Best Clean Beauty Brands at Target: 50 Natural Brands

Best target clean beauty brands

Looking for the ultimate list of clean beauty brands at Target in 2021? Clean beauty has exploded in the last few years and major retailers like Target, Sephora and ULTA have taken notice. In this Target Clean Beauty list I break down 50 brands that are best of clean beauty, cleaner beauty and downright not clean beauty. Finding the best natural beauty products at Target, from natural shampoo to clean skincare, has never been easier. I’m also discussing the new Target CLEAN initiative and why you shouldn’t place all your trust in Target’s label. I hope this guide to the best clean skincare and makeup at Target helps you on your next run!

Target clean beauty brands

In 2019 Target followed in the footsteps of Sephora and launched Target Clean, an icon that lets customers easily find clean and natural products that are formulated without toxins commonly found in most products. Target has nearly 4,000 products that qualify for Target Clean in the beauty and personal care aisles. With so many products that Target considers clean, it can be confusing to differentiate the best clean beauty brands from the average.

The Target Clean label may not be in line with everyone’s clean beauty standards. For example, mineral oil and coal tar are acceptable ingredients in Target’s clean initiative, but are unacceptable under Sephora’s definition of clean. And the Target Clean label has no provision for synthetic fragrance, while Sephora only allows products with synthetic fragrance at under 1% to qualify for the Clean At Sephora label. None of the above ingredients are allowed at The Detox Market.

According to Target’s senior vice president Christina Hennington,

Now, guests can easily shop for skin care, hair care, cosmetics, oral care items and more that are formulated without a group of commonly unwanted chemicals they may not want included in their daily beauty routines.

But what are these “unwanted chemicals” according to Target? As we all know, even water is a chemical. There’s also no one industry wide definition of “clean beauty.” Clean beauty is whatever each brand defines it to be for themselves. For a product to receive the Target Clean label it must contain:

  • No phthalates
  • No sodium laureth sulfate
  • No propyl-paraben
  • No butyl-paraben
  • No oxybenzone
  • No butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • No butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Clean deodorants must not contain aluminum
  • Clean oral care must not contain artificial sweeteners

Target has also implemented 14 wellness icons like cruelty-free, bio-based, organic, non-GMO, plant-based, non-toxic, and vegan, so customers can identify which products would be right for them.

Here’s what I think. Target offers a wide range of clean beauty brands that fall somewhere on the scale of “cleaner” as in clean-ish all the way to 100 percent natural. Is Target taking a step in the right direction? Yes, but there is so much room for improvement. The Target Clean label has so few requirements that just about any product could qualify, making it only more confusing for customers who need completely clean or all-natural products.

IMPORTANT: Please note that clean beauty brands available can vary greatly from store to store. If you’re going to your local Target store, please call and check first to make sure they are carrying the product. I do NOT want people driving in traffic, parking, looking around the aisles only to find the product I said was available at Target isn’t there. Otherwise, all of these clean beauty brands are sold at Target online.

You can also find the Instagram Guide version of my “Target Clean Beauty Guide” along with Sephora Clean Beauty and ULTA Clean Beauty over at @organicbeautylover. Tap on the Guides icon on my page.

BEST CLEAN BEAUTY BRANDS AT TARGET

acure organics brightening facial scrub

1. ACURE

  • Acure is a trustworthy OG clean beauty brand
  • HUGE selection of products for just about everything you need

Cocokind sunscreen

2. COCOKIND

  • AAPI-founded Cocokind offers clean and conscious skincare for all
  • Committed to their core values and always truly clean

Bybi beauty

3. BYBI

  • BYBI is a 100% natural and plant-based beauty brand
  • Sustainability-focused and uses climate conscious packaging and ingredients as well as low-carbon production methods

Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie

4. SHEA MOISTURE

  • Shea Moisture is a clean haircare brand with an amazing selection
  • Tons of options for curly, extremely dry and damaged hair

The seaweed bath co facial bar

5. THE SEAWEED BATH CO

  • The Seaweed Bath Co has a seaweed-focused line of body care and skincare
  • Their firming body lotion is the goat

Sw basics toner

6. SW BASICS

  • S.W. Basics is an OG clean beauty brand with simple, straightforward formulas

Honest beauty primer

7. HONEST BEAUTY

  • Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty offers a wide range of clean beauty products from makeup to skincare and home to baby
    Hero mighty patch

8. HERO COSMETICS

  • HERO Cosmetics makes some of the best pimple patches around

bare republic mineral sunscreen

9. BARE REPUBLIC

  • Bare Republic is an OG clean sunscreen brand though they are not the most purest option available at Target
  • Wide variety of sunscreen options for the whole family
    all good sport sunscreen

10. ALL GOOD

  • All Good makes super clean sunscreens and deodorants
  • Tons of sports options for the active person

Babo botanicals sunscreen

11. BABO BOTANICALS

  • BABO makes clean sunscreens for sensitive and extra-sensitive skin
  • Tons of options for babies AND adults

Nourish organic

12. NOURISH ORGANIC

  • The first personal care products in the US to be Certified Organic under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
  • NOURISH Organic is formulated with organic food-grade ingredients

