Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Beauty is Skin Deep

Sitting at a table with friends and green moms I'd never met, I listened to the Whole Foods cosmetologist discuss skin care: what to avoid, what was safe, what brands had the fewest ingredients. I posted about my Safe Skin Care class a few weeks back but didn't think to share the details of what I learned until I read through the Beauty . . . Or The Beast chapter of Diane's MacEachern's Big Green Purse.

When I embarked on a cleaner beauty routine, I did it for the sake of the environment. I wanted to cut out packaging, ditch plastic bottles and reduce resources sucked up by needless beauty products. The toxins contained in those products - and my personal health - hadn't really factored into my decisions. Discussing skin and body care with toxin-free gurus, The Smart Mama and MamaBird, at Blogher, coupled with my Whole Foods skin care class and The Big Green Purse, motivated me clean out the rest of my medicine cabinet.

The best way, I've found, to find a cleaner product is to read the ingredients. Here is a list of ingredients deemed unacceptable by Whole Foods Market's Premium Body Care standards. An even easier way, though, is to pick products with fewer ingredients and to aim for only ingredients that you can identify. The unpronounceable ones are generally bad but, in particular, you want to avoid the following:
  • phthalates
  • parabens (usually these show up with "paraben" being the last part of a multi-syllable word)
  • trislosan
  • propylene glycol
  • sodium lauryl sulfates
Below are the skin and body care products I use. I've gradually migrated to them over the last 15 months or so. As a result, changing products hasn't been especially expensive. When I run out of something, I pick a replacement that is less toxic, with less packaging and/or less impact. Dropping some products or using them less as both Burbanmom and The Big Green Purse also keeps costs low. Better still, try, as Diane MacEachern and my Whole Foods instructor suggested, and go a day or two a week without any make up or hair care products. Give your body, your bank account and the environment a break.

HAIR CARE:



I use and love my Burt's Bees shampoo bar. Some folks dislike the residue but I've always felt that it means my hair is clean. I notice no difference once my hair is dry. It only has about 14 ingredients - all recognizable - and has the added benefit of no plastic packaging.
I use a vinegar rinse in lieu of conditioner. I got the recipe from Life Less Plastic last winter and have been loving it ever since. It is super cheap, I'm in control of all the ingredients and it has virtually no packaging. Bonus - I reused a plastic bottle headed for the recycle bin as my dispenser. Here's how to make it:
1 liter of hot water (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup vinegar
1 bag of herbal tea, for fragrance

I'm not one of those people who feel that they can pass up on hairspray entirely. My hair just won't let me. Instead, I use Aubrey Organics Natural Missst hairspray. This one has a bit more ingredients than I would like (anyone have an alternative??) but it works great, even watered down a little, and I don't use it every day. Unfortunately, the bottle is plastic but I eek out as much as I can and then recycle the #2 bottle.
A couple times a week, I've got some unruly hair going on and will whip out my texturizer to subdue strands. I use John Masters Organics bourbon vanilla and tangerine hair texturizer. This was a recent purchase and I love the way it works . . . and smells. Makes me hungry. It comes in a glass bottle with a plastic lid.
ORAL CARE:

Preserve toothbrushes, made out of recycled yogurt bins (#5 plastic) and recyclable through a return envelope available at the purchase site, seem to be the best bet.
I purchased my lip balm from the beekeeper at my farmers' market. Although the tube is made out of plastic (next time, I'll see if she can do it in a glass jar), the product is local, contains a handful of recognizable ingredients, and helps keep local bees buzzing.
Eco-Dent dental floss is hands down the most eco-friendly floss I've found. It is vegan waxed and comes in a paper (not a plastic) box that is printed with soy ink. The floss tends to come apart between teeth that are very closely spaced but it works well for me and my kids.
A lot of people use baking soda or homemade toothpaste instead of store-bought. I'm sorry. I'm a dentist's daughter and I just cannot do that. I use Jason Sea Fresh Gel and have for several years. It tastes good, works well and comes in a recycled plastic tube that is allegedly recyclable. Where and how, I have no idea. It has more ingredients than I would like, though. Anyone have a store-bought toothpaste without tons of ingredients that they love?
SKIN CARE:

