Welcome to the February 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Beautiful.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about skincare and other personal care products. You’ll find a variety of posts about choosing natural beauty products and even tutorials on how to make some of your own! Be sure to read all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to learn how to keep your beauty routine safe and natural.
I know when I started switching all products in my home for natural and organic ones my beauty products were the very last thing I changed. Mostly because I was concerned the natural beauty products wouldn’t be as effective as the products I was using. I do like to look nice and I do wear makeup when I’m in public. Also, I didn’t want my hair to look bad or greasy. In the end I took the leap and made the switch. I found out the natural products actually work better and are better for me! You can be beautiful without sacrificing your health!
I’m sure a lot of people think that you will sacrifice beauty by using natural products but this couldn’t be further from the truth! There are natural versions of pretty much any product you think of and they work just as good, if not better then the not natural products. Sure, you may have to pay a little more, special order, or make it yourself but the natural option for beauty products are out there. Actually, it seems with this new natural movement there are more and more companies offering natural and organic products, YAY! (Honest Company, The Mommy’s Club, NEED…)
How I Choose:
I take choosing anything I put on my skin very seriously. I will research products and the company before buying anything. I use EWG.com a lot for researching along with reading the ingredients. I find that the shorter the ingredient list the better! Also, being familiar with the names of the ingredients too is great! Big RED flag is if you cannot pronounce the name in the ingredient list; this usually means not natural.
Also, I look for USDA Certified Organic because the word “organic” is not properly regulated on personal care products (example: toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, etc.) as it is on food products. Many health and beauty products are falsely labeled as “organic” so look for the USDA Certified Organic seal or read the ingredients to confirm there are no synthetics.
DIY Beauty Products!
Recently, I have began to make my own beauty and skincare products! It’s exciting to make products because you will save money and you will know exactly what ingredients are inside! My two favorite ingredients are Coconut Oil and Essential Oils! It feels like I can make almost anything with just these two. Heck, I even use coconut oil just by it’s self on my lips and face.
Here is an easy silky hands scrub recipe with a free printable too! Of course, two ingredients are essential oils and coconut oil!
Have you Switched your Beauty/Personal Care Products? If so, were you hesitant to switch?
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