Sunday, December 5, 2021

Fresh & Clean: Say Hello to Beauty Brands Free of Toxins and Chemicals

Today’s trending beauty products shed yesterday’s toxins and chemicals

An educated shopper is a smart shopper, and now more than ever consumers want to know what’s in beauty products. Enter the era of clean beauty, with companies banning harmful ingredients from their products.


Nail polish is a big chemical offender in the beauty world. However, Zoya’s parent company, Art of Beauty, was one of the first beauty brands to remove toxic ingredients from its products. Even without it, Zoya’s nail polishes are high quality with beautiful colors and quick-drying formulas. $10, Ulta, 9882 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/482-9050;


Did you know most deodorants contain aluminum and baking soda? Not this one. Kopari’s Coconut Deo uses plant-based products like coconut water, coconut oil and sage oil for a combination that keeps body odor away while not irritating even the most sensitive underarms. $14,


This perfume brand keeps it simple—not only in presentation but in its creation. The perfumes are free of toxins, allergens and animal byproducts (deer musk!) found in many fragrances, and instead use natural, clean scents. $78,


For years, Lush has been a proponent of cruelty-free products and reducing waste by using recyclable packaging (and sometimes none at all!) and fighting against animal testing. Lush’s Dream Cream is a gentle moisturizer using natural ingredients like oat milk, rose water, cocoa butter, tea tree oil and other ethical ingredients. $29.95, Town Center mall, 6000 Glades Road Suite 1182, Boca Raton; 561/620-2842;


This company takes clean beauty to a whole new level, working with the FDA to ban harmful ingredients from products, holding companies to higher standards and educating the public on what they’re putting on their skin. When it comes to the Color Intense Lipsticks, they’re batch-tested for heavy metals to ensure customer safety—and beautiful, long-lasting colors. $34,

Pacifica Beauty

A vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly company, Pacifica strives to create products free of harmful chemicals. This can be tough to achieve when it comes to sunblock, but by using mineral-based formulations, like this Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower lotion, Pacifica has received a high ranking from the Environmental Working Group. When you’re done, don’t forget to mail the container to be recycled! $14, Target, 1200 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/265-3500;

Drunk Elephant

The toughest part of using natural ingredients is finding a product that actually works. Enter the Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. Scoop the cleansing balm into your hand, which turns into liquid once it comes into contact with water. Free of irritants, it’s safe enough to use around the eyes to remove pesky mascara and eyeliner. $34, Sephora at Town Center mall, 6000 W. Glades Road, Suite 1024B, Boca Raton; 561/391-1221;

This story is from our September/October 2019 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the former web editor at Boca magazine, where she enjoyed battling with web coding and community reporting—the more off beat, the better. An award-winning journalist, she is the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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