Girl Talk: Buying Natural Cosmetics and Skin Care (It’s “In Vogue”)

After my well received article, "Girl Talk: Ayurvedic Skin Care", one lady, Kassandra J. wrote me an email which in part said:

"Doug, I loved your Ayurvedic Skin Care article, it felt like you took me to a spa, very relaxing!!! However, what advice would you give to women who don't have time to make their own skin care products as your article suggested? I want to go with natural cosmetics, but for African American women, finding regular cosmetics is enough of a challenge, to find natural cosmetics that work for our skin has got to be three times as hard. I don't even know where to start. Help a sister out!!!"  –Kassandra J.

Don't worry Kassandra, you know immo' take care of my sistas 🙂

My response started out as a simple reply to an email, but due to the suprising wealth of options I found, turned out to be my next full blown, and hopefully, super-stylish segment of "Girl Talk".

As a quick note, I am technically an "Ad Free Blog", however I do list certain products, companies and websites below because I find it necessary since people depend on me to do the research and make a suggestion of who to purchase from.

I have no affiliation with any company I list on this page, and I don't make any money off this page, they are just companies that seem to be doing positive work as pertains to natural cosmetics and beauty products. That being said, shall we begin?

Our bodies basically eat what we put on our skin as easily as what we put in our mouths. Seems to be very simple point that is very easy to go through your whole life and never think about.

When researching this article, I found it pretty interesting that many women freely admitted that they never look at the labels to their cosmetics and skin care products. Actually I would call it "scary", after I took a "deep dive" into the subject matter, walking over to the mall in downtown Seattle and just started casually reading some of the ingredient labels on some of the cosmetics. 

From my knowledge of ingredients lists, the standard ingredient list of your standard commercial cosmetics would get a grade of F.

What the heck is Hexytryceratolisotopechloride-3? Uh….I just made that name up, but that is the kind of wording I saw on the cosmetic labels. For all I know, that could the the scientific name for powdered Nuclear Waste.

The list of toxins in Cosmetics is VERY SCARY. I don't want to clutter the stylish "quick read" feel of my blog post with a cumbersome list, but a quick list of toxins in makeup can be found here.

Even more scary, as the "health nut" that I am, as I am full aware that the face, scalp, and all the skin absorbs everything the body puts on it like a sponge.

Some studies have shown that more toxins enter the body from water when taking a shower than from water that we drink.

A woman's skin can get progressively worse from years and years of "feeding it" products with toxic chemicals, the response over time, as one gets older, is to hide imperfections with more and more toxic products, it becomes and endless cycle. I'm not sure if the price of looking good at a younger age is worth looking like a corpse when we get older.

As I understand it, women of color, namely African American women have it twice as bad. I remember my mother saying when growing up that where was absolutely no makeup on the market available for her skin type. She said she had to make due with whatever she could find, but she hated Cover Girl, and all the commercial products out there.

It seems however, things are getting a little better.

So, as I promised Kassandra J. who wrote me the email, looking for suggestions for healthier, more natural cosmetic and skin care products, especially cosmetics created [at least in part] to accommodate women of color, I was suprised at what I found out. A fair number of companies seemed to be doing some very progressive work as pertains to this subject matter. I want to feature a few of my fav's.

I simply love when someone puts their heart and soul into making healthy natural products!! Enter Valerie Roubaud founder of the Terre d'Oc natural and organic skin care. She has traveled the world drawing beauty secrets from diverse cultures.

Terre d' Oc has 5 "culturally inspired" lines listed below:

Morocco (products include argan oil based products such as an anti aging face cream with oils of argan and prickly pear, and an exfoliating "black soap" with olive oil, enriched with argan oil and orange blossom )

India (products are mostly pomegranate based products, as example, a facial scrub blend of pomegranate, curcuma and chick pea powders, and pomegranate and pistachio oils with vegetable gum to remove make-up and cleanse the face)

Bali (products are coconut based products such as a soothing Day Face Cream with moisturizing coconut, antioxidant rice extract and soothing sandalwood extract, and a body scrub that combines gentle spices with coconut flesh, sugar and yoghurt powder to soften, scrub and beautify)

Japan (products are traditional Japanese beauty secret products such as a Day Face Cream from a brown seaweed called "Wakame", recognized for its antipollution properties and also a natural Anti Pollution Foundation, as well as a Traditional Face Scrub Mask based on rice bran)

Burkina Faso in Africa  (Products are Shea Butter based products including an anti-aging Facial Elixr made with precious African oils enriched with regenerating Shea Butter, and a nourishing facial mask with Shea Butter, enriched in baobab and cocoa butter)

Terre d' Oc  product ingredients are almost all of natural origin and a big chunk of those ingredients from organic farming.

Terre d' Oc doesn't stop there, they have the traditional array of eye liners, mascara, foundation, eyeshadow, and the rest, from naturally source ingredients, such an natural pigmentations from red ochre clay from Mali in Africa.

Terre d' Oc has a New York Store, whose webstite is still under construction. The main Terre d' Oc 'Paris website is great read, showing and explaining all their products.

I love what Miami based Cosmetiques Laudun, a Green America Certified Business is doing.

Cosmetiques Laudun has decided to go the "organic" way, and I find their products extremely high quality for those who seek natural skin care solutions to purchase. Upon my analysis, I can see that someone made the decision to put VERY high quality ingredients into their products, many of  which are food ingredients I have written about in my blog.

You know the old mantra, "Don't put on your skin what you can't eat!!!!"

