Eco-Living Magazine

Going Organic, Part Two – BEAUTY

By Greenandlovely

I am what you would call a beauty junkie. I have always had a deep love for lotions and potions, from the packaging to the colors to the textures. I am not sure where this comes from since my mom has never worn makeup a day in her life and was never interested in the latest and greatest creams. Even the first day I could drive on my own I took myself to Walgreens to peruse their beauty aisles. This love has changed drastically over the last few years, ever since I learned the truth about the beauty industry – those pretty packages and smooth textures were just vessels for chemicals and cheap raw ingredients. Talk about a rude awakening! These truths are hidden behind expert advertising and salespeople who don’t know what they are really selling: carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and skin irritants.

Once I learned the truth (another situation of you don’t know what you don’t know) I was faced with the decision of how to transition to natural and organic beauty. I had essentially a library of Sephora’s greatest hits and my Beauty Insider point bank was full, what was I to do with all this? So I made the decision to toss it and I haven’t looked back. Since it is a HUGE change and if you aren’t ready to throw it all out and start over, you can also make small changes with one product at a time when you are done with any current products.

Your skin is your biggest organ weighing in at about 6 lbs and measuring about 20 sq ft. We have a lot of skin to take care of and it is our first defense against harm, shouldn’t we be taking good care of our armor? Approximately 60% of what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream where it it taken straight to our liver. With the pounds of beauty products I use each year, I want my insides to be healthy without synthetic and chemical buildup.

Some great mini videos to start -




Learning about ingredients and how to read labels is the key. And with the pathetic 1% of the FDA’s budget that goes to the cosmetic industry’s regulation you have to educate yourself. You can’t trust products just because they made it to the shelf. This is true for natural shops too, just because it is in there doesn’t mean it is necessarily ‘natural.’

A little lesson on labels:

  • ‘Organic’ doesn’t mean anything unless it is accompanied by the USDA seal, with that seal you know you are getting a product that is free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, irradiation and genetically modified ingredients.
  • ‘Natural,’ ‘botanical,’ ‘hypoallergenic,’ are basically meaningless marketing words and any company can slap these on their label using their own interpretations in what is referred to as ‘greenwashing.’
  • ‘Fragrance-free’ and ‘unscented’ mean that there is no odor, but typically fragrance was added to mask the original odor. ‘No fragrance added’ is the safest phrase to look for.
  • ‘Dermatologist tested’ typically promoted by dermatologists for money.
  • ‘Not tested on animals’ refers to the final product, almost all raw materials that are used have been tested on animals.

EWG’s Skin Deep has a great guide of Top Tips For Safer Products with amazing in depth information. Learning what ingredients are harmful can be difficult, but an easy way to start is to avoid everything that you don’t know how to pronounce or what it is for. I especially avoid the following:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Petrochemicals
  • Phthalates – often unlabeled in synthetic fragrances
  • GMOs
  • Propylene Glycol
  • DEA and TEA
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea

A few really fabulous resources:

EWG’s Skin Deep

Gorgeously Green

The Truth About Beauty

Not Just a Pretty Face

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

And last but not least, my favorite brands:


Jane Iredale

Acure Organics

Evan Healy

Tom’s of Maine

The Crystal

Josie Maran Cosmetics

Burt’s Bees

100% Pure

Desert Essence

Dr. Bronner’s – see prior post on Dr. B here



Juice Beauty

Leave any favorite brands or natural beauty tips to share in the comments!

Up next: going organic, part three – HOME


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Indie Beauty Spotlight: Lulu Beauty Perfume Oils….

    I’m a big fan of indie beauty goodies! Not only is it loads of fun to promote smaller lines but it’s also great to not have the same “cookie cutter” products... Read more

    The 30 December 2011 by   Beautyblogger
  • More Beauty Secrets – Oatmeal

    Sep 28, 2011 by Tatianna As I promised you in one of my earlier My Beauty Secrets post, I was going to share more of my beauty secrets with you over time ( and ... Read more

    The 28 September 2011 by   Tatiannalovingfit
  • Health and Beauty Pick Sept. 12: Horizon Organic Lowfat Chocolate Milk

    Are you ever sitting at your desk mid-morning when you get hit with hunger pangs? I do and I used to reach for a Special K Protein Shake or Slimfast Shake. Read more

    The 12 September 2011 by   Nicelise
  • Five Worthy Beauty Cheapies Under 5 Bucks

    {by} Sasha I always marvel at how I can go into Sephora for one, single beauty product….and leave with an entire bagful of products that weren’t on my list.... Read more

    The 05 October 2011 by   Beautyblogger
  • A Delicious Addition To Your Beauty Routine

    {by} Sasha It seems they are coming up with more and more ingenious ways to get our beauty on. The latest innovation: an energy bar with a beauty bonus (pure an... Read more

    The 11 October 2011 by   Beautyblogger
  • Bed Time Beauty!

    G'morning Everyone! Sleep is essential to your over-all health, for your body to restore and replenish...adding these pampering bed time recipes will help your... Read more

    The 24 March 2011 by   Slherrmann
  • My Beauty Rules And Secrets

    Today I wanted to share some of my personal beauty rules and secrets that I live by. I believe that nature gives beauty to everyone, but it is up to us how we... Read more

    The 05 September 2011 by   Tatiannalovingfit

Add a comment