Using organic beauty products can keep you healthier – but you can’t just buy any old beauty products! These tips for buying natural makeup include organic hair dyes, eco-friendly bath products, and natural body waxes.
Before the tips, a quip from eco-writer Adria Vasil — the author of two books about the environment and an organic lifestyle.
“No one’s asking you to put down your makeup brush and go bare,” writes Vasil in her bestselling book Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services. “And, luckily, going green doesn’t mean giving up on good eyeshadow.”
Remember that the words “natural” and “organic” aren’t regulated, which means there are no guarantees for organic makeup and cosmetics. These are basic, general tips for a variety of organic beauty supplies for women.
Tips for Buying Organic Beauty Products
First — beware of the word “natural.” Just because a product proudly bears a “100% all natural beauty product” badge doesn’t mean that it’s an organic cosmetic. Since the words “natural” or “organic” aren’t regulated in the beauty industry (at this point), you could be mislead to believe something that’s not true.
Organic hair dyes
Highlights and low-lights that don’t touch your scalp are natural ways to stay youthful and healthy – henna is a good example. However, hair dyes haven’t been proven harmful to your scalp, body or baby if you’re pregnant. Still, it seems more natural and healthier for your hair to use ammonia-free hair coloring products – especially if you’re a septic-tank owner like me (chemicals kill the friendly bacteria in the tank). Shop online or at organic or health food stores for natural hair dyes, but be forewarned that most hair dyes do contain PPD (p-phenylelediamine).
Natural body waxes
To get rid of extra body hair naturally, use paraffin-free waxes. “Look for natural waxes such as beeswax or tree resin-derived products, like Parissa” writes Vasil in Ecoholic. Other organic beauty products for getting rid of unwanted body hair include sugaring and threading.
Organic deodorants and antiperspirants
Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum and/or zirconium, which reduce perspiration. Antiperspirants have not been found proven harmful, though some people suggest there’s a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s (it’s still being researched). Natural rock salt crystals or deodorant stones can be effective, depending on your body type – remember that what works for me might not work for you! Plus, organic beauty products may provide peace of mind, which helps keeps you emotionally healthy, which affects your appearance.
Natural lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras
Organic beauty products are made by companies such as Suncoat, Lavera, Ecco Bella, and the Organic Make-up Company in Toronto. Their natural cosmetics include cleansers, masks, scrubs, foundation, eyeliners and mascaras – all of which help you achieve your beauty goals. Certified organic makeup is tested on humans, synthetic-free, chemical-free, and can even be vegan.
If your skin drives you nuts, you may find Uneven Skin Tone? How to Improve Skin by Eating Certain Foods helpful.
Organic nail polishes and removers
“Nail polish is one of the most toxic beauty products around,” writes Vasil in Ecoholic. “Breathing a lot of this stuff in can damage your kidneys, brain and liver.” She’s talking about the carcinogen formaldehyde and neurotoxin toluene found in nail polish removers – you can smell how bad it is! For organic cosmetics, try No-Miss and Suncoat, which are found in health stores.
Natural hand sanitizers
Mainstream sanitizers can contain petroleum-based ingredients, artificial perfumes, and coal tar-derived tars. So, organic cosmetic hand sanitizers are healthier. Check out Plant Power – they make natural hand sanitizers from lavender, oregano oils, and citronella.
Organic, eco-friendly bath products
Bulk bath salts not only reduce packaging waste, they’re also not made from synthetics or petroleum products. “Ditch the dodgy synthetics and splurge on some organic, wildcrafted bath oils and bath teas, or just reach into your kitchen cupboards and drizzle 2 tablespoons of organic almond oil or olive oil into the water,” writes Vasil. “Add a few drops of your fave essential oils to sweeten things up.”
Of course, the best way to get organic beauty products is to make your own, from natural ingredients! Read Homemade Facial Scrub – How to Make a Natural Face Cleanser.
For more info on organic beauty products, read The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances.
Do you have any thoughts on these organic hair dyes, natural body waxes, and eco-friendly bath products? Please comment below…
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