Ethical Ocean (click)
I am in love with this website. It’s your one stop shop to everything environmentally friendly…and not only that, ocean-friendly as well. A lot of the time we don’t think about our oceans and the pressure they face with over fishing and oil drilling. The products featured on this website are modern, organic and fair-trade. Aesthetically pleasing as well. Check it out!
One of my personal goals is to completely green up my everyday beauty routine. I want to be an ethical consumer, one who is educated about companies and what they really do. I no longer want to support companies that support and partake in animal testing or use unfair and unethical means of producing their products (such as child labour). Pampering yourself is very important, but I want to start doing so by making my own stuff. Making my own toothpaste, shampoo, lotions and other sweet products that will allow me to try something new, as well as save some money (and maybe the planet…I’m a big thinker). So I invite you to join in the same journey that I’m taking. Green up your beauty routine. Be informed. Try new things. And hold to your values.
This is what I need to change in mine:
- no more aerosol shaving gels, once I finish my current one, I will dispose of it correctly and start moving on to alternatives such a shaving creams or baby oil.
- no more buying unnecessary products. I’m so fascinated with all things beauty, and I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. That is a lot of stuff that gets wasted and eventually thrown out.
- Minimize heat to my hair as much as possible. Embrace my natural, frizzy hair and tame it with oil and conditioner.
So I’m going to putting up links on this blog that will show you: ethical companies (a list I will build by doing research and lots of it!) and diy (all the products I attempt to make) and reviews (reviewing green beauty products, yea they may be green, but do they work?)Stay tuned!
- Hand soap- 1 drop of pure liquid castile soap is enough to replace a full pump of hand soap.
- Body wash- Later up with a few drops on a washcloth or directly onto hands.
- Shampoo- Make your own shampoo with 1 part soap and 1 part water. Add a splash of olive oil for dry hair or a splash of lemon juice or vinegar for oily hair. Choose a mild, unscented soap for a great baby shampoo.
- Face wash- Mix 1 part soap with 5 parts water for a mild soap that’s gentle on the skin and won’t cause excess drying. Add a few sprigs of muddled mint for a tingly sensation.
- Kitchen cleaners- Choose a soap with tea tree oil for natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. Dilute soap with water 1:2 to 1:20 depending on the toughness of the job. Add the juice of a lemon for a great citrus smell and added antiseptic properties.
- Laundry detergent- Add 1/4 cup to your load with a pinch of baking soda for surprisingly clean clothes.
- Dish soap- Replace your dish soap and cut tough grease with just a few drops of castile soap.
- Bath products- Add a squirt to bath water to replace all your bath products. Lavender castile soap will fulfill your aromatherapy needs, while leaving skin clean and moisturized.
- Floor cleaners- Clean your tile, laminate or vinyl floors with a 1:20 soap to water mixture for a clean floor that won’t make you slip.
- Dog shampoo- Make your own natural and gentle dog shampoo by mixing 2 cups of water with 2 tsp castile soap and 2 tsp aloe vera.
Green Tea & Oatmeal Face Mask
Lately, green tea has been the star ingredient in many beauty products. And for a good reason. It is naturally rich in antioxidants, which helps protect the body from free radical (those horrible fellows, responsible for accelerated aging and increasing risks of major diseases).
So this beauty DIY is a Green tea & Oatmeal Mask.
- 4 tbsp dry oats
- 1/2 cup of strong & hot green tea (stronger the better!)
- 1 tsp of honey
Benefits of other Ingredients:
Oatmeal - good for scrubbing, perfect for washing away dead & dry skin
Honey - Humectant (moisture retaining) and anti-bacterial properties
Mix the ingredients together while the green tea is still hot. The mask should be in a thick paste-like form.
By using the mask hot you are forcing pores to open therefore allowing the benefits of the green tea to work into the deeper layers of the skin. There should be plenty of mask to cover your face, neck and shoulder area. If you only wish to cover your face then halve the ingredients. Leave the mask to do it’s stuff for at least 20-30 minutes before rinsing off, and finish by moisturizing your skin.
NOW Foods Solutions
Okay so I discovered this wonderful company called NOW foods. Their products are food-grade BUT beauty products as well!
What I particularly want to recommend to you all is their Grapeseed Oil.
This is what the bottle looks like (sorry for the small picture).
A lot of the time, I find that drugstore moisturizers are too heavy and make my skin really oily (I have combination skin so it’s not a good look for me), but this oil is labeled as a light moisturizer, which it is!
After washing my face with oatmeal soap, I put a few drops of this baby on my fingers and massaged it on my face. My skin felt so amazing after!
I would definitely recommend you guys to try this out, especially if you are looking for a healthy and natural moisturizer.
The following is what the description of the grapeseed oil is (from the website):
100% Pure Grapeseed Oil is a light, odorless oil with mild astringent and emollient properties. This versatile oil contains numerous essential fatty acids including Linoleic, Oleic, Stearic, Palmitic, Myristic and Lauric. its rich, silky texture is perfect for soothing away dryness and irritation and is suitable for all skin types since it won’t clog pores or cause break-outs. Grapeseed Oil is perfect as a base for lotions, and it’s mild enough to use as a conditioner for all hair types.
Many make-up removers contain harsh chemicals and good ones are usually quite pricey. But there is one simple solution that is essentially in every household: EVOO, also known as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. No, it doesn’t sound appealing but it works wonders and is a natural and gentle way to take off your makeup (which you should always do at night! - not to be bossy).
To use: Take a cotton ball soaked in olive oil to remove makeup. Then, depending on your skin type, follow up with a mild cleanser or just splash multiple times with lots of water to remove excess oil. For a more luxurious experience, slightly warm the olive oil before applying.
If you aren’t keen on the idea, here’s beauty guru, Michelle Phan, showing you how to use it and how well it works!
Cream Organic Eye Kohl
Sure, powder eye shadow is a great old standby—not unlike a cozy pair of socks you know does the trick—but wouldn’t it be fun to have a more progressive choice—one that not only got the job done but stepped up the glamour quotient?
terre d’Oc’s Organic eye Kohl is a rare find. Finding cream color that lasts, much less one you can manipulate half as well as powder—can seem impossible. Because of the eye kohl’s, pure pointed color design (no wood or plastic), similar to an artist’s tool, it’s incredibly easy to shape around the eyes, (without a brush). Plus, the rich natural earth pigments have a hint of sparkle, and are formulated with sweet almond and pistachio oils, making them smooth and skin conditioning. Not only do they make executing the smoky-sexy-eye as simple as a wink—they’re healthy too.
I want to hear your homemade and eco-friendly beauty products! Do you partake in a clean and green beauty routine? I really want to hear all about it. Cause there’s nothing better than lovely people, such as yourself, providing inspiration to others!
Tell me about it, here. :)