Green Diva’s Guide to Fresh Style: Meg’s Picks for Best Organic Skincare

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I have had the wonderful privilege to test many natural and organic skincare products over the last couple of years. If I had any illusions about how sensitive my skin really is, they are now shattered. I’ve had adverse reactions to some of the most ‘clean’ sounding products out there. So, as I’ve said before in previous posts on skincare reviews, I am like the canary in the coal mine – if there is anything even slightly off about a product, my skin will react – with blooming color usually!

I still can’t keep all the ‘good for me’ from ‘you DON’T want this on your skin’ ingredients straight. I start breaking out in a rash trying to pronounce the name of some of these ingredients – both natural and synthetic. So, if you are wanting a breakdown of the ingredients and what to use and what not to use, please don’t expect that kind of detail here. I’ll give you a couple of good links at the end of the post for better resources.

I do look for simple, organic ingredients that are put together with some consciousness, which perhaps is why I do well with stuff made from biodynamically grown herbs. It is easy for me – it is either clean or I break out, but I would encourage others who may have heartier skin to do additional homework on safe ingredients.

Meg’s Organic Skincare Favs for 2008

Facial Cleanser
Right now and for quite a while, my one and only is Beyond Organic Skincare’s Natural Detoxifying Cleanser. It is a new experience in face washing – smooth, gentle. I always want to sigh when I’m done. They are one of the biodynamic farmer-based companies I really love, based in England.

Facial Hydration
Instead of using traditional ‘toner’ on my face, I’ve learned to use a gentle misting spray and so far, my very favorite are the Healing Hydration Mists from actress Marsha Mason’s biodynamic herb farm in New Mexico, Resting in the River. I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Mason – read or watch the interview!

Facial Firming
I wouldn’t have necessarily tried this on my own, but the folks at Mod Skin Labs sent it to me and I fell in love with it – Face Sculpt Serum Excalibur DMAE & Blue Green Algea. I guess I’m in denial that I may be at an age where stuff like this can be helpful! I know there are similar products out there, but I have avoided them, because there seems to be a lot of harsh synthetic materials in them. Mod Skin is very clean.

Facial Moisturizing
For daily use, I’ve gotten very comfortable with Beyond Organic’s Organic Moisturizing Day Cream. Leaves my face feeling like soft, silky velvet. This is one of those products that can destroy my face, but Beyond Organics is so clear, I’ll keep using this one as long as possible!

Body Wash
Can’t say enough good things about Shea Terra Organic’s African Lemongrass Indigenous Black Soap Elixir. Well, it is a mouthful – who needs to say more? Honestly, it is a unique and divine experience. I don’t usually use body wash, other than my wonderful handmade soap from my local bee lady, but this soap made by the Yoruba Tribe of West Africa is exotic and amazing.

Body Scrub 
Still on the Shea Terra Organics binge, their Miombo Mango Dead Sea Shea Butter Salt Scrub is going to become a regular fixture in my shower/bath.

Body Butter
Marsha Mason has created an amazing formula with her Healing Body butter from Resting in the River. Among the organic ingredients (including shea butter of course) is spilanthes flower, which has some amazing properties. Ms. Mason is among the few using it in her organic skincare lines.


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  • Ooops! I said I would offer a couple of resources for skin care ingredients. Here is one:

    http://www.herballuxuries.com/ingredientslist.htm

    A lot of them are very product-orientred. I’ll keep looking, but if someone else has a good recommendation for a resource, please chime in!

  • Ooops! I said I would offer a couple of resources for skin care ingredients. Here is one:

    http://www.herballuxuries.com/ingredientslist.htm

    A lot of them are very product-orientred. I’ll keep looking, but if someone else has a good recommendation for a resource, please chime in!

  • Dear Megan,
    Your column was passed on to me and I had to write and say thank you for the mention but more importantly the information on the other products. I too have struggled with the sensitivity issue for my skin and am so glad you are out there helping all of us sesitivicuties. Thank you and wishing you and your readers a very happy and joyous holiday season.
    Fondly, Marsha Mason

  • Dear Megan,
    Your column was passed on to me and I had to write and say thank you for the mention but more importantly the information on the other products. I too have struggled with the sensitivity issue for my skin and am so glad you are out there helping all of us sesitivicuties. Thank you and wishing you and your readers a very happy and joyous holiday season.
    Fondly, Marsha Mason

  • Jessica

    Hi Megan,

    Great post! I have been trying to turn to more natural skin care lately, especially with all of the recent press on how scary some of those ingredients can be! One of my favorite spots is Garden Girl. They have products for the face and body that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and petroleum products. Plus they smell great and the packaging is adorable! You can check them out at http://www.gardengirlskincare.com.

  • Jessica

    Hi Megan,

    Great post! I have been trying to turn to more natural skin care lately, especially with all of the recent press on how scary some of those ingredients can be! One of my favorite spots is Garden Girl. They have products for the face and body that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and petroleum products. Plus they smell great and the packaging is adorable! You can check them out at http://www.gardengirlskincare.com.