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Makeup, Lotions & Potions…O My!

There are a lot of rules and restrictions on the hCG diet, and for women, a few restrictions can ruin a carefully crafted beauty routine that may have taken years to perfect.

Makeup, oils, hair conditioner, lotions, moisturizers and such are not allowed on the hCG diet due to oils. If you read the labels of your favorite product, it usually contains some type of oil, butter or other fat derivative.

Dr. Simeons believed that fats and oils should be eliminated from the diet as much as possible, including those from products. He believed that products containing oil would enter the pores and impede weight lose.

For a woman, it can be hard to go without that favorite beauty product or find acceptable replacements. For that reason, I am listing hCG diet products, and others I have personally used for the hCG diet protocol, without issue, in my weight loss.


Bare Minerals. I stared using Bare Minerals foundation in April 2009, and I haven’t used any other foundation since. I find it easy to use and apply, and it provides the coverage I need. I purchased a starter kit, watched the DVD and have been happy ever since. I doubt I’ll go back to the other products I used in the past, as Bare Minerals has not interfered with my hCG diet protocol.

MAC. I started using MAC in 2007 as well, because although I love Bare Minerals foundation, I am not a fan of their eyeshadow. Not because it isn’t good, but because I need a eyeshadow that lasts all day, stays on and I don’t have to reapply. I found the MAC Paint Pot filled my requirements, and I’ve been worry free about my eyeshadow wearing off or needing to reapply it 2-4 hours after initial application. It doesn’t come in a large array of colors, but it works for the natural look, or hint of color look. Does contain some oil, but I have not found that it interferes with my hCG diet.

Bobby Brown. This is another long lasting product. Bobby Brown’s Long Wear Eye Liner is perfect if you need an eyeliner that lasts all day, doesn’t run or smudge and can withstand a few tears. It is gel-based. Now, I cannot find anything that says oil in the product itself, but it may have some. Again, this is another product that has not caused me issues with the hCG diet protocol. The other Bobby Brown product I use is the Mascara. GREAT!

Personal Care

hCG Diet Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner, hCG Diet Personal Care Kit, and hCG Diet Friendly Lip balm


Shampoo. I use Head and Shoulders shampoo in the winter due to over-dryness, and Jason in the spring, summer and fall. I started using Jason in June of 2007 after a month on protocol. It is an organic shampoo, and I had to get used to it not lathering like my previous shampoo or Head and Shoulders. Jason doesn’t lather because it doesn’t contain detergents like most shampoos. I find it works well on my hair and works on the hCG diet protocol.

Deodorant. I’ve used Secret since my teens and I always will. I tried Dove, but it wasn’t as effective as Secret for me. Never interfered with my weight loss. Secret does contain oils. What is recommended did not control my perspiration. Thai Crystal Stick, baking soda (which actually irritated my skin). Jason also has a deodorant that is good for the hCG diet.

Body Lotion & Oils. I had to give up my usual lotions and start using Mineral oil, which is baby oil without the fragrance and added costs. However, it sits on the skin. I don’t particularly like this so, once a month I will also do a Dead Sea soak that I purchase from San Francisco Bath Salt Company. They have an array of salts. The Dead Sea contains no oils, just Dead Sea salt. It makes my skin feel so good after the soak, and I don’t need anything on my skin. This is another product that has not interfered with the hCG diet protocol. And for other lotions that are oil free and organic, hCG Diet Skincare section has other items that you can use.

Hair Care. This is where I was most afraid to go when I did the hCG diet in 2007. I was so used to using products to tame my frizzy hair and oils on my scalp and ends to avoid dryness that I didn’t know if I could overcome it. As above, I changed to Jason for the shampoo and conditioners they have. But I still used a little oil on my ends. My stylists suggested I switch my blow dryer, curling iron and flat iron to ones that contain ions and ceramic. So I went all out and switched. I started using the styling hardware by Ion and one by Conair. AND let me tell you! (This is my flat iron, this is my curling iron (I have a 1 and 1 1/2), and this is my blow dryer.) My hair has never been more manageable and healthy looking. I also learned to help control the frizz by squeezing excess water out, and not rubbing the towel in my hair, but patting it down gently. I posted in a comment earlier, day 1, my hair is okay, day 2-3, it’s wonderful and by day 4 and 5 I’m ready to wash again. My stylist also suggested I go longer between washings due to my severe hair loss. The hair loss is not hCG diet related. And thanks to 6- 5000mcg of Biotin and my Iron pill it’s has stopped!