I'm not one to use a bunch of skin care products. First, I'm lazy. Second, I have sensitive skin that reacts to virtually everything. Here is what I do use, though:
I love the California Baby sunblock products. They seem to be the least toxic available and work really well. We've been using these - especially the stick - for several years.
I was a dedicated Cetaphil user for years but finally ran out a couple months ago and made the switch to a less toxic brand, Earth Science. The lotion applies beautifully, my sensitive skin loves it and it is paraben free. The ingredient list, though, is littered with long, methyl-sounding ingredients - not on the Whole Foods "No!" list but still . . .
For hand cream, I use one that comes in a glass jar from a local beekeeper. I love stuff like this that you can get local and can readily identify all five ingredients. Plus, it works great on dry, gardener hands.
COSMETICS:

I told you I was makeup-lite. This really is all I own. Because I use makeup only a couple times a month, it was the last thing I got rid of. After attending the Safe Skin Care Class, though, I decided that the stuff I had was better off in a landfill than on my body or down the drain.
I purchased some concealer from Lavera, an organic brand that specializes in sensitive skin. It is made with a long list of ingredients, only about half of them recognizable, and comes in a plastic tube (sorry Beth! but sometimes a girl has GOT to cover up a pimple). It does work really well and is way better than that three year old tube of Cover Girl I was using.
I also bought a Lavera compact for face powder. I'm not completely thrilled with the ingredients or packaging on this one but I am happy with how it works, it is less toxic and I will only use it a couple times a month.
Last on the list is my mascara - I had to take it out of the box for its photo op. It is from Zuzu and our Safe Skin Care Class instructor loves it. Again, it comes in a plastic tube that cannot be recycled so thumbs down on packaging. However, the mascara is made from nine ingredients - all of which are easily identified. Does it work? I'll let you know when I get around to trying it out.
There you have it. If beauty is skin deep, I'd like my skin to be as toxin-free as possible. What about you? What beauty secrets do you have to share? Anything homemade? Less toxic or less packaging than I've listed here?

33 comments:

Burbanmom said...

I LOVE my goat soap products from the farmer's market. She provides me with my soap, shampoo, lip balm, body lotion and a nice brown sugar foot rub that de-callouses the toughest rhinocerous feet.

Unfortunately, my rosacea requires a salacylic acid toner, as well as a medicated cream. Neither of which are particularly eco-friendly.

As for makeup, I've made a huge switch from LOTS to LESS. Most days I go a la naturale, moderate days are mascara only and fancy-shmancy days are full battle-ready war paint. I like the way my old stuff works and, although it isn't perfect, it doesn't contain the dreaded toxins they warn against. I'll probably keep it all until I die.

Would love to hear how you like the mascara, though!

Abbie said...

I use Honeybee Garden products. You can check them out on their website. I like the hairspray, but like you, I only need a little bit. I experimented with making my own, but it wasn't so great...

I love their odor free nail polish and polish remover, which I use on my toes. It resists chipping really well and comes in pretty colors. It's so cool to apply nail polish without the smell. It's a little difficult to remove, but way better than the alternative in my opinion. My fingernails are polish free.

I also use eyeliner and mascara from Honeybee Gardens. They've been wonderful for my allergy eyes! But the best thing I can do is skip makeup for the allergies. I haven't been wearing it all that often this summer, but when I go back to school (in less than two weeks!) I'll have to start again. Otherwise I blend right in with the teenagers...

In addition to that, I use Burts Bees, Noah's Naturals and Tom's of Maine.

This was a great post, very informative! Maybe I'll do one like it (although I think I just kinda did right here in the comments....)

knutty knitter said...

Lets see...baking soda and water for hair, local soap, a pinch of baking soda for armpits, toothpaste via the dentist - she insisted - coconut oil for anything rough. That's it. (I think there's some powder foundation somewhere but its about 3 or 4 years since I used it. Probably hiding in the detritus at the bottom of the bathroom cabinet.)

