Pure Genius: Phthalate-Free Beauty Picks That Don't Scrimp On The Pretty

Phthalates, parabens, sulfates...GMOs? Is it us, or does beauty shopping seem to require a chemistry degree these days? We're all about getting responsible with our beauty picks, but we don't want to have to rely on crunchy-granola beauty products that are less effective than our regular product picks (or worse, smell like a health food store).
After this story got us all freaked out over phthalates (common chemicals added to cosmetics, household cleaners, and even sex toys) and their potential effect on our hormones, we decided to do some research and see what was actually out there for consumers interested in phthalate-free products. Lo and behold, we found that everyone from Tarte to L'Occitane to Olay is reformulating their products to be healthier and more natural.
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In addition to these popular brands, we also found some standout, non-granola natural brands that are so good, you may not even miss your old stuff (we personally love how natural shampoos and body washes are less drying and irritating than their commercial counterparts). Pretty, safe, and effective? We'd say that these products are a win-win, whether you're looking for the perfect all-natch lipstick or chemical-free cleansing face wipes.
Click through to see our favorite products, and if you'd like more info, check out this comprehensive list of phthalate-free beauty brands on the Breast Cancer Action site.
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BareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara, $18, available at Bare Escentuals.

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Living Nature Lipstick, $26, available at Saffron Rouge.
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Korres Cheek Butter, $25, available at Sephora.
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Vapour Illusionist Concealer, $22, available at Vapour Beauty.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette, $44, available at Sephora.
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Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer, $29, available at Ulta.

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Acquarella Nail Polish, $16, available at Saffron Rouge.
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Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturizer, $150, available at Neiman Marcus.

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Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub, $8, available at Soap.com.
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Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $50, available at Sephora.
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Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Cream, $58, available at Sephora.
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Pomega5 Bois de Rose Velvet Hydrating Cream, $74, available at BlissWorld.

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Sunday Riley Charisma Crème Cleanser, $45, available at Sunday Riley.

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Olay Complete All Day UV Moisture Cream, $9, available at Soap.com.
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Nude Purify Daily Moisturizer, $52, available at Space NK.
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Murad Clarifying Wipes, $18, available at Murad.
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The Body Deli Melon Foaming Cleanser, $28, available at The Body Deli.

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L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream, $42, available at L'Occitane.
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Le Couvent des Minimes Soothing Shower Gel, $15, available at Beauty.com .
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Method Marine Naturals Refreshing Body Wash, $6, available at Soap.com.
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Ole Henrikson All Purpose Aloe Vera Gel, $21, available at Skin1.

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LaVanila The Healthy Body Butter, $10, available at Sephora.
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Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray, $28, available at Folica.

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Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo, $9, available at Drugstore.com.

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Carol's Daughter Hair Balm Liquid Pomade, $14, available at Sephora.
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Kiss My Face Whenever Conditioner, $9, available at Soap.com.
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Ojon Volume Advance Shampoo, $22, available at SkinStore.

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