Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget

Big things are happening with YourEarthIt so stay tuned to new design and potentially a business out of this thing I started as  hobby. Sorry is has been a little while since I’ve been on here!

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With that, my husband and I have been a pretty strict budget these past few months. We’ve had job and housing transitions. Like-make veggie pot pie without the creamy inside…or mixing coconut yogurt to make ‘milk’ for cereal-kind of budget. Some of that was out of laziness or unplanned-ness BUT we did have to tighten up our budget quite a bit; and what came out of it was some pretty frugal and useful tips for bath and body. Less than $5-10 that lasted me around 4+ months!

Three Bath and Body Hacks for When You’re On a Tight Budget.

  1. Don’t use conditioner. Really? Really. If you have average-ish hair (not too greasy, not too dry) than you can definitely can get away with no conditioner. Especially if you use a great all- natural shampoo like I use at Plaine Products. My advice would be to not shampoo your hair every day, ain’t nobody got time for that anyway AND use a tiny bit of oil (see below) or DIY body dew to give it a conditioned feel. As a good family friend always says- dot dot not a lot!
  2. Use inexpensive oil- for everything. In my frugalness, I used olive oil and grapeseed oil for a plethora of uses, like body and face moisturizer, facial oil cleansingDIY dandruff treatment, nail bed treatment, hair conditioner, and MORE!
  3. Use green tea as a tonic/moisturizing spray. Get a box or even better bulk loose leaf organic green tea or tea bags, brew some up, store tea in a glass container in the fridge and use to your liking for a week or so until you need more! It’s easy as that. I use this tonic prior to moisturizing my face, spritz before and after makeup application, spritz my face a dewy look, spray whole body for out of shower rejuvenation and moisture. It also fights acne, is anti-inflammatory and has great anti-oxidant properties (Source). BONUS!

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DIY Vegan, Naturally-Colored Candy Corn

Happy Halloweeeeeeen………month!

On a whim, I bought a candy thermometer and decided to go for homemade, vegan, food-dyed candy corn again (last year’s was a droopy fail since the recipe I followed didn’t cook the syrup). I’m excited! Are you ready?

I fully intended on this being a very difficult, long, messy process. I had intentions of having to scientifically add a ‘wax’ of some sort or agar as a solidifier and GUESS WHAT?! It never got close to that point. One try and done, literally. Nothing complicated. Yeah they’re not the cutest or realistic in size but they are fun and easy to make not to mention vegan, naturally colored and yummy: triple bonus! The more I practice the more store-bought they’ll look, even though that’s not necessarily always the goal.

Tools/equipment:

  • Stove and pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Cutting board or non-stick/scratch surface
  • Pizza cutter or knife
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups powder sugar (separated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/6 cup or 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Turmeric powder
  • Beet root powder

Instructions:

  • Stir together oil, corn syrup and sugar in pot on stove on medium heat. Once stirred leave alone to cook. Stick the candy thermometer in and wait for temperature to rise to 245-250 degrees F, the mixture should be bubbling. This will take 1-6 minutes depending on stove.
  • Immediately take off heat once at desired temperature (my candy thermometer had a hard and soft ball marker near 245-250 so I did in between). Stir in vanilla, it will bubble and is HOT so wear protective clothes and try not to be too aggressive with stirring.
  • Add powder sugar a bit at a time while stirring until a dough ball that’s not too sticky or wet looking. It may not need all the powder sugar or it may need more. It will be squishy because it’s hot. Put the dough ball aside on a plate or a surface to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Once it’s cool enough to work with your hands but not cold and rock hard, divide into three parts. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to one ball. Add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of beet root powder to the other, leaving the third one white. Work in with hands careful not to stain clothes (this is where kids could come in!)
  • Roll out into snakes and line the colors up. Use a kid safe knife or have an adult pizza cut the strips into triangles resembling candy corn. It dries and hardens as you go so speed is of the essence (10-15 minutes) but still have fun!
  • Once all dough is rolled and cut use your fingers to round edges and shape to your liking.
  • Let dry overnight. Mix with peanuts, jar them up for display, serve on a cupcake and/or eat! Store in bowl (if you have self control) out for all your creepy guests!!

