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Why Women of Color Should Opt for Non-Toxic Cosmetics

Body, Health, Info & Tips, Lifestyle, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

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

Body, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

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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100 Percent Pure Foundation in Cocoa

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I’ve heard about 100 Percent Pure for a while now as they have an entire line of beauty products from makeup to skincare and even natural hair care. All of their cosmetics are made from fruit pigments. The entire product line is 100% natural and 100% vegan. So that is definitely a plus.

 

During the Christmas holiday they had a big sale so I decided to try out a few products. I was mainly looking for more foundation options so I opted to try that first. I would say my one real complaint is that they don’t offer many deep shades for darker skin tones. There were really only 2 to choose from Mousse Deep and Cocoa. I decided to go with Cocoa since I felt that one would match better with my skin tone.

 

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All in all I really like this foundation. It’s more on the thick side not runny like a lot of other liquid foundations I’ve seen. I only needed a pump for each side of my face. It glides on pretty smooth and feels like skin. This is not a full coverage foundation but I only needed to apply one layer. I will say that it does take time to oxidize but once it does the finish is nice and matte, which is perfect for my combination oily skin.

 

Ingredients:

Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rice Starch, Pigmented Extracts of Peach Fruit, Apricot Fruit, Cocoa Bean and Goji Berry Fruit, Acai Berry Fruit Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Extracts of: Candelilla Wax, Organic Ferment White Tea Leaf*, Coffee Cherry Seed, Maqui Berry, Muscadine Grape Skin, Mangosteen Peel, Acerola Fruit, Elderberry, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle

Active Ingredients: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide

Pro’s:

  • All natural- I don’t have to worry about causing harm to my skin
  • Built in sun protection spf20
  • A little goes a long way so it’ll last a while
  • Smooth matte finish that doesn’t look cakey
  • Comes in a pump for easy application

Con’s:

  • Not enough shade options especially for deeper skin tones
  • It can be a bit pricey at $42 unless you catch a sale
  • The shade cocoa has red undertones in order for me to balance it I have to use a finished powder with a yellow undertone

 

Quick Tip: All natural cosmetics have shorter shelf lives since they lack the toxic preservatives. I would leave this foundation in the tube it comes in just so that foundation will last longer. Natural cosmetics can be sensitive to sun or light exposure.

 

Would I purchase this again? Definitely. Although I am curious to see how this will hold up in the humid summer heat.

 

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100 Percent Pure Skincare Review

Make-Up, Skincare

I’m always on the hunt for all natural organic body care products. Fortunately 100 Percent Pure scent me some products from their fragrance and ingredient of the month. For the month of March the fragrance is French Lavender and the ingredient is Seaweed. I was sent all the products from this line. I tried and tested them out these last few weeks and thought I would share with you all my favorites from the collection.

 

French Lavender Whipped Body Butter

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 This one is hands down my favorite not only because it smells amazing but the consistency is thick and creamy. Because I’m a compulsive hand washer my hands tend to get on the dry side. This whipped butter goes on smooth and gives me the moisture I need without leaving me with that greasy oily feeling. I would definitely purchase this again.

 

French Lavender Nourishing Body Cream 

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This is actually my second choice next to the whipped body butter. It has that amazing lavender scent just like the butter. Every time I put it on people always ask me what I’m wearing. The smell is intoxicating. This lotion is a lot lighter than the whipped body butter since it doesn’t contain any heavy butters mostly oils. It still leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. I would say this lotion is better for the warm summer months because it is so light.

 

Organic Olive Oil Soap

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I was looking for a good hand made soap so this came right on time. Since it’s olive oil based (organic), it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry afterward. Most conventional soaps on the market contain harsh detergents and other chemical additives. This lathered up really well and when I rinsed my skin felt hydrated, prepped to apply moisturizer. I received the lavender scented olive oil soap and the seaweed olive soap. Both worked pretty much the same except the seaweed bar gives you those extra skin loving antioxidant benefits.

 

Mattifying Primer with Seaweed Collagen

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Since I’m an oily girl I must use a primer prior to applying makeup or else I’ll look like an oil slick. I’ve tried a few primers but still have yet to find one that works well with my skin and smooth’s out my pores. What I like about this primer is that it has seaweed collagen in it so you’re getting two products in one. The seaweed collagen plumps up my skin. This is important because as we get older we start to loose the elasticity in our skin.

 

Have you tried 100% body care products? If so let me know what you thought in the comments below.

 

If you haven’t tried these yet you can check out the entire collection here.

20% off the scent of the month

 

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