The Importance of Daily Face Cleansing and Benefits of Natural Oil Cleansers


Cleaning your face daily is important for maintaining healthy skin and preventing various skin issues. Here’s why it’s important and the benefits of using a natural oil cleanser:

Importance of Daily Face Cleaning:

  1. Removal of Impurities: Throughout the day, your skin accumulates dirt, sweat, bacteria, makeup, and environmental pollutants. Cleaning your face daily helps remove these impurities, preventing clogged pores and potential breakouts.
  2. Prevention of Acne: Clogged pores can lead to the development of acne. Regular cleansing helps prevent the buildup of excess oil and dead skin cells that contribute to acne formation.
  3. Maintenance of pH Balance: The skin’s pH balance can be disrupted by pollutants and harsh cleansing products. A gentle cleanser helps maintain the natural pH of your skin, which is essential for a healthy skin barrier.
  4. Enhanced Skin Renewal: Cleansing your face aids in the removal of dead skin cells, allowing for better skin renewal. This can result in a fresher, more radiant complexion.
  5. Improvement of Absorption: Clean skin is better able to absorb the active ingredients from serums, moisturizers, and other skincare products, maximizing their effectiveness.
  6. Prevention of Premature Aging: Environmental factors like pollution and UV rays can accelerate the aging process. Regular cleansing helps remove these factors from the skin’s surface, supporting its overall health and appearance.

Benefits of Natural Oil Cleansers:

Natural oil cleansers, also known as oil cleansers or oil-based cleansers, have gained popularity due to their gentle yet effective cleansing properties. Here are some benefits of using a natural oil cleanser:

  1. Gentle Cleansing Natural oil cleansers work by dissolving and lifting away dirt, makeup, and impurities without stripping the skin’s natural oils. This is especially beneficial for those with sensitive or dry skin, as it doesn’t cause excessive dryness.
  2. Balancing Sebum Production: Paradoxically, using oil-based cleansers can actually help regulate your skin’s natural oil production. When you strip your skin of its natural oils with harsh cleansers, it can lead to overproduction of oil as your skin tries to compensate. Using a natural oil cleanser helps maintain a healthy balance.
  3. Effective Makeup Removal: Oil cleansers are excellent at breaking down and removing makeup, even waterproof formulations. This can save you time and reduce the need for excessive scrubbing, which can be harsh on the skin.
  4. Moisturizing: Natural oils, such as almond oil, safflower oil and olive oil, are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. These properties help nourish and moisturize the skin while cleansing, leaving your skin soft and supple.
  5. Reduced Irritation: Many traditional foaming cleansers contain surfactants and harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, especially for those with sensitive skin. Natural oil cleansers are generally milder and less likely to cause irritation.
  6. Antioxidant Protection: Some natural oils contain antioxidants that can help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals and environmental pollutants.
  7. Suitable for All Skin Types: Natural oil cleansers are versatile and can be used on various skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. Different oils can be chosen to cater to specific skin needs.


Incorporating a natural oil cleanser into your skincare routine can provide a gentle and effective way to cleanse your face while reaping the benefits of the natural properties of oils. As with any skincare product, it’s important to choose an oil cleanser that is suitable for your skin type and needs. We recommend Basic-Naturals Clean Face:

Oil-based moisturizers vs. water-based moisturizers

Oil-based moisturizers and water-based moisturizers are differentiated primarily by their composition and the effects they have on the skin. Here are the key differences between the two:

  1. Composition: Oil-based moisturizers, as the name suggests, contain oils as their main ingredients. These oils can be derived from various sources such as plant oils (e.g., safflower oil, almond oil), mineral oil, or synthetic oils. Water-based moisturizers, on the other hand, have water as their primary ingredient, often combined with other hydrating ingredients like humectants (e.g., glycerin) and emollients.
  2. Texture: Oil-based moisturizers tend to have a thicker, more viscous texture compared to water-based moisturizers. They can feel greasier on the skin due to the presence of oils, which may not be suitable for people with oily or acne-prone skin. Water-based moisturizers, on the contrary, are lighter and less greasy in texture, making them more suitable for those with oily or combination skin.
  3. Moisturizing Properties: Oil-based moisturizers provide a strong occlusive barrier on the skin, which helps to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. They are particularly beneficial for individuals with dry or dehydrated skin, as they can provide long-lasting hydration. Water-based moisturizers, while also hydrating, have a higher water content that helps to deliver moisture to the skin. They are generally lighter and absorb more quickly, making them suitable for normal to oily skin types.
  4. Skin Absorption: Due to their thicker consistency, oil-based moisturizers are absorbed more slowly into the skin. This can be advantageous for individuals with very dry skin who require a more intensive moisturizing effect. Water-based moisturizers, being lighter and less occlusive, are absorbed more readily, leaving a less noticeable residue on the skin’s surface.
  5. Skin Type Suitability: Oil-based moisturizers are typically recommended for individuals with dry, mature, or sensitive skin types. They can provide nourishment, replenish lipids, and soothe the skin. Water-based moisturizers are generally suitable for normal, combination, and oily skin types, as they offer hydration without adding excess oil.

