Last weekend, I attended a Safe Makeup and Face Care class. Did I surprise you? I surprised myself!
I'm not much into makeup. Or even skincare. I aim for that minimalist, environmentalist, use few products, create little waste state of mind. My shampoo comes in a bar. My conditioner is vinegar mixed with tea. I brush my teeth with "natural toothpaste" and a Preserve toothbrush. That's my beauty routine.
So what was I doing at a cosmetics class?
Whole Foods offers free, private classes for groups. A fantastic green mothers club from a few cities over set it up and invited my green book club. The turn out was amazing. It was a great opportunity to meet other green moms, take a break from the kids on a Sunday afternoon and to do something girlie. We may be "green moms" but that doesn't mean we're not girls.
Besides, the class wasn't all that girlie. ;-) We learned about the scary ingredients in mainstream cosmetics - ingredients that you don't want on your skin or in the environment. We inspected the reduced packaging efforts of the organic small business lines that sell at Whole Foods. And were privy to one of the best kept beauty secrets of women everywhere, one that Crunchy Chicken coincidentally divulged while I was at the class. Coconut oil.
My biggest take away from the class, though, had nothing to do with skincare. It was that it helps to think outside of the apocalyptic box. That people want to connect in positive, fun ways as well as meaningful, environmental ways. That we can share ideas on community building, home cleaning and local eating over some organic mascara and toner. That green moms are a truly beautiful group - inside and out.
Pretty is as pretty does and these beautiful women do quite a bit.