My love affair with Whole Foods Market goes far beyond groceries.
I am also obsessed with going to their personal care aisle. There you’ll find well known non-toxic beauty brands, small local cosmetics companies and everything in between. The lady who works at my neighborhood store is extremely knowledgeable and always has some great recommendations for “under the radar” beauty secrets. What’s not to love?
Scotch Naturals Nail Polish – $14.99
Scotch Naturals is a water-based all-free nail polish brand. As the inventors of NaturaLaq™ – the world’s first and only nature-based nail lacquer – Scotch is 100% free of all phthalates, parabens, and toxins. They are also vegan and biodegradable which makes them the purest players in polish. With a quick drying technology but without noxious odors Scotch nail polishes allow for salon-quality elegance and durability. Whole Foods stocks a variety of beautiful colors from pale pink to bright red. I tried “Macbeth’s Dream” – a gorgeous raspberry red creme perfect for a spring pedicure. The water based formula is a little thinner and runnier than regular nail polish so the application does take some getting used to. However, with a little practice and the use of a top and base coat, you’ll ensure best results and extended wear.
Scotch Naturals Polish Remover – $11.99
The Scotch Naturals soy based remover is especially formulated to remove water based nail polish safely and naturally. I have also used this with other (3-free and 5-free) nail polish brands and it works perfectly well. I recommend spraying each nail with the remover and then letting it sit for a few moments before wiping it off with a cotton round. While it does take a little more effort than using acetone, the Scotch Naturals remover does not dry out your nails. One glass bottle lasts for several months – some say even up to a year – so $11.99 is a pretty good deal!
PotenShaa Energized Skin Oil – $33.99-53.99
This is one of the local treasures I am beyond excited I found at Whole Foods! Made in Scottsdale, PotenShaa was recommended to me to help heal my acne prone skin (after I weaned my son, my skin went totally crazy for a while!) and to even out my skin tone. I would describe PotenShaa Energized Skin Oil as a total skin savior. Its creator Caroline Walrad, Ph.D describes it as “an energized skin treatment created from pure organic and wild crafted oils. It is a unique combination of 7 carrier oils, 9 essential oils and 5 homeopathics. This combination is carefully selected for its balancing properties for the skin. The seven carrier antioxidant oils carry the nine essential oils into the deeper layers of the skin to help rejuvenate balance. Essential oils are known for their anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.” This oil is no joke! It absorbs quickly leaving your skin deeply moisturized, supple and soft. Fine lines and blemishes are diminished instantly. Dark spots from sun damage and acne scars are fading with continued use over time. PotenShaa wears beautifully on its own or under sunscreen and make-up. It also works great on mosquito bites and minor burns (think curling iron). If you do not live near a Whole Foods that carries this skin oil I recommend you order it HERE and give it a try!
Acure Organics Balancing Rose & Red Tea Toner – $15.99
I have blogged about my fondness for Acure Organics products before and the Acure Balancing Rose & Red Tea Toner is no exception. I had been alternating between the SW Basics and the Indie Lee CQ10 toner until I read about this one on glamorous clean beauty blog Bare Beauty and wanted to give it a try. The Acure toner smells delightful, gets rid of excess oil and gives your skin some extra moisture. After cleansing, this toner readily prepares your face for the next step in your skin care regimen. If you are new to the idea of including toners in your daily beauty ritual I’d say start by using this one – at $15.99 you cannot go wrong!
Tom’s of Maine Oral Care – $5.99
Toothpaste is probably a beauty afterthought but really shouldn’t be. If you are concerned about what you slather on your skin you should probably think twice about what you put in your mouth and on your teeth. Tom’s of Maine is made without any artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, preservatives or animal testing. I use “Peppermint” for myself and the “Silly Strawberry” variety for my kids. It’s safe. It works. Done!
humangear GoToob – $6.99
Don’t buy tons of (toxic) travel size shampoos and lotions when going on vacation. Take your own green beauty products in these handy dandy squeezable travel tubes made from soft yet rugged silicone. GoToobs are approved for airline carry-on, they’re food-safe (according to FDA standards) and 100% BPA, PC, and phthalate free.
Whole Foods 365 Organic Cotton Rounds – $3.99
I finally ordered and cannot wait to try the SW Basics Eco Cotton Rounds but have picked up these Whole Foods 365 Organic Cotton Rounds many times before. They are soft and absorbent and gently take off every last bit of make-up. Why does organic matter? Growing organically supports a biologically diverse, healthy environment as it limits the toxic and long lasting chemicals that are typically used in conventional agriculture. Interested in more details? Read my refresher course on what “organic” truly means HERE.
Which beauty products do you pick up at Whole Foods?