Oil-based moisturizer by Basic-Naturals:

Water-based moisturizer by Basic-Naturals:

It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is unique, and individual preferences and skin conditions may influence the choice of moisturizer. Consider consulting a dermatologist or skincare professional to determine the best moisturizer for your specific needs.

What Can Small Businesses Do To Be More Sustainable

Hand Shake Moisturizing Balm Made with 5 Natural Ingredients – Metal Packaging

A Closer Look at Sustainability and Businesses

Purchasing from sustainable businesses is a growing trend, and for good reason. Last post we talked about how switching to sustainable products contributes even in a small way to the health of the world around us. But, what can small businesses do to be more sustainable?

The way we consume goods and services has a direct impact on our environment. It’s time to make conscious choices about the products we buy and the companies we support. In the following post, we take a look at the practices of Basic Naturals Skincare to see what small businesses can really do to be more sustainable.

Sustainable businesses are companies that operate in a way that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This includes reducing waste, using renewable energy, and using environmentally-friendly materials in production. (Check out this article about companies on a “Zero Waste: Sustainable Future” mission. )

Why Buy Sustainably?

Wind Power for Energy Production

When you buy from a sustainable business, you’re not just supporting that business, you’re also supporting a better future for the planet. For example, a company that uses wind power to run its factory reduces its carbon footprint, reducing the impact of climate change. Similarly, a business that uses recycled materials in its products helps to reduce waste and conserve resources.

One of the main benefits of purchasing from sustainable businesses is that it promotes the use of environmentally-friendly products and processes. When more people start to buy from these companies, it signals to other businesses that there’s a demand for sustainable products, encouraging them to follow suit. The more there are of “us” the better the results for us and our planet.

In addition to supporting the environment, buying from sustainable businesses also supports the local economy. When you purchase products from local businesses, you’re keeping money within the community, which can have a positive impact on the local economy.

Moreover, sustainable businesses often have strong values and a commitment to social responsibility. (Check out local eco-spot, Eco Evolution, in South Norwalk, CT for many examples of sustainable small business vendors and products. This guy is really on a mission!). Did you know that some companies may donate a portion of their profits to organizations that support environmental conservation or social justice. By buying from these businesses, you’re also supporting their commitment to making a positive impact in the world.

Basic Naturals Owner On His E-Bike with Groceries & Deliveries

How Does Basic Naturals Skincare Act Sustainably?

As a brand, Basic Naturals Skincare prides themselves on their sustainable practices.

Here are some examples of what a small business can do to be more sustainable:

  1. Use eco-friendly packaging: Basic Naturals uses recyclable packaging for all the products they produce. Shipments are packed in boxes made from recycled cardboard, recycled paper and filler is used for protection of bottles. Of course, products are packaged in recyclable bottles and containers, too! These practices help to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable materials used.
  2. By using only natural and organic ingredients; Basic Naturals reduces the use of synthetic chemicals and supports sustainable agriculture practices. Additionally, the products themselves are more healthy for the end-user and do not pollute our water systems.
  3. Reduce carbon footprint: One cool way that Basic Naturals reduces their carbon footprint is by providing local deliveries on e-bike. (*Founder Yaniv converted his bicycle to electronic motor so he can zoom around town with no emissions!) Additionally, the brand sources ingredients locally and from minimal vendors. They compost waste materials, and keep the ingredient list short! They even have solar panels that feed the grid providing CT with a renewable energy boost!
  4. Implement sustainable practices in production: Basic Naturals Skincare makes all their products in small batches using an electric stove top and e-appliances. This helps reduce waste in their production process by using energy-efficient equipment, reusing or recycling materials, and minimizing water usage.
  5. Educate consumers: The brand got their start at farmer’s markets and continues to focus their mission to educate consumers. The importance of sustainability and adopting eco-friendly practices is their way of life in and out of business. As a family the business owners compost, reduce packaged waste, eat a plant based diet, use green products, and grow their own food in season. What can you do to be more eco-friendly?

Thinking Forward To The Future

By implementing these practices, Basic Naturals Skincare reduces their impact on the environment and contributes to a more sustainable future. These are just a few examples of things that small businesses can do to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. By taking small steps, businesses can make a big impact on the environment and their bottom line.

In conclusion, purchasing from sustainable businesses, like Basic Naturals Skincare, is a simple and effective way to make a positive impact on the environment. It’s a conscious choice that we can all make to help create a more sustainable future. So next time you’re in the market for a new product, take the time to research and choose a sustainable option that aligns with your values.

