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Our Best clean beauty finds for 2019!

by | Nov 6, 2019 | Clean Beauty, Things we love | 61 comments

We’ve been on the road to living a healthier, more mindful life for a while now and sharing the best clean beauty finds we come across has become a little passion of mine. It’s incredible when you realise the amount of unnecessary toxins “big-name” beauty brands use to “fill” their skincare products making us believe low-level exposure doesn’t matter, hoping we won’t take prolonged use into account. Apps like EWG (Environmental Working Group) and blogs like goop inform us about what really goes into skincare products and why “clean beauty” is a much better option. So, here I am, posting our best clean beauty finds for 2019. Some are new, others tried and tested favourites. I’m sharing them, hoping it will make “going green” a little easier for you too…

Pure Beginnings

Let’s start with the basics… Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs different chemicals at different rates. Some chemicals simply sit on the skin, not letting anything through. For this reason, we’ve always tried sticking to the most natural, organic options available – especially when it comes to basic skincare products we use daily.

The girls have only ever been Pure Beginnings babes and to date, we haven’t had any skin issues.

We use the entire range but our favourites for adult include:

  • The Ylang Ylang Body Wash with Organic Baobab. It smells amazing and always leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed and it’s safe for the entire family to use.
  • Monsoon Eco roll-on. You’ll be surprised to learn how many trusted beauty brands this make aluminum-based antiperspirant. Even with more and more evidence showing the link between breast cancer and the use of these types of roll-ons. Pure Beginnings make their roll-on with Sodium bicarbonate, a natural deodoriser that targets the bacteria that cause body odour. So my body can still sweat and get rid of toxins but without any unwanted odour.
  • The Fresh Mint Toothpaste with Xylitol is the only natural toothpaste that works and tastes good.

Pure Beginnings Clean Beauty Products South Africa

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Electric Toothbrush

While on the topic of teeth… Having sparkling white teeth and healthy gums has always been a priority to me. 11 Years ago I even whitened my teeth but it only lasted a few years and I do worry about the possible negative effects of procedures like these. Don’t even get me started on whitening toothpastes containing microbeads either.

Still, I want that bright smile! Then a few weeks ago I got asked to review the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Electric Toothbrush. It’s the best of the best, top of the range toothbrush with all the bells and whistles included!

  • I love the 5 brushing modes:

Clean – For exceptional everyday clean

Gum Care – Gently massages gums

Polish – Brighten and polish your teeth

Sensitive – Gentle teeth and gum cleaning

White – Removes surface stains (This one is my favourite!)

  • It also has a two-minute timer to help you brush better and a quad pacer interval timer that lets you know it’s time to brush another area of your mouth.
  • You’ll receive 2 brush heads so you could even share the toothbrush with your hubby.
  • A Travel Case that is also a USB Charger
  • AND a Glass Charger to keep next to the sink at home but I’ve only need to recharge twice in the past 6 weeks or so…

After just one month of use, I (and a few kind friends showering me with compliments on my white teeth) noticed a difference. This toothbrush WORKED and removed some stubborn stains too. I know it doesn’t come cheap (retailing on for R2639) but I really see the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Electric Toothbrush as an investment in my oral health. Mr.Perfect has already requested a black one for Christmas.

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Electric Toothbrush

esse Probiotic Skincare

I only recently started using the Esse range but I was instantly impressed.

Organic, cruelty-free, accredited by The Vegan Society and a member of the Carbon Neutral Program (working hard to offset the company’s carbon emissions).

Esse views our skin (just as the environment) as an ecosystem. Both shouldn’t be polluted. They make organic skincare using active ingredients and probiotics.

Probiotics are our symbiotic allies and they protect our skin from pathogens and toxins. We’ll stop using anti-bacterial products that kill both good and bad microbes. We will choose products without synthetic ingredients and harsh preservatives that pollute and destabilise our skin microbiome. We’ll feed our microbes and use treatments that seed our skin with beneficial probiotic species to help ease sensitivity and slow the rate of ageing.

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This local range is on par with leading international skincare brands and worth every penny.

  • My skin’s texture and overall appearance has improved significantly since using the rich moisturiser and sensitive eye cream. No more dryness, far less outbreaks and my skin feels supple. The range does have a medicinal smell but I actually prefer that to product with added fragrances.
  • I struggle with dry lips and can’t go without the lip conditioner. It’s become my number 1. Nothing works this well. I don’t even have to apply regularly. Once a day and I’m good, not missing my dry, chapped lips for a second.


We do not accept that good, effective skincare needs to contain parabens or any toxic ingredients procured at great expense to the environment, and at the expense of women’s health and well-being.