Example of strips and the recipe I used for inspiration and tweaking Here. They have great troubleshooting as well, I just didn’t come across any so hopefully you don’t too!

In conclusion: I am definitely adding this to our yearly October tradition. Would be a great activity with kids who love candy, play-dough, crafts and baking. As I am a giant kid, as we all should be ESPECIALLY during Halloween, all should enjoy this treat. Half the fun is making it! No Tricks here just Treats. Have fun and let me know how yours turn out.

Zero Waste DIY: Rose/Floral Water

I love using rose water as a tonic face spray! So naturally I started to research how to make it myself….Rose water in my opinion is one of the “Super Fruits” of skin products. Rose water has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It can reduce redness and excess oil, control your skin’s acidity levels and give you a moisturized, fresh look without using any heavy chemicals. (Source)

This recipe is zero waste, easy, fun and frugal!

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Ingredients:

  • Water that your comfortable with; Distilled, filtered, tap etc.
  • Rose/Flower of choice Pedals- fresh with NO pesticides is best. I used a pink/purple Rose of Sharon bush, that isn’t actually a rose- who’da thunk. It’s in the hibiscus family but still has anti-inflammatory properties. You can also use dried pedals as well if you don’t have access to any fresh but make sure their safe for cosmetic purposes.
  • Spray Bottle

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Instructions:

  1. Pick flowers and collect the pedals. This is the relaxing, get-outside-kind-of fun part. The less blemished or dried out ones the purer the rose water will be (I tried to use old crusty ones and it turned the water black AH!).
  2. Rinse with cold water. In a stainless steel pot, place a heat-safe clean bowl filled with water in the middle of pot, this weighs the bowl down.
  3. Put pedals around the bowl (make sure the bowl is taller than the level of pedals. Add your water that will be the rose water to just covers the pedals (see photos below for steps 2-6 below).
  4. Turn stove on medium/low and wait until flowers get wilty and discolored. When this happens put a larger but flatter bowl on top of middle bowl and put the pot’s lid on pot upside down
  5. Wait a few minutes until you can see or hear the water simmering. Once simmering add ice in the small concave part of the upside down lid to induce more condensation on the inside of pot (that will be your rose water).
  6. The rose water (distilled version) will drip from lid to the top bowl. Let this happen for 15 minutes. If your like me and apt to forget, set a timer. You may have to add more ice and empty the lid basin if it melts (this is tricky, a suction/dropper may be easiest because I tried to grab and pour the melted ice into another container and spilled all over and burnt my finger a bit).
  7. Once timer is done, turn off stove and let cool. Collect rose water from the top bowl and pour in spray bottle. Let cool completely before use.

TIPS

  • 1 cup pedals + 2 cups water = 1/2 cup rose water
  • Use as a spritzer before you moisturize your face and body daily
  • Keep in fridge for longer shelf life (this is where I keep the extra for refill when I run out in the sprayer)
  • If not using really fragrant flowers like I did, you can add a drop of your favorite essential oil, like Lavender, Frankincense ect. I did DragonTime by YL. Be careful with putting certain essential oils on your face due to sunlight exposure and sensitivities, also avoid the eyes.

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Resource used: Thanks to the internet, and Dulce Delight for Dulce Delight’s YouTube How to make Rose Water – Incredible and concentrated recipe

Disclaimer: I am not a herbalist, cosmetologist, dermatologist, or anything else that is medical that ends in ‘ist’ for that matter. These are just fun suggestions and are not guaranteed to cure diseases. Use recipe at own risk. I don’t even know what to say for this or if I have to, hope y’all don’t take advantage of that 🙂

Conventional Makeup is Poison: Mind, Body and EARTH

The finale of Mind, Body and EARTH mini-blog series on how conventional makeup is poison to the earth. Also my last day of June: A Month of Zero Makeup.