Why YOU Should Switch Deodorants to One of the Best Natural Deodorants – (AND IT WORKS!)

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” That’s what they say. Well, when it comes to actual sweat, it turns out that escaping the hazards of synthetic deodorant is actually kind of the big stuff. Yes, it’s true, switching products from something that works for you can be a challenge. But, achieving the peace of mind that comes with knowing your body is functioning naturally can be as rewarding as it is physically beneficial. We’ll explain a little about the difference in synthetic vs natural deodorants, and why you should switch deodorants to one of the best natural deodorants on the market..and it actually works!

Mainstream antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminum salts, yes- the metal!

This ingredient temporarily blocks the sweat glands on your skin to avoid any sticky underarms or unwanted sweat. When we perspire, the bacteria on the surface of our skin digest the fats and proteins in our sweat; it is this digestive off-gassing that causes sweat to have an odor. By blocking the sweat glands, the hope of an antiperspirant is to eliminate odor and wet stains at once.

Does using antiperspirant with aluminum have negative side effects?

This is a controversial topic, and one that has see-sawed over the past decade or more. While no direct correlation between absorption of aluminum through topical exposure has been proven, the link between use of products containing aluminum and build up in the body, and potential for increase risk of brain cancer or alzheimers have us concerned. No, we are not medical professionals. But we do try to make educated decisions about the safety of each product we use or each food that we eat. And this build up of a metal in the body does not feel safe – for us.

Natural deodorant brands, like Basic Naturals with their Fresh Underarms Roll-On Deodorant, take a different approach and use a less controversial absorbent ingredient to “soak up” the sweat, as well ingredients that neutralize or cover odor safely. The idea is not to stop the natural process of sweating, but to make it as pleasant as possible. Many would say that natural deodorants are a safer choice. A deep sweat, otherwise known as an oil-based sweat, can help eliminate built up fluids or toxins in the body. (Note- this refers to sweat generated in a sauna, from a fever, etc. not from regular workouts or heat). So, if we are able to expell toxins through sweat, why would we want to block them in at all?

One customer reviewed “Fresh Underarms” giving it a 10/10 and saying,

“This deodorant rocks!!! Like most people, in the high heat and humidity, my underarms sweat and then my skin gets red and irritated all over. With this deodorant, no angry pits!! After walking in the heat, I can move freely immediately afterward. My skin is much happier, so I am too. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, but this deodorant showed me how much better it can be!! Also, the smell is fantastic and smells as natural as the ingredients, and I don’t need to put layer after layer (as I do with my old spice) to get the benefits!! 10/10 would recommend, you won’t know just how much you’re missing until you try it!” – Ethan (Basic Naturals customer)

Basic Naturals’ deodorant contains only skin benefiting ingredients which balance the skin, sweat, and odor naturally, organically and healthily:

  • Aloe vera (barbadensis) juice which helps keep skin soft and smooth. The rollerball application is also refreshing and feels cooling.
  • Vegetable glycerin adds body and consistency to products and prevents them from drying out. In our body care products, glycerin helps the skin to attract and retain its own natural moisture, leaving it feeling soft.
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is antibacterial and a pH neutraliser. In our deodorants, it is used to neutralise the acid in sweat and eliminate underarm bacteria, preventing body odour from forming.
  • Arrowroot powder is used to thicken deodorant, but arrowroot has also been know to draw out toxins and impurities.
  • Xanthan gum helps with texture and keeps the deodorant from running down your skin when you roll on the product
  • Citric acid helps by exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, cleaning pores, evening skin tone and softening and smoothing the skin

Basic Naturals Skincare uses a proprietary blend of essential oils containing either:

Cedarwood (Black cap) which is reputed to guard the skin against environmental pollutants and toxins


Clary sage (White cap) which is known to reduce skin inflammation, heal the epidermis and soothe skin.

Did you know? Synthetic deodorant may in actually lead to more odor. When a person does make the switch from antiperspirant to natural deodorant, they often experience a period of purging sweats which smell worse than normal. They may be misled to think that their new deodorant is not working. However, the culprit is actually the old one. The buildup of blocked sweat in their glands takes about 3 weeks to reset. Maybe less if you sweat daily.

What are Some Common Differences Between Natural and Synthetic Deodorant 

  • There about a two-to-four-week transition period when your body is purging from buildup of sweat from your old deodorant or antiperspirant to a natural version. During this time, you may experience more odor than you are used to. However, with the right product, like Basic Naturals’ Clary Sage or Cedarwood deodorant, these annoyances can be minimal. 
  • You may feel you sweat more once you have transitioned into natural deodorants. This is because using the sweat-blocking “cousin” or synthetic version, can actually have the pysiological effect of making you feel hotter, however your sweat will have been blocked. The good news is that natural deodorant users tend to say that this this effect becomes less noticeable with time as your body temperature regulates and glands adjust to the new balance.  
  • Your skin may be more smooth! Ingredients in synthetic anti-perspirants and deodorants can cause underarm discoloration, bumps, rashes and irritations. After transitioning to a natural formula, you should see improvement!
  • Less staining! The aluminum salts can cause yellowing of fabrics. White t-shirts making a come-back!?