Soap. I’ve used Dove since my teens, and I use it now to wash with. Dove did not interfere with my hCG diet, although it does contain oil. What is recommended is oil free soaps like tea tree soap and Jason bath and body soap.

Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers. I have used MD Formulations since 1996, have not changed and they have not interfered with the hCG diet. I use the Face and Body Scrub, Facial Cleanser and Cleansing Gel. All three products contain glycolic acid and my skin looks pretty good. The moisturizer I use from this is Continuous Renewal Lotion. None have ever prevented weight loss while on the hCG diet.

You can also use a hCG diet moisturizer from hCG diet skincare products.

Products to Watch Out For:

Lanolin (any)
Cocoa Butter
Coconut Butter
Coconut Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
Cotton Awws Oil
Wheat Germ Oil
Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Avocado Oil
Mink Oil
Olive Oil
Sandalwood Seed Oil
Sesame Oil
Shark Liver Oil
Soybean Oil
Caster Oil
Jojoba Oil
Cajeput Oil

Personal Note:

These are my personal experiences with these particular products. As with anything, YMMV. I do not think a tiny amount of oil will interfere with the hCG diet plan as I’ve made sandwiches with homemade Hurricane Mayo, and used butter and such for Simon. No issues.

Just test things yourself and see what it does for you and if you don’t want to chance it, click to get hCG diet approved products list.

Thank you so much for this post. After one wash with Jason's I started scheming about washing my hair while kneeling over the tub, using gloves... just so I can still use my conditioner. I am tremendously relieved by your information and inspired by your amazing weight loss!
i have alot of grey hair,i had my color done just befor i started hcg, but now iam on p3 as of 4/11.need to this ok
@connie, You will be okay to get your hair colored during P3. Enjoy!
Folic acid is good for hair and nails
So I have been doing my research and plan on ordering hcg and starting this diet ASAP. I thought I understood everything, but after reading the information regarding the oils Im confused again lol. Im not sure what race you are and how much you know about hair, but I have recently gone completely organic and natural for my hair care regimen, which includes using jojoba oil, EVOO, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter,and vegetable glycerin, all of which I think is on that list. These oils have become very important in my hair care routine, and i was just wondering if you know how much an impact they have on the success of the diet, or if you know of any "natural" African American woman that are on the diet, and what they do about their hair.
@Tamieka, You can't use any oils in your hair as it will seep into your body and cause you to not lose or lose very slowly. I would avoid all and any oils in your hair, they clog the hair follicle and have been shown to cause scalp to become dryer. On the ends are great but in the scalp, NO. A common miss understanding as parents greased the scalp and grandparents and so on. I gave up all products like that and hair/scalp much better. Yes I do know a few on the diet, Join the FB page and I'll intro you to other AA women.
ok I work for a medical clinic where we do HCG and here is what he have come up with... Gum: use Spry Gum made my xylitol instead of sugar..I LOVE IT Shampoo: I use Tate's all natural and I LOVE IT the ingredients are AMAZING and most of their products are safe to use on the diet I do use my regular conditioner but only on the ends of my hair and it has NOT stopped my weightloss. For chapped lips I use the all natural Tate's lotion and put a little on my's ok but not the best if my lips get severed I cave an put just a LITTLE Burt's Bees and it has not stopped my weight loss. DOWN 60LBS as of today
Is it ok to continue using coconut oil on my skin and hair? What shampoo are ok?
@nicole, yes you can. For what other products to use see the hCG Diet Store

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