I must admit, I don’t own, nor do I know enough about eco-friendly cosmetic products as I’d like to.
We do our part in my house to be as environmentally conscious as possible- we recycle (is there anyone that DOESN’T these days??), my husband constantly reminds me to turn off the lights when I’m not in a room (more to save $ from skyrocketing power bills than anything though!), and I try to go without washing my hair every 2-3 days to save water (let me specify something- I shower, I just don’t always wash the hair which is actually really good for it to have a break every now and then!). So I decided to do a little investigating into the world of eco-conscious beauty products.
Did you notice my little play on words here in the title? I’m also going to include a “how to get the most natural looking “stain” on your cheeks and lips” at the end of the blog after I fill you in on some great cosmetic and skin care companies who have a commitment to “sustainable” products.
So what constitutes a “green” beauty product?? Weellll, there are a few things that can define a product to be green, however, I’m pretty positive I won’t list them all, but these are the heavy hitters:
- Proven commitment to sustainability ( hence, my play on words title!). This means the product has the capability of being continued with minimal long term effects on the environment. Basically this product was created without doing major harm to our precious environment. For a more descriptive long winded version/description, go to Wikipedia here.
- Never tested on Animals. The FDA doesn’t require most cosmetics to be tested on animals anyway, so why would anyone do it?? Animals aren’t a good judge of what a lipstick can do for my complexion, so don’t test on that cute white mouse please.
- Doesn’t contain chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. These are three of the major hard hitting chemicals that are supposedly not very enviro friendly. So they (the eco-pros) suggest you stay away from products that include these ingredients if you want to stay green.