  • Apply your deodorant straight after showering and immediately after exercise to keep underarms smelling fresh.
  • Let your deodorant dry completely before getting dressed to avoid staining your clothes.
  • To avoid any unpleasant armpit smells reapply regularly according to how much you sweat, your activity level, and the climate.

What are the Benefits of using Fresh Underarms Aluminum-free Deodorant by Basic Naturals 

  • 24- hour protection 
  • Non-comedogenic formula keeps skin smooth and doesn’t clog pores
  • Doesn’t stain clothes 
  • Dries quickly 
  • No artificial fragrance 

Other Related Products by

Non-Comedogenic Body Silk Lotion (Alcohol-free, Paraben-free, Fragrance-free)& Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Mask

Want to read more about this topic:

What No One Tells You About Switching to Natural Deodorant 

Our Natural Deodorants Really Better for You? 

Everyone Is Switching TO This ‘Natural’ Deodorant – But Does it Actually Work? 

What Is Clean Beauty? 

Reading Between the Lines: What Is Clean Beauty, and Why Do We Need It? 

The word “clean” can be used to describe many aspects of modern life. Clean diet, clean air, clean house, clean hands. So why make life even more complicated by applying it to beauty? And what does it really mean? Recently the term “clean beauty” has become a subject of fierce debate. Frankly, the public’s interest in so-called “clean skincare” began way before it became a marketing term. The public’s initial interest in clean-eating came first. This interest was later directed towards skincare products where parabens, phthalates, artificial ingredients, and other (potentially) harmful ingredients were found in abundance. According to one source, one of the first factors that led to an interest in skincare ingredients was a study that linked phthalates – an ingredient once pervasive in beauty products – to breast cancer in 174 of 200 women. Other trials, such as a class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in which hundreds of women contended that the use of the brand’s baby powder could be linked to their cancer, led many to take a closer look at what we put on our skin. 

Consumers today need to look closely at the ingredients in their makeup and skincare products. It’s important to do so because these particles can pass into the bloodstream and have lasting effects on the body’s chemical composition. What we put on our skin can impact our health, affecting it in many ways ranging from hormonal imbalance, allergic responses, and even chronic illnesses or cancers.

Don’t You Just Open it and Massage It In: Why Is “Clean Beauty” So Unclear? 

The rising concern over safety led to heightened interest in two categories: “natural beauty” and “organic beauty.”  You might think that these terms could create a sense of safety for those seeking safe skincare options; however, there is no systematic regulation of the use of these labels. Instead, “natural beauty” broadly describes products that use at least some plant-based ingredients, or also products that have a majority of ingredients from nature. These definitions mean that many companies can formulate products in an affordable yet marketable fashion, without adhering to any classification. Similarly, the label organic means that the product contains at least some organic matter. Further, regulations in the skincare industry haven’t been meaningfully updated by the FDA since 1938. These two descriptors: natural and organic, are often applied to products by the skincare brands themselves. Therefore setting the tone for a sea of marketing messages without much real communication or meaning behind them. (We wrote more about these category labels in this November 2021 post.)

One Word That Says Everything and Nothing at All… 

At this very moment, “clean beauty” can mean a great many things, often encompassing messaging around natural and organic ingredients. They are also often associated with sustainable and environmentally conscious processes just as much as they are with human health. You might ask, why is all this a problem? Doesn’t the term “clean” help us categorize our lives, make them easier? The truth is, that there is no rigorous or classified set of rules around this term either. According to Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Dermatology, “there is no data showing that clean skincare products are any more effective or even any safer than traditional products”. The lack of regulated standards creates a sense of mistrust within the educated public, instead of enhanced confidence in these products.  Marketing messaging and unregulated imported goods make it hard to see which “clean beauty” brands are “really in itbecause they care.

Basic Naturals Skincare: A Clean Beauty Brand That’s Really In It Because They Care 

Clean Beauty, when made responsibly, should empower consumers to spend their money in a way that positively affects their lives and influences the future health of our world. There are several factors that point to Basic Naturals ranking as one of the truly cleanest brands out there. For one, Basic Natural’s ingredients come only from the natural world, no synthetics. When you try Basic Naturals skincare products you will love the beautiful results you see in your skin. It comes down to the concentration and balance of natural oils, cold-pressed flowers, plant-based butter, and other natural ingredients used. You will find no abbreviations, artificial fragrances/preservatives, toxins, or unclear terms on any of Basic Natural’s labels.  (*AND All moisturizers are alcohol-free.) These clean products are also constructed thoughtfully, to avoid potentially negative reactions, and to target skincare goals.  Basic Naturals connects its products to natural and attainable beauty. “We want you to feel enveloped in our luxurious Mango Body Butter, or the fresh clean feeling you get from using our revitalizing Clean Face Oil Cleanser. We know you will smile when you wake up and see the improvement from using Healthy Face Anti-Aging Moisturizer. It’s not our goal to change you; instead, Basic Naturals wants you to be your most natural and beautiful self, as a result of thoughtful self-care.” 

