Drugstore finds that are actually non-toxic? Yes, they exist! While I purchase many of my favorite green, clean products at natural food stores and online (Try these online stores:   ), you can still sometimes find good options at your local “mainstream” drugstore and/or supermarket (Target and Walmart seem to be expanding their natural options daily).
Here are reviews of a few products from widely-distributed brands (found at Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and even Hannaford’s, my local supermarket):
Alba Botanica Facial Toner Complexion Balancing Hibiscus (EWG: 2)
I like the scent of this toner. A little also goes a long way so this should last a long time. Just a quick squeeze on a cotton pad and it definitely deep cleans. I don’t use a toner every day but definitely more often in the summer months and when I’m working out more. Check out all the ingredients on the package or EWG Skin Deep, though, since some people might be more sensitive to some of the not-so-natural ingredients than others.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer, Fig (EWG: 1)
These lip shimmers look great on and are sheer enough for everyday use. They’re not as moisturizing as a straight-up lip balm but they’re pretty good. I’ve found that the consistency varies wildly from color to color, though. Some are “gritter” than others (due to the glitter/shimmer in certain colors?) and some colors are way more sheer than others regardless of what the color looks like on the cap. Currently I’m liking the color ‘Fig.’ Also, be “warned” that certain colors have higher Skin Deep ratings due to differences in ingredients (ex: another one of my favorite colors Caramel EWG: 2).
Kiss My Face Miss Treated Shampoo (EWG: 2)
This shampoo is a good, basic option for people with any hair type, despite the name. Might be good for people who color their hair. I like the fact that this formula cleans my hair well but doesn’t feel like it’s stripping it of natural oils. Some “repairing” products also just seem like they’re depositing build-up but this product doesn’t do that. However, it doesn’t feel like it’s repairing as much as I hoped, though, so it could be used by people with any hair type. Please note that the conditioner that pairs with this shampoo has a higher EWG rating of 4.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Face Sculpting Trio, Sunkissed Organics (EWG:1)
This is a great year-round product, not just for summer months when you can “get away with” a more bronzed look. It just adds a bit of “life” to your face after evening out with foundation and/or concealer. It comes in a few different tones. I am fair skinned and I think all would work for me. One issue is that I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. It gets kind of gross/worn-out-looking quickly since the paper packaging gets dirty from the product quickly. The brush that comes with it is cute and better than some but it doesn’t spread the product evenly on skin. I kept it for on-the-go applications but I end up blending with my fingertips afterwards.
Also, I can sometimes find good-quality essential oils at my local Rite Aid and other drug stores. Score!
If you’re in a pinch, these big brands offer a FEW items that have low/safe ratings on Skin Deep, but are certainly not the most eco-friendly options for makeup out there. However, better than choosing something with potentially harmful ingredients.
Maybelline New York Define-A-Line Eyeliner, Brownish Black (EWG: 1)
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, Miracle Mauve 030 (EWG: 2)
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm, Blush Twist (EWG: 2)
Wet ‘n Wild Fergie Eye Shadow Palette, Desert Festival (EWG: 1)
TIP >>> Just because one item you love from a brand is super green and clean, doesn’t mean everything they offer has great ingredients. Check EWG Skin Deep and look at the ingredient lists closely before making any purchase. I’ve had a few heartbreaking moments thinking I could “get away with” not reading the packaging because I’d used the brand before. This leads to … “Huh, why does this smell like chemicals and why is my skin all of a sudden breaking out? (Finally checks ingredients) Oh…” [insert sad face]
What all natural brands/products do you buy at “mainstream” stores?