-Stella Ciolli (Founder of SKOON.)

This Cape Town-based skincare brand is available at leading retailers as well as salons all over South Africa and is one of the few local brands that complies with the EWG. Made from only the best naturally derived and organic ingredients SKOON. is never tested on animals and is registered with Beauty Without Cruelty.

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My favourite SKOON. products:

  • The Gel-To-Milk natural makeup remover and skin cleanser is the BEST cleanser I’ve ever used! At first, I had my doubts about using a cleansing milk but seeing my makeup melt away in seconds proved how effective this gentle product is. Massage into damp skin, rinse and repeat if necessary. My skin feels so nourished I sometimes forget to apply moisturiser.
  • The Ruby Marine hydrating mask. This literally works overnight! Once a week I treat myself to an overnight mask simply applying the mask onto my clean skin before bed. I let it do it’s thing while I sleep and wake up with “younger”, better skin the next day.  It’s a quick fix and a must in every women’s beauty arsenal.

Lula Fox

I can’t stop gushing over this brand and the incredible woman behind it all. They have such a passion for showing other women their OWN true beauty and offer professional-grade, ecofriendly, organic make-up. You can read more about Lula Fox on the feature we posted earlier this year, simply CLICK HERE.

For now, however, have a look at our latest makeup tutorial on IGTV. It includes the products mentioned below as I show you how to create a natural summer glow without any of the unnecessary sun damage.

Lula Fox Summer Makeup


Our girls are healthy, active little explorers. Jumping as high as they can, running as fast as their feet can go and climbing every tree in sight. Cuts and scrapes happen but I don’t like using conventional plasters on their wounds. Within minutes I notice redness or a rash around the wound and it actually worsens everything.

Also, finding an old, used plaster on a playground or the garden is just plain gross!

Then we got introduced to PATCH natural bamboo strip bandages. Natural, 100% organic, biodegradable, bamboo fibre bandages free from irritating chemicals. Perfect for sensitive skin types and it’s simply a better option for the environment too.

Patch Bamboo Bandages

The PATCH range include:

  • Light Bamboo for minor cuts and scratches.
  • Tan Bamboo with Aloe Vera for burns and blisters. This worked wonders after I burnt my hand on the stove.
  • Black Bamboo with Activated Charcoal for bites and splinters. Eliana’s scratched up mosquito bites cleared up much quicker after using one of these.

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  • Adorable Panda Bamboo bandages for the kids. These contain soothing coconut oil perfect for sensitive skin and those everyday play incidents.

Patch Kids Bandages

Each cylinder contains 25 hypoallergenic, breathable, bamboo bandages – even the packaging is compostable!

Dear Deer

Our family has been sleeping on our Dear Deer satin pillow slips for over a year and I can’t imagine ever going back to anything else. We see and feel the benefits without doing a thing! Just sleep!

While you’re dreaming your pillow is:

  1. Protecting your skin’s natural moisture levels.
  2. Minimising facial lines, wrinkles, and puffiness.
  3. Keeping dry frizziness, split ends, breakage and hair loss at bay.
  4. Helping your blowouts to last longer.
  5. Hypoallergenic and anti-ageing.
  6. And, satin won’t absorb your expensive night creams either.
  7. It’s also a lifesaver for curly, knotty hair. No more morning fights trying to comb out the girl’s hair.

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Dear Deer is also officially PETA & Vegan approved supporting beauty without cruelty 100%. That means no innocent silkworms needed to die or be abused while making these luxurious pillow slips.

Just get yourself a pillow mamas, you can thank me later.

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In fact, we love this clean beauty find so much…

Giveaway CLOSED – Congratulations Dawn Wallenkamp!

We are giving away a set of two Dear Deer satin pillow slips!

Dear Deer Satin Pillow Slips2

Dear Deer Satin Pillow Slips1

How to enter:
  1. Leave us a comment below telling us what colour satin slips you would like to win!
  2. Make sure you follow Dear Deer on Facebook or Instagram (both would be fab too).
  3. Follow us on either (or both) if you like, @justamammablog or @justamamma
  4. For extra entries be sure to enter on either this Facebook post or this Instagram post as well.
Can’t wait to win? Want to buy now? We have a little discount code!
Add “JUSTAMAMMA” when you checkout OR simply shop HERE and you’ll get 20% OFF and FREE DELIVERY anywhere in South Africa!

Best Clean Beauty Finds

We buy most of our clean beauty finds from Faithful to Nature. They are always updating the brands available and their blog provides wonderful information on living clean.

