I’m on a mission to “green” every part of my life. This is clearly not something that will happen overnight and it will take a lot of adjustments over a long period of time. This is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile but it is overwhelming for me to even figure out where to begin. I read a few books that detail all the things that you currently have and what the problem is with them. One night I literally had to stop reading because I started to freak out about all the stuff in my house that was potentially “bad” for me. While I may want to, one thing I will not do is throw out all our conventional items for “greener” items; that’s a bit wasteful. Instead I will evaluate all my purchases and when something needs to be replaced I’ll replace it with a “greener” option.
My latest challenge is makeup and beauty products. First off, I’m not a big girly-girl. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I’m not really a products person. It’s not because I don’t like that stuff; I just feel like I don’t have time to actually use it! When it came time to replace my makeup which consists of eye liner, mascara, and pressed powder I searched for a product that was truly natural. What I found is that many of these “natural” and “organic” products really are not! After doing some research I found that a lot of ingredients that are banned all over the world for a variety of toxicities are actually still used in a lot of our products here. I ended up with 100% Pure products because I can actually read the ingredients and several sources recommended it. The products look really good and they last just as long as conventional products. I have the coconut body wash as well which smells nice. I plan on trying their lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and baby wash for my kids as soon as we run out of what we have now. My only quirk with them is that they run out of stock very often. Oh, and if anyone likes nail polish, I swear by Zoya which is another great product! My toes are always painted but I don’t bother with my finger nails since I do so much gardening! Zoya is a vegan product and free of many of the chemicals that can be in nail polish and they have hundreds of colors.
I do want to try some DIY lotions and facial washes but haven’t had time yet. Are you a products person? Do you have a favorite brand that you use on a regular basis? If anyone has some great recommendations for organic or natural body care or makeup products I’d love to hear them!
Some cool sources:
Skinny Bitch: Home, Beauty & Style – Book
The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World - Book