More people today than ever are interested in organic beauty and concerned about what they put on their skin. We try to eat healthy and we drag ourselves to the gym, pilates or yoga so of course we want to make sure our skin isn’t soaking up potentially cancer-causing chemicals that we unknowingly put on our faces, our bodies and our scalps.
And we really don’t want to use products tested on bunnies or rats.
The great news is there are bundles of fabulous organic products on the market today. But which products can you trust? And what’s really organic? Just for you, I present The 5 Things You Need to Know About Organic Beauty in awesome list form. Because everyone likes a good list.
#1: Don’t Trust Every Label You See
Just because something is labeled “natural” does not mean it is comprised only of ingredients found in the woods. The industry isn’t properly regulated yet, so read the labels carefully. A bottle marked “organic” must contain 95 percent organic ingredients, but those marked “natural” or “made with organic ingredients” may still contain the bad stuff.
#2: If There’s One Crunchy Beauty Item You Buy, Make It Coconut Oil
People like to ask me about my beauty secrets. Lately, I’ve been telling people my No. 1 beauty secret is Coconut Oil.I find it is the most amazing natural beauty product available today. Use it to moisturize skin, add life to dry/thin hair , apply it as a foundation primer or to remove make up.
You can get COCO Oil in our online store The Pantry and any health food store, but the cheapest prices will be us!
#3: Mineral Makeup is a Good Healthy Bet
Mineral makeup companies tend to market themselves as purely organic. Made up of ground-up zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and mica, it certainly sounds organic. Every internet search totally busts this myth in interviews with scientists. It turns out even the organic stuff has to be processed in a lab and most makeup is made up of minerals, anyway. What sets mineral makeup apart from other makeup is what it doesn’t have: preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes and fragrances. All of those things may cause women with skin sensitivities to break out. When it comes to makeup that comes in powdered form (think eyeshadows, foundations, blush, bronzers), mineral makeup is actually your best healthy choice.
#4: It’s Amazing What You Can Do With the Staples in Your Kitchen
If you’re the crafty sort, the type of person who likes to whip things up in the kitchen, then there’s no reason you should ever buy a $22 lip scrub, a $40 facial mask or a $64 facial scrub (at one point or another I owned all of these) when you can make these products yourself for a dollar or 2 from staples found in your kitchen. What’s more, unlike some products out there which are tested on animals and possibly full of ingredients you really don’t want on your skin, you know exactly what you’re dealing with when you make your own beauty products.
Quick Face Mask Recipe : honey, lemon and brown sugar. ( Clear, Fresh and Soft)
#5: Look for Sulfate-free Shampoos
Sulfates, the ingredients in shampoo that causes it to lather, are highly controversial. Many natural health experts recommend avoiding any shampoos with the foaming agents sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate as main ingredients. Why? Laboratory studies show that products that end in “eth” (such as sodium laureth sulphate, polyethylene glycol, oleth, myreth and ceteareth) all test positive for 1,4-Dioxane, a proven cancer-causing petrochemical. Whether there’s enough of these petrochemicals in shampoos to cause long-term effects is what’s up for debate. But if you want to be safe and not sorry, go the sulfate-free route. Basically anything you can pronounce is the way to go.
Quick Tip: You can use Coconut oil as shampoo and or conditoner.
My favorite brand : Toms
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