12 Clean Beauty Essentials to Swap into Your Summer Routine

Summer has finally arrived, and with it comes lots of fun spent outside in the sun and in nature. But while it may be convenient to grab that old sunscreen on your way out the door to the beach, or a plastic water bottle on your way to a hike, we as consumers should be thinking more about what we are putting in and on our bodies during these upcoming summer months.

Unfortunately, many of our usual summer go-to products aren’t doing much to support our health, and are loaded with harmful chemicals we do not need in or on our bodies. Luckily, there are many amazing companies that are making it so much easier for conscious consumers to shop for summer essentials that not only look out for the health of the consumer, but also the health of the planet. So with many fun summer months ahead, I rounded up my top safe, toxin-free, and sustainable summer essentials for you to use and enjoy this summer.



Natural Zinc Sunscreen, Cooling Lip Balm, & Hydrating Face Mist by EiR NYC

EiR is making it simple and safe to protect your skin this summer with their incredible line of high-performance zinc sunscreens, and hydrating after-sun products. I love to use the Surf Mud Pro sunscreen and the Cooling Lip Balm for long-lasting durability for any outdoor summer adventure. Once you have had enough time in the sun, try using the Hydrating Face Mist to naturally remove your sunscreen, while also hydrating your skin with aloe and rose-infused witch hazel.


Hair & Body

Sea Salt Sprays by Captain Blackenship

Whether spending time at the beach, or hiking in the mountains this summer, I love Captain Blackenship for all summer body and hair needs. To achieve those perfect beachy summer waves, Captain Blackenship’s Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray and Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray have you covered. Made from organic aloe vera, sea kelp extract, and with delicious smelling essential oils, these two products are just what you need for healthy, hydrated, summer hair.

Natural Bug Spray by Captain Blackenship

To keep those pesky summer insects away, Captain Blackenship has also created a safe Sail Away Bug Spray that is made from organic essential oils, and can effectively keep mosquitos, flies, and even ticks away! Plus it smells amazing, which is a welcomed change from your traditional bug sprays.


Non-Toxic Deodorants (That Actually Work!)

Deodorant is essential for hot summer days, but that doesn’t mean you should be exposed to harmful aluminum and other unwanted chemicals found in traditional deodorants.

AER Next-Level Deodorant by Vapour

The first deodorant in my round up is Vapour’s AER Next-Level Deodorant which the co-founder, and two-time breast cancer survivor, developed with a mission to create a safe deodorant that also performed! This deodorant was tested on rock climbers, skiers, yoga teachers, and triathletes, so you know it is not only safe, but also can handle any sweaty moment.

Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant by Ursa Major

Next up is Ursa Major’s Hoppin’ Fresh Deodorant, which is made in the beautiful state of Vermont and is a cooling blend of eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, lemon, and is 100% toxin-free. This deodorant has an easy roll on application, a deliciously fresh smell, and has gained quite the cult following over the years.

Activated Charcoal Deodorant Stick by PiperWai

Lastly, PiperWai’s Activated Charcoal Deodorant Stick is another clean deodorant favorite packed with activated charcoal to help absorb moisture fast! This deodorant is void of all harmful chemicals, and uses essential oils to help kill odor-causing bacteria fast.



Everyone loves that perfect summer glow, but with hot days ahead it is even more important to keep makeup light and simple. These are my top three clean beauty essentials that are versatile, and just what you need for that perfect summer look.

Narcissist Foundation Stick by W3LL People

When it comes to summer foundation, I love W3LL People’s Narcissist Foundation Stick for its versatility. This foundation is made from safe ingredients and is great to take on the go with its easy application stick.

“Un” Powder by RMS Beauty

For those extra sticky days, I reach for RMS “Un” Powder, which is free from parabens, talc, and perfumes. This is the perfect ultra-fine, clear setting powder that prevents excess oil from building up on hot summer days.

Lip C.P.R by Suntegrity

Lastly, to keep your sensitive lips protected, I love Suntegrity’s Lip C.P.R with SPF 30 in Sunny Blush. It’s the perfect lipstick that also protects your lips from the harsh summer sun. This lipstick comes in eight shimmering colors and provides protection and hydration without compromising on color or long-lasting performance – you most likely wont be able to choose just one!

Photos via EIR NYC, Captain Blackenship, Vapour, Ursa Major, PiperWai, and Follain

Megan Faletra

Megan Faletra (MS, MPH, RDN) is a global health dietitian, eternal optimist, and the founder of The Well Essentials, where she is devoted to helping others create a sustainable healthy life that supports a healthy body and planet. She believes in the power of individuals, and that by rethinking the way we choose to consume, we can change how we view the world, and most importantly how we impact it.