What I really need to sort is the medicines. There are old antiseptic creams, athletes foot stuff, cough medicines and other bits and pieces all hiding in various nooks and crannies that need to go.

viv in nz

Bobbi said...

Great post! I use no 'poo, vingear rinse and coconut oil for my hair; baking soda for teeth; and coconut oil to moisturize. I don't wear makeup, so that's not a problem. The only problem I have is deordorant - I can't find a substitute for my Dove solid.

Beany said...

I've gone deodorant free after I found baking soda (and baking soda + corn starch) to be too much of an irritant. On our recent bike trip I didn't use anything, and I actually didn't smell that bad. However I will be using cloth wipes to give myself a rub down if I can't shower every day and I've decided to use Sara's concoction of Dr. B's liquid soap with lavender oil, and tea tree oil. I also got some eucalptus oil for chasing out the bugs.

And also thanks to Sara, I've been using Prairie Land Herb's solid perfume for over a year now and its going to last me several more years.

I've been using a honey based soap from the farmers' market for about 6 months now and I love it. And I found Burt's solid shampoo too be weird on my hair so I've been on the baking soda/ACV rinse (as per FPF's directions) for the past month or so. Over the weekend I washed my hair with plain water and it worked fine.

jennconspiracy said...

Curious to know how that Earth Science moisturizer works for you long term - it makes me break out like crazy.

I've never used deodorant or any substitute - what are you people doing to get so stinky? Oh, eating meat. Nevermind. :P

Lisa Sharp said...

everydayminerals.com is the makeup I use. The containers are made from recycled plastic and or biodegradable containers. :) I love the makeup and it's very natural and the company was started by a mom.

Anita Kaiser said...

Great post. I love that you have various photos to help identify the products. Just curious if you've ever heard of the MiEssence line fo products, skincare, haircare, oral care, and cosmetics. Take a peek if you have a second. www.MiOrganic.ca

cheers!

MamaBird said...

Not to be a comment hog, but I had to say I *love* this post and don't have time right now to back and forth on products with you. But I will later!

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Now Jenn. Meat is not the only thing that makes people stinky. I find that my B.O. is much worse when I'm drinking coffee. (I'm off coffee for the most part these days.)

I like my Trader Joe's natural toothpaste. Few ingredients and I use very little. Yes, plastic tube. But I, like you, couldn't handle the baking soda after while.

Baking soda and vinegar rinse for hair. No spray, but I am trying out a hair mud called Product which contains only 7 ingredients and comes in a glass jar. Will review on my blog in a week or so.

My secret for good facial skin? I don't wash my face. Seriously. I just let it get wet in the shower, but I never use soap or any other cleanser on it unless I've smeared dirt all over it. And my skin is great.

Cosmetics: you've seen me. I don't really use them. I do have some blush, lip glass, and eye shadow/liner stick that I've been using for several years. They're probably really gross right now, but I can't bring myself to buy anything new when I only use them about twice a month or so.

Sunscreen: this is where I am bad. I rarely use it. I know, I'm just asking for skin cancer. But I'm lazy and also hate the feeling of rubbing something all over me that I will have to wash off later.

Green Bean said...

Burbs: I'll let you know about the mascara. As to rosacea, I have a mild case. So mild that I don't really use much but the Whole Foods instructor suggested Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta (Rose Hip Oil) for rosacea. It comes in a little glass bottle. Just a thought . . .

Abbie: I've read about Honeybee Garden products. I need to check them out. I wouldn't mind a little polish on the old toes sometimes that is not totally toxic. Never heard of Noah's Naturals. I'll need to keep my eyes open.

Viv: Okay, you're right. The medicines are probably the next thing I need to hit. I haven't tried the coconut oil but everyone I know who uses it, LOVES it.

Bobbi: Another coconut oil girl! As to the deodorant, I'm still using Tom's which has some yukky stuff in it. I want to switch over to the crystal rock thing. Very new agey. ;-)

Beany: I often can get away without deodorant but, honestly, on those times that I can't . . . well, I just don't want to risk it.

