Hi there! First and foremost just want to say a quick thanks for all the lovely notes I have received from you all in the last few days, I really appreciate the support! Feeling pretty good and things are looking up! Been taking good care of myself, I promise.
I know I've mentioned it before, but I've been diving deeper and deeper into the world of natural beauty these past few years. I love using as much natural and organic stuff as possible seeing as the stuff we put on the outside of our bodies seeps into our insides. Some of the stuff in beauty products can be straight-up alarming. The beauty industry is highly unregulated, so lots of times there are things in our products that are highly toxic. Just last week Johnson & Johnson finally admitted to having carcinogens not just in their baby powder, but in their baby shampoos as well. It's so fucking creepy!
By no means am I ready to eschew all beauty products that aren't branded as natural or green, but I do try to make a concerted effort to research the things I am putting on my body, in the same way that I make an effort to eat organic food and to have a light footprint on this world in general. I feel like it's the least I can do. It can be really difficult to figure out what products are actually natural and non-toxic (another problematic word) as there is so much green-washing and straight up lying happening in the industry. My friend, Erin, has an amazing series on her blog about natural beauty products that is hugely helpful.
Listen, you can rip my beloved MAC and Makeup Forever lipsticks from my cold, dead hands, but there are SO MANY high quality options that you can start using to replace your products as they run out, which is what I tend to do. There's no need to run out and throw everything away and start from scratch, in my opinion. But if you want to just start poking around and seeing what's out there, here's a good place to start!
I avoid products with the following ingredients whenever possible:
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates)
Coal Tar Dyes
BHA and BHT(Butylated Hydroxyanisole & Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
Animal Product or Testing
That said, sometimes I make compromises. My beloved Lush shampoos have SLS in them, a foaming agent found in soaps and shampoos. As with everything, you have to weigh what that means to you. The Lush shampoos that I like are made of natural botanicals and essential oils, so I don't feel as bad that is has SLS in it. Beauty Lies Truth has SLS on their Dirty List, but both Cosmetics DNA and SkinDeep Cosmetics Database list is as a "safe synthetic" and rate that specific shampoo highly. So clearly, this is confusing. You just have to choose what's right for you when weighing the options.
What I can provide you with is a little list of my favorite skincare and beauty products that are effective, beautiful and in a reasonable price range. Products that are healthy for you need not be unattainable or janky.
Stowaway (foundation and concealer are perfection)
BeautyCounter (eye cream is luscious)
Vintner's Daughter (serum is worth every penny)
Glossier (come for the moisturizer, stay for the cleanser and brow gel and masks and...)
Lush (I want to live and die in their masks)
Living Proof Hair Products (best dry shampoo and texturizer in the land)
Davines (shampoo and conditioner from the gods)
Pixi Beauty (gel blush is to die for)
Meow Meow Tweet (deodorant is bae)
Glow Recipe (natural Korean skincare, what more could you want?)
S.W. Basics (all the oils, please)
Bite Beauty (Llpsticks are highest quality non-toxic lipsticks I've tried)
I really think it's only a matter of time before the industry starts being regulated more heavily and we start seeing natural products being used in high fashion. Natural beauty companies are getting the hint that they need to have beautiful packaging in order to be taken seriously in the industry, and companies like Vintner's Daughter and BeautyCounter are leading the charge. Long gone are the days of brightly colored, hideous packaging that you can only find at Whole Foods. I'm excited to see where this section of the industry goes; there's so much potential and hopefully there will be more accountability in the industry as a whole. And you can email or call your congressmen and senators and encourage them to attend the hearing for The Safety in Personal Care Products Act! It's totally in reach to be able to get these laws passed, just a few months ago Obama banned plastic microbeads in products, and that's a huge step in starting to put regulations in place in this industry. And at the very least, I feel good knowing that I'm doing my little part to keep myself, and this earth, healthy and whole.