 

Weleda skin food target

13. WELEDA

  • Originating from Switzerland, Weleda has a 100 year history and is a pioneer of natural medicines and cosmetics
  • Weleda offers tons of body care, skincare and natural remedies

Three ships skincare

14. THREE SHIPS

  • Three Ships believes skincare should be 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan
  • The brand was started by two 23 year-olds so they know what Gen Z wants in their skincare

dermae skincare vitamin c

16. DERMA E

  • Derma E of the largest selections of skin, hair, and body care products I’ve seen in clean beauty with new launches coming out frequently
  • Favorite Derma E products include the new Derma E Scalp Relief line, Universal Cleansing Balm, Scar Gel (their bestseller OG product), SPF Powder Brush, Microdermabrasian Scrub, Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Peel, Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydrogel Patches — and this is just off the top of my head
  • Does include Phenoxyethanol

Dr bronners target

17. DR BRONNERS

  • Dr Bronners is the top-selling soap in the natural beauty industry and uses only the purest organic & fair trade ingredients
  • An activist-minded brand that’s socially and environmentally responsible
  • Dr Bronners gives back to causes like regenerative agriculture, fair trade, animal advocacy, industrial hemp and drug policy reform, and living wages among others

 

Native deodorant

18. NATIVE

  • Native makes some of the most affordable clean and non-toxic deodorants
  • Native launched new clean sunscreens in 2021

Olive and june nail grooming set

19. OLIVE & JUNE

  • Olive & June nail polish is “7 free,” meaning it’s formulated without seven of the most common toxins found in conventional nail polishes: Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Ethyl tosylamide and Xylene
  • Olive & June was originally a Beverly Hills nails salon and set out to elevate the at-home manicure experience at an affordable price

Tenoverten nail polish

20. TENOVERTEN

  • Tenoverten nail polishes are “8-free” and free of the eight most common toxins found in conventional nail polishes
  • Tenoverten has a cult following and launched in Target in 2019 in 800 Target stores across 49 states

Meow meow tweet deodorant

21. Meow Meow Tweet

  • Vegan and sustainable brand Meow Meow Tweet makes a line of natural deodorants, skincare, bodycare and haircare products

Ella mila nail polish

22. ELLA + MILA

  • Ella+Mila are an impressive 17-free nail polish brand with over 100 color options

Teami vitamin c serum

23. TEAMI

  • Originally a tea and matcha brand, TEAMI has a natural skincare line made with plant-based and organic ingredients
  • Some TEAMI skincare products have over 70% organic ingredients
  • Does include phenoxyethanol

 

Sukin rosehip enriching night cream

24. SUKIN

  • Sukin is Australia’s #1 natural skincare brand with incredibly affordable products
  • The best Sukin products include their Face Moisturizer, Foaming Facial Cleanser, Facial Recovery serum and Antioxidant Eye Serum

Thinksport sunscreen

25. THINKSPORT

  • Thinksport makes some of the best SPF 50+ sunscreens that appeal to both men and women
  • Thinksport sunscreens smell just like pina colada
  • Sunscreens for sport fanatics, babies, women and men

Goddess garden sunscreen

26. GODDESS GARDEN

  • Goddess Garden makes clean SPF 50 sunscreens for babies and adults
  • Goddess Garden Face of the Day sunscreen is very liquid-like, thin and great for oily skin
  • Based in Boulder, Colorado and strongly connected to nature and preserving the environment

Zuzu luxe blush

27. ZUZU LUXE

  • ZUZU LUXE makes quality, mineral makeup that’s affordable and performs
  • My favorites include their amazing liquid eyeliner and mineral highlighter

Taos aer deodorant target

28. TAOS AER DEODORANT

  • TAOS AER is of the most popular clean and high-performance deodorants in the clean beauty industry

 

BEST CLEAN PERSONAL CARE BRANDS AT TARGET

Besides clean beauty, Target also has one of the best selections of personal care and feminine care brands available. Peek below to see how you can make the switch on your next Target run!

The honeypot co feminine wash

THE HONEY POT CO

  • The Honey Pot Co is an OG clean feminine care brand (I first used their products five years ago!)
  • The Honey Pot Co offers a wide range of feminine washes, sprays and more in fabulous scents

Touchland hand sanitizer

TOUCHLAND HAND SANITIZER

Davids natural toothpaste

Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste

Hello fluoride free toothpaste

Hello Toothpaste

Schmidts toothpaste

Schmidt’s Naturals

Saalt period cup

SAALT Menstrual Cup

  • A sustainable and clean option to conventional pads and tampons that are filled with pesticides and other toxins that can affect your hormones and fertility
  • I have a full guide on how to use Saalt period cup here

 

Cora overnight pads

CORA

  • Cora makes 100% organic pads and tampons that provide leak protection
  • Luxury in a pad

Organic initiative pads

ORGANIC INITIATIVE

  • Organic Initiative is a fun New Zealand brand that makes 100% organic pads and tampons
  • I currently have these in my bathroom and love them

 

 

CLEANER (CLEAN-ISH) BRANDS

These brands have better to much better formulas than most conventional brands (toxic) but I wanted to create a separate list for them as they aren’t at the level of the Best Clean Beauty list above.

