You’ve wondered, right?
You glance across the label of store-bought cosmetics and bathroom products and weirdly long and unintelligible words swim before your eyes. What the heck even are those?
And you wonder … could I be harming myself by sloshing this slew of unknowns across my body?
Um, yes. Yes you could.
There is evidence to suggest that nasties in cosmetics can adversely affect our health. Eye, nose, throat and lung irritations, headaches, aggravated allergies and potentially even more serious impacts like reproductive and developmental issues.
Toxic cosmetics aren’t doing our environment any favours once we wash them down the drain, either. (Don’t even get us started on those utterly pointless ocean-harming plastic microbeads that hide in so many common brands — even The Body Shop!)
So that’s the bad news.
Now for the hands-down freaking excellent news.
We’re going to walk you, product-by-product, through the process of swapping to completely natural and cruelty-free cosmetics that actually work.
We’ve totally got you on this one.
Because we know that finding and making your own natural cosmetics can be completely overwhelming.
Who has time to properly research each brand, even the “natural” ones, and look up each ingredient? Who wants to shell out oodles of cash to test new products and recipes that may not even work?
Swapping just seems too hard. And difficulty breeds inertia.
That’s how we, folk who aim to live sustainably and fill our bodies with nourishing food, find ourselves continuing to rely on questionable products in our bathroom.
So, over the next 12 months, we’re going to take the difficulty and guess work out of the process for you.
We’ll show you how to swap to cosmetics so natural you can actually eat the ingredients.
We’ll take it slow and easy, running you through one simple way to make the switch each month. What’s more, everything we recommend has been tried and tested by us, on us.
Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ll cover:
- Washing your face, removing make-up and moisturising with nothing more than oil.
- Toning with apple cider vinegar.
- Making your own deodorant, toothpaste and chocolate body butter.
- No-‘pooing, also known as washing your hair with bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Homemade salt and sugar exfoliators + dry body brushing.
- Morning oil pulling to cleanse your body of toxins from the inside out.
- Making your own essential oil-scented soaps, naturally coloured with herbs, spices and coffee.
- We’ll even talk tampons and reusable menstrual cups.
We’ve actually been quietly using some of these guys, like the homemade deodorant and no-‘poo shampoo, for months — just to make sure they really do work long-term. (Spoiler: they do.)
Swapping to homemade green cosmetics is awesome for you. Here’s a bunch of reasons why:
- You have ultimate choice over what goes on your skin and know exactly what’s in every product you use. Which is important because our skin is huge absorption organ and whatever we put on it ends up in our blood stream.
- You save money. No more expensive creams and soaps. Instead, many natural cosmetics use the same, cheap household ingredients.
- You do the environment a favour, with less packaging and less nasty chemicals ending up in our waterways and washing out to our oceans.
- You help other living creatures. Knowing every ingredient in every product means peace of mind that nothing has been used to torture innocent animals before being rubbed on your skin.
- Bonus: You’ll probably notice your skin looking healthier, your hair growing shinier and your teeth gleaming whiter. And you’ll smell nice, too.
To kick off this whole shebang, we’ve created a handy bathroom stocktake worksheet for you.
It’s nestled in our beautiful eBook, which is available free to all our tribe members. If you’re on our mailing list, you’ll already have a copy of the eBook. If not, sign up and get your free copy here.
Then scoot off to your cosmetics cupboard and use our stocktake worksheet to work out where your current brands sit.
Remember to keep an eye out for parent company trickery. For example, The Body Shop was bought out in 2006 by cosmetics giant L’Oreal, which tests on animals. So next time your Body Shop soap runs out, consider making your own or swapping to a more ethical brand.
The ultimate trick to success? Gradually change over to natural cosmetics as things run out. Simple as that.
We are so excited to bring you this series. We’ve put in months of research and just know our knowledge will help take the hassle out of your big swap.
You in? Get clicking on the links below.
And if there’s anything you particularly want to hear about, hit us up in the comments below. We are your human guinea pigs, people! Use us wisely.
12 steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients:
- Step 1: Bathroom stocktake – get our handy free worksheet to help you work out how naughty or nice your current cosmetic brands are.
- Step 2: Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap – how to recycle used coffee grounds into a luxuriously exfoliating and all-natural homemade soap.
- Step 3: How to cleanse your face with nothing more than oil (and a little apple cider vinegar) plus tips on dealing with adult acne.
- Step 4: Whipped organic chocolate body butter – how to create an intensely moisturising body butter using only three-ingredients.
- Step 5: How to go no ‘poo – ditch store-bought shampoo and wash your hair using only bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Step 6: Menstrual cups – less wastage, less stink, less toxins. The better alternative to pads and tampons.
- Step 7: Natural homemade toothpaste – whip up your own toothpaste using everyday ingredients you probably already have floating around your pantry.
- Step 8: Oil pulling – swill a little oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes each day to improve dental health and a whole heap more.
- Step 10: Healing face and body butter – how to make your own naturally-scented and powerfully healing face and body moisturiser.