LovelyMama Skin Care Cheat Sheet

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Ok, you know how much we SafeMama girls love our cheat sheets.  And I know you’re thinking, sure, our kids are covered, but what about us?   We get a lot of questions asking about particular products, and while we would LOVE to try every single one of them, there is just not enough time or money possible for us to do so.  But with that in mind, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t compile a list of products for you to have at the ready when you’re looking for information on whether or not we think your favorite product is safe enough to use.

Notice: Please do not redistribute this list anywhere without our prior written consent. If you would like to share this information with your readers, please use the handy little button we created for doing just that and link back here. We spent time away from our kids, pouring over ingredients lists, digging in the Skin Deep Database and learning about chemicals and processes. Please help us make that worth our time and energy by not copy/pasting our work on other websites.  Thank you!

Please keep in mind that this is not a full list of products.  This is what we’ve found so far, and this will be a constantly updated list as we find things, or as you submit your findings to us. But we think this is a great starting off point. [Last updated April 5, 2014]

Best Choices – Our top picks

These are the products that are free of all of the chemicals we avoid along with labels that have ingredients you can actually pronounce.

Better Choices

These are the products that are free of all the big chemicals we like to avoid, such as parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, SLS’s, PEGs, propylene glycol, dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate as well as some others, but they just weren’t squeaky clean enough for us to warrant putting them on our “best” list.  Maybe they have a couple of stearates or a few more synthetics than we’d like to see. However, they’re still pretty great and we even use some of ’em.

Good Choices

These are brands that may have a few products with questionable ingredients on our list of ingredients we like to avoid or maybe they have more synthetic ingredients than we’d like to see, however, they are FAR better than your conventional, chemical counterparts.  While they’re not going to make you sprout a second head, this is something where you’re going to have to be the one to make the judgment call whether or not you want to use these products.

* The ever wonderful Stephanie Greenwood of Bubble and Bee and publisher of the Chemical of the Day Blog, brought to our attention, sadly, that there are “hidden parabens” in some of our favorite products (as noted by the asterisk).   We were bummed to find out that great brands like John Masters and 100% Pure are included in this list of products.    Go over and read the article and then make the call for yourself on whether or not you would still want to use these products.   It may not be every single product in the brand, just a select few, but she’ll tell you what to look for and breaks the slight chemical difference down into layman’s terms.   This is where she helps you become empowered to read labels and learn how to decipher bad ingredients vs. the good ones.   Stephanie is one of the true good people in this business.

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6 Responses to “LovelyMama Skin Care Cheat Sheet”

  1. Summer on April 5th, 2010 1:49 pm

    You’ll need to add a star next to Kiss My Face, too. I used to buy their Active Athletic shower gel, but alas, it has parabens. Their shaving cream was also at the top of my list, but it too has parabens. Boo on Kiss My Face.

  2. Tiffany on April 6th, 2010 10:16 pm

    UGH. Back to the drawing board for a facial moisturizer. I love my John Master’s Mandarin Moisturizer but it has honeysuckle extract.

  3. Leslie on June 26th, 2010 6:24 pm

    Have you ever reviewed MyChelle ? I have been a fan of their sunscreen and have only sampled one type of moisturizer, but love them. I wonder how they might rate on the lovely mama scale.

  4. Kathy on June 30th, 2010 6:40 am

    Hi Leslie! I checked out their website… have not had personal experience with the brand but it looks pretty good. No red flags jump out at me really. It’s not a chemical free line but it certainly is something I would use myself. I’ll have to try it out!

  5. mandy lovelace on January 13th, 2011 3:24 pm

    I have recently switched to a new skin care line in my efforts to be away from harmful chemicals. I started using Derma E. From what my naive eyes can tell, it is fine, do you have any input you can give me on this line? I also really liked the price, I can not break the bank in my pursuit to take my family chemical free!!

  6. Kathy on January 13th, 2011 4:32 pm

    The PR rep keeps emailing me about it but I haven’t looked into it. I half assumed it wasn’t a natural line… will look into it!

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