The Cosmetic Industry is Poison to the Earth

Packaging. More specifically Plastic.

Plastic production and consumption is a PANDEMIC. If you know me, you know I hate plastic, and hate is a very strong word. There are multiple facets of which plastic pollutes the earth; air, water, and land, negatively affecting eco-systems, animals and humans alike. We’ll just take a chunk and focus on cosmetics. Zero Waste Week “reports that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry.” (Stylist Beauty Packaging) Plastic is not just a one-way ticket, it has multiple avenues of where it may end up. Check out 40+ Intriguing Facts about Plastic Pollution.

  • In the Trash. Sold AND unsold products? How many people (at the consumer level) have thrown away unused, partially used or empty cosmetic containers? Unfortunately I know I have, multiple times throughout my life before my zero waste, anti-plastic, all-natural kick (my heart hurts at this, also it’s not a ‘kick’, it’s a bold, intentional, lifetime commitment). But that is why I am dedicated to not only have a neutral impact on the environment but HELP it along with the generation to come as well. We also rarely even think of this, but what DO companies and stores do with unsold, taken-off-the-shelf, or expired product? Well MOST likely they trash them unless they are upfront and clear about proper disposal and/or recycling, donating or reusing. What is proper disposal anyway HA!? People of Racked asked bigger companies what they do with unsold products; Ulta replied with “We properly dispose of our products per manufacturer requests.” BUT, someone they interviewed that worked at Ulta in VANCOUVER, WA said that they sometimes destroy makeup before throwing them away. Why do that? Well because people dumpster dive and sell the product for up to thousands of dollars! (Inside the World of Dumpster-Diving Beauty Scavengers)

 

  • In the Recycling. Tubes, pumps, brushes, bottles, aerosol sprayers, pencils, compacts, the list goes on for the different packaging. They are all different, meaning that it is VERY confusing to know what is recyclable or not. Even one company’s products hugely vary in packaging. In the US, every state or even county (depending on waste treatment centers) have different guidelines to what can be put in the curbside recycling, making it exponentially more confusing to figure out what cosmetic packaging can be recycled.  Let’s say they do end up properly in the recycling, what now? Will it be made into another plastic item that cannot be recycled? Probably. Will it be sent to China with half of the worlds plastic waste? Oh wait, they just passed a bill as of January 2018 in which the country no longer accepts incoming plastic waste. (National Public Radio China Refuse’s to Recycle the West’s plastics. ) “‘Even if consumer participation in recycling were 100 percent, we wouldn’t be close to recycling 100 percent of the material.’, said chemical engineer Megan Robertson, who co-wrote a piece in Science last November on the future of plastics recycling. Much consumer waste is simply not recyclable, often because it combines materials.” (Bloomberg The Recycling Game Is Rigged Against You.) So yes, recycling properly is helpful and can be very useful and beautiful BUT it is not the answer.

 

  • In the Air. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are leaking into the atmosphere from cosmetic products as well. Fumes from our cosmetics are contributing to air pollution. (Your Beauty Products May Contribute to Rush-Hour Pollution Just As Much as Car Exhaust). Factories and the industrial aspect of cosmetics are also contributing to pollution-transportation exhausts, production pollution, raw material and chemical processing  OH MY. There is no way for a consumer to really know what all entails in the production of a product and how much air pollution is emitted, especially in cosmetics which usually have a long list of ingredients. It’s a hard number to quantify and there are VERY smart people out there doing their part to solve these issues BUT we can also help by being aware.