Embrace your true beauty through nature; judge the products you purchase through a lens of curiosity and knowledge and protect your health through your skin.

Hate is a Virus

Norwalk, CT March 24, 2021
Together, we must stop hate. The oppression of any life is an injustice for all.
Basic Naturals is committed to fighting racism and inequality.

Over the past weeks, the headlines have shown us how much work we have to do as a society to promote equity and equality. We need to educate to reduce hate.

As a company, and individually we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities against xenophobic discourse, violence, and discrimination. While the efforts made by our small business can not force change on their own; we hope our voice among others will help transcend inaction and silence.

We are still in this together. And together, we must stop hate.

To report an anti-AAPI hate incident, visit

Yaniv and Danielle Ben-David
Basic Naturals | Co-Founders

About Basic Naturals
At Basic-Naturals we believe that good skincare products should protect and nourish your skin. While we each have individual needs in our skincare, these are not divided by the color of our skin, nor by our nationality, gender, religion or orientation.

We base our formulas on natural ingredients because they work. Therefore, they are easily absorbed by our skin; and they minimize our impact to our environment. All our packaging is recyclable too! At Basic-Naturals, we strive to provide unique, fresh and effective products to promote healthy skin and a natural glow.

Basic-Naturals products combine the natural healing and protective powers of organically grown flowers, high quality plant-based oils, pure essential oils and harm-free waxes (organic, first cold press and non-GMO). And, as always our products are alcohol-free and non-comedogenic!

Safe and unsafe alcohols in skincare

When it comes to skin care products and their mysterious ingredients, we need to give alcohol a much-deserved moment of clarity since it is often perceived only as harsh for skin due to misleading information found online. There are safe and unsafe alcohols in skincare and it’s important to know more about them.

There are many kinds of alcohols with different uses and different health effects. Some are considered safe for topical use while others are not. However, we should keep in mind that research says that alcohol as a main ingredient in any skin care product is a problem.

First, let’s get technical. Alcohol is an organic compound that carries at least one hydroxyl functional group (−OH) bound to a saturated carbon atom. A hydroxyl group is an oxygen atom bonded to a hydrogen atom, and it’s found on a truly vast number of organic molecules.

Alcohols are diverse, encompassing everything from wine to rubbing alcohol to retinol and beyond. All alcohols do share that hydroxyl group, but they can have vastly different structures.

There are ways to help you determine if your skin care product has ‘good’ or ‘bad’ alcohol content. It’s important to discern these skin-friendly forms of alcohol from the problematic types of alcohol.

If you buy a new beauty or cosmetic product that has an alcohol as a main ingredient, it’s fair game to consider this a red flag. Still, there’s no need to steer clear of all alcohols, all the time.

The drying type of alcohol that you’ll most often see listed on an ingredient label as SD alcohol, denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol are volatile alcohols that give products a quick-drying finish with an immediately degrease skin and feel weightless on skin. Added in cosmetics, they will make a product feel lighter on the skin and dry quickly in case you have oily skin. But those short-term benefits end up with negative long-term consequences.

You might have heard that alcohol is a great ingredient because it helps other ingredients like retinol and vitamin C absorb into skin more effectively. It is true that it enhances absorption of ingredients, but the alcohol also destroys skin’s surface. There are certainly other gentler ways to get good ingredients into skin, without damaging its outer layer.

The alcohols known as fatty alcohols are non-irritating and can be beneficial for the skin. Examples you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol. All of these are good ingredients for dry skin, and in small amounts fine for any skin type as they give a pleasing texture and help keep ingredients stable in products.

  • Unsafe Alcohols for Skin: SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, methanol, benzyl alcohol

  • Safe Alcohols for Skin: cetearyl alcohol, glycol, cetyl alcohol, C12-16, stearyl alcohol, myristyl Aalcohol, lauryl alcohol

Let’s talk a bit more about the unsafe alcohols. In some skin care products, simple or denatured alcohols can be found, which are created using petroleum-based ingredients. While some are used as preservatives; others are used to get skin care formulas to the right textures. They help liquid formulas dry quickly on your skin and they can also help reduce excess sebum. It can be tempting to use these products because they provide an immediate matte finish. These being said, certain denatured alcohols can have short-term positive effects for oily complexions. But when used repeatedly, these alcohols can also weaken your skin’s natural barrier, making it harder for your skin to retain moisture and elasticity while also making your skin vulnerable to environmental stress like UV radiation. Repeated use of these alcohols can significantly increase symptoms of aging and loss of elasticity. These alcohols may be capable of causing breakouts, skin irritation, and wrinkles but these ingredients are unlikely to have a harmful effect upon your overall health.

