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Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

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You can achieve an all natural glow with natural makeup. This look was created using Hynt Beauty products. All of Hynt Beauty products are organic based, eco-conscious, and cruelty free.

For this look I used:

Duet Perfecting Concealer in Dark

Lumiere Radiance Boosting Powder 

Aria Lipstick in Pink Belle 

 

You can also sample the products by purchasing their discovery kit.

Watch the video below to see how I achieved this look and hear my thoughts on the products

Nude Lipstick for Brown Skin | Organic & Non-toxic

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Who doesn’t love a nice nude lipstick? It’s perfect for everyday wear and gives you a nice natural look. It can be difficult to find a nude lipstick shade that’s brown girl friendly and non-toxic. Most lipsticks contain artificial dyes, colors, and other chemical additives. Here’s a list of my top 5 nude lipsticks for brown skin sans toxins.

 

 

100% Pure in Lychee

 

 

Pacifica Beauty Tenderness

 

Luv & Co Beauty Captivated 

 

Au Naturale On Pointe   

topped with Hynt Beauty Une Femme 

 

 

 

Red Apple Lipstick | Review

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I received three beautiful lip glosses from Red Apple Lipstick. Every Red Apple Lipstick  gloss is gluten free, paraben free, soy free, GMO free, and vegan. They come in a variety of shades ranging from sheer to high pigmented. I like to keep lip glosses in my makeup stash for days when I don’t want to wear a full face of makeup but still look a little glamorous. Plus I love the green and black packaging as I’m a sucker for pretty things and boxes 🙂

 

Gemazing is a bright fuchsia lip gloss that is highly pigmented. It reminds me more of a liquid lipstick because it’s thicker than a typical gloss, leaves a nice color on the lips, and has a nice smooth application.

Kissyfit is a bronze lip stain with an orange undertone. If you like bronze or copper colors then this is perfect for you! I also think this would make a create color for the Fall or Winter season.

Amor Caliente is a sheer lip gloss with a red undertone. I chose this one because I always like to have a stash of go to lip gloss. I don’t wear makeup everyday so on days I don’t this works for me. As a sheer gloss with a light tint this would pair well as a topper for your favorite red lipstick.

If you haven’t tried Red Apple Lipstick products now is your chance. Check out the other items in their makeup collection. Feel free to use coupon code: HOLISTICHONEY to save money on your next order.

 

Green Beauty Starter Kit | Organic Makeup for Beginners

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I get so many questions about what makeup I use, product recommendations, how to start using clean makeup products. In an effort to help my green beauty sisters out; I decided to compile a list of basic non toxic makeup options. This is great if you are new to green beauty or a makeup beginner. And of course this is women of color friendly. I understand how hard it is to find the perfect shade that compliments your skin.

 

Primers

Bare Minerals Prime Time

Evelyn Ionia Green Tea Primer

 

Concealer

Au Naturale Cosmetics Creme Concealer 

100% Pure 2nd Skin Concealer 

 

Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Creme Minerals

Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation

Plain Jane Beauty Mineral Loose Powder
Plain Jane Beauty Translucent Powder

 

Eye Shadows & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil

Plain Jane Beauty Just Mascara

Pacifica Beauty Eye Shadow Palettes 

100% Pure Naked Palette 

 

Lipsticks & Liners 

Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil

100% Pure Pomegranate Lipstick

Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil 

Zuzu Luxe Lipstick 

 

In this video I outline my basic makeup routine and green beauty products I use:

 

These are basic suggestions just to get you started. I consider myself a beginner in makeup also and these are the tools that I use on a daily basis. I hope you found this helpful. If you have any makeup recommendations you’d like to share, please leave me a comment.