A couple of Cosmetiques Laudun's products are:

Natural Bamboo Extract Body Scrub contains Natural Italian volcanic pumice, Aloe Vera leaf extract, Organic Bamboo powder, Organic Seaweed extract, Jojoba beads, Organic Bee Pollen extract

MITSY Day & Night Anti-Ageing Moisturizer a USDA Certified moisturizer, containing Organic Grape Seed Oil infused with Organic Evening Primrose Flower & Calendula, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Cornstarch (non modified-GMO), Cucumber fragrance

Full disclosure and description of all ingredients can be found at their website

Merced Mannine of b.l.a.c. minerals (Basic Luxuries for All Colors) said of her cosmetics line,

"I created this company from a vision I had to produce pure natural cosmetics for women of color that I was not able to find that worked well with my skin type and complexion. I wanted to create high quality makeup made from the best ingredients. I saw a need for a product that was healthy, natural and not limited to just foundation, but included all the elements that would allow women to create a variety of looks".

Merced also says, "Many companies advertise the use of 100% all natural makeup but if you take a closer look, you will find unnecessary chemicals and fillers. By using our makeup, you will not be putting any unnatural chemicals on your skin".



I love when people are like myself in that they have so much passion for Health and Wellness, that have to start a website and say all they have to say. Enter Sherrell Dorsey, she's up here with me (somewhere) in Seattle, and describes herself as:

"a black girl from Seattle making my way as a beauty writer, speaker, environmental activist and over-all organic product junkie".


This is now one of my favorite sites, as much as I think I know, I love it when someone takes me "to school" on wellness topics. She has many recommendations for products for African American women such as Shea Radiance.

Two thumbs up, WAY UP, for Sherrell and Organic Beauty Vixen !!!

Love the passion Sherrell, and awesome website!!! When it comes to talking about health and wellness, it's so hard for us "Organic Junkies" to shut up……isn't it 🙂


The same reader hooked me up to b.a.s.k. (Beauty Assortment for the Sun Kissed). Gotta love that name!!! (note, b.a.s.k. is now a company called Bekura)

When I went to their site, I love the way they "sling it", it's like a food menu with many of the ingredients being edible foods that I talk about on the blog!!! I'll say once again, the skin absorbs what we put on it just like the mouth and stomach absorbs food.

Love what b.a.s.k. is doing!!!! From their Vanilia Whiskey Reparative Hair Soak, to their Java Bean and Honey Hair Balm, to their Cacao Nibs & Banana Sugar Sorbet Scrub, their website actually made me hungry 🙂  You definitely wanna check them out my sistas. Love this company!!!

Shout out to the "LovelySistah" Noelle for hooking me up to this info, We all have a part to play, I'm not in it for money, I'm  just in it for spreading the word on health, but if we don't support each other, then who will?

Thanks to Fex Ex and UPS, ladies can have many of these healthy, natural options that they want right at your doorstep in a few days. So, if you feel that time has come to "go natural" with makeup and cosmetics, this is a great time for it……natural cosmetics and skin care especially for women of color, is definitely "In Vogue"!!!!

…..Oh, and to all my black sisters, I know it's perhaps the "In Vogue" and "latest craze" thing for men to say, but I have been saying it all my life, that you all are so beautiful to me 🙂


~stay healthy~


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Moroccan oil is famous in skin care and hair care, but it is an excellent addition to cooking. Pure argan oil has many health benefits including a high vitamin E content and a variety of essential fatty acids. It is traditionally used in the cuisine of the indigenous Berber tribes in Morocco, and they also know about its health-giving and medicinal properties.


Since Argan Oil is obviously such a healthy oil, I am in my personal process of incorporating it into my cooking process. I want to write and article on shopping for argan oil, and all it’s benefits, I hope to use you as a resource 🙂


This is great! Some of these lines I've never even heard of. I know I saw a couple of people on naturallycurly talking about Private-label-minerals. They have a HUGE amount of natural hair products and mineral makeup for women of color and help small black businesses create their own natural product line. I own a salon and apparently theyve helped create products for some of the indie hair care businesses. They have mineral makeup, a chocolate hair conditioner, and a lot of curly gels….that can be bought in bulk or private labeled. Really interested in seeing a review on some of their products!
Also Bask has some amazing skin care products!


Hey Noelle, thanks a gazillion for the hookup. I checked out the websites, and I couldn’t help sticking them in the article. Figured I had to add it because you ladies word of mouth is the best source of info. And I gave you a little shout out on the page as well:) Thanks again, this is my favorite artistically crafted article on my blog. So many sista’s said they love what I did it. ~stay healthy~ –Doug Wallace


Great post…thanks for the reminder to blog about the everyday things that people want to read. As a real estate agent, I too struggle with what to blog about. Thanks!


….love what you guys are doing, had to add you to the article, as I was so compelled, and always appreciate when someone takes the time to write me. Especially since all have some male based products. When I write my article on men’s skin care in the near future (if I can find enough companies that make some products LOL) I definitely bring you guys into that as well.

Much success in your business, I’m not in it for the money, just for love of health and wellness, but I know you guys gotta run a business, so if my writing throws a few orders your way, then more power to us both.

…..I’ll be ordering your shaving foam BTW


I enjoyed readin this. Really did.What struck me though is this part
skin absorbs everything the body puts on it like a sponge.
We all should  remember that. Sometimes we tend to experiment and try skin care products of uncertain quality. This is a No No. Period.


Really information article! From my expericnce, however, I recommend the Hava Naturals Nourishing Serum or Hydrating Facial Oil. Both those products are outstanding and rather new, but great!


Hi Sara,

I’m a guy, so I’ll have to take your word for it, always valuable to get a womans opinion on these subjects

I will add the Hava to the article.

~stay healthy~


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