How to differentiate the bad from the good? In contrast to denatured alcohols made using petroleum products, fatty alcohols are derived from natural ingredients like coconut and nuts. These fatty alcohols (cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, propylene glycole), are rich in healthy fats and are generally used as emulsifiers, to help create a thick texture which can be nourishing for the skin. Fatty acids lock in moisture and help to bolster your skin’s defensive barrier. While fatty acids are safe for use on most skin types, they may not be suitable for sensitive skin.

Truth be told, there are many natural and safe alternatives that can be used in their stead. Consider seeking out a product that features natural astringents, like green tea or witch hazel. Natural ingredients like radish root ferment filtrate can also be used instead of harmful preservatives in order to lengthen products’ shelf lives, without putting a consumer’s health at risk.

The risks and benefits of different alcohols are often misunderstood. Fatty alcohols have a place in skin care formulas, as they benefit the skin by boosting moisture retention. We recommend seeking out natural alternatives to denatured alcohols wherever possible, and carefully monitoring your skin while using any alcohol-based product!

alcohol in skincare


Winter Skincare

Cold temperatures, dry air and indoor heating affects our skin, impairing its barrier function and leaving it vulnerable to dehydration. The top layer of the skin is a barrier which can be damaged. In this case, the bad things from outside get into your skin while the good things that you want to keep in your skin, like moisture, evaporate out. When you’re inside at home or at your office, using a humidifier will add moisture and help keep your skin hydrated. So run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in! Keep in mind to minimize exposure to agents that strip the skin of its natural oils! It may be tempting to take a long, steamy hot shower, but the truth is that these are going to wash away any good oil that your skin generates. As a result, your skin becomes much more vulnerable. So in wintertime, it’s better to take quick showers with water as cool as you can tolerate. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands! Yep, winter skincare routine is challenging.    

Some advice

Going to your local drugstore to find a local salesperson to give you correct advice on what products you should use during wintertime, might not be a very easy task. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment since they can analyze your skin type and give you advice on the skin care products you should use. For now, we can give you some generalized advice. The good news is that a little bit of prep goes a long way in keeping your skin healthy through cold weather. There are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long.

What to minimize or avoid

Be careful in your choice of soaps since the wrong ones can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Products with alcohol are also concerning, because alcohol can strip your skin of natural oils. Look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” referring to artificial fragrances and perfumes, because “unscented” products may contain fragrances. Products containing natural fragrances from essential oils are not problematic and may also be soothing based on their herbal healing properties.


Dry skin isn’t as efficient at shedding its dead cells, so it’s worth investing in an exfoliator to keep dullness at bay. Lightweight foaming cleansers feel great in summer, but in winter when things are altogether drier, it’s worth switching to a hydrating cleanser. Go gently with it as over-zealous peeling can overstimulate oily skin and leave dry skin feeling even drier. The best time to exfoliate is during night time regime since the skin doesn’t have to contend with UV rays afterwards. Truth be told, right now is the best time of year for brightening and exfoliating treatments, as lower UV levels mean skin is less vulnerable to damage. At the end of the process, you should apply a moisturizer to seal in the moisture.


Before getting into more details about creams, let’s talk about SPF for a minute. If you don’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it’s not there! So don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter! The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Also, it is important to keep in mind that on bright days, snow reflects the sun’s rays up to 80% according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Having said that, it’s still worth wearing daily SPF protection. So before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher!

Which moisturizer should I use in the wintertime?

Now, moisturizing is one of the most important steps that one must do in wintertime! Hydration is the key for optimizing skin plumpness and making sure that the skin does not lose its natural oils. You may have a great moisturizer that works just fine in warmer months, but as weather conditions change so should your skin care routine. During the winter months, go for a moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based. The oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Did you know that night lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based? You can focus your search on creams based on oils like coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, buttermilk, cucumbers. If your skin is on the dry side, look for creams with barrier-repairing ceramides and fatty acids since these prevents water loss. AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) recommends you stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances. Furthermore, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can dry your skin even more. Find a an oil cleanser, cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are hydrating, rather than clay-based. Do you use facial oils or a face serum? You should! A couple of drops mixed in to your day or night cream helps to lock in moisture and keep skin petal-soft. Now don’t forget your lips! Our lips have no oil glands of their own, which is why they chap and crack so badly in cold weather. Applying a moisturizing balm such as petroleum jelly can help.


