More and more people are turning to natural beauty products. With good reason too– conventional beauty products contain an overwhelming and alarming amount of industrial toxins that have no business being anywhere near our bodies!
Like, did you know 1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals? Check out some world rockin’ stats about beauty products here. What’s even worse, the regulatory requirements governing the sale of cosmetics are not as stringent as those that apply to other FDA-regulated products. Manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval.
So, it is the inevitable that with more and more information popping up, we are drawn to the natural and organic products.
But, can we trust them? I wish I could say yes, but I can’t. This is definitely not to say that there are no reputable organic companies out there– I’m just saying they are extremely hard to find and you still may have to compromise on a few ingredients.
Listen, any green beauty care product is better than their conventional counterpart, so there is absolutely no bashing coming from my stand point. I just want to make it clear that just because it says it’s organic and all natural, does not mean you are in the clear.
Let’s face it, the word “organic” is a hot word and manufacturers of products look for any way to include it on the label to get people to buy. This goes for what I like to call, green-washed terms as well, which you can find below.
A few green-washed key phrases to be on the lookout for:
- Made with organic essential oils
- Contains organic ingredients
- Made with nontoxic ingredients
- 100 percent natural
- Essentially nontoxic
- Environmentally safer
Generally, you have to be more worried about the conventional companies (think Pantene ProV, Aveeno, Nivea, etc) that claim their products are all-natural than the companies you’d find in the aisle at Whole Foods but it’s still important to check no. matter. what.
Ingredients to avoid like the plague:
- Petrochemicals including mineral oil and various silicones
- Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
- Propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, and various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
- Formaldehyde and paraben preservatives
- Artificial fragrances
- Synthetic (FD&C and other) dyes and colorants
Ultimately, you have to decide what you feel comfortable with and don’t feel bad about your choice! You know what is best and most economical for your family. But, if you do want to have more control over the products you put on your skin and the skin of your loved ones without paying an arm and a leg, then the next best logical thing to do is to make your own products.
But where do you start?
I guess you could search Google and Pinterest for natural DIY recipes but, will they work?
Ah, that my friends is the dilemma most people face! You find a recipe after hours of searching, spend the money on quality ingredients, and hope it comes out like the blogger said it would. Hey, at least you’ve got a 50/50 chance, right?
Honestly, for me, since I literally have no extra time and money to be searching for recipes (and I am pretty sure you don’t either), I would prefer a book that had amazing recipes and that I know actually work.
I have two favorite ebooks on the subject: Mommypotamus’ ebook Organic Beauty Recipes which has a broad spectrum of beauty care products and Health Extremist’s ebook Make Your Own Makeup, which focuses mainly on actual organic makeup.
Make Your Own Makeup
My very favorite part of this ebook is that you could literally eat over 80% of her recipes and suffer no ill effects. Yes folks, her recipes are that natural. Besides using only nourishing ingredients, you could probably find a majority of the ingredients needed in your pantry and garden; cocoa powder, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, coffee, beets, aloe vera and coconut oil.
And you know how some books require you to get a ton of different ingredients? Well, you only need a few in bulk to make all the recipes! Totally economical!
What I really love about Make Your Own Makeup is she really took into consideration that not all skin types are equal and created numerous different recipes for different skin tones (hello diversity!).
I mean, just look at all the color tones for foundations! Plus, she has them in liquid versions as well.
Oh, oh, oh! I forgot to mention that her recipes are not expensive to make either! You could literally spend about $5 on ingredients needed to make your own mineral foundation and that would last you for almost the whole year! Think about the money you would save if you ditched the over-priced, expensive organic mineral foundation that costs up to $35!
Even more amazing.
On Sale For a Limited Time
Normally $21.95, this ebook with over 100 recipes that are completely natural, contain no questionable ingredients, and work, is on sale for only $9.95! Get your copy here.
Seriously, you can’t beat the price when you count how much time you’d have to invest researching online and hoping when you try the recipe, it will work.
I am not sure when the price goes back to normal but once I find out, I will edit this post to reflect the dates.