Safer Swaps: a guide to replace your high-performing favorite cosmetics with non-toxic cleaner-ingredient versions

There’s no way to say this without sounding old: back in the day I used to keep up with all the popular cosmetics. My disposable income was for me (not 3 insatiably hungry boys) and I loved belonging to all the groups for make-up tutorials and even belonged to a “swapping” club to make things more affordable.

Admittedly, my love of playing with make-up hasn’t completely disappeared. I still love to try out new things and play with my appearance. However, my priorities have changed: I want things to be worth the money I spend, and I don’t want them to be filled with toxic chemicals. Don’t miss the end of the post where I tell you how you can save money and better your health by switching, too!

Ocean & Pacific Palette

I’ve shared before about how much I’ve been loving finding a safer skincare & cleaner cosmetics company, and after nearly a year of playing with their products I thought it’d be fun to share what I recommend as “swaps” to what the good ol’ interwebs led me to believe are the latest and greatest popular products. You know, ’cause I’m really an 80 yo woman quite clueless about all the “cool” stuff without Mr. Google helping me out ♥


Love this? —–> Swap It for this Non-Toxic Cleaner Cosmetic!

Urban Decay eye palette –> Ultimate Nudes Palette from BC

ST BC Safer Swaps mascara

Lancome High Def Mascara –> BC’s Lengthening Mascara (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)

ST BC Safer Swaps tarte lash primer

Dior Show Maximizer 3D lash primer–> Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Primer

Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation –> Tint Skin Foundation


Urban Decay Primer Potion –> BC Dew Skin or Beautycounter’s Baby Daily Protective Balm
(see details in photo on how to use here)

ST BC Safe Swaps dew skin

IT Cosmetics or Lush BB Cream –> BC Dew Skin with SPF 20 (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)

ST BC Safer Swaps mattifying powder

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil –> BC Mattify Skin Finishing Powder

ST BC Safer Swaps jane iredale foundation

Stila Powder Foundation –> Jane Iredale Powder Foundation

Benefit Hoola Bronzer & Nars Orgasm Blush –> Ocean & Pacific Palette Blush & Bronzer



Benefit Hervana –> BC Color Sweep Blush Duo in Bloom Tulip

Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer –> BC Color Contour Matte Bronzer No.1

ST BC Safer Swaps cream blush

Nars The Multiple –> BC Color Pinch Cream Blusher

CND Shellac or OPI Nails –> Sensational Color Gel Polish (you need base/top and colors) or Cote and Zoya (ratings on EWG here)

ST BC Safer Swaps luminous nudes

Dior Addict Lip Glow –> Perfect Match Lip Set (Twig Lip Sheer is Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)

ST BC Safer Swaps lip sheer raisin

Nars Lip Stick –> BC Lip Sheer (Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner)

ST BC Safer Swaps lip gloss

Buxom Lip Cream –> Lip Gloss by Beautycounter


Love this? —–> Swap It for the non-toxic Safer Skincare version!

ST BC Safer Swaps baby oil

Lancome Bi-Facil double action eye makeup remover —> Beautycounter’s Soothing Baby Oil

ST BC Safer Swaps cleansing balm

Clinique Take the Day Off Balm –> BC Cleansing Balm

ST BC Safer Swaps cream cleanser

Fresh Soy Face Cleaner –> BC Nourishing Cream Cleanser

Josie Maran Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment –> BC’s bestselling Balancing Facial Oil

ST BC Safer Swaps sea salt spray

Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion –> BC’s Texture Sea Salt Style Spray for hair

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask –> BC Detoxify Purifying Charcoal Mask

ST BC Safer Swaps rejuvenating night cream

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair –> BC Rejuvenating Night Cream

ST BC Safer Swaps rejuvenating radiance

Guerlain Abeille Royale 1-month Youth Treatment –> BC Rejuvenating Radiance Serum

ST BC Safer Swaps charcoal bar

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar –> BC Detoxifying Charcoal Cleansing Soap

ST BC Safer Swaps lustro shimmer oil

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops –> BC Lustro Shimmer Oil

ST BC Safer Swaps sugar scrub

L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub –> BC Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass

ST BC Safer Swaps body wash

philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Shower, Bath & Shave Gel – BC Citrus Mimosa Body Wash


If you don’t believe me that these natural cleaner-ingredient non-toxic products could actually perform like the ones listed in the top product listings on Sephora or beauty magazines, I’m not the only one who thinks so! I personally didn’t even want to try these products, after trying out so many that left me feeling like a dirty, patchouli-wearing hippy – but I assure you, these are the real deal. Look, even Allure Magazine has awarded Beautycounter “Best of Beauty” three years in a row!

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If you’ve been looking for incentive to replace all your products, read this article on why it’s SO important and then if there are a number of items you’ve been wanting to “swap” out of your routine, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Look up your current products on EWG’s Skin Deep Database to determine the level of risk associated with the products you already use. then rank the items in order of important to swap.
  2. Use this list to determine what products you may want to replace your favorites with. If you want to know what I use and love, I’ve put that all in the FAQ here. Or e-mail me and we can figure out exactly what will work for you, together!
  3. Join my Safer Skincare e-mail list and Healthy Inside & Out Facebook group to make sure you don’t miss when I offer free gifts with purchase!



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