 

Best Natural Foundation for Women of Color

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Finding the perfect shade match can be a challenge especially if you are a woman with a darker skin tone. The beauty industry as a whole doesn’t always oblige to darker hues. Most cosmetic companies barely have any shades to match darker complexions. After going green with my beauty routine I notice that it was even harder to find a natural cosmetic brand that actually carried a foundation shade that suited me. I recently received a request on Instagram for a list of cosmetic brands that are women of color friendly. So here’s a list of green beauty brands that are the best for women of color:

 

Plain Jane Beauty: Not to sound bias but this brand is hands down one of my favorites when it comes to foundations. Lake Louise founded this company on the premise of creating a natural cosmetics brands that can match any complexion from olive to deep mahogany.

 

Alima Pure: Specialize in all natural mineral makeup. The color range is like no other. Their website has a great color matching tool and sample kit that includes 10 samples of their satin matte foundation. Their foundations are vegan and gluten free.

 

Modern Minerals: Strives to formulate makeup with the most natural ingredients possible. The founder Diane wanted to create a line of cosmetics that inspire conscious beauty, positivity, and presence. All of their makeup is vegan and cruelty free. You can also purchase small travel size foundations for only $2.

 

BLAC Minerals: Cosmetics brand that produces all natural makeup for women of color. Founded by a black woman, Merced Saint Boyce wanted to create natural makeup that is powered by healthy-skin loving ingredients. Their shade options are amazingly in depth, from light to deep dark. You can also purchase sample sizes.

 

Law of Nature Cosmetics: Organic makeup that is all natural and gluten free formulated for women of color. They carry creme foundation and mineral powder. 91% organic with no parabens, talc, mineral oil, or animal by products.

 

Gabriel Cosmetics: Offers organic skincare and vegan & gluten free cosmetics. Created to bring out a woman’s natural existing beauty. The moisturizing liquid foundation shade offers a small variety of various deep skin tones. Their Zuzu Luxe oil-free foundation comes in shades that go from a honey complexion to deep dark.

Lack of Healthy Beauty options for Black Women

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Recently the Environmental Working Group did a study on the market for black cosmetics. According to the studies less than 25% of products marketed to black women score low in potentially dangerous hazardous ingredients. This means that the majority of products currently on the market targeted at black women contain ingredients that can potentially cause serious harm to our health. They also updated their Skin Deep database to include over 1,000 products marketed to black women. This is awesome news because now you can check the hazardous levels of the products you probably use regularly.

I’ve been pushing the green lifestyle for a while now and it amazes me just how much women of color are still not aware. Even in my everyday life I meet women who have no idea that their personal care products are not safe. The looks on faces is one of shock and astonishment when I proceed to tell them that they cannot trust crafty marketing or even the government for that matter when it comes to beauty product shopping. Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a black woman from my church about Secret deodorant. I stopped using traditional deodorant and actually go without most days. I wrote an article on the blog discussing the dangers of using traditional deodorant and natural alternatives. To sum it up I explained to this woman that she should stop using Secret deodorant because of the aluminum and other carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and other diseases. Thankfully her response was one of gratitude as if I saved her life. In actuality I pretty much did in the long run.

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Even though I’m still able to educate people I come in contact with in person and online via this blog; what that conversation and EWG’s report tells me is that there is still more work to be done. Research has mostly focused on chemical hair straighteners for black women and girls. As a woman sporting her natural hair, I think it’s awesome how the natural hair movement has exploded. However it’s bigger than just our hair. While it’s great that we are embracing our curls and staying away from parabens and sulfates in our hair products, what about our lipsticks, lotions, etc.?? And truth be told not even all the natural hair products are actually “natural”. You still have to read your labels and be cautious when purchasing those items as well. It’s sad that it feels like you need a degree in chemistry in order to buy beauty products but unfortunately until better regulation is in place this is what we have to do. We have to continue to educate ourselves about the ingredients in everything that we use.

