Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Skin Care

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Courtney


Did you know that most brands of makeup and skin care products contain toxic ingredients that can cause cancer, reproductive problems, disruption of the endocrine system, allergies, and a whole mess of other nasty problems? It’s true. All it takes is a little experimenting with the Cosmetic Safety Database to see how many parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other icky ingredients are found in the beauty products you see in corner drugstores. Cosmetics are not as heavily regulated in the United States as they are in Europe, which means if you care about your health, you should be careful and read those labels before rubbing anything on your skin.

Fortunately, there are some responsible and eco-friendly beauty experts out there who are producing makeup and skin care lines that are safe and make us beautiful. One such beauty expert is Ava Anderson, who has launched a non-toxic skin care line that scores a big fat zero in the Cosmetic Safety Database’s toxicity scale. That means nearly every one of her products is completely safe for everyday use, so your skin can be healthy and glowing without the use of nasty chemicals.

Oh, and did I mention that Ava is only 15 years old? That’s right — this high-schooler recognized the need for non-toxic beauty products and did something about it. I can say with absolute certainty that I was nowhere near that cool when I was 15. (Heck, I’m still not that cool.)

Now a fully functioning, privately held company, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic was kind enough to send me three samples from its skin care line, which I happily agreed to review. The first thing I tried was the toner, which comes in a 3.4 oz. bottle. Unlike other toners I’ve used, this one is designed to spray directly onto your face. I found it to be very gentle and not at all harsh on my sensitive skin. I also didn’t get any of that tingling, stinging feeling that astringents can cause. This toner uses yucca, a natural antiseptic, and witch hazel, which opens pores and washes away impurities. It moisturizes my skin without making it greasy and, after several days of use, my skin looks clearer and doesn’t dry out as easily. I highly recommend this toner.

The next product I tried was the moisturizer (which I was especially happy to receive because I had JUST run out of my previous moisturizer). This comes in a 1 oz. bottle. I’ve used it every morning and night for a couple of weeks now, and my skin stays nice and hydrated all day long and I’ve had nary a breakout. This moisturizer is made with shea butter and natural fruit oils, which gives it a light scent that, to me, smells like grapefruit. Don’t worry, the smell is not strong enough to compete with perfume or other scents you may be wearing. I’m likely to buy this moisturizer again after this bottle runs out (which, by the looks of it, will not be for quite a while. An ounce of facial moisturizer goes a long way.)

Finally, I tried the sugar lip scrub. I’ll be honest here: Lip scrubs are a little weird to me. I can never figure out how to get the excess sugar crystals off my lips without also wiping off the moisturizing ingredients. That’s not a knock against this particular lip scrub — it does indeed buff away any chapped parts of my lips and leaves behind a nice minty smell, and besides, I’m probably doing it wrong. If you are a fan of lip scrubs and want one made with shea butter, pistacia seed, and sugar, I’d recommend this to you.

Overall, I’m very impressed with Ava Anderson and her skin care products, and I’m likely to order from her website next time I’m stocking up on beauty products. I invite you to do the same.


  1. Wow! I am so impressed with this line! (And REALLY cute package design!) I think at 15 I was too busy thinking about Jordan Catalano to consider skin care. :)

    April 28th, 2010 at 10:45 am
    Comment by Allie
  2. This product is really good for those who care about their skin. I recommend it 5/5

    April 30th, 2010 at 1:04 am
    Comment by Samantha
  3. Here is a great idea with the lip scrub – rather than wipe it off, just lick your lips to remove the sugar crystals and the shea butter is left behind.

    May 1st, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Comment by Mona
  4. I was just talking about the cosmetic database with my sister yesterday, and we were both looking to switch products, or set up a home lab in the basement to try and craft something safe…This will be much easier! I’ll give these products a try, and see if they work for me. Thanks for the heads up.

    May 8th, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    Comment by Amy@GreenGardenista
  5. I to fell in love with the Ava Anderson Products the day I was introduced to them. I instantly joined her team and became a distributor.

    The green movement is here to stay because its the only safe choice available for those who care about there heath, there families, there pets and the environment. Please visit my website to see other non toxic products that can contribute to a healthier tomorrow and a more prosperous future.



    May 11th, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    Comment by Amy
  6. There are so many wonderful anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, anti-oxident, anti-inflammatory, etc properties to the ingredients used in this skin care line! I’ve been using this skin care line for 6 months and I’m STILL amazed every day at how soft my skin is (especially around my eyes & nose where it always used to be dry).

    A great tip I learned – the Toner doubles as moisturizing body spray and hand cream!

    May 20th, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Comment by Leanne
  7. I love the Ava Anderson Products, I was brand loyal to another company for 15 years and my face has never looked so good since I started using the products in January!! I want to let everyone know how great these products are and about the toxic message that Ava wants everyone to know about.

    With the toner you can keep it in the fridge for one of those hot days and spray away if feels so good cold, great refresher and you can spray your feet and hands with the toner. If I’ve been on my feet all day its great to spray them and they are ready for the night!


    May 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am
    Comment by Diane
  8. I too fell in love with these products and immediately became a consultant. Do not let her age fool you, Ava KNOWS her stuff! She is amazing! The products make your skin feel so clean and healthy and just a little bit goes a long way! The lip scrub is one of my favorites and I just lick the sugar off.

    If you are on Facebook, fan Ava’s page as they are always posting important information on this important message.

    Shelly Coulombe

    May 20th, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Comment by Shelly
  9. Great post! I love these products. I can’t wait until they add more products. I have a son who is a cancer survivor so I’ve done research. Reducing the toxins in our personal care products is certainly a factor in cancer prevention.

    July 23rd, 2010 at 11:43 am
    Comment by Laura Kulp
  10. This is a really helpful article. Natural skin care products unreal with essential oils can help repair and indulge your skin from within since they are gilded in antioxidants and leave benefit reverse or halt the process of extrinsic aging from within.

    June 17th, 2011 at 5:28 pm
    Comment by Gwen
  11. Another Ava Anderson Non-Toxic fan here! LOVE the products and the mission behind the company. http://nontoxicga.com/

    July 7th, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Comment by Ashlee
  12. This is so shocking. I was recently able to locate the only product in the entire world that is honest to God “Chemical Free” I am repulsed that I have been poisioning myself, and my babies and was blind to the truth and fooled by marketing execs who can basically use gasoline in skin cream without ever having to tell me the consumer they are doing it. I am using I am using Made from Earth Organic Aloe Therapy and Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum.

    I am proud of today !And my skin looks and feels amazing !

    August 15th, 2011 at 10:10 pm
    Comment by Megan A
  13. Actually, this line of products is unimpressive! It does in fact, contain ingredients that are harmful and irritating to the skin. Natural is not always best, and most people do not understand this fact. Would you use a concoction of poison ivy on your skin? No, I did not think so. You should not use this line of products either, as it relies on witch hazel and citrus extracts, which are photo-toxic and damaging to the skin.

    April 14th, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    Comment by Trenton Wozniak

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