Do you go hard in the paint looking at ingredient lists for your hair products? Are you sulfate-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, petrolatum-free, phthalate-free, artificial coloring-free, etc etc? Or perhaps you pay attention to the ingredients in your hair products because your current regimen experiment (i.e. Curly Girl method, Max Hydration method, etc) requires it. Regardless, many of us naturals will cry before putting a product in our hair that we think is too chemically-laden — after all, there was a reason we ditched relaxers right? But how many of us are as particular with our skincare products as we are with our hair products?
If you don’t want to have to cross check each ingredient in your skin moisturizer with the EPA Cosmetics Database, check out these all-natural and chemical-free skincare product lines from your favorite natural hair brands.
Shea Moisture has been leading the pack in natural hair brands that also provide natural skincare products, as they have had products for skin ever since I remember the brand’s existence. From body washes to lotions and with collections specifically for babies and men, Shea Moisture’s face and body products offer a bit of something for anyone looking for affordable, all-natural skincare products. Plus, their new makeup line offers a wide array of customizable color options that are all paraben-free. Shea Moisture’s sister brand, Nubian Heritage, has even more natural skincare products with ingredients ethically sourced from all over the world.
A small but growing brand, BoBeam is known best for their all-natural, vegetable-based shampoo bars that are non-comodegenic and biodegradable. Good for your skin, hair, AND the earth?? #win. In addition to shampoos, conditioners, tea rinses, and oils for the hair, BoBeam also makes all-natural face wash bars, pastes (masks), and facial oils. Most excitingly, BoBeam has a thorough list of the benefits of all their various ingredients — from avocado oil to oat powder to honeyquat 50. For a list of other small businesses that have both hair and skin products, check out this post from earlier this year.
Created by Harvard alum (Go Crimson!), Chris-Tia Donaldson, Thank God I’m Natural has evolved from a book to a vast array of natural products for both hair and skin. The signature TGIN Moist collection promises to solve many naturals’ #1 problem: dryness. On the body side, TGIN has raw african black soap, raw shea butter, an olive oil soap, an argan oil hair & body serum, and a peppermint flavored shea butter lip balm for people who have the simplest of skin regimens.
Alikay Naturals was started by a YouTube fave of mine from way back when — BlackOnyx77 aka Rochelle Graham. Along with a signature Lemongrass Leave-in spray that always has my hair feeling tingly good, Alikay makes exciting skin and facial products for naturalistas such as the Green Tea Chai Facial Scrub, Majestic Beauty Stretch Mark and Scar Remover, Brown Suga Baby Body Scrub, and Jamaican Fruits Scented Body Oils. As Alikay continues to grow and expand, don’t be surprised if they start giving Shea Moisture a run for their money in terms of providing a wide array of natural skincare options.
Do you pay attention to the ingredients in your skincare products with the same care as your hair products? Which other brands have all-natural or organic skincare products?