You may have noticed in recent months I have mentioned transitioning my beauty and skincare items to greener, non-toxic products. My reasons for this transition include:
1. Taking better care of my skin and health, as the products that have nasty chemicals infiltrate through the skin and can cause issues on the inside of the body.
2. To be more cognizant of what I am purchasing and how those products are made. Not all green beauty brands have amazing ethics, but many do, promoting sustainability and pure ingredients that cause less harm to the body.
3. Creating intention (see my 2017 Goals post) with what I bring into my collection and ensuring the product comes from an upstanding brand, with quality ingredients, and give me joy when I use them.
I was contacted by Kayla, a representative at consumersafety.org, to share tips on how I plan to transition my collection of beauty products to non-toxic, greener items.*
The infographic below shows what ingredients are harmful in a variety of beauty products I am sure we all use. When I first saw this picture, formaldehyde, talc, and lead were three of the most alarming ingredients to me! The cosmetic industry is not regulated like food and drugs are, so they are able to get away with a lot more than we would think. It’s really scary, which is why we should take control ourselves and identify products with safe, non-toxic ingredients.
While this chart gives you a nice outline of certain ingredients that are harmful to humans, there are many more out there! That is why it is so important to become aware of ingredients and read labels. So my first tip is to get the book “No More Dirty Looks” by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt. This book is a great introduction into harmful chemicals and ways to remove them from your life and opt for cleaner items. It’s a quick read and eye-opening!
For my second tip, it is to become a project panner. I have been in the project pan world since last May, and I love it! The community is so open and encouraging, and you use products and become cognizant of what you have and what you need versus what you want. So instead of throwing out all that money you spent on conventional beauty products, from both high end and drugstore brands, work on seasonal projects, such as the one I am doing currently: Finish 7 by Spring, to move out non-green beauty items. This won’t be an overnight change, obviously, so it will take time and dedication, but in the end, you won’t feel like you threw your money aware, and you’ll be productive in moving to a more non-toxic collection.
My third and last tip is to become a subscriber of a green beauty box. I am a member at Beauty Heroes. This subscription service is $115 for three months, which is definitely more expensive than ipsy or Birchbox. However, you are getting a full size, high end, green beauty product with another item, which they call a Side Kick. The side kick is usually a smaller sized item, but still provides a lot of product. I have been a subscriber for three months, and I will continue paying for boxes! This is a great way to try out eco and green brands without paying full price. (For example, March’s box is valued at $106, and as a subscriber, it was $39! See picture below of the items I received this month). Also, another bonus with Beauty Heroes is you get 15% off in their online store on the products they have featured in previous boxes.
While my transition is slow to replace every item I own to more non-toxic items, I am being intentional with the products I am purchasing and paying careful attention to ingredients. This is a lifestyle change and something I want to do for my health and well-being. Let me know if you found this post helpful and what tips you might have on transitioning to a green beauty collection.
*This post is not sponsored nor am I being compensated in any way. I am interested in this topic and wanted to share what I have learned with my readers.*