Series Article No 5: Swap YouTube Favourites for Green Beauty Alternatives featuring Nathalie Bond Organics, S5 Skincare, Balm Balm and Trilogy

Series Swap YouTuber Favourites for Green Beauty Alternatives
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In case you are new to this series then let me explain. I’m looking at “mainstream” product recommendations on YouTube and suggesting “Green” alternatives. I believe it is possible to buy Green products which are similar to popular high street options but better for you and the environment.

Yankee Candles - you know Christmas is coming when every Blogger has a Candle suggestion in their gift guides. I'm of the opinion that paraffin wax and artificial scents are just bad for your health, for me they trigger breathing problems. There are dozens of eco-friendly soy wax alternatives, you could try Heartwood Candle Co, Nathalie Bond, Wildheart Organics and Petits Rituels.

LUSH Christingle Body Conditioner - it's no secret I am not a fan of Lush as their products contain ingredients I don't like. The body conditioner is designed to wash off in the shower and that's something unique to Lush. If you want a peppermint hit then I suggest you try Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic Hand & Body Lotion.

Kiehls Skin-Calming Centella Facial Cleanser – as the name suggests this is a cleanser aimed at sensitive skin. I've googled the ingredients and the only natural actives appear to be aloe vera and chamomile. My recommended alternatives are Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Fragrance Free Cleansing Milk, *Green People Neutral Scent Free Cleanser, *Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser, Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, Trilogy Sensitive Very Gentle Cleansing Cream.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel – this product is aimed at those with oily sensitive skin but the ingredients would have me think otherwise. My suggested swaps would be Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser, Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser, Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Multi Action Cleansing Gel, Lavera Refreshing Cleansing Gel, S5 Clarity Cleanser, Avalon Organics Vitamin C Refreshing Cleansing Gel.

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream – coconut is a trendy ingredient and easily found in natural skincare, however, I guess the appeal of Palmers is the affordable price. Keeping this in mind budget green brands are my suggestions for this swap, try Jason Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion or Lavera Exotic Body Lotion. 

Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil – natural bath/shower oils are easily found in Green Beauty but I’ll admit finding a fragrance free version has not been a success. Eucerin is a brand marketed towards those of us with eczema and extreme dry skin. If you are struggling to maintain moisture when showering then I have a few tips which helped me – don’t bathe in very hot water, use shower gels without sulphates and artificial fragrances/colours, pat dry your skin with a towel don’t rub and use a natural body oil after washing but apply when your skin is slightly damp. If you can tolerate essential oils then you might like to try Balm Balm Bath & Shower oils.

If you would live to read my last swap article then click here - No 4 - Green Beauty Alternatives featuring Odylique, Evolve Beauty and Ermana

Sarah x