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Over the years, in the interest of both our personal health and that of the planet, we’ve tried a number of different natural products in hopes of replacing our chemical-laden favorites with equally effective, but ultimately gentler, dupes.

After quite a bit of trial and error, we’re excited to share a round-up of a few of our favorites.

A natural deodorant that actually works: Ursa Major

We’ve tried lots of natural deodorants, and the fact of the matter is: most of them simply don’t work as well as the real thing. Just when we were ready to give up: we discovered Ursa Major, a Vermont-based brand whose natural deodorant not only works but is just one of a fabulous line of products, all of which are derived from natural ingredients and inspired by the mountains of Vermont. Hoppin’ Fresh is our favorite deodorant iteration, but they make lots–from stick to spray, scented with everything from hinoki to sage.

Eczema cream that doesn’t require a trip to the pharmacist: Acure Everyday Eczema Lotion

If you struggle with eczema–or simply scaly winter skin–you’ll likely know the struggle of being prescribed a chemical-laden cream from your dermatologist that might work in a pinch, but certainly isn’t something you’d want your skin to get used to (for what it’s worth, though: if a doctor tells you that you need a medication or cream, we recommend you take their advice). For the days where you don’t need a medical grade product, but simply want to keep skincare issues at bay, there’s Acure’s perfectly-priced, surprisingly soothing eczema cream. It’s formulated with colloidal oatmeal, which is known to soothe sensitive skin, and it’s free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum, and formaldehyde.

The best face cream: EVOLVE Organic Beauty Multi-Peptide Anti-Aging Cream

EVOLVE makes some of the most luxurious-feeling formulas we’ve had the pleasure of applying to our skin. Plus, it’s free of every ingredient on CREDO Beauty’s dirty list–which makes us feel even better about restocking it time and time again.

The best retinol alternative: GRAYDON Full Moon Serum

Formulated with bio-retinol, vegan hyaluronic acid, and plant extracts, GRAYDON’s full moon serum is resurfacing and smoothing at the same time–one of our favorite steps in a natural anti-aging routine.

The best face mask: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

One of the pioneers of luxury natural skincare, Tata Harper, who started producing her products on a farm in Vermont, knows what she’s doing. We’ve tried tons of her products, and our personal favorite is the resurfacing masks–an easy (and natural) way to get a red-carpet glow in minutes.

We know some of these products are on the more expensive side, so we’ll leave you with our top tips, none of which require any money: meditation (for an inner sense of clam that you’ll certainly see reflected on the outside), hydration, sleep, and (in small enough doses, with sun safety accounted for), sunlight. Nail all of these, and the natural products are just a bonus.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians or medical practitioners, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Casa de Suna.


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