For Brooklynite Sacha Dunn, “clean beauty” may refer to her taste in skin-care products—or to a sparkling kitchen countertop, all-natural dish soap perfectly positioned.
Dunn co-founded Common Good with her husband Edmond, and their healthy household cleaning formulas come packaged in chic, refillable bottles that complement your West Elm serving bowls (in fact, they once co-branded a line for the company).
The pair worked as lifestyle magazine stylists before starting Common Good. “Our styling jobs sort of allowed us to recognize trends before they actually happened,” Dunn says, and their “aha moment” came during a trip home to her native Australia.
“We were doing lots of laundry because our kids were babies,” she says. “In Australia, everyone refills their laundry detergent like milk cartons. We realized, why can’t we do this back in New York City?”
So, they developed an all-natural formula with a team of chemists and tested out a refill station at Forager’s Market in Dumbo back in 2010. The response was overwhelming, and you can now refill your bottles at a variety of stores and markets all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Common Good also went on to introduce a bevy of other products, from window spray to hand soap.
But since you can’t take off makeup with all-purpose spray, we found out which non-toxic beauty products Dunn is cleaning up with when she’s not focused on stains and grime. —Jamie McKillop
1. EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($24) Born and raised in Australia, sunscreen is my obsession. I wear SPF 40+ every day, even in winter. This brand was recommended by my dermatologist as being safe but also gets a good rating on EWG [Environmental Working Group]. It’s sheer and doesn’t make me look ghostly white.
2. Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser ($75) A couple of years ago I was given a bottle of this cleanser and fell in love with it because I’d never used a cleanser that changed the texture of my skin so much, and so much for the better.
3. S.W. Basics Cream ($27) This product saves my life, especially over the fall and winter months when my skin gets really dry. It adds so much moisture without being greasy. I keep a jar next to my bed and one on my desk.
4. Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant ($122) I first got this product 15 years ago in Australia. One bottle lasted me about 10 years! It is the perfect exfoliant. Tea tree is a natural antiseptic and seems to be crushed up bits of sticks, so it has a lot more grit than other exfoliants. It’s a powder so you just add a little to your cleanser and mix them together.
5. Stewart & Claire Lip Balm Old Fashioned ($6) The scent is “Old Fashioned” like the cocktail, and I love it. Even in the morning. It’s all-natural and made with pure essential oils.
For more information, visit www.commongoodandco.com