This post is written by contributing author Paige Ronchetti.
I've always liked beauty products. I've used them everyday for over a decade, but it wasn't until the last couple of years that I really started to wonder about what I put on myself. It all began after an allergic reaction to a household cleaner (which was unpleasant, in case you were wondering), and I decided that I would probably be a lot healthier if I got away from some chemicals.
So I switched us over to natural cleaning methods, bought different shampoo, and began the daunting task of finding better makeup.
One of the best beauty companies I've stumbled upon in my quest is Mountain Girl Soap. Not only do their products - which include soaps (obviously), lip balms, face masks, and skin creams - contain natural ingredients like olive oil, but when I read the label I know what every single thing is.
Other labels have mystery ingredients like disteardimonium hectorite and ammonium glycyrrhizate (say that three times fast). I have no idea what those things are! Well, I know what ammonium is, and I don't really want it on my face. It's so refreshing to see a collection of beauty products with such simple ingredients that I literally have nothing to wonder about.
Shea butter, olive oil, castor seed oil, candelilla wax, and essential oils. I'm sold.
I know some people are skeptical about natural products really working, but don't doubt these! I tried the lip balm and skin salve, and love them both. The balm stays on my lips for a long time, while the salve moisturizes my cuticles without making my fingers greasy. And while I have not personally tried it, my sister raves about the facial soap.
Basically, if you're looking for a truly all-natural beauty company (not just one using marketing buzzwords), give Mountain Girl Soap a shot.
Do you use any natural beauty products? What items do you recommend?
Paige Ronchetti lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband. They have no kids and no pets, which gives them a lot of time for eating spicy food and looking for bargains. Paige's blog is Little Nostalgia is a collection of projects and pretty things. There you can find DIY tutorials, home decor inspiration, and affordable fashion ideas. When she is not blogging, Paige is working on her vintage-inspired jewelry lines, Little White Chapel and Oh Nostalgia. Connect to Paige via twitter or pinterest.