevolution. I bought their 3pc Starter Kit (foundation, blush, and shimmer) they had for Christmas at Fred Meyer on a whim and I ended up really liking it. They're made in the USA and have just a few ingredients. My mom really likes their eye shadows, so when they were on sale I picked some up to try.
And that folks is all of the beauty products I'm currently using. Until now I didn't realize how little commercial products I use. I love being able to make my own, so I'm happy with that.