Read more about our favourite “clean beauty finds” HERE.

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  1. Only entries via Instagram, Facebook and comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. You need to follow Dear Deer on Instagram and/or Facebook to qualify.
  4. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  5. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  6. Competition closes on 20 November 2019.
  7.  The winner is picked at random and announced within a few days after the 20th of November 2019. 
  8. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  9. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  10. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but Just a Mamma and Dear Deer do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

PHOTO CREDIT | Anje-Ilana van Dalen from Madison & West Lifestyle Division.

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  1. Sharleen

    Love Grey

  2. Natasha

    Grey is gorgeous

    • Natasha Prince


    • Marietjie Bezuidenhout

      I simply love the blush. Its my favourite.

  3. Marelize


    • Bernadine

      Dit lyk so lekker sag. Asof ek heeldag sal kan slap. Mal oor al die kleure…hoe kies mens?
      Wat pas by jou beddegoed? Seker dan maar stone of latte.

  4. Dani

    Charcoal is loooovely!

    • Lucinda

      Navy is absolutely beautiful 😍

      • Cheryl Nelson


    • Kirsten Baldocchi

      I have coveted a satin pillow slip forever!!! 😍 The cream one would be divine… ❤️

  5. yvette Van Der Berg


  6. Lyn

    Grey or cream

  7. Lelanie Anderson

    Hierdie lyk amazing!!
    Verseker Coffee of Latte.

    • Gillian Jagger

      Would love to win a cream satin pillow🤩🌈

  8. Anusha Naidoo


    • Melody


  9. Hasina

    Latte 😍

  10. Vicki

    Cream 💕

  11. Jacky Newman


  12. shantel meyer

    Blue 💙

  13. Linda Laing

    Love the blush

  14. Dawn Wallenkamp

    Grey is my favourite

    • Zeenat Carrim

      Love the blush!

    • Mari-Louise

      Congratulations Dawn YOU ARE OUR WINNER!!!!!!

  15. Nirisa Govender


    • Petra Van Der Merwe


  16. Ncuthwa

    Blush please😍😍

  17. Melanie van Wyk

    Love the Blush!

  18. Dominique

    Blue! ♡ thanks for the awesome info on beauty finds 😀

  19. Tanya van Rensburg

    They are all stunning but the grey would look beautiful with my bedding. Love it! 😍

  20. Candice Vincent

    Love the Blush 💕💕💕

  21. Robyn

    Definitely grey – versatile

  22. Lauren

    I’ve wanted to try a satin pillow for ages!! The blush is beautiful! And the charcoal too 🤞🏼

  23. Jacintha Scheepers

    Would love the Latte

  24. Shaaista mahomed

    Omg.. I would love the Charcoal or grey actually any colour will do 😍😍😍

  25. Miriam

    I love the Black

  26. Seshnie Govender

    The black is the bomb. Love it

  27. Dawn Clarke

    I would love the charcoal Grey. would go so beautifully in my bedroom. Im super allergic to so much and my hair is always standing on end every morning.

  28. Clarinda Krishnan

    I would love the grey satin pillow slips please

  29. Lara

    Grey 😍

  30. Nelly Mhlabane

    I would love to win Cream and Latte

  31. Theshnee Reddy

    I’m a sucker for anything in black!! It’s gorgeous and so elegant

  32. Katalin mercer

    These white pillow slips would be the exclamation mark to “beauty sleep”

  33. Soné

    All beautiful, but would love the Stone 🙂

    • Roleen Lutchman

      The grey satin would be lovely . Your product has been what I have been looking for my entire life ! 20 of November is also birthday , so I’m feeling hopeful

  34. Cindy

    I love the coffee colour pillows!

  35. Alishea Pretorius

    Latte is beautiful

  36. Gloria Strydom

    Loving the Latte

  37. Rianka Louw

    Definitely the stone or Grey color. Absolutely love it ❤️

  38. Janine

    Pistachio or Blush! Love love these 💕

  39. Henriette

    Would love they grey!

  40. Barry Nelson

    Blush is Beautiful

  41. Rhoda Twigg


  42. Anusha Govender

    Amazing giveaway love it.

  43. Kim

    Latte looks delicious

  44. Lize

    The grey slips would be lovely.

  45. Vanessa Christiane

    Charcoal – in fact every colour! What an Amazing Giveaway and I absolutely adore your ‘Elf on a Shelf’ Story it’s written so very beautifully I just had to say so.

    Holding thumbs for a Spoil for myself as I almost always give anything I receive to someone who I believe needs a spoil – Paying it forward makes my Soul Sing


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