Listen up ladies! We've got something serious to talk about...
I know many of you can relate to this... In the past I've struggled with the fine line of wanting to purge my entire home of anything toxic but also wanting to have gorgeous hair and flawless makeup. Are the two mutually exclusive? Can you have your cake and eat it too?
The reality is this:
In the United States our laws and regulations regarding cosmetics are few and far between. They are also very loosely regulated. This makes me so upset because health and wellness is a passion of mine. It's appalling to me that most body and beauty products at the store contain a slew of toxic ingredients that contribute to a wide range of ailments and disease. I can not be the only one outraged about that, right?
So, me being me, decided to get rid of everything toxic in my home (this was years and years ago- sometime between my undergraduate years and starting my Master's in Oriental Medicine). I threw away my Mac foundation, my Bobby Brown mascara, and my Victoria's Secret shampoo. I did not miss that foundation as it's chemical-smell gave me instant headaches after applying it. After a month or so I became used to not wearing mascara...but, I have to be honest, I missed the scented shampoo, I really did.
I tossed out my toxic deodorant (yes, your deodorant is probably toxic too- read about that here) and started to make my own (you can easily make your own too- read here).
The journey has taught me so many healthy habits like the importance of dry brushing daily (more on this in a future post - make sure to add me on Facebook so you can stay up to date on the latest posts) to help with lymphatic drainage. It's also taught me to start paying more attention to what I was putting on my body, as well as in my body. Our skin is like a sponge, it absorbs everything you apply to it- including that chemical ridden scented body lotion you love so much that will disrupt your endocrine system! Including that lipstick that's filled with carcinogenic ingredients! Including that... ok ok.. you get it, the list goes on.
I adore making my own products, like deodorant, because it's easy and healthy and empowering. But I won't lie to you...with homemade replacements sometimes things can get a little, well, dull. There is nothing luxurious about most of my homemade replacements, like applying coconut oil to my legs after I shave. There is also nothing luxurious about my coconut oil face routine either. Don't get me wrong... Coconut oil is the cure all and I use it for literally all aspects of my life! But sometimes a girl wants luxury- without having to worry about a tremendous toxin exposure. Sometimes I want to smell like fragrance (without having to actually apply fragrance).
Fast forward to Spring of 2017 when I was first introduced to Beautycounter, a company dedicated to creating a luxurious beauty products (including a baby/kids product line and hair care as well) with safer ingredients. A company that refuses to use 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients, no matter what (including nearly 1,400 cosmetic ingredients banned in the European Union).
Beautycounter is also dedicated to making change in legislature while using safer ingredients with complete transparency. Because of this they are exponentially better than what you would buy at the spa, salon or store.
I'm excited about Beautycounter because:
Beautycounter opens up the opportunity for us to use cosmetics, bath and body products in a more responsible way. Lets take a step in a better direction. Lets reduce exposure, lets demand change in regulation with beauty products.
So the QUESTION remains:
Are the two, health & beauty products, mutually exclusive ?
There is a spectrum...and I've found my place on it. I would say about 65% of the time I use my homemade "granola" type products. And the other 35% of the time (vacations, date nights, special events, business meetings, etc) I use Beautycounter and I feel good about it. I feel luxurious about it, actually. And I want you to feel that way too, without a million toxic exposures. So with that...you'll have to find your place on the spectrum!
It is so important to me that the women I know and love take steps closer towards safer products. Because of this I have samples that I would love to share with you of my favorite Beautycounter products:
Cleansing Balm: This is one of my top two favorite products (the other being the sugar scrub). It's very versatile and can be used as a makeup remover or a hydrating night cream. I typically remove my makeup and then apply this for an overnight application. It helps nourish my skin against the super harsh Jacksonville city water. A study done by Beautycounter concluded "100% of women showed a significant increase in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%. (Results based on independent, 24-hour, 25-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.)"
Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass: This (and the cleansing balm) is what sold me on Beautycounter. It smells so luxurious! It's truly a treat. I feel lucky to be applying this to my skin! Sounds silly, dramatic even, I know. But when the vast majority of your products are homemade from clay, charcoal and castile soap this is just simply magical.
Body Oil in Citrus Rosemary: This is another high end, spa like experience. It is perfect for deep hydration, especially for winter months or if you happen to live in a city with horrendously harsh water, *cough, cough*, like Jacksonville.
Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa: This makes the perfect gift for any loved one. Plus, get an extra for you too. You won't regret it!
Peppermint Lip Conditioner: Got winter lips? Don't worry- I've got you covered with this velvety conditioner.
Nourishing Cream Exfoliator: This is a fantastic replacement for St Ives apricot scrub which was rated an overall score of 6/10 (1 being the best and 10 being the worst in regards to a health hazard) for toxic ingredients according to the EWG (environmental working group, an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability) database. This exfoliator rates at a 2! Take that toxic exposure!!
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