 

  • In the Water.  If you only get one thing from this post, my wish is that it is this: AVOID microbeads, don’t use them, don’t support companies that use them or have them. JUST DON’T DO IT. Microbeads are a form of microplastics, which are tiny bits of plastic. Bigger plastic that gets into the waterways and break into smaller pieces of plastic but never really ‘break down’. Small enough plastics could be absorbed through our skin causing health concerns. This takes a toll on the environment as well. Wildlife, especially marine life, mistake them for food. This is bad (duh). Microbeads are intentional microplastics used in cosmetics, toothpastes, soaps, scrubs, etc. as an exfoliate. They are ‘pretty’ and ‘bursting’ and ‘deep cleaning’, says the companies that DON’T GIVE A BUTT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT (Aveeno, Clean ‘n Clear, Johnson & Johnson, Clearasil, Olay, L’Oriel, Garnier, Dove, Softsoap, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Colgate, Crest, Aquafresh, Covergirl, Clinique, Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, Wet ‘n Wild, Aussie, BedHead AND MORE, excuse the rant).  Microbeads are small plastic beads that are listed as polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene/acrylates copolymer, Polyacrylate, Polyethylene-Glycol, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Nylon (PA). These are slowly being banned. Join the movement. In the US, they are currently banned from rinse-off products but that still leaves stay-on, long-wear products, which are definitely not exempt in finding their way to the water. Sisters gotta wash that stuff off eventually. And any fan of Pixar will know that…Related image(for more info see resources: microbeads at the end of post)

“91 percent of potentially recyclable plastic in the U.S. ended up in landfills – or worse, in the oceans.” (Bloomberg Recycling.) SO we talked about the plastic aspect, which is a HUGE one. What about the ‘other’ considerations?

Well, in my Conventional Makeup is Poison (mind, body and earth) BODY post I talked about phthalates, synthetic fragrances, petroleum-based compounds, icky preservatives (BHA and BHT) and more being terrible for our bodies. Well, you are guessed it, they are just as bad for the earth. Wastewater treatment centers can’t filter these substances out, releasing them into the sewage and therefore waterways. The marine life is negatively affected by these chemicals causing mutations in different species and disrupting development in some microorganisms. Most of these ingredients can accumulate in tissues so they are building up the more we use them in more and more marine life (CVS Skin Labs 7 Cosmetic Ingredients That are Bad for the Environment). Other things to look out for are siloxanes (Silicones), Diethanolamine or DEA, Triclocan, Dioxane and chemical sunscreens. These chemicals bio-accumulate and pose a threat to the well-being of fish, shellfish, amphibians, coral reef, nematodes (how can you not love that word), crustaceans, animal and plant-plankton. (simpleluxeliving The Environmental Damages Of Cosmetics)

The cosmetic industry ALSO has many effects on the environment during the very beginning stages of production, like raw material mining. Mica powder, a mineral that is used as a filler in asphalts and rubber, is also ground up and becomes the ingredient for shimmery cosmetics. There are multiple factors that go into this field and also the building blocks of cosmetics (and I wont get that into all that now) BUT one to focus on is getting sustainably-sourced and fair trade certified cosmetics that contain Mica. Its use has low consumer risk but high occupational risks due to inhalation concerns. Some suppliers from India have been known to use children as cheap laborers and also strip mine the land. (Ethical Consumer MICA)


I know this is overwhelming. Trust me. I’m wide-eyed (occasionally teary-eyed) just writing this mess. What can you do? Educate yourself, use what you have and properly dispose of them the environmentally-friendly way by being up-to-date on your local recycling center or different recycling companies like Terracycle and others (post coming soon on companies that are zero waste or reuse and/or recycle- CAN’T WAIT). Don’t just throw away cosmetics. Can it be recycled? Does the company take back packaging to sterilize and reuse? How do I properly dispose of the product, is it environmentally friendly to dump out in the sink and what does this mean it’s doing to my body if it’s toxic to the earth? Buy more sustainable packaged cosmetics. Is the company concerned with the environment and your health and are they taking steps to show it, not just say it? Do I overly obsess over my looks or cosmetics? Is the cosmetic industry marketing and media getting in my mind? How do I change this to be a healthy relationship? Reduce, refuse, rethink, reflect. Yes, you should be more mindful about what you buy. Yes, it’s annoying. Yes it shouldn’t be like this. We shouldn’t have to worry about our cosmetics polluting the water but it most likely is, so we try to change.

