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!
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!
What you will need:
- a clean spray bottle
- 8 ounces of water (tap/filtered/distilled depending on your hair needs)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt (finely ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon of coconut scented conditioner
- dab of unscented hair gel
- essential oils
- tea tree oil
- more sea salt
Add all your ingredients to the spray bottle and shake it until it mixes together. Any oils added will never fully combine well with the water so you’ll have to shake it a little before each use. If your hair gel and/or conditioner don’t combine you can try warming the mixture in the microwave (remove any metal pieces and don’t use until it is cooled down) to see if that helps - if it doesn’t, you may have used too thick of a conditioner/gel.
To use: Mist it all over your hair and scrunch. You will immediately get beachy and soft waves.