Having all that covered up, it’s not just your face that might need a little extra help in winter. Just because our bodies are swathed in layers of wool and you wear gloves when you go outside, it doesn’t mean they should miss out on a nourishing boost. Cover your whole body in oil-based body creams after every shower. Try finding lotions that contain rich plant-based butters like shea, cocoa or mango butter. Keep in mind that winter isn’t only about chic dresses and boot combos, but also about switching up your usual skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and radiant year long. Happy winter!



Some of our recommended products for winter skincare

Healthy Face Cream – Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer
Silky Body – All Body Lotion
Happy Feet – Best Moisturizer for Cracked Heels
Hand Shake Balm – Best Hand Moisturizer for Dry Hands

Natural deodorants

Natural and organic is the way to go and lately, this lifestyle has grown in popularity.
If you’re eager to go natural, you’ve already started to clean up your diet, going cruelty free in the beauty department, you have also begun to think about what else you can make progress with. Maybe you started purchasing non-toxic cleaning products and you’ve also tried out some natural deodorants but you got pretty bummed about it. Swapping out personal care products can be the most intimidating!

If you walk into any organic market or high-end cosmetic store, you’ll find shelves stocked with alternative deodorants and antiperspirants. What’s the difference between those two?
Antiperspirants are designed to keep you from sweating and their two main ingredients – aluminum and zirconium are added to temporarily plug your sweat glands.
Deodorants mask and neutralize underarm odor, but they won’t prevent you from sweating.

Most antiperspirants also contain the following common ingredients: parabens that act as hormone disruptors, triclosan, which is a known pesticide, and artificial colors and bleaches that can irritate the skin.
Typically, antiperspirants are coupled with a deodorant, which contains the pleasant scent that stops you from stinking.
Now, here’s the question – did all the deodorants you’ve been using until now contain aluminum and did that effect your health in any way?
All the major research into aluminum antiperspirants since the early 2000s has suggested that they’re not a problem, according to Dr. Susan Massick, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

This study from 2004 shows that if you apply a lot of Old Spice leads to DNA damage. Some researchers suggested that the aluminum in the deodorant might be the culprit, and that aluminum-bearing deodorants might be causing breast cancer in women since underarm antiperspirants are applied near the breast. Several scientists have suggested a possible connection between their use and breast cancer.
Some studies suggest that chemicals in antiperspirants, including aluminum, are absorbed into the skin, particularly during shaving. Those chemicals may then interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells, or interfere with the action of estrogen, which is known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells.

After creating a statistic about the health issues of the people using aluminum antiperspirants, scientists thoroughly debunked the idea that women who use aluminum-based antiperspirants get breast cancer more often than those who don’t. This study published in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology examined all the existing research into health issues surrounding aluminum and found no evidence that using this type of antiperspirant leads to breast cancer.
So for the chemical to cause cancer it has to actually enter the body in high doses. A small daily dab of aluminum to the armpit just doesn’t do that. To really purge aluminum from the body, you’d have to get rid of more than just antiperspirant.

People who are truly at risk for aluminum related cancers are for example, the industrial workers at smelters and other plants where’s a high concentration of aluminum-laces dust in the air.
Considering that one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, the idea that antiperspirants might somehow contribute to the disease is a serious claim.
So if you have a chance to potentially reduce your risk of illness by changing up your deodorant, wouldn’t you?
Further concerns about antiperspirants and kidney diseases were raised many years ago. Dialysis patients were given a drug called aluminum hydroxide to help control their high phosphorus levels in their blood. Since their kidney weren’t functioning properly, their bodies couldn’t remove the aluminum fast enough and it started accumulating.
In reality, it’s almost impossible to absorb enough aluminum through the skin to harm the kidneys but the FDA requires antiperspirant labels to carry the following warning: Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease.
Now, we both know that making the transition from conventional antiperspirants to natural deodorants can be a stinky process. We all want to avoid using toxic chemicals, but no one wants to give up smelling fresh and clean in the process. Luckily, you don’t have to!
We at Basic-Naturals prefer the natural way of deodorizing our bodies and have created this amazing product roll on deodorant which is free of aluminum, alcohol and artificial fragrance. This formula is designed for most skin types including sensitive skin. This quick drying formula will eliminate and protect against body odor even in the most intense workout.
Choosing the right organic deodorant product for you requires a little understanding.

Natural deodorants are not antiperspirants. As we were saying earlier, common antiperspirant ingredients (aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium) block your sweat glands from producing sweat. Natural deodorants work by killing bacteria and neutralizing odor so that your sweat doesn’t smell bad.
Natural deodorants also contain plant-based moisturizers. Ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and mineral-rich clay can actually improve the condition of your pits, leaving them smooth and less prone to irritation.
Keep in mind that some natural ingredients work better for some people than others. Baking soda is an amazing deodorizer but some people with sensitive skin find it a bit too harsh for their underarm skin and may want a baking-soda free variety.
People who sweat heavily may prefer an organic deodorant that contains more heavy duty sweat-absorbing powders – kaolin clay and/or cornstarch.
The bottom line is this: there is a natural deodorant that will work for you! Don’t throw in the towel if you’ve gone the natural route and haven’t been impressed yet. You may just need to try different formula’s until you find the right one for you.
The best way to choose a product is to stay informed. Read the labels on products and learn more about the ingredients used in the brands that you use. So don’t forget to check out our roll on deodorant. It might be just perfect for you!