Happy Last Day of June and my last day to not wear makeup, wow a whole month flew by. It was a fun roller coaster of a journey. I learned A LOT and am so glad I embarked on this adventure. See all this month’s posts at: June: A Month of Zero Makeup

Resources: Microbeads

https://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en/2018/05/beat-the-microbead-campaign-demands-restriction-of-all-intentionally-added-microplastics/

https://basmati.com/2018/06/11/microplastics-monster-our-seas

http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/ProductTable.php?colour=2&country=US&language=EN 

http://www.ehn.org/plastic-environmental-impact-2501923191.html

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

http://www.ijc.org/en_/blog/2016/02/25/consumer_decisions_can_curb_microbead_pollution_story3/

Photos by Diana Kadreva on Unsplash further edited by yours truly!

“You are Beautiful” written by a fellow blogger Megandlife

“You are beautiful”. A very real and loving look at self image and identity.

http://megandlife.com/2018/06/22/you-are-beautiful/

Conventional Makeup is Poison: Mind, BODY, and Earth.

I don’t think I would be posting if I thought that the world knew that conventional makeup and cosmetics are BAD…but they are just so prominent still in the USA that its worth a shot at getting the word out there. WOOOOOW buddy did browsing the web for 10 minutes on different chemicals found in cosmetics REALLY open my eyes to a tiny slice of what is out there and easily accessible to people all over the world. Much of which I used for years. When I switched to ‘all-natural’ I did it slowly and it was more for the environment but now I can’t even stand the thought of them on and in my body for my own health. Conventional makeup and bathroom products (yes, even soap) are so toxic. For Mind, BODY and Earth. And I didn’t even know about it all until now! Here’s an overview of toxicities found in cosmetic products that are quite scary for your health. There will be SOO many links.

First word of caution; I always try to look at some of these popular articles with a grain of salt because YES they do provide great information BUT they conveniently also sell their own products. So I try my very best not to fall completely head over heels. Not that they are completely unfavorable but they do have an ulterior motive, and in my experience makeup and cosmetics that are ‘all natural’ and ‘healthy’ for your body are most likely NOT for the earth as well…so much plastic, a marketing-consumerist trap I don’t want to fall into. I mean yes, organic is always better than non-organic but shouldn’t it be a world that non-organic isn’t even an option? SO yes, all natural cosmetics are better than conventional by far BUT is it the best option? Not always. That is why we come up with a creative third option. What is it? That’s what I come to find out during this month of June: A Month of Zero Makeup.

Toxic Ingredients in Conventional Makeup

Many companies are coming up with sneaky ways to get people hooked to their products by branding it as ‘all-natural’ and even organic. Organic or now, some ingredients can be VERY harmful to our body and the earth. The skin is the largest organ and is porous, being able to absorb about 60% of what goes on it (The role of skin absorption as a route of exposure). American ( mostly women) use cosmetics ALL day. Where we usually put them; very close to the eyeball and glands,  bathing the hair in who-knows-what for minutes to hours, lips (entry of the digestive system), face, all over the skin maximizing surface area. It is definitely warranted a closer look at what we are using on our God given temples. 1 Corinthians 6:19 The Bible

Phthalates (‘fragrance’). Also the chemical can be shortened as DBP (dibutylphthalate), DEP (dimethylphthalate), DEHP (diethylphthalate), DMP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate) and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate). They have been associated with hormone-mimicking properties and therefore disrupt our bodies production and reaction of hormones linked to metabolic issues (blood pressure, blood sugar etc), male fertility and lung issues. Women, children and infants are just as susceptible if not more, with using products like baby powder and soaps. They are used as fragrance, adhering agents and solvents. They are also in many plastic products. Companies claim their fragrance formulations as trade secrets. Avoid products that just flatly have “fragrance” or one of these chemicals listed as an ingredient.(Ingredient Watch List: Phthalates) (5 New Reasons to Avoid Phthlates + How to Limit Your Exposure)

