New Clean Beauty Finds I Am Loving!

You know by now that clean beauty is one of my favorite subjects. Throughout the past few years, not only have I found the best of the best through trial and error, but there are also incredible new items coming out all the time. It was a struggle even three of four years ago to find products that were clean, but also well branded and affordable. That has changed! The options now are better than ever, so I’m back again to share a few new favorites that have creeped onto my radar lately.

CBD Honey Manuka Mask with Peppermint – I met the owners of this small company because a mutual friend invited them to our holiday party. They left me with a bag of treats to try. Months later, I found the bag (I do that all the time—ugh) and tried the mask and WOW. It’s all the things I love in a mask. I love honey masks because they are ultra moisturizing (I stay away from masks that dry the skin), the peppermint has a nice tingle and the CBD magic ingredient is a fun added bonus.

Boscia Cactus Water – I use this as a leave on mask, so I often wear it to bed on my whole face and neck. It’s a gel made with aloe, cactus flower extract and a long list of other great ingredients. I love how different it is—it’s definitely something I will rebuy.

Clary Face Serum – I am a big advocate for simple, clean serums. I don’t use any retinol in my routine and it honestly makes me angry that the mall beauty counters sell serums and creams for hundreds that are full of harmful ingredients. Nobody wants to age badly, but these so called anti-aging products are such a scam in my opinion.

Reading the ingredients in Clary’s face serum was a breath of fresh air because it’s all ingredients I am familiar with and I know are great for the skin like Frankincense oil, carrot seed oil, evening primrose oil and more. I trust it. It’s what I’ve been using as my night serum for the past month and I will 100% rebuy it.

Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer – My inner ’90s girl had to try this. I will warn you that it’s VERY shimmery, but it’s such a fun potion to add when going to the beach or somewhere tropical. I just wore it all week in Mexico and felt so glowy.

Vapour Beauty Mini Halo Illuminator and Aura Multi Use (in the color Eros) – I love Vapour and this blush and highlighter combo is exactly what I was looking for. I love a natural blush shade and I’ve recently found that cream blush is my absolute fave, especially when it comes in a stick. They’re so easy to apply. I dab a bit on my cheeks and highlight right above that (around my outer eye area) and then just press it in with my finger or a brush if I have one handy. Easy peasy.

Boscia Indigo Eye Cream – This is a color correcting cream, which is great because my dark circles have always been one thing that bothers me (although I’ve been working to accept them more and more). I’ve been wearing this cream to bed along with my Clary serum and sometimes the cactus water on top of that. It’s a pretty great skincare cocktail. I like how affordable this eye cream is compared to a lot out there! I love the new packaging too. So fresh!

OK! That’s all I have for today. Are there any categories of clean skincare where you’ve had trouble finding options? I’d love to hear! xx. Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I have trouble finding a clean shampoo and conditioner that works well! The one I use currently is on the “cleaner” side but I know it’s not great. I did try Lush hair products for awhile but found that after the first month of so, it started to leave a waxy buildup on my hair.

    • Yes! I would love some recommendations on shampoo and conditioner as well. I’ve been going the “no-poo” route but I haven’t found an option I like without artificial fragrance.

    • Yeah I can relate to the waxy build ups. I’ve found that it’s usually when I can’t get all of the shampoo out of my hair (maybe it’s more of an issue with natural shampoos?). Rinsing for longer and with a more powerful shower head has helped.

      Anyways I’ve had the most success with 100% Pure’s shampoos. Haven’t tried their conditioners. Great ingredients and minimal smells (I’m pretty “fragrance” sensitive).

    • My favorite shampoos are Aveda. I have used Shampure for years and always receive compliments on the smell of course but also on shine, body and how soft it is.

  • I’ve been trying to find some affordable products for my aging skin (I’m old enough to be your mom). I tried the retinol options and I just can’t use it. My face literally burned for a week after I stopped using it. But, some products are too heavy for me, as I still get occasional breakouts of cystic acne. It’s hard to fight wrinkles and zits at the same time! Thanks for these reviews. I’m going to go back to your others and see if there’s anything there I could try.

  • Thanks so much for putting this list together! We’re looking to solidify our own morning & night routines this spring (bucket list item!), so we will definitely be taking a look at these products – especially the night serum!!

    xo, Brooke & Kelcy

  • I know your kids aren’t this age yet, but I’d love, love, love some clean beauty skincare recommendations for my teen boys!

  • Andalou is the absolute best, all of their products are including their shampoo’s and conditioner’s. I recently did a video marketing survey and mentioned your amazing blog to them ????

  • I started using Carol’s Daughter almond milk sulfate-free shampoo and the matching conditioner. I love both of them. I’m not sure if these are considered 100% clean beauty products. All of the conditioners that I’ve tried that are labeled as clean products never work well enough for my hair. I have fine, tangly hair, but yet a lot of hair. I always need a pretty strong conditioner. I love both of these, and they are only $10 each.

  • Clary Face Serum is the product I’ve inspired to try out. I have very dry skin, and unfortunately, I have a lot of wrinkles in spite of my young age. I’ve tried different cream and serums which did not help me a lot. I hope that this product will work. Thank you.

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