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According to the Environmental Working Group, there are over 80,000 chemicals on the market today but only about 30 are banned by regulators in the United States. In an effort to keep consumers happy and healthy, a variety of beauty brands are stepping up to the plate in order to make "clean" the norm.
TODAY style contributor Bobbie Thomas shared some of the best products and brands that are backing the clean beauty movement — and most of the items are available at major retailers.
So whether you need to replenish your skin care routine or makeup bag, there's a clean product out there to help you look and feel good.
Follain Moisturizer Replenish + Protect
Follain Moisturizer Replenish + Protect $32.00 at Follain
Follain is one of the few retailers that pioneered clean beauty by providing ingredient transparency and making clean products affordable.
The moisturizer is one of their bestselling products and delivers fast-absorbing hydration designed to replenish hydration and moisturize skin.
Weleda Skin Food
This creamy and nourishing moisturizer is ideal for anyone with dry skin. It's a lighter version of their classic Skin Food formula that's designed to leave your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
Credo is another great clean beauty destination. You can find a list of ingredients on the site called the "dirty list" and every one of the products they sell is free of potentially harmful chemicals.
This scrub is ideal for anyone with a dry or dull complexion. It's made with sea kelp which helps soften and detox skin.
BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster
BYBI Beauty Bakuchiol Booster $17.00 at Credo
Bakuchiol is one of the trendiest plant-based anti-aging ingredients right now — and this serum is a must if you want to tackle those fine lines while you sleep. Use it alone or add your favorite moisturizer over it for an extra dose of moisture.
One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover
- One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover $42.00 at Credo
- One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover $42.00 at Dermstore
This is one of Thomas' personal favorites. She says it's effective and won't dry out your skin. The formula is made with a fruit enzyme called papain that helps exfoliate and purify your complexion.
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil
Earlier this year Sephora updated its clean beauty restricted list from 13 ingredients to 50 — helping inform customers about the cleanest formulas available.
This all-natural marula oil was developed to deeply moisturize, nourish, soothe and rejuvenate skin — plus, it has the "Clean At Sephora" seal.
Versed Skincare Line
Versed Skincare Line $9.99 at Target
Target's clean beauty collection Versed is available online and at 1,400 stores across the country. Recently, the retailer has made more room for clean beauty on their shelves and this affordable collection is under $20 per product.
C'est Moi 3 Step Gentle Skin Care Set
C'est Moi 3 Step Gentle Skin Care Set $25.49 at Target
This beauty brand aims to introduce the younger generation to clean beauty. It's made for sensitive skin and it's budget-friendly.
Kinship - The Besties
Kinship - The Besties $56.00 at Kinship
Kinship creates products to protect your skin barrier, which is important for keeping out bad bacteria and keeping in the good.
The Besties set is an essential skincare pack that comes with an enzyme face cleanser, exfoliating peel pads and a gel-cream moisturizer.
Urja Gentle Foaming Face Wash
Urja Gentle Foaming Face Wash $42.00 at Urja
The Urja Gentle Foaming Face Wash transforms from a light gel to a soft foam to give you clean and radiant skin. It's vegan, gluten-free and dermatologist tested.
Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara
- Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara $28.00 at Credo
- Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara $28.00 at Sephora
- Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara $28.00 at Amazon
As an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner, this mascara won't let you down. It glides on smoothly and allows you to build volume with a second or third coat. It's also been a bestseller at Credo since its launch four years ago.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Lip Treatment
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Lip Treatment $6.84 at Walmart
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Lip Treatment $9.49 at Ulta
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Lip Treatment $9.49 at Physicians Formula
Physicians Formula is an affordable clean makeup brand that can be found at your local drugstore, says Thomas. This nourishing tinted treatment hydrates and conditions lips for long-lasting smoothness.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Silk Foundation
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Silk Foundation $11.98 at Walmart
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Silk Foundation $15.99 at Ulta
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear Silk Foundation $15.99 at Physicians Formula
If you're seeking a silky and airbrushed complexion you may want to turn to this nourishing silk foundation.
"I have sensitive skin and haven't found a product that works with me until this! it's super lightweight, it has blendable buildable coverage, doesn't look caked on, and has a natural look and feel to it," said one buyer.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Bronzer
- Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Bronzer $7.15 at Walmart
- Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Bronzer $15.99 at Ulta
- Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Bronzer $15.99 at Physicians Formula
For under $10, you can get a beautiful bronzer that can make you look sun-kissed year-round. It's separated into four quadrants that allow you to blend and build color with ease.
Glo Skin Beauty HD Mineral Stick
- Glo Skin Beauty HD Mineral Stick $48.00 at Dermstore
- Glo Skin Beauty HD Mineral Stick $48.00 at Amazon
This foundation stick will help you achieve a natural, radiant look. With key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, it delivers moisture while providing full-coverage.
Glo Skin Beauty Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation, Honey Light
- Glo Skin Beauty Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation, Honey Light $50.00 at Dermstore
- Glo Skin Beauty Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation, Honey Light $50.00 at Amazon
This mineral pressed powder is available in 24 shades and comes in a handy compact. The antioxidant-infused formula designed to nourish skin and boost radiance.
Saint Jane Beauty Lip Gloss
Saint Jane focuses on creating CBD-infused beauty products. This high-shine lip gloss smoothes and conditions lips while providing a sheer finish.
Iris & Romeo Power Peptide Lip Balm
Iris & Romeo Power Peptide Lip Balm $26.00 at Iris & Romeo
These lip balms include collagen-boosting peptides that are made to increase firmness and volume in your lips. Plus, the rich, buttery formula will leave your skin with day-long softness.