Lead. Yes, an element, therefore naturally occurring in the earth. That doesn’t mean non-toxic though. The World Health Organization declares that “There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe and lead exposure is preventable”. This stuck out to me big time. Lead is a neurotoxin (Safe Cosmetics). While the FDA’s fairly lax and somewhat confusing info (here), ‘99% of cosmetics have less than 10ppm of lead in their products and that is generally safe’. I’d rather not take the chance. Lipsticks are more likely to contain lead, so use clearly marked lead-free lipstick and other cosmetics, especially since they can bypass being absorbed through the skin and enter straight into the digestive system.

Formaldehyde. A carcinogen at even low levels inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin. The cosmetic industry uses formaldehyde-releasing agents as preservatives, surfactants, germicides and conditioning agents. Formaldehyde released by DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quarternium-15-18-26, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. Most products that have formaldehyde are eyelash glues, baby soap and shampoos, hair smoothing products and nail polish/treatments, but look out for sneaky ones that have the releasing factor in eyeliners, mascara and pressed powders from companies like BlushSense, CocoaCare Shea Butter, Lubriderm, Almay Mascara and more. “Salon-based products are exempt from labeling laws. Don’t use expired cosmetic products or store cosmetic products in the sun because this can cause more formaldehyde to be released” (Safe Cosmetics Formaldehyde)

Teflon. Yes the nonstick stuff used with production of pans, fabrics, fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags and believe it or not, cosmetics! “Teflon is a brand name for PTFE, one of thousands of fluorinated chemicals known as PFASs or PFCs [1] – some of which have been linked to serious health effects including cancer, thyroid disease and reduced effectiveness of childhood vaccines” (EWG Teflon). Olay, L’Oreal, Garnier were top brands that CURRENTLY sell SPF products that contain TEFLON.  Let alone all the derivatives and look-a-likes of the chemical. Other common companies containing (PERFLUOROOCTANOIC ACID) or PTFE or Teflon  (not just their SPF products) were E.L.F, MAC, Butter London, Wet ‘n Wild, Rimmel, Covergirl, IT Cosmetics, Maybelline, Gillette shaving cream, California Tan, Living Proof, No7, Deepshine and Physicians Formula. Look out for:

PTFE (Teflon)
Perfluorononyl Dimethicone
Perfluorodecalin
C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate
Octafluoropentyl Methacrylate
Perfluorohexane
Pentafluoropropane
Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate
Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Peg-2 Phosphate
Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether
Perfluorononylethyl Carboxydecyl Peg-10 Dimethicone
Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane
Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene

Petroleum- based compounds. Petroleum AKA Crude Oil AKA Fossil Fuels are used in cosmetics most recognized as hydrocarbons and later after mineral oil but also can be used in ‘fragrances’. Petroleum is used today to make gasoline, styrofoam, plastics, paint, antifreeze and lubricating oils. Petroleum- based compounds can enhance your skin absorption of other materials, which could be a good or bad thing depending on what the substance is. My guess is that if it contains a petroleum-based compound it has other harmful chemicals. Propylene glycol (a Petroleum-based compound) is linked to serious health problems such as liver and kidney damage as well as respiratory irritation (Organic Makeup Petroleum) Petroleum- based compounds are also likely contaminated with Ethylene oxide, which is a known carcinogen which affects the nervous system and normal development. Look out for 1,4-dioxane and/or PEG- followed by a number (the # of ethylene glycol they comprise, the lower the number, the more easily absorbed into the skin).  How to Identify Petrochemicals in Your Cosmetics.