Jenn: Keep your vegan comments to yourself! ;-) Doesn't that habanero jam lead to any unseemly scents? I'll let you know about the moisturizer. Admittedly, I only use it a couple times a week except for around the eyes almost nightly. So far, so good. Knock on wood.

Lisa: Sweet! I'll check them out.

Anita: Another place to check out more. Any favorite products?

MamaBird: Comment hog! Kidding. Come back later and fill me in on all I need to know, you non-toxic guru you.

Green Bean said...

Beth: That's too funny. I don't wash my face either - except in the shower. And I rarely wear sunscreen. Sometimes, I'll use the SPF moisturizer I show in the photo - which my husband uses every day. Mostly, though, I try to wear sunglasses and sometimes a hat. Do it the old fashioned way.

greeen sheeep said...

I am curious to hear how that mascara works out.

I wear very little makeup and only when meeting with clients or during events. When I do break out the paint I use nvey eco products.

It's a makeup line that started in Australia and is certified organic by Australia's Organic Food Chain.

I have problems with their mascara. It will not stay on my lashes. Half way through the day I end up with black circles under my eyes. Like they weren't dark enough already! It's very frustrating and I need an alternative.

Lori said...

Thanks for the post - I'm planning on going home and checking my various products against the no-no list. I've made the switch to locally made all natural soap, tom's of maine toothpaste, but I'm waiting for many other products to run out before I buy new. Thanks, everyone for the great product advice!

Stephanie said...

Well I was gonna ask what you people do to wash your face, but since you've admitted already that you don't wash your face, I guess that's a silly question. I went to a acne treatment expert for a while and got tons of stuff that really cleared up my acne well, but now I am wishing to do without the expense (and chemicals). And since I've stopped using a few of their products my skin is starting to break out again, so I'm really interested in how people control acne without tons of chemicals.

Though I'd feel really weird if "don't wash your face" is the answer. I hope someone else has experimented with face washes and acne products with less ingredients and can tell me what works...? Maybe?

I don't wear makeup or do anything extra to my hair, so this is really the one area I'm stumped in.

Sage and Savvy said...

This is a great post! Thanks for sharing the information on the products...I'm trying to become greener myself and I'm always looking for safer alternatives. I use California Baby, TruKid, and Stuff for Sprouts (on myself and my son), but I'll have to check out the ones you featured.

ib mommy said...

I just have to leave you with this..... Hard to believe on so many levels.

Poo Facial

Mary said...

I'm a bare skin gal except for special occasions. Thanks to all for the options and the personal testimonies.

MamaBird said...

OK, I am back! Not much help, to be sure, and certainly no guru, but here goes:

Like Beth, I like Trader Joe's toothpaste or Tom's of Maine, in particular I really like their *gel* not the white stuff -- I sometimes do baking soda/salt but it's hard on my gums.

re: face stuff, you know, it's so funny, after I posted about washing with honey? so many people I know emailed me confessing they don't wash their face at all (all the people with great skin, possibly not coincidentally) -- I actually broke down this summer and went back to the dermatologist (rosacea) after 6 years of avoiding that route cause I was pregnant or nursing...so like Burbs I sadly now have toxic crap w/plastic tubes there.

Your local lip stuff rocks -- mine is packaged in plastic but without nasty stuff in it (Dr. Bronner's - I heart it). I remember standing in Whole Foods for like 90 minutes one day while pregnant, obsessed with the idea that we basically EAT this stuff all day.

