What is the greenest beauty routine around? To go au naturale of course. :) This is usually my preferred choice but that is more about not wanting to spend time using the stuff not so much for green reasons. The second best option IMO would be to make your own beauty supplies to the extent you can using stuff you already have in the house. This ensures that you get natural ingredients too. BUT some things you just can’t make at home or maybe you just don’t want to….you won’t see me making homemade lotions or lip balms in my kitchen, I just don’t have the time. Lucky for us though there are more and more great green beauty and personal care products everyday. Here are few that impressed me lately:
For My Kids – This company is one I mentioned awhile back for their awesome natural hand sanitizer and Vinegar of 4 Thieves. This is a company dedicated to making products that are beneficial to our children and our planet. They have recently released some natural care items that I like including My Mommy’s Face Care and an All Natural Vegan Lip Balm. The face care gel cleans and moisturizes in one step with organic, food-grade ingredients. You just rub it on then wipe with a dry cloth—no water necessary. Dirt, make-up, and dried bits of dinner will come off with ease. Your skin will be clean and soft. Ingredients include: coconut oil, almond oil, candelilla wax, and chamomile.
The lip balm is awesome and I look forward to using during this fall/winter season when my lips get soooo dry. The Peppermint flavor is scrumptious and I have never tried a lipbalm that was so smoothe and silky before…yum. It comes in a small tin and I highly recommend it!
Another cool new company (to me at least) is EcoTools. They sell eco versions of loofahs, makeup brushes, bath sponges, foot files, etc. using sustainable bamboo. They are very high quality and luxurious all the while being a greener choice then what you would pick up at Wal-Mart. I have an EcoTools bath sponge and it is all bamboo cloth unlike the plastic ones that most conventional stores have. You can just throw in the wash after awhile to clean it. I also have the bamboo shower mitt and LOVE it. Just put it on your hand and it exfoliates your skin. It feels really good too…I can get behind those kind of beauty practices, LOL.
Face Natural is a company I familiar with and they now have a line of beauty products including a cool anti-aging kit. It seems for everything you want there is a greener, more natural version these days and that rocks. The kit has a mud cleanser, toner, night serum, and anti-aging cream. If you use high end department store skincare products and want to try a more natural version then this is for you.
Miessence Organics has some shampoo and conditioner that I have been using too. I usually use a shampoo bar and I love it because I can go without washing my hair for days without getting a case of the oilies. This is helpful if your biggest green secret is that you don’t like to shower for days on end, haha! To save water of course! Anyway…conventional shampoos strip my hair and make me have to wash it again the next day…it is like your hair gets super oily to compensate for the harsh shampoo chemicals or something. But the Miessence Desert Flower Shampoo does not strip my hair at all and I really like it. It smells good and it is 100% organic from one of the most reputable companies I have ever come across. It is pricey but since I pay $8 a shampoo bar it evens out when I don’t have to wash my hair every day or even every other day.
I have been using the Shine Herbal Hair Conditioner on my daughter since she has long hair that gets tangly….works very well and gives her hair some shine. It also naturally balances the pH with organic apple cider vinegar.