I am a big fan of no-tox natural cosmetics and body products. Our skin's like a sponge, absorbing up to 60% of the lotions, potions, perfumes & soaps we slather on ourselves. It's hard to fathom just how many chemicals the average woman is exposed to on a daily basis - cleaning, exfoliating, moisturising, shaving, primping, deodorizing, colouring, whitening, bronzing and polishing, some estimates exceed 500 chemicals a day!
But we consumers are wising up! As the cleaner living movement grows, there are more and more options for natural and organic skin creams, soaps, moisturisers and the like. There are some awesome New Zealand companies - Trilogy and Antipodes to name a few. It's pretty easy to make them yourself, too - see here for my DIY Facial Cleanser, here for my Rosehip and Kiwiseed Moisturiser and here for my Vitamin C Serum recipe.
I found it relatively easy to clear out the crud and restock my bathroom with pure and natural bath and body products, but cosmetics on the other hand! What a mission! It's easy to slather on a night cream and look like a shine ball right before bed - but cosmetics actually need to perform during the day, all day, especially when my skin is not!
Hey makeup, can you please be all natural, nourishing for my skin, make me look awesome and stay on all day? Too much to ask?
So today I'm giving you a sneak peak inside my makeup bag. I haven't had the chance to trial all the natural/organic/safe cosmetics out there (I tend to find something that works for me and stick with it). So for sure there are some very nice brands that aren't mentioned in this post, including Inika Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Dr Hauschka, Vapour and Zuii. And if you have a brand that you love, please share it in the comments below! Here's what I'm using at the moment, & loving it:
sally b's skin yummies
These three gems are my new faves. Sally B's Skin Yummies blend certified organic, natural, and wild-crafted ingredients into luxurious skin care and makeup products that are kind to people and the planet. Her products are simple, I understand the ingredients list, they are cruelty-free, and non-toxic.
Sally B's Skin Yummies are handmade in the USA (Atlanta, Georgia), but you can get them exclusively online in NZ from the lovely Buffy and her awesome online shop Be Good Organics.
jane iredale pressed powder and glow time bb cream
To be fair, you'll find articles online that say the evidence of aluminum causing breast cancer is not conclusive. But with 1 in 8 women predicted to get breast cancer, and a marked increase in all types of cancers in the last 100 years since all these processed foods and chemical-laden hygiene products started flooding the market, my logic wins, and I'm choosing the precautionary route of natural safe deodorant.
Luckily there are some great options out there, like crystal deodorants, coconut and baking soda combos, spray ons and more. I've started using (and now stocking in my online store!) Eco Dan Natural Coconut Deodorant and I'm loving it. It sprays on, smells like coconut and does the job of any good deodorant. Grab yours here for summer, too.
And there you have it. Not the most comprehensive list of cosmetics because I really just stick to the basics. But it sure feels good to know that almost every makeup product I use is either all natural, non-toxic, green or organic. I would love to hear your product recommendations too: what have you found!? Any NZ brands that work really well?
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