What is organic skincare?

Most of us are aiming to live a healthy lifestyle, whether that means eating healthy, exercising a few times per week, buying organic or reducing our carbon footprint.

In the last few years, the beauty industry has joined the wellness trend by commercializing products with terms like “natural”, “organic” and even “certified organic”. These are the most common marketing works used to describe products that contain ingredients sourced from nature.

Why do you consider organic?

Do you buy organic products because you think they are a great choice for your body or maybe just because it became a popular buzzword? Do you really understand what the term “organic”actually means? Or are you on the fence about switching to natural products?

Basically, the term “organic” refers to how an ingredient was farmed – it must be prepared and grown without pesticides, chemical fertilizers, growth hormones or antibiotics.

organic skin care by basic naturals

When talking about the food industry, organic products are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP) which is run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Producers and manufacturers that meet the NOP standards may label their products as certified organic. These standards were implemented in 2002 in the wake of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) and continue to be interpreted and developed by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). These standards address many factors: soil quality, animal raising, pest and weed control, and also the use of input materials.

If you want more details about the organic products in the food industry please check out the USDA website.

What about when it comes to skincare? And what exactly does it take for a beauty product to be classified as “organic”?

Clean beauty should be focused on transparency and wellness. It’s about brands being clear and honest about their choice of ingredients and ethics.

Organic beauty is about using products that are made from high quality, organic farmed ingredients. Going on the natural beauty path means saving your skin from being exposed to harsh chemicals that are harmful to your body and also leave a significant impact on the environment.

Long story short, given the right nutrients, our skin has the ability to care for itself. Keep in mind that our bodies use nutrients absorbed not only through food, but also through the skin. We tend to be far more scrutinizing about what we put in our body than what we put on it. But what goes on your skin absorbs into your bloodstream and is carried through your body. There are a lot of products packed with chemicals and artificial ingredients that might have temporary positive effects but long-term negative effects. So skincare products can be a major source of toxins.

While organic products are sourced from high quality sustainable sources and biodegradable ingredients, they say no to: toxic chemicals, GMO, parabens, synthetic colors, dyes and fragrances nano particles.

Organic products are also a green choice that’s supporting the planet’s well-being. Organic skincare will most likely have an earth friendly packaging material and even cruelty free from testing on animals.

Women in the US apply an average of 168 chemicals to their faces and bodies every day, according to research by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. How does this happen? Many beauty products will give you instant gratification with skincare results: less visible wrinkles, sun spots disappear, never have acne again! Sound familiar? But we all know there are rarely quick fixes in life.

These products may keep their word but too often there’s a higher price: skin asphyxiation, accelerated dehydration, photo-sensitivity. Does it worth it?

If you want to find out more about safe and unsafe products, please check out this website:

Switching to organic often clears up dermatological issues people have been experiencing for years.

If you want to make sure what you are consuming is healthy, like picking out foods at the grocery store, checking the nutrition facts label on every packaging is the same as paying attention to the ingredients list of your skincare products.

How do we know if a product is organic? There are four options for organic claims — two of them are allowed to use the USDA Organic Seal on their packaging, and two of them are not.

100% Organicthe product contains only organically produced ingredients and is permitted to display the USDA Organic Seal.

Organic the product contains at least 95% organically produced ingredients and is permitted to display the USDA Organic Seal.

Made With Organic Ingredientsthe product contains at least 70% organic ingredients but is not permitted to display the seal.

Less than 70% Organic Ingredients products are not permitted to use the term “organic” anywhere on the packaging (and cannot display the seal) but are allowed to identify organically produced items in the ingredient list.

Beauty products labeled with organic claims must comply with both USDA regulations for the organic claim and FDA regulations for labeling and safety requirements for cosmetics.
If you want to be certain the products they are buying really are organic, they need to look out for the USDA seal. Also, look for specific terms such as “free of parabens” or “free of synthetic fragrance and dye”. Animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax and honey are natural ingredients. If you want to avoid animal-derived ingredients, you also need to check that the product is vegan.

The key to know for sure if there are harmful ingredients in your makeup or skincare products is to read the label. Be aware!

At Basic Naturals, we use organically grown flowers, high quality plant-based oils, pure essential oils and harm-free waxes (organic, first cold press and non-GMO).

“Mother Nature has provided us with everything we need, and that is all we should use.”