Speaking of which, if you have lipstick at all, be careful. I got some PeaceKeeper at Whole Foods that I love after that MN story came out about lead in lipsticks. And I kid you not, my 18 month old *ate* a bunch of it.

re: moisturizer/body, I use WF lotion (the 365 brand) but have basically just been skipping it cause it's summer. If I feel dry I try to remember to put on sunscreen. Speaking of sunscreen, I think physical blocks are better than chemical which you surely know. My kids I use CA Baby and for me I have some Canadian brand I horked from my aunt and uncle that I like and I also use the kids' -- but facial sunscreen, cause my face breaks out, I use oil free Clarins. Which is not chock full of ingredients you'd recognize. Luckily or unluckily I rarely remember to put it on.

re: shampoo etc, I have been leaning towards no poo or at least baking soda wash, vinegar rinse, but just found 2 enormous whole foods 365 brand shampoo + conditioners which will certainly take me into 2009 and beyond. I just noticed tho that they have SLS (maybe they are old? maybe it's not in there now? when I bought them I was ultra focused on parabens). Plus a sweetheart friend of mine just gave me some hemp oil shampoo/conditioner that smells like oranges to use for special occasions. So when they run out and I am 90 I will try no poo. For those still using poo (I went through a bar or two of shampoo bars before I organized my cabinet and found my old stash - I really like Lush dual bars that are shampoo+conditioner, I had an orange one and a black one *but* Lush uses parabens altho they now say they are phasing them out whew) -- but if you are using liquid poo, the hair styling gurus themselves say everyone uses too much and it weighs your hair down. Only a dime sized squirt tops! Restraint.

I got my makeup at Whole Foods too. I like Haushka's stuff (sp?) but it's made in Germany, for Chrissakes. That was my mascara/eyeliner. I also have some powder mineral makeup I got at Sephora, I forget the brand but honestly I think it is unhealthy and I think it's ironic that they are taking over the natural makeup market. I have read some questionable things (ie it's really ground up metals etc, things you really would not want to ingest) about it and may need to stop wearing it. Which I do pretty rarely in any rate. But I had it on when I met you!

I have been following all the beauty conversations (on Crunchy's blog and here) with interest. I definitely wear makeup in certain situations at this stage of my life. I went through a vehemently anti makeup phase in my late teens through late twenties (felt like it was a mask, feminist stance blah blah, this was when I cut my hair about an inch long). But now I will wear it just to be more professional or to have fun. Not so much, really, considering I work from home, and have 2 kids! Not that not showering and wearing my hair in a ponytail isn't fun. I actually prefer it day to day.

In general, I hope to never feel like I "have" to wear makeup. Here in DC most professional women in the fields I've been in do not wear makeup, or at least a critical mass of the women I respect do not. In fact, I would say it's the reverse in my cohort. There's pressure *not* to. Anyways, I just don't want to feel like a freak when I am not wearing makeup, if you kwim? I want my real self to be the norm. I never want to be the woman who is like "I have to put my face on. What if anyone sees me?!"

I recently read, too, that the best thing environmentally speaking was to use up products you have (I think it was an Ask Umbra type question) cause if you pour it down the drain it's more concentrated than if you are using stuff up. When I was nursing and had periodic freak outs about ingredients (like my tea tree and lavender purge) I just freecycled stuff if I couldn't stand to use it around my babes or to absorb it through my pores and then concentrate it in my bmilk.

At my age, I am now just annoyed that I will never end up with perfect skin. I think everyone has their hangups, but seriously if I had lovely skin I probably wouldn't wear any makeup at all evah (go Beth!).

Oh, and for a long while this past year I just used my kids' California Baby stuff. It was ok as shampoo (the bodywash stuff) but did really bad stuff to my face in the month or so I used it. Again, if you have perfect skin, it might work for you.

deodorant: I have used the crystals in the past, now I am a Toms of Maine unscented deodorant user (infrequent). I like the idea of baking soda.

xo, your rambing comment hog!

Bobbi said...

Wow, you guys. My eco-beauty regime is more by default aka laziness. I gotta look into all this more and the toxic chemicals and such.

Anyway, I work at home and some days go without makeup or a shower because I just never got to it. I just started with Trader Joe's natural toothpaste. I go without lipstick on errands because I forget and don't care. But it goes on for client meetings and such. Before husband and kids, I wore perfume EVERYDAY, after kids, almost never. I even forget sometimes when we go to the theater. I have to be careful what skin cream/face cream I use. Once I got a bad reaction and it desensitized by forearms and face making it prone to rashes. Don't want to go through that again so I'd hesitate to dry even green stuff. BUT I use sunscreen often. Score one for me!(ladies, and you know who you are...must I admonish you like my teenagers?)