butylated preservatives (BHA, BHT). Used in jet fuel and paint thinners..oh and also food and cosmetics- GASP.  It has been banned in Japan for over 50 years as a food additive due to its toxicity to humans..hm… BHA, BHT both have bioaccumulative properties, meaning our bodies can absorb them faster than we can metabolize and excrete them. It is known to mimic certain hormones in both men and women and can promote the growth of tumors. Other health concerns include: cancer, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity and irritation.  Butylated compounds are used in lip products, hair products, makeup/sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorants and perfumes. Also as general ‘fragrance’ in these products as well. (Toxic Tuesday butylated)

parabens. Parabens have gotten a bad rep, as they should, being found in breast cancer tissue, partly due to them being able to mimic estrogen. Hormones and neurotransmitters help our organs talk to eachother. An outside substance in disguise as one can lead to reproductive , immune, nervous system issues. The ones commonly used in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben, hence the ‘paraben’. Once again they are used as a preservative, inhibiting microorganism growth. The FDA’s answer is a question, “Is having parabens as a preservative in makeup outweigh the risks of having bacteria overgrowth?” How about, yet again, a third creative option? Okay, so now companies use phenoxyethanol. Well, bad news, this has been linked to the exact same issues as parabens.

Other toxins and chemical to avoid. Siloxanes or chemical ending in -siloxane or -methicone. Carbon black. p-Phenylenediamine. Octinoxate.


Chemical names are complicated, long, and can be written and represented in many different ways. Perfect for a consumer to know NOTHING about right? Ignorance is bliss? NAH, not when your precious body is of concern. So The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Skin Deep Database (here) is a great resource to do some research on your product’s ingredients. I also use the Think Dirty App (here) for a second resource. They use a point system with research to back up potential toxicity of ingredients. I really like how you can search a chemical name and receive the products that contain it. Listed below are from the EWG Skin Deep database’s (user guide)

Low hazard – Moderate – High hazard

Conventional drug store companies like Suave (3-9), Aussie (5-8), Herbal Essence (4-6), Dove (2-6), Johnson and Johnson Products like Neutrogena, Aveeno and ACT Mouthwash (3-6), and MANY more have high average scores. Even department store and designer cosmetics (I don’t even know what they’re called, fancy, ha!) Philosophy (3-6), Estee Lauder (1-8), Origins (2-6), Clinique (2-6), Benefit (2-5), Bare Minerals (5-6), Bobbi Brown (5-6)  ETC. For the frugal gals, I include all the generic brands like Walmart’s Sam’s Choice, Fred Meyer’s Kroger, Target’s Up and Up, Safeway, CVS, the list goes on because the ingredients like their mimicked trade name counterpart I’ve listed above are very comparable. For me, I don’t want to look up everything I buy because the company has some good and some bad products. I want a wholesome company whose products are always low scoring. I won’t even entertain the idea of getting anything from conventional drug, pharmacy, department and grocery stores, even if they claim to be ‘all natural’, sorry but I flat out don’t trust it.

Okay so this is overwhelming, where do I start? DON’T BUY OR USE ANY PRODUCT THAT HAS ‘FRAGRANCE’ LISTED AS AN INGREDIENT.

Moral of the story is, and this one is a biggie…

DO. YOUR. RESEARCH.

(hard, long, annoying research sometimes) on everything you purchase to put in and on your body, find your comfort level, start slow and increase/specify your guidelines for you and your family. Your dollar and your voice is casting a vote on which company’s morals and practices you support. Use products that you can read and understand the compound like herbal essential oils and fruit extracts.

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Resources used by me; available and encouraged to be used by you

EWG’s ‘Is Teflon in Your Cosmetics?’ (EWG Teflon)

Problem with EWG and Think Dirty App

Ten Toxic Ingredients That Might Be in Your Makeup

Mind Body Green

WHO Lead Poisoning and health

and way more ( see links)

Thanks for sticking with me for this whole month of zero makeup!!! Join me? Comments? I’d love to hear from you.

TGIF: My Hardest Day of Zero Makeup

Thank God it’s Friday!! I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed…

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