A while back, Heidi left a comment on this post asking for some middle schooler-friendly natural beauty brands. I made a few suggestions then, but I have to admit that her question has been weighing on me ever since. Young bodies are more sensitive to the ingredients in the products they use, so to me it’s especially important to focus on cosmetics that are pure and natural (…and affordable). Packaging is key—if a product isn’t fun and colorful, it’ll get tossed aside in favor of something that is. Here are a few tips, along with a few tween-friendly brands to try.
Lips. I have always loved lip gloss, even as a young girl, and I think gloss is an easy, age-appropriate way to introduce your daughter to cosmetics. Two to try: Juice Beauty SPF 8 Moisturizers and Alima Pure Nourishing Lipbalm.
Deodorant. Chances are your tween is going to need this stuff! Two to try: Florere makes a natural deodorant in an easy-to-use stick, and lots of natural beauties swear by this Soapwalla Kitchen Deodorant Cream.
Blemish control. In middle school, a single pimple could ruin my entire week. (And frankly, those pesky blemishes can still ruin my week!) That means effective acne relief is a must for some tweens. Two to try: The delicious-smelling Chocolicious facial masque from Una Biologicals (make it an at-home spa day!) and the Suki Jumpstart Balancing Kit.
Nails. Girls of all ages love painted nails. Am I right? Luckily, more and more polish is leaving out the three nastiest ingredients you’ll typically find in polish: DBP, formaldehyde and toluene. Two to try: Zoya has more than 300 colors to choose from and Butter London has all of the trendiest shades.
Hair. Shampoo and conditioner are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to icky ingredients, in my opinion. Maybe you can talk your tween into trying an apple cider vinegar rinse (fodder for a science experiment, perhaps?), but if not, there are a ton of great-smelling hair products out there. Two to try: Acure Organics Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner, and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo. (Bonus recommendation: Lulu Organics Lavender Clary Sage Hair Powder for non-shampoo days.)
What was the first product you fell in love with? —AleighPin It