Robj98168 said...

Speaking for the dudes, I use a preserve Triple razor,some Trader Joes or Tom of maine toothpaste, Some Dr. Bonner's soap in the shower, I use Colonel Conk's shaving soap. THat's all it takes to look like me!

kale for sale said...

How did you know I need to buy sun screen tomorrow and was going to default to some name brand? You saved me.

I have a couple additions. For moisturizer I use jojaba oil everywhere including my lips which does away with the chap stick too. It also goes in my hair if I have an extra minute. It's light and not oily, oily. Soaks in nicely. The health food store near me sells it such that you can fill your own container with it. Not that I've gotten it together enough to bring in my own container yet but I will.

I also switched to a shampoo bar sometime ago from reading your blog but I can't remember the kind. I love not having another container to contend with.

The first part of the year I was shampoo free with the vinegar herb rinse and used fresh rosemary, rose scented geranium, mint, lavendar or sage from the yard instead of a tea bag. It was fun making up a new rinse each week. I stopped because I have highlights and need a product conditioner to not have straw hair or else I'd still being doing it.

I've never been good with the whole make up thing and as a result I don't do it. I never thought it would end up being a healthy choice.

I hadn't thought much about our deoderant and toothpaste. They're next on the list. Thanks for all this. It's good news.

Green Bean said...

Greeen Sheeep: Okay, you guys have shamed me into it. I applied the mascara this morning. It applies nicely, looks like regular mascara. Not clumpy or weird or anything. I'll report back later with full day wear results.

Lori: Yeah, I've waited mostly for stuff to run out before I buy it. It is definitely a more economical way to go.

Stephanie: I don't know. Honestly, I'd go to a Whole Foods (do you have one near you) or other natural foods store that has a cosmetics section and ask the people working there. That's how I made the switch from Cetaphil to the Earth Science moisturizer. Hopefully, though, someone else will have an answer for you.

Sage and Savy: Stuff for Sprouts? How cute a name is that! I'll have to look for it.

IB Mommy: Ummmm, I'll pass, thanks!

Mary: Well, at least you know what to do on those special occasions now. ;-)

MamaBird (aka Comment Hog): That was like the longest, most helpful comment ever. You rock! Okay, I don't like lipstick - even more after what I read about lead. But I think stuff you put on your lips you need to be uber careful with. I wasn't aware that Lush is phasing out parabens - I think they are also working on getting rid of their plastic packaging. That would be nice. As to using up beauty products, I have previously felt that it was best to just use them up than toss them. I did that for most everything but the actual make up - which I wear so rarely I wouldn't use up until I was 90. You could go no poo, I could finally buy make up then. Freecycling, I think, is the way to go. Lots of people are happy to take these products, it prevents a little of these ingredients from going into the environment because the people who take them will not buy new ones until they are used up, etc. Also, I agree that physical sun blocks are a lot healthier than chemical sunscreens. Thanks for the super helpful info, you guru comment whore you.

Bobbi: Score one for laziness! That's my number one reason for not doing more. :)

Rob: Shut up! It must take many hours and gobs of product to pull off your look! ;-) Seriously, thanks for speaking up for the guys. These kinds of posts automatically leave them out but, hey, you men want to know what to use too. Thanks rob.

Katrina: Talk about someone with naturally beautiful skin. I can attest to yours! :) I'm jealous of the health food store that lets you bring your own container for jojoba (even if you never actually get around to doing it, it's an awesome option). Good luck with the sunscreen. I know Whole Foods if very big and corporate but I've found their Whole Body staff to be super helpful and - let's face it - there are some products that we do need to buy from them - at least until there's a nice little beauty section in my local health food store. Hmm, I'll have to talk to the owner. The benefits of a locally owned business.

Stephanie said...