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As I look around at the various blogs, events, and social media platforms I don’t really see a wealth of information about being conscious when it comes to every other beauty product that is used in the black community aside from our hair. This gives off the message that all we are focused on is our hair. So as long as our hair is slayed then we’re good. Sorry (not sorry) ladies but this is not enough! With black women being the highest on the list of fibroids, infertility, and other health concerns we should be much more prevalent about the practices of our whole body not just hair.

source: ewg.org

source: ewg.org

“This report makes clear the lack of safer alternatives for black women. Demand for these products is increasing and the cosmetics industry needs to provide healthy beauty options for black women” –Women’s Voices for the Earth. This is one of the many reasons why I created my holiday gift guide featuring black owned green beauty brands. While there aren’t as many as others there are still options.

You may be reading this article and thinking; well what can I do about it. Continue to support green beauty bloggers like myself and other organizations such as Women’s Voices for the Earth and Black Women for Wellness. Stay up to date on what hazardous ingredients are by checking websites and databases like Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep and the ThinkDirty app. Think twice before just picking up an item at your local retailer and placing it in your shopping cart. Take the time to read the label, read the ingredients in the product. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is look it up through one of the databases I mentioned. If you see that a product has harmful ingredients start looking for safer alternatives. Start supporting organic natural beauty brands like the ones I mentioned in my holiday gift guide.

Major companies only see and understand money. People always tell me that buying organic or going green is expensive. I admit that yes at times it can be a bit pricier than traditional items. However I believe in the buying power we have. The beauty industry is a trillion dollar business with black women accounting for the majority of that. If more people made conscious decisions when it comes to buying beauty products a lot can change. If you can get companies to stop using sulfates I believe we can push them to create all beauty products without toxic ingredients. Trust me they will take notice of people opting not to buy toxic beauty products when they start losing money.

 

Have you read EWG report? What are your thoughts?

Resource: ewg.org Big Market for Black Cosmetics but less Hazardous Choices Limited 

Black Owned Non-Toxic Beauty Brands | 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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This platform is all about uplifting and spreading the word on healthy non-toxic living. In keeping up with the spirit of upliftment and encouragement I wanted to highlight some awesome women of color who have created amazing non-toxic beauty brands. Here is a list of black-owned green beauty and non-toxic brands to support this holiday season!

 

Skin & Body Care

All-Natural & Organic Vegan based skin care line Jacqs Organics

Natural & Organic, Spa Quality Skincare Apple Rose Beauty 

Caribbean Inspired Organic Handcrafted Skincare  Calypso Glow 

All natural aromatherapy skin and hair care line Natural Annie Essentials 

Pure, natural, luxurious skin care LaBelle Femme Products

Artisan natural skin care beauty products Zandra Beauty

Natural handmade skin care with beneficial ingredients Oh Honey Skin Care

All natural, multi purpose vegan beauty product Base Butter 

Natural fun bath & body products Pooka Pure and Simple 

High quality natural skin care products from natural ingredients Okoko Cosmetiques 

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Fall & Winter Lip Colors 2016 | Natural & Organic

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It’s that time. It’s that season. Fall is already here and winter is soon upon us. So while you’re reading this post sit back relax grab you a cup of hot cocoa or hot apple cider and your cozy sweater! Now is the time for darker colors so here are a few lip colors that I’m loving this Fall/ Winter Season.

 

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Pacifica Beauty- Tenderness

Pacifica Beauty’s Tenderness is a nice nude color. With a brown lip liner brown girls can pull this off too. There’s never a season when you can’t where a nude lip! Click here to purchase

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Plain Jane Beauty Foundation Review

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Finding the perfect foundation match is like finding the perfect mate. It takes a lot of trial and error until you find the one.  Since going au naturale in my beauty routine the biggest challenge has been finding a foundation shade that matches my skin tone without having to do a bunch of blending tricks. continue reading

Luv Minerals Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches

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The beautiful green divas from LUV Minerals Cosmetics sent me some organic lipsticks from their new collection.  These colors are bright and bold, perfect for anytime of the year. I was sent an array of six colors which you will see pictured below. I will say that I didn’t wear a lip liner, gloss, or add anything because I wanted you to get an idea of the full color for the lipstick. continue reading

Lips by Au Naturale Cosmetics

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Looking for bold highly pigmented colors without the poison? If so, there’s nothing better than Au Naturale Cosmetics line! Their cosmetics are all natural, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and paraben free.

