While I have my favorite natural makeup brands and products, I do love the drugstore. As a kid, going to the drugstore was one of my favorite things to do. I would get lost in the aisles of colorful shampoo bottles and makeup brands. I loved seeing all the products on the shelves and was easily mesmerized for hours.
Now that I’ve gone au-naturelle in the beauty product category, drugstores aren’t quite as much fun. My preference is to buy cosmetics from companies that are 100% organic, natural, eco-friendly, cruelty free, and without of all the scary stuff like parabens, fragrance, and artificial chemicals. If a company’s standards are to use ingredients that are kind to us, animals, and the environment, we wouldn’t have to read the ingredients. But while there are certainly companies that fit the bill, it’s not always possible to purchase exclusively from the good guys.
It’s my hope that things will change, but finding widely available natural and organic makeup (eco-friendly, does not test on animals, and sustainable would also be nice) that’s also free of harsh chemicals is a tall order. Many cosmetic brands that fulfill my wish list are either incredibly expensive, or small online-only businesses.
I buy local and small business products whenever possible, but I also won’t refuse to buy something just because it comes from a big company. My dollar is my vote and I vote for small and sustainable business as much as I can – but I also like convenience and well priced products that fit my budget. Replacing mascara every 3 months can get extremely expensive. And what about when all my cosmetics were lost by an airline right before a wedding? I had to rebuy everything at the local drugstore – which would be tough with my current standards. But it would be possible; buying the right cosmetics at a drug store is like eating salads at a place known for its meat.
According to EWG’s Skin Deep Database, there are some drugstore cosmetics brands that have low to no hazards in their products. My favorites are:
Organic Wear is a relatively new line by Physician’s Formula that promises they are “100% free of:”
- Harsh Chemicals
- Synthetic Preservatives
- Synthetic Fragrances & Colors
Burt’s Bees started as a small natural lip balm company that has since been acquired by a larger cosmetics brand. They are transparent about product ingredients and their products are generally a good bet. Not all of their products are 100% natural, so check the ingredients or The Skindeep Database before purchasing.
It depends on the product, but Almay products are generally lower in hazards than other drugstore brands. It’s not entirely surprising considering Almay markets itself as a hypoallergenic brand.
My Almay fave: Pure Blends Eyeshadow
If I’m shopping at the drugstore, these are the cosmetic brands I like that I have found to be the most widely available. There are several other makeup/skin care companies to choose from, I just haven’t tried their products yet.
It’s ideal to understand your food, beauty, and health options even when the best situation is not present. Living naturally isn’t easy; if it were, everyone would do it. All we can ask of ourselves is to make the best choices, no matter the circumstance.