Yeah, the problem is that the nearest Whole Foods here is 1/2 hour away, driving. At school it's a block away, so I guess I'll wait the week and a half and go buy new body products there (especially sunscreen, since I'm out). Thanks for that tip though! If no one else has any tips I'll just go there in two weeks.

Joan said...

You are way ahead of me! We use Aubrey shampoo and conditioners. I used Tom's deodorant and Jason lotion and facial wash. I try to add something as I use my old stuff up.

Kathryn B. said...

Green Bean, are there any options you like for soap?

Also, how has your purchasing shift in personal care products affected the wallet? I've gotten the impression that, compared to conventional products, DIY recipes are cheaper and pre-packed eco-friendly products are more expensive. I'd love to hear if things are changing in that regard.

Green Bean said...

Stephanie: Good luck finding some nice stuff once you get to school.

Joan: I did the same thing - for the most part. Once I'd use something up, I'd check around to see what my options are. Sounds like we're on the same path.

Kathryn: I'm sure DIY stuff is cheaper. My vinegar rinse is testament to that. Probably the pre-packaged eco stuff is more expensive. I only replace it as I use something up. I don't use very much at any one time, I don't use that many products and I only use some of the stuff like makeup and even moisturizer every so often. That said, I wouldn't mind coming across some great DIY recipes. Any to share?

For soap, I buy from the farmer's market. Usually from the beekeeper though sometimes I visit different farmers' markets and happen upon soap made with goat's milk, etc.

Going Crunchy said...

Gracious, I'm so impressed. I'm probably the least green in this respect. Makeup is a bigger deal for me....yikes. I can't seem to live without my eyeliner! Shan

innercitygarden said...

I find that using one 'product' forces you to use another 'product' to fix the side effects of the first one. So once I stopped dying my hair I didn't 'need' commercial shampoo and conditioner to make it feel & look nice, water or tiny bits of bulk, eco-friendly, shampoo and conditioner were fine. When I let my hair grow into a different style, I didn't 'need' product to make it sit right, so then I didn't 'need' to wash it so much. When I stopped using commercial soaps and body washes, I didn't 'need' moisturisers so much.

I've never been inclined to wear makeup regularly, so I only have a few things I was bullied into purchasing for my brother's wedding five years ago. I should probably throw them out. We're not perfect though. Our toothpastes, deodorants and sunscreen all need to be replaced with something better. I'm stumped about the sunscreen in particular, because I live in the Skin Cancer Capital of the World and I have very fair skin. So I'll keep wearing sunscreen, and I'll also be sitting in the shade, wearing a hat, and covering my limbs with clothing.

Lisa said...

Hi gals,
I got out of the habit of wearing makeup in the 80's when I worked outside in the Houston summers. Any makeup didn't last very long. But, I did find a site that has some "recipes" on making your own stuff for hair, facials, lip plumper... you might have to be a member to go to the link:

http://www.makeupalley.com/user/notepad/carekate

Her member name is carekate. The only way I finally got to her notepad site was to click on her name on one of the posts. But it's very interesting reading.

They also have a "green" area. Just thought I'd share.

shell said...

Not a lot of ppl know thatBurts Bees is owned by Clorox and Tom's is owned by Colgate-Palmolive, both of which are pretty crappy companies. Google their grievances if you don't believe me. I swear by Dr Bronners for the residue or baking soda for the extra-tasty poofay hair! Or, we buy local soaps.

happy_blackbird said...

While it is great to find products that both work for your body and are great for the environment, I would just like to point out that Burt's Bees is owned by Clorox and Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive Co. You have to decide for yourself what companies you want to support with your purchases, but I think it's a good idea to follow the money trail. For example, while the Tom's of Maine brand may not do animal testing iteself, Colgate-Palmolive most certainly does.

Just to note, Tom's of Main toothpaste is littered with SLS, which is used to create lathering. If you're sensitive to SLS, this is may not be a good tooth care choice.

Fake Plastic Fish said...

@happy_blackbird -- actually Tom's of Maine produces a few SLS-free toothpaste versions. And the aluminum tubes are recyclable. They can even be returned to the company. Just my two cents.

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