 

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This is the shade Sangria and it’s such a beautiful fuchsia pink lipstick. This is the perfect shade for the summer months because it’s so bright and bold. Every time I wear this shade I always get tones of compliments.SangriaEdited

 

 

This Marionberry lipstick is a nice neutral shaded lipstick. On my lips as pictured below it looks more mauve. On some deeper skin tones this would be a great nude everyday lipstick shade. The color is also buildable allowing you to create the pigmentation you desire.

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This is one of Au Naturale’s lip-gloss in the shade Marita. This color is a deep purple almost plum hue. Even though the summer is still here I think this would be a great shade for the fall and winter months. If you are looking for a nice deep dark shade then this would be perfect. This shade is very pigmented especially since it’s a lip-gloss.

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Want to learn more about the Au Naturale line? Click here to learn more and save money on your order.

 

 

Real Purity Lipstick Review

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I’m slowly building up my stash of organic and natural lipsticks. Thankfully the lovely people at Real Purity were kind enough to send me a few of their lipsticks to try. Of course I couldn’t have been happier. If you haven’t heard Real Purity is a natural cosmetic company that has everything from makeup to skin care products. Their all natural lipstick line contains aloe vera extract and sweet almond oil  that provides moisture and sun protection. I also love the fact that it’s organic and the ingredient list is short, nothing that you cannot pronounce. The prices are also very affordable especially compared to other brands.

 

Lavender Rose:

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I was looking for a nice pale pink that would compliment my skin. As a brown girl some pale pinks do not match my skin tone especially without wearing a lip liner. I found that I actually didn’t need a lip liner with this. I will say that this lipstick can be sheer so if you want a bolder look you will have to apply more than one coat. In the picture I actually applied 3 layers so it is build-able depending on the look you want. You can purchase it here.

 

Purple Passion: 

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I have been searching for purple lipstick for ages. Darker or more exotic bold colors are in season right now and I have definitely joined the bandwagon. This purple shaded lipstick is sheer like their other lipsticks so I had to apply this a few times. What I like about it, is that it’s not too dark in your face purple but just a classy subtle purple shade. This is a great first step if you are just starting out with exploring and wearing bold colors. You can purchase it here

 

 

Since the price is so affordable I reccommend trying these if you are new to the green beauty community. If you are interested in purchasing these lipsticks or any other colors from the Real Purity line you can buy them here

 

 

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100 Percent Pure Lipstick Review on Dark Skin

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If you follow me on social media then you know how much I love the 100 Percent Pure brand. Since I’m about all things natural and organic this brand fits that description. I’ve been using their foundation for a while now. You can read my review on it here. This post is all about their lipsticks. I received 3 lipsticks in the colors of my choice and so far I am in love. People would be surprised how pigmented they are especially since they are made from fruit pigments.

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Here’s the deets and breakdown of the colors I chose:

 

Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Narcissus

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 I’ve been looking for a bright bold hot pink or fuchsia lip color for summer and this is it! In the past I stuck with dark deeper red tones but I’ve stepped out on faith and took a walk on the wild side. I absolutely love this color on my complexion. If you are a brown girl with my complexion or deeper then you can get away with this. I did use a light pink lip liner with this so you may to use one as well; especially if you have small lips like mine. Of course like the rest of the line it is formulated without parabens, artificial dyes, and other toxins. Colored from all natural organic fruit pigments. You can purchase Narcissus here

 

 

Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Poppy

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 Since I threw out all my toxin filled drug store makeup I needed a nice classic red lip so I chose 100 Percent Pure Poppy. Every girl has to have a bold red lip in her makeup stash and thankfully this lipstick shade is it for me. The great thing about this color is that it is flattering on every skin tone. I did not use a lip liner with this lipstick. You can purchase Poppy here

 

 

Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze: Lychee

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 I have been searching  for the perfect nude lip for the longest time and I am so happy to have finally found one that works for my skin tone. I chose lychee after seeing another brown beauty blogger review this color on her YouTube channel. At first glance on the website lychee looks a little orange but I assure you it’s not. I think this is a beautiful nude lip color for brown girls. I did line my lips with a brown lip pencil for perfect blending. I have to day that this one is my favorite because I love the way it looks on me plus I can wear this color every day. I’ll probably order a few more for myself just so I don’t run out! You can purchase Lychee here

 

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Have you tried 100 Percent Pure lipsticks? If so let me know in the comments section. Which color was your favorite?

 

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Spring Clean your Beauty Routine

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Clean out your makeup If you follow me then you know I’m all about green beauty. Out with the old and in with the new. At the start of each new season you should clear out your old makeup. Lipsticks can last over 6 months but just to be sanitary, wipe them off with alcohol just to ensure you’re not applying bacteria to the lips. The biggest health concern is with mascara. You should toss out your mascara after 3 months. If you haven’t switched your mascara out yet here are a few natural alternatives:

100 Percent Pure Black Tea

Red Apple Lipstick Mascara

 

Change your daily moisturizer- The cold winter months leaves your skin needing a rich moisturizer. Since most of us don’t have the same skin care needs all year round you may need to switch to a lighter moisturizer for the spring and summer. Make sure that your sunscreen contains an spf of at least 30. I notice brown girls feel that we don’t need to use sunscreen as much as our other sisters however we do, especially for those who have problem skin or suffer with dark spots. Here are a few non-toxic spf moisturizers I personally like:

100 Percent Pure Green Tea Oil Free Moisturizer

Devita Naturals Solar Protective Moisturizer 

Real Purity Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

 

Increase Hair Hydration- Our hair still needs moisture even in the warmer months. Staying in the sun for long periods of time can actually dry the hair out. Taking long breaks in between washes can leaving your tresses thirty. Try washing your hair at least every 5-7 days. Because our hair contains up to 80 percent water you cannot properly moisturize without water. After washing apply leave-in conditioners that list water as one of the first ingredients. These are creamy water based leave-ins that I keep in my personal stash:

Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia

Soultanicals Knot Sauce

Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk

 

Brighten up your palette- Spring is all about bright beautiful bold colors. Try introducing new nail polish and lipstick colors that match the season. I personally love pinks, purples, and even yellow. Don’t be afraid to venture out and experiment with colors you’ve never used before.

Real Purity Dew Berry Lipstick

100 Percent Pure Primrose Fruit Pigmented Lipstick

Au Naturale Organic Lipstick in Wild Lotus

 

Exfoliate, Exfoliate-Our skin can accumulate a lot of dead skin during the winter. Of course we all like to show some skin come spring and summer. Show off your beautiful glowing skin by regular exfoliation. You can exfoliate up to 3 times weekly. Opt for a natural body scrub that contains sea salts and sugars with natural oils that slough off the dead skin to reveal a smooth bright complexion. Try these gentle yet effective body scrubs:

100 Percent Pure Lavender Body Scrub

Shea Moisture  Super Fruit Hand & Body Scrub 

 

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Why Women of Color Should Opt for Non-Toxic Cosmetics

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When I refer to women of color I don’t just mean those of Black or African decent. The term includes women from a wide variety of backgrounds including Latina, Native American, Asian, and Indian. As a fellow brown girl my passion and drive for creating this blog is to serve as a resource and motivation to chose organic and all natural options when it comes to cosmetics. My goal with this blog is to at least get women to consider their health when purchasing beauty products and to show that there are safer alternatives.

