As a holistic nutrition nerd with a curiosity for all things wellness-related, I have tried more healthy living products than I care to count! But only a few of them have made a loyal customer of me. Introducing my List of Favorites—a curated showcase of the go-to brands and products I highly recommend to both my clients and friends for a natural, non-toxic lifestyle. I have tested every recommendation on this page, as well as conducted my own research to make sure each brand meets my personal standard of quality. As always, I suggest doing your own research before purchasing to make sure the product is a solid fit for you and your needs.
Before diving into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of these recommendations contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase through the link(s) on this page. While using these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help support With Candor Wellness. As always, thoughts and opinions are completely my own—and these resources are all from companies I personally use and love. Please trust that I would never partner with a brand that I do not have experience with or whose mission I don’t truly believe in.
In a nutshell: Beautycounter is a revolutionary beauty brand with one sole mission: to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Whether you’re on the hunt for clean skincare, makeup, haircare, or sun protection, Beautycounter has it all!
Why I love it: Not only are they leading the charge in the fight for #betterbeauty, but they’re also making waves in the industry for offering an array of high quality products that actually WORK. I am personally obsessed with their Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer and Countertime anti-aging line! I became a Beautycounter consultant so that I could spread the message about nontoxic beauty, but I can’t say I don’t love the perks that come with it. If you’re interested in working towards safer skincare for all, or are simply wanting to boost your income in a fun and fulfilling way, give me a shout and I’d be happy to share why joining the team is worth it!
In a nutshell: The Sephora of green beauty, Follain offers a wide variety of curated products formulated without harsh or harmful ingredients.
Why I love it: Follain sources from over a hundred #cleanbeauty brands—a few of my favorites being One Love Organics, Ilia, and W3ll People—and follows a rigorous 5-step approval process to determine what products belong on their shelves. You won’t find any shady ingredients here, for one thing, but they even go a step further than that. A product is only deemed worthy if it is smells good, has a nice texture, comes in sensible packaging, and makes the Follain team excited about using it (which only accounts for about 10% of the total products tested), so you can darn well bet you’re getting the crème de la crème of the green beauty industry.
In a nutshell: Native Deodorant is a California-based company that specializes in aluminum-free deodorant for sensitive pits. They also sell cruelty-free and nontoxic bar soap, toothpaste, and body wash.
Why I love it: Honestly, this stuff works. I have tried countless brands of natural deodorant, and this is the only one I’ve found that keeps me smelling and feeling fresh all day long without having to reapply a million times. Formulated with calming ingredients like coconut oil, Milk of Magnesia, and shea butter, Native is ideal for sensitive skin and has never once left me with angry-looking pit rashes or painful dryness (looking at you, Schmidt’s). Of the scents I’ve tried so far, Coconut & Vanilla and Blackberry & Green Tea are my faves—but I really want to try Pumpkin Spice (cuz #basic)!
In a nutshell: Founded by Paleo food blogger and fitness author Mark Sisson, Primal Kitchen is a one-stop shop for delicious Whole 30-compliant dressings, marinades, sauces, collagen powders, and protein bars.
Why I love it: Say goodbye to your ordinary soybean oil- and sugar-laden salad dressings and marinades! Primal Kitchen specializes in clean condiments chock full of healthy fats and ZERO sugar so you don’t have to worry about slathering on the flavor. (We always keep a jar of the Avocado Oil Mayo and Unsweetened Ketchup on hand!) My absolute favorite product, however, is the Collagen Fuel Drink Mix—offered in Vanilla or Chocolate—to blend into smoothies for that extra boost of protein (and to keep your skin baby smooth). Get 10% off your first purchase of any product by using the code WITHCANDORWELLNESS at checkout!
In a nutshell: The Ava Bracelet tracks ovulation while you sleep using five physiological signals of fertility, including body temperature, resting pulse rate, breathing rate, sleep patterns, and heart rate variability ratio, for ultimate accuracy.
Why I love it: I’m not exaggerating when I say that Ava played a huge role in my becoming pregnant naturally. I’d been charting my cycles for years based on cervical mucus observations, but it wasn’t until I invested in the Ava fertility tracker that I knew for certain if I was even ovulating. (The accuracy was spot on the month I conceived, even with my history of irregular periods.) Plus, I love that it’s so simple to use—you’ll never have to groggily mess with a thermometer in the early morn again!—and it records everything automatically in a handy dandy little app on your phone for easy access. Easily the best $300 I’ve ever spent.
In a nutshell: EverlyWell provides 30+ at-home testing kits—from fertility to food sensitivity—that anyone can order online and have shipped straight to their door without ever stepping foot in a doctor’s office or lab.
Why I love it: Convincing your doc to run certain labs (and then provide you with an explanation of the results) is sometimes a more difficult task than it needs to be, but with EverlyWell, there’s no need to go through a middleman. Simply choose your test, collect the samples yourself with easy-to-follow instructions, and ship it back free-of-charge! Within a few days, you’ll have accurate, physician-reviewed results and detailed explanations from a CLIA-Certified Lab right in your online portal. I personally have taken the Women’s Health Test, and think it’s a fantastic resource for everyone struggling with hormonal imbalances. Get 12% off your next order by using the code 2019 at checkout!
In a nutshell: Grokker is a video-based wellness website created by one busy mom who saw a need for a flexible and effective fitness regimen that didn’t break the bank. For only $14.99 a month, subscribers can access over 4,000 exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness videos straight from a growing community of experts.
Why I love it: I used to pay an exorbitant amount of money to attend boutique-style classes for my fitness fix. That is, until I realized just how much cash I was dropping each month to get my booty kicked by a skinny blonde instructor with excellent taste in workout wear. Let’s just say, Grokker is the answer to my fitness and financial woes! The variety of videos ranges from yoga to HIIT, and they’re the perfect combination of challenging and fun—a must for me to actually stick with it. Not sold? Try your first two weeks for free!
In a nutshell: RealPlans is a weekly meal planning app focused on real food based recipes and adjustable by family size and specific diet.
Why I love it: I’ll admit, I’ve never been a committed meal planner—and to be totally frank, it’s my least favorite chore. Much to my husband’s disappointment, I typically fly by the seat of my pants where meals are involved, which ends up resulting in a breakfast-for-dinner situation several days a week. But RealPlans was the first meal planning app I discovered that made me actually look forward to getting my act together in this department, and I’d recommend their convenient, customizable program to anyone who dreads the Sunday recipe search. Not only does it cater to your dietary restrictions (Whole30? AIP? Vegan? No problem!), but it also does all of the heavy lifting for you with TONS of delicious recipes to choose from and even an integration with Instacart. Try it completely FREE for 14 days here!
In a nutshell: Thrive Market is an online marketplace that sells everything from pantry staples to home decor (and now sustainably produced meat and seafood!), all at 25-50% off retail price.
Why I love it: The options! You won’t find most of Thrive’s specialty brands in your regular, run-of-the-mill grocery store, and the savings are bomb. Just this year, I’ve saved almost $500 from shopping with Thrive, and that’s after the $59.95 annual membership fee. The items I buy on repeat: sustainably-sourced wine (yep, they have alcohol!), cooking oils, nut butters, ghee, coconut wraps, granola, canned fish, dark chocolate, protein bars, and cassava flour “tortilla” chips—not to mention my laundry powder, dishwasher detergent, and bath products. If you’re easily overwhelmed, check out their Starter Kits!