Cleaner brands will include lots of natural and even organic ingredients, but will also have, in order of least toxic to most toxic: more filler ingredients, synthetics, questionable ingredient(s) and/or known toxin(s). Some of the products in their line may contain PEG’s, Acrylate Copolymers, Polyquaternium, Disodium EDTA, etc. There are levels to this guys!

Even if a brand isn’t truly clean, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have products that are formulated better than others within their line. There are levels within these levels, so don’t write off a brand just because I’ve placed them in the “clean-ish” list.

I created two types of lists because many people have to avoid questionable ingredients (ingredients that have conflicting studies on their safety) at all costs due to health reasons. Differentiating between “clean beauty” and “cleaner beauty” allows those who are recovering from life-threatening illnesses or scares to make informed choices. Here is a list of Target’s clean beauty brands that are clean-ish:

Raw sugar deodorant

27. RAW SUGAR LIVING

  • Raw Sugar makes it into the “cleaner” list and not in the truly clean list because the fragrance used in their products are a mix of synthetic ingredients with naturally-derived essential oils
  • Raw Sugar deodorant is made with naturally-derived ingredients and free of aluminum, baking soda, talc and propylene glycol
  • Formula is designed to detox and balance the armpit’s skin barrier while reducing odor-causing bacteria

Rael serum

28. RAEL

  • Rael’s skincare makes it into the “cleaner” list and not in the truly clean list because their products contain more synthetics, including Acrylates Copolymer high up in the ingredients list
  • Originally a non-toxic period care brand, RAEL now offers clean skincare that supports you throughout your menstrual cycle (clever)
  • Rael sheet masks are in my opinion the best product out of their skincare range

W3ll people expressionist mascara

29. W3LL PEOPLE

  • W3ll People makes it into the cleaner list in 2021 because they have had recent formulation changes that include lake dyes and aluminum hydroxide
  • Formerly an all-natural brand, W3ll People was acquired by E.L.F Cosmetics in 2020

Pyt eyeshadow palette

30. PYT BEAUTY

Naturium target

31. NATURIUM

  • Naturium makes it into the cleaner Target list because they do include iffy ingredients like butylene glycol, an organic alcohol derived from petroleum

Pacifica sunscreen

32. PACIFICA

  • Pacifica makes it into the Target Cleaner list because they are first and foremost a completely vegan beauty brand not clean beauty
  • Pacifica makes better products than the worst offenders but cannot be considered truly clean. For example, Pacifica makes synthetic perfumes and chemical sunscreens.

Andalou naturals lift cream

33. ANDALOU Naturals

Art naturals glycolic acid serum

34. ARTNATURALS

Oars and alps moisturizer`

35. OARS & ALPS

No bs night cream

36. NO B.S.

Yuni bakuchiol serum

37. YUNI BEAUTY

Odele volumizing shampoo

38. ODELE

Sweet chef ginger vitamin c serum shot

39. SWEET CHEF SKINCARE

Thayers facial toner

40. THAYERS

Burts bees facial cleanser

41. BURTS BEES

Love beauty planet target

42. LOVE BEAUTY AND PLANET

Physicians formula sea booster vitamin shot

 

43. PHYSICIANS FORMULA

Yes to carrots mud mask

44. YES TO CARROTS

Fortify+ facial moisturizer

45. FORTIFY+

Everyday humans mineral sunscreen

46. EVERYDAY HUMANS

  • Everyday Humans is a sunscreen brand that has a truly clean mineral sunscreen (Rose S’il Vous Plait) but also makes sunscreens with Avobenzone and Homosalate. This is similar to COOLA, who makes both kinds of sunscreens, and what I would not consider a truly clean brand.

Hey humans deodorant

47. HEY HUMANS

Mineral fusion lipstick

48. MINERAL FUSION

Black girl sunscreen target

49. BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN

  • Black Girl Sunscreen is significantly better formulated than the worst sunscreen options, but does use Avobenzone and Homosalate.

 

Winkylux flower balm

BRANDS THAT TARGET CLAIMS ARE CLEAN BEAUTY BUT AREN’T

Some of these are very obvious and make absolutely no sense like Neutrogena and Clean & Clear. But others can be tricky. Most people, if told that Bliss or Soap & Glory are clean beauty brands, will believe it. Brands like Bliss and Soap & Glory are most definitely not clean beauty, but if you don’t have any experience in the natural beauty world, you wouldn’t know any different from what you’re told. Here is a list of brands at Target that aren’t clean beauty:

  1. E.L.F (I keep seeing this included in clean beauty at Target lists and this is NOT a clean beauty brand!)
  2. SUN BUM
  3. AVEENO
  4. WINKYLUX
  5. VASELINE
  6. ST IVES
  7. CERAVE
  8. BIORE
  9. PIXI
  10. BLISS
  11. NEUTROGENA
  12. CLEAN & CLEAR
  13. SOAP & GLORY

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