 

Cosmetics are a $71 billion industry. Of that number women of color spend close to three times as much than any other group. Cosmetic products marketed to women of color have improved in providing safer ingredients. The natural hair care industry has grown from only a select few companies to several; most of which are now offered in local beauty supply stores and big box retailers. I remember a time when there were only a select few available exclusively online.

 

According to the Environmental Working Group many ingredients used in traditional personal care products are known carcinogens, which have been linked to breast cancer. Unfortunately in the United States there is no system in place to regulate potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics. Cosmetic companies are not required to have their products tested for safety by the FDA or any other agency. This means we as consumers have to be careful to read our labels and understand the ingredients in the products we use in and on our bodies daily.

 

The average US woman uses beauty products that contain nearly 200 different chemicals. Of these chemicals many include parabens, mercury, artificial dye, phthalates, formaldehyde, and toluene. All of these substances have been proven to cause many adverse health risks with prolonged use. Some of these health concerns are fibroid tumors, infertility, birth defects, hair loss, cancer, and this is just to name a few! Women of color are at a greater risk for these fibroids, breast cancer, and other diseases.

 

I often hear women of color especially in the black community stay away from certain ingredients in their hair care products but why not extend that to your makeup, skincare, and other beauty products. While it may sound overwhelming at first you can make small changes one product at a time. As a woman of color I understand where the challenge comes to finding cosmetics that are a perfect match. Hopefully this blog will introduce you to some natural alternatives that won’t compromise your health in the name of beauty.

 

Here are some resources if you want to do more research:

Story of cosmetics

Safe Cosmetics.org

Environmental Working Group

 

 

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How to Go Green with your Beauty Routine

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If you’re new to the green beauty community and not sure where to start then this post is for you. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way in transforming my beauty routine to toxic free.

First things first…….Don’t throw everything out going on a rampage tossing everything in sight!

 

You don’t have to go cold turkey. If you’re new to the all-natural game take baby steps. When I first started I was so excited and ready to just throw all my toxic beauty products in the trash. Wean yourself off chemical dependency slowly. For example if your normal facial has not so safe ingredients only use it once a day instead of twice. On the alternate days try using a natural alternative instead.

 

Replace products as you run out– One at a time with healthier choices each time. Go for the biggest impact. Body wash , lotion, shampoo, and hair products are the easiest to swap out. If you are a woman with natural hair then you probably already use natural hair products. Although some toxic ingredients are starting to show up in those too as manufactures are getting smarter about using the word “natural” on labels. So be cautious and read the ingredient list before you buy.

 

Learn to read labels. Know your ingredients. If you’re not sure what something means do your research to understand before you apply it to your skin. There are tons of resources like this blog for instance J Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and EWG Skin Deep are also good resources for information. I like using the Thinkdirty app, which allows you to scan the barcode of products while you are in the store. It scans for toxic chemicals and ingredients in beauty products then rates their safety so you can know before you buy. You can find this in the Apple App store or Google Play.

 

Makeup will probably be the hardest and take the longest to replace honestly. Especially if you are a makeup girl whose put in time and money to build up your makeup stash. With makeup start replacing your foundations first. Ask for samples or try smaller sizes. Especially us brown girls who have a hard enough time already finding our perfect shade. Nowadays many companies have a 30 day return policy so even if you buy a full size and it doesn’t work for you, you can get your money back.

 

Sign up for some organic beauty subscription boxes. Here are a few that I personally have tried.

Sometimes you even get full size products to try. The great thing about subscription boxes is they allow you test out multiple products at a fraction of the cost to purchase them individually.

 

Important points to remember: It can be scary and overwhelming especially when you start learning about the dangers in many beauty products. Remember why you are doing this in the first place. Don’t sacrifice your health for beauty. Yes you can still be glamorous and healthy at the same time.

 

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