Naked Poppy Liquid Eyeliner
Naked Poppy Liquid Eyeliner $18.00 at Naked Poppy
Naked Poppy is a newer beauty brand that provides shoppers with a quiz to find out which products will work best for their skin and lifestyle. The liquid eyeliner shown here glides on and remains smudge-proof all day.
Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer $45.00 at Beautycounter
Beautycounter is one of the first brands to enter the clean beauty space. Similar to Follain and Credo, the brand has a restricted ingredient list called "The Never List" — and they go above and beyond to test every ingredient in their formulas.
The brand's Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer has SPF 20 perfection, delivers lightweight hydration and provides sheer coverage.
Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation
Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation $42.00 at Beautycounter
The Tint Shin Hydrating Foundation from Beautycounter is formulated to cover imperfections and blend effortlessly to even out skin tone.
"Tint skin has left my skin looking bright and even. As a makeup artist by trade, it’s hard to believe such a clean product can have long-lasting coverage. Hands down one of my new favorite foundations," said one buyer.
Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick
Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick $32.00 at Beautycounter
This Glamour Beauty Award winner is the perfect lipstick for daily wear. It has a silky-smooth texture and is incredibly moisturizing.
Bath and Body
Myro Deodorant $10.00 at Myro
With scents like jasmine, spearmint and cucumber, this Myro deodorant will have you hooked from the start. The formula is aloe-based and has powerful bacteria-neutralizing probiotics to keep you smelling fresh.
Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant
Did you know that deodorant could come in a convenient spray bottle? Here's your proof! The Ursa Major spray deodorant is long-lasting and refreshing.
Corpus Naturals Corpus Deodorant
This aluminum-free deodorant comes in chic scents like white musk, jasmine and guaiac wood. It's also water-based and designed to last throughout the day.
Hello Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste
Hello Naturally Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste $15.88 at Amazon
This toothpaste is fluoride-free and filled with ingredients like coconut oil, farm-grown mint and more. It isn't just for adults, it's kid-friendly too. Thomas' son loves the watermelon flavor.
Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap
- Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap $15.99 at Walmart
- Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap $15.99 at Walgreens
This popular Dr. Bronner's castile soap is billed as an 18-in-1 powerhouse. Thomas says she uses it for everything from body wash to a cleaner for delicate clothing items.
Renpure Lavender & Honey Body Wash
- Renpure Lavender & Honey Body Wash $4.98 at Walmart
- Renpure Lavender & Honey Body Wash $4.98 at Amazon
For a gentile and nourishing body cleanser, look no further than Renpure's lavender and honey body wash. The company creates plant-based beauty products that are free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and more.
Gro To Super Softy Lotion
Gro To Super Softy Lotion $20.00 at Gro To
Gro-To makes gentle bath and body care for all kids. Their products are dermatologist tested and formulated to be non-irritating, hypoallergenic and free from harmful chemicals.
This moisturizer is made with a unique blend of seven plant extracts that nourish and comfort.
Gro To Bad Dream Buster Spray
Gro To Bad Dream Buster Spray $12.00 at Gro To
There were 10,000 people on the waitlist for this product and 5,000 units sold on launch day. It's a super calming lavender vegan room spray designed to bring a sense of calmness to any room.
Sally Hansen Vegan Nail Polish
- Sally Hansen Vegan Nail Polish $8.99 at Ulta
- Sally Hansen Vegan Nail Polish $9.99 at CVS
- Sally Hansen Vegan Nail Polish $6.79 at Amazon
Sally Hansen has a 100% natural line of nail polish available in 30 rich colors. The formula is designed to improve the look of ridges and imperfections while sealing fragile nails.
Tenoverten Nail Polish
Tenoverten Nail Polish $11.99 at Target
This non-toxic nail polish founded by a New York City-based nail salon is available in a wide range of colors, is cruelty-free and free of harmful chemicals.
Phlur Discovery Set
"Clean" fragrance can be tough to find because restrictions are a lot more lenient when it comes to formulas, says Thomas. But Phlur formulates its products to be gentle enough for sensitive skin and safer for the planet.
Henry Rose Discovery Set
Henry Rose Discovery Set $25.00 at Henry Rose
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer worked with the Environmental Working Group to create a fragrance that fit industry standards for clean beauty. It was vigorously tested to ensure it would be a high-quality solution for consumers.
Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo and Conditioner
- Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo and Conditioner $9.99 at Amazon
- Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo and Conditioner $9.97 at Walmart
- Herbal Essences Bio Renew Shampoo and Conditioner $11.98 at Bed Bath & Beyond
Herbal Essences was the first mass retail brand to work with the Environmental Working Group to meet its clean beauty standards. The shampoo is full of moisture, free of sulfates and proves that clean beauty doesn't have to be expensive.
Emerge It's Knot Happening Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Emerge It's Knot Happening Sulfate-Free Shampoo $6.99 at Target
This budget-friendly, sulfate-free shampoo is made with almond milk that aids in defining curls and obliterate frizz.
John Masters Hair Care
John Masters Hair Care $14.00 at John Masters
John Masters was one of the first clean beauty hair care brands that met clean industry standards and worked extremely well. The brand's highly-efficacious products are some of Thomas' favorites. You can get everything from conditioner to shampoo, scalp solutions and more on the website.
Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo
- Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo $17.26 at Walmart
- Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo $10.21 at Amazon
- Avalon Organics Tea Tree Shampoo $8.42 at iHerb
This bottle of shampoo will gently cleanse hair while soothing an irritated scalp. It's certified organic and has a lovely botanical scent.
Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner
- Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner $28.00 at Credo
- Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner $28.00 at Ursa Major
- Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner $28.00 at Follain
The Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Conditioner is perfect for daily use on all hair types. It's formulated with jojoba and sandalwood to help restore hair's moisture.
This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2020.
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