“Going green” when it comes to cosmetics and other personal products does not have to be difficult or expensive. There are a lot of resources out there to help get you started and you’d be surprised on how many products you can make yourself at home.
From Beauty Lies Truth:
STEP 1: EDUCATE YOURSELF
- Watch & share THE STORY OF COSMETICS.
- Learn about the beauty industry from the CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS or the ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP
- Compare the European Union’s 1,373 BANNED SUBSTANCES with the FDA’s 11 BANNED OR RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES to understand the scope of the issue.
5 BEAUTY FACTS:
1. Our beauty products are not regulated or tested for safety. The $50 Billion industry regulates itself.
2. There are no labeling requirements.
3. The European Union has banned 1,373 substances from cosmetics.
4. The FDA has banned 8,
5. And restricted 3.
No More Dirty Looks is a good place to start if you are new to the green beauty world. Their book is a wonderful beginner’s resource. I think it’s important to take the message of the book one step at a time because the information can be a bit overwhelming at first. You should always do your own research to find what is best for your skin, but this is a great introduction to green beauty and making the switch to cleaner products. Unfortunately, the NMDL blog is no longer active but I recommend checking out their book, either at your local library or picking up a copy online.
Made Safe is another great resource and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides America’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification to cross consumer products categories. By using Made Safe, people can for the first time quickly find and purchase verified products which are safe for use on their babies, on their bodies, and in their homes.
EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is the most commonly used resource when it comes to researching the ingredients in your favorite beauty products. Since you can’t always trust labels such as “natural” or “organic” alone, it’s important to take the time to do your own research and make sure your products don’t contain any harmful ingredients. The lower the EWG score, the better. However, don’t take EWG scores as the end all, be all. Sarita from the ediblefacial blog wrote about the “glitches in the system” of EWG: EWG Skin Deep Database exposed + the fail-proof way to use it.
I think that the most important thing to remember that there is no perfect non-toxic beauty routine. Some people are purists and some people are willing to use some conventional makeup products once in awhile. While it’s important to be ingredient-conscious, I think balance is also important.
Also, check out: Stark Skincare | Fear-Mongering, Science and Green Beauty – How science is used to exacerbate fear-mongering in Green Beauty, and what we should listen to for advice instead.
Click here to follow my journey as I switch to clean and cruelty-free cosmetics.
Be part of the #cleanbeauty movement and sign the petition to create a Clean Beauty Standard: https://www.change.org/p/congress-clean-beauty-lobby
Think Green Beauty can’t be as effective or luxe as your conventional favorites? Prepare to be surprised. Check out these Green Beauty Products. There are a bunch of affordable options as well. 🙂
Some of my favorite green beauty blogs:
- Teri Miyahira
- The Hub of Clean Living
- Logical Harmony*
*Note: This blog isn’t an “all-natural” blog but it is a cruelty-free blog that primarily features vegan beauty products and more mainstream brands.