Going Green: A Beginner’s Guide

“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, but remember that there is no “one size fits all” approach to green beauty. So, do your research and determine what best fits your current budget and lifestyle.

From Beauty Lies Truth:

STEP 1: EDUCATE YOURSELF  

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.

From The Innate Life:

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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. This is a great introduction to making the switch to cleaner products.

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. After you do your research, work your way toward a more conscious lifestyle at a reasonable pace that makes sense. Throwing out all your products at once and starting from scratch can be expensive. Not to mention, it would be very wasteful to do so.

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 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:

*Note: This is Jordan Samuel’s Youtube channel and he provides a multitude of helpful skincare tips and information that could jumpstart your own research for what’s best for your skin. I love that he honestly acknowledges the limitations of his own expertise and the pitfalls of trendy skincare marketing that we are all susceptible to, especially in the green beauty community. His interviews with other skincare brand owners/formulators are also fun